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  1. Doping explosive materials for neutron radiographic enhancement.

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    Golliher, K. G.

    1971-01-01

    Discussion of studies relating to the selection of doping materials of high neutron absorption usable for enhancing the neutron radiographic imaging of explosive mixtures, without interfering with the proper chemical reaction of the explosives. The results of the studies show that gadolinium oxide is an excellent material for doping explosive mixtures to enhance the neutron radiographic image.

  2. Doped luminescent materials and particle discrimination using same

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    Doty, F. Patrick; Allendorf, Mark D; Feng, Patrick L

    2014-10-07

    Doped luminescent materials are provided for converting excited triplet states to radiative hybrid states. The doped materials may be used to conduct pulse shape discrimination (PSD) using luminescence generated by harvested excited triplet states. The doped materials may also be used to detect particles using spectral shape discrimination (SSD).

  3. Doped semiconductors and other solar energy materials

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    Williamson, D. L.

    1988-02-01

    A review is presented of recent applications of Mössbauer spectroscopy that focus on determining the fate of doped impurities in semiconductors, primarily GaAs, Ga1-xAlxAs and Si. Other solar energy materials and processes which are discussed include amorphous Si∶H-based alloys, chalcopyrites, transparent conducting oxides, photochemical processing via semiconductor powders in electrolytes, mirror making, and plant photosynthesis.

  4. Tungsten-doped thin film materials

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    Xiang, Xiao-Dong; Chang, Hauyee; Gao, Chen; Takeuchi, Ichiro; Schultz, Peter G.

    2003-12-09

    A dielectric thin film material for high frequency use, including use as a capacitor, and having a low dielectric loss factor is provided, the film comprising a composition of tungsten-doped barium strontium titanate of the general formula (Ba.sub.x Sr.sub.1-x)TiO.sub.3, where X is between about 0.5 and about 1.0. Also provided is a method for making a dielectric thin film of the general formula (Ba.sub.x Sr.sub.1-x)TiO.sub.3 and doped with W, where X is between about 0.5 and about 1.0, a substrate is provided, TiO.sub.2, the W dopant, Ba, and optionally Sr are deposited on the substrate, and the substrate containing TiO.sub.2, the W dopant, Ba, and optionally Sr is heated to form a low loss dielectric thin film.

  5. Metal oxide charge transport material doped with organic molecules

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    Forrest, Stephen R.; Lassiter, Brian E.

    2016-08-30

    Doping metal oxide charge transport material with an organic molecule lowers electrical resistance while maintaining transparency and thus is optimal for use as charge transport materials in various organic optoelectronic devices such as organic photovoltaic devices and organic light emitting devices.

  6. Molecules with polymerizable ligands as precursors to porous doped materials

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    Hubert-Pfalzgraf, L.G.; Pajot, N.; Papiernik, R.; Parraud, S.

    1996-12-31

    Titanium and aluminum alkoxide derivatives with polymerizable ligands such as 2-(methacryloyloxy)ethylacetoacetate (HAAEMA), oleic acid and geraniol (HOGE) have been obtained. The various compounds have been characterized by FT-IR and NMR {sup 1}H. Copolymerization with styrene and divinylbenzene affords porous doped organic materials which have been characterized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), elemental analysis, density measurements.

  7. High capacity nickel battery material doped with alkali metal cations

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    Jackovitz, John F.; Pantier, Earl A.

    1982-05-18

    A high capacity battery material is made, consisting essentially of hydrated Ni(II) hydroxide, and about 5 wt. % to about 40 wt. % of Ni(IV) hydrated oxide interlayer doped with alkali metal cations selected from potassium, sodium and lithium cations.

  8. Temperature dependence of nonlinear optical properties in Li doped nano-carbon bowl material

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    Li, Wei-qi; Zhou, Xin; Chang, Ying; Quan Tian, Wei; Sun, Xiu-Dong

    2013-04-01

    The mechanism for change of nonlinear optical (NLO) properties with temperature is proposed for a nonlinear optical material, Li doped curved nano-carbon bowl. Four stable conformations of Li doped corannulene were located and their electronic properties were investigated in detail. The NLO response of those Li doped conformations varies with relative position of doping agent on the curved carbon surface of corannulene. Conversion among those Li doped conformations, which could be controlled by temperature, changes the NLO response of bulk material. Thus, conformation change of alkali metal doped carbon nano-material with temperature rationalizes the variation of NLO properties of those materials.

  9. Non-radiative decay of holmium-doped laser materials

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    Bowman, Steven R.; O'Connor, Shawn; Condon, Nicholas J.; Friebele, E. Joseph; Kim, Woohong; Shaw, B.; Quimby, R. S.

    2013-03-01

    Anti-Stokes fluorescence cooling has been demonstrated in a number rare earth doped materials. Ytterbium doped oxides and fluorides, such as ZBLAN, YLF, and YAG, were the first materials to exhibit cooling.1,2,3 These materials were originally developed as laser gain media and fluorescence cooling was eventually incorporated into the 1μm lasers to reduce detrimental thermal loading.4 Anti-Stokes cooling can offset quantum defect heating allowing laser power to be scaled to very high average powers. Since the early work in ytterbium, fluorescence cooling has been demonstrated in both erbium and thulium doped materials.5,6 These materials were also initially developed as lasing media and their fluorescence cooling could be used to increase laser powers at 1.5μm and 2.0μm. In this study we examine the radiative efficiency of holmium and ask the question, "Can anti-Stokes fluorescence cooling be extended beyond 2μm?"

  10. Optical Properties of Doped Cuprates and Related Materials

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    Yoon, Young-Duck

    1995-01-01

    The optical properties of cuprates, rm Nd_{2-it x}Ce_{it x}CuO_4 and rm La_ {2-it x}Sr_{it x}CuO _4, and the related materials, rm Ba_{1-it x}K_{it x}BiO_3 (BKBO) and rm BaPb_{1-it x}Bi_{1- it x}O_3 (BPBO), have been extensively investigated by doping- and temperature-dependent reflectance measurement of single crystal samples in the frequency range between 30 cm^{-1} (4 meV) and 40 000 cm^{-1} (5 eV). The rm Nd_{2-it x}Ce_{it x}CuO_4 system has been studied at Ce compositions in the range 0 <=q x <=q 0.2. rm La_{2-it x}Sr_{it x}CuO_4 has been studied in the spin glass doping regime, (x <=q 0.04). The two bismuthates have been investigated as superconducting materials with the maximum T_{c} . Our results for rm Nd_{2 -it x}Ce_{it x}CuO_4 show that doping with electrons induces a transfer of spectral weight from the high energy side above the charge transfer excitation band to the low energy side below 1.2 eV, similar to the results observed in hole-doped rm La_{2-it x}Sr_ {it x}CuO_4. However, the low frequency spectral weight grows slightly faster than 2x with doping x, as expected for the Mott-Hubbard model. We find very interesting results at low doping levels in rm La_{2-it x }Sr_{it x}CuO_4. Upon Sr doping the oscillator strength of the phonons is gradually reduced and doping induced modes (Raman modes and carrier-lattice interaction mode) appear in the far -infrared. We also find that the deformation potential by the dynamical tilting of CuO_6 octahedra induces a carrier-lattice interaction. The carrier -lattice interaction is characterized by strong infrared active modes and an appearance of the strong A _{g} Raman modes upon cooling. Finally, we present the normal and the superconducting properties of Bi-O superconductors. We conclude that the BKBO system is a weak- or moderate-coupling BCS-type superconductor in the dirty limit.

  11. -doped laser materials at cryogenic temperatures

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    Körner, J.; Jambunathan, V.; Hein, J.; Seifert, R.; Loeser, M.; Siebold, M.; Schramm, U.; Sikocinski, P.; Lucianetti, A.; Mocek, T.; Kaluza, M. C.

    2014-07-01

    We present measurements of the absorption and emission cross-sections for Yb:YAG, Yb:LuAG and Yb:CaF 2 as a function of temperature between 80 and 340 K. The cross-sections are determined by the combination of the McCumber relation and the Fuchtbauer-Ladenburg (FL) equation to achieve reliable results in spectral regions of high and low absorption. The experimental setup used for the fluorescence measurements minimizes re-absorption effects due to the measurement from small sample volume, providing nearly undisturbed raw data for the FL approach. The retrieved cross-sections together with the spectral characteristics of the tested materials provide important information for the design of energy efficient, high-power laser amplifiers.

  12. Non-hydroscopic vanilla doped dichromated gelatin holographic material

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    Pinto-Iguanero, B.; Olivares-Pérez, A.; Méndez-Alvarado, A. W.; Fuentes-Tapia, I.; Treviño-Palacios, C. G.

    2003-06-01

    Dichromate gelatins are well-known holographic materials. By doping this material with synthetic vanilla a change in the spectral response from regular dichromate gelatin is observed as an increase in optical density. This mixture presents an unusual high humidity resistance. It was possible to record holographic diffraction gratings using an argon ion laser ( λ=488 nm). These gratings exhibit good diffraction efficiency in transmission, on the order of 60% at Bragg angle, with more than 1700 lines/mm spatial resolution. The material development process consists simply of dipping it into using a solution of water and isopropyl alcohol. A hypothesis on the hydroscopic response of this new photosensitive material is also presented.

  13. Compositions of doped, co-doped and tri-doped semiconductor materials

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    Lynn, Kelvin; Jones, Kelly; Ciampi, Guido

    2011-12-06

    Semiconductor materials suitable for being used in radiation detectors are disclosed. A particular example of the semiconductor materials includes tellurium, cadmium, and zinc. Tellurium is in molar excess of cadmium and zinc. The example also includes aluminum having a concentration of about 10 to about 20,000 atomic parts per billion and erbium having a concentration of at least 10,000 atomic parts per billion.

  14. Polysulfone as a scintillation material without doped fluorescent molecules

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    Nakamura, Hidehito; Kitamura, Hisashi; Sato, Nobuhiro; Kanayama, Masaya; Shirakawa, Yoshiyuki; Takahashi, Sentaro

    2015-10-01

    Scintillation materials made from un-doped aromatic ring polymers can be potentially used for radiation detection. Here we demonstrate that Polysulfone (PSU) works without doped fluorescent guest molecules, and thus broadens the choices available for radiation detection. The transparent PSU substrate (1.24 g/cm3) significantly absorbs short-wavelength light below approximately 350 nm. Visible light absorption colours the substrate slightly yellow, and indigo blue fluorescence is emitted. The fluorescence maximum occurs at the intersection of the 340-nm excitation and 380-nm emission spectra; thus the emission is partially absorbed by the substrate. An effective refractive index of 1.70 is derived based on the wavelength dependence of the refractive indices and the emission spectrum. A peak caused by 976-keV internal-conversion electrons from a 207Bi radioactive source appears in the light yield distribution. The light yield is equivalent to that of poly (phenyl sulfone), which has a similar structure. Overall, un-doped PSU could be a component substrate in polymer blends and be used as an educational tool in radiation detection.

  15. Ca2+-Doped CeBr3 Scintillating Materials

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    Guss, Paul; Foster, Michael E.; Wong, Bryan M.; Doty, F. Patrick; Shah, Kanai; Squillante, Michael R.; Shirwadkar, Urmila; Hawrami, Rastgo; Tower, Josh; Yuan, Ding

    2014-01-01

    Despite the outstanding scintillation performance characteristics of cerium tribromide (CeBr3) and cerium-activated lanthanum tribromide, their commercial availability and application are limited due to the difficulties of growing large, crack-free single crystals from these fragile materials. This investigation employed aliovalent doping to increase crystal strength while maintaining the optical properties of the crystal. One divalent dopant (Ca2+) was used as a dopant to strengthen CeBr3 without negatively impacting scintillation performance. Ingots containing nominal concentrations of 1.9% of the Ca2+ dopant were grown. Preliminary scintillation measurements are presented for this aliovalently doped scintillator. Ca2+-doped CeBr3 exhibited little or no change in the peak fluorescence emission for 371 nm optical excitation for CeBr3. The structural, electronic, and optical properties of CeBr3 crystals were studied using the density functional theory within the generalized gradient approximation. The calculated lattice parameters are in good agreement with the experimental data. The energy band structures and density of states were obtained. The optical properties of CeBr3, including the dielectric function, were calculated.

  16. Tetravalent chromium doped laser materials and NIR tunable lasers

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    Alfano, Robert R. (Inventor); Petricevic, Vladimir (Inventor); Bykov, Alexey (Inventor)

    2008-01-01

    A method is described to improve and produce purer Cr.sup.4+-doped laser materials and lasers with reduced co-incorporation of chromium in any other valence states, such as Cr.sup.3+, Cr.sup.2+, Cr.sup.5+, and Cr.sup.6+. The method includes: 1) certain crystals of olivine structure with large cation (Ca) in octahedral sites such as Cr.sup.4+:Ca.sub.2GeO.sub.4, Cr.sup.4+:Ca.sub.2SiO.sub.4, Cr.sup.4+:Ca.sub.2Ge.sub.xSi.sub.1-xO.sub.4 (where 0doped laser materials are characterized by a relatively high concentration of Cr.sup.4+-lasing ion in crystalline host that makes these materials suitable for compact high power (thin disk/wedge) NIR laser applications.

  17. Synthesis of phthalocyanine doped sol-gel materials

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    Dunn, Bruce

    1993-01-01

    The synthesis of sol-gel silica materials doped with three different types of metallophthalocyanines has been studied. Homogeneous materials of good optical quality were prepared and the first optical limiting measurements of dyes in sol-gel hosts were carried out. The properties of these solid state limiters are similar to limiters based on phthalocyanine (Pc) in solution. Sol-gel silica materials containing copper, tin and germanium phthalocyanines were investigated. The initial step in all cases was to prepare silica sols by the sonogel method using tetramethoxy silane (TMOS), HCl and distilled water. Thereafter, the synthesis depended upon the specific Pc and its solubility characteristics. Copper phthalocyanine tetrasulfonic acid tetra sodium salt (CuPc4S) is soluble in water and various doping levels (1 x 10 (exp -4) M to 1 x 10 (exp -5) M) were added to the sol. The group IV Pc's, SnPc(OSi(n-hexyl)3)2 and GePc(OSi(n-hexyl)3)2, are insoluble in water and the process was changed accordingly. In these cases, the compounds were dissolved in THF and then added to the sol. The Pc concentration in the sol was 2 x 10(exp -5)M. The samples were then aged and dried in the standard method of making xerogel monoliths. Comparative nanosecond optical limiting experiments were performed on silica xerogels that were doped with the different metallophthalocyanines. The ratio of the net excited state absorption cross section (sigma(sub e)) to the ground state cross section (sigma(sub g)) is an important figure of merit that is used to characterize these materials. By this standard the SnPc sample exhibits the best limiting for the Pc doped sol-gel materials. Its cross section ratio of 19 compares favorably with the value of 22 that was measured in toluene. The GePc materials appear to not be as useful as those containing SnPc. The GePc doped solids exhibit a higher onset energy (2.5 mj and lower cross section ratio, 7. The CuPc4S sol-gel material has a still lower cross

  18. Terminal-level relaxation in ND-doped laser materials

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    Bibeau, C.; Payne, S.A.

    1996-06-01

    During the energy extraction of a 1-{mu}m pulse in a Nd-doped laser material, the Nd-ion population is transferred from the metastable {sup 4}F{sub 3/2} level into the terminal {sup 4}I{sub 11/2} level. The terminal-level lifetime, {tau}{sub 11/2}, is defined in this case as the time it takes the Nd-ion population to decay from the {sup 4}I{sub 11/2} level into the {sup 4}I{sub 9/2} ground state. Several experimental and theoretical approaches over the last three decades have been made to measure the terminal-level lifetime. However, an agreement in the results among the different approaches for a large sampling of laser materials has never been demonstrated. This article presents three independent methods (pump-probe, emission, and energy extraction) for measuring the terminal-level lifetime in Nd:phosphate glass LG-750. The authors find remarkable agreement among the data and determine the {tau}{sub 11/2} lifetime to be 253{+-}50 ps. They extend their studies to show that the results of the pump-probe and emission methods agree to within a factor of two for additional Nd-doped glases and crystals investigated, thus offering validation for the emission method, which is a simpler, indirect approach.

  19. Method of making molecularly doped composite polymer material

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    Affinito, John D [Tucson, AZ; Martin, Peter M [Kennewick, WA; Graff, Gordon L [West Richland, WA; Burrows, Paul E [Kennewick, WA; Gross, Mark E. , Sapochak, Linda S.

    2005-06-21

    A method of making a composite polymer of a molecularly doped polymer. The method includes mixing a liquid polymer precursor with molecular dopant forming a molecularly doped polymer precursor mixture. The molecularly doped polymer precursor mixture is flash evaporated forming a composite vapor. The composite vapor is cryocondensed on a cool substrate forming a composite molecularly doped polymer precursor layer, and the cryocondensed composite molecularly doped polymer precursor layer is cross linked thereby forming a layer of the composite polymer layer of the molecularly doped polymer.

  20. Doping of inorganic materials in microreactors - preparation of Zn doped Fe3O4 nanoparticles.

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    Simmons, M D; Jones, N; Evans, D J; Wiles, C; Watts, P; Salamon, S; Escobar Castillo, M; Wende, H; Lupascu, D C; Francesconi, M G

    2015-08-01

    Microreactor systems are now used more and more for the continuous production of metal nanoparticles and metal oxide nanoparticles owing to the controllability of the particle size, an important property in many applications. Here, for the first time, we used microreactors to prepare metal oxide nanoparticles with controlled and varying metal stoichiometry. We prepared and characterised Zn-substituted Fe3O4 nanoparticles with linear increase of Zn content (ZnxFe3-xO4 with 0 ≤ x ≤ 0.48), which causes linear increases in properties such as the saturation magnetization, relative to pure Fe3O4. The methodology is simple and low cost and has great potential to be adapted to the targeted doping of a vast array of other inorganic materials, allowing greater control on the chemical stoichiometry for nanoparticles prepared in microreactors. PMID:26099495

  1. Cr/sup 3+/-doped colquiriite solid state laser material

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    Payne, S.A.; Chase, L.L.; Newkirk, H.W.; Krupke, W.F.

    1989-03-07

    Chromium doped colquiriite, LiCaAlF/sub 6/:Cr/sup 3+/, is useful as a tunable laser crystal that has a high intrinsic slope efficiency, comparable to or exceeding that of alexandrite, the current leading performer of vibronic sideband Cr/sup 3+/ lasers. The laser output is tunable from at least 720 nm to 840 nm with a measured slope efficiency of about 60% in a Kr laser pumped laser configuration. The intrinsic slope efficiency (in the limit of large output coupling) may approach the quantum defect limited value of 83%. The high-slope efficiency implies that excited state absorption (ESA) is negligible. The potential for efficiency and the tuning range of this material satisfy the requirements for a pump laser for a high density storage medium incorporating Nd/sup 3+/ or Tm/sup 3+/ for use in a multimegajoule single shot fusion research facility.

  2. Cr/sup 3 +/-doped colquiriite solid state laser material

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    Payne, S.A.; Chase, L.L.; Newkirk, H.W.; Krupke, W.F.

    1988-03-31

    Chromium doped colquiriite, LiCaAlF/sub 6/:Cr/sup 3 +/, is useful as a tunable laser crystal that has a high intrinsic slope efficiency, comparable to or exceeding that of alexandrite, the current leading performer of vibronic sideband Cr/sup 3 +/ lasers. The laser output is tunable from at least 720 nm to 840 nm with a measured slope efficiency of about 60% in a Kr laser pumped laser configuration. The intrinsic slope efficiency (in the limit of large output coupling) may approach the quantum defect limited value of 83%. The high slope efficiency implies that excited state absorption (ESA) is negligible. The potential for efficiency and the tuning range of this material satisfy the requirements for a pump laser for a high density storage medium incorporating Nd/sup 3 +/ or Tm/sup 3 +/ for use in a multimegajoule single shot fusion research facility. 4 figs.

  3. Cr.sup.3+ -doped colquiriite solid state laser material

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    Payne, Stephen A.; Chase, Lloyd L.; Newkirk, Herbert W.; Krupke, William F.

    1989-01-01

    Chromium doped colquiriite, LiCaAlF.sub.6 :Cr.sup.3+, is useful as a tunable laser crystal that has a high intrinsic slope efficiency, comparable to or exceeding that of alexandrite, the current leading performer of vibronic sideband Cr.sup.3+ lasers. The laser output is tunable from at least 720 nm to 840 nm with a measured slop efficiency of about 60% in a Kr laser pumped laser configuration. The intrinsic slope efficiency (in the limit of large output coupling) may approach the quantum defect limited value of 83%. The high slope efficiency implies that excited state absorption (ESA) is negligible. The potential for efficiency and the tuning range of this material satisfy the requirements for a pump laser for a high density storage medium incorporating Nd.sup.3+ or Tm.sup.3+ for use in a multimegajoule single shot fusion research facility.

  4. Mechanical characterization of hydroxyapatite, thermoelectric materials and doped ceria

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    Fan, Xiaofeng

    For a variety of applications of brittle ceramic materials, porosity plays a critical role structurally and/or functionally, such as in engineered bone scaffolds, thermoelectric materials and in solid oxide fuel cells. The presence of porosity will affect the mechanical properties, which are essential to the design and application of porous brittle materials. In this study, the mechanical property versus microstructure relations for bioceramics, thermoelectric (TE) materials and solid oxide fuel cells were investigated. For the bioceramic material hydroxyapatite (HA), the Young's modulus was measured using resonant ultrasound spectroscopy (RUS) as a function of (i) porosity and (ii) microcracking damage state. The fracture strength was measured as a function of porosity using biaxial flexure testing, and the distribution of the fracture strength was studied by Weibull analysis. For the natural mineral tetrahedrite based solid solution thermoelectric material (Cu10Zn2As4S13 - Cu 12Sb4S13), the elastic moduli, hardness and fracture toughness were studied as a function of (i) composition and (ii) ball milling time. For ZiNiSn, a thermoelectric half-Heusler compound, the elastic modulus---porosity and hardness---porosity relations were examined. For the solid oxide fuel cell material, gadolina doped ceria (GDC), the elastic moduli including Young's modulus, shear modulus, bulk modulus and Poisson's ratio were measured by RUS as a function of porosity. The hardness was evaluated by Vickers indentation technique as a function of porosity. The results of the mechanical property versus microstructure relations obtained in this study are of great importance for the design and fabrication of reliable components with service life and a safety factor. The Weibull modulus, which is a measure of the scatter in fracture strength, is the gauge of the mechanical reliability. The elastic moduli and Poisson's ratio are needed in analytical or numerical models of the thermal and

  5. Bismuth Interfacial Doping of Organic Small Molecules for High Performance n-type Thermoelectric Materials.

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    Huang, Dazhen; Wang, Chao; Zou, Ye; Shen, Xingxing; Zang, Yaping; Shen, Hongguang; Gao, Xike; Yi, Yuanping; Xu, Wei; Di, Chong-An; Zhu, Daoben

    2016-08-26

    Development of chemically doped high performance n-type organic thermoelectric (TE) materials is of vital importance for flexible power generating applications. For the first time, bismuth (Bi) n-type chemical doping of organic semiconductors is described, enabling high performance TE materials. The Bi interfacial doping of thiophene-diketopyrrolopyrrole-based quinoidal (TDPPQ) molecules endows the film with a balanced electrical conductivity of 3.3 S cm(-1) and a Seebeck coefficient of 585 μV K(-1) . The newly developed TE material possesses a maximum power factor of 113 μW m(-1)  K(-2) , which is at the forefront for organic small molecule-based n-type TE materials. These studies reveal that fine-tuning of the heavy metal doping of organic semiconductors opens up a new strategy for exploring high performance organic TE materials. PMID:27496293

  6. Impurity-sensitized luminescence of rare earth-doped materials

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    Smentek, Lidia . E-mail: smentek1@aol.com

    2005-02-15

    The accuracy of the theoretical model of impurity-sensitized luminescence in rare earth-doped materials presented here is adjusted to the demands of precise modern experimental techniques. The description is formulated within the double perturbation theory, and it is based on the assumption that electrostatic interactions between the subsystems that take part in the luminescence process are the most important ones. The amplitude of the energy transfer is determined by the contributions that represent the perturbing influence of the crystal-field potential and also electron correlation effects taken into account within the rare earth ions. In this way, the model is defined beyond the standard free ionic system and single configuration approximations. The new contributions to the energy transfer amplitude are expressed in the terms of effective tensor operators, and they contain the perturbing influence of various excited configurations. In order to maintain the high accuracy of the model, the radial integrals of all effective operators are defined within the so-called perturbed function approach. This means that they are evaluated for the complete radial basis sets of one electron functions of given symmetry, including the continuum.

  7. Defects in Photovoltaic Materials and the Origins of Failure to Dope Them: Preprint

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    Zunger, A.; Kilic, C.; Wang, L.

    2002-05-01

    I will review the basic physical principles underlying the formation energy of various intrinsic defects in common photovoltaic materials. I then use the above principles to explain why doping of semiconductors is, in general, limited and which design principles can be used to circumvent such limits. This work can help design strategies of doping absorber materials as well as explain how TCOs work. Recent results on the surprising stability of polar (112)+ surfaces of CIS will also be described in this context.

  8. The Combustion Synthesis Zns Doped Materials to Create Ultra-Electroluminscent Materials in Microgravity

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    Castillo, Martin; Steinberg, Theodore

    2012-07-01

    Self-propagating high temperature synthesis (SHS) utilises a rapid exothermic process involving high energy and nonlinearity coupled with a high cooling rate to produce materials formed outside of normal equilibrium boundaries thus possessing unique properties. The elimination of gravity during this process allows capillary forces to dominate mixing of the reactants which results in a superior and enhanced homogeneity in the product materials. ZnS type materials have been previously conducted in reduced gravity and normal gravity. It has been claimed in literature that a near perfect phases of ZnS wurtzite was produced. Although, the SHS of this material is possible at high pressures, there have been no advancements in refining this structure to create ultra-electroluminescent materials. Utilising this process with ZnS doped with Cu, Mn, or rare earth metals such as Eu and Pr leads to electroluminescence properties, thus making this an attractive electroluminescent material. The work described here will revisit the SHS of ZnS and will re-examine the work performed in both normal gravity and in reduced gravity within the Queensland University of Technology Drop Tower Facility. Quantifications in the lattice parameters, crystal structures, and phases produced are presented to further explore the unique structure-property performance relationships produced from the SHS of ZnS materials.

  9. Ultra High p-doping Material Research for GaN Based Light Emitters

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    Vladimir Dmitriev

    2007-06-30

    The main goal of the Project is to investigate doping mechanisms in p-type GaN and AlGaN and controllably fabricate ultra high doped p-GaN materials and epitaxial structures. Highly doped p-type GaN-based materials with low electrical resistivity and abrupt doping profiles are of great importance for efficient light emitters for solid state lighting (SSL) applications. Cost-effective hydride vapor phase epitaxial (HVPE) technology was proposed to investigate and develop p-GaN materials for SSL. High p-type doping is required to improve (i) carrier injection efficiency in light emitting p-n junctions that will result in increasing of light emitting efficiency, (ii) current spreading in light emitting structures that will improve external quantum efficiency, and (iii) parameters of Ohmic contacts to reduce operating voltage and tolerate higher forward currents needed for the high output power operation of light emitters. Highly doped p-type GaN layers and AlGaN/GaN heterostructures with low electrical resistivity will lead to novel device and contact metallization designs for high-power high efficiency GaN-based light emitters. Overall, highly doped p-GaN is a key element to develop light emitting devices for the DOE SSL program. The project was focused on material research for highly doped p-type GaN materials and device structures for applications in high performance light emitters for general illumination P-GaN and p-AlGaN layers and multi-layer structures were grown by HVPE and investigated in terms of surface morphology and structure, doping concentrations and profiles, optical, electrical, and structural properties. Tasks of the project were successfully accomplished. Highly doped GaN materials with p-type conductivity were fabricated. As-grown GaN layers had concentration N{sub a}-N{sub d} as high as 3 x 10{sup 19} cm{sup -3}. Mechanisms of doping were investigated and results of material studies were reported at several International conferences providing

  10. Erbium-doped sol-gel materials for optical applications

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    Berni, Anette; Mennig, Martin; Schmidt, Helmut K.

    2003-04-01

    A new chemical nanotechnological route for the preparation of fully densified doped SiO2 coatings with thicknesses in the low ´m-range on Si- and SiO2-wafers has been developed. Beside pure SiO2 coatings, that might be useful as a buffer layer on silicon, silicate layers with increased refractive index are needed for planar waveguide application. Therefore, a synthesis for the preparation of nano particulate sols was developed, thus allowing the incorporation of dopands like Al2O3, PbO and Er2O3 for passive and active layers. Alumina was incorporated for the improvement of the Erbium solubility in active components. The coating sols consist of an organic binder, dissolved in a suspension of nanoscaled silica particles (10 nm in diameter) and dopands and were applied on Si- and SiO2-wafers by spin coating. After removal of the binder at 500 °C, investigated by IR-spectroscopy, highly porous (nD = 1.23) but transparent doped silica layers were obtained. The densification of the layers was examined by measuring the refractive index by ellipsometry as a function of the densification temperature. Completely densified layers with thicknesses between 1.7 ´m (doped SiO2) and 6.5 ´m (doped SiO2) were obtained at temperatures between 1000 °C (doped SiO2) and 1100 °C) (pure SiO2). The layer thickness and unevenness was determined by interferometric measurements. The optical loss of Al2O3 and PbO doped layers was measured by prism coupling, the Er2O3 doped layers with Er3+ concentrations of up to 2.5 mole % show fluorescence around 1500 nm with a fluorescence lifetime of about 3.6 ms.

  11. Boron doped defective graphene as a potential anode material for Li-ion batteries.

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    Hardikar, Rahul P; Das, Deya; Han, Sang Soo; Lee, Kwang-Ryeol; Singh, Abhishek K

    2014-08-21

    Graphene with large surface area and robust structure has been proposed as a high storage capacity anode material for Li ion batteries. While the inertness of pristine graphene leads to better Li kinetics, poor adsorption leads to Li clustering, significantly affecting the performance of the battery. Here, we show the role of defects and doping in achieving enhanced adsorption without compromising on the high diffusivity of Li. Using first principles density functional theory (DFT) calculations, we carry out a comprehensive study of diffusion kinetics of Li over the plane of the defective structures and calculate the change in the number of Li atoms in the vicinity of defects, with respect to pristine graphene. Our results show that the Li-C interaction, storage capacity and the energy barriers depend sensitively on the type of defects. The un-doped and boron doped mono-vacancy, doped di-vacancy up to two boron, one nitrogen doped di-vacancy, and Stone-Wales defects show low energy barriers that are comparable to pristine graphene. Furthermore, boron doping at mono-vacancy enhances the adsorption of Li. In particular, the two boron doped mono-vacancy graphene shows both a low energy barrier of 0.31 eV and better adsorption, and hence can be considered as a potential candidate for anode material. PMID:24986702

  12. Characterization of thermally stable dye-doped polyimide based electrooptic materials

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    Meinhardt, M.B.; Cahill, P.A.; Seager, C.H.; Beuhler, A.J.; Wargowski, D.A.

    1993-12-31

    Polymeric electrooptic materials have the potential to replace electronic switches in applications which require minimization of heat dissipation while maintaining high switching speeds. Polyimide matrices incorporating electrooptic dyes are promising materials for such applications due to their low cost and compatibility with existing processing environments. Preparation and characterization of novel dye-doped polyimide films for electrooptics is described. Thermal stabilities of donor-acceptor 2,5-diaryl oxazoles were evaluated by differential scanning calorimetry. Absorptive losses in thin films of Ultradel 9000D{reg_sign} doped with donor-acceptor oxazoles were measured by photothermal deflection spectroscopy. Absorptive losses at high doping levels may be explainable by dye-dye aggregation or dye degradation during the curing process. Lower doping levels, however, show losses of {le} 3.0 dB/cm at 830 nm and {le} 2.4 dB/cm at 1,320 nm.

  13. Computational nano-material design of exotic luminescent materials based upon europium doped gallium nitrides

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    Masago, Akira; Fukushima, Tetsuya; Sato, Kazunori; Katayama-Yoshida, Hiroshi

    2015-03-01

    Eu-doped GaN has attracted much attention, because the red light luminescence ability provides us with expectations to realize monolithic full-color LEDs, which work on seamless conditions such as substrates, electrodes, and operating bias voltages. Toward implementation of multifunctional activity into the luminescent materials using the spinodal nano-structures, we investigate atomic configurations and magnetic structures of the GaN crystal codoped with Eu, Mg, Si, O, and/or the vacancies using the density functional method (DFT) calculations. Our calculations show that the impurity clusterized distributions are energetically favorable more than the homogeneous distribution. Moreover, analyses of the formation energy and binding energy suggest that the clusterized distributions are spontaneously formed by the nano-spinodal decomposition. Though the host matrix has no magnetic moments, the cluster has finite magnetic moments, where Zener's p-f exchange interaction works between the Eu f-state and the nearby N p-states.

  14. Laser doping and metallization of wide bandgap materials: silicon carbide, gallium nitride, and aluminum nitride

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    Salama, Islam Abdel Haleem

    viable method for processing wide bandgap materials for electronics and optoelectronics devices applications. It effectively reduces the number of fabrication steps and allows for selective area doping and direct metallization without metal deposition.

  15. Strongly luminescent rare-earth-ion-doped DNA-CTMA complex film and fiber materials

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    Wang, Lili; Ishihara, Koki; Izumi, H.; Wada, M.; Zhang, Gongjian; Ishikawa, T.; Watanabe, A.; Horinouchi, Suguru; Ogata, Naoya

    2002-08-01

    A rare-earth chelate, Europium 6,6.7,7,8,8,8-heptafluoro-2,2-dimethyl-3,5,-octanedionate, (Eu3+-FOD) doped DNACTMA complex as fiber and film materials was prepared by casting solution method and gel-spinning method. The Eu-FOD-DNA-CTMA complex was luminescent and has 750 μs of fluorescence lifetime, sharply-spiked emission spectra, excellent film and fiber formability, moderate absorption (40000M-1cm-1) at 327 nm and high quantum yield forlanthanide emission. By comparison of fluorescence lifetime of Eu-FOD doped DNA-CTMA solid matrix with that of Eu-FOD doped in PMMA, it was clear that energy transfer from DNA to FOD leads to enhancement of fluorescence emission at 613 nm. Analysis results for fluorescence spectra and fluorescence relaxation time of Eu3+ doped in the materials indicated that Eu3+-FOD is chemically bond within the DNA-CTMA matrix. Amplified spontaneous emission (ASE) at 612 nm by pumping with UV laser (355 nm) was observed in the materials. Fluorescence lifetime of the Eu-FOD doped in the DNA-CTMA solid matrix was evaluated to be 750 μs, which is ca. 230μs longer than that of Eu-FOD doped in PMMA solid matrix. Efficient Energy transfer from base of DNA to FOD, then to Eu, occurred when irradiated by UV light or 355 laser beams.

  16. FinFET Doping; Material Science, Metrology, and Process Modeling Studies for Optimized Device Performance

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    Duffy, R.; Shayesteh, M.

    2011-01-07

    In this review paper the challenges that face doping optimization in 3-dimensional (3D) thin-body silicon devices will be discussed, within the context of material science studies, metrology methodologies, process modeling insight, ultimately leading to optimized device performance. The focus will be on ion implantation at the method to introduce the dopants to the target material.

  17. Design, synthesis, and characterization of materials for controlled line deposition, environmental remediation, and doping of porous manganese oxide material

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    Calvert, Craig A.

    This thesis covers three topics: (1) coatings formed from sol-gel phases, (2) environmental remediation, and (3) doping of a porous manganese oxide. Synthesis, characterization, and application were investigated for each topic. Line-formations were formed spontaneously by self-assembly from vanadium sol-gels and other metal containing solutions on glass substrates. The solutions were prepared by the dissolution of metal oxide or salt in water. A more straightforward method is proposed than used in previous work. Analyses using optical microscopy, atomic force microscopy, scanning electron microscopy, energy-dispersive X-ray analysis, and infrared spectroscopy showed discreet lines whose deposition could be controlled by varying the concentration. A mechanism was developed from the observed results. Microwave heating, the addition of graphite rods, and oxidants, can enhance HCB remediation from soil. To achieve remediation, a TeflonRTM vessel open to the atmosphere along with an oxidant, potassium persulfate (PerS) or potassium hydroxide, along with uncoated or aluminum oxide coated, graphite rods were heated in a research grade microwave oven. Microwave heating was used to decrease the heating time, and graphite rods were used to increase the absorption of the microwave energy by providing thermal centers. The results showed that the percent HCB removed was increased by adding graphite rods and oxidants. Tungsten, silver, and sulfur were investigated as doping agents for K--OMS-2. The synthesis of these materials was carried out with a reflux method. The doping of K--OMS-2 led to changes in the properties of a tungsten doped K--OMS-2 had an increased resistivity, the silver doped material showed improved epoxidation of trans-stilbene, and the addition of sulfur produced a paper-like material. Rietveld refinement of the tungsten doped K--OMS-2 showed that the tungsten was doped into the framework.

  18. Doped graphene sheets as anode materials with superhigh rate and large capacity for lithium ion batteries.

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    Wu, Zhong-Shuai; Ren, Wencai; Xu, Li; Li, Feng; Cheng, Hui-Ming

    2011-07-26

    One great challenge in the development of lithium ion batteries is to simultaneously achieve high power and large energy capacity at fast charge and discharge rates for several minutes to seconds. Here we show that nitrogen- or boron-doped graphene can be used as a promising anode for high-power and high-energy lithium ion batteries under high-rate charge and discharge conditions. The doped graphene shows a high reversible capacity of >1040 mAh g(-1) at a low rate of 50 mA g(-1). More importantly, it can be quickly charged and discharged in a very short time of 1 h to several tens of seconds together with high-rate capability and excellent long-term cyclability. For example, a very high capacity of ∼199 and 235 mAh g(-1) was obtained for the N-doped graphene and B-doped graphene at 25 A g(-1) (about 30 s to full charge). We believe that the unique two-dimensional structure, disordered surface morphology, heteroatomic defects, better electrode/electrolyte wettability, increased intersheet distance, improved electrical conductivity, and thermal stability of the doped graphene are beneficial to rapid surface Li(+) absorption and ultrafast Li(+) diffusion and electron transport, and thus make the doped materials superior to those of pristine chemically derived graphene and other carbonaceous materials. PMID:21696205

  19. Thermal and optical study of semiconducting CNTs-doped nematic liquid crystalline material

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    Vimal, T.; Singh, D. P.; Gupta, S. K.; Pandey, S.; Agrahari, K.; Manohar, R.

    2016-06-01

    We report the thermal and spectroscopic analysis of the carbon nanotubes (CNTs)-doped nematic liquid crystal (NLC) material. The CNTs have been oriented in the p-ethoxybenzylidene p-butylaniline NLC. The thermal study of the CNTs doped nematic mixtures shows a significant decrease in the isotropic to nematic phase transition temperature. However higher doping concentration of CNTs has led to the further increase in transition temperature. The UV-Visible spectroscopy has been attempted on the CNTs/NLC mixtures at room temperature. The investigated NLC present one absorption band corresponding to π-π* electronic transition. A red shift of λmax with the increasing concentration of CNTs in the mixture has been observed. The band gap of NLC has been found to decrease after the doping of CNTs. The absorbance was measured for the UV light, polarized parallel and perpendicular to the LC director in the planar aligned cell.

  20. PAF-derived nitrogen-doped 3D Carbon Materials for Efficient Energy Conversion and Storage

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    Xiang, Zhonghua; Wang, Dan; Xue, Yuhua; Dai, Liming; Chen, Jian-Feng; Cao, Dapeng

    2015-01-01

    Owing to the shortage of the traditional fossil fuels caused by fast consumption, it is an urgent task to develop the renewable and clean energy sources. Thus, advanced technologies for both energy conversion (e.g., solar cells and fuel cells) and storage (e.g., supercapacitors and batteries) are being studied extensively. In this work, we use porous aromatic framework (PAF) as precursor to produce nitrogen-doped 3D carbon materials, i.e., N-PAF-Carbon, by exposing NH3 media. The “graphitic” and “pyridinic” N species, large surface area, and similar pore size as electrolyte ions endow the nitrogen-doped PAF-Carbon with outstanding electronic performance. Our results suggest the N-doping enhance not only the ORR electronic catalysis but also the supercapacitive performance. Actually, the N-PAF-Carbon obtains ~70 mV half-wave potential enhancement and 80% increase as to the limiting current after N doping. Moreover, the N-PAF-Carbon displays free from the CO and methanol crossover effect and better long-term durability compared with the commercial Pt/C benchmark. Moreover, N-PAF-Carbon also possesses large capacitance (385 F g−1) and excellent performance stability without any loss in capacitance after 9000 charge–discharge cycles. These results clearly suggest that PAF-derived N-doped carbon material is promising metal-free ORR catalyst for fuel cells and capacitor electrode materials. PMID:26045229

  1. Controlling the stoichiometry and doping of semiconductor materials

    DOEpatents

    Albin, David; Burst, James; Metzger, Wyatt; Duenow, Joel; Farrell, Stuart; Colegrove, Eric

    2016-08-16

    Methods for treating a semiconductor material are provided. According to an aspect of the invention, the method includes annealing the semiconductor material in the presence of a compound that includes a first element and a second element. The first element provides an overpressure to achieve a desired stoichiometry of the semiconductor material, and the second element provides a dopant to the semiconductor material.

  2. Enhancement of thermoelectric performance in composite materials through locally-modulated doping

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    Adams, Michael J.; Jin, Hyungyu; Heremans, Joseph P.

    2015-03-01

    Composites of organic or inorganic constituents are often considered as a way to yield high thermoelectric figure of merit. The limit of this approach is set by the effective medium theory, which demonstrates formally that a composite of two materials A and B cannot have higher figure of merit than the highest of either A or B, in the absence of interaction between A and B. In this work, we show that this limit can be lifted by introducing into a host material a second phase that behaves differently vis-a-vis electrons than vis-a-vis phonons. This phase consists of electrically and thermally insulating islands of material that locally dope the semiconducting host. Doped material near the islands provides electrically conductive volumes for charge carriers. Phonons, unaffected by local doping, are scattered by the islands. Thermopower is less affected by the doped regions than electrical conductivity, by an intrinsic mathematical property of the effective medium theory. We employ this concept in Bi1-xSbx alloys and in p-type (Bi1-xSbx)2 Te3 compounds, which are known as good thermoelectric materials at cryogenic and room temperatures, respectively. Experimental transport data and the local microscopic characterizations of the samples are presented. Supported by DOE US-China Clean Energy Research Center SubK 3002041929, and by AFOSR MURI FA9550-10-1-0533.

  3. Reactive Oxygen-Doped 3D Interdigital Carbonaceous Materials for Li and Na Ion Batteries.

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    Fan, Ling; Lu, Bingan

    2016-05-01

    Carbonaceous materials as anodes usually exhibit low capacity for lithium ion batteries (LIBs) and sodium ion batteries (SIBs). Oxygen-doped carbonaceous materials have the potential of high capacity and super rate performance. However, up to now, the reported oxygen-doped carbonaceous materials usually exhibit inferior electrochemical performance. To overcome this problem, a high reactive oxygen-doped 3D interdigital porous carbonaceous material is designed and synthesized through epitaxial growth method and used as anodes for LIBs and SIBs. It delivers high reversible capacity, super rate performance, and long cycling stability (473 mA h g(-1) after 500 cycles for LIBs and 223 mA h g(-1) after 1200 cycles for SIBs, respectively, at the current density of 1000 mA g(-1) ), with a capacity decay of 0.0214% per cycle for LIBs and 0.0155% per cycle for SIBs. The results demonstrate that constructing 3D interdigital porous structure with reactive oxygen functional groups can significantly enhance the electrochemical performance of oxygen-doped carbonaceous material. PMID:27061155

  4. Band Gap Narrowing and Widening of ZnO Nanostructures and Doped Materials.

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    Kamarulzaman, Norlida; Kasim, Muhd Firdaus; Rusdi, Roshidah

    2015-12-01

    Band gap change in doped ZnO is an observed phenomenon that is very interesting from the fundamental point of view. This work is focused on the preparation of pure and single phase nanostructured ZnO and Cu as well as Mn-doped ZnO for the purpose of understanding the mechanisms of band gap narrowing in the materials. ZnO, Zn0.99Cu0.01O and Zn0.99Mn0.01O materials were prepared using a wet chemistry method, and X-ray diffraction (XRD) results showed that all samples were pure and single phase. UV-visible spectroscopy showed that materials in the nanostructured state exhibit band gap widening with respect to their micron state while for the doped compounds exhibited band gap narrowing both in the nano and micron states with respect to the pure ZnO materials. The degree of band gap change was dependent on the doped elements and crystallite size. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) revealed that there were shifts in the valence bands. From both UV-visible and XPS spectroscopy, it was found that the mechanism for band gap narrowing was due to the shifting of the valance band maximum and conduction band minimum of the materials. The mechanisms were different for different samples depending on the type of dopant and dimensional length scales of the crystallites. PMID:26319225

  5. On the use of doped polyethylene as an insulating material for HVDC cables

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    Khalil, M.S.

    1996-12-31

    The merits of HVDC cables with polymeric insulation are well recognized. However, the development of such cables is still hampered due to the problems resulting from the complicated dependence of the electrical conductivity of the polymer on the temperature and the dc electric field and the effects of space charge accumulation in this material. Different methods have been suggested to solve these problems yet none of these methods seem to give a conclusive solution. The present report provides, firstly a critical review of the previous works reported in the literature concerning the development of HVDC cables with polymeric insulation. Different aspects of those works are examined and discussed. Secondly, an account is given on an investigation using low density polyethylene (LDPE) doped with an inorganic additive as a candidate insulating material for HVDC cables. Preliminary results from measurements of dc breakdown strength and insulation resistivity of both the undoped and the doped materials are presented. It is shown that the incorporation of an inorganic additive into LDPE has improved the performance of the doped material under polarity reversal dc conditions at room temperature. Moreover, the dependency of the insulation resistivity on temperature for the doped material appears to be beneficially modified.

  6. Co-doped spinels: promising materials for solid state lasers

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    Kuleshov, Nickolai V.; Mikhailov, Victor P.; Scherbitsky, V. G.

    1994-07-01

    Optical absorption, luminescence, saturation of absorption and lifetime measurements have been carried out on Co-doped MgAl2O4 and ZnGa2O4. The crystal field parameters are estimated for the tetrahedral Co2+ ion. Three luminescence bands observed in the visible and near infrared are assigned to transitions from the 4T1(4P) level to the lower levels 4A2(4F), 4T2(4F), and 4T1(4F), respectively. Strong luminescence quenching due to nonradiative decay processes is observed MgAl2O4:Co. Saturation of Co2+ absorption at 540 nm is measured and the absorption cross section is estimated to be 2.1 + 0.2 X 10-19 cm2 in MgAl2O4.

  7. Development of neutron-transmutation-doped germanium bolometer material

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    Palaio, N.P.

    1983-08-01

    The behavior of lattice defects generated as a result of the neutron-transmutation-doping of germanium was studied as a function of annealing conditions using deep level transient spectroscopy (DLTS) and mobility measurements. DLTS and variable temperature Hall effect were also used to measure the activation of dopant impurities formed during the transmutation process. In additioon, a semi-automated method of attaching wires on to small chips of germanium (< 1 mm/sup 3/) for the fabrication of infrared detecting bolometers was developed. Finally, several different types of junction field effect transistors were tested for noise at room and low temperature (approx. 80 K) in order to find the optimum device available for first stage electronics in the bolometer signal amplification circuit.

  8. Hydrogen storage material and process using graphite additive with metal-doped complex hydrides

    DOEpatents

    Zidan, Ragaiy; Ritter, James A.; Ebner, Armin D.; Wang, Jun; Holland, Charles E.

    2008-06-10

    A hydrogen storage material having improved hydrogen absorbtion and desorption kinetics is provided by adding graphite to a complex hydride such as a metal-doped alanate, i.e., NaAlH.sub.4. The incorporation of graphite into the complex hydride significantly enhances the rate of hydrogen absorbtion and desorption and lowers the desorption temperature needed to release stored hydrogen.

  9. Ligand Doping on the Hybrid Thermoelectric Materials Based on Terthiophene-Capped Silicon Nanoparticles

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    Ashby, Shane P.; Bian, Tiezheng; Guélou, Gabin; Powell, Anthony V.; Chao, Yimin

    2016-03-01

    Over the past 2 years, silicon nanoparticles (SiNPs) functionalised with conjugated molecules have been shown to have potential as low-temperature thermoelectric materials. One key challenge with such materials relates to the introduction of charge carriers. There are two components of organic/silicon nanocomposite materials in which charge carriers can be introduced: the silicon nanoparticle or the organic ligand. Investigation into the effect of introducing charge carriers on the ligands via oxidation is another step towards understanding and optimising this kind of system. Terthiophene-capped SiNPs have been synthesised and characterised before and after doping. Using different ratios and the oxidant NOBF4 to dope the surface ligands, the electrical conductivity has been measured at ambient temperature. The ratio of oxidant to nanoparticles shows similar trends in electrical resistivity to that of conventional conductive polymers and shows significant improvements over the undoped material.

  10. Thermoelectric properties of Al doped Mg{sub 2}Si material

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    Kaur, Kulwinder Kumar, Ranjan; Rani, Anita

    2015-08-28

    In the present paper we have calculated thermoelectric properties of Al doped Mg{sub 2}Si material (Mg{sub 2−x}Al{sub x}Si, x=0.06) using Pseudo potential plane wave method based on DFT and Semi classical Boltzmann theory. The calculations showed n-type conduction, indicating that the electrical conduction are due to electron. The electrical conductivity increasing with increasing temperature and the negative value of Seebeck Coefficient also show that the conduction is due to electron. The thermal conductivity was increased slightly by Al doping with increasing temperature due to the much larger contribution of lattice thermal conductivity over electronic thermal conductivity.

  11. Material and Doping Dependence of the Nodal and Antinodal Dispersion Renormalizations in Single- and Multilayer Cuprates

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    Johnston, S.; Lee, W. S.; Chen, Y.; Nowadnick, E. A.; Moritz, B.; Shen, Z. -X.; Devereaux, T. P.

    2010-01-01

    We presenmore » t a review of bosonic renormalization effects on electronic carriers observed from angle-resolved photoemission spectra in the cuprates. Specifically, we discuss the viewpoint that these renormalizations represent coupling of the electrons to the lattice and review how materials dependence, such as the number of Cu O 2 layers, and doping dependence can be understood straightforwardly in terms of several aspects of electron-phonon coupling in layered correlated materials.« less

  12. Ti-doped isotropic graphite: A promising armour material for plasma-facing components

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    García-Rosales, C.; López-Galilea, I.; Ordás, N.; Adelhelm, C.; Balden, M.; Pintsuk, G.; Grattarola, M.; Gualco, C.

    2009-04-01

    Finely dispersed Ti-doped isotropic graphites with 4 at.% Ti have been manufactured using synthetic mesophase pitch 'AR' as raw material. These new materials show a thermal conductivity at room temperature of ˜200 W/mK and flexural strength close to 100 MPa. Measurement of the total erosion yield by deuterium bombardment at ion energies and sample temperatures for which pure carbon shows maximum values, resulted in a reduction of at least a factor of 4, mainly due to dopant enrichment at the surface caused by preferential erosion of carbon. In addition, ITER relevant thermal shock loads were applied with an energetic electron beam at the JUDITH facility. The results demonstrated a significantly improved performance of Ti-doped graphite compared to pure graphite. Finally, Ti-doped graphite was successfully brazed to a CuCrZr block using a Mo interlayer. These results let assume that Ti-doped graphite can be a promising armour material for divertor plasma-facing components.

  13. Polycrystalline silicon semiconducting material by nuclear transmutation doping

    DOEpatents

    Cleland, John W.; Westbrook, Russell D.; Wood, Richard F.; Young, Rosa T.

    1978-01-01

    A NTD semiconductor material comprising polycrystalline silicon having a mean grain size less than 1000 microns and containing phosphorus dispersed uniformly throughout the silicon rather than at the grain boundaries.

  14. Probing structural variation and multifunctionality in niobium doped bismuth vanadate materials.

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    Saithathul Fathimah, Sameera; Prabhakar Rao, Padala; James, Vineetha; Raj, Athira K V; Chitradevi, G R; Leela, Sandhyakumari

    2014-11-14

    Multifunctional materials are developed in BiV1-xNbxO4 solid solutions via structural variations. A citrate gel route has been employed to synthesize these materials followed by calcination at various temperatures leading to fine particles. The effects of niobium doping over the structural variation and its influence on the optical properties are assessed by powder X-ray diffraction (XRD), Raman spectroscopy, scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), and UV-Vis-NIR spectroscopy. These solid solutions exhibit superior coloristic properties which are comparable to commercially available yellow pigments. These materials also show remarkable reflectance in the NIR region which makes them potential candidates for cool roof applications. A notable methylene blue dye degradation property is observed in Nb(5+) doped BiVO4 under sunlight irradiation. PMID:25223954

  15. Special quasirandom structures for gadolinia-doped ceria and related materials.

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    Wang, H; Chroneos, A; Jiang, C; Schwingenschlögl, U

    2012-09-01

    Gadolinia doped ceria in its doped or strained form is considered to be an electrolyte for solid oxide fuel cell applications. The simulation of the defect processes in these materials is complicated by the random distribution of the constituent atoms. We propose the use of the special quasirandom structure (SQS) approach as a computationally efficient way to describe the random nature of the local cation environment and the distribution of the oxygen vacancies. We have generated two 96-atom SQS cells describing 9% and 12% gadolinia doped ceria. These SQS cells are transferable and can be used to model related materials such as yttria stabilized zirconia. To demonstrate the applicability of the method we use density functional theory to investigate the influence of the local environment around a Y dopant in Y-codoped gadolinia doped ceria. It is energetically favourable if Y is not close to Gd or an oxygen vacancy. Moreover, Y-O bonds are found to be weaker than Gd-O bonds so that the conductivity of O ions is improved. PMID:22828722

  16. DNA based materials doped with praseodymium (III) hydroxide nanoparticles

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    Lazar, Cosmina Andreea; Kajzar, François; Mihaly, Maria; Pirvu, Cristian; Petcu, Adina Roxana; Olteanu, Nicoleta Liliana; Rau, Ileana

    2016-06-01

    Lanthanide ions have attracted intense research interest for their luminescence properties, which make them interesting for applications such as bioactive probes for magnetic resonance and luminescence. We present here our study related to the interaction between DNA-CTMA (hexadecyltrimethylammonium chloride) and praseodymium. The new materials synthesized were investigated from photophysical properties and morphological point of view.

  17. Optically and electrically controlled circularly polarized emission from cholesteric liquid crystal materials doped with semiconductor quantum dots.

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    Bobrovsky, Alexey; Mochalov, Konstantin; Oleinikov, Vladimir; Sukhanova, Alyona; Prudnikau, Anatol; Artemyev, Mikhail; Shibaev, Valery; Nabiev, Igor

    2012-12-01

    Novel types of electro- and photoactive quantum dot-doped cholesteric materials have been engineered. UV-irradiation or electric field application allows one to control the degree of circular polarization and intensity of fluorescence emission by prepared quantum dot-doped liquid crystal films. PMID:22972420

  18. Cobalt doped lanthanum chromite material suitable for high temperature use

    DOEpatents

    Ruka, R.J.

    1986-12-23

    A high temperature, solid electrolyte electrochemical cell, subject to thermal cycling temperatures of between about 25 C and about 1,200 C, capable of electronic interconnection to at least one other electrochemical cell and capable of operating in an environment containing oxygen and a fuel, is made; where the cell has a first and second electrode with solid electrolyte between them, where an improved interconnect material is applied along a portion of a supporting electrode; where the interconnect is made of a chemically modified lanthanum chromite, containing cobalt as the important additive, which interconnect allows for adjustment of the thermal expansion of the interconnect material to more nearly match that of other cell components, such as zirconia electrolyte, and is stable in oxygen containing atmospheres such as air and in fuel environments. 2 figs.

  19. Cobalt doped lanthanum chromite material suitable for high temperature use

    DOEpatents

    Ruka, Roswell J.

    1986-01-01

    A high temperature, solid electrolyte electrochemical cell, subject to thermal cycling temperatures of between about 25.degree. C. and about 1200.degree. C., capable of electronic interconnection to at least one other electrochemical cell and capable of operating in an environment containing oxygen and a fuel, is made; where the cell has a first and second electrode with solid electrolyte between them, where an improved interconnect material is applied along a portion of a supporting electrode; where the interconnect is made of a chemically modified lanthanum chromite, containing cobalt as the important additive, which interconnect allows for adjustment of the thermal expansion of the interconnect material to more nearly match that of other cell components, such as zirconia electrolyte, and is stable in oxygen containing atmospheres such as air and in fuel environments.

  20. Preparation and photoelectrocatalytic performance of N-doped TiO2/NaY zeolite membrane composite electrode material.

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    Cheng, Zhi-Lin; Han, Shuai

    2016-01-01

    A novel composite electrode material based on a N-doped TiO2-loaded NaY zeolite membrane (N-doped TiO2/NaY zeolite membrane) for photoelectrocatalysis was presented. X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), UV-visible (UV-vis) and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) characterization techniques were used to analyze the structure of the N-doped TiO2/NaY zeolite membrane. The XRD and SEM results verified that the N-doped TiO2 nanoparticles with the size of ca. 20 nm have been successfully loaded on the porous stainless steel-supported NaY zeolite membrane. The UV-vis result showed that the N-doped TiO2/NaY zeolite membrane exhibited a more obvious red-shift than that of N-TiO2 nanoparticles. The XPS characterization revealed that the doping of N element into TiO2 was successfully achieved. The photoelectrocatalysis performance of the N-doped TiO2/NaY zeolite membrane composite electrode material was evaluated by phenol removal and also the effects of reaction conditions on the catalytic performance were investigated. Owing to exhibiting an excellent catalytic activity and good recycling stability, the N-doped TiO2/NaY zeolite membrane composite electrode material was of promising application for photoelectrocatalysis in wastewater treatment. PMID:26877029

  1. Improved electrochemical performance of the Cr doped cathode materials for energy storage/conversion devices

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    Sangeeta, Agnihotri, Shruti; Arya, Anil; Sharma, A. L.

    2016-05-01

    Successful synthesis of a nanostructured Cr-doped LiFePO4 cathode material has been prepared by a sol-gel technique followed by a single step thermal treatment at 750° C for 12 hours. As olivine type LiFePO4 has already gained much attention due to its advantages over other cathode materials, doping of metal ion is done in the paper to improve its drawback of lower conductivity. FESEM couples with EDX were done to characterize the morphology and particle size of the materials. LiFe(1-x)CrxPO4 (x=0.1, 0.2, 0.3) materials have average particle size of 30 to 50 nm. EDX analysis confirmed the precursor used and also confirmed the presence of carbon which is in good agreement with chemical analysis result. Electrical conductivity of the prepared cathode materials is estimated of the order of 10-5 Scm-1 by AC impedance analysis. The energy density and power density of the cathode materials is improved drastically after addition of Cr as dopant. The estimated parameters appear at desirable value for use of materials as cathode in energy storage/conversion devices.

  2. Alkaline earth metal doped tin oxide as a novel oxygen storage material

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    Dong, Qiang; Yin, Shu; Yoshida, Mizuki; Wu, Xiaoyong; Liu, Bin; Miura, Akira; Takei, Takahiro; Kumada, Nobuhiro; Sato, Tsugio

    2015-09-15

    Alkaline earth metal doped tin oxide (SnO{sub 2}) hollow nanospheres with a diameter of 50 nm have been synthesized successfully via a facial solvothermal route in a very simple system composed of only ethanol, acetic acid, SnCl{sub 4}·5H{sub 2}O and A(NO{sub 3}){sub 2}·xH{sub 2}O (A = Mg, Ca, Sr, Ba). The synthesized undoped SnO{sub 2} and A-doped SnO{sub 2} hollow nanospheres were characterized by the oxygen storage capacity (OSC), X-ray diffraction, transmission electron microscopy and the Brunauer–Emmet–Teller (BET) technique. The OSC values of all samples were measured using thermogravimetric-differential thermal analysis. The incorporation of alkaline earth metal ion into tin oxide greatly enhanced the thermal stability and OSC. Especially, Ba-doped SnO{sub 2} hollow nanospheres calcined at 1000 °C for 20 h with a BET surface area of 61 m{sup 2} g{sup −1} exhibited the considerably high OSC of 457 μmol-O g{sup −1} and good thermal stability. Alkaline earth metal doped tin oxide has the potential to be a novel oxygen storage material.

  3. Hyperpolarized cesium ions doped in a glass material

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    Ishikawa, Kiyoshi

    2014-12-01

    Hyperpolarized (HP) 133 Cs nuclear magnetic resonance signals were measured from borosilicate glass cell walls during optical pumping of cesium vapor at high magnetic field (9.4 T). Significant signal enhancements were observed when additional heating of the cell wall was provided by intense but non-resonant laser irradiation, with integrated HP 133 Cs NMR signals and line widths varying as a function of heating laser power (and hence glass temperature). Given that virtually no Cs ions would originally be present in the glass, absorbed HP Cs atoms rarely met thermally-polarized Cs ions already at the surface; thus, spin-exchange via nuclear dipole interaction cannot be the primary mechanism for injecting spin polarization into the glass. Instead, it is concluded that the absorption and transport of HP atoms into the glass material itself is the dominant mechanism of nuclear spin injection at high temperatures-the first reported experimental demonstration of such a mechanism.

  4. Thermoluminescence characterization of newly developed Cu-doped lithium tetraborate materials

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    Kelemen, A.; Mesterházy, D.; Ignatovych, M.; Holovey, V.

    2012-09-01

    This work reports the thermoluminescence characterization of newly synthesized Li2B4O7 (LTB) and LTB:Cu materials of single crystal and glassy structure. The following basic properties were investigated: glow curve, dose response, fading, reproducibility and batch uniformity. The Cu doped samples and the non-doped single crystal gave TL response, while the non-doped glassy LTB did not up to 10 kGy. LTB:Cu single crystals showed promising properties. Their glow curve consists of two well separated peaks (at 165 °C and 270 °C) in the 50-350 °C temperature region. The sensitivity of this material is about 5 times higher than that of the TLD-100. The most attractive feature of these LTB:Cu single crystals is their linear dose response in a very wide range: from 0.3 mGy to 10 kGy. Unfortunately this material is sensitive to light; the fading of irradiated samples is very quick in daylight, but at room temperature and kept in dark the fading of the 270 °C peak is less than 6%.

  5. Transition metals doped CuAlSe2 for promising intermediate band materials

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    Wang, Tingting; Li, Xiaoguang; Li, Wenjie; Huang, Li; Ma, Cencen; Cheng, Ya; Cui, Jun; Luo, Hailin; Zhong, Guohua; Yang, Chunlei

    2016-04-01

    Introducing an isolated intermediate band (IB) into a wide band gap semiconductor can potentially improve the optical absorption of the material beyond the Shockley–Queisser limitation for solar cells. Here, we present a systematic study of the thermodynamic stability, electronic structures and optical properties of transition metals (M = Ti, V and Fe) doped CuAlSe2 for potential IB thin film solar cells, by adopting the first-principles calculation based on the hybrid functional method. We found from chemical potential analysis that for all dopants considered, the stable doped phase only exists when the Al atom is substituted. More importantly, with this substitution, the IB feature is determined by 3d electronic nature of M 3+ ion, and the electronic configuration of 3d1 can drive a optimum IB that possesses half-filled character and suitable subbandgap from valence band or conduction band. We further show that Ti-doped CuAlSe2 is the more promising candidate for IB materials since the resulted IB in it is half filled and extra absorption peaks occurs in the optical spectrum accompanied with a largely enhanced light absorption intensity. The result offers a understanding for IB induced by transition metals into CuAlSe2 and is significant to fabricate the related IB materials.

  6. A novel approach to prepare optically active ion doped luminescent materials via electron beam evaporation into ionic liquids

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    Richter, K.; Lorbeer, C.; Mudring, A. -V.

    2014-11-10

    A novel approach to prepare luminescent materials via electron-beam evaporation into ionic liquids is presented which even allows doping of host lattices with ions that have a strong size mismatch. Thus, to prove this, MgF2 nanoparticles doped with Eu3+ were fabricated. The obtained nanoparticles featured an unusually high luminescence lifetime and the obtained material showed a high potential for application.

  7. A novel approach to prepare optically active ion doped luminescent materials via electron beam evaporation into ionic liquids

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    Richter, K.; Lorbeer, C.; Mudring, A. -V.

    2014-11-10

    A novel approach to prepare luminescent materials via electron-beam evaporation into ionic liquids is presented which even allows doping of host lattices with ions that have a strong size mismatch. Thus, to prove this, MgF2 nanoparticles doped with Eu3+ were fabricated. The obtained nanoparticles featured an unusually high luminescence lifetime and the obtained material showed a high potential for application.

  8. Synthesis and characterization of Bi-doped Mg{sub 2}Si thermoelectric materials

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    Fiameni, S.; Battiston, S.; Boldrini, S.; Famengo, A.; Agresti, F.; Barison, S.; Fabrizio, M.

    2012-09-15

    The Mg{sub 2}Si-based alloys are promising candidates for thermoelectric energy conversion for the middle high range of temperature. They are very attractive as they could replace lead-based compounds due to their low cost and non toxicity. They could also result in thermoelectric generator weight reduction (a key feature for the automotive application field). The high value of thermal conductivity of the silicide-based materials could be reduced by increasing the phonon scattering in the presence of nanosized crystalline grains without heavily interfering with the electrical conductivity of the thermoelectric material. Nanostructured materials were obtained under inert atmosphere through ball milling, thermal treatment and spark plasma sintering processes. In particular, the role of several bismuth doping amounts in Mg{sub 2}Si were investigated (Mg{sub 2}Si:Bi=1:x for x=0.01, 0.02 and 0.04 M ratio). The morphology, the composition and the structure of the samples were characterized by FE-SEM, EDS and XRD analyses after each process step. Moreover, the Seebeck coefficient analyses at high temperature and the electrical and thermal conductivity of the samples are presented in this work. The nanostructuring processes were affect by the MgO amount increase which influenced the thermoelectric properties of the samples mainly by reducing the electrical conductivity. With the aim of further increasing the scattering phenomena by interface or boundary effect, carbon nanostructures named Single Wall Carbon Nanohorns were added to the Mg{sub 2}Si in order to produce a nanocomposite material. The influence of the nanostructured filler on the thermoelectric material properties is also discussed. - Graphical abstract: Figure of merit (ZT) of Bi-doped samples and undoped Mg{sub 2}Si. A maximum ZT value of 0.39 at 600 Degree-Sign C was obtained for the nanocomposite material obtained adding Single Wall Carbon Nanohorns to the Bi 0.02 at% doped silicide. Highlights: Black

  9. Electrochemical doping and the optical properties of light-emitting polymer materials and devices

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    Leger, Janelle Maureen

    The first three chapters of this dissertation serve as an introduction to the field of light-emitting polymers and polymer-based devices including materials, device construction, and measurement techniques. In chapter one I discuss the physical models necessary to understand semiconductivity in conjugated polymers. Chapter two reviews the device physics of several important applications. In chapter three I introduce the experimental techniques used in the following studies. Two well established light-emitting polymer devices include the polymer LED and the polymer LEC. The LEC uses electrochemical doping to achieve the charge injection necessary for light emission, while the LED injects charge directly from contact electrodes. I use a technique employing simulations of interference effects in multilayered device structures, matching experimental device spectra to simulation in order to gain insight into the location of light emission within the device. In chapter four I use this technique to explore the thickness dependence of PLEDs. In chapter five I combine simulations of interference effects in LECs with studies of planar geometry devices, thereby providing information about the fundamental operating mechanism of these devices. Several polymer-based applications include light-emitting electrochemical cells (LEC), electrochromic devices (ECD), and actuators, for which the operating mechanism depends heavily on electrochemical doping. Unfortunately, the doping of light-emitting polymers is not well understood. In chapter six I study the basic electrochemical doping reactions of one common light-emitting polymer, MEH-PPV. I explore factors affecting the fundamental doping reaction through cyclic voltammetry. Further, I investigate the optical properties of doped films in order to gain insight into the structural changes and changes in the energy band structure induced by doping. Finally, I explore some unique functionalities of MEH-PPV, specifically electrochromic

  10. Doping in controlling the type of conductivity in bulk and nanostructured thermoelectric materials

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    Fuks, D.; Komisarchik, G.; Kaller, M.; Gelbstein, Y.

    2016-08-01

    Doping of materials for thermoelectric applications is widely used nowadays to control the type of conductivity. We report the results of ab-initio calculations aimed at developing the consistent scheme for determining the role of impurities that may change the type of conductivity in two attractive thermoelectric classes of materials. It is demonstrated that alloying of TiNiSn with Cu makes the material of n-type, and alloying with Fe leads to p-type conductivity. Similar calculations for PbTe with small amount of Na substituting for Pb leads to p-type conductivity, while Cl substituting for Te makes PbTe an n-type material. It is shown also that for nano-grained materials the n-type conductivity should be observed. The effect of impurities segregating to the grain boundaries in nano-structured PbTe is also discussed.

  11. Dysprosium-doped cadmium oxide as a gateway material for mid-infrared plasmonics

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    Sachet, Edward; Shelton, Christopher T.; Harris, Joshua S.; Gaddy, Benjamin E.; Irving, Douglas L.; Curtarolo, Stefano; Donovan, Brian F.; Hopkins, Patrick E.; Sharma, Peter A.; Sharma, Ana Lima; et al

    2015-02-16

    The interest in plasmonic technologies surrounds many emergent optoelectronic applications, such as plasmon lasers, transistors, sensors and information storage. Although plasmonic materials for ultraviolet–visible and near-infrared wavelengths have been found, the mid-infrared range remains a challenge to address: few known systems can achieve subwavelength optical confinement with low loss in this range. With a combination of experiments and ab initio modelling, here we demonstrate an extreme peak of electron mobility in Dy-doped CdO that is achieved through accurate ‘defect equilibrium engineering’. In so doing, we create a tunable plasmon host that satisfies the criteria for mid-infrared spectrum plasmonics, and overcomesmore » the losses seen in conventional plasmonic materials. In particular, extrinsic doping pins the CdO Fermi level above the conduction band minimum and it increases the formation energy of native oxygen vacancies, thus reducing their populations by several orders of magnitude. The substitutional lattice strain induced by Dy doping is sufficiently small, allowing mobility values around 500 cm2 V–1 s–1 for carrier densities above 1020 cm–3. As a result, our work shows that CdO:Dy is a model system for intrinsic and extrinsic manipulation of defects affecting electrical, optical and thermal properties, that oxide conductors are ideal candidates for plasmonic devices and that the defect engineering approach for property optimization is generally applicable to other conducting metal oxides.« less

  12. Effect of silicon and sodium on thermoelectric properties of thallium doped lead telluride based materials

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    Zhang, Qinyong; Wang, H; Zhang, Qian; Liu, W.; Yu, Bo; Wang, H; Wang, D.; Ni, G; Chen, Gang; Ren, Z. F.

    2012-01-01

    Thallium (Tl)-doped lead telluride (Tl0.02Pb0.98Te) thermoelectric materials fabricated by ball milling and hot pressing have decent thermoelectric properties but weak mechanical strength. Addition of silicon (Si) nanoparticles strengthened the mechanical property by reducing the grain size and defect density but resulted in low electrical conductivity that was not desired for any thermoelectric materials. Fortunately, doping of sodium (Na) into the Si added Tl0.02Pb0.98Te brings back the high electrical conductivity and yields higher figure-of-merit ZT values of ~1.7 at 770 K. The ZT improvement by Si addition and Na doping in Tl0.02Pb0.98Te sample is the direct result of concurrent electron and phonon engineering by improving the power factor and lowering the thermal conductivity, respectively.

  13. Dysprosium-doped cadmium oxide as a gateway material for mid-infrared plasmonics

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    Sachet, Edward; Shelton, Christopher T.; Harris, Joshua S.; Gaddy, Benjamin E.; Irving, Douglas L.; Curtarolo, Stefano; Donovan, Brian F.; Hopkins, Patrick E.; Sharma, Peter A.; Sharma, Ana Lima; Ihlefeld, Jon; Franzen, Stefan; Maria, Jon-Paul

    2015-04-01

    The interest in plasmonic technologies surrounds many emergent optoelectronic applications, such as plasmon lasers, transistors, sensors and information storage. Although plasmonic materials for ultraviolet-visible and near-infrared wavelengths have been found, the mid-infrared range remains a challenge to address: few known systems can achieve subwavelength optical confinement with low loss in this range. With a combination of experiments and ab initio modelling, here we demonstrate an extreme peak of electron mobility in Dy-doped CdO that is achieved through accurate ‘defect equilibrium engineering’. In so doing, we create a tunable plasmon host that satisfies the criteria for mid-infrared spectrum plasmonics, and overcomes the losses seen in conventional plasmonic materials. In particular, extrinsic doping pins the CdO Fermi level above the conduction band minimum and it increases the formation energy of native oxygen vacancies, thus reducing their populations by several orders of magnitude. The substitutional lattice strain induced by Dy doping is sufficiently small, allowing mobility values around 500 cm2 V-1 s-1 for carrier densities above 1020 cm-3. Our work shows that CdO:Dy is a model system for intrinsic and extrinsic manipulation of defects affecting electrical, optical and thermal properties, that oxide conductors are ideal candidates for plasmonic devices and that the defect engineering approach for property optimization is generally applicable to other conducting metal oxides.

  14. Laser ceramic materials for subpicosecond solid-state lasers using Nd3+-doped mixed scandium garnets.

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    Okada, Hajime; Tanaka, Momoko; Kiriyama, Hiromitsu; Nakai, Yoshiki; Ochi, Yoshihiro; Sugiyama, Akira; Daido, Hiroyuki; Kimura, Toyoaki; Yanagitani, Takagimi; Yagi, Hideki; Meichin, Noriyuki

    2010-09-15

    We have successfully developed and demonstrated broadband emission Nd-doped mixed scandium garnets based on laser ceramic technology. The inhomogeneous broadening of Nd(3+) fluorescence lines results in a bandwidth above 5 nm that is significantly broader than that for Nd:YAG and enables subpicosecond mode-locked pulse durations. We have also found the emission cross section of 7.8 × 10(-20) cm(2) to be adequate for efficient energy extraction and thermal conductivity of 4.7 W/mK from these new Nd-doped laser ceramics. The new laser ceramics are good candidates for laser host material in a diode-pumped subpicosecond laser system with high efficiency and high repetition rate. PMID:20847774

  15. Ti-doped nano-porous graphene: A material for hydrogen storage and sensor

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    Li, Sa; Zhao, Hong-min; Jena, Puru

    2011-06-01

    Clustering of Ti on carbon nanostructures has proved to be an obstacle in their use as hydrogen storagematerials. Using density functional theory we show that Ti atoms will not cluster at moderate concentrations when doped into nanoporous graphene. Since each Ti atom can bind up to three hydrogen molecules with an average binding energy of 0.54 eV/H2, this material can be ideal for storing hydrogen under ambient thermodynamic conditions. In addition, nanoporous graphene is magnetic with or without Ti doping, but when it is fully saturated with hydrogen, the magnetism disappears. This novel feature suggests that nanoporous graphene cannot only be used for storing hydrogen, but also as a hydrogen sensor.

  16. Application of neutron transmutation doping method to initially p-type silicon material.

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    Kim, Myong-Seop; Kang, Ki-Doo; Park, Sang-Jun

    2009-01-01

    The neutron transmutation doping (NTD) method was applied to the initially p-type silicon in order to extend the NTD applications at HANARO. The relationship between the irradiation neutron fluence and the final resistivity of the initially p-type silicon material was investigated. The proportional constant between the neutron fluence and the resistivity was determined to be 2.3473x10(19)nOmegacm(-1). The deviation of the final resistivity from the target for almost all the irradiation results of the initially p-type silicon ingots was at a range from -5% to 2%. In addition, the burn-up effect of the boron impurities, the residual (32)P activity and the effect of the compensation characteristics for the initially p-type silicon were studied. Conclusively, the practical methodology to perform the neutron transmutation doping of the initially p-type silicon ingot was established. PMID:19318259

  17. Measuring and analyzing excitation-induced decoherence in rare-earth-doped optical materials

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    Thiel, C. W.; Macfarlane, R. M.; Sun, Y.; Böttger, T.; Sinclair, N.; Tittel, W.; Cone, R. L.

    2014-10-01

    A method is introduced for quantitatively analyzing photon echo decay measurements to characterize excitation-induced decoherence resulting from the phenomenon of instantaneous spectral diffusion. Detailed analysis is presented that allows fundamental material properties to be extracted that predict and describe excitation-induced decoherence for a broad range of measurements, applications and experimental conditions. Motivated by the need for a method that enables systematic studies of ultra-low decoherence systems and direct comparison of properties between optical materials, this approach employs simple techniques and analytical expressions that avoid the need for difficult to measure and often unknown material parameters or numerical simulations. This measurement and analysis approach is demonstrated for the 3H6 to 3H4 optical transition of three thulium-doped crystals, Tm3+:YAG, Tm3+:LiNbO3 and Tm3+:YGG, that are currently employed in quantum information and classical signal processing demonstrations where minimizing decoherence is essential to achieve high efficiencies and large signal bandwidths. These new results reveal more than two orders of magnitude variation in sensitivity to excitation-induced decoherence among the materials studied and establish that the Tm3+:YGG system offers the longest optical coherence lifetimes and the lowest levels of excitation-induced decoherence yet observed for any known thulium-doped material.

  18. Improved thermal stability of N-doped Sb materials for high-speed phase change memory application

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    Hu, Yifeng; Zhu, Xiaoqin; Zou, Hua; Zhang, Jianhao; Yuan, Li; Xue, Jianzhong; Sui, Yongxing; Wu, Weihua; Song, Sannian; Song, Zhitang

    2016-05-01

    Compared with pure Sb, N-doped Sb material was proved to be a promising candidate for the phase change memory (PCM) use because of its higher crystallization temperature (˜250 °C), larger crystallization activation energy (3.53 eV), and better data retention ability (166 °C for 10 years). N-doping also broadened the band gap and refined grain size. The reversible resistance transition could be achieved by an electric pulse as short as 8 ns for the PCM cell based on N-doped Sb material. A lower operation power consumption (the energy for RESET operation 2.2 × 10-12 J) was obtained. In addition, N-doped Sb material showed a good endurance of 1.8 × 105 cycles.

  19. High valence transition metal doped strontium ferrites for electrode materials in symmetrical SOFCs

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    Fernández-Ropero, A. J.; Porras-Vázquez, J. M.; Cabeza, A.; Slater, P. R.; Marrero-López, D.; Losilla, E. R.

    2014-03-01

    In this paper we report the successful incorporation of high valence transition metals, i.e. Cr, Mo, W, V, Nb, Ti, Zr into SrFeO3-δ perovskite materials, for potential applications as symmetric electrode materials for Solid Oxide Fuel Cells. It is observed that the doping leads to a change from an orthorhombic structure (with partial ordering of oxygen vacancies) to a cubic one (with the oxygen vacancies disordered). These electrodes are chemically compatibles with Ce0.9Gd0.1O1.95 (CGO) and La0.8Sr0.2Ga0.8Mg0.2O3-δ (LSGM) electrolytes at least up to 1100 °C. Thermal annealing experiments in 5% H2-Ar at 800 °C also show the stability of the doped samples in reducing conditions, suggesting that they may be suitable for both cathode and anode applications. In contrast, reduction of undoped SrFeO3-δ leads to the observation of extra peaks indicating the formation of the brownmillerite structure with the associated oxygen vacancy ordering. The performance of these electrodes was examined on dense electrolyte pellets of CGO and LSGM in air and 5% H2-Ar. In both atmospheres an improvement in the area specific resistances (ASR) values is observed for the doped samples with respect to the parent compound. Thus, the results show that high valence transition metals can be incorporated into SrFeO3-δ-based materials and can have a beneficial effect on the electrochemical performance, making them potentially suitable for use as cathode and anode materials in symmetrical SOFC.

  20. Synthesis and Characterization of Al-Doped Mg2Si Thermoelectric Materials

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    Battiston, S.; Fiameni, S.; Saleemi, M.; Boldrini, S.; Famengo, A.; Agresti, F.; Stingaciu, M.; Toprak, M. S.; Fabrizio, M.; Barison, S.

    2013-07-01

    Magnesium silicide (Mg2Si)-based alloys are promising candidates for thermoelectric (TE) energy conversion for the middle to high range of temperature. These materials are very attractive for TE research because of the abundance of their constituent elements in the Earth's crust. Mg2Si could replace lead-based TE materials, due to its low cost, nontoxicity, and low density. In this work, the role of aluminum doping (Mg2Si:Al = 1: x for x = 0.005, 0.01, 0.02, and 0.04 molar ratio) in dense Mg2Si materials was investigated. The synthesis process was performed by planetary milling under inert atmosphere starting from commercial Mg2Si pieces and Al powder. After ball milling, the samples were sintered by means of spark plasma sintering to density >95%. The morphology, composition, and crystal structure of the samples were characterized by field-emission scanning electron microscopy, energy-dispersive spectroscopy, and x-ray diffraction analyses. Moreover, Seebeck coefficient analyses, as well as electrical and thermal conductivity measurements were performed for all samples up to 600°C. The resultant estimated ZT values are comparable to those reported in the literature for these materials. In particular, the maximum ZT achieved was 0.50 for the x = 0.01 Al-doped sample at 600°C.

  1. Sol-gel-derived hybrid materials multi-doped with rare-earth metal ions

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    Zelazowska, E.; Rysiakiewicz-Pasek, E.; Borczuch-Laczka, M.; Cholewa-Kowalska, K.

    2012-06-01

    Four different hybrid organic-inorganic materials based on TiO2-SiO2 matrices with organic additives and doped with rare-earth metal ions (III) from the group of europium, cerium, terbium, neodymium, dysprosium and samarium, were synthesized by sol-gel method. Tetraethyl orthosilicate, titanium (IV) isopropoxide and organic compounds, such as butyl acrylate, butyl methacrylate, ethyl acetoacetate, ethylene glycol dimethacrylate, ethyl acetate, propylene carbonate, organic solvents and certain inorganic salts were used in the synthesis. The inorganic part of the sols, which were used in the synthesis of all the hybrid materials, was prepared separately and then the organic parts were added. The materials obtained were aged for three weeks at room temperature and then heated in an electric oven for three hours at temperatures of 80 °C-150 °C. Scanning electron microscopy equipped with energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (SEM/EDX); X-ray diffraction (XRD); Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (KBr technique); 29Si magic-angle spinning nuclear magnetic resonance; and fluorescence spectroscopy were used for the examination of morphology, microstructure and luminescence properties, respectively. Photoluminescence properties with relatively intense narrow emission lines of Tb, Eu, Dy, Nd, Sm respectively to the RE-ions doping, were observed for all the hybrid materials.

  2. Studies on Ca2+-Doped CeBr3 Scintillating Materials

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    Guss, P.; Foster, M. E.; Wong, B. M.; Doty, F. P.; Shah, K.; Squillante, M. R.; Shirwadkar, U.; Hawrami, R.; Tower, J.; Yuan, D.

    2013-09-01

    Despite the outstanding scintillation performance characteristics of cerium tribromide (CeBr3) and cerium-activated lanthanum tribromide (LaBr3:Ce), their commercial availability and application is limited due to the difficulties of growing large, crack-free single crystals from these fragile materials. The objective of this investigation was to employ aliovalent doping to increase crystal strength while maintaining the optical properties of the crystal. One divalent dopant (Ca2+) was investigated as a dopant to strengthen CeBr3 without negatively impacting scintillation performance. Ingots containing nominal concentrations of 1.9% of the Ca2+ dopant were grown. Preliminary scintillation measurements are presented for this aliovalently doped scintillator. Ca2+-doped CeBr3 exhibited little or no change in the peak fluorescence emission for 371 nm optical excitation for CeBr3. The structural, electronic, and optical properties of CeBr3 crystals were investigated using the density functional theory within generalized gradient approximation. The calculated lattice parameters are in good agreement with the experimental data. The energy band structures and density of states were obtained. The optical properties of CeBr3, including the dielectric function, were calculated.

  3. Evaluation of the acid properties of porous zirconium-doped and undoped silica materials

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    Fuentes-Perujo, D.; Santamaria-Gonzalez, J.; Merida-Robles, J.; Rodriguez-Castellon, E.; Jimenez-Lopez, A.; Maireles-Torres, P. . E-mail: maireles@uma.es; Moreno-Tost, R.

    2006-07-15

    A series of porous silica and Zr-doped silica molecular sieves, belonging to the MCM-41 and MSU families, were prepared and characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and N{sub 2} adsorption at 77 K. Their acid properties have been evaluated by NH{sub 3}-TPD, adsorption of pyridine and deuterated acetonitrile coupled to FT-IR spectroscopy and the catalytic tests of isopropanol decomposition and isomerization of 1-butene. The acidity of purely siliceous solids were, in all cases, very low, while the incorporation of Zr(IV) into the siliceous framework produced an enhancement of the acidity. The adsorption of basic probe molecules and the catalytic behaviour revealed that Zr-doped MSU-type silica was more acidic than the analogous Zr-MCM-41 solid, with a similar Zr content. This high acidity observed in the case of Zr-doped silica samples is due to the presence of surface zirconium atoms with a low coordination, mainly creating Lewis acid sites. - Graphical abstract: The adsorption of basic probe molecules and the catalytic behaviour have revealed that MSU-type materials are more acidic than the analogous MCM-41 solids, mainly after the incorporation of zirconium into the silica framework.

  4. Studies on Ca2+-Doped CeBr3 Scintillating Materials

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    Guss, P.; Foster, M. E.; Wong, B. M.; Doty, F. P.; Shah, K.; Squillante, M.; Glodo, J.; Yuan, D.

    2013-07-03

    Despite the outstanding scintillation performance characteristics of cerium tribromide (CeBr3) and cerium-activated lanthanum tribromide (LaBr3:Ce), their commercial availability and application is limited due to the difficulties of growing large, crack-free single crystals from these fragile materials. The objective of this investigation was to employ aliovalent doping to increase crystal strength while maintaining the optical properties of the crystal. One divalent dopant (Ca2+) was investigated as a dopant to strengthen CeBr3 without negatively impacting scintillation performance. Ingots containing nominal concentrations of 1.9% of the Ca2+ dopant were grown. Preliminary scintillation measurements are presented for this aliovalently doped scintillator. Ca2+-doped CeBr3 exhibited little or no change in the peak fluorescence emission for 371 nm optical excitation for CeBr3. The structural, electronic, and optical properties of CeBr3 crystals were investigated using the density functional theory within generalized gradient approximation. The calculated lattice parameters are in good agreement with the experimental data. The energy band structures and density of states were obtained. The optical properties of CeBr3, including the dielectric function, were calculated.

  5. X-ray Analysis of Erbium Doping in Group IV Nanocrystalline Materials

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    Meulenberg, Robert

    2005-03-01

    We have produced erbium-doped germanium nanoparticles using a new two cell physical vapor deposition system. Doped nanoparticles are fabricated using two methods: 1) by co-evaporation of Er and Ge and 2) by Er deposition on the surface of undoped Ge nanoparticles. Using elemental specific x-ray techniques [x-ray absorption (XAS) and photoemission (PES) spectroscopy], we are able to monitor band edge shifts as a function of both particle size and Er concentration. In addition, we have used XAS and PES to probe the chemical environment of Er in Ge nanoparticles. We find that large Er/Ge ratios lead to strong spectroscopic signatures in the core level PES spectra. Lower Er/Ge ratios show very little effects in the core level spectra; however, the valence band density of states is altered which allows PES to probe dilute concentrations of Er in Ge nanoparticles. Impact of Er doping on the Ge nanoparticle electronic structure will be discussed. This work was supported by the Division of Materials Sciences, Office of Basic Energy Science, and performed under the auspices of the U. S. DOE by LLNL under contract No. W-7405-ENG-48.

  6. One-pot hydrothermal synthesis of Nitrogen-doped graphene as high-performance anode materials for lithium ion batteries

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    Xing, Zheng; Ju, Zhicheng; Zhao, Yulong; Wan, Jialu; Zhu, Yabo; Qiang, Yinghuai; Qian, Yitai

    2016-01-01

    Nitrogen-doped (N-doped) graphene has been prepared by a simple one-step hydrothermal approach using hexamethylenetetramine (HMTA) as single carbon and nitrogen source. In this hydrothermal process, HMTA pyrolyzes at high temperature and the N-doped graphene subsequently self-assembles on the surface of MgO particles (formed by the Mg powder reacting with H2O) during which graphene synthesis and nitrogen doping are simultaneously achieved. The as-synthesized graphene with incorporation of nitrogen groups possesses unique structure including thin layer thickness, high surface area, mesopores and vacancies. These structural features and their synergistic effects could not only improve ions and electrons transportation with nanometer-scale diffusion distances but also promote the penetration of electrolyte. The N-doped graphene exhibits high reversible capacity, superior rate capability as well as long-term cycling stability, which demonstrate that the N-doped graphene with great potential to be an efficient electrode material. The experimental results provide a new hydrothermal route to synthesize N-doped graphene with potential application for advanced energy storage, as well as useful information to design new graphene materials. PMID:27184859

  7. One-pot hydrothermal synthesis of Nitrogen-doped graphene as high-performance anode materials for lithium ion batteries.

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    Xing, Zheng; Ju, Zhicheng; Zhao, Yulong; Wan, Jialu; Zhu, Yabo; Qiang, Yinghuai; Qian, Yitai

    2016-01-01

    Nitrogen-doped (N-doped) graphene has been prepared by a simple one-step hydrothermal approach using hexamethylenetetramine (HMTA) as single carbon and nitrogen source. In this hydrothermal process, HMTA pyrolyzes at high temperature and the N-doped graphene subsequently self-assembles on the surface of MgO particles (formed by the Mg powder reacting with H2O) during which graphene synthesis and nitrogen doping are simultaneously achieved. The as-synthesized graphene with incorporation of nitrogen groups possesses unique structure including thin layer thickness, high surface area, mesopores and vacancies. These structural features and their synergistic effects could not only improve ions and electrons transportation with nanometer-scale diffusion distances but also promote the penetration of electrolyte. The N-doped graphene exhibits high reversible capacity, superior rate capability as well as long-term cycling stability, which demonstrate that the N-doped graphene with great potential to be an efficient electrode material. The experimental results provide a new hydrothermal route to synthesize N-doped graphene with potential application for advanced energy storage, as well as useful information to design new graphene materials. PMID:27184859

  8. One-pot hydrothermal synthesis of Nitrogen-doped graphene as high-performance anode materials for lithium ion batteries

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    Xing, Zheng; Ju, Zhicheng; Zhao, Yulong; Wan, Jialu; Zhu, Yabo; Qiang, Yinghuai; Qian, Yitai

    2016-05-01

    Nitrogen-doped (N-doped) graphene has been prepared by a simple one-step hydrothermal approach using hexamethylenetetramine (HMTA) as single carbon and nitrogen source. In this hydrothermal process, HMTA pyrolyzes at high temperature and the N-doped graphene subsequently self-assembles on the surface of MgO particles (formed by the Mg powder reacting with H2O) during which graphene synthesis and nitrogen doping are simultaneously achieved. The as-synthesized graphene with incorporation of nitrogen groups possesses unique structure including thin layer thickness, high surface area, mesopores and vacancies. These structural features and their synergistic effects could not only improve ions and electrons transportation with nanometer-scale diffusion distances but also promote the penetration of electrolyte. The N-doped graphene exhibits high reversible capacity, superior rate capability as well as long-term cycling stability, which demonstrate that the N-doped graphene with great potential to be an efficient electrode material. The experimental results provide a new hydrothermal route to synthesize N-doped graphene with potential application for advanced energy storage, as well as useful information to design new graphene materials.

  9. Mechanical Properties of Silicone Rubber Acoustic Lens Material Doped with Fine Zinc Oxide Powders for Ultrasonic Medical Probe

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    Yamamoto, Noriko; Yohachi; Yamashita; Itsumi, Kazuhiro

    2009-07-01

    The mechanical properties of high-temperature-vulcanization silicone (Q) rubber doped with zinc oxide (ZnO) fine powders have been investigated to develop an acoustic lens material with high reliability. The ZnO-doped Q rubber with an acoustic impedance (Z) of 1.46×106 kg·m-2·s-1 showed a tear strength of 43 N/mm and an elongation of 560%. These mechanical property values were about 3 times higher than those of conventional acoustic Q lens materials. The ZnO-doped Q rubbers also showed a lower abrasion loss. These superior characteristics are attributable to the microstructure with fewer origins of breaks; few pores and spherical fine ZnO powder. The high mechanical properties of ZnO-doped Q rubber acoustic lenses enable higher performance during long-life and safe operation during diagnosis using medical array probe applications.

  10. Effect of Doping on beta-Tricalcium Phosphate Bioresorbable Bulk Material and Thin Film Coatings

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    Abdalla, Suhaila

    Magnesium has emerged as a revolutionary biodegradable metal for use as an orthopedic material, it has several advantages over the current metallic materials in use, including eliminating the effects of stress shielding, improving biocompatibility and inhibiting degradation rates, thus removing the requirement of a second surgery for implant removal. Due to the rapid degradation of magnesium, it is necessary to control the corrosion rates of the materials to match the rates of bone healing. This dissertation reports on the effect of doping on the properties of beta-tricalcium phosphate (beta-TCP). It also reports on its application as a thin film coating on magnesium alloys for implant applications. Adding various dopants to beta-TCP significantly influences critical properties. In this study, discs were fabricated in two compositions: (i) undoped beta-TCP, (ii) beta-TCP doped with 1.0 wt % MgO, 0.5 wt % ZnO, and 1.0 wt % TiO2. Films were fabricated from these compositions using the pulsed laser deposition (PLD) technique. These coatings were then characterized for corrosive, hardness, and cytocompatibility. The XRD patterns of the coating confirm the amorphous nature of the films. The presence of the metal oxides in beta-TCP improved ceramic densification. The application of these doped coatings was also found to increase the hardness by 88 %, the modulus of elasticity by 66 %, and improve corrosion resistance of the magnesium alloy substrate; with a 2.4 % improvement in Ecorr and 95 % decrease in icorr. Cell viability was studied using an osteoblast precursor cell line MC3T3-E1 to assure that the biocompatibility of these ceramics was not altered due to the dopants. Long-term biodegradation studies were conducted by measuring weight change and surface microstructure as a function of time in simulated body fluid. The results suggest that these coatings could be used for bioresorbable implants with improved corrosion resistance and increased hardness.

  11. Continuous Synthesis of Doped Pyrochlore Materials by Spray Pyrolysis for Auto-thermal Reforming Applications

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    Yancey, Jonathan

    The use of a spray-pyrolysis method is studied for the continuous synthesis of refractory oxide reforming catalyst for the conversion of hydrocarbon fuels to H2 and CO at 900°C. Nickel- and rhodium-doped zirconate pyrochlore materials with the formulas La1.89Ni2.81Y 0.25Ca0.11Zr1.47 and La1.89Rh 1.09Y0.25Ca0.11Zr1.641 were synthesized using the spray pyrolysis method. Both Pechini and glycine-nitrate precursor solutions were used in order to control the particle morphology, crystallinity, and surface area of the catalyst powder. Samples synthesized by the Pechini solution required post-synthesis heat treatment to 1000 °C for 2 hours to form the fully-crystalline pyrochlore phase. Both the Ni- and Rh-doped compositions formed by the spray-pyrolysis method performed as reported elsewhere for powder produced by solid-state and Pechini bulk methods. The use of the glycine-nitrate precursor solution in the spray-pyrolysis resulted in the formation of fully crystalline pyrochlore catalyst for the Ni-doped composition without any additional high temperature treatment. The Rh-doped catalysts synthesized from the glycine-nitrate precursor did not form a fully crystalline material directly from the spray-pyrolysis process, but required a further thermal treatment to 800 °C for 8 hours to transform the powder and burn-off excess carbon remaining from the synthesis process. Rapid catalyst aging tests for the Rh-doped catalysts synthesized by spray-pyrolysis (using either the Pechini and glycine-nitrate precursor solutions) produced stable and active catalysts achieving equilibrium hydrogen yield of 90% for 15 hours. To conclude, the work showed that through proper chemical design of the precursor system, a high surface area, chemically active, and stable zirconate pyrochlore catalyst could be synthesized efficiently by the spray-pyrolysis method developed.

  12. N, S co-doped-TiO2/fly ash beads composite material and visible light photocatalytic activity

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    Lv, Jun; Sheng, Tong; Su, Lili; Xu, Guangqing; Wang, Dongmei; Zheng, Zhixiang; Wu, Yucheng

    2013-11-01

    Using TiCl4 as the titanium source, urea as the precipitating agent, nano-TiO2/fly ash beads composite materials were prepared by hydrolysis-precipitation method. Using (NH2)2CO and (NH2)2SC as the N and S source respectively, N and S co-doped TiO2/fly ash beads composite materials were prepared by grinding them together according to a certain proportion and calcined at 500 °C for 2 h. The composite materials were characterized by SEM, EDS, XPS, and UV-vis spectrophotometer methods. The UV-vis absorption spectra results show that the absorption edge of un-doped composites is 390 nm while that of doped composites red-shifts to 500 nm. The photocatalytic activity of composite materials was evaluated by degradation of methyl orange under visible light irradiation (halogen lamp, 250 W). The results showed that after irradiation for 1 h, degradation rate of N, S co-doped-TiO2/fly ash beads composite material can reach 65%, while the degradation rate of un-doped sample and P25 were just 10% and 6%, respectively. The composite material also showed excellent recycling properties.

  13. Study of SBS slow light based on nano-material doped fiber

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    Zhang, Ying; Lang, Pei-Lin; Zhang, Ru

    2009-03-01

    A novel optical fiber doped with nano material InP is manufactured by the modified chemical vapor deposition (MCVD). The slow light based on stimulated Brillouin scattering (SBS) in the optical fiber is studied. The results show that a time delay of ˜738 ps is obtained when the input Stokes pulse is 900 ps(FWHM) and the SBS gain is ˜15. It shows that a considerable time delay and an amplification of the input light can be achieved by this novel optical fiber.

  14. Investigation of the properties of Sb doping on tin oxide SNO2 materials for technological applications

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    Hachoun, Z.; Ouerdane, A.; Bouslama, M.; Ghaffour, M.; Abdellaoui, A.; Caudano, Y.; benamara, A. Ali

    2016-04-01

    The conductivities of the oxide SnO2 is dependent on the nature of the surrounding gas. This property stems from the adsorption or desorption on the surface of oxide grains. These phenomena are usually accompanied by electronic transfer between the adsorbed molecule and the semiconductor material, changing its conductivity. Tin oxidation and Sb doping were realized without and with heating process. The XPS technique and the TEM microscopy showed the synthesized nanocrystals. Simulated Monte Carlo program Casino is used for a scanning its profile. The surface characteristics are highlighted in the aim to be used as spatial gas sensors.

  15. Emergence of local magnetic moments in doped graphene-related materials

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    Venezuela, P.; Muniz, R. B.; Costa, A. T.; Edwards, D. M.; Power, S. R.; Ferreira, M. S.

    2009-12-01

    Motivated by recent studies reporting the formation of localized magnetic moments in doped graphene, we investigate the energetic cost for spin polarizing isolated impurities embedded in this material. When a well-known criterion for the formation of local magnetic moments in metals is applied to graphene we are able to predict the existence of magnetic moments in cases that are in clear contrast to previously reported density-functional theory (DFT) results. When generalized to periodically repeated impurities, a geometry so commonly used in most DFT calculations, this criterion shows that the energy balance involved in such calculations contains unavoidable contributions from the long-ranged pairwise magnetic interactions between all impurities. This proves the fundamental inadequacy of the DFT assumption of independent unit cells in the case of magnetically doped low-dimensional graphene-based materials. We show that this can be circumvented if more than one impurity per unit cell is considered, in which case the DFT results agree perfectly well with the criterion-based predictions for the onset of localized magnetic moments in graphene. Furthermore, the existence of such a criterion determining whether or not a magnetic moment is likely to arise within graphene will be instrumental for predicting the ideal materials for future carbon-based spintronic applications.

  16. Broadband mid-infrared wavelength conversion laser based on Cr2+ doped ceramic materials

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    Shang, Yaping; Yin, Ke; Li, Xiao; Wang, Peng; Xu, Xiaojun

    2015-10-01

    Broadband mid-infrared lasers are desirable for pretty important applications in fields of environmental protection, medical treatment, military applications, scientific, and other domains. Recently, super-continuum laser sources have achieved striking development. However, limited by the substrate materials, the output power scaling of the broadband mid-infrared fiber laser sources could not be increased drastically, especially for the long wavelength region. In this paper, we reported an experimental study about the broadband mid-infrared lasers based on Cr2+ doped II-VI ceramic materials, by using of a super-continuum laser source developed by our groups operating at 1550~2130nm with 200mW output power. The result suggested that the near-infrared spectral component of the super-continuum source was deeply absorbed by transition metal doped zinc chalcogenides ceramic materials, meanwhile the mid-infrared part, however, had been enhanced significantly by this new "power amplifier." Actually single-pass amplification efficiency was very limited. The best way to solve this problem was multi-pass amplification systems. We had shown an initial proof of this assumption by a double-pass experiments, the result was consistent with expected effect. Above all, the spectrum shaping from short wavelength to long wavelength was obtained. The innovative discovery had laid a solid foundation for high power, high efficiency, broadly tunable mid-infrared solid state lasers.

  17. Study of Electromagnetic Scattering From Material Object Doped Randomly With Thin Metallic Wires Using Finite Element Method

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    Deshpande, Manohar D.

    2005-01-01

    A new numerical simulation method using the finite element methodology (FEM) is presented to study electromagnetic scattering due to an arbitrarily shaped material body doped randomly with thin and short metallic wires. The FEM approach described in many standard text books is appropriately modified to account for the presence of thin and short metallic wires distributed randomly inside an arbitrarily shaped material body. Using this modified FEM approach, the electromagnetic scattering due to cylindrical, spherical material body doped randomly with thin metallic wires is studied.

  18. Dysprosium-doped cadmium oxide as a gateway material for mid-infrared plasmonics

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    Sachet, Edward; Shelton, Christopher T.; Harris, Joshua S.; Gaddy, Benjamin E.; Irving, Douglas L.; Curtarolo, Stefano; Donovan, Brian F.; Hopkins, Patrick E.; Sharma, Peter A.; Sharma, Ana Lima; Ihlefeld, Jon; Franzen, Stefan; Maria, Jon -Paul

    2015-02-16

    The interest in plasmonic technologies surrounds many emergent optoelectronic applications, such as plasmon lasers, transistors, sensors and information storage. Although plasmonic materials for ultraviolet–visible and near-infrared wavelengths have been found, the mid-infrared range remains a challenge to address: few known systems can achieve subwavelength optical confinement with low loss in this range. With a combination of experiments and ab initio modelling, here we demonstrate an extreme peak of electron mobility in Dy-doped CdO that is achieved through accurate ‘defect equilibrium engineering’. In so doing, we create a tunable plasmon host that satisfies the criteria for mid-infrared spectrum plasmonics, and overcomes the losses seen in conventional plasmonic materials. In particular, extrinsic doping pins the CdO Fermi level above the conduction band minimum and it increases the formation energy of native oxygen vacancies, thus reducing their populations by several orders of magnitude. The substitutional lattice strain induced by Dy doping is sufficiently small, allowing mobility values around 500 cm2 V–1 s–1 for carrier densities above 1020 cm–3. As a result, our work shows that CdO:Dy is a model system for intrinsic and extrinsic manipulation of defects affecting electrical, optical and thermal properties, that oxide conductors are ideal candidates for plasmonic devices and that the defect engineering approach for property optimization is generally applicable to other conducting metal oxides.

  19. Adsorption behaviors of methyl orange dye on nitrogen-doped mesoporous carbon materials.

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    Li, He; An, Nihong; Liu, Gang; Li, Jialu; Liu, Na; Jia, Mingjun; Zhang, Wenxiang; Yuan, Xiaoling

    2016-03-15

    A series of nitrogen-doped mesoporous carbon materials (NMC) with different nitrogen contents (from 9.1 to 11.3 wt.%) were prepared using urea and ammonia as economical nitrogen resources by sol-gel method. The NMC materials possessed high surface areas (from 659 m(2)/g to 912 m(2)/g) as well as large number of oxygen-containing and nitrogen-containing groups. The adsorption behaviors of NMC materials for anionic dye methyl orange (MO) were investigated, which are fit excellent for the Langmuir isothermal adsorption equation. All the materials exhibited high adsorption capacity for MO at room temperature. Their adsorption capacity can be adjusted by changing the nitrogen contents in NMC materials. Moreover, treating the NMC material at higher temperature can significantly improve the adsorption capacity for MO. According to the results of characterization, the main features of NMC materials, like large pore size and abundant basic nitrogen-containing groups on the surface, should be related to the excellent adsorption property for MO. PMID:26748066

  20. The optical polarization properties of phenanthrenequinone-doped Poly(methyl methacrylate) photopolymer materials for volume holographic storage

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    Liu, Ying; Li, Zhenzhen; Zang, Jinliang; Wu, An'an; Wang, Jue; Lin, Xiao; Tan, Xiaodi; Barada, Daisuke; Shimura, Tsutomu; Kuroda, Kazuo

    2015-10-01

    We present an experimental study on the optical polarization properties of the phenanthrenequinone-doped poly(methyl methacrylate) photopolymer materials. We discuss the diffraction efficiency with different weight ratios of phenanthrenequinone that was dissolved in the materials. In addition, we observe the diffraction efficiency difference between polarization holography and traditional holography.

  1. Boron-Doped Anatase TiO2 as a High-Performance Anode Material for Sodium-Ion Batteries.

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    Wang, Baofeng; Zhao, Fei; Du, Guodong; Porter, Spencer; Liu, Yong; Zhang, Peng; Cheng, Zhenxiang; Liu, Hua Kun; Huang, Zhenguo

    2016-06-29

    Pristine and boron-doped anatase TiO2 were prepared via a facile sol-gel method and the hydrothermal method for application as anode materials in sodium-ion batteries (SIBs). The sol-gel method leads to agglomerated TiO2, whereas the hydrothermal method is conducive to the formation of highly crystalline and discrete nanoparticles. The structure, morphology, and electrochemical properties were studied. The crystal size of TiO2 with boron doping is smaller than that of the nondoped crystals, which indicates that the addition of boron can inhibit the crystal growth. The electrochemical measurements demonstrated that the reversible capacity of the B-doped TiO2 is higher than that for the pristine sample. B-doping also effectively enhances the rate performance. The capacity of the B-doped TiO2 could reach 150 mAh/g at the high current rate of 2C and the capacity decay is only about 8 mAh/g over 400 cycles. The remarkable performance could be attributed to the lattice expansion resulting from B doping and the shortened Li(+) diffusion distance due to the nanosize. These results indicate that B-doped TiO2 can be a good candidate for SIBs. PMID:27258029

  2. Undoped and doped poly(tetraphenylbenzidine) as sensitive material for an impedimetric nitrogen dioxide gas dosimeter

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    Marr, I.; Moos, R.; Neumann, K.; Thelakkat, M.

    2014-09-29

    This article presents a nitrogen dioxide (NO{sub 2}) detecting gas dosimeter based on poly(tetraphenylbenzidine) poly(TPD) as nitrogen oxide (NO{sub x}) sensitive layer. Gas dosimeters are suitable devices to determine reliably low levels of analytes over a long period of time. During NO{sub x} exposure, the analyte molecules are accumulated irreversibly in the sensing layer of the dosimeter enhancing the conductivity of the hole conducting poly(TPD), which can be measured by impedance spectroscopy. Due to their possibility for low cost production by simple printing techniques and very good physical, photochemical, and electrochemical properties, poly(TPD)s are suitable for application in gas dosimeters operated at room temperature. We studied the effect of doping with a Co(III)-complex in combination with a conducting salt on the dosimeter behavior. Compared to the undoped material, a strong influence of the doping can be observed: the conductivity of the sensing material increases significantly, the noise of the signal decreases and an unwanted recovery of the sensor signal can be prevented, leading to a NO{sub x} detection limit <10 ppm.

  3. Green synthesis of boron doped graphene and its application as high performance anode material in Li ion battery

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    Sahoo, Madhumita; Sreena, K.P.; Vinayan, B.P.; Ramaprabhu, S.

    2015-01-15

    Graphical abstract: Boron doped graphene (B-G), synthesized by simple hydrogen induced reduction technique using boric acid as boron precursor, have more uneven surface as a result of smaller bonding distance of boron compared to carbon, showed high capacity and high rate capability compared to pristine graphene as an anode material for Li ion battery application. - Abstract: The present work demonstrates a facile route for the large-scale, catalyst free, and green synthesis approach of boron doped graphene (B-G) and its use as high performance anode material for Li ion battery (LIB) application. Boron atoms were doped into graphene framework with an atomic percentage of 5.93% via hydrogen induced thermal reduction technique using graphite oxide and boric acid as precursors. Various characterization techniques were used to confirm the boron doping in graphene sheets. B-G as anode material shows a discharge capacity of 548 mAh g{sup −1} at 100 mA g{sup −1} after 30th cycles. At high current density value of 1 A g{sup −1}, B-G as anode material enhances the specific capacity by about 1.7 times compared to pristine graphene. The present study shows a simplistic way of boron doping in graphene leading to an enhanced Li ion adsorption due to the change in electronic states.

  4. Multifunctional radical-doped polyoxometalate-based host-guest material: photochromism and photocatalytic activity.

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    Liao, Jian-Zhen; Zhang, Hai-Long; Wang, Sa-Sa; Yong, Jian-Ping; Wu, Xiao-Yuan; Yu, Rongmin; Lu, Can-Zhong

    2015-05-01

    An effective strategy to synthesize multifunctional materials is the incorporation of functional organic moieties and metal oxide clusters via self-assembly. A rare multifunctional radical-doped zinc-based host-guest crystalline material was synthesized with a fast-responsive reversible ultraviolet visible light photochromism, photocontrolled tunable luminescence, and highly selective photocatalytic oxidation of benzylic alcohols as a result of blending of distinctively different functional components, naphthalenediimide tectons, and polyoxometalates (POMs). It is highly unique to link π-electron-deficient organic tectons and POMs by unusual POMs anion-π interactions, which are not only conducive to keeping the independence of each component but also effectively promoting the charge transfer or exchange among the components to realize the fast-responsive photochromism, photocontrolled tunable luminescence, and photocatalytic activity. PMID:25859742

  5. Magnetism at grain boundary interfacesin the colossal permittivity dielectric material; In+Nb Co-Doped Rutile

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    Berlie, Adam; Terry, Ian; Cottrell, Stephen; Hu, Wanbiao; Liu, Yun

    With the emphasis in recent years on understanding novel materials with potential technological applications this work seeks to understand magnetic ordering within the colossal-permittivity material, In+Nb co-doped rutile (TiO2). Evidence for a spin-freezing transition was reported from a step like feature in the dielectic data below 50 K but this was largly glossed over. Within this work we show that below 300 K there is a slowing down of magnetic fluctuations associated with the electronic magnetism due to the defect-dipoles created by the co-doping, but the muon spectroscopy results are strongly suggestive of the behaviour being localised to the edges/interfaces of particles/grains. The TC is strongly dependent on the doping level of the samples that presents novel way to control the magnetism and ultimately magneto-electric coupling within a dielectric material.

  6. Tuned sensitivity towards H{sub 2}S and NH{sub 3} with Cu doped barium strontium titanate materials

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    Simion, C. E. Teodorescu, V. S.; Stănoiu, A.; Sackmann, A.; Ruşti, C. F.; Piticescu, R. M.

    2014-11-05

    The different amount of Cu-doped Barium Strontium Titanate (BST) thick film materials have been tested for their gas-sensing performances towards NH{sub 3} and H{sub 2}S under dry and 50% relative humidity (RH) background conditions. The optimum NH{sub 3} sensitivity was attained with 0.1mol% Cu-doped BST whereas the selective detection of H{sub 2}S was highlighted using 5mol% Cu-doped BST material. No cross-sensitivity effects to CO, NO{sub 2}, CH{sub 4} and SO{sub 2} were observed for all tested materials operated at their optimum temperature (200°C) under humid conditions (50% RH). The presence of humidity clearly enhances the gas sensitivity to NH{sub 3} and H{sub 2}S detection.

  7. Controlling Proton Conductivity with Light: A Scheme Based on Photoacid Doping of Materials.

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    Haghighat, Shima; Ostresh, Sarah; Dawlaty, Jahan M

    2016-02-11

    Transducing light energy to changes in material properties is central to a large range of functional materials, including those used in light harvesting. In conventional semiconductors, photoconductivity arises due to generation of mobile electrons or holes with light. Here we demonstrate, to our knowledge for the first time, an analogue of this effect for protons in an organic polymer solution and in water. We show that when a material is doped with photoacids, light excitation generates extra mobile protons that change the low-frequency conductivity of the material. We measure such change both in poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG) and in water sandwiched between two transparent electrodes and doped with a well-known photoacid 8-hydroxypyrene-1,3,6-trisulfonic acid (HPTS). The complex impedance of the material is measured over a range of 0.1 Hz-1 MHz in both the presence and absence of light, and it is found that shining light changes the low frequency impedance significantly. We model the impedance spectra of the material with a minimal circuit composed of a diffusive impedance (Warburg element), a parallel capacitance, and a resistance. Fitting the light and dark impedance spectra to the model reveals that light reduces the low-frequency diffusive impedance of the material, which is consistent with generation of extra free carriers by light. We further suggest that the light-induced conductivity change arises mainly due to those photoreleased protons that manage to escape the zone of influence of the parent ion and avoid recapture. Such escape is more likely in materials with larger diffusion coefficient for protons and shorter electrostatic screening lengths for the parent ion. This explanation is consistent with our observed differences in the photoconductivity of solution of HPTS in water and in PEG. We anticipate that this scheme can be employed in protonic circuits where direct transduction of energy from light to protonic gradients or protonic currents is

  8. Characterization of in-situ doped poly-SiGe thermoelectric materials

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    Namigo, Elistia Liza

    2016-03-01

    This paper presents characterizations of p-typed and n-typed polycrystalline silicon germanium (poly-SiGe) as key materials of thermoelectric generator for energy-scavenging application. Four key material properties - Seebeck coefficient, electrical resistivity, thermal conductivity and specific contact resistance- were measured to determine the figure-of-merit (ZT) as a performance measurement of the materials. Measured Seebeck coefficients are 34 µV/K for p-type and 185 µV/K for n-type. Thermal conductivity is around 3 W/mK. Contact resistance is still considerably high and there is no significant reduce on the value as annealing temperature increased from 375°C to 475°C for annealing time of 30 and 60 minutes. The value of ZTs for p-type and n-type material are 0,0086 and 0,063 respectively. From ZT value alone, it can be seen that ZT of p-SiGe should be improved. Since the value of total electrical resistance is determined by the material itself, further work on Ge and doping level variations is required as well as optimization of annealing temperature and time to reduce contact resistance.

  9. CO oxidation over gold supported on Cs, Li and Ti-doped cryptomelane materials.

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    Carabineiro, Sónia A C; Santos, Vera P; Pereira, M Fernando R; Órfão, José J M; Figueiredo, José L

    2016-10-15

    Cryptomelane-type manganese oxides were synthesized by redox reaction under acid and reflux conditions. Different metals (cesium, lithium and titanium) were incorporated into the tunnel structure by the ion-exchange technique. Gold was loaded onto these materials (1wt%) by a double impregnation method. The obtained catalysts were characterized by high-resolution transmission electron microscopy, energy-dispersive X-ray spectrometry, scanning electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction and temperature-programmed reduction. The catalytic activity of these materials was evaluated in the oxidation of carbon monoxide. The incorporation of Cs, Li or Ti into cryptomelane was detrimental in terms of catalytic activity. Further addition of gold to cryptomelane doped materials significantly improved the catalytic performance, especially for Cs-K-OMS-2 and Li-K-OMS-2 (to a smaller extent). Addition of gold to the Ti containing material did not show a significant improvement. The observed trends are related to the effect of gold on samples reducibility and to the gold particle size. The lattice oxygen can also be considered accountable for the activity of the materials, since the most active cryptomelane catalysts are those with higher lattice oxygen donating ability for the oxidation of the CO molecule. PMID:27399615

  10. Combinatorial optimization of La, Ce-co-doped pyrosilicate phosphors as potential scintillator materials.

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    Wei, Qinhua; Wan, Jieqiong; Liu, Guanghui; Zhou, Zhenzhen; Yang, Hua; Wang, Jiacheng; Liu, Qian

    2015-04-13

    A combinatorial method was employed to rapidly screen the effects of La, Ce-co-doping on the luminescent properties of Gd2Si2O7 pyrosilicate using an 8 × 8 library. The candidate formulations (Gd1-x-yLax)2Si2O7:Ce2y were evaluated by luminescence pictures under ultraviolet excitation. The optimal composition was found to be (Gd0.89La0.1)2Si2O7:Ce0.02 after scaled-up preparation and detailed characterization of powder samples, which shows an excellent light output under both ultraviolet and X-ray excitation (about 5.43 times of commercial YAG:Ce powders). The XRD results indicate that the phase structure sequence is tetragonal-orthorhombic-triclinic for different calcination temperatures and doping ions. The (Gd0.89La0.1)2Si2O7:Ce0.02 powder sample also demonstrated excellent temperature stability of luminescence up to 200 °C and a short decay time of several tens of nanoseconds, suggesting that this may represent a new kind of scintillation material, such as single crystals, ceramics, glass, or phosphors. PMID:25679047

  11. Enhanced Conductivity and Electrochemical Performance of Electrode Material Based on Multifunctional Dye Doped Polypyrrole.

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    Zang, Limin; Qiu, Jianhui; Yang, Chao; Sakai, Eiichi

    2016-03-01

    Polypyrrole were prepared via in-situ chemical oxidative polymerization in the presence of multisulfonate acid dye (acid violet 19). In this work, acid violet 19 could play the role as dopant, surfactant and physical cross-linker for pyrrole polymerization, and had impact on the morphology, dispersion stability, thermal stability, electrical conductivity and electrochemical behavior of the samples. The thermal stability of the dye doped polypyrrole was enhanced than pure polypyrrole due to the strong interactions between polypyrrole and acid violet 19. The dispersion stability of the samples in water was also improved by incorporating an appropriate amount of acid violet 19. The sample with 20% of acid violet 19 showed granular morphology with the smallest diameter of -50 nm and possessed the maximum electrical conductivity of 39.09 S/cm. The as-prepared multifunctional dye doped polypyrrole samples were used to fabricate electrodes and exhibited a mass specific capacitance of 379-206 F/g in the current density range of 0.2-1.0 A/g. The results indicated that the multifunctional dye could improve the performances of polypyrrole as electrode material for supercapacitors. PMID:27455670

  12. Role of morphological structure, doping, and coating of different materials in the sensing characteristics of humidity sensors.

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    Tripathy, Ashis; Pramanik, Sumit; Cho, Jongman; Santhosh, Jayasree; Osman, Noor Azuan Abu

    2014-01-01

    The humidity sensing characteristics of different sensing materials are important properties in order to monitor different products or events in a wide range of industrial sectors, research and development laboratories as well as daily life. The primary aim of this study is to compare the sensing characteristics, including impedance or resistance, capacitance, hysteresis, recovery and response times, and stability with respect to relative humidity, frequency, and temperature, of different materials. Various materials, including ceramics, semiconductors, and polymers, used for sensing relative humidity have been reviewed. Correlations of the different electrical characteristics of different doped sensor materials as the most unique feature of a material have been noted. The electrical properties of different sensor materials are found to change significantly with the morphological changes, doping concentration of different materials and film thickness of the substrate. Various applications and scopes are pointed out in the review article. We extensively reviewed almost all main kinds of relative humidity sensors and how their electrical characteristics vary with different doping concentrations, film thickness and basic sensing materials. Based on statistical tests, the zinc oxide-based sensing material is best for humidity sensor design since it shows extremely low hysteresis loss, minimum response and recovery times and excellent stability. PMID:25256110

  13. Role of Morphological Structure, Doping, and Coating of Different Materials in the Sensing Characteristics of Humidity Sensors

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    Tripathy, Ashis; Pramanik, Sumit; Cho, Jongman; Santhosh, Jayasree; Osman, Noor Azuan Abu

    2014-01-01

    The humidity sensing characteristics of different sensing materials are important properties in order to monitor different products or events in a wide range of industrial sectors, research and development laboratories as well as daily life. The primary aim of this study is to compare the sensing characteristics, including impedance or resistance, capacitance, hysteresis, recovery and response times, and stability with respect to relative humidity, frequency, and temperature, of different materials. Various materials, including ceramics, semiconductors, and polymers, used for sensing relative humidity have been reviewed. Correlations of the different electrical characteristics of different doped sensor materials as the most unique feature of a material have been noted. The electrical properties of different sensor materials are found to change significantly with the morphological changes, doping concentration of different materials and film thickness of the substrate. Various applications and scopes are pointed out in the review article. We extensively reviewed almost all main kinds of relative humidity sensors and how their electrical characteristics vary with different doping concentrations, film thickness and basic sensing materials. Based on statistical tests, the zinc oxide-based sensing material is best for humidity sensor design since it shows extremely low hysteresis loss, minimum response and recovery times and excellent stability. PMID:25256110

  14. Graphene coated with controllable N-doped carbon layer by molecular layer deposition as electrode materials for supercapacitors

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    Chen, Yao; Gao, Zhe; Zhang, Bin; Zhao, Shichao; Qin, Yong

    2016-05-01

    In this work, graphene is coated with nitrogen-doped carbon layer, which is produced by a carbonization process of aromatic polyimide (PI) films deposited on the surfaces of graphene by molecular layer deposition (MLD). The utilization of MLD not only allows uniform coating of PI layers on the surfaces of pristine graphene without any surface treatment, but also enables homogenous dispersion of doped nitrogen atoms in the carbonized products. The as-prepared N-doped carbon layer coated graphene (NC-G) exhibited remarkable capacitance performance as electrode materials for supercapacitor, showing a high specific capacitance of 290.2 F g-1 at current density of 1 A g-1 in 6 M KOH aqueous electrolyte, meanwhile maintaining good rate performance and stable cycle capability. The NC-G synthesized by this way represents an alternative promising candidate as electrode material for supercapacitors.

  15. Temperature dependent absorption measurement of various transition metal doped laser materials

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    Horackova, Lucie; Šulc, Jan; Jelinkova, Helena; Jambunathan, Venkatesan; Lucianetti, Antonio; Mocek, Tomás.

    2015-05-01

    In recent years, there has been a vast development of high energy class lasers of the order of 100 J to kJ level which have potential applications in the field of science and technology. Many such systems use the gain media cooled at cryogenic temperatures which will help in enhancing the spectroscopic and thermo-optical properties. Nevertheless, parasitic effects like amplified spontaneous emission enhance and affect the overall efficiency. The best way to suppress this effect is to use cladding element attached to the gain material. Based on these facts, this work was focused on the systematic investigation of temperature dependent absorption of several materials doped with transition metals, which can be used as cladding, as laser gain material, or as passive Q-switching element. The Ti:sapphire, Cr:YAG, V:YAG, and Co:MALO samples were measured in temperature range from 80 K to 330 K by step of 50 K. Using Beer-Lambert law we estimated the absorption coefficient of these materials.

  16. Sol-gel derived hybrid materials doped with rare earth metal ions

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    Zelazowska, E.; Rysiakiewicz-Pasek, E.; Borczuch-Laczka, M.; Cholewa-Kowalska, K.

    2011-10-01

    Sol-gel derived organic-inorganic hybrid materials doped with rare earth metal ions (Pr 3+) and small amounts of lithium ions (˜0.1-0.2 wt.%) were produced from the tetraethyl orthosilicate (TEOS), AlCl 3·6H 2O (about 10 mol%), ethyl methacrylate, butyl methacrylate and some other organic additions (ca. 35-40 wt.% of organics in the fresh gels) to obtain hybrid organic-inorganic hosts. The gel and hybrid materials obtained were aged at room temperature for three weeks, then heated in an electric drier for 3 h at temperature of 125 °C and investigated for morphology, structure and luminescence properties by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy equipped with energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (SEM/EDS), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), 29Si and 27Al MAS nuclear magnetic resonance and fluorescence spectroscopy. An influence of the organic additions and inorganic dopants on microstructure of the materials obtained and their luminescence properties has been examined. Under excitation with UV radiation in a range of ˜210-350 nm, the sharp and relatively intense luminescence emission lines due to 3P 0 → 3H 4 (blue) and 3P 0 → 3F 3 (red) transitions of Pr 3+ ions were observed in the luminescence spectra of gel and hybrid materials of SA-series.

  17. Strontium-doped hematite as a possible humidity sensing material for soil water content determination.

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    Tulliani, Jean-Marc; Baroni, Chiara; Zavattaro, Laura; Grignani, Carlo

    2013-01-01

    The aim of this work is to study the sensing behavior of Sr-doped hematite for soil water content measurement. The material was prepared by solid state reaction from commercial hematite and strontium carbonate heat treated at 900 °C. X-Ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy and mercury intrusion porosimetry were used for microstructural characterization of the synthesized powder. Sensors were then prepared by uniaxially pressing and by screen-printing, on an alumina substrate, the prepared powder and subsequent firing in the 800-1,000 °C range. These sensors were first tested in a laboratory apparatus under humid air and then in an homogenized soil and finally in field. The results evidenced that the screen printed film was able to give a response for a soil matric potential from about 570 kPa, that is to say well below the wilting point in the used soil. PMID:24025555

  18. Strontium-Doped Hematite as a Possible Humidity Sensing Material for Soil Water Content Determination

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    Tulliani, Jean-Marc; Baroni, Chiara; Zavattaro, Laura; Grignani, Carlo

    2013-01-01

    The aim of this work is to study the sensing behavior of Sr-doped hematite for soil water content measurement. The material was prepared by solid state reaction from commercial hematite and strontium carbonate heat treated at 900 °C. X-Ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy and mercury intrusion porosimetry were used for microstructural characterization of the synthesized powder. Sensors were then prepared by uniaxially pressing and by screen-printing, on an alumina substrate, the prepared powder and subsequent firing in the 800–1,000 °C range. These sensors were first tested in a laboratory apparatus under humid air and then in an homogenized soil and finally in field. The results evidenced that the screen printed film was able to give a response for a soil matric potential from about 570 kPa, that is to say well below the wilting point in the used soil. PMID:24025555

  19. Czochralski growth of six Yb-doped double borate and silicate laser materials

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    Haumesser, Paul-Henri; Gaumé, Romain; Benitez, Jean-Marie; Viana, Bruno; Ferrand, Bernard; Aka, Gérard; Vivien, Daniel

    2001-11-01

    New Yb-doped oxides have been grown by the Czochralski method. They include borates such as Ca 3Y 2(BO 3) 4 (CYB), Ca 3Gd 2(BO 3) 4 (CaGB), Sr 3Y(BO 3) 3 (SrYBO) and Ba 3Lu(BO 3) 3 (BLuB) as well as the silicates Y 2SiO 5 (YSO), Ca 2Al 2SiO 7 (CAS) and SrY 4(SiO 4) 3O (SYS). Successful Czochralski growth is reported for the first time in the case of SrYBO. Scattering center free CAS single crystals were obtained as well. Spectroscopic evaluation reveals that all those materials should be suitable for diode pumping at 980 nm due to broad absorption lines, and operate in a quasi-3-level scheme with large crystal-field splitting of the Yb ground state manifold.

  20. First-principles study of magnetic interactions in 3d transition metal-doped phase-change materials

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    Fukushima, T.; Katayama-Yoshida, H.; Sato, K.; Fujii, H.; Rabel, E.; Zeller, R.; Dederichs, P. H.; Zhang, W.; Mazzarello, R.

    2014-10-01

    Recently, magnetic phase-change materials have been synthesized experimentally by doping with 3d transition metal impurities. Here, we investigate the electronic structure and the magnetic properties of the prototypical phase-change material Ge2Sb2Te5 (GST) doped with V, Cr, Mn, and Fe by density functional calculations. Both the supercell method and the coherent potential approximation (CPA) are employed to describe this complex substitutionally disordered system. As regards the first approach, we consider a large unit cell containing 1000 sites to model the random distribution of the cations and of the impurities in doped cubic GST. Such a large-scale electronic structure calculation is performed using the program kkrnano, where the full potential screened Korringa-Kohn-Rostoker Green's function method is optimized by a massively parallel linear scaling (order-N) all-electron algorithm. Overall, the electronic structures and magnetic exchange coupling constants calculated by kkrnano agree quite well with the CPA results. We find that ferromagnetic states are favorable in the cases of V and Cr doping, due to the double exchange mechanism, whereas antiferromagnetic superexchange interactions appear to be dominant for Fe- and Mn-doped GST. The ferromagnetic interaction is particularly strong in the case of Cr. As a result, high Curie temperatures close to room temperatures are obtained for large Cr concentrations of 15%.

  1. Atomic scale insight into the amorphous structure of Cu doped GeTe phase-change material

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    Zhang, Linchuan; Sa, Baisheng; Zhou, Jian; Sun, Zhimei; Song, Zhitang

    2014-10-21

    GeTe shows promising application as a recording material for phase-change nonvolatile memory due to its fast crystallization speed and extraordinary amorphous stability. To further improve the performance of GeTe, various transition metals, such as copper, have been doped in GeTe in recent works. However, the effect of the doped transition metals on the stability of amorphous GeTe is not known. Here, we shed light on this problem for the system of Cu doped GeTe by means of ab initio molecular dynamics calculations. Our results show that the doped Cu atoms tend to agglomerate in amorphous GeTe. Further, base on analyzing the pair correlation functions, coordination numbers and bond angle distributions, remarkable changes in the local structure of amorphous GeTe induced by Cu are obviously seen. The present work may provide some clues for understanding the effect of early transition metals on the local structure of amorphous phase-change compounds, and hence should be helpful for optimizing the structure and performance of phase-change materials by doping transition metals.

  2. Hybrid nanostructured microporous carbon-mesoporous carbon doped titanium dioxide/sulfur composite positive electrode materials for rechargeable lithium-sulfur batteries

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    Zegeye, Tilahun Awoke; Kuo, Chung-Feng Jeffrey; Wotango, Aselefech Sorsa; Pan, Chun-Jern; Chen, Hung-Ming; Haregewoin, Atetegeb Meazah; Cheng, Ju-Hsiang; Su, Wei-Nien; Hwang, Bing-Joe

    2016-08-01

    Herein, we design hybrid nanostructured microporous carbon-mesoporous carbon doped titanium dioxide/sulfur composite (MC-Meso C-doped TiO2/S) as a positive electrode material for lithium-sulfur batteries. The hybrid MC-Meso C-doped TiO2 host material is produced by a low-cost, hydrothermal and annealing process. The resulting conductive material shows dual microporous and mesoporous behavior which enhances the effective trapping of sulfur and polysulfides. The hybrid MC-Meso C-doped TiO2/S composite material possesses rutile TiO2 nanotube structure with successful carbon doping while sulfur is uniformly distributed in the hybrid MC-Meso C-doped TiO2 composite materials after the melt-infusion process. The electrochemical measurement of the hybrid material also shows improved cycle stability and rate performance with high sulfur loading (61.04%). The material delivers an initial discharge capacity of 802 mAh g-1 and maintains it at 578 mAh g-1 with a columbic efficiency greater than 97.1% after 140 cycles at 0.1 C. This improvement is thought to be attributed to the unique hybrid nanostructure of the MC-Meso C-doped TiO2 host and the good dispersion of sulfur in the narrow pores of the MC spheres and the mesoporous C-doped TiO2 support.

  3. Hybrid nanostructured microporous carbon-mesoporous carbon doped titanium dioxide/sulfur composite positive electrode materials for rechargeable lithium-sulfur batteries

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    Zegeye, Tilahun Awoke; Kuo, Chung-Feng Jeffrey; Wotango, Aselefech Sorsa; Pan, Chun-Jern; Chen, Hung-Ming; Haregewoin, Atetegeb Meazah; Cheng, Ju-Hsiang; Su, Wei-Nien; Hwang, Bing-Joe

    2016-08-01

    Herein, we design hybrid nanostructured microporous carbon-mesoporous carbon doped titanium dioxide/sulfur composite (MC-Meso C-doped TiO2/S) as a positive electrode material for lithium-sulfur batteries. The hybrid MC-Meso C-doped TiO2 host material is produced by a low-cost, hydrothermal and annealing process. The resulting conductive material shows dual microporous and mesoporous behavior which enhances the effective trapping of sulfur and polysulfides. The hybrid MC-Meso C-doped TiO2/S composite material possesses rutile TiO2 nanotube structure with successful carbon doping while sulfur is uniformly distributed in the hybrid MC-Meso C-doped TiO2 composite materials after the melt-infusion process. The electrochemical measurement of the hybrid material also shows improved cycle stability and rate performance with high sulfur loading (61.04%). The material delivers an initial discharge capacity of 802 mAh g-1 and maintains it at 578 mAh g-1 with a columbic efficiency greater than 97.1% after 140 cycles at 0.1 C. This improvement is thought to be attributed to the unique hybrid nanostructure of the MC-Meso C-doped TiO2 host and the good dispersion of sulfur in the narrow pores of the MC spheres and the mesoporous C-doped TiO2 support.

  4. Nitrogen-doped porous graphitic carbon as an excellent electrode material for advanced supercapacitors.

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    Sun, Li; Tian, Chungui; Fu, Yu; Yang, Ying; Yin, Jie; Wang, Lei; Fu, Honggang

    2014-01-01

    An advanced supercapacitor material based on nitrogen-doped porous graphitic carbon (NPGC) with high a surface area was synthesized by means of a simple coordination-pyrolysis combination process, in which tetraethyl orthosilicate (TEOS), nickel nitrate, and glucose were adopted as porogent, graphitic catalyst precursor, and carbon source, respectively. In addition, melamine was selected as a nitrogen source owing to its nitrogen-enriched structure and the strong interaction between the amine groups and the glucose unit. A low-temperature treatment resulted in the formation of a NPGC precursor by combination of the catalytic precursor, hydrolyzed TEOS, and the melamine-glucose unit. Following pyrolysis and removal of the catalyst and porogent, the NPGC material showed excellent electrical conductivity owing to its high crystallinity, a large Brunauer-Emmett-Teller surface area (SBET =1027 m(2)  g(-1) ), and a high nitrogen level (7.72 wt %). The unusual microstructure of NPGC materials could provide electrochemical energy storage. The NPGC material, without the need for any conductive additives, showed excellent capacitive behavior (293 F g(-1) at 1 A g(-1) ), long-term cycling stability, and high coulombic efficiency (>99.9 % over 5000 cycles) in KOH when used as an electrode. Notably, in a two-electrode symmetric supercapacitor, NPGC energy densities as high as 8.1 and 47.5 Wh kg(-1) , at a high power density (10.5 kW kg(-1) ), were achieved in 6 M KOH and 1 M Et4 NBF4 -PC electrolytes, respectively. Thus, the synthesized NPGC material could be a highly promising electrode material for advanced supercapacitors and other conversion devices. PMID:24307432

  5. Persistent Luminescence Hole-Type Materials by Design: Transition-Metal-Doped Carbon Allotrope and Carbides.

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    Qu, Bingyan; Zhang, Bo; Wang, Lei; Zhou, Rulong; Zeng, Xiao Cheng; Li, Liang

    2016-03-01

    Electron traps play a crucial role in a wide variety of compounds of persistent luminescence (PL) materials. However, little attention has been placed on the hole-trap-type PL materials. In this study, a novel hole-dominated persistent luminescence (PL) mechanism is predicted. The mechanism is validated in the night pearl diamond (NPD) composed of lonsdaleite with ultralong persistent luminescence (PL) (more than 72 h). The computed band structures suggest that the Fe ion dopant in lonsdaleite is responsible for the luminescence of NPD due to the desired defect levels within the band gap for electronic transition. Other possible impurity defects in lonsdaleite, such as K, Ca, Mg, Zn, or Tl dopants, or C vacancy can also serve as the hole-trap centers to enhance the PL. Among other 3d transition-metal-ion dopants considered, Cr and Mn ions are predicted to give rise to PL property. The predicted PL mechanism via transition-metal doping of lonsdaleite offers an exciting opportunity for engineering new PL materials by design. PMID:26849004

  6. Self-induced transparency solitary waves in a doped nonlinear photonic band gap material

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    Aközbek, Neşet; John, Sajeev

    1998-09-01

    We derive the properties of self-induced transparency (SIT) solitary waves in a one-dimensional periodic structure doped uniformly with resonance two-level atoms. In our model, the electromagnetic field is treated classically and the dopant atoms are described quantum mechanically. The resulting solitary waves take the form of ultrashort (picosecond) laser pulses which propagate near the band edge of the nonlinear photonic band gap (PBG) material doped with rare-earth atoms such as erbium. Solitary wave formation involves the combined effects of group velocity dispersion (GVD), nonresonant Kerr nonlinearity, and resonant interaction with dopant atoms. We derive the general Maxwell-Bloch equations for a nonlinear PBG system and then demonstrate the existence of elementary solitary wave solutions for frequencies far outside the gap where GVD effects are negligible and for frequencies near the photonic band edge where GVD effects are crucial. We find two distinct new types of propagating SIT solitary wave pulses. Far from Bragg resonance, we recapture the usual McCall-Hahn soliton with hyperbolic secant profile when the nonlinear Kerr coefficient χ(3)=0. However, when the host nonresonant Kerr coefficient is nonzero, we obtain the first new type of soliton. In this case, the optical soliton envelope function deviates from the hyperbolic secant profile and pulse propagation requires nontrivial phase modulation (chirping). We derive the dependence of the solitary wave structure on the Kerr coefficient χ(3), the resonance impurity atom density, and the detuning of the average laser frequency from the atomic transition. When the laser frequency and the atomic transition frequencies are near the photonic band edge we obtain the second type of soliton. To illustrate the second type of soliton we consider two special cases. In the first case, GVD facilitates the propagation of an unchirped SIT-gap soliton moving at a velocity fixed by the material's parameters. The soliton

  7. Performance improvement of Ge-Sb-Te material by GaSb doping for phase change memory

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    Lu, Yegang; Zhang, Zhonghua; Song, Sannian; Shen, Xiang; Wang, Guoxiang; Cheng, Limin; Dai, Shixun; Song, Zhitang

    2013-06-01

    Effects of GaSb doping on phase change characteristics of Ge-Sb-Te material are investigated by in situ resistance and x-ray diffraction measurement, optical spectroscopy, and x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. The crystallization temperature and data retention of Ge-Sb-Te material increase significantly by the addition of GaSb, which results from the high thermal stability of amorphous GaSb. In addition, GaSb-doped Ge-Sb-Te material exhibits faster crystallization speed due to the change in electronic states as a result of the formation of chemical bonds with Ga element. Incorporation of GaSb is highly effective way to enhance the comprehensive performance of Ge-Sb-Te material for phase change memory.

  8. Performance improvement of Ge-Sb-Te material by GaSb doping for phase change memory

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    Lu, Yegang; Zhang, Zhonghua; Song, Sannian; Cheng, Limin; Song, Zhitang; Shen, Xiang; Wang, Guoxiang; Dai, Shixun

    2013-06-17

    Effects of GaSb doping on phase change characteristics of Ge-Sb-Te material are investigated by in situ resistance and x-ray diffraction measurement, optical spectroscopy, and x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. The crystallization temperature and data retention of Ge-Sb-Te material increase significantly by the addition of GaSb, which results from the high thermal stability of amorphous GaSb. In addition, GaSb-doped Ge-Sb-Te material exhibits faster crystallization speed due to the change in electronic states as a result of the formation of chemical bonds with Ga element. Incorporation of GaSb is highly effective way to enhance the comprehensive performance of Ge-Sb-Te material for phase change memory.

  9. Optical nonlinearity and structural phase-transition observation of organic dye-doped polymer silica hybrid material.

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    Xu, L; Hou, Z; Liu, L; Xu, Z; Wang, W; Li, F; Ye, M

    1999-10-01

    The optical nonlinearity of organic dye-doped poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA)-silica-gel hybrid material was investigated by second-harmonic-generation measurement. We found that incorporation of in situ polymerized solgel precursors into the organic dye-doped PMMA significantly improved the nonlinear optical stability of the system. However, improvement of thermal stability occurred only when a sufficient amount of silica gel was incorporated. A structural phase transition from pure polymer to a hybrid system was found near a 10-mol.% silica-gel concentration. The optimum polymer/tetraethoxysilane molar ratio is 2:1 to 1:1. PMID:18079805

  10. Material and Doping Dependence of the Nodal and Anti-Nodal Dispersion Renormalizations in Single- and Multi-Layer Cuprates

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    Johnston, S.; Lee, W.S.; Nowadnick, E.A.; Moritz, B.; Shen, Z.-X.; Devereaux, T.P.; /Stanford U., Geballe Lab. /SLAC

    2010-02-15

    In this paper we present a review of bosonic renormalization effects on electronic carriers observed from angle-resolved photoemission spectra in the cuprates. Specifically, we discuss the viewpoint that these renormalizations represent coupling of the electrons to the lattice and review how materials dependence, such as the number of CuO{sub 2} layers, and doping dependence can be understood straightforwardly in terms of several aspects of electron-phonon coupling in layered correlated materials.

  11. Barium Doped Li2FeSiO4 Cathode Material for Li-Ion Secondary Batteries.

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    Kim, Cheong; Yoo, Gi Won; Son, Jong Tae

    2015-11-01

    Barium-doped Li2Fe(1-x)Ba(x)SiO4 (x = 0, 0.01) cathode materials were synthesized by the sol-gel and electrospinning processes. The structures of the samples were confirmed by X-ray diffraction and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy. The sizes and the morphologies of the particles and nanofibers were observed by field emission scanning electron microscopy and atomic force microscopy. The initial discharge capacity of Li2FeSiO4 particles was 28 mAh/g, Li2FeSiO4 nanofibers and barium (Ba)-doped Li2FeSiO4 nanofibers showed the discharge capacities of 78 and 85 mAh/g, respectively. The lithium-ion diffusion coefficients of Li2FeSiO4 particles, Li2FeSiO4 nanofibers and Ba-doped Li2FeSiO4 nanofibers were calculated 5.15 x 10-(16), 3.52 x 10(-16), and 2.27 x 10(-15) cm2/s, respectively. The Ba-doped Li2FeSiO4 cathode material showed the highest lithium-ion diffusion coefficient, and its electrochemical properties were better than that of the pristine material. PMID:26726598

  12. The Effect of Boron Doping on Structure and Electrochemical Performance of Lithium-Rich Layered Oxide Materials.

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    Liu, Jiatu; Wang, Shuangbao; Ding, Zhengping; Zhou, Ruiqi; Xia, Qingbing; Zhang, Jinfang; Chen, Libao; Wei, Weifeng; Wang, Peng

    2016-07-20

    Polyanion doping shows great potential to improve electrochemical performance of Li-rich layered oxide (LLO) materials. Here, by optimizing the doping content and annealing temperature, we obtained boron-doped LLO materials Li1.2Mn0.54Ni0.13Co0.13BxO2 (x = 0.04 and 0.06) with comprehensively improved performance (94% capacity retention after 100 cycles at 60 mA/g current density and a rate capability much higher compared to that of the pristine sample) at annealing temperatures of 750 and 650 °C, respectively, which are much lower than the traditional annealing temperature of similar material systems without boron. The scenario of the complex crystallization process was captured using Cs-corrected high-angle annular dark field scanning transmission electron microscopic (HAADF-STEM) imaging techniques. The existence of layered, NiO-type, and spinel-like structures in a single particle induced by boron doping and optimization of annealing temperature is believed to contribute to the remarkable improvement of cycling stability and rate capability. PMID:27337243

  13. Lasing properties of new Nd 3+-doped tungstate, molybdate, and fluoride materials under selective optical pumping

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    Šulc, Jan; Jelínkova, Helena; Basiev, Tolstoban T.; Doroschenko, Maxim E.; Ivleva, Ludmila I.; Osiko, Vyacheslav V.; Zverev, Peter G.

    2006-02-01

    The purpose of this work was to determine the relative efficiencies of new Nd 3+-doped laser active/Raman - tungstate, molybdate, and fluoride - materials (SrWO 4, PbWO 4, BaWO 4, SrMoO 4, PbMoO 4, SrF II, and LaF 3) under selective longitudinal optical pumping by the alexandrite (~750nm), or diode (~800nm) laser. Crystals with various length, orientations and active ions concentrations were tested. To optimize the output of the tested lasers a set of input dichroic and output dielectric mirrors with different reflectivities were used. For realized lasers operating at pulsed free-running regime, threshold energy, slope efficiency, emission wavelength, and radiation polarization were determined. For each crystal, fluorescence lifetime and absorption coefficient under given pumping were established. The slope efficiency in case of Nd 3+:PbMoO 4 laser at wavelength 1054nm was measured to be 54.3% with total efficiency of 46% which is the best result obtained for all new tested crystals. For Nd 3+ doped SrWO 4, PbWO 4, and BaWO 4 crystals simultaneous laser and self-Raman emission were demonstrated in Q-switched regime. Thus newly proposed laser Raman crystals demonstrate high efficiency for Nd 3+ laser oscillations comparable with well known and widely used Nd:KGW crystal. Further improvement in the quality of tungstate and molybdate type crystals should result in further increase in lasing efficiency at 1.06μm wavelength. Self Raman frequency conversion of Nd 3+-laser oscillations in these crystals should result in high efficient pulse shortening, high peak power and new wavelengths in 1.2-1.5μm wavelength region.

  14. Calcium- and Cobalt-doped Yttrium Chromites as an Interconnect Material for Solid Oxide Fuel Cells

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    Yoon, Kyung J.; Cramer, Carolyn N.; Thomsen, Edwin C.; Coyle, Christopher A.; Coffey, Greg W.; Marina, Olga A.

    2010-04-23

    The structural, thermal and electrical characteristics of calcium- and cobalt-doped yttrium chromites were studied for a potential use as the interconnect material in high temperature solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs) as well as other high temperature electrochemical and thermoelectric devices. The Y0.8Ca0.2Cr1-xCoxO3±δ (x=0, 0.1, 0.2, 0.3) compositions had single phase orthorhombic perovskite structures in the wide range of oxygen pressures. Sintering behavior was remarkably enhanced upon cobalt doping and densities 95% and 97% of theoretical density were obtained after sintering at 1300oC in air, when x was 0.2 and 0.3, respectively. The electrical conductivity in both oxidizing and reducing atmospheres was significantly improved with cobalt content, and values of 49 and 10 S/cm at 850oC and 55 and 14 S/cm at 950oC in air and forming gas, respectively, were reported for x=0.2. The conductivity increase was attributed to the charge carrier density increase upon cobalt substitution for chromium confirmed with Seebeck measurements. The thermal expansion coefficient (TEC) was increased with cobalt content and closely matched to that of an 8 mol% yttria-stabilized zirconia (YSZ) electrolyte for 0.1 ≤ x ≤ 0.2. The chemical compatibility between Y0.8Ca0.2Cr1-xCoxO3±δ and YSZ was evaluated firing the two at 1400oC and no reaction products were found if x value was kept lower than 0.2.

  15. Synthesis and characterization of rare earth doped novel optical materials and their potential applications

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    Pokhrel, Madhab

    There are many application of photonic materials but selection of photonic materials are always constrained by number of factors such as cost, availability of materials, thermal and chemical stability, toxicity, size and more importantly ease of synthesis and processing along with the efficient emission. For example, quantum dots are efficient emitter but they are significantly toxic, whereas dyes are also efficient emitters but they are chemically unstable. On the other hand, display and LED requires the micron size particles but bio application requires the nano-sized particles. On the other hand, laser gain media requires the ceramics glass or single crystal not the nanoparticles. So, realization of practical optical systems critically depends on suitable materials that offer specific combinations of properties. Solid-state powders such as rare-earth ions doped nano and micron size phosphors are one of the most promising candidates for several photonic applications discussed above. In this dissertation, we investigate the upconversion (UC) fluorescence characteristics of rare earth (RE) doped M2O2S (M = Y, Gd, La) oxysulphide phosphors, for near-infrared to visible UC. Both nano and micron size phosphors were investigated depending on their applications of interest. This oxysulphide phosphor possesses several excellent properties such as chemical stability, low toxicity and can be easily mass produced at low cost. Mainly, Yb3+, Er3+, and Ho3+ were doped in the host lattice, resulting in bright red, green, blue and NIR emissions under 980 nm and 1550 nm excitation at various excitation power densities. Maximum UC quantum yields (QY) up to 6.2 %, 5.8%, and 4.6% were respectively achieved in Yb3+/Er3+ :La2O2S, Y2O2S, and Gd2O 2S. Comparisons have been made with respect to reported most efficient upconverting phosphors beta-NaYF4:20 % Yb/ 2% Er. We believe that present phosphors are the most efficient and lower excitation threshold upconverting phosphors at 980 and

  16. Doping, adsorption, and polarity of atomic-layer materials: A predictive theory from systematic first-principles study

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    Saito, Susumu; Fujimoto, Yoshitaka; Koretsune, Takashi

    2015-03-01

    Based on the extensive first-principles electronic-structure study of various doped hexagonal boron-nitride (h-BN) atomic layers as well as that of various doped graphene and carbon nanotubes, we propose a simple but predictive theory of polarity in doped atomic-layer materials. We first report the electronic structure of the pristine h-BN, h-BN layers with B and B3N vacancies which have been experimentally produced and observed frequently, and doped h-BN layers, and show that both p-type and n-type h-BN layers can be produced in a variety of ways. We next review the electronic structure of doped graphene and carbon nanotubes and the effect of the H adsorption which can even change the polarity of the system. Finally we propose a simple but predictive theory which is based on the number of valence electrons of each system, and can explain the polarities of all the h-BN, graphene, and nanotube-based systems studied so far. Supported by MEXT 25107005 and 25104711, JSPS 22740252 and 26390062, and MEST TIES project.

  17. Evolution of grain boundary conduction with increasing temperature in pure and Ti doped Co ferrite materials

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    Vaithyanathan, V.; Patro, L. N. E-mail: kkamalabharathi@gmail.com; Kodam, Ugendar; Tan, H.; Inbanathan, S. S. R.; Kamala Bharathi, K. E-mail: kkamalabharathi@gmail.com

    2015-09-21

    We report on the structural, temperature, and frequency dependent impedance studies of Ti doped cobalt ferrite material (CoFe{sub 1.95}Ti{sub 0.05}O{sub 4}) in comparison with the pure CoFe{sub 2}O{sub 4}. XRD and Raman spectroscopy studies confirm the inverse spinel crystallization of the materials with space group of Fd-3 m. Scanning electron microscope images shows the microcrystalline nature of the particles. Homogeneity, stoichiometry, and ionic states of the ions in the composition were confirmed by energy dispersive X-ray analysis and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopic studies. Temperature and frequency dependent real (Z′) and imaginary (Z″) part of the impedance shows the existence of relaxation processes and their distribution in CoFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} and CoFe{sub 1.95}Ti{sub 0.05}O{sub 4} materials. Complex impedance spectroscopy studies at low temperatures shows that the conductivity in these materials is predominantly due to the intrinsic bulk grains. With increasing the temperature, evolution of grain boundary conduction is clearly seen through the appearance of a second semi-circle in the complex impedance plots. Room temperature total dc conductivity of both CoFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} and CoFe{sub 1.95}Ti{sub 0.05}O{sub 4} materials is found to be 5.78 × 10{sup −8} and 1.61 × 10{sup −7} S/cm, respectively. Temperature variation of dc electrical conductivity follows the Arrhenius relationship and the activation energies for CoFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} corresponding to grain (0.55 eV for CoFe{sub 2}O{sub 4}), grain boundary (0.52 eV), and total conduction (0.54 eV) are discussed. Observation of well distinguishable grain and grain boundary conductions and the low conductivity values in CoFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} and CoFe{sub 1.95}Ti{sub 0.05}O{sub 4} materials indicates that these materials are promising candidates for the high frequency applications.

  18. Ce(3+) /Tb(3+) non-/single-/co-doped K-Lu-F materials: synthesis, optical properties, and energy transfer.

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    Cao, Chunyan; Xie, An; Noh, Hyeon Mi; Jeong, Jung Hyun

    2016-08-01

    Using a hydrothermal method, Ce(3+) /Tb(3+) non-/single-/co-doped K-Lu-F materials have been synthesized. The X-ray diffraction (XRD) results suggest that the Ce(3+) and/or Tb(3+) doping had great effects on the crystalline phases of the final samples. The field emission scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM) images indicated that the samples were in hexagonal disk or polyhedron morphologies in addition to some nanoparticles, which also indicated that the doping also had great effects on the sizes and the morphologies of the samples. The energy-dispersive spectroscopy (EDS) patterns illustrated the constituents of different samples. The enhanced emissions of Tb(3+) were observed in the Ce(3+) /Tb(3+) co-doped K-Lu-F materials. The energy transfer (ET) efficiency ηT were calculated based on the fluorescence yield. The ET mechanism from Ce(3+) to Tb(3+) was confirmed to be the dipole-quadrupole interaction inferred from the theoretical analysis and the experimental data. Copyright © 2015 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. PMID:26669301

  19. Real Understanding of the Nitrogen-Doping Effect on the Electrochemical Performance of Carbon Materials by Using Carbon-Coated Mesoporous Silica as a Model Material.

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    Castro-Muñiz, Alberto; Hoshikawa, Yasuto; Kasukabe, Takatoshi; Komiyama, Hiroshi; Kyotani, Takashi

    2016-03-01

    The main aim of the present work is to precisely understand the sole effect of nitrogen doping on the electrochemical performance of porous carbon materials. To achieve this objective, the whole surface of mesoporous silica (SBA-15) was coated with a thin layer of carbon (about 0.4 nm) with and without N-doping by using acetonitrile and acetylene chemical vapor deposition, respectively. The resulting N-doped and nondoped carbon-coated silica samples have mesopore structures identical to those in the original SBA-15, and they are practically the same in terms of not only the pore size and pore structure but also the particle size distribution and particle morphology, with the exception of N-doping, which makes them unique model materials to extract the sole effect of nitrogen on the performances of electrochemical capacitors and electrocatalytic oxygen reduction. Moreover, the outstanding features of the carbon-coated silica samples allow even a quantitative understanding of the pseudocapacitance induced by nitrogen functionalities on the carbon surface in an acidic aqueous electrolyte. PMID:26859703

  20. Non-equilibrium Approach to Doping of Wide Bandgap materials by Molecular Beam Epitaxy. Final Report

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    Tamargo, M. C.; Neumark, G. F.

    2004-04-19

    It is well known that it has been difficult to obtain good bipolar doping in a wide bandgap semiconductors. Developed a new doping technique, involving use of a standard dopant, together with a ''co-dopant'' used to facilitate the introduction of the dopant, and have vastly alleviated this problem.

  1. A p → n transition for Sn-doped Cu(In,Ga)Se{sub 2} bulk materials

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    Monsefi, Mehrdad; Kuo, Dong-Hau

    2013-08-15

    Cu(In,Ga)Se{sub 2} (CIGSe) pellets at different Sn contents were fabricated by reactive liquid-phase sintering at 600–700 °C with the help of sintering aids of Sb{sub 2}S{sub 3} and Te. Powder preparation was based upon the molecular formula of Cu{sub 0.9}[(In{sub 0.7−x}Sn{sub x}Ga{sub 0.3}){sub 0.9}Sb{sub 0.1}](S{sub 0.15}Te{sub 0.2}Se{sub 1.65}) or Sn-x-CIGSe. Morphology, structure, and electrical property of Sn-doped CIGSe bulks were investigated. The composition of Sn-doped CIGSe is purposely designed for studying the doping effect on the CIGSe performance. The unexpected increase in hole concentration of CIGSe due to the donor doping is rationalized. A controllable n-type semiconductor is deliberately achieved for Sn-0.15-CIGSe and important for making a p/n homojunction in CIGSe solar cells. - Graphical abstract: The controls in defect type and electrical properties of Cu(In,Ga)Se{sub 2} by doping Sn{sup 4+} on the In{sup 3+} site. Highlights: • n-type Sn-CIGSe with n{sub e} of 6.4×10{sup 16} cm{sup −3} and μ{sub e} of 2.3 cm{sup 2}/V s was obtained. • This n-type Sn-CIGSe was obtained by material design and composition control. • The reported n-type CIGSe was obtained from the Zn/CIGSe and CdS/CIGSe bilayers. • Extrinsic donor doping was explored through the results of electrical properties. • A n/p homojunction with Sn-CIGSe and undoped one can be used for solar cell devices.

  2. Synthesis of hierarchical Mg-doped Fe3O4 micro/nano materials for the decomposition of hexachlorobenzene.

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    Su, Guijin; Liu, Yexuan; Huang, Linyan; Lu, Huijie; Liu, Sha; Li, Liewu; Zheng, Minghui

    2014-03-01

    An ethylene-glycol (EG) mediated self-assembly process was firstly developed to synthesize micrometer-sized nanostructured Mg-doped Fe3O4 composite oxides to decompose hexachlorobenzene (HCB) at 300°C. The synthesized samples were characterized by scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction, energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy and inductively coupled plasma optical emission spectrometer. The morphology and composition of the composite oxide precursor were regulated by the molar ratio of the magnesium acetate and ferric nitrate as the reactants. Calcination of the precursor particles, prepared with different molar ratio of the metal salts, under a reducing nitrogen atmosphere, generated three kinds of Mg doped Fe3O4 composite oxide micro/nano materials. Their reactivity toward HCB decomposition was likely influenced by the material morphology and content of Mg dopants. Ball-like MgFe2O4-Fe3O4 composite oxide micro/nano material showed superior HCB dechlorination efficiencies when compared with pure Fe3O4 micro/nano material, prepared under similar experimental conditions, thus highlighting the benefits of doping Mg into Fe3O4 matrices. PMID:24290299

  3. A novel optical fibre doped with the nano-material as InP

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    Chen, Xi; Lee, Ly Guat; Zhang, Ru

    2007-11-01

    As the key of these optical devices which are widely used in the communication system, high nonlinear optical fibre will play an important role in the future optical fibre communication. With recent growth of nano-technology, researchers are hoping to obtain some kinds of optical fibre by combining the optical fibre with the nanotechnology. According to this current situation, the optical fibre doped with nano-material as InP (indium phosphide) is manufactured by using the MCVD (modified chemical vapor deposition) technology after our comprehensive consideration of many relative factors. Proved by experiments, this novel optical fibre has an excellent waveguide characteristic. After a consideration of the model of this novel optical fibre, its propagation constant β has been simulated by using the FEM (finite element method), and the graphs of presentation of magnetic field of the core are also obtained. In accordance with the results, the effective refractive index n eff = 1.401 has be calculated. Both the calculated result and the simulated graphs are matching well with the test, and this result is a step-stone bridge for future research of nonlinear parameter on this novel optical fiber.

  4. The role of potential fluctuations in continuous-wave donor{endash}acceptor pair luminescence of heavily doped materials

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    Kuskovsky, I.; Li, D.; Neumark, G.F.; Bondarev, V.N.; Pikhitsa, P.V.

    1999-08-01

    It has recently become apparent that {open_quotes}standard{close_quotes} (low-concentration and low-compensation) theory for donor{endash}acceptor pair (DAP) photoluminescence (PL) is totally incapable of explaining results in highly doped and compensated material. It can be noted that such material is often of high technological interest. It has been argued, mainly qualitatively, that the discrepancies result from potential fluctuations due to random ionic charges. We here present a {ital quantitative} theory for cw DAP PL, using an approximate model. We also present data for the concentration and intensity dependence of DAP PL in heavily doped ZnSe:N, and show that the results are explained very satisfactorily by our fluctuation model. {copyright} {ital 1999 American Institute of Physics.}

  5. Axially substituted phthalocyanine/naphthalocyanine doped in glass matrix: an approach to the practical use for optical limiting material.

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    Yuan, Hua; Chen, Jun; Zhang, Tao; Wang, Shuangqing; Hu, Rui; Li, Shayu; Yang, Guoqiang

    2016-05-01

    A novel glass matrix doped with phthalocyanine or naphthalocyanine is prepared by a modified sol-gel technique. The photophysical and optical limiting properties of the phthalocyanine compounds both in glass matrix and in THF solution were investigated. The obtained glass matrix is homogeneous and transparent, as well as mechanically and thermodynamically stable enough to withstand very high laser fluence; the optical limiting performances of these compound samples are better than that of benchmark materials like C60 in toluene, carbon black in water, and graphene oxide in water or ethanol under nanosecond pulsed laser at 532 nm. Two prototypes of optical limiters doped in the glass matrix have very good optical limiting performances, which may provide potential practical use for optical limiting materials in a near future. PMID:27137586

  6. Nitrogen-doped porous carbon nanosheets as low-cost, high-performance anode material for sodium-ion batteries.

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    Wang, Heng-guo; Wu, Zhong; Meng, Fan-lu; Ma, De-long; Huang, Xiao-lei; Wang, Li-min; Zhang, Xin-bo

    2013-01-01

    Between the sheets: Sodium-ion batteries are an attractive, low-cost alternative to lithium-ion batteries. Nitrogen-doped porous carbon sheets are prepared by chemical activation of polypyrrole-functionalized graphene sheets. When using the sheets as anode material in sodium-ion batteries, their unique compositional and structural features result in high reversible capacity, good cycling stability, and high rate capability. PMID:23225752

  7. The microwave adsorption behavior and microwave-assisted heteroatoms doping of graphene-based nano-carbon materials

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    Tang, Pei; Hu, Gang; Gao, Yongjun; Li, Wenjing; Yao, Siyu; Liu, Zongyuan; Ma, Ding

    2014-01-01

    Microwave-assisted heating method is used to treat graphite oxide (GO), pyrolytic graphene oxide (PGO) and hydrogen-reduced pyrolytic graphene oxide (HPGO). Pure or doped graphene are prepared in the time of minutes and a thermal deoxygenization reduction mechanism is proposed to understand their microwave adsorption behaviors. These carbon materials are excellent catalysts in the reduction of nitrobenzene. The defects are believed to play an important role in the catalytic performance. PMID:25109492

  8. The microwave adsorption behavior and microwave-assisted heteroatoms doping of graphene-based nano-carbon materials

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    Tang, Pei; Hu, Gang; Gao, Yongjun; Li, Wenjing; Yao, Siyu; Liu, Zongyuan; Ma, Ding

    2014-08-01

    Microwave-assisted heating method is used to treat graphite oxide (GO), pyrolytic graphene oxide (PGO) and hydrogen-reduced pyrolytic graphene oxide (HPGO). Pure or doped graphene are prepared in the time of minutes and a thermal deoxygenization reduction mechanism is proposed to understand their microwave adsorption behaviors. These carbon materials are excellent catalysts in the reduction of nitrobenzene. The defects are believed to play an important role in the catalytic performance.

  9. Al-doped MgB2 materials studied using electron paramagnetic resonance and Raman spectroscopy

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    Bateni, Ali; Erdem, Emre; Repp, Sergej; Weber, Stefan; Somer, Mehmet

    2016-05-01

    Undoped and aluminum (Al) doped magnesium diboride (MgB2) samples were synthesized using a high-temperature solid-state synthesis method. The microscopic defect structures of Al-doped MgB2 samples were systematically investigated using X-ray powder diffraction, Raman spectroscopy, and electron paramagnetic resonance. It was found that Mg-vacancies are responsible for defect-induced peculiarities in MgB2. Above a certain level of Al doping, enhanced conductive properties of MgB2 disappear due to filling of vacancies or trapping of Al in Mg-related vacancy sites.

  10. Direct Synthesis of Carbon-Doped TiO2-Bronze Nanowires as Anode Materials for High Performance Lithium-Ion Batteries.

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    Goriparti, Subrahmanyam; Miele, Ermanno; Prato, Mirko; Scarpellini, Alice; Marras, Sergio; Monaco, Simone; Toma, Andrea; Messina, Gabriele C; Alabastri, Alessandro; De Angelis, Francesco; Manna, Liberato; Capiglia, Claudio; Zaccaria, Remo Proietti

    2015-11-18

    Carbon-doped TiO2-bronze nanowires were synthesized via a facile doping mechanism and were exploited as active material for Li-ion batteries. We demonstrate that both the wire geometry and the presence of carbon doping contribute to the high electrochemical performance of these materials. Direct carbon doping for example reduces the Li-ion diffusion length and improves the electrical conductivity of the wires, as demonstrated by cycling experiments, which evidenced remarkably higher capacities and superior rate capability over the undoped nanowires. The as-prepared carbon-doped nanowires, evaluated in lithium half-cells, exhibited lithium storage capacity of ∼306 mA h g(-1) (91% of the theoretical capacity) at the current rate of 0.1C as well as excellent discharge capacity of ∼160 mAh g(-1) even at the current rate of 10 C after 1000 charge/discharge cycles. PMID:26492841

  11. Enhanced electrical transport by texture modulation and co-doping for Ca3Co4O9+δ materials

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    Liu, Z. Y.; Zhang, F. P.; Zhang, J. X.; Zhang, X.; Lu, Q. M.; Yang, X. Y.

    The powders as well as the texture modulated Ca2.8BaxPryCo4O9+δ (x, y = 0, 0.05, 0.1, 0.15 and 0.2) bulk materials are prepared via solid state reaction, sol-gel and spark plasma sintering method. The powder and bulk materials are analyzed with regard to their phase composition and microscopic character by X-ray diffraction (XRD) and scanning electron microscope (SEM). The thermoelectric transport properties of the bulk materials are measured and investigated. The results show that the plate-like powders with uniform particle size tend to align regularly rather than the powders with anomaly shape and particle size distribution by spark plasma sintering method. The bulk materials co-doped by elements with lower electronegativity tend to form better texture rather than that of the bulk materials co-doped by elements with higher electronegativity via spark plasma sintering method. The resistivities and Seebeck coefficients are in negative accordance to the bulk material texture as a whole, and the carrier transport mechanism is not influenced. The electrical performance is tuned with optimized power factor 462 μW m-1 K-2 at 973 K for Ca2.8BaxPryCo4O9+δ (x = y = 0.1) bulk materials.

  12. Study on preparation and microwave absorption property of the core-nanoshell composite materials doped with La.

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    Wei, Liqiu; Che, Ruxin; Jiang, Yijun; Yu, Bing

    2013-12-01

    Microwave absorbing material plays a great role in electromagnetic pollution controlling, electromagnetic interference shielding and stealth technology, etc. The core-nanoshell composite materials doped with La were prepared by a solid-state reaction method, which is applied to the electromagnetic wave absorption. The core is magnetic fly-ash hollow cenosphere, and the shell is the nanosized ferrite doped with La. The thermal decomposition process of the sample was investigated by thermogravimetry and differential thermal analysis. The morphology and components of the composite materials were investigated by the X-ray diffraction analysis, the microstructure was observed by scanning electron microscope and transmission electron microscope. The results of vibrating sample magnetometer analysis indicated that the exchange-coupling interaction happens between ferrite of magnetic fly-ash hollow cenosphere and nanosized ferrite coating, which caused outstanding magnetic properties. The microwave absorbing property of the sample was measured by reflectivity far field radar cross section of radar microwave absorbing material with vector network analyzer. The results indicated that the exchange-coupling interaction enhanced magnetic loss of composite materials. Therefore, in the frequency of 5 GHz, the reflection coefficient can achieve -24 dB. It is better than single material and is consistent with requirements of the microwave absorbing material at the low-frequency absorption. PMID:25078834

  13. Sol-gel synthesis, characterization, and optical properties of Gd3+-doped CdO sub-micron materials

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    Alemi, Abdolali; Joo, Sang Woo; Khademinia, Shahin; Dolatyari, Mahboubeh; Bakhtiari, Akbar; Moradi, Hossein; Saeidi, Sorayya

    2013-05-01

    Highly crystalline Gd3+-doped cadmium oxide micro-structure was synthesized by calcining the obtained precursor of a sol-gel reaction. The reaction was carried out with cadmium nitrate (Cd(NO3)2·4H2O), gadolinium oxide, and ethylene glycol (C2H6O2) reactants without any additives at 80°C for 2 h. The resulting gel was calcined at 900°C with increasing temperature rate of 15°C/min for 12 h in a furnace. As a result of heating, the organic section of the gel was removed, and the Gd3+-doped cadmium oxide micro-structure was produced. The obtained compound from the sol-gel technique possesses a cubic crystalline structure at a micro scale. XRD study indicates that the obtained Gd3+-doped CdO has a cubic phase. Also, the SEM images showed that the resulting material is composed of particles with cluster structure. Also, FT-IR spectroscopy was employed to characterize the Gd3+-doped CdO micro-structures.

  14. Electrochemical properties of magnesium doped LiFePO{sub 4} cathode material prepared by sol–gel method

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    Zhao, Xiaohui; Baek, Dong-Ho; Manuel, James; Heo, Min-Yeong; Yang, Rong; Ha, Jong Keun; Ryu, Ho-Suk; Ahn, Hyo-Jun; Kim, Ki-Won; Cho, Kwon-Koo; Ahn, Jou-Hyeon

    2012-10-15

    Magnesium doped Li{sub 1−2x}Mg{sub x}FePO{sub 4}/C (x = 0.00, 0.01, 0.03, 0.05) cathode materials were synthesized by sol–gel method, and the effect of magnesium doping as well as its content on the electrochemical properties for lithium batteries was also investigated{sub .} Their morphology was studied with field emission scanning electron microscope and Li{sub 1−2x}Mg{sub x}FePO{sub 4} materials showed the olivine phase without impurities. The thin carbon layer of Li{sub 1−2x}Mg{sub x}FePO{sub 4}/C was confirmed by high resolution transmission electron microscopy. The magnesium doped Li{sub 1−2x}Mg{sub x}FePO{sub 4}/C particles were smaller than those undoped. The Li{sub 1−2x}Mg{sub x}FePO{sub 4}/C materials showed better cycling behavior than undoped LiFePO{sub 4}, especially at high C-rate in which Li{sub 0.94}Mg{sub 0.03}FePO{sub 4}/C composition exhibited the best electrochemical properties.

  15. A computational study of superconducting materials: A case study in carbon-doped magnesium diboride

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    Saengdeejing, Arkapol

    2011-07-01

    Properties of superconductivity materials below their critical temperature such as critical magnetic field (Hc2) or critical current density (Jc) are greatly affected by the structures/compositions determined at high temperature during the synthesis processes. It is well known that different processing conditions can result in different superconducting properties at low temperatures. Therefore, the ability to control the structures/compositions of the superconducting materials made at high temperatures is crucial for the development of the superconducting materials. Thermodynamics is a very useful tool to achieve control over the structures/compositions of the synthesis processes. With the improvement in the computational power and advancement in the field of computational thermodynamic and density functional theory, combining the powerful and robust CALculation of PHAse Diagram technique with quantum mechanical first-principles calculations has rapidly become the preferred approach for materials design especially for metallic alloys system in the past few years. In this work, high temperature thermodynamics of the MgB2 superconductor will be investigated. With the discovery of the unusually high superconducting temperature in MgB2, countless investigations have been carried out on the superconducting properties of single crystal, polycrystal, thin films, or doped MgB2. As mentioned earlier, properties of superconductors are affected by the structures/ compositions of the superconducting materials processed at temperature much higher than superconductivity transition temperature. It is very important to understand the high temperature properties, so the superconducting properties at low temperatures can be easily controlled. First-principles calculations based on DFT are employed to obtain various thermodynamic and structural properties such as enthalpy of formation, heat capacity, mixing enthalpy, bulk modulus, elastic constants, and thermal expansion for the

  16. Modeling and simulation of electronic structure, material interface and random doping in nano electronic devices.

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    Chen, Duan; Wei, Guo-Wei

    2010-06-20

    The miniaturization of nano-scale electronic devices, such as metal oxide semiconductor field effect transistors (MOSFETs), has given rise to a pressing demand in the new theoretical understanding and practical tactic for dealing with quantum mechanical effects in integrated circuits. Modeling and simulation of this class of problems have emerged as an important topic in applied and computational mathematics. This work presents mathematical models and computational algorithms for the simulation of nano-scale MOSFETs. We introduce a unified two-scale energy functional to describe the electrons and the continuum electrostatic potential of the nano-electronic device. This framework enables us to put microscopic and macroscopic descriptions in an equal footing at nano scale. By optimization of the energy functional, we derive consistently-coupled Poisson-Kohn-Sham equations. Additionally, layered structures are crucial to the electrostatic and transport properties of nano transistors. A material interface model is proposed for more accurate description of the electrostatics governed by the Poisson equation. Finally, a new individual dopant model that utilizes the Dirac delta function is proposed to understand the random doping effect in nano electronic devices. Two mathematical algorithms, the matched interface and boundary (MIB) method and the Dirichlet-to-Neumann mapping (DNM) technique, are introduced to improve the computational efficiency of nano-device simulations. Electronic structures are computed via subband decomposition and the transport properties, such as the I-V curves and electron density, are evaluated via the non-equilibrium Green's functions (NEGF) formalism. Two distinct device configurations, a double-gate MOSFET and a four-gate MOSFET, are considered in our three-dimensional numerical simulations. For these devices, the current fluctuation and voltage threshold lowering effect induced by the discrete dopant model are explored. Numerical convergence

  17. Thermoelectric material including a multiple transition metal-doped type I clathrate crystal structure

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    Yang, Jihui; Shi, Xun; Bai, Shengqiang; Zhang, Wenqing; Chen, Lidong; Yang, Jiong

    2012-01-17

    A thermoelectric material includes a multiple transition metal-doped type I clathrate crystal structure having the formula A.sub.8TM.sub.y.sub.1.sup.1TM.sub.y.sub.2.sup.2 . . . TM.sub.y.sub.n.sup.nM.sub.zX.sub.46-y.sub.1.sub.-y.sub.2.sub.- . . . -y.sub.n.sub.-z. In the formula, A is selected from the group consisting of barium, strontium, and europium; X is selected from the group consisting of silicon, germanium, and tin; M is selected from the group consisting of aluminum, gallium, and indium; TM.sup.1, TM.sup.2, and TM.sup.n are independently selected from the group consisting of 3d, 4d, and 5d transition metals; and y.sub.1, y.sub.2, y.sub.n and Z are actual compositions of TM.sup.1, TM.sup.2, TM.sup.n, and M, respectively. The actual compositions are based upon nominal compositions derived from the following equation: z=8q.sub.A-|.DELTA.q.sub.1|y.sub.1-|.DELTA.q.sub.2|y.sub.2- . . . -|.DELTA.q.sub.n|y.sub.n, wherein q.sub.A is a charge state of A, and wherein .DELTA.q.sub.1, .DELTA.q.sub.2, .DELTA.q.sub.n are, respectively, the nominal charge state of the first, second, and n-th TM.

  18. Multifunctional zirconium oxide doped chitosan based hybrid nanocomposites as bone tissue engineering materials.

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    Bhowmick, Arundhati; Jana, Piyali; Pramanik, Nilkamal; Mitra, Tapas; Banerjee, Sovan Lal; Gnanamani, Arumugam; Das, Manas; Kundu, Patit Paban

    2016-10-20

    This paper reports the development of multifunctional zirconium oxide (ZrO2) doped nancomposites having chitosan (CTS), organically modified montmorillonite (OMMT) and nano-hydroxyapatite (HAP). Formation of these nanocomposites was confirmed by various characterization techniques such as Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy and powder X-ray diffraction. Scanning electron microscopy images revealed uniform distribution of OMMT and nano-HAP-ZrO2 into CTS matrix. Powder XRD study and TEM study revealed that OMMT has partially exfoliated into the polymer matrix. Enhanced mechanical properties in comparison to the reported literature were obtained after the addition of ZrO2 nanoparticle into the nanocomposites. In rheological measurements, CMZH I-III exhibited greater storage modulus (G') than loss modulus (G″). TGA results showed that these nanocomposites are thermally more stable compare to pure CTS film. Strong antibacterial zone of inhibition and the lowest minimum inhibition concentration (MIC) value of these nanocomposites against bacterial strains proved that these materials have the ability to prevent bacterial infection in orthopedic implants. Compatibility of these nanocomposites with pH and blood of human body was established. It was observed from the swelling study that the swelling percentage was increased with decreasing the hydrophobic OMMT content. Human osteoblastic MG-63 cell proliferations were observed on the nanocomposites and cytocompatibility of these nanocomposites was also established. Moreover, addition of 5wt% OMMT and 5wt% nano-HAP-ZrO2 into 90wt% CTS matrix provides maximum tensile strength, storage modulus, aqueous swelling and cytocompatibility along with strong antibacterial effect, pH and erythrocyte compatibility. PMID:27474636

  19. Modeling and simulation of electronic structure, material interface and random doping in nano electronic devices

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    Chen, Duan; Wei, Guo-Wei

    2010-01-01

    The miniaturization of nano-scale electronic devices, such as metal oxide semiconductor field effect transistors (MOSFETs), has given rise to a pressing demand in the new theoretical understanding and practical tactic for dealing with quantum mechanical effects in integrated circuits. Modeling and simulation of this class of problems have emerged as an important topic in applied and computational mathematics. This work presents mathematical models and computational algorithms for the simulation of nano-scale MOSFETs. We introduce a unified two-scale energy functional to describe the electrons and the continuum electrostatic potential of the nano-electronic device. This framework enables us to put microscopic and macroscopic descriptions in an equal footing at nano scale. By optimization of the energy functional, we derive consistently-coupled Poisson-Kohn-Sham equations. Additionally, layered structures are crucial to the electrostatic and transport properties of nano transistors. A material interface model is proposed for more accurate description of the electrostatics governed by the Poisson equation. Finally, a new individual dopant model that utilizes the Dirac delta function is proposed to understand the random doping effect in nano electronic devices. Two mathematical algorithms, the matched interface and boundary (MIB) method and the Dirichlet-to-Neumann mapping (DNM) technique, are introduced to improve the computational efficiency of nano-device simulations. Electronic structures are computed via subband decomposition and the transport properties, such as the I-V curves and electron density, are evaluated via the non-equilibrium Green's functions (NEGF) formalism. Two distinct device configurations, a double-gate MOSFET and a four-gate MOSFET, are considered in our three-dimensional numerical simulations. For these devices, the current fluctuation and voltage threshold lowering effect induced by the discrete dopant model are explored. Numerical convergence

  20. Theoretical and experimental investigations of the properties of Ge2Sb2Te5 and indium-doped Ge2Sb2Te5 phase change material

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    Singh, Gurinder; Kaura, Aman; Mukul, Monika; Singh, Janpreet; Tripathi, S. K.

    2014-06-01

    We have carried out comprehensive computational and experimental study on the face-centered cubic Ge2Sb2Te5 (GST) and indium (In)-doped GST phase change materials. Structural calculations, total density of states and crystal orbital Hamilton population have been calculated using first-principle calculation. 5 at.% doping of In weakens the Ge-Te, Sb-Te and Te-Te bond lengths. In element substitutes Sb to form In-Te-like structure in the GST system. In-Te has a weaker bond strength compared with the Sb-Te bond. However, both GST and doped alloy remain in rock salt structure. It is more favorable to replace Sb with In than with any other atomic position. X-ray diffraction (XRD) analysis has been carried out on thin film of In-doped GST phase change materials. XRD graph reveals that In-doped phase change materials have rock salt structure with the formation of In2Te3 crystallites in the material. Temperature dependence of impedance spectra has been calculated for thin films of GST and doped material. Thickness of the as-deposited films is calculated from Swanepoel method. Absorption coefficient (α) has been calculated for amorphous and crystalline thin films of the alloys. The optical gap (indirect band gap) energy of the amorphous and crystalline thin films has also been calculated by the equation α hν = β (hν - E_{{g }} )2 . Optical contrast (C) of pure and doped phase change materials have also been calculated. Sufficient optical contrast has been found for pure and doped phase change materials.

  1. A Newly Designed Polyfluorene as an Efficient Host Material for Phosphorescent-Dye-Doped Polymer Light-Emitting Diodes

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    Ha, Soo-Hyun; Noh, Yong-Young

    2013-10-01

    A newly designed polyfluorene derivative, poly[2,7-(9,9-bis(5-cyanopentyl fluorene)-co-alt)-2,5-dimethyl-phenylene] (CNPFX), was synthesized for use as a host material for a phosphorescent dye, fac-tris(2-phenylpyridine) [Ir(ppy)3], in phosphorescent polymer light-emitting diodes. Efficient energy transfer to Ir(ppy)3 was achieved as a result of improved chemical compatibility via introduction of a polar unit, as well as increased spectrum overlap due to a blue-shift in the emission spectrum. Photo- and electro-luminescent spectra of Ir(ppy)3-doped CNPFX film showed clear green emission from Ir(ppy)3 due to efficient energy transfer, whereas those of Ir(ppy)3-doped poly(9,9-dihexylfluorene) (PF6) film showed blue emission from PF6. The CNPFX:Ir(ppy)3 (8 wt %) single layer device showed significantly improved performance.

  2. Nitrogen-doped carbon/graphene hybrid anode material for sodium-ion batteries with excellent rate capability

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    Liu, Huan; Jia, Mengqiu; Cao, Bin; Chen, Renjie; Lv, Xinying; Tang, Renjie; Wu, Feng; Xu, Bin

    2016-07-01

    Nitrogen-doped carbon/graphene (NCG) hybrid materials were prepared by an in-situ polymerization and followed pyrolysis for sodium-ion batteries. The NCG has a large interlayer distance (0.360 nm) and a high nitrogen content of 7.54 at%, resulting in a high reversible sodium storage capacity of 336 mAh g-1 at 30 mA g-1. The NCG shows a sandwich-like structure, i.e. nitrogen-doped carbon nanosheets closely coated on both sides of graphene. The carbon nanosheets shorten the ion diffusion distance, while the sandwiched graphene with high electronic conductivity guarantees fast electron transport, making the NCG exhibit excellent rate capability (94 mAh g-1 at 5 A g-1). It also exhibits good cycle stability with a capacity retention of 89% after 200 cycles at 50 mA g-1.

  3. Molecular beam epitaxial growth of intermediate-band materials based on GaAs:N δ-doped superlattices

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    Suzuki, Tomoya; Osada, Kazuki; Yagi, Shuhei; Naitoh, Shunya; Shoji, Yasushi; Hijikata, Yasuto; Okada, Yoshitaka; Yaguchi, Hiroyuki

    2015-08-01

    We fabricated GaAs:N δ-doped superlattices (SLs) by molecular beam epitaxy and investigated their potential as an intermediate-band photoabsorber in high-efficiency solar cells. The N area concentration in a N δ-doped layer was well controlled by adjusting the fabrication conditions, and the SLs with the average N composition of up to 1.5% were obtained. The SL minibands related to the N-induced E+ and E- conduction subbands were formed with well-separated bottom energies of up to 0.4 eV, indicating the suitability of this material system for use in intermediate-band solar cells. A two-step photoabsorption process in a solar cell with the SL absorber was successfully demonstrated through external quantum efficiency measurements under additional infrared illumination at room temperature.

  4. New Mid-IR Lasers Based on Rare-Earth-Doped Sulfide and Chloride Materials

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    Nostrand, M

    2000-09-01

    Applications in remote-sensing and military countermeasures have driven a need for compact, solid-state mid-IR lasers. Due to multi-phonon quenching, non-traditional hosts are needed to extend current solid-state, room-temperature lasing capabilities beyond {approx} 4 {micro}m. Traditional oxide and fluoride hosts have effective phonon energies in the neighborhood of 1000 cm{sup -1} and 500 cm{sup -1}, respectively. These phonons can effectively quench radiation above 2 and 4 {micro}m, respectively. Materials with lower effective phonon energies such as sulfides and chlorides are the logical candidates for mid-IR (4-10 {micro}m) operation. In this report, laser action is demonstrated in two such hosts, CaGa{sub 2}S{sub 4} and KPb{sub 2}Cl{sub 5}. The CaGa{sub 2}S{sub 4}:Dy{sup 3+} laser operating at 4.3 {micro}m represents the first sulfide laser operating beyond 2 {micro}m. The KPb{sub 2}Cl{sub 5}:Dy{sup 3+} laser operating at 2.4 {micro}m represents the first operation of a chloride-host laser in ambient conditions. Laser action is also reported for CaGa{sub 2}S{sub 4}:Dy{sup 3+} at 2.4 {micro}m, CaGa{sub 2}S{sub 4}:Dy{sup 3+} at 1.4 {micro}m, and KPb{sub 2}Cl{sub 5}:Nd{sup 3+} at 1.06 {micro}m. Both host materials have been fully characterized, including lifetimes, absorption and emission cross sections, radiative branching ratios, and radiative quantum efficiencies. Radiative branching ratios and radiative quantum efficiencies have been determined both by the Judd-Ofelt method (which is based on absorption measurements), and by a novel method described herein which is based on emission measurements. Modeling has been performed to predict laser performance, and a new method to determine emission cross section from slope efficiency and threshold data is developed. With the introduction and laser demonstration of rare-earth-doped CaGa{sub 2}S{sub 4} and KPb{sub 2}Cl{sub 5}, direct generation of mid-IR laser radiation in a solid-state host has been demonstrated. In

  5. Enhancement of thermopower of TAGS-85 high-performance thermoelectric materials by doping with the rare earth Dy

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    Levin, Evgenii; Budko, Serfuei; Schmidt-Rohr, Klaus

    2012-04-10

    Enhancement of thermopower is achieved by doping the narrow-band semiconductor Ag{sub 6.52}Sb{sub 6.52}Ge{sub 36.96}Te{sub 50} (acronym TAGS-85), one of the best p-type thermoelectric materials, with 1 or 2% of the rare earth dysprosium (Dy). Evidence for the incorporation of Dy into the lattice is provided by X-ray diffraction and increased orientation-dependent local fields detected by {sup 125}Te NMR spectroscopy. Since Dy has a stable electronic configuration, the enhancement cannot be attributed to 4f-electron states formed near the Fermi level. It is likely that the enhancement is due to a small reduction in the carrier concentration, detected by {sup 125}Te NMR spectroscopy, but mostly due to energy filtering of the carriers by potential barriers formed in the lattice by Dy, which has large both atomic size and localized magnetic moment. The interplay between the thermopower, the electrical resistivity, and the thermal conductivity of TAGS-85 doped with Dy results in an enhancement of the power factor (PF) and the thermoelectric figure of merit (ZT) at 730 K, from PF = 28 μW cm{sup −1} K{sup −2} and ZT ≤ 1.3 in TAGS-85 to PF = 35 μW cm{sup −1} K{sup −2} and ZT ≥ 1.5 in TAGS-85 doped with 1 or 2% Dy for Ge. This makes TAGS-85 doped with Dy a promising material for thermoelectric power generation.

  6. Effect of bismuth doping on the ZnO nanocomposite material and study of its photocatalytic activity under UV-light

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    Chandraboss, V.L.; Natanapatham, L.; Karthikeyan, B.; Kamalakkannan, J.; Prabha, S.; Senthilvelan, S.

    2013-10-15

    Graphical abstract: The hetero-junctions that are formed between the ZnO and the Bi provide an internal electric field that facilitates separation of the electron-hole pairs and induces faster carrier migration. Thus they often enhanced photocatalytic reaction. - Highlights: • Bi-doped ZnO nanocomposite material was prepared by precipitation method. • Characterized by XRD, HR-SEM with EDX, UV–visible DRS and FT-RAMAN analysis. • Bi-doped ZnO nanocomposite material was used to photodegradation of Congo red. • Mechanism and photocatalytic effect of nanocomposite material have been discussed. - Abstract: Bismuth (Bi)-doped ZnO nanocomposite material was prepared by precipitation method with doping precursors of bismuth nitrate pentahydrate and oxalic acid, characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), High Resolution-Scanning Electron Microscopy (HR-SEM) with Energy Dispersive X-ray (EDX) analysis, UV–visible Diffuse Reflectance Spectroscopy (UV–visible DRS) and Fourier Transform-Raman (FT-RAMAN) analysis. The enhanced photocatalytic activity of the Bi-doped ZnO is demonstrated through photodegradation of Congo red under UV-light irradiation. The mechanism of photocatalytic effect of Bi-doped ZnO nanocomposite material has been discussed.

  7. Fe-doped SnO2 nanoparticles as new high capacity anode material for secondary lithium-ion batteries

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    Mueller, Franziska; Bresser, Dominic; Chakravadhanula, Venkata Sai Kiran; Passerini, Stefano

    2015-12-01

    Herein, Fe-doped tin oxide is presented for the first time as new high-capacity lithium-ion anode material. Pure SnO2, Fe-doped SnO2 (Sn0.9Fe0.1O2, SFO), and carbon-coated SFO (SFO-C) were synthesized and morphologically and electrochemically characterized by X-ray diffraction, transmission electron microscopy, thermogravimetric analysis, Brunauer-Emmet-Teller method, and galvanostatic (dis-)charge measurements. Doping SnO2 with Fe results in a substantially enhanced reversible specific capacity and coulombic efficiency. After ten cycles the reversible capacity of SFO-C was about 1519 mAh g-1, i.e., almost twice the specific capacity obtained for pure SnO2 (764 mAh g-1). Moreover, limiting the reversible capacity to 600 mAh g-1 shows the great potential of SFO-C for application in lithium-ion batteries.

  8. Fabrication of Smart Chemical Sensors Based on Transition-Doped-Semiconductor Nanostructure Materials with µ-Chips

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    Rahman, Mohammed M.; Khan, Sher Bahadar; Asiri, Abdullah M.

    2014-01-01

    Transition metal doped semiconductor nanostructure materials (Sb2O3 doped ZnO microflowers, MFs) are deposited onto tiny µ-chip (surface area, ∼0.02217 cm2) to fabricate a smart chemical sensor for toxic ethanol in phosphate buffer solution (0.1 M PBS). The fabricated chemi-sensor is also exhibited higher sensitivity, large-dynamic concentration ranges, long-term stability, and improved electrochemical performances towards ethanol. The calibration plot is linear (r2 = 0.9989) over the large ethanol concentration ranges (0.17 mM to 0.85 M). The sensitivity and detection limit is ∼5.845 µAcm−2mM−1 and ∼0.11±0.02 mM (signal-to-noise ratio, at a SNR of 3) respectively. Here, doped MFs are prepared by a wet-chemical process using reducing agents in alkaline medium, which characterized by UV/vis., FT-IR, Raman, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), powder X-ray diffraction (XRD), and field-emission scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM) etc. The fabricated ethanol chemical sensor using Sb2O3-ZnO MFs is simple, reliable, low-sample volume (<70.0 µL), easy of integration, high sensitivity, and excellent stability for the fabrication of efficient I–V sensors on μ-chips. PMID:24454785

  9. First-principles study of magnetic interactions in 3d transition metal-doped phase-change materials

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    Fukushima, Tetsuya; Katayama-Yoshida, Hiroshi; Sato, Kazunori; Fujii, Hitoshi; Rabel, Elias; Zeller, Rudolf; Dederichs, Peter; Zhang, Wei; Mazzarello, Riccardo

    2015-03-01

    We investigate the electronic structure and the magnetic properties of the prototypical phase-change material Ge2Sb2Te5 (GST) doped with V, Cr, Mn and Fe by density functional calculations. Both the supercell method and the coherent potential approximation (CPA) are employed to describe this complex substitutionally disordered system. As regards the first approach, we consider a large unit cell containing 1000 sites to model the random distribution of the cations and of the impurities in doped cubic GST. Such a large-scale electronic structure calculation is performed using the program KKRnano, where the full potential screened Korringa-Kohn-Rostoker Green's function method is optimized by a massively parallel linear scaling all electron algorithm. We find that ferromagnetic states are favorable in the cases of V and Cr doping, due to the double exchange mechanism. The ferromagnetic interaction is particularly strong in the case of Cr. As a result, high Curie temperatures close to room temperatures are obtained for large Cr concentration.

  10. Preparation and Characterization of Ni-Doped TiO2 Materials for Photocurrent and Photocatalytic Applications

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    Ganesh, Ibram; Gupta, A. K.; Kumar, P. P.; Sekhar, P. S. C.; Radha, K.; Padmanabham, G.; Sundararajan, G.

    2012-01-01

    Different amounts of Ni-doped TiO2 (Ni = 0.1 to 10%) powders and thin films were prepared by following a conventional coprecipitation and sol-gel dip coating techniques, respectively, at 400 to 800°C, and were thoroughly characterized by means of XRD, FT-IR, FT-Raman, DRS, UV-visible, BET surface area, zeta potential, flat band potential, and photocurrent measurement techniques. Photocatalytic abilities of Ni-doped TiO2 powders were evaluated by means of methylene blue (MB) degradation reaction under simulated solar light. Characterization results suggest that as a dopant, Ni stabilizes TiO2 in the form of anatase phase, reduces its bandgap energy, and adjusts its flat band potentials such that this material can be employed for photoelectrochemical (PEC) oxidation of water reaction. The photocatalytic activity and photocurrent ability of TiO2 have been enhanced by doping of Ni in TiO2. The kinetic studies revealed that the MB degradation reaction follows the Langmuir-Hinshelwood first-order reaction relationship. PMID:22619580

  11. Improved electrochemical performance of boron-doped SiO negative electrode materials in lithium-ion batteries

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    Woo, Jihoon; Baek, Seong-Ho; Park, Jung-Soo; Jeong, Young-Min; Kim, Jae Hyun

    2015-12-01

    We introduce a one-step process that consists of thermal disproportionation and impurity doping to enhance the reversible capacity and electrical conductivity of silicon monoxide (SiO)-based negative electrode materials in Li-ion batteries. Transmission electron microscope (TEM) results reveal that thermally treated SiO at 900 °C (H-SiO) consists of uniformly dispersed nano-crystalline Si (nc-Si) in an amorphous silicon oxide (SiOx) matrix. Compared to that of prinstine SiO, the electrochemical performance of H-SiO shows improved specific capacity, due mainly to the increased reversible capacity by nc-Si and to the reduced volume expansion by thermally disproportionated SiOx matrix. Further electrochemical improvements can be obtained by boron-doping on SiO (HB-SiO) using solution dopant during thermal disproportionation. HB-SiO electrode without carbon coating exhibits significantly enhanced specific capacity superior to that of undoped H-SiO electrode, having 947 mAh g-1 at 0.5C rate and excellent capacity retention of 93.3% over 100 cycles. Electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) measurement reveals that the internal resistance of the HB-SiO electrode is significantly reduced by boron doping.

  12. Synthesis of ultrathin nitrogen-doped graphitic carbon nanocages as advanced electrode materials for supercapacitor.

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    Tan, Yueming; Xu, Chaofa; Chen, Guangxu; Liu, Zhaohui; Ma, Ming; Xie, Qingji; Zheng, Nanfeng; Yao, Shouzhuo

    2013-03-01

    Synthesis of nitrogen-doped carbons with large surface area, high conductivity, and suitable pore size distribution is highly desirable for high-performance supercapacitor applications. Here, we report a novel protocol for template synthesis of ultrathin nitrogen-doped graphitic carbon nanocages (CNCs) derived from polyaniline (PANI) and their excellent capacitive properties. The synthesis of CNCs involves one-pot hydrothermal synthesis of Mn3O4@PANI core-shell nanoparticles, carbonization to produce carbon coated MnO nanoparticles, and then removal of the MnO cores by acidic treatment. The CNCs prepared at an optimum carbonization temperature of 800 °C (CNCs-800) have regular frameworks, moderate graphitization, high specific surface area, good mesoporosity, and appropriate N doping. The CNCs-800 show high specific capacitance (248 F g(-1) at 1.0 A g(-1)), excellent rate capability (88% and 76% capacitance retention at 10 and 100 A g(-1), respectively), and outstanding cycling stability (~95% capacitance retention after 5000 cycles) in 6 M KOH aqueous solution. The CNCs-800 can also exhibit great pseudocapacitance in 0.5 M H2SO4 aqueous solution besides the large electrochemical double-layer capacitance. The excellent capacitance performance coupled with the facile synthesis of ultrathin nitrogen-doped graphitic CNCs indicates their great application potential in supercapacitors. PMID:23425031

  13. Solid State Theory of Photovoltaic Materials: Nanoscale Grain Boundaries and Doping CIGS

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    Zunger, A

    2005-01-01

    We use modern first-principles electronic structure theory to investigate (1) why are grain boundaries in chalcopyrites passive; (2) can chalcopyrites be doped by transition metals, and; (3) can hot electrons and carrier multiplication be efficient in quantum-dot solar cells.

  14. Linearity for Ca2+-Doped CeBr3 Scintillating Materials

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    Guss, Paul

    2014-02-03

    The Remote Sensing Laboratory (RSL) developed an aliovalently calcium-doped cerium tribromide (CeBr3:Ca2+) crystal with 3.2% resolution. RSL completed a crystal assessment, and Sandia National Laboratories calculated the predictive performance and physical characteristics using proven density functional theory (DFT) formalism. Results are reported for the work done to map the detector performance, characteristics, calcium doping concentration, and crystal strength. Preliminary scintillation measurements for this aliovalently calcium-doped CeBr3 scintillator exhibit a slight blue shift in fluorescence emission at 371 nm excitation for CeBr3. The structural, electronic, and optical properties of CeBr3 crystals were investigated using DFT within generalized gradient approximation. The calculated lattice parameters are in good agreement with the experimental data. The energy band structures and density of states were obtained. The optical properties of CeBr3, including the dielectric function, were calculated. Specifically, we report excellent linearity with the aliovalently calcium-doped CeBr3 crystal. Proportionality of light yield is one area of performance in which Ce-doped and Ce-based lanthanide halides excel. Maintaining proportionality is key to producing a strong, high-performance scintillator. Relative light yield proportionality was measured for both doped and undoped samples of CeBr3 to ensure no loss in performance was incurred during doping. The light output and proportionality, however, appear to be similar to CeBr3. There was a reduced yield at low energy. Relative light yield proportionality measurements suggest that dopants do not significantly affect proportionality at higher energies. RSL completed additional testing and evaluation of the new crystal and assessed benchmark spectroscopy measurements. Results, which present energy resolution as a function of energy, are summarized. Typical spectroscopy results using a 137Cs radiation source are shown

  15. Engineering the electronic and magnetic properties of d(0) 2D dichalcogenide materials through vacancy doping and lattice strains.

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    Ao, L; Pham, A; Xiao, H Y; Zu, X T; Li, S

    2016-03-14

    We have systematically investigated the effects of different vacancy defects in 2D d(0) materials SnS2 and ZrS2 using first principles calculations. The theoretical results show that the single cation vacancy and the vacancy complex like V-SnS6 can induce large magnetic moments (3-4 μB) in these single layer materials. Other defects, such as V-SnS3, V-S, V-ZrS3 and V-ZrS6, can result in n-type conductivity. In addition, the ab initio studies also reveal that the magnetic and conductive properties from the cation vacancy and the defect complex V-SnS6 can be modified using the compressive/tensile strain of the in-plane lattices. Specifically, the V-Zr doped ZrS2 monolayer can be tuned from a ferromagnetic semiconductor to a metallic/half-metallic material with decreasing/increasing magnetic moments depending on the external compressive/tensile strains. On the other hand, the semiconducting and magnetic properties of V-Sn doped SnS2 is preserved under different lattice compression and tension. For the defect complex like V-SnS6, only the lattice compression can tune the magnetic moments in SnS2. As a result, by manipulating the fabrication parameters, the magnetic and conductive properties of SnS2 and ZrS2 can be tuned without the need for chemical doping. PMID:26888010

  16. Barcoded materials based on photoluminescent hybrid system of lanthanide ions-doped metal organic framework and silica via ion exchange.

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    Shen, Xiang; Yan, Bing

    2016-04-15

    A multicolored photoluminescent hybrid system based on lanthanide ions-doped metal organic frameworks/silica composite host has potential in display and barcode applications. By controlling the stoichiometry of the lanthanides via cation exchange, proportional various lanthanide ions are successfully introduced into metal organic frameworks, whose emission intensity is correspondingly proportional to its amount. The resulting luminescent barcodes depend on the lanthanide ions ratios and compositions. Subsequently, the lanthanide ions located in the channels of metal organic frameworks are protected from any interaction with the environment after the modification of silica on the surface. The optical and thermal stability of the hybrid materials are improved for technological application. PMID:26852345

  17. Super-resolution nanofabrication with metal-ion doped hybrid material through an optical dual-beam approach

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    Cao, Yaoyu; Li, Xiangping; Gu, Min

    2014-12-29

    We apply an optical dual-beam approach to a metal-ion doped hybrid material to achieve nanofeatures beyond the optical diffraction limit. By spatially inhibiting the photoreduction and the photopolymerization, we realize a nano-line, consisting of polymer matrix and in-situ generated gold nanoparticles, with a lateral size of sub 100 nm, corresponding to a factor of 7 improvement compared to the diffraction limit. With the existence of gold nanoparticles, a plasmon enhanced super-resolution fabrication mechanism in the hybrid material is observed, which benefits in a further reduction in size of the fabricated feature. The demonstrated nanofeature in hybrid materials paves the way for realizing functional nanostructures.

  18. Super-resolution nanofabrication with metal-ion doped hybrid material through an optical dual-beam approach

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    Cao, Yaoyu; Li, Xiangping; Gu, Min

    2014-12-01

    We apply an optical dual-beam approach to a metal-ion doped hybrid material to achieve nanofeatures beyond the optical diffraction limit. By spatially inhibiting the photoreduction and the photopolymerization, we realize a nano-line, consisting of polymer matrix and in-situ generated gold nanoparticles, with a lateral size of sub 100 nm, corresponding to a factor of 7 improvement compared to the diffraction limit. With the existence of gold nanoparticles, a plasmon enhanced super-resolution fabrication mechanism in the hybrid material is observed, which benefits in a further reduction in size of the fabricated feature. The demonstrated nanofeature in hybrid materials paves the way for realizing functional nanostructures.

  19. Influence of Surrounding Dielectrics on the Data Retention Time of Doped Sb2Te Phase Change Material

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    Jedema, Friso; in `t Zandt, Micha; Wolters, Rob; Gravesteijn, Dirk

    2011-02-01

    The crystallization properties of as-deposited and laser written amorphous marks of doped Sb2Te phase change material are found to be only dependent on the top dielectric layer. A ZnS:SiO2 top dielectric layer yields a higher crystallization temperature and a larger crystal growth activation energy as compared to a SiO2 top dielectric layer, leading to superior data retention times at ambient temperatures. The observed correlation between the larger crystallization temperatures and larger crystal growth activation energies indicates that the viscosity of the phase change material in the amorphous state is dependent on the interfacial energy between the phase change material and the top dielectric layer.

  20. Optical amplifier operating at 1.3 microns useful for telecommunications and based on dysprosium-doped metal chloride host materials

    DOEpatents

    Page, R.H.; Schaffers, K.I.; Payne, S.A.; Krupke, W.F.; Beach, R.J.

    1997-12-02

    Dysprosium-doped metal chloride materials offer laser properties advantageous for use as optical amplifiers in the 1.3 {micro}m telecommunications fiber optic network. The upper laser level is characterized by a millisecond lifetime, the host material possesses a moderately low refractive index, and the gain peak occurs near 1.31 {micro}m. Related halide materials, including bromides and iodides, are also useful. The Dy{sup 3+}-doped metal chlorides can be pumped with laser diodes and yield 1.3 {micro}m signal gain levels significantly beyond those currently available. 9 figs.

  1. Optical amplifier operating at 1.3 microns useful for telecommunications and based on dysprosium-doped metal chloride host materials

    DOEpatents

    Page, Ralph H.; Schaffers, Kathleen I.; Payne, Stephen A.; Krupke, William F.; Beach, Raymond J.

    1997-01-01

    Dysprosium-doped metal chloride materials offer laser properties advantageous for use as optical amplifiers in the 1.3 .mu.m telecommunications fiber optic network. The upper laser level is characterized by a millisecond lifetime, the host material possesses a moderately low refractive index, and the gain peak occurs near 1.31 .mu.m. Related halide materials, including bromides and iodides, are also useful. The Dy.sup.3+ -doped metal chlorides can be pumped with laser diodes and yield 1.3 .mu.m signal gain levels significantly beyond those currently available.

  2. Role of Ce and In doping in the performance of LiFePO4 cathode material for Li ion Batteries

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    Mandal, Balaji; Nazri, Mariam; Vaishnava, Prem P.; Naik, Vaman M.; Nazri, Gholam A.; Naik, Ratna

    2012-02-01

    Recently, the olivine LiFePO4 has attracted attention as a promising cathode material for Li ion batteries. However, its poor electronic conductivity is a major challenge for its industrial applications. Different approaches have been taken to address this problem. Here, we report a method of improving its conductivity by doping In and Ce ions at the Fe site. We prepared the samples by sol-gel method followed by annealing at 650 C in Ar (95%) +H2(5%) atmosphere for 5 hrs. XRD and Raman spectroscopy confirm that the olivine structure remains unchanged upon doping with In and Ce up to 5 wt%. XRD analysis shows the values of the lattice parameters increase with doping as the ionic radii of Ce and In ions are larger than that of the Fe^2+ ion. This observation also suggests that both Ce and In ions replace Fe ions and not the Li ions in the material. Upon doping, ionic conductivity was found to increase from 10-9 to 10-4 Ohm-1cm-1. Interestingly, Ce doped LiFePO4 showed a higher conductivity than In doped LiFePO4. SEM measurements show a bigger grain size of ˜300-500 nm in doped LiFePO4 which decreased to ˜50 nm when the materials were synthesized using 0.25M lauric acid as a precursor. The electrochemical characteristics of the doped LiFePO4 along with conductivity and Raman data will be presented.

  3. Study on the nitrogen-doped W-Sb-Te material for phase change memory application

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    Ren, Kun; Xia, Mengjiao; Rao, Feng; Song, Zhitang; Ding, Keyuan; Ji, Xinglong; Wu, Liangcai; Liu, Bo; Feng, Songlin

    2014-04-01

    N doping is proposed to enlarge sensing margin of W0.08(Sb2Te)0.92 based high-temperature phase-change memories (PCMs). The sensing margin is increased from 30 to 5 × 103, with an increase from 145 °C to 158 °C in data retention. The grain size is reduced to 10 nm. The PCM based on N-W0.08(Sb2Te)0.92 shows the fast operation speed of 30 ns and good cycling ability of >103. By X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and ab initio calculation, the W atoms are suggested to locate in the Sb positions and interstices of the lattice. The W atoms in interstice will bond to N atoms during N doping.

  4. Cr.sup.3+-doped laser materials and lasers and methods of making and using

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    Alfano, Robert R. (Inventor); Bykov, Alexey (Inventor); Petricevic, Vladimir (Inventor); Sharonov, Mikhail (Inventor)

    2008-01-01

    A laser medium includes a single crystal of chromium-doped LiSc.sub.l-xIn.sub.xGe.sub.1-ySi.sub.yO.sub.4, where 0.ltoreq.x.ltoreq.1 and 0.ltoreq.y.ltoreq.1. Preferably, x and y are not both 0. A laser, such as a tunable near infrared laser, can contain the laser medium.

  5. The effect of 0.025 Al-doped in Li4Ti5O12 material on the performance of half cell lithium ion battery

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    Priyono, Slamet; Triwibowo, Joko; Prihandoko, Bambang

    2016-02-01

    The effect of 0.025 Al-doped Li4Ti5O12 as anode material for Lithium Ion battery had been studied. The pure and 0.025 Al-doped Li4Ti5O12 were synthesized through solid state process in air atmosphere. Physical characteristics of all samples were observed by XRD, FTIR, and PSA. The XRD analysis revealed that the obtained particle was highly crystalline and had a face-centered cubic spinel structure. The XRD pattern also showed that the 0.025 Al-doped on the Li4Ti5O12 did not change crystal structure of Li4Ti5O12. FTIR analysis confirmed that the spinel structure in fingerprint region was unchanged when the structure was doped by 0.025 Al. However the doping of 0.025 Al increased particle size significantly. The electrochemical performance was studied by using cyclic voltammetry (CV) and charge-discharge (CD) curves. Electrochemical analysis showed that pure Li4Ti5O12 has higher capacity than 0.025 Al-doped Li4Ti5O12 had. But 0.025 Al-doped Li4Ti5O12 possesses a better cycling stability than pure Li4Ti5O12.

  6. Evaluation of the acid properties of porous zirconium-doped and undoped silica materials

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    Fuentes-Perujo, D.; Santamaría-González, J.; Mérida-Robles, J.; Rodríguez-Castellón, E.; Jiménez-López, A.; Maireles-Torres, P.; Moreno-Tost, R.; Mariscal, R.

    2006-07-01

    A series of porous silica and Zr-doped silica molecular sieves, belonging to the MCM-41 and MSU families, were prepared and characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and N 2 adsorption at 77 K. Their acid properties have been evaluated by NH 3-TPD, adsorption of pyridine and deuterated acetonitrile coupled to FT-IR spectroscopy and the catalytic tests of isopropanol decomposition and isomerization of 1-butene. The acidity of purely siliceous solids were, in all cases, very low, while the incorporation of Zr(IV) into the siliceous framework produced an enhancement of the acidity. The adsorption of basic probe molecules and the catalytic behaviour revealed that Zr-doped MSU-type silica was more acidic than the analogous Zr-MCM-41 solid, with a similar Zr content. This high acidity observed in the case of Zr-doped silica samples is due to the presence of surface zirconium atoms with a low coordination, mainly creating Lewis acid sites.

  7. Carbohydrazide-dependent reductant for preparing nitrogen-doped graphene hydrogels as electrode materials in supercapacitor

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    Jiang, Man; Xing, Ling-Bao; Zhang, Jing-Li; Hou, Shu-Fen; Zhou, Jin; Si, Weijiang; Cui, Hongyou; Zhuo, Shuping

    2016-04-01

    Three-dimensional (3D) nitrogen-doped graphene hydrogels (NGHs) are designed and synthesized in an efficient and fast way by using a strong reductant of carbohydrazide as reducing and doping agent in an aqueous solution of graphene oxide (GO). The transformation of GO suspension to the hydrogels can be completed in 1 h, which can be confirmed by X-ray powder diffraction (XRD), Raman spectroscopy, and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR). With adding different amounts of carbohydrazide, the obtained NGHs behave different doping of N and unlike performances in supercapacitors, which can be demonstrated by elemental analysis and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), field emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM), N2 sorption experiments, and electrochemical measurements, respectively. According to the network architectures, the NGHs all exhibited high specific capacitance, NGHs-1, NGHs-2, NGHs-5 and NGHs-10 showed specific capacitance at 167.7, 156.8, 140.4 and 119.3 F g-1 at 1 A g-1 in KOH electrolyte. The specific capacitance can still be maintained for 80.5, 79.5, 80.3 and 78.6% with an increase of the discharging current density of 10 A g-1, respectively. More interestingly, the NGHs-1 based supercapacitor also exhibited good electrochemical stability and high degree of reversibility in the long-term cycling test (81.5% retention after 4000 cycles).

  8. Rare earth-doped materials with enhanced thermoelectric figure of merit

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    Venkatasubramanian, Rama; Cook, Bruce Allen; Levin, Evgenii M.; Harringa, Joel Lee

    2016-09-06

    A thermoelectric material and a thermoelectric converter using this material. The thermoelectric material has a first component including a semiconductor material and a second component including a rare earth material included in the first component to thereby increase a figure of merit of a composite of the semiconductor material and the rare earth material relative to a figure of merit of the semiconductor material. The thermoelectric converter has a p-type thermoelectric material and a n-type thermoelectric material. At least one of the p-type thermoelectric material and the n-type thermoelectric material includes a rare earth material in at least one of the p-type thermoelectric material or the n-type thermoelectric material.

  9. Iron-rich nanoparticle encapsulated, nitrogen doped porous carbon materials as efficient cathode electrocatalyst for microbial fuel cells

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    Lu, Guolong; Zhu, Youlong; Lu, Lu; Xu, Kongliang; Wang, Heming; Jin, Yinghua; Jason Ren, Zhiyong; Liu, Zhenning; Zhang, Wei

    2016-05-01

    Developing efficient, readily available, and sustainable electrocatalysts for oxygen reduction reaction (ORR) in neutral medium is of great importance to practical applications of microbial fuel cells (MFCs). Herein, a porous nitrogen-doped carbon material with encapsulated Fe-based nanoparticles (Fe-Nx/C) has been developed and utilized as an efficient ORR catalyst in MFCs. The material was obtained through pyrolysis of a highly porous organic polymer containing iron(II) porphyrins. The characterizations of morphology, crystalline structure and elemental composition reveal that Fe-Nx/C consists of well-dispersed Fe-based nanoparticles coated by N-doped graphitic carbon layer. ORR catalytic performance of Fe-Nx/C has been evaluated through cyclic voltammetry and rotating ring-disk electrode measurements, and its application as a cathode electrocatalyst in an air-cathode single-chamber MFC has been investigated. Fe-Nx/C exhibits comparable or better performance in MFCs than 20% Pt/C, displaying higher cell voltage (601 mV vs. 591 mV), maximum power density (1227 mW m-2 vs. 1031 mW m-2) and Coulombic efficiency (50% vs. 31%). These findings indicate that Fe-Nx/C is more tolerant and durable than Pt/C in a system with bacteria metabolism and thus holds great potential for practical MFC applications.

  10. Nb doped TiO2 as a Cathode Catalyst Support Material for Polymer Electrolyte Membrane Fuel Cells

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    O'Toole, Alexander W.

    In order to reduce the emissions of greenhouse gases and reduce dependence on the use of fossil fuels, it is necessary to pursue alternative sources of energy. Transportation is a major contributor to the emission of greenhouse gases due to the use of fossil fuels in the internal combustion engine. To reduce emission of these pollutants into the atmosphere, research is needed to produce alternative solutions for vehicle transportation. Low temperature polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cells are energy conversion devices that provide an alternative to the internal combustion engine, however, they still have obstacles to overcome to achieve large scale implementation. T he following work presents original research with regards to the development of Nb doped TiO2 as a cathode catalyst support material for low temperature polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cells. The development of a new process to synthesize nanoparticles of Nb doped TiO2 with controlled compositions is presented as well as methods to scale up the process and optimize the synthesis for the aforementioned application. In addition to this, comparison of both electrochemical activity and durability with current state of the art Pt on high surface area carbon black (Vulcan XC-72) is investigated. Effects of the strong metal-support interaction on the electrochemical behavior of these materials is also observed and discussed.

  11. Hydrogen storage studies on palladium-doped carbon materials (AC, CB, CNMs) @ metal-organic framework-5.

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    Viditha, V; Srilatha, K; Himabindu, V

    2016-05-01

    Metal organic frameworks (MOFs) are a rapidly growing class of porous materials and are considered as best adsorbents for their high surface area and extraordinary porosity. The MOFs are synthesized by using various chemicals like triethylamine, terepthalic acid, zinc acetate dihydrate, chloroform, and dimethylformamide (DMF). Synthesized MOFs are intercalated with palladium/activated carbon, carbon black, and carbon nanomaterials by chemical reduction method for the purpose of enhancing the hydrogen adsorption capacities. We have observed that the palladium doped activated carbon on MOF-5 showed high hydrogen storage capacity. This may be due to the affinity of the palladium toward hydrogen molecule. The samples are characterized by X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy (SEM), and Brunauer-Emmett-Teller (BET) surface area analysis. We have observed a clear decrease in the BET surface area and pore volume. The obtained results show a better performance for the synthesized sample. To our best knowledge, no one has reported the work on palladium-doped carbon materials (activated carbon, carbon black, carbon nanomaterials) impregnated to the metal-organic framework-5. We have attempted to synthesize carbon nanomaterials using indigenously fabricated chemical vapor deposition (CVD) unit as a support. We have observed an increase in the hydrogen storage capacities. PMID:26298339

  12. Airplane dopes and doping

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    Smith, W H

    1919-01-01

    Cellulose acetate and cellulose nitrate are the important constituents of airplane dopes in use at the present time, but planes were treated with other materials in the experimental stages of flying. The above compounds belong to the class of colloids and are of value because they produce a shrinking action on the fabric when drying out of solution, rendering it drum tight. Other colloids possessing the same property have been proposed and tried. In the first stages of the development of dope, however, shrinkage was not considered. The fabric was treated merely to render it waterproof. The first airplanes constructed were covered with cotton fabric stretched as tightly as possible over the winds, fuselage, etc., and flying was possible only in fine weather. The necessity of an airplane which would fly under all weather conditions at once became apparent. Then followed experiments with rubberized fabrics, fabrics treated with glue rendered insoluble by formaldehyde or bichromate, fabrics treated with drying and nondrying oils, shellac, casein, etc. It was found that fabrics treated as above lost their tension in damp weather, and the oil from the motor penetrated the proofing material and weakened the fabric. For the most part the film of material lacked durability. Cellulose nitrate lacquers, however were found to be more satisfactory under varying weather conditions, added less weight to the planes, and were easily applied. On the other hand, they were highly inflammable, and oil from the motor penetrated the film of cellulose nitrate, causing the tension of the fabric to be relaxed.

  13. Mechanical degradation under hydrogen of yttrium doped barium zirconate electrolyte material prepared with NiO additive

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    Ciria, D.; Ben Hassine, M.; Jiménez-Melendo, M.; Iakovleva, A.; Haghi-Ashtiani, P.; Aubin, V.; Dezanneau, G.

    2016-07-01

    Recently, a novel process was presented to fabricate dense yttrium-doped barium zirconate electrolytes with high proton conductivity. This process was based on the use of a NiO additive during reactive sintering. We show here that materials made from this process present a fast degradation of mechanical properties when put in hydrogen-rich conditions, while material made from conventional sintering without NiO aid remains intact in the same conditions. The fast degradation of samples made from reactive sintering, leading to sample failure under highly compressive conditions, is due to the reduction of NiO nanoparticles at grain boundaries as shown from structural and chemical analyses using Transmission Electron Microscopy. By the present study, we alert about the potential risk of cell failure due to this mechanical degradation.

  14. Kinetic lattice Monte Carlo model for oxygen vacancy diffusion in praseodymium doped ceria: Applications to materials design

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    Dholabhai, Pratik P.; Anwar, Shahriar; Adams, James B.; Crozier, Peter; Sharma, Renu

    2011-04-15

    Kinetic lattice Monte Carlo (KLMC) model is developed for investigating oxygen vacancy diffusion in praseodymium-doped ceria. The current approach uses a database of activation energies for oxygen vacancy migration, calculated using first-principles, for various migration pathways in praseodymium-doped ceria. Since the first-principles calculations revealed significant vacancy-vacancy repulsion, we investigate the importance of that effect by conducting simulations with and without a repulsive interaction. Initially, as dopant concentrations increase, vacancy concentration and thus conductivity increases. However, at higher concentrations, vacancies interfere and repel one another, and dopants trap vacancies, creating a 'traffic jam' that decreases conductivity, which is consistent with the experimental findings. The modeled effective activation energy for vacancy migration slightly increased with increasing dopant concentration in qualitative agreement with the experiment. The current methodology comprising a blend of first-principle calculations and KLMC model provides a very powerful fundamental tool for predicting the optimal dopant concentration in ceria related materials. -- graphical abstract: Ionic conductivity in praseodymium doped ceria as a function of dopant concentration calculated using the kinetic lattice Monte Carlo vacancy-repelling model, which predicts the optimal composition for achieving maximum conductivity. Display Omitted Research highlights: {yields} KLMC method calculates the accurate time-dependent diffusion of oxygen vacancies. {yields} KLMC-VR model predicts a dopant concentration of {approx}15-20% to be optimal in PDC. {yields} At higher dopant concentration, vacancies interfere and repel one another, and dopants trap vacancies. {yields} Activation energy for vacancy migration increases as a function of dopant content

  15. Progress in the chemistry of chromium(V) doping agents used in polarized target materials

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    Krumpolc, M. ); Hill, D. ); Struhrmann, H.B. , Hamburg . Hamburger Synchrotronstrahlungslabor)

    1990-01-01

    We wish to report progress in two areas of the chromium (V)-based doping agents: Two commonly used chromium (V) complexes, I and II, have been synthesized in perdeuterated form (i.e., all hydrogens replaced by deuterium). They are sodium bis(2-ethyl-2-deuteroxy-butyrato)oxochromate(V)monodeuterate, IV, (acronym EDBA-Cr(V)), and sodium bis(2-deuteroxy-2-methylpropionato)oxochromate(V), III, (acronym DMPA-Cr(V)). A synthetic route leading to the preparation of stable, chromium(III)-free solutions of chromium(V) in diols (1,2-ethanediol/ethylene glycol/and 1,2-propanediol/propylene glycol/) has been outlined.

  16. Doped Lanthanum Hafnates as Scintillating Materials for High-Energy Photon Detection

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    Wahid, Kareem; Pokhrel, Madhab; Mao, Yuanbing

    Recent years have seen the emergence of nanocrystalline complex oxide scintillators for use in X-ray and gamma-ray detection. In this study, we investigate the structural and optical properties of La2Hf2O7 nanoparticles doped with varying levels of Eu3+ or Ce3+ by use of X-ray diffraction, Raman spectroscopy, scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, and optical photoluminescence. In addition, scintillation response under X-ray and gamma-ray exposure is reported. The authors thank the support from the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) of the U.S. Department of Defense (Award #HDTRA1-10-1-0114).

  17. Upconversion luminescence of lanthanide-doped mixed CaMoO4-CaWO4 micro-/nano-materials.

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    Liu, Jing; Kaczmarek, Anna M; Billet, Jonas; Van Driessche, Isabel; Van Deun, Rik

    2016-08-14

    Uniform mixed CaMoO4-CaWO4 micro-/nano-materials have been successfully synthesised by a facile hydrothermal method. The morphology of these upconversion materials could be changed to different shapes and the size could also be decreased from the micro- to nano-scale by varying the type of surfactant used. It was observed that before heat treatment, the materials show relatively weak green light emission under excitation at 975 nm, whereas after heat treatment, the intensity of the upconversion luminescence increases dramatically while the intensity of the red component decreases relatively. By adjusting the molybdate/tungstate ratio, it was found that the samples with a higher molybdate content have stronger luminescence properties. XRD measurements have been done to investigate the structure of the mixed CaMoO4-CaWO4 upconversion materials. The effect of heat treatment at different temperatures on the emission spectra and XRD patterns has also been studied. TG-DTA was used to further confirm the most suitable temperature for heat treatment. The luminescence lifetimes and CIE coordinates for these samples were also determined. Additionally it was found that Gd(3+) co-doping could further increase the upconversion luminescence from these mixed CaMoO4-CaWO4 materials. Finally, monitoring the upconversion luminescence intensity as a function of laser pump power confirmed the upconversion process to be a two-photon absorption mechanism. PMID:27396395

  18. Electrical conductivity of zirconia and yttrium-doped zirconia from Indonesian local zircon as prospective material for fuel cells

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    Apriany, Karima; Permadani, Ita; Syarif, Dani G.; Soepriyanto, Syoni; Rahmawati, Fitria

    2016-02-01

    In this research, zirconium dioxide, ZrO2, was synthesized from high-grade zircon sand that was founded from Bangka Island, Sumatra, Indonesia. The zircon sand is a side product of Tin mining plant industry. The synthesis was conducted by caustic fusion method with considering definite stoichiometric mole at every reaction step. Yttrium has been doped into the prepared zirconia by solid state reaction. The prepared materials were then being analyzed by X-ray diffraction equipped with Le Bail refinement to study its crystal structure and cell parameters. Electrical conductivity was studied through impedance measurement at a frequency range of 20 Hz- 5 MHz. Morphological analysis was conducted through Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM) equipped with Energy Dispersive X-ray (EDX) for elemental analysis. The results show that the prepared yttrium stabilized zirconia, YSZ, was crystallized in the cubic structure with a space group of P42/NMC. The sintered zirconia and yttrium stabilized zirconia at 8 mol% of yttrium ions (8YSZ) show dense surface morphology with a grain size less than 10 pm. Elemental analysis on the sintered zirconia and 8YSZ show that sintering at 1500°C could eliminate the impurities, and the purity became 81.30%. Impedance analysis shows that ZrO2 provide grain and grain boundary conductivity meanwhile 8YSZ only provide grain mechanism. The yttrium doping enhanced the conductivity up to 1.5 orders. The ionic conductivity of the prepared 8YSZ is categorized as a good material with conductivity reach 7.01 x10-3 at 700 °C. The ionic conductivities are still lower than commercial 8YSZ at various temperature. It indicates that purity of raw material might significantly contribute to the electrical conductivity.

  19. Characterization of nanocrystalline cobalt doped TiO2 sol-gel material

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    Siddhapara, Kirit; Shah, Dimple

    2012-08-01

    Nanocrystalline 1%, 2% and 4% Cobalt-doped TiO2 were prepared by sol-gel technique, followed by freeze-drying treatment at -30 °C temperature for 12 h. The obtained gels were thermally treated at 200, 400, 600 and 800 °C. X-ray Powder Diffraction (XRD), Scanning Electron microscopy (SEM), Energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDAX) were used to study its structural properties. The XRD pattern shows the coexistence of anatase phase and minor brookite phase. UV-vis Spectroscopy and Photoluminescence (PL) were used to study its optical properties. Optical band gap was calculated with the incorporation of different concentrations of cobalt. UV-visible spectroscopy shows variation in band gap for the sample treated at different temperatures for same concentration. All Cobalt doped TiO2 nanostructures show an appearance of Red shift relative to the bulk TiO2. The determination of magnetic properties was also carried out by Gouy balance method.

  20. Nb-doped rutile TiO₂: a potential anode material for Na-ion battery.

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    Usui, Hiroyuki; Yoshioka, Sho; Wasada, Kuniaki; Shimizu, Masahiro; Sakaguchi, Hiroki

    2015-04-01

    The electrochemical properties of the rutile-type TiO2 and Nb-doped TiO2 were investigated for the first time as Na-ion battery anodes. Ti(1-x)Nb(x)O2 thick-film electrodes without a binder and a conductive additive were prepared using a sol-gel method followed by a gas-deposition method. The TiO2 electrode showed reversible reactions of Na insertion/extraction accompanied by expansion/contraction of the TiO2 lattice. Among the Ti(1-x)Nb(x)O2 electrodes with x = 0-0.18, the Ti(0.94)Nb(0.06)O2 electrode exhibited the best cycling performance, with a reversible capacity of 160 mA h g(-1) at the 50th cycle. As the Li-ion battery anode, this electrode also attained an excellent rate capability, with a capacity of 120 mA h g(-1) even at the high current density of 16.75 A g(-1) (50C). The improvements in the performances are attributed to a 3 orders of magnitude higher electronic conductivity of Ti(0.94)Nb(0.06)O2 compared to that of TiO2. This offers the possibility of Nb-doped rutile TiO2 as a Na-ion battery anode as well as a Li-ion battery anode. PMID:25757057

  1. Photorefractivity and holographic applications of azo-dye doped PMMA recording materials

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    Pham, Vinh P.; Manivannan, Gurusamy; Lessard, Roger A.

    1995-09-01

    Azo-dye doped polymer (ADP) systems have been the focus of many research groups for realizing various holographic applications for the past twenty years due to their remarkable optical properties such as grainless media, real-time capabilities, dynamic polarization holographic recording, etc. In this paper, we are reporting the photorefractivity of azo-dye doped Poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA) films. Under actinic lighting (lambda equals 488 nm), real-time dynamic phase holograms resulting from a local change in refractive index, with reasonable high diffraction efficiency, have been recorded and a maximum of 10% has been achieved. The diffraction efficiency obtained is higher than the similar earlier reported systems. The real-time kinetics of photoreversibility (bleaching and evolution) of azo dyes in PMMA matrices has also been studied. Some interesting applications in optical processing have been realized, exploiting the special properties of ADP systems such as complete auto- reversibility, high rise and erase times, absence of memory effect, and uniform write/read/erase (WRE) cycles.

  2. Facile synthesis of sewage sludge-derived in-situ multi-doped nanoporous carbon material for electrocatalytic oxygen reduction

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    Yuan, Shi-Jie; Dai, Xiao-Hu

    2016-01-01

    Developing efficient, low-cost, and stable carbon-based catalysts for oxygen reduction reaction (ORR) to replace the expensive platinum-based electrocatalysts remains a major challenge that hamper the practical application of fuel cells. Here, we report that N, Fe, and S co-doped nanoporous carbon material, derived via a facile one-step pyrolysis of sewage sludge, the major byproduct of wastewater treatment, can serve as an effective electrocatalyst for ORR. Except for the comparable catalytic activity with commercial 20% Pt/C via a nearly four-electron transfer pathway in both alkaline and acid medium, the as-synthesized co-doped electrocatalyst also exhibits excellent methanol crossover resistance and outstanding long-term operation stability. The organic compounds in sewage sludge act as the carbon source and the in-situ N and S dopant in the fabrication, while the inorganic compounds serve as the in-built template and the in-situ Fe dopant. Our protocol demonstrates a new approach in the economic and eco-friendly benign reuse of sewage sludge, and also provides a straightforward route for synthesizing excellent carbon-based electrocatalysts as promising candidates for ORR directly from a type of waste/pollution. PMID:27273314

  3. Facile fabrication of molybdenum dioxide/nitrogen-doped graphene hybrid as high performance anode material for lithium ion batteries

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    Wang, Xia; Xiao, Ying; Wang, Jianqiang; Sun, Lingna; Cao, Minhua

    2015-01-01

    A facile, environmentally friendly and low-cost synthesis strategy is demonstrated to fabricate a MoO2/N-doped graphene (MoO2/N-GNS) hybrid, in which MoO2 nanoparticles (NPs) are uniformly dispersed on N-GNS sheets by Mo-N chemical bond formed between MoO2 and N-GNS. As an anode material in lithium ion batteries, the MoO2/N-GNS hybrid possesses superior rate capability, excellent cycling performance as well as high reversible capacity. A reversible capacity of 1138.5 mA h g-1 is maintained after 60 cycles at a current density of 100 mA g-1, and even at a high current density of 1000 mA g-1, the specific capacity of 873.7 mA h g-1 can be obtained after 60 cycles. The superior electrochemical performance of the MoO2/N-GNS hybrid can be attributed to the synergistic effects of nitrogen-doping, flexible and conductive GNS, and MoO2 NPs.

  4. The improved efficiency of low molecular weight organic solar cells doped with a Cu(I) triplet material

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    Su, Bin; Gao, Lin; Li, Xiuying; Che, Guangbo; Zhu, Enwei; Wang, Bo; Yan, Yongsheng

    2016-08-01

    We developed a method to improve the performance of the copper phthalocyanine (CuPc)/fullerene (C60) organic solar cells (OSCs) by doping CuPc with a long triplet lifetime material. By doping [Cu(bis[2-(diphenylphosphino)phenyl]ether)(benzo[i]dipyrido[3,2-a:2',3'-c]phenazine)]BF4 (CuDB) into CuPc, the enhanced short-circuit current density ( J SC) of 6.213 mA/cm2, open-circuit voltage ( V OC) of 0.39 V and a peak power conversion efficiency (PCE) of 0.92% compared to 0.79% of the standard CuPc/C60 OSCs are achieved under 1 sun AM 1.5 G illumination at an intensity of 100 mW/cm2. The performance improvement is mainly attributed to the long triplet lifetime of CuDB (τ = 70.05 μs) which leads to more effective exciton dissociation.

  5. Nitrogen-Doped Porous Carbons As Electrode Materials for High-Performance Supercapacitor and Dye-Sensitized Solar Cell.

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    Wang, Lan; Gao, Zhiyong; Chang, Jiuli; Liu, Xiao; Wu, Dapeng; Xu, Fang; Guo, Yuming; Jiang, Kai

    2015-09-16

    Activated N-doped porous carbons (a-NCs) were synthesized by pyrolysis and alkali activation of graphene incorporated melamine formaldehyde resin (MF). The moderate N doping levels, mesopores rich porous texture, and incorporation of graphene enable the applications of a-NCs in surface and conductivity dependent electrode materials for supercapacitor and dye-sensitized solar cell (DSSC). Under optimal activation temperature of 700 °C, the afforded sample, labeled as a-NC700, possesses a specific surface area of 1302 m2 g(-1), a N fraction of 4.5%, and a modest graphitization. When used as a supercapacitor electrode, a-NC700 offers a high specific capacitance of 296 F g(-1) at a current density of 1 A g(-1), an acceptable rate capability, and a high cycling stability in 1 M H2SO4 electrolyte. As a result, a-NC700 supercapacitor delivers energy densities of 5.0-3.5 Wh kg(-1) under power densities of 83-1609 W kg(-1). Moreover, a-NC700 also demonstrates high electrocatalytic activity for I3- reduction. When employed as a counter electrode (CE) of DSSC, a power conversion efficiency (PCE) of 6.9% is achieved, which is comparable to that of the Pt CE based counterpart (7.1%). The excellent capacitive and photovoltaic performances highlight the potential of a-NCs in sustainable energy devices. PMID:26320745

  6. Facile synthesis of sewage sludge-derived in-situ multi-doped nanoporous carbon material for electrocatalytic oxygen reduction.

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    Yuan, Shi-Jie; Dai, Xiao-Hu

    2016-01-01

    Developing efficient, low-cost, and stable carbon-based catalysts for oxygen reduction reaction (ORR) to replace the expensive platinum-based electrocatalysts remains a major challenge that hamper the practical application of fuel cells. Here, we report that N, Fe, and S co-doped nanoporous carbon material, derived via a facile one-step pyrolysis of sewage sludge, the major byproduct of wastewater treatment, can serve as an effective electrocatalyst for ORR. Except for the comparable catalytic activity with commercial 20% Pt/C via a nearly four-electron transfer pathway in both alkaline and acid medium, the as-synthesized co-doped electrocatalyst also exhibits excellent methanol crossover resistance and outstanding long-term operation stability. The organic compounds in sewage sludge act as the carbon source and the in-situ N and S dopant in the fabrication, while the inorganic compounds serve as the in-built template and the in-situ Fe dopant. Our protocol demonstrates a new approach in the economic and eco-friendly benign reuse of sewage sludge, and also provides a straightforward route for synthesizing excellent carbon-based electrocatalysts as promising candidates for ORR directly from a type of waste/pollution. PMID:27273314

  7. Facile synthesis of sewage sludge-derived in-situ multi-doped nanoporous carbon material for electrocatalytic oxygen reduction

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    Yuan, Shi-Jie; Dai, Xiao-Hu

    2016-06-01

    Developing efficient, low-cost, and stable carbon-based catalysts for oxygen reduction reaction (ORR) to replace the expensive platinum-based electrocatalysts remains a major challenge that hamper the practical application of fuel cells. Here, we report that N, Fe, and S co-doped nanoporous carbon material, derived via a facile one-step pyrolysis of sewage sludge, the major byproduct of wastewater treatment, can serve as an effective electrocatalyst for ORR. Except for the comparable catalytic activity with commercial 20% Pt/C via a nearly four-electron transfer pathway in both alkaline and acid medium, the as-synthesized co-doped electrocatalyst also exhibits excellent methanol crossover resistance and outstanding long-term operation stability. The organic compounds in sewage sludge act as the carbon source and the in-situ N and S dopant in the fabrication, while the inorganic compounds serve as the in-built template and the in-situ Fe dopant. Our protocol demonstrates a new approach in the economic and eco-friendly benign reuse of sewage sludge, and also provides a straightforward route for synthesizing excellent carbon-based electrocatalysts as promising candidates for ORR directly from a type of waste/pollution.

  8. Nano-structured composite of Si/(S-doped-carbon nanowire network) as anode material for lithium-ion batteries

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    Shao, Dan; Tang, Daoping; Yang, Jianwen; Li, Yanwei; Zhang, Lingzhi

    2015-11-01

    Novel nanostructured silicon composites, Si/Poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene) nanowire network (Si/PNW) and Si/(S-doped-carbon nanowire network) (Si/S-CNW), are prepared by a soft-template polymerization of 3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene (EDOT) using sodium dodecyl sulfate (SDS) as surfactant with the presence of Si nanoparticles and a subsequent carbonization of Si/PNW, respectively. The presence of Si nanoparticles in the soft-template polymerization of EDOT plays a critical role in the formation of PEDOT nanowire network instead of 1D nanowire. After the carbonization of PEDOT, the S-doped-carbon nanowire network matrix shows higher electrical conductivity than PNW counterpart, which facilitates to construct robust conductive bridges between Si nanoparticles and provide large electrode/electrolyte interfaces for rapid charge transfer reactions. Thus, Si/S-CNW composite exhibits excellent cycling stability and rate capability as anode material, retaining a specific capacity of 820 mAh g-1 after 400 cycles with a very small capacity fade of 0.09% per cycle.

  9. Facile Synthesis of Boron-Doped rGO as Cathode Material for High Energy Li-O2 Batteries.

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    Wu, Feng; Xing, Yi; Li, Li; Qian, Ji; Qu, Wenjie; Wen, Jianguo; Miller, Dean; Ye, Yusheng; Chen, Renjie; Amine, Khalil; Lu, Jun

    2016-09-14

    To improve the electrochemical performance of the high energy Li-O2 batteries, it is important to design and construct a suitable and effective oxygen-breathing cathode. Herein, a three-dimensional (3D) porous boron-doped reduction graphite oxide (B-rGO) material with a hierarchical structure has been prepared by a facile freeze-drying method. In this design, boric acid as the boron source helps to form the 3D porous structure, owing to its cross-linking and pore-forming function. This architecture facilitates the rapid oxygen diffusion and electrolyte penetration in the electrode. Meanwhile, the boron-oxygen functional groups linking to the carbon surface or edge serve as additional reaction sites to activate the ORR process. It is vital that boron atoms have been doped into the carbon lattices to greatly activate the electrons in the carbon π system, which is beneficial for fast charge under large current densities. Density functional theory calculation demonstrates that B-rGO exhibits much stronger interactions with Li5O6 clusters, so that B-rGO more effectively activates Li-O bonds to decompose Li2O2 during charge than rGO does. With B-rGO as a catalytic substrate, the Li-O2 battery achieves a high discharge capacity and excellent rate capability. Moreover, catalysts could be added into the B-rGO substrate to further lower the overpotential and enhance the cycling performance in future. PMID:27549204

  10. Carbon-doped Ge2Sb2Te5 phase change material: A candidate for high-density phase change memory application

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    Zhou, Xilin; Wu, Liangcai; Song, Zhitang; Rao, Feng; Zhu, Min; Peng, Cheng; Yao, Dongning; Song, Sannian; Liu, Bo; Feng, Songlin

    2012-10-01

    Carbon-doped Ge2Sb2Te5 material is proposed for high-density phase-change memories. The carbon doping effects on electrical and structural properties of Ge2Sb2Te5 are studied by in situ resistance and x-ray diffraction measurements as well as optical spectroscopy. C atoms are found to significantly enhance the thermal stability of amorphous Ge2Sb2Te5 by increasing the degree of disorder of the amorphous phase. The reversible electrical switching capability of the phase-change memory cells is improved in terms of power consumption with carbon addition. The endurance of ˜2.1 × 104 cycles suggests that C-doped Ge2Sb2Te5 film will be a potential phase-change material for high-density storage application.

  11. N-doped carbon networks: alternative materials tracing new routes for activating molecular hydrogen.

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    Cortese, Remedios; Ferrante, Francesco; Roggan, Stefan; Duca, Dario

    2015-02-23

    The fragmentation of molecular hydrogen on N-doped carbon networks was investigated by using molecular (polyaromatic macrocycles) as well as truncated and periodic (carbon nanotubes) models. The computational study was focused on the ergonicity analysis of the reaction and on the properties of the transition states involved when constellations of three or four pyridinic nitrogen atom defects are present in the carbon network. Calculations show that whenever N-defects are embedded in species characterized by large conjugated π-systems, either in polyaromatic macrocycles or carbon nanotubes, the corresponding H2 bond cleavage is largely exergonic. The fragmentation Gibbs free energy is affected by the final arrangement of the hydrogen atoms on the defect and by the extension of the π-electron cloud, but it is not influenced by the curvature of the system. PMID:25614208

  12. Photoconversion from UV-to-yellow in Mn doped zinc silicate nanophosphor material

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    El Mir, L.; Omri, K.

    2014-11-01

    A novel synthesis process of Mn doped β-Zn2SiO4 yellow nanophosphors based on sol-gel method is presented. These samples were prepared by a simple solid-phase reaction under natural atmosphere at 1500 °C after the incorporation of ZnO:Mn nanoparticles, in silica monolith. XRD showed the formation of zinc silicate β-phase, which shows yellow luminescence. In addition, the as-synthesized β-Zn2SiO4:Mn2+ nanophosphor exhibited intensive broad emission around 574 nm, which was attributed to the 4T1-6A1 transition in Mn2+ ions. An exponential fitting analysis has been employed to obtain the lifetime of this yellow emission (574 nm), the average lifetime was found to be 13 ms. The luminescence properties of our nanophosphors were characterized by excitation and emission spectra as well as luminescence decay.

  13. Photovoltaic and Spectral Properties of Conjugated Polymer Poly(3-octylthiophene) Doped with Various Acceptor Materials

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    Lee, Tsung-Hsien; Chen, Wei-Hsin; Su, Mu-Ting; Lai, Tzay-Shing; Lee, Wei

    2010-08-01

    We propose a novel approach for enhancement of efficiency of polymer-based photovoltaic devices by means of a low-molar-mass liquid crystal as a dopent. The active layers of the photovoltaic cells are primarily fabricated from the conjugated polymer poly(3-octylthiophene) as well as various acceptor substances including single-wall carbon nanotubes, buckminsterfullerene and the nematic liquid crystal E7 for comparison. The current-voltage characteristics are measured in dark and under green light illumination at wavelength of 514.5 nm. The power conversion efficiency for the active layer doped with E7 is the best among all cells in the simplest monolayer cell structure. Owing to the superior miscibility and orientational order of the nematic liquid crystal, E7 molecules may have promoted a composite film with fewer defects and locally helped the macromolecules align more orderly and consequently improved the charge-carrier transport, leading to the higher photocurrent and power conversion efficiency.

  14. Depth profiling of ion implanted materials with skewed doping distributions using Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy

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    Katsidis, Charalambos C.

    2008-01-01

    The applicability of a general transfer-matrix method for optical analysis of multilayers reported earlier [Katsidis and Siapkas, Appl. Opt. 41, 3978 (2002)] is being extended so as to simulate asymmetric implantation doping profiles using distributions with four moments. The sensitivity of infrared reflectance spectra regarding the variation of the first four moments of a Pearson free carrier distribution is demonstrated. Experimental data of 1.5 MeV as well as 2.5 MeV As implantation into p-Si followed by annealing at 1100 °C are presented, suggesting the need to use two joined Pearson IV distribution segments in the simulation of annealed profiles. A twin peak observed in the 1.5 MeV case is confirmed by Rutherford backscattering analysis.

  15. Rare Earth Doped Semiconductors and Materials Research Society Symposium Proceedings, Volume 301

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    Ballance, John

    1994-02-01

    The properties of rare earth ions in solids were studied in detail for decades, but until recently this work was restricted to dominantly ionic hosts such as fluorides and oxides, and to a lesser extent to more covalently bonded hosts, such as tetrahedral 2-6 semiconductors. The idea of rare earth elements incorporated into covalent semiconductors such as GaAs and Si may be traced to a short communication in 1963 by R.L. Bell (J. Appl. Phys. 34, 1563 (1963)) proposing a dc-pumped rare earth laser. At about the same time, three unpublished technical reports appeared as a result of U.S. Department of Defense sponsored research in rare earth doped Si, GaAs, and InP to fabricate LED's. Attempts by other researchers to identify sharp 4f specific emissions in these hosts essentially failed.

  16. Recent developments in polycrystalline oxide fiber laser materials: production of Yb-doped polycrystalline YAG fiber

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    Lee, HeeDong; Keller, Kristin; Sirn, Brian; Parthasarathy, Triplicane; Cheng, Michael; Hopkins, Frank K.

    2011-09-01

    Laser quality, polycrystalline oxide fibers offer significant advantages over state-of-the-art silica fiber for high energy lasers. Advanced ceramic processing technology, along with a novel powder production process, has potential to produce oxide fibers with an outstanding optical quality for use in the fiber laser applications. The production of contaminant-free green fibers with a high packing density, as well as uniform packing distribution, is a key factor in obtaining laserquality fibers. High quality green fibers are dependent on the powder quality combined with the appropriate slurry formulation. These two fundamental technologies were successfully developed at UES, and used to produce Yb-doped yttrium aluminum garnet (YAG) fibers with high optical quality, high chemical purity, and suitable core diameters down to 20-30 microns.

  17. Characterization of dye-doped PMMA, CA, and PS films as recording materials

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    Lessard, Roger A.; Tork, Amir; Lafond, Christophe; Bolte, Michel; Ritcey, Anna-Marie R.

    2000-05-01

    The photoinduced reversible color change and in-situ recording of fulgide Aberchrome 670 doped polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA), cellulose acetate (CA) and polystyrene (PS) were investigated. Upon UV and visible exposure, closed-form absorbency followed first-order kinetic. The rate constants KUV and KVIS for respectively the coloring and bleaching process were determined. In PMMA matrix KUV equals 1.2 * 10-3 s-1 and KVIS equals 11.1 8 10-3 s-1, in CA matrix kUV equals 2.7 * 10-3 s-1 and kVIS equals 6.4 8 10-3 s-1 and in the case of PS film kUV equals 2.1 * 10-3 s-1 and kVIS equals 11.9 * 10-3 s-1 were obtained. These results show that, KVIS is much larger than KUV for all matrices. Photochemical fatigue resistance in different polymer matrices was investigated. We found a loss of 9, 11 and 13 percent in PS, CA and PMMA respectively, after 10 repeated UV and visible cycles. The real time holographic recording in fulgide doped PMMA films were studied. We have analyzed the effect of the photochromic concentration, the thickness of the film and the recording intensity on the diffraction efficiency. The highest diffraction efficiency is obtained for the concentration of 5 percent of the fulgide dye in PMMA film with an exposure energy of 10 mw/cm2. For the same sample we have not observed any diffraction beam when the sample was illuminated by an intensity of 3 mw/cm2.

  18. Ball-milled sulfur-doped graphene materials contain metallic impurities originating from ball-milling apparatus: their influence on the catalytic properties.

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    Chua, Chun Kiang; Sofer, Zdeněk; Khezri, Bahareh; Webster, Richard D; Pumera, Martin

    2016-07-21

    Graphene materials have found applications in a wide range of devices over the past decade. In order to meet the demand for graphene materials, various synthesis methods are constantly being improved or invented. Ball-milling of graphite to obtain graphene materials is one of the many versatile methods to easily obtain bulk quantities. In this work, we show that the graphene materials produced by ball-milling are spontaneously contaminated with metallic impurities originating from the grinding bowls and balls. Ball-milled sulfur-doped graphene materials obtained from two types of ball-milling apparatus, specifically made up of stainless steel and zirconium dioxide, were investigated. Zirconium dioxide-based ball-milled sulfur-doped graphene materials contain a drastically lower amount of metallic impurities than stainless steel-based ball-milled sulfur-doped graphene materials. The presence of metallic impurities is demonstrated by their catalytic effects toward the electrochemical catalysis of hydrazine and cumene hydroperoxide. The general impression toward ball-milling of graphite as a versatile method for the bulk production of 'metal-free' graphene materials without the need for post-processing and the selection of ball-milling tools should be cautioned. These findings would have wide-reaching implications for graphene research. PMID:27314607

  19. Developing grain boundary diagrams as a materials science tool: A case study of nickel-doped molybdenum

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    Shi Xiaomeng; Luo Jian

    2011-07-01

    Impurity-based, premelting-like, grain boundary (GB) ''phases'' (complexions) can form in alloys and influence sintering, creep, and microstructural development. Calculation of Phase Diagrams (CalPhaD) methods and Miedema-type statistical interfacial thermodynamic models are combined to forecast the formation and stability of subsolidus quasiliquid GB phases in binary alloys. This work supports a long-range scientific goal of developing ''GB (phase) diagrams'' as a new materials science tool to help controlling the materials fabrication processing and resultant materials properties. Using nickel-doped molybdenum as a model system, a type of GB diagram (called ''{lambda} diagram'') is computed to represent the temperature- and composition-dependent thermodynamic tendency for general GBs to disorder. Subsequently, controlled sintering experiments are conducted to estimate the GB diffusivity as a function of temperature and overall composition, and the experimental results correlate well with the computed GB diagram. Although they are not yet rigorous GB-phase diagrams with well-defined transition lines, the predictability and usefulness of such {lambda} diagrams are demonstrated. Related interfacial thermodynamic models and computational approaches are discussed.

  20. Facile synthesis of vanadium nitride/nitrogen-doped graphene composite as stable high performance anode materials for supercapacitors

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    Balamurugan, Jayaraman; Karthikeyan, Gopalsamy; Thanh, Tran Duy; Kim, Nam Hoon; Lee, Joong Hee

    2016-03-01

    Novel vanadium nitride/nitrogen-doped graphene (VN/NG) composite was fabricated and used as stable high performance anode materials for supercapacitors. The VN/NG composite anode material exhibited excellent rate capability, outstanding cycling stability, and superior performance. FE-SEM and TEM studies of VN/NG composite revealed that ultra-thin VN nanostructures were homogeneously distributed on flexible NG nanosheets. The NG provided a highly conductive network to boost the charge transport involved during the capacitance generation and also aided the dispersion of nanostructured VN within the NG network. The synergetic VN/NG composite exhibited an ultra-high specific capacitance of 445 F g-1 at 1 Ag-1 with a wide operation window (-1.2 to 0 V) and showed outstanding rate capability (98.66% capacity retention after 10,000 cycles at 10 Ag-1). The VN/NG electrode offered a maximum energy density (∼81.73 Wh kg-1) and an ultra-high power density (∼28.82 kW kg-1 at 51.24 Wh kg-1). The cycling performance of the VN/NG composite was superior to that of pure VN nanostructure. These finding open a new path way to the designated fabrication of VN/NG composite as anode materials in the development of high performance energy storage devices.

  1. Optical behavior of Pr3+-doped barium titanate-calcium titanate material prepared by sol-gel method

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    Wang, Xiaoyan; Tang, Yanxue; He, Xiyun; Qiu, Pingsun; He, Qizhuang; Peng, Zifei; Sun, Dazhi

    2009-07-01

    Photoluminescence performances of Pr-doped alkaline-earth titanates (Ba,Ca)TiO3 (with rich barium) prepared by a solgel technique are investigated at room temperature. A relatively strong red luminescence is observed in (Ba0.80Ca0.20)TiO3 material when Pr-BaTiO3 material does not exhibit obvious red luminescence. The phenomenon is discussed with respect to the substitute of Ca and the two-photon luminescence effect. The red luminescence is enhanced by a fast thermal treatment. The wavelength range of luminescence near red and infrared light is broadened by the same process as well. These behaviors are ascribed to the randomization of distribution of Ca and Ba at A site in ABO3 perovskite structure. The experimental results provide not only a possible way to develop new materials with pastel visual impression, but also a potential technique to modify photoluminescence properties that can be controlled by external fields because the microscopic structure of BaTiO3, such as electric domains, can be changed by electric field, temperature, and so on.

  2. Nitrogen-Doped Carbonaceous Materials for Removal of Phenol from Aqueous Solutions

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    Hofman, Magdalena; Pietrzak, Robert

    2012-01-01

    Carbonaceous material (brown coal) modified by pyrolysis, activation, and enrichment in nitrogen, with two different factor reagents, have been used as adsorbent of phenol from liquid phase. Changes in the phenol content in the test solutions were monitored after subsequent intervals of adsorption with selected adsorbents prepared from organic materials. Significant effect of nitrogen present in the adsorbent material on its adsorption capacity was noted. Sorption capacity of these selected materials was found to depend on the time of use, their surface area, and pore distribution. A conformation to the most well-known adsorption isotherm models, Langmuir, and Freundlich ones, confirms the formation of mono- and heterolayer solute (phenol) coverage on the surface of the adsorbent applied herein. The materials proposed as adsorbents of the aqueous solution contaminants were proved effective, which means that the waste materials considered are promising activated carbon precursors for liquid phase adsorbents for the environmental protection. PMID:22593671

  3. Solid-state tunable lasers based on dye-doped sol-gel materials

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    Dunn, B.; Mackenzie, J.D.; Zink, J.I.; Stafsudd, O.M.

    1992-03-01

    The sol-gel process is a solution synthesis technique which provides a low temperature chemical route for the preparation of rigid transparent matrix materials. The luminescent organic dye molecules, rhodamine 6G and coumarin 540A have been incorporated, via the sol-gel method, into aluminosilicate and organically modified silicate host matrices. Synthesis, laser oscillation and photostability for these systems are reported. The improved photostability of these materials with respect to comparable polymeric host materials is discussed.

  4. A single-source precursor route to anisotropic halogen-doped zinc oxide particles as a promising candidate for new transparent conducting oxide materials.

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    Lehr, Daniela; Wagner, Markus R; Flock, Johanna; Reparaz, Julian S; Sotomayor Torres, Clivia M; Klaiber, Alexander; Dekorsy, Thomas; Polarz, Sebastian

    2015-01-01

    Numerous applications in optoelectronics require electrically conducting materials with high optical transparency over the entire visible light range. A solid solution of indium oxide and substantial amounts of tin oxide for electronic doping (ITO) is currently the most prominent example for the class of so-called TCOs (transparent conducting oxides). Due to the limited, natural occurrence of indium and its steadily increasing price, it is highly desired to identify materials alternatives containing highly abundant chemical elements. The doping of other metal oxides (e.g., zinc oxide, ZnO) is a promising approach, but two problems can be identified. Phase separation might occur at the required high concentration of the doping element, and for successful electronic modification it is mandatory that the introduced heteroelement occupies a defined position in the lattice of the host material. In the case of ZnO, most attention has been attributed so far to n-doping via substitution of Zn(2+) by other metals (e.g., Al(3+)). Here, we present first steps towards n-doped ZnO-based TCO materials via substitution in the anion lattice (O(2-) versus halogenides). A special approach is presented, using novel single-source precursors containing a potential excerpt of the target lattice 'HalZn·Zn3O3' preorganized on the molecular scale (Hal = I, Br, Cl). We report about the synthesis of the precursors, their transformation into halogene-containing ZnO materials, and finally structural, optical and electronic properties are investigated using a combination of techniques including FT-Raman, low-T photoluminescence, impedance and THz spectroscopies. PMID:26665089

  5. A single-source precursor route to anisotropic halogen-doped zinc oxide particles as a promising candidate for new transparent conducting oxide materials

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    Lehr, Daniela; Wagner, Markus R; Flock, Johanna; Reparaz, Julian S; Sotomayor Torres, Clivia M; Klaiber, Alexander; Dekorsy, Thomas

    2015-01-01

    Summary Numerous applications in optoelectronics require electrically conducting materials with high optical transparency over the entire visible light range. A solid solution of indium oxide and substantial amounts of tin oxide for electronic doping (ITO) is currently the most prominent example for the class of so-called TCOs (transparent conducting oxides). Due to the limited, natural occurrence of indium and its steadily increasing price, it is highly desired to identify materials alternatives containing highly abundant chemical elements. The doping of other metal oxides (e.g., zinc oxide, ZnO) is a promising approach, but two problems can be identified. Phase separation might occur at the required high concentration of the doping element, and for successful electronic modification it is mandatory that the introduced heteroelement occupies a defined position in the lattice of the host material. In the case of ZnO, most attention has been attributed so far to n-doping via substitution of Zn2+ by other metals (e.g., Al3+). Here, we present first steps towards n-doped ZnO-based TCO materials via substitution in the anion lattice (O2− versus halogenides). A special approach is presented, using novel single-source precursors containing a potential excerpt of the target lattice 'HalZn·Zn3O3' preorganized on the molecular scale (Hal = I, Br, Cl). We report about the synthesis of the precursors, their transformation into halogene-containing ZnO materials, and finally structural, optical and electronic properties are investigated using a combination of techniques including FT-Raman, low-T photoluminescence, impedance and THz spectroscopies. PMID:26665089

  6. Cobalt-Doped Anatase TiO2: A Room Temperature Dilute Magnetic Dielectric Material

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    Griffin, Kelli A.; Pakhomov, Alexandre; Wang, Chong M.; Heald, Steve M.; Krishnan, Kannan M.

    2005-05-15

    Structural and magnetic properties of epitaxial CoxTi₁-xO₂ films with x~2%, grown by RF magnetron sputtering from composite oxide targets on lattice matched LaAIO₃(001) substrates have been investigated. The films were sputtered at a deposition rate of ~0.12 Å/s for a range of substrate temperatures from 300°C to 750°C, followed by UHV annealing for 1 hr at 400°C and aging in air for 3 months. XRD experiments determine the best quality of highly oriented anatase (991) phase in films deposited 500-750°C. Magnetic hysteresis loops at 5K and 300K and thermoremanence measurements from 5-365 K show ferromagnetism in all samples in the whole temperature range. Annealing and aging lead to an increase of spontaneous moment an order of magnitude of up to ~1.1 µB/ Co atom at 300 K. As=deposited, annealed, and aged films were found to be highly resistive changes both in surface morphology and distribution of spontaneous magnetization in the annealed films. Possible mechanisms of the ferromagnetic behavior of such dielectric transition metal-doped oxides will be discussed.

  7. Photoconversion from yellow-to-green in vanadium doped zinc silicate nanophosphor material

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    El Ghoul, J.; El Mir, L.

    2015-06-01

    We report a novel synthesis process of V doped β-Zn2SiO4 green nanophosphors based on sol-gel method. After the incorporation of ZnO:V nanoparticles in a silica monolith using a sol-gel method with supercritical drying of ethyl alcohol in two steps, it is heated in air at 1500 °C for 2 h. X-ray diffraction (XRD) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM) are used to characterize the phase purity, particle size and morphology. In addition, photoluminescence (PL) is used for optical studies. XRD results indicate that pure phase of β-Zn2SiO4 with triclinic structure was obtained after thermal treatment at 1500 °C. The PL shows an new intensive luminescence band in the visible range centered at about 526 nm, attributed to vanadium in the interfaces between the Zn2SiO4 nanoparticles and the SiO2 host matrix.

  8. Porous nitrogen-doped carbon derived from silk fibroin protein encapsulating sulfur as a superior cathode material for high-performance lithium-sulfur batteries

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    Zhang, Jiawei; Cai, Yurong; Zhong, Qiwei; Lai, Dongzhi; Yao, Juming

    2015-10-01

    The features of a carbon substrate are crucial for the electrochemical performance of lithium-sulfur (Li-S) batteries. Nitrogen doping of carbon materials is assumed to play an important role in sulfur immobilisation. In this study, natural silk fibroin protein is used as a precursor of nitrogen-rich carbon to fabricate a novel, porous, nitrogen-doped carbon material through facile carbonisation and activation. Porous carbon, with a reversible capacity of 815 mA h g-1 at 0.2 C after 60 cycles, serves as the cathode material in Li-S batteries. Porous carbon retains a reversible capacity of 567 mA h g-1, which corresponds to a capacity retention of 98% at 1 C after 200 cycles. The promising electrochemical performance of porous carbon is attributed to its mesoporous structure, high specific surface area and nitrogen doping into the carbon skeleton. This study provides a general strategy to synthesise nitrogen-doped carbons with a high specific surface area, which is crucial to improve the energy density and electrochemical performance of Li-S batteries.

  9. Preparation and electrical properties of Ca-doped La(2)NiO(4+δ) cathode materials for IT-SOFC.

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    Shen, Yongna; Zhao, Hailei; Liu, Xiaotong; Xu, Nansheng

    2010-12-01

    Ca-doped La(2)NiO(4+δ) is synthesized via the nitrate-citrate route. The effects of Ca substitution for La on the sinterability, lattice structure and electrical properties of La(2)NiO(4+δ) are investigated. Ca-doping is unfavorable for the densification process of La(2-x)Ca(x)NiO(4+δ) materials. The introduction of Ca leads to the elongation of the La-O(2) bond length, which provides more space for the migration of oxygen ion in La(2)O(2) rock salt layers. The substitution of Ca increases remarkably the electronic conductivity of La(2-x)Ca(x)NiO(4+δ). With increasing Ca-doping level, both the excess oxygen concentration and the activation energy of oxygen ion migration decrease, resulting in an optimization where a highest ionic conductivity is presented. Ca-doping is charge compensated by the oxidation of Ni(2+) to Ni(3+) and the desorption of excess oxygen. The substitution of Ca enhances the structural stability of La(2)NiO(4+δ) material at high temperatures and renders the material a good thermal cycleability. La(1.7)Ca(0.3)NiO(4+δ) exhibits an excellent chemical compatibility with CGO electrolyte. La(2-x)Ca(x)NiO(4+δ) is a promising cathode alternative for solid oxide fuel cells. PMID:20967398

  10. Porous nitrogen-doped carbon derived from silk fibroin protein encapsulating sulfur as a superior cathode material for high-performance lithium-sulfur batteries.

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    Zhang, Jiawei; Cai, Yurong; Zhong, Qiwei; Lai, Dongzhi; Yao, Juming

    2015-11-14

    The features of a carbon substrate are crucial for the electrochemical performance of lithium-sulfur (Li-S) batteries. Nitrogen doping of carbon materials is assumed to play an important role in sulfur immobilisation. In this study, natural silk fibroin protein is used as a precursor of nitrogen-rich carbon to fabricate a novel, porous, nitrogen-doped carbon material through facile carbonisation and activation. Porous carbon, with a reversible capacity of 815 mA h g(-1) at 0.2 C after 60 cycles, serves as the cathode material in Li-S batteries. Porous carbon retains a reversible capacity of 567 mA h g(-1), which corresponds to a capacity retention of 98% at 1 C after 200 cycles. The promising electrochemical performance of porous carbon is attributed to its mesoporous structure, high specific surface area and nitrogen doping into the carbon skeleton. This study provides a general strategy to synthesise nitrogen-doped carbons with a high specific surface area, which is crucial to improve the energy density and electrochemical performance of Li-S batteries. PMID:26456870

  11. Nitrogen-doped graphene-decorated LiVPO4F nanocomposite as high-voltage cathode material for rechargeable lithium-ion batteries

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    Cui, Kai; Hu, Shuchun; Li, Yongkui

    2016-09-01

    In this study, nitrogen-doped graphene decorated LiVPO4F cathode material is firstly synthesized via a facile method. Well-dispersed LiVPO4F nanoparticles are embedded in nitrogen-doped graphene nanosheets, forming an effective conducting network. The added nitrogen-doped graphene nanosheets greatly enhance the electronic conductivity and Li-ion diffusion of LiVPO4F sample. When tested as cathode material for rechargeable lithium-ion batteries, the hybrid electrode exhibits superior high-rate performance and long-term cycling stability between 3.0 and 4.5 V. It delivers a large discharge capacity of 152.7 mAhg-1 at 0.1 C and shows a capacity retention of 97.8% after 60 cycles. Moreover, a reversible capacity of 90.1 mAhg-1 is maintained even after 500 cycles at a high rate of 20 C. The charge-transfer resistance of LiVPO4F electrode is also reduced in the nitrogen-doped graphene, revealing that its electrode-electrolyte complex reactions take place easily and thus improve the electrochemical performance. The above results provide a facile and effective strategy for the synthesis of LiVPO4F cathode material for high-performance lithium-ion batteries.

  12. O-doped Si2Sb2Te5 nano-composite phase change material for application of chalcogenide random access memory.

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    Zhang, Ting; Song, Zhitang; Liu, Bo; Wang, Feng; Feng, Songlin

    2009-02-01

    A method to prepare nano-composite phase change material was proposed and demonstrated by oxygen doping into Si2Sb2Te5 material. According to transmission electron microscope images, Si-Sb-Te-rich domains are separated from each other by SiOx-rich domains within the material. A proper dose of O-doping into Si2Sb2Te5 significantly reduces the grain size of the phase change material. Average size of Si-Sb-Te-rich domains is about 10 nm. Such separation will limit the phase-change to a relatively small volume. The reduction of grain size further results in the promotion of data retention and thermal stability of the material. Memory device based on O-doped Si2Sb2Te5 nano-composite phase change material, with a bottom electrode contact of 260 nm in diameter, was fabricated and characterized. The memory cell shows a better electrical performance compared with the Ge2Sb2Te5 based one. PMID:19441462

  13. High-performance colossal permittivity materials of (Nb + Er) co-doped TiO2 for large capacitors and high-energy-density storage devices.

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    Tse, Mei-Yan; Wei, Xianhua; Hao, Jianhua

    2016-09-21

    The search for colossal permittivity (CP) materials is imperative because of their potential for promising applications in the areas of device miniaturization and energy storage. High-performance CP materials require high dielectric permittivity, low dielectric loss and relatively weak dependence of frequency- and temperature. In this work, we first investigate the CP behavior of rutile TiO2 ceramics co-doped with niobium and erbium, i.e., (Er0.5Nb0.5)xTi1-xO2. Excellent dielectric properties were observed in the materials, including a CP of up to 10(4)-10(5) and a low dielectric loss (tan δ) down to 0.03, which are lower than that of the previously reported co-doped TiO2 CP materials when measured at 1 kHz. Stabilities of frequency and temperature were also accomplished via doping Er and Nb. Valence states of the elements in the material were analyzed using X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. The Er induced secondary phases were observed using elemental mapping and energy-dispersive spectrometry. Consequently, this work may provide comprehensive guidance to develop high-performance CP materials for fully solid-state capacitor and energy storage applications. PMID:27530725

  14. Eu-doped Mg-Al layered double hydroxide as a responsive fluorescent material and its interaction with glutamic acid

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    Chen, Yufeng; Li, Fei; Yu, Gensheng; Wei, Junchao

    2012-10-01

    The paper describes a study on the fluorescence of a Eu-doped Mg-Al layered double hydroxide (Eu-doped LDH) response to glutamic acid (Glu). Various characterizations (UV-Vis transmittance, TG-DTA and IR-spectrum) indicated that there is an interaction between the Eu-doped LDH and Glu. Fluorescent study was found that the red emissions resulted from 5D0-7FJ transition (J = 1, 2) of Eu3+ markedly decreased, while the blue emission at 440 nm contributed to Glu shifted to low energy after the addition of Glu to the Eu-doped LDH. The fluorescent changes may be relevant to the hydrogen-bond interaction between the Eu-doped LDH and Glu, and the mechanism of the interaction between Eu-doped LDH and Glu was discussed.

  15. Effects of Mg doping on the remarkably enhanced electrochemical performance of Na3V2(PO4)3 cathode materials for sodium ion batteries

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    Li, Hui; Yu, Xiqian; Bai, Ying; Wu, Feng; Wu, Chuan; Liu, Liang-Yu; Yang, Xiao-Qing

    2015-01-01

    Na3V2-xMgx(PO4)3/C composites with different Mg2+ doping contents (x=0, 0.01, 0.03, 0.05, 0.07 and 0.1) were prepared by a facile sol-gel method. The doping effects on the crystal structure were investigated by XRD, XPS and EXAFS. The results show that low dose doping Mg2+ does not alter the structure of the material, and magnesium is successfully substituted for vanadium site. The Mg doped Na3V2-xMgx(PO4)3/C composites exhibit significant improvements on the electrochemistry performances in terms of the rate capability and cycle performance, especially for the Na3V1.95Mg0.05(PO4)3/C. For example, when the current density increased from 1 C to 30 C, the specific capacitymore » only decreased from 112.5 mAh g-1 to 94.2 mAh g-1 showing very good rate capability. Moreover, even cycling at a high rate of 20 C, an excellent capacity retention of 81% is maintained from the initial value of 106.4 mAh g-1 to 86.2 mAh g-1 at the 50th cycle. Enhanced rate capability and cycle performance can be attributed to the optimized particle size, structural stability and enhanced ionic and electronic conductivity induced by Mg doping.« less

  16. Mg-doped Li2FeSiO4/C as high-performance cathode material for lithium-ion battery

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    Qu, Long; Luo, Dong; Fang, Shaohua; Liu, Yi; Yang, Li; Hirano, Shin-ichi; Yang, Chun-Chen

    2016-03-01

    Mg-doped Li2FeSiO4/C is synthesized by using Fe2O3 nanoparticle as iron source. Through Rietveld refinement of X-ray diffraction data, it is confirmed that Mg-doped Li2FeSiO4 owns monoclinic P21/n structure and Mg occupies in Fe site in the lattice. Through energy dispersive X-ray measurement, it is detected that Mg element is distributed homogenously in the resulting product. The results of transmission electron microscopy measurement reveal that the effect of Mg-doping on Li2FeSiO4 crystallite size is not obvious. As a cathode material for lithium-ion battery, this Mg-doped Li2FeSiO4/C delivers high discharge capacity of 190 mAh g-1 (the capacity was with respect to the mass of Li2FeSiO4) at 0.1C and its capacity retention of 100 charge-discharge cycles reaches 96% at 0.1C. By the analysis of electrochemical impedance spectroscopy, it is concluded that Mg-doping can help to decrease the charge-transfer resistance and increase the Li+ diffusion capability.

  17. Covalently Coupled Ultrafine H-TiO2 Nanocrystals/Nitrogen-Doped Graphene Hybrid Materials for High-Performance Supercapacitor.

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    Yang, Shuhua; Lin, Yuan; Song, Xuefeng; Zhang, Peng; Gao, Lian

    2015-08-19

    Hydrogenated TiO2 (H-TiO2) are considered one of the most promising materials for supercapacitors given its low-cost, high conductivity, and enhanced electrochemical activity. However, the electrochemical performances of H-TiO2 due to lacking suitable structures is unsatisfactory, and thus how to design energetic H-TiO2-based electrode architectures still remains a great challenge. Herein, covalently coupled ultrafine H-TiO2 nanocrystals/nitrogen-doped graphene (H-TiO2/NG) hybrid materials were developed through a simple hydrothermal route followed by hydrogenation. Within this architecture, the strong interaction between H-TiO2 nanocrystals and NG sheets via covalent chemical bonding affords high structural stability inhibiting the aggregation of H-TiO2 nanocrystals. Meanwhile, the NG matrices function as an electrical highway and a mechanical backbone so that most of well-dispersed ultrafine H-TiO2 nanocrystals are electrochemically active but stable. As a result, the optimized H-TiO2/NG (H-TiO2/NG-B) exhibited high reversible specific capacity of 385.2 F g(-1) at 1 A g(-1), enhanced rate performance of 320.1 F g(-1) at a high current density of 10 A g(-1), and excellent cycling stability with 98.8% capacity retention. PMID:26214162

  18. [Study on preparation of lanthanum-doped TiO2 nanometer thin film materials and its photocatalytic activity].

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    Zheng, Huai-li; Tang, Ming-fang; Gong, Ying-kun; Deng, Xiao-jun; Wu, Bang-hua

    2003-04-01

    In this paper, lanthanum-doped TiO2 nanometer film materials coated on glass were prepared in Ti(OBu)4 precursor solutions by sol-gel processing. Transmittance and photocatalytic activity were respectively investigated and tested for these nanometer thin films prepared with different amount of lanthanum (La), different amount of polyethylene glycol (PEG), and different coating layer times. Some reactive mechanisms were also discussed. For one layer La-addition had little effect on the film transmissivity; but the photocatalytic activity was significantly improved due to La-addition. With increasing PEG, the transmittance of the film decreased for one layer film; but its photocatalytic activity did not rise. Increasing layer number did not affect the transmissivity of multilayer film. After coating two times, increasing layer number did not significantly improve the photocatalytic activity. The highest photocatalytic activity and best transmissivity were obtained for two layer TiO2 film when the dosage of lanthanum was 0.5 g and the dosage of polyethylene was 0.2 g in the precursor solutions. These materials will probably be used in the protection of environment, waste water treatment, and air purification. PMID:12961861

  19. [Preparation and luminescence properties of Tb3+ ion and Na2WO4 co-doped SiO2 materials].

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    Wang, Xi-Gui; Li, Xia

    2008-02-01

    Tb3+ and Na2 WO4 co-doped SiO2 materials were prepared by sol-gel method and the structure of materials were measured by DTA-TG, IR and XRD techniques. The results indicate that the materials were in amorphous phase andthe Si-O-Si bond was still observed in samples annealed at 800 degrees C. The influence of Na2 WO4 on luminescence properties of terbium glasses was investigated by three-dimension fluorescence spectra, excitation and emission spectra. It is approve that when sample excited by 230 nm showed the characteristic emission peaks of terbium corresponding to 5D4-(7) Fj (j = 4, 5, 6) and 5 D3 -(7)Fj (j = 4, 5, 6) transitions. Doping Na2 WO4 has less influence with the emission position of SiO2 materials with terbium, but has a great effect with the emission intensity. It is find that the blue transition of 5D4-7F6 was activated and the green transition of 5D4-7F5 was quenched and the materials radiate green blue fluorescence light under ultraviolet light. The mechanism of sample was analyzed by the energy levels of Tb3+ and Na2 WO4 co-doped glasses. PMID:18478999

  20. Enhancing the photoelectrochemical water splitting characteristics of titanium and tungsten oxide based materials via doping and sensitization

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    Gakhar, Ruchi

    To better utilize solar energy for clean energy production, efforts are needed to overcome the natural diurnal variation and the diffuse nature of sunlight. Photoelectrochemical (PEC) hydrogen generation by water splitting is a promising approach to harvest solar energy. Hydrogen gas is a clean and high energy capacity fuel. However, the solar-to-hydrogen conversion efficiency is determined mainly by the properties of the materials employed as photoanodes. Improving the power-conversion efficiency of PEC water splitting requires the design of inexpensive and efficient photoanodes that have strong visible light absorption, fast charge separation, and lower charge recombination rate. In the present study, PEC characteristics of various semiconducting photoelectrodes such as TiO2, WO3 and CuWO4 were investigated. Due to the inherent wide gap, such metal oxides absorb only ultraviolet radiation. Since ultraviolet radiation only composes of 4% of the sun's spectrum, the wide band gap results in lower charge collection and efficiency. Thusto improve optical absorption and charge separation, it is necessary to modify the band gap with low band gap materials.The two approaches followed for modification of band gap are doping and sensitization. Here, TiO2 and WO3 based photoanodes were sensitized with ternary quatum dots, while doping was the primary method utilized to investigate the modification of the band gap of CuWO4. The first part of this dissertation reports the synthesis of ternary quantum dot - sensitized titania nanotube array photoelectrodes. Ternary quantum dots with varying band gaps and composition (MnCdSe, ZnCdSe and CdSSe) were tethered to the surface of TiO2 nanotubes using succcessive ionic layer adsorption and reaction (SILAR) technique. The stoichiometry of ternary quantum dots was estimated to beMn0.095Cd0.95Se, Zn0.16Cd0.84Se and CdS0.54Se0.46. The effect of varying number of sensitization cycles and annealing temperature on optical and

  1. X-ray studies of manganese doped III-V materials

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    Stuckey, Aaron M.

    Two x-ray techniques have been employed to study two classes of semiconductors. X-ray Absorption Fine-structure Spectroscopy (XAFS) was used to examine the Mn environment in the dilute magnetic semiconductors Ga1- xMnxAs and Ga1- x-yMnxBeyAs. X-ray reflectivity was used to characterize the structure of InMnAs heterostructures and InAlP oxide films. XAFS measurements of the Mn local environment were performed in order to match structural parameters such as coordination numbers, bond lengths, and XAFS Debye-Waller factors to the ferromagnetic properties of the materials. The Mn local environment in Ga1-xMn xAs materials with x = 0.01, 0.03, 0.05, and 0.08 was found to be that of a Mn ion substituting for a Ga ion in the GaAs lattice (MnGa). The Mn local environment of the Ga1- x-yMnxBe yAs materials was also measured for six samples with constant x = 0.05 and y = 0.0, 0.01, 0.03, 0.05, 0.08 and 0.11. The Mn local environment depended upon the concentration of Be in the material. At y = 0.0 and y = 0.01 the Mn local environment was found to be that of the MnGa site. The percentage of Mn in this local environment decreased as the Be concentration of the samples increased. Meanwhile, the percentage of Mn in an interstitial site and the percentage of Mn in a precipitate MnAs site both increased. No evidence of Mn-Mn or Mn-Be pairing was found in the Ga1- x-yMnxBeyAs materials. The x-ray reflectivity measurements were used to characterize the structure of InMnAs and InAlP in order to improve understanding of the structural characteristics. This improvement can then be used to improve the growth parameters in order to create materials upon which device development may be undertaken. The InMnAs materials were found to have a structure closely matching the expectations from growth with the addition of a low density surface film. The InAlP oxide films were found to have an additional layer at the interface between the substrate and the oxide film which has higher electron

  2. Sol gel synthesis and characterization of tin oxide and doped-tin oxide nanosized materials used for gas-sensing

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    Deng, Hongmei

    SnO2-based gas sensors have been shown to be convenient tools for detecting inflammable or toxic gases diluted in air. Grain size reduction and mixed tin oxidation states are two of the main factors enhancing sensor properties of undoped and doped tin oxides. Two tin(II) halide precursors were utilized along with variations in solvent, aging times, drying atmosphere and annealing temperatures to synthesize SnO, SnO2 or the SnO/SnO2 mixed powders by a modified sol-gel method. X-ray diffraction and UV-Visible Diffuse Reflectance Spectroscopy were the primary techniques used to characterize powder structure and properties. It has been found that SnCl2 is a suitable precursor for synthesis of nanocrystalline mixed Sn(II)/Sn(IV) oxide powders. The ratio of SnO to SnO2 can be adjusted by sintering/annealing of the SnO/SnO 2 mixture in air. A rarely observed form of Sn3O4 and another intermediate phase, orthorhombic SnO2, can be generated at the range of 500--600°C. SnBr2 and SnBr4 can be used as precursors for an efficient low-temperature, atmospheric pressure vapor deposition of nanocrystalline SnO2, most likely via a partially hydrolyzed Sn(IV) bromide intermediate. As vapor-deposited, the average SnO 2 crystallite size is approximately 3 nm, and can be increased systematically from 3 nm to 16 nm by annealing in air. The presence of amorphous material and the remaining hydroxyl groups in the SnO2 crystals are possible causes of the crystalline deformation of SnO/SnO2 materials precipitated from SnCl2. SnO 2 obtained from the SnO/SnO2 mixture are more disordered than that from tin(H) oxyhydroxide and from SnO2 gel heated at the same sintering temperature. The more disordered material has lower band gaps and bigger Urbach energies. Coprecipitation of a second metal, such as Cr, Fe, Zn, Co, K and Cu, results in variations in SnO2 crystallite growth patterns, depending on identity of the added dopant. Metal oxide materials mixed with polypyrrole were tested as composite

  3. Optimizing the Binding Energy of Hydrogen on Nanostructured Carbon Materials through Structure Control and Chemical Doping

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    Jie Liu

    2011-02-01

    The DOE Hydrogen Sorption Center of Excellence (HSCoE) was formed in 2005 to develop materials for hydrogen storage systems to be used in light-duty vehicles. The HSCoE and two related centers of excellence were created as follow-on activities to the DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy’s (EERE’s) Hydrogen Storage Grand Challenge Solicitation issued in FY 2003. The Hydrogen Sorption Center of Excellence (HSCoE) focuses on developing high-capacity sorbents with the goal to operate at temperatures and pressures approaching ambient and be efficiently and quickly charged in the tank with minimal energy requirements and penalties to the hydrogen fuel infrastructure. The work was directed at overcoming barriers to achieving DOE system goals and identifying pathways to meet the hydrogen storage system targets. To ensure that the development activities were performed as efficiently as possible, the HSCoE formed complementary, focused development clusters based on the following four sorption-based hydrogen storage mechanisms: 1. Physisorption on high specific surface area and nominally single element materials 2. Enhanced H2 binding in Substituted/heterogeneous materials 3. Strong and/or multiple H2 binding from coordinated but electronically unsatruated metal centers 4. Weak Chemisorption/Spillover. As a member of the team, our group at Duke studied the synthesis of various carbon-based materials, including carbon nanotubes and microporous carbon materials with controlled porosity. We worked closely with other team members to study the effect of pore size on the binding energy of hydrogen to the carbon –based materials. Our initial project focus was on the synthesis and purification of small diameter, single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWNTs) with well-controlled diameters for the study of their hydrogen storage properties as a function of diameters. We developed a chemical vapor deposition method that synthesized gram quantities of carbon nanotubes with

  4. Solution-combustion synthesized aluminium-doped spinel (LiAl x Mn2- x O4) as a high-performance lithium-ion battery cathode material

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    Kebede, Mesfin A.; Phasha, Maje J.; Kunjuzwa, Niki; Mathe, Mkhulu K.; Ozoemena, Kenneth I.

    2015-10-01

    High-performing LiAl x Mn2- x O4 ( x = 0, 0.125, 0.25, 0.375, and 0.5) spinel cathode materials for lithium-ion battery were developed using a solution combustion method. The as-synthesized cathode materials have spinel cubic structure of LiMn2O4 without any impurity peak and accompanied with peak shift as doping with aluminium. LiAl0.375Mn1.625O4 (first cycle capacity = 113.1 mAh g-1) retains 85 % (96.2 mAh g-1), while pristine LiMn2O4 electrode (first cycle capacity = 135.8 mAh g-1) fades quickly and retains only 54 % (73.9 mAh g-1) after 50 cycles. The electrochemical performance of all the cathode samples prepared using the SCM is comparable to those reported for Al-doped LiMn2O4 spinel cathode materials. The experimental lattice parameter of LiAl x Mn2- x O4 was validated by ab initio calculations and correlated with the first cycle capacity of materials. The variation in lattice parameter as a result of Al doping greatly enhanced the cyclability of discharge capacity of the LiMn2O4 spinel.

  5. Design of low work function materials using alkali metal-doped transition metal dichalcogenides

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    Kim, Sol; Lee, Man Young; Lee, Seong; Jhi, Seung-Hoon

    Engineering the work function is a key issue in surface science. Particularly, discovering the materials that have work functions less than 1eV is essential for efficient thermionic energy conversion. The lowest work function of materials, reported so far, is in a range of about 1eV. To design low work function materials, we chose MX2 (M =Mo and W; X =S, Se and Te) as substrates and alkali metals (Li, Na, K, Rb and Cs) as dopants, and studied their electronic structures, charge transfer, induced surface dipole moment, and work function using first-principles calculations. We found that the charge transfer from alkali metals to MX2 substrates decreases as the atomic radius of alkali metals increases. Regardless of the amount of the charge transfer, K on WTe2 exhibits the biggest surface dipole moment, which consequently makes the surface work function the lowest. Also, we found a correlation between the binding distance and the work function.

  6. Sol-gel derived copper-doped silica glass as a sensitive material for X-ray beam dosimetry

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    Capoen, Bruno; Hamzaoui, Hicham El; Bouazaoui, Mohamed; Ouerdane, Youcef; Boukenter, Aziz; Girard, Sylvain; Marcandella, Claude; Duhamel, Olivier

    2016-01-01

    The light emission from a sol-gel-derived Cu-doped silica glass was studied under 10 keV X-ray irradiation using a fibered setup. Both radioluminescence (RL) and optically stimulated luminescence (OSL) were analyzed at different high dose rates up to 50 Gy/s and for different exposure times, yielding accumulated doses up to 50 kGy (in SiO2). Even if a darkening effect appears at this dose level, the material remains X-sensitive after exposure to several kGy. At low dose rate, the scintillation mechanisms are similar to photoluminescence, involving the Cu+ ions electronic levels, contrary to the nonlinear domain (for dose rates higher than 30 Gy/s). This RL, as well as the OSL, could be exploited in their linear domain to measure doses as high as 3 kGy. A thorough study of the OSL signal has shown that it must be employed with caution in order to take the fading phenomenon and the response dependency on stimulation source intensity into consideration.

  7. Excellent deep-blue emitting materials based on anthracene derivatives for non-doped organic light-emitting diodes

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    Wang, Zhiqiang; Liu, Wei; Xu, Chen; Ji, Baoming; Zheng, Caijun; Zhang, Xiaohong

    2016-08-01

    Two deep-blue emitting materials 2-tert-butyl-9,10-bis(3,5-diphenylphenyl)anthracene (An-1) and 2-tert-butyl-9,10-bis(3,5-diphenylbiphenyl-4‧-yl)anthracene (An-2) were successfully synthesized by the Pd-catalyzed Suzuki coupling reaction. Both of these compounds have high thermal stabilities and show strong deep-blue emission as solid-state film as well as in n-hexane solution. Two non-doped electroluminescent devices employing An-1 and An-2 as emitting layers were fabricated by vacuum vapor deposition. These devices exhibited highly efficient and stable deep-blue emission with high color purity. The CIE coordinate and maximum EQE of An-1 based device are 4.2% and (0.16, 0.06), respectively. Device based on An-2 achieved a maximum EQE of 4.0% and a CIE coordinate of (0.16, 0.10).

  8. Performance of Graphite Pastes Doped with Various Materials as Back Contact for CdS/CdTe Solar Cell

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    Hanafusa, Akira; Aramoto, Tetsuya; Morita, Akikatsu

    2001-12-01

    To date the problem of developing a suitable back contact for CdS/CdTe solar cells has yet to be resolved. The Cu-doped graphite paste that is widely used as a back contact is associated with degradation problems due to possible Cu diffusion across the CdS/CdTe junction. This study was designed to find ways to improve the graphite paste for superior electrical contacts. Mixtures of graphite paste with various material constituents and dopants consisting of silver-, lead-, nickel-, antimony-, bismuth-, or phosphor-based compounds, were studied. Results show that the performances of solar cells fabricated from these graphite pastes vary with the change in the composition. In the cases of Ag2Te and Ni2P, we studied their relationship with the solar cell characteristics with regard to dopant quantity, and furthermore in the case of Ag2Te, with regard to the sintering temperature of the graphite electrode. A fill factor (F.F.) of over 0.65 and efficiencies over 13% were obtained with Ag2Te, Ag3PO4, Ag2MoO4, and NiTe, and efficiencies over 12% were obtained with AgF, AgCl, Ni2P, and Ni3P.

  9. Nano-particle doped hydroxyapatite material evaluation using spectroscopic polarization sensitive optical coherence tomography

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    Strąkowska, Paulina; Trojanowski, Michał; Gardas, Mateusz; Głowacki, Maciej J.; Kraszewski, Maciej; Strąkowski, Marcin R.

    2015-03-01

    Bio-ceramics such as hydroxyapatite (HAp) are widely used materials in medical applications, especially as an interface between implants and living tissues. There are many ways of creating structures from HAp like electrochemical assisted deposition, biomimetic, electrophoresis, pulsed laser deposition or sol-gel processing. Our research is based on analyzing the parameters of the sol-gel method for creating thin layers of HAp. In order to achieve this, we propose to use Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) for non-destructive and non-invasive evaluation. Our system works in the IR spectrum range, which is helpful due to the wide range of nanocomposites being opaque in the VIS range. In order to use our method we need to measure two samples, one which is a reference HAp solution and second: a similar HAp solution with nanoparticles introduced inside. We use silver nanoparticles below 300 nm. The aim of this research is to analyze the concentration and dispersion of nanodopants in the bio-ceramic matrix. Furthermore, the quality of the HAp coating and deposition process repetition have been monitored. For this purpose the polarization sensitive OCT with additional spectroscopic analysis is being investigated. Despite the other methods, which are suitable for nanocomposite materials evaluation, the OCT with additional features seems to be one of the few which belong to the NDE/NDT group. Here we are presenting the OCT system for evaluation of the HAp with nano-particles, as well as HAp manufacturing process. A brief discussion on the usefulness of OCT for bio-ceramics materials examination is also being presented.

  10. Heat treatment effect on the physical properties of cobalt doped TiO{sub 2} sol–gel materials

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    Samet, L.; Ben Nasseur, J.; Chtourou, R.; March, K.; Stephan, O.

    2013-11-15

    Cobalt doped and undoped TiO{sub 2} powders have been prepared by sol–gel technique and annealed at temperatures ranging from 400 °C to 1000 °C. The effects of annealing temperature on the structural, morphological and optical properties have been characterized by X-ray diffraction, transmission electron microscopy, electron energy-loss spectroscopy and diffuse reflectance spectroscopy. For all doped samples there is a general reduction of the band gap energy, in comparison with undoped samples prepared in the same conditions. More specifically, experimental results indicate that cobalt doping, occurring as Co{sup 2+} ion insertion into the TiO{sub 2} (Ti{sup 4+}) host lattice, inhibits the growth of the crystallites and delays the phase transformation from anatase to rutile. Moreover, at high temperature, a secondary phase (CoTiO{sub 3}) is found to coexist with highly crystalline rutile. These structural characteristics are discussed in relation with the observed general trends for the optical properties. - Highlights: • Cobalt doped and undoped TiO{sub 2} powders have been prepared by sol–gel route. • Doping makes the band gap narrower. • Doping delays the phase transformation from anatase to rutile. • Doping inhibits the growth of the crystallites. • At high annealing temperature a CoTiO{sub 3} phase coexists with highly crystalline rutile.

  11. Alternative p-doped hole transport material for low operating voltage and high efficiency organic light-emitting diodes

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    Murawski, Caroline Fuchs, Cornelius; Hofmann, Simone; Leo, Karl; Gather, Malte C.

    2014-09-15

    We investigate the properties of N,N′-[(Diphenyl-N,N′-bis)9,9,-dimethyl-fluoren-2-yl]-benzidine (BF-DPB) as hole transport material (HTL) in organic light-emitting diodes (OLEDs) and compare BF-DPB to the commonly used HTLs N,N,N′,N′-tetrakis(4-methoxyphenyl)-benzidine (MeO-TPD), 2,2′,7,7′-tetrakis(N,N′-di-p-methylphenylamino)-9,9′-spirobifluorene (Spiro-TTB), and N,N′-di(naphtalene-1-yl)-N,N′-diphenylbenzidine (NPB). The influence of 2,2′-(perfluoronaphthalene-2,6-diylidene)dimalononitrile (F6-TCNNQ p-dopant) concentration in BF-DPB on the operation voltage and efficiency of red and green phosphorescent OLEDs is studied; best results are achieved at 4 wt. % doping. Without any light extraction structure, BF-DPB based red (green) OLEDs achieve a luminous efficacy of 35 .1 lm/W (74 .0 lm/W) at 1000 cd/m{sup 2} and reach a very high brightness of 10 000 cd/m{sup 2} at a very low voltage of 3.2 V (3.1 V). We attribute this exceptionally low driving voltage to the high ionization potential of BF-DPB which enables more efficient hole injection from BF-DPB to the adjacent electron blocking layer. The high efficiency and low driving voltage lead to a significantly lower luminous efficacy roll-off compared to the other compounds and render BF-DPB an excellent HTL material for highly efficient OLEDs.

  12. Sulfur-doped porous reduced graphene oxide hollow nanosphere frameworks as metal-free electrocatalysts for oxygen reduction reaction and as supercapacitor electrode materials

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    Chen, Xi'an; Chen, Xiaohua; Xu, Xin; Yang, Zhi; Liu, Zheng; Zhang, Lijie; Xu, Xiangju; Chen, Ying; Huang, Shaoming

    2014-10-01

    Chemical doping with foreign atoms is an effective approach to significantly enhance the electrochemical performance of the carbon materials. Herein, sulfur-doped three-dimensional (3D) porous reduced graphene oxide (RGO) hollow nanosphere frameworks (S-PGHS) are fabricated by directly annealing graphene oxide (GO)-encapsulated amino-modified SiO2 nanoparticles with dibenzyl disulfide (DBDS), followed by hydrofluoric acid etching. The XPS and Raman spectra confirmed that sulfur atoms were successfully introduced into the PGHS framework via covalent bonds. The as-prepared S-PGHS has been demonstrated to be an efficient metal-free electrocatalyst for oxygen reduction reaction (ORR) with the activity comparable to that of commercial Pt/C (40%) and much better methanol tolerance and durability, and to be a supercapacitor electrode material with a high specific capacitance of 343 F g-1, good rate capability and excellent cycling stability in aqueous electrolytes. The impressive performance for ORR and supercapacitors is believed to be due to the synergistic effect caused by sulfur-doping enhancing the electrochemical activity and 3D porous hollow nanosphere framework structures facilitating ion diffusion and electronic transfer.Chemical doping with foreign atoms is an effective approach to significantly enhance the electrochemical performance of the carbon materials. Herein, sulfur-doped three-dimensional (3D) porous reduced graphene oxide (RGO) hollow nanosphere frameworks (S-PGHS) are fabricated by directly annealing graphene oxide (GO)-encapsulated amino-modified SiO2 nanoparticles with dibenzyl disulfide (DBDS), followed by hydrofluoric acid etching. The XPS and Raman spectra confirmed that sulfur atoms were successfully introduced into the PGHS framework via covalent bonds. The as-prepared S-PGHS has been demonstrated to be an efficient metal-free electrocatalyst for oxygen reduction reaction (ORR) with the activity comparable to that of commercial Pt/C (40%) and

  13. Electrochemical performance of NiO-doped LiFePO4/C cathode materials prepared from amorphous FePO4 · xH2O

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    Mahmud, Iqbal; Kim, Dong-Seob; Ur, Soon-Chul

    2016-05-01

    LiFePO4/C composites are prepared from amorphous FePO4 · xH2O and are modified with NiO (0.0, 0.01, 0.02, 0.03, and 0.04 mol) by using a solid-state reaction process with a spex milling system. The crystalline structure and the morphology of synthesized powders have been characterized by using X-ray diffraction (XRD) and scanning electron microscope (SEM). The XRD patterns indicate a complete solid solution for all the NiO-doped LiFePO4/C composites. The SEM images show that the sizes of the particles produced are distributed in the range of 200 - 300 nm. The electrochemical performances have been evaluated by using an impedance measurement and a galvanostatic charge/discharge test. The initial properties and impedance measurement reveal different improvements for different amounts of NiO doping in LiFePO4/C. A maximum capacity of 158.8 mAh/g at 0.1 C has been achieved LiFePO4/C doped with NiO at 0.01 mol. The present work reveals that the newly processed composite of LiFePO4/C doped with a small amount of NiO may be a promising material for using in a lithium-ion battery.

  14. Porous γ-Fe2O3 spheres coated with N-doped carbon from polydopamine as Li-ion battery anode materials.

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    Liang, Jin; Xiao, Chunhui; Chen, Xu; Gao, Ruixia; Ding, Shujiang

    2016-05-27

    Nitrogen doping has been demonstrated to play a crucial role in controlling the electronic properties of carbon-based composites. In this paper, nitrogen-doped carbon coated γ-Fe2O3 (NC@γ-Fe2O3) composite was successfully fabricated through a facile and high-yield strategy, including a hydrothermal reaction process for porous γ-Fe2O3 and a subsequent coating of nitrogen-doped carbon by using dopamine as precursor. The resulting composite combines the superior properties of porous Fe2O3 and heteroatom-doped conductive carbon layer derived from polydopamine. When used as the anode material of the lithium-ion battery, the as-prepared NC@γ-Fe2O3 composite exhibits excellent lithium storage properties in terms of high capacity, stable cycling performance (869.6 mAh g(-1) at the current density of 0.5 A g(-1) after 150 cycles) and excellent rate capability. PMID:27095053

  15. Porous γ-Fe2O3 spheres coated with N-doped carbon from polydopamine as Li-ion battery anode materials

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    Liang, Jin; Xiao, Chunhui; Chen, Xu; Gao, Ruixia; Ding, Shujiang

    2016-05-01

    Nitrogen doping has been demonstrated to play a crucial role in controlling the electronic properties of carbon-based composites. In this paper, nitrogen-doped carbon coated γ-Fe2O3 (NC@γ-Fe2O3) composite was successfully fabricated through a facile and high-yield strategy, including a hydrothermal reaction process for porous γ-Fe2O3 and a subsequent coating of nitrogen-doped carbon by using dopamine as precursor. The resulting composite combines the superior properties of porous Fe2O3 and heteroatom-doped conductive carbon layer derived from polydopamine. When used as the anode material of the lithium-ion battery, the as-prepared NC@γ-Fe2O3 composite exhibits excellent lithium storage properties in terms of high capacity, stable cycling performance (869.6 mAh g‑1 at the current density of 0.5 A g‑1 after 150 cycles) and excellent rate capability.

  16. Partially Hydrogenated Graphene Materials Exhibit High Electrocatalytic Activities Related to Unintentional Doping with Metallic Impurities.

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    Jankovský, Ondřej; Libánská, Alena; Bouša, Daniel; Sedmidubský, David; Matějková, Stanislava; Sofer, Zdeněk

    2016-06-13

    Partially hydrogenated graphene materials, synthesized by the chemical reduction/hydrogenation of two different graphene oxides using zinc powder in acidic environment or aluminum powder in alkaline environment, exhibit high electrocatalytic activities, as well as electrochemical sensing properties. The starting graphene oxides and the resultant hydrogenated graphenes were characterized in detail. Their electrocatalytic activity was examined in the oxygen reduction reaction, whereas sensing properties towards explosives were tested by using picric acid as a redox probe. Findings indicate that the high electrocatalytic performance originates not only from the hydrogenation of graphene, but also from unintentional contamination of graphene with manganese and other metals during synthesis. A careful evaluation of the obtained data and a detailed chemical analysis are necessary to identify the origin of this anomalous electrocatalytic activity. PMID:27167069

  17. Sm3+ doped TiO2 as optical oxygen sensor material

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    Eltermann, Marko; Utt, Kathriin; Lange, Sven; Jaaniso, Raivo

    2016-01-01

    The luminescence properties of Sm3+ in sol-gel-made nanostructural TiO2 were shown to depend on surrounding gas environment. Both the intensity and lifetime of the luminescence increased with increasing oxygen content varied between 0% and 100% in the O2/N2 mixture at normal pressure. The luminescence decay kinetics after pulsed excitation at 355 nm followed the stretched exponential function with the value of stretching exponent equal to 0.4-0.5. The mechanism of oxygen sensitivity was interpreted as resonant excitation energy transfer from Sm3+ to the acceptor defects, the latter being switched on and off the resonance by electron exchange with surface-adsorbed oxygen. Oxygen vacancy related defects were proposed as most likely candidates of energy acceptors. The studied material can be used for luminescence lifetime based oxygen sensing.

  18. Convenient and controllable preparation of a novel uniformly nitrogen doped porous graphene/Pt nanoflower material and its highly-efficient electrochemical biosensing.

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    Ren, Shuang; Wang, Huan; Zhang, Yufan; Sun, Yuena; Li, Lanfen; Zhang, Hongyi; Shi, Zhihong; Li, Mingjie; Li, Meng

    2016-04-25

    By employing dopamine as a nitrogen source and reducing agent, the block copolymer P123 as a pore forming agent, and graphene oxide as a carbon precursor, we present, for the first time, a convenient and controllable approach to the preparation of a novel uniformly nitrogen doped porous graphene (N-PGR) material. Using the prepared N-PGR as the supporting material, a novel nitrogen doped porous graphene/Pt nanoflower material (Pt/N-PGR) was obtained by a green and simple method. The characterization results of scanning electron microscopy (SEM), element mapping, transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) demonstrate that Pt nanoflowers are uniformly dispersed on nitrogen doped porous graphene. Electrochemical measurements show that Pt/N-PGR-900/GCE exhibits improved electrocatalytic activity towards H2O2 reduction and glucose oxidation. Linear responses are found for H2O2 and glucose in the range of 0.5-40 326 μM and 0.5-133.5 mM with the detection limit (S/N = 3) of 0.2 μM and 0.05 mM, respectively. In addition, Pt/N-PGR-900/GCE exhibits high sensitivity and good anti-interference ability. The superior catalytic activity and selectivity make Pt/N-PGR a promising nanomaterial for application in electrochemical biosensing studies. PMID:27071465

  19. Aero dopes and varnishes

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    Britton, H T S

    1927-01-01

    Before proceeding to discuss the preparation of dope solutions, it will be necessary to consider some of the essential properties which should be possessed of a dope film, deposited in and on the surface of an aero fabric. The first is that it should tighten the material and second it should withstand weathering.

  20. Ti doping on the flux pinning and chemical stability against water of MgB 2 bulk material

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    Zhao, Y.; Cheng, C. H.; Feng, Y.; Machi, T.; Huang, D. X.; Zhou, L.; Koshizuka, N.; Murakami, M.

    2003-04-01

    Ti-doped MgB 2 superconductors with different doping levels were prepared by solid-state reaction at ambient pressure. Jc of the samples changes with the doping level, with the best result achieved at x=0.1. At 5 K, the Jc reaches 2×10 6 A/cm 2 in the self-field. In addition, degradation in water of Jc and irreversibility field ( Hirr) of MgB 2 bulks is significantly reduced by Ti doping. Microstructural analysis reveals that Ti mainly forms a thin TiB 2 layer in the grain boundaries of MgB 2. At the same time MgB 2 grains are greatly refined, forming a strongly coupled nanoparticle structure. Our results show that the unique microstructure of the MgB 2 nanoparticles with TiB 2 nanograin boundaries may take the responsibility for the enhancement of the flux pinning and the chemical stability against water.

  1. Nitrogen-Doped Carbon Nanotube/Graphite Felts as Advanced Electrode Materials for Vanadium Redox Flow Batteries.

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    Wang, Shuangyin; Zhao, Xinsheng; Cochell, Thomas; Manthiram, Arumugam

    2012-08-16

    Nitrogen-doped carbon nanotubes have been grown, for the first time, on graphite felt (N-CNT/GF) by a chemical vapor deposition approach and examined as an advanced electrode for vanadium redox flow batteries (VRFBs). The unique porous structure and nitrogen doping of N-CNT/GF with increased surface area enhances the battery performance significantly. The enriched porous structure of N-CNTs on graphite felt could potentially facilitate the diffusion of electrolyte, while the N-doping could significantly contribute to the enhanced electrode performance. Specifically, the N-doping (i) modifies the electronic properties of CNT and thereby alters the chemisorption characteristics of the vanadium ions, (ii) generates defect sites that are electrochemically more active, (iii) increases the oxygen species on CNT surface, which is a key factor influencing the VRFB performance, and (iv) makes the N-CNT electrochemically more accessible than the CNT. PMID:26295765

  2. Oxygen-doped porous silicon carbide spheres as electrode materials for supercapacitors.

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    Kim, Myeongjin; Ju, Hyun; Kim, Jooheon

    2016-01-28

    Oxygen-containing functional groups were introduced onto the surface of the micro- and meso-porous silicon carbide sphere (MMPSiC) in order to investigate the relationship between the electric double layer properties and pseudo-capacitive properties; the degree of oxidation of MMPSiC was also optimized. Although the oxygenated surface functionalities can lead to a decrease in the surface area of MMPSiC, the oxygen functional groups attached to the external surface can participate in the redox reaction, resulting in the enhancement of the total super-capacitive performance. The MMPSiC electrode oxidized for 24 h exhibits a high charge storage capacity with a specific capacitance of 301.1 F g(-1) at a scan rate of 5 mV s(-1), with 86.8% rate performance from 5 to 500 mV s(-1) in 1 M KCl aqueous electrolyte. This outstanding capacitive performance of the MMPSiC electrode oxidized for 24 h can be attributed to the harmonious synergistic effect between the electric double layer capacitive contribution of MMPSiC and the pseudo-capacitive contribution of the oxygen-containing functional groups. These encouraging results demonstrate that the MMPSiC electrode oxidized for 24 h is a promising candidate for high performance electrode materials for supercapacitors. PMID:26752728

  3. Element-Doped Polyacrylic Acid Thin Films as SIMS Standards for Organic Materials

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    Davisson, M.; Phinney, D. L.; Weber, P. K.

    2009-12-01

    To constrain relative sensitive factors for SIMS elemental analysis of organic materials, calibration standards are being developed by coordinating ppm quantities of Group I, Group II, and transition metals with polyacrylic acid resin and depositing them as thin films. Each element is prepared as an aqueous acetate, oxalate, or nitrate solution to avoid unwanted elements that compromise thin film uniformity or produce interfering masses. These are subsequently mixed proportionally with reagent grade resins (Mw ~2000 and ~50,000), and dried passively on an Al bullet or spin-coated for thin layering (~100nm). Initial results using an O- primary beam on a Cameca NanoSIMS demonstrate excellent lateral homogeneity for Na, K, Fe, Co, and Cd at nanometer scale and consistent ratios to 12C (stdev <10%) over multiple 10um raster areas, whereas Mg, Ca, Sr, and Cu show variable ratios to 12C over sputter depth (stdev >10%). Depth profiling over the entire film thickness using a Cameca 3f show high reproducibility of element trends at 250um raster areas. Additional measurements will incorporate multi-element suites of biologically-relevant species (e.g. Na, K, Ca, P) to facilitate quantitative analysis of sensitivity factors with compositional changes.

  4. Thermoelectric and mechanical properties of multi-walled carbon nanotube doped Bi0.4Sb1.6Te3 thermoelectric material

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    Ren, Fei; Wang, Hsin; Menchhofer, Paul A.; Kiggans, James O.

    2013-11-01

    Since many thermoelectrics are brittle in nature with low mechanical strength, improving their mechanical properties is important to fabricate devices such as thermoelectric power generators and coolers. In this work, multiwalled carbon nanotubes (CNTs) were incorporated into polycrystalline Bi0.4Sb1.6Te3 through powder processing, which increased the flexural strength from 32 MPa to 90 MPa. Electrical and thermal conductivities were both reduced in the CNT containing materials, leading to unchanged figure of merit. Dynamic Young's and shear moduli of the composites were lower than the base material, while the Poisson's ratio was not affected by CNT doping.

  5. The feasibility of Sn, In, or Al doped ZnSb thin film as candidates for phase change material

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    Chen, Yimin; Shen, Xiang; Wang, Guoxiang; Xu, Tiefeng; Wang, Rongping; Dai, Shixun; Nie, Qiuhua

    2016-07-01

    The potentials of Sn, In, or Al doped ZnSb thin film as candidates for phase change materials have been studied in this paper. It was found that the Zn-Sb bonds were broken by the addition of the dopants and homopolar Zn-Zn bonds and other heteropolar bonds, such as Sn-Sb, In-Sb, and Al-Sb, were subsequently formed. The existence of homopolar Sn-Sn and In-In bonds in Zn50Sb36Sn14 and Zn41Sb36In23 films, but no any Al-Al bonds in Zn35Sb30Al35 film, was confirmed. All these three amorphous films crystallize with the appearance of crystalline rhombohedral Sb phase, and Zn35Sb30Al35 film even exhibits a second crystallization process where the crystalline AlSb phase is separated out. The Zn35Sb30Al35 film exhibits a reversible phase change behavior with a larger Ea (˜4.7 eV), higher Tc (˜245 °C), better 10-yr data retention (˜182 °C), less incubation time (20 ns at 70 mW), and faster complete crystallization speed (45 ns at 70 mW). Moreover, Zn35Sb30Al35 film shows the smaller root-mean-square (1.654 nm) and less change of the thickness between amorphous and crystalline state (7.5%), which are in favor of improving the reliability of phase change memory.

  6. REACTIVE FORCE FIELDS FOR Y-DOPED BaZrO3 ELECTROLYTE AND NI-ANODE. POTENTIAL CATHODE MATERIALS FOR APPLICATION IN PROTON CERAMIC FUEL CELLS

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    Boris Merinov; Adri van Duin; Sossina Haile; William A. Goddard III

    2004-10-30

    Based on quantum mechanical data obtained for the Y-doped BaZrO{sub 3} electrolyte and Ni-anode Reactive Force Field parameters have been developed for further molecular dynamics simulations of the proton diffusion and electrode/electrolyte interfaces. Electronic and atomic structures of different terminations of the (001) BaZrO{sub 3} surface have been studied using first-principles calculations. Several potential cathode materials for the Y-doped BaZrO{sub 3} system were synthesized via glycine nitrate combustion method. Of the five potential cathode materials examined BaZr{sub 0.40}Pr{sub 0.40}Gd{sub 0.20}O{sub 3} and BaZr{sub 0.60}Y{sub 0.20}Co{sub 0.20}O{sub 3} appear to be the most promising for further applications in proton ceramic fuel cells. Fuel cell test of a Y-doped BaZrO{sub 3} thin film using platinum ink for both electrodes have been performed. The obtained results shows that a robust method for fabricating crack-free thin membranes, as well as methods for sealing anode and cathode chambers, have successfully been developed.

  7. Evaluation of Manganese Doped Ca5(PO4)3F as a Near Infrared (1-2 microns) Solid-State Laser Material

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    Turner, Matthew; Hoemmerich, Uwe; Loutts, George B.

    1998-01-01

    Tunable solid-state lasers are of enormous interest for applications including fundamental spectroscopy, remote sensing of the earth atmosphere, medical surgery, and optical communications. Efficient and widely tunable lasers have been developed for the 800-1100 nm region based on transition metal doped insulators like e.g. Ti:Sapphire. The development of transition metal lasers operating at longer wavelength, however, has been limited by the luminescence efficiency of existing materials. We are currently evaluating Mn doped Ca5(PO4)3F as a new solid-state laser material for the 1-2 micro-m region. Preliminary spectroscopic studies revealed that Mn:Ca5(PO4)3F exhibits an intense near infrared luminescence which extends from 1100-1300 nm. Based on lifetime measurements we estimated the luminescence quantum efficiency to be as high as 90 deg./0 at room temperature. The near infrared luminescence properties of Mn doped Ca5(PO4)3F and its potential for solid-state laser applications will be discussed in detail.

  8. A two-dimensional analytical model for channel potential and threshold voltage of short channel dual material gate lightly doped drain MOSFET

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    Shweta, Tripathi

    2014-11-01

    An analytical model for the channel potential and the threshold voltage of the short channel dual-material-gate lightly doped drain (DMG-LDD) metal—oxide—semiconductor field-effect transistor (MOSFET) is presented using the parabolic approximation method. The proposed model takes into account the effects of the LDD region length, the LDD region doping, the lengths of the gate materials and their respective work functions, along with all the major geometrical parameters of the MOSFET. The impact of the LDD region length, the LDD region doping, and the channel length on the channel potential is studied in detail. Furthermore, the threshold voltage of the device is calculated using the minimum middle channel potential, and the result obtained is compared with the DMG MOSFET threshold voltage to show the improvement in the threshold voltage roll-off. It is shown that the DMG-LDD MOSFET structure alleviates the problem of short channel effects (SCEs) and the drain induced barrier lowering (DIBL) more efficiently. The proposed model is verified by comparing the theoretical results with the simulated data obtained by using the commercially available ATLAS™ 2D device simulator.

  9. Multiscale anode materials in lithium ion batteries by combining micro- with nanoparticles: design of mesoporous TiO2 microfibers@nitrogen doped carbon composites

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    Cheng, Wei; Rechberger, Felix; Primc, Darinka; Niederberger, Markus

    2015-08-01

    TiO2 has been considered as a promising anode material for lithium ion batteries. However, its poor rate capability originating from the intrinsically low lithium ion diffusivity and its poor electronic conductivity hampers putting such an application into practice. Both issues can be addressed by nanostructure engineering and conductive surface coating. Herein, we report a template-assisted synthesis of micron sized TiO2 fibers consisting of a mesoporous network of anatase nanoparticles of about 7.5 nm and coated by N doped carbon. In a first step, an amorphous layer of TiO2 was deposited on cobalt silicate nanobelts and subsequently transformed into crystalline anatase nanoparticles by hydrothermal treatment. The N doped carbon coating was realized by in situ polymerization of dopamine on the crystalline TiO2 followed by annealing under N2. After removal of the template, we obtained the final mesoporous TiO2 fibers@N doped carbon composite. Electrochemical tests revealed that the composite electrode exhibited excellent electrochemical properties in terms of specific capacity, rate performance and long term stability.TiO2 has been considered as a promising anode material for lithium ion batteries. However, its poor rate capability originating from the intrinsically low lithium ion diffusivity and its poor electronic conductivity hampers putting such an application into practice. Both issues can be addressed by nanostructure engineering and conductive surface coating. Herein, we report a template-assisted synthesis of micron sized TiO2 fibers consisting of a mesoporous network of anatase nanoparticles of about 7.5 nm and coated by N doped carbon. In a first step, an amorphous layer of TiO2 was deposited on cobalt silicate nanobelts and subsequently transformed into crystalline anatase nanoparticles by hydrothermal treatment. The N doped carbon coating was realized by in situ polymerization of dopamine on the crystalline TiO2 followed by annealing under N2. After

  10. Efficient exfoliation N-doped graphene from N-containing bamboo-like carbon nanotubes for anode materials of Li-ion battery and Na-ion battery

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    Feng, Jian-Min; Dong, Lei; Han, Yan; Li, Xi-Fei; Li, De-Jun

    2015-08-01

    Nanosize N-doped graphene is prepared from N-containing carbon nanotubes (CNTs) by chemical exfoliation. The CNTs adopted for graphene are characterized by a discontinuous wall that consists of nanosize graphite layers, exhibiting a bamboo-like appearance. Take advantage of this characterization, the most time-consuming process of chemical oxidation that involves intercalation in graphene from CNT has been markedly reduced. The reduction in processing time is attributed to the diffusion distance of chemical oxidation intercalation into nanosize graphite composed of a bamboo-like carbon nanotube (BCNT) wall being far less than that of conventional chemical exfoliation into microsize graphite. The as-prepared nanosize N-doped graphene from BCNTs has shown an excellent electrochemical performance for Li-ion battery and Na-ion battery anode materials.

  11. Core-shell nano-FeS2@N-doped graphene as an advanced cathode material for rechargeable Li-ion batteries.

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    Tan, Rui; Yang, Jinlong; Hu, Jiangtao; Wang, Kai; Zhao, Yan; Pan, Feng

    2016-01-18

    We report the formation of core-shell nano-FeS2@N-doped graphene as a novel cathode material and its mechanism for use in rechargeable Li-ion batteries. A benefit of the amount of FeS2 nano-crystals as the core for Li-ion storage with high capacity and using coated N-doped graphene as the shell is that FeS2@N-graphene exhibits a remarkable specific energy (950 W h kg(-1) at 0.15 kW g(-1)) and higher specific power (543 W h kg(-1) at 2.79 kW g(-1)) than commercial rechargeable LIB cathodes, as well as stable cycling performance (∼600 W h kg(-1) at 0.75 kW g(-1) after 400 cycles). PMID:26592428

  12. Cu-doped carbon nitride: Bio-inspired synthesis of H2-evolving electrocatalysts using graphitic carbon nitride (g-C3N4) as a host material

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    Zou, Xiaoxin; Silva, Rafael; Goswami, Anandarup; Asefa, Tewodros

    2015-12-01

    Splitting water effectively to produce hydrogen (H2) requires the development of non-noble-metal electrocatalysts that are able to make this reaction feasible and energy efficient. Herein, we present a novel "structure upgrading" synthetic approach for the design and synthesis of bio-inspired hydrogen-evolving electrocatalysts based on earth-abundant elements. Using g-C3N4 - an inexpensive inorganic polymer material - as a host material for copper ions, novel Cu-doped g-C3N4 materials with supramolecular structure, efficient electrocatalytic activity and modest overpotentials for hydrogen evolution reaction (HER) are synthesized. Compared with most single-molecule analogs of hydrogenases that work only in organic media, the supramolecular Cu-doped g-C3N4 materials can serve as heterogeneous electrocatalysts with greater stability and good catalytic activity for HER in aqueous media. The materials afford a current density as high as 10 mA cm-2 at an overpotential as low as 390 mV, and work well in acidic media for, at least, 43 h.

  13. The effect of doping (Mn,B)3O4 materials as protective layers in different metallic interconnects for Solid Oxide Fuel Cells

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    Miguel-Pérez, Verónica; Martínez-Amesti, Ana; Nó, María Luisa; Larrañaga, Aitor; Arriortua, María Isabel

    2013-12-01

    Spinel oxides with the general formula of (Mn,B)3O4 (B = Co, Fe) were used as barrier materials between the cathode and the metallic interconnect to reduce the rate of cathode degradation by Cr poisoning. The effect of doping at the B position was investigated terms of microstructure and electrical conductivity to determine its behaviour and effectiveness as a protective layer in contact with three metallic materials (Crofer 22 APU, SS430 and Conicro 4023 W 188). The analysis showed that the use of these materials considerably decreased the reactivity and diffusion of Cr between the cathode and the metallic interconnects. The protective layer doped with Fe at the B position exhibited the least amount of reactivity with the interconnector and cathode materials. The worst results were observed for SS430 cells coated with a protective layer perhaps due to their low Cr content. The Crofer 22 APU and Conicro 4023 W 188 samples exhibited very similar conductivity results in the presence of the MnCo1.9Fe0.1O4 protective coating. As a result, these two material combinations are a promising option for use as bipolar plates in SOFC.

  14. Semiconductor systems utilizing materials that form rectifying junctions in both N and P-type doping regions, whether metallurgically or field induced, and methods of use

    DOEpatents

    Welch, James D.

    2000-01-01

    Disclosed are semiconductor systems, such as integrated circuits utilizing Schotky barrier and/or diffused junction technology, which semiconductor systems incorporate material(s) that form rectifying junctions in both metallurgically and/or field induced N and P-type doping regions, and methods of their use. Disclosed are Schottky barrier based inverting and non-inverting gate voltage channel induced semiconductor single devices with operating characteristics similar to multiple device CMOS systems and which can be operated as modulators, N and P-channel MOSFETS and CMOS formed therefrom, and (MOS) gate voltage controlled rectification direction and gate voltage controlled switching devices, and use of such material(s) to block parasitic current flow pathways. Simple demonstrative five mask fabrication procedures for inverting and non-inverting gate voltage channel induced semiconductor single devices with operating characteristics similar to multiple device CMOS systems are also presented.

  15. Nitrogen-doped Ge3Te2 materials with self-restricted active region for low power phase-change memory

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    Peng, Cheng; Yang, Pingxiong; Wu, Liangcai; Song, Zhitang; Rao, Feng; Song, Sannian; Zhou, Dong; Chu, Junhao

    2013-01-01

    In this paper, nitrogen-doped Ge3Te2 materials have been investigated for low power phase-change memory. Nitrogen incorporated in Ge3Te2 increases the crystallization temperature, electrical resistance, and band gap significantly. The introduced GeNx pile up at the grain-boundaries and suppress the crystal growth of Ge3Te2, which further leads to larger crystalline resistance and smaller active region. 10-year data retention of nitrogen-doped Ge3Te2 film reaches a peak value with a N2 flow of 2 sccm, while it decreases sharply as the N2 flow reaches 3 sccm. This is due to the formation of inhomogeneous nucleation sites at the GeNx-GeTe interface. Phase-change memory device based on nitrogen-doped Ge3Te2 film shows much lower RESET power consumption than that of pure Ge3Te2. It's considered that the self-restricted active region and effect of GeNx microheaters play an important role in cutting down the power consumption.

  16. Compositing amorphous TiO2 with N-doped carbon as high-rate anode materials for lithium-ion batteries.

    PubMed

    Xiao, Ying; Hu, Changwen; Cao, Minhua

    2014-01-01

    Compositing amorphous TiO2 with nitrogen-doped carbon through Ti-N bonding to form an amorphous TiO2/N-doped carbon hybrid (denoted a-TiO2/C-N) has been achieved by a two-step hydrothermal-calcining method with hydrazine hydrate as an inhibitor and nitrogen source. The resultant a-TiO2/C-N hybrid has a surface area as high as 108 m(2) g(-1) and, when used as an anode material, exhibits a capacity as high as 290.0 mA h g(-1) at a current rate of 1 C and a reversible capacity over 156 mA h g(-1) at a current rate of 10 C after 100 cycles; these results are better than those found in most reports on crystalline TiO2 . This superior electrochemical performance could be ascribed to a combined effect of several factors, including the amorphous nature, porous structure, high surface area, and N-doped carbon. PMID:24347075

  17. Synthesis, characterization and electrochemical performance of Li2FeSiO4/C cathode materials doped by vanadium at Fe/Si sites for lithium ion batteries

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    Hao, Hao; Wang, Junbo; Liu, Jiali; Huang, Tao; Yu, Aishui

    2012-07-01

    Li2FeSiO4/C composites doped by vanadium at Fe/Si sites have been investigated as cathode materials for lithium ion batteries. Effects of vanadium substitution at different sites on the structure of Li2FeSiO4/C are examined by X-ray diffraction, X-photoelectron spectroscopy and scanning electron microscopy. XPS results show that the oxidation state of vanadium doped at Fe sites is +3, whereas is +5 when doped at Si sites. Electrochemical measurements show that the Li2FeSi0.9V0.1O4/C sample exhibits the best electrochemical performance with initial discharge capacity of 159 mAh g-1 and excellent cyclability with capacity of 145 mAh g-1 at 30th cycle, which can be ascribed to larger cell volume and higher lithium ion diffusion coefficient, however, the initial discharge of the Li2Fe0.9V0.1SiO4/C sample is only 90% of the undoped Li2FeSiO4, which can be attributed to the loss of Fe content.

  18. Advanced Ceramic Interconnect Material for Solid Oxide Fuel Cells: Electrical and Thermal Properties of Calcium- and Nickel-Doped Yttrium Chromites

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    Yoon, Kyung J.; Cramer, Carolyn N.; Stevenson, Jeffry W.; Marina, Olga A.

    2010-11-15

    The structural, thermal and electrical characteristics of calcium- and nickel-doped yttrium chromites were studied for potential use as the interconnect material in high temperature solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs) and other high temperature electrochemical and thermoelectric devices. The Y0.8Ca0.2Cr1-xNixO3±δ compositions with x=0-0.15 showed single phase orthorhombic perovskite structures between 25 and 1200 degrees C over a wide range of oxygen partial pressures. Nickel doping remarkably enhanced sintering behavior of otherwise refractory chromites, and densities 94% of theoretical density were obtained after sintering at 1400 degrees C in air with 15 at.% Ni. The thermal expansion coefficient (TEC) was increased with nickel content to closely match that of an 8 mol% yttria-stabilized zirconia (YSZ) electrolyte for 0.05 ≤ x ≤ 0.15. Nickel doping significantly improved the electrical conductivity in both oxidizing and reducing atmospheres. Undesirable oxygen ion leakage current was insignificant in dual atmosphere conditions. No interfacial interactions with YSZ were detected after firing at 1400 degrees C.

  19. Multiscale anode materials in lithium ion batteries by combining micro- with nanoparticles: design of mesoporous TiO2 microfibers@nitrogen doped carbon composites.

    PubMed

    Cheng, Wei; Rechberger, Felix; Primc, Darinka; Niederberger, Markus

    2015-09-01

    TiO2 has been considered as a promising anode material for lithium ion batteries. However, its poor rate capability originating from the intrinsically low lithium ion diffusivity and its poor electronic conductivity hampers putting such an application into practice. Both issues can be addressed by nanostructure engineering and conductive surface coating. Herein, we report a template-assisted synthesis of micron sized TiO2 fibers consisting of a mesoporous network of anatase nanoparticles of about 7.5 nm and coated by N doped carbon. In a first step, an amorphous layer of TiO2 was deposited on cobalt silicate nanobelts and subsequently transformed into crystalline anatase nanoparticles by hydrothermal treatment. The N doped carbon coating was realized by in situ polymerization of dopamine on the crystalline TiO2 followed by annealing under N2. After removal of the template, we obtained the final mesoporous TiO2 fibers@N doped carbon composite. Electrochemical tests revealed that the composite electrode exhibited excellent electrochemical properties in terms of specific capacity, rate performance and long term stability. PMID:26220269

  20. Development of hybrid organic-inorganic surface imprinted Mn-doped ZnS QDs and their application as a sensing material for target proteins.

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    Tan, Lei; Huang, Cong; Peng, Rongfei; Tang, Youwen; Li, Weiming

    2014-11-15

    Applying molecular imprinting techniques to the surface of functionalized quantum dots (QDs) allows the preparation of molecularly imprinted polymers (MIPs) with accessible, surface exposed binding sites and excellent optical properties. This paper demonstrates a new strategy for producing such hybrid organic-inorganic imprinted Mn-doped ZnS QDs for specific recognition of bovine hemoglobin. The technique provides surface grafting imprinting in aqueous solutions using amino modified Mn-doped ZnS QDs as supports, acrylamide and methacrylic acid as functional monomers, γ-methacryloxypropyl trimethoxy silane as the grafting agent, and bovine hemoglobin as a template. The amino propyl functional monomer layer directs the selective occurrence of imprinting polymerization at the QDs surface through copolymerization of grafting agents with functional monomers, but also acts as an assistive monomer to drive the template into the formed polymer shells to create effective recognition sites. Using MIP-QDs composites as a fluorescence sensing material, trace amounts of bovine hemoglobin are signaled with high selectivity by emission intensity changes of Mn-doped ZnS QDs, which is embedded into the imprinted polymers. PMID:24951920

  1. Mesoporous carbon-coated LiFePO4 nanocrystals co-modified with graphene and Mg2+ doping as superior cathode materials for lithium ion batteries

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    Wang, Bo; Xu, Binghui; Liu, Tiefeng; Liu, Peng; Guo, Chenfeng; Wang, Shuo; Wang, Qiuming; Xiong, Zhigang; Wang, Dianlong; Zhao, X. S.

    2013-12-01

    In this work, mesoporous carbon-coated LiFePO4 nanocrystals further co-modified with graphene and Mg2+ doping (G/LFMP) were synthesized by a modified rheological phase method to improve the speed of lithium storage as well as cycling stability. The mesoporous structure of LiFePO4 nanocrystals was designed and realized by introducing the bead milling technique, which assisted in forming sucrose-pyrolytic carbon nanoparticles as the template for generating mesopores. For comparison purposes, samples modified only with graphene (G/LFP) or Mg2+ doping (LFMP) as well as pure LiFePO4 (LFP) were also prepared and investigated. Microscopic observation and nitrogen sorption analysis have revealed the mesoporous morphologies of the as-prepared composites. X-ray diffraction (XRD) and Rietveld refinement data demonstrated that the Mg-doped LiFePO4 is a single olivine-type phase and well crystallized with shortened Fe-O and P-O bonds and a lengthened Li-O bond, resulting in an enhanced Li+ diffusion velocity. Electrochemical properties have also been investigated after assembling coin cells with the as-prepared composites as the cathode active materials. Remarkably, the G/LFMP composite has exhibited the best electrochemical properties, including fast lithium storage performance and excellent cycle stability. That is because the modification of graphene provided active sites for nuclei, restricted the in situ crystallite growth, increased the electronic conductivity and reduced the interface reaction current density, while, Mg2+ doping improved the intrinsically electronic and ionic transfer properties of LFP crystals. Moreover, in the G/LFMP composite, the graphene component plays the role of ``cushion'' as it could quickly realize capacity response, buffering the impact to LFMP under the conditions of high-rate charging or discharging, which results in a pre-eminent rate capability and cycling stability.In this work, mesoporous carbon-coated LiFePO4 nanocrystals further co

  2. Preliminary Evaluation of Techniques to Fabricate Beryllium, Polyimide, and Ge-doped CH/CD Ablator Materials

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    Cook, B; Letts, S; Nikroo, A; Nobile, A; McElfresh, M; Cooley, J; Alexander, D

    2004-11-08

    This report including appendices provides information to complete this deliverable. It summarizes the important features of each ablator material, with particular focus to its usefulness for ignition capsules. More detailed discussions of each ablator type are in the Appendix. Included at the end of each separate discussion in the Appendix is a list of all published work with an ICF focus on that ablator type. This report is organized into Be based and polymer (C) based ablators. We summarize status, outstanding issues, and how we plan to address them. Details are in the Appendix. For Be there are two fabrication routes, one by machining bulk pieces into hemi-shells which are then bonded together, and the other by sputtering Be with Cu dopant onto spherical plastic mandrels to build up a wall. This method allows for radial variation in the Cu dopant concentration, while the machining approach is best suited to a uniform doping level. For plastic, we have already made a down select, eliminating polyimide because its performance as an ablator has been seen to be significantly different from that predicted by simulations. The other polymer, GDP (glow discharge polymer or sometimes called plasma polymer) comes in both a normal (hydrogenated) and deuterated form. There are differences between them (besides the H or D) and these will be detailed. The choice between them will be determined in part by cryogenic measurement of the IR absorption spectrum of DT scheduled to occur in the next few months. An initial list of specifications for ignition targets exists. However these specifications are continuing to evolve. This is due to evolving plans for NIF's deliverable energy and to more refined design simulations. Many requirements are not well specified due to lack of knowledge of the effect on the implosion. These requirements include: grain size and texture, fill hole size, fill tube size, bond joint thickness, allowable porosity (size and number), diameter and wall

  3. Mesoporous carbon-coated LiFePO4 nanocrystals co-modified with graphene and Mg2+ doping as superior cathode materials for lithium ion batteries.

    PubMed

    Wang, Bo; Xu, Binghui; Liu, Tiefeng; Liu, Peng; Guo, Chenfeng; Wang, Shuo; Wang, Qiuming; Xiong, Zhigang; Wang, Dianlong; Zhao, X S

    2014-01-21

    In this work, mesoporous carbon-coated LiFePO4 nanocrystals further co-modified with graphene and Mg(2+) doping (G/LFMP) were synthesized by a modified rheological phase method to improve the speed of lithium storage as well as cycling stability. The mesoporous structure of LiFePO4 nanocrystals was designed and realized by introducing the bead milling technique, which assisted in forming sucrose-pyrolytic carbon nanoparticles as the template for generating mesopores. For comparison purposes, samples modified only with graphene (G/LFP) or Mg(2+) doping (LFMP) as well as pure LiFePO4 (LFP) were also prepared and investigated. Microscopic observation and nitrogen sorption analysis have revealed the mesoporous morphologies of the as-prepared composites. X-ray diffraction (XRD) and Rietveld refinement data demonstrated that the Mg-doped LiFePO4 is a single olivine-type phase and well crystallized with shortened Fe-O and P-O bonds and a lengthened Li-O bond, resulting in an enhanced Li(+) diffusion velocity. Electrochemical properties have also been investigated after assembling coin cells with the as-prepared composites as the cathode active materials. Remarkably, the G/LFMP composite has exhibited the best electrochemical properties, including fast lithium storage performance and excellent cycle stability. That is because the modification of graphene provided active sites for nuclei, restricted the in situ crystallite growth, increased the electronic conductivity and reduced the interface reaction current density, while, Mg(2+) doping improved the intrinsically electronic and ionic transfer properties of LFP crystals. Moreover, in the G/LFMP composite, the graphene component plays the role of "cushion" as it could quickly realize capacity response, buffering the impact to LFMP under the conditions of high-rate charging or discharging, which results in a pre-eminent rate capability and cycling stability. PMID:24287590

  4. Crystal growth and near infrared optical properties of Pr 3+ doped lead halide materials for resonantly pumped eye safe laser applications

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    Jones, Ivy Krystal

    In this dissertation the material development and optical spectroscopy of Pr3+ activated low phonon energy halide crystals is presented for possible applications in resonantly pumped eye-safe solid-state laser gain media. In the last twenty years, the developments in fiber and diode lasers have enabled highly efficient resonant pumping of Pr3+ doped crystals for possible lasing in the 1.6--1.7 microm region. In this work, the results of the purification, crystal growth, and near-infrared (NIR) spectroscopic characterization of Pr3+ doped lead (II) chloride, PbCl2 and lead (II) bromide, PbBr2 are presented. The investigated PbCl2 and PbBr2 crystals are non-hygroscopic with maximum phonon energies between ~180--200 cm-1, which enable efficient emission in the NIR spectral region (~ 1.6 microm) from the 3F3/3F4 → 3H4 transition of Pr3+ ions. The commercial available starting materials were purchased as ultra dry, high purity (~ 99.999 %) beads and purified through a combination of zone-refinement and halogenation. The crystal growth of Pr3+ doped PbCl 2 and PbBr2 was performed via vertical Bridgman technique using a two-zone furnace. The resulting Pr3+ doped PbCl 2 and PbBr2 crystals exhibited characteristic IR absorption bands in the 1.5--1.7 microm region (3H4 → 3F3/3F4), which allow for resonant pumping using commercial diode lasers. A broad IR emission band centered at ~1.6 microm was observed under ~1445 nm diode laser excitation from both Pr3+ doped halides. This dissertation presents comparative spectroscopic results for Pr 3+:PbCl2 and Pr3+:PbBr2 including NIR absorption and emission studies, lifetime measurements, modelling of radiative and non-radiative decay rates, determination of transition cross-section, and the net effective gain cross sections.

  5. High performance ceramic interconnect material for solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs): Ca- and transition metal-doped yttrium chromite

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    Yoon, Kyung Joong; Stevenson, Jeffrey W.; Marina, Olga A.

    2011-10-01

    The effect of transition metal substitution on thermal and electrical properties of Ca-doped yttrium chromite was investigated in relation to use as a ceramic interconnect in high temperature solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs). 10 at.% Co, 4 at.% Ni, and 1 at.% Cu substitution on B-site of 20 at.% Ca-doped yttrium chromite led to a close match of thermal expansion coefficient (TEC) with that of 8 mol% yttria-stabilized zirconia (YSZ), and a single phase Y0.8Ca0.2Cr0.85Co0.1Ni0.04Cu0.01O3 remained stable between 25 and 1100 °C over a wide oxygen partial pressure range. Doping with Cu significantly facilitated densification of yttrium chromite. Ni dopant improved both electrical conductivity and dimensional stability in reducing environments, likely through diminishing the oxygen vacancy formation. Substitution with Co substantially enhanced electrical conductivity in oxidizing atmosphere, which was attributed to an increase in charge carrier density and hopping mobility. Electrical conductivity of Y0.8Ca0.2Cr0.85Co0.1Ni0.04Cu0.01O3 at 900 °C is 57 S cm-1 in air and 11 S cm-1 in fuel (pO2 = 5 × 10-17 atm) environments. Chemical compatibility of doped yttrium chromite with other cell components was verified at the processing temperatures. Based on the chemical and dimensional stability, sinterability, and thermal and electrical properties, Y0.8Ca0.2Cr0.85Co0.1Ni0.04Cu0.01O3 is suggested as a promising SOFC ceramic interconnect to potentially overcome technical limitations of conventional acceptor-doped lanthanum chromites.

  6. High Performance Ceramic Interconnect Material for Solid Oxide Fuel Cells (SOFCs): Ca- and Transition Metal-doped Yttrium Chromite

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    Yoon, Kyung J.; Stevenson, Jeffry W.; Marina, Olga A.

    2011-10-15

    The effect of transition metal substitution on thermal and electrical properties of Ca-doped yttrium chromite was investigated in relation to use as a ceramic interconnect in high temperature solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs). 10 at% Co, 4 at% Ni, and 1 at% Cu substitution on B-site of 20 at% Ca-doped yttrium chromite led to a close match of thermal expansion coefficient (TEC) with that of 8 mol% yttria-stabilized zirconia (YSZ), and a single phase Y0.8Ca0.2Cr0.85Co0.1Ni0.04Cu0.01O3 remained stable between 25 and 1100 degree C over a wide oxygen partial pressure range. Doping with Cu significantly facilitated densification of yttrium chromite. Ni dopant improved both electrical conductivity and dimensional stability in reducing environments, likely through diminishing the oxygen vacancy formation. Substitution with Co substantially enhanced electrical conductivity in oxidizing atmosphere, which was attributed to an increase in charge carrier density and hopping mobility. Electrical conductivity of Y0.8Ca0.2Cr0.85Co0.1Ni0.04Cu0.01O3 at 900 degree C is 57 S/cm in air and 11 S/cm in fuel (pO2=5×10^-17 atm) environments. Chemical compatibility of doped yttrium chromite with other cell components was verified at the processing temperatures. Based on the chemical and dimensional stability, sinterability, and thermal and electrical properties, Y0.8Ca0.2Cr0.85Co0.1Ni0.04Cu0.01O3 is suggested as a promising SOFC ceramic interconnect to potentially overcome technical limitations of conventional acceptor-doped lanthanum chromites.

  7. New material for low-dose brachytherapy seeds: Xe-doped amorphous carbon films with post-growth neutron activated 125I.

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    Gonçalves, R G F; Pinheiro, M V B; Lacerda, R G; Ferlauto, A S; Ladeira, L O; Krambrock, K; Leal, A S; Viana, G A; Marques, F C

    2011-01-01

    We report a novel material for use in (125)I brachytherapy that consists of amorphous carbon films grown by ion-beam-assisted deposition and doped with Xe (5 at%) by implantation. Samples of these films grown on Si substrates were irradiated with neutrons in a TRIGA-I nuclear reactor for the production (125)Xe, and latter characterized by gamma spectroscopy. The results indicate that the (124)Xe was efficiently converted into (125)Xe, the precursor of (125)I, and support the activity calculations for a model brachytherapy seed. PMID:20729094

  8. Characterization of Fe-doped In-Sb-Te (Fe: 10 at.%) material with individual electrical-phase-change and magnetic properties

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    Lee, Young Mi; Dung, Dang Duc; Cho, Sunglae; Jung, Min Sang; Choi, Duck Kyun; Ahn, Docheon; Kim, Min Kyu; Kim, Jae-Young; Jung, Min-Cherl

    2011-06-01

    We propose a new electrical-phase-change magnetic material, namely Fe-doped In-Sb-Te (FIST), for possible non-volatile multi-bit memory applications. FIST was formed by typical co-sputter method with Fe 10 at.% doping in In3Sb1Te2. FIST offers the electrical-phase-change and magnetic properties by way of the change of In 4d chemical bonding density and embedded Fe nanoclusters with the size of 4˜5 nm, respectively. It maintained the amorphous phase on the electrical-phase-change. Chemical state of In was only changed to increase the density of In-In chemical bonding during the electrical-phase-change without Fe nanoclusters contribution. Also, the magnetic property by Fe nanoclusters was not changed by the electrical-phase-change. On this basis, we propose the FIST material with the individual electrical-phase-change and magnetic properties for the multi-bit nonvolatile memory materials.

  9. Fabrication of Fe-Doped LiCoO2 Sandwich-Like Nanocomposites as Excellent Performance Cathode Materials for Lithium-Ion Batteries.

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    Liu, Li; Zhang, Huijuan; Yang, Jiao; Mu, Yanping; Wang, Yu

    2015-12-21

    In this article, the two-layer sandwiched graphene@LiFe0.Co0.8O2 nanoparticles (SG@LFCO) have been prepared and investigated as high-rate and long-life cathode materials for rechargeable lithium-ion batteries. The materials possess a high-surface area (267.1 m(2) g(-1)) and lots of void spaces. By combining various favorable conditions, such as Fe doping, coating graphene, and designing novel morphology, the as-prepared materials deliver a specific capacity of 115 mAh g(-1) at 10 C. At the 0.1 C cycling rate, the capacity retention of 97.2% is sustained after 250 cycles and a coulombic efficiency of around 97.6% is obtained. PMID:26552860

  10. Doped graphene supercapacitors.

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    Kumar, Nanjundan Ashok; Baek, Jong-Beom

    2015-12-11

    Heteroatom-doped graphitic frameworks have received great attention in energy research, since doping endows graphitic structures with a wide spectrum of properties, especially critical for electrochemical supercapacitors, which tend to complement or compete with the current lithium-ion battery technology/devices. This article reviews the latest developments in the chemical modification/doping strategies of graphene and highlights the versatility of such heteroatom-doped graphitic structures. Their role as supercapacitor electrodes is discussed in detail. This review is specifically focused on the concept of material synthesis, techniques for electrode fabrication and metrics of performance, predominantly covering the last four years. Challenges and insights into the future research and perspectives on the development of novel electrode architectures for electrochemical supercapacitors based on doped graphene are also discussed. PMID:26574192

  11. Doped graphene supercapacitors

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    Ashok Kumar, Nanjundan; Baek, Jong-Beom

    2015-12-01

    Heteroatom-doped graphitic frameworks have received great attention in energy research, since doping endows graphitic structures with a wide spectrum of properties, especially critical for electrochemical supercapacitors, which tend to complement or compete with the current lithium-ion battery technology/devices. This article reviews the latest developments in the chemical modification/doping strategies of graphene and highlights the versatility of such heteroatom-doped graphitic structures. Their role as supercapacitor electrodes is discussed in detail. This review is specifically focused on the concept of material synthesis, techniques for electrode fabrication and metrics of performance, predominantly covering the last four years. Challenges and insights into the future research and perspectives on the development of novel electrode architectures for electrochemical supercapacitors based on doped graphene are also discussed.

  12. Na(+) doping induced changes in the reduction and charge transport characteristics of Al2O3-stabilized, CuO-based materials for CO2 capture.

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    Imtiaz, Q; Abdala, P M; Kierzkowska, A M; van Beek, W; Schweiger, S; Rupp, J L M; Müller, C R

    2016-04-28

    Chemical looping combustion (CLC) and chemical looping with oxygen uncoupling (CLOU) are emerging CO2 capture technologies that could reduce appreciably the costs associated with the capture of CO2. In CLC and CLOU, the oxygen required to combust a hydrocarbon is provided by a solid oxygen carrier. Among the transition metal oxides typically considered for CLC and CLOU, copper oxide (CuO) stands out owing to its high oxygen carrying capacity, exothermic reduction reactions and fast reduction kinetics. However, the low Tammann (sintering) temperature of CuO is a serious drawback. In this context, it has been proposed to support CuO on high Tammann temperature and low cost alumina (Al2O3), thus, reducing the morphological changes occurring over multiple CLC or CLOU redox cycles and stabilizing, in turn, the high activity of CuO. However, in CuO-Al2O3 systems, phase stabilization and avoiding the formation of the CuAl2O4 spinel is key to obtaining a material with a high redox stability and activity. Here, we report a Na(+) doping strategy to phase stabilize Al2O3-supported CuO, yielding in turn an inexpensive material with a high redox stability and CO2 capture efficiency. We also demonstrate that doping CuO-Al2O3 with Na(+) improves the oxygen uncoupling characteristics and coke resistance of the oxygen carriers. Utilizing in situ and ex situ X-ray absorption spectroscopy (XAS), the local structure of Cu and the reduction pathways of CuO were determined as a function of the Na(+) content and cycle number. Finally, using 4-point conductivity measurements, we confirm that doping of Al2O3-supported CuO with Na(+) lowers the activation energy for charge transport explaining conclusively the improved redox characteristics of the new oxygen carriers developed. PMID:27080470

  13. High-performance tin oxide-nitrogen doped graphene aerogel hybrids as anode materials for lithium-ion batteries

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    Tan, Chunhui; Cao, Jing; Khattak, Abdul Muqsit; Cai, Feipeng; Jiang, Bo; Yang, Gai; Hu, Suqin

    2014-12-01

    Tin dioxide nanoparticles on nitrogen doped graphene aerogel (SnO2-NGA) hybrid are synthesized by one-step hydrothermal method and successfully applied in lithium-ion batteries as a free-standing anode. The electrochemical performance of SnO2-NGA hybrid is investigated by galvanostatic charge-discharge cycling, rate capability test, cyclic voltammetry and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy. It is found that the SnO2-NGA hybrid with freestanding spongy-like structure exhibit remarkable lithium storage capacity (1100 mAh g-1 after 100 cycles), good cycling stability and high rate capability. The outstanding performance is attributed to the uniform SnO2 nanoparticles, unique spongy-like structure and N doping defect for Li+ diffusion.

  14. NH3 assisted photoreduction and N-doping of graphene oxide for high performance electrode materials in supercapacitors

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    Huang, Haifu; Luo, Guangsheng; Xu, Lianqiang; Lei, Chenglong; Tang, Yanmei; Tang, Shaolong; Du, Youwei

    2015-01-01

    Nitrogen-doped graphene was synthesized by simple photoreduction of graphene oxide (GO) deposited on nickel foam under NH3 atmosphere. The combination of photoreduction and NH3 not only reduces the GO in a shorter time but also induces nitrogen doping easily. The nitrogen doped content of N-rGO@NF reaches a high of 5.99 at% with 15 min of irradiation. The nitrogen-doped graphene deposited on Ni foam (N-rGO@NF) can be directly used as an electrode for supercapacitors, without any conductive agents and polymer binders. In the electrochemical measurement, N-rGO@NF displays remarkable electrochemical performance. In particular, the N-rGO@NF irradiated for 45 min at a high current density of 92.3 A g-1 retained about 77% (190.4 F g-1) of its initial specific capacitance (247.1 F g-1 at 0.31 A g-1). Furthermore, the stable voltage window could be extended to 2.0 and 1.5 V by using Li2SO4 and a mixed Li2SO4/KOH electrolyte, and the maximum energy density was high up to 32.6 and 21.2 Wh kg-1, respectively. The results show that compared to Li2SO4, a mixed electrolyte (Li2SO4/KOH) more efficiently balances the relationship between the high energy densities and high power densities.Nitrogen-doped graphene was synthesized by simple photoreduction of graphene oxide (GO) deposited on nickel foam under NH3 atmosphere. The combination of photoreduction and NH3 not only reduces the GO in a shorter time but also induces nitrogen doping easily. The nitrogen doped content of N-rGO@NF reaches a high of 5.99 at% with 15 min of irradiation. The nitrogen-doped graphene deposited on Ni foam (N-rGO@NF) can be directly used as an electrode for supercapacitors, without any conductive agents and polymer binders. In the electrochemical measurement, N-rGO@NF displays remarkable electrochemical performance. In particular, the N-rGO@NF irradiated for 45 min at a high current density of 92.3 A g-1 retained about 77% (190.4 F g-1) of its initial specific capacitance (247.1 F g-1 at 0.31 A g-1

  15. Preparation and characterization of Cu-doped TiO2 materials for electrochemical, photoelectrochemical, and photocatalytic applications

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    Ganesh, Ibram; Kumar, Polkampally P.; Annapoorna, Ibram; Sumliner, Jordan M.; Ramakrishna, Mantripragada; Hebalkar, Neha Y.; Padmanabham, Gade; Sundararajan, Govindan

    2014-02-01

    The Cu-doped TiO2 (Cu = 0-50 wt.%) powders and thin films were prepared by following a homogeneous co-precipitation method and sol-gel dip-coating technique, respectively, and were treated through 400-800 °C, and then thoroughly investigated by following various characterization techniques. The characterization results suggest that the pure TiO2 powder formed at 550 °C is in rutile phase, whereas the 0.1-10 wt.% Cu-doped TiO2 powders formed at 550 °C are mainly in anatase phase. These latter powders possess low band-gap energies (3.247-3.265 eV) and flat-band potentials amenable to water oxidation reaction. The 0.5-wt.% Cu-doped TiO2 thin film formed at 550 °C exhibited n-type semiconducting behavior and considerable photocurrent among various investigated powders. The CO2 reduction with a Faradaic efficiency of 82% and ˜ 96% CO selectivity in a two-compartment electrochemical cell was noted at -2500 mV (vs. Ag/Ag+) on pre-reduced (at -2000 mV vs. Ag/AgCl) 50 wt.% Cu-doped TiO2 thin film electrode in conjunction with an ionic liquid. The UV-light-induced TiO2 was found to be responsible for photocatalytic methylene blue (MB) degradation, and TiO2 is not sensitized by MB. The in situ formed compounds of TiO2 and CuO/Cu2O were found to absorb visible light, but showed little visible-light-induced photocatalytic activity.

  16. Ge and B doped collapsed photonic crystal optical fibre, a potential TLD material for low dose measurements

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    Rozaila, Z. Siti; Alyahyawi, Amjad; Khandaker, M. U.; Amin, Y. M.; Bradley, D. A.; Maah, M. J.

    2016-09-01

    Offering a number of advantageous features, tailor-made silica-based fibres are attracting attention as thermoluminesence (TL) dosimeters. We have performed a detailed study of the TL properties of Ge-doped and Ge-B-doped collapsed photonic crystal fibres (PCFc), most particularly with regard to their potential use for the environmental and X-ray diagnostic dose monitoring. Extrinsic doping and defects generated by strain at the fused inner walls of the collapsed fibres result in the PCFc-Ge-B and PCFc-Ge fibres producing markedly greater TL response than that of the phosphor-based dosimeter TLD-100, by some 9 and 7×, respectively. The linearity of TL yield has been investigated for X-ray doses from 0.5 mGy to 10 mGy. For a dose of 1 Gy, the energy response of the PCFs and TLD-100 has been studied using X-rays generated at accelerating potentials from 20 kVp through to 200 kVp and for the 1.25 MeV mean gamma-ray energy from 60Co. The effective atomic number , Zeffof PCFc-Ge and PCFc-Ge-B was estimated to be 12.5 and 14.4, respectively. Some 35 days post-irradiation, fading of the stored TL signal from PCFc-Ge-B and PCFc-Ge were found to be ∼15% and 20% respectively, with mean loss in TL emission of 0.4-0.5% per day. The present doped-silica collapsed PCFs provide greatly improved TLD performance compared to that of previous fibre designs and phosphor-based TLD-100.

  17. Nitrogen-doped carbon nanotubes with metal nanoparticles as counter electrode materials for dye-sensitized solar cells.

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    Xing, Yedi; Zheng, Xiaojia; Wu, Yihui; Li, Mingrun; Zhang, Wen-Hua; Li, Can

    2015-05-11

    Nitrogen-doped carbon nanotubes decorated with Co and Ni metal nanoparticles were assessed as counter electrodes (CEs) of dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs). These composites show good electrocatalytic activity toward the counter electrode reduction reaction (I3(-)→ I(-)) in DSSCs. The resulting devices using these composites as CEs display photovoltaic performance as good as, or even better than Pt-based devices, indicating their potential for application in DSSCs. PMID:25873228

  18. Novel Na(+) doped Alq3 hybrid materials for organic light-emitting diode (OLED) devices and flat panel displays.

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    Bhagat, S A; Borghate, S V; Kalyani, N Thejo; Dhoble, S J

    2015-05-01

    Pure and Na(+) -doped Alq3 complexes were synthesized by a simple precipitation method at room temperature, maintaining a stoichiometric ratio. These complexes were characterized by X-ray diffraction, Fourier transform infrared (FTIR), UV/Vis absorption and photoluminescence (PL) spectra. The X-ray diffractogram exhibits well-resolved peaks, revealing the crystalline nature of the synthesized complexes, FTIR confirms the molecular structure and the completion of quinoline ring formation in the metal complex. UV/Vis absorption and PL spectra of sodium-doped Alq3 complexes exhibit high emission intensity in comparison with Alq3 phosphor, proving that when doped in Alq3 , Na(+) enhances PL emission intensity. The excitation spectra of the synthesized complexes lie in the range 242-457 nm when weak shoulders are also considered. Because the sharp excitation peak falls in the blue region of visible radiation, the complexes can be employed for blue chip excitation. The emission wavelength of all the synthesized complexes lies in the bluish green/green region ranging between 485 and 531 nm. The intensity of the emission wavelength was found to be elevated when Na(+) is doped into Alq3 . Because both the excitation and emission wavelengths fall in the visible region of electromagnetic radiation, these phosphors can also be employed to improve the power conversion efficiency of photovoltaic cells by using the solar spectral conversion principle. Thus, the synthesized phosphors can be used as bluish green/green light-emitting phosphors for organic light-emitting diodes, flat panel displays, solid-state lighting technology - a step towards the desire to reduce energy consumption and generate pollution free light. PMID:25045087

  19. Er3+ doped germanate-tellurite glass for mid-infrared 2.7 μm fiber laser material

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    Lu, Yu; Cai, Muzhi; Cao, Ruijie; Qian, Shan; Xu, Shiqing; Zhang, Junjie

    2016-03-01

    2.7 μm fluorescence has been achieved in the different concentration Er3+ doped germanate-tellurite glasses. The germanate-tellurite glass shows a good thermal stability and Fourier transform infrared spectra indicates that the mid-infrared transmission spectra performance is good. Based on the measured absorption spectra, the Judd-Ofelt parameters were calculated and discussed. Moreover, the emission spectra of Er3+ doped glasses show that the emission intensity at ~2.7 μm reaches a maximal value and no obvious concentration quenching phenomenon happens even if the ErF3-doping concentration is 1.5 mol%. In addition, the 2.7 μm radiative transition probability and emission cross section is 35.57 s-1 and 13.87×10-21 cm2 corresponding to the Er3+:4I11/2→4I13/2 transition and superior gain performance was also obtained from the prepared glass. Meanwhile, energy transfer mechanism has been investigated in detail. Hence, the spectroscopic characteristics as well as the good thermal property indicate that this kind of glass is an attractive host for developing mid-infrared fiber laser.

  20. Prediction of the band structures of Bi2Te3-related binary and Sb/Se-doped ternary thermoelectric materials

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    Ryu, Byungki; Kim, Bong-Seo; Lee, Ji Eun; Joo, Sung-Jae; Min, Bok-Ki; Lee, HeeWoong; Park, Sudong; Oh, Min-Wook

    2016-01-01

    Density functional calculations are performed to study the band structures of Bi2Te3-related binary (Bi2Te3, Sb2Te3, Bi2Se3, and Sb2Se3) and Sb/Se-doped ternary compounds [(Bi1- x Sb x )2Te3 and Bi2(Te1- y Se y )3]. The band gap was found to be increased by Sb doping and to be monotonically increased by Se doping. In ternary compounds, the change in the conduction band structure is more significant as compared to the change in the valence band structure. The band degeneracy of the valence band maximum is maintained at 6 in binaries and ternaries. However, when going from Bi2Te3 to Sb2Te3 (Bi2Se3), the degeneracy of the conduction band minimum is reduced from 6 to 2(1). Based on the results for the band structures, we suggest suitable stoichiometries of ternary compounds for high thermoelectric performance.

  1. Doping semiconductor nanocrystals.

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    Erwin, Steven C; Zu, Lijun; Haftel, Michael I; Efros, Alexander L; Kennedy, Thomas A; Norris, David J

    2005-07-01

    Doping--the intentional introduction of impurities into a material--is fundamental to controlling the properties of bulk semiconductors. This has stimulated similar efforts to dope semiconductor nanocrystals. Despite some successes, many of these efforts have failed, for reasons that remain unclear. For example, Mn can be incorporated into nanocrystals of CdS and ZnSe (refs 7-9), but not into CdSe (ref. 12)--despite comparable bulk solubilities of near 50 per cent. These difficulties, which have hindered development of new nanocrystalline materials, are often attributed to 'self-purification', an allegedly intrinsic mechanism whereby impurities are expelled. Here we show instead that the underlying mechanism that controls doping is the initial adsorption of impurities on the nanocrystal surface during growth. We find that adsorption--and therefore doping efficiency--is determined by three main factors: surface morphology, nanocrystal shape, and surfactants in the growth solution. Calculated Mn adsorption energies and equilibrium shapes for several nanocrystals lead to specific doping predictions. These are confirmed by measuring how the Mn concentration in ZnSe varies with nanocrystal size and shape. Finally, we use our predictions to incorporate Mn into previously undopable CdSe nanocrystals. This success establishes that earlier difficulties with doping are not intrinsic, and suggests that a variety of doped nanocrystals--for applications from solar cells to spintronics--can be anticipated. PMID:16001066

  2. Fluorine-doped nanocrystalline SnO{sub 2} powders prepared via a single molecular precursor method as anode materials for Li-ion batteries

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    Ha, Hyung-Wook; Kim, Keon . E-mail: kkim@korea.ac.kr; Borniol, Mervyn de; Toupance, Thierry . E-mail: t.toupance@lcoo.u-bordeaux1.fr

    2006-03-15

    Fluorine-doped nanocrystalline tin dioxide materials (F:SnO{sub 2}) have been successfully prepared by the sol-gel process from a single molecular precursor followed by a thermal treatment at 450-650 deg. C. The resulting materials were characterized by FTIR spectroscopy, powder X-ray diffraction, nitrogen adsorption porosimetry (BET) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). The mean particle size increased from 5 to 20 nm and the specific surface area decreased from 123 to 37 m{sup 2}/g as the temperature of heat treatment was risen from 450 to 650 deg. C. Fluorine-doped nanocrystalline SnO{sub 2} exhibited capacity of 560, 502, and 702 mA h/g with 48%, 50%, and 40% capacity retention after 25 cycles between 1.2 V and 50 mV at the rate of 25 mA/g, respectively. In comparison, commercial SnO{sub 2} showed an initial capacity of 388 mA h/g, with only 23% capacity retention after 25 cycles.

  3. Fluorine-doped nanocrystalline SnO 2 powders prepared via a single molecular precursor method as anode materials for Li-ion batteries

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    Ha, Hyung-Wook; Kim, Keon; Borniol, Mervyn de; Toupance, Thierry

    2006-03-01

    Fluorine-doped nanocrystalline tin dioxide materials (F:SnO 2) have been successfully prepared by the sol-gel process from a single molecular precursor followed by a thermal treatment at 450-650 °C. The resulting materials were characterized by FTIR spectroscopy, powder X-ray diffraction, nitrogen adsorption porosimetry (BET) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). The mean particle size increased from 5 to 20 nm and the specific surface area decreased from 123 to 37 m 2/g as the temperature of heat treatment was risen from 450 to 650 °C. Fluorine-doped nanocrystalline SnO 2 exhibited capacity of 560, 502, and 702 mA h/g with 48%, 50%, and 40% capacity retention after 25 cycles between 1.2 V and 50 mV at the rate of 25 mA/g, respectively. In comparison, commercial SnO 2 showed an initial capacity of 388 mA h/g, with only 23% capacity retention after 25 cycles.

  4. Earth Abundant Iron-Rich N-Doped Graphene Based Spacer and Cavity Materials for Surface Plasmon-Coupled Emission Enhancements.

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    Srinivasan, Venkatesh; Vernekar, Dnyanesh; Jaiswal, Garima; Jagadeesan, Dinesh; Ramamurthy, Sai Sathish

    2016-05-18

    We demonstrate for the first time the use of Fe-based nanoparticles on N-doped graphene as spacer and cavity materials and study their plasmonic effect on the spontaneous emission of a radiating dipole. Fe-C-MF was produced by pyrolizing FeOOH and melamine formaldehyde precursor on graphene, while Fe-C-PH was produced by pyrolizing the Fe-phenanthroline complex on graphene. The use of the Fe-C-MF composite consisting of Fe-rich crystalline phases supported on N-doped graphene presented a spacer material with 116-fold fluorescence enhancements. On the other hand, the Fe-C-PH/Ag based cavity resulted in an 82-fold enhancement in Surface Plasmon-Coupled Emission (SPCE), with high directionality and polarization of Rhodamine 6G (Rh6G) emission owing to Casimir and Purcell effects. The use of a mobile phone as a cost-effective fluorescence detection device in the present work opens up a flexible perspective for the study of different nanomaterials as tunable substrates in cavity mode and spacer applications. PMID:27128348

  5. Characterizations and electrochemical performance of pure and metal-doped Li{sub 4}Ti{sub 5}O{sub 12} for anode materials of lithium-ion batteries

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    Jeong, Euh Duck; Han, Hyun Ju; Jung, Ok Sang; Ha, Myoung Gyu; Doh, Chil Hoon; Hwang, Min Ji; Yang, Ho-Soon; Hong, K.S.

    2012-10-15

    Pure and metal (Cu, Al, Sn, and V)-doped Li{sub 4}Ti{sub 5}O{sub 12} powders are prepared with solid-state reaction method. The effects of dopants on the physical and electrochemical properties are characterized by using TGA, XRD, and SEM. Compared with pure Li{sub 4}Ti{sub 5}O{sub 12}, metal-doped Li{sub 4}Ti{sub 5}O{sub 12} powders show structural stability and enhanced lithium ion diffusivity brought by doped metal ions. Voltage characteristics and initial charge–discharge characteristics according to the C rates in pure and metal-doped Li{sub 4}Ti{sub 5}O{sub 12} electrode materials are studied. Pure Li{sub 4}Ti{sub 5}O{sub 12} powder shows a relatively good discharge capacity of 164 mAh/g at a rate 0.2C, and some of metal-doped Li{sub 4}Ti{sub 5}O{sub 12} powders show higher discharge capacities. Metal-doped Li{sub 4}Ti{sub 5}O{sub 12} powders are promising candidates as anode materials for lithium-ion batteries.

  6. Preparation of fluorine-doped, carbon-encapsulated hollow Fe3O4 spheres as an efficient anode material for Li-ion batteries

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    Geng, Hongbo; Zhou, Qun; Pan, Yue; Gu, Hongwei; Zheng, Junwei

    2014-03-01

    Herein we report the design and synthesis of fluorine-doped, carbon-encapsulated hollow Fe3O4 spheres (h-Fe3O4@C/F) through mild heating of polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF)-coated hollow Fe3O4 spheres. The spheres exhibit enhanced cyclic and rate performances. The as-prepared h-Fe3O4@C/F shows significantly improved electrochemical performance, with high reversible capacities of over 930 mA h g-1 at a rate of 0.1 C after 70 cycles, 800 mA h g-1 at a rate of 0.5 C after 120 cycles and 620 mA h g-1 at a rate of 1 C after 200 cycles. This improved lithium storage performance is mainly ascribed to the encapsulation of the spheres with fluorine-doped carbon, which not only improves the reaction kinetics and stability of the solid electrolyte interface film but also prevents aggregation and drastic volume change of the Fe3O4 particles. These spheres thus represent a promising anode material in lithium-ion battery applications.Herein we report the design and synthesis of fluorine-doped, carbon-encapsulated hollow Fe3O4 spheres (h-Fe3O4@C/F) through mild heating of polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF)-coated hollow Fe3O4 spheres. The spheres exhibit enhanced cyclic and rate performances. The as-prepared h-Fe3O4@C/F shows significantly improved electrochemical performance, with high reversible capacities of over 930 mA h g-1 at a rate of 0.1 C after 70 cycles, 800 mA h g-1 at a rate of 0.5 C after 120 cycles and 620 mA h g-1 at a rate of 1 C after 200 cycles. This improved lithium storage performance is mainly ascribed to the encapsulation of the spheres with fluorine-doped carbon, which not only improves the reaction kinetics and stability of the solid electrolyte interface film but also prevents aggregation and drastic volume change of the Fe3O4 particles. These spheres thus represent a promising anode material in lithium-ion battery applications. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available: Additional TGA, SEM, TEM, HRTEM, EDX spectra and elemental mapping, XRD and

  7. Preparation and properties of ceramic interconnecting materials, La 0.7Ca 0.3CrO 3- δ doped with GDC for IT-SOFCs

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    Zhou, Xiaoliang; Ma, Jianjun; Deng, Feijun; Meng, Guangyao; Liu, Xingqin

    One of the challenges for improving the performance and cost-effectiveness of solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs) is the development of effective interconnect materials. A widely used interconnect ceramic for SOFCs is doped lanthanum chromite. In this paper, we report a doped lanthanum chromite, La 0.7Ca 0.3CrO 3- δ (LCC) + x wt.% Gd 0.2Ce 0.8O 1.9 (GDC) (x = 0-10), with improved electrical conductivity and sintering capability. In this composite material system, LCC + GDC were prepared by an auto-ignition process and the electrical conductivity was characterized in air and in H 2. The LCC powders exhibited a better sintering ability and could reach a 94.7% relative density at 1400 °C for 4 h in air and with the increase of GDC content the relative density increased, reached 98.5% when the GDC content was up to 10 wt.%. The electrical conductivity of the samples dramatically increased with GDC addition until a maximum of 134.48 S cm -1 in air at 900 °C when the materials contained 3 wt.% GDC. This is 5.5 times higher than pure LCC (24.63 S cm -1). For the sample with a 1 wt.% GDC content, the conductivity in pure H 2 at 900 °C was a maximum 5.45 S cm -1, which is also higher than that of pure LCC ceramics (4.72 S cm -1). The average thermal expansion coefficient (TEC) increased with the increase of GDC content, ranging from 11.12 to 14.32 × 10 -6 K -1, the majority of which unfortunately did not match that of 8YSZ. The oxygen permeation measurement presented a negligible oxygen ionic conduction, indicating that it is still an electronically conducting ceramic. Therefore, it is a very promising interconnect material for higher performance and cost-effectiveness for SOFCs.

  8. First-principles study on doping and temperature dependence of thermoelectric property of Bi{sub 2}S{sub 3} thermoelectric material

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    Guo, Donglin; Hu, Chenguo; Zhang, Cuiling

    2013-05-15

    Graphical abstract: The direction-induced ZT is found. At ZZ direction and n = 1.47 × 10{sup 19} cm{sup −3}, the ZT can reach maximal value, 0.36, which is three times as much as maximal laboratorial value. This result matches well the analysis of electron effective mass. Highlights: ► Electrical transportations of Bi{sub 2}S{sub 3} depend on the concentration and temperature. ► The direction-induced ZT is found. ► At ZZ direction and n = 1.47 × 10{sup 19} cm{sup −3}, the ZT can reach maximal value, 0.36. ► The maximal ZT value is three times as much as maximal laboratorial value. ► By doping and temperature tuning, Bi{sub 2}S{sub 3} is a promising thermoelectric material. - Abstract: The electronic structure and thermoelectric property of Bi{sub 2}S{sub 3} are investigated. The electron and hole effective mass of Bi{sub 2}S{sub 3} is analyzed in detail, from which we find that the thermoelectric transportation varies in different directions in Bi{sub 2}S{sub 3} crystal. Along ac plane the higher figure of merit (ZT) could be achieved. For n-type doped Bi{sub 2}S{sub 3}, the optimal doping concentration is found in the range of (1.0–5.0) × 10{sup 19} cm{sup −3}, in which the maximal ZT reaches 0.21 at 900 K, but along ZZ direction, the maximal ZT reaches 0.36. These findings provide a new understanding of thermoelectricity-dependent structure factors and improving ZT ways. The donor concentration N increases as T increases at one bar of pressure under a suitable chemical potential μ, but above this chemical potential μ, the donor concentration N keeps a constant.

  9. Double Rare-Earth Oxides Co-doped Strontium Zirconate as a New Thermal Barrier Coating Material

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    Ma, Wen; Wang, Dongxing; Dong, Hongying; Lun, Wenshan; He, Weiyan; Zheng, Xuebin

    2013-03-01

    Y2O3 and Yb2O3 co-doped strontium zirconate with chemistry of Sr(Zr0.9Y0.05Yb0.05)O2.95 (SZYY) was synthesized and had a minor second phase of Yb2O3. The SZYY showed good phase stability not only from room temperature to 1400 °C but also at high temperature of 1450 °C for a long period, analyzed by thermogravimetry-differential scanning calorimetry and x-ray diffraction, respectively. The coefficients of thermal expansion (CTEs) of the sintered bulk SZYY were recorded by a high-temperature dilatometer and revealed a positive influence on phase transitions of SrZrO3 by co-doping with Y2O3 and Yb2O3. The thermal conductivities of SZYY were at least ~30% lower in contrast to that of SrZrO3 and 8YSZ in the whole tested temperature range. Good chemical compatibility was observed for SZYY with 8YSZ or Al2O3 powders after a 24 h heat treatment at 1250 °C. The phase stability and the microstructure evolution of the as-sprayed SZYY coating during annealing at 1400 °C were also investigated.

  10. Preparation of V-Doped LiFePO4/C as the Optimized Cathode Material for Lithium Ion Batteries.

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    Sun, Pingping; Zhang, Haiyang; Shen, Kai; Fan, Qi; Xu, Qingyu

    2015-04-01

    LiFe1-x,Vx,PO4/C composites were synthesized by solid state reaction. The effect of carbon coating and V doping on the performance of LiFePO4 has been systematically investigated by X-ray diffraction (XRD), Raman spectroscopy, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), transmission electron microscope (TEM), charge/discharge and cyclic voltammetry (CV) measurement. The results show that carbon coating and proper amount of V incorporation do not significantly change the host crystal structure of LiFePO4, while the electrochemical performance of LiFePO4 can be significantly improved. Particularly, the LiFe0.96V0.04PO4/C exhibits the best performance with a specific discharge capacity of 105.5 mA h/g at 5.0 C, 90.3 mA h/g at 10 C and 66.7 mA h/g at 30 C with stable cycle performance, which is significantly improved compared with the pure LiFePO4/C. The cyclic voltammograms result reveals that V doping could decrease the resistance of LiFePO4/C composite electrode drastically and improve its reversibility. PMID:26353479

  11. Nitrogen-doped graphene/sulfur composite as cathode material for high capacity lithium-sulfur batteries

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    Wang, Xiwen; Zhang, Zhian; Qu, Yaohui; Lai, Yanqing; Li, Jie

    2014-06-01

    Two types of nitrogen-doped graphene sheets (NGS) synthesized by a facile hydrothermal method are used to immobilize sulfur via an in situ sulfur deposition route. The structure and composition of the prepared nitrogen doped graphene/sulfur (NGS/S) composites are confirmed with X-ray diffraction (XRD), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and Raman spectroscopy. Scanning electron microscope (SEM) and Transmission electron microscope (TEM) images shows the porous sulfur particles are well wrapped by NGS. Compared with graphene/sulfur (GS/S) composite, the NGS-1/S composite with high loading (80 wt%) of sulfur presents a remarkably higher reversible capacity (1356.8 mAh g-1 at 0.1 C) and long cycle stability (578.5 mAh g-1 remaining at 1 C up to 500 cycles). Pyridinic-N rich NGS-1/S exhibits a better electrochemical performance than pyrrolic-N enriched NGS-2/S. The improvement of electrochemical properties could be attributed to the chemical interaction between the nitrogen functionalities on the surface of NGS and polysulfide as well as the enhanced electronic conductivity of the carbon matrix.

  12. Improving the electrochemical properties of Al, Zr Co-doped Li4Ti5O12 as a lithium-ion battery anode material

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    Park, Jung Soo; Baek, Seong-Ho; Park, Yiseul; Kim, Jae Hyun

    2014-05-01

    Li4Ti5O12 and Al3+, Zr4+ co-doped Li(4- x/3)Al x Ti(5-5 x/3)Zr x O12 ( x = 0.01, 0.05, 0.1, 0.15, 0.2) were synthesized at 950 °C via a solid state reaction by using rutile TiO2, Li2 CO3, and Al2O3 as precursors for the anode material of a lithium-ion battery. The average particle sizes of Li(4- x/3)Al x Ti(5-5 x/3)Zr x O12 ( x = 0, 0.01, 0.05, 0.1, 0.15, 0.2) range from 700 to 1200 nm. The particle sizes of pure Li4Ti5O12 and Al3+, Zr4+ co-doped Li4Ti5O12 were not obviously different, but did result in a shift in the (111) peak in X-ray diffraction. Li(4- x/3)Al x Ti(5-5 x/3)Zr x O12 ( x = 0.01) exhibits an excellent rate capability with a reversible capacity of 127.7 mAh/g at a 5 C-rate and even 113.1 mAh/g at a 10 C-rate. The capacity retention was improved remarkably compared to that for an undoped anode when discharged at a high C- rate.

  13. Preparation of fluorine-doped, carbon-encapsulated hollow Fe3O4 spheres as an efficient anode material for Li-ion batteries.

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    Geng, Hongbo; Zhou, Qun; Pan, Yue; Gu, Hongwei; Zheng, Junwei

    2014-04-01

    Herein we report the design and synthesis of fluorine-doped, carbon-encapsulated hollow Fe3O4 spheres (h-Fe3O4@C/F) through mild heating of polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF)-coated hollow Fe3O4 spheres. The spheres exhibit enhanced cyclic and rate performances. The as-prepared h-Fe3O4@C/F shows significantly improved electrochemical performance, with high reversible capacities of over 930 mA h g(-1) at a rate of 0.1 C after 70 cycles, 800 mA h g(-1) at a rate of 0.5 C after 120 cycles and 620 mA h g(-1) at a rate of 1 C after 200 cycles. This improved lithium storage performance is mainly ascribed to the encapsulation of the spheres with fluorine-doped carbon, which not only improves the reaction kinetics and stability of the solid electrolyte interface film but also prevents aggregation and drastic volume change of the Fe3O4 particles. These spheres thus represent a promising anode material in lithium-ion battery applications. PMID:24598908

  14. Improved performance of dye sensitized solar cells using Cu-doped TiO2 as photoanode materials: Band edge movement study by spectroelectrochemistry

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    Zhou, Li; Wei, Liguo; Yang, Yulin; Xia, Xue; Wang, Ping; Yu, Jia; Luan, Tianzhu

    2016-08-01

    Cu-doped TiO2 nanoparticles are prepared and used as semiconductor materials of photoanode to improve the performance of dye sensitized solar cells (DSSCs). UV-Vis spectroscopy and variable temperature spectroelectrochemistry study are used to characterize the influence of copper dopant with different concentrations on the band gap energies of TiO2 nanoparticles. The prepared Cu-doped TiO2 semiconductor has avoided the formation of CuO during hydrothermal process and lowered the conduction band position of TiO2, which contribute to increase the short circuit current density of DSSCs. At the optimum Cu concentration of 1.0 at.%, the short circuit current density increased from 12.54 to 14.98 mA cm-2, full sun solar power conversion efficiencies increased from 5.58% up to 6.71% as compared to the blank DSSC. This showed that the presence of copper in DSSCs leads to improvements of up to 20% in the conversion efficiency of DSSCs.

  15. Control of point defects and grain boundaries in advanced materials. Optical properties and diffusion induced by Li doping in ZnO

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    Nakagawa, Tsubasa; Sakaguchi, Isao; Matsunaga, Katsuyuki; Yamamoto, Takahisa; Haneda, Hajime; Ikuhara, Yuichi

    2005-05-01

    Nickel diffusion in non-doped and Li-doped polycrystalline ZnO was studied to investigate the dominant lattice defect introduced by the reaction of incorporated Li. Li-doped ZnO exhibited new emission at 393 nm. Li doping increased the Ni lattice diffusion coefficients in ZnO, but its effect on Ni grain boundary diffusion was very small. These results can be understood as Li incorporation in the ZnO lattice.

  16. Podlike N-doped carbon nanotubes encapsulating FeNi alloy nanoparticles: high-performance counter electrode materials for dye-sensitized solar cells.

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    Zheng, Xiaojia; Deng, Jiao; Wang, Nan; Deng, Dehui; Zhang, Wen-Hua; Bao, Xinhe; Li, Can

    2014-07-01

    Podlike nitrogen-doped carbon nanotubes encapsulating FeNi alloy nanoparticles (Pod(N)-FeNi) were prepared by the direct pyrolysis of organometallic precursors. Cyclic voltammetry (CV), electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS), and Tafel polarization measurements revealed their excellent electrocatalytic activities in the I(-)/I3(-) redox reaction of dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs). This is suggested to arise from the modification of the surface electronic properties of the carbon by the encapsulated metal alloy nanoparticles (NPs). Sequential scanning with EIS and CV further showed the high electrochemical stability of the Pod(N)-FeNi composite. DSSCs with Pod(N)-FeNi as the counter electrode (CE) presented a power conversion efficiency of 8.82%, which is superior to that of the control device with sputtered Pt as the CE. The Pod(N)-FeNi composite thus shows promise as an environmentally friendly, low-cost, and highly efficient CE material for DSSCs. PMID:24800923

  17. Computational nano-materials design of self-organized nanostructures by spinodal nano-decomposition in Eu-doped GaN

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    Masago, Akira; Fukushima, Tetsuya; Sato, Kazunori; Katayama-Yoshida, Hiroshi

    2016-07-01

    We propose that nanostructures spontaneously generated by spinodal decomposition can be used as an efficiently luminescent material. The doping of Eu into GaN beyond the solubility limit forms EuN nanostructures, whose forms depend on the crystal growth method and conditions. The three-dimensional crystal growth generates the Dairiseki phase constructed of EuN quantum dots. These nanostructures are suitable for emission of red light and laser. The two-dimensional layer-by-layer crystal growth leads to the Konbu phase consisting of nanorods. The Konbu phase can be applied to the bottom-up construction of distributed feedback semiconductor lasers, which is currently built by the top-down nanotechnology such as photolithography.

  18. Generalized formula for continuous-wave end-pumped Yb-doped material amplifier gain and laser output power in various pumping configurations.

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    Bourdet, Gilbert L; Bartnicki, Eric

    2006-12-20

    We present a general formula fitted for computing the amplification and laser output power in a Yb-doped material under various quasi-end-pumping configurations. These configurations include single pass pumping, backreflection pumping in which the pump is reflected by a mirror set on the rear face of the amplifier medium, contrapropagation pumping where two pump beams are launched on both sides of the amplifier and, for every configuration, regenerative pumping in which the transmitted or reflected pump beam is recycled using the proper apparatus. We show that, with regenerative pumping, the efficiency is drastically improved and the optimum amplifier length leading to the maximum laser output power is shorter compared with the one obtained with conventional pumping. In this model, we do not take temperature effect into account. PMID:17151761

  19. Effect of light on the polarization of a banana-shaped achiral compound doped with a photoactive azobenzene material

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    Nair, Geetha G.; Prasad, S. Krishna; Hiremath, Uma S.; Yelamaggad, C. V.

    2001-07-01

    We report photoinduced effects on a liquid crystal comprising of bent-core molecules, doped with a photoactive azobenzene compound and exhibiting the recently discovered {open_quotes}banana{close_quotes} B{sub 2} mesophase. The photoisomerization of the azobenzene molecules, brought about by the UV radiation, hardly changes the B{sub 2}-isotropic transition temperatures, but has a significant influence on the spontaneous polarization (Ps) as well as the switching time in the B{sub 2} phase. The efficiency of this opto-polarization effect has been observed to be strongly dependent on the temperature at which the irradiation is carried out. A possible mechanism responsible for the observed phenomenon has been suggested. {copyright} 2001 American Institute of Physics.

  20. Silicon, iron and titanium doped calcium phosphate-based glass reinforced biodegradable polyester composites as bone analogous materials

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    Shah Mohammadi, Maziar

    Bone defects resulting from disease or traumatic injury is a major health care problem worldwide. Tissue engineering offers an alternative approach to repair and regenerate bone through the use of a cell-scaffold construct. The scaffold should be biodegradable, biocompatible, porous with an open pore structure, and should be able to withstand the applied forces. Phosphate-based glasses (PGs) may be used as reinforcing agents in degradable composites since their degradation can be predicted and controlled through their chemistry. This doctoral dissertation describes the development and evaluation of PGs reinforced biodegradable polyesters for intended applications in bone augmentation and regeneration. This research was divided into three main objectives: 1) Investigating the composition dependent properties of novel PG formulations by doping a sodium-free calcium phosphate-based glass with SiO2, Fe2O3, and TiO2. Accordingly, (50P2 O5-40CaO- xSiO2-(10-x)Fe2O3, where x = 10, 5 and 0 mol.%) and (50P2O5-40CaO-xSiO 2-(10-x)TiO2 where x = 10, 7, 5, 3 and 0 mol.%) formulations were developed and characterised. SiO2 incorporation led to increased solubility, ion release, pH reduction, as well as hydrophilicity, surface energy, and surface polarity. In contrast, doping with Fe2O 3 or TiO2 resulted in more durable glasses, and improved cell attachment and viability. It was hypothesised that the presence of SiO 2 in the TiO2-doped formulations could up-regulate the ionic release from the PG leading to higher alkaline phosphatase activity of MC3T3-E1 cells. 2) Incorporating Si, Fe, and Ti doped PGs as fillers, either as particulates (PGPs) or fibres (PGFs), into biodegradable polyesters (polycaprolactone (PCL) and semi-crystalline and amorphous poly(lactic acid) (PLA and PDLLA)) with the aim of developing degradable bone analogous composites. It was found that PG composition and geometry dictated the weight loss, ionic release, and mechanical properties of the composites. It

  1. A 4F2-cross-point phase change memory using nano-crystalline doped GeSbTe material

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    Takaura, Norikatsu; Kinoshita, Masaharu; Tai, Mitsuharu; Ohyanagi, Takasumi; Akita, Kenichi; Morikawa, Takahiro

    2015-04-01

    This paper reports on the use of nano-crystalline doped GeSbTe, or nano-GST, to fabricate a cross-point phase change memory with 4F2 cell size and test results obtained for it. We show the characteristics of a poly-Si diode select device with a high on-off ratio and data writing in a 4F2 memory cell array. The advantages of nano-GST over conventional GeSbTe are presented in terms of neighboring disturbance and 4F2 cross-point array formation. The memory cells’ high drivability, low power, and selective write and read performances are demonstrated. The scalability of the diode current density is also presented.

  2. Ca and In co-doped BaFeO3-δ as a cobalt-free cathode material for intermediate-temperature solid oxide fuel cells

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    Wang, Jian; Lam, Kwun Yu; Saccoccio, Mattia; Gao, Yang; Chen, Dengjie; Ciucci, Francesco

    2016-08-01

    We report Ba0·95Ca0·05Fe0·95In0·05O3-δ (BCFI), a novel cobalt-free perovskite, as a promising cathode material for intermediate-temperature solid oxide fuel cells (IT-SOFCs). We synthesize this new material, and systematically characterize its lattice structure, thermal stability, chemical composition, electrical conductivity, and oxygen reduction reaction (ORR) activity. The cubic phase of BaFeO3-δ is stabilized by light isovalent and lower-valence substitution, i.e., 5% Ca2+ in the Ba2+ site and 5% In3+ in the Fe3+/Fe4+ site, in contrast with the typical approach of substituting elements of higher valence. Without resorting to co-doping strategy, the phase of BaFe0·95In0·05O3-δ (BFI) is rhombohedral, while Ba0·95Ca0·05FeO3-δ (BCF) is a mixture of the cubic phase together with BaFe2O4 impurities. The structure of BCFI is cubic from room temperature up to 900 °C with a moderate thermal expansion coefficient of 23.2 × 10-6 K-1. Thanks to the large oxygen vacancy concentration and fast oxygen mobility, BCFI exhibits a favorable ORR activity, i.e., we observe a polarization resistance as small as 0.038 Ω cm2 at 700 °C. The significantly enhanced performance, compared with BFI and BCF, is attributed to the presence of the cubic phase and the large oxygen vacancies brought by the isovalent substitution in the A-site and lower-valence doping in the B-site.

  3. Ca and In co-doped BaFeO3-δ as a cobalt-free cathode material for intermediate-temperature solid oxide fuel cells

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    Wang, Jian; Lam, Kwun Yu; Saccoccio, Mattia; Gao, Yang; Chen, Dengjie; Ciucci, Francesco

    2016-08-01

    We report Ba0·95Ca0·05Fe0·95In0·05O3-δ (BCFI), a novel cobalt-free perovskite, as a promising cathode material for intermediate-temperature solid oxide fuel cells (IT-SOFCs). We synthesize this new material, and systematically characterize its lattice structure, thermal stability, chemical composition, electrical conductivity, and oxygen reduction reaction (ORR) activity. The cubic phase of BaFeO3-δ is stabilized by light isovalent and lower-valence substitution, i.e., 5% Ca2+ in the Ba2+ site and 5% In3+ in the Fe3+/Fe4+ site, in contrast with the typical approach of substituting elements of higher valence. Without resorting to co-doping strategy, the phase of BaFe0·95In0·05O3-δ (BFI) is rhombohedral, while Ba0·95Ca0·05FeO3-δ (BCF) is a mixture of the cubic phase together with BaFe2O4 impurities. The structure of BCFI is cubic from room temperature up to 900 °C with a moderate thermal expansion coefficient of 23.2 × 10-6 K-1. Thanks to the large oxygen vacancy concentration and fast oxygen mobility, BCFI exhibits a favorable ORR activity, i.e., we observe a polarization resistance as small as 0.038 Ω cm2 at 700 °C. The significantly enhanced performance, compared with BFI and BCF, is attributed to the presence of the cubic phase and the large oxygen vacancies brought by the isovalent substitution in the A-site and lower-valence doping in the B-site.

  4. IR-doped ruthenium oxide catalyst for oxygen evolution

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    Valdez, Thomas I. (Inventor); Narayanan, Sekharipuram R. (Inventor)

    2012-01-01

    A method for preparing a metal-doped ruthenium oxide material by heating a mixture of a doping metal and a source of ruthenium under an inert atmosphere. In some embodiments, the doping metal is in the form of iridium black or lead powder, and the source of ruthenium is a powdered ruthenium oxide. An iridium-doped or lead-doped ruthenium oxide material can perform as an oxygen evolution catalyst and can be fabricated into electrodes for electrolysis cells.

  5. Synthesis and spectroscopic properties of Yb3+ and Tb3+ co-doped GdBO3 materials showing down- and up-conversion luminescence.

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    Grzyb, Tomasz; Kubasiewicz, Konrad; Szczeszak, Agata; Lis, Stefan

    2015-03-01

    Gadolinium orthoborates doped with Yb(3+) and Tb(3+) ions were synthesised by the sol-gel Pechini method. Materials annealed at 900 °C were composed of the monoclinic GdBO3 phase with micrometre-sized crystals. The structural properties of the products were analysed by X-ray diffraction (XRD) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). The composition of the prepared materials was determined by inductively coupled plasma optical emission spectroscopy (ICP-OES). The materials showed intense ultraviolet (UV) or near infrared (NIR) excited green emission, which resulted from down- or up-conversion processes taking place in their structure. Spectroscopic properties were investigated on the basis of the measured excitation and emission spectra. Also, luminescence decays showing a short rise of emission with time after NIR excitation were measured. The dependence of the integral up-conversion intensity on the energy of the pumping laser was measured. The results indicated a two-photon process based on cooperative energy transfer (CET). The analysis of the synthesised series of samples allowed us to identify those with the best emission under a UV or NIR excitation source. PMID:25624052

  6. Fluorine-Doped Tin Oxide Nanocrystal/Reduced Graphene Oxide Composites as Lithium Ion Battery Anode Material with High Capacity and Cycling Stability.

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    Xu, Haiping; Shi, Liyi; Wang, Zhuyi; Liu, Jia; Zhu, Jiefang; Zhao, Yin; Zhang, Meihong; Yuan, Shuai

    2015-12-16

    Tin oxide (SnO2) is a kind of anode material with high theoretical capacity. However, the volume expansion and fast capability fading during cycling have prevented its practical application in lithium ion batteries. Herein, we report that the nanocomposite of fluorine-doped tin oxide (FTO) and reduced graphene oxide (RGO) is an ideal anode material with high capacity, high rate capability, and high stability. The FTO conductive nanocrystals were successfully anchored on RGO nanosheets from an FTO nanocrystals colloid and RGO suspension by hydrothermal treatment. As the anode material, the FTO/RGO composite showed high structural stability during the lithiation and delithiation processes. The conductive FTO nanocrystals favor the formation of stable and thin solid electrolyte interface films. Significantly, the FTO/RGO composite retains a discharge capacity as high as 1439 mAhg(-1) after 200 cycles at a current density of 100 mAg(-1). Moreover, its rate capacity displays 1148 mAhg(-1) at a current density of 1000 mAg(-1). PMID:26606370

  7. Novel Sol–Gel Precursors for Thin Mesoporous Eu3+-Doped Silica Coatings as Efficient Luminescent Materials.

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    2012-01-01

    Europium(III) ions containing mesoporous silica coatings have been prepared via a solvent evaporation-induced self-assembly (EISA) approach of different single-source precursors (SSPs) in the presence of Pluronic P123 as a structure-directing agent, using the spin-coating process. A deliberate tailoring of the chemical composition of the porous coatings with various Si:Eu ratios was achieved by processing mixtures of tetraethylorthosilicate (TEOS) and Eu3+-coordinated SSPs. Small-angle X-ray scattering (SAXS) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM) analyses demonstrate that the thin metal oxide-doped silica coatings consist of a porous network with a short-range order of the pore structure, even at high europium(III) loadings. Furthermore, luminescence properties were investigated at different temperatures and different degrees of Eu3+ contents. The photoluminescence spectra clearly show characteristic emission peaks corresponding to the 5D0 → 7FJ (J = 0–5) transitions resulting in a red luminescence visible by the eyes, although the films have a very low thickness (150–200 nm). PMID:23503160

  8. Optical bistability in a silicon nitride microring resonator with azo dye-doped liquid crystal as cladding material.

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    Wang, Chun-Ta; Tseng, Chih-Wei; Yu, Jui-Hao; Li, Yuan-Cheng; Lee, Chun-Hong; Jau, Hung-Chang; Lee, Ming-Chang; Chen, Yung-Jui; Lin, Tsung-Hsien

    2013-05-01

    This investigation reports observations of optical bistability in a silicon nitride (SiN) micro-ring resonator with azo dye-doped liquid crystal cladding. The refractive index of the cladding can be changed by switching the liquid crystal between nematic (NLC) and photo-induced isotropic (PHI) states by. Both the NLC and the PHI states can be maintained for many hours, and can be rapidly switched from one state to the other by photo-induced isomerization using 532 nm and 408 nm addressing light, respectively. The proposed device exhibits optical bistable switching of the resonance wavelength without sustained use of a power source. It has a 1.9 nm maximum spectral shift with a Q-factor of over 10000. The hybrid SiN- LC micro-ring resonator possesses easy switching, long memory, and low power consumption. It therefore has the potential to be used in signal processing elements and switching elements in optically integrated circuits. PMID:23669955

  9. Modification of carbon nanotubes by CuO-doped NiO nanocomposite for use as an anode material for lithium-ion batteries

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    Mustansar Abbas, Syed; Tajammul Hussain, Syed; Ali, Saqib; Ahmad, Nisar; Ali, Nisar; Abbas, Saghir; Ali, Zulfiqar

    2013-06-15

    CuO-doped NiO (CuNiO) with porous hexagonal morphology is fabricated via a modified in-situ co-precipitation method and its nanocomposite is prepared with carbon nanotubes (CNTs). The electrochemical properties of CuNiO/CNT nanocomposite are investigated by cyclic voltammetry (CV), galvanostatic charge–discharge tests and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS). Since Cu can both act as conductor and a catalyst, the CuNiO/CNT nanocomposite exhibits higher initial coulombic efficiency (82.7% of the 2nd cycle) and better capacity retention (78.6% on 50th cycle) than bare CuNiO (78.9% of the 2nd cycle), CuO/CNT (76.8% of the 2nd cycle) and NiO/CNT (77.7% of the 2nd cycle) at the current density of 100 mA /g. This high capacity and good cycling ability is attributed to the partial substitution of Cu{sup +2} for Ni{sup +2}, resulting in an increase of holes concentration, and therefore improved p-type conductivity along with an intimate interaction with CNTs providing large surface area, excellent conduction, mechanical strength and chemical stability. - Graphical abstract: The porous CuNiO/CNT nanocomposite synthesized via a modified co-precipitation method in combination with subsequent calcination was applied in the negative electrode materials for lithium-ion batteries and exhibited high electrochemical performance. - Highlights: • CuO doped NiO/CNTs nano composite is achieved via a simple co-precipitation method. • Monodispersity, shape and sizes of sample particles is specifically controlled. • Good quality adhesion between CNTs and CuNiO is visible from TEM image. • High electrochemical performance is achieved. • Discharge capacity of 686 mA h/g after 50 cycles with coulombic efficiency (82.5%)

  10. Development of anode material based on La-substituted SrTiO 3 perovskites doped with manganese and/or gallium for SOFC

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    Escudero, M. J.; Irvine, J. T. S.; Daza, L.

    Materials based on La-substituted SrTiO 3 perovskites doped with manganese and/or gallium for SOFC have been studied as novel anodes for solid oxide fuel cell. La 4Sr 8Ti 11Mn 1- xGa xO 38- δ (0 ≤ x ≤ 1) oxides were synthesized by solid state reaction and the influences of the manganese and/or gallium content on the structure, morphology, thermal properties and electrical conductivity of these materials has been investigated. All compounds show cubic structure with a space group Pm-3m. These compounds presented high electrical conductivity values under reducing atmosphere between 7.9 and 6.8 S cm -1 at 900 °C. For the composition x ≥ 0.5, the thermal expansion coefficient in both reducing and oxidizing atmosphere are close to that of SOFC electrolytes (8YSZ, CGD). In general, the substitution of Ga by Mn causes a slight reduction in each of the following, lattice parameter, degree of oxygen loss on reduction, thermal expansion coefficient, and electrical conductivity.

  11. Diacetylenes with Ionic-Liquid-Like Substituents: Associating a Polymerizing Cation with a Polymerizing Anion in a Single Precursor for the Synthesis of N-Doped Carbon Materials.

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    Fahsi, Karim; Dumail, Xavier; Dutremez, Sylvain G; van der Lee, Arie; Vioux, André; Viau, Lydie

    2016-01-26

    Imidazolium- and benzimidazolium-substituted diacetylenes with bromide or nitrogen-rich dicyanamide and tricyanomethanide anions were synthesized and used as precursors for the preparation of N-doped carbon materials. On pyrolysis under argon at 800 °C both halide precursors afforded graphite-like structures with nitrogen contents of about 8.5%. When the dicyanamide and tricyanomethanide precursors were thermolyzed at the same temperature, graphite-like structures were obtained that exhibit nitrogen contents in the range 17-20 wt%; thereby, the benefit of associating a polymerizing cation with a polymerizing anion in a single precursor was demonstrated. On pyrolysis at 1100 °C the nitrogen contents of the latter pyrolysates remain high (ca. 6 wt%). Adsorption measurements with krypton at 77 K indicated that the materials are nonporous. The highest electrical conductivity was observed for a pyrolysate with one of the lowest nitrogen contents, which also has the highest degree of graphitization. Thus, the quest for N-rich carbons with high electrical conductivities should include both maximization of the nitrogen content and optimization of the degree of graphitization. Crystallographic investigation of the precursors and spectroscopic characterization of the pyrolysates prepared by heating at 220 °C indicate that construction of the final carbon framework does not involve the intermediate formation of a polydiacetylene. PMID:26695842

  12. The Voigt effects in the anisotropic photonic band gaps of three-dimensional magnetized plasma photonic crystals doped by the uniaxial material

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    Zhang, Hai-Feng; Liu, Shao-Bin; Li, Bing-Xiang

    2013-10-01

    In this paper, the properties of photonic band gaps (PBGs) for three-dimensional magnetized plasma photonic crystals (MPPCs) composed of anisotropic dielectric (the uniaxial material) spheres immersed in homogeneous magnetized plasma background with simple-cubic lattices are theoretically investigated by the plane wave expansion (PWE) method, as the Voigt effects of magnetized plasma are considered. The equations for calculating the anisotropic PBGs in the first irreducible Brillouin zone are theoretically deduced. The anisotropic PBGs and two flatband regions can be obtained. The effects of the ordinary-refractive index, extraordinary-refractive index, filling factor, plasma frequency and plasma cyclotron frequency on the characteristics of anisotropic PBGs for the three-dimensional MPPCs are studied in detail and some corresponding physical explanations are also given. The numerical results show that the anisotropy can open partial band gaps in simple-cubic lattices and the complete PBGs can be found compared to the conventional three-dimensional MPPCs doped by the isotropic material. The bandwidths of PBGs can be enlarged by introducing the magnetized plasma into three-dimensional PCs containing the uniaxial material. It is also shown that the anisotropic PBGs can be manipulated by the ordinary-refractive index, extraordinary-refractive index, filling factor, plasma frequency and plasma cyclotron frequency. The locations of flatband regions cannot be tuned by any parameters except for the plasma frequency and plasma cyclotron frequency. Introducing the uniaxial material in three-dimensional magnetized plasma-dielectric photonic crystals can enlarge the PBGs and also provide a way to obtain the complete PBGs as the three-dimensional MPPCs with high symmetry.

  13. Mn2+ doped Zn3(PO4)2 phosphors: Irreversible thermochromic materials useful as thermal sensors

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    Salek, G.; Demourgues, A.; Jubera, V.; Garcia, A.; Gaudon, M.

    2015-09-01

    Mn2+ doped Zn3(PO4)2 phosphate exhibits a rich thermal history with numerous events. Following the dehydration of Zn3(PO4)2ṡ4H2O hopeite at temperatures up to T = 400 °C, various allotropic forms α/δ → γ → β can be stabilized with irreversible transitions for a 600 °C ⩽ T ⩽ 1000 °C temperature range. Furthermore, in these different networks, a transition metal can occupy distorted tetrahedral (α/δ forms) and pentahedral sites as well as octahedral sites for the high-temperature γ and β forms that correspond to non-centrosymmetric environments. Depending on the thermal history of the samples, two different types of emission spectra were obtained. By increasing the annealing temperature, the green emission associated with Mn2+ in a Td environment progressively disappears in favor of the red one that corresponds to Mn2+ stabilized in fivefold and sixfold coordination sites. There is also a dependence of the emission color on the excitation wavelength arising from the differences in the excitation spectra of Mn2+ in these two types of sites. Excitations in the oxygen-manganese charge transfer band at 250 nm or in the 3d-3d absorption region at 420 nm give rise to the red or green emission at 420 nm, the green one being enhanced for an excitation at 420 nm. The α/δ → γ transition at 600 °C ⩽ T ⩽ 900 °C can easily be monitored in the emission spectra obtained after an excitation at 250 nm with a rather good chromatic contrast. The γ → β high-temperature transition at 900 °C ⩽ T ⩽ 1000 °C can be more easily followed by in the emission spectra obtained after an excitation at 420 nm. By taking into account both these emission spectra, various trichromatic coordinates can be calculated and allow subsequent phase transitions. The chromaticity of Zn3(PO4)2: Mn2+ will strongly change for 600 °C ⩽ T ⩽ 1000 °C, and one can consider this phosphate as an interesting thermal sensor.

  14. Hierarchically Flower-like N-Doped Porous Carbon Materials Derived from an Explosive 3-Fold Interpenetrating Diamondoid Copper Metal-Organic Framework for a Supercapacitor.

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    Li, Zuo-Xi; Zou, Kang-Yu; Zhang, Xue; Han, Tong; Yang, Ying

    2016-07-01

    A peculiar copper metal-organic framework (Cu-MOF) was synthesized by a self-assembly method, which presents a 3-fold interpenetrating diamondoid net based on the square-planar Cu(II) node. Although it exhibits a high degree of interpenetration, the Cu-MOF still exhibits a one-dimensional channel, which provides a template for constructing porous materials through the "precursor" strategy. Furthermore, the explosive ClO4(-) ion, which resided in the channel, could induce the quick decomposition of organic ingredients and release a huge amount of gas, which is beneficial for the porosity of postsynthetic materials. Significantly, we first utilize this explosive MOF to prepare a series of Cu@C composites through the calcination-thermolysis method at different temperatures, which contain copper particles exhibiting various shapes and combinations with the carbon substrate. Considering the hole-forming effect of copper particles, Cu@C composites were etched by HCl to afford a sequence of hierarchically flower-like N-doped porous carbon materials (NPCs), which retain the original morphology of the Cu-MOF. Interestingly, NPC-900, originating from the calcination of the Cu-MOF at 900 °C, exhibits a more regular flower-like morphology, the largest specific surface area, abundant porosities, and multiple nitrogen functionalities. The remarkable specific capacitances are 138 F g(-1) at 5 mV s(-1) and 149 F g(-1) at 0.5 A g(-1) for the NPC-900 electrode in a 6 M potassium hydroxide aqueous solution. Moreover, the retention of capacitance remains 86.8% (125 F g(-1)) at 1 A g(-1) over 2000 cycles, which displays good chemical stability. These findings suggest that NPC-900 can be applied as a suitable electrode for a supercapacitor. PMID:27304095

  15. Fast fabrication of a novel transparent PMMA light scattering materials with high haze by doping with ordinary polymer.

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    Liu, Xiao; Xiong, Ying; Shen, Jiabin; Guo, Shaoyun

    2015-07-13

    Poly(methyl methacrylate)(PMMA)/poly(ethylene terephthalate) (PET) light scattering materials are fabricated by a simple, low-cost approach of melt blending and compression molding. We find that the competing effects of particle diameter versus number concentration of the scattering particles is the controlling factor to tailoring the optical properties of the materials, which is analyzed according to Mie scattering theory. The results show that the transmittance kept decreasing in the PET concentration range 0-10 wt% followed by a constant level in the range 10-20 wt%; however, the transmittance experienced a significant increase in the range 20-35 wt% and plateaued again after PET content exceeded 35 wt%. Therefore, the application of ordinary polymer dopant makes preparing light scattering sheets with high haze but not decreasing transmittance possible. PMID:26191841

  16. Nucleation and crystallization of Ca doped basaltic glass for the production of a glass-ceramic material

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    Tarrago, Mariona; Royo, Irene; Garcia-Valles, Maite; Martínez, Salvador

    2016-04-01

    Sewage sludge from wastewater treatment plants is a waste with a composition roughly similar to that of a basalt. It may contain potentially toxic elements that can be inertized by vitrification. Using a glass-ceramic process, these elements will be emplaced in newly formed mineral phases. Glass-ceramic production requires an accurate knowledge of the temperatures of nucleation (TN) and crystal growth of the corresponding minerals. This work arises from the study of the addition of ions to a basaltic matrix in order to establish a model of vitrification of sewage sludge. In this case a glass-ceramic is obtained from a glass made with a basalt that has been doped with 16% CaO. Two glasses which underwent different cooling processes have been produced and compared. The first was annealed at 650oC (AG) and the second was quenched (QG). The chemical composition of the glasses is SiO2 36.11 wt%, Al2O312.19 wt%, CaO 24.44 wt%, FeO 10.06 wt%, MgO 9.19 wt%, Na2O 2.28 wt%, TiO2 2.02 wt%, K2O 1.12 wt%, P2O5 0.46 wt%. Glass transition temperature obtained by dilatometry varies from 640 oC (AG) to 700 oC (QG). The temperatures of nucleation and crystal growth of the glass have been determined by Differential Thermal Analysis (DTA). The phases formed after these treatments were identified by X-Ray Diffraction. The temperatures of exothermic and endothermic peaks measured in the quenched glass are, in average, 10 oC higher than those found for the annealed glass. The exothermic peaks provide crystallization temperatures for different phases: a first event at 857 oC corresponds to the growth of magnetite, pyroxene and nepheline, whereas a second event at 1030 oC is due to the crystallization of melilite from the reaction between previous minerals and a remaining amorphous phase. The complete melting of this system occurs at 1201 oC. This glass has been nucleated inside the DTA furnace (500-850° C/3 hours) and then heated up to 1300 oC using the fraction between 400-500μm. TN

  17. V-doped SnS2: a new intermediate band material for a better use of the solar spectrum.

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    Wahnón, Perla; Conesa, José C; Palacios, Pablo; Lucena, Raquel; Aguilera, Irene; Seminovski, Yohanna; Fresno, Fernando

    2011-12-01

    Intermediate band materials can boost photovoltaic efficiency through an increase in photocurrent without photovoltage degradation thanks to the use of two sub-bandgap photons to achieve a full electronic transition from the valence band to the conduction band of a semiconductor structure. After having reported in previous works several transition metal-substituted semiconductors as able to achieve the electronic structure needed for this scheme, we propose at present carrying out this substitution in sulfides that have bandgaps of around 2.0 eV and containing octahedrally coordinated cations such as In or Sn. Specifically, the electronic structure of layered SnS(2) with Sn partially substituted by vanadium is examined here with first principles quantum methods and seen to give favourable characteristics in this respect. The synthesis of this material in nanocrystalline powder form is then undertaken and achieved using solvothermal chemical methods. The insertion of vanadium in SnS(2) is found to produce an absorption spectrum in the UV-Vis-NIR range that displays a new sub-bandgap feature in agreement with the quantum calculations. A photocatalytic reaction-based test verifies that this sub-bandgap absorption produces highly mobile electrons and holes in the material that may be used for the solar energy conversion, giving experimental support to the quantum calculations predictions. PMID:21996706

  18. Strontium-doped samarium manganite as cathode materials for oxygen reduction reaction in solid oxide fuel cells

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    Li, W.; Xiong, C. Y.; Jia, L. C.; Pu, J.; Chi, B.; Chen, X.; Schwank, J. W.; Li, J.

    2015-06-01

    SmxSr1-xMnO3 with x = 0.3, 0.5 and 0.8, denoted as SSM37, SSM55 and SSM82, respectively, have been prepared via a sol-gel route as materials for cathodes in solid oxide fuel cells. Their activities in the oxygen reduction reaction (ORR) have been evaluated in comparison with the state-of-the-art cathode material La0.8Sr0.2MnO3 (LSM82) by electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and thermogravimetry (TG). Among all the prepared cathodes, the SSM55 exhibits the lowest values, while the LSM82 exhibits the highest polarization resistance, at open circuit voltage (OCV) and temperatures from 650 to 800 °C. This result indicates that the prepared SmxSr1-xMnO3 is a promising replacement for LSM82 as cathode material for SOFCs, and the SSM55 represents the optimal concentration in SmxSr1-xMnO3 series. The remarkably high ORR activity of the SSM55 is ascribed to its high surface Mn4+/Mn3+ and Oad/Olattice ratios and fast surface oxygen exchange kinetics.

  19. Niobium doped lanthanum calcium ferrite perovskite as a novel electrode material for symmetrical solid oxide fuel cells

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    Kong, Xiaowei; Zhou, Xiaoliang; Tian, Yu; Wu, Xiaoyan; Zhang, Jun; Zuo, Wei

    2016-09-01

    Development of cost-effective and efficient electrochemical catalysts for the fuel cells electrode is of prime importance to emerging renewable energy technologies. Here, we report for the first time the novel La0.9Ca0.1Fe0.9Nb0.1O3-δ (LCFNb) perovskite with good potentiality for the electrode material of the symmetrical solid oxide fuel cells (SSOFC). The Sc0.2Zr0.8O2-δ (SSZ) electrolyte supported symmetrical cells with impregnated LCFNb and LCFNb/SDC (Ce0.8Sm0.2O2-δ) electrodes achieve relatively high power outputs with maximum power densities (MPDs) reaching up to 392 and 528.6 mW cm-2 at 850 °C in dry H2, respectively, indicating the excellent electro-catalytic activity of LCFNb towards both hydrogen oxidation and oxygen reduction. Besides, the MPDs of the symmetrical cells with LCFNb/SDC composite electrodes in CO and syngas (CO: H2 = 1:1) are almost identical to those in H2, implying that LCFNb material has similar catalytic activities to carbon monoxide compared with hydrogen. High durability in both H2, CO and syngas during the short term stability tests for 50 h are also obtained, showing desirable structure stability, and carbon deposition resistance of LCFNb based electrodes. The present results indicate that the LCFNb perovskite with remarkable cell performance is a promising electrode material for symmetrical SOFCs.

  20. Antimony-doped graphene nanoplatelets

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    Jeon, In-Yup; Choi, Min; Choi, Hyun-Jung; Jung, Sun-Min; Kim, Min-Jung; Seo, Jeong-Min; Bae, Seo-Yoon; Yoo, Seonyoung; Kim, Guntae; Jeong, Hu Young; Park, Noejung; Baek, Jong-Beom

    2015-01-01

    Heteroatom doping into the graphitic frameworks have been intensively studied for the development of metal-free electrocatalysts. However, the choice of heteroatoms is limited to non-metallic elements and heteroatom-doped graphitic materials do not satisfy commercial demands in terms of cost and stability. Here we realize doping semimetal antimony (Sb) at the edges of graphene nanoplatelets (GnPs) via a simple mechanochemical reaction between pristine graphite and solid Sb. The covalent bonding of the metalloid Sb with the graphitic carbon is visualized using atomic-resolution transmission electron microscopy. The Sb-doped GnPs display zero loss of electrocatalytic activity for oxygen reduction reaction even after 100,000 cycles. Density functional theory calculations indicate that the multiple oxidation states (Sb3+ and Sb5+) of Sb are responsible for the unusual electrochemical stability. Sb-doped GnPs may provide new insights and practical methods for designing stable carbon-based electrocatalysts. PMID:25997811

  1. Impact of Ni doping on La0.7Sr0.3NixMn1-xO3 perovskite manganite materials

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    Thamilmaran, P.; Arunachalam, M.; Sankarrajan, S.; Sakthipandi, K.

    2015-12-01

    On-line ultrasonic measurements on La0.7Sr0.3Mn1-xNixO3 perovskite manganite material (x=0.01, 0.02 and 0.03) were performed on the samples synthesised by solid state reaction technique. The XRD studies on the samples confirm the crystalline nature with single phase rhombohedral structure having R3C space group. The average size of the particles determined using SEM images are 0.587, 0.412 and 0.356 μm for x=0.01, 0.02 and 0.03 respectively. The temperature dependent ultrasonic velocities and attenuation measurements on the samples were used to reveal the ferromagnetic to paramagnetic phase transition temperature (Curie temperature) 374, 358 and 342 K for the values of x=0.01, 0.02 and 0.03 respectively. In addition, ultrasonic measurements confirm that the increase in Ni doping concentration in La0.7Sr0.3Mn1-xNixO3 perovskites leads to a decrease in Curie temperature. The change in Mn3+/Mn4+ ratio with the phase transition temperature was explained on the basis of variation in amplitude of observed anomaly in ultrasonic measurements. The replacement of Mn4+ ion by Ni2+ ion leads to a change in the structural parameters and in the concentration of Mn3+ and Mn4+ ions.

  2. Electrochemical performance of potassium-doped wüstite nanoparticles supported on graphene as an anode material for lithium ion batteries

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    Jung, Dong-Won; Jeong, Jae-Hoon; Han, Sang-Wook; Oh, Eun-Suok

    2016-05-01

    A graphene composite with potassium-doped FeO nanoparticles (K-FeO/graphene) is synthesized by the thermal diffusion of potassium into Fe2O3/graphene using polyol reduction. This is applied as anode material in lithium ion batteries in order to enhance the electrochemical performance of conventional iron oxides (hematite or magnetite). Rhombohedral Fe2O3 crystals are transformed into face-centered cubic FeO crystals, which show a broad d-spacing (5.2 Å) between their (111) crystal planes, by the calcination of potassium-added Fe2O3/graphene. Because of its structural characteristics, the K-FeO/graphene composite demonstrates an excellent discharge capacity of 1776 mA h g-1 at the 50th cycle at a current of 100 mA h g-1 with stable capacity retention. Even with the very high current density of 18.56 A g-1, its capacity remains at 851 mA h g-1 after 800 cycles.

  3. The influence of oxygen partial pressure on material properties of Eu3+-doped Y2O2S thin film deposited by Pulsed Laser Deposition

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    Ali, A. G.; Dejene, B. F.; Swart, H. C.

    2016-01-01

    Eu3+-doping has been of interest to improve the luminescent characteristics of thin-film phosphors. Y2O2S:Eu3+ films have been grown on Si (100) substrates by using a Pulsed Laser Deposition technique. The thin films grown under different oxygen deposition pressure conditions have been characterized using structural and luminescent measurements. The X-ray diffraction patterns showed mixed phases of cubic and hexagonal crystal structures. As the oxygen partial pressure increased, the crystallinity of the films improved. Further increase of the O2 pressure to 140 mtorr reduced the crystallinity of the film. Similarly, both scanning electron microscopy and Atomic Force Microscopy confirmed that an increase in O2 pressure affected the morphology of the films. The average band gap of the films calculated from diffuse reflectance spectra using the Kubelka-Munk function was about 4.75 eV. The photoluminescence measurements indicated red emission of Y2O2S:Eu3+ thin films with the most intense peak appearing at 619 nm, which is assigned to the 5D0-7F2 transition of Eu3+. This most intense peak was totally quenched at higher O2 pressures. This phosphor may be a promising material for applications in the flat panel displays.

  4. Facile preparation of Gd3+ doped carbon quantum dots: Photoluminescence materials with magnetic resonance response as magnetic resonance/fluorescence bimodal probes

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    Ren, X. Y.; Yuan, X. X.; Wang, Y. P.; Liu, C. L.; Qin, Y.; Guo, L. P.; Liu, L. H.

    2016-07-01

    There are a few bimodal molecular imaging probes constructed by gadolinium (3+) ions in combination with carbon quantum dots (CQDs), and the reported ones show such obvious drawbacks as low luminous efficiency and weak MRI contrast. In the paper, a kind of CQDs photoluminescence materials with magnetic resonance response was prepared by hydrothermal method and employing gadopentetate monomeglumine (GdPM) as a precusor. Here, the GdPM plays a role of not only carbon source, but also gadolinium (3+) sources. When the GdPM aqueous solution with a concentration of 4 mg mL-1 was pyrolyzed under 220 °C and 2.0 MPa for 8 h, an optimal CQDs was obtained which are doped with gadolinium (3+) ions in both chelates and Gd2O3 (named as Gd3+-CQDs). The average diameter of the Gd3+-CQDs is about 1.6 nm, which show a high photoluminescence quantum yield of 7.1%, as well as high longitudinal relaxivity (r1) of 9.87 mM-1 s-1. And owing to the unconspicuous cell toxicity, the Gd3+-CQDs show big possibility for clinical application in magnetic resonance/fluorescence bimodal molecular imaging.

  5. Chemical vapor deposition of Si:C and Si:C:P films-Evaluation of material quality as a function of C content, carrier gas and doping

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    Dhayalan, Sathish Kumar; Loo, Roger; Hikavyy, Andriy; Rosseel, Erik; Bender, Hugo; Richard, Olivier; Vandervorst, Wilfried

    2015-09-01

    Incorporation of source-drain stressors (S/D) for FinFETs to boost the channel mobility is a promising scaling approach. Typically SiGe:B S/D stressors are used for p FinFETs and Si:C:P S/D stressors for n FinFETs. The deposition of such Si:C:P S/D stressors requires a low thermal budget to freeze the C in substitutional sites and also to avoid problems associated with surface reflow of Si fins. In this work, we report the material properties of Si:C and Si:C:P epitaxial layers grown by chemical vapor deposition, in terms of their defectivity and C incorporation as a function of different process conditions. The undoped Si:C layers were found to be defect free for total C contents below 1%. Above this concentration defects were incorporated and the defect density increased with increasing C content. Abrupt epitaxial breakdown occurred beyond a total C content of 2.3% resulting in amorphous layers. P doping of Si:C layers brought down the resistivity and also thicker Si:C:P films underwent epitaxial breakdown. Additionally, the use of nitrogen instead of hydrogen as carrier gas resulted in an increase of the growth rate and substitutional C incorporation both by a factor of two, while the surface defect density reduced.

  6. Effect of Mg doping on the local structure of LiMgyCo1-yO2 cathode material investigated by X-ray absorption spectroscopy

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    Cheng, J. H.; Pan, C. J.; Nithya, C.; Thirunakaran, R.; Gopukumar, S.; Chen, C. H.; Lee, J. F.; Chen, J. M.; Sivashanmugam, A.; Hwang, B. J.

    2014-04-01

    A higher capacity and better cyclability are apparent when magnesium is introduced into the structure of LiCoO2 (y = 0.15). XRD analysis of LiMgyCo1-yO2 (y = 0, 0.1, 0.15), synthesized at 800 °C using a microwave assisted method, shows that the material is in the R-3m space group and to have a slightly expanded unit cell that increases with greater magnesium doping. Structural analysis by X-ray absorption spectroscopy (XAS) at the Co K-edge, L-edge and O K-edge shows that the magnesium is located in the transition metal layer rather than in the lithium layer and the charge balance results from the formation of oxygen vacancies rather than Co4+, while cobalt remains in the 3+ oxidation state. Interestingly, oxygen is found to participate in the charge compensation. Both magnesium, in the transition metal layer, and the Co-defect structure are attributed to the contribution towards structural stabilization of LiCoO2, thereby resulting in its enhanced electrochemical performance.

  7. Copper-doped silica materials silanized with bis-(triethoxy silyl propyl)-tetra sulfide for mercury vapor capture

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    D.E. Meyer; N. Meeks; S. Sikdar; N.D. Hutson; D. Hua; D. Bhattacharyya

    2008-07-15

    The use of Cu-S sites for Hg capture from the gas phase has been successfully applied to a silica-based platform using an S4 organic polysulfane and copper sulfate. The maximum fixed-bed equilibrium capacity achieved using these materials was 19 789 {mu}g Hg.g{sup -1} sorbent for a material with 2.5 wt % Cu and 6 wt % S. An optimal S level was determined to be around 3 wt % because enhancement of capacity was only 18% when increasing from this 3 to 6 wt %. The rate of adsorption in pure beds ranged from 0.6 to 1.6 {mu}g Hg.min{sup -1} depending on the inlet concentration. Differences in breakthrough times suggest that material deposition is not uniform. When compared to two other platforms, commercially available Darco HG-LH and previously tested Fe-Cu-S4 nanoaggregates, the Si-1 material performed the best in fixed-bed testing. During entrained-flow testing, a steady-state Hg removal of 82% was achieved using Si-1 at injection rates of both 6 x 10{sup -5} and 1.2 x 10{sup -4} g.L{sup -1}.h{sup -1}. The lack of increase in Hg removal when the injection rate is doubled suggests that pore accessibility is the rate-controlling step during dynamic Hg capture. A calculation of the approximate pore usage based on injection testing helped confirm this observation. During injection testing, the performance of Si-1 was only diminished 10% when exposed to 20 ppm SO{sub 3}. This is an encouraging result for flue-gas applications where SO{sub 3} levels range from 1 to 40 ppm. Testing demonstrated that Si-1 is stable when exposed to leaching conditions after concrete blending and cement impregnation. This is an important aspect to consider for injection because the sale of fly ash for concrete is a key cost-recovery tool for power plants. 27 refs., 8 figs., 5 tabs.

  8. Doping-dependent behavior of correlated-electron material Li_1+xTi_2O_4

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    Liao, Y. C.; Xu, F.; Wu, M. K.

    2004-03-01

    The spinel compound LiTi_2O4 is an exotic superconductor. Unlike the usual Li_1+xTi_2-xO4 been investigated by other groups, we report the physical properties of polycrystalline Li_1+xTi_2O_4. It shows a reducing trend of TC as x increasing, which is similar to Li_1+xTi_2-xO_4. The bump temperature Tb of R(T) curve, which represents the crossover from semiconducting to metallic behavior as decreasing temperature from 300K, increases linearly with adding Li into the compound. The fitting results show that gap energy of semiconducting phase decreases at the same time. Below T_b, T^0.5 dependence dominates the R(T) behavior. Around T_b, Hall voltage change significantly. Meanwhile, there is a splitting between ZFC and FC curve of dc magnetic moment m(T) around this temperature. In m(T) curve, it manifests two types of magnetic interactions in this material, which implies that there are two species of localized moments. The failure to fulfill Kohler's rule implies that this is not a simple single-type-carrier material. These intricate behaviors could be attributed to the pyrochlore B-sublattice of the spinel structure.

  9. Study of the Durability of Doped Lanthanum Manganite and Cobaltite Cathode Materials under ''Real World'' Air Exposure Atmospheres

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    Singh, Prabhakar; Mahapatra, Manoj; Ramprasad, Rampi; Minh, Nguyen; Misture, Scott

    2014-11-30

    The overall objective of the program is to develop and validate mechanisms responsible for the overall structural and chemical degradation of lanthanum manganite as well as lanthanum ferrite cobaltite based cathode when exposed to “real world” air atmosphere exposure conditions during SOFC systems operation. Of particular interest are the evaluation and analysis of degradation phenomena related to and responsible for (a) products formation and interactions with air contaminants, (b) dopant segregation and oxide exolution at free surfaces, (c) cation interdiffusion and reaction products formation at the buried interfaces, (d) interface morphology changes, lattice transformation and the development of interfacial porosity and (e) micro-cracking and delamination from the stack repeat units. Reaction processes have been studied using electrochemical and high temperature materials compatibility tests followed by structural and chemical characterization. Degradation hypothesis has been proposed and validated through further experimentation and computational simulation.

  10. Investigation into the effect of Si doping on the cell symmetry and performance of Sr{sub 1−y}Ca{sub y}FeO{sub 3−δ} SOFC cathode materials

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    Porras-Vazquez, Jose M.; Smith, R.I.; Slater, Peter R.

    2014-05-01

    In this paper we report the successful incorporation of silicon into Sr{sub 1−y}Ca{sub y}FeO{sub 3−δ} perovskite materials for potential applications as electrode materials for Solid Oxide Fuel Cells. It is observed that Si doping leads to a change from a tetragonal or orthorhombic structure (with partial ordering of oxygen vacancies) to a cubic one (with the oxygen vacancies disordered). The structures of the phases, SrFe{sub 0.85}Si{sub 0.15}O{sub 3−δ}, Sr{sub 0.75}Ca{sub 0.25}Fe{sub 0.85}Si{sub 0.15}O{sub 3−δ} and Sr{sub 0.5}Ca{sub 0.5}Fe{sub 0.85}Si{sub 0.15}O{sub 3−δ}, were analysed using neutron powder diffraction. The data confirmed the cubic unit cell, with no long range oxygen vacancy ordering. Conductivity measurements showed an improvement in the conductivity on Si doping, especially for samples with high Ca content. Composite electrodes comprising 50% Ce{sub 0.9}Gd{sub 0.1}O{sub 1.95} and 50% Sr{sub 1−y}Ca{sub y}(Fe/Si)O{sub 3−δ} on dense Ce{sub 0.9}Gd{sub 0.1}O{sub 1.95} pellets were therefore examined in air. An improvement in the area specific resistances (ASR) values is observed for the Si-doped samples with respect to the undoped samples. Thus the results show that silicon can be incorporated into Sr{sub 1−y}Ca{sub y}FeO{sub 3−δ}-based materials and can have a beneficial effect on the performance, making them potentially suitable for use as cathode material in Solid Oxide Fuel Cells (SOFC). - Graphical abstract: X-ray diffraction patterns for: (left) Sr{sub 0.75}Ca{sub 0.25}Fe{sub 1−x}Si{sub x}O{sub 3−δ} (x=0, 0.05, 0.10 and 0.15) and (right) Sr{sub 0.25}Ca{sub 0.75}Fe{sub 1−x}Si{sub x}O{sub 3−δ} (x=0, 0.05, 0.10 and 0.15), showing the stabilization of the cubic form of these series through silicon doping. For the latter Sr{sub 0.25}Ca{sub 0.75}Fe{sub 1−x}Si{sub x}O{sub 3−δ} phase, the stabilisation is not quite complete at 15% Si doping. - Highlights: • In Sr{sub 1−y}Ca{sub y}Fe{sub 1−x}Si{sub x}O{sub 3

  11. Effect of γ-radiation on thermoluminescence in rare earths doped NaMgSO4Cl material

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    Choubey, S. R.; Gedam, S. C.; Dhoble, S. J.

    2015-01-01

    The thermoluminescence (TL) characteristics, effect of γ-radiation on NaMgSO4Cl: X (X = Tb; Ce, Tb; Dy; Dy, Eu) and trapping parameters in TL material prepared by wet chemical synthesis (WCS) method are studied. The intensity of these phosphors is compared with TLD CaSO4: Dy phosphor. The phosphor has a simple TL glow curve structure. The phosphors NaMgSO4Cl: Tb (between the range of 257-284°C); NaMgSO4Cl: Dy (173°C) and NaMgSO4Cl: Dy, Eu (156°C) have a single prominent peak, whereas NaMgSO4Cl: Ce, Tb has two peaks located at 154°C and 233°C indicating single and double trapping sites, respectively. It is found that intensity tends to be increase with increased concentrations of the activators. The TL glow curves of the phosphors have been recorded and irradiated at a rate of 0.99 kGyh-1 for 5 Gy γ-rays dose. The paper also discusses the kinetic parameters evaluated by Chen's half width method such as activation energy E (eV) and frequency factor S (s-1).

  12. Path integral Monte Carlo simulations of H2 adsorbed to lithium-doped benzene: A model for hydrogen storage materials.

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    Lindoy, Lachlan P; Kolmann, Stephen J; D'Arcy, Jordan H; Crittenden, Deborah L; Jordan, Meredith J T

    2015-11-21

    Finite temperature quantum and anharmonic effects are studied in H2-Li(+)-benzene, a model hydrogen storage material, using path integral Monte Carlo (PIMC) simulations on an interpolated potential energy surface refined over the eight intermolecular degrees of freedom based upon M05-2X/6-311+G(2df,p) density functional theory calculations. Rigid-body PIMC simulations are performed at temperatures ranging from 77 K to 150 K, producing both quantum and classical probability density histograms describing the adsorbed H2. Quantum effects broaden the histograms with respect to their classical analogues and increase the expectation values of the radial and angular polar coordinates describing the location of the center-of-mass of the H2 molecule. The rigid-body PIMC simulations also provide estimates of the change in internal energy, ΔUads, and enthalpy, ΔHads, for H2 adsorption onto Li(+)-benzene, as a function of temperature. These estimates indicate that quantum effects are important even at room temperature and classical results should be interpreted with caution. Our results also show that anharmonicity is more important in the calculation of U and H than coupling-coupling between the intermolecular degrees of freedom becomes less important as temperature increases whereas anharmonicity becomes more important. The most anharmonic motions in H2-Li(+)-benzene are the "helicopter" and "ferris wheel" H2 rotations. Treating these motions as one-dimensional free and hindered rotors, respectively, provides simple corrections to standard harmonic oscillator, rigid rotor thermochemical expressions for internal energy and enthalpy that encapsulate the majority of the anharmonicity. At 150 K, our best rigid-body PIMC estimates for ΔUads and ΔHads are -13.3 ± 0.1 and -14.5 ± 0.1 kJ mol(-1), respectively. PMID:26590532

  13. Upconversion of 1.54 μm radiation in Er3+ doped fluoride-based materials for c-Si solar cell with improved efficiency

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    Pellé, F.; Ivanova, S.; Guillemoles, J.-F.

    2011-10-01

    Upconverted emission from erbium ions in fluoride materials (glass and disordered crystal of the system CaF2-YF3) are observed in a wide spectral range (from the visible to the near infrared) under infrared excitation at 1.54 μm. In both cases, the upconverted emission in the near infrared (~1 μm) dominates the spectrum. Absolute UC efficiency defined as the ratio between the UC luminescence power and the absorbed pump power has been experimentally measured. The NIR (~1 μm) luminescence energy yield for the glass and the disordered crystal varies from 2.4 to 11.5% for the glass and from 7.7 to 16% for the crystal for an infrared excitation power density ranging from 2 W/cm2 to 100 W/cm2. This is of a particular interest for their use as upconverter to improve the c-Si cells quantum efficiency since the energy of the excitation lies below the c-Si absorption edge (1.12 eV at 300 K) and is well located compared to the AM1.5G solar spectrum, outside of the absorption lines due to different atmospheric gases. Furthermore, the most efficient upconverted emission recorded in the investigated materials occurs at an energy just above the gap. A current generated in a bifacial c- Si solar cell is observed when the Er3+ doped material (1.55 mA and 2.15 mA for the glass and the crystal respectively), placed at the rear face of the cell, is excited at 1.54 μm. The current dependence as a function of the sub-bandgap excitation power has been measured and modelled. Finally the EQE of the complete device is deduced from the measured short-circuit current and the incident photon flux on the cell. An increase of the cell quantum efficiency of 2.4% and 1.7% is obtained at 1.54 μm with adding the glass and the crystal respectively at the rear face of the c-Si cell. The results are compared to those already obtained with Er: NaYF4 known as the most efficient upconverter.

  14. Effects of Mg doping on the remarkably enhanced electrochemical performance of Na3V2(PO4)3 cathode materials for sodium ion batteries

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    Li, Hui; Yu, Xiqian; Bai, Ying; Wu, Feng; Wu, Chuan; Liu, Liang-Yu; Yang, Xiao-Qing

    2015-01-01

    Na3V2-xMgx(PO4)3/C composites with different Mg2+ doping contents (x=0, 0.01, 0.03, 0.05, 0.07 and 0.1) were prepared by a facile sol-gel method. The doping effects on the crystal structure were investigated by XRD, XPS and EXAFS. The results show that low dose doping Mg2+ does not alter the structure of the material, and magnesium is successfully substituted for vanadium site. The Mg doped Na3V2-xMgx(PO4)3/C composites exhibit significant improvements on the electrochemistry performances in terms of the rate capability and cycle performance, especially for the Na3V1.95Mg0.05(PO4)3/C. For example, when the current density increased from 1 C to 30 C, the specific capacity only decreased from 112.5 mAh g-1 to 94.2 mAh g-1 showing very good rate capability. Moreover, even cycling at a high rate of 20 C, an excellent capacity retention of 81% is maintained from the initial value of 106.4 mAh g-1 to 86.2 mAh g-1 at the 50th cycle. Enhanced rate capability and cycle performance can be attributed to the optimized particle size, structural stability and enhanced ionic and electronic conductivity induced by Mg doping.

  15. Sorption of Arsenic from Drinking Water to Mg(OH)2 Sorrel's Cements, and Zirconium Doped Materials

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    MOORE, ROBERT C.; ZHAO, HONGTING; SANCHEZ, CHARLES ANTHONY; HOLT, KATHLEEN C.; SALAS, FRED; HASAN, AHMED ALI MOHAMED; LUCERO, DANIEL A.

    2002-11-01

    It was discovered that MgO or Mg(OH){sub 2} when it reacts with water is a very strong sorbent for arsenic. Distribution constants, or K{sub d} values, are as high as 1 x 10{sup 6} L/mole. In this work, Mg(OH){sub 2} and other compounds have been investigated as sorbents for arsenic and other contaminants. This work has resulted in several major accomplishments including: (1) design, construction, and testing of a pressure sand filter to remove Mg(OH){sub 2} after it has sorbed arsenic from water, (2) stabilization of Mg(OH){sub 2} as a Sorrel's cement against reaction with carbonate that results in MgCO{sub 3} formation decreasing the efficiency of Mg(OH){sub 2} to sorb arsenic, and (3) the development of a new, very promising sorbent for arsenic based on zirconium. Zirconium is an environmentally benign material found in many common products such as toothpaste. It is currently used in water treatment and is very inexpensive. In this work, zirconium has been bonded to activated carbon, zeolites, sand and montmorillonite. Because of its high charge in ionic form (+6), zirconium is a strong sorbent for many anions including arsenic. In equilibrium experiments arsenic concentrations in water were reduced from 200 ppb to less than 1 ppb in less than 1 minute of contact time. Additionally, analytical methods for detecting arsenic in water have also been investigated. Various analytical techniques including HPLC, AA and ICP-MS are used for quantification of arsenic. Due to large matrix interferences HPLC and AA techniques are not very selective and are time consuming. ICP-MS is highly efficient, requires a low sample volume and has a high tolerance for interferences. All these techniques are costly and require trained staff, and with the exception of ICP-MS, these methods cannot be used at low ppb arsenic concentration without using a pre-concentration step. An alternative to these traditional techniques is to use a colorimetric method based on leucocrystal violet dye

  16. Chemical approaches for doping nanodevice architectures.

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    O'Connell, John; Biswas, Subhajit; Duffy, Ray; Holmes, Justin D

    2016-08-26

    Advanced doping technologies are key for the continued scaling of semiconductor devices and the maintenance of device performance beyond the 14 nm technology node. Due to limitations of conventional ion-beam implantation with thin body and 3D device geometries, techniques which allow precise control over dopant diffusion and concentration, in addition to excellent conformality on 3D device surfaces, are required. Spin-on doping has shown promise as a conventional technique for doping new materials, particularly through application with other dopant methods, but may not be suitable for conformal doping of nanostructures. Additionally, residues remain after most spin-on-doping processes which are often difficult to remove. In situ doping of nanostructures is especially common for bottom-up grown nanostructures but problems associated with concentration gradients and morphology changes are commonly experienced. Monolayer doping has been shown to satisfy the requirements for extended defect-free, conformal and controllable doping on many materials ranging from traditional silicon and germanium devices to emerging replacement materials such as III-V compounds but challenges still remain, especially with regard to metrology and surface chemistry at such small feature sizes. This article summarises and critically assesses developments over the last number of years regarding the application of gas and solution phase techniques to dope silicon-, germanium- and III-V-based materials and nanostructures to obtain shallow diffusion depths coupled with high carrier concentrations and abrupt junctions. PMID:27418239

  17. Chemical approaches for doping nanodevice architectures

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    O’Connell, John; Biswas, Subhajit; Duffy, Ray; Holmes, Justin D.

    2016-08-01

    Advanced doping technologies are key for the continued scaling of semiconductor devices and the maintenance of device performance beyond the 14 nm technology node. Due to limitations of conventional ion-beam implantation with thin body and 3D device geometries, techniques which allow precise control over dopant diffusion and concentration, in addition to excellent conformality on 3D device surfaces, are required. Spin-on doping has shown promise as a conventional technique for doping new materials, particularly through application with other dopant methods, but may not be suitable for conformal doping of nanostructures. Additionally, residues remain after most spin-on-doping processes which are often difficult to remove. In situ doping of nanostructures is especially common for bottom-up grown nanostructures but problems associated with concentration gradients and morphology changes are commonly experienced. Monolayer doping has been shown to satisfy the requirements for extended defect-free, conformal and controllable doping on many materials ranging from traditional silicon and germanium devices to emerging replacement materials such as III–V compounds but challenges still remain, especially with regard to metrology and surface chemistry at such small feature sizes. This article summarises and critically assesses developments over the last number of years regarding the application of gas and solution phase techniques to dope silicon-, germanium- and III–V-based materials and nanostructures to obtain shallow diffusion depths coupled with high carrier concentrations and abrupt junctions.

  18. Self-Activated Photostimulated Luminescence Properties and Stable Storage Capacity of Un-Doped Sr3Al2O5Cl2 Material for Potential Applications in Optical Storage.

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    Zou, Zehua; Duan, Mingxiao; Li, Huihui; Zhang, Jiachi; Wang, Yuhua

    2015-09-01

    Un-doped Sr3Al2OCl2 material is synthesized by conventional solid state method in reducing atmosphere. It shows intense photostimulated luminescence and the emission band of spectrum covers in 420-800 nm under infrared laser (980 nm) stimulation. Both the emission centers and traps are related to oxygen-deficient defects. Moreover, thermoluminescence indicates that there are at least five types of traps levels in this material. The weak long lasting phosphorescence (30 s) implies the lack of the shallow traps. The deep traps are rich and their storage capacity can be influenced by the releasing progress of the shallow traps. When the shallow traps are completely emptied after 6 h, the stable storage capacity of deep traps is still as large as 51.5%. Also, this material show good photostimulated luminescence under irradiation by infrared laser. Therefore, the un-doped Sr3Al2O5Cl2 material synthesized in reducing atmosphere can be considered as a potential photostimulated material for optical storage. Accordingly, the influence mechanism of traps on photostimulated luminescence is proposed. PMID:26716302

  19. Theoretical analysis of structure and formation energy of impurity-doped Mg2Si: Comparison of first-principles codes for material properties

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    Hirayama, Naomi; Iida, Tsutomu; Funashima, Hiroki; Morioka, Shunsuke; Sakamoto, Mariko; Nishio, Keishi; Kogo, Yasuo; Takanashi, Yoshifumi; Hamada, Noriaki

    2015-07-01

    We theoretically investigate the impurity doping effects on the structural parameters such as lattice constant, atomic positions, and site preferences of impurity dopants for Al-doped magnesium silicide (Mg2Si) crystal using the first-principles calculation methods. We present comparison between several codes: ABCAP, Quantum Espresso, and Machikaneyama2002 (Akai KKR), which are based on the full-potential linearized augmented plane-wave method, the pseudopotential method, and KKR/GGA Green’s function method, respectively. As a result, any codes used in the present study exhibit qualitative consistency both in the dependence of the lattice constants on the doping concentration and the energetic preference of the Al atom for the following sites; substitutional Si and Mg sites, and interstitial 4b site; in particular, ABCAP, which is based on the all-electron full-potential method, and Quantum Espresso, which is a code of the pseudopotential method, produce closely-resemble calculation results. We also discuss the effects of local atomic displacement owing to the presence of impurities to the structural parameters of a bulk. Using the analytical method considering the local atomic displacement, moreover, we evaluate the formation energy of Na- and B-doped systems as examples of p-type doping in order to examine the possilbility of realizing p-type Mg2Si.

  20. Scalable synthesis of core-shell structured SiOx/nitrogen-doped carbon composite as a high-performance anode material for lithium-ion batteries

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    Shi, Lu; Wang, Weikun; Wang, Anbang; Yuan, Keguo; Jin, Zhaoqing; Yang, Yusheng

    2016-06-01

    In this work, a novel core-shell structured SiOx/nitrogen-doped carbon composite has been prepared by simply dispersing the SiOx particles, which are synthesized by a thermal evaporation method from an equimolar mixture of Si and SiO2, into the dopamine solution, followed by a carbonization process. The SiOx core is well covered by the conformal and homogeneous nitrogen-doped carbon layer from the pyrolysis of polydopamine. By contrast with the bare SiOx, the electrochemical performance of the as-prepared core-shell structured SiOx/nitrogen-doped carbon composite has been improved significantly. It delivers a reversible capacity of 1514 mA h g-1 after 100 cycles at a current density of 100 mA g-1 and 933 mA h g-1 at 2 A g-1, much higher than those of commercial graphite anodes. The nitrogen-doped carbon layer ensures the excellent electrochemical performance of the SiOx/C composite. In addition, since dopamine can self-polymerize and coat virtually any surface, this versatile, facile and highly efficient coating process may be widely applicable to obtain various composites with uniform nitrogen-doped carbon coating layer.

  1. Nitrogen-Doped Ordered Mesoporous Anatase TiO2 Nanofibers as Anode Materials for High Performance Sodium-Ion Batteries.

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    Wu, Ying; Liu, Xiaowu; Yang, Zhenzhong; Gu, Lin; Yu, Yan

    2016-07-01

    Nitrogen-doped ordered mesoporous TiO2 nanofibers (N-MTO) have been fabricated by electrospinning and subsequent nitridation treatment. The N-doping in TiO2 leads to the formation of Ti(3+) , resulting in the improved electron conductivity of TiO2 . In addition, one-dimensional (1D) N-MTO nanostructure possesses very short diffusion length of Na(+) /e(-) in N-MTO, easy access of electrolyte, and high conductivity transport of electrons along the percolating fibers. The N-MTO shows excellent sodium storage performance. PMID:27185585

  2. Functionalization of nitrogen-doped carbon nanotubes with gallium to form Ga-CN(x)-multi-wall carbon nanotube hybrid materials.

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    Simmons, Trevor J; Hashim, Daniel P; Zhan, Xiaobo; Bravo-Sanchez, Mariela; Hahm, Myung Gwan; López-Luna, Edgar; Linhardt, Robert J; Ajayan, Pulickel M; Navarro-Contreras, Hugo; Vidal, Miguel A

    2012-08-17

    In an effort to combine group III-V semiconductors with carbon nanotubes, a simple solution-based technique for gallium functionalization of nitrogen-doped multi-wall carbon nanotubes has been developed. With an aqueous solution of a gallium salt (GaI(3)), it was possible to form covalent bonds between the Ga(3+) ion and the nitrogen atoms of the doped carbon nanotubes to form a gallium nitride-carbon nanotube hybrid at room temperature. This functionalization was evaluated by x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, energy dispersive x-ray spectroscopy, Raman spectroscopy, scanning electron microscopy and transmission electron microscopy. PMID:22825368

  3. Energy Storage: Nitrogen-Doped Ordered Mesoporous Anatase TiO2 Nanofibers as Anode Materials for High Performance Sodium-Ion Batteries (Small 26/2016).

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    Wu, Ying; Liu, Xiaowu; Yang, Zhenzhong; Gu, Lin; Yu, Yan

    2016-07-01

    On page 3522, Y. Yu and co-workers fabricate nitrogen-doped ordered mesoporous TiO2 nanofibers (denoted as N-MTO) by electrospinning and subsequent nitridation treatment. Nitrogen atoms are successfully doped into the TiO2 lattice, accompanied by the formation of Ti(3+) and oxygen vacancies, contributing to the improvement of electronic conductivity of TiO2 . When used as an anode for a sodium-ion battery, the N-MTO demonstrates excellent rate capability and superior long cycling performance. PMID:27383035

  4. Superconductivity in doped semiconductors

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    Bustarret, E.

    2015-07-01

    A historical survey of the main normal and superconducting state properties of several semiconductors doped into superconductivity is proposed. This class of materials includes selenides, tellurides, oxides and column-IV semiconductors. Most of the experimental data point to a weak coupling pairing mechanism, probably phonon-mediated in the case of diamond, but probably not in the case of strontium titanate, these being the most intensively studied materials over the last decade. Despite promising theoretical predictions based on a conventional mechanism, the occurrence of critical temperatures significantly higher than 10 K has not been yet verified. However, the class provides an enticing playground for testing theories and devices alike.

  5. Physicochemical properties of rare earth doped ceria Ce0.9Ln0.1O1.95 (Ln = Nd, Sm, Gd) as an electrolyte material for IT-SOFC/SOEC

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    Chaubey, Nityanand; Wani, B. N.; Bharadwaj, S. R.; Chattopadhyaya, M. C.

    2013-06-01

    Nanosized crystallites of rare earth doped ceria Ce0.9Ln0.1O1.95 (Ln = Nd, Sm, Gd) a promising electrolyte material for Intermediate Temperature - Solid Oxide Fuel Cells/electrolysis cells have been synthesized by standard ceramic route. Detection of impurities in the samples was done by FTIR spectroscopy. X-ray diffraction studies were used for the determination of phase purity, crystal structure and average crystallite size of the samples. Kinetics involved in phase formation has been discussed. Raman study showed a major band around 465 cm-1 in all the samples, which is attributed to the cubic fluorite structure of ceria. It was also found that for samples Ce0.9Ln0.1O1.95 (Ln = Nd, Sm, Gd) the frequency of F2g shifts to lower value. Electrochemical impedance spectroscopy has been used to measure the ionic conductivity of the samples at elevated temperatures. The Gd doped sample showed the highest grain boundary and total conductivity in comparison to Sm and Nd doped sample. Bulk thermal expansion behavior, sintered densities and micro structural features of the samples have also been studied.

  6. Method of doping a semiconductor

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    Yang, Chiang Y.; Rapp, Robert A.

    1983-01-01

    A method for doping semiconductor material. An interface is established between a solid electrolyte and a semiconductor to be doped. The electrolyte is chosen to be an ionic conductor of the selected impurity and the semiconductor material and electrolyte are jointly chosen so that any compound formed from the impurity and the semiconductor will have a free energy no lower than the electrolyte. A potential is then established across the interface so as to allow the impurity ions to diffuse into the semiconductor. In one embodiment the semiconductor and electrolyte may be heated so as to increase the diffusion coefficient.

  7. Effect of calcination temperature on the structure and visible-light photocatalytic activities of (N, S and C) co-doped TiO2 nano-materials

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    Lei, X. F.; Xue, X. X.; Yang, H.; Chen, C.; Li, X.; Niu, M. C.; Gao, X. Y.; Yang, Y. T.

    2015-03-01

    The (N, S and C) co-doped TiO2 samples (NSC-TiO2) were synthesized by the sol-gel method combining with the high energy ball milling method calcined at the different temperature (400-700 °C), employing butyl titanate as the titanium source and thiourea as the doping agent. The structures of NSC-TiO2 samples were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), UV-vis diffuse reflectance spectra (DRS), X-ray photoluminescence (PL) spectroscopy, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), thermogravimetry and differential thermal analysis (TG-DTA), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR), transmission electron microscope (TEM), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and nitrogen adsorption-desorption isotherms. The photocatalytic activities were checked through the photocatalytic reduction of Cr(VI) as a model compound under visible light irradiation. The results showed that the (N, S and C) co-doping and the calcination temperature played important role on the microstructure and photocatalytic activity of the samples. According to XPS spectra, sulfur was mainly attributed to the Tisbnd Osbnd S bond; nitrogen was ascribed to the Tisbnd Osbnd N and Tisbnd N bonds; carbon was assigned to the Tisbnd Osbnd C bond in the NSC-TiO2 samples. (N, S and C) co-doped TiO2 samples calcinated at 500 °C exhibits higher photocatalytic activity than that of the other samples under visible light irradiation, which can be attributed to the synergic effect of its enhancing crystallization of anatase and (N, S and C) co-doping.

  8. An investigation into the doping and crystallinity of anodically fabricated titania nanotube arrays: Towards an efficient material for solar energy applications

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    Allam Abdel-Motalib, Nageh Khalaf

    The primary focus of this dissertation was to improve the properties of the anodically fabricated TiO2 nanotube arrays; notably its band gap and crystallinity while retaining its tubular structure unaffected. The underlying hypothesis was that controlling the crystallinity and band gap while retaining the tubular structure will result in an enormous enhancement of the photoconversion capability of the material. To this end, a direct one-step facile approach for the in-situ doping of TiO2 nanotube arrays during their electrochemical fabrication in both aqueous and non-aqueous electrolytes has been investigated. The effect of doping on the morphology, optical and photoelectrochemical properties of the fabricated nanotube arrays is discussed. In an effort to improve the crystallinity of the anodically fabricated TiO2 nanotube arrays while retaining the tubular morphology, novel processing routes have been investigated to fabricate crystalline TiO 2 nanotube array electrodes. For the sake of comparison, the nanotubes were annealed at high temperature using the conventionally used procedure. The samples were found to be stable up to temperatures around 580°C, however, higher temperatures resulted in crystallization of the titanium support which disturbed the nanotube architecture, causing it to partially and gradually collapse and densify. The maximum photoconversion efficiency for water splitting using 7 mum-TiO2 nanotube arrays electrodes annealed at 580°C was measured to be about 10% under UV illumination. We investigated the effect of subsequent low temperature crystallization step. Rapid infrared (IR) annealing was found to be an efficient technique for crystallizing the nanotube array films within a few minutes. The IR-annealed 7mum-nanotube array films showed significant photoconversion efficiencies (eta=13.13%) upon their use as photoanodes to photoelectrochemically split water under UV illumination. This was related, in part, to the reduction in the barrier

  9. Lanthanide doped strontium-barium cesium halide scintillators

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    Bizarri, Gregory; Bourret-Courchesne, Edith; Derenzo, Stephen E.; Borade, Ramesh B.; Gundiah, Gautam; Yan, Zewu; Hanrahan, Stephen M.; Chaudhry, Anurag; Canning, Andrew

    2015-06-09

    The present invention provides for a composition comprising an inorganic scintillator comprising an optionally lanthanide-doped strontium-barium, optionally cesium, halide, useful for detecting nuclear material.

  10. Characterization of the fulgide-doped PMMA films and investigation of photochromic reaction of Langmuir-Blodgett films as recording materials

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    Lafond, Christophe; Pouraghajani, Ozra; Tork, Amir; Bolte, Michel; Ritcey, Anna-Marie R.; Lessard, Roger A.

    2001-06-01

    Photochemical characterization and holographic recording of fulgide Aberchrome 670 and 540-doped polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA) were investigated. Upon UV and visible exposure, closed-form absorbency followed first-order kinetic. The real time holographic recording in fulgides doped PMMA films were studied. The effect of dye concentration, thickness of the film and the recording intensity on diffraction efficiency was reported. We used the Langmuir-Blodgett (LB) technique in order to transferring a compact multilayer of fulgide spread on water surface between two thin films of cellulose acetate (CA). The preliminary results of the surface pressure-area isotherms obtained by LB show the transfer of the fulgide between two CA thin films. Finally, the photochromic reaction of fulgide in LB films was investigated.

  11. Boron-doped amorphous diamondlike carbon as a new p-type window material in amorphous silicon p-i-n solar cells

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    Lee, C.H.; Lim, K.S.

    1998-01-01

    A boron-doped hydrogenated amorphous diamondlike carbon (a-DLC:H) was prepared using a mercury-sensitized photochemical vapor deposition (photo-CVD) method. The source gases were B{sub 2}H{sub 6} and C{sub 2}H{sub 4}. By increasing the boron doping ratio (B{sub 2}H{sub 6}/C{sub 2}H{sub 4}) from 0 to 12000 ppm, the dark conductivity increased from {approximately}10{sup {minus}9} to {approximately}10{sup {minus}7} S/cm. A boron-doped a-DLC:H with an energy band gap of 3.8 eV and a dark conductivity of 1.3{times}10{sup {minus}8} S/cm was obtained at a doping ratio of 3600 ppm. By using this film, amorphous silicon (a-Si) solar cells with a novel p-a-DLC:H/p-a-SiC double p-layer structure were fabricated using the photo-CVD method and the cell photovoltaic characteristics were investigated as a function of a-DLC:H layer thickness. The open circuit voltage increased from 0.766 V for the conventional cell with a 40-{Angstrom}-thick p-a-SiC to 0.865 V for the cell with a p-a-DLC:H (15 {Angstrom})/p-a-SiC (40 {Angstrom}) double p-layer structure. The thin ({lt}15 {Angstrom}) p-a-DLC:H layer proved to be an excellent hole emitter as a wide band gap window layer. {copyright} {ital 1998 American Institute of Physics.}

  12. Copper doped hollow structured manganese oxide mesocrystals with controlled phase structure and morphology as anode materials for lithium ion battery with improved electrochemical performance.

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    Li, Qun; Yin, Longwei; Li, Zhaoqiang; Wang, Xuekun; Qi, Yongxin; Ma, Jingyun

    2013-11-13

    We develop a facile synthesis route to prepare Cu doped hollow structured manganese oxide mesocrystals with controlled phase structure and morphology using manganese carbonate as the reactant template. It is shown that Cu dopant is homogeneously distributed among the hollow manganese oxide microspherical samples, and it is embedded in the lattice of manganese oxide by substituting Mn(3+) in the presence of Cu(2+). The crystal structure of manganese oxide products can be modulated to bixbyite Mn2O3 and tetragonal Mn3O4 in the presence of annealing gas of air and nitrogen, respectively. The incorporation of Cu into Mn2O3 and Mn3O4 induces a great microstructure evolution from core-shell structure for pure Mn2O3 and Mn3O4 samples to hollow porous spherical Cu-doped Mn2O3 and Mn3O4 samples with a larger surface area, respectively. The Cu-doped hollow spherical Mn2O3 sample displays a higher specific capacity of 642 mAhg(-1) at a current density of 100 mA g(-1) after 100 cycles, which is about 1.78 times improvement compared to that of 361 mA h g(-1) for the pure Mn2O3 sample, displaying a Coulombic efficiency of up to 99.5%. The great enhancement of the electrochemical lithium storage performance can be attributed to the improvement of the electronic conductivity and lithium diffusivity of electrodes. The present results have verified the ability of Cu doping to improve electrochemical lithium storage performances of manganese oxides. PMID:24080017

  13. Electrical conductivity and asymmetric material changes upon irradiation of Mg-doped lithium niobate crystals with low-mass, high-energy ions

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    Jentjens, L.; Raeth, N. L.; Peithmann, K.; Maier, K.

    2011-06-15

    Radiation damage in magnesium-doped lithium niobate crystals, created by low-mass, high-energy ions which have transmitted the entire crystal thickness, leads to an enhanced electrical dark conductivity as well as an enhanced photoconductivity. Experimental results on the electrical properties after ion exposure are given, and an asymmetric dependence of the conductivity as well as refractive index changes on the irradiation geometry with respect to the ferroelectric axis is revealed.

  14. Epitaxial Deposition Of Germanium Doped With Gallium

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    Huffman, James E.

    1994-01-01

    Epitaxial layers of germanium doped with gallium made by chemical vapor deposition. Method involves combination of techniques and materials used in chemical vapor deposition with GeH4 or GeCl4 as source of germanium and GaCl3 as source of gallium. Resulting epitaxial layers of germanium doped with gallium expected to be highly pure, with high crystalline quality. High-quality material useful in infrared sensors.

  15. Doped biocompatible layers prepared by laser

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    Jelínek, M.; Weiserová, M.; Kocourek, T.; Jurek, K.; Strnad, J.

    2010-03-01

    The contribution deals with KrF laser synthesis and study of doped biocompatible materials with focus on diamond-like carbon (DLC) and hydroxyapatite (HA). Overview of materials used for dopation is given. Experimental results of study of HA layers doped with silver are presented. Films properties were characterized using profilometer, SEM, WDX, XRD and optical transmission. Content of silver in layers moved from 0.06 to 13.7 at %. The antibacterial properties of HA, silver and doped HA layers were studied in vivo using Escherichia coli cells.

  16. Materialism.

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    Melnyk, Andrew

    2012-05-01

    Materialism is nearly universally assumed by cognitive scientists. Intuitively, materialism says that a person's mental states are nothing over and above his or her material states, while dualism denies this. Philosophers have introduced concepts (e.g., realization and supervenience) to assist in formulating the theses of materialism and dualism with more precision, and distinguished among importantly different versions of each view (e.g., eliminative materialism, substance dualism, and emergentism). They have also clarified the logic of arguments that use empirical findings to support materialism. Finally, they have devised various objections to materialism, objections that therefore serve also as arguments for dualism. These objections typically center around two features of mental states that materialism has had trouble in accommodating. The first feature is intentionality, the property of representing, or being about, objects, properties, and states of affairs external to the mental states. The second feature is phenomenal consciousness, the property possessed by many mental states of there being something it is like for the subject of the mental state to be in that mental state. WIREs Cogn Sci 2012, 3:281-292. doi: 10.1002/wcs.1174 For further resources related to this article, please visit the WIREs website. PMID:26301463

  17. Doping silicon nanocrystals and quantum dots.

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    Oliva-Chatelain, Brittany L; Ticich, Thomas M; Barron, Andrew R

    2016-01-28

    The ability to incorporate a dopant element into silicon nanocrystals (NC) and quantum dots (QD) is one of the key technical challenges for the use of these materials in a number of optoelectronic applications. Unlike doping of traditional bulk semiconductor materials, the location of the doping element can be either within the crystal lattice (c-doping), on the surface (s-doping) or within the surrounding matrix (m-doping). A review of the various synthetic strategies for doping silicon NCs and QDs is presented, concentrating on the efficacy of the synthetic routes, both in situ and post synthesis, with regard to the structural location of the dopant and the doping level. Methods that have been applied to the characterization of doped NCs and QDs are summarized with regard to the information that is obtained, in particular to provide researchers with a guide to the suitable techniques for determining dopant concentration and location, as well as electronic and photonic effectiveness of the dopant. PMID:26727507

  18. Doping silicon nanocrystals and quantum dots

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    Oliva-Chatelain, Brittany L.; Ticich, Thomas M.; Barron, Andrew R.

    2016-01-01

    The ability to incorporate a dopant element into silicon nanocrystals (NC) and quantum dots (QD) is one of the key technical challenges for the use of these materials in a number of optoelectronic applications. Unlike doping of traditional bulk semiconductor materials, the location of the doping element can be either within the crystal lattice (c-doping), on the surface (s-doping) or within the surrounding matrix (m-doping). A review of the various synthetic strategies for doping silicon NCs and QDs is presented, concentrating on the efficacy of the synthetic routes, both in situ and post synthesis, with regard to the structural location of the dopant and the doping level. Methods that have been applied to the characterization of doped NCs and QDs are summarized with regard to the information that is obtained, in particular to provide researchers with a guide to the suitable techniques for determining dopant concentration and location, as well as electronic and photonic effectiveness of the dopant.

  19. Doped semiconductor nanoparticles synthesized in gas-phase plasmas

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    Pereira, R. N.; Almeida, A. J.

    2015-08-01

    Crystalline nanoparticles (NPs) of semiconductor materials have been attracting huge research interest due to their potential use in future applications like photovoltaics and bioimaging. The important role that intentional impurity doping plays in semiconductor technology has ignited a great deal of research effort aiming at synthesizing semiconductor NPs doped with foreign impurities and at understanding their physical and chemical properties. In this respect, plasma-grown semiconductor NPs doped in situ during synthesis have been key in studies of doped NPs. This article presents a review of the advances in understanding the properties of doped semiconductor NPs synthesized by means of plasma methods and the role played by these NPs for our current understanding of doped NPs and the general behavior of doping in nanoscale materials.

  20. Improvement of the ab initio embedded cluster method for luminescence properties of doped materials by taking into account impurity induced distortions: The example of Y2O3:Bi3+

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    Réal, Florent; Ordejón, Belén; Vallet, Valérie; Flament, Jean-Pierre; Schamps, Joël

    2009-11-01

    New ab initio embedded-cluster calculations devoted to simulating the electronic spectroscopy of Bi3+ impurities in Y2O3 sesquioxide for substitutions in either S6 or C2 cationic sites have been carried out taking special care of the quality of the environment. A considerable quantitative improvement with respect to previous studies [F. Réal et al. J. Chem. Phys. 125, 174709 (2006); F. Réal et al. J. Chem. Phys. 127, 104705 (2007)] is brought by using environments of the impurities obtained via supercell techniques that allow the whole (pseudo) crystal to relax (WCR geometries) instead of environments obtained from local relaxation of the first coordination shell only (FSR geometries) within the embedded cluster approach, as was done previously. In particular the uniform 0.4 eV discrepancy of absorption energies found previously with FSR environments disappears completely when the new WCR environments of the impurities are employed. Moreover emission energies and hence Stokes shifts are in much better agreement with experiment. These decisive improvements are mainly due to a lowering of the local point-group symmetry (S6→C3 and C2→C1) when relaxing the geometry of the emitting (lowest) triplet state. This symmetry lowering was not observed in FSR embedded cluster relaxations because the crystal field of the embedding frozen at the genuine pure crystal positions seems to be a more important driving force than the interactions within the cluster, thus constraining the overall symmetry of the system. Variations of the doping rate are found to have negligible influence on the spectra. In conclusion, the use of WCR environments may be crucial to render the structural distortions occurring in a doped crystal and it may help to significantly improve the embedded-cluster methodology to reach the quantitative accuracy necessary to interpret and predict luminescence properties of doped materials of this type.

  1. Mn-doped ZnFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} nanoparticles with enhanced performances as anode materials for lithium ion batteries

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    Tang, Xiaoqin; Hou, Xianhua; Yao, Lingmin; Hu, Shejun; Liu, Xiang; Xiang, Liangzhong

    2014-09-15

    Highlights: • Mn-doped ZnFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} nanoparticles have been synthesized by hydrothermal method. • Zn{sub 0.96}Mn{sub 0.04}Fe{sub 2}O{sub 4} electrode shows the highest reversible capacity of 1157 mA h g{sup −1}. • The Zn{sub 0.96}Mn{sub 0.04}Fe{sub 2}O{sub 4} electrode shows promising cycling stability. - Abstract: Nanocrystalline Zn{sub 1−x}Mn{sub x}Fe{sub 2}O{sub 4} (x = 0, 0.02, 0.04, 0.06, 0.08, 0.1) have been successfully synthesized by one-step hydrothermal method. The morphologies and electrochemical performance of Mn-doped ZnFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} in various proportions were investigated at room temperature, respectively. The Zn{sub 1−x}Mn{sub x}Fe{sub 2}O{sub 4} (x = 0.04) electrode in the as-synthesized samples showed the highest specific capacity of 1547 mA h g{sup −1} and 1157 mA h g{sup −1} in the initial discharge/charge process, with a coulombic efficiency of 74.8%. Additionally, excellent cycling stability was performed with a 1214 mA h g{sup −1} capacity retention at a current density of 100 mA g{sup −1} after 50 cycles. The corresponding mechanism was proposed which indicated that the Mn-doped ZnFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} nanoparticles experienced an aggregation thermochemical reaction among ZnO, MnO and Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3} subparticles.

  2. Electrocaloric effect and luminescence properties of lanthanide doped (Na{sub 1/2}Bi{sub 1/2})TiO{sub 3} lead free materials

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    Zannen, M.; Lahmar, A. E-mail: zdravko.kutnjak@ijs.si; Asbani, B.; El Marssi, M.; Khemakhem, H.; Kutnjak, Z. E-mail: zdravko.kutnjak@ijs.si; Es Souni, M.

    2015-07-20

    Polycrystalline lead-free Sodium Bismuth Titanate (NBT) ferroelectric ceramics doped with rare earth (RE) element are prepared using solid state reaction method. Optical, ferroelectric, and electrocaloric properties were investigated. The introduction of RE{sup 3+} ions in the NBT host lattice shows different light emissions over the wavelength range from visible to near infrared region. The ferroelectric P-E hysteresis loops exhibit an antiferroelectric-like character near room temperature indicating possible existence of a morphotropic phase boundary. The enhanced electrocaloric response was observed in a broad temperature range due to nearly merged phase transitions. Coexistence of optical and electrocaloric properties is very promising for photonics or optoelectronic device applications.

  3. Piezoresistance and hole transport in beryllium-doped silicon.

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    Littlejohn, M. A.; Robertson, J. B.

    1972-01-01

    The resistivity and piezoresistance of p-type silicon doped with beryllium have been studied as a function of temperature, crystal orientation, and beryllium doping concentration. It is shown that the temperature coefficient of resistance can be varied and reduced to zero near room temperature by varying the beryllium doping level. Similarly, the magnitude of the piezoresistance gauge factor for beryllium-doped silicon is slightly larger than for silicon doped with a shallow acceptor impurity such as boron, while the temperature coefficient of piezoresistance is about the same for material containing these two dopants. These results are discussed in terms of a model for the piezoresistance of compensated p-type silicon.

  4. Y2O3 and Yb2O3 Co-doped Strontium Hafnate as a New Thermal Barrier Coating Material

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    Ma, Wen; Li, Peng; Dong, Hongying; Bai, Yu; Zhao, Jinlan; Fan, Xiaoze

    2014-01-01

    Y2O3 and Yb2O3 co-doped strontium hafnate powder with chemistry of Sr(Hf0.9Y0.05Yb0.05)O2.95 (SHYY) was synthesized by a solid-state reaction at 1450 °C. The SHYY showed good phase stability not only from 200 to 1400 °C but also at a high temperature of 1450 °C for a long period, analyzed by differential scanning calorimetry and x-ray diffraction, respectively. The coefficient of thermal expansion of the sintered bulk SHYY was recorded by a high-temperature dilatometer and revealed a positive influence on phase transitions of SrHfO3 by co-doping with Y2O3 and Yb2O3. The thermal conductivity of the bulk SHYY was approximately 16% lower in contrast to that of SrHfO3 at 1000 °C. Good chemical compatibility was observed for SHYY with 8YSZ or Al2O3 powders after a 24 h heat treatment at 1250 °C. The phase stability and the microstructure evolution of the as-sprayed SHYY coating during annealing at 1400 °C were also investigated.

  5. Study on blue organic light-emitting diodes doped with 4,4'-bis (9-ethyl-3carbazovinylene)-1,1'-biphenyl in various host materials

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    Du, Qianqian; Wang, Wenjun; Li, Shuhong; Zhang, Dong; Li, Wenlian; Zheng, Wanquan

    2016-05-01

    We have fabricated efficient blue organic light-emitting devices (OLEDs) with 4,4‧-bis (9-ethyl-3carbazovinylene)-1,1‧-biphenyl(BCzVBi) as the fluorescent emitter doped into 4,4‧-bis(carbazol-9-yl)biphenyl(CBP) and 1,3,5-Tris(1-phenyl-1H-benzimidazol-2-yl)benzene (TPBi), respectively, and the results show that luminance and luminous efficiency are greatly enhanced in the doped devices. Particularly, the optimized blue CBP-host device with a well-designed structure has a significantly higher luminous efficiency of 4.45 cd/A. The energy level structure of the BCzVBi molecules is obtained, which yields useful information on the light emission processes. We carry out a spectroscopic analysis based on Gaussian multi-peak fit for the electroluminescence (EL) emission spectra and present a theoretical explanation of the energy transfer mechanism in the host-guest system. These are expected to provide an effective strategy in enhancing high-efficiency blue OLEDs.

  6. Three-dimensional nitrogen-doped graphene frameworks anchored with bamboo-like tungsten oxide nanorods as high performance anode materials for lithium ion batteries

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    Gu, Xinyuan; Wu, Feilong; Lei, Bingbing; Wang, Jing; Chen, Ziliang; Xie, Kai; Song, Yun; Sun, Dalin; Sun, Lixian; Zhou, Huaiying; Fang, Fang

    2016-07-01

    Bamboo-like WO3 nanorods were anchored on three-dimensional nitrogen-doped graphene frameworks (r-WO3/3DNGF) by a facile one-step hydrothermal synthesis plus heating processes. There is a strong dependence of the obtained r-WO3/3DNGF nanostructures on the content of 3DNGF. The composite with 20 wt% 3DNGF content shows the most favorable structure where bamboo-like WO3 nanorods lie flat on the surface of fungus-like 3DNGF, and exhibits a high discharge capacity of 828 mAh g-1 over 100 cycles at 80 mA g-1 with the largest capacity retention of 73.9% for WO3 and excellent rate capacities of 719, 665, 573, 453 and 313 mAh g-1 at 80, 160, 400, 800 and 1600 mA g-1, respectively. The electrochemical performance is better than most of reported WO3-based carbonaceous composites, which can be attributed to the synergistic effects of the following actions: i) WO3 nanorods effectively shorten the diffusion path of Li+; ii) mechanically strong 3DNGF alleviates the huge volume change of WO3 upon Li+ intercalation/extraction; and iii) nitrogen-doping in 3D graphene frameworks improves electronic conductivity and provides large numbers of lithium ion diffusion channels.

  7. A high-performance dual-function material: self-assembled super long α-Fe2O3 hollow tubes with multiple heteroatom (C-, N- and S-) doping.

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    Li, Jiangfeng; Zhang, Wen; Zan, Guangtao; Wu, Qingsheng

    2016-08-01

    Novel heteroatom self-doped super long α-Fe2O3 hollow tubes have been synthesized by the combination of hydrothermal and calcination techniques using the chicken eggshell membrane as a template and a dopant. The obtained α-Fe2O3 super long hollow tubes are composed of closely arranged building blocks (α-Fe2O3 nanorods), which are connected to each other and provide a lot of grain boundaries. Scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction, Raman spectroscopy and nitrogen adsorption-desorption analysis were used to characterize the structure of the synthesized products. To demonstrate their potential applications, the as-synthesized samples were applied to ethanol (C2H5OH) gas sensors and supercapacitors. When applied as a gas sensor, the α-Fe2O3 material exhibits a high gas sensitivity, excellent recovery properties (9 s at 100 ppm C2H5OH concentration) and perfect selectivity to ethanol. As an electrode in a supercapacitor, α-Fe2O3 shows a high specific capacitance (330 F g(-1) at a current density of 0.5 A g(-1)) with good cycling stability (64% maintained over after 2000 cycles). The excellent sensing and supercapacitor performances could be attributed to the unique super long hollow tubes combined with the abundant pore volume and the small amount of heteroatom doping. PMID:27465700

  8. Structure and electrochemistry of B doped Li(Li0.2Ni0.13Co0.13Mn0.54)1-xBxO2 as cathode materials for lithium-ion batteries

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    Pan, Lingchao; Xia, Yonggao; Qiu, Bao; Zhao, Hu; Guo, Haocheng; Jia, Kai; Gu, Qingwen; Liu, Zhaoping

    2016-09-01

    Migration of transition metal (TM) ions to tetrahedral sites plays a crucial role on structural transformation and electrochemical behaviors for Li-rich layered oxides. Here, incorporating small B3+ in the tetrahedral interstice is employed to block the migration channel of TM ions and stabilize the crystal structure. Benefiting from their good structural stability, Li-rich layered materials with B-doped Li1.198Ni0.129Co0.129Mn0.535B0.01O2 and Li1.196Ni0.127Co0.127Mn0.529B0.02O2, exhibit excellent cycling performance and voltage stability. After 51 cycles at 0.2 C, 1 mol.% boron incorporated sample can deliver 211 mAh g-1 with capacity retention of 89.9%, which is much higher than that of the undoped sample of 177 mAh g-1 with the retention of 79.2%. Moreover, the declined voltage per cycle decreases from 3.6885 mV to 2.7530 mV after 2 mol.% boron doping. XRD patterns after extended cycling verified the suppression of the structural transformation by the incorporation of boron.

  9. Ferromagnetism in doped or undoped spintronics nanomaterials

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    Qiang, You

    2010-10-01

    Much interest has been sparked by the discovery of ferromagnetism in a range of oxide doped and undoped semiconductors. The development of ferromagnetic oxide semiconductor materials with giant magnetoresistance (GMR) offers many advantages in spintronics devices for future miniaturization of computers. Among them, TM-doped ZnO is an extensively studied n-type wide-band-gap (3.36 eV) semiconductor with a tremendous interest as future mini-computer, blue light emitting, and solar cells. In this talk, Co-doped ZnO and Co-doped Cu2O semiconductor nanoclusters are successfully synthesized by a third generation sputtering-gas-aggregation cluster technique. The Co-doped nanoclusters are ferromagnetic with Curie temperature above room temperature. Both of Co-doped nanoclusters show positive magnetoresistance (PMR) at low temperature, but the amplitude of the PMRs shows an anomalous difference. For similar Co doping concentration at 5 K, PMR is greater than 800% for Co-doped ZnO but only 5% for Co-doped Cu2O nanoclusters. Giant PMR in Co-doped ZnO which is attributed to large Zeeman splitting effect has a linear dependence on applied magnetic field with very high sensitivity, which makes it convenient for the future spintronics applications. The small PMR in Co-doped Cu2O is related to its vanishing density of states at Fermi level. Undoped Zn/ZnO core-shell nanoparticle gives high ferromagnetic properties above room temperature due to the defect induced magnetization at the interface.

  10. Negative Dielectric Constant Material Based on Ion Conducting Materials

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    Gordon, Keith L. (Inventor); Kang, Jin Ho (Inventor); Park, Cheol (Inventor); Lillehei, Peter T. (Inventor); Harrison, Joycelyn S. (Inventor)

    2014-01-01

    Metamaterials or artificial negative index materials (NIMs) have generated great attention due to their unique and exotic electromagnetic properties. One exemplary negative dielectric constant material, which is an essential key for creating the NIMs, was developed by doping ions into a polymer, a protonated poly(benzimidazole) (PBI). The doped PBI showed a negative dielectric constant at megahertz (MHz) frequencies due to its reduced plasma frequency and an induction effect. The magnitude of the negative dielectric constant and the resonance frequency were tunable by doping concentration. The highly doped PBI showed larger absolute magnitude of negative dielectric constant at just above its resonance frequency than the less doped PBI.

  11. Li diffusion through doped and defected graphene.

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    Das, Deya; Kim, Seungchul; Lee, Kwang-Ryeol; Singh, Abhishek K

    2013-09-28

    We investigate the effect of nitrogen and boron doping on Li diffusion through defected graphene using first principles based density functional theory. While a high energy barrier rules out the possibility of Li- diffusion through the pristine graphene, the barrier reduces with the incorporation of defects. Among the most common defects in pristine graphene, Li diffusion through the divacancy encounters the lowest energy barrier of 1.34 eV. The effect of nitrogen and boron doping on the Li diffusion through doped defected-graphene sheets has been studied. N-doping in graphene with a monovacancy reduces the energy barrier significantly. The barrier reduces with the increasing number of N atoms. On the other hand, for N doped graphene with a divacancy, Li binds in the plane of the sheet, with an enhanced binding energy. The B doping in graphene with a monovacancy leads to the enhancement of the barrier. However, in the case of B-doped graphene with a divacancy, the barrier reduces to 1.54 eV, which could lead to good kinetics. The barriers do not change significantly with B concentration. Therefore, divacancy, B and N doped defected graphene has emerged as a better alternative to pristine graphene as an anode material for Li ion battery. PMID:23925460

  12. Scintillator material

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    Anderson, David F.; Kross, Brian J.

    1994-01-01

    An improved scintillator material comprising cerium fluoride is disclosed. Cerium fluoride has been found to provide a balance of good stopping power, high light yield and short decay constant that is superior to known scintillator materials such as thallium-doped sodium iodide, barium fluoride and bismuth germanate. As a result, cerium fluoride is favorably suited for use as a scintillator material in positron emission tomography.

  13. Scintillator material

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    Anderson, D.F.; Kross, B.J.

    1992-07-28

    An improved scintillator material comprising cerium fluoride is disclosed. Cerium fluoride has been found to provide a balance of good stopping power, high light yield and short decay constant that is superior to known scintillator materials such as thallium-doped sodium iodide, barium fluoride and bismuth germanate. As a result, cerium fluoride is favorably suited for use as a scintillator material in positron emission tomography. 4 figs.

  14. Scintillator material

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    Anderson, D.F.; Kross, B.J.

    1994-06-07

    An improved scintillator material comprising cerium fluoride is disclosed. Cerium fluoride has been found to provide a balance of good stopping power, high light yield and short decay constant that is superior to known scintillator materials such as thallium-doped sodium iodide, barium fluoride and bismuth germanate. As a result, cerium fluoride is favorably suited for use as a scintillator material in positron emission tomography. 4 figs.

  15. Scintillator material

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    Anderson, David F.; Kross, Brian J.

    1992-01-01

    An improved scintillator material comprising cerium fluoride is disclosed. Cerium fluoride has been found to provide a balance of good stopping power, high light yield and short decay constant that is superior to known scintillator materials such as thallium-doped sodium iodide, barium fluoride and bismuth germanate. As a result, cerium fluoride is favorably suited for use as a scintillator material in positron emission tomography.

  16. Characterizing the Effects of Etch-induced Material Modification on the Crystallization Properties of Nitron Doped Ge2Sb2Te5

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    J Washington; E Joseph; S Raoux; J Jordan-Sweet; D Miller; H Cheng; A Schrott; C Chen; R Dasaka; et. al.

    2011-12-31

    The chemical and structural effects of processing on the crystallization of nitrogen doped Ge{sub 2}Sb{sub 2}Te{sub 5} is examined via x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), x-ray absorption spectroscopy (XAS), time resolved laser reflectivity, and time resolved x-ray diffraction (XRD). Time resolved laser reflectivity and XRD show that exposure to various etch and ash chemistries significantly reduces the crystallization speed while the transition temperature from the rocksalt to the hexagonal phase is increased. XPS and XAS attribute this to the selective removal and oxidization of N, Ge, Sb, and Te, thus altering the local bonding environment to the detriment of device performance.

  17. Characterizing the effects of etch-induced material modification on the crystallization properties of nitrogen doped Ge{sub 2}Sb{sub 2}Te{sub 5}

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    Washington, J. S.; Lucovsky, G.; Paesler, M. A.; Joseph, E. A.; Raoux, S.; Jordan-Sweet, J. L.; Schrott, A. G.; Dasaka, R.; Zhang, Y.; Lam, C. H.; Miller, D.; Shelby, B.; Cheng, H.-Y.; Chen, C.-F.; Lung, H.-L.; Miotti, L.

    2011-02-01

    The chemical and structural effects of processing on the crystallization of nitrogen doped Ge{sub 2}Sb{sub 2}Te{sub 5} is examined via x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), x-ray absorption spectroscopy (XAS), time resolved laser reflectivity, and time resolved x-ray diffraction (XRD). Time resolved laser reflectivity and XRD show that exposure to various etch and ash chemistries significantly reduces the crystallization speed while the transition temperature from the rocksalt to the hexagonal phase is increased. XPS and XAS attribute this to the selective removal and oxidization of N, Ge, Sb, and Te, thus altering the local bonding environment to the detriment of device performance.

  18. Low temperature synthesis of N-doped TiO2 with rice-like morphology through peroxo assisted hydrothermal route: Materials characterization and photocatalytic properties

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    Bakar, Shahzad Abu; Ribeiro, Caue

    2016-07-01

    Nanorice-shaped N:TiO2 photocatalysts have been prepared by the peroxo assisted hydrothermal method using stabilized titanium complex as a precursor and urea as a N source. The N:TiO2 nanorices were characterised by XRD, FE-SEM, HRTEM, XPS, UV-vis spectroscopy, Raman spectroscopy and measurements of photocatalytic degradation of organic molecules (atrazine and RhB dye) under the UV and visible-light irradiation. XRD analyses showed that pristine TiO2 crystallizes into anatase polymorph and that the N-doping process at 5% introduced a degree of disorder on the TiO2 crystalline structure. XPS study revealed the successful incorporation of the nitrogen atoms at the interstitial sites of the TiO2 crystal lattice. Microscopy studies revealed that the particle size was in the range 50-80 nm for the pristine TiO2. The photocatalysts were assembled in the form of nanorices with a high surface area (102 m2 g-1). The successful incorporation of nitrogen atoms into the TiO2 crystal lattice is expected to be responsible for enhanced photocatalytic activity of the as-prepared samples for the degradation of pollutants (RhB and atrazine) under UV and visible light irradiation. The rate of rad OH radicals formation under visible-light irradiation was examined and found to be correlated with the photocatalytic activity per unit surface area. The N:TiO2 particles with nanorice morphology was efficient photocatalysts for decomposition of organic dyes under UV and visible-light exposure while pristine TiO2 photocatalyst did not show any significant photocatalytic activity when stimulated by visible-light. The 3% doped N:TiO2 sample exhibited the highest photocatalytic activity among all synthesized photocatalysts.

  19. Identification of catalytic sites for oxygen reduction and oxygen evolution in N-doped graphene materials: Development of highly efficient metal-free bifunctional electrocatalyst

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    Yang, Hong Bin; Miao, Jianwei; Hung, Sung-Fu; Chen, Jiazang; Tao, Hua Bing; Wang, Xizu; Zhang, Liping; Chen, Rong; Gao, Jiajian; Chen, Hao Ming; Dai, Liming; Liu, Bin

    2016-01-01

    Oxygen reduction reaction (ORR) and oxygen evolution reaction (OER) are critical to renewable energy conversion and storage technologies. Heteroatom-doped carbon nanomaterials have been reported to be efficient metal-free electrocatalysts for ORR in fuel cells for energy conversion, as well as ORR and OER in metal-air batteries for energy storage. We reported that metal-free three-dimensional (3D) graphene nanoribbon networks (N-GRW) doped with nitrogen exhibited superb bifunctional electrocatalytic activities for both ORR and OER, with an excellent stability in alkaline electrolytes (for example, KOH). For the first time, it was experimentally demonstrated that the electron-donating quaternary N sites were responsible for ORR, whereas the electron-withdrawing pyridinic N moieties in N-GRW served as active sites for OER. The unique 3D nanoarchitecture provided a high density of the ORR and OER active sites and facilitated the electrolyte and electron transports. As a result, the as-prepared N-GRW holds great potential as a low-cost, highly efficient air cathode in rechargeable metal-air batteries. Rechargeable zinc-air batteries with the N-GRW air electrode in a two-electrode configuration exhibited an open-circuit voltage of 1.46 V, a specific capacity of 873 mAh g−1, and a peak power density of 65 mW cm−2, which could be continuously charged and discharged with an excellent cycling stability. Our work should open up new avenues for the development of various carbon-based metal-free bifunctional electrocatalysts of practical significance. PMID:27152333

  20. Identification of catalytic sites for oxygen reduction and oxygen evolution in N-doped graphene materials: Development of highly efficient metal-free bifunctional electrocatalyst.

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    Yang, Hong Bin; Miao, Jianwei; Hung, Sung-Fu; Chen, Jiazang; Tao, Hua Bing; Wang, Xizu; Zhang, Liping; Chen, Rong; Gao, Jiajian; Chen, Hao Ming; Dai, Liming; Liu, Bin

    2016-04-01

    Oxygen reduction reaction (ORR) and oxygen evolution reaction (OER) are critical to renewable energy conversion and storage technologies. Heteroatom-doped carbon nanomaterials have been reported to be efficient metal-free electrocatalysts for ORR in fuel cells for energy conversion, as well as ORR and OER in metal-air batteries for energy storage. We reported that metal-free three-dimensional (3D) graphene nanoribbon networks (N-GRW) doped with nitrogen exhibited superb bifunctional electrocatalytic activities for both ORR and OER, with an excellent stability in alkaline electrolytes (for example, KOH). For the first time, it was experimentally demonstrated that the electron-donating quaternary N sites were responsible for ORR, whereas the electron-withdrawing pyridinic N moieties in N-GRW served as active sites for OER. The unique 3D nanoarchitecture provided a high density of the ORR and OER active sites and facilitated the electrolyte and electron transports. As a result, the as-prepared N-GRW holds great potential as a low-cost, highly efficient air cathode in rechargeable metal-air batteries. Rechargeable zinc-air batteries with the N-GRW air electrode in a two-electrode configuration exhibited an open-circuit voltage of 1.46 V, a specific capacity of 873 mAh g(-1), and a peak power density of 65 mW cm(-2), which could be continuously charged and discharged with an excellent cycling stability. Our work should open up new avenues for the development of various carbon-based metal-free bifunctional electrocatalysts of practical significance. PMID:27152333

  1. Ultraviolet Lasers Realized via Electrostatic Doping Method

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    Liu, X. Y.; Shan, C. X.; Zhu, H.; Li, B. H.; Jiang, M. M.; Yu, S. F.; Shen, D. Z.

    2015-01-01

    P-type doping of wide-bandgap semiconductors has long been a challenging issue for the relatively large activation energy and strong compensation of acceptor states in these materials, which hinders their applications in ultraviolet (UV) optoelectronic devices drastically. Here we show that by employing electrostatic doping method, hole-dominant region can be formed in wide bandgap semiconductors, and UV lasing has been achieved through the external injection of electrons into the hole-dominant region, confirming the applicability of the p-type wide bandgap semiconductors realized via the electrostatic doping method in optoelectronic devices. PMID:26324054

  2. Molecularly doped metals.

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    Avnir, David

    2014-02-18

    The many millions of organic, inorganic, and bioorganic molecules represent a very rich library of chemical, biological, and physical properties that do not show up among the approximately 100 metals. The ability to imbue metals with any of these molecular properties would open up tremendous potential for the development of new materials. In addition to their traditional features and their traditional applications, metals would have new traits, which would merge their classical virtues such as conductivity and catalytic activity with the diverse properties of these molecules. In this Account, we describe a new materials methodology, which enables, for the first time, the incorporation and entrapment of small organic molecules, polymers, and biomolecules within metals. These new materials are denoted dopant@metal. The creation of dopant@metal yields new properties that are more than or different from the sum of the individual properties of the two components. So far we have developed methods for the doping of silver, copper, gold, iron, palladium, platinum, and some of their alloys, as well as Hg-Ag amalgams. We have successfully altered classical metal properties (such as conductivity), induced unorthodox properties (such as rendering a metal acidic or basic), used metals as heterogeneous matrices for homogeneous catalysts, and formed new metallic catalysts such as metals doped with organometallic complexes. In addition, we have created materials that straddle the border between polymers and metals, we have entrapped enzymes to form bioactive metals, we have induced chirality within metals, we have made corrosion-resistant iron, we formed efficient biocidal materials, and we demonstrated a new concept for batteries. We have developed a variety of methods for synthesizing dopant@metals including aqueous homogeneous and heterogeneous reductions of the metal cations, reductions in DMF, electrochemical entrapments, thermal decompositions of zerovalent metal carbonyls

  3. Mg-doping for improved long-term cyclability of layered Na-ion cathode materials - The example of P2-type NaxMg0.11Mn0.89O2

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    Buchholz, Daniel; Vaalma, Christoph; Chagas, Luciana Gomes; Passerini, Stefano

    2015-05-01

    Sodium-ion batteries (SIBs) are establishing themselves as a low-cost alternative to the widespread lithium-ion technology, a trend that is exemplified by the use of aluminium as anode current collector. In order to be in line with this philosophy, environmentally friendly, abundant and cheap materials need to be used in order to provide a complementary rather than competing battery technology other than lithium-ion. With the same scope in mind, herein we present the structural and electrochemical characterization of P2-type NaxMg0.11Mn0.89O2 material to demonstrate the effectiveness of Mg-doping for the development of future layered cathode materials. Of particular interest is the effect on the long-term cyclability (200 cycles), which has not been reported, yet. As shown in the manuscript, a Mg content as low as 11% in the MO2 layer leads to a smoothing of the potential profile, very high coulombic efficiencies exceeding 99.5% at 12 mA g-1 and a stable long-term cycling behaviour.

  4. Molybdenum doped Pr0.5Ba0.5MnO3-δ (Mo-PBMO) double perovskite as a potential solid oxide fuel cell anode material

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    Sun, Yi-Fei; Zhang, Ya-Qian; Hua, Bin; Behnamian, Yashar; Li, Jian; Cui, Shao-Hua; Li, Jian-Hui; Luo, Jing-Li

    2016-01-01

    A layered Mo doped Pr0.5Ba0.5MnO3-δ (Mo-PBMO) double perovskite oxide was prepared by a modified sol-gel method and the properties of the fabricated material are characterized by various technologies. The results of X-ray diffraction (XRD), H2-temperature programmed reduction (H2-TPR), NH3-temperature programmed desorption (NH3-TPD), and thermogravimetric analysis (TGA) demonstrate that the treatment in reducing atmosphere at high temperature lead to a significant phase transformation of the material to a single cubic phase as well as with the Mo in multiple oxidized states. Such character leads to the production of large amount of oxygen deficiency with facilitated oxygen diffusion. The electrochemical performance tests of half-cell and single cell SOFCs exhibit the promoted effect of Mo on catalytic activity for the oxidation of H2 and CH4, indicating that Mo-PBMO could serve as an anode material candidate for SOFCs.

  5. Characterization of Sr-doped LaMnO{sub 3} and LaCoO{sub 3} as cathode materials for a doped LaGaO{sub 3} ceramic fuel cell

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    Huang, K.; Feng, M.; Goodenough, J.B.; Schmerling, M.

    1996-11-01

    Energy dispersive spectrometry line scan and ac impedance spectroscopy were used in this study to investigate the chemical reactions between two cathode materials, La{sub 0.84}Sr{sub 0.16} MnO{sub 3} (LSM), La{sub 0.5}Sr{sub 0.5}CoO{sub 3{minus}{delta}} (LSC), and the electrolyte La{sub 0.9}Sr{sub 0.1}Ga{sub 0.8}Mg{sub 0.2}O{sub 2.85} (LSGM). Significant interdiffusions of Co into LSGM and Ga into LSC were found at an LSC/LSGM interface even at relatively low fabrication temperatures. In contrast, only small interdiffusion of Mn into LSGM and Ga into LSM were detected at the LSM/LSGM interface even though it was fired at 1,470 C. The ac impedance spectra of the electrolyte LSGM with LSM, LSC, and Pt electrodes indicate a grain-boundary contribution to the total conductivity in the intermediate frequency range and a diffusion-controlled impedance in the low-frequency range. Irrespective of chemical reactions and a larger thermal expansion coefficient, LSC has the lowest dc resistance of all three electrodes investigated. Considering both the small interdiffusion reactions between LSM and LSGM and their similar thermal expansion coefficients, LSM could be an appropriate cathode material for LSGM-based fuel cells.

  6. Improved organic p-i-n type solar cells with n-doped fluorinated hexaazatrinaphthylene derivatives HATNA-F{sub 6} and HATNA-F{sub 12} as transparent electron transport material

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    Selzer, Franz Falkenberg, Christiane Leo, Karl Riede, Moritz; Hamburger, Manuel Baumgarten, Martin Müllen, Klaus

    2014-02-07

    We study new electron transport materials (ETM) to replace the reference material C{sub 60} in p-i-n type organic solar cells. A comprehensive material characterization is performed on two fluorinated hexaazatrinaphthylene derivatives, HATNA-F{sub 6} and HATNA-F{sub 12}, to identify the most promising material for the application in devices. We find that both HATNA derivatives are equally able to substitute C{sub 60} as ETM as they exhibit large optical energy gaps, low surface roughness, and sufficiently high electron mobilities. Furthermore, large electron conductivities of 3.5×10{sup −5} S/cm and 2.0×10{sup −4} S/cm are achieved by n-doping with 4 wt. % W{sub 2}(hpp){sub 4}. HOMO levels of (7.72 ± 0.05) eV and (7.73 ± 0.05) eV are measured by ultraviolet photoelectron spectroscopy and subsequently used for estimating LUMO values of (4.2 ± 0.8) eV and (4.3 ± 0.8) eV. Both fluorinated HATNA derivatives are successfully applied in p-i-n type solar cells. Compared to identical reference devices comprising the standard material C{sub 60}, the power conversion efficiency (PCE) can be increased from 2.1 % to 2.4 % by using the new fluorinated HATNA derivatives.

  7. Mechanical and transport properties of low-temperature negative thermal expansion material Mn 3CuN co-doped with Ge and Si

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    Huang, Rongjin; Wu, Zhixiong; Yang, Huihui; Chen, Zhen; Chu, Xinxin; Li, Laifeng

    2010-11-01

    Anti-perovskite manganese nitrides Mn 3CuN co-doped with Ge and Si show good negative thermal expansion properties at cryogenic temperatures and thus have great potential for cryogenic applications. In this work, Mn 3(Cu 0.6Si xGe 0.4-x)N ( x = 0.05, 0.1, 0.15) were prepared by reactive sintering under pressure. Their structures, densities, electrical resistivities, thermal conductivities and mechanical properties were studied at room and cryogenic temperatures. The results show that the values of electrical resistivities and thermal conductivities of Mn 3(Cu 0.6Si xGe 0.4-x)N ( x = 0.05, 0.1, 0.15) are in the range of 2.5-4.3 × 10 -6 Ω m and 1.9-3.6 W(m K) -1, respectively. Compression tests indicate the compressive strength and Young's modulus are about 700 MPa and 110 GPa, respectively.

  8. Electron and phonon transport in Co-doped FeV0.6Nb0.4Sb half-Heusler thermoelectric materials

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    Fu, Chenguang; Liu, Yintu; Xie, Hanhui; Liu, Xiaohua; Zhao, Xinbing; Jeffrey Snyder, G.; Xie, Jian; Zhu, Tiejun

    2013-10-01

    The electron and phonon transport characteristics of n-type Fe1-xCoxV0.6Nb0.4Sb half-Heusler thermoelectric compounds is analyzed. The acoustic phonon scattering is dominant in the carrier transport. The deformation potential of Edef = 14.1 eV and the density of state effective mass m* ≈ 2.0 me are derived under a single parabolic band assumption. The band gap is calculated to be ˜0.3 eV. Electron and phonon mean free paths are estimated based on the low and high temperature measurements. The electron mean free path is higher than the phonon one above room temperature, which is consistent with the experimental result that the electron mobility decreases more than the lattice thermal conductivity by grain refinement to enhance boundary scattering. A maximum ZT value of ˜0.33 is obtained at 650 K for x = 0.015, an increase by ˜60% compared with FeVSb. The optimal doping level is found to be ˜3.0 × 1020 cm-3 at 600 K.

  9. Modification of carbon nanotubes by CuO-doped NiO nanocomposite for use as an anode material for lithium-ion batteries

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    Mustansar Abbas, Syed; Tajammul Hussain, Syed; Ali, Saqib; Ahmad, Nisar; Ali, Nisar; Abbas, Saghir; Ali, Zulfiqar

    2013-06-01

    CuO-doped NiO (CuNiO) with porous hexagonal morphology is fabricated via a modified in-situ co-precipitation method and its nanocomposite is prepared with carbon nanotubes (CNTs). The electrochemical properties of CuNiO/CNT nanocomposite are investigated by cyclic voltammetry (CV), galvanostatic charge-discharge tests and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS). Since Cu can both act as conductor and a catalyst, the CuNiO/CNT nanocomposite exhibits higher initial coulombic efficiency (82.7% of the 2nd cycle) and better capacity retention (78.6% on 50th cycle) than bare CuNiO (78.9% of the 2nd cycle), CuO/CNT (76.8% of the 2nd cycle) and NiO/CNT (77.7% of the 2nd cycle) at the current density of 100 mA /g. This high capacity and good cycling ability is attributed to the partial substitution of Cu+2 for Ni+2, resulting in an increase of holes concentration, and therefore improved p-type conductivity along with an intimate interaction with CNTs providing large surface area, excellent conduction, mechanical strength and chemical stability.

  10. Nanocrystal doped matrixes

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    Parce, J. Wallace; Bernatis, Paul; Dubrow, Robert; Freeman, William P.; Gamoras, Joel; Kan, Shihai; Meisel, Andreas; Qian, Baixin; Whiteford, Jeffery A.; Ziebarth, Jonathan

    2010-01-12

    Matrixes doped with semiconductor nanocrystals are provided. In certain embodiments, the semiconductor nanocrystals have a size and composition such that they absorb or emit light at particular wavelengths. The nanocrystals can comprise ligands that allow for mixing with various matrix materials, including polymers, such that a minimal portion of light is scattered by the matrixes. The matrixes of the present invention can also be utilized in refractive index matching applications. In other embodiments, semiconductor nanocrystals are embedded within matrixes to form a nanocrystal density gradient, thereby creating an effective refractive index gradient. The matrixes of the present invention can also be used as filters and antireflective coatings on optical devices and as down-converting layers. Processes for producing matrixes comprising semiconductor nanocrystals are also provided. Nanostructures having high quantum efficiency, small size, and/or a narrow size distribution are also described, as are methods of producing indium phosphide nanostructures and core-shell nanostructures with Group II-VI shells.

  11. Materials

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    Glaessgen, Edward H.; Schoeppner, Gregory A.

    2006-01-01

    NASA Langley Research Center has successfully developed an electron beam freeform fabrication (EBF3) process, a rapid metal deposition process that works efficiently with a variety of weldable alloys. The EBF3 process can be used to build a complex, unitized part in a layer-additive fashion, although the more immediate payoff is for use as a manufacturing process for adding details to components fabricated from simplified castings and forgings or plate products. The EBF3 process produces structural metallic parts with strengths comparable to that of wrought product forms and has been demonstrated on aluminum, titanium, and nickel-based alloys to date. The EBF3 process introduces metal wire feedstock into a molten pool that is created and sustained using a focused electron beam in a vacuum environment. Operation in a vacuum ensures a clean process environment and eliminates the need for a consumable shield gas. Advanced metal manufacturing methods such as EBF3 are being explored for fabrication and repair of aerospace structures, offering potential for improvements in cost, weight, and performance to enhance mission success for aircraft, launch vehicles, and spacecraft. Near-term applications of the EBF3 process are most likely to be implemented for cost reduction and lead time reduction through addition of details onto simplified preforms (casting or forging). This is particularly attractive for components with protruding details that would require a significantly large volume of material to be machined away from an oversized forging, offering significant reductions to the buy-to-fly ratio. Future far-term applications promise improved structural efficiency through reduced weight and improved performance by exploiting the layer-additive nature of the EBF3 process to fabricate tailored unitized structures with functionally graded microstructures and compositions.

  12. Preparation of TiO2/boron-doped diamond/Ta multilayer films and use as electrode materials for supercapacitors

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    Shi, Chao; Li, Hongji; Li, Cuiping; Li, Mingji; Qu, Changqing; Yang, Baohe

    2015-12-01

    We report nanostructured TiO2/boron-doped diamond (BDD)/Ta multilayer films and their electrochemical performances as supercapacitor electrodes. The BDD films were grown on Ta substrates using electron-assisted hot filament chemical vapor deposition. Ti metal layers were deposited on the BDD surfaces by radio frequency magnetron sputtering, and nanostructured TiO2/BDD/Ta thin films were prepared by electrochemical etching and thermal annealing. The successful formation of TiO2 and Ta layered nanostructures was demonstrated using scanning electron and transmission electron microscopies. The electrochemical responses of these electrodes were evaluated by examining their use as electrical double-layer capacitors, using cyclic voltammetry, and galvanostatic charge/discharge and impedance measurements. When the TiO2/BDD/Ta film was used as the working electrode with 0.1 M Na2SO4 as the electrolyte, the capacitor had a specific capacitance of 5.23 mF cm-2 at a scan rate of 5 mV s-1 for a B/C ratio of 0.1% w/w. Furthermore, the TiO2/BDD/Ta film had improved electrochemical stability, with a retention of 89.3% after 500 cycles. This electrochemical behavior is attributed to the quality of the BDD, the surface roughness and electrocatalytic activities of the TiO2 layer and Ta nanoporous structures, and the synergies between them. These results show that TiO2/BDD/Ta films are promising as capacitor electrodes for special applications.

  13. Doped Artificial Spin Ice

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    Olson Reichhardt, Cynthia; Libal, Andras; Reichhardt, Charles

    We examine square and kagome artificial spin ice for colloids confined in arrays of double-well traps. Unlike magnetic artificial spin ices, colloidal and vortex artificial spin ice realizations allow creation of doping sites through double occupation of individual traps. We find that doping square and kagome ice geometries produces opposite effects. For square ice, doping creates local excitations in the ground state configuration that produce a local melting effect as the temperature is raised. In contrast, the kagome ice ground state can absorb the doping charge without generating non-ground-state excitations, while at elevated temperatures the hopping of individual colloids is suppressed near the doping sites. These results indicate that in the square ice, doping adds degeneracy to the ordered ground state and creates local weak spots, while in the kagome ice, which has a highly degenerate ground state, doping locally decreases the degeneracy and creates local hard regions.

  14. Stabilization of boron carbide via silicon doping

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    Proctor, J. E.; Bhakhri, V.; Hao, R.; Prior, T. J.; Scheler, T.; Gregoryanz, E.; Chhowalla, M.; Giulani, F.

    2015-01-01

    Boron carbide is one of the lightest and hardest ceramics, but its applications are limited by its poor stability against a partial phase separation into separate boron and carbon. Phase separation is observed under high non-hydrostatic stress (both static and dynamic), resulting in amorphization. The phase separation is thought to occur in just one of the many naturally occurring polytypes in the material, and this raises the possibility of doping the boron carbide to eliminate this polytype. In this work, we have synthesized boron carbide doped with silicon. We have conducted a series of characterizations (transmission electron microscopy, scanning electron microscopy, Raman spectroscopy and x-ray diffraction) on pure and silicon-doped boron carbide following static compression to 50 GPa non-hydrostatic pressure. We find that the level of amorphization under static non-hydrostatic pressure is drastically reduced by the silicon doping.

  15. Nitrogen-Doped Graphene and its Application in Electrochemical Biosensing

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    Wang, Ying; Shao, Yuyan; Matson, Dean W.; Li, Jinghong; Lin, Yuehe

    2010-05-05

    Chemical doping with foreign atoms is an effective method to intrinsically modify the properties of host materials. Among them, nitrogen (N) doping plays a critical role in regulating the electronic properties of carbon materials. Recently, graphene as a true 2-dimensional carbon material has shown fascinating applications in bioelectronics and biosensors. In this paper, we report a facile strategy to prepare N-doped graphene by using plasma treatment of pristine graphene synthesized via chemical method. Meanwhile, a possible schematic diagram has been proposed to detail the structure of N-doped graphene. By controlling the exposure time, N percentage in host grapheme can be regulated ranging from 0.11% to 1.35%. Moreover, the as prepared N-doped graphene has displayed high electrocatalytic activity to hydrogen peroxide and further been used for glucose biosensing with concentration as low as 0.01 mM in the presence of interferences.

  16. Porous allograft bone scaffolds: doping with strontium.

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    Zhao, Yantao; Guo, Dagang; Hou, Shuxun; Zhong, Hongbin; Yan, Jun; Zhang, Chunli; Zhou, Ying

    2013-01-01

    Strontium (Sr) can promote the process of bone formation. To improve bioactivity, porous allograft bone scaffolds (ABS) were doped with Sr and the mechanical strength and bioactivity of the scaffolds were evaluated. Sr-doped ABS were prepared using the ion exchange method. The density and distribution of Sr in bone scaffolds were investigated by inductively coupled plasma optical emission spectrometry (ICP-OES), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), and energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDS). Controlled release of strontium ions was measured and mechanical strength was evaluated by a compressive strength test. The bioactivity of Sr-doped ABS was investigated by a simulated body fluid (SBF) assay, cytotoxicity testing, and an in vivo implantation experiment. The Sr molar concentration [Sr/(Sr+Ca)] in ABS surpassed 5% and Sr was distributed nearly evenly. XPS analyses suggest that Sr combined with oxygen and carbonate radicals. Released Sr ions were detected in the immersion solution at higher concentration than calcium ions until day 30. The compressive strength of the Sr-doped ABS did not change significantly. The bioactivity of Sr-doped material, as measured by the in vitro SBF immersion method, was superior to that of the Sr-free freeze-dried bone and the Sr-doped material did not show cytotoxicity compared with Sr-free culture medium. The rate of bone mineral deposition for Sr-doped ABS was faster than that of the control at 4 weeks (3.28 ± 0.23 µm/day vs. 2.60 ± 0.20 µm/day; p<0.05). Sr can be evenly doped into porous ABS at relevant concentrations to create highly active bone substitutes. PMID:23922703

  17. Porous Allograft Bone Scaffolds: Doping with Strontium

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    Zhao, Yantao; Guo, Dagang; Hou, Shuxun; Zhong, Hongbin; Yan, Jun; Zhang, Chunli; Zhou, Ying

    2013-01-01

    Strontium (Sr) can promote the process of bone formation. To improve bioactivity, porous allograft bone scaffolds (ABS) were doped with Sr and the mechanical strength and bioactivity of the scaffolds were evaluated. Sr-doped ABS were prepared using the ion exchange method. The density and distribution of Sr in bone scaffolds were investigated by inductively coupled plasma optical emission spectrometry (ICP-OES), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), and energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDS). Controlled release of strontium ions was measured and mechanical strength was evaluated by a compressive strength test. The bioactivity of Sr-doped ABS was investigated by a simulated body fluid (SBF) assay, cytotoxicity testing, and an in vivo implantation experiment. The Sr molar concentration [Sr/(Sr+Ca)] in ABS surpassed 5% and Sr was distributed nearly evenly. XPS analyses suggest that Sr combined with oxygen and carbonate radicals. Released Sr ions were detected in the immersion solution at higher concentration than calcium ions until day 30. The compressive strength of the Sr-doped ABS did not change significantly. The bioactivity of Sr-doped material, as measured by the in vitro SBF immersion method, was superior to that of the Sr-free freeze-dried bone and the Sr-doped material did not show cytotoxicity compared with Sr-free culture medium. The rate of bone mineral deposition for Sr-doped ABS was faster than that of the control at 4 weeks (3.28±0.23 µm/day vs. 2.60±0.20 µm/day; p<0.05). Sr can be evenly doped into porous ABS at relevant concentrations to create highly active bone substitutes. PMID:23922703

  18. Large difference between the magnetic properties of Ba and Ti co-doped BiFeO3 bulk materials and their corresponding nanoparticles prepared by ultrasonication

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    Ahmmad, Bashir; Kanomata, Kensaku; Koike, Kunihiro; Kubota, Shigeru; Kato, Hiroaki; Hirose, Fumihiko; Billah, Areef; Jalil, M. A.; Basith, M. A.

    2016-07-01

    The ceramic pellets of the nominal compositions Bi0.7Ba0.3Fe1‑x Ti x O3 (x  =  0.00–0.20) were prepared initially by standard solid state reaction technique. The pellets were then ground into micrometer-sized powders and mixed with isopropanol in an ultrasonic bath to prepare nanoparticles. The x-ray diffraction patterns demonstrate the presence of a significant number of impurity phases in bulk powder materials. Interestingly, these secondary phases were completely removed due to the sonication of these bulk powder materials for 60 minutes. The field and temperature dependent magnetization measurements exhibited significant difference between the magnetic properties of the bulk materials and their corresponding nanoparticles. We anticipate that the large difference in the magnetic behavior may be associated with the presence and absence of secondary impurity phases in the bulk materials and their corresponding nanoparticles, respectively. The leakage current density of the bulk materials was also found to suppress in the ultrasonically prepared nanoparticles compared to that of bulk counterparts.

  19. Effect of Chromium and Niobium Doping on the Morphology and Electrochemical Performance of High-Voltage Spinel LiNi(0.5)Mn(1.5)O4 Cathode Material.

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    Mao, Jing; Dai, Kehua; Xuan, Minjie; Shao, Guosheng; Qiao, Ruimin; Yang, Wanli; Battaglia, Vincent S; Liu, Gao

    2016-04-13

    Undoped, Cr-doped, and Nb-doped LiMn(1.5)Ni(0.5)O4 (LNMO) is synthesized via a PVP (polyvinylpyrrolidone)-combustion method by calcinating at 1000 °C for 6 h. SEM images show that the morphology of LNMO particles is affected by Cr and Nb doping. Cr doping results in sharper edges and corners and smaller particle size, and Nb doping leads to smoother edges and corners and more rounded and larger particles. The crystal and electron structure is investigated by XRD- and synchrotron-based soft X-ray absorption spectroscopy (sXAS). Cr doping and light Nb doping (LiNb(0.02)Ni(0.49)Mn(1.49)O4) improve the rate performance of LNMO. To explore the reason for rate-performance improvement, we conducted potential intermittent titration technique (PITT) and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) tests. The Li(+) chemical diffusion coefficient at different state of charge (SOC) is calculated and suggests that both Cr and light Nb doping speeds up Li(+) diffusion in LNMO particles. The impedance spectra show that both R(SEI) and R(ct) are reduced by Cr and light Nb doping. The cycling performance is improved by Cr or Nb doping, and Cr doping increases both Coulombic efficiency and energy efficiency of LNMO at 1 C cycling. The LiCr(0.1)Ni(0.45)Mn(1.45)O4 remains at 94.1% capacity after 500 cycles at 1 C, and during the cycling, the Coulombic efficiency and energy efficiency remain at over 99.7% and 97.5%, respectively. PMID:27008976

  20. Thermoelectric and mechanical properties of multi-wall carbon nanotube doped Bi0.4Sb1.6Te3 thermoelectric material

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    Ren, Fei; Wang, Hsin; Menchhofer, Paul A; Kiggans, Jim

    2013-01-01

    Since many thermoelectrics are brittle in nature with low mechanical strength, improving their mechanical properties is important in fabrication of devices such as thermoelectric power generators and coolers. In this work, multiwall carbon nanotubes (CNTs) were incorporated into polycrystalline Bi0.4Sb1.6Te3 through powder processing, which increased the flexural strength from 32 MPa to 90 MPa. Electrical and thermal conductivities were both reduced in the CNT containing materials, leading to unchanged figure of merit. Dynamic Young s modulus and shear modulus of the composites were lower than the base material, which is likely related to the grain boundary scattering due to the CNTs.

  1. Thermal diffusion boron doping of single-crystal natural diamond

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    Seo, Jung-Hun; Wu, Henry; Mikael, Solomon; Mi, Hongyi; Blanchard, James P.; Venkataramanan, Giri; Zhou, Weidong; Gong, Shaoqin; Morgan, Dane; Ma, Zhenqiang

    2016-05-01

    With the best overall electronic and thermal properties, single crystal diamond (SCD) is the extreme wide bandgap material that is expected to revolutionize power electronics and radio-frequency electronics in the future. However, turning SCD into useful semiconductors requires overcoming doping challenges, as conventional substitutional doping techniques, such as thermal diffusion and ion implantation, are not easily applicable to SCD. Here we report a simple and easily accessible doping strategy demonstrating that electrically activated, substitutional doping in SCD without inducing graphitization transition or lattice damage can be readily realized with thermal diffusion at relatively low temperatures by using heavily doped Si nanomembranes as a unique dopant carrying medium. Atomistic simulations elucidate a vacancy exchange boron doping mechanism that occurs at the bonded interface between Si and diamond. We further demonstrate selectively doped high voltage diodes and half-wave rectifier circuits using such doped SCD. Our new doping strategy has established a reachable path toward using SCDs for future high voltage power conversion systems and for other novel diamond based electronic devices. The novel doping mechanism may find its critical use in other wide bandgap semiconductors.

  2. Nitrogen-doped zirconia: A comparison with cation stabilized zirconia

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    Lee, Jong-Sook . E-mail: jong-sook.lee@fkf.mpg.de; Lerch, Martin; Maier, Joachim

    2006-01-15

    The conductivity behavior of nitrogen-doped zirconia is compared with that of zirconia doped with lower-valent cations and discussed in the framework of defect-defect interactions. While nominally introducing the same number of vacancies as yttrium, nitrogen dopants introduced in the anion sublattice of zirconia lead to substantially different defect kinetics and energetics. Compared to the equivalent yttrium doping nitrogen doping in the Y-Zr-O-N system substantially increases the activation energy and correspondingly decreases the conductivity at temperatures below 500{sup -}bar C in the vacancy range below 4mol%. The comparison of N-doped zirconia and zirconia systems doped with size-matched cation stabilizers, such as Sc, Yb and Y, shows that elastically driven vacancy-vacancy ordering interactions can phenomenologically account for the temperature- and composition-dependence. It is striking that materials with superior high-temperature conductivities due to weak dopant-vacancy interactions undergo severe deterioration at low temperature due to the strong vacancy-ordering. The analysis also explains qualitatively similar effects of Y co-doping in Yb-, Sc-, and N-doped zirconia. Small amount of Y in N-doped zirconia as well as in Sc-doped zirconia appears to hinder the formation of the long-range ordered phase and thus enhance the conductivity substantially.

  3. Frustrated magnetism in doped quasi-triangular lattice materials, Cu2(1-x)Zn2x(OH)3NO3/(C7H15COO)

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    Wu, Jian; Werner, Fletcher; Gangopadhyay, Anup K.; Solin, S. A.

    2010-03-01

    We have performed DC and AC magnetic susceptibility measurements on the spin S=1/2 quasi-triangular lattice materials Cu2(1-x)Zn2x(OH)3NO3/(C7H15COO). The X-ray diffraction experiments reveal that this class of materials has a crystal structure in P21/m space group, in which Cu^2+ and Zn^2+ ions are arranged on a slightly distorted triangular lattice [1]. Cu2(1-)Zn2x(OH)3NO3 with a short inorganic intercalation NO3 group, have a long-range antiferromagnetic order at low temperature. The Neel temperature TN decreases from 11K to 5.6K while the Curie-Weiss temperature increases from -5.1K to +2.8K as the Zn concentration increases from 0 to 65%. After a longer alkanecarboxylate C7H15COO group was introduced into the interlayer space, a spin-glass like behavior in magnetic properties was observed [2]. The value |θcw /TN| is approximately 20, indicating the materials are in a medium level frustrated state. The onset of a ferromagnetic correlation was found in both DC and AC susceptibility data. The interplay of geometrical frustration and the coexistence of ferromagnetic and antiferromagnetic couplings has driven the materials into a glassy ground state. [1] G. Linder, et al., Journal of Solid State Chemistry (1995) [2] M. A. Girtu et al, Phys Rev B 61,4117(2000).

  4. Phase transitions and doping in semiconductor nanocrystals

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    Sahu, Ayaskanta

    Colloidal semiconductor nanocrystals are a promising technological material because their size-dependent optical and electronic properties can be exploited for a diverse range of applications such as light-emitting diodes, bio-labels, transistors, and solar cells. For many of these applications, electrical current needs to be transported through the devices. However, while their solution processability makes these colloidal nanocrystals attractive candidates for device applications, the bulky surfactants that render these nanocrystals dispersible in common solvents block electrical current. Thus, in order to realize the full potential of colloidal semiconductor nanocrystals in the next-generation of solid-state devices, methods must be devised to make conductive films from these nanocrystals. One way to achieve this would be to add minute amounts of foreign impurity atoms (dopants) to increase their conductivity. Electronic doping in nanocrystals is still very much in its infancy with limited understanding of the underlying mechanisms that govern the doping process. This thesis introduces an innovative synthesis of doped nanocrystals and aims at expanding the fundamental understanding of charge transport in these doped nanocrystal films. The list of semiconductor nanocrystals that can be doped is large, and if one combines that with available dopants, an even larger set of materials with interesting properties and applications can be generated. In addition to doping, another promising route to increase conductivity in nanocrystal films is to use nanocrystals with high ionic conductivities. This thesis also examines this possibility by studying new phases of mixed ionic and electronic conductors at the nanoscale. Such a versatile approach may open new pathways for interesting fundamental research, and also lay the foundation for the creation of novel materials with important applications. In addition to their size-dependence, the intentional incorporation of

  5. Doping against the native propensity of MoS₂: Degenerate hole doping by cation substitution

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    Suh, Joonki; Park, Tae-Eon; Lin, Der-Yuh; Fu, Deyi; Park, Joonsuk; Jung, Hee Joon; Chen, Yabin; Ko, Changhyun; Jang, Chaun; Sun, Yinghui; Sinclair, Robert; Chang, Joonyeon; Tongay, Sefaattin; Wu, Junqiao

    2014-12-10

    Layered transition metal dichalcogenides (TMDs) draw much attention as the key semiconducting material for two-dimensional electrical, optoelectronic, and spintronic devices. For most of these applications, both n- and p-type materials are needed to form junctions and support bipolar carrier conduction. However, typically only one type of doping is stable for a particular TMD. For example, molybdenum disulfide (MoS₂) is natively an n-type presumably due to omnipresent electron-donating sulfur vacancies, and stable/controllable p-type doping has not been achieved. The lack of p-type doping hampers the development of charge-splitting p–n junctions of MoS₂, as well as limits carrier conduction to spin-degenerate conduction bands instead of the more interesting, spin-polarized valence bands. Traditionally, extrinsic p-type doping in TMDs has been approached with surface adsorption or intercalation of electron-accepting molecules. However, practically stable doping requires substitution of host atoms with dopants where the doping is secured by covalent bonding. In this work, we demonstrate stable p-type conduction in MoS₂ by substitutional niobium (Nb) doping, leading to a degenerate hole density of ~3 × 10¹⁹ cm⁻³. Structural and X-ray techniques reveal that the Nb atoms are indeed substitutionally incorporated into MoS₂ by replacing the Mo cations in the host lattice. van der Waals p–n homojunctions based on vertically stacked MoS₂ layers are fabricated, which enable gate-tunable current rectification. A wide range of microelectronic, optoelectronic, and spintronic devices can be envisioned from the demonstrated substitutional bipolar doping of MoS₂. From the miscibility of dopants with the host, it is also expected that the synthesis technique demonstrated here can be generally extended to other TMDs for doping against their native unipolar propensity.

  6. Rapid and Energy-Saving Microwave-Assisted Solid-State Synthesis of Pr(3+)-, Eu(3+)-, or Tb(3+)-Doped Lu2O3 Persistent Luminescence Materials.

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    Pedroso, Cássio C S; Carvalho, José M; Rodrigues, Lucas C V; Hölsä, Jorma; Brito, Hermi F

    2016-08-01

    Persistent luminescence materials Lu2O3:R(3+),M (Pr,Hf(IV); Eu; or Tb,Ca(2+)) were successfully and rapidly (22 min) prepared by microwave-assisted solid-state synthesis (MASS) using a carbon microwave susceptor and H3BO3 as flux. Reaction times are reduced by up to 93% over previous synthetic methods, without special gases application and using a domestic microwave oven. All materials prepared with H3BO3 flux exhibit LuBO3 impurities that were quantified by Rietveld refinement from synchrotron radiation X-ray powder diffraction patterns. The flux does not considerably affect the crystalline structure of the C-Lu2O3, however. Scanning electron micrographs suggest low surface area when H3BO3 flux is used in the materials' synthesis, decreasing the amount of surface hydroxyl groups in Lu2O3 and improving the luminescence intensity of the phosphors. The carbon used as the susceptor generates CO gas, leading to complete reduction of Tb(IV) to Tb(3+) and partial conversion of Pr(IV) to Pr(3+) present in the Tb4O7 and Pr6O11 precursors, as indicated by X-ray absorption near-edge structure data. Persistent luminescence spectra of the materials show the red/near-IR, reddish orange, and green emission colors assigned to the 4f(n) → 4f(n) transitions characteristics of Pr(3+), Eu(3+), and Tb(3+) ions, respectively. Differences between the UV-excited and persistent luminescence spectra can be explained by the preferential persistent luminescence emission of R(3+) ion in the S6 site rather than R(3+) in the C2 site. In addition, inclusion of Hf(IV) and Ca(2+) codopants in the Lu2O3 host increases the emission intensity and duration of persistent luminescence due to generation of traps caused by charge compensation in the lattice. Photonic materials prepared by MASS with H3BO3 flux show higher persistent luminescence performance than those prepared by the ceramic method or MASS without flux. Color tuning of persistent luminescence in Lu2O3:R(3+),M provides potential

  7. The Anti-Doping Movement.

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    Willick, Stuart E; Miller, Geoffrey D; Eichner, Daniel

    2016-03-01

    Historical reports of doping in sports date as far back as the ancient Greek Olympic Games. The anti-doping community considers doping in sports to be cheating and a violation of the spirit of sport. During the past century, there has been an increasing awareness of the extent of doping in sports and the health risks of doping. In response, the anti-doping movement has endeavored to educate athletes and others about the health risks of doping and promote a level playing field. Doping control is now undertaken in most countries around the world and at most elite sports competitions. As athletes have found new ways to dope, however, the anti-doping community has endeavored to strengthen its educational and deterrence efforts. It is incumbent upon sports medicine professionals to understand the health risks of doping and all doping control processes. PMID:26972261

  8. Polarization induced doped transistor

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    Xing, Huili; Jena, Debdeep; Nomoto, Kazuki; Song, Bo; Zhu, Mingda; Hu, Zongyang

    2016-06-07

    A nitride-based field effect transistor (FET) comprises a compositionally graded and polarization induced doped p-layer underlying at least one gate contact and a compositionally graded and doped n-channel underlying a source contact. The n-channel is converted from the p-layer to the n-channel by ion implantation, a buffer underlies the doped p-layer and the n-channel, and a drain underlies the buffer.

  9. Lead-free epitaxial ferroelectric material integration on semiconducting (100) Nb-doped SrTiO3 for low-power non-volatile memory and efficient ultraviolet ray detection

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    Kundu, Souvik; Clavel, Michael; Biswas, Pranab; Chen, Bo; Song, Hyun-Cheol; Kumar, Prashant; Halder, Nripendra N.; Hudait, Mantu K.; Banerji, Pallab; Sanghadasa, Mohan; Priya, Shashank

    2015-07-01

    We report lead-free ferroelectric based resistive switching non-volatile memory (NVM) devices with epitaxial (1-x)BaTiO3-xBiFeO3 (x = 0.725) (BT-BFO) film integrated on semiconducting (100) Nb (0.7%) doped SrTiO3 (Nb:STO) substrates. The piezoelectric force microscopy (PFM) measurement at room temperature demonstrated ferroelectricity in the BT-BFO thin film. PFM results also reveal the repeatable polarization inversion by poling, manifesting its potential for read-write operation in NVM devices. The electroforming-free and ferroelectric polarization coupled electrical behaviour demonstrated excellent resistive switching with high retention time, cyclic endurance, and low set/reset voltages. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy was utilized to determine the band alignment at the BT-BFO and Nb:STO heterojunction, and it exhibited staggered band alignment. This heterojunction is found to behave as an efficient ultraviolet photo-detector with low rise and fall time. The architecture also demonstrates half-wave rectification under low and high input signal frequencies, where the output distortion is minimal. The results provide avenue for an electrical switch that can regulate the pixels in low or high frequency images. Combined this work paves the pathway towards designing future generation low-power ferroelectric based microelectronic devices by merging both electrical and photovoltaic properties of BT-BFO materials.

  10. Charge/discharge mechanism of a new Co-doped Li2O cathode material for a rechargeable sealed lithium-peroxide battery analyzed by X-ray absorption spectroscopy

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    Ogasawara, Yoshiyuki; Hibino, Mitsuhiro; Kobayashi, Hiroaki; Kudo, Tetsuichi; Asakura, Daisuke; Nanba, Yusuke; Hosono, Eiji; Nagamura, Naoka; Kitada, Yuta; Honma, Itaru; Oshima, Masaharu; Okuoka, Shin-ichi; Ono, Hironobu; Yonehara, Koji; Sumida, Yasutaka; Mizuno, Noritaka

    2015-08-01

    Soft X-ray absorption spectroscopic studies are carried out to clarify the charge/discharge reaction mechanism of Co-doped Li2O (CDL, Co/Li = 0.1 molar ratio) as a cathode material for a new rechargeable lithium-peroxide battery. Upon charging CDL in an aprotic electrolyte, a drastic change can be seen in the O K-edge spectra, with a new, strong peak assignable to σ*(O-O) of peroxide at photon energy of 531.0 eV. This peak is reduced during subsequent discharging, causing the spectrum to essentially return to that of pristine CDL recorded in total fluorescence yield mode. The Co L2,3-edge spectra do not show a remarkable change during charging, with the exception of the disappearance of a Co2+ shoulder peak. The spectrum of charged CDL is in reasonable agreement with the calculated spectrum, assuming that the fraction of Co3+-L (where L indicates a hole state in the oxygen 2p band) is dominant in the electronic configuration of the ground state. This suggests that, to a certain extent, a redox reaction involving a ligand hole state (Co3+-L) participates in generation of the capacity.

  11. Superconductivity in doped fullerenes

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    Hebard, A.F. )

    1992-11-01

    While there is not complete agreement on the microscopic mechanism of superconductivity in alkali-metal-doped C[sub 60], further research may well lead to the production of analogous materials that lose resistance at even higher temperatures. Carbon 60 is a fascinating and arrestingly beautiful molecule. With 12 pentagonal and 20 hexagonal faces symmetrically arrayed in a soccer-ball-like structure that belongs to the icosahedral point group, I[sub h], its high symmetry alone invites special attention. The publication in September 1990 of a simple technique for manufacturing and concentrating macroscopic amounts of this new form of carbon announced to the scientific community that enabling technology had arrived. Macroscopic amounts of C[sub 60] (and the higher fullerenes, such as C[sub 70] and C[sub 84]) can now be made with an apparatus as simple as an arc furnace powered with an arc welding supply. Accordingly, chemists, physicists and materials scientists have joined forces in an explosion of effort to explore the properties of this unusual molecular building block. 23 refs., 6 figs.

  12. Nitrogen doping study in ingot niobium cavities

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    Dhakal, Pashupati; Ciovati, Gianluigi; Kneisel, Peter; Myneni, Ganapati Rao; Makita, Junki

    2015-09-01

    Thermal diffusion of nitrogen in niobium superconducting radio frequency cavities at temperature ~800 °C has resulted in the increase in quality factor with a low-field Q-rise extending to Bp > 90 mT. However, the maximum accelerating gradient of these doped cavities often deteriorates below the values achieved by standard treatments prior to doping. Here, we present the results of the measurements on ingot niobium cavities doped with nitrogen at 800 °C. The rf measurements were carried out after the successive electropolishing to remove small amount of material from the inner surface layer. The result showed higher breakdown field with lower quality factor as material removal increases.

  13. Bismuth and niobium co-doped barium cobalt oxide as a promising cathode material for intermediate temperature solid oxide fuel cells

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    He, Shaofei; Le, Shiru; Guan, Lili; Liu, Tao; Sun, Kening

    2015-11-01

    Perovskite oxides BaBi0.05Co0.95-yNbyO3-δ (BBCNy, 0 ≤ y ≤ 0.2) are synthesized and evaluated as potential cathode materials for intermediate temperature solid oxide fuel cells (IT-SOFCs). Highly charged Nb5+ successfully stabilizes the cubic perovskite structure to room temperature with Nb substituting content y ≥ 0.1. The phase structure, thermal expansion behavior, electrical conductivity and electrochemical performance of BBCNy with cubic phase are systematically studied. The samples exhibit excellent chemical compatibility with GDC and have sufficiently high electrical conductivities. However, the thermal expansion coefficients of BBCNy samples are nearly twice those of the most commonly used electrolyte materials YSZ and GDC, which is a major drawback for application in IT-SOFCs. The polarization resistances of BBCNy with y = 0.10, 0.15 and 0.20 on GDC electrolyte are 0.086, 0.079 and 0.107 Ω cm2 at 700 °C, respectively. Even though the YSZ electrolyte membrane and GDC barrier layer are approximately 50 μm and 10 μm in thickness, the highest maximum power density (1.23 W cm-2) of the single cell Ni-YSZ|YSZ|GDC|BBCN0.15 is obtained at 750 °C. Good long-term stability of the single cell with BBCN0.15 cathode is also demonstrated. These results demonstrate that BBCNy perovskite oxides with cubic structure are very promising cathode materials for IT-SOFCs.

  14. Measured Enthalpies of Adsorption of Boron-Doped Activated Carbons

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    Beckner, M.; Romanos, J.; Dohnke, E.; Singh, A.; Schaeperkoetter, J.; Stalla, D.; Burress, J.; Jalisatgi, S.; Suppes, G.; Hawthorne, M. F.; Yu, P.; Wexler, C.; Pfeifer, P.

    2012-02-01

    There is significant interest in the properties of boron-doped activated carbons for their potential to improve hydrogen storage.ootnotetextMultiply Surface-Functionalized Nanoporous Carbon for Vehicular Hydrogen Storage, P. Pfeifer et al. DOE Hydrogen Program 2011 Annual Progress Report, IV.C.3, 444-449 (2011). Boron-doped activated carbons have been produced using a process involving the pyrolysis of decaborane (B10H14) and subsequent high-temperature annealing. In this talk, we will present a systematic study of the effect of different boron doping processes on the samples' structure, hydrogen sorption, and surface chemistry. Initial room temperature experiments show a 20% increase in the hydrogen excess adsorption per surface area compared to the undoped material. Experimental enthalpies of adsorption will be presented for comparison to theoretical predictions for boron-doped carbon materials. Additionally, results from a modified version of the doping process will be presented.

  15. Hierarchical Carbon with High Nitrogen Doping Level: A Versatile Anode and Cathode Host Material for Long-Life Lithium-Ion and Lithium-Sulfur Batteries.

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    Reitz, Christian; Breitung, Ben; Schneider, Artur; Wang, Di; von der Lehr, Martin; Leichtweiss, Thomas; Janek, Jürgen; Hahn, Horst; Brezesinski, Torsten

    2016-04-27

    Nitrogen-rich carbon with both a turbostratic microstructure and meso/macroporosity was prepared by hard templating through pyrolysis of a tricyanomethanide-based ionic liquid in the voids of a silica monolith template. This multifunctional carbon not only is a promising anode candidate for long-life lithium-ion batteries but also shows favorable properties as anode and cathode host material owing to a high nitrogen content (>8% after carbonization at 900 °C). To demonstrate the latter, the hierarchical carbon was melt-infiltrated with sulfur as well as coated by atomic layer deposition (ALD) of anatase TiO2, both of which led to high-quality nanocomposites. TiO2 ALD increased the specific capacity of the carbon while maintaining high Coulombic efficiency and cycle life: the composite exhibited stable performance in lithium half-cells, with excellent recovery of low rate capacities after thousands of cycles at 5C. Lithium-sulfur batteries using the sulfur/carbon composite also showed good cyclability, with reversible capacities of ∼700 mA·h·g(-1) at C/5 and without obvious decay over several hundred cycles. The present results demonstrate that nitrogen-rich carbon with an interconnected multimodal pore structure is very versatile and can be used as both active and inactive electrode material in high-performance lithium-based batteries. PMID:26867115

  16. Facile Synthesis of Mn-Doped ZnO Porous Nanosheets as Anode Materials for Lithium Ion Batteries with a Better Cycle Durability

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    Wang, Linlin; Tang, Kaibin; Zhang, Min; Xu, Jingli

    2015-07-01

    Porous Zn1 - x Mn x O ( x = 0.1, 0.2, 0.44) nanosheets were prepared by a low-cost, large-scale production and simple approach, and the applications of these nanosheets as an anode material for Li-ion batteries (LIBs) were explored. Electrochemical measurements showed that the porous Zn0.8Mn0.2O nanosheets still delivered a stable reversible capacity of 210 mA h g-1 at a current rate of 120 mA g-1 up to 300 cycles. These results suggest that the facile synthetic method of producing porous Zn0.8Mn0.2O nanostructure can realize a better cycle durability with stable reversible capacity.

  17. Facile Synthesis of Mn-Doped ZnO Porous Nanosheets as Anode Materials for Lithium Ion Batteries with a Better Cycle Durability.

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    Wang, Linlin; Tang, Kaibin; Zhang, Min; Xu, Jingli

    2015-12-01

    Porous Zn1 - x Mn x O (x = 0.1, 0.2, 0.44) nanosheets were prepared by a low-cost, large-scale production and simple approach, and the applications of these nanosheets as an anode material for Li-ion batteries (LIBs) were explored. Electrochemical measurements showed that the porous Zn0.8Mn0.2O nanosheets still delivered a stable reversible capacity of 210 mA h g(-1) at a current rate of 120 mA g(-1) up to 300 cycles. These results suggest that the facile synthetic method of producing porous Zn0.8Mn0.2O nanostructure can realize a better cycle durability with stable reversible capacity. PMID:26138451

  18. A novel nanoporous Fe-doped lithium manganese phosphate material with superior long-term cycling stability for lithium-ion batteries

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    Zuo, Pengjian; Wang, Liguang; Zhang, Wei; Yin, Geping; Ma, Yulin; Du, Chunyu; Cheng, Xinqun; Gao, Yunzhi

    2015-07-01

    Here, we prepared LiMn0.8Fe0.2PO4 microspheres with an open three-dimensional nanoporous structure by a facile ion-exchange solvothermal method. The micro/nano-structured material exhibits an ultralong cycle life, and retains a reversible capacity of 105 mA h g-1 after 1000 cycles at 5 C, corresponding to the capacity retention of 94.0% and only 0.0068 mA h g-1 loss per cycle.Here, we prepared LiMn0.8Fe0.2PO4 microspheres with an open three-dimensional nanoporous structure by a facile ion-exchange solvothermal method. The micro/nano-structured material exhibits an ultralong cycle life, and retains a reversible capacity of 105 mA h g-1 after 1000 cycles at 5 C, corresponding to the capacity retention of 94.0% and only 0.0068 mA h g-1 loss per cycle. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available: SEM images of Li3PO4 obtained at different pH values. SEM images of Li3PO4 obtained for different times. A SEM image of nano-LMFP/C/G. The intensity maps of HRTEM images. A nitrogen sorption isotherm and pore size distribution of nano-LMFP/C/G. TG curves of HNM-LMFP/C/G and nano-LMFP/C/G. The first three cycles' cyclic voltammetry (CV) curves of HNM-LMFP/C/G. The initial charge/discharge curves of nano-LMFP/C/G. See DOI: 10.1039/c5nr01881a

  19. Aluminum doping improves silicon solar cells

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    1966-01-01

    Aluminum doped silicon solar cells with resistivities in the 10- to 20-ohm centimeter range have broad spectral response, high efficiency and long lifetimes in nuclear radiation environments. Production advantages include low material rejection and increased production yields, and close tolerance control.

  20. Structural and optical properties of In doped Se-Te phase-change thin films: A material for optical data storage

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    Pathak, H. P.; Shukla, Nitesh; Kumar, Vipin; Dwivedi, D. K.

    2016-02-01

    Se75-xTe25Inx (x = 0, 3, 6, & 9) bulk glasses were obtained by melt quench technique. Thin films of thickness 400 nm were prepared by thermal evaporation technique at a base pressure of 10-6 Torr onto well cleaned glass substrate. a-Se75-xTe25Inx thin films were annealed at different temperatures for 2 h. As prepared and annealed films were characterized by X-ray diffraction and UV-Vis spectroscopy. The X-ray diffraction results show that the as-prepared films are of amorphous nature while it shows some poly-crystalline structure in amorphous phases after annealing. The optical absorption spectra of these films were measured in the wavelength range 400-1100 nm in order to derive the extinction and absorption coefficient of these films. It was found that the mechanism of optical absorption follows the rule of allowed non-direct transition. The optical band gap of as prepared and annealed films as a function of photon energy has been studied. The optical band gap is found to decrease with increase in annealing temperature in the present glassy system. It happens due to crystallization of amorphous films. The decrease in optical band gap due to annealing is an interesting behavior for a material to be used in optical storage. The optical band gap has been observed to decrease with the increase of In content in Se-Te glassy system.

  1. A single step solution combustion approach for preparing gadolinia doped ceria solid oxide fuel cell electrolyte material suitable for wet powder and plasma spraying processes

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    Shri Prakash, B.; William Grips, V. K.; Aruna, S. T.

    2012-09-01

    The present study explores the versatility of solution combustion method for preparing powders of varying characteristics suitable for intermediate temperature solid oxide fuel cell (IT-SOFC) fabrication. The promising electrolyte material for IT-SOFC, Gd0.2Ce0.8O2-δ (GDC), is considered for the present investigation. GDC powders consisting of sub-micron sized particles (<250 nm) and micron sized (>20 μm) particles are produced by varying the fuel used in the combustion reaction. Highly sinteractive nano-GDC powders prepared using oxalyl dihydrazide as a fuel results in dense pellets with high conductivity (3 × 10-4 Scm-1 at 400 °C). This powder also results in a stable suspension suitable for wet powder spraying and electrophoretic deposition. Powders with larger particle size (>20 μm) prepared by solution combustion method using mixture of fuels, exhibits necessary flowability for atmospheric plasma spraying (APS). GDC coatings fabricated by APS using flowable powders are dense with superior adhesion between the splats. Good adhesion between the splats in the APS coatings is attributed to the higher level of melting of the combustion synthesized particles in the plasma flame owing to their low specific mass.

  2. Vanadium doped Sb{sub 2}Te{sub 3} material with modified crystallization mechanism for phase-change memory application

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    Ji, Xinglong; Zheng, Yonghui; Zhou, Wangyang; Wu, Liangcai Cao, Liangliang; Zhu, Min; Rao, Feng; Song, Zhitang; Feng, Songlin

    2015-06-15

    In this paper, V{sub 0.21}Sb{sub 2}Te{sub 3} (VST) has been proposed for phase-change memory applications. With vanadium incorporating, VST has better thermal stability than Sb{sub 2}Te{sub 3} and can maintain in amorphous phase at room temperature. Two resistance steps were observed in temperature dependent resistance measurements. By real-time observing the temperature dependent lattice structure evolution, VST presents as a homogenous phase throughout the whole thermal process. Combining Hall measurement and transmission electron microscopy results, we can ascribe the two resistance steps to the unique crystallization mechanism of VST material. Then, the amorphous thermal stability enhancement can also be rooted in the suppression of the fast growth crystallization mechanism. Furthermore, the applicability of VST is demonstrated by resistance-voltage measurement, and the phase transition of VST can be triggered by a 15 ns electric pulse. In addition, endurance up to 2.7×10{sup 4} cycles makes VST a promising candidate for phase-change memory applications.

  3. Laser doping for high-efficiency silicon solar cells

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    Jäger, Ulrich; Wolf, Andreas; Steinhauser, Bernd; Benick, Jan; Nekarda, Jan; Preu, Ralf

    2012-10-01

    Selective laser doping is a versatile tool for the local adaption of doping profiles in a silicon substrate. By adjusting the laser fluence as well as the pulse width the maximum melt depth in the silicon can be controlled. Longer pulses lead to lower temperatures in the material and can help to enlarge the process window as ablation sets in at higher fluencies. For the fabrication of highly efficient silicon solar cells, laser doping can be used for efficiency improvement and process simplification. In passivated emitter and rear cells (PERC), selective laser doping can be used for selective emitter formation. Employing such a process, an efficiency boost of Δ ƞ= 0.4%abs was observed on commercial Cz-Si material. Laser doping was also used for process simplification for the fabrication of locally doped point contacts at the rear of a solar cell. A simple approach employing a doped passivation layer and a laser doping process allows for efficiencies beyond 22% on high quality n-type silicon.

  4. Path integral Monte Carlo simulations of H{sub 2} adsorbed to lithium-doped benzene: A model for hydrogen storage materials

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    Lindoy, Lachlan P.; Kolmann, Stephen J.; D’Arcy, Jordan H.; Jordan, Meredith J. T.; Crittenden, Deborah L.

    2015-11-21

    Finite temperature quantum and anharmonic effects are studied in H{sub 2}–Li{sup +}-benzene, a model hydrogen storage material, using path integral Monte Carlo (PIMC) simulations on an interpolated potential energy surface refined over the eight intermolecular degrees of freedom based upon M05-2X/6-311+G(2df,p) density functional theory calculations. Rigid-body PIMC simulations are performed at temperatures ranging from 77 K to 150 K, producing both quantum and classical probability density histograms describing the adsorbed H{sub 2}. Quantum effects broaden the histograms with respect to their classical analogues and increase the expectation values of the radial and angular polar coordinates describing the location of the center-of-mass of the H{sub 2} molecule. The rigid-body PIMC simulations also provide estimates of the change in internal energy, ΔU{sub ads}, and enthalpy, ΔH{sub ads}, for H{sub 2} adsorption onto Li{sup +}-benzene, as a function of temperature. These estimates indicate that quantum effects are important even at room temperature and classical results should be interpreted with caution. Our results also show that anharmonicity is more important in the calculation of U and H than coupling—coupling between the intermolecular degrees of freedom becomes less important as temperature increases whereas anharmonicity becomes more important. The most anharmonic motions in H{sub 2}–Li{sup +}-benzene are the “helicopter” and “ferris wheel” H{sub 2} rotations. Treating these motions as one-dimensional free and hindered rotors, respectively, provides simple corrections to standard harmonic oscillator, rigid rotor thermochemical expressions for internal energy and enthalpy that encapsulate the majority of the anharmonicity. At 150 K, our best rigid-body PIMC estimates for ΔU{sub ads} and ΔH{sub ads} are −13.3 ± 0.1 and −14.5 ± 0.1 kJ mol{sup −1}, respectively.

  5. The composite capacitive behaviors of the N and S dual doped ordered mesoporous carbon with ultrahigh doping level

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    Zhang, Deyi; Lei, Longyan; Shang, Yonghua; Wang, Kunjie; Wang, Yi

    2016-01-01

    Heteroatoms doping provides a promising strategy for improving the energy density of supercapacitors based on the carbon electrodes. In this paper, we present a N and S dual doped ordered mesoporous carbon with ultrahigh doping level using dimethylglyoxime as pristine precursor. The N doping content of the reported materials varies from 6.6 to 15.6 at.% dependent on the carbonization temperature, and the S doping content varies from 0.46 to 1.01 at.%. Due to the ultrahigh heteroatoms doping content, the reported materials exhibit pronounced pseudo-capacitance. Meanwhile, the reported materials exhibit high surface areas (640-869 m2 g-1), large pore volume (0.71-1.08 cm2 g-1) and ordered pore structure. The outstanding textual properties endow the reported materials excellent electrical double-layer capacitance (EDLC). By effectively combining the pseudo-capacitance with EDLC, the reported materials exhibit a surprising energy storage/relax capacity with the highest specific capacitance of 565 F g-1, which value is 3.3 times higher than that of pristine CMK-3, and can compete against some conventional pseudo-capacitance materials.

  6. Thermoelectric materials and methods for synthesis thereof

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    Ren, Zhifeng; Zhang, Qinyong; Zhang, Qian; Chen, Gang

    2015-08-04

    Materials having improved thermoelectric properties are disclosed. In some embodiments, lead telluride/selenide based materials with improved figure of merit and mechanical properties are disclosed. In some embodiments, the lead telluride/selenide based materials of the present disclosure are p-type thermoelectric materials formed by adding sodium (Na), silicon (Si) or both to thallium doped lead telluride materials. In some embodiments, the lead telluride/selenide based materials are formed by doping lead telluride/selenides with potassium.

  7. Superconductivity in alkali-doped C60

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    Ramirez, Arthur P.

    2015-07-01

    Superconductivity in alkali-doped C60 (A3C60, A = an alkali atom) is well described by an s-wave state produced by phonon mediated pairing. Moderate coupling of electrons to high-frequency shape-changing intra-molecular vibrational modes produces transition temperatures (Tc) up to 33 K in single-phase material. The good understanding of pairing in A3C60 offers a paradigm for the development of new superconducting materials.

  8. Computational discovery of lanthanide doped and Co-doped Y{sub 3}Al{sub 5}O{sub 12} for optoelectronic applications

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    Choudhary, Kamal; Chernatynskiy, Aleksandr; Phillpot, Simon R.; Sinnott, Susan B.; Mathew, Kiran; Bucholz, Eric W.; Hennig, Richard G.

    2015-09-14

    We systematically elucidate the optoelectronic properties of rare-earth doped and Ce co-doped yttrium aluminum garnet (YAG) using hybrid exchange-correlation functional based density functional theory. The predicted optical transitions agree with the experimental observations for single doped Ce:YAG, Pr:YAG, and co-doped Er,Ce:YAG. We find that co-doping of Ce-doped YAG with any lanthanide except Eu and Lu lowers the transition energies; we attribute this behavior to the lanthanide-induced change in bonding environment of the dopant atoms. Furthermore, we find infrared transitions only in case of the Er, Tb, and Tm co-doped Ce:YAG and suggest Tm,Ce:YAG and Tb,Ce:YAG as possible functional materials for efficient spectral up-conversion devices.

  9. Self-activating and doped tantalate phosphors.

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    Nyman, May Devan; Rohwer, Lauren Elizabeth Shea

    2011-01-01

    An ideal red phosphor for blue LEDs is one of the biggest challenges for the solid-state lighting industry. The appropriate phosphor material should have good adsorption and emission properties, good thermal and chemical stability, minimal thermal quenching, high quantum yield, and is preferably inexpensive and easy to fabricate. Tantalates possess many of these criteria, and lithium lanthanum tantalate materials warrant thorough investigation. In this study, we investigated red luminescence of two lithium lanthanum tantalates via three mechanisms: (1) Eu-doping, (2) Mn-doping and (3) self-activation of the tantalum polyhedra. Of these three mechanisms, Mn-doping proved to be the most promising. These materials exhibit two very broad adsorption peaks; one in the UV and one in the blue region of the spectrum; both can be exploited in LED applications. Furthermore, Mn-doping can be accomplished in two ways; ion-exchange and direct solid-state synthesis. One of the two lithium lanthanum tantalate phases investigated proved to be a superior host for Mn-luminescence, suggesting the crystal chemistry of the host lattice is important.

  10. Boron-doped back-surface fields using an aluminum-alloy process

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    Gee, J.M.; Bode, M.D.; Silva, B.L.

    1997-10-01

    Boron-doped back-surface fields (BSF`s) have potentially superior performance compared to aluminum-doped BSF`s due to the higher solid solubility of boron compared to aluminum. However, conventional boron diffusions require a long, high temperature step that is both costly and incompatible with many photovoltaic-grade crystalline-silicon materials. We examined a process that uses a relatively low-temperature aluminum-alloy process to obtain a boron-doped BSF by doping the aluminum with boron. In agreement with theoretical expectations, we found that thicker aluminum layers and higher boron doping levels improved the performance of aluminum-alloyed BSF`s.

  11. First solar cells on silicon wafers doped using sprayed boric acid

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    Silva, J. A.; Brito, Miguel C.; Costa, Ivo; Alves, Jorge Maia; Serra, João; Vallêra, António

    2010-11-01

    A new method for boron bulk doping of silicon ribbons is developed. The method is based on the spraying of the ribbons with a boric acid solution and is particularly suited for silicon ribbons that require a zone-melting recrystallization step. To analyse the quality of the material thus obtained, multicrystalline silicon samples doped with this doping process were used as substrate for solar cells and compared with solar cells made on commercial multicrystalline silicon wafers. The values obtained for the diffusion length and the IV curve parameters show that the method of doping with the boric acid solution is suitable to produce p-doped silicon ribbons for solar cell applications.

  12. Low temperature coefficient of resistance and high gage factor in beryllium-doped silicon

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    Robertson, J. B.; Littlejohn, M. A.

    1974-01-01

    The gage factor and resistivity of p-type silicon doped with beryllium was studied as a function of temperature, crystal orientation, and beryllium doping concentration. It was shown that the temperature coefficient of resistance can be varied and reduced to zero near room temperature by varying the beryllium doping level. Similarly, the magnitude of the piezoresistance gage factor for beryllium-doped silicon is slightly larger than for silicon doped with a shallow acceptor impurity such as boron, whereas the temperature coefficient of piezoresistance is about the same for material containing these two dopants. These results are discussed in terms of a model for the piezoresistance of compensated p-type silicon.

  13. Effect of doping on electronic properties of HgSe

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    Nag, Abhinav; Sastri, O. S. K. S.; Kumar, Jagdish

    2016-05-01

    First principle study of electronic properties of pure and doped HgSe have been performed using all electron Full Potential Linearized Augmented Plane Wave (FP-LAPW) method using ELK code. The electronic exchange and co-relations are considered using Generalized Gradient Approach (GGA). Lattice parameter, Density of States (DOS) and Band structure calculations have been performed. The total energy curve (Energy vs Lattice parameter), DOS and band structure calculations are in good agreement with the experimental values and those obtained using other DFT codes. The doped material is studied within the Virtual Crystal Approximation (VCA) with doping levels of 10% to 25% of electrons (hole) per unit cell. Results predict zero band gap in undopedHgSe and bands meet at Fermi level near the symmetry point D. For doped HgSe, we found that by electron (hole) doping, the point where conduction and valence bands meet can be shifted below (above) the fermi level.

  14. Hazardous Doping for Photo-Electrochemical Conversion: The Case of Nb-Doped Fe₂O₃ from First Principles.

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    Yatom, Natav; Toroker, Maytal Caspary

    2015-01-01

    The challenge of improving the efficiency of photo-electrochemical devices is often addressed through doping. However, this strategy could harm performance. Specifically, as demonstrated in a recent experiment, doping one of the most widely used materials for water splitting, iron (III) oxide (Fe₂O₃), with niobium (Nb) can still result in limited efficiency. In order to better understand the hazardous effect of doping, we use Density Functional Theory (DFT)+U for the case of Nb-doped Fe₂O₃. We find a direct correlation between the charge of the dopant, the charge on surface of the Fe₂O₃ material, and the overpotential required for water oxidation reaction. We believe that this work contributes to advancing our understanding of how to select effective dopants for materials. PMID:26556324

  15. Isoelectronic co-doping

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    Mascarenhas, Angelo

    2004-11-09

    Isoelectronic co-doping of semiconductor compounds and alloys with deep acceptors and deep donors is used to decrease bandgap, to increase concentration of the dopant constituents in the resulting alloys, and to increase carrier mobilities lifetimes. Group III-V compounds and alloys, such as GaAs and GaP, are isoelectronically co-doped with, for example, N and Bi, to customize solar cells, thermal voltaic cells, light emitting diodes, photodetectors, and lasers on GaP, InP, GaAs, Ge, and Si substrates. Isoelectronically co-doped Group II-VI compounds and alloys are also included.

  16. Activating Nonreducible Oxides via Doping.

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    Nilius, Niklas; Freund, Hans-Joachim

    2015-05-19

    Nonreducible oxides are characterized by large band gaps and are therefore unable to exchange electrons or to form bonds with surface species, explaining their chemical inertness. The insertion of aliovalent dopants alters this situation, as new electronic states become available in the gap that may be involved in charge-transfer processes. Consequently, the adsorption and reactivity pattern of doped oxides changes with respect to their nondoped counterparts. This Account describes scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) and photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) experiments that demonstrate the impact of dopants on the physical and chemical properties of well-defined crystalline oxide films. For this purpose, MgO and CaO as archetypical rocksalt oxides have been loaded either with high-valence (Mo, Cr) or low-valence dopants (Li). While the former generate filled states in the oxide band gap and serve as electron donors, the latter produce valence-band holes and give rise to an acceptor response. The dopant-related electronic states and their polarization effect on the surrounding host material are explored with XPS and STM spectroscopy on nonlocal and local scales. Moreover, charge-compensating defects were found to develop in the oxide lattice, such as Ca and O vacancies in Mo- and Li-doped CaO films, respectively. These native defects are able to trap the excess charges of the impurities and therefore diminish the desired doping effect. If noncompensated dopants reside in the host lattice, electron exchange with surface species is observed. Mo ions in CaO, for example, were found to donate electrons to surface Au atoms. The anionic Au strongly binds to the CaO surface and nucleates in the form of monolayer islands, in contrast to the 3D growth prevailing on pristine oxides. Charge transfer is also revealed for surface O2 that traps one Mo electron by forming a superoxo-species. The activated oxygen is characterized by a reinforced binding to the surface, an elongated O

  17. Importance of doping and frustration in itinerant Fe-doped Cr2Al

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    Susner, M. A.; Parker, D. S.; Sefat, A. S.

    2015-05-12

    We performed an experimental and theoretical study comparing the effects of Fe-doping of Cr2Al, an antiferromagnet with a N el temperature of 670 K, with known results on Fe-doping of antiferromagnetic bcc Cr. (Cr1-xFex)2Al materials are found to exhibit a rapid suppression of antiferromagnetic order with the presence of Fe, decreasing TN to 170 K for x=0.10. Antiferromagnetic behavior disappears entirely at x≈0.125 after which point increasing paramagnetic behavior is exhibited. Moreover, this is unlike the effects of Fe doping of bcc antiferromagnetic Cr, in which TN gradually decreases followed by the appearance of a ferromagnetic state. Theoretical calculations explainmore » that the Cr2Al-Fe suppression of magnetic order originates from two effects: the first is band narrowing caused by doping of additional electrons from Fe substitution that weakens itinerant magnetism; the second is magnetic frustration of the Cr itinerant moments in Fe-substituted Cr2Al. In pure-phase Cr2Al, the Cr moments have an antiparallel alignment; however, these are destroyed through Fe substitution and the preference of Fe for parallel alignment with Cr. This is unlike bulk Fe-doped Cr alloys in which the Fe anti-aligns with the Cr atoms, and speaks to the importance of the Al atoms in the magnetic structure of Cr2Al and Fe-doped Cr2Al.« less

  18. Two and four photon absorption and nonlinear refraction in undoped, chromium doped and copper doped ZnS quantum dots

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    Sharma, Dimple; Malik, B. P.; Gaur, Arun

    2015-12-01

    The ZnS quantum dots (QDs) with Cr and Cu doping were synthesized by chemical co-precipitation method. The nanostructures of the prepared undoped and doped ZnS QDs were characterized by UV-vis spectroscopy, Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and X-ray diffraction (XRD). The sizes of QDs were found to be within 3-5 nm range. The nonlinear parameters viz. Two photon absorption coefficient (β2), nonlinear refractive index (n2), third order nonlinear susceptibility (χ3) at wavelength 532 nm and Four photon absorption coefficient (β4) at wavelength 1064 nm have been calculated by Z-scan technique using nanosecond Nd:YAG laser in undoped, Cr doped and Cu doped ZnS QDs. Higher values of nonlinear parameters for doped ZnS infer that they are potential material for the development of photonics devices and sensor protection applications.

  19. Resistivity reduction of boron-doped multiwalled carbon nanotubes synthesized from a methanol solution containing boric acid

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    Ishii, Satoshi; Watanabe, Tohru; Ueda, Shinya; Tsuda, Shunsuke; Yamaguchi, Takahide; Takano, Yoshihiko

    2008-05-01

    Boron-doped multiwalled carbon nanotubes (MWNTs) were synthesized using a methanol solution of boric acid as a source material. Accurate measurements of the electrical resistivity of an individual boron-doped MWNT was performed with a four-point contact, which was fabricated using an electron beam lithography technique. The doped boron provides conduction carriers, which reduces the resistivity of the MWNT.

  20. Methods for Doping Detection.

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    Ponzetto, Federico; Giraud, Sylvain; Leuenberger, Nicolas; Boccard, Julien; Nicoli, Raul; Baume, Norbert; Rudaz, Serge; Saugy, Martial

    2016-01-01

    Over the past few years, the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has focused its efforts on detecting not only small prohibited molecules, but also larger endogenous molecules such as hormones, in the view of implementing an endocrinological module in the Athlete Biological Passport (ABP). In this chapter, the detection of two major types of hormones used for doping, growth hormone (GH) and endogenous anabolic androgenic steroids (EAASs), will be discussed: a brief historical background followed by a description of state-of-the-art methods applied by accredited anti-doping laboratories will be provided and then current research trends outlined. In addition, microRNAs (miRNAs) will also be presented as a new class of biomarkers for doping detection. PMID:27348309

  1. Photoluminescence of Mn+ doped GaAs

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    Zhou, Huiying; Qu, Shengchun; Liao, Shuzhi; Zhang, Fasheng; Liu, Junpeng; Wang, Zhanguo

    2010-10-01

    Photoluminescence is one of the most useful techniques to obtain information about optoelectronic properties and defect structures of materials. In this work, the room-temperature and low temperature photoluminescence of Mn-doped GaAs were investigated, respectively. Mn-doped GaAs structure materials were prepared by Mn+ ion implantation at room temperature into GaAs. The implanted samples were subsequently annealed at various temperatures under N2 atmosphere to recrystallize the samples and remove implant damage. A strong peak was found for the sample annealed at 950 °C for 5 s. Transitions near 0.989 eV (1254 nm), 1.155 eV (1074 nm) and 1.329 eV (933 nm) were identified and formation of these emissions was analyzed for all prepared samples. This structure material could have myriad applications, including information storage, magnet-optical properties and energy level engineering.

  2. Synthesis and photoluminescence characteristics of doped ZnS nanoparticles

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    Yang, P.; Lü, M.; Xü, D.; Yuan, D.; Zhou, G.

    2001-10-01

    Free-standing powders of doped ZnS nanoparticles have been synthesized by using a chemical co-precipitation of Zn2+, Mn2+, Cu2+ and Cd2+ with sulfur ions in aqueous solution. X-ray diffraction analysis shows that the diameter of the particles is ˜2-3 nm. The unique luminescence properties, such as the strength (its intensity is about 12 times that of ZnS nanoparticles) and stability of the visible-light emission, were observed from ZnS nanoparticles co-doped with Cu2+ and Mn2+. The nanoparticles could be doped with copper and manganese during the synthesis without altering the X-ray diffraction pattern. However, doping shifts the luminescence to 520-540 nm in the case of co-doping with Cu2+ and Mn2+. Doping also results in a blue shift on the excitation wavelength. In Cd2+-doped ZnS nanometer-scale particles, the fluorescence spectra show a red shift in the emission wavelength (ranging from 450 nm to 620 nm). Also a relatively broad emission (ranging from blue to yellow) has been observed. The results strongly suggest that doped ZnS nanocrystals, especially two kinds of transition metal-activated ZnS nanoparticles, form a new class of luminescent materials.

  3. On-demand doping of graphene by stamping with a chemically functionalized rubber lens.

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    Choi, Yongsuk; Sun, Qijun; Hwang, Euyheon; Lee, Youngbin; Lee, Seungwoo; Cho, Jeong Ho

    2015-04-28

    A customized graphene doping method was developed involving stamping using a chemically functionalized rubber lens as a novel design strategy for fabricating advanced two-dimensional (2D) materials-based electronic devices. Our stamping strategy enables deterministic control over the doping level and the spatial pattern of the doping on graphene. The dopants introduced onto graphene were locally and continuously controlled by directly stamping dopants using a chemically functionalized hemispherical rubber lens onto the graphene. The rubber lens was functionalized using two different dopants: poly(ethylene imine) to achieve n-type doping and bis(trifluoromethanesulfonyl)amine to achieve p-type doping. The graphene doping was systematically controlled by varying both the contact area (between the rubber lens and the graphene) and the contact time. Graphene doping using a stamp with a chemically functionalized rubber lens was confirmed by both Raman spectroscopy and charge transport measurements. We theoretically modeled the conductance properties of the spatially doped graphene using the effective medium theory and found excellent agreement with the experimental results. Finally, complementary inverters were successfully demonstrated by connecting n-type and p-type graphene transistors fabricated using the stamping doping method. We believe that this versatile doping method for controlling charge transport in graphene will further promote graphene electronic device applications. The doping method introduced in this paper may also be applied to other emergent 2D materials to tightly modulate the electrical properties in advanced electronic devices. PMID:25817481

  4. Biogas as a fuel for solid oxide fuel cells and synthesis gas production: effects of ceria-doping and hydrogen sulfide on the performance of nickel-based anode materials.

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    Laycock, Christian J; Staniforth, John Z; Ormerod, R Mark

    2011-05-28

    Numerous investigations have been carried out into the conversion of biogas into synthesis gas (a mixture of H(2) + CO) over Ni/YSZ anode cermet catalysts. Biogas is a variable mixture of gases consisting predominantly of methane and carbon dioxide (usually in a 2 : 1 ratio, but variable with source), with other constituents including sulfur-containing gases such as hydrogen sulfide, which can cause sulfur poisoning of nickel catalysts. The effect of temperature on carbon deposition and sulfur poisoning of 90 : 10 mol% Ni/YSZ under biogas conversion conditions has been investigated by carrying out a series of catalytic reactions of methane-rich (2 : 1) CH(4)/CO(2) mixtures in the absence and presence of H(2)S over the temperature range 750-1000 °C. The effect of ceria-doping on carbon dioxide reforming, carbon deposition and sulfur tolerance has also been investigated by carrying out a similar series of reactions over ceria-doped Ni/YSZ. Ceria was doped at 5 mol% of the nickel content to give an anode catalyst composition of 85.5 : 4.5 : 10 mol% Ni/CeO(2)/YSZ. Reactions were followed using quadrupolar mass spectrometry (QMS) and the amount of carbon deposition was analysed by subjecting the reacted catalyst samples to a post-reaction temperature programmed oxidation (TPO). On undoped Ni/YSZ, carbon deposition occurred predominantly through thermal decomposition of methane. Ceria-doping significantly suppressed methane decomposition and at high temperatures simultaneously promoted the reverse Boudouard reaction, significantly lowering carbon deposition. Sulfur poisoning of Ni/YSZ occurred in two phases, the first of which caused the most activity loss and was accelerated on increasing the reaction temperature, while the second phase had greater stability and became more favourable with increasing reaction temperature. Adding H(2)S significantly inhibited methane decomposition, resulting in much less carbon deposition. Ceria-doping significantly increased the sulfur

  5. Hydrogen adsorption on sulphur-doped SiC nanotubes

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    Sevak Singh, Ram

    2016-07-01

    Hydrogen (H2) is an energy carrier and clean fuel that can be used for a broad range of applications that include fuel cell vehicles. Therefore, development of materials for hydrogen storage is demanded. Nanotubes, in this context, are appropriate materials. Recently, silicon carbide nanotube (SiCNTs) have been predicted as potential nanomaterials for hydrogen storage, and atomic doping into the nanotubes improves the H2 adsorption. Here, we report H2 adsorption properties of sulphur-doped (S-doped) SiCNTs using first-principles calculations based on density functional theory. The H2 adsorption properties are investigated by calculations of energy band structures, density of states (DOS), adsorption energy and Mulliken charge population analysis. Our findings show that, compared to the intrinsic SiCNT, S-doped SiCNT is more sensitive to H2 adsorption. H2 gas adsorption on S-doped C-sites of SiCNT brings about significant modulation of the electronic structure of the nanotube, which results in charge transfer from the nanotube to the gas, and dipole–dipole interactions cause chemisorptions of hydrogen. However, in the case of H2 gas adsorption on S-doped Si-sites of the nanotube, lesser charge transfer from the nanotube to the gas results in physisorptions of the gas. The efficient hydrogen sensing properties of S-doped SiCNTs, studied here, may have potential for its practical realization for hydrogen storage application.

  6. Thermoelectric transport in indium and aluminum-doped lead selenide

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    Evola, E. G.; Nielsen, M. D.; Jaworski, C. M.; Jin, H.; Heremans, J. P.

    2014-02-07

    We present galvanomagnetic and thermomagnetic properties of bulk PbSe doped by substituting the donor elements In and Al for Pb. Although prominent resonant level effects are not seen, lightly doped samples display a high thermoelectric figure of merit (zT) in excess of 1.2 at 600 K, a temperature corresponding well to automotive waste heat recovery applications. This material's high zT is achieved without the use of nanostructuring or the relatively rare element Te. Phonon drag contributions to thermopower appear at temperatures below 30 K in Al-doped samples.

  7. Doping Dependent Thermopower of PbTe from Boltzmann Transport

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    Singh, David J

    2010-01-01

    The thermopower of PbTe as a function of temperature and doping level is reported based on Boltzmann transport calculations using the first principles relativistic electronic structure as obtained with the Engel-Vosko generalized gradient approximation. The results are discussed in relation to experimental data. For p-type material there is an enhancement at high-doping levels due to the onset of an increased density of states starting {approx}0.2 eV below the valence band edge. This leads to agreement between the calculated thermopower and recent results on PbTe with heavy Tl doping.

  8. Thermoelectric transport in indium and aluminum-doped lead selenide

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    Evola, E. G.; Nielsen, M. D.; Jaworski, C. M.; Jin, H.; Heremans, J. P.

    2014-02-01

    We present galvanomagnetic and thermomagnetic properties of bulk PbSe doped by substituting the donor elements In and Al for Pb. Although prominent resonant level effects are not seen, lightly doped samples display a high thermoelectric figure of merit (zT) in excess of 1.2 at 600 K, a temperature corresponding well to automotive waste heat recovery applications. This material's high zT is achieved without the use of nanostructuring or the relatively rare element Te. Phonon drag contributions to thermopower appear at temperatures below 30 K in Al-doped samples.

  9. Flexible Boron-Doped Laser-Induced Graphene Microsupercapacitors.

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    Peng, Zhiwei; Ye, Ruquan; Mann, Jason A; Zakhidov, Dante; Li, Yilun; Smalley, Preston R; Lin, Jian; Tour, James M

    2015-06-23

    Heteroatom-doped graphene materials have been intensely studied as active electrodes in energy storage devices. Here, we demonstrate that boron-doped porous graphene can be prepared in ambient air using a facile laser induction process from boric acid containing polyimide sheets. At the same time, active electrodes can be patterned for flexible microsupercapacitors. As a result of boron doping, the highest areal capacitance of as-prepared devices reaches 16.5 mF/cm(2), 3 times higher than nondoped devices, with concomitant energy density increases of 5-10 times at various power densities. The superb cyclability and mechanical flexibility of the device are well-maintained, showing great potential for future microelectronics made from this boron-doped laser-induced graphene material. PMID:25978090

  10. Structural, optical and magnetic properties of ultrafine mono dispersed Co doped maghemite nanoparticles

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    Gaur, Umesh Kumar; Priyadarshi, Himanshu; Kumar, Anil; Varma, G. D.

    2015-06-01

    Ultrafine Co doped γ- Fe2O3 nanoparticles have been synthesized by co-precipitation method and studied the effect of doping on structural, optical and magnetic properties. The XRD results confirm that synthesized material is γ- Fe2O3 nanoparticles, and the particle sizes are 10 and 3.6 nm for 5 and 10 % Co doped samples, respectively. FESEM, TEM and optical characterization reveal decrease in particle size and increase in band gap with increased doping level. Room temperature M-H plots indicate the increase in magnetization (63.7 emu/g for 10 % doped sample) with increasing doping. A small shift towards positive axis is observed in the M-H plots of doped sample. In this paper the correlation between the structural characteristics and observed optical and magnetic properties has been described and discussed.

  11. Charge Compensated (Al, N) Co-Doped Zinc Oxide (ZnO) Films for Photlelectrochemical Application

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    Shet, S.

    2012-01-01

    ZnO thin films with significantly reduced bandgaps were synthesized by doping N and co-doping Al and N at 100oC. All the films were synthesized by radio-frequency magnetron sputtering on F-doped tin-oxide-coated glass. We found that co-doped ZnO:(Al,N) thin films exhibited significantly enhanced crystallinity as compared to ZnO doped solely with N, ZnO:N, at the same growth conditions. Furthermore, annealed ZnO:(Al,N) thin films exhibited enhanced N incorporation over ZnO:N films. As a result, ZnO:(Al,N) films exhibited improved photocurrents than ZnO:N films grown with pure N doping, suggesting that charge-compensated donor-acceptor co-doping could be a potential method for bandgap reduction of wide-bandgap oxide materials to improve their photoelectrochemical performance.

  12. Structural and magnetic analysis of the transformation of Sn-doped magnetite to Sn-doped hematite by mechanical milling

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    Widatallah, H.M.; Gismelseed, A.M.; Yousif, A.A.; Al-Rawas, A.D.; Al-Omari, I.A.; Al-Tai, S.; Elzain, M.E.; Johnson, C.

    2005-05-15

    Spinel-related Sn-doped Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} has been ball milled for different times up to 35 h. Milling was found to transform the material to corundum-related Sn-doped {alpha}-Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3}. The influence of the milling time, the crystallite size, and the cationic distribution on transformation process is being analyzed with x-ray diffraction, Moessbauer spectroscopy, and magnetic measurements. The relatively fast spinel-to-corundum structural transformation observed is associated with more Fe{sup 3+} ions being reduced to Fe{sup 2+} due to doping with Sn{sup 4+} ions.

  13. Engineering and design properties of thallium-doped sodium iodide and selected properties of sodium-doped cesium iodide

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    Forrest, K.; Haehner, C.; Heslin, T.; Magida, M.; Uber, J.; Freiman, S.; Hicho, G.; Polvani, R.

    1984-01-01

    Mechanical and thermal properties, not available in the literature but necessary to structural design, using thallium doped sodium iodide and sodium doped cesium iodide were determined to be coefficient of linear thermal expansion, thermal conductivity, thermal shock resistance, heat capacity, elastic constants, ultimate strengths, creep, hardness, susceptibility to subcritical crack growth, and ingot variation of strength. These properties were measured for single and polycrystalline materials at room temperature.

  14. [Doping in sports].

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    Jeschke, J; Nekola, J; Chlumský, J

    1999-05-10

    The first organized doping controls were carried out in the 1970s. In 1993, the Czech Antidoping Charter was signed and the Antidoping Committee was established. The medical commission of International Olympic Committee decides, which substances and methods are prohibited. The current classification is as follows: I. prohibited classes of substances--stimulants, narcotics, anabolic agents, diuretics and some hormones. II. prohibited methods--blood doping and pharmaceutical, chemical or physical manipulation. III. classes of drugs subject to certain restrictions--alcohol, marijuana, local anesthetics, corticosteroids and beta blockers. All substances are characterized from the ergogenic viewpoint and health risks are particularly emphasized. In practice, doping control starts by drawing the athletes and ends by urine sample analysis in a special laboratory. In case of positive results, the sportsman is banned from sports activity for 3 months, 2 years or for the rest of his life. In 24 worldwide laboratories in 1995 93,938 urine samples were analyzed. 1516 (1.61%) proved to be positive, including 986 anabolic steroid use. In 1997, the Czech laboratory carried out 843 checks, of which 15 (1.7%) were positive. The largest positive doping group were body builders. Doping poses a major risk among junior sportsmen. Prevalence worldwide is estimated at 2-10% of the male population. In the future a severe antidoping attitude, as well as antidoping enlightenment, are certain to continue. By these standards the activity of the Czech Antidoping Committee is on a very high level. PMID:10422337

  15. Doping-assisted defect control in compound semiconductors

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    Specht, Petra; Weber, Eicke R.; Weatherford, Todd Russell

    2006-07-11

    The present invention relates to the production of thin film epilayers of III–V and other compounds with acceptor doping wherein the acceptor thermally stabilizes the epilayer, stabilize the naturally incorporated native defect population and therewith maintain the epilayer's beneficial properties upon annealing among other advantageous effects. In particular, balanced doping in which the acceptor concentration is similar to (but does not exceed) the antisite defects in the as-grown material is shown to be particularly advantageous in providing thermal stability, high resistivity and ultrashort trapping times. In particular, MBE growth of LT-GaAs epilayers with balanced Be doping is described in detail. The growth conditions greatly enhance the materials reproducibility (that is, the yield in processed devices). Such growth techniques can be transferred to other III–V materials if the growth conditions are accurately reproduced. Materials produced herein also demonstrate advantages in reproducibility, reliability and radiation hardening.

  16. Plasmon-induced doping of graphene.

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    Fang, Zheyu; Wang, Yumin; Liu, Zheng; Schlather, Andrea; Ajayan, Pulickel M; Koppens, Frank H L; Nordlander, Peter; Halas, Naomi J

    2012-11-27

    A metallic nanoantenna, under resonant illumination, injects nonequilibrium hot electrons into a nearby graphene structure, effectively doping the material. A prominent change in carrier density was observed for a plasmonic antenna-patterned graphene sheet following laser excitation, shifting the Dirac point, as determined from the gate-controlled transport characteristic. The effect is due to hot electron generation resulting from the decay of the nanoantenna plasmon following resonant excitation. The effect is highly tunable, depending on the resonant frequency of the plasmonic antenna, as well as on the incident laser power. Hot electron-doped graphene represents a new type of hybrid material that shows great promise for optoelectronic device applications. PMID:22998468

  17. Control of Rewriteable Doping Patterns in Graphene/Boron Nitride Heterostructures

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    Kahn, Salman; Velasco, Jairo, Jr.; Wong, Dillon; Lee, Juwon; Tsai, Hsin Zon; Ju, Long; Jiang, Lili; Shi, Zhiwen; Ashby, Paul; Taniguchi, Takashi; Watanabe, Kenji; Zettl, Alex; Wang, Feng; Crommie, Michael

    Spatial control of charge doping in 2D materials is a promising technique for designing future electronic devices and understanding novel physics. Electrostatic gating and chemical doping are common methods to achieve control of charge doping in 2D materials. However, these approaches suffer from complicated fabrication processes that introduce impurities, change material properties irreversibly, and lack flexibility. Here, we introduce a new method for patterning rewriteable doping profiles with local interface charge transfer from defects in a tunable BN substrate into an adjacent layer of graphene. We characterize these spatial doping patterns through local probe and transport techniques. This technique enables many novel device designs for 2D materials, including atomically thin p-n junctions and rewriteable memory devices.

  18. Enhancing blue luminescence from Ce-doped ZnO nanophosphor by Li doping

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    2014-01-01

    Undoped ZnO, Ce-doped ZnO, and (Li, Ce)-codoped ZnO nanophosphors were prepared by a sol-gel process. The effects of the additional doping with Li ions on the crystal structure, particle morphology, and luminescence properties of Ce-doped ZnO were investigated by X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, electron paramagnetic resonance spectroscopy and photoluminescence spectroscopy. The results indicate that the obtained samples are single phase, and a nanorod shaped morphology is observed for (Li, Ce)-codoping. Under excitation with 325 nm light, Ce-doped ZnO phosphors show an ultraviolet emission, a green emission, and a blue emission caused by Zn interstitials. The spectrum of the sample codoped with a proper Li concentration features two additional emissions that can be attributed to the Ce3+ ions. With the increase of the Li doping concentration, the Ce3+ blue luminescence of (Li, Ce)-codoped ZnO is obviously enhanced, which results not only from the increase of the Ce3+ ion concentration itself but also from the energy transfer from the ZnO host material to the Ce3+ ions. This enhancement reaches a maximum at a Li content of 0.02, and then decreases sharply due to the concentration quench. These nanophosphors may promise for application to the visible-light-emitting devices. PACS 78.55.Et; 81.07.Wx; 81.20.Fw PMID:25258604

  19. Notes on the plasma resonance peak employed to determine doping in SiC

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    Engelbrecht, J. A. A.; van Rooyen, I. J.; Henry, A.; Janzen, E.; Sephton, B.

    2015-07-23

    In this study, the doping level of a semiconductor material can be determined using the plasma resonance frequency to obtain the carrier concentration associated with doping. This paper provides an overview of the procedure for the three most common polytypes of SiC. Results for 3C-SiC are presented and discussed. In phosphorus doped samples analysed, it is submitted that the 2nd plasma resonance cannot be detected due to high values of the free carrier damping constant γ.

  20. Transport properties of a potassium-doped single-wall carbon nanotube rope

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    Lee, R. S.; Kim, H. J.; Fischer, J. E.; Lefebvre, J.; Radosavljevic, M.; Hone, J.; Johnson, A. T.

    2000-02-15

    Four-probe resistance vs temperature and gate voltage are reported for an individual single-wall carbon nanotube rope before and after doping in situ with potassium. All the features in R(T) from unoriented bulk material, before and after doping, are qualitatively reproduced by the rope data. The 5.3 K conductance of the pristine rope decreases with positive gate voltage, while G vs V{sub g} becomes featureless after K doping. (c) 2000 The American Physical Society.

  1. Nanofabrication of Doped, Complex Oxides

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    Stein, A.; Waller, G.H.; Abiade, J.T.

    2012-01-01

    Complex oxides have many promising attributes, including wide band gaps for high temperature semiconductors, ion conducting electrolytes in fuel cells, ferroelectricity and ferromagnetism. Bulk and thin film oxides can be readily manufactured and tested however these physically hard and chemically inert materials cannot be nanofabricated by direct application of conventional methods. In order to study these materials at the nanoscale there must first be a simple and effective means to achieve the desired structures. Here we discuss the use of pulsed laser deposition at room temperature onto electron beam lithography defined templates of poly methyl methacrylate photoresist. Following a resist liftoff in organic solvents, a heat treatment was used to crystallize the nanostructures. The morphology of these structures was studied using scanning electron microscopy and atomic force microscopy. Crystallinity and composition as determined by x ray diffraction and photo-electron spectroscopy respectively is reported for thin film analogues of the nanostructured oxide. The oxide studied in this report is Nb doped SrTiO{sub 3}, which has been investigated for use as a high temperature thermoelectric material; however the approach used is not materials-dependent.

  2. Atomically precise nitrogen-doped graphene nanoribbons

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    Sinitskii, Alexander

    There is a considerable interest in graphene nanoribbons (GNRs), few-nm-wide strips of graphene with high aspect ratios, because of their intriguing physical properties. For example, GNRs with zigzag edges are predicted to exhibit low-dimensional magnetism, while GNRs with armchair edges can possess large energy band gaps, making them promising materials for future electronics and photovoltaics. The ability to control structural parameters of GNRs, such as their width, edge structure and termination, with atomic precision is the key for practical realization of these intriguing nanoscale properties. Physical properties of GNRs can also be modified by their doping with heteroatoms, such nitrogen, resulting in nitrogen-doped GNRs or N-GNRs. In this talk I will discuss several types of N-GNRs with different doping levels that have been synthesized and systematically studied by spectroscopic, microscopic and transport methods. Incorporation of nitrogen atoms in graphene lattice is shown to be an effective route to affect GNRs' band gap, doping level as well as aggregation behavior. The support from NSF CHE-1455330 is gratefully acknowledged.

  3. JPL lithium doped solar cell development program

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    Berman, P. A.

    1972-01-01

    One of the most significant problems encountered in the use of silicon solar cells in space is the sensitivity of the device to electron and proton radiation exposure. The p-diffused-into-n-base solar cells were replaced with the more radiation tolerant n-diffused-into-p-base solar cells. Another advancement in achieving greater radiation tolerance was the discovery that the addition of lithium to n-base silicon resulted in what appeared to be annealing of radiation-induced defects. This phenomenon is being exploited to develop a high efficiency radiation resistant lithium-doped solar cell. Lithium-doped solar cells fabricated from oxygen-lean and oxygen-rich silicon were obtained with average initial efficiencies of 11.9% at air mass zero and 28 C, as compared to state-of-the-art n-p cells fabricated from 10 ohm cm silicon with average efficiencies of 11.3% under similar conditions. Lithium-doped cells demonstrated the ability to withstand three to five times the fluence of 1-MeV electrons before degrading to a power equivalent to state-of-the-art solar cells. The principal investigations are discussed with respect to fabrication of high efficiency radiation resistant lithium-doped cells, including starting material, p-n junction diffusion, lithium source introduction, and lithium diffusion.

  4. Manipulating electrochemical performance through doping beyond the solubility limit.

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    Yatom, Natav; Toroker, Maytal Caspary

    2016-06-28

    Improving water splitting efficiency has been the holy grail of hydrogen fuel production. Major efforts have been invested in an attempt to enhance efficiency of a common water oxidation catalyst, α-Fe2O3, through doping and alloying. Recent experiments show that higher efficiency is achieved when niobium (Nb) is added beyond the solubility limit to generate a mixture of two phases: Nb-doped and Nb-alloyed α-Fe2O3. In order to understand why adding high concentrations of Nb is beneficial, we provide a thorough first principles study of the bulk and the surface of pure, Nb-doped, and Nb-alloyed α-Fe2O3 with several surface facets and terminations. We find that the addition of Nb changes the band edge and Fermi level positions. Therefore, we propose a mechanism by which having different Nb doping levels within and above the solubility limit has an advantage: electrons and holes could separate better between doped and alloyed regions that have different band edge positions or between regions with different doping concentrations. Furthermore, the holes' driving force to oxidize water can be increased by placing on the surface the undoped or alloyed phases, since they have a lower valence band maximum. We suggest that obtaining two material phases or gradual doping can be used as a design strategy for next generation catalysts. PMID:27080975

  5. Doping-Induced Tunable Wettability and Adhesion of Graphene.

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    Ashraf, Ali; Wu, Yanbin; Wang, Michael Cai; Yong, Keong; Sun, Tao; Jing, Yuhang; Haasch, Richard T; Aluru, Narayana R; Nam, SungWoo

    2016-07-13

    We report that substrate doping-induced charge carrier density modulation leads to the tunable wettability and adhesion of graphene. Graphene's water contact angle changes by as much as 13° as a result of a 300 meV change in doping level. Upon either n- or p-type doping with subsurface polyelectrolytes, graphene exhibits increased hydrophilicity. Adhesion force measurements using a hydrophobic self-assembled monolayer-coated atomic force microscopy probe reveal enhanced attraction toward undoped graphene, consistent with wettability modulation. This doping-induced wettability modulation is also achieved via a lateral metal-graphene heterojunction or subsurface metal doping. Combined first-principles and atomistic calculations show that doping modulates the binding energy between water and graphene and thus increases its hydrophilicity. Our study suggests for the first time that the doping-induced modulation of the charge carrier density in graphene influences its wettability and adhesion. This opens up unique and new opportunities for the tunable wettability and adhesion of graphene for advanced coating materials and transducers. PMID:27351580

  6. Krypton irradiation damage in Nd-doped zirconolite and perovskite

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    Davoisne, C.; Stennett, M. C.; Hyatt, N. C.; Peng, N.; Jeynes, C.; Lee, W. E.

    2011-08-01

    Understanding the effect of radiation damage and noble gas accommodation in potential ceramic hosts for plutonium disposition is necessary to evaluate their long-term behaviour during geological disposal. Polycrystalline samples of Nd-doped zirconolite and Nd-doped perovskite were irradiated ex situ with 2 MeV Kr + at a dose of 5 × 10 15 ions cm -2 to simulate recoil of Pu nuclei during alpha decay. The feasibility of thin section preparation of both pristine and irradiated samples by Focused Ion Beam sectioning was demonstrated. After irradiation, the Nd-doped zirconolite revealed a well defined amorphous region separated from the pristine material by a thin (40-60 nm) damaged interface. The zirconolite lattice was lost in the damaged interface, but the fluorite sublattice was retained. The Nd-doped perovskite contained a defined irradiated layer composed of an amorphous region surrounded by damaged but still crystalline layers. The structural evolution of the damaged regions is consistent with a change from orthorhombic to cubic symmetry. In addition in Nd-doped perovskite, the amorphisation dose depended on crystallographic orientation and possibly sample configuration (thin section or bulk). Electron Energy Loss Spectroscopy revealed Ti remained in the 4+ oxidation state but there was a change in Ti coordination in both Nd-doped perovskite and Nd-doped zirconolite associated with the crystalline to amorphous transition.

  7. Theoretical investigation of superconductivity in doped fullerenes. Final report

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    Jishi, R.A.

    1995-03-01

    The aim of the research the authors are conducting is to understand the phenomenon of superconductivity in the fullerene system. Towards achieving this goal they have conducted a series of studies and have published several papers quite recently. They have developed a force-constant model for the C60 molecule which accounts for all measured frequencies in C60. The model employs four bond-stretching and four angle-bending force constants that were doped to reproduce the correct values of the frequencies of the Raman-active vibrational modes. The model was successfully applied to higher fullerenes, such as C70 and the effect of doping by alkali metal atoms on the phonon modes in C60 and in C70 was considered. The study of the phonon spectrum in doped C60 and doped C70 is an important step in view of the fact that while doped C60 is superconducting, doped C70 is not. The studies the authors have carried out, combined with studies on the electronic states in doped C70, could elucidate the difference in the electrical properties between these two materials.

  8. Carbon Nanotube Doped Lithium Ion Batteries

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    Raffaelle, Ryne P.; Difelice, Ron; van Derveer, William R.; Gennett, Tom; Maranchi, Jeff; Kumta, Prashant; Hepp, Aloysius F.

    2002-03-01

    We have characterized thin film lithium ion batteries that contain high purity single wall carbon nanotube-doped polymer anodes. Highly purified single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWCNT) were obtained through chemical refinement of soot generated by pulsed laser ablation. The purity of the nanotubes was determined via thermogravimetric analysis, two wavelength Raman spectroscopy, spectrophotometry, scanning electron microscopy and transmission electron microscopy. The specific surface area and lithium capacity of the SWCNT was compared to that of other conventional anode materials (i.e., carbon black, graphite, and multi-walled carbon nanotubes). The SWCNT exhibited a specific surface area that greatly exceeded the other carbonaceous materials. Anodes were prepared by casting thin films directly onto copper foil of several ionically conductive polymers (i.e., PAN, PVDF, PEO) doped with the SWCNT. The lithium-ion capacity of the materials was measured using a standard 3-electrode cell. The electrochemical discharge capacity of the purified single walled carbon nanotubes in PVDF was in excess of 1300 mAh/g after 30 charge/discharge cycles when tested using a current density of 20µA/cm^2. The SWCNT anodes were incorporated into all-polymer thin film batteries containing LiNiCoO_2-doped polymer cathodes. Cycling results on the various SWCNT polymer combinations will be presented.

  9. Nanoparticle doping for improved Er-doped fiber lasers

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    Baker, Colin C.; Friebele, E. Joseph; Askins, Charles G.; Hunt, Michael P.; Marcheschi, Barbara A.; Fontana, Jake; Peele, John R.; Kim, Woohong; Sanghera, Jasbinder; Zhang, Jun; Pattnaik, Radha K.; Merkle, Larry D.; Dubinskii, Mark; Chen, Youming; Dajani, Iyad A.; Mart, Cody

    2016-03-01

    A nanoparticle (NP) doping technique was used for making erbium-doped fibers (EDFs) for high energy lasers. The nanoparticles were doped into the silica soot of preforms, which were drawn into fibers. The Er luminescence lifetimes of the NP-doped cores are longer than those of corresponding solution-doped silica, and substantially less Al is incorporated into the NP-doped cores. Optical-to-optical slope efficiencies of greater than 71% have been measured. Initial investigations of stimulated Brillouin scattering (SBS) have indicated that SBS suppression is achieved by NP doping, where we observed a low intrinsic Brillouin gain coefficient, of ~1× 10-11 m/W and the Brillouin bandwidth was increased by 2.5x compared to fused silica.

  10. Synthesis and performance of Y-doped La 0.7Sr 0.3CrO 3- δ as a potential anode material for solid oxygen fuel cells

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    Zhu, Xiufang; Zhong, Qin; Zhao, Xuejun; Yan, Han

    2011-01-01

    Y-doped La 0.7Sr 0.3CrO 3- δ is a promising anode catalyst for solid oxygen fuel cell (SOFC). The performances of chemical and physical are measured by SEM, XRD and FT-IR. The conductivities of catalyst are measured by DC four-probe method in 20% H 2S-N 2, 3% H 2-N 2 and air from 573 K to 1173 K, respectively. The results show that Y-doped La 0.7Sr 0.3CrO 3- δ powders have perfect perovskite phase structure with no extra peaks and exhibit good chemical compatibility with Ce 0.8Sm 0.2O 1.9 (as electrolyte) in air. Through XRD and FT-IR analysis no sulfur-containing species is detected after exposure to the 20% H 2S at 1173 K for 5 h. Meanwhile, Y-doped La 0.7Sr 0.3CrO 3- δ shows that the highest conductivity is 0.21 S/cm at 1173 K in H 2S. The open circuit voltages are 0.85 V at 1173 K in H 2S and 1.04 V at 823 K in H 2. The maximal power densities are 12.4 mW/cm 2 in H 2S and 1.59 W/cm 2 in H 2 for cells comprising Y-doped La 0.7Sr 0.3CrO 3- δ-Sm 0.2Ce 0.8O 1.9/Sm 0.2Ce 0.8O 1.9/Ag.

  11. Doped colloidal artificial spin ice

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    Libál, A.; Olson Reichhardt, C. J.; Reichhardt, C.

    2015-10-01

    We examine square and kagome artificial spin ice for colloids confined in arrays of double-well traps. Unlike magnetic artificial spin ices, colloidal and vortex artificial spin ice realizations allow creation of doping sites through double occupation of individual traps. We find that doping square and kagome ice geometries produces opposite effects. For square ice, doping creates local excitations in the ground state configuration that produce a local melting effect as the temperature is raised. In contrast, the kagome ice ground state can absorb the doping charge without generating non-ground-state excitations, while at elevated temperatures the hopping of individual colloids is suppressed near the doping sites. These results indicate that in the square ice, doping adds degeneracy to the ordered ground state and creates local weak spots, while in the kagome ice, which has a highly degenerate ground state, doping locally decreases the degeneracy and creates local hard regions.

  12. Surface characterization of silver-doped bioactive glass.

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    Vernè, E; Di Nunzio, S; Bosetti, M; Appendino, P; Brovarone, C Vitale; Maina, G; Cannas, M

    2005-09-01

    A bioactive glass belonging to the system SiO(2)-CaO-Na(2)O was doped with silver ions by ion exchange in molten salts as well as in aqueous solution. The ion exchange in the solution was done to check if it is possible to prepare an antimicrobial material using a low silver content. The doped glass was characterized by means of X-ray diffraction, SEM observation, EDS analysis, bioactivity test (soaking in a simulated body fluid), leaching test (GFAAS analyses) and cytotoxicity test. It is demonstrated that these surface silver-doped glasses maintain, or even improve, the bioactivity of the starting glass. The measured quantity of released silver into simulated body fluid compares those reported in literature for the antibacterial activity and the non-cytotoxic effect of silver. Cytotoxicity tests were carried out to understand the effect of the doped surfaces on osteogenic cell adhesion and proliferation. PMID:15792537

  13. Homogeneity of doping with paramagnetic ions by NMR.

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    Li, Wenyu; Celinski, Vinicius R; Weber, Johannes; Kunkel, Nathalie; Kohlmann, Holger; Schmedt auf der Günne, Jörn

    2016-04-14

    In NMR, paramagnetic dopants change the relaxation behavior and the chemical shift of the nuclei in their immediate environment. Based on the concept that the "immediate environment" in a diamagnetic host material can be described as a sphere with radius r0, we developed a function for the fraction of unperturbed nuclei (the fraction of nuclei outside the sphere) which gives a link between the effective radius and the doping concentration. In the case of a homogeneous doping scenario a characteristic dependence is observed in both theory and experiment. We validated the model on a sample series where paramagnetic Eu(II) ions are doped into crystalline SrH2. The fraction of unperturbed nuclei was determined from the (1)H NMR signal and follows the predicted curve for a homogeneous doping scenario where the radius r0 is 17 Å. PMID:27003194

  14. Doped zinc oxide microspheres

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    Arnold, Jr., Wesley D.; Bond, Walter D.; Lauf, Robert J.

    1993-01-01

    A new composition and method of making same for a doped zinc oxide microsphere and articles made therefrom for use in an electrical surge arrestor which has increased solid content, uniform grain size and is in the form of a gel.

  15. Doped zinc oxide microspheres

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    Arnold, W.D. Jr.; Bond, W.D.; Lauf, R.J.

    1993-12-14

    A new composition and method of making same for a doped zinc oxide microsphere and articles made therefrom for use in an electrical surge arrestor which has increased solid content, uniform grain size and is in the form of a gel. 4 figures.

  16. Dope, Fiends, and Myths.

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    Reasons, Charles E.

    Since the social reality of the drug problem has largely emanated from the diffuse conceptions of the drug user, an analysis of the history of the "dope fiend" mythology is presented in this paper in an attempt to assess the manner in which certain publics are informed about the problem. A content analysis of drug-related imagery was made from…

  17. Coating of calcia-doped ceria with amorphous silica shell by seeded polymerization technique

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    El-Toni, Ahmed Mohamed . E-mail: el-toni@mail.tagen.tohoku.ac.jp; Yin, Shu; Yabe, Shinryo; Sato, Tsugio

    2005-07-12

    Calcia-doped ceria is of potential interest as an ultraviolet (UV) radiation blocking material in personal care products. However, its high catalytic ability for oxidation of organic materials makes it difficult to use as a sunscreen material. Therefore, calcia-doped ceria was coated with amorphous silica by means of seeded polymerization technique in order to depress its oxidation catalytic ability. The catalytic ability as well as UV-shielding ability was investigated for coated particles.

  18. Lanthanide-doped CaS and SrS luminescent nanocrystals: a single-source precursor approach for doping.

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    Zhao, Yiming; Rabouw, Freddy T; van Puffelen, Tim; van Walree, Cornelis A; Gamelin, Daniel R; de Mello Donegá, Celso; Meijerink, Andries

    2014-11-26

    The incorporation of dopants with optical or magnetic functionalities into colloidal nanocrystals (NCs) has been a longstanding challenge for nanomaterial research. A deeper understanding of the doping kinetics will aid a better control of the doping process. In particular, alkaline-earth sulfides are an important class of host materials for a range of luminescent dopants, including transition-metal and lanthanide ions. Their nanocrystalline analogues have many potential applications. However, the lack of synthetic methodologies hampers their development. Here we introduce a single-source precursor approach that successfully leads to Ce(3+)- and Eu(2+)-doped CaS and SrS luminescent NCs with diameters of ∼10 nm and with luminescent properties similar to those of the bulk analogues. The characteristic absorption and luminescence of Ce(3+) and Eu(2+) depend on the local coordination and are applied to probe dopant ion internalization. We demonstrate that controlling the reactivity of the precursors is crucial for achieving effective doping. By designing the chemical structure of the dopant precursor to vary the reactivity relative to that of the host precursor, the doping efficiency can be controlled. In addition, we have applied a growth doping strategy to further improve internalization of the dopants. Finally, we demonstrate nucleation doping as an alternative method to achieve lanthanide NC doping for dopant and host precursors with strongly different reactivities. The single-source precursor approaches proposed here allow for a flexible design of synthesis strategies and have the potential to be widely applicable to the doping of colloidal chalcogenide NCs with transition-metal and lanthanide dopant ions. PMID:25368972

  19. Alternate deposition and hydrogen doping technique for ZnO thin films

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    Myong, Seung Yeop; Lim, Koeng Su

    2006-08-01

    We propose an alternate deposition and hydrogen doping (ADHD) technique for polycrystalline hydrogen-doped ZnO thin films, which is a sublayer-by-sublayer deposition based on metalorganic chemical vapor deposition and mercury-sensitized photodecomposition of hydrogen doping gas. Compared to conventional post-deposition hydrogen doping, the ADHD process provides superior electrical conductivity, stability, and surface roughness. Photoluminescence spectra measured at 10 K reveal that the ADHD technique improves ultraviolet and violet emissions by suppressing the green and yellow emissions. Therefore, the ADHD technique is shown to be very promising aid to the manufacture of improved transparent conducting electrodes and light emitting materials.

  20. Electrical property studies on chemically processed polypyrolle/aluminum doped ZnO based hybrid heterostructures

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    Mohan Kumar, G.; Ilanchezhiyan, P.; Madhan Kumar, A.; Yuldashev, Sh. U.; Kang, T. W.

    2016-04-01

    A hybrid structure based on p-type polypyrolle (PPy) and n-type aluminum (Al) doped ZnO nanorods was successfully constructed. The effect of Al doping on material properties of wurtzite structured ZnO were studied using several analytical techniques. To establish the desired hybrid structure, pyrrole monomers were polymerized on hydrothermally grown Al doped ZnO nanorods by chemical polymerization. The current-voltage characteristics on the fabricated PPy/Al doped ZnO heterostructures were found to exhibit excellent rectifying characteristics under dark and illumination conditions. The obtained results augment the prescribed architecture to be highly suitable for high-sensitivity optoelectronic applications.