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  1. Design, crystal growth, and physical properties of low-temperature thermoelectric materials

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    Fuccillo, Michael K.

    Thermoelectric materials serve as the foundation for two important modern technologies, namely 1) solid-state cooling, which enables small-area refrigeration without vibrations or moving parts, and 2) thermoelectric power generation, which has important implications for waste heat recovery and improved sources of alternative energy. Although the overall field of thermoelectrics research has been active for decades, and several consumer and industrial products have already been commercialized, the design and synthesis of new thermoelectrics that outperform long-standing state of the art materials has proven extremely challenging. This is particularly true for low-temperature refrigeration applications, which is the focus of this work; however, scientific advances in this area generally support power generation as well. In order to achieve more efficient materials for virtually all thermoelectric applications, improved materials design principles must be developed and synthetic procedures must be better understood. We aim to contribute to these goals by studying two classes of materials, namely 1) the tetradymites Bi2TeSe 2 and Bi2Te2Se, which are close relatives of state of the art thermoelectric cooling materials, and 2) Kondo insulating (-like) FeSb2 and FeSi, which possess anomalously enhanced low-temperature thermoelectric properties that arise from exotic electronic and magnetic properties. The organization of this dissertation is as follows: Chapter 1 is a brief perspective on solid-state chemistry. Chapter 2 presents experimental methods for synthesizing and characterizing thermoelectric materials. In Chapter 3, two original research projects are discussed: first, work on the tetradymite Bi2TeSe2 doped with Sb to achieve an n- to p-type transition, and second, the tetradymite Bi2Te2Se with chemical defects through two different methods. Chapter 4 gives the magnetic and transport properties of FeSb 2--RuSb2 alloys, a family of compounds exemplifying what we

  2. Transport properties of cubic crystalline Ge2Sb2Te5: A potential low-temperature thermoelectric material

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    Sun, Jifeng; Mukhopadhyay, Saikat; Subedi, Alaska; Siegrist, Theo; Singh, David J.

    2015-03-01

    Ge2Sb2Te5 (GST) has been widely used as a popular phase change material. In this study, we show that it exhibits high Seebeck coefficients 200-300 μV/K in its cubic crystalline phase (c-GST) at remarkably high p-type doping levels of ˜1 × 1019-6 × 1019 cm-3 at room temperature. More importantly, at low temperature (T = 200 K), the Seebeck coefficient was found to exceed 200 μV/K for a doping range of 1 × 1019-3.5 × 1019 cm-3. Given that the lattice thermal conductivity in this phase has already been measured to be extremely low (˜0.7 W/m-K at 300 K) [K. S. Siegert et al., Rep. Prog. Phys. 78, 013001 (2015)], our results suggest the possibility of using c-GST as a low-temperature thermoelectric material.

  3. Transport properties of cubic crystalline Ge2Sb2Te5: a potential low-temperature thermoelectric material.

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    Sun, Jifeng; Mukhopadhyay, Saikat; Subedi, Alaska; Siegrist, Theo; Singh, David J.

    2015-03-26

    Ge2Sb2Te5 (GST) has been widely used as a popular phase change material. In this study, we show that it exhibits high Seebeck coe cients 200 - 300 μV/K in its cubic crystalline phase (c-GST) at remarkably high p-type doping levels of 1 1019 - 6 1019 cm-3 at room temperature. More importantly, at low temperature (T = 200 K), the Seebeck coe cient was found to exceed 200 μV/K for a doping range 1 1019 - 3.5 1019 cm-3. Given that the lattice thermal conductivity in this phase has already been measured to be extremely low ( 0.7 W/m-K atmore » 300 K), our results suggest the possibility of using c-GST as a low-temperature thermoelectric material.« less

  4. Electronic structure and low temperature thermoelectric properties of In₂₄M₈O₄₈ (M = Ge(4+), Sn(4+), Ti(4+), and Zr(4+)).

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    Yan, Yu Li; Wang, Yuan Xu

    2012-01-01

    The electronic structure and transport properties of In₂₄M₈O₄₈ (M = Ge(4+), Sn(4+), Ti(4+), and Zr(4+)) have been studied by using the full-potential linearized augmented plane-wave method and the semiclassical Boltzmann theory, respectively. It is found that the magnitude of powerfactor with respect to relation time follows the order of In₂₄Sn₈O₄₈ > In₂₄Zr₈O₄₈ > In₂₄Ge₈O₄₈ > In₂₄Ti₈O₄₈. The largest powerfactor is 2.7 × 10¹² W/K² ms for In₂₄Sn₈O₄₈ at 60 K, which is nearly thirty times larger than those of conventional n-type thermoelectric materials. The origin of the different thermoelectric behavior for these compounds is discussed from the electronic structure level. It is found that, at low temperature, the dopant strongly affect the bands near the Fermi level, which consequently leads to their different thermoelectric properties. The electronic configuration and the difference in atomic number between the dopant and the host atom also play an important role on the thermoelectric properties of In₂₄M₈O₄₈. Our calculations give a valuable insight on how to enhance the thermoelectric performance of In₃₂O₄₈. PMID:21952977

  5. Influence of ZnO Inclusions on the Low-Temperature Thermoelectric Properties of CoSb3

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    Chubilleau, C.; Lenoir, B.; Masschelein, P.; Dauscher, A.; Godart, C.

    2012-06-01

    CoSb3 composites with different amounts of ZnO nanoparticles (2 wt.% to 12 wt.%) were prepared from nanosized ZnO (commercial) and micron-sized CoSb3 (obtained via solid-state reaction) particles mixed in solution and freeze dried. The resulting powders were densified by spark plasma sintering. The samples were characterized by x-ray diffraction and scanning electron microscopy. It was found that ZnO forms micron-sized clusters at the grain boundaries of the matrix material. The thermoelectric properties (electrical resistivity, thermopower, and thermal conductivity) were measured in the 2 K to 300 K temperature range. Both the electrical and thermal conductivities were observed to decrease with increasing ZnO content. The dimensionless figure of merit ZT was improved by up to 30% at 300 K for the sample containing 2 wt.% ZnO.

  6. Low-temperature magnetic, galvanomagnetic, and thermoelectric properties of the type-I clathrates Ba8NixSi46-x

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    Candolfi, C.; Aydemir, U.; Ormeci, A.; Baitinger, M.; Oeschler, N.; Steglich, F.; Grin, Yu.

    2011-05-01

    Galvanomagnetic and thermoelectric properties including Hall effect, electrical resistivity, thermopower, and thermal conductivity of polycrystalline type-I clathrates Ba8NixSi46-x (2.6 ⩽ x ⩽ 3.8) have been studied in the 2- to 350-K temperature range. Further characterization of the electronic properties of these compounds has been performed via low-temperature specific heat and magnetic susceptibility measurements (2-300 K). The electronic band structure, density of states, dispersion curves, and Fermi surface were calculated within the full-potential local-orbital method (FPLO). These calculations have not only revealed that the electronic band structure evolves in a nonrigid manner but have also shown that the density of states at the Fermi level strongly varies with x. The variations in the band structure have been experimentally confirmed by transport properties and specific heat measurements. Regardless of the Ni content, the Fermi surface shows disconnected electron and hole sections that appear consistent with thermopower data indicating that both types of carriers contribute to the electrical conduction in these materials. Magnetic susceptibility measurements have indicated that the Ni atoms do not carry any magnetic moment in these compounds. All the investigated samples exhibit metallic-like behavior resulting in moderate thermopower values and thus, in low dimensionless thermoelectric figures of merit ZT.

  7. Thermoelectric harvesting of low temperature natural/waste heat

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    Rowe, David Michael

    2012-06-01

    Apart from specialized space requirements current development in applications of thermoelectric generation mainly relate to reducing harmful carbon emissions and decreasing costly fuel consumption through the recovery of exhaust heat from fossil fuel powered engines and emissions from industrial utilities. Focus on these applications is to the detriment of the wider exploitations of thermoelectrics with other sources of heat energy, and in particular natural occurring and waste low temperature heat, receiving little, if any, attention. In this presentation thermoelectric generation applications, both potential and real in harvesting low temperature waste/natural heat are reviewed. The use of thermoelectrics to harvest solar energy, ocean thermal energy, geothermal heat and waste heat are discussed and their credibility as future large-scale sources of electrical power assessed.

  8. Thermoelectric Materials Development for Low Temperature Geothermal Power Generation

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    Tim Hansen

    2016-01-29

    Data includes characterization results for novel thermoelectric materials developed specifically for power generation from low temperature geothermal brines. Materials characterization data includes material density, thickness, resistance, Seebeck coefficient. This research was carried out by Novus Energy Partners in Cooperation with Southern Research Institute for a Department of Energy Sponsored Project.

  9. Low Temperature Thermoelectric Characterization of Ag2Se

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    Drymiotis, Fivos; Neff, David; Coney, Michael; Bux, Sabah; Fleurial, Jean-Pierre

    Previous work on Ag2Se showed that this n-type material could have a dimensionless thermoelectric figure of merit (zT) ~1 at room temperature, due to its high mobility and low thermal conductivity. However, the results from the initial reports have not yet been reproduced. In this talk, I will summarize our efforts to replicate the aforementioned thermoelectric performance, and also discuss the experimental setup that we utilized in order to perform the low-temperature thermoelectric characterization of this material. This work was performed at the California Institute of Technology/Jet Propulsion Laboratory under contract with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. This work was supported by JPL's Research and Technology Development Program.

  10. Low-temperature thermoelectric, galvanomagnetic, and thermodynamic properties of the type-I clathrate Ba8AuxSi46-x

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    Aydemir, U.; Candolfi, C.; Ormeci, A.; Oztan, Y.; Baitinger, M.; Oeschler, N.; Steglich, F.; Grin, Yu.

    2011-11-01

    Polycrystalline samples of the clathrate Ba8AuxSi46-x were synthesized for 0.2 ⩽ x ⩽ 10. The homogeneity range of the type-I clathrate phase was determined to be 3.63 ⩽ x ⩽ 6.10 after annealing at 900 °C, while a lower Au concentration (x ≈ 2.2) was obtained by steel-quenching. Quasisingle phase materials were obtained for 4.10 ⩽ x ⩽ 6.10. In this composition range, thermoelectric properties, including electrical resistivity, thermopower, and thermal conductivity, were investigated between 2 and 350 K. These experiments were complemented by low-temperature specific heat and Hall-effect measurements (2-300 K). First-principles calculations were carried out to determine the evolution of the electronic structure as a function of x. Both theoretical and experimental results evidence a progressive evolution, with the Au content, from a metallic-like behavior towards a highly doped semiconducting state which develops around x = 5.43. At this concentration, a crossover from n- to p-type conduction occurs, suggesting that the present system satisfies the Zintl-Klemm concept, which predicts a transition at x = 5.33. This crossover is traced by Hall-effect data indicating a dominant electronlike response for x ⩽ 5.43, which turns into a holelike signal at higher x values. Analysis of the data based on a single-parabolic-band model under the assumption of a single scattering mechanism of the charge carriers proved to adequately describe the transport properties in the compositional range investigated. Interestingly, the temperature dependence of the lattice thermal conductivity is strongly influenced by the Au concentration: the typical behavior of crystalline insulators in the n-type compounds evolves into a glasslike dependence in the p-type samples. The series Ba8AuxSi46-x thus provides an excellent testing ground for the interplay between crystal structure, electronic properties, and lattice thermal conductivity in type-I clathrates.

  11. Transport properties of cubic crystalline Ge2Sb2Te5: a potential low-temperature thermoelectric material.

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    Sun, Jifeng; Mukhopadhyay, Saikat; Subedi, Alaska; Siegrist, Theo; Singh, David J.

    2015-03-26

    Ge2Sb2Te5 (GST) has been widely used as a popular phase change material. In this study, we show that it exhibits high Seebeck coe cients 200 - 300 μV/K in its cubic crystalline phase (c-GST) at remarkably high p-type doping levels of 1 1019 - 6 1019 cm-3 at room temperature. More importantly, at low temperature (T = 200 K), the Seebeck coe cient was found to exceed 200 μV/K for a doping range 1 1019 - 3.5 1019 cm-3. Given that the lattice thermal conductivity in this phase has already been measured to be extremely low ( 0.7 W/m-K at 300 K), our results suggest the possibility of using c-GST as a low-temperature thermoelectric material.

  12. Low-temperature solid state reaction synthesis and thermoelectric properties of high-performance and low-cost Sb-doped Mg2Si0.6Sn0.4

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    Liu, Wei; Tang, Xinfeng; Sharp, Jeff

    2010-03-01

    Mg2Si1-xSnx compounds are a type of low-price, environment-friendly medium temperature thermoelectric materials with very important prospects for practical application, and the exploration of high performance Mg2Si1-xSnx compounds is currently attracting worldwide interest. In this study, Sb-doped Mg2Si0.6Sn0.4 compounds were prepared through a two-step, low-temperature solid state reaction method combined with the spark plasma sintering technique for rapid densification. The influence of Sb doping amount on the thermoelectric properties of Mg2Si0.6-ySn0.4Sby (0 <= y <= 0.015) compounds was investigated. The solid solubility limit of Sb in Mg2Si0.6Sn0.4 compounds was estimated around y = 0.0125. As y increased, the electrical conductivity of Mg2Si0.6-ySn0.4Sby (0 <= y <= 0.0125) compounds increased considerably, while the absolute value of the Seebeck coefficient and the lattice thermal conductivity decreased. The sample with y = 0.0125 had the highest ZT, reaching 1.11 at 860 K, and the samples with 0.005 <= y <= 0.015 all attained ZTmax > 0.95. The adopted synthesis process also showed very good repeatability and regularity in obtaining thermoelectric properties, together with the capability of precise composition control of Mg2Si0.6-ySn0.4Sby, making it promising for the practical application of Mg2Si based thermoelectric materials.

  13. p -type Bi2Se3 for topological insulator and low-temperature thermoelectric applications

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    Hor, Y. S.; Richardella, A.; Roushan, P.; Xia, Y.; Checkelsky, J. G.; Yazdani, A.; Hasan, M. Z.; Ong, N. P.; Cava, R. J.

    2009-05-01

    The growth and elementary properties of p -type Bi2Se3 single crystals are reported. Based on a hypothesis about the defect chemistry of Bi2Se3 , the p -type behavior has been induced through low-level substitutions (1% or less) of Ca for Bi. Scanning tunneling microscopy is employed to image the defects and establish their charge. Tunneling and angle-resolved photoemission spectra show that the Fermi level has been lowered into the valence band by about 400 meV in Bi1.98Ca0.02Se3 relative to the n -type material. p -type single crystals with ab -plane Seebeck coefficients of +180μV/K at room temperature are reported. These crystals show an anomalous peak in the Seebeck coefficient at low temperatures, reaching +120μVK-1 at 7 K, giving them a high thermoelectric power factor at low temperatures. In addition to its interesting thermoelectric properties, p -type Bi2Se3 is of substantial interest for studies of technologies and phenomena proposed for topological insulators.

  14. High thermoelectric figure of merit in nanocrystalline polyaniline at low temperatures

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    Nath, Chandrani; Kumar, Ashok E-mail: okram@csr.res.in; Kuo, Yung-Kang; Okram, Gunadhor Singh E-mail: okram@csr.res.in

    2014-09-29

    Thermoelectric coolers with figure of merit (ZT) close to unity at low temperatures are the need of the hour with new advances in high temperature superconductors, superconducting microelectronic circuits, quantum computers, and photonics. Here, we demonstrate that the conducting polymer polyaniline (Pani) doped with camphor sulfonic acid synthesized in semi-crystalline nanostructures, possesses a giant Seebeck effect at low temperatures. The resulting enormously large Seebeck coefficient (up to 0.6 V/K) combined with an intrinsically low electrical conductivity and thermal conductivity give rise to a ZT = 0.77 at 45 K and ZT = 2.17 at 17 K.

  15. High thermoelectric figure of merit in nanocrystalline polyaniline at low temperatures

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    Nath, Chandrani; Kumar, Ashok; Kuo, Yung-Kang; Okram, Gunadhor Singh

    2014-09-01

    Thermoelectric coolers with figure of merit (ZT) close to unity at low temperatures are the need of the hour with new advances in high temperature superconductors, superconducting microelectronic circuits, quantum computers, and photonics. Here, we demonstrate that the conducting polymer polyaniline (Pani) doped with camphor sulfonic acid synthesized in semi-crystalline nanostructures, possesses a giant Seebeck effect at low temperatures. The resulting enormously large Seebeck coefficient (up to 0.6 V/K) combined with an intrinsically low electrical conductivity and thermal conductivity give rise to a ZT = 0.77 at 45 K and ZT = 2.17 at 17 K.

  16. Intermediate Valence Tuning and Seebeck Coefficient Optimization in Yb-based Low-Temperature Thermoelectric Materials

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    Lehr, Gloria; Morelli, Donald; Jin, Hyungyu; Heremans, Joseph

    2014-03-01

    Several Yb-based intermediate valence compounds have unique thermoelectric properties at low temperatures. These materials are interesting to study for niche applications such as cryogenic Peltier cooling of infrared sensors on satellites. Elements of different sizes, which form isostructural compounds, are used to form solid solutions creating a chemical pressure (smaller atoms - Sc) or relaxation (larger atoms - La) to alter the volume of the unit cell and thereby manipulate the average Yb valence. Magnetic susceptibility measurements show a strong correlation between the Seebeck coefficient and the ratio of trivalent to divalent Yb in these compounds. Two different Yb-based solid solution systems, Yb1-xScxAl2 and Yb1-xLaxCu2Si2, demonstrate that the concentration of Yb can be used to tune both the magnitude of the Seebeck coefficient as well as the temperature at which its absolute maximum occurs. This work is supported by Michigan State University and AFOSR-MURI ``Cryogenic Peltier Cooling'' Contract #FA9550-10-1-0533.

  17. Low temperature thermophysical properties of lunar soil

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    Cremers, C. J.

    1973-01-01

    The thermal conductivity and thermal diffusivity of lunar fines samples from the Apollo 11 and Apollo 12 missions, determined at low temperatures as a function of temperature and various densities, are reviewed. It is shown that the thermal conductivity of lunar soil is nearly the same as that of terrestrial basaltic rock under the same temperature and pressure conditions.

  18. Thermoelectric Properties of Selenides Spinels

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    Snyder, G.; Caillat, T.; Fleurial, J-P.

    2000-01-01

    Many compounds with the spinel structure type have been analyzed for their thermoelectric properties. Published data was used to augment experimental results presented here to select promising thermoelectric spinels.

  19. Bottom-up processing and low temperature transport properties of polycrystalline SnSe

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    Ge, Zhen-Hua; Wei, Kaya; Lewis, Hutton; Martin, Joshua; Nolas, George S.

    2015-05-15

    A hydrothermal approach was employed to efficiently synthesize SnSe nanorods. The nanorods were consolidated into polycrystalline SnSe by spark plasma sintering for low temperature electrical and thermal properties characterization. The low temperature transport properties indicate semiconducting behavior with a typical dielectric temperature dependence of the thermal conductivity. The transport properties are discussed in light of the recent interest in this material for thermoelectric applications. The nanorod growth mechanism is also discussed in detail. - Graphical abstract: SnSe nanorods were synthesized by a simple hydrothermal method through a bottom-up approach. Micron sized flower-like crystals changed to nanorods with increasing hydrothermal temperature. Low temperature transport properties of polycrystalline SnSe, after SPS densification, were reported for the first time. This bottom-up synthetic approach can be used to produce phase-pure dense polycrystalline materials for thermoelectrics applications. - Highlights: • SnSe nanorods were synthesized by a simple and efficient hydrothermal approach. • The role of temperature, time and NaOH content was investigated. • SPS densification allowed for low temperature transport properties measurements. • Transport measurements indicate semiconducting behavior.

  20. Optoelectronic and low temperature thermoelectric studies on nanostructured thin films of silver gallium selenide

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    Jacob, Rajani Philip, Rachel Reena Nazer, Sheeba Abraham, Anitha Nair, Sinitha B.; Pradeep, B.; Urmila, K. S.; Okram, G. S.

    2014-01-28

    Polycrystalline thin films of silver gallium selenide were deposited on ultrasonically cleaned soda lime glass substrates by multi-source vacuum co-evaporation technique. The structural analysis done by X-ray diffraction ascertained the formation of nano structured tetragonal chalcopyrite thin films. The compound formation was confirmed by X-ray photo-electron spectroscopy. Atomic force microscopic technique has been used for surface morphological analysis. Direct allowed band gap ∼1.78eV with high absorption coefficient ∼10{sup 6}/m was estimated from absorbance spectra. Low temperature thermoelectric effects has been investigated in the temperature range 80–330K which manifested an unusual increase in Seebeck coefficient with negligible phonon drag toward the very low and room temperature regime. The electrical resistivity of these n-type films was assessed to be ∼2.6Ωm and the films showed good photo response.

  1. Optoelectronic and low temperature thermoelectric studies on nanostructured thin films of silver gallium selenide

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    Jacob, Rajani; Philip, Rachel Reena; Nazer, Sheeba; Abraham, Anitha; Nair, Sinitha B.; Pradeep, B.; Urmila, K. S.; Okram, G. S.

    2014-01-01

    Polycrystalline thin films of silver gallium selenide were deposited on ultrasonically cleaned soda lime glass substrates by multi-source vacuum co-evaporation technique. The structural analysis done by X-ray diffraction ascertained the formation of nano structured tetragonal chalcopyrite thin films. The compound formation was confirmed by X-ray photo-electron spectroscopy. Atomic force microscopic technique has been used for surface morphological analysis. Direct allowed band gap ˜1.78eV with high absorption coefficient ˜106/m was estimated from absorbance spectra. Low temperature thermoelectric effects has been investigated in the temperature range 80-330K which manifested an unusual increase in Seebeck coefficient with negligible phonon drag toward the very low and room temperature regime. The electrical resistivity of these n-type films was assessed to be ˜2.6Ωm and the films showed good photo response.

  2. Low Temperature Properties and Thermal Stability of Oligomerized Soybean Oil

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    Soybean oil polymers with lower molecular weight prepared in supercritical carbon dioxide (scCO2) by cationic polymerization were investigated for their applications as lubricants and hydraulic fluids. The low-temperature properties were studied by measuring their cloud and pour points; while therm...

  3. Thermoelectric Properties of Nanostructured CeAl3

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    Pokharel, Mani; Dahal, Tulashi; Ren, Zhifeng; Opeil, Cyril; Opeil Group Team; Ren Group Team

    2014-03-01

    Past investigations into the heavy fermion compound CeAl3 reveal a complex low-temperature physics resulting from the strong hybridization of localized 4f states with delocalized conduction electrons. This phenomenon gives rise to unusual electronic, thermal, and magnetic properties. We investigate the low-temperature thermoelectric properties of this strongly correlated system for its potential application as a p-type Peltier cooling element. In our work, nanostructured samples of CeAl3 have been prepared using dc hot-press method and evaluated for their thermoelectric properties. Effects of different hot-pressing temperatures on the nanostructure and the thermoelectric properties will be discussed. Our results on CeAl3 will be compared with our previous work on CeCu6. Funding for this work was provided by the DOD, USAF-OSR, MURI Program under Contract FA9550-10-1-0533.

  4. and Their Thermoelectric Properties

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    Wagner-Reetz, M.; Cardoso-Gil, R.; Grin, Yu.

    2014-06-01

    In this study we performed substitution experiments on the gallium site of the intermetallic semiconductor FeGa3, to adjust the charge carrier concentration, and determined the thermoelectric (TE) properties of the resulting products. Isoelectronic species aluminium and indium, hole-doping zinc, and electron-doping germanium were chosen to find suitable substituent elements. The samples FeGa3- x E x ( E = Al, In, Zn, Ge; x = 0.03, 0.05, 0.06, 0.10, 0.20) were prepared by liquid-solid-reaction with subsequent spark plasma sintering treatment. X-ray diffraction, metallographic, and microstructure analysis were used to determine chemical composition and to evaluate the suitability of the substitution element. For solid solutions FeGa3- x Al x and FeGa3- x In x the substitution concentrations were very low ( x ≤ 0.02) and did not improve the TE properties of FeGa3. The samples FeGa3- x Zn x had the expected p-type behaviour and slightly lower thermal conductivity than the binary compound. A substantial increase in the TE figure of merit was achieved for the solid solution FeGa3- x Ge x for which transition from semiconducting to metal-like behaviour was observed, with an additional decrease of thermal conductivity. The maximum ZT value of 0.21 was achieved for the composition FeGa2.80Ge0.20.

  5. Evaluation of low temperature properties of warm mix asphalt

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    Wen, Jin; Liu, Zhifei; Wu, Shaopeng

    2010-03-01

    Warm mix asphalt (WMA), which reduces the mixing and compaction temperature of conventional hot mix asphalt (HMA), is becoming an attractive paving material. It is critical to identify the low temperature properties of warm mix asphalt. In this study, the three-point bending, bending creep tests and indirect tensile tests were conducted to test the low-temperature properties of warm mix asphalt as well as the conventional hot mix asphalt, which was used as the control mixture. Sasobit and Aspha-min were used as additives for warm mix asphalt, which was mixed and compacted lower than the traditional hot mix asphalt about 25°C dosages accounted for 3% of asphalt, and 0.3% of mixture, respectively. The results of bending strength, bending modulus, and creep rate indicate that warm mix asphalt using Sasobit and Aspha-min slightly affects the resistance property to cracking compared with the conventional hot mix asphalt. The results suggest that the warm mix asphalt can maintain the low temperature properties of hot mix asphalt.

  6. Evaluation of low temperature properties of warm mix asphalt

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    Wen, Jin; Liu, Zhifei; Wu, Shaopeng

    2009-12-01

    Warm mix asphalt (WMA), which reduces the mixing and compaction temperature of conventional hot mix asphalt (HMA), is becoming an attractive paving material. It is critical to identify the low temperature properties of warm mix asphalt. In this study, the three-point bending, bending creep tests and indirect tensile tests were conducted to test the low-temperature properties of warm mix asphalt as well as the conventional hot mix asphalt, which was used as the control mixture. Sasobit and Aspha-min were used as additives for warm mix asphalt, which was mixed and compacted lower than the traditional hot mix asphalt about 25°C dosages accounted for 3% of asphalt, and 0.3% of mixture, respectively. The results of bending strength, bending modulus, and creep rate indicate that warm mix asphalt using Sasobit and Aspha-min slightly affects the resistance property to cracking compared with the conventional hot mix asphalt. The results suggest that the warm mix asphalt can maintain the low temperature properties of hot mix asphalt.

  7. Low temperature transport properties of Ce-Al metallic glasses

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    Zeng, Q. S.; Rotundu, C. R.; Mao, W. L.; Dai, J. H.; Xiao, Y. M.; Chow, P.; Chen, X. J.; Qin, C. L.; Mao, H.-k.; Jiang, J. Z.

    2011-01-01

    The low temperature transport properties of Ce75- x Al25+ x (x = 0, 10, and 15 at. %) metallic glasses were investigated. Magnetic field and composition tuned magnetoresistances changing from negative to positive values were observed at low temperature. It was suggested that these peculiar phenomena were caused by the tunable competition between the Kondo effect and the Ruderman-Kittel-Kasuya-Yoshida interaction in Ce-Al metallic glass with the variation in Ce content and magnetic field. Further magnetization and Ce-2p3d resonant inelastic x-ray scattering spectroscopy measurements supported this scenario. These Ce-Al metallic glasses could provide an interesting model system for the investigation of 4f electron behaviors in complex condensed matter with tunable transport properties.

  8. Promising thermoelectric properties of phosphorenes.

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    Sevik, Cem; Sevinçli, Hâldun

    2016-09-01

    Electronic, phononic, and thermoelectric transport properties of single layer black- and blue-phosphorene structures are investigated with first-principles based ballistic electron and phonon transport calculations employing hybrid functionals. The maximum values of room temperature thermoelectric figure of merit, ZT corresponding to armchair and zigzag directions of black-phosphorene, ∼0.5 and ∼0.25, are calculated as rather smaller than those obtained with first-principles based semiclassical Boltzmann transport theory calculations. On the other hand, the maximum value of room temperature ZT of blue-phosphorene is predicted to be substantially high and remarkable values as high as 2.5 are obtained for elevated temperatures. Besides the fact that these figures are obtained at the ballistic limit, our findings mark the strong possibility of high thermoelectric performance of blue-phosphorene in new generation thermoelectric applications. PMID:27455173

  9. Promising thermoelectric properties of phosphorenes

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    Sevik, Cem; Sevinçli, Hâldun

    2016-09-01

    Electronic, phononic, and thermoelectric transport properties of single layer black- and blue-phosphorene structures are investigated with first-principles based ballistic electron and phonon transport calculations employing hybrid functionals. The maximum values of room temperature thermoelectric figure of merit, ZT corresponding to armchair and zigzag directions of black-phosphorene, ∼0.5 and ∼0.25, are calculated as rather smaller than those obtained with first-principles based semiclassical Boltzmann transport theory calculations. On the other hand, the maximum value of room temperature ZT of blue-phosphorene is predicted to be substantially high and remarkable values as high as 2.5 are obtained for elevated temperatures. Besides the fact that these figures are obtained at the ballistic limit, our findings mark the strong possibility of high thermoelectric performance of blue-phosphorene in new generation thermoelectric applications.

  10. Interplay of chemical expansion, Yb valence, and low temperature thermoelectricity in the YbCu2Si2-xGex solid solution

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    Lehr, Gloria J.; Morelli, Donald T.

    2015-04-01

    YbCu2Si2 is a promising low temperature thermoelectric material because of the large broad peak in the Seebeck coefficient near 100 K combined with a low electrical resistivity. This behavior is thought to arise from fluctuating, or intermediate, valence effects due to partial occupation of Yb 4f energy states near the Fermi level. Previous studies of the magnetic properties under pressure have demonstrated that the average Yb valence is sensitive to the contraction of unit cell volume. By forming a solid solution of YbCu2Si2 with YbCu2Ge2, an isostructural compound with a larger unit cell volume, here we examine the subtle effects of lattice expansion on the transport properties and average Yb valence. We observe a shift in the peak of the Seebeck coefficient towards higher temperatures, as well as an enhanced power factor in the solid solutions. At the same time, a reduction in thermal conductivity due to alloy scattering enhances the thermoelectric figure of merit. Chemical pressure effects may thus be utilized to control and optimize the thermoelectric properties of these alloys in the cryogenic temperature range.

  11. Challenges in Characterizing Low-Temperature Regolith Properties

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    Swanger, Adam Michael; Mantovani, James G.

    2014-01-01

    The success or failure of in-situ resource utilization for planetary surface exploration--be it for scientific, colonization or commercialization purposes--relies heavily on the ability to design and implement systems which effectively process the associated regolith and exploit its benefits. In most cases this challenge necessarily includes the characterization of low-temperature (cryogenic) properties; as many celestial destinations of interest, such as the moon, Mars and asteroids, have little or no atmosphere to help sustain the consistently "high" surface temperatures seen on planets such as Earth, and therefore can experience permanent cryogenic temperatures or dramatic cyclical changes. Characterization of physical properties (such as specific heat, thermal and electrical conductivity, etc.) over the entire temperature profile is undoubtedly an important piece of the puzzle; however, the impact on mechanical properties due to the introduction of icy deposit must also be explored in order to devise effective and robust excavation technologies. Currently the Granular Mechanics and Regolith Operations Lab and the Cryogenics Test Lab at NASA Kennedy Space Center are developing technologies and experimental methods to address these challenges and aid in the characterization of physical and mechanical properties of regolith at cryogenic temperatures. This presentation will review the current state of knowledge concerning lunar regolith at low temperature including that of icy regolith.

  12. Measuring Thermoelectric Properties Automatically

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    Chmielewski, A.; Wood, C.

    1986-01-01

    Microcomputer-controlled system speeds up measurements of Hall voltage, Seebeck coefficient, and thermal diffusivity in semiconductor compounds for thermoelectric-generator applications. With microcomputer system, large data base of these parameters gathered over wide temperature range. Microcomputer increases measurement accuracy, improves operator productivity, and reduces test time.

  13. The anomalous thermal properties of glasses at low temperatures

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    Pohl, R. O.; Salinger, G. L.

    1976-01-01

    While experimentally there is great regularity below 1 deg K in the behavior of a particular thermal property for all amorphous dielectrics it is not understood why these properties should differ from those of crystalline dielectrics, since it would seem that at low temperatures long-wavelength elastic waves, similar in both cases, would determine the thermal properties. A model involving systems having very few levels is used in the present study, although the relation between the model's systems and the nature of the glassy state is not known. It is shown, among other effects, that: specific heat measurements above 0.1 K indicate a distribution of local modes independent of energy; ultrasonic velocity measurements give information about phonon-local mode coupling parameters; and thermal expansion and far infrared experiments indicate a phonon-assisted tunneling model.

  14. Shape memory polymers with high and low temperature resistant properties

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    Xiao, Xinli; Kong, Deyan; Qiu, Xueying; Zhang, Wenbo; Liu, Yanju; Zhang, Shen; Zhang, Fenghua; Hu, Yang; Leng, Jinsong

    2015-01-01

    High temperature shape memory polymers that can withstand the harsh temperatures for durable applications are synthesized, and the aromatic polyimide chains with flexible linkages within the backbone act as reversible phase. High molecular weight (Mn) is demanded to form physical crosslinks as fixed phase of thermoplastic shape memory polyimide, and the relationship between Mn and glass transition temperature (Tg) is explored. Thermoset shape memory polyimide shows higher Tg and storage modulus, better shape fixity than thermoplastic counterpart due to the low-density covalent crosslinking, and the influence of crosslinking on physical properties are studied. The mechanism of high temperature shape memory effects based on chain flexibility, molecular weight and crosslink density is proposed. Exposure to thermal cycling from +150 °C to −150 °C for 200 h produces negligible effect on the properties of the shape memory polyimide, and the possible mechanism of high and low temperature resistant property is discussed. PMID:26382318

  15. Shape memory polymers with high and low temperature resistant properties

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    Xiao, Xinli; Kong, Deyan; Qiu, Xueying; Zhang, Wenbo; Liu, Yanju; Zhang, Shen; Zhang, Fenghua; Hu, Yang; Leng, Jinsong

    2015-09-01

    High temperature shape memory polymers that can withstand the harsh temperatures for durable applications are synthesized, and the aromatic polyimide chains with flexible linkages within the backbone act as reversible phase. High molecular weight (Mn) is demanded to form physical crosslinks as fixed phase of thermoplastic shape memory polyimide, and the relationship between Mn and glass transition temperature (Tg) is explored. Thermoset shape memory polyimide shows higher Tg and storage modulus, better shape fixity than thermoplastic counterpart due to the low-density covalent crosslinking, and the influence of crosslinking on physical properties are studied. The mechanism of high temperature shape memory effects based on chain flexibility, molecular weight and crosslink density is proposed. Exposure to thermal cycling from +150 °C to -150 °C for 200 h produces negligible effect on the properties of the shape memory polyimide, and the possible mechanism of high and low temperature resistant property is discussed.

  16. Low temperature carrier transport properties in isotopically controlled germanium

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    Itoh, K.

    1994-12-01

    Investigations of electronic and optical properties of semiconductors often require specimens with extremely homogeneous dopant distributions and precisely controlled net-carrier concentrations and compensation ratios. The previous difficulties in fabricating such samples are overcome as reported in this thesis by growing high-purity Ge single crystals of controlled {sup 75}Ge and {sup 70}Ge isotopic compositions, and doping these crystals by the neutron transmutation doping (NTD) technique. The resulting net-impurity concentrations and the compensation ratios are precisely determined by the thermal neutron fluence and the [{sup 74}Ge]/[{sup 70}Ge] ratios of the starting Ge materials, respectively. This method also guarantees unprecedented doping uniformity. Using such samples the authors have conducted four types of electron (hole) transport studies probing the nature of (1) free carrier scattering by neutral impurities, (2) free carrier scattering by ionized impurities, (3) low temperature hopping conduction, and (4) free carrier transport in samples close to the metal-insulator transition.

  17. Low temperature resistivity, thermoelectricity, and power factor of Nb doped anatase TiO2

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    Jaćimović, J.; Gaál, R.; Magrez, A.; Piatek, J.; Forró, L.; Nakao, S.; Hirose, Y.; Hasegawa, T.

    2013-01-01

    The resistivity of a very high quality anatase TiO2 doped with 6% of Nb was measured from 300 K down to 40 mK. No sign of superconductivity was detected. Instead, a minute quantity of cation vacancies resulted in a Kondo scattering. Measurements of thermo-electric power and resistivity were extended up to 600 K. The calculated power factor has a peak value of 14 μW/(K2cm) at 350 K, which is comparable to that of Bi2Te3 [Venkatasubramanian et al., Nature 413, 597 (2001)], the archetype thermolectrics. Taking the literature value for the thermal conductivity of Nb doped TiO2 thin films, the calculated figure of merit (ZT) is in the range of 0.1 above 300 K. This value is encouraging for further engineering of the material in order to reach ZT of 1 suitable for high temperature thermoelectrics.

  18. Low-Temperature Seebeck Coefficients for Polaron-Driven Thermoelectric Effect in Organic Polymers.

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    de Oliveira Neto, Pedro Henrique; da Silva Filho, Demétrio A; Roncaratti, Luiz F; Acioli, Paulo H; E Silva, Geraldo Magela

    2016-07-14

    We report the results of electronic structure coupled to molecular dynamics simulations on organic polymers subject to a temperature gradient at low-temperature regimes. The temperature gradient is introduced using a Langevin-type dynamics corrected for quantum effects, which are very important in these systems. Under this condition we were able to determine that in these no-impurity systems the Seebeck coefficient is in the range of 1-3 μV/K. These results are in good agreement with reported experimental results under the same low-temperature conditions. PMID:26886243

  19. Investigating Low Temperature Properties of Rubber Seals - 13020

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    Jaunich, M.; Wolff, D.; Stark, W.

    2013-07-01

    To achieve the required tightness levels of containers for low and intermediate level radioactive wastes rubbers are widely applied as main sealing materials. The save encapsulation of the radioactive container contents has to be guaranteed according to legislation and appropriate guidelines for long storage periods as well as down to temperatures of -40 deg. C during transportation. Therefore the understanding of failure mechanisms that lead to leakage at low temperatures is of high importance. It is known that the material properties of rubbers are strongly influenced by temperature. At low temperatures this is caused by the rubber-glass transition (abbr. glass transition). During continuous cooling the material changes from rubber-like entropy-elastic to stiff energy-elastic behaviour, that allows nearly no strain or retraction. Therefore, rubbers are normally used above their glass transition but the minimum working temperature limit is not defined precisely, what can cause problems during application. The temperature range where full functionality is possible is strongly dependent on the application conditions and the material. For this investigation mainly ethylene propylene diene (EPDM) and fluorocarbon rubbers (FKM) were selected as they are often used for radioactive waste containers. Differential Scanning Calorimetry (DSC) and Dynamic Mechanical Analysis (DMA) are typically used for the determination of the temperature range of the glass transition process. The standardized compression set measurement according to ISO 815 is common for investigation of rubber sealing materials as the test simulates the seal behaviour after release. To reduce the test time of the standard tests a faster technique giving the same information was developed. Additionally, the breakdown temperature of the sealing function of complete O-ring seals is measured in a component test setup to compare it with the results of the other tests. The experimental setup is capable of

  20. Low temperature self-cleaning properties of superhydrophobic surfaces

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    Wang, Fajun; Shen, Taohua; Li, Changquan; Li, Wen; Yan, Guilong

    2014-10-01

    Outdoor surfaces are usually dirty surfaces. Ice accretion on outdoor surfaces could lead to serious accidents. In the present work, the superhydrophobic surface based on 1H, 1H, 2H, 2H-Perfluorodecanethiol (PFDT) modified Ag/PDMS composite was prepared to investigate the anti-icing property and self-cleaning property at temperatures below freezing point. The superhydrophobic surface was deliberately polluted with activated carbon before testing. It was observed that water droplet picked up dusts on the cold superhydrophobic surface and took it away without freezing at a measuring temperature of -10 °C. While on a smooth PFDT surface and a rough surface base on Ag/PDMS composite without PFDT modification, water droplets accumulated and then froze quickly at the same temperature. However, at even lower temperature of -12 °C, the superhydrophobic surface could not prevent the surface water from icing. In addition, it was observed that the frost layer condensed from the moisture pay an important role in determining the low temperature self-cleaning properties of a superhydrophobic surface.

  1. Correlation between low temperature properties and fragility of glasses

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    Zhu, Da-Ming

    1997-03-01

    The nature of glass transition and the nature of low energy excitations that govern the low temperature properties of glasses are the two fundamental problems remain unsolved in the study of glasses. It was recently suggested that several properties governed by the low energy excitations in glasses are correlated to the glass fragility,[1] a parameter used to characterize the temperature variation of relaxation time near glass transitions.[2] A previous examination of the specific heats at T < 1 K and the fragility of a dozen different glasses found a correlation seems to exist.[3] The correlation is also consistent with an interpretation of fragility of glasses in terms of difference in potential energy landscape in configuration space.[2] We recently compared the specific heats and thermal conductivity of several glasses at 1K < T < 20 K and their fragility. We found that a general trend appears to exist that more fragile glasses have lower specific heat bump in the plot of C/T3 versus T or lower step in the plot of C/T versus T. The implication of the correlation and the possible interpretation in terms of potential energy landscape will be discussed. [1] A. P. Sokolov et al, Phys. Rev. Lett. 71, 2062 (1993). [2] C. A. Angell, J. Non-Cryst. Solids 131-133, 13 (1993). [3] Da-Ming Zhu, Phys. Rev. B 54, 6287 (1996).

  2. Thermoelectric Properties of Complex Zintl Phases

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    Snyder, G. Jeffrey

    2008-03-01

    Complex Zintl phases make ideal thermoelectric materials because they can exhibit the necessary ``electron-crystal, phonon-glass'' properties required for high thermoelectric efficiency. Complex crystal structures can lead to high thermoelectric figure of merit (zT) by having extraordinarily low lattice thermal conductivity. A recent example is the discovery that Yb14MnSb11, a complex Zintl compound, has twice the zT as the SiGe based material currently in use at NASA. The high temperature (300K - 1300K) electronic properties of Yb14MnSb11 can be understood using models for heavily doped semiconductors. The free hole concentration, confirmed by Hall effect measurements, is set by the electron counting rules of Zintl and the valence of the transition metal (Mn^+2). Substitution of nonmagnetic Zn^+2 for the magnetic Mn^+2 reduces the spin-disorder scattering and leads to increased zT (10%). The reduction of spin-disorder scattering is consistent with the picture of Yb14MnSb11 as an underscreened Kondo lattice as derived from low temperature measurements. The hole concentration can be reduced by the substitution of Al^+3 for Mn^+2, which leads to an increase in the Seebeck coefficient and electrical resistivity consistent with models for degenerate semiconductors. This leads to further improvements (about 25%) in zT and a reduction in the temperature where the zT peaks. The peak in zT is due to the onset of minority carrier conduction and can be correlated with reduction in Seebeck coefficient, increase in electrical conductivity and increase in thermal conductivity due to bipolar thermal conduction.

  3. Ulta-Low Temperature Properties of Amorphous and Glassy Materials

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    Douglas D. Osheroff

    2013-01-10

    During the grant period we made detailed studies of the dynamics of two level tunneling systems in glasses at very low temperature and by the application of AC and DC electric fields. Models have been developed that now account for both the formation and subsequent breaking of resonant tunneling pairs, and strongly bound pairs in a swept electric field. Perhaps most importantly, we saw a critical field in the polymeric glass Mylar, beyond which recovery following the application of a strong electric field is substantially modified from the predictions of current models. It was essential during the final grant period to see how general these new properties were by testing for them in a new and broader set of glasses. At the same time, the discovery that tunneling systems with nuclei possessing electric quadrupole moments that couple the TS behavior to magnetic fields was studied in this laboratory, using some of the probes that we alone employ. Finally, we were developing our own dielectric pulsed echo system, operating for the first time at the low energy splittings and hence temperatures at which interactions between TS are important. We combined this technique with the sudden application of both electric and strain fields to better understand the dynamics of the response of TS in glasses on a much shorter time scale than is possible with our established probes.

  4. Low temperature property of Metaphosphatecopper(II/I) salt

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    Swain, Trilochan; Brahma, Gouri Sankhar

    2016-04-01

    An inorganically template metaphosphoric acid containing copper salt, nanomaterial, has been synthesized and characterized with different measurement techniques such as Differential Scanning Calorimeter (DSC), UV-Vis-NIR, HRTEM, VSM, PPMS and X-RD. The thermal property of this salt has been studied at a low temperature up to 223 K from 298 K with DSC. The specific heat capacity of this complex has been measured in atmospheric O2 at a rate of 10 K min-1 from 298 K to 223 K and vice versa in two thermal cycles. The net specific heat capacity of this salt is found -88.28 J/gm.K and - 86.56 J/gm.K in first and second thermal cycles, respectively. There is a discontinuity in the specific heat at 106 s while measuring the specific heat capacity of the above nanomaterial at constant temperature 283 K. This particle size of this nanomaterial is ˜ 10 nm. The paramagnetic Curie temperature (θP) and Curie constant (C) are 18.29 K and 1.35x10-3 respectively. This material founds insulator from PPMS and UV-Vis-NIR measurements. So, it can be used as thermal interface material as a composite component with some organic polymers such as paraffin wax, ethylene-vinyl acetate etc.

  5. InAs/GaSb Type II Superlattices as Low-Temperature Thermoelectrics

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    Zhou, C.; Birner, S.; Norko, M.; Tang, Y.; Grayson, M.

    2011-12-01

    Leo Esaki originally proposed that by increasing the layer thickness, InAs/GaSb superlattices can be tuned from a semiconducting to a semimetallic state, where electron and hole wavefunctions are spatially localized to InAs and GaSb layers, respectively. Because of the tunably small spatially indirect gap of InAs/GaSb and the anisotropy of the superlattice structure, this material might have interesting thermoelectric applications at cryogenic temperatures. We measured the thermal conductivity of such Type II superlattices using the 3ω method and observe a reduction by two orders of magnitude from the average GaSb and InAs bulk thermal conductivities. We also use 8×8 band kṡp envelope-function approach to simulate the dispersion function of different period InAs/GaSb superlattices, and we find the InAs and GaSb layer thicknesses can be adjusted to engineer anisotropic band structures.

  6. Low temperature properties of some Er-rich intermetallic compounds

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    K.A. Gshneidner,jr; A.O. Pecharsky; L.Hale; V.K. Pecharsky

    2004-09-30

    The low temperature volumetric heat capacity ({approx}3.5 to 350 K) and magnetic susceptibility ({approx}4 to 320 K) of Er{sub 3}Rh, Er{sub 3}Ir, Er{sub 3}Pt, Er{sub 2}Al, and Er{sub 2}Sn have been measured. All of the compounds order antiferromagnetically (or ferrimagnetically), and most exhibit more than one magnetic ordering transition. The volumetric heat capacities in general are smaller than those of the prototype magnetic regenerator materials, except for Er{sub 3}Ir in the 12 to 14 K temperature range.

  7. Thermal Properties of Double-Aluminized Kapton at Low Temperatures

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    Tuttle, J.; DiPirro, M.; Canavan, E.; Hait, T.

    2008-03-01

    Double-aluminized kapton (DAK) is commonly used in multi-layer insulation blankets in cryogenic systems. NASA plans to use individual DAK sheets in lightweight deployable shields for satellites carrying instruments. A set of these shields will reflect away thermal radiation from the sun, the earth, and the instrument's warm side and allow the instrument's cold side to radiate its own heat to deep space. In order to optimally design such a shield system, it is important to understand the thermal characteristics of DAK down to low temperatures. We describe experiments which measured the thermal conductivity and electrical resistivity down to 4 Kelvin and the emissivity down to 10 Kelvin.

  8. Thermal Properties of Double-Aluminized Kapton at Low Temperatures

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    Tuttle, J.; DiPirro, M.; Canavan, E.; Hait, T.

    2007-01-01

    Double-aluminized kapton (DAK) is commonly used in multi-layer insulation blankets in cryogenic systems. NASA plans to use individual DAK sheets in lightweight deployable shields for satellites carrying instruments. A set of these shields will reflect away thermal radiation from the sun, the earth, and the instrument's warm side and allow the instrument's cold side to radiate its own heat to deep space. In order to optimally design such a shield system, it is important to understand the thermal characteristics of DAK down to low temperatures. We describe experiments which measured the thermal conductivity and electrical resistivity down to 4 Kelvin and the emissivity down to 10 Kelvin.

  9. Low-Temperature Transport Properties of Bi-Substituted β-As2Te3 Compounds

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    Vaney, J.-B.; Carreaud, J.; Delaizir, G.; Morin, C.; Monnier, J.; Alleno, E.; Piarristeguy, A.; Pradel, A.; Gonçalves, A. P.; Lopes, E. B.; Candolfi, C.; Dauscher, A.; Lenoir, B.

    2016-03-01

    β-As2Te3 belongs to the family of Bi2Te3-based alloys, a well-known class of efficient thermoelectric materials around room temperature. As2Te3 exists in two allotropic configurations: α- and β-As2Te3, of which only the latter crystallizes in the same rhombohedral structure as Bi2Te3. Herein, we report on substitution of Bi for As in the As2- x Bi x Te3 system with x = 0.0, 0.015, 0.025, and 0.035. These samples have been characterized by x-ray diffraction and scanning electron microscopy. The transport properties have been measured at low temperatures (5 K to 300 K) in both directions, parallel and perpendicular to the pressing direction. The results are compared with those obtained in previous study on samples substituted by Sn. Compared with Sn, Bi allows for a clear decrease in electrical resistivity while maintaining the thermal conductivity below 1 W/(m K) over the whole temperature range. As a result, a comparable peak ZT value near 0.2 was obtained at room temperature.

  10. semiconducting nanostructures: morphology and thermoelectric properties

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    Culebras, Mario; Torán, Raquel; Gómez, Clara M.; Cantarero, Andrés

    2014-08-01

    Semiconducting metallic oxides, especially perosvkite materials, are great candidates for thermoelectric applications due to several advantages over traditionally metallic alloys such as low production costs and high chemical stability at high temperatures. Nanostructuration can be the key to develop highly efficient thermoelectric materials. In this work, La 1- x Ca x MnO 3 perosvkite nanostructures with Ca as a dopant have been synthesized by the hydrothermal method to be used in thermoelectric applications at room temperature. Several heat treatments have been made in all samples, leading to a change in their morphology and thermoelectric properties. The best thermoelectric efficiency has been obtained for a Ca content of x=0.5. The electrical conductivity and Seebeck coefficient are strongly related to the calcium content.

  11. Low-temperature mechanical properties of glass/epoxy laminates

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    Reed, R. P.; Madhukar, M.; Thaicharoenporn, B.; Martovetsky, N. N.

    2014-01-27

    Selected mechanical properties of glass/epoxy laminate candidates for use in the electrical turn and ground insulation of the ITER Central solenoid (CS) modules were measured. Short-beam shear and flexural tests have been conducted on various E-glass cloth weaves/epoxy laminates at 295 and 77 K. Types of glass weave include 1581, 7500, 7781, and 38050, which represent both satin and plain weaves. The epoxy, planned for use for vacuum-pressure impregnation of the CS module, consists of an anhydride-cured bisphenol F resin system. Inter-laminar shear strength, flexural elastic modulus, and flexural strength have been measured. The data indicate that these properties are dependent on the volume percent of glass. Short-beam shear strength was measured as a function of the span-to-thickness ratio for all laminates at 77 K. Comprehensive fractography was conducted to obtain the failure mode of each short-beam shear test sample.

  12. Low-temperature mechanical properties of glass/epoxy laminates

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    Reed, R. P.; Madhukar, M.; Thaicharoenporn, B.; Martovetsky, N. N.

    2014-01-01

    Selected mechanical properties of glass/epoxy laminate candidates for use in the electrical turn and ground insulation of the ITER Central solenoid (CS) modules were measured. Short-beam shear and flexural tests have been conducted on various E-glass cloth weaves/epoxy laminates at 295 and 77 K. Types of glass weave include 1581, 7500, 7781, and 38050, which represent both satin and plain weaves. The epoxy, planned for use for vacuum-pressure impregnation of the CS module, consists of an anhydride-cured bisphenol F resin system. Inter-laminar shear strength, flexural elastic modulus, and flexural strength have been measured. The data indicate that these properties are dependent on the volume percent of glass. Short-beam shear strength was measured as a function of the span-to-thickness ratio for all laminates at 77 K. Comprehensive fractography was conducted to obtain the failure mode of each short-beam shear test sample.

  13. Thermoelectric properties of granular metals.

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    Glatz, A.; Beloborodov, I. S.; Materials Science Division; California State Univ. Northridge

    2009-01-01

    We investigate the thermopower and thermoelectric coefficient of nanogranular materials at large tunneling conductance between the grains, g{sub T} >> 1. We show that at intermediate temperatures, T>g{sub T}{delta}, where {delta} is the mean energy-level spacing for a single grain, electron-electron interaction leads to an increase in the thermopower with decreasing grain size. We discuss our results in light of the next generation of thermoelectric materials and present the behavior of the figure of merit depending on the system parameters.

  14. The thermal properties and thermoelectric performance of γ-graphyne nanoribbons

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    Yang, Zhi; Ji, Yu-Long; Lan, Guoqiang; Xu, Li-Chun; Wang, Hua; Liu, Xuguang; Xu, Bingshe

    2016-04-01

    The thermal properties and thermoelectric performance of one-dimensional armchair and zigzag γ-graphyne nanoribbons (γ-GYNRs) are theoretically investigated in the present study. We found that the pristine γ-GYNRs hold lower phononic thermal conductance and better figure of merit (ZT) than graphene nanorribons. The maximal ZT values for the armchair and zigzag γ-GYNRs are 0.93 and 0.61, respectively. By introducing 14C atoms, the thermoelectric conversion efficiencies of γ-GYNRs are greatly enhanced, thus the isotope effect can significantly improve the thermoelectric properties of the systems. More importantly, under a relatively low temperature, the maximal ZT of a defective zigzag γ-GYNR is as high as 2.12, indicating that γ-GYNRs are promising materials for constructing excellent thermoelectric nanodevices.

  15. Lattice dynamics and thermoelectric properties of nanocrystalline silicon-germanium alloys

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    Claudio, Tania; Stein, Niklas; Peterman, Nils; Stroppa, Daniel; Koza, Michael M.; Wiggers, Hartmut; Klobes, B.; Schierning, Gabi; Hermann, Raphael P.

    2015-10-26

    The lattice dynamics and thermoelectric properties of sintered phosphorus-doped nanostructured silicon- germanium alloys obtained by gas-phase synthesis were studied. Measurements of the density of phonon states by inelastic neutron scattering were combined with measurements of the elastic constants and the low- temperature heat capacity. A strong influence of nanostructuring and alloying on the lattice dynamics was observed. The thermoelectric transport properties of samples with different doping as well as samples sintered at different temperature were characterized between room temperature and 1000C. A peak figure of merit zT = 0:88 at 900C is observed and comparatively insensitive to the aforementioned param- eter variations.

  16. Thermoelectric Properties of Lanthanum Sulfide

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    Wood, C.; Lockwood, R.; Parker, J. B.; Zoltan, A.; Zoltan, L. D.; Danielson, L.; Raag, V.

    1987-01-01

    Report describes measurement of Seebeck coefficient, electrical resistivity, thermal conductivity, and Hall effect in gamma-phase lanthanum sulfide with composition of La3-x S4. Results of study, part of search for high-temperature thermoelectric energy-conversion materials, indicate this sulfide behaves like extrinsic semiconductor over temperature range of 300 to 1,400 K, with degenerate carrier concentration controlled by stoichiometric ratio of La to S.

  17. Optimizing Thermoelectric Properties in Composites

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

    Here we consider semiconductor composites as a way to yield high thermoelectric figure of merit. Effective medium theory limits the figure of merit of a composite made from two non-interacting materials, A and B, to the larger of the two. In previous work, we describe a mechanism that can lift this limitation by treating charge and heat flux separately. Silica beads coated with a conducting shell are inserted into a thermoelectric host. Thermal conductivity decreases with insulating material added, but electrical conductivity is maintained via locally conducting surfaces. We apply the theory to p-type (Bi,Sb)2Te3 host material. Several permutations are possible: Te-coated beads in Sb-rich material, or Sb-coated beads in Te-rich material. First, we review data for varying bead coatings and heat treatments, followed by varying stoichiometry in the host. New data considers an additional parameter of varying bead diameter, as well as optimizing these parameters simultaneously to enhance thermoelectric performance.

  18. Thermoelectric properties of -FeSi2

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    Parker, David S; Singh, David J; Pandey, Tribhuwan; Singh, Abhishek

    2013-01-01

    We investigate the thermoelectric properties of -FeSi2 using first principles electronic structure and Boltzmann trans- port calculations. We report a high thermopower for both p- and n-type -FeSi2 over a wide range of carrier concentra- tion and in addition find the performance for n-type to be higher than for the p-type. Our results indicate that, depending upon temperature, a doping level of 3 1020 - 2 1021 cm 3 may optimize the thermoelectric performance.

  19. Thermoelectric property of a new silicon crystal

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    Chae, Kisung; Choi, Seon-Myeong; Kim, Duck Young; Son, Young-Woo

    We present ab initio calculations on thermoelectric properties of a recently synthesised allotrope of silicon crystal. A new silicon crystal with 24 Si atoms per unit cell has open channels along the specific crystallographic direction and shows a quasidirect energy gap of 1.3 eV. Using various first-principles calculation techniques for electrical and thermal conductivity as well as Seebeck coefficient, we find large suppression of thermal conductivity and relatively large Seebeck coefficient in the new silicon crystal, thus demonstrating a competitive thermoelectric figure of merit.

  20. The thermoelectric properties of strongly correlated systems

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    Cai, Jianwei

    Strongly correlated systems are among the most interesting and complicated systems in physics. Large Seebeck coefficients are found in some of these systems, which highlight the possibility for thermoelectric applications. In this thesis, we study the thermoelectric properties of these strongly correlated systems with various methods. We derived analytic formulas for the resistivity and Seebeck coefficient of the periodic Anderson model based on the dynamic mean field theory. These formulas were possible as the self energy of the single impurity Anderson model could be given by an analytic ansatz derived from experiments and numerical calculations instead of complicated numerical calculations. The results show good agreement with the experimental data of rare-earth compound in a restricted temperature range. These formulas help to understand the properties of periodic Anderson model. Based on the study of rare-earth compounds, we proposed a design for the thermoelectric meta-material. This manmade material is made of quantum dots linked by conducting linkers. The quantum dots act as the rare-earth atoms with heavier mass. We set up a model similar to the periodic Anderson model for this new material. The new model was studied with the perturbation theory for energy bands. The dynamic mean field theory with numerical renormalization group as the impurity solver was used to study the transport properties. With these studies, we confirmed the improved thermoelectric properties of the designed material.

  1. Enhanced thermoelectric properties in silicon nanowires

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    Mitrovic, Slobodan; Yu, Jen-Kan; Boukai, Akram; Tahir-Kheli, Jamil; Goddard, William A., III; Heath, James R.

    2008-03-01

    Recently, we demonstrated that silicon nanowires can be designed and fabricated to achieve an approximately 100-fold enhancement in thermoelectric efficiency compared to bulk silicon. Independent measurements of thermoelectric power, and thermal and electrical conductivities suggest that this improvement is due to phonon effects rather than quantum confinement. Here, we present the study of the scaling laws (i.e. nanowire length/width dependence) for the phonon dynamics and transport. We investigate the influence of the phonon drag, carrier mobility and doping on the thermoelectric properties, and the universality of these findings. This work is supported by the Office of Naval Research, the Department of Energy, the National Science Foundation, and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency.

  2. Thermoelectric properties of cerium monopnictides

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    Danielson, L. R.; Alexander, M. N.; Wood, C.; Lockwood, R. A.; Vandersande, J. W.

    1987-01-01

    Several cerium pnictides have been synthesized from the pure elements and hot pressed into test samples. Measurements of Seebeck coefficients and electrical resistivities were performed on these samples from room temperature to 1000 C. Cerium arsenide and cerium antimonide are n-type; cerium nitride changes from p-type to n-type conduction at 800 C. The materials are semimetals with resistivities below 1 mohm/cm. Cerium arsenide is the most favorable of the pnictides studied for high-temperature thermoelectric energy conversion, with an average power factor of 15 microW/cm K sq from 500 to 1000 C.

  3. Thermoelectric properties of inverse opals

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    Mahan, G. D.; Poilvert, N.; Crespi, V. H.

    2016-02-01

    Rayleigh's method [Philos. Mag. Ser. 5 34, 481 (1892)] is used to solve for the classical thermoelectric equations in inverse opals. His theory predicts that in an inverse opal, with periodic holes, the Seebeck coefficient and the figure of merit are identical to that of the bulk material. We also provide a major revision to Rayleigh's method, in using the electrochemical potential as an important variable, instead of the electrostatic potential. We also show that in some cases, the thermal boundary resistance is important in the effective thermal conductivity.

  4. Oxidation, Low Temperature, and Lubricating Properties of Chemically-modified Methyl Oleates

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    The inherent problems of vegetable oils, such as poor oxidation and low temperature properties, can be improved by attaching functional groups at the sites of unsaturation through chemical modification. In this study, we have shown how functionalization helps overcome these disadvantages. Five bra...

  5. Glycerol Tri-Ester Derivatives as Diluents to Improve Low Temperature Properties of Vegetable Oils

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    Large-scale production of biodiesel has led to a surplus of glycerol, so new commercial uses of this co-product are being sought. Twenty four vegetable oils were screened using glycerol tris (2-ethylhexanoate) [GTEH] as a diluent to improve the low temperature properties. Epoxidized soybean oil (E...

  6. Low-Temperature Thermodynamic Properties of a One-Dimensional Generalized Wigner Crystal

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    Slavin, V.

    The low-temperature thermodynamic properties of a one-dimensional generalized Wigner crystal at arbitrary values of electron density and arbitrary number of interacting electrons are studied. The modified transfer-matrixes method is applied. It is shown that increasing the number of interacting electrons leads to the appearance of more and more fine "stairs" in low-temperature dependence of chemical potential against electron density. An influence of the disorder in host-lattice site positions on thermodynamic characteristics of the system is considered. It is established that the disorder destroys the "stairs".

  7. Thermoelectric properties of lanthanum sulfide

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    Wood, C.; Lockwood, A.; Parker, J.; Zoltan, A.; Zoltan, D.

    1985-01-01

    The Seebeck coefficient, electrical resistivity, thermal conductivity, and Hall effect have been studied in gamma-phase La(3-x)S4(LaS/y/) for compositions with x in the range from 0.04 to 0.3 (y in the range from 1.35 to 1.48) in order to ascertain its suitability for high-temperature (300 to 1400 K) thermoelectric energy conversion. In this temperature and composition range the material behaves as an extrinsic semiconductor whose degenerate carrier concentration is controlled by the stoichiometric ratio of La to S. A maximum figure-of-merit (Z) of approximately 0.0005 per K at a composition x = 0.3, y = 1.48 (LaS/1.48/) was obtained.

  8. Thermoelectric properties of zinc based pnictide semiconductors

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    Sreeparvathy, P. C.; Kanchana, V.; Vaitheeswaran, G.

    2016-02-01

    We report a detailed first principles density functional calculations to understand the electronic structure and transport properties of Zn-based pnictides ZnXPn2 (X: Si, Ge, and Sn; Pn: P and As) and ZnSiSb2. The electronic properties calculated using Tran-Blaha modified Becke-Johnson functional reveals the semi-conducting nature, and the resulting band gaps are in good agreement with experimental and other theoretical reports. We find a mixture of heavy and light bands in the band structure which is an advantage for good thermoelectric (TE) properties. The calculated transport properties unveils the favour p-type conduction in ZnXP2 (X: Si, Ge, and Sn) and n-type conduction in ZnGeP2 and ZnSiAs2. Comparison of transport properties of Zn-based pnictides with the prototype chalcopyrite thermoelectric materials implies that the thermopower values of the investigated compounds to be higher when compared with the prototype chalcopyrite thermoelectric materials, together with the comparable values for electrical conductivity scaled by relaxation time. In addition to this, Zn-based pnictides are found to possess higher thermopower than well known traditional TE materials at room temperature and above which motivates further research in these compounds.

  9. Thermoelectric Properties of Non-Metallic Topological Insulator Bi2 Te 3 at High Magnetic Fields

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    Qu, Dong-Xia; Hor, Yew San; Cava, Robert J.; Ong, N. Phuan; Princeton University Team

    2011-03-01

    Three-dimensional topological insulators are a new class of electronic systems characterized by a bulk insulating state and conducting surface states with Dirac-like energy-momentum dispersion [1, 2]. One of the interesting aspects of this material is how the surface states affect thermoelectric properties of the whole electronic system, given that the bismuth based topological insulators are also excellent thermoelectric materials. We studied the low-temperature thermoelectric transport properties of high-mobility bulk topological insulator Bi 2 Te 3 at high magnetic fields up to 35 T. We found remarkably large quantum oscillations in the thermopower of the surface states over a field range of 14 to 35 T. The existence of a non-zero Berry's phase in surface electrons is confirmed from the magneto-oscillations of both thermopower and magnetoresistance. Supported by NSF-MRSEC under Grant DMR 08-19860.

  10. Thermoelectric properties of magnesium silicide fabricated using vacuum plasma thermal spray

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    Fu, Gaosheng; Zuo, Lei; Longtin, Jon; Nie, Chao; Gambino, Richard

    2013-10-01

    The thermoelectric properties of magnesium silicide samples prepared by Vacuum Plasma Spray (VPS) are compared with those made from the conventional hot press method using the same feedstock powder. Thermal conductivity, electrical conductivity, Seebeck coefficient, and figure of merit are characterized from room temperature to 700 K. X-ray diffraction and scanning electron microscopy of the samples are obtained to assess how phase and microstructure influence the thermoelectric properties. Carrier concentration and Hall mobility are obtained from Hall Effect measurements, which provide further insight into the electrical conductivity and Seebeck coefficient mechanisms. Low-temperature electrical conductivity measurements suggest a 3D variable range hopping effect in the samples. VPS samples achieved a maximum ZT = 0.16 at 700 K, which is around 30% of the hot press sample ZT = 0.55 at 700 K using the same raw powder. The results suggest that thermal spray is a potential deposition technique for thermoelectric materials.

  11. Ferrous sulfate based low temperature synthesis and magnetic properties of nickel ferrite nanostructures

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    Tejabhiram, Y.; Pradeep, R.; Helen, A.T.; Gopalakrishnan, C.; Ramasamy, C.

    2014-12-15

    Highlights: • Novel low temperature synthesis of nickel ferrite nanoparticles. • Comparison with two conventional synthesis techniques including hydrothermal method. • XRD results confirm the formation of crystalline nickel ferrites at 110 °C. • Superparamagnetic particles with applications in drug delivery and hyperthermia. • Magnetic properties superior to conventional methods found in new process. - Abstract: We report a simple, low temperature and surfactant free co-precipitation method for the preparation of nickel ferrite nanostructures using ferrous sulfate as the iron precursor. The products obtained from this method were compared for their physical properties with nickel ferrites produced through conventional co-precipitation and hydrothermal methods which used ferric nitrate as the iron precursor. X-ray diffraction analysis confirmed the synthesis of single phase inverse spinel nanocrystalline nickel ferrites at temperature as low as 110 °C in the low temperature method. Electron microscopy analysis on the samples revealed the formation of nearly spherical nanostructures in the size range of 20–30 nm which are comparable to other conventional methods. Vibrating sample magnetometer measurements showed the formation of superparamagnetic particles with high magnetic saturation 41.3 emu/g which corresponds well with conventional synthesis methods. The spontaneous synthesis of the nickel ferrite nanoparticles by the low temperature synthesis method was attributed to the presence of 0.808 kJ mol{sup −1} of excess Gibbs free energy due to ferrous sulfate precursor.

  12. Joining of Silver Nanomaterials at Low Temperatures: Processes, Properties, and Applications.

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    Peng, Peng; Hu, Anming; Gerlich, Adrian P; Zou, Guisheng; Liu, Lei; Zhou, Y Norman

    2015-06-17

    A review is provided, which first considers low-temperature diffusion bonding with silver nanomaterials as filler materials via thermal sintering for microelectronic applications, and then other recent innovations in low-temperature joining are discussed. The theoretical background and transition of applications from micro to nanoparticle (NP) pastes based on joining using silver filler materials and nanojoining mechanisms are elucidated. The mechanical and electrical properties of sintered silver nanomaterial joints at low temperatures are discussed in terms of the key influencing factors, such as porosity and coverage of substrates, parameters for the sintering processes, and the size and shape of nanomaterials. Further, the use of sintered silver nanomaterials for printable electronics and as robust surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy substrates by exploiting their optical properties is also considered. Other low-temperature nanojoining strategies such as optical welding of silver nanowires (NWs) through a plasmonic heating effect by visible light irradiation, ultrafast laser nanojoining, and ion-activated joining of silver NPs using ionic solvents are also summarized. In addition, pressure-driven joining of silver NWs with large plastic deformation and self-joining of gold or silver NWs via oriented attachment of clean and activated surfaces are summarized. Finally, at the end of this review, the future outlook for joining applications with silver nanomaterials is explored. PMID:26005792

  13. Low-Temperature Bonding of Bi0.5Sb1.5Te3 Thermoelectric Material with Cu Electrodes Using a Thin-Film In Interlayer

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    Lin, Yan-Cheng; Yang, Chung-Lin; Huang, Jing-Yi; Jain, Chao-Chi; Hwang, Jen-Dong; Chu, Hsu-Shen; Chen, Sheng-Chi; Chuang, Tung-Han

    2016-09-01

    A Bi0.5Sb1.5Te3 thermoelectric material electroplated with a Ni barrier layer and a Ag reaction layer was bonded with a Ag-coated Cu electrode at low temperatures of 448 K (175 °C) to 523 K (250 °C) using a 4- μm-thick In interlayer under an external pressure of 3 MPa. During the bonding process, the In thin film reacted with the Ag layer to form a double layer of Ag3In and Ag2In intermetallic compounds. No reaction occurred at the Bi0.5Sb1.5Te3/Ni interface, which resulted in low bonding strengths of about 3.2 MPa. The adhesion of the Bi0.5Sb1.5Te3/Ni interface was improved by precoating a 1- μm Sn film on the surface of the thermoelectric element and preheating it at 523 K (250 °C) for 3 minutes. In this case, the bonding strengths increased to a range of 9.1 to 11.5 MPa after bonding at 473 K (200 °C) for 5 to 60 minutes, and the shear-tested specimens fractured with cleavage characteristics in the interior of the thermoelectric material. The bonding at 448 K (175 °C) led to shear strengths ranging from 7.1 to 8.5 MPa for various bonding times between 5 and 60 minutes, which were further increased to the values of 10.4 to 11.7 MPa by increasing the bonding pressure to 9.8 MPa. The shear strengths of Bi0.5Sb1.5Te3/Cu joints bonded with the optimized conditions of the modified solid-liquid interdiffusion bonding process changed only slightly after long-term exposure at 473 K (200 °C) for 1000 hours.

  14. Low-Temperature Bonding of Bi0.5Sb1.5Te3 Thermoelectric Material with Cu Electrodes Using a Thin-Film In Interlayer

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    Lin, Yan-Cheng; Yang, Chung-Lin; Huang, Jing-Yi; Jain, Chao-Chi; Hwang, Jen-Dong; Chu, Hsu-Shen; Chen, Sheng-Chi; Chuang, Tung-Han

    2016-07-01

    A Bi0.5Sb1.5Te3 thermoelectric material electroplated with a Ni barrier layer and a Ag reaction layer was bonded with a Ag-coated Cu electrode at low temperatures of 448 K (175 °C) to 523 K (250 °C) using a 4-μm-thick In interlayer under an external pressure of 3 MPa. During the bonding process, the In thin film reacted with the Ag layer to form a double layer of Ag3In and Ag2In intermetallic compounds. No reaction occurred at the Bi0.5Sb1.5Te3/Ni interface, which resulted in low bonding strengths of about 3.2 MPa. The adhesion of the Bi0.5Sb1.5Te3/Ni interface was improved by precoating a 1-μm Sn film on the surface of the thermoelectric element and preheating it at 523 K (250 °C) for 3 minutes. In this case, the bonding strengths increased to a range of 9.1 to 11.5 MPa after bonding at 473 K (200 °C) for 5 to 60 minutes, and the shear-tested specimens fractured with cleavage characteristics in the interior of the thermoelectric material. The bonding at 448 K (175 °C) led to shear strengths ranging from 7.1 to 8.5 MPa for various bonding times between 5 and 60 minutes, which were further increased to the values of 10.4 to 11.7 MPa by increasing the bonding pressure to 9.8 MPa. The shear strengths of Bi0.5Sb1.5Te3/Cu joints bonded with the optimized conditions of the modified solid-liquid interdiffusion bonding process changed only slightly after long-term exposure at 473 K (200 °C) for 1000 hours.

  15. The influence of the nanostructure geometry on the thermoelectric properties

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    AL-Badry, Lafy F.

    2016-09-01

    We discuss the influence of nanostructure geometry on the thermoelectric properties in quantum ring consists of one QD in each arm, each QD connects with side QD. The calculations are based on the time-dependent Hamiltonian model, the steady state is considered to obtain an analytical expression for the transmission probability as a function of system energies. We employed the transmission probability to calculate the thermoelectric properties. We investigate thermoelectric properties through three configurations of this nanostructure. Figure of merit enhanced in configuration (II) when side QD connected to upper arm of quantum ring. The magnetic flux threads quantum ring. The effect of magnetic flux on the thermoelectric properties is examined.

  16. Effect of metal doping on the low-temperature structural behavior of thermoelectric {beta}-Zn{sub 4}Sb{sub 3}

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    Nylen, Johanna; Lidin, Sven; Andersson, Magnus; Liu Hongxue; Newman, Nate; Haeussermann, Ulrich

    2007-09-15

    The low-temperature structural phase transitions of Bi, Pb, In and Sn-doped samples of thermoelectric Zn{sub 4}Sb{sub 3} have been characterized on crystals grown from molten metal fluxes, using electrical resistance and single crystal X-ray diffraction measurements. Room temperature stable, disordered, {beta}-Zn{sub 4}Sb{sub 3} undergoes two phase transitions at 254 and 235 K to the consecutively higher ordered phases {alpha} and {alpha}', respectively. The ideal crystallographic composition of {alpha}-Zn{sub 4}Sb{sub 3} is Zn{sub 13}Sb{sub 10}. The {alpha}-{alpha}' transformation is triggered by a slight and homogenous Zn deficiency with respect to this composition and introduces a compositional modulation in the {alpha}-Zn{sub 4}Sb{sub 3} structure. When preparing {beta}-Zn{sub 4}Sb{sub 3} in the presence of metals with low melting points (Bi, Sn, In, Pb) the additional metal atoms are unavoidably incorporated in small concentrations (0.04-1.3 at%) and act as dopants. This incorporation alters the subtle balance between Zn disorder and Zn deficiency in Zn{sub 4}Sb{sub 3} and has dramatic consequences for its low-temperature structural behavior. From molten metal flux synthesis it is possible to obtain (doped) Zn{sub 4}Sb{sub 3} samples which (1) only display a {beta}-{alpha} transition, (2) only display a {beta}-{alpha}' transition, or (3) do not display any low-temperature phase transition at all. Case (2) provided diffraction data with a sufficient quality to obtain a structural model for highly complex, compositionally modulated, {alpha}'-Zn{sub 4}Sb{sub 3}. The crystallographic composition of this phase is Zn{sub 84}Sb{sub 65}. - Graphical abstract: The thermoelectric material Zn{sub 4}Sb{sub 3} displays complex temperature polymorphism. Room temperature stable, disordered, {beta}-Zn{sub 4}Sb{sub 3} undergoes two phase transitions at 254 and 235 K to the consecutively higher ordered phases {alpha} and {alpha}', respectively. The {alpha

  17. Thermal and thermoelectric properties of graphene.

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    Xu, Yong; Li, Zuanyi; Duan, Wenhui

    2014-06-12

    The subject of thermal transport at the mesoscopic scale and in low-dimensional systems is interesting for both fundamental research and practical applications. As the first example of truly two-dimensional materials, graphene has exceptionally high thermal conductivity, and thus provides an ideal platform for the research. Here we review recent studies on thermal and thermoelectric properties of graphene, with an emphasis on experimental progresses. A general physical picture based on the Landauer transport formalism is introduced to understand underlying mechanisms. We show that the superior thermal conductivity of graphene is contributed not only by large ballistic thermal conductance but also by very long phonon mean free path (MFP). The long phonon MFP, explained by the low-dimensional nature and high sample purity of graphene, results in important isotope effects and size effects on thermal conduction. In terms of various scattering mechanisms in graphene, several approaches are suggested to control thermal conductivity. Among them, introducing rough boundaries and weakly-coupled interfaces are promising ways to suppress thermal conduction effectively. We also discuss the Seebeck effect of graphene. Graphene itself might not be a good thermoelectric material. However, the concepts developed by graphene research might be applied to improve thermoelectric performance of other materials. PMID:24610791

  18. Tunable thermoelectric properties in bended graphene nanoribbons

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    Chang-Ning, Pan; Jun, He; Mao-Fa, Fang

    2016-07-01

    The ballistic thermoelectric properties in bended graphene nanoribbons (GNRs) are systematically investigated by using atomistic simulation of electron and phonon transport. We find that the electron resonant tunneling effect occurs in the metallic–semiconducting linked ZZ-GNRs (the bended GNRs with zigzag edge leads). The electron-wave quantum interference effect occurs in the metallic–metallic linked AA-GNRs (the bended GNRs with armchair edge leads). These different physical mechanisms lead to the large Seebeck coefficient S and high electron conductance in bended ZZ-GNRs/AA-GNRs. Combined with the reduced lattice thermal conduction, the significant enhancement of the figure of merit ZT is predicted. Moreover, we find that the ZTmax (the maximum peak of ZT) is sensitive to the structural parameters. It can be conveniently tuned by changing the interbend length of bended GNRs. The magnitude of ZT ranges from the 0.15 to 0.72. Geometry-controlled ballistic thermoelectric effect offers an effective way to design thermoelectric devices such as thermocouples based on graphene. Project supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant No. 61401153) and the Natural Science Foundation of Hunan Province, China (Grant Nos. 2015JJ2050 and 14JJ3126).

  19. Ballistic thermal transport properties at low temperatures in semiconductor nanowires-based heterojunctions

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    Yu, Xia; Xie, Zhong-Xiang; Liu, Jun-Hun; Chen, Qiao; Li, Ke-Min; Zhang, Yong

    2016-04-01

    In this paper, we study ballistic thermal transport properties at low temperatures in semiconductor nanowires-based heterojunctions under hard-wall boundary conditions (HWBCs) and stress-free boundary conditions (SFBCs). Here, the numerical calculations for the asymmetric heterojunction (ASHJ) and symmetric heterojunction (SHJ) are done. When SFBCs are employed, the transmission coefficient exhibits different behaviors between ASHJ and SHJ especially at low frequency, but when HWBCs are employed, the transmission coefficient displays similar smooth platforms in both heterojunctions. In low temperature limit, the quantized thermal conductance can be observed in SHJ under SFBCs regardless of the structural details. However, this quantization cannot be observed in ASHJ under SFBCs, and the thermal conductance is strongly sensitive to the transverse width ratio rather than the slant angle. With increasing the transverse width ratio, the thermal conductance in both heterojunctions gradually increases especially, and such the increasing degree is more evident at higher temperatures. A brief analysis of these results is given.

  20. Low temperature transport properties of the quadrupolar Kondo lattice system PrTi2Al20

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    Sakai, Akito; Nakatsuji, Satoru

    2013-08-01

    We have investigated the low temperature transport properties of the cubic Γ3 compound PrTi2Al20. This is a quadrupolar Kondo lattice system where the nongmagnetic quadrupoles, which form a long-range order at low temperatures, have strong hybridization with the conduction electrons. A sharp drop of the resistivity due to a ferroquadrupole ordering is observed at T Q = 2.0 K. The T 2 dependence of the resistivity and the large Sommerfeld coefficient γ above T Q suggest the formation of a heavy-fermion state. The temperature dependence of the resistivity below T Q does not show a power law but exponential law behavior, indicating the emergence of an anisotropy gap Δ in the collective mode associated with the ferroquadrupole order below T Q. The Fisher-Langer relation holds around T Q, suggesting the higher order scattering processes than those in Born approximation are not dominant for this ferroquadrupole ordering.

  1. Effect of low temperature plasma on the functional properties of basmati rice flour.

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    Thirumdas, Rohit; Deshmukh, R R; Annapure, U S

    2016-06-01

    The present study deals with the application of low temperature plasma on basmati rice flour and its effect on functional properties such as gel hydrations properties, flour hydration properties, gelatinization temperatures and antioxidant properties. The water holding capacity and water binding capacity were observed to be increased with increase in plasma power and time of treatment as the air plasma is known to make the surface more hydrophilic. XRD analysis revealed there is no significance difference in the crystalline structure after the plasma treatment. DSC shows a decrease in peak temperatures (Tp) after the treatment. Hot paste viscosities were observed to be decease from 692 to 591 BU was corresponded to decrease in peak temperature. The total polyphenolic content and reducing power was observed to be increased. The effects of plasma treatment on functional groups of polyphenols were observed by changes in absorption intensities using FTIR. This study demonstrates that the low temperature plasma treatmentis capable of improving the functional properties of basmati rice. PMID:27478230

  2. Photoluminescence, electrical and structural properties of ZnO films, grown by ALD at low temperature

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    Przeździecka, E.; Wachnicki, Ł.; Paszkowicz, W.; Łusakowska, E.; Krajewski, T.; Łuka, G.; Guziewicz, E.; Godlewski, M.

    2009-10-01

    We report the first results of the low-temperature photoluminescence study on polycrystal zinc oxide (ZnO) films obtained by atomic layer deposition at 100 °C, 130 °C and 200 °C. These ZnO films, when studied 'as-grown', show a strong excitonic emission even at room temperature. Low-temperature (T = 9 K) photoluminescence reveals lack of defect-related bands and a sharp photoluminescence peak at 3.36 eV with full width at half maximum of 6 meV which is comparable with the value reported for good quality bulk ZnO crystals. The energy position of the excitonic peak scales with temperature according to standard formulas and give the Debye temperature of 963 ± 26 K. We show that optical properties of low-temperature 'as-grown' ZnO films are correlated with structural and electrical ones and that optical study can be a valuable tool for evaluation of quality of ZnO films for novel electronic applications.

  3. Effect of low temperatures on tensile properties of ultrathin copper films

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    Guo, Qiao-Neng; Pan, Ernie; Yang, Shi-E.; Wang, Mingxing; Sun, Qiang; Wang, Jie-Fang; Jia, Yu

    2014-03-01

    The recent developments in MEMS have created a requirement for comprehending the mechanical properties of copper thin films. Moreover, the serviceability temperature of the films used for space research, superconductivity and so on is mainly low temperature. Thus, the molecular dynamics is employed to simulate the mechanical responses of single-crystal copper thin films under uniaxial tensile loading in different low temperature environments. With varying applied temperatures to the thin films, the variation of the maximum stress, Young's modulus and maximal potential energy is characterized and three different deformation mechanisms in the low temperature range from 40 to 250 K are identified. These different mechanisms of copper films in different temperature ranges are then explained via the continuum damage mechanics based on the evolutionary features of the slip and twin in the thin film. It is concluded that at temperatures above 200 K normal slip process occurs; whereas at temperatures below 70 K, twin nucleation process appears. However, when the temperature is between 70 K and 200 K, both twin and slip processes happen. Project supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant No. 11372283) and the Foundation of Henan Educational Committee, China (Grant No.13A140674).

  4. Low temperature physical properties of a Ni-Mo-Cr alloy Haynes® 242™

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    Lu, J.; Han, K.; Choi, E. S.; Jo, Y.; Balicas, L.; Xin, Y.

    2007-06-01

    Haynes 242 is a Ni-Mo-Cr based superalloy. High strength and high fracture toughness at low temperatures make Haynes 242 an attractive choice for cryogenic applications such as the conduit material for the cable-in-conduit conductor of superconducting magnets. In this work, its low temperature physical properties including magnetization, specific heat, electrical resistivity, thermal conductivity, and Seebeck coefficient are measured from 2to300K. Haynes 242 shows Curie paramagnetism with a Curie constant C =0.0289K. The electrical resistivity has a minimum at ˜12K and shows weakly linear T dependence at high temperatures as expected. The specific heat Cp between 10 and 40K can be fitted by Cp=γT+AT3 with γ =9.43×10-5J/gK2 and A =5.91×10-7J/gK4. Below 10K, an upturn in Cp/T with decreasing T is interpreted by the existence of very small ferromagnetic clusters which is supported by our magnetization data. The thermal conductivity is analyzed by separating the electronic and phonon contributions. The relatively strong phonon thermal conduction at temperatures <100K results in effective Lorenz number a few times larger than the ideal Lorenz number. Our results suggest that Haynes 242 is suitable for many cryogenic applications including conduit for large superconducting magnet and low temperature probe.

  5. Temperature dependent phonon properties of thermoelectric materials

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    Hellman, Olle; Broido, David; Fultz, Brent

    2015-03-01

    We present recent developments using the temperature dependent effective potential technique (TDEP) to model thermoelectric materials. We use ab initio molecular dynamics to generate an effective Hamiltonian that reproduce neutron scattering spectra, thermal conductivity, phonon self energies, and heat capacities. Results are presented for (among others) SnSe, Bi2Te3, and Cu2Se proving the necessity of careful modelling of finite temperature properties for strongly anharmonic materials. Supported by the Swedish Research Council (VR) Project Number 637-2013-7296.

  6. Ballistic thermoelectric properties in boron nitride nanoribbons

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    Xie, Zhong-Xiang; Tang, Li-Ming; Pan, Chang-Ning; Chen, Qiao; Chen, Ke-Qiu

    2013-10-01

    Ballistic thermoelectric properties (TPs) in boron nitride nanoribbons (BNNRs) are studied using the nonequilibrium Green's function atomistic simulation of electron and phonon transport. A comparative analysis for TPs between BNNRs and graphene nanoribbons (GNRs) is made. Results show that the TPs of BNNRs are better than those of GNRs stemming from the higher power factor and smaller thermal conductance of BNNRs. With increasing the ribbon width, the maximum value of ZT (ZTmax) of BNNRs exhibits a transformation from the monotonic decrease to nonlinear increase. We also show that the lattice defect can enhance the ZTmax of these nanoribbons strongly depending on its positions and the edge shape.

  7. Characterizing the Physical and Thermal Properties of Planetary Regolith at Low Temperatures

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    Mantovani, James G.; Swanger, Adam; Townsend, Ivan I., III; Sibille, Laurent; Galloway, Gregory

    2014-01-01

    The success or failure of in-situ resource utilization for planetary surface exploration-whether for science, colonization, or commercialization-relies heavily on the design and implementation of systems that can effectively process planetary regolith and exploit its potential benefits. In most cases, this challenge necessarily includes the characterization of regolith properties at low temperatures (cryogenic). None of the nearby solar system destinations of interest, such as the moon, Mars and asteroids, possess a sufficient atmosphere to sustain the consistently "high" surface temperatures found on Earth. Therefore, they can experience permanent cryogenic temperatures or dramatic cyclical changes in surface temperature. Characterization of physical properties (e.g., specific heat, thermal and electrical conductivity) over the entire temperature profile is important when planning a mission to a planetary surface; however, the impact on mechanical properties due to the introduction of icy deposits must also be explored in order to devise effective and robust excavation technologies. The Granular Mechanics and Regolith Operations Laboratory and the Cryogenics Test Laboratory at NASA Kennedy Space Center are developing technologies and experimental methods to address these challenges and to aid in the characterization of the physical and mechanical properties of regolith at cryogenic temperatures. This paper will review the current state of knowledge concerning planetary regolith at low temperature, including that of icy regolith, and describe efforts to manipulate icy regolith through novel penetration and excavation techniques.

  8. Nondestructive Methods to Characterize Rock Mechanical Properties at Low-Temperature: Applications for Asteroid Capture Technologies

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    Savage, Kara A.

    Recent government initiatives and commercial activities have targeted asteroids for in situ material characterization, manipulation, and possible resource extraction. Most of these activities and missions have proposed significant robotic components, given the risks and costs associated with manned missions. To successfully execute these robotic activities, detailed mechanical characteristics of the target space bodies must be known prior to contact, in order to appropriately plan and direct the autonomous robotic protocols. Unfortunately, current estimates of asteroid mechanical properties are based on limited direct information, and significant uncertainty remains specifically concerning internal structures, strengths, and elastic properties of asteroids. One proposed method to elucidate this information is through in situ, nondestructive testing of asteroid material immediately after contact, but prior to any manipulation or resource extraction activities. While numerous nondestructive rock characterization techniques have been widely deployed for terrestrial applications, these methods must be adapted to account for unique properties of asteroid material and environmental conditions of space. For example, asteroid surface temperatures may range from -100°C to 30°C due to diurnal cycling, and these low temperatures are especially noteworthy due to their deleterious influence on non-destructive testing. As a result, this thesis investigates the effect of low temperature on the mechanical characteristics and nondestructive technique responses of rock material. Initially, a novel method to produce low temperature rock samples was developed. Dry ice and methanol cooling baths of specific formulations were used to decrease rock to temperatures ranging from -60°C to 0°C. At these temperatures, shale, chalk, and limestone rock samples were exposed to several nondestructive and conventional mechanical tests, including Schmidt hammer, ultrasonic pulse velocity, point

  9. Experiments with proteins at low temperature: What do we learn on properties in their functional state?

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    Ponkratov, V. V.; Wiedersich, J.; Friedrich, J.; Vanderkooi, J. M.

    2007-04-01

    The authors compared the spectral response of Zn-substituted horseradish peroxidase in a glycerol/water solvent to hydrostatic pressure at 2K and ambient temperature. The low temperature experiments clearly demonstrate the presence of at least three different conformations with drastically different elastic properties. However, the main conformation, which determines the fluorescence spectrum at ambient temperature, did not show any significant difference between low and high temperature and pressure. The authors conclude that the local compressibility of the heme pocket of the protein depends only very weakly on temperature.

  10. Experimental investigation of thermal properties and Grueneisen parameter of aligned polycarbonate at low temperatures

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    Escher, U.; v. Schoenebeck, F.; Jäckel, M.; Gladun, A.

    Thermal expansion α, specific heat capacity c and thermal conductivity λ of untreated and stretched polycarbonate (PC) have been measured at temperatures above 4.2 K and the Grueneisen parameter γ has been calculated from α and c. All properties exhibit typical low-temperature features of amorphous solids. The specific heat c is not influenced by stretching, α, γ and λ, however, get very anisotropic. The temperature dependence of α, λ and γ changes distinctly when mechanically loaded or oriented. The Grueneisen parameter γ( T) shows a maximum at 10 K for untreated PC and at 20 K for stretched PC.

  11. Multifunctional fuel additives derived from aminodiols to improve the low-temperature properties of distillate fuels

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    Baillargeon, D.J.; Cardis, A.B.; Heck, D.B.

    1991-03-19

    This patent describes a liquid hydrocarbyl fuel composition comprising a major amount of a combustible liquid hydrocarbon fuel and a minor low-temperature properties improving amount of from about 0.001% to about 10 wt % based on the total weight of the composition of an additive comprising a product of reaction made by reacting comonomers. It comprises: an aminodiol or combination or mixture of aminodiols with a reactive acid/anhydride product alone or in combination with other monomers derived from the reaction of benzophenone tetracarboxylic dianhydride or its acid equivalent.

  12. Low-temperature Mechanical Properties of Bulk MgB2 Fabricated by Hot Isostatic Pressing

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    Murakami, A.; Teshima, H.; Naito, T.; Fujishiro, H.; Kudo, T.; Iwamoto, A.

    Mechanical properties ina MgB2superconducting bulk sample,whose packing ratio is 92%,fabricated by hot isostatic pressing (HIP)areevaluated at 77 K through bending tests.The fracture strength at 77 K is higher than at room temperature. From the bending test result at 77 K, the fracture strength of ideal bulk MgB2,whose packing ratio is 100%,is estimated. The fracture strength at very low temperature of the HIP bulk MgB2is also estimated from the bending test results at 77 K and room temperature.

  13. Properties of silicon dioxide films deposited at low temperatures by microwave plasma enhanced decomposition of tetraethylorthosilicate

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    Ray, S.K.; Maiti, C.K.; Lahiri, S.K.; Chakrabarti, N.B.

    1992-05-01

    Silicon dioxide films have been deposited at low temperatures (200-250{degrees}C) by microwave plasma enhanced decomposition of tetraethylorthosilicate (TEOS). The effects of the presence of oxygen in the discharge in film deposition rate, mechanism, and the physical properties of the films have been investigated. Structural characterization of the deposited films has been carried out by etch rate measurements, infrared transmission spectra, x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, Auger, and secondary ion mass spectrometry analyses. Films deposited using TEOS and oxygen have confirmed a density comparable to standard silane-based low-pressure chemical vapor deposited and plasma enhanced chemical vapor deposited oxides, nearly perfect stoichiometry, extremely low sodium and carbon content, and the absence of many undesirable hydrogen related bonds. Various electrical properties, viz., resistivity, breakdown strength, fixed oxide charge density, interface state density, and trapping behavior have been evaluated by the characterization of metal-oxide-semiconductor capacitors fabricated using deposited oxides. Deposited films on thin native oxides grown by either in situ plasma oxidation or a low temperature thermal oxidation exhibited excellent electrical properties. 32 refs., 16 figs., 2 tabs.

  14. Thermally cascaded thermoelectric generator

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    Flaherty, R.

    1970-01-01

    High efficiency thermoelectric generator utilizes a high-temperature thermoelectric material in thermal series with a low-temperature material. A thermally cascaded generator increases system efficiency.

  15. Endurance and Other Properties at Low Temperatures of Some Alloys for Aircraft Use

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    Russell, H W; Welcker, W A , Jr

    1931-01-01

    The low temperature endurance properties of materials for aircraft construction are not well known. In order to determine them, apparatus for testing endurance at -40 C has been devised. The endurance properties of monel metal, low-carbon stainless steel, "18 and *, " 3 1/2% Ni steel and chromium-molybdenum steel have been determined at -40 C and at room temperature about +20 C. Tensile, impact and hardness tests of these materials have also been made at various temperatures. The results show an increase in endurance limit, tensile strength, and hardness with decreased temperature. Impact strength is, in general, decreased, but of all the alloys tested, only one, low-carbon stainless steel, gives less than 15 ft. lb. Chrpay impact test at -40 C.

  16. Electrical properties of the YSZ/STO/YSZ-STO superlattice electrolyte film at low temperatures

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    Xu, Yan-Bin; Kang, Zhen-Feng; Fan, Yue; Xiao, Ling-Ling; Bo, Qing-Rui; Ding, Tie-Zhu

    2016-02-01

    This study is focused on characterization of the low temperature properties of the YSZ/STO/YSZ superlattice film deposited onto unilateral polished SrTiO3 (STO) monocrystalline substrates using pulsed laser deposition (PLD). The phase composition, structure, surface morphology and electrical properties of the oxygen ion conducting electrolyte YSZ/STO/YSZ multilayers were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS). The minimum conductivity activation energy of YSZ/STO/YSZ is 0.76 eV at 300-500°C. The YSZ/STO/YSZ superlattice film shows an enhancement in conductivity by three orders of magnitude compared to bulk YSZ at a temperature of 300°C.

  17. Thermoelectric properties of an ultra-thin topological insulator.

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    Islam, S K Firoz; Ghosh, T K

    2014-04-23

    Thermoelectric coefficients of an ultra-thin topological insulator are presented here. The hybridization between top and bottom surface states of a topological insulator plays a significant role. In the absence of a magnetic field, the thermopower increases and thermal conductivity decreases with an increase in the hybridization energy. In the presence of a magnetic field perpendicular to the ultra-thin topological insulator, thermoelectric coefficients exhibit quantum oscillations with inverse magnetic field, whose frequency is strongly modified by the Zeeman energy and whose phase factor is governed by the product of the Landé g-factor and the hybridization energy. In addition to the numerical results, the low-temperature approximate analytical results for the thermoelectric coefficients are also provided. It is also observed that for a given magnetic field these transport coefficients oscillate with hybridization energy, at a frequency that depends on the Landé g-factor. PMID:24694878

  18. Low-temperature dielectric properties of SrTiO3 glass-ceramics

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    Swartz, S. L.; Bhalla, A. S.; Cross, L. E.; Clark, C. F.; Lawless, W. N.

    1986-09-01

    The low-temperature dielectric properties of strontium titanate aluminosilicate glass-ceramics, in which perovskite SrTiO3 is the primary crystalline phase, have been investigated. These glass-ceramics exhibited dielectric constant peaks at temperatures below 100 K; the magnitude of these peaks, along with their frequency and temperature dependencies, were strongly dependent on the crystallization conditions. In heavily crystallized glass-ceramics, two low-temperature, relaxation-type loss mechanisms were identified, at temperature ranges near 50 and 100 K. The magnitude of the dielectric loss peak increased with increasing frequency for the lower temperature (50 K) mechanism and the magnitude of the loss peak decreased with increasing frequency for the higher temperature (100 K) mechanism. Arrhenius activation energies were calculated to be 0.054 and 0.17 eV for the lower and higher temperature loss mechanisms, respectively. The higher temperature loss mechanism was further analyzed by the Cole-Cole method, and a relaxation strength of 41 was calculated. It was proposed that the dielectric constant and loss peaks were related to ferroic phenomena occurring in the SrTiO3 phase, caused by interactions of the SrTiO3 with the glass-ceramic matrix.

  19. Revisiting the low-temperature dielectric properties of ZnO

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    Wang, Chunchang; Liu, Lina; Li, Qiuju; Huang, Shouguo; Zhang, Jian; Zheng, Jun; Cheng, Chao

    2014-09-01

    Electric modulus spectroscopy and impedance analysis were used to investigate the low-temperature (˜100-333 K) dielectric properties of ZnO crystals. Two relaxations were observed. The low-temperature relaxation (R1) features a thermally activated behavior resulting from the bulk response. Our results convincingly demonstrate that this relaxation is a polaronic relaxation. The relaxing species for R1 are localized holes created by zinc vacancies instead of the commonly agreed oxygen vacancies. The high-temperature relaxation (R2) is a Maxwell-Wagner relaxation due to skin-layer effect as it can be eliminated by grinding off the sample surface. The inhomogeneous distribution of zinc interstitials leads to the formation of the skin layer. Interestingly, an abnormal dielectric behavior contrary to the thermally activated behavior was found for the R2 relaxation. This abnormal behavior was confirmed to be related to the positive temperature coefficient of resistance due to the metal-insulator transition occurring within the skin layer.

  20. Lattice dynamics and thermoelectric properties of nanocrystalline silicon-germanium alloys

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    Claudio, Tania; Stein, Niklas; Peterman, Nils; Stroppa, Daniel; Koza, Michael M.; Wiggers, Hartmut; Klobes, B.; Schierning, Gabi; Hermann, Raphael P.

    2015-10-26

    The lattice dynamics and thermoelectric properties of sintered phosphorus-doped nanostructured silicon- germanium alloys obtained by gas-phase synthesis were studied. Measurements of the density of phonon states by inelastic neutron scattering were combined with measurements of the elastic constants and the low- temperature heat capacity. A strong influence of nanostructuring and alloying on the lattice dynamics was observed. The thermoelectric transport properties of samples with different doping as well as samples sintered at different temperature were characterized between room temperature and 1000C. A peak figure of merit zT = 0:88 at 900C is observed and comparatively insensitive to the aforementioned param-more » eter variations.« less

  1. Optical and electrical properties and phonon drag effect in low temperature TEP measurements of AgSbSe2 thin films

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    Namitha Asokan, T.; Urmila, K. S.; Jacob, Rajani; Reena Philip, Rachel; Okram, G. S.; Ganesan, V.; Pradeep, B.

    2014-05-01

    Polycrystalline thin films of silver antimony selenide have been deposited using a reactive evaporation technique onto an ultrasonically cleaned glass substrate at a vacuum of 10-5 torr. The preparative parameters, like substrate temperature and incident fluxes, have been properly controlled in order to get stoichiometric, good quality and reproducible thin film samples. The samples are characterized by XRD, SEM, AFM and a UV—vis—NIR spectrophotometer. The prepared sample is found to be polycrystalline in nature. From the XRD pattern, the average particle size and lattice constant are calculated. The dislocation density, strain and number of crystallites per unit area are evaluated using the average particle size. The dependence of the electrical conductivity on the temperature has also been studied and the prepared AgSbSe2 samples are semiconducting in nature. The AgSbSe2 thin films exhibited an indirect allowed optical transition with a band gap of 0.64 eV. The compound exhibits promising thermoelectric properties, a large Seebeck coefficient of 30 mV/K at 48 K due to strong phonon electron interaction. It shows a strong temperature dependence on thermoelectric properties, including the inversion of a dominant carrier type from p to n over a low temperature range 9-300 K, which is explained on the basis of a phonon drag effect.

  2. Thermoelectric properties of TlPSe

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    Karimov, S.K.; Sitamov, S.S.; Umarov, A.

    1988-08-01

    This investigation was conducted to study the thermoelectric properties of thallium selenium phosphide (TlPSe) over a broad temperature range, including the liquid state. The electrical conductivity and Hall constant were determined by contact and noncontact techniques. The coefficient of thermo-emf was measured in a horizontal boat with a temperature drop of 40-50 K along the specimen. As the temperature was raised, the conductivity of the TlPSe increased monotonically at first; it dropped sharply at the melting point (666 K) and again rose monotonically when the temperature of the TlPSe melt was further increased, i.e, TlPSe exhibits semiconductor-semiconductor type melting.

  3. Thermoelectric properties by high temperature annealing

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    Ren, Zhifeng (Inventor); Chen, Gang (Inventor); Kumar, Shankar (Inventor); Lee, Hohyun (Inventor)

    2009-01-01

    The present invention generally provides methods of improving thermoelectric properties of alloys by subjecting them to one or more high temperature annealing steps, performed at temperatures at which the alloys exhibit a mixed solid/liquid phase, followed by cooling steps. For example, in one aspect, such a method of the invention can include subjecting an alloy sample to a temperature that is sufficiently elevated to cause partial melting of at least some of the grains. The sample can then be cooled so as to solidify the melted grain portions such that each solidified grain portion exhibits an average chemical composition, characterized by a relative concentration of elements forming the alloy, that is different than that of the remainder of the grain.

  4. Low-temperature ferromagnetic properties in Co-doped Ag{sub 2}Se nanoparticles

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    Yang, Fengxia E-mail: xia9020@hust.edu.cn; Yu, Gen; Han, Chong; Liu, Tingting; Zhang, Duanming; Xia, Zhengcai E-mail: xia9020@hust.edu.cn

    2014-01-06

    β-Ag{sub 2}Se is a topologically nontrivial insulator. The magnetic properties of Co-doped Ag{sub 2}Se nanoparticles with Co concentrations up to 40% were investigated. The cusp of zero-field-cooling magnetization curves and the low-temperature hysteresis loops were observed. With increasing concentration of Co{sup 2+} ions mainly substituting Ag{sub I} sites in the Ag{sub 2}Se structure, the resistivity, Curie temperature T{sub c}, and magnetization increased. At 10 T, a sharp drop of resistance near T{sub c} was detected due to Co dopants. The ferromagnetic behavior in Co-doped Ag{sub 2}Se might result from the intra-layer ferromagnetic coupling and surface spin. This magnetic semiconductor is a promising candidate in electronics and spintronics.

  5. Low temperature magnetic properties of magnesium substituted YbMnO{sub 3}

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    Sattibabu, Bhumireddi Bhatnagar, Anil K. Mohan, Dasari Das, Dibakar Sundararaman, Mahadevan; Siruguri, Vasudeva; Rayaprol, Sudhindra

    2014-04-24

    Structural and magnetic properties of polycrystalline Yb{sub 1−x}Mg{sub x}MnO{sub 3} (x = 0, 0.05 and 0.10) hexagonal compounds prepared by solid state method, have been studied. The structural analyses of the samples were carried out by Rietveld analysis of neutron diffraction data. With increasing Mg content, we find that the lattice parameter a decreases and c increases whereas the overall Mn-O bond length decreases. Magnetization measured as a function of magnetic field at 2.5 K exhibits hysteresis, which is attributed to ferromagnetic like ordering of Yb{sup 3+} sublattice. Temperature dependence of ac magnetic susceptibility, χ{sub ac}(T), shows no signature of spin-glass behavior. χ”(T) exhibits a sudden increase at low temperatures which is due to ordering of Yb{sup 3+} sublattice.

  6. Optical properties of single wurtzite/zinc-blende ZnSe nanowires grown at low temperature

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    Zannier, V.; Cremel, T.; Kheng, K.; Artioli, A.; Ferrand, D.; Grillo, V.

    2015-09-07

    ZnSe nanowires with a dominant wurtzite structure have been grown at low temperature (300 °C) by molecular beam epitaxy assisted by solid Au nanoparticles. The nanowires emission is polarized perpendicularly to their axis in agreement with the wurtzite selection rules. Alternations of wurtzite and zinc-blende regions have been observed by transmission electron microscopy, and their impact on the nanowires optical properties has been studied by microphotoluminescence. The nanowires show a dominant intense near-band-edge emission as well as the ZnSe wurtzite free exciton line. A type II band alignment between zinc-blende and wurtzite ZnSe is evidenced by time-resolved photoluminescence. From this measurement, we deduce values for the conduction and valence band offsets of 98 and 50 meV, respectively.

  7. Low-temperature mechanical and magnetic properties of the reduced activation martensitic steel

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    Ding, Hui-Li; Zhang, Tao; Gao, Rui; Wang, Xian-Ping; Fang, Qian-Feng; Liu, Chang-Song; Suo, Jin-Ping

    2015-09-01

    Mechanical and magnetic properties as well as their relationship in the reduced activation martensitic (RAM) steel were investigated in the temperature range from -90°C to 20°C. Charpy impact tests show that the ductile-to-brittle transition temperature (DBTT) of the RAM steel is about -60°C. Low-temperature tensile tests show that the yield strength, ultimate tensile strength and total elongation values increase as temperature decreases, indicating that the strength and plasticity below the DBTT are higher than those above the DBTT. The coercive field ( H C) in the scale of logarithm decreases linearly with the increasing temperature and the absolute value of the slope of ln H C versus temperature above the DBTT is obviously larger than that below the DBTT, also confirmed in the T91 steel. The results indicate that the non-destructive magnetic measurement is a promising candidate method for the DBTT detection of ferromagnetic steels.

  8. Low-temperature synthesis and electrical transport properties of W 18O 49 nanowires

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    Shi, Songlin; Xue, Xinyu; Feng, Ping; Liu, Yonggang; Zhao, Heng; Wang, Taihong

    2008-01-01

    W 18O 49 nanowires are simply synthesized by the reaction between water vapor and tungsten powders in tube furnace at a low temperature of 600 °C. The nanowires have diameters of 20-50 nm, lengths several micrometers. XRD, TEM and SAED results show that the nanowires are of single crystalline monoclinic W 18O 49 structures with the growth direction [0 1 0]. The growth mechanism is analyzed. We investigate the temperature dependence electrical transport properties of individual W 18O 49 nanowires. The conductivity is 2.58 Ω -1 cm -1 at 290 K and 42.35 Ω -1 cm -1 at 500 K, respectively. And the electron activation energy is calculated to be about 0.26 eV.

  9. Hysteresis, thermomagnetic, and low-temperature magnetic properties of Southwestern U.S. obsidians

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    Sternberg, R. S.; Jackson, M. J.; Shackley, M. S.

    2011-12-01

    Geochemical signatures of Southwestern U.S. obsidians have been intensively studied, in part to use as a provenance method for archaeological obsidians (Shackley, 2005). We reported (Sternberg et al. 2010) examined magnetic properties of 50 unoriented samples from 10 geologic obsidian sources in Arizona, Nevada, and New Mexico; here we provide additional results measured at the Institute for Rock magnetism. Room-temperature hysteresis curves were measured using a vibrating sample magnetometer on 58 specimens from all 50 samples. The Quantum Designs Magnetic Properties Measurement System was used to measure low temperature cycling of the natural remanence and/or of a room-temperature saturation isothermal remanence for 10 specimens, and frequency dependence of susceptibility for 7 specimens. A Princeton VSM was used to measure hysteresis curves and thermomagnetic curves for 19 specimens from 17 samples. Eleven of the thermomagnetic curves show Curie temperatures close to that for magnetite, and most of them are almost perfectly reversible. Many of the specimens also show a less well-defined Curie point around 150-200°C; for a few specimens the thermomagnetic behavior is dominated by paramagnetic iron and no ferromagnetic phases can be identified. The low-temperature remanence and susceptibility measurements show the magnetite Verwey transition in almost all specimens, and a significant superparamagnetic presence in only a few cases. Hysteresis parameters plot mainly in the lower half of the PSD domain on a Day plot, and saturation magnetization values indicate magnetite concentrations of about 0.2% to 0.5% for most specimens. The coercivity of remanence decreased considerably for one specimen after surface cleaning, although for 5 other comparisons there was no change.

  10. On the thermoelectric transport properties of graphyne by the first-principles method

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    Wang, Xiao-Ming; Mo, Dong-Chuan; Lu, Shu-Shen

    2013-05-01

    Graphyne, another two-dimensional carbon allotrope, has received increased attentions in recent years. By using the first-principles density functional calculations combined with the non-equilibrium Green's function formalism, we investigated the electronic, thermal, and thermoelectric transport properties of graphyne systematically and comparatively. It is found that the phonon thermal conductance of graphyne is greatly reduced compared to that of graphene in most temperature regions while larger than that of graphene at low temperatures, which is attributed to the different bond strengths and phonon spectra of graphyne and graphene. Due to the semiconductor property of graphyne, the thermoelectric power (TEP) is found to be one magnitude larger than that of graphene. Besides, distinct peak value regions of TEP in the contour of chemical potential and temperature are displayed for graphyne and graphene. Finally, the thermoelectric figure of merit (ZT) of graphyne is found to be much larger than that of graphene as a result of large TEP and greatly reduced thermal conductance in graphyne, which indicates preferred thermoelectric applications for graphyne.

  11. On the thermoelectric transport properties of graphyne by the first-principles method.

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    Wang, Xiao-Ming; Mo, Dong-Chuan; Lu, Shu-Shen

    2013-05-28

    Graphyne, another two-dimensional carbon allotrope, has received increased attentions in recent years. By using the first-principles density functional calculations combined with the non-equilibrium Green's function formalism, we investigated the electronic, thermal, and thermoelectric transport properties of graphyne systematically and comparatively. It is found that the phonon thermal conductance of graphyne is greatly reduced compared to that of graphene in most temperature regions while larger than that of graphene at low temperatures, which is attributed to the different bond strengths and phonon spectra of graphyne and graphene. Due to the semiconductor property of graphyne, the thermoelectric power (TEP) is found to be one magnitude larger than that of graphene. Besides, distinct peak value regions of TEP in the contour of chemical potential and temperature are displayed for graphyne and graphene. Finally, the thermoelectric figure of merit (ZT) of graphyne is found to be much larger than that of graphene as a result of large TEP and greatly reduced thermal conductance in graphyne, which indicates preferred thermoelectric applications for graphyne. PMID:23742497

  12. Polyesters Based on Linoleic Acid for Biolubricant Basestocks: Low-Temperature, Tribological and Rheological Properties

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    Abdullah, Bashar Mudhaffar; Zubairi, Saiful Irwan; Huri, Hasniza Zaman; Hairunisa, Nany; Yousif, Emad; Basu, Roma Choudhury

    2016-01-01

    Presently, plant oils which contain high percentage of linoleic acid 1 are perceived to be a viable alternative to mineral oil for biolubricant applications due to their biodegradability and technical properties. In order to get biodegradable lubricant, triester derivatives compounds (1–5) were synthesized and characterized. The processes involved were monoepoxidation of linoleic acid 2, oxirane ring opening 3, esterification 4 and acylation 5. The structures of the products were confirmed by FTIR, 1H and 13C-NMR and LC-MS. The results that showed lowest temperature properties were obtained for triester 5, with a pour point value (PP) of -73°C, highest onset temperature (260°C) and lowest volatility at 0.30%. Viscosity index (VI) increased for the ester’s synthetic compounds (2, 3, 4, 5), while the PP decreased. This behavior is the result of the increase of the chain length of the branching agents. Triester based linoleic acid has improved properties such as low-temperature and tribological properties. These results will make it feasible for plant oil to be used for biolubricants, fuels in chain saws, transmission oil and brake fluid. PMID:27008312

  13. Polyesters Based on Linoleic Acid for Biolubricant Basestocks: Low-Temperature, Tribological and Rheological Properties.

    PubMed

    Abdullah, Bashar Mudhaffar; Zubairi, Saiful Irwan; Huri, Hasniza Zaman; Hairunisa, Nany; Yousif, Emad; Basu, Roma Choudhury

    2016-01-01

    Presently, plant oils which contain high percentage of linoleic acid 1 are perceived to be a viable alternative to mineral oil for biolubricant applications due to their biodegradability and technical properties. In order to get biodegradable lubricant, triester derivatives compounds (1-5) were synthesized and characterized. The processes involved were monoepoxidation of linoleic acid 2, oxirane ring opening 3, esterification 4 and acylation 5. The structures of the products were confirmed by FTIR, 1H and 13C-NMR and LC-MS. The results that showed lowest temperature properties were obtained for triester 5, with a pour point value (PP) of -73°C, highest onset temperature (260°C) and lowest volatility at 0.30%. Viscosity index (VI) increased for the ester's synthetic compounds (2, 3, 4, 5), while the PP decreased. This behavior is the result of the increase of the chain length of the branching agents. Triester based linoleic acid has improved properties such as low-temperature and tribological properties. These results will make it feasible for plant oil to be used for biolubricants, fuels in chain saws, transmission oil and brake fluid. PMID:27008312

  14. Thermal transport and thermoelectric properties of beta-graphyne nanostructures.

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    Ouyang, Tao; Hu, Ming

    2014-06-20

    Graphyne, an allotrope of graphene, is currently a hot topic in the carbon-based nanomaterials research community. Taking beta-graphyne as an example, we performed a comprehensive study of thermal transport and related thermoelectric properties by means of nonequilibrium Green's function (NEGF). Our simulation demonstrated that thermal conductance of beta-graphyne is only approximately 26% of that of the graphene counterpart and also shows evident anisotropy. Meanwhile, thermal conductance of armchair beta-graphyne nanoribbons (A-BGYNRs) presents abnormal stepwise width dependence. As for the thermoelectric property, we found that zigzag beta-graphyne nanoribbons (Z-BGYNRs) possess superior thermoelectric performance with figure of merit value achieving 0.5 at room temperature, as compared with graphene nanoribbons (~0.05). Aiming at obtaining a better thermoelectric coefficient, we also investigated Z-BGYNRs with geometric modulations. The results show that the thermoelectric performance can be enhanced dramatically (figure of merit exceeding 1.5 at room temperature), and such enhancement strongly depends on the width of the nanoribbons and location and quantity of geometric modulation. Our findings shed light on transport properties of beta-graphyne as high efficiency thermoelectrics. We anticipate that our simulation results could offer useful guidance for the design and fabrication of future thermoelectric devices. PMID:24859889

  15. Nanostructures having high performance thermoelectric properties

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    Yang, Peidong; Majumdar, Arunava; Hochbaum, Allon I.; Chen, Renkun; Delgado, Raul Diaz

    2015-12-22

    The invention provides for a nanostructure, or an array of such nanostructures, each comprising a rough surface, and a doped or undoped semiconductor. The nanostructure is an one-dimensional (1-D) nanostructure, such a nanowire, or a two-dimensional (2-D) nanostructure. The nanostructure can be placed between two electrodes and used for thermoelectric power generation or thermoelectric cooling.

  16. Nanostructures having high performance thermoelectric properties

    DOEpatents

    Yang, Peidong; Majumdar, Arunava; Hochbaum, Allon I; Chen, Renkun; Delgado, Raul Diaz

    2014-05-20

    The invention provides for a nanostructure, or an array of such nanostructures, each comprising a rough surface, and a doped or undoped semiconductor. The nanostructure is an one-dimensional (1-D) nanostructure, such a nanowire, or a two-dimensional (2-D) nanostructure. The nanostructure can be placed between two electrodes and used for thermoelectric power generation or thermoelectric cooling.

  17. Low-temperature aluminum reduction of graphene oxide, electrical properties, surface wettability, and energy storage applications.

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    Wan, Dongyun; Yang, Chongyin; Lin, Tianquan; Tang, Yufeng; Zhou, Mi; Zhong, Yajuan; Huang, Fuqiang; Lin, Jianhua

    2012-10-23

    Low-temperature aluminum (Al) reduction is first introduced to reduce graphene oxide (GO) at 100-200 °C in a two-zone furnace. The melted Al metal exhibits an excellent deoxygen ability to produce well-crystallized reduced graphene oxide (RGO) papers with a low O/C ratio of 0.058 (Al-RGO), compared with 0.201 in the thermally reduced one (T-RGO). The Al-RGO papers possess outstanding mechanical flexibility and extremely high electrical conductivities (sheet resistance R(s) ~ 1.75 Ω/sq), compared with 20.12 Ω/sq of T-RGO. More interestingly, very nice hydrophobic nature (90.5°) was observed, significantly superior to the reported chemically or thermally reduced papers. These enhanced properties are attributed to the low oxygen content in the RGO papers. During the aluminum reduction, highly active H atoms from H(2)O reacted with melted Al promise an efficient oxygen removal. This method was also applicable to reduce graphene oxide foams, which were used in the GO/SA (stearic acid) composite as a highly thermally conductive reservoir to hold the phase change material for thermal energy storage. The Al-reduced RGO/SnS(2) composites were further used in an anode material of lithium ion batteries possessing a higher specific capacity. Overall, low-temperature Al reduction is an effective method to prepare highly conductive RGO papers and related composites for flexible energy conversion and storage device applications. PMID:22984901

  18. Thermoelectric properties of heavily boron- and phosphorus-doped silicon

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    Ohishi, Yuji; Xie, Jun; Miyazaki, Yoshinobu; Aikebaier, Yusufu; Muta, Hiroaki; Kurosaki, Ken; Yamanaka, Shinsuke; Uchida, Noriyuki; Tada, Tetsuya

    2015-07-01

    In recent years, nanostructured thermoelectric materials have attracted much attention. However, despite this increasing attention, available information on the thermoelectric properties of single-crystal Si is quite limited, especially for high doping concentrations at high temperatures. In this study, the thermoelectric properties of heavily doped (1018-1020 cm-3) n- and p-type single-crystal Si were studied from room temperature to above 1000 K. The figures of merit, ZT, were calculated from the measured data of electrical conductivity, Seebeck coefficient, and thermal conductivity. The maximum ZT values were 0.015 for n-type and 0.008 for p-type Si at room temperature. To better understand the carrier and phonon transport and to predict the thermoelectric properties of Si, we have developed a simple theoretical model based on the Boltzmann transport equation with the relaxation-time approximation.

  19. Novel low temperature synthesis of ZnO nanostructures and its efficient field emission property

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    Maiti, U.N.; Ahmed, Sk.F.; Mitra, M.K.; Chattopadhyay, K.K.

    2009-01-08

    We have developed a novel, simple and cost effective wet chemical synthetic route for the production of ZnO nanoneedles and nanoflowers at low temperature. The synthesis process does not require any surfactant, template or pre-seeding. The synthesized ZnO nanoneedles have very sharp tips with their lengths in the range 2-3 {mu}m, while for the case of nanoflowers, the nanoneedles were bunched together. X-ray diffraction study and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopic studies confirmed the formation of pure ZnO phase. Studies on the electron field emission property of the grown nanostructures showed that they are very efficient field emitter. The turn-on fields and the threshold fields are 3.6 V/{mu}m, 4.4 V/{mu}m and 5.4 V/{mu}m, 6.8 V/{mu}m for the ZnO nanoneedles and ZnO nanoflowers, respectively. The enhanced field emission property was attributed to the presence of sharp tips of the nanostructures.

  20. Mechanical and electrical properties of low temperature phase MnBi

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    Jiang, Xiujuan; Roosendaal, Timothy; Lu, Xiaochuan; Palasyuk, Olena; Dennis, Kevin W.; Dahl, Michael; Choi, Jung-Pyung; Polikarpov, Evgueni; Marinescu, Melania; Cui, Jun

    2016-01-01

    Low temperature phase (LTP) manganese bismuth (MnBi) is a promising rare-earth-free permanent magnet material due to its high intrinsic coercivity and large positive temperature coefficient. While scientists are making progress on fabricating bulk MnBi magnets, engineers have begun considering MnBi magnets for motor applications. Physical properties other than magnetic ones could significantly affect motor design. Here, we report results of our investigation on the mechanical and electrical properties of bulk LTP MnBi and their temperature dependence. A MnBi ingot was prepared using an arc melting technique and subsequently underwent grinding, sieving, heat treatment, and cryomilling. The resultant powders with a particle size of ˜5 μm were magnetically aligned, cold pressed, and sintered at a predefined temperature. Micro-hardness testing was performed on a part of original ingot and we found that the hardness of MnBi was 109 ± 15 HV. The sintered magnets were subjected to compressive testing at different temperatures and it was observed that a sintered MnBi magnet fractured when the compressive stress exceeded 193 MPa at room temperature. Impedance spectra were obtained using electrochemical impedance spectroscopy at various temperatures and we found that the electrical resistance of MnBi at room temperature was about 6.85 μΩ m.

  1. Thermoelectric properties of gallium-doped p-type germanium

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    Ohishi, Yuji; Takarada, Sho; Aikebaier, Yusufu; Muta, Hiroaki; Kurosaki, Ken; Yamanaka, Shinsuke; Miyazaki, Yoshinobu; Uchida, Noriyuki; Tada, Tetsuya

    2016-05-01

    In this study, the temperature-dependent thermoelectric properties of p-type single-crystal Ge, which is a useful material for thermoelectric applications owing to its significantly high carrier mobility, were investigated. The thermoelectric properties of Ga-doped (5.7 × 1016, 3.4 × 1018, and 1.0 × 1019 cm-3) p-type single-crystal Ge were measured from room temperature to 770 K. The sample with a carrier concentration of 1.0 × 1019 cm-3 showed the highest thermoelectric figure of merit, ZT, over the entire measured temperature range. The maximum ZT value was 0.06 at 650 K. A theoretical model based on the Boltzmann transport equation with relaxation-time approximation was developed and quantitatively reproduced the experimentally observed data. The optimal impurity concentration predicted by this model was 3 × 1019 cm-3 at 300 K and increased with temperature.

  2. Mechanical properties of 1950's vintage 304 stainless steel weldment components after low temperature neutron irradiation

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    Sindelar, R.L.; Caskey, G.R. Jr.; Thomas, J.K. ); Hawthorne, J.R.; Hiser, A.L. ); Lott, R.A.; Begley, J.A.; Shogan, R.P. . Science and Technology Center)

    1991-01-01

    The reactor vessels of the nuclear production reactors at the Savannah River Site (SRS) were constructed in the 1950's from Type 304 stainless steel plates welded with Type 308 stainless steel filler using the multipass metal inert gas process. An irradiated mechanical properties database has been developed for the vessel with materials from archival primary coolant system piping irradiated at low temperatures (75 to 150{degrees}C) in the State University of New York at Buffalo reactor (UBR) and the High Flux Isotope Reactor (HFIR) to doses of 0.065 to 2.1 dpa. Fracture toughness, tensile, and Charpy-V impact properties of the weldment components (base, weld, and weld heat-affected-zone (HAZ)) have been measured at temperatures of 25{degrees}C and 125{degrees}C in the L-C and C-L orientations for materials in both the irradiated and unirradiated conditions for companion specimens. Fracture toughness and tensile properties of specimens cut from an SRS reactor vessel sidewall with doses of 0.1 and 0.5 dpa were also measured at temperatures of 25 and 125{degrees}C. The irradiated materials exhibit hardening with loss of work hardenability and a reduction in toughness relative to the unirradiated materials. The HFIR-irradiated materials show an increase in yield strength between about 20% and 190% with a concomitant tensile strength increase between about 15% to 30%. The elastic-plastic fracture toughness parameters and Charpy-V energy absorption both decrease and show only a slight sensitivity to dose. The irradiation-induced decrease in the elastic-plastic fracture toughness (J{sub def} at 1 mm crack extension) is between 20% to 65%; the range of J{sub 1C} values are 72.8 to 366 kJ/m{sup 2} for the irradiated materials. Similarly, Charpy V-notch results show a 40% to 60% decrease in impact energies.

  3. Mechanical properties of 1950`s vintage 304 stainless steel weldment components after low temperature neutron irradiation

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    Sindelar, R.L.; Caskey, G.R. Jr.; Thomas, J.K.; Hawthorne, J.R.; Hiser, A.L.; Lott, R.A.; Begley, J.A.; Shogan, R.P.

    1991-12-31

    The reactor vessels of the nuclear production reactors at the Savannah River Site (SRS) were constructed in the 1950`s from Type 304 stainless steel plates welded with Type 308 stainless steel filler using the multipass metal inert gas process. An irradiated mechanical properties database has been developed for the vessel with materials from archival primary coolant system piping irradiated at low temperatures (75 to 150{degrees}C) in the State University of New York at Buffalo reactor (UBR) and the High Flux Isotope Reactor (HFIR) to doses of 0.065 to 2.1 dpa. Fracture toughness, tensile, and Charpy-V impact properties of the weldment components (base, weld, and weld heat-affected-zone (HAZ)) have been measured at temperatures of 25{degrees}C and 125{degrees}C in the L-C and C-L orientations for materials in both the irradiated and unirradiated conditions for companion specimens. Fracture toughness and tensile properties of specimens cut from an SRS reactor vessel sidewall with doses of 0.1 and 0.5 dpa were also measured at temperatures of 25 and 125{degrees}C. The irradiated materials exhibit hardening with loss of work hardenability and a reduction in toughness relative to the unirradiated materials. The HFIR-irradiated materials show an increase in yield strength between about 20% and 190% with a concomitant tensile strength increase between about 15% to 30%. The elastic-plastic fracture toughness parameters and Charpy-V energy absorption both decrease and show only a slight sensitivity to dose. The irradiation-induced decrease in the elastic-plastic fracture toughness (J{sub def} at 1 mm crack extension) is between 20% to 65%; the range of J{sub 1C} values are 72.8 to 366 kJ/m{sup 2} for the irradiated materials. Similarly, Charpy V-notch results show a 40% to 60% decrease in impact energies.

  4. Effects of the low-temperature thermo-alkaline method on the rheological properties of sludge.

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    Wang, Ruikun; Zhao, Zhenghui; Yin, Qianqian; Liu, Jianzhong

    2016-07-15

    Municipal sewage sludge (hereafter referred to as sludge) in increasing amounts is a serious threat to the environment and human health. Sludge is difficult to dispose because of its complex properties, such as high water content, viscosity, and hazardous compound concentration. The rheological properties of sludge also significantly influence treatment processes, including stirring, mixing, pumping, and conveying. Improving the rheological properties and reducing the apparent viscosity of sludge are conducive to economic and safe sludge treatment. In this study, the low-temperature thermo-alkaline (LTTA) method was used to modify sludge. Compared with the original sludge with an apparent viscosity at 100 s(-1) (η100) of 979.3 mPa s, the sludge modified under 90 °C-Ca(OH)2-1 h and 90 °C-NaOH-1 h conditions exhibited lower η100 values of 208.7 and 110.8 mPa s respectively. The original sludge exhibited a pseudoplastic behavior. After modification, the pseudoplastic behavior was weakened, and the sludge gradually tended to behave as Newton fluids. The hysteresis loop observed during the shear rate cycle was mainly caused by the viscoelasticity of the sludge. The hysteresis loop area (Hla) reflected to a certain extent the energy required to break the elastic solid structure of the sludge. The larger the Hla, the more energy was needed. However, this result should be evaluated comprehensively by considering other sludge parameters, such as yield stress and apparent viscosity. Hla may also reflect the damage degree of the sludge structure after shearing action. The irreversible destruction of the structure during shearing may also increase Hla. PMID:27082259

  5. Effect of low temperature annealing on the wear properties of NITINOL

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    Mukunda, Sriram; Nath. S, Narendra; Herbert, Mervin A.; Mukunda, P. G.

    2016-02-01

    NiTi shape memory alloy is a wonder material that is a solution looking for problems. The material finds wide biomedical applications like endodontic files for root canal treatment and cardiovascular stents. This material has rendered the surgical procedure simple compared to that with the existing Stainless Steel (SS) or titanium ones. NiTi as an endodontic file would cause less discomfort to the patients in comparison to that with far stiffer SS or titanium ones. Here nearly equi-atomic 50:50 commercial NiTi rods were subjected to low temperature aging at 300 to 450°C. The wear resistance of the as-received and the heat-treated samples was studied using adhesive wear tests on hardened steel counter face. Abrasive wear tests were run against Alumina disc to simulate the working of endodontic drills and files against dental hard and soft tissues. The abrasive wear resistance is expected to be proportional to the Vickers Hardness of the material and is high for the 450°C heat-treated sample. A correlation between the mechanical properties and microstructures of this material is attempted

  6. Effect of low temperature and calcium on survival and membrane properties of isolated winter wheat cells.

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    Pomeroy, M K; Andrews, C J

    1985-07-01

    Isolated cells obtained by enzymic digestion of young primary leaves of cold-hardened, dark-grown Kharkov winter wheat (Triticum aestivum L.) were exposed to various low temperature stresses. The initial uptake of (86)Rb was generally decreased by increasing concentrations of Ca(2+), but after longer periods of incubation, the inhibiting effect of high Ca(2+) levels diminished. Viability of isolated cells suspended in water declined rapidly when ice encased at -1 degrees C, while in the presence of 10 millimolar Ca(2+) viability declined only gradually over a 5-week period. Ice encasement markedly reduced (86)Rb uptake prior to a significant decline in cell viability or increased ion efflux. Cell damage increased progressively when the icing temperature was reduced from -1 to -2 and -3 degrees C, but the presence of Ca(2+) in the suspending medium reduced injury. Cell viability and ion uptake were reduced to a greater extent following slow cooling than after rapid cooling to subfreezing temperatures ranging from -10 to -30 degrees C. The results from this study support the view that an early change in cellular properties due to prolonged ice encasement at -1 degrees C involves the ion transport system, whereas cooling to lower subfreezing temperatures for only a few hours results in more general membrane damage, including loss of semipermeability of the plasma membrane. PMID:16664270

  7. Low temperature crystal structure and magnetic properties of RAl{sub 2}

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    Pathak, Arjun K. Paudyal, D.; Gschneidner, K. A.; Pecharsky, V. K.

    2014-05-07

    Low temperature crystal structure and magnetic properties of RAl{sub 2} (R = Pr and Nd) have been studied using temperature dependent powder x-ray diffraction, magnetization, and heat capacity measurements. Unlike PrAl{sub 2}, NdAl{sub 2} retains cubic MgCu{sub 2}-type structure from room temperature down to 5 K, which is also confirmed from first principles electronic structure calculations. The magnetization measurements show both PrAl{sub 2} and NdAl{sub 2} order ferromagnetically at T{sub C} = 32 K and 77 K, respectively. However, the magnetization measurements show the former is a hard ferromagnet compared to the latter which is a soft ferromagnetic material. The magnetic entropy change obtained from heat capacity measurements at ΔH = 30 kOe for PrAl{sub 2} and NdAl{sub 2} are 3.15 J mol{sup −1} K{sup −1} and 1.18 J mol{sup −1} K{sup −1}, respectively.

  8. Mechanical properties and fracture toughness of rail steels and thermite welds at low temperature

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    Wang, Yuan-qing; Zhou, Hui; Shi, Yong-jiu; Feng, Bao-rui

    2012-05-01

    Brittle fracture occurs frequently in rails and thermite welded joints, which intimidates the security and reliability of railway service. Railways in cold regions, such as Qinghai-Tibet Railway, make the problem of brittle fracture in rails even worse. A series of tests such as uniaxial tensile tests, Charpy impact tests, and three-point bending tests were carried out at low temperature to investigate the mechanical properties and fracture toughness of U71Mn and U75V rail steels and their thermite welds. Fracture micromechanisms were analyzed by scanning electron microscopy (SEM) on the fracture surfaces of the tested specimens. The ductility indices (percentage elongation after fracture and percentage reduction of area) and the toughness indices (Charpy impact energy A k and plane-strain fracture toughness K IC) of the two kinds of rail steels and the corresponding thermite welds all decrease as the temperature decreases. The thermite welds are more critical to fracture than the rail steel base metals, as indicated by a higher yield-to-ultimate ratio and a much lower Charpy impact energy. U71Mn rail steel is relatively higher in toughness than U75V, as demonstrated by larger A k and K IC values. Therefore, U71Mn rail steel and the corresponding thermite weld are recommended in railway construction and maintenance in cold regions.

  9. Low-temperature mechanical properties of superconducting radio frequency cavity materials

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    Byun, Thak Sang; Kim, Sang-Ho; Mammosser, John

    2009-01-01

    Low temperature mechanical behaviors have been investigated for the constituent materials of superconducting radio frequency cavities. Test materials consist of small grain Nb, single crystal Nb, large grain Nb (bicrystal), Ti45Nb-Nb weld joint (e-beam welded), and Ti-316L bimetal joint (explosion welded). The strength of all test metals displayed strong temperature dependence and the Ti-316L bimetal showed the highest strength and lowest ductility among the test materials. The fracture toughness of the small grain Nb metals decreased with decreasing test temperature and reached the lower shelf values (30 40 MPa m) at or above 173 K. The Ti45Nb base and Ti45Nb-Nb weld metals showed much higher fracture toughness than the small grain Nb. An extrapolation and comparison with existing data showed that the fracture toughness of the small grain Nb metals at 4 K was expected to be similar to those at 173 K and 77 K. The results from optical photography at a low magnification and fractography by a scanning electron microscope were consistent with corresponding mechanical properties.

  10. Thermoelectric properties of semiconductor nanowire networks

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    Roslyak, Oleksiy; Piryatinski, Andrei

    2016-03-28

    To examine the thermoelectric (TE) properties of a semiconductor nanowire (NW) network, we propose a theoretical approach mapping the TE network on a two-port network. In contrast to a conventional single-port (i.e., resistor)network model, our model allows for large scale calculations showing convergence of TE figure of merit, ZT, with an increasing number of junctions. Using this model, numerical simulations are performed for the Bi2Te3 branched nanowire (BNW) and Cayley tree NW (CTNW) network. We find that the phonon scattering at the network junctions plays a dominant role in enhancing the network ZT. Specifically, disordered BNW and CTNW demonstrate anmore » order of magnitude higher ZT enhancement compared to their ordered counterparts. Formation of preferential TE pathways in CTNW makes the network effectively behave as its BNW counterpart. In conclusion, we provide formalism for simulating large scale nanowire networks hinged upon experimentally measurable TE parameters of a single T-junction.« less

  11. Determining factors of thermoelectric properties of semiconductor nanowires

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    2011-01-01

    It is widely accepted that low dimensionality of semiconductor heterostructures and nanostructures can significantly improve their thermoelectric efficiency. However, what is less well understood is the precise role of electronic and lattice transport coefficients in the improvement. We differentiate and analyze the electronic and lattice contributions to the enhancement by using a nearly parameter-free theory of the thermoelectric properties of semiconductor nanowires. By combining molecular dynamics, density functional theory, and Boltzmann transport theory methods, we provide a complete picture for the competing factors of thermoelectric figure of merit. As an example, we study the thermoelectric properties of ZnO and Si nanowires. We find that the figure of merit can be increased as much as 30 times in 8-Å-diameter ZnO nanowires and 20 times in 12-Å-diameter Si nanowires, compared with the bulk. Decoupling of thermoelectric contributions reveals that the reduction of lattice thermal conductivity is the predominant factor in the improvement of thermoelectric properties in nanowires. While the lattice contribution to the efficiency enhancement consistently becomes larger with decreasing size of nanowires, the electronic contribution is relatively small in ZnO and disadvantageous in Si. PMID:21854613

  12. Improving low temperature properties of synthetic diesel fuels derived from oil shale. Alternative fuels utilization program

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    Frankenfeld, J.W.; Taylor, W.F.

    1980-11-01

    The ability of additives to improve the cold flow properties of shale oil derived fuels boiling in the diesel fuel range was evaluated. Because a commercial shale oil industry did not exist to provide actual samples of finished fuels, a representative range of hydroprocessed shale oil fractions was prepared for use in the additive testing work. Crude oil shale from Occidental Shale Company was fractionated to give three liquids in the diesel fuel boiling range. The initial boiling point in each case was 325/sup 0/F (163/sup 0/C). The final boiling points were 640/sup 0/F (338/sup 0/C), 670/sup 0/F (354/sup 0/C) and 700/sup 0/F (371/sup 0/F). Each fraction was hydrotreated to three different severities (800, 1200 and 1500 psi total pressure) over a Shell 324 nickel molybdate on alumina catalyst at 710 to 750/sup 0/F to afford 9 different model fuels. A variety of commercial and experimental additives were evaluated as cold flow improvers in the model fuels at treat levels of 0.04 to 0.4 wt %. Both the standard pour point test (ASTM D97) and a more severe low temperature flow test (LTFT) were employed. Reductions in pour points of up to 70/sup 0/F and improvements in LTFT temperatures up to 16/sup 0/F were achieved. It is concluded that flow improver additives can play an important role in improving the cold flow properties of future synthetic fuels of the diesel type derived from oil shale.

  13. Efficient Visible-Light Photocatalytic Properties in Low-Temperature Bi-Nb-O System Photocatalysts.

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    Zhai, Haifa; Shang, Shuying; Zheng, Liuyang; Li, Panpan; Li, Haiqin; Luo, Hongying; Kong, Jizhou

    2016-12-01

    Low-temperature Bi-Nb-O system photocatalysts were prepared by a citrate method using homemade water-soluble niobium precursors. The structures, morphologies, and optical properties of Bi-Nb-O system photocatalysts with different compositions were investigated deeply. All the Bi-Nb-O powders exhibit appreciably much higher photocatalytic efficiency of photo-degradation of methyl violet (MV), especially for Bi-Nb-O photocatalysts sintered at 750 °C (BNO750), only 1.5 h to completely decompose MV, and the obtained first-order rate constant (k) is 1.94/h. A larger degradation rate of Bi-Nb-O photocatalysts sintered at 550 °C (BNO550) can be attributed to the synergistic effect between β-BiNbO4 and Bi5Nb3O15. Bi5Nb3O15 with small particle size on β-BiNbO4 surface can effectively short the diffuse length of electron. BNO750 exhibits the best photocatalytic properties under visible-light irradiation, which can be attributed to its better crystallinity and the synergistic effect between β-BiNbO4 and α-BiNbO4. The small amount of α-BiNbO4 loading on surface of β-BiNbO4 can effectively improve the electron and hole segregation and migration. Holes are the main active species of Bi-Nb-O system photocatalysts in aqueous solution under visible-light irradiation. PMID:27576523

  14. Electronic, phononic, and thermoelectric properties of graphyne sheets

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    Sevinçli, Hâldun; Sevik, Cem

    2014-12-01

    Electron, phonon, and thermoelectric transport properties of α-, β-, γ-, and 6,6,12-graphyne sheets are compared and contrasted with those of graphene. α-, β-, and 6,6,12-graphynes, with direction dependent Dirac dispersions, have higher electronic transmittance than graphene. γ-graphyne also attains better electrical conduction than graphene except at its band gap. Vibrationally, graphene conducts heat much more efficiently than graphynes, a behavior beyond an atomic density differences explanation. Seebeck coefficients of the considered Dirac materials are similar but thermoelectric power factors decrease with increasing effective speeds of light. γ-graphyne yields the highest thermoelectric efficiency with a thermoelectric figure of merit as high as ZT = 0.45, almost an order of magnitude higher than that of graphene.

  15. Tuning Thermoelectric Properties of Chirality Selected Single Wall Carbon Nanotubes

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    Yanagi, Kazuhiro; Oshima, Yuki; Kitamura, Yoshimasa; Maniwa, Yutaka

    Thermoelectrics are a very important technology for efficiently converting waste heat into electric power. Hicks and Dresselhaus proposed an important approach to innovate the performance of thermoelectric devices, which involves using one-dimensional materials and properly tuning their Fermi level (PRB 1993). Therefore, understanding the relationship between the thermoelectric performance and the Fermi level of one-dimensional materials is of great importance to maximize their thermoelectric performance. Single wall carbon nanotube (SWCNT) is an ideal model for one-dimensional materials. Previously we reported continuous p-type and n-type control over the Seebeck coefficients of semiconducting SWCNT networks with diameter of 1.4 nm through an electric double layer transistor setup using an ionic liquid as the electrolyte (Yanagi et al., Nano Lett. 14, 6437 2014). We clarified the thermoelectric properties of semiconducting SWCNTs with diameter of 1.4 nm as a function of Fermi level. In this study, we investigated how the chiralities or electronic structures of SWCNTs influence on the thermoelectric properties. We found the significant difference in the line-shape of Seebeck coefficient as a function of gate voltage between the different electronic structures of SWCNTs.

  16. Dose dependence of mechanical properties in tantalum and tantalum alloys after low temperature irradiation

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    Byun, Thak Sang

    2008-01-01

    The dose dependence of mechanical properties was investigated for tantalum and tantalum alloys after low temperature irradiation. Miniature tensile specimens of three pure tantalum metals, ISIS Ta, Aesar Ta1, Aesar Ta2, and one tantalum alloy, Ta-1W, were irradiated by neutrons in the High Flux Isotope Reactor (HFIR) at ORNL to doses ranging from 0.00004 to 0.14 displacements per atom (dpa) in the temperature range 60 C 100 oC. Also, two tantalum-tungsten alloys, Ta-1W and Ta-10W, were irradiated by protons and spallation neutrons in the LANSCE facility at LANL to doses ranging from 0.7 to 7.5 dpa and from 0.7 to 25.2 dpa, respectively, in the temperature range 50 C 160 oC. Tensile tests were performed at room temperature and at 250oC at nominal strain rates of about 10-3 s-1. All neutron-irradiated materials underwent progressive irradiation hardening and loss of ductility with increasing dose. The ISIS Ta experienced embrittlement at 0.14 dpa, while the other metals retained significant necking ductility. Such a premature embrittlement in ISIS Ta is believed to be because of high initial oxygen concentrations picked up during a pre-irradiation anneal. The Ta-1W and Ta-10W specimens irradiated in spallation condition experienced prompt necking at yield since irradiation doses for those specimens were high ( 0.7 dpa). At the highest dose, 25.2 dpa, the Ta-10W alloy specimen broke with little necking strain. Among the test materials, the Ta-1W alloy displayed the best combination of strength and ductility. The plastic instability stress and true fracture stress were nearly independent of dose. Increasing test temperature decreased strength and delayed the onset of necking at yield.

  17. Low-temperature properties of crankcase motor oils: A fundamental approach to pumpability phenomena

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    Riga, A.T.; Roby, S.H.

    1994-05-01

    Pumpability-related engine failures have resulted from an inadequate understanding of the time-dependent rheology of motor oils at low temperatures. The current work elucidates the nature of the wax-oil structure formed at temperatures below the cloud points for a series of mineral oils and formulated lubricants having documented field and bench test performance. Low-temperature field performance of motor oils was differentiated by slow-cool, low-shear rate methods. The solidification of each motor oil was characterized by a viscosity-temperature profile. The activation energies for crystallization and fusion were higher for the problem oils. The creep moduli of wax-oil gels were determined from low-temperature isothermal thermomechanical (TMA) experiments. The engine-pass oils had lower moduli at -65{degrees}C.

  18. Thermoelectric Properties of Bi Doped Tetrahedrite

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    Prem Kumar, D. S.; Chetty, R.; Femi, O. E.; Chattopadhyay, K.; Malar, P.; Mallik, R. C.

    2016-08-01

    Bi doped tetrahedrites with nominal compositions of Cu12Sb4-x Bi x S13 (x = 0, 0.2, 0.4, 0.6, 0.8) were synthesized by the solid state reaction method. Powder x-ray diffraction patterns confirmed that Cu12Sb4S13 (tetrahedrite structure) was the main phase, along with Cu3SbS4 and Cu3SbS3 as the secondary phases. Electron probe microanalysis provided the elemental composition of all the samples. It was confirmed that the main phase is the tetrahedrite phase with slight deviations in the stoichiometry. All the transport properties were measured between 423 K and 673 K. The electrical resistivity increased with an increase in Bi content for all the samples, possibly induced by the variation in the carrier concentration, which may be due to the influence of impurity phases. The increase in electrical resistivity with an increase in temperature indicates the degenerate semiconducting nature of the samples. The absolute Seebeck coefficient is positive throughout the temperature range indicating the p-type nature of the samples. The Seebeck coefficient for all the samples increased with an increase in Bi content as electrical resistivity. The variation of electrical resistivity and the Seebeck coefficient with doping can be attributed to the changes in the carrier concentration of the samples. The total thermal conductivity increases with an increase in temperature and decreases with an increase in the Bi content that could be due to the reduction in carrier thermal conductivity. The highest thermoelectric figure of merit (zT) ~0.84 at 673 K was obtained for the sample with x = 0.2 due to lower thermal conductivity (1.17 W/m K).

  19. Enhanced thermoelectric properties of graphene oxide patterned by nanoroads.

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    Zhou, Si; Guo, Yu; Zhao, Jijun

    2016-04-21

    The thermoelectric properties of two-dimensional (2D) materials are of great interest for both fundamental science and device applications. Graphene oxide (GO), whose physical properties are highly tailorable by chemical and structural modifications, is a potential 2D thermoelectric material. In this report, we pattern nanoroads on GO sheets with epoxide functionalization, and investigate their ballistic thermoelectric transport properties based on density functional theory and the nonequilibrium Green's function method. These graphene oxide nanoroads (GONRDs) are all semiconductors with their band gaps tunable by the road width, edge orientation, and the structure of the GO matrix. These nanostructures show appreciable electrical conductance at certain doping levels and enhanced thermopower of 127-287 μV K(-1), yielding a power factor 4-22 times of the graphene value; meanwhile, the lattice thermal conductance is remarkably reduced to 15-22% of the graphene value; consequently, attaining the figure of merit of 0.05-0.75. Our theoretical results are not only helpful for understanding the thermoelectric properties of graphene and its derivatives, but also would guide the theoretical design and experimental fabrication of graphene-based thermoelectric devices of high performance. PMID:27035740

  20. 46 CFR 54.25-20 - Low temperature operation-ferritic steels with properties enhanced by heat treatment (modifies...

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    2010-10-01

    ... section VIII of the ASME Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code (incorporated by reference; see 46 CFR 54.01-1... properties enhanced by heat treatment (modifies UHT-5(c), UHT-6, UHT-23, and UHT-82). 54.25-20 Section 54.25... VESSELS Construction With Carbon, Alloy, and Heat Treated Steels § 54.25-20 Low temperature...

  1. The influence of hydrogen charging on the glassy low temperature properties of a polycrystalline NbTi-alloy

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    Abens, S.; Gladun, A.; Jäckel, M.; Lipp, D.; Sahling, S.

    1999-03-01

    We measured the thermal conductivity, specific heat and heat release of polycrystalline Nb 37Ti 63 at low temperatures. Further we charged our samples with hydrogen and investigated the influence of different charging concentrations on these thermal properties. All physical features show low temperature behaviour similar to amorphous solids. The distribution parameter P¯ and the coupling constant γ, extracted from the experimental data, indicate two different tunneling systems in NbTi and hydrogen charged NbTi. In hydrogen charged NbTi the distribution parameter varies nearly proportional to the hydrogen concentration.

  2. Thermoelectric Properties of Nanowires with a Graphitic Shell.

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    Lee, Jong Woon; Lee, Eun Kyung; Kim, Byung Sung; Lee, Jae Hyun; Kim, Hee Goo; Jang, Hyeon Sik; Hwang, Sung Woo; Choi, Byoung Lyong; Whang, Dongmok

    2015-07-20

    A thermoelectric device that can generate electricity from waste heat can play an important role in a global energy solution. However, the strongly correlated thermoelectric properties have remained a major hurdle for the highly efficient conversion of thermoelectric energy. Herein, the electrical and thermal properties of Si and SiO2 nanowires with few-layer graphitic shells are demonstrated; these structures exhibit enhanced electrical properties but no increase in thermal conductivity. The main path of the phonons through the structures is the core nanowire, which has a large cross-sectional area relative to that of the graphitic shell layer. However, the electrical conductivities of the nanowires with shell structures are high because of the good electrical conductivity of the graphitic shell, despite its small cross-sectional area. PMID:25939904

  3. The structure and magnetic properties of Sm-Fe-N powders prepared by ball milling at low temperature

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    Fang, Qiuli; An, Xiaoxin; Wang, Fang; Li, Ying; Du, Juan; Xia, Weixing; Yan, Aru; Liu, J. Ping; Zhang, Jian

    2016-07-01

    Sm-Fe-N powders have great potential to be used for preparing high-performance bonded permanent magnets because of their high anisotropy field and large saturation magnetization. In this work, we report the morphology, structure, oxygen content and magnetic properties of the Sm-Fe-N powders prepared by high energy ball milling at low temperature. Compared with the samples milled at room temperature, the Sm-Fe-N powders prepared at low temperature display more homogeneous morphology, less decomposition, lower oxygen content, and therefore enhanced magnetic performance. Our experimental results indicate that the low temperature milling will be a promising method for fabricating Sm-Fe-N bonded magnets with high-performance.

  4. Transport and thermoelectric properties of hot-pressed SnSe2

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    van Quang, Nguyen; Thi Minh Hai, Nguyen; Anh Tuan, Duong; van Thiet, Duong; Sunglae, Cho; Jae Yong, Song; Hyunmin, Park; Jae Yong Song Collaboration; Hyun-Min Park Collaboration

    Recently, SnSe has been reported as ultralow thermal conductivity material which make it become a very high thermoelectric fingure of merit ZT material, up to 2.6 at 923 K. But, it is hard to use SnSe for applications in high temperature range because SnSe decomposes at 700 K. Therefore, searching for crystalline materials with high ZT value at lower temperature is still an attracted field of research. SnSe2 is also 2D material which is expected to have low lattice thermal conductivity. However, less is known about thermoelectric property of SnSe2. Eutectic SnSe2-Bi2Se3 has been repoted as a promsising low-temperature thermoelectric material with ZT =0.56 at 593 K. Here, we prepared the polycrystalline SnSe2 using hot pressure method. At temperature range up to 573 K, it exhibited an anisotropic n-type charge carrier. Ultra low thermal conductivity is achieved along parallel direction, however, ZT value is still very low whose maximum was 0.045 at 573 K due to low electrical conductivity, and increased with temperature. Our work showed the possibility to enhance ZT of SnSe2 polycrystalline via n- and p-type doping experiments. Presenter.

  5. Optical properties of single ZnTe nanowires grown at low temperature

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    Artioli, A.; Stepanov, P.; Den Hertog, M.; Bougerol, C.; Genuist, Y.; Donatini, F.; André, R.; Nogues, G.; Tatarenko, S.; Ferrand, D.; Cibert, J.; Inst NEEL, CNRS, F-38042 Grenoble ; Rueda-Fonseca, P.; Inst NEEL, CNRS, F-38042 Grenoble; INAC, CEA and Université de Grenoble, 17 rue des Martyrs, 38054 Grenoble ; Bellet-Amalric, E.; Kheng, K.

    2013-11-25

    Optically active gold-catalyzed ZnTe nanowires have been grown by molecular beam epitaxy, on a ZnTe(111) buffer layer, at low temperature (350 °C) under Te rich conditions, and at ultra-low density (from 1 to 5 nanowires per μm{sup 2}). The crystalline structure is zinc blende as identified by transmission electron microscopy. All nanowires are tapered and the majority of them are <111> oriented. Low temperature micro-photoluminescence and cathodoluminescence experiments have been performed on single nanowires. We observe a narrow emission line with a blue-shift of 2 or 3 meV with respect to the exciton energy in bulk ZnTe. This shift is attributed to the strain induced by a 5 nm-thick oxide layer covering the nanowires, and this assumption is supported by a quantitative estimation of the strain in the nanowires.

  6. Low-temperature sintering of silica-boric acid-doped willemite and microwave dielectric properties

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    Ando, Minato; Ohsato, Hitoshi; Igimi, Daisuke; Higashida, Yutaka; Kan, Akinori; Suzuki, Sadahiko; Yasufuku, Yoshitoyo; Kagomiya, Isao

    2015-10-01

    Millimeter-wave wireless communications in a high-level information society have been expanding in terms of high-density data transfer and radar for pre-crash safety systems. For these communications, millimeter-wave dielectrics have been expected for the development of substrates with high quality factor (Qf), low dielectric constant (ɛr), and near-zero temperature coefficient of resonance frequency (TCf). We have been studying several silicates such as forsterite, willemite, diopside, wollastonite, and cordierite/indialite glass ceramics. In this study, the synthesis of willemite and low-temperature-sintered willemite for low temperature co-fired ceramics (LTCC) is examined. The raw materials used for preparing slurries in doctor blade tape casting are also analyzed.

  7. Electrical Transport of Topological Insulator-bismuth selenide and Thermoelectric Properties of Graphene

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    Wei, Peng

    2011-12-01

    This thesis summarizes our work in the past four years in the field of transport studies of the topological insulator materials and thermoelectric properties of graphene. The first half of the thesis is focused on the transport properties of topological insulator material-Bi2Se3. In our research, we systematically tune the position of the chemical potential in p-type Ca-doped Bi2Se3 thin devices first by eliminating excess holes with controlled post-fabrication electron beam irradiation that results in an insulating bulk state. In spite of the fact that the energetic electron beam creates defects to localize the bulk carriers and inevitably to cause additional scattering, we find a tenfold increase in carrier mobility associated with the extended states in the band gap. In addition, the resistance undergoes a fivefold increase and passes the maximum as the chemical potential is further tuned by electrostatic gating. A cusp-like low-field magnetoresistance feature also emerges which is indicative of strong spin-orbit interaction. The observed gate-tunable high-mobility is a signature of massless Dirac fermions in the band gap of Bi2Se3. The second half of this thesis is focused on graphene. Our work first reported the thermoelectric study of graphene and demonstrated the anomalous thermoelectric transport of massless Dirac fermions. As a direct consequence of the linear dispersion of massless particles, we find that the Seebeck coefficient Sxx diverges with 1/n2D , where n2D is the carrier density. We observe a very large Nernst signal Sxy (˜ 50 muV/K at 8 T) at the Dirac point, and an oscillatory dependence of both Sxx and Sxy on n 2D at low temperatures. Our results underscore the anomalous thermoelectric transport in graphene, which may be used as a highly sensitive probe for impurity bands near the Dirac point.

  8. Low-Temperature Magnetic and Thermal Properties of Some Low-Dimensional Compounds

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    Lukin, Jonathan Allen

    Heat capacity and A.C. susceptibility measurements of powdered alpha-rm MnC_2O_4cdot2H_2O have led to its description as a Heisenberg chain antiferromagnet with exchange J/k = -1.17(2) K. Anomalies in C_{p} signal the onset of long-range order at T_{N} = 2.4 K and an order-order transition at T_2 = 1.5 K. For T_2low-temperature C_{p}. From EPR spectra of doped alpha- rm ZnC_2O_4cdot2H_2O crystals, the properties of isolated Mn ^{2+}, Cu^{2+ }, and Co^{2+} ions in this lattice were deduced. The powder susceptibility and heat capacity of alpha- rm CoC_2O_4cdot2H_2O delineate a 2D Ising antiferromagnet with J/k = -30+/- 2 K, | J^'/J |~ 3times 10^{-3}, and an ordering temperature T_{N }=6.23(2) K. The measured susceptibility above 20 K of alpha-rm NiC _2O_4cdot2H_2O agrees with that of a spin-1 Heisenberg chain with J/k = -19.5+/- 1 K; a peak in C_{p } indicates magnetic ordering at T _{N} = 6.33(2) K. X-ray diffraction, heat capacity, and magnetic susceptibility measurements of rm ErBa_2Cu _3O_{x} with 6.12 <= x<=6.91 revealed several effects correlated with the oxygen concentration x. The fully -oxygenated orthorhombic material, with a superconducting transition temperature T_{c} = 92 K, exhibits a 2D Ising-like peak corresponding to magnetic ordering of the Er^{3+} moments at T_{m} = 0.604 K. Removal of oxygen reduces the lattice orthorhombicity and depresses both T_{c} and T_{m}, until in the 2 = 6.12, 6.23 tetragonal phases superconductivity and long-range magnetic order are quenched. These

  9. Effective material properties of thermoelectric composites with elliptical fibers

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    Wang, Yi-Ze

    2015-06-01

    In the present work, the effective material properties of thermoelectric composites with elliptical fibers are studied. Explicit solutions are derived by the conformal mapping function and Mori-Tanaka method. Numerical simulations are performed to present the behaviors of normalized effective material constants. From the results, it can be observed that both the effective electric and thermal conductivities can be reduced by increasing the filling ratio and a/ b. Such influences can also be found for the effective thermoelectric figure of merit. But they are different from those on the effective Seebeck and Peltier coefficients.

  10. Low Temperature Properties for Correlation Functions in Classical N-Vector Spin Models

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    Balaban, Tadeusz; O'Carroll, Michael

    We obtain convergent multi-scale expansions for the one-and two-point correlation functions of the low temperature lattice classical N- vector spin model in d>= 3 dimensions, N>= 2. The Gibbs factor is taken as where , , , are large and 0 < v<= 1. In the thermodynamic and limits, with h=e1, and Δ≡∂*∂, the expansion gives (spontaneous magnetization), , (Goldstone Bosons), , and , where , for some ρ > 0, and c0 is aprecisely determined constant.

  11. Low-temperature crystal structure, specific heat, and dielectric properties of lithium tetraborate Li2B4O7

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    Senyshyn, A.; Schwarz, B.; Lorenz, T.; Adamiv, V. T.; Burak, Ya. V.; Banys, J.; Grigalaitis, R.; Vasylechko, L.; Ehrenberg, H.; Fuess, H.

    2010-11-01

    Coherent neutron powder diffraction experiments were carried out together with specific heat, dilatometry, and dielectric spectroscopy studies on Li2B4O7 enriched with B11 isotope to 99.3% at low temperatures. Neither traces of phase transformations nor discontinuous changes in physical properties were observed. Negative thermal expansion, anomalous thermal behavior of selected interatomic distances/angles, isotropic displacement parameters on specific sites as well as dielectric constant were discussed in terms of dynamic lithium disorder.

  12. Thermoelectric transport properties of In2Se3 single crystal

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    Nguyen, Thi Huong; Duong, Van Thiet; Nguyen, Van Quang; Duong, Anh Tuan; Cho, Sunglae; Song, Jae Yong; Park, Hyun-Min

    In recent years the discovery and development of green energy source are one of the top concerns in science. The enormous efforts have been devoted to search for thermoelectric materials. Enhancement of thermoelectric figure of merit (ZT = (S2 σ / κ) T) is currently research goal of scientists. In2Se3 is one of semiconductors with layered structure, which is good for thermoelectric applications. In this study, we report on the transport and thermoelectric properties of In2Se3 single crystal. The layered crystal structure of In2Se3 was determined by XRD and FE-SEM measurements. Ellipsometry measurement illustrated the indirect band gap of In2Se3, about 1.61 eV. Transport properties have been studied in the temperature range from 20 to 400 K along axis which is parallel to the layers direction. Interestingly, Seebeck coefficient was n-type and increased with temperature and the electrical conductivity increased with temperature. Therefore, power factor increased up to 2.69 µWcm-1K-2at 400 K. In this talk, we will discuss more on transport properties.

  13. Thermoelectric properties and efficiency measurements under large temperature differences.

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    Muto, A; Kraemer, D; Hao, Q; Ren, Z F; Chen, G

    2009-09-01

    The maximum efficiency of a thermoelectric generator is determined by the material's dimensionless figure of merit ZT. Real thermoelectric material properties are highly temperature dependent and are often measured individually using multiple measurement tools on different samples. As a result, reported ZT values have large uncertainties. In this work we present an experimental technique that eliminates some of these uncertainties. We measure the Seebeck coefficient, electrical conductivity, and thermal conductivity of a single element or leg, as well as the conversion efficiency, under a large temperature difference of 2-160 degrees C. The advantages of this technique include (1) the thermoelectric leg is mounted only once and all measurements are in the same direction and (2) the measured properties are corroborated by efficiency measurements. The directly measured power and efficiency are compared to the values calculated from the measured properties and agree within 0.4% and 2%, respectively. The realistic testing conditions of this technique make it ideal for material characterization prior to implementation in a real thermoelectric generator. PMID:19791947

  14. Thermoelectric Properties of Barium Plumbate Doped by Alkaline Earth Oxides

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    Eufrasio, Andreza; Bhatta, Rudra; Pegg, Ian; Dutta, Biprodas

    Ceramic oxides are now being considered as a new class of thermoelectric materials because of their high stability at elevated temperatures. Such materials are especially suitable for use as prospective thermoelectric power generators because high temperatures are encountered in such operations. The present investigation uses barium plumbate (BaPbO3) as the starting material, the thermoelectric properties of which have been altered by judicious cation substitutions. BaPbO3 is known to exhibit metallic properties which may turn semiconducting as a result of compositional changes without precipitating a separate phase and/or altering the basic perovskite crystal structure. Perovskite structures are noted for their large interstitial spaces which can accommodate a large variety of ``impurity'' ions. As BaPbO3 has high electrical conductivity, σ = 2.43x105Ω-1 m-1 at room temperature, its thermopower, S, is relatively low, 23 μV/K, as expected. With a thermal conductivity, k, of 4.83Wm-1K-1, the figure of merit (ZT =S2 σ Tk-1) of BaPbO3 is only 0.01 at T = 300K. The objective of this investigation is to study the variation of thermoelectric properties of BaPbO3 as Ba and Pb ions are systematically substituted by alkaline earth ions.

  15. Low Temperature Properties and Quantum Criticality of CrAs1-x Px single crystal

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    Luo, Jianlin; Institute of Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences Team

    We report a systematically study of resistivity and specific heat on phosphorus doped CrAs1-xPx single crystals with x =0 to 0.2. With the increasing of phosphorus doping concentration x, the magnetic and structural transition temperature TN is suppressed. Non-fermi liquid behavior and quantum criticality phenomenon are observed from low temperature resistivity around critical doping with xc ~0.05 where the long-range antiferromagnetic ordering is completely suppressed. The low temperature specific heat of CrAs1-xPx is contributed by the thermal excitation of phonons and electrons. The electronic specific heat coefficient γ, which reflects the effective mass of quasi-particles, shows maximum around xc ~0.05, also indicating the existence of quantum critical phenomenon around the critical doping. The value of Kadowaki-Woods ratio of CrAs1-xPx shows no significant different from that of CrAs. Work is done in collaboration with Fukun Lin, Wei Wu, Ping Zheng, Guozhi Fan, Jinguang Cheng.

  16. Low-temperature plasma-deposited silicon epitaxial films: Growth and properties

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    Demaurex, Bénédicte Bartlome, Richard; Seif, Johannes P.; Geissbühler, Jonas; Ballif, Christophe; De Wolf, Stefaan; Alexander, Duncan T. L.; Jeangros, Quentin

    2014-08-07

    Low-temperature (≤200 °C) epitaxial growth yields precise thickness, doping, and thermal-budget control, which enables advanced-design semiconductor devices. In this paper, we use plasma-enhanced chemical vapor deposition to grow homo-epitaxial layers and study the different growth modes on crystalline silicon substrates. In particular, we determine the conditions leading to epitaxial growth in light of a model that depends only on the silane concentration in the plasma and the mean free path length of surface adatoms. For such growth, we show that the presence of a persistent defective interface layer between the crystalline silicon substrate and the epitaxial layer stems not only from the growth conditions but also from unintentional contamination of the reactor. Based on our findings, we determine the plasma conditions to grow high-quality bulk epitaxial films and propose a two-step growth process to obtain device-grade material.

  17. Low-temperature plasma-deposited silicon epitaxial films: Growth and properties

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    Demaurex, Bénédicte; Bartlome, Richard; Seif, Johannes P.; Geissbühler, Jonas; Alexander, Duncan T. L.; Jeangros, Quentin; Ballif, Christophe; De Wolf, Stefaan

    2014-08-05

    Low-temperature (≤ 180 °C) epitaxial growth yields precise thickness, doping, and thermal-budget control, which enables advanced-design semiconductor devices. In this paper, we use plasma-ehanced chemical vapor deposition to grow homo-epitaxial layers and study the different growth modes on crystalline silicon substrates. In particular, we determine the conditions leading to epitaxial growth in light of a model that depends only on the silane concentration in the plasma and the mean free path length of surface adatoms. For such growth, we show that the presence of a persistent defective interface layer between the crystalline silicon substrate and the epitaxial layer stems not only from the growth conditions but also from unintentional contamination of the reactor. As a result of our findings, we determine the plasma conditions to grow high-quality bulk epitaxial films and propose a two-step growth process to obtain device-grade material.

  18. Optical properties of Sm-doped ceria nanostructured films grown by electrodeposition at low temperature

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    Ursaki, V. V.; Lair, V.; Żivković, L.; Cassir, M.; Ringuedé, A.; Lupan, O.

    2012-09-01

    Nanostructured undoped and samarium doped ceria thin nanocolumnar films are electrodeposited onto (FTO) glass substrates at low-temperature (30 °C) with a subsequent thermal annealing at 600 °C for 1 h. Films are obtained from mixed Sm3+/Ce3+ aqueous nitrate solutions, applying a -0.8 V/(SCE) potential for 1 h. Cubic fluorite type ceria nanostructured films of high crystal quality are synthesized as confirmed by X-ray diffraction and Raman spectroscopy. SEM analysis demonstrates that doping with Sm improves the quality of the film with respect to crack formation. The incorporation and activation of the Sm3+ ions in the ceria host as well as the Stark splitting of the manifolds responsible for emission in the red-orange spectral range are investigated by means of photoluminescence spectroscopy.

  19. Tensile and impact properties of vanadium-base alloys irradiated at low temperatures in the ATR-A1 experiment

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    Tsai, H.; Nowicki, L.J.; Billone, M.C.; Chung, H.M.; Smith, D.L.

    1998-03-01

    Subsize tensile and Charpy specimens made from several V-(4-5)Cr-(4-5)Ti alloys were irradiated in the ATR-A1 experiment to study the effects of low-temperature irradiation on mechanical properties. These specimens were contained in lithium-bonded subcapsules and irradiated at temperatures between {approx}200 and 300 C. Peak neutron damage was {approx}4.7 dpa. Postirradiation testing of these specimens has begun. Preliminary results from a limited number of specimens indicate a significant loss of work-hardening capability and dynamic toughness due to the irradiation. These results are consistent with data from previous low-temperature neutron irradiation experiments on these alloys.

  20. A newly developed snow vehicle (SM100S) for Antarctica. Part 4: Low temperature properties of crawler belt

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    Maekawa, Etsuji; Terayama, Yoshihide

    1992-11-01

    In order to discover a high cold-resistance material for use in the crawler belt of snow vehicles, the physical properties at very low temperatures of a recently developed material, isoprene/butadiene (70/30) random copolymer filled with carbon black, was investigated in comparison with a blended rubber NR (Natural Rubber) / BR (Butadiene Rubber) (65/35) as well as a currently used NR. It has been found that this material can keep rubber elasticity even at low temperatures below - 70 C, though it is somewhat inferior to the other two materials as to strengths such as stress-at-break and tear; and hence, it is considered as quite worthy of a practical test for a snow vehicle in the Antarctic area.

  1. Thermoelectric properties of chalcopyrite type CuGaTe2 and chalcostibite CuSbS2

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    Kumar Gudelli, Vijay; Kanchana, V.; Vaitheeswaran, G.; Svane, A.; Christensen, N. E.

    2013-12-01

    Electronic and transport properties of CuGaTe2, a hole-doped ternary copper based chalcopyrite type semiconductor, are studied using calculations within the Density Functional Theory and solving the Boltzmann transport equation within the constant relaxation time approximation. The electronic band structures are calculated by means of the full-potential linear augmented plane wave method, using the Tran-Blaha modified Becke-Johnson potential. The calculated band gap of 1.23 eV is in agreement with the experimental value of 1.2 eV. The carrier concentration- and temperature dependent thermoelectric properties of CuGaTe2 are derived, and a figure of merit of zT = 1.69 is obtained at 950 K for a hole concentration of 3.7.1019 cm-3, in agreement with a recent experimental finding of zT = 1.4, confirming that CuGaTe2 is a promising material for high temperature thermoelectric applications. The good thermoelectric performance of p-type CuGaTe2 is associated with anisotropic transport from a combination of heavy and light bands. Also for CuSbS2 (chalcostibite), a better performance is obtained for p-type than for n-type doping. The variation of the thermopower as a function of temperature and concentration suggests that CuSbS2 will be a good thermoelectric material at low temperatures, similarly to the isostructural CuBiS2 compound.

  2. Thermoelectric properties of doped BaHfO3

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    Dixit, Chandra Kr.; Bhamu, K. C.; Sharma, Ramesh

    2016-05-01

    We have studied the structural stability, electronic structure, optical properties and thermoelectric properties of doped BaHfO3 by full potential linearized augmented plane wave (FP-LAPW) method. The electronic structure of BaHfO3 doped with Sr shows enhances the indirect band gaps of 3.53 eV, 3.58 eV. The charge density plots show strong ionic bonding in Ba-Hf, and ionic and covalent bonding between Hf and O. Calculations of the optical spectra, viz., the dielectric function, refractive index and extinction coefficient are performed for the energy range are calculated and analyzed. Thermoelectric properties of semi conducting are also reported first time. The doped BaHfO3 is approximately wide band gap semiconductor with the large p-type Seebeck coefficient. The power factor of BaHfO3 is increased with Sr doping, decreases because of low electrical resistivity and thermal conductivity.

  3. Enhanced Thermoelectric Properties of W- and Fe-Substituted MnSi γ

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    Ghodke, Swapnil; Hiroishi, Naoya; Yamamoto, Akio; Ikuta, Hiroshi; Matsunami, Masaharu; Takeuchi, Tsunehiro

    2016-06-01

    We have investigated the effect of heavy-element (W) substitution on the thermoelectric properties of higher manganese silicide (HMS). Samples were prepared by arc melting followed by liquid quenching, where the latter assisted in achieving higher solubility for tungsten. We observed that Mn34.6W1.8Si63.6 was a p-type material, whereas simultaneous substitution of 12 at.% Fe made the higher manganese silicide an n-type material. The optimal carrier concentration was obtained by simultaneous substitution of Fe and W for Mn atoms. Although the samples were metastable, we successfully obtained bulk samples by a low-temperature (970 K), high-pressure (>100 MPa), long-duration sintering process. The lattice thermal conductivity was effectively reduced by W substitution, and the ZT value was improved to above 0.5 for both n- and p-type samples.

  4. Experimental Investigation on Mechanical Property of Metal Rubber Used in Lunar Rover at High or Low Temperature

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    Tao, J.; Deng, Z.; Gao, H.; Wang, S.; Hu, M.; Meng, X.

    Metal rubber is a kind of elastic damping material for aerospace environment It can keep its capacity even in some extreme environment such as high temperature high pressure high vacuum ultra-low temperature and violent vibration where traditional rubber can t deal with so it can be used in space craft as vibration reduction filter element and sealing element On the prototype of a lunar rover developed by Harbin Institute of Technology metal rubber is firstly used for the vibration dampers in the rover wheels In this paper the experimental investigation on rigidity and damping characteristic of metal rubber is carried out at high temperature and ultra-low temperature that corresponds to lunar environment The quasi-statics property of the samples made of metal rubber is tested at desired temperatures by the universal tensile testing machine model Y-71 The low temperatures down to -175° were realized by liquid nitrogen and the high temperatures up to 130° were realized by flexible electrical heater band Based on the method of least squares some curves to curve fit the experimental data on rigidity of the metal rubber samples at simulated temperatures to lunar environment were given The damping ratios of metal rubber at ordinary temperatures have been mentioned in some documents But there are hardly any reports about them at simulated temperatures to lunar environment Because it is difficult to know directly the exact damping mechanism of the metal rubber the free attenuation method is feasible to test its damping

  5. Biodiesel production by combined fatty acids separation and subsequently enzymatic esterification to improve the low temperature properties.

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    Wang, Meng; Nie, Kaili; Cao, Hao; Deng, Li; Wang, Fang; Tan, Tianwei

    2014-12-01

    The poor low-temperature properties of biodiesel, which provokes easy crystallization at low temperature, can cause fuel line plugging and limits its blending amount with petro-diesel. This work aimed to study the production of biodiesel with a new process of improving the low temperature performance of biodiesel. Waste cooking oil was first hydrolyzed into fatty acids (FAs) by 60g immobilized lipase and 240g RO water in 15h. Then, urea complexation was used to divide the FAs into saturated and unsaturated components. The conditions for complexation were: FA-to-urea ratio 1:2 (w/w), methanol to FA ratio 5:1 (v/v), duration 2h. The saturated and unsaturated FAs were then converted to iso-propyl and methyl esters by lipase, respectively. Finally, the esters were mixed together. The CFPP of this mixture was decreased from 5°C to -3°C. Hydrolysis, urea complexation and enzymic catalyzed esterification processes are discussed in this paper. PMID:25441717

  6. Structural and magnetic properties of the low temperature phase MnBi with ball milling

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    Kavita, S.; Ramakrishna, V. V.; Srinivasan, A.; Gopalan, R.

    2016-05-01

    MnBi has been prepared by arc-melting method and subjected to low energy ball milling after homogenization heat treatment. X-ray diffraction data shows that the weight percentage of the low temperature MnBi (LTP MnBi) phase increases with milling. Microstructural and x-ray peak profile analysis show that milling leads to a reduction in average crystallite size and an increase in microstrain respectively. Magnetic hysteresis loops recorded for an applied field of ±20 kOe show that the alloy milled for 5 h exhibits a coercivity of 11.3 kOe. Although ball milling results in the growth of the LTP MnBi phase, the saturation magnetization (M s) decreases from 47 emu g‑1 (arc melted and homogenized) to 15 emu g‑1 upon milling for 5 h. It is also found that the Curie temperature (T c) of the system decreases with milling. The decrease in magnetization is discussed in terms of variation of Mn–Mn distance and the strain induced during milling. On the other hand, it has been found that the coercivity increases with temperature and reaches a value of 17.5 kOe at 500 K for the 5 h milled sample.

  7. Low-temperature plasma-deposited silicon epitaxial films: Growth and properties

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    Demaurex, Bénédicte; Bartlome, Richard; Seif, Johannes P.; Geissbühler, Jonas; Alexander, Duncan T. L.; Jeangros, Quentin; Ballif, Christophe; De Wolf, Stefaan

    2014-08-05

    Low-temperature (≤ 180 °C) epitaxial growth yields precise thickness, doping, and thermal-budget control, which enables advanced-design semiconductor devices. In this paper, we use plasma-ehanced chemical vapor deposition to grow homo-epitaxial layers and study the different growth modes on crystalline silicon substrates. In particular, we determine the conditions leading to epitaxial growth in light of a model that depends only on the silane concentration in the plasma and the mean free path length of surface adatoms. For such growth, we show that the presence of a persistent defective interface layer between the crystalline silicon substrate and the epitaxial layer stems notmore » only from the growth conditions but also from unintentional contamination of the reactor. As a result of our findings, we determine the plasma conditions to grow high-quality bulk epitaxial films and propose a two-step growth process to obtain device-grade material.« less

  8. Structural, ferroelectric and piezoelectric properties of chemically processed, low temperature sintered piezoelectric BZT-BCT ceramics

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    Roy, Subir; Maharana, Rajalaxmi; Rangaswamy Reddy, S.; Singh, Sarabjit; Kumar, Pawan; Karthik, T.; Asthana, Saket; Bhanu Prasad, V. V.; Kamat, S. V.

    2016-03-01

    0.5Ba(Zr0.2Ti0.8)O3-0.5(Ba0.7Ca0.3TiO3) nanopowders were synthesized at very low temperature using a soft chemical approach. The synthesized powders and the consolidated disks were structurally characterized thoroughly by XRD, SEM, TEM and EPMA and also by ultraviolet and Raman spectroscopy. The 1350 °C sintered BZT-BCT disk displayed the highest density, underwent diffused phase transition centered at ˜100 °C and showed the highest dielectric constant (8917) and lowest dielectric loss (0.015). The sintered BZT-BCT sample with the highest density showed a maximum polarization (P max) of 13 μC cm-2 and remnant polarization of 6 μC cm-2. The same sample exhibited very high electrostrain of ˜0.12% under a relatively low electrical field of 3.5 kV mm-1.

  9. CaTiO3:Eu3+ red nanophosphor: low temperature synthesis and photoluminescence properties.

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    Shivram, M; Prashantha, S C; Nagabhushana, H; Sharma, S C; Thyagarajan, K; Harikrishna, R; Nagabhushana, B M

    2014-01-01

    Nanoparticles of Eu3+ doped (1-9 mol%) CaTiO3 were prepared using low temperature (500°C) solution combustion technique using metal nitrates as precursors and urea as fuel. The powder X-ray diffraction patterns of the as-formed products show single orthorhombic phase. The crystallite size was estimated using Scherrer's method and found to be in the range 40-45 nm. The effect of Eu3+ ions on luminescence characteristics of CaTiO3 was studied and the results were discussed in detail. The phosphors exhibit bright red emission upon 398 nm excitation. The characteristic emission peaks recorded at ∼540, 593, 615, 653, 696 and 706 nm (5D0→7Fj=0,1,2,3,4,5) were attributed to Eu3+ ions. The electronic transition corresponding to 5D0→7F2 (615 nm) was stronger than the magnetic dipole transition 5D0→7F1 of Eu3+ ions (596 nm). The CIE chromaticity co-ordinates were calculated from emission spectra, the values (x,y) very close to NTSC standard value of red emission. Therefore, the present phosphors were highly useful for display applications. PMID:24211621

  10. A study of thermoelectric properties of graphene materials

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    Twombly, Chris

    Graphene has very beneficial charge transport properties which make it an interesting potential thermoelectric material, but its thermoelectric efficiency is limited by large thermal conductivity. Nanostructuring graphene by incorporating periodic holes in the crystal structure produces graphene nanomesh with reduced thermal conductivity due to increased phonon scattering. The goal of this study was to investigate the thermoelectric properties of graphene nanomeshes and defected graphene using Density Functional Theory and semi-classical Boltzmann Transport Theory. We computed the Seebeck coefficient, electrical conductivity, and the electrical component of thermal conductivity from first principles. We first developed and verified the accuracy of our techniques using silicon. We then examined the properties of silicon nanowires in order to study systems with more complex geometry and to show that nanostructuring can improve thermoelectric properties. Our results agreed closely with previous experimental and theoretical studies of silicon systems. We then employed this suite of methods to study graphene, graphene nanomeshes, and periodically defected graphene. Our calculations for pristine graphene agreed closely with experimental measurements, proving that our methods work well with 2D systems. Our calculations suggest that there is up to a one order of magnitude increase in Seebeck coefficient for graphene nanomeshes compared to pristine graphene. This increase was found to be strongly dependent on a previously predicted geometrically based semimetal to semiconductor transition. We estimated a maximum ZT of 0.15-0.4 for graphene nanomeshes based on a simple scaling law for the thermal conductivity in these systems. The ZT value is strongly dependent on the purity and the quality of the graphene crystal lattice, which affects the relaxation time of charge carriers in these systems. We then studied defected graphene with partial hydrogen passivation and boron

  11. Thermoelectric and magnetic properties of Yb2MgSi2 prepared by spark plasma sintering method

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    Kubouchi, M.; Hayashi, K.; Miyazaki, Y.

    2016-08-01

    An intermediate-valence compound, Yb2MgSi2, has been prepared using a spark plasma sintering method. The magnetic susceptibility and thermoelectric properties of Yb2MgSi2 are measured in the temperature range from 5 to 300 K. From the magnetic susceptibility results, Yb valence of the Yb2MgSi2 is evaluated. As compared with YbAl3, which is one of the promising thermoelectric materials that can be used at low temperatures, Yb2MgSi2 exhibits a lower absolute value of Seebeck coefficient, higher electrical resistivity, and lower thermal conductivity over the measured temperature range. A maximum dimensionless figure of merit, ZT, of 0.0018 is achieved at around 200 K.

  12. Thermoelectric properties of MBE-grown HgCdTe-based superlattices from 100K to 300K

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    Zhang, Kejia; Yadav, Abhishek; Shao, Lei; Bommena, Ramana; Zhao, Jun; Velicu, Silviu; Pipe, Kevin P.

    2016-07-01

    We report on the thermoelectric properties of long-period HgCdTe superlattices (MCT SLs) from cryogenic temperature to room temperature. We find that the thermal conductivity is lower than the alloy value especially at low temperatures, the electrical conductivity is similar to that of alloy films, and the Seebeck coefficient is comparable to other SLs. Calculations based on Rytov's elastic model show that the phonon group velocity is reduced due to folding by more than a factor of two relative to its value in bulk CdTe or HgTe. Thermal conductivity is found to be relatively constant over a wide range of temperatures.

  13. Bio-lubricants derived from waste cooking oil with improved oxidation stability and low-temperature properties.

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    Li, Weimin; Wang, Xiaobo

    2015-01-01

    Waste cooking oil (WCO) was chemically modified via epoxidation using H2O2 followed by transesterification with methanol and branched alcohols (isooctanol, isotridecanol and isooctadecanol) to produce bio-lubricants with improved oxidative stability and low temperature properties. Physicochemical properties of synthesized bio-lubricants such as pour point (PP), cloud point (CP), viscosity, viscosity index (VI), oxidative stability, and corrosion resistant property were determined according to standard methods. The synthesized bio-lubricants showed improved low temperature flow performances compared with WCO, which can be attributing to the introduction of branched chains in their molecular structures. What's more, the oxidation stability of the WCO showed more than 10 folds improvement due to the elimination of -C=C-bonds in the WCO molecule. Tribological performances of these bio-lubricants were also investigated using four-ball friction and wear tester. Experimental results showed that derivatives of WCO exhibited favorable physicochemical properties and tribological performances which making them good candidates in formulating eco-friendly lubricants. PMID:25766933

  14. Thermoelectric properties of non-stoichiometric lanthanum sulfides

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    Shapiro, E.; Danielson, L. R.

    1983-01-01

    The lanthanum sulfides are promising candidate materials for high-efficiency thermoelectric applications at temperatures up to 1300 C. The non-stoichiometric lanthanum sulfides (LaS(x), where x is in the range 1.33-1.50) appear to possess the most favorable thermoelectric properties. The Seebeck coefficient and resistivity vary significantly with composition, so that an optimum value of alpha sq/rho (where alpha is the Seebeck coefficient and rho is the resistivity) can be chosen. The thermal conductivity remains approximately constant with stoichiometry, so a material with an optimum value of alpha sq/rho should possess the optimum figure-of-merit. Data for the Seebeck coefficient and electrical resistivity of non-stoichiometric lanthanum sulfides will be pressed, together with structural properties of these materials.

  15. Electronic band structure and low-temperature transport properties of the type-I clathrate Ba8Ni(x)Ge(46-x-y□y).

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    Aydemir, U; Candolfi, C; Ormeci, A; Baitinger, M; Burkhardt, U; Oeschler, N; Steglich, F; Grin, Yu

    2015-04-28

    We present the evolution of the low-temperature thermodynamic, galvanomagnetic and thermoelectric properties of the type-I clathrate Ba8Ni(x)Ge(46-x-y□y) with the Ni concentration studied on polycrystalline samples with 0.0 ≤ x ≤ 6.0 by means of specific heat, Hall effect, electrical resistivity, thermopower and thermal conductivity measurements in the 2-350 K temperature range and supported by first-principles calculations. The experimental results evidence a 2a × 2a × 2a supercell described in the space group Ia3d for x ≤ 1.0 and a primitive unit cell a × a × a (space group Pm3n) above this Ni content. This concentration also marks the limit between a regime where both electrons and holes contribute to the electrical conduction (x ≤ 1.0) and a conventional, single-carrier regime (x > 1.0). This evolution is traced by the variations in the thermopower and Hall effect with x. In agreement with band structure calculations, increasing the Ni content drives the system from a nearly-compensated semimetallic state (x = 0.0) towards a narrow-band-gap semiconducting state (x = 4.0). A crossover from an n-type to a p-type conduction occurs when crossing the x = 4.0 concentration i.e. for x = 4.1. The solid solution Ba8Ni(x)Ge(46-x-y□y) therefore provides an excellent experimental platform to probe the evolution of the peculiar properties of the parent type-I clathrate Ba8Ge43□3 upon Ge/Ni substitution and filling up of the vacancies, which might be universal among the ternary systems at low substitution levels. PMID:25805335

  16. Holey topological thermoelectrics

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    Tretiakov, O. A.; Abanov, Ar.; Sinova, Jairo

    2011-09-01

    We study the thermoelectric properties of three-dimensional topological insulators with many holes (or pores) in the bulk. We show that at high density of these holes, the thermoelectric figure of merit, ZT, can be large due to the contribution of the conducting surfaces and the suppressed phonon thermal conductivity. The maximum efficiency can be tuned by an induced gap in the surface states dispersion through tunneling or external magnetic fields. The large values of ZT, much higher than unity for reasonable parameters, make this system a strong candidate for applications in heat management of nanodevices, especially at low temperatures.

  17. Thermoelectric properties of PEDOT nanowire/PEDOT hybrids

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    Zhang, Kun; Qiu, Jingjing; Wang, Shiren

    2016-04-01

    Freestanding poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene) (PEDOT) nanowires were synthesized by template-confined in situ polymerization, and then integrated into polystyrene sulfonate (PSS)-doped PEDOT and tosylate-doped PEDOT hosts, respectively. The hybrid morphologies were characterized by atomic force microscopy, indicating the homogeneous dispersion of PEDOT nanowires. The thermoelectric properties of the resultant hybrids were measured, and the power factor was found to be enhanced by 9-fold in comparison with PEDOT:PSS mixed with 5 vol% dimethyl sulfoxide while the low thermal conductivity was still maintained. Such a significant improvement could be attributed to the synergistic effects of interfacial energy filtering, component contributions, and changes of carrier concentrations in the host materials. Upon addition of 0.2 wt% PEDOT nanowires, the resultant composites demonstrated a power factor as high as 446.6 μW m-1 K-2 and the thermoelectric figure of merit could reach 0.44 at room temperature. The thermoelectric devices were investigated by using the PEDOT nanowire/PEDOT hybrid as a p-type leg and nitrogen-doped graphene as an n-type leg. The normalized power output was as high as ~0.5 mW m-2 for a temperature gradient of ΔT = 10.1 °C, indicating great potential for practical applications. These findings open up a new route towards high-performance organic thermoelectric materials and devices.Freestanding poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene) (PEDOT) nanowires were synthesized by template-confined in situ polymerization, and then integrated into polystyrene sulfonate (PSS)-doped PEDOT and tosylate-doped PEDOT hosts, respectively. The hybrid morphologies were characterized by atomic force microscopy, indicating the homogeneous dispersion of PEDOT nanowires. The thermoelectric properties of the resultant hybrids were measured, and the power factor was found to be enhanced by 9-fold in comparison with PEDOT:PSS mixed with 5 vol% dimethyl sulfoxide while the low

  18. Effect of low temperature baking on the RF properties of niobium superconducting cavities for particle accelerators

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    Gianluigi Ciovati

    2004-03-01

    Radio-frequency superconducting (SRF) cavities are widely used to accelerate a charged particle beam in particle accelerators. The performance of SRF cavities made of bulk niobium has significantly improved over the last ten years and is approaching the theoretical limit for niobium. Nevertheless, RF tests of niobium cavities are still showing some ''anomalous'' losses that require a better understanding in order to reliably obtain better performance. These losses are characterized by a marked dependence of the surface resistance on the surface electromagnetic field and can be detected by measuring the quality factor of the resonator as a function of the peak surface field. A low temperature (100 C-150 C) ''in situ'' bake under ultra-high vacuum has been successfully applied as final preparation of niobium RF cavities by several laboratories over the last few years. The benefits reported consist mainly of an improvement of the cavity quality factor at low field and a recovery from ''anomalous'' losses (so-called ''Q-drop'') without field emission at higher field. A series of experiments with a CEBAF single-cell cavity have been carried out at Jefferson Lab to carefully investigate the effect of baking at progressively higher temperatures for a fixed time on all the relevant material parameters. Measurements of the cavity quality factor in the temperature range 1.37 K-280 K and resonant frequency shift between 6 K-9.3 K provide information about the surface resistance, energy gap, penetration depth and mean free path. The experimental data have been analyzed with the complete BCS theory of superconductivity. The hydrogen content of small niobium samples inserted in the cavity during its surface preparation was analyzed with Nuclear Reaction Analysis (NRA). The single-cell cavity has been tested at three different temperatures before and after baking to gain some insight on thermal conductivity and Kapitza resistance and the data are compared with different models

  19. Magnetic and Thermoelectric Properties of Boron-Rich Solids

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    Mori, Takao

    Boron forms various compounds with metal atoms occupying voids in the boron framework. As a synthesis method it has been found that the addition of small amounts of third elements like carbon, nitrogen, and silicon can result in the formation of novel and varied rare earth boron cluster structures. A wide variation of 1D, 2D, and 3D magnetic behavior with unexpectedly strong magnetic interactions has been discovered in rare earth boron icosahedra compounds which are magnetically dilute, f-electron insulators. As an intriguing phenomenon, the B12 icosahedra cluster, which is a building block of the structure, has been indicated to function as a novel mediator of magnetic interaction. These phenomena are borides. Attractive high temperature thermoelectric properties are also emerging in borides. Attractive high temperature thermoelectric properties are also emerging in this group of compounds, which is striking due to the great potential of utilizing waste heat. Recent developments on the long awaited n-type counterpart to boron carbide, the homologous series of RE-B-C(N) compounds, REB17CN, REB22C2N, and REB28.5C4, will be presented together with those of p-type REB44Si2. General new ways to improve the thermoelectric properties are also discussed. For example, seeding with highly electrically conductive metallic borides like REB4 and REB6 is found to be a way to significantly increase the thermoelectric figure of merit. Electric resistivity significantly decreases while Seebeck coefficients and thermal conductivity are not sizably affected.

  20. Ester hydroxy derivatives of methyl oleate: tribological, oxidation and low temperature properties

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    Five branched oleochemicals were prepared from commercially available methyl oleate and common organic acids and their lubricant properties were determined. These branched oleochemicals are characterized as alpha-hydroxy ester derivatives of methyl oleate. These derivatives show improved low tempe...

  1. The effects of low-temperature plasma treatment on the capillary properties of inorganic fibers

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    Garifullin, A. R.; Abdullin, I. Sh; Skidchenko, E. A.; Krasina, I. V.; Shaekhov, M. F.

    2016-01-01

    Solving the problem of achieving high adhesion between the components in the polymeric composite material (PCM) based on carbon fibers (CF) and basalt fibers (BF) is proposed to use the radio-frequency (RF) plasma under lower pressure by virtue of efficiency, environmental friendliness and rationality of the method. The paper gives the results of studies of the properties of CF and BF after RF capacitive discharge plasma treatment. The plasma modification modes of carbon and basalt fiber were investigated. The efficiency of treatment tool in surface properties modification of carbon and basalt fibers was found, namely capillary properties of CF and BF were researched. The optimal treatment modes were selected. It was found that the method of plasma modification in the radio-frequency capacitive discharge under the lower pressure contributes enhancing the capillary properties of inorganic fibers, in particular carbon and basalt ones. It shows the tendency to increase of the adhesive properties in PCM, and, consequently, the increase of the physical and mechanical properties of the products.

  2. Structure and properties of nitrided surface layer produced on NiTi shape memory alloy by low temperature plasma nitriding

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    Czarnowska, Elżbieta; Borowski, Tomasz; Sowińska, Agnieszka; Lelątko, Józef; Oleksiak, Justyna; Kamiński, Janusz; Tarnowski, Michał; Wierzchoń, Tadeusz

    2015-04-01

    NiTi shape memory alloys are used for bone and cardiological implants. However, on account of the metallosis effect, i.e. the release of the alloy elements into surrounding tissues, they are subjected to various surface treatment processes in order to improve their corrosion resistance and biocompatibility without influencing the required shape memory properties. In this paper, the microstructure, topography and morphology of TiN surface layer on NiTi alloy, and corrosion resistance, both before and after nitriding in low-temperature plasma at 290 °C, are presented. Examinations with the use of the potentiodynamic and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy methods were carried out and show an increase of corrosion resistance in Ringer's solution after glow-discharge nitriding. This surface titanium nitride layer also improved the adhesion of platelets and the proliferation of osteoblasts, which was investigated in in vitro experiments with human cells. Experimental data revealed that nitriding NiTi shape memory alloy under low-temperature plasma improves its properties for bone implant applications.

  3. Oxide Thermoelectric Materials: A Structure-Property Relationship

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    Nag, Abanti; Shubha, V.

    2014-04-01

    Recent demand for thermoelectric materials for power harvesting from automobile and industrial waste heat requires oxide materials because of their potential advantages over intermetallic alloys in terms of chemical and thermal stability at high temperatures. Achievement of thermoelectric figure of merit equivalent to unity ( ZT ≈ 1) for transition-metal oxides necessitates a second look at the fundamental theory on the basis of the structure-property relationship giving rise to electron correlation accompanied by spin fluctuation. Promising transition-metal oxides based on wide-bandgap semiconductors, perovskite and layered oxides have been studied as potential candidate n- and p-type materials. This paper reviews the correlation between the crystal structure and thermoelectric properties of transition-metal oxides. The crystal-site-dependent electronic configuration and spin degeneracy to control the thermopower and electron-phonon interaction leading to polaron hopping to control electrical conductivity is discussed. Crystal structure tailoring leading to phonon scattering at interfaces and nanograin domains to achieve low thermal conductivity is also highlighted.

  4. Thermoelectric properties of Cr1-xMoxSi2

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    Ohishi, Yuji; Mohamad, Afiqa; Miyazaki, Yoshinobu; Muta, Hiroaki; Kurosaki, Ken; Yamanaka, Shinsuke

    2015-12-01

    The thermoelectric properties of Mo-substituted CrSi2 were studied. Dense polycrystalline samples of Mo-substituted hexagonal C40 phase Cr1-xMoxSi2 (x=0-0.30) were fabricated by arc melting followed by spark plasma sintering. Mo substitution substantially increases the carrier concentration. The lattice thermal conductivity of CrSi2 at room temperature was reduced from 9.0 to 4.5 W m-1 K-1 by Mo substitution due to enhanced phonon-impurity scattering. The thermoelectric figure of merit, ZT, increases with increasing Mo content because of the reduced lattice thermal conductivity. The maximum ZT value obtained in the present study was 0.23 at 800 K, which was observed for the sample with x=0.30. This value is significantly greater than that of undoped CrSi2 (ZT=0.13).

  5. Mechanical properties of thin silicon films deposited at low temperatures by PECVD

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    Gaspar, J.; Paul, O.; Chu, V.; Conde, J. P.

    2010-03-01

    This paper presents elastic and fracture properties of hydrogenated amorphous and nanocrystalline silicon thin films and correlates them with optoelectronic and structural properties of the films. Properties are extracted from the load-deflection response of membranes and include the plane-strain modulus, residual stress and failure stress. Bilayer diaphragms made of hydrogenated amorphous and nanocrystalline silicon films obtained by plasma-enhanced chemical vapor deposition onto a reference silicon nitride layer are fabricated and characterized. A comprehensive study of the mechanical properties of these silicon thin films is presented as a function of the substrate temperature and hydrogen dilution used during deposition. The extracted plane-strain modulus, 118.5 ± 3.0 GPa, is insensitive to deposition conditions, in strong contrast to the residual stress, with values between -738 and 188 MPa. The tensile and compressive stress components in the silicon films, evaluated at membrane failure, increase from 0.11 to 0.96 GPa and from -3.40 to -2.25 GPa, respectively, with increasing residual stress.

  6. Impact of fatty ester composition on low temperature properties of biodiesel-petroleum diesel blends

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    Several biodiesel fuels along with neat fatty acid methyl esters (FAMEs) commonly encountered in biodiesel were blended with ultra-low sulfur diesel (ULSD) fuel at low blend levels permitted by ASTM D975 (B1-B5) and cold flow properties such as cloud point (CP), cold filter plugging point (CFPP), an...

  7. Structure and Thermoelectric Properties of Zinc Oxide Based Materials

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    Liang, Xin

    The present dissertation investigates the relationship between the structure and thermoelectric properties of ZnO based materials, with a focus on trivalent element doping on engineering the microstructure and altering the electrical and thermal transport properties. Within the solubility range, the addition of trivalent elements, such as In3+, Fe 3+ and Ga3+, is observed to increase the electrical conductivity of ZnO and decrease the thermal conductivity. As the solubility is exceeded, the consequent structure and thermoelectric properties varies with dopant species. The ZnO-In2O3 binary system, which we have chosen as one of the model systems, is of particular interests as it contains a variety of phase equilibria and microstructures. The In2O3(ZnO)k superlattice structures, which form as the indium solubility is reached, are observed to strongly scatter phonons while relatively permissive to electrons, resulting in a low thermal conductivity of about 2 W/mK and improved electrical conductivity. The thermal (Kapitza) resistance of In2O3(ZnO)k superlattice interfaces is found to be 5.0 +/- 0.6 x 10-10 m 2K/W by fitting the modified Klemens-Callaway's thermal conductivity model to the experimental data. Across the phase diagram, the materials behave as n-type free-electron semiconductors at high temperatures. An effective medium approximation model is for the first time successfully tested on the thermoelectrics of two-phase regions. Both Fe2O3-ZnO and Ga2O3-ZnO binary systems are also investigated. In the Fe doped ZnO system, a highly Fe concentrated ZnO solid solution phase as well as the significant grain refinement are observed after high temperature annealing. The Ga2O 3(ZnO)9 homologous superlattices in Ga2O 3-ZnO system is also found to strongly scatter phonons and induces a drastic reduction in thermal conductivity. Thermal conductivity, as one of the key factors in thermoelectrics, is highly sensitive to material defects. In this dissertation, I also

  8. DIELECTRIC PROPERTIES OF POLYVINYL ALCOHOL, POLY(METHYL METHACRYLATE), POLYVINYL BUTYRAL RESIN AND POLYIMIDE AT LOW TEMPERATURES

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    Tuncer, Enis; Sauers, Isidor; James, David Randy; Ellis, Alvin R

    2008-01-01

    Performance of materials and their compatibility determine the size of the electrical insulation in power equipment. For this reason dielectric properties of electrical insulation materials are needed for low temperature power applications. In this work we report the dielectric properties of four polymers: polyvinyl alcohol (PVA), poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA), polyvinyl butyral resin (PVB), and polyimide (PI--Kapton\\textregistered). The dielectric measurements are performed with an electrical impedance analyzer in the frequency domain. The impedances are recorded in a cryocooler in the temperature range from 45K to 350K. The dielectric breakdown characteristics of the polymers are measured in a liquid nitrogen bath at atmospheric pressure. It is observed that PI and \\pmma\\ dissolved in toluene have the lowest dielectric losses for temperatures lower than $100\\ \\kelvin$. \\Blx\\ and PI have the smallest spread in their breakdown strength data.

  9. Effect of Electropolishing and Low-Temperature Baking on the Superconducting Properties of Large-Grain Niobium

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    A. S. Dhavale, G. Ciovati, G. R. Myneni

    2011-03-01

    Measurements of superconducting properties such as bulk and surface critical fields and thermal conductivity have been carried out in the temperature range from 2 K to 8 K on large-grain samples of different purity and on a high-purity fine-grain sample, for comparison. The samples were treated by electropolishing and low temperature baking (120° C, 48 h). While the residual resistivity ratio changed by a factor of ~3 among the samples, no significant variation was found in their superconducting properties. The onset field for flux penetration at 2 K, Hffp, measured within a ~30 µm depth from the surface, was ~160 mT, close to the bulk value. The baking effect was mainly to increase the field range up to which a coherent superconducting phase persists on the surface, above the upper critical field.

  10. Characterization of low-temperature properties of plant-produced rap mixtures in the Northeast

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    Medeiros, Marcelo S., Junior

    The dissertation outlined herein results from a Federal Highway Administration sponsored project intended to investigate the impacts of high percentages of RAP material in the performance of pavements under cold climate conditions. It is comprised of two main sections that were incorporated into the body of this dissertation as Part I and Part II. In Part I a reduced testing framework for analysis of HMA mixes was proposed to replace the IDT creep compliance and strength testing by dynamic modulus and fatigue tests performed on an AMPT device. A continuum damage model that incorporates the nonlinear constitutive behavior of the HMA mixtures was also successfully implemented and validated. Mixtures with varying percentages of reclaimed material (RAP) ranging from 0 to 40% were used in this research effort in order to verify the applicability of the proposed methodology to RAP mixtures. Part II is concerned with evaluating the effects of various binder grades on the properties of plant-produced mixtures with various percentages of RAP. The effects of RAP on mechanical and rheological properties of mixtures and extracted binders were studied in order to identify some of the deficiencies in the current production methodologies. The results of this dissertation will help practitioners to identify optimal RAP usage from a material property perspective. It also establishes some guidelines and best practices for the use of higher RAP percentages in HMA.

  11. Low temperature synthesis, photoluminescence, magnetic properties of the transition metal doped wurtzite ZnS nanowires

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    Cao, Jian; Han, Donglai; Wang, Bingji; Fan, Lin; Fu, Hao; Wei, Maobin; Feng, Bo; Liu, Xiaoyan; Yang, Jinghai

    2013-04-15

    In this paper, we synthesized the transition metal ions (Mn, Cu, Fe) doped and co-doped ZnS nanowires (NWs) by a one-step hydrothermal method. The results showed that the solid solubility of the Fe{sup 2+} ions in the ZnS NWs was about two times larger than that of the Mn{sup 2+} or Cu{sup 2+} ions in the ZnS NWs. There was no phase transformation from hexagonal to cubic even in a large quantity transition metal ions introduced for all the samples. The Mn{sup 2+}/Cu{sup 2+}/Fe{sup 2+} related emission peaks can be observed in the Mn{sup 2+},Cu{sup 2+} and Fe{sup 2+} doped ZnS NWs. The ferromagnetic properties of the co-doped samples were investigated at room temperature. - graphical abstract: The stable wurtzite ZnS:TM{sup 2+} (TM=Mn, Cu, Fe) nanowires with room temperature ferromagnetism properties were obtained. The different elongation of unit cell caused by the different doped ions was observed. Highlights: ► The transition metal ions doped wurtzite ZnS nanowires were synthesized at 180 °C. ► There was no phase transformation from hexagonal to cubic even in a large quantity introduced for all the samples. ► The room temperature ferromagnetism properties of the co-doped nanowires were investigated.

  12. Mechanical property tests on structural materials for ITER magnet system at low temperatures in China

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    Huang, Chuanjun; Huang, Rongjin; Li, Laifeng

    2014-01-01

    High field superconducting magnets need strong non-superconducting components for structural reinforcement. For instance, the ITER magnet system (MS) consists of cable-in-conduit conductor, coil case, magnet support, and insulating materials. Investigation of mechanical properties at magnet operation temperature with specimens machined at the final manufacturing stages of the conductor jacket materials, magnet support material, and insulating materials, even the component of the full-size conductor jacket is necessary to establish sound databases for the products. In China, almost all mechanical property tests of structural materials for the ITER MS, including conductor jacket materials of TF coils, PF coils, CCs, case material of CCs, conductor jacket materials of Main Busbars (MB) and Corrector Busbars (CB), material of magnet supports, and insulating materials of CCs have been carried out at the Technical Institute of Physics and Chemistry (TIPC), Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS). In this paper, the mechanical property test facilities are briefly demonstrated and the mechanical tests on the structural materials for the ITER MS, highlighting test rigs as well as test methods, are presented.

  13. Thermoelectric properties of Bi-doped PbTe composites

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    Popescu, A.; Datta, A.; Nolas, G. S.; Woods, L. M.

    2011-05-01

    An experimental and theoretical study is presented for n-type Bi-doped PbTe composites with different grain sizes and doping levels. The bulk polycrystalline composites were prepared by spark plasma sintering of the nanocrystals synthesized via micro-emulsion and direct precipitation. This technique is particularly attractive due to its low cost, its reproducibility, and the control of the composition and nanocrystal size that it affords. The thermoelectric properties of the synthesized specimens were experimentally measured and theoretically modeled. Our calculations reveal that the inclusion of electron/grain and phonon/grain interface scattering is crucial for the correct description and interpretation of the measured properties.

  14. Elastic Properties of Films of Water and Noble Gases Condensed at Low Temperatures

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    Pohl, Robert O.

    2003-01-01

    We have shown that there are extensive similarities between the quench-condensed noble gas films and those of amorphous water ice. In particular, both can be quite soft upon deposition and can stiffen considerably when annealed. Furthermore, this stiffening follows a logarithmic time dependence for all substances. The temperature dependence of these behaviors scales with the triple point. The results shown here show a strong thickness dependence, which has implications for any study of mechanical properties of films on substrates. The temperature dependence of the stiffening and the stiffening rate have now been characterized for the noble gases, and these observations provide a roadmap for new experiments on amorphous water ice.

  15. Electro-Mechanical Properties of Metal-Insulator-Metal Device Fabricated on Polymer Substrate Using Low-Temperature Process

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    Park, Sung Kyu; Han, Jeong In; Kim, Won Keun; Hong, Sung Jei; Kwak, Min Gi; Lee, Myung Jae; Chung, Kwan Soo

    2002-02-01

    High-performance metal-insulator-metal (MIM) devices on flexible polymer substrates were successfully fabricated without any defects such as cracks, delamination and blistering. This work examines the mechanical and electrical properties of MIM devices constructed using anodic Ta2O5 films. Using newly developed methods including stepped heating process and low-temperature post-annealing below 180°C, we obtained high-performances MIM devices on polymer substrates. Here, we propose the use of stacked bottom electrode and water barrier layer in order to enhance the ductility of the Ta electrode and to prevent blistering problems, respectively. Rutherford backscattering spectroscopy (RBS), auger electron spectroscopy (AES) and transmission electronic microscope (TEM) observations were performed for the structural investigation of the MIM devices on polymer substrates. Electrical measurements were also carried out for as-deposited and thermally treated MIM devices including Al/Ta/Ta2O5/Cr or Ti structures. They exhibit a low leakage current (below 10-7 A/cm2 at 2 MV) and reasonable breakdown voltage (5-7 MV/cm) with a uniformity of 92%. Finally, under low-temperature post-annealing conditions, The Current-Voltage (I-V) behaviors and conduction mechanisms of MIM devices on polymer substrates are discussed based on the results of electrical measurements, structural investigations and conduction band modeling.

  16. Effects of Low Temperature Anneal on the Interface Properties of Thermal Silicon Oxide for Silicon Surface Passivation.

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    Balaji, Nagarajan; Park, Cheolmin; Chung, Sungyoun; Ju, Minkyu; Raja, Jayapal; Yi, Junsin

    2016-05-01

    High quality surface passivation has gained a significant importance in photovoltaic industry for reducing the surface recombination and hence fabricating low cost and high efficiency solar cells using thinner wafers. The formation of good-quality SiO2 films and SiO2/Si interfaces at low processing temperatures is a prerequisite for improving the conversion efficiency of industrial solar cells with better passivation. High-temperature annealing in inert ambient is promising to improve the SiO2/Si interface. However, annealing treatments could cause negative effects on SiO2/Si interfaces due to its chemical at high temperatures. Low temperature post oxidation annealing has been carried out to investigate the structural and interface properties of Si-SiO2 system. Quasi Steady State Photo Conductance measurements shows a promising effective carrier lifetime of 420 μs, surface recombination velocity of 22 cm/s and a low interface trap density (D(it)) of 4 x 10(11) states/cm2/eV after annealing. The fixed oxide charge density was reduced to 1 x 10(11)/cm2 due to the annealing at 500 degrees C. The FWHM and the Si-O peak wavenumber corresponding to the samples annealed at 500 degrees C reveals that the Si dangling bonds in the SiO2 films due to the oxygen defects was reduced by the low temperature post oxidation annealing. PMID:27483822

  17. Molecular dynamics simulation of thermodynamic and transport properties of H-bonded low-temperature substances

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    Tychengulova, A.; Aldiyarov, A.; Drobyshev, A.

    2015-06-01

    The results of modeling of isotopic water mixture clusters in nitrogen and argon cryomatrices are presented. Earlier, our experimental studies of water mixture in cryomatrix have shown that changes in the concentration of analyte in matrix leads to a splitting of the absorption bands characteristic frequencies of the molecules in the IR spectrum. Moreover the multiplicity of characteristic absorption bands in the IR spectrum remained unchanged during heating of the samples from the condensation temperature to the sublimation temperature of the matrix element. In order to find out what structure of clusters is responsible for the immutability of the absorption bands in the vibrational spectrum during thermal cycling of the samples, computer research of water molecules enclosed in nitrogen and argon cryomatrices by the molecular dynamics simulation was conducted. For this purpose, theoretical studies were carried out using computer software packages, that implement used by us semi empirical and ab initio molecular dynamics methods. As a result of the research, the data must be obtained are of theoretical interest for summarizing the physical and chemical properties of systems, consisting of water molecules, and their combination with inert gases for studying the properties of molecular crystals composed of small molecules.

  18. Microstructural and Mössbauer properties of low temperature synthesized Ni-Cd-Al ferrite nanoparticles

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    2011-01-01

    We report the influence of Al3+ doping on the microstructural and Mössbauer properties of ferrite nanoparticles of basic composition Ni0.2Cd0.3Fe2.5 - xAlxO4 (0.0 ≤ x ≤ 0.5) prepared through simple sol-gel method. X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), energy dispersive X-ray, transmission electron microscopy (TEM), Fourier transformation infrared (FTIR), and Mössbauer spectroscopy techniques were used to investigate the structural, chemical, and Mössbauer properties of the grown nanoparticles. XRD results confirm that all the samples are single-phase cubic spinel in structure excluding the presence of any secondary phase corresponding to any structure. SEM micrographs show the synthesized nanoparticles are agglomerated but spherical in shape. The average crystallite size of the grown nanoparticles was calculated through Scherrer formula and confirmed by TEM and was found between 2 and 8 nm (± 1). FTIR results show the presence of two vibrational bands corresponding to tetrahedral and octahedral sites. Mössbauer spectroscopy shows that all the samples exhibit superparamagnetism, and the quadrupole interaction increases with the substitution of Al3+ ions. PMID:21851597

  19. Low temperature mechanical properties, fractographic and metallographic evaluation of several alloy steels

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    Montano, J. W.

    1973-01-01

    The mechanical properties are presented of alloy steels, 4130, 4140, 4340, 6150, and 8740. Test specimens were manufactured from approximately 1.00 inch (2.54 cm) diameter bar stock which had been heat treated to two different hardness levels. The following mechanical tests were performed at temperatures of 80 F (+26.7 C), 0 F (-17.8 C), -100 F (-73 C), and -200 F (-129 C): (1) tensile test (Ultimate, yield, modulus, elongation, and reduction of area), (2) notched tensile test, (3) charpy V-notched impact test (impact energy), and (4) double shear strength test (ultimate and yield). The test data indicate excellent tensile strength, notched/unnotched tensile ratios, ductility, impact, and shear properties at all test temperatures, except at -200 F (-129 C) where the impact strength of the higher strength group of alloy steels, 4130 (Rc-37) and 4140 (Rc-44) decreased to approximately 9 ft. lbs. (12 joules) and 6 ft. lbs. (8 joules), respectively. Chemical, metallographic, and fractographic analyses were also performed to evaluate microstructure, microhardness and the effect of decrease in temperature on the ductile to brittle failure transition.

  20. Dynamical thermoelectric properties of doped AA-stacked bilayer graphene

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    Rezania, Hamed; Yarmohammadi, Mohsen

    2016-01-01

    The frequency dependence of thermoelectric properties of doped biased bilayer graphene are investigated using the Green's function approach in the context of tight-binding model. We find that the thermoelectric figure of merit (ZT) can be remarkably enhanced by electronic chemical potential, temperature, bias voltage and frequency. The electronic contribution to thermal conductivity of doped materials is dominant and therefore we have considered this contribution. The improvement due to the combined increase in the Seebeck coefficient and the reduction in the thermal conductivity outweighing the decrease in the electrical conductance is studied. We have found a good ZT value for normal conditions in the lab, i.e, for room temperature (RT), high bias voltages and low frequencies. We have found the temperature dependence of ZT for different values of frequency, bias voltage and chemical potential. Also the dependence of ZT on the chemical potential and bias voltage has been investigated in details. The calculated ZT values qualify bilayer graphene as a very promising material for thermoelectric applications.

  1. Low temperature electrical transport properties in p-SnSe single crystals

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    Sumesh, C. K.; Patel, M.; Patel, K. D.; Solanki, G. K.; Pathak, V. M.; Srivastav, R.

    2011-01-01

    The electronic transport properties of p-type tin selenide (SnSe) grown by direct vapor transport (DVT) technique were investigated via Hall effect in the temperature range 40 < T < 300 K. The temperature dependence of conductivity revealed the existence of impurity energy level in the band gap of the crystal. The temperature dependence of the carrier concentration was analyzed using the single-donor - single-acceptor model. The Hall mobility increases by decreasing temperature up to 120 K and then decreases along with temperature. The observed temperature dependant mobility in the temperature range 120 < T < 300 K and 40 < T < 120 K was found to be limited by homopolar and ionized impurity mode scatterings respectively.

  2. Low-Temperature Thermodynamic Properties of Superconducting Antiperovskite CdCNi_3

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    Szczȩśniak, R.; Durajski, A. P.; Skoczylas, K. M.; Herok, Ł.

    2016-06-01

    We investigate the thermodynamic parameters of the superconducting antiperovskite CdCNi_3 using the Eliashberg approach which is an excellent tool to the exact characterization of the conventional superconductors. In particular, we reproduce the measured superconducting transition temperature (T_C=3.2 K) for a high value of the Coulomb pseudopotential (μ ^{star }C=0.22). Then we determine the energy gap, the thermodynamic critical field and the specific heat for the superconducting and normal state. On this basis, we show that the thermodynamic properties of CdCNi_3 differ slightly from the prediction of the Bardeen-Cooper-Schrieffer theory, which means that CdCNi_3 is a medium-coupling superconductor in contrast to related strong-coupling MgCNi_3.

  3. The influence of low temperatures on dynamic mechanical properties of animal bone

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    Mardas, Marcin; Kubisz, Leszek; Mielcarek, Slawomir; Biskupski, Piotr

    2009-01-01

    Different preservation methods are currently used in bone banks, even though their effects on allograft quality are not fully understood. Freezing is one of the most popular methods of preservation in tissue banking. Yet, there is not a lot of data on dynamic mechanical properties of frozen bone. Material used in this study was femoral bones from adult bovine that were machine cut and frozen to the temperature 140°C. Both elastic modulus and loss modulus were measured at 1, 3, 5, 10, and 20 Hz in the temperature range of 30-200°C. Differences between frozen and control samples were observed. The frequency increase always led to the increase in elastic modulus values and decrease in loss modulus values. Freezing reduced the elastic modulus values of about 25% and the loss modulus values of about 45% when measured at 20°C.

  4. Measurement of low temperature thermal properties of microcalorimeters using Johnson noise thermometry

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    Bazzi, Khadije

    Lithium-ion batteries are the power source of choice for portable electronics, power tools and electric-based transportation. This outstanding commercial success has spawned great international interest in applying this technology to systems that demand higher power, such as the electric component of hybrid, extended range, and electric vehicles. This would require new electrode materials that are less expensive, more energetic, and more environmentally friendly than the present ones. Of particular interest is the olivine-structured LiFePO 4 cathode developed by Goodenough and co-workers, which offers several appealing features, such as a high, flat voltage profile and relatively high theoretical specific capacity (170 mAhg-1), combined with low cost and low toxicity. However, the intrinsically poor electronic and ionic conductivities of LiFePO4 limit the delivery of high specific capacity at high discharge rates. Several strategies have been devised to overcome the inherent limitations of LiFePO4. Carbon coating is one of the remedies to improve the performance of LiFePO 4. We studied the effect of carbon coating on the performance of LiFePO 4. First, we synthesized carbon-coated LiFePO4 samples with different amount of surfactant, lauric acid that acts as carbon source. We were able to show that an optimized amount of carbon results in greatly improved room-temperature electrochemical performance. On the other hand, because the electrochemical properties are strongly dependent on the quality of deposited carbon, we did also study the effect of carbon sources: lauric acid, myristic acid and oleic acid. We successfully showed that the proper carbon sources and carbon content played a key role on improving the initial charge-discharge capacity of the LiFePO4/C cathode. In addition, we did also shed the light of the positive impact of excess of Li on the electrochemical performance of C-LiFePO4. Knowing that Fe-site doping is considered to be an effective way to

  5. Magnetic properties of low temperature phase MnBi of island structure

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    Suwa, Takahiro; Tanaka, Yoshitomo; Mankey, Gary; Schad, Rainer; Suzuki, Takao

    2016-05-01

    The magnetic and structural properties of island-structured LTP MnBi fabricated onto MgO single crystal substrates are discussed. The size and height of the "Volmer-Weber" type islands vary from place to place but are averagely a few microns and sub-microns, respectively. From the wetting angle (40 ˜ 60°) of those islands, the surface energy ΥMnBi of LTP MnBi is found to be 0.5˜0.8 J/m2. Those MnBi islands possesses the magnetic anisotropy constant Ku and saturation magnetization Ms close to those for bulk over a temperature range of 5 to 400 K. There seems to be a correlation between Ku and lattice constant c measured at 300K. The Ku is found to be inversely proportional to Ms5 over the temperature range from 5 K to 400 K, as compared to the Ms8 dependence for those fabricated onto fused silica glass substrates.

  6. Surface and bulk electronic properties of low temperature synthesized InN microcrystals

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    Barick, B. K.; Dhar, S.

    2015-04-01

    Structural and electronic properties of InN microcrystals, which are synthesized by nitridation of LiInO2 with NaNH2 in a Teflon-lined autoclave at temperatures ranging between 170 and 240 °C, are studied as a function of the growth temperature using x-ray diffraction (XRD), high resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM), photo-absorption, Raman spectroscopy and x-ray photo-emission spectroscopy (XPS) techniques. Our study shows the formation of wurtzite InN crystals with an average size of 100 nm even at 170 °C. The study, furthermore, suggests an enhancement of electron concentration and a reduction of electron mobility in the crystal as the synthesis temperature (TS) decreases. The density of certain defects lying very close to the band edge is also found to increase with the reduction of TS. These defects are expected to act as donors, which can explain the enhancement of carrier concentration as the growth temperature decreases.

  7. Scintillation properties of the silver doped lithium iodide single crystals at room and low temperature

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    Khan, Sajid; Kim, H. J.; Lee, M. H.

    2016-06-01

    This study presents luminescence and scintillation properties of Silver doped LiI crystals. Single crystals of LiI: x% Ag (x=0.02, 0.05, 0.1 and 0.5) were grown by using the Bridgman technique. X-ray induced luminescence spectra show emission bands spanning from 275 nm to 675 nm, dominated by Ag+ band having a peak at 300 nm. Under UV-luminescence, a similar emission band was observed with the peak excitation wavelength of 265 nm. Energy resolution, light yield and decay time profiles of the samples were measured under a 137Cs γ-ray irradiation. The LiI(0.1%Ag) showed the highest light yield and the best energy resolution among the samples. The light yield of LiI(0.1%Ag) is higher than commercially available LiI(Eu) crystal (15,000±1500 ph/MeV). The LiI(Ag) samples exhibit three exponential decay time components except the LiI(0.02%Ag), where the fitting found two decay time components. Temperature dependences of emission spectra, light yield and decay time were studied from 300 K to 10 K. The LiI(0.1%Ag) crystal showed an increase in the light yield and a shortening of decay time with a decrease in temperature..

  8. Low temperature dielectric properties of YMn0.95Ru0.05O3

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    Thakur, Rajesh K.; Thakur, Rasna; Okram, G. S.; Kaurav, N.; Gaur, N. K.

    2013-02-01

    The single phase hexagonal YMn0.95Ru0.05O3 compound has been synthesized via solid state reaction method at sintering temperature 1280°C with space group P63cm (25-1079). The detailed dielectric properties were evaluated over broad temperature and frequency ranges. An obvious dielectric relaxation was observed near the antiferromagnetic (AFM) transition temperature. The temperature dependence of the ac resistivity at low frequency infers the semiconducting behavior and favored the variable range hopping conduction model. The obtained experimental data in the temperature range of our study can be described by the equation ρ(T) = ρ0exp[(T*/T)1/4]. The fitting results are used for the calculation of the temperature scale T* ˜ 0.8 × 104 K and finally the density of state at Fermi level N(EF). The activation energy Ea ˜ 0.0314 eV is calculated from the plot, peak temperature of the loss tangent near the magnetic transition region versus frequency using Arrhenius law.

  9. Shear/compressive properties of candidate ITER insulation systems at low temperatures

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    Fabian, P. E.; Reed, R. P.; Schutz, J. B.; Bauer-McDaniel, T. S.

    Shear/compression tests were performed at 76 and 4 K on candidate composite insulation systems for the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER) toroidal field coils. The insulation systems tested consisted of vacuum-pressure impregnated, pre-impregnated, and high-pressure laminate systems that included electrical barriers such as polyimide film or mica/glass. Sandwich-style specimens, in which the composite insulation is bonded to two AISI 316 stainless steel chips, were used. Two specimens were loaded at an angle, which resulted in combined shear and compressive stresses, and tested simultaneously. Various shear/compression ratios were achieved by using different test fixtures, each at a different angle (15 °, 45 °, 75 ° and 84 °) from the vertical direction. The shear strengths of specimens loaded at 15 ° to 75 ° increased with increasing compressive stress; these specimens experienced shear failures. For specimens loaded at 84 °, the compressive stress increased and the shear strength decreased; the failure modes of these specimens were more compressive than shear. The effects of electrical barriers on shear/compressive properties are also reported.

  10. Low Temperature Mechanical Properties of Cyanate Ester Insulation Systems After Irradiation

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    Fabian, P. E.; Munshi, N. A.; Feucht, S. W.; Bittner-Rohrhofer, K.; Humer, K.; Weber, H. W.

    2004-06-01

    Recent development of alternative resin chemistries has resulted in new, fiber-reinforced, insulation systems for use in superconducting and fusion magnet applications. When compared to traditional epoxy resins, these insulation systems, based on cyanate ester resin chemistry, offer increased radiation resistance and higher operating temperatures that are demanded by new fusion reactor designs, such as the Fusion Ignition Research Experiment (FIRE). The design parameters for FIRE Toroidal Field (TF) coils call for an insulation system capable of withstanding a combined gamma and neutron radiation dose greater than 108 Gy (1010 Rad) and operate at temperatures ranging from cryogenic (77 K) to elevated temperatures up to 373 K. Several of these newly developed composite insulation systems, suitable for the vacuum impregnation, pre-preg, and high-pressure laminate fabrication processes, were irradiated in the TRIGA reactor (Vienna) to varying levels of radiation to gauge their radiation resistance. The insulation materials' shear and compression properties measured at cryogenic temperatures before and after irradiation are presented.

  11. Polycrystalline methane hydrate: Synthesis from superheated ice, and low-temperature mechanical properties

    USGS Publications Warehouse

    Stern, L.A.; Kirby, S.H.; Durham, W.B.

    1998-01-01

    We describe a new and efficient technique to grow aggregates of pure methane hydrate in quantities suitable for physical and material properties testing. Test specimens were grown under static conditions by combining cold, pressurized CH4 gas with granulated H2O ice, and then warming the reactants to promote the reaction CH4(g) + 6H2O(s???1) ??? CH4??6H2O (methane hydrate). Hydrate formation evidently occurs at the nascent ice/liquid water interface on ice grain surfaces, and complete reaction was achieved by warming the system above the ice melting point and up to 290 K, at 25-30 MPa, for approximately 8 h. The resulting material is pure, cohesive, polycrystalline methane hydrate with controlled grain size and random orientation. Synthesis conditions placed the H2O ice well above its melting temperature while reaction progressed, yet samples and run records showed no evidence for bulk melting of the unreacted portions of ice grains. Control experiments using Ne, a non-hydrate-forming gas, showed that under otherwise identical conditions, the pressure reduction and latent heat associated with ice melting are easily detectable in our fabrication apparatus. These results suggest that under hydrate-forming conditions, H2O ice can persist metastably to temperatures well above its ordinary melting point while reacting to form hydrate. Direct observations of the hydrate growth process in a small, high-pressure optical cell verified these conclusions and revealed additional details of the hydrate growth process. Methane hydrate samples were then tested in constant-strain-rate deformation experiments at T = 140-200 K, Pc = 50-100 MPa, and ?? = 10-4 10-6 s-1. Measurements in both the brittle and ductile fields showed that methane hydrate has measurably different strength than H2O ice, and work hardens to an unusually high degree compared to other ices as well as to most metals and ceramics at high homologous temperatures. This work hardening may be related to a changing

  12. Low-temperature specific heat and magnetic properties of the filled skutterudite ferromagnet NdRu4As12

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    Rudenko, A.; Henkie, Z.; Cichorek, T.

    2016-09-01

    We present the low-temperature specific heat and magnetic properties of the filled skutterudite compound NdRu4As12 that exhibits a ferromagnetic transition at TC ≃ 2.3 K . Magnetic entropy considerations point at a quartet ground state of the Nd3+ ions. Deep in the ferromagnetic state, the heat capacity shows a Schottky anomaly that we ascribe to the Zeeman splitting in the presence of a molecular field. Comparison of the specific heats of NdRu4As12 and its Os-based homologue near their Curie temperatures supports our earlier observation suggesting an unusual lowering of the Th cubic point symmetry in the latter filled skutterudite.

  13. [Study on the Properties of the Pc-Si Films Prepared by Magnetron Co-Sputtering at Low Temperature].

    PubMed

    Duan, Liang-fei; Yang, Wen; Zhang, Li-yuan; Li, Xue-ming; Chen, Xiao-bo; Yang, Pei-zhi

    2016-03-01

    The polycrystalline silicon thin films play an important role in the field of electronics. In the paper, α-SiAl composite membranes on glass substrates was prepared by magnetron co-sputtering. The contents of Al radicals encapsulated-in the α-Si film can be adjusted by changing the Al to Si sputtering power ratios. The as-prepared α-Si films were converted into polycrystalline films by using a rapid thermal annealing (RTP) at low temperature of 350 degrees C for 10 minutes in N2 atmosphere. An X-ray diffractometer, and Raman scattering and UV-Visible-NIR Spectrometers were used to characterize the properties of the Pc-Si films. The influences of Al content on the properties of the Pc-Si films were studied. The results showed that the polycrystalline silicon films were obtained from α-SiAl composite films which were prepared by magnetron co-sputtering at a low temperature following by a rapid thermal annealing. The grain size and the degree of crystallization of the Pc-Si films increased with the increase of Al content, while the optical band gap was reduced. The nc-Si films were prepared when the Al to Si sputtering power ratio was 0.1. And a higher Crystallization rate (≥ 85%) of polycrystalline silicon films were obtained when the ratio was 0.3. The band gaps of the polycrystalline silicon films can be controlled by changing the aluminum content in the films. PMID:27400496

  14. Interpretation of thermoelectric properties of Cu substituted LaCoO{sub 3} ceramics

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    Choudhary, K. K.; Kaurav, N.; Sharma, U.; Ghosh, S. K.

    2014-04-24

    The thermoelectric properties of LaCo{sub 1−x}Cu{sub x}O{sub 3−δ} is theoretically analyzed, it is observed that thermoelectric figure of merit ZT (=S{sup 2}σT/κ) is maximized by Cu substitution in LaCoO{sub 3} Ceramics at x=0.15. The lattice thermal conductivity and thermoelectric power were estimated by the scattering of phonons with defects, grain boundaries, electrons and phonons to evaluate the thermoelectric properties. We found that Cu substitution increase the phonon scattering with grain boundaries and defects which significantly increase the thermoelectric power and decrease the thermal conductivity. The present numerical analysis will help in designing more efficient thermoelectric materials.

  15. Computational modeling and analysis of thermoelectric properties of nanoporous silicon

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    Li, H.; Yu, Y.; Li, G.

    2014-03-28

    In this paper, thermoelectric properties of nanoporous silicon are modeled and studied by using a computational approach. The computational approach combines a quantum non-equilibrium Green's function (NEGF) coupled with the Poisson equation for electrical transport analysis, a phonon Boltzmann transport equation (BTE) for phonon thermal transport analysis and the Wiedemann-Franz law for calculating the electronic thermal conductivity. By solving the NEGF/Poisson equations self-consistently using a finite difference method, the electrical conductivity σ and Seebeck coefficient S of the material are numerically computed. The BTE is solved by using a finite volume method to obtain the phonon thermal conductivity k{sub p} and the Wiedemann-Franz law is used to obtain the electronic thermal conductivity k{sub e}. The figure of merit of nanoporous silicon is calculated by ZT=S{sup 2}σT/(k{sub p}+k{sub e}). The effects of doping density, porosity, temperature, and nanopore size on thermoelectric properties of nanoporous silicon are investigated. It is confirmed that nanoporous silicon has significantly higher thermoelectric energy conversion efficiency than its nonporous counterpart. Specifically, this study shows that, with a n-type doping density of 10{sup 20} cm{sup –3}, a porosity of 36% and nanopore size of 3 nm × 3 nm, the figure of merit ZT can reach 0.32 at 600 K. The results also show that the degradation of electrical conductivity of nanoporous Si due to the inclusion of nanopores is compensated by the large reduction in the phonon thermal conductivity and increase of absolute value of the Seebeck coefficient, resulting in a significantly improved ZT.

  16. Low temperature thermoelastic properties of galena in a simple, self-consistent, two-term Debye model

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    Knight, Kevin S.

    2015-03-01

    The thermoelastic properties of the thermoelectric chalcogenide galena, lead sulfide (PbS), have been determined in the temperature interval 10-350 K from high resolution neutron powder diffraction data, and literature values of the isobaric heat capacity. Within this temperature range, galena can be described by a simple phenomenological model in which the cation and anion vibrate independently of one another in a Debye-like manner, with vibrational Debye temperatures of 120(1) K for the lead, and 324(2) K for the sulfur. Simultaneous fitting of the unit cell volume and the isochoric heat capacity to a two-term Debye internal energy function gives characteristic temperatures of 110(2), and 326(5) K in excellent agreement with the measured vibrational Debye temperatures derived from fitting the atomic displacement parameters. The thermodynamic Grüneisen constant derived from the isochoric heat capacity is found to monotonically increase with decreasing temperature, from 2.5 at 300 K, to 3.25 at 25 K, in agreement with the deductions of earlier work. The full phonon density of states calculated from the two-term Debye model shows fair agreement with that derived from density functional theory.

  17. Thermoelectric properties of p-type PbTe/Ag{sub 2}Te bulk composites by extrinsic phase mixing

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    Lee, Min Ho; Rhyee, Jong-Soo

    2015-12-15

    We investigated the thermoelectric properties of PbTe/Ag{sub 2}Te bulk composites, synthesized by hand milling, mixing, and hot press sintering. From x-ray diffraction and energy dispersive x-ray spectroscopy measurements, we observed Ag{sub 2}Te phase separation in the PbTe matrix without Ag atom diffusion. In comparison with previously reported pseudo-binary (PbTe){sub 1−x}(Ag{sub 2}Te){sub x} composites, synthesized by high temperature phase separation, the PbTe/Ag{sub 2}Te bulk composites fabricated with a low temperature phase mixing process give rise to p-type conduction of carriers with significantly decreased electrical conductivity. This indicates that Ag atom diffusion in the PbTe matrix changes the sign of the Seebeck coefficient to n-type and also increases the carrier concentration. Effective p-type doping with low temperature phase separation by mixing and hot press sintering can enhance the thermoelectric performance of PbTe/Ag{sub 2}Te bulk composites, which can be used as a p-type counterpart of n-type (PbTe){sub 1−x}(Ag{sub 2}Te){sub x} bulk composites.

  18. Significant enhancement of thermoelectric properties and metallization of Al-doped Mg{sub 2}Si under pressure

    SciTech Connect

    Morozova, Natalia V.; Korobeinikov, Igor V.; Karkin, Alexander E.; Shchennikov, Vladimir V.; Ovsyannikov, Sergey V. E-mail: sergey2503@gmail.com; Takarabe, Ken-ichi; Mori, Yoshihisa; Nakamura, Shigeyuki

    2014-06-07

    We report results of investigations of electronic transport properties and lattice dynamics of Al-doped magnesium silicide (Mg{sub 2}Si) thermoelectrics at ambient and high pressures to and beyond 15 GPa. High-quality samples of Mg{sub 2}Si doped with 1 at. % of Al were prepared by spark plasma sintering technique. The samples were extensively examined at ambient pressure conditions by X-ray diffraction studies, Raman spectroscopy, electrical resistivity, magnetoresistance, Hall effect, thermoelectric power (Seebeck effect), and thermal conductivity. A Kondo-like feature in the electrical resistivity curves at low temperatures indicates a possible magnetism in the samples. The absolute values of the thermopower and electrical resistivity, and Raman spectra intensity of Mg{sub 2}Si:Al dramatically diminished upon room-temperature compression. The calculated thermoelectric power factor of Mg{sub 2}Si:Al raised with pressure to 2–3 GPa peaking in the maximum the values as high as about 8 × 10{sup −3} W/(K{sup 2}m) and then gradually decreased with further compression. Raman spectroscopy studies indicated the crossovers near ∼5–7 and ∼11–12 GPa that are likely related to phase transitions. The data gathered suggest that Mg{sub 2}Si:Al is metallized under moderate pressures between ∼5 and 12 GPa.

  19. Thermoelectric properties of IV–VI-based heterostructures and superlattices

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    Borges, P.D.; Petersen, J.E.; Scolfaro, L.; Leite Alves, H.W.; Myers, T.H.

    2015-07-15

    Doping in a manner that introduces anisotropy in order to reduce thermal conductivity is a significant focus in thermoelectric research today. By solving the semiclassical Boltzmann transport equations in the constant scattering time (τ) approximation, in conjunction with ab initio electronic structure calculations, within Density Functional Theory, we compare the Seebeck coefficient (S) and figure of merit (ZT) of bulk PbTe to PbTe/SnTe/PbTe heterostructures and PbTe doping superlattices (SLs) with periodically doped planes. Bismuth and Thallium were used as the n- and p-type impurities, respectively. The effects of carrier concentration are considered via chemical potential variation in a rigid band approximation. The impurity bands near the Fermi level in the electronic structure of PbTe SLs are of Tl s- and Bi p-character, and this feature is independent of the doping concentration or the distance between impurity planes. We observe the impurity bands to have a metallic nature in the directions perpendicular to the doping planes, yet no improvement on the values of ZT is found when compared to bulk PbTe. For the PbTe/SnTe/PbTe heterostructures, the calculated S presents good agreement with recent experimental data, and an anisotropic behavior is observed for low carrier concentrations (n<10{sup 18} cm{sup −3}). A large value of ZT{sub ||} (parallel to the growth direction) of 3.0 is predicted for n=4.7×10{sup 18} cm{sup −3} and T=700 K, whereas ZT{sub p} (perpendicular to the growth direction) is found to peak at 1.5 for n=1.7×10{sup 17} cm{sup −3}. Both electrical conductivity enhancement and thermal conductivity reduction are analyzed. - Graphical abstract: Figure of merit for PbTe/SnTe/PbTe heterostructure along the [0 0 1] direction, P.D. Borges, J.E. Petersen, L. Scolfaro, H.W. Leite Alves, T.H. Myers, Improved thermoelectric properties of IV–VI-based heterostructures and superlattices. - Highlights: • Thermoelectric properties of IV

  20. 46 CFR 54.25-20 - Low temperature operation-ferritic steels with properties enhanced by heat treatment (modifies...

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2014 CFR

    2014-10-01

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  1. 46 CFR 54.25-20 - Low temperature operation-ferritic steels with properties enhanced by heat treatment (modifies...

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2011 CFR

    2011-10-01

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  2. 46 CFR 54.25-20 - Low temperature operation-ferritic steels with properties enhanced by heat treatment (modifies...

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2012 CFR

    2012-10-01

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  3. 46 CFR 54.25-20 - Low temperature operation-ferritic steels with properties enhanced by heat treatment (modifies...

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2013 CFR

    2013-10-01

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  4. Improvement of thermoelectric properties of alkaline-earth hexaborides

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    Takeda, Masatoshi . E-mail: takeda@mech.nagaokaut.ac.jp; Terui, Manabu; Takahashi, Norihito; Ueda, Noriyoshi

    2006-09-15

    Thermoelectric (TE) and transport properties of alkaline-earth hexaborides were examined to investigate the possibility of improvement in their TE performance. As carrier concentration increased, electrical conductivity increased and the absolute value of the Seebeck coefficient decreased monotonically, while carrier mobility was almost unchanged. These results suggest that the electrical properties of the hexaboride depend largely on carrier concentration. Thermal conductivity of the hexaboride was higher than 10 W/m K even at 1073 K, which is relatively high among TE materials. Alloys of CaB{sub 6} and SrB{sub 6} were prepared in order to reduce lattice thermal conductivity. Whereas the Seebeck coefficient and electrical conductivity of the alloys were intermediate between those of CaB{sub 6} and SrB{sub 6} single phases, the thermal conductivities of the alloys were lower than those of both single phases. The highest TE performance was obtained in the vicinity of Ca{sub 0.5}Sr{sub 0.5}B{sub 6}, indicating that alloying is effective in improving the performance. - Graphical abstract: Thermoelectric figure-of-merit, ZT, for (Ca,Sr)B{sub 6} alloys. The highest ZT value of 0.35 at 1073 K was obtained due to effective reduction of thermal conductivity by alloying.

  5. The Study of the Thermoelectric Properties of Phase Change Materials

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    Yin, Ming; Abdi, Mohammed; Noimande, Zibusisu; Mbamalu, Godwin; Alameeri, Dheyaa; Datta, Timir

    We study thermoelectric property that is electrical phenomena occurring in conjunction with the flow of heat of phase-change materials (PCM) in particular GeSbTe (GST225). From given sets of material parameters, COMSOL Multiphysics heat-transfer module is used to compute maps of temperature and voltage distribution in the PCM samples. These results are used to design an apparatus including the variable temperature sample holder set up. An Arbitrary/ Function generator and a circuit setup is also designed to control the alternation of heaters embedded on the sample holder in order to ensure sequential back and forward flow of heat current from both sides of the sample. Accurate values of potential differences and temperature distribution profiles are obtained in order to compute the Seebeck coefficient of the sample. The results of elemental analysis and imaging studies such as XRD, UV-VIS, EDEX and SEM of the sample are obtained. Factors affecting the thermoelectric properties of phase change memory are also discussed. NNSA/ DOD Consortium for Materials and Energy Studies.

  6. New measuring techniques for the investigation of thermoelectric properties of nanowires

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    Schmitt, M. C.; Reith, H.; Huzel, D.; Völklein, F.

    2012-06-01

    The paper focuses on the determination of thermal and electrical transport properties of individual nanowires, preferably thermoelectric bismuth and bismuth compound nanowires, prepared by ion-track-technology. Also the thermoelectric parameters S, σ, λ, z (with S: Seebeck coefficient; σ: electrical conductivity; λ thermal conductivity; z: thermoelectric efficiency) of template-embedded nanowire arrays have been investigated. For measurements of S, σ, λ and z, specially designed microchips have been developed and employed. The microfabricated z-chip is designed and optimized to determine all thermoelectric parameters on one and the same individual nanowire.

  7. Effect of Ag doping and annealing on thermoelectric properties of PbTe

    SciTech Connect

    Bala, Manju Tripathi, T. S.; Avasthi, D. K.; Asokan, K.; Gupta, Srashti

    2015-06-24

    The present study reveals that annealing Ag doped PbTe thin films enhance thermoelectric properties. Phase formation was identified by using X-ray diffraction measurement. Annealing increases the crystallinity of both undoped and Ag doped PbTe. Electrical resistivity and thermoelectric power measurements are done using four probe and bridge method respectively. The increase in thermoelectric power of Ag doped PbTe is 29 % in comparison to undoped PbTe and it further increases to 34 % after annealing at 250{sup o} C for 1 hour whereas thermoelectric power increases by 14 % on annealing undoped PbTe thin films at same temperature.

  8. Theoretical and Experimental Investigation on the Low Temperature Properties of the NbCr{sub 2} Laves Phase

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    Thoma, D.J.; Chu, F.; Chen, K.C.; Kotula, P.G.; Mitchell, T.E.; Wills, J.M.; Ormeci, A.; Chen, S.P.; Albers, R.C.

    1999-06-03

    This is the final report of a three-year, Laboratory Directed Research and Development (LDRD) project at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL). The goal of the project was to develop methodologies in which to define and improve the properties of NbCr{sub 2} so that the high temperature structural applications of alloys based upon this would not be limited by the low-temperature brittle behavior of the intermetallic. We accomplished this task by (1) understanding the defect structure and deformation mechanisms in Laves phases, (2) electronic and geometric contributions to phase stability and alloying behavior, and (3) novel processing of dual phase (Laves/bcc) structures. As a result alloys with properties that in many cases surpass superalloys were developed. For example, we have tailored alloy design strategies and processing routes in a metal alloy to achieve ambient temperature ultimate strengths of 2.35 GPa as well as ultimate strengths of 1.5 GPa at 1000 C. This results i n one of the strongest metal alloys that currently exist, while still having deformability at room temperature.

  9. Thermoelectric properties of chalcopyrite type CuGaTe{sub 2} and chalcostibite CuSbS{sub 2}

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    Kumar Gudelli, Vijay; Kanchana, V.; Vaitheeswaran, G.; Svane, A.; Christensen, N. E.

    2013-12-14

    Electronic and transport properties of CuGaTe{sub 2}, a hole-doped ternary copper based chalcopyrite type semiconductor, are studied using calculations within the Density Functional Theory and solving the Boltzmann transport equation within the constant relaxation time approximation. The electronic band structures are calculated by means of the full-potential linear augmented plane wave method, using the Tran-Blaha modified Becke-Johnson potential. The calculated band gap of 1.23 eV is in agreement with the experimental value of 1.2 eV. The carrier concentration- and temperature dependent thermoelectric properties of CuGaTe{sub 2} are derived, and a figure of merit of zT = 1.69 is obtained at 950 K for a hole concentration of 3.7·10{sup 19} cm{sup −3}, in agreement with a recent experimental finding of zT = 1.4, confirming that CuGaTe{sub 2} is a promising material for high temperature thermoelectric applications. The good thermoelectric performance of p-type CuGaTe{sub 2} is associated with anisotropic transport from a combination of heavy and light bands. Also for CuSbS{sub 2} (chalcostibite), a better performance is obtained for p-type than for n-type doping. The variation of the thermopower as a function of temperature and concentration suggests that CuSbS{sub 2} will be a good thermoelectric material at low temperatures, similarly to the isostructural CuBiS{sub 2} compound.

  10. High-accuracy direct ZT and intrinsic properties measurement of thermoelectric couple devices.

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    Kraemer, D; Chen, G

    2014-04-01

    Advances in thermoelectric materials in recent years have led to significant improvements in thermoelectric device performance and thus, give rise to many new potential applications. In order to optimize a thermoelectric device for specific applications and to accurately predict its performance ideally the material's figure of merit ZT as well as the individual intrinsic properties (Seebeck coefficient, electrical resistivity, and thermal conductivity) should be known with high accuracy. For that matter, we developed two experimental methods in which the first directly obtains the ZT and the second directly measures the individual intrinsic leg properties of the same p/n-type thermoelectric couple device. This has the advantage that all material properties are measured in the same sample direction after the thermoelectric legs have been mounted in the final device. Therefore, possible effects from crystal anisotropy and from the device fabrication process are accounted for. The Seebeck coefficients, electrical resistivities, and thermal conductivities are measured with differential methods to minimize measurement uncertainties to below 3%. The thermoelectric couple ZT is directly measured with a differential Harman method which is in excellent agreement with the calculated ZT from the individual leg properties. The errors in both the directly measured and calculated thermoelectric couple ZT are below 5% which is significantly lower than typical uncertainties using commercial methods. Thus, the developed technique is ideal for characterizing assembled couple devices and individual thermoelectric materials and enables accurate device optimization and performance predictions. We demonstrate the methods by measuring a p/n-type thermoelectric couple device assembled from commercial bulk thermoelectric Bi2Te3 elements in the temperature range of 30 °C-150 °C and discuss the performance of the couple thermoelectric generator in terms of its efficiency and materials

  11. First-principles study of thermoelectric properties of pyrite

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    Xia, Yi; Zhou, Fei; Ozolins, Vidvuds

    2014-03-01

    Due to its natural abundance, moderate band gap and good light absorption properties, pyrite (FeS2) is being considered for use in nanocrystalline solar cells. High-quality n-type samples show high electron mobility, but their adoption in solar cells is hampered by low open circuit voltages. Here, using density-functional theory (DFT), we study charge and thermal transport properties of FeS2. Using the Debye-Callaway model, we obtain lattice thermal conductivity in good agreement with experimental data, suggesting that significant reduction of lattice thermal conductivity would be needed for thermoelectric applications. In addition, we find that holes in p-type pyrite form localized small polaron states, which naturally explains low hole mobilities observed experimentally.

  12. Thermoelectric Properties of Carbon nanohybrids Incorporated Polymer Nanocomposites

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    Zhang, Kun; Wang, Shiren

    2015-03-01

    In this work, non-covalently functionalized graphene with fluorinated fullerene (F-C60) by π- π stacking was integrated into poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene):poly(styrenesulfonate) (PEDOT:PSS). F-C60 as a p-type organic semiconductor with deep highest occupied molecular orbital (HOMO) level modulates the band structure of reduced graphene oxide (rGO). Altering HOMO levels of rGO has been achieved by changing the ratio between rGO and F-C60. Incorporating of rGO/F-C60 nanohybrids into highly conductivity metallic PEDOT:PSS formed Schottky barrier to selectively scatter low-energy carriers. Enhanced thermoelectric power factor of rGO/F-C60/PEDOT:PSS nanocomposites were observed with the optimized power factor of 83.2 μW/m.K2, which is 19 times of that of the highly conductive PEDOT:PSS. Additionally, the F-C60 nanoparticles on rGO surfaces hinder thermal transport by phonon scattering, resulting in the synergistic effect on enhancing thermoelectric properties. As a result, a figure of merit (ZT) of 0.10 was achieved. NSF

  13. Diameter Dependent Thermoelectric Properties of Individual SnTe Nanowires

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    Xu, E. Z.; Li, Z.; Martinez, J.; Sinitsyn, N.; Htoon, H.; Li, N.; Swartzentruber, B.; Hollingsworth, J.; Wang, J.; Zhang, S. X.

    2015-03-01

    Tin telluride (SnTe), a newly discovered topological crystalline insulator, has recently been suggested to be a promising thermoelectric material. In this work, we report on a systematic study of the thermoelectric properties of individual single-crystalline SnTe nanowires with different diameters. Measurements of thermopower, electrical conductivity and thermal conductivity were carried out on the same nanowires over a temperature range of 25 - 300 K. While the electrical conductivity does not show a strong diameter dependence, we found that the thermopower increases by a factor of two when the nanowire diameter is decreased from 913 nm to 218 nm. The thermal conductivity of the measured NWs is lower than that of the bulk SnTe, which may be attributed to the enhanced phonon - surface boundary scattering and phonon-defect scattering. We further calculated the temperature dependent figure of merit ZT for each individual nanowire. This work was performed, in part, at the Center for Integrated Nanotechnologies, an Office of Science User Facility operated for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science by Los Alamos National Laboratory (Contract DE-AC52-06NA25396) and Sandia National Laboratories (Contract DE-AC04-94AL85000). We acknowledge support by the Los Alamos LDRD program.

  14. Thermoelectric properties of iron-based superconductors and parent compounds

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    Pallecchi, Ilaria; Caglieris, Federico; Putti, Marina

    2016-07-01

    Herewith, we review the available experimental data of thermoelectric transport properties of iron-based superconductors and parent compounds. We discuss possible physical mechanisms into play in determining the Seebeck effect, from whence one can extract information about Fermi surface reconstruction and Lifshitz transitions, multiband character, coupling of charge carriers with spin excitations and its relevance in the unconventional superconducting pairing mechanism, nematicity, quantum critical fluctuations close to the optimal doping for superconductivity, correlation. Additional information is obtained from the analysis of the Nernst effect, whose enhancement in parent compounds must be related partially to multiband transport and low Fermi level, but mainly to the presence of Dirac cone bands at the Fermi level. In the superconducting compounds, large Nernst effect in the normal state is explained in terms of fluctuating precursors of the spin density wave state, while in the superconducting state it mirrors the usual vortex liquid dissipative regime. A comparison between the phenomenology of thermoelectric behavior of different families of iron-based superconductors and parent compounds allows to evidence the key differences and analogies, thus providing clues on the rich and complex physics of these fascinating unconventional superconductors.

  15. Tuning thermoelectric properties of graphene/boron nitride heterostructures

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    Algharagholy, Laith A.; Al-Galiby, Qusiy; Marhoon, Haider A.; Sadeghi, Hatef; Abduljalil, Hayder M.; Lambert, Colin J.

    2015-11-01

    Using density functional theory combined with a Green’s function scattering approach, we examine the thermoelectric properties of hetero-nanoribbons formed from alternating lengths of graphene and boron nitride. In such structures, the boron nitride acts as a tunnel barrier, which weakly couples states in the graphene, to form mini-bands. In un-doped nanoribbons, the mini bands are symmetrically positioned relative to the Fermi energy and do not enhance thermoelectric performance significantly. In contrast, when the ribbons are doped by electron donating or electron accepting adsorbates, the thermopower S and electronic figure of merit are enhanced and either positive or negative thermopowers can be obtained. In the most favourable case, doping with the electron donor tetrathiafulvalene increases the room-temperature thermopower to -284 μv K-1 and doping by the electron acceptor tetracyanoethylene increases S to 210 μv K-1. After including both electron and phonon contributions to the thermal conductance, figures of merit ZT up to of order 0.9 are obtained.

  16. Tuning the thermoelectric properties of metallo-porphyrins.

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    Al-Galiby, Qusiy H; Sadeghi, Hatef; Algharagholy, Laith A; Grace, Iain; Lambert, Colin

    2016-01-28

    We investigated the thermoelectric properties of metalloporphyrins connected by thiol anchor groups to gold electrodes. By varying the transition metal-centre over the family Mn, Co, Ni, Cu, Fe, and Zn we are able to tune the molecular energy levels relative to the Fermi energy of the electrodes. The resulting single-molecule room-temperature thermopowers range from almost zero for Co and Cu centres, to +80 μV K(-1) and +230 μV K(-1) for Ni and Zn respectively. In contrast, the thermopowers with Mn(II) or Fe(II) metal centres are negative and lie in the range -280 to -260 μV K(-1). Complexing these with a counter anion to form Fe(III) and Mn(III) changes both the sign and magnitude of their thermopowers to +218 and +95 respectively. The room-temperature power factors of Mn(II), Mn(III), Fe(III), Zn and Fe(II) porphyrins are predicted to be 5.9 × 10(-5) W m(-1) K(-2), 5.4 × 10(-4) W m(-1) K(-2), 9.5 × 10(-4) W m(-1) K(-2), 1.6 × 10(-4) W m(-1) K(-2) and 2.3 × 10(-4) W m(-1) K(-2) respectively, which makes these attractive materials for molecular-scale thermoelectric devices. PMID:26754271

  17. Tuning thermoelectric properties of graphene/boron nitride heterostructures.

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    Algharagholy, Laith A; Al-Galiby, Qusiy; Marhoon, Haider A; Sadeghi, Hatef; Abduljalil, Hayder M; Lambert, Colin J

    2015-11-27

    Using density functional theory combined with a Green's function scattering approach, we examine the thermoelectric properties of hetero-nanoribbons formed from alternating lengths of graphene and boron nitride. In such structures, the boron nitride acts as a tunnel barrier, which weakly couples states in the graphene, to form mini-bands. In un-doped nanoribbons, the mini bands are symmetrically positioned relative to the Fermi energy and do not enhance thermoelectric performance significantly. In contrast, when the ribbons are doped by electron donating or electron accepting adsorbates, the thermopower S and electronic figure of merit are enhanced and either positive or negative thermopowers can be obtained. In the most favourable case, doping with the electron donor tetrathiafulvalene increases the room-temperature thermopower to -284 μv K(-1) and doping by the electron acceptor tetracyanoethylene increases S to 210 μv K(-1). After including both electron and phonon contributions to the thermal conductance, figures of merit ZT up to of order 0.9 are obtained. PMID:26528629

  18. Microstructure and magnetic properties of low-temperature sintered CoTi-substituted barium ferrite for LTCC application

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    Chen, Daming; Liu, Yingli; Li, Yuanxun; Zhong, Wenguo; Zhang, Huaiwu

    2011-11-01

    In this article, the influences of the BaCu(B 2O 5) (BCB) additive on sintering behavior, structure and magnetic properties of iron deficient M-type barium ferrite Ba(CoTi) xFe 11.8-2 xO 19 (BaM) have been investigated. It is found that the maximum sintered densities of BaM change from 86% to 94% as the BCB content varies from 1 to 4 wt%. Single-phase BaM can be detected by the XRD analysis in the sample with 3 wt% BCB sintered at 900 °C, and the microstructure is hexagonal platelets with few intragranular pores. This is attributed to the formation of the BCB liquid phase. Meanwhile, the experimental results illuminate that the CoTi ions prefer to occupy the 4f2 and 2b sites and the magnetic properties depend on the amount of CoTi-substitution. In addition, the chemical compatibility between BaM and silver paste is also investigated; it can be seen that BaM is co-fired well with the silver paste and no other second phase is observed. Especially, the 3 wt% BCB-added Ba(CoTi) 0.9Fe 11O 19 sintered at 900 °C has good properties with the sintered density of 4.9 g/cm 3, saturation magnetization of 49.7 emu/g and coercivity of 656.6 Oe. These results indicate that it is cost effective in the production of Low Temperature Co-fired Ceramics (LTCC) multilayer devices.

  19. Mechanical properties and XRD studies of silicon carbide inert matrix fuel fabricated by a low temperature polymer precursor route

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    Shih, Chunghao; Rohbeck, Nadia; Gopalakrishnan, Karthik; Tulenko, James S.; Baney, Ronald H.

    2013-01-01

    The mechanical properties of silicon carbide (SiC) inert matrix fuel (IMF) pellets fabricated by a low temperature (1050 °C) polymer precursor route were evaluated at room temperature. The Vickers hardness was mainly related to the chemical bonding strength between the amorphous SiC phase and the β-SiC particles. The biaxial fracture strength with pre-notch and fracture toughness were found to be mostly controlled by the pellet density. The maximum Vickers hardness, biaxial fracture strength with pre-notch and fracture toughness achieved were 5.6 GPa, 201 MPa and 2.9 MPa m1/2 respectively. These values appear to be superior to the reference MOX or UO2 fuels. Excellent thermal shock resistance for the fabricated SiC IMF was proven and the values were compared to conventional UO2 pellets. XRD studies showed that ceria (PuO2 surrogate) chemically reacted with the polymer precursor during sintering, forming cerium oxysilicate. Whether PuO2 will chemically react in a similar manner remains unclear.

  20. Dielectric Dispersion, Diffuse Phase Transition, and Electrical Properties of BCT-BZT Ceramics Sintered at a Low-Temperature

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    Tian, Yongshang; Gong, Yansheng; Meng, Dawei; Li, Yuanjian; Kuang, Boya

    2015-08-01

    Lead-free ceramics 0.50Ba0.9Ca0.1TiO3-0.50BaTi1- x Zr x O3 (BCT-BZT) were prepared via sintering BCT and BZT nanoparticles, which were synthesized using a modified Pechini polymeric precursor method, at a low temperature of 1260°C. The relative densities of the ceramics prepared with different zirconium contents ( x) were all above 95.3%, reaching a maximum of 97% when x = 0.08. X-ray diffraction results confirmed the onset of phase transformation from orthorhombic to rhombohedral symmetry with increasing zirconium contents, and the polymorphic phase transition was observed at x = 0.10. The dielectric dispersion, diffuse phase transition (DPT), and relaxor-like ferroelectric characteristics as a function of zirconium content were thoroughly studied. Optimum physical properties, remnant polarization ( P r) = 16.4 μC/cm2, piezoelectric constant ( d 33) = ~240 pC/N, and electromechanical coupling factor ( k p) = 0.22, were obtained at x = 0.10. The findings of the current DPT behavior study of BCT-BZT ceramics are believed to be insightful to the development of ferroelectric materials.

  1. Effect of Low Temperature and Calcium on Survival and Membrane Properties of Isolated Winter Wheat Cells 1

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    Pomeroy, M. Keith; Andrews, Chris J.

    1985-01-01

    Isolated cells obtained by enzymic digestion of young primary leaves of cold-hardened, dark-grown Kharkov winter wheat (Triticum aestivum L.) were exposed to various low temperature stresses. The initial uptake of 86Rb was generally decreased by increasing concentrations of Ca2+, but after longer periods of incubation, the inhibiting effect of high Ca2+ levels diminished. Viability of isolated cells suspended in water declined rapidly when ice encased at −1°C, while in the presence of 10 millimolar Ca2+ viability declined only gradually over a 5-week period. Ice encasement markedly reduced 86Rb uptake prior to a significant decline in cell viability or increased ion efflux. Cell damage increased progressively when the icing temperature was reduced from −1 to −2 and −3°C, but the presence of Ca2+ in the suspending medium reduced injury. Cell viability and ion uptake were reduced to a greater extent following slow cooling than after rapid cooling to subfreezing temperatures ranging from −10 to −30°C. The results from this study support the view that an early change in cellular properties due to prolonged ice encasement at −1°C involves the ion transport system, whereas cooling to lower subfreezing temperatures for only a few hours results in more general membrane damage, including loss of semipermeability of the plasma membrane. PMID:16664270

  2. Electro-Optical Properties of Low-Temperature Growth Indium-tin-oxide Nanowires Using Polystyrene Spheres as Catalyst.

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    Li, Qiang; Gong, Zhina; Li, Yufeng; Liu, Hao; Feng, Lungang; Liu, Shuo; Yun, Feng

    2016-12-01

    Polystyrene sphere was chosen as a catalyst to fabricate indium-tin-oxide (ITO) nanowires (NWs) with a low-temperature (280-300 °C) electron-beam deposition process, bearing high purity. The ITO NWs with diameter of 20-50 nm and length of ~2 um were obtained. X-ray diffraction and high-resolution transmission electron microscope show high crystal quality. The transmittance is above 90 % at a wavelength 400 nm or more, superior to the ITO bulk film. Owing to the unique morphology gradient of the ITO NWs, the effective refractive index of ITO NWs film is naturally graded from the bottom to the top. The ITO NWs have been used on LED devices (λ = 450 nm), which improved the light output power by 31 % at the current of 150 mA comparing to the one without NWs and did not deteriorate the electrical properties. Such ITO NWs open opportunity in LED devices to further improve light extraction efficiency. PMID:26956600

  3. Effect of defect saturation on terahertz emission and detection properties of low temperature GaAs photoconductive switches

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    Rihani, Samir; Faulks, Richard; Beere, Harvey; Page, Hideaki; Gregory, Ian; Evans, Michael; Ritchie, David A.; Pepper, Michael

    2009-08-01

    We present a study into the properties of terahertz (THz) emission and detection using low temperature grown GaAs photoconductive switches over a range of ex situ anneal temperatures. Our analysis focuses on the effect of defect saturation, which has been confirmed in many experiments. However its effect on the THz emission and detection has so far not been fully investigated. In this letter, we examine the dependence of the radiated THz pulse width (full width at half maximum) upon optical power, and show that the differences in the characteristics with annealing can be theoretically accounted for when defect saturation is taken into account. Defect saturation was found to substantially increase the trapping time of photoexcited electrons, which in turn can cause THz pulse broadening at high optical powers. This effect was found to increase with anneal temperature due to the decrease in defect density. The radiated peak THz amplitude from emitters increases monotonically with increasing optical power across the range of anneal temperatures investigated. In the detector configuration, however, the detected peak THz amplitude reaches a maximum before starting to decrease with increasing optical power. The latter trend was observed for devices annealed at temperatures higher than 300 °C and is attributed to the onset of defect saturation.

  4. Structural, electrical, and low-temperature dielectric properties of sol-gel derived SrTiO3 thin films

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    Thomas, Reji; Dube, D. C.; Kamalasanan, M. N.; Chandra, Subhas; Bhalla, A. S.

    1997-11-01

    Strontium titanate sol was prepared using strontium ethyl haxanoate and titanium isopropoxide. The sol was then spin coated on fused silica, p-type single-crystal silicon wafers (100) and stainless-steel substrates and annealed to give polycrystalline, transparent, and crack-free films. The surface morphology and structural properties of the films were studied using scanning electron microscopy and x-ray diffraction, respectively, and differential thermal analysis was used to observe structural transition. The dielectric measurements were conducted on films with metal-insulator-metal and metal-insulator-semiconductor configurations. Capacitance-voltage (C-V) measurements were carried out and the effect of the annealing temperature was studied. The dielectric constant and loss tangent at 1 MHz at room temperature were found to be 105 and 0.02, respectively, for 1.1 μm thick films. These measurements were also carried out at low temperatures down to 20 K. There are indications for a phase transition from a cubic perovskite to tetragonal perovskite structure at about 100 K where the tan δ shows some fluctuation, a characteristic of such transitions. The absence of a peak in the dielectric constant and the absence of hysteresis below the transition temperature have been explained on the basis of the low value of the tetragonal distortion (c/a=1.003) reported on bulk material.

  5. Electro-Optical Properties of Low-Temperature Growth Indium-tin-oxide Nanowires Using Polystyrene Spheres as Catalyst

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    Li, Qiang; Gong, Zhina; Li, Yufeng; Liu, Hao; Feng, Lungang; Liu, Shuo; Yun, Feng

    2016-03-01

    Polystyrene sphere was chosen as a catalyst to fabricate indium-tin-oxide (ITO) nanowires (NWs) with a low-temperature (280-300 °C) electron-beam deposition process, bearing high purity. The ITO NWs with diameter of 20-50 nm and length of ~2 um were obtained. X-ray diffraction and high-resolution transmission electron microscope show high crystal quality. The transmittance is above 90 % at a wavelength 400 nm or more, superior to the ITO bulk film. Owing to the unique morphology gradient of the ITO NWs, the effective refractive index of ITO NWs film is naturally graded from the bottom to the top. The ITO NWs have been used on LED devices ( λ = 450 nm), which improved the light output power by 31 % at the current of 150 mA comparing to the one without NWs and did not deteriorate the electrical properties. Such ITO NWs open opportunity in LED devices to further improve light extraction efficiency.

  6. Nanostructured semiconductors for thermoelectric energy conversion: Synthesis and transport properties

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    Sahoo, Pranati

    Increasing energy demands and decreasing natural energy resources have sparked search for alternative clean and renewable energy sources. For instance, currently there is a tremendous interest in thermoelectric and photovoltaic solar energy production technologies. Half-Heusler (HH) alloys are among the most popular material systems presently under widespread investigations for high temperature thermoelectric energy conversion. Approaches to increase the thermoelectric figure of merit (ZT) of HH range from (1) chemical substitution of atoms with different masses within the same atomic position in the crystal structure to optimize carrier concentration and enhance phonon scattering via mass fluctuation and (2) embedding secondary phonon scattering centers in the matrix (nanostructuring) to further reduce thermal conductivity. This work focuses on three material systems. The first part describes the synthesis and properties (thermal conductivity, electrical conductivity, magnetic) of various oxide nanostructures (NiO, Co3O4) which were subsequently used as inclusion phases in a HH matrix to reduce the thermal conductivity. Detailed reviews of the past efforts along with the current effort to optimize synthetic routes are presented. The effects of the synthesis conditions on the thermoelectric properties of compacted pellets of NiO and Co3O4 are also discussed. The second part of the work discusses the development of synthetic strategies for the fabrication of p-type and n-type bulk nanostructured thermoelectric materials made of a half-Heusler matrix based on (Ti,Hf)CoSb, containing nanostructures with full-Heusler (FH) compositions and structures coherently embedded inside the half-Heusler matrix. The role of the nanostructures in the regulation of phonon and charge carrier transports within the half-heusler matrix is extensively discussed by combining transport data and electron microscopy images. It was found that the FH nanoinclusions form staggered

  7. Thermoelectric properties of cobalt antimonide>-based skutterudites

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    Yang, Jian

    Solid state cooling and power generation based on thermoelectric principles are regarded as one of the technologies with the potential of solving the current energy crisis. Thermoelectric devices could be widely used in waste heat recovery, small scale power generation and refrigeration. It has no moving parts and is environmental friendly. The limitation to its application is due to its low efficiency. Most of the current commercialized thermoelectric materials have figure of merit (ZT) around 1. To be comparable with kitchen refrigerator, ZT≃ 3 is required at room temperature. Skutterudites have emerged as member of the novel materials, which potentially have a higher ZT. In the dissertation, my investigation will be focused on the optimization of CoSb3-based skutterudites. Starting with Co and Sb elements, CoSb3 will form through a high energy ball mill. Unfortunately, even after 20 hours, only a small percentage of the powders have transformed in into CoSb3. Then the powders will be compacted into bulk samples by DC-controlled hot press. CoSb3 single phase will form after press. Characterization of the structure and thermoelectric properties will be presented with details. The effects of synthesis conditions on thermoelectric properties of skutterudites were studied and discussed. Several possible methods of improving the ZT of N type skutterudites were applied. The highest obtained ZT thus far is ˜1.2 from Yb doped CoSb3. For a group of samples with nominal composition YbxCo4Sb12, the increased Yb concentration in our samples not only enhanced the power factor due to electron doping effect but also decreased the thermal conductivity due to a stronger rattling effect. In addition, the increased grain boundary density per unit volume due to the small grains in our bulk skutterudite materials may have also helped to enhance the phonon scattering and thus to reduce the thermal conductivity. Single and double doping methods with different combinations were also

  8. Thermoelectric properties and nonstoichiometry of GaGeTe

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    Drasar, C.; Kucek, V.; Benes, L.; Lostak, P.; Vlcek, M.

    2012-09-15

    Polycrystalline samples of composition Ga{sub 1+x}Ge{sub 1-x}Te (x=-0.03 Division-Sign 0.07) and GaGeTe{sub 1-y} (y=-0.02 Division-Sign 0.02) were synthesized from elements of 5 N purity using a solid state reaction. The products of synthesis were identified by X-ray diffraction; phase purity and microstructure were examined by EDX/SEM. Samples for measurement of transport properties were prepared using hot-pressing. They were characterized by measurement of electrical conductivity, the Hall coefficient, and the Seebeck coefficient over a temperature range 80-480 K and of thermal conductivity over a temperature range 300-580 K. All samples show p-type conductivity. We discuss the influence of stoichiometry on the phase purity of the samples and on free carrier concentration. The investigation of thermoelectric properties shows that the power factor of these samples is low compared to state-of-the-art materials at room temperature but increases distinctly with temperature. - Graphical abstract: Structure and preparation of GaGeTe. Electrical conductivity {sigma}, the Hall coefficient R{sub H}, the Seebeck coefficient S and thermal conductivity {kappa} as a function of temperature for the Ga{sub 1.01}Ge{sub 0.99}Te{sub 0.99} sample. Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer We explore thermoelectric and transport properties of Ga{sub 1+x}Ge{sub 1-x}Te and GaGeTe{sub 1-y}. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer GaGeTe is p-type degenerate semiconductor; the hole concentration increase with x and y. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Maximum power factor {sigma}S{sup 2}=3.6 Multiplication-Sign 10{sup -4} Wm{sup -1} K{sup -2} at 475 K.

  9. Low temperature thermoelastic and structural properties of LaGaO{sub 3} perovskite in the Pbnm phase

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    Knight, Kevin S.

    2012-10-15

    The thermoelastic and structural properties of LaGaO{sub 3} perovskite have been studied using high resolution neutron diffractometry at 158 temperatures between 11 K and 548 K. Data collected in 2 K intervals between 410 K and 430 K show no evidence for an intermediate phase between the low temperature phase in space group Pbnm and the high temperature phase in space group F3{sup Macron }2/n. From a simultaneous fit of the unit cell volume and the isochoric heat capacity, the phonon density of states in the Pbnm phase is shown to be approximated by a two-term Debye model, with characteristic temperatures 294(1) K and 831(1) K. Vibrational Debye temperatures, determined from fitting the temperature variation of the atomic displacement parameters, show the cations to be more associated with the lower characteristic temperature, whilst that for the anions, is closer to the higher characteristic temperature. Structural parameters are presented as the amplitudes of the seven symmetry-adapted basis-vectors of the aristotype phase, and a structural basis for the temperature-dependence of the bond lengths is outlined. The phase transition in both temperature and pressure arises when a non-bonded La-O distance approaches the La coordination sphere. - Graphical abstract: The weight fraction of the rhombohedral phase of LaGaO{sub 3} from the onset of the phase transition at 408 K to its completion at 430 K. Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Thermoelastic properties of LaGaO{sub 3} analyzed as a two-term Debye model. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Crystal structure and bonding analyzed in terms of symmetry-adapted basis-vectors. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Consistency between calorimetric and crystallographic measurements.

  10. Physical Property Evaluation of ZnO Thin Film Fabricated by Low-Temperature Process for Flexible Transparent TFT.

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    Khafe, Adie Bin Mohd; Watanabe, Hiraku; Yamauchi, Hiroshi; Kuniyoshi, Shigekazu; Iizuka, Masaaki; Sakai, Masatoshi; Kudo, Kazuhiro

    2016-04-01

    The usual silicon-based display back planes require fairly high process temperature and thus the development of a low temperature process is needed on flexible plastic substrates. A new type of flexible organic light emitting transistor (OLET) had been proposed and investigated in the previous work. By using ultraviolet/ozone (UV/O3) assisted thermal treatments on wet processed zinc oxide field effect transistor (ZnO-FET), through low-process temperature, ZnO-FETs were fabricated which succeeded to achieve target drain current value and mobility. In this study, physical property evaluation of ZnO was conducted in term of their crystallinity, the increase composition of ZnO formed inside the thin film and the decrease of the carbon impurities originated from aqueous solution of the ZnO itself. The X-ray diffraction (XRD) evaluation showed UV/03 assisted thermal treatment has no obvious effect towards crystallinity of ZnO in the range of low process temperature. Moreover, through X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) evaluation and Fourier transform infrared (FT-IR) spectroscopy evaluation, more carbon impurities disappeared from the ZnO thin film and the increase of composition amount of ZnO, when the thin film was subjected to UV/O3 assisted thermal treatment. Therefore, UV/O3 assisted thermal treatment contributed in carbon impurities elimination and accelerate ZnO formation in ZnO thin film, which led to the improvement in the electrical property of ZnO-FET in the low-process temperature. PMID:27451599