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  1. Structure and growth morphology of Gd 2O 3-doped CeO 2 thin films

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    Jiang, Xuening; Hao, Binkui

    2010-05-01

    Gd 2O 3-doped CeO 2 (Gd 0.1Ce 0.9O 1.95, GDC) thin films were synthesized on (1 0 0) Si single crystal substrates by a reactive radio frequency magnetron sputtering technique. Structures and surface morphologies were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM) and one-dimensional power spectral density (1DPSD) analysis. The XRD patterns indicated that, in the temperature range of 200-700 °C, f.c.c. structured GDC thin films were formed with growth orientations varying with temperature—random growth at 200 °C, (2 2 0) textures at 300-600 °C and (1 1 1) texture at 700 °C. GDC film synthesized at 200 °C had the smoothest surface with roughness of Rrms=0.973 nm. Its 1DPSD plot was characterized with a constant part at the low frequencies and a part at the high frequencies that could be fitted by the f-2.4 power law decay. Such surface feature and scaling behavior were probably caused by the high deposition rate and random growth in the GDC film at this temperature. At higher temperatures (300-700 °C), however, an intermediate frequency slope (- γ2≈-2) appeared in the 1DPSD plots between the low frequency constant part and the high frequency part fitted by f-4 power law decay, which indicated a roughing mechanism dominated by crystallographic orientation growth that caused much rougher surfaces in GDC films ( Rrms>4 nm).

  2. A facile synthesis of high quality nanostructured CeO2 and Gd2O3-doped CeO2 solid electrolytes for improved electrochemical performance.

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    Kuo, Yu-Lin; Su, Yu-Ming; Chou, Hung-Lung

    2015-06-01

    This study describes the use of a composite nitrate salt solution as a precursor to synthesize CeO2 and Gd2O3-doped CeO2 (GDC) nanoparticles (NPs) using an atmospheric pressure plasma jet (APPJ). The microstructures of CeO2 and GDC NPs were found to be cubical and spherical shaped nanocrystallites with average particle sizes of 10.5 and 6.7 nm, respectively. Reactive oxygen species, detected by optical emission spectroscopy (OES), are believed to be the major oxidative agents for the formation of oxide materials in the APPJ process. Based on the material characterization and OES observations, the study effectively demonstrated the feasibility of preparing well-crystallized GDC NPs by the APPJ system as well as the gas-to-particle mechanism. Notably, the Bader charge of CeO2 and Ce0.9Gd0.1O2 characterized by density function theory (DFT) simulation and AC impedance measurements shows that Gd helps in increasing the charge on Ce0.9Gd0.1O2 NPs, thus improving their conductivity and making them candidate materials for electrolytes in solid oxide fuel cells. PMID:25959436

  3. Molecular dynamics simulation of fast particle irradiation to the Gd2O3-doped CeO2

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    Sasajima, Y.; Ajima, N.; Osada, T.; Ishikawa, N.; Iwase, A.

    2013-12-01

    The structural relaxation caused by the high-energy-ion irradiation of CeO2 with Gd2O3 addition was simulated by the molecular dynamics method. The amount of Gd2O3 was changed from 0 to 25 mol% by 5 mol%. As the initial condition, high thermal energy was supplied to the individual atoms within a cylindrical region of nanometer-order radius located in the center of the specimen. The potential proposed by Inaba et al. was utilized to calculate interaction between atoms [H. Inaba, R. Sagawa, H. Hayashi, K. Kawamura, Solid State Ionics 122 (1999) 95-103]. The supplied thermal energy was first spent to change the crystal structure into an amorphous one within a short period of about 0.3 ps, then it dissipated in the specimen. By increasing the concentration of Gd2O3, more structural disorder was observed in the sample, which is consistent to the actual experiment.

  4. Structural, morphological and optical properties of CeO2 thin films deposited by RF sputtering

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    Murugan, R.; Vijayaprasath, G.; Sakthivel, P.; Mahalingam, T.; Ravi, G.

    2016-05-01

    Cerium oxide (CeO2) thin films were deposited on glass substrates by sputtering at various substrate temperatures. CeO2 films were characterized by X-ray diffraction, FESEM, PL and Raman analyses. X-ray diffraction patterns of films reveal fcc cubic structure with preferential orientation along (2 2 0) crystallographic plane. SEM images show that the particles are uniformly distributed on the film surface. The films were found to be well adheared to the substrates and pin holes are not observed on the surface of the films. PL spectra exhibits a strong near band-gap-edge emission and a broad blue, green luminescence, which can be assigned to the presence of Ce and O vacancies, amorphous phases, deep level impurities and structural defects. The relative intensity between the different peaks of the bands related to defects or impurities was studied as a tool for quality control of the films. Moreover, vibrational measurements through Raman analysis were carried out and the results are discussed.

  5. Surface potentials of (111), (110) and (100) oriented CeO2-x thin films

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    Wardenga, Hans F.; Klein, Andreas

    2016-07-01

    Differently oriented CeO2 thin films were prepared by radio frequency magnetron sputter deposition from a nominally undoped CeO2 target. (111), (110) and (100) oriented films were achieved by deposition onto Al2O3(0001)/Pt(111), MgO(110)/Pt(110) and SrTiO3:Nb(100) substrates, respectively. Epitaxial growth is verified using X-ray diffraction analysis. The films were analyzed by in situ photoelectron spectroscopy to determine the ionization potential, work function, Fermi level position and Ce3+ concentration at the surface in dependence of crystal orientation, deposition conditions and post-deposition treatment in reducing and oxidizing atmosphere. We observed a very high variation of the work function and ionization potential of more than 2 eV for all surface orientations, while the Fermi level varies by only 0.3 eV within the energy gap. The work function generally decreases with increasing Ce3+ surface concentration but comparatively high Ce3+ concentrations remain even after strongly oxidizing treatments. This is related to the presence of subsurface oxygen vacancies.

  6. (001) and (111) Single-Oriented Highly Epitaxial CeO2 Thin Films on r-Cut Sapphire Substrates

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    Bick, D. S.; Sharath, S. U.; Hoffman, I.; Major, M.; Kurian, J.; Alff, L.

    2015-08-01

    We have studied the growth of CeO2 thin films by molecular beam epitaxy on r-cut sapphire substrates. The oxidation state of the substrate surface controls the growth direction of CeO2. Oxygen pre-annealed substrates favor (001) growth, while oxygen vacancies lead to a mixed (001) and (111) orientation. Combining pre- and post-annealing, it is possible to achieve single- oriented CeO2 in both growth directions. Furthermore, post-annealing results in a dramatic increase of crystallinity with a rocking curve width of the (002) reflection as small as 0.004°. We provide a consistent growth model involving oxygen vacancies at the substrate to thin film interface.

  7. Optical, Structural and Electrochemical Properties of CeO2--Al2O3--SiO2 Thin Films

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    Saygin Hinczewski, Dursen; Hinczewski, Michael; Sorar, Idris; Pehlivan, Esat; Tepehan, Fatma Z.; Tepehan, Galip G.

    2008-03-01

    CeO2 thin films can be used as counter-electrodes in electrochromic devices, but have the disadvantage of slow reaction kinetics. Thus research has shifted to composite CeO2 films as more promising ion-storage candidates. In this work, we examine the sol-gel coating and characterization of CeO2--Al2O3--SiO2 transparent thin films deposited onto glass microslides and indium-tin-oxide-coated conducting glass. We investigate the evolution of the surface morphology, and the optical, structural and electrochemical properties of the films with varying Si-Al-Ce mol ratios. In particular we find the formation of novel complex phase-segregated structures at the surface, which have the potential for enhancing Li ion insertion/extraction.

  8. Water Dissociation on CeO2(100) and CeO2(111) Thin Films

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    Mullins, David R; Albrecht, Peter M; Chen, Tsung-Liang; Calaza, Florencia C; Biegalski, Micahel; Christen, Hans; Overbury, Steven {Steve} H

    2012-01-01

    This study reports and compares the adsorption and dissociation of water on oxidized and reduced CeO{sub 2}(100) and CeO{sub 2}(111) thin films. Water adsorbs dissociatively on both surfaces. On fully oxidized CeO{sub 2}(100) the resulting surface hydroxyls are relatively stable and recombine and desorb as water over a range from 200 to 600 K. The hydroxyls are much less stable on oxidized CeO{sub 2}(111), recombining and desorbing between 200 and 300 K. Water produces 30% more hydroxyls on reduced CeO{sub 1.7}(100) than on oxidized CeO{sub 2}(100). The hydroxyl concentration increases by 160% on reduced CeO{sub 1.7}(111) compared to oxidized CeO{sub 2}(111). On reduced CeO{sub 1.7}(100) most of the hydroxyls still recombine and desorb as water between 200 and 750 K. Most of the hydroxyls on reduced CeO{sub 1.7}(111) react to produce H{sub 2} at 560 K, leaving O on the surface. A relatively small amount of H{sub 2} is produced from reduced CeO{sub 1.7}(100) between 450 and 730 K. The differences in the adsorption and reaction of water on CeO{sub X}(100) and CeO{sub X}(111) are attributed to different adsorption sites on the two surfaces. The adsorption site on CeO{sub 2}(100) is a bridging site between two Ce cations. This adsorption site does not change when the ceria is reduced. The adsorption site on CeO{sub 2}(111) is atop a single Ce cation, and the proton is transferred to a surface O in a site between three Ce cations. When the CeO{sub X}(111) is reduced, vacancy sites are produced which allows the water to adsorb and dissociate on the 3-fold Ce cation sites.

  9. Ultra-thin solid oxide fuel cells: Materials and devices

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    Kerman, Kian

    Solid oxide fuel cells are electrochemical energy conversion devices utilizing solid electrolytes transporting O2- that typically operate in the 800 -- 1000 °C temperature range due to the large activation barrier for ionic transport. Reducing electrolyte thickness or increasing ionic conductivity can enable lower temperature operation for both stationary and portable applications. This thesis is focused on the fabrication of free standing ultrathin (<100 nm) oxide membranes of prototypical O 2- conducting electrolytes, namely Y2O3-doped ZrO2 and Gd2O3-doped CeO2. Fabrication of such membranes requires an understanding of thin plate mechanics coupled with controllable thin film deposition processes. Integration of free standing membranes into proof-of-concept fuel cell devices necessitates ideal electrode assemblies as well as creative processing schemes to experimentally test devices in a high temperature dual environment chamber. We present a simple elastic model to determine stable buckling configurations for free standing oxide membranes. This guides the experimental methodology for Y 2O3-doped ZrO2 film processing, which enables tunable internal stress in the films. Using these criteria, we fabricate robust Y2O3-doped ZrO2 membranes on Si and composite polymeric substrates by semiconductor and micro-machining processes, respectively. Fuel cell devices integrating these membranes with metallic electrodes are demonstrated to operate in the 300 -- 500 °C range, exhibiting record performance at such temperatures. A model combining physical transport of electronic carriers in an insulating film and electrochemical aspects of transport is developed to determine the limits of performance enhancement expected via electrolyte thickness reduction. Free standing oxide heterostructures, i.e. electrolyte membrane and oxide electrodes, are demonstrated. Lastly, using Y2O3-doped ZrO2 and Gd2O 3-doped CeO2, novel electrolyte fabrication schemes are explored to develop oxide

  10. Effect of annealing temperature on the structural and optical properties of CeO2:Ni thin films

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    Murugan, R.; Vijayaprasath, G.; Sakthivel, P.; Mahalingam, T.; Ravi, G.

    2016-05-01

    High quality Ni-doped CeO2 (CeO2:Ni) thin films were deposited on glass substrates at room temperature by using radio frequency magnetron sputtering. The effect of annealing temperature on structural and optical properties of the CeO2:Ni films was investigated. The structural, optical and vibrational properties of the films were determined using X-ray diffraction (XRD), photoluminescence spectrometer (PL) and Raman spectrometer. It was found that the as-deposited film has a fluorite cubic structure. By increasing annealing temperature from 100°C to 300°C, the crystalline quality of the thin films could be improved. The UV and visible band emissions were observed in the photoluminescence spectra, due to exciton, defect related emissions respectively. The micro-Raman results show the characteristic peak of CeO2 F2g at 465 cm-1 and 2L0 at 1142 cm-1. Defect peaks like D and 0 bands were observed at 641 cm-1 and 548 cm-1 respectively. It is found from the spectra that the peak intensity of the films increased with increase of annealing temperature.

  11. Effect of Doping on Surface Reactivity and Conduction Mechanism in Sm-doped CeO2 Thin Films

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    Yang, Nan; Belianinov, Alex; Strelcov, Evgheni; Tebano, Antonello; Daniele, Di Castro; Schlueter, Christoph; Lee, Tien-Lin; Baddorf, Arthur P.; Wisinger, Nina; Jesse, Stephen; et al

    2014-11-21

    Scanning probe microscopy measurements show irreversible surface electrochemistry in Sm-doped CeO2 thin films, which depends on humidity, temperature and doping concentration. A systematic study by electrochemical strain microscopy (ESM) in samples with two different Sm content and in several working conditions allows disclosing the microscopic mechanism underlying the difference in water adsorption and splitting with subsequent proton liberation. We measure the behavior of the hysteresis loops by changing temperature and humidity, both in standard ESM configuration and using the first order reversal curve (FORC) method. Complementing our study with spectroscopic measurements by hard x-ray photoemission spectroscopy we find that watermore » incorporation is favored until the doping with Sm is too high to allow the presence of Ce3+. The influence of doping on the surface reactivity and conduction mechanism clearly emerges from all of our experimental results. We find that at lower Sm concentration proton conduction is prevalent, featured by lower activation energy and higher mobility. Defect concentrations determine the type of the prevalent charge carrier in a doping dependent manner.« less

  12. Effect of Doping on Surface Reactivity and Conduction Mechanism in Sm-doped CeO2 Thin Films

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    Yang, Nan; Belianinov, Alex; Strelcov, Evgheni; Tebano, Antonello; Daniele, Di Castro; Schlueter, Christoph; Lee, Tien-Lin; Baddorf, Arthur P.; Wisinger, Nina; Jesse, Stephen; Kalinin, Sergei V; Balestrino, Giuseppe; Aruta, Carmela

    2014-11-21

    Scanning probe microscopy measurements show irreversible surface electrochemistry in Sm-doped CeO2 thin films, which depends on humidity, temperature and doping concentration. A systematic study by electrochemical strain microscopy (ESM) in samples with two different Sm content and in several working conditions allows disclosing the microscopic mechanism underlying the difference in water adsorption and splitting with subsequent proton liberation. We measure the behavior of the hysteresis loops by changing temperature and humidity, both in standard ESM configuration and using the first order reversal curve (FORC) method. Complementing our study with spectroscopic measurements by hard x-ray photoemission spectroscopy we find that water incorporation is favored until the doping with Sm is too high to allow the presence of Ce3+. The influence of doping on the surface reactivity and conduction mechanism clearly emerges from all of our experimental results. We find that at lower Sm concentration proton conduction is prevalent, featured by lower activation energy and higher mobility. Defect concentrations determine the type of the prevalent charge carrier in a doping dependent manner.

  13. THE OXYGEN PERMEATION PROPERTIES OF NANO CRYSTALLINE CEO2 THIN FILMS

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    Brinkman, K.

    2010-09-27

    The measurement of oxygen flux across nanocrystalline CeO{sub 2} cerium oxide thin films at intermediate temperature (650 to 800 C) is presented. Porous ceria support substrates were fabricated by sintering with carbon additions. The final dense film was deposited from an optimized sol-gel solution resulting in a mean grain size of 50 nm which displayed oxygen flux values of up to 0.014 {micro}mol/cm{sup 2}s over the oxygen partial pressure range from air to helium gas used in the measurement at 800 C. The oxygen flux characteristics confirm mixed ionic and electronic conductivity in nanocrystalline ceria films and demonstrate the role of size dependent materials properties as a design parameter in functional membranes for oxygen separation.

  14. Room-temperature epitaxial growth of CeO2(001) thin films on Si(001) substrates by electron beam evaporation

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    Ami, T.; Ishida, Y.; Nagasawa, N.; Machida, A.; Suzuki, M.

    2001-03-01

    Epitaxial growth of CeO2(001) thin films on Si(001) substrates was achieved by electron beam evaporation. Reflection high-energy electron diffraction and cross-sectional high-resolution transmission electron microscopy established the formation of an epitaxial CeO2(001)/Si(001) structure with a cube-on-cube configuration. The epitaxial structure had to be formed at a temperature below 200 °C with a Si(001)-2×1, 1×2 reconstructed surface, and it could be formed even at room temperature. In order to improve the crystallinity, homoepitaxial growth conditions at a higher temperature with a high oxygen flow rate were also investigated. Homoepitaxy of ceria grown on a 5-nm-thick initial layer was demonstrated by θ/2θ-scan and φ-scan of x-ray diffraction.

  15. Ultrafast pump-probe spectroscopy studies of CeO2 thin film deposited on Ni-W substrate by RF magnetron sputtering

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    Singh, Preetam; Srivatsa, K. M. K.; Jewariya, Mukesh

    2016-08-01

    This study presents the first investigation of rapid dynamical processes that occur in pure CeO2 thin film, using ultra fast pump-probe spectroscopy at room temperature. For this purpose we have used a single (200) oriented CeO2 film deposited on biaxially textured Ni-W substrate by RF magnetron sputtering technique. The ultrafast transient spectra show initial sharp rise transition followed by an exponential photon decay. This rise time is about 10 ps irrespective of the probe wavelengths range 500-800 nm. The initial decay constant (τ) at 500 nm probe wavelength is found to be 171 ps, while at 800 nm probe wavelength it is 107.5 ps. The ultrafast absorption spectra show two absorption peaks at 745 and 800 nm, and are attributed to the electronic transitions from 2F7/2-2F5/2 and 1S0-1F3 respectively. The relatively high intensity absorption peak at 745 nm indicates dominant f-f electronic transition. Further, the absorption peak at 745 nm splits into two distinct peaks with respect to delay time, and is attributed to the charge transfer in between Ce4+ and Ce3+ ions. These results indicate that CeO2 itself is a potential candidate and can be used for optical applications.

  16. Characterization of a thin CeO 2-ZrO 2-Y 2O 3 films electrochemical deposited on stainless steel

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    Avramova, I.; Stoychev, D.; Marinova, Ts.

    2006-11-01

    In this paper, we report for the first time formation of a thin CeO 2-ZrO 2-Y 2O 3 films electrodeposited on a stainless steel substrate. The samples have been characterized by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and X-ray diffraction (XRD). The XRD and XPS data indicate formation of a solid solution and additional existence of Ce 3+ states near the surface. After annealing, SEM examination has shown a microstructure formed by dispersed spherical agglomerates having a size between 20 and 60 nm.

  17. Surface morphology, optical and electrochemical properties of undoped and Ni-doped CeO2 thin films prepared by polymeric precursor method

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    Khosousi Sani, Zara; Esmaeli Ghodsi, Farhad; Mazloom, Jamal

    2016-04-01

    In this study, undoped and Ni-doped CeO2 thin films were deposited onto glass and ITO substrates by polymeric precursor (Pechini) method. Grazing incidence X-ray diffraction analysis revealed that the ceria thin film has a cerianite structure with the average crystallite size of 14 nm while the doped samples are amorphous. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) confirmed the presence of predominant Ce4+ oxidation state of ceria and Ni2+ in the films. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) micrographs showed that the surface texture is crack free and the CeO2 grains regularly distributed on the surface. Optical constant (refractive index and extinction coefficient) and thickness of films were calculated using pointwise unconstraint minimization approach. The optical transmittance increases and the absorption edge has a blue shift by Ni incorporation. The highest band gap value (i.e., 3.43 eV) was obtained for 2.5 mol.% Ni doping sample. The refractive index and extinction coefficient of ceria films were decreased by Ni doping. The evaluated thicknesses are in the range of 150-170 nm. The strength of interband transition was appraised as a function of nickel content by using dielectric function. Luminescent emission intensity of the ceria film was enhanced by Ni doping. Cyclic voltammetry (CV) measurement revealed that the total charge density and ion storage capacitance of ceria thin film were increased by Ni doping.

  18. Fluorinated Cerium(IV) Enaminolates: Alternative Precursors for Chemical Vapor Deposition of CeO2 Thin Films.

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    Schläfer, J; Graf, D; Fornalczyk, G; Mettenbörger, A; Mathur, S

    2016-06-01

    High-yield synthesis of four new fluorinated enaminones LH2 (RfC(O)C2H2NH)2C2H4 (Rf = CF3 (2a), C2F5 (2b), C3F7 (2c)) and (F3CC(O)C2H2NH)2C3H6 (2a') as dianionic ligands is described. The ligands were characterized in solution (via nuclear magnetic resoannce (NMR)) as well as in the solid state (via X-ray diffraction (XRD)). The ligating ability of the enaminones was verified by reacting them with [Ce2(O(i)Pr)8(HO(i)Pr)2], which resulted in monomeric cerium(IV) complexes [CeL2] (3a-c, 3a') based on tetradentate chelation of the ligands. Cerium enaminolates were comprehensively analyzed by NMR spectroscopy, mass spectrometry, and single-crystal XRD studies to verify their monomeric nature. High stability under ambient conditions and high volatility makes them a potential precursor for the gas-phase synthesis of CeO2. Complexes 3a and 3b were applied as precursors in thermal and plasma-enhanced chemical vapor deposition to obtain crystalline ceria films with different surface morphologies. The purity and surface states of the films were analyzed by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, which revealed a high amount of Ce(3+) on the subsurface of CeO2 films. PMID:27159551

  19. Collective magnetic response of CeO2 nanoparticles

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    Coey, Michael; Ackland, Karl; Venkatesan, Munuswamy; Sen, Siddhartha

    2016-07-01

    The magnetism of nanoparticles and thin films of wide-bandgap oxides that include no magnetic cations is an unsolved puzzle. Progress has been hampered by both the irreproducibility of much of the experimental data, and the lack of any generally accepted theoretical explanation. The characteristic signature is a virtually anhysteretic, temperature-independent magnetization curve that saturates in an applied field that is several orders of magnitude greater than the magnetization. It would seem as if a tiny volume fraction, <~0.1%, of the samples is magnetic and that the energy scale is unusually high for spin magnetism. Here we investigate the effect of dispersing 4 nm CeO2 nanoparticles with powders of γAl2O3, sugar or latex microspheres. The saturation magnetization, Ms ≍ 60 A m-1 for compact samples, is maximized by 1 wt% lanthanum doping. Dispersing the CeO2 nanopowder reduces its magnetic moment by up to an order of magnitude, and there is a characteristic length scale of order 100 nm for the magnetism to appear in CeO2 nanoparticle clusters. The phenomenon is explained in terms of a giant orbital paramagnetism that appears in coherent mesoscopic domains due to resonant interaction with zero-point fluctuations of the vacuum electromagnetic field. The theory explains the observed temperature-independent magnetization curve and its doping and dispersion dependence, based on a length scale of 300 nm that corresponds to the wavelength of a maximum in the ultraviolet absorption spectrum of the magnetic CeO2 nanoparticles. The coherent domains occupy roughly 10% of the sample volume.

  20. Polarity driven morphology of CeO2(1 0 0) islands on Cu(1 1 1)

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    Stetsovych, O.; Beran, J.; Dvořák, F.; Mašek, K.; Mysliveček, J.; Matolín, V.

    2013-11-01

    Thin ceria films supported by metal substrates represent important model systems for reactivity studies in heterogeneous catalysis. Here we report the growth study of the polar CeO2(1 0 0) phase as part of a mixed CeO2(1 1 1)-CeO2(1 0 0) thin film supported by Cu(1 1 1). The two ceria phases grow on different areas of the substrate, what allows a reliable growth characterization of the CeO2(1 0 0) islands on Cu(1 1 1). Scanning tunneling microscopy measurements reveal CeO2(1 0 0) to grow in the form of highly dispersed three dimensional (3D) islands on a CeO2(1 0 0) interfacial layer. The CeO2(1 0 0) islands exhibit a 2 × 2 surface reconstruction. The presence of the surface reconstruction together with the highly dispersed growth of CeO2(1 0 0) islands corresponds to the requirement for compensation of the surface dipole moment on the CeO2(1 0 0). CeO2(1 0 0) islands are further characterized by reflection high energy electron diffraction yielding their epitaxial relations with respect to the Cu(1 1 1) substrate. The growth of well characterized CeO2(1 0 0) islands supported by Cu(1 1 1) represents a starting point for developing a novel template for structure-related reactivity studies of ceria based model catalysts.

  1. Fundamental Understanding of the Interaction of Acid Gases with CeO2 : From Surface Science to Practical Catalysis

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    Tumuluri, Uma; Rother, Gernot; Wu, Zili

    2016-03-21

    Acid gases including CO2, SO2, and NOx are ubiquitous in large-scale energy applications including heterogeneous catalysis. The adverse environmental and health effects of these acid gases have resulted in high interest in the research and development of technologies to remove or convert these acid gases. The main challenge for the development of these technologies is to develop catalysts that are highly efficient, stable, and cost-effective, and many catalysts have been reported in this regard. CeO2 and CeO2-based catalysts have gained prominence in the removal and conversion of CO2, SO2, and NOx because of their structural robustness and redox and acid–basemore » properties. In this article, we provide a brief overview of the application of CeO2 and CeO2-based catalysts for the removal of CO2, SO2, and NOx gases with an emphasis on the fundamental understanding of the interactions of these acid gases with CeO2. The studies summarized in this review range from surface science using single crystals and thin films with precise crystallographic planes to practical catalysis applications of nanocrystalline and polycrystalline CeO2 materials with defects and dopants. After an introduction to the properties of CeO2 surfaces, their catalytic properties for conversions of different acid gases are reviewed and discussed. Lastly, we find that the surface atomic structure, oxygen vacancies, and surface acid–base properties of CeO2 play vital roles in the surface chemistry and structure evolution during the interactions of acid gases with CeO2 and CeO2-based catalysts.« less

  2. Investigation of trimethylacetic acid adsorption on stoichiometric and oxygen-deficient CeO2(111) surfaces.

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    Sanghavi, Shail; Wang, Weina; Nandasiri, Manjula I; Karakoti, Ajay S; Wang, Wenliang; Yang, Ping; Thevuthasan, S

    2016-06-21

    We studied the interactions between the carboxylate anchoring group from trimethylacetic acid (TMAA) and CeO2(111) surfaces as a function of oxygen stoichiometry using in situ X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). The stoichiometric CeO2(111) surface was obtained by annealing the thin film under 2.0 × 10(-5) Torr of oxygen at ∼550 °C for 30 min. In order to reduce the CeO2(111) surface, the thin film was annealed under ∼5.0 × 10(-10) Torr vacuum conditions at 550 °C, 650 °C, 750 °C and 850 °C for 30 min to progressively increase the oxygen defect concentration on the surface. The saturated TMAA coverage on the CeO2(111) surface determined from XPS elemental composition is found to increase with increasing oxygen defect concentration. This is attributed to the increase of under-coordinated cerium sites on the surface with the increase in the oxygen defect concentrations. XPS results were in agreement with periodic density functional theory (DFT) calculations and indicate a stronger binding between the carboxylate group from TMAA and the oxygen deficient CeO2-δ(111) surface through dissociative adsorption. PMID:27220740

  3. Ferromagnetism induced by oxygen and cerium vacancies above the percolation limit in CeO2

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    Fernandes, V.; Schio, P.; de Oliveira, A. J. A.; Ortiz, W. A.; Fichtner, P.; Amaral, L.; Graff, I. L.; Varalda, J.; Mattoso, N.; Schreiner, W. H.; Mosca, D. H.

    2010-06-01

    We studied the structural, chemical and magnetic properties of non-doped ceria (CeO2) thin films electrodeposited on silicon substrates. Experimental results confirm that the observed room temperature ferromagnetism is driven by both cerium and oxygen vacancies. We investigated ceria films presenting vacancy concentrations well above the percolation limit. Irradiation experiments with neon ions were employed to generate highly oxygen defective CeO2 - δ structures. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and x-ray absorption near-edge structure spectroscopy were used to estimate the concentration of Ce3 + sites in the films, which can reach up to 50% of Ce3 + replacing Ce4 + , compared to a stoichiometric CeO2 structure. Despite the increment of structural disorder, we observe that the saturation magnetization continuously increases with Ce3 + concentration. Our experiments demonstrate that the ferromagnetism observed in ceria thin films, highly disordered and oxygen-deficient, preserving the fluorite-type structure only in a nanometer scale, remains intrinsically stable at room temperature.

  4. Oxygen vacancy-assisted coupling and enolization of acetaldehyde on CeO2(111).

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    Calaza, Florencia C; Xu, Ye; Mullins, David R; Overbury, Steven H

    2012-10-31

    The temperature-dependent adsorption and reaction of acetaldehyde (CH(3)CHO) on a fully oxidized and a highly reduced thin-film CeO(2)(111) surface have been investigated using a combination of reflection-absorption infrared spectroscopy (RAIRS) and periodic density functional theory (DFT+U) calculations. On the fully oxidized surface, acetaldehyde adsorbs weakly through its carbonyl O interacting with a lattice Ce(4+) cation in the η(1)-O configuration. This state desorbs at 210 K without reaction. On the highly reduced surface, new vibrational signatures appear below 220 K. They are identified by RAIRS and DFT as a dimer state formed from the coupling of the carbonyl O and the acyl C of two acetaldehyde molecules. This dimer state remains up to 400 K before decomposing to produce another distinct set of vibrational signatures, which are identified as the enolate form of acetaldehyde (CH(2)CHO¯). Furthermore, the calculated activation barriers for the coupling of acetaldehyde, the decomposition of the dimer state, and the recombinative desorption of enolate and H as acetaldehyde are in good agreement with previously reported TPD results for acetaldehyde adsorbed on reduced CeO(2)(111) [Chen et al. J. Phys. Chem. C 2011, 115, 3385]. The present findings demonstrate that surface oxygen vacancies alter the reactivity of the CeO(2)(111) surface and play a crucial role in stabilizing and activating acetaldehyde for coupling reactions. PMID:23020248

  5. CeO2 nanorods and gold nanocrystals supported on CeO2 nanorods as catalyst.

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    Huang, P X; Wu, F; Zhu, B L; Gao, X P; Zhu, H Y; Yan, T Y; Huang, W P; Wu, S H; Song, D Y

    2005-10-20

    The formation mechanism of uniform CeO2 structure at the nanometer scale via a wet-chemical reaction is of great interest in fundamental study as well as a variety of applications. In this work, large-scale well-crystallized CeO2 nanorods with uniform diameters in the range of 20-30 nm and lengths up to tens of micrometers are first synthesized through a hydrothermal synthetic route in 5 M KOH solution at 180 degrees C for 45 h without any templates and surfactants. The nanorod formation involves dehydration of CeO2 nanoparticles and orientation growth along the 110 direction in KOH solution. Subsequently, gold nanoparticles with crystallite sizes between 10 and 20 nm are loaded on the surface of CeO2 nanorods using HAuCl4 solution as the gold source and NaBH4 solution as a reducing agent. The synthesized Au/CeO2 nanorods demonstrate a higher catalytic activity in CO oxidation than the pure CeO2 nanorods. PMID:16853472

  6. Water Adsorption and Dissociation on CeO2 (111)

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    Gao, Yi; Han, Zhong-Kang; Shao, Nan; Mei, Wai-Ning

    The complexity and flexibility of ceria surface hinders the fully understanding of its reactivity and real applications. Here, we use H2O/CeO2(111) as the model system to investigate the water effect on the electron localization and vacancy diffusion on CeO2(111) surface by the first-principle calculations. Our results indicate the water adsorption would high affect the electronic structures of CeO2(111) surface, which further induce the dissociation of H2O molecule. This molecular mechanism might provide more guidance to the future applications including the watergas shift reactions.

  7. Electrodeposited Biaxially Textured CeO2 and CeO2:Sm Buffer Layer for YBCO Superconductor Oxide Films

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    Bhattacharya, Raghu; Phok, Sovannary; Spagnol, Priscila; Chaudhuri, Tapas

    2006-03-01

    Nonvacuum electrodeposition was used to prepare biaxially textured CeO2 and Sm-doped CeO2 coatings on Ni-W substrates. The samples were characterized by X-ray diffraction (including θ/2θ, pole figures, omega scans, and phi scans), atomic force microscopy (AFM), Auger electron spectroscopy (AES), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). Full-width at half-maximum values of the ω scan and φ scan of the electrodeposited layers were better than those of the Ni-W base substrates, indicating improved biaxial texturing of the electrodeposited layers.

  8. A perfectly stoichiometric and flat CeO2(111) surface on a bulk-like ceria film

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    Barth, C.; Laffon, C.; Olbrich, R.; Ranguis, A.; Parent, Ph.; Reichling, M.

    2016-01-01

    In surface science and model catalysis, cerium oxide (ceria) is mostly grown as an ultra-thin film on a metal substrate in the ultra-high vacuum to understand fundamental mechanisms involved in diverse surface chemistry processes. However, such ultra-thin films do not have the contribution of a bulk ceria underneath, which is currently discussed to have a high impact on in particular surface redox processes. Here, we present a fully oxidized ceria thick film (180 nm) with a perfectly stoichiometric CeO2(111) surface exhibiting exceptionally large, atomically flat terraces. The film is well-suited for ceria model studies as well as a perfect substitute for CeO2 bulk material. PMID:26879800

  9. A perfectly stoichiometric and flat CeO2(111) surface on a bulk-like ceria film

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    Barth, C.; Laffon, C.; Olbrich, R.; Ranguis, A.; Parent, Ph.; Reichling, M.

    2016-02-01

    In surface science and model catalysis, cerium oxide (ceria) is mostly grown as an ultra-thin film on a metal substrate in the ultra-high vacuum to understand fundamental mechanisms involved in diverse surface chemistry processes. However, such ultra-thin films do not have the contribution of a bulk ceria underneath, which is currently discussed to have a high impact on in particular surface redox processes. Here, we present a fully oxidized ceria thick film (180 nm) with a perfectly stoichiometric CeO2(111) surface exhibiting exceptionally large, atomically flat terraces. The film is well-suited for ceria model studies as well as a perfect substitute for CeO2 bulk material.

  10. Unusual Compression Behavior of Nanocrystalline CeO2

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    Wang, Qiming; He, Duanwei; Peng, Fang; Lei, Li; Liu, Pingping; Yin, Shuai; Wang, Pei; Xu, Chao; Liu, Jing

    2014-01-01

    The x-ray diffraction study of 12 nm CeO2 was carried out up to ~40 GPa using an angle dispersive synchrotron-radiation in a diamond-anvil cell with different pressure transmitting medium (PTM) (4:1 methanol: ethanol mixture, silicone oil and none) at room temperature. While the cubic fluorite-type structure CeO2 was retained to the highest pressure, there is progressive broadening and intensity reduction of the reflections with increasing pressure. At pressures above 12 GPa, an unusual change in the compression curve was detected in all experiments. Significantly, apparent negative volume compressibility was observed at P = 18–27 GPa with silicone oil as PTM, however it was not detected in other circumstances. The expansion of the unit cell volume of cubic CeO2 was about 1% at pressures of 15–27 GPa. To explain this abnormal phenomenon, a dual structure model (hard amorphous shell and relatively soft crystalline core) has been proposed. PMID:24658049

  11. Synthesis of supported CeO2 nanofibers via electrospinning

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    Starbova, K.; Nihtianova, D.; Petrov, D.; Starbov, N.; Lovchinov, V.

    2012-12-01

    Fibrous CeO2 non-woven mats are synthesized via electrospinning. Homogeneous and stable aqueous polymer/cerium acetate blend spinning solutions are used. It is shown how the parameters of the solution, electrospinning, thermal post-processing can be successfully combined thus providing the synthesis of fibrous webs with mean diameters in the nanosized range. The morphologies of the samples are recorded under SEM and HRTEM while SAED is applied for studying their phase composition. The results obtained pave the way for the development of functional immobilized and self-supporting electrospun ceria ceramic materials.

  12. Origin of enhanced photocatalytic activity of F-doped CeO2 nanocubes

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    Miao, Hui; Huang, Gui-Fang; Liu, Jin-Hua; Zhou, Bing-Xin; Pan, Anlian; Huang, Wei-Qing; Huang, Guo-Fang

    2016-05-01

    CeO2 nanoparticles are synthesized using a low-temperature solution combustion method and subsequent heat treatment in air. It is found that F-doping leads to smaller particle size and the formation of CeO2 nanocubes with higher percentage of reactive facets exposed. The band gap is estimated to be 3.16 eV and 2.88 eV, for pure CeO2 and fluorine doped CeO2 (F-doped CeO2) nanocubes, respectively. The synthesized F-doped CeO2 nanocubes exhibit much higher photocatalytic activities than commercial TiO2 and spherical CeO2 for the degradation of MB dye under UV and visible light irradiation. The apparent reaction rate constant k of MB decomposition over the optimized F-doped CeO2 nanocubes is 9.5 times higher than that of pure CeO2 and 2.2 times higher than that of commercial TiO2. The enhanced photocatalytic activity of F-doped CeO2 nanocubes originates from the fact that F-doping induces the small size, the highly reactive facets exposed, the intense absorption in the UV-vis range and the narrowing of the band gap. This research provides some new insights for the synthesis of the doping of the foreign atoms into photocatalyst with controlled morphology and enhanced photocatalytic activity.

  13. Preparation and photocatalytic property of CeO 2 lamellar

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    Chen, Fengjuan; Cao, Yali; Jia, Dianzeng

    2011-08-01

    A novel room temperature solid-state chemical synthesis was introduced to successfully fabricate CeO 2 samples, coupled by a polyethylene glycol 400 (PEG 400)/cetyl trimethylammonium bromide (CTAB)/sodium dodecyl sulfate (SDS). The as-prepared products were characterized by XRD, TEM, SEM, BET and UV. A study of photocatalytic degradation of the methylene blue MB under UV illumination has been carried out. It is indicated that the samples exhibit excellent photocatalytic activity. Besides, the samples assisted with surfactants possess higher photocatalytic activity than the sample without any surfactants, wherein the sample with SDS as an additive shows the highest photocatalytic activity, which is able to reach 89.6% MB degradation ratio within 60 min illumination. Moreover, the effects of important operational parameters such as initial MB concentration, catalyst loading and pH were also investigated. The above sample under the optimum conditions obtained the maximum MB degradation ratio up to 96.5%, which is higher than that of the commercial TiO 2 P25 under the same conditions. It can be concluded that CeO 2 will be a potential photocatalyst in the application of organic pollutant.

  14. Oxygen Diffusion in Nanocrystalline CeO2

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    Saraf, Laxmikant V.; Shutthanandan, V; Wang, Chong M.; Zhang, Yanwen; Marina, Olga A.; Thevuthasan, Suntharampillai

    2003-08-14

    A unique ability of CeO2 to gain or lose oxygen ion has valued importance in the area of solid oxide fuel cells and catalysts. The macroscopic nature of oxygen storage, release and thereby vacancy generation, transport is explained with the help of quantum mechanical phenomena of electron localization. In this study, 18O diffusion and related transport on 1-2 mm thick nanocrystalline ceria films prepared by sol-gel process with an average grain-size in the range of 3-6 nm are studied. Initial 18O diffusion results indicate increased diffusion in 6 nm average grain-size nano-ceria films compared to {approx} 38 nm average grain-size poly-ceria films. Conductivity values in the case of {approx} 3nm average grain size CeO2 films grown at 300 0C observed to be marginally increased compared to {approx} 6 nm average grain size ceria films grown at 450 0C. A detailed nano-grain analysis by high-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM) was carried out to understand the effect of nanocrystallinity on the blocking phenomena.

  15. Visible light induced degradation of methylene blue using CeO2/V2O5 and CeO2/CuO catalysts.

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    Saravanan, R; Joicy, S; Gupta, V K; Narayanan, V; Stephen, A

    2013-12-01

    In the present study, the nanocatalysts CeO2, V2O5, CuO, CeO2/V2O5 and CeO2/CuO were synthesized by thermal decomposition method. This method is simple, fast and cost effective compared with other preparation methods. The synthesized catalysts were characterized by different techniques. The XRD and XPS results confirmed the structure and the oxidization states of the nanocomposite materials. DRS results suggested that the prepared CeO2/V2O5 and CeO2/CuO nanocomposites can generate more electrons and holes under visible light irradiation. The photocatalytic activities of prepared catalysts were evaluated using the degradation of aqueous methylene blue solution as a model compound under visible light irradiation. In addition, the nanocomposite (CeO2/V2O5 and CeO2/CuO) materials were employed to degrade the textile effluent under visible light condition. PMID:24094180

  16. Preparation and photocatalytic activity of CeO 2/TiO 2 interface composite film

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    Jiang, Bangtong; Zhang, Shengyi; Guo, Xiaozhu; Jin, Baokang; Tian, Yupeng

    2009-03-01

    The CeO 2/TiO 2 and TiO 2/CeO 2 interface composite films were prepared on glass substrates by the sol-gel process via dip-coating and calcining technique. The scanning electron microscopy (SEM) revealed that the TiO 2 layer has a compact and uniformity glasslike surface with 200 nm in thickness, and the CeO 2 layer has a coarse surface with 240 nm in thickness. The X-ray diffractometer (XRD) analysis showed that the TiO 2 layer is made up of anatase phase, and the CeO 2 layer is structured by cubic fluorite phase. Through a series of photo-degradation experiments, the relationship of the photocatalytic activity with the constituents of the films was studied. In virtue of the efficient interfacial charge separation via the process of electron transfer from TiO 2 to CeO 2, the photocatalytic activity of the CeO 2/TiO 2 composite film is high. Contrarily, the photocatalytic activity of the TiO 2/CeO 2 composite film is low, due to its inert surface made up of CeO 2 with broad bandwidth. Apart from the effect of the film structure, the effect of film thickness on photocatalytic activity was also discussed.

  17. Photon management properties of rare-earth (Nd,Yb,Sm)-doped CeO2 films prepared by pulsed laser deposition.

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    Balestrieri, Matteo; Colis, Silviu; Gallart, Mathieu; Schmerber, Guy; Bazylewski, Paul; Chang, Gap Soo; Ziegler, Marc; Gilliot, Pierre; Slaoui, Abdelilah; Dinia, Aziz

    2016-01-28

    CeO2 is a promising material for applications in optoelectronics and photovoltaics due to its large band gap and values of the refractive index and lattice parameters, which are suitable for silicon-based devices. In this study, we show that trivalent Sm, Nd and Yb ions can be successfully inserted and optically activated in CeO2 films grown at a relatively low deposition temperature (400 °C), which is compatible with inorganic photovoltaics. CeO2 thin films can therefore be efficiently functionalized with photon-management properties by doping with trivalent rare earth (RE) ions. Structural and optical analyses provide details of the electronic level structure of the films and of their energy transfer mechanisms. In particular, we give evidence of the existence of an absorption band centered at 350 nm from which energy transfer to rare earth ions occurs. The transfer mechanisms can be completely explained only by considering the spontaneous migration of Ce(3+) ions in CeO2 at a short distance from the RE(3+) ions. The strong absorption cross section of the f-d transitions in Ce(3+) ions efficiently intercepts the UV photons of the solar spectrum and therefore strongly increases the potential of these layers as downshifters and downconverters. PMID:26699802

  18. Preparation of a novel fluorescent nanocomposite: CeO2 / ANS by a simple method

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    Liu, X.; Lian, X.; Li, Y.; Zhang, N.

    2012-03-01

    For the first time, a novel fluorescent material, composed of CeO2/ANS nanocomposites was successfully synthesized by a simple ultrasonic method, using CeO2 nanoparticles and 8-anilino-1-naphthalenesulfonic acid (ANS) as the raw materials. The samples were characterized by scanning electron microscope (SEM), photoluminescence spectroscopy and Fourier transformation infrared spectroscopy (FTIR). The results showed that the PL intensity of the CeO2/ANS nanocomposites was higher than that of both CeO2 nanoparticles and ANS powders, and the peak wavelength was also different from the peak wavelength typical of each of the used materials, which suggests that the chemical reaction occurs between CeO2 nanoparticles and ANS molecules. In addition, the effect of the ANS concentrations on the photoluminescence of the nanocomposites was also investigated.

  19. Photocatalytic and antibacterial properties of phytosynthesized CeO2 NPs using Moringa oleifera peel extract.

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    Surendra, T V; Roopan, Selvaraj Mohana

    2016-08-01

    Biosynthetic methods are alternative approaches which are much safer than the normal techniques (physical and chemical) used for the methods for synthesis of metal nanoparticles. The benefits are sample as it is economic and environment friendly. Herein present investigation, we have reported a microwave mediated eco-friendly synthetic approach for preparing cerium oxide (CeO2) nanoparticles. Here, we used Moringa oleifera peel as the stabilizing and reducing agent towards synthesize of Ce2O NPs via microwave irradiation. The NPs were further characterized using UV-Vis, FT-IR, XRD and HR-TEM techniques. The FTIR analysis confirmed the phytochemical involvement in NPs stabilization. The crystallinity of CeO2 nanoparticles are well demonstrated through X-ray Diffraction and HR-TEM. The TEM images reveal the spherical shape of the CeO2 NPs having an average size of 45nm. Additionally, these CeO2 NPs were used successfully as a catalyst in the degradation of the dye, crystal violet. Also the antibacterial activity of the synthesized CeO2 NPs was evaluated using Staphylococcus aureus (Gram positive bacteria) and Escherichia coli (Gram negative bacteria). CeO2 NPs showed better activity on E. coli than S. aureus. We have demonstrated an eco-friendly preparation of CeO2 nanoparticles, a good photocatalyst and having better antibacterial properties. PMID:27236047

  20. Surface passivation of CeO2 catalyst and its ultraviolet screening effect.

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    Kang, Joo-Hee; Kim, Yun-Hee; Paek, Seung-Min; Choy, Jin-Ho

    2011-07-01

    A new strategy was attempted to fabricate CeO2 nanoparticles using the surface fluorination technique to control the particle size and suppress the catalytic activity. The fluorinated CeO2 nanoparticles are fully characterized with XRD, XANES, UV-vis spectroscopy, HR-TEM, XPS along with the evaluation of photo and thermal catalytic activities. XRD patterns were not affected by surface fluorination. That is to say, the crystalline structure of CeO2 was not deteriorated upon fluorination. The TEM analysis showed that the fluorinated CeO2 nanoparticles with the primary particle size of 7 nm could be prepared. According to the X-ray absorption near edge structure (XANES) analysis, overall XANES spectrum was not changed upon fluorination, suggesting that the local structure of fluorinated CeO2 resembled that of the starting CeO2 nanoparticles. It was also revealed that both photo and thermal catalytic activities could be almost totally suppressed at the fluorination level of ca. 6.0 wt%. It is suggested that the selective surface fluorination with fluoride could lead to fluorinated CeO2 nanoparticles, which could be applied to new fields such as the cosmetics industries. PMID:22121733

  1. Role of vacancies, light elements and rare-earth metals doping in CeO2.

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    Shi, H; Hussain, T; Ahuja, R; Kang, T W; Luo, W

    2016-01-01

    The magnetic properties and electronic structures of pure, doped and defective cerium oxide (CeO2) have been studied theoretically by means of ab initio calculations based on the density function theory (DFT) with the hybrid HF/DFT technique named PBE0. Carbon (C), nitrogen (N), phosphorus (P), sulphur (S), lanthanum (La) and praseodymium (Pr) doped in CeO2 and CeO2 containing oxygen vacancies (Ov) were considered. Our spin-polarized calculations show that C, N, Pr dopants and Ov defects magnetize the non-magnetic CeO2 in different degree. The optical band gap related to photocatalysis for pure CeO2, corresponding to the ultraviolet region, is reduced obviously by C, N, S, Pr impurities and oxygen vacancies, shifting to the visible region and even further to the infrared range. Especially, N-, S- and Pr-doped CeO2 could be used to photocatalytic water splitting for hydrogen production. As the concentration of Ov increasing up to 5%, the CeO2 exhibits a half-metallic properties. PMID:27554285

  2. Role of vacancies, light elements and rare-earth metals doping in CeO2

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    Shi, H.; Hussain, T.; Ahuja, R.; Kang, T. W.; Luo, W.

    2016-01-01

    The magnetic properties and electronic structures of pure, doped and defective cerium oxide (CeO2) have been studied theoretically by means of ab initio calculations based on the density function theory (DFT) with the hybrid HF/DFT technique named PBE0. Carbon (C), nitrogen (N), phosphorus (P), sulphur (S), lanthanum (La) and praseodymium (Pr) doped in CeO2 and CeO2 containing oxygen vacancies (Ov) were considered. Our spin-polarized calculations show that C, N, Pr dopants and Ov defects magnetize the non-magnetic CeO2 in different degree. The optical band gap related to photocatalysis for pure CeO2, corresponding to the ultraviolet region, is reduced obviously by C, N, S, Pr impurities and oxygen vacancies, shifting to the visible region and even further to the infrared range. Especially, N-, S- and Pr-doped CeO2 could be used to photocatalytic water splitting for hydrogen production. As the concentration of Ov increasing up to 5%, the CeO2 exhibits a half-metallic properties. PMID:27554285

  3. CeO2 nanorods-supported transition metal catalysts for CO oxidation.

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    Mock, Samantha A; Sharp, Shannon E; Stoner, Thomas R; Radetic, Michael J; Zell, Elizabeth T; Wang, Ruigang

    2016-03-15

    A catalytically active oxide support in combination with metal catalysts is required in order to achieve better low temperature activity and selectivity. Here, we report that CeO2 nanorods with a superior surface oxygen release/storage capability were used as an active support of transition metal (TM) catalysts (Mn, Fe, Co, Ni, Cu) for CO oxidation reaction. The as-prepared CeO2 nanorods supported 10 wt% TM catalysts were highly active for CO oxidation at low temperature, except for the Fe sample. It is found that the 10%Cu-CeO2 catalyst performed best, and it provided a lower light-off temperature with T50 (50% conversion) at 75 °C and T100 (100% conversion) of CO to CO2 at 194 °C. The atomic level surface structure of CeO2 nanorods was investigated in order to understand the improved low temperature catalytic activity. The richness of surface roughness and various defects (voids, lattice distortion, bending, steps, twinning) on CeO2 nanorods could facilitate oxygen release and storage. According to XRD and Raman analysis, copper species migrate into the bulk CeO2 nanorods to a greater degree. Since CO adsorbed over the surface of the catalyst/support is detrimental to its catalytic activity, the surface defects on the CeO2 nanorods and CeO2-TM interactions were critical to the enhanced activity. PMID:26745742

  4. Structural, dielectric, ferroelectric, and electrocaloric properties of 2% Gd2O3 doping (Na0.5Bi0.5)0.94Ba0.06TiO3 ceramics

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    Turki, O.; Slimani, A.; Seveyrat, L.; Sebald, G.; Perrin, V.; Sassi, Z.; Khemakhem, H.; Lebrun, L.

    2016-08-01

    Structural, dielectric, and ferroelectric properties, and electrocaloric effects of pure and Gd doped ( Na0.5 Bi 0.5 ) 0.94 Ba 0.06 TiO 3 ceramics prepared by the conventional solid-solid method have been carried out. The X-ray diffraction analysis confirms a pure perovskite structure with the coexistence of tetragonal and rhombohedra structures in both powders. The thermal and frequency dependences of the dielectric constants of both ceramics revealed relaxor behavior. The two compounds exhibited two phase transitions: ferroelectric/antiferroelectric (FE/AFE) transition followed by an antiferroelectric/paraelectric (AFE/PE) transition at higher temperatures. Remarkably, we noticed that the small amount of Gd doping (2%) highly enhanced the dielectric properties of the parent compound by about 71%. The phase diagram was as well influenced by the Gd doping, where the FE/AFE transition temperature rose from 90 in the parent compound to 115 °C in the doped one whereas the AFE/PE transition temperature was decreased from 320 to 270 °C, respectively. The direct electrocaloric measurements performed on both compounds showed that the ferroelectric/antiferroelectric phase transition was accompanied by a significant electrocaloric effect. The Gd3+ doping improved the electrocaloric properties of the parent compound, where a remarkable temperature variation of 1.4 K was obtained in the doped ceramic. The results of the direct electrocaloric measurements will be compared and discussed with those derived from the indirect method.

  5. Fruit juice extract mediated synthesis of CeO2 nanoparticles for antibacterial and photocatalytic activities

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    Reddy Yadav, L. S.; Manjunath, K.; Archana, B.; Madhu, C.; Raja Naika, H.; Nagabhushana, H.; Kavitha, C.; Nagaraju, G.

    2016-05-01

    Ceria ( CeO2 is a technologically important rare-earth material because of its unique properties and various engineering/biological applications. In the present work, cerium oxide nanoparticles have been prepared by a simple solution combustion method using watermelon juice as a novel combustible fuel. The structure and morphology of the synthesized CeO2 nanoparticles were analyzed using various analytical tools such as PXRD, FTIR, Raman, UV-Visible and SEM. PXRD pattern confirms that the prepared material is composed of cubic-phase cerium oxide nanoparticles. Photocatalytic degradation of Methylene blue dye using CeO2 nanoparticles shows 98% of degradation in UV irradiations. Furthermore the antibacterial properties of CeO2 nanoparticles were investigated by their bacterial activity against two bacterial strains using the agar well diffusion method.

  6. Toxicity of CeO2 nanoparticles - the effect of nanoparticle properties.

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    Leung, Yu Hang; Yung, Mana M N; Ng, Alan M C; Ma, Angel P Y; Wong, Stella W Y; Chan, Charis M N; Ng, Yip Hang; Djurišić, Aleksandra B; Guo, Muyao; Wong, Mabel Ting; Leung, Frederick C C; Chan, Wai Kin; Leung, Kenneth M Y; Lee, Hung Kay

    2015-04-01

    Conflicting reports on the toxicity of CeO2 nanomaterials have been published in recent years, with some studies finding CeO2 nanoparticles to be toxic, while others found it to have protective effects against oxidative stress. To investigate the possible reasons for this, we have performed a comprehensive study on the physical and chemical properties of nanosized CeO2 from three different suppliers as well as CeO2 synthesized by us, and tested their toxicity. For toxicity tests, we have studied the effects of CeO2 nanoparticles on a Gram-negative bacterium Escherichia coli in the dark, under ambient and UV illuminations. We have also performed toxicity tests on the marine diatom Skeletonema costatum under ambient and UV illuminations. We found that the CeO2 nanoparticle samples exhibited significantly different toxicity, which could likely be attributed to the differences in interactions with cells, and possibly to differences in nanoparticle compositions. Our results also suggest that toxicity tests on bacteria may not be suitable for predicting the ecotoxicity of nanomaterials. The relationship between the toxicity and physicochemical properties of the nanoparticles is explicitly discussed in the light of the current results. PMID:25768267

  7. Influence of CeO2 nanoparticles on growth and physiology of sorghum

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    Mu, Linlin; Liang, Wei-zhen; Kinsey, Erin; Rauh, Bradley; Kresovich, Stephen; Darnault, Christophe

    2016-04-01

    Cerium oxide nanoparticles (CeO2 NPs) are commonly used as polishing agents for industry and fuel additives to decrease the particulate matter emissions. CeO2 NPs may be encountered in the soil and water environment through their life cycle or accidental releases, and have potential phytotoxicity effects. Therefore, it is critical to assess the potential effects of CeO2 NPs in soil on plant growth and physiology. The objective of this research is to determine the physiological responses of three sorghums (Grassl, BtX623 and Rio) to the effect of CeO2 nanoparticles in potting soil environment. Sorghums were germinated and grown in potting soil in the greenhouse for three weeks cultivation with treatments of 0, 100, 500, 1000 mg CeO2 NPs per kg soil. Plant parameters, such as length, weight, and biomass of root and leaves were measured in each treatment with 12 replications. After three weeks germination, the sorghum plants were dig out and the roots were examined and scanned by the Silverfast SE Plus scanner to compare and analyze their dimensions and shapes. To further study the growth and physiological changes in plants due to the presence of CeO2 NPs in soil, one selected type of sorghum (Grassl) was grown under the four different CeO2 NPs concentration treatments for six months until plant maturity, and was also cut and harvested three times to study CeO2 NPs effect on plant re-growth. At the end of each growing period, above ground vegetative tissues were air-dried, grounded to 2mm particle size and compositional traits were estimated by using near-infrared spectroscopy. The influence of nanoparticles was observed on some of the plant traits. Preliminary results showed the influence of CeO2 NPs on the roots growth, as Grassl and Btx623 in 100 mgkg‑1 treatment grew significantly faster than other concentrations; however no significant difference between control and 100 mgkg‑1 treatment in Rio. CeO2 NPs concentration of 100 mgkg‑1 had no impact on sorghum growth, compared to the control treatment. Results of the six months growth and repetitive cutting experiments indicated that the different treatments, including the presence and/or concentrations of the nanoparticles, impacted some of the compositional traits of sorghum.

  8. Edge dislocation slows down oxide ion diffusion in doped CeO2 by segregation of charged defects

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    Sun, Lixin; Marrocchelli, Dario; Yildiz, Bilge

    2015-02-01

    Strained oxide thin films are of interest for accelerating oxide ion conduction in electrochemical devices. Although the effect of elastic strain has been uncovered theoretically, the effect of dislocations on the diffusion kinetics in such strained oxides is yet unclear. Here we investigate a 1/2<110>{100} edge dislocation by performing atomistic simulations in 4-12% doped CeO2 as a model fast ion conductor. At equilibrium, depending on the size of the dopant, trivalent cations and oxygen vacancies are found to simultaneously enrich or deplete either in the compressive or in the tensile strain fields around the dislocation. The associative interactions among the point defects in the enrichment zone and the lack of oxygen vacancies in the depletion zone slow down oxide ion transport. This finding is contrary to the fast diffusion of atoms along the dislocations in metals and should be considered when assessing the effects of strain on oxide ion conductivity.

  9. Epitaxial CeO2 buffer layers for YBa2Cu3O(7-delta) films on sapphire

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    Maul, M.; Schulte, B.; Haeussler, P.; Frank, G.; Steinborn, T.; Fuess, H.; Adrian, H.

    1993-08-01

    The paper reports the successful in situ preparation of thin epitaxial CeO2 buffer layers and YBa2Cu3O(7-delta) (YBCO) films on (1 -1 0 2) Al2O3 substrates by electron beam coevaporation, using an evaporation system (Leybold L560) with four sources. Electron beam sources were used for Y, Ba, and Ce, while Cu was evaporated from a resistively heated tungsten boat. The buffer layers show very smooth surfaces and structural properties close to those of a single crystal. High quality YBCO films grown on these buffer layers have Tc not 88 K or above and j(c) values of 10 exp 6 A/sq cm or greater.

  10. Enzymatic glucose biosensor based on CeO2 nanorods synthesized by non-isothermal precipitation.

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    Patil, Dewyani; Dung, Nguyen Quoc; Jung, Hyuck; Ahn, Se Yong; Jang, Dong Mi; Kim, Dojin

    2012-01-15

    Cerium oxide nanorods (CeO(2) NRs) were synthesized without templates through a low cost and simple non-isothermal precipitation method. The structure and morphology of CeO(2) NRs were characterized by X-ray diffraction and transmission electron microscopy. The CeO(2) NRs films, deposited on indium tin oxide (ITO)-coated glass substrates through electrophoretic deposition, were used for the immobilization of glucose oxidase (GOx). Field emission scanning electron microscopy, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, cyclic voltammetry, and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy were used to characterize the CeO(2) NRs/ITO and GOx/CeO(2) NRs/ITO electrodes. The GOx/CeO(2) NRs/ITO electrode exhibits a linear range for the detection of glucose from 2 to 26 mM (correlation coefficient: 0.99) at 1-2s response time. Biosensor sensitivity is 0.165 μA mM(-1) cm(-2) with 100 μM detection limit. The anti-interference ability of the biosensor was also examined. The mediator-less application of CeO(2) NRs for glucose sensing was demonstrated. PMID:22035972

  11. Single-step process to prepare CeO2 nanotubes with improved catalytic activity.

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    González-Rovira, Leandro; Sánchez-Amaya, José M; López-Haro, Miguel; del Rio, Eloy; Hungría, Ana B; Midgley, Paul; Calvino, José J; Bernal, Serafín; Botana, F Javier

    2009-04-01

    CeO(2) nanotubes have been grown electrochemically using a porous alumina membrane as a template. The resulting material has been characterized by means of scanning electron microscopy (SEM), X-ray energy dispersive spectroscopy, high-angle annular dark-field scanning transmission electron microscopy tomography, high-resolution electron microscopy (HREM), and electron energy loss spectroscopy. According to SEM, the outer diameter of the nanotubes corresponds to the pore size (200 nm) of the alumina membrane, and their length ranges between 30 and 40 microm. HREM images have revealed that the width of the nanotube walls is about 6 nm. The catalytic activity of these novel materials for the CO oxidation reaction is compared to that of a polycrystalline powder CeO(2) sample prepared by a conventional route. The activity of the CeO(2) nanotubes is shown to be in the order of 400 times higher per gram of oxide at 200 degrees C (77.2 x 10(-2) cm(3) CO(2) (STP)/(gxs) for the nanotube-shaped CeO(2) and 0.16 x 10(-2) cm(3) CO(2) (STP)/(gxs) for the powder CeO(2)). PMID:19245236

  12. CeO2-covered nanofiber for highly efficient removal of phosphorus from aqueous solution.

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    Ko, Young Gun; Do, Taegu; Chun, Youngsang; Kim, Choong Hyun; Choi, Ung Su; Kim, Jae-Yong

    2016-04-15

    The lowering phosphorus concentration of lakes or rivers using adsorbents has been considered to be the most effective way to prevent water eutrophication. However, the development of an adsorbent is still challenging because conventional adsorbents have not shown a sufficient phosphorus adsorption capacity (0.3-2.0mmol/g) to treat industrial, agricultural or domestic wastewater at a large scale. Herein, a novel and effective strategy to remove phosphorus efficiently with a CeO2-covered nanofiber is shown. The CeO2-covered nanofiber was synthesized through (1) amine group immobilization onto an electrospun polyacrylonitrile nanofiber and (2) adsorption of Ce(3+) on it. The CeO2-covered nanofiber played a role in catching phosphate ions in an aqueous solution by the oxidation, reduction, and ion-exchange of adsorbed Ce(3+) on the nanofiber from CeO2 to CePO4, and enabled remarkable phosphate adsorption capacity of the nanofiber (ca. 17.0mmol/g) at the range of ca. pH 2-6. Our strategy might be the most feasible method to efficiently lower the phosphorus concentration in lakes or rivers owing to the easy and inexpensive preparation of CeO2-covered nanofiber at an industrial scale, with a high phosphate adsorption capacity. PMID:26795705

  13. Dielectrical Properties of CeO2 Nanoparticles at Different Temperatures

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    Zamiri, Reza; Abbastabar Ahangar, Hossein; Kaushal, Ajay; Zakaria, Azmi; Zamiri, Golnoosh; Tobaldi, David; Ferreira, J. M. F.

    2015-01-01

    A template-free precipitation method was used as a simple and low cost method for preparation of CeO2 nanoparticles. The structure and morphology of the prepared nanoparticle samples were studied in detail using X-ray diffraction, Raman spectroscopy and Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM) measurements. The whole powder pattern modelling (WPPM) method was applied on XRD data to accurately measure the crystalline domain size and their size distribution. The average crystalline domain diameter was found to be 5.2 nm, with a very narrow size distribution. UV-visible absorbance spectrum was used to calculate the optical energy band gap of the prepared CeO2 nanoparticles. The FT-IR spectrum of prepared CeO2 nanoparticles showed absorption bands at 400 cm-1 to 450 cm-1 regime, which correspond to CeO2 stretching vibration. The dielectric constant (εr) and dielectric loss (tan δ) values of sintered CeO2 compact consolidated from prepared nanoparticles were measured at different temperatures in the range from 298 K (room temperature) to 623 K, and at different frequencies from 1 kHz to 1 MHz. PMID:25910071

  14. Facet-Controlled CeO2 Nanocrystals for Oxidative Coupling of Methane.

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    Sun, Yongnan; Shen, Yue; Song, Jianjun; Ba, Rongbin; Huang, Shuangshuang; Zhao, Yonghui; Zhang, Jun; Sun, Yuhan; Zhu, Yan

    2016-05-01

    Whether the catalysts of the high temperature reaction such methane oxidation coupling has a structure-sensitive catalytic behavior or not, it is discussed and confirmed the shape-specific impact on methane activity by designing the catalysts with different crystal facets exposed. CeO2 nanowires enclosed by {110} and {100} planes show the higher CH4 conversion and higher C2 hydrocarbons (C2H4 and C2H6) selectivity, compared with particle CeO2 rounded by {111} and {100} planes, suggesting that CeO2 (110) surface favors the activation of CH4. Encouraged by the result, to control facet-controlled synthesis of catalysts for tailoring the catalytic properties at high temperature, the CeO2 (110) surface is chosen as doped sites to form the doped catalyst such as Ca doped CeO2 nanowires for OCM reaction, enhancing C2 hydrocarbons selectivity dramatically and suppressing the deep oxidation product (CO and CO2) selectivity. PMID:27483809

  15. Surface structure and catalytic properties of MoO3/CeO2 and CuO/MoO3/CeO2.

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    Yu, Wujiang; Zhu, Jie; Qi, Lei; Sun, Chuanzhi; Gao, Fei; Dong, Lin; Chen, Yi

    2011-12-15

    XRD, LRS, TPR and in situ NH(3) adsorption FT-IR were used to investigate the dispersion state of the copper oxide and molybdena species of MoO(3)/CeO(2) and CuO/MoO(3)/CeO(2) catalysts as well as their surface acidity. The results showed that the molybdena monolayer modification promoted the dispersion of CuO due to the formation of new tetrahedral vacancies. Meanwhile, CuO changed the structure of molybdenum species and then influenced the surface acidity of the samples. A detail discussion about the possible model of the surface structure of the catalyst was presented. In addition, combining with the in situ NH(3) adsorption FT-IR, the relationships between the activities for ''NO + NH(3) + O(2)'' reaction and surface acid properties (Brønsted and Lewis acid sites) of the catalysts were discussed. PMID:21930282

  16. A dipole polarizable potential for reduced and doped CeO(2) obtained from first principles.

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    Burbano, Mario; Marrocchelli, Dario; Yildiz, Bilge; Tuller, Harry L; Norberg, Stefan T; Hull, Stephen; Madden, Paul A; Watson, Graeme W

    2011-06-29

    In this paper we present the parameterization of a new interionic potential for stoichiometric, reduced and doped CeO(2). We use a dipole polarizable potential (DIPPIM: the dipole polarizable ion model) and optimize its parameters by fitting them to a series of density functional theory calculations. The resulting potential was tested by calculating a series of fundamental properties for CeO(2) and by comparing them against experimental values. The values for all the calculated properties (thermal and chemical expansion coefficients, lattice parameters, oxygen migration energies, local crystalline structure and elastic constants) are within 10-15% of the experimental ones, an accuracy comparable to that of ab initio calculations. This result suggests the use of this new potential for reliably predicting atomic scale properties of CeO(2) in problems where ab initio calculations are not feasible due to their size limitations. PMID:21654047

  17. Fabrication of rod-like CeO 2: Characterization, optical and electrochemical properties

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    Zhang, Dong-En; Ni, Xiao-Min; Zheng, Hua-Gui; Zhang, Xiao-Jun; Song, Ji-Mei

    2006-11-01

    One-dimensional CeO 2 nanoparticles were obtained via the thermal treatment of cerium oxalate nanorods, which were synthesized through a convenient precipitation route. The morphology of the precursor was maintained during the heating process, while the size of the subunits was tailored by adjusting the calcining temperature. The optical absorption spectrum indicates that the direct band gaps of CeO 2 decreases from 3.95 to 3.86 eV as the calcination temperature increases from 500 to 800 °C. Thus-prepared nanostructured CeO 2 with subunits of about 15 nm exhibited a first discharge specific capacity of 574 mAh g -1 vs. Li metal, much higher than that of the sample with bigger building blocks (30 nm, 519 mAh g -1).

  18. Upconversion emission properties of CeO2: Tm3+, Yb3+ inverse opal photonic crystals

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    Cheng, Gong; Wu, Hangjun; Yang, Zhengwen; Liao, Jiayan; Lai, Shenfeng; Qiu, Jianbei; Song, Zhiguo

    2014-10-01

    The ordered and disordered templates were assembled by vertical deposition of polystyrene microspheres. The CeO2: Tm3+, Yb3+ precursor solution was used to infiltrate into the voids of the ordered and disordered templates, respectively. Then the ordered and disordered templates were calcined at 950°C in an air furnace, and the CeO2: Tm3+, Yb3+ inverse opals were obtained. The upconversion emissions from CeO2: Tm3+, Yb3+ inverse opals were suppressed due to the photon trapping caused by Bragg reflection of lattice planes when the upconversion emission band was in the range of the photonic band gaps in the inverse opals.

  19. Structural, morphological, Raman, optical, magnetic, and antibacterial characteristics of CeO2 nanostructures

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    Abbas, Fazal; Iqbal, Javed; Jan, Tariq; Badshah, Noor; Mansoor, Qaisar; Ismail, Muhammad

    2016-01-01

    In this study, CeO2 nanostructures were synthesized by a soft chemical method. A hydrothermal treatment was observed to lead to an interesting morphological transformation of the nanoparticles into homogeneous microspheres composed of nanosheets with an average thickness of 40 nm. Structural analysis revealed the formation of a single-phase cubic fluorite structure of CeO2 for both samples. A Raman spectroscopic study confirmed the XRD results and furthermore indicated the presence of a large number of oxygen vacancies in the nanosheets. These oxygen vacancies led to room-temperature ferromagnetism (RTFM) of the CeO2 nanosheets with enhanced magnetic characteristics. Amazingly, the nanosheets exhibited substantially greater antibacterial activity than the nanoparticles. This greater antibacterial activity was attributed to greater exposure of high-surface-energy polar surfaces and to the presence of oxygen vacancies.

  20. First-principles characterization of formate and carboxyl adsorption on the stoichiometric CeO2(111) and CeO2(110) surfaces

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    Mei, Donghai

    2013-05-20

    Molecular adsorption of formate and carboxyl on the stoichiometric CeO2(111) and CeO2(110) surfaces was studied using periodic density functional theory (DFT+U) calculations. Two distinguishable adsorption modes (strong and weak) of formate are identified. The bidentate configuration is more stable than the monodentate adsorption configuration. Both formate and carboxyl bind at the more open CeO2(110) surface are stronger. The calculated vibrational frequencies of two adsorbed species are consistent with experimental measurements. Finally, the effects of U parameters on the adsorption of formate and carboxyl over both CeO2 surfaces were investigated. We found that the geometrical configurations of two adsorbed species are not affected by using different U parameters (U=0, 5, and 7). However, the calculated adsorption energy of carboxyl pronouncedly increases with the U value while the adsorption energy of formate only slightly changes (<0.2 eV). The Bader charge analysis shows the opposite charge transfer occurs for formate and carboxyl adsorption where the adsorbed formate is negatively charge whiled the adsorbed carboxyl is positively charged. Interestingly, with the increasing U parameter, the amount of charge is also increased. This work was supported by the Laboratory Directed Research and Development (LDRD) project of the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) and by a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) with General Motors. The computations were performed using the Molecular Science Computing Facility in the William R. Wiley Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory (EMSL), which is a U.S. Department of Energy national scientific user facility located at PNNL in Richland, Washington. Part of the computing time was also granted by the National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC)

  1. Transmission Electron Microscopy Investigation of Krypton Bubbles in Polycrystalline CeO2

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    Lingfeng He; Clarissa Yablinsky; Mahima Gupta; Jian Gan; Marquis A. Kirk; Todd R. Allen

    2013-05-01

    To gain an understanding of gas bubble transport in oxide nuclear fuel, this paper uses polycrystalline CeO2, composed of both nanograins and micrograins, as a surrogate material for UO2. The CeO2 was implanted with 150-keV Kr ions up to a dose of 1 x 1016 ions/cm2 at 600 degrees C. Transmission electron microscopy characterizations of small Kr bubbles in nanograin and micrograin regions were compared. The grain boundary acted as an efficient defect sink, as evidenced by smaller bubbles and a lower bubble density in the nanograin region as compared to the micrograin region.

  2. Structural and dielectric properties of Cu doped CeO2

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    Kumar, Pawan; Chand, F.; Kumar, Parmod; Meena, R. C.; Kumar, Ashish; Asokan, K.

    2016-05-01

    In the present work, we report the structural and dielectric properties of Cu doped CeO2 compounds synthesized by solid state reaction method. X-ray diffraction study confirms the formation of cubic phase with Fm-3m space group corresponding to fluorite CeO2 structure. The crystallite size was found to decrease with Cu concentration. Furthermore, the dielectric measurements were carried out by varying frequency in the temperature range of 120 to 380 K. It has been found that the increase in Cu concentration in the host lattice leads to an enhancement in dielectric constant.

  3. [The research on preparing CeO2 nanocrystalline by homogeneous precipitation method].

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    Garidi; Li, Xia; Li, Li; Zhaorigetu

    2006-09-01

    CeO2 nanocrystallines were prepared by homogeneous complexed-precipitation method, using cerous nitrate and ammonium tartrate as raw materials. The effects of cerous tartrate complex compound and the way of producing precipitation on the particle size of samples were investigated. The samples were characterized by XRD, TEM and SEM. The SEM micrograph shows that the foam exhibits a perforated porousness stereostructure in shape, and the HRTEM picture of the particles reveals the clear crystal lattice. All the results indicate that the samples were CeO2 nanocrystalline. PMID:17112061

  4. Formation of CeO 2 buffer layer using multi-plume PLD

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    Sutoh, Y.; Nakaoka, K.; Miura, M.; Matsuda, J.; Nakanishi, T.; Nakai, A.; Yoshizumi, M.; Izumi, T.; Miyata, S.; Iijima, Y.; Yamada, Y.; Shiohara, Y.; Saitoh, T.

    2008-09-01

    The CeO 2 buffer layer was fabricated using the multi-plume pulsed laser deposition (PLD) method with different deposition rates controlled by the excimer laser energy and frequency on the Gd 2Zr 2O 7 template tape formed by the ion-beam assisted deposition (IBAD) with 14° of Δ φ (full width at half maximum (FWHM) value of X-ray diffraction φ-scan for Gd 2Zr 2O 7 (2 2 2) pole). The laser conditions with high pulse energy and low frequency resulted in a highly textured in-plane grain alignment (Δ φ). The surface roughness and Δ φ values were improved by increasing the thickness of the CeO 2 buffer layer. YBCO films with the thickness of 1 μm and 1.6 μm were further deposited by the advanced trifluoroacetates-metal organic deposition (TFA-MOD) on the CeO 2 buffered substrates with the deposition rate of 0.15 and 0.5 μm/min. The Jc values of 2.5 MA/cm 2 and 2 MA/cm 2 were obtained, respectively. High Jc films could be deposited on the CeO 2 buffer layer even at high deposition rate by the multi-plume deposition.

  5. Ionic liquid-assisted sonochemical preparation of CeO2 nanoparticles for CO oxidation

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    Alammar, Tarek; Noei, Heshmat; Wang, Yuemin; Grünert, Wolfgang; Mudring, Anja -Verena

    2014-10-10

    CeO2 nanoparticles were synthesized via a one-step ultrasound synthesis in different kinds of ionic liquids based on bis(trifluoromethanesulfonylamide, [Tf2N]–, in combination with various cations including 1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium ([C4mim]+), 1-ethyl-2,3-dimethylimidazolium ([Edimim]+), butyl-pyridinium([Py4]+), 1-butyl-1-methyl-pyrrolidinium ([Pyrr14]+), and 2-hydroxyethyl-trimethylammonium ([N1112OH]+). Depending on synthetic parameters, such as ionic liquid, Ce(IV) precursor, heating method, and precipitator, formed ceria exhibits different morphologies, varying from nanospheres, nanorods, nanoribbons, and nanoflowers. The morphology, crystallinity, and chemical composition of the obtained materials were characterized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDX), Raman spectroscopy, and N2 adsorption. The structural and electronic propertiesmore » of the as-prepared CeO2 samples were probed by CO adsorption using IR spectroscopy under ultrahigh vacuum conditions. The catalytic activities of CeO2 nanoparticles were investigated in the oxidation of CO. CeO2 nanospheres obtained sonochemically in [C4mim][Tf2N] exhibit the best performance for low-temperature CO oxidation. As a result, the superior catalytic performance of this material can be related to its mesoporous structure, small particle size, large surface area, and high number of surface oxygen vacancy sites.« less

  6. Fundamentals and Catalytic Applications of CeO2-Based Materials.

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    Montini, Tiziano; Melchionna, Michele; Monai, Matteo; Fornasiero, Paolo

    2016-05-25

    Cerium dioxide (CeO2, ceria) is becoming an ubiquitous constituent in catalytic systems for a variety of applications. 2016 sees the 40(th) anniversary since ceria was first employed by Ford Motor Company as an oxygen storage component in car converters, to become in the years since its inception an irreplaceable component in three-way catalysts (TWCs). Apart from this well-established use, ceria is looming as a catalyst component for a wide range of catalytic applications. For some of these, such as fuel cells, CeO2-based materials have almost reached the market stage, while for some other catalytic reactions, such as reforming processes, photocatalysis, water-gas shift reaction, thermochemical water splitting, and organic reactions, ceria is emerging as a unique material, holding great promise for future market breakthroughs. While much knowledge about the fundamental characteristics of CeO2-based materials has already been acquired, new characterization techniques and powerful theoretical methods are deepening our understanding of these materials, helping us to predict their behavior and application potential. This review has a wide view on all those aspects related to ceria which promise to produce an important impact on our life, encompassing fundamental knowledge of CeO2 and its properties, characterization toolbox, emerging features, theoretical studies, and all the catalytic applications, organized by their degree of establishment on the market. PMID:27120134

  7. Facile synthesis of ferromagnetic Ni doped CeO2 nanoparticles with enhanced anticancer activity

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    Abbas, Fazal; Jan, Tariq; Iqbal, Javed; Ahmad, Ishaq; Naqvi, M. Sajjad H.; Malik, Maaza

    2015-12-01

    NixCe1-xO2 (where x = 0, 0.01, 0.03, 0.05 and 0.07) nanoparticles were synthesized by soft chemical method and were characterized using X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), Raman, UV-vis absorption spectroscopy and vibrating sample magnetometer (VSM). XRD and Raman results indicated the formation of single phase cubic fluorite structure for the synthesized nanoparticles. Ni dopant induced excessive structural changes such as decrease in crystallite size as well as lattice constants and enhancement in oxygen vacancies in CeO2 crystal structure. These structural variations significantly influenced the optical and magnetic properties of CeO2 nanoparticles. The synthesized NixCe1-xO2 nanoparticles exhibited room temperature ferromagnetic behavior. Ni doping induced effects on the cytotoxicity of CeO2 nanoparticles were examined against HEK-293 healthy cell line and SH-SY5Y neuroblastoma cancer cell line. The prepared NixCe1-xO2 nanoparticles demonstrated differential cytotoxicity. Furthermore, anticancer activity of CeO2 nanoparticles observed to be significantly enhanced with Ni doping which was found to be strongly correlated with the level of reactive oxygen species (ROS) production. The prepared ferromagnetic NixCe1-xO2 nanoparticles with differential cytotoxic nature may be potential for future targeted cancer therapy.

  8. Study of the growth of CeO2 nanoparticles onto titanate nanotubes

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    Marques, Thalles M. F.; Ferreira, Odair P.; da Costa, Jose A. P.; Fujisawa, Kazunori; Terrones, Mauricio; Viana, Bartolomeu C.

    2015-12-01

    We report the study of the growth of CeO2 nanoparticles on the external walls and Ce4+ intercalation within the titanate nanotubes. The materials were fully characterized by multiple techniques, such as: Raman spectroscopy, infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), energy dispersive spectroscopy (EDS), X-ray diffraction (XRD), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). The ion exchange processes in the titanate nanotubes were carried out using different concentrations of Ce4+ in aqueous solution. Our results indicate that the growth of CeO2 nanoparticles grown mediated by the hydrolysis in the colloidal species of Ce and the attachment onto the titanate nanotubes happened and get it strongly anchored to the titanate nanotube surface by a simple electrostatic interaction between the nanoparticles and titanate nanotubes, which can explain the small size and even distribution of nanoparticles on titanate supports. It was demonstrated that it is possible to control the amount and size of CeO2 nanoparticles onto the nanotube surface, the species of the Ce ions intercalated between the layers of titanate nanotubes, and the materials could be tuned for using in specific catalysis in according with the amount of CeO2 nanoparticles, their oxygen vacancies/defects and the types of Ce species (Ce4+ or Ce3+) present into the nanotubes.

  9. Coadsorption of gold with chlorine on CeO2 (111) surfaces: A first principles study

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    Lu, Zhan-Sheng; He, Bing-Ling; Ma, Dong-Wei; Yang, Zong-Xian

    2015-02-01

    To investigate the effects of chlorine on the Au/ceria catalysts, the adsorption of gold or chlorine and their coadsorpiton on the stoichiometric and partially reduced CeO2 (111) surfaces are studied from the first principles. It is found that the adsorption of Au is significantly enhanced by the chlorine preadsorption on the stoichiometric CeO2 (111) surface; while on the partially reduced CeO2 (111) surface, the preadsorbed chlorine inhabits the oxygen vacancy (which is the preferred adsorption site for gold), leading to a CeOCl phase and the dramatical weakening of the Au adsorption. Therefore, chlorine on the CeO2 (111) surface can affect the Au adsorption thus the activity of the Au/CeO2 catalyst. Project supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant Nos. 11174070, 51401078, and 11147006), the China Postdoctoral Science Foundation (Grant No. 2012M521399), the Postdoctoral Research Sponsorship in Henan Province, China (Grant No. 2011038), and the Foundation for the Key Young Teachers of Henan Normal University and Start-up Foundation for Doctors of Henan Normal University, China.

  10. An Evaluation of the Potential Phototoxicity of CeO2 Nanoparticles in Retinal Pigment Epithelial Cells in-vitro

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    Cerium dioxide (CeO2) engineered nanoparticles (NP) are used as fuel-borne catalysts in off-road diesel engines, which can lead to exhaust emissions of respirable CeO2 NP. Other metal oxides may act as photo-catalysts which induce the generation of free radicals upon exposure to ...

  11. Sensor properties of the nanostructured In2O3-CeO2 system in detection of reducing gases

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    Gerasimov, G. N.; Gromov, V. F.; Trakhtenberg, L. I.; Belysheva, T. V.; Spiridonova, E. Yu.; Rozenbaum, V. M.

    2014-03-01

    The sensor properties of nanostructured In2O3-CeO2 composite films with different compositions in hydrogen and carbon monoxide detection in air in the temperature range 280-500°C were studied. The temperature curves of the sensor effect S have a shape typical for metal oxide sensors with maxima S max at definite temperatures Tmax. The maxima characterize the sensor properties of the films and increased considerably when small amounts of CeO2 were added to In2O3. The highest sensitivity was found in composite films with 3-10 wt % CeO2. When the composite was further enriched with ceric oxide, the sensitivity decreased; at 40 wt % CeO2 it was considerably lower than that of pure In2O3. The introduction of CeO2 in In2O3 also caused a shift of Tmax toward lower temperatures. The mechanism of the sensitivity of the In2O3-CeO2 composite was considered; it includes the promotion of sensor reactions by small CeO2 nanoclusters lying on the surface of In2O3 crystals and an electron transfer from In2O3 to CeO2.

  12. On the mechanism of nanoparticulate CeO2 toxicity to freshwater algae.

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    Angel, Brad M; Vallotton, Pascal; Apte, Simon C

    2015-11-01

    The factors affecting the chronic (72-h) toxicity of three nanoparticulate (10-34nm) and one micron-sized form of CeO2 to the green alga, Pseudokirchneriella subcapitata were investigated. To characterise transformations in solution, hydrodynamic diameters (HDD) were measured by dynamic light scatter, zeta potential values by electrophoretic mobility, and dissolution by equilibrium dialysis. The protective effects of humic and fulvic dissolved organic carbon (DOC) on toxicity were also assessed. To investigate the mechanisms of algal toxicity, the CytoViva hyperspectral imaging system was used to visualise algal-CeO2 interactions in the presence and absence of DOC, and the role of reactive oxygen species (ROS) was investigated by 'switching off' ROS production using UV-filtered lighting conditions. The nanoparticulate CeO2 immediately aggregated in solution to HDDs measured in the range 113-193nm, whereas the HDD and zeta potential values were significantly lower in the presence of DOC. Negligible CeO2 dissolution over the time course of the bioassay ruled out potential toxicity from dissolved cerium. The nanoparticulate CeO2 concentration that caused 50% inhibition of algal growth rate (IC50) was in the range 7.6-28mg/L compared with 59mg/L for micron-sized ceria, indicating that smaller particles were more toxic. The presence of DOC mitigated toxicity, with IC50s increasing to greater than 100mg/L. Significant ROS were generated in the nanoparticulate CeO2 bioassays under normal light conditions. However, 'switching off' ROS under UV-filtered light conditions resulted in a similar IC50, indicating that ROS generation was not the toxic mechanism. The CytoViva imaging showed negligible sorption of nanoparticulate CeO2 to algal cells in the presence of DOC, and strong sorption in its absence, suggesting that this was the toxic mechanism. The results suggest that DOC in natural waters will coat CeO2 particles and mitigate toxicity to algal cells. PMID:26461912

  13. Growth-Rate Induced Epitaxial Orientation of CeO2 on Al2O3(0001)

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    Kuchibhatla, Satyanarayana V N T; Nachimuthu, Ponnusamy; Gao, Fei; Jiang, Weilin; Shutthanandan, V.; Engelhard, Mark H.; Seal, Sudipta; Thevuthasan, Suntharampillai

    2009-05-19

    High-quality ceria (CeO2) films were grown on sapphire (Al2O3) (0001) substrates using oxygen plasma-assisted molecular beam epitaxy. The epitaxial orientation of the ceria films has been found to be (100) and (111) at low (< 8 Å/min) and higher growth rates (up to ~30 Å/min), respectively. Evidence shows that CeO2 (100) film grows as three-dimensional islands, while CeO2 (111) proceeds with layered growth. Three in-plane domains at 30° to each other are observed in the CeO2 (100), which is attributed to the close match of the oxygen sub-lattices in the film and substrate that has a three-fold symmetry. Molecular dynamic simulations have further confirmed that the CeO2 film retains (100) orientation on the Al2O3 (0001) substrate.

  14. Unexpected Li2O2 Film Growth on Carbon Nanotube Electrodes with CeO2 Nanoparticles in Li-O2 Batteries.

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    Yang, Chunzhen; Wong, Raymond A; Hong, Misun; Yamanaka, Keisuke; Ohta, Toshiaki; Byon, Hye Ryung

    2016-05-11

    In lithium-oxygen (Li-O2) batteries, it is believed that lithium peroxide (Li2O2) electrochemically forms thin films with thicknesses less than 10 nm resulting in capacity restrictions due to limitations in charge transport. Here we show unexpected Li2O2 film growth with thicknesses of ∼60 nm on a three-dimensional carbon nanotube (CNT) electrode incorporated with cerium dioxide (ceria) nanoparticles (CeO2 NPs). The CeO2 NPs favor Li2O2 surface nucleation owing to their strong binding toward reactive oxygen species (e.g., O2 and LiO2). The subsequent film growth results in thicknesses of ∼40 nm (at cutoff potential of 2.2 V vs Li/Li(+)), which further increases up to ∼60 nm with the addition of trace amounts of H2O that enhances the solution free energy. This suggests the involvement of solvated superoxide species (LiO2(sol)) that precipitates on the existing Li2O2 films to form thicker films via disproportionation. By comparing toroidal Li2O2 formed solely from LiO2(sol), the thick Li2O2 films formed from surface-mediated nucleation/thin-film growth following by LiO2(sol) deposition provides the benefits of higher reversibility and rapid surface decomposition during recharge. PMID:27105122

  15. Effects of CeO2 nanoparticles on system performance and bacterial community dynamics in a sequencing batch reactor.

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    Qiu, Guanglei; Neo, Sin-Yi; Ting, Yen-Peng

    2016-01-01

    The effects of CeO2 nanoparticles (NPs) on the system performance and the bacterial community dynamics in a sequencing batch reactor (SBR) were investigated, along with the fate and removal of CeO2 NPs within the SBR. Significant impact was observed on nitrification; NH4+-N removal efficiency decreased from almost 100% to around 70% after 6 days of continuous exposure to 1.0 mg/L of CeO2 NPs, followed by a gradual recovery until a stable value of around 90% after 20 days. Additionally, CeO2 NPs also led to a significant increase in the protein content in the soluble microbial products, showing the disruptive effects of CeO2 NPs on the extracellular polymeric substance matrix and related activated sludge structure. Denaturing gradient gel electrophoresis analysis showed remarkable changes in the bacterial community structure in the activated sludge after exposure to CeO2 NPs. CeO2 NPs were effectively removed in the SBR mainly via sorption onto the sludge. However, the removal efficiency decreased from 95 to 80% over 30 days. Mass balance evaluation showed that up to 50% of the NPs were accumulated within the activated sludge and were removed with the waste sludge. PMID:26744939

  16. Synthesis of novel CeO2-BiVO4/FAC composites with enhanced visible-light photocatalytic properties.

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    Zhang, Jin; Wang, Bing; Li, Chuang; Cui, Hao; Zhai, Jianping; Li, Qin

    2014-09-01

    To utilize visible light more effectively in photocatalytic reactions, a fly ash cenosphere (FAC)-supported CeO2-BiVO4 (CeO2-BiVO4/FAC) composite photocatalyst was prepared by modified metalorganic decomposition and impregnation methods. The physical and photophysical properties of the composite have been characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscope (SEM) and energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDX), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), and UV-Visible diffuse reflectance spectra. The XRD patterns exhibited characteristic diffraction peaks of both BiVO4 and CeO2 crystalline phases. The XPS results showed that Ce was present as both Ce(4+) and Ce(3+) oxidation states in CeO2 and dispersed on the surface of BiVO4 to constitute a p-n heterojunction composite. The absorption threshold of the CeO2-BiVO4/FAC composite shifted to a longer wavelength in the UV-Vis absorption spectrum compared to the pure CeO2 and pure BiVO4. The composites exhibited enhanced photocatalytic activity for Methylene Blue (MB) degradation under visible light irradiation. It was found that the 7.5wt.% CeO2-BiVO4/FAC composite showed the highest photocatalytic activity for MB dye wastewater treatment. PMID:25193845

  17. Mechanical, lattice dynamical and electronic properties of CeO2 at high pressure: First-principles studies

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    Li, Mei; Jia, Huiling; Li, Xueyan; Liu, Xuejie

    2016-01-01

    The elastic constants (Cij), bulk modulus (B), shear modulus (G) and elastic modulus (E) of cubic fluorite CeO2 under high pressure have been studied using the plane-wave pseudopotential method based on density functional theory. The calculated results show that the mechanical properties (Cij, B, G and E) of CeO2 increase with increasing pressure, and the phase transition of CeO2 occurs beyond the pressure of 130 GPa. From the calculated phonon spectrum using Parlinsk-Li-Kawasoe method, we found that CeO2 appears imaginary frequency at 140 GPa, which indicates phase transition. The energy band, density of states and charge density of CeO2 under high pressure are calculated using GGA+U method. It is found that the high pressure makes the electron delocalization and Ce-O covalent bonding enhanced. As pressure increases, the band gap between O2p and Ce4f states near the Fermi level increases, and CeO2 nonmetallic nature promotes. The present research results in a better understanding of how CeO2 responds to compression.

  18. Molecular dynamics simulation of fast particle irradiation on the single crystal CeO2

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    Sasajima, Y.; Ajima, N.; Osada, T.; Ishikawa, N.; Iwase, A.

    2013-11-01

    We used a molecular dynamics method to simulate structural relaxation caused by the high-energy-ion irradiation of single crystal CeO2. As the initial condition, we assumed high thermal energy was supplied to the individual atoms within a cylindrical region of nanometer-order diameter located in the center of the single crystal. The potential proposed by Inaba et al. was utilized to calculate interactions between atoms [H. Inaba, R. Sagawa, H. Hayashi, K. Kawamura, Solid State Ionics 122 (1999) 95-103]. The supplied thermal energy was first spent to change the crystal structure into an amorphous one within a short period of about 0.3 ps, then it was dissipated in the crystal. We compared the obtained results with those of computer simulations for UO2 and found that CeO2 was more stable than UO2 when supplied with high thermal energy.

  19. Reactivity and reaction intermediates for acetic acid adsorbed on CeO2(111)

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    Calaza, Florencia C.; Chen, Tsung -Liang; Mullins, David R.; Xu, Ye; Steven H. Overbury

    2015-05-02

    Adsorption and reaction of acetic acid on a CeO2(1 1 1) surface was studied by a combination of ultra-highvacuum based methods including temperature desorption spectroscopy (TPD), soft X-ray photoelectronspectroscopy (sXPS), near edge X-ray absorption spectroscopy (NEXAFS) and reflection absorption IRspectroscopy (RAIRS), together with density functional theory (DFT) calculations. TPD shows that thedesorption products are strongly dependent upon the initial oxidation state of the CeO2 surface, includingselectivity between acetone and acetaldehyde products. The combination of sXPS and NEXAFS demon-strate that acetate forms upon adsorption at low temperature and is stable to above 500 K, above whichpoint ketene, acetone and acetic acidmore » desorb. Furthermore, DFT and RAIRS show that below 500 K, bridge bondedacetate coexists with a moiety formed by adsorption of an acetate at an oxygen vacancy, formed bywater desorption.« less

  20. Sponge phase producing porous CeO2 for catalytic oxidation of CO.

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    Song, Shasha; Wang, Haiqiao; Song, Aixin; Dong, Shuli; Hao, Jingcheng

    2014-07-14

    The aggregation behavior of mixtures of the alkaline amino acid L-Arginine (L-Arg) and bis(2-ethylhexyl)phosphoric acid (DEHPA) in water was studied in detail. At a fixed L-Arg concentration, a phase sequence of micellar phase (L1 phase), vesicle phase (Lαv phase), planar lamellar phase (Lαl phase), and sponge phase (L3 phase) was obtained with increasing DEHPA concentration due to changes in the packing parameter. The phase transition of the lamellar structures was determined by freeze-fracture TEM and (2)H NMR spectroscopy. Rheological measurements reflected the phase transition through significant variations of both the elastic modulus and the viscous modulus. Porous CeO2 materials were produced by utilizing the L3 phase as template, and the porous CeO2 exhibited excellent catalytic oxidation activity toward CO due to its high surface area, which provides more active sites for CO conversion. PMID:24895013

  1. Erosion-Corrosion Property of CeO2-Modified HVOF WC-Co Coating

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    Liu, Yan; Hang, Zongqiu; Chen, Hui; Ceng, Shengbo; Gou, Guoqing; Wang, Xiaomin; Tu, Mingjing; Wu, Xiangyang

    2016-04-01

    Rare-earth elements have been widely used in materials manufacturing to improve hardness and toughness. In this work, conventional, nanostructured, and CeO2-modified WC-12Co powders were sprayed using high-velocity oxygen flame spraying. The erosion-corrosion behavior and interaction of erosion and corrosion of the coatings in 3.5 wt.% NaCl solution were investigated. In situ observation was employed to analyze the failure mechanism. The results showed that the CeO2-modified WC-12Co coating possessed the best erosion-corrosion resistance, while the lowest corrosion resistance was exhibited by the conventional WC-12Co coating. The results also suggested that the erosion-corrosion mechanism in the three coatings was dominated by corrosion-accelerated erosion. However, the extent of acceleration of erosion by corrosion differed.

  2. Mn3O4-CeO2 nano-catalysts: Synthesis, characterization and application

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    Anushree, Sharma, C.; Kumar, S.

    2016-05-01

    Nano-sized Mn3O4-CeO2 catalysts were synthesized by a cost effective co-precipitation method, and were studied as a heterogeneous catalyst for wet air oxidation of paper industry wastewater at mild operating conditions of 90 °C and 1 atm. The structural, micro-structural and textural properties of synthesized catalysts were studied through various characterization techniques, i.e. XRD, TEM, N2-sorption and EDS. The catalytic activity of Mn3O4-CeO2 was interestingly found to be higher than the corresponding single-metal oxides, and the Ce50Mn50 nano-catalyst with small crystallite size (4.5 nm), high specific surface area (75 m2g-1) and high porosity (0.24 ccg-1) was found to be most efficient with 69% color, 60% COD, 59% TOC, 48% AOX removal.

  3. Cell uptake, intracellular distribution, fate and reactive oxygen species generation of polymer brush engineered CeO2-x NPs

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    Qiu, Yuan; Rojas, Elena; Murray, Richard A.; Irigoyen, Joseba; Gregurec, Danijela; Castro-Hartmann, Pablo; Fledderman, Jana; Estrela-Lopis, Irina; Donath, Edwin; Moya, Sergio E.

    2015-04-01

    Cerium Oxide nanoparticles (CeO2-x NPs) are modified with polymer brushes of negatively charged poly (3-sulfopropylmethacrylate) (PSPM) and positively charged poly (2-(methacryloyloxy)ethyl-trimethylammonium chloride) (PMETAC) by Atom Transfer Radical Polymerisation (ATRP). CeO2-x NPs are fluorescently labelled by covalently attaching Alexa Fluor® 488/Fluorescein isothiocyanate to the NP surface prior to polymerisation. Cell uptake, intracellular distribution and the impact on the generation of intracellular Reactive Oxygen Species (ROS) with respect to CeO2-x NPs are studied by means of Raman Confocal Microscopy (CRM), Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM) and Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectroscopy (ICP-MS). PSPM and PMETAC coated CeO2-x NPs show slower and less uptake compared to uncoated Brush modified NPs display a higher degree of co-localisation with cell endosomes and lysosomes after 24 h of incubation. They also show higher co-localisation with lipid bodies when compared to unmodified CeO2-x NPs. The brush coating does not prevent CeO2-x NPs from displaying antioxidant properties.Cerium Oxide nanoparticles (CeO2-x NPs) are modified with polymer brushes of negatively charged poly (3-sulfopropylmethacrylate) (PSPM) and positively charged poly (2-(methacryloyloxy)ethyl-trimethylammonium chloride) (PMETAC) by Atom Transfer Radical Polymerisation (ATRP). CeO2-x NPs are fluorescently labelled by covalently attaching Alexa Fluor® 488/Fluorescein isothiocyanate to the NP surface prior to polymerisation. Cell uptake, intracellular distribution and the impact on the generation of intracellular Reactive Oxygen Species (ROS) with respect to CeO2-x NPs are studied by means of Raman Confocal Microscopy (CRM), Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM) and Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectroscopy (ICP-MS). PSPM and PMETAC coated CeO2-x NPs show slower and less uptake compared to uncoated Brush modified NPs display a higher degree of co-localisation with cell endosomes and lysosomes after 24 h of incubation. They also show higher co-localisation with lipid bodies when compared to unmodified CeO2-x NPs. The brush coating does not prevent CeO2-x NPs from displaying antioxidant properties. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available. See DOI: 10.1039/c5nr00884k

  4. Role of molting on the biodistribution of CeO2 nanoparticles within Daphnia pulex.

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    Auffan, Mélanie; Bertin, Delphine; Chaurand, Perrine; Pailles, Christine; Dominici, Christian; Rose, Jérôme; Bottero, Jean-Yves; Thiery, Alain

    2013-08-01

    As all arthropods, microcrustaceans shed their chitinous exoskeleton (cuticule, peritrophic membrane) to develop and grow. While the molting is the most crucial stage in their life cycle, it remains poorly investigated in term of pollutant biodistribution within the organisms. In this paper, we used optical, electronic, and X ray-based microscopies to study the uptake and release of CeO2 nanoparticles by/from Daphnia pulex over a molting stage. We measured that D. pulex molts every 59 ± 21 h (confidence interval) with growth rates about 1.1 or 1.8 μm per stage as a function of the pieces measured. Ingestion via food chain was the main route of CeO2 nanoparticles uptake by D. pulex. The presence of algae during the exposure to nanoparticles (sub-lethal doses) enhanced by a factor of 3 the dry weight concentration of Ce on the whole D. pulex. Nanoparticles were localized in the gut content, in direct contact with the peritrophic membrane, and on the cuticle. Interestingly, the depuration (24 h with Chlorella pseudomonas) was not efficient to remove the nanoparticles from the organisms. From 40% to 100% (depending on the feeding regime during exposure) of the CeO2 taken up by D. pulex is not release after the depuration process. However, we demonstrated for the first time that the shedding of the chitinous exoskeleton was the crucial mechanism governing the released of CeO2 nanoparticles regardless of the feeding regime during exposure. PMID:23664411

  5. CO Oxidation mechanism on CeO2-supported Au nanoclusters

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    Kim H. Y.; Henkelman, G.

    2013-09-08

    To reveal the richer chemistry of CO oxidation by CeO2 supported Au Nanoclusters(NCs)/Nanoparticles, we design Au13 and Au12 supported on a flat and a stepped-CeO2 model (Au/CeO2) and study various kinds of CO oxidation mechanisms at the Au-CeO2 interface and the Au NC as well.

  6. Investigation of oxygen vacancies in CeO2/Pt system with synchrotron light techniques

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    Braglia, L.; Bugaev, A. L.; Lomachenko, K. A.; Soldatov, A. V.; Lamberti, C.; Guda, A. A.

    2016-05-01

    A peculiar property of ceria is the ease to form oxygen vacancies, producing reactive sites or facilitating ionic diffusion. For these reasons ceria promotes catalytic activities for a number of important reactions when it is used as a support for transition metals. In our work we study the temporal evolution of oxygen vacancies formation by time-resolved XANES at Ce K- edge and XRD measurements on CeO2/Pt nanoparticles, successfully monitoring the reaction of CO oxidation.

  7. STM and XPS study of CeO2(111) reduction by atomic hydrogen

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    Shahed, Syed Mohammad Fakruddin; Hasegawa, Tomo; Sainoo, Yasuyuki; Watanabe, Yoshihide; Isomura, Noritake; Beniya, Atsushi; Hirata, Hirohito; Komeda, Tadahiro

    2014-10-01

    Reduction of CeO2(111)/Ru(0001) surface by atomic hydrogen was investigated using scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). We observed the formation of oxygen vacancy trimers and hydroxyl trimers on the stoichiometric CeO2(111) surface when it was exposed to atomic hydrogen at room temperature. The reaction of an impinging hydrogen atom with a surface oxygen atom yields a hydroxyl species, which diffuse on the surface until stabilized by the formation of OH trimers. The hydrogen atoms were located at atop sites of the oxygen atoms in the topmost surface layer. A reaction between the hopping hydrogen atom and the hydroxyl species yields a water molecule, which is desorbed from the surface leaving an oxygen defect. The oxygen vacancies were also observed as a trimer of vacancies. XPS measurements showed an increase of a reduced Ce and hydroxyl species with an amount of exposed hydrogen atoms. The former was estimated by measuring the ratio of Ce3 +/Ce4 + in the Ce 3d components. Our study shows the formation of hydroxyl trimer species in atomic scale upon atomic hydrogen exposure to CeO2(111) surface which could offer new catalytic activity.

  8. MnO2/CeO2 for catalytic ultrasonic degradation of methyl orange.

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    Zhao, He; Zhang, Guangming; Zhang, Quanling

    2014-05-01

    Catalytic ultrasonic degradation of aqueous methyl orange was studied in this paper. Heterogeneous catalyst MnO2/CeO2 was prepared by impregnation of manganese oxide on cerium oxide. Morphology and specific surface area of MnO2/CeO2 catalyst were characterized and its composition was determined. Results showed big differences between fresh and used catalyst. The removal efficiency of methyl orange by MnO2/CeO2 catalytic ultrasonic process was investigated. Results showed that ultrasonic process could remove 3.5% of methyl orange while catalytic ultrasonic process could remove 85% of methyl orange in 10 min. The effects of free radical scavengers were studied to determine the role of hydroxyl free radical in catalytic ultrasonic process. Results showed that methyl orange degradation efficiency declined after adding free radical scavengers, illustrating that hydroxyl free radical played an important role in degrading methyl orange. Theoretic analysis showed that the resonance size of cavitation bubbles was comparable with the size of catalyst particles. Thus, catalyst particles might act as cavitation nucleus and enhance ultrasonic cavitation effects. Measurement of H2O2 concentration in catalytic ultrasonic process confirmed this hypothesis. Effects of pre-adsorption on catalytic ultrasonic process were examined. Pre-adsorption significantly improved methyl orange removal. The potential explanation was that methyl orange molecules adsorbed on catalysts could enter cavitation bubbles and undergo stronger cavitation. PMID:24369902

  9. Fate and effects of CeO2 nanoparticles in aquatic ecotoxicity tests.

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    Van Hoecke, Karen; Quik, Joris T K; Mankiewicz-Boczek, Joanna; De Schamphelaere, Karel A C; Elsaesser, Andreas; Van der Meeren, Paul; Barnes, Clifford; McKerr, George; Howard, C Vyvyan; Van de Meent, Dik; Rydzyński, Konrad; Dawson, Kenneth A; Salvati, Anna; Lesniak, Anna; Lynch, Iseult; Silversmit, Geert; De Samber, Björn; Vincze, Laszlo; Janssen, Colin R

    2009-06-15

    Cerium dioxide nanoparticles (CeO2 NPs) are increasingly being used as a catalyst in the automotive industry. Consequently, increasing amounts of CeO2 NPs are expected to enter the environment where their fate in and potential impacts are unknown. In this paper we describe the fate and effects of CeO2 NPs of three different sizes (14, 20, and 29 nm) in aquatic toxicity tests. In each standard test medium (pH 7.4) the CeO2 nanoparticles aggregated (mean aggregate size approximately 400 nm). Four test organisms covering three different trophic levels were investigated, i.e., the unicellular green alga Pseudokirchneriella subcapitata, two crustaceans: Daphnia magna and Thamnocephalus platyurus, and embryos of Danio rerio. No acute toxicity was observed for the two crustaceans and D. rerio embryos, up to test concentrations of 1000, 5000, and 200 mg/L, respectively. In contrast, significant chronic toxicity to P. subcapitata with 10% effect concentrations (EC10s) between 2.6 and 5.4 mg/L was observed. Food shortage resulted in chronic toxicity to D. magna, for wich EC10s of > or = 8.8 and < or = 20.0 mg/L were established. Chronic toxicity was found to increase with decreasing nominal particle diameter and the difference in toxicity could be explained by the difference in surface area. Using the data set, PNEC(aquatic)S > or = 0.052 and < or = 0.108 mg/L were derived. Further experiments were performed to explain the observed toxicity to the most sensitive organism, i.e., P. subcapitata. Toxicity could not be related to a direct effect of dissolved Ce or CeO2 NP uptake or adsorption, nor to an indirect effect of nutrient depletion (by sorption to NPs) or physical light restriction (through shading by the NPs). However, observed clustering of NPs around algal cells may locally cause a direct or indirect effect. PMID:19603674

  10. Raman study of CeO2 texture as a buffer layer in the CeO2/La2Zr2O7/Ni architecture for coated conductors.

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    Jiménez, C; Caroff, T; Bartasyte, A; Margueron, S; Abrutis, A; Chaix-Pluchery, O; Weiss, F

    2009-04-01

    The CeO(2)/La(2)Zr(2)O(7)/Ni piled-up structure is a very promising architecture for YBa(2)Cu(3)O(7) (YBCO) coated conductors. We have grown YBCO/CeO(2)/LZO/Ni epitaxial structures by metalorganic decomposition (MOD) and metalorganic chemical vapor deposition (MOCVD) methods. The crystallographic quality of the CeO(2) layer is not well determined by conventional X-ray diffraction (XRD) due to the superposition of LZO and CeO(2) reflections. An alternative simple Raman spectroscopy analysis of the crystalline quality of the CeO(2) films is proposed. The F(2g) Raman mode of CeO(2) can be quantified either by using two polarization configurations (crossed or parallel) or at two different rotation angles around the normal axis (0 degrees and 45 degrees ) to obtain information about the sample texture. The sample texture can be determined via a quality factor (referred to as the Raman intensity ratio, RIR) consisting of calculating the ratio of the integrated intensity of the CeO(2) F(2g) mode at 0 degrees and 45 degrees in parallel polarization. This factor correlates with superconducting performance and the technique can be used as an on-line nondestructive characterization method. PMID:19366505

  11. A facile method of fabricating mechanical durable anti-icing coatings based on CeO2 microparticles

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    Wang, Pengren; Peng, Chaoyi; Wu, Binrui; Yuan, Zhiqing; Yang, Fubiao; Zeng, Jingcheng

    2015-07-01

    Compromising between hydrophobicity and mechanical durability may be a feasible approach to fabricating usable anti-icing coatings. This work improves the contact angle of current commercial anti-icing coatings applied to wind turbine blades dramatically and keeps relatively high mechanical durability. CeO2 microparticles and diluent were mixed with fluorocarbon resin to fabricate high hydrophobic coatings on the glass fiber reinforced epoxy composite substrates. The proportion of CeO2 microparticles and diluent influences the contact angles significantly. The optimum mass ratio of fluorocarbon resin to CeO2 microparticles to diluent is 1:1.5:1, which leads to the highest contact angle close to 140°. The microscopy analysis shows that the CeO2 microparticles form nano/microscale hierarchical structure on the surface of the coatings.

  12. Microstructural evolution of CeO2 from porous structures to clusters of nanosheet arrays assisted by gas bubbles via electrodeposition.

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    Li, Gao-Ren; Qu, Dun-Lin; Yu, Xiao-Lan; Tong, Ye-Xiang

    2008-04-15

    Here we report the preparation of porous CeO2 and clusters of CeO2 nanosheet arrays via a simple, efficient electrochemical approach. Gas bubbles functioning as a dynamic template were utilized in our research for the synthesis of nanosheet array clusters. The Hc and Mr values of porous CeO2 are almost the same as those of CeO2 nanosheet array clusters at 5 K, and they are about 5916 Oe and 8.83 x 10(-4) emu, respectively. However, the saturation magnetization of CeO2 nanosheet array clusters is much larger than that of porous CeO2 structures. The magnetic property of the prepared CeO2 deposits may be caused by the existence of Ce(III), indicating potential interest in the nanodevices because of their electronic and magnetic properties. PMID:18312014

  13. Cell uptake, intracellular distribution, fate and reactive oxygen species generation of polymer brush engineered CeO(2-x) NPs.

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    Qiu, Yuan; Rojas, Elena; Murray, Richard A; Irigoyen, Joseba; Gregurec, Danijela; Castro-Hartmann, Pablo; Fledderman, Jana; Estrela-Lopis, Irina; Donath, Edwin; Moya, Sergio E

    2015-04-21

    Cerium Oxide nanoparticles (CeO(2-x) NPs) are modified with polymer brushes of negatively charged poly (3-sulfopropylmethacrylate) (PSPM) and positively charged poly (2-(methacryloyloxy)ethyl-trimethylammonium chloride) (PMETAC) by Atom Transfer Radical Polymerisation (ATRP). CeO(2-x) NPs are fluorescently labelled by covalently attaching Alexa Fluor® 488/Fluorescein isothiocyanate to the NP surface prior to polymerisation. Cell uptake, intracellular distribution and the impact on the generation of intracellular Reactive Oxygen Species (ROS) with respect to CeO(2-x) NPs are studied by means of Raman Confocal Microscopy (CRM), Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM) and Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectroscopy (ICP-MS). PSPM and PMETAC coated CeO(2-x) NPs show slower and less uptake compared to uncoated Brush modified NPs display a higher degree of co-localisation with cell endosomes and lysosomes after 24 h of incubation. They also show higher co-localisation with lipid bodies when compared to unmodified CeO(2-x) NPs. The brush coating does not prevent CeO(2-x) NPs from displaying antioxidant properties. PMID:25789459

  14. O/W/O double emulsion-assisted synthesis and catalytic properties of CeO 2 hollow microspheres

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    Zhang, DongEn; Xie, Qing; Wang, MingYan; Zhang, XiaoBo; Li, ShanZhong; Han, GuiQuan; Ying, AiLing; Chen, AiMei; Gong, JunYan; Tong, ZhiWei

    2010-09-01

    CeO 2 hollow microspheres have been fabricated through a simple thermal decomposition of precursor approach. The precursor with an average size of 10 μm was prepared in a reverse microemulsions containing Ce(NO 3) 3·6H 2O and CO(NH 2) 2 at 160 °C. The products were characterized by X-ray powder diffraction (XRD), transmission electron microscope (TEM), selected area electron diffraction (SAED) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM). The possible formation mechanism of hollow spheres was discussed. In addition, the CeO 2 hollow microspheres modified glassy carbon electrode exhibit excellent sensing performance towards methyl orange, which provide a new application of CeO 2 hollow spheres. The catalytic activity of CeO 2 hollow spheres on the thermal decomposition of ammonium perchlorate (AP) also was investigated by TGA. The catalytic performance of CeO 2 hollow spheres is superior to that of commercial CeO 2 powder.

  15. CeO2 nanoparticles induce no changes in phenanthrene toxicity to the soil organisms Porcellionides pruinosus and Folsomia candida.

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    Tourinho, Paula S; Waalewijn-Kool, Pauline L; Zantkuijl, Irene; Jurkschat, Kerstin; Svendsen, Claus; Soares, Amadeu M V M; Loureiro, Susana; van Gestel, Cornelis A M

    2015-03-01

    Cerium oxide nanoparticles (CeO2 NPs) are used as diesel fuel additives to catalyze oxidation. Phenanthrene is a major component of diesel exhaust particles and one of the most common pollutants in the environment. This study aimed at determining the effect of CeO2 NPs on the toxicity of phenanthrene in Lufa 2.2 standard soil for the isopod Porcellionides pruinosus and the springtail Folsomia candida. Toxicity tests were performed in the presence of CeO2 concentrations of 10, 100 or 1000mg Ce/kg dry soil and compared with results in the absence of CeO2 NPs. CeO2 NPs had no adverse effects on isopod survival and growth or springtail survival and reproduction. For the isopods, LC50s for the effect of phenanthrene ranged from 110 to 143mg/kg dry soil, and EC50s from 17.6 to 31.6mg/kg dry soil. For the springtails, LC50s ranged between 61.5 and 88.3mg/kg dry soil and EC50s from 52.2 to 76.7mg/kg dry soil. From this study it may be concluded that CeO2 NPs have a low toxicity and do not affect toxicity of phenanthrene to isopods and springtails. PMID:25499053

  16. Fate and Phytotoxicity of CeO2 Nanoparticles on Lettuce Cultured in the Potting Soil Environment.

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    Gui, Xin; Zhang, Zhiyong; Liu, Shutong; Ma, Yuhui; Zhang, Peng; He, Xiao; Li, Yuanyuan; Zhang, Jing; Li, Huafen; Rui, Yukui; Liu, Liming; Cao, Weidong

    2015-01-01

    Cerium oxide nanoparticles (CeO2 NPs) have been shown to have significant interactions in plants. Previous study reported the specific-species phytotoxicity of CeO2 NPs by lettuce (Lactuca sativa), but their physiological impacts and vivo biotransformation are not yet well understood, especially in relative realistic environment. Butterhead lettuce were germinated and grown in potting soil for 30 days cultivation with treatments of 0, 50, 100, 1000 mg CeO2 NPs per kg soil. Results showed that lettuce in 100 mg·kg-1 treated groups grew significantly faster than others, but significantly increased nitrate content. The lower concentrations treatment had no impact on plant growth, compared with the control. However, the higher concentration treatment significantly deterred plant growth and biomass production. The stress response of lettuce plants, such as Superoxide dismutase (SOD), Peroxidase (POD), Malondialdehyde(MDA) activity was disrupted by 1000 mg·kg-1 CeO2 NPs treatment. In addition, the presence of Ce (III) in the roots of butterhead lettuce explained the reason of CeO2 NPs phytotoxicity. These findings demonstrate CeO2 NPs modification of nutritional quality, antioxidant defense system, the possible transfer into the food chain and biotransformation in vivo. PMID:26317617

  17. Mild activation of CeO2-supported gold nanoclusters and insight into the catalytic behavior in CO oxidation.

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    Li, Weili; Ge, Qingjie; Ma, Xiangang; Chen, Yuxiang; Zhu, Manzhou; Xu, Hengyong; Jin, Rongchao

    2016-01-28

    We report a new activation method and insight into the catalytic behavior of a CeO2-supported, atomically precise Au144(SR)60 nanocluster catalyst (where thiolate -SR = -SCH2CH2Ph) for CO oxidation. An important finding is that the activation of the catalyst is closely related to the production of active oxygen species on CeO2, rather than ligand removal of the Au144(SR)60 clusters. A mild O2 pretreatment (at 80 °C) can activate the catalyst, and the addition of reductive gases (CO or H2) can enhance the activation effects of O2 pretreatment via a redox cycle in which CO could reduce the surface of CeO2 to produce oxygen vacancies-which then adsorb and activate O2 to produce more active oxygen species. The CO/O2 pulse experiments confirm that CO is adsorbed on the cluster catalyst even with ligands on, and active oxygen species present on the surface of the pretreated catalyst reacts with CO pulses to generate CO2. The Au144(SR)60/CeO2 exhibits high CO oxidation activity at 80 °C without the removal of thiolate ligands. The surface lattice-oxygen of the support CeO2 possibly participates in the oxidation of CO over the Au144(SR)60/CeO2 catalyst. PMID:26750474

  18. Fate and Phytotoxicity of CeO2 Nanoparticles on Lettuce Cultured in the Potting Soil Environment

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    Gui, Xin; Zhang, Zhiyong; Liu, Shutong; Ma, Yuhui; Zhang, Peng; He, Xiao; Li, Yuanyuan; Zhang, Jing; Li, Huafen; Rui, Yukui; Liu, Liming; Cao, Weidong

    2015-01-01

    Cerium oxide nanoparticles (CeO2 NPs) have been shown to have significant interactions in plants. Previous study reported the specific-species phytotoxicity of CeO2 NPs by lettuce (Lactuca sativa), but their physiological impacts and vivo biotransformation are not yet well understood, especially in relative realistic environment. Butterhead lettuce were germinated and grown in potting soil for 30 days cultivation with treatments of 0, 50, 100, 1000 mg CeO2 NPs per kg soil. Results showed that lettuce in 100 mg·kg-1 treated groups grew significantly faster than others, but significantly increased nitrate content. The lower concentrations treatment had no impact on plant growth, compared with the control. However, the higher concentration treatment significantly deterred plant growth and biomass production. The stress response of lettuce plants, such as Superoxide dismutase (SOD), Peroxidase (POD), Malondialdehyde(MDA) activity was disrupted by 1000 mg·kg-1 CeO2 NPs treatment. In addition, the presence of Ce (III) in the roots of butterhead lettuce explained the reason of CeO2 NPs phytotoxicity. These findings demonstrate CeO2 NPs modification of nutritional quality, antioxidant defense system, the possible transfer into the food chain and biotransformation in vivo. PMID:26317617

  19. Local environment of Fe dopants in nanoscale Fe : CeO2-x oxygen storage material

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    Meledina, M.; Turner, S.; Galvita, V. V.; Poelman, H.; Marin, G. B.; van Tendeloo, G.

    2015-02-01

    Nanoscale Fe : CeO2-x oxygen storage material for the process of chemical looping has been investigated by advanced transmission electron microscopy and electron energy-loss spectroscopy before and after a model looping procedure, consisting of redox cycles at heightened temperature. Separately, the activity of the nanomaterial has been tested in a toluene total oxidation reaction. The results show that the material consists of ceria nanoparticles, doped with single Fe atoms and small FeOx clusters. The iron ion is partially present as Fe3+ in a solid solution within the ceria lattice. Furthermore, enrichment of reduced Fe2+ species is observed in nanovoids present in the ceria nanoparticles, as well as at the ceria surface. After chemical looping, agglomeration occurs and reduced nanoclusters appear at ceria grain boundaries formed by sintering. These clusters originate from surface Fe2+ aggregation, and from bulk Fe3+, which ``leaks out'' in reduced state after cycling to a slightly more agglomerated form. The activity of Fe : CeO2 during the toluene total oxidation part of the chemical looping cycle is ensured by the dopant Fe in the Fe1-xCexO2 solid solution, and by surface Fe species. These measurements on a model Fe : CeO2-x oxygen storage material give a unique insight into the behavior of dopants within a nanosized ceria host, and allow to interpret a plethora of (doped) cerium oxide-based reactions.Nanoscale Fe : CeO2-x oxygen storage material for the process of chemical looping has been investigated by advanced transmission electron microscopy and electron energy-loss spectroscopy before and after a model looping procedure, consisting of redox cycles at heightened temperature. Separately, the activity of the nanomaterial has been tested in a toluene total oxidation reaction. The results show that the material consists of ceria nanoparticles, doped with single Fe atoms and small FeOx clusters. The iron ion is partially present as Fe3+ in a solid solution within the ceria lattice. Furthermore, enrichment of reduced Fe2+ species is observed in nanovoids present in the ceria nanoparticles, as well as at the ceria surface. After chemical looping, agglomeration occurs and reduced nanoclusters appear at ceria grain boundaries formed by sintering. These clusters originate from surface Fe2+ aggregation, and from bulk Fe3+, which ``leaks out'' in reduced state after cycling to a slightly more agglomerated form. The activity of Fe : CeO2 during the toluene total oxidation part of the chemical looping cycle is ensured by the dopant Fe in the Fe1-xCexO2 solid solution, and by surface Fe species. These measurements on a model Fe : CeO2-x oxygen storage material give a unique insight into the behavior of dopants within a nanosized ceria host, and allow to interpret a plethora of (doped) cerium oxide-based reactions. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available: XRD patterns & calculated lattice parameters for all samples, XPS data and TEM data of a half-cycled sample and HRTEM data of a 100 times cycled sample. See DOI: 10.1039/c4nr06060a

  20. Structure, bonding, and catalytic activity of monodisperse, transition-metal-substituted CeO2 nanoparticles.

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    Elias, Joseph S; Risch, Marcel; Giordano, Livia; Mansour, Azzam N; Shao-Horn, Yang

    2014-12-10

    We present a simple and generalizable synthetic route toward phase-pure, monodisperse transition-metal-substituted ceria nanoparticles (M0.1Ce0.9O2-x, M = Mn, Fe, Co, Ni, Cu). The solution-based pyrolysis of a series of heterobimetallic Schiff base complexes ensures a rigorous control of the size, morphology and composition of 3 nm M0.1Ce0.9O2-x crystallites for CO oxidation catalysis and other applications. X-ray absorption spectroscopy confirms the dispersion of aliovalent (M(3+) and M(2+)) transition metal ions into the ceria matrix without the formation of any bulk transition metal oxide phases, while steady-state CO oxidation catalysis reveals an order of magnitude increase in catalytic activity with copper substitution. Density functional calculations of model slabs of these compounds confirm the stabilization of M(3+) and M(2+) in the lattice of CeO2. These results highlight the role of the host CeO2 lattice in stabilizing high oxidation states of aliovalent transition metal dopants that ordinarily would be intractable, such as Cu(3+), as well as demonstrating a rational approach to catalyst design. The current work demonstrates, for the first time, a generalizable approach for the preparation of transition-metal-substituted CeO2 for a broad range of transition metals with unparalleled synthetic control and illustrates that Cu(3+) is implicated in the mechanism for CO oxidation on CuO-CeO2 catalysts. PMID:25406101

  1. Loss of magnetization induced by doping in CeO2 films

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    Fernandes, V.; Schio, P.; de Oliveira, A. J. A.; Schreiner, W. H.; Varalda, J.; Mosca, D. H.

    2011-12-01

    This work reports the effect of Mn, Fe, Co, and Cu low doping (˜3 at. %) on the ferromagnetic behavior of oxygen-defective CeO2-δ films electrodeposited on SiO2/Si(001). Our results indicate that the incorporation of a small number of 3d dopants with unoccupied outermost atomic orbitals, presumably magnetically active, strongly perturb the ferromagnetic ground-state associated with the network of electron clouds surrounding oxygen vacancies. As a consequence, a strong loss of magnetization occurs and saturation magnetization becomes uncorrelated with number of oxygen vacancies.

  2. Interface-engineered resistive switching: CeO(2) nanocubes as high-performance memory cells.

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    Younis, Adnan; Chu, Dewei; Mihail, Ionsecu; Li, Sean

    2013-10-01

    We reported a novel and facile approach to fabricate self-assembled CeO2 nanocube-based resistive-switching memory device. The device was found to exhibit excellent bipolar resistive-switching characteristics with a high resistance state (HRS/OFF) to low resistance state (LRS/ON) ratio of 10(4), better uniformity, and stability up to 480 K. The presence of oxygen vacancies and their role was discussed to explain the resistive-switching phenomenon in the fabricated devices. Further, the effect of the film thickness on carrier concentrations and estimated electric field strength with the switching (OFF/ON) ratio were also discussed. PMID:24028707

  3. Photoluminescent properties of Eu3+ doped electrospun CeO2 nanofibers

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    Fang, Dong; Zhang, Min; Luo, Zhiping; Cao, Tingting; Wang, Qing; Zhou, Zhi; Jiang, Ming; Xiong, Chuanxi

    2014-12-01

    In this study, CeO2 nanofibers and that doped with Eu3+ were prepared via a facile electrospinning route and annealed at different temperatures ranging from 500 to 900 °C. Their structures were investigated using X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy and transmission electron microscopy. Photoluminescence properties of the nanofibers were studied in detail. It was found that the nanofibers with Eu% concentration of 0.67 mol.% and annealed at 700 °C exhibited the highest intensities of the luminescence peaks between 550 and 650 nm.

  4. Role of Microstructure and Surface Defects on the Dissolution Kinetics of CeO2, a UO2 Fuel Analogue.

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    Corkhill, Claire L; Bailey, Daniel J; Tocino, Florent Y; Stennett, Martin C; Miller, James A; Provis, John L; Travis, Karl P; Hyatt, Neil C

    2016-04-27

    The release of radionuclides from spent fuel in a geological disposal facility is controlled by the surface mediated dissolution of UO2 in groundwater. In this study we investigate the influence of reactive surface sites on the dissolution of a synthesized CeO2 analogue for UO2 fuel. Dissolution was performed on the following: CeO2 annealed at high temperature, which eliminated intrinsic surface defects (point defects and dislocations); CeO2-x annealed in inert and reducing atmospheres to induce oxygen vacancy defects and on crushed CeO2 particles of different size fractions. BET surface area measurements were used as an indicator of reactive surface site concentration. Cerium stoichiometry, determined using X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy (XPS) and supported by X-ray Diffraction (XRD) analysis, was used to determine oxygen vacancy concentration. Upon dissolution in nitric acid medium at 90 °C, a quantifiable relationship was established between the concentration of high energy surface sites and CeO2 dissolution rate; the greater the proportion of intrinsic defects and oxygen vacancies, the higher the dissolution rate. Dissolution of oxygen vacancy-containing CeO2-x gave rise to rates that were an order of magnitude greater than for CeO2 with fewer oxygen vacancies. While enhanced solubility of Ce(3+) influenced the dissolution, it was shown that replacement of vacancy sites by oxygen significantly affected the dissolution mechanism due to changes in the lattice volume and strain upon dissolution and concurrent grain boundary decohesion. These results highlight the significant influence of defect sites and grain boundaries on the dissolution kinetics of UO2 fuel analogues and reduce uncertainty in the long term performance of spent fuel in geological disposal. PMID:27022662

  5. Portable Enzyme-Paper Biosensors Based on Redox-Active CeO2 Nanoparticles.

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    Karimi, A; Othman, A; Andreescu, S

    2016-01-01

    Portable, nanoparticle (NP)-enhanced enzyme sensors have emerged as powerful devices for qualitative and quantitative analysis of a variety of analytes for biomedicine, environmental applications, and pharmaceutical fields. This chapter describes a method for the fabrication of a portable, paper-based, inexpensive, robust enzyme biosensor for the detection of substrates of oxidase enzymes. The method utilizes redox-active NPs of cerium oxide (CeO2) as a sensing platform which produces color in response to H2O2 generated by the action of oxidase enzymes on their corresponding substrates. This avoids the use of peroxidases which are routinely used in conjunction with glucose oxidase. The CeO2 particles serve dual roles, as high surface area supports to anchor high loadings of the enzyme as well as a color generation reagent, and the particles are recycled multiple times for the reuse of the biosensor. These sensors are small, light, disposable, inexpensive, and they can be mass produced by standard, low-cost printing methods. All reagents needed for the analysis are embedded within the paper matrix, and sensors stored over extended periods of time without performance loss. This novel sensor is a general platform for the in-field detection of analytes that are substrates for oxidase enzymes in clinical, food, and environmental samples. PMID:27112400

  6. Simulation and experimental study of rheological properties of CeO2-water nanofluid

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    Loya, Adil; Stair, Jacqueline L.; Ren, Guogang

    2015-10-01

    Metal oxide nanoparticles offer great merits over controlling rheological, thermal, chemical and physical properties of solutions. The effectiveness of a nanoparticle to modify the properties of a fluid depends on its diffusive properties with respect to the fluid. In this study, rheological properties of aqueous fluids (i.e. water) were enhanced with the addition of CeO2 nanoparticles. This study was characterized by the outcomes of simulation and experimental results of nanofluids. The movement of nanoparticles in the fluidic media was simulated by a large-scale molecular thermal dynamic program (i.e. LAMMPS). The COMPASS force field was employed with smoothed particle hydrodynamic potential (SPH) and discrete particle dynamics potential (DPD). However, this study develops the understanding of how the rheological properties are affected due to the addition of nanoparticles in a fluid and the way DPD and SPH can be used for accurately estimating the rheological properties with Brownian effect. The rheological results of the simulation were confirmed by the convergence of the stress autocorrelation function, whereas experimental properties were measured using a rheometer. These rheological values of simulation were obtained and agreed within 5 % of the experimental values; they were identified and treated with a number of iterations and experimental tests. The results of the experiment and simulation show that 10 % CeO2 nanoparticles dispersion in water has a viscosity of 2.0-3.3 mPas.

  7. Ab initio thermodynamic evaluation of Pd atom interaction with CeO(2) surfaces.

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    Mayernick, Adam D; Janik, Michael J

    2009-08-28

    Palladium supported on ceria is an effective catalytic material for three-way automotive catalysis, catalytic combustion, and solid-oxide fuel cell (SOFC) anodes. The morphology, oxidation state, and particle size of Pd on ceria affect catalytic activity and are a function of experimental conditions. This work utilizes ab initio thermodynamics using density functional theory (DFT) (DFT+U) methods to evaluate the stability of Pd atoms, PdO(x) species, and small Pd particles in varying configurations on CeO(2) (111), (110), and (100) single crystal surfaces. Over specific oxygen partial pressure and temperature ranges, palladium incorporation to form a mixed surface oxide is thermodynamically favorable versus other single Pd atom states on each ceria surface. For example, Pd atoms may incorporate into Ce fluorite lattice positions in a Pd(4+) oxidation state on the CeO(2) (111) surface. The ceria support shifts the transition between formal Pd oxidation states (Pd(0), Pd(2+), Pd(4+)) relative to bulk palladium and stabilizes certain oxidized palladium species on each surface. We show that temperature, oxygen pressure, and cell potential in a SOFC can influence the stable states of palladium supported on ceria surfaces, providing insight into structural stability during catalytic operation. PMID:19725615

  8. Clustering of Oxygen Vacancies at CeO2(111): Critical Role of Hydroxyls.

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    Wu, Xin-Ping; Gong, Xue-Qing

    2016-02-26

    By performing density functional theory calculations corrected by an on site Coulomb interaction, we find that the defects at the CeO_{2}(111) surface observed by the scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) measurements of Esch et al. [Science 309, 752 (2005)] are not mere oxygen vacancies or fluorine impurities as suggested by Kullgren et al. [Phys. Rev. Lett. 112, 156102 (2014)], but actually the hydroxyl-vacancy combined species. Specifically, we show that hydroxyls play a critical role in the formation and propagation of oxygen vacancy clusters (VCs). In the presence of neighboring hydroxyls, the thermodynamically unstable VCs can be significantly stabilized, and the behaviors of oxygen vacancies become largely consistent with the STM observations. In addition to the clarification of the long term controversy on the surface defect structures of CeO_{2}(111), the "hydroxyl-vacancy model" proposed in this work emphasizes the coexistence of hydroxyls and oxygen vacancies, especially VCs, which is important for understanding the catalytic and other physicochemical properties of reducible metal oxides. PMID:26967428

  9. Theoretical Study of Trimethylacetic Acid Adsorption on CeO 2 (111) Surface

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    Wang, Weina; Thevuthasan, S.; Wang, Wenliang; Yang, Ping

    2016-01-11

    We investigated trimethylacetic acid (TMAA) adsorption on stoichiometric and oxygen-deficient CeO2(111) surfaces using density functional theory that accounts for the on-site Coulomb interaction via a Hubbard term (DFT+U) and long-range dispersion correction. Both the molecular state and dissociative state (TMAA → TMA– + H+) were identified on stoichiometric and oxygen-deficient CeO2(111) surfaces. For the stoichiometric surface, two thermodynamically favorable configurations with adsorption energies of the order of -30 kcal/mol are identified; one is a molecule adsorption state, and the other one is a dissociative state. For the oxygen-deficient surface, dissociative states are more favorable than molecular states. Moreover, the mostmore » favorable configuration is the dissociative adsorption of TMAA with the adsorption energy of the order of -77 kcal/mol. The dissociated TMA moiety takes the position of oxygen vacancy, forming three Ce–O bonds. The signature vibrational frequencies for these thermodynamically stable structures are reported as well as their electronic structures. The effects of long-range dispersion interactions are found to be negligible for geometries but important for adsorption energies.« less

  10. Clustering of Oxygen Vacancies at CeO2(111 ) : Critical Role of Hydroxyls

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    Wu, Xin-Ping; Gong, Xue-Qing

    2016-02-01

    By performing density functional theory calculations corrected by an on site Coulomb interaction, we find that the defects at the CeO2(111 ) surface observed by the scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) measurements of Esch et al. [Science 309, 752 (2005)] are not mere oxygen vacancies or fluorine impurities as suggested by Kullgren et al. [Phys. Rev. Lett. 112, 156102 (2014)], but actually the hydroxyl-vacancy combined species. Specifically, we show that hydroxyls play a critical role in the formation and propagation of oxygen vacancy clusters (VCs). In the presence of neighboring hydroxyls, the thermodynamically unstable VCs can be significantly stabilized, and the behaviors of oxygen vacancies become largely consistent with the STM observations. In addition to the clarification of the long term controversy on the surface defect structures of CeO2(111 ) , the "hydroxyl-vacancy model" proposed in this work emphasizes the coexistence of hydroxyls and oxygen vacancies, especially VCs, which is important for understanding the catalytic and other physicochemical properties of reducible metal oxides.

  11. Stability of engineered nanomaterials in complex aqueous matrices: Settling behaviour of CeO2 nanoparticles in natural surface waters.

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    Van Koetsem, Frederik; Verstraete, Simon; Van der Meeren, Paul; Du Laing, Gijs

    2015-10-01

    The stability of engineered nanoparticles (ENPs) in complex aqueous matrices is a key determinant of their fate and potential toxicity towards the aquatic environment and human health. Metal oxide nanoparticles, such as CeO2 ENPs, are increasingly being incorporated into a wide range of industrial and commercial applications, which will undoubtedly result in their (unintentional) release into the environment. Hereby, the behaviour and fate of CeO2 ENPs could potentially serve as model for other nanoparticles that possess similar characteristics. The present study examined the stability and settling of CeO2 ENPs (7.3±1.4 nm) as well as Ce(3+) ions in 10 distinct natural surface waters during 7d, under stagnant and isothermal experimental conditions. Natural water samples were collected throughout Flanders (Belgium) and were thoroughly characterized. For the majority of the surface waters, a substantial depletion (>95%) of the initially added CeO2 ENPs was observed just below the liquid surface of the water samples after 7d. In all cases, the reduction was considerably higher for CeO2 ENPs than for Ce(3+) ions (<68%). A first-order kinetics model was able to describe the observed time-dependant removal of both CeO2 ENPs (R(2)≥0.998) and Ce(3+) ions (R(2)≥0.812) from the water column, at least in case notable sedimentation occurred over time. Solution-pH appeared to be a prime parameter governing nanoparticle colloidal stability. Moreover, the suspended solids (TSS) content also seemed to be an important factor affecting the settling rate and residual fraction of CeO2 ENPs as well as Ce(3+) ions in natural surface waters. Correlation results also suggest potential association and co-precipitation of CeO2 ENPs with aluminium- and iron-containing natural colloidal material. The CeO2 ENPs remained stable in dispersion in surface water characterized by a low pH, ionic strength (IS), and TSS content, indicating the eventual stability and settling behaviour of the nanoparticles was likely determined by a combination of physicochemical parameters. Finally, ionic release from the nanoparticle surface was also examined and appeared to be negligible in all of the tested natural waters. PMID:26164115

  12. Electroluminescence from metal-oxide-semiconductor devices with erbium-doped CeO2 films on silicon

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    Lv, Chunyan; Zhu, Chen; Wang, Canxing; Gao, Yuhan; Ma, Xiangyang; Yang, Deren

    2015-04-01

    We report on erbium (Er)-related electroluminescence (EL) in the visible and near-infrared (NIR) from metal-oxide-semiconductor (MOS) devices with Er-doped CeO2 (CeO2:Er) films on silicon. The onset voltage of such EL under either forward or reverse bias is smaller than 10 V. Moreover, the EL quenching can be avoidable for the CeO2:Er-based MOS devices. Analysis on the current-voltage characteristic of the device indicates that the electron transportation at the EL-enabling voltages under either forward or reverse bias is dominated by trap-assisted tunneling mechanism. Namely, electrons in n+-Si/ITO can tunnel into the conduction band of CeO2 host via defect states at sufficiently high forward/reverse bias voltages. Then, a fraction of such electrons are accelerated by electric field to become hot electrons, which impact-excite the Er3+ ions, thus leading to characteristic emissions. It is believed that this work has laid the foundation for developing viable silicon-based emitters using CeO2:Er films.

  13. Influence of two types of organic matter on interaction of CeO2 nanoparticles with plants in hydroponic culture.

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    Schwabe, Franziska; Schulin, Rainer; Limbach, Ludwig K; Stark, Wendelin; Bürge, Diane; Nowack, Bernd

    2013-04-01

    An important aspect in risk assessment of nanoparticles (NPs) is to understand their environmental interactions. We used hydroponic plant cultures to study nanoparticle-plant-root interaction and translocation and exposed wheat and pumpkin to suspensions of uncoated CeO2-NP for 8d (primary particle size 17-100 nm, 100 mg L(-1)) in the absence and presence of fulvic acid (FA) and gum arabic (GA) as representatives of different types of natural organic matter. The behavior of CeO2-NPs in the hydroponic solution was monitored regarding agglomeration, sedimentation, particle size distribution, surface charge, amounts of root association, and translocation into shoots. NP-dispersions were stable over 8d in the presence of FA or GA, but with growing plants, changes in pH, particle agglomeration rate, and hydrodynamic diameter were observed. None of the plants exhibited reduced growth or any toxic response during the experiment. We found that CeO2-NPs translocated into pumpkin shoots, whereas this did not occur in wheat plants. The presence of FA and GA affected the amount of CeO2 associated with roots (pure>FA>GA) but did not affect the translocation factor. Additionally, we could confirm via TEM and SEM that CeO2-NPs adhered strongly to root surfaces of both plant species. PMID:23352517

  14. Effects of CeO2 Support Facets on VOx/CeO2 Catalysts in Oxidative Dehydrogenation of Methanol

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    Li, Yan; Wei, Zhehao; Gao, Feng; Kovarik, Libor; Peden, Charles HF; Wang, Yong

    2014-05-13

    CeO2 supports with dominating facets, i.e., low index (100), (110) and (111) facets, are prepared. The facet effects on the structure and catalytic performance of supported vanadium oxide catalysts are investigated using oxidative dehydrogenation of methanol as a model reaction. In the presence of mixed facets, Infrared and Raman characterizations demonstrate that surface vanadia species preferentially deposit on CeO2 (100) facets, presumably because of its higher surface energy. At the same surface vanadium densities, VOx species on (100) facets show better dispersion, followed by (110) and (111) facets. The VOx species on CeO2 nanorods with (110) and (100) facets display higher activity and lower apparent activation energies compared to that on CeO2 nanopolyhedras with dominating (111) facets and CeO2 nanocubes with dominating (100) facets. The higher activity for VOx/CeO2(110) might be related to the more abundant oxygen vacancies present on the (110) facets, evidenced from Raman spectroscopic measurements.

  15. An in vivo and in vitro toxicological characterization of realistic nanoscale CeO2 inhalation exposures

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    Demokritou, Philip; Gass, Samuel; Pyrgiotakis, Georgios; Cohen, Joel M.; Goldsmith, William; McKinney, Walt; Frazer, David; Ma, Jane; Schwegler-Berry, Diane; Brain, Joseph; Castranova, Vincent

    2015-01-01

    Nanoscale CeO2 is increasingly used for industrial and commercial applications, including catalysis, UV-shielding, and as an additive in various nanocomposites. Because of its increasing potential for consumer and occupational exposures, a comprehensive toxicological characterization of this nanomaterial is needed. Preliminary results from intratracheal instillation studies in rats point to cytoxicity and inflammation, though these studies may not accurately use realistic nanoscale exposure profiles. In contrast, published in vitro cellular studies have reported limited toxicological outcomes for the case of nano-ceria. Here, we present an integrative study evaluating the toxicity of nanoscale CeO2 both in vitro, using the A549 lung epithelial cell line, and in vivo using an intact rat model. Realistic nano-ceria exposure atmospheres were generated using the Harvard Versatile Engineered Nanomaterial Generation System (VENGES), and rats were exposed via inhalation. Finally, the use of a nanothin amorphous SiO2 encapsulation coating as a means of mitigating CeO2 toxicity was assessed. Results from the inhalation experiments show lung injury and inflammation with increased PMN and LDH levels in the bronchoalveolar lavage fluid of the CeO2 exposed rats. Moreover, exposure to SiO2-coated CeO2 did not induce any pulmonary toxicity to the animals, representing clear evidence for the safe by design SiO2-encapsualtion concept. PMID:23061914

  16. Decomposition of 1,2-dichloroethane over CeO2 modified USY zeolite catalysts: effect of acidity and redox property on the catalytic behavior.

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    Huang, Qinqin; Xue, Xiaomin; Zhou, Renxian

    2010-11-15

    CeO(2) modified ultrastable Y zeolite (CeO(2)-USY) catalysts were prepared and were used as the catalysts for the decomposition of 1,2-dichloroethane (DCE). The catalytic behavior of these catalysts was evaluated by micro-reaction and temperature-programmed surface reaction (TPSR) technique. The results reveal that CeO(2)-USY catalysts exhibit good catalytic activity for DCE decomposition and high selectivity to the formation of CO(2) and HCl. Both acidity and redox property play important roles in the DCE decomposition, and the synergy between CeO(2) species and USY zeolite shows an enhancement in the catalytic activity for DCE decomposition. CeO(2)-USY (1:8) with high dispersion of CeO(2) species and a much more suitable combination of acidity and redox property exhibits the best catalytic activity. PMID:20709452

  17. Different synthesis protocols for Co3O4 -CeO2 catalysts--part 1: influence on the morphology on the nanoscale.

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    Yang, Jingxia; Lukashuk, Liliana; Akbarzadeh, Johanna; Stöger-Pollach, Michael; Peterlik, Herwig; Föttinger, Karin; Rupprechter, Günther; Schubert, Ulrich

    2015-01-01

    Co3 O4 -modified CeO2 (Co/Ce 1:4) was prepared by a combination of sol-gel processing and solvothermal treatment. The distribution of Co was controlled by means of the synthesis protocol to yield three different morphologies, namely, Co3 O4 nanoparticles located on the surface of CeO2 particles, coexistent Co3 O4 and CeO2 nanoparticles, or Co oxide structures homogeneously distributed within CeO2 . The effect of the different morphologies on the properties of Co3 O4 -CeO2 was investigated with regard to the crystallite phase(s), particle size, surface area, and catalytic activity for CO oxidation. The material with Co3 O4 nanoparticles finely dispersed on the surface of CeO2 particles had the highest catalytic activity. PMID:25384333

  18. Mild activation of CeO2-supported gold nanoclusters and insight into the catalytic behavior in CO oxidation

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    Li, Weili; Ge, Qingjie; Ma, Xiangang; Chen, Yuxiang; Zhu, Manzhou; Xu, Hengyong; Jin, Rongchao

    2016-01-01

    We report a new activation method and insight into the catalytic behavior of a CeO2-supported, atomically precise Au144(SR)60 nanocluster catalyst (where thiolate -SR = -SCH2CH2Ph) for CO oxidation. An important finding is that the activation of the catalyst is closely related to the production of active oxygen species on CeO2, rather than ligand removal of the Au144(SR)60 clusters. A mild O2 pretreatment (at 80 °C) can activate the catalyst, and the addition of reductive gases (CO or H2) can enhance the activation effects of O2 pretreatment via a redox cycle in which CO could reduce the surface of CeO2 to produce oxygen vacancies--which then adsorb and activate O2 to produce more active oxygen species. The CO/O2 pulse experiments confirm that CO is adsorbed on the cluster catalyst even with ligands on, and active oxygen species present on the surface of the pretreated catalyst reacts with CO pulses to generate CO2. The Au144(SR)60/CeO2 exhibits high CO oxidation activity at 80 °C without the removal of thiolate ligands. The surface lattice-oxygen of the support CeO2 possibly participates in the oxidation of CO over the Au144(SR)60/CeO2 catalyst.We report a new activation method and insight into the catalytic behavior of a CeO2-supported, atomically precise Au144(SR)60 nanocluster catalyst (where thiolate -SR = -SCH2CH2Ph) for CO oxidation. An important finding is that the activation of the catalyst is closely related to the production of active oxygen species on CeO2, rather than ligand removal of the Au144(SR)60 clusters. A mild O2 pretreatment (at 80 °C) can activate the catalyst, and the addition of reductive gases (CO or H2) can enhance the activation effects of O2 pretreatment via a redox cycle in which CO could reduce the surface of CeO2 to produce oxygen vacancies--which then adsorb and activate O2 to produce more active oxygen species. The CO/O2 pulse experiments confirm that CO is adsorbed on the cluster catalyst even with ligands on, and active oxygen species present on the surface of the pretreated catalyst reacts with CO pulses to generate CO2. The Au144(SR)60/CeO2 exhibits high CO oxidation activity at 80 °C without the removal of thiolate ligands. The surface lattice-oxygen of the support CeO2 possibly participates in the oxidation of CO over the Au144(SR)60/CeO2 catalyst. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available. See DOI: 10.1039/C5NR07498C

  19. ARTICLES: Synthesis of Biomorphic ZrO2-CeO2 Nanostructures by Silkworm Silk Template

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    Zhang, Zong-jian; Li, Jia; Sun, Fu-sheng; Dickon, H. L. Ng; Luen Kwong, Fung

    2010-06-01

    A simple and green technique has been developed to prepare hierarchical biomorphic ZrO2-CeO2, using silkworm silk as the template. Different from traditional immersion technics, the whole synthesis process depends more on the restriction or direction functions of the silkworm silk template. The analytic results showed that ZrO2-CeO2 exhibited a well-crystallized hierarchically interwoven hollow fiber structure with 16-28 μm in diameter. The grain size of the sample calcined at 800 °C was about 14 nm. Consequently, the interwoven meshwork at three dimensions is formed due to the direction of biotemplate. The action mechanism is summarily discussed here. It may bring the biomorphic ZrO2-CeO2 nanomaterials with hierarchical interwoven structures to more applications, such as catalysts.

  20. Facile preparation of well-dispersed CeO2-ZnO composite hollow microspheres with enhanced catalytic activity for CO oxidation.

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    Xie, Qingshui; Zhao, Yue; Guo, Huizhang; Lu, Aolin; Zhang, Xiangxin; Wang, Laisen; Chen, Ming-Shu; Peng, Dong-Liang

    2014-01-01

    In this article, well-dispersed CeO2-ZnO composite hollow microspheres have been fabricated through a simple chemical reaction followed by annealing treatment. Amorphous zinc-cerium citrate hollow microspheres were first synthesized by dispersing zinc citrate hollow microspheres into cerium nitrate solution and then aging at room temperature for 1 h. By calcining the as-produced zinc-cerium citrate hollow microspheres at 500 °C for 2 h, CeO2-ZnO composite hollow microspheres with homogeneous composition distribution could be harvested for the first time. The resulting CeO2-ZnO composite hollow microspheres exhibit enhanced activity for CO oxidation compared with CeO2 and ZnO, which is due to well-dispersed small CeO2 particles on the surface of ZnO hollow microspheres and strong interaction between CeO2 and ZnO. Moreover, when Au nanoparticles are deposited on the surface of the CeO2-ZnO composite hollow microspheres, the full CO conversion temperature of the as-produced 1.0 wt % Au-CeO2-ZnO composites reduces from 300 to 60 °C in comparison with CeO2-ZnO composites. The significantly improved catalytic activity may be ascribed to the strong synergistic interplay between Au nanoparticles and CeO2-ZnO composites. PMID:24303982

  1. Atomic structures and oxygen dynamics of CeO2 grain boundaries

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    Feng, Bin; Sugiyama, Issei; Hojo, Hajime; Ohta, Hiromichi; Shibata, Naoya; Ikuhara, Yuichi

    2016-01-01

    Material performance is significantly governed by grain boundaries (GBs), a typical crystal defects inside, which often exhibit unique properties due to the structural and chemical inhomogeneity. Here, it is reported direct atomic scale evidence that oxygen vacancies formed in the GBs can modify the local surface oxygen dynamics in CeO2, a key material for fuel cells. The atomic structures and oxygen vacancy concentrations in individual GBs are obtained by electron microscopy and theoretical calculations at atomic scale. Meanwhile, local GB oxygen reduction reactivity is measured by electrochemical strain microscopy. By combining these techniques, it is demonstrated that the GB electrochemical activities are affected by the oxygen vacancy concentrations, which is, on the other hand, determined by the local structural distortions at the GB core region. These results provide critical understanding of GB properties down to atomic scale, and new perspectives on the development strategies of high performance electrochemical devices for solid oxide fuel cells. PMID:26838958

  2. Atomic structures and oxygen dynamics of CeO2 grain boundaries

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    Feng, Bin; Sugiyama, Issei; Hojo, Hajime; Ohta, Hiromichi; Shibata, Naoya; Ikuhara, Yuichi

    2016-02-01

    Material performance is significantly governed by grain boundaries (GBs), a typical crystal defects inside, which often exhibit unique properties due to the structural and chemical inhomogeneity. Here, it is reported direct atomic scale evidence that oxygen vacancies formed in the GBs can modify the local surface oxygen dynamics in CeO2, a key material for fuel cells. The atomic structures and oxygen vacancy concentrations in individual GBs are obtained by electron microscopy and theoretical calculations at atomic scale. Meanwhile, local GB oxygen reduction reactivity is measured by electrochemical strain microscopy. By combining these techniques, it is demonstrated that the GB electrochemical activities are affected by the oxygen vacancy concentrations, which is, on the other hand, determined by the local structural distortions at the GB core region. These results provide critical understanding of GB properties down to atomic scale, and new perspectives on the development strategies of high performance electrochemical devices for solid oxide fuel cells.

  3. Facile synthesis of CeO2 nanoplates and nanorods by [100] oriented growth.

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    Lin, Hsin-Lung; Wu, Cheng-Yu; Chiang, Ray-Kuang

    2010-01-01

    This study demonstrated a facile method for the synthesis of CeO(2) nanoplates and nanorods via the thermal decomposition of a mixture of cerium acetate, oleic acid, oleyamine and 1-octadecene under controlled atmospheres. Morphologies of the produced cerium oxides were controlled by the adding procedures of activators. Activators added at room temperature and heated with the reaction mixture result in the formation of nanoplates. Injection of activators at high temperature leads to the formation of nanorods. Both the nanoplates and nanorods are achieved via the [100] oriented assembly of smaller particles. A blue-shifting of the UV absorption threshold edge are observed for the cerium oxide nanoplates and nanorods, contrasting with the bulk commercial powders. PMID:19833346

  4. Enhanced spectral emissivity of CeO2 coating with cauliflower-like microstructure

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    Huang, Jianping; Li, Yibin; He, Xiaodong; Song, Guangping; Fan, Chenglei; Sun, Yue; Fei, Weidong; Du, Shanyi

    2012-10-01

    Cerium dioxide is a transparent oxide with high refractive index (from 1.6 to 2.5 at 633 nm) in the visible and near-IR spectral regions. However, little attention has been paid to its optical property in mid-IR (2.5-25 μm). Here we report that the cauliflower-like microstructured CeO2 coating deposited by electron beam physical vapor deposition technique shows high emissivity up to 0.9 at 873 K in the mid-IR spectral region. The high emissivity is attributed to the coupling between free propagating waves and space-variant polarizations caused by the cauliflower-like microstructure. This high emissivity coating shows a potential application in high temperature components.

  5. Infrared and visible emissions of rare-earth-doped CeO2 phosphor.

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    Chandrakar, D; Kaur, J; Dubey, V; Suryanarayana, N S; Parganiha, Y

    2015-12-01

    This paper reports the synthesis and characterization of Er(3+)-doped CeO2 phosphor with variable concentrations of erbium. The sample was synthesized using a solid-state reaction method, which is useful for the large-scale production of phosphors and is also eco-friendly. The prepared sample was characterized using an X-ray diffraction (XRD) technique. The XRD pattern confirmed that sample has the pure cubic fluorite crystal structure of CeO2. The crystallite size of the prepared phosphor was determined by Scherer's formula and the crystallite size giving an intense XRD peak is 40.06 nm. The surface morphology of the phosphor was determined by field emission gun scanning electron microscopy (FEGSEM). From the FEGSEM image, good surface morphology with some agglomerates was found. The functional group in the prepared sample was analysed by Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy. All samples prepared with variable concentrations of Er(3+) (0.1-2 mol%) were studied by photoluminescence analysis and it was found that the excitation spectra of the prepared phosphor shows broad excitation centred at 251 nm. Emission spectra at different concentrations of Er(3+) show strong peaks at 413 and 470 nm and a weaker peak at 594 nm. The dominant peaks at 413 and 470 nm are caused by the allowed electronic transition (4)S3/2 → (4)I15/2 and the weaker transition at 594 nm is due to the transition (4)F9/2 → (4)I15/2. Spectrophotometric determinations of peaks were evaluated using the Commission Internationale de I'Eclairage (CIE) technique. The emission spectra were also observed using an infrared (IR) laser 980 nm source, and three distinct peaks were found in the IR region at 848, 870 and 980 nm. The prepared phosphor has utility for application in display devices. PMID:25810371

  6. NO reduction by CO over CuO supported on CeO2-doped TiO2: the effect of the amount of a few CeO2.

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    Deng, Changshun; Li, Bin; Dong, Lihui; Zhang, Feiyue; Fan, Minguang; Jin, Guangzhou; Gao, Junbin; Gao, Liwen; Zhang, Fei; Zhou, Xinpeng

    2015-06-28

    This work is mainly focused on the investigation of the influence of the amount of a few CeO2 on the physicochemical and catalytic properties of CeO2-doped TiO2 catalysts for NO reduction by a CO model reaction. The obtained samples were characterized by means of XRD, N2-physisorption (BET), LRS, UV-vis DRS, XPS, (O2, CO, and NO)-TPD, H2-TPR, in situ FT-IR, and a NO + CO model reaction. These results indicate that a small quantity of CeO2 doping into the TiO2 support will cause an obvious change in the properties of the catalyst and the TC-60 : 1 (the TiO2/CeO2 molar ratio is 60 : 1) support exhibits the most extent of lattice expansion, which indicates that the band lengths of Ce-O-Ti are longer than other TC (the solid solution of TiO2 and CeO2) samples, probably contributing to larger structural distortion and disorder, more defects and oxygen vacancies. Copper oxide species supported on TC supports are much easier to be reduced than those supported on the pure TiO2 and CeO2 surface-modified TiO2 supports. Furthermore, the Cu/TC-60 : 1 catalyst shows the highest activity and selectivity due to more oxygen vacancies, higher mobility of surface and lattice oxygen at lower temperature (which contributes to the regeneration of oxygen vacancies, and the best reducing ability), the most content of Cu(+), and the strongest synergistic effect between Ti(3+), Ce(3+) and Cu(+). On the other hand, the CeO2 doping into TiO2 promotes the formation of a Cu(+)/Cu(0) redox cycle at high temperatures, which has a crucial effect on N2O reduction. Finally, in order to further understand the nature of the catalytic performances of these samples, taking the Cu/TC-60 : 1 catalyst as an example, a possible reaction mechanism is tentatively proposed. PMID:26030478

  7. Hydrogenated CeO2-xSx mesoporous hollow spheres for enhanced solar driven water oxidation.

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    Xiao, Yuting; Chen, Yajie; Xie, Ying; Tian, Guohui; Guo, Shien; Han, Taoran; Fu, Honggang

    2016-02-11

    A facile route for the fabrication of hydrogenated sulfur-doped CeO2 (H-CeO2-xSx) mesoporous hollow spheres is reported. The spheres exhibited excellent photocatalytic activity due to the synergistic effect of the higher sulfur doping level and hydrogen post-treatment. PMID:26741276

  8. Enhanced photocatalytic activity of CeO2 using β-cyclodextrin on visible light assisted decoloration of methylene blue.

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    Pitchaimuthu, Sakthivel; Velusamy, Ponnusamy

    2014-01-01

    An attempt has been made to enhance the photocatalytic activity of CeO(2) for visible light assisted decoloration of methylene blue (MB) dye in aqueous solutions by β-cyclodextrin (β-CD). The inclusion complexation patterns between host and guest (i.e., β-CD and MB) have been confirmed with UV-visible spectral data. The interaction between CeO(2) and β-CD has also been characterized by field emission scanning electron microscopy analysis. The photocatalytic activity of the catalyst under visible light was investigated by measuring the photodegradation of MB in aqueous solution. The effects of key operational parameters such as initial dye concentration, initial pH, CeO(2) concentration as well as illumination time on the decolorization extents were investigated. Among the processing parameters, the pH of the reaction solution played an important role in tuning the photocatalytic activity of CeO(2). The maximum photodecoloration rate was achieved at basic pH (pH 11). Under the optimum operational conditions, approximately 99.6% dye removal was achieved within 120 min. The observed results indicate that the decolorization of the MB followed a pseudo-first order kinetics. PMID:24434976

  9. Mg Doping Induced Effects on Structural, Optical, and Electrical Properties as Well as Cytotoxicity of CeO2 Nanostructures

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    Iqbal, Javed; Jan, Tariq; Awan, M. S.; Naqvi, Sajjad Haider; Badshah, Noor; ullah, Asmat; Abbas, Fazzal

    2016-04-01

    Here, Mg x Ce1- x O2 (where x = 0, 0.01, 0.02, 0.03, 0.04, and 0.05) nanostructures have been successfully synthesized by using a simple, easy, and cost-effective soft chemical method. X-ray diffraction (XRD) patterns substantiate the single-phase formation of a CeO2 cubic fluorite structure for all samples. Infrared spectroscopy results depict the presence of peaks only related to Ce-O bonding, which confirms the XRD results. It has been observed via ultraviolet (UV)-visible spectroscopy that Mg doping has tuned the optical band gap of CeO2 significantly. The electrical conductivity of CeO2 nanostructures has been found to increase with Mg doping, which is attributed to enhancement in carrier concentration due to the different valance states of dopant and host ions. Selective cytotoxic behavior of Mg x Ce1- x O2 nanostructures has been determined for neuroblastoma (SH-SY5Y) cancerous and HEK-293 healthy cells. Both doped and undoped CeO2 nanostructures have been found to be toxic for cancer cells and safe toward healthy cells. This selective toxic behavior of the synthesized nanostructures has been assigned to the different levels of reactive oxygen species (ROS) generation in different types of cells. This makes the synthesized nanostructures a potential option for cancer therapy in the near future.

  10. High thermal stability of La2O3 and CeO2-stabilized tetragonal ZrO2

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    Wang, Shichao; Xie, Hong; Lin, Yuyuan; Poeppelmeier, Kenneth R.; Li, Tao; Winans, Randall E.; Cui, Yanran; Ribeiro, Fabio H.; Canlas, Christian P.; Elam, Jeffrey W.; et al

    2016-02-15

    Catalyst support materials of tetragonal ZrO2, stabilized by either La2O3 (La2O3-ZrO2) or CeO2 (CeO2-ZrO2), were synthesized under hydrothermal conditions at 200 °C with NH4OH or tetramethylammonium hydroxide as the mineralizer. From In Situ synchrotron powder X-ray diffraction and small-angle X-ray scattering measurements, the calcined La2O3-ZrO2 and CeO2-ZrO2 supports were nonporous nanocrystallites that exhibited rectangular shapes with thermal stability up to 1000 °C in air. These supports had an average size of ~10 nm and a surface area of 59-97 m2/g. The catalysts Pt/La2O3-ZrO2 and Pt/CeO2-ZrO2 were prepared by using atomic layer deposition with varying Pt loadings from 6.3-12.4 wt %.more » Mono-dispersed Pt nanoparticles of ~3 nm were obtained for these catalysts. As a result, the incorporation of La2O3 and CeO2 into the t-ZrO2 structure did not affect the nature of the active sites for the Pt/ZrO2 catalysts for the water-gas-shift (WGS) reaction.« less

  11. Cyclotron production of radioactive CeO(2) nanoparticles and their application for in vitro uptake studies.

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    Simonelli, Federica; Marmorato, P; Abbas, K; Ponti, J; Kozempel, J; Holzwarth, U; Franchini, F; Rossi, F

    2011-03-01

    Nowadays, a wide variety of nanoparticles (NPs) are applied in different fields such as medical science and industry. Due to their large commercial volume, the OECD Working Party on Manufactured Nanomaterials (NMs) has proposed to study a set of 14 nanomaterials, one of which being cerium oxide (CeO(2)). In particular, CeO(2) based NPs are widely used in automotive industry, healthcare, and cosmetics. In this paper, we propose a method for the production of radioactive CeO(2) NPs.We demonstrate that they maintain the same physicochemical characteristics as the “cold” ones in terms of size distribution and Zeta potential; we develop a new protocol to assess their cellular interaction in immortalized mouse fibroblast cell line Balb/3T3, a model for the study of basal cytotoxicity and carcinogenic potential induced by chemicals and in the present case by NPs. Experimental result of this work, which shows a quasi-linear concentration-uptake response of cells, can be useful as a reference dose-uptake curve for explaining effects following biological uptake after exposure to CeO(2) NPs. PMID:21518669

  12. High Thermal Stability of La2O3- and CeO2-Stabilized Tetragonal ZrO2.

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    Wang, Shichao; Xie, Hong; Lin, Yuyuan; Poeppelmeier, Kenneth R; Li, Tao; Winans, Randall E; Cui, Yanran; Ribeiro, Fabio H; Canlas, Christian P; Elam, Jeffrey W; Zhang, Hongbo; Marshall, Christopher L

    2016-03-01

    Catalyst support materials of tetragonal ZrO2, stabilized by either La2O3 (La2O3-ZrO2) or CeO2 (CeO2-ZrO2), were synthesized under hydrothermal conditions at 200 °C with NH4OH or tetramethylammonium hydroxide as the mineralizer. From in situ synchrotron powder X-ray diffraction and small-angle X-ray scattering measurements, the calcined La2O3-ZrO2 and CeO2-ZrO2 supports were nonporous nanocrystallites that exhibited rectangular shapes with a thermal stability of up to 1000 °C in air. These supports had an average size of ∼10 nm and a surface area of 59-97 m(2)/g. The catalysts Pt/La2O3-ZrO2 and Pt/CeO2-ZrO2 were prepared by using atomic layer deposition with varying Pt loadings from 6.3 to 12.4 wt %. Monodispersed Pt nanoparticles of ∼3 nm were obtained for these catalysts. The incorporation of La2O3 and CeO2 into the t-ZrO2 structure did not affect the nature of the active sites for the Pt/ZrO2 catalysts for the water-gas shift reaction. PMID:26878202

  13. Optical and electrochemical properties of sol-gel spin-coated CeO2-TiO2 films

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    Ozer, Nilgun; De Souza, Selmar; Lampert, Carl M.

    1995-08-01

    The optical and electrochemical properties of sol-gel spin coated CeO2-TiO2 (50% CeO2) films were investigated for electrochromic applications. The coating solutions were prepared by using mixed organic-inorganic [Ti(OC2H5)4 and Ce(NH4)2 (NO3)6] precursors. X-ray diffraction studies showed the sol-gel spin- coated films were composed of an amorphous matrix of titanium oxide containing nanocrystallites of cerium oxide. The coating solar transmission value was Ts equals 0.8 (250 nm thick). The refractive index and the extinction coefficient were derived from transmittance measurements in the UV-VIS-NIR regions. These films had refractive index value of n equals 2.18 and extinction coefficient value of k equals 8 X 10-4 at (lambda) equals 550 nm. Cyclic voltametric measurements showed reversible electrochemical insertion of lithium ions in a CeO2-TiO2/LiClO4-propylene carbonate electrochemical cell. During cycling the films maintain high optical transmittance. Spectrophotometric and electrochemical investigations performed on CeO2-TiO2 films revealed that these films are suitable as an optically passive counter-electrode in lithium electrochromic devices.

  14. Direct synthesis of dimethyl carbonate from methanol and carbon dioxide over CeO2(X)-ZnO(1-X) nano-catalysts.

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    Kang, Ki Hyuk; Joe, Wangrae; Lee, Chang Hoon; Kim, Mieock; Kim, Dong Baek; Jang, Boknam; Song, In Kyu

    2013-12-01

    CeO2(X)-ZnO(1-X) (X = 0, 0.1, 0.3, 0.5, 0.7, 0.9, and 1.0) nano-catalysts were prepared by a co-precipitation method with a variation of CeO2 content (X, mol%), and they were applied to the direct synthesis of dimethyl carbonate from methanol and carbon dioxide. Successful formation of CeO2(X)-ZnO(1-X) nano-catalysts was well confirmed by XRD analysis. The amount of DMC produced over CeO2(X)-ZnO(1-X) catalysts exhibited a volcano-shaped curve with respect to CeO2 content. Acidity and basicity of CeO2(X)-ZnO(1-X) nano-catalysts were measured by NH3-TPD and CO2-TPD experiments, respectively, to elucidate the effect of acidity and basicity on the catalytic performance in the reaction. It was revealed that the catalytic performance of CeO2(X)-ZnO(1-X) nano-catalysts was closely related to the acidity and basicity of the catalysts. Amount of dimethyl carbonate increased with increasing both acidity and basicity of the catalysts. Among the catalysts tested, CeO2(0.7)-ZnO(0.3) with the largest acidity and basicity showed the best catalytic performance in the direct synthesis of dimethyl carbonate from methanol and carbon dioxide. PMID:24266202

  15. Biochemical effects of six TiO2 and four CeO2 nanomaterials in HepG2 cells

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    Biochemical effects of six TiO2 and four CeO2 nanomaterials in HepG2 cellsBecause of their growing number of uses, nanoparticles composed of CeO2 (cosmetics, polishing materials and automotive fuel additives) and TiO2 (pigments, sunscreens and photocatalysts) are of particular to...

  16. Silver nanoparticles supported on CeO2-SBA-15 by microwave irradiation possess metal-support interactions and enhanced catalytic activity.

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    Qian, Xufang; Kuwahara, Yasutaka; Mori, Kohsuke; Yamashita, Hiromi

    2014-11-24

    Metal-support interactions (MSIs) and particle size play important roles in catalytic reactions. For the first time, silver nanoparticles supported on CeO2-SBA-15 supports are reported that possess tunable particle size and MSIs, as prepared by microwave (MW) irradiation, owing to strong charge polarization of CeO2 clusters (i.e., MW absorption). Characterizations, including TEM, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, and extended X-ray absorption fine structure, were carried out to disclose the influence of CeO2 contents on the Ag particle size, MSI effect between Ag nanoparticles and CeO2-SBA-15 supports, and the strong MW absorption of CeO2 clusters that contribute to the MSIs during Ag deposition. The Ag particle sizes were controllably tuned from 1.9 to 3.9 nm by changing the loading amounts of CeO2 from 0.5 to 2.0 wt%. The Ag nanoparticle size was predominantly responsible for the high turnover frequency (TOF) of 0.41 min(-1) in ammonia borane dehydrogenation, whereas both particle size and MSIs contributed to the high TOF of 555 min(-1) in 4-nitrophenol reduction for Ag/0.5CeO2-SBA-15, which were twice as large as those of Ag/SBA-15 without CeO2 and Ag/CeO2-SBA-15 prepared by conventional oil-bath heating. PMID:25336086

  17. The Effect of CeO2 Addition on the Microstructure and Properties of Ni-Based Flame-Spray Coatings

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    Zhang, Zhenyu; Liang, Bunv; Guo, Hongjian

    2014-04-01

    Ni-based alloy with different amount of CeO2 powders were flame sprayed and melted onto 1045 carbon steel substrate. Microstructure and properties of the coatings were studied by XRD, field emission gun scanning electron microscope (FEGSEM) and SEM analyses. The wear behavior of the coatings was investigated under dry sliding wear conditions, and was compared with that of the coatings without CeO2, The results show that the microstructure of the coating with CeO2 differs widely from the coating without CeO2, the novel microstructure is beneficial for wear resistance. Abrasive wear tests without lubricant and analysis of the worn surfaces revealed that the Ni-based alloy coatings with the addition of 0.8% CeO2 exhibit higher wear resistance.

  18. Surface-structure sensitivity of CeO2 nanocrystals in photocatalysis and enhancing the reactivity with nanogold

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    Lei, Wanying; Zhang, Tingting; Gu, Lin; Liu, Ping; Rodriguez, José A.; Liu, Gang; Liu, Minghua

    2015-06-19

    Structure–function correlations are a central theme in heterogeneous (photo)catalysis. In this research, using aberration-corrected scanning transmission electron microscopy (STEM), the atomic surface structures of well-defined one-dimensional (1D) CeO2 nanorods (NRs) and 3D nanocubes (NCs) are directly visualized at subangstrom resolution. CeO2 NCs predominantly expose the {100} facet, with {110} and {111} as minor cutoff facets at the respective edges and corners. Notably, the outermost surface layer of the {100} facet is nearly O-terminated. Neither surface relaxations nor reconstructions on {100} are observed, indicating unusual polarity compensation, which is primarily mediated by near-surface oxygen vacancies. The surface of CeO2 NRs ismore » highly stepped, with the enclosed {110} facet exposing Ce cations and O anions on terraces. On the basis of STEM profile-view imaging and electronic structure analysis, the photoreactivity of CeO2 nanocrystals toward aqueous methyl orange degradation under UV is revealed to be surface-structure-sensitive, following the order: {110} >> {100}. The underlying surface-structure sensitivity can be attributed to the variation in low-coordinate surface cerium cations between {110} and {100} facets. To further enhance light absorption, Au nanoparticles (NPs) are deposited on CeO2 NRs to form Au/CeO2 plasmonic nanocomposites, which dramatically promotes the photoreactivity that is Au particle size- and excitation light wavelength-dependent. The mechanisms responsible for the enhancement of photocatalytic activity are discussed, highlighting the crucial role of photoexcited charge carrier transfer.« less

  19. Novel CeO2-CuO-decorated enzymatic lactate biosensors operating in low oxygen environments.

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    Uzunoglu, Aytekin; Stanciu, Lia A

    2016-02-25

    The detection of the lactate level in blood plays a key role in diagnosis of some pathological conditions including cardiogenic or endotoxic shocks, respiratory failure, liver disease, systemic disorders, renal failure, and tissue hypoxia. Here, we described for the first time the use of a novel mixed metal oxide solution system to address the oxygen dependence challenge of first generation amperometric lactate biosensors. The biosensors were constructed using ceria-copper oxide (CeO2-CuO) mixed metal oxide nanoparticles for lactate oxidase immobilization and as electrode material. The oxygen storage capacity (OSC, 492 μmol-O2/g) of these metal oxides has the potential to reduce the oxygen dependency, and thus eliminate false results originated from the fluctuations in the oxygen concentration. In an effort to compare the performance of our novel sensor design, ceria nanoparticle decorated lactate sensors were also constructed. The enzymatic activity of the sensors were tested in oxygen-rich and oxygen-lean solutions. Our results showed that the OSC of the electrode material has a big influence on the activity of the biosensors in oxygen-lean environments. While the CeO2 containing biosensor showed an almost 21% decrease in the sensitivity in a O2-depleted solution, the CeO2-CuO containing electrode, with a higher OSC value, experienced no drop in sensitivity when moving from oxygen-rich to oxygen-lean conditions. The CeO2-CuO decorated sensor showed a high sensitivity (89.3 ± 4 μA mM(-1) cm(-2)), a wide linear range up to 0.6 mM, and a low limit of detection of 3.3 μM. The analytical response of the CeO2-CuO decorated sensors was studied by detecting lactate in human serum with good selectivity and reliability. The results revealed that CeO2-CuO containing sensors are promising candidates for continuous lactate detection. PMID:26851092

  20. Stability and Temperature-Induced Agglomeration of Rh Nanoparticles Supported by CeO2.

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    Varga, Erika; Pusztai, Péter; Oszkó, Albert; Baán, Kornélia; Erdőhelyi, András; Kónya, Zoltán; Kiss, János

    2016-03-22

    The effects of reduction by H2 and by heat treatment in vacuum and in O2 flow on Rh particle size changes of Rh/CeO2 samples were studied by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), high-resolution electron microscopy (HRTEM), and CO adsorption followed by diffuse reflectance infrared spectroscopy (DRIFTS). Low-temperature (373-423 K) reduction of Rh without agglomeration is demonstrated. An average particle size of 2.3 ± 1.1 nm was measured by HRTEM regardless of the metal loading (1-5%). On Rh/CeO2, a significant particle size increase of the Rh particles was detected on heating (773 K). In this work, we suggest that the temperature-induced surface decrease resulting from the sintering of Rh is favored only for well-dispersed particles. XP spectra revealed that the mobile oxygens of CeO2 fundamentally determine the oxidation state of the supported metals. At elevated temperature, the oxidation of the reduced support surface as well as the metal component takes place because of the segregation of ceria oxygens. When the aggregated particles were reoxidized, the redispersion of Rh was observed probably because of the formation of Rh-O-Ce bonds. PMID:26914641

  1. Catalytic propane reforming mechanism over Mn-Doped CeO2 (111)

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    Krcha, Matthew D.; Janik, Michael J.

    2015-10-01

    MnOx/CeOx mixed oxide systems exhibit encouraging hydrocarbon oxidation activity, without the inclusion of a noble metal. Using density functional theory (DFT) methods, we examined the oxidative reforming path of propane over the Mn-doped CeO2 (1 1 1) surface. A plausible set of elementary reaction steps are identified for conversion of propane to CO/CO2 and H2/H2O over the oxide surface. The rate-limiting reaction process may vary with redox conditions, with C-H dissociation limiting under more oxidizing conditions and more complex reaction sequences, including surface re-oxidation, limiting under highly reducing conditions. The possibility of intermediate desorption from the surface during the reforming process is low, with desorption energies of the intermediates being much less favorable than further surface reactions until CO/CO2 products are formed. The reforming paths over Mn-doped ceria are similar to those previously identified over Zr-doped ceria. The extent of surface reduction and the electronic structure of the surface intermediates are examined.

  2. High pressure and temperature equation of state and spectroscopic study of CeO2.

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    Jacobsen, M K; Velisavljevic, N; Dattelbaum, D M; Chellappa, R S; Park, C

    2016-04-20

    One of the most widely used x-ray standards and a highly applied component of catalysis systems, CeO2 has been studied for the purpose of better understanding its equation of state and electronic properties. Diamond anvil cells have been used to extend the equation of state for this material to 130 GPa and explore the electronic behavior with applied load. From the x-ray diffraction studies, it has been determined that the high pressure phase transition extends from approximately 35-75 GPa at ambient temperature. Elevation of temperature is found to decrease the initiation pressure for this transition, with multiple distinct temperature regions which indicate structural related anomalies. In addition, hydrostatic and non-hydrostatic effects are compared and exhibit a drastic difference in bulk moduli. The electronic results indicate a change in the scattering environment of the cerium atom, associated with the high pressure phase transition. Overall, these results present the first megabar pressure study and the first high pressure and temperature study of ceria. Additionally, this shows the first combined study of the K and L III edges of this material to 33 GPa. PMID:26987548

  3. Diffusion Barriers Block Defect Occupation on Reduced CeO2(111 )

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    Lustemberg, P. G.; Pan, Y.; Shaw, B.-J.; Grinter, D.; Pang, Chi; Thornton, G.; Pérez, Rubén; Ganduglia-Pirovano, M. V.; Nilius, N.

    2016-06-01

    Surface defects are believed to govern the adsorption behavior of reducible oxides. We challenge this perception on the basis of a combined scanning-tunneling-microscopy and density-functional-theory study, addressing the Au adsorption on reduced CeO2 -x(111 ) . Despite a clear thermodynamic preference for oxygen vacancies, individual Au atoms were found to bind mostly to regular surface sites. Even at an elevated temperature, aggregation at step edges and not decoration of defects turned out to be the main consequence of adatom diffusion. Our findings are explained with the polaronic nature of the Au-ceria system, which imprints a strong diabatic character onto the diffusive motion of adatoms. Diabatic barriers are generally higher than those in the adiabatic regime, especially if the hopping step couples to an electron transfer into the ad-gold. As the population of O vacancies always requires a charge exchange, defect decoration by Au atoms becomes kinetically hindered. Our study demonstrates that polaronic effects determine not only electron transport in reducible oxides but also the adsorption characteristics and therewith the surface chemistry.

  4. Diffusion Barriers Block Defect Occupation on Reduced CeO_{2}(111).

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    Lustemberg, P G; Pan, Y; Shaw, B-J; Grinter, D; Pang, Chi; Thornton, G; Pérez, Rubén; Ganduglia-Pirovano, M V; Nilius, N

    2016-06-10

    Surface defects are believed to govern the adsorption behavior of reducible oxides. We challenge this perception on the basis of a combined scanning-tunneling-microscopy and density-functional-theory study, addressing the Au adsorption on reduced CeO_{2-x}(111). Despite a clear thermodynamic preference for oxygen vacancies, individual Au atoms were found to bind mostly to regular surface sites. Even at an elevated temperature, aggregation at step edges and not decoration of defects turned out to be the main consequence of adatom diffusion. Our findings are explained with the polaronic nature of the Au-ceria system, which imprints a strong diabatic character onto the diffusive motion of adatoms. Diabatic barriers are generally higher than those in the adiabatic regime, especially if the hopping step couples to an electron transfer into the ad-gold. As the population of O vacancies always requires a charge exchange, defect decoration by Au atoms becomes kinetically hindered. Our study demonstrates that polaronic effects determine not only electron transport in reducible oxides but also the adsorption characteristics and therewith the surface chemistry. PMID:27341245

  5. Enhanced transport of CeO2 nanoparticles in porous media by macropores.

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    Fang, Jing; Wang, Min-hao; Lin, Dao-hui; Shen, Bing

    2016-02-01

    This is the first study to investigate the effect of macropores on the transport of CeO2 nanoparticles (nCeO2) in quartz sand and soil. The artificial macropore types are the vertical continuous macropore (O-O), and the vertical discontinuous macropore (O-C). The results indicated that the mobility of nCeO2 was significantly enhanced by the macropore in both quartz sand and soil, and the enhancement was greater in the continuous macropore than in the discontinuous macropore. Compared with the homogeneous column, both the O-O and O-C macropores in quartz sand favored an earlier breakthrough and a larger initial effluent recovery rate of nCeO2. However, there was little influence on the plateau concentration and the total effluent recovery rate. In soil, both types of macropores significantly shortened nCeO2 breakthrough time, and favored a higher plateau concentration, and a larger initial and total effluent recovery rate. The O-O macropore which accounted for only 1% of the total pore volume had doubly increased the total mobility of nCeO2 in soil; even the mobility was increased by 30% with the O-C macropore. It was found that the effect of preferential flow on nCeO2 transport was greater in soil than it was in quartz sand. PMID:26584072

  6. 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.

  7. A 1,2-propylene oxide sensor utilizing cataluminescence on CeO2 nanoparticles.

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    Liu, Hongmei; Zhang, Yantu; Zhen, Yanzhong; Ma, Yuan; Zuo, Weiwei

    2014-12-01

    A simple and sensitive gas sensor was proposed for the determination of 1,2-propylene oxide (PO) based on its cataluminescence (CTL) by oxidation in the air on the surface of CeO2 nanoparticles. The luminescence characteristics and optimal conditions were investigated in detail. Under optimized conditions, the linear range of the CTL intensity versus the concentration of PO was 10-150 ppm, with a correlation coefficient (r) of 0.9974 and a limit of detection (S/N = 3) of 0.9 ppm. The relative standard deviation for 40 ppm PO was 1.2% (n = 7). There was no or only weak response to common foreign substances including acetone, formaldehyde, ethyl acetate, acetic acid, chloroform, propanol, carbon tetrachloride, ether and methanol. There was no significant change in the catalytic activity of the sensor for 100 h. The proposed method was simple and sensitive, with a potential of detecting PO in the environment and industry. PMID:24802092

  8. TEM investigation of irradiation damage in single crystal CeO 2

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    Ye, Bei; Kirk, Mark A.; Chen, Weiying; Oaks, Aaron; Rest, Jeffery; Yacout, Abdellatif; Stubbins, James F.

    2011-07-01

    In order to understand the evolution of radiation damage in oxide nuclear fuel, 150-1000 keV Kr ions were implanted into single crystal CeO 2, as a simulation of fluorite ceramic UO 2, while in situ transmission electron microscopy (TEM) observations were carried out. Two characteristic defect structures were investigated: dislocation/dislocation loops and nano-size gas bubbles. The growth behavior of defect clusters induced by 1 MeV Kr ions up to doses of 5 × 10 15 ions/cm 2 were followed at 600 °C and 800 °C. TEM micrographs clearly show the development of defect structures: nucleation of dislocation loops, transformation to extended dislocation lines, and the formation of tangled dislocation networks. The difference in dislocation growth rates at 600 °C and 800 °C revealed the important role which Ce-vacancies play in the loop formation process. Bubble formation, studied through 150 keV Kr implantations at room temperature and 600 °C, might be influenced by either the mobility of metal-vacancies correlated with at threshold temperature or the limitation of gas solubility as a function of temperature.

  9. Sucrose-assisted synthesis of three-dimensionally ordered macroporous CeO2 and its use as a support for promotional catalytic performance of CO oxidation

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    Liu, Zhi; Tan, Xiuli; Lv, Cong

    2013-10-01

    In this work, several three-dimensionally ordered macroporous (3DOM) CeO2 having hierarchical pore structure were successfully prepared via a dual ‘hard-soft’ templating strategy using Ce(NO3)3·6H2O containing sucrose as the ceria precursor. The resulting CeO2 samples were characterized by N2 adsorption-desorption analysis, scanning electron microscopy, and transmission electron microscopy, which showed that the hierarchical 3DOM CeO2 possessed interconnected networks of the ordered macropore structures with large mesopores, and both the BET surface area and pore volume increased significantly compared with the conventional 3DOM CeO2. The content of sucrose had a great effect on the textural parameters of the 3DOM CeO2. The improved textural parameters should be attributed to the emergence of mesopores in the interconnected three-dimensional skeleton, which were formed by oxidative removal of carbon produced from carbonization of sucrose. The hierarchical 3DOM CeO2 exhibited a superior performance to the conventional 3DOM or bulk CeO2 when used as supports for Ir catalysts in CO oxidation.

  10. CeO2-modified Au@SBA-15 nanocatalysts for liquid-phase selective oxidation of benzyl alcohol

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    Wang, Tuo; Yuan, Xiang; Li, Shuirong; Zeng, Liang; Gong, Jinlong

    2015-04-01

    Tuning the interfacial perimeter and structure is crucial to understanding the origin of catalytic performance. This paper describes the design, characterization, and application of CeO2 modified Au@SBA-15 (Au-CeO2@SBA-15) catalysts in selective oxidation of benzyl alcohol. The reaction results showed that Au-CeO2@SBA-15 catalysts exhibited higher catalytic activity compared with Au@SBA-15 and Au/CeO2 catalysts under identical conditions along with the high selectivity towards benzaldehyde (>99%). The turnover frequency of benzyl alcohol over the Au-100CeO2@SBA-15 catalyst is about nine-fold and four-fold higher than those of Au@SBA-15 and Au/CeO2 catalysts, respectively. The supported catalysts were characterized by N2 adsorption-desorption, inductively coupled plasma optical emission spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction, transmission electron microscopy, high-angle annular dark-field scanning transmission electron microscopy, scanning transmission electron microscopy-energy dispersive spectrometry, and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. It was found that the Au and small CeO2 nanoparticles (~5 nm) were homogeneously mixed in the channels of SBA-15, which led to an increase in the interfacial area between Au and CeO2 and consequently a better catalytic performance of Au-CeO2@SBA-15 catalysts for the selective oxidation of benzyl alcohol to benzaldehyde compared with that of Au/CeO2. The prevention of agglomeration and leaching of Au nanoparticles by restricting them inside the mesopores of SBA-15 was conducive to the stable existence of large quantities of Au-CeO2 interface, which leads to high stability of the Au-CeO2@SBA-15 catalyst.Tuning the interfacial perimeter and structure is crucial to understanding the origin of catalytic performance. This paper describes the design, characterization, and application of CeO2 modified Au@SBA-15 (Au-CeO2@SBA-15) catalysts in selective oxidation of benzyl alcohol. The reaction results showed that Au-CeO2@SBA-15 catalysts exhibited higher catalytic activity compared with Au@SBA-15 and Au/CeO2 catalysts under identical conditions along with the high selectivity towards benzaldehyde (>99%). The turnover frequency of benzyl alcohol over the Au-100CeO2@SBA-15 catalyst is about nine-fold and four-fold higher than those of Au@SBA-15 and Au/CeO2 catalysts, respectively. The supported catalysts were characterized by N2 adsorption-desorption, inductively coupled plasma optical emission spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction, transmission electron microscopy, high-angle annular dark-field scanning transmission electron microscopy, scanning transmission electron microscopy-energy dispersive spectrometry, and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. It was found that the Au and small CeO2 nanoparticles (~5 nm) were homogeneously mixed in the channels of SBA-15, which led to an increase in the interfacial area between Au and CeO2 and consequently a better catalytic performance of Au-CeO2@SBA-15 catalysts for the selective oxidation of benzyl alcohol to benzaldehyde compared with that of Au/CeO2. The prevention of agglomeration and leaching of Au nanoparticles by restricting them inside the mesopores of SBA-15 was conducive to the stable existence of large quantities of Au-CeO2 interface, which leads to high stability of the Au-CeO2@SBA-15 catalyst. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available. See DOI: 10.1039/c5nr00246j

  11. Study of the growth of biaxially textured CeO2 films during ion-beam-assisted deposition

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    Kim, Chang Su; Jo, Sung Jin; Jeong, Soon Moon; Kim, Woo Jin; Baik, Hong Koo; Lee, Se Jong; Song, Kie Moon

    2005-03-01

    Biaxially textured CeO2 films were deposited on Hastelloy C276 substrates at room temperature using ion-beam-assisted e-beam evaporation with the ion beam directed at 55° to the normal of the film plane. The crystalline structure and in-plane orientation of films were investigated by x-ray diffraction 2θ-scan and phgr-scan. The orientation of the films was studied as a function of ion-to-atom ratio and film thickness. The ion-to-atom ratio was varied by independently adjusting the deposition rate and the ion current density. Under optimum condition, (200) textured CeO2 films have been successfully grown on Hastelloy C276.

  12. Effect of oxidizer to fuel molar ratio on particle size and DC conductivity of CeO2 nanoparticles

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    Harish, B. M.; Rajeeva, M. P.; Naveen, C. S.; Chaturmukha, V. S.; Avinash, B. S.; Jayanna, H. S.; Lamani, Ashok R.

    2016-05-01

    Cerium oxide nanoparticles were synthesized by solution combustion method with varying the oxidizer (cerium nitrate hexa hydrate) to fuel (Glycine) molar ratio. The prepared samples were characterized by UV-visible spectrometer, X-ray diffractometer (XRD), Scanning electron microscope (SEM) and Energy dispersive X-Ray analysis (EDAX). XRD pattern reveals the formation of cubic fluorite structure of CeO2. It was observed that finest crystallites were found at extreme fuel-deficient condition and it is good enough to produce favorable powder characteristics. The average crystallite size was found to be 14.46 nm to 21.57 nm. The temperature dependent dc conductivity was carried out using Keithley source meter between the temperature range from 300K to 573K. From this study it was found that the conductivity increases with increase of temperature due to semiconducting behavior of CeO2 and it decreases with particle size due to increase in the energy band gap.

  13. Designed Synthesis of CeO2 Nanorods and Nanowires for Studying Toxicological Effects of High Aspect Ratio Nanomaterials

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    Ji, Zhaoxia; Wang, Xiang; Zhang, Haiyuan; Lin, Sijie; Meng, Huan; Sun, Bingbing; George, Saji; Xia, Tian; Nel, André E.; Zink, Jeffrey I.

    2012-01-01

    While it has been shown that high aspect ratio nanomaterials like carbon nanotubes and TiO2 nanowires can induce toxicity by acting as fiber-like substances that damage the lysosome, it is not clear what the critical lengths and aspect ratios are that induce this type of toxicity. To answer this question, we synthesized a series of cerium oxide (CeO2) nanorods and nanowires with precisely controlled lengths and aspect ratios. Both phosphate and chloride ions were shown to play critical roles in obtaining these high aspect ratio nanostructures. High resolution TEM analysis shows that single crystalline CeO2 nanorods/nanowires were formed along the [211] direction by an “oriented attachment” mechanism, followed by Ostwald ripening. The successful creation of a comprehensive CeO2 nanorod/nanowire combinatorial library allows, for the first time, the systematic study of the effect of aspect ratio on lysosomal damage, cytoxicity and IL-1β production by the human myeloid cell line (THP-1). This in vitro toxicity study demonstrated that at lengths ≥200 nm and aspect ratios ≥ 22, CeO2 nanorods induced progressive cytotoxicity and pro-inflammatory effects. The relatively low “critical” length and aspect ratio were associated with small nanorod/nanowire diameters (6–10 nm), which facilitates the formation of stacking bundles due to strong van der Waals and dipole-dipole attractions. Our results suggest that both length and diameter components of aspect ratio should be considered when addressing the cytotoxic effects of long aspect ratio materials. PMID:22564147

  14. Au and Pd nanoparticles supported on CeO2, TiO2, and Mn2O3 oxides

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    Nascente, P. A. P.; Maluf, S. S.; Afonso, C. R. M.; Landers, R.; Pinheiro, A. N.; Leite, E. R.

    2014-10-01

    Gold and palladium nanoparticles were incorporated on CeO2, TiO2, and Mn2O3 supports prepared by a sol-gel method. The samples were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), energy dispersive spectroscopy (EDS), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), high resolution TEM (HRTEM), scanning TEM (STEM) in high angle annular dark field mode (HAADF), and energy filtered TEM (EFTEM) using electron energy loss spectroscopy (EELS). The XRD diffractograms presented sharp and intense peaks indicating that the samples are highly crystalline, but it did not detected any peak corresponding to Au or Pd phases. This indicates that the Au and Pd NPs were incorporated into the structures of the oxides. It was not possible to obtain an Au 4f spectrum for Au/Mn2O3 due to an overlap with the Mn 3p spectrum. The XPS Au 4f spectra for Au/CeO2 and Au/TiO2 present negative chemical shifts that could be attributed to particle-size-related properties. The XPS Pd 3d spectra indicate that for both CeO2 and TiO2 substrates, the Pd NPs were in the metallic state, while for the Mn2O3 substrate, the Pd NPs were oxidized. The HRTEM results show the formation of nanocrystalline oxides having particles sizes between 50 and 200 nm. TEM micrographs show that the addition of Au caused the formation of Au clusters in between the CeO2 NPS, formation of Au NPs for the TiO2 support, and homogeneous distribution of Au clusters for the Mn2O3 support. The addition of Pd yielded a homogeneous dispersion throughout the CeO2 and TiO2, but caused the formation of Pd clusters for the Mn2O3 support.

  15. Surface degradation of CeO2 stabilized acrylic polyurethane coated thermally treated jack pine during accelerated weathering

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    Saha, Sudeshna; Kocaefe, Duygu; Boluk, Yaman; Pichette, Andre

    2013-07-01

    The thermally treated wood is a new value-added product and is very important for the diversification of forestry products. It drew the attention of consumers due to its attractive dark brown color. However, it loses its color when exposed to outside environment. Therefore, development of a protective coating for this value added product is necessary. In the present study, the efficiency of CeO2 nano particles alone or in combination with lignin stabilizer and/or bark extracts in acrylic polyurethane polymer was investigated by performing an accelerated weathering test. The color measurement results after accelerated weathering demonstrated that the coating containing CeO2 nano particles was the most effective whereas visual assessment suggested the coating containing CeO2 nano particles and lignin stabilizer as the most effective coating. The surface polarity changed for all the coatings during weathering and increase in contact angle after weathering suggested cross linking and reorientation of the polymer chain during weathering. The surface chemistry altered during weathering was evaluated by ATR-FTIR analysis. It suggested formation of different carbonyl byproducts during weathering. The chain scission reactions of the urethane linkages were not found to be significant during weathering.

  16. Effect of CeO2 coupling on the structural, optical and photocatalytic properties of ZnO nanoparticle

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    Sherly, E. D.; Vijaya, J. Judith; Kennedy, L. John

    2015-11-01

    This research work presents the microwave assisted combustion synthesis, characterization and photocatalytic applications of ZnO-CeO2 coupled nano metal oxide. ZnO, CeO2 and the coupled oxides ZnCe, Zn2Ce and ZnCe2 with ZnO and CeO2 in the molar ratio 1:1, 2:1 and 1:2 respectively were fabricated by microwave assisted metal nitrate-urea solution combustion synthesis, without using any organic solvent or surfactant. As-prepared samples were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), field emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM), energy dispersive X-ray analysis (EDX), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), diffuse reflectance spectroscopy (DRS) and photoluminescence spectroscopy(PL). The experiments of photocatalytic activity indicate that Zn2Ce nanoparticles exhibit excellent photocatalytic performance in the degradation of 2,4-dichlorophenol (2,4-DCP). 95% of 2,4-DCP molecules were decomposed by Zn2Ce in 240 min. The better photocatalytic degradation ability of Zn2Ce compared to ZnCe, ZnCe2 or single component ZnO and CeO2 nanoparticles is attributed to the improved separation of photogenerated electron-hole pairs.

  17. Synthesis and characterization of molybdenum catalysts supported on γ-Al2O3-CeO2 composite oxides

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    Farooq, Muhammad; Ramli, Anita; Subbarao, Duvvuri

    2012-09-01

    The physical and chemical properties of a catalyst play a vital role in various industrial applications. Molybdenum catalysts supported on γ-Al2O3 and γ-Al2O3-CeO2 mixed oxides with varying loading of CeO2 (5, 10, 15, 20 wt% with respect to γ-Al2O3) were prepared by wet impregnation method. The physiochemical properties of these synthesized Mo catalysts were studied with various characterization techniques such as X-ray diffraction (XRD), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), temperature-programmed reduction (TPR), field emission scanning electron microscopy-energy dispersive analysis (FESEM-EDX) and X-ray fluorescence spectrometer (XRF). The results showed that the addition of CeO2 into the support affected the binding energies of the elements and reducibility of the metal oxides formed after calcination of catalyst samples due to the change in metal-support interaction. Further, the characterization techniques showed that the active metal was well dispersed on the surface of support material.

  18. Strongly enhanced oxygen ion transport through samarium-doped CeO2 nanopillars in nanocomposite films

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    Yang, Sang Mo; Lee, Shinbuhm; Jian, Jie; Zhang, Wenrui; Lu, Ping; Jia, Quanxi; Wang, Haiyan; Won Noh, Tae; Kalinin, Sergei V.; MacManus-Driscoll, Judith L.

    2015-10-01

    Enhancement of oxygen ion conductivity in oxides is important for low-temperature (<500 °C) operation of solid oxide fuel cells, sensors and other ionotronic devices. While huge ion conductivity has been demonstrated in planar heterostructure films, there has been considerable debate over the origin of the conductivity enhancement, in part because of the difficulties of probing buried ion transport channels. Here we create a practical geometry for device miniaturization, consisting of highly crystalline micrometre-thick vertical nanocolumns of Sm-doped CeO2 embedded in supporting matrices of SrTiO3. The ionic conductivity is higher by one order of magnitude than plain Sm-doped CeO2 films. By using scanning probe microscopy, we show that the fast ion-conducting channels are not exclusively restricted to the interface but also are localized at the Sm-doped CeO2 nanopillars. This work offers a pathway to realize spatially localized fast ion transport in oxides of micrometre thickness.

  19. Strongly enhanced oxygen ion transport through samarium-doped CeO2 nanopillars in nanocomposite films.

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    Yang, Sang Mo; Lee, Shinbuhm; Jian, Jie; Zhang, Wenrui; Lu, Ping; Jia, Quanxi; Wang, Haiyan; Noh, Tae Won; Kalinin, Sergei V; MacManus-Driscoll, Judith L

    2015-01-01

    Enhancement of oxygen ion conductivity in oxides is important for low-temperature (<500 °C) operation of solid oxide fuel cells, sensors and other ionotronic devices. While huge ion conductivity has been demonstrated in planar heterostructure films, there has been considerable debate over the origin of the conductivity enhancement, in part because of the difficulties of probing buried ion transport channels. Here we create a practical geometry for device miniaturization, consisting of highly crystalline micrometre-thick vertical nanocolumns of Sm-doped CeO2 embedded in supporting matrices of SrTiO3. The ionic conductivity is higher by one order of magnitude than plain Sm-doped CeO2 films. By using scanning probe microscopy, we show that the fast ion-conducting channels are not exclusively restricted to the interface but also are localized at the Sm-doped CeO2 nanopillars. This work offers a pathway to realize spatially localized fast ion transport in oxides of micrometre thickness. PMID:26446866

  20. Strongly enhanced oxygen ion transport through samarium-doped CeO2 nanopillars in nanocomposite films

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    Yang, Sangmo; Lee, Shinbuhm; Jian, Jie; Zhang, Wenrui; Lu, Ping; Jia, Quanxi; Wang, Haiyan; Noh, Tae Won; Kalinin, Sergei V.; MacManus-Driscoll, Judith L.

    2015-10-08

    Enhancement of oxygen ion conductivity in oxides is important for low-temperature (<500 °C) operation of solid oxide fuel cells, sensors and other ionotronic devices. While huge ion conductivity has been demonstrated in planar heterostructure films, there has been considerable debate over the origin of the conductivity enhancement, in part because of the difficulties of probing buried ion transport channels. Here we create a practical geometry for device miniaturization, consisting of highly crystalline micrometre-thick vertical nanocolumns of Sm-doped CeO2 embedded in supporting matrices of SrTiO3. The ionic conductivity is higher by one order of magnitude than plain Sm-doped CeO2 films. Bymore » using scanning probe microscopy, we show that the fast ion-conducting channels are not exclusively restricted to the interface but also are localized at the Sm-doped CeO2 nanopillars. This work offers a pathway to realize spatially localized fast ion transport in oxides of micrometre thickness.« less

  1. Deactivation analyses of CeO2/CuO catalysts in the preferential oxidation of carbon monoxide

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    Zeng, Shanghong; Liu, Kewei; Zhang, Lu; Qin, Bin; Chen, Tianjia; Yin, Yueling; Su, Haiquan

    2014-09-01

    The hydrothermal in combination with impregnation methods are used to prepare the CeO2/CuO-X catalysts with spherical structure. The catalysts are characterized via SEM, XRD, H2-TPR, HRTEM, XPS and N2 adsorption-desorption techniques. The study shows that the microspheres of CuO consist of the sheet-like CuO and the way of arrangement results in the formation of shell structure. There is a core in the middle of shell structure, which is composed of the nano-sized CuO particles. CeO2 particles are supported on the surface of the CuO microspheres or embedded in the pores of sheet-like CuO. It is found that there is another reason for the decrease of CO conversion above 155 °C except H2 competitive oxidation. It is from the change of the CeO2/CuO catalyst during CO-PROX reaction including the reduction of CuO and the separation of metallic copper from the surface of catalyst.

  2. Strongly enhanced oxygen ion transport through samarium-doped CeO2 nanopillars in nanocomposite films

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    Yang, Sang Mo; Lee, Shinbuhm; Jian, Jie; Zhang, Wenrui; Lu, Ping; Jia, Quanxi; Wang, Haiyan; Won Noh, Tae; Kalinin, Sergei V.; MacManus-Driscoll, Judith L.

    2015-01-01

    Enhancement of oxygen ion conductivity in oxides is important for low-temperature (<500 °C) operation of solid oxide fuel cells, sensors and other ionotronic devices. While huge ion conductivity has been demonstrated in planar heterostructure films, there has been considerable debate over the origin of the conductivity enhancement, in part because of the difficulties of probing buried ion transport channels. Here we create a practical geometry for device miniaturization, consisting of highly crystalline micrometre-thick vertical nanocolumns of Sm-doped CeO2 embedded in supporting matrices of SrTiO3. The ionic conductivity is higher by one order of magnitude than plain Sm-doped CeO2 films. By using scanning probe microscopy, we show that the fast ion-conducting channels are not exclusively restricted to the interface but also are localized at the Sm-doped CeO2 nanopillars. This work offers a pathway to realize spatially localized fast ion transport in oxides of micrometre thickness. PMID:26446866

  3. Utilizing peroxide as precursor for the synthesis of CeO2/ZnO composite oxide with enhanced photocatalytic activity

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    Lv, Zijian; Zhong, Qin; Ou, Man

    2016-07-01

    A facile synthesis method of CeO2/ZnO composite oxides with higher oxygen vacancy concentration was developed by a two-step precipitation method, in which peroxide was used as precursor. The photocatalytic activity of the catalysts under UV irradiation was studied in degradation of methylene blue (MB). All CeO2/ZnO photocatalysts exhibited higher photocatalytic performance than pure ZnO, and 1%CeO2/ZnO showed highest photocatalytic activity among the prepared catalysts. It was confirmed that the synergistic effect of CeO2 and oxygen vacancy caused the improved photocatalytic activity. Furthermore, the mechanism was investigated by introducing different additives, and it was found that the hydroxyl radicals played a crucial role in degradation process.

  4. MOD approach for the growth of epitaxial CeO2 buffer layers on biaxially textured Ni W substrates for YBCO coated conductors

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    Bhuiyan, M. S.; Paranthaman, M.; Sathyamurthy, S.; Aytug, T.; Kang, S.; Lee, D. F.; Goyal, A.; Payzant, E. A.; Salama, K.

    2003-11-01

    We have grown epitaxial CeO2 buffer layers on biaxially textured Ni-W substrates for YBCO coated conductors using a newly developed metal organic decomposition (MOD) approach. Precursor solution of 0.25 M concentration was spin coated on short samples of Ni-3 at%W (Ni-W) substrates and heat-treated at 1100 °C in a gas mixture of Ar-4%H2 for 15 min. Detailed x-ray studies indicate that CeO2 films have good out-of-plane and in-plane textures with full-width-half-maximum values of 5.8° and 7.5°, respectively. High temperature in situ XRD studies show that the nucleation of CeO2 films starts at 600 °C and the growth completes within 5 min when heated at 1100 °C. SEM and AFM investigations of CeO2 films reveal a fairly dense microstructure without cracks and porosity. Highly textured YSZ barrier layers and CeO2 cap layers were deposited on MOD CeO2-buffered Ni-W substrates using rf-magnetron sputtering. Pulsed laser deposition (PLD) was used to grow YBCO films on these substrates. A critical current, Jc, of about 1.5 MA cm-2 at 77 K and self-field was obtained on YBCO (PLD)/CeO2 (sputtered)/YSZ (sputtered)/CeO2 (spin-coated)/Ni-W.

  5. Ethanol Sensor of CdO/Al2O3/CeO2 Obtained from Ce-DOPED Layered Double Hydroxides with High Response and Selectivity

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    Xu, Dongmei; Guan, Meiyu; Xu, Qinghong; Guo, Ying; Wang, Yao

    2013-06-01

    In this paper, Ce-doped CdAl layered double hydroxide (LDH) was first synthesized and the derivative CdO/Al2O3/CeO2 composite oxide was prepared by calcining Ce-doped CdAl LDH. The structure, morphology and chemical state of the Ce doped CdAl LDH and CdO/Al2O3/CeO2 were also investigated by X-ray diffraction (XRD), Fourier transform infrared (FT-IR), solid state nuclear magnetic resonance (SSNMR), scanning electron microscope (SEM) and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). The gas sensing properties of CdO/Al2O3/CeO2 to ethanol were further studied and compared with CdO/Al2O3 prepared from CdAl LDH, CeO2 powder as well as the calcined Ce salt. It turns out that CdO/Al2O3/CeO2 sensor shows best performance in ethanol response. Besides, CdO/Al2O3/CeO2 possesses short response/recovery time (12/72 s) as well as remarkable selectivity in ethanol sensing, which means composite oxides prepared from LDH are very promising in gas sensing application.

  6. Influence of laser power on the orientation and microstructure of CeO 2 films deposited on Hastelloy C276 tapes by laser chemical vapor deposition

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    Zhao, Pei; Ito, Akihiko; Tu, Rong; Goto, Takashi

    2010-08-01

    CeO 2 films were prepared on LaMnO 3/MgO/Gd 2Zr 2O 7 multi-coated Hastelloy C276 tapes by laser chemical vapor deposition at different laser power ( PL) from 46 to 101 W. Epitaxial (1 0 0) CeO 2 films were prepared at PL = 46-93 W (deposition temperature, Tdep = 705-792 K). Epitaxial CeO 2 films had rectangular-shaped grains at PL = 46-77 W ( Tdep = 705-754 K), while square-shaped grains were obtained at PL = 85-93 W ( Tdep = 769-792 K). CeO 2 films showed a columnar microstructure. Epitaxial (1 0 0) CeO 2 films with rectangular grains exhibited full width at half maximum of ω-scan on (2 0 0) reflection and ϕ-scan on (2 2 0) reflection of 3.4-3.2° and 6.0-7.2°, respectively. The deposition rate of the epitaxial (1 0 0) CeO 2 films had a maximum of 4.6 μm h -1 at PL = 77 W ( Tdep = 754 K).

  7. The peak effect in bulk Y-Ba-Cu-O superconductor with CeO2 doping by the infiltration growth method

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    Chen, Po-Wei; Chen, In-Gann; Chen, Shih-Yun; Wu, Maw-Kuen

    2011-08-01

    In this study, large single grain Y-Ba-Cu-O (YBCO) superconductors with CeO2 addition were fabricated by the infiltration and growth (IG) technique. It is noticeable that the CeO2 doped IG-YBCO sample showed a superior critical current density Jc(H, T) with a peak effect. The Jc (3 T, 65 K) of the IG-YBCO sample with CeO2 addition reached 105 A cm - 2, which was two times higher than that of the CeO2 doped top-seeded melt texture (TSMT)-YBCO sample. Microstructure analysis indicated that the concentration of Sm in the CeO2 doped IG-YBCO sample was 0.2 mol%. The Sm which dissolved from the SmBCO seed diffused into the bulk to form compositional fluctuations of (Y, Sm)BCO and was correlated to the effective pinning in high field regions (or peak effect) to improve the Jc(H, T) in high fields. In addition, the maximum trapped field value of 0.23 T and trapped field profile of the CeO2 doped sample grown by IG are larger than that of 0.13 T grown by TSMT using the same diameter of precursor pellets.

  8. The effects of physicochemical properties of CeO2 nanoparticles on toxicity to soil denitrification processes

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    Dahle, Jessica Teague

    The studies presented in this thesis identify the impact of NP CeO 2 on soil denitrifying microbial communities and reveal that physical and chemical characteristics including particle size, speciation, concentration, pH, and presence of ligands are key to predicting environmental fate and reactivity of NP CeO2 in the soil. A review of the literature in Chapter 1 revealed a widespread lack of toxicological information for soil exposures to NP CeO2. Soil denitrifying bacteria are a keystone species because they serve an important role in the global nitrogen cycle controlling the atmospheric nitrogen input. Soil denitrifiers are important to this study because the reducing conditions during denitrification could induce phase transformation of Ce(IV) to Ce(III), potentially influencing the toxicity of Ce. Cerium is well known for being the only lanthanide that is thermodynamically stable in both the trivalent and tetravalent state in low temperature geochemical environments. Using well characterized NP Ce(IV)O 2 as well as bulk soluble Ce(III), batch denitrification experiments were conducted to evaluate the toxicity of Ce species to the denitrifying community in a Toccoa sandy loam soil. The statistical analysis on the antimicrobial effect on soil denitrifiers was conducted using both steady-state evaluation and zero-order kinetic models in order to compare the toxicity of the Ce(III) species to the NPs. These studies, presented in Chapter 3, show that soluble Ce(III) is far more toxic than Ce(IV)O2 NPs when an equal total concentration of Ce is used, though both species exhibit toxicity to the denitrifiers via statistically significant inhibition of soil denitrification processes. Particle-size dependent toxicity, species-dependent toxicity, and concentration-dependent toxicity were all observed in this study for both the steady-state and the kinetic evaluations. The possibility of toxicity enhancement and diminishment via dissolution and ligand complexation pathways was investigated thoroughly in Chapter 2. In addition to the equilibrium and kinetic-based toxicological assessments presented in Chapter 1, dissolution and sorption experiments were performed to gain an overall understanding of Ce biogeochemistry in the terrestrial environment post-release and reveal possible geochemical controls on toxicity. It was shown that dissolution of bioavailable Ce is pH-dependent; dissolution is only detectable at acidic pH values (< pH 5) and increases with increasing acidity. Dissolution of Ce from NP CeO2 was identified to be almost 100% Ce(III). It was also demonstrated that this dissolution is suppressed by the addition of phosphate ligand, which is largely bioavailable in soils, especially in agricultural lands. This suppression was explained by the strong sorption of phosphate ligand to NP CeO2. The elimination of bioavailable Ce(III) release from NP CeO2 by phosphate ligand is likely one of the most important controls on toxicity effects and should be a large consideration in determining the fate and transport of NP CeO2 in the aquatic and terrestrial environment. It was also demonstrated that both Ce(III) and NP CeO2 have extremely strong affinity for sorption to soil matter, which could serve as another controlling pathway. Experiments indicated that factors such as reductive transformation of NP CeO2 in soils and exchangeable Ce(III) impurity in the NPs could contribute to controls on toxicity as well. In conclusion, the studies presented in this thesis indicate that the toxicity effects of the studied Ce species to soil denitrifiers are strongly affected by physical and chemical characteristics such as speciation, pH, and bioavailable ligands. As the global market for nanomaterials rapidly expands, so does the need of the scientific community for an understanding of how these influences in environmental fate and reactivity may be key in assessing toxicological risks associated with environmental exposures to NP CeO2 as well as other engineered metal oxide nanoparticles. (Abstract shortened by UMI.)

  9. Rose Bengal sensitized bilayered photoanode of nano-crystalline TiO2-CeO2 for dye-sensitized solar cell application

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    Sayyed, Suhail A. A. R.; Beedri, Niyamat I.; Kadam, Vishal S.; Pathan, Habib M.

    2016-08-01

    The present work deals with the study of TiO2-CeO2 bilayered photoanode with low-cost Rose Bengal (RB) dye as sensitizer for dye-sensitized solar cell application. The recombination reactions are reduced in bilayered TiO2-CeO2 photoanode as compared to the single-layered CeO2 photoanode. Once the electrons get transferred from lowest unoccupied molecular orbital level of RB dye to the conduction band (CB) of TiO2, then the possibilities of recombination of electrons with oxidized dye molecules or oxidized redox couple are reduced. This is because the CB position of CeO2 is higher than that of TiO2, which blocks the path of electrons. The electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) analysis shows negative shift in frequency for bilayered TiO2-CeO2 photoanode as compared to CeO2 photoanode. Hence, in bilayered photoanode lifetime of electrons is more than in single-layered photoanode, confirming reduction in recombination reactions. The X-ray diffraction patterns confirm both anatase TiO2 and CeO2 with crystalline size using Scherrer formula as 24 and 10 nm, respectively. The scanning electron microscopy images of photoanode show the porous structure useful for dye adsorption. The presence of Ti and Ce is confirmed by electron diffraction studies. The band gap values for TiO2 and CeO2 were calculated as 3.20 and 3.11 eV, respectively, using diffused reflectance spectroscopy. The bilayered TiO2-CeO2 photoanode showed open-circuit voltage ( V OC) ~500 mV and short-circuit photocurrent density ( J SC) ~0.29 mA/cm2 with fill factor (FF) ~62.17 %. There is increase in V OC and J SC values by 66.67 and 38.10 %, respectively, compared to RB-sensitized CeO2 photoanode.

  10. The Effect of CeO2 Antireflection Layer on the Optical Properties of Thermochromic VO2 Film for Smart Window System

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    Koo, Hyun; Shin, Dongmin; Bae, Sung-Hwan; Ko, Kyeong-Eun; Chang, Se-Hong; Park, Chan

    2013-11-01

    CeO2-VO2 bilayer structure was fabricated to investigate the effect of depositing CeO2 film on the optical properties of VO2 film for smart window application. CeO2 was employed as an antireflection (AR) layer material of VO2 film because of its advantages which include high transparency in the visible-near infrared range and high refractive index. All the films were deposited on soda-lime glass substrate by pulsed laser deposition method. Optical calculations were carried out using transfer-matrix method for the purpose of designing CeO2-VO2 bilayer structure with enhanced integrated luminous transmittance (T lum) and switching efficiency (ΔT sol). The optical constants of VO2 and CeO2 films needed for the optical calculation were measured by spectroscopic ellipsometer. The curve of T lum the shape of which depends on the thickness of CeO2 layer, was calculated in each VO2 sample, which showed two maxima. The samples were divided into two groups; one for the highest enhancement of T lum and the other for balanced enhancement between T lum and ΔT sol. The sample with the structure of ~60 nm CeO2 AR layer on 39-nm thick VO2 film showed large increase of T lum (~27%) with ΔT sol of ~5%, which is the largest increase in T lum reported so far. Two samples in the other group showed the balanced enhancement in T lum (~57, ~50%) and ΔT sol (~9, ~10.5%). The effect of CeO2 AR layer on the optical properties of VO2 film was confirmed with the optical calculation and the experimental results. CeO2-VO2 bilayer structure showed notable improvement of optical properties compared to the single VO2 film, indicating that CeO2 layer can be effectively used as the antireflection layer while working as a protective layer that can prevent the oxidation of VO2 layer as well.

  11. Fabrication and dye removal performance of magnetic CuFe2O4@CeO2 nanofibers

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    Zou, Lianli; Wang, Qiuju; Shen, Xiangqian; Wang, Zhou; Jing, Maoxiang; Luo, Zhou

    2015-03-01

    Novel magnetic adsorbents with CeO2 nanoparticles (about 20 nm) coated on CuFe2O4 nanofibers were fabricated by combining electrospinning technique and chemical precipitation methods. The prepared CuFe2O4@CeO2 composite nanofibers show a diameter of 200 nm with a high specific surface area of 64.12 m2/g. These composite nanofibers exhibit a typical soft-magnetic materials behavior with a specific saturation magnetization (Ms) of 20.51 Am2/kg. The adsorption performances of these composite nanofibers were evaluated by column bed studies for methyl orange (MO) removal from aqueous solution. The effect of pH, flow rate and dye concentration on adsorption performances were investigated. The results show that the adsorption capacity decreases with increase of pH. The largest adsorption capacity of the column beds shows about 100 g/mL under the condition of C0 = 0.05 mg/mL, F = 2.0 mL/min and pH 4.0. The kinetic process is described by Thomas model. The rate constant decreases with the extension of reaction time and decreasing pH. The desorption behaviors are also studied in 0.5 M NaCl solution, ethyl alcohol and deionized water, respectively, which show that the adsorbed MO molecules can be easily desorbed from CuFe2O4@CeO2 composite nanofibers in NaCl solution. The adsorption mechanism of ionic interaction, formation of hydrogen bonds and pore diffusion is rationally proposed.

  12. Extracellular Polymeric Substances (EPS) of Freshwater Biofilms Stabilize and Modify CeO2 and Ag Nanoparticles

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    Kroll, Alexandra; Behra, Renata; Kaegi, Ralf; Sigg, Laura

    2014-01-01

    Streams are potential receiving compartments for engineered nanoparticles (NP). In streams, NP may remain dispersed or settle to the benthic compartment. Both dispersed and settling NP can accumulate in benthic biofilms called periphyton that are essential to stream ecosystems. Periphytic organisms excrete extracellular polymeric substances (EPS) that interact with any material reaching the biofilms. To understand the interaction of NP with periphyton it is therefore crucial to study the interaction of NP with EPS. We investigated the influence of EPS on the physicochemical properties of selected NP (CeO2, Ag) under controlled conditions at pH 6, 7.6, 8.6 and light or dark exposure. We extracted EPS from five different periphyton communities, characterized the extracts, and exposed CeO2 and carbonate-stabilized Ag NP (0.5 and 5 mg/L, both 25 nm primary particle size) and AgNO3 to EPS (10 mg/L) over two weeks. We measured NP size distribution, shape, primary particle size, surface plasmon resonance, and dissolution. All EPS extracts were composed of biopolymers, building blocks of humic substances, low molecular weight (Mr) acids, and small amphiphilic or neutral compounds in varying concentrations. CeO2 NP were stabilized by EPS independent of pH and light/dark while dissolution increased over time in the dark at pH 6. EPS induced a size increase in Ag NP in the light with decreasing pH and the formation of metallic Ag NP from AgNO3 at the same conditions via EPS-enhanced photoreduction. NP transformation and formation were slower in the extract with the lowest biopolymer and low Mr acid concentrations. Periphytic EPS in combination with naturally varying pH and light/dark conditions influence the properties of the Ag and CeO2 NP tested and thus the exposure conditions within biofilms. Our results indicate that periphytic organisms may be exposed to a constantly changing mixture of engineered and naturally formed Ag NP and Ag+. PMID:25333364

  13. Orange Peel Oxidative Gasification on Ni Catalysts Promoted with CaO, CeO2 or K2O.

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    Vargas, G; Zapata, B; Valenzuela, M A; Alfaro, S

    2015-09-01

    Orange peel can be considered as an attractive raw material to be gasified for hydrogen or syngas production. In this work, the catalytic evaluation of several silica-supported nickel catalysts in the oxidative degradation of waste orange peel is reported. It was found that the catalytic gasification with the K2O-Ni/silica catalyst produces more hydrogen than the non-catalytic route at 600 degrees C. Surprisingly, a significant amount of ethene was obtained with the CeO2-Ni/silica catalyst, which was explained in terms of an oxidative dehydrogenation reaction of ethane formed during biomass or tar decomposition. PMID:26716225

  14. Mechanical Properties and Corrosion Behavior of CeO2 and SiC Incorporated Al5083 Alloy Surface Composites

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    Amra, M.; Ranjbar, Khalil; Dehmolaei, R.

    2015-08-01

    In this investigation, nano-sized cerium oxide (CeO2) and silicon carbide (SiC) particles were stirred and mixed into the surface of an Al5083 alloy rolled plate using friction stir processing (FSP) to form a surface nano-composite layer. For this purpose, various volume ratios of the reinforcements either separately or in the combined form were packed into a pre-machined groove on the surface of the plate. Microstructural features, mechanical properties, and corrosion behavior of the resultant surface composites were determined. Microstructural analysis, optical microscopy and scanning electron microscopy, showed that reinforcement particles were fairly dispersed inside the stir zone and grain refinement was gained. Compared with the base alloy, all of the FSP composites showed higher hardness and tensile strength values with the maximum being obtained for the composite containing 100% SiC particles, i.e., Al5083/SiC. The corrosion behavior of the samples was studied by conducting potentiodynamic polarization tests and assessed in terms of corrosion potential, pitting potential, and passivation range. The result shows a significant increase in corrosion resistance of the base alloy; i.e., the longest passivation range when CeO2 alone was incorporated into the surface by acting as cathodic inhibitors. Composites reinforced with SiC particles exhibited lower pitting resistance due to the formation of microgalvanic couples between cathodic SiC particles and anodic aluminum matrix. The study was aimed to fabricate metal matrix surface composites with improved hardness, tensile strength, and corrosion resistance by the incorporation of CeO2 and SiC reinforcement particles into the surface of Al5083 base alloy. Optimum mechanical properties and corrosion resistance were obtained for the FSP composite Al5083/(75%CeO2 + 25%SiC). In this particular FSP composite, hardness and tensile strength were increased by 30, and 14%, respectively, and passivation range was increased to 0.19 V/SCE compared to the base alloy with no passivation range.

  15. Extracellular polymeric substances (EPS) of freshwater biofilms stabilize and modify CeO2 and Ag nanoparticles.

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    Kroll, Alexandra; Behra, Renata; Kaegi, Ralf; Sigg, Laura

    2014-01-01

    Streams are potential receiving compartments for engineered nanoparticles (NP). In streams, NP may remain dispersed or settle to the benthic compartment. Both dispersed and settling NP can accumulate in benthic biofilms called periphyton that are essential to stream ecosystems. Periphytic organisms excrete extracellular polymeric substances (EPS) that interact with any material reaching the biofilms. To understand the interaction of NP with periphyton it is therefore crucial to study the interaction of NP with EPS. We investigated the influence of EPS on the physicochemical properties of selected NP (CeO2, Ag) under controlled conditions at pH 6, 7.6, 8.6 and light or dark exposure. We extracted EPS from five different periphyton communities, characterized the extracts, and exposed CeO2 and carbonate-stabilized Ag NP (0.5 and 5 mg/L, both 25 nm primary particle size) and AgNO3 to EPS (10 mg/L) over two weeks. We measured NP size distribution, shape, primary particle size, surface plasmon resonance, and dissolution. All EPS extracts were composed of biopolymers, building blocks of humic substances, low molecular weight (Mr) acids, and small amphiphilic or neutral compounds in varying concentrations. CeO2 NP were stabilized by EPS independent of pH and light/dark while dissolution increased over time in the dark at pH 6. EPS induced a size increase in Ag NP in the light with decreasing pH and the formation of metallic Ag NP from AgNO3 at the same conditions via EPS-enhanced photoreduction. NP transformation and formation were slower in the extract with the lowest biopolymer and low Mr acid concentrations. Periphytic EPS in combination with naturally varying pH and light/dark conditions influence the properties of the Ag and CeO2 NP tested and thus the exposure conditions within biofilms. Our results indicate that periphytic organisms may be exposed to a constantly changing mixture of engineered and naturally formed Ag NP and Ag+. PMID:25333364

  16. Reel-to-reel continuous simultaneous double-sided deposition of highly textured CeO2 templates for YBa2Cu3O7-δ coated conductors

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    Xiong, J.; Tao, B. W.; Qin, W. F.; Tang, J. L.; Han, X.; Li, Y. R.

    2008-02-01

    A reel-to-reel system which allows simultaneous two-sided deposition of epitaxial CeO2 buffer layers on long length biaxially textured Ni-5 at.%W tape with direct current (dc) reactive magnetron sputtering is described. Deposition is accomplished through two opposite symmetrical sputtering guns with a radiation heater. Meter-long double-sided epitaxial CeO2 buffer layers have been produced for the first time on textured metal substrates in a run using a reel-to-reel process with a speed of about 1.2 m h-1. The CeO2 films were characterized by means of x-ray diffraction (XRD) and atomic force microscopy (AFM). The samples exhibited good epitaxial growth with the c-axis perpendicular to the substrate surface for both sides. Full width at half maximum (FWHM) values of the out-of-plane and in-plane orientation for both sides were 3.2° and 3.1°, 5.3° and 5.1°, respectively. AFM observations revealed a smooth, dense and crack-free surface morphology. In addition, x-ray scans have been performed as a function of length to determine the crystallographic consistency of the epitaxial CeO2 over the length. Subsequently anyttria-stabilized zirconia (YSZ) barrier and CeO2 cap layers were deposited to complete the CeO2/YSZ/CeO2 structure via the same process. Epitaxial YBa2Cu3O7-δ (YBCO) films grown by dc sputtering on the short prototype CeO2/YSZ/CeO2/NiW conductors yielded self-field critical current densities (Jc) as high as 1.3 MA cm-2 at 77 K. An Ic value of 113 A cm-1 was obtained for double-sided YBCO coated conductors.

  17. Citric acid modifies surface properties of commercial CeO2 nanoparticles reducing their toxicity and cerium uptake in radish (Raphanus sativus) seedlings.

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    Trujillo-Reyes, J; Vilchis-Nestor, A R; Majumdar, S; Peralta-Videa, J R; Gardea-Torresdey, J L

    2013-12-15

    Little is known about the mobility, reactivity, and toxicity to plants of coated engineered nanoparticles (ENPs). Surface modification may change the interaction of ENPs with living organisms. This report describes surface changes in commercial CeO2 NPs coated with citric acid (CA) at molar ratios of 1:2, 1:3, 1:7, and 1:10 CeO2:CA, and their effects on radish (Raphanus sativus) seed germination, cerium and nutrients uptake. All CeO2 NPs and their absorption by radish plants were characterized by TEM, DLS, and ICP-OES. Radish seeds were germinated in pristine and CA coated CeO2 NPs suspensions at 50mg/L, 100mg/L, and 200mg/L. Deionized water and CA at 100mg/L were used as controls. Results showed ζ potential values of 21.6 mV and -56 mV for the pristine and CA coated CeO2 NPs, respectively. TEM images showed denser layers surrounding the CeO2 NPs at higher CA concentrations, as well as better distribution and smaller particle sizes. None of the treatments affected seed germination. However, at 200mg/L the CA coated NPs at 1:7 ratio produced significantly (p ≤ 0.05) more root biomass, increased water content and reduced by 94% the Ce uptake, compared to bare NPs. This suggests that CA coating decrease CeO2 NPs toxicity to plants. PMID:24231324

  18. Identification of the arsenic resistance on MoO3 doped CeO2/TiO2 catalyst for selective catalytic reduction of NOx with ammonia.

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    Li, Xiang; Li, Xiansheng; Li, Junhua; Hao, Jiming

    2016-11-15

    Arsenic resistance on MoO3 doped CeO2/TiO2 catalysts for selective catalytic reduction of NOx with NH3 (NH3-SCR) is investigated. It is found that the activity loss of CeO2-MoO3/TiO2 caused by As oxide is obvious less than that of CeO2/TiO2 catalysts. The fresh and poisoned catalysts are compared and analyzed using XRD, Raman, XPS, H2-TPR and in situ DRIFTS. The results manifest that the introduction of arsenic oxide to CeO2/TiO2 catalyst not only weakens BET surface area, surface acid sites and adsorbed NOx species, but also destroy the redox circle of Ce(4+) to Ce(3+) because of interaction between Ce and As. When MoO3 is added into CeO2/TiO2 system, the main SCR reaction path are found to be changed from the reaction between coordinated NH3 and ad-NOx species to that between an amide and gaseous NO. Additionally, for CeO2-MoO3/TiO2 catalyst, As toxic effect on active sites CeO2 can be released because of stronger As-Mo interaction. Moreover, not only are the reactable Brønsted and Lewis acid sites partly restored, but the cycle of Ce(4+) to Ce(3+) can also be free to some extent. PMID:27474851

  19. Enhancement of photocatalytic properties of TiO2 nanoparticles doped with CeO2 and supported on SiO2 for phenol degradation

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    Hao, Chunjing; Li, Jing; Zhang, Zailei; Ji, Yongjun; Zhan, Hanhui; Xiao, Fangxing; Wang, Dan; Liu, Bin; Su, Fabing

    2015-03-01

    A series of CeO2-TiO2 and CeO2-TiO2/SiO2 composites were prepared with TiCl4 and Ce (NO3)3·6H2O as precursors via a facile co-precipitation method. The obtained samples were characterized by various techniques such as X-ray diffraction (XRD), nitrogen adsorption (N2-BET), Fourier transformation infrared spectrum (FT-IR), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), and UV-Vis spectroscopy measurements. The results indicated that TiO2 doped with CeO2 and supported on SiO2 could reduce the crystallite size, inhibit the phase transformation, enhance the thermal stability, and effectively extend the spectral response from UV to visible range. When applied to the phenol photodegradation on a homemade batch reactor with an external cooling jacket, the CeO2-TiO2/SiO2 catalysts exhibited significantly enhanced photodegradation efficiency in comparison with commercial Degussa P25 and CeO2-TiO2. The unique catalytic properties of CeO2-TiO2/SiO2 were ascribed to improved electron-hole pairs separation efficiency and formation of more reactive oxygen species owing to the presence of Ce3+/Ce4+, as well as high dispersion of active component of CeO2-TiO2 as a result of the introduction of SiO2 support. Furthermore, the catalysts can be easily recovered from the reaction solution by centrifugation and reused for four cycles without significant loss of activity.

  20. Inclined Substrate Deposited CeO2 Films by Electron Beam Evaporation on Randomly Oriented Metallic Substrate

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    Mancini, A.; Celentano, G.; Fabbri, F.; Galluzzi, V.; Petrisor, T.; Rufoloni, A.; Varesi, E.; Vannozzi, A.; Rogai, R.; Boffa, V.; Gambardella, U.

    A study on CeO2 film growth on randomly oriented metallic substrate using lnclined Substrate Deposition (ISD) technique was performed in order to develop a biaxially aligned buffer layer for YBa2Cu3O7-δ (YBCO) coated conductors. The influence of deposition parameters, as the substrate inclination angle α with respect to the CeO2 vapor direction, deposition temperature and film thickness, on structural and morphological properties of the film was investigated. At substrate temperature between 200°C and 700°C a biaxial texture was observed for α ranging from 150° to 75°. The minimum value of the φ-scan full width at half maximum (FWHM) on (002) poles of about 13.5° was obtained for film 2 μm thick deposited at 200°C and α=55°. Morphological analyses on cross-sectioned samples revealed a columnar structure, typical for this deposition technique, with spaced grains and a tile like surface.

  1. Shape tailored green synthesis of CeO2:Ho3+ nanopowders, its structural, photoluminescence and gamma radiation sensing properties

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    Malleshappa, J.; Nagabhushana, H.; Kavyashree, D.; Prashantha, S. C.; Sharma, S. C.; Premkumar, H. B.; Shivakumara, C.

    2015-06-01

    CeO2:Ho3+ (1-9 mol%) nanopowders have been prepared by efficient and environmental friendly green combustion method using Aloe vera gel as fuel for the first time. The final products are well characterized by powder X-ray diffraction (PXRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), fourier transform infrared (FTIR). Bell, urchin, core shell and flower like morphologies are observed with different concentrations of the A. vera gel. It is apparent that by adjusting the concentration of the gel, considerable changes in the formation of CeO2:Ho3+ nano structures can be achieved. Photoluminescence (PL) studies show green (543, 548 nm) and red (645, 732 nm) emissions upon excited at 400 nm wavelength. The emission peaks at ∼526, 548, 655 and 732 nm are associated with the transitions of 5F3 → 5I8, 5S2 → 5I8, 5F5 → 5I8 and 5S2 → 5I7, respectively. Three TL glow peaks are observed at 118, 267 and 204 °C for all the γ irradiated samples which specify the surface and deeper traps. Linear TL response in the range 0.1-2 kGy shows that phosphor is fairly useful as γ radiation dosimeter. Kinetic parameters associated with the glow peaks are estimated using Chen's half width method. The CIE coordinate values show that phosphor is quite useful for the possible applications in WLEDs as orange red phosphor.

  2. Effect of Thermal Treatment on the Textural Properties of CeO2 Powders Synthesized in Near- and Supercritical Alcohols.

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    Slostowski, Cédric; Marre, Samuel; Babot, Odile; Toupance, Thierry; Aymonier, Cyril

    2015-11-16

    CeO2 nanocrystals (NCs) have attracted increasing interest over the past few years, in particular for their use in catalytic reactions. Syntheses mediated by near- and supercritical alcohols have proven to be innovative ways to obtain CeO2 NCs with controlled crystallite sizes (from 3 to 8 nm depending on the alcohol) and surface functionalities, with alcohol moieties. When submitted to a thermal treatment at 500 °C, required to desorb/degrade surface organic species, these powders displayed different behaviors depending on the alcohol used during the synthesis. Cerium oxide powders synthesized in sc-MeOH, sc-EtOH and sc-iPrOH undergo sintering during treatment at 500 °C, with a decrease of their specific surface area. Conversely, those synthesized in sc-BuOH, nc-PentOH and nc-HexOH keep their initial crystallite sizes and morphology, but show a great enhancement of their specific surface area (up to 200 m(2) g(-1)), which is unprecedented after such a thermal treatment. PMID:26333851

  3. Enhanced blue light shielding property of light-diffusion polycarbonate composites by CeO2-coated silicate microspheres

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    Zhao, Yu; Shi, Liyi; Tang, Anjie; Song, Na; Tang, Shengfu; Ding, Peng

    2015-07-01

    The CeO2 coated silicate microspheres (SMSs) core-shell particles (SMS-CeO2) were synthesized for enhancing blue light shielding property of polycarbonate (PC) composites. The structure analysis showed that CeO2 particles were homogenously coated on SMS by Ce-O-Si bonds. The optical analysis indicated that the transmittance of PC/SMS-CeO2 composites were enhanced to 63.2% from 42.9% for PC/SMS/CeO2 composites when 0.6 wt.% fillers were loaded, while there was no obvious influence on the haze of the composites. UV-Vis analysis showed that the absorbance at 450-nm wavelength of blue-light increased from 24% of PC/SMS to 50% of PC/SMS-CeO2 composites, while the absorbance at 650-nm wavelength of red-light was unchanged. These results indicated that the PC/SMS-CeO2 composites had blue light shielding property and better performance on transmitting other visible lights.

  4. Adsorption and Reaction of Acetaldehyde on Shape-Controlled CeO2 Nanocrystals: Elucidation of Structure-function Relationships

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    Mann, Amanda K; Wu, Zili; Calaza, Florencia; Overbury, Steven {Steve} H

    2014-01-01

    CeO2 cubes with {100} facets, octahedra with {111} facets, and wires with highly defective structures were utilized to probe the structure-dependent reactivity of acetaldehyde. Using temperature-programmed desorption (TPD), temperature-programmed surface reactions (TPSR), and in situ infrared spectroscopy it was found that acetaldehyde desorbs unreacted or undergoes reduction, coupling, or C-C bond scission reactions depending on the surface structure of CeO2. Room temperature FTIR indicates that acetaldehyde binds primarily as 1-acetaldehyde on the octahedra, in a variety of conformations on the cubes, including coupling products and acetate and enolate species, and primarily as coupling products on the wires. The percent consumption of acetaldehyde follows the order of wires > cubes > octahedra. All the nanoshapes produce the coupling product crotonaldehyde; however, the selectivity to produce ethanol follows the order wires cubes >> octahedra. The selectivity and other differences can be attributed to the variation in the basicity of the surfaces, defects densities, coordination numbers of surface atoms, and the reducibility of the nanoshapes.

  5. Anchoring noble metal nanoparticles on CeO2 modified reduced graphene oxide nanosheets and their enhanced catalytic properties.

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    Ji, Zhenyuan; Shen, Xiaoping; Xu, Yuling; Zhu, Guoxing; Chen, Kangmin

    2014-10-15

    The strategy of structurally integrating noble metal, metal oxide, and graphene is expected to offer prodigious opportunities toward emerging functions of graphene-based nanocomposites. In this study, we develop a facile two-step approach to disperse noble metal (Pt and Au) nanoparticles on the surface of CeO2 functionalized reduced graphene oxide (RGO) nanosheets. It is shown that Pt and Au with particle sizes of about 5 and 2nm are well dispersed on the surface of RGO/CeO2. The reduction of 4-nitrophenol (4-NP) to 4-aminophenol (4-AP) by NaBH4 was used as a model reaction to quantitatively evaluate the catalytic properties of the as-synthesized RGO/Pt/CeO2 and RGO/Au/CeO2 ternary nanocomposites. In such triple-component catalysts, CeO2 nanocrystals provide unique and critical roles for optimizing the catalytic performance of noble metallic Pt and Au, allowing them to express enhanced catalytic activities in comparison with RGO/Pt and RGO/Au catalysts. In addition, a possible mechanism for the enhanced catalytic activities of the RGO/Pt/CeO2 and RGO/Au/CeO2 ternary catalysts in the reduction of 4-NP is proposed. It is expected that our prepared graphene-based triple-component composites, which inherit peculiar properties of graphene, metal oxide, and noble metal, are attractive candidates for catalysis and other applications. PMID:25080384

  6. Hybrid nanocomposite from aniline and CeO2 nanoparticles: Surface protective performance on mild steel in acidic environment

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    Sasikumar, Y.; Kumar, A. Madhan; Gasem, Zuhair M.; Ebenso, Eno E.

    2015-03-01

    This present work contributes to the development of a new generation of active corrosion inhibitors composed of CeO2 nanoparticles covered with polyaniline that are able to release entrapped nanoparticles in acidic medium. Nanocomposites of aniline and CeO2 nanoparticles have been chemically synthesized by in-situ polymerization. The structural evolutions and morphological characteristics of PANI/CeO2 nanocomposite (PCN) have performed using various techniques such as XRD, IR, XPS, SEM and TEM analysis. It was illustrated from SEM and TEM observation that the PCN has globular particle with core-shell structure. The inhibition properties of synthesized PCN on mild steel (MS) corrosion in 0.5 M HCl were estimated using weight loss and electrochemical techniques. Potentiodynamic polarization results revealed PCN to be a mixed-type inhibitor, while impedance results indicate the adsorption of the PCN film on the MS surface. The inhibition efficiency of PCN was found to increase almost linearly with concentration. Moreover, an increase in the water contact-angle with PCN indicated its adsorption at the MS surface, and ATR-IR, SEM/EDAX and AFM visualization confirmed the formation of a protective film adsorbed on a MS surface. Finally, it was concluded that the PCN is a potential inhibitor for mild steel in HCl medium.

  7. Spectroscopic study of ZnO doped CeO 2-PbO-B 2O 3 glasses

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    Pal Singh, Gurinder; Singh, D. P.

    2011-09-01

    Glass samples of compositions xZnO- xCeO 2-(30- x)PbO-(70- x)B 2O 3 with x varying from 2% to 10% mole fraction are prepared by the melt quench technique. The structural and optical analysis of glasses is carried out by XRD, FTIR, density and UV-visible spectroscopic measurement techniques. The FTIR spectral analysis indicates that with the addition of ZnO contents in glass network, structural units of BO 3 are transformed into BO 4. It has been observed in our previous work that band gap decreases from 2.89 to 2.30 eV for CeO 2-PbO-B 2O 3 glasses with cerium content varying from 0% to 10% [Gurinder Pal Singh, Davinder Paul Singh, Physica B 406(3) (2011) 640-644]. With the incorporation of zinc in CeO 2-PbO-B 2O 3 glasses, the optical band gap energy decreases further from 2.38 to 2.03 eV. This causes more compaction of the borate network, which results in an increase of density (3.39-4.02 g/cm 3). Transmittance shows that ZnO in glass samples acts as a reducing agent thathelps to convert Ce 4+→Ce 3+ ions.

  8. Designing CuOx Nanoparticle-Decorated CeO2 Nanocubes for Catalytic Soot Oxidation: Role of the Nanointerface in the Catalytic Performance of Heterostructured Nanomaterials.

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    Sudarsanam, Putla; Hillary, Brendan; Mallesham, Baithy; Rao, Bolla Govinda; Amin, Mohamad Hassan; Nafady, Ayman; Alsalme, Ali M; Reddy, B Mahipal; Bhargava, Suresh K

    2016-03-01

    This work investigates the structure-activity properties of CuOx-decorated CeO2 nanocubes with a meticulous scrutiny on the role of the CuOx/CeO2 nanointerface in the catalytic oxidation of diesel soot, a critical environmental problem all over the world. For this, a systematic characterization of the materials has been undertaken using transmission electron microscopy (TEM), transmission electron microscopy-energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (TEM-EDS), high-angle annular dark-field-scanning transmission electron microscopy (HAADF-STEM), scanning transmission electron microscopy-electron energy loss spectroscopy (STEM-EELS), X-ray diffraction (XRD), Raman, N2 adsorption-desorption, and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) techniques. The TEM images show the formation of nanosized CeO2 cubes (∼25 nm) and CuOx nanoparticles (∼8.5 nm). The TEM-EDS elemental mapping images reveal the uniform decoration of CuOx nanoparticles on CeO2 nanocubes. The XPS and Raman studies show that the decoration of CuOx on CeO2 nanocubes leads to improved structural defects, such as higher concentrations of Ce(3+) ions and abundant oxygen vacancies. It was found that CuOx-decorated CeO2 nanocubes efficiently catalyze soot oxidation at a much lower temperature (T50 = 646 K, temperature at which 50% soot conversion is achieved) compared to that of pristine CeO2 nanocubes (T50 = 725 K) under tight contact conditions. Similarly, a huge 91 K difference in the T50 values of CuOx/CeO2 (T50 = 744 K) and pristine CeO2 (T50 = 835 K) was found in the loose-contact soot oxidation studies. The superior catalytic performance of CuOx-decorated CeO2 nanocubes is mainly attributed to the improved redox efficiency of CeO2 at the nanointerface sites of CuOx-CeO2, as evidenced by Ce M5,4 EELS analysis, supported by XRD, Raman, and XPS studies, a clear proof for the role of nanointerfaces in the performance of heterostructured nanocatalysts. PMID:26886079

  9. Synthesis of Dimethyl Carbonate from Ethylene Carbonate and Methanol Over Nano-Catalysts Supported on CeO2-MgO.

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    Jun, Jin Oh; Lee, Joongwon; Kang, Ki Hyuk; Song, In Kyu

    2015-10-01

    A series of CeO2(X)-MgO(1-X) (X = 0, 0.25, 0.5, 0.75, and 1.0) nano-catalysts were prepared by a co-precipitation method for use in the synthesis of dimethyl carbonate from ethylene carbonate and methanol. Among the CeO2(X)-MgO(1-X) catalysts, CeO2(0.25)-MgO(0.75) nano-catalyst showed the best catalytic performance. Alkali and alkaline earth metal oxides (MO = Li2O, K2O, Cs2O, SrO, and BaO) were then supported on CeO2(0.25)-MgO(0.75) by an incipient wetness impregnation method with an aim of improving the catalytic performance of CeO2(0.25)-MgO(0.75). Basicity of the catalysts was determined by CO2-TPD experiments in order to elucidate the effect of basicity on the catalytic performance. The correlation between catalytic performance and basicity showed that basicity played an important role in the reaction. Yield for dimethyl carbonate increased with increasing basicity of the catalysts. Among the catalysts tested, Li2O/CeO2(0.25)-MgO(0.75) nano-catalyst with the largest basicity showed the best catalytic performance in the synthesis of dimethyl carbonate. PMID:26726512

  10. Enhanced Gas Sensing Properties of SnO2 Hollow Spheres Decorated with CeO2 Nanoparticles Heterostructure Composite Materials.

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    Liu, Jiangyang; Dai, Mingjun; Wang, Tianshuang; Sun, Peng; Liang, Xishuang; Lu, Geyu; Shimanoe, Kengo; Yamazoe, Noboru

    2016-03-16

    CeO2 decorated SnO2 hollow spheres were successfully synthesized via a two-step hydrothermal strategy. The morphology and structures of as-obtained CeO2/SnO2 composites were analyzed by various kinds of techniques. The SnO2 hollow spheres with uniform size around 300 nm were self-assembled with SnO2 nanoparticles and were hollow with a diameter of about 100 nm. The CeO2 nanoparticles on the surface of SnO2 hollow spheres could be clearly observed. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy results confirmed the existence of Ce(3+) and the increased amount of both chemisorbed oxygen and oxygen vacancy after the CeO2 decorated. Compared with pure SnO2 hollow spheres, such composites revealed excellent enhanced sensing properties to ethanol. When the ethanol concentration was 100 ppm, the sensitivity of the CeO2/SnO2 composites was 37, which was 2.65-times higher than that of the primary SnO2 hollow spheres. The sensing mechanism of the enhanced gas sensing properties was also discussed. PMID:26910311

  11. Effects of CeO2 nanoparticles on biological nitrogen removal in a sequencing batch biofilm reactor and mechanism of toxicity.

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    Hou, Jun; You, Guoxiang; Xu, Yi; Wang, Chao; Wang, Peifang; Miao, Lingzhan; Ao, Yanhui; Li, Yi; Lv, Bowen

    2015-09-01

    The effects of CeO2 nanoparticles (CeO2 NPs) exposure on biological nitrogen removal in a sequencing batch biofilm reactor (SBBR) were investigated. At low concentration (1 mg/L), no significant effect was observed on total nitrogen (TN) removal. However, at high concentrations (10 and 50 mg/L), the TN removal efficiency reduced from 74.09% to 64.26% and 55.17%, respectively. Scanning electron microscope imaging showed large amounts of CeO2 NPs adsorbed on the biofilm, which increased the production of reactive oxygen species. The exposure at only 50 mg/L CeO2 NPs measurably affected the lactate dehydrogenase release. Confocal laser scanning microscopy showed that high concentrations of CeO2 NPs reduced bacterial viability. Moreover, after a short-term exposure, extracellular polymeric substances (EPS) were observed to increase, forming a compact matrix to protect the bacteria. The activities of nitrate reductase and ammonia monooxygenase were inhibited, but there was no significant impact on the activity of nitrite oxidoreductase. PMID:25983225

  12. Photoluminescence, photocatalytic and antibacterial activities of CeO2·CuO·ZnO nanocomposite fabricated by co-precipitation method.

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    Subhan, Md Abdus; Uddin, Nizam; Sarker, Prosenjit; Azad, Abul Kalam; Begum, Kulsuma

    2015-10-01

    A novel tri-metallic oxide nanocomposite CeO2·CuO·ZnO has been synthesized by a simple co-precipitation method. The nanocomposite has been characterized by XRD, SEM, EDS, FTIR and PL spectra. The crystallite size of the CeO2·CuO·ZnO was calculated using XRD data. The crystallite size of the CeO2·CuO·ZnO mixed metal oxide annealed at 600 °C is found to be in range of 15.34-44.81 nm, with an average size of 29.51 nm. Excitation at different wavelengths showed PL in UV and visible regions. It has been found that PL behavior of CeO2·CuO·ZnO is excitation wavelength dependent. This flexible PL property is conflicting to well-known Kasha's rule of excitation wavelength dependence of emission spectrum. The catalyst shows better photo-catalytic dye degradation efficiency in slightly alkaline pH in presence of H2O2. Nanocomposite CeO2·CuO·ZnO was found to be effective against pathogenic bacteria. PMID:26002435

  13. Optimized CeO2 content of the carbon nanofiber support of PtRu catalyst for direct methanol fuel cells

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    Kunitomo, Hikari; Ishitobi, Hirokazu; Nakagawa, Nobuyoshi

    2015-11-01

    A series of CeO2 embedded carbon nanofibers, CECNFs, with different CeO2 contents was prepared by an electrospinning technique. About 15 wt% PtRu nanoparticles were deposited on the fibers, and the effect of the CeO2 content on the methanol oxidation activity of the catalyst, PtRu/CECNF, was investigated. Cyclic voltammetry (CV), chronoamperometry (CA) and CO stripping electrochemical measurements and physical characterization along with X-ray diffraction (XRD) analysis, energy dispersive X-ray (EDX) analysis, scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) were carried out on the prepared catalysts. The mass activity of the PtRu was significantly increased by the CeO2 addition up to Ce/C = 0.4, and the maximized activity was 2 times higher than that without CeO2. The increased activity was attributed to the strong interaction between the metal and oxide in the embedded nanofiber structure. A DMFC with the PtRu/CECNF exhibited more than 2.5 times high power density with one half the PtRu loading compared to that of the commercial catalyst, PtRu/Ccom.

  14. Preparation of bi-axially aligned YBa 2Cu 3O 7- δ film on CeO 2-buffered MgO by chemical solution deposition

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    Yamagiwa, K.; Hiei, H.; Takahashi, Y.; Kim, S. B.; Matsumoto, K.; Ikuta, H.; Mizutani, U.; Hirabayashi, I.

    2000-06-01

    We have succeeded in preparing in-plane aligned YBa 2Cu 3O 7- δ (Y123) film by chemical solution deposition (CSD) processing on CeO 2 (100)-buffered MgO (100) substrates. The CeO 2 buffer film was deposited on MgO (100) single crystalline substrate by pulsed laser deposition (PLD). For CSD coating, a homogeneous coating solution having a molar ratio of Y:Ba:Cu=1:2:3, was prepared by dissolving metal naphthenates in toluene. This solution was spin-coated both on the YSZ (100) and on the CeO 2-buffered MgO (100) single crystalline substrates. The precursor films were calcined at 425°C and fired at various temperatures under low oxygen partial pressure ( pO 2). All Y123 films showed strong (00 n) peaks, which correspond to c-axis orientation perpendicular to the substrates and their a/ b-axes were in-plane aligned. We confirmed that CeO 2 buffer is usable for CSD processing. While the Y123 films on the YSZ reacted with the substrate forming BaZrO 3 phase and did not show sufficient superconducting properties. The Tc,zero value of the Y123 film prepared on CeO 2-buffered MgO substrate was 91.5 K and Jc was 1.2×10 5 A/cm 2 at 77 K, 0 T.

  15. Ultrafine Nanocrystalline CeO2@C-Containing NaAlH4 with Fast Kinetics and Good Reversibility for Hydrogen Storage.

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    Zhang, Xin; Liu, Yongfeng; Wang, Ke; Li, You; Gao, Mingxia; Pan, Hongge

    2015-12-21

    A nanocrystalline CeO2@C-containing NaAlH4 composite is successfully synthesized in situ by hydrogenating a NaH-Al mixture doped with CeO2@C. Compared with NaAlH4 , the as-prepared CeO2@C-containing NaAlH4 composite, with a minor amount of excess Al, exhibits significantly improved hydrogen storage properties. The dehydrogenation onset temperature of the hydrogenated [NaH-Al-7 wt % CeO2@C]-0.04Al sample is 77 °C lower than that of the pristine sample because of a reduced kinetic barrier. More importantly, the dehydrogenated sample absorbs ∼4.7 wt % hydrogen within 35 min at 100°C and 10 MPa of hydrogen. Compositional and structural analyses reveal that CeO2 is converted to CeH2 during ball milling and that the newly formed CeH2 works with the excess of Al to synergistically improve the hydrogen storage properties of NaAlH4. Our findings will aid in the rational design of novel catalyst-doped complex hydride systems with low operating temperatures, fast kinetics, and long-term cyclability. PMID:26632764

  16. CeO2 nanocubes-graphene oxide as durable and highly active catalyst support for proton exchange membrane fuel cell

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    Lei, M.; Wang, Z. B.; Li, J. S.; Tang, H. L.; Liu, W. J.; Wang, Y. G.

    2014-01-01

    Rapid degradation of cell performance still remains a significant challenge for proton exchange membrane fuel cell (PEMFC). In this work, we develop novel CeO2 nanocubes-graphene oxide nanocomposites as durable and highly active catalyst support for proton exchange membrane fuel cell. We show that the use of CeO2 as the radical scavenger in the catalysts remarkably improves the durability of the catalyst. The catalytic activity retention of Pt-graphene oxide-8 wt.% CeO2 nanocomposites reaches as high as 69% after 5000 CV-cycles at a high voltage range of 0.8–1.23 V, in contrast to 19% for that of the Pt-graphene oxide composites. The excellent durability of the Pt-CeO2 nanocubes-graphene oxide catalyst is attributed to the free radical scavenging activity of CeO2, which significantly slows down the chemical degradation of Nafion binder in catalytic layers, and then alleviates the decay of Pt catalysts, resulting in the excellent cycle life of Pt-CeO2-graphene oxide nanocomposite catalysts. Additionally, the performance of single cell assembled with Nafion 211 membrane and Pt-CeO2-graphene oxide catalysts with different CeO2 contents in the cathode as well as the Pt-C catalysts in the anode are also recorded and discussed in this study. PMID:25491655

  17. Buffer layers for high-Tc thin films on sapphire

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    Wu, X. D.; Foltyn, S. R.; Muenchausen, R. E.; Cooke, D. W.; Pique, A.; Kalokitis, D.; Pendrick, V.; Belohoubek, E.

    1992-01-01

    Buffer layers of various oxides including CeO2 and yttrium-stabilized zirconia (YSZ) have been deposited on R-plane sapphire. The orientation and crystallinity of the layers were optimized to promote epitaxial growth of YBa2Cu3O(7-delta) (YBCO) thin films. An ion beam channeling minimum yield of about 3 percent was obtained in the CeO2 layer on sapphire, indicating excellent crystallinity of the buffer layer. Among the buffer materials used, CeO2 was found to be the best one for YBCO thin films on R-plane sapphire. High Tc and Jc were obtained in YBCO thin films on sapphire with buffer layers. Surface resistances of the YBCO films were about 4 mOmega at 77 K and 25 GHz.

  18. High Pressure Studies on (111)-Terminated CeO2 Nano-Octahedrons: The Major Effect of Non-Hydrostatic Conditions

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    Bo, Liu; Quanjun, Li; Ran, Liu; Mingguang, Yao; Bingbing, Liu

    2013-06-01

    The effect of nonhydrostatic conditions on high pressure phase transition on (111)-terminated CeO2 nano-octahedrons were studied using in situ high-pressure Raman spectroscopy. Under non-hydrostatic conditions (with no pressure medium) the CeO2 nano-octahedrons underwent a reversible phase transition from fluorite phase to α-PbCl2 phase at 26 GPa, which is lower than the bulk counterpart. In contrast, in our previous research, the CeO2 nano-octahedrons under hydrostatic conditions are shown to be more stable than the bulk, which is driven by lower compressibility of the exposed (111) planes. The transition pressure from cubic to orthorhombic phase is approximately 3 GPa higher than bulk materials. Further analysis shows that lager stress existing in the grain boundaries is believed to major factor to reduce the phase transition under non-hydrostatic conditions.

  19. Influence of the Ion-to-Atom Ratio on the Structure of CeO2 Buffer Layer by Ion Beam Assisted E-Beam Evaporation

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    Kim, Chang Su; Jo, Sung Jin; Kim, Woo Jin; Koo, Won Hoe; Baik, Hong Koo; Lee, Se Jong

    2005-09-01

    Using ion-beam assisted e-beam evaporation with the ion beam directed at 55° to the normal of the film plane, (200) oriented CeO2 films with biaxial texture were deposited on Hastelloy C276 substrates at room temperature. The crystalline quality and in-plane orientation of films was investigated by X-ray diffraction 2θ-scan and Φ-scan, atomic force microscopy (AFM). It was shown that the in-plane and out-of-plane textures of the CeO2 films were controlled by the deposition parameters. The orientation of the films was studied as a function of ion-to-atom ratio and film thickness. The ion-to-atom ratio was varied by independently adjusting the deposition rate and the ion current density. Under optimum condition, (200) textured CeO2 films have been successfully grown on Hastelloy C276.

  20. Thiolate ligands as a double-edged sword for CO oxidation on CeO2-supported Au25(SR)18 nanoclusters

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    Wu, Zili; Jiang, Deen; Mann, Amanda K; Mullins, David R; Qiao, Zhen-an; Allard Jr, Lawrence Frederick; Zeng, Chenjie; Jin, Rongchao; Overbury, Steven {Steve} H

    2014-01-01

    The effect of thiolate ligands was explored on the catalysis of CeO2-rod supported Au25(SR)18 (SR = -SCH2-CH2-Ph) by using CO oxidation as a probe reaction. Reaction kinetic tests, in situ IR and X-ray absorption spectroscopy, and density functional theory (DFT) were employed to understand how the thiolate ligands affect the nature of active sites, activation of CO and O2, as well as the reaction mechanism and kinetics. The intact Au25(SR)18 on CeO2-rod is found not able to adsorb CO. Only when the thiolate ligands are partially removed, starting from the interface between Au25(SR)18 and CeO2 at temperatures of 423 K and above, can the adsorption of CO be observed by IR. DFT calculations suggest that CO adsorbs favorably on the exposed gold atoms. Accordingly, the CO oxidation light-off temperature shifts to lower temperature. Several types of Au sites are probed by IR of CO adsorption during the ligand removal process. The cationic Au sites (charged between 0 and +1) are found to play the major role for low temperature CO oxidation. Similar activation energy and reaction rate are found for CO oxidation on differently treated Au25(SR)18/CeO2-rod, suggesting a simple site-blocking effect of the thiolate ligands in Au nanoclusters catalysis. Isotopic labelling experiments clearly indicate that CO oxidation on Au25(SR)18/CeO2-rod proceeds predominantly via the redox mechanism where CeO2 activates O2 while CO is activated on the de-thiolated gold sites. These results points to a double-edged sword role played by the thiolate ligands on Au25 nanoclusters for CO oxidation.

  1. Long and short term impacts of CuO, Ag and CeO2 nanoparticles on anaerobic digestion of municipal waste activated sludge.

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    Ünşar, E Kökdemir; Çığgın, A S; Erdem, A; Perendeci, N A

    2016-02-01

    In this study, long and short term inhibition impacts of Ag, CuO and CeO2 nanoparticles (NPs) on anaerobic digestion (AD) of waste activated sludge (WAS) were investigated. CuO NPs were detected as the most toxic NPs on AD. As the CuO NP concentration increased from 5 to 1000 mg per gTS, an increase in the inhibition of AD from 5.8 to 84.0% was observed. EC50 values of short and long term inhibitions were calculated as 224.2 mgCuO per gTS and 215.1 mgCuO per gTS, respectively. Ag and CeO2 NPs did not cause drastic impacts on AD as compared to CuO NPs. In the long term test, Ag NPs created 12.1% decrease and CeO2 NPs caused 9.2% increase in the methane production from WAS at the highest dosage. FISH imaging also revealed that the abundance of Archaea in raw WAS was similar in short and long term tests carried out with WAS containing Ag and CeO2 NPs. On the other hand, CuO NPs caused inhibition of Archaea in the long term test. Digestion kinetics of WAS containing Ag, CeO2, CuO NPs were also evaluated with Gompertz, Logistic, Transference and First Order models. The hydrolysis rate constant (kH) for each concentration of Ag and CeO2 NPs and the raw WAS was 0.027745 d(-1) while the kH of WAS containing high concentrations of CuO NPs was found to be 0.001610 d(-1). PMID:26767436

  2. CO2 reforming of CH4 over CeO2-doped Ni/Al2O3 nanocatalyst treated by non-thermal plasma.

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    Rahemi, Nader; Haghighi, Mohammad; Babaluo, Ali Akbar; Jafari, Mahdi Fallah; Estifaee, Pooya

    2013-07-01

    Ni/Al2O3 and Ni/Al2O3-CeO2 nanocatalysts have been prepared with impregnation method, treated with non-thermal plasma, characterized and tested for dry reforming of methane. For catalyst characterization, the following techniques have been used: XRD, FESEM, TEM, EDX dot mapping, BET, FTIR, TG-DTG, and XPS techniques. According to XRD and XPS, Ni in all catalysts exists as NiO and NiAl2O4 that existence of NiAl2O4 reveals strong interaction between active phase and support. Catalyst particles had smaller average particle size in plasma treated Ni/Al2O3-CeO2 nanocatalyst with less agglomeration. Homogenous dispersion of active phase, narrower particle size distribution, and uniform morphology has been observed in ceria containing plasma treated catalyst. The plasma treated Ni/Al2O3-CeO2 nanocatalyst showed bigger NiAl2O4/NiO ratio in XPS analysis that is indicative of stronger interaction between Ni and Al2O3 in the presence of CeO2. The dry reforming of methane was carried out at 550-850 degrees C using a mixture of CH4:CO2 (0.5:2). Improved morphology of the plasma treated Ni/Al2O3-CeO2 nanocatalyst, resulted from both CeO2 and plasma treatment, caused higher ability of catalyst in H2 and CO production. Product yield decreased at higher GHSVs, due to the fact that mass transport limitations will be more severe at low residence time, but this reduction would be less noticeable in the plasma treated Ni/Al2O3-CeO2 nanocatalyst. In addition, the plasma treated Ni/Al2O3-CeO2 nanocatalyst can keep the reactivity without deactivation for either CH4 or CO2 conversion better than other investigated catalysts. PMID:23901509

  3. Promoting Effect of CeO2 in the Electrocatalytic Activity of Rhodium for Ethanol Electro-Oxidation

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    He, Q.; Mukerjee, S; Shyam, B; Ramaker, D; Parres-Esclapex, D; Illan-Gomez, M; Bueno-Lopez, A

    2009-01-01

    The promoting effect of ceria in the electrocatalytic activity of rhodium for ethanol electro-oxidation in alkali media has been studied. Rh/C, CeO2/C and RhCeO2/C catalysts were synthesized and characterized by TEM, XRD, XPS, TG-MS, H2-TPR and XAS. The electrocatalytic activity was studied by Cyclic Voltammetry (CV) and chronoamperometry. The onset potential of oxidation on RhCeO2/C was shifted negatively as compared to that on Rh/C, despite ceria itself does not show any electrocatalytic activity. The promoting effect of ceria has been attributed to the improved rhodium dispersion, and differences in the oxidation state of rhodium between Rh/C and RhCeO2/C were not found. The carbon support reduces rhodium species to Rh0, and also partially reduces ceria, during the samples preparation, and the surface of the carbon support is oxidised.

  4. On the adsorption and formation of Pt dimers on the CeO2(111) surface

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    Bruix, Albert; Nazari, Fariba; Neyman, Konstantin M.; Illas, Francesc

    2011-12-01

    The direct adsorption of Pt2 dimers on CeO2(111) and their formation from isolated adsorbed Pt atoms have been studied using periodic slab model calculations based on density functional theory and including the so-called on-site Hubbard parameter (GGA + U). In the most stable configuration Pt2 is found to be almost parallel to the surface; the electronic ground state is closed shell and there is no evidence of charge transfer towards or from the surface. The formation of Pt2 from two single adsorbed Pt atoms involves a rather small energy barrier of ˜0.10 eV only. On the contrary, dissociation of adsorbed Pt2 requires to overcome a considerable barrier of ˜1.43 eV. This indicates that once Pt2 is formed it will remain on the surface, thus likely triggering the growth of larger supported Pt particles.

  5. Coadsorbed species explain the mechanism of methanol temperature-desorption on CeO2(111)

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    Sutton, Jonathan E.; Steven H. Overbury; Beste, Ariana

    2016-03-24

    Here, we have used density functional theory calculations to investigate the temperature-programmed desorption (TPD) of methanol from CeO2(111). For the first time, low-temperature water formation and high-temperature methanol desorption are explained by our calculations. High coverages of methanol, which correspond to experimental conditions, are required to properly describe these features of the TPD spectrum. We identify a mechanism for the low-temperature formation of water involving the dissociation of two methanol molecules on the same surface O atom and filling of the resulting surface vacancy with one of the methoxy products. After water desorption, methoxy groups are stabilized on the surfacemore » and react at higher temperatures to form methanol and formaldehyde by a disproportionation mechanism. Alternatively, the stabilized methoxy groups undergo sequential C–H scission reactions to produce formaldehyde. Calculated energy requirements and methanol/formaldehyde selectivity agree with the experimental data.« less

  6. Application of the method of increments to the adsorption of CO on the CeO2(110) surface

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    Müller, Carsten; Herschend, Björn; Hermansson, Kersti; Paulus, Beate

    2008-06-01

    We have combined an embedded-cluster model with an extension of the method of increments to treat the adsorption of molecules on a surface. In this way we are able to investigate the physisorption of CO on CeO2(110) at the MP2, MP4(SDTQ), and CCSD(T) levels with only moderate computational costs. We find that, at the CCSD(T) level, 25% of the adsorption energy originates from electron correlation. The interactions of the CO molecule with its five nearest cerium and oxygen neighbors in the surface layer make the largest contributions to the electron correlation. Approximately 97% of the adsorption-induced electron correlation energy part of the adsorption energy is recovered by the method of increments (in our chosen expansion), at the MP2 level.

  7. Voltage tunable dielectric properties of oxides at nanoscale: TiO2 and CeO2 as model systems

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    Prakash, T.; Tamil Selvan, A.; Suraiya Begum, S. N.

    2016-03-01

    Carrier transport through electrically active grain boundaries has been studied under biased condition using Solartron 1260 impedance/gain phase analyzer with an applied AC potential of 250 mV in the frequency range 1 Hz-1 MHz for nanocrystalline TiO2 and CeO2 as the model systems. Prior to the measurement both the materials were converted into cylindrical pellets with (8 mm diameter and 1 mm thick) by applying uni-axial pressure of 4 ton using a hydraulic press, then sintered at 300, 450 and 600 °C for 30 min for TiO2 sample and for the case of CeO2 it was done at 300, 600 and 900 °C for 30 min. Further, they were characterized using powder X-ray diffractometer (XRD) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM) to know the crystal structure, average crystallite size and morphology. The impedance measurements were performed at room temperature under applied DC bias voltages from 0 to 3 V in the periodic increment of 0.2 V. The observed applied bias voltage effect on dielectric constant of both the systems was analyzed with 'grain boundary double Schottky potential barrier height model' for different grain sizes. The percentage of voltage tunable dielectric constant (T%) as a function of frequency was estimated for all the grain sizes and it was found to be increase with reduction of grain size. Our experimental findings reveal the possibilities of utilizing these nanocrystals as a potential active material for phased array antenna since both the samples exhibits T% = 85% at 100 Hz frequency.

  8. Comparison of the high-pressure behavior of the cerium oxides Ce2O3 and CeO2

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    Lipp, M. J.; Jeffries, J. R.; Cynn, H.; Park Klepeis, J. -H.; Evans, W. J.; Mortensen, D. R.; Seidler, G. T.; Xiao, Y.; Chow, P.

    2016-02-09

    We studied the high-pressure behavior of Ce2O3 using angle-dispersive x-ray diffraction to 70 GPa and compared with that of CeO2. Up to the highest pressure Ce2O3 remains in the hexagonal phase (space group 164, P ¯32/m1) typical for the lanthanide sesquioxides. We did not observe a theoretically predicted phase instability for 30 GPa. The isothermal bulk modulus and its pressure derivative for the quasihydrostatic case are B0 = 111 ± 2 GPa, B'0 = 4.7 ± 0.3, and for the case without pressure-transmitting medium B0 = 104 ±4 GPa, B'0 = 6.5 ± 0.4. Starting from ambient-pressure magnetic susceptibility measurementsmore » for both oxides in highly purified form,we find that the Ce atom in Ce2O3 behaves like a trivalent Ce3+ ion (2.57μB per Ce atom) in contrast to previously published data. Since x-ray emission spectroscopy of the Lγ (4d3/2 → 2p1/2) transition is sensitive to the 4f -electron occupancy, we also followed the high-pressure dependence of this line for both oxides up to 50 GPa. We observed no change of the respective line shape, indicating that the 4f -electron configuration is stable for both materials. We posit from this data that the 4f electrons do not drive the volume collapse of CeO2 from the high-symmetry, low-pressure fluorite structure to the lower-symmetry orthorhombic phase.« less

  9. Bioavailability of CeO2 and SnO2 nanoparticles evaluated by dietary uptake in the earthworm Eisenia fetida and sequential extraction of soil and feed.

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    Carbone, Serena; Hertel-Aas, Turid; Joner, Erik J; Oughton, Deborah H

    2016-11-01

    The growing number of nanotechnology products on the market will inevitably lead to the release of engineered nanomaterials with potential risk to humans and environment. This study set out to investigate the exposure of soil biota to engineered nanoparticles (NPs). Cerium dioxide (CeO2 NPs) and tin dioxide nanoparticles (SnO2 NPs) were radiolabelled using neutron activation, and employed to assess the uptake and excretion kinetics in the earthworm Eisenia fetida. Through sequential extraction, NPs bioavailability in two contrasting soils and in earthworm feed was also investigated. Neither CeO2 NPs nor SnO2 NPs bioaccumulated in earthworms, and both were rapidly excreted when worms were transferred to clean soil. Low bioavailability was also indicated by low amounts of NPs recovered during extraction with non-stringent extractants. CeO2 NPs showed increasing mobility in organic soil over time (28 days), indicating that organic matter has a strong influence on the fate of CeO2 NPs in soil. PMID:27474912

  10. A DFT+U study on the contribution of 4f electrons to oxygen vacancy formation and migration in Ln-doped CeO2.

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    Alaydrus, M; Sakaue, M; Kasai, H

    2016-05-14

    A rare earth doped form of ceria (CeO2) is of interest as a potential candidate for solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs) because of its relatively high oxygen ion conductivity at temperatures below 600 °C. At the present time, computational chemistry has reached a certain maturity which allows the prediction of materials properties that are difficult to observe experimentally. However, understanding of the roles of dopants in the oxygen ion conduction in CeO2 is still incomplete for quantitatively reliable analysis due to the strong electron correlation of 4f electrons. In this study, density functional theory calculations with Hubbard U corrections are used to discuss ionic/covalent interactions in rare-earth-doped CeO2 and their consequences to oxygen ion conduction. This study suggests that the variable occupancy of empty 4f orbitals is important typically for early Ln elements to produce the covalent interactions that essentially affect the formation and migration of oxygen vacancies. This finding is important in understanding the factors responsible for oxygen ion diffusion in doped CeO2. PMID:27108893

  11. Effect of Nano CeO2 Addition on the Microstructure and Properties of a Cu-Al-Ni Shape Memory Alloy

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    Pandey, Abhishek; Jain, Ashish Kumar; Hussain, Shahadat; Sampath, V.; Dasgupta, Rupa

    2016-05-01

    This article deals with the effect of adding nano CeO2 to act as a grain pinner/refiner to a known Cu-Al-Ni shape memory alloy. Elements were taken in a predefined ratio to prepare 300 g alloy per batch and melted in an induction furnace. Casting was followed by homogenization at 1173 K (900 °C) and rolling to make sheets of 0.5-mm thickness. Further, samples were characterized for microstructure using optical and electron microscope, hardness, and different phase studies by X-ray and transformation temperatures by differential scanning calorimetry. X-ray peak broadenings and changes were investigated to estimate the crystallite size, lattice strain, and phase changes due to different processing steps. A nearly uniform distribution of CeO2 and better martensitic structure were observed with increasing CeO2. The addition of CeO2 also shows a visible effect on the transformation temperature and phase formation.

  12. Dose-Dependent Effects of CeO2 on Microstructure and Antibacterial Property of Plasma-Sprayed TiO2 Coatings for Orthopedic Application

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    Zhao, Xiaobing; Liu, Gaopeng; Zheng, Hai; Cao, Huiliang; Liu, Xuanyong

    2015-02-01

    Titanium and its alloys have been used extensively for orthopedic and dental implants. Although these devices have achieved high rates of success, two major complications may be encountered: the lack of osseointegration and the biomaterial-related infection. Accordingly, cerium oxide (CeO2)-doped titanium oxide (TiO2) materials were coated on titanium by an atmospheric plasma spraying (APS) technique. The phase structures, morphologies, and surface chemical states of the obtained coatings were characterized by x-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, and x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy techniques. The in vitro antibacterial and cytocompatibility of the materials were studied with Staphylococcus aureus ( S. aureus, ATCC25923) and osteoblast precursor cell line MC3T3-E1. The results indicated that the addition of CeO2 shifts slightly the diffraction peaks of TiO2 matrix to low angles but does not change its rutile phase structure. In addition, the CeO2/TiO2 composite coatings possess dose-dependent corrosion resistance and antimicrobial properties. And doping of 10 wt.% CeO2 exhibits the highest activity against S. aureus, improved corrosion resistance, and competitive cytocompatibility, which argues a promising option for balancing the osteogenetic and antibacterial properties of titanium implants.

  13. Differential genomic effects on canonical signaling pathways by two different CeO2 nanoparticles in HepG2 cells

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    Differential genomic effects on signaling pathways by two different CeO2 nanoparticles in HepG2 cells. Sheau-Fung Thai1, Kathleen A. Wallace1, Carlton P. Jones1, Hongzu Ren2, Benjamin T. Castellon1, James Crooks2, Kirk T. Kitchin1. 1Integrated Systems Toxicology Divison, 2Resea...

  14. Stability of uncoated and fulvic acids coated manufactured CeO2 nanoparticles in various conditions: From ultrapure to natural Lake Geneva waters.

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    Oriekhova, Olena; Stoll, Serge

    2016-08-15

    Understanding the behavior of engineered nanoparticles in natural water and impact of water composition in changing conditions is of high importance to predict their fate once released into the environment. In this study we investigated the stability of uncoated and Suwannee River fulvic acids coated CeO2 manufactured nanoparticles in various environmental conditions. The effect of pH changes on the nanoparticle and coating stability was first studied in ultrapure water as well as the variation of zeta potentials and sizes with time in presence of fulvic acids at environmental pH. Then the stability of CeO2 in synthetic and natural Lake Geneva waters was investigated as a function of fulvic acids concentration. Our results indicate that the adsorption of environmentally relevant concentrations of Suwannee River fulvic acids promotes CeO2 stabilization in ultrapure water as well as synthetic water and that the coating stability is high upon pH variations. On the other hand in natural Lake Geneva water CeO2 NPs are found in all cases aggregated due to the effect of heterogeneous organic and inorganic compounds. PMID:27100013

  15. Mixed-valence metal oxide nanoparticles as electrochemical half-cells: substituting the Ag/AgCl of reference electrodes by CeO(2-x) nanoparticles.

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    Nagarale, Rajaram K; Hoss, Udo; Heller, Adam

    2012-12-26

    Cations of mixed valence at surfaces of metal oxide nanoparticles constitute electrochemical half-cells, with potentials intermediate between those of the dissolved cations and those in the solid. When only cations at surfaces of the particles are electrochemically active, the ratio of electrochemically active/all cations is ~0.1 for 15 nm diameter CeO(2-x) particles. CeO(2-x) nanoparticle-loaded hydrogel films on printed carbon and on sputtered gold constitute reference electrodes having a redox potential similar to that of Ag/AgCl in physiological (0.14 M) saline solutions. In vitro the characteristics of potentially subcutaneously implantable glucose monitoring sensors made with CeO(2-x) nanoparticle reference electrodes are undistinguishable from those of sensors made with Ag/AgCl reference electrodes. Cerium is 900 times more abundant than silver, and commercially produced CeO(2-x) nanoparticle solutions are available at prices well below those of the Ag/AgCl pastes used in the annual manufacture of ~10(9) reference electrodes of glucose monitoring strips for diabetes management. PMID:23171288

  16. Effect of Nano CeO2 Addition on the Microstructure and Properties of a Cu-Al-Ni Shape Memory Alloy

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    Pandey, Abhishek; Jain, Ashish Kumar; Hussain, Shahadat; Sampath, V.; Dasgupta, Rupa

    2016-08-01

    This article deals with the effect of adding nano CeO2 to act as a grain pinner/refiner to a known Cu-Al-Ni shape memory alloy. Elements were taken in a predefined ratio to prepare 300 g alloy per batch and melted in an induction furnace. Casting was followed by homogenization at 1173 K (900 °C) and rolling to make sheets of 0.5-mm thickness. Further, samples were characterized for microstructure using optical and electron microscope, hardness, and different phase studies by X-ray and transformation temperatures by differential scanning calorimetry. X-ray peak broadenings and changes were investigated to estimate the crystallite size, lattice strain, and phase changes due to different processing steps. A nearly uniform distribution of CeO2 and better martensitic structure were observed with increasing CeO2. The addition of CeO2 also shows a visible effect on the transformation temperature and phase formation.

  17. Germination and early plant development of 10 plant species exposed to Nano TiO2 and CeO2

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    Ten agronomic plant species were exposed to different concentrations of nano-TiO2 or CeO2 (0, 250, 500 and 1000 ug/l) and followed to examine effects on germination and early seedling development. For TiO2, cabbage showed increased and corn decreased percent germination, while ...

  18. Dissolved cerium contributes to uptake of Ce in the presence of differently sized CeO2-nanoparticles by three crop plants.

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    Schwabe, Franziska; Tanner, Simon; Schulin, Rainer; Rotzetter, Aline; Stark, Wendelin; von Quadt, Albrecht; Nowack, Bernd

    2015-03-01

    We investigated the uptake of cerium (Ce) dioxide nanoparticles (NPs) by hydroponically grown wheat, pumpkin and sunflower plants. The presence of plant roots in nutrient solution led to a substantial increase in the dissolution of CeO2-NP compared to plant-free medium. Experiments with Zr/CeOx-NP revealed that Ce was not only taken up in the form of NPs, but simultaneously to a significant degree also as dissolved Ce(iii) ions, which then re-precipitated in the form of CeO2-NPs inside the leaves. The contribution of dissolved Ce uptake was particularly large for particles smaller than 10 nm due to their higher dissolution rate. Our data also indicate that the translocation of Ce resulting from NP-root-exposure is species dependent. When Ce was supplied as dissolved ions, sunflower had the highest capacity of Ce-ion accumulation inside the leaves, while there was no significant difference between pumpkin and wheat. We found no Ce translocation from roots into shoots when only NPs bigger than 20 nm were applied. This study highlights that plant root activity can have a significant impact on the dissolution of CeO2-NPs in soil solution and that uptake of dissolved Ce(iii) followed by re-precipitation needs to be considered as an important pathway in studies of CeO2-NP uptake by plants. PMID:25634091

  19. Colloidal stability of CeO2 nanoparticles coated with either natural organic matter or organic polymers under various hydrochemical conditions

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    Dippon, Urs; Pabst, Silke; Klitzke, Sondra

    2016-04-01

    The worldwide marked for engineered nanoparticles (ENPs) is growing and concerns on the environmental fate- and toxicity of ENPs are rising. Understanding the transport of ENPs within and between environmental compartments such as surface water and groundwater is crucial for exposition modeling, risk assessment and ultimately the protection of drinking water resources. The transport of ENPs is strongly influenced by the surface properties and aggregation behavior of the particles, which is strongly controlled by synthetic and natural organic coatings. Both, surface properties and aggregation characteristics are also key properties for the industrial application of ENPs, which leads to the development and commercialization of an increasing number of surface-functionalized ENPs. These include metals and oxides such as Cerium dioxide (CeO2) with various organic coatings. Therefore, we investigate CeO2 ENPs with different surface coatings such as weakly anionic polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) or strongly anionic poly acrylic acid (PAA) with respect to their colloidal stability in aqueous matrix under various hydrochemical conditions (pH, ionic strength) and their transport behavior in sand filter columns. Furthermore, we investigate the interaction of naturally occurring organic matter (NOM) with CeO2 ENPs and its effect on surface charge (zeta potential), colloidal stability and transport. While uncoated CeO2 ENPs aggregate at pH > 4 in aqueous matrix, our results show that PAA and PVA surface coatings as well as NOM sorbed to CeO2-NP surfaces can stabilize CeO2 ENPs under neutral and alkaline pH conditions in 1 mM KCl solution. Under slightly acidic conditions, differences between the three particle types were observed. PVA can stabilize particle suspensions in presence of 1 mM KCl at pH > 4.3, PAA at pH >4.0 and NOM at >3.2. While the presence of KCl did not influence particle size of NOM-CeO2 ENPs, CaCl2 at >2 mM lead to aggregation. Further results on the influence of KCl and CaCl2 on aggregation of coated CeO2 ENPs and transport in sand filter columns will be presented.

  20. [Research on SCR denitrification of MnOx/Al2O3 modified by CeO2 and its mechanism at low temperature].

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    Guo, Jing; Li, Cai-Ting; Lu, Pei; Cui, Hua-Fei; Peng, Dun-Liang; Wen, Qing-Bo

    2011-08-01

    The Al2O3,which has large specific surface area and is used as carrier,was prepared by sol-gel method in this study. Series catalysts of MnOx, CeO2 plus MnOx supported on Al2O3 by isometric impregnation method. The SCR denitrification experimental conditions were as follows: NH3 as reductive agent, certain gas velocity and suitable ratio of gas mixed was setup. Furthermore, the experiments of BET, XRD and SEM were also carried out respectively in order to obtain physicochemical properties of the prepared catalysts. The experimental results showed that the loading of active component and calcination temperature made a big difference to the catalysts' performance. With appropriate addition of CeO2, MnOx/Al2O3 exhibits better activity and stability. For MnOx/Al2O3, the catalytic activity on NO was greatly influenced by its loaded content, and 7% MnOx/Al2O3 showed superior catalytic activity among the MnOx/Al2O3. The addition of CeO2 could greatly improve the dispersibility of MnOx on the carrier and increase its catalytic activity. The 4% CeO2 addition was the optimum loaded mass precent. Forthermore, 550 degrees C is the best calcination temperature, as MnOx formed different crystalline phases with temperature, at the same time, the addition of CeO2 could affect MnOx crystalline phase. The catalytic mechanism of SCR on NO was also discussed. PMID:22619944

  1. 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.

  2. Ion-Beam-Induced Chemical Mixing at a Nanocrystalline CeO2 Si Interface

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    Edmondson, Dr. Philip; Young, Neil P.; Parish, Chad M; Moll, Sandra; Namavar, Fereydoon; Weber, William J; Zhang, Yanwen

    2013-01-01

    Thin films of nanocrystalline ceria deposited onto a silicon substrate have been irradiated with 3 MeV Au+ ions to a total dose of 34 displacements per atom to examine the film/substrate interfacial response upon displacement damage. Under irradiation, a band of contrast is observed to form that grows under further irradiation. Scanning and high-resolution transmission electron microscopy imaging and analysis suggest that this band of contrast is a cerium silicate phase with an approximate Ce:Si:O composition ratio of 1:1:3 in an amorphous nature. The slightly nonstoichiometric composition arises due to the loss of mobile oxygen within the cerium silicate phase under the current irradiation condition. This nonequilibrium phase is formed as a direct result of ion-beam-induced chemical mixing caused by ballistic collisions between the incoming ion and the lattice atoms. This may hold promise in ion beam engineering of cerium silicates for microelectronic applications e.g., the fabrication of blue LEDs.

  3. Morphology, structural properties and reducibility of size-selected CeO2- x nanoparticle films.

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    Spadaro, Maria Chiara; D'Addato, Sergio; Gasperi, Gabriele; Benedetti, Francesco; Luches, Paola; Grillo, Vincenzo; Bertoni, Giovanni; Valeri, Sergio

    2015-01-01

    Non-stoichiometric ceria nanoparticles (NPs) were obtained by a gas aggregation source with a magnetron and were mass-selected with a quadrupole mass filter. By varying magnetron power, Ar gas flow, and the length of the aggregation tube, NPs with an average diameter of 6, 9, and 14 nm were synthesized and deposited onto a substrate, thus obtaining NP films. The morphology of the films was studied with scanning electron microscopy, while high resolution transmission electron microscopy was used to gain a deeper insight into the atomic structure of individual NPs. By using X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy we analyzed the degree of reduction of the NPs of different diameters, before and after thermal treatments in vacuum (reduction cycle) and in O2 atmosphere (oxidation cycle) at different temperatures. From this analysis we inferred that the size is an important parameter only at intermediate temperatures. As a comparison, we evaluated the reducibility of an ultra-thin ceria film with the same surface to volume ratio as the 9 nm diameter NPs film, observing that NPs are more reducible than the ceria film. PMID:25671152

  4. Pulmonary carcinogenicity of relatively low doses of beta-particle radiation from inhaled 144CeO2 in rats.

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    Lundgren, D L; Hahn, F F; Griffith, W C; Hubbs, A F; Nikula, K J; Newton, G J; Cuddihy, R G; Boecker, B B

    1996-11-01

    This study was conducted to examine the carcinogenic effects of inhaled beta-particle-emitting radionuclides, particularly in lower dose regions in which there were substantial uncertainties associated with available information. A total of 2751 F344/N rats (1358 males and 1393 females) approximately 12 weeks of age at exposure were used. Of these, 1059 rats were exposed to aerosols of 144CeO2 to achieve mean desired initial lung burdens (ILBs) of 18 kBq (low level), 247 rats to achieve mean ILBs of 60 kBq (medium level) and 381 rats to achieve mean ILBs of 180 kBq (high level). Control rats (total of 1064) were exposed to aerosols of stable CeO2. Based on the 95% confidence intervals of the median survival times and the cumulative survival curves, there were no significant differences in the survival of groups of female and male exposed rats relative to controls. The mean lifetime beta-particle doses to the lungs of the rats in the four groups were: low level, 3.6 +/- 1.3 (+/-SD) Gy; medium level, 12 +/- 4.5 Gy; and high level, 37 +/- 5.9 Gy. The crude incidence of lung neoplasms increased linearly with increasing doses to the lungs (controls, 0.57%; low level, 2.0%; medium level, 6.1%; and high level, 19%). The estimated linear risk coefficients for lung neoplasms per unit of dose to the lung were not significantly different for the three dose levels studied. The risk coefficient at the lower level was 39 +/- 14 (+/-SE) excess lung neoplasms per 10(4) rat Gy; at the medium level the risk was 47 +/- 12; and at the higher level the risk was 50 +/- 9.0. The relationship of beta-particle dose to the lung and the crude incidence of lung neoplasms was described adequately by a linear function. We concluded that the risk of lung neoplasms in rats per unit of radiation dose did not increase with decreasing mean beta-particle dose to the lung over the range of 3.6 to 37 Gy. The weighted average of these three values was 47 +/- 6.4 (+/-SE) excess lung neoplasms per 10(4) rat Gy. To extend the risk coefficients for lung neoplasms to lower doses by experimentation will require much larger numbers of rats than used in this study. PMID:8896579

  5. Facile synthesis of Sm3+/Eu3+ codoped CeO2 ultrafine nanocrystals and oxygen vacancy site dependent photoluminescence

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    Vimal, G.; Mani, Kamal P.; Alexander, Dinu; Biju, P. R.; Unnikrishnan, N. V.; Ittyachen, M. A.; Joseph, Cyriac

    2015-12-01

    Ultrafine nanocrystals of Sm3+/Eu3+ codoped CeO2 have been prepared successfully by a simple and facile oxalate decomposition method. The structure, phase and size of the nanocrystals were characterized by X-ray diffraction and transmission electron microscope which confirmed that monodispersed nanocrystals of size below 5 nm are formed by this novel technique. Spectroscopic investigations of the synthesized phosphors are carried out with the help of photoluminescence excitation, emission and decay analysis. The studies revealed that oxygen vacancies introduced in the crystal lattice for charge compensation strongly influences the luminescence properties of the phosphor material. By investigating the luminescence characteristics of the material with different doping concentrations of Sm3+ and Eu3+, the position of the oxygen vacancies with respect to the dopant ion is determined. Also it can be revealed that symmetry of Eu3+ ions are perturbed by the oxygen vacancies at nearest neighbor site which produce strong electric dipole transition emissions in the luminescence spectra. In the case of Sm3+ ions oxygen vacancies are repelled to the next nearest neighbor site and hence the cubic symmetry of the ions is preserved. In addition, occurrence of non radiative energy transfer from Sm3+ to Eu3+ in the phosphor material is confirmed by the close examination of the luminescence spectra. Chromaticity coordinates evidenced that color purity of the synthesized nanophosphors is marginally increased by the proper addition of Sm3+.

  6. Bioavailability of nanoscale metal oxides TiO(2), CeO(2), and ZnO to fish.

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    Johnston, Blair D; Scown, Tessa M; Moger, Julian; Cumberland, Susan A; Baalousha, Mohamed; Linge, Kathryn; van Aerle, Ronny; Jarvis, Kym; Lead, Jamie R; Tyler, Charles R

    2010-02-01

    Nanoparticles (NPs) are reported to be a potential environmental health hazard. For organisms living in the aquatic environment, there is uncertainty on exposure because of a lack of understanding and data regarding the fate, behavior, and bioavailability of the nanomaterials in the water column. This paper reports on a series of integrative biological and physicochemical studies on the uptake of unmodified commercial nanoscale metal oxides, zinc oxide (ZnO), cerium dioxide (CeO(2)), and titanium dioxide (TiO(2)), from the water and diet to determine their potential ecotoxicological impacts on fish as a function of concentration. Particle characterizations were performed and tissue concentrations were measured by a wide range of analytical methods. Definitive uptake from the water column and localization of TiO(2) NPs in gills was demonstrated for the first time by use of coherent anti-Stokes Raman scattering (CARS) microscopy. Significant uptake of nanomaterials was found only for cerium in the liver of zebrafish exposed via the water and ionic titanium in the gut of trout exposed via the diet. For the aqueous exposures undertaken, formation of large NP aggregates (up to 3 mum) occurred and it is likely that this resulted in limited bioavailability of the unmodified metal oxide NPs in fish. PMID:20050652

  7. l-Arginine-Triggered Self-Assembly of CeO2 Nanosheaths on Palladium Nanoparticles in Water.

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    Wang, Xiao; Zhang, Yibo; Song, Shuyan; Yang, Xiangguang; Wang, Zhuo; Jin, Rongchao; Zhang, Hongjie

    2016-03-24

    Pd@CeO2 core-shell nanostructures with a tunable Pd core size, shape, and nanostructure as well as a tunable CeO2 sheath thickness were obtained by a biomolecule-assisted method. The synthetic process is simple and green, as it involves only the heating of a mixture of Ce(NO3 )3 , l-arginine, and preformed Pd seeds in water without additives. Importantly, the synthesis is free of thiol groups and halide ions, thus providing a possible solution to the problem of secondary pollution by Pd nanoparticles in the sheath-coating process. The Pd/CeO2 nanostructures can be composited well with γ-Al2 O3 to create a heterogeneous catalyst. In subsequent tests of catalytic NO reduction by CO, Pd@CeO2 /Al2 O3 samples based on Pd cubes (6, 10, and 18 nm), Pd octahedra (6 nm), and Pd cuboctahedra (9 nm) as well as a simply loaded Pd cube (6 nm)-CeO2 /Al2 O3 sample were used as catalysts to investigate the effects of the Pd core size and shape and the hybrid nanostructure on the catalytic performance. PMID:26948848

  8. The influence of morphology on the low- and high-strain-rate compaction response of CeO2 powders

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    Fredenburg, D. A.; Koller, D. D.; Coe, Joshua D.; Kiyanda, C. B.

    2014-03-01

    The low- and high-strain-rate compaction response of three distinct morphology CeO2 powders was measured experimentally. At low-strain-rates, the compression path was found to vary with initial particle morphology as a result of differences in initial packing structure and particle rearrangement at low stresses. However, similar compression responses were observed at higher stresses under low-strain-rate loading. Dynamic experiments were performed at impact velocities between 0.15 and 0.78 km/s, and resulted in compaction stresses of 0.51-4.59 GPa in the powders. In contrast to the behavior observed at low stresses and low-strain-rates, dynamic loading resulted in a similar compaction response for all morphology powders. The dynamic results were treated with a Hayes equation of state augmented with a P-α compaction model, and good agreement between experimental and theoretical results was achieved. From the observed similarities in compressibility for the three morphology powders at elevated stresses at both low- and high-strain-rates, a relationship is proposed linking the measured strength properties at low-strain-rates to those controlling the compaction response under dynamic loading.

  9. Facile Electrospinning of CeO2 /Bi2 WO6 Heterostructured Nanofibers with Excellent Visible-light-driven Photocatalytic Performance.

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    Liu, Xiaona; Lu, Qifang; Wei, Mingzhi; Wang, Cuiqing; Liu, Suwen

    2015-08-01

    One-dimensional (1D) CeO2 /Bi2 WO6 heterostructured nanofibers with a diameter of about 300 nm were successfully synthesized by using a straightforward strategy combining an electrospinning technique with a sintering process. The acquired products were characterized by thermogravimetric and differential scanning calorimetric (TG-DSC), Fourier transform infrared (FT-IR) spectroscopy, scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), Brunauer-Emmett-Teller (BET) surface area measurements, and UV/Vis spectroscopy. The obtained CeO2 /Bi2 WO6 heterostructured nanofibers exhibited an excellent photocatalytic property for the degradation of Rhodamine B (RhB) dye driven by visible light due to the promoted separation of photoelectrons and holes and the large contact area between the photocatalyst and organic pollutant. PMID:25974711

  10. Flowerlike CeO2 microspheres coated with Sr2Fe1.5Mo0.5Ox nanoparticles for an advanced fuel cell

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    Liu, Yanyan; Tang, Yongfu; Ma, Zhaohui; Singh, Manish; He, Yunjuan; Dong, Wenjing; Sun, Chunwen; Zhu, Bin

    2015-07-01

    Flowerlike CeO2 coated with Sr2Fe1.5Mo0.5Ox (Sr-Fe-Mo-oxide) nanoparticles exhibits enhanced conductivity at low temperatures (300-600 oC), e.g. 0.12 S cm-1 at 600 oC, this is comparable to pure ceria (0.1 S cm-1 at 800 oC). Advanced single layer fuel cell was constructed using the flowerlike CeO2/Sr-Fe-Mo-oxide layer attached to a Ni-foam layer coated with the conducting transition metal oxide. Such fuel cell has yielded a peak power density of 802 mWcm-2 at 550 oC. The mechanism of enhanced conductivity and cell performance were analyzed. These results provide a promising strategy for developing advanced low-temperature SOFCs.

  11. E-beam and UV induced fabrication of CeO2, Eu2O3 and their mixed oxides with UO2

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    Pavelková, Tereza; Vaněček, Vojtěch; Jakubec, Ivo; Čuba, Václav

    2016-07-01

    CeO2, Eu2O3 and mixed oxides of CeO2-UO2, Eu2O3-UO2 were fabricated. The preparative method was based on the irradiation of aqueous solutions containing cerium/europium (and uranyl) nitrates and ammonium formate. In the course of irradiation, the solid phase (precursor) was precipitated. The composition of irradiated solutions significantly affected the properties of precursor formed in the course of the irradiation. However, subsequent heat treatment of (amorphous) precursors at temperatures ≤650 °C invariably resulted in the formation of powder oxides with well-developed nanocrystals with linear crystallite size 13-27 nm and specific surface area 10-46 m2 g-1. The applicability of both ionizing (e-beam) and non-ionizing (UV) radiation was studied.

  12. Flowerlike CeO2 microspheres coated with Sr2Fe1.5Mo0.5Ox nanoparticles for an advanced fuel cell

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    Liu, Yanyan; Tang, Yongfu; Ma, Zhaohui; Singh, Manish; He, Yunjuan; Dong, Wenjing; Sun, Chunwen; Zhu, Bin

    2015-01-01

    Flowerlike CeO2 coated with Sr2Fe1.5Mo0.5Ox (Sr-Fe-Mo-oxide) nanoparticles exhibits enhanced conductivity at low temperatures (300–600 oC), e.g. 0.12 S cm−1 at 600 oC, this is comparable to pure ceria (0.1 S cm−1 at 800 oC). Advanced single layer fuel cell was constructed using the flowerlike CeO2/Sr-Fe-Mo-oxide layer attached to a Ni-foam layer coated with the conducting transition metal oxide. Such fuel cell has yielded a peak power density of 802 mWcm−2 at 550 oC. The mechanism of enhanced conductivity and cell performance were analyzed. These results provide a promising strategy for developing advanced low-temperature SOFCs. PMID:26154917

  13. Effect of poling process on piezoelectric properties of BCZT - 0.08 wt.% CeO2 lead-free ceramics

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    Chandrakala, E.; Praveen, J. Paul; Das, Dibakar

    2016-05-01

    The properties of lead free piezoelectric materials can be tuned by suitable doping in the A and B sites of the perovskite structure. In the present study, cerium has been identified as a dopant to investigate the piezoelectric properties of lead-free BCZT system. BCZT - 0.08 wt.%CeO2 lead-free ceramics have been synthesized using sol-gel technique and the effects of CeO2 dopant on their phase structure and piezoelectric properties were investigated systematically. Poling conditions, such as temperature, electric field, and poling time have been optimized to get enhanced piezoelectric response. The optimized poling conditions (50°C, 3Ec and 30min) resulted in high piezoelectric charge coefficient d33 ~ 670pC/N, high electromechanical coupling coefficient kp ~ 60% and piezoelectric voltage coefficient g33 ~ 14 mV.m/N for BCZT - 0.08wt.% CeO2 ceramics.

  14. Near-infrared emissions from Yb3+-doped CeO2 and Ce2Si2O7 films based on silicon substrates subjected to thermal treatment

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    Mu, Guangyao; Wang, Shenwei; Li, Ling; Yin, Xue; Huang, Miaoling; Yi, Lixin

    2016-05-01

    Photoluminescence properties of Yb3+-doped CeO2 films annealed in different atmospheres were investigated. CeO2:Yb3+ films were deposited by electron-beam evaporation technique. Near-infrared emission around 970 nm was observed after annealing the films both in air and in Ar-H2 atmosphere, which is attributed to the Yb3+:2F5/2 → 2F7/2 transition. Optimization of the Yb3+ concentration for the 970 nm luminescence yield was also investigated. Characterized by different methods, Ce2Si2O7 was formed in the films annealed in reducing atmosphere, which was expected to be more applicable for the silicon-based optoelectronic applications.

  15. Hydrophilic CeO2 nanocubes protect pancreatic β-cell line INS-1 from H2O2-induced oxidative stress

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    Lyu, Guang-Ming; Wang, Yan-Jie; Huang, Xue; Zhang, Huai-Yuan; Sun, Ling-Dong; Liu, Yan-Jun; Yan, Chun-Hua

    2016-04-01

    Oxidative stress plays a key role in the occurrence and development of diabetes. With their unique redox properties, CeO2 nanoparticles (nanoceria) exhibit promising potential for the treatment of diabetes resulting from oxidative stress. Here, we develop a novel preparation of hydrophilic CeO2 nanocubes (NCs) with two different sizes (5 nm and 25 nm) via an acetate assisted hydrothermal method. Dynamic light scattering, zeta potential measurements and thermogravimetric analyses were utilized to investigate the changes in the physico-chemical characteristics of CeO2 NCs when exposed to in vitro cell culture conditions. CCK-8 assays revealed that the CeO2 NCs did not impair cell proliferation in the pancreatic β-cell line INS-1 at the highest dose of 200 μg mL-1 over the time scale of 72 h, while being able to protect INS-1 cells from H2O2-induced cytotoxicity even after protein adsorption. It is also noteworthy that nanoceria with a smaller hydrodynamic radius exhibit stronger antioxidant and anti-apoptotic effects, which is consistent with their H2O2 quenching capability in biological systems. These findings suggest that nanoceria can be used as an excellent antioxidant for controlling oxidative stress-induced pancreatic β-cell damage.Oxidative stress plays a key role in the occurrence and development of diabetes. With their unique redox properties, CeO2 nanoparticles (nanoceria) exhibit promising potential for the treatment of diabetes resulting from oxidative stress. Here, we develop a novel preparation of hydrophilic CeO2 nanocubes (NCs) with two different sizes (5 nm and 25 nm) via an acetate assisted hydrothermal method. Dynamic light scattering, zeta potential measurements and thermogravimetric analyses were utilized to investigate the changes in the physico-chemical characteristics of CeO2 NCs when exposed to in vitro cell culture conditions. CCK-8 assays revealed that the CeO2 NCs did not impair cell proliferation in the pancreatic β-cell line INS-1 at the highest dose of 200 μg mL-1 over the time scale of 72 h, while being able to protect INS-1 cells from H2O2-induced cytotoxicity even after protein adsorption. It is also noteworthy that nanoceria with a smaller hydrodynamic radius exhibit stronger antioxidant and anti-apoptotic effects, which is consistent with their H2O2 quenching capability in biological systems. These findings suggest that nanoceria can be used as an excellent antioxidant for controlling oxidative stress-induced pancreatic β-cell damage. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available. See DOI: 10.1039/c6nr00826g

  16. Towards the standardization of nanoecotoxicity testing: Natural organic matter 'camouflages' the adverse effects of TiO2 and CeO2 nanoparticles on green microalgae.

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    Cerrillo, Cristina; Barandika, Gotzone; Igartua, Amaya; Areitioaurtena, Olatz; Mendoza, Gemma

    2016-02-01

    In the last few years, the emission of CeO2 and TiO2 nanoparticles (NPs) into the environment has been raising concerns about their potential adverse effects on wildlife and human health. Aquatic organisms constitute one of the most important pathways for the entrance of these NPs and transfer throughout the food web, but divergences exist in the experimental data published on their aquatic toxicity. The pressing need for standardization of methods to analyze their ecotoxicity requires aquatic media representing realistic environmental conditions. The present study aimed to determine the usefulness of Suwannee River natural organic matter (SR-NOM) in the assessment of the agglomeration kinetics and ecotoxicity of CeO2 and TiO2 NPs towards green microalgae Pseudokirchneriella subcapitata. SR-NOM alleviated the adverse effects of NPs on algal growth, completely in the case of TiO2 NPs and partially in the case of CeO2 NPs, suggesting a 'camouflage' of toxicity. This behavior has been observed also for other algal species and types of natural organic matter in the literature. Furthermore, SR-NOM markedly increased the stability of the NPs in algal medium, which led to a better reproducibility of the toxicity test results, and provided an electrophoretic mobility similar to that previously reported in various river and groundwaters. Thus, SR-NOM can be a representative sample of what is found in many different ecosystems, and the observed 'camouflage' of the effects of CeO2 and TiO2 NPs on algal cells might be considered as a natural interaction occurring in their standardized ecotoxicological assessment. PMID:26580731

  17. Low temperature destruction of PCDD/Fs over V2O5-CeO2/TiO2 catalyst with ozone.

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    Yu, Ming-Feng; Lin, Xiao-Qing; Yan, Mi; Li, Xiao-Dong; Chen, Tong; Yan, Jian-Hua

    2016-09-01

    Catalytic destruction of PCDD/Fs (polychlorinated dibenzo-p-dioxins and furans) over V2O5-CeO2/TiO2 catalyst was investigated at a low temperature range of 140-180 °C, in the absence and presence of ozone (200 ppm). Nano-TiO2 support was used to prepare the catalyst by step impregnation method. A stable PCDD/Fs-generating system was established to support the catalytic destruction tests. In the presence of ozone alone, destruction efficiencies of PCDD/Fs are between 32.2 and 43.1 % with temperature increasing from 140 to 180 °C. The activity of V2O5-CeO2/TiO2 catalyst alone on PCDD/Fs destruction is also studied. The increase of temperature from 140 to 180 °C enhances the activity of catalyst with destruction efficiencies increasing from 54.7 to 73.4 %. However, ozone addition greatly enhances the catalytic activity of V2O5-CeO2/TiO2 catalyst on PCDD/Fs decomposition. At 180 °C, the destruction efficiency of PCDD/Fs achieved with V2O5-CeO2/TiO2 catalyst and ozone is above 86.0 %. It indicates that the combined use of ozone and catalyst reduces the reaction temperature of PCDD/Fs oxidation and offers a new method to destroy PCDD/Fs with high destruction efficiency at a low temperature. Furthermore, the destruction efficiencies of 17 toxic PCDD/F congeners, achieved with ozone alone, catalyst alone, and catalyst/ozone are analyzed. PMID:27234830

  18. Mixed cerium-platinum oxides: Electronic structure of [CeO]Ptn (n = 1, 2) and [CeO2]Pt complex anions and neutrals

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    Ray, Manisha; Kafader, Jared O.; Topolski, Josey E.; Jarrold, Caroline Chick

    2016-07-01

    The electronic structures of several small Ce-Pt oxide complexes were explored using a combination of anion photoelectron (PE) spectroscopy and density functional theory calculations. Pt and Pt2 both accept electron density from CeO diatomic molecules, in which the cerium atom is in a lower-than-bulk oxidation state (+2 versus bulk +4). Neutral [CeO]Pt and [CeO]Pt2 complexes are therefore ionic, with electronic structures described qualitatively as [CeO+2]Pt-2 and [CeO+]Pt2-, respectively. The associated anions are described qualitatively as [CeO+]Pt-2 and [CeO+]Pt2-2, respectively. In both neutrals and anions, the most stable molecular structures determined by calculations feature a distinct CeO moiety, with the positively charged Ce center pointing toward the electron rich Pt or Pt2 moiety. Spectral simulations based on calculated spectroscopic parameters are in fair agreement with the spectra, validating the computationally determined structures. In contrast, when Pt is coupled with CeO2, which has no Ce-localized electrons that can readily be donated to Pt, the anion is described as [CeO2]Pt-. The molecular structure predicted computationally suggests that it is governed by charge-dipole interactions. The neutral [CeO2]Pt complex lacks charge-dipole stabilizing interactions, and is predicted to be structurally very different from the anion, featuring a single Pt-O-Ce bridge bond. The PE spectra of several of the complexes exhibit evidence of photodissociation with Pt- daughter ion formation. The electronic structures of these complexes are related to local interactions in Pt-ceria catalyst-support systems.

  19. Metabolomic effects in HepG2 cells exposed to CeO2, SiO2 and CuO nanomaterials.

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    To better assess potential hepatotoxicity of nanomaterials, human liver HepG2 cells were exposed for three days to 5 different CeO2 (either 30 or 100 ug/ml), 3 SiO2 based (30 ug/ml) or 1 CuO (3 ug/ml) nanomaterials with dry primary particle sizes ranging from 15 to 213 nm. Metab...

  20. Mixed cerium-platinum oxides: Electronic structure of [CeO]Ptn (n = 1, 2) and [CeO2]Pt complex anions and neutrals.

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    Ray, Manisha; Kafader, Jared O; Topolski, Josey E; Jarrold, Caroline Chick

    2016-07-28

    The electronic structures of several small Ce-Pt oxide complexes were explored using a combination of anion photoelectron (PE) spectroscopy and density functional theory calculations. Pt and Pt2 both accept electron density from CeO diatomic molecules, in which the cerium atom is in a lower-than-bulk oxidation state (+2 versus bulk +4). Neutral [CeO]Pt and [CeO]Pt2 complexes are therefore ionic, with electronic structures described qualitatively as [CeO(+2)]Pt(-2) and [CeO(+)]Pt2 (-), respectively. The associated anions are described qualitatively as [CeO(+)]Pt(-2) and [CeO(+)]Pt2 (-2), respectively. In both neutrals and anions, the most stable molecular structures determined by calculations feature a distinct CeO moiety, with the positively charged Ce center pointing toward the electron rich Pt or Pt2 moiety. Spectral simulations based on calculated spectroscopic parameters are in fair agreement with the spectra, validating the computationally determined structures. In contrast, when Pt is coupled with CeO2, which has no Ce-localized electrons that can readily be donated to Pt, the anion is described as [CeO2]Pt(-). The molecular structure predicted computationally suggests that it is governed by charge-dipole interactions. The neutral [CeO2]Pt complex lacks charge-dipole stabilizing interactions, and is predicted to be structurally very different from the anion, featuring a single Pt-O-Ce bridge bond. The PE spectra of several of the complexes exhibit evidence of photodissociation with Pt(-) daughter ion formation. The electronic structures of these complexes are related to local interactions in Pt-ceria catalyst-support systems. PMID:27475371

  1. Oxygen diffusion in ThO2-CeO2 and ThO2-UO2 solid solutions from atomistic calculations.

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    Aidhy, Dilpuneet S

    2016-06-01

    We elucidate oxygen diffusivity in ThO2-CeO2 and ThO2-UO2 solid solutions across their whole concentration ranges in the phase diagram using static pair-potential calculations and molecular dynamics simulations. Between pure CeO2 (and UO2) and pure ThO2, oxygen diffusivity is higher in CeO2 (and UO2) due to lower oxygen migration barriers. With the addition of Th to CeO2 (and UO2) in the phase diagram, the diffusivity decreases due to the increase in the migration barriers introduced by a larger ionic radius of Th. On the other side of the phase diagram, with the addition of Ce to ThO2 oxygen diffusion decreases due to oxygen vacancy binding with Ce, even though the migration barriers decrease due to the smaller size of Ce than the host Th. Using these calculations, we provide a schematic of high oxygen diffusivity regions in the phase diagram. We also compare the impact of tetravalent dopants (e.g. actinides) on oxygen vacancy energetics to that of trivalent dopants (e.g. lanthanides). We find that trivalent dopants bind much more strongly with oxygen vacancy than the tetravalent dopants. We also find that the tetravalent dopants that have larger radii than the host cation have negative oxygen vacancy binding energy, whereas all trivalent dopants have positive binding energy irrespective of their ionic radii. This work thus highlights key differences in the oxygen vacancy energetics between the trivalent and tetravalent cations. PMID:27193867

  2. A competitive coordination-based CeO2 nanowire-DNA nanosensor: fast and selective detection of hydrogen peroxide in living cells and in vivo.

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    Gao, Wen; Wei, Xueping; Wang, Xuejun; Cui, Guanwei; Liu, Zhenhua; Tang, Bo

    2016-03-01

    A competitive coordination-based hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) nanosensor is constructed by the assembly of FAM-tagged single-strand (ss) DNA on cerium oxide nanowires (CeO2 NWs). This fluorescent nanosensor is capable of rapidly and selectively tracking H2O2 within living cells, as well as directly visualizing H2O2 generated by wound-induced oxidative damage in zebrafish larvae. PMID:26848646

  3. Anchoring High-Concentration Oxygen Vacancies at Interfaces of CeO(2-x)/Cu toward Enhanced Activity for Preferential CO Oxidation.

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    Chen, Shaoqing; Li, Liping; Hu, Wanbiao; Huang, Xinsong; Li, Qi; Xu, Yangsen; Zuo, Ying; Li, Guangshe

    2015-10-21

    Catalysts are urgently needed to remove the residual CO in hydrogen feeds through selective oxidation for large-scale applications of hydrogen proton exchange membrane fuel cells. We herein propose a new methodology that anchors high concentration oxygen vacancies at interface by designing a CeO2-x/Cu hybrid catalyst with enhanced preferential CO oxidation activity. This hybrid catalyst, with more than 6.1% oxygen vacancies fixed at the favorable interfacial sites, displays nearly 100% CO conversion efficiency in H2-rich streams over a broad temperature window from 120 to 210 °C, strikingly 5-fold wider than that of conventional CeO2/Cu (i.e., CeO2 supported on Cu) catalyst. Moreover, the catalyst exhibits a highest cycling stability ever reported, showing no deterioration after five cycling tests, and a super long-time stability beyond 100 h in the simulated operation environment that involves CO2 and H2O. On the basis of an arsenal of characterization techniques, we clearly show that the anchored oxygen vacancies are generated as a consequence of electron donation from metal copper atoms to CeO2 acceptor and the subsequent reverse spillover of oxygen induced by electron transfer in well controlled nanoheterojunction. The anchored oxygen vacancies play a bridging role in electron capture or transfer and drive molecule oxygen into active oxygen species to interact with the CO molecules adsorbed at interfaces, thus leading to an excellent preferential CO oxidation performance. This study opens a window to design a vast number of high-performance metal-oxide hybrid catalysts via the concept of anchoring oxygen vacancies at interfaces. PMID:26444246

  4. Photocurrent response and semiconductor characteristics of Ce-Ce2O3-CeO2-modified TiO2 nanotube arrays

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    2014-01-01

    We reported Ce and its oxide-modified TiO2 nanotube arrays (TNTs) and their semiconductor properties. The TNTs were prepared by anodic oxidation on pure Ti and investigated by electrochemical photocurrent response analysis. Then, the TNT electrodes were deposited of Ce by cathodic reduction of Ce(NO3)3 6H2O. After deposition, the TNT electrodes were fabricated by anodic oxidation at E = 1.0 V(SCE) for various electricity as Ce-Ce2O3-CeO2 modification. The Ce-deposited TNTs (band gap energy Eg = 2.92 eV) exhibited enhanced photocurrent responses under visible light region and indicated more negative flat band potential (Efb) compared with the TNTs without deposition. After anodic oxidation, the mixed Ce and its oxide (Ce2O3-CeO2)-modified TNT photoelectrodes exhibited higher photocurrent responses under both visible and UV light regions than the TNTs without deposition. The photocurrent responses and Efb were found to be strongly dependent on the contents of Ce2O3 and CeO2 deposited on TNTs. A new characteristic of Eg = 2.1 ± 0.1 eV was investigated in the Ce2O3- and CeO2-modified photoelectrodes. X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) were also employed to characterize various modified TNTs photoelectrodes. PMID:24512541

  5. Toxicity of CeO2 nanoparticles on a freshwater experimental trophic chain: A study in environmentally relevant conditions through the use of mesocosms.

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    Bour, Agathe; Mouchet, Florence; Cadarsi, Stéphanie; Silvestre, Jérôme; Verneuil, Laurent; Baqué, David; Chauvet, Eric; Bonzom, Jean-Marc; Pagnout, Christophe; Clivot, Hugues; Fourquaux, Isabelle; Tella, Marie; Auffan, Mélanie; Gauthier, Laury; Pinelli, Eric

    2016-03-01

    The toxicity of CeO2 NPs on an experimental freshwater ecosystem was studied in mesocosm, with a focus being placed on the higher trophic level, i.e. the carnivorous amphibian species Pleurodeles waltl. The system comprised species at three trophic levels: (i) bacteria, fungi and diatoms, (ii) Chironomus riparius larvae as primary consumers and (iii) Pleurodeles larvae as secondary consumers. NP contamination consisted of repeated additions of CeO2 NPs over 4 weeks, to obtain a final concentration of 1 mg/L. NPs were found to settle and accumulate in the sediment. No effects were observed on litter decomposition or associated fungal biomass. Changes in bacterial communities were observed from the third week of NP contamination. Morphological changes in CeO2 NPs were observed at the end of the experiment. No toxicity was recorded in chironomids, despite substantial NP accumulation (265.8 ± 14.1 mg Ce/kg). Mortality (35.3 ± 6.8%) and a mean Ce concentration of 13.5 ± 3.9 mg/kg were reported for Pleurodeles. Parallel experiments were performed on Pleurodeles to determine toxicity pathways: no toxicity was observed by direct or dietary exposures, although Ce concentrations almost reached 100 mg/kg. In view of these results, various toxicity mechanisms are proposed and discussed. The toxicity observed on Pleurodeles in mesocosm may be indirect, due to microorganism's interaction with CeO2 NPs, or NP dissolution could have occurred in mesocosm due to the structural complexity of the biological environment, resulting in toxicity to Pleurodeles. This study strongly supports the importance of ecotoxicological assessment of NPs under environmentally relevant conditions, using complex biological systems. PMID:26152687

  6. Single particle ICP-MS method development for the determination of plant uptake and accumulation of CeO2 nanoparticles.

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    Dan, Yongbo; Ma, Xingmao; Zhang, Weilan; Liu, Kun; Stephan, Chady; Shi, Honglan

    2016-07-01

    Cerium dioxide nanoparticles (CeO2NPs) are among the most broadly used engineered nanoparticles that will be increasingly released into the environment. Thus, understanding their uptake, transportation, and transformation in plants, especially food crops, is critical because it represents a potential pathway for human consumption. One of the primary challenges for the endeavor is the inadequacy of current analytical methodologies to characterize and quantify the nanomaterial in complex biological samples at environmentally relevant concentrations. Herein, a method was developed using single particle-inductively coupled plasma-mass spectrometry (SP-ICP-MS) technology to simultaneously detect the size and size distribution of particulate Ce, particle concentration, and dissolved cerium in the shoots of four plant species including cucumber, tomato, soybean, and pumpkin. An enzymatic digestion method with Macerozyme R-10 enzyme previously used for gold nanoparticle extraction from the tomato plant was adapted successfully for CeO2NP extraction from all four plant species. This study is the first to report and demonstrate the presence of dissolved cerium in plant seedling shoots exposed to CeO2NPs hydroponically. The extent of plant uptake and accumulation appears to be dependent on the plant species, requiring further systematic investigation of the mechanisms. PMID:27129977

  7. Rapid deposition of biaxially-textured CeO 2 buffer layers on polycrystalline nickel alloy for superconducting tapes by ion assisted pulsed laser deposition

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    Xiong, Xuming; Winkler, Dag

    2000-07-01

    The long deposition time of sharply textured buffer layer was the main obstacle for the ion beam assisted deposition (IBAD) process to go to large scale fabrication of superconducting tapes. This paper shows that this obstacle can be overcome. (002)-oriented, sharply-textured CeO 2 buffer layers with (111) phi-scan full width of half maximum (FWHM) of 10° were deposited by ion beam assisted pulsed laser deposition (PLD) on polycrystalline Hastelloy C in 10 min. The deposition rate was about 3 nm/s. CeO 2 film surface was smooth and free of cracks compared with film by inclined substrate deposition (ISD). The IBAD was carried out at small ion-to-atom ratio values, which resulted in CeO 2 (200) plane aligned along the incident plane of the ion beam. The Jc of Y 1Ba 2Cu 3O 7- δ (YBCO) film deposited on the buffer layer was 7.3×10 5 A/cm 2.

  8. Assessing the axonal translocation of CeO2 and SiO2 nanoparticles in the sciatic nerve fibers of the frog: an ex vivo electrophysiological study

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    Kastrinaki, Georgia; Samsouris, Christos; Kosmidis, Efstratios K; Papaioannou, Eleni; Konstandopoulos, Athanasios G; Theophilidis, George

    2015-01-01

    The axonal translocation of two commonly used nanoparticles in medicine, namely CeO2 and SiO2, is investigated. The study was conducted on frog sciatic nerve fibers in an ex vivo preparation. Nanoparticles were applied at the proximal end of the excised nerve. A nerve stimulation protocol was followed for over 35 hours. Nerve vitality curve comparison between control and exposed nerves showed that CeO2 has no neurotoxic effect at the concentrations tested. After exposure, specimens were fixed and then screen scanned every 1 mm along their length for nanoparticle presence by means of Fourier transform infrared microscopy. We demonstrated that both nanoparticles translocate within the nerve by formation of narrow bands in the Fourier transform infrared spectrum. For the CeO2, we also demonstrated that the translocation depends on both axonal integrity and electrical activity. The speed of translocation for the two species was estimated in the range of 0.45–0.58 mm/h, close to slow axonal transportation rate. Transmission electron microscopy provided direct evidence for the presence of SiO2 in the treated nerves. PMID:26648718

  9. Acetic Acid Reforming over Rh Supported on La2O3/CeO2-ZrO2: Catalytic Performance and Reaction Pathway Analysis

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    Lemonidou, Angeliki A.; Vagia, Ekaterini C.; Lercher, Johannes A.

    2013-07-11

    Reforming of acetic acid was investigated on Rh supported on CeO2-ZrO2 modified with 3 wt % La. The active catalyst converted acetic acid to H-2-rich gas and hardly formed coke. The low rate of coke formation is concluded to be related to the presence of redox-active oxygen limiting the concentration of coke precursors. Temperature-programmed O-18(2)) isotope exchange measurements showed that the La2O3 and Rh enhanced the mobility of lattice oxygen compared with that of the parent CeO2-ZrO2. Ketonization and decarboxylation of acetic acid are the dominating reactions over the latter up to 600 degrees C, whereas above 600 degrees C, steam reforming and water gas shift also contribute. Over 0.5 wt % Rh on La2O3/CeO2-ZrO2, reforming and water gas shift reactions dominate, even below 300 degrees C, producing mostly H-2 and CO2. Using isotope labeling, it is shown that acetic acid adsorbs dissociatively on Rh, forming acetates, which sequentially decarboxylate and form surface methyl groups. The latter are in turn converted to CO, CO2, and H-2.

  10. Epitaxial growth of CeO2(111) film on Ru(0001): Scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) and x-ray photoemission spectroscopy (XPS) study

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    Hasegawa, Tomo; Shahed, Syed Mohammad Fakruddin; Sainoo, Yasuyuki; Beniya, Atsushi; Isomura, Noritake; Watanabe, Yoshihide; Komeda, Tadahiro

    2014-01-01

    We formed an epitaxial film of CeO2(111) by sublimating Ce atoms on Ru(0001) surface kept at elevated temperature in an oxygen ambient. X-ray photoemission spectroscopy measurement revealed a decrease of Ce4+/Ce3+ ratio in a small temperature window of the growth temperature between 1070 and 1096 K, which corresponds to the reduction of the CeO2(111). Scanning tunneling microscope image showed that a film with a wide terrace and a sharp step edge was obtained when the film was grown at the temperatures close to the reduction temperature, and the terrace width observed on the sample grown at 1060 K was more than twice of that grown at 1040 K. On the surface grown above the reduction temperature, the surface with a wide terrace and a sharp step was confirmed, but small dots were also seen in the terrace part, which are considerably Ce atoms adsorbed at the oxygen vacancies on the reduced surface. This experiment demonstrated that it is required to use the substrate temperature close to the reduction temperature to obtain CeO2(111) with wide terrace width and sharp step edges.

  11. Catalytic Activity and Thermal Stability of Arc Plasma Deposited Pt Nano-Particles on CeO2-Al2O3.

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    Jeong, Young Eun; Kumar, Pullur Anil; Choi, Hee Lack; Lee, Kwan-Young; Ha, Heon Phil

    2015-11-01

    In this study, catalytic activity and thermal stability of the arc plasma deposited (APD) Pt nano-particles on A12O3 and CeO2-Al2O3 were compared with that of the conventionally prepared Pt/Al2O3. All the catalysts were characterized by BET-surface area, transmission electron microscopy, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, CO-pulse chemisorption, H2-temperarture programmed reduction and X-ray absorption near edge spectroscopy. Through the quantum chemical calculations of different metal oxide support, CeO2 was identified as a suitable anchoring material with high energy level between the Pt species (Pt(0) and PtO(x)) on ceria. Subsequently, the results of XPS and XANES revealed the presence of abundant Pt(0) metal species in APD catalysts. The addition of ceria to Al2O3 support enhanced the dispersion of Pt nano-particles. The H2-TPR of Pt/CeO2-Al2O3 (APD) catalyst showed high-temperature reduction peaks corresponding to the interaction of Pt with ceria on alumina by Pt-O-Ce. Consequently, the Pt nano-particles deposited on CeO2-Al2O3 by APD attained strong thermal resistance at high temperatures. In addition, superior catalytic activities for CO and C3H6 oxidation and NO(x) reduction were obtained for the Pt/CeO2- Al2O3 (APD) catalyst. PMID:26726541

  12. One-pot hydrothermal growth of raspberry-like CeO2 on CuO microsphere as copper-based catalyst for Rochow reaction

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    Jin, Zheying; Li, Jing; Shi, Laishun; Ji, Yongjun; Zhong, Ziyi; Su, Fabing

    2015-12-01

    In this work, we prepared a novel structure comprising of raspberry-like CeO2 deposited on CuO microspheres (Ce-CuO) for Rochow reaction. The synthesis was carried out via a facile one-pot hydrothermal reaction without using any template, in which, the basic copper carbonate microspheres were first formed via self-assembly of basic copper carbonate nanorods, followed with deposition of cerium hydroxide. After calcination, they were transformed into Ce-CuO but still maintained the hierarchical structure, and meanwhile, mesoporous structure was formed (for simplicity, we will only state them as metal oxide in the following context). The samples were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), temperature-programmed reduction (TPR), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), high-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM), and scanning electron microscopy (SEM) techniques. When used as a Cu-based catalyst, Ce-CuO exhibited superior catalytic property to the single CuO, CeO2 and their physically mixture in the Rochow reaction with dimethyldichlorosilane (M2) selectivity increased from ca. 65 to 83.7%. The higher M2 selectivity of Ce-CuO is mainly due to its larger surface area and the synergistic effect between CuO and CeO2. This work demonstrates that catalytic performance of the Cu-based can be improved by adding Ce rare-earth element and by carefully controlling their structures.

  13. Methanol conversion over a Pd 5Cu/Al 2O 3-CeO 2 catalyst: An FT-IR study and reaction mechanism

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    Sánchez Escribano, V.; del Hoyo Martínez, C.; Castro Baz, A.; Gallardo Amores, J. M.; Fernández López, E.

    2011-12-01

    A catalyst composed of a Pd 5Cu mixed oxide supported over Al 2O 3-CeO 2 with general formula Pd 5CuO x/Al 2O 3-CeO 2 (Al/Ce atomic ratio = 1/1) has been prepared by a wet impregnation method and tested in the methanol conversion. The structural and morphological characterization of the catalyst evidences that it is a mesoporous material thermally stable up to 873 K. At that temperature the specific surface area value is 170 m 2/g, and a CeO 2 cubic phase is identified together with ill-defined diffraction peaks tentatively assigned to Cu-Pd clusters, suggesting that the active phase is well dispersed over the support. Infrared studies prove that methanol conversion takes place over the catalyst to a high extent yielding syngas as main product in the range 473-723 K and methane at higher temperatures. Oxygenated intermediates containing methoxy, carbonile or formiate species are not detected, which evidences that methanol conversion to methane very probably takes place according to a via-carbide mechanism.

  14. Methanol conversion over a Pd5Cu/Al2O3-CeO2 catalyst: an FT-IR study and reaction mechanism.

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    Sánchez Escribano, V; del Hoyo Martínez, C; Castro Baz, A; Gallardo Amores, J M; Fernández López, E

    2011-12-01

    A catalyst composed of a Pd(5)Cu mixed oxide supported over Al(2)O(3)-CeO(2) with general formula Pd(5)CuO(x)/Al(2)O(3)-CeO(2) (Al/Ce atomic ratio=1/1) has been prepared by a wet impregnation method and tested in the methanol conversion. The structural and morphological characterization of the catalyst evidences that it is a mesoporous material thermally stable up to 873 K. At that temperature the specific surface area value is 170 m(2)/g, and a CeO(2) cubic phase is identified together with ill-defined diffraction peaks tentatively assigned to Cu-Pd clusters, suggesting that the active phase is well dispersed over the support. Infrared studies prove that methanol conversion takes place over the catalyst to a high extent yielding syngas as main product in the range 473-723 K and methane at higher temperatures. Oxygenated intermediates containing methoxy, carbonile or formiate species are not detected, which evidences that methanol conversion to methane very probably takes place according to a via-carbide mechanism. PMID:21930417

  15. Strain-level bacterial identification by CeO2-catalyzed MALDI-TOF MS fatty acid analysis and comparison to commercial protein-based methods

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    Cox, C. R.; Jensen, K. R.; Saichek, N. R.; Voorhees, K. J.

    2015-01-01

    Matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization time-of-flight mass spectrometry (MALDI-TOF MS) has emerged as a rapid approach for clinical bacterial identification. However, current protein-based commercial bacterial ID methods fall short when differentiating closely related species/strains. To address this shortcoming, we employed CeO2-catalyzed fragmentation of lipids to produce fatty acids using the energy inherent to the MALDI laser as a novel alternative to protein profiling. Fatty acid profiles collected from Enterobacteriaceae, Acinetobacter, and Listeria using CeO2-catalyzed metal oxide laser ionization (MOLI MS), processed by principal component analysis, and validated by leave–one-out cross-validation (CV), showed 100% correct classification at the species level and 98% at the strain level. In comparison, protein profile data from the same bacteria yielded 32%, 54% and 67% mean species-level accuracy using two MALDI-TOF MS platforms, respectively. In addition, several pathogens were misidentified by protein profiling as non-pathogens and vice versa. These results suggest novel CeO2-catalyzed lipid fragmentation readily produced (i) taxonomically tractable fatty acid profiles by MOLI MS, (ii) highly accurate bacterial classification and (iii) consistent strain-level ID for bacteria that were routinely misidentified by protein-based methods. PMID:26190224

  16. Assessing the axonal translocation of CeO2 and SiO2 nanoparticles in the sciatic nerve fibers of the frog: an ex vivo electrophysiological study.

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    Kastrinaki, Georgia; Samsouris, Christos; Kosmidis, Efstratios K; Papaioannou, Eleni; Konstandopoulos, Athanasios G; Theophilidis, George

    2015-01-01

    The axonal translocation of two commonly used nanoparticles in medicine, namely CeO2 and SiO2, is investigated. The study was conducted on frog sciatic nerve fibers in an ex vivo preparation. Nanoparticles were applied at the proximal end of the excised nerve. A nerve stimulation protocol was followed for over 35 hours. Nerve vitality curve comparison between control and exposed nerves showed that CeO2 has no neurotoxic effect at the concentrations tested. After exposure, specimens were fixed and then screen scanned every 1 mm along their length for nanoparticle presence by means of Fourier transform infrared microscopy. We demonstrated that both nanoparticles translocate within the nerve by formation of narrow bands in the Fourier transform infrared spectrum. For the CeO2, we also demonstrated that the translocation depends on both axonal integrity and electrical activity. The speed of translocation for the two species was estimated in the range of 0.45-0.58 mm/h, close to slow axonal transportation rate. Transmission electron microscopy provided direct evidence for the presence of SiO2 in the treated nerves. PMID:26648718

  17. 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.

  18. Synthesis, characterization, and magnetic properties of monodisperse CeO2 nanospheres prepared by PVP-assisted hydrothermal method

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    2012-01-01

    Ferromagnetism was observed at room temperature in monodisperse CeO2 nanospheres synthesized by hydrothermal treatment of Ce(NO3)3·6H2O using polyvinylpyrrolidone as a surfactant. The structure and morphology of the products were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), Raman spectroscopy, transmission electron microscopy, high-resolution transmission electron microscopy, and field-emission scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM). The optical properties of the nanospheres were determined using UV and visible spectroscopy and photoluminescence (PL). The valence states of Ce ions were also determined using X-ray absorption near edge spectroscopy. The XRD results indicated that the synthesized samples had a cubic structure with a crystallite size in the range of approximately 9 to 19 nm. FE-SEM micrographs showed that the samples had a spherical morphology with a particle size in the range of approximately 100 to 250 nm. The samples also showed a strong UV absorption and room temperature PL. The emission might be due to charge transfer transitions from the 4f band to the valence band of the oxide. The magnetic properties of the samples were studied using a vibrating sample magnetometer. The samples exhibited room temperature ferromagnetism with a small magnetization of approximately 0.0026 to 0.016 emu/g at 10 kOe. Our results indicate that oxygen vacancies could be involved in the ferromagnetic exchange, and the possible mechanism of formation was discussed based on the experimental results. PMID:22849756

  19. Modeling of a CeO2 thermochemistry reduction process for hydrogen production by solar concentrated energy

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    Valle-Hernández, Julio; Romero-Paredes, Hernando; Arancibia-Bulnes, Camilo A.; Villafan-Vidales, Heidi I.; Espinosa-Paredes, Gilberto

    2016-05-01

    In this paper the simulation of the thermal reduction for hydrogen production through the decomposition of cerium oxide is presented. The thermochemical cycle for hydrogen production consists of the endothermic reduction of CeO2 at high temperature, where concentrated solar energy is used as a source of heat; and of the subsequent steam hydrolysis of the resulting cerium oxide to produce hydrogen. For the thermochemical process, a solar reactor prototype is proposed; consisting of a cubic receptacle made of graphite fiber thermally insulated. Inside the reactor a pyramidal arrangement with nine tungsten pipes is housed. The pyramidal arrangement is made respect to the focal point where the reflected energy is concentrated. The solar energy is concentrated through the solar furnace of high radiative flux. The endothermic step is the reduction of the cerium oxide to lower-valence cerium oxide, at very high temperature. The exothermic step is the hydrolysis of the cerium oxide (III) to form H2 and the corresponding initial cerium oxide made at lower temperature inside the solar reactor. For the modeling, three sections of the pipe where the reaction occurs were considered; the carrier gas inlet, the porous medium and the reaction products outlet. The mathematical model describes the fluid mechanics; mass and energy transfer occurring therein inside the tungsten pipe. Thermochemical process model was simulated in CFD. The results show a temperature distribution in the solar reaction pipe and allow obtaining the fluid dynamics and the heat transfer within the pipe. This work is part of the project "Solar Fuels and Industrial Processes" from the Mexican Center for Innovation in Solar Energy (CEMIE-Sol).

  20. Simultaneous removal of elemental mercury and NO from flue gas by V2O5-CeO2/TiO2 catalysts

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    Zhang, Xunan; Li, Caiting; Zhao, Lingkui; Zhang, Jie; Zeng, Guangming; Xie, Yin'e.; Yu, Ming'e.

    2015-08-01

    A series of Ce-doped V2O5/TiO2 catalysts synthesized by an ultrasound assisted impregnation method were employed to investigate simultaneous removal of elemental mercury (Hg0) and NO in lab-scale experiments. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM), Brunauer-Emmett-Teller (BET), X-ray diffractogram (XRD), and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) analyses were used to characterize the samples. Compared to TiO2 support, the catalytic performance of CeO2 doped on both TiO2 and V2O5/TiO2 catalysts have been improved. Remarkably, 1%V2O5-10% CeO2/TiO2 (V1Ce10Ti) exhibited the highest Hg0 oxidation efficiency of 81.55% at 250 °C with a desired NO removal efficiency under the same condition. Both the NO conversion and Hg0 oxidation efficiency were enhanced in the presence of O2. The activity was inhibited by the injection of NH3 with the increase of NH3/NO. When in the presence of 400 ppm SO2, Hg0 oxidation was slightly affected. Furthermore, Hg0 removal behavior under both oxidation and selective catalytic reduction (SCR) condition over V1Ce10Ti were well investigated to further probe into the feasibility of one single unit for multi-pollutants control in industry application. The existence of the redox cycle of V4+ + Ce4+ ↔ V5+ + Ce3+ in V2O5-CeO2/TiO2 catalyst could not only greatly improve the NO conversion, but also promote the oxidation of Hg0.

  1. Temperature evolution of structure and bonding of formic acid and formate on fully oxidized and highly reduced CeO2(111)

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    Gordon, Wesley O; Xu, Ye; Mullins, David R; Overbury, Steven {Steve} H

    2009-01-01

    Adsorption of formate on oxide surfaces plays a role in water-gas shift (WGS) and other reactions related to H2 production and CO2 utilization. CeO2 is of particular interest because its reducibility affects the redox of organic molecules. In this work, the adsorption and thermal evolution of formic acid and formate on highly ordered films of fully oxidized CeO2(111) and highly reduced CeOx(111) surfaces have been studied using reflection absorption infrared spectroscopy (RAIRS) under ultra-high vacuum conditions, and the experimental results are combined with density functional theory (DFT) calculations to probe the identity, symmetry, and bonding of the surface intermediates. Disordered ice, ordered a-polymorph and molecular formic acid bonded through the carbonyl are observed at low temperatures. By 250 K, desorption and deprotonation lead to formate coexisting with hydroxyl on CeO2(111), identified to be a bridging bidentate formate species that is coordinated to Ce cations in nearly C2v symmetry and interacting strongly with neighboring H. Changes in the spectra at higher temperatures are consistent with additional tilting of the formate, resulting in Cs(2) or lower symmetry. This change in bonding is caused primarily by interaction with oxygen vacancies introduced by water desorption at 300 K. On reduced CeOx, multiple low-symmetry formate states exist likewise due to interactions with oxygen vacancies. Isotopic studies demonstrate that the formyl hydrogen does not contribute to H incorporated in hydroxyl on the surface, and that both formate oxygen atoms may exchange with lattice oxygen at 400 K. The combined experimental and theoretical results thus provide important insights on the surface reaction pathways of formic acid on ceria.

  2. Oxygen vacancy formation in CeO2 and Ce(1-x)Zr(x)O2 solid solutions: electron localization, electrostatic potential and structural relaxation.

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    Wang, Hai-Feng; Li, Hui-Ying; Gong, Xue-Qing; Guo, Yang-Long; Lu, Guan-Zhong; Hu, P

    2012-12-28

    Ceria (CeO(2)) and ceria-based composite materials, especially Ce(1-x)Zr(x)O(2) solid solutions, possess a wide range of applications in many important catalytic processes, such as three-way catalysts, owing to their excellent oxygen storage capacity (OSC) through the oxygen vacancy formation and refilling. Much of this activity has focused on the understanding of the electronic and structural properties of defective CeO(2) with and without doping, and comprehending the determining factor for oxygen vacancy formation and the rule to tune the formation energy by doping has constituted a central issue in material chemistry related to ceria. However, the calculation on electronic structures and the corresponding relaxation patterns in defective CeO(2-x) oxides remains at present a challenge in the DFT framework. A pragmatic approach based on density functional theory with the inclusion of on-site Coulomb correction, i.e. the so-called DFT + U technique, has been extensively applied in the majority of recent theoretical investigations. Firstly, we review briefly the latest electronic structure calculations of defective CeO(2)(111), focusing on the phenomenon of multiple configurations of the localized 4f electrons, as well as the discussions of its formation mechanism and the catalytic role in activating the O(2) molecule. Secondly, aiming at shedding light on the doping effect on tuning the oxygen vacancy formation in ceria-based solid solutions, we summarize the recent theoretical results of Ce(1-x)Zr(x)O(2) solid solutions in terms of the effect of dopant concentrations and crystal phases. A general model on O vacancy formation is also discussed; it consists of electrostatic and structural relaxation terms, and the vital role of the later is emphasized. Particularly, we discuss the crucial role of the localized structural relaxation patterns in determining the superb oxygen storage capacity in kappa-phase Ce(1-x)Zr(1-x)O(2). Thirdly, we briefly discuss some interesting findings for the oxygen vacancy formation in pure ceria nanoparticles (NPs) uncovered by DFT calculations and compare those with the bulk or extended surfaces of ceria as well as different particle sizes, emphasizing the role of the electrostatic field in determining the O vacancy formation. PMID:23080297

  3. Enhancement of solar light photocatalytic activity of TiO2-CeO2 composite by Er3+:Y3Al5O12 in organic dye degradation

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    Li, Y.; Li, S. G.; Zhang, L.; Wang, J.; Li, Y.; Ma, C. H.

    2014-12-01

    The Er3+:Y3Al5O12, as an upconversion luminescence agent which is able to transform the visible part of the solar light to ultraviolet light, was prepared by nitrate-citrate sol-gel method. A novel solar light photocatalyst, Er3+:Y3Al5O12/TiO2-CeO2 composite was synthesized using ultrasonic treatment. The X-ray diffraction (XRD) and scanning election microscopy (SEM) were used to characterize the structural morphology of the Er3+:Y3Al5O12/TiO2-CeO2 composite. In order to evaluate the solar light photocatalytic activity of Er3+:Y3Al5O12/TiO2-CeO2 composite, the Azo Fuchsine dye was used as a model organic pollutant. The progress of the degradation reaction was monitored by UV-Vis spectroscopy and ion chromatography. The key influences on the solar light photocatalytic activity of Er3+:Y3Al5O12/TiO2-CeO2 were studied, such as Ti/Ce molar ratio, heat-treatment temperature and heat-treatment time. Otherwise, the effects of initial dye concentration, Er3+:Y3Al5O12/TiO2-CeO2 amount, solar light irradiation time and the nature of the dye on the solar light photocatalytic degradation process were investigated. It was found that the solar light photocatalytic activity of Er3+:Y3Al5O12/TiO2-CeO2 composite was superior to Er3+:Y3Al5O12/TiO2 and Er3+:Y3Al5O12/CeO2 powder in the similar conditions.

  4. Hydrocracking of cumene over Ni/Al 2O 3 as influenced by CeO 2 doping and γ-irradiation

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    El-Shobaky, G. A.; Doheim, M. M.; Ghozza, A. M.

    2004-01-01

    Cumene hydrocracking was carried out over pure and doped Ni/Al 2O 3 solids and also, on these solids after exposure to different doses of γ-rays between 0.4 and 1.6 MGy. The dopant concentration was varied between 1 and 4 mol% CeO 2. Pure and doped samples were subjected to heat treatment at 400°C and cumene hydrocracking reaction was carried out using various solids at temperatures between 250°C and 400°C by means of micropulse technique. The results showed that both CeO 2 doping and γ-irradiation of the investigated system brought about an increase in its specific surface area. γ-irradiation of pure samples increased their catalytic activities effectively. However, the doping caused a decrease in the catalytic activity. γ-irradiation of the doped samples brought about a net decrease in the catalytic activity. The catalytic reaction products over different investigated solids were ethylbenzene as a major product together with different amounts of toluene, benzene and C 1-C 3 gaseous hydrocarbons. The selectivity towards the formation of various reaction products varies with the reaction temperature, doping and γ-irradiation.

  5. Low-temperature selective catalytic reduction of NO on CeO2-CuO/Al2O3 catalysts prepared by different methods.

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    Guo, Rui-Tang; Zhen, Wen-Long; Pan, Wei-Guo; Hong, Jie-Nan; Jin, Qiang; Ding, Cheng-Gang; Guo, Shi-Yi

    2014-08-01

    CeO2-CuO/Al2O3 catalysts were prepared by three different methods and their activities for selective catalytic reduction (SCR) of NO with NH3 were investigated. As can be seen from the experimental results, the catalyst prepared by the single-step sol-gel (SG) method showed the best SCR activity and resistance to SO2 and H2O. In order to investigate the relationship between the preparation method and the performance of SCR catalysts, the catalysts were characterized by using Brunauer-Emmett-Teller, X-ray diffraction, temperature programmed reduction with hydrogen, temperature programmed desorption with ammonia, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, Fourier transform infrared and thermo-gravimetric analysis techniques. It was found that the excellent performance of CeO2-CuO/Al2O3 catalyst prepared by the single-step SG method should be resulted from its large surface area, low crystallinity, high oxygen storage capacity, high NH3 adsorption capacity, high concentration of surface chemisorbed oxygen, weak sulphation process and weak water absorption. PMID:24956769

  6. Evidence for subsurface ordering of oxygen vacancies on the reduced CeO2(111) surface using density-functional and statistical calculations.

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    Murgida, Gustavo E; Ganduglia-Pirovano, M Verónica

    2013-06-14

    Oxygen vacancies on ceria (CeO(2)) surfaces play a crucial role in catalytic applications, yet whether vacancies are at surface or subsurface sites on reduced CeO(2)(111), and whether vacancies agglomerate or repel each other, is still under discussion, with few and inconsistent experimental results. By combining density-functional theory (DFT) in the DFT+U (U is an effective onsite Coulomb interaction parameter) approach and statistical thermodynamics, we show that the energetically most stable near-surface oxygen vacancy structures for a broad range of vacancy concentrations, Θ (1/16 ≤ Θ ≤ 1 monolayer) have all vacancies at subsurface oxygen sites and predict that the thermodynamically stable phase for a wide range of reducing conditions is a (2 × 2) ordered subsurface vacancy structure (Θ = 1/4). Vacancy-induced lattice relaxations effects are crucial for the interpretation of the repulsive interactions, which are at the basis of the vacancy spacing in the (2 × 2) structure. The findings provide theoretical data to support the interpretation of the most recent experiments, bringing us closer to solving the debate. PMID:25165940

  7. Raman and impedance spectroscopic studies of the specific features of the transport properties of electrolytes based on CeO2

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    Sal'nikov, V. V.; Pikalova, E. Yu.

    2015-10-01

    The solid solutions CeO2-(Sm,Nd)2O3 have been prepared by the solid-phase synthesis. The microstructure, density, and electrical conductivity of ceramic samples obtained by rolling with an organic binder, followed by sintering in air at a temperature of 1600°C have been investigated. The contributions to the total conductivity from the grain volume and grain boundaries in the temperature range of 250-700°C have been separated using impedance spectroscopy. The impedance spectroscopy data have revealed a significant effect of grain boundaries on the transport properties of the solid electrolyte with a Sm dopant as compared to the electrolyte with Nd. The optical properties of the polycrystalline electrolytes Ce1- x Nd x O2-δ and Ce0.8Sm0.2O2-δ have been studied using Raman spectroscopy. In the spectrum of the ceramic samples, there are two modes: a mode of CeO2 at a frequency of 465 cm-1 and an additional mode at a frequency of ~550 cm-1 due to vibrations associated with oxygen vacancies, the intensity of which depends on the dopant concentration and the energy of the dopant cation-oxygen vacancy bond. The binding energy of oxygen vacancies in the fluorite structure correlates with the behavior of bulk conductivity, and the solid solutions with samarium exhibit the highest bulk conductivity.

  8. CeO2-TiO2 catalysts for catalytic oxidation of elemental mercury in low-rank coal combustion flue gas.

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    Li, Hailong; Wu, Chang-Yu; Li, Ying; Zhang, Junying

    2011-09-01

    CeO(2)-TiO(2) (CeTi) catalysts synthesized by an ultrasound-assisted impregnation method were employed to oxidize elemental mercury (Hg(0)) in simulated low-rank (sub-bituminous and lignite) coal combustion flue gas. The CeTi catalysts with a CeO(2)/TiO(2) weight ratio of 1-2 exhibited high Hg(0) oxidation activity from 150 to 250 °C. The high concentrations of surface cerium and oxygen were responsible for their superior performance. Hg(0) oxidation over CeTi catalysts was proposed to follow the Langmuir-Hinshelwood mechanism whereby reactive species from adsorbed flue gas components react with adjacently adsorbed Hg(0). In the presence of O(2), a promotional effect of HCl, NO, and SO(2) on Hg(0) oxidation was observed. Without O(2), HCl and NO still promoted Hg(0) oxidation due to the surface oxygen, while SO(2) inhibited Hg(0) adsorption and subsequent oxidation. Water vapor also inhibited Hg(0) oxidation. HCl was the most effective flue gas component responsible for Hg(0) oxidation. However, the combination of SO(2) and NO without HCl also resulted in high Hg(0) oxidation efficiency. This superior oxidation capability is advantageous to Hg(0) oxidation in low-rank coal combustion flue gas with low HCl concentration. PMID:21770402

  9. Designed synthesis of multi-functional PEGylated Yb2O3:Gd@SiO2@CeO2 islands core@shell nanostructure.

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    Li, Junqi; Yao, Shuang; Song, Shuyan; Wang, Xiao; Wang, Yinghui; Ding, Xing; Wang, Fan; Zhang, Hongjie

    2016-07-28

    Nanomaterials that can restrain or reduce the production of excessive reactive oxygen species such as H2O2 to defend and treat against Alzheimer's disease (AD) have attracted much attention. In this paper, we adopt the strategy of layer-by-layer deposition; namely, first synthesizing available gadolinium-doped ytterbia nanoparticles (Yb2O3:Gd NPs) as cores, and then coating them with silica via the classical Stöber method to prevent leakage and act as a carrier for subsequent ceria deposition and PEGylation, and finally obtain the expected core@shell-structured nanocomposite of PEGylated Yb2O3:Gd@SiO2@CeO2 islands. The nanomaterial has proved not only to be a high-performance dual-modal contrast agent for use in MRI and CT, but also to exhibit excellent catalase mimetic activity, which may help the prognosis, diagnosis and treatment of AD in the future. In addition, scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), energy dispersive spectroscopy (EDS), X-ray diffraction (XRD), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), and Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy characterization have revealed the successful design and synthesis of the cores with remarkable size uniformity, with well-distributed CeO2 islands decorated on the surface of SiO2 shells, and tightly immobilized PEG. PMID:27351951

  10. Design and Preparation of MnO2/CeO2-MnO2 Double-Shelled Binary Oxide Hollow Spheres and Their Application in CO Oxidation.

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    Zhang, Jian; Cao, Yidan; Wang, Chang-An; Ran, Rui

    2016-04-01

    Herein, we designed an extremely facile method to prepare well-defined MnO2@CeO2-MnO2 ball-in-ball binary oxide hollow spheres by employing carbon spheres (CSs) as sacrificial templates. The synthesis process involves a novel self-assembled approach to prepare core-shell CSs@CeO2 precursor, which would directly react with KMnO4 aqueous solution to form yolk-shell CSs@MnO2/CeO2-MnO2 precursor in the following step. Well-dispersed Ce-Mn binary oxide with double-shelled hollow sphere structure could be achieved after annealing the precursor in air. The evolution process and formation mechanism of this novel structure were thoroughly studied in this paper. Especially the as-prepared double-shell MnO2/CeO2-MnO2 hollow spheres exhibited enhanced catalytic activity for CO oxidation compared with the pure MnO2 hollow spheres and pure CeO2 hollow spheres. We believe the high surface area, hierarchical porous structures, and strong synergistic interaction between CeO2 and MnO2 contribute to the excellent catalytic activity. Most importantly, this method could be extended to prepare other transition metal oxides. As an example, triple-shelled Co-Mn composite hollow spheres assembled by ultrathin nanoplates were successfully prepared. PMID:26998672

  11. Acetaldehyde Adsorption and Reaction onCeO2(100) Thin Films

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    Mullins, David R; Albrecht, Peter M

    2013-01-01

    This study reports and compares the adsorption and dissociation of acetaldehyde on oxidized and reduced CeOX(100) thin films. Acetaldehyde reacts and decomposes on fully oxidized CeO2(100) whereas it desorbs molecularly at low temperature on CeO2(111). The primary products are CO, CO2 and water along with trace amounts of crotonaldehyde and acetylene. The acetaldehyde adsorbs as the 2-acetaldehyde species, dioxyethylene. Decomposition proceeds by dehydrogenation through acetate and enolate intermediates. The reaction pathway is similar on the reduced CeO2-X(100) surface however the inability to react with surface O on the reduced surface results in H2 rather than H2O desorption and C is left on the surface rather than producing CO and CO2. C-O bond cleavage in the enolate intermediate followed by reaction with surface H results in ethylene desorption.

  12. Synthesis of mesoporous ceria/titania thin films for self-cleaning applications.

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    Ismail, Adel A; Bouzid, Houcine

    2013-08-15

    CeO2/TiO2 thin films with a three-dimensional (3D) cubic structure were synthesized. Firstly, mesostructured 3D TiO2 films with high surface area and thermally stable have been prepared. Secondly, CeO2 was deposited on 3D mesoporous TiO2 film by two pathways: (i) cerium nitrate sol in presence of poly(ethylene glycol) was deposited on the prepared mesoporous TiO2 films by spin-coating to obtain 1, 3, and 5 layers CeO2/TiO2 and (ii) the second pathway, for thick CeO2, the prepared mesoporous TiO2 films were suspended into the high concentration of cerium nitrate in presence of poly(ethylene glycol) for 24h with magnetic stirring. FE-SEM images of the mesoporous CeO2/TiO2 films were crack-free and indicated a random worm-like network of the mesopores. The XRD patterns show for all prepared samples only TiO2 anatase phase. At five layers CeO2/TiO2, a weak and diffuse diffraction peak arises, corresponding to (111) plane of cubic CeO2. Methylene blue degradation was conducted to characterize the photocatalytic activity of films and compared with that of commercially available Pilkington Activ™ glass by the determination of their photonic efficiencies. Photonic efficiency of mesoporous TiO2~3.39% is higher than Pilkington Activ™ glass~10 times, probably due to the much larger surface area of the mesoporous films and its high crystallinity. Five layers CeO2/TiO2 films showed two times higher photoactivity for MB oxidation than mesoporous TiO2 film, and its photonic efficiency was found to be ~20 times higher than Pilkington Activ™ glass. Five layers CeO2/TiO2 was fixed after being used repetitively for five times. PMID:23697756

  13. Grain-boundary phases in hot-pressed silicon nitride containing Y2O3 and CeO2 additives

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    Guha, J. P.; Hench, L. L.

    1983-01-01

    Auger electron spectroscopy in conjunction with X-ray powder diffraction and scanning electron microscopy is used to analyze the grain-boundary phases of Y2O3- and CeO2-doped Si3N4 hot-pressed materials in order to demonstrate that the additives concentrate predominantly in the grain boundaries of Si3N4 in the form of various oxynitride phases. A high oxygen content observed in sample fracture surfaces was found to be consistent with the existence of an oxygen-enriched phase in the grain boundaries. The presence of yttrium and cerium in the fracture surfaces and an overall increase in the O/N ratio imply that the additive oxides are predominantly concentrated in the intergranular phases.

  14. CeO2 doped anatase TiO2 with exposed (001) high energy facets and its performance in selective catalytic reduction of NO by NH3

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    Wang, Haiqiang; Cao, Shuang; Fang, Zheng; Yu, Feixiang; Liu, Yue; Weng, Xiaole; Wu, Zhongbiao

    2015-03-01

    Ceria doped on anatase TiO2 with high energy (001) facets was synthesized in this paper, which was subsequently utilized for selective catalytic reduction (SCR) of NO by NH3. After subjected to a range of analytical techniques, such as XRD, BET, TEM, XPS ESR, H2-TPR and NH3-TPD, it was found that compared with Ce/P25 catalyst, the presence of (001) facets over the TiO2 support had yielded a remarkably high activity at 390-490 °C for NO removal. The unique feature of active-energy (001) facets had enhanced the thermal stability of CeO2 whilst the presence of Ti3+ over the TiO2 surface had effectively facilitated the SCR process, both of which resulted in the remarkable catalytic performance for the catalyst.

  15. Influence of the Electronic Structure and Optical Properties of CeO2 and UO2 for Characterization with UV-Laser Assisted Atom Probe Tomography

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    Billy Valderrama; H.B. Henderson; C. Yablinsky; J. Gan; T.R. Allen; M.V. Manuel

    2015-09-01

    Oxide materials are used in numerous applications such as thermal barrier coatings, nuclear fuels, and electrical conductors and sensors, all applications where nanometer-scale stoichiometric changes can affect functional properties. Atom probe tomography can be used to characterize the precise chemical distribution of individual species and spatially quantify the oxygen to metal ratio at the nanometer scale. However, atom probe analysis of oxides can be accompanied by measurement artifacts caused by laser-material interactions. In this investigation, two technologically relevant oxide materials with the same crystal structure and an anion to cation ratio of 2.00, pure cerium oxide (CeO2) and uranium oxide (UO2) are studied. It was determined that electronic structure, optical properties, heat transfer properties, and oxide stability strongly affect their evaporation behavior, thus altering their measured stoichiometry, with thermal conductance and thermodynamic stability being strong factors.

  16. Activity and hydrothermal stability of CeO2-ZrO2-WO3 for the selective catalytic reduction of NOx with NH3.

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    Song, Zhongxian; Ning, Ping; Zhang, Qiulin; Li, Hao; Zhang, Jinhui; Wang, Yancai; Liu, Xin; Huang, Zhenzhen

    2016-04-01

    A series of CeO2-ZrO2-WO3 (CZW) catalysts prepared by a hydrothermal synthesis method showed excellent catalytic activity for selective catalytic reduction (SCR) of NO with NH3 over a wide temperature of 150-550°C. The effect of hydrothermal treatment of CZW catalysts on SCR activity was investigated in the presence of 10% H2O. The fresh catalyst showed above 90% NOx conversion at 201-459°C, which is applicable to diesel exhaust NOx purification (200-440°C). The SCR activity results indicated that hydrothermal aging decreased the SCR activity of CZW at low temperatures (below 300°C), while the activity was notably enhanced at high temperature (above 450°C). The aged CZW catalyst (hydrothermal aging at 700°C for 8hr) showed almost 80% NOx conversion at 229-550°C, while the V2O5-WO3/TiO2 catalyst presented above 80% NOx conversion at 308-370°C. The effect of structural changes, acidity, and redox properties of CZW on the SCR activity was investigated. The results indicated that the excellent hydrothermal stability of CZW was mainly due to the CeO2-ZrO2 solid solution, amorphous WO3 phase and optimal acidity. In addition, the formation of WO3 clusters increased in size as the hydrothermal aging temperature increased, resulting in the collapse of structure, which could further affect the acidity and redox properties. PMID:27090708

  17. Stability and migration barriers of small vanadium oxide clusters on the CeO2(111) surface studied by density functional theory.

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    Paier, Joachim; Kropp, Thomas; Penschke, Christopher; Sauer, Joachim

    2013-01-01

    By virtue of periodic density functional theory, we investigate structure and thermodynamic stability of (VO)k and (VO2)k (k = 1, 2, 3) clusters deposited on the CeO2(111) surface, which serve as models for the very active sub-monolayer vanadia catalyst on a ceria support. We find V always completely oxidized (oxidation state +5) and coordinated to four O atoms. As a consequence, Ce4+ is (partially) reduced to Ce3+. Thus, localized Ce-4f states are populated, which requires an onsite U-term (PBE+U) to avoid over-delocalization off-electrons. Importantly, trimers of VO2 were found to be extraordinarily stable (agglomeration energy: -1.68 eV), whereas aggregation of VO species on CeO2(111) is thermodynamically clearly unfavourable (agglomeration energy: 3.45 eV). As a consequence a large area of the VnOm phase diagram (for relevant temperatures) is dominated by the VO2 trimer. The latter is less active towards reduction/oxidation than the active monomer and dimer of VO2, which are not present in the phase diagram at all, although directly observed by recent STM measurements. This suggests that kinetic effects hinder VO2 to grow into larger oligomers. The lowest migration energy barrier we found is as high as 1.95 eV, which indicates that adsorbed monomeric VO2 is "kinetically locked" at low temperatures and explains why monomers are stabilized on the ceria surface. PMID:24015586

  18. Effect of CeO2 and Y2O3 on microstructure, bioactivity and degradability of laser cladding CaO-SiO2 coating on titanium alloy.

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    Li, H C; Wang, D G; Chen, C Z; Weng, F

    2015-03-01

    To solve the lack of strength of bulk biomaterials for load-bearing applications and improve the bioactivity of titanium alloy (Ti-6Al-4V), CaO-SiO2 coatings on titanium alloy were fabricated by laser cladding technique. The effect of CeO2 and Y2O3 on microstructure and properties of laser cladding coating was analyzed. The cross-section microstructure of ceramic layer from top to bottom gradually changes from cellular-dendrite structure to compact cellular crystal. The addition of CeO2 or Y2O3 refines the microstructure of the ceramic layer in the upper and middle regions. The refining effect on the grain is related to the kinds of additives and their content. The coating is mainly composed of CaTiO3, CaO, α-Ca2(SiO4), SiO2 and TiO2. Y2O3 inhibits the formation of CaO. After soaking in simulated body fluid (SBF), the calcium phosphate layer is formed on the coating surface, indicating the coating has bioactivity. After soaking in Tris-HCl solution, the samples doped with CeO2 or Y2O3 present a lower weight loss, indicating the addition of CeO2 or Y2O3 improves the degradability of laser cladding sample. PMID:25637793

  19. The effects of H2O and SO2 on the behaviour of CuSO4-CeO2/TS for low temperature catalytic reduction of NO with NH3.

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    Tong, Hua; Dai, Junhong; He, Yong; Tong, Zhiquan

    2011-01-01

    The catalyst CuSO4-CeO2/TiO2-SiO2 (CuSO4-CeO2/TS), for low temperature catalytic reduction (LT-SCR) of NO with NH was prepared by the impregnation method. The impacts of H2O and SO2 on the catalyst were investigated. Experiments showed that H2O brought down the catalyst's activity at low reaction temperature. However, this negative effect of H2O could be mostly eliminated with a raised temperature of above 220 degrees C. In a 10-hour experiment on the catalyst's resistibility to SO2 poisoning, NO conversion increased slightly by the promoting effect of SO2. The same catalyst underwent continuous examination with both SO2 and H2O in the feed gas; NO conversion of around 90.2% was maintained for 37 hours, showing better performance than CuSO4-CeO2/TiO2. This suggested that SiO2 in the TiO2-SiO2 catalyst supported the supression of the oxidization of SO2 to SO3. Therefore, the formation of ammonium sulphate over the catalyst and the sulphation of CeO2 in the catalyst were greatly alleviated, leading to a better resistibility of the catalyst to SO2 poisioning. After the 37 hours, the catalyst activity began to fall, and an irrecoverable deactivation of the catalyst was observed. PMID:21879564

  20. Investigation of the Poisoning Mechanism of Lead on the CeO2-WO3 Catalyst for the NH3-SCR Reaction via in Situ IR and Raman Spectroscopy Measurement.

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    Peng, Yue; Si, Wenzhe; Li, Xiang; Chen, Jianjun; Li, Junhua; Crittenden, John; Hao, Jiming

    2016-09-01

    The in situ IR and Raman spectroscopy measurements were conducted to investigate lead poisoning on the CeO2-WO3 catalysts. The deactivation mechanisms were studied with respect to the changes of surface acidity, redox property, nitrate/nitrite adsorption behaviors, and key active sites (note that the results of structure-activity relationship of CeO2-WO3 were based on our previous research). (1) Lewis acid sites originated from CeO2 and crystalline WO3, whereas Brønsted acid sites originated from Ce2(WO4)3. The poisoned catalysts exhibited a lower surface acidity than the fresh catalysts: the number of acid sites decreased, and their thermal stability weakened. (2) The reducibility of catalysts and the amount of active oxygen exhibited a smaller influence after poisoning because lead preferred to bond with surface WOx species rather than CeO2. (3) The quantity of active nitrate species decreased due to the lead coverage on the catalyst and the partial bridged-nitrate species induced by lead exhibited a low degree of activity at 200 °C. (4) Crystalline WO3 and Ce2(WO4)3 originated from the transformation of polytungstate sites. These sites were the key active sites during the SCR process. The formation temperatures of polytungstate on the poisoned catalysts were higher than those on the fresh catalysts. PMID:27480109

  1. Temperature-dependent void formation and growth at ion-irradiated nanocrystalline CeO2 Si interfaces

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    Perez-Bergquist, Alex G; Zhang, Yanwen; Varga, Tamas; Moll, Sandra; Weber, William J

    2014-01-01

    Ceria is a thermally stable ceramic that has numerous applications in the nuclear industry, including use in nuclear fuels and waste forms. Recently, interest has surged in nanostructured ceria due to its increased mechanical properties and electronic conductivity in comparison with bulk ceria and its ability to self-heal in response to energetic ion bombardment. Here, nanocrystalline ceria thin films grown over a silicon substrate are irradiated to fluences of up to 4 1016 ions/cm2 under different irradiation conditions: with differing ion species (Si+ and Ni+), different ion energies (1.0 1.5 MeV), and at varying temperatures (160 600 K). While the nanocrystalline ceria is found to exhibit exceptional radiation resistance under all tested conditions, severe ion irradiation-induced mixing, void formation, and void growth are observed at the ceria/silicon interface, with the degree of damage proving to be temperature dependent.

  2. Physico-Chemical Property and Catalytic Activity of a CeO2-Doped MnO(x)-TiO2 Catalyst with SO2 Resistance for Low-Temperature NH3-SCR of NO(x).

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    Shin, Byeongkil; Chun, Ho Hwan; Cha, Jin-Sun; Shin, Min-Chul; Lee, Heesoo

    2016-05-01

    The effects of CeO2 addition on the catalytic activity and the SO2 resistance of CeO2-doped MnO(x)-TiO2 catalysts were investigated for the low-temperature selective catalytic reduction (SCR) with NH3 of NO(x) emissions in marine applications. The most active catalyst was obtained from 30 wt% CeO2-MnO(x)-TiO2 catalyst in the whole temperature range of 100-300 degrees C at a low gas hourly space velocity (GHSV) of 10,000 h(-)1, and its de-NO(x) efficiency was higher than 90% over 250 degrees C. The enhanced catalytic activity may contribute to the dispersion state and catalytic acidity on the catalyst surface, and the highly dispersed Mn and Ce on the nano-scaled TiO2 catalyst affects the increase of Lewis and Brønsted acid sites. A CeO2-rich additive on MnO(x)-TiO2 could provide stronger catalytic acid sites, associated with NH3 adsorption and the SCR performance. As the results of sulfur resistance in flue gas that contains SO2, the de-NO(x) efficiency of MnO(x)-TiO2 decreased by 15% over 200 degrees C, whereas that of 30 wt% ceria-doped catalyst increased by 14-21% over 150 degrees C. The high SO2 resistance of CeO2-MnO(x)-TiO2 catalysts that resulted from the addition of ceria suppressed the formation of Mn sulfate species, which led to deactivation on the surface of nano-catalyst. PMID:27483759

  3. Ion-Beam-Induced Chemical Mixing at a Nanocrystalline CeO2–Si Interface

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    Edmondson, P. D.; Young, Niel P.; Parish, Chad M.; Moll, Sandra J.; Namavar, Fereydoon; Weber, William J.; Zhang, Yanwen

    2013-02-28

    Thin films of nanocrystalline ceria deposited onto a silicon substrate have been irradiated with 3 MeV Au+ ions to a total dose of 34 displacements per atom to examine the film/substrate interfacial response upon displacement damage. Under irradiation, a band of contrast is observed to form that grows under further irradiation. Scanning and high-resolution transmission electron microscopy imaging and analysis suggest that this band of contrast is a cerium silicate phase with an approximate Ce:Si:O composition ratio of 1:1:3 in an amorphous nature. The slightly nonstoichiometric composition arises due to the loss of mobile oxygen within the cerium silicate phase under the current irradiation condition. This nonequilibrium phase is formed as a direct result of ion-beam-induced chemical mixing caused by ballistic collisions between the incoming ion and the lattice atoms. This may hold promise in ion beam engineering of cerium silicates for microelectronic applications e.g., the fabrication of blue LEDs.

  4. Morphology, structural properties and reducibility of size-selected CeO2− x nanoparticle films

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    D’Addato, Sergio; Gasperi, Gabriele; Benedetti, Francesco; Luches, Paola; Grillo, Vincenzo; Bertoni, Giovanni; Valeri, Sergio

    2015-01-01

    Summary Non-stoichiometric ceria nanoparticles (NPs) were obtained by a gas aggregation source with a magnetron and were mass-selected with a quadrupole mass filter. By varying magnetron power, Ar gas flow, and the length of the aggregation tube, NPs with an average diameter of 6, 9, and 14 nm were synthesized and deposited onto a substrate, thus obtaining NP films. The morphology of the films was studied with scanning electron microscopy, while high resolution transmission electron microscopy was used to gain a deeper insight into the atomic structure of individual NPs. By using X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy we analyzed the degree of reduction of the NPs of different diameters, before and after thermal treatments in vacuum (reduction cycle) and in O2 atmosphere (oxidation cycle) at different temperatures. From this analysis we inferred that the size is an important parameter only at intermediate temperatures. As a comparison, we evaluated the reducibility of an ultra-thin ceria film with the same surface to volume ratio as the 9 nm diameter NPs film, observing that NPs are more reducible than the ceria film. PMID:25671152

  5. Engineered interfaces and nano-scale thin films for solid oxide fuel cell electrolytes

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    Nandasiri, Manjula I.

    Solid state electrolytes with high oxygen ionic conductivity at low temperatures are required to develop cost effective and efficient solid oxide fuel cells. This study investigates the influence of engineered interfaces on the oxygen ionic conductivity of nano-scale multilayer thin film electrolytes. The epitaxial Sm2O3 doped CeO2 (SDC) and Sc2O3 stabilized ZrO2 (ScSZ) are selected as the alternative layers for the proposed multilayer thin film electrolyte based on the optimum structural, chemical, and electrical properties reported in the previous studies. The epitaxial SDC(111)/ScSZ(111) multilayer thin films are grown on high purity Al2O3(0001) substrates by oxygen-plasma assisted molecular beam epitaxy. Prior to the deposition of multilayers, the growth parameters are optimized for epitaxial CeO 2, ZrO2, SDC, and ScSZ thin films. The epitaxial orientation and surface morphology of CeO2 thin films shows dependency on the growth rate. Epitaxial CeO2(111) is obtained at relatively high growth rates (>9 A/min) at a substrate temperature of 650°C and an oxygen partial pressure of 2 x 10 -5 Torr. The same growth parameters are used for the deposition of ZrO2 thin films. ZrO2 exhibits both monoclinic and cubic phases, which is stabilized in the cubic structure by doping with Sc 2O3. The Sm and Sc evaporation rates are varied during the growth to obtain thin films of 15 mol % SmO1.5 doped CeO2 and 20 mol % ScO1.5 stabilized ZrO2, respectively. The SDC/ScSZ multilayer thin films are grown using the same growth parameters by varying the number of layers. The SDC/ScSZ multilayer thin films show significant enhancement in the oxygen ionic conductivity in comparison to single layer SDC and ScSZ thin films. The increase in the oxygen ionic conductivity with the increase in number of layers can be attributed to lattice mismatch induced ionic conductivity along the interfaces. The 8-layer film exhibits the maximum oxygen ionic conductivity with one order of magnitude

  6. A novel spectrofluorometric method for the determination of arsenic in human hair using Dy2O3-doped CeO2 nanoparticles.

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    Hosseini, Mohammad Saeid; Belador, Foroogh

    2014-10-01

    This paper describes a simple and inexpensive method for the determination of arsenic in human hair samples based on spectrofluorometric detection. The applied Dy2O3-doped CeO2 (DDC) nanoparticles were synthesized using microwave-induced combustion technique and subjected to analytical samples containing As(V) species. At optimum conditions (pH 6, DDC concentration 3 mg L(-1) and excitation/emission wavelengths 250 nm/352 nm), the fluorescence emission of DDC nanoparticles was diminished by increasing the As(V) concentration present in the medium. The co-existent ions present in hair were not interfered. A method for the speciation of As(III) and As(V) is also described. The method was validated using a well-known separation/spectrofluorometric method. There was no significant difference at the 95% confidence level between the results of the two methods. The proposed method is characterized by a wide analytical concentration range (5.0 × 10(-8)-1.0 × 10(-5) M), a detection limit for As(V) of 1 × 10(-8) mol L(-1) and relative standard deviation of 1.4%. The recoveries for the spiked amounts of As(V) was found to be 93.3-104.0%. PMID:25096195

  7. High power density cell using nanostructured Sr-doped SmCoO3 and Sm-doped CeO2 composite powder synthesized by spray pyrolysis

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    Shimada, Hiroyuki; Yamaguchi, Toshiaki; Suzuki, Toshio; Sumi, Hirofumi; Hamamoto, Koichi; Fujishiro, Yoshinobu

    2016-01-01

    High power density solid oxide electrochemical cells were developed using nanostructure-controlled composite powder consisting of Sr-doped SmCoO3 (SSC) and Sm-doped CeO2 (SDC) for electrode material. The SSC-SDC nano-composite powder, which was synthesized by spray pyrolysis, had a narrow particle size distribution (D10, D50, and D90 of 0.59, 0.71, and 0.94 μm, respectively), and individual particles were spherical, composing of nano-size SSC and SDC fragments (approximately 10-15 nm). The application of the powder to a cathode for an anode-supported solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) realized extremely fine cathode microstructure and excellent cell performance. The anode-supported SOFC with the SSC-SDC cathode achieved maximum power density of 3.65, 2.44, 1.43, and 0.76 W cm-2 at 800, 750, 700, and 650 °C, respectively, using humidified H2 as fuel and air as oxidant. This result could be explained by the extended electrochemically active region in the cathode induced by controlling the structure of the starting powder at the nano-order level.

  8. Selective catalytic reduction of NO with NH3 over CeO2-ZrO2-WO3 catalysts prepared by different methods

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    Ning, Ping; Song, Zhongxian; Li, Hao; Zhang, Qiulin; Liu, Xin; Zhang, Jinhui; Tang, Xiaosu; Huang, Zhenzhen

    2015-03-01

    The selective catalytic reduction (SCR) of NO by NH3 has been investigated over the CeO2-ZrO2-WO3 (CZW) catalysts prepared by hydrothermal synthesis, incipient impregnation, co-precipitation and sol-gel methods. The results indicate that the CZW catalyst prepared by hydrothermal method shows the best SCR activity, and more than 90% NO conversion is obtained at 195-450 °C with a gas hourly space velocity of 50,000 h-1. The samples are characterized by XRD, N2 adsorption-desorption, SEM, EDS, XPS, H2-TPR, NH3-TPD and Pyridine-IR techniques. The results imply that the superior SCR activity of CZW catalyst is contributed to the excellent redox property, strong acidity and highest content of chemisorbed oxygen species. Furthermore, the larger surface area and greater total pore volume improve the redox ability and enhance NO conversion at low temperature, while the co-existence of Lewis and Brønsted acid sites enhance the SCR activity at high temperature.

  9. Chemical reaction mechanisms between Y2O3 stabilized ZrO2 and Gd doped CeO2 with PH3 in coal syngas

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    Chen, Gang; Kishimoto, Haruo; Yamaji, Katsuhiko; Kuramoto, Koji; Gong, Mingyang; Liu, Xingbo; Hackett, Gregory; Gerdes, Kirk; Horita, Teruhisa

    2014-12-01

    To clarify the chemical stability of the key materials exposed to coal syngas (CSG) containing PH3 contaminant atmosphere, exposure tests of Y2O3 8 mol.% stabilized ZrO2 (YSZ) and Gd doped CeO2 (GDC) are carried out in simulated CSG with different concentrations of PH3. Significant reaction between YSZ and 10 ppm PH3 in CSG atmosphere is confirmed, and no obvious reaction is detected on the surface of YSZ after exposed in CSG with 1 ppm PH3. YPO4, Zr2.25(PO4)3 and monoclinic Y partial stabilized ZrO2 (m-PSZ) are identified on the YSZ pellet surface after exposed in CSG with 10 ppm PH3. GDC reacted with PH3 even at 1 ppm concentration. A (Ce0.9Gd0.1)PO4 layer is formed on the surface of GDC pellet after exposure in CSG with 10 ppm PH3. Possible reaction mechanisms between YSZ and GDC with PH3 in CSG are clarified. Compared with GDC, YSZ exhibits sufficient phosphorus resistance for devices directly exposed to a coal syngas atmosphere containing low concentration of PH3.

  10. Renewable H2 from glycerol steam reforming: effect of La2O3 and CeO2 addition to Pt/Al2O3 catalysts.

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    Montini, Tiziano; Singh, Rakesh; Das, Piyali; Lorenzut, Barbara; Bertero, Nicolás; Riello, Pietro; Benedetti, Alvise; Giambastiani, Giuliano; Bianchini, Claudio; Zinoviev, Sergey; Miertus, Stanislav; Fornasiero, Paolo

    2010-05-25

    Glycerol is the main byproduct of biodiesel production and its increased production volume derives from the increasing demand for biofuels. The conversion of glycerol to hydrogen-rich mixtures presents an attractive route towards sustainable biodiesel production. Here we explored the use of Pt/Al(2)O(3)-based catalysts for the catalytic steam reforming of glycerol, evidencing the influence of La(2)O(3) and CeO(2) doping on the catalyst activity and selectivity. The addition of the latter metal oxides to a Pt/Al(2)O(3) catalyst is found to significantly improve the glycerol steam reforming, with high H(2) and CO(2) selectivities. A good catalytic stability is achieved for the Pt/La(2)O(3)/Al(2)O(3) system working at 350 degrees C, while the Pt/CeO(2)/Al(2)O(3) catalyst sharply deactivates after 20 h under similar conditions. Studies carried out on fresh and exhausted catalysts reveal that both systems maintain high surface areas and high Pt dispersions. Therefore, the observed catalyst deactivation can be attributed to coke deposition on the active sites throughout the catalytic process and only marginally to Pt nanoparticle sintering. This work suggests that an appropriate support composition is mandatory for preparing high-performance Pt-based catalysts for the sustainable conversion of glycerol into syngas. PMID:20422673

  11. Chemical reaction mechanisms between Y2O3 stabilized ZrO2 and Gd doped CeO2 with PH3 in coal syngas

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    Chen, Gang; Kishimoto, Haruo; Yamaji, Katsuhiko; Kuramoto, Koji; Gong, Mingyang; Liu, Xingbo; Hackett, Gregory; Gerdes, Kirk; Horita, Teruhisa

    2014-12-01

    To clarify the chemical stability of the key materials exposed to coal syngas (CSG) containing PH3 contaminant atmosphere, exposure tests of Y2O3 8 mol.% stabilized ZrO2 (YSZ) and Gd doped CeO2 (GDC) are carried out in simulated CSG with different concentrations of PH3. Significant reaction between YSZ and 10 ppm PH3 in CSG atmosphere is confirmed, and no obvious reaction is detected on the surface of YSZ after exposed in CSG with 1 ppm PH3. YPO4, Zr2.25(PO4)3 and monoclinic Y partial stabilized ZrO2 (m-PSZ) are identified on the YSZ pellet surface after exposed in CSG with 10 ppm PH3. GDC reacted with PH3 even at 1 ppm concentration. A (Ce0.9Gd0.1)PO4 layer is formed on the surface of GDC pellet after exposure in CSG with 10 ppm PH3. Possible reaction mechanisms between YSZ and GDC with PH3 in CSG are clarified. Compared with GDC, YSZ exhibits sufficient phosphorus resistance for devices directly exposed to a coal syngas atmosphere containing low concentration of PH3.

  12. Origins and implications of the ordering of oxygen vacancies and localized electrons on partially reduced CeO2(111)

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    Sutton, Jonathan E.; Beste, Ariana; Steven H. Overbury

    2015-10-12

    In this study, we use density functional theory to explain the preferred structure of partially reduced CeO2(111). Low-energy ordered structures are formed when the vacancies are isolated (maximized intervacancy separation) and the size of the Ce3+ ions is minimized. Both conditions help minimize disruptions to the lattice around the vacancy. The stability of the ordered structures suggests that isolated vacancies are adequate for modeling more complex (e.g., catalytic) systems. Oxygen diffusion barriers are predicted to be low enough that O diffusion between vacancies is thermodynamically controlled at room temperature. The O-diffusion-reaction energies and barriers are decreased when one Ce fmore » electron hops from a nearest-neighbor Ce cation to a next-nearest-neighbor Ce cation, with a barrier that has been estimated to be slightly less than the barrier to O diffusion in the absence of polaron hopping. In conculsion, this indicates that polaron hopping plays a key role in facilitating the overall O diffusion process, and depending on the relative magnitudes of the polaron hopping and O diffusion barriers, polaron hopping may be the kinetically limiting process.« less

  13. An ultrasensitive electrochemical sensor for simultaneous determination of xanthine, hypoxanthine and uric acid based on Co doped CeO2 nanoparticles.

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    Lavanya, N; Sekar, C; Murugan, R; Ravi, G

    2016-08-01

    A novel electrochemical sensor has been fabricated using Co doped CeO2 nanoparticles for selective and simultaneous determination of xanthine (XA), hypoxanthine (HXA) and uric acid (UA) in a phosphate buffer solution (PBS, pH5.0) for the first time. The Co-CeO2 NPs have been prepared by microwave irradiation method and characterized by Powder XRD, Raman spectroscopy, HRTEM and VSM measurements. The electrochemical behaviours of XA, HXA and UA at the Co-CeO2 NPs modified glassy carbon electrode (GCE) were studied by cyclic voltammetry and square wave voltammetry methods. The modified electrode exhibited remarkably well-separated anodic peaks corresponding to the oxidation of XA, HXA and UA over the concentration range of 0.1-1000, 1-600 and 1-2200μM with detection limits of 0.096, 0.36, and 0.12μM (S/N=3), respectively. For simultaneous detection by synchronous change of the concentrations of XA, HXA and UA, the linear responses were in the range of 1-400μM each with the detection limits of 0.47, 0.26, and 0.43μM (S/N=3), respectively. The fabricated sensor was further applied to the detection of XA, HXA and UA in human urine samples with good selectivity and high reproducibility. PMID:27157753

  14. Template-assisted formation of microsized nanocrystalline CeO2 tubes and their catalytic performance in the carboxylation of methanol

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    Naumann, Meike; Schäfer, Christian; Brandner, Armin; Hofmann, Heiko J; Claus, Peter

    2011-01-01

    Summary Polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA)/ceria composite fibres were synthesized by using a sequential combination of polymer electrospinning, spray-coating with a sol, and a final calcination step to yield microstructured ceria tubes, which are composed of nanocrystalline ceria particles. The PMMA template is removed from the organic/inorganic hybrid material by radio frequency (rf) plasma etching followed by calcination of the ceramic green-body fibres. Microsized ceria (CeO2) tubes, with a diameter of ca. 0.75 µm, composed of nanocrystalline agglomerated ceria particles were thus obtained. The 1-D ceramic ceria material was characterized by X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy (SEM), high-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM), UV–vis and photoluminescence spectroscopy (PL), as well as thermogravimetric analysis (TGA). Its catalytic performance was studied in the direct carboxylation of methanol with carbon dioxide leading to dimethyl carbonate [(CH3O)2CO, DMC], which is widely employed as a phosgene and dimethyl sulfate substitute, and as well as a fuel additive. PMID:22259761

  15. XAS Corroboration of the Uptake and Storage of CeO2 Nanoparticles and Assessment of their Differential Toxicity in Four Edible Plant Species

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    López-Moreno, Martha L.; de la Rosa, Guadalupe; Hernández-Viezcas, José A.; Peralta-Videa, José R.; Gardea-Torresdey, Jorge L.

    2010-01-01

    Fate, transport, and possible toxicity of cerium oxide nanoparticles (nanoceria, CeO2) are still unknown. In this study, seeds of alfalfa (Medicago sativa), corn (Zea mays), cucumber (Cucumis sativus), and tomato (Lycopersicon esculentum) were treated with nanoceria at 0–4000 mg L−1. Cerium uptake and oxidation state within tissues were determined using ICP-OES and XAS, respectively. Germination rate and root elongation were also determined. Results showed that nanoceria significantly reduced corn germination (about 30% at 2000 mg L−1, p < 0.05), and at 2000 mg L−1 germination of tomato and cucumber was reduced by 30% and 20%, respectively (p < 0.05). Root growth was significantly promoted (p < 0.05) by nanoceria in cucumber and corn but reduced (p < 0.05) in alfalfa and tomato. Almost at all concentrations nanoceria promoted shoot elongation in the four plant species. XAS data clearly showed the nanoceria within tissues of the four plant species. To the authors’ knowledge, this is the first report on the presence nanoceria within plants. PMID:20187606

  16. High Catalytic Activity and Chemoselectivity of Sub-nanometric Pd Clusters on Porous Nanorods of CeO2 for Hydrogenation of Nitroarenes.

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    Zhang, Sai; Chang, Chun-Ran; Huang, Zheng-Qing; Li, Jing; Wu, Zhemin; Ma, Yuanyuan; Zhang, Zhiyun; Wang, Yong; Qu, Yongquan

    2016-03-01

    Sub-nanometric Pd clusters on porous nanorods of CeO2 (PN-CeO2) with a high Pd dispersion of 73.6% exhibit the highest catalytic activity and best chemoselectivity for hydrogenation of nitroarenes to date. For hydrogenation of 4-nitrophenol, the catalysts yield a TOF of ∼44059 h(-1) and a chemoselectivity to 4-aminophenol of >99.9%. The superior catalytic performance can be attributed to a cooperative effect between the highly dispersed sub-nanometric Pd clusters for hydrogen activation and unique surface sites of PN-CeO2 with a high concentration of oxygen vacancy for an energetically and geometrically preferential adsorption of nitroarenes via nitro group. The high concentration of surface defects of PN-CeO2 and large Pd dispersion contribute to the enhanced catalytic activity for the hydrogenation reactions. The high chemoselectivity is mainly governed by the high Pd dispersion on the support. The catalysts also deliver high catalytic activity and selectivity for nitroaromatics with various reducible substituents into the corresponding aminoarenes. PMID:26828123

  17. Upconversion studies on Yb3+/Er3+ doped CeO2 and CeF3 phosphors: Enhanced near infrared emission

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    Singh, A. K.; Kumar, K.; Rai, S. B.; Kumar, D.

    2013-09-01

    Upconversion emission in CeF3: Er3+/Yb3+ and CeO2: Er3+/Yb3+ phosphors is studied using 976 nm diode laser excitation and the emission results are compared. The Ce3+ ion is found to interact with Er3+ ion that enhances the energy transfer rate among the levels of Er3+ ion. The increased energy transfer rate enables increase in the infrared emission (˜1530 nm) at the expense of visible upconversion emission. An intense emission at ˜1530 nm due to the 4I13/2→4I15/2 transition of Er3+ ion, with least emission in the UV/visible region, is observed in the CeF3: Er3+/Yb3+ phosphor. The emission intensity of 4I13/2→4I15/2 transition is also compared for LaF3, CeF3 and LaF3 hosts and it is found that the emission intensity is maximum for CeF3 host. The CeF3: Er3+/Yb3+ phosphor is found suitable for optical amplifiers, laser materials and infrared imaging probes around 1530 nm.

  18. Effect of CeO2, MgO and Y2O3 additions on the sinterability of a milled Si3N4 with 14.5 wt% SiO2

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    Arias, A.

    1981-01-01

    The sinterability of alpha Si3N4 with 0-5.07 equivalent per cent of CeO2, MgO, or Y2O3 has been studied in the temperature range 1650-1820 C by density measurements and X-ray diffraction analysis. Maximum densities were obtained in the range 1765-1820 C and were 99.6% of theoretical with 2.5% CeO2; 98.5% of theoretical with 1.24 to 1.87% MgO, and 99.2% of theoretical with 2.5% Y2O3. Densities 94% or more of theoretical value were obtained with as little as 0.62 equivalent per cent additive.

  19. Dielectric and piezoelectric properties of CeO2-added nonstoichiometric (Na0.5K0.5)0.97(Nb0.96Sb0.04)O3 ceramics for piezoelectric energy harvesting device applications.

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    Oh, Youngkwang; Noh, Jungrae; Yoo, Juhyun; Kang, Jinhee; Hwang, Larkhoon; Hong, Jaeil

    2011-09-01

    In this study, nonstoichiometric (Na(0.5)K(0.5))(0.97)(Nb(0.96)Sb(0.04))O(3) ceramics were fabricated and their dielectric and piezoelectric properties were investigated according to the CeO(2) addition. In this ceramic composition, CeO(2) addition improved sinterability, electromechanical coupling factor k(p), mechanical quality factor Q(m), piezoelectric constant d(33), and g(33). At the sintering temperature of 1100°C, for the 0.2wt% CeO(2) added specimen, the optimum values of density = 4.359 g/cm(3), k(p) = 0.443, Q(m) = 588, ε(r) = 444, d(33) = 159 pC/N, and g(33) = 35 × 10(-3) V·m/N, were obtained. A piezoelectric energy harvesting device using 0.2 wt% CeO(2)- added lead-free (K(0.5)Na(0.5))(0.97)(Nb(0.96)Sb(0.04))O(3) ceramics and a rectifying circuit for energy harvesting were fabricated and their electrical characteristics were investigated. Under an external vibration acceleration of 0.7 g, when the mass, the frequency of vibration generator, and matching load resistance were 2.4 g, 70 Hz, and 721 Ω, respectively, output voltage and power of piezoelectric harvesting device indicated the optimum values of 24.6 mV(rms) and 0.839 μW, respectively-suitable for application as the electric power source of a ubiquitous sensor network (USN) sensor node. PMID:21937318

  20. Effect of CeO2 on Cyclic Hot-Corrosion Behavior of Detonation-Gun Sprayed Cr3C2-NiCr Coatings on Ni-Based Superalloy

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    Saladi, Sekar; Menghani, Jyoti; Prakash, Satya

    2015-03-01

    The hot-corrosion behavior of detonation-gun sprayed Cr3C2-NiCr coatings with and without 0.4 wt.% CeO2 additive on Ni-based superalloy inconel-718 is comparatively discussed in the present study. Hot-corrosion studies were carried out at 900 °C for 100 cycles in Na2SO4-60%V2O5 molten salt environment under cyclic heating and cooling conditions on bare and coated superalloys. The thermo-gravimetric technique was used to establish kinetics of hot-corrosion. XRD, FESEM/EDAX, and EDX mapping techniques were used to analyze the corrosion products of bare and coated samples. The results indicate that Cr3C2-NiCr-CeO2-coated superalloy showed better hot-corrosion resistance as compared to bare and Cr3C2-NiCr-coated superalloys. The addition of CeO2 has improved micro-hardness, porosity, and surface roughness values of Cr3C2-NiCr-CeO2 coating. The overall weight gain and parabolic rate constant of Cr3C2-NiCr-CeO2-coated superalloy were found to be lowest in the present study signifying that the addition of CeO2 in Cr3C2-NiCr powder has contributed to the development of adherent and dense oxide scale on the coating at elevated temperature.

  1. Preparation and crystalline qualities of SrTiO 3 and CeO 2 buffer layers fabricated on Ni substrates via a sol-gel method for YBCO coated conductors

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    Chen, S.; Sun, Z.; Shi, K.; Wang, S.; Meng, J.; Liu, Q.; Han, Z.

    2004-10-01

    High purity rolled Ni substrate was annealed at 1000 °C for 60 min to develop a cube texture with a full-width at half-maximum (FWHM) value of 5.26°. Strontium acetate, titanium (IV) butoxide, and inorganic cerium nitrite were used as the starting materials for fabrication of SrTiO 3 and CeO 2 buffer layers via a sol-gel method on the Ni substrate material. The results show that the heat treatment temperature and holding time affect both the surface morphology and the texture of the buffer layers. The SrTiO 3 and CeO 2 buffer layers grown on the Ni substrate show a sharp (2 0 0) orientation distribution. An intermediate layer was found between the SrTiO 3 layer and the Ni substrate. By optimizing the heat treatment parameters, the ω-scan FWHM values can reach 5.31° and 6.60° for the SrTiO 3 and CeO 2 buffer layers, respectively.

  2. Effect of Ce doping of TiO2 support on NH3-SCR activity over V2O5-WO3/CeO2-TiO2 catalyst.

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    Cheng, Kai; Liu, Jian; Zhang, Tao; Li, Jianmei; Zhao, Zhen; Wei, Yuechang; Jiang, Guiyuan; Duan, Aijun

    2014-10-01

    CeO2-TiO2 composite supports with different Ce/Ti molar ratios were prepared by a homogeneous precipitation method, and V2O5-WO3/CeO2-TiO2 catalysts for the selective catalytic reduction (SCR) of NOx with NH3 were prepared by an incipient-wetness impregnation method. These catalysts were characterized by means of BET, XRD, UV-Vis, Raman and XPS techniques. The results showed that the catalytic activity of V2O5-WO3/TiO2 was greatly enhanced by Ce doping (molar ratio of Ce/Ti=1/10) in the TiO2 support. The catalysts that were predominantly anatase TiO2 showed better catalytic performance than the catalysts that were predominantly fluorite CeO2. The Ce additive could enhance the surface adsorbed oxygen and accelerate the SCR reaction. The effects of O2 concentration, ratio of NH3/NO, space velocity and SO2 on the catalytic activity were also investigated. The presence of oxygen played an important role in NO reduction. The optimal ratio of NH3/NO was 1/1 and the catalyst had good resistance to SO2 poisoning. PMID:25288555

  3. DNA damage and oxidative stress induced by CeO2 nanoparticles in human dermal fibroblasts: Evidence of a clastogenic effect as a mechanism of genotoxicity.

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    Benameur, Laila; Auffan, Mélanie; Cassien, Mathieu; Liu, Wei; Culcasi, Marcel; Rahmouni, Hidayat; Stocker, Pierre; Tassistro, Virginie; Bottero, Jean-Yves; Rose, Jérôme; Botta, Alain; Pietri, Sylvia

    2015-01-01

    The broad range of applications of cerium oxide (CeO2) nanoparticles (nano-CeO2) has attracted industrial interest, resulting in greater exposures to humans and environmental systems in the coming years. Their health effects and potential biological impacts need to be determined for risk assessment. The aims of this study were to gain insights into the molecular mechanisms underlying the genotoxic effects of nano-CeO2 in relation with their physicochemical properties. Primary human dermal fibroblasts were exposed to environmentally relevant doses of nano-CeO2 (mean diameter, 7 nm; dose range, 6 × 10(-5)-6 × 10(-3) g/l corresponding to a concentration range of 0.22-22 µM) and DNA damages at the chromosome level were evaluated by genetic toxicology tests and compared to that induced in cells exposed to micro-CeO2 particles (mean diameter, 320 nm) under the same conditions. For this purpose, cytokinesis-blocked micronucleus assay in association with immunofluorescence staining of centromere protein A in micronuclei were used to distinguish between induction of structural or numerical chromosome changes (i.e. clastogenicity or aneuploidy). The results provide the first evidence of a genotoxic effect of nano-CeO2, (while not significant with micro-CeO2) by a clastogenic mechanism. The implication of oxidative mechanisms in this genotoxic effect was investigated by (i) assessing the impact of catalase, a hydrogen peroxide inhibitor, and (ii) by measuring lipid peroxidation and glutathione status and their reversal by application of N-acetylcysteine, a precusor of glutathione synthesis in cells. The data are consistent with the implication of free radical-related mechanisms in the nano-CeO2-induced clastogenic effect, that can be modulated by inhibition of cellular hydrogen peroxide release. PMID:25325158

  4. Variations in the structural, optical and electrochemical properties of CeO 2-TiO 2 films as a function of TiO 2 content

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    Verma, Amita; Joshi, Amish G.; Bakhshi, A. K.; Shivaprasad, S. M.; Agnihotry, S. A.

    2006-05-01

    Alcohol based sols of cerium chloride (CeCl 3·7H 2O) and titanium propoxide (Ti(OPr) 4) in ethanol mixed in different mole ratios have yielded mixed oxide films on densification at 500 °C. The reversibility of the intercalation/deintercalation reactions has shown electrochemical stability of the films. Addition of TiO 2 in an equivalent mole ratio manifests in producing highly transparent films with appreciable ion storage capacity. The electrochemical studies have revealed the significant role of TiO 2 in controlling the ion storage capacity of the films, as it tends to induce the disorder. In addition, the films prepared from an aged sol are observed to exhibit a much higher ion storage capacity than the films deposited using the as-prepared sol. The X-ray photoelectron spectroscopic studies have provided information on the variation of Ce 4+/Ce 3+ ratio as a function of increased TiO 2 content in the films. This study has led to a better understanding of the increased ion storage capacity with the increased TiO 2 proportion. The transmission electron microscopic study has demonstrated the presence of CeO 2 nanograins even in films, which are amorphous to X-rays. Elucidation of the structural, optical and electrochemical features of the films has yielded information on aspects relevant to their usage in transmissive electrochromic devices. The films have been found to exhibit properties that can find application as counter electrode in electrochromic smart windows in which they are able to retain their transparency under charge insertion, high enough for practical uses. Also, the fastest coloration-bleaching kinetics for the primary electrochromic electrode (WO 3) working in combination with Ce/Ti (1:1) electrode stimulates the use of latter in electrochromic windows (ECWs).

  5. Short-term effects of TiO2, CeO2, and ZnO nanoparticles on metabolic activities and gene expression of Nitrosomonas europaea.

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    Yu, Ran; Fang, Xiaohua; Somasundaran, Ponisseril; Chandran, Kartik

    2015-06-01

    Nanosized TiO2 (n-TiO2), CeO2 (n-CeO2), and ZnO (n-ZnO) and bulk ZnO were chosen for a 4-h exposure study on a model ammonia oxidizing bacterium, Nitrosomonas europaea. n-ZnO displayed the most serious cytotoxicity while n-TiO2 was the least toxic one. The change of cell morphologies, the retardance of specific oxygen uptake rates and ammonia oxidation rates, and the depression of amoA gene expressions under NP stresses were generally observed when the cell densities and membrane integrities were not significantly impaired yet. The TEM imaging and the synchrotron X-ray fluorescence microscopy of the NPs impacted cells revealed the increase of the corresponding intracellular Ti, Ce or Zn contents and suggested the intracellular NP accumulation. The elevation of intracellular S contents accompanied with higher K contents implied the possible activation of thiol-containing glutathione and thioredoxin production for NP stress alleviation. The NP cytotoxicity was not always a function of NP concentration. The 200 mg L(-1) n-TiO2 or n-CeO2 impacted cells displayed the similar ammonia oxidation activities but higher amoA gene expression levels than the 20 mg L(-1) NPs impacted ones. Such phenomenon further indicated the possible establishment of an anti-toxicity mechanism in N. europaea at the genetic level to redeem the weakened AMO activities along with the NP aggregation effects. PMID:25710320

  6. Ultrasound-assisted reductive dissolution of CeO2 and PuO2 in the presence of Ti particles.

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    Beaudoux, Xavier; Virot, Matthieu; Chave, Tony; Leturcq, Gilles; Jouan, Gauthier; Venault, Laurent; Moisy, Philippe; Nikitenko, Sergey I

    2016-06-01

    PuO2 is considered an important material for current and future nuclear fuel; however it is a very refractive compound towards dissolution. Among other techniques, its reprocessing can be performed via complexing dissolution in concentrated and boiling nitric acid containing hydrofluoric acid, or via oxidant dissolution in the presence of reagents with redox couples having high potentials such as Ce(iv)/Ce(iii), or Ag(ii)/Ag(i). Reductive dissolution can be performed under softer conditions and is considered an alternative to these methods which may suffer from several drawbacks (corrosion, effluent management, compatibility with nuclear waste disposal, etc.). In this study, a sonochemical and reductive approach is investigated for PuO2 dissolution under relatively mild conditions. At the first stage, the experiments are performed with CeO2 as an inactive surrogate for PuO2. The quantitative dissolution of both oxides can be achieved under ultrasound (20 kHz, 0.35-0.70 W mL(-1)) in 0.5 M HNO3/0.1 M [N2H5NO3]/2 M HCOOH sparged with Ar at 33-35 °C in the presence of Ti particles as a generating source of reductive species. Ultrasound enables the depassivation of the Ti surface (usually strongly passivated in nitric solutions) through acoustic cavitation which then allows further generation of the intermediate Ti(iii) reductive species. Dissolution rates and yields can be further increased with the injection of dilute fluoride aliquots (NH4F or HF) in the sonicated solution to favor Ti chemical depassivation. The rapid and complete dissolution of PuO2 under selected conditions is accompanied by Pu(iii) accumulation in solution. PMID:27145713

  7. Characterization of CeO2-Supported Cu-Pd Bimetallic Catalyst for the Oxygen-Assisted Water-Gas Shift Reaction

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    Fox, Elise; Velu, Subramani; Engelhard, Mark H.; Chin, Ya-Huei; Miller, Jeffrey T.; Kropf, Jeremy; Song, Chunshan

    2008-12-10

    This study was focused to investigate the roles of Cu and Pd in CuPd/CeO2 bimetallic catalysts containing 20-30 wt% Cu and 0.5-1 wt% Pd used in the oxygen-assisted water-gas shift (OWGS) reaction employing a combined bulk and surface characterization techniques such as XRD, TPR, CO chemisorption, and in-situ XPS. The catalytic activity for CO conversion and the stability of catalyst during on-stream operation increased by the addition of Cu to Pd/CeO2 or Pd to Cu/CeO2 monometallic catalysts, especially when the OWGS reaction was performed under low temperatures, below 200oC. The bimetallic catalyst after leaching with nitric acid retained about 60% of its original activity. The TPR of monometallic Cu/CeO2 showed reduction of CuO supported on CeO2 in two distinct regions, around 150 and 250oC. The high temperature peak disappeared and reduction occurred in a single step around 150oC upon Pd addition. The Pd dispersion decreased from 38.5% for Pd/CeO2 to below 1% for CuPd/CeO2 bimetallic catalyst. In-situ XPS studies showed a shift in Cu 2p peaks toward lower binding energy (BE) with concommitant shift in the Pd 3d peaks toward higher BE. Addition of Pd decreased the surface Cu concentration while the concentration of Pd remained unaltered. All these observations indicated the formation of Cu-Pd surface alloy. The valence band XP spectra collected below 10 eV corroborated the core level XP spectra and indicated that Cu is mainly involved in the catalytic reaction. The improved catalytic activity and stability of CuPd/CeO2 bimetallic catalyst was attributed to the alloy formation.

  8. On The Protection by The Combination of CeO2 Nanoparticles and Sodium Selenite on Human Lymphocytes against Chlorpyrifos-Induced Apoptosis In Vitro

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    Pedram, Sahar; Mohammadirad, Azadeh; Rezvanfar, Mohammad Amin; Navaei-Nigjeh, Mona; Baeeri, Maryam; Abdollahi, Mohammad

    2015-01-01

    Objective Chlorpyrifos (CP) as an organophosphorus pesticide is thought to induce oxidative stress in human cells via producing reactive oxygen species (ROS) that leads to the presence of pathologic conditions due to apoptosis along with acetylcholinesterase (AChE) inhibition.This study aimed to evaluate the apoptotic effects of CP and to assess the protective potential of CeO2nanoparticle (CNP) and sodium selenite (SSe) by measuring cascades of apoptosis, oxidative stress, inflammation, and AChE inhibition in human isolated lymphocytes. Materials and Methods In the present experimental study, we examined the anti-oxidative and AChE activating potential of CNP and SSe in CP-treated human lymphocytes. Therefore, the lymphocytes were isolated and exposed to CP, CP+CNP, CP+SSe, and CP+CNP+SSe after a three-day incubation. Then tumor necrosis factor-alpha (TNF-α) release, myeloperoxidase (MPO) activity, thiobarbituric acid-reactive substances (TBARS) levels as inflammatory/oxidative stress indices along with AChE activity were assessed. In addition, the apoptotic process was measured by flow cytometry. Results Results showed a significant reduction in the mortality rate, TNF-α, MPO activity, TBARS, and apoptosis rate in cells treated with CNP, SSe and their combination. Interestingly, both CNP and SSe were able to activate AChE which is inhibited by CP. The results supported the synergistic effect of CNP/SSe combination in the prevention of apoptosis along with oxidative stress and inflammatory cascade. Conclusion CP induces apoptosis in isolated human lymphocytes via oxidative stress and inflammatory mediators. CP firstly produces ROS, which leads to membrane phospholipid damage. The beneficial effects of CNP and SSe in reduction of CP-induced apoptosis and restoring AChE inhibition relate to their anti-oxidative potentials. PMID:26199915

  9. Online, high precision analytical method for determination of Δ17O in stratospheric CO2 with the use of CeO2 isotopic exchange

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    Mrozek, D.; Röckmann, T.

    2012-04-01

    Isotope studies of carbon dioxide (CO2) play an important role in understanding of the global carbon cycle. In the atmosphere CO2 is an important greenhouse gas. Stratospheric CO2 is known to undergo an isotopic exchange reaction with ozone (Yang et all 1991). Therefore, stratosphere CO2 shows a mass independent fractionation (MIF) which is a deviation in the 17O content from a purely mass-dependent pattern (MDF): for MDF phenomena Δ17O = δ17O - 0.52 δ18O=0, for MIF phenomena Δ17O ≠ 0. The detail mechanism that controls the 17O anomalies in stratospheric CO2 is not fully understood. Interest in this field has caused innovations in analytical techniques based on Isotope Rato Mass Spectrometry (IRMS). Our approach was to design an analytical system that allows analysis of 17O on nanomolar quantities of CO2 suitable for measuring oxygen isotope anomalies in the stratospheric air samples. The standard continuous flow-IRMS techniques permit measuring small quantities of CO2 but it is impossible to measure the 17O isotope at mass 45 due to the interference from the much more abundant 13C. Therefore, CO2 has to be either converted to O2 or the oxygen it contains must be exchanged with oxygen of known isotopic composition. Based on complete oxygen isotope exchange with CeO2 at 650°C (Assonov et al. 2001) we have established an online measurement system for δ17O in CO2. The system allows analysis of 17O on nanomolar quantities of CO2 with a good reproducibility of 0.08‰ for δ45CO2. The new technique is a valuable tool to study isotopic exchange mechanism between O3 and CO2 in the stratosphere. We have determined the isotopic composition of stratospheric CO2 on air samples obtained during the EU project RECONCILE in the Arctic winter/spring season with the high-altitude aircraft Geophysica.

  10. Enhancement of Glycerol Steam Reforming Activity and Thermal Stability by Incorporating CeO2 and TiO2 in Ni- and Co-MCM-41 Catalysts

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    Dade, William N.

    Hydrogen (H2) has many applications in industry with current focus shifted to production of hydrocarbon fuels and valuable oxygenates using the Fischer-Tropsch technology and direct use in proton exchange membrane fuel cell (PEMFC). Hydrogen is generally produced via steam reforming of natural gas or alcohols like methanol and ethanol. Glycerol, a by-product of biodiesel production process, is currently considered to be one of the most attractive sources of sustainable H2 due to its high H/C ratio and bio-based origin. Ni and Co based catalysts have been reported to be active in glycerol steam reforming (GSR); however, deactivation of the catalysts by carbon deposition and sintering under GSR operating conditions is a major challenge. In this study, a series of catalysts containing Ni and Co nanoparticles incorporated in CeO2 and TiO2 modified high surface area MCM-41 have been synthesized using one-pot method. The catalysts are tested for GSR (at H2O/Glycerol mole ratio of 12 and GHSV of 2200 h-1) to study the effect of support modification and reaction temperature (450 - 700 °C) on the product selectivity and long term stability. GSR results revealed that all the catalysts performed significantly well exhibiting over 85% glycerol conversion at 650 °C except Ni catalysts that showed better low temperature activities. Deactivation studies of the catalysts conducted at 650 °C indicated that the Ni-TiO2-MCM-41 and Ni-CeO 2-MCM-41 were resistant to deactivation with ˜100% glycerol conversion for 40 h. In contrast, Co-TiO2-MCM-41 perform poorly as the catalyst rapidly deactivated after 12 h to yield ˜20% glycerol conversion after 40 h. The WAXRD and TGA-DSC analyses of spent catalysts showed a significant amount of coke deposition that might explain catalysts deactivation. The flattening shape of the original BET type IV isotherm with drastic reduction of catalyst surface area can also be responsible for observed drop in catalysts activities.

  11. Bioactivity of Y2O3 and CeO2 doped SiO2-SrO-Na2O glass-ceramics.

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    Placek, L M; Keenan, T J; Wren, A W

    2016-08-01

    The bioactivity of yttrium and cerium are investigated when substituted for Sodium (Na) in a 0.52SiO2-0.24SrO-0.24-xNa2O-xMO glass-ceramics (where x = 0.08 and MO = Y2O3 or CeO2). Bioactivity is monitored through pH and inductively coupled plasma-optical emission spectrometry where pH of simulated body fluid ranged from 7.5 to 7.6 and increased between 8.2 and 10.0 after 14-day incubation with the glass-ceramic disks. Calcium (Ca) and phosphorus (P) levels in simulated body fluid after incubation with yttrium and cerium containing disks show a continual decline over the 14-day period. In contrast, Con disks (not containing yttrium or cerium) caused the elimination of Ca in solution after 1 day and throughout the incubation period, and initially showed a decline in P levels followed by an increase at 14 days. Scanning electron microscopy and energy dispersive spectroscopy confirmed the presence of Ca and P on the surface of the simulated body fluid-incubated disks and showed precipitates on Con and HCe (8 mol% cerium) samples. Cell viability of MC3T3 osteoblasts was not significantly affected at a 9% extract concentration. Optical microscopy after 24 h cell incubation with disks showed that Con samples do not support osteoblast or Schwann cell growth, while all yttrium and cerium containing disks have direct contact with osteoblasts spread across the wells. Schwann cells attached in all wells, but only showed spreading with the HY-S (8 mol% yttrium, heated to sintering temperature) and YCe (4 mol% yttrium and cerium) disks. Scanning electron microscopy of the compatible disks shows osteoblast and sNF96.2 Schwann cells attachment and spreading directly on the disk surfaces. PMID:27231265

  12. Enhanced Activity of CuCeO Catalysts for CO Oxidation: Influence of Cu2O and the Dispersion of Cu2O, CuO, and CeO2.

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    Wang, Zhenhua; Li, Ren; Chen, Qianwang

    2015-08-01

    CuCeO catalysts prepared by a hydrothermal method with subsequent calcination are tested for the catalytic oxidation of CO. This synthesis method leads to a homogeneous dispersion of Cu2 O, CuO, and CeO2 in the catalysts. The composition of the catalysts is determined by the molar ratio of the metals, the hydrothermal process, and calcination temperature and influences the catalytic performance. The catalyst containing Cu2 O exhibits high catalytic activity with almost 100 % CO conversion at 105 °C and shows excellent stability with the conversion ratio not decreasing after four months of storage. PMID:26017784

  13. Green processing of metal oxide core-shell nanoparticles as low-temperature dielectrics in organic thin-film transistors.

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    Portilla, Luis; Etschel, Sebastian H; Tykwinski, Rik R; Halik, Marcus

    2015-10-21

    TiO2 , Fe3 O4, AlOx , ITO (indium tin oxide), and CeO2 nanoparticles are tailored to exhibit excellent dispersability in deionized water and alcohols. The latter provides an ecofriendly solution for processing metal oxide nanoparticles at a neutral pH. Water-processed dielectrics from the metal oxide nanoparticles are incorporated into organic thin-film transistors fabricated on rigid and flexible substrates. PMID:26308740

  14. Development of Xe and Kr empirical potentials for CeO2, ThO2, UO2 and PuO2, combining DFT with high temperature MD.

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    Cooper, M W D; Kuganathan, N; Burr, P A; Rushton, M J D; Grimes, R W; Stanek, C R; Andersson, D A

    2016-10-12

    The development of embedded atom method (EAM) many-body potentials for actinide oxides and associated mixed oxide (MOX) systems has motivated the development of a complementary parameter set for gas-actinide and gas-oxygen interactions. A comprehensive set of density functional theory (DFT) calculations were used to study Xe and Kr incorporation at a number of sites in CeO2, ThO2, UO2 and PuO2. These structures were used to fit a potential, which was used to generate molecular dynamics (MD) configurations incorporating Xe and Kr at 300 K, 1500 K, 3000 K and 5000 K. Subsequent matching to the forces predicted by DFT for these MD configurations was used to refine the potential set. This fitting approach ensured weighted fitting to configurations that are thermodynamically significant over a broad temperature range, while avoiding computationally expensive DFT-MD calculations. The resultant gas potentials were validated against DFT trapping energies and are suitable for simulating combinations of Xe and Kr in solid solutions of CeO2, ThO2, UO2 and PuO2, providing a powerful tool for the atomistic simulation of conventional nuclear reactor fuel UO2 as well as advanced MOX fuels. PMID:27549186

  15. Orientation effect on microwave dielectric properties of Si-integrated Ba0.6Sr0.4TiO3 thin films for frequency agile devices

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    Kim, Hyun-Suk; Hyun, Tae-Seon; Kim, Ho-Gi; Kim, Il-Doo; Yun, Tae-Soon; Lee, Jong-Chul

    2006-07-01

    The effect of texture with (100) and (110) preferred orientations on dielectric properties of Ba0.6Sr0.4TiO3 (BST) thin films grown on SrO (9nm) and CeO2 (70nm ) buffered Si substrates, respectively, was investigated. The coplanar waveguide (CPW) phase shifter using (100) oriented BST films on SrO buffered Si exhibited a much-enhanced figure of merit of 24.7°/dB, as compared to that (10.2°/dB) of a CPW phase shifter using (110) oriented BST films on CeO2 buffered Si at 12GHz. This work demonstrates that the microwave properties of the Si-integrated BST thin films are highly correlated with crystal orientation.

  16. Catalytic ethanolysis and gasification of kraft lignin into aromatic alcohols and H2-rich gas over Rh supported on La2O3/CeO2-ZrO2.

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    Yang, Jing; Zhao, Liang; Liu, Chunze; Wang, Yuanyuan; Dai, Liyi

    2016-10-01

    Efficient catalytic ethanolysis and gasification of kraft lignin were conducted over a versatile supported catalyst Rh/La2O3/CeO2-ZrO2 to give high-value aromatic alcohols and H2-rich gas. The removal of phenolic hydroxyl group was the most prevalent reaction, and importantly, almost no phenols, undesired char and saturating the aromatic ring were detected. Meanwhile, the feedstock and solvent both played key roles in H2 generation that contributed to the hydrodeoxygenation of liquid components and made the whole catalytic process out of H2 supply. Reusability tests of catalyst indicated that the crystalline phase transition and agglomeration of support, the loss of noble metal Rh and carbon deposition were the possible reasons for its deactivation in supercritical ethanol. Comparing with water, methanol and isopropanol system, ethanol was the only effective solvent for the depolymerization process. PMID:27441830

  17. Textural, structural, and morphological characterizations and catalytic activity of nanosized CeO(2)-MO(x) (M=Mg(2+), Al(3+), Si(4+)) mixed oxides for CO oxidation.

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    Yu, Qiang; Wu, Xiaoxia; Tang, Changjin; Qi, Lei; Liu, Bin; Gao, Fei; Sun, Keqin; Dong, Lin; Chen, Yi

    2011-02-01

    The present work focuses on the combination of ceria with another oxide of different ionic valences from period 3 (Mg(2+), Al(3+), and Si(4+)) using coprecipitation method, followed by calcination at 450 and 750°C, respectively. The textural, structural, morphological and redox properties of nanosized ceria-magnesia, ceria-alumina and ceria-silica mixed oxides have been investigated by means of N(2) physisorption, XRD, Raman, HRTEM, DRS, FT-IR, and H(2)-TPR technologies. XRD results of these mixed oxides reveal that only nanocrystalline ceria (ca. 3-6nm for the 450°C calcined samples) could be observed. The grain size of ceria increases with the increasing calcination temperature from 450 to 750°C due to sintering effect. The highest specific surface area is obtained at CeO(2)-Al(2)O(3) mixed oxides when calcination temperature reaches 750°C. Raman spectra display the cubic fluorite structure of ceria and the existence of oxygen vacancies, and displacement of oxygen ions from their normal lattice positions in the ceria-based mixed oxides. DRS measurements confirm that the smaller the grain size of the ceria, the higher indirect band gap energy. H(2)-TPR results suggest that the reductions of surface and bulk oxygen of ceria were predominant at low and high calcination temperature, respectively. Finally, CO oxidation were performed over these ceria-based mixed oxides, and the combination of CeO(2)-Al(2)O(3) exhibited highest activity irrespective of calcination temperature, which may due to excellent textural/structural properties, good homogeneity, and redox abilities. PMID:21074167

  18. Anomalous grain growth in the surface region of a nanocrystalline CeO2 film under low-temperature heavy ion irradiation

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    Edmondson, Philip D.; Zhang, Yanwen; Moll, Sandra J.; Varga, Tamas; Namavar, Fereydoon; Weber, William J.

    2012-06-15

    Grain growth and phase stability of nanocrystalline ceria are investigated under ion irradiation at different temperatures. Irradiations at temperatures of 300 and 400 K result in uniform grain growth throughout the film. Anomalous grain growth is observed in thin films of nanocrystalline ceria under 3 MeV Au+ irradiation at 160 K. At this low temperature, significant grain growth is observed within 100 nm from the surface, no obvious growth is detected in the rest of the films. While the grain growth is attributed to a defect-stimulated mechanism at room temperature and above, a defect diffusion-limited mechanism is significant at low temperature with the primary defect responsible being the oxygen vacancy. The nanocrystalline grains remain in the cubic phase regardless of defect kinetics.

  19. Anomalous grain growth in the surface region of a nanocrystalline CeO2 film under low-temperature heavy ion irradiation

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    Edmondson, Dr. Philip; Zhang, Yanwen; Moll, Sandra; Varga, Tamas; Namavar, Fereydoon; Weber, William J

    2012-01-01

    Grain growth and phase stability of nanocrystalline ceria are investigated under ion irradiation at different temperatures. Irradiations at temperatures of 300 and 400 K result in uniform grain growth throughout the film. Anomalous grain growth is observed in thin films of nanocrystalline ceria under 3 MeV Au+ irradiation at 160 K. At this low temperature, significant grain growth is observed within 100 nm from the surface, no obvious growth is detected in the rest of the films. While the grain growth is attributed to a defect-stimulated mechanism at room temperature and above, a defect diffusion-limited mechanism is significant at low temperature with the primary defect responsible being the oxygen vacancy.

  20. DFT+U Study on the Localized Electronic States and Their Potential Role During H2O Dissociation and CO Oxidation Processes on CeO2(111) Surface

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    Wang, Yanggang; Mei, Donghai; Li, Jun; Rousseau, Roger J.

    2013-10-14

    We present the results of an extensive density functional theory based electronic structure study of the role of 4f-state localized electron states in the surface chemistry of a partially reduced CeO2(111) surface. These electrons exist as polaronic states, residing of Ce3+ sites, which can be created by either the formation of oxygen vacancies, OV, or other surface defects. Via ab initio molecular dynamics these localized electrons are found to be able to move freely within the upper surface layer but penetration into the bulk is prohibited as a result of the higher elastic strain induced by creating a subsurface Ce3+ defect. We found that water molecules can be easily dissociated into two surface bound hydroxyls at the Ce4+ site associated with OV sites and the dissociation process does not significantly affect the electronic structure of the reduced surface. In the presence of water, a proton-mediated Mars-van Krevelen mechanism for CO oxidation via the formation of bicarbonate species is identified. Overall we find that surface hydroxyls formed via water dissociation at CeO2 surface lead to inhabitation of the CO oxidation reaction. This is consistent with the experimental observation of requisite elevated temperatures, on the order of 600K, for this reaction to occur. Part of this work was supported by the US Department of Energy, Office of Basic Energy Sciences, Division of Chemical Sciences, Geosciences & Biosciences and performed at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL). PNNL is a multi-program national laboratory operated for DOE by Battelle. J. Li and Y.-G. Wang were also financially supported by NKBRSF (2011CB932400) and NSFC (91026003, 21101098) of China. Y.-G. Wang acknowledges the fellowship from China Scholarship Council and the PNNL-ASF fellowship program. Computational resources were provided at W. R. Wiley Environmental Molecular Science Laboratory (EMSL), a national scientific user facility sponsored by the Department of Energy’s Office of Biological and Environmental Research located at PNNL and the National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC) at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.

  1. Performance enhancement of solution impregnated nanostructured La0.8Sr0.2Co0.8Ni0.2O3-δ oxygen electrode for intermediate temperature solid oxide electrolysis cells

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    Tan, Yuan; Duan, Nanqi; Wang, Ao; Yan, Dong; Chi, Bo; Wang, Ning; Pu, Jian; Li, Jian

    2016-02-01

    Nanostructured La0.8Sr0.2Co0.8Ni0.2O3-δ (LSCN) based Gd2O3-doped CeO2 (GDC) oxygen electrodes are prepared by impregnation method for intermediate temperature solid oxide electrolysis cell (SOEC) for efficient hydrogen production. The microstructure features and the electrochemical performance of the impregnated LSCN-GDC oxygen electrodes with various LSCN loadings are evaluated and investigated. Electrochemical tests show that the impregnated LSCN-GDC oxygen electrodes present great enhancement of oxygen evolution performance, due to the good nanoparticle LSCN dispersion on the GDC scaffold surface to maximize the active reaction sites. The cell with 30 wt% LSCN loaded LSCN-GDC as the oxygen electrode presents a polarization resistance of 0.072 Ω cm2 at 800 °C with 60 vol% absolute humidity (AH), only about half of that for the screen-printed LSCN electrode. The hydrogen production rate is 484 mL cm-2 h-1 at 750 °C at 1.5 V with 60 vol%AH. For stability test in galvanostatic SOEC operation up to 100 h, the solution impregnated cell shows a very stable performance without obvious degradation.

  2. Enhancement of the chemical stability in confined δ-Bi2O3

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    Sanna, Simone; Esposito, Vincenzo; Andreasen, Jens Wenzel; Hjelm, Johan; Zhang, Wei; Kasama, Takeshi; Simonsen, Søren Bredmose; Christensen, Mogens; Linderoth, Søren; Pryds, Nini

    2015-05-01

    Bismuth-oxide-based materials are the building blocks for modern ferroelectrics, multiferroics, gas sensors, light photocatalysts and fuel cells. Although the cubic fluorite δ-phase of bismuth oxide (δ-Bi2O3) exhibits the highest conductivity of known solid-state oxygen ion conductors, its instability prevents use at low temperature. Here we demonstrate the possibility of stabilizing δ-Bi2O3 using highly coherent interfaces of alternating layers of Er2O3-stabilized δ-Bi2O3 and Gd2O3-doped CeO2. Remarkably, an exceptionally high chemical stability in reducing conditions and redox cycles at high temperature, usually unattainable for Bi2O3-based materials, is achieved. Even more interestingly, at low oxygen partial pressure the layered material shows anomalous high conductivity, equal or superior to pure δ-Bi2O3 in air. This suggests a strategy to design and stabilize new materials that are comprised of intrinsically unstable but high-performing component materials.

  3. Effects of Lithium Oxide Addition on Sintering Behavior and Electrical Conductivity of Ce0.8Gd0.2O1.9 Ceramics Prepared by Commercial Powders.

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    Seo, Seung-Woo; Park, Min-Woo; Lee, Joo-Sin

    2016-05-01

    The densification behavior and electrical conductivity of Ce0.8Gd0.2O1.9 ceramics with lithium oxide concentrations ranging from 0 to 7 mol% were investigated. The sintered density was found to increase with increasing Li2O content up to 2 mol% and then to decrease somewhat upon further Li20 addition. Dense Ce0.8Gd0.2O1.9 ceramics with 97% of the theoretical density could be obtained by sintering the milled mixture with 2 mol% Li2O addition at 1250 degrees C for 5 h. The conductivity of the 2 mol% Li2O-added specimen showed a maximum value of 4.99 x 10(-3) Ω(-1) x cm(-1) at 700 degrees C. Pure Ce0.8Gd0.2O1.9 ceramics needed to be sintered at 1550 degrees C in order to obtain an equivalent theoretical density and conductivity. The addition of Li2O was found to promote the sintering properties and electrical conductivities of Gd2O3-doped CeO2. PMID:27483925

  4. Enhancement of the chemical stability in confined δ-Bi2O3.

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    Sanna, Simone; Esposito, Vincenzo; Andreasen, Jens Wenzel; Hjelm, Johan; Zhang, Wei; Kasama, Takeshi; Simonsen, Søren Bredmose; Christensen, Mogens; Linderoth, Søren; Pryds, Nini

    2015-05-01

    Bismuth-oxide-based materials are the building blocks for modern ferroelectrics, multiferroics, gas sensors, light photocatalysts and fuel cells. Although the cubic fluorite δ-phase of bismuth oxide (δ-Bi2O3) exhibits the highest conductivity of known solid-state oxygen ion conductors, its instability prevents use at low temperature. Here we demonstrate the possibility of stabilizing δ-Bi2O3 using highly coherent interfaces of alternating layers of Er2O3-stabilized δ-Bi2O3 and Gd2O3-doped CeO2. Remarkably, an exceptionally high chemical stability in reducing conditions and redox cycles at high temperature, usually unattainable for Bi2O3-based materials, is achieved. Even more interestingly, at low oxygen partial pressure the layered material shows anomalous high conductivity, equal or superior to pure δ-Bi2O3 in air. This suggests a strategy to design and stabilize new materials that are comprised of intrinsically unstable but high-performing component materials. PMID:25849531

  5. Elaboration and characterization of thin solid films containing cerium

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    Hamdi, S.; Guerfi, S.; Siab, R.

    2009-11-01

    Cerium oxide films are widely studied as a promising alternative to Cr(VI) based pre-treatments for the corrosion protection of different metals and alloys. Cathodic electrodeposition of Cerium containing thin films was realised on TA6V substrates from a Ce(NO3)3, 6H2O and mixed water-ethyl alcohol solutions at 0.01 M. Experimental conditions to obtain homogeneous and crack free thin films were determined. The deposited cerium quantity appears proportional to the quantity of electricity used, as indicated by the Faraday law. Subsequent thermal treatment lead to a CeO2 coating, expected to provide an increase of TA6V oxidation resistance at high temperatures. The deposits were characterized by differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), optical and scanning electron microscopies.

  6. Promotion effects of SiO2 or/and Al2O3 doped CeO2/TiO2 catalysts for selective catalytic reduction of NO by NH3.

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    Zhao, Wenru; Tang, Yu; Wan, Yaping; Li, Liang; Yao, Si; Li, Xiaowei; Gu, Jinlou; Li, Yongsheng; Shi, Jianlin

    2014-08-15

    A series of the CeO2-based catalysts loaded on TiO2, TiO2-SiO2, TiO2-Al2O3, and TiO2-SiO2-Al2O3 supports were prepared by incipient impregnation method for the selective catalytic reduction (SCR) of NO by NH3 in the presence of oxygen. The SCR activities of the catalysts with different supports increases in the order of Ce/TiO2 < Ce/TiO2-20SiO2 ≈ Ce/TiO2-3.5Al2O3 < Ce/TiO2-20SiO2-3.5Al2O3. The Ce/TiO2-20SiO2-3.5Al2O3 catalyst showed 100% NO conversion in the temperature range of 250-425°C and 100% N2 selectivity in the whole temperature range. The catalytic activity of Ce/TiO2-20SiO2-3.5Al2O3 exhibited good stability and strong resistance to SO2 and H2O poisoning. The co-introduction of SiO2 and Al2O3 into TiO2 could increase the amount of chemisorbed oxygen and Lewis acid sites on the surface of catalyst, which should be responsible for the excellent SCR activity. PMID:24996153

  7. Spectroscopic analyses on ROS generation catalyzed by TiO2, CeO2/TiO2 and Fe2O3/TiO2 under ultrasonic and visible-light irradiation

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    Zou, Mingming; Kong, Yumei; Wang, Jun; Wang, Qi; Wang, Zhiqiu; Wang, Baoxin; Fan, Ping

    2013-01-01

    In this work, the TiO2, CeO2/TiO2 and Fe2O3/TiO2 powders were irradiated, respectively, by ultrasound and visible-light, and the generation of reactive oxygen species (ROS) were estimated by the method of Oxidation-Extraction Photometry (OEP). That is, the 1,5-diphenyl carbazide (DPCI) can be oxidized by generated ROS into 1,5-diphenyl carbazone (DPCO), which can be extracted by mixed solvent of benzene and carbon tetrachloride. The DPCO extract liquor displays an obvious absorbance at 563 nm wavelength. In addition, some influencing factors, such as (ultrasonic or visible-light) irradiation time, catalyst addition amount and DPCI concentration, on the generation of ROS were also reviewed. The results indicated that the quantities of generated ROS increase with the increase of (ultrasonic or visible-light) irradiation time and catalyst addition amount. Moreover, the displayed quantities of ROS are also related with DPCI concentration. And then, several radical scavengers were used to determine the kinds of the generated ROS. At last, the researches on the sonocatalytic and photocatalytic degradation of several organic dyes have also been performed. It is wished that this paper might offer some important subjects for broadening the applications of sonocatalytic and photocatalytic technologies in future environment treatment.

  8. Y0.08Sr0.88TiO3-CeO2 composite as a diffusion barrier layer for stainless-steel supported solid oxide fuel cell

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    Kim, Kun Joong; Kim, Sun Jae; Choi, Gyeong Man

    2016-03-01

    A new diffusion barrier layer (DBL) is proposed for solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs) supported on stainless-steel where DBL prevents inter-diffusion of atoms between anode and stainless steel (STS) support during fabrication and operation of STS-supported SOFCs. Half cells consisting of dense yttria-stabilized zirconia (YSZ) electrolyte, porous Ni-YSZ anode layer, and ferritic STS support, with or without Y0.08Sr0.88TiO3-CeO2 (YST-CeO2) composite DBL, are prepared by tape casting and co-firing at 1250 and 1350 °C, respectively, in reducing (H2) atmosphere. The porous YST-CeO2 layer (t ∼ 60 μm) blocks inter-diffusion of Fe and Ni, and captures the evaporated Cr during cell fabrication (1350 °C). The cell with DBL and La0.6Sr0.4Co0.2Fe0.8O3-δ (LSCF) cathode achieved a maximum power density of ∼220 mW cm-2 which is stable at 700 °C. In order to further improve the power performance, Ni coarsening in anode during co-firing must be prevented or alternative anode which is resistive to coarsening is suggested. This study demonstrates that the new YST-CeO2 layer is a promising as a DBL for stainless-steel-supported SOFCs fabricated with co-firing process.

  9. Effect of scanning speeds on microstructure and wear behavior of laser-processed NiCr-Cr3C2-MoS2-CeO2 on 38CrMoAl steel

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    Sun, Guifang; Tong, Zhaopeng; Fang, Xiaoyu; Liu, Xiaojun; Ni, Zhonghua; Zhang, Wei

    2016-03-01

    Self-lubricating wear-resistant NiCr-Cr3C2-MoS2-CeO2 layers were fabricated on 38CrMoAl extruder screws by laser processing. The effect of scanning speeds on microstructure, phases, microhardness, and wear behavior was investigated. The obtained results indicate that the laser-processed layers had fine and nonuniform microstructures with undissolved MoS2 particles distributed on the matrix. With an increase of the laser-scanning speeds, the microstructures changed from hypoeutectic to hypereutectic, volume fraction of martensite increased, microhardness increased, and thickness and friction coefficients of the layers decreased. Wear resistance of the optimized layer was increased by 29.76 times compared with that of the substrate. The undissolved MoS2 was separated from the matrix on loading. In addition to the grain-refining and solution-strengthening effects, oxide films formed on the surface of the layers shielded them and enhanced their wear resistance. The crack or fracture behavior of the laser-processed layers on loading was determined by its toughness, which also had an important effect on the wear behavior of the processed layers.

  10. A modelling study and optimization of catalytic reduction of NO over CeO2-MnOx (0.25)-Ba mixed oxide catalyst using design of experiments.

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    Mousavi, Seyed Mahdi; Salari, Dariush; Niaei, Aligholi; Panahi, Parvaneh Nakhostin; Shafiei, Sirous

    2014-01-01

    In this study, the effects of operation variables on catalytic performance of CeO2-MnOx (0.25)-Ba mixed oxide in catalytic reduction of NO with ammonia are investigated by using design of experiments. A response surface methodology (RSM) combined with the central composite design (CCD) is used to model and optimize the process variables, including concentration of 02 (vol.%), NH3/NO ratio in the gas feed, gas hourly space velocity (GHSV) and reaction temperature (degrees C) on the NO conversion and N2 selectivity as responses. The R2 values for both generated models were greater than 0.9, confirming the capability of quadratic RSM model in fitting the obtained experimental data. According to the results, GHSV had the largest and negative effect on the NO conversion, while it was an insignificant parameter on the N2 selectivity in the design space. Also, NH3/NO ratio was the most effective parameter on the N2 selectivity. Under the optimum conditions: 4.75 vol.% O2, NH3/NO ratio of 0.9, GHSV of 12,000 h(-1) and 197.5 degrees C, the predicted values for NO conversion and N2 selectivity were 96.47% and 93.96%, respectively. The obtained experimental values in optimum condition agreed with those predicted, indicating suitability of the RSM model to estimate the values of the responses. PMID:24645437

  11. Effects of CeO 2-ZrO 2 present in Pd/Al 2O 3 catalysts on the redox behavior of PdO x and their combustion activity

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    Zhou, Renxian; Zhao, Bo; Yue, Baohua

    2008-05-01

    The ceria-zirconium-modified alumina-supported palladium catalysts are prepared using impregnation method with H 2PdCl 4 as Pd source, hydrazine hydrate as reducing agent. The physicochemical properties of these catalysts are characterized by BET surface area (BET), X-ray powder diffraction (XRD), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), temperature programmed reduction (H 2-TPR) and temperature programmed oxidation (O 2-TPO) techniques, and their catalytic activities for the combustion of methane are examined. The results show that the palladium mainly exist in a highly dispersed PdO species on Ce-Zr-rich grains as well as Al 2O 3-rich grains surfaces, and a stable PdO species due to the strong interaction between PdO and CeO 2-ZrO 2 on the Ce-Zr/Al 2O 3 surfaces. The catalytic activity is strongly related to the redox behavior of PdO species highly dispersed on Ce-Zr-rich grains and Al 2O 3-rich grains surfaces, and the higher the reducibility of the PdO species, the higher the catalytic activity. The presence of Ce-Zr in Pd/Al 2O 3 catalyst would inhibit the site growth of PdO x particles and decomposition of PdO to Pd 0, and the reoxidation property of Pd 0 to PdO x is significantly improved, which obviously increases thermal stability and catalytic activity of Pd/Ce-Zr/Al 2O 3 catalyst for the methane combustion.

  12. Pulsed laser deposition of YBCO thin films on IBAD-YSZ substrates

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    Li, M.; Ma, B.; Koritala, R. E.; Fisher, B. L.; Venkataraman, K.; Balachandran, U.

    2003-01-01

    High-quality YBa2Cu3O7-x (YBCO) films were fabricated on yttria-stabilized zirconia (YSZ)-buffered Hastelloy C276 substrates by pulsed laser deposition. YSZ was grown by ion-beam-assisted deposition. A thin (approx10 nm) CeO2 layer was deposited before the deposition of YBCO. The crystalline structure and biaxial texture of the YBCO film and the buffer layer were examined by x-ray diffraction 2theta-scan, phi-scan and pole-figure analysis. Epitaxial growth of the YBCO film on the buffer layer was observed. Full width at half maximum (FWHM) value of 7.4° was measured from the phi-scan of YBCO(103). Raman spectroscopy showed compositional uniformity and phase integrity in the YBCO films. Surface morphologies of the YBCO films were examined by scanning electron microscopy. Comparative studies indicated that the CeO2 buffer layer significantly improves the structural alignment and superconducting properties of YBCO films. Tc = 90 K, with sharp transition, and transport Jc = 2.2 × 106 A cm-2 at 77 K in zero-external field were obtained on the 0.5 mum thick YBCO films. The dependence of Jc on the FWHM of the YBCO(103) phi-scan indicated that high Jc is associated with low FWHM.

  13. Thermal measurements and computational simulations of three-phase (CeO2-MgAl2O4-CeMgAl11O19) and four-phase (3Y-TZP-Al2O3-MgAl2O4-LaPO4) composites as surrogate inert matrix nuclear fuel

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    Angle, Jesse P.; Nelson, Andrew T.; Men, Danju; Mecartney, Martha L.

    2014-11-01

    This study investigates the temperature dependent thermal conductivity of multiphase ceramic composites for simulated inert matrix nuclear fuel. Fine grained composites were made of CeO2-MgAl2O4-CeMgAl11O19 or 3Y-TZP-Al2O3-MgAl2O4-LaPO4. CeO2 and 3Y-TZP are used as UO2 surrogates due to their similar structures and low thermal conductivities. Laser flash analysis from room temperature to 1273 K (1000 °C) was used to determine the temperature dependent thermal conductivity. A computational approach using Object Oriented Finite Element Analysis Version 2 (OOF2) was employed to simulate the composite thermal conductivity based on the microstructure. Observed discrepancies between experimental and simulated thermal conductivities at low temperature may be due to Kapitza resistance; however, there is less than 3% deviation between models and experiments above 673 K (400 °C) for both compositions. When the surrogate phase was replaced with UO2 in the computational model for the four-phase composite, a 12-16% increase in thermal conductivity resulted compared to single phase UO2, in the range of 673-1273 K (400-1000 °C). This computational approach may be potentially viable for the high-throughput evaluation of composite systems and the strategic selection of inert phases without extensive sample fabrication during the initial development stages of composite nuclear fuel design.

  14. Chemiluminescent Diagnostics of Free-Radical Processes in an Abiotic System and in Liver Cells in the Presence of Nanoparticles Based on Rare-Earth Elements nReVO4:Eu3+ (Re = Gd, Y, La) and CeO2

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    Averchenko, E. A.; Kavok, N. S.; Klochkov, V. K.; Malyukin, Yu. V.

    2014-11-01

    We have used luminol-dependent chemiluminescence with Fenton's reagent to study the effect of nanoparticles based on rare-earth elements of different sizes and shapes on free-radical processes in abiotic and biotic cell-free systems, and also in isolated cells in vitro. We have estimated the effects of rare-earth orthovanadate nanoparticles of spherical (GdYVO4:Eu3+, 1-2 nm), spindle-shaped (GdVO4:Eu3+, 25 ×8 nm), and rod-shaped (LaVO4:Eu3+, 57 × (6-8) nm) nanoparticles and spherical CeO2 nanoparticles (sizes 1-2 nm and 8-10 nm). We have shown that in contrast to the abiotic system, in which all types of nanoparticles exhibit antiradical activity, in the presence of biological material, extra-small spherical (1-2 nm) nanoparticles of both types exhibit pro-oxidant activity, and also enhance pro-oxidant induced oxidative stress (for the pro-oxidants hydrogen peroxide and tert-butyl hydroperoxide). The effect of rare-earth orthovanadate spindle and rod shaped nanoparticles in this system was neutral; a moderate antioxidant effect was exhibited by 8-10 nm CeO2 nanoparticles.

  15. Effect of Oxide Buffer Layer on the Thermochromic Properties of VO2 Thin Films

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    Koo, Hyun; Xu, Lu; Ko, Kyeong-Eun; Ahn, Seunghyun; Chang, Se-Hong; Park, Chan

    2013-12-01

    VO2 thin films were deposited on soda lime glass substrates with ZnO, TiO2, SnO2, and CeO2 thin films applied as buffer layers between the VO2 films and the substrates in order to investigate the effect of buffer layer on the formation and the thermochromic properties of VO2 film. Buffer layers with thicknesses over 50 nm were found to affect the formation of VO2 film, which was confirmed by XRD spectra. By using ZnO, TiO2, and SnO2 buffer layers, monoclinic VO2 (VO2(M)) film was successfully fabricated on soda lime glass at 370 °C. On the contrary, films of VO2(B), which is known to have no phase transition near room temperature, were formed rather than VO2(M) when the film was deposited on CeO2 buffer layer at the same film deposition temperature. The excellent thermochromic properties of the films deposited on ZnO, TiO2, and SnO2 buffer layers were confirmed from the temperature dependence of electrical resistivity from room temperature to 80 °C. Especially, due to the tendency of ZnO thin film to grow with a high degree of preferred orientation on soda lime glass at low temperature, the VO2 film deposited on ZnO buffer layer exhibits the best thermochromic properties compared to those on other buffer layer materials used in this study. These results suggest that deposition of VO2 films on soda lime glass at low temperature with excellent thermochromic properties can be achieved by considering the buffer layer material having structural similarity with VO2. Moreover, the degree of crystallization of buffer layer is also related with that of VO2 film, and thus ZnO can be one of the most effective buffer layer materials.

  16. Ultra-thin Oxide Membranes: Synthesis and Carrier Transport

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    Sim, Jai Sung

    Self-supported freestanding membranes are films that are devoid of any underlying supporting layers. The key advantage of such structures is that, due to the lack of substrate effects - both mechanical and chemical, the true native properties of the material can be probed. This is crucial since many of the studies done on materials that are used as freestanding membranes are done as films clamped to substrates or in the bulk form. This thesis focuses on the synthesis and fabrication as well as electrical studies of free standing ultrathin < 40nm oxide membranes. It also is one of the first demonstrations for electrically probing nanoscale freestanding oxide membranes. Fabrication of such membranes is non-trivial as oxide materials are often brittle and difficult to handle. Therefore, it requires an understanding of thin plate mechanics coupled with controllable thin film deposition process. Taking things a step further, to electrically probe these membranes required design of complex device architecture and extensive optimization of nano-fabrication processes. The challenges and optimized fabrication method of such membranes are demonstrated. Three materials are probed in this study, VO2, TiO2, and CeO2. VO2 for understanding structural considerations for electronic phase change and nature of ionic liquid gating, TiO2 and CeO2 for understanding surface conduction properties and surface chemistry. The VO2 study shows shift in metal-insulator transition (MIT) temperature arising from stress relaxation and opening of the hysteresis. The ionic liquid gating studies showed reversible modulation of channel resistance and allowed distinguishing bulk process from the surface effects. Comparing the ionic liquid gating experiments to hydrogen doping experiments illustrated that ionic liquid gating can be a surface limited electrostatic effect, if the critical voltage threshold is not exceeded. TiO2 study shows creation of non-stoichiometric forms under ion milling. Utilizing

  17. Correlation of microwave nonlinearity and magnetic pinning in high-temperature superconductor thin film band-pass filters

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    Zhao, Hua; Wang, Xiang; Wu, Judy Z.

    2008-08-01

    Third-order intermodulation has been studied in two-pole X-band microstrip filters made of three high-temperature superconductors (HTS), including HgBa2CaCu2O6+δ (Hg-1212), Tl2Ba2CaCu2Oy (Tl-2212) and YBa2Cu3O7-δ (YBCO) at >=77 K. In addition, the dc critical current density Jc was investigated in these three types of HTS films in the same temperature range. Interestingly, the dc Jc and the rf critical current density JIP3 derived from the third-order intercept (IP3) have a similar dependence on the reduced temperature, suggesting that the magnetic vortex depinning in HTS materials dominates the microwave nonlinearity at elevated temperatures. This observation agrees with the recent theoretical discussion on the origin of the microwave nonlinearity. Disagreement between Jc and JIP3, however, has been observed in the trilayer YBCO/CeO2/YBCO filters. Although magnetic flux pinning and hence Jc were improved by the insertion of a 20 nm thin CeO2 layer, the reduced JIP3 is attributed to the high power loss from the extra interfaces between YBCO and CeO2.

  18. Synthesis of UO2 and ThO2 doped with Gd2O3

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    Baena, Angela; Cardinaels, Thomas; Vos, Benedict; Binnemans, Koen; Verwerft, Marc

    2015-06-01

    Uranium dioxide (urania, UO2) and thorium dioxide (thoria, ThO2) doped with gadolinium oxide (gadolinia, Gd2O3) were prepared via solid-state synthesis. For Gd2O3-doped ThO2, also an alternative, semi-dry process ("suspension coating") was applied in which Gd2O3-coated ThO2 powder was produced via suspension drying followed by calcination. The microstructure and homogeneity of the materials were investigated by ceramography, EPMA and XRD. Solid-state synthesis is a convenient method to produce Gd2O3-doped UO2. However, this route was found to be inappropriate to obtain Gd2O3-doped ThO2 with an acceptable microstructure and homogeneity. The suspension coating process reported in this work is a simple and practical method to overcome these issues.

  19. Thermal stability of NdBCO/YBCO/MgO thin film seeds

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    Volochová, D.; Kavečanský, V.; Antal, V.; Diko, P.; Yao, X.

    2016-04-01

    Thermal stability of the Nd1+x Ba2-x Cu3O7-δ (Nd-123 or NdBCO) thin films deposited on MgO substrate, with YBa2Cu3O7-δ (Y-123 or YBCO) buffer layer (NdBCO/YBCO/MgO thin film), has been experimentally studied in order to determine the optimal film thickness acting as seed for bulk YBCO growth. YBCO bulk superconductors with Y2BaCuO5 (Y-211) and CeO2 addition were prepared by the top seeded melt growth process in a chamber furnace using NdBCO/YBCO/MgO thin film seeds of different thicknesses (200-700 nm with 20 nm YBCO buffer layer) and different maximum temperatures, T max. The maximum temperatures varied in the range of 1040 °C-1125 °C. The highest thermal stability 1118 °C was observed in the case of NdBCO/YBCO/MgO thin film of 300 nm thickness. These results are corroborated with differential scanning calorimetry and high temperature x-ray diffraction measurements, as well as microstructure observations.

  20. Pulsed Laser Deposition of Thin YBCO Films on Faceted YSZ Single Crystal Fibers

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    Snigirev, O.; Chukharkin, M.; Porokhov, N.; Rusanov, S. Y.; Kashin, V. V.; Tsvetkov, V. B.; Kalabukhov, A.; Winkler, D.

    2014-05-01

    Flexible rods of single crystals of 9% Y2O3-stabilized ZrO2 (YSZ) were used as substrates for deposition of high-critical temperature superconducting (HTS) thin films. YSZ fibers were prepared by mini-pedestal method with laser heating and had average diameter of 300 micrometers and 30 mm length. X-ray diffraction analysis demonstrated high crystalline quality of obtained fibers and also indicated the presence of 15° deviation of the fiber axis from the [001] YSZ direction. Thin YBa2Cu3O7-x films were grown by pulsed laser deposition on YSZ rods using CeO2 buffer layer. Films have shown high critical temperature of 90 K with sharp superconducting transition. Critical current density was estimated to about 3×104 A/cm2 at 80 K. Temperature dependence of critical current density suggests granular structure of films with grain size about several microns. Our results demonstrate feasibility of flexible YSZ fibers coated by HTS thin films for practical use.

  1. NdBaCo2/3Fe2/3Cu2/3O5+δ double perovskite as a novel cathode material for CeO2- and LaGaO3-based solid oxide fuel cells

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    Jin, Fangjun; Li, Lei; He, Tianmin

    2015-01-01

    Double perovskites LnBaCo2O5+δ (Ln = rare earth) are explored as cathode materials for intermediate-temperature solid oxide fuel cell. Barriers to the applicability of double perovskite cathodes include high thermal expansion coefficient (TEC) and poor chemical compatibility with common electrolytes. In this paper, we report the characteristics and applicability of a double perovskite NdBaCo2/3Fe2/3Cu2/3O5+δ (NBCFC) cathode on CeO2- and LaGaO3-based electrolytes. NBCFC is found to crystallize in a tetragonal structure. Partial substitution of Fe and Cu for cobalt in NBCFC demonstrates significantly decreased TEC and good chemical compatibility with both Gd0.1Ce0.9O1.95 (GDC) and La0.9Sr0.1Ga0.8Mg0.2O3-δ (LSGM) electrolytes, while maintaining its good electrochemical performance. The oxidation states of transition metal cations are Co3+/Co4+, Fe3+/Fe4+, and Cu+/Cu2+, respectively. The average TEC of NBCFC is 15.7 × 10-6 K-1 between 30 and 850 °C, and the polarization resistance values are 0.056 and 0.023 Ω cm2 at 800 °C with GDC and LSGM electrolytes, respectively. The absence of spin-state transition in copper contributes to the TEC reduction. Addition of appropriate amounts of GDC into NBCFC to form NBCFC-GDC composite cathodes further reduce the TEC and improve cathode performance. These results can be used to improve and develop novel double perovskite cathode materials.

  2. Thin Clouds

    Atmospheric Science Data Center

    2013-04-18

    ... of this montage is a natural-color view of the Caribbean Sea east of the Yucatan Peninsula as seen by MISR's most steeply ... - Thin, feathery clouds of ice crystals over the Caribbean Sea. project:  MISR category:  gallery ...

  3. Thin Film?

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    Kariper, İ. Afşin

    2014-09-01

    This study focuses on the critical surface tension of lead sulfite (PbSO3) crystalline thin film produced with chemical bath deposition on substrates (commercial glass).The PbSO3 thin films were deposited at room temperature at different deposition times. The structural properties of the films were defined and examined according to X-ray diffraction (XRD) and the XRD results such as dislocation density, average grain size, and no. of crystallites per unit area. Atomic force microscopy was used to measure the film thickness and the surface properties. The critical surface tension of the PbSO3 thin films was measured with an optical tensiometer instrument and calculated using the Zisman method. The results indicated that the critical surface tension of films changed in accordance with the average grain size and film thickness. The film thickness increased with deposition time and was inversely correlated with surface tension. The average grain size increased according to deposition time and was inversely correlated with surface tension.

  4. Thin Films

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    Khorshidi, Zahra; Bahari, Ali; Gholipur, Reza

    2014-11-01

    Effect of annealing temperature on the characteristics of sol-gel-driven Ta ax La(1- a) x O y thin film spin-coated on Si substrate as a high- k gate dielectric was studied. Ta ax La(1- a) x O y thin films with different amounts of a were prepared (as-prepared samples). X-ray diffraction measurements of the as-prepared samples indicated that Ta0.3 x La0.7 x Oy film had an amorphous structure. Therefore, Ta0.3 x La0.7 x O y film was chosen to continue the present studies. The morphology of Ta0.3 x La0.7 x O y films was studied using scanning electron microscopy and atomic force microscopy techniques. The obtained results showed that the size of grain boundaries on Ta0.3 x La0.7 x O y film surfaces was increased with increasing annealing temperature. Electrical and optical characterizations of the as-prepared and annealed films were investigated as a function of annealing temperature using capacitance-voltage ( C- V) and current density-voltage ( J- V) measurements and the Tauc method. The obtained results demonstrated that Ta0.3 x La0.7 x O y films had high dielectric constant (≈27), wide band gap (≈4.5 eV), and low leakage current density (≈10-6 A/cm2 at 1 V).

  5. Thin Films

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    Naffouti, Wafa; Nasr, Tarek Ben; Mehdi, Ahmed; Kamoun-Turki, Najoua

    2014-11-01

    Titanium dioxide (TiO2) thin films were synthesized on glass substrates by spray pyrolysis. The effect of solution flow rate on the physical properties of the films was investigated by use of x-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy, atomic force microscopy (AFM), and spectrophotometry techniques. XRD analysis revealed the tetragonal anatase phase of TiO2 with highly preferred (101) orientation. AFM images showed that grain size on top of TiO2 thin films depended on solution flow rate. An indirect band gap energy of 3.46 eV was determined by means of transmission and reflection measurements. The envelope method, based on the optical transmission spectrum, was used to determine film thickness and optical constants, for example real and imaginary parts of the dielectric constant, refractive index, and extinction coefficient. Ultraviolet and visible photoluminescence emission peaks were observed at room temperature. These peaks were attributed to the intrinsic emission and to the surface defect states, respectively.

  6. Adsorption and reaction of methanethiol on thin-film cerium oxide

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    Mullins, D. R.; McDonald, T. S.

    2008-03-01

    The adsorption and reaction of methanethiol, CH 3SH, have been studied on cerium oxide thin films that were vapor deposited on Ru(0 0 0 1). The behavior of the CH 3SH was examined as a function of the Ce oxidation state. CH 3SH weakly interacts with fully oxidized CeO 2(1 1 1) forming both chemisorbed CH 3SH and CH 3S + OH. OH forms through the reaction of the sulfhydrol H with the surface O. These species recombine and desorb near 180 K leaving the surface virtually clean. When the ceria is ca. 50% reduced, the chemisorbed CH 3SH desorbs near 150 K while the CH 3S + OH are stable to 400 K. These species react above 450 K to produce predominantly CH 4 and CH 3SH. A small amount of CH 2O and water are also formed through reaction with the O in the ceria. Atomic S is left on the surface. S 2p, C 1s and O 1s soft X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy were used to identify the nature of the chemisorbed species and the adsorption site of the CH 3S or S.

  7. Nonlinear behavior of thin film SrTiO3 capacitors at microwave frequencies

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    Kozyrev, A. B.; Samoilova, T. B.; Golovkov, A. A.; Hollmann, E. K.; Kalinikos, D. A.; Loginov, V. E.; Prudan, A. M.; Soldatenkov, O. I.; Galt, D.; Mueller, C. H.; Rivkin, T. V.; Koepf, G. A.

    1998-09-01

    The voltage-dependent dielectric constant (ɛ) of SrTiO3 (STO) thin films is the basis for developing cryogenic capacitors for tunable microwave applications. In this study, the effect of microwave signal level on nonlinear response at 1.7-1.9 GHz was examined by measuring the level of the third order intermodulation distortion (IMD) signal relative to the input signal level. Small signal dielectric properties such as capacitance, tuning, and loss (tan δ) were also measured at 1 MHz, 3 GHz, and 10 GHz, at temperatures from 4.2 to 300 K. Planar capacitors were comprised of highly (100)-oriented, 1 μm thick STO films deposited via magnetron sputtering onto CeO2-buffered (11_02)-oriented sapphire substrates, with 10 μm gaps between the electrodes. Deviations from the anticipated cubic dependence of the third order IMD product on incident power, for incident power ranges from -10 to 22 dBm, were attributed to conductivity nonlinearity. At incident power levels of 22 dBm and with no dc bias applied to the capacitor, the level of the third order IMD product was 21 dB below the fundamental signal level. Application of a 107 V/m dc electric field bias across the capacitor suppressed the third order IMD by an additional 10 dB. The nonlinear properties of thin film STO capacitors as a function of microwave voltage were determined by comparing the experimental and theoretical dependencies of the IMD products.

  8. Fabrication and evaluation of green-light emitting Ta2O5:Er, Ce co-sputtered thin films

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    Miura, K.; Osawa, T.; Suzuki, T.; Yokota, Y.; Hanaizumi, O.

    Erbium and cerium co-doped tantalum-oxide (Ta2O5:Er, Ce) thin films were fabricated using radio-frequency co-sputtering of Ta2O5, Er2O3, and CeO2 for the first time. Enhanced green-light emission due to Er3+ that seems to be sensitized by Ce3+ was observed from the film annealed at 900 °C for 20 min. From XRD measurements of the films, the β-Ta2O5 (orthorhombic), δ-Ta2O5 (hexagonal), and (2 0 1) Ta2O5 phases seem to be very important for obtaining green PL from them. Such Ta2O5:Er, Ce co-sputtered films can be used as high-refractive-index materials of autocloned photonic crystals that can be applied to novel green-light-emitting devices, and they will also be used as multi-functional coating films that can work both as anti-reflection and down-conversion films for realizing high-efficiency silicon solar cells.

  9. Tl 2Ba 2CaCu 2O 8 thin film high frequency filters on 3 inch sapphire substrates

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    Schneidewind, H.; Manzel, M.; Stelzner, T.

    2002-08-01

    Modern communication systems require densely packed frequency channels in the expensive frequency bands. Therefore high temperature superconducting (HTS) high frequency filters are of increasing importance, taking advantage of their outstanding properties namely steep filter skirts, low insertion loss, and furthermore reduced mass and volume compared to conventional cavity or dielectric resonator systems. Within the framework of a German BMBF pilot project a HTS equiped satellite repeater will be developed to demonstrate the performance advantage of HTS. For that purpose we prepare filters on double-sided Tl 2Ba 2CaCu 2O 8 thin films on CeO 2 buffered 3 inch sapphire substrates. The HTS films are prepared in the two-step process by sputtering an amorphous thallium free precursor and following oxythallination. The critical temperature and spatial distribution of critical current density at 77 K, both measured by inductive techniques, show values above 100 K or 1 MA/cm 2, respectively. We use a dielectric resonator technique at 3.9 GHz and power levels up to some mT to determine the films surface resistance. We present measurements of input filters made from our double-sided 3 inch films.

  10. Pyrolyzed thin film carbon

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    Tai, Yu-Chong (Inventor); Liger, Matthieu (Inventor); Harder, Theodore (Inventor); Konishi, Satoshi (Inventor); Miserendino, Scott (Inventor)

    2010-01-01

    A method of making carbon thin films comprises depositing a catalyst on a substrate, depositing a hydrocarbon in contact with the catalyst and pyrolyzing the hydrocarbon. A method of controlling a carbon thin film density comprises etching a cavity into a substrate, depositing a hydrocarbon into the cavity, and pyrolyzing the hydrocarbon while in the cavity to form a carbon thin film. Controlling a carbon thin film density is achieved by changing the volume of the cavity. Methods of making carbon containing patterned structures are also provided. Carbon thin films and carbon containing patterned structures can be used in NEMS, MEMS, liquid chromatography, and sensor devices.

  11. Plasmonic Based Sensing Using an Array of Au-Metal Oxide Thin Films

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    Joy, N.; Rogers, Phillip H.; Nandasiri, Manjula I.; Thevuthasan, Suntharampillai; Carpenter, Michael A.

    2012-12-04

    An optical plasmonic-based sensing array has been developed and tested for the selective and sensitive detection of H2, CO, and NO2 at a temperature of 500°C in an oxygen-containing background. The three element sensing array used Au nanoparticles embedded in separate thin films of yttria stabilized zirconia (YSZ), CeO2, and TiO2. A peak in the absorbance spectrum due to a localized surface plasmon resonance (LSPR) on the Au nanoparticles was monitored for each film during gas exposures and showed a blue shift in the peak positions for the reducing gases, H2 and CO, and a red shift for the oxidizing gas NO2. A more in-depth look at the sensing response was performed using the multivariate methods of principal component analysis (PCA) analysis and linear discriminant analysis (LDA) on data from across the entire absorbance spectrum range. Qualitative results from both methods showed good separation between the three analytes for both the full array and the Au-TiO2 sample. Quantification of LDA cluster separation using the Mahalanobis distance showed better cluster separation for the array, but there were some instances with the lowest concentrations where the single Au-TiO2 film had better separation than the array. A second method to quantify cluster separation in LDA space was developed using multidimensional volume analysis of the individual cluster volume, overlapped cluster volume and empty volume between clusters. Compared to the individual sensing elements, the array showed less cluster overlap, smaller cluster volumes, and more space between clusters, all of which were expected for improved separability between the analytes.

  12. Atomic layer epitaxy Group IV materials: Surface processes, thin films, devices and their characterization. Annual report, 1 January 1992-31 December 1992

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    Davis, R.F.; Bedair, S.; El-Masry, N.; Glass, J.T.

    1992-12-01

    An integrated growth and surface characterization system containing a hot filament reactor, sample transfer station, ESD and XPS has been established to investigate the ALE of diamond films. Complementary experiments concerned with the nucleation of diamond on molten surfaces, e. g., Al and Ge have also been conducted. Formation of GeO2 or an aluminum carbide and the degradation of the diamond by the molten material inhibited nucleation on the melted area. Monocrystalline thin films of Beta-SiC have been achieved in the temperature range of 850 deg -980 deg C by atomic layer-by-layer deposition of Si and C species via sequential exposures of Si(100) substrates to Si2H6 and C2H4. A UHV analytical system containing TPD, AES and XPS is being constructed in concert with the SiC ALE studies to determine the reaction chemistry important to this process. An eximer laser ablation system for the ALE of CeO2 has been completed and employed to successfully deposit films of this material on Si(100).... Atomic layer epitaxy(ALE), Diamond, Silicon carbide, Cerium dioxide.

  13. A Model Approach to Flux-Pinning Properties of YBa2Cu 3O7-delta Thin Film Vortex States via Non-Superconducting Impurities

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    Gamble, Ronald S., Jr.

    Thin film YBa2Cu3O7--delta (YBCO) samples with added non-superconducting nanodot defects of CeO 2 and BaSnO2 are the focus of recent high-temperature superconductor studies. These nanodots allow magnetic flux to penetrate at these sites of the superconducting lattice thus creating a magnetic flux vortex state. Examining the structure shows that these quantized magnetic flux vortices arrange themselves in a self-assembled lattice. The nanodots, with non-superconducting properties, serve to present structural properties to restrict motion of these vorticies under a pinning-force and to enhance the critical current density. A formulation of a new model for the system by a variation in the electron pair velocity via the virtual work from the nanodot defects in accordance to the well-known Superconductivity theories is tested. A solution to the expression for the magnetic flux, zero net force and pair velocity will generate a setting for the optimal deposition parameters of number density, growth geometry and mass density of these nanodot structures. With a calculation of pair velocities from a similar work, a comparison is made between experimental and theoretical velocity calculations using growth geometry and chemical potential. This will yield insight into how the current density for a doped high-temperature superconductor will be modified and tuned based on the dynamics and density of the nanodots themselves.

  14. Thin film hydrogen sensor

    DOEpatents

    Cheng, Y.T.; Poli, A.A.; Meltser, M.A.

    1999-03-23

    A thin film hydrogen sensor includes a substantially flat ceramic substrate with first and second planar sides and a first substrate end opposite a second substrate end; a thin film temperature responsive resistor on the first planar side of the substrate proximate to the first substrate end; a thin film hydrogen responsive metal resistor on the first planar side of the substrate proximate to the fist substrate end and proximate to the temperature responsive resistor; and a heater on the second planar side of the substrate proximate to the first end. 5 figs.

  15. Electrochemical thinning of silicon

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    Medernach, J.W.

    1994-01-11

    Porous semiconducting material, e.g. silicon, is formed by electrochemical treatment of a specimen in hydrofluoric acid, using the specimen as anode. Before the treatment, the specimen can be masked. The porous material is then etched with a caustic solution or is oxidized, depending of the kind of structure desired, e.g. a thinned specimen, a specimen, a patterned thinned specimen, a specimen with insulated electrical conduits, and so on. Thinned silicon specimen can be subjected to tests, such as measurement of interstitial oxygen by Fourier transform infra-red spectroscopy (FTIR). 14 figures.

  16. Electrochemical thinning of silicon

    DOEpatents

    Medernach, John W.

    1994-01-01

    Porous semiconducting material, e.g. silicon, is formed by electrochemical treatment of a specimen in hydrofluoric acid, using the specimen as anode. Before the treatment, the specimen can be masked. The porous material is then etched with a caustic solution or is oxidized, depending of the kind of structure desired, e.g. a thinned specimen, a specimen, a patterned thinned specimen, a specimen with insulated electrical conduits, and so on. Thinned silicon specimen can be subjected to tests, such as measurement of interstitial oxygen by Fourier transform infra-red spectroscopy (FTIR).

  17. Biomimetic thin film synthesis

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    Graff, G.L.; Campbell, A.A.; Gordon, N.R.

    1995-05-01

    The purpose of this program is to develop a new process for forming thin film coatings and to demonstrate that the biomimetic thin film technology developed at PNL is useful for industrial applications. In the biomimetic process, mineral deposition from aqueous solution is controlled by organic functional groups attached to the underlying substrate surface. The coatings process is simple, benign, inexpensive, energy efficient, and particularly suited for temperature sensitive substrate materials (such as polymers). In addition, biomimetic thin films can be deposited uniformly on complex shaped and porous substrates providing a unique capability over more traditional line-of-sight methods.

  18. Thin film hydrogen sensor

    DOEpatents

    Cheng, Yang-Tse; Poli, Andrea A.; Meltser, Mark Alexander

    1999-01-01

    A thin film hydrogen sensor, includes: a substantially flat ceramic substrate with first and second planar sides and a first substrate end opposite a second substrate end; a thin film temperature responsive resistor on the first planar side of the substrate proximate to the first substrate end; a thin film hydrogen responsive metal resistor on the first planar side of the substrate proximate to the fist substrate end and proximate to the temperature responsive resistor; and a heater on the second planar side of the substrate proximate to the first end.

  19. Ceramic Composite Thin Films

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    Ruoff, Rodney S. (Inventor); Stankovich, Sasha (Inventor); Dikin, Dmitriy A. (Inventor); Nguyen, SonBinh T. (Inventor)

    2013-01-01

    A ceramic composite thin film or layer includes individual graphene oxide and/or electrically conductive graphene sheets dispersed in a ceramic (e.g. silica) matrix. The thin film or layer can be electrically conductive film or layer depending the amount of graphene sheets present. The composite films or layers are transparent, chemically inert and compatible with both glass and hydrophilic SiOx/silicon substrates. The composite film or layer can be produced by making a suspension of graphene oxide sheet fragments, introducing a silica-precursor or silica to the suspension to form a sol, depositing the sol on a substrate as thin film or layer, at least partially reducing the graphene oxide sheets to conductive graphene sheets, and thermally consolidating the thin film or layer to form a silica matrix in which the graphene oxide and/or graphene sheets are dispersed.

  20. Super Thin Ceramic Coatings

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    New technology being developed at NASA's Glenn Research Center creates super thin ceramic coatings on engine components. The Plasma Spray – Physical Vapor Deposition (PS-PVD) rig uses a powerful ...

  1. Thin film metrology.

    PubMed

    Nitsch, Gerald; Flinn, Gregory

    2007-10-01

    Thin film metrology is suitable for characterising and performing quality control of a variety of coatings and films used in medical applications. The capabilities of today's systems are described. PMID:18078184

  2. Line Thinning Algorithm

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    Feigin, G.; Ben-Yosef, N.

    1983-10-01

    A thinning algorithm, of the banana-peel type, is presented. In each iteration pixels are attacked from all directions (there are no sub-iterations), and the deletion criteria depend on the 24 nearest neighbours.

  3. Multifunctional thin film surface

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    Brozik, Susan M.; Harper, Jason C.; Polsky, Ronen; Wheeler, David R.; Arango, Dulce C.; Dirk, Shawn M.

    2015-10-13

    A thin film with multiple binding functionality can be prepared on an electrode surface via consecutive electroreduction of two or more aryl-onium salts with different functional groups. This versatile and simple method for forming multifunctional surfaces provides an effective means for immobilization of diverse molecules at close proximities. The multifunctional thin film has applications in bioelectronics, molecular electronics, clinical diagnostics, and chemical and biological sensing.

  4. Thin silicon solar cells

    SciTech Connect

    Hall, R.B.; Bacon, C.; DiReda, V.; Ford, D.H.; Ingram, A.E.; Cotter, J.; Hughes-Lampros, T.; Rand, J.A.; Ruffins, T.R.; Barnett, A.M.

    1992-12-01

    The silicon-film design achieves high performance by using a dun silicon layer and incorporating light trapping. Optimally designed thin crystalline solar cells (<50 microns thick) have performance advantages over conventional thick devices. The high-performance silicon-film design employs a metallurgical barrier between the low-cost substrate and the thin silicon layer. Light trapping properties of silicon-film on ceramic solar cells are presented and analyzed. Recent advances in process development are described here.

  5. Thin film tritium dosimetry

    DOEpatents

    Moran, Paul R.

    1976-01-01

    The present invention provides a method for tritium dosimetry. A dosimeter comprising a thin film of a material having relatively sensitive RITAC-RITAP dosimetry properties is exposed to radiation from tritium, and after the dosimeter has been removed from the source of the radiation, the low energy electron dose deposited in the thin film is determined by radiation-induced, thermally-activated polarization dosimetry techniques.

  6. Enhanced flux-pinning properties in superconducting YBa2Cu3O(7-delta) thin films with nanoengineering

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    Tsai, Chen-Fong

    Since the discovery of the high temperature superconductor YBa2Cu3O7-delta (YBCO), with transition temperature (Tc = 77 K), above liquid nitrogen point in 1987 many research projects have been dedicated to enhancing the high field performance of this material for practical applications. The 2 nd generation YBCO-based coated conductors are believed to be the most promising approach for commercial applications including power transmission, motors, generators, and high field magnets. With the advances of nanotechnologies, different nanoengineering methods have been demonstrated to enhance the performance of YBCO thin films, include doping with 0-dimensional (0-D) self-assembled nanoparticles, 1-dimensional (1-D) nanorods, and 2-dimensional (2-D) nanolayers. Furthermore, dopants with ferromagnetic properties are also reported to provide enhanced pinning effects by Lorentz force, especially under high-applied magnetic fields. The principle of these methods is to generate high-density defects at the heterogeneous interfaces as artificial pinning centers in an effort to improve the flux-pinning properties. The morphology and dimensions of the nanoinclusions play an important role in pining enhancement. Optimized pinning structures are likely to be located at energetically favorable vortex cores, which form a triangular lattice with dimensions close to the YBCO coherence length xi (xiab ~ 4 nm; xic ~ 0.5 nm at 77 K.) However, it is challenging to achieve small dimensional nanodopants in the vapor deposited YBCO thin films. The purpose of this research is to utilize nanoengineering methods to produce optimized pinning structure in YBCO thin films. In this thesis, we systematically study the effects of different nanoinclusions on the flux-pinning properties of YBCO thin films. The 0-D ferromagnetic Fe 2O3 and CoFe2O4 nanoparticles, 2-D CeO2 multilayers, and tunable vertically aligned nanocomposites (VAN) of (Fe2O3)x:(CeO2) 1-x and (CoFe2O4)x:(CeO2) 1-x systems are introduced

  7. Lithospheric and crustal thinning

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Moretti, I.

    1985-01-01

    In rift zones, both the crust and the lithosphere get thinner. The amplitude and the mechanism of these two thinning situations are different. The lithospheric thinning is a thermal phenomenon produced by an asthenospherical uprising under the rift zone. In some regions its amplitude can exceed 200%. This is observed under the Baikal rift where the crust is directly underlaid by the mantellic asthenosphere. The presence of hot material under rift zones induces a large negative gravity anomaly. A low seismic velocity zone linked to this thermal anomaly is also observed. During the rifting, the magmatic chambers get progressively closer from the ground surface. Simultaneously, the Moho reflector is found at shallow depth under rift zones. This crustal thinning does not exceed 50%. Tectonic stresses and vertical movements result from the two competing effects of the lithospheric and crustal thinning. On the one hand, the deep thermal anomaly induces a large doming and is associated with extensive deviatoric stresses. On the other hand, the crustal thinning involves the formation of a central valley. This subsidence is increased by the sediment loading. The purpose here is to quantify these two phenomena in order to explain the morphological and thermal evolution of rift zones.

  8. Thin film temperature sensor

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Grant, H. P.; Przybyszewski, J. S.

    1980-01-01

    Thin film surface temperature sensors were developed. The sensors were made of platinum-platinum/10 percent rhodium thermocouples with associated thin film-to-lead wire connections and sputtered on aluminum oxide coated simulated turbine blades for testing. Tests included exposure to vibration, low velocity hydrocarbon hot gas flow to 1250 K, and furnace calibrations. Thermal electromotive force was typically two percent below standard type S thermocouples. Mean time to failure was 42 hours at a hot gas flow temperature of 1250 K and an average of 15 cycles to room temperature. Failures were mainly due to separation of the platinum thin film from the aluminum oxide surface. Several techniques to improve the adhesion of the platinum are discussed.

  9. Thin film photovoltaics

    SciTech Connect

    Zweibel, K; Ullal, H S

    1989-05-01

    Thin films are considered a potentially attractive technological approach to making cost-effective electricity by photovoltaics. Over the last twenty years, many have been investigated and some (cadmium telluride, copper indium diselenide, amorphous silicon) have become leading candidates for future large-scale commercialization. This paper surveys the past development of these key thin films and gives their status and future prospects. In all cases, significant progress toward cost-effective PV electricity has been made. If this progress continues, it appears that thin film PV could provide electricity that is competitive for summer daytime peaking power requirements by the middle of the 1990s; and electricity in a range that is competitive with fossil fuel costs (i.e., 6 cents/kilowatt-hour) should be available from PV around the turn of the century. 22 refs., 9 figs.

  10. Thermal Conductivity in Nanocrystalline Ceria Thin Films

    SciTech Connect

    Marat Khafizov; In-Wook Park; Aleksandr Chernatynskiy; Lingfeng He; Jianliang Lin; John J. Moore; David Swank; Thomas Lillo; Simon R. Phillpot; Anter El-Azab; David H. Hurley

    2014-02-01

    The thermal conductivity of nanocrystalline ceria films grown by unbalanced magnetron sputtering is determined as a function of temperature using laser-based modulated thermoreflectance. The films exhibit significantly reduced conductivity compared with stoichiometric bulk CeO2. A variety of microstructure imaging techniques including X-ray diffraction, scanning and transmission electron microscopy, X-ray photoelectron analysis, and electron energy loss spectroscopy indicate that the thermal conductivity is influenced by grain boundaries, dislocations, and oxygen vacancies. The temperature dependence of the thermal conductivity is analyzed using an analytical solution of the Boltzmann transport equation. The conclusion of this study is that oxygen vacancies pose a smaller impediment to thermal transport when they segregate along grain boundaries.

  11. Thin-film optical initiator

    DOEpatents

    Erickson, Kenneth L.

    2001-01-01

    A thin-film optical initiator having an inert, transparent substrate, a reactive thin film, which can be either an explosive or a pyrotechnic, and a reflective thin film. The resultant thin-film optical initiator system also comprises a fiber-optic cable connected to a low-energy laser source, an output charge, and an initiator housing. The reactive thin film, which may contain very thin embedded layers or be a co-deposit of a light-absorbing material such as carbon, absorbs the incident laser light, is volumetrically heated, and explodes against the output charge, imparting about 5 to 20 times more energy than in the incident laser pulse.

  12. Thin film ceramic thermocouples

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Gregory, Otto (Inventor); Fralick, Gustave (Inventor); Wrbanek, John (Inventor); You, Tao (Inventor)

    2011-01-01

    A thin film ceramic thermocouple (10) having two ceramic thermocouple (12, 14) that are in contact with each other in at least on point to form a junction, and wherein each element was prepared in a different oxygen/nitrogen/argon plasma. Since each element is prepared under different plasma conditions, they have different electrical conductivity and different charge carrier concentration. The thin film thermocouple (10) can be transparent. A versatile ceramic sensor system having an RTD heat flux sensor can be combined with a thermocouple and a strain sensor to yield a multifunctional ceramic sensor array. The transparent ceramic temperature sensor that could ultimately be used for calibration of optical sensors.

  13. Thin film photovoltaic device

    DOEpatents

    Catalano, Anthony W.; Bhushan, Manjul

    1982-01-01

    A thin film photovoltaic solar cell which utilizes a zinc phosphide semiconductor is of the homojunction type comprising an n-type conductivity region forming an electrical junction with a p-type region, both regions consisting essentially of the same semiconductor material. The n-type region is formed by treating zinc phosphide with an extrinsic dopant such as magnesium. The semiconductor is formed on a multilayer substrate which acts as an opaque contact. Various transparent contacts may be used, including a thin metal film of the same chemical composition as the n-type dopant or conductive oxides or metal grids.

  14. Thin film photovoltaic device

    DOEpatents

    Catalano, A.W.; Bhushan, M.

    1982-08-03

    A thin film photovoltaic solar cell which utilizes a zinc phosphide semiconductor is of the homojunction type comprising an n-type conductivity region forming an electrical junction with a p-type region, both regions consisting essentially of the same semiconductor material. The n-type region is formed by treating zinc phosphide with an extrinsic dopant such as magnesium. The semiconductor is formed on a multilayer substrate which acts as an opaque contact. Various transparent contacts may be used, including a thin metal film of the same chemical composition as the n-type dopant or conductive oxides or metal grids. 5 figs.

  15. Shear Thinning in Xenon

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Bergm Robert F.; Moldover, Michael R.; Yao, Minwu; Zimmerli, Gregory A.

    2009-01-01

    We measured shear thinning, a viscosity decrease ordinarily associated with complex liquids such as molten plastics or ketchup, near the critical point of xenon. The data span a wide range of dimensionless shear rate: the product of the shear rate and the relaxation time of critical fluctuations was greater than 0.001 and was less than 700. As predicted by theory, shear thinning occurred when this product was greater than 1. The measurements were conducted aboard the Space Shuttle Columbia to avoid the density stratification caused by Earth's gravity.

  16. Growth and characterization of ceria thin films and Ce-doped γ-Al2O3 nanowires using sol-gel techniques.

    PubMed

    Gravani, S; Polychronopoulou, K; Stolojan, V; Cui, Q; Gibson, P N; Hinder, S J; Gu, Z; Doumanidis, C C; Baker, M A; Rebholz, C

    2010-11-19

    γ-Al(2)O(3) is a well known catalyst support. The addition of Ce to γ-Al(2)O(3) is known to beneficially retard the phase transformation of γ-Al(2)O(3) to α-Al(2)O(3) and stabilize the γ-pore structure. In this work, Ce-doped γ-Al(2)O(3) nanowires have been prepared by a novel method employing an anodic aluminium oxide (AAO) template in a 0.01 M cerium nitrate solution, assisted by urea hydrolysis. Calcination at 500 °C for 6 h resulted in the crystallization of the Ce-doped AlOOH gel to form Ce-doped γ-Al(2)O(3) nanowires. Ce(3+) ions within the nanowires were present at a concentration of < 1 at.%. On the template surface, a nanocrystalline CeO(2) thin film was deposited with a cubic fluorite structure and a crystallite size of 6-7 nm. Characterization of the nanowires and thin films was performed using scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, electron energy loss spectroscopy, x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and x-ray diffraction. The nanowire formation mechanism and urea hydrolysis kinetics are discussed in terms of the pH evolution during the reaction. The Ce-doped γ-Al(2)O(3) nanowires are likely to find useful applications in catalysis and this novel method can be exploited further for doping alumina nanowires with other rare earth elements. PMID:20975211

  17. Treading on Thin Water.

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    Haley, Richard D.

    1985-01-01

    Provides a simple introduction to animals whose habitat is the thin surface film of water. Describes adaptive mechanisms of water striders, whirlygigs and riffle bugs and suggests ways to observe them in the wild or as aquarium animals. Includes basic demonstrations of the nature of surface tension. (JHZ)

  18. Thin Lens Ray Tracing.

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    Gatland, Ian R.

    2002-01-01

    Proposes a ray tracing approach to thin lens analysis based on a vector form of Snell's law for paraxial rays as an alternative to the usual approach in introductory physics courses. The ray tracing approach accommodates skew rays and thus provides a complete analysis. (Author/KHR)

  19. Thin Wall Iron Castings

    SciTech Connect

    J.F. Cuttino; D.M. Stefanescu; T.S. Piwonka

    2001-10-31

    Results of an investigation made to develop methods of making iron castings having wall thicknesses as small as 2.5 mm in green sand molds are presented. It was found that thin wall ductile and compacted graphite iron castings can be made and have properties consistent with heavier castings. Green sand molding variables that affect casting dimensions were also identified.

  20. Thin film photovoltaic cell

    DOEpatents

    Meakin, John D.; Bragagnolo, Julio

    1982-01-01

    A thin film photovoltaic cell having a transparent electrical contact and an opaque electrical contact with a pair of semiconductors therebetween includes utilizing one of the electrical contacts as a substrate and wherein the inner surface thereof is modified by microroughening while being macro-planar.

  1. Epitaxial thin films

    DOEpatents

    Hunt, Andrew Tye; Deshpande, Girish; Lin, Wen-Yi; Jan, Tzyy-Jiuan

    2006-04-25

    Epitatial thin films for use as buffer layers for high temperature superconductors, electrolytes in solid oxide fuel cells (SOFC), gas separation membranes or dielectric material in electronic devices, are disclosed. By using CCVD, CACVD or any other suitable deposition process, epitaxial films having pore-free, ideal grain boundaries, and dense structure can be formed. Several different types of materials are disclosed for use as buffer layers in high temperature superconductors. In addition, the use of epitaxial thin films for electrolytes and electrode formation in SOFCs results in densification for pore-free and ideal gain boundary/interface microstructure. Gas separation membranes for the production of oxygen and hydrogen are also disclosed. These semipermeable membranes are formed by high-quality, dense, gas-tight, pinhole free sub-micro scale layers of mixed-conducting oxides on porous ceramic substrates. Epitaxial thin films as dielectric material in capacitors are also taught herein. Capacitors are utilized according to their capacitance values which are dependent on their physical structure and dielectric permittivity. The epitaxial thin films of the current invention form low-loss dielectric layers with extremely high permittivity. This high permittivity allows for the formation of capacitors that can have their capacitance adjusted by applying a DC bias between their electrodes.

  2. Thin films for material engineering

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    Wasa, Kiyotaka

    2016-07-01

    Thin films are defined as two-dimensional materials formed by condensing one by one atomic/molecular/ionic species of matter in contrast to bulk three-dimensional sintered ceramics. They are grown through atomic collisional chemical reaction on a substrate surface. Thin film growth processes are fascinating for developing innovative exotic materials. On the basis of my long research on sputtering deposition, this paper firstly describes the kinetic energy effect of sputtered adatoms on thin film growth and discusses on a possibility of room-temperature growth of cubic diamond crystallites and the perovskite thin films of binary compound PbTiO3. Secondly, high-performance sputtered ferroelectric thin films with extraordinary excellent crystallinity compatible with MBE deposited thin films are described in relation to a possible application for thin-film MEMS. Finally, the present thin-film technologies are discussed in terms of a future material science and engineering.

  3. Thin film solar cell workshop

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Armstrong, Joe; Jeffrey, Frank

    1993-01-01

    A summation of responses to questions posed to the thin-film solar cell workshop and the ensuing discussion is provided. Participants in the workshop included photovoltaic manufacturers (both thin film and crystalline), cell performance investigators, and consumers.

  4. NMR characterization of thin films

    DOEpatents

    Gerald II, Rex E.; Klingler, Robert J.; Rathke, Jerome W.; Diaz, Rocio; Vukovic, Lela

    2010-06-15

    A method, apparatus, and system for characterizing thin film materials. The method, apparatus, and system includes a container for receiving a starting material, applying a gravitational force, a magnetic force, and an electric force or combinations thereof to at least the starting material, forming a thin film material, sensing an NMR signal from the thin film material and analyzing the NMR signal to characterize the thin film of material.

  5. NMR characterization of thin films

    DOEpatents

    Gerald, II, Rex E.; Klingler, Robert J.; Rathke, Jerome W.; Diaz, Rocio; Vukovic, Lela

    2008-11-25

    A method, apparatus, and system for characterizing thin film materials. The method, apparatus, and system includes a container for receiving a starting material, applying a gravitational force, a magnetic force, and an electric force or combinations thereof to at least the starting material, forming a thin film material, sensing an NMR signal from the thin film material and analyzing the NMR signal to characterize the thin film of material.

  6. Shear-thinning Fluid

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    2001-01-01

    Whipped cream and the filling for pumpkin pie are two familiar materials that exhibit the shear-thinning effect seen in a range of industrial applications. It is thick enough to stand on its own atop a piece of pie, yet flows readily when pushed through a tube. This demonstrates the shear-thinning effect that was studied with the Critical Viscosity of Xenon Experiment (CVX-2) on the STS-107 Research 1 mission in 2002. CVX observed the behavior of xenon, a heavy inert gas used in flash lamps and ion rocket engines, at its critical point. The principal investigator was Dr. Robert Berg of the National Institutes of Standards and Technology in Gaithersburg, MD.

  7. Advanced thin film thermocouples

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    Kreider, K. G.; Semancik, S.; Olson, C.

    1984-10-01

    The fabrication, materials characterization, and performance of thin film platinum rhodium thermocouples on gas turbine alloys was investigated. The materials chosen for the study were the turbine blade alloy systems MAR M200+Hf with NiCoCrAlY and FeCrAlY coatings, and vane alloy systems MAR M509 with FeCrAlY. Research was focussed on making improvements in the problem areas of coating substrate stability, adhesion, and insulation reliability and durability. Diffusion profiles between the substrate and coating with and without barrier coatings of Al2O3 are reported. The relationships between fabrication parameters of thermal oxidation and sputtering of the insulator and its characterization and performance are described. The best thin film thermocouples were fabricated with the NiCoCrAlY coatings which were thermally oxidized and sputter coated with Al2O3.

  8. Biomimetic thin film deposition

    SciTech Connect

    Rieke, P.R.; Graff, G.E.; Campbell, A.A.; Bunker, B.C.; Baskaran, S.; Song, L.; Tarasevich, B.J.; Fryxell, G.E.

    1995-09-01

    Biological mineral deposition for the formation of bone, mollusk shell and other hard tissues provides materials scientists with illustrative materials processing strategies. This presentation will review the key features of biomineralization and how these features can be of technical importance. We have adapted existing knowledge of biomineralization to develop a unique method of depositing inorganic thin films and coating. Our approach to thin film deposition is to modify substrate surfaces to imitate the proteins found in nature that are responsible for controlling mineral deposition. These biomimetic surfaces control the nucleation and growth of the mineral from a supersaturated aqueous solution. This has many processing advantages including simple processing equipment, environmentally benign reagents, uniform coating of highly complex shapes, and enhanced adherence of coating. Many different types of metal oxide, hydroxide, sulfide and phosphate materials with useful mechanical, optical, electronic and biomedical properties can be deposited.

  9. Advanced thin film thermocouples

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Kreider, K. G.; Semancik, S.; Olson, C.

    1984-01-01

    The fabrication, materials characterization, and performance of thin film platinum rhodium thermocouples on gas turbine alloys was investigated. The materials chosen for the study were the turbine blade alloy systems MAR M200+Hf with NiCoCrAlY and FeCrAlY coatings, and vane alloy systems MAR M509 with FeCrAlY. Research was focussed on making improvements in the problem areas of coating substrate stability, adhesion, and insulation reliability and durability. Diffusion profiles between the substrate and coating with and without barrier coatings of Al2O3 are reported. The relationships between fabrication parameters of thermal oxidation and sputtering of the insulator and its characterization and performance are described. The best thin film thermocouples were fabricated with the NiCoCrAlY coatings which were thermally oxidized and sputter coated with Al2O3.

  10. Ultra-Thin, Flexible Electronics

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    Holland, Brian; McPherson, Ryan; Zhang, Tan; Hou, Zhenwei; Dean, Robert; Johnson, R. Wayne; DelCastillo, Linda; Moussessian, Alina

    2008-01-01

    Thinned die can be used to realize ultra-thin flexible electronics for applications such as conformal and wearable electronics. Three techniques have been developed to achieve this goal using thinned die: die flip chip bonded onto flexible substrates, die laminated onto LCP films, and die embedded in polyimide. A key to achieving each of these techniques is the thinning of die to a thickness of 50 microns or thinner. Conventional CMP processing can be used to thin to 50 microns. At 50 microns, the active die become flexible and must be handled by temporarily bonding them to a holder die, for further processing. Once bonded face down to the holder die, the active die can be further thinned by DRIE etching the exposed backside. The thinned die can then been packaged in or on the flexible substrate.

  11. Thin film superconductor magnetic bearings

    DOEpatents

    Weinberger, Bernard R.

    1995-12-26

    A superconductor magnetic bearing includes a shaft (10) that is subject to a load (L) and rotatable around an axis of rotation, a magnet (12) mounted to the shaft, and a stator (14) in proximity to the shaft. The stator (14) has a superconductor thin film assembly (16) positioned to interact with the magnet (12) to produce a levitation force on the shaft (10) that supports the load (L). The thin film assembly (16) includes at least two superconductor thin films (18) and at least one substrate (20). Each thin film (18) is positioned on a substrate (20) and all the thin films are positioned such that an applied magnetic field from the magnet (12) passes through all the thin films. A similar bearing in which the thin film assembly (16) is mounted on the shaft (10) and the magnet (12) is part of the stator (14) also can be constructed.

  12. Thin film superconductor magnetic bearings

    SciTech Connect

    Weinberger, B.R.

    1995-12-26

    A superconductor magnetic bearing includes a shaft that is subject to a load (L) and rotatable around an axis of rotation, a magnet mounted to the shaft, and a stator in proximity to the shaft. The stator has a superconductor thin film assembly positioned to interact with the magnet to produce a levitation force on the shaft that supports the load (L). The thin film assembly includes at least two superconductor thin films and at least one substrate. Each thin film is positioned on a substrate and all the thin films are positioned such that an applied magnetic field from the magnet passes through all the thin films. A similar bearing in which the thin film assembly is mounted on the shaft and the magnet is part of the stator also can be constructed. 8 figs.

  13. Evaporated VOx Thin Films

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Stapinski, Tomasz; Leja, E.

    1989-03-01

    VOx thin films on glass were obtained by thermal evaporation of V205, powder. The structural investigations were carried out with the use of X-ray diffractometer. The electrical properties of the film were examined by means of temperature measurements of resistivity for the samples heat-treated in various conditions. Optical transmission and reflection spectra of VOX films of various composition showed the influence of the heat treatment.

  14. Thin, Lightweight Solar Cell

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Brandhorst, Henry W., Jr.; Weinberg, Irving

    1991-01-01

    Improved design for thin, lightweight solar photovoltaic cells with front contacts reduces degradation of electrical output under exposure to energetic charged particles (protons and electrons). Increases ability of cells to maintain structural integrity under exposure to ultraviolet radiation by eliminating ultraviolet-degradable adhesives used to retain cover glasses. Interdigitated front contacts and front junctions formed on semiconductor substrate. Mating contacts formed on back surface of cover glass. Cover glass and substrate electrostatically bonded together.

  15. Polycrystalline thin film photovoltaics

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Zweibel, K.; Ullal, H. S.; Mitchell, R. L.

    Significant progress has recently been made towards improving the efficiencies of polycrystalline thin-film solar cells and modules using CuInSe2 and CdTe. The history of using CuInSe2 and CdTe for solar cells is reviewed. Initial outdoor stability tests of modules are encouraging. Progress in semiconductor deposition techniques has also been substantial. Both CuInSe2 and CdTe are positioned for commercialization during the 1990s. The major participants in developing these materials are described. The US DOE/SERI (Solar Energy Research Institute) program recognizes the rapid progress and important potential of polycrystalline thin films to meet ambitious cost and performance goals. US DOE/SERI is in the process of funding an initiative in this area with the goal of ensuring US leadership in the development of these technologies. The polycrystalline thin-film module development initiative, the modeling and stability of the devices, and health and safety issues are discussed.

  16. Thin film scintillators

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    McDonald, Warren; McKinney, George; Tzolov, Marian

    2015-03-01

    Scintillating materials convert energy flux (particles or electromagnetic waves) into light with spectral characteristic matching a subsequent light detector. Commercial scintillators such as yttrium aluminum garnet (YAG) and yttrium aluminum perovskite (YAP) are commonly used. These are inefficient at lower energies due to the conductive coating present on their top surface, which is needed to avoid charging. We hypothesize that nano-structured thin film scintillators will outperform the commercial scintillators at low electron energies. We have developed alternative thin film scintillators, zinc tungstate and zinc oxide, which show promise for higher sensitivity to lower energy electrons since they are inherently conductive. Zinc tungstate films exhibit photoluminescence quantum efficiency of 74%. Cathodoluminescence spectroscopy was applied in transmission and reflection geometries. The comparison between the thin films and the YAG and YAP commercial scintillators shows much higher light output from the zinc tungstate and zinc oxide at electron energies less than 5 keV. Our films were integrated in a backscattered electron detector. This detector delivers better images than an identical detector with commercial YAG scintillator at low electron energies. Dr. Nicholas Barbi from PulseTor LLC, Dr. Anura Goonewardene, NSF Grants: #0806660, #1058829, #0923047.

  17. thin films as absorber

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    González, J. O.; Shaji, S.; Avellaneda, D.; Castillo, G. A.; Das Roy, T. K.; Krishnan, B.

    2014-09-01

    Photovoltaic structures were prepared using AgSb(S x Se1- x )2 as absorber and CdS as window layer at various conditions via a hybrid technique of chemical bath deposition and thermal evaporation followed by heat treatments. Silver antimony sulfo selenide thin films [AgSb(S x Se1- x )2] were prepared by heating multilayers of sequentially deposited Sb2S3/Ag dipped in Na2SeSO3 solution, glass/Sb2S3/Ag/Se. For this, Sb2S3 thin films were deposited from a chemical bath containing SbCl3 and Na2S2O3. Then, Ag thin films were thermally evaporated on glass/Sb2S3, followed by selenization by dipping in an acidic solution of Na2SeSO3. The duration of dipping was varied as 3, 4 and 5 h. Two different heat treatments, one at 350 °C for 20 min in vacuum followed by a post-heat treatment at 325 °C for 2 h in Ar, and the other at 350 °C for 1 h in Ar, were applied to the multilayers of different configurations. X-ray diffraction results showed the formation of AgSb(S x Se1- x )2 thin films as the primary phase and AgSb(S,Se)2 and Sb2S3 as secondary phases. Morphology and elemental detection were done by scanning electron microscopy and energy dispersive X-ray analysis. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopic studies showed the depthwise composition of the films. Optical properties were determined by UV-vis-IR transmittance and reflection spectral analysis. AgSb(S x Se1- x )2 formed at different conditions was incorporated in PV structures glass/FTO/CdS/AgSb(S x Se1- x )2/C/Ag. Chemically deposited post-annealed CdS thin films of various thicknesses were used as window layer. J- V characteristics of the cells were measured under dark and AM1.5 illumination. Analysis of the J- V characteristics resulted in the best solar cell parameters of V oc = 520 mV, J sc = 9.70 mA cm-2, FF = 0.50 and η = 2.7 %.

  18. Surface controlled reduction kinetics of nominally undoped polycrystalline CeO2.

    PubMed

    Knoblauch, Nicole; Dörrer, Lars; Fielitz, Peter; Schmücker, Martin; Borchardt, Günter

    2015-02-28

    Ceria is an interesting material for high temperature redox applications like solar-thermal splitting of CO2 and H2O. Technical implementation and reactor design for solar-thermal redox-based fuel generation requires reliable data for the chemical surface exchange coefficient and the chemical diffusivity of oxygen. The results of thermogravimetric relaxation experiments and equilibrium oxygen isotope exchange experiments with subsequent depth profiling analysis suggest that the reduction reaction of even dense samples of pure ceria (1 mm thickness, 93% of theoretical density) with a grain size of about 20 μm is surface reaction controlled. The chemical surface exchange coefficient exhibits a negative apparent activation energy (-64 kJ mol(-1)). This finding is corroborated by similar data from literature for the tracer surface exchange coefficient. The structure of the derived expression for the apparent activation energy further suggests that the chemical surface exchange coefficient should show only a very weak dependence on temperature for ceria doped with lower valence cations. PMID:25630597

  19. Characterization and ecological risk assessment of nanoparticulate CeO2 as a diesel fuel catalyst.

    PubMed

    Batley, Graeme E; Halliburton, Brendan; Kirby, Jason K; Doolette, Casey L; Navarro, Divina; McLaughlin, Mike J; Veitch, Colin

    2013-08-01

    Nanoparticulate cerium dioxide (nano-CeO2 ), when combusted as an additive to diesel fuel, was transformed from 6 nm to 14 nm sizes into particles near 43 nm, with no obvious change in the unit cell dimensions or crystalline form. Cerium sulfate, if formed during combustion, was below detection limits. Ceria nanoparticles were agglomerated within the soot matrix, with a mean aerodynamic diameter near 100 nm. The dissolution of cerium from the dried ceria catalyst in synthetic soft water was extremely small (<0.0006% or <0.2 µg Ce/L), with particles being highly agglomerated (<450 nm). Agglomeration was reduced in the presence of humic acid. In the combusted samples, soot was dominant, and the solubility of cerium in soft water showed an almost 100-fold increase in the <1 nm fraction compared to that before combustion. It appeared that the nano-CeO2 remained agglomerated within the soot matrix and would not be present as dispersed nanoparticles in aquatic or soil environments. Despite the increased dissolution, the solubility was not sufficient for the combusted ceria to represent a risk in aquatic ecosystems. The predicted environmental concentrations were still orders of magnitude below the predicted no effects concentration of near 1 mg/L. In the soil environment, any cerium released from soot materials would interact with natural colloids, decreasing cerium concentrations in soil solutions and further minimizing the potential risk to soil organisms. PMID:23595783

  20. SESAME 96171, a three-phase equation of state for CeO2

    SciTech Connect

    Chisolm, Eric D.; Day, Christy M.

    2014-06-25

    We describe an equation of state (EOS) for cerium (IV) oxide, CeO2, that includes two solid phases and the liquid. The models and parameters used to calculate the EOS are presented in detail, and we compare with data for both crystal phases and ambient melt. We discuss complications that arise when making multiphase EOS.

  1. Highly uniform CeO2 hierarchical microstructures: Facile synthesis and catalytic activity evaluation

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Wang, Lei; Zhang, Lin-Fei; Zhong, Sheng-Liang; Xu, An-Wu

    2012-12-01

    Highly uniform pancake-like CeOHCO3 hierarchical microstructures have been successfully prepared by a simple gelatin-assisted mixed-solvothermal route. Ceria hierarchical microstructures with similar morphology were obtained after thermal treatment of the CeOHCO3 hierarchical microstructures at 700 °C for 4 h. The CeOHCO3 microstructures can be selectively obtained by varying the composition of solvent, concentration of gelatin and triethylenetetramine (TETA). The as-prepared products were characterized by X-ray powder diffraction (XRD), Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), scanning electronic microscope (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), high-resolution TEM (HRTEM) and selected area electron diffraction (SAED). The possible formation process of the CeOHCO3 microstructures was briefly discussed. Gold coated ceria microstructures were also prepared which show excellent catalytic activity in the conversion of carbon monoxide, the T50 and T90 are at 240 °C and 300 °C, respectively.

  2. Trapping and diffusion of fission products in ThO2 and CeO2

    SciTech Connect

    Xiao, Haiyan; Zhang, Yanwen; Weber, William J

    2011-01-01

    The trapping and diffusion of Br, Rb, Cs and Xe in ThO2 and CeO{sub 2} have been studied using an Ab Initio total energy method in the local-density approximation of density functional theory. Fission products incorporated in cation mono-vacancy, cation-anion di-vacancy and Schottky defect sites are found to be stable, with the cation mono-vacancy being the preferred site in most cases. In both oxides, Rb and Cs are the most likely to be trapped, and Xe is more difficult to incorporate than other fission products. The energy barriers for migration of each species in ThO{sub 2} and CeO{sub 2} are also calculated. Alkali metals are relatively more mobile than other fission products, and bromine is the least mobile.

  3. SESAME 96170, a solid-liquid equation of state for CeO2

    SciTech Connect

    Chisolm, Eric D.

    2014-05-02

    I describe an equation of state (EOS) for the low-pressure solid phase and liquid phase of cerium (IV) oxide, CeO2. The models and parameters used to calculate the EOS are presented in detail, and I compare with data for the full-density crystal. Hugoniot data are available only for high-porosity powders, and I discuss difficulties in comparing with such data. I have constructed SESAME 96170, an EOS for cerium (IV) oxide that includes the ambient solid and liquid phases. The EOS extends over the full standard SESAME range, but should not be used at low temperatures and high densities because of the lack of a high-pressure solid phase. I have described the models used to compute the three terms of the EOS (cold curve, nuclear, and thermal electronic), and I have given the parameters used in the models. They were determined by comparison with experimental data at P = 1 atm, including the constant-pressure specific heat, coefficient of thermal expansion, and melting and boiling points. The EOS compares well with data in its intended range of validity, but the presence of high-frequency optical modes in its phonon spectrum limits the agreement of our models with thermal data. The next step is to construct a multiphase EOS that includes the low- and high-pressure solid phases and the liquid. The DAC data from Duclos will most strongly constrain the parameters of the high-pressure solid. A remaining issue is the comparison of the crystal-density EOS with experimental Hugoniot data, which are taken at much lower initial data because the samples are porous powders. A satisfactory means of modeling porosity, allowing comparison of theory and experiment, has not yet been produced.

  4. Structure and Reactivity of Alkyl Ethers Adsorbed on CeO(2)(111) Model Catalysts

    SciTech Connect

    Calaza, Florencia C; Chen, Tsung-Liang; Mullins, David R; Overbury, Steven {Steve} H

    2011-01-01

    The effect of surface hydroxyls on the adsorption of ether on ceria was explored. Adsorption of dimethyl ether (DME) and diethyl ether (DEE) on oxidized and reduced CeO{sub 2}(111) films was studied and compared with Ru(0001) using RAIRS and sXPS within a UHV environment. On Ru(0001) the ethers adsorb weakly with the molecular plane close to parallel to the surface plane. On the ceria films, the adsorption of the ethers was stronger than on the metal surface, presumably due to stronger interaction of the ether oxygen lone pair electrons with a cerium cation. This interaction causes the ethers to tilt away from the surface plane compared to the Ru(0001) surface. No pronounced differences were found between oxidized (CeO{sub 2}) and reduced (CeOx) films. The adsorption of the ethers was found to be perturbed by the presence of OH groups on hydroxylated CeOx. In the case of DEE, the geometry of adsorption resembles that found on Ru, and in the case of dimethyl ether DME is in between that one found on clean CeOx and the metal surface. Decomposition of the DEE was observed on the OH/CeOx surface following high DEE exposure at 300 K and higher temperatures. Ethoxides and acetates were identified as adsorbed species on the surface by means of RAIRS and ethoxides and formates by s-XPS. No decomposition of dimethyl ether was observed on the OH/CeOx at these higher temperatures, implying that the dissociation of the C-O bond from ethers requires the presence of {beta}-hydrogen.

  5. Structure and Reactivity of Alkyl Ethers Adsorbed on CeO2(111) Model Catalysts

    SciTech Connect

    F Calaza; T Chen; D Mullins; S Overbury

    2011-12-31

    The effect of surface hydroxyls on the adsorption of ether on ceria was explored. Adsorption of dimethyl ether (DME) and diethyl ether (DEE) on oxidized and reduced CeO{sub 2}(111) films was studied and compared with Ru(0001) using RAIRS and sXPS within a UHV environment. On Ru(0001) the ethers adsorb weakly with the molecular plane close to parallel to the surface plane. On the ceria films, the adsorption of the ethers was stronger than on the metal surface, presumably due to stronger interaction of the ether oxygen lone pair electrons with a cerium cation. This interaction causes the ethers to tilt away from the surface plane compared to the Ru(0001) surface. No pronounced differences were found between oxidized (CeO{sub 2}) and reduced (CeOx) films. The adsorption of the ethers was found to be perturbed by the presence of OH groups on hydroxylated CeOx. In the case of DEE, the geometry of adsorption resembles that found on Ru, and in the case of dimethyl ether DME is in between that one found on clean CeOx and the metal surface. Decomposition of the DEE was observed on the OH/CeOx surface following high DEE exposure at 300 K and higher temperatures. Ethoxides and acetates were identified as adsorbed species on the surface by means of RAIRS and ethoxides and formates by s-XPS. No decomposition of dimethyl ether was observed on the OH/CeOx at these higher temperatures, implying that the dissociation of the C-O bond from ethers requires the presence of {beta}-hydrogen.

  6. Polyvinyl alcohol-induced low temperature synthesis of CeO 2-based powders

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Ma, Jianjun; Jiang, Cairong; Zhou, Xiaoliang; Meng, Guangyao; Liu, Xingqin

    Ce 0.8Sm 0.2O 1.9 (SDC) powders have been synthesized by a combustion method with polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) as the fuel and nitrate as oxidizer. A calcination temperature of 350 °C was found to be sufficient for the formation of pure SDC powders. The cell parameters were calculated using the peak positions determined from the XRD patterns, and it was found that stoichiometric SDC powder could be obtained only when stoichiometric PVA fuel contents were used. The as-prepared SDC pellets exhibited 98% of the theoretical density sintered at 1300 °C. This shows that the SDC powders obtained by this combustion method have excellent sintering properties, which can densified at a relatively low sintering temperature. The powders made by this method, due to its high conductivity of 0.033 S cm -1 at 700 °C, are suitable for intermediate temperature solid oxide fuel cells (IT-SOFCs).

  7. On the theory of thin and thin-walled rods

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Dzhanelidze, G Y

    1951-01-01

    Through the work of V. Z. Vlasov a theory of thin-walled rods has been established that is widely applicable in practice. This theory was extended by A. A. Umanski to thin-walled rods of closed profile section. The authors based their work on the concepts of the modern theory of shells. An attempt is made herein to construct a theory of thin-walled rods including the classical theory of deformation of thin rods by making use of a kinematic assumption.

  8. Carbon thin film thermometry

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Collier, R. S.; Sparks, L. L.; Strobridge, T. R.

    1973-01-01

    The work concerning carbon thin film thermometry is reported. Optimum film deposition parameters were sought on an empirical basis for maximum stability of the films. One hundred films were fabricated for use at the Marshall Space Flight Center; 10 of these films were given a precise quasi-continuous calibration of temperature vs. resistance with 22 intervals between 5 and 80 K using primary platinum and germanium thermometers. Sensitivity curves were established and the remaining 90 films were given a three point calibration and fitted to the established sensitivity curves. Hydrogen gas-liquid discrimination set points are given for each film.

  9. Method for thinning specimen

    DOEpatents

    Follstaedt, David M.; Moran, Michael P.

    2005-03-15

    A method for thinning (such as in grinding and polishing) a material surface using an instrument means for moving an article with a discontinuous surface with an abrasive material dispersed between the material surface and the discontinuous surface where the discontinuous surface of the moving article provides an efficient means for maintaining contact of the abrasive with the material surface. When used to dimple specimens for microscopy analysis, a wheel with a surface that has been modified to produce a uniform or random discontinuous surface significantly improves the speed of the dimpling process without loss of quality of finish.

  10. Ureilite Thin Section Preparation

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Harrington, R.; Righter, K.

    2014-01-01

    Preparing thin and thick sections of ureilite type meteorites is a challenge that can confound even the most experienced section preparer. A common characteristic of these samples is the presence of carbon phases, particularly nanodiamonds, in the matrix along silicate grain boundaries, fractures, and cleavage plains [1]. The extreme hardness of the nanodiamonds presents a challenge to the section preparer in the form of high surface relief on the section. This hard material also causes considerable wear and tear on equipment and materials that are used for making the sections. These issues will be discussed and potentially helpful measures will be presented.

  11. Polycrystalline thin-films

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Zweibel, K.; Mitchell, R.

    1986-02-01

    This annual report summarizes the status, accomplishments, and projected future research directions of the Polycrystalline Thin Film Task in the Photovoltaic Program Branch of the Solar Energy Research Institute's Solar Electric Research Division. Major subcontracted work in this area has concentrated on development of CuInSe2 and CdTe technologies. During FY 1985, major progress was achieved by subcontractors in: (1) developing a new, low-cost method of fabricating CuInSe2, and (2) improving the efficiency of CuInSe2 devices by about 10% (relative). The report also lists research planned to meet the Department of Energy's goals in these technologies.

  12. Thin film hydrogen sensor

    DOEpatents

    Lauf, Robert J.; Hoffheins, Barbara S.; Fleming, Pamela H.

    1994-01-01

    A hydrogen sensor element comprises an essentially inert, electrically-insulating substrate having a thin-film metallization deposited thereon which forms at least two resistors on the substrate. The metallization comprises a layer of Pd or a Pd alloy for sensing hydrogen and an underlying intermediate metal layer for providing enhanced adhesion of the metallization to the substrate. An essentially inert, electrically insulating, hydrogen impermeable passivation layer covers at least one of the resistors, and at least one of the resistors is left uncovered. The difference in electrical resistances of the covered resistor and the uncovered resistor is related to hydrogen concentration in a gas to which the sensor element is exposed.

  13. Polycrystalline thin film photovoltaic technology

    SciTech Connect

    Ullal, H.S.; Zweibel, K.; Mitchell, R.L.; Noufi, R.

    1991-03-01

    Low-cost, high-efficiency thin-film modules are an exciting photovoltaic technology option for generating cost-effective electricity in 1995 and beyond. In this paper we review the significant technical progress made in the following thin films: copper indium diselenide, cadmium telluride, and polycrystalline thin silicon films. Also, the recent US DOE/SERI initiative to commercialize these emerging technologies is discussed. 6 refs., 9 figs.

  14. Thin-Film Power Transformers

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Katti, Romney R.

    1995-01-01

    Transformer core made of thin layers of insulating material interspersed with thin layers of ferromagnetic material. Flux-linking conductors made of thinner nonferromagnetic-conductor/insulator multilayers wrapped around core. Transformers have geometric features finer than those of transformers made in customary way by machining and mechanical pressing. In addition, some thin-film materials exhibit magnetic-flux-carrying capabilities superior to those of customary bulk transformer materials. Suitable for low-cost, high-yield mass production.

  15. Center for thin film studies

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Shannon, Robert P.; Gibson, Ursula J.

    1987-11-01

    This report covers the first year of operation of the URI Thin Film Center (TFC), and describes a diverse array of studies on thin-film materials, substrates, and their processing and analysis. Individual efforts are highlighted in sections on nucleation studies, ion-assisted deposition, Rutherford backscattering spectrometry, Brillouin scattering, a continuum theory of the evolution of structure in thin films, a study of polishing parameters relevant to the preparation of substrates, and the setup of a characterization facility for the Center.

  16. Thin-film microextraction.

    PubMed

    Bruheim, Inge; Liu, Xiaochuan; Pawliszyn, Janusz

    2003-02-15

    The properties of a thin sheet of poly(dimethylsiloxane) (PDMS) membrane as an extraction phase were examined and compared to solid-phase microextraction (SPME) PDMS-coated fiber for application to semivolatile analytes in direct and headspace modes. This new PDMS extraction approach showed much higher extraction rates because of the larger surface area to extraction-phase volume ratio of the thin film. Unlike the coated rod formats of SPME using thick coatings, the high extraction rate of the membrane SPME technique allows larger amounts of analytes to be extracted within a short period of time. Therefore, higher extraction efficiency and sensitivity can be achieved without sacrificing analysis time. In direct membrane SPME extraction, a linear relationship was found between the initial rate of extraction and the surface area of the extraction phase. However, for headspace extraction, the rates were somewhat lower because of the resistance to analyte transport at the sample matrix/headspace barrier. It was found that the effect of this barrier could be reduced by increasing either agitation, temperature, or surface area of the sample matrix/headspace interface. A method for the determination of PAHs in spiked lake water samples was developed based on the membrane PDMS extraction coupled with GC/MS. A linearity of 0.9960 and detection limits in the low-ppt level were found. The reproducibility was found to vary from 2.8% to 10.7%. PMID:12622398

  17. The thin eggshell problem

    USGS Publications Warehouse

    Stickel, L.F.; Rhodes, L.I.

    1970-01-01

    It has long been known that DDT and related chemicals can impair the reproduction of birds. In early years of organochlorine pesticide use, widespread mortality occurred immediately following heavy applications of these chemicals, and survivors contained substantial amounts of toxicant in their tissues. Repopulation from untreated areas tended to conceal the extent of the effects. DDT and dieldrin have become ubiquitous and the original source of the chemicals producing bird deaths often cannot be traced. The extent of sublethal effects cannot be fully appraised, although laboratory experiments continually reveal new and potentially deleterious physiological reactions. Thin eggshells have become prevalent among certain declining species of predatory birds. Shell thinning and associated reproductive effects have been produced experimentally in mallard ducks and in sparrow hawks. Coturnix quail fed dietary dosages of p,p'-DDT produced fewer eggs than did untreated birds and the eggs had thinner shells. Hatchability was not significantly altered. Comparisons between these results and those obtained in other studies indicate significant species differences.

  18. Cortical thinning in psychopathy

    PubMed Central

    Ly, Martina; Motzkin, Julian C.; Philippi, Carissa L.; Kirk, Gregory R.; Newman, Joseph P.; Kiehl, Kent A.; Koenigs, Michael

    2013-01-01

    Objective Psychopathy is a personality disorder associated with severely antisocial behavior and a host of cognitive and affective deficits. The neuropathological basis of the disorder has not been clearly established. Cortical thickness is a sensitive measure of brain structure that has been used to identify neurobiological abnormalities in a number of psychiatric disorders. The purpose of this study is to evaluate cortical thickness and corresponding functional connectivity in criminal psychopaths. Method Using T1 MRI data, we computed cortical thickness maps in a sample of adult male prison inmates selected based on psychopathy diagnosis (n=21 psychopathic inmates, n=31 non-psychopathic inmates). Using rest-fMRI data from a subset of these inmates (n=20 psychopathic inmates, n=20 non-psychopathic inmates), we then computed functional connectivity within networks exhibiting significant thinning among psychopaths. Results Relative to non-psychopaths, psychopaths exhibited significantly thinner cortex in a number of regions, including left insula and dorsal anterior cingulate cortex, bilateral precentral gyrus, bilateral anterior temporal cortex, and right inferior frontal gyrus. These neurostructural differences were not due to differences in age, IQ, or substance abuse. Psychopaths also exhibited a corresponding reduction in functional connectivity between left insula and left dorsal anterior cingulate cortex. Conclusions Psychopathy is associated with a distinct pattern of cortical thinning and reduced functional connectivity. PMID:22581200

  19. Thin film mechanics

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    Cooper, Ryan C.

    This doctoral thesis details the methods of determining mechanical properties of two classes of novel thin films suspended two-dimensional crystals and electron beam irradiated microfilms of polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS). Thin films are used in a variety of surface coatings to alter the opto-electronic properties or increase the wear or corrosion resistance and are ideal for micro- and nanoelectromechanical system fabrication. One of the challenges in fabricating thin films is the introduction of strains which can arise due to application techniques, geometrical conformation, or other spurious conditions. Chapters 2-4 focus on two dimensional materials. This is the intrinsic limit of thin films-being constrained to one atomic or molecular unit of thickness. These materials have mechanical, electrical, and optical properties ideal for micro- and nanoelectromechanical systems with truly novel device functionality. As such, the breadth of applications that can benefit from a treatise on two dimensional film mechanics is reason enough for exploration. This study explores the anomylously high strength of two dimensional materials. Furthermore, this work also aims to bridge four main gaps in the understanding of material science: bridging the gap between ab initio calculations and finite element analysis, bridging the gap between ab initio calculations and experimental results, nanoscale to microscale, and microscale to mesoscale. A nonlinear elasticity model is used to determine the necessary elastic constants to define the strain-energy density function for finite strain. Then, ab initio calculations-density functional theory-is used to calculate the nonlinear elastic response. Chapter 2 focuses on validating this methodology with atomic force microscope nanoindentation on molybdenum disulfide. Chapter 3 explores the convergence criteria of three density functional theory solvers to further verify the numerical calculations. Chapter 4 then uses this model to investigate

  20. Thin film atomic hydrogen detectors

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    Gruber, C. L.

    1977-01-01

    Thin film and bead thermistor atomic surface recombination hydrogen detectors were investigated both experimentally and theoretically. Devices were constructed on a thin Mylar film substrate. Using suitable Wheatstone bridge techniques sensitivities of 80 microvolts/2x10 to the 13th power atoms/sec are attainable with response time constants on the order of 5 seconds.

  1. Polysilicon thin films and interfaces

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    Kamins, T. ); Raicu, B. ); Thompson, C.V. )

    1990-01-01

    This volume contains the proceedings of a symposium on polysilicon thin films and interfaces, held as part of the 1990 Materials Research Society Spring Meeting. Topics covered include: crystal grown fo silicon and germanium wafers for photovoltaic devices, microanalysis of tungsten silicide interface, thermal processing of polysilicon thin films, and electrical and optical properties of polysilicon sheets for photovoltaic devices.

  2. Thin film ion conducting coating

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    Goldner, Ronald B.; Haas, Terry; Wong, Kwok-Keung; Seward, George

    1989-01-01

    Durable thin film ion conducting coatings are formed on a transparent glass substrate by the controlled deposition of the mixed oxides of lithium:tantalum or lithium:niobium. The coatings provide durable ion transport sources for thin film solid state storage batteries and electrochromic energy conservation devices.

  3. Thin wire pointing method

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    Green, G.; Mattauch, R. J. (Inventor)

    1983-01-01

    A method is described for forming sharp tips on thin wires, in particular phosphor bronze wires of diameters such as one-thousandth inch used to contact micron size Schottky barrier diodes, which enables close control of tip shape and which avoids the use of highly toxic solutions. The method includes dipping an end of a phosphor bronze wire into a dilute solution of sulfamic acid and applying a current through the wire to electrochemically etch it. The humidity in the room is controlled to a level of less than 50%, and the voltage applied between the wire and another electrode in the solutions is a half wave rectified voltage. The current through the wire is monitored, and the process is stopped when the current falls to a predetermined low level.

  4. Polycrystalline thin films

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    Zweibel, K.; Mitchell, R.; Ullal, H.

    1987-02-01

    This annual report for fiscal year 1986 summarizes the status, accomplishments, and projected future research directions of the Polycrystalline Thin Film Task in the Photovoltaic Program Branch of the Solar Energy Research Institute's Solar Electric Research Division. Subcontracted work in this area has concentrated on the development of CuInSe2 and CdTe technologies. During FY 1986, major progress was achieved by subcontractors in (1) achieving 10.5% (SERI-verified) efficiency with CdTe, (2) improving the efficiency of selenized CuInSe2 solar cells to nearly 8%, and (3) developing a transparent contact to CdTe cells for potential use in the top cells of tandem structures.

  5. Polyimide Aerogel Thin Films

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    Meador, Mary Ann; Guo, Haiquan

    2012-01-01

    Polyimide aerogels have been crosslinked through multifunctional amines. This invention builds on "Polyimide Aerogels With Three-Dimensional Cross-Linked Structure," and may be considered as a continuation of that invention, which results in a polyimide aerogel with a flexible, formable form. Gels formed from polyamic acid solutions, end-capped with anhydrides, and cross-linked with the multifunctional amines, are chemically imidized and dried using supercritical CO2 extraction to give aerogels having density around 0.1 to 0.3 g/cubic cm. The aerogels are 80 to 95% porous, and have high surface areas (200 to 600 sq m/g) and low thermal conductivity (as low as 14 mW/m-K at room temperature). Notably, the cross-linked polyimide aerogels have higher modulus than polymer-reinforced silica aerogels of similar density, and can be fabricated as both monoliths and thin films.

  6. Selective inorganic thin films

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    Phillips, M.L.F.; Weisenbach, L.A.; Anderson, M.T.

    1995-05-01

    This project is developing inorganic thin films as membranes for gas separation applications, and as discriminating coatings for liquid-phase chemical sensors. Our goal is to synthesize these coatings with tailored porosity and surface chemistry on porous substrates and on acoustic and optical sensors. Molecular sieve films offer the possibility of performing separations involving hydrogen, air, and natural gas constituents at elevated temperatures with very high separation factors. We are focusing on improving permeability and molecular sieve properties of crystalline zeolitic membranes made by hydrothermally reacting layered multicomponent sol-gel films deposited on mesoporous substrates. We also used acoustic plate mode (APM) oscillator and surface plasmon resonance (SPR) sensor elements as substrates for sol-gel films, and have both used these modified sensors to determine physical properties of the films and have determined the sensitivity and selectivity of these sensors to aqueous chemical species.

  7. Ferromagnetic thin films

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    Krishnan, Kannan M.

    1994-01-01

    A ferromagnetic .delta.-Mn.sub.1-x Ga.sub.x thin film having perpendicular anisotropy is described which comprises: (a) a GaAs substrate, (b) a layer of undoped GaAs overlying said substrate and bonded thereto having a thickness ranging from about 50 to about 100 nanometers, (c) a layer of .delta.-Mn.sub.1-x Ga.sub.x overlying said layer of undoped GaAs and bonded thereto having a thickness ranging from about 20 to about 30 nanometers, and (d) a layer of GaAs overlying said layer of .delta.-Mn.sub.1-x Ga.sub.x and bonded thereto having a thickness ranging from about 2 to about 5 nanometers, wherein x is 0.4 .+-.0.05.

  8. Ferromagnetic thin films

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    Krishnan, K.M.

    1994-12-20

    A ferromagnetic [delta]-Mn[sub 1[minus]x]Ga[sub x] thin film having perpendicular anisotropy is described which comprises: (a) a GaAs substrate, (b) a layer of undoped GaAs overlying said substrate and bonded thereto having a thickness ranging from about 50 to about 100 nanometers, (c) a layer of [delta]-Mn[sub 1[minus]x]Ga[sub x] overlying said layer of undoped GaAs and bonded thereto having a thickness ranging from about 20 to about 30 nanometers, and (d) a layer of GaAs overlying said layer of [delta]-Mn[sub 1[minus]x]Ga[sub x] and bonded thereto having a thickness ranging from about 2 to about 5 nanometers, wherein x is 0.4[+-]0.05. 7 figures.

  9. Nonlinear optical thin films

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    Leslie, Thomas M.

    1993-01-01

    A focused approach to development and evaluation of organic polymer films for use in optoelectronics is presented. The issues and challenges that are addressed include: (1) material synthesis, purification, and the tailoring of the material properties; (2) deposition of uniform thin films by a variety of methods; (3) characterization of material physical properties (thermal, electrical, optical, and electro-optical); and (4) device fabrication and testing. Photonic materials, devices, and systems were identified as critical technology areas by the Department of Commerce and the Department of Defense. This approach offers strong integration of basic material issues through engineering applications by the development of materials that can be exploited as the active unit in a variety of polymeric thin film devices. Improved materials were developed with unprecedented purity and stability. The absorptive properties can be tailored and controlled to provide significant improvement in propagation losses and nonlinear performance. Furthermore, the materials were incorporated into polymers that are highly compatible with fabrication and patterning processes for integrated optical devices and circuits. By simultaneously addressing the issues of materials development and characterization, keeping device design and fabrication in mind, many obstacles were overcome for implementation of these polymeric materials and devices into systems. We intend to considerably improve the upper use temperature, poling stability, and compatibility with silicon based devices. The principal device application that was targeted is a linear electro-optic modulation etalon. Organic polymers need to be properly designed and coupled with existing integrated circuit technology to create new photonic devices for optical communication, image processing, other laser applications such as harmonic generation, and eventually optical computing. The progression from microscopic sample to a suitable film

  10. Microwave resonant technique in studies of photodielectric properties of bulk, thin film and nanoparticle materials

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    Pavlov, V. V.; Rakhmatullin, R. M.; Cefalas, A. C.; Semashko, V. V.

    2016-06-01

    An enhanced contactless microwave technique allows us to study the photoconductivity of materials. The transient response of the complex permittivity of matter (ε ={ε1}-j{ε2} ) under optical irradiation is measured with nanosecond time resolution. The main advantage of the novel methodology is the elimination of the polarization effect in evaluating photoconductivity. The potential of the methodology was demonstrated by photoconductivity measurements in Si [1 0 0] crystal, CeO2 nanocrystalline powder and Ce-doped LiYF4 single crystal. The variations of complex permittivity (δ {ε1} and δ {ε2} ) of Si [1 0 0] crystal, CeO2 nanocrystalline powder and Ce-doped LiYF4 single crystal under optical irradiation was measured and accurate values for crystalline band gaps were extracted. Finally, quantum confinement effects were observed in nano-size crystalline powders.

  11. Microstructure of YBCO thin films prepared by TFA-MOD method

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    Nagino, I.; Matsumoto, K.; Adachi, H.; Miyata, S.; Yoshizumi, M.; Izumi, T.; Shiohara, Y.

    2010-11-01

    The microstructure of the recently developed coated conductors was investigated by using electron back scatter diffraction pattern (EBSP). We prepared TFA (trifluoroacetates)-MOD (metal organic deposition) derived YBa 2Cu 3O 7-x (YBCO) films on CeO 2/LaMnO 3/IBAD-MgO/Gd 2Zr 2O 7/Hastelloy C276 substrates of 1 cm-width. The EBSP observation showed that there was a difference of surface microstructure between the midsection and the end of TFA-MOD YBCO film layer in the direction of width. This is attributed not to the local difference of the biaxial texture of CeO 2 top layer but to the local difference of growth condition during TFA-MOD process.

  12. Host thin films incorporating nanoparticles

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    Qureshi, Uzma

    The focus of this research project was the investigation of the functional properties of thin films that incorporate a secondary nanoparticulate phase. In particular to assess if the secondary nanoparticulate material enhanced a functional property of the coating on glass. In order to achieve this, new thin film deposition methods were developed, namely use of nanopowder precursors, an aerosol assisted transport technique and an aerosol into atmospheric pressure chemical vapour deposition system. Aerosol assisted chemical vapour deposition (AACVD) was used to deposit 8 series of thin films on glass. Five different nanoparticles silver, gold, ceria, tungsten oxide and zinc oxide were tested and shown to successfully deposit thin films incorporating nanoparticles within a host matrix. Silver nanoparticles were synthesised and doped within a titania film by AACVD. This improved solar control properties. A unique aerosol assisted chemical vapour deposition (AACVD) into atmospheric pressure chemical vapour deposition (APCVD) system was used to deposit films of Au nanoparticles and thin films of gold nanoparticles incorporated within a host titania matrix. Incorporation of high refractive index contrast metal oxide particles within a host film altered the film colour. The key goal was to test the potential of nanopowder forms and transfer the suspended nanopowder via an aerosol to a substrate in order to deposit a thin film. Discrete tungsten oxide nanoparticles or ceria nanoparticles within a titanium dioxide thin film enhanced the self-cleaning and photo-induced super-hydrophilicity. The nanopowder precursor study was extended by deposition of zinc oxide thin films incorporating Au nanoparticles and also ZnO films deposited from a ZnO nanopowder precursor. Incorporation of Au nanoparticles within a VO: host matrix improved the thermochromic response, optical and colour properties. Composite VC/TiC and Au nanoparticle/V02/Ti02 thin films displayed three useful

  13. Learning unit: Thin lenses

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    Nita, L.-S.

    2012-04-01

    Learning unit: Thin lenses "Why objects seen through lenses are sometimes upright and sometimes reversed" Nita Laura Simona National College of Arts and Crafts "Constantin Brancusi", Craiova, Romania 1. GEOMETRIC OPTICS. 13 hours Introduction (models, axioms, principles, conventions) 1. Thin lenses (Types of lenses. Defining elements. Path of light rays through lenses. Image formation. Required physical quantities. Lens formulas). 2. Lens systems (Non-collated lenses. Focalless systems). 3. Human eye (Functioning as an optical system. Sight defects and their corrections). 4. Optical instruments (Characteristics exemplified by a magnifying glass. Paths of light rays through a simplified photo camera. Path of light rays through a classical microscope) (Physics curriculum for the IXth grade/ 2011). This scenario exposes a learning unit based on experimental sequences (defining specific competencies), as a succession of lessons started by noticing a problem whose solution assumes the setup of an experiment under laboratory conditions. Progressive learning of theme objectives are realised with sequential experimental steps. The central cognitive process is the induction or the generalization (development of new knowledge based on observation of examples or counterexamples of the concept to be learnt). Pupil interest in theme objectives is triggered by problem-situations, for example: "In order to better see small objects I need a magnifying glass. But when using a magnifier, small object images are sometimes seen upright and sometimes seen reversed!" Along the way, pupils' reasoning will converge to the idea: "The image of an object through a lens depends on the relative distances among object, lens, and observer". Associated learning model: EXPERIMENT Specific competencies: derived from the experiment model, in agreement with the following learning unit steps I. Evoking - Anticipation: Size of the problem, formulation of hypotheses and planning of experiment. II

  14. Chiral atomically thin films

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    Kim, Cheol-Joo; Sánchez-Castillo, A.; Ziegler, Zack; Ogawa, Yui; Noguez, Cecilia; Park, Jiwoong

    2016-06-01

    Chiral materials possess left- and right-handed counterparts linked by mirror symmetry. These materials are useful for advanced applications in polarization optics, stereochemistry and spintronics. In particular, the realization of spatially uniform chiral films with atomic-scale control of their handedness could provide a powerful means for developing nanodevices with novel chiral properties. However, previous approaches based on natural or grown films, or arrays of fabricated building blocks, could not offer a direct means to program intrinsic chiral properties of the film on the atomic scale. Here, we report a chiral stacking approach, where two-dimensional materials are positioned layer-by-layer with precise control of the interlayer rotation (θ) and polarity, resulting in tunable chiral properties of the final stack. Using this method, we produce left- and right-handed bilayer graphene, that is, a two-atom-thick chiral film. The film displays one of the highest intrinsic ellipticity values (6.5 deg μm–1) ever reported, and a remarkably strong circular dichroism (CD) with the peak energy and sign tuned by θ and polarity. We show that these chiral properties originate from the large in-plane magnetic moment associated with the interlayer optical transition. Furthermore, we show that we can program the chiral properties of atomically thin films layer-by-layer by producing three-layer graphene films with structurally controlled CD spectra.

  15. Chiral atomically thin films.

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    Kim, Cheol-Joo; Sánchez-Castillo, A; Ziegler, Zack; Ogawa, Yui; Noguez, Cecilia; Park, Jiwoong

    2016-06-01

    Chiral materials possess left- and right-handed counterparts linked by mirror symmetry. These materials are useful for advanced applications in polarization optics, stereochemistry and spintronics. In particular, the realization of spatially uniform chiral films with atomic-scale control of their handedness could provide a powerful means for developing nanodevices with novel chiral properties. However, previous approaches based on natural or grown films, or arrays of fabricated building blocks, could not offer a direct means to program intrinsic chiral properties of the film on the atomic scale. Here, we report a chiral stacking approach, where two-dimensional materials are positioned layer-by-layer with precise control of the interlayer rotation (θ) and polarity, resulting in tunable chiral properties of the final stack. Using this method, we produce left- and right-handed bilayer graphene, that is, a two-atom-thick chiral film. The film displays one of the highest intrinsic ellipticity values (6.5 deg μm(-1)) ever reported, and a remarkably strong circular dichroism (CD) with the peak energy and sign tuned by θ and polarity. We show that these chiral properties originate from the large in-plane magnetic moment associated with the interlayer optical transition. Furthermore, we show that we can program the chiral properties of atomically thin films layer-by-layer by producing three-layer graphene films with structurally controlled CD spectra. PMID:26900756

  16. Interference Colors in Thin Films.

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    Armstrong, H. L.

    1979-01-01

    Explains interference colors in thin films as being due to the removal, or considerable reduction, of a certain color by destructive inteference that results in the complementary color being seen. (GA)

  17. Thin, Flexible IMM Solar Array

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    Walmsley, Nicholas

    2015-01-01

    NASA needs solar arrays that are thin, flexible, and highly efficient; package compactly for launch; and deploy into large, structurally stable high-power generators. Inverted metamorphic multijunction (IMM) solar cells can enable these arrays, but integration of this thin crystalline cell technology presents certain challenges. The Thin Hybrid Interconnected Solar Array (THINS) technology allows robust and reliable integration of IMM cells into a flexible blanket comprising standardized modules engineered for easy production. The modules support the IMM cell by using multifunctional materials for structural stability, shielding, coefficient of thermal expansion (CTE) stress relief, and integrated thermal and electrical functions. The design approach includes total encapsulation, which benefits high voltage as well as electrostatic performance.

  18. Thin EFG octagons

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    Kalejs, J. P.

    1994-01-01

    Mobil Solar Energy Corporation currently practices a unique crystal growth technology for producing crystalline silicon sheet, which is then cut with lasers into wafers. The wafers are processed into solar cells and incorporated into modules for photovoltaic applications. The silicon sheet is produced using a method known as Edge-defined Film-fed growth (EFG), in the form of hollow eight-sided polygons (octagons) with 10 cm faces. These are grown to lengths of 5 meters and thickness of 300 microns, with continuous melt replenishment, in compact furnaces designed to operate at a high sheet area production area of 135 sq cm/min. The present Photovoltaic Manufacturing Technology (PVMaT) three-year program seeks to advance the manufacturing line capabilities of the Mobil Solar crystal growth and cutting technologies. If successful, these advancements will provide significant reductions in already low silicon raw material usage, improve process productivity, laser cutting throughput and yield, and so lower both individual wafer cost and the cost of module production. This report summarizes the significant technical improvements in EFG technology achieved in Phase 1 of this program. Technical results are reported for each of the three main program areas: (1) thin octagon growth (crystal growth) -- to reduce the thickness of the octagon to an interim goal of 250 microns during Phase 1, with an ultimate goal of achieving 200 micron thicknesses; (2) laser cutting -- to improve the laser cutting process, so as to produce wafers with decreased laser cutting damage at increased wafer throughput rates; and (3) process control and product specification -- to implement advanced strategies in crystal growth process control and productivity designed to increase wafer yields.

  19. Thin film cell development workshop report

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    Woodyard, James R.

    1991-01-01

    The Thin Film Development Workshop provided an opportunity for those interested in space applications of thin film cells to debate several topics. The unique characteristics of thin film cells as well as a number of other issues were covered during the discussions. The potential of thin film cells, key research and development issues, manufacturing issues, radiation damage, substrates, and space qualification of thin film cells were discussed.

  20. Recovery Act : Near-Single-Crystalline Photovoltaic Thin Films on Polycrystalline, Flexible Substrates

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    Venkat Selvamanickam; Alex Freundlich

    2010-11-29

    III-V photovoltaics have exhibited efficiencies above 40%, but have found only a limited use because of the high cost of single crystal substrates. At the other end of the spectrum, polycrystalline and amorphous thin film solar cells offer the advantage of low-cost fabrication, but have not yielded high efficiencies. Our program is based on single-crystalline-like thin film photovoltaics on polycrystalline substrates using biaxially-textured templates made by Ion Beam-Assisted Deposition (IBAD). MgO templates made by IBAD on flexible metal substrate have been successfully used for epitaxial growth of germanium films. In spite of a 4.5% lattice mismatch, heteroepitaxial growth of Ge was achieved on CeO2 that was grown on IBAD MgO template. Room temperature optical bandgap of the Ge films was identified at 0.67 eV indicating minimal residual strain. Refraction index and extinction coefficient values of the Ge films were found to match well with that measured from a reference Ge single crystal. GaAs has been successfully grown epitaxially on Ge on metal substrate by molecular beam epitaxy. RHEED patterns indicate self annihilation of antiphase boundaries and the growth of a single domain GaAs. The GaAs is found to exhibit strong photoluminescence signal and, an existence of a relatively narrow (FWHM~20 meV) band-edge excitons measured in this film indicates a good optoelectronic quality of deposited GaAs. While excellent epitaxial growth has been achieved in GaAs on flexible metal substrates, the defect density of the films as measured by High Resolution X-ray Diffraction and etch pit experiments showed a high value of 5 * 10^8 per cm^2. Cross sectional transmission electron microscopy of the multilayer architecture showed concentration of threading dislocations near the germanium-ceria interface. The defect density was found decrease as the Ge films were made thicker. The defects appear to originate from the MgO layer presumably because of large lattice mismatches

  1. The endometrium in assisted reproductive technology: How thin is thin?

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    Mahajan, Nalini; Sharma, S.

    2016-01-01

    A thin endometrium is encountered infrequently (2.4%) in assisted reproductive technology cycles. When it does occur it is a cause of concern as it is associated with lower implantation rate and pregnancy rate. Though pregnancies have been reported at 4 and 5 mm it is apparent that an endometrial thickness <6 mm is associated with a trend toward lower probability of pregnancy. Hormone replacement therapy – frozen embryo transfer (FET) cycles appear to give better results due to an improvement in endometrial receptivity (ER). The etiology of thin endometrium plays a significant part in its receptivity. A number of treatments have been tried to improve endometrial growth, but none has been validated so far. Confirming ER of a thin endometrium by an ER array test before FET offers reassurance. PMID:27110071

  2. Thin-film metal hydrides.

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    Remhof, Arndt; Borgschulte, Andreas

    2008-12-01

    The goal of the medieval alchemist, the chemical transformation of common metals into nobel metals, will forever be a dream. However, key characteristics of metals, such as their electronic band structure and, consequently, their electric, magnetic and optical properties, can be tailored by controlled hydrogen doping. Due to their morphology and well-defined geometry with flat, coplanar surfaces/interfaces, novel phenomena may be observed in thin films. Prominent examples are the eye-catching hydrogen switchable mirror effect, the visualization of solid-state diffusion and the formation of complex surface morphologies. Thin films do not suffer as much from embrittlement and/or decrepitation as bulk materials, allowing the study of cyclic absorption and desorption. Therefore, thin-metal hydride films are used as model systems to study metal-insulator transitions, for high throughput combinatorial research or they may be used as indicator layers to study hydrogen diffusion. They can be found in technological applications as hydrogen sensors, in electrochromic and thermochromic devices. In this review, we discuss the effect of hydrogen loading of thin niobium and yttrium films as archetypical examples of a transition metal and a rare earth metal, respectively. Our focus thereby lies on the hydrogen induced changes of the electronic structure and the morphology of the thin films, their optical properties, the visualization and the control of hydrogen diffusion and on the study of surface phenomena and catalysis. PMID:18980236

  3. Obese people's perceptions of the thin ideal.

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    Couch, Danielle; Thomas, Samantha L; Lewis, Sophie; Blood, R Warwick; Holland, Kate; Komesaroff, Paul

    2016-01-01

    The media play a key role in promoting the thin ideal. A qualitative study, in which we used in depth interviews and thematic analysis, was undertaken to explore the attitudes of 142 obese individuals toward media portrayals of the thin ideal. Participants discussed the thin ideal as a social norm that is also supported through the exclusion of positive media portrayals of obese people. They perceived the thin ideal as an 'unhealthy' mode of social control, reflecting on their personal experiences and their concerns for others. Participants' perceptions highlighted the intersections between the thin ideal and gender, grooming and consumerism. Participants' personal responses to the thin ideal were nuanced--some were in support of the thin ideal and some were able to critically reflect and reject the thin ideal. We consider how the thin ideal may act as a form of synoptical social control, working in tandem with wider public health panoptical surveillance of body weight. PMID:26685706

  4. Thin metal electrode for AMTEC

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    Williams, Roger M. (Inventor); Wheeler, Bob L. (Inventor); Jefferies-Nakamura, Barbara (Inventor); Lamb, James L. (Inventor); Bankston, C. Perry (Inventor); Cole, Terry (Inventor)

    1989-01-01

    An electrode having higher power output is formed of a thin, porous film (less than 1 micrometer) applied to a beta-alumina solid electrolyte (BASE). The electrode includes an open grid, current collector such as a series of thin, parallel, grid lines applied to the thin film and a plurality of cross-members such as loop of metal wire surrounding the BASE tube. The loops are electrically connected by a bus wire. The overall impedance of the electrode considering both the contributions from the bulk BASE and the porous electrode BASE interface is low, about 0.5 OHM/cm.sup.2 and power densities of over 0.3 watt/cm.sup.2 for extended periods.

  5. Squirming through shear thinning fluids

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    Datt, Charu; Zhu, Lailai; Elfring, Gwynn J.; Pak, On Shun

    2015-11-01

    Many microorganisms find themselves surrounded by fluids which are non-Newtonian in nature; human spermatozoa in female reproductive tract and motile bacteria in mucosa of animals are common examples. These biological fluids can display shear-thinning rheology whose effects on the locomotion of microorganisms remain largely unexplored. Here we study the self-propulsion of a squirmer in shear-thinning fluids described by the Carreau-Yasuda model. The squirmer undergoes surface distortions and utilizes apparent slip-velocities around its surface to swim through a fluid medium. In this talk, we will discuss how the nonlinear rheological properties of a shear-thinning fluid affect the propulsion of a swimmer compared with swimming in Newtonian fluids.

  6. [Obesity and thinness in painting].

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    Schüller Pérez, Amador

    2004-01-01

    The obesity, serious frequenty sanitary problem, cause of complications that effects to the expectation of life, with aesthetic repercussion and with an increase in the last decades. Admitted the obesity android, gynoide, central or abdominal, wide aesthetic repercussion and physiopathologic like hyperdislipemias, metabolic alterations (diabetes mellitus, etc...), arterial hypertension, column arthrosis and outlying. Ethiopathologics co-factors, sedentariness, genotypic predisposition, endocrine alterations and of the leptina secretion. Illustrative cases of obesity in the painting of those that characteristic models are exposed, from slight grades to intense affecting to both genders. The thinness counterpoint of the obesity, multicausal process, less frequent than the obesity with aesthetic and psychological repercussion. It is the formed aesthetic thinness to the diverse types physiopathologic, without forgetting the constitutional and family form and the anorexy, the serial ones to disasters, wars, famines, etc..., the mystic thinness of saints and ascetics, and the serial one to consuming processes. PMID:15997591

  7. About Thinning Invariant Partition Structures

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    Starr, Shannon; Vermesi, Brigitta; Wei, Ang

    2012-08-01

    Bernoulli- p thinning has been well-studied for point processes. Here we consider three other cases: (1) sequences ( X 1, X 2,…); (2) gaps of such sequences ( X n+1- X 1) n∈ℕ; (3) partition structures. For the first case we characterize the distributions which are simultaneously invariant under Bernoulli- p thinning for all p∈(0,1]. Based on this, we make conjectures for the latter two cases, and provide a potential approach for proof. We explain the relation to spin glasses, which is complementary to important previous work of Aizenman and Ruzmaikina, Arguin, and Shkolnikov.

  8. Vapor deposition of thin films

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    Smith, David C.; Pattillo, Stevan G.; Laia, Jr., Joseph R.; Sattelberger, Alfred P.

    1992-01-01

    A highly pure thin metal film having a nanocrystalline structure and a process of preparing such highly pure thin metal films of, e.g., rhodium, iridium, molybdenum, tungsten, rhenium, platinum, or palladium by plasma assisted chemical vapor deposition of, e.g., rhodium(allyl).sub.3, iridium(allyl).sub.3, molybdenum(allyl).sub.4, tungsten(allyl).sub.4, rhenium(allyl).sub.4, platinum(allyl).sub.2, or palladium(allyl).sub.2 are disclosed. Additionally, a general process of reducing the carbon content of a metallic film prepared from one or more organometallic precursor compounds by plasma assisted chemical vapor deposition is disclosed.

  9. Thin film polymeric gel electrolytes

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    Derzon, D.K.; Arnold, C. Jr.; Delnick, F.M.

    1996-12-31

    Novel hybrid thin film electrolytes, based on an organonitrile solvent system, which are compositionally stable, environmentally safe, can be produced efficiently in large quantity and which, because of their high conductivities {approx_equal}10{sup {minus}3}{Omega}{sup {minus}1} cm{sup {minus}1} are useful as electrolytes for rechargeable lithium batteries. 1 fig.

  10. Calorimetry of epitaxial thin films.

    PubMed

    Cooke, David W; Hellman, F; Groves, J R; Clemens, B M; Moyerman, S; Fullerton, E E

    2011-02-01

    Thin film growth allows for the manipulation of material on the nanoscale, making possible the creation of metastable phases not seen in the bulk. Heat capacity provides a direct way of measuring thermodynamic properties of these new materials, but traditional bulk calorimetric techniques are inappropriate for such a small amount of material. Microcalorimetry and nanocalorimetry techniques exist for the measurements of thin films but rely on an amorphous membrane platform, limiting the types of films which can be measured. In the current work, ion-beam-assisted deposition is used to provide a biaxially oriented MgO template on a suspended membrane microcalorimeter in order to measure the specific heat of epitaxial thin films. Synchrotron x-ray diffraction showed the biaxial order of the MgO template. X-ray diffraction was also used to prove the high quality of epitaxy of a film grown onto this MgO template. The contribution of the MgO layer to the total heat capacity was measured to be just 6.5% of the total addenda contribution. The heat capacity of a Fe(.49)Rh(.51) film grown epitaxially onto the device was measured, comparing favorably to literature data on bulk crystals. This shows the viability of the MgO∕SiN(x)-membrane-based microcalorimeter as a way of measuring the thermodynamic properties of epitaxial thin films. PMID:21361612

  11. Some Experiments with Thin Prisms.

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    Fernando, P. C. B.

    1980-01-01

    Described are several experiments, for a course in geometrical optics or for a college physics laboratory, which have a bearing on ophthalmic optics. Experiments include the single thin prism, crossed prisms, and the prismatic power of a lens. (Author/DS)

  12. Thin Film Solid Lubricant Development

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    Benoy, Patricia A.

    1997-01-01

    Tribological coatings for high temperature sliding applications are addressed. A sputter-deposited bilayer coating of gold and chromium is investigated as a potential solid lubricant for protection of alumina substrates during sliding at high temperature. Evaluation of the tribological properties of alumina pins sliding against thin sputtered gold films on alumina substrates is presented.

  13. High Performance Thin Layer Chromatography.

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    Costanzo, Samuel J.

    1984-01-01

    Clarifies where in the scheme of modern chromatography high performance thin layer chromatography (TLC) fits and why in some situations it is a viable alternative to gas and high performance liquid chromatography. New TLC plates, sample applications, plate development, and instrumental techniques are considered. (JN)

  14. New strategies for thinning peaches

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    An evaluation of two mechanical thinners was conducted in four commercial peach orchard blocks in 2007. A mechanical blossom thinner designed by a German grower for thinning apple trees that employed nylon cords (strings) to remove blossoms was tested on peach trees trained to either a perpendicula...

  15. Hybrid thin-film amplifier

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    Cleveland, G.

    1977-01-01

    Miniature amplifier for bioelectronic instrumentation consumes only about 100 mW and has frequency response flat to within 0.5 dB from 0.14 to 450 Hz. Device consists of five thin film substrates, which contain eight operational amplifiers and seven field-effect transistor dice.

  16. Thin film polymeric gel electrolytes

    DOEpatents

    Derzon, Dora K.; Arnold, Jr., Charles; Delnick, Frank M.

    1996-01-01

    Novel hybrid thin film electrolyte, based on an organonitrile solvent system, which are compositionally stable, environmentally safe, can be produced efficiently in large quantity and which, because of their high conductivities .apprxeq.10.sup.-3 .OMEGA..sup.-1 cm.sup.-1 are useful as electrolytes for rechargeable lithium batteries.

  17. Semiconductor-nanocrystal/conjugated polymer thin films

    DOEpatents

    Alivisatos, A. Paul; Dittmer, Janke J.; Huynh, Wendy U.; Milliron, Delia

    2014-06-17

    The invention described herein provides for thin films and methods of making comprising inorganic semiconductor-nanocrystals dispersed in semiconducting-polymers in high loading amounts. The invention also describes photovoltaic devices incorporating the thin films.

  18. On thinning of chains in MCMC

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    Link, William A.; Eaton, Mitchell J.

    2012-01-01

    4. We discuss the background and prevalence of thinning, illustrate its consequences, discuss circumstances when it might be regarded as a reasonable option and recommend against routine thinning of chains unless necessitated by computer memory limitations.

  19. Thin film-coated polymer webs

    DOEpatents

    Wenz, Robert P.; Weber, Michael F.; Arudi, Ravindra L.

    1992-02-04

    The present invention relates to thin film-coated polymer webs, and more particularly to thin film electronic devices supported upon a polymer web, wherein the polymer web is treated with a purifying amount of electron beam radiation.

  20. Semiconductor-nanocrystal/conjugated polymer thin films

    DOEpatents

    Alivisatos, A. Paul; Dittmer, Janke J.; Huynh, Wendy U.; Milliron, Delia

    2010-08-17

    The invention described herein provides for thin films and methods of making comprising inorganic semiconductor-nanocrystals dispersed in semiconducting-polymers in high loading amounts. The invention also describes photovoltaic devices incorporating the thin films.

  1. Low work function, stable thin films

    DOEpatents

    Dinh, Long N.; McLean, II, William; Balooch, Mehdi; Fehring, Jr., Edward J.; Schildbach, Marcus A.

    2000-01-01

    Generation of low work function, stable compound thin films by laser ablation. Compound thin films with low work function can be synthesized by simultaneously laser ablating silicon, for example, and thermal evaporating an alkali metal into an oxygen environment. For example, the compound thin film may be composed of Si/Cs/O. The work functions of the thin films can be varied by changing the silicon/alkali metal/oxygen ratio. Low work functions of the compound thin films deposited on silicon substrates were confirmed by ultraviolet photoelectron spectroscopy (UPS). The compound thin films are stable up to 500.degree. C. as measured by x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). Tests have established that for certain chemical compositions and annealing temperatures of the compound thin films, negative electron affinity (NEA) was detected. The low work function, stable compound thin films can be utilized in solar cells, field emission flat panel displays, electron guns, and cold cathode electron guns.

  2. Synchrotron radiation photoelectron spectroscopy study of metal-oxide thin film catalysts: Pt-CeO2 coated CNTs

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    Matolínová, I.; Fiala, R.; Khalakhan, I.; Vorokhta, M.; Sofer, Z.; Yoshikawa, H.; Kobayashi, K.; Matolín, V.

    2012-01-01

    The interaction of Pt with CeO2 layers was investigated by using high resolution hard X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. Pt doped CeO2 layers were deposited simultaneously by rf-magnetron sputtering on a SiO2/Si substrate and carbon nanotubes (CNTs) grown on a carbon diffusion layer of a polymer membrane fuel cell. In the case of the CNT support photoelectron spectra showed the formation of ionic platinum rich cerium oxide with Pt2+,4+ species, and with the Pt2+/Pt4+ ratio strongly dependent on the amount of platinum. Ce reveals 4+/3+ mixed valent character with Ce3+ concentration increasing with Pt content. In the case of the SiO2/Si substrate the film revealed Ce4+ and Pt4+ species only.

  3. Thin films under chemical stress

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    Not Available

    1991-01-01

    The goal of work on this project has been develop a set of experimental tools to allow investigators interested in transport, binding, and segregation phenomena in composite thin film structures to study these phenomena in situ. Work to-date has focuses on combining novel spatially-directed optical excitation phenomena, e.g. waveguide eigenmodes in thin dielectric slabs, surface plasmon excitations at metal-dielectric interfaces, with standard spectroscopies to understand dynamic processes in thin films and at interfaces. There have been two main scientific thrusts in the work and an additional technical project. In one thrust we have sought to develop experimental tools which will allow us to understand the chemical and physical changes which take place when thin polymer films are placed under chemical stress. In principle this stress may occur because the film is being swelled by a penetrant entrained in solvent, because interfacial reactions are occurring at one or more boundaries within the film structure, or because some component of the film is responding to an external stimulus (e.g. pH, temperature, electric field, or radiation). However all work to-date has focused on obtaining a clearer understanding penetrant transport phenomena. The other thrust has addressed the kinetics of adsorption of model n-alkanoic acids from organic solvents. Both of these thrusts are important within the context of our long-term goal of understanding the behavior of composite structures, composed of thin organic polymer films interspersed with Langmuir-Blodgett (LB) and self-assembled monolayers. In addition there has been a good deal of work to develop the local technical capability to fabricate grating couplers for optical waveguide excitation. This work, which is subsidiary to the main scientific goals of the project, has been successfully completed and will be detailed as well. 41 refs., 10 figs.

  4. Polyimide thin-film dielectrics on ferroelectrics

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Galiardi, R. V.

    1977-01-01

    Conducting layers of multi-layered thin-film ferroelectric device, such as is used in liquid crystal/ferroelectric display, can be electrically isolated using thin-film layer of polyimide. Ease of application and high electrical-breakdown strength allow dependable and economical means of providing dielectric for other thin-film microelectronic devices.

  5. Cut Costs with Thin Client Computing.

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    Hartley, Patrick H.

    2001-01-01

    Discusses how school districts can considerably increase the number of administrative computers in their districts without a corresponding increase in costs by using the "Thin Client" component of the Total Cost of Ownership (TCC) model. TCC and Thin Client are described, including its software and hardware components. An example of a Thin Client…

  6. Improved Endurance and Resistive Switching Stability in Ceria Thin Films Due to Charge Transfer Ability of Al Dopant.

    PubMed

    Ismail, M; Ahmed, E; Rana, A M; Hussain, F; Talib, I; Nadeem, M Y; Panda, D; Shah, N A

    2016-03-01

    An improvement in resistive switching (RS) characteristics of CeO2-based devices has been reported by charge transfer through Al metal as a dopant. Moreover, density functional theory (DFT) calculations have been performed to investigate the role of Al-layer sandwiched between CeO2 layers by the Vienna ab initio simulation package (VASP). Total density of states (TDOS) and partial electron density of states (PDOS) have been calculated and analyzed with respect to resistive switching. It is established that the oxygen vacancy based conductive filaments are formed and ruptured in the upper region of CeO2 layer, because of the fact that maximum transport of charge takes place in this region by Al and Ti (top electrode), while the lower region revealed less capability to generate conductive filaments because minimum charge transfer takes place in this region by Al and/or Pt (bottom electrode). The effect of Al and Al2O3 on both the electronic charge transfer from valence to conduction bands and the formation stability of oxygen vacancies in conductive filament have been discussed in detail. Experimental results demonstrated that the Ti/CeO2:Al/Pt sandwich structure exhibits significantly better switching characteristics including lower forming voltage, improved and stable SET/RESET voltages, enhanced endurance of more than 10(4) repetitive switching cycles and large memory window (ROFF/RON > 10(2)) as compared to undoped Ti/CeOx/Pt device. This improvement in memory switching behavior has been attributed to a significant decrease in the formation energy of oxygen vacancies and to the enhanced oxygen vacancies generation within the CeO2 layers owing to charge transferring and oxygen gettering ability of Al-dopant. PMID:26881895

  7. 7 CFR 29.3648 - Thin Leaf (C Group).

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2014 CFR

    2014-01-01

    ... specifications, and tolerances C1L Choice Quality Light-brown Thin Leaf. Ripe, thin, open leaf structure, smooth... injury tolerance. C2L Fine Quality Light-brown Thin Leaf. Ripe, thin, open leaf structure, smooth, oily... tolerance. C4L Fair Quality Light-brown Thin Leaf. Mature, thin, close leaf structure, rough, lean in...

  8. 7 CFR 29.3648 - Thin Leaf (C Group).

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2012 CFR

    2012-01-01

    ... specifications, and tolerances C1L Choice Quality Light-brown Thin Leaf. Ripe, thin, open leaf structure, smooth... injury tolerance. C2L Fine Quality Light-brown Thin Leaf. Ripe, thin, open leaf structure, smooth, oily... tolerance. C4L Fair Quality Light-brown Thin Leaf. Mature, thin, close leaf structure, rough, lean in...

  9. 7 CFR 29.3648 - Thin Leaf (C Group).

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2011 CFR

    2011-01-01

    ... specifications, and tolerances C1L Choice Quality Light-brown Thin Leaf. Ripe, thin, open leaf structure, smooth... injury tolerance. C2L Fine Quality Light-brown Thin Leaf. Ripe, thin, open leaf structure, smooth, oily... tolerance. C4L Fair Quality Light-brown Thin Leaf. Mature, thin, close leaf structure, rough, lean in...

  10. 7 CFR 29.3648 - Thin Leaf (C Group).

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2013 CFR

    2013-01-01

    ... specifications, and tolerances C1L Choice Quality Light-brown Thin Leaf. Ripe, thin, open leaf structure, smooth... injury tolerance. C2L Fine Quality Light-brown Thin Leaf. Ripe, thin, open leaf structure, smooth, oily... tolerance. C4L Fair Quality Light-brown Thin Leaf. Mature, thin, close leaf structure, rough, lean in...

  11. 7 CFR 29.2438 - Thin Leaf (C Group).

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2010 CFR

    2010-01-01

    ... Fair Light-brown Thin Leaf. Thin to medium body, mature to ripe, close, lean in oil, inelastic, weak... Light-brown Thin Leaf. Thin to medium body, mature to ripe, close, lean in oil, inelastic, weak, dull... Medium-brown Thin Leaf. Thin to medium body, mature to ripe, close, lean in oil, inelastic, weak,...

  12. 7 CFR 29.3648 - Thin Leaf (C Group).

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2010 CFR

    2010-01-01

    ... tolerance. C4L Fair Quality Light-brown Thin Leaf. Mature, thin, close leaf structure, rough, lean in oil... tolerance. C5L Low Quality Light-brown Thin Leaf Underripe, thin, close leaf structure, rough, lean in oil... tolerance. C4F Fair Quality Medium-brown Thin Leaf. Mature, thin, close leaf structure, rough, lean in...

  13. 7 CFR 29.2663 - Thin Leaf (C Group).

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2010 CFR

    2010-01-01

    ... tolerance. C4L Fair Light-brown Thin Leaf. Thin, mature, close, lean in oil, inelastic, weak, dull finish... Thin Leaf. Thin, mature, close, lean in oil, inelastic, weak, dull finish, pale color intensity, narrow... tolerance. C4F Fair Medium-brown Thin Leaf. Thin, mature, close, lean in oil, inelastic, weak, dull...

  14. Phase Coarsening in Thin Films

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    Wang, K. G.; Glicksman, M. E.

    2015-08-01

    Phase coarsening (Ostwald ripening) phenomena are ubiquitous in materials growth processes such as thin film formation. The classical theory explaining late-stage phase coarsening phenomena was developed by Lifshitz and Slyozov, and by Wagner in the 1960s. Their theory is valid only for a vanishing volume fraction of the second phase in three dimensions. However, phase coarsening in two-dimensional systems is qualitatively different from that in three dimensions. In this paper, the many-body concept of screening length is reviewed, from which we derive the growth law for a `screened' phase island, and develop diffusion screening theory for phase coarsening in thin films. The coarsening rate constant, maximum size of phase islands in films, and their size distribution function will be derived from diffusion screening theory. A critical comparison will be provided of prior coarsening concepts and improvements derived from screening approaches.

  15. [Ultra-thin transnasal esophagogastroduodenoscopy].

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    Kawai, Takashi; Yamamoto, Kei; Fukuzawa, Mari; Sakai, Yoshihiro; Moriyasu, Fuminori

    2010-07-01

    It is reported that ultra-thin transnasal esophagogastroduodenoscopy (TN-EGD) reduces pharyngeal discomfort and is more tolerable for the patients. Ultra-thin transnasal endoscopy has been reported as inferior to transoral conventional EGD (TO-EGD) in terms of image quality, suction, air insufflation and lens washing, due to the smaller endoscope caliber. TN-EGD should be conducted slowly, with short distance observation, and also with image-enhanced endoscopy. With reference to image-enhanced endoscopy, chromoendoscopy method (indigocarmine) is suitable for gastric neoplasm, on the other hand optical digital method (NBI) and digital method (i-scan, FICE) is suitable for esophageal neoplasm. TN-EGD is applied in various gastrointestinal (GI) procedures such as percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy, nasoenteric feeding tube placement, endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreaticography with nasobiliary drainage, long intestinal tube placement in small bowel obstruction, esophageal manometry. PMID:20662204

  16. Thin film concentrator panel development

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    Zimmerman, D. K.

    1982-07-01

    The development and testing of a rigid panel concept that utilizes a thin film reflective surface for application to a low-cost point-focusing solar concentrator is discussed. It is shown that a thin film reflective surface is acceptable for use on solar concentrators, including 1500 F applications. Additionally, it is shown that a formed steel sheet substrate is a good choice for concentrator panels. The panel has good optical properties, acceptable forming tolerances, environmentally resistant substrate and stiffeners, and adaptability to low to mass production rates. Computer simulations of the concentrator optics were run using the selected reflector panel design. Experimentally determined values for reflector surface specularity and reflectivity along with dimensional data were used in the analysis. The simulations provided intercept factor and net energy into the aperture as a function of aperture size for different surface errors and pointing errors. Point source and Sun source optical tests were also performed.

  17. Fundamentals of thin solar cells

    SciTech Connect

    Yablonovitch, E.

    1995-08-01

    It is now widely recognized that thin solar cells can present certain advantages for performance and cost. This is particularly the case when light trapping in the semiconductor film is incorporated, as compensation for the diminished single path thickness of the solar cell. In a solar cell thinner than a minority carrier diffusion length, the current collection is of course very easy. More importantly the concentration of an equivalent number of carriers in a thinner volume results in a higher Free Energy, or open circuit voltage. This extra Free Energy may be regarded as due to the concentration factor, just as it would be for photons, electrons, or for any chemical species. The final advantage of a thin solar cell is in the diminished material usage, a factor of considerable importance when we consider the material cost of the high quality semiconductors which we hope to employ.

  18. Punching Holes in Thin Metals

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Garcia, Richard; Foster, Derrell; Miranda, Valentino

    1987-01-01

    Simple punching tool used to make holes in thin metal sheets, without burrs and edge deformations. Tool used on such materials as stainless steel, nickel alloys, beryllium, copper, and aluminum, in thicknesses of 0.002 to 0.010 in. With new punch, hole size held to tolerance of 0.025 mm. Includes rubber punch extruding into hole in top plate, pushing out exposed portion of clamped metal sheet.

  19. Fastener for thin fragile materials

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Sokol, S.

    1979-01-01

    Two-piece fastener is ideal for securing thin delicate parts that might be damaged by conventional fasteners, such as rivets or upset collars. Strength of new fastener approaches that of riveted connection. Easily fabricated, fastener consists of plastic button and spring-steel collar. Parts have large contact area to distribute loads on delicate assemblies and low profile so that they fit into narrow spaces. Fastener is suitable for materials ranging in density from sheet metal to fabric sandwiches.

  20. The Thin Oil Film Equation

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Brown, James L.; Naughton, Jonathan W.

    1999-01-01

    A thin film of oil on a surface responds primarily to the wall shear stress generated on that surface by a three-dimensional flow. The oil film is also subject to wall pressure gradients, surface tension effects and gravity. The partial differential equation governing the oil film flow is shown to be related to Burgers' equation. Analytical and numerical methods for solving the thin oil film equation are presented. A direct numerical solver is developed where the wall shear stress variation on the surface is known and which solves for the oil film thickness spatial and time variation on the surface. An inverse numerical solver is also developed where the oil film thickness spatial variation over the surface at two discrete times is known and which solves for the wall shear stress variation over the test surface. A One-Time-Level inverse solver is also demonstrated. The inverse numerical solver provides a mathematically rigorous basis for an improved form of a wall shear stress instrument suitable for application to complex three-dimensional flows. To demonstrate the complexity of flows for which these oil film methods are now suitable, extensive examination is accomplished for these analytical and numerical methods as applied to a thin oil film in the vicinity of a three-dimensional saddle of separation.

  1. Scattering from Thin Dielectric Disks

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Levine, D. M.; Schneider, A.; Lang, R. H.; Carter, H. G.

    1984-01-01

    A solution was obtained for scattering from thin dielectric disks by approximating the currents induced inside the disk with the currents which would exist inside a dielectric slab of the same thickness, orientation and dielectric properties. This approximation reduces to an electrostatic approximation when the disk thickness, T, is small compared to the wavelength of the incident radiation and the approximation yields a conventional physical optics solution when the dimension, A, characteristic of the geometrical cross section of the disk (e.g., the diameter of a circular disk) is large compared to wavelength. When the ratio A/T is sufficiently large the disk will always be in one or the other of these regimes (T lambda or kA1. Consequently, when A/T is large this solution provides a conventional approximation for the scattered fields which can be applied at all frequencies. As a check on this conclusion, a comparison was made between the theoretical and measured radar cross section of thin dielectric disks. Agreement was found for thin disks with both large and small values of kA.

  2. (Thin films under chemical stress)

    SciTech Connect

    Not Available

    1990-01-01

    As stated above the purpose of this research is to enable workers in a variety of fields to understand the chemical and physical changes which take place when thin films (primarily organic films) are placed under chemical stress. This stress may occur because the film is being swelled by penetrant entrained in solvent, because interfacial reactions are occurring at one or more boundaries within the film structure, or because some component of the film is responding to an external stimulus (e.g. pH, temperature, electric field, or radiation). These questions are important within the context of our long-term goal of understanding the behavior of composite structures, composed of thin organic polymer films interspersed with Langmuir-Blodgett (LB) and self-assembled monolayers, which might have unique functional properties. In the past year we have concentrated on the following objectives: (1) understanding how the two possible diffusion mechanisms contribute to the swelling of thin films of organic polymers place in solution, (2) identifying systems which are appropriate polymer media for the construction of composite membranes for use in aqueous environments, and (3) understanding the self-assembly process for long chain fatty acids at model surfaces. Progress in meeting each of these objectives will be described in this report. 4 figs.

  3. Thin Watts-Strogatz networks

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    de Moura, Alessandro P. S.

    2006-01-01

    A modified version of the Watts-Strogatz (WS) network model is proposed, in which the number of shortcuts scales with the network size N as Nα , with α<1 . In these networks, the ratio of the number of shortcuts to the network size approaches zero as N→∞ , whereas in the original WS model, this ratio is constant. We call such networks “thin Watts-Strogatz networks.” We show that even though the fraction of shortcuts becomes vanishingly small for large networks, they still cause a kind of small-world effect, in the sense that the length L of the network increases sublinearly with the size. We develop a mean-field theory for these networks, which predicts that the length scales as N1-αlnN for large N . We also study how a search using only local information works in thin WS networks. We find that the search performance is enhanced compared to the regular network, and we predict that the search time τ scales as N1-α/2 . These theoretical results are tested using numerical simulations. We comment on the possible relevance of thin WS networks for the design of high-performance low-cost communication networks.

  4. The growth and structure of thin oxide films on nickel superficially modified with ceria and cerium

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Czerwinski, Franciszek

    A small addition of elements with a high affinity to oxygen can have a profound effect on the high temperature oxidation behaviour of many metals and alloys. In order to explain the improvement in oxidation resistance, the research was conducted using Ni-NiO as a model system of cation-diffusing oxides, and Ce as a typical reactive element. Three essential techniques were employed to modify the surface of Ni with Ce and CeO2: ion implantation, sol-gel technology, and reactive sputtering. The improvement of Ni oxidation resistance was assessed by oxygen uptake measurements mainly during the early stages but also for long-term exposures at temperatures between 873 and 1073 K in pure oxygen, both at low and atmospheric pressures. The variety of oxides produced were examined in detail by several advanced techniques including Rutherford backscattering spectrometry, Auger electron spectroscopy, secondary ion-mass spectrometry, transmission- and scanning-transmission electron microscopy equipped with electron and x-ray analyzers, atomic force microscopy, infrared spectroscopy, and x-ray diffraction techniques. In order to provide direct evidence regarding the mechanism of oxide growth, a sequential oxidation using oxygen isotopes 16O2/18O2 was conducted. After conversion to the form of ceramic coating, superficially applied CeO2 sol-gel significantly reduced the Ni oxidation rate as well as changing the NiO morphology and internal microstructure. The extent of the effect depended on coating thickness, size of CeO2 particles, substrate surface finishing and preoxidation before coating. Under optimum conditions, the reduction in the Ni oxidation rate achieved by sol-gel, reactive sputtering, and ion implantation, was similar. It was found that Ni oxidation resistance is controlled by a well-defined NiO sublayer that is composed of randomly-oriented NiO grains and CeO2 particles. Moreover, in this sublayer, the Ce4+ ions segregate to the NiO grain boundaries. At high temperatures, the Ce4+ ions block the outward diffusion of Ni2+ cations along the NiO grain boundaries while allowing the inward diffusion of O2 anions to continue. The "dynamic-segregation mechanism" is proposed in which Ce ions do not statically block the NiO grain boundaries, but actively diffuse along them. It is suggested that the NiO texture and microstructure, which are primarily influenced by the crystallographic orientation of the Ni substrate, are of critical importance for the stability of the reactive element concentration at NiO grain boundaries over the oxidation time.

  5. Thinning increases climatic resilience of red pine

    USGS Publications Warehouse

    Magruder, Matthew; Chhin, Sophan; Palik, Brian; Bradford, John B.

    2013-01-01

    Forest management techniques such as intermediate stand-tending practices (e.g., thinning) can promote climatic resiliency in forest stands by moderating tree competition. Residual trees gain increased access to environmental resources (i.e., soil moisture, light), which in turn has the potential to buffer trees from stressful climatic conditions. The influences of climate (temperature and precipitation) and forest management (thinning method and intensity) on the productivity of red pine (Pinus resinosa Ait.) in Michigan were examined to assess whether repeated thinning treatments were able to increase climatic resiliency (i.e., maintaining productivity and reduced sensitivity to climatic stress). The cumulative productivity of each thinning treatment was determined, and it was found that thinning from below to a residual basal area of 14 m2·ha−1 produced the largest average tree size but also the second lowest overall biomass per acre. On the other hand, the uncut control and the thinning from above to a residual basal area of 28 m2·ha−1 produced the smallest average tree size but also the greatest overall biomass per acre. Dendrochronological methods were used to quantify sensitivity of annual radial growth to monthly and seasonal climatic factors for each thinning treatment type. Climatic sensitivity was influenced by thinning method (i.e., thinning from below decreased sensitivity to climatic stress more than thinning from above) and by thinning intensity (i.e., more intense thinning led to a lower climatic sensitivity). Overall, thinning from below to a residual basal area of 21 m2·ha−1 represented a potentially beneficial compromise to maximize tree size, biomass per acre, and reduced sensitivity to climatic stress, and, thus, the highest level of climatic resilience.

  6. Computational modeling of thin ceramic tiles backed by thin substrates

    SciTech Connect

    Walker, J.D.; Anderson, C.E. Jr.; Cox, P.A.

    1995-12-31

    Building on the work of Wilkins, Eulerian hydrocode calculations were performed with ceramic models to examine the behavior of thin ceramic tiles backed by a thin substrate. In order to match ballistic limit data it was necessary to include a pressure dependent flow stress for failed ceramic. Reasonable agreement is found between the modified model and ballistic limit data for a simulated armor piercing round impacting an AD-85 alumina/6061T6 aluminum laminate. Based upon this success, the modified model was used to examine the performance of a SiC/6061T6 aluminum laminate when impacted by an M80 ball round (7.62 mm) at muzzle velocity. The projectile undergoes large deformation, as does the aluminum backing sheet. The computational results indicate, for the M80 projectile impacting at muzzle velocity, that the ballistic limit thickness for the SiC/aluminum laminate should weigh 10% less than the ballistic limit thickness for steel. The talk will include a video tape of calculations.

  7. New thin materials for electronics.

    SciTech Connect

    Schwartzberg, Adam

    2012-02-01

    The work described in this report is from an Early Career LDRD to develop and investigate novel thin film organic conductors with drastically improved electronic properties over the current state of the art. In collaboration with the Molecular Foundry at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory a Langmuir-Blodgett trough (LB) was built from scavenged parts and added to a scanning Raman microscope at LBNL. First order thin peptoid film samples were fabricated for testing Raman and photoluminescence imagining techniques. Tests showed that a single peptoid sheet can be successfully imaged using confocal Raman spectroscopy and a peptoid sheet can be successfully imaged using near-field photoluminescence at a resolution less than 70 nm. These results have helped position Sandia for advances in this area of MOF film creation. In collaboration with the Molecular Foundry at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, a Langmuir-Blodgett trough (LB) was built and added to a scanning Raman microscope at LBNL. Thin peptoid film samples were fabricated for testing Raman and photoluminescence imagining techniques. Tests showed that a single peptoid sheet can be successfully imaged using confocal Raman spectroscopy, and a peptoid sheet can be successfully imaged using near-field photoluminescence at a resolution less than 70 nm. These results have positioned Sandia for advance in this area of MOF film creation. The interactions with LBNL also led to award of two user projects at the Molecular Foundry at LBNL led by current Sandia staff and the appointment of a current Sandia staff to the Molecular Foundry User Executive Committee.

  8. Thin film buried anode battery

    DOEpatents

    Lee, Se-Hee; Tracy, C. Edwin; Liu, Ping

    2009-12-15

    A reverse configuration, lithium thin film battery (300) having a buried lithium anode layer (305) and process for making the same. The present invention is formed from a precursor composite structure (200) made by depositing electrolyte layer (204) onto substrate (201), followed by sequential depositions of cathode layer (203) and current collector (202) on the electrolyte layer. The precursor is subjected to an activation step, wherein a buried lithium anode layer (305) is formed via electroplating a lithium anode layer at the interface of substrate (201) and electrolyte film (204). The electroplating is accomplished by applying a current between anode current collector (201) and cathode current collector (202).

  9. Thin film solar energy collector

    DOEpatents

    Aykan, Kamran; Farrauto, Robert J.; Jefferson, Clinton F.; Lanam, Richard D.

    1983-11-22

    A multi-layer solar energy collector of improved stability comprising: (1) a substrate of quartz, silicate glass, stainless steel or aluminum-containing ferritic alloy; (2) a solar absorptive layer comprising silver, copper oxide, rhodium/rhodium oxide and 0-15% by weight of platinum; (3) an interlayer comprising silver or silver/platinum; and (4) an optional external anti-reflective coating, plus a method for preparing a thermally stable multi-layered solar collector, in which the absorptive layer is undercoated with a thin film of silver or silver/platinum to obtain an improved conductor-dielectric tandem.

  10. Thin film based plasmon nanorulers

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Taylor, Alexander D.; Lu, Chang; Geyer, Scott; Carroll, D. L.

    2016-07-01

    In this work, isolated metal nanoparticles are supported on a dielectric thin film that is placed on a conducting plane. The optical scattering characteristics of these metal nanoparticles are directly correlated with the localized surface plasmon states of the nanoparticle—image particle dimer, formed in the conducting plane below. Quantification of plasmon resonance shifts can be directly correlated with the application of the plasmon nanoruler equation. This simple geometry shows that direct optical techniques can be used to resolve thickness variations in dielectrics of only a few nanometers.

  11. Advanced Thin Ionization Calorimeter (ATIC)

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Wefel, John P.

    1998-01-01

    This is the final report for NASA grant NAGW-4577, "Advanced Thin Ionization Calorimeter (ATIC)". This grant covered a joint project between LSU and the University of Maryland for a Concept Study of a new type of fully active calorimeter to be used to measure the energy spectra of very high energy cosmic rays, particularly Hydrogen and Helium, to beyond 1014 eV. This very high energy region has been studied with emulsion chamber techniques, but never investigated with electronic calorimeters. Technology had advanced to the point that a fully active calorimeter based upon Bismuth Germanate (BGO) scintillating crystals appeared feasible for balloon flight (and eventually space) experiments.

  12. Improved Thin, Flexible Heat Pipes

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Rosenfeld, John H.; Gernert, Nelson J.; Sarraf, David B.; Wollen, Peter J.; Surina, Frank C.; Fale, John E.

    2004-01-01

    Flexible heat pipes of an improved type are fabricated as layers of different materials laminated together into vacuum- tight sheets or tapes. In comparison with prior flexible heat pipes, these flexible heat pipes are less susceptible to leakage. Other advantages of these flexible heat pipes, relative to prior flexible heat pipes, include high reliability and greater ease and lower cost of fabrication. Because these heat pipes are very thin, they are highly flexible. When coated on outside surfaces with adhesives, these flexible heat pipes can be applied, like common adhesive tapes, to the surfaces of heat sinks and objects to be cooled, even if those surfaces are curved.

  13. Characteristics Of Vacuum Deposited Sucrose Thin Films

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Ungureanu, F.; Predoi, D.; Ghita, R. V.; Vatasescu-Balcan, R. A.; Costache, M.

    Thin films of sucrose (C12H22O11) were deposited on thin cut glass substrates by thermal evaporation technique (p ~ 10-5 torr). The surface morphology was putted into evidence by FT-IR and SEM analysis. The experimental results confirm a uniform deposition of an adherent sucrose layer. The biological tests (e.g., cell morphology and cell viability evaluated by measuring mitochondrial dehydrogenise activity with MTT assay) confirm the properties of sucrose thin films as bioactive material. The human fetal osteoblast system grown on thin sucrose film was used for the determination of cell proliferation, cell viability and cell morphology studies.

  14. Capillary Thinning of Particle-laden Drops

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Wagoner, Brayden; Thete, Sumeet; Jahns, Matt; Doshi, Pankaj; Basaran, Osman

    2015-11-01

    Drop formation is central in many applications such as ink-jet printing, microfluidic devices, and atomization. During drop formation, a thinning filament is created between the about-to-form drop and the fluid hanging from the nozzle. Therefore, the physics of capillary thinning of filaments is key to understanding drop formation and has been thoroughly studied for pure Newtonian fluids. The thinning dynamics is, however, altered completely when the fluid contains particles, the physics of which is not well understood. In this work, we explore the impact of solid particles on filament thinning and drop formation by using a combination of experiments and numerical simulations.

  15. Beryllium thin films for resistor applications

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Fiet, O.

    1972-01-01

    Beryllium thin films have a protective oxidation resistant property at high temperature and high recrystallization temperature. However, the experimental film has very low temperature coefficient of resistance.

  16. Analysis of Hard Thin Film Coating

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Shen, Dashen

    1998-01-01

    MSFC is interested in developing hard thin film coating for bearings. The wearing of the bearing is an important problem for space flight engine. Hard thin film coating can drastically improve the surface of the bearing and improve the wear-endurance of the bearing. However, many fundamental problems in surface physics, plasma deposition, etc, need further research. The approach is using electron cyclotron resonance chemical vapor deposition (ECRCVD) to deposit hard thin film an stainless steel bearing. The thin films in consideration include SiC, SiN and other materials. An ECRCVD deposition system is being assembled at MSFC.

  17. Analysis of Hard Thin Film Coating

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Shen, Dashen

    1998-01-01

    Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC) is interested in developing hard thin film coating for bearings. The wearing of the bearing is an important problem for space flight engine. Hard thin film coating can drastically improve the surface of the bearing and improve the wear-endurance of the bearing. However, many fundamental problems in surface physics, plasma deposition, etc, need further research. The approach is using Electron Cyclotron Resonance Chemical Vapor Deposition (ECRCVD) to deposit hard thin film on stainless steel bearing. The thin films in consideration include SiC, SiN and other materials. An ECRCVD deposition system is being assembled at MSFC.

  18. Thin film solar cell module

    SciTech Connect

    Gay, R.R.

    1987-01-20

    A thin film solar cell module is described comprising a first solar cell panel containing an array of solar cells consisting of a TFS semiconductor sandwiched between a transparent conductive zinc oxide layer and a transparent conductive layer selected from the group consisting of tin oxide, indium tin oxide, and zinc oxide deposited upon a transparent superstrate, and a second solar cell panel containing an array of solar cells consisting of a CIS semiconductor layer sandwiched between a zinc oxide semiconductor layer and a conductive metal layer deposited upon an insulating substrate. The zinc oxide semiconductor layer contains a first relatively thin layer of high resistivity zinc oxide adjacent the CIS semiconductor and a second relatively thick layer of low resistivity zinc oxide overlying the high resistivity zinc oxide layer. The transparent conductive zinc oxide layer of the first panel faces the low resistivity zinc oxide layer of the second panel, the first and second panels being positioned optically in series and separated by a transparent insulating layer.

  19. Superconducting UBe 13 thin films

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Quateman, J. H.; Tedrow, P. M.

    1985-12-01

    Of the known heavy fermion superconductors only UBe 13 can have a low resistivity ratio and still go superconducting. In addition, it is a line compound with a melting temperature of nearly twice that of the constituents. These facts make UBe 13 a promising choice for fabrication in thin film form. We have successfully made 2000 Å UBe 13 films by coevaporation of uranium and beryllium on 700°C substrates which were then heated in situ to 1100°C. These films were polycrystalline as shown by X-ray diffraction and have Tc's of 0.85 K, that of the bulk. The resistivity rise at approximately 2 K and the strong negative magnetoresistance were also of the same magnitude as that of the bulk, as were both the perpendicular and parallel critical fields. Thin films of UBe 13 will make more accessible tunneling and proximity effect experiments which can help elucidate the nature of the superconductivity of this compound.

  20. Plasmonics in atomically thin materials.

    PubMed

    García de Abajo, F Javier; Manjavacas, Alejandro

    2015-01-01

    The observation and electrical manipulation of infrared surface plasmons in graphene have triggered a search for similar photonic capabilities in other atomically thin materials that enable electrical modulation of light at visible and near-infrared frequencies, as well as strong interaction with optical quantum emitters. Here, we present a simple analytical description of the optical response of such kinds of structures, which we exploit to investigate their application to light modulation and quantum optics. Specifically, we show that plasmons in one-atom-thick noble-metal layers can be used both to produce complete tunable optical absorption and to reach the strong-coupling regime in the interaction with neighboring quantum emitters. Our methods are applicable to any plasmon-supporting thin materials, and in particular, we provide parameters that allow us to readily calculate the response of silver, gold, and graphene islands. Besides their interest for nanoscale electro-optics, the present study emphasizes the great potential of these structures for the design of quantum nanophotonics devices. PMID:25774774