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  1. Electrochromic device

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    Schwendemanm, Irina G.; Polcyn, Adam D.; Finley, James J.; Boykin, Cheri M.; Knowles, Julianna M.

    2011-03-15

    An electrochromic device includes a first substrate spaced from a second substrate. A first conductive member is formed over at least a portion of the first substrate. A first electrochromic material is formed over at least a portion of the first conductive member. The first electrochromic material includes an organic material. A second conductive member is formed over at least a portion of the second substrate. A second electrochromic material is formed over at least a portion of the second conductive member. The second electrochromic material includes an inorganic material. An ionic liquid is positioned between the first electrochromic material and the second electrochromic material.

  2. Electrochromic devices

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    Allemand, Pierre M.; Grimes, Randall F.; Ingle, Andrew R.; Cronin, John P.; Kennedy, Steve R.; Agrawal, Anoop; Boulton, Jonathan M.

    2001-01-01

    An electrochromic device is disclosed having a selective ion transport layer which separates an electrochemically active material from an electrolyte containing a redox active material. The devices are particularly useful as large area architectural and automotive glazings due to there reduced back reaction.

  3. Electrochromic Devices Deposited on Low-Temperature Plastics by Plasma-Enhanced Chemical Vapor Deposition

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    Robbins, Joshua; Seman, Michael

    2005-09-20

    Electrochromic windows have been identified by the Basic energy Sciences Advisory committee as an important technology for the reduction of energy spent on heating and cooling in residential and commercial buildings. Electrochromic devices have the ability to reversibly alter their optical properties in response to a small electric field. By blocking ultraviolet and infrared radiation, while modulating the incoming visible radiation, electrochromics could reduce energy consumption by several Quads per year. This amounts to several percent of the total annual national energy expenditures. The purpose of this project was to demonstrate proof of concept for using plasma-enhanced chemical vapor deposition (PECVD) for depositing all five layers necessary for full electrochromic devices, as an alternative to sputtering techniques. The overall goal is to produce electrochromic devices on flexible polymer substrates using PECVD to significantly reduce the cost of the final product. We have successfully deposited all of the films necessary for a complete electrochromic devices using PECVD. The electrochromic layer, WO3, displayed excellent change in visible transmission with good switching times. The storage layer, V2O5, exhibited a high storage capacity and good clear state transmission. The electrolyte, Ta2O5, was shown to functional with good electrical resistivity to go along with the ability to transfer Li ions. There were issues with leakage over larger areas, which can be address with further process development. We developed a process to deposit ZnO:Ga with a sheet resistance of < 50 W/sq. with > 90% transmission. Although we were not able to deposit on polymers due to the temperatures required in combination with the inverted position of our substrates. Two types of full devices were produced. Devices with Ta2O5 were shown to be functional using small aluminum dots as the top contact. The polymer electrolyte devices were shown to have a clear state transmission of

  4. Nanostructured transparent conducting oxide electrochromic device

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    Milliron, Delia; Tangirala, Ravisubhash; Llordes, Anna; Buonsanti, Raffaella; Garcia, Guillermo

    2016-05-17

    The embodiments described herein provide an electrochromic device. In an exemplary embodiment, the electrochromic device includes (1) a substrate and (2) a film supported by the substrate, where the film includes transparent conducting oxide (TCO) nanostructures. In a further embodiment, the electrochromic device further includes (a) an electrolyte, where the nanostructures are embedded in the electrolyte, resulting in an electrolyte, nanostructure mixture positioned above the substrate and (b) a counter electrode positioned above the mixture. In a further embodiment, the electrochromic device further includes a conductive coating deposited on the substrate between the substrate and the mixture. In a further embodiment, the electrochromic device further includes a second substrate positioned above the mixture.

  5. Development of electrochromic devices.

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    Pawlicka, A

    2009-01-01

    Electrochromic devices (ECD) are systems of considerable commercial interest due to their controllable transmission, absorption and/or reflectance. For instance, these devices are mainly applied to glare attenuation in automobile rearview mirrors and also in some smart windows that can regulate the solar gains of buildings. Other possible applications of ECDs include solar cells, small- and large-area flat panel displays, and frozen food monitoring and document authentication also are of great interest. Over the past 20 years almost 1000 patents and 1500 papers in journals and proceedings have been published with the key words "electrochromic windows". Most of these documents report on materials for electrochromic devices and only some of them about complete electrochromic devices. This paper describes the first patents and some of the recent ones on ECDs, whose development is possible due to the advances in nanotechnology. PMID:19958283

  6. Integrated device architectures for electrochromic devices

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    Frey, Jonathan Mack; Berland, Brian Spencer

    2015-04-21

    This disclosure describes systems and methods for creating monolithically integrated electrochromic devices which may be a flexible electrochromic device. Monolithic integration of thin film electrochromic devices may involve the electrical interconnection of multiple individual electrochromic devices through the creation of specific structures such as conductive pathway or insulating isolation trenches.

  7. Electrochromic optical switching device

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    Lampert, C.M.; Visco, S.J.

    1992-08-25

    An electrochromic cell is disclosed which comprises an electrochromic layer, a polymerizable organo-sulfur layer which comprises the counter electrode of the structure, and an ionically conductive electronically insulating material which comprises the separator between the electrodes. In a preferred embodiment, both the separator and the organo-sulfur electrode (in both its charged and uncharged states) are transparent either to visible light or to the entire solar spectrum. An electrochromic device is disclosed which comprises such electrodes and separator encased in glass plates on the inner surface of each of which is formed a transparent electrically conductive film in respective electrical contact with the electrodes which facilitates formation of an external electrical connection or contact to the electrodes of the device to permit electrical connection of the device to an external potential source. 3 figs.

  8. Electrochromic optical switching device

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    Lampert, Carl M.; Visco, Steven J.

    1992-01-01

    An electrochromic cell is disclosed which comprises an electrochromic layer, a polymerizable organo-sulfur layer which comprises the counter electrode of the structure, and an ionically conductive electronically insulating material which comprises the separator between the electrodes. In a preferred embodiment, both the separator and the organo-sulfur electrode (in both its charged and uncharged states) are transparent either to visible light or to the entire solar spectrum. An electrochromic device is disclosed which comprises such electrodes and separator encased in glass plates on the inner surface of each of which is formed a transparent electrically conductive film in respective electrical contact with the electrodes which facilitates formation of an external electrical connection or contact to the electrodes of the device to permit electrical connection of the device to an external potential source.

  9. Next-Generation Multifunctional Electrochromic Devices.

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    Cai, Guofa; Wang, Jiangxin; Lee, Pooi See

    2016-08-16

    The rational design and exploration of electrochromic devices will find a wide range of applications in smart windows for energy-efficient buildings, low-power displays, self-dimming rear mirrors for automobiles, electrochromic e-skins, and so on. Electrochromic devices generally consist of multilayer structures with transparent conductors, electrochromic films, ion conductors, and ion storage films. Synthetic strategies and new materials for electrochromic films and transparent conductors, comprehensive electrochemical kinetic analysis, and novel device design are areas of active study worldwide. These are believed to be the key factors that will help to significantly improve the electrochromic performance and extend their application areas. In this Account, we present our strategies to design and fabricate electrochromic devices with high performance and multifunctionality. We first describe the synthetic strategies, in which a porous tungsten oxide (WO3) film with nearly ideal optical modulation and fast switching was prepared by a pulsed electrochemical deposition method. Multiple strategies, such as sol-gel/inkjet printing methods, hydrothermal/inkjet printing methods, and a novel hybrid transparent conductor/electrochromic layer have been developed to prepare high-performance electrochromic films. We then summarize the recent advances in transparent conductors and ion conductor layers, which play critial roles in electrochromic devices. Benefiting from the developments of soft transparent conductive substrates, highly deformable electrochromic devices that are flexible, foldable, stretchable, and wearable have been achieved. These emerging devices have great potential in applications such as soft displays, electrochromic e-skins, deformable electrochromic films, and so on. We finally present a concept of multifunctional smart glass, which can change its color to dynamically adjust the daylight and solar heat input of the building or protect the users' privacy

  10. Sol-gel deposited electrochromic coatings

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    Ozer, N.; Lampert, C.M.

    1995-06-01

    Electrochromic devices have increasing application in display devices, switchable mirrors and smart windows. A variety of vacuum deposition technologies have been used to make electrochromic devices. The sol- gel process offers an alternative approach to the synthesis of optical quality and low cost electrochromic device layers. This study summarizes the developments in sol-gel deposited electrochromic films. The sol-gel process involves the formation of oxide networks upon hydrolysis-condensation of alkoxide precursors. In this study we cover the sol-gel deposited oxides of WO[sub 3], V[sub 2]O[sub 5], TiO[sub 2], Nb[sub 2]O[sub 5], and NiO[sub x].

  11. Electrochromic Device with Polymer Electrolyte

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    Solovyev, Andrey A.; Zakharov, Alexander N.; Rabotkin, Sergey V.; Kovsharov, Nikolay F.

    2016-08-01

    In this study a solid-state electrochromic device (ECD) comprised of a WO3 and Prussian blue (Fe4[Fe(CN)6]3) thin film couple with a Li+-conducting solid polymer electrolyte is discussed. WO3 was deposited on K-Glass substrate by magnetron sputtering method, while Prussian blue layer was formed on the same substrate by electrodeposition method. The parameters of the electrochromic device K-Glass/WO3/Li+-electrolyte/PB/K-Glass, such as change of transmittance, response time and stability were successfully tested using coupled optoelectrochemical methods. The device was colored or bleached by the application of +2 V or -2 V, respectively. Light modulation with transmittance variation of up to 59% and coloration efficiency of 43 cm2/C at a wavelength of 550 nm were obtained. Numerous switching of the ECD over 1200 cycles without the observation of significant degradation has been demonstrated.

  12. Electrochromic Device with Polymer Electrolyte

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    Solovyev, Andrey A.; Zakharov, Alexander N.; Rabotkin, Sergey V.; Kovsharov, Nikolay F.

    2016-05-01

    In this study a solid-state electrochromic device (ECD) comprised of a WO3 and Prussian blue (Fe4[Fe(CN)6]3) thin film couple with a Li+-conducting solid polymer electrolyte is discussed. WO3 was deposited on K-Glass substrate by magnetron sputtering method, while Prussian blue layer was formed on the same substrate by electrodeposition method. The parameters of the electrochromic device K-Glass/WO3/Li+-electrolyte/PB/K-Glass, such as change of transmittance, response time and stability were successfully tested using coupled optoelectrochemical methods. The device was colored or bleached by the application of +2 V or -2 V, respectively. Light modulation with transmittance variation of up to 59% and coloration efficiency of 43 cm2/C at a wavelength of 550 nm were obtained. Numerous switching of the ECD over 1200 cycles without the observation of significant degradation has been demonstrated.

  13. Electro-deposited vanadium oxide as a counter-electrode for PProDOT-Me2 based electrochromic devices (ECDs)

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    Kaneko, Calen; Xu, Chunye; Liu, Lu; Ning, Dai; Taya, Minoru

    2005-05-01

    A preparation and characterization of thin film vanadium oxide for use as a transparent ion storage layer/counter-electrode in organic ECDs is reported. A cathodic polymer film, Poly[3,3-dimethyle-3,4-dihydro-2H-thieno[3,4-b][1,4]dioxepine] (PProDOT-Me2) was used as the electrochromic material. Counter-electrodes were prepared using a sol-gel method and deposited using electrophoresis. Indium Tin oxide (I TO) glass was used as an electrically conductive and transparent substrate. This paper focuses on optimized characteristics complimentary to a PProDOT-Me2 based electrochromic thin film. Gels of vanadium oxide were created from V2O5 powder mixed with hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) and deionized water. Thin films were deposited onto a substrate submerged in the solution and subjected to cyclic voltammetry. Deposition parameters were varied and their effect on counter electrode characteristics investigated. The thin film exhibited a capacitance curve similar to the PProDOT-Me2 based EC film while maintaining a transmittance greater than 60% indicating that V2O5 is a suitable material. The ensuing 1 inch x 1 inch smart window exhibits a change in transmittance of 60% and a lifetime of over 100,000 cycles at a switching speed of 1 second. Larger sized devices of six and twelve inches were successfully prepared and switched between the dark blue and transparent states in less than 15 seconds.

  14. Physics and applications of electrochromic devices

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    Pawlicka, Agnieszka; Avellaneda, Cesar O.

    2003-07-01

    Solid state electrochromic devices (ECD) are of considerable technological and commercial interest because of their controllable transmission, absorption and/or reflectance. For instance, a major application of these devices is in smart windows that can regulate the solar gains of buildings and also in glare attenuation in automobile rear view mirrors. Other applications include solar cells, small and large area flat panel displays, satellite temperature control, food monitoring, and document authentication. A typical electrochromic device has a five-layer structure: GS/TC/EC/IC/IS/TC/GS, where GS is a glass substrate, TC is a transparent conductor, generally ITO (indium tin oxide) or FTO (fluorine tin oxide), EC is an electrochromic coating, IC is an ion conductor (solid or liquid electrolyte) and IS is an ion storage coating. Generally, the EC and IS layers are deposited separately on the TC coatings and then jointed with the IC and sealed. The EC and IS are thin films that can be deposited by sputtering, CVD, sol-gel precursors, etc. There are different kinds of organic, inorganic and organic-inorganic films that can be used to make electrochromic devices. Thin electrochromic films can be: WO3, Nb2O5, Nb2O5:Li+ or Nb2O5-TiO2 coatings, ions storage films: CeO2-TiO2, CeO2-ZrO2 or CeO2-TiO2-ZrO2 and electrolytes like Organically Modified Electrolytes (Ormolytes) or polymeric films also based on natural polymers like starch or cellulose. These last are very interesting due to their high ionic conductivity, high transparency and good mechanical properties. This paper describes construction and properties of different thin oxide and polymeric films and also shows the optical response of an all sol-gel electrochromic device with WO3/Ormolyte/CeO2-TiO2 configuration.

  15. Stretchable and wearable electrochromic devices.

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    Yan, Chaoyi; Kang, Wenbin; Wang, Jiangxin; Cui, Mengqi; Wang, Xu; Foo, Ce Yao; Chee, Kenji Jianzhi; Lee, Pooi See

    2014-01-28

    Stretchable and wearable WO3 electrochromic devices on silver nanowire (AgNW) elastic conductors are reported. The stretchable devices are mechanically robust and can be stretched, twisted, folded, and crumpled without performance failure. Fast coloration (1 s) and bleaching (4 s) time and good cyclic stability (81% retention after 100 cycles) were achieved at relaxed state. Proper functioning at stretched state (50% strain) was also demonstrated. The electrochromic devices were successfully implanted onto textile substrates for potential wearable applications. As most existing electrochromic devices are based on rigid technologies, the innovative devices in their soft form hold the promise for next-generation electronics such as stretchable, wearable, and implantable display applications. PMID:24359017

  16. Electrochromic projection and writing device

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    Branz, Howard M.; Benson, David K.

    2002-01-01

    A display and projection apparatus includes an electrochromic material and a photoconductive material deposited in tandem used in conjunction with a light filtering means for filtering light transmitted through the electrochromic material. When an electric field is applied across the electrochromic material and the photoconductive material, light that is incident onto the photoconductive material through the surface of the projection apparatus causes the photoconductive material to conduct current locally in proportion to the amount of light incident on the photoconductive material. The flow of current causes the underlying portions of the electrochromic material to switch from an opaque state to a clear or transmissive state, thereby allowing back-light to propagate through the electrochromic material to create a visible image on the surface of the projection apparatus. Reversal of the electric field causes the electrochromic material to revert back to its opaque state, thereby blocking the transmission of back-light and effectively erasing the image from the surface of the projection apparatus.

  17. Operation of electrochromic devices prepared by sol-gel methods

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    Tulloch, Gavin; Skryabin, Igor L.; Evans, Graeme; Bell, John M.

    1997-10-01

    The manufacturing and operation of window size (30 cm by 90 cm) electrochromic devices is described. Both the electrochromic electrode (WO3) and the counter electrode (V2O5) were deposited by sol-gel method. Electrochromic measurements were performed on both electrodes and the complete device to correlate device performance to fabrication conditions. The paper describes the affects of temperature on the switching characteristics of electrochromic window. The devices were tested in the temperature range between 10 degrees Celsius and 50 degrees Celsius. The switching algorithm described in this paper ensures identical optical performance of electrochromic device in the wide range of temperatures. The algorithm is based on the charge control and does not require monitoring of device transmittance.

  18. Nanocrystal-polymer nanocomposite electrochromic device

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    Milliron, Delia; Runnerstrom, Evan; Helms, Brett; Llordes, Anna; Buonsanti, Raffaella; Garcia, Guillermo

    2015-12-08

    Described is an electrochromic nanocomposite film comprising a solid matrix of an oxide based material, the solid matrix comprising a plurality of transparent conducting oxide (TCO) nanostructures dispersed in the solid matrix and a lithium salt dispersed in the solid matrix. Also described is a near infrared nanostructured electrochromic device having a functional layer comprising the electrochromic nanocomposite film.

  19. Review on electrochromic devices for automotive glazing

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    Demiryont, Hulya

    1991-12-01

    Electrochromic materials have been intensively studied for applications of various switchable optical systems. These materials exhibit adjustable optical absorption upon reversible oxidation/reduction processes. Since a reversible oxidation/reduction phenomenon is provided by electrically-driven electrochemical reactions, these materials are known as electrochromics. There are many publications including proceedings, books, and review articles written on electrochromic (EC) materials and their applications. This paper focuses on conventional and some new electrochromic devices (ECD), their specifications, and applications.

  20. Reactive Sputter Deposition of WO3/Ag/WO3 Film for Indium Tin Oxide (ITO)-Free Electrochromic Devices.

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    Yin, Yi; Lan, Changyong; Guo, Huayang; Li, Chun

    2016-02-17

    Functioning both as electrochromic (EC) and transparent-conductive (TC) coatings, WO3/Ag/WO3 (WAW) trilayer film shows promising potential application for ITO-free electrochromic devices. Reports on thermal-evaporated WAW films revealed that these bifunctional WAW films have distinct EC characteristics; however, their poor adhesive property leads to rapid degradation of coloring-bleaching cycling. Here, we show that WAW film with improved EC durability can be prepared by reactive sputtering using metal targets. We find that, by introducing an ultrathin tungsten (W) sacrificial layer before the deposition of external WO3, the oxidation of silver, which leads to film insulation and apparent optical haze, can be effectively avoided. We also find that the luminous transmittance and sheet resistance were sensitive to the thicknesses of tungsten and silver layers. The optimized structure for TC coating was obtained to be WO3 (45 nm)/Ag (10 nm)/W (2 nm)/WO3 (45 nm) with a sheet resistance of 16.3 Ω/□ and a luminous transmittance of 73.7%. Such film exhibits compelling EC performance with decent luminous transmittance modulation ΔTlum of 29.5%, fast switching time (6.6 s for coloring and 15.9 s for bleaching time), and long-term cycling stability (2000 cycles) with an applied potential of ±1.2 V. Thicker external WO3 layer (45/10/2/100 nm) leads to larger modulation with maximum ΔTlum of 46.4%, but at the cost of significantly increasing the sheet resistance. The strategy of introducing ultrathin metal sacrificial layer to avoid silver oxidation could be extended to fabricating other oxide-Ag-oxide transparent electrodes via low-cost reactive sputtering. PMID:26726834

  1. An electrochromic film device to teach polymer electrochemical physics

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    Huang, Mei-Rong; Tao, Tao; Li, Xin-Gui; Gong, Qian-Cheng

    2007-09-01

    We discuss the background associated with an electrochromic device that can reversibly change its color and optical density at a specific potential. We discuss the underlying science needed to make a new polyaniline (PAN)/polyvinyl alcohol(PVA) electrochromic composite film on an indium-tin oxide (ITO) conducting glass by electropolymerization and describe a reversible redox transition of the PAN. The experiment gives students an opportunity to fabricate an electrochromic device containing PAN, one of the most important conducting polymers. The experimental conditions are flexible so that each group of students can construct their own electrochromic device with particular behavior. Two techniques for polymerizing the PAN and three methods of demonstrating the electrochromism are given, depending on the available apparatus. A sophisticated three-electrode potentiostat or a crude apparatus containing a battery, wire, a variable resistor, and a voltage meter is used to synthesize the PAN deposit. The electrochromic property is repetitively observed by reversibly changing the applied potentials on the device. A potentiostatic apparatus, a single flashlight battery, or a flashlight battery accompanied by a variable resistor allows students to observe multicolor electrochromism. The experiments significantly enhance students' understanding of polymer chemicophysics principles and their appreciation of novel variable colorful films. The experiments are safe and easy to perform, provided that appropriate precautions are taken.

  2. Graphene based flexible electrochromic devices

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    Polat, Emre O.; Balcı, Osman; Kocabas, Coskun

    2014-01-01

    Graphene emerges as a viable material for optoelectronics because of its broad optical response and gate-tunable properties. For practical applications, however, single layer graphene has performance limits due to its small optical absorption defined by fundamental constants. Here, we demonstrated a new class of flexible electrochromic devices using multilayer graphene (MLG) which simultaneously offers all key requirements for practical applications; high-contrast optical modulation over a broad spectrum, good electrical conductivity and mechanical flexibility. Our method relies on electro-modulation of interband transition of MLG via intercalation of ions into the graphene layers. The electrical and optical characterizations reveal the key features of the intercalation process which yields broadband optical modulation up to 55 per cent in the visible and near-infrared. We illustrate the promises of the method by fabricating reflective/transmissive electrochromic devices and multi-pixel display devices. Simplicity of the device architecture and its compatibility with the roll-to-roll fabrication processes, would find wide range of applications including smart windows and display devices. We anticipate that this work provides a significant step in realization of graphene based optoelectronics. PMID:25270391

  3. Graphene based flexible electrochromic devices

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    Polat, Emre O.; Balcı, Osman; Kocabas, Coskun

    2014-10-01

    Graphene emerges as a viable material for optoelectronics because of its broad optical response and gate-tunable properties. For practical applications, however, single layer graphene has performance limits due to its small optical absorption defined by fundamental constants. Here, we demonstrated a new class of flexible electrochromic devices using multilayer graphene (MLG) which simultaneously offers all key requirements for practical applications; high-contrast optical modulation over a broad spectrum, good electrical conductivity and mechanical flexibility. Our method relies on electro-modulation of interband transition of MLG via intercalation of ions into the graphene layers. The electrical and optical characterizations reveal the key features of the intercalation process which yields broadband optical modulation up to 55 per cent in the visible and near-infrared. We illustrate the promises of the method by fabricating reflective/transmissive electrochromic devices and multi-pixel display devices. Simplicity of the device architecture and its compatibility with the roll-to-roll fabrication processes, would find wide range of applications including smart windows and display devices. We anticipate that this work provides a significant step in realization of graphene based optoelectronics.

  4. Photopolymerized Electrolytes For Electrochromic Devices

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    Cogan, Stuart; Rauh, R. David

    1994-01-01

    Thin ion-conducting electrolyte films for use in electrochromic devices now fabricated relatively easily and quickly with any of class of improved formulations containing ultraviolet-polymerizable components. Formulations are liquids in their monomeric forms and self-supporting, transparent solids in their polymeric forms. Thin solid electrolytes form quickly and easily between electrode-bearing substrates. Film thus polymerized acts not only as solid electrolyte but also as glue holding laminate together: feature simplifies fabrication by reducing need for sealants and additional mechanical supports.

  5. Self bleaching photoelectrochemical-electrochromic device

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    Bechinger, Clemens S.; Gregg, Brian A.

    2002-04-09

    A photoelectrochemical-electrochromic device comprising a first transparent electrode and a second transparent electrode in parallel, spaced relation to each other. The first transparent electrode is electrically connected to the second transparent electrode. An electrochromic material is applied to the first transparent electrode and a nanoporous semiconductor film having a dye adsorbed therein is applied to the second transparent electrode. An electrolyte layer contacts the electrochromic material and the nanoporous semiconductor film. The electrolyte layer has a redox couple whereby upon application of light, the nanoporous semiconductor layer dye absorbs the light and the redox couple oxidizes producing an electric field across the device modulating the effective light transmittance through the device.

  6. Electrochromic device using mercaptans and organothiolate compounds

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    Lampert, C.M.; Ma, Y.P.; Doeff, M.M.; Visco, S.

    1995-08-15

    An electrochromic cell is disclosed which comprises an electrochromic layer and a composite ion counter electrode for transporting ions. The counter electrode further comprises a polymer electrolyte material and an organosulfur material in which, in its discharged state, the organosulfur material is further comprised of a mercaptan or an organothiolate. In one preferred embodiment, both the electrochromic electrode and the counter electrode are transparent either to visible light or to the entire electromagnetic spectrum in both charged and discharged states. An electrochromic device is disclosed which comprises one or more electrochromic electrodes encased in glass or plastic plates on the inner surface of each of which is formed a transparent electrically conductive film. Electrical contacts, which are in electrical contact with the conductive films, facilitate external electrical connection. 5 figs.

  7. Electrochromic device using mercaptans and organothiolate compounds

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    Lampert, Carl M.; Ma, Yan-ping; Doeff, Marca M.; Visco, Steven

    1995-01-01

    An electrochromic cell is disclosed which comprises an electrochromic layer and a composite ion counter electrode for transporting ions. The counter electrode further comprises a polymer electrolyte material and an organosulfur material in which, in its discharged state, the organosulfur material is further comprised of a mercaptan or an organothiolate. In one preferred embodiment, both the electrochromic electrode and the counter electrode are transparent either to visible light or to the entire electromagnetic spectrum in both charged and discharged states. An electrochromic device is disclosed which comprises one or more electrochromic electrodes encased in glass or plastic plates on the inner surface of each of which is formed a transparent electrically conductive film. Electrical contacts, which are in electrical contact with the conductive films, facilitate external electrical connection.

  8. Electrochromic salts, solutions, and devices

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    Burrell, Anthony K.; Warner, Benjamin P.; McClesky,7,064,212 T. Mark

    2006-06-20

    Electrochromic salts. Electrochromic salts of dicationic viologens such as methyl viologen and benzyl viologen associated with anions selected from bis(trifluoromethylsulfonyl)imide, bis(perfluoroethylsulfonyl)imide, and tris(trifluoromethylsulfonyl)methide are produced by metathesis with the corresponding viologen dihalide. They are highly soluble in molten quarternary ammonium salts and together with a suitable reductant provide electrolyte solutions that are used in electrochromic windows.

  9. Electrochromic Salts, Solutions, and Devices

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    Burrell, Anthony K.; Warner, Benjamin P.; McClesky, T. Mark

    2008-10-14

    Electrochromic salts. Electrochromic salts of dicationic viologens such as methyl viologen and benzyl viologen associated with anions selected from bis(trifluoromethylsulfonyl)imide, bis(perfluoroethylsulfonyl)imide, and tris(trifluoromethylsulfonyl)methide are produced by metathesis with the corresponding viologen dihalide. They are highly soluble in molten quarternary ammonium salts and together with a suitable reductant provide electrolyte solutions that are used in electrochromic windows.

  10. Electrochromic Salts, Solutions, and Devices

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    Burrell, Anthony K.; Warner, Benjamin P.; McClesky, T. Mark

    2008-11-11

    Electrochromic salts. Electrochromic salts of dicationic viologens such as methyl viologen and benzyl viologen associated with anions selected from bis(trifluoromethylsulfonyl)imide, bis(perfluoroethylsulfonyl)imide, and tris(trifluoromethylsulfonyl)methide are produced by metathesis with the corresponding viologen dihalide. They are highly soluble in molten quarternary ammonium salts and together with a suitable reductant provide electrolyte solutions that are used in electrochromic windows.

  11. Photochromic, electrochromic, photoelectrochromic and photovoltaic devices

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    Kostecki, Robert; McLarnon, Frank R.

    2000-01-01

    A light activated photoelectrochromic device is formed of a two-component system formed of a photoactive charge carrier generating material and electrochromic material (plus an elecrolyte). Light interacts with a semiconductive material to generate hole-electron charge carriers which cause a redox reaction in the electrochromic material. One device is formed of hydrated nickel oxide as the electrochromic layer and polycrystalline titanium dioxide as the charge generating material. The materials may be formed as discrete layers or mixed together. Because of the direct charge transfer between the layers, a circuit to apply a voltage to drive the electrochromic reaction is not required, although one can be used to enhance the reaction. The hydrated nickel oxide-titanium dioxide materials can also be used to form a photovoltaic device for generating electricity.

  12. Electrochromic device based on D-A type viologen

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    Li, Mei; Zheng, Jianming; Chen, Shen; Xu, Chunye

    2011-11-01

    Electrochromism is the phenomenon displayed by some color changing materials when a burst of charge is applied. Viologens (Vio) are cathodic electrochromic materials, and triphenylamines (TPA) are anodic electrochromic materials. Here, we reported a new electrochromic compound composed of Vio, TPA and phosphonic acid groups, thus the molecules can be anchored on electrode, which will lead to faster switching speed and high stability. An electrochromic device was assembled using the new Vio as primary electrochromes and Prussian blue as secondary electrochromes. The device exhibits high transparency. In addition, it shows fast switching speed and good stability.

  13. Electrochromic device based on D-A type viologen

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    Li, Mei; Zheng, Jianming; Chen, Shen; Xu, Chunye

    2012-04-01

    Electrochromism is the phenomenon displayed by some color changing materials when a burst of charge is applied. Viologens (Vio) are cathodic electrochromic materials, and triphenylamines (TPA) are anodic electrochromic materials. Here, we reported a new electrochromic compound composed of Vio, TPA and phosphonic acid groups, thus the molecules can be anchored on electrode, which will lead to faster switching speed and high stability. An electrochromic device was assembled using the new Vio as primary electrochromes and Prussian blue as secondary electrochromes. The device exhibits high transparency. In addition, it shows fast switching speed and good stability.

  14. Electrochromic properties of NiOx:H films deposited by DC magnetron sputtering for ITO/NiOx:H/ZrO2/WO3/ITO device

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    Dong, Dongmei; Wang, Wenwen; Dong, Guobo; Zhou, Yuliang; Wu, Zhonghou; Wang, Mei; Liu, Famin; Diao, Xungang

    2015-12-01

    NiOx:H thin films were deposited on ITO-coated glass by DC reactive magnetron sputtering at room temperature. The effects of the hydrogen content on the structure, morphologies, electrochemical properties, the stoichiometry and chemical states of NiOx:H thin films were systematically studied. In X-ray diffraction and atomic force microscopy analysis, the crystallinity of the films tends to be weakened when the flow amount ratio of Ar:O2:H2 equals 19:1:3 and as confirmed in electrochemical analysis, such relatively weak crystallinity is the main contributing factor to ion transportation. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy reveals that the increase of the hydrogen contents results in a relatively lower binding energy exhibited in the Ni 2p spectra. The proportion of Ni2O3 in NiOx:H films increases from 22% at bleached state to 33% at colored state. A monolithic all-thin-film inorganic electrochromic device was fabricated with complementary configuration as ITO/NiOx:H/ZrO2/WO3/ITO. The electrochromic device with optimized NiOx:H thin films acting both as ion storage layer and proton-providing source displays high modulation efficiency of 68% at a fixed wavelength 550 nm.

  15. Characterisation and application of WO3 films for electrochromic devices

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    Stapinski, Thomas; Marszalek, Konstanty; Swatowska, Barbara; Stanco, Agnieszka

    2013-07-01

    Electrochromic system is the one of the most popular devices using color memory effect under the influence of an applied voltage. The electrochromic system was produced based on the thin WO3 electrochromic films. Films were prepared by RF magnetron sputtering from tungsten targets in a reactive Ar+O2 gas atmosphere of various Ar/O2 ratios. The technological gas mixture pressure was 3 Pa and process temperature 30°C. Structural and optical properties of WO3 films were investigated for as-deposited and heat treated samples at temperature range from 350°C to 450°C in air. The material revealed the dependence of properties on preparation conditions and on post-deposition heat treatment. Main parameters of thin WO3 films: thickness d, refractive index n, extinction coefficient k and energy gap Eg were determined and optimized for application in electrochromic system. The main components of the system were glass plate with transparent conducting oxides, electrolyte, and glass plate with transparent conducting oxides and WO3 layer. The optical properties of the system were investigated when a voltage was applied across it. The electrochromic cell revealed the controllable transmittance depended on the operation voltage.

  16. Preparation and characterization of spray deposited n-type WO{sub 3} thin films for electrochromic devices

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    Sivakumar, R.; Moses Ezhil Raj, A.; Subramanian, B.; Jayachandran, M.; Trivedi, D.C.; Sanjeeviraja, C

    2004-08-03

    The n-type tungsten oxide (WO{sub 3}) polycrystalline thin films have been prepared at an optimized substrate temperature of 250 deg. C by spray pyrolysis technique. Precursor solution of ammonium tungstate ((NH{sub 4}){sub 2}WO{sub 4}) was sprayed onto the well cleaned, pre-heated fluorine doped tin oxide coated (FTO) and glass substrates with a spray rate of 15 ml/min. The structural, surface morphological and optical properties of the as-deposited WO{sub 3} thin films were studied. Mott-Schottky (M-S) studies of WO{sub 3}/FTO electrodes were conducted in Na{sub 2}SO{sub 4} solution to identify their nature and extract semiconductor parameters. The electrochromic properties of the as-deposited and lithiated WO{sub 3}/FTO thin films were analyzed by employing them as working electrodes in three electrode electrochemical cell using an electrolyte containing LiClO{sub 4} in propylene carbonate (PC) solution.

  17. Large-area flexible monolithic ITO/WO3/Nb2O5/NiVOχ/ITO electrochromic devices prepared by using magnetron sputter deposition

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    Tang, Chien-Jen; Ye, Jia-Ming; Yang, Yueh-Ting; He, Ju-Liang

    2016-05-01

    Electrochromic devices (ECDs) have been applied in smart windows to control the transmission of sunlight in green buildings, saving up to 40-50% electricity consumption and ultimately reducing carbon dioxide emissions. However, the high manufacturing costs and difficulty of transportation of conventional massive large area ECDs has limited widespread applications. A unique design replacing the glass substrate commonly used in the ECD windows with inexpensive, light-weight and flexible polymeric substrate materials would accelerate EC adoption allowing them to be supplemented for regular windows without altering window construction. In this study, an ITO/WO3/Nb2O5/NiVOχ/ITO all-solid-state monolithic ECD with an effective area of 24 cm × 18 cm is successfully integrated on a PET substrate by using magnetron sputter deposition. The electrochromic performance and bending durability of the resultant material are also investigated. The experimental results indicate that the ultimate response times for the prepared ECD is 6 s for coloring at an applied voltage of -3 V and 5 s for bleaching at an applied voltage of +3 V, respectively. The optical transmittances for the bleached and colored state at a wavelength of 633 nm are 53% and 11%, respectively. The prepared ECD can sustain over 8000 repeated coloring and bleaching cycles, as well as tolerate a bending radius of curvature of 7.5 cm.

  18. Electrochromic devices based on lithium insertion

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    Richardson, Thomas J.

    2006-05-09

    Electrochromic devices having as an active electrode materials comprising Sb, Bi, Si, Ge, Sn, Te, N, P, As, Ga, In, Al, C, Pb, I and chalcogenides are disclosed. The addition of other metals, i.e. Ag and Cu to the active electrode further enhances performance.

  19. Multicolor Electrochromics: Rainbow-Like Devices.

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    Alesanco, Yolanda; Viñuales, Ana; Palenzuela, Jesús; Odriozola, Ibon; Cabañero, Germán; Rodriguez, Javier; Tena-Zaera, Ramón

    2016-06-15

    Stimuli-responsive reversible coloration-change materials represent a highly demanded type of smart systems useful for a wide variety of applications, with a significant growing interest in multicolor abilities. In particular, electrochromic materials have received a great deal of attention due to their versatility and broad range of industrial uses. However, most of the existing electrochromic technologies provide a single coloration, while achieving multiple colors based on simple approaches remains a challenge. The present article reports on PVA gel-based electrochromic devices, containing a single viologen, providing a colorless and two different well-defined colored states. The successful fabrication of a device, based on two viologens (multi-EC gel) with a simple architecture (glass/TCO/multi-EC gel/TCO/glass), with five different multiswitchable colors based on four-zoned electrodes (rainbow-like ECD) is also demonstrated. This novel easy-to-make multichromic system represents a significant breakthrough toward the generation of full-color devices, expanding the potential of electrochromic technology. PMID:27206084

  20. Electrochromic devices: From windows to fabric

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    Invernale, Michael Anthony

    This dissertation focuses on electrochromic and conducting polymers and devices thereof. Chapter 3: An ion storage layer, poly(thieno[3,4- b]thiophene), was used in the assembly of electrochromic devices (ECDs). Its high-doping level and low-absorption in the visible region in both its oxidized and neutral states makes it an ideal candidate for use as an ion shuttling layer in ECDs. This layer did not distort ECD color, nor does it have a yellowed tint to it (as some previous materials) that may distort vision over time. The characterization of a novel substituted 3,4-propylenedioxythiophene, 1,3-dimethyl (1,3-DM-ProDOT), is also presented. Chapter 4: The precursor polymer method, which imparts solubility and processability to electrochromic precursors, allowed for the preparation of electrochromics inside assembled solid-state devices. The same polymeric material can be made through in situ conversion (oxidation inside an assembled device) as via solution methods (ex situ conversion via electrochemical or chemical oxidation), saving a step in device preparation. Clean substrates were not needed for this method, removing another step in device production. A study of the effects of precursor film thickness, gel electrolyte composition (including the use of ionic liquids), and comparison to traditionally assembled (ex situ) devices is illustrated therein. These precursor polymers have also been ink-jetted, expanding their utility to a large variety of complex electronics. Further, the use of these materials to prepare easily-assembled electrochromic sunglasses is discussed. The in situ method was also extended to using monomers inside of the electrolyte and electropolymerization thereof. This method offers a simpler still method for ECD assembly. This system was studied with respect to higher contrasts and unique patterning abilities, as well as for a variety of chromophores. Chapter 5: A new side-chain based precursor polymer was developed using a single pendant

  1. Electrochromism: from oxide thin films to devices

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    Rougier, A.; Danine, A.; Faure, C.; Buffière, S.

    2014-03-01

    In respect of their adaptability and performance, electrochromic devices, ECDs, which are able to change their optical properties under an applied voltage, have received significant attention. Target applications are multifold both in the visible region (automotive sunroofs, smart windows, ophthalmic lenses, and domestic appliances (oven, fridge…)) and in the infrared region (Satellites Thermal Control, IR furtivity). In our group, focusing on oxide thin films grown preferentially at room temperature, optimization of ECDs performances have been achieved by tuning the microstructure, the stoichiometry and the cationic composition of the various layers. Herein, our approach for optimized ECDs is illustrated through the example of WO3 electrochromic layer in the visible and in the IR domain as well as ZnO based transparent conducting oxide layer. Targeting the field of printed electronics, simplification of the device architecture for low power ECDs is also reported.

  2. Sol-gel deposited electrochromic films for electrochromic smart window glass

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    Oezer, N.; Lampert, C.M.; Rubin, M.

    1996-08-01

    Electrochromic windows offer the ability to dynamically change the transmittance of a glazing. With the appropriate sensor and controls, this smart window can be used for energy regulation and glare control for a variety of glazing applications. The most promising are building and automotive applications. This work covers the use of sol-gel deposition processes to make active films for these windows. The sol-gel process offers a low-capital investment for the deposition of these active films. Sol-gel serves as an alternative to more expensive vacuum deposition processes. The sol-gel process utilizes solution coating followed by a hydrolysis and condensation. In this investigation the authors report on tungsten oxide and nickel oxide films made by the sol-gel process for electrochromic windows. The properties of the sol-gel films compare favorably to those of films made by other techniques. A typical laminated electrochromic window consists of two glass sheets coated with transparent conductors, which are coated with the active films. The two sheets are laminated together with an ionically conductive polymer. The range of visible transmission modulation of the tungsten oxide was 60% and for the nickel oxide was 20%. The authors used the device configuration of glass/SnO{sub 2}:F/W0{sub 3}/polymer/Li{sub Z}NiO{sub x}H{sub y}/SnO{sub 2}:F glass to test the films. The nickel oxide layer had a low level of lithiation and possibly contained a small amount of water. Lithiated oxymethylene-linked poly(ethylene oxide) was used as the laminating polymer. Commercially available SnO{sub 2}:F/glass (LOF-Tec glass) was used as the transparent conducting glass. The authors found reasonable device switching characteristics which could be used for devices.

  3. Low voltage solid-state lateral coloration electrochromic device

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    Tracy, C.E.; Benson, D.K.; Ruth, M.R.

    1984-12-21

    A solid-state transition metal oxide device comprising a plurality of layers having a predisposed orientation including an electrochromic oxide layer. Conductive material including anode and cathode contacts is secured to the device. Coloration is actuated within the electrochromic oxide layer after the application of a predetermined potential between the contacts. The coloration action is adapted to sweep or dynamically extend across the length of the electrochromic oxide layer.

  4. Low voltage solid-state lateral coloration electrochromic device

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    Tracy, C. Edwin; Benson, David K.; Ruth, Marta R.

    1987-01-01

    A solid-state transition metal oxide device comprising a plurality of lay having a predisposed orientation including an electrochromic oxide layer. Conductive material including anode and cathode contacts is secured to the device. Coloration is actuated within the electrochromic oxide layer after the application of a predetermined potential between the contacts. The coloration action is adapted to sweep or dynamically extend across the length of the electrochromic oxide layer.

  5. Ion potential diagrams for electrochromic devices

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    Varsano, F. |; Cahen, D.; Decker, F.; Guillemoles, J.F. |; Masetti, E.

    1998-12-01

    Ion potential diagrams can facilitate the description of systems in which ionic species are mobile. They depict qualitatively the spatial dependence of the potential energy for mobile ions, somewhat akin to band diagrams for electrons. The authors construct ion potential diagrams for the mixed conducting (oxide), optically active electrodes of five-layer electrochromic devices, based on reversible Li{sup +} intercalation. These serve to analyze stability problems that arise in these systems. The authors then use them as building blocks to arrive at ion diagrams for complete devices. This allows analyses of (dis)coloration kinetics.

  6. Liquid phase deposition of electrochromic thin films

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    Richardson, Thomas J.; Rubin, Michael D.

    2000-08-18

    Thin films of titanium, zirconium and nickel oxides were deposited on conductive SnO2:F glass substrates by immersion in aqueous solutions. The films are transparent, conformal, of uniform thickness and appearance, and adhere strongly to the substrates. On electrochemical cycling, TiO2, mixed TiO2-ZrO2, and NiOx films exhibited stable electrochromism with high coloration efficiencies. These nickel oxide films were particularly stable compared with films prepared by other non-vacuum techniques. The method is simple, inexpensive, energy efficient, and readily scalable to larger substrates.

  7. Graphene as an efficient interfacial layer for electrochromic devices.

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    Lin, Feng; Bult, Justin B; Nanayakkara, Sanjini; Dillon, Anne C; Richards, Ryan M; Blackburn, Jeffrey L; Engtrakul, Chaiwat

    2015-06-01

    This study presents an interfacial modification strategy to improve the performance of electrochromic films that were fabricated by a magnetron sputtering technique. High-quality graphene sheets, synthesized by chemical vapor deposition, were used to modify fluorine-doped tin oxide substrates, followed by the deposition of high-performance nanocomposite nickel oxide electrochromic films. Electrochromic cycling results revealed that a near-complete monolayer graphene interfacial layer improves the electrochromic performance in terms of switching kinetics, activation period, coloration efficiency, and bleached-state transparency, while maintaining ∼100% charge reversibility. The present study offers an alternative route for improving the interfacial properties between electrochromic and transparent conducting oxide films without relying on conventional methods such as nanostructuring or thin film composition control. PMID:25950270

  8. Electrochromic material and electro-optical device using same

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    Cogan, Stuart F.; Rauh, R. David

    1992-01-01

    An oxidatively coloring electrochromic layer of composition M.sub.y CrO.sub.2+x (0.33.ltoreq.y.ltoreq.2.0 and x.ltoreq.2) where M=Li, Na or K with improved transmittance modulation, improved thermal and environmental stability, and improved resistance to degradation in organic liquid and polymeric electrolytes. The M.sub.y CrO.sub.2+x provides complementary optical modulation to cathodically coloring materials in thin-film electrochromic glazings and electrochromic devices employing polymeric Li.sup.+ ion conductors.

  9. Electrochromic material and electro-optical device using same

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    Cogan, S.F.; Rauh, R.D.

    1992-01-14

    An oxidatively coloring electrochromic layer of composition M[sub y]CrO[sub 2+x] (0.33[le]y[le]2.0 and x[le]2) where M=Li, Na or K with improved transmittance modulation, improved thermal and environmental stability, and improved resistance to degradation in organic liquid and polymeric electrolytes. The M[sub y]CrO[sub 2+x] provides complementary optical modulation to cathodically coloring materials in thin-film electrochromic glazings and electrochromic devices employing polymeric Li[sup +] ion conductors. 12 figs.

  10. Ultrathin W18O49 nanowire assemblies for electrochromic devices.

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    Liu, By Jian-Wei; Zheng, Jing; Wang, Jin-Long; Xu, Jie; Li, Hui-Hui; Yu, Shu-Hong

    2013-08-14

    Ordered W18O49 nanowire thin films were fabricated by Langmuir-Blodgett (LB) technique in the presence of poly(vinyl pyrrolidone) coating. The well-organized monolayer of W18O49 nanowires with periodic structures can be readily used as electrochromic sensors, showing reversibly switched electrochromic properties between the negative and positive voltage. Moreover, the electrochromism properties of the W18O49 nanowire films exhibit significant relationship with their thickness. The coloration/bleaching time was around 2 s for the W18O49 nanowire monolayer, which is much faster than the traditional tungsten oxide nanostructures. Moreover, the nanowire devices display excellent stability when color switching continues, which may provide a versatile and promising platform for electrochromism device, smart windows, and other applications. PMID:23869487

  11. Insertion of lithium into electrochromic devices after completion

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    Berland, Brian Spencer; Lanning, Bruce Roy; Frey, Jonathan Mack; Barrett, Kathryn Suzanne; DuPont, Paul Damon; Schaller, Ronald William

    2015-12-22

    The present disclosure describes methods of inserting lithium into an electrochromic device after completion. In the disclosed methods, an ideal amount of lithium can be added post-fabrication to maximize or tailor the free lithium ion density of a layer or the coloration range of a device. Embodiments are directed towards a method to insert lithium into the main device layers of an electrochromic device as a post-processing step after the device has been manufactured. In an embodiment, the methods described are designed to maximize the coloration range while compensating for blind charge loss.

  12. Printed Multicolor High-Contrast Electrochromic Devices.

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    Chen, Bo-Han; Kao, Sheng-Yuan; Hu, Chih-Wei; Higuchi, Masayoshi; Ho, Kuo-Chuan; Liao, Ying-Chih

    2015-11-18

    In this study, electrochemical responses of inkjet-printed multicolored electrochromic devices (ECD) were studied to evaluate the feasibility of presenting multiple colors in one ECD. Metallo-supramolecular polymers (MEPE) solutions with two primary colors were inkjet-printed on flexible electrodes. By digitally controlling print dosages of each species, the colors of the printed EC thin film patterns can be adjusted directly without premixing or synthesizing new materials. The printed EC thin films were then laminated with a solid transparent thin film electrolyte and a transparent conductive thin film to form an ECD. After applying a dc voltage, the printed ECDs exhibited great contrast with a transmittance change (ΔT) of 40.1% and a high coloration efficiency of 445 cm(2) C(-1) within a short darkening time of 2 s. The flexible ECDs also showed the same darkening time of 2 s and still had a high ΔT of 30.1% under bending condition. This study demonstrated the feasibility to fabricate display devices with different color setups by an all-solution process and can be further extended to other types of displays. PMID:26496422

  13. Conjugated polymer electrochromic and light-emitting devices

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    Dyer, Aubrey L.

    Conjugated conducting polymers are among some of the most versatile materials to emerge in the past 20 years. They have been researched for applications that range from photovoltaics, to light-emitting diodes, electrochromic windows, actuators, and field effect transistors. This work details the analytical characterization of pi-conjugated polymers to understand their redox and optical properties, along with the development of several new types of devices that employ these polymers as the active materials for both variable optical attenuators and as dual electrochromic/electroluminescent displays. Within this work, a phenomenon that we term unsymmetrical switching has been uncovered for the first time in reflective electrochromic cells. The unsymmetrical switching in these displays is explored and a model devised to illustrate that the presence of a conductive front propagating through the polymer film on electrochemical oxidation is the contributing cause for this observation. For these experiments, a variety of analytical techniques have been utilized to characterize the devices and materials contained therein and include electrochemistry, spectroelectrochemistry, and photometry. The first application utilizes the large near infrared electrochromic contrasts of some dioxythiophene-based polymers when incorporated in reflective electrochromic displays. For the first time, it is demonstrated that these devices can be utilized as electrochromic variable optical attenuators, important components for the optical telecommunications industry, exhibiting optical attenuation values of 12 decibels while maintaining optical loss values, in the off state, as low as 0.1 decibels. These devices offer the benefit of yielding mechanically flexible, miniaturized electrochromic variable optical attenuators that operate with a low drive voltage (+/-1.2 volts). A new concept is also introduced for conjugated conducting polymers as the active material in dual electrochromic

  14. Hybrid materials and polymer electrolytes for electrochromic device applications.

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    Thakur, Vijay Kumar; Ding, Guoqiang; Ma, Jan; Lee, Pooi See; Lu, Xuehong

    2012-08-01

    Electrochromic (EC) materials and polymer electrolytes are the most imperative and active components in an electrochromic device (ECD). EC materials are able to reversibly change their light absorption properties in a certain wavelength range via redox reactions stimulated by low direct current (dc) potentials of the order of a fraction of volts to a few volts. The redox switching may result in a change in color of the EC materials owing to the generation of new or changes in absorption band in visible region, infrared or even microwave region. In ECDs the electrochromic layers need to be incorporated with supportive components such as electrical contacts and ion conducting electrolytes. The electrolytes play an indispensable role as the prime ionic conduction medium between the electrodes of the EC materials. The expected applications of the electrochromism in numerous fields such as reflective-type display and smart windows/mirrors make these materials of prime importance. In this article we have reviewed several examples from our research work as well as from other researchers' work, describing the recent advancements on the materials that exhibit visible electrochromism and polymer electrolytes for electrochromic devices. The first part of the review is centered on nanostructured inorganic and conjugated polymer-based organic-inorganic hybrid EC materials. The emphasis has been to correlate the structures, morphologies and interfacial interactions of the EC materials to their electronic and ionic properties that influence the EC properties with unique advantages. The second part illustrates the perspectives of polymer electrolytes in electrochromic applications with emphasis on poly (ethylene oxide) (PEO), poly (methyl methacrylate) (PMMA) and polyvinylidene difluoride (PVDF) based polymer electrolytes. The requirements and approaches to optimize the formulation of electrolytes for feasible electrochromic devices have been delineated. PMID:22581710

  15. An Inexpensive Device for Studying Electrochromism

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    Ibanez, Jorge G.; Puente-Caballero, Rodrigo; Torres-Perez, Jonatan; Bustos, Daniel; Carmona-Orbezo, Aranzazu; Sevilla, Fortunato B., III

    2012-01-01

    A novel procedure for the preparation of electrochromic WO[subscript 3] films from readily available materials is presented. It is based on the electrochemical preparation of potassium tungstate from tungsten filaments of incandescent light bulbs in a potassium hydroxide solution. Tungstic acid is then produced by proton exchange using a…

  16. A Complementary Type of Electrochromic Device by Radio Frequency Magnetron Sputtering System

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    Oksuz, Lutfi; Kiristi, Melek; Bozduman, Ferhat; Uygun Oksuz, Aysegul

    2014-10-01

    Electrochromic (EC) devices can change their optical properties reversibly in the visible region (400-800 nm) upon charge insertion/extraction reactions according to the applied voltage. A complementary type of EC device composes of two electrochromic layers, which is separated by an ionic conduction layer (electrolyte). In this work, the EC device was fabricated using vanadium oxide (V2O5) and titanium doped tungsten oxide (WO3-TiO2) electrodes. The EC electrodes were deposited as thin film structures by a reactive RF magnetron sputtering system in a medium of gas mixture of argon and oxygen. surface morphology of the films was characterized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and atomic force microscopy (AFM). Electrochemical property and durability of the EC device was investigated by a potentiostat system. Optical measurement was examined under applied voltages of +/- 2.5 V by a computer-controlled system, constantly.

  17. Patternable PEDOT nanofilms with grid electrodes for transparent electrochromic devices targeting thermal camouflage

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    Kim, Bumsoo; Koh, Jong Kwan; Park, Junyong; Ahn, Changui; Ahn, Joonmo; Kim, Jong Hak; Jeon, Seokwoo

    2015-10-01

    This paper reports a new type of transmitting mode electrochromic device that uses the high-contrast electrochromism of poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene) (PEDOT) and operates at long-wavelength infrared (8-12 μm) . To maximize the transmittance contrast and transmittance contrast ratio of the device for thermal camouflage, we control the thickness of the thin PEDOT layer from 25 nm to 400 nm and develop a design of grid-type counter electrodes. The cyclability can be greatly improved by selective deposition of the PEDOT film on grid electrodes as an ion storage layer without any loss of overall transmittance. The device with optimized architectures shows a high transmittance contrast ratio of 83 % at a wavelength of 10 μm with a response rate under 1.4 s when alternating voltage is applied. Captured images of an LED lamp behind the device prove the possibility of active, film-type camouflage against thermal detection.

  18. Electrochromic lithium nickel oxide by pulsed laser deposition and sputtering

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    Rubin, M.; Wen, S.J.; Richardson, T.; Kerr, J.; Rottkay, K. von; Slack, J.

    1996-09-01

    Thin films of lithium nickel oxide were deposited by sputtering and pulsed laser deposition (PLD) from targets of pressed LiNiO{sub 2} powder. The composition and structure of these films were analyzed using a variety of techniques, such as nuclear-reaction analysis, Rutherford backscattering spectrometry (RBS), x-ray diffraction, infrared spectroscopy, and atomic force microscopy. Crystalline structure, surface morphology and chemical composition of Li{sub x}Ni{sub 1{minus}x}O thin films depend strongly on deposition oxygen pressure, temperature as well as substrate-target distance. The films produced at temperatures lower than 600 C spontaneously absorb CO{sub 2} and H{sub 2}O at their surface once they are exposed to the air. The films deposited at 600 C proved to be stable in air over a long period. Even at room temperature the PLD films are denser and more stable than sputtered films. RBS determined the composition of the best films to be Li{sub 0.5}Ni{sub 0.5}O deposited by PLD at 60 mTorr O{sub 2} pressure. Electrochemical tests show that the films exhibit excellent reversibility in the range 1.0 V to 3.4 V versus lithium. Electrochemical formatting which is used to develop electrochromism in other films is not needed for the stoichiometric films. The optical transmission range is almost 70% at 550 nm for 150-nm thick films. Devices made from these films were analyzed using novel reference electrodes and by disassembly after cycling.

  19. Novel fabrication of an electrochromic antimony-doped tin oxide film using a nanoparticle deposition system

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    Kim, Hyungsub; Park, Yunchan; Choi, Dahyun; Ahn, Sung-Hoon; Lee, Caroline Sunyong

    2016-07-01

    Novel deposition method of Antimony-doped tin oxide (ATO) thin films was introduced using a nanoparticle deposition system (NPDS) to fabricate an electrochromic (EC) device. NPDS is a dry deposition method that simplifies the ATO deposition process by eliminating the need for solvents or binders. In this study, an ATO EC layer was deposited using NPDS. The surface morphology and electrochemical and optical transmittance properties were characterized. The optical transmittance change in the ATO EC device was ∼35% over the wavelength range of 350-800 nm, and the cyclic transmittance was stable. The ATO film deposited using NPDS, exhibited a coloration efficiency of 15.5 cm2 C-1. Therefore, our results suggest that ATO EC devices can be fabricated using a simple, cost-effective NPDS, which allows nanoparticles to be deposited directly without pre- or post-processing.

  20. Autonomous electrochromic assembly

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    Berland, Brian Spencer; Lanning, Bruce Roy; Stowell, Jr., Michael Wayne

    2015-03-10

    This disclosure describes system and methods for creating an autonomous electrochromic assembly, and systems and methods for use of the autonomous electrochromic assembly in combination with a window. Embodiments described herein include an electrochromic assembly that has an electrochromic device, an energy storage device, an energy collection device, and an electrochromic controller device. These devices may be combined into a unitary electrochromic insert assembly. The electrochromic assembly may have the capability of generating power sufficient to operate and control an electrochromic device. This control may occur through the application of a voltage to an electrochromic device to change its opacity state. The electrochromic assembly may be used in combination with a window.

  1. An UV photochromic memory effect in proton-based WO{sub 3} electrochromic devices

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    Zhang Yong; Lee, S.-H.; Mascarenhas, A.; Deb, S. K.

    2008-11-17

    We report an UV photochromic memory effect on a standard proton-based WO{sub 3} electrochromic device. It exhibits two memory states, associated with the colored and bleached states of the device, respectively. Such an effect can be used to enhance device performance (increasing the dynamic range), re-energize commercial electrochromic devices, and develop memory devices.

  2. UV Photochromic Memory Effect in Proton-Based WO3 Electrochromic Devices

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    Zhang, Y.; Lee, S. H.; Mascarenhas, A.; Deb, S. K.

    2008-12-01

    We report an UV photochromic memory effect on a standard proton-based WO{sub 3} electrochromic device. It exhibits two memory states, associated with the colored and bleached states of the device, respectively. Such an effect can be used to enhance device performance (increasing the dynamic range), re-energize commercial electrochromic devices, and develop memory devices.

  3. An UV photochromic memory effect in proton-based WO3 electrochromic devices

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    Zhang, Yong; Lee, S.-H.; Mascarenhas, A.; Deb, S. K.

    2008-11-01

    We report an UV photochromic memory effect on a standard proton-based WO3 electrochromic device. It exhibits two memory states, associated with the colored and bleached states of the device, respectively. Such an effect can be used to enhance device performance (increasing the dynamic range), re-energize commercial electrochromic devices, and develop memory devices.

  4. Active metameric security devices using an electrochromic material.

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    Baloukas, Bill; Lamarre, Jean-Michel; Martinu, Ludvik

    2011-03-20

    In order to increase the anticounterfeiting performance of interference security image structures, we propose to implement an active component using an electrochromic material. This novel device, based on metamerism, offers the possibility of creating various surprising optical effects, it is more challenging to duplicate due to its complexity, and it adds a second level of authentication. By designing optical filters that match the bleached and colored states of the electrochromic device, one can obtain two hidden images-one appearing when the device is tilted, and the other one disappearing when the device is colored under an applied potential. Specifically, we present an example of a filter that is metameric with the colored state of the electrochromic device, demonstrate how the dynamic nature of the device offers more fabrication flexibility, and discuss its performance. We also describe a design methodology for metameric filters based on the luminous efficiency curve of the human eye: this approach results in filters with a lower number of layers and hence lower fabrication costs, and with a lower color difference sensitivity under various illuminants and for nonstandard observers. PMID:21460974

  5. Application of hybrid materials in solid-state electrochromic devices

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    Rodrigues, L. C.; Barbosa, P. C.; Silva, M. M.; Smith, M. J.; Gonçalves, A.; Fortunato, E.

    2009-08-01

    Sol-gel derived cross-linked PEO/siloxane xerogels (designated as di-ureasils) were prepared using lithium trifluoromethanesulfonyl imide (LiTFSI) as a guest salt. In this paper we describe the assembly of a prototype solid-state electrochromic device (ECD) based on a four-layer sandwich structure, with the following configuration: glass/IZO/WO 3/polymer electrolyte/IZO/glass. The electrochromic switching performance of these devices was characterized as a function of salt concentration. The average transmittance in the visible region of the spectrum was above 69% for all the bleached samples characterized. After coloration the structures assembled with d-U(900) nLiTFSI presented an average transmittance in the visible wavelength region above 22% and an optical density above 0.49.

  6. A simple chemical method for deposition of electrochromic Prussian blue thin films

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    Demiri, Sani; Najdoski, Metodija; Velevska, Julijana

    2011-12-15

    Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Prussian blue thin films were prepared by a simple chemical deposition method. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The films can be easily prepared from aqueous solution of Fe{sub 2}(SO{sub 4}){sub 3} and K{sub 4}[Fe(CN){sub 6}]. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The films show good electrochromic properties. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer They change from deep blue color into green, and then back to blue and colorless. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The PB thin films exhibit stability and excellent reversibility. -- Abstract: This paper is about a recently developed new chemical method for deposition of Prussian blue thin films. The films are easily prepared by successive immersion of the substrates into an acidic aqueous solution of Fe{sub 2}(SO{sub 4}){sub 3} and K{sub 4}[Fe(CN){sub 6}]. It is calculated of the results from AFM analysis that the growth in the film thickness by one immersion cycle corresponds to an average increase of 6 nm. The characterization of the films with X-ray diffraction, SEM-EDS analysis and FTIR spectroscopy shows that the deposited material is amorphous hydrated Fe{sub 4}[Fe(CN){sub 6}]{sub 3}. The electrochromic properties are characterized by cyclic voltammetry and VIS spectrophotometry. The PB thin films exhibit stability and excellent reversibility, which make these films favorable for electrochromic devices.

  7. Electrochemical and electrochromic properties of niobium oxide thin films fabricated by pulsed laser deposition

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    Fu, Z.W.; Kong, J.J.; Qin, Q.Z.

    1999-10-01

    Niobium oxide thin films have been successfully fabricated on the indium-tin oxide coated glasses by pulsed laser deposition in an O{sub 3}/O{sub 2} gas mixture. Films are characterized by X-ray diffraction and Raman spectrometry. Electrochemical and electrochromic properties of Nb{sub 2}O{sub 5} films are examined by cyclic voltammogram and potential step coupled with an in situ charge-coupled device spectrophotometer. The unique characteristics of absorption spectra of Nb{sub 2}O{sub 5} films are observed for the first time, and the optical absorption from the trapped electrons in the surface states plays an important role in the electrochromic phenomenon.

  8. Infrared-sensitive electrochromic device based on VO2

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    Nakano, M.; Shibuya, K.; Ogawa, N.; Hatano, T.; Kawasaki, M.; Iwasa, Y.; Tokura, Y.

    2013-10-01

    The field-effect transistor (FET) provides an electrical switching function of current flowing through a channel surface by external voltage. Here, we report on a field-effect device that enables electrical switching of optical transmittance as well as conventional electrical current. We investigated optical properties of vanadium dioxide (VO2) thin film under the presence of electric field generated at the interface between VO2 and ionic liquid in a FET geometry, and found that the device exhibits clear electrochromic effect with large ON/OFF contrast only in the infrared region, potentially beneficial for energy-saving smart window applications as a voltage-tunable transparent heat-cutting filter.

  9. Characterization and performance of WO{sub 3}:Mo/Nafion-H{trademark} electrochromic device

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    Pennisi, A.; Simone, F.

    1994-12-31

    Here are presented the results of electrochemical and optical measurements on tungsten trioxide, molybdenum doped (WO{sub 3}:Mo) thin films, electrochemically deposited, assembled with Nafion-H in order to realize an electrochromic (EC) device. The polymer that permits the ionic exchange has a residual viscosity, so that the authors` device cannot be defined as a really solid state device. A good reason for the use of this polymer is its very high proton storage capability, so that, in their devices, it is possible to avoid the presence of a specific ion storage counterelectrode. In this work the authors compare also the electrochromic behavior of devices in dependence on the thermal treatment operated on the electrochemical films after deposition. Analysis has been carried on to reveal morphological characteristics of surface, thickness and stoichiometry of EC compound. Particular attention is paid to the potential waveform used to bias the devices, in order to optimize their performance and to avoid problems of stability and degradation.

  10. Rapid switching in electrochromic devices based on complementary conducting polymer films

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    Sapp, S.A.; Sotzing, G.A.; Reddinger, J.L.; Reynolds, J.R.

    1996-10-01

    The search for stable, rapid switching electrochromic materials that are easy and inexpensive to process has become the focus of a great deal of research in the past few years. Conducting and electroactive polymers are one class of electrochromic materials which may offer a low cost alternative to the traditional metal oxide materials that have been studied in depth. These materials also offer the advantages of having rapid switching rates and a well defined chemical structure. Recently, there have been many new conducting polymer systems developed which exhibit complementary electrochromic behavior and undergo reversible redox chemistry. This presentation will focus on the design, fabrication, and characterization of electrochromic devices based on complementary conducting polymers as cathodic and anodic electrochromic materials. Spectroelectrochemistry results and switching rate determinations will be discussed for two of these polymer based electrochromic devices.

  11. Response time of large-scale electrochromic devices

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    Randin, J.P.

    1990-12-31

    The studies related to electrochromic phenomena performed in the seventies were mainly aimed at the development of information displays. Such applications require small electrode sizes, i.e. with active surface areas of between about 0.01 to 10 cm{sup 2}. The development of large information devices and chiefly smart windows require much larger switching areas. This paper deals with the influence of increasing the active surface area on the response time. The latter depends on both properties of the cell components (transparent conducting layer, electrochromic film, electrolyte and counter electrode) and structure of the cell (size, shape, gap, resistivity of the busbar). Experimental devices were constructed with given components and cell geometry. The effect of a series resistance arisen mainly from the cell size was investigated and explained by the effect of the additional series resistance on the response time of a diffusion-controlled process. The study indicates that the scaling-up of WO{sub 3} devices will be limited by an increase of the response time with increasing active area.

  12. Foil-based TiO2/gel electrolyte/Ni1-xO electrochromic device made of electrochromic pigment coatings.

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    Mihelčič, Mohor; Šurca-Vuk, Angela; Vrhovšk, Dejan; Švegl, Franc; Hajzeri, Metka; Orel, Boris

    2014-01-01

    Thin electrochromic coatings were obtained by co-grinding the mTiA particle aggregates (300 nm in size) with open-corner heptaisobutyl trisilanol POSS (T(8) IB(7)(OH)(3) POSS) acting as dispersant. After the addition of titanium tetraisopropoxide (3-5%) the mTiA pigment dispersion was deposited on FTO glass and plastic ITO PET foils and coatings were obtained by thermal treatment at 150 °C. Optical transmittance and luminous haze from 2 to 6% of the coatings were determined from the corresponding UV-Vis spectra. The achieved electrochromic effect was evaluated by electrochemical charging/discharging in 1 M LiClO(4)/PC electrolyte. Results revealed that the colouring/bleaching changes depended on the extent of grinding and the size of the milling zirconia beads, enabling to distinguish between the surface charging of the mTiA grains and the filling and emptying of the anatase density of states. mTiA pigment coatings deposited on plastic foil were used in combination with Ni(1-x)O pigment coatings for construction of foil-based electrochromic device employing novel gel electrolyte with ionic liquid co-solvent. PMID:25286207

  13. Variable Emittance Electrochromic Devices for Satellite Thermal Control

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    Demiryont, Hulya; Shannon, Kenneth C.

    2007-01-01

    An all-solid-state electrochromic device (ECD) was designed for electronic variable emissivity (VE) control. In this paper, a low weight (5g/m2) electrochromic thermal control device, the EclipseVEECD™, is detailed as a viable thermal control system for spacecraft outer surface temperatures. Discussion includes the technology's performance, satellite applications, and preparations for space based testing. This EclipseVEECD™ system comprises substrate/mirror electrode/active element/IR transparent electrode layers. This system tunes and modulates reflection/emittance from 5 μm to 15 μm region. Average reflectance/emittance modulation of the system from the 400 K to 250 K region is about 75%, while at room temperature (9.5 micron) reflectance/emittance is around 90%. Activation voltage of the EclipseVEECD™ is around ±1 Volt. The EclipseVEECD™ can be used as a smart thermal modulator for the thermal control of satellites and spacecraft by monitoring and adjusting the amount of energy emitted from the outer surfaces. The functionality of the EclipseVEECD™ was successfully demonstrated in vacuum using a multi-purpose heat dissipation/absorption test module, the EclipseHEAT™. The EclipseHEAT™ has been successfully flight checked and integrated onto the United States Naval Alchemy MidSTAR satellite, scheduled to launch December 2006.

  14. Electrochromic and photonic devices utilizing polymer colloidal particles

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    Shim, Goo Hwan

    Since polymer colloidal particles have small size and stable surface properties, these materials have characteristics such as the ability to self-assemble, the ease of functionalization, the flexible coupling with other materials, and the formation of the stable dispersion in a liquid that can be beneficial to the fabrication of the electro-optic and photonic devices to enhance the performance. The main objective of this research is the fabrication of electrochromic devices (ECDs) employing the intrinsically conducting polymer (ICP) colloidal particles as electroactive materials and the crystalline colloidal array (CCA)-based photonic devices using polystyrene (PS) colloidal particles as building blocks. The research reported here focuses on: (1) the fabrication of the patterned ECDs through the inkjet printing of the ICP colloidal particles; (2) the fabrication of the reflection-type ECDs employing the polymerized crystalline colloidal array (PCCA) as a reflection mirror; (3) the dynamic tuning of a photoluminescence (PL) dye through the coupling of a PL dye to the CCA. In the first part, polyaniline (PANI)-silica and poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene) (PEDOT)-silica composite particles having a diameter of 200-300 nm were synthesized, then converted to the ICP-ink via solvent exchange. This ICP-ink could be inkjet-printed on various substrates such as ITO-PET film, commercial transparency film, and cotton fabric using a commercial desktop inkjet printer. ECDs could be fabricated employing an inkjet printed PANI-silica or PEDOT-silica layer on an ITO-PET film as an electrochromic layer. These devices exhibit various color changes corresponding to applied potentials between +1V and -1V. In the spectroelectrochemical analysis PANI-based ECD presents up to 50% transmittance contrast ratio and PEDOT-based one shows up to 40% at lambda max. The switching time of the PANI-based device was 30 seconds and that of PEDOT-based ECD was 5 seconds. The PANI-based ECD could be

  15. Chemical bath deposition and characterization of electrochromic thin films of sodium vanadium bronzes

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    Najdoski, Metodija; Koleva, Violeta; Demiri, Sani

    2012-03-15

    Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer We report a new chemical bath method for the deposition of vanadium bronze thin films. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The films are phase mixture of NaV{sub 6}O{sub 15} and Na{sub 1.1}V{sub 3}O{sub 7.9} with 10.58% lattice water. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The as-deposited vanadium bronze films exhibit two-step electrochromism. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer They change their yellow-orange color to green and then from green to blue color. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The method allows the preparation of films on substrates with low melting point. -- Abstract: Thin yellow-orange films of sodium vanadium oxide bronzes have been prepared from a sodium-vanadium solution (1:1) at 75 Degree-Sign C and pH = 3. The composition, structure and morphology of the films have been studied by XRD, IR spectroscopy, TG and SEM-EDX analyses. It has been established that the prepared films are a phase mixture of hydrated NaV{sub 6}O{sub 15} (predominant component) and Na{sub 1.1}V{sub 3}O{sub 7.9} with total water content of 10.58%. The sodium vanadium bronze thin films exhibit two-step electrochromism followed by color change from yellow-orange to green, and then from green to blue. The cyclic voltammetry measurements on the as-deposited and annealed vanadium bronze films reveal the existence of different oxidation/reduction vanadium sites which make these films suitable for electrochromic devices. The annealing of the films at 400 Degree-Sign C changes the composition, optical and electrochemical properties.

  16. Inkjet-printed all solid-state electrochromic devices based on NiO/WO3 nanoparticle complementary electrodes.

    PubMed

    Cai, Guofa; Darmawan, Peter; Cui, Mengqi; Chen, Jingwei; Wang, Xu; Eh, Alice Lee-Sie; Magdassi, Shlomo; Lee, Pooi See

    2016-01-01

    Nanostructured thin films are important in the fields of energy conversion and storage. In particular, multi-layered nanostructured films play an important role as a part of the energy system for energy saving applications in buildings. Inkjet printing is a low-cost and attractive technology for patterning and deposition of multi-layered nanostructured materials on various substrates. However, it requires the development of a suitable ink formulation with optimum viscosity, surface tension and evaporation rate for various materials. In this study, a versatile ink formulation was successfully developed to prepare NiO and WO3 nanostructured films with strong adhesion to ITO coated glass using inkjet printing for energy saving electrochromic applications. We achieved a high performance electrochromic electrode, producing porous and continuous electrochromic films without aggregation. The NiO film with 9 printed layers exhibits an optical modulation of 64.2% at 550 nm and a coloration efficiency (CE) of 136.7 cm(2) C(-1). An inkjet-printed complementary all solid-state device was assembled, delivering a larger optical modulation of 75.4% at 633 nm and a higher CE of 131.9 cm(2) C(-1) among all solid-state devices. The enhanced contrast is due to the printed NiO film that not only performs as an ion storage layer, but also as a complementary electrochromic layer. PMID:26610811

  17. Multi-layer electrode for high contrast electrochromic devices

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    Schwendeman, Irina G.; Finley, James J.; Polcyn, Adam D.; Boykin, Cheri M.

    2011-11-01

    An electrochromic device includes a first substrate spaced from a second substrate. A first transparent conductive electrode is formed over at least a portion of the first substrate. A polymeric anode is formed over at least a portion of the first conductive electrode. A second transparent conductive electrode is formed over at least a portion of the second substrate. In one aspect of the invention, a multi-layer polymeric cathode is formed over at least a portion of the second conductive electrode. In one non-limiting embodiment, the multi-layer cathode includes a first cathodically coloring polymer formed over at least a portion of the second conductive electrode and a second cathodically coloring polymer formed over at least a portion of the first cathodically coloring polymer. An ionic liquid is positioned between the anode and the cathode.

  18. Thin film lithium-based batteries and electrochromic devices fabricated with nanocomposite electrode materials

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    Gillaspie, Dane T; Lee, Se-Hee; Tracy, C. Edwin; Pitts, John Roland

    2014-02-04

    Thin-film lithium-based batteries and electrochromic devices (10) are fabricated with positive electrodes (12) comprising a nanocomposite material composed of lithiated metal oxide nanoparticles (40) dispersed in a matrix composed of lithium tungsten oxide.

  19. Effect of substrate temperature on electrochromic properties of spray-deposited Ir-oxide thin films

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    Patil, P. S.; Kawar, R. K.; Sadale, S. B.

    2005-08-01

    Electrochromic iridium oxide thin films were prepared by using a simple and inexpensive spray pyrolysis technique onto fluorine doped tin oxide (FTO)-coated glass substrates, from iridium chloride solution. The substrate temperature was varied between 250 and 400 °C. The as-deposited samples were amorphous. The electrochromic properties of thin films were studied in aqueous electrolyte (0.5N H 2SO 4) using cyclic voltammetry (CV), chronoamperometry (CA) and spectroelectrochemical techniques. The films exhibit anodic electrochromism upon intercalation and deintercalation of H + ions. The colouration efficiency at 630 nm was calculated and found maximum for I 250 sample, owing its hydration.

  20. Smart goggles based on all-plastic electrochromic devices

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    Ma, Chao; Xu, Chunye

    2009-07-01

    A novel smart goggle with tunable light transmittance was designed, fabricated and characterized in this research. The developed smart goggle lens was all-plastic based electrochromic (EC) device. The working EC material was a layer of thin film conducting polymer: poly (3,4-(2,2-dimethylpropylenedioxy)thiophene) (PProDOT-Me2), while the counter material of the device was a layer of thin film inorganic oxide: vanadium oxide-titanium oxide (V2O5-TiO2) composite, which serves as an ion storage layer. A transparent electrolyte as the ion transport layer was sandwiched between the working and counter parts of the device. The whole device was sealed with an UV cured flexible film sealant. The smart goggle exhibited tunable light transmittance in visible light wavelength (380-800nm), with a maximum contrast ratio at 580nm. Meanwhile, other unique properties include fast switching speed, low driving voltage, memory function (no power needed after switching, bi-stable), great durability, high flexibility, light weight, and inexpensiveness.

  1. Electrochromic-photovoltaic film for light-sensitive control of optical transmittance

    DOEpatents

    Branz, Howard M.; Crandall, Richard S.; Tracy, C. Edwin

    1994-01-01

    A variable transmittance optical component includes an electrochromic material and a photovoltaic device-type thin film solar cell deposited in a tandem type, monolithic single coating over the component. A bleed resistor of a predetermined value is connected in series across the electrochromic material and photovoltaic device controlling the activation and deactivation of the electrochromic material. The electrical conductivity between the electrochromic material and the photovoltaic device is enhanced by interposing a transparent electrically conductive layer.

  2. Electrochromic-photovoltaic film for light-sensitive control of optical transmittance

    DOEpatents

    Branz, H.M.; Crandall, R.S.; Tracy, C.E.

    1994-12-27

    A variable transmittance optical component includes an electrochromic material and a photovoltaic device-type thin film solar cell deposited in a tandem type, monolithic single coating over the component. A bleed resistor of a predetermined value is connected in series across the electrochromic material and photovoltaic device controlling the activation and deactivation of the electrochromic material. The electrical conductivity between the electrochromic material and the photovoltaic device is enhanced by interposing a transparent electrically conductive layer. 5 figures.

  3. Orthogonal optimization for room temperature magnetron sputtering of ZnO:Al films for all-solid electrochromic devices

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    Wang, Tao; Diao, Xungang; Ding, Peng

    2011-02-01

    In order to obtain competent and quality (high transparency, conductivity and stability) aluminium-doped zinc oxide (ZnO:Al, ZAO) films for all solid electrochromic devices, ZAO films were prepared by direct current (D.C.) reactive magnetron sputtering at room temperature based on orthogonal design. Optical and electrical property dependences of the films on the four dominant sputtering parameters: sputtering time, target-substrate distance, sputtering power and O2 flow ratio were simultaneously investigated with measured results using mathematical and statistical method. Optimal Parameters to fabricate ZAO films with optimum comprehensive performances were obtained ultimately. Resistivity and carrier concentration of ZAO film deposited with optimized parameters were 3.89 × 10-4 Ω cm and 1.09 × 1021 cm-3, respectively. ZAO films with these superior properties were employed as transparent electrodes eventually in a WO3 based all-solid electrochromic device which displayed good electrochromic performance. The regulation range for transmittance in the visible region of the device was more than 50%, which was comparable to that of the device adopting indium tin oxide (ITO) films as electrodes.

  4. Toward Plastic Smart Windows: Optimization of Indium Tin Oxide Electrodes for the Synthesis of Electrochromic Devices on Polycarbonate Substrates.

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    Laurenti, Marco; Bianco, Stefano; Castellino, Micaela; Garino, Nadia; Virga, Alessandro; Pirri, Candido F; Mandracci, Pietro

    2016-03-01

    Plastic smart windows are becoming one of the key elements in view of the fabrication of inexpensive, lightweight electrochromic (EC) devices to be integrated in the new generation of high-energy-efficiency buildings and automotive applications. However, fabricating electrochromic devices on polymer substrates requires a reduction of process temperature, so in this work we focus on the development of a completely room-temperature deposition process aimed at the preparation of ITO-coated polycarbonate (PC) structures acting as transparent and conductive plastic supports. Without providing any substrate heating or surface activation pretreatments of the polymer, different deposition conditions are used for growing indium tin oxide (ITO) thin films by the radiofrequency magnetron sputtering technique. According to the characterization results, the set of optimal deposition parameters is selected to deposit ITO electrodes having high optical transmittance in the visible range (∼90%) together with low sheet resistance (∼8 ohm/sq). The as-prepared ITO/PC structures are then successfully tested as conductive supports for the fabrication of plastic smart windows. To this purpose, tungsten trioxide thin films are deposited by the reactive sputtering technique on the ITO/PC structures, and the resulting single electrode EC devices are characterized by chronoamperometric experiments and cyclic voltammetry. The fast switching response between colored and bleached states, together with the stability and reversibility of their electrochromic behavior after several cycling tests, are considered to be representative of the high quality of the EC film but especially of the ITO electrode. Indeed, even if no adhesion promoters, additional surface activation pretreatments, or substrate heating were used to promote the mechanical adhesion among the electrode and the PC surface, the observed EC response confirmed that the developed materials can be successfully employed for the

  5. Ultrafast switching of an electrochromic device based on layered double hydroxide/Prussian blue multilayered films

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    Liu, Xiaoxi; Zhou, Awu; Dou, Yibo; Pan, Ting; Shao, Mingfei; Han, Jingbin; Wei, Min

    2015-10-01

    Electrochromic materials are the most important and essential components in an electrochromic device. Herein, we fabricated high-performance electrochromic films based on exfoliated layered double hydroxide (LDH) nanosheets and Prussian blue (PB) nanoparticles via the layer-by-layer assembly technique. X-ray diffraction and UV-vis absorption spectroscopy indicate a periodic layered structure with uniform and regular growth of (LDH/PB)n ultrathin films (UTFs). The resulting (LDH/PB)n UTF electrodes exhibit electrochromic behavior arising from the reversible K+ ion migration into/out of the PB lattice, which induces a change in the optical properties of the UTFs. Furthermore, an electrochromic device (ECD) based on the (LDH/PB)n-ITO/0.1 M KCl electrolyte/ITO sandwich structure displays superior response properties (0.91/1.21 s for coloration/bleaching), a comparable coloration efficiency (68 cm2 C-1) and satisfactory optical contrast (45% at 700 nm), in comparison with other inorganic material-based ECDs reported previously. Therefore, this work presents a facile and cost-effective strategy to immobilize electrochemically active nanoparticles in a 2D inorganic matrix for potential application in displays, smart windows and optoelectronic devices.Electrochromic materials are the most important and essential components in an electrochromic device. Herein, we fabricated high-performance electrochromic films based on exfoliated layered double hydroxide (LDH) nanosheets and Prussian blue (PB) nanoparticles via the layer-by-layer assembly technique. X-ray diffraction and UV-vis absorption spectroscopy indicate a periodic layered structure with uniform and regular growth of (LDH/PB)n ultrathin films (UTFs). The resulting (LDH/PB)n UTF electrodes exhibit electrochromic behavior arising from the reversible K+ ion migration into/out of the PB lattice, which induces a change in the optical properties of the UTFs. Furthermore, an electrochromic device (ECD) based on the (LDH

  6. BIPV-Powered Smart Windows Utilizing Photovoltaic and Electrochromic Devices

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    Ma, Rong-Hua; Chen, Yu-Chia

    2012-01-01

    A BIPV-powered smart window comprising a building-integrated photovoltaic (BIPV) panel and an all-solid-state electrochromic (EC) stack is proposed. In the proposed device, the output voltage of the BIPV panel varies in accordance with the intensity of the incident light and is modulated in such a way as to generate the EC stack voltage required to maintain the indoor illuminance within a specified range. Two different EC stacks are fabricated and characterized, namely one stack comprising ITO/WO3/Ta2O5/ITO and one stack comprising ITO/WO3/lithium-polymer electrolyte/ITO. It is shown that of the two stacks, the ITO/WO3/lithium-polymer electrolyte/ITO stack has a larger absorptance (i.e., approximately 99% at a driving voltage of 3.5 V). The experimental results show that the smart window incorporating an ITO/WO3/lithium-polymer electrolyte/ITO stack with an electrolyte thickness of 1.0 μm provides an indoor illuminance range of 750–1,500 Lux under typical summertime conditions in Taiwan. PMID:22368474

  7. Effect of deposition charges on the wettability performance of electrochromic polymers

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    Çağlar, Aysel; Cengiz, Uğur; Yıldırım, Mehmet; Kaya, İsmet

    2015-03-01

    Electrochromic polymers have been designed as future candidates for electrochromic displays (ECDs) and smart windows. This class of conducting polymers has been studied with their several optical properties as well as spectroelectrochemical stabilities. In practical use their contamination and abrasion could be expected to be main problem as exposed to moisture and other possible pollutants. In this study, we present a perspective to well-known electrochromic polymers in the words of their durable use. For this aim, a series of electrochromic polymers are deposited on indium tin oxide (ITO) coated glass plates by bulk electrolysis. Polymeric films are deposited by varied deposition charges (Qs) ranging from 62 to 620 mC cm-2 for comparison. Equilibrium water contact angle (θwaterequ) measurements of the prepared surfaces are measured by Attention Theta Optical Tensiometer. Surface roughness parameters (RMS) are determined by atomic force microscopy (AFM) technique and used for interpretation of hydrophobic-hydrophilic characteristics. The results clearly indicate that; poly(ethylenedioxythiophene) (PEDOT) has a hydrophilic surface whose hydrophilicity is increased by applied deposition charge and becomes a superhydrophile at high deposition charges. Among the tested polymers polycarbazole (PCarb) is the most promising long lifetime candidate due to its relatively hydrophobic character. Also, the hydrophobicity of PCarb is linearly increased by increasing deposition charge and reaches an optimum point at a particular condition.

  8. Inkjet-printed all solid-state electrochromic devices based on NiO/WO3 nanoparticle complementary electrodes

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    Cai, Guofa; Darmawan, Peter; Cui, Mengqi; Chen, Jingwei; Wang, Xu; Eh, Alice Lee-Sie; Magdassi, Shlomo; Lee, Pooi See

    2015-12-01

    Nanostructured thin films are important in the fields of energy conversion and storage. In particular, multi-layered nanostructured films play an important role as a part of the energy system for energy saving applications in buildings. Inkjet printing is a low-cost and attractive technology for patterning and deposition of multi-layered nanostructured materials on various substrates. However, it requires the development of a suitable ink formulation with optimum viscosity, surface tension and evaporation rate for various materials. In this study, a versatile ink formulation was successfully developed to prepare NiO and WO3 nanostructured films with strong adhesion to ITO coated glass using inkjet printing for energy saving electrochromic applications. We achieved a high performance electrochromic electrode, producing porous and continuous electrochromic films without aggregation. The NiO film with 9 printed layers exhibits an optical modulation of 64.2% at 550 nm and a coloration efficiency (CE) of 136.7 cm2 C-1. An inkjet-printed complementary all solid-state device was assembled, delivering a larger optical modulation of 75.4% at 633 nm and a higher CE of 131.9 cm2 C-1 among all solid-state devices. The enhanced contrast is due to the printed NiO film that not only performs as an ion storage layer, but also as a complementary electrochromic layer.Nanostructured thin films are important in the fields of energy conversion and storage. In particular, multi-layered nanostructured films play an important role as a part of the energy system for energy saving applications in buildings. Inkjet printing is a low-cost and attractive technology for patterning and deposition of multi-layered nanostructured materials on various substrates. However, it requires the development of a suitable ink formulation with optimum viscosity, surface tension and evaporation rate for various materials. In this study, a versatile ink formulation was successfully developed to prepare NiO and

  9. All-solid-state electrochromic device with NiO/WO3 complementary structure

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    Hu, Xingfang; Chen, Xiaofeng; Li, Zhiyong

    1997-10-01

    Based on our previous studies on the rf reactive sputtered nickel oxide films with nanostructure and its electrochromism which was supposed that electrochromic effect of the films is attributed to the reversible change of the non-stoichiometry in the nanocrystalline grain boundaries and interfaces due to the injection and ejection of Li+ ions, a prototype of all-solid-state NiO/WO3 complementary electrochromic device using LixTaOy thin film as inorganic electrolyte was designed and prepared. The results indicate that the solar reflectance of the device could be modulated from 0.15 in colored state to 0.60 in bleached state with excellent cyclic reversibility, durability and high response speed (less than 0.3 sec from colored state to bleached state).

  10. Use of polymer/ionic liquid plasticizers as gel electrolytes in electrochromic devices

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    Bircan, H.; Seshadri, V.; Padilla, J.; Invernale, M.; Otero, T. F.; Sotzing, G. A.

    2008-08-01

    The dual polymer configuration is commonly used when constructing electrochromic devices (ECDs) due to the expected electrochemical stability and enhanced optical properties. In this configuration, two different polymers are used which are optically complementary. Herein we report the construction and characterization of dual-type ECDs using poly(3, 4-ethylenedioxythiophene) (PEDOT) and poly[3, 6-bis(2-(3, 4-ethylenedioxy)thienyl)-N-methylcarbazole] (PBEDOT-NMCz) as the two complementary electrochromic polymers for the device. A variety of gel electrolyte solutions were prepared and evaluated for these devices. The use of ionic liquids within these gels imparted interesting properties, including long lifetimes, and thermal stability of devices. Switching speeds for the various devices, as well as optical contrasts, were also obtained for the gel electrolytes containing different amounts of ionic liquid as plasticizer.

  11. Mechanism of Electrochemical Deposition and Coloration of Electrochromic V2O5 Nano Thin Films: an In Situ X-Ray Spectroscopy Study.

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    Lu, Ying-Rui; Wu, Tzung-Zing; Chen, Chi-Liang; Wei, Da-Hau; Chen, Jeng-Lung; Chou, Wu-Ching; Dong, Chung-Li

    2015-12-01

    Electrochromic switching devices have elicited considerable attention because these thin films are among the most promising materials for energy-saving applications. The vanadium oxide system is simple and inexpensive because only a single-layer film of this material is sufficient for coloration. Vanadium dioxide thin films are fabricated by electrochemical deposition and cyclic voltammetry. Chronoamperometric analyses have indicated that the thin V2O5 film demonstrates faster intercalation and deintercalation of lithium ions than those of the thick V2O5 film, benefiting the coloration rate. Despite substantial research on the synthesis of vanadium oxides, the monitoring of electronic and atomic structures during growth and coloration of such material has not been thoroughly examined. In the present study, in situ X-ray absorption spectroscopy (XAS) is employed to determine the electronic and atomic structures of V2O5 thin films during electrochemical growth and then electrochromic coloration. In situ XAS results demonstrate the growth mechanism of the electrodeposited V2O5 thin film and suggest that its electrochromic performance strongly depends on the local atomic structure. This study improves our understanding of the electronic and atomic properties of the vanadium oxide system grown by electrochemical deposition and enhances the design of electrochromic materials for potential energy-saving applications. PMID:26437657

  12. Optical characterization and electrochemical behavior of electrochromic windows using magnetron sputter deposition Tungsten Oxide and (1-x) WO 3xTiO II thin films

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    Li, Zhuying; Liu, Zuli; Yao, Kailun; Song, Yusu

    2006-02-01

    Since Deb's experiment in 1973 on the electrochromic effect, transmissive electrochromic devices (ECDs) exhibit outstanding potential as energy efficient window controls which allow dynamic control of the solar energy transmission [1]. These devices with non-volatile memory, once in the coloured state, remain in the same state even after removal of the field. The optical and electrochemical properties of electrochromic windows using magnetron sputter deposition tungsten oxide thin films and titanium oxide doped tungsten oxide thin films are investigated. From the UV region of the transmittance spectra, the band gap energy from the fundamental absorption edge can be determined. And the impedance of these thin films in 1 mol LiClO 4 propylene carbonate electrolyte (LIPC) are measured and analysed. Equivalent circuit of thin film impedances, and correlative resistances and constant phase angle element are gained. SEM and XRD of the tungsten oxide thin films and (1-x) WO 3xTiO II thin films are studied. These performance characteristics make tungsten oxide thin films and titanium oxide doped tungsten oxide thin films materials suitable for electrochromic windows applications.

  13. Properties Of Electrochromic Nickel Oxide Coatings Produced By Reactive Evaporation

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    Bange, Klaus; Baucke, Friedrich G.; Metz, Bernard

    1989-03-01

    Single films of nickel oxide deposited by reactive evaporation and all-solid-state devices (ASSDs) containing such films have been investigated. The as-deposited nickel oxide films were analysed by standard surface and thin film-sensitive methods (AES, ESCA, RBS, NRA), and the findings were correlated with deposition parameters. The electrochromism of single layers was characterized by cyclic voltammetry and photospectrometry and compared with optical and electrical data of electrochromic all-solid-state devices.

  14. Electrochromically switched, gas-reservoir metal hydride devices with application to energy-efficient windows

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    Anders, Andre; Slack, Jonathan L.; Richardson, Thomas J.

    2008-05-05

    Proof-of-principle gas-reservoir MnNiMg electrochromic mirror devices have been investigated. In contrast to conventional electrochromic approaches, hydrogen is stored (at low concentration) in the gas volume between glass panes of the insulated glass units (IGUs). The elimination of a solid state ion storage layer simplifies the layer stack, enhances overall transmission, and reduces cost. The cyclic switching properties were demonstrated and system durability improved with the incorporation a thin Zr barrier layer between the MnNiMg layer and the Pd catalyst. Addition of 9 percent silver to the palladium catalyst further improved system durability. About 100 full cycles have been demonstrated before devices slow considerably. Degradation of device performance appears to be related to Pd catalyst mobility, rather than delamination or metal layer oxidation issues originally presumed likely to present significant challenges.

  15. Electrochromic properties of molybdenum trioxide thin films prepared by chemical vapor deposition

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    Maruyama, Toshiro; Kanagawa, Tetsuya

    1995-05-01

    Electrochromic molybdenum trioxide thin films were prepared by chemical vapor deposition. The source material was molybdenum carbonyl. Amorphous molybdenum trioxide thin films were produced at a substrate temperature 300 C. Reduction and oxidation of the films in a 0.3M LiClO{sub 4} propylene carbonate solution caused desirable changes in optical absorption. Coulometry indicated that the coloration efficiency was 25.8 cm{sup 2}/C.

  16. Enhanced electrochromic property of nickel hydroxide thin films prepared by anodic deposition

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    Chigane, Masaya; Ishikawa, Masami . Dept. of Inorganic Chemistry)

    1994-12-01

    Nickel hydroxide and nickel oxide thin films have received much attention as electrochromic (EC) materials, particularly as the materials for a complementary counterlayer against an EC tungsten oxide layer in smart window systems. Nickel hydroxide thin films were prepared onto transparent conductive tin oxide (NESA) substrates by potentiostatic electrolysis of a nickel amine complex solution at various potentials (0.6 to 1.5 V vs. Ag/AgCl). Nickel hydroxide thin film (F0.7) obtained at relatively lower anodic potential (0.7 V) showed enhanced electrochromism between colorless and dark brown in a sodium borate buffer solution at pH 12; the absorption spectrum in the colored (oxidized) state was broadened in the visible and near-infrared region compared with the nickel hydroxide films prepared at the higher anodic potential (1.1 V). characterization of the films revealed that crystal structure of F0.7 is assigned to [alpha]-Ni(OH)[sub 2], and that its electrochromism is based on the reversible oxidation to hexagonal [gamma][sub 2]-2NiO[sub 2] [center dot] NiOOH structure. Composite nickel hydroxide film, i.e., by the electrolytic deposition at 1.1 V followed by that at 0.7 V, showed electrochromic property similar to F0.7 and its durability in repeated redox cycles were much improved in comparison with that of F0.7. Electrochromic properties in switching performance of this composite nickel hydroxide film were investigated.

  17. Characterization of indium oxide for the use as a counter-electrode in an electrochromic device

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    Yu, P.C.; Haas, T.E. . Dept. of Chemistry); Goldner, R.B. . Electro-Optics Technology Center); Cogan, S.F. )

    1991-01-01

    Thin films of indium oxide, In{sub 2}O{sub 3} (4000 {Angstrom}), deposited on commercially available In{sub 2}O{sub 3}: Sn (ITO)/glass by rf sputtering, have been examined for potential application as a counter-electrode material in an electrochromic device, based on their chemical, structural, and optical properties. Cyclic voltammetry experiments showed that mobile lithium ions can be inserted (chemical reduction) and removed (chemical oxidation) from the host structure of indium oxide. Coulometric titrations showed that the films exhibited a hysteresis behavior for the injection and removal of lithium ions in Li{sub x}In{sub 2}O{sub 3} (x=0-0.23). Structural investigations of the indium oxide films, utilizing electron diffraction techniques, indicated that they were crystalline with a crystallite size of 175 {Angstrom}, in agreement with x-ray diffraction results. Differences in optical transmission between the lithiated and delithiated thin films were no more than 5% in the visible/near-infrared regions of the spectrum. 6 refs., 5 figs., 1 tab.

  18. Thermionic deposition devices (survey)

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    Saenko, V.A.

    1985-11-01

    Various devices for the deposition of thin films and coatings from a plasma of solid-phase-material vapor are surveyed. The devices operate by vaporization and ionization of the working material in a vacuum. The classification, parameters, designs and development trends of thermionic devices (plasma vaporizers) are examined. Their characteristics and areas of application in modern high-energy plasma technology are described. The relative simplicity of the design and operation of the devices should allow them to be widely used not only in the laboratory but also in industry. The first manufactured units with thermionic devices and some of the properties of the films they produce are described.

  19. Photovoltaic-integrated electrochromic device for smart-window applications - preprint

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    Deb, S.

    2000-05-16

    Three different, innovative approaches have been taken to develop photovoltaic (PV) integrated electrochromic (EC) devices for smart-window applications. These are (1) a stand-alone, side-by-side PV-powered EC window; (2) a monolithically integrated PV-EC device; and, (3) a novel photoelectrochromic device based on dye-sensitized TiO{sub 2} solar cells. The compatibility of PV-EC devices has been analyzed and the potential for large energy savings for building applications has been suggested.

  20. High contrast ratio and fast-switching dual polymer electrochromic devices

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    Sapp, S.A.; Sotzing, G.A.; Reynolds, J.R.

    1998-08-01

    A series of dual polymer electrochromic devices (ECDs) based on 12 complementary pairs of conducting polymer films have been constructed using 3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene-containing conducting polymers. Poly[3,6-bis(2-(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene))-N-methylcarbazole] (PBEDOT-NCH{sub 3}Cz), poly[3,6-bis(2-(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene))-N-eicosylcarbazole] (PBEDOT-NC{sub 20}H{sub 41}Cz), and poly[4,4{prime}-bis(2-(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene))biphenyl] (PBEDOT-BP) were utilized as anodically coloring polymers that electrochemically switch between an oxidized deep blue absorptive state and a transmissive (orange or yellow) reduced state. Poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene)(PEDOT) and its alkyl derivatives (PEDOT-C{sub 14}H{sub 29} and PEDOT-C{sub 16}H{sub 33}) have been used as high-contrast cathodically coloring polymers that switch between a deep blue absorptive state in the reduced form and a sky blue, highly transmissive state in the oxidized form. The dual polymer ECDs were constructed by separating complementary pairs of EC polymer films, deposited on ITO glass, with a gel electrolyte composed of a lithium salt and plasticized poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA). Device contrast ratios, measured as {Delta}%T, ranged from 27% to 63%, and subsecond switching times for full color change were achieved. These devices were found to exhibit extremely high coloration efficiencies of up to 1400 cm{sup 2}/C over narrow (ca. 100 nm) wavelength ranges and to retain up to 60% of their optical response after 10,000 deep, double potential steps, rendering them useful for EC applications.

  1. Electrochromic properties of spray deposited TiO 2-doped WO 3 thin films

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    Patil, P. S.; Mujawar, S. H.; Inamdar, A. I.; Sadale, S. B.

    2005-08-01

    TiO 2-doped WO 3 thin films were deposited onto fluorine-doped tin oxide coated conducting glass substrates using spray pyrolysis technique at 525 °C. The volume percentage of TiO 2 dopant was varied from 13% to 38%. The thin film samples were transparent, uniform and strongly adherent to the substrates. Electrochromical properties of TiO 2-doped WO 3 thin films were studied with the help of cyclic voltammetry (CV), chronoamperometry (CA) and chronocoulometry (CC) techniques. It has been found that TiO 2 doping in WO 3 enhances its electrochromic performance. Colouration efficiency becomes almost double and samples exhibit increasingly high reversibility with TiO 2 doping concentrations, in the studied range.

  2. Self-Stacked Reduced Graphene Oxide Nanosheets Coated with Cobalt-Nickel Hydroxide by One-Step Electrochemical Deposition toward Flexible Electrochromic Supercapacitors.

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    Grote, Fabian; Yu, Zi-You; Wang, Jin-Long; Yu, Shu-Hong; Lei, Yong

    2015-09-01

    The implementation of an optical function into supercapacitors is an innovative approach to make energy storage devices smarter and to meet the requirements of smart electronics. Here, it is reported for the first time that nickel-cobalt hydroxide on reduced graphene oxide can be utilized for flexible electrochromic supercapacitors. A new and straightforward one-step electrochemical deposition process is introduced that is capable of simultaneously reducing GO and depositing amorphous Co(1-x)Ni(x)(OH)2 on the rGO. It is shown that the rGO nanosheets are homogeneously coated with metal hydroxide and are vertically stacked. No high temperature processes are used so that flexible polymer-based substrates can be coated. The synthesized self-stacked rGO-Co(1-x)Ni(x)(OH)2 nanosheet material exhibits pseudocapacitive charge storage behavior with excellent rate capability, high Columbic efficiency, and nondiffusion limited behavior. It is shown that the electrochemical behavior of the Ni(OH)2 can be modulated, by simultaneously depositing nickel and cobalt hydroxide, into broad oxidization and reduction bands. Further, the material exhibits electrochromic property and can switch between a bleached and transparent state. Literature comparison reveals that the performance characteristics of the rGO-Co(1-x)Ni(x)(OH)2 nanosheet material, in terms of gravimetric capacitance, areal capacitance, and long-term cycling stability, are among the highest reported values of supercapacitors with electrochromic property. PMID:26150383

  3. Development of visible and infrared electrochromic devices based on porous conducting polymers

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    Jin, Ilsup

    Two of the research topics carried out in this dissertation were related to electrochromic materials and devices. The conducting polymer, poly (3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene), known as PEDOT, was used as the electrochromic element in these studies. The first objective in the research was to develop methods for decreasing the optical switching times of the devices. Since optical switching times are mainly governed by the diffusion of charge compensating counterions through the electrochromic layer, a more porous structure is expected to enhance the switching kinetics by increasing counterion diffusion. We synthesized porous PEDOT films by a galvanostatic electropolymerization method using high current densities. The visible wavelength electrochromic devices made with these materials exhibited switching times of less than 100 milliseconds. This is substantially faster than the ˜1 second switching times obtained with non-porous devices and clearly establishes that porous conducting polymers are able to achieve faster switching kinetics. The second objective of this research was to fabricate electrochromic devices that were able to modulate infrared reflection in the 8 to 12 mum range. Upon doping the PEDOT, there was a substantial change in the refractive index of polymer layer which induced a large index mismatch with the substrate and produced high reflection from the substrate/polymer interface. The reflection modulation between the doped and undoped states was approximated using Fresnel's relation. The calculated values were in reasonable agreement with the experimental results. The anti-reflection coating on germanium minimized surface reflection and enabled us to achieve contrast ratios of greater than 5 between the doped and undoped states. The kinetics of infrared switching was also measured. The third topic investigated in this dissertation is related to the emerging scientific area in which biology is integrated with nanoscience. The research was based on the

  4. A bi-functional device for self-powered electrochromic window and self-rechargeable transparent battery applications.

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    Wang, Jinmin; Zhang, Lei; Yu, Le; Jiao, Zhihui; Xie, Huaqing; Lou, Xiong Wen David; Sun, Xiao Wei

    2014-01-01

    Electrochromic smart windows are regarded as a good choice for green buildings. However, conventional devices need external biases to operate, which causes additional energy consumption. Here we report a self-powered electrochromic window, which can be used as a self-rechargeable battery. We use aluminium to reduce Prussian blue (PB, blue in colour) to Prussian white (PW, colourless) in potassium chloride electrolyte, realizing a device capable of self-bleaching. Interestingly, the device can be self-recovered (gaining blue appearance again) by simply disconnecting the aluminium and PB electrodes, which is due to the spontaneous oxidation of PW to PB by the dissolved oxygen in aqueous solution. The self-operated bleaching and colouration suggest another important function of the device: a self-rechargeable transparent battery. Thus the PB/aluminium device we report here is bifunctional, that is, it is a self-powered electrochromic window as well as a self-rechargeable transparent battery. PMID:25247385

  5. A bi-functional device for self-powered electrochromic window and self-rechargeable transparent battery applications

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    Wang, Jinmin; Zhang, Lei; Yu, Le; Jiao, Zhihui; Xie, Huaqing; Lou, Xiong Wen (David); Wei Sun, Xiao

    2014-09-01

    Electrochromic smart windows are regarded as a good choice for green buildings. However, conventional devices need external biases to operate, which causes additional energy consumption. Here we report a self-powered electrochromic window, which can be used as a self-rechargeable battery. We use aluminium to reduce Prussian blue (PB, blue in colour) to Prussian white (PW, colourless) in potassium chloride electrolyte, realizing a device capable of self-bleaching. Interestingly, the device can be self-recovered (gaining blue appearance again) by simply disconnecting the aluminium and PB electrodes, which is due to the spontaneous oxidation of PW to PB by the dissolved oxygen in aqueous solution. The self-operated bleaching and colouration suggest another important function of the device: a self-rechargeable transparent battery. Thus the PB/aluminium device we report here is bifunctional, that is, it is a self-powered electrochromic window as well as a self-rechargeable transparent battery.

  6. Electrochromism in sol-gel deposited TiO(sub 2) films

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    Bell, J.M.; Barczynska, J.; Evans, L.A.; MacDonald, K.A.; Wang, J.; Green, D.C.; Smith, G.B.

    1994-12-31

    Electrochromism in sol-gel deposited TiO{sub 2} films and films containing TiO{sub 2} and WO{sub 3} has been observed. The films are deposited by dip-coating from a precursor containing titanium isopropoxide in ethanol or titanium propoxide in ethanol, and after deposition the films are heat treated to between 250 C and 300 C. The films do not show any signs of crystallinity. However substantial coloration is observed using Li{sup +} ions in a non-aqueous electrolyte, both in pure TiO{sub 2} films and in mixed metal oxide films (WO{sub 3}:TiO{sub 2}), although the voltage required to produce coloration is different in the two cases. Results will be presented detailing the optical switching and charge transport properties of the films during cyclic voltammetry. These results will be used to compare the performance of the TiO{sub 2} films with other electrochromics. The TiO{sub 2} and mixed metal films all color cathodically, and the colored state is a neutral greyish color for TiO{sub 2}, while the bleached state is transparent and colorless. Results on coloration efficiency and the stability under repeated electrochemical cycling will also be presented. The neutral color of the TiO{sub 2} films and mixed-metal films means that electrochromic windows based on TiO{sub 2} may have significant advantages over WO{sub 3}-based windows. A detailed analysis of the optical properties of the colored state of the films will be presented. The dynamics of coloration for these films is also under investigation, and preliminary results will be presented.

  7. Electrochromism in sol-gel deposited TiO2 films

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    Bell, John M.; Barczynska, Joanna; Evans, L. A.; MacDonald, Kathleen A.; Wang, J.; Green, David C.; Smith, Geoffrey B.

    1994-09-01

    Electrochromism is sol-gel deposited TiO2 films and films containing TiO2 and WO3 has been observed. The films are deposited by dip-coating from a precursor containing titanium isopropoxide in ethanol or titanium propoxide in ethanol, and after deposition the films are heat treated to between 250 degree(s)C and 300 degree(s)C. The films do not show any signs of crystallinity. However substantial coloration is observed using Li+ ions in a non-aqueous electrolyte, both in pure TiO2 films and in mixed metal oxide films (WO3:TiO2), although the voltage required to produce coloration is different in the two cases. Results will be presented detailing the optical switching and charge transport properties of the films during cyclic voltammetry. These results will be used to compare the performance of the TiO2 films with other electrochromics. The TiO2 and mixed metal films all color cathodically, and the colored state is a neutral greyish color for TiO2, while the bleached state is transparent and colorless, Results on coloration efficiency and the stability under repeated electrochemical cycling will also be presented. The neutral color of the TiO2 films and mixed-metal films means that electrochromic windows based on TiO2 may have significant advantages over WO3-based windows. A detailed analysis of the optical properties of the colored state of the films will be presented. The dynamics of coloration for these films is also under investigation, and preliminary results will be presented.

  8. A transparent electrochromic metal-insulator switching device with three-terminal transistor geometry.

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    Katase, Takayoshi; Onozato, Takaki; Hirono, Misako; Mizuno, Taku; Ohta, Hiromichi

    2016-01-01

    Proton and hydroxyl ion play an essential role for tuning functionality of oxides because their electronic state can be controlled by modifying oxygen off-stoichiometry and/or protonation. Tungsten trioxide (WO3), a well-known electrochromic (EC) material for smart window, is a wide bandgap insulator, whereas it becomes a metallic conductor HxWO3 by protonation. Although one can utilize electrochromism together with metal-insulator (MI) switching for one device, such EC-MI switching cannot be utilized in current EC devices because of their two-terminal structure with parallel-plate configuration. Here we demonstrate a transparent EC-MI switchable device with three-terminal TFT-type structure using amorphous (a-) WO3 channel layer, which was fabricated on glass substrate at room temperature. We used water-infiltrated nano-porous glass, CAN (calcium aluminate with nano-pores), as a liquid-leakage-free solid gate insulator. At virgin state, the device was fully transparent in the visible-light region. For positive gate voltage, the active channel became dark blue, and electrical resistivity of the a-WO3 layer drastically decreased with protonation. For negative gate voltage, deprotonation occurred and the active channel returned to transparent insulator. Good cycleability of the present transparent EC-MI switching device would have potential for the development of advanced smart windows. PMID:27174791

  9. A transparent electrochromic metal-insulator switching device with three-terminal transistor geometry

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    Katase, Takayoshi; Onozato, Takaki; Hirono, Misako; Mizuno, Taku; Ohta, Hiromichi

    2016-01-01

    Proton and hydroxyl ion play an essential role for tuning functionality of oxides because their electronic state can be controlled by modifying oxygen off-stoichiometry and/or protonation. Tungsten trioxide (WO3), a well-known electrochromic (EC) material for smart window, is a wide bandgap insulator, whereas it becomes a metallic conductor HxWO3 by protonation. Although one can utilize electrochromism together with metal-insulator (MI) switching for one device, such EC-MI switching cannot be utilized in current EC devices because of their two-terminal structure with parallel-plate configuration. Here we demonstrate a transparent EC-MI switchable device with three-terminal TFT-type structure using amorphous (a-) WO3 channel layer, which was fabricated on glass substrate at room temperature. We used water-infiltrated nano-porous glass, CAN (calcium aluminate with nano-pores), as a liquid-leakage-free solid gate insulator. At virgin state, the device was fully transparent in the visible-light region. For positive gate voltage, the active channel became dark blue, and electrical resistivity of the a-WO3 layer drastically decreased with protonation. For negative gate voltage, deprotonation occurred and the active channel returned to transparent insulator. Good cycleability of the present transparent EC-MI switching device would have potential for the development of advanced smart windows. PMID:27174791

  10. A transparent electrochromic metal-insulator switching device with three-terminal transistor geometry

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    Katase, Takayoshi; Onozato, Takaki; Hirono, Misako; Mizuno, Taku; Ohta, Hiromichi

    2016-05-01

    Proton and hydroxyl ion play an essential role for tuning functionality of oxides because their electronic state can be controlled by modifying oxygen off-stoichiometry and/or protonation. Tungsten trioxide (WO3), a well-known electrochromic (EC) material for smart window, is a wide bandgap insulator, whereas it becomes a metallic conductor HxWO3 by protonation. Although one can utilize electrochromism together with metal-insulator (MI) switching for one device, such EC-MI switching cannot be utilized in current EC devices because of their two-terminal structure with parallel-plate configuration. Here we demonstrate a transparent EC-MI switchable device with three-terminal TFT-type structure using amorphous (a-) WO3 channel layer, which was fabricated on glass substrate at room temperature. We used water-infiltrated nano-porous glass, CAN (calcium aluminate with nano-pores), as a liquid-leakage-free solid gate insulator. At virgin state, the device was fully transparent in the visible-light region. For positive gate voltage, the active channel became dark blue, and electrical resistivity of the a-WO3 layer drastically decreased with protonation. For negative gate voltage, deprotonation occurred and the active channel returned to transparent insulator. Good cycleability of the present transparent EC-MI switching device would have potential for the development of advanced smart windows.

  11. Electrochromic properties of manganese oxide (MnO{sub x}) thin films made by electron beam deposition

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    Erlandsson, O.; Lindvall, J.; Nguyen Ngoc Toan; Nguyen Van Hung; Vu Thi Bich; Nguyen Nang Dinh

    1993-12-31

    In recent years, considerable attention has been given to both the theoretical and the experimental investigation of the physical and physico-chemical properties of the chromogenics materials due their favorable and promising applications such as electrochromic devices, energy-efficient smart windows, automobile mirrors and building glazings. Electrochromic MnO{sub x} thin films were prepared by using an electron beam technique followed by annealing post-treatment. Electrochromic properties of the films were studied in three different solutions: 1M LiClO{sub 4} in propylene carbonate, KOH (pH = 10.5) and natrium borate (pH = 9.2). The transmittance spectra of the colored films combined with their cyclic voltammograms have showed that the enhancement of the electrochromic behavior of these films can be attributed to the insertion (or extraction) of the OH{sup {minus}} anions into (or from) the MnO{sub x} films. The best electrochromic efficiency of the films was obtained in the borate electrolyte.

  12. Electrochromic characteristics of niobium-doped titanium oxide film on indium tin oxide/glass by liquid phase deposition

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    Lee, Ming-Kwei; Lee, Chia-Jung

    2015-10-01

    Ammonium hexafluorotitanate and boric acid aqueous solutions were used as precursors for the growth of titanium oxide films on indium tin oxide (ITO)/glass substrate. For as-grown titanium oxide film used in an electrochromic device, Li+ ions from electrolyte will be trapped to hydroxyl groups and degrade the electrochromic durability during the cyclic voltammogram characterization. For niobium doped titanium oxide film, lower growth rate from more HF incorporation from the niobium doped solution and rougher surface morphology from the formation of nanocrystals were obtained. However, niobium doping reduces hydroxyl groups and the electrochromic durability is enhanced from 5 × 103 to 1 × 104 times. The transmittance is enhanced from 37 to 51% at the wavelength of 550 nm.

  13. Thermally Cured Dual Functional Viologen-Based All-in-One Electrochromic Devices with Panchromatic Modulation.

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    Kao, Sheng-Yuan; Lu, Hsin-Che; Kung, Chung-Wei; Chen, Hsin-Wei; Chang, Ting-Hsiang; Ho, Kuo-Chuan

    2016-02-17

    Vinyl benzyl viologen (VBV) was synthesized and utilized to obtain all-in-one thermally cured electrochromic devices (ECDs). The vinyl moiety of VBV monomer could react with methyl methacrylate (MMA) to yield bulky VBV/poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA) chains and even cross-linked network without the assistance of additional cross-linker. Both the bulky VBV/PMMA chains and the resulting polymer network can hinder the aggregation of the viologens and reduce the possibility of dimerization, rendering enhanced cycling stability. Large transmittance changes (ΔT) over 60% at both 570 and 615 nm were achieved when the VBV-based ECD was switched from 0 V to a low potential bias of 0.5 V. Ultimately, the dual functional of VBV molecules, serving simultaneously as a promising electrochromic material and a cross-linker, is fully utilized in the proposed electrochromic system, making its fabrication process much easier. Negligible decays in ΔT at both wavelengths were observed for the cured ECD after being subjected to 1000 repetitive cycles, while 17.1% and 22.0% decays were noticed at 570 and 615 nm, respectively, for the noncured ECD. In addition, the low voltage-driven feature of the VBV-based ECD enables it to be incorporated with phenyl viologen (PV), further expanding the absorption range of the ECD. Panchromatic characteristic of the proposed PV/VBV-based ECD was demonstrated while exhibiting ΔT over 60% at both wavelengths. Only 5.3% and 6.9% decays, corresponding at 570 and 615 nm, respectively, were observed in the PV/VBV-based ECD after 10 000 continuous cycles at bleaching/coloring voltages of 0/0.5 V with an interval of 10 s for both bleaching and coloring processes. PMID:26807824

  14. High-Performance Electrochromic Devices Based on Poly[Ni(salen)]-Type Polymer Films.

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    Nunes, Marta; Araújo, Mariana; Fonseca, Joana; Moura, Cosme; Hillman, Robert; Freire, Cristina

    2016-06-01

    We report the application of two poly[Ni(salen)]-type electroactive polymer films as new electrochromic materials. The two films, poly[Ni(3-Mesalen)] (poly[1]) and poly[Ni(3-MesaltMe)] (poly[2]), were successfully electrodeposited onto ITO/PET flexible substrates, and their voltammetric characterization revealed that poly[1] showed similar redox profiles in LiClO4/CH3CN and LiClO4/propylene carbonate (PC), while poly[2] showed solvent-dependent electrochemical responses. Both films showed multielectrochromic behavior, exhibiting yellow, green, and russet colors according to their oxidation state, and promising electrochromic properties with high electrochemical stability in LiClO4/PC supporting electrolyte. In particular, poly[1] exhibited a very good electrochemical stability, changing color between yellow and green (λ = 750 nm) during 9000 redox cycles, with a charge loss of 34.3%, an optical contrast of ΔT = 26.2%, and an optical density of ΔOD = 0.49, with a coloration efficiency of η = 75.55 cm(2) C(-1). On the other hand, poly[2] showed good optical contrast for the color change from green to russet (ΔT = 58.5%), although with moderate electrochemical stability. Finally, poly[1] was used to fabricate a solid-state electrochromic device using lateral configuration with two figures of merit: a simple shape (typology 1) and a butterfly shape (typology 2); typology 1 showed the best performance with optical contrast ΔT = 88.7% (at λ = 750 nm), coloration efficiency η = 130.4 cm(2) C(-1), and charge loss of 37.0% upon 3000 redox cycles. PMID:27175794

  15. A new repeatable, optical writing and electrical erasing device based on photochromism and electrochromism of viologen

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    Gao, Li-ping; Wei, Jian; Wang, Yue-chuan; Ding, Guo-jing; Yang, Yu-lin

    2012-08-01

    New optical writing and electrical erasing devices have been successfully fabricated that exploit the photochromism and electrochromism of viologen. In a preliminary study, both the structures of viologen and device were investigated in detail by UV-vis spectra in order to confirm their effects on the optical writing and electrical erasing performances of corresponding devices. For sandwiched, single and complementary devices based on benzyl viologen (BV 2+), only optical writing can be performed, not electrical erasing operations, which indicated these devices cannot realize optical information rewriting. For single and complementary devices based on styrene-functional viologen (V BV 2+) and acrylic-functional viologen (ACV 2+), optical writing and electrical erasing operations can be reversibly performed and optical information rewriting realized. It is clear that single devices based on V BV2+ and ACV2+ possess better performance accompanied with contrast without significant degradation and bleaching times and without significant deterioration over 10 repeated writing/erasing cycles. Furthermore, we put forward possible mechanisms for sandwiched, single and complementary devices based on V BV2+ and ACV2+ for the optical writing and electrical erasing operations. This study provides a new strategy to design optical writing and electrical erasing devices to realize optical information rewriting.

  16. NIR-Selective electrochromic heteromaterial frameworks: a platform to understand mesoscale transport phenomena in solid-state electrochemical devices

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    Williams, TE; Chang, CM; Rosen, EL; Garcia, G; Runnerstrom, EL; Williams, BL; Koo, B; Buonsanti, R; Milliron, DJ; Helms, BA

    2014-01-01

    We report here the first solid-state, NIR-selective electrochromic devices. Critical to device performance is the arrangement of nanocrystal-derived electrodes into heteromaterial frameworks, where hierarchically porous ITO nanocrystal active layers are infiltrated by an ion-conducting polymer electrolyte with mesoscale periodicity. Enhanced coloration efficiency and transport are realized over unarchitectured electrodes in devices, paving the way towards new smart windows technologies.

  17. Optical indices of lithiated electrochromic oxides

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    Rubin, M.; Rottkay, K. von; Wen, S.J.; Ozer, N.; Slack, J.

    1996-09-01

    Optical indices have been determined for thin films of several electrochromic oxide materials. One of the most important materials in electrochromic devices, WO{sub 3}, was thoroughly characterized for a range of electrochromic states by sequential injection of Li ions. Another promising material, Li{sub 0.5}Ni{sub 0.5}O, was also studied in detail. Less detailed results are presented for three other common lithium-intercalating electrochromic electrode materials: V{sub 2}O{sub 5}, LiCoO{sub 2}, and CeO{sub 2}-TiO{sub 2}. The films were grown by sputtering, pulsed laser deposition (PLD) and sol-gel techniques. Measurements were made using a combination of variable-angle spectroscopy ellipsometry and spectroradiometry. The optical constants were then extracted using physical and spectral models appropriate to each material. Optical indices of the underlying transparent conductors, determined in separate studies, were fixed in the models of this work. The optical models frequently agree well with independent physical measurements of film structure, particularly surface roughness by atomic force microscopy. Inhomogeneity due to surface roughness, gradient composition, and phase separation are common in both the transparent conductors and electrochromics, resulting sometimes in particularly complex models for these materials. Complete sets of data are presented over the entire solar spectrum for a range of colored states. This data is suitable for prediction of additional optical properties such as oblique transmittance and design of complete electrochromic devices.

  18. Electrochromism in sputter deposited W1-y MoyO3 thin films

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    Arvizu, M. A.; Granqvist, C. G.; Niklasson, G. A.

    2016-02-01

    Electrochromic (EC) properties of tungsten-molybdenum oxide (W1-y MoyO3) thin films were investigated. The films were deposited on indium tin oxide covered glass by reactive DC sputtering from tungsten and molybdenum targets. Elemental compositions of the W1-y MoyO3 films were determined by Rutherford back scattering. Voltammetric cycling was performed in an electrolyte of 1 M LiClO4 in propylene carbonate. An increase in molybdenum content in the EC films caused both a shift towards higher energies and a lowering of the maximum of the optical absorption band, as compared with WO3 EC films. Durability under electrochemical cycling was diminished for W1-y MoyO3 EC films.

  19. Electrochromic properties of poly (1-(phenyl)-2,5-di(2-thienyl)-1H-pyrrole-co-3,4-ethylenedioxy thiophene) and its application in electrochromic devices

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    Tarkuc, S.; Sahmetlioglu, E.; Tanyeli, C.; Akhmedov, I. M.; Toppare, L.

    2008-06-01

    Electrochemical copolymerization of 1-(phenyl)-2,5-di(2-thienyl)-1H-pyrrole (PTP) with 3,4-ethylenedioxy thiophene (EDOT) was carried out in acetonitrile (AN)/NaClO4/LiClO4 (0.1 M) solvent-electrolyte couple via potentiodynamic electrolysis. Characterizations of the resulting copolymer were performed via cyclic voltammetry (CV), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), and spectroelectrochemical analysis. Spectroelectrochemical analyses show that the copolymer of PTP with EDOT has an electronic band gap (due to π to π∗ transition) of 1.9 eV at 480 nm, with a claret red in the fully reduced form and a blue color in the fully oxidized form. Via kinetic studies, the optical contrast (ΔT %) was found to be 8% for P(PTP-co-EDOT). Results showed that the time required to reach 95% of the ultimate transmittance was 1.7 s for the copolymer. The P(PTP-co-EDOT) film was used to construct a dual type polymer electrochromic device (ECDs) with poly(3,4-ethylenedioxy thiophene) (PEDOT). Spectroelectrochemistry, electrochromic switching and open circuit memory of the device were investigated.

  20. Constructing three-dimensional quasi-vertical nanosheet architectures from self-assemble two-dimensional WO3·2H2O for efficient electrochromic devices

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    Li, Haizeng; Wang, Jinmin; Shi, Qiuwei; Zhang, Minwei; Hou, Chengyi; Shi, Guoying; Wang, Hongzhi; Zhang, Qinghong; Li, Yaogang; Chi, Qijin

    2016-09-01

    Three-dimensional (3D) quasi-vertical nanosheet (QVNS) architectures are of great importance in the application of electrochromic devices due to its 3D porous structures, large surface area and lamellar permeable space of nanosheets. In this study, we demonstrate successful preparing of WO3·2H2O nanosheets via a novel and facile solution route and repurposing the typical electrodeposition technique to obtain 3D QVNS electrodes. The electrode was successfully assembled into an electrochromic device which exhibits good electrochromic performance.

  1. Electrochromic counter electrode

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    Lee, Se-Hee; Tracy, C. Edwin; Pitts, J. Roland; Jorgensen, Gary J.

    2005-02-22

    The present invention discloses an amorphous material comprising nickel oxide doped with tantalum that is an anodically coloring electrochromic material. The material of the present invention is prepared in the form of an electrode (200) having a thin film (202) of an electrochromic material of the present invention residing on a transparent conductive film (203). The material of the present invention is also incorporated into an electrochromic device (100) as a thin film (102) in conjunction with a cathodically coloring prior art electrochromic material layer (104) such that the devices contain both anodically coloring (102) and cathodically coloring (104) layers. The materials of the electrochromic layers in these devices exhibit broadband optical complimentary behavior, ionic species complimentary behavior, and coloration efficiency complimentary behavior in their operation.

  2. Gelatin- and DNA-based ionic conducting membranes for electrochromic devices

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    Pawlicka, A.; Firmino, A.; Vieira, D.; Sentanin, F.; Grote, J. G.; Kajzar, F.

    2009-09-01

    Gelatin and DNA are abundant natural products with very good biodegradation properties and can be used to obtain acetic acid or LiClO4-based gel polymer electrolytes (GPEs) with high ionic conductivity and good stability. This article presents the results of the ionic conductivity measurements of GPEs membranes based on crosslinked and plasticized gelatin and on plasticized DNA as well as on inserted/extracted charge density of electrochemical devices (ECDs) obtained with these samples. The membranes were analyzed by impedance spectroscopy, UV-Vis spectroscopy and the ECDs by charge density measurements, respectively. At room temperature the measured ionic conductivity of the membranes is in the range of 10-4-10-5 S/cm. It obeys predominantly an Arrhenius relationship in function of temperature. The ECD with red gelatin changed the color from red to deep red and the ECD with DNA-based electrolyte changes from transparent to blue. The inserted charge density values of these ECDs were of -3.0 mC/cm2 for the device with red gelatin and -6.6 mC/cm2 for the ECD with DNA-based electrolyte. The reverse potential application promoted a charge extraction and, as consequence, bleaching of the devices. Good ionic conductivity results combined with transparency and good adhesion to the electrodes and promising preliminary results of small ECDs have shown that gelatin and DNA-based GPEs are very promising materials to be used as gel polymer electrolytes in electrochromic devices.

  3. Evaluation of an Electrochromic Device for Variable Emittance in Simulated Space Conditions

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    Puterbaugh, Rebekah L.; Mychkovsky, Alexander G.; Ponnappan, Rengasamy; Kislov, Nikolai

    2005-02-01

    Unprotected skin and external surfaces of a spacecraft in earth orbit may experience temperature variations from -50°C to +100°C during exposure to cold space or sun. As a result, thermal management of spacecraft becomes extremely important. One latest trend is to provide flexibility and control in the thermal design that involves variable emittance surfaces consisting of electrochromic (EC) coatings. For investigational purposes, a sample electrochromic device is evaluated for variable emittance in simulated space conditions. A vacuum chamber with a liquid nitrogen circulated blackbody shroud is employed to simulate space conditions. The 63.5 × 63.5 mm test sample supplied by a small business research firm is mounted on an aluminum plate heated by an electrical resistance heater. The sample is thermally insulated by a heat shield from all surroundings excluding the active front surface facing the shroud. The heat shield is uniformly maintained at the sample temperature using an independent circuit of resistance heaters and temperature controllers. A steady state energy balance is applied to the test sample to determine the emittance as a function of temperature and DC bias voltage applied across the anode and cathode. Tests were performed to verify the switchability from high to low emittance states and vice versa. The difference between the high and low emittance values (Δɛ) obtained in the present calorimetric measurement is compared with the data obtained from FTIR measurements performed by the supplier of the EC sample. Results obtained in the present experiments compare closely with supplier data and prove the effectiveness of the variable emittance sample in space conditions. The validity of the calorimetric experiment is confirmed by testing materials with known emittances, such as black paint and polished metals. Error analysis of the system predicts an emittance accuracy of ±5% at sample temperatures in the range of -50°C to 100°C.

  4. Preparation and optical properties of sol-gel-deposited electrochromic iron oxide films

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    Ozer, Nilgun; Tepehan, Fatma; Tepehan, Galip

    1997-10-01

    The preparation and optical properties of sol-gel deposited iron oxide films are investigated in this study. The films are deposited on glass by spin-coating from polymeric sol-gel solutions. The coating solutions were prepared from Fe(OCH3H7)3 and isopropanol. Fe2O3 films were obtained at a firing temperature 180 degrees Celsius. The films were characterized by x-ray diffractometry (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), cyclic voltammetry (CV) and UV-Vis spectroscopy. The electrochemical properties of the films were studied in 0.5 M LiClO4/propylene carbonate (PC) solution. The CV results showed reversibility of the Li+/e- insertion/extraction process in the Fe2O3 films up to 200 cycles. Reduction and oxidation of the amorphous films in 0.5 M LiClO4-PC solution caused noticeable changes in optical absorption. XRD of the films showed that they had an amorphous structure. Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) measurements showed that the composition of the film is Fe2O3. In-situ spectrophotometric measurements indicated that these films show weak electrochromism in the spectral range of 350 - 800 nm. The optical band gap is estimated to be 1.92 eV for the amorphous film. The spectroelectrochemical properties clearly indicated that cyclic stability of the iron oxide films deteriorated above 200 cycles.

  5. Electrochromic and colorimetric properties of nickel(II) oxide thin films prepared by aerosol-assisted chemical vapor deposition.

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    Sialvi, Muhammad Z; Mortimer, Roger J; Wilcox, Geoffrey D; Teridi, Asri Mat; Varley, Thomas S; Wijayantha, K G Upul; Kirk, Caroline A

    2013-06-26

    Aerosol-assisted chemical vapor deposition (AACVD) was used for the first time in the preparation of thin-film electrochromic nickel(II) oxide (NiO). The as-deposited films were cubic NiO, with an octahedral-like grain structure, and an optical band gap that decreased from 3.61 to 3.48 eV on increase in film thickness (in the range 500-1000 nm). On oxidative voltammetric cycling in aqueous KOH (0.1 mol dm(-3)) electrolyte, the morphology gradually changed to an open porous NiO structure. The electrochromic properties of the films were investigated as a function of film thickness, following 50, 100, and 500 conditioning oxidative voltammetric cycles in aqueous KOH (0.1 mol dm(-3)). Light modulation of the films increased with the number of conditioning cycles. The maximum coloration efficiency (CE) for the NiO (transmissive light green, the "bleached" state) to NiOOH (deep brown, the colored state) electrochromic process was found to be 56.3 cm(2) C(-1) (at 450 nm) for films prepared by AACVD for 15 min followed by 100 "bleached"-to-colored conditioning oxidative voltammetric cycles. Electrochromic response times were <10 s and generally longer for the coloration than the bleaching process. The films showed good stability when tested for up to 10 000 color/bleach cycles. Using the CIE (Commission Internationale de l'Eclairage) system of colorimetry the color stimuli of the electrochromic NiO films and the changes that take place on reversibly oxidatively switching to the NiOOH form were calculated from in situ visible spectra recorded under electrochemical control. Reversible changes in the hue and saturation occur on oxidation of the NiO (transmissive light green) form to the NiOOH (deep brown) form, as shown by the track of the CIE 1931 xy chromaticity coordinates. As the NiO film is oxidized, a sharp decrease in luminance was observed. CIELAB L*a*b* coordinates were also used to quantify the electrochromic color states. A combination of a low L* and positive a

  6. Flexible electrochromic films based on CVD-graphene electrodes

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    Choi, Dong Soo; Han, Seung Ho; Kim, Hyeongkeun; Kang, So Hee; Kim, Yena; Yang, Cheol-Min; Kim, Tae Young; Yoon, Dae Ho; Yang, Woo Seok

    2014-09-01

    Graphene synthesized via chemical vapor deposition is a notable candidate for flexible large-area transparent electrodes due to its great physical properties and its 2D activated surface area. Electrochromic devices in optical displays, smart windows, etc are suitable applications for graphene when used as a transparent conductive electrode. In this study, various-layer graphene was synthesized via chemical vapor deposition, and inorganic WOx was deposited on the layers, which have advantageous columnar structures and W6+ and W4+ oxidation states. The characteristics of graphene and WOx were verified using optical transmittance, Raman spectroscopy, x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and scanning electron microscopy. The optimum transparent conductive electrode condition for controlling graphene layers was investigated based on the optical density and cyclic voltammetry. Electrochromic devices were fabricated using a three-layer graphene electrode, which had the best optical density. The graphene in the flexible electrochromic device demonstrated a potential for replacing ITO in flexible electronics.

  7. A trilayer film approach to multicolor electrochromism.

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    Matsui, Jun; Kikuchi, Rie; Miyashita, Tokuji

    2014-01-22

    Development of multicolored electrochromic materials is important to realize their applications in electronic devices such as full color electronic paper. One method to increase the number of colors in an electrochromic device is by color mixing. A simple method for color mixing involves two electrochromes deposited at different working electrodes. Selective control of the redox state of each electrochrome allows the generation of both the individual electrochrome colors and a mixture of the two colors. In this paper we report a new strategy that enables color mixing using a single working electrode. A trilayer film composed of an ultrathin layer of a ruthenium complex sandwiched between two layers of Prussian blue (PB) nanoparticles was prepared on an ITO electrode using the Langmuir-Blodgett technique. Cyclic voltammetry and spectroelectrochemistry of the films indicate that the redox state of PB located at the top and bottom layer can be independently controlled using a single working electrode. In this way a mixture of the colors of PB and Prussian yellow could be produced without the necessity for multiple electrodes. PMID:24380502

  8. Vacuum arc deposition devices

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    Boxman, R.L.; Zhitomirsky, V.N.

    2006-02-15

    The vacuum arc is a high-current, low-voltage electrical discharge which produces a plasma consisting of vaporized and ionized electrode material. In the most common cathodic arc deposition systems, the arc concentrates at minute cathode spots on the cathode surface and the plasma is emitted as a hypersonic jet, with some degree of contamination by molten droplets [known as macroparticles (MPs)] of the cathode material. In vacuum arc deposition systems, the location and motion of the cathode spots are confined to desired surfaces by an applied magnetic field and shields around undesired surfaces. Substrates are mounted on a holder so that they intercept some portion of the plasma jet. The substrate often provides for negative bias to control the energy of depositing ions and heating or cooling to control the substrate temperature. In some systems, a magnetic field is used to guide the plasma around an obstacle which blocks the MPs. These elements are integrated with a deposition chamber, cooling, vacuum gauges and pumps, and power supplies to produce a vacuum arc deposition system.

  9. Cyclic voltammetry on sputter-deposited films of electrochromic Ni oxide: Power-law decay of the charge density exchange

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    Wen, Rui-Tao Granqvist, Claes G.; Niklasson, Gunnar A.

    2014-10-20

    Ni-oxide-based thin films were produced by reactive direct-current magnetron sputtering and were characterized by X-ray diffraction and Rutherford backscattering spectroscopy. Intercalation of Li{sup +} ions was accomplished by cyclic voltammetry (CV) in an electrolyte of LiClO{sub 4} in propylene carbonate, and electrochromism was documented by spectrophotometry. The charge density exchange, and hence the optical modulation span, decayed gradually upon repeated cycling. This phenomenon was accurately described by an empirical power law, which was valid for at least 10{sup 4} cycles when the applied voltage was limited to 4.1 V vs Li/Li{sup +}. Our results allow lifetime assessments for one of the essential components in an electrochromic device such as a “smart window” for energy-efficient buildings.

  10. Cyclic voltammetry on sputter-deposited films of electrochromic Ni oxide: Power-law decay of the charge density exchange

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    Wen, Rui-Tao; Granqvist, Claes G.; Niklasson, Gunnar A.

    2014-10-01

    Ni-oxide-based thin films were produced by reactive direct-current magnetron sputtering and were characterized by X-ray diffraction and Rutherford backscattering spectroscopy. Intercalation of Li+ ions was accomplished by cyclic voltammetry (CV) in an electrolyte of LiClO4 in propylene carbonate, and electrochromism was documented by spectrophotometry. The charge density exchange, and hence the optical modulation span, decayed gradually upon repeated cycling. This phenomenon was accurately described by an empirical power law, which was valid for at least 104 cycles when the applied voltage was limited to 4.1 V vs Li/Li+. Our results allow lifetime assessments for one of the essential components in an electrochromic device such as a "smart window" for energy-efficient buildings.

  11. Multicolored, Low-Power, Flexible Electrochromic Devices Based on Ion Gels.

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    Moon, Hong Chul; Kim, Chang-Hyun; Lodge, Timothy P; Frisbie, C Daniel

    2016-03-01

    Ion gels composed of a copolymer and a room temperature ionic liquid are versatile solid-state electrolytes with excellent features including high ionic conductivity, nonvolatility, easily tunable mechanical properties, good flexibility and solution processability. Ion gels can be functionalized by incorporating redox-active species such as electrochemiluminescent (ECL) luminophores or electrochromic (EC) dyes. Here, we enhance the functionality of EC gels for realizing multicolored EC devices (ECDs), either by controlling the chemical equilibrium between a monomer and dimer of a colored EC species, or by modifying the molecular structures of the EC species. All devices in this work are conveniently fabricated by a "cut-and-stick" strategy, and require very low power for maintaining the colored state [i.e., 90 μW/cm(2) (113 μA/cm(2) at -0.8 V) for blue, 4 μW/cm(2) (10 μA/cm(2) at -0.4 V) for green, and 32 μW/cm(2) (79 μA/cm(2) at -0.4 V) for red ECD]. We also successfully demonstrate a patterned, multicolored, flexible ECD on plastic. Overall, these results suggest that gel-based ECDs have significant potential as low power displays in printed electronics powered by thin-film batteries. PMID:26867428

  12. Electrochromic performance of sol-gel-deposited CeO2 films

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    Ozer, Nilgun; Cronin, John P.; Akyuz, Sevim

    1999-10-01

    Ceria (CeO2) films were prepared by a sol-gel technique onto fluorine doped tin oxide coated glass substrates. The coating solution was derived from cerium ammonium nitrate dissolved in ethanol with diethanolamine used as a complexing agent. Lithium intercalating properties of the films were investigated using cyclic voltammetry (CV) and UV-visible spectroscopy. The electrochemical examinations were performed in a 0.5 M LiClO4 propylene carbonate electrolyte. The additional film characterizations were performed in X-ray diffractometry (XRD), x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy. XRD of the films showed that they had an cerianite structure for heat treatment temperatures at or above 450 degree(s)C. The SEM examinations showed that the surface texture was uniform and homogeneous. CV examinations showed a reversible electrochemical insertion or extraction of Li+/e- ions maintaining a high optical transmissivity. Spectroelectrochemistry showed that these films can be used as optically passive counter-electrode in transmissive electrochromic devices.

  13. TiO2 nanowires for potential facile integration of solar cells and electrochromic devices.

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    Qiang, Pengfei; Chen, Zhongwei; Yang, Peihua; Cai, Xiang; Tan, Shaozao; Liu, Pengyi; Mai, Wenjie

    2013-11-01

    Self-powered systems usually consist of energy-acquisition components, energy-storage components and functional components. The development of nanoscience and nanotechnology has greatly improved the performance of all the components of self-powered systems. However, huge differences in the materials and configurations in the components cause large difficulties for integration and miniaturization of self-powered systems. Design and fabrication of different components in a self-powered system with the same or similar materials/configurations should be able to make the above goal easier. In this work, a proof-of-concept experiment involving an integrated self-powered color-changing system consisting of TiO2 nanowire based sandwich dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) and electrochromic devices (ECDs) is designed and demonstrated. When sunlight illuminates the entire system, the DSSCs generate electrical power and turn the ECD to a darker color, dimming the light; by switching the connection polarity of the DSSCs, the lighter color can be regained, implying the potential application of this self-powered color-changing system for next generation sun glasses and smart windows. PMID:24107414

  14. TiO2 nanowires for potential facile integration of solar cells and electrochromic devices

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    Qiang, Pengfei; Chen, Zhongwei; Yang, Peihua; Cai, Xiang; Tan, Shaozao; Liu, Pengyi; Mai, Wenjie

    2013-11-01

    Self-powered systems usually consist of energy-acquisition components, energy-storage components and functional components. The development of nanoscience and nanotechnology has greatly improved the performance of all the components of self-powered systems. However, huge differences in the materials and configurations in the components cause large difficulties for integration and miniaturization of self-powered systems. Design and fabrication of different components in a self-powered system with the same or similar materials/configurations should be able to make the above goal easier. In this work, a proof-of-concept experiment involving an integrated self-powered color-changing system consisting of TiO2 nanowire based sandwich dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) and electrochromic devices (ECDs) is designed and demonstrated. When sunlight illuminates the entire system, the DSSCs generate electrical power and turn the ECD to a darker color, dimming the light; by switching the connection polarity of the DSSCs, the lighter color can be regained, implying the potential application of this self-powered color-changing system for next generation sun glasses and smart windows.

  15. High optical and switching performance electrochromic devices based on a zinc oxide nanowire with poly(methyl methacrylate) gel electrolytes

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    Chun, Young Tea; Neeves, Matthew; Smithwick, Quinn; Placido, Frank; Chu, Daping

    2014-11-01

    High performance electrochromic devices have been fabricated and demonstrated utilizing a solid polymer electrolyte and zinc oxide (ZnO) nanowire (NW) array counter electrode. The poly(methyl methacrylate) based polymer electrolyte was spin coated upon hydrothermally grown ZnO NW array counter electrodes, while electron beam evaporated NiOx thin films formed the working electrodes. Excellent optical contrast and switching speeds were observed in the fabricated devices with active areas of 2 cm2, exhibiting an optical contrast of 73.11% at the wavelength of 470 nm, combined with a fast switching time of 0.2 s and 0.4 s for bleaching and coloration, respectively.

  16. Electrochromic and transparent conducting oxide nanorods

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    Limmer, Steven J.; Takahashi, Katsunori; Cao, Guozhong

    2003-11-01

    Electrochromic materials are of interest for a wide variety of applications, such as displays and smart windows. Many electrochromic oxide materials are synthesized through sol-gel processing. We have demonstrated a general technique for the synthesis of oxide nanorods using sol electrophoretic deposition with an appropriate template. This technique can be applied for the synthesis of nanorods of electrochromic materials, such as TiO2, V2O5 and Nb2O5, with diameters of ~100 nm and a length of ~10 μm. By attaching these nanorods to a conducting substrate (such as ITO coated glass), it is possible to characterize the electrochromic behavior of these materials via UV-Vis absorbance spectroscopy. A similar technique has been used to make nanorods of the transparent conducting oxide indium tin oxide (ITO), which is often used as a working electrode in electrochromic devices. Such ITO nanorods have diameters of ~75-140 nm and lengths up to 60 μm.

  17. Optical characterization of WO3 -VOx thin films for application in electrochromic devices—'smart windows'

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    Bodurov, G.; Ivanova, T.; Aleksandrova, M.; Gesheva, K. A.

    2012-03-01

    WO3-VOx thin films were deposited by atmospheric pressure chemical vapor deposition (APCVD). A typical electrochromic device is a sandwichlike structure with two conductive glasses and an electrolyte layer. An electrochromic transition metal oxide film is deposited over one of the glass substrates thus forming the working electrode. The counter electrodes in the devices are bare conductive glasses, and the polymeric electrolyte is used to laminate the two glass substrates and to supply the devices with Li ions. The working electrode material is investigated related to its initial transmittance, vibrational properties, and structure.

  18. Development of High Rate Coating Technology for Low Cost Electrochromic Dynamic Windows

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    Kwak, B.; Joshi, Ajey

    2013-03-31

    Objectives of the Project: The objective of this project was to develop and demonstrate the feasibility of depositing critical electrochromic layers at high rate using new novel vacuum coating sources, to develop a full electrochromic process flow by combining conventional processes with new deposition sources, to characterize, test, evaluate, and optimize the resulting coatings and devices, and, to demonstrate an electrochromic device using the new process flow and sources. As addendum objectives, this project was to develop and demonstrate direct patterning methods with novel integration schemes. The long term objective, beyond this program, is to integrate these innovations to enable production of low-cost, high-performance electrochromic windows produced on highly reliable and high yielding manufacturing equipment and systems.

  19. In-situ characterization of electrochromism based on ITO/PEDOT:PSS towards preparation of high performance device

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    Xue-Jin, Wang; Zheng-Fei, Guo; Jing-Yu, Qu; Kun, Pan; Zheng, Qi; Li, Hong

    2016-02-01

    Poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene):poly(styrenesulfonate) (PEDOT:PSS) is usually sandwiched between indium tin oxide (ITO) and a functional polymer in order to improve the performance of the device. However, because of the strong acidic nature of PEDOT:PSS, the instability of ITO/PEDOT:PSS interface is also observed. The mechanism of degradation of the device remains is unclear and needs to be further studied. In this article, we investigate the in-situ electrochromism of PEDOT:PSS to disclose the cause of the degradation. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) was used to characterize the PEDOT:PSS films, as well as the PEDOT:PSS plus polyethylene glycol (PEG) films with and without indium ions. The electrochromic devices (ECD) based on PEDOT:PSS and PEG with and without indium ions are carried out by in-situ micro-Raman and laser reflective measurement (LRM). For comparison, ECD based on PEDOT:PSS and PEG films with LiCl, KCl, NaCl or InCl3 are also investigated by LRM. The results show that PEDOT:PSS is further reduced when negatively biased, and oxidized when positively biased. This could identify that PEDOT:PSS with indium ions from PEDOT:PSS etching ITO will lose dopants when negatively biased. The LRM shows that the device with indium ions has a stronger effect on the reduction property of PEDOT:PSS-PEG film than the device without indium ions. The contrast of the former device is 44%, that of the latter device is about 3%. The LRM also shows that the contrasts of the device based on PEDOT:PSS+PEG with LiCl, KCl, NaCl, InCl3 are 30%, 27%, 15%, and 18%, respectively. Project supported by the National High Technology Research and Development Program of China (Grant No. 2015AA034201) and the Chinese Universities Scientific Fund (Grant No. 2015LX002).

  20. Photovoltaic Powering And Control System For Electrochromic Windows

    DOEpatents

    Schulz, Stephen C.; Michalski, Lech A.; Volltrauer, Hermann N.; Van Dine, John E.

    2000-04-25

    A sealed insulated glass unit is provided with an electrochromic device for modulating light passing through the unit. The electrochromic device is controlled from outside the unit by a remote control electrically unconnected to the device. Circuitry within the unit may be magnetically controlled from outside. The electrochromic device is powered by a photovoltaic cells. The photovoltaic cells may be positioned so that at least a part of the light incident on the cell passes through the electrochromic device, providing a form of feedback control. A variable resistance placed in parallel with the electrochromic element is used to control the response of the electrochromic element to changes in output of the photovoltaic cell.

  1. Optical and electrochromic properties of sol-gel-deposited tungsten oxide films

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    Ozkan, Esra; Lee, Se-Hee; Liu, Ping; Tracy, C. Ed; Tepehan, Fatma Z.; Pitts, J. Roland; Deb, Satyen K.

    2001-11-01

    The electrochromic properties of sol-gel and mesoporous tungsten oxide thin films were investigated. Tungsten oxide films were prepared by a spin coating technique from an ethanolic solution of tungsten hexachloride. A block copolymer (BASF Pluronic p123, (p1) was employed as a template to generate the mesoporous structure. The electrochromic and optical properties of such films are described and compared to standard sol-gel tungsten oxide films. A novel ultraviolet (UV) illumination method was developed to remove the polymer templates and was found to improve the coloration efficiency of tungsten oxide in general. All types of films were analyzed by transmission electron microscopy (TEM), atomic force microscopy (AFM), x- ray diffractometry and cyclic voltammetry.

  2. High performance hybrid rGO/Ag quasi-periodic mesh transparent electrodes for flexible electrochromic devices

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    Voronin, A. S.; Ivanchenko, F. S.; Simunin, M. M.; Shiverskiy, A. V.; Aleksandrovsky, A. S.; Nemtsev, I. V.; Fadeev, Y. V.; Karpova, D. V.; Khartov, S. V.

    2016-02-01

    A possibility of creating a stable hybrid coating based on the hybrid of a reduced graphene oxide (rGO)/Ag quasi-periodic mesh (q-mesh) coating has been demonstrated. The main advantages of the suggested method are the low cost of the processes and the technology scalability. The Ag q-mesh coating is formed by means of the magnetron sputtering of silver on the original template obtained as a result of quasi-periodic cracking of a silica film. The protective rGO film is formed by low temperature reduction of a graphene oxide (GO) film, applied by the spray-deposition in the solution of NaBH4. The coatings have low sheet resistance (12.3 Ω/sq) and high optical transparency (82.2%). The hybrid coatings are characterized by high chemical stability, as well as they show high stability to deformation impacts. High performance of the hybrid coatings as electrodes in the sandwich-system «electrode-electrochromic composition-electrode» has been demonstrated. The hybrid electrodes allow the electrochromic sandwich to function without any visible degradation for a long time, while an unprotected mesh electrode does not allow performing even a single switching cycle.

  3. Tailoring nanoscale properties of tungsten oxide for inkjet printed electrochromic devices.

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    Wojcik, Pawel Jerzy; Santos, Lidia; Pereira, Luis; Martins, Rodrigo; Fortunato, Elvira

    2015-02-01

    This paper focuses on the engineering procedures governing the synthesis of tungsten oxide nanocrystals and the formulation of printable dispersions for electrochromic applications. By that means, we aim to stress the relevancy of a proper design strategy that results in improved physicochemical properties of nanoparticle loaded inks. In the present study inkjet printable nanostructured tungsten oxide particles were successfully synthesized via hydrothermal processes using pure or acidified aqueous sol-gel precursors. Based on the proposed scheme, the structure and morphology of the nanoparticles were tailored to ensure the desired printability and electrochromic performance. The developed nanomaterials with specified structures effectively improved the electrochemical response of printed films, resulting in 2.5 times higher optical modulation and 2 times faster coloration time when compared with pure amorphous films. PMID:25384683

  4. High optical and switching performance electrochromic devices based on a zinc oxide nanowire with poly(methyl methacrylate) gel electrolytes

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    Chun, Young Tea; Chu, Daping; Neeves, Matthew; Placido, Frank; Smithwick, Quinn

    2014-11-10

    High performance electrochromic devices have been fabricated and demonstrated utilizing a solid polymer electrolyte and zinc oxide (ZnO) nanowire (NW) array counter electrode. The poly(methyl methacrylate) based polymer electrolyte was spin coated upon hydrothermally grown ZnO NW array counter electrodes, while electron beam evaporated NiO{sub x} thin films formed the working electrodes. Excellent optical contrast and switching speeds were observed in the fabricated devices with active areas of 2 cm{sup 2}, exhibiting an optical contrast of 73.11% at the wavelength of 470 nm, combined with a fast switching time of 0.2 s and 0.4 s for bleaching and coloration, respectively.

  5. Tailoring nanoscale properties of tungsten oxide for inkjet printed electrochromic devices

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    Wojcik, Pawel Jerzy; Santos, Lidia; Pereira, Luis; Martins, Rodrigo; Fortunato, Elvira

    2015-01-01

    This paper focuses on the engineering procedures governing the synthesis of tungsten oxide nanocrystals and the formulation of printable dispersions for electrochromic applications. By that means, we aim to stress the relevancy of a proper design strategy that results in improved physicochemical properties of nanoparticle loaded inks. In the present study inkjet printable nanostructured tungsten oxide particles were successfully synthesized via hydrothermal processes using pure or acidified aqueous sol-gel precursors. Based on the proposed scheme, the structure and morphology of the nanoparticles were tailored to ensure the desired printability and electrochromic performance. The developed nanomaterials with specified structures effectively improved the electrochemical response of printed films, resulting in 2.5 times higher optical modulation and 2 times faster coloration time when compared with pure amorphous films.This paper focuses on the engineering procedures governing the synthesis of tungsten oxide nanocrystals and the formulation of printable dispersions for electrochromic applications. By that means, we aim to stress the relevancy of a proper design strategy that results in improved physicochemical properties of nanoparticle loaded inks. In the present study inkjet printable nanostructured tungsten oxide particles were successfully synthesized via hydrothermal processes using pure or acidified aqueous sol-gel precursors. Based on the proposed scheme, the structure and morphology of the nanoparticles were tailored to ensure the desired printability and electrochromic performance. The developed nanomaterials with specified structures effectively improved the electrochemical response of printed films, resulting in 2.5 times higher optical modulation and 2 times faster coloration time when compared with pure amorphous films. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available. See DOI: 10.1039/c4nr05765a

  6. Sputter deposited W1-x-yNixTiyO3 thin films: Electrochromic properties and durability

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    Morales-Luna, M.; Arvizu, M. A.; Granqvist, C. G.; Niklasson, G. A.

    2016-02-01

    Previous research demonstrated that a small amount of nickel enhances the coloration efficiency of tungsten-nickel oxide electrochromic (EC) thin films with respect to that of pure tungsten oxide (WO3) films. Furthermore the incorporation of titanium gives an improvement in the durability of tungsten-titanium oxide EC thin films. In this work we investigated the EC performance of tungsten-nickel-titanium oxide (W1-x-yNixTiyO3) EC thin films with emphasis on durability. The films were deposited on indium tin oxide covered glass by reactive dc sputtering from tungsten, tungsten-titanium alloy and nickel targets. Cyclic voltammetry was performed using 1 M LiClO4 in propylene carbonate as electrolyte. The voltage window was chosen to induce fast degradation of the samples within 80 cycles. Elemental compositions were obtained by Rutherford Backscattering Spectroscopy.

  7. Electrochromic bis(terpyridine)metal complex nanosheets.

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    Takada, Kenji; Sakamoto, Ryota; Yi, Shi-Ting; Katagiri, Shunsuke; Kambe, Tetsuya; Nishihara, Hiroshi

    2015-04-15

    A series of electrochromic metal complex nanosheets comprising 1,3,5-tris(4-(2,2':6',2″-terpyridyl)phenyl)benzene or 1,3,5-tris((2,2':6',2″-terpyridyl)ethynyl)benzene and Fe(2+) or Co(2+) was synthesized. The preparation of multilayered nanosheets was achieved by liquid/liquid interfacial synthesis using an organic ligand solution and an aqueous metal-ion solution. The resultant nanosheet had a flat, smooth morphology and was several hundreds of nanometers thick. Upon its deposition on an indium tin oxide (ITO) electrode, the nanosheet underwent a reversible and robust redox reaction (Fe(3+)/Fe(2+) or Co(2+)/Co(+)) accompanied by a distinctive color change. Electrochromism was achieved in a solidified device composed of the nanosheet, a pair of ITO electrodes, and a polymer-supported electrolyte. The combination of Fe(2+) and Co(2+) nanosheets in one device-deposited on each ITO electrode-demonstrated dual-electrochromic behavior. PMID:25789415

  8. Solid state electrochromic light modulator

    DOEpatents

    Cogan, S.F.; Rauh, R.D.

    1990-07-03

    An all solid-state variable transmission electrochromic device has a source of charge compensating ions. An inorganic oxide counter electrode film which on reduction with the accompanying insertion of the charge compensating ions increases its transmission of light of predetermined wavelength is separated from a primary electrochromic film which on reduction with the accompanying insertion of the charge compensating ions decreases its transmission of light of predetermined wavelength by an insulating electrolyte film that transports the charge compensating ions. First and second electrodes are contiguous with the inorganic oxide counter electrode film and the primary electrochromic film, respectively, and separated by the three films. 4 figs.

  9. Solid state electrochromic light modulator

    DOEpatents

    Cogan, Stuart F.; Rauh, R. David

    1993-12-07

    An all solid-state variable transmission electrochromic device has a source of charge compensating ions. An inorganic oxide counterelectrode film which on reduction with the accompanying insertion of the charge compensating ions increases its transmission of light of predetermined wavelength is separated from a primary electrochromic film which on reduction with the accompanying insertion of the charge compensating ions decreases its transmission of light of predetermined wavelength by an insulating electrolyte film that transports the charge compensating ions. First and second electrodes are contiguous with the inorganic oxide counter electrode film and the primary electrochromic film, respectively, and separated by the three films.

  10. Solid state electrochromic light modulator

    DOEpatents

    Cogan, Stuart F.; Rauh, R. David

    1993-01-01

    An all solid-state variable transmission electrochromic device has a source of charge compensating ions. An inorganic oxide counterelectrode film which on reduction with the accompanying insertion of the charge compensating ions increases its transmission of light of predetermined wavelength is separated from a primary electrochromic film which on reduction with the accompanying insertion of the charge compensating ions decreases its transmission of light of predetermined wavelength by an insulating electrolyte film that transports the charge compensating ions. First and second electrodes are contiguous with the inorganic oxide counter electrode film and the primary electrochromic film, respectively, and separated by the three films.

  11. Solid state electrochromic light modulator

    DOEpatents

    Cogan, Stuart F.; Rauh, R. David

    1990-01-01

    An all solid-state variable transmission electrochromic device has a source of charge compensating ions. An inorganic oxide counterelectrode film which on reduction with the accompanying insertion of the charge compensating ions increases its transmission of light of predetermined wavelength is separated from a primary electrochromic film which on reduction with the accompanying insertion of the charge compensating ions decreases its transmission of light of predetermined wavelength by an insulating electrolyte film that transports the charge compensating ions. First and second electrodes are contiguous with the inorganic oxide counter electrode film and the primary electrochromic film, respectively, and separated by the three films.

  12. Optical and structural properties of sol gel made Ce/Ti/Zr mixed oxide thin films as transparent counter electrode for electrochromic devices

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    Ghodsi, F. E.; Tepehan, F. Z.; Tepehan, G. G.

    2008-09-01

    Ce/Ti/Zr mixed oxide thin films were prepared using sol-gel process with mole ratios from 45/5 to 5/45 of Ti/Zr and 50 of Ce and deposited by dip coating technique. Optical, electrochromic, and structural properties of such films were investigated. The thickness, refractive index, and extinction coefficient of the films were calculated through transmission and reflection measurement by an nkd spectrophotometer. The surface morphology and structural behaviors of the films were characterized by atomic force microscopy and X-ray diffraction. Cyclic voltammetry measurements also were used to study electrochromic properties of these films. The best counter electrode Ce/Ti/Zr oxide thin film is achieved for the sample with a mole ratio of 40/10 of Ti/Zr. The ratio between anodic and cathodic charge is about 0.95 for this sample with a surface roughness of 1.8 nm.

  13. High-performance flexible electrochromic device based on facile semiconductor-to-metal transition realized by WO3·2H2O ultrathin nanosheets

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    Liang, Lin; Zhang, Jiajia; Zhou, Yingying; Xie, Junfeng; Zhang, Xiaodong; Guan, Meili; Pan, Bicai; Xie, Yi

    2013-01-01

    Ultrathin nanosheets are considered as one kind of the most promising candidates for the fabrication of flexible electrochromic devices (ECDs) due to their permeable channels, high specific surface areas, and good contact with the substrate. Herein, we first report the synthesis of large-area nanosheets of tungsten oxide dihydrate (WO3·2H2O) with a thickness of only about 1.4 nm, showing much higher Li+ diffusion coefficients than those of the bulk counterpart. The WO3·2H2O ultrathin nanosheets are successfully assembled into the electrode of flexible electrochromic device, which exhibits wide optical modulation, fast color-switching speed, high coloration efficiency, good cyclic stability and excellent flexibility. Moreover, the electrochromic mechanism of WO3·2H2O is further investigated by first-principle density functional theory (DFT) calculations, in which the relationship between structural features of ultrathin nanosheets and coloration/bleaching response speed is revealed. PMID:23728489

  14. Electrochromic Li sub x WO sub 3 /polymer laminate/Li sub y V sub 2 O sub 5 device: toward an all-solid-state smart window

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    Andersson, A.M.; Granqvist, C.G. ); Stevens, J.

    1989-08-15

    We introduce a laminate two-layer approach to electrochromic smart windows. It incorporates two glass panes, each having a two-layer coating, laminated by a transparent adhesive solid polymer electrolyte. Each coating has a transparent conducting base layer (In{sub 2}O{sub 3}:Sn) and a top layer of an ion-insertion compound (based on WO{sub 3} or V{sub 2}O{sub 5}). The layers were made by evaporation or sputtering. Cyclic voltammetry in liquid electrolytes and spectrophotometry were used to characterize the layers. A novel electrolyte was developed: it comprised a methyl methacrylate network incorporating poly(propylene glycol) complexed with lithium perchlorate. Initial optical data are reported for laminated devices having an active electrochromic Li{sub {ital x}}WO{sub 3} layer and a passive Li{sub {ital y}}V{sub 2}O{sub 5} counter electrode.

  15. Electrochromism of non-stoichiometric NiO thin film: as single layer and in full device

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    Da Rocha, M.; Rougier, A.

    2016-04-01

    Electrochromic properties, known as a reversible modulation of the optical properties under an applied voltage, of NiO thin films are discussed in respect of the film stoichiometry. Using radio-frequency magnetron sputtering, non-stoichiometric "NiO" thin films of good crystallinity were grown at room temperature from low oxygen partial pressure [i.e., above 2 % P(O2/Ar + O2)]. A further increase in oxygen partial pressure leads to conductive brownish films containing a large amount of Ni3+. 2 %-Ni1- x O thin films exhibit significant EC performance in lithium-based electrolyte with a transmittance modulation of 25 %. If it is generally accepted that this optical modulation is due to an insertion of small cations, the presence of additional surface phenomena is also shown. The cycling of full device, based on the association of WO3 and "NiO" in temperature up to 60 °C and down to -35 °C confirms expected increase and decrease in capacity while surprisingly the optical switch from a transparent to a neutral gray color appears slightly modified.

  16. Electrochromism in oxyfluoride thin films

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    Azens, A.; Gutarra, A.; Stjerna, B.; Granqvist, C.G.; Gabrusenoks, J.; Lusis, A.

    1994-12-31

    Oxyfluoride films based on W and Ti were prepared by reactive sputtering in plasmas containing O{sub 2} + CF{sub 4}. The deposition rate was large, particularly when chemical sputtering was promoted by heating the target. The films could show large charge insertion/extraction, high coloration efficiency, and good cycling durability. Electrochromic devices have several potential and practical applications in contemporary technology. Among the foremost of these one notes smart windows with variable throughput of radiant energy, anti-dazzling rear-view mirrors for cars and trucks, elements for non-emissive information display, and surfaces for variable thermal emittance. Smart windows technology, that is presently emerging, may have a pervasive and benign influence on building design and management.

  17. Near-infrared reflectance modulation with electrochromic crystalline WO sub 3 films deposited on ambient temperature glass substrates by an oxygen ion-assisted technique

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    Arntz, F.O.; Goldner, R.B.; Morel, B.; Hass, T.E.; Wong, K.K. )

    1990-03-15

    Electrochromic, crystalline WO{sub 3} films have been deposited on glass substrates at ambient temperature by an oxygen-ion-assisted technique using oxygen ion energies {ge}300 eV and oxygen ion to vapor molecule (WO{sub 3}) ratios, {gamma}{ge}2.5. After lithiation, the resulting Li{sub {ital x}}WO{sub 3} films exhibited {gt}50% reflectivity in the near infrared, and the reflectivity dispersion was fit by a Drude free-electron model, yielding the Drude parameters: plasma energy, {ital E}{sub {ital p}}=3.3 eV; and the loss (damping) parameter, {ital E}{sub {Gamma}}=1.0 eV. (The bound electron permittivity, {epsilon}{sub {ital b}}, was fixed at 4.0.) These values are comparable to those obtained with WO{sub 3} films rf sputter deposited onto substrates at temperatures {gt}420 {degree}C. During the ion-assisted deposition the substrate temperature reached approximately 90 {degree}C, caused primarily by radiation from the WO{sub 3} evaporant source. This indicates that economical low-temperature substrates, such as plastics, could be used. These results suggest that practical electrochromic smart windows for energy-efficient buildings might be produced using ion-assisted deposition techniques.

  18. Flexible electrochromic films based on CVD-graphene electrodes.

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    Soo Choi, Dong; Ho Han, Seung; Kim, Hyeongkeun; Hee Kang, So; Kim, Yena; Yang, Cheol-Min; Kim, Tae Young; Ho Yoon, Dae; Seok Yang, Woo

    2014-10-01

    Graphene synthesized via chemical vapor deposition is a notable candidate for flexible large-area transparent electrodes due to its great physical properties and its 2D activated surface area. Electrochromic devices in optical displays, smart windows, etc are suitable applications for graphene when used as a transparent conductive electrode. In this study, various-layer graphene was synthesized via chemical vapor deposition, and inorganic WO(x) was deposited on the layers, which have advantageous columnar structures and W(6+) and W(4+) oxidation states. The characteristics of graphene and WO(x) were verified using optical transmittance, Raman spectroscopy, x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and scanning electron microscopy. The optimum transparent conductive electrode condition for controlling graphene layers was investigated based on the optical density and cyclic voltammetry. Electrochromic devices were fabricated using a three-layer graphene electrode, which had the best optical density. The graphene in the flexible electrochromic device demonstrated a potential for replacing ITO in flexible electronics. PMID:25201016

  19. Tunable electrochromic photonic crystals

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    Kuai, Su-Lan; Bader, Georges; Ashrit, P. V.

    2005-05-01

    Photonic crystals based on the electrochromic phenomenon have been fabricated and proposed for band gap tuning. Electrochromic tungsten trioxide (WO3) inverse opals have been fabricated by polystyrene colloidal crystal templating. The WO3 matrix was obtained through a dip-infiltrating sol-gel process, with subsequent removal of the polymer microspheres by calcination. Scanning electron micrographs confirm the ordering of the hexagonal macroporous structure. The reflection spectra show two pronounced Bragg diffraction peaks. By inserting lithium into the crystals, the first reflection peak shifts gradually toward shorter wavelength for 36 nm, while the second reflection peak shifts toward longer wavelength for about 28 nm. This should be of great interest for photonic device applications.

  20. Source replenishment device for vacuum deposition

    DOEpatents

    Hill, R.A.

    1986-05-15

    A material source replenishment device for use with a vacuum deposition apparatus is described. The source replenishment device comprises an intermittent motion producing gear arrangement disposed within the vacuum deposition chamber. An elongated rod having one end operably connected to the gearing arrangement is provided with a multiarmed head at the opposite end disposed adjacent the heating element of the vacuum deposition apparatus. An inverted U-shaped source material element is releasably attached to the outer end of each arm member whereby said multiarmed head is moved to locate a first of said material elements above said heating element, whereupon said multiarmed head is lowered to engage said material element with the heating element and further lowered to release said material element on the heating element. After vaporization of said material element, second and subsequent material elements may be provided to the heating element without the need for opening the vacuum deposition apparatus to the atmosphere.

  1. Source replenishment device for vacuum deposition

    DOEpatents

    Hill, Ronald A.

    1988-01-01

    A material source replenishment device for use with a vacuum deposition apparatus. The source replenishment device comprises an intermittent motion producing gear arrangement disposed within the vacuum deposition chamber. An elongated rod having one end operably connected to the gearing arrangement is provided with a multiarmed head at the opposite end disposed adjacent the heating element of the vacuum deposition apparatus. An inverted U-shaped source material element is releasably attached to the outer end of each arm member whereby said multiarmed head is moved to locate a first of said material elements above said heating element, whereupon said multiarmed head is lowered to engage said material element with the heating element and further lowered to release said material element on the heating element. After vaporization of said material element, second and subsequent material elements may be provided to the heating element without the need for opening the vacuum deposition apparatus to the atmosphere.

  2. Electrochromic variable transmission optical combiner

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    Draper, Russell S.; Wood, Michael V.; Radmard, Bijan; Mahmud, Ken; Schuler, Peter; Sotzing, Gregory A.; Seshadri, Venkataraman; Mino, Warren; Padilla, Javier; Otero, Tobibio F.

    2005-05-01

    Complementary coloring conducting polymer based electrochromic devices have been designed, fabricated and tested for possible application as a variable attenuation combiner element for a see-through head mounted display or a variable trasnsmissive sand wind dust goggle lens. Electrochromic cells fabricated on both glass and polycarbonate substrates have been demonstrated to meet closely the desired goals of low power consumption, wide transmission range, fast switching speeds and long lifetime. Photopic transmissions of 34% in colored state and 67% in bleached state were achieved in a reproducible manner. The measured switching times are 0.6 sec (colored to bleached state) and 1.9 sec (bleached to colored state). The life cycle testing showed stability up to 92,000 switches. The measured power consumption of the fabricated devices was < 1 mW/cm . The electrochromic technology design effort has identified processes for obtaining the optimum layer thickness and selecting polymers and gel electrolytes necessary to obtain the widest transmission range, fastest switching speed and longest lifetime. Early environmental testing has been performed by subjecting prototype electrochromic cells to temperatures varying from -30°C to + 40°C with the results reported herein. Follow on work includes further optimization of electronic drive schemes as well as field testing of electrochromic lens equipped sand, wind dust goggles.

  3. A nanostructured electrochromic supercapacitor.

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    Wei, Di; Scherer, Maik R J; Bower, Chris; Andrew, Piers; Ryhänen, Tapani; Steiner, Ullrich

    2012-04-11

    We report the first successful application of an ordered bicontinuous double-gyroid vanadium pentoxide network in an electrochromic supercapacitor. The freestanding vanadia network was fabricated by electrodeposition into a voided block copolymer template that had self-assembled into the double-gyroid morphology. The highly ordered structure with 11.0 nm wide struts and a high specific surface to bulk volume ratio of 161.4 μm(-1) is ideal for fast and efficient lithium ion intercalation/extraction and faradaic surface reactions, which are essential for high energy and high power density electrochemical energy storage devices. Supercapacitors made from such gyroid-structured vanadia electrodes exhibit a high specific capacitance of 155 F g(-1) and show a strong electrochromic color change from green/gray to yellow, indicating the capacitor's charge condition. The nanostructuring approach and utilizing an electrode material that has intrinsic electrochemical color-change properties are concepts that can be readily extended to other electrochromic intercalation compounds. PMID:22390702

  4. A highly porous NiO/polyaniline composite film prepared by combining chemical bath deposition and electro-polymerization and its electrochromic performance.

    PubMed

    Xia, X H; Tu, J P; Zhang, J; Wang, X L; Zhang, W K; Huang, H

    2008-11-19

    A highly porous NiO/polyaniline (PANI) composite film was prepared on ITO glass by combining the chemical bath deposition and electro-polymerization methods, successively. The porous NiO film acts as a template for the preferential growth of PANI along NiO flakes, and the NiO/PANI composite film has an intercrossing net-like morphology. The electrochromic performance of the NiO/PANI composite film was investigated in 1 M LiClO(4)+1 mM HClO(4)/propylene carbonate (PC) by means of transmittance, cyclic voltammetry (CV) and chronoamperometry (CA) measurements. The NiO/PANI thin film exhibits a noticeable electrochromism with reversible color changes from transparent yellow to purple and presents quite good transmittance modulation with a variation of transmittance up to 56% at 550 nm. The porous NiO/polyaniline (PANI) composite film also shows good reaction kinetics with fast switching speed, and the response time for oxidation and reduction is 90 and 110 ms, respectively. PMID:21836256

  5. A highly porous NiO/polyaniline composite film prepared by combining chemical bath deposition and electro-polymerization and its electrochromic performance

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    Xia, X. H.; Tu, J. P.; Zhang, J.; Wang, X. L.; Zhang, W. K.; Huang, H.

    2008-11-01

    A highly porous NiO/polyaniline (PANI) composite film was prepared on ITO glass by combining the chemical bath deposition and electro-polymerization methods, successively. The porous NiO film acts as a template for the preferential growth of PANI along NiO flakes, and the NiO/PANI composite film has an intercrossing net-like morphology. The electrochromic performance of the NiO/PANI composite film was investigated in 1 M LiClO4+1 mM HClO4/propylene carbonate (PC) by means of transmittance, cyclic voltammetry (CV) and chronoamperometry (CA) measurements. The NiO/PANI thin film exhibits a noticeable electrochromism with reversible color changes from transparent yellow to purple and presents quite good transmittance modulation with a variation of transmittance up to 56% at 550 nm. The porous NiO/polyaniline (PANI) composite film also shows good reaction kinetics with fast switching speed, and the response time for oxidation and reduction is 90 and 110 ms, respectively.

  6. Zirconium dioxide nanofilled poly(vinylidene fluoride-hexafluoropropylene) complexed with lithium trifluoromethanesulfonate as composite polymer electrolyte for electrochromic devices

    SciTech Connect

    Puguan, John Marc C.; Chinnappan, Amutha; Kostjuk, Sergei V.; Kim, Hern

    2015-09-15

    Highlights: • Successful synthesis of electrolyte by blending PVdF-HFP, ZrO{sub 2} and LiCF{sub 3}SO{sub 3}. • ZrO{sub 2} increased electrolyte conductivity by two orders of magnitude. • ZrO{sub 2} doubled bulk mechanical strength of electrolyte in terms of Young’s modulus. • Electrolytes gave a optimum optical transmittance of 52.6%. - Abstract: Poly(vinylidene fluoride-hexafluoropropylene) (PVdF-HFP) polymer electrolyte containing zirconium dioxide nanocrystals (ZrO{sub 2}-NC) and lithium trifluoromethanesulfonate (LiCF{sub 3}SO{sub 3}) has been synthesized using the conventional solution casting method. The addition of ZrO2-NC into the polymeric substrate gave remarkable properties in terms of the electrolyte’s ionic conductivity as well as its bulk mechanical strength. The enhanced amorphicity of the polymeric substrate due to ZrO{sub 2} and the nanofiller’s high dielectric constant make an excellent combination to increase the ionic conductivity (above 10{sup −4} S cm{sup −1}). Increasing the nanofiller content raises the ionic conductivity of the electrolyte by two orders of magnitude of which the optimum is 2.65 × 10{sup −4} S cm{sup −1} at 13.04 wt% ZrO{sub 2}-NC loading. Also, the Young’s modulus, an indicator of electrolyte’s mechanical stability, dramatically increased to 207 MPa upon loading 13.04 wt% ZrO{sub 2}-NC. Using UV–vis spectroscopy, the electrolytes with 13.04% ZrO{sub 2}-NC scanned from 200–800 nm wavelengths exhibited a maximum optical transmittance of 52.6% at 10 μm film thickness. The enhanced conductivity, high mechanical strength and reasonable optical transmittance shown by our composite polymer electrolyte make an excellent electrolyte for future energy saving smart windows such as electrochromic devices.

  7. Electrochromic nanocrystal quantum dots.

    PubMed

    Wang, C; Shim, M; Guyot-Sionnest, P

    2001-03-23

    Incorporating nanocrystals into future electronic or optoelectronic devices will require a means of controlling charge-injection processes and an understanding of how the injected charges affect the properties of nanocrystals. We show that the optical properties of colloidal semiconductor nanocrystal quantum dots can be tuned by an electrochemical potential. The injection of electrons into the quantum-confined states of the nanocrystal leads to an electrochromic response, including a strong, size-tunable, midinfrared absorption corresponding to an intraband transition, a bleach of the visible interband exciton transitions, and a quench of the narrow band-edge photoluminescence. PMID:11264530

  8. Properties of electrochromic devices made with Nb2O5 and Nb2O5:X (X=Li, Ti, or Mo) as coloring electrode

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    Schmitt, Mike; Aegerter, Michel A.

    1999-10-01

    Electrochromic windows using Nb2O5, Nb2O5- Li2O, Nb2O5-TiO2 and Nb2O5-MoO3 sol-gel layers as cathodic coloring electrodes and CeO2- TiO2 as anodic ion-storage electrode have been assembled and tested. In agreement with a theoretical estimation, the switching behavior of these devices is strongly dependent on the difference between the internal potential of the electrochromic and the ion-storage electrodes. Only the configuration using a Nb2O5-MoO3 layer enters in consideration for long-time switching within the safe voltage range -2.5 V < V < +2.5 V. All other cells require larger negative potentials. The 8 X 4 cm2 devices built with Nb2O5:Mo are transparent with a slightly yellow color in the bleached state (+2.5 V) and dark gray in the colored state (-2.5 V). For a fixed thickness of the EC electrode (180 nm) the photopic transmittance increases with the thickness of the ion storage layer dIS in agreement with the model prediction. It reaches a maximum of ca. 0.3, corresponding to a Li+ intercalated charge density of 18 mC/cm2. For dIS is congruent to 950 nm, such devices are stable up to at least 12,000 cycles under potentiostatic cycling between +/- 2.5 V, 120 s.

  9. A monolithic thin film electrochromic window

    SciTech Connect

    Goldner, R.B.; Arntz, F.O.; Berera, G.; Haas, T.E.; Wong, K.K. . Electro-Optics Technology Center); Wei, G. ); Yu, P.C. )

    1991-01-01

    Three closely related thin film solid state ionic devices that are potentially important for applications are: electrochromic smart windows, high energy density thin film rechargeable batteries, and thin film electrochemical sensors. Each usually has at least on mixed ion/electron conductor, an electron-blocking ion conductor, and an ion-blocking electron conductor, and many of the technical issues associated with thin film solid state ionics are common to all three devices. Since the electrochromic window has the added technical requirement of electrically-controlled optical modulation, (over the solar spectrum), and since research at the authors' institution has focused primarily on the window structure, this paper will address the electrochromic window, and particularly a monolithic variable reflectivity electrochromic window, as an illustrative example of some of the challenges and opportunities that are confronting the thin film solid state ionics community. 33 refs.

  10. A monolithic thin film electrochromic window

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    Goldner, R.B.; Arntz, F.O.; Berera, G.; Haas, T.E.; Wong, K.K.; Wei, G.; Yu, P.C.

    1991-12-31

    Three closely related thin film solid state ionic devices that are potentially important for applications are: electrochromic smart windows, high energy density thin film rechargeable batteries, and thin film electrochemical sensors. Each usually has at least on mixed ion/electron conductor, an electron-blocking ion conductor, and an ion-blocking electron conductor, and many of the technical issues associated with thin film solid state ionics are common to all three devices. Since the electrochromic window has the added technical requirement of electrically-controlled optical modulation, (over the solar spectrum), and since research at the authors` institution has focused primarily on the window structure, this paper will address the electrochromic window, and particularly a monolithic variable reflectivity electrochromic window, as an illustrative example of some of the challenges and opportunities that are confronting the thin film solid state ionics community. 33 refs.

  11. A review of electrochromic window performance factors

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    Selkowitz, S.E.; Rubin, M.; Lee, E.S.; Sullivan, R.; Finlayson, E.; Hopkins, D.

    1994-04-01

    The performance factors which will influence the market acceptance of electrochromic windows are reviewed. A set of data representing the optical properties of existing and foreseeable electrochromic window devices was generated. The issue of reflective versus absorbing electrochromics was explored. This data was used in the DOE 2.1 building energy model to calculate the expected energy savings compared to conventional glazings. The effects of several different control strategies were tested. Significant energy and peak electric demand benefits were obtained for some electrochromic types. Use of predictive control algorithms to optimize cooling control may result in greater energy savings. Initial economic results considering annual savings, cooling equipment cost savings, and electrochromic window costs are presented. Calculations of thermal and visual comfort show additional benefits from electrochromics but more work is needed to quantify their importance. The design freedom and aesthetic possibilities of these dynamic glazings should provide additional market benefits, but their impact is difficult to assess at this time. Ultimately, a full assessment of the market viability of electrochromics must consider the impacts of all of these issues.

  12. Preparation and properties of all-solid-state inorganic thin film glass/ITO/WO3/LiNbO3/NiOx/ITO electrochromic device

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    Wu, Zhonghou; Diao, Xungang; Dong, Guobo

    2016-01-01

    The all-thin-film inorganic electrochromic device (ECD) with LiNbO3 as the ion conductor layer was prepared. The ECD was fabricated monolithically in a same vacuum chamber layer by layer using DC reactive sputtering for WO3, NiOx and ITO, and radio frequency (RF) sputtering for LiNbO3. The properties and performance of WO3 thin film and the ECD were studied through X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), and ultraviolet-visible spectrometry. WO3 thin film has more than 60% optical modulation with porous amorphous structure. The visible transmittance modulation of the ECD is more than 65%, and the response time of coloring and bleaching are 45 s and 25 s, respectively.

  13. Deposition Diagnostics for Next-step Devices

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    C.H. Skinner; A.L. Roquemore; the NSTX team; A. Bader; W.R. Wampler

    2004-06-15

    The scale-up of deposition in next-step devices such as ITER will pose new diagnostic challenges. Codeposition of hydrogen with carbon needs to be characterized and understood in the initial hydrogen phase in order to mitigate tritium retention and qualify carbon plasma facing components for DT operations. Plasma facing diagnostic mirrors will experience deposition that is expected to rapidly degrade their reflectivity, posing a new challenge to diagnostic design. Some eroded particles will collect as dust on interior surfaces and the quantity of dust will be strictly regulated for safety reasons - however diagnostics of in-vessel dust are lacking. We report results from two diagnostics that relate to these issues. Measurements of deposition on NSTX with 4 Hz time resolution have been made using a quartz microbalance in a configuration that mimics that of a typical diagnostic mirror. Often deposition was observed immediately following the discharge suggesting that diagnostic shutters should be closed as soon as possible after the time period of interest. Material loss was observed following a few discharges. A novel diagnostic to detect surface particles on remote surfaces was commissioned on NSTX.

  14. Electrochromic Windows: Advanced Processing Technology

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    SAGE Electrochromics, Inc

    2006-12-13

    This project addresses the development of advanced fabrication capabilities for energy saving electrochromic (EC) windows. SAGE EC windows consist of an inorganic stack of thin films deposited onto a glass substrate. The window tint can be reversibly changed by the application of a low power dc voltage. This property can be used to modulate the amount of light and heat entering buildings (or vehicles) through the glazings. By judicious management of this so-called solar heat gain, it is possible to derive significant energy savings due to reductions in heating lighting, and air conditioning (HVAC). Several areas of SAGE’s production were targeted during this project to allow significant improvements to processing throughput, yield and overall quality of the processing, in an effort to reduce the cost and thereby improve the market penetration. First, the overall thin film process was optimized to allow a more robust set of operating points to be used, thereby maximizing the yield due to the thin film deposition themselves. Other significant efforts aimed at improving yield were relating to implementing new procedures and processes for the manufacturing process, to improve the quality of the substrate preparation, and the quality of the IGU fabrication. Furthermore, methods for reworking defective devices were developed, to enable devices which would otherwise be scrapped to be made into useful product. This involved the in-house development of some customized equipment. Finally, the improvements made during this project were validated to ensure that they did not impact the exceptional durability of the SageGlass® products. Given conservative estimates for cost and market penetration, energy savings due to EC windows in residences in the US are calculated to be of the order 0.026 quad (0.026×1015BTU/yr) by the year 2017.

  15. Sulfonic Acid- and Lithium Sulfonate-Grafted Poly(Vinylidene Fluoride) Electrospun Mats As Ionic Liquid Host for Electrochromic Device and Lithium-Ion Battery.

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    Zhou, Rui; Liu, Wanshuang; Leong, Yew Wei; Xu, Jianwei; Lu, Xuehong

    2015-08-01

    Electrospun polymer nanofibrous mats loaded with ionic liquids (ILs) are promising nonvolatile electrolytes with high ionic conductivity. The large cations of ILs are, however, difficult to diffuse into solid electrodes, making them unappealing for application in some electrochemical devices. To address this issue, a new strategy is used to introduce proton conduction into an IL-based electrolyte. Poly(vinylidene fluoride-co-hexafluoropropylene) (P(VDF-HFP)) copolymer is functionalized with sulfonic acid through covalent attachment of taurine. The sulfonic acid-grafted P(VDF-HFP) electrospun mats consist of interconnected nanofibers, leading to remarkable improvement in dimensional stability of the mats. IL-based polymer electrolytes are prepared by immersing the modified mats in 1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium tetrafluoroborate (BMIM(+)BF4(-)). It is found that the SO3(-) groups can have Lewis acid-base interactions with the cations (BMIM(+)) of IL to promote the dissociation of ILs, and provide additional proton conduction, resulting in significantly improved ionic conductivity. Using this novel electrolyte, polyaniline-based electrochromic devices show higher transmittance contrast and faster switching behavior. Furthermore, the sulfonic acid-grafted P(VDF-HFP) electrospun mats can also be lithiated, giving additional lithium ion conduction for the IL-based electrolyte, with which Li/LiCoO2 batteries display enhanced C-rate performance. PMID:26167794

  16. Thermal Control using Electrochromism

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    Vaidyanathan, Hari; Rao, Gopalakrishna

    1998-01-01

    The applicability of a charge balanced electrochromic device to modulate the frequencies in the thermal infrared region is examined in this study. The device consisted of a transparent conductor, WO3 anode, PMMA/LiClO4 electrolyte, V2O5 cathode and transparent conductor. The supporting structure in the device is SnO2 coated glass and the edges are sealed with epoxy to reduce moisture absorption. The performance evaluation comprised of cyclic voltammetric measurements and determination of transmittance at various wavelengths. The device was subjected to anodic and cathodic polarization by sweeping the potential at a rate of 10 mV/sec from -0.8V to 1.8V. The current versus voltage profile indicated no reaction between -0.5 and +0.5 V. The device is colored green at 1.8V with a transmittance of 5% at a wavelength, lambda=900 nm and colorless at -0.8V with a transmittance of 74% at lambda=500 nm. The optical modulation is limited to 400-1500 nm and there is no activity in the thermal infrared. The switching time is 75 seconds for transmittance to decrease from 74% to 50%. The device yielded reproducible values for transmittance when cycled between colored and bleached states by application of 1.8V and -0.8V, respectively.

  17. Thermal Control Using Electrochromism

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    Vaidyanathan, Hari; Rao, Gopalakrishna

    1998-01-01

    The applicability of a charge balanced electrochromic device to modulate the frequencies in the thermal infra red region is examined in this study. The device consisted of a transparent conductor, WO3 anode, PMMA/LiClO4, electrolyte, V2O5, cathode and transparent conductor. The supporting structure in the device is SnO2 coated glass and the edges are sealed with epoxy to reduce moisture absorption. The performance evaluation comprised of cyclic voltammetric measurements and determination of transmittance at various wavelengths. The device was subjected to anodic and cathodic polarization by sweeping the potential at a rate of 10 mV/sec from -0.8 V to 1.8 V. The current versus voltage profile indicated no reaction between -0.5 and +0.5 V. The device is colored green at 1.8 V with a transmittance of 5% at a wavelength, lambda = 900 nm and colorless at -0.8 V with a transmittance of 74% at X = 500 nm. The optical modulation is limited to 400-1500 nm and there is no activity in the thermal infrared. The switching time is 75 seconds for transmittance to decrease from 74% to 50%. The device yielded reproducible values for transmittance when cycled between colored and bleached states by application of 1.8 V and -0.8 V, respectively.

  18. Thermal Control Using Electrochromism

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    Vaidyanathan, Hari; Rao, Gopalakrishna

    1999-01-01

    The applicability of a charge balanced electrochromic device to modulate the frequencies in the thermal infrared region is examined in this study. The device consisted of a transparent conductor, WO3, anode, PMMA/LiClO4 electrolyte, V2O5 cathode and transparent conductor. The supporting structure in the device is SnO2 coated glass and the edges are sealed with epoxy to reduce moisture absorption. The performance evaluation comprised of cyclic voltammetric measurements and determination of transmittance at various wavelengths. The device was subjected to anodic and cathodic polarization by sweeping the potential at a rate of 10 mV/sec from -0.8V to 1.8V. The current versus voltage profile indicated no reaction between -0.5 and +0.5 V. The device is colored green at 1.8 V with a transmittance of 5% at a wavelength, lambda = 900 nm and colorless at -0.8 V with a transmittance of 74% at lambda = 500 nm. The optical modulation is limited to 400-1500 nm and there is no activity in the thermal infrared. The switching time is a function of temperature and time for coloring reaction was slower than the bleaching reaction. The device yielded reproducible values for transmittance when cycled between colored and bleached states by application of 1.8V and -0.8V, respectively.

  19. Fundamentals of electrochromism in metal oxide bronzes

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    Haas, T.E.; Goldner, R.B.

    1990-12-31

    The phenomenon of electrochromism as described here is clearly a property to be associated with a material. The material must be capable of reversible oxidation and reduction, and have an accompanying spectral change. However, since it requires a chemical change of oxidation state to occur, there must be a corresponding second material to serve as the source/sink of electrons and charge compensating ions. In short, electrochromism is observable only in a device, not in an isolated material. In its essence an electrochromic device is simply a reversible electrochemical cell, consisting of electronic conductors (the wires for an external electronic pathway), two electrodes at which the electron transfer, the oxidation and reduction, takes place, and an ion conducting and electron blocking electrolyte separating the electrode materials. There are numerous ways to combine these fundamental components and the phenomenon of electrochromism into practical devices, several of which will be described in this book. The structure of the so-called smart window has the components of the electrochemical cell assembled in the form of thin films on a transparent substrate, and is intended to be viewed in transmission. The electronic conductors in this case must be transparent, thus are labeled TC (transparent conductor). The electrochromic layer, EC, consists of a material which undergoes the color change giving rise to the electrochromic designation. The ionic conductor, IC, serves as the electrolyte to allow ion transfer and block electron transfer, preventing shorting out of the device and permitting the memory feature of retaining the coloration state upon opening the external circuit of the device. The counterelectrode layer may be either optically passive or may behave in a complementary fashion to the EC layer, e.g., be anodically coloring to the EC layer that cathodically colors. The authors study WO{sub 3} as the electrochromatic material in a smart window application.

  20. Electrochromism in nickel oxide films

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    Wruck, D.A.

    1991-01-01

    Optical absorption in a thin-film nickel oxide electrode depends on the state of charge of the electrode; the effect has been called electrochromism, and it may have practical applications in low-speed light modulation devices. In this dissertation, the physical and chemical processes which lead to the change in optical properties are investigated. Preparation of NiO film electrodes by reactive sputtering of a Ni target in an Ar + O[sub 2] gas mixture is described, and the electrochromic response is correlated to film growth conditions. Structural, electronic, and electrochemical properties of the NiO films are characterized by x-ray diffraction, infrared absorption, x-ray photoemission, optical absorption, electrical conductivity, and electrochemical measurements. It is proposed that the electrochromism results from the adsorption and desorption of protons at the oxygen-rich surface of a granular and porous NiO film. The surface electronic levels are then modified by the presence or absence of the O-H bonds, and the effect on the film electronic properties is discussed. A general discussion is also given of the current-limiting processes at the NiO film electrodes.

  1. Electrochromism of phosphotungstic acid incorporated in titanium alkoxide xerogel films

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    Stangar, U.L.; Orel, B.; Hutchins, M.G.

    1994-12-31

    Electrochromic-ion conductive gels ({sigma} = 1.7 {times} 10{sup {minus}4} S/cm) and thin solid films composed of phosphotungstic acid (PWA) incorporated in titanium oxide xerogel (PWA/Ti = 0.07) were made via the as studied sol-gel route by the dip-coating technique. The electrochromism of the as - deposited film was studied with the help of cyclic voltammetric (CV) measurements in HClO{sub 4} electrolyte, in-situ UV-VIS spectroelectrochemical measurements and ex-situ Near-Grazing Incidence Angle (NGIA) reflection spectroscopy. It was demonstrated that the color change from transparent to blue in the electrolytic cell is about 40 % and is accompanied with effective inserted charges up to 35 mC/cm{sup 2}, giving rise to H{sub x}PW{sub 12}{sup y+}O{sub 40}{sup 3{minus}} species with x = 4.7 and y = 5.6. Ex-situ NGIA FT-IR reflection measurements revealed that proton injection decreases the intensity of the longitudinal optical (LO) modes corresponding to the intra {nu}W-O{sub c}-W and inter {nu}W-O{sub b}-W vibrations of the Keggin`s ions while the {nu}W-O{sub d} modes remain unaffected. An intensity decrease of the LO modes of Ti-O vibrations was also detected in the ex-situ NGIA reflection spectra of cathodically colored pure Ti-xerogel films. It was found that the proton insertion process is accompanied by the hydroxylation of titanate ions, while no such an effect was noted for PWA/Ti and Ti xerogel films aged in water and the corresponding electrolytes without the applied potential. Electrochromic-ionic conductive properties of mixed PWA/Ti gels were demonstrated in a semi-liquid electrochromic cell (EC) with reflectance modulation and electrochromism of PWA/Ti solid films was shown by the in-situ UV-VIS transmittance measurements of an all-solid state device with PWA/Ti/H{sub 3}PO{sub 4} doped polyvinyl alcohol (PVA)/Sb:SnO{sub 2} configuration.

  2. Electrochromism of phosphotungstic acid incorporated in titanium alkoxide xerogel films

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    Stangar, U. L.; Orel, Boris; Hutchins, Michael G.

    1994-09-01

    Electrochromic-ion conductive gels ((sigma) equals 1.7 X 10-4 S/cm) and thin solid films composed of phosphotungstic acid (PWA) incorporated in titanium oxide xerogel (PWA/Ti equals 0.07) were made via the sol-gel route by the dip-coating technique. The electrochromism of the as - deposited film was studied with the help of cyclic voltammetric (CV) measurements in HClO4 electrolyte, in-situ UV-VIS spectroelectrochemical measurements and ex-situ Near-Grazing Incidence Angle (NGIA) reflection spectroscopy. It was demonstrated that the color change from transparent to blue in the electrolytic cell is about 40% and is accompanied with effective inserted charges up to 35 mC/cm2, giving rise to HxPW12y+O403- species with x equals 4.7 and y equals 5.6. Ex-situ NGIA FT-IR reflection measurements revealed that proton injection decreases the intensity of the longitudinal optical (LO) modes corresponding to the intra vW-Oc-W and inter vW-Ob-W vibrations of the Keggin's ions while the vW-Od modes remain unaffected. An intensity decrease of the LO modes of Ti-O vibrations was also detected in the ex-situ NGIA reflection spectra of cathodically colored pure Ti-xerogel films. It was found that the proton insertion process is accompanied by the hydroxylation of titanate ions, while no such an effect was noted for PWA/Ti and Ti xerogel films aged in water and the corresponding electrolytes without the applied potential. Electrochromic-ionic conductive properties of mixed PSA/Ti gels were demonstrated in a semi-liquid electrochromic cell (EC) with reflectance modulation and electrochromism of PWA/Ti solid films was shown by the in- situ UV-VIS transmittance measurements of an all-solid state device with PWA/Ti / H3PO4 doped polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) / Sb:SnO2 configuration.

  3. Electrochromic Windows: Process and Fabrication Improvements for Lower Total Costs

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    Mark Burdis; Neil Sbar

    2007-03-31

    The overall goal with respect to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is to achieve significant national energy savings through maximized penetration of EC windows into existing markets so that the largest cumulative energy reduction can be realized. The speed with which EC windows can be introduced and replace current IGU's (and current glazings) is clearly a strong function of cost. Therefore, the aim of this project was to investigate possible improvements to the SageGlass{reg_sign} EC glazing products to facilitate both process and fabrication improvements resulting in lower overall costs. The project was split into four major areas dealing with improvements to the electrochromic layer, the capping layer, defect elimination and general product improvements. Significant advancements have been made in each of the four areas. These can be summarized as follows: (1) Plasma assisted deposition for the electrochromic layer was pursued, and several improvements made to the technology for producing a plasma beam were made. Functional EC devices were produced using the new technology, but there are still questions to be answered regarding the intrinsic properties of the electrochromic films produced by this method. (2) The capping layer work was successfully implemented into the existing SageGlass{reg_sign} product, thereby providing a higher level of transparency and somewhat lower reflectivity than the 'standard' product. (3) Defect elimination is an ongoing effort, but this project spurred some major defect reduction programs, which led to significant improvements in yield, with all the implicit benefits afforded. In particular, major advances were made in the development of a new bus bar application process aimed at reducing the numbers of 'shorts' developed in the finished product, as well as making dramatic improvements in the methods used for tempering the glass, which had previously been seen to produce a defect which appeared as a pinhole. (4) Improvements have

  4. Electrochromism and electrocatalysis in viologen polyelectrolyte multilayers

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    Stepp, J.; Schlenoff, J.B.

    1997-06-01

    Polyelectrolyte multilayers were constructed from a polyviologen and poly(styrene sulfonate) using an alternating polyion solution deposition technique. In situ absorption spectroscopy showed multilayers to be strongly electrochromic. Oxygen reduction at multilayer-coated conducting glass electrodes was also shown to be facilitated.

  5. Thick CeO2-TiO2 sol-gel coatings for Li-ion storage electrode in electrochromic devices

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    Choi, Kyo-Sook; Heusing, Sabine; Aegerter, Michel A.

    2002-10-01

    CeO2-TiO2 sol-gel coatings are well known as Li-ion storage electrode in electrochromic (EC) devices of the form glass/ TE /WO3/ electrolyte/ CeO2-TiO2/ TE/ glass (TE: transparent electrode, e.g. SnO2:F, FTO). The charge capacity of the CeO2-TiO2 coating is a limiting factor to get a high coloration intensity of such devices. In order to improve the charge capacity of these electrodes, new routes for the preparation of thick porous CeO2-TiO2 sol-gel layers were tested. One route was the preparation of thick porous TiO2 coatings on a conducting glass support (FTO) using a solution of colloidal TiO2 particles. After heat treatment at temperatures up to 550°C the coatings were soaked in a solution of a cerium-IV (Ce(NH4)2(NO3)6) or a cerium-III salt (Ce(NO3)3 6H2O) and heat treated again. Another route was the preparation of sols by mixing a solution of the cerium-IV or cerium-III salt or a colloidal CeO2-sol with the colloidal solution of TiO2. After dip coating on FTO-glass the coatings were also heat treated at temperatures up to 500°C. ALl these coatings were studied electrochemically in 1 M LiC1O4 in propylene carbonate electrolyte. Although thick porous single coatings could be obtained, typically 450 nm for TiO2 and 600 nm for cerium-titanium oxide, the intercalated and deintercalcated Li+ charges remain small and lie in the range of 2 mC/cm2 to 3 mC/cm2. The reasons for such low charge capacity is discussed.

  6. Integrated electrochromic aperture diaphragm

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    Deutschmann, T.; Oesterschulze, E.

    2014-05-01

    In the last years, the triumphal march of handheld electronics with integrated cameras has opened amazing fields for small high performing optical systems. For this purpose miniaturized iris apertures are of practical importance because they are essential to control both the dynamic range of the imaging system and the depth of focus. Therefore, we invented a micro optical iris based on an electrochromic (EC) material. This material changes its absorption in response to an applied voltage. A coaxial arrangement of annular rings of the EC material is used to establish an iris aperture without need of any mechanical moving parts. The advantages of this device do not only arise from the space-saving design with a thickness of the device layer of 50μm. But it also benefits from low power consumption. In fact, its transmission state is stable in an open circuit, phrased memory effect. Only changes of the absorption require a voltage of up to 2 V. In contrast to mechanical iris apertures the absorption may be controlled on an analog scale offering the opportunity for apodization. These properties make our device the ideal candidate for battery powered and space-saving systems. We present optical measurements concerning control of the transmitted intensity and depth of focus, and studies dealing with switching times, light scattering, and stability. While the EC polymer used in this study still has limitations concerning color and contrast, the presented device features all functions of an iris aperture. In contrast to conventional devices it offers some special features. Owing to the variable chemistry of the EC material, its spectral response may be adjusted to certain applications like color filtering in different spectral regimes (UV, optical range, infrared). Furthermore, all segments may be switched individually to establish functions like spatial Fourier filtering or lateral tunable intensity filters.

  7. Performance studies of electrochromic displays

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    Ionescu, Ciprian; Dobre, Robert Alexandru

    2015-02-01

    The idea of having flexible, very thin, light, low power and even low cost display devices implemented using new materials and technologies is very exciting. Nowadays we can talk about more than just concepts, such devices exist, and they are part of an emerging concept: FOLAE (Flexible Organic and Large Area Electronics). Among the advantages of electrochromic devices are the low power consumption (they are non-emissive, i.e. passive) and the aspect like ink on paper with good viewing angle. Some studies are still necessary for further development, before proper performances are met and the functional behavior can be predicted. This paper presents the results of the research activity conducted to develop electric characterization platform for the organic electronics display devices, especially electrochromic displays, to permit a thorough study. The hardware part of platform permits the measuring of different electric and optical parameters. Charging/discharging a display element presents high interest for optimal driving circuitry. In this sense, the corresponding waveforms are presented. The contrast of the display is also measured for different operation conditions as driving voltage levels and duration. The effect of temperature on electrical and optical parameters (contrast) of the display will be also presented.

  8. High-contrast and fast electrochromic switching enabled by plasmonics

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    Xu, Ting; Walter, Erich C.; Agrawal, Amit; Bohn, Christopher; Velmurugan, Jeyavel; Zhu, Wenqi; Lezec, Henri J.; Talin, A. Alec

    2016-01-27

    With vibrant colours and simple, room-temperature processing methods, electrochromic polymers have attracted attention as active materials for flexible, low-power-consuming devices. However, slow switching speeds in devices realized to date, as well as the complexity of having to combine several distinct polymers to achieve a full-colour gamut, have limited electrochromic materials to niche applications. Here we achieve fast, high-contrast electrochromic switching by significantly enhancing the interaction of light—propagating as deep-subwavelength-confined surface plasmon polaritons through arrays of metallic nanoslits, with an electrochromic polymer—present as an ultra-thin coating on the slit sidewalls. The switchable configuration retains the short temporal charge-diffusion characteristics of thinmore » electrochromic films, while maintaining the high optical contrast associated with thicker electrochromic coatings. In conclusion, we further demonstrate that by controlling the pitch of the nanoslit arrays, it is possible to achieve a full-colour response with high contrast and fast switching speeds, while relying on just one electrochromic polymer.« less

  9. High-contrast and fast electrochromic switching enabled by plasmonics

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    Xu, Ting; Walter, Erich C.; Agrawal, Amit; Bohn, Christopher; Velmurugan, Jeyavel; Zhu, Wenqi; Lezec, Henri J.; Talin, A. Alec

    2016-01-01

    With vibrant colours and simple, room-temperature processing methods, electrochromic polymers have attracted attention as active materials for flexible, low-power-consuming devices. However, slow switching speeds in devices realized to date, as well as the complexity of having to combine several distinct polymers to achieve a full-colour gamut, have limited electrochromic materials to niche applications. Here we achieve fast, high-contrast electrochromic switching by significantly enhancing the interaction of light--propagating as deep-subwavelength-confined surface plasmon polaritons through arrays of metallic nanoslits, with an electrochromic polymer--present as an ultra-thin coating on the slit sidewalls. The switchable configuration retains the short temporal charge-diffusion characteristics of thin electrochromic films, while maintaining the high optical contrast associated with thicker electrochromic coatings. We further demonstrate that by controlling the pitch of the nanoslit arrays, it is possible to achieve a full-colour response with high contrast and fast switching speeds, while relying on just one electrochromic polymer.

  10. High-contrast and fast electrochromic switching enabled by plasmonics.

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    Xu, Ting; Walter, Erich C; Agrawal, Amit; Bohn, Christopher; Velmurugan, Jeyavel; Zhu, Wenqi; Lezec, Henri J; Talin, A Alec

    2016-01-01

    With vibrant colours and simple, room-temperature processing methods, electrochromic polymers have attracted attention as active materials for flexible, low-power-consuming devices. However, slow switching speeds in devices realized to date, as well as the complexity of having to combine several distinct polymers to achieve a full-colour gamut, have limited electrochromic materials to niche applications. Here we achieve fast, high-contrast electrochromic switching by significantly enhancing the interaction of light--propagating as deep-subwavelength-confined surface plasmon polaritons through arrays of metallic nanoslits, with an electrochromic polymer--present as an ultra-thin coating on the slit sidewalls. The switchable configuration retains the short temporal charge-diffusion characteristics of thin electrochromic films, while maintaining the high optical contrast associated with thicker electrochromic coatings. We further demonstrate that by controlling the pitch of the nanoslit arrays, it is possible to achieve a full-colour response with high contrast and fast switching speeds, while relying on just one electrochromic polymer. PMID:26814453

  11. High-contrast and fast electrochromic switching enabled by plasmonics

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    Xu, Ting; Walter, Erich C.; Agrawal, Amit; Bohn, Christopher; Velmurugan, Jeyavel; Zhu, Wenqi; Lezec, Henri J.; Talin, A. Alec

    2016-01-01

    With vibrant colours and simple, room-temperature processing methods, electrochromic polymers have attracted attention as active materials for flexible, low-power-consuming devices. However, slow switching speeds in devices realized to date, as well as the complexity of having to combine several distinct polymers to achieve a full-colour gamut, have limited electrochromic materials to niche applications. Here we achieve fast, high-contrast electrochromic switching by significantly enhancing the interaction of light—propagating as deep-subwavelength-confined surface plasmon polaritons through arrays of metallic nanoslits, with an electrochromic polymer—present as an ultra-thin coating on the slit sidewalls. The switchable configuration retains the short temporal charge-diffusion characteristics of thin electrochromic films, while maintaining the high optical contrast associated with thicker electrochromic coatings. We further demonstrate that by controlling the pitch of the nanoslit arrays, it is possible to achieve a full-colour response with high contrast and fast switching speeds, while relying on just one electrochromic polymer. PMID:26814453

  12. Photolithographic patterning of vacuum-deposited organic light emitting devices

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    Tian, P. F.; Burrows, P. E.; Forrest, S. R.

    1997-12-01

    We demonstrate a photolithographic technique to fabricate vacuum-deposited organic light emitting devices. Photoresist liftoff combined with vertical deposition of the emissive organic materials and the metal cathode, followed by oblique deposition of a metal cap, avoids the use of high processing temperatures and the exposure of the organic materials to chemical degradation. The unpackaged devices show no sign of deterioration in room ambient when compared with conventional devices fabricated using low-resolution, shadow mask patterning. Furthermore, the devices are resistant to rapid degradation when operated in air for extended periods. This work illustrates a potential foundation for the volume production of very high-resolution, full color, flat panel displays based on small molecular weight organic light emitting devices.

  13. Electrochromism in surface modified crystalline WO3 thin films grown by reactive DC magnetron sputtering

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    Karuppasamy, A.

    2013-10-01

    In the present work, tungsten oxide thin films were deposited at various oxygen chamber pressures (1.0-5.0 × 10-3 mbar) by maintaining the sputtering power density and argon pressure constant at 3.0 W/cm2 and 1.2 × 10-2 mbar, respectively. The role of surface morphology and porosity on the electrochromic properties of crystalline tungsten oxide thin films has been investigated. XRD and Raman studies reveal that all the samples post annealed at 450 ̊C in air for 3.0 h settle in monoclinic crystal system of tungsten oxide (W18O49). Though the phase of material is indifferent to oxygen pressure variations (PO2), morphology and film density shows a striking dependence on PO2. A systematic study on plasma (OES), morphology, optical and electrochromic properties of crystalline tungsten oxide reveal that the films deposited at PO2 of 2.0 × 10-3 mbar exhibit better coloration efficiency (58 cm2/C), electron/ion capacity (Qc: -25 mC/cm2), and reversibility (92%). This is attributed to the enhanced surface properties like high density of pores and fine particulates (100 nm) and to lesser bulk density of the film (ρ/ρo = 0.84) which facilitates the process of intercalation/de-intercalation of protons and electrons. These results show good promise toward stable and efficient crystalline tungsten oxide based electrochromic device applications.

  14. Electrochromic nickel oxide simultaneously doped with lithium and a metal dopant

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    Gillaspie, Dane T; Weir, Douglas G

    2014-04-01

    An electrochromic device comprising a counter electrode layer comprised of lithium metal oxide which provides a high transmission in the fully intercalated state and which is capable of long-term stability, is disclosed. Methods of making an electrochromic device comprising such a counter electrode are also disclosed.

  15. Energy performance analysis of prototype electrochromic windows

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    Sullivan, R.; Rubin, M.; Selkowitz, S.

    1996-12-01

    This paper presents the results of a study investigating the energy performance of three newly developed prototype electrochromic devices. The DOE-2.1 E energy simulation program was used to analyze the annual cooling, lighting, and total electric energy use and peak demand as a function of window type and size. The authors simulated a prototypical commercial office building module located in the cooling-dominated locations of Phoenix, AZ and Miami, FL. Heating energy use was also studied in the heating-dominated location of Madison, WI. Daylight illuminance was used to control electrochromic state-switching. Two types of window systems were analyzed; i.e., the outer pane electrochromic glazing was combined with either a conventional low-E or a spectrally selective inner pane. The properties of the electrochromic glazings are based on measured data of new prototypes developed as part of a cooperative DOE-industry program. The results show the largest difference in annual electric energy performance between the different window types occurs in Phoenix and is about 6.5 kWh/m{sup 2} floor area (0.60 kWh/ft{sup 2}) which can represent a cost of about $.52/m{sup 2} ($.05/ft{sup 2}) using electricity costing $.08/kWh. In heating-dominated locations, the electrochromic should be maintained in its bleached state during the heating season to take advantage of beneficial solar heat gain which would reduce the amount of required heating. This also means that the electrochromic window with the largest solar heat gain coefficient is best.

  16. Synthesis and electrochromic property of single-crystalline V2O5 nanorod arrays by template-based deposition

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    Takahashi, Katsunori; Limmer, Steven J.; Wang, Ying; Cao, Guozhong

    2004-10-01

    Growth and electrochemical and optical properties of single crystalline vanadium pentoxide (V2O5) nanorod arrays were investigated. Vanadium pentoxide nanorod arrays were grown by electrochemical deposition, surface condensation induced by a pH change and sol electrophoretic deposition. Uniformly sized vanadium oxide nanorods with a length of about 10μm and diameters of 100 or 200nm were grown over a large area with near unidirectional alignment. TEM micrographs and electron diffraction patterns of V2O5 nanorods clearly show the single-crystalline nature of nanorods from all three growth routes with a growth direction of [010]. The growth mechanisms of single crystal vanadium pentoxide nanorods have been discussed. The transmittance of nanorod arrays decrease more quickly under applied electric field than sol-gel derived film, which suggests nanorod array electrodes possess significantly improved charge/discharge rate. Electrochemical analysis is proves that nanorod arrays have higher efficiency than sol-gel derived film. The relationships between electrochemical and optical properties, nano and microstructures, and growth mechanisms have been discussed.

  17. High-contrast and fast electrochromic switching enabled by plasmonics

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    Talin, Albert; Xu, Ting; Walter, Erich; Agrawal, Amit; Bohn, Christopher; Velmurugan, Jeyavel; Zhu, Wenqi; Lezec, Henri

    With vibrant colors and simple, room-temperature processing methods, electrochromic polymers have long attracted attention as active materials for flexible, low-power consuming devices such as smart windows and displays. However, despite their many advantages, slow switching speed and complexity of combining several separate polymers to achieve full-color gamut has limited electrochromic materials to niche applications. Here we exploit the enhanced light-matter interaction associated with the deep-subwavelength mode confinement of surface plasmon polaritons propagating in metallic nanoslit arrays coated with ultra-thin electrochromic polymers to build a novel configuration for achieving high-contrast and fast electrochromic switching. The switchable configuration retains the short temporal charge-diffusion characteristics of thin electrochromic films while maintaining the high optical-contrast associated with thicker electrochromic coatings. We further demonstrate that by controlling the pitch of the nanoslit arrays, it is possible to achieve a full-color response with high-contrast and fast switching-speeds while relying on just one electrochromic polymer.

  18. Electrochromic behavior in CVD grown tungsten oxide films

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    Gogova, D.; Iossifova, A.; Ivanova, T.; Dimitrova, Zl; Gesheva, K.

    1999-03-01

    Solid state electrochemical devices (ECDs) for smart windows, large area displays and automobile rearview mirrors are of considerable technological and commercial interest. In this paper, we studied the electrochromic properties of amorphous and polycrystalline CVD carbonyl tungsten oxide films and the possibility for sol-gel thin TiO 2 film to play the role of passive electrode in an electrochromic window with solid polymer electrolyte.

  19. Application issues for large-area electrochromic windows incommercial buildings

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    Lee, Eleanor S.; DiBartolomeo, D.L.

    2000-05-01

    Projections of performance from small-area devices to large-area windows and enterprise marketing have created high expectations for electrochromic glazings. As a result, this paper seeks to precipitate an objective dialog between material scientists and building-application scientists to determine whether actual large-area electrochromic devices will result in significant performance benefits and what material improvements are needed, if any, to make electrochromics more practical for commercial building applications. Few in-situ tests have been conducted with large-area electrochromic windows applied in buildings. This study presents monitored results from a full-scale field test of large-area electrochromic windows to illustrate how this technology will perform in commercial buildings. The visible transmittance (Tv) of the installed electrochromic ranged from 0.11 to 0.38. The data are limited to the winter period for a south-east-facing window. The effect of actual device performance on lighting energy use, direct sun control, discomfort glare, and interior illumination is discussed. No mechanical system loads were monitored. These data demonstrate the use of electrochromics in a moderate climate and focus on the most restrictive visual task: computer use in offices. Through this small demonstration, we were able to determine that electrochromic windows can indeed provide unmitigated transparent views and a level of dynamic illumination control never before seen in architectural glazing materials. Daily lighting energy use was 6-24 percent less compared to the 11 percent-glazing, with improved interior brightness levels. Daily lighting energy use was 3 percent less to 13 percent more compared to the 38 percent-glazing, with improved window brightness control. The electrochromic window may not be able to fulfill both energy-efficiency and visual comfort objectives when low winter direct sun is present, particularly for computer tasks using cathode-ray tube (CRT

  20. Enabling photonic technologies based on electrochromic and photochromic tungsten oxide

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    Chaiken, Joseph; Voss, Ethan; Osman, Joseph M.; Bussjager, Rebecca J.

    2001-07-01

    We present a preliminary study of all-optical switching devices based on the photo and electrochromic behavior of sputtered and sol-gel based tungsten oxide films. While many questions remain unanswered these films show considerable promise for meeting a variety of switching applications. These switching applications complement the optical memory applications we have previously demonstrated. In the present study we have used 488 nm control light to switch 632 nm data light. The films range from about 100 nm to 900 nm in thickness and can be deposited on various substrates. The switching was characterized using single layer films. The switching time is currently submillisecond with incident control powers of just a few tens of milliwatts of control light using a spot size of about ten microns in diameter.

  1. Electrochromic properties of large-area and high-density arrays of transparent one-dimensional β-Ta2O5 nanorods on indium-tin-oxide thin-films

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    Devan, Rupesh S.; Gao, Shun-Yu; Ho, Wei-Der; Lin, Jin-Han; Ma, Yuan-Ron; Patil, Pramod S.; Liou, Yung

    2011-03-01

    We report on the synthesis, crystalline structure, and electrochromic properties of transparent one-dimensional (1D) orthorhombic (β) Ta2O5 nanorods grown in a large-area high-density array. The transparent 1D β-Ta2O5 nanorod array was synthesized on a conducting indium-tin-oxide thin-film via hot-filament metal-oxide vapor deposition. The array contained ˜1900 β-Ta2O5 nanorods per square micrometer, which were on average, ˜17 nm wide and ˜300 nm long. The good coloration/bleaching cycles, large ion-diffusion coefficient (˜2.35×10-8 cm2/s), and high reversibility (˜79.8%) demonstrate that the 1D β-Ta2O5 nanorods to be a potential electrochromic material for electrochromic devices or smart windows.

  2. Large-scale fabrication of pseudocapacitive glass windows that combine electrochromism and energy storage.

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    Yang, Peihua; Sun, Peng; Chai, Zhisheng; Huang, Langhuan; Cai, Xiang; Tan, Shaozao; Song, Jinhui; Mai, Wenjie

    2014-10-27

    Multifunctional glass windows that combine energy storage and electrochromism have been obtained by facile thermal evaporation and electrodeposition methods. For example, WO3 films that had been deposited on fluorine-doped tin oxide (FTO) glass exhibited a high specific capacitance of 639.8 F g(-1). Their color changed from transparent to deep blue with an abrupt decrease in optical transmittance from 91.3% to 15.1% at a wavelength of 633 nm when a voltage of -0.6 V (vs. Ag/AgCl) was applied, demonstrating its excellent energy-storage and electrochromism properties. As a second example, a polyaniline-based pseudocapacitive glass was also developed, and its color can change from green to blue. A large-scale pseudocapacitive WO3-based glass window (15×15 cm(2)) was fabricated as a prototype. Such smart pseudocapacitive glass windows show great potential in functioning as electrochromic windows and concurrently powering electronic devices, such as mobile phones or laptops. PMID:25212514

  3. Electrochromic window with high reflectivity modulation

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    Goldner, Ronald B.; Gerouki, Alexandra; Liu, Te-Yang; Goldner, Mark A.; Haas, Terry E.

    2000-01-01

    A multi-layered, active, thin film, solid-state electrochromic device having a high reflectivity in the near infrared in a colored state, a high reflectivity and transmissivity modulation when switching between colored and bleached states, a low absorptivity in the near infrared, and fast switching times, and methods for its manufacture and switching are provided. In one embodiment, a multi-layered device comprising a first indium tin oxide transparent electronic conductor, a transparent ion blocking layer, a tungsten oxide electrochromic anode, a lithium ion conducting-electrically resistive electrolyte, a complimentary lithium mixed metal oxide electrochromic cathode, a transparent ohmic contact layer, a second indium oxide transparent electronic conductor, and a silicon nitride encapsulant is provided. Through elimination of optional intermediate layers, simplified device designs are provided as alternative embodiments. Typical colored-state reflectivity of the multi-layered device is greater than 50% in the near infrared, bleached-state reflectivity is less than 40% in the visible, bleached-state transmissivity is greater than 60% in the near infrared and greater than 40% in the visible, and spectral absorbance is less than 50% in the range from 0.65-2.5 .mu.m.

  4. Evaporant feed device facilitates flash vapor deposition process in vacuum

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    Hermann, W. A.; Stirn, R. J.

    1967-01-01

    Mechanism using a helix sequentially feeds prescribed amounts of metal charges into an evaporation boat used for flash vapor deposition of the evaporants onto a substrate in a vacuum chamber. The helix is advanced by external manual controls extending through sealed feed- through devices into the chamber wall.

  5. A wide-gap a-SiC:H PV-powered electrochromic window coating

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    Gao, W.; Lee, S.H.; Xu, Y.; Benson, D.K.; Deb, S.K.; Branz, H.M.

    1998-09-01

    The authors report on the first monolithic, amorphous-silicon-based, photovoltaic-powered electrochromic window coating. The coating employs a wide bandgap a-Si{sub 1{minus}x}C{sub x}:H n-i-p photovoltaic (PV) cell as a semitransparent power supply, and a Li{sub y}WO{sub 3}/LiAlF{sub 4}/V{sub 2}O{sub 5} electrochromic (EC) device as an optical-transmittance modulator. The EC device is deposited directly on top of a PV cell that coats a glass substrate. The a-Si{sub 1{minus}x}C{sub x}:H PV cell has a Tauc gap of 2.2 eV and a transmittance of 60--80% over a large portion of the visible light spectrum. The authors reduced the thickness of the device to about 600 {angstrom} while maintaining a 1-sun open-circuit voltage of 0.9 V and short-circuit current of 2 mA/cm{sup 2}. The prototype 16 cm{sup 2} PV/EC device modulates the transmittance by more than 60% over a large portion of the visible spectrum. The coloring and bleaching times of the EC device are approximately 1 minute under normal operating conditions ({+-} 1 volt). A brief description of photoelectrochromic windows study is also given.

  6. Multiplexed electrospray deposition for protein microarray with micromachined silicon device

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    Bhatnagar, Parijat

    2007-07-01

    Multiplexed electrospray deposition device capable of delivering picoliter volumes made by silicon micromachining technology has been developed as a deposition tool for making protein microarrays in a noncontact mode. Upon application of potential difference in the range of 7-9kV, biomolecules dissolved in suitable buffer with nonionic surfactant and loaded on the electrospray tips were dispensed on the substrate with microfabricated hydrogel features (1-10μm) in cone-jet mode. Schiff base chemistry followed by reductive amination was utilized for covalent immobilization.

  7. Electrochromic sun control coverings for windows

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    Benson, D K; Tracy, C E

    1990-04-01

    The 2 billion square meters (m{sup 2}) of building windows in the United States cause a national energy drain almost as large as the energy supply of the Alaskan oil pipeline. Unlike the pipeline, the drain of energy through windows will continue well into the 21st century. A part of this energy drain is due to unwanted sun gain through windows. This is a problem throughout the country in commercial buildings because they generally require air conditioning even in cold climates. New commercial windows create an additional 1600 MW demand for peak electric power in the United States each year. Sun control films, widely used in new windows and as retrofits to old windows, help to mitigate this problem. However, conventional, static solar control films also block sunlight when it is wanted for warmth and daylighting. New electrochromic, switchable, sun-gain-control films now under development will provide more nearly optimal and automatic sun control for added comfort, decreased building operating expense, and greater energy saving. Switchable, electrochromic films can be deposited on polymers at high speeds by plasma enhanced chemical vapor deposition (PECVD) in a process that may be suitable for roll coating. This paper describes the electrochromic coatings and the PECVD processes, and speculates about their adaptability to high-speed roll coating. 8 refs., 3 figs.

  8. High optical switching speed and flexible electrochromic display based on WO3 nanoparticles with ZnO nanorod arrays' supported electrode

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    Wang, Mingjun; Fang, Guojia; Yuan, Longyan; Huang, Huihui; Sun, Zhenhua; Liu, Nishuang; Xia, Shanhong; Zhao, Xingzhong

    2009-05-01

    The electrochromic (EC) property of WO3 nanoparticles grown on vertically self-aligned ZnO nanorods (ZNRs) is reported. An electrochromic character display based on WO3 nanoparticle-modified ZnO nanorod arrays on a flexible substrate has been fabricated and demonstrated. The ZNRs were first synthesized on ZnO-seed-coated In2O3:Sn (ITO) glass (1 cm2 cell) and polyethylene terephthalate (PET) (4 cm2 cell) substrates by a low temperature hydrothermal method, and then amorphous WO3 nanoparticles were grown directly on the surface of the ZNRs by the pulsed laser deposition (PLD) method. The ZNR-based EC device shows high transparence, good electrochromic stability and fast switching speed (4.2 and 4 s for coloration and bleaching, respectively, for a 1 cm2 cell). The good performance of the ZNR electrode-based EC display can be attributed to the large surface area, high crystallinity and good electron transport properties of the ZNR arrays. Its high contrast, fast switching, good memory and flexible characteristics indicate it is a promising candidate for flexible electrochromic displays or electronic paper.

  9. Improvement in electrochromic stability of electrodeposited nickel hydroxide thin film

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    Natarajan, C.; Matsumoto, H.; Nogami, G.

    1997-01-01

    The electrochromic nickel hydroxide thin film was anodically deposited from an aqueous solution. The effect of solution temperature, postheat-treatment temperature, and addition of cadmium on the electrochromic behavior (color/bleach durability cycle, response time, and coloration efficiency of the nickel hydroxide films in NaOH) were investigated. A significant increase in the color/bleach durability cycle from 500 (for the as-deposited film) to more than 5000 cycles (for the heat-treated film) was observed. The addition of cadmium increased the utilization of the active materials. It was found that the coloration efficiency was 40 cm{sup 2}/C and coloration and bleaching response time were 20 to 30 s and 8 to 10 s, respectively. The change in the electrochromic properties with heat-treatment temperature is discussed based on the physical and electrochemical analysis.

  10. Deposition of device quality low H content, amorphous silicon films

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    Mahan, A.H.; Carapella, J.C.; Gallagher, A.C.

    1995-03-14

    A high quality, low hydrogen content, hydrogenated amorphous silicon (a-Si:H) film is deposited by passing a stream of silane gas (SiH{sub 4}) over a high temperature, 2,000 C, tungsten (W) filament in the proximity of a high temperature, 400 C, substrate within a low pressure, 8 mTorr, deposition chamber. The silane gas is decomposed into atomic hydrogen and silicon, which in turn collides preferably not more than 20--30 times before being deposited on the hot substrate. The hydrogenated amorphous silicon films thus produced have only about one atomic percent hydrogen, yet have device quality electrical, chemical, and structural properties, despite this lowered hydrogen content. 7 figs.

  11. Deposition of device quality low H content, amorphous silicon films

    DOEpatents

    Mahan, Archie H.; Carapella, Jeffrey C.; Gallagher, Alan C.

    1995-01-01

    A high quality, low hydrogen content, hydrogenated amorphous silicon (a-Si:H) film is deposited by passing a stream of silane gas (SiH.sub.4) over a high temperature, 2000.degree. C., tungsten (W) filament in the proximity of a high temperature, 400.degree. C., substrate within a low pressure, 8 mTorr, deposition chamber. The silane gas is decomposed into atomic hydrogen and silicon, which in turn collides preferably not more than 20-30 times before being deposited on the hot substrate. The hydrogenated amorphous silicon films thus produced have only about one atomic percent hydrogen, yet have device quality electrical, chemical, and structural properties, despite this lowered hydrogen content.

  12. [Analysis of surface deposits on intrauterine contraceptive devices].

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    Yuan, W R

    1983-08-01

    The surface deposits on stainless steel contraceptive devices removed from the uterus after various periods of insertion were examined and analyzed by means of scanning electron microscopy, X-ray energy dispersive analysis, Augar electron spectroscopy, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, transmission electron microscopy and atomic absorption spectrophotometer for microquantitative analysis. The data obtained were compared with those of copper-bearing IUDs (TCu 200) obtained by the same methods. The wire coils of stainless steel IUDs which had been in situ for 5 years showed on evident changes but the copper wire coils of the same duration showed varying degrees of erosion. The analysis clearly showed that the wire coils of both types of IUDs were encrusted with deposit. Deposition began on copper-bearing IUDs earlier than on stainless steel IUDs (27 days and 3 months after insertion, respectively). This process began earlier than was reported in other literature. The amount of deposits increased with the time of insertion, but there were great individual variations. Through the above mentioned microanalysis, it was found that the principal composition of the deposition both types of IUDs was calcium and existed in the crystal form of calcium carbonate. The substance attaching to the crystals were very likely nitrogenous organic compounds. Regarding the mechanism of the deposit formation, the authors suggest that it may be similar to that of calculus. The influence of the deposits on the complications of IUD insertion, such as uterine bleeding and unwanted pregnancy, is discussed briefly in this article should be studied for further details. PMID:12267397

  13. Analysis of surface deposits on intrauterine contraceptive devices.

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    Yuan, W; Shen, H; Lu, J; Fan, J

    1986-06-01

    Surface deposits on stainless steel contraceptive devices removed from the uterus after varying periods of insertion were examined and analyzed by means of scanning electron microscopy (SEM), X-ray energy dispersive analysis (XEDA), Augar electron spectroscopy (AES), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and atomic absorption spectrophotometry for microquantitative analysis. The data obtained were compared with the data for copper-bearing IUDs (TCu200) obtained by the same method. The wire coils of stainless steel IUDs which had been in situ for 5 years showed no obvious changes, but copper wire coils showed varying degrees of erosion after the same period of time. Analysis clearly showed that the wire coils of both types of IUD were encrusted with deposits. Deposition began earlier on copper-bearing IUDs than on stainless steel IUDs (27 days and 3 months after insertion, respectively). This process began earlier than has previously been reported in the literature. The amount of deposit increased with duration of insertion, but there were large individual variations. The microanalysis showed that the principal component of the deposit on both types of IUD was calcium, which was present in the crystal form of calcium carbonate. The substances attaching to the crystals were similar to the nitrogenous organic compounds. We suggest that the mechanism regulating the deposited formation may be similar to that of calculus. The influence of these deposits on complications relating to IUD insertion, such as uterine bleeding and accidental pregnancy, is briefly discussed in this article. The subject should be studied in greater detail. PMID:3776746

  14. Electrochromic conjugated polyheterocycles and derivatives--highlights from the last decade towards realization of long lived aspirations.

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    Gunbas, Gorkem; Toppare, Levent

    2012-01-28

    Polymer electrochromism has been considered one of the liveliest branches of conducting polymer research, a tradition continued in the last decade. We have witnessed numerous significant advances, making commercial applications closer than ever. This feature article highlights these advances by separating them into 3 sections. The material design section emphasizes the new molecular structures that have been utilized as electrochromic materials and their promising results. The color control of polymeric electrochromics section focuses on the recent achievements towards realization of full color electrochromic display devices, lastly the advances en route commercial applications section demonstrates how some of the major drawbacks towards commercialization have been successfully addressed. PMID:21986913

  15. CONDENSED MATTER: ELECTRONIC STRUCTURE, ELECTRICAL, MAGNETIC, AND OPTICAL PROPERTIES: Absorption Related to Electrochromism in Cubic Boron Nitride Single Crystals

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    Ren, Ce; Chen, Zhan-Guo; Jia, Gang; Liu, Xiu-Huan; Zhao, Jian-Xun; Wang, Shuang

    2009-06-01

    A unusual electrochromism is observed in amber cubic boron nitride (cBN) single crystals when breakdown possibly related to impurities and defects occurs. The electrochromism induces an abrupt increase in the absorption coefficient of the cBN crystals within the visible and infrared region. The change of the absorption coefficient of cBN crystal can be increased linearly by raising the current after the electrochromism occurs, whereas it is irrelevant to the polarization of the incident light. The absorption related to the electrochromism in the cBN single crystal has potential applications in designing and manufacturing electro-optical modulators, optical switches, and other optoelectric devices.

  16. Influence of vanadium concentration and temperature on the preparation of electrochromic thin films of ammonium intercalated vanadium(V) oxide xerogel nanoribbons.

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    Najdoski, Metodija; Koleva, Violeta; Samet, Aksu

    2014-09-01

    A new and simple chemical method for deposition of thin films of ammonium intercalated V2O5·nH2O xerogels has been designed. The chemical deposition has been performed in aqueous solutions of ammonium metavanadate and acetic acid at temperatures between 50 and 85 °C. Depending on the vanadium concentration and deposition temperature xerogels with different composition have been prepared. The structure, morphology, electrochemical and electrochromic behaviour of the thin films with a composition of (NH4)0.15V2O5·1.3H2O have been examined. The film morphology comprises randomly oriented ribbon-like units (100 nm wide and about 500 nm long) which are composed of aggregated primary smaller particles in the nanoscale region of 50-100 nm. Two relatively stable redox pairs are observed in the cyclic voltammograms which correspond to the two-step electrochromism with colour transformations yellow/green and green/blue. The thin film thickness is found to have strong influence on the transmittance variance as deduced by the optical spectra of the reduced and oxidized states. The best result regarding the transmittance variance of 54% at 400 nm is achieved with thin films with thickness of about 200 nm which makes the prepared films very attractive for application in electrochromic devices. PMID:25006616

  17. Electrochromic & magnetic properties of electrode materials for lithium ion batteries

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    Zheng-Fei, Guo; Kun, Pan; Xue-Jin, Wang

    2016-01-01

    Progress in electrochromic lithium ion batteries (LIBs) is reviewed, highlighting advances and possible research directions. Methods for using the LIB electrode materials’ magnetic properties are also described, using several examples. Li4Ti5O12 (LTO) film is discussed as an electrochromic material and insertion compound. The opto-electrical properties of the LTO film have been characterized by electrical measurements and UV-Vis spectra. A prototype bi-functional electrochromic LIB, incorporating LTO as both electrochromic layer and anode, has also been characterized by charge- discharge measurements and UV-Vis transmittance. The results show that the bi-functional electrochromic LIB prototype works well. Magnetic measurement has proven to be a powerful tool to evaluate the quality of electrode materials. We introduce briefly the magnetism of solids in general, and then discuss the magnetic characteristics of layered oxides, spinel oxides, olivine phosphate LiFePO4, and Nasicon-type Li3Fe2(PO4)3. We also discuss what kind of impurities can be detected, which will guide us to fabricate high quality films and high performance devices. Project supported by the National High Technology Research and Development Program of China (Grant No. 2015AA034201) and the Chinese Universities Scientific Fund (Grant No. 2015LX002).

  18. Enhanced electrochromism in gyroid-structured vanadium pentoxide.

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    Scherer, Maik R J; Li, Li; Cunha, Pedro M S; Scherman, Oren A; Steiner, Ullrich

    2012-03-01

    Manufacturing V(2)O(5) in a 3D periodic highly interconnected gyroid structure on the 10 nm length scale is shown to lead to a significant electrochromic performance enhancement. The structured devices surpass previous inorganic electrochromic materials in all relevant parameters: the switching speed, coloration contrast, and composite coloration efficiency. In particular, the 85 ms switching speed lies within a factor of two of video rate. Enhanced ion intercalation into the gyroid morphology can be extended to other transition-metal oxides and is therefore promising for lithium ion batteries, supercapacitors, and sensors. PMID:22287187

  19. Electrochromic Behavior of Ionically Self-Assembled Thin Films

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    Janik, J. A.; Heflin, J. R.; Marciu, D.; Miller, M. B.; Davis, R. M.

    2001-03-01

    Ionically self-assembled monolayers (ISAMs), fabricated by alternate adsorption of cationic and anionic components, yield exceptionally homogeneous thin films with sub-nanometer control of the thickness and relative special location of the component materials. Using organic electrochromic materials such as polyaniline, we report studies of electrochromic responses in ISAM films. Reversible changes in the absorption spectrum are observed with the application of voltages on the order of 1.0 V. Measurements are made using both liquid electrolytes and in all-solid state devices incorporating solid polyelectrolytes such as poly(2-acylamido 2-methyl propane sulfonic acid) (PAMPS).

  20. RYB tri-colour electrochromism based on a molecular cobaloxime.

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    Scherer, Maik R J; Muresan, Nicoleta M; Steiner, Ullrich; Reisner, Erwin

    2013-11-18

    The three oxidation states of Co in a molecular cobaloxime were used to realise an electrochromic device displaying the red, yellow, blue (RYB) set of subtractive primary colours. A facile method for the lithographic patterning of a several micrometre thick indium tin oxide (ITO) mesoporous layer was developed, which served as the scaffold for cobaloxime adsorption. PMID:24056695

  1. Simulation model for electrochromic process in WO3 electrodes by a current step and its application to the smart window systems

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    Wang, Junqiang; Bell, John M.; Skryabin, Igor L.

    1997-10-01

    Voltage-time curves, concentration profiles and surface concentration of lithium for the electrochromic process at WO3 electrodes have been calculated using a model based on constant current charge injection into electrochromic WO3. The simulated data agree well with the experimental data for both sol-gel and sputter deposited WO3 films. Parameters such as diffusion coefficient, series resistance and ion mobility can be estimated from theoretical fitting to the experimental data. The results are comparable to those obtained by the AC impedance measurements. The model predicts a higher concentration of Li+ ions in the region near the electrolyte/WO3 interface than in the region far from the interface. For higher diffusion coefficients, a more homogeneous lithium distribution is established in the film at the conclusion of the coloration part of the cycle. This result has significant implications for the long term testing of electrochromic devices, as testing to reflect real device conditions should ensure that bleaching starts when the charge distribution in the device is the same as in a window which has been colored for several hours. It is well known that LixWO3 is not reversible for x greater than 0.4. The contours of diffusion coefficient in charge density-current density plane obtained from the model show that for a given current density a lower diffusion coefficient corresponds to a smaller allowable amount of charge injection for a reversible cycle, while for a given diffusion coefficient a smaller current density allows a larger amount of charge injection. This gives a quantitative way to determine appropriate operational limits for electrochromic devices.

  2. Electrochromic switching in ionically self-assembled nanostructures

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    Janik, Jerzy A.; Heflin, James R.; Marciu, Daniela; Miller, Michael B.; Wang, Hong; Gibson, Harry W.; Davis, Rick M.

    2001-11-01

    Ionically self-assembled monolayers (ISAMs), fabricated by alternate adsorption of cationic and anionic components, yield exceptionally homogeneous thin films with sub- nanometer control of the thickness and relative special location of the component materials. Using organic electrochromic materials such as polyaniline, we report studies of electrochromic responses in ISAM films. Reversible changes in the absorption spectrum are observed with the application of voltages on the order of 1.0 V. Measurements are made using both liquid electrolytes and in all-solid state devices incorporating solid polyelectrolytes such as poly(2-acylamido 2-methyl propane sulfonic acid) (PAMPS). Due to the precise nanometer scale control of thickness and composition of the electrochromic composite system, switching times faster than 50 ms have been demonstrated.

  3. From beads-to-wires-to-fibers of tungsten oxide: electrochromic response

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    Kadam, P. M.; Tarwal, N. L.; Shinde, P. S.; Patil, R. S.; Deshmukh, H. P.; Patil, P. S.

    2009-11-01

    Suitable host lattice and morphology for easy intercalation and deintercalation process are crucial requirements for electrochromic device. In this investigation, the evolution of structural and morphological changes and their effect on electrochromic (EC) properties of spray-deposited WO3 thin films are studied. Films of different morphologies were deposited from an ammonium tungstate precursor solution using a novel pulsed spray pyrolysis technique (PSPT) on tin-doped indium oxide (ITO) coated glass substrates by varying quantity of spraying solution. Interesting morphological transition from beads-to-wires-to-fibers as a function of quantity of sprayed solution has been demonstrated. The porosity, crystallinity and “open” structures in the films consisting of beads, wires, and fiber-like morphology enabled us to correlate these aspects to their EC performance. WO3 films comprising wire-like morphology (20 cc spraying quantity) exhibited better EC properties both in terms of coloration efficiency (42.7 cm2/C) and electrochemical stability (103 colored/bleached cycles) owing to their adequate open structure, porosity, and amorphicity, compared with the films having bead/fiber-like morphology.

  4. Large-Scale Graphene Film Deposition for Monolithic Device Fabrication

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    Al-shurman, Khaled

    Since 1958, the concept of integrated circuit (IC) has achieved great technological developments and helped in shrinking electronic devices. Nowadays, an IC consists of more than a million of compacted transistors. The majority of current ICs use silicon as a semiconductor material. According to Moore's law, the number of transistors built-in on a microchip can be double every two years. However, silicon device manufacturing reaches its physical limits. To explain, there is a new trend to shrinking circuitry to seven nanometers where a lot of unknown quantum effects such as tunneling effect can not be controlled. Hence, there is an urgent need for a new platform material to replace Si. Graphene is considered a promising material with enormous potential applications in many electronic and optoelectronics devices due to its superior properties. There are several techniques to produce graphene films. Among these techniques, chemical vapor deposition (CVD) offers a very convenient method to fabricate films for large-scale graphene films. Though CVD method is suitable for large area growth of graphene, the need for transferring a graphene film to silicon-based substrates is required. Furthermore, the graphene films thus achieved are, in fact, not single crystalline. Also, graphene fabrication utilizing Cu and Ni at high growth temperature contaminates the substrate that holds Si CMOS circuitry and CVD chamber as well. So, lowering the deposition temperature is another technological milestone for the successful adoption of graphene in integrated circuits fabrication. In this research, direct large-scale graphene film fabrication on silicon based platform (i.e. SiO2 and Si3N4) at low temperature was achieved. With a focus on low-temperature graphene growth, hot-filament chemical vapor deposition (HF-CVD) was utilized to synthesize graphene film using 200 nm thick nickel film. Raman spectroscopy was utilized to examine graphene formation on the bottom side of the Ni film

  5. Electrochromic properties of tungsten-titanium oxide films.

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    Chen, Ya-Chi; Lin, Tai-Nan; Chen, Tien-Lai; Li, Yun-Da; Weng, Ko-Wei

    2012-02-01

    The last decade has seen great in electrochromic (EC) technology for smart windows and displays. In this study, WTiOx films formed from TiO2 and WO3 were deposited onto ITO glass with a sheet resistance of 10 Omega cm and on silicon substrates, by pulsed magnetron sputtering using a W and Ti alloy target. The films were deposited at plasma powers 100, 200, 300, 400 and 500 W using a gaseous Ar (150 sccm)/O2 (50 sccm) mixture; the working pressure was fixed at 5E-2 torr. The film thickness increased with the plasma power. However, increasing the plasma power yielded a more crystalline structure with poorer electrochromic properties. The influence of Ti doping and plasma power on the structural, optical and electrochromic properties of the WTiOx thin films was studied. WTiOx films grown at various plasma powers of under 400 W were amorphous. Deposition of films at 400 W yielded the optimal electrochromic properties, with high optical modulation, high coloration efficiency and the lowest color memory effect at wavelengths 400, 550 and 800 nm. An XPS study indicated that Ti can stabilize the valence state of W6+. The improvements caused by the doping with Ti were tested: an optical density (OD) of close to 0.85 and a maximum delta T (%) at 400 nm of 25.8%, at 550 nm of 52.5% and at 800 nm (in the near-IR region) of 62.4%. PMID:22629942

  6. Detailed modeling of microwave energy deposition in EBT devices

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    Batchelor, D.B.; Rasmussen, D.A.; Goldfinger, R.C.

    1983-08-01

    Ray-tracing studies have been combined with a simple wave power balance model to provide a complete, albeit approximate, description of microwave power deposition in the ELMO Bumpy Torus (EBT-I), EBT-Scale (EBT-S), and EBT Proof-of-Principle (EBT-P) devices. Electron cyclotron absorption of ordinary and extraordinary waves by the combined core plasma and relativistic annuli is calculated using a fully relativistic damping package developed for the RAYS geometrical optics code. The rays are traced in finite-beta bumpy cylinder plasma equilibria that are obtained from the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) two-dimensional (2-D) equilibrium code. These results for direct, single-pass absorption are combined with results from a statistical model for the deposition of multiply reflected and mode-converted waves to obtain estimates of the power deposited in the core, surface, and annulus plasma components. Wave absorption by the annuli and by the core components at the fundamental and second harmonic resonances, reflection and Budden tunneling of the extraordinary mode at the right-hand cutoff, and conversion between ordinary and extraordinary modes upon wall reflection are the processes included in the power balance model. Experimental measurements of wave power flux on the cavity wall in EBT-S made with a simple microwave calorimeter are in good agreement with predictions of the model for a variety of operating configurations.

  7. Establishing dual electrogenerated chemiluminescence and multicolor electrochromism in functional ionic transition-metal complexes.

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    Puodziukynaite, Egle; Oberst, Justin L; Dyer, Aubrey L; Reynolds, John R

    2012-01-18

    A combination of electrochromism and electroluminescence in functional materials could lead to single-layer dual electrochromic/electroluminescent (EC/EL) display devices, capable of simultaneous operation in emissive and reflective modes. Whereas such next generation displays could provide optimal visibility in any ambient lighting situation, materials available that exhibit such characteristics in the active layer are limited due to the required intrinsic multifunctionality (i.e., redox activity, electroluminescence, electrochromism, and ion conductivity) and to date can only be achieved via the rational design of ionic transition-metal complexes. Reported herein is the synthesis and characterization of a new family of acrylate-containing ruthenium (tris)bipyridine-based coordination complexes with multifunctional characteristics. Potential use of the presented compounds in EC/EL devices is established, as they are applied as cross-linked electrochromic films and electrochemiluminescent layers in light-emitting electrochemical cell devices. Electrochromic switching of the polymeric networks between yellow, orange, green, brown and transmissive states is demonstrated, and electrochemiluminescent devices based on the complexes synthesized show red-orange to deep red emission with λ(max) ranging from 680 to 722 nm and luminance up to 135 cd/m(2). Additionally, a dual EC/EL device prototype is presented where light emission and multicolor electrochromism occur from the same pixel comprised of a single active layer, demonstrating a true combination of these properties in ionic transition-metal complexes. PMID:22239285

  8. Establishing Dual Electrogenerated Chemiluminescence and Multicolor Electrochromism in Functional Ionic Transition-Metal Complexes

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    Puodziukynaite, Egle; Oberst, Justin L.; Dyer, Aubrey L.; Reynolds, John R.

    2011-12-29

    A combination of electrochromism and electroluminescence in functional materials could lead to single-layer dual electrochromic/electroluminescent (EC/EL) display devices, capable of simultaneous operation in emissive and reflective modes. Whereas such next generation displays could provide optimal visibility in any ambient lighting situation, materials available that exhibit such characteristics in the active layer are limited due to the required intrinsic multifunctionality (i.e., redox activity, electroluminescence, electrochromism, and ion conductivity) and to date can only be achieved via the rational design of ionic transition-metal complexes. Reported herein is the synthesis and characterization of a new family of acrylate-containing ruthenium (tris)bipyridine-based coordination complexes with multifunctional characteristics. Potential use of the presented compounds in EC/EL devices is established, as they are applied as cross-linked electrochromic films and electrochemiluminescent layers in light-emitting electrochemical cell devices. Electrochromic switching of the polymeric networks between yellow, orange, green, brown and transmissive states is demonstrated, and electrochemiluminescent devices based on the complexes synthesized show red-orange to deep red emission with λmax ranging from 680 to 722 nm and luminance up to 135 cd/m². Additionally, a dual EC/EL device prototype is presented where light emission and multicolor electrochromism occur from the same pixel comprised of a single active layer, demonstrating a true combination of these properties in ionic transition-metal complexes.

  9. Establishing Dual Electrogenerated Chemiluminescence and Multi-Color Electrochromism in Functional Ionic Transition Metal Complexes

    SciTech Connect

    Puodziukynaite, Egle; Oberst, Justin L.; Dyer, Aubrey L.; Reynolds, John R.

    2012-01-18

    A combination of electrochromism and electroluminescence in functional materials could lead to single-layer dual electrochromic/electroluminescent (EC/EL) display devices, capable of simultaneous operation in emissive and reflective modes. Whereas such next generation displays could provide optimal visibility in any ambient lighting situation, materials available that exhibit such characteristics in the active layer are limited due to the required intrinsic multifunctionality (i.e., redox activity, electroluminescence, electrochromism, and ion conductivity) and to date can only be achieved via the rational design of ionic transition-metal complexes. Reported herein is the synthesis and characterization of a new family of acrylate-containing ruthenium (tris)bipyridine-based coordination complexes with multifunctional characteristics. Potential use of the presented compounds in EC/EL devices is established, as they are applied as cross-linked electrochromic films and electrochemiluminescent layers in light-emitting electrochemical cell devices. Electrochromic switching of the polymeric networks between yellow, orange, green, brown and transmissive states is demonstrated, and electrochemiluminescent devices based on the complexes synthesized show red-orange to deep red emission with λ{sub max} ranging from 680 to 722 nm and luminance up to 135 cd/m{sup 2}. Additionally, a dual EC/EL device prototype is presented where light emission and multicolor electrochromism occur from the same pixel comprised of a single active layer, demonstrating a true combination of these properties in ionic transition-metal complexes.

  10. High contrast electrochromic iris.

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    Deutschmann, T; Kortz, C; Walder, L; Oesterschulze, E

    2015-11-30

    We present a non-mechanical microiris based on two complementary electrochromic (EC) materials, namely viologens and phenozines, with an almost neutral spectral behavior. Measurements concerning the spectral light transmission, modulation transfer function, and response time validate that the optical performance of the EC-iris is comparable to that of a classical blade iris. The time constant is limited due to diffusive mass transport of the molecules, but can be reduced by a short voltage pulse. The current controlled transmission of the EC-material renders the individual control of each iris segment without crosstalk possible, allowing its usage as tunable spatial filter. PMID:26698777

  11. Subject Responses to Electrochromic Windows

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    Clear, Robert; Inkarojrit, Vorapat; Lee, Eleanor

    2006-03-03

    Forty-three subjects worked in a private office with switchable electrochromic windows, manually-operated Venetian blinds, and dimmable fluorescent lights. The electrochromic window had a visible transmittance range of approximately 3-60%. Analysis of subject responses and physical data collected during the work sessions showed that the electrochromic windows reduced the incidence of glare compared to working under a fixed transmittance (60%) condition. Subjects used the Venetian blinds less often and preferred the variable transmittance condition, but used slightly more electric lighting with it than they did when window transmittance was fixed.

  12. Electrochromic and spectroelectrochemical properties of novel 4,4‧-bipyridilium-TCNQ anion radical complexes

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    Wang, Guoming; Fu, Xiangkai; Deng, Jun; Huang, Xuemei; Miao, Qiang

    2013-07-01

    Three novel electrochromic materials 7,7,8,8-tetracyanoquinodimethane (TCNQ) anion radical salts with substituted 4,4'-bipyridilium derivatives (monosubstituent-4,4'-bipyridilium) were prepared. The structure of the complexes was characterized by Elemental analyses, Solid IR spectra and UV-vis spectroscopy. The electrochromic behaviors and electrooptical properties of the complexes were investigated by cyclic voltammetry and UV-vis absorption spectra. Electrochromic devices based on monosubstituent 4,4'-bipyridilium-TCNQ anion radical salts (abbreviated as MBTS) were fabricated which exhibited green-magenta color change. Their color reversibility was excellent with high color-change efficiency after 1000 cycles of the transmittance and transmittance change.

  13. Stand-alone photovoltaic (PV) powered electrochromic window

    DOEpatents

    Benson, D.K.; Crandall, R.S.; Deb, S.K.; Stone, J.L.

    1995-01-24

    A variable transmittance double pane window includes an electrochromic material that has been deposited on one pane of the window in conjunction with an array of photovoltaic cells deposited along an edge of the pane to produce the required electric power necessary to vary the effective transmittance of the window. A battery is placed in a parallel fashion to the array of photovoltaic cells to allow the user the ability to manually override the system when a desired transmittance is desired. 11 figures.

  14. Stand-alone photovoltaic (PV) powered electrochromic window

    DOEpatents

    Benson, David K.; Crandall, Richard S.; Deb, Satyendra K.; Stone, Jack L.

    1995-01-01

    A variable transmittance double pane window includes an electrochromic material that has been deposited on one pane of the window in conjunction with an array of photovoltaic cells deposited along an edge of the pane to produce the required electric power necessary to vary the effective transmittance of the window. A battery is placed in a parallel fashion to the array of photovoltaic cells to allow the user the ability to manually override the system when a desired transmittance is desired.

  15. Deposited silicon photonics: Optical interconnect devices in polycrystalline silicon

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    Preston, Kyle Jonathan

    Silicon photonics has tremendous potential to provide high-bandwidth and low-power data communication for applications such as computing and telecommunication, over length scales ranging from 100 kilometers over fiber to centimeter-length on-chip waveguides. Many silicon photonic building blocks have been demonstrated to date, but critical work remains to determine the best approaches for integrating together silicon photonics with microelectronics. In this thesis, I explore a novel method for integration of silicon photonics on the CMOS platform by using a deposited material: polycrystalline silicon. I will show the first demonstrations of electrically-active optical filters, modulators, and photodetectors in this material. In principle, this material platform would allow for the integration of silicon photonic devices and systems on top of any substrate, including complex CMOS and memory chips or even glass and plastic substrates. In Chapter 1, I introduce the state-of-the-art in silicon photonics, describe several integration schemes under development, and introduce the idea of using deposited materials. In Chapter 2, I demonstrate the use of polysilicon to make integrated microring resonators, and show the integration of different silicon materials together. Chapter 3 discusses the use of polysilicon as both an optical waveguiding layer and an electrode material in slot waveguides for the application of light emitters. Chapter 4 demonstrates the use of a pump-probe experiment to measure the free carrier lifetime in the material and demonstrate all-optical modulation. In Chapter 5, I demonstrate the first high-speed integrated electro-optic modulator in polysilicon, a necessary device for optical transmitters. In Chapter 6, I show how defects inside the same material enable integrated photodetectors at near-infrared telecommunication wavelengths. Chapter 7 shows initial results in adapting the material processing for lower temperatures, necessary for integration

  16. Electrochromic Variable-Emissivity Surfaces

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    Rauh, R. David; Cogan, Stuart F.

    1988-01-01

    Temperature controlled by altering infrared radiative properties. Infrared emissivity of electrochromically active layer changed by applying voltage to insert or remove Li atoms electrochemically. Change reversible and continuously variable between specified limits of layered structure.

  17. An Electrochromic Tristable Molecular Switch.

    PubMed

    Sun, Junling; Wu, Yilei; Wang, Yuping; Liu, Zhichang; Cheng, Chuyang; Hartlieb, Karel J; Wasielewski, Michael R; Stoddart, J Fraser

    2015-10-28

    A tristable [2]catenane, composed of a macrocyclic polyether incorporating 1,5-dioxynaphthalene (DNP) and tetrathiafulvalene (TTF) units along with a 4,4'-bipyridinium (BIPY(•+)) radical cation as three very different potential recognition sites, interlocked mechanically with the tetracationic cyclophane, cyclobis(paraquat-p-phenylene) (CBPQT(4+)), was synthesized by donor-acceptor templation, employing a "threading-followed-by-cyclization" approach. In this catenane, movement of the CBPQT(4+) ring in its different redox states among these three potential recognition sites, with corresponding color changes, is achieved by tuning external redox potentials. In the starting state, where no external potential is applied, the ring encircles the TTF unit and displays a green color. Upon oxidation of the TTF unit, the CBPQT(4+) ring moves to the DNP unit, producing a red color. Finally, if all the BIPY(2+) units are reduced to BIPY(•+) radical cations, the resulting CBPQT(2(•+)) diradical dication will migrate to the BIPY(•+) unit, resulting in a purple color. These readily switchable electrochromic properties render the [2]catenane attractive for use in electro-optical devices. PMID:26439892

  18. A Naphthalenediimide-Based Metal-Organic Framework and Thin Film Exhibiting Photochromic and Electrochromic Properties.

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    Xie, Yi-Xin; Zhao, Wen-Na; Li, Guo-Chang; Liu, Peng-Fei; Han, Lei

    2016-01-19

    A multifunctional metal-organic framework, NBU-3, has been explored as a 2D three-connected network based on a naphthalenediimide-based ligand. The NBU-3 crystals display photochromic properties, and NBU-3 thin films on FTO substrates exhibit electrochromic properties. NBU-3 is the first example of MOF materials containing both photochromic and electrochromic properties, which can be desirable for thin film devices. PMID:26713454

  19. Technology Advancements to Lower Costs of Electrochromic Window Glazing

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    Mark Burdis; Neil Sbar

    2008-07-13

    An Electrochromic (EC) Window is a solar control device that can electronically regulate the flow of sunlight and heat. In the case of the SageGlass{reg_sign} EC window, this property derives from a proprietary all-ceramic, intrinsically durable thin-film stack applied to an inner surface of a glass double-pane window. As solar irradiation and temperatures change, the window can be set to an appropriate level of tint to optimize the comfort and productivity of the occupants as well as to minimize building energy usage as a result of HVAC and lighting optimization. The primary goal of this project is to replace certain batch processes for EC thin film deposition resulting in a complete in-line vacuum process that will reduce future capital and labor coats, while increasing throughput and yields. This will require key technology developments to replace the offline processes. This project has enabled development of the next generation of electrochromic devices suitable for large-scale production. Specifically, the requirements to produce large area devices cost effectively require processes amenable to mass production, using a variety of different substrate materials, having minimal handling and capable of being run at high yield. The present SageGlass{reg_sign} production process consists of two vacuum steps separated by an atmospheric process. This means that the glass goes through several additional handling steps, including venting and pumping down to go from vacuum to atmosphere and back, which can only serve to introduce additional defects associated with such processes. The aim of this project therefore was to develop a process which would eliminate the need for the atmospheric process. The overall project was divided into several logical tasks which would result in a process ready to be implemented in the present SAGE facility. Tasks 2 and 3 were devoted to development and the optimization of a new thin film material process. These tasks are more complicated

  20. A poly(3,4-ethylenedioxypyrrole)-Au@WO3 -based electrochromic pseudocapacitor.

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    Reddy, B Narsimha; Kumar, P Naresh; Deepa, Melepurath

    2015-02-01

    A poly(3,4-ethylenedioxypyrrole)-gold nanoparticle (Au)-tungsten oxide (PEDOP-Au@WO3 ) electrochromic supercapacitor electrode capable of optically modulating solar energy while simultaneously storing/releasing energy (in the form of charge) was fabricated for the first time. WO3 fibers, 50 to 200 nm long and 20 to 60 nm wide, were synthesized by a hydrothermal route and were electrophoretically deposited on a conducting substrate. Au nanoparticles and PEDOP were coated over WO3 to yield the PEDOP-Au@WO3 hybrid electrode. The inclusion of Au in the hybrid was confirmed by X-ray diffraction, Raman spectroscopy, and energy-dispersive X-ray analyses. The nanoscale electronic conductivity, coloration efficiency, and transmission contrast of the hybrid were found to be significantly greater than those of pristine WO3 and PEDOP. The hybrid showed a high specific discharge capacitance of 130 F g(-1) during coloration, which was four and ten times greater than the capacitance achieved in WO3 or PEDOP, respectively. We also demonstrate the ability of the PEDOP-Au@WO3 hybrid, relative to pristine PEDOP, to perform as a superior counter electrode in a solar cell, which is attributed to a higher work function. The capacitance and redox switching capability of the hybrid decreases insignificantly with cycling, thus establishing the viability of this multifunction hybrid for next-generation sustainable devices such as electrochromic psuedocapacitors because it can concurrently conserve and store energy. PMID:25371375

  1. Dispersion of heavy ion deposited energy in nanometric electronic devices: Experimental measurements and simulation possibilities

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    Raine, M.; Gaillardin, M.; Paillet, P.; Duhamel, O.; Martinez, M.; Bernard, H.

    2015-12-01

    The dispersion of heavy ion deposited energy is explored in nanometric electronic devices. Experimental data are reported, in a large thin SOI diode and in a SOI FinFET device, showing larger distributions of collected charge in the nanometric volume device. Geant4 simulations are then presented, using two different modeling approaches. Both of them seem suitable to evaluate the dispersion of deposited energy induced by heavy ion beams in advanced electronic devices with nanometric dimensions.

  2. Enhancement of Electrochromic Durability of a Film Made of Silica-Polyaniline Core-Shell Nanoparticles

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    Hwang, Taejin; Lee, Heungyeol; Kim, Hohyeong; Kim, Gyuntak; Mun, Gyeongjin

    Enhancing the operation life time or the electrochemical durability is one of the key issues in electrochromic material studies. It is generally accepted that the inorganic-organic hybrid structure is one of the effective ways to enhance the chemical stability of the material. In this study, an electrochromic film made of silica-polyaniline core-shell composite nanoparticles was tested. The composite particles were prepared through a chemical dispersion polymerization of aniline in an aqueous colloidal solution of silica. The synthesized particles were then dispersed into ethanol and the solution was deposited onto an Indium Tin Oxide (ITO)-coated glass substrate. The electrochromic characterization on the prepared films was performed using the cyclovoltammetry and the optical response to a switching potential. The results showed that the inorganic-organic core-shell hybrid nanoparticle could be a promising choice for the enhancement of electrochromic durability.

  3. Advantage of Immobilization of Phthalate Derivatives on Indium Tin Oxide Electrode over TiO2 Electrode in Their Electrochromic Properties

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    Ura, Naoki; Nakamura, Kazuki; Kobayashi, Norihisa

    2013-05-01

    Electrochromism is known as an electrochemical reaction exhibiting coloration and can be applied to imaging devices. We successfully prepared a novel indium tin oxide (ITO) electrode modified by electrochromic molecules that displayed a magenta color via electrochemical reduction. The electrochromic molecules of a phthalate derivative were connected to the surface of the ITO electrode by a Si coupling agent. The electrochromic properties of the film were investigated in terms of film thickness and were compared to those of a film using a TiO2 substrate. The thicker film showed larger absorption change and better memory retention than did the film with a TiO2 substrate.

  4. Preparation, characterization and applications of electroactive polymers in electrochromism and sensors

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    Liang, Jie

    A series of novel monomers was synthesized. Some of them contain perylene-3, 4, 9, 10-tetracarboxylic diimide or naphthalene-1, 4, 5, 8-tetracarboxylic diimide units and diphenylamine endgroups. Some of them are metal complexes that contain diphenylamine endgroups. All monomers can be electropolymerized easily at the surface of electrodes. The polymer films were characterized by cyclic voltammetry, spectroelectrochemistry and Electrochemical Quartz crystal microbalance (EQCM). By modification of perylene rings and diphenylamine endgroups, the monomers have better Solubilities in common organic solvents. More interestingly, binding four chlorines to perylene rings decreases the reduction potentials and makes polymer films extremely stable in reduction states. By using a series of electroactive polymer films that contain tetrachloroperylene-3, 4, 9, 10-tetracarboxylic diimide units as electrochromic materials, some electrochromic windows with excellent stability, high transmittance ratio and fast response time were developed. In developing electrochromic devices, obtaining stable and electroactive counter electrode's materials is also very important. A new electroactive polymer film, polyallylammonium ferrocyanide film, was developed. This electroactive polymer film is very stable and transparent in both the reduced state and the oxidized state, so it was used as the counter-electrode material for the electrochromic windows developed here. The electroactivity of polyallylammonium ferrocyanide films was found to depend on the amount of trace water in them. This property of polyallylammonium ferrocyanide film led to the development of two electrochemical methods to determine trace water in organic solvents. One method is to determine trace water in organic solvents according to charge consumed during the oxidation of polyallylammonium ferrocyanide film and the other is to determine trace water according to conductivity of polyallylammonium ferrocyanide

  5. Design of electrochromic window technology with single and multi-color patterns

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    Kim, Sooyeun

    The electrochromic window (ECW) technology has gained a lot of attention due to its current and potential applications for office, vehicle and aircraft windows. Center for Intelligent Materials and System (CIMS) at University of Washington has proposed the new design of an ECW for its high contrast, rapid switching speed and long cyclic lifetime. Three primary components of the ECW are an electrochromic (EC) layer, an ion conducting layer and an ion storage layer. A V2O5-TiO2 (V/Ti=70/30) film, fabricated by a sol-gel electrophoretic deposition, was proposed as an ion storage layer. The film was characterized by X-ray diffraction, a scanning probe microscope and impedance spectroscopy. Its optical and electrochemical properties were investigated. The poly-(3,3-dimethy1-3,4-dihydro-2H-thieno[3,4-b][1,4]dioxepine) film was suggested as an EC layer. Its electropolymerization kinetics and optical and electrochemical properties were reported. The V2O 5-TiO2 film based ECW was successfully fabricated and examined. The ECW exhibited its high electrochromic contrast, rapid switching speed and long-term cyclic durability. Its contrast (Delta%T = Tmax-T min) was 68%T with a minimum transmittance of 1% at 580 nm wavelength. The ECW took five seconds for complete coloration, while it did four seconds for complete bleaching. Its asymmetric switching behavior was explained by modeling the ECW as a simple equivalent circuit. The cyclic durability of the ECW was measured over 150,000 cycles. It revealed the contrast degradation of only 2% at 580 nm wavelength. The ECW dimensions were scaled up to 300 x 300 mm2, demonstrating their high contrast and long-term electrochemical cycle stability. Multi-color pattern electrochromic window technology was considered to evolve toward higher definition devices. Patterning of electrodes was essential to fabricate multi-color pattern ECWs which required the separation of adjacent electrodes. New fabrication procedures to create a pattern

  6. Nanostructured electrochromic smart windows: traditional materials and NIR-selective plasmonic nanocrystals

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    Runnerstrom, EL; Llordes, A; Lounis, SD; Milliron, DJ

    2014-06-04

    Electrochromic devices, which dynamically change colour under applied potential, are widely studied for use in energy-efficient smart windows. To improve the viability of smart windows, many researchers are utilizing nanomaterials, which can provide electrochromic devices with improved colouration efficiencies, faster switching times, longer cycle lives, and potentially reduced costs. In an effort to demonstrate a new type of electrochromic device that goes beyond the capabilities of commonly used electrochromic materials, researchers have turned to plasmonic transparent conductive oxide (TCO) nanocrystals. Electrochemical injection of electrons into plasmonic TCO nanocrystal films induces a shift in the plasmon frequency and gives rise to the new functionality of selective optical modulation in the near-infrared region of the solar spectrum. These nanocrystals can be used as building blocks to enable creation of advanced electrochromic devices containing mesoporous electrodes or nanocrystal-in-glass composites. Such devices have been important in advancing the field towards achieving the ideal smart window with independent control over visible and NIR transmittance.

  7. Nanostructured electrochromic smart windows: traditional materials and NIR-selective plasmonic nanocrystals.

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    Runnerstrom, Evan L; Llordés, Anna; Lounis, Sebastien D; Milliron, Delia J

    2014-09-21

    Electrochromic devices, which dynamically change colour under applied potential, are widely studied for use in energy-efficient smart windows. To improve the viability of smart windows, many researchers are utilizing nanomaterials, which can provide electrochromic devices with improved colouration efficiencies, faster switching times, longer cycle lives, and potentially reduced costs. In an effort to demonstrate a new type of electrochromic device that goes beyond the capabilities of commonly used electrochromic materials, researchers have turned to plasmonic transparent conductive oxide (TCO) nanocrystals. Electrochemical injection of electrons into plasmonic TCO nanocrystal films induces a shift in the plasmon frequency and gives rise to the new functionality of selective optical modulation in the near-infrared region of the solar spectrum. These nanocrystals can be used as building blocks to enable creation of advanced electrochromic devices containing mesoporous electrodes or nanocrystal-in-glass composites. Such devices have been important in advancing the field towards achieving the ideal smart window with independent control over visible and NIR transmittance. PMID:24935022

  8. Solid-state monolithic electrochromic switchable visors and spectacles

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    Demiryont, Hulya; Shannon, Kenneth, III

    2010-04-01

    There is a need for variable transmission technology for Goggles, Spectacles, and visors for Helmet-Mounted Displays (HMDs). At present, most HMD's do not allow the pilot to control the transmission level of a flight visor while transitioning from high to low light levels throughout flight. Sunglasses are often used for non-HMD conditions but become impractical for HMD use. For individuals moving from high to low brightness levels, momentary blindness is an issue in both recreational sports and military applications. A user-controlled or automatically controllable variabletransmittance lens is a possible solution. The Eclipse Visible Electrochromic Device (EclipseECDTM) is well suited for these light modulation applications. The EclipseECDTM modulates light intensity by changing the absorption level under an applied electric field. The optical density may be continuously changed by varying voltage allowing for analog instead of digital (on/off) light levels. EclipseECDTM is comprised of vacuum deposited layers of a transparent bottom electrode, an active element, and a transparent top electrode, incorporating an all, solid-state electrolyte. The solid-state electrolyte eliminates possible complications associated with gel-based or liquid crystal based technologies including lamination, and precludes the need for additional visor modifications. This all solid-state ECD system can be deposited on flexible substrates, eg. PET, PC, etc. The low-temperature deposition process enables direct application to polymer lenses and HMD flight visors. Additionally, the coating is easily manufactured; can be trimmed, has near spectral neutrality and fails in the clear (bleached) condition.

  9. Solid-state monolithic electrochromic switchable visors and spectacles

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    Demiryont, Hulya; Shannon, Kenneth, III

    2009-05-01

    There is a need for variable transmission technology for Goggles, Spectacles, and visors for Helmet-Mounted Displays (HMDs). At present, most HMDs do not allow the pilot to control the transmission level of a flight visor while transitioning from high to low light levels throughout flight. Sunglasses are often used for non-HMD conditions but become impractical for HMD use. For individuals moving from high to low brightness levels, momentary blindness is an issue in both recreational sports and military applications. A user-controlled or automatically controllable variabletransmittance lens is a possible solution. The Eclipse Visible Electrochromic Device (EclipseECDTM) is well suited for these light modulation applications. The EclipseECDTM modulates light intensity by changing the absorption level under an applied electric field. The optical density may be continuously changed by varying voltage allowing for analog instead of digital (on/off) light levels. EclipseECDTM is comprised of vacuum deposited layers of a transparent bottom electrode, an active element, and a transparent top electrode, incorporating an all, solid-state electrolyte. The solid-state electrolyte eliminates possible complications associated with gel-based or liquid crystal based technologies including lamination, and precludes the need for additional visor modifications. This all solid-state ECD system can be deposited on flexible substrates, eg. PET, PC, etc. The low-temperature deposition process enables direct application to polymer lenses and HMD flight visors. Additionally, the coating is easily manufactured; can be trimmed, has near spectral neutrality and fails in the clear (bleached) condition.

  10. Layered Vanadium and Molybdenum Oxides: Batteries and Electrochromics

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    Chernova, N. A.; Roppolo, M.; Dillon, A. C.; Whittingham, M. S.

    2009-01-01

    The layered oxides of vanadium and molybdenum have been studied for close to 40 years as possible cathode materials for lithium batteries or electrochromic systems. The highly distorted metal octahedra naturally lead to the formation of a wide range of layer structures, which can intercalate lithium levels exceeding 300 Ah/kg. They have found continuing success in medical devices, such as pacemakers, but many challenges remain in their application in long-lived rechargeable devices. Their high-energy storage capability remains an encouragement to researchers to resolve the stability concerns of vanadium dissolution and the tendency of lithium and vanadium to mix changing the crystal structure on cycling the lithium in and out. Nanomorphologies have enabled higher reactivities to be obtained for both vanadium and molybdenum oxides, and with the latter show promise for electrochromic displays.

  11. Low-Cost Flexible Electrochromic Film for Energy Efficient Buildings

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    2010-01-01

    Broad Funding Opportunity Announcement Project: ITN is addressing the high cost of electrochromic windows with a new manufacturing process: roll-to-roll deposition of the film onto flexible plastic surfaces. Production of electrochromic films on plastic requires low processing temperatures and uniform film quality over large surface areas. ITN is overcoming these challenges using its previous experience in growing flexible thin-film solar cells and batteries. By developing sensor-based controls, ITN’s roll-to-roll manufacturing process yields more film over a larger area than traditional film deposition methods. Evaluating deposition processes from a control standpoint ultimately strengthens the ability for ITN to handle unanticipated deviations quickly and efficiently, enabling more consistent large-volume production. The team is currently moving from small-scale prototypes into pilot-scale production to validate roll-to-roll manufacturability and produce scaled prototypes that can be proven in simulated operating conditions. Electrochromic plastic films could also open new markets in building retrofit applications, vastly expanding the potential energy savings.

  12. The optical and electrochemical properties of electrochromic films: WO3+xV2O5

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    Li, Zhuying; Liu, Hui; Liu, Ye; Yang, Shaohong; Liu, Yan; Wang, Chong

    2010-05-01

    Since Deb's experiment in 1973 on the electrochromic effect, transmissive electrochromic films exhibit outstanding potential as energy efficient window controls which allow dynamic control of the solar energy transmission. These films with non-volatile memory, once in the coloured state, remain in the same state even after removal of the field. The optical and electrochemical properties of electrochromic films using magnetron sputter deposition tungsten oxide thin films and vanadium oxide doped tungsten-vanadium oxide thin films on ITO coated glass were investigated. From the UV region of the transmittance spectra, the optical band gap energy from the fundamental absorption edge can be determined. And the Cyclic voltammograms of these thin films in 1 mol LiClO4 propylene carbonate electrolyte (LIPC) were measured and analysed. The anode electrochromic V2O5 doped cathode electrochromic WO3 could make films colour changing while the transmittance of films keeped invariance. These performance characteristics make tungstenvanadium oxide colour changeably thin films are suitable for electrochromic windows applications.

  13. Electrochromic graphene molecules.

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    Ji, Zhiqiang; Doorn, Stephen K; Sykora, Milan

    2015-04-28

    Polyclic aromatic hydrocarbons also called Graphene Molecules (GMs), with chemical composition C132H36(COOH)2 were synthesized in situ on the surface of transparent nanocrystalline indium tin oxide (nc-ITO) electrodes and their electronic structure was studied electrochemically and spectro-electrochemically. Variations in the potential applied onto the nc-ITO/GM electrodes induce only small changes in the observed current, but they produce dramatic changes in the absorption of the GMs, which are associated with their oxidation and reduction. Analysis of the absorption changes using a modified Nernst equation is used to determine standard potentials associated with the individual charge transfer processes. For the GMs prepared here, these were found to be E1,ox(0) = 0.77 ± 0.01 V and E2,ox(0) = 1.24 ± 0.02 V vs NHE for the first and second oxidation and E1,red(0) = -1.50 ± 0.04 V for the first reduction. The charge transfer processes are found to be nonideal. The nonideality factors associated with the oxidation and reduction processes are attributed to strong interactions between the GM redox centers. Under the conditions of potential cycling, GMs show rapid (seconds) color change with high contrast and stability. An electrochromic application is demonstrated wherein the GMs are used as the optically active component. PMID:25768313

  14. Electrochromic Graphene Molecules

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    Ji, Zhiqiang; Doorn, Stephen K.; Sykora, Milan

    2015-03-13

    Polyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, also called Graphene Molecules (GMs), with chemical composition C132H36(COOH)2 were synthesized in-situ on the surface of transparent nanocrystaline indium tin oxide (nc-ITO) electrodes. Their electronic structure was studied electrochemically and spectro-electrochemically. Variations in the potential applied onto the nc-ITO/GM electrodes induce only small changes in the observed current but they produce dramatic changes in the absorption of the GMs, which are associated with their oxidation and reduction. Analysis of the absorption changes using modified Nernst equation is used to determine standard potentials associated with the individual charge transfer processes. For the GMs prepared here these were foundmore » to be E1,ox 0 = 0.77± 0.01 V and E2,ox 0 = 1.24 ± 0.02 V vs. NHE for the first and second oxidation and E1,red 0 = -1.50 ± 0.04 V for the first reduction. The charge transfer processes are found to be non-ideal. The non-ideality factors associated with the oxidation and reduction processes suggest presence of strong interactions between the GM redox centers. Under the conditions of potential cycling GMs show rapid (seconds) color change with high contrast and stability. An electrochromic application is demonstrated wherein the GMs are used as the optically active component.« less

  15. Development of electrochromic smart windows by sol-gel techniques

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    Munro, Brian; Kraemer, S.; Zapp, P.; Krug, Herbert; Schmidt, Helmut K.

    1997-10-01

    A novel nanocomposite lithium ion-conducting electrolyte has been developed, based on organically modified silanes, which is suitable for application in a sol-gel electrochromic system. The system developed consists of FTO-coated (fluorine doped tin oxide) glass coated with tungsten oxide, WO3, at one side of the device as the electrochromic layer, with a cerium oxide-titanium oxide layer, CeO2-TiO2, acting as ion-storage layer or counter electrode. The adhesive properties of the electrolyte enabled the manufacture of electrochromic devices in a laminated structure: glassFTOWO3nanocomp.elect.CeO2-TiO2FTOglass. The conductivity of the nanocomposite electrolyte system varies between 10-4 and 10-5 Scm-1 at 25 degrees Celsius depending on the exact composition. The temperature dependence of the conductivity exhibits typical Vogel-Tamman-Fulcher (VTF) behavior. The thickness of the electrolyte between the two halves of the device could be adjusted by the use of a spacer technique in the range 10 - 150 micrometer. Optoelectrochemical measurements were conducted on electrochromic devices to study the kinetics of coloration and bleaching as a function of the number of switching cycles. At present, cells are constructed in two formats: 10 multiplied by 15 cm2 and 35 multiplied by 35 cm2. Switching times under one minute were achieved for the smaller format with a corresponding optical modulation between 75% to 20% (at lambda equals 0.633 micrometer). In the case of the larger format the switching time increases to several minutes due to the increase in geometric area.

  16. Synthesis, deposition and characterization of ferroelectric films for electrooptic devices

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    Tunaboylu, Bahadir

    The use of integrable ferroelectric electro-optic thin films is a revolutionary approach in the development of high-speed, low-voltage and high-contrast ratio integrated electro-optic spatial light modulators (SLM) for free-space optoelectronic interconnects. Thin films offer improved performance over bulk ferroelectric (FE) materials because of their lower modulator capacitance and operation at high speeds with low switching energies. Integration of ferroelectric thin films with silicon technology will also impact both the uncooled infrared sensor and dynamic and nonvolatile memory technologies. Ferroelectrics such as lead lanthanum zirconate titanate (PLZT) and patassium tantalate niobate (KTN) present great potential for SLMs due to their large electro-optic (EO) effect in the bulk form. The development of thin-film SLMs require electro-optic films of high optical quality with good dielectric and EO properties. High quality thin films of PLZT and KTN were deposited using RF magnetron sputtering on r-plane sapphire substrates which offer integration capability with semiconductor devices. PLZT films with extremely large peak dielectric constant, 2800 at the Curie temperature of 180sp°C, were achieved with remarkably low dissipation loss factor <0.04. The dielectric frequency dispersion was determined to be very small up to 1 Mhz. Also, the absorption of the light in the films was very low. A giant effective quadratic electrooptic effect was demonstrated in PLZT films. These results represent a huge leap forward for the FE-SLM technology with respect to the goal of fully integrated thin film electrooptic light modulators. Microstructural development and phase transformation kinetics in PLZT films were also analyzed for the first time and are presented here. Energy required for the formation of desirable perovskite phase was determined to be 322 kJ/mol. Single-phase PLZT films with larger average grain size showed higher dielectric constants and better EO

  17. Color combination of conductive polymers for black electrochromism.

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    Shin, Haijin; Kim, Yuna; Bhuvana, Thiruvelu; Lee, Jiyea; Yang, Xu; Park, Cheolmin; Kim, Eunkyoung

    2012-01-01

    Conducting polymers that absorb three primary colors, red, green, and blue (RGB), were introduced with a yellow electrochromic polymer (Y) for the preparation of black electrochromic devices. Red poly(3-hexylthiophene) (P3HT) and blue poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene) (PEDOT) were coated on one side of the electrode as a cathodically coloring electrochromic (EC) layer, while green poly(aniline-N-butylsulfonate) (PANBS) and yellow EC poly{[1,3-bis(9',9'-dihexylfluoren-20-yl)azulenyl]-alt-[2",7"-(9",9"-dihexylfluorenyl]} (PDHFA) were coated on the opposite electrode to complete a complementary EC device. The yellow PDHFA layer effectively compensated for absorption below 450 nm and above the 600 nm region, which was lacking in the RGB electrode. The resultant RGBY ECD provided a black color near the CIE black with L*, a*, and b* values of 32, -1.1, and 3.7, respectively, covering a broad absorption in the visible range in the colored state. The state of the black EC device was maintained, even after the electricity was turned off for 200 h, showing stable memory effect. PMID:22148317

  18. Dual Emissive-Reflective Display Materials with Large Emission Switching Using Highly Luminescent Lanthanide(III) Complex and Electrochromic Material

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    Kanazawa, Kenji; Nakamura, Kazuki; Kobayashi, Norihisa

    2013-05-01

    Electroswitching of emission and coloration was achieved by a combination of a luminescent Eu(III) complex and an electrochromic molecule of diheptyl viologen (HV2+), in order to utilize them as novel display devices with dual emissive-reflective modes. The coloration was associated with the HV2+ electrochromism. Emission control was also achieved by the HV2+ electrochromism via intermolecular energy transfer from the excited state of the Eu(III) ion to the HV+. In order to improve ON-OFF contrast in emission, the emission quantum yield of Eu(III) complex were considerably improved using low vibrational phosphine oxide ligands, resulting in the large control of emission switching.

  19. Influence of water on the electrochemical properties of CeO2TiO2 sol-gel coatings and electrochromic devices

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    Sun, Dong Lan; Puetz, Joerg; Heusing, Sabine; Aegerter, Michel A.

    2002-10-01

    The paper focuses on a systematic study of the influence of water on the electrochemical and optical properties of CeO2-TiO2 amd WO3 sol-gel coatings as well as devices made with these layers. The coatings were studied electrochemically in 1 M LiC1O4 in propylene carbonate electrolyte with water content up to 3 wt%. The intercalculated and deintercalated charge was measured during Cyclic Voltammetry (CV) and Chronoamperometric (CA) cycles up to 500 cycles (TiO2-CeO2) and 7000 cycles (WO3). For CeO2-TiO2 it was found to increase from 3mC/cm2 (dry electrolyte) up to 11 mC/cm2 (3 wt% water). This increase is important for the coloration of EC-devices because the charge capacity of this counter electrode is known to be a limiting factor for the transmission change of the EC-devices. For WO3 coatings, the transmission change (Tcolored-Tbleached)is higher in wet electrolytes (1 wt% water) than dry electrolyte and above all remains constant (74%). These improvements are essentially due to an increase of the kinetics of the intercalation and deintercalation of Li+ ions. The electro-optical behavior of solid state EC-devices with and without incorporation of water in the solid electrolyte measured up to 500000 CA cycles is also presented and discussed.

  20. Surfactant-assisted ultrasonic spray pyrolysis of nickel oxide and lithium-doped nickel oxide thin films, toward electrochromic applications

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    Denayer, Jessica; Bister, Geoffroy; Simonis, Priscilla; Colson, Pierre; Maho, Anthony; Aubry, Philippe; Vertruyen, Bénédicte; Henrist, Catherine; Lardot, Véronique; Cambier, Francis; Cloots, Rudi

    2014-12-01

    Lithium-doped nickel oxide and undoped nickel oxide thin films have been deposited on FTO/glass substrates by a surfactant-assisted ultrasonic spray pyrolysis. The addition of polyethylene glycol in the sprayed solution has led to improved uniformity and reduced light scattering compared to films made without surfactant. Furthermore, the presence of lithium ions in NiO films has resulted in improved electrochromic performances (coloration contrast and efficiency), but with a slight decrease of the electrochromic switching kinetics.

  1. Electrochromic Graphene Molecules

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    Ji, Zhiqiang; Doorn, Stephen K.; Sykora, Milan

    2015-03-13

    Polyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, also called Graphene Molecules (GMs), with chemical composition C132H36(COOH)2 were synthesized in-situ on the surface of transparent nanocrystaline indium tin oxide (nc-ITO) electrodes. Their electronic structure was studied electrochemically and spectro-electrochemically. Variations in the potential applied onto the nc-ITO/GM electrodes induce only small changes in the observed current but they produce dramatic changes in the absorption of the GMs, which are associated with their oxidation and reduction. Analysis of the absorption changes using modified Nernst equation is used to determine standard potentials associated with the individual charge transfer processes. For the GMs prepared here these were found to be E1,ox 0 = 0.77± 0.01 V and E2,ox 0 = 1.24 ± 0.02 V vs. NHE for the first and second oxidation and E1,red 0 = -1.50 ± 0.04 V for the first reduction. The charge transfer processes are found to be non-ideal. The non-ideality factors associated with the oxidation and reduction processes suggest presence of strong interactions between the GM redox centers. Under the conditions of potential cycling GMs show rapid (seconds) color change with high contrast and stability. An electrochromic application is demonstrated wherein the GMs are used as the optically active component.

  2. Electrochromic properties of vanadium oxide thin films prepared by PSPT: Effect of substrate temperature

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    Patil, C. E.; Jadhav, P. R.; Tarwal, N. L.; Deshmukh, H. P.; Karanjakar, M. M.; Wali, A. A.; Patil, P. S.

    2013-06-01

    Electrochromic vanadium oxide (V2O5) thin films were deposited onto glass and fluorine doped tin oxide (FTO) coated glass substrates from methanolic vanadium chloride solution by pulsed spray pyrolysis technique (PSPT). The films were synthesized at different substrate temperatures ranging from 350°C-450°C with a temperature step of 50°C. The structural, morphological, optical and electrochromic properties of the synthesized films were investigated. The films were polycrystalline with tetragonal crystal structure. Scanning electron microscopy reveals compact morphology at high temperature. All films exhibited cathodic electrochromism in lithium containing electrolyte (0.5 M LiClO4 + Propylene Carbonate). Maximum coloration efficiency (CE) 15.16 cm2C-1, was observed for the films deposited at 350°C.

  3. Electrochromism of electrodeposited tungsten trioxide films; 1: Electrochemical characterization

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    Shen, P.K.; Chen, K.Y.; Tseung, A.C.C. . Dept. of Chemistry and Biological Chemistry)

    1994-07-01

    Electrodeposited tungsten trioxide films show fast electrochromic response both in aqueous and in nonaqueous solutions. The values of x in the tungsten bronzes, M[sub x]WO[sub 3], were determined by using a chronopotentiometric technique combined with UV/Vis spectroscopic analysis. The effect of double-layer charging was discussed. A finite diffusion control model was used to analyze the insertion behavior of M[sup +] ions into the films. The apparent diffusion coefficient of Li[sup +] through the electrodeposited WO[sub 3] film is about two orders of magnitude higher than that of vacuum-evaporated WO[sub 3] films, indicating that electrodeposited films are more suitable for use as display devices than vacuum-evaporated films. The higher porosity of the electrodeposited WO[sub 3] films may be a main reason for the fast electrochromic response.

  4. Electrochromic oxides: Microstructures and optical properties

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    Granqvist, C.G.

    1993-12-31

    This paper attempts to lay down a foundation for a comprehensive theory of electrochromism among oxides. It is pointed out that crystals of all the well known electrochromic metal (Me) oxides are composed of MeO{sub 6} octahedra in various corner-sharing and edge-sharing arrangements. In electrochromic thin films there are cluster-type and columnar microstructures based on the MeO{sub 6} units. The coordination of the ions leads to schematic electronic bandstructures that, at least for the (defect) perovskite and rutile lattices, are able to explain the presence or absence of cathodic and anodic electrochromism. Small polaron absorption prevails in disordered oxides.

  5. Structures and electrochromic properties of tungsten oxide films prepared by magnetron sputtering

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    Yang, Tien-Syh; Lin, Zhong-Ron; Wong, Ming-Show

    2005-12-01

    Tungsten oxide (WO 3) films were deposited by DC magnetron sputtering of tungsten target in O 2/Ar atmosphere. The structures of the films following the various O 2 flow rate in a fixed Ar gas supply were investigated by X-ray diffraction patterns, Raman spectra and transmission electron microscopy. The electrochromic properties were characterized by a cyclic voltammetry and UV-vis absorption spectra. The results show that nanocrystalline WO 3 film with crystallite size about 10-20 nm, deposited at 16 sccm O 2, has larger charge capacity and coloration efficiency than the other amorphous films. Post-annealing the film at 200 °C would create 30-50 nm nanocrystalline film, whose electrochromic properties are promoted further due to even larger internal volume, essential to conduct ions and electrons for electrochromic intercalation. However, the electrochromic property deteriorates apparently in the film with 60-100 nm nanocrystallites annealed at 300 °C, which may be caused by another electrochromism occurring always in the well-crystallized WO 3 films.

  6. Nanosoldering carbon nanotube junctions by local chemical vapor deposition for improved device performance.

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    Do, Jae-Won; Estrada, David; Xie, Xu; Chang, Noel N; Mallek, Justin; Girolami, Gregory S; Rogers, John A; Pop, Eric; Lyding, Joseph W

    2013-01-01

    The performance of carbon nanotube network (CNN) devices is usually limited by the high resistance of individual nanotube junctions (NJs). We present a novel method to reduce this resistance through a nanoscale chemical vapor deposition (CVD) process. By passing current through the devices in the presence of a gaseous CVD precursor, localized nanoscale Joule heating induced at the NJs stimulates the selective and self-limiting deposition of metallic nanosolder. The effectiveness of this nanosoldering process depends on the work function of the deposited metal (here Pd or HfB2), and it can improve the on/off current ratio of a CNN device by nearly an order of magnitude. This nanosoldering technique could also be applied to other device types where nanoscale resistance components limit overall device performance. PMID:24215439

  7. Cross-Linkable Fluorene-Diphenylamine Derivatives for Electrochromic Applications.

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    Abraham, Silja; Ganesh, Gayathri Prabhu T; Varughese, Sunil; Deb, Biswapriya; Joseph, Joshy

    2015-11-18

    Multicolor electrochromic systems based on heat cross-linkable arylamine-substituted fluorene derivatives, FD and FDOMe, are reported. These derivatives with pendant vinyl groups have been synthesized by the Buchwald-Hartwig amination reaction and were well-characterized using various analytical and spectroscopic techniques such as NMR, ESI-MS, and single-crystal X-ray diffraction analysis. FD and FDOMe exhibited thermally activated cross-linking above their melting temperatures, which was confirmed through absorption, differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), FT-IR, and wide-angle X-ray diffraction (WAXD) techniques. Cross-linked FD films (FD-X) on ITO showed two reversible redox peaks at 0.74 and 0.91 V (versus Ag/AgCl) that correspond to the formation of radical cations and dications, respectively. The corresponding redox peaks were observed at 0.6 and 0.8 V for cross-linked FDOMe films (FDOMe-X). Spectroelectrochemical studies of the electrochromic films on ITO revealed multicolor electrochromism of FD-X (colorless-yellow-dark cyan) and FDOMe-X (colorless-brick red-blue) with a color contrast of ∼44% at 485 nm for FD-X and ∼63% at 500 nm for FDOMe-X and good switching stability between the neutral and oxidized states (>300 cycles) with low switching voltages (<0.9 V for the first oxidation and <1.3 V for the second oxidation). Furthermore, fabrication of electrochromic devices using FD-X and FDOMe-X on FTO substrate with PMMA-based solid electrolyte was demonstrated, where the devices exhibited reasonably low switching time between the redox states (<30 s) with good optical contrast. PMID:26496020

  8. Eliminating degradation and uncovering ion-trapping dynamics in electrochromic WO3 thin films

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    Wen, Rui-Tao; Granqvist, Claes G.; Niklasson, Gunnar A.

    2015-10-01

    There is keen interest in the use of amorphous WO3 thin films as cathodic electrodes in transmittance-modulating electrochromic devices. However, these films suffer from ion-trapping-induced degradation of optical modulation and reversibility on extended Li+-ion exchange. Here, we demonstrate that ion-trapping-induced degradation, which is commonly believed to be irreversible, can be successfully eliminated by constant-current-driven de-trapping; that is, WO3 films can be rejuvenated and regain their initial highly reversible electrochromic performance. Pronounced ion trapping occurs when x exceeds ~0.65 in LixWO3 during ion insertion. We find two main kinds of Li+-ion-trapping site (intermediate and deep) in WO3, where the intermediate ones are most prevalent. Li+ ions can be completely removed from intermediate traps but are irreversibly bound in deep traps. Our results provide a general framework for developing and designing superior electrochromic materials and devices.

  9. Eliminating degradation and uncovering ion-trapping dynamics in electrochromic WO3 thin films

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    Wen, Rui-Tao; Granqvist, Claes G.; Niklasson, Gunnar A.

    2015-01-01

    Amorphous WO3 thin films are of keen interest as cathodic electrodes in transmittance-modulating electrochromic devices. However, these films suffer from ion-trapping-induced degradation of optical modulation and reversibility upon extended Li+-ion exchange. Here, we demonstrate that ion-trapping-induced degradation, which is commonly believed to be irreversible, can be successfully eliminated by constant-current-driven de-trapping, i.e., WO3 films can be rejuvenated and regain their initial highly reversible electrochromic performance. Pronounced ion-trapping occurs when x exceeds ~0.65 in LixWO3 during ion insertion. We find two main kinds of Li+-ion trapping sites (intermediate and deep) in WO3, where the intermediate ones are most prevalent. Li+-ions can be completely removed from intermediate traps but are irreversibly bound in deep traps. Our results provide a general framework for developing and designing superior electrochromic materials and devices. PMID:26259104

  10. High Frequency Dielectric Characteristics of Electrochromic, WO3 and NiO Films with LiNbO3 Electrolyte

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    Bulja, S.; Kopf, R.; Tate, A.; Hu, T.

    2016-06-01

    A great deal of attention has been recently focused on Electrochromic (EC) materials and EC based devices, promoting mainly applications related to display technology. In this case, EC based displays are usually actuated by the application of low dc bias voltages, changing their appearance from transparent to opaque. A variety of studies related to the optical characteristics of EC materials have been reported, however, no serious studies so far have been reported on the possible high frequency tunability of the dielectric characteristics of these materials, with the exception of the work by Rose, which presented the operation of a microwave shutter based on conductive polymers operating in the X-band. Here we report tuneable high frequency dielectric characteristics of an Electrochromic (EC) cell with a complimentary structure of Conductor/WO3/LiNbO3/NiO/Conductor in the frequency range from 1 GHz to 20 GHz. The EC cell was prepared using standard semiconductor processing technology, such as lithography, etch and deposition techniques. Our measured results indicate that tunability of high frequency dielectric characteristics as a function of dc bias voltage is achieved, and that a possibility exists for this tunability to be tailored.

  11. High Frequency Dielectric Characteristics of Electrochromic, WO3 and NiO Films with LiNbO3 Electrolyte

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    Bulja, S.; Kopf, R.; Tate, A.; Hu, T.

    2016-01-01

    A great deal of attention has been recently focused on Electrochromic (EC) materials and EC based devices, promoting mainly applications related to display technology. In this case, EC based displays are usually actuated by the application of low dc bias voltages, changing their appearance from transparent to opaque. A variety of studies related to the optical characteristics of EC materials have been reported, however, no serious studies so far have been reported on the possible high frequency tunability of the dielectric characteristics of these materials, with the exception of the work by Rose, which presented the operation of a microwave shutter based on conductive polymers operating in the X-band. Here we report tuneable high frequency dielectric characteristics of an Electrochromic (EC) cell with a complimentary structure of Conductor/WO3/LiNbO3/NiO/Conductor in the frequency range from 1 GHz to 20 GHz. The EC cell was prepared using standard semiconductor processing technology, such as lithography, etch and deposition techniques. Our measured results indicate that tunability of high frequency dielectric characteristics as a function of dc bias voltage is achieved, and that a possibility exists for this tunability to be tailored. PMID:27357480

  12. High Frequency Dielectric Characteristics of Electrochromic, WO3 and NiO Films with LiNbO3 Electrolyte.

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    Bulja, S; Kopf, R; Tate, A; Hu, T

    2016-01-01

    A great deal of attention has been recently focused on Electrochromic (EC) materials and EC based devices, promoting mainly applications related to display technology. In this case, EC based displays are usually actuated by the application of low dc bias voltages, changing their appearance from transparent to opaque. A variety of studies related to the optical characteristics of EC materials have been reported, however, no serious studies so far have been reported on the possible high frequency tunability of the dielectric characteristics of these materials, with the exception of the work by Rose, which presented the operation of a microwave shutter based on conductive polymers operating in the X-band. Here we report tuneable high frequency dielectric characteristics of an Electrochromic (EC) cell with a complimentary structure of Conductor/WO3/LiNbO3/NiO/Conductor in the frequency range from 1 GHz to 20 GHz. The EC cell was prepared using standard semiconductor processing technology, such as lithography, etch and deposition techniques. Our measured results indicate that tunability of high frequency dielectric characteristics as a function of dc bias voltage is achieved, and that a possibility exists for this tunability to be tailored. PMID:27357480

  13. Electrochromic lutetium phthalocyanine films for in situ detection of NADH

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    Basova, Tamara; Gürek, Ayşe Gül; Ahsen, Vefa; Ray, Asim

    2013-01-01

    A simple and sensitive method for the detection of NADH on a glass substrate modified with spin coated electrochromic [(C6H13S)8Pc]2Lu is presented. The modification of a [(C6H13S)8Pc]2Lu sensing layer was achieved chemically. The functionalized layer shows an efficient activity towards the NADH at conc. as low as 1 × 10-5 M. The in situ UV-Vis and Raman measurements were carried out to study the interaction of oxidized films with NADH. The electrochromic behaviour of [(C6H13S)8Pc]2Lu thin films was examined in detail under various conditions. The spin coated films deposited on glass substrate were chemically oxidized and were found to change the colour. The oxidized films were believed to be reduced to its natural form on interaction with NADH. The colour of the film changed from green to brownish-purple after interaction with NADH. Reversible electrochromism was observed, leading reusable sensor film. The transformation of the oxidised phthalocyanine films into neutral form was monitored by both in situ UV-Vis and Raman techniques.

  14. Preventing Technique of Metal Deposition on Optical Devices in Space Diode Laser Welding for Space Applications

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    Suita, Yoshikazu; Tanaka, Kenji; Ohtani, Masato; Shobako, Shinichiro; Terajima, Noboru; Hiraoka, Nobuaki

    In future space developments, the welding in space may be required for the repairs of the ISS and the constructions of lunar base and space structures. The authors have studied the space Gas Hollow Tungsten Arc (GHTA) welding process since 1993. This paper describes the results for space applying the space Diode Laser (DL) welding process which the authors proposed in 2002. It is necessary to prevent the metal deposition on optical devices in order to utilize the space DL welding process in space. The authors studied the preventing technique of metal deposition which covered optical devices with the nozzle and blew the shielding gas out from nozzle outlet. The metal deposition can be reduced by supplying the nozzle with inert gas and blowing the gas out from nozzle outlet. The shielding gas argon perfectly prevents the metal deposition on optical devices when argon pressurizes the nozzle to over 19.9 Pa and spouts out from the nozzle outlet.

  15. Lithium-based electrochromic mirrors

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    Richardson, Thomas J.; Slack, Jonathan L.

    2003-05-19

    Antimony, antimony-copper, and antimony-silver thin films were prepared by DC magnetron sputtering on glass substrates. Their reflectance and transmittance in the visible range were measured before and after electrochemical lithiation. The mixed metal films exhibited larger changes in reflectance and small shifts in the optical absorption edge compared with pure antimony films. Electrochromic cycling speed and stability of the Sb-Li system were improved by the addition of copper and silver.

  16. Deposition Measurements From the Full-Scale Radiological Dispersal Device Field Trials.

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    Erhardt, Lorne; Lebel, Luke; Korpach, Ed; Berg, Rodney; Inrig, Elizabeth; Watson, Ian; Liu, Chuanlei; Gilhuly, Colleen; Quayle, Debora

    2016-05-01

    In 2012, Defence Research and Development Canada led a series of experiments, titled the Full-Scale Radiological Dispersal Device Field Trials, in which short-lived radioactive material was explosively dispersed and the resulting plume and deposition were characterized through a variety of methods. Presented here are the results of a number of measurements that were taken to characterize the radioactive ground deposition. These included in situ gamma measurements, deposition filter samples, and witness plate measurements that were taken in situ with handheld beta survey meters. The results from the different measurement techniques are compared to each other and to a simple deposition model. Results showed that approximately 3% of the original source activity was deposited in the immediate vicinity of ground zero, and an additional 15-30% of the original activity was deposited within 450 m of ground zero. Implications of these results for emergency response are discussed. PMID:27023032

  17. Eliminating Electrochromic Degradation in Amorphous TiO2 through Li-Ion Detrapping.

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    Wen, Rui-Tao; Niklasson, Gunnar A; Granqvist, Claes G

    2016-03-01

    The quest for superior and low-cost electrochromic (EC) thin films, for applications in smart windows, remains strong because of their large importance for energy-efficient buildings. Although the development of new EC materials for improved devices is important, diminishing or reversing degradation is another key issue, and electrical rejuvenation of degraded EC materials can offer new opportunities. Here we demonstrate that cathodically coloring EC thin films of TiO2, which normally suffer from ion-trapping-induced degradation of charge capacity and optical modulation upon extensive electrochemical cycling, can recover their initial EC performance by a rejuvenation procedure involving Li(+) ion detrapping. Thus, the initial performance can be regained, and refreshed TiO2 films exhibit the same degradation features as as-deposited films upon prolonged electrochemical cycling. The rejuvenation was carried out by using either galvanostatic or potentiostatic treatments. Our study may open avenues to explore the recovery not only of EC materials and devices based on those but also for other ion-exchange-based devices. PMID:26910644

  18. Preparation, characterization and electrochromic properties of composite thin films incorporation of polyaniline

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    Farasat, Mahshid; Golzan, M. Maqsood; Farhadi, Khalil; Shojaei, S. H. Reza; Gheisvandi, Sorayya

    2016-05-01

    Two different electrochromic composite films consisting of aniline/sodium molybdate (S1) and aniline/ferric nitrate (S2) were obtained by electrochemical polymerization method on indium tin oxide (ITO) coated glass substrates in oxalic acid (H2C2O4ṡ2H2O) aqueous solution. The electrochromic properties of the resulting thin films were investigated by spectroelectrochemical measurement and cyclic voltammetry (CV). Under a square electrical potential, they show capacitive current characteristic and represent electrochromic performance, with maximum optical attenuations (ΔT%) of 30.8% at 355nm and 28.3% at 400nm for aniline/ferric nitrate and aniline/sodium molybdate thin films, respectively. Optical behavior of thin films was examined by UV-Vis spectrophotometry technique. The doped films indicated multiple color changes (yellow; green; and bluish green). The spectra also showed that produced layers have high absorption of UV radiation with respect to pure polyaniline (PANI) films. The optical band gap energy of PANI film decreased by dopant injection. Due to their decent transparency and electrochromic behavior, they are promising materials for electrochromic devices.

  19. Characterization of bismuth nanospheres deposited by plasma focus device

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    Ahmad, M.; Al-Hawat, Sh.; Akel, M.; Mrad, O.

    2015-02-14

    A new method for producing thin layer of bismuth nanospheres based on the use of low energy plasma focus device is demonstrated. Various techniques such as scanning electron microscopy, Rutherford backscattering spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, and Raman spectroscopy have been used to characterize the morphology and the composition of the nanospheres. Experimental parameters may be adjusted to favour the formation of bismuth nanospheres instead of microspheres. Therefore, the formation of large surface of homogeneous layer of bismuth nanospheres with sizes of below 100 nm can be obtained. The natural snowball phenomenon is observed to be reproduced in nanoscale where spheres roll over the small nanospheres and grow up to bigger sizes that can reach micro dimensions. The comet-like structure, a reverse phenomenon to snowball is also observed.

  20. Characterization of bismuth nanospheres deposited by plasma focus device

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    Ahmad, M.; Al-Hawat, Sh.; Akel, M.; Mrad, O.

    2015-02-01

    A new method for producing thin layer of bismuth nanospheres based on the use of low energy plasma focus device is demonstrated. Various techniques such as scanning electron microscopy, Rutherford backscattering spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, and Raman spectroscopy have been used to characterize the morphology and the composition of the nanospheres. Experimental parameters may be adjusted to favour the formation of bismuth nanospheres instead of microspheres. Therefore, the formation of large surface of homogeneous layer of bismuth nanospheres with sizes of below 100 nm can be obtained. The natural snowball phenomenon is observed to be reproduced in nanoscale where spheres roll over the small nanospheres and grow up to bigger sizes that can reach micro dimensions. The comet-like structure, a reverse phenomenon to snowball is also observed.

  1. Design and characterization of a durable and highly efficient energy-harvesting electrochromic window

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    Amasawa, Eri

    With the growing global energy demands, electrochromic window (ECW) technology has attracted great attention for its ability to reversibly change the transmittance of incoming light through applied moderate potential. While ECW has a great potential to conserve energy from lighting and air conditioning in buildings, ECW still consumes energy; ECW should be self-powered for further energy conservation. In this study, a new design of energy-harvesting electrochromic window (EH-ECW) based on fusion of two technologies, organic electrochromic window and dye-sensitized solar cell (DSSC) is presented. Unlike other self-powered smart windows such as photoelectrochromic device that only contains two states (i.e. closed circuit colored state and open circuit bleaching state), EH-ECW allows active tuning of transmittance through varying applied potential and function as a photovoltaic cell based on DSSC. The resulting device demonstrates fast switching rate of 1 second in both bleaching and coloring process through the use of electrochromic polymer as a counter electrode layer. In order to increase the transmittance of the device, cobalt redox couple and light colored yet efficient organic dye are employed. The organic dye utilized contains polymeric structure, which contributes to high cyclic stability. The device exhibits power conversion efficiency (PCE) of 4.5 % under AM 1.5 irradiation (100 mW/cm2), change in transmittance (Delta T = Tmax - Tmin) of 34 % upon applied potential, and shows only 3 % degradation in PCE after 5000 cycles.

  2. Electrochromic Thin Film of Prussian Blue Nanoparticles Fabricated using Wet Process

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    Hara, Shigeo; Tanaka, Hisashi; Kawamoto, Tohru; Tokumoto, Madoka; Yamada, Mami; Gotoh, Akihito; Uchida, Hiroaki; Kurihara, Masato; Sakamoto, Masaomi

    2007-10-01

    Electrochromic thin films of Prussian blue nanoparticles were developed using wet processing. The resultant alkyl-ligand covered nanoparticles disperse well in organic solvents. Consequently, various conventional coating and printing methods can be used in high-quality micro-fabrication to prepare electronic devices. We examined electrochromic properties of the thin film fabricated using spin-coating method. Electrochromism of the thin film on an indium tin oxide (ITO) electrode was observed. The color changes from blue to colorlessness reversibly at potentials between +0.6 to -0.4 V. Furthermore, various patterns were printed on ITO substrates using photolithography, indicating potential application of this approach to information displays and smart windows.

  3. Oxygen ordering and electrochromism in Ca-doped BiFeO3

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    Seidel, Jan; Luo, Weidong; Nguyen, Phi; Siriyara Jagannatha, Suresha; Lee, Alan; Kim, Sang-Yong; Yang, Chan-Ho; Pennycook, Stephen; Pantelides, Sokrates; Ramesh, Ramamoorthy

    2011-03-01

    We show that calcium-doped bismuth ferrite thin films exhibit an electrochromic effect arising from an intrinsic mechanism due to redistribution of carriers, without the need for additional electrolytes that are needed in common electrochromic devices. The absorption change and coloration efficiency at the band edge are 4.8 ×106m-1 and 190cm2C-1 , respectively, which are among the highest reported values for inorganic electrochromes. These experimental findings are supported by optical absorption calculations from first-principles theory, confirming the strong absorption change at the band edge. Supported by DOE under contract No. DE-AC02-05CH1123, and the National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF) (2010-0013528). J.S. acknowledges support from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation.

  4. Electrochromic materials, devices and process of making

    DOEpatents

    Richardson, Thomas J.

    2003-11-11

    Thin films of transition metal compositions formed with magnesium that are metals, alloys, hydrides or mixtures of alloys, metals and/or hydrides exhibit reversible color changes on application of electric current or hydrogen. Thin films of these materials are suitable for optical switching elements, thin film displays, sun roofs, rear-view mirrors and architectural glass.

  5. RIR-MAPLE deposition of conjugated polymers and hybrid nanocomposites for application to optoelectronic devices

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    Stiff-Roberts, Adrienne D.; Pate, Ryan; McCormick, Ryan; Lantz, Kevin R.

    2012-07-30

    Resonant infrared matrix-assisted pulsed laser evaporation (RIR-MAPLE) is a variation of pulsed laser deposition that is useful for organic-based thin films because it reduces material degradation by selective absorption of infrared radiation in the host matrix. A unique emulsion-based RIR-MAPLE approach has been developed that reduces substrate exposure to solvents and provides controlled and repeatable organic thin film deposition. In order to establish emulsion-based RIR-MAPLE as a preferred deposition technique for conjugated polymer or hybrid nanocomposite optoelectronic devices, studies have been conducted to demonstrate the value added by the approach in comparison to traditional solution-based deposition techniques, and this work will be reviewed. The control of hybrid nanocomposite thin film deposition, and the photoconductivity in such materials deposited using emulsion-based RIR-MAPLE, will also be reviewed. The overall result of these studies is the demonstration of emulsion-based RIR-MAPLE as a viable option for the fabrication of conjugated polymer and hybrid nanocomposite optoelectronic devices that could yield improved device performance.

  6. Electrochemical and electrochromic behavior of reactively sputtered nickel oxide

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    Miller, E.L.; Rocheleau, R.E.

    1997-06-01

    Nickel oxide thin films were deposited by reactive sputtering in a 20% oxygen/argon atmosphere for use as oxygen evolution catalysts in the photoelectrochemical production of hydrogen. The optical properties of the films were also characterized to evaluate their application as window layers. The polycrystalline films deposited at residual gas pressures of 6 or 10 mTorr exhibited moderate activity for oxygen evolution in 1 N KOH and pronounced coloration and bleaching during alternating anodic/cathodic bias. Properties of these films were not sensitive to growth rate over the range studied, 0.5 to 4 {angstrom}/s. In contrast, films deposited at 2 mTorr exhibited poor activity for oxygen evolution and severely limited electrochromic behavior which the authors attribute to marked changes in the morphology and crystallinity in the low-pressure films. The films grown at 6 mTorr and higher tended to be more oriented, to have a higher degree of crystallinity, and higher oxygen content. Strong linkages between the electrochemical and optical behaviors observed in this work provide new insights into the processes involved in oxygen evolution reaction catalysis and electrochromism in reactively sputtered NiO{sub x} films. The results presented indicate that reactive sites located on or near grain boundaries are responsible for both behaviors.

  7. Characterization of CZTSSe photovoltaic device with an atomic layer-deposited passivation layer

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    Wu, Wei Cao, Yanyan; Caspar, Jonathan V.; Guo, Qijie; Johnson, Lynda K.; Mclean, Robert S.; Malajovich, Irina; Choudhury, Kaushik Roy

    2014-07-28

    We describe a CZTSSe (Cu{sub 2}ZnSn(S{sub 1−x},Se{sub x}){sub 4}) photovoltaic (PV) device with an ALD (atomic layer deposition) coated buffer dielectric layer for CZTSSe surface passivation. An ALD buffer layer, such as TiO{sub 2}, can be applied in order to reduce the interface recombination and improve the device's open-circuit voltage. Detailed characterization data including current-voltage, admittance spectroscopy, and capacitance profiling are presented in order to compare the performance of PV devices with and without the ALD layer.

  8. Uncooled thin film infrared imaging device with aerogel thermal isolation: Deposition and planarization techniques

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    Ruffner, J.A.; Clem, P.G.; Tuttle, B.A.; Brinker, C.J.; Sriram, C.S.; Bullington, J.A.

    1998-04-01

    The authors have successfully integrated a thermally insulating silica aerogel thin film into a new uncooled monolithic thin film infrared (IR) imaging device. Compared to other technologies (bulk ceramic and microbridge), use of an aerogel layer provides superior thermal isolation of the pyroelectric imaging element from the relatively massive heat sinking integrated circuit. This results in significantly higher thermal and temporal resolutions. They have calculated noise equivalent temperature differences of 0.04--0.10 C from a variety of Pb{sub x}Zr{sub y}Ti{sub 1{minus}y}O{sub 3} (PZT) and Pb{sub x}La{sub 1{minus}x}Zr{sub y}Ti{sub 1{minus}y}O{sub 3} (PLZT) pyroelectric imaging elements in monolithic structures. In addition, use of aerogels results in an easier, less expensive fabrication process and a more robust device. Fabrication of these monolithic devices entails sol-gel deposition of the aerogel, sputter deposition of the electrodes, and solution chemistry deposition of the pyroelectric imaging elements. Uniform pyroelectric response is achieved across the device by use of appropriate planarization techniques. These deposition and planarization techniques are described. Characterization of the individual layers and monolithic structure using scanning electron microscopy, atomic force microscopy and Byer-Roundy techniques also is discussed.

  9. High Performance and Long-Term Stability in Ambiently Fabricated Segmented Solid-State Polymer Electrochromic Displays.

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    Remmele, Julian; Shen, D Eric; Mustonen, Tero; Fruehauf, Norbert

    2015-06-10

    This work reports on the performance of a segmented polymer electrochromic display that was fabricated with solution-based processes in ambient atmosphere. An encapsulation process and the combination of structured wells for the polymer electrochrome and electrolyte layers as well as the use of a preoxidized counter polymer yields high contrasts and fast switching speeds. Asymmetric driving-with respect to time-of the display is investigated for the first time and the degradation effects in the electrochrome layer are analyzed and addressed to yield a stable device exceeding 100,000 switching cycles. A printed circuit board was integrated with the display, allowing the device to be run as a clock, where the segments only required short pulses to switch without the need for a constant current to maintain its state. Such an application pairs well with the advantages of electrochromic polymers, drawing on its high contrast, stability, and ability to maintain its colored or colorless state without the need for a constant power supply, to demonstrate the promise as well as the challenges of developing more sophisticated electrochromic devices. PMID:25978306

  10. Deposition of device quality, low hydrogen content, hydrogenated amorphous silicon at high deposition rates

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    Mahan, Archie Harvin; Molenbroek, Edith C.; Gallagher, Alan C.; Nelson, Brent P.; Iwaniczko, Eugene; Xu, Yueqin

    2002-01-01

    A method of fabricating device quality, thin-film a-Si:H for use as semiconductor material in photovoltaic and other devices, comprising in any order; positioning a substrate in a vacuum chamber adjacent a plurality of heatable filaments with a spacing distance L between the substrate and the filaments; heating the filaments to a temperature that is high enough to obtain complete decomposition of silicohydride molecules that impinge said filaments into Si and H atomic species; providing a flow of silicohydride gas, or a mixture of silicohydride gas containing Si and H, in said vacuum chamber while maintaining a pressure P of said gas in said chamber, which, in combination with said spacing distance L, provides a P.times.L product in a range of 10-300 mT-cm to ensure that most of the Si atomic species react with silicohydride molecules in the gas before reaching the substrate, to thereby grow a a-Si:H film at a rate of at least 50 .ANG./sec.; and maintaining the substrate at a temperature that balances out-diffusion of H from the growing a-Si:H film with time needed for radical species containing Si and H to migrate to preferred bonding sites.

  11. Accelerated Durability Testing of Electrochromic Windows

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    Tracy, C. E.; Zhang, J. G.; Benson, D. K.; Czanderna, A. W.; Deb, S. K.

    1998-12-29

    Prototype electrochromic windows made by several different U.S. companies have been tested in our laboratory for their long-term durability. Samples were subjected to alternate coloring and bleaching voltage cycles while exposed to simulated on 1-sun irradiance in a temperature-controlled environmental chamber with low relative humidity. The samples inside the chamber were tested under a matrix of different conditions. These conditions include: cycling at different temperatures (65 C, 85 C, and 107 C) under the irradiance, cycling versus no-cycling under the same irradiance and temperature, testing with different voltage waveforms and duty cycles with the same irradiance and temperature, cycling under various filtered irradiance intensities, and simple thermal exposure with no irradiance or cycling. The electro-optical characteristics of the samples were measured between 350 and 1,100 nm every 4,000 cycles for up to 20,000 cycles. Photographs of the samples were taken periodically wi th a digital camera to record cosmetic defects, the extent of residual coloration, and overall coloration and bleaching uniformity of the samples. Our results indicate that the most important cause of degradation is the combination of continuous cycling, elevated temperature, and irradiance. The relative importance of these variables, when considered synergistically or separately, depends on the particular device materials and design.

  12. Theoretical investigation of acoustic wave devices based on different piezoelectric films deposited on silicon carbide

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    Fan, Li; Zhang, Shu-yi; Ge, Huan; Zhang, Hui

    2013-07-01

    Performances of acoustic wave (AW) devices based on silicon carbide (SiC) substrates are theoretically studied, in which two types of piezoelectric films of ZnO and AlN deposited on 4H-SiC and 3C-SiC substrates are adopted. The phase velocities (PV), electromechanical coupling coefficients (ECC), and temperature coefficients of frequency (TCF) for three AW modes (Rayleigh wave, A0 and S0 modes of Lamb wave) often used in AW devices are calculated based on four types of configurations of interdigital transducers (IDTs). It is found that that the ZnO piezoelectric film is proper for the AW device operating in the low-frequency range because a high ECC can be realized using a thin ZnO film. The AlN piezoelectric film is proper for the device operating in the high-frequency range in virtue of the high PV of AlN, which can increase the finger width of the IDT. Generally, in the low-frequency Lamb wave devices using ZnO piezoelectric films with small normalized thicknesses of films to wavelengths hf/λ, thin SiC substrates can increase ECCs but induce high TCFs simultaneously. In the high-frequency device with a large hf/λ, the S0 mode of Lamb wave based on the AlN piezoelectric film deposited on a thick SiC substrate exhibits high performances by simultaneously considering the PV, ECC, and TCF.

  13. Tungsten oxide-Prussian blue electrochromic system based on a proton-conducting polymer electrolyte

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    Ho, K.C.; Rukavina, T.G.; Greenberg, C.B. . Glass Technology Center)

    1994-08-01

    A new solid-state electrochromic system is presented. It is transparent and is comprised of a tungsten oxide and Prussian blue (PB) thin film couple in combination with a proton-conducting, solid polymer electrolyte. This electrochromic system exhibits rapid and deep optical switching; characteristics of a complementary configuration, both electrochromic films color and bleach in phase. Complementary electrochromic cells with the tungsten oxide-PB couple have previously been based on Li[sup +] or K[sup +]-conducting electrolytes. A repetitively cycling cell has not previously been reported with a proton-conducting solid polymer electrolyte. The devices were operated at low applied voltages, +1.2 V to darken and [minus]0.6 V to bleach. Repeated reduction and oxidation of the current system over 20,000 cycles has been demonstrated, indicating a large number of switchings without great degradation or irreversible side reactions. The sustained, high overall coloration efficiency of the devices suggests the insertion/extraction of protons into and out of both WO[sub 3] and PB films. The effects of cell size and operating temperature on the switching response are discussed.

  14. Integrated smart electrochromic windows for energy saving and storage applications.

    PubMed

    Xie, Zhong; Jin, Xiujuan; Chen, Gui; Xu, Jing; Chen, Di; Shen, Guozhen

    2014-01-18

    A self-powered electrochromic smart window with tunable transmittance driven by dye-sensitized solar cells has been designed, which also acts as a photocharged electrochromic supercapacitor with high areal capacitance and reversible color changes. PMID:24281715

  15. A vertically integrated solar-powered electrochromic window for energy efficient buildings.

    PubMed

    Dyer, Aubrey L; Bulloch, Rayford H; Zhou, Yinhua; Kippelen, Bernard; Reynolds, John R; Zhang, Fengling

    2014-07-23

    A solution-processed self-powered polymer electrochromic/photovoltaic (EC/PV) device is realized by vertically integrating two transparent PV cells with an ECD. The EC/PV cell is a net energy positive dual functional device, which can be reversibly switched between transparent and colored states by PV cells for regulating incoming sunlight through windows. The two PV cells can individually, or in pairs, generate electricity. PMID:24863393

  16. A fast electrochromic polymer based on TEMPO substituted polytriphenylamine.

    PubMed

    Ji, Lvlv; Dai, Yuyu; Yan, Shuanma; Lv, Xiaojing; Su, Chang; Xu, Lihuan; Lv, Yaokang; Ouyang, Mi; Chen, Zuofeng; Zhang, Cheng

    2016-01-01

    A novel strategy to obtain rapid electrochromic switching response by introducing 2,2,6,6-tetramethyl-1-piperidinyloxy (TEMPO) moiety into polytriphenylamine backbone has been developed. The electrochromic properties of the integrated polymer film are investigated and a possible mechanism is proposed with TEMPO as a counterion-reservoir group to rapidly balance the charges during electrochromic switching, which leads to significantly improved electrochromism performance. PMID:27444398

  17. A fast electrochromic polymer based on TEMPO substituted polytriphenylamine

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    Ji, Lvlv; Dai, Yuyu; Yan, Shuanma; Lv, Xiaojing; Su, Chang; Xu, Lihuan; Lv, Yaokang; Ouyang, Mi; Chen, Zuofeng; Zhang, Cheng

    2016-01-01

    A novel strategy to obtain rapid electrochromic switching response by introducing 2,2,6,6-tetramethyl-1-piperidinyloxy (TEMPO) moiety into polytriphenylamine backbone has been developed. The electrochromic properties of the integrated polymer film are investigated and a possible mechanism is proposed with TEMPO as a counterion-reservoir group to rapidly balance the charges during electrochromic switching, which leads to significantly improved electrochromism performance. PMID:27444398

  18. Layer-by-layer Collagen Deposition in Microfluidic Devices for Microtissue Stabilization.

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    McCarty, William J; Prodanov, Ljupcho; Bale, Shyam Sundhar; Bhushan, Abhinav; Jindal, Rohit; Yarmush, Martin L; Usta, O Berk

    2015-01-01

    Although microfluidics provides exquisite control of the cellular microenvironment, culturing cells within microfluidic devices can be challenging. 3D culture of cells in collagen type I gels helps to stabilize cell morphology and function, which is necessary for creating microfluidic tissue models in microdevices. Translating traditional 3D culture techniques for tissue culture plates to microfluidic devices is often difficult because of the limited channel dimensions. In this method, we describe a technique for modifying native type I collagen to generate polycationic and polyanionic collagen solutions that can be used with layer-by-layer deposition to create ultrathin collagen assemblies on top of cells cultured in microfluidic devices. These thin collagen layers stabilize cell morphology and function, as shown using primary hepatocytes as an example cell, allowing for the long term culture of microtissues in microfluidic devices. PMID:26485274

  19. Method of forming ultra thin film devices by vacuum arc vapor deposition

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    Schramm, Harry F. (Inventor)

    2005-01-01

    A method for providing an ultra thin electrical circuit integral with a portion of a surface of an object, including using a focal Vacuum Arc Vapor Deposition device having a chamber, a nozzle and a nozzle seal, depressing the nozzle seal against the portion of the object surface to create an airtight compartment in the chamber and depositing one or more ultra thin film layer(s) only on the portion of the surface of the object, the layers being of distinct patterns such that they form the circuit.

  20. Computer Modeling of Flow, Thermal Condition and Ash Deposition in a Hot-Gas Filtration Device

    SciTech Connect

    Ahmadi, G.; Mazaheri, A.; Liu, C.; Gamwo, I.K.

    2002-09-19

    The objective of the present study is to develop a computational model for simulating the gas flow, thermal condition and ash transport and deposition pattern in the hot-gas filtration systems. The computational model is to provide a virtual tool for design and operation modifications. Particular attention is given to the Particle Control Device (PCD) at the Power Systems Development Facility (PSDF) in Wilsonville, Alabama. For evaluation of gas velocity and temperature field in the vessel, the FLUENT commercial CFD computer code is used. Ash particle transport and deposition pattern was analyzed with the Lagrangian particle tracking approach.

  1. Multicoloured electrochromic thin films of NiO/PANI

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    Sonavane, A. C.; Inamdar, A. I.; Deshmukh, H. P.; Patil, P. S.

    2010-08-01

    NiO/polyaniline (PANI) thin films have been prepared by a two-step process. NiO thin films were electrodeposited from an aqueous solution of NiCl2 · 6H2O at pH 7.5 on fluorine-doped tin oxide coated glass substrates and a layer of PANI was formed on NiO thin films by chemical bath deposition. The films were characterized for their structural, optical, morphological and electrochromic properties. X-ray diffraction and Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy indicated the formation of NiO and PANI, in which NiO is of cubic structure. Scanning electron micrographs represent porous granular NiO, which get uniformly carpeted with PANI, leading to a matty morphology of NiO/PANI samples. The electrochromic performance of NiO/PANI films has been studied using cyclic voltammetry and chronoamperometry over the -1.2 to +2.2 V (versus saturated calomel electrode (SCE)) potential window in 1M LiClO4 + propylene carbonate. The NiO/PANI films exhibit electrochromism with colour that changes from pale yellow (leucoemeraldine base at -0.7 V versus SCE) to dark green (emeraldine salt at 0.4 V versus SCE) to purple (pernigraniline at 0.8 V versus SCE) in the reduced states and dark blue (nigraniline at 0.5 V versus SCE) to dark green (emeraldine salt at 0.1 V versus SCE) to light green (photoemeraldine at -0.3 V versus SCE) in its oxidized states. These colours, though akin to pure PANI, have higher contrast, high speed of operation and high stability, owing to the properties of NiO. The colouration efficiency of the NiO/PANI film was estimated to be 85 cm2 C-1.

  2. Understanding electrochromic processes initiated by dithienylcyclopentene cation-radicals.

    PubMed

    Guirado, Gonzalo; Coudret, Christophe; Hliwa, Mohamed; Launay, Jean-Pierre

    2005-09-22

    Simple photochromic dithienylethylenes with either a perfluoro or a perhydro cyclopentene ring, and a variety of substituents (chlorine, iodine, trimethylsilyl, phenylthio, aldehyde, carboxylic acid, and ethynylanisyl), have been prepared and their electrochemical behavior was explored by cyclic voltammetry. All dithienylethylenes present two-electron irreversible oxidation waves in their open form, but the cation-radical of the open isomers can follow two different reaction pathways: dimerization or ring closure, whereas the halogen derivatives follow a dimerization mechanism, the presence of donor groups, such as the phenylthio-substituted compound, promote an efficient oxidative ring closure following an ECE/DISP mechanism. Electrochromic properties are also found in the corresponding ring-closed isomers. Depending on the substituents on the thiophene ring, and the perfluro or perhydro cyclopentene ring, open isomers can be obtained from oxidation (chemical or electrochemical) of the corresponding ring-closed isomers via an EC mechanism. This reaction pathway is favored by the presence of electron-withdrawing groups in the molecule. For all these compounds, closed or open, the oxidation lies between 0.8 and 1.5 V vs SCE, and provokes a permanent modification of the color, even after an oxidation-reduction cycle. This could be qualified as "electrochromism with memory". On the other hand, the ring-closed electron-rich isomers (E degrees < 0.8 V), which show reversible waves at the cation-radical or even dication level, give rise to "true electrochromism", for which no structural changes are observed. The experimental study was completed by theoretical calculations at the DFT level, using B3LYP density functional, which gave information on the total energy, the geometry, and the electronic structures of several representative compounds, either in the neutral form or in the cation-radical state. These results are important for the potential design of photochromic

  3. The inhalation device influences lung deposition and bronchodilating effect of terbutaline.

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    Borgström, L; Derom, E; Ståhl, E; Wåhlin-Boll, E; Pauwels, R

    1996-05-01

    The development of new inhalation devices for asthma drugs raises the issue of the relationship between pulmonary deposition and therapeutic effect of inhaled drugs in patients with obstructive lung diseases. We thus conducted a randomized, double-blind and double-dummy, four-period crossover study in 13 patients with moderate asthma (mean age 36 yr; FEV1 59% of predicted), who inhaled 0.25 and 0.5 mg terbutaline sulphate on separate occasions either via a pressurized metered dose inhaler (pMDI) or Turbuhaler (TBH). Pulmonary deposition was 8.1 +/- 2.7% and 8.3 +/- 2.3%, respectively, of the nominal dose for pMDI and 19.0 +/- 7.3%, and 22.0 +/- 8.1% for TBH. The FEV1 increase after 0.25 mg terbutaline sulphate via TBH was significantly greater than after 0.25 mg via pMDI. No significant differences in FEV1 increase were observed between 0.25 mg via TBH, 0.5 mg via pMDI, or 0.5 mg via TBH. Other lung function variables showed similar dose- and device-related changes. We concluded that: (1) the dose of terbutaline sulphate deposited in the lungs is dependent on which inhalation system is used; (2) TBH delivers about twice the amount of drug to the lungs as the pMDI; and (3) the observed difference in deposition is reflected in the bronchodilating effect. PMID:8630614

  4. Amorphous tungstate precursor route to nanostructured tungsten oxide film with electrochromic property.

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    Jeon, Ie-Rang; Kang, Joo-Hee; Paek, Seung-Min; Hwang, Seong-Ju; Choy, Jin-Ho

    2011-07-01

    Electrochromic tungsten oxide (WO3) films on ITO glass were fabricated by spin-coating with a tungsten peroxy acid solution, which was prepared by adding an equivolume mixture of hydrogen peroxide and glacial acetic acid to tungsten metal powder. The structural evolution of the tungstate precursor upon heat treatment was studied by X-ray diffraction (XRD) and X-ray absorption near edge structure (XANES) analyses, which indicated that the as-synthesized tungstate transformed into nanocrystalline WO3 upon heating. It is, therefore, quite clear that as-synthesized tungstate can be a good precursor for electrochromic WO3 films. A series of WO3 thin films were prepared on ITO glass by spin-coating with different concentrations of tungsten peroxy acid solution and then post-annealing at various temperatures. Depending on the concentration of the tungstate coating solution (200-500 mg mL(-1)) and the annealing temperature (100-300 degrees C), the thickness and WO3 content as well as the electrochromic properties of WO3 films can be controlled. As a result, the optimum fabrication conditions were determined to be a tungstate solution concentration of 300-400 mg mL(-1) and a post-annealing temperature of 200 degrees C. Finally, an inorganic-inorganic hybrid electrochromic device (ECD) composed of optimized WO3 and Prussian Blue (PB) with desirable coloration efficiency was successfully developed. PMID:22121748

  5. Heliocentric trajectory analysis of Sun-pointing smart dust with electrochromic control

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    Mengali, Giovanni; Quarta, Alessandro A.

    2016-02-01

    A smart dust is a micro spacecraft, with a characteristic side length on the order of a few millimeters, whose surface is coated with electrochromic material. Its orbital dynamics is controlled by exploiting the differential force due to the solar radiation pressure, which is obtained by modulating the reflectivity coefficient of the electrochromic material within a range of admissible values. A significant thrust level can be reached due to the high values of area-to-mass ratio of such a spacecraft configuration. Assuming that the smart dust is designed to achieve a passive Sun-pointing attitude, the propulsive acceleration due to the solar radiation pressure lies along the Sun-spacecraft direction. The aim of this paper is to study the smart dust heliocentric dynamics in order to find a closed form, analytical solution of its trajectory when the reflectivity coefficient of the electrochromic material can assume two values only. The problem is addressed by introducing a suitable transformation that regularizes the spacecraft motion and translates the smart-dust dynamics into that of a linear harmonic oscillator with unitary frequency, whose forcing input is a boxcar function. The solution is found using the Laplace transform method, and afterwards the problem is generalized by accounting for the degradation of the electrochromic material due to its exposition to the solar radiation. Three spacecraft configurations, corresponding to low, medium and high performance smart dusts, are finally used to quantify the potentialities of these advanced devices in an interplanetary mission scenario.

  6. Single-electron devices fabricated using double-angle deposition and plasma oxidation

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    Hong, Y.; Barcikowski, Z. S.; Ramanayaka, A. N.; Stewart, M. D., Jr.; Zimmerman, N. M.; Pomeroy, J. M.; Quantum Processes; Metrology Group Team

    We report on development of plasma oxidized, single-electron transistors (SETs) where we seek low-capacitance and small-area Al/AlOx/Al tunnel junctions with small charge offset drift. Performance of metal-based SET quantum devices and superconducting devices has suffered from long-term charge offset drift, high defect densities and charge noise. We use plasma oxidation to lower defect densities of the oxide layer, and adjustable deposition angles to control the overlapping areas for Al/AlOx/Al tunnel junctions. Current-voltage and charge offset drift measurements are planned for cryogenic temperatures. Other electrical properties will be measured at room temperature. We hope to see Coulomb blockade oscillations on these devices and better charge offset stability than typical Al/AlOx/Al SETs.

  7. Effective medium approximation of the optical properties of electrochromic cerium-titanium oxide compounds

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    von Rottkay, Nik; Richardson, Terry J.; Rubin, Michael; Slack, J.; Masetti, Enrico; Dautzenberg, G.

    1997-10-01

    Cerium titanium oxide samples produced by sol-gel have been compared against sputtered and pulsed laser deposited films over a wide range of different compositions. X-ray diffraction was used to investigate the structural properties of the compound material existing in a two-phase mixture MAO2-MBO2. The optical properties were evaluated over the whole solar spectrum by variable angle spectroscopic ellipsometry combined with spectrophotometry. The spectral complex refractive index was determined for CeO2 and TiO2, as well as for their compounds. To reduce the large number of permutations in composition of multi-component oxides it would be useful to be able to predict the properties of the mixtures from the pure oxide components. Therefore these results were compared to those obtained by effective medium theory utilizing the optical constants of CeO2 and TiO2. In order to investigate the performance as passive counter-electrode in Li+ based electrochromic devices the films were tested by cyclic voltammetry with in-situ transmission control. Chemical composition was measured by Rutherford backscattering spectrometry. Surface morphology was analyzed by atomic force microscopy.

  8. Variable Emittance Electrochromics Using Ionic Electrolytes and Low Solar Absorptance Coatings

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    Chandrasekhar, Prasanna

    2011-01-01

    One of the last remaining technical hurdles with variable emittance devices or skins based on conducting polymer electrochromics is the high solar absorptance of their top surfaces. This high solar absorptance causes overheating of the skin when facing the Sun in space. Existing technologies such as mechanical louvers or loop heat pipes are virtually inapplicable to micro (< 20 kg) and nano (< 5 kg) spacecraft. Novel coatings lower the solar absorption to Alpha(s) of between 0.30 and 0.46. Coupled with the emittance properties of the variable emittance skins, this lowers the surface temperature of the skins facing the Sun to between 30 and 60 C, which is much lower than previous results of 100 C, and is well within acceptable satellite operations ranges. The performance of this technology is better than that of current new technologies such as microelectromechanical systems (MEMS), electrostatics, and electrophoretics, especially in applications involving micro and nano spacecraft. The coatings are deposited inside a high vacuum, layering multiple coatings onto the top surfaces of variable emittance skins. They are completely transparent in the entire relevant infrared region (about 2 to 45 microns), but highly reflective in the visible-NIR (near infrared) region of relevance to solar absorptance.

  9. Electrochromic properties of WO3 thin film onto gold nanoparticles modified indium tin oxide electrodes

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    Deng, Jiajia; Gu, Ming; Di, Junwei

    2011-04-01

    Gold nanoparticles (GNPs) thin films, electrochemically deposited from hydrogen tetrachloroaurate onto transparent indium tin oxide (ITO) thin film coated glass, have different color prepared by variation of the deposition condition. The color of GNP film can vary from pale red to blue due to different particle size and their interaction. The characteristic of GNPs modified ITO electrodes was studied by UV-vis spectroscopy, scanning electron microscope (SEM) images and cyclic voltammetry. WO3 thin films were fabricated by sol-gel method onto the surface of GNPs modified electrode to form the WO3/GNPs composite films. The electrochromic properties of WO3/GNPs composite modified ITO electrode were investigated by UV-vis spectroscopy and cyclic voltammetry. It was found that the electrochromic performance of WO3/GNPs composite films was improved in comparison with a single component system of WO3.

  10. Deposition, patterning, and utility of conductive materials for the rapid prototyping of chemical and bioanalytical devices.

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    Gabardo, C M; Soleymani, L

    2016-06-21

    Rapid prototyping is a critical step in the product development cycle of miniaturized chemical and bioanalytical devices, often categorized as lab-on-a-chip devices, biosensors, and micro-total analysis systems. While high throughput manufacturing methods are often preferred for large-volume production, rapid prototyping is necessary for demonstrating and predicting the performance of a device and performing field testing and validation before translating a product from research and development to large volume production. Choosing a specific rapid prototyping method involves considering device design requirements in terms of minimum feature sizes, mechanical stability, thermal and chemical resistance, and optical and electrical properties. A rapid prototyping method is then selected by making engineering trade-off decisions between the suitability of the method in meeting the design specifications and manufacturing metrics such as speed, cost, precision, and potential for scale up. In this review article, we review four categories of rapid prototyping methods that are applicable to developing miniaturized bioanalytical devices, single step, mask and deposit, mask and etch, and mask-free assembly, and we will focus on the trade-offs that need to be made when selecting a particular rapid prototyping method. The focus of the review article will be on the development of systems having a specific arrangement of conductive or semiconductive materials. PMID:27001624

  11. The Pharmaceutical Aerosol Deposition Device on Cell Cultures (PADDOCC) in vitro system: design and experimental protocol.

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    Hein, Stephanie; Bur, Michael; Kolb, Tobias; Muellinger, Bernhard; Schaefer, Ulrich F; Lehr, Claus-Michael

    2010-08-01

    The development of aerosol medicines typically involves numerous tests on animals, due to the lack of adequate in vitro models. A new in vitro method for testing pharmaceutical aerosol formulations on cell cultures was developed, consisting of an aerosolisation unit fitting a commercial dry powder inhaler (HandiHaler(c), Boehringer Ingelheim, Germany), an air-flow control unit (Akita(c), Activaero, Germany) and a custom-made sedimentation chamber. This chamber holds three Snapwell(c) inserts with monolayers of pulmonary epithelial cells. The whole set-up, referred to as the Pharmaceutical Aerosol Deposition Device On Cell Cultures (PADDOCC) system, aims to mimic the complete process of aerosol drug delivery, encompassing aerosol generation, aerosol deposition onto pulmonary epithelial cells and subsequent drug transport across this biological barrier, to facilitate the investigation of new aerosol formulations in the early stages of development. We describe here, the development of the design and the protocol for this device. By testing aerosol formulations of budesonide and salbutamol sulphate, respectively, reproducible deposition of aerosol particles on, and the integrity of, the pulmonary cell monolayer could be demonstrated. PMID:20822321

  12. Facile preparation of aqueous suspensions of WO3/sulfonated PEDOT hybrid nanoparticles for electrochromic applications.

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    Ling, Han; Ding, Guoqiang; Mandler, Daniel; Lee, Pooi See; Xu, Jianwei; Lu, Xuehong

    2016-08-01

    An aqueous suspension of WO3/poly(4-(2,3-dihydrothieno[3,4-b]-[1,4]dioxin-2-yl-methoxy)-1-butanesulfonic acid) (PEDTS) hybrid nanoparticles (NPs) is prepared by air-assisted oxidative polymerization and simultaneous attachment of PEDTS on WO3-NPs, and used for electrochromic (EC) film fabrication via air-brush spraying. The hybrid EC device exhibits enhanced EC properties compared to the ones based on WO3-NP or PEDTS alone. PMID:27375222

  13. Organic nonvolatile resistive memory devices based on thermally deposited Au nanoparticle

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    Jin, Zhiwen; Liu, Guo; Wang, Jizheng

    2013-05-01

    Uniform Au nanoparticles (NPs) are formed by thermally depositing nominal 2-nm thick Au film on a 10-nm thick polyimide film formed on a Al electrode, and then covered by a thin polymer semiconductor film, which acts as an energy barrier for electrons to be injected from the other Al electrode (on top of polymer film) into the Au NPs, which are energetically electron traps in such a resistive random access memory (RRAM) device. The Au NPs based RRAM device exhibits estimated retention time of 104 s, cycle times of more than 100, and ON-OFF ratio of 102 to 103. The carrier transport properties are also analyzed by fitting the measured I-V curves with several conduction models.

  14. Reducing residential cooling requirements through the use of electrochromic windows

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    Sullivan, R.; Rubin, M.; Selkowitz, S.

    1995-05-01

    This paper presents the results of a study investigating the energy performance of electrochromic windows in a prototypical residential building under a variety of state switching control strategies. We used the DOE-2.1E energy simulation program to analyze the annual cooling energy and peak demand as a function of glazing type, size, and electrochromic control strategy. A single-story ranch-style home located in the cooling-dominated locations of Miami, FL and Phoenix, AZ was simulated. Electrochromic control strategies analyzed were based on incident total solar radiation, space cooling load, and outside air temperature. Our results show that an electrochromic material with a high reflectance in the colored state provides the best performance for all control strategies. On the other hand, electrochromic switching using space cooling load provides the best performance for all the electrochromic materials. The performance of the incident total solar radiation control strategy varies as a function of the values of solar radiation which trigger the bleached and colored states of the electrochromic (setpoint range); i.e., required cooling decreases as the setpoint range decreases; also, performance differences among electrochromics increases. The setpoint range of outside air temperature control of electrochromics must relate to the ambient weather conditions prevalent in a particular location. If the setpoint range is too large, electrochromic cooling performance is very poor. Electrochromics compare favorably to conventional low-E clear glazings that have high solar heat gain coefficients that are used with overhangs. However, low-E tinted glazings with low solar heat gain coefficients can outperform certain electrochromics. Overhangs should be considered as a design option for electrochromics whose state properties do not change significantly between bleached and colored states.

  15. Visualization of energy: light dose indicator based on electrochromic gyroid nano-materials.

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    Wei, Di; Scherer, Maik R J; Astley, Michael; Steiner, Ullrich

    2015-06-01

    The typical applications of electrochromic devices do not make use of the charge-dependent, gradual optical response due to their slow voltage-sensitive coloration. However, in this paper we present a design for a reusable, self-powered light dose indicator consisting of a solar cell and a gyroid-structured nickel oxide (NiO) electrochromic display that measures the cumulative charge per se, making use of the efficient voltage-sensitive coloration of gyroid materials. To circumvent the stability issues associated with the standard aqueous electrolyte that is typically accompanied by water splitting and gas evolution, we investigate a novel nano-gyroid NiO electrochromic device based on organic solvents of 1,1,1,3,3,3-hexafluoropropan-2-ol, and room temperature ionic liquid (RTIL) triethylsulfonium bis(trifluoromethylsulfonyl) imide ([SET3][TFSI]) containing lithium bis(trifluoromethylsulfonyl) imide. We show that an effective light dose indicator can be enabled by nano-gyroid NiO with RTIL; this proves to be a reliable device since it does not involve solvent degradation or gas generation. PMID:25969409

  16. Photochemical vapor deposition of amorphous silicon photovoltaic devices. Semiannual subcontract report, 1 May 1985-31 October 1985

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    Baron, B.N.; Rocheleau, R.E.; Hegedus, S.S.

    1986-06-01

    Intrinsic, p-type, and n-type hydrogenated amorphous silicon thin-films have been deposited by mercury-sensitized photochemical vapor deposition (photo-CVD) from disilane. The photochemical reactor design includes two chambers separated by a movable uv-transparent Teflon curtain to eliminate deposition on the reactor window. Glass/TCO/p-i-n/metal photovoltaic devices were fabricated by photo-CVD. The efficiency at 87.5 MW/cm/sup 2/(ELH) was 5.1%.

  17. Photochemical vapor deposition of amorphous silicon photovoltaic devices: Annual subcontract report, 1 May 1985-30 April 1986

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    Baron, B.N.; Rocheleau, R.E.; Hegedus, S.S.

    1987-02-01

    Intrinsic, p-type, and n-type a-Si:H and p-type a-SiC:H thin-films have been deposited by Hg-sensitized photochemical vapor depositions (photo-CVD) from disilane. The photochemical reactor design includes two chambers separated by a movable uv-transparent Teflon curtain, which eliminates deposition on the reactor window. Photovoltaic devices of the type glass/TCO/p-i-n/metal were fabricated by photo-CVD. The device efficiency obtained at 87.5 mW/cm/sup 2/ and ELH illumination was 6.4%.

  18. Reactivity and morphology of vapor-deposited Al/polymer interfaces for organic semiconductor devices

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    Demirkan, K.; Mathew, A.; Weiland, C.; Reid, M.; Opila, R. L.

    2008-02-01

    The chemistry and the morphology of metal-deposited organic semiconductor interfaces play a significant role in determining the performance and reliability of organic semiconductor devices. We investigated the aluminum metallization of poly(2-methoxy-5,2'-ethyl-hexyloxy-phenylene vinylene) (MEH-PPV), polystyrene, and ozone-treated polystyrene surfaces by chemical (x-ray and ultraviolet photoelectron spectroscopy) and microscopic [atomic force microscopy, scanning electron microscopy (SEM), focused ion beam (FIB)] analyses. Photoelectron spectroscopy showed the degree of chemical interaction between Al and each polymer; for MEH-PPV, the chemical interactions were mainly through the C-O present in the side chain of the polymer structure. The chemical interaction of aluminum with polystyrene was less significant, but it showed a dramatic increase after ozone treatment of the polystyrene surface (due to the formation of exposed oxygen sites). Results showed a strong relationship between the surface reactivity and the condensation/sticking of the aluminum atoms on the surface. SEM analysis showed that, during the initial stages of the metallization, a significant clustering of aluminum takes place. FIB analysis showed that such clustering yields a notably porous structure. The chemical and the morphological properties of the vapor-deposited Al on organic semiconductor surfaces makes such electrical contacts more complicated. The possible effects of surface chemistry and interface morphology on the electrical properties and reliability of organic semiconductor devices are discussed in light of the experimental findings.

  19. Study of electrochromism in Ti:WO3 films by sol-gel process

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    Ozer, Nilgun; Dogan, Nilgun

    1998-09-01

    Electrochromism in sol-gel deposited WO3 films containing TiO2 has been observed. The films are deposited by spin coating from peroxo-polytungstic acid and titanium isopropoxide precursors. The films were fabricated on quartz and SnO2:F coated glass substrates. Films were heat treated at 150 degree(s)C. Morphology of the films was examined by scanning electron microscopy, which indicated that the films were smooth and had a pore free surface. Results will be presented detailing the optical switching during electrochemical lithium intercalation. These results will be used to compare the performance of the Ti doped WO3 films with other electrochromics. The Ti:WO3 films all color cathodically, and the color state is a neutral grayish blue color, while the bleached state is transparent and colorless. Results of the cyclic stability will also be presented. The neutral color of the Ti:WO3 films means that electrochromic windows based on Ti:WO3 may have significant advantages over WO3-based windows. A detailed analysis of the optical properties of the bleached and colored states of the films will be presented. The dynamics of coloration for these films is also under investigation, and preliminary results will be presented.

  20. In-situ spectroscopic studies of electrochromic tungsten oxide films

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    Ozer, Nilgun; Demirbas, Muharrem; Ozyurt, Secuk

    2001-11-01

    Tungsten oxide thin films were prepared using an ethanolic solution of tungsten hexachloride (WCl6) by sol-gel spin coating. The films were spin coated on indium tin oxide (ITO) coated glass substrate at temperatures in the range of 100 to 450 degree(s)C. The films were characterized by x-ray diffractometry (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) UV- visible spectroscopy and cyclic voltammetry (CV). XRD showed that they had a polycrystalline WO3 structure for heat treatment temperatures at above 350 degree(s)C. The SEM examinations showed that the surface texture was very uniform and homogeneous. In situ electrochemical reduction of WO3/ITO (2M HCl) produced a blue color in less than a second. Coloration efficiency (CE) was found to be 21 cm2/mC. In situ spectroscopic investigations showed that these films could be used as a working electrode in electrochromic devices.

  1. Electrochromism of electrochemically codeposited composites of phosphomolybdic acid and tungsten trioxide

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    Pan, B.H.; Lee, J.Y.

    1996-09-01

    The electrochromism of phosphomolybdic acid (PM) in solution and in a series of solid WO{sub 3}-PM composites is investigated. PM in solution changes color from light yellow to dark blue upon reduction whereas the composites show a change from light yellow to bluish brown under identical conditions. PM could not be deposited as a thin film by itself, and electrochemical codeposition was used to incorporate it into the WO{sub 3} matrix. The basic electrochromatic properties of WO{sub 3} are changed upon the incorporation of PM even in small quantities. The composites have a more intense color, a different cold spectrum, and a slower electrochromic response speed than that of WO{sub 3}. The composites, like WO{sub 3}, are also degraded by slow and continuous potential cycling.

  2. Electroresponsive Structurally Colored Materials: A Combination of Structural and Electrochromic Effects.

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    Kuno, Tomoya; Matsumura, Yoshimasa; Nakabayashi, Koji; Atobe, Mahito

    2016-02-12

    Electroresponsive structurally colored materials composed of ordered arrays of polyaniline@poly(methyl methacrylate) (PANI@PMMA) core-shell nanoparticles have been successfully prepared. The core-shell nanoparticles were synthesized by deposition of PANI shells on the surfaces of the PMMA cores by the oxidative polymerization of anilinium chloride. Ordered arrays were then fabricated by using the fluidic cell method. Because the ordered arrays and the PANI shells generate structural and electrochromic colors, respectively, these core-shell colloidal crystals exhibited colors resulting from the combined effects of these materials. The crystal colors depended greatly on the size of PANI@PMMA particles and could also be varied by the application of a voltage. The electrochromic colors of these arrays were found to be quite different from those exhibited by pure PANI films prepared by electrochemical oxidation. PMID:26756200

  3. Structural and mechanical properties of Al–C–N films deposited at room temperature by plasma focus device

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    Z, A. Umar; R, Ahmad; R, S. Rawat; M, A. Baig; J, Siddiqui; T, Hussain

    2016-07-01

    The Al–C–N films are deposited on Si substrates by using a dense plasma focus (DPF) device with aluminum fitted central electrode (anode) and by operating the device with CH4/N2 gas admixture ratio of 1:1. XRD results verify the crystalline AlN (111) and Al3CON (110) phase formation of the films deposited using multiple shots. The elemental compositions as well as chemical states of the deposited Al–C–N films are studied using XPS analysis, which affirm Al–N, C–C, and C–N bonding. The FESEM analysis reveals that the deposited films are composed of nanoparticles and nanoparticle agglomerates. The size of the agglomerates increases at a higher number of focus deposition shots for multiple shot depositions. Nanoindentation results reveal the variation in mechanical properties (nanohardness and elastic modulus) of Al–C–N films deposited with multiple shots. The highest values of nanohardness and elastic modulus are found to be about 11 and 185 GPa, respectively, for the film deposited with 30 focus deposition shots. The mechanical properties of the films deposited using multiple shots are related to the Al content and C–N bonding.

  4. Electrochemical Deposition of Nanostructured Conducting Polymer Coatings on Neural Prosthetic Devices

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    Yang, Junyan; Martin, David

    2003-03-01

    Micromachined neural prosthetic devices facilitate the functional stimulation of and recording from the central nervous system (CNS). These devices have been fabricated to consist of silicon shanks that have gold or iridium sites along their surface. Our goal is to improve the biocompatibility and long-term performance of the neural prosthetic probes when they are implanted chronically in the brain. In our most recent efforts we have established that electrochemical polymerization can be used to deposit fuzzy coatings of conducting polymers specifically on the electrode sites. For neural prosthetic devices that are intended for long term implantation, we need to develop surfaces that provide intimate contact and promote efficient signal transport at the interface of the microelectrode array and brain tissue. We have developed methods to rapidly and reliably fabricate nanostructured conducting polymer coatings on the electrode probes using templated and surfactant-mediated techniques. Conducting polymer nanomushrooms and nanohairs of polypyrrole (PPy) were electrochemically polymerized onto the functional sites of neural probes by using either nanoporous block copolymers thin films, "track-etched" polycarbonate films or anodic aluminium oxide membranes as templates. Nanofibers of conducting polymers have also been successfully obtained by polymerizations in the presence of surfactants. The influence of current density, monomer concentration, surfactant concentration, and deposition charge on the thickness and morphology of the nanostructured conducting polymer coatings has been studied by optical, scanned probe, scanning electron and transmission electron microscopy. As compared with the normal nodular morphology of polypyrrole, the nanostructured morphologies grown from the neural electrode result in fuzzy coatings with extremely high surface area. The electrical properties of the polymer coatings were studied by Impedance Spectroscopy (IS) and Cyclic Voltammetry

  5. Electrophoretic deposition on nonconducting substrates: a demonstration of the application to microwave devices.

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    Vilarinho, Paula M; Fu, Zhi; Wu, Aiying; Axelsson, Anna; Kingon, Angus I

    2015-02-24

    Through the use of a sacrificial carbon layer, this work reports a method of performing electrophoretic deposition (EPD) of thick films on fully nonconducting substrates, overcoming the restricting requirement for EPD of a conducting or partially conducting substrate. As a proof of concept, the method was applied to the development of microwave-thick films on insulating alumina substrates. The key parameter to be controlled is the thickness of the sacrificial carbon layer; this is expected to be a general result for the application of the processing method. The method allows direct patterning of the structure and leads to the potential use of EPD in a far wider range of electronic applications (multilayer ceramic capacitors (MLCCs), low-temperature cofired ceramics (LTTCs), and biotech devices). Furthermore, in conjunction with work reported elsewhere, the development of specific BaNd2Ti5O14 (BNT) thick-film microwave dielectrics opens up a technology platform for a range of high-quality factor (Q) devices. More specifically, 100-μm-thick BNT layers were achieved with a dielectric constant of 149 and Q of 1161 (10 GHz). These materials can now be integrated with tunable dielectrics or dielectrics on metal substrates to provide a platform for devices in the front end of communication systems and cellular base stations. PMID:25635508

  6. The electro-optical and electrochromic properties of electrolyte-liquid crystal dispersions

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    Cupelli, Daniela; De Filpo, Giovanni; Chidichimo, Giuseppe; Nicoletta, Fiore Pasquale

    2006-07-01

    Liquid crystals are known to exhibit a reversible color change by applying a direct current electric field, if a small amount of quaternary ammonium salts is dissolved into them. Applications of such an electrochromic liquid crystal cell have been proposed as interesting laser-addressed writing and image storage devices. Liquid crystal dispersions are composite materials formed by liquid crystal droplets embedded in either a polymer or a monomer matrix. Thin films of liquid crystal dispersions can be turned from an opaque to a transparent state by application of a suitable alternating current electric field. Herein, we report our investigations on electrolyte-liquid crystal dispersions, which show independent electro-optical and electrochromic properties characterized by fast bleaching times. This cell involves the reorientation of liquid crystal molecules, trapped in droplets, for the electro-optical changes from the opaque to transparent state and the formation of complexes at the cathode, between the positive ions of electrolyte and liquid crystal dispersed in the matrix, for the electrochromic changes from the bleached to colored state. The device is able to change its electro-optical transmittance within few milliseconds and its color within few seconds.

  7. Decreased electrochromism in Li-intercalated Ti oxide films containing La, Ce, and Pr

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    Kullman, L.; Azens, A.; Granqvist, C.G.

    1997-06-01

    Films of Ti{endash}La oxide, Ti{endash}Ce oxide, and Ti{endash}Pr oxide were produced by reactive dc magnetron sputtering. Their composition was determined by Rutherford backscattering spectrometry. X-ray diffractometry and infrared absorption spectroscopy indicated that the microstructure was heavily disordered and in most cases Ti-oxidelike. Electrochemical Li intercalation/deintercalation was studied by cyclic voltammetry, and ensuing optical data were recorded by spectrophotometry. Ce addition diminished the electrochromism, and films with Ce/Ti atom ratios exceeding 0.3 were almost fully transparent irrespective of their lithiation, pointing at the potential applications of such films as counter electrodes in transparent electrochromic devices. The optical and electrochemical data were discussed in terms of a model based on electron insertion/extraction in 4f states located in the gap between the valence and conduction bands of CeO{sub 2}. {copyright} {ital 1997 American Institute of Physics.}

  8. The solution growth route and characterization of electrochromic tungsten oxide thin films

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    Todorovski, Toni; Najdoski, Metodija

    2007-12-04

    Electrochromic tungsten oxide thin films were prepared by using an aqueous solution of Na{sub 2}WO{sub 4}.2H{sub 2}O and dimethyl sulfate. Various techniques were used for the characterization of the films such as X-ray diffraction, cyclic voltammetry, SEM analysis and VIS-spectroscopy. The thin film durability was tested in an aqueous solution of LiClO{sub 4} (0.1 mol/dm{sup 3}) for about 7000 cycles followed by cyclic voltammetry. No significant changes in the cyclic voltammograms were found, thus proving the high durability of the films. The optical transmittance spectra of coloured and bleached states showed significant change in the transmittance, which makes these films favorable for electrochromic devices.

  9. Decreased electrochromism in Li-intercalated Ti oxide films containing La, Ce, and Pr

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    Kullman, L.; Azens, A.; Granqvist, C. G.

    1997-06-01

    Films of Ti-La oxide, Ti-Ce oxide, and Ti-Pr oxide were produced by reactive dc magnetron sputtering. Their composition was determined by Rutherford backscattering spectrometry. X-ray diffractometry and infrared absorption spectroscopy indicated that the microstructure was heavily disordered and in most cases Ti-oxidelike. Electrochemical Li intercalation/deintercalation was studied by cyclic voltammetry, and ensuing optical data were recorded by spectrophotometry. Ce addition diminished the electrochromism, and films with Ce/Ti atom ratios exceeding 0.3 were almost fully transparent irrespective of their lithiation, pointing at the potential applications of such films as counter electrodes in transparent electrochromic devices. The optical and electrochemical data were discussed in terms of a model based on electron insertion/extraction in 4f states located in the gap between the valence and conduction bands of CeO2.

  10. Modified electrochromism of tungsten oxide via platinum nanophases

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    Park, Kyung-Won; Shim, Hee-Sang; Seong, Tae-Yeon; Sung, Yung-Eun

    2006-05-01

    We report electrochromic properties of WO3 modified by platinum nanophases. The WO3 incorporated by Pt metallic nanophases (Pt -WO3) showed exactly reverse electrochromic phenomenon compared with that of both pure WO3 and WO3 intercepted and coated by metallic Pt thin-film layer. In addition, to investigate the origin of modified electrochromic properties, electrodes consisting of WO3 and/or Pt layers were designed and observed in optical properties during electrochemical reaction. The change of electrochromic properties in the Pt -WO3 is caused by modified structural and electrochemical properties of the WO3 by Pt metallic nanophases dispersed in the oxide matrix.

  11. Structural changes of electron and ion beam-deposited contacts in annealed carbon-based electrical devices

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    Batra, Nitin M.; Patole, Shashikant P.; Abdelkader, Ahmed; Anjum, Dalaver H.; Deepak, Francis L.; Costa, Pedro M. F. J.

    2015-11-01

    The use of electron and ion beam deposition to make devices containing discrete nanostructures as interconnectors is a well-known nanofabrication process. Classically, one-dimensional materials such as carbon nanotubes (CNTs) have been electrically characterized by resorting to these beam deposition methods. While much attention has been given to the interconnectors, less is known about the contacting electrodes (or leads). In particular, the structure and chemistry of the electrode-interconnector interface is a topic that deserves more attention, as it is critical to understand the device behavior. Here, the structure and chemistry of Pt electrodes, deposited either with electron or ion beams and contacted to a CNT, are analyzed before and after thermally annealing the device in a vacuum. Free-standing Pt nanorods, acting as beam-deposited electrode models, are also characterized pre- and post-annealing. Overall, the as-deposited leads contain a non-negligible amount of amorphous carbon that is consolidated, upon heating, as a partially graphitized outer shell enveloping a Pt core. This observation raises pertinent questions regarding the definition of electrode-nanostructure interfaces in electrical devices, in particular long-standing assumptions of metal-CNT contacts fabricated by direct beam deposition methods.

  12. Nanomaterials for LightManagement in Electro-Optical Devices

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    Truong, Vo-Van; Singh, Jai; Tanemura, Sakae; Hu, Michael Z.

    2012-01-01

    sensing applications. In parallel to the experimental development of nanomaterials for light management in devices, theoretical modeling and analysis have also accomplished much progress, and different methods for simulating the optical properties of nanoparticles and structures have been proposed. This special issue of the Journal of Nanomaterials is thus dedicated to articles dealing with nanostructured materials that can be used for light management purpose in different applications. Silicon-rich oxide (SRO) is a dielectric material that contains Si nanoparticles and exhibits interesting physical characteristics for applications in optoelectronic devices. The work by Aceves-Mijares et al. examine, in detail the electro-, cathode- and photoluminescence properties of SRO and discuss the origin of light emission in this type of materials. SRO films, of high and medium silicon excess density, obtained by low-pressure chemical vapor deposition and annealed at 1,100 C have been studied. Results obtained by the authors have led to conclude that SRO emission properties are due to oxidation state nanoagglomerates rather than to nanocrystals, and the emission mechanism is similar to that in the donor-acceptor decay in semiconductors with a specific wide emission spectrum. Two papers are devoted to nanostructured electrochromic thin films, a category of materials most suitable for controlling light transmission or absorption in electrooptical devices, including smart window coatings. Dinh et al. have shown that by mixing nanostructured Ti and W oxides films, one can obtain devices with considerable enhancement of electrochromic efficiency and electrochemical stability as compared to the conventional nonnanostructured films. As large-area mixed Ti and W oxides can be prepared by the simple doctor blade technique followed by an electrochemical process, this type of nanostructured electrochromic films can be considered a good candidate for smart window applications. Djaoued et al

  13. Controllable chemical vapor deposition growth of few layer graphene for electronic devices.

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    Wei, Dacheng; Wu, Bin; Guo, Yunlong; Yu, Gui; Liu, Yunqi

    2013-01-15

    Because of its atomic thickness, excellent properties, and widespread applications, graphene is regarded as one of the most promising candidate materials for nanoelectronics. The wider use of graphene will require processes that produce this material in a controllable manner. In this Account, we focus on our recent studies of the controllable chemical vapor deposition (CVD) growth of graphene, especially few-layer graphene (FLG), and the applications of this material in electronic devices. CVD provides various means of control over the morphologies of the produced graph ene. We studied several variables that can affect the CVD growth of graphene, including the catalyst, gas flow rate, growth time, and growth temperature and successfully achieved the controlled growth of hexagonal graphene crystals. Moreover, we developed several modified CVD methods for the controlled growth of FLGs. Patterned CVD produced FLGs with desired shapes in required areas. By introducing dopant precursor in the CVD process, we produced substitutionally doped FLGs, avoiding the typically complicated post-treatment processes for graphene doping. We developed a template CVD method to produce FLG ribbons with controllable morphologies on a large scale. An oxidation-activated surface facilitated the CVD growth of polycrystalline graphene without the use of a metal catalyst or a complicated postgrowth transfer process. In devices, CVD offers a controllable means to modulate the electronic properties of the graphene samples and to improve device performance. Using CVD-grown hexagonal graphene crystals as the channel materials in field-effect transistors (FETs), we improved carrier mobility. Substitutional doping of graphene in CVD opened a band gap for efficient FET operation and modulated the Fermi energy level for n-type or p-type features. The similarity between the chemical structure of graphene and organic semiconductors suggests potential applications of graphene in organic devices. We

  14. Ultrahigh-mobility graphene devices from chemical vapor deposition on reusable copper

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    Banszerus, Luca; Schmitz, Michael; Engels, Stephan; Dauber, Jan; Oellers, Martin; Haupt, Federica; Watanabe, Kenji; Taniguchi, Takashi; Beschoten, Bernd; Stampfer, Christoph

    2015-01-01

    Graphene research has prospered impressively in the past few years, and promising applications such as high-frequency transistors, magnetic field sensors, and flexible optoelectronics are just waiting for a scalable and cost-efficient fabrication technology to produce high-mobility graphene. Although significant progress has been made in chemical vapor deposition (CVD) and epitaxial growth of graphene, the carrier mobility obtained with these techniques is still significantly lower than what is achieved using exfoliated graphene. We show that the quality of CVD-grown graphene depends critically on the used transfer process, and we report on an advanced transfer technique that allows both reusing the copper substrate of the CVD growth and making devices with mobilities as high as 350,000 cm2 V–1 s–1, thus rivaling exfoliated graphene. PMID:26601221

  15. Selective and non-selective deposition of thick polysilicon layers for adaptive mirror device

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    Bartek, M.; Vdovin, G. V.; Wolffenbuttel, R. F.

    1997-09-01

    Two IC-process-compatible fabrication schemes, based on the selective and non-selective deposition of a thick polysilicon layer in an epitaxial reactor, are used for adaptive micromirror device fabrication. The micromirror consists of a composite diaphragm (a 0960-1317/7/3/014/img1 square-shaped silicon nitride membrane on which an additional 0960-1317/7/3/014/img2 thick polycrystalline silicon layer with a circular aperture is formed) coated with a 0960-1317/7/3/014/img3 reflective aluminium layer on a bulk micromachined 10.5 mm by 10.5 mm square silicon frame. The additional polycrystalline silicon layer with a circular aperture improves the optical properties of a deflected square-shaped silicon nitride membrane resulting from anisotropic KOH etching.

  16. In situ process diagnostics of silane plasma for device-quality a-Si:H deposition

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    Shing, Y. H.; Perry, J. W.; Hermann, A. M.

    Coherent anti-Stokes Raman spectroscopy (CARS) and mass spectrometry (MS) have been applied to in situ process diagnostics of a silane plasma for device-quality a-Si:H film deposition. Silane depletion was directly measured by CARS and is linearly dependent on RF power in the region of 4-12 W with a slope of 0.5 percent/mW-sq cm. The depletion is also dependent on SiH4 flow rate starting with a 50 percent depletion at a low flow rate of 5.6 sccm and asymptotically approaching an 8 percent depletion at a flow rate of 80 sccm. The mass spectral line signal intensity of disilane increases with RF power and shows an apparent transition at 6 W. Disilane formation in silane plasma, film deposition rate, and silane depletion ratio as a function of the RF power indicate that the film growth mechanism in the low-power region of 3.5-6.5 W is substantially different from that in the high-power region of 6.5-12 W.

  17. In situ process diagnostics of silane plasma for device-quality a-Si:H deposition

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    Shing, Y. H.; Perry, J. W.; Hermann, A. M.

    1987-01-01

    Coherent anti-Stokes Raman spectroscopy (CARS) and mass spectrometry (MS) have been applied to in situ process diagnostics of a silane plasma for device-quality a-Si:H film deposition. Silane depletion was directly measured by CARS and is linearly dependent on RF power in the region of 4-12 W with a slope of 0.5 percent/mW-sq cm. The depletion is also dependent on SiH4 flow rate starting with a 50 percent depletion at a low flow rate of 5.6 sccm and asymptotically approaching an 8 percent depletion at a flow rate of 80 sccm. The mass spectral line signal intensity of disilane increases with RF power and shows an apparent transition at 6 W. Disilane formation in silane plasma, film deposition rate, and silane depletion ratio as a function of the RF power indicate that the film growth mechanism in the low-power region of 3.5-6.5 W is substantially different from that in the high-power region of 6.5-12 W.

  18. Electrospray-assisted characterization and deposition of chlorosomes to fabricate a biomimetic light-harvesting device

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    Modesto-Lopez, Luis B.; Thimsen, Elijah J.; Collins, Aaron M.; Blankenship, R. E.; Biswas, Pratim

    2010-01-01

    Photosynthesis is an efficient process by which solar energy is converted into chemical energy. Green photosynthetic bacteria such as Chloroflexus aurantiacus have supramolecular antenna complexes called chlorosomes attached to their cytoplasmic membrane that increase the cross section for light absorption even in low-light conditions. Self-assembled bacteriochlorophyll pigments in the chlorosome interior play a key role in the efficient transfer and funneling of the harvested energy. In this work it was demonstrated that chlorosomes can be rapidly and precisely size-characterized online in real time using an electrospray-assisted mobility-based technique. Chlorosomes were electrospray-deposited onto TiO{sub 2} nanostructured films with columnar morphology to fabricate a novel biomimetic device to overcome the solvent compatibility issues associated with biological particles and synthetic dyes. The assembled unit retained the viability of the chlorosomes, and the harvesting of sunlight over a broader range of wavelengths was demonstrated. It was shown that the presence of chlorosomes in the biomimetic device had a 30-fold increase in photocurrent.

  19. NREL Electrochromic Window Research Wins Award

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    None

    2013-05-29

    Winners of the CO-LABS Governor's Award for High-Impact Research in Energy Efficiency, Dr. Satyen Deb at the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) discovered that a small electrical charge can change the opacity of tungsten oxide from clear to tinted. He, Dr. Dane Gillaspie, and their fellow scientists at NREL then applied this knowledge to develop and transfer the technologies required to construct an electrochromic window, which can switch between clear and heavily tinted states. Electrochromic windows allow natural light in while adding tint to reduce summer heat and glare, and going clear to allow sunlight through in the winter. Broad adaptation of these windows could reduce US total energy use by four percent and reduce building cooling loads by 20%, much of this during expensive peak hours. Windows based on these discoveries are now being installed worldwide.

  20. Electrochromic sensing platform based on steric hindrance effects for CEA detection.

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    Zhai, Qingfeng; Zhang, Xiaowei; Xia, Yong; Li, Jing; Wang, Erkang

    2016-06-20

    In this work, an electrochromic sensing platform with prussian blue (PB) as the indicator was proposed for signaling carcinoembryonic antigen (CEA) using the bipolar electrode (BPE) system. The CEA aptamer was pre-anchored on the anode pole of the BPE for capturing CEA through strong binding affinity. The presence of CEA induced the increase of steric hindrance and led to lower electrochemical currents. Due to the quantitative relationship between the two reactions occurring at both ends of the BPE, the amount of deposited PB in situ can be used as an indicator for reporting target protein concentration. Using CEA concentration in normal human serum as a reference (5 ng mL(-1)), this electrochromic sensing platform can be used for distinguishing persons with cancer from normal humans easily and quickly, which is very important for subsequent treatment of patients. This novel electrochromic platform has great selectivity for target tumor proteins and provides a fast, visual method for CEA detection. Finally, the proposed biosensor can be applied to detect CEA in human serum, which holds great potential for point-of-care diagnostics combined with the advantage of the closed BPE system. PMID:27160521

  1. Heteroepitaxial growth of 3-5 semiconductor compounds by metal-organic chemical vapor deposition for device applications

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    Collis, Ward J.; Abul-Fadl, Ali

    1988-01-01

    The purpose of this research is to design, install and operate a metal-organic chemical vapor deposition system which is to be used for the epitaxial growth of 3-5 semiconductor binary compounds, and ternary and quaternary alloys. The long-term goal is to utilize this vapor phase deposition in conjunction with existing current controlled liquid phase epitaxy facilities to perform hybrid growth sequences for fabricating integrated optoelectronic devices.

  2. Increased Stabilized Performance Of Amorphous Silicon Based Devices Produced By Highly Hydrogen Diluted Lower Temperature Plasma Deposition.

    DOEpatents

    Li, Yaun-Min; Bennett, Murray S.; Yang, Liyou

    1997-07-08

    High quality, stable photovoltaic and electronic amorphous silicon devices which effectively resist light-induced degradation and current-induced degradation, are produced by a special plasma deposition process. Powerful, efficient single and multi-junction solar cells with high open circuit voltages and fill factors and with wider bandgaps, can be economically fabricated by the special plasma deposition process. The preferred process includes relatively low temperature, high pressure, glow discharge of silane in the presence of a high concentration of hydrogen gas.

  3. Increasing Stabilized Performance Of Amorphous Silicon Based Devices Produced By Highly Hydrogen Diluted Lower Temperature Plasma Deposition.

    DOEpatents

    Li, Yaun-Min; Bennett, Murray S.; Yang, Liyou

    1999-08-24

    High quality, stable photovoltaic and electronic amorphous silicon devices which effectively resist light-induced degradation and current-induced degradation, are produced by a special plasma deposition process. Powerful, efficient single and multi-junction solar cells with high open circuit voltages and fill factors and with wider bandgaps, can be economically fabricated by the special plasma deposition process. The preferred process includes relatively low temperature, high pressure, glow discharge of silane in the presence of a high concentration of hydrogen gas.

  4. Large-area chromogenics: Materials and devices for transmittance control. Volume IS 4

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    Lampert, C.M.; Granqvist, C.G.

    1990-12-31

    Chromogenic materials can alter their optical properties in a persistent yet reversible manner when subjected to a change in external conditions such as irradiation intensity, temperature, or electric-field strength. In the future chromogenic materials may be used on large scale to regulate the throughput of radiant energy for windows in buildings and cars, so that comfortable lighting and temperature are maintained without excessive air conditioning. The purpose of this book is to give a broad coverage of large-area chromogenics and to discuss their applications. The book is divided into the following areas: applications; photochromic materials; thermochromic materials; inorganic electrochromic materials; inorganic electrochromic materials; organic electrochromic materials; conductors for ions and electrons in electrochromic devices; electrochromic devices; and liquid crystals materials and devices. Separate abstracts were prepared for 33 papers in this book.

  5. Electrochromic diffraction from nanopatterned poly(3-hexylthiophene).

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    Kim, Yuna; Kim, Yoonjung; Kim, Sehwan; Kim, Eunkyoung

    2010-09-28

    Poly(3-hexylthiophene) (P3HT) films were patterned by a soft lithography technique using a nanopatterned polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) mold to generate one-dimensional (1D) grating and two-dimensional (2D) crossed line pillar patterns. The redox currents (i(p)) were significantly increased due to the facilitated diffusion of ClO4(-) counterions associated with redox processes at the P3HT electrode as analyzing cyclic voltammetry (CV) was performed at different scan rates (ν). It was found that the diffusion coefficient (D(f), cm(2) s(-1)) for ion diffusion in the patterned electrode was much larger than that of the pristine P3HT electrode. Furthermore, the value of D(f) in the 2D electrode was three times higher than that in a pristine film. As a result of such facilitated charge transport, the electrochromic (EC) properties of the patterned P3HT electrode were greatly enhanced and dependent on the dimension of the pattern. Thus, the electrochromic efficiency (E(e)), including the coloration (E(c)) and bleaching efficiencies (E(b)), was higher as the dimension of the pattern was increased; E(e) was maximized in the 2D patterned P3HT film. In a patterned cell, electrochromic diffraction was reversibly observed with a switching efficiency (R(DE)) of 2 and 2.5 for the 1D and 2D patterned cells, respectively. PMID:20731367

  6. WO3 nanopaticles and PEDOT:PSS/WO3 composite thin films studied for photocatalytic and electrochromic applications

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    Ivanov Boyadjiev, Stefan; Manduca, Bruno; Szűcs, Júlia; Miklós Szilágyi, Imre

    2016-03-01

    WO3 is a widely studied material for electrochromic and photocatalytic applications. In the present study, WO3 nanoparticles with a controlled structure (monoclinic or hexagonal) were obtained by controlled thermal decomposition of hexagonal ammonium tungsten bronze in air at 500 °C and 600 °C, respectively. The formation, morphology, structure and composition of the as-prepared nanoparticles were studied by powder X-ray diffraction (XRD), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), and scanning electron microscopy combined with energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (SEM-EDX). The photocatalytic activity of the monoclinic and hexagonal WO3 nanoparticles was studied by decomposing methyl orange in aqueous solution under UV light irradiation. In order to study the electrochromic properties of the WO3 nanoparticles, as well to introduce them for self-cleaning photocatalytic surface applications, thin films were prepared from the WO3 particles together with a conductive polymer. For this, PEDOT:PSS was used, which gives excellent opportunities for obtaining transparent and conductive thin films, suitable for both electrochromic and photocatalytic applications. By spin-coating, transparent PEDOT:PSS/WO3 composite thin films were prepared, on which cyclic voltammetry measurements were performed, and the coloring and bleaching states were studied. Our initial results for the PEDOT:PSS/WO3 composite thin films are promising, suggesting that such composites, after further development, might be successfully used in electrochromic devices and photocatalysis.

  7. Electrochromic Properties of Li+-Intercalated Amorphous Tungsten (aWO3-x) and Titanium (aTiO2-x) Oxide Thin Films

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    Triana, C. A.; Granqvist, C. G.; Niklasson, G. A.

    2014-11-01

    We report on electrochromic properties of stoichiometric and oxygen-deficient amorphous films, denoted aWO3-x and aTiO2-x, under Li+-ion-electron inter/deintercalation. Optical characterization of the films in their as-deposited, fully intercalated (dark), and bleached states were performed by in-situ optical transmittance measurements. We explore electrochromism and optical absorption phenomena in the context of oxygen deficiency and nanostructure. Studies by cyclic voltammetry suggest good optical modulation and charge capacity upon Li+-ion-electron inter/deintercalation for almost stoichiometric films.

  8. An efficient route to a porous NiO/reduced graphene oxide hybrid film with highly improved electrochromic properties

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    Cai, Guo-Fa; Tu, Jiang-Ping; Zhang, Jun; Mai, Yong-Jin; Lu, Yi; Gu, Chang-Dong; Wang, Xiu-Li

    2012-08-01

    A porous NiO/RGO hybrid film is prepared by the combination of electrophoretic deposition and chemical-bath deposition. The porous hybrid film exhibits a noticeable electrochromism with reversible color changes from transparent to dark brown, and shows high coloration efficiency (76 cm2 C-1), fast switching speed (7.2 s and 6.7 s) and better cycling performance compared with the porous NiO thin film. The enhancement of electrochromic performances are attributed to the reinforcement of the electrochemical activity of the RGO sheets and the greater amount of open space in the porous hybrid film which allows the electrolyte to penetrate and shorten the proton diffusion paths within the bulk of NiO.

  9. An efficient route to a porous NiO/reduced graphene oxide hybrid film with highly improved electrochromic properties.

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    Cai, Guo-fa; Tu, Jiang-ping; Zhang, Jun; Mai, Yong-jin; Lu, Yi; Gu, Chang-dong; Wang, Xiu-li

    2012-09-21

    A porous NiO/RGO hybrid film is prepared by the combination of electrophoretic deposition and chemical-bath deposition. The porous hybrid film exhibits a noticeable electrochromism with reversible color changes from transparent to dark brown, and shows high coloration efficiency (76 cm(2) C(-1)), fast switching speed (7.2 s and 6.7 s) and better cycling performance compared with the porous NiO thin film. The enhancement of electrochromic performances are attributed to the reinforcement of the electrochemical activity of the RGO sheets and the greater amount of open space in the porous hybrid film which allows the electrolyte to penetrate and shorten the proton diffusion paths within the bulk of NiO. PMID:22885412

  10. Effects of Plasma Polymer Films and Their Deposition Powers on the Barrier Characteristics of the Multilayer Encapsulation for Organic Devices.

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    Kim, Hoonbae; Ban, Wonjin; Kwon, Sungruel; Yong, Sanghyun; Chae, Heeyeop; Jung, Donggeun

    2016-05-01

    Organic electronic devices (OEDs) are quite suitable for use in flexible devices due to their ruggedness and flexibility. A number of researchers have studied the use of OEDs on flexible substrates in transparent, flexible devices in the near future. However, water and oxygen can permeate through the flexible substrates and can reduce the longevity of OEDs made from organic materials, which are weak to moisture and oxygen. In order to prevent the degradation of the OEDs, researchers have applied an encapsulation layer to the flexible substrates. In this study, Al2O3/plasma polymer film/Al2O3 multi-layers were deposited on polyethylene-naphthalate substrates through a combination of atomic layer deposition and plasma-enhanced chemical vapor deposition (PECVD). The plasma polymer film, which is located between the Al2O3 films, is deposited via PECVD with the use of a tetrakis(trimethylsilyloxy)silane precursor. The power of the plasma deposition varied from 10 to 50 W. The hydrophobicity of the plasma polymer film surfaces was investigated by measuring the water contact angle. The chemical structures of the plasma polymer films were measured via ex-situ Fourier transform infrared analysis. The permeation curves of the various films were analyzed by performing a calcium (Ca)-test. PMID:27483936

  11. Deposition of alumina stabilized zirconia at room temperature by plasma focus device

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    Khan, I. A.; Rawat, R. S.; Ahmad, R.; Shahid, M. A. K.

    2014-01-01

    Nanostructured multiphase zirconium aluminium oxide (MP-ZrAlO) composite films are deposited on zirconium substrate by plasma focus device. The XRD results reveal that the crystallinity of ZrO2 and Al2O3 phases is improved for 15 focus deposition shots (FDS), while it is decreased with increasing sample angular positions. A better crystallinity of m-ZrO2 and c-ZrO2 phases is achieved at 300 °C annealing temperature, while the re-crystallization of all phases except m-ZrO2 (111) phase is observed at 600 °C annealing temperature. The strains developed in ZrO2 (111) and Al2O3 (220) planes are found to be -3.8 × 10-3 and +2.2 × 10-3, respectively, for 15 FDS ion irradiations and remained constant for higher FDS ion irradiations. The weight fraction of m-ZrO2 phase decreased from 89 to 79%, while it increased from 11 to 21% for c-ZrO2 phase with increasing FDS. The weight fraction of m-ZrO2 phase increases from 89 to 92%, while it is decreased from 11 to 8% for c-ZrO2 phase with increasing sample angular (0°-10°) positions. At 300 °C annealing temperature, the weight fractions of m-ZrO2 phase decreases from 89 to 81%, while it increased from 11 to 19% for c-ZrO2 phase. The SEM microstructures reveal that the formation of nano-grains (range from 45 nm to 100 nm), nano-strips (width ranges from 333 nm to 750 nm and length ranges from 2.5 μm to 9 μm) and nano-rods (diameter ranges from 25 nm to 50 nm) observed in different micrographs of MP-ZrAlO composite films can be attributed to increasing FDS, sample angular positions and annealing temperature. The microhardness of MP-ZrAlO composite films deposited for 25 FDS ion irradiations is found to be 9.14 ± 0.35 GPa which is approximately seven times than the microhardness of virgin zirconium.

  12. Trace H2 O2 -Assisted High-Capacity Tungsten Oxide Electrochromic Batteries with Ultrafast Charging in Seconds.

    PubMed

    Zhao, Jinxiong; Tian, Yuyu; Wang, Zhen; Cong, Shan; Zhou, Di; Zhang, Qingzhu; Yang, Mei; Zhang, Weikun; Geng, Fengxia; Zhao, Zhigang

    2016-06-13

    A recent technological trend in the field of electrochemical energy storage is to integrate energy storage and electrochromism functions in one smart device, which can establish efficient user-device interactions based on a friendly human-readable output. This type of newly born energy storage technology has drawn tremendous attention. However, there is still plenty of room for technological and material innovation, which would allow advancement of the research field. A prototype Al-tungsten oxide electrochromic battery with interactive color-changing behavior is reported. With the assistance of trace amount of H2 O2 , the battery exhibits a specific capacity almost seven times that for the reported electrochromic batteries, up to 429 mAh g(-1) . Fast decoloration of the reduced tungsten oxide affords a very quick charging time of only eight seconds, which possibly comes from an intricate combination of structure and valence state changes of tungsten oxide. This unique combination of features may further advance the development of smart energy storage devices with suitability for user-device interactions. PMID:27159245

  13. Preparation of a-Si:H films and devices in the Interdigital-Vertical-Electrode Deposition Apparatus

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    Sakai, H.; Ichimura, T.; Kamiyama, M.; Maruyama, K.; Uchida, Y.; Yoshida, T.

    1984-05-01

    A new a-Si:H film deposition apparatus named ''Interdigital-Vertical-Electrode Deposition Apparatus'' has been developed to achieve a high production throughput of a-Si:H devices. In the IVE apparatus, since vertically positioned several rf electrodes and grounded electrodes are arranged interdigitally, the number of discharging section for the deposition can be increased. The a-Si:H films prepared in the IVE apparatus have been evaluated in terms of the film thickness uniformity and electrical and optical properties. It has been confirmed that the IVE apparatus is suitable for fabricating a-Si:H devices with large cell area. The conversion efficiency obtained in glass substrate a-Si:H solar cells was 9.2% and 8.0% for cells with an area of 1 cm/sup 2/ and 100 cm/sup 2/, respectively.

  14. Patterned mist deposition of tri-colour CdSe/ZnS quantum dot films toward RGB LED devices

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    Pickering, S.; Kshirsagar, A.; Ruzyllo, J.; Xu, J.

    2012-06-01

    In this experiment a technique of mist deposition was explored as a way to form patterned ultra-thin-films of CdSe/ZnS core/shell nanocrystalline quantum dots using colloidal solutions. The objective of this study was to investigate the feasibility of mist deposition as a patterning method for creating multicolour quantum dot light emitting diodes. Mist deposition was used to create three rows of quantum dot light emitting diodes on a single device with each row having a separate colour. The colours chosen were red, green and yellow with corresponding peak wavelengths of 620 nm, 558 nm, and 587 nm. The results obtained from this experiment show that it is possible to create multicolour devices on a single substrate. The peak brightnesses obtained in this experiment for the red, green, and yellow were 508 cd/m, 507 cd/m, and 665 cd/m, respectively. The similar LED brightness is important in display technologies using colloidal quantum dots in a precursor solution to ensure one colour does not dominate the emitted spectrum. Results obtained in-terms of brightness were superior to those achieved with inkjet deposition. This study has shown that mist deposition is a viable method for patterned deposition applied to quantum dot light emitting diode display technologies.

  15. Opportunities and challenges in GaN metal organic chemical vapor deposition for electron devices

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    Matsumoto, Koh; Yamaoka, Yuya; Ubukata, Akinori; Arimura, Tadanobu; Piao, Guanxi; Yano, Yoshiki; Tokunaga, Hiroki; Tabuchi, Toshiya

    2016-05-01

    The current situation and next challenge in GaN metal organic chemical vapor deposition (MOCVD) for electron devices of both GaN on Si and GaN on GaN are presented. We have examined the possibility of increasing the growth rate of GaN on 200-mm-diameter Si by using a multiwafer production MOCVD machine, in which the vapor phase parasitic reaction is well controlled. The impact of a high-growth-rate strained-layer-superlattice (SLS) buffer layer is presented in terms of material properties. An SLS growth rate of as high as 3.46 µm/h, which was 73% higher than the current optimum, was demonstrated. As a result, comparable material properties were obtained. Next, a typical result of GaN doped with Si of 1 × 1016 cm‑3 grown at the growth rate of 3.7 µm/h is shown. For high-voltage application, we need a thick high-purity GaN drift layer with a low carbon concentration, of less than 1016 cm‑3. It is shown that achieving a high growth rate by precise control of the vapor phase reaction is still challenge in GaN MOCVD.

  16. Atomic layer deposited aluminum oxide and Parylene C bi-layer encapsulation for biomedical implantable devices

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    Xie, Xianzong

    Biomedical implantable devices have been developed for both research and clinical applications, to stimulate and record physiological signals in vivo. Chronic use of biomedical devices with thin-film-based encapsulation in large scale is impeded by their lack of long-term functionality and stability. Biostable, biocompatible, conformal, and electrically insulating coatings that sustain chronic implantation are essential for chip-scale implantable electronic systems. Even though many materials have been studied to for this purpose, to date, no encapsulation method has been thoroughly characterized or qualified as a broadly applicable long-term hermetic encapsulation for biomedical implantable devices. In this work, atomic layer deposited Al2O3 and Parylene C bi-layer was investigated as encapsulation for biomedical devices. The combination of ALD Al2O3 and CVD Parylene C encapsulation extended the lifetime of coated interdigitated electrodes (IDEs) to up to 72 months (to date) with low leakage current of ~ 15 pA. The long lifetime was achieved by significantly reducing moisture permeation due to the ALD Al2O3 layer. Moreover, the bi-layer encapsulation separates the permeated moisture (mostly at the Al2O3 and Parylene interface) from the surface contaminants (mostly at the device and Al 2O3 interface), preventing the formation of localized electrolyte through condensation. Al2O3 works as an inner moisture barrier and Parylene works as an external ion barrier, preventing contact of Al2O3 with liquid water, and slowing the kinetics of alumina corrosion. Selective removal of encapsulation materials is required to expose the active sites for interacting with physiological environment. A self-aligned mask process with three steps was developed to expose active sites, composed of laser ablation, oxygen plasma etching, and BOE etching. Al2O 3 layer was found to prevent the formation of microcracks in the iridium oxide film during laser ablation. Bi-layer encapsulated

  17. Germanium-on-Silicon Strain Engineered Materials for Improved Device Performance Grown by Chemical Vapor Deposition

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    Bharathan, Jayesh Moorkoth

    The primary goal of this research is to develop a chemical vapor deposition process for growing epitaxial films of germanium on silicon (001) substrates with two-dimensional (2-D) morphology, and a low density of threading dislocations. Growth was carried out in a reduced-pressure chemical vapor deposition (RPCVD) system by a two-step growth technique. An accurate knowledge of elastic constants of thin films is important in understanding the effect of strain on material properties. Residual thermal strain was used to measure the Poisson ratio of Ge films grown on Si(001) substrates, by the sin2Psi method and highresolution x-ray diffraction. The Poisson ratio of the Ge films was measured to be 0.25, compared to the bulk value of 0.27. The result was found to be independent of film thickness and defect density, which confirmed that the strain is associated with the elastic response of the film. The study showed that the use of Poisson ratio instead of bulk compliance values yields a more accurate description of the state of in-plane strain present in the film. The experimentally measured in-plane strain in Ge films was found to be lower than the theoretical calculations based on the differential thermal expansion coefficients of Si and Ge. The mechanism of thermal misfit strain relaxation in epitaxial Ge films grown on Si(001) substrates was investigated by x-ray diffraction, and transmission electron microscopy. Lattice misfit strain associated with Ge/(001)Si mismatched epitaxy is relieved by a network of Lomer edge misfit dislocations during the first step of the growth technique. However, thermal misfit strain energy during growth is relieved by interdiffusion mechanism at the heterointerface. Two SiGe compositions containing 0.5 and 6.0 atomic percent Si were detected that relieve the thermal mismatch strain associated with the two steps of the growth process. This study discusses the importance of interdiffusion mechanism in relieving small misfit strains

  18. High-rate deposition of hydrogenated amorphous silicon films and devices

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    Luft, W.

    1987-04-01

    This report summarizes the status of high-rate deposition technologies associated with amorphous silicon thin films for photovoltaic applications. The report lists (1) deposition rates for a-Si:H films according to source and method and (2) efficiencies and other parameters of a-Si:H solar cells. Two main deposition source materials, silane and disilane, are discussed, as well as effects of boron doping. The effects of various deposition parameters on film characteristics and on deposition rate are presented, as well as the effects of annealing on high-deposition-rate films. Light-induced effects are also discussed. Finally, progress and problems in this field of study are summarized.

  19. Preparation of UV curing crosslinked polyviologen film and its photochromic and electrochromic performances

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    Gao, Li-ping; Ding, Guo-jing; Wang, Yue-chuan; Yang, Yu-lin

    2011-11-01

    Polyether urethane diacrylate matrix (PEUDA) and acrylate-functional viologen (ACV2+) were successfully synthesized and characterized in detail by FTIR and 1H NMR spectra, respectively. Subsequently, they were used to prepare UV curing crosslinked polyviologen film in combination with 2-hydroxyethyl methacrylate (HEMA), trimethylolpropane ethoxylate triacrylate (TMPTA) and diphenyl (2, 4, 6-trimethylbenzoyl) phosphine oxide (TPO). UV curing approach confined the polyviologen film on ITO electrode, which imparted the film excellent adhesion ability to ITO glass, good solvent resistance, excellent chemical stability, excellent optical and electrochemical properties. The crosslinked PACV2+ film exhibited excellent photochromic and electrochromic performances. After UV illumination for 60 s, the crosslinked PACV2+ film can swiftly change its color from pale yellow to deep blue, while the optical transmission of crosslinked PACV2+ film at 610 nm did not change significantly and still retained about 63.6% after 30 cycles. Simultaneously, the cyclic voltammetry experiment showed the PACV2+ film can undergo repeatable electrochemical redox reactions with good reversibility beyond the 10th scan. Furthermore, the electrochromic device composed of the PACV2+ film and gel electrolyte film can undergo reversible color change in response to the external voltages of -2.0 V and 2.0 V, respectively, while the contrast of EC device at 610 nm did not change significantly and still retained about 39.5% after 10 cycles. This UV curing approach to preparing viologen-functional film offers a method to preparing large-scale photo- and electrochromic device, which is relatively simple, high productivity, energy saving, and environmental protection.

  20. Kinetic behavior of WO3-doped Nb2O5 electrochromic thin films

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    Melo, Luciana O.; Dragunski, Douglas C.; Avellaneda, Cesar O.; Pawlicka, Agnieszka

    2003-07-01

    An electrochromic material (EC) reversibly changes its optical characteristics response, coloring and bleaching states when a small voltage or current is passed through it. This phenomenon is used to develop electrochromic devices like smart windows, which control the amount of heat and light entering in a building and optimize energy consumption. The change of the transparency of these devices involves the injection and extraction of small cations and electrons into the EC material and study of the kinetics of ions injection implies on operation understanding of these devices. Pure and doped niobium oxides (Nb2O5) are promising cathodic electrochromic materials and their electrooptical performance depends strongly of its structural morphology. The sol-gel process allows for facile fabrication of large area coatings at a low cost and offers advantages of controlling the composition and microstructure of the films. In order to study the solid sate diffusion of lithium into Nb2O5, Nb2O5:Li+ and Nb2O5:WO3, two electroanalytical techniques have been used i.e. galvanostatic intermittent titration technique (GITT) and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS). GITT have been applied in order to obtain the chemical diffusion coefficient of Lix in Nb2O5 doped and undoped films, where the values approaching were of the 2.5x10-11 cm2s-1 at x=0,83, 7.4x10-13 cm2s-1 at x=1.65 and 1.6x10-10 cm2s-1 at x=0.33 for Nb2O5, Nb2O5:Li+ and Nb2O5-WO3 respectively. From these measurements it was also observed that within each film, D increases as x increases.

  1. Electrical transport and low-frequency noise in chemical vapor deposited single-layer MoS2 devices.

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    Sharma, Deepak; Amani, Matin; Motayed, Abhishek; Shah, Pankaj B; Birdwell, A Glen; Najmaei, Sina; Ajayan, Pulickel M; Lou, Jun; Dubey, Madan; Li, Qiliang; Davydov, Albert V

    2014-04-18

    We have studied temperature-dependent (77-300 K) electrical characteristics and low-frequency noise (LFN) in chemical vapor deposited (CVD) single-layer molybdenum disulfide (MoS2) based back-gated field-effect transistors (FETs). Electrical characterization and LFN measurements were conducted on MoS2 FETs with Al2O3 top-surface passivation. We also studied the effect of top-surface passivation etching on the electrical characteristics of the device. Significant decrease in channel current and transconductance was observed in these devices after the Al2O3 passivation etching. For passivated devices, the two-terminal resistance variation with temperature showed a good fit to the activation energy model, whereas for the etched devices the trend indicated a hopping transport mechanism. A significant increase in the normalized drain current noise power spectral density (PSD) was observed after the etching of the top passivation layer. The observed channel current noise was explained using a standard unified model incorporating carrier number fluctuation and correlated surface mobility fluctuation mechanisms. Detailed analysis of the gate-referred noise voltage PSD indicated the presence of different trapping states in passivated devices when compared to the etched devices. Etched devices showed weak temperature dependence of the channel current noise, whereas passivated devices exhibited near-linear temperature dependence. PMID:24642948

  2. Ion beam deposition processes for improved hard bias magnetic and device properties in the abutted junction configuration

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    Devasahayam, Adrian J.; Wang, Jinsong; Hedge, Hari

    2000-05-01

    Permanent magnet films of Cr/CoCrPt for use in an abutted junction hard bias scheme were deposited by an ion beam deposition (IBD) system. The deposition angle control of IBD systems was employed to yield some excellent material and device related improvements. For films with the structure Cr-50 Å/CoCrPt-250 Å, increasing the deposition angle θ (as measured from the substrate normal) of the Cr layer from 20° to 60°, resulted in an increase in coercivity from 1860 to 1905 Oe. X-ray diffraction measurements showed that this improvement was related to an increase in CoCrPt in-plane texture and a decrease in c-axis perpendicular texture. The reason for this increase in in-plane texture is that there is better epitaxial matching between the CoCrPt and the Cr underlayer brought about by a change in the lattice dimension of Cr as a result of changing stress levels. Another positive effect of depositing the Cr at a larger angle is that the Cr would be thicker farther into the abutted junction and thus delay the onset of poor magnetic properties due to a thinning underlayer. The angle of deposition parameter can be used to further advantage by depositing the lead layer at a larger angle than the permanent magnet layers. This type of scheme would allow the leads to encroach over the permanent magnets and make direct contact with the sensor, yielding low contact resistance.

  3. Guiding neuron development with planar surface gradients of substrate cues deposited using microfluidic devices

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    Millet, Larry J.; Stewart, Matthew E.; Nuzzo, Ralph G.

    2010-01-01

    Wiring the nervous system relies on the interplay of intrinsic and extrinsic signaling molecules that control neurite extension, neuronal polarity, process maturation and experience-dependent refinement. Extrinsic signals establish and enrich neuron-neuron interactions during development. Understanding how such extrinsic cues direct neurons to establish neural connections in vitro will facilitate the development of organised neural networks for investigating the development and function of nervous system networks. Producing ordered networks of neurons with defined connectivity in vitro presents special technical challenges because the results must be compliant with the biological requirements of rewiring neural networks. Here we demonstrate the ability to form stable, instructive surface-bound gradients of laminin that guide postnatal hippocampal neuron development in vitro. Our work uses a three-channel, interconnected microfluidic device that permits the production of adlayers of planar substrates through the combination of laminar flow, diffusion and physisorption. Through simple flow modifications, a variety of patterns and gradients of laminin (LN) and flourescein-conjugated poly-lysine (FITC-PLL) were deposited to present neurons with an instructive substratum to guide neuronal development. We present three variations in substrate design that produce distinct growth regimens for postnatal neurons in dispersed cell cultures. In the first approach, diffusion-mediated gradients of LN were formed on coverslips to guide neurons toward increasing LN concentrations. In the second approach, a combined gradient of LN and FITC-PLL was produced using aspiration-driven laminar flow to restrict neuronal growth to a 15 μm-wide growth zone at the center of the two superimposed gradients. The last approach demonstrates the capacity to combine binary lines of FITC-PLL in conjunction with surface gradients of LN and bovine serum albumin (BSA) to produce substrate adlayers

  4. Solid-state high-throughput screening for color tuning of electrochromic polymers.

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    Alamer, Fahad Alhashmi; Otley, Michael T; Ding, Yujie; Sotzing, Gregory A

    2013-11-20

    Diffusion of two monomers and their oxidative copolymerization inside a solid-state gel electrolyte is utilized as a method to match the monomer feed ratio to a color resulting from a conjugated copolymer having a single absorption in the visible region. Here, a combination of two monomers is used to generate a solid-state electrochromic device of any color, except black and green, in the colored state with all other colors going to transmissive sky blue in the bleached state. PMID:24038503

  5. Thin film complementary metal oxide semiconductor (CMOS) device using a single-step deposition of the channel layer.

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    Nayak, Pradipta K; Caraveo-Frescas, J A; Wang, Zhenwei; Hedhili, M N; Wang, Q X; Alshareef, H N

    2014-01-01

    We report, for the first time, the use of a single step deposition of semiconductor channel layer to simultaneously achieve both n- and p-type transport in transparent oxide thin film transistors (TFTs). This effect is achieved by controlling the concentration of hydroxyl groups (OH-groups) in the underlying gate dielectrics. The semiconducting tin oxide layer was deposited at room temperature, and the maximum device fabrication temperature was 350 °C. Both n and p-type TFTs showed fairly comparable performance. A functional CMOS inverter was fabricated using this novel scheme, indicating the potential use of our approach for various practical applications. PMID:24728223

  6. Thin Film Complementary Metal Oxide Semiconductor (CMOS) Device Using a Single-Step Deposition of the Channel Layer

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    Nayak, Pradipta K.; Caraveo-Frescas, J. A.; Wang, Zhenwei; Hedhili, M. N.; Wang, Q. X.; Alshareef, H. N.

    2014-01-01

    We report, for the first time, the use of a single step deposition of semiconductor channel layer to simultaneously achieve both n- and p-type transport in transparent oxide thin film transistors (TFTs). This effect is achieved by controlling the concentration of hydroxyl groups (OH-groups) in the underlying gate dielectrics. The semiconducting tin oxide layer was deposited at room temperature, and the maximum device fabrication temperature was 350°C. Both n and p-type TFTs showed fairly comparable performance. A functional CMOS inverter was fabricated using this novel scheme, indicating the potential use of our approach for various practical applications. PMID:24728223

  7. RF Magnetron Sputtering Deposited W/Ti Thin Film For Smart Window Applications

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    Oksuz, Lutfi; Kiristi, Melek; Bozduman, Ferhat; Uygun Oksuz, Aysegul

    2014-10-01

    Electrochromic (EC) devices can change reversible and persistent their optical properties in the visible region (400-800 nm) upon charge insertion/extraction according to the applied voltage. A complementary type EC is a device containing two electrochromic layers, one of which is anodically colored such as vanadium oxide (V2 O5) while the other cathodically colored such as tungsten oxide (WO3) which is separated by an ionic conduction layer (electrolyte). The use of a solid electrolyte such as Nafion eliminates the need for containment of the liquid electrolyte, which simplifies the cell design, as well as improves safety and durability. In this work, the EC device was fabricated on a ITO/glass slide. The WO3-TiO2 thin film was deposited by reactive RF magnetron sputtering using a 2-in W/Ti (9:1%wt) target with purity of 99.9% in a mixture gas of argon and oxygen. As a counter electrode layer, V2O5 film was deposited on an ITO/glass substrate using V2O3 target with the same conditions of reactive RF magnetron sputtering. Modified Nafion was used as an electrolyte to complete EC device. The transmittance spectra of the complementary EC device was measured by optical spectrophotometry when a voltage of +/-3 V was applied to the EC device by computer controlled system. The surface morphology of the films was characterized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and atomic force microscopy (AFM) (Fig. 2). The cyclic voltammetry (CV) for EC device was performed by sweeping the potential between +/-3 V at a scan rate of 50 mV/s.

  8. Vapor deposition of cross-linked fluoropolymer barrier coatings onto pre-assembled microfluidic devices.

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    Riche, Carson T; Marin, Brandon C; Malmstadt, Noah; Gupta, Malancha

    2011-09-21

    The interior surfaces of pre-assembled poly(dimethylsiloxane) (PDMS) microfluidic devices were modified with a cross-linked fluoropolymer barrier coating that significantly increased the chemical compatibility of the devices. PMID:21850298

  9. Development of a microbalance suitable for space application. [mass measurement device for particulate and vapor deposition measurements

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    Patashnick, H.; Rupprecht, G.

    1977-01-01

    The tapered element oscillating microbalance (TEOM), an ultrasensitive mass measurement device which is suitable for both particulate and vapor deposition measurements is described. The device can be used in contamination measurements, surface reaction studies, particulate monitoring systems or any microweighing activity where either laboratory or field monitoring capability is desired. The active element of the TEOM consists of a tube or reed constructed of a material with high mechanical quality factor and having a special taper. The element is firmly mounted at the wide end while the other end supports a substrate surface which can be composed of virtually any material. The tapered element with the substrate at the free (narrow) end is set into oscillation in a clamped free mode. A feedback system maintains the oscillation whose natural frequency will change in relation to the mass deposited on the substrate.

  10. Evaluation criteria and test methods for electrochromic windows

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    Czanderna, A.W. ); Lampert, C.M. )

    1990-07-01

    Report summarizes the test methods used for evaluating electrochromic (EC) windows, and summarizes what is known about degradation of their performance, and recommends methods and procedures for advancing EC windows for buildings applications. 77 refs., 13 figs., 6 tabs.

  11. Electronic and optical properties of tungsten oxide related materials and first-principles theory of electrochromism

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    Xue, Yu

    Tungsten trioxide WO3 is an interesting semiconductor with a wide-range of potential applications. One important property of WO 3 is its electrochromic behavior, which has generated significant research interest. Electrochromic materials exhibit reversible and persistent changes of the optical properties, hence their color, upon applying an electrical pulse. The applications of the electrochromic WO3 range from information display, light shutters, to energy efficient smart windows. Although there are many materials that exhibit electrochromic behavior, tungsten trioxide is one of the most extensively studied ones due to its superior coloration efficiency, short response time and reversibility. Enhanced electrochromic properties in WO3 nanowires have been reported recently. Despite much research effort, a first-principles theory for the coloration mechanism in this material has not emerged. In this work, we establish a first-principles theory for the coloration mechanism in NaxWOx, which is also able to explain the electrochromism in WO3. Chapter 1 gives a brief introduction to electrochromism in WO3 and related materials. In Chapter 2, we summarize the theories and computational methods used in this work including the local density approximation (LDA) within density functional theory (DFT), pseudopotential planewave formalism and the GW approximation. We study the crystal and electronic structures of WO3 in Chapter 3. WO3 has a basic octahedron structure. From -140 ˜ 830°C, the crystal structure changes from monoclinic to triclinic, again monoclicnic, then successively orthorhombic, tetragonal, and again tetragonal. Several groups have investigated the electronic structure of WO3 within DFT, but the band gap is severely underestimated compared with experiment. We have carried out quasiparticle calculations within the GW approximation. The calculated band gap is much closer to experimental results. Chapter 4 and Chapter 5 discuss the optical properties and

  12. High-rate deposition of hydrogenated amorphous silicon films and devices

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    Luft, W.

    1988-12-01

    In high-rate deposition of a-Si:H films, the effect of deposition parameters on material properties are examined when silane and disilane are the feed gases. The emphasis is on RF glow discharge, but other deposition methods are also covered. The problems of gas-phase polymerization and power formation at high rates have been overcome by modified reactor designs. Deposition rates of 1-3 nm/s are adequate for economically fabricating the intrinsic layer. Laboratory-size a-Si:H cells with greater than 10% efficiency have been achieved with both silane and disilane at rates in the 1- to 2-nm/s range.

  13. Spray Chemical Vapor Deposition of CulnS2 Thin Films for Application in Solar Cell Devices

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    Hollingsworth, Jennifer A.; Buhro, William E.; Hepp, Aloysius F.; Jenkins. Philip P.; Stan, Mark A.

    1998-01-01

    Chalcopyrite CuInS2 is a direct band gap semiconductor (1.5 eV) that has potential applications in photovoltaic thin film and photoelectrochemical devices. We have successfully employed spray chemical vapor deposition using the previously known, single-source, metalorganic precursor, (Ph3P)2CuIn(SEt)4, to deposit CuInS2 thin films. Stoichiometric, polycrystalline films were deposited onto fused silica over a range of temperatures (300-400 C). Morphology was observed to vary with temperature: spheroidal features were obtained at lower temperatures and angular features at 400 C. At even higher temperatures (500 C), a Cu-deficient phase, CuIn5S8, was obtained as a single phase. The CuInS2 films were determined to have a direct band gap of ca. 1.4 eV.

  14. Electrochromic properties of electrodeposited tungsten oxide (WO3) thin film

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    Dalavi, D. S.; Kalagi, S. S.; Mali, S. S.; More, A. J.; Patil, R. S.; Patil, P. S.

    2012-06-01

    In this work, we report on a potentiostatic electrochemical procedure employing an ethanolic solution of peroxotungstic acid yielded tungsten oxide (WO3) films specifically for transmissive electrochromic devices (ECDs) such as "smart windows". WO3 film was confirmed from the binding energy determination by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopic studies. The diffusion coefficient during intercalation and deintercalation was found to be 2.59×10-10 and 2.40×10-10 cm2/C. Electrodeposited WO3 produce high color/bleach transmittance difference up to 74% at 630 nm. On reduction of WO3, the CIELAB 1931 2% color space coordinates show the transition from colorless to the deep blue state (L=95.18, a=2.12, b=0.3138, and L=57.78, a=-21.79, b=0.244) with steady decrease in relative luminance. The highest coloration efficiency (CE) of 92 cm2/C and good response time of 10.28 for coloration (reduction) and 3.2 s for bleaching (oxidation) was observed with an excellent reversibility of 89%.

  15. Evaluation of integrated wall systems incorporating electrochromic windows [Final report

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    Sbar, Neil L.

    2001-03-30

    Billions of dollars are spent annually in the U.S. on energy lost through the use of inefficient windows. Even wall systems with advanced static glazings and moveable shading devices are not optimal because they can't effectively respond to changing solar conditions. Electrochromic (EC) smart windows can dynamically control the amount of solar light and heat entering a building. The energy saving performance of fully dynamic wall systems containing EC windows was compared with that of static systems using the DOE 2.1E building simulation program. Total costs for different scenarios were computed. SAGE demonstrated the capability to produce double pane EC windows in which the transmittance repeatedly varied between 2-58%. Relative impact of EC glazings in buildings compared to static is 10-20% energy savings across all climatic regions investigated. Significant life cycle cost savings are predicted for SAGE's EC windows when compared to conventional solar control windows over an estimated product lifetime of 20 years.

  16. Origin of electrochromism in high-performing nanocomposite nickel oxide.

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    Lin, Feng; Nordlund, Dennis; Weng, Tsu-Chien; Sokaras, Dimosthenis; Jones, Kim M; Reed, Rob B; Gillaspie, Dane T; Weir, Douglas G J; Moore, Rob G; Dillon, Anne C; Richards, Ryan M; Engtrakul, Chaiwat

    2013-05-01

    Electrochromic effects of transition metal oxides provide a great platform for studying lithium intercalation chemistry in solids. Herein, we report on an electronically modified nanocomposite nickel oxide (i.e., Li2.34NiZr0.28Ox) that exhibits significantly improved electrochromic performance relative to the state-of-the-art inorganic electrochromic metal oxides in terms of charge/discharge kinetics, bleached-state transparency, and optical modulation. The knowledge obtained from O K-edge X-ray absorption spectroscopy (XAS) and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) suggests that the internally grown lithium peroxide (i.e., Li2O2) species plays a major role in facilitating charge transfer thus enabling optimal electrochromic performance. This understanding is relevant to recent theoretical studies concerning conductivity in Li2O2 for lithium-air batteries (as cited in the main text). Furthermore, we elucidate the electrochromism in modified nickel oxide in lithium ion electrolyte with the aid of Ni K-edge XAS and Ni L-edge XAS studies. The electrochromism in the nickel oxide materials arises from the reversible formation of hole states on the NiO6 units, which then impacts the Ni oxidation state through the Ni3d-O2p hybridization states. This study sheds light on the lithium intercalation chemistry for general energy storage and semiconductor applications. PMID:23547738

  17. Electrochromism and photocatalysis in dendrite structured Ti:WO3 thin films grown by sputtering

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    Karuppasamy, A.

    2015-12-01

    Titanium doped tungsten oxide (Ti:WO3) thin films with dendrite surface structures were grown by co-sputtering titanium and tungsten in Ar + O2 atmosphere. Ti:WO3 thin films were deposited at oxygen flow rates corresponding to pressures in the range 1.0 × 10-3-5.0 × 10-3 mbar. Argon flow rate and sputtering power densities for titanium (2 W/cm2) and tungsten (3 W/cm2) were kept constant. Ti:WO3 films deposited at an oxygen pressure of 5 × 10-3 mbar are found to be better electrochromic and photocatalytic. They have high optical modulation (80% at λ = 550 nm), coloration efficiency (60 cm2/C at λ = 550 nm), electron/ion storage and removal capacity (Qc: -22.01 mC/cm2, Qa: 17.72 mC/cm2), reversibility (80%) and methylene blue decomposition rate (-1.38 μmol/l d). The combined effects of titanium doping, dendrite surface structures and porosity leads to significant enhancement in the electrochromic and photocatalytic properties of Ti:WO3 films.

  18. Optically sensitive devices based on Pt nano particles fabricated by atomic layer deposition and embedded in a dielectric stack

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    Mikhelashvili, V.; Padmanabhan, R.; Meyler, B.; Yofis, S.; Atiya, G.; Cohen-Hyams, Z.; Weindling, S.; Ankonina, G.; Salzman, J.; Kaplan, W. D.; Eisenstein, G.

    2015-10-01

    We report a series of metal insulator semiconductor devices with embedded Pt nano particles (NPs) fabricated using a low temperature atomic layer deposition process. Optically sensitive nonvolatile memory cells as well as optical sensors: (i) varactors, whose capacitance-voltage characteristics, nonlinearity, and peak capacitance are strongly dependent on illumination intensity; (ii) highly linear photo detectors whose responsivity is enhanced due to the Pt NPs. Both single devices and back to back pairs of diodes were used. The different configurations enable a variety of functionalities with many potential applications in biomedical sensing, environmental surveying, simple imagers for consumer electronics and military uses. The simplicity and planar configuration of the proposed devices makes them suitable for standard CMOS fabrication technology.

  19. Optically sensitive devices based on Pt nano particles fabricated by atomic layer deposition and embedded in a dielectric stack

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    Mikhelashvili, V.; Padmanabhan, R.; Eisenstein, G.; Meyler, B.; Yofis, S.; Weindling, S.; Salzman, J.; Atiya, G.; Cohen-Hyams, Z.; Kaplan, W. D.; Ankonina, G.

    2015-10-07

    We report a series of metal insulator semiconductor devices with embedded Pt nano particles (NPs) fabricated using a low temperature atomic layer deposition process. Optically sensitive nonvolatile memory cells as well as optical sensors: (i) varactors, whose capacitance-voltage characteristics, nonlinearity, and peak capacitance are strongly dependent on illumination intensity; (ii) highly linear photo detectors whose responsivity is enhanced due to the Pt NPs. Both single devices and back to back pairs of diodes were used. The different configurations enable a variety of functionalities with many potential applications in biomedical sensing, environmental surveying, simple imagers for consumer electronics and military uses. The simplicity and planar configuration of the proposed devices makes them suitable for standard CMOS fabrication technology.

  20. Thin film-based optically variable security devices: From passive to active

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    Baloukas, Bill

    Counterfeiting costs the world economy billions of dollars every year. Aside from financial losses, counterfeiting also poses a great threat to the public's safety, for example through the existence of counterfeit passports (terrorism), pharmaceutical products (health hazards) and even airplane parts (safety issues). Optical security devices (OSDs) have therefore played a critical role in the fight against counterfeiting. It is the aim of the present thesis to show that through the use of metamerism and electrochromic materials, new types of active security devices with interesting features can be created; indeed, most present-day devices are passive in nature. I first demonstrate that the addition of metamerism in the design of interference filters can result in innovative features. Different structures which can be used in transmission and/or in reflection are designed, fabricated, and evaluated. The first structures which are presented here are based on a combination of two different metameric interference filters. Possessing widely different transmission spectra, these filters also offer different angular color shifts and, as a result, offer an opportunity of creating hidden image effects. Despite their interesting properties, such metameric devices are shown to be highly illuminant and observer sensitive; that is the color match is lost under most observation conditions. These issues are solved by a simpler structure based on the juxtaposition of an interference filter and a non-iridescent colored material. Throughout this study, I present the design approach, analyze the filters' sensitivity to deposition errors, and evaluate the performance of prototype devices prepared by dual ion beam sputtering. Following my work on passive metameric systems, I then propose to go one step further by implementing an active component using an electrochromic material. This novel concept, which is based on the joint use of a metameric filter and electrochromic device, offers

  1. Structural and electrical properties of sol-gel-deposited WO3 films

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    Agnihotry, S. A.; Sharma, Nidhi; Deepa, M.; Kishore, Ram; Sood, K. N.; Sharma, Sudhir K.

    1999-10-01

    Amongst various sol-gel routes to deposit large area WO3 films for electrochromic applications, the one using peroxotungstic acid based precursor solution gives superior electrochromic films. Further improvements in the properties are possible by chemical modification of the precursor material and by controlling the post deposition thermal treatment. Both these parameters affect physical, structural, electrical and as a result electrochromic properties of the films significantly. A detailed study of these properties of the films deposited with precursor solution modified with various organic additives and different thermal parameters was undertaken. X-ray diffraction, electron microscopy and resistance measurements were used to characterize and compare the films. These properties of the films correlated to their electrochromic behavior are reported in this paper.

  2. Polyaniline-based organic memristive device fabricated by layer-by-layer deposition technique

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    Erokhina, Svetlana; Sorokin, Vladimir; Erokhin, Victor

    2015-09-01

    Memristors and memristive devices represent a splendid area of research due to the unique possibilities for the realization of new types of computer hardware elements and mimicking several essential properties of the nervous system of living beings. The organic memristive device was developed as an electronic single-device analogue of the synapse, suitable for the realization of circuits allowing Hebbian type of learning. This work is dedicated to the realization of the active channel of organic memristive devices by polyelectrolyte self-assembling (layer-by-layer technique). Stable and reproducible electrical characteristics of the device were obtained when the thickness of the active channel was more than seven bilayers. The device revealed rectifying behaviour and the presence of hysteresis—important properties for the realization of neuromorphic systems with synapse-like properties of the individual elements. Compared to previously reported results on organic memristive devices fabricated using other methods, the present device does not require any additional doping that is usually performed through acid treatment. Such a behaviour is extremely important for the cases in which biological systems (nervous cells, slime mould, etc.) must be interfaced with the system of organic memristive devices, since acid treatment can kill living beings. [Figure not available: see fulltext.

  3. Characteristics of Al-doped ZnO films grown by atomic layer deposition for silicon nanowire photovoltaic device.

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    Oh, Byeong-Yun; Han, Jin-Woo; Seo, Dae-Shik; Kim, Kwang-Young; Baek, Seong-Ho; Jang, Hwan Soo; Kim, Jae Hyun

    2012-07-01

    We report the structural, electrical, and optical characteristics of Al-doped ZnO (ZnO:Al) films deposited on glass by atomic layer deposition (ALD) with various Al2O3 film contents for use as transparent electrodes. Unlike films fabricated by a sputtering method, the diffraction peak position of the films deposited by ALD progressively moved to a higher angle with increasing Al2O3 film content. This indicates that Zn sites were effectively replaced by Al, due to layer-by-layer growth mechanism of ALD process which is based on alternate self-limiting surface chemical reactions. By adjusting the Al2O3 film content, a ZnO:Al film with low electrical resistivity (9.84 x 10(-4) Omega cm) was obtained at an Al2O3 film content of 3.17%, where the Al concentration, carrier mobility, optical transmittance, and bandgap energy were 2.8 wt%, 11.20 cm2 V(-1) s(-1), 94.23%, and 3.6 eV, respectively. Moreover, the estimated figure of merit value of our best sample was 8.2 m7Omega(-1). These results suggest that ZnO:Al films deposited by ALD could be useful for electronic devices in which especially require 3-dimensional conformal deposition of the transparent electrode and surface passivation. PMID:22966566

  4. Inkjet catalyst printing and electroless copper deposition for low-cost patterned microwave passive devices on paper

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    Cook, Benjamin S.; Fang, Yunnan; Kim, Sangkil; Le, Taoran; Goodwin, W. Brandon; Sandhage, Kenneth H.; Tentzeris, Manos M.

    2013-09-01

    A scalable, low-cost process for fabricating copper-based microwave components on flexible, paper-based substrates is demonstrated. An inkjet printer is used to deposit a catalyst-bearing solution (tailored for such printing) in a desired pattern on commercially-available, recyclable, non-toxic (Teslin®) paper. The catalystbearing paper is then immersed in an aqueous copper-bearing solution to allow for electroless deposition of a compact and conformal layer of copper in the inkjet-derived pattern. Meander monopole antennas comprised of such electroless-deposited copper patterns on paper exhibited comparable performance as for antennas synthesized via inkjet printing of a commercially-available silver nanoparticle ink. However, the solution-based patterning and electroless copper deposition process avoids nozzle-clogging problems and costs associated with noble metal particle-based inks. This process yields compact conductive copper layers without appreciable oxidation and without the need for an elevated temperature, post-deposition thermal treatment commonly required for noble metal particle-based ink processes. This low-cost copper patterning process is readily scalable on virtually any substrate and may be used to generate a variety of copper-based microwave devices on flexible, paper-based substrates.

  5. Durable electrooptic devices comprising ionic liquids

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    Agrawal, Anoop; Cronin, John P.; Tonazzi, Juan C. L.; Warner, Benjamin P.; McCleskey, T. Mark; Burrell, Anthony K.

    2005-11-01

    Electrolyte solutions for electrochromic devices such as rear view mirrors and displays with low leakage currents are prepared using inexpensive, low conductivity conductors. Preferred electrolytes include bifunctional redox dyes and molten salt solvents with enhanced stability toward ultraviolet radiation. The solvents include lithium or quaternary ammonium cations, and perfluorinated sulfonylimide anions selected from trifluoromethylsulfonate (CF3SO3-), bis(trifluoromethylsulfonyl)imide ((CF3SO2)2N-), bis(perfluoroethylsulfonyl)imide ((CF3CF2SO2)2N-) and tris(trifluoromethylsulfonyl)methide ((CF3SO2)3C-). Electroluminescent, electrochromic and photoelectrochromic devices with nanostructured electrodes include ionic liquids with bifunctional redox dyes.

  6. A redox-flow electrochromic window.

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    Jennings, James R; Lim, Wei Yang; Zakeeruddin, Shaik M; Grätzel, Michael; Wang, Qing

    2015-02-01

    A low-cost electrochromic (EC) window based on a redox-flow system that does not require expensive transparent conductive oxide (TCO) substrates is introduced and demonstrated for the first time. An aqueous I3–/I– redox electrolyte is used in place of a TCO to oxidize/reduce a molecular layer of an EC triphenylamine derivative that is anchored to a mesoporous TiO2 scaffold on the inner faces of a double-paned window. The redox electrolyte is electrochemically oxidized/reduced in an external two-compartment cell and circulated through the window cavity using an inexpensive peristaltic pump, resulting in coloration or decoloration of the window due to reaction of the redox solution with the triphenylamine derivative. The absorption characteristics, coloration/decoloration times, and cycling stability of the prototype EC window are evaluated, and prospects for further development are discussed. PMID:25584903

  7. Fabrication of single TiO2 nanotube devices with Pt interconnections using electron- and ion-beam-assisted deposition

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    Lee, Mingun; Cha, Dongkyu; Huang, Jie; Ha, Min-Woo; Kim, Jiyoung

    2016-06-01

    Device fabrication using nanostructured materials, such as nanotubes, requires appropriate metal interconnections between nanotubes and electrical probing pads. Here, electron-beam-assisted deposition (EBAD) and ion-beam-assisted deposition (IBAD) techniques for fabrication of Pt interconnections for single TiO2 nanotube devices are investigated. IBAD conditions were optimized to reduce the leakage current as a result of Pt spreading. The resistivity of the IBAD-Pt was about three orders of magnitude less than that of the EBAD-Pt, due to low carbon concentration and Ga doping, as indicated by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy analysis. The total resistances of single TiO2 nanotube devices with EBAD- or IBAD-Pt interconnections were 3.82 × 1010 and 4.76 × 108 Ω, respectively. When the resistivity of a single nanotube is low, the high series resistance of EBAD-Pt cannot be ignored. IBAD is a suitable method for nanotechnology applications, such as photocatalysis and biosensors.

  8. Influence of indium tin oxide electrodes deposited at room temperature on the properties of organic light-emitting devices

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    Satoh, Toshikazu; Fujikawa, Hisayoshi; Taga, Yasunori

    2005-10-03

    The influence of indium tin oxide (ITO) electrodes deposited at room temperature (ITO-RT) on the properties of organic light-emitting devices (OLEDs) has been studied. The OLED on the ITO-RT showed an obvious shorter lifetime and higher operating voltage than that on the conventional ITO electrode deposited at 573 K. The result of an in situ x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy analysis of the ITO electrode and the organic layer suggested that many of the hydroxyl groups that originate in the amorphous structure of the ITO-RT electrode oxidize the organic layer. The performance of the OLED on the ITO-RT is able to be explained by the oxidation of the organic layer.

  9. Material properties and device evaluations of ECR-deposited a-Si:H and a-SiC:H films

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    Shing, Y. H.; Pool, F. S.; Essick, J. M.

    1991-01-01

    Device-quality a-Si:H and a-SiC:H films have been deposited using electron cyclotron resonance (ECR) microwave plasmas of SiH4, CH4, and H2 mixtures. Typical material properties of ECR-deposited, photosensitive a-Si:H films are: (1) high photosensitivity up to 2 x 106 with a photoconductivity of 10 exp -5 to 10 exp -4/(Ohm-cm), (2) a Tauc gap of 1.75 to 1.85 eV, (3) an Urbach slope of 50-60 meV determined by the constant photocurrent method, and (4) an integrated defect density of 1-2 x 10 exp 16/cu cm determined by junction capacitance measurements. Highly conductive, p-type a-SiC:H films have been produced by ECR plasmas with a conductivity of 0.2/(Ohm-cm).

  10. Electrochromic materials for controlled radiant energy transfer in buildings: Final technical summary of research, 2 August 1982--31 October 1985

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    Goldner, R.B.

    1986-01-01

    Electrically controlled variable reflectivity electrochromic windows have the potential to significantly reduce heating, cooling, and lighting loads in buildings. The theoretical and experimental research at Tufs during this contract has led to improved modeling and understanding of the properties of thin polycrystalline films of WO/sub 3/ the presently leading candidate for the electrochromic layer of solid-state smart window structure. The research has shown that LiAlF/sub 4/ is a good ion-conducting and electron-insulating material which may be suitable for use as the ion conductor layer in a lithium based electrochromic structure. The research has identified the materials indium oxide (In/sub 2/O/sub 3/) and tin-doped indium oxide as potential ion-insertion material and thus candidates for the counterelectrode (EC) layer as well as the transparent conductor layer of these devices. The research to date demonstrated that it is highly likely that an all-soild-state-thin-film electrochromic smart window can be developed, in the near future. Further important fundamental research needs to be done before a full-fledged development effort is initiated. 17 refs.

  11. Electrophoretic Deposition for Cholesteric Liquid-Crystalline Devices with Memory and Modulation of Reflection Colors.

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    Tokunaga, Shoichi; Itoh, Yoshimitsu; Yaguchi, Yuya; Tanaka, Hiroyuki; Araoka, Fumito; Takezoe, Hideo; Aida, Takuzo

    2016-06-01

    The first design strategy that allows both memorization and modulation of the liquid-crystalline reflection color is reported. Electrophoretic deposition of a tailored ionic chiral dopant is key to realizing this unprecedented function, which may pave the way for the development of full-color e-paper that can operate without the need of color filters. PMID:27027423

  12. Lifetime of electrochromism of amorphous WO sub 3 -TiO sub 2 thin films

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    Hashimoto, S.; Matsuoka, H. )

    1991-08-01

    In this paper, the degradation of the electrochromism of amorphous WO{sub 3} and WO{sub 3}-TiO{sub 2} films prepared by electron-beam deposition are studied. The lifetime of the WO{sub 3}-TiO{sub 2} films is five times longer than that of the WO{sub 3} films. SIMS and XPS analyses have revealed that lithium accumulates as OLi in the WO{sub 3} films, but that it cannot accumulate in the WO{sub 3}-TiO{sub 2} film. Ols electron energy loss spectroscopy (EELS) spectra have indicated that the change of the electronic structure for the WO{sub 3}-TiO{sub 2} film by coloration is smaller than that for the WO{sub 3} film. The increase of plasmon energy has been obtained in low loss EELS spectrum and the increase of the bond length in the WO{sub 3}-TiO{sub 2} film has been measured by Raman spectrum. From these results, the number of the defect bonds as a trapping site of lithium is reduced and the bond length of W-O decreases in the WO{sub 3}-TiO{sub 2} films. The authors conclude that lithium cannot accumulate in the structure of the WO{sub 3}-TiO{sub 2} film and that the structure gives a prolonged lifetime to the electrochromism.

  13. Electrochromic Properties of Iridium Oxide Films Prepared by Pulsed Anodic Electrodeposition

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    Jung, Youngwoo; Tak, Yongsug; Lee, Jaeyoung

    2002-12-01

    Thin films of iridium oxide to be used as an electrochromic material were prepared by pulsed anodic current electrodeposition onto indium tin oxide (ITO) coated glass substrates. Before the pulsed electrodeposition, iridium oxide films formed by cyclic voltammetry (CV) played an important role in good adhesion as a seed layer. Iridium oxide films with light-blue color (100 mC/cm2) were deposited when anodic current of 0.07 mA/cm2 for 0.5 sec was superimposed on off-time of 0.5 sec (i.e., zero current) in each cycle. During CV experiment in phosphate buffered saline solution, electrodeposited iridium oxide films exhibited anodic electrochromism of blue and black color at two oxidation potentials (i.e., the ejection of H+) of +0.5 V and +0.9 V (vs. SCE), respectively, while on the cathodic scan, black thin film became colorless due to the injection of H+. When +0.9 V and -0.7 V were applied for coloring and bleaching observation in different pulse voltammetry, minimal times needed for each process are 9 sec and 5 sec, respectively.

  14. Physical properties of ultrafast deposited micro- and nanothickness amorphous hydrogenated carbon films for medical devices and prostheses.

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    Zaharia, T; Sullivan, I L; Saied, S O; Bosch, R C; Bijker, M D

    2007-02-01

    Hydrogenated amorphous carbon films with diamond-like structures have been formed on different substrates at very low energies and temperatures by a plasma-enhanced chemical vapour deposition (PECVD) process employing acetylene as the precursor gas. The plasma source was of a cascaded arc type with argon as the carrier gas. The films grown at very high deposition rates were found to have a practical thickness limit of approximately 1.5 microm, above which delamination from the substrate occurred. Deposition on silicon (100), glass, and plastic substrates has been studied and the films characterized in terms of sp3 content, roughness, hardness, adhesion, and optical properties. Deposition rates of up to 20 nm/s have been achieved at substrate temperatures below 100 degrees C. A typical sp3 content of 60-75 per cent in the films was determined by X-ray-generated Auger electron spectroscopy (XAES). The hardness, reduced modulus, and adhesion of the films were measured using a MicroMaterials NanoTest indenter/scratch tester. Hardness was found to vary from 4 to 13 GPa depending on the admixed acetylene flow and substrate temperature. The adhesion of the film to the substrate was significantly influenced by the substrate temperature and whether an in situ d.c. cleaning was employed prior to the deposition process. The hydrogen content in the film was measured by a combination of the Fourier transformation infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy and Rutherford backscattering (RBS) techniques. From the results it is concluded that the films formed by the process described here are ideal for the coating of long-term implantable medical devices, such as prostheses, stents, invasive probes, catheters, biosensors, etc. The properties reported in this publication are comparable with good-quality films deposited by other PECVD methods. The advantages of these films are the low ion energy and temperature of deposition, ensuring that no damage is done to sensitive substrates, very high

  15. Strongly improved electrochemical cycling durability by adding iridium to electrochromic nickel oxide films.

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    Wen, Rui-Tao; Niklasson, Gunnar A; Granqvist, Claes G

    2015-05-13

    Anodically colored nickel oxide (NiO) thin films are of much interest as counter electrodes in tungsten oxide based electrochromic devices such as "smart windows" for energy-efficient buildings. However, NiO films are prone to suffering severe charge density degradation upon prolonged electrochemical cycling, which can lead to insufficient device lifetime. Therefore, a means to improve the durability of NiO-based films is an important challenge at present. Here we report that the incorporation of a modest amount of iridium into NiO films [Ir/(Ir + Ni) = 7.6 atom %] leads to remarkable durability, exceeding 10000 cycles in a lithium-conducting electrolyte, along with significantly improved optical modulation during extended cycling. Structure characterization showed that the face-centered-cubic-type NiO structure remained after iridium addition. Moreover, the crystallinity of these films was enhanced upon electrochemical cycling. PMID:25919917

  16. Low-Temperature Ozone Exposure Technique to Modulate the Stoichiometry of WO(x) Nanorods and Optimize the Electrochromic Performance

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    Lin, F.; Li, C. P.; Chen, G.; Tenent, R. C.; Wolden, C. A.; Gillaspie, D. T.; Dillon, A. C.; Richards, R. M.; Engtrakul, C.

    2012-06-29

    A low-temperature ozone exposure technique was employed for the post-treatment of WO{sub x} nanorod thin films fabricated from hot-wire chemical vapor deposition (HWCVD) and ultrasonic spray deposition (USD) techniques. The resulting films were characterized with x-ray diffraction (XRD), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), Raman spectroscopy, UV-vis-NIR spectroscopy and x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). The stoichiometry and surface crystallinity of the WO{sub x} thin films were subsequently modulated upon ozone exposure and thermal annealing without particle growth. The electrochromic performance was studied in a LiClO{sub 4}-propylene carbonate electrolyte, and the results suggest that the low-temperature ozone exposure technique is superior to the traditional high-temperature thermal annealing (employed to more fully oxidize the WO{sub x}). The optical modulation at 670 nm was improved from 35% for the as-deposited film to 57% for the film after ozone exposure at 150 C. The coloration efficiency was improved and the switching speed to the darkened state was significantly accelerated from 18.0 s for the as-deposited film to 11.8 s for the film after the ozone exposure. The process opens an avenue for low-temperature and cost-effective manufacturing of electrochromic films, especially on flexible polymer substrates.

  17. Low-temperature ozone exposure technique to modulate the stoichiometry of WOx nanorods and optimize the electrochromic performance.

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    Lin, Feng; Li, Chi-Ping; Chen, Gang; Tenent, Robert C; Wolden, Colin A; Gillaspie, Dane T; Dillon, Anne C; Richards, Ryan M; Engtrakul, Chaiwat

    2012-06-29

    A low-temperature ozone exposure technique was employed for the post-treatment of WO(x) nanorod thin films fabricated from hot-wire chemical vapor deposition (HWCVD) and ultrasonic spray deposition (USD) techniques. The resulting films were characterized with x-ray diffraction (XRD), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), Raman spectroscopy, UV-vis-NIR spectroscopy and x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). The stoichiometry and surface crystallinity of the WO(x) thin films were subsequently modulated upon ozone exposure and thermal annealing without particle growth. The electrochromic performance was studied in a LiClO(4)-propylene carbonate electrolyte, and the results suggest that the low-temperature ozone exposure technique is superior to the traditional high-temperature thermal annealing (employed to more fully oxidize the WO(x)). The optical modulation at 670 nm was improved from 35% for the as-deposited film to 57% for the film after ozone exposure at 150 °C. The coloration efficiency was improved and the switching speed to the darkened state was significantly accelerated from 18.0 s for the as-deposited film to 11.8 s for the film after the ozone exposure. The process opens an avenue for low-temperature and cost-effective manufacturing of electrochromic films, especially on flexible polymer substrates. PMID:22653083

  18. Energy Efficient Electrochromic Windows Incorporating Ionic Liquids

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    Cheri Boykin; James Finley; Donald Anthony; Julianna Knowles; Richard Markovic; Michael Buchanan; Mary Ann Fuhry; Lisa Perrine

    2008-11-30

    One approach to increasing the energy efficiency of windows is to control the amount of solar radiation transmitted through a window by using electrochromic technology. What is unique about this project is that the electrochromic is based on the reduction/oxidation reactions of cathodic and anodic organic semi-conducting polymers using room temperature ionic liquids as ion transport electrolytes. It is believed that these types of coatings would be a lower cost alternative to traditional all inorganic thin film based electrochromic technologies. Although there are patents1 based on the proposed technology, it has never been reduced to practice and thoroughly evaluated (i.e. durability and performance) in a window application. We demonstrate that by using organic semi-conductive polymers, specific bands of the solar spectrum (specifically visible and near infrared) can be targeted for electrochemical variable transmittance responsiveness. In addition, when the technology is incorporated into an insulating glass unit, the energy parameters such as the solar heat gain coefficient and the light to solar gain ratio are improved over that of a typical insulating glass unit comprised of glass with a low emissivity coating. A minimum of {approx}0.02 quads of energy savings per year with a reduction of carbon emissions for electricity of {approx}320 MKg/yr benefit is achieved over that of a typical insulating glass unit including a double silver low-E coating. Note that these values include a penalty in the heating season. If this penalty is removed (i.e. in southern climates or commercial structures where cooling is predominate year-round) a maximum energy savings of {approx}0.05 quad per year and {approx}801 MKg/yr can be achieved over that of a typical insulating glass unit including a double silver low-E coating. In its current state, the technology is not durable enough for an exterior window application. The primary downfall is that the redox chemistry fails to

  19. Pulsed-laser-deposited coatings for stiction and wear reduction in MEMS devices

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    Pelt, Jamey S.; Ramsey, M. E.; Magana, R., Jr.; Poindexter, E., Jr.; de Boer, Maarten P.; LaVan, David A.; Dugger, Michael T.; Smith, James H.; Durbin, Steven M.

    1999-08-01

    A wide variety of thin layer coatings have been reported for inhibiting the occurrence of post-release stiction in MEMS. Hydrophobic coatings such as self-assembled monolayers perform this function very well, but have a limited lifetime due to eventual generation of wear-induced damage. On the other hand, metallic oxides with superior wear resistance are hydrophilic in character, making them prone to stiction in humid environments. This paper describes the investigation of several dielectric materials as potential candidates for hydrophobic coatings with good wear resistant properties. Films were grown using a combination of vacuum deposition techniques, including enhanced variations of pulsed laser deposition. Contact angle and hardness measurements were performed on flat single crystal wafers for evaluation of film properties, and initial trials on a lateral friction test structure developed at Sandia National Laboratories were performed.

  20. A Design Guide for Early-Market Electrochromic Windows

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    Lee, Eleanor S.; Selkowitz, Stephen E.; Clear, Robert D.; DiBartolomeo, Dennis L.; Klems, Joseph H.; Fernandes, Luis L.; Ward, GregJ.; Inkarojrit, Vorapat; Yazdanian, Mehry

    2006-05-01

    Switchable variable-tint electrochromic (EC) windows preserve view out while modulating transmitted light, glare, and solar heat gains. Consumers will require objective information on the risks and benefits of this emerging technology as it enters the market in 2006. This guide provides such information and data derived from a wide variety of simulations, laboratory tests, and a 2.5-year field test of prototype large-area EC windows evaluated under outdoor sun and sky conditions. This design guide is provided to architects, engineers, building owners, and others interested in electrochromic windows. The design guide provides basic information about what is an electrochromic window, what it looks like, how fast does it switch, and what current product offerings are. The guide also provides information on performance benefits if more mature product offerings were available.

  1. Properties of atomic layer deposited dielectrics for AlGaN/GaN device passivation

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    Ramanan, Narayanan; Lee, Bongmook; Kirkpatrick, Casey; Suri, Rahul; Misra, Veena

    2013-07-01

    In order to minimize ac-dc dispersion, reduce gate leakage and maximize ac transconductance, there is a critical need to identify optimal interfaces, low-k passivation dielectrics and high-k gate dielectrics. In this paper, an investigation of different atomic layer deposited (ALD) passivation dielectrics on AlGaN/GaN-based hetero-junction field effect transistors (HFETs) was performed. Angle-resolved x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy revealed that HCl/HF and NH4OH cleans resulted in a reduction of native oxide and carbon levels at the GaN surface. The role of high temperature anneals, following the ALD, on the effectiveness of passivation was also explored. Gate-lag measurements on HFETs passivated with a thin ALD high-k Al2O3 or HfAlO layer capped with a thick plasma enhanced chemical vapor deposited (PECVD) low-k SiO2 layer, annealed at 600-700 °C, were found to be as good as or even better than those with conventional PECVD silicon nitride passivation. Further, it was observed that different passivation dielectric stacks required different anneal temperatures for improved gate-lag behavior compared to the as-deposited case.

  2. Amorphous silicon photovoltaic devices prepared by chemical and photochemical vapor deposition of higher order silanes. Annual subcontract progress report, 1 September 1984-31 August 1985

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    Delahoy, A.E.; Ellis, F.B. Jr.

    1985-11-01

    This report describes the preparation of hydrogenated amorphous silicon (a-Si:H) films and photovoltaic devices by chemical vapor deposition (CVD) from higher order silanes and the properties of such films and devices. The research explored new deposition techniques that could produce a-Si:H superior to that achieved by the glow-discharge method. For example, the improvement could stem from ease of deposition (lower cost and/or better reproducibility), from material improvement (higher efficiency and/or better stability under illumination), or from innovative materials that improve device performance. Research focused on photo-CVD techniques; thermal CVD deemphasized. This report presents results for deposition by mercury-sensitized decomposition of disilane. These results indicate that this technique is a very promising alternative to the glow-discharge method.

  3. Amorphous silicon photovoltaic devices prepared by chemical and photochemical vapor deposition of higher order silanes. Technical progress report, 1 September 1984-28 February 1985

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    Delahoy, A.E.; Ellis, F.B. Jr.

    1985-05-01

    This report describes the preparation of hydrogenated amorphous silicon (a-Si:H) films and photovoltaic devices by chemical vapor deposition (CVD) from higher order silanes, and the properties of such films and devices. The research is directed at exploring new, improved deposition techniques to produce a-Si:H. The improvement could stem from ease of deposition (lower cost and/or better reproducibility), from material improvement (higher efficiency and/or better stability under illumination), or from innovative materials that improve device performance. Research efforts have focused, therefore, on photo-CVD techniques; thermal CVD has been emphasized. This report summarizes the properties of the experimental thermal CVD films and the reasons for terminating the research in this area. In addition, the results for deposition by mercury-sensitized decomposition of disilane are presented. These results indicate that this technique is a very promising alternative to the glow-discharge method.

  4. Wafer scale interdigitated nanoelectrode devices functionalized using a MEMS-based deposition system

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    Martinez-Rivas, A.; Carcenac, F.; Saya, D.; Séverac, C.; Nicu, L.; Vieu, C.

    2012-03-01

    This paper reports on a methodology to elaborate interdigitated nanoelectrode devices (INDs) at the wafer scale, relying on a mix-and-match process which combines proximity optical lithography and electron beam lithography. An optimum exposure dose allowed fabricating nanodevices, at the wafer level, with a successful yield of 97%. The final devices are bonded onto conventional TO-8 packages. Electrical characterization in a short-circuited nanoelectrode is performed, revealing a 230 µΩ cm resistivity value at 23 °C. A MEMS-based spotter made of cantilevers (called Bioplume) has been used to obtain precise functionalization of the INDs with sub-picoliter volume solutions. These INDs are the basis of multiple tunnel junction nanodevices, intended to serve as novel highly sensitive nanobiosensors.

  5. Silver nanowire composite window layers for fully solution-deposited thin-film photovoltaic devices.

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    Chung, Choong-Heui; Song, Tze-Bin; Bob, Brion; Zhu, Rui; Duan, Hsin-Sheng; Yang, Yang

    2012-10-23

    A silver nanowire-indium tin oxide nanoparticle composite and its successful application to fully solution processed CuInSe(2) solar cells as a window layer are demonstrated, effectively replacing the traditionally sputtered both intrinsic zinc oxide and indium tin oxide layers. The devices utilizing the nanocomposite window layer demonstrate photovoltaic parameters equal to or even beyond those with sputtered intrinsic zinc oxide and indium tin oxide contacts. PMID:22887002

  6. New Insight into the Electrochromic Properties of Iron Oxides

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    Garcia-Lobato, Marco A.; Martinez, Arturo I.; Zarate, Ramón A.; Castro-Roman, Manuel

    2010-11-01

    We report on the structural, optical and magnetic properties of iron oxide films that were electrochemically cycled in a LiOH aqueous solution. We found that the electrochromic phenomenon is linked to the transformation of the film morphology; it goes from round-shaped particles to platy morphology. Additionally, the following phenomena were observed: a gradual blue shift of the optical-absorption edge, an increase of the saturation magnetization and the appearance of new Raman bands. The change of these properties helped us to understand the coloration mechanism for electrochromism in iron oxides.

  7. Electrochromic conducting polymers: optical contrast characterization of chameleonic materials.

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    Padilla, Javier; Otero, Toribio F

    2008-09-01

    The optical characterization in the visible wavelength range was obtained for an electrochromic material, poly-3, 4-ethylenedioxy-thiophene (PEDOT), as a function of its redox charge density (charge consumed for the color change between its maximum and minimum absorbance states). The experimental procedure was kept very simple and all the information can be obtained from only one film, including the identification of the maximum achievable contrast for the material. Different films of the electrochromic material were tested in order to check the validity of the predicted values, showing excellent agreement. PMID:18667759

  8. Electrochromism with colloidal WO3 and IrO2

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    Michalak, Franck; Rault, L.; Aldebert, Pierre

    1992-11-01

    Colloidal particles of WO3 and IrO2 are synthesized and dispersed within a gelatinous perfluorinated ionomer matrix. Experimental procedures are established in order to obtain percolation between the electrochromic particles. Colloidal particle sizes are measured by quasi elastic light scattering. Electrochemical properties of the mixed colloid electrodes are determined by cyclic voltammetry and impedance spectroscopy. Preliminary optical tests are performed in order to measure transmission and contrast of electrochromic half cells with a mixed colloid electrode, and also a sputtered oxide electrode.

  9. Vibrational solvatochromism and electrochromism. II. Multipole analysis.

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    Lee, Hochan; Choi, Jun-Ho; Cho, Minhaeng

    2012-09-21

    Small infrared probe molecules have been widely used to study local electrostatic environment in solutions and proteins. Using a variety of time- and frequency-resolved vibrational spectroscopic methods, one can accurately measure the solvation-induced vibrational frequency shifts and the timescales and amplitudes of frequency fluctuations of such IR probes. Since the corresponding frequency shifts are directly related to the local electric field and its spatial derivatives of the surrounding solvent molecules or amino acids in proteins, one can extract information on local electric field around an IR probe directly from the vibrational spectroscopic results. Here, we show that, carrying out a multipole analysis of the solvatochromic frequency shift, the solvatochromic dipole contribution to the frequency shift is not always the dominant factor. In the cases of the nitrile-, thiocyanato-, and azido-derivatized molecules, the solvatochromic quadrupole contributions to the corresponding stretch mode frequency shifts are particularly large and often comparable to the solvatochromic dipole contributions. Noting that the higher multipole moment-solvent electric field interactions are short range effects in comparison to the dipole interaction, the H-bonding interaction-induced vibrational frequency shift can be caused by such short-range multipole-field interaction effects. We anticipate that the present multipole analysis method specifically developed to describe the solvatochromic vibrational frequency shifts will be useful to understand the intermolecular interaction-induced vibrational property changes and to find out a relationship between vibrational solvatochromism and electrochromism of IR probes in condensed phases. PMID:22998262

  10. Vibrational solvatochromism and electrochromism. II. Multipole analysis

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    Lee, Hochan; Choi, Jun-Ho; Cho, Minhaeng

    2012-09-01

    Small infrared probe molecules have been widely used to study local electrostatic environment in solutions and proteins. Using a variety of time- and frequency-resolved vibrational spectroscopic methods, one can accurately measure the solvation-induced vibrational frequency shifts and the timescales and amplitudes of frequency fluctuations of such IR probes. Since the corresponding frequency shifts are directly related to the local electric field and its spatial derivatives of the surrounding solvent molecules or amino acids in proteins, one can extract information on local electric field around an IR probe directly from the vibrational spectroscopic results. Here, we show that, carrying out a multipole analysis of the solvatochromic frequency shift, the solvatochromic dipole contribution to the frequency shift is not always the dominant factor. In the cases of the nitrile-, thiocyanato-, and azido-derivatized molecules, the solvatochromic quadrupole contributions to the corresponding stretch mode frequency shifts are particularly large and often comparable to the solvatochromic dipole contributions. Noting that the higher multipole moment-solvent electric field interactions are short range effects in comparison to the dipole interaction, the H-bonding interaction-induced vibrational frequency shift can be caused by such short-range multipole-field interaction effects. We anticipate that the present multipole analysis method specifically developed to describe the solvatochromic vibrational frequency shifts will be useful to understand the intermolecular interaction-induced vibrational property changes and to find out a relationship between vibrational solvatochromism and electrochromism of IR probes in condensed phases.

  11. Selective Deposition of Insulating Metal Oxide in Perovskite Solar Cells with Enhanced Device Performance.

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    Yue, Youfeng; Yang, Xudong; Wu, Yongzhen; Salim, Noviana Tjitra; Islam, Ashraful; Noda, Takeshi; Han, Liyuan

    2015-08-24

    We report a simple methodology for the selective deposition of an insulating layer on the nanoparticulate TiO2 (np-TiO2) mesoporous layer of perovskite solar cells. The deposited MgO insulating layer mainly covered the bottom part of the np-TiO2 layer with less coverage at the top. The so-called quasi-top-open structure is introduced to act as an efficient hole-blocking layer to prevent charge recombination at the physical contact of the transparent conducting oxide with the perovskite. This leads to an open-circuit voltage higher than that of the reference cell with a compact TiO2 hole-blocking layer. Moreover, such a quasi-top-open structure can facilitate the electron injection from perovskite into the np-TiO2 mesoporous layer and improve the spectral response at longer wavelength because of the less covered insulating layer at the top. This work provides an alternative way to fabricate perovskite solar cells without the need to use a conventional compact TiO2 layer. PMID:26230988

  12. Vacuum deposited polymer films: Past, present, and future applications

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    Affinito, J.; Martin, P.; Gross, M.; Bennett, W.

    1994-11-01

    Two extremely high rate processes have been developed for the vacuum deposition of polymer thin films. Dubbed the PML (for Polymer Multi-Layer) and LML (for Liquid Multi-Layer) processes, the PML technique was originally developed for the manufacture of polymer/aluminum surface mount capacitors while the LML method arose from a need to fabricate lithium polymer batteries. These processes have since been found to be compatible with most other vacuum deposition techniques in, integrated, in-line coating processes. Battelle has developed an extensive program, and a great deal of hardware, to pursue a wide variety of PML and LML applications which integrate these two process technologies with other, conventional, vacuum deposition methods. The historical development of the technologies is reviewed and the Battelle PML/LML facilities are described. Current Battelle work involving solar thermal control films, PML QWOTs, and polymer/metal high reflectors are also discussed. Battelle PML work that is just starting, involving non-linear optical materials/devices, lithium polymer battery fabrication, electrochromic devices, and polymer/oxide multilayers, is discussed as well.

  13. Sol-Gel Deposition of Iridium Oxide for Biomedical Micro-Devices

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    Nguyen, Cuong M.; Rao, Smitha; Yang, Xuesong; Dubey, Souvik; Mays, Jeffrey; Cao, Hung; Chiao, Jung-Chih

    2015-01-01

    Flexible iridium oxide (IrOx)-based micro-electrodes were fabricated on flexible polyimide substrates using a sol-gel deposition process for utilization as integrated pseudo-reference electrodes for bio-electrochemical sensing applications. The fabrication method yields reliable miniature on-probe IrOx electrodes with long lifetime, high stability and repeatability. Such sensors can be used for long-term measurements. Various dimensions of sol-gel iridium oxide electrodes including 1 mm × 1 mm, 500 μm × 500 μm, and 100 μm × 100 μm were fabricated. Sensor longevity and pH dependence were investigated by immersing the electrodes in hydrochloric acid, fetal bovine serum (FBS), and sodium hydroxide solutions for 30 days. Less pH dependent responses, compared to IrOx electrodes fabricated by electrochemical deposition processes, were measured at 58.8 ± 0.4 mV/pH, 53.8 ± 1.3 mV/pH and 48 ± 0.6 mV/pH, respectively. The on-probe IrOx pseudo-reference electrodes were utilized for dopamine sensing. The baseline responses of the sensors were higher than the one using an external Ag/AgCl reference electrode. Using IrOx reference electrodes integrated on the same probe with working electrodes eliminated the use of cytotoxic Ag/AgCl reference electrode without loss in sensitivity. This enables employing such sensors in long-term recording of concentrations of neurotransmitters in central nervous systems of animals and humans. PMID:25686309

  14. Understanding the conductive channel evolution in Na:WO3-x-based planar devices

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    Shang, Dashan; Li, Peining; Wang, Tao; Carria, Egidio; Sun, Jirong; Shen, Baogen; Taubner, Thomas; Valov, Ilia; Waser, Rainer; Wuttig, Matthias

    2015-03-01

    An ion migration process in a solid electrolyte is important for ion-based functional devices, such as fuel cells, batteries, electrochromics, gas sensors, and resistive switching systems. In this study, a planar sandwich structure is prepared by depositing tungsten oxide (WO3-x) films on a soda-lime glass substrate, from which Na+ diffuses into the WO3-x films during the deposition. The entire process of Na+ migration driven by an alternating electric field is visualized in the Na-doped WO3-x films in the form of conductive channel by in situ optical imaging combined with infrared spectroscopy and near-field imaging techniques. A reversible change of geometry between a parabolic and a bar channel is observed with the resistance change of the devices. The peculiar channel evolution is interpreted by a thermal-stress-induced mechanical deformation of the films and an asymmetric Na+ mobility between the parabolic and the bar channels. These results exemplify a typical ion migration process driven by an alternating electric field in a solid electrolyte with a low ion mobility and are expected to be beneficial to improve the controllability of the ion migration in ion-based functional devices, such as resistive switching devices.An ion migration process in a solid electrolyte is important for ion-based functional devices, such as fuel cells, batteries, electrochromics, gas sensors, and resistive switching systems. In this study, a planar sandwich structure is prepared by depositing tungsten oxide (WO3-x) films on a soda-lime glass substrate, from which Na+ diffuses into the WO3-x films during the deposition. The entire process of Na+ migration driven by an alternating electric field is visualized in the Na-doped WO3-x films in the form of conductive channel by in situ optical imaging combined with infrared spectroscopy and near-field imaging techniques. A reversible change of geometry between a parabolic and a bar channel is observed with the resistance change of the

  15. Recovery Act: Electrochromic Glazing Technology: Improved Performance, Lower Price

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    Burdis, Mark; Sbar, Neil

    2012-06-30

    The growing dependency of the US on energy imports and anticipated further increases in energy prices reinforce the concerns about meeting the energy demand in the future and one element of a secure energy future is conservation. It is estimated that the buildings sector represents 40% of the US's total energy consumption. And buildings produce as much as one third of the greenhouse gas emissions primarily through fossil fuel usage during their operational phase. A significant fraction of this energy usage is simply due to inefficient window technology. Electrochromic (EC) windows allow electronic control of their optical properties so that the transparency to light can be adjusted from clear to dark. This ability to control the amount of solar energy allowed into the building can be advantageously used to minimize lighting, heating and air conditioning costs. Currently, the penetration of EC windows into the marketplace is extremely small, and consequently there is a huge opportunity for energy savings if this market can be expanded. In order to increase the potential energy savings it is necessary to increase the quantity of EC windows in operation. Additionally, any incremental improvement in the energy performance of each window will add to the potential energy savings. The overall goals of this project were therefore to improve the energy performance and lower the cost of dynamic (EC) smart windows for residential and commercial building applications. This project is obviously of benefit to the public by addressing two major areas: lowering the cost and improving the energy performance of EC glazings. The high level goals for these activities were: (i) to improve the range between the clear and the tinted state, (ii) reduce the price of EC windows by utilizing lower cost materials, (iii) lowering the U-Value1 SAGE Electrochromics Inc. is the only company in the US which has a track record of producing EC windows, and presently has a small operational factory

  16. Utility and economic benefits of electrochromic smart windows

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    Warner, J.L.; Reilly, M.S.; Selkowitz, S.E.; Arasteh, D.K.; Ander, G.D.

    1992-06-01

    Windows have very significant direct and indirect impacts on building energy consumption, load shape, and peak demand. Electrochromic switchable glazings can potentially provide substantial reductions in all aspects of cooling and lighting electricity usage. This study explores the potential benefits of electrochromics in comparison to other currently available and emerging glazing technologies. These effects are explored in office buildings in several climates as a function of window size, orientation, and building operating characteristics. The DOE-2 building energy simulation program was used to model the performances of these dynamic coatings, accounting for both thermal and daylighting impacts. Very substantial savings are demonstrated compared to conventional glazings, but specific impacts on component and total energy consumption, peak demand, and HVAC system sizing vary widely among the options analyzed. In a hot, sunny climate, simple payback periods of three to ten years were calculated. Electrochromic glazings appear to represent a very important future building design option that will allow architects and engineers a high degree of design freedom to meet occupant needs, while minimizing operating costs to building owners and providing a new and important electricity demand control option for utilities. Utility demand-side management programs can accelerate the market penetration of electrochromics by offering incentives to reduce net first cost and payback periods.

  17. Mechanism and fluorescence application of electrochromism in photochromic dithienylcyclopentene.

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    Lee, Sumin; You, Youngmin; Ohkubo, Kei; Fukuzumi, Shunichi; Nam, Wonwoo

    2012-05-01

    The kinetic process of key intermediates involved in the electrochemical ring opening of photochromic dithienylcyclopentenes (DTEs) has been observed for the first time, where the electronic nature of the DTEs is an important factor that determines the rate-determining step in the electrochromism. The dual chromic property has been implemented to a single molecular fluorescence memory. PMID:22536924

  18. Single- and bi-layer memristive devices with tunable properties using TiO{sub x} switching layers deposited by reactive sputtering

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    Jiang, Hao; Xia, Qiangfei

    2014-04-14

    The authors systematically studied reactive sputtering deposition of TiO{sub x} thin films using a mixture of Ar and O{sub 2} gases under different ratios of O{sub 2} flow. As directly revealed by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, the deposition changed from a metallic Ti target mode to an oxide target mode when the O{sub 2} flow ratio was beyond 40%, resulting in TiO{sub x} thin films with different chemical compositions. Consequently, metal/oxide/metal devices with a single TiO{sub x} layer exhibited a broad spectrum of electrical characteristics such as Ohmic, rectifying, and memristive behavior. The reactive sputtering deposited TiO{sub x} thin films were also used in a bilayer memristive device structure, and a transition from bipolar to unipolar switching behavior was observed for devices based on thin films prepared with different oxygen flow.

  19. Highly effective antibiofilm coating of silver-polymer nanocomposite on polymeric medical devices deposited by one step plasma process.

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    Agarwala, Munin; Barman, Tapan; Gogoi, Dolly; Choudhury, Bula; Pal, Arup R; Yadav, R N S

    2014-08-01

    Foley's catheters were coated with Silver (Ag), plasma polymerized aniline (PPAni) and Ag-PPAni composite by plasma based deposition processes which were characterized by XRD, EDX, SEM, and FT-IR spectroscopy and bioassays were performed to validate their efficacies to kill planktonic cells as well as to remove biofilm. The analyses confirmed the formation of Ag nanoparticles (AgNPs), PPAni and Ag-PPAni composite and also corroborated their successful deposition over the catheters. Antibacterial assays showed that coated catheters were capable of killing planktonic cells of most commonly encountered uropathogens and equally capable of eradicating biofilm formation by the uropathogens as evident from the reduced cfu/ml. UV-vis spectroscopy results showed that the nanoparticle coated catheters were capable of gradual release of AgNPs, killing all planktonic cells in solution over the time. Foley's catheters coated with AgNPs and their composites by one step plasma process were non-toxic devices capable of killing planktonic cells and proficient in eradicating biofilm formation which could be used to cutback the likelihood of the catheter related complications. PMID:24449248

  20. Deposition of ultrathin AlN films for high frequency electroacoustic devices

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    Felmetsger, Valery V.; Laptev, Pavel N.; Graham, Roger J.

    2011-03-15

    The authors investigate the microstructure, crystal orientation, and residual stress of reactively sputtered aluminum nitride (AlN) films having thicknesses as low as 200 down to 25 nm. A two-step deposition process by the dual cathode ac (40 kHz) powered S-gun magnetron enabling better conditions for AlN nucleation on the surface of the molybdenum (Mo) bottom electrode was developed to enhance crystallinity of ultrathin AlN films. Using the two-step process, the residual in-plane stress as well as the stress gradient through the film thickness can be effectively controlled. X-ray rocking curve measurements have shown that ultrathin films grown on Mo using this technology are highly c-axis oriented with full widths at half maximum of 1.8 deg. and 3.1 deg. for 200- and 25-nm-thick films, respectively, which are equal to or even better than the results previously reported for relatively thick AlN films. High-resolution transmission electron microscopy and fast Fourier transform analyses have confirmed strong grain orientation in 25-100-nm-thick films. A fine columnar texture and a continuous lattice microstructure within a single grain from the interface with the Mo substrate through to the AlN surface have been elicited even in the 25-nm-thick film.

  1. Advances in silicon carbide Chemical Vapor Deposition (CVD) for semiconductor device fabrication

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    Powell, J. Anthony; Petit, Jeremy B.; Matus, Lawrence G.

    1991-01-01

    Improved SiC chemical vapor deposition films of both 3C and 6H polytypes were grown on vicinal (0001) 6H-SiC wafers cut from single-crystal boules. These films were produced from silane and propane in hydrogen at one atmosphere at a temperature of 1725 K. Among the more important factors which affected the structure and morphology of the grown films were the tilt angle of the substrate, the polarity of the growth surface, and the pregrowth surface treatment of the substrate. With proper pregrowth surface treatment, 6H films were grown on 6H substrates with tilt angles as small as 0.1 degrees. In addition, 3C could be induced to grow within selected regions on a 6H substrate. The polarity of the substrate was a large factor in the incorporation of dopants during epitaxial growth. A new growth model is discussed which explains the control of SiC polytype in epitaxial growth on vicinal (0001) SiC substrates.

  2. Use of electrochromic materials in adaptive optics.

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    Kammler, Daniel R.; Sweatt, William C.; Verley, Jason C.; Yelton, William Graham

    2005-07-01

    Electrochromic (EC) materials are used in 'smart' windows that can be darkened by applying a voltage across an EC stack on the window. The associated change in refractive index (n) in the EC materials might allow their use in tunable or temperature-insensitive Fabry-Perot filters and transmissive-spatial-light-modulators (SLMs). The authors are conducting a preliminary evaluation of these materials in many applications, including target-in-the-loop systems. Data on tungsten oxide, WO{sub 3}, the workhorse EC material, indicate that it's possible to achieve modest changes in n with only slight increases in absorption between the visible and {approx}10 {micro}m. This might enable construction of a tunable Fabry-Perot filter consisting of an active EC layer (e.g. WO{sub 3}) and a proton conductor (e.g.Ta{sub 2}O{sub 5}) sandwiched between two gold electrodes. A SLM might be produced by replacing the gold with a transparent conductor (e.g. ITO). This SLM would allow broad-band operation like a micromirror array. Since it's a transmission element, simple optical designs like those in liquid-crystal systems would be possible. Our team has fabricated EC stacks and characterized their switching speed and optical properties (n, k). We plan to study the interplay between process parameters, film properties, and performance characteristics associated with the FP-filter and then extend what we learn to SLMs. Our goals are to understand whether the changes in absorption associated with changes in n are acceptable, and whether it's possible to design an EC-stack that's fast enough to be interesting. We'll present our preliminary findings regarding the potential viability of EC materials for target-in-the-loop applications.

  3. High-Purity Isolation and Recovery of Circulating Tumor Cells using Conducting Polymer-deposited Microfluidic Device

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    Jeon, SeungHyun; Hong, WooYoung; Lee, Eun Sook; Cho, Youngnam

    2014-01-01

    We have developed a conductive nano-roughened microfluidic device and demonstrated its use as an electrically modulated capture and release system for studying rare circulating tumor cells (CTCs). The microchannel surfaces were covalently decorated with epithelial cancer-specific anti-EpCAM antibody by electrochemical deposition of biotin-doped polypyrrole (Ppy), followed by the assembly of streptavidin and biotinylated antibody. Our method utilizes the unique topographical features and excellent electrical activity of Ppy for i) surface-induced preferential recognition and release of CTCs, and ii) selective elimination of non-specifically immobilized white blood cells (WBCs), which are capable of high-purity isolation of CTCs. In addition, the direct incorporation of biotin molecules offers good flexibility, because it allows the modification of channel surfaces with diverse antibodies, in addition to anti-EpCAM, for enhanced detection of multiple types of CTCs. By engineering a series of electrical, chemical, and topographical cues, this simple yet efficient device provides a significant advantage to CTC detection technology as compared with other conventional methods. PMID:25250093

  4. Electronic and optical device applications of hollow cathode plasma assisted atomic layer deposition based GaN thin films

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    Bolat, Sami Tekcan, Burak; Ozgit-Akgun, Cagla; Biyikli, Necmi; Okyay, Ali Kemal

    2015-01-15

    Electronic and optoelectronic devices, namely, thin film transistors (TFTs) and metal–semiconductor–metal (MSM) photodetectors, based on GaN films grown by hollow cathode plasma-assisted atomic layer deposition (PA-ALD) are demonstrated. Resistivity of GaN thin films and metal-GaN contact resistance are investigated as a function of annealing temperature. Effect of the plasma gas and postmetallization annealing on the performances of the TFTs as well as the effect of the annealing on the performance of MSM photodetectors are studied. Dark current to voltage and responsivity behavior of MSM devices are investigated as well. TFTs with the N{sub 2}/H{sub 2} PA-ALD based GaN channels are observed to have improved stability and transfer characteristics with respect to NH{sub 3} PA-ALD based transistors. Dark current of the MSM photodetectors is suppressed strongly after high-temperature annealing in N{sub 2}:H{sub 2} ambient.

  5. ZnO/Al:ZnO Transparent Resistive Switching Devices Grown by Atomic Layer Deposition for Memristor Applications.

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    Mundle, Rajeh; Carvajal, Christian; Pradhan, Aswini K

    2016-05-17

    ZnO has intrinsic semiconductor conductivity because of an unintentional doping mechanism resulting from the growth process that is mainly attributable to oxygen vacancies (VO) positioned in the bandgap. ZnO has multiple electronic states that depend on the number of vacancies and the charge state of each vacancy. In addition to the individual electron states, the vacancies have different vibrational states. We developed a high-temperature precursor vapor mask technique using Al2O3 to pattern the atomic layer deposition of ZnO and Al:ZnO layers on ZnO-based substrates. This technique was used to create a memristor device based on Al:ZnO thin films having metallic and semiconducting and insulating transport properties ZnO. We demonstrated that adding combination of Al2O3 and TiO2 barrier layers improved the resistive switching behavior. The change in the resistance between the high- and low-resistivity states of the memristor with a combination of Al2O3 and TiO2 was approximately 157%. The devices were exposed to laser light from three different laser diodes. The 450 nm laser diode noticeably affected the combined Al2O3 and TiO2 barrier, creating a high-resistivity state with a 2.9% shift under illumination. The high-resistivity state shift under laser illumination indicates defect shifts and the thermodynamic transition of ZnO defects. PMID:27124366

  6. Motion-driven electrochromic reactions for self-powered smart window system.

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    Yeh, Min-Hsin; Lin, Long; Yang, Po-Kang; Wang, Zhong Lin

    2015-05-26

    The self-powered system is a promising concept for wireless networks due to its independent and sustainable operations without an external power source. To realize this idea, the triboelectric nanogenerator (TENG) was recently invented, which can effectively convert ambient mechanical energy into electricity to power up portable electronics. In this work, a self-powered smart window system was realized through integrating an electrochromic device (ECD) with a transparent TENG driven by blowing wind and raindrops. Driven by the sustainable output of the TENG, the optical properties, especially the transmittance of the ECD, display reversible variations due to electrochemical redox reactions. The maximum transmittance change at 695 nm can be reached up to 32.4%, which is comparable to that operated by a conventional electrochemical potentiostat (32.6%). This research is a substantial advancement toward the practical application of nanogenerators and self-powered systems. PMID:25808880

  7. Characterization of Nanophosphors for Solid State Lighting Devices Grown by Microwave Plasma Assisted Deposition Process

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    McCoy, Jedidiah; Merlak, Marek; Witanachchi, Sarath

    2013-03-01

    Increasingly, greenhouse farming and urban agriculture are being looked at as a more efficient and more cost effective way to grow produce. Currently the lights used in greenhouses rely on light sources that emit a broad spectrum of light. However, only light at wavelengths around 460 nm (blue) and 670 nm (red) are absorbed by most plants for photosynthesis. Solid state lighting devices can be engineered to produce light to match the needs of the plant while reducing the energy cost. An investigation into the photoluminescence properties of the nanophosphor La2O3 doped with Bi was done in an effort to produce a phosphor emitting in blue wavelengths. The La2O3:Bi coatings were grown using a microwave plasma growth process. Microwave power and chamber pressure were varied to find the optimum synthesis conditions. Power was varied from 100Watts to 900Watts and chamber pressure was varied from 30Torr to 60Torr. The process utilized O2 and CO2 plasma. The nanophosphors were investigated by X-ray diffraction, electron microscopy, and photoluminescent spectroscopy. Photoluminescence was shown to be higher from samples synthesized in a CO2 plasma.

  8. High Growth Rate Deposition of Hydrogenated Amorphous Silicon-Germanium Films and Devices Using ECR-PECVD

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    Yong Liu

    2002-05-31

    Hydrogenated amorphous silicon germanium films (a-SiGe:H) and devices have been extensively studied because of the tunable band gap for matching the solar spectrum and mature the fabrication techniques. a-SiGe:H thin film solar cells have great potential for commercial manufacture because of very low cost and adaptability to large-scale manufacturing. Although it has been demonstrated that a-SiGe:H thin films and devices with good quality can be produced successfully, some issues regarding growth chemistry have remained yet unexplored, such as the hydrogen and inert-gas dilution, bombardment effect, and chemical annealing, to name a few. The alloying of the SiGe introduces above an order-of-magnitude higher defect density, which degrades the performance of the a-SiGe:H thin film solar cells. This degradation becomes worse when high growth-rate deposition is required. Preferential attachment of hydrogen to silicon, clustering of Ge and Si, and columnar structure and buried dihydride radicals make the film intolerably bad. The work presented here uses the Electron-Cyclotron-Resonance Plasma-Enhanced Chemical Vapor Deposition (ECR-PECVD) technique to fabricate a-SiGe:H films and devices with high growth rates. Helium gas, together with a small amount of H{sub 2}, was used as the plasma species. Thickness, optical band gap, conductivity, Urbach energy, mobility-lifetime product, I-V curve, and quantum efficiency were characterized during the process of pursuing good materials. The microstructure of the a-(Si,Ge):H material was probed by Fourier-Transform Infrared spectroscopy. They found that the advantages of using helium as the main plasma species are: (1) high growth rate--the energetic helium ions break the reactive gas more efficiently than hydrogen ions; (2) homogeneous growth--heavy helium ions impinging on the surface promote the surface mobility of the reactive radicals, so that heteroepitaxy growth as clustering of Ge and Si, columnar structure are reduced

  9. Flexible electrochromic supercapacitor hybrid electrodes based on tungsten oxide films and silver nanowires.

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    Shen, Liuxue; Du, Lianhuan; Tan, Shaozao; Zang, Zhigang; Zhao, Chuanxi; Mai, Wenjie

    2016-05-01

    We successfully fabricate flexible electrochromic supercapacitor (SC) electrodes employing novel flexible transparent conducting substrates. The as-synthesized flexible electrochromic SC electrodes exhibit great electrochemical performances (13.6 mF cm(-2), 138.2 F g(-1)) and high coloration efficiency (80.2 cm(2) C(-1)), which demonstrate their potential applications in flexible smart windows combining energy storage and electrochromism. PMID:27087032

  10. An in-situ technique to measure erosion and deposition in fusion devices

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    Ruzic, David N.; Gerdin, Glenn A.

    1987-02-01

    Erosion or deposition of sub-micron layers of graphite or other materials can be measured by bombarding a sub-surface layer of 10B or 6Li with thermal neutrons and observing with a surface-barrier detector the energy loss of the prompt alphas or tritons produced. To demonstrate the feasibility of this technique, a (5250 ± 250) Å layer of boron and a (1.25 ± 0.05) μm layer of Li 2B 4O 7 were electron-beam evaporated onto graphite substrates and exposed to a thermal neutron flux of (8.0 ± 0.5) × 10 5 cm -2 s -1. The (n,α) reactions of the 10B produce a 1.78 MeV α, a 1.48 MeV α, and a 0.848 MeV 7Li. The reactions of 6Li produce a 2.73 MeV 3H and a 2.05 MeV α. Carbon coatings of (600 ± 25) Å, (8250 ± 500) Å, (2.0 ± 0.2) μm, and (4.0 ± 0.4) μm were placed between the active layers and a surface barrier detector in vacuuo. The thinner layers shifted the 1.48 MeV α peak by (31.7 ± 4.5) keV and (431 ± 43) keV respectively. The thicker layers shifted the 2.73 MeV 3H peak by (206 ± 15) keV and (346 ± 20) keV respectfully. Therefore, utilizing boron implants, 100 Å to 1 μm of graphite erosion or redeposition can be determined. Utilizing lithium implants, thicknesses in the range of 1 μm to 10 μm can be determined. Theoretical energy shifts, thermal diffusion, and the feasibility of this technique as a between shot diagnostic for limiters, divertor plates, and/or first-wall armor are discussed.

  11. Material insights of HfO2-based integrated 1-transistor-1-resistor resistive random access memory devices processed by batch atomic layer deposition.

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    Niu, Gang; Kim, Hee-Dong; Roelofs, Robin; Perez, Eduardo; Schubert, Markus Andreas; Zaumseil, Peter; Costina, Ioan; Wenger, Christian

    2016-01-01

    With the continuous scaling of resistive random access memory (RRAM) devices, in-depth understanding of the physical mechanism and the material issues, particularly by directly studying integrated cells, become more and more important to further improve the device performances. In this work, HfO2-based integrated 1-transistor-1-resistor (1T1R) RRAM devices were processed in a standard 0.25 μm complementary-metal-oxide-semiconductor (CMOS) process line, using a batch atomic layer deposition (ALD) tool, which is particularly designed for mass production. We demonstrate a systematic study on TiN/Ti/HfO2/TiN/Si RRAM devices to correlate key material factors (nano-crystallites and carbon impurities) with the filament type resistive switching (RS) behaviours. The augmentation of the nano-crystallites density in the film increases the forming voltage of devices and its variation. Carbon residues in HfO2 films turn out to be an even more significant factor strongly impacting the RS behaviour. A relatively higher deposition temperature of 300 °C dramatically reduces the residual carbon concentration, thus leading to enhanced RS performances of devices, including lower power consumption, better endurance and higher reliability. Such thorough understanding on physical mechanism of RS and the correlation between material and device performances will facilitate the realization of high density and reliable embedded RRAM devices with low power consumption. PMID:27312225

  12. Material insights of HfO2-based integrated 1-transistor-1-resistor resistive random access memory devices processed by batch atomic layer deposition

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    Niu, Gang; Kim, Hee-Dong; Roelofs, Robin; Perez, Eduardo; Schubert, Markus Andreas; Zaumseil, Peter; Costina, Ioan; Wenger, Christian

    2016-06-01

    With the continuous scaling of resistive random access memory (RRAM) devices, in-depth understanding of the physical mechanism and the material issues, particularly by directly studying integrated cells, become more and more important to further improve the device performances. In this work, HfO2-based integrated 1-transistor-1-resistor (1T1R) RRAM devices were processed in a standard 0.25 μm complementary-metal-oxide-semiconductor (CMOS) process line, using a batch atomic layer deposition (ALD) tool, which is particularly designed for mass production. We demonstrate a systematic study on TiN/Ti/HfO2/TiN/Si RRAM devices to correlate key material factors (nano-crystallites and carbon impurities) with the filament type resistive switching (RS) behaviours. The augmentation of the nano-crystallites density in the film increases the forming voltage of devices and its variation. Carbon residues in HfO2 films turn out to be an even more significant factor strongly impacting the RS behaviour. A relatively higher deposition temperature of 300 °C dramatically reduces the residual carbon concentration, thus leading to enhanced RS performances of devices, including lower power consumption, better endurance and higher reliability. Such thorough understanding on physical mechanism of RS and the correlation between material and device performances will facilitate the realization of high density and reliable embedded RRAM devices with low power consumption.

  13. Material insights of HfO2-based integrated 1-transistor-1-resistor resistive random access memory devices processed by batch atomic layer deposition

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    Niu, Gang; Kim, Hee-Dong; Roelofs, Robin; Perez, Eduardo; Schubert, Markus Andreas; Zaumseil, Peter; Costina, Ioan; Wenger, Christian

    2016-01-01

    With the continuous scaling of resistive random access memory (RRAM) devices, in-depth understanding of the physical mechanism and the material issues, particularly by directly studying integrated cells, become more and more important to further improve the device performances. In this work, HfO2-based integrated 1-transistor-1-resistor (1T1R) RRAM devices were processed in a standard 0.25 μm complementary-metal-oxide-semiconductor (CMOS) process line, using a batch atomic layer deposition (ALD) tool, which is particularly designed for mass production. We demonstrate a systematic study on TiN/Ti/HfO2/TiN/Si RRAM devices to correlate key material factors (nano-crystallites and carbon impurities) with the filament type resistive switching (RS) behaviours. The augmentation of the nano-crystallites density in the film increases the forming voltage of devices and its variation. Carbon residues in HfO2 films turn out to be an even more significant factor strongly impacting the RS behaviour. A relatively higher deposition temperature of 300 °C dramatically reduces the residual carbon concentration, thus leading to enhanced RS performances of devices, including lower power consumption, better endurance and higher reliability. Such thorough understanding on physical mechanism of RS and the correlation between material and device performances will facilitate the realization of high density and reliable embedded RRAM devices with low power consumption. PMID:27312225

  14. Behaviour of one-step spray-coated carbon nanotube supercapacitor in ambient light harvester circuit with printed organic solar cell and electrochromic display

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    Tuukkanen, Sampo; Välimäki, Marja; Lehtimäki, Suvi; Vuorinen, Tiina; Lupo, Donald

    2016-03-01

    A printed energy harvesting and storage circuit powered by ambient office lighting and its use to power a printed display is reported. The autonomous device is composed of three printed electronic components: an organic photovoltaic module, a carbon-nanotubes-only supercapacitor and an electrochromic display element. Components are fabricated from safe and environmentally friendly materials, and have been fabricated using solution processing methods, which translate into low-cost and high-throughput manufacturing. A supercapacitor made of spray-coated carbon nanotube based ink and aqueous NaCl electrolyte was charged using a printed organic photovoltaic module exposed to office lighting conditions. The supercapacitor charging rate, self-discharge rate and display operation were studied in detail. The supercapacitor self-discharge rate was found to depend on the charging rate. The fully charged supercapacitor was used as a power source to run the electrochromic display over 50 times.

  15. Behaviour of one-step spray-coated carbon nanotube supercapacitor in ambient light harvester circuit with printed organic solar cell and electrochromic display.

    PubMed

    Tuukkanen, Sampo; Välimäki, Marja; Lehtimäki, Suvi; Vuorinen, Tiina; Lupo, Donald

    2016-01-01

    A printed energy harvesting and storage circuit powered by ambient office lighting and its use to power a printed display is reported. The autonomous device is composed of three printed electronic components: an organic photovoltaic module, a carbon-nanotubes-only supercapacitor and an electrochromic display element. Components are fabricated from safe and environmentally friendly materials, and have been fabricated using solution processing methods, which translate into low-cost and high-throughput manufacturing. A supercapacitor made of spray-coated carbon nanotube based ink and aqueous NaCl electrolyte was charged using a printed organic photovoltaic module exposed to office lighting conditions. The supercapacitor charging rate, self-discharge rate and display operation were studied in detail. The supercapacitor self-discharge rate was found to depend on the charging rate. The fully charged supercapacitor was used as a power source to run the electrochromic display over 50 times. PMID:26957019

  16. Behaviour of one-step spray-coated carbon nanotube supercapacitor in ambient light harvester circuit with printed organic solar cell and electrochromic display

    PubMed Central

    Tuukkanen, Sampo; Välimäki, Marja; Lehtimäki, Suvi; Vuorinen, Tiina; Lupo, Donald

    2016-01-01

    A printed energy harvesting and storage circuit powered by ambient office lighting and its use to power a printed display is reported. The autonomous device is composed of three printed electronic components: an organic photovoltaic module, a carbon-nanotubes-only supercapacitor and an electrochromic display element. Components are fabricated from safe and environmentally friendly materials, and have been fabricated using solution processing methods, which translate into low-cost and high-throughput manufacturing. A supercapacitor made of spray-coated carbon nanotube based ink and aqueous NaCl electrolyte was charged using a printed organic photovoltaic module exposed to office lighting conditions. The supercapacitor charging rate, self-discharge rate and display operation were studied in detail. The supercapacitor self-discharge rate was found to depend on the charging rate. The fully charged supercapacitor was used as a power source to run the electrochromic display over 50 times. PMID:26957019

  17. The properties of electrochromic film electrodes of lanthanide diphthalocyanines in ethylene glycol

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    Collins, G.C.S.; Schiffrin, D.J.

    1985-08-01

    The electrochromic properties of film electrodes of lutetium, erbium, gadolinium, and ytterbium diphthalocyanines in contact with ethylene glycol solutions have been studied. The stability of the electrochromic film under electrochemical cycling in this medium is at least three orders of magnitude better than that in neutral aqueous solutions. The stability of the electrochromic is improved if the film is written galvanostatically from the yellow-tan to the green state. A simplified model for the galvanostatic transition is proposed, and some of the problems of this family of electrochromic materials are discussed.

  18. Lanthanide-Assisted Deposition of Strongly Electro-optic PZT Thin Films on Silicon: Toward Integrated Active Nanophotonic Devices.

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    George, J P; Smet, P F; Botterman, J; Bliznuk, V; Woestenborghs, W; Van Thourhout, D; Neyts, K; Beeckman, J

    2015-06-24

    The electro-optical properties of lead zirconate titanate (PZT) thin films depend strongly on the quality and crystallographic orientation of the thin films. We demonstrate a novel method to grow highly textured PZT thin films on silicon using the chemical solution deposition (CSD) process. We report the use of ultrathin (5-15 nm) lanthanide (La, Pr, Nd, Sm) based intermediate layers for obtaining preferentially (100) oriented PZT thin films. X-ray diffraction measurements indicate preferentially oriented intermediate Ln2O2CO3 layers providing an excellent lattice match with the PZT thin films grown on top. The XRD and scanning electron microscopy measurements reveal that the annealed layers are dense, uniform, crack-free and highly oriented (>99.8%) without apparent defects or secondary phases. The EDX and HRTEM characterization confirm that the template layers act as an efficient diffusion barrier and form a sharp interface between the substrate and the PZT. The electrical measurements indicate a dielectric constant of ∼650, low dielectric loss of ∼0.02, coercive field of 70 kV/cm, remnant polarization of 25 μC/cm(2), and large breakdown electric field of 1000 kV/cm. Finally, the effective electro-optic coefficients of the films are estimated with a spectroscopic ellipsometer measurement, considering the electric field induced variations in the phase reflectance ratio. The electro-optic measurements reveal excellent linear effective pockels coefficients of 110 to 240 pm/V, which makes the CSD deposited PZT thin film an ideal candidate for Si-based active integrated nanophotonic devices. PMID:26043103

  19. Durable Electrooptic Devices Comprising Ionic Liquids

    DOEpatents

    Burrell, Anthony K.; Agrawal, Anoop; Cronin, John P.; Tonazzi, Juan C. L.; Warner, Benjamin P.; McCleskey, T. Mark

    2008-11-11

    Electrolyte solutions for electrochromic devices such as rear view mirrors and displays with low leakage currents are prepared using inexpensive, low conductivity conductors. Preferred electrolytes include bifunctional redox dyes and molten salt solvents with enhanced stability toward ultraviolet radiation. The solvents include lithium or quaternary ammonium cations, and perfluorinated sulfonylimide anions selected from trifluoromethylsulfonate (CF.sub.3SO.sub.3.sup.-), bis(trifluoromethylsulfonyl)imide ((CF.sub.3SO.sub.2).sub.2N.sup.-), bis(perfluoroethylsulfonyl)imide ((CF.sub.3CF.sub.2SO.sub.2).sub.2N.sup.-) and tris(trifluoromethylsulfonyl)methide ((CF.sub.3SO.sub.2).sub.3C.sup.-). Electroluminescent, electrochromic and photoelectrochromic devices with nanostructured electrodes include ionic liquids with bifunctional redox dyes. Some of the electrolyte solutions color to red when devices employing the solutions are powered, leading to red or neutral electrooptic devices.

  20. Durable electrooptic devices comprising ionic liquids

    DOEpatents

    Burrell, Anthony K.; Agrawal, Anoop; Cronin, John P.; Tonazzi, Juan C. L.; Warner, Benjamin P.; McCleskey, T. Mark

    2009-12-15

    Electrolyte solutions for electrochromic devices such as rear view mirrors and displays with low leakage currents are prepared using inexpensive, low conductivity conductors. Preferred electrolytes include bifunctional redox dyes and molten salt solvents with enhanced stability toward ultraviolet radiation. The solvents include lithium or quaternary ammonium cations, and perfluorinated sulfonylimide anions selected from trifluoromethylsulfonate (CF.sub.3SO.sub.3.sup.-), bis(trifluoromethylsulfonyl)imide ((CF.sub.3SO.sub.2).sub.2N.sup.-), bis(perfluoroethylsulfonyl)imide ((CF.sub.3CF.sub.2SO.sub.2).sub.2N.sup.-) and tris(trifluoromethylsulfonyl)methide ((CF.sub.3SO.sub.2).sub.3C.sup.-). Electroluminescent, electrochromic and photoelectrochromic devices with nanostructured electrodes include ionic liquids with bifunctional redox dyes. Some of the electrolyte solutions color to red when devices employing the solutions are powered, leading to red or neutral electrooptic devices.

  1. In situ deposition of a personalized nanofibrous dressing via a handy electrospinning device for skin wound care

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    Dong, Rui-Hua; Jia, Yue-Xiao; Qin, Chong-Chong; Zhan, Lu; Yan, Xu; Cui, Lin; Zhou, Yu; Jiang, Xingyu; Long, Yun-Ze

    2016-02-01

    Current strategies for wound care provide limited relief to millions of patients who suffer from burns, chronic skin ulcers or surgical-related wounds. The goal of this work is to develop an in situ deposition of a personalized nanofibrous dressing via a handy electrospinning (e-spinning) device and evaluate its properties related to skin wound care. MCM-41 type mesoporous silica nanoparticles decorated with silver nanoparticles (Ag-MSNs) were prepared by a facile and environmentally friendly approach, which possessed long-term antibacterial activity and low cytotoxicity. Poly-ε-caprolactone (PCL) incorporated with Ag-MSNs was successfully electrospun (e-spun) into nanofibrous membranes. These in situ e-spun nanofibrous membranes allowed the continuous release of Ag ions and showed broad-spectrum antimicrobial activity against two common types of pathogens, Staphylococcus aureus and Escherichia coli. In addition, the in vivo studies revealed that these antibacterial nanofibrous membranes could reduce the inflammatory response and accelerate wound healing in Wistar rats. The above results strongly demonstrate that such patient-specific dressings could be broadly applied in emergency medical transport, hospitals, clinics and at the patients' home in the near future.Current strategies for wound care provide limited relief to millions of patients who suffer from burns, chronic skin ulcers or surgical-related wounds. The goal of this work is to develop an in situ deposition of a personalized nanofibrous dressing via a handy electrospinning (e-spinning) device and evaluate its properties related to skin wound care. MCM-41 type mesoporous silica nanoparticles decorated with silver nanoparticles (Ag-MSNs) were prepared by a facile and environmentally friendly approach, which possessed long-term antibacterial activity and low cytotoxicity. Poly-ε-caprolactone (PCL) incorporated with Ag-MSNs was successfully electrospun (e-spun) into nanofibrous membranes. These in situ e

  2. Electrochromic performance, wettability and optical study of copper manganese oxide thin films: Effect of annealing temperature

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    Falahatgar, S. S.; Ghodsi, F. E.; Tepehan, F. Z.; Tepehan, G. G.; Turhan, İ.

    2014-01-01

    In the present work, the nanostructured copper manganese oxide (CMO) thin films were prepared from acetate based sol-gel precursors and deposited on glass and indium tin oxide (ITO) substrates by dip-coating technique. The films were annealed at 300, 400 and 500 °C in ambient atmosphere. The effects of annealing temperature on structural, morphological, wettability, electrochromic and optical properties of CMO thin films were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), field emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM), energy dispersive spectroscopy (EDX), water contact angle measurement (WCA), cyclic voltammetry (CV) measurements and ultraviolet-visible (UV-vis) spectrophotometery. The presence of mixed oxide phases comprising of copper manganese oxide (CuMn2O4) and manganese oxide at different annealing temperature was confirmed by XRD patterns. The results showed that the Mn3O4 phase has been changed to Mn2O3 when the annealing temperature is increased from 300 to 500 °C. The FESEM images indicated that the granular surface morphology was sensitive to annealing temperature. EDX studies indicated that the thin films contained O, Mn and Cu species. Wettability studies showed that the water contact angle of the nanostructured CMO thin films coated on glass substrates was influenced by the variation of annealing temperature and the surface nature of thin films was changed from hydrophilic to hydrophobic. The results of CVs measurement indicated that the anodic and cathodic charge density and capacitance of all CMO samples decreased with increasing scan rate in potential range of -1-1 eV. Also, the annealed CMO thin film at 500 °C showed better electrochromic performance with respect to other samples at lower scan rate. The thickness, refractive index, extinction coefficient and optical band gap of thin films coated on glass substrates were calculated from reflectance and transmittance spectra using an iterative numerical method. The optical band gap of

  3. Dissipative rogue waves induced by long-range chaotic multi-pulse interactions in a fiber laser with a topological insulator-deposited microfiber photonic device.

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    Liu, Meng; Cai, Ze-Rong; Hu, Song; Luo, Ai-Ping; Zhao, Chu-Jun; Zhang, Han; Xu, Wen-Cheng; Luo, Zhi-Chao

    2015-10-15

    We reported on the generation of dissipative rogue waves (DRWs) induced by long-range chaotic multi-pulse interactions in a fiber laser based on a topological insulator (TI)-deposited microfiber photonic device. By virtue of the simultaneous saturable absorption effect and high nonlinearity provided by the TI-deposited microfiber, a localized, chaotic multi-pulse wave packet with strong long-range nonlinear interactions could be obtained, which gives rise to the formation of DRWs. The results might enhance the understanding of DRWs in optical systems, and further demonstrated that the TI-deposited microfiber could be considered as an excellent photonic device with both saturable absorption and highly nonlinear effects for the application field of nonlinear optics. PMID:26469615

  4. Evaluation of freestanding boron-doped diamond grown by chemical vapour deposition as substrates for vertical power electronic devices

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    Issaoui, R.; Achard, J.; Tallaire, A.; Silva, F.; Gicquel, A.; Bisaro, R.; Servet, B.; Garry, G.; Barjon, J.

    2012-03-01

    In this study, 4 × 4 mm2 freestanding boron-doped diamond single crystals with thickness up to 260 μm have been fabricated by plasma assisted chemical vapour deposition. The boron concentrations measured by secondary ion mass spectroscopy were 1018 to 1020 cm-3 which is in a good agreement with the values calculated from Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy analysis, thus indicating that almost all incorporated boron is electrically active. The dependence of lattice parameters and crystal mosaicity on boron concentrations have also been extracted from high resolution x-ray diffraction experiments on (004) planes. The widths of x-ray rocking curves have globally shown the high quality of the material despite a substantial broadening of the peak, indicating a decrease of structural quality with increasing boron doping levels. Finally, the suitability of these crystals for the development of vertical power electronic devices has been confirmed by four-point probe measurements from which electrical resistivities as low as 0.26 Ω cm have been obtained.

  5. Reversible Semiconducting-to-Metallic Phase Transition in Chemical Vapor Deposition Grown Monolayer WSe2 and Applications for Devices

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    Ma, Yuqiang; Liu, Bilu; Zhang, Anyi; Chen, Liang; Fathi, Mohammad; Shen, Chenfei; Abbas, Ahmad; Ge, Mingyuan; Mecklenburg, Matthew; Zhou, Chongwu; Usc Nanolab Team

    Two-dimensional (2D) semiconducting monolayer transition metal dichalcogenides (TMDCs) have stimulated lots of interest because they are direct bandgap materials that have reasonably good mobility values. However, contact between most metals and semiconducting TMDCs like 2H phase WSe2 is highly resistive, thus degrading the performance of field effect transistors (FETs) fabricated with WSe2 as active channel materials. We applied a phase engineering method to chemical vapor deposition (CVD) grown monolayer 2H-WSe2 and demonstrated semiconducting-to-metallic phase transition in atomically thin WSe2. We have also shown that metallic phase WSe2 can be converted back to semiconducting phase, demonstrating the reversibility of this phase transition. In addition, we fabricated FETs based on these CVD-grown WSe2 flakes with phase-engineered metallic 1T-WSe2 as contact regions and intact semiconducting 2H-WSe2 as active channel materials. The device performance is substantially improved with metallic phase source/drain electrodes, showing on/off current ratios of 107 and mobilities up to 66 cm2/Vs for monolayer WSe2. PI name: Chongwu Zhou.

  6. In situ deposition of a personalized nanofibrous dressing via a handy electrospinning device for skin wound care.

    PubMed

    Dong, Rui-Hua; Jia, Yue-Xiao; Qin, Chong-Chong; Zhan, Lu; Yan, Xu; Cui, Lin; Zhou, Yu; Jiang, Xingyu; Long, Yun-Ze

    2016-02-14

    Current strategies for wound care provide limited relief to millions of patients who suffer from burns, chronic skin ulcers or surgical-related wounds. The goal of this work is to develop an in situ deposition of a personalized nanofibrous dressing via a handy electrospinning (e-spinning) device and evaluate its properties related to skin wound care. MCM-41 type mesoporous silica nanoparticles decorated with silver nanoparticles (Ag-MSNs) were prepared by a facile and environmentally friendly approach, which possessed long-term antibacterial activity and low cytotoxicity. Poly-ε-caprolactone (PCL) incorporated with Ag-MSNs was successfully electrospun (e-spun) into nanofibrous membranes. These in situ e-spun nanofibrous membranes allowed the continuous release of Ag ions and showed broad-spectrum antimicrobial activity against two common types of pathogens, Staphylococcus aureus and Escherichia coli. In addition, the in vivo studies revealed that these antibacterial nanofibrous membranes could reduce the inflammatory response and accelerate wound healing in Wistar rats. The above results strongly demonstrate that such patient-specific dressings could be broadly applied in emergency medical transport, hospitals, clinics and at the patients' home in the near future. PMID:26796508

  7. Focused R&D For Electrochromic Smart Windowsa: Significant Performance and Yield Enhancements

    SciTech Connect

    Mark Burdis; Neil Sbar

    2003-01-31

    There is a need to improve the energy efficiency of building envelopes as they are the primary factor governing the heating, cooling, lighting and ventilation requirements of buildings--influencing 53% of building energy use. In particular, windows contribute significantly to the overall energy performance of building envelopes, thus there is a need to develop advanced energy efficient window and glazing systems. Electrochromic (EC) windows represent the next generation of advanced glazing technology that will (1) reduce the energy consumed in buildings, (2) improve the overall comfort of the building occupants, and (3) improve the thermal performance of the building envelope. ''Switchable'' EC windows provide, on demand, dynamic control of visible light, solar heat gain, and glare without blocking the view. As exterior light levels change, the window's performance can be electronically adjusted to suit conditions. A schematic illustrating how SageGlass{reg_sign} electrochromic windows work is shown in Figure I.1. SageGlass{reg_sign} EC glazings offer the potential to save cooling and lighting costs, with the added benefit of improving thermal and visual comfort. Control over solar heat gain will also result in the use of smaller HVAC equipment. If a step change in the energy efficiency and performance of buildings is to be achieved, there is a clear need to bring EC technology to the marketplace. This project addresses accelerating the widespread introduction of EC windows in buildings and thus maximizing total energy savings in the U.S. and worldwide. We report on R&D activities to improve the optical performance needed to broadly penetrate the full range of architectural markets. Also, processing enhancements have been implemented to reduce manufacturing costs. Finally, tests are being conducted to demonstrate the durability of the EC device and the dual pane insulating glass unit (IGU) to be at least equal to that of conventional windows.

  8. Mechanism of electrochromism for amorphous WO sub 3 thin films

    SciTech Connect

    Hashimoto, S.; Matsuoka, H. )

    1991-01-15

    The mechanism of electrochromism for an amorphous WO{sub 3} film has been studied. The film was prepared by using vacuum evaporation. X-ray phototelectron spectroscopy analysis has revealed that a state appears below the Fermi level after coloration in a LiClO{sub 4}-propylene carbonate electrolyte and that the Fermi level increases in proportion to the amount of injected lithium. In addition, a decrease in the density of state of the conduction band has been observed in a colored film by using electron energy loss spectroscopy analysis in transmission electron microscopy. It has been concluded that the electrons injected occupy the conduction band after coloration and that electrochromism of amorphous WO{sub 3} film is due to an intraband transition between an electron injected in the conduction band and an empty state.

  9. Electrochromic effect in V-Mo-O xerogels

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    Bondarenko, Vladimir V.; Grebinskij, S.; Mickevicius, S.; Kindurys, A.; Senuliene, D.; Volkov, V. L.; Zakharova, G. C.

    2001-03-01

    In present paper is reported the first successful observation of the electrochromic effect of polyvanadium- molybdenum acid H2V10Mo2O31+/- y(DOT)nH2O xerogels. Thin films of the investigated compound were produced by sol-gel technology. The transmission spectra were measured in the visible and infrared wavelength range. IN the all wavelength regions the transmission spectra changes when the dc electrical field was applied to the film. IN the visible wavelength range were observed the reversible changes of the film color. IR spectroscopy measurements of the films were carried out to obtain information about the water content in the film when the current flows through the sample. The electrochromic effect in the investigated compound is related with the proton motion through the xerogel that is acting by dc electrical field.

  10. Assembly of tungsten oxide nanobundles and their electrochromic properties

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    Chang, Xueting; Sun, Shibin; Li, Zhenjiang; Xu, Xiao; Qiu, Yanyan

    2011-04-01

    Lenticular W18O49 nanobundles composed of ultra-thin nanowires with diameters of 5-10 nm have been synthesized through a simple solvothermal method with hexachloride as precursor and mixed cyclohexanol and ethanol as solvent. Electrochromic films were prepared by assembling the W18O49 nanobundle suspension onto tin-doped indium oxide (ITO) coated glass. Results showed that self-assembly of the W18O49 nanobundles was strongly influenced by the solvents employed to disperse the nanobundles. The W18O49 nanobundles coated films exhibited excellent electrochromic stability and reversibility. The W18O49 nanobundle films also showed much higher charge-insertion density compared with the WO3 nanorod film, which may be due to the ultrathin feature of single nanowires constituting the nanobundles, unique oxygen vacancies of monoclinic W18O49, and the highly ordered assembly of the nanobundles.

  11. Electrochromic switching of WO3 nanostructures and thin films

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Karakurt, I.; Boneberg, J.; Leiderer, P.

    2006-04-01

    We present transmission measurements through tungsten tri-oxide nanostructures and thin films prepared by sol gel process on micro-contact printed substrates. Identical electrochromic switching times are found for both the nanostructures and the bulk films with equal thicknesses upon intercalation of H+ ions. We attribute the large change in the transmission through nanostructures at 632 nm, which can not be solely explained by absorption, to diffraction effects.

  12. Electrochromism in sputtered WO{sub 3} thin films

    SciTech Connect

    Batchelor, R.A.; Burdis, M.S.; Siddle, J.R.

    1996-03-01

    There are large variations in the properties of WO{sub 3} sputtered under different conditions and two samples sputtered from an oxide target and reactively sputtered from a metal target were compared in detail. The thin film sputtered from an oxide target was found to color and bleach rapidly in 1 M LiClO{sub 4} in propylene carbonate, while the thin film reactively sputtered from a metal target could be colored deeply, but bleached only slowly. By calculating the rate of change of optical density during cyclic voltammetry, it was possible to directly compare the coloration response with the current/voltage behavior of the electrodes. In both cases at least two lithium insertion reactions appear to occur. The distinction between the two reactions was especially clear in the sample sputtered from a metal target, in which an insertion of high electrochromic efficiency occurred up to Li{sub 0.2}WO{sub 3} and then an insertion of considerably lower electrochromic efficiency up to Li{sub 0.5}WO{sub 3}. Although a small amount of coloration and bleaching continued to occur after switching the reactively sputtered sample to open circuit during the coloration and bleaching cycles; transmission change was largely halted by disconnecting the external current supply. The slow end to the bleach of the reactively sputtered sample corresponded to a reaction of high electrochromic efficiency.

  13. Characterization of an all solid-state electrochromic window

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    Tonazzi, Juan C. L.; Valla, Bruno; Macedo, Marcelo A.; Baudry, Paul; Aegerter, Michel A.; Martins Rodrigues, Ana C.; Bulhoes, Luis O.

    1990-11-01

    Sol-gel cerium - titanium oxide layers present potential application as transparent counter-electrode (ion storage layer) in electrochromic windows and mirrors using lithium conducting electrolyte and W03 electrochromic coating. The precursor sol, prepared by mixing Ti(OPri)4 and Ce(N03)6 (NH4)2 in ethanol, is initially dark red and becomes transparent after a few days aging indicating the presence of Ce3 complexes. The layers have been obtained by dip coating technique and heat treated at 4509C during 15 minutes.They have been characterized by XRD, SIMS, optical absorption and electrochemical techniques; it is shown that the electrochemical reaction corresponds to a reversible insertion-extraction oflithium ions within a Ti02 amorphous film containing small Ce02 crystallites. At low sweep frequencies the process is controlled by a diffusion mechanism (DLi ~= 6.4 lOl2cm2/s at 259C). Characterizations of an all solid state electrochromic window/glass/JTO/ W03/ POE-Li N (502 CF3)2 1 Ti02 - Ce02 I ITO I glass I are also presented.

  14. Deposition of device quality, low hydrogen content, hydrogenated amorphous silicon at high deposition rates with increased stability using the hot wire filament technique

    DOEpatents

    Molenbroek, Edith C.; Mahan, Archie Harvin; Gallagher, Alan C.

    2000-09-26

    A method or producing hydrogenated amorphous silicon on a substrate, comprising the steps of: positioning the substrate in a deposition chamber at a distance of about 0.5 to 3.0 cm from a heatable filament in the deposition chamber; maintaining a pressure in said deposition chamber in the range of about 10 to 100 millitorr and pressure times substrate-filament spacing in the range of about 10 to 100 millitorr-cm, heating the filament to a temperature in the range of about 1,500 to 2,000.degree. C., and heating the substrate to a surface temperature in the range of about 280 to 475.degree. C.; and flowing silicohydride gas into the deposition chamber with said heated filament, decomposing said silicohydride gas into silicon and hydrogen atomic species and allowing products of gas reactions between said atomic species and the silicohydride gas to migrate to and deposit on said substrate while adjusting and maintaining said pressure times substrate-filament spacing in said deposition chamber at a value in said 10 to 100 millitorr range to produce statistically about 3 to 50 atomic collisions between the silicon and hydrogen atomic species migrating to said substrate and undecomposed molecules of the silane or other silicohydride gas in the deposition chamber.

  15. Understanding the conductive channel evolution in Na:WO(3-x)-based planar devices.

    PubMed

    Shang, Dashan; Li, Peining; Wang, Tao; Carria, Egidio; Sun, Jirong; Shen, Baogen; Taubner, Thomas; Valov, Ilia; Waser, Rainer; Wuttig, Matthias

    2015-04-14

    An ion migration process in a solid electrolyte is important for ion-based functional devices, such as fuel cells, batteries, electrochromics, gas sensors, and resistive switching systems. In this study, a planar sandwich structure is prepared by depositing tungsten oxide (WO(3-x)) films on a soda-lime glass substrate, from which Na(+) diffuses into the WO(3-x) films during the deposition. The entire process of Na(+) migration driven by an alternating electric field is visualized in the Na-doped WO(3-x) films in the form of conductive channel by in situ optical imaging combined with infrared spectroscopy and near-field imaging techniques. A reversible change of geometry between a parabolic and a bar channel is observed with the resistance change of the devices. The peculiar channel evolution is interpreted by a thermal-stress-induced mechanical deformation of the films and an asymmetric Na(+) mobility between the parabolic and the bar channels. These results exemplify a typical ion migration process driven by an alternating electric field in a solid electrolyte with a low ion mobility and are expected to be beneficial to improve the controllability of the ion migration in ion-based functional devices, such as resistive switching devices. PMID:25766380

  16. Structural, optical and electrochromic properties of nickel oxide thin films grown from electrodeposited nickel sulphide

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    Uplane, M. M.; Mujawar, S. H.; Inamdar, A. I.; Shinde, P. S.; Sonavane, A. C.; Patil, P. S.

    2007-10-01

    Nickel oxide thin films were grown onto FTO-coated glass substrates by a two-step process: electrodeposition of nickel sulphide and their thermal oxidation at 425, 475 and 525 °C. The influence of thermal oxidation temperature on structural, optical, morphological and electrochromic properties was studied. The structural properties undoubtedly revealed NiO formation. The electrochromic properties were studied by means of cyclic voltammetry. The films exhibited anodic electrochromism, changing from a transparent state to a coloured state at +0.75 V versus SCE, i.e. by simultaneous ion and electron ejection. The transmittance in the coloured and bleached states was recorded to access electrochromic quality of the films. Colouration efficiency and electrochromic reversibility were found to be maximum (21 mC/cm 2 and 89%, respectively) for the films oxidized at 425 °C. The optical band gap energy of nickel oxide slightly varies with increase in annealing temperature.

  17. Near-infrared electrochromism in electropolymerized metallopolymeric films of a phen-1,4-diyl-bridged diruthenium complex.

    PubMed

    Nie, Hai-Jing; Zhong, Yu-Wu

    2014-10-20

    A phen-1,4-diyl-bridged tris-bidentate diruthenium complex 3(PF6)2, [Ru2(dpb)(vbpy)4](PF6)2, has been designed and prepared, where dpb is 1,4-di(pyrid-2-yl)benzene and vbpy is 5-vinyl-2,2'-bipyridine. Upon reductive electropolymerization, metallopolymeric thin films of this complex have been deposited on platinum and ITO glass electrode surfaces. These films display two well-separated redox couples at +0.16 and +0.60 V versus Ag/AgCl. In the mixed-valent state, these films display intense intervalence charge transfer absorptions around 1300 nm. The electrochromic behavior at this wavelength has been examined by spectroelectrochemical measurements and double-potential-step chronoamperometry. A highest optical contrast ratio of 41% at 1300 nm with a coloration efficiency of 200 cm(2)/C has been achieved. The electrochromic behavior is highly dependent on the surface coverage. The highest contrast ratio was obtained with a film of 6.0 × 10(-9) mol/cm(2). In addition, a monoruthenium complex 2(PF6), [Ru(dpb)(vbpy)2](PF6), has been prepared and electropolymerized for a comparison study. PMID:25300035

  18. Studies of the synthesis and deposition of Cu3BiS 3 for use in photovoltaic devices

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    Epstein, Joshua A.

    As the world's climate continues to change, alternative energy is being adopted more and more. Solar energy is one extremely promising candidate to supplement our ever increasing energy needs. In order for it to be a viable solution, more efficient and less expensive solar panels must be made. While silicon solar panels are the current market leader their high manufacturing energy input and cost warrant looking into alternatives. Many thin film solar materials are being investigated such as CdTe, CIGS and CZTS, but all come with their own drawbacks. With a near ideal band gap, low toxicity and earth abundant elemental make up copper bismuth sulfide, Cu3BiS3, is a promising candidate for use in future photovoltaic devices. The research presented here details multiple methods to synthesize and deposit this material with an effort to keep the methods low cost, energy efficient and environmentally friendly. Multiple low temperature solvothermal routes to synthesizing copper bismuth sulfide, CBS, have been developed. The resulting powders have been verified as pure Cu3BiS3 via XRD peak matching. The precursor reactants tested for use were copper and bismuth nitrates, acetates, chlorides and hydroxides. L-cystine, L-cysteine, thiourea and CS2 have all been tested for use as sulfur sources. Seven of these combinations produced pure CBS powders. Two custom built benchtop reactors have been designed and fabricated with the aim of studying the possibility of a continuous flow reactor as a way to utilize these precipitation chemistries for making thin films of CBS. Heat and liquid flow simulations were performed in COMSOL multiphysics to assist in the reactor design process. The second reactor was designed to promote uniform liquid flow across the fluorine doped, tin oxide coated, FTO, glass. This reactor was also built with a temperature gradient transverse to the liquid flow so that the optimal temperature for the deposition of CBS could be evaluated. This reactor was also

  19. Formation of metal oxides by cathodic arc deposition

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    Anders, S.; Anders, A.; Rubin, M.; Wang, Z.; Raoux, S.; Kong, F.; Brown, I.G.

    1995-03-01

    Metal oxide thin films are of interest for a number of applications. Cathodic arc deposition, an established, industrially applied technique for formation of nitrides (e.g. TiN), can also be used for metal oxide thin film formation. A cathodic arc plasma source with desired cathode material is operated in an oxygen atmosphere, and metal oxides of various stoichiometric composition can be formed on different substrates. We report here on a series of experiments on metal oxide formation by cathodic arc deposition for different applications. Black copper oxide has been deposited on ALS components to increase the radiative heat transfer between the parts. Various metal oxides such as tungsten oxide, niobium oxide, nickel oxide and vanadium oxide have been deposited on ITO glass to form electrochromic films for window applications. Tantalum oxide films are of interest for replacing polymer electrolytes. Optical waveguide structures can be formed by refractive index variation using oxide multilayers. We have synthesized multilayers of Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}/Y{sub 2}O{sub 3}/AI{sub 2}O{sub 3}/Si as possible basic structures for passive optoelectronic integrated circuits, and Al{sub 2-x}Er{sub x}O{sub 3} thin films with a variable Er concentration which is a potential component layer for the production of active optoelectronic integrated devices such as amplifiers or lasers at a wavelength of 1.53 {mu}m. Aluminum and chromium oxide films have been deposited on a number of substrates to impart improved corrosion resistance at high temperature. Titanium sub-oxides which are electrically conductive and corrosion resistant and stable in a number of aggressive environments have been deposited on various substrates. These sub-oxides are of great interest for use in electrochemical cells.

  20. Atomic layer deposition of Hf{sub x}Al{sub y}C{sub z} as a work function material in metal gate MOS devices

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    Lee, Albert Fuchigami, Nobi; Pisharoty, Divya; Hong, Zhendong; Haywood, Ed; Joshi, Amol; Mujumdar, Salil; Bodke, Ashish; Karlsson, Olov; Kim, Hoon; Choi, Kisik; Besser, Paul

    2014-01-15

    As advanced silicon semiconductor devices are transitioning from planar to 3D structures, new materials and processes are needed to control the device characteristics. Atomic layer deposition (ALD) of Hf{sub x}Al{sub y}C{sub z} films using hafnium chloride and trimethylaluminum precursors was combined with postdeposition anneals and ALD liners to control the device characteristics in high-k metal-gate devices. Combinatorial process methods and technologies were employed for rapid electrical and materials characterization of various materials stacks. The effective work function in metal–oxide–semiconductor capacitor devices with the Hf{sub x}Al{sub y}C{sub z} layer coupled with an ALD HfO{sub 2} dielectric was quantified to be mid-gap at ∼4.6 eV. Thus, Hf{sub x}Al{sub y}C{sub z} is a promising metal gate work function material that allows for the tuning of device threshold voltages (V{sub th}) for anticipated multi-V{sub th} integrated circuit devices.

  1. Synthesis of electrochromic vanadium oxide by pulsed spray pyrolysis technique and its properties

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    Patil, C. E.; Tarwal, N. L.; Shinde, P. S.; Deshmukh, H. P.; Patil, P. S.

    2009-01-01

    A new improved pulsed spray pyrolysis technique (PSPT) was employed to deposit a vanadium oxide (V2O5) thin film from a methanolic vanadium chloride precursor onto glass and conducting F : SnO2 coated glass substrates. The structural, morphological, electrical, optical and spectroscopic properties of the film deposited at 573 K were studied. Infrared spectroscopy and x-ray diffraction confirmed the presence of the V2O5 phase. The V2O5 film (thickness ~118 nm) is polycrystalline with a tetragonal crystal structure. Scanning electron microscopy reveals compact granular morphology consisting of ~80-100 nm size grains. The film is transparent in the visible region (average %T ~70%) with an optical band gap energy of 2.47 eV involving both direct and indirect optical transitions. The room temperature electrical resistivity (conductivity) of the film is 1.6 × 108 Ω cm (6.25 × 10-9 S cm-1) with an activation energy of 0.67 eV in the temperature range 300-550 K. It exhibited cathodic electrochromism in the lithium containing electrolyte (0.5 M LiClO4 + propylene carbonate).

  2. Enhanced performance of CdS/CdTe thin-film devices through temperature profiling techniques applied to close-spaced sublimation deposition

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    Xiaonan Li; Sheldon, P.; Moutinho, H.; Matson, R.

    1996-05-01

    The authors describe a methodology developed and applied to the close-spaced sublimation technique for thin-film CdTe deposition. The developed temperature profiles consisted of three discrete temperature segments, which the authors called the nucleation, plugging, and annealing temperatures. They have demonstrated that these temperature profiles can be used to grow large-grain material, plug pinholes, and improve CdS/CdTe photovoltaic device performance by about 15%. The improved material and device properties have been obtained while maintaining deposition temperatures compatible with commercially available substrates. This temperature profiling technique can be easily applied to a manufacturing environment by adjusting the temperature as a function of substrate position instead of time.

  3. Large elasto-optic effect and reversible electrochromism in multiferroic BiFeO3.

    PubMed

    Sando, D; Yang, Yurong; Bousquet, E; Carrétéro, C; Garcia, V; Fusil, S; Dolfi, D; Barthélémy, A; Ghosez, Ph; Bellaiche, L; Bibes, M

    2016-01-01

    The control of optical fields is usually achieved through the electro-optic or acousto-optic effect in single-crystal ferroelectric or polar compounds such as LiNbO3 or quartz. In recent years, tremendous progress has been made in ferroelectric oxide thin film technology-a field which is now a strong driving force in areas such as electronics, spintronics and photovoltaics. Here, we apply epitaxial strain engineering to tune the optical response of BiFeO3 thin films, and find a very large variation of the optical index with strain, corresponding to an effective elasto-optic coefficient larger than that of quartz. We observe a concomitant strain-driven variation in light absorption--reminiscent of piezochromism--which we show can be manipulated by an electric field. This constitutes an electrochromic effect that is reversible, remanent and not driven by defects. These findings broaden the potential of multiferroics towards photonics and thin film acousto-optic devices, and suggest exciting device opportunities arising from the coupling of ferroic, piezoelectric and optical responses. PMID:26923332

  4. Large elasto-optic effect and reversible electrochromism in multiferroic BiFeO3

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    Sando, D.; Yang, Yurong; Bousquet, E.; Carrétéro, C.; Garcia, V.; Fusil, S.; Dolfi, D.; Barthélémy, A.; Ghosez, Ph.; Bellaiche, L.; Bibes, M.

    2016-02-01

    The control of optical fields is usually achieved through the electro-optic or acousto-optic effect in single-crystal ferroelectric or polar compounds such as LiNbO3 or quartz. In recent years, tremendous progress has been made in ferroelectric oxide thin film technology--a field which is now a strong driving force in areas such as electronics, spintronics and photovoltaics. Here, we apply epitaxial strain engineering to tune the optical response of BiFeO3 thin films, and find a very large variation of the optical index with strain, corresponding to an effective elasto-optic coefficient larger than that of quartz. We observe a concomitant strain-driven variation in light absorption--reminiscent of piezochromism--which we show can be manipulated by an electric field. This constitutes an electrochromic effect that is reversible, remanent and not driven by defects. These findings broaden the potential of multiferroics towards photonics and thin film acousto-optic devices, and suggest exciting device opportunities arising from the coupling of ferroic, piezoelectric and optical responses.

  5. Large elasto-optic effect and reversible electrochromism in multiferroic BiFeO3

    PubMed Central

    Sando, D.; Yang, Yurong; Bousquet, E.; Carrétéro, C.; Garcia, V.; Fusil, S.; Dolfi, D.; Barthélémy, A.; Ghosez, Ph.; Bellaiche, L.; Bibes, M.

    2016-01-01

    The control of optical fields is usually achieved through the electro-optic or acousto-optic effect in single-crystal ferroelectric or polar compounds such as LiNbO3 or quartz. In recent years, tremendous progress has been made in ferroelectric oxide thin film technology—a field which is now a strong driving force in areas such as electronics, spintronics and photovoltaics. Here, we apply epitaxial strain engineering to tune the optical response of BiFeO3 thin films, and find a very large variation of the optical index with strain, corresponding to an effective elasto-optic coefficient larger than that of quartz. We observe a concomitant strain-driven variation in light absorption—reminiscent of piezochromism—which we show can be manipulated by an electric field. This constitutes an electrochromic effect that is reversible, remanent and not driven by defects. These findings broaden the potential of multiferroics towards photonics and thin film acousto-optic devices, and suggest exciting device opportunities arising from the coupling of ferroic, piezoelectric and optical responses. PMID:26923332

  6. Electrochromic windows for commercial buildings: Monitored results from a full-scale testbed

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    Lee, Eleanor S.; DiBartolomeo, Dennis L.; Selkowitz, Stephen E.

    2000-04-01

    Electrochromic glazings promise to be the next major advance in energy-efficient window technology, helping to transform windows and skylights from an energy liability to an energy source for the nation's building stock. Monitored results from a full-scale demonstration of large-area electrochromic windows are given. The test consisted of two side-by-side, 3.7x4.6-m, office-like rooms. In each room, five 62x173-cm lower electrochromic windows and five 62x43-cm upper electrochromic windows formed a large window wall. The window-to-exterior-wall ratio (WWR) was 0.40. The southeast-facing electrochromic windows had an overall visible transmittance (Tv) range of Tv=0.11-0.38 and were integrated with a dimmable electric lighting system to provide constant work plane illuminance and to control direct sun. Daily lighting use from the automated electrochromic window system decreased by 6 to 24% compared to energy use with static, low-transmission (Tv =0.11), unshaded windows in overcast to cle ar sky winter conditions in Oakland, California. Daily lighting energy use increased as much as 13% compared to lighting energy use with static windows that had Tv=0.38. Even when lighting energy savings were not obtainable, the visual environment produced by the electrochromic windows, indicated by well-controlled window and room luminance levels, was significantly improved for computer-type tasks throughout the day compared to the visual environment with unshaded 38%-glazing. Cooling loads were not measured, but previous building energy simulations indicate that additional savings could be achieved. To ensure visual and thermal comfort, electrochromics require occasional use of interior or exterior shading systems when direct sun is present. Other recommendations to improve electrochromic materials and controls are noted along with some architectural constraints.

  7. Durable electrooptic devices comprising ionic liquids

    DOEpatents

    Warner, Benjamin P.; McCleskey, T. Mark; Burrell, Anthony K.

    2006-10-10

    Electrolyte solutions for electrochromic devices such as rear view mirrors and displays with low leakage currents are prepared using inexpensive, low conductivity conductors. Preferred electrolytes include bifunctional redox dyes and molten salt solvents with enhanced stability toward ultraviolet radiation. The solvents include lithium or quaternary ammonium cations, and perfluorinated sulfonylimide anions selected from trifluoromethylsulfonate (CF.sub.3SO.sub.3.sup.-), bis(trifluoromethylsulfonyl)imide ((CF.sub.3SO.sub.2).sub.2N.sup.-), bis(perfluoroethylsulfonyl)imide ((CF.sub.3CF.sub.2SO.sub.2).sub.2N.sup.-) and tris(trifluoromethylsulfonyl)methide ((CF.sub.3SO.sub.2).sub.3C.sup.-). Electroluminescent, electrochromic and photoelectrochromic devices with nanostructured electrodes include ionic liquids with bifunctional redox dyes.

  8. Countercation-sensitive electrochromism of cobalt hexacyanoferrate films

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    Kulesza, P.J.; Malik, M.A.; Miecznikowski, K.; Wolkiewicz, A.; Zamponi, S.; Berrettoni, M.; Marassi, R.

    1996-01-01

    Cobalt(II) hexacyanoferrate(III,II) a system analogous to prussian blue, is a unique electrochromic material: its color is not only dependent on the oxidation potential, but also on the nature of the countercations sorbed from electrolyte during reduction. The electrodeposition of cobalt hexacyanoferrate thin films, their voltammetric behavior and spectroelectrochemical identity are reported here in potassium and sodium electrolytes. The oxidized film is purple brown in both electrolytes, but following reduction, the system turns olive-brown in 1 M KCl and becomes green in 1 M NaCl.

  9. The effect of lithiation on the electrochromism of sol-gel derived niobium oxide films

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    Macek, M.; Orel, B.; Krasovec, U.O.

    1997-09-01

    Niobium oxide films are promising cathodic electrochromic materials that in certain aspects can compete with the more frequently studied WO{sub 3} films. The films reported here were prepared using the sol-gel route from a NbCl{sub 5} precursor. The electrochromic properties were pronounced for crystalline films heat-treated at 500 C exhibiting transmittance changes between the colored and bleached states of 60% in the ultraviolet (UV) and 80% in the visible and near-infrared spectral regions. The reversibility of electrochromic changes of thick niobium oxide films (d > 250 nm) was enhanced by lithiation.

  10. A new Pharmaceutical Aerosol Deposition Device on Cell Cultures (PADDOCC) to evaluate pulmonary drug absorption for metered dose dry powder formulations.

    PubMed

    Hein, Stephanie; Bur, Michael; Schaefer, Ulrich F; Lehr, Claus-Michael

    2011-01-01

    Absorption studies with aerosol formulation delivered by metered dose inhalers across cell- and tissue-based in vitro models of the pulmonary epithelia are not trivial due to the complexity of the processes involved: (i) aerosol generation and deposition, (ii) drug release from the carrier, and (iii) absorption across the epithelial air-blood barrier. In contrast to the intestinal mucosa, pulmonary epithelia are only covered by a thin film of lining fluid. Submersed cell culture systems would not allow to studying the deposition of aerosol particles and their effects on this delicate epithelial tissue. We developed a new Pharmaceutical Aerosol Deposition Device on Cell Cultures (PADDOCC) to mimic the inhalation of a single metered aerosol dose and its subsequent deposition on filter-grown pulmonary epithelial cell monolayers exposed to an air-liquid interface. The reproducibility of deposition of these dry powder aerosols and subsequent drug transport across Calu-3 monolayers with commercially available dry powder inhalers containing salbutamol sulphate or budesonide could be demonstrated. In the context of developing new dry powder aerosol formulations, PADDOCC appears as a useful tool, allowing reducing animal testing and faster translation into clinical trials. PMID:20951200

  11. Control Capabilities of Reactive Sputter Deposition Process via ICPs Driven by Low-Inductance Antenna for Large-Area Formation of Thin Film Devices

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    Setsuhara, Yuichi; Takenaka, Kosuke; Ebe, Akinori

    2012-10-01

    Novel plasma-enhanced reactive sputter-deposition system has been developed with a new type of low-inductance antenna (inner-type LIA) consisting of an RF antenna conductor with a length much shorter than the RF wavelength, which is embedded in a hall region dug in the chamber wall and the dielectric window plate for insulation. This new type of the reactive sputter-deposition system has been developed for enhancement of sputter discharge and excellent control of reactivity during film growth. The ICP-enhanced sputter system has been applied to film formations of micro-crystalline silicon (intrinsic layer) and transparent amorphous oxide semiconductor, a-InGaZnO4 (a-IGZO), aiming at low-temperature formation of high-quality functional films for development of next-generation flexible devices. The newly developed process can offer independent control of the flux ratio of the reactive species (ions and radicals) to the deposited species sputtered out of the target. With this new method, micro-crystalline silicon films with crystallinity of 74% and a-IGZO films with mobility as high as 18 cm^2(Vs)-1 have been successfully formed without substrate heating. Furthermore, for development of large-area deposition, uniformity control capabilities with a linear rectangular sputter target with 500 mm length have been examined via variation of power deposition profiles with multiple LIAs.

  12. Preparation of Device-Quality Cu(In, Ga)Se2 Thin Films Deposited by Coevaporation with Composition Monitor

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    Kohara, Naoki; Negami, Takayuki; Nishitani, Mikihiko; Wada, Takahiro

    1995-09-01

    The chemical composition of Cu(In, Ga)Se2 (CIGS) thin film was monitored in real time during the physical vapor deposition. The temperature of growing CIGS film was found to depend on the composition ratio of Cu/(In+Ga) when the film was deposited under constant heating power. The composition monitoring system can be easily applied to a 3-stage deposition process of the CIGS films. The solar cells (active area: 1 cm2) fabricated by using the obtained CIGS absorber layer showed an efficiency of 15.4% under standard AM 1.5 illumination.

  13. Novel microwave assisted sol–gel synthesis (MW-SGS) and electrochromic performance of petal like h-WO{sub 3} thin films

    SciTech Connect

    Kharade, Rohini R.; Patil, K.R.; Patil, P.S.; Bhosale, P.N.

    2012-07-15

    Graphical abstract: Electrochromic intercalation and deintercalation of Li{sup +} ions and electrons is facilitated by providing hexagonal tunnel, trigonal cavity and square window which allows easy and fast insertion and extraction of ions. Highlights: ► Novel two step MW-SGS is first time employed to prepare WO{sub 3} thin films. ► MW-SGS is simple and cost effective technique for preparation of nanostructures. ► Petal-like hexagonal WO{sub 3} nanodisks were successfully deposited. ► O/W ratio calculated by XPS studies is 2.89. ► Good electrochromic performance suggests practical usability of proposed technique. -- Abstract: Use of domestic microwave oven is first time employed for chemical deposition of nanocrystalline hexagonal WO{sub 3} (h-WO{sub 3}) thin films. Low cost precursors like sodium tungstate, hydrochloric acid, oxalic acid and potassium sulfate signifies cost effectiveness of this thin film fabrication route. Scanning electron microscopy images reveal formation of petal like nanodisks. A number of analytical techniques were used to characterize the WO{sub 3} petal like nanodisks, including X-ray diffraction (XRD), energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDX), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, FT-IR spectroscopy, Raman scattering spectroscopy, UV–visible spectrophotometry and cyclic voltammetry (CV). The X-ray photoelectron spectroscopic studies revealed 2.89 O/W atomic ratio. The electrical transport studies on WO{sub 3} thin films show semiconducting behavior with n-type semiconductivity. The value of determined coloration efficiency is 57.90 cm{sup 2}/C. The mechanism of Li{sup +} intercalation and deinercalation in h-WO{sub 3} matrix is proposed for enhanced electrochromism.

  14. Advances in pulsed-laser-deposited AIN thin films for high-temperature capping, device passivation, and piezoelectric-based RF MEMS/NEMS resonator applications

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    Hullavarad, S. S.; Vispute, R. D.; Nagaraj, B.; Kulkarni, V. N.; Dhar, S.; Venkatesan, T.; Jones, K. A.; Derenge, M.; Zheleva, T.; Ervin, M. H.; Lelis, A.; Scozzie, C. J.; Habersat, D.; Wickenden, A. E.; Currano, L. J.; Dubey, M.

    2006-04-01

    In this paper we report recent advances in pulsed-laser-deposited AIN thin films for high-temperature capping of SiC, passivation of SiC-based devices, and fabrication of a piezoelectric MEMS/NEMS resonator on Pt-metallized SiO2/Si. The AlN films grown using the reactive laser ablation technique were found to be highly stoichiometric, dense with an optical band gap of 6.2 eV, and with a surface smoothness of less than 1 nm. A low-temperature buffer-layer approach was used to reduce the lattice and thermal mismatch strains. The dependence of the quality of AlN thin films and its characteristics as a function of processing parameters are discussed. Due to high crystallinity, near-perfect stoichiometry, and high packing density, pulsed-laser-deposited AlN thin films show a tendency to withstand high temperatures up to 1600°C, and which enables it to be used as an anneal capping layer for SiC wafers for removing ion-implantation damage and dopant activation. The laser-deposited AlN thin films show conformal coverage on SiC-based devices and exhibit an electrical break-down strength of 1.66 MV/cm up to 350°C when used as an insulator in Ni/AlN/SiC metal-insulator-semiconductor (MIS) devices. Pulsed laser deposition (PLD) AlN films grown on Pt/SiO2/Si (100) substrates for radio-frequency microelectrical and mechanical systems and nanoelectrical and mechanical systems (MEMS and NEMS) demonstrated resonators having high Q values ranging from 8,000 to 17,000 in the frequency range of 2.5-0.45 MHz. AlN thin films were characterized by x-ray diffraction, Rutherford backscattering spectrometry (in normal and oxygen resonance mode), atomic force microscopy, ultraviolet (UV)-visible spectroscopy, and scanning electron microscopy. Applications exploiting characteristics of high bandgap, high bond strength, excellent piezoelectric characteristics, extremely high chemical inertness, high electrical resistivity, high breakdown strength, and high thermal stability of the pulsed-laser-deposited

  15. Thin film deposition of metal oxides in resistance switching devices: electrode material dependence of resistance switching in manganite films

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    Nakamura, Toshihiro; Homma, Kohei; Tachibana, Kunihide

    2013-02-01

    The electric-pulse-induced resistance switching in layered structures composed of polycrystalline Pr1- x Ca x MnO3 (PCMO) sandwiched between Pt bottom electrode and top electrodes of various metals (metal/PCMO/Pt) was studied by direct current current-voltage ( I- V) measurements and alternating current impedance spectroscopy. The I- V characteristics showed nonlinear, asymmetric, and hysteretic behavior in PCMO-based devices with top electrode of Al, Ni, and Ag, while no hysteretic behavior was observed in Au/PCMO/Pt devices. The PCMO-based devices with hysteretic I- V curves exhibited an electric-pulse-induced resistance switching between high and low resistance states. Impedance spectroscopy was employed to study the origin of the resistance switching. From comparison of the impedance spectra between the high and low resistance states, the resistance switching in the PCMO-based devices was mainly due to the resistance change in the interface between the film and the electrode. The electronic properties of the devices showed stronger correlation with the oxidation Gibbs free energy than with the work function of the electrode metal, which suggests that the interface impedance is due to an interfacial oxide layer of the electrode metal. The interface component observed by impedance spectroscopy in the Al/PCMO/Pt device might be due to Al oxide layer formed by oxidation of Al top electrode. It is considered that the interfacial oxide layer plays a dominant role in the bipolar resistance switching in manganite film-based devices.

  16. Electrochromic reaction of InN thin films

    SciTech Connect

    Asai, Nobuaki; Inoue, Yasushi; Sugimura, Hiroyuki; Takai, Osamu

    1999-06-01

    Electrochromic (EC) reaction of indium nitride (InN) films prepared by radio frequency (rf) ion plating was studied through their chemical bonding states and crystalline structures as measured by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and X-ray diffraction (XRD), respectively. In addition, the pH dependence of the EC reaction was characterized. Color of the InN films became darker or lighter when the InN films were polarized anodically or cathodically, respectively, in a Na{sub 2}SO{sub 4} solution. Similar color changes were observed when pH of the Na{sub 2}SO{sub 43} solution was changed from 4.0 to 11.6. The color change at one unit of pH difference corresponded to the EC color change at a potential difference of 59 mV. From these results, H{sup +} and OH{sup {minus}} were confirmed to be active reactants in the EC reaction of the InN films. On the other hand, it was revealed from XPS and XRD results that the amount of hydroxides formed at the grain boundaries and the surface of the anodically polarized InN films was greater than that of the film polarized cathodically. Therefore, the electrochromism of the InN films was concluded to be governed by chemisorption of H{sup +} and OH{sup {minus}} at grain boundaries.

  17. Visual quality assessment of electrochromic and conventional glazings

    SciTech Connect

    Moeck, M.; Lee, E.S.; Rubin, M.D.; Sullivan, R.; Selkowitz, S.E.

    1996-09-01

    Variable transmission, ``switchable`` electrochromic glazings are compared to conventional static glazings using computer simulations to assess the daylighting quality of a commercial office environment where paper and computer tasks are performed. RADIANCE simulations were made for a west-facing commercial office space under clear and overcast sky conditions. This visualization tool was used to model different glazing types, to compute luminance and illuminance levels, and to generate a parametric set of photorealistic images of typical interior views at various times of the day and year. Privacy and visual display terminal (VDT) visibility is explored. Electrochromic glazings result in a more consistent glare-free daylit environment compared to their static counterparts. However, if the glazing is controlled to minimize glare or to maintain low interior daylight levels for critical visual tasks (e.g, VDT), occupants may object to the diminished quality of the outdoor view due to its low transmission (Tv = 0.08) during those hours. RADIANCE proved to be a very powerful tool to better understand some of the design tradeoffs of this emerging glazing technology. The ability to draw specific conclusions about the relative value of different technologies or control strategies is limited by the lack of agreed upon criteria or standards for lighting quality and visibility.

  18. Electrochemical synthesis, characterization and electrochromic properties of a copolymer based on 1,4-bis(2-thienyl)naphthalene and pyrene

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Wang, Bin; Zhao, Jinsheng; Cui, Chuansheng; Wang, Min; Wang, Zhong; He, Qingpeng

    2012-05-01

    Electrochemical copolymerization of 1,4-bis(2-thienyl)naphthalene (BTN) with pyrene is carried out in acetonitrile (ACN) solution containing sodium perchlorate (NaClO4) as a supporting electrolyte. Characterizations of the resulting copolymer P(BTN-co-pyrene) are performed by cyclic voltammetry (CV), UV-vis spectroscopy, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM). The P(BTN-co-pyrene) film has distinct electrochromic properties and exhibits three different colors (yellowish green, green and blue) under various potentials. Maximum contrast (ΔT%) and response time of the copolymer film are measured as 37.8% and 1.71 s at 687 nm. An electrochromic device (ECD) based on P(BTN-co-pyrene) and poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene) (PEDOT) is constructed and characterized. Neutral state of device shows green color while oxidized state reveals blue color. This ECD shows a maximum optical contrast (ΔT%) of 24.4% with a response time of 0.43 s at 635 nm. The coloration efficiency (CE) of the device is calculated to be 349 cm2 C-1 at 635 nm. In addition, the ECD also has satisfactory optical memories and redox stability.

  19. Structural, optical and electrochromic properties of RF magnetron sputtered WO3 thin films

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Madhavi, V.; Kondaiah, P.; Hussain, O. M.; Uthanna, S.

    2014-12-01

    Thin films of tungsten trioxide (WO3) have been prepared by RF reactive magnetron sputtering of tungsten target at different substrate temperatures in the range 303-673 K and at fixed oxygen partial pressure of 6×10-2 Pa and sputter pressure of 4 Pa. The effect of substrate temperature on the structural, morphological, optical and electrochromic properties of WO3 films was systematically studied. The films formed at 303 K were of X-ray amorphous, while those deposited at substrate temperatures ≥473 K were crystallized into orthorhombic phase WO3. The crystallite size of the films increased from 17 to 24 nm with increase of substrate temperature from 473 to 673 K. Raman studies confirmed that the presence of O-W-O and W=O bonds in WO3 films. The surface morphology of the films was significantly varied with substrate temperature. The optical transmittance data revealed that the optical band gap increased from 3.08 to 3.48 eV and refractive index increased from 2.18 to 2.26 with increase of substrate temperature from 303 to 673 K respectively. The WO3 films formed at substrate temperature of 473 K exhibited better optical transmittance modulation of 40% between colored and bleached state with a color efficiency of 33.8 cm2/C and diffusion coefficient of 1.85×10-11 cm2/s.

  20. Highly Regiosymmetric Homopolymer Based on Dioxythiophene for Realizing Water-Processable Blue-to-Transmissive Electrochrome.

    PubMed

    Chen, Xiaoming; Liu, Hualei; Xu, Zhangping; Mi, Sai; Zheng, Jianming; Xu, Chunye

    2015-06-01

    A highly regiosymmetric homopolymer based on a diethyl malonate derivatized 3,4-propylenedioxythiophene (ProDOT) monomer was synthesized through FeCl3 oxidative polymerization and postpolymerization functionalization to realize a water-processable blue-to-transmissive switching electrochromic polymer (WPECP-blue). As an electrochromic material, the polymer has a high electrochromic contrast ΔTmax=56% at 580 nm and a relatively fast switching speed t95=1.8 s, and shows only contrast loss of 11% (from 56% to 45%) at square wave potential step of 5 s over 11,000 switching cycles, making it a desirable candidate for electrochromic applications such as windows and displays. PMID:25943774

  1. Prominent electrochromism through vacancy-order melting in a complex oxide.

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    Seidel, J; Luo, W; Suresha, S J; Nguyen, P-K; Lee, A S; Kim, S-Y; Yang, C-H; Pennycook, S J; Pantelides, S T; Scott, J F; Ramesh, R

    2012-01-01

    Electrochromes are materials that have the ability to reversibly change from one colour state to another with the application of an electric field. Electrochromic colouration efficiency is typically large in organic materials that are not very stable chemically. Here we show that inorganic Bi(0.9)Ca(0.1)FeO(3-0.05) thin films exhibit a prominent electrochromic effect arising from an intrinsic mechanism due to the melting of oxygen-vacancy ordering and the associated redistribution of carriers. We use a combination of optical characterization techniques in conjunction with high-resolution transmission electron microscopy and first-principles theory. The absorption change and colouration efficiency at the band edge (blue-cyan region) are 4.8×10(6) m(-1) and 190 cm(2) C(-1), respectively, which are the highest reported values for inorganic electrochromes, even exceeding values of some organic materials. PMID:22531184

  2. Electrochromic properties of niobium oxide thin films prepared by DC magnetron sputtering

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    Yoshimura, Kazuki; Miki, Takeshi; Tanemura, Sakae

    1997-09-01

    Niobium oxide electrochromic thin films were prepared by reactive DC magnetron sputtering and their electrochromic properties for Li intercalation and durability were studied. Chronoamperometric analyses revealed that the extended space-charge limited model by Zhang et al. is applicable to Nb{sub 2}O{sub 5} films. Crystallized Nb{sub 2}O{sub 5} films showed excellent electrochromism and stability over many coloration-bleaching cycles. The best performance was obtained for films with a substrate temperature of 500 C and an oxygen flow rate of 10 sccm. Electrochromic materials enable dynamic control of the throughput of radiant energy, and play a significant role in energy-efficient smart windows in order to reduce the cooling and lighting costs of buildings.

  3. Prominent electrochromism through vacancy-order melting in a complex oxide

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    Seidel, J.; Luo, W.; Suresha, S. J.; Nguyen, P.-K.; Lee, A. S.; Kim, S.-Y.; Yang, C.-H.; Pennycook, S. J.; Pantelides, S. T.; Scott, J. F.; Ramesh, R.

    2012-04-01

    Electrochromes are materials that have the ability to reversibly change from one colour state to another with the application of an electric field. Electrochromic colouration efficiency is typically large in organic materials that are not very stable chemically. Here we show that inorganic Bi0.9Ca0.1FeO3-0.05 thin films exhibit a prominent electrochromic effect arising from an intrinsic mechanism due to the melting of oxygen-vacancy ordering and the associated redistribution of carriers. We use a combination of optical characterization techniques in conjunction with high-resolution transmission electron microscopy and first-principles theory. The absorption change and colouration efficiency at the band edge (blue-cyan region) are 4.8×106 m-1 and 190 cm2 C-1, respectively, which are the highest reported values for inorganic electrochromes, even exceeding values of some organic materials.

  4. Electrochromic effects of Li-W-O films under ultraviolet light exposure

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    Hirochi, K.; Kitabatoke, M.; Yamazaki, O.

    1986-09-01

    Electrochromic effects of WO/sub 3/ films have been extensively studied. In these electrochromic films, the injection of both I-group ions and electrons form a tungsten bronze (color center) structure (M/sub x/WO/sub 3/, x=0-1, M is H, Li, or Na). It is known that an intervalence electron transfer between W/sup +6/ and W/sup +5/ causes blue coloration in these films. Previously, the authors reported a new fabrication method and the properties of double-layered Li-W-O films. The WO/sub 3/ films exhibit photochromic effects as well as electrochromic effects. In this paper they describe the electrochromic effects of the double-layered Li-W-O films under UV light.

  5. Preliminary Assessment of the Energy-Saving Potential of Electrochromic Windows in Residential Buildings

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    Roberts, D. R.

    2009-12-01

    Electrochromic windows provide variable tinting that can help control glare and solar heat gain. We used BEopt software to evaluate their performance in prototypical energy models of a single-family home.

  6. Work function tuning of plasma-enhanced atomic layer deposited WC{sub x}N{sub y} electrodes for metal/oxide/semiconductor devices

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    Zonensain, Oren; Fadida, Sivan; Eizenberg, Moshe; Fisher, Ilanit; Gao, Juwen; Chattopadhyay, Kaushik; Harm, Greg; Mountsier, Tom; Danek, Michal

    2015-02-23

    One of the main challenges facing the integration of metals as gate electrodes in advanced MOS devices is control over the Fermi level position at the metal/dielectric interface. In this study, we demonstrate the ability to tune the effective work function (EWF) of W-based electrodes by process modifications of the atomic layer deposited (ALD) films. Tungsten carbo-nitrides (WC{sub x}N{sub y}) films were deposited via plasma-enhanced and/or thermal ALD processes using organometallic precursors. The process modifications enabled us to control the stoichiometry of the WC{sub x}N{sub y} films. Deposition in hydrogen plasma (without nitrogen based reactant) resulted in a stoichiometry of WC{sub 0.4} with primarily W-C chemical bonding, as determined by x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. These films yielded a relatively low EWF of 4.2 ± 0.1 eV. The introduction of nitrogen based reactant to the plasma or the thermal ALD deposition resulted in a stoichiometry of WC{sub 0.1}N{sub 0.6–0.8} with predominantly W-N chemical bonding. These films produced a high EWF of 4.7 ± 0.1 eV.

  7. Improving the dielectric properties of an electrowetting-on-dielectric microfluidic device with a low-pressure chemical vapor deposited Si3N4 dielectric layer

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    Shen, Hsien-Hua; Chung, Lung-Yuan

    2015-01-01

    Dielectric breakdown is a common problem in a digital microfluidic system, which limits its application in chemical or biomedical applications. We propose a new fabrication of an electrowetting-on-dielectric (EWOD) device using Si3N4 deposited by low-pressure chemical vapor deposition (LPCVD) as a dielectric layer. This material exhibits a greater relative permittivity, purity, uniformity, and biocompatibility than polymeric films. These properties also increase the breakdown voltage of a dielectric layer and increase the stability of an EWOD system when applied in biomedical research. Medium droplets with mouse embryos were manipulated in this manner. The electrical properties of the Si3N4 dielectric layer—breakdown voltage, refractive index, relative permittivity, and variation of contact angle with input voltage—were investigated and compared with a traditional Si3N4 dielectric layer deposited as a plasma-enhanced chemical vapor deposition to confirm the potential of LPCVD Si3N4 applied as the dielectric layer of an EWOD digital microfluidic system. PMID:25825614

  8. Cation induced electrochromism in 2,4-dinitrophenylhydrazine (DNPH): Tuning optical properties of aromatic rings

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    Sanader, Željka; Brunet, Claire; Broyer, Michel; Antoine, Rodolphe; Dugourd, Philippe; Mitrić, Roland; Bonačić-Koutecký, Vlasta

    2013-05-01

    We have theoretically investigated the influence of protons and noble metal cations on optical properties of 2,4-dinitrophenylhydrazine (DNPH). We show that optical properties of aromatic rings can be tuned by cation-induced electrochromism in DNPH due to binding to specific NO2 groups. Our findings on cation-induced electrochromism in DNPH may open new routes in two different application areas, due to the fact that DNPH can easily bind to biological molecules and surface materials through carbonyl groups.

  9. Li+ ions diffusion into sol-gel V2O5 thin films: electrochromic properties

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    Benmoussa, M.; Outzourhit, A.; Bennouna, A.; Ihlal, A.

    2009-10-01

    V{2}O{5} thin films were prepared by the sol-gel spin coating process. The Li+ ions insertion effect on optical and electrochromic properties of those films was studied. The diffusion coefficient was calculated using both cyclic voltammograms and chronoamperometric curves. The amount x of Li+ ions in LixV{2}O{5} was also calculated. Finally, the electrochromic performance evolution characteristics such as the reversibility, coloration efficiency, coloration memory stability and response time were studied.

  10. Flame Aerosol Deposition of TiO2 Nanoparticle Films on Polymers and Polymeric Microfluidic Devices for On-Chip Phosphopeptide Enrichment

    PubMed Central

    Rudin, Thomas; Tsougeni, Katerina; Gogolides, Evangelos; Pratsinis, Sotiris E.

    2013-01-01

    Direct and fast (10s of seconds) deposition of flame-made, high surface-area aerosol films on polymers and polymeric microfluidic devices is demonstrated. Uniform TiO2 nanoparticle films were deposited on cooled Poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA) substrates by combustion of titanium(IV) isopropoxide (TTIP) – xylene solution sprays. Films were mechanically stabilized by in-situ annealing with a xylene spray flame. Plasma-etched microfluidic chromatography columns, comprising parallel microchannels were also coated with such nanoparticle films without any microchannel deformation. These microcolumns were successfully used in metal-oxide affinity chromatography (MOAC) to selectively trap phosphopeptides on these high surface-area nanostructured films. The chips had a high capacity retaining 1.2 μg of standard phosphopeptide. A new extremely fast method is developed for MOAC microchip stationary phase fabrication with applications in proteomics. PMID:23729946

  11. Flame Aerosol Deposition of TiO2 Nanoparticle Films on Polymers and Polymeric Microfluidic Devices for On-Chip Phosphopeptide Enrichment.

    PubMed

    Rudin, Thomas; Tsougeni, Katerina; Gogolides, Evangelos; Pratsinis, Sotiris E

    2012-09-01

    Direct and fast (10s of seconds) deposition of flame-made, high surface-area aerosol films on polymers and polymeric microfluidic devices is demonstrated. Uniform TiO2 nanoparticle films were deposited on cooled Poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA) substrates by combustion of titanium(IV) isopropoxide (TTIP) - xylene solution sprays. Films were mechanically stabilized by in-situ annealing with a xylene spray flame. Plasma-etched microfluidic chromatography columns, comprising parallel microchannels were also coated with such nanoparticle films without any microchannel deformation. These microcolumns were successfully used in metal-oxide affinity chromatography (MOAC) to selectively trap phosphopeptides on these high surface-area nanostructured films. The chips had a high capacity retaining 1.2 μg of standard phosphopeptide. A new extremely fast method is developed for MOAC microchip stationary phase fabrication with applications in proteomics. PMID:23729946

  12. Light modulating device

    DOEpatents

    Rauh, R. David; Goldner, Ronald B.

    1989-01-01

    In a device for transmitting light, means for controlling the transmissivity of the device, including a ceramic, reversibly electrochromic, crystalline element having a highly reflective state when injected with electrons and charge compensating ions and a highly transmissive state when the electrons and ions are removed, the crystalline element being characterized as having a reflectivity of at least 50% in the reflective state and not greater than 10% in the transmissive state, and means for modulating the crystalline element between the reflective and transmissive states by injecting ions into the crystalline element in response to an applied electrical current of a first polarity and removing the ions in response to an applied electrical current of a second polarity.

  13. Light modulating device

    DOEpatents

    Rauh, R.D.; Goldner, R.B.

    1989-12-26

    In a device for transmitting light, means for controlling the transmissivity of the device, including a ceramic, reversibly electrochromic, crystalline element having a highly reflective state when injected with electrons and charge compensating ions and a highly transmissive state when the electrons and ions are removed, the crystalline element being characterized as having a reflectivity of at least 50% in the reflective state and not greater than 10% in the transmissive state, and means for modulating the crystalline element between the reflective and transmissive states by injecting ions into the crystalline element in response to an applied electrical current of a first polarity and removing the ions in response to an applied electrical current of a second polarity are disclosed. 1 fig.

  14. Designing high-performance PbS and PbSe nanocrystal electronic devices through stepwise, post-synthesis, colloidal atomic layer deposition.

    PubMed

    Oh, Soong Ju; Berry, Nathaniel E; Choi, Ji-Hyuk; Gaulding, E Ashley; Lin, Hangfei; Paik, Taejong; Diroll, Benjamin T; Muramoto, Shin; Murray, Christopher B; Kagan, Cherie R

    2014-03-12

    We report a simple, solution-based, postsynthetic colloidal, atomic layer deposition (PS-cALD) process to engineer stepwise the surface stoichiometry and therefore the electronic properties of lead chalcogenide nanocrystal (NC) thin films integrated in devices. We found that unlike chalcogen-enriched NC surfaces that are structurally, optically, and electronically unstable, lead chloride treatment creates a well-passivated shell that stabilizes the NCs. Using PS-cALD of lead chalcogenide NC thin films we demonstrate high electron field-effect mobilities of ∼4.5 cm(2)/(V s). PMID:24499242

  15. Lithium-titanate-nanotube-supported WO3 for enhancing transmittance contrast in electrochromics.

    PubMed

    Dong, Yunbing; Xiong, Chunrong; Zhang, Yilu; Xing, Shuai; Jiang, Hong

    2016-03-11

    Lithium titanate nanotubes (Li-TNTs) have been successfully synthesized. The inner and outer diameters of the nanotubes are 5 nm and 8 nm with an interlayer spacing of 0.83 nm. The nanotubes were in accordance with the Li1.81H0.19Ti2O5 · xH2O phase. The chemical component was Li0.9H1.1Ti2O5 · H2O as determined by ICP-AES. The Li-TNT-supported WO3 nanoparticle (WO3/Li-TNTs) thin film was prepared onto ITO glass via spin-coating and then fabricated with an electrochromic device. The Li ion diffusion coefficient in the WO3/Li-TNT film was 6.1 × 10(-10) cm(2) s(-1), which is eight times higher than that for the pure WO3 film. The transmittance contrast of the pure WO3-based ECD was 53.3% at 600 nm. However, this increased to 74.1% for the WO3/Li-TNT-based ECD. Meanwhile, the color-switching times of the WO3/Li-TNT-based ECD were apparently shorter than the ones for the WO3-based ECD. PMID:26866352

  16. Lithium-titanate-nanotube-supported WO3 for enhancing transmittance contrast in electrochromics

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    Dong, Yunbing; Xiong, Chunrong; Zhang, Yilu; Xing, Shuai; Jiang, Hong

    2016-03-01

    Lithium titanate nanotubes (Li-TNTs) have been successfully synthesized. The inner and outer diameters of the nanotubes are 5 nm and 8 nm with an interlayer spacing of 0.83 nm. The nanotubes were in accordance with the Li1.81H0.19Ti2O5 · xH2O phase. The chemical component was Li0.9H1.1Ti2O5 · H2O as determined by ICP-AES. The Li-TNT-supported WO3 nanoparticle (WO3/Li-TNTs) thin film was prepared onto ITO glass via spin-coating and then fabricated with an electrochromic device. The Li ion diffusion coefficient in the WO3/Li-TNT film was 6.1 × 10-10 cm2 s-1, which is eight times higher than that for the pure WO3 film. The transmittance contrast of the pure WO3-based ECD was 53.3% at 600 nm. However, this increased to 74.1% for the WO3/Li-TNT-based ECD. Meanwhile, the color-switching times of the WO3/Li-TNT-based ECD were apparently shorter than the ones for the WO3-based ECD.

  17. Effective medium approximation of the optical properties of electrochromic cerium-titanium oxide compounds

    SciTech Connect

    Rottkay, K. von; Richardson, T.; Rubin, M.; Slack, J.

    1997-07-01

    Cerium titanium oxide samples derived from a solution have been compared against sputtered films over a wide range of different compositions. X-ray diffraction was used to investigate the structural properties of the compound material existing in a two-phase mixture M{sub A}O{sub 2}-M{sub B}O{sub 2}. The optical properties were evaluated over the whole solar spectrum by variable angle spectroscopic ellipsometry combined with spectrophotometry. The spectral complex refractive index was determined for CeO{sub 2} and TiO{sub 2}, as well as for their compounds. To reduce the large number of permutations in composition of multi-component oxides it would be useful to be able to predict the properties of the mixtures from the pure oxide components. Therefore these results were compared to those obtained by effective medium theory utilizing the optical constants of CeO{sub 2} and TiO{sub 2}. In order to investigate the performance as passive counter-electrode in Li{sup +} based electrochromic devices the films were tested by cyclic voltammetry with in-situ transmission control. Chemical composition was measured by Rutherford backscattering spectrometry. Surface morphology was analyzed by atomic force microscopy.

  18. Nanostructured electrochromic films by inkjet printing on large area and flexible transparent silver electrodes

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    Layani, Michael; Darmawan, Peter; Foo, Wan Ling; Liu, Liang; Kamyshny, Alexander; Mandler, Daniel; Magdassi, Schlomo; Lee, Pooi See

    2014-04-01

    Printed electrochromic flexible films were obtained by combining transparent silver grid electrodes formed by self-assembly and inkjet printed WO3 nanoparticles. Concentrated dispersions of WO3 nanoparticles were inkjet printed on transparent plastic silver grid electrodes with a high transparency of 83% in the spectral range of 400-800 nm, and a low sheet resistance in the range of 1-5 Ω sq-1. These electrodes were used for electrochromic applications for the first time. The resultant patterned nanostructured electrochromic films maintained their coloring and bleaching performance after bending of the flexible films.Printed electrochromic flexible films were obtained by combining transparent silver grid electrodes formed by self-assembly and inkjet printed WO3 nanoparticles. Concentrated dispersions of WO3 nanoparticles were inkjet printed on transparent plastic silver grid electrodes with a high transparency of 83% in the spectral range of 400-800 nm, and a low sheet resistance in the range of 1-5 Ω sq-1. These electrodes were used for electrochromic applications for the first time. The resultant patterned nanostructured electrochromic films maintained their coloring and bleaching performance after bending of the flexible films. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available. See DOI: 10.1039/c3nr06890k

  19. Highly porous nickel oxide thin films prepared by a hydrothermal synthesis method for electrochromic application

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    Chen, Z.; Xiao, A.; Chen, Y.; Zuo, C.; Zhou, S.; Li, L.

    2013-11-01

    We report NiO nanowall thin films prepared by a facile hydrothermal synthesis method and their electrochromic application. The as-prepared porous nanowall NiO thin films show a highly porous structure built up by many interconnected nanoflakes with a thickness of about 30 nm. The electrochromic performances of the NiO films are characterized by means of UV-vis spectroscopy and cyclic voltammetry (CV) measurements. The effect of the annealing temperature on electrochromic properties is discussed. The NiO nanowall film annealed at 300 °C exhibits much better electrochromic performance than those counterparts annealed at higher temperature. The film annealed at 300 °C exhibits a noticeable electrochromism with reversible color changes from transparent to brown dark and presents a transmittance variation with 77% at 550 nm. The NiO nanowall film also shows good reaction kinetics with fast switching speed, and the coloration and bleaching times are 3 s and 4 s, respectively. The improved electrochromic performances are due to the porous morphological characteristics with fast ion and electron transfer resulting in fast reaction kinetics and high color contrast.

  20. Technologies for deposition of transition metal oxide thin films: application as functional layers in “Smart windows” and photocatalytic systems

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    Gesheva, K.; Ivanova, T.; Bodurov, G.; Szilágyi, I. M.; Justh, N.; Kéri, O.; Boyadjiev, S.; Nagy, D.; Aleksandrova, M.

    2016-02-01

    “Smart windows” are envisaged for future low-energy, high-efficient architectural buildings, as well as for the car industry. By switching from coloured to fully bleached state, these windows regulate the energy of solar flux entering the interior. Functional layers in these devices are the transition metals oxides. The materials (transitional metal oxides) used in smart windows can be also applied as photoelectrodes in water splitting photocells for hydrogen production or as photocatalytic materials for self-cleaning surfaces, waste water treatment and pollution removal. Solar energy utilization is recently in the main scope of numerous world research laboratories and energy organizations, working on protection against conventional fuel exhaustion. The paper presents results from research on transition metal oxide thin films, fabricated by different methods - atomic layer deposition, atmospheric pressure chemical vapour deposition, physical vapour deposition, and wet chemical methods, suitable for flowthrough production process. The lower price of the chemical deposition processes is especially important when the method is related to large-scale glazing applications. Conclusions are derived about which processes are recently considered as most prospective, related to electrochromic materials and devices manufacturing.