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  1. Field inter-comparison of three systems for NH3 concentration and flux measurements

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    Voglmeier, Karl; Ammann, Christof; Neftel, Albrecht; Häni, Christoph; Richter, Undine; Brümmer, Christian

    2016-04-01

    Ambient air ammonia analyzer systems that are not only used for concentration but also for flux measurements have to meet special requirements. They either have to provide a fast response detection (c. 1 sec) for the application of the eddy covariance technique (EC) or they have to resolve relatively small horizontal or vertical concentration gradients. The Posieux intercomparison experiment in fall 2015 was designed to compare three advanced and different approaches to determine concentration and fluxes of NH3 of a grazed pasture during several weeks. The methods involved: [1] a two channel reactive N converter measuring in parallel the sum of oxidized N species with the exception of N2O and the sum of the total reactive N species. The difference of the two channels corresponds to the sum of reduced reactive N species; [2] a QC laser analyzer with a special designed inlet system that minimize wall effects and separates particles from the gas sampling stream; [3] two MiniDOAS instruments for line integrated concentration without any inlet system. The experimental setup and the environmental conditions resulted in a high temporal and spatial dynamic of NH3 concentrations and fluxes. Systems [1] and [2] are designed to perform flux measurements by the Eddy Covariance technique, whereas the DOAS technique has a temporal resolution of 1 min. Fluxes are calculated from the horizontal concentration increase across an emitting surface with back lagrangian stochastic trajectory dispersion model. We present a comparison of the measured concentrations and fluxes and discuss the advantages and limitations of the three chosen systems.

  2. Validation of model calculation of ammonia deposition in the neighbourhood of a poultry farm using measured NH 3 concentrations and N deposition

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    Sommer, S. G.; Østergård, H. S.; Løfstrøm, P.; Andersen, H. V.; Jensen, L. S.

    Substantial emission of ammonia (NH 3) from animal houses and the related high local deposition of NH 3-N are a threat to semi-natural nitrogen-deficient ecosystems situated near the NH 3 source. In Denmark, there are regulations limiting the level of NH 3 emission from livestock houses near N-deficient ecosystems that are likely to change due to nitrogen (N) enrichment caused by NH 3 deposition. The models used for assessing NH 3 emission from livestock production, therefore, need to be precise, as the regulation will affect both the nature of the ecosystem and the economy of the farmer. Therefore a study was carried out with the objective of validating the Danish model used to monitor NH 3 transport, dispersion and deposition from and in the neighbourhood of a chicken farm. In the study we measured NH 3 emission with standard flux measuring methods, NH 3 concentrations at increasing distances from the chicken houses using passive diffusion samplers and deposition using 15N-enriched biomonitors and field plot studies. The dispersion and deposition of NH 3 were modelled using the Danish OML-DEP model. It was also shown that model calculations clearly reflect the measured NH 3 concentration and N deposition. Deposition of N measured by biomonitors clearly reflected the variation in NH 3 concentrations and showed that deposition was not significantly different from zero ( P < 0.05) at distances greater than 150-200 m from these chicken houses. Calculations confirmed this, as calculated N deposition 320 m away from the chicken farm was only marginally affected by the NH 3 emission from the farm. There was agreement between calculated and measured deposition showing that the model gives true estimates of the deposition in the neighbourhood of a livestock house emitting NH 3.

  3. Bias in modeled bi-directional NH3 fluxes associated with temporal averaging of atmospheric NH3 concentrations

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    Direct flux measurements of NH3 are expensive, time consuming, and require detailed supporting measurements of soil, vegetation, and atmospheric chemistry for interpretation and model parameterization. It is therefore often necessary to infer fluxes by combining measurements of...

  4. Concentration-dependent NH 3 deposition processes for moorland plant species with and without stomata

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    Jones, M. R.; Leith, I. D.; Raven, J. A.; Fowler, D.; Sutton, M. A.; Nemitz, E.; Cape, J. N.; Sheppard, L. J.; Smith, R. I.

    Currently, in operational modelling of NH 3 deposition a fixed value of canopy resistance ( Rc) is generally applied, irrespective of the plant species and NH 3 concentration. This study determined the effect of NH 3 concentration on deposition processes to individual moorland species. An innovative flux chamber system was used to provide accurate continuous measurements of NH 3 deposition to Deschampsia cespitosa (L.) Beauv., Calluna vulgaris (L.) Hull, Eriophorum vaginatum L., Cladonia spp., Sphagnum spp., and Pleurozium schreberi (Brid.) Mitt. Measurements were conducted across a wide range of NH 3 concentrations (1-140 μg m -3). NH 3 concentration directly affects the deposition processes to the vegetation canopy, with Rc, and cuticular resistance ( Rw) increasing with increasing NH 3 concentration, for all the species and vegetation communities tested. For example, the Rc for C. vulgaris increased from 14 s m -1 at 2 μg m -3 to 112 s m -1 at 80 μg m -3. Diurnal variations in NH 3 uptake were observed for higher plants, due to stomatal uptake; however, no diurnal variations were shown for non-stomatal plants. Rc for C. vulgaris at 80 μg m -3 was 66 and 112 s m -1 during day and night, respectively. Differences were found in NH 3 deposition between plant species and vegetation communities: Sphagnum had the lowest Rc (3 s m -1 at 2 μg m -3 to 23 at 80 μg m -3), and D. cespitosa had the highest nighttime value (18 s m -1 at 2 μg m -3 to 197 s m -1 at 80 μg m -3).

  5. Concentration-dependent NH 3 deposition processes for mixed moorland semi-natural vegetation

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    Jones, M. R.; Leith, I. D.; Fowler, D.; Raven, J. A.; Sutton, M. A.; Nemitz, E.; Cape, J. N.; Sheppard, L. J.; Smith, R. I.; Theobald, M. R.

    Dry deposition modelling typically assumes that canopy resistance ( Rc) is independent of ammonia (NH 3) concentration. An innovative flux chamber system was used to provide accurate continuous measurements of NH 3 deposition to a moorland composed of a mixture of Calluna vulgaris (L.) Hull, Eriophorum vaginatum L. and Sphagnum spp. Ammonia was applied at a wide range of concentrations (1-100 μg m -3). The physical and environmental properties and the testing of the chamber are described, as well as results for the moorland vegetation using the 'canopy resistance' and 'canopy compensation point' interpretations of the data. Results for moorland plant species demonstrate that NH 3 concentration directly affects the rate of NH 3 deposition to the vegetation canopy, with Rc and cuticular resistance ( Rw) increasing with increasing NH 3 concentrations. Differences in Rc were found between night and day: during the night Rc increases from 17 s m -1 at 10 μg m -3 to 95 s m -1 at 80 μg m -3, whereas during the day Rc increases from 17 s m -1 at 10 μg m -3 to 48 s m -1 at 80 μg m -3. The lower resistance during the day is caused by the stomata being open and available as a deposition route to the plant. Rw increased with increasing NH 3 concentrations and was not significantly different between day and night (at 80 μg m -3 NH 3 day Rw=88 s m -1 and night Rw=95 s m -1). The results demonstrate that assessments using fixed Rc will over-estimate NH 3 deposition at high concentrations (over ˜15 μg m -3).

  6. Quantifying local traffic contributions to NO2 and NH3 concentrations in natural habitats.

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    Gadsdon, Sally R; Power, Sally A

    2009-10-01

    NO(2) and NH(3) concentrations were measured across a Special Area for Conservation in southern England, at varying distances from the local road network. Exceedances of the critical levels for these pollutants were recorded at nearly all roadside locations, extending up to 20 m away from roads at some sites. Further, paired measurements of NH(3) and NO(2) concentrations revealed differences between ground and tree canopy levels. At "background" sites, away from the direct influence of roads, concentrations were higher within tree canopies than at ground level; the reverse pattern was, however, seen at roadside locations. Calculations of pollutant deposition rates showed that nitrogen inputs are dominated by NH(3) at roadside sites. This study demonstrates that local traffic emissions contribute substantially to the exceedance of critical levels and critical loads, and suggests that on-site monitoring is needed for sites of nature conservation value which are in close proximity to local transport routes. PMID:19427723

  7. Validation of NH3 satellite observations by ground-based FTIR measurements

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    Dammers, Enrico; Palm, Mathias; Van Damme, Martin; Shephard, Mark; Cady-Pereira, Karen; Capps, Shannon; Clarisse, Lieven; Coheur, Pierre; Erisman, Jan Willem

    2016-04-01

    Global emissions of reactive nitrogen have been increasing to an unprecedented level due to human activities and are estimated to be a factor four larger than pre-industrial levels. Concentration levels of NOx are declining, but ammonia (NH3) levels are increasing around the globe. While NH3 at its current concentrations poses significant threats to the environment and human health, relatively little is known about the total budget and global distribution. Surface observations are sparse and mainly available for north-western Europe, the United States and China and are limited by the high costs and poor temporal and spatial resolution. Since the lifetime of atmospheric NH3 is short, on the order of hours to a few days, due to efficient deposition and fast conversion to particulate matter, the existing surface measurements are not sufficient to estimate global concentrations. Advanced space-based IR-sounders such as the Tropospheric Emission Spectrometer (TES), the Infrared Atmospheric Sounding Interferometer (IASI), and the Cross-track Infrared Sounder (CrIS) enable global observations of atmospheric NH3 that help overcome some of the limitations of surface observations. However, the satellite NH3 retrievals are complex requiring extensive validation. Presently there have only been a few dedicated satellite NH3 validation campaigns performed with limited spatial, vertical or temporal coverage. Recently a retrieval methodology was developed for ground-based Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy (FTIR) instruments to obtain vertical concentration profiles of NH3. Here we show the applicability of retrieved columns from nine globally distributed stations with a range of NH3 pollution levels to validate satellite NH3 products.

  8. NH 3 soil and soil surface gas measurements in a triticale wheat field

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    Neftel, A.; Blatter, A.; Gut, A.; Högger, D.; Meixner, F.; Ammann, C.; Nathaus, F. J.

    We present a new approach for a continuous determination of NH 3 concentration in the open pore space of the soil and on the soil surface. In a semi-permeable membrane of 0.5 m length a flow of 0.5 s1pm maintained. In the tube the NH 3 concentration adjusts itself to the surrounding air concentration by diffusion through the membrane. Continuous measurements have been performed in a triticale wheat field over a period of several weeks in a field experiment at Bellheim (FRG) during June and July 1995 within the frame of the European program EXAMINE (Exchange of Atmospheric Ammonia with European Ecosystems). Soil concentrations are generally below the detection limit of 0.1 μg m -3. We conclude, that the investigated soil is generally a sink for NH 3. The NH 3 concentration on the soil surface shows a diurnal variation due to a combination of physico-chemical desorption and adsorption phenomena associated with changes in wetness of the surrounding surfaces and the NH 3 concentration in the canopy.

  9. A SCR Model Calibration Approach with Spatially Resolved Measurements and NH3 Storage Distributions

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    Song, Xiaobo; Parker, Gordon G.; Johnson, John H.; Naber, Jeffrey D.; Pihl, Josh A.

    2014-11-27

    The selective catalytic reduction (SCR) is a technology used for reducing NO x emissions in the heavy-duty diesel (HDD) engine exhaust. In this study, the spatially resolved capillary inlet infrared spectroscopy (Spaci-IR) technique was used to study the gas concentration and NH3 storage distributions in a SCR catalyst, and to provide data for developing a SCR model to analyze the axial gaseous concentration and axial distributions of NH3 storage. A two-site SCR model is described for simulating the reaction mechanisms. The model equations and a calculation method was developed using the Spaci-IR measurements to determine the NH3 storage capacity andmore » the relationships between certain kinetic parameters of the model. Moreover, a calibration approach was then applied for tuning the kinetic parameters using the spatial gaseous measurements and calculated NH3 storage as a function of axial position instead of inlet and outlet gaseous concentrations of NO, NO2, and NH3. The equations and the approach for determining the NH3 storage capacity of the catalyst and a method of dividing the NH3 storage capacity between the two storage sites are presented. It was determined that the kinetic parameters of the adsorption and desorption reactions have to follow certain relationships for the model to simulate the experimental data. Finally, the modeling results served as a basis for developing full model calibrations to SCR lab reactor and engine data and state estimator development as described in the references (Song et al. 2013a, b; Surenahalli et al. 2013).« less

  10. Validation of flux measurements with artificial sources: simulating CH4 from cows and NH3 emissions from medium plot scales

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    Sintermann, Jörg; Felber, Raphael; Häni, Christoph; Ammann, Christof; Neftel, Albrecht

    2014-05-01

    Mitigation of ammonia (NH3) emissions with detrimental environmental effects as well as of greenhouse gas emissions (GHG: CO2, N2O, CH4) are key challenges faced by the agricultural production sector. While NH3 originates mainly from polluted surfaces, e.g. after slurry application, the main source for CH4 emissions are cows and other ruminating animals, representing point sources. There are two widespread state-of-the-art techniques to determine agricultural emissions: eddy covariance (EC) flux measurements and Lagrangian stochastic (LS) dispersion modelling, namely the WindTrax (WT) model. Whereas GHG emissions can be measured with both techniques, NH3 emissions are usually not feasible with EC measurements due to the stickiness of NH3 molecules on surfaces. In addition, point sources render difficulties for the interpretation of EC flux data. We tested the EC technique and the WT model using artificial sources with known gas release rates. i) The effect of a point source on EC fluxes was investigated by placing an artificial CH4 source with known release rate upwind of the EC tower at two different heights and during different wind conditions. ii) The WT model was checked with a NH3 release grid of 314 m2 of known source strength. Ambient NH3 concentrations were measured by open path DOAS systems and impinger sampling. The CH4 concentration timeseries influenced by the point source showed a similar pattern as in the presence of cows upwind of the EC system. CH4 release rates from the point source were reproduced by the EC flux measurement with stationary background conditions only. The experiments with the NH3 release showed that WT performs well for emission determination, even in complex terrain (asphalt surrounded by grassland) with associated micrometeorology, given a realistic description of the vertical profile of wind velocity. Calculated gas recoveries ranged between 73 to 105%. Such a result is encouraging considering the immanent uncertainties from a

  11. Atmospheric NH3 and NO2 concentration and nitrogen deposition in an agricultural catchment of Eastern China.

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    Yang, Rong; Hayashi, Kentaro; Zhu, Bin; Li, Feiyue; Yan, Xiaoyuan

    2010-09-15

    To assess the atmospheric environmental impacts of anthropogenic reactive nitrogen in the fast-developing Eastern China region, we measured atmospheric concentrations of nitrogen dioxide (NO(2)) and ammonia (NH(3)) as well as the wet deposition of inorganic nitrogen (NO(3)(-) and NH(4)(+)) and dissolved organic nitrogen (DON) levels in a typical agricultural catchment in Jiangsu Province, China, from October 2007 to September 2008(.) The annual average gaseous concentrations of NO(2) and NH(3) were 42.2 microg m(-3) and 4.5 microg m(-3) (0 degree C, 760 mm Hg), respectively, whereas those of NO(3)(-), NH(4)(+), and DON in the rainwater within the study catchment were 1.3, 1.3, and 0.5 mg N L(-1), respectively. No clear difference in gaseous NO(2) concentrations and nitrogen concentrations in collected rainwater was found between the crop field and residential sites, but the average NH(3) concentration of 5.4 microg m(-3) in residential sites was significantly higher than that in field sites (4.1 microg m(-3)). Total depositions were 40 kg N ha(-1) yr(-1) for crop field sites and 30 kg N ha(-1) yr(-1) for residential sites, in which dry depositions (NO(2) and NH(3)) were 7.6 kg N ha(-1) yr(-1) for crop field sites and 1.9 kg N ha(-1) yr(-1) for residential sites. The DON in the rainwater accounted for 16% of the total wet nitrogen deposition. Oxidized N (NO(3)(-) in the precipitation and gaseous NO(2)) was the dominant form of nitrogen deposition in the studied region, indicating that reactive forms of nitrogen created from urban areas contribute greatly to N deposition in the rural area evaluated in this study. PMID:20624633

  12. On-road measurement of NH3 and N2O emissions from a Euro V heavy-duty vehicle

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    Suarez-Bertoa, Ricardo; Mendoza-Villafuerte, Pablo; Bonnel, Pierre; Lilova, Velizara; Hill, Leslie; Perujo, Adolfo; Astorga, Covadonga

    2016-08-01

    The use of selective catalytic reduction systems (SCR) to abate NOx vehicular emissions brings new concerns on the emissions of the byproducts NH3 and N2O. Therefore, NH3 and N2O on-road emissions from a Euro V truck equipped with a SCR were measured in real time using a QCL-IR. Results bring to light possibility to perform this kind of real time measurements for other pollutants besides, hydrocarbons, NOx, CO and CO2. The capability to measure NH3 and N2O in a second-by-second basis will allow applying the currently agreed regulatory emissions evaluation for gaseous compounds. Average N2O emission factors calculated applying the current PEMS-based data analysis to all available windows from the tests ranged from 0.063 g/kWh to 0.139 g/kWh. Average NH3 concentrations ranged from 0.9 ppm to 5.7 ppm. Although calculated average N2O and NH3 emissions were within current limits, NOx emissions were substantially higher than Euro V limits under the studied conditions.

  13. Indirect measurement of N-14 quadrupolar coupling for NH3 intercalated in potassium graphite

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    Tsang, T.; Fronko, R. M.; Resing, H. A.

    1987-01-01

    A method for indirect measurement of the nuclear quadrupolar coupling was developed and applied to NH3 molecules in the graphite intercalation compound K(NH3)4.3C24, which has a layered structure with alternating carbon and intercalant layers. Three triplets were observed in the H-1 NMR spectra of the compound. The value of the N-14 quadrupolar coupling constant of NH3 (3.7 MHz), determined indirectly from the H-1 NMR spectra, was intermediate between the gas value of 4.1 MHz and the solid-state value of 3.2 MHz. The method was also used to deduce the (H-1)-(H-1) and (N-14)-(H-1) dipolar interactions, the H-1 chemical shifts, and the molecular orientations and motions of NH3.

  14. Eddy covariance measurements of NH3 fluxes over a natural grass land with an open-path quantum cascade laser-based sensor

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    Pan, D.; Benedict, K. B.; Ham, J. M.; Prenni, A. J.; Schichtel, B. A.; Collett, J. L., Jr.; Zondlo, M. A.

    2015-12-01

    NH3 is an important component of the bio-atmospheric N cycle with implications for regional air quality, human and ecosystem health degradation, and global climate change. However, measuring NH3 flux is challenging, requiring a sensor with high sensitivity (sub-ppbv), fast response time and the capability to account for NH3 adsorption effects. In this study, we address these issues with an open-path quantum-cascade-based sensor for eddy covariance (EC) measurements. Previously, our EC NH3 sensor was deployed over a feedlot in Colorado in 2013 and 2014, and the results showed the potential of the sensor to measure NH3 emissions from agricultural sources. In the summer of 2015, the sensor was installed at a remote monitoring site in Rocky Mountain National Park to measure NH3 flux over a natural grass land. During the deployment, the precision of the sensor was about 0.15 ppbv at 10 Hz, and the detection limit of the flux was estimated to be 0.7±0.5 ng NH3/s/m2. The cospectra of the NH3 flux closely resembled those of CO2 flux and sensible heat flux measured by a LI-7500 CO2 analyzer and a CSAT3 sonic anemometer. The ogive analyses indicated that the loss of NH3 fluxes due to various damping effects was about 15%. Examining initial results from a few days of measurement, the measured NH3 fluxes appear to have a strong diurnal pattern with local emissions during afternoon, a pattern not previously reported for remote grass land. The pattern is consistent with background NH3 concentration measured by PICARRO NH3 analyzer, although summertime afternoon concentration increases at the site have previously been associated with upslope transport from urban and agricultural regions to the east. The results demonstrate the sensor's capability to measure NH3 flux in low NH3 conditions and also show that more measurements are needed to investigate spatial and temporal variability of NH3 flux.

  15. SIMPLE DESIGN FOR AUTOMATION OF TUNGSTEN(VI) OXIDE TECHNIQUE FOR MEASUREMENT OF NH3, AND HNO3

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    The tungstic acid technique for collection and analysis of NH3 and HNO3 concentrations in the ambient air has been automated in a simple and cost-effective design. The design allows complete separation of HNO3 and NH3 during detection. Unattended operation in field trials has bee...

  16. Improving the Photoluminescence Properties of Perovskite CH3NH3PbBr3-xClx Films by Modulating Organic Cation and Chlorine Concentrations.

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    Yan, Jun; Zhang, Bing; Chen, Yunlin; Zhang, Ao; Ke, Xiaohan

    2016-05-25

    The photoluminescence (PL) properties of inorganic-organic perovskites can be drastically changed by tuning the halogen composition, especially the Cl content. However, our research demonstrated that in addition to the influence of Cl concentration, the PL emission intensity of CH3NH3PbBr3 strongly depends on the content of CH3NH3Br in the coating solution. The effects of CH3NH3Br and Cl concentrations on the PL properties of CH3NH3PbBr3-xClx were investigated. We found that a strong PL emission intensity of CH3NH3PbBr3 can be obtained from solutions with a high CH3NH3Br concentration. The PL emission intensities of CH3NH3PbBr3-xClx films were enhanced by adjusting the molar ratio of PbBr to PbCl2 only in a highly concentrated CH3NH3Br environment. Moreover, it was found that an optimum CH3NH3Br/PbBr2/PbCl2 ratio in the precursor solutions can be used to obtain the strongest PL emission intensity of CH3NH3PbBr3-xClx films. Further studies revealed that both CH3NH3Br and Cl concentrations significantly influence the CH3NH3PbBr3-xClx films evolution, which affects their PL properties. PMID:27163386

  17. Measurements of NO2, SO2, NH3, HNO3 and O3 in West African urban environments

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    Adon, Marcellin; Yoboué, Véronique; Galy-Lacaux, Corinne; Liousse, Catherine; Diop, Babakar; Doumbia, El Hadji Thierno; Gardrat, Eric; Ndiaye, Seydi Ababacar; Jarnot, Christian

    2016-06-01

    In this paper, we present the measurements of atmospheric gas concentrations of NO2, SO2, NH3, HNO3, and O3 performed at two traffic sites in the context of the POLCA (Pollution of African Capitals) program. These gases were measured using a passive sampling technique from Jan. 2008 to Dec. 2009 at Dakar and from Jun. 2008 to Dec. 2009 at Bamako. In addition, during these periods there were two intensive measurement campaigns (from 19 Jan. to 2 Feb. 2009 at Bamako and from 30 Nov. to 13 Dec. 2009 at Dakar) where real-time active analysers were used to measure NO2 and SO2. Results show that Dakar has a pollution level for NO2 and SO2 higher than that of Bamako, whereas it is lower for NH3 concentrations. Monthly values of NO2 range between 21.1 and 43.5 ppb in Dakar with an annual mean concentration of 31.7 ppb (59.6 μg/m3). NO2 values in Bamako are 9.4-22.6 ppb with a mean of 16.2 ppb. At Dakar, the mean annual NO2 limit value (21.3 ppb or 40 μg/m3) recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO) is widely exceeded. The mean annual concentration of SO2 is 15.9 ppb in Dakar and 3.6 ppb in Bamako. These differences may be explained by different sources of traffic between Bamako (with mainly gasoline vehicles) and Dakar (with mainly diesel vehicles). The annual mean NH3 concentration is about two times higher in Bamako (46.7 ppb) than in Dakar (21.1 ppb). In addition to other possible sources, we assume that the ammonia from domestic fires and uncontrolled garbage incineration may have more influence at Bamako than at Dakar. The mean annual concentrations of HNO3 and O3 are 1.3 ppb and 7.7 ppb in Dakar and 0.6 ppb and 5.1 ppb in Bamako, respectively. Seasonal variation in measured gas concentrations are low in Bamako and more pronounced in Dakar, except for HNO3 and NH3. At Dakar, NO2 and SO2 daily mean concentrations are higher during the weekdays than on weekends, when urban activities are reduced, whereas at Bamako, no significant difference was observed

  18. Sources and Impacts of Atmospheric NH3: Current Understanding and Frontiers for Modeling, Measurements, and Remote Sensing in North America

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    Ammonia (NH3) contributes to widespread adverse health impacts, affects the climate forcing of ambient aerosols, and is a significant component of reactive nitrogen, deposition of which threatens many sensitive ecosystems. Historically, the scarcity of in situ measurements and th...

  19. SEASONAL NH3 EMISSION ESTIMATES FOR THE EASTERN UNITED STATES BASED ON AMMONIUM WET CONCENTRATIONS AND AN INVERSE MODELING METHOD

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    Significant uncertainty exists in the magnitude and variability of ammonia (NH3) emissions. NH3 emissions are needed as input for air quality modeling of aerosols and deposition of nitrogen compounds. Approximately 85% of NH3 emissions are estimated to come from agricultural ...

  20. Aerodynamic gradient measurements of the NH3-HNO3-NH4NO3 triad using a wet chemical instrument: an analysis of precision requirements and flux errors

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    Wolff, V.; Trebs, I.; Ammann, C.; Meixner, F. X.

    2010-02-01

    The aerodynamic gradient method is widely used for flux measurements of ammonia, nitric acid, particulate ammonium nitrate (the NH3-HNO3-NH4NO3 triad) and other water-soluble reactive trace compounds. The surface exchange flux is derived from a measured concentration difference and micrometeorological quantities (turbulent exchange coefficient). The significance of the measured concentration difference is crucial for the significant determination of surface exchange fluxes. Additionally, measurements of surface exchange fluxes of ammonia, nitric acid and ammonium nitrate are often strongly affected by phase changes between gaseous and particulate compounds of the triad, which make measurements of the four individual species (NH3, HNO3, NH4+, NO3- necessary for a correct interpretation of the measured concentration differences. We present here a rigorous analysis of results obtained with a multi-component, wet-chemical instrument, able to simultaneously measure gradients of both gaseous and particulate trace substances. Basis for our analysis are two field experiments, conducted above contrasting ecosystems (grassland, forest). Precision requirements of the instrument as well as errors of concentration differences and micrometeorological exchange parameters have been estimated, which, in turn, allows the establishment of thorough error estimates of the derived fluxes of NH3, HNO3, NH4+, and NO3-. Derived median flux errors for the grassland and forest field experiments were: 39% and 50% (NH3), 31% and 38% (HNO3), 62% and 57% (NH4+), and 47% and 68% (NO3-), respectively. Additionally, we provide the basis for using field data to characterize the instrument performance, as well as subsequent quantification of surface exchange fluxes and underlying mechanistic processes under realistic ambient measurement conditions.

  1. Aerodynamic gradient measurements of the NH3-HNO3-NH4NO3 triad using a wet chemical instrument: an analysis of precision requirements and flux errors

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    Wolff, V.; Trebs, I.; Ammann, C.; Meixner, F. X.

    2009-10-01

    The aerodynamic gradient method is widely used for flux measurements of ammonia, nitric acid, particulate ammonium nitrate (the NH3-HNO3-NH4NO3 triad) and other water-soluble reactive trace compounds. The surface exchange flux is derived from a measured concentration difference and micrometeorological quantities (turbulent exchange coefficient). The significance of the measured concentration difference is crucial for the significant determination of surface exchange fluxes. Additionally, measurements of surface exchange fluxes of ammonia, nitric acid and ammonium nitrate are often strongly affected by phase changes between gaseous and particulate compounds of the triad, which make measurements of the four individual species (NH3, HNO3, NH4+, NO3-) necessary for a correct interpretation of the measured concentration differences. We present here a rigorous analysis of results obtained with a multi-component, wet-chemical instrument, able to simultaneously measure gradients of both gaseous and particulate trace substances. Basis for our analysis are two field experiments, conducted above contrasting ecosystems (grassland, forest). Precision requirements of the instrument as well as errors of concentration differences and micrometeorological exchange parameters have been estimated, which, in turn, allows the establishment of thorough error estimates of the derived fluxes of NH3, HNO3, NH4+, and NO3-. Derived median flux errors for the grassland and forest field experiments were: 39 and 50% (NH3), 31 and 38% (HNO3), 62 and 57% (NH4+), and 47 and 68% (NO3-), respectively. Additionally, we provide the basis for using field data to characterize the instrument performance, as well as subsequent quantification of surface exchange fluxes and underlying mechanistic processes under realistic ambient measurement conditions.

  2. Evaluating ammonia (NH3) predictions in the NOAA National Air Quality Forecast Capability (NAQFC) using in situ aircraft, ground-level, and satellite measurements from the DISCOVER-AQ Colorado campaign

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    Battye, William H.; Bray, Casey D.; Aneja, Viney P.; Tong, Daniel; Lee, Pius; Tang, Youhua

    2016-09-01

    The U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is responsible for forecasting elevated levels of air pollution within the National Air Quality Forecast Capability (NAQFC). The current research uses measurements gathered in the DISCOVER-AQ Colorado field campaign and the concurrent Front Range Air Pollution and Photochemistry Experiment (FRAPPE) to test performance of the NAQFC CMAQ modeling framework for predicting NH3. The DISCOVER-AQ and FRAPPE field campaigns were carried out in July and August 2014 in Northeast Colorado. Model predictions are compared with measurements of NH3 gas concentrations and the NH4+ component of fine particulate matter concentrations measured directly by the aircraft in flight. We also compare CMAQ predictions with NH3 measurements from ground-based monitors within the DISCOVER-AQ Colorado geographic domain, and from the Tropospheric Emission Spectrometer (TES) on the Aura satellite. In situ aircraft measurements carried out in July and August of 2014 suggest that the NAQFC CMAQ model underestimated the NH3 concentration in Northeastern Colorado by a factor of ∼2.7 (NMB = -63%). Ground-level monitors also produced a similar result. Average satellite-retrieved NH3 levels also exceeded model predictions by a factor of 1.5-4.2 (NMB = -33 to -76%). The underestimation of NH3 was not accompanied by an underestimation of particulate NH4+, which is further controlled by factors including acid availability, removal rate, and gas-particle partition. The average measured concentration of NH4+ was close to the average predication (NMB = +18%). Seasonal patterns measured at an AMoN site in the region suggest that the underestimation of NH3 is not due to the seasonal allocation of emissions, but to the overall annual emissions estimate. The underestimation of NH3 varied across the study domain, with the largest differences occurring in a region of intensive agriculture near Greeley, Colorado, and in the vicinity of Denver. The

  3. Elevated NH 3 and NO 2 air concentrations and nitrogen deposition rates in the vicinity of a highway in Southern Bavaria

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    Kirchner, Manfred; Jakobi, Gert; Feicht, Ernst; Bernhardt, Markus; Fischer, Anton

    A transect study consisting of air concentration and deposition measurements of nitrogen compounds was performed to estimate the potential influence of car emissions on the nitrogen input to ecosystems. Therefore, two transects each consisting of 4 plots, the first in a coniferous forest and the second one in an extensively farmed grassland, were installed perpendicular to a highway south of Munich (Bavaria). Both profiles were influenced mainly by car emissions and showed only small local influences caused by agricultural activities. In the framework of a pilot study based upon denuder measurements we found a strong temporal dependency of both nitrogen dioxide (NO 2) and ammonia (NH 3) concentrations on traffic density. In the main study air concentrations of NO 2 and NH 3 were measured by passive samplers; they used as the basis for the estimation of dry deposition. These estimations have been compared with the results of analyses from simultaneously conducted canopy throughfall deposition and open air bulk measurements of nitrate (NO 3-) and ammonium (NH 4+). Additionally, within the forest transect the variety of different soil vegetation species was recorded and quantified. We obtained a strong gradient of gas concentrations along both profiles. Whereas the bulk deposition remained quite constant along the non-forested transect, the nitrogen throughfall deposition rate diminished substantially with the distance from the highway. The deposition rate at the forest edge was twice of that inside. The nitrogen load estimated for the examined forest in the vicinity of the highway was comparable to other forest ecosystems situated near diffuse emission sources from agriculture. It could be shown that changes in soil composition and soil vegetation along the forest transect are caused by decreasing nitrogen deposition with distance from the highway. The application of road salt in winter leads to further impacts.

  4. Ft-Ir Measurements of NH_3 Line Intensities in the 60 - 550 CM-1 Using Soleil/ailes Beamline

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    Sung, Keeyoon; Yu, Shanshan; Pearson, John; Manceron, Laurent; Kwabia Tchana, F.; Pirali, Olivier

    2015-06-01

    Ammonia (NH_3) has been found ubiquitous, e.g., in the interstellar medium, low-mass stars, Jovian planets of our solar system, and possibly in the low temperature exoplanets. Their spectroscopic line parameters are essential in the accurate interpretation of the planetary and astrophysical spectra observed with Herschel, SOFIA, ALMA, and JWST. In our previous paper, the NH_3 line positions in the far-IR region were studied for the ground state and ν_2 in an unprecedented accuracy, which revealed significant deficiencies in the NH_3 intensities, for instance, some weak ΔK = 3 lines were predicted to be ~100 times stronger. Measurement of line intensity for these lines in a consistent manner is demanded because the ΔK = 3 forbidden lines are only way other than collisions and l-doubled states to excite NH_3 to K > 0 levels. Recalling that NH_3 transition lines in the high J and K up to 18 were detected toward the galactic center in the star forming region of Sgr B_2, their accurate intensity measurements are critical in explaining the observed high K excitation, which will provide insights into radiative-transfer vs.levels. The interaction between a large amplitude torsional motion and the hyperfine coupling may also lead to a less known hyperfine effect, the so-called magnetic spin-torsion coupling, which was first studied by Heuvel and Dymanus and which has not yet been conclusively evidenced. In this talk, the magnetic hyperfine structure of the non-rigid methanol molecule will be investigated experimentally and theoretically. 13 hyperfine patterns were recorded using two molecular beam microwave spectrometers. These patterns, along with previously recorded ones,^c were analyzed in an attempt to evidence the effects of the magnetic spin-torsion coupling. The theoretical approach setup to analyze the observed data accounts for the spin-torsion coupling, in addition to the familiar magnetic spin-rotation and spin-spin couplings, and relies on symmetry

  5. The reaction NH2 + PH3 yields NH3 + PH2: Absolute rate constant measurement and implication for NH3 and PH3 photochemistry in the atmosphere of Jupiter

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    Bosco, S. R.; Brobst, W. D.; Nava, D. F.; Stief, L. J.

    1983-01-01

    The rate constant is measured over the temperature interval 218-456 K using the technique of flash photolysis-laser-induced fluorescence. NH2 radicals are produced by the flash photolysis of ammonia highly diluted in argon, and the decay of fluorescent NH2 photons is measured by multiscaling techniques. For each of the five temperatures employed in the study, the results are shown to be independent of variations in PH3 concentration, total pressure (argon), and flash intensity. It is found that the rate constant results are best represented for T between 218 and 456 K by the expression k = (1.52 + or - 0.16) x 10 to the -12th exp(-928 + or - 56/T) cu cm per molecule per sec; the error quoted is 1 standard deviation. This is the first determination of the rate constant for the reaction NH2 + PH3. The data are compared with an estimate made in order to explain results of the radiolysis of NH3-PH3 mixtures. The Arrhenius parameters determined here for NH2 + PH3 are then constrasted with those for the corresponding reactions of H and OH with PH3.

  6. Mobile Column Measurements of HCHO, NO2, NH3, and C2H6 in Colorado during FRAPPE

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    Kille, N.; Volkamer, R. M.; Baidar, S.; Ortega, I.; Sinreich, R.; Hannigan, J. W.; Cooper, O. R.; Nussbaumer, E.; Pfister, G.

    2015-12-01

    Gases from anthropogenic sources have the potential to have a profound impact on air quality. Emissions from large cattle feedlots and ONG (Oil and Natural Gas) sites are comprised of NH3 (ammonia) and C2H6 (ethane) as pollutants. C2H6 contributes to photochemical ozone (O3) production and oxidation production of HCHO (formaldehyde). NH3 is a major source for reactive nitrogen to form particulate matter 2.5, which negatively affects human health. NO2 (nitrogen dioxide), emitted during combustion, is considered a large-scale pollutant and contributes to the formation of O3. Deploying an innovative suite of remote sensing instruments in a mobile laboratory, a Multi Axis Differential Optical Absorption Spectrometer (MAX-DOAS), a UV-Vis Spectrometer, and a Fourier Transform Infrared Spectrometer, we obtain mobile column measurements at high spatial and temporal resolution, 2 seconds for the UV-Vis and IR spectrometers and 20 seconds for the MAX-DOAS. Within the scope of the Front Range Air Pollution and Photochemistry Experiment (FRAPPE) we measure total columns of HCHO, NO2, NH3, and C2H6 using the University of Colorado mobile laboratory. Emissions of urban areas, agriculture, and ONG sites were studied. For the measurement of total columns the solar occultation flux method has been applied. We measured significant variability in the columns. The measurement of total columns allows one to determine the emission flux and source strength when driving a closed box around or upwind and downwind of a source with the mobile laboratory. We present results from select research drives.

  7. Mobile mapping and eddy covariance flux measurements of NH3 emissions from cattle feedlots with a portable laser-based open-path sensor

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    Tao, L.; Sun, K.; Pan, D.; Golston, L.; Stanton, L. G.; Ham, J. M.; Shonkwiler, K. B.; Nash, C.; Zondlo, M. A.

    2014-12-01

    Ammonia (NH3) is the dominant alkaline species in the atmosphere and an important compound in the global nitrogen cycle. There is a large uncertainty in NH3 emission inventory from agriculture, which is the largest source of NH3, including livestock farming and fertilizer applications. In recent years, a quantum cascade laser (QCL)-based open-path sensor has been developed to provide high-resolution, fast-response and high-sensitivity NH3 measurements. It has a detection limit of 150 pptv with a sample rate up to 20 Hz. This sensor has been integrated into a mobile platform mounted on the roof of a car to perform measurement of multiple trace gases. We have also used the sensor for eddy covariance (EC) flux measurements. The mobile sensing method provides high spatial resolution and fast mapping of measured gases. Meanwhile, the EC flux method offers accurate flux measurements and resolves the diurnal variability of NH3emissions. During the DISCOVER-AQ and FRAPPÉ field campaigns in 2014, this mobile platform was used to study NH3 emissions from cattle feedlot near Fort Morgan, Colorado. This specific feedlot was mapped multiple times in different days to study the variability of its plume characteristics. At the same time, we set up another open-path NH3 sensor with LICOR open-path sensors to perform EC flux measurements of NH3, CH4 and CO2 simultaneously in the same cattle feedlot as shown in Fig. 1. NH3/CH4 emission flux ratio show a strong temperature dependence from EC flux measurements. The median value of measured NH3 and CH4 emission flux ratio is 0.60 ppmv/ppmv. In contrast, the median value of ΔNH3/ΔCH4 ratios measured from mobile platform is 0.53 ppmv/ppmv for the same farm. The combination of mobile mapping and EC flux measurements with the same open-path sensors greatly improves understanding of NH3 emissions both spatially and temporally.

  8. Shock temperature measurements of planetary ices - NH3, CH4, and 'synthetic Uranus'

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    Radousky, H. B.; Mitchell, A. C.; Nellis, W. J.

    1990-01-01

    Shock temperature measurements have been performed on several materials which have relevance to the modeling of the outer planets. These materials are methane, ammonia and a mixture of water, ammonia, and isopropanol known as synthetic Uranus. Temperatures have been measured in these materials over the pressure range 33-76 GPa for which there also exists measurements of equation of state and electrical conductivity. The temperatures are found to agree well with available calculations, with small discrepancies between data and theory ascribed to energy absorbing processes such as dissociation and molecular ionization.

  9. Calibrated Passive Sampling--Multi-plot Field Measurements of NH3 Emissions with a Combination of Dynamic Tube Method and Passive Samplers.

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    Pacholski, Andreas

    2016-01-01

    Agricultural ammonia (NH3) emissions (90% of total EU emissions) are responsible for about 45% airborne eutrophication, 31% soil acidification and 12% fine dust formation within the EU15. But NH3 emissions also mean a considerable loss of nutrients. Many studies on NH3 emission from organic and mineral fertilizer application have been performed in recent decades. Nevertheless, research related to NH3 emissions after application fertilizers is still limited in particular with respect to relationships to emissions, fertilizer type, site conditions and crop growth. Due to the variable response of crops to treatments, effects can only be validated in experimental designs including field replication for statistical testing. The dominating ammonia loss methods yielding quantitative emissions require large field areas, expensive equipment or current supply, which restricts their application in replicated field trials. This protocol describes a new methodology for the measurement of NH3 emissions on many plots linking a simple semi-quantitative measuring method used in all plots, with a quantitative method by simultaneous measurements using both methods on selected plots. As a semi-quantitative measurement method passive samplers are used. The second method is a dynamic chamber method (Dynamic Tube Method) to obtain a transfer quotient, which converts the semi-quantitative losses of the passive sampler to quantitative losses (kg nitrogen ha(-1)). The principle underlying this approach is that passive samplers placed in a homogeneous experimental field have the same NH3 absorption behavior under identical environmental conditions. Therefore, a transfer co-efficient obtained from single passive samplers can be used to scale the values of all passive samplers used in the same field trial. The method proved valid under a wide range of experimental conditions and is recommended to be used under conditions with bare soil or small canopies (<0.3 m). Results obtained from

  10. Rapid Ammonia Deposition Measured Near Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations

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    Stanton, L. G.; Pan, D.; Sun, K.; Golston, L.; Tao, L.; Zondlo, M. A.

    2014-12-01

    Concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs) emit massive amounts of ammonia (NH3) to the atmosphere. Current measurements of NH3 are generally conducted far away from the sources (satellites, airplanes, etc.). There is insufficient knowledge about the dry deposition rate of NH3 near the sources, which might contribute to the large discrepancies between measured concentrations at CAFOs and those from models. During the 2014 NASA DISCOVER-AQ campaign, we designed a series of tests to measure the deposition rate of NH3 by utilizing a suite of sensors, including a LICOR LI-7700 methane sensor and Princeton University's custom open path NH3 sensor, which was mounted on top of a small SUV. Our mobile sampling technique enables us to follow feedlot emission plumes to see how ambient NH3 concentration decays as gases moves away from the CAFO. The mobile platform is used to perform upwind and downwind sampling to characterize the NH3 emission source. We tracked the change of the enhancement of NH3 concentration relative to the enhancement of CH4 concentrationNH3:ΔCH4), while transecting the plume of individual cattle feedlots. Measured data shows that the high concentration of NH3 seen at the source decreases quickly as one moves further downwind from it. A time constant of approximately ten minutes has been calculated from the decay of the ΔNH3:ΔCH4 ratios while moving away from the sources. We also will compare our measurements with those of NASA's P-3B aerosol measurements to show that the majority must be lost to dry deposition. This rapid deposition suggests that large amounts of NH3 are being deposited in very close proximity to these CAFOs, which is consistent with previous findings of locally high soil pH near NH3 sources. Our results will be used to better characterize nitrogen deposition from cattle feedlots and estimate NH3 lifetime.

  11. DIAL with heterodyne detection including speckle noise: Aircraft/shuttle measurements of O3, H2O, and NH3 with pulsed tunable CO2 lasers

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    Brockman, P.; Hess, R. V.; Staton, L. D.; Bair, C. H.

    1980-01-01

    Atmospheric trace constituent measurements with higher vertical resolution than attainable with passive radiometers are discussed. Infrared differential absorption lidar (DIAL), which depends on Mie scattering from aerosols, has special advantages for tropospheric and lower stratospheric applications and has great potential importance for measurements from shuttle and aircraft. Differential absorption lidar data reduction involves comparing large amplitude signals which have small differences. The accuracy of the trace constituent concentration inferred from DIAL measurements depends strongly on the errors in determining the amplitude of the signals. Thus, the commonly used SNR expression (signal divided by noise in the absence of signal) is not adequate to describe DIAL measurement accuracy and must be replaced by an expression which includes the random coherent (speckle) noise within the signal. A comprehensive DIAL computer algorithm is modified to include heterodyne detection and speckle noise. Examples for monitoring vertical distributions of O3, H2O, and NH3 using a ground-, aircraft-, or shuttle-based pulsed tunable CO2 laser DIAL system are given.

  12. EMRP JRP MetNH3: Towards a Consistent Metrological Infrastructure for Ammonia Measurements in Ambient Air

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    Leuenberger, Daiana; Balslev-Harder, David; Braban, Christine F.; Ebert, Volker; Ferracci, Valerio; Gieseking, Bjoern; Hieta, Tuomas; Martin, Nicholas A.; Pascale, Céline; Pogány, Andrea; Tiebe, Carlo; Twigg, Marsailidh M.; Vaittinen, Olavi; van Wijk, Janneke; Wirtz, Klaus; Niederhauser, Bernhard

    2016-04-01

    Measuring ammonia in ambient air is a sensitive and priority issue due to its harmful effects on human health and ecosystems. In addition to its acidifying effect on natural waters and soils and to the additional nitrogen input to ecosystems, ammonia is an important precursor for secondary aerosol formation in the atmosphere. The European Directive 2001/81/EC on "National Emission Ceilings for Certain Atmospheric Pollutants (NEC)" regulates ammonia emissions in the member states. However, there is a lack of regulation regarding certified reference material (CRM), applicable analytical methods, measurement uncertainty, quality assurance and quality control (QC/QA) procedures as well as in the infrastructure to attain metrological traceability. As shown in a key comparison in 2007, there are even discrepancies between reference materials provided by European National Metrology Institutes (NMIs) at amount fraction levels up to three orders of magnitude higher than ambient air levels. MetNH3 (Metrology for ammonia in ambient air), a three-year project that started in June 2014 in the framework of the European Metrology Research Programme (EMRP), aims to reduce the gap between requirements set by the European emission regulations and state-of-the-art of analytical methods and reference materials. The overarching objective of the JRP is to achieve metrological traceability for ammonia measurements in ambient air from primary certified reference material CRM and instrumental standards to the field level. This requires the successful completion of the three main goals, which have been assigned to three technical work packages: To develop improved reference gas mixtures by static and dynamic gravimetric generation methods Realisation and characterisation of traceable preparative calibration standards (in pressurised cylinders as well as mobile generators) of ammonia amount fractions similar to those in ambient air based on existing methods for other reactive analytes. The

  13. Elevated CO2 decreases the Photorespiratory NH3 production but does not decrease the NH3 compensation point in rice leaves.

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    Miyazawa, Shin-Ichi; Hayashi, Kentaro; Nakamura, Hirofumi; Hasegawa, Toshihiro; Miyao, Mitsue

    2014-09-01

    The exchange of gaseous NH3 between the atmosphere and plants plays a pivotal role in controlling the global NH3 cycle. Photorespiration generates NH3 through oxygenation instead of carboxylation by the CO2-fixing enzyme, ribulose-1,5-bisphosphate carboxylase/oxygenase (RuBisCO). The future increase in the atmospheric CO2 concentration, [CO2], is expected to reduce plant NH3 production by suppressing RuBisCO oxygenation (Vo). We measured the net leaf NH3 uptake rate (FNH3) across NH3 concentrations in the air (na) ranging from 0.2 to 1.6 nmol mol(-1) at three [CO2] values (190, 360 and 750 µmol mol(-1)) using rice plants. We analyzed leaf NH3 gas exchange using a custom-made whole-leaf chamber system, and determined the NH3 compensation point (γ), a measure of potential NH3 emission, as the x-intercept of the linear relationship of FNH3 as a function of na. Our γ values were lower than those reported for other plant species. γ did not decrease under elevated [CO2], although leaf NH4 (+) content decreased with decreasing Vo at higher [CO2]. This was also the case for γ estimated from the pH and NH4 (+) concentration of the leaf apoplast solution (γ'). γ' of rice plants, grown at elevated [CO2] for months in a free-air CO2 enrichment facility, was also not decreased by elevated [CO2]. These results suggest that suppression of RuBisCO oxygenation by elevated [CO2] does not decrease potential leaf NH3 emission in rice plants. PMID:24951312

  14. Urban NH3 levels and sources in six major Spanish cities.

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    Reche, Cristina; Viana, Mar; Karanasiou, Angeliki; Cusack, Michael; Alastuey, Andrés; Artiñano, Begoña; Revuelta, M Aranzazu; López-Mahía, Purificación; Blanco-Heras, Gustavo; Rodríguez, Sergio; Sánchez de la Campa, Ana M; Fernández-Camacho, Rocío; González-Castanedo, Yolanda; Mantilla, Enrique; Tang, Y Sim; Querol, Xavier

    2015-01-01

    A detailed spatial and temporal assessment of urban NH3 levels and potential emission sources was made with passive samplers in six major Spanish cities (Barcelona, Madrid, A Coruña, Huelva, Santa Cruz de Tenerife and Valencia). Measurements were conducted during two different periods (winter-autumn and spring-summer) in each city. Barcelona showed the clearest spatial pattern, with the highest concentrations in the old city centre, an area characterised by a high population density and a dense urban architecture. The variability in NH3 concentrations did not follow a common seasonal pattern across the different cities. The relationship of urban NH3 with SO2 and NOX allowed concluding on the causes responsible for the variations in NH3 levels between measurement periods observed in Barcelona, Huelva and Madrid. However, the factors governing the variations in A Coruña, Valencia and Santa Cruz de Tenerife are still not fully understood. This study identified a broad variability in NH3 concentrations at the city-scale, and it confirms that NH3 sources in Spanish urban environments are vehicular traffic, biological sources (e.g. garbage containers), wastewater treatment plants, solid waste treatment plants and industry. The importance of NH3 monitoring in urban environments relies on its role as a precursor of secondary inorganic species and therefore PMX. Further research should be addressed in order to establish criteria to develop and implement mitigation strategies for cities, and to include urban NH3 sources in the emission inventories. PMID:25194477

  15. FT-IR measurements of mid-IR propene (C3H6) cross sections and far-IR ammonia (NH3) line intensities

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    Sung, Keeyoon; Toon, Geoffrey C.; Crawford, Timothy J.; Yu, Shanshan; Pearson, John C.; Kwabia Tchana, Fridolin; Manceron, Laurent; Pirali, Olivier

    2015-11-01

    We present spectroscopy measurements of propene (C3H6) in the mid-infrared and ammonia (NH3) in the far-infrared from two different laboratory studies. [1] For propene (CH2-CH-CH3, alias. propylene), which was detected in the stratosphere of Titan [Nixon et al. 2013], temperature dependent cross sections in the 650 - 1530 cm-1 (6.5 - 15.3 μm) have been measured from a series of high-resolution (0.0022 cm-1) spectra of pure and N2-mixture samples of C3H6 recorded at 150 - 296 K at Jet Propulsion Laboratory. The observed spectral features cover the strongest v19 band with its outstanding Q-branch peak at 912 cm-1 and three other strong bands of v18, v16 and v7 at 990, 1442, and 1459 cm-1, respectively. In addition, we have generated a HITRAN-format empirical ‘pseudoline list' containing line positions, intensities, and effective lower state energies by fitting all the observed spectra simultaneously. The results are compared with early work from relatively warm temperatures (278 - 323 K). [2] For ammonia (NH3), we obtained multiple sets of high-resolution spectra in the THz and far-infrared region (50 - 650 cm-1) at room temperature using AILES beamline at Synchrotron SOLEIL, France (NH3). In this work, we have measured line intensities for more than 4500 transitions, and made quantum assignments for ~2900 lines including ~960 very weak ΔK = 3 forbidden lines. Final results will be compared with the current databases (e.g., HITRAN, GEISA) and ab initio calculations. [Research described in this paper was performed at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, under contract with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. Sung and Yu acknowledge the Synchrotron Soleil for the AILES beam line time.

  16. Urban NH3 levels and sources in a Mediterranean environment

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    Reche, Cristina; Viana, Mar; Pandolfi, Marco; Alastuey, Andrés; Moreno, Teresa; Amato, Fulvio; Ripoll, Anna; Querol, Xavier

    2012-09-01

    Urban NH3 concentrations were mapped in Barcelona (Spain) by means of passive samplers (dosimeters). Average NH3 levels were 9.5 μg m-3 in summer and 4.4 μg m-3 in winter, higher than those reported in other urban background sites in Europe, this being especially notable in summer. During this season, values were significantly higher at urban background than at traffic sites, probably indicating the impact of emissions from biological sources, such as humans, sewage systems and garbage containers. Thus, the volatilization of NH3 from the aerosol phase seems to be significant enough during summer to dominate over traffic emissions. Conversely, in winter levels were higher at traffic sites, suggesting a contribution from vehicle emissions. Indeed, NH3 levels decreased by 55% with increasing distance (50 m) to the direct emissions from traffic. A significant correlation between NH3 concentrations averaged for the different districts of the city and the number of waste containers per hm2 was also obtained, highlighting the necessity for controlling and reducing the emissions from garbage collection systems. The urban topography of the Barcelona historical city centre, characterised by narrow streets with a high population density, seemed to exert a strong influence on NH3 levels, with levels reaching up to 30 μg m-3 as a consequence of limited dispersion and ventilation conditions. The impact of the sewage system emissions was also detected with an increase of levels when measuring immediately above the source, even though further studies are required to evaluate the relevance of these emissions.

  17. TDLAS-based NH3 mole fraction measurement for exhaust diagnostics during selective catalytic reduction using a fiber-coupled 2.2-µm DFB diode laser

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    Stritzke, Felix; Diemel, Oliver; Wagner, Steven

    2015-04-01

    A new developed tunable diode laser spectrometer for the measurement of ammonia (NH3) mole fractions in exhaust gas matrices with strong CO2 and H2O background at temperatures up to 800 K is presented. In situ diagnostics in harsh exhaust environments during SCR after treatment are enabled by the use of ammonia transitions in the ν2 + ν3 near-infrared band around 2300 nm. Therefore, three lines have been selected, coinciding near 2200.5 nm (4544.5 cm-1) with rather weak temperature dependency and minimal interference with CO2 and H2O. A fiber-coupled 2.2-μm distributed feedback laser diode was used and attached to the hot gas flow utilizing adjustable gas tight high-temperature fiber ports. The spectrometer spans four coplanar optical channels across the measurement plane and simultaneously detects the direct absorption signal via a fiber-coupled detector unit. An exhaust simulation test rig was used to characterize the spectrometer's performance in ammonia-doped hot gas environments. We achieved a temporal resolution of 13 Hz and temperature-dependent precisions of NH3 mole fraction ranging from 50 to 70 ppmV. There the spectrometer achieved normalized ammonia detection limits of 7-10 and 2-3.

  18. First detection of ammonia (NH3) in the upper troposphere

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    Höpfner, Michael; Volkamer, Rainer; Grabowski, Udo; Grutter de la Mora, Michel; Orphal, Johannes; Stiller, Gabriele; von Clarmann, Thomas

    2016-04-01

    Ammonia (NH3) is the major alkaline trace gas in the troposphere. Neutralization of atmospheric acids, like HNO3 and H2SO4, leads to formation of ammonium nitrate and ammonium sulfate aerosols. Further, there are indications that NH3 may enhance nucleation of sulfuric acid aerosols by stabilization of sulfuric acid clusters. By far the largest source of ammonia is agricultural food production. Major global emissions are located in S-E Asia as e.g. shown by satellite nadir observations. Besides its importance with respect to air quality issues, an increase of ammonia emissions in the 21st century might lead to a significant climate radiative impact through aerosol formation. In spite of its significance, there is a lack of observational information on the global distribution of NH3 in the mid- and upper troposphere. Observational evidence, however, would be important for testing e.g. model results on the fate of ammonia from its source regions on ground to altitudes up to the tropopause. In this contribution we will show, to our knowledge, the first unequivocal detection of ammonia in the upper troposphere. This result has been achieved through analysis of infrared limb-emission observations performed with the MIPAS (Michelson Interferometer for Passive Atmospheric Sounding) instrument on board the Envisat satellite from 2002-2012. On a global scale, enhanced values of ammonia have been measured in the upper tropospheric region influenced by the Asian monsoon. We will present a quantitative analysis of the retrieved concentrations of NH3 including an error assessment and further retrieval diagnostics. The results will be discussed with respect to the variability of NH3 locally within the Asian monsoon region's upper troposphere and at different years. Further, we will show comparisons between global distributions of NH3 from published model simulations and our observational dataset from MIPAS.

  19. Enhanced NH3 emission from swine liquid waste

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    Lee, S.; Robarge, W. P.; Walker, J. T.

    2010-12-01

    Swine animal feeding operations are sources of emissions for various gases [ammonia (NH3), hydrogen sulfide (H2S), carbon dioxide (CO2), volatile organic carbons (VOCs)], and fine particulate matter. Gaseous emissions from simple aqueous systems are typically controlled by temperature, pH, wind speed, total dissolved concentration of the chemical species of interest (e.g. NH3+NH4+ = TAN), and the Henry’s law constant. Ammonia emissions from three different sources [ammonium sulfate (AS), swine anaerobic lagoon liquid (SLL), and pit liquid (SPL) from swine housing units] were evaluated using a small flow-through teflon-lined chamber (SFTC; 0.3m × 0.2m × 0.15m) under controlled laboratory conditions. The SFTC was designed for 100% collection efficiency of NH3 gas emitted from the liquids. The internal volume of the chamber, 9 L, was exchanged 1.1 times per minute. All three liquid formulations exhibit the expected response in emissions with changes in temperature and pH. However, NH3 emissions from the SPL and SLL are ~5 times those from pure solutions of AS. Furthermore, the enhancement in NH3 emissions was a function of TAN concentration, decreasing in intensity at higher TAN and approaching rates comparable to the pure solutions of AS. The difference in emissions with solutions of equivalent TAN suggests a synergistic mechanism that is enhancing NH3 emissions in SPL and SLL. Concurrent measurements as part of the National Air Emissions Monitoring Study at the swine operations originally sampled for SPL and SLL document the emissions of CO2, H2S and VOCs (primarily acetic, propionic and butyric acids) at levels that are comparable to observed NH3 emissions. To date, only additions of NaHCO3 to the SPL and SLL have been found to enhance NH3 emissions and exhibit the same response to increasing TAN as exhibited by the original SPL and SLL solutions. Possible reactions that could enhance emissions will be discussed.

  20. Measurement of OH, H2SO4, MSA, NH3 and DMSO Aboard the NASA P-3B Aircraft

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    Eisele, Fred

    2001-01-01

    This project involved the installation of a downsized multichannel mass spectrometer instrument on the NASA P-3B aircraft and its subsequent use on the PEM-Tropics B mission. The new instrument performed well, measuring a number of difficult-to-measure compounds and providing much new photochemical and sulfur data as well as possibly uncovering a new nighttime DMSO source. The details of this effort are discussed.

  1. Unaccounted variability in NH3 agricultural sources detected by IASI contributing to European spring haze episode

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    Fortems-Cheiney, A.; Dufour, G.; Hamaoui-Laguel, L.; Foret, G.; Siour, G.; Van Damme, M.; Meleux, F.; Coheur, P.-F.; Clerbaux, C.; Clarisse, L.; Favez, O.; Wallasch, M.; Beekmann, M.

    2016-05-01

    Ammonia (NH3), whose main source in the troposphere is agriculture, is an important gaseous precursor of atmospheric particulate matter (PM). We derived daily ammonia emissions using NH3 total columns measured from the Infrared Atmospheric Sounding Interferometer (IASI) on board Metop-A, at a relatively high spatial resolution (grid cell of 0.5° × 0.5°). During the European spring haze episodes of 24-31 March 2012 and 8-15 March 2014, IASI reveals NH3 total column magnitudes highlighting higher NH3 emissions over central Europe (especially over Germany, Czech Republic, and eastern France) from the ones provided by the European reference European Monitoring and Evaluation Programme inventory. These ammonia emissions exhibit in addition a large day-to-day variability, certainly due to spreading practices. The increase of NH3 emissions in the model, that reaches +300% locally, leads to an increase of both NH3 and PM2.5 surface concentrations and allows for a better comparison with independent measurements (in terms of bias, root-mean-square error, and correlation). This study suggests that there are good prospects for better quantifying NH3 emissions by atmospheric inversions.

  2. Global distributions, time series and error characterization of atmospheric ammonia (NH3) from IASI satellite observations

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    Van Damme, M.; Clarisse, L.; Heald, C. L.; Hurtmans, D.; Ngadi, Y.; Clerbaux, C.; Dolman, A. J.; Erisman, J. W.; Coheur, P. F.

    2014-03-01

    Ammonia (NH3) emissions in the atmosphere have increased substantially over the past decades, largely because of intensive livestock production and use of fertilizers. As a short-lived species, NH3 is highly variable in the atmosphere and its concentration is generally small, except near local sources. While ground-based measurements are possible, they are challenging and sparse. Advanced infrared sounders in orbit have recently demonstrated their capability to measure NH3, offering a new tool to refine global and regional budgets. In this paper we describe an improved retrieval scheme of NH3 total columns from the measurements of the Infrared Atmospheric Sounding Interferometer (IASI). It exploits the hyperspectral character of this instrument by using an extended spectral range (800-1200 cm-1) where NH3 is optically active. This scheme consists of the calculation of a dimensionless spectral index from the IASI level1C radiances, which is subsequently converted to a total NH3 column using look-up tables built from forward radiative transfer model simulations. We show how to retrieve the NH3 total columns from IASI quasi-globally and twice daily above both land and sea without large computational resources and with an improved detection limit. The retrieval also includes error characterization of the retrieved columns. Five years of IASI measurements (1 November 2007 to 31 October 2012) have been processed to acquire the first global and multiple-year data set of NH3 total columns, which are evaluated and compared to similar products from other retrieval methods. Spatial distributions from the five years data set are provided and analyzed at global and regional scales. In particular, we show the ability of this method to identify smaller emission sources than those previously reported, as well as transport patterns over the ocean. The five-year time series is further examined in terms of seasonality and interannual variability (in particular as a function of fire

  3. Measurements of industrial emissions of VOCs, NH3, NO2 and SO2 in Texas using the Solar Occultation Flux method and mobile DOAS

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    Mellqvist, J.; Samuelsson, J.; Rivera, C.; Lefer, B.; Patel, M.

    2007-12-01

    Solar Occultation Flux (SOF) measurements of olefines and alkanes have been conducted to pin-point and quantify the largest sources of olefines and alkanes in the vicinity of Houston and in south eastern Texas during September 2006. The SOF measurements were part of the extensive summer campaign TexAQS 2006, included in the Second Texas Air Quality Study (TexAQS II). The SOF technique is an optical method utilizing the absorption of direct solar infrared radiation in the 1.8-14 micrometer range for retrieval of total columns of various species such as ethylene, propylene, ammonia and alkanes. The instrument is carried on a mobile platform, making it possible to conduct transects of the emission plume downwind an industry, and thus integrate all the molecules of the plume cross section in real time. By multiplying with the plume wind speed, the total flux emerging from the source is obtained. Flux estimates with SOF were obtained for the large petrochemical and refining complexes around the Houston area. This was done in parallell with airborne plume studies by other parties. The primary research goal was to supply a data set for emission inventory comparisons and for input to models looking at the strong ozone production in Texas. The SOF measurements show that the hourly gas emissions from the Houston Ship channel area correspond to about 1 metric ton of ethylene, 1.5 tons of propylene, 12 tons of alkanes, 1/4 ton of NH3 and about 5 tons of SO2 and NO2. For the VOCs this is an order of magnitude or greater than reported VOC emissions in the 2004 inventory.

  4. Indoor, outdoor, and regional summer and winter concentrations of PM10, PM2.5, SO4(2)-, H+, NH4+, NO3-, NH3, and nitrous acid in homes with and without kerosene space heaters.

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    Leaderer, B P; Naeher, L; Jankun, T; Balenger, K; Holford, T R; Toth, C; Sullivan, J; Wolfson, J M; Koutrakis, P

    1999-01-01

    Twenty-four-hour samples of PM10 (mass of particles with aerodynamic diameter < or = 10 microm), PM2.5, (mass of particles with aerodynamic diameter < or = 2.5 microm), particle strong acidity (H+), sulfate (SO42-), nitrate (NO3-), ammonia (NH3), nitrous acid (HONO), and sulfur dioxide were collected inside and outside of 281 homes during winter and summer periods. Measurements were also conducted during summer periods at a regional site. A total of 58 homes of nonsmokers were sampled during the summer periods and 223 homes were sampled during the winter periods. Seventy-four of the homes sampled during the winter reported the use of a kerosene heater. All homes sampled in the summer were located in southwest Virginia. All but 20 homes sampled in the winter were also located in southwest Virginia; the remainder of the homes were located in Connecticut. For homes without tobacco combustion, the regional air monitoring site (Vinton, VA) appeared to provide a reasonable estimate of concentrations of PM2.5 and SO42- during summer months outside and inside homes within the region, even when a substantial number of the homes used air conditioning. Average indoor/outdoor ratios for PM2.5 and SO42- during the summer period were 1.03 +/- 0.71 and 0.74 +/- 0.53, respectively. The indoor/outdoor mean ratio for sulfate suggests that on average approximately 75% of the fine aerosol indoors during the summer is associated with outdoor sources. Kerosene heater use during the winter months, in the absence of tobacco combustion, results in substantial increases in indoor concentrations of PM2.5, SO42-, and possibly H+, as compared to homes without kerosene heaters. During their use, we estimated that kerosene heaters added, on average, approximately 40 microg/m3 of PM2.5 and 15 microg/m3 of SO42- to background residential levels of 18 and 2 microg/m3, respectively. Results from using sulfuric acid-doped Teflon (E.I. Du Pont de Nemours & Co., Wilmington, DE) filters in homes with

  5. Estimation of NH3 emissions from a naturally ventilated livestock farm using local-scale atmospheric dispersion modelling

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    Hensen, A.; Loubet, B.; Mosquera, J.; van den Bulk, W. C. M.; Erisman, J. W.; Dämmgen, U.; Milford, C.; Löpmeier, F. J.; Cellier, P.; Mikuška, P.; Sutton, M. A.

    2009-12-01

    Agricultural livestock represents the main source of ammonia (NH3) in Europe. In recent years, reduction policies have been applied to reduce NH3 emissions. In order to estimate the impacts of these policies, robust estimates of the emissions from the main sources, i.e. livestock farms are needed. In this paper, the NH3 emissions were estimated from a naturally ventilated livestock farm in Braunschweig, Germany during a joint field experiment of the GRAMINAE European project. An inference method was used with a Gaussian-3D plume model and with the Huang 3-D model. NH3 concentrations downwind of the source were used together with micrometeorological data to estimate the source strength over time. Mobile NH3 concentration measurements provided information on the spatial distribution of source strength. The estimated emission strength ranged between 6.4±0.18 kg NH3 d-1 (Huang 3-D model) and 9.2±0.7 kg NH3 d-1 (Gaussian-3D model). These estimates were 94% and 63% of what was obtained using emission factors from the German national inventory (9.6 kg d-1 NH3). The effect of deposition was evaluated with the FIDES-2D model. This increased the emission estimate to 11.7 kg NH3 d-1, showing that deposition can explain the observed difference. The daily pattern of the source was correlated with net radiation and with the temperature inside the animal houses. The daily pattern resulted from a combination of a temperature effect on the source concentration together with an effect of variations in free and forced convection of the building ventilation rate. Further development of the plume technique is especially relevant for naturally ventilated farms, since the variable ventilation rate makes other emission measurements difficult.

  6. Estimation of NH3 emissions from a naturally ventilated livestock farm using local-scale atmospheric dispersion modelling

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    Hensen, A.; Loubet, B.; Mosquera, J.; van den Bulk, W. C. M.; Erisman, J. W.; Dämmgen, U.; Milford, C.; Löpmeier, F. J.; Cellier, P.; Mikuška, P.; Sutton, M. A.

    2009-01-01

    Agricultural livestock represents the main source of ammonia (NH3) in Europe. In recent years, reduction policies have been applied to reduce NH3 emissions. In order to estimate the impacts of these policies, robust estimates of the emissions from the main sources, i.e. livestock farms are needed. In this paper, the NH3 emissions were estimated from a naturally ventilated livestock farm in Braunschweig, Germany during a joint field experiment of the GRAMINAE European project. An inference method was used with a Gaussian-3-D plume model and a local-scale dispersion and deposition model (FIDES-2-D). NH3 concentrations downwind of the source were used together with micrometeorological data to estimate the source strength over time. Mobile NH3 concentration measurements provided information on the spatial distribution of source strength. The estimated emission strength ranged between 6.0±0.17 kg NH3 d-1 (FIDES-2-D model) and 9.2±0.7 kg NH3 d-1 (Gaussian model). These estimates were 94% and 63% of what was obtained using emission factors from the German national inventory (9.6 kg d-1 NH3. However, the FIDES-2-D approach was shown to be very sensitive to the source size, the roughness height and to whether deposition was taken into account downwind of the source. Accounting for deposition in FIDES-2-D gives a potential emission estimate of 11.7 kg NH3 d-1, showing that deposition can explain the observed difference. The daily pattern of the source was correlated with net radiation and with the temperature inside the animal houses. The daily pattern resulted from a combination of a temperature effect on the source concentration together with an effect of variations in free and forced convection of the building ventilation rate. Further development of the plume technique is especially relevant for naturally ventilated farms, since the variable ventilation rate makes other emission measurements difficult.

  7. Ambient Ammonia Impact Determined by a Novel NH3 Sensor Utilizing a Quantum Cascade Laser and Photoacoustic Spectroscopy

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    McKarns, T.; Kutter, M. F.

    2015-12-01

    Despite the impact of ambient ammonia (NH3) concentrations on the ecology and our health, the continuous monitoring of NH3 is not yet commonplace. The ammonia molecule has reactive and sticky properties making it difficult to sample, and measuring techniques with sufficient sensitivity and selectivity have been difficult to source. The technique presented is based on photo acoustic spectroscopy (PAS) with a quantum cascade laser (QCL). Developed for a wide range of environments, from the cleanest Swiss mountaintops to rural alpine pastures for cows, the novel detector has shown its reliability and ruggedness for sensing NH3 concentrations from 0-5,000 ppb (part per billions) levels. Rural background measurements performed with the new ECO PHYSICS PAS 87 system and in cooperation with the German Institute for Tropospheric Research, will prove the suitability of this approach to reach continuous automated ambient NH3 values for environmental campaigns.

  8. Rapid Ammonia Gas Transport Accounts for Futile Transmembrane Cycling under NH3/NH4+ Toxicity in Plant Roots1[C][W

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    Coskun, Devrim; Britto, Dev T.; Li, Mingyuan; Becker, Alexander; Kronzucker, Herbert J.

    2013-01-01

    Futile transmembrane NH3/NH4+ cycling in plant root cells, characterized by extremely rapid fluxes and high efflux to influx ratios, has been successfully linked to NH3/NH4+ toxicity. Surprisingly, the fundamental question of which species of the conjugate pair (NH3 or NH4+) participates in such fluxes is unresolved. Using flux analyses with the short-lived radioisotope 13N and electrophysiological, respiratory, and histochemical measurements, we show that futile cycling in roots of barley (Hordeum vulgare) seedlings is predominately of the gaseous NH3 species, rather than the NH4+ ion. Influx of 13NH3/13NH4+, which exceeded 200 µmol g–1 h–1, was not commensurate with membrane depolarization or increases in root respiration, suggesting electroneutral NH3 transport. Influx followed Michaelis-Menten kinetics for NH3 (but not NH4+), as a function of external concentration (Km = 152 µm, Vmax = 205 µmol g–1 h–1). Efflux of 13NH3/13NH4+ responded with a nearly identical Km. Pharmacological characterization of influx and efflux suggests mediation by aquaporins. Our study fundamentally revises the futile-cycling model by demonstrating that NH3 is the major permeating species across both plasmalemma and tonoplast of root cells under toxicity conditions. PMID:24134887

  9. A flexible and robust neural network IASI-NH3 retrieval algorithm

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    Whitburn, S.; Van Damme, M.; Clarisse, L.; Bauduin, S.; Heald, C. L.; Hadji-Lazaro, J.; Hurtmans, D.; Zondlo, M. A.; Clerbaux, C.; Coheur, P.-F.

    2016-06-01

    In this paper, we describe a new flexible and robust NH3 retrieval algorithm from measurements of the Infrared Atmospheric Sounding Interferometer (IASI). The method is based on the calculation of a spectral hyperspectral range index (HRI) and subsequent conversion to NH3 columns via a neural network. It is an extension of the method presented in Van Damme et al. (2014a) who used lookup tables (LUT) for the radiance-concentration conversion. The new method inherits the advantages of the LUT-based method while providing several significant improvements. These include the following: (1) Complete temperature and humidity vertical profiles can be accounted for. (2) Third-party NH3 vertical profile information can be used. (3) Reported positive biases of LUT retrieval are reduced, and finally (4) a full measurement uncertainty characterization is provided. A running theme in this study, related to item (2), is the importance of the assumed vertical NH3 profile. We demonstrate the advantages of allowing variable profile shapes in the retrieval. As an example, we analyze how the retrievals change when all NH3 is assumed to be confined to the boundary layer. We analyze different averaging procedures in use for NH3 in the literature, introduced to cope with the variable measurement sensitivity and derive global averaged distributions for the year 2013. A comparison with a GEOS-Chem modeled global distribution is also presented, showing a general good correspondence (within ±3 × 1015 molecules.cm-2) over most of the Northern Hemisphere. However, IASI finds mean columns about 1-1.5 × 1016 molecules.cm-2 (˜50-60%) lower than GEOS-Chem for India and the North China plain.

  10. Kinetics of gas-liquid reaction between NO and Co(NH3)6(2+).

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    Long, Xiang-li; Xiao, Wen-De; Yuan, Wei-kang

    2005-08-31

    Wet ammonia desulphurization process can be retrofitted for combined removal of SO2 and NO from the flue gas by adding soluble cobalt(II) salts into the aqueous ammonia solutions. The Co(NH3)6(2+) formed by ammonia binding with Co2+ is the active constituent of scrubbing NO from the flue gas streams. A stirred vessel with a plane gas-liquid interface was used to measure the chemical absorption rates of nitric oxide into the Co(NH3)6(2+) solution under anaerobic and aerobic conditions separately. The experiments manifest that the nitric oxide absorption reaction can be regarded as instantaneous when nitric oxide concentration levels are parts per million ranges. The gas-liquid reaction becomes gas film controlling as Co(NH3)6(2+) concentration exceeds 0.02 mol/l. The NO absorption rate is proportional to the nitric oxide inlet concentration. Oxygen in the gas phase is favorable to the absorption of nitric oxide. But it is of little significance to increase the oxygen concentration above 5.2%. The NO absorption rate decreases with temperature. The kinetic equation of NO absorption into the Co(NH3)6(2+) solution under aerobic condition can be written as. PMID:15869841

  11. LPG and NH3 sensing characteristics of DC electrochemically deposited Co3O4 films

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    Shelke, P. N.; Khollam, Y. B.; Gunjal, S. D.; Koinkar, P. M.; Jadkar, S. R.; Mohite, K. C.

    2015-03-01

    Present communication reports the LPG and NH3 sensing properties of Co3O4 films prepared on throughly cleaned stainless steel (SS) and copper (CU) substrates by using DC electrochemical deposition method followed by air annealing at 350°C/2 h. The resultant films are characterized by using X-ray diffraction (XRD), Raman spectroscopy and scanning electron microscopy (SEM). The LPG and NH3 gas sensing properties of these films are measured at room temperature (RT) by using static gas sensing system at different concentrations of test gas ranging from 25 ppm to 350 ppm. The XRD and Raman spectroscopy studies clearly indicated the formation of pure cubic spinel Co3O4 in all films. The LPG and NH3 gas sensing properties of films showed (i) the increase in sensitivity factor (S.F.) with gas concentrations and (ii) more sensibility to LPG as compared to NH3 gas. In case of NH3 gas (conc. 150 ppm) and LPG gas (conc. 60 ppm) sensing, the maximum S.F. = 270 and 258 are found for the films deposited on CU substrates, respectively. For all films, the response time (3-5 min.) is found to be much higher than the recovery time (30-50 sec). For all films, the response and recovery time are found to be higher for LPG as compared to NH3 gas. Further, repeatability-reproducibility in gas sensing properties is clearly noted by analysis of data for number of cycles recorded for all films from different set of depositions.

  12. Low Temperature Catalyst for NH3 Removal

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    Monje, Oscar; Melendez, Orlando

    2013-01-01

    Air revitalization technologies maintain a safe atmosphere inside spacecraft by the removal of C02, ammonia (NH3), and trace contaminants. NH3 onboard the International Space Station (ISS) is produced by crew metabolism, payloads, or during an accidental release of thermal control refrigerant. Currently, the ISS relies on removing NH3 via humidity condensate and the crew wears hooded respirators during emergencies. A different approach to cabin NH3 removal is to use selective catalytic oxidation (SCO), which builds on thermal catalytic oxidation concepts that could be incorporated into the existing TCCS process equipment architecture on ISS. A low temperature platinum-based catalyst (LTP-Catalyst) developed at KSC was used for converting NH3 to H20 and N2 gas by SCO. The challenge of implementing SCO is to reduce formation of undesirable byproducts like NOx (N20 and NO). Gas mixture analysis was conducted using FTIR spectrometry in the Regenerable VOC Control System (RVCS) Testbed. The RVCS was modified by adding a 66 L semi-sealed chamber, and a custom NH3 generator. The effect of temperature on NH3 removal using the LTP-Catalyst was examined. A suitable temperature was found where NH3 removal did not produce toxic NO, (NO, N02) and N20 formation was reduced.

  13. Bonding of NH3 to Cu

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    Bauschlicher, C. W., Jr.

    1985-01-01

    Bagus et al. (1984) have studied the chemisorption of NH3 at the on-top site of Cu(100), using a cluster model, Cu5(1,4)NH3. On the basis of the value of the NH3 chemisorption energy obtained, it was concluded that NH3 chemisorbs directly above a Cu atom. In order to consider also other sites, Al(111) was substituted for Cu(100). Chemisorption on Al can be quite different from a transition metal, however, and questions arise regarding the suitability of the choice of the Al model. Thus, in this note, NH3 into hollows is considered for Cu(111). Attention is given to the conduction of self-consistent field calculations, problems of site determination, and the consideration of electrostatic interaction.

  14. NH_3 Emission in the Perseus Molecular Cloud Complex

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    Ladd, E. F.; Myers, P. C.; Goodman, A. A.

    1993-12-01

    We present a survey for dense material around young IRAS sources in the Perseus molecular cloud complex in the NH_3 (J,K) = (1,1) line at 1.3 cm. NH_3 emission was detected in eight, and mapped in seven, out of ten positions chosen for study. The dense cores found typically have lower masses and narrower linewidths than cores previously studied in Perseus, and are located near sources of lower luminosity. NH_3 cores are found throughout the Perseus complex; however, much of the detected dense gas is concentrated into two filamentary ``ridges'' located in the western part. As group, NH_3 cores in Perseus have mean linewidth 0.6 kms(-1) , radius 0.12 pc, kinetic temperature 13 K, and mass 9 M_sun. These mean values are larger than the mean values for NH_3 cores with associated stars in Taurus, but smaller than the mean values for cores associated with stars in Orion A. Some of the cores in Perseus are ``thermally-dominated,'' with thermal and nonthermal linewidths similar to most Taurus cores, while others are ``nonthermally-dominated,'' and are more similar to the cores in Orion A. We conclude that the Perseus complex is intermediate in its star forming potential betweeen the predominantly low-mass star producing regions like Taurus and the regions capable of the producing high mass stars such as Orion A.

  15. Bibliographic review and new measurements of the infrared band strengths of pure molecules at 25 K: H2O, CO2, CO, CH4, NH3, CH3OH, HCOOH and H2CO

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    Bouilloud, M.; Fray, N.; Bénilan, Y.; Cottin, H.; Gazeau, M.-C.; Jolly, A.

    2015-08-01

    Infrared observations of the interstellar medium revealed the presence of several molecules in the solid phase such as H2O, CO2, CO, CH4, NH3, CH3OH, H2CO and HCOOH. Measurements of column densities and molecular abundances relative to water require the knowledge of infrared band strengths. We present a review of refractive indices at visible wavelengths, densities and infrared band strengths for all eight molecules. We also present new band strengths measured on icy films whose thicknesses have been determined using laser interference techniques. For CO2, CO, CH4 and NH3, our measurements are in agreement with previous determinations taking into account an uncertainty of about 20 per cent. For H2O ice films, the porosity and the density remain unreliable, leading to large uncertainties on the measured band strengths. Concerning amorphous CH3OH, H2CO and HCOOH, the densities and refractive indices are unknown leading to large uncertainties on the band strengths. However, we propose new values that are slightly different from previous determination. Our review and experimental work point out the most reliable band strengths for the eight studied molecules. For CH4, CH3OH, HCOOH and H2CO, the band strengths used to calculate abundances in the ices of interstellar medium seem to be inaccurate, leading to some doubts on the determined values.

  16. Aquaporin 4 as a NH3 Channel.

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    Assentoft, Mette; Kaptan, Shreyas; Schneider, Hans-Peter; Deitmer, Joachim W; de Groot, Bert L; MacAulay, Nanna

    2016-09-01

    Ammonia is a biologically potent molecule, and the regulation of ammonia levels in the mammalian body is, therefore, strictly controlled. The molecular paths of ammonia permeation across plasma membranes remain ill-defined, but the structural similarity of water and NH3 has pointed to the aquaporins as putative NH3-permeable pores. Accordingly, a range of aquaporins from mammals, plants, fungi, and protozoans demonstrates ammonia permeability. Aquaporin 4 (AQP4) is highly expressed at perivascular glia end-feet in the mammalian brain and may, with this prominent localization at the blood-brain-interface, participate in the exchange of ammonia, which is required to sustain the glutamate-glutamine cycle. Here we observe that AQP4-expressing Xenopus oocytes display a reflection coefficient <1 for NH4Cl at pH 8.0, at which pH an increased amount of the ammonia occurs in the form of NH3 Taken together with an NH4Cl-mediated intracellular alkalization (or lesser acidification) of AQP4-expressing oocytes, these data suggest that NH3 is able to permeate the pore of AQP4. Exposure to NH4Cl increased the membrane currents to a similar extent in uninjected oocytes and in oocytes expressing AQP4, indicating that the ionic NH4 (+) did not permeate AQP4. Molecular dynamics simulations revealed partial pore permeation events of NH3 but not of NH4 (+) and a reduced energy barrier for NH3 permeation through AQP4 compared with that of a cholesterol-containing lipid bilayer, suggesting AQP4 as a favored transmembrane route for NH3 Our data propose that AQP4 belongs to the growing list of NH3-permeable water channels. PMID:27435677

  17. MetNH3: Metrology for ammonia in ambient air

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    Braban, Christine; Twigg, Marsailidh; Tang, Sim; Leuenberger, Daiana; Ferracci, Valerio; Martin, Nick; Pascale, Celine; Hieta, Tuomas; Pogany, Andrea; Persijn, Stefan; van Wijk, Janneke; Gerwig, Holger; Wirtze, Klaus; Tiebe, Carlo; Balslev-Harder, David; Niederhausen, Bernhardt

    2015-04-01

    Measuring ammonia in ambient air is a sensitive and priority issue due to its harmful effects on human health and ecosystems. The European Directive 2001/81/EC on 'National Emission Ceilings for Certain Atmospheric Pollutants (NEC)' regulates ammonia emissions in the member states. However, there is a lack of regulation to ensure reliable ammonia measurements namely in applicable analytical technology, maximum allowed uncertainty, quality assurance and quality control (QC/QA) procedures as well as in the infrastructure to attain metrological traceability. Validated ammonia measurement data of high quality from air monitoring networks are vitally important for identifying changes due to implementations of environment policies, for understanding where the uncertainties in current emission inventories are derived from and for providing independent verification of atmospheric model predictions. The new EURAMET project MetNH3 aims to develop improved reference gas mixtures by static and dynamic gravimetric generation methods, develop and characterise laser based optical spectrometric standards and establish the transfer from high-accuracy standards to field applicable methods. MetNH3started in June 2014 and in this presentation the first results from the metrological characterisation of a commercially available cavity ring-down spectrometer (CRDS) will be discussed. Also first tests and results from a new design, Controlled Atmosphere Test Facility (CATFAC), which is to be characterised and used to validate the performance of diffusive samplers, denuders and on-line instruments, will be reported. CAFTEC can be used to control test parameters such as ammonia concentration, relative humidity and wind speed. Outline plans for international laboratory and field intercomparisons in 2016 will be presented.

  18. Enhanced performance of CH3NH3PbI3-x Cl x perovskite solar cells by CH3NH3I modification of TiO2-perovskite layer interface.

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    Wang, Wen; Zhang, Zongbao; Cai, Yangyang; Chen, Jinshan; Wang, Jianming; Huang, Riyan; Lu, Xubing; Gao, Xingsen; Shui, Lingling; Wu, Sujuan; Liu, Jun-Ming

    2016-12-01

    In this work, perovskite solar cells (PSCs) with CH3NH3PbI3-x Cl x as active layer and spiro-OMeTAD as hole-transport media have been fabricated by one-step method. The methylammonium iodide (CH3NH3I) solution with different concentrations is used to modify the interface between mesoporous TiO2 (meso-TiO2) film and CH3NH3PbI3-x Cl x perovskite layer. Several techniques including X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, optical absorption, electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) and photoluminescence are used to investigate the effect of the interfacial modification. It is found that the interfacial modification by CH3NH3I enhance the crystallinity and increase the grain size of CH3NH3PbI3-x Cl x layer, and improve the surface wetting properties of perovskite precursor on meso-TiO2 film. The sunlight absorption and external quantum efficiency of PSCs in the visible region with wavelength less than 600 nm have been improved. The Nyquist plots obtained from the EIS suggest that the CH3NH3I modification can reduce the charge recombination rates. The photoluminescence measurement shows that the exciton dissociation in the modified devices is more effective than that in the control samples. The photovoltaic performance of the modified devices can be significantly improved with respect to the reference (control) devices. The CH3NH3I modified devices at the optimized concentration demonstrate the average power conversion efficiency of 12.27 % in comparison with the average efficiency of 9.68 % for the reference devices. PMID:27356563

  19. Enhanced performance of CH3NH3PbI3- x Cl x perovskite solar cells by CH3NH3I modification of TiO2-perovskite layer interface

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    Wang, Wen; Zhang, Zongbao; Cai, Yangyang; Chen, Jinshan; Wang, Jianming; Huang, Riyan; Lu, Xubing; Gao, Xingsen; Shui, Lingling; Wu, Sujuan; Liu, Jun-Ming

    2016-06-01

    In this work, perovskite solar cells (PSCs) with CH3NH3PbI3- x Cl x as active layer and spiro-OMeTAD as hole-transport media have been fabricated by one-step method. The methylammonium iodide (CH3NH3I) solution with different concentrations is used to modify the interface between mesoporous TiO2 (meso-TiO2) film and CH3NH3PbI3- x Cl x perovskite layer. Several techniques including X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, optical absorption, electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) and photoluminescence are used to investigate the effect of the interfacial modification. It is found that the interfacial modification by CH3NH3I enhance the crystallinity and increase the grain size of CH3NH3PbI3- x Cl x layer, and improve the surface wetting properties of perovskite precursor on meso-TiO2 film. The sunlight absorption and external quantum efficiency of PSCs in the visible region with wavelength less than 600 nm have been improved. The Nyquist plots obtained from the EIS suggest that the CH3NH3I modification can reduce the charge recombination rates. The photoluminescence measurement shows that the exciton dissociation in the modified devices is more effective than that in the control samples. The photovoltaic performance of the modified devices can be significantly improved with respect to the reference (control) devices. The CH3NH3I modified devices at the optimized concentration demonstrate the average power conversion efficiency of 12.27 % in comparison with the average efficiency of 9.68 % for the reference devices.

  20. Evaluation of a regional air-quality model with bi-directional NH3 exchange coupled to an agro-ecosystem model

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    Bash, J. O.; Cooter, E. J.; Dennis, R. L.; Walker, J. T.; Pleim, J. E.

    2012-08-01

    Atmospheric ammonia (NH3) is the primary atmospheric base and an important precursor for inorganic particulate matter and when deposited NH3 contributes to surface water eutrophication, soil acidification and decline in species biodiversity. Flux measurements indicate that the air-surface exchange of NH3 is bi-directional. However, the effects of bi-directional exchange, soil biogeochemistry and human activity are not parameterized in air quality models. The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)'s Community Multiscale Air-Quality (CMAQ) model with bi-directional NH3 exchange has been coupled with the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)'s Environmental Policy Integrated Climate (EPIC) agro-ecosystem model's nitrogen geochemistry algorithms. CMAQ with bi-directional NH3 exchange coupled to EPIC connects agricultural cropping management practices to emissions and atmospheric concentrations of reduced nitrogen and models the biogeochemical feedback on NH3 air-surface exchange. This coupled modeling system reduced the biases and error in NHx (NH3 + NH4+) wet deposition and in ambient aerosol concentrations in an annual 2002 Continental US (CONUS) domain simulation when compared to a 2002 annual simulation of CMAQ without bi-directional exchange. Fertilizer emissions estimated in CMAQ 5.0 with bi-directional exchange exhibits markedly different seasonal dynamics than the US EPA's National Emissions Inventory (NEI), with lower emissions in the spring and fall and higher emissions in July.

  1. NARSTO EPA SS HOUSTON NH3 HNO3 DATA

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    2014-04-25

    NARSTO EPA SS HOUSTON NH3 HNO3 DATA Project Title:  NARSTO ... Ion Chromatograph Location:  Houston, Texas Spatial Resolution:  Point Measurements ...   Order Data Guide Documents:  Houston HN3 HNO3 Guide Houston Project Plan  (PDF) ...

  2. Application of Cavity-ring Down Spectroscopy to Quantify NH3 Fluxes from Fertilizer Application in the Midwestern U.S.

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    Caldwell, J. A.; Sibble, D.; Heuer, M.; Johnson, E.; Rood, M. J.; Koloutsou-Vakakis, S.; Myles, L.

    2014-12-01

    Ammonia (NH3) emissions from managed agriculture in the Midwestern region of the U.S. contribute to increased levels of particulate matter in the atmosphere and detrimental ecological changes. To better understand the exchange of ammonia between the atmosphere and biosphere and identify the drivers of these processes, measurements of NH3 flux were conducted over a 200 m2 fertilized maize field in Illinois. A flux-gradient system paired with a cavity-ring down spectrometer measured fluxes from pre-cultivation through senescence of the crop. The use of a custom automated exchange mechanism allowed for continuous sampling, both above-canopy and in-canopy. Results indicated diurnal cycling of NH3 with higher concentrations in the early afternoon, although the pattern was not consistent. As expected, fertilization of the field at planting produced a marked increase in NH3 emission from the field.

  3. Bibliographic review and new measurements of the integrated cross sections of 8 molecules (H2O, CO, CO2, CH3OH, NH3, CH4, HCOOH and H2CO) in the solid form at 25K

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    Michaelle, B.; Nicolas, F.; Yves, B.; Hervé, C.; Antoine, J.; Claire, G. Marie

    2014-04-01

    Infrared spectra from ISO and Spitzer telescopes revealed the presence of several molecules in the solid phase such as H2O, CO, CO2, CH3OH, NH3, CH4, HCOOH and H2CO in the environment of some Young Stellar Objects (YSOs) ([1], [2], [3], [4]. To quantify the column density of those molecules, the knowledge of some spectroscopic parameters, especially the integrated cross section A (cm.molecule-1) is required. For some molecules, inconsistencies on the values of spectroscopic parameters can be found in the literature. The purpose of this study is to compare all the values found in the literature with the ones that we have measured recently in order to propose more convincing values.

  4. TES/Aura L2 Ammonia (NH3) Nadir (TL2NH3NS)

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    2015-01-30

    TES/Aura L2 Ammonia (NH3) Nadir (TL2NH3NS) News:  TES News ... Level:  L2 Platform:  TES/Aura L2 Ammonia Spatial Coverage:  5.3 x 8.5 km nadir ... Data: TES Order Tool Parameters:  Ammonia Order Data:  Reverb:   Order Data ...

  5. TES/Aura L2 Ammonia (NH3) Nadir (TL2NH3N)

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    2015-01-30

    TES/Aura L2 Ammonia (NH3) Nadir (TL2NH3N) News:  TES News ... Level:  L2 Instrument:  TES/Aura L2 Ammonia Spatial Coverage:  5.3 x 8.5 km nadir ... Data: TES Order Tool Parameters:  Ammonia Order Data:  Reverb:   Order Data ...

  6. TES/Aura L3 Ammonia (NH3) Daily (TL3NH3D)

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    2015-08-28

    TES/Aura L3 Ammonia (NH3) Daily (TL3NH3D) News:  TES News ... Level:  L3 Instrument:  TES/Aura L3 Ammonia Spatial Coverage:  5.3 x 8.5 km Spatial ... Data: TES Order Tool Parameters:  Ammonia Order Data:  Reverb:   Order Data ...

  7. Measurements of Atmospheric NH3, NOy/NOx, and NO2 and Deposition of Total Nitrogen at the Beaufort, NC CASTNET Site (BFT142)

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    The Clean Air Status and Trends Network (CASTNET) is a long-term environmental monitoring program that measures trends in ambient air quality and atmospheric dry pollutant deposition across the United States. CASTNET has been operating since 1987 and currently consists of 89 moni...

  8. Evaluation of a regional air-quality model with bidirectional NH3 exchange coupled to an agroecosystem model

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    Bash, J. O.; Cooter, E. J.; Dennis, R. L.; Walker, J. T.; Pleim, J. E.

    2013-03-01

    Atmospheric ammonia (NH3) is the primary atmospheric base and an important precursor for inorganic particulate matter and when deposited NH3 contributes to surface water eutrophication, soil acidification and decline in species biodiversity. Flux measurements indicate that the air-surface exchange of NH3 is bidirectional. However, the effects of bidirectional exchange, soil biogeochemistry and human activity are not parameterized in air quality models. The US Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Community Multiscale Air-Quality (CMAQ) model with bidirectional NH3 exchange has been coupled with the United States Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Environmental Policy Integrated Climate (EPIC) agroecosystem model. The coupled CMAQ-EPIC model relies on EPIC fertilization timing, rate and composition while CMAQ models the soil ammonium (NH4+) pool by conserving the ammonium mass due to fertilization, evasion, deposition, and nitrification processes. This mechanistically coupled modeling system reduced the biases and error in NHx (NH3 + NH4+) wet deposition and in ambient aerosol concentrations in an annual 2002 Continental US (CONUS) domain simulation when compared to a 2002 annual simulation of CMAQ without bidirectional exchange. Fertilizer emissions estimated in CMAQ 5.0 with bidirectional exchange exhibits markedly different seasonal dynamics than the US EPA's National Emissions Inventory (NEI), with lower emissions in the spring and fall and higher emissions in July.

  9. Optimizing the crystallinity and acidity of H-SAPO-34 by fluoride for synthesizing Cu/SAPO-34 NH3-SCR catalyst.

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    Ma, Jing; Si, Zhichun; Wu, Xiaodong; Weng, Duan; Ma, Yue

    2016-03-01

    A series of H-SAPO-34 zeolites were synthesized by a hydrothermal method in fluoride media. The as-synthesized H-SAPO-34 zeolites were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), N2 physisorption, temperature-programmed desorption of NH3 (NH3-TPD) and nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) measurements. The results showed that a certain concentration of F(-) anions promoted the nucleation and crystallization of H-SAPO-34. The H-SAPO-34 synthesized in the fluoride media showed high crystallinity, uniform particle size distribution, large specific surface area and pore volume, and enhanced acidity. Therefore, Cu/SAPO-34 based on the fluoride-assisted zeolite showed a broadened temperature window for the selective catalytic reduction of NO by NH3 (NH3-SCR) reaction due to the enhanced acidity of the zeolite and the improved dispersion of copper species. PMID:26969071

  10. Preformance Analysis of NH3-H2O Absorption Cycle

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    Tsujimori, Atsushi; Ozaki, Eiichi

    Different from H2O-LiBr absorption cycle, it is necessary to have rectifier between generator and condenser in NH3-H2O absorption cycle, because there mixes some steam in refrigerant vapor in the process of regenerating refrigerant from the ammonia strong aqueous solution. And in some case ex. partial load or heating, the efficiency of rectifier might decrease, if the flow rate of refrigerant vapor and ammonia aqueous solution decrease. As a result, steam flow into condenser with ammonia refrigerant vapor, which reduces cycle COPs of cooling and heating. Accordingly in order to evaluate the effect of ammonia concentration in refrigerant for the performance of NH3-H2O absorption heat pump, the simple design approach of modeling condenser and evaporator is introduced in this paper. In the model, the calculation of heat rate in condenser and evaporator was simplified considering the characteristic of NH3-H2O liquid-vapor equilibrium. Then the simulation for cycle perforance based on GAX absorption cycle was made using the efficiency of rectifier that established the ammonia concentration in refrigerant and it was derived that 3 [%] decrease of ammonia concentration in refrigerant induced 15 [%] decrcase of cooling COP and 7 [%] decrease of heating COP and that there existed the most suitable circulation ratio for each ammonia concentration in refrigerant.

  11. A relationship between agricultural NH 3 emissions and the atmospheric SO 2 content over industrial areas

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    Möller, Detlev; Schieferdecker, Helmut

    In an industrial area of the GDR, where there are major locations of lignite strip mines and lignite-fired power stations, a decline in the mean large-area SO 2 concentration was observed despite a slight increase in SO 2 emissions, between 1970 and 1980. It was found that the NH 3 emissions from biogenic sources had increased by some 20 per cent in the same period. This paper shows that a growing NH 3 concentration produces a nonlinear reduction of the SO 2 content of the atmosphere. In relative terms, the greatest such effect is observed in cases where NH 3 concentrations are low ( < 5 ppbv). Atmospheric NH 3 increases the relative percentage of the SO 2 wet deposition. Alkaline fly ashes derive their importance from the fact that NH 3 is formed from soil-deposited NH 4+ and can be re-released into the atmosphere, thus possibly giving rise to multiple cycles.

  12. The influence of leaf-atmosphere NH3(g ) exchange on the isotopic composition of nitrogen in plants and the atmosphere.

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    Johnson, Jennifer E; Berry, Joseph A

    2013-10-01

    The distribution of nitrogen isotopes in the biosphere has the potential to offer insights into the past, present and future of the nitrogen cycle, but it is challenging to unravel the processes controlling patterns of mixing and fractionation. We present a mathematical model describing a previously overlooked process: nitrogen isotope fractionation during leaf-atmosphere NH3(g ) exchange. The model predicts that when leaf-atmosphere exchange of NH3(g ) occurs in a closed system, the atmospheric reservoir of NH3(g ) equilibrates at a concentration equal to the ammonia compensation point and an isotopic composition 8.1‰ lighter than nitrogen in protein. In an open system, when atmospheric concentrations of NH3(g ) fall below or rise above the compensation point, protein can be isotopically enriched by net efflux of NH3(g ) or depleted by net uptake. Comparison of model output with existing measurements in the literature suggests that this process contributes to variation in the isotopic composition of nitrogen in plants as well as NH3(g ) in the atmosphere, and should be considered in future analyses of nitrogen isotope circulation. The matrix-based modelling approach that is introduced may be useful for quantifying isotope dynamics in other complex systems that can be described by first-order kinetics. PMID:23452149

  13. TES/Aura L2 Ammonia (NH3) Lite Nadir (TL2NH3LN)

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    2015-08-26

    TES/Aura L2 Ammonia (NH3) Lite Nadir (TL2NH3LN) News:  TES News ... Level:  L2 Instrument:  TES/Aura L2 Ammonia Spatial Coverage:  5.3 km nadir Spatial ... OPeNDAP Access:  OPeNDAP Parameters:  Ammonia Order Data:  Reverb:   Order Data ...

  14. Galvanic deposition of Rh and Ru on randomly structured Ti felts for the electrochemical NH3 synthesis.

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    Kugler, Kurt; Luhn, Mareike; Schramm, Jean André; Rahimi, Khosrow; Wessling, Matthias

    2015-02-01

    Nowadays NH3 is exclusively synthesized by the Haber process. Unfortunately, the energy demand and the CO2 emissions due to H2 production are high. Hydrogen production utilizes precious carbon sources such as coal and natural gas. In the past we proposed an alternative process concept using a membrane electrode assembly in an electrochemical membrane reactor (ecMR). At the anode H2O is oxidized at an IrMMO catalyst to form protons. By applying an external potential to the ecMR N2 is reduced to NH3 at the cathode. Just recently Rh and Ru were identified as possible cathodic electrocatalysts by DFT calculations. We present an easy and highly efficient method for galvanic coatings of Rh and Ru on randomly structured Ti felts to be used in a membrane electrode assembly. Linear sweep voltammetry measurements give a slightly higher activity of Ru for the liquid phase electrochemical NH3 synthesis. The NH4(+) concentration reached is 8 times higher for Ru than for Rh. From an economical point of view, Ru is also more feasible for an electrochemical NH3 synthesis process. Such electrodes can now be evaluated in an ecMR in comparison to recently demonstrated Ti-based electrodes. PMID:25556769

  15. Awaruite and Tetrataenite Driven NH3 Synthesis

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    Li, B.; Lemke, K.

    2015-12-01

    The deep biosphere hypothesis postulates that life emerged from a hydrothermal system beginning with small molecules such as CO2, N2, H2, CO, and CS2. (M. J. Russell, A. J Hall, and W. Martin, Geobiology, 2010, 8, 355). Key catalysts/surfaces at the ocean crust boundary would have interacted with these dissolved gases, giving rise to larger biomolecules and ultimately life. Among the catalysts found at present in hydrothermal system, Ni3Fe (Awaruite) and NiFe (Tetrataenite) stand out because they convert simple di and triatomic molecules to more complex structures; for example, Awaruite has been shown to produce NH3 from hydrogen and nitrogen precursors (Alexander Smirnov, Douglas Hausner, Richard Laffers, Daniel R Strongin, and Marton AA Schoonen, Geochemical Transactions, 2008, 9:5). The goal of this study is to examine the role of iron nickel clusters with Awaruite and Tetrataenite stoichiometries in converting atomic nitrogen and hydrogen to ammonia. Using a basin-hopping algorithmic procedure, the global minima of Awaruite and Tetrataenite clusters with up to 35 atoms have been identified along with their affinity to nitrogen and hydrogen attachment has been examined (i.e. atom position, cluster edges, and surface sites). Preliminary results indicate that atomic nitrogen attaches onto mixed iron nickel cluster surface sites, with distinct discontinuities in the binding energy profile at magic cluster number positions. We also studied the effects of cluster composition on the affinity of nitrogen and hydrogen to attach to Ni13-xFex with up to x=13. These results, for both scenarios (size and compositional variation), indicate that nano-sized iron-nickel clusters would drive the initial transformation of nitrogen and hydrogen toward NH3, with important implications for the chemistry of Earth's early atmosphere.

  16. NH3 Emission from Fertilizer Application: A Collaborative Study in the Midwestern U.S.

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    Myles, L.; Koloutsou-Vakakis, S.; Bernacchi, C.; Lehmann, C.; Saylor, R. D.; Heuer, M.; Sibble, D.; Caldwell, J. A.; Balasubramanian, S.; Nelson, A. J.; Rood, M. J.

    2014-12-01

    Atmospheric ammonia (NH3) is a precursor for secondary particulate matter and a contributor to soil acidification and eutrophication when deposited to land and surface waters. Fertilizer application is a major source of atmospheric NH3, particularly in intensive agricultural regions such as the Midwestern U.S. Quantification of NH3 emission from fertilized crops remains highly uncertain, which limits the representativeness of NH3 emissions that are used in air quality models. A collaborative study to improve understanding of NH3 emission from fertilizer application focused on [1] measurement of above-canopy NH3 fluxes from a fertilized corn field in Illinois using the relaxed eddy accumulation (REA) and flux gradient methods and in-canopy fluxes with the inverse Lagrangian dispersion analysis method, [2] estimation of NH3 emissions at the regional scale using a process-based approach with available archived independent variables, and the currently used top-down approach, in order to compare and determine differences in predicted spatial and temporal variability of NH3 emissions, and [3] performance of spatial analysis to determine spatial and temporal patterns of ammonia emissions and relate them to independent variables characteristic of land use, soil, meteorology, and agricultural management practices. NH3 flux was measured over and within a maize canopy from pre-cultivation through senescence (May-September 2014) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) Energy Biosciences Institute Energy Farm, and data from the field study was incorporated into models to facilitate connection of local emissions with the regional scale and to improve understanding of the processes that drive emission and deposition.

  17. Effect of alum additions to poultry litter on in-house ammonia and greenhouse gas concentrations and emissions

    Technology Transfer Automated Retrieval System (TEKTRAN)

    Alum (Al2(SO4)3 •14H2O) additions to poultry litter have been shown to reduce ammonia (NH3) concentrations in poultry houses and NH3 fluxes from litter; however, continuous, accurate measurements of in-house NH3 concentrations and emissions from alum-treated and untreated commercial poultry houses i...

  18. Worldwide spatiotemporal atmospheric ammonia (NH3) columns variability revealed by satellite

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    Van Damme, M.; Erisman, J. W.; Clarisse, L.; Dammers, E.; Whitburn, S.; Clerbaux, C.; Dolman, A. J.; Coheur, P.-F.

    2015-10-01

    We exploit 6 years of measurements from the Infrared Atmospheric Sounding Interferometer (IASI)/MetOp-A instrument to identify seasonal patterns and interannual variability of atmospheric NH3. This is achieved by analyzing the time evolution of the monthly mean NH3 columns in 12 subcontinental areas around the world, simultaneously considering measurements from IASI morning and evening overpasses. For most regions, IASI has a sufficient sensitivity throughout the years to capture the seasonal patterns of NH3 columns, and we show that each region is characterized by a well-marked and distinctive cycle, with maxima mainly related to underlying emission processes. The largest column abundances and seasonal amplitudes throughout the years are found in southwestern Asia, with maxima twice as large as what is observed in southeastern China. The relation between emission sources and retrieved NH3 columns is emphasized at a smaller regional scale by inferring a climatology of the month of maximum columns.

  19. Influence of bulking agents on CH4, N2O, and NH3 emissions during rapid composting of pig manure from the Chinese Ganqinfen system*

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    Sun, Xiang-ping; Lu, Peng; Jiang, Tao; Schuchardt, Frank; Li, Guo-xue

    2014-01-01

    Mismanagement of the composting process can result in emissions of CH4, N2O, and NH3, which have caused severe environmental problems. This study was aimed at determining whether CH4, N2O, and NH3 emissions from composting are affected by bulking agents during rapid composting of pig manure from the Chinese Ganqinfen system. Three bulking agents, corn stalks, spent mushroom compost, and sawdust, were used in composting with pig manure in 60 L reactors with forced aeration for more than a month. Gas emissions were measured continuously, and detailed gas emission patterns were obtained. Concentrations of NH3 and N2O from the composting pig manure mixed with corn stalks or sawdust were higher than those from the spent mushroom compost treatment, especially the sawdust treatment, which had the highest total nitrogen loss among the three runs. Most of the nitrogen was lost in the form of NH3, which accounts for 11.16% to 35.69% of the initial nitrogen. One-way analysis of variance for NH3 emission showed no significant differences between the corn stalk and sawdust treatments, but a significant difference was noted between the spent mushroom compost and sawdust treatments. The introduction of sawdust reduced CH4 emission more than the corn stalks and spent mushroom compost. However, there were no significant differences among the three runs for total carbon loss. All treatments were matured after 30 d. PMID:24711356

  20. Is CH3NH3PbI3 Polar?

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    G, Sharada; Mahale, Pratibha; Kore, Bhushan P; Mukherjee, Somdutta; Pavan, Mysore S; De, Chandan; Ghara, Somnath; Sundaresan, A; Pandey, Anshu; Guru Row, Tayur N; Sarma, D D

    2016-07-01

    In view of the continued controversy concerning the polar/nonpolar nature of the hybrid perovskite system, CH3NH3PbI3, we report the first investigation of a time-resolved pump-probe measurement of the second harmonic generation efficiency as well as using its more traditional form as a sensitive probe of the absence/presence of the center of inversion in the system both in its excited and ground states, respectively. Our results clearly show that SHG efficiency, if nonzero, is below the limit of detection, strongly indicative of a nonpolar or centrosymmetric structure. Our results on the same samples, based on temperature dependent single crystal X-ray diffraction and P-E loop measurements, are entirely consistent with the above conclusion of a centrosymmetric structure for this compound in all three phases, namely the high temperature cubic phase, the intermediate temperature tetragonal phase and the low temperature orthorhombic phase. It is important to note that all our experimental probes are volume averaging and performed on bulk materials, suggesting that basic material properties of CH3NH3PbI3 are consistent with a centrosymmetric, nonpolar structure. PMID:27282976

  1. Phase transition, thermal dissociation and dynamics of NH3 ligands in [Cd(NH3)4](ReO4)2

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    Hetmańczyk, Łukasz; Hetmańczyk, Joanna

    2016-07-01

    High temperature phase transition in [Cd(NH3)4](ReO4)2 at Tc = 368.5 K (on heating) was reported for the first time. Thermal stability was investigated by thermal analysis methods. The titled compound decomposes in three main stages. The first two are connected with deamination process whereas in the last step Re2O7 evaporates. The activation energy for NH3 lost processes was estimated from TG measurements. The dynamics of NH3 ligands in the low temperature phase was probed by various complementary techniques. Temperature dependent band shape analysis of properly chosen infrared and Raman scattering vibrational bands was performed. It was found that activation energy for NH3 reorientational motion (below 300 K) is rather small and is equal to ca. 4 kJ mol- 1. The quasielastic neutron scattering measurements revealed that NH3 groups perform fast stochastic reorientational motion even in the low temperatures. The neutron and X-ray powder diffraction data do not revealed any drastic changes in the crystal structure in the wide temperature range.

  2. Phase transition, thermal dissociation and dynamics of NH3 ligands in [Cd(NH3)4](ReO4)2.

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    Hetmańczyk, Łukasz; Hetmańczyk, Joanna

    2016-07-01

    High temperature phase transition in [Cd(NH3)4](ReO4)2 at Tc=368.5K (on heating) was reported for the first time. Thermal stability was investigated by thermal analysis methods. The titled compound decomposes in three main stages. The first two are connected with deamination process whereas in the last step Re2O7 evaporates. The activation energy for NH3 lost processes was estimated from TG measurements. The dynamics of NH3 ligands in the low temperature phase was probed by various complementary techniques. Temperature dependent band shape analysis of properly chosen infrared and Raman scattering vibrational bands was performed. It was found that activation energy for NH3 reorientational motion (below 300K) is rather small and is equal to ca. 4kJmol(-1). The quasielastic neutron scattering measurements revealed that NH3 groups perform fast stochastic reorientational motion even in the low temperatures. The neutron and X-ray powder diffraction data do not revealed any drastic changes in the crystal structure in the wide temperature range. PMID:27070528

  3. Manipulating bedding materials and PLTto reduce NH(3) emissions from broiler manure.

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    Tasistro, Armando S; Cabrera, Miguel L; Ritz, Casey W; Kissel, David E

    2008-04-01

    We studied the effect of five bedding materials (wood shavings, sawdust, peanut hulls, wheat straw and shredded paper) and PLTtrade mark (a commercial formulation of Na bisulfate) in factorial combinations, on NH(3) emissions from broiler manure. Treatments were incubated for 11 days at 25 degrees C and 98% relative humidity. Ammonia was trapped in 0.1N H(2)SO(4) and measured colorimetrically as NH(4)(+), and CO(2) was monitored with an infrared analyzer. Ammonia and CO(2) emissions were suppressed by PLT throughout the study. Wheat straw, wood shavings, and sawdust, with C(total)/N(total)>50 or C(biodegradable)/N>20, had low NH(3) emissions. Total NH(3) emissions from peanut hulls and shredded paper were the highest, probably due to peanut hulls' low C/N ratio and shredded paper's alkaline pH. No significant interactions on NH(3) emissions were detected between PLT and bedding materials. PMID:17572086

  4. Quantifying Uncertainty in Daily Temporal Variations of Atmospheric NH3 Emissions Following Application of Chemical Fertilizers

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    Balasubramanian, S.; Koloutsou-Vakakis, S.; Rood, M. J.

    2014-12-01

    Improving modeling predictions of atmospheric particulate matter and deposition of reactive nitrogen requires representative emission inventories of precursor species, such as ammonia (NH3). Anthropogenic NH3 is primarily emitted to the atmosphere from agricultural sources (80-90%) with dominant contributions (56%) from chemical fertilizer usage (CFU) in regions like Midwest USA. Local crop management practices vary spatially and temporally, which influence regional air quality. To model the impact of CFU, NH3 emission inputs to chemical transport models are obtained from the National Emission Inventory (NEI). NH3 emissions from CFU are typically estimated by combining annual fertilizer sales data with emission factors. The Sparse Matrix Operator Kernel Emissions (SMOKE) model is used to disaggregate annual emissions to hourly scale using temporal factors. These factors are estimated by apportioning emissions within each crop season in proportion to the nitrogen applied and time-averaged to the hourly scale. Such approach does not reflect influence of CFU for different crops and local weather and soil conditions. This study provides an alternate approach for estimating temporal factors for NH3 emissions. The DeNitrification DeComposition (DNDC) model was used to estimate daily variations in NH3 emissions from CFU at 14 Central Illinois locations for 2002-2011. Weather, crop and soil data were provided as inputs. A method was developed to estimate site level CFU by combining planting and harvesting dates, nitrogen management and fertilizer sales data. DNDC results indicated that annual NH3 emissions were within ±15% of SMOKE estimates. Daily modeled emissions across 10 years followed similar distributions but varied in magnitudes within ±20%. Individual emission peaks on days after CFU were 2.5-8 times greater as compared to existing estimates from SMOKE. By identifying the episodic nature of NH3 emissions from CFU, this study is expected to provide improvements

  5. The ground state far infrared spectrum of NH3

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    Poynter, R. L.; Margolis, J. S.

    1983-01-01

    The NH3 far infrared spectrum is particularly useful for the study of planetary composition and atmospheric dynamics. Studies of this spectrum were conducted by Dowling (1969), Helminger et al. (1971), and Urban et al. (1981). Sattler et al. (1981) have reported measurements of a few nu2 lines with tunable diode lasers. By using simple sum rules, these lines and accurate ground state inversion lines considered by Poynter and Kakar (1975) have been employed in the present investigation to deduce a few of the far infrared ground state transitions. An extensive set of high signal/noise, high resolution (0.0048 per cm) scans of the nu2 bands of NH3 from about 600 per cm through about 1300 per cm ait a series of low pressures have been made in order to accurately determine both the line positions and strengths. The obtained data provide line positions with an absolute accuracy of about 0.0001 per cm in the more favorable cases.

  6. Evaluating 4 years of atmospheric ammonia (NH3) over Europe using IASI satellite observations and LOTOS-EUROS model results

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    Van Damme, M.; Wichink Kruit, R. J.; Schaap, M.; Clarisse, L.; Clerbaux, C.; Coheur, P.-F.; Dammers, E.; Dolman, A. J.; Erisman, J. W.

    2014-08-01

    Monitoring ammonia (NH3) concentrations on a global to regional scale is a challenge. Due to the limited availability of reliable ground-based measurements, the determination of NH3 distributions generally relies on model calculations. Novel remotely sensed NH3burdens provide valuable insights to complement traditional assessments for clear-sky conditions. This paper presents a first quantitative comparison between Atmospheric Sounding Interferometer (IASI) satellite observations and LOTOS-EUROS model results over Europe and Western Russia. A methodology to account for the variable retrieval sensitivity of the measurements is described. Four years of data (2008-2011) highlight three main agricultural hot spot areas in Europe: the Po Valley, the continental part of Northwestern Europe, and the Ebro Valley. The spatial comparison reveals a good overall agreement of the NH3 distributions not only in these source regions but also over remote areas and over sea when transport is observed. On average, the measured columns exceed the modeled ones, except for a few cases. Large discrepancies over several industrial areas in Eastern Europe and Russia point to underestimated emissions in the underlying inventories. The temporal analysis over the three hot spot areas reveals that the seasonality is well captured by the model when the lower sensitivity of the satellite measurements in the colder months is taken into account. Comparison of the daily time series indicates possible misrepresentations of the timing and magnitude of the emissions. Finally, specific attention to biomass burning events shows that modeled plumes are less spread out than the observed ones. This is confirmed for the 2010 Russian fires with a comparison using in situ observations.

  7. Surface plasmon resonance study on the optical sensing properties of tin oxide (SnO2) films to NH3 gas

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    Paliwal, Ayushi; Sharma, Anjali; Tomar, Monika; Gupta, Vinay

    2016-04-01

    Surface plasmon resonance (SPR) technique is an easy and reliable method for detecting very low concentration of toxic gases at room temperature using a gas sensitive thin film layer. In the present work, a room temperature operated NH3 gas sensor has been developed using a laboratory assembled SPR measurement setup utilising a p-polarized He-Ne laser and prism coupling technique. A semiconducting gas sensitive tin oxide (SnO2) layer has been deposited under varying growth conditions (i.e., by varying deposition pressure) over the gold coated prism (BK-7) to excite the surface plasmon modes in Kretschmann configuration. The SPR reflectance curves for prism/Au/SnO2/air system for SnO2 thin films prepared at different sputtering pressure were measured, and the SnO2 film deposited at 10 mT pressure is found to exhibit a sharp SPR reflectance curve with minimum reflectance (0.32) at the resonance angle of 44.7° which is further used for sensing NH3 gas of different concentration at room temperature. The SPR reflectance curve shows a significant shift in resonance angle from 45.05° to 58.55° on interacting with NH3. The prepared sensor is found to give high sensing response (0.11) with high selectivity towards very low concentration of NH3 (0.5 ppm) and quick response time at room temperature.

  8. Hybrid molecular ions emitted from CO-NH3 ice bombarded by fission fragments

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    Martinez, R.; Ponciano, C. R.; Farenzena, L. S.; Iza, P.; Homem, M. G. Pe; Naves de Brito, A.; da Silveira, E. F.; Wien, K.

    2007-05-01

    CO-NH3 ice at 25 K is bombarded by 65 MeV fission fragments and the emitted secondary ions are analyzed by time-of-flight mass spectrometry. The yields of the specific ion species (those formed only from CO or from NH3 molecules) and of the hybrid ion species (formed from both CO and NH3 molecules) are determined as a function of the ice temperature. The time-temperature dependence of desorption yields has been used for secondary ion identification because its behavior characterizes the ion's origin around the sublimation temperature of CO ice (~30 K). The mass spectrum of positive ions measured before CO sublimation is decomposed into three spectra corresponding to CO specific ions, NH3 specific ions and hybrid molecular ions, respectively. The observed spectrum after CO sublimation is very similar to that of a pure NH3 specific spectrum. The total yield of all positive hybrid molecular ions over 600 u mass range is found to be about 2 ions/impact: 20% of this is attributed to N and NH3 containing ions and 80% are ions having the CnOmHl+ structure. The ions CnNH3OH+ and NH3CO+ were identified. At T = 25 K, the total yield of negative ions is about 20 times lower than that of positive ions, the most abundant species being the cyanide ion CN-. Observation of cluster ions based on (HCN)n indicates the formation of hydrogen cyanide.

  9. Observation of lower defect density in CH3NH3Pb(I,Cl)3 solar cells by admittance spectroscopy

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    Jiang, Minlin; Lan, Fei; Zhao, Bingxin; Tao, Quan; Wu, Jiamin; Gao, Di; Li, Guangyong

    2016-06-01

    The introduction of Cl into CH3NH3PbI3 precursors is reported to enhance the performance of CH3NH3PbI3 solar cell, which is attributed to the significantly increased diffusion lengths of carriers in CH3NH3Pb(I,Cl)3 solar cell. It has been assumed but never experimentally approved that the defect density in CH3NH3Pb(I,Cl)3 solar cell should be reduced according to the higher carrier lifetime observed from photoluminescence (PL) measurement. We have fabricated CH3NH3Pb(I,Cl)3 solar cell by adding a small amount of Cl source into CH3NH3PbI3 precursor. The performance of CH3NH3Pb(I,Cl)3 solar cell is significantly improved from 15.39% to 18.60%. Results from scanning electron microscopy and X-ray diffraction indicate that the morphologies and crystal structures of CH3NH3PbI3 and CH3NH3Pb(I,Cl)3 thin films remain unchanged. Open circuit voltage decay and admittance spectroscopy characterization jointly approve that Cl plays an extremely important role in suppressing the formation of defects in perovskite solar cells.

  10. Movement of NH3 through the human urea transporter B: a new gas channel

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    Musa-Aziz, Raif; Enkavi, Giray; Mahinthichaichan, P.; Tajkhorshid, Emad; Boron, Walter F.

    2013-01-01

    Aquaporins and Rh proteins can function as gas (CO2 and NH3) channels. The present study explores the urea, H2O, CO2, and NH3 permeability of the human urea transporter B (UT-B) (SLC14A1), expressed in Xenopus oocytes. We monitored urea uptake using [14C]urea and measured osmotic water permeability (Pf) using video microscopy. To obtain a semiquantitative measure of gas permeability, we used microelectrodes to record the maximum transient change in surface pH (ΔpHS) caused by exposing oocytes to 5% CO2/33 mM HCO3− (pHS increase) or 0.5 mM NH3/NH4+ (pHS decrease). UT-B expression increased oocyte permeability to urea by >20-fold, and Pf by 8-fold vs. H2O-injected control oocytes. UT-B expression had no effect on the CO2-induced ΔpHS but doubled the NH3-induced ΔpHS. Phloretin reduced UT-B-dependent urea uptake (Jurea*) by 45%, Pf* by 50%, and (−ΔpHS*)NH3 by 70%. p-Chloromercuribenzene sulfonate reduced Jurea* by 25%, Pf* by 30%, and (ΔpHS*)NH3 by 100%. Molecular dynamics (MD) simulations of membrane-embedded models of UT-B identified the monomeric UT-B pores as the main conduction pathway for both H2O and NH3 and characterized the energetics associated with permeation of these species through the channel. Mutating each of two conserved threonines lining the monomeric urea pores reduced H2O and NH3 permeability. Our data confirm that UT-B has significant H2O permeability and for the first time demonstrate significant NH3 permeability. Thus the UTs become the third family of gas channels. Inhibitor and mutagenesis studies and results of MD simulations suggest that NH3 and H2O pass through the three monomeric urea channels in UT-B. PMID:23552862

  11. Validation of Ogawa passive samplers for the determination of gaseous ammonia concentrations in agricultural settings

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    Roadman, M. J.; Scudlark, J. R.; Meisinger, J. J.; Ullman, W. J.

    The Ogawa passive sampler (Ogawa USA, Pompano Beach, Florida) is a useful tool for monitoring atmospheric ammonia (NH 3(g)) concentrations and assessing the effects of agricultural waste management practices on NH 3(g) emissions. The Ogawa sampler, with filter-discs impregnated with citric acid, was used to trap and determine NH 3(g) concentrations in a variety of agricultural settings. A wide range of NH 3(g) concentrations can be monitored by varying the sampler exposure time, provided that no more than ˜10 μg of NH 3-N are adsorbed on the acid-coated filters. Concentrations less than 1 μg NH 3-N m -3 can be detected using long deployments (⩽14 days), while concentrations as great as 10 mg NH 3-N m -3 may be determined in very short (e.g. 5 min) deployments. Reproducibility ranged from 5% to 10% over the range of concentrations studied and passive determinations of NH 3(g) were similar to those determined using dilute-acid gas scrubbers. Background levels of NH 3(g) at a non-agricultural site in southern Delaware were typically <1 μg NH 3-N m -3. The air entering a chicken house was 10 μg NH 3-N m -3, reflecting the background levels in agricultural settings in this region. Within the house, concentrations ⩽8.5 mg NH 3-N m -3 were observed, reflecting the high rates of NH 3(g) emission from chicken excreta. Using measured NH 3(g) concentrations and poultry house ventilation rates, we estimate that each broiler grown to production size over 6 weeks contributes approximately 19±3 g of NH 3-N to the atmosphere, a value consistent with other published results.

  12. Characterizing the excess electron of Li(NH3)4.

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    Sommerfeld, Thomas; Dreux, Katelyn M

    2012-12-28

    Small lithium ammonia clusters are model systems for the dissociation of metals into solvated cations and electrons in ammonia. Metal-ammonia solutions display a complex behavior with increasing metal concentration including a phase change from a paramagnetic to a metallic diamagnetic phase, and small clusters should be useful models in the low concentration regime, where one may expect the ammoniated electron to show a behavior similar to that of the hydrated electron. Yet, even in the low concentration regime the nature of the ammoniated electron is still controversial with cavity models supported by optical and density measurements whereas localized radical models have been invoked to explain magnetic measurements. Small clusters can shed light on these open questions, and in particular the Li-NH(3) tetramer represents the smallest cluster with a complete solvation shell for the Li(+) cation. In view of the controversies about the character of the excess electron, the first question investigated is whether different theoretical characterizations of the "excess electron" lead to different conclusions about it. Only small differences are found between orbital-based and spin density-based and between self-consistent-field and coupled-cluster-based methods. Natural orbitals from equation-of-motion coupled-cluster calculations are then used to analyze the excess electron's distribution of Li(NH(3))(4) with particular emphasis on the portion of the excess electron's density that is closely associated with the N atoms. Three different comparisons show that only about 6% of the excess electron's density are closely associated with the atoms, with about 1% being closely associated with any N atom, and that the electron is best characterized as a Rydberg-like electron of the whole cluster. Finally, it is shown that in spite of the small amount of density close to the N atoms, the spin-density at the N nuclei is substantial, and that the magnetic observations can plausibly

  13. Effects of atmospheric ammonia (NH3) on terrestrial vegetation: a review.

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    Krupa, S V

    2003-01-01

    At the global scale, among all N (nitrogen) species in the atmosphere and their deposition on to terrestrial vegetation and other receptors, NH3 (ammonia) is considered to be the foremost. The major sources for atmospheric NH3 are agricultural activities and animal feedlot operations, followed by biomass burning (including forest fires) and to a lesser extent fossil fuel combustion. Close to its sources, acute exposures to NH3 can result in visible foliar injury on vegetation. NH3 is deposited rapidly within the first 4-5 km from its source. However, NH3 is also converted in the atmosphere to fine particle NH4+ (ammonium) aerosols that are a regional scale problem. Much of our current knowledge of the effects of NH3 on higher plants is predominantly derived from studies conducted in Europe. Adverse effects on vegetation occur when the rate of foliar uptake of NH3 is greater than the rate and capacity for in vivo detoxification by the plants. Most to least sensitive plant species to NH3 are native vegetation > forests > agricultural crops. There are also a number of studies on N deposition and lichens, mosses and green algae. Direct cause and effect relationships in most of those cases (exceptions being those locations very close to point sources) are confounded by other environmental factors, particularly changes in the ambient SO2 (sulfur dioxide) concentrations. In addition to direct foliar injury, adverse effects of NH3 on higher plants include alterations in: growth and productivity, tissue content of nutrients and toxic elements, drought and frost tolerance, responses to insect pests and disease causing microorganisms (pathogens), development of beneficial root symbiotic or mycorrhizal associations and inter species competition or biodiversity. In all these cases, the joint effects of NH3 with other air pollutants such as all-pervasive O3 or increasing CO2 concentrations are poorly understood. While NH3 uptake in higher plants occurs through the shoots, NH4

  14. Herschel/HIFI deepens the circumstellar NH3 enigma

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    Menten, K. M.; Wyrowski, F.; Alcolea, J.; De Beck, E.; Decin, L.; Marston, A. P.; Bujarrabal, V.; Cernicharo, J.; Dominik, C.; Justtanont, K.; de Koter, A.; Melnick, G.; Neufeld, D. A.; Olofsson, H.; Planesas, P.; Schmidt, M.; Schöier, F. L.; Szczerba, R.; Teyssier, D.; Waters, L. B. F. M.; Edwards, K.; Olberg, M.; Phillips, T. G.; Morris, P.; Salez, M.; Caux, E.

    2010-10-01

    Context. Circumstellar envelopes (CSEs) of a variety of evolved stars have been found to contain ammonia (NH3) in amounts that exceed predictions from conventional chemical models by many orders of magnitude. Aims: The observations reported here were performed in order to better constrain the NH3 abundance in the CSEs of four, quite diverse, oxygen-rich stars using the NH3 ortho JK = 10-00 ground-state line. Methods: We used the Heterodyne Instrument for the Far Infrared aboard Herschel to observe the NH3 JK = 10-00 transition near 572.5 GHz, simultaneously with the ortho-H2O JKa , Kc = 11,0 - 10,1 transition, toward VY CMa, OH 26.5+0.6, IRC+10420, and IK Tau. We conducted non-LTE radiative transfer modeling with the goal to derive the NH3 abundance in these objects' CSEs. For the last two stars, Very Large Array imaging of NH3 radio-wavelength inversion lines were used to provide further constraints, particularly on the spatial extent of the NH3-emitting regions. Results: We find remarkably strong NH3 emission in all of our objects with the NH3 line intensities rivaling those of the ground state H2O line. The NH3 abundances relative to H2 are very high and range from 2×10-7 to 3×10-6 for the objects we have studied. Conclusions: Our observations confirm and even deepen the circumstellar NH3 enigma. While our radiative transfer modeling does not yield satisfactory fits to the observed line profiles, it does lead to abundance estimates that confirm the very high values found in earlier studies. New ways to tackle this mystery will include further Herschel observations of more NH3 lines and imaging with the Expanded Very Large Array. Herschel is an ESA space observatory with science instruments provided by European-led Principal Investigator consortia and with important participation from NASA.Appendix A (page 5) is only available in electronic form at http://www.aanda.org

  15. Thermal Durability of Cu-CHA NH3-SCR Catalysts for Diesel NOx Reduction

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    Schmieg, Steven J.; Oh, Se H.; Kim, Chang H.; Brown, David B.; Lee, Jong H.; Peden, Charles HF; Kim, Do Heui

    2012-04-30

    Multiple catalytic functions (NOx conversion, NO and NH3 oxidation, NH3 storage) of a commercial Cu-zeolite urea/NH3-SCR catalyst were assessed in a laboratory fixed-bed flow reactor system after differing degrees of hydrothermal aging. Catalysts were characterized by using x-ray diffraction (XRD), 27Al solid state nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM) / energy dispersive X-ray (EDX) spectroscopy to develop an understanding of the degradation mechanisms during catalyst aging. The catalytic reaction measurements of laboratory-aged catalysts were performed, which allows us to obtain a universal curve for predicting the degree of catalyst performance deterioration as a function of time at each aging temperature. Results show that as the aging temperature becomes higher, the zeolite structure collapses in a shorter period of time after an induction period. The decrease in SCR performance was explained by zeolite structure destruction and/or Cu agglomeration, as detected by XRD/27Al NMR and by TEM/EDX, respectively. Destruction of the zeolite structure and agglomeration of the active phase also results in a decrease in the NO/NH3 oxidation activity and the NH3 storage capacity of the catalyst. Selected laboratory aging conditions (16 h at 800oC) compare well with a 135,000 mile vehicle-aged catalyst for both performance and characterization criteria.

  16. [Effects of superphosphate addition on NH3 and greenhouse gas emissions during vegetable waste composting].

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    Yang, Yan; Sun, Qin-ping; Li, Ni; Liu, Chun-sheng; Li, Ji-jin; Liu, Ben-sheng; Zou, Guo-yuan

    2015-01-01

    To study the effects of superphosphate (SP) on the NH, and greenhouse gas emissions, vegetable waste composting was performed for 27 days using 6 different treatments. In addition to the controls, five vegetable waste mixtures (0.77 m3 each) were treated with different amounts of the SP additive, namely, 5%, 10%, 15%, 20% and 25%. The ammonia volatilization loss and greenhouse gas emissions were measured during composting. Results indicated that the SP additive significantly decreased the ammonia volatilization and greenhouse gas emissions during vegetable waste composting. The additive reduced the total NH3 emission by 4.0% to 16.7%. The total greenhouse gas emissions (CO2-eq) of all treatments with SP additives were decreased by 10.2% to 20.8%, as compared with the controls. The NH3 emission during vegetable waste composting had the highest contribution to the greenhouse effect caused by the four different gases. The amount of NH3 (CO2-eq) from each treatment ranged from 59.90 kg . t-1 to 81.58 kg . t-1; NH3(CO2-eq) accounted for 69% to 77% of the total emissions from the four gases. Therefore, SP is a cost-effective phosphorus-based fertilizer that can be used as an additive during vegetable waste composting to reduce the NH3 and greenhouse gas emissions as well as to improve the value of compost as a fertilizer. PMID:25985667

  17. Kinetics and gas-surface dynamics of GaN homoepitaxial growth using NH 3-seeded supersonic molecular beams

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    McGinnis, A. J.; Thomson, D.; Davis, R. F.; Chen, E.; Michel, A.; Lamb, H. H.

    2001-11-01

    The kinetics of homoepitaxial growth of GaN thin films on metal-organic chemical vapor deposition (MOCVD)-grown GaN(0 0 0 1)/AlN/6H-SiC substrates was probed using NH 3-seeded supersonic molecular beams. NH 3 was seeded in H 2 and He and antiseeded in N 2 and Ar in order to obtain incident kinetic energies of 0.08-1.8 eV. Nozzle temperatures of 35-600 °C were used to adjust the NH 3 internal energy. Intense NH 3 beams (fluxes >2×10 15 cm-2 s-1 at the substrate) are produced for low seeding percentages (<5%) in the lighter carrier gases, because the heavier species (NH 3) is focused along the centerline of the beam. The NH 3 flux is proportional to the ratio of its molecular weight to the average molecular weight of the binary gas mixture. A steady-state Langmuir-Hinshelwood kinetics model was used to extract zero-coverage NH 3 sticking coefficient ( αNH 30) values from GaN growth kinetics data. An αNH 30 value of 0.14 at 750 °C was determined using seeded supersonic beams of NH 3 in He with incident kinetic energies of 0.4-0.5 eV. In comparison, GaN growth rates using low-energy NH 3 molecules (0.03 eV) from a leak valve indicate an αNH 30 of 0.29. Growth rate measurements using NH 3 beams with kinetic energies of 0.08-1.8 eV confirmed that αNH 30 generally decreases with increasing incident kinetic energy, leading us to conclude that NH 3 chemisorption on GaN(0 0 0 1) is unactivated and occurs via a precursor-mediated mechanism. Internal energy enhancement of NH 3 chemisorption via a precursor-mediated channel is proposed to explain the effects of nozzle temperature on GaN growth kinetics. The effects of NH 3 incident kinetic energy on film morphology are indirect. Rough, highly faceted films are observed under Ga-limited growth conditions. The surface morphology of films grown under NH 3-limited conditions changes from rough to smooth as the effective V/III ratio is decreased.

  18. Study of NH3 Line Intensities in the THz and Far-IR Region

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    Yu, Shanshan

    Ammonia (NH3) exists in the interstellar medium, late-type stars and giant planets of our solar system. Its temperature and abundance profiles in these environments, which are derived with its line parameters as fixed input , are commonly used to provide constraints on retrieving minor species. Therefore NH3 line parameters are essential for interpreting astrophysical and planetary spectra from Herschel, SOFIA, ALMA and JWST. However, our work under a predecessor grant with the APRA program revealed significant deficiencies in NH3 intensities in the terahertz and FIR region, including some weak Delta(K)=3 forbidden transitions predicted to be 100 times stronger. The Delta(K)=3 transitions are the ones connecting levels with different K values and therefore the only way other than collisions and l-doubled states to excite NH3 to K>0 levels. Their intensities have to be corrected to explain the observed high K excitation, such as the detection of NH3 (J,K) = (1,1), (2,2)&(14,14) and (18,18) transitions toward the galactic center star forming region Sgr B2, and to provide insights into the radiative- transfer vs. collision excitation mechanics of interstellar NH3. This proposal will remedy the serious deficiencies in the current databases involving NH3 line parameters in the terahertz and FIR region. We will target transitions with intensities greater than 10^{-23} cm-1/ (molecule/cm2) at 296 K, which will be among new astrophysical detections made by SOFIA, ALMA and JWST, and are 1000 times weaker than the strongest ground state transitions. We will retrieve new positions and intensities from existing laboratory spectra, use them to evaluate the current databases and ab initio calculations, and repair the line positions and intensities by replacing poorly calculated values with our new measurements. The proposed research will result in (1) a validated linelist containing the positions, intensities and lower state energies for the very important Delta(K)=3 NH3 FIR

  19. Mixing of Dust and NH3 Observed Globally over Anthropogenic Dust Sources

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    Ginoux, P.; Clarisse, L.; Clerbaux, C.; Coheur, P.-F.; Dubovik, O.; Hsu, N. C.; Van Damme, M.

    2012-01-01

    The global distribution of dust column burden derived from MODIS Deep Blue aerosol products is compared to NH3 column burden retrieved from IASI infrared spectra. We found similarities in their spatial distributions, in particular their hot spots are often collocated over croplands and to a lesser extent pastures. Globally, we found 22% of dust burden collocated with NH3, with only 1% difference between land-use databases. This confirms the importance of anthropogenic dust from agriculture. Regionally, the Indian subcontinent has the highest amount of dust mixed with NH3 (26 %), mostly over cropland and during the pre-monsoon season. North Africa represents 50% of total dust burden but accounts for only 4% of mixed dust, which is found over croplands and pastures in Sahel and the coastal region of the Mediterranean. In order to evaluate the radiative effect of this mixing on dust optical properties, we derive the mass extinction efficiency for various mixtures of dust and NH3, using AERONET sunphotometers data. We found that for dusty days the coarse mode mass extinction efficiency decreases from 0.62 to 0.48 square meters per gram as NH3 burden increases from 0 to 40 milligrams per square meter. The fine mode extinction efficiency, ranging from 4 to 16 square mters per gram, does not appear to depend on NH3 concentration or relative humidity but rather on mineralogical composition and mixing with other aerosols. Our results imply that a significant amount of dust is already mixed with ammonium salt before its long range transport. This in turn will affect dust lifetime, and its interactions with radiation and cloud properties

  20. Detection of a CO and NH3 gas mixture using carboxylic acid-functionalized single-walled carbon nanotubes

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    2013-01-01

    Carbon nanotubes (CNT) are extremely sensitive to environmental gases. However, detection of mixture gas is still a challenge. Here, we report that 10 ppm of carbon monoxide (CO) and ammonia (NH3) can be electrically detected using a carboxylic acid-functionalized single-walled carbon nanotubes (C-SWCNT). CO and NH3 gases were mixed carefully with the same concentrations of 10 ppm. Our sensor showed faster response to the CO gas than the NH3 gas. The sensing properties and effect of carboxylic acid group were demonstrated, and C-SWCNT sensors with good repeatability and fast responses over a range of concentrations may be used as a simple and effective detection method of CO and NH3 mixture gas. PMID:23286690

  1. Two-center three-electron bonding in ClNH3 revealed via helium droplet infrared laser Stark spectroscopy: Entrance channel complex along the Cl + NH3 → ClNH2 + H reaction

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    Moradi, Christopher P.; Xie, Changjian; Kaufmann, Matin; Guo, Hua; Douberly, Gary E.

    2016-04-01

    Pyrolytic dissociation of Cl2 is employed to dope helium droplets with single Cl atoms. Sequential addition of NH3 to Cl-doped droplets leads to the formation of a complex residing in the entry valley to the substitution reaction Cl + NH3 → ClNH2 + H. Infrared Stark spectroscopy in the NH stretching region reveals symmetric and antisymmetric vibrations of a C3v symmetric top. Frequency shifts from NH3 and dipole moment measurements are consistent with a ClNH3 complex containing a relatively strong two-center three-electron (2c-3e) bond. The nature of the 2c-3e bonding in ClNH3 is explored computationally and found to be consistent with the complexation-induced blue shifts observed experimentally. Computations of interconversion pathways reveal nearly barrierless routes to the formation of this complex, consistent with the absence in experimental spectra of two other complexes, NH3Cl and Cl-HNH2, which are predicted in the entry valley to the hydrogen abstraction reaction Cl + NH3 → HCl + NH2.

  2. Two-center three-electron bonding in ClNH3 revealed via helium droplet infrared laser Stark spectroscopy: Entrance channel complex along the Cl + NH3 → ClNH2 + H reaction.

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    Moradi, Christopher P; Xie, Changjian; Kaufmann, Matin; Guo, Hua; Douberly, Gary E

    2016-04-28

    Pyrolytic dissociation of Cl2 is employed to dope helium droplets with single Cl atoms. Sequential addition of NH3 to Cl-doped droplets leads to the formation of a complex residing in the entry valley to the substitution reaction Cl + NH3 → ClNH2 + H. Infrared Stark spectroscopy in the NH stretching region reveals symmetric and antisymmetric vibrations of a C3v symmetric top. Frequency shifts from NH3 and dipole moment measurements are consistent with a ClNH3 complex containing a relatively strong two-center three-electron (2c-3e) bond. The nature of the 2c-3e bonding in ClNH3 is explored computationally and found to be consistent with the complexation-induced blue shifts observed experimentally. Computations of interconversion pathways reveal nearly barrierless routes to the formation of this complex, consistent with the absence in experimental spectra of two other complexes, NH3Cl and Cl-HNH2, which are predicted in the entry valley to the hydrogen abstraction reaction Cl + NH3 → HCl + NH2. PMID:27131544

  3. Condensation and vaporization studies of CH3OH and NH3 ices: Major implications for astrochemistry

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    Sandford, Scott A.; Allamandola, Louis J.

    1993-01-01

    In an extension of previously reported work on ices containing H2O, CO, CO2, SO2, H2S, and H2, we present measurements of the physical and infrared spectral properties of ices containing CH3OH and NH3. The condensation and sublimation behavior of these ice systems is discussed and surface binding energies are presented for all of these molecules. The surface binding energies can be used to calculate the residence times of the molecules on grain surfaces as a function of temperature. It is demonstrated that many of the molecules used to generate radio maps of and probe conditions in dense clouds, for example CO and NH3, will be significantly depleted from the gas phase by condensation onto dust grains. Attempts to derive total column densities solely from radio maps that do not take condensation effects into account may vastly underestimate the true column densities of any given species. Simple CO condensation onto and vaporization off of grains appears to be capable of explaining the observed depletion of gas phase CO in cold, dense molecular cores. This is not the case for NH3, however, where thermal considerations alone predict that all of the NH3 should be condensed onto grains. The fact that some gas phase NH3 is observed indicates that additional desorption processes must be involved. The surface binding energies of CH3OH, in conjunction with this molecule's observed behavior during warm up in H2O-rich ices, is shown to provide an explanation of the large excess of CH3OH seen in many warm, dense molecular cores. The near-infrared spectrum and associated integrated band strengths of CH3OH-containing ice are given, as are middle infrared absorption band strengths for both CH3OH and NH3.

  4. Condensation and Vaporization Studies of CH3OH and NH3 Ices: Major Implications for Astrochemistry

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    Sandford, Scott A.; Allamandola, Louis J.

    1993-01-01

    In an extension of previously reported work on ices containing H20, CO, CO2, SO2, H2S, and H2, We present measurements of the physical and infrared spectral properties of ices containing CH30H and NH3.The condensation and sublimation behavior of these ice systems is discussed and surface binding energies are presented for all of these molecules. The surface binding energies can be used to calculate the residence times of the molecules on grain surfaces as a function of temperature. It is demonstrated that many of the molecules used to generate radio maps of and probe conditions in dense clouds, for example CO and NH3, will be significantly depleted from the gas phase by condensation onto dust grains. Attempts to derive total column densities solely from radio maps that do not take condensation effects into account may vastly underestimate the true column densities of any given species. Simple CO condensation onto and vaporization off of grains appears to be capable of explaining the observed 87 of gas phase CO in cold, dense molecular cores. This is not the case for NH3, however, where thermal considerations alone predict that all of the NH3 should be condensed onto grains. The fact that some gas phase NH3 is observed indicates that additional desorption processes must be involved. The surface binding energies of CH3OH, in conjunction with this molecule's observed behavior during warm up in H2O-rich ices, is shown to provide an explanation of the large excess of CH3OH seen in many warm, dense molecular cores. The near-infrared spectrum and associated integrated band strengths of CH3OH-containing ice are given, as are middle infrared absorption band strengths for both CH3OH and NH3.

  5. Correlation of superconductivity with crystal structure in (NH3)yC sxFeSe

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    Zheng, Lu; Miao, Xiao; Sakai, Yusuke; Goto, Hidenori; Uesugi, Eri; Eguchi, Ritsuko; Nishiyama, Saki; Sugimoto, Kunihisa; Fujiwara, Akihiko; Kubozono, Yoshihiro

    2016-03-01

    The superconducting transition temperature Tc of ammoniated metal-doped FeSe (NH3)yMxFeSe (M : metal atom) has been scaled with the FeSe plane spacing, and it has been suggested that the FeSe plane spacing depends on the location of metal atoms in (NH3)yMxFeSe crystals. Although the crystal structure of (NH3)yL ixFeSe exhibiting a high Tc (˜44 K) was determined from neutron diffraction, the structure of (NH3)yMxFeSe exhibiting a low Tc (˜32 K) has not been determined thus far. Here, we determined the crystal structure of (NH3)yC s0.4FeSe (Tc=33 K ) through the Rietveld refinement of the x-ray diffraction (XRD) pattern measured with synchrotron radiation at 30 K. The XRD pattern was analyzed based on two different models, on-center and off-center, under a space group of I 4 /m m m . In the on-center structure, the Cs occupies the 2 a site and the N of N H3 may occupy either the 4 c or 2 b site, or both. In the off-center structure, the Cs may occupy either the 4 c or 2 b site, or both, while the N occupies the 2 a site. Only an on-center structure model in which the Cs occupies the 2 a and the N of N H3 occupies the 4 c site provided reasonable results in the Rietveld analysis. Consequently, we concluded that (NH3)yC s0.4FeSe can be assigned to the on-center structure, which produces a smaller FeSe plane spacing leading to the lower Tc.

  6. Condensation and vaporization studies of CH3OH and NH3 ices: major implications for astrochemistry.

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    Sandford, S A; Allamandola, L J

    1993-11-10

    In an extension of previously reported work on ices containing H2O, CO, CO2, SO2, H2S, and H2, we present measurements of the physical and infrared spectral properties of ices containing CH3OH and NH3. The condensation and sublimation behavior of these ice systems is discussed and surface binding energies are presented for all of these molecules. The surface binding energies can be used to calculate the residence times of the molecules on grain surfaces as a function of temperature. It is demonstrated that many of the molecules used to generate radio maps of and probe conditions in dense clouds, for example CO and NH3, will be significantly depleted from the gas phase by condensation onto dust grains. Attempts to derive total column densities solely from radio maps that do not take condensation effects into account may vastly underestimate the true column densities of any given species. Simple CO condensation onto and vaporization off of grains appears to be capable of explaining the observed depletion of gas phase CO in cold, dense molecular cores. This is not the case for NH3, however, where thermal considerations alone predict that all of the NH3 should be condensed onto grains. The fact that some gas phase NH3 is observed indicates that additional desorption processes must be involved. The surface binding energies of CH3OH, in conjunction with this molecule's observed behavior during warm up in H2O-rich ices, is shown to provide an explanation of the large excess of CH3OH seen in many warm, dense molecular cores. The near-infrared spectrum and associated integrated band strengths of CH3OH-containing ice are given, as are middle infrared absorption band strengths for both CH3OH and NH3. PMID:11540092

  7. Parametrization of electron impact ionization cross sections for CO, CO2, NH3 and SO2

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    Srivastava, Santosh K.; Nguyen, Hung P.

    1987-01-01

    The electron impact ionization and dissociative ionization cross section data of CO, CO2, CH4, NH3, and SO2, measured in the laboratory, were parameterized utilizing an empirical formula based on the Born approximation. For this purpose an chi squared minimization technique was employed which provided an excellent fit to the experimental data.

  8. Case study: Seasonal and Spatial Distribution of Ambient Ammonia Concentrations Measured at a Large Open-Lot Dairy

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    The volatilization of ammonia (NH3) from dairy production facilities is not only a loss of valuable N, but also an air quality concern because NH3 plays a role in the formation of airborne particulate matter, which can be a health hazard. The ambient NH3 concentrations over several seasons at three ...

  9. UF6 and UF4 in liquid ammonia: [UF7(NH3)]3- and [UF4(NH3)4].

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    Kraus, Florian; Baer, Sebastian A

    2009-08-17

    From the reaction of uranium hexafluoride UF6 with dry liquid ammonia, the [UF7(NH3)]3- anion and the [UF4(NH3)4] molecule were isolated and identified for the first time. They are found in signal-green crystals of trisammonium monoammine heptafluorouranate(IV) ammonia (1:1; [NH4]3[UF7(NH3)].NH3) and emerald-green crystals of tetraammine tetrafluorouranium(IV) ammonia (1:1; [UF4(NH3)4].NH3). [NH4]3[UF7(NH3)].NH3 features discrete [UF7(NH3)]3- anions with a coordination geometry similar to a bicapped trigonal prism, hitherto unknown for U(IV) compounds. The emerald-green [UF4(NH3)4].NH3 contains discrete tetraammine tetrafluorouranium(IV) [UF4(NH3)4] molecules. [UF4(NH3)4].NH3 is not stable at room temperature and forms pastel-green [UF4(NH3)4] as a powder that is surprisingly stable up to 147 degrees C. The compounds are the first structurally characterized ammonia complexes of uranium fluorides. PMID:19585645

  10. Gaseous NH3 Confers Porous Pt Nanodendrites Assisted by Halides.

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    Lu, Shuanglong; Eid, Kamel; Li, Weifeng; Cao, Xueqin; Pan, Yue; Guo, Jun; Wang, Liang; Wang, Hongjing; Gu, Hongwei

    2016-01-01

    Tailoring the morphology of Pt nanocrystals (NCs) is of great concern for their enhancement in catalytic activity and durability. In this article, a novel synthetic strategy is developed to selectively prepare porous dendritic Pt NCs with different structures for oxygen reduction reaction (ORR) assisted by NH3 gas and halides (F(-), Cl(-), Br(-)). The NH3 gas plays critical roles on tuning the morphology. Previously, H2 and CO gas are reported to assist the shape control of metallic nanocrystals. This is the first demonstration that NH3 gas assists the Pt anisotropic growth. The halides also play important role in the synthetic strategy to regulate the formation of Pt NCs. As-made porous dendritic Pt NCs, especially when NH4F is used as a regulating reagent, show superior catalytic activity for ORR compared with commercial Pt/C catalyst and other previously reported Pt-based NCs. PMID:27184228

  11. Gaseous NH3 Confers Porous Pt Nanodendrites Assisted by Halides

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    Lu, Shuanglong; Eid, Kamel; Li, Weifeng; Cao, Xueqin; Pan, Yue; Guo, Jun; Wang, Liang; Wang, Hongjing; Gu, Hongwei

    2016-01-01

    Tailoring the morphology of Pt nanocrystals (NCs) is of great concern for their enhancement in catalytic activity and durability. In this article, a novel synthetic strategy is developed to selectively prepare porous dendritic Pt NCs with different structures for oxygen reduction reaction (ORR) assisted by NH3 gas and halides (F−, Cl−, Br−). The NH3 gas plays critical roles on tuning the morphology. Previously, H2 and CO gas are reported to assist the shape control of metallic nanocrystals. This is the first demonstration that NH3 gas assists the Pt anisotropic growth. The halides also play important role in the synthetic strategy to regulate the formation of Pt NCs. As-made porous dendritic Pt NCs, especially when NH4F is used as a regulating reagent, show superior catalytic activity for ORR compared with commercial Pt/C catalyst and other previously reported Pt-based NCs. PMID:27184228

  12. Gaseous NH3 Confers Porous Pt Nanodendrites Assisted by Halides

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    Lu, Shuanglong; Eid, Kamel; Li, Weifeng; Cao, Xueqin; Pan, Yue; Guo, Jun; Wang, Liang; Wang, Hongjing; Gu, Hongwei

    2016-05-01

    Tailoring the morphology of Pt nanocrystals (NCs) is of great concern for their enhancement in catalytic activity and durability. In this article, a novel synthetic strategy is developed to selectively prepare porous dendritic Pt NCs with different structures for oxygen reduction reaction (ORR) assisted by NH3 gas and halides (F‑, Cl‑, Br‑). The NH3 gas plays critical roles on tuning the morphology. Previously, H2 and CO gas are reported to assist the shape control of metallic nanocrystals. This is the first demonstration that NH3 gas assists the Pt anisotropic growth. The halides also play important role in the synthetic strategy to regulate the formation of Pt NCs. As-made porous dendritic Pt NCs, especially when NH4F is used as a regulating reagent, show superior catalytic activity for ORR compared with commercial Pt/C catalyst and other previously reported Pt-based NCs.

  13. Temporal variation in atmospheric ammonia concentrations above seabird colonies

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    Blackall, T. D.; Wilson, L. J.; Bull, J.; Theobald, M. R.; Bacon, P. J.; Hamer, K. C.; Wanless, S.; Sutton, M. A.

    Recent studies have shown that seabirds are an important source of ammonia (NH 3) emissions in remote coastal ecosystems. Nesting behaviour, which varies between seabird species, is likely to be a major factor in determining the proportion of excreted nitrogen (N) volatilised to the atmosphere as NH 3. A long-term NH 3 monitoring programme was implemented at a Scottish seabird colony with a range of species and associated nesting behaviours. The average monthly NH 3 concentration was measured at 12 locations over a 14-month period, to infer spatial (i.e. species-specific) and temporal (seasonal) changes in NH 3 emissions from different seabird species. An emissions model of seabird NH 3, based on species-specific bioenergetics and behaviour, was applied to produce spatial estimates for input to a dispersion model. Atmospheric NH 3 concentrations demonstrated spatial variability as a result of differing local populations of breeding seabirds, with the highest concentrations measured above cliff nesting species such as Common guillemot Uria aalge, Razorbill Alca torda and Black-legged kittiwake Rissa tridactyla. NH 3 concentrations above a colony of burrow nesting Atlantic puffin Fratercula arctica were low, considering the high number of birds. Emission of NH 3 from excreted N exhibits a time lag of approximately a month. It is likely that all excreted N is lost from the colony by volatilisation as NH 3 or surface run-off between breeding seasons. Modelled NH 3 emissions and concentrations correlated with measured concentrations, but were much higher, reflecting uncertainties in the local turbulent characteristics. The results allow multi-species seabird population data to be used for the calculation of regional and global NH 3 emission inventories, whilst improving understanding of N budgets of remote coastal ecosystems.

  14. Control of charge transport in the perovskite CH3 NH3 PbI3 thin film.

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    Shi, Jiangjian; Wei, Huiyun; Lv, Songtao; Xu, Xin; Wu, Huijue; Luo, Yanhong; Li, Dongmei; Meng, Qingbo

    2015-03-16

    Carrier density and transport properties in the CH3 NH3 PbI3 thin film have been investigated. It is found that the carrier density, the depletion field, and the charge collection and transport properties in the CH3 NH3 PbI3 absorber film can be controlled effectively by different concentrations of reactants. That is, the carrier properties and the self-doping characteristics in CH3 NH3 PbI3 films are strongly influenced by the reaction thermodynamic and kinetic processes. Furthermore, by employing mixed solvents with ethanol and isopropanol to deposit the CH3 NH3 PbI3 film, the charge collection and transport efficiencies are improved significantly, thereby yielding an overall enhanced cell performance. PMID:25581504

  15. The relationship between NH3 emissions from a poultry farm and soil NO and N2O fluxes from a downwind forest

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    Skiba, U.; Dick, J.; Storeton-West, R.; Lopez-Fernandez, S.; Woods, C.; Tang, S.; Vandijk, N.

    2006-08-01

    Intensive livestock farms emit large concentrations of NH3, most of which is deposited very close to the source. The presence of trees enhances the deposition. Rates to downwind forests can exceed 40 kg N ha-1 y-1. The steep gradient in large NH3 concentrations of 34.3±20.4, 47.6±24.9, 21.7±16.8 µg NH3 m3 at the edge of a forest 15, 30 and 45 m downwind of the farm to near background concentrations within 270 m downwind (1.15±0.7 µg NH3 m3) provides an ideal site to study the effect of different rates of atmospheric NH3 concentrations and inferred deposition on biological and chemical processes under similar environmental conditions. We have investigated the effect of different NH3 concentrations and implied deposition rates on the flux of NO and N2O from soil in a mixed woodland downwind of a large poultry farm (160 000 birds) in Scotland, which has been operating for about 40 years. Measurements were carried out for a 6 month period, with hourly NO flux measurements, daily N2O fluxes close to the farm and monthly at all sites, and monthly cumulative wet and dry N deposition. The increased NH3 and NH4+ deposition to the woodland increased emissions of NO and N2O and soil available NH4+ and NO3- concentrations. Average NO and N2O fluxes measured 15, 25 and 45 m downwind of the farm were 111.2±41.1, 123.3±40.7, 38.3±28.8 µg NO-N m-2 h-1 and 9.9±7.5, 34.3±33.3 and 21.2±6.1 µg N2O-N m-2 h-1, respectively. At the background site 270 m downwind the N2O flux was reduced to 1.75±2.1 µg N2O-N m-2 h-1. NO emissions were significantly influenced by seasonal and daily changes in soil temperature and followed a diurnal pattern with maximum emissions approximately 3 h after noon. For N2O no consistent diurnal pattern was observed. Changes in soil moisture content had a less clear effect on the NO and N2O flux. In spite of the large NO and N2O emissions accounting for >3% of the N deposited to the woodland downwind of the farm, extrapolation to the entire British

  16. Applications of Kalman filtering to real-time trace gas concentration measurements

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    Leleux, D. P.; Claps, R.; Chen, W.; Tittel, F. K.; Harman, T. L.

    2002-01-01

    A Kalman filtering technique is applied to the simultaneous detection of NH3 and CO2 with a diode-laser-based sensor operating at 1.53 micrometers. This technique is developed for improving the sensitivity and precision of trace gas concentration levels based on direct overtone laser absorption spectroscopy in the presence of various sensor noise sources. Filter performance is demonstrated to be adaptive to real-time noise and data statistics. Additionally, filter operation is successfully performed with dynamic ranges differing by three orders of magnitude. Details of Kalman filter theory applied to the acquired spectroscopic data are discussed. The effectiveness of this technique is evaluated by performing NH3 and CO2 concentration measurements and utilizing it to monitor varying ammonia and carbon dioxide levels in a bioreactor for water reprocessing, located at the NASA-Johnson Space Center. Results indicate a sensitivity enhancement of six times, in terms of improved minimum detectable absorption by the gas sensor.

  17. A two-color infrared-vacuum ultraviolet laser pulsed field ionization photoelectron study of NH3.

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    Bahng, Mi-Kyung; Xing, Xi; Baek, Sun Jong; Ng, C Y

    2005-08-22

    We have observed fully rotationally resolved transitions of the photoelectron vibrational bands 2(4), 2(5), 1(1)2(1), and 1(1)2(3) for ammonia cation (NH3+) by two-color infrared (IR)-vacuum ultraviolet (VUV)- pulsed field-ionization photoelectron (PFI-PE) measurements. By preparing an intermediate rovibrational state of neutral NH(3) with a known parity by IR excitation followed by VUV-PFI-PE measurements, we show that the photoelectron parity can be determined unambiguously. The IR-VUV-PFI-PE measurement of the 2(4) band clearly reveals the formation of both even and odd l states for the photoelectrons, where l is the orbital angular momentum quantum number. This observation is consistent with the conclusion that the lack of inversion symmetry for NH3 and NH3+ allows odd/even l mixings, rendering the production of both odd and even l states for the photoelectrons. Evidence is also found, indicating that the photoionization transitions with DeltaK=0 are strongly favored compared to that with DeltaK=3. For the 2(5), 1(1)2(1), and 1(1)2(3) bands, only DeltaK=0 transitions for the production of even l photoelectron states from the J'K'=2(0) rotational level of NH3(nu1=1) are observed. The preferential formation of even l photoelectron states for these vibrational bands is attributed to the fact that the DeltaK=0 transitions for the formation of odd l photoelectron states from the 2(0) rotational level of NH3(nu1=1) are suppressed by the constraint of nuclear-spin statistics. In addition to information obtained on the photoionization dynamics of NH3, this experiment also provides a more precise value of 3232+/-10 cm-1 for the nu1+ (N-H stretch) vibrational frequency of NH3+. PMID:16164295

  18. Plasmon resonance scattering at perovskite CH3NH3PbI3 coated single gold nanoparticles: evidence for electron transfer.

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    Xu, Duo; Liu, Dong; Xie, Tao; Cao, Yue; Wang, Jun-Gang; Ning, Zhi-Jun; Long, Yi-Tao; Tian, He

    2016-08-01

    We demonstrate the electron transfer between gold nanoparticles and perovskite CH3NH3PbI3 at a single nanoparticle level by plasmon resonance Rayleigh scattering spectroscopy. Different mass concentrations of CH3NH3PbI3 show different formations of crystal grains on the gold nanoparticles, which led to different degrees of red-shift. PMID:27436158

  19. Comparison of Recombination Dynamics in CH3NH3PbBr3 and CH3NH3PbI3 Perovskite Films: Influence of Exciton Binding Energy.

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    Yang, Ye; Yang, Mengjin; Li, Zhen; Crisp, Ryan; Zhu, Kai; Beard, Matthew C

    2015-12-01

    Understanding carrier recombination in semiconductors is a critical component when developing practical applications. Here we measure and compare the monomolecular, bimolecular, and trimolecular (Auger) recombination rate constants of CH3NH3PbBr3 and CH3NH3PbI3. The monomolecular and bimolecular recombination rate constants for both samples are limited by trap-assisted recombination. The bimolecular recombination rate constant for CH3NH3PbBr3 is ∼3.3 times larger than that for CH3NH3PbI3 and both are in line with that found for radiative recombination in other direct-gap semiconductors. The Auger recombination rate constant is 4 times larger in lead-bromide-based perovskite compared with lead-iodide-based perovskite and does not follow the reduced Auger rate when the bandgap increases. The increased Auger recombination rate, which is enhanced by Coulomb interactions, can be ascribed to the larger exciton binding energy, ∼40 meV, in CH3NH3PbBr3 compared with ∼13 meV in CH3NH3PbI3. PMID:26551036

  20. Depletion region effect of highly efficient hole conductor free CH3NH3PbI3 perovskite solar cells.

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    Aharon, Sigalit; Gamliel, Shany; El Cohen, Bat; Etgar, Lioz

    2014-06-14

    The inorganic-organic perovskite is currently attracting a lot of attention due to its use as a light harvester in solar cells. The large absorption coefficients, high carrier mobility and good stability of organo-lead halide perovskites present good potential for their use as light harvesters in mesoscopic heterojunction solar cells. This work concentrated on a unique property of the lead halide perovskite, its function simultaneously as a light harvester and a hole conductor in the solar cell. A two-step deposition technique was used to optimize the perovskite deposition and to enhance the solar cell efficiency. It was revealed that the photovoltaic performance of the hole conductor free perovskite solar cell is strongly dependent on the depletion layer width which was created at the TiO2-CH3NH3PbI3 junction. X-ray diffraction measurements indicate that there were no changes in the crystallographic structure of the CH3NH3PbI3 perovskite over time, which supports the high stability of these hole conductor free perovskite solar cells. Furthermore, the power conversion efficiency of the best cells reached 10.85% with a fill factor of 68%, a Voc of 0.84 V, and a Jsc of 19 mA cm(-2), the highest efficiency to date of a hole conductor free perovskite solar cell. PMID:24736900

  1. Comparison of Techniques to Estimate Ammonia Emissions at Cattle Feedlots Using Time-Averaged and Instantaneous Concentration Measurements

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    Shonkwiler, K. B.; Ham, J. M.; Williams, C. M.

    2013-12-01

    Ammonia (NH3) that volatilizes from confined animal feeding operations (CAFOs) can form aerosols that travel long distances where such aerosols can deposit in sensitive regions, potentially causing harm to local ecosystems. However, quantifying the emissions of ammonia from CAFOs through direct measurement is very difficult and costly to perform. A system was therefore developed at Colorado State University for conditionally sampling NH3 concentrations based on weather parameters measured using inexpensive equipment. These systems use passive diffusive cartridges (Radiello, Sigma-Aldrich, St. Louis, MO, USA) that provide time-averaged concentrations representative of a two-week deployment period. The samplers are exposed by a robotic mechanism so they are only deployed when wind is from the direction of the CAFO at 1.4 m/s or greater. These concentration data, along with other weather variables measured during each sampler deployment period, can then be used in a simple inverse model (FIDES, UMR Environnement et Grandes Cultures, Thiverval-Grignon, France) to estimate emissions. There are not yet any direct comparisons of the modeled emissions derived from time-averaged concentration data to modeled emissions from more sophisticated backward Lagrangian stochastic (bLs) techniques that utilize instantaneous measurements of NH3 concentration. In the summer and autumn of 2013, a suite of robotic passive sampler systems were deployed at a 25,000-head cattle feedlot at the same time as an open-path infrared (IR) diode laser (GasFinder2, Boreal Laser Inc., Edmonton, Alberta, Canada) which continuously measured ammonia concentrations instantaneously over a 225-m path. This particular laser is utilized in agricultural settings, and in combination with a bLs model (WindTrax, Thunder Beach Scientific, Inc., Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada), has become a common method for estimating NH3 emissions from a variety of agricultural and industrial operations. This study will first

  2. NH3 in IRC plus 10216. [infrared astronomy

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    Betz, A. L.; Mclaren, R. A.; Spears, D. L.

    1978-01-01

    Ammonia was detected in the circumstellar envelope of IRC +10216 by means of three infrared absorption lines in the nu sup 2 band around 950/cm. The lines are fully resolved at a resolution of 0.22 km/sec and indicate that most of the circumstellar gas is accelerated to expansion velocities around 14 km/sec within a few stellar radii. The NH3 profiles indicate a rotational temperature between 400 and 700 K, and H2 density between 10 to the 8th power/cu cm and 10 to the 10th power/cu cm, and NH3 column density of 10 to the 17th power/sq cm. The H2 density indicates that the mass of the circumstellar envelope within a 1 arcsec radius is approximately 0.1 solar masses.

  3. Effects of acute NH3 air pollution on N-sensitive and N-tolerant lichen species.

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    Paoli, Luca; Maslaňáková, Ivana; Grassi, Alice; Bačkor, Martin; Loppi, Stefano

    2015-12-01

    Lichens are sensitive to the presence of ammonia (NH3) in the environment. However, in order to use them as reliable indicators in biomonitoring studies, it is necessary to establish unequivocally the occurrence of certain symptoms following the exposure to NH3 in the environment. In this paper, we simulated an episode of acute air pollution due to the release of NH3. The biological effects of acute air pollution by atmospheric NH3 have been investigated using N-sensitive (Flavoparmelia caperata) and N-tolerant (Xanthoria parietina) species. Lichen samples were exposed to ecologically relevant NH3 concentrations for 8 weeks, simulating three areas of impact: a control area (2 μg/m(3)), an area of intermediate impact (2-35 μg/m(3)) and an area of high impact (10-315 μg/m(3)), with a peak of pollution reached between the fourth and fifth week. Ammonia affected both the photobiont and the mycobiont in F. caperata, while in X. parietina only the photosynthetic performance of the photobiont was altered after exposure to the highest concentration. In the photobiont of F. caperata we recorded chlorophyll degradation as indicated by OD435/415 ratio, decrease of the photosynthetic performance (as reflected by the maximum quantum yield of primary photochemistry FV/FM and the performance index PIABS); in the mycobiont, ergosterol reduction, membrane lipid peroxidation (as reflected by the increase of thiobarbituric acid reactive substances), alteration (decrease) of the secondary metabolite usnic acid. No effects were detected on caperatic acid and dehydrogenase activity. In X. parietina, the only signal determined by NH3 was the alteration of FV/FM and the performance index PIABS. The results suggest that physiological parameters in N-sensitive lichens well reflect the effects of NH3 exposure and can be applied as early indicators in monitoring studies. PMID:26342688

  4. Development and evaluation of optical fiber NH3 sensors for application in air quality monitoring

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    Huang, Yu; Wieck, Lucas; Tao, Shiquan

    2013-02-01

    Ammonia is a major air pollutant emitted from agricultural practices. Sources of ammonia include manure from animal feeding operations and fertilizer from cropping systems. Sensor technologies with capability of continuous real time monitoring of ammonia concentration in air are needed to qualify ammonia emissions from agricultural activities and further evaluate human and animal health effects, study ammonia environmental chemistry, and provide baseline data for air quality standard. We have developed fiber optic ammonia sensors using different sensing reagents and different polymers for immobilizing sensing reagents. The reversible fiber optic sensors have detection limits down to low ppbv levels. The response time of these sensors ranges from seconds to tens minutes depending on transducer design. In this paper, we report our results in the development and evaluation of fiber optic sensor technologies for air quality monitoring. The effect of change of temperature, humidity and carbon dioxide concentration on fiber optic ammonia sensors has been investigated. Carbon dioxide in air was found not interfere the fiber optic sensors for monitoring NH3. However, the change of humidity can cause interferences to some fiber optic NH3 sensors depending on the sensor's transducer design. The sensitivity of fiber optic NH3 sensors was found depends on temperature. Methods and techniques for eliminating these interferences have been proposed.

  5. Communication: overtone (2NH) spectroscopy of NH3-Ar.

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    Didriche, K; Földes, T; Vanfleteren, T; Herman, M

    2013-05-14

    The Π (1(1)) ← Σ (0(0)) 2NH (ν1+ν3) band of the NH3-Ar van der Waals complex formed in a supersonic jet expansion, with origin at 6628 cm(-1) was recorded at high-resolution using cavity ring down spectroscopy. The analysis leads to upper state rotational constants and J-dependent predissociation lifetimes estimated from linewidth analysis, with a mean value about 0.6 ns. PMID:23676017

  6. Scattering resonances in slow NH3-He collisions

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    Gubbels, Koos B.; van de Meerakker, Sebastiaan Y. T.; Groenenboom, Gerrit C.; Meijer, Gerard; van der Avoird, Ad

    2012-02-01

    We theoretically study slow collisions of NH3 molecules with He atoms, where we focus in particular on the observation of scattering resonances. We calculate state-to-state integral and differential cross sections for collision energies ranging from 10-4 cm-1 to 130 cm-1, using fully converged quantum close-coupling calculations. To describe the interaction between the NH3 molecules and the He atoms, we present a four-dimensional potential energy surface, based on an accurate fit of 4180 ab initio points. Prior to collision, we consider the ammonia molecules to be in their antisymmetric umbrella state with angular momentum j = 1 and projection k = 1, which is a suitable state for Stark deceleration. We find pronounced shape and Feshbach resonances, especially for inelastic collisions into the symmetric umbrella state with j = k = 1. We analyze the observed resonant structures in detail by looking at scattering wavefunctions, phase shifts, and lifetimes. Finally, we discuss the prospects for observing the predicted scattering resonances in future crossed molecular beam experiments with a Stark-decelerated NH3 beam.

  7. Ammonia mobility in chabazite: insight into the diffusion component of the NH3-SCR process.

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    O'Malley, Alexander J; Hitchcock, Iain; Sarwar, Misbah; Silverwood, Ian P; Hindocha, Sheena; Catlow, C Richard A; York, Andrew P E; Collier, P J

    2016-06-29

    The diffusion of ammonia in commercial NH3-SCR catalyst Cu-CHA was measured and compared with H-CHA using quasielastic neutron scattering (QENS) and molecular dynamics (MD) simulations to assess the effect of counterion presence on NH3 mobility in automotive emission control relevant zeolite catalysts. QENS experiments observed jump diffusion with a jump distance of 3 Å, giving similar self-diffusion coefficient measurements for both Cu- and H-CHA samples, in the range of ca. 5-10 × 10(-10) m(2) s(-1) over the measured temperature range. Self-diffusivities calculated by MD were within a factor of 6 of those measured experimentally at each temperature. The activation energies of diffusion were also similar for both studied systems: 3.7 and 4.4 kJ mol(-1) for the H- and Cu-chabazite respectively, suggesting that counterion presence has little impact on ammonia diffusivity on the timescale of the QENS experiment. An explanation is given by the MD simulations, which showed the strong coordination of NH3 with Cu(2+) counterions in the centre of the chabazite cage, shielding other molecules from interaction with the ion, and allowing for intercage diffusion through the 8-ring windows (consistent with the experimentally observed jump length) to carry on unhindered. PMID:27306298

  8. NH3 quantum rotators in Hofmann clathrates: intensity and width of rotational transition lines

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    Vorderwisch, Peter; Sobolev, Oleg; Desmedt, Arnaud

    2004-07-01

    Inelastic structure factors for rotational transitions of uniaxial NH3 quantum rotators, measured in a Hofmann clathrate with biphenyl as guest molecule, agree with those calculated for free rotators. A finite intrinsic line width, found for rotational transitions involving the rotational level j=3 at low temperature, supports a recently suggested model based on resonant rotor-rotor coupling. Present address: LPCM, CNRS-Université de Bordeaux I, 351 Cours de Libération, Talence F-33405, France.

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

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

    2016-09-01

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

  10. Comparison among NH3 and GHGs emissive patterns from different housing solutions of dairy farms

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    Baldini, Cecilia; Borgonovo, Federica; Gardoni, Davide; Guarino, Marcella

    2016-09-01

    Agriculture and livestock farming are known to be activities emitting relevant quantities of atmospheric pollutants. In particular, in intensive animal farming, buildings can be identified as a relevant source of ammonia and greenhouse gases. This study aimed at: i) determining the emission factors of NH3, N2O, CH4, and CO2 from different dairy farms in Italy, and ii) assessing the effects of the different floor types and manure-handling systems used, in order to minimize the impact of this important productive sector. A measurement campaign was carried out for 27 months in four naturally ventilated dairy cattle buildings with different floor types, layouts and manure management systems, representative of the most common technologies in the north of Italy. Gas emissions were measured with the "static chamber method": a chamber was placed above the floor farm and an infrared photoacoustic detector (IPD) was used to monitor gas accumulation over time. In the feeding alleys, emissions of NH3 were higher from solid floors than from flushing systems and perforated floors. N2O emissions were significantly different among farms but the absolute values were relatively low. CH4 and CO2 emissions were higher from perforated floors than from other types of housing solution. Regarding the cubicles, the emissions of NH3 were approximately equal from the two housing solution studied. Contrariwise, N2O, CH4 and CO2 emissions were different between the cubicles with rubber mat and those with straw where the highest values were found.

  11. Illumination dependent carrier dynamics of CH3NH3PbBr3 perovskite

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    Chen, Sheng; Wen, Xiaoming; Huang, Shujuan; Sheng, Rui; Green, Martin A.; Ho-Baillie, Anita

    2015-12-01

    The excellent light harvesting properties and potentially low cost fabrication of organometal halide perovskites have attracted great attention in their application as solar cell device. Apart from the general advantages of organic-inorganic perovskite, CH3NH3PbBr3 has a larger bandgap (~2.3eV) suitable to be the top cell in a tandem solar device. Here we use steady-state and time-resolved photoluminescence (PL) techniques to investigate the photophysical behaviour of CH3NH3PbBr3 perovskite including its carrier dynamics under continuous illumination. Samples were studied under different illumination conditions and the following observations were made: (1) defect assisted recombination is dominant under low excitation under nano-second scale measurement, (2) bimolecular and Auger recombinations dominate under high excitation under the minute timescale measurement, (3) the magnitude PL decay traces decrease over time under continuous excitation. We propose that both the density of photo-generated free carriers and the density of mobile ions have an impact on the carrier dynamic of CH3NH3PbBr3. This finding provides insights into the photophysical properties of perovskite materials.

  12. Conductivity of p(AAc) Cryogel and Its Li+, Na+, and K+ Salts for NH3 Sensing

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    Sahiner, Nurettin; Demirci, Sahin; Sel, Kivanc

    2016-04-01

    Poly(acrylic acid) [p(AAc)] cryogel has been synthesized by a cryopolymerization technique under cryogenic conditions. The synthesized p(AAc) cryogel was treated with LiOH, NaOH, and KOH to generate corresponding salt forms of carboxylic acid groups within the p(AAc) cryogel network for activation as p(AAc)-Li+, p(AAc)-Na+, and p(AAc)-K+, respectively. The synthesized p(AAc)-based cryogels were characterized via Fourier-transform infrared (FT-IR) spectroscopy, thermogravimetric analysis, and scanning electron microscopy. The room-temperature electrical conductivity of the p(AAc), p(AAc)-Li+, p(AAc)-Na+, and p(AAc)-K+ cryogels was measured as 10-11 S cm-1, 10-10 S cm-1, 10-9 S cm-1, and 10-8 S cm-1, respectively. Furthermore, the p(AAc) cryogel and its salt forms were tested as sensor materials for NH3 gas by exposing them to NH3 vapor for 60 min under ambient conditions. Upon exposure to NH3 vapor, it was found that the conductivity of the bare p(AAc) and p(AAc)-K+ cryogels increased by up to 105- and 102-fold, respectively, compared with their NH3 unexposed states. The increase in conductivity for the other salt forms of p(AAc) cryogel was about 60-fold compared with their bare form. The conductivity increase for the p(AAc) and p(AAc)-K+ cryogels was therefore further investigated by changing the NH3 vapor exposure time, revealing that these materials could be used as sensors for NH3. It was further found that a 5 min NH3 gas exposure time was sufficient for p(AAc)-K+ cryogel to generate a detectable response via a change in the conductivity of the matrix.

  13. Conductivity of p(AAc) Cryogel and Its Li+, Na+, and K+ Salts for NH3 Sensing

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    Sahiner, Nurettin; Demirci, Sahin; Sel, Kivanc

    2016-07-01

    Poly(acrylic acid) [p(AAc)] cryogel has been synthesized by a cryopolymerization technique under cryogenic conditions. The synthesized p(AAc) cryogel was treated with LiOH, NaOH, and KOH to generate corresponding salt forms of carboxylic acid groups within the p(AAc) cryogel network for activation as p(AAc)-Li+, p(AAc)-Na+, and p(AAc)-K+, respectively. The synthesized p(AAc)-based cryogels were characterized via Fourier-transform infrared (FT-IR) spectroscopy, thermogravimetric analysis, and scanning electron microscopy. The room-temperature electrical conductivity of the p(AAc), p(AAc)-Li+, p(AAc)-Na+, and p(AAc)-K+ cryogels was measured as 10-11 S cm-1, 10-10 S cm-1, 10-9 S cm-1, and 10-8 S cm-1, respectively. Furthermore, the p(AAc) cryogel and its salt forms were tested as sensor materials for NH3 gas by exposing them to NH3 vapor for 60 min under ambient conditions. Upon exposure to NH3 vapor, it was found that the conductivity of the bare p(AAc) and p(AAc)-K+ cryogels increased by up to 105- and 102-fold, respectively, compared with their NH3 unexposed states. The increase in conductivity for the other salt forms of p(AAc) cryogel was about 60-fold compared with their bare form. The conductivity increase for the p(AAc) and p(AAc)-K+ cryogels was therefore further investigated by changing the NH3 vapor exposure time, revealing that these materials could be used as sensors for NH3. It was further found that a 5 min NH3 gas exposure time was sufficient for p(AAc)-K+ cryogel to generate a detectable response via a change in the conductivity of the matrix.

  14. Quantum-chemical study and FTIR jet spectroscopy of CHCl(3)-NH(3) association in the gas phase.

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    Hippler, Michael; Hesse, Susanne; Suhm, Martin A

    2010-11-01

    High level ab initio quantum chemical calculations have been performed on the association of chloroform with ammonia in the gas phase (counterpoise corrected MP2 and coupled-cluster CCSD(T) calculations with 6-311++G(d,p) basis functions). Minimum energy equilibrium structures have been found for CHCl(3)-NH(3) dimer, CHCl(3)-(NH(3))(2) trimer and CHCl(3)-(NH(3))(3) tetramer. Association is characterised by a CHN hydrogen bond between a chloroform and an ammonia molecule, with further ammonia units attached by hydrogen bonds to ammonia and by an electrostatic NHCl interaction to chloroform. Cooperative effects provide additional stabilisation. The complexes exhibit characteristic shifts of vibrational bands and change of IR intensity; in particular there is a pronounced progressive shift of the CH-stretching vibration towards lower wavenumber with each unit of ammonia attached in the complex. The shift is accompanied by an up to 600 fold increase in IR intensity. The experimental FTIR jet spectra have provided firm evidence of CHCl(3)-NH(3) association, with the clearest effects seen in the region of the CH-stretching vibration. First tentative assignments have been made based on the dependence of relative intensities of cluster features on the concentration of monomers, and assignments have been corroborated by the quantum chemical calculations. The present combined ab initio and FTIR spectroscopy study reveals the structure and energetics of cluster formation and intermolecular bonding in CHCl(3)-NH(3) association. PMID:20694238

  15. Cs5Sn9(OH)·4NH3

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    Friedrich, Ute; Korber, Nikolaus

    2014-01-01

    The title compound, penta­caesium nona­stannide hydroxide tetra­ammonia, crystallized from a solution of CsSnBi in liquid ammonia. The Sn9 4− unit forms a monocapped quadratic anti­prism. The hydroxide ion is surrounded by five caesium cations, which form a distorted quadratic pyramidal polyhedron. A three-dimensional network is formed by Cs—Sn [3.8881 (7) Å to 4.5284 (7) Å] and Cs—NH3 [3.276 (7)–3.636 (7) Å] contacts. PMID:24940189

  16. Enhancement of NH3 sensing performance in flower-like ZnO nanostructures and their growth mechanism

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    Zhang, Yu; Liu, Tianmo; Hao, Jinghua; Lin, Liyang; Zeng, Wen; Peng, Xianghe; Wang, Zhongchang

    2015-12-01

    ZnO nanostructures hold substantial promise for gas-sensing applications owing to their outstanding ethanol sensing performance, yet their sensing performance toward NH3 has rarely been reported. Here, we report on a successful preparation of sunflower-like ZnO nanostructures and ZnO nanoparticle via a facile hydrothermal method, and demonstrate that the ZnO nanoflowers have high gas-sensing performances toward NH3 under a low concentration of 10-50 ppm. Further structural characterization reveals that the sunflower-like nanostructure comprises six triangles-like and one sphere-like nanostructures, and the triangle-like nanostructure is single crystalline with {0 0 1} crystal face. As a consequence of their unique morphology, the nanoflowers show much improved NH3 sensing performances than the nanoparticles with a high sensitivity of 49.5.

  17. Effects of molecular dipole orientation on the exciton binding energy of CH3NH3PbI3

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    Motta, Carlo; Mandal, Pankaj; Sanvito, Stefano

    2016-07-01

    We present a simple interacting tight-binding model for excitons, which is used to investigate the dependence of the exciton binding energy of CH3NH3PbI3 over the disorder induced by the molecular motion at room temperature. The model is fitted to the electronic structure of CH3NH3PbI3 by using data from density-functional theory and Born-Oppenheimer ab initio molecular dynamics, and it is solved in the mean-field approximation. When a finite-scale analysis is performed to extract the energetic of the excitons at experimental concentrations we find that disorder in general reduces the binding energy of about 10%. This suggests that the excitonic properties of CH3NH3PbI3 largely depend on the electronic structure of the PbI3 inorganic lattice.

  18. Evaluating ammonia deposition rates for deciduous forest using measurements and modelling

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    Hansen, K.; Geels, C.; Hertel, O.; Skjøth, C. A.; Jensen, B.; Soerensen, L. L.; Boegh, E.

    2012-04-01

    Atmospheric ammonia (NH3) is a major contributor to soil acidification and eutrophication of natural terrestrial ecosystem leading to e.g. reduced biodiversity (Erisman et al. 2007, Environmental Pollution, Stevens et al. 2004, Science, Sutton et al. 2009, Biogeoscience). In order to assess these impacts, quantifying the magnitude of the NH3 flux in the biosphere atmosphere system is essential. Model simulations using the Danish Ammonia Modelling System (DAMOS) have recently indicated that particular forest ecosystems are exposed to critical load exceedances of N (Geels et al., not yet submitted). However, there are relatively few datasets of atmospheric NH3 fluxes available for forests which can contribute verifying model results. The atmospheric dry deposition of NH3 for the beech (Fagus sylvatica) forest, Lille Bøgeskov, in Sorø, Denmark, is investigated using the high resolution micrometeorological measuring technique, Relaxed Eddy Accumulation (REA), for 26 October - 11 November 2010. Measurements of atmospheric NH3 concentrations and fluxes are compared to local-scale model simulations using the Danish Ammonia Modelling System (DAMOS). It was found that long-term measured and modelled atmospheric mean concentrations of NH3 agreed well within the range of 0.56-0.68 µg NH3-N m-3, however, observed emission fluxes of up to app. 0.8 µg NH3-N m-2 s-1 after leaf fall were not represented by DAMOS because the model system does not consider vegetative and soil NH3 emissions from non-agricultural areas (Skjøth et al. 2011, ACPD). New atmospheric NH3 flux measurements for Lille Bøgeskov have been conducted throughout 2011 and these data are presented and discussed in relation to the 2010 data of atmospheric NH3. Future studies aim to improve the description of dry deposition of NH3 for vegetative surfaces in local-scale models whereby the NH3 vegetative emission and its contribution to the atmospheric NH3 concentration and flux is considered.

  19. Sensing Mechanisms for Carbon Nanotube Based NH3 Gas Detection

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    Peng, Ning; Zhang, Qing; Chow, Chee L.; Tan, Ooi K.; Marzari, Nicola N.

    2009-03-31

    There has been an argument on carbon nanotube (CNT) based gas detectors with a field-effect transistor (FET) geometry: do the response signals result from charge transfer between adsorbed gas molecules and the CNT channel and/or from the gas species induced Schottky barrier modulation at the CNT/metal contacts? To differentiate the sensing mechanisms, we employed three CNTFET structures, i.e., (1) the entire CNT channel and CNT/electrode contacts are accessible to NH3 gas; (2) the CNT/electrode contacts are passivated with a Si3N4 thin film, leaving the CNT channel open to the gas and, in contrast, (3) the CNT channel is covered with the film, while the contacts are open to the gas. We suggest that the Schottky barrier modulation at the contacts is the dominant mechanism from room temperature to 150°C. At higher temperatures, the charge transfer process contributes to the response signals. There is a clear evidence that the adsorption of NH3 on the CNT channel is facilitated by environmental oxygen.

  20. Fragmentation of doubly charged ammonia cations NH{3/++} studied by the photoion-photoion coincidence (PIPICO) method

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    Winkoun, D.; Dujardin, G.

    1986-03-01

    Doubly charged NH{3/++} cations were produced by double photoionization of neutral ammonia molecules by using the synchrotron radiation from ACO as a photon source of variable energy in the 35 49 eV energy range. The fragmentation of NH{3/++} was studied by the photoion-photoion coincidence (PIPICO) method. NH{3/++} cations were produced in thetilde X^1 A 1 andtilde B^1 electronic states of which the onset energies were measured at, respectively, 35.4±0.5 eV and 44.5±0.5 eV. It was shown that the NH{3/++} ions, initially produced in theirtilde X^1 A 1 state, rapidly dissociate (in less than 50 ns), into NH{2/+} + H+. Furthermore, the comparison with results obtained by other methods indicates that NH{3/++} ions can either be long-lived (τ>10 µs) or slowly dissociating (1 µs<τ<10 µs) or rapidly dissociating (τ<50 ns), depending on their geometry and/or internal energy in theirtilde X^1 E A 1 electronic state.

  1. Reversible flexible structural changes in multidimensional MOFs by guest molecules (I2, NH3) and thermal stimulation

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    Chen, Yang; Li, Libo; Yang, Jiangfeng; Wang, Shuang; Li, Jinping

    2015-03-01

    Three metal-organic frameworks (MOFs), [Cu(INA)2], [Cu(INA)2I2] and [Cu(INA)2(H2O)2(NH3)2], were synthesized with 3D, 2D, and 0D structures, respectively. Reversible flexible structural changes of these MOFs were reported. Through high temperature (60-100 °C) stimulation of I2 or ambient temperature stimulation of NH3, [Cu(INA)2] (3D) converted to [Cu(INA)2I2] (2D) and [Cu(INA)2(H2O)2(NH3)2] (0D); as the temperature increased to 150 °C, the MOFs changed back to their original form. In this way, this 3D MOF has potential application in the capture of I2 and NH3 from polluted water and air. XRD, TGA, SEM, NH3-TPD, and the measurement of gas adsorption were used to describe the changes in processes regarding the structure, morphology, and properties.

  2. Measuring Hydrogen Concentrations in Metals

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    Danford, M. D.

    1985-01-01

    Commercial corrosion-measurement system adapted to electrochemical determination of hydrogen concentrations in metals. New technique based on diffusion of hydrogen through foil specimen of metal. In sample holder, hydrogen produced on one side of foil, either by corrosion reaction or by cathodic current. Hydrogen diffused through foil removed on other side by constant anode potential, which leads to oxidation of hydrogen to water. Anode current is measure of concentration of hydrogen diffusing through foil. System used to study hydrogen uptake, hydrogen elimination by baking, effect of heat treatment, and effect of electroplating on high-strength steels.

  3. The tropospheric abundances of NH3 and PH3 in Jupiter's Great Red Spot, from Voyager IRIS observations.

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    Griffith, C A; Bezard, B; Owen, T; Gautier, D

    1992-01-01

    To investigate the chemistry and dynamics of Jupiter's Great Red Spot (GRS), the tropospheric abundances of NH3 and PH3 in the GRS are determined and compared to those of the surrounding region, the South Tropical Zone (STZ). These gases well up from deep in the atmosphere, and, in the upper troposphere, are depleted by condensation (in the case of NH3), chemical reactions, and UV photolysis. At Jupiter's tropopause, the chemical lifetimes of NH3 and PH3 are comparable to the time constant for vertical transport over the atmospheric scale height. The distributions of these gases are therefore diagnostic of the rate of vertical transport in the upper troposphere and lower stratosphere. Three groups of Voyager IRIS spectra are analyzed, two of the STZ and one of the GRS. The two groups of STZ spectra are defined on the basis of their radiances at 602 and 226 cm-1, which reflect, respectively, the temperature near 150 mbar and the cloud opacity in the 300-600 mbar region. One selection of STZ spectra is chosen to have the same radiance as does the GRS at 226 cm-1. The other STZ selection has a significantly greater radiance, indicative of reduced cloudiness. Variations in the abundances of NH3 and PH3 are determined within the STZ, as a background for our studies of the GRS. Within the uncertainty of our measurements (-55% and +75%), the PH3 mixing ratio at 600 mbar is 3 x 10(-7), the same for all three selections. The NH3 mixing ratio profile in the pressure region between 300 and 600 mbar is the same within error (-25% and +50% at 300 mbar) for both STZ selections. In the GRS, however, NH3 is significantly depleted at 300 mbar, with an abundance of 25% that derived for the STZ selections. Since the GRS is believed to be a region of strong vertical transport, our finding of a depletion of NH3 below the tropopause within the GRS is particularly unexpected. One of the STZ selections has a temperature-pressure profile similar to that of the GRS below the 300-mbar level

  4. Secondary ion emission induced by fission fragment impact in CO-NH(3) and CO-NH(3)-H(2)O ices: modification in the CO-NH(3) ice structure.

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    Martinez, R; Farenzena, L S; Iza, P; Ponciano, C R; Homem, M G P; de Brito, A Naves; Wien, K; da Silveira, E F

    2007-10-01

    CO-NH(3) and CO-NH(3)-H(2)O ices at 25-130 K were bombarded by (252)Cf fission fragments ( approximately 65 MeV at the target surface) and the emitted secondary ions were analyzed by time-of-flight mass spectrometry (TOF-SIMS). It is observed that the mass spectra obtained from both ices have similar patterns. The production of hybrid ions (formed from CO and NH(3) molecules) emitted from CO-NH(3) ice has already been reported by R. Martinez et al., Int. J. Mass. Spectrom. 262 (2006) 195; here, the secondary ion emission and the modifications of the CO--NH(3) ice structure during the temperature increase of the ice are addressed. These studies are expected to throw light on the sputtering from planetary and interstellar ices and the possible formation of new organic molecules in CO-NH(3)-H(2)O ice by megaelectronvolt ion bombardment. The presence of water in the CO-NH(3) ice mixture generates molecular ion series such as (NH(3))(p-q)(H(2)O)(q)CO(+) and replaces the cluster series (NH(3))(n)NH(4) (+) emission by the hybrid series (NH(3))(I-i)(H(2)O)(i=1, 2...I)H(+). The distribution of NH(3) and H(2)O molecules within the cluster groups indicates that ammonia and water mix homogeneously in the icy condensate at T = 25 K. The desorption yield distribution of the cluster series (NH(3))(n)NH(4) (+) is described by the sum of two exponential functions: one, slow-decreasing, attributed to the fragmentation of the solid target into clusters; and another, fast-decreasing, due to a local sublimation followed by recombination of ammonia molecules. The analysis of the time-temperature dependence of these two yield components gives information on the formation process of molecular ions, the transient composition of the ice target and structural changes of the ice. Data suggest that the amorphous and porous structure of the NH(3) ice, formed by the condensation of the CO--NH(3) gas at T = 25 K, survives CO sublimation until the occurrence of a phase transition around 80 K

  5. Metal-Borohydride-Modified Zr(BH4 )4 ⋅8 NH3 : Low-Temperature Dehydrogenation Yielding Highly Pure Hydrogen.

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    Huang, Jianmei; Ouyang, Liuzhang; Gu, Qinfen; Yu, Xuebin; Zhu, Min

    2015-10-12

    Due to its high hydrogen density (14.8 wt %) and low dehydrogenation peak temperature (130 °C), Zr(BH4 )4 ⋅8 NH3 is considered to be one of the most promising hydrogen-storage materials. To further decrease its dehydrogenation temperature and suppress its ammonia release, a strategy of introducing LiBH4 and Mg(BH4 )2 was applied to this system. Zr(BH4 )4 ⋅8 NH3 -4 LiBH4 and Zr(BH4 )4 ⋅8 NH3 -2 Mg(BH4 )2 composites showed main dehydrogenation peaks centered at 81 and 106 °C as well as high hydrogen purities of 99.3 and 99.8 mol % H2 , respectively. Isothermal measurements showed that 6.6 wt % (within 60 min) and 5.5 wt % (within 360 min) of hydrogen were released at 100 °C from Zr(BH4 )4 ⋅8 NH3 -4 LiBH4 and Zr(BH4 )4 ⋅8 NH3 -2 Mg(BH4 )2 , respectively. The lower dehydrogenation temperatures and improved hydrogen purities could be attributed to the formation of the diammoniate of diborane for Zr(BH4 )4 ⋅8 NH3 -4 LiBH4 , and the partial transfer of NH3 groups from Zr(BH4 )4 ⋅8 NH3 to Mg(BH4 )2 for Zr(BH4 )4 ⋅8 NH3 -2 Mg(BH4 )2 , which result in balanced numbers of BH4 and NH3 groups and a more active H(δ+) ⋅⋅⋅(-δ) H interaction. These advanced dehydrogenation properties make these two composites promising candidates as hydrogen-storage materials. PMID:26315468

  6. Emission factor of ammonia (NH3) from on-road vehicles in China: tunnel tests in urban Guangzhou

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    Liu, Tengyu; Wang, Xinming; Wang, Boguang; Ding, Xiang; Deng, Wei; Lü, Sujun; Zhang, Yanli

    2014-05-01

    Ammonia (NH3) is the primary alkaline gas in the atmosphere that contributes to formation of secondary particles. Emission of NH3 from vehicles, particularly gasoline powered light duty vehicles equipped with three-way catalysts, is regarded as an important source apart from emissions from animal wastes and soils, yet measured emission factors for motor vehicles are still not available in China, where traffic-related emission has become an increasingly important source of air pollutants in urban areas. Here we present our tunnel tests for NH3 from motor vehicles under ‘real world conditions’ in an urban roadway tunnel in Guangzhou, a central city in the Pearl River Delta (PRD) region in south China. By attributing all NH3 emissions in the tunnel to light-duty gasoline vehicles, we obtained a fuel-based emission rate of 2.92 ± 0.18 g L-1 and a mileage-based emission factor of 229.5 ± 14.1 mg km-1. These emission factors were much higher than those measured in the United States while measured NO x emission factors (7.17 ± 0.60 g L-1 or 0.56 ± 0.05 g km-1) were contrastingly near or lower than those previously estimated by MOBILE/PART5 or COPERT IV models. Based on the NH3 emission factors from this study, on-road vehicles accounted for 8.1% of NH3 emissions in the PRD region in 2006 instead of 2.5% as estimated in a previous study using emission factors taken from the Emission Inventory Improvement Program (EIIP) in the United States.

  7. Global Ammonia Concentrations Seen by the 13-years AIRS Measurements

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    Warner, Juying; Wei, Zigang; Larrabee Strow, L.; Dickerson, Russell; Nowak, John; Wang, Yuxuan

    2016-04-01

    Ammonia is an integral part of the nitrogen cycle and is projected to be the largest single contributor to each of acidification, eutrophication and secondary particulate matter in Europe by 2020 (Sutton et al., 2008). The impacts of NH3 also include: aerosol production affecting global radiative forcing, increases in emissions of the greenhouse gases nitrous oxide (N2O) and methane (CH4), and modification of the transport and deposition patterns of SO2 and NOx. Therefore, monitoring NH3 global distribution of sources is vitally important to human health with respect to both air and water quality and climate change. We have developed new daily and global ammonia (NH3) products from AIRS hyperspectral measurements. These products add value to AIRS's existing products that have made significant contributions to weather forecasts, climate studies, and air quality monitoring. With longer than 13 years of data records, these measurements have been used not only for daily monitoring purposes but also for inter-annual variability and short-term trend studies. We will discuss the global NH3 emission sources from biogenic and anthropogenic activities over many emission regions captured by AIRS. We will focus their variability in the last 13 years.

  8. Melting phase relations in the system H2O - NH3 at high pressure

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    Sugimura, E.; Hirose, K.; Komabayashi, T.; Ohishi, Y.; Hirao, N.; Dubrovinsky, L. S.

    2012-12-01

    The density models of Uranus and Neptune constrained by their gravitational moments from Voyager mission suggest that mantles of these planets may be predominantly comprised of water (H2O), methane (CH4), and ammonia (NH3). The impurities in pure water would greatly influence the phase relations in the water-rich system expected in the icy mantle, which must be known to construct a plausible planetary model. One of important effects of the impurity is on the liquidus temperature (Tliq), since it decides the actual presence of solid phase within the icy mantle. In order to determine Tliq in H2O-rich region of the H2O - CH4 - NH3 ternary system, the melting phase relations in the H2O - CH4 and H2O - NH3 systems must be accurately known. However, previous melting experiments on each binary system were limited to several gigapascals, thus need to be explored to higher P-T conditions for application in interiors of Uranus and Neptune. We have investigated high-pressure (P) and -temperature (T) melting phase relations in the H2O - NH3 system based on a combination of visual observation and angle-dispersive x-ray diffraction (XRD) measurements at BL10XU, SPring-8. High-P-T conditions were generated in an externally-resistive heated diamond anvil cell (DAC). Starting material was 20wt% NH3 aqueous solution whose composition was checked via Tliq of the solution measured in a DAC at near atmospheric pressure. The aqueous solution was loaded into a gold-lined hole in a preindented rhenium gasket in order to insulate the sample from rhenium. Pressure was determined from the unit-cell volume of gold liner. Melting and freezing of the sample were detected by monitoring disappearance/appearance of diffraction peaks of solid and diffuse scattering of liquids, as well as observing melting/crystallization of crystal grains under microscope. Up to 20 GPa at room temperature, in addition to ice VII, diffraction peaks of bcc-like phase, which is most likely to be the reported phase VI

  9. Parallel operation of NH3 screw compressors - the optimum way

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    Pijnenburg, B.; Ritmann, J.

    2015-08-01

    The use of more smaller industrial NH3 screw compressors operating in parallel seems to offer the optimum way when it comes to fulfilling maximum part load efficiency, increased redundancy and other highly requested features in the industrial refrigeration industry today. Parallel operation in an optimum way can be selected to secure continuous operation and can in most applications be configured to ensure lower overall operating economy. New compressors are developed to meet requirements for flexibility in operation and are controlled in an intelligent way. The intelligent control system keeps focus on all external demands, but yet striving to offer always the lowest possible absorbed power, including in future scenarios with connection to smart grid.

  10. A variationally computed line list for hot NH3

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    Yurchenko, S. N.; Barber, R. J.; Tennyson, J.

    2011-05-01

    We present 'BYTe', a comprehensive 'hot' line list for the ro-vibrational transitions of ammonia, 14NH3, in its ground electronic state. This line list has been computed variationally using the program suite TROVE, a new spectroscopically determined potential energy surface and an ab initio dipole moment surface. BYTe, is designed to be used at all temperatures up to 1500 K. It comprises 1138 323 351 transitions in the frequency range from 0 to 12 000 cm-1, constructed from 1373 897 energy levels below 18 000 cm-1 having J values ≤36. Comparisons with laboratory data confirm the accuracy of the line list which is suitable for modelling a variety of astrophysical problems including the atmospheres of extrasolar planets and brown dwarfs.

  11. Separation of H2S and NH3 gases from tofu waste water-based biogas using activated carbon adsorption

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    Harihastuti, Nani; Purwanto, P.; Istadi, I.

    2015-12-01

    Research on the separation of H2S and NH3 gases from tofu waste water-based biogas has been conducted to improve the content of CH4 of biogas in order to increase calorific value. Biogas from tofu waste water contained many kinds of gases such as: CH4 of 53-64%, CO2 of 36-45%, H2S of 3,724-5,880 mg/Nm3, NH3 of 0.19-70.36 mg/Nm3, and H2O of 33,800-19,770,000 mg/Nm3. In fact, CO2, H2S, NH3, and moisture are impurities that have disturbance to human and environment, so that they are necessary to be separated from biogas. Particularly, H2S and NH3 have high toxicity to people, particularly the workers in the tofu industry. Therefore, separation of H2S and NH3 from biogas to increase calorific value is the focus of this research. The method used in this research is by adsorption of H2S and NH3 gases using activated carbon as adsorbent. It also used condensation as pretreatment to remove moisture content in biogas. Biogas was flowed to adsorption column (70 cm height and 9 cm diameter containing activated carbon as much as 500 g) so that the H2S and NH3 gases were adsorbed. This research was conducted by varying flow rate and flow time of biogas. From this experiment, it was found that the optimum adsorption conditions were flow rate of 3.5 l/min and 4 hours flow time. This condition could reach 99.95% adsorption efficiency of H2S from 5,879.50 mg/Nm3 to 0.67 mg/Nm3, and 74.96% adsorption efficiency of NH3 from 2.93 mg/Nm3 to 0.73 mg/Nm3. The concentration of CH4 increased from 63.88% to 76.24% in the biogas.

  12. Simulating the phase partitioning of NH3, HNO3, and HCl with size-resolved particles over northern Colorado in winter

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    Kelly, James T.; Baker, Kirk R.; Nolte, Christopher G.; Napelenok, Sergey L.; Keene, William C.; Pszenny, Alexander A. P.

    2016-04-01

    Numerical modeling of inorganic aerosol processes is useful in air quality management, but comprehensive evaluation of modeled aerosol processes is rarely possible due to the lack of comprehensive datasets. During the Nitrogen, Aerosol Composition, and Halogens on a Tall Tower (NACHTT) campaign in February and March 2011, the phase partitioning of soluble trace gases with size-resolved particles and related meteorological conditions were measured continuously at a site in Colorado about 33 km north of Denver. These size-resolved measurements of particulate SO4 2 - , NH4+,NO3- , Cl-, Na+, Ca2+, Mg2+, and K+ and inorganic gases are used here to assess the ability of a continental U.S. modeling platform to simulate the gas-particle partitioning of NH3, HNO3, and HCl at this location. Modeling is based on the Community Multiscale Air Quality (CMAQ) model with 12 km horizontal resolution. Baseline, sensitivity, and source apportionment simulations are conducted to fully characterize the model predictions. Considering the limitations in representing regional terrain features in the national 12 km modeling, predictions agree reasonably well with measured concentrations and gas-particle partitioning at this location. However, the median sum of NH4+ and NH3 is underpredicted in the baseline simulation by a factor of four suggesting a need for improved bottom-up NH3 emissions inventories in this area. The median sum of Cl- and HCl is underpredicted by a factor of 2.8, while levels of Ca2+, Mg2+, and K+ are overpredicted. Improvements in windblown and fugitive dust emissions may improve and/or better constrain these predictions. Mass size distributions for inorganic particle constituents are generally simulated well, although the modeled fine particle mode is shifted to slightly larger diameters relative to measurements. Source apportionment modeling estimates of source sector and boundary contributions to air quality at the site are provided.

  13. Simulating the phase partitioning of NH3, HNO3, and HCl with size-resolved particles over northern Colorado in winter

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    Kelly, James T.; Baker, Kirk R.; Nolte, Christopher G.; Napelenok, Sergey L.; Keene, William C.; Pszenny, Alexander A. P.

    2016-04-01

    Numerical modeling of inorganic aerosol processes is useful in air quality management, but comprehensive evaluation of modeled aerosol processes is rarely possible due to the lack of comprehensive datasets. During the Nitrogen, Aerosol Composition, and Halogens on a Tall Tower (NACHTT) campaign in February and March 2011, the phase partitioning of soluble trace gases with size-resolved particles and related meteorological conditions were measured continuously at a site in Colorado about 33 km north of Denver. These size-resolved measurements of particulate SO42- , NH4+, NO3- , Cl-, Na+, Ca2+, Mg2+, and K+ and inorganic gases are used here to assess the ability of a continental U.S. modeling platform to simulate the gas-particle partitioning of NH3, HNO3, and HCl at this location. Modeling is based on the Community Multiscale Air Quality (CMAQ) model with 12 km horizontal resolution. Baseline, sensitivity, and source apportionment simulations are conducted to fully characterize the model predictions. Considering the limitations in representing regional terrain features in the national 12 km modeling, predictions agree reasonably well with measured concentrations and gas-particle partitioning at this location. However, the median sum of NH4+ and NH3 is underpredicted in the baseline simulation by a factor of four suggesting a need for improved bottom-up NH3 emissions inventories in this area. The median sum of Cl- and HCl is underpredicted by a factor of 2.8, while levels of Ca2+, Mg2+, and K+ are overpredicted. Improvements in windblown and fugitive dust emissions may improve and/or better constrain these predictions. Mass size distributions for inorganic particle constituents are generally simulated well, although the modeled fine particle mode is shifted to slightly larger diameters relative to measurements. Source apportionment modeling estimates of source sector and boundary contributions to air quality at the site are provided.

  14. The effect of oxygen vacancies on the binding interactions of NH3 with rutile TiO2(110) -1×1

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    Kim, Boseong; Li, Zhenjun; Kay, Bruce D.; Dohnalek, Zdenek; Kim, Yu Kwon

    2012-11-21

    A series of NH3 temperature-programmed desorption (TPD) spectra was taken after the NH3 dose at 70 K on rutile TiO2(110)-1×1 surfaces with the oxygen vacancy (VO) concentrations of ~0% (p-TiO2) and 5% (r-TiO2), respectively, to study the effect of VO’s on the desorption energy of NH3 as a function of the coverage, θ. Our results show that at zero coverage limit, the desorption energy of NH3 on r-TiO2 is 115 kJ/mol, which is 10 kJ/mol less than that on p-TiO2. The desorption energy from the Ti4+ sites decreases with increasing θ due to the repulsive NH3 - NH3 interactions and approaches ~ 55 kJ/mol upon the saturation of Ti4+ sites (θ = 1 monolayer, ML) on both p- and r-TiO2. The absolute saturation coverage is determined to be about 10% smaller on r-TiO2 than that on p-TiO2. Further, the trailing edges of the NH3 TPD spectra on the hydroxylated TiO2(110) (h-TiO2) appear to be the same as that on r-TiO2 while those on oxidized TiO2(110) (o-TiO2) shift to higher temperatures. We present the detailed analysis of the results and reconcile the observed differences based on the repulsive adsorbate-adsorbate interactions between neighboring NH3 molecules and the surface charge associated with the presence of VO’s. Besides NH3, no other reaction products are observed in the TPD spectra.

  15. Lattice potential energy and standard molar enthalpy in the formation of 1—dodecylamine hydrobromide (1-C12H25NH3·Br)(s)

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    Liu, Yu-Pu; Di, You-Ying; Dan, Wen-Yan; He, Dong-Hua; Kong, Yu-Xia; Yang, Wei-Wei

    2011-02-01

    This paper reports that 1-dodecylamine hydrobromide (1-C12H25NH3·Br)(s) has been synthesized using the liquid phase reaction method. The lattice potential energy of the compound 1-C12H25NH3·Br and the ionic volume and radius of the 1-C12H25NH3+ cation are obtained from the crystallographic data and other auxiliary thermodynamic data. The constant-volume energy of combustion of 1-C12H25NH3·Br(s) is measured to be ΔcUmo(1-C12H25NH3·Br, s) = -(7369.03±3.28) kJ·mol-1 by means of an RBC-II precision rotating-bomb combustion calorimeter at T = (298.15±0.001) K. The standard molar enthalpy of combustion of the compound is derived to be ΔcHmo(1-C12H25NH3·Br, s) = -(7384.52±3.28) kJ·mol-1 from the constant-volume energy of combustion. The standard molar enthalpy of formation of the compound is calculated to be ΔfHmo(1-C12H25NH3·Br, s)=-(1317.86±3.67) kJ·mol-1 from the standard molar enthalpy of combustion of the title compound and other auxiliary thermodynamic quantities through a thermochemical cycle.

  16. Low-temperature high-resolution absorption spectrum of 14NH3 in the ν1+ν3 band region (1.51 μm)

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    Földes, T.; Golebiowski, D.; Herman, M.; Softley, T. P.; Di Lonardo, G.; Fusina, L.

    2014-09-01

    Jet-cooled spectra of 14NH3 and 15NH3 in natural abundance were recorded using cavity ring-down (CRDS, 6584-6670 cm-1) and cavity enhanced absorption (CEAS, 6530-6700 cm-1) spectroscopy. Line broadening effects in the CRDS spectrum allowed lines with J″-values between 0 and 3 to be identified. Intensity ratios in 14NH3 between the jet-cooled CRDS and literature room-temperature data from Sung et al. (J. Quant. Spectrosc. Radiat. Transfer, 113 (2012), 1066) further assisted the line assignments. Ground state combination differences were extensively used to support the assignments, providing reliable values for J, K and inversion symmetry of the ground state vibrational levels. CEAS data helped in this respect for the lowest J lines, some of which are saturated in the CRDS spectrum. Further information on a/s doublets arose from the observed spectral structures. Thirty-two transitions of 14NH3 were assigned in this way and a limited but significant number (19) of changes in the assignments results, compared to Sung et al. or to Cacciani et al. (J. Quant. Spectrosc. Radiat. Transfer, 113 (2012), 1084). Sixteen known and 25 new low-J transitions were identified for 15NH3 in the CRDS spectrum but the much scarcer literature information did not allow for any more refined assignment. The present line position measurements improve on literature values published for 15NH3 and on some line positions for 14NH3.

  17. Highly selective NH3 gas sensor based on Au loaded ZnO nanostructures prepared using microwave-assisted method.

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    Shingange, K; Tshabalala, Z P; Ntwaeaborwa, O M; Motaung, D E; Mhlongo, G H

    2016-10-01

    ZnO nanorods synthesized using microwave-assisted approach were functionalized with gold (Au) nanoparticles. The Au coverage on the surface of the functionalized ZnO was controlled by adjusting the concentration of the Au precursor. According to X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) results, it was confirmed that Au form nanoparticles loaded on the surface of ZnO. The small Au loading level of 0.5wt% showed the highest response of 1600-100ppm of NH3 gas at room temperature (RT) whereas further increase of Au loading level resulted in poor detection of NH3. All Au loaded ZnO (Au/ZnO) based sensors exhibited very short recovery and response times compared to unloaded ZnO sensing materials. The responses of ZnO and Au/ZnO based sensors (0.5-2.5wt%) to other flammable gases, including H2, CO and CH4, were considerably less, demonstrating that Au/ZnO based sensors were highly selective to NH3 gas at room temperature. Spill over mechanism which is the main reason for the observed enhanced NH3 response with 0.5 Au loading level is explained in detail. PMID:27388126

  18. Chloride Incorporation Process in CH3NH3PbI3-xClx Perovskites via Nanoscale Bandgap Maps

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    Chae, Jungseok; Dong, Qingfeng; Huang, Jinsong; Centrone, Andrea

    2016-01-01

    CH3NH3PbI3-xClx perovskites enable fabrication of highly efficient solar cells. Chloride ions benefit the morphology, carrier diffusion length and stability of perovskite films; however, whether those benefits stem from the presence of Cl− in the precursor solution or from their incorporation in annealed films is debated. In this work, the photothermal induced resonance (PTIR), an in situ technique with nanoscale resolution, is leveraged to measure the bandgap of CH3NH3PbI3-xClx films obtained by a multicycle coating process that produces high efficiency (≈ 16 %) solar cells. Because chloride ions modify the perovskite lattice, thereby widening the bandgap, measuring the bandgap locally yields the local chloride content. After a mild annealing (60 min, 60°C) the films consist of Cl-rich (x < 0.3) and Cl-poor phases that, upon further annealing (110 °C), evolve into a homogenous Cl-poorer (x < 0.06) phase, suggesting that methylammonium-chrloride is progressively expelled from the film. Despite the small chloride content, CH3NH3PbI3-xClx films show better thermal stability up to 140 °C with respect CH3NH3PbI3 films fabricated with the same methodology. PMID:26528710

  19. Investigation of NH3 input partial pressure for N-polarity InGaN growth on GaN substrates by tri-halide vapor phase epitaxy

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    Hirasaki, Takahide; Hasegawa, Tomoyasu; Meguro, Misaki; Thieu, Quang Tu; Murakami, Hisashi; Kumagai, Yoshinao; Monemar, Bo; Koukitu, Akinori

    2016-05-01

    The influence of NH3 input partial pressure on N-polarity InGaN grown by tri-halide vapor phase epitaxy was investigated. It was found that surface morphology, solid composition and optical properties were affected by NH3 input partial pressure. As shown in thermodynamic analyses, the indium content increased due to an increase in the driving force for InN deposition caused by increased NH3 input partial pressure. In addition, the deep level emission around 2.1 eV in photoluminescence measurements drastically decreased at higher NH3 input partial pressures. Ab initio calculations and subsequent secondary ion mass spectrometry measurements suggested the reduction of metal-vacancies and/or carbon impurity incorporation in the InGaN layers.

  20. [UO2(NH3)5]Br2·NH3: synthesis, crystal structure, and speciation in liquid ammonia solution by first-principles molecular dynamics simulations.

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    Woidy, Patrick; Bühl, Michael; Kraus, Florian

    2015-04-28

    Pentaammine dioxido uranium(VI) dibromide ammonia (1/1), [UO2(NH3)5]Br2·NH3, was synthesized in the form of yellow crystals by the reaction of uranyl bromide, UO2Br2, with dry liquid ammonia. The compound crystallizes orthorhombic in space group Cmcm and is isotypic to [UO2(NH3)5]Cl2·NH3 with a = 13.2499(2), b = 10.5536(1), c = 8.9126(1) Å, V = 1246.29(3) Å(3) and Z = 4 at 123 K. The UO2(2+) cation is coordinated by five ammine ligands and the coordination polyhedron can be best described as pentagonal bipyramid. Car-Parrinello molecular dynamics simulations are reported for [UO2(NH3)5](2+) in the gas phase and in liquid NH3 solution (using the BLYP density functional). According to free-energy simulations, solvation by ammonia has only a small effect on the uranyl-NH3 bond strength. PMID:25797497

  1. Paper based platform for colorimetric sensing of dissolved NH3 and CO2.

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    Chen, Yu; Zilberman, Yael; Mostafalu, Pooria; Sonkusale, Sameer R

    2015-05-15

    Paper, a cheap and ubiquitous material, has great potential to be used as low-cost, portable and biodegradable platform for chemical and biological sensing application. In this paper, we are exploring a low-cost, flexible and reliable method to effectively pattern paper for capturing optical dyes and for flow-based delivery of target samples for colorimetric chemical sensing. In this paper, we target the detection of ammonia (NH3) and carbon dioxide (CO2), two of the important environmental and health biomarkers. By functionalizing the paper platform with diverse cross-reactive dyes sensitive to NH3 and CO2, their selective sensing within a certain pH range, as well as their detection at different concentrations can be achieved. The images of paper based device were captured by a flatbed scanner and processed in MATLAB(®) using a RGB model and PCA for quantitative analysis. Paper based devices with readout using ubiquitous consumer electronic devices (e.g. smartphones, flatbed scanner) are considered promising approaches for disease screening in developing countries with limited resources. PMID:25241151

  2. Ammonia concentrations and modeling of inorganic particulate matter in the vicinity of an egg production facility in Southeastern USA.

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    Li, Qian-Feng; Wang-Li, Lingjuan; Shah, Sanjay B; Jayanty, R K M; Bloomfield, Peter

    2014-03-01

    Ammonia (NH3) is an important base gas and can react with acidic species to form atmospheric aerosols. Due to the rapid growth of poultry and swine production in the North Carolina Coastal Plain, atmospheric NH3 concentrations across the region have subsequently increased. Ammonia concentrations and inorganic particulate matter (PM) at four ambient stations in the vicinity of an egg production facility were measured for 1 year using PM2.5 speciation samplers with honeycomb denuders and ion chromatography (IC). Meanwhile, concentrations of NH3 and inorganic PM in one of the egg production houses were also simultaneously measured using a gas analyzer for NH3 and the filter pack plus IC method for inorganic PM. An equilibrium model-ISORROPIA II was applied to predict the behavior of inorganic aerosols in response to precursor gas concentrations and environmental parameters. Average ambient NH3 concentrations varied from 10.0 to 27.0 μg/m(3), and they were negatively correlated with the distances from the ambient location to the nearest egg production house exhausts. Ambient NH3 concentrations were higher in warm seasons than in cold seasons. Measured NH3 concentrations agreed well with ISORROPIA II model predictions at all sampling stations. For the ambient stations, there was a good agreement in particle phase NH4 (+) between the model simulation and observations. For the in-house station, the model simulation was applied to correct the overestimation of particle phase NH4 (+) due to gas phase NH3 breaking through the denuders. Changes in SO4 (2-), NO3 (-), and Cl(-) yield proportional changes in inorganic PM mass. Due to the abundance of NH3 gas in the vicinity area of the monitored farm, changes in NH3 concentrations had a small effect on inorganic PM mass. Aerosol equilibrium modeling may be used to assess the influence of precursor gas concentrations on inorganic PM formation when the measurements for some species are unavailable. PMID:24352547

  3. Ultrasensitive gaseous NH3 sensor based on ionic liquid-mediated signal-on electrochemiluminescence.

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    Chen, Lichan; Huang, Danjun; Zhang, Yuanjin; Dong, Tongqing; Zhou, Chen; Ren, Shuyan; Chi, Yuwu; Chen, Guonan

    2012-08-01

    This work reports that ammonia (NH(3)) can be used as an efficient co-reactant for tris(2,2'-bipyridine)ruthenium(II) (Ru(bpy)(3)(2+)) electrochemiluminescence (ECL) in ionic liquids (ILs), on the basis of which a signal-on ECL sensor for directly detecting gaseous NH(3) has been developed. The NH(3) ECL sensor has a very high sensitivity, with a detection limit of 10 ppt NH(3) (at signal-to-noise ratio of 3) without any preconcentration. The high sensitivity is mainly due to the zero ECL background of Ru(bpy)(3)(2+) in the ILs, strong co-reactant ECL activity of NH(3), and high solubility of NH(3) in imidazolium-based ILs. Additionally, the ECL sensor shows an excellent selectivity against common interfering gases and a wide linear response range from 10 ppt to 10 ppm. PMID:22728516

  4. Ammonia emissions from beech forest after leaf fall - measurements and modelling

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    Hansen, K.; Sørensen, L. L.; Hertel, O.; Geels, C.; Skjøth, C. A.; Jensen, B.; Boegh, E.

    2012-11-01

    The understanding of biochemical feed-back mechanisms in the climate system is lacking knowledge in relation to bi-directional ammonia (NH3) exchange between natural ecosystems and the atmosphere. We therefore study the atmospheric NH3 fluxes during a 25 days period during autumn 2010 (21 October-15 November) for the Danish beech forest, Lille Bøgeskov, to address the hypothesis that NH3 emissions occur from deciduous forests in relation to leaf fall. This is accomplished by using observations of vegetation status, NH3 fluxes and model calculations. Vegetation status was observed using plant area index (PAI) and leaf area index (LAI). NH3 fluxes were measured using the relaxed eddy accumulation (REA) method. The REA based NH3 concentrations were compared to NH3 denuder measurements. Model calculations were obtained with the Danish Ammonia MOdelling System (DAMOS). 57.7% of the fluxes measured showed emission and 19.5% showed deposition. The mean NH3 flux was 0.087 ± 0.19 μg NH3-N m-2 s-1. A clear tendency of the flux going from negative (deposition) to positive (emission) fluxes of up to 0.96 ± 0.40 μg NH3-N m-2 s-1 throughout the measurement period was found. In the leaf fall period (23 October-8 November), an increase in the atmospheric NH3 concentrations was related to the increasing forest NH3 flux. The modelled concentration from DAMOS fits well the measured concentrations before leaf fall. During and after leaf fall, the modelled concentrations are too low. The results indicate that the missing contribution to atmospheric NH3 concentration from vegetative surfaces related to leaf fall are of a relatively large magnitude. We therefore conclude that emissions from deciduous forests are important to include in model calculations of atmospheric NH3 for forest ecosystems. Finally, diurnal variations in the measured NH3 concentrations were related to meteorological conditions, forest phenology and the spatial distribution of local anthropogenic NH3 sources

  5. Development and uncertainty analysis of a high-resolution NH3 emissions inventory and its implications with precipitation over the Pearl River Delta region, China

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    Zheng, J. Y.; Yin, S. S.; Kang, D. W.; Che, W. W.; Zhong, L. J.

    2012-08-01

    Detailed NH3 emission inventories are important to understand various atmospheric processes, air quality modeling studies, air pollution management, and related environmental and ecological issues. A high-resolution NH3 emission inventory was developed based on state-of-the-science techniques, up-to-date information, and advanced expert knowledge for the Pearl River Delta region, China. To provide model-ready emissions input, this NH3 emissions inventory was spatially allocated to 3 km × 3 km grid cells using source-based spatial surrogates with geographical information system (GIS) technology. For NH3 emissions, 9 source categories and 45 subcategories were identified in this region, and detailed spatial and temporal characteristics were investigated. Results show that livestock is by far the most important NH3 emission source by contributing about 61.7% of the total NH3 emissions in this region, followed by nitrogen fertilizer applications (~23.7%) and non-agricultural sources (~14.6%). Uncertainty analysis reveals that the uncertainties associated with different sources vary from source to source and the magnitude of the uncertainty associated with a specific source mainly depends on the degree of accuracy of the emission factors and activity data as well as the technique used to perform the estimate. Further studies should give priority to the hog, broiler, goose subsectors of the livestock source and N fertilizer application source in order to reduce uncertainties of ammonia emission estimates in this region. The validity of the NH3 emissions inventory is justified by the trend analysis of local precipitation compositions, such as pH values, the Ca2++NH4+/SO42-+ NO3- ratios, and NH4+ concentrations which are directly or indirectly related to NH3 emissions.

  6. Decomposition of NH3 and H2 on ZrB2 (0001) surface

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    Walkosz, Weronika; Manandhar, Kedar; Trenary, Michael; Zapol, Peter

    2012-02-01

    Group III nitride semiconductors (AlN, GaN, InN, and their alloys) are important materials for applications in solid-state lighting, optoelectronics, and photovoltaics. However, the lack of lattice--matched substrates for their growth results in less than optimal material quality. In the last decade, zirconium diboride (ZrB2) has been demonstrated as a promising substrate for GaN growth because of its similar lattice constant and thermal expansion properties when compared to the nitride. Moreover, the high electrical conductivity of ZrB2 makes it desirable for many GaN-based device applications. In this talk, we present results of density functional theory calculations for the reactivity of the ZrB2(0001) surface towards the N precursor, NH3, and the carrier gas, H2, commonly used in metal organic chemical vapor deposition and molecular beam epitaxy of nitrides. Two different terminations of ZrB2(0001) surface, the Zr and B terminations, are considered and assessed in terms of their catalytic properties toward NH3 and H2 decomposition. The theoretical results are analyzed in connection with our recent XPS and RAIRS measurements.

  7. Homoepitaxial growth of a-plane GaN layers by reaction between Ga2O vapor and NH3 gas

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    Sumi, Tomoaki; Taniyama, Yuuki; Takatsu, Hiroaki; Juta, Masami; Kitamoto, Akira; Imade, Mamoru; Yoshimura, Masashi; Isemura, Masashi; Mori, Yusuke

    2015-06-01

    Growth of high-quality a-plane GaN layers was performed by reaction between Ga2O vapor and NH3 gas at a high temperature. Smooth a-plane GaN epitaxial layers were obtained on a-plane GaN seed substrates sliced from thick c-plane GaN crystals. Growth rate increased with increasing Ga2O partial pressure. An a-plane GaN layer with a growth rate of 48 µm/h was obtained. The X-ray rocking curve (XRC) measurement showed that the full widths at half maximum (FWHMs) of GaN(11\\bar{2}0) with the incident beam parallel and perpendicular to the [0001] direction were 29-43 and 29-42 arcsec, respectively. Secondary ion mass spectrometry (SIMS) measurement revealed that oxygen concentration decreased at a high temperature. These results suggest that growth of a-GaN layers using Ga2O vapor and NH3 gas at a high temperature enables the generation of high-quality crystals.

  8. Vibrations and reorientations of NH3 molecules in [Mn(NH3)6](ClO4)2 studied by infrared spectroscopy and theoretical (DFT) calculations.

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    Hetmańczyk, Joanna; Hetmańczyk, Łukasz; Migdał-Mikuli, Anna; Mikuli, Edward

    2015-02-01

    The vibrational and reorientational motions of NH3 ligands and ClO4(-) anions were investigated by Fourier transform middle-infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR) in the high- and low-temperature phases of [Mn(NH3)6](ClO4)2. The temperature dependencies of full width at half maximum (FWHM) of the infrared bands at: 591 and 3385cm(-1), associated with: ρr(NH3) and νas(N-H) modes, respectively, indicate that there exist fast (correlation times τR≈10(-12)-10(-13)s) reorientational motions of NH3 ligands, with a mean values of activation energies: 7.8 and 4.5kJmol(-1), in the phase I and II, respectively. These reorientational motions of NH3 ligands are only slightly disturbed in the phase transition region and do not significantly contribute to the phase transition mechanism. Fourier transform far-infrared and middle-infrared spectra with decreasing of temperature indicated characteristic changes at the vicinity of PT at TC(c)=137.6K (on cooling), which suggested lowering of the crystal structure symmetry. Infrared spectra of [Mn(NH3)6](ClO4)2 were recorded and interpreted by comparison with respective theoretical spectra calculated using DFT method (B3LYP functional, LANL2DZ ECP basis set (on Mn atom) and 6-311+G(d,p) basis set (on H, N, Cl, O atoms) for the isolated equilibrium two models (Model 1 - separate isolated [Mn(NH3)6](2+) cation and ClO4(-) anion and Model 2 - [Mn(NH3)6(ClO4)2] complex system). Calculated optical spectra show a good agreement with the experimental infrared spectra (FT-FIR and FT-MIR) for the both models. PMID:25459713

  9. Vibrations and reorientations of NH3 molecules in [Mn(NH3)6](ClO4)2 studied by infrared spectroscopy and theoretical (DFT) calculations

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    Hetmańczyk, Joanna; Hetmańczyk, Łukasz; Migdał-Mikuli, Anna; Mikuli, Edward

    2015-02-01

    The vibrational and reorientational motions of NH3 ligands and ClO4- anions were investigated by Fourier transform middle-infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR) in the high- and low-temperature phases of [Mn(NH3)6](ClO4)2. The temperature dependencies of full width at half maximum (FWHM) of the infrared bands at: 591 and 3385 cm-1, associated with: ρr(NH3) and νas(N-H) modes, respectively, indicate that there exist fast (correlation times τR ≈ 10-12-10-13 s) reorientational motions of NH3 ligands, with a mean values of activation energies: 7.8 and 4.5 kJ mol-1, in the phase I and II, respectively. These reorientational motions of NH3 ligands are only slightly disturbed in the phase transition region and do not significantly contribute to the phase transition mechanism. Fourier transform far-infrared and middle-infrared spectra with decreasing of temperature indicated characteristic changes at the vicinity of PT at TCc = 137.6 K (on cooling), which suggested lowering of the crystal structure symmetry. Infrared spectra of [Mn(NH3)6](ClO4)2 were recorded and interpreted by comparison with respective theoretical spectra calculated using DFT method (B3LYP functional, LANL2DZ ECP basis set (on Mn atom) and 6-311 + G(d,p) basis set (on H, N, Cl, O atoms) for the isolated equilibrium two models (Model 1 - separate isolated [Mn(NH3)6]2+ cation and ClO4- anion and Model 2 - [Mn(NH3)6(ClO4)2] complex system). Calculated optical spectra show a good agreement with the experimental infrared spectra (FT-FIR and FT-MIR) for the both models.

  10. [Ammonia gas concentration and velocity measurement using tunable diode laser absorption spectroscopy and optical signal cross-correlation method].

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    Zhang, Chun-Xiao; Wang, Fei; Li, Ning; Yan, Jian-Hua; Chi, Yong; Cen, Ke-Fa

    2009-10-01

    Simultaneous online measurement of gas concentration and velocity can be realized by tunable diode laser absorption spectroscopy (TDLAS) technique and optical signal cross-correlation method. The fundamental and relative factors of gas concentration and velocity measurement are described in the present paper. The spectral lines of NH3 used for gas sensing at communication band in near infrared range were selected and analyzed by the calculation based on the HITRAN database. In the verification experiment, NH3 and N2 were mixed by two mass flow meters and sent to flow through the quartz tube 0. 016 m in inner diameter and 1 m in length at normal temperature and pressure. The spectral line located at 6,548.7 cm(-1) was scanned at high frequency by the diode laser of 15 MHz linewidth and 1 cm' tunable range with no mode hoppings. The instantaneous NH3 absorbance was obtained using direct absorption method and the gas concentration was calculated. At the same time, the non-intrusive optical absorption signal cross-correlation method was utilized to obtain two concentration signals from two adjacent detectors mounted along the gas tube. The corresponding transit time of gas passing through the detectors was calculated by cross-correlation algorithm, and the average gas velocity was inferred according to the distance between the two detectors and the transit time. The relative errors were less than 7% for the gas concentration measurement, and less than 10% for the gas velocity measurement. Experimental results were proved to be of high precision and good repeatability in the lab. The feature of fast response and capacity immune to the in situ disturbance would lead to a potential in industry application for the real time measurement and control of gas pollutant emission in the future. PMID:20038016

  11. Measurement of Bi-Directional Ammonia Exchange Above a Maize Canopy in the Midwestern United States

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    Nelson, A. J.; Vieira-Filho, M. S.; Heuer, M.; Lehmann, C.; Myles, L.; Koloutsou-Vakakis, S.; Rood, M. J.

    2014-12-01

    Crop fertilization contributes to more than 40% of total anthropogenic emissions of ammonia (NH3) in Illinois. NH3 released into the atmospheric environment reacts readily with acidic compounds to form small diameter (<2.5μm) particulate matter (PM2.5) resulting in human health effects and deposition to surfaces causing eutrophication. Such emissions are not well characterized, and improved measurements are needed to further validate air quality models. This study seeks to provide improved understanding of the emission pathway of agricultural NH3 by measuring bi-directional flux of gaseous NH3 in an intensively managed agroecosystem. A relaxed eddy accumulation (REA) system was deployed above a maize canopy at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) Energy Biosciences Institute (EBI) Energy Farm. Average NH3 flux was measured throughout the growing season in four-hour periods during the morning and afternoon. The REA coefficient (β) was monitored for the duration of the season. The highest atmospheric NH3 concentration (8.11 μg/m3) was observed during the period nearest fertilization, with a mean concentration of 4.02 μg/m3 ± 2.15 μg/m3. Generally, larger upward fluxes of gaseous NH3 coincided with higher atmospheric NH3 concentration, but large variations were observed during the season. Observed NH3 flux ranged from -0.20 µg /m2s to 0.97 µg/m2s, where negative flux indicates deposition.

  12. Length changes in solution accompanying the B-Z transition of poly (dG-m5dC) induced by Co(NH3)63+.

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    Chen, H H; Charney, E; Rau, D C

    1982-01-01

    Transient electric dichroism measurements have been used to observe the rotational relaxation times of 145 base pair fragments of poly (dGm5dC) and random sequence DNA to solution. From these the lengths of the fragments are calculated and the interbase pair separation or rise per base pair (RPB) calculated. The observations show that even in low salt, the addition of very low concentrations of trivalent Co(NH3)63+ results in a transition of the dGm5dC polymer from B-form to Z-form with a change in the RPB from 3.4 +/- .06A to 3.7 +/- .06A, the latter form defined by the criterion of an inverted circular dichroism spectra similar to that observed at high salt in the absence of Co(NH3)63+. The 145 base pair DNA and poly (dGm5dC) are found to be essentially fully extended rods in low salt (0.2 - 2 mM Na+) solutions. PMID:7099967

  13. CH3NH3PbCl3 Single Crystals: Inverse Temperature Crystallization and Visible-Blind UV-Photodetector.

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    Maculan, Giacomo; Sheikh, Arif D; Abdelhady, Ahmed L; Saidaminov, Makhsud I; Haque, Md Azimul; Murali, Banavoth; Alarousu, Erkki; Mohammed, Omar F; Wu, Tom; Bakr, Osman M

    2015-10-01

    Single crystals of hybrid perovskites have shown remarkably improved physical properties compared to their polycrystalline film counterparts, underscoring their importance in the further development of advanced semiconductor devices. Here we present a new method of growing sizable CH3NH3PbCl3 single crystals based on the retrograde solubility behavior of hybrid perovskites. We show, for the first time, the energy band structure, charge recombination, and transport properties of CH3NH3PbCl3 single crystals. These crystals exhibit trap-state density, charge carrier concentration, mobility, and diffusion length comparable with the best quality crystals of methylammonium lead iodide or bromide perovskites reported so far. The high quality of the crystal along with its suitable optical band gap enabled us to build an efficient visible-blind UV-photodetector, demonstrating its potential in optoelectronic applications. PMID:26722870

  14. Enhanced sensing of NH3 gas by decorated multiwalled carbon nanotube

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    Hasnahena, S. T.; Satpati, Biswarup; Roy, Madhusudan

    2016-05-01

    The present study describes synthesis of Barium Oxide Nanoparticles decorated Multiwalled Carbon Nanotubes and its gas sensing behavior towards NH3 and CO gases. The decorated MWCNT sensor has an enhanced sensing towards NH3 gas compare to pure MWCNT sensor and also has much reduced response and recovery time. The prepared sensing material is characterized by TEM, XRD and Thermal Gravimetric analysis.

  15. Ammonia and ammonium measurements from the southeastern United States

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    Edgerton, Eric S.; Saylor, Rick D.; Hartsell, Benjamin E.; Jansen, John J.; Alan Hansen, D.

    Twenty-four-hour integrated gaseous NH3 and fine particulate (PM2.5)NH4+ were measured during 2004 at eight sites in the southeastern U.S. Mean NH3 concentrations for 2004 ranged from 2.44 ppbv at an urban-industrial site in North Birmingham, AL, to 0.23 ppbv at a rural-forested site near Centreville, AL. NH3 mixing ratios were found to be higher at urban sites than at nearby rural (or suburban sites) except for sites which were directly influenced by local sources. Only weak correlations with temperature were observed for NH3 at the sites; slightly greater correlations were observed for total ammonia (NHx=NH3+NH4+) vs. temperature. A weak seasonal variation was observed for NH3 mixing ratios at all sites, with all but one site exhibiting biannual maxima in spring and late summer/fall. Mean PM2.5NH4+ concentrations ranged from 1.78μgm-3 in Atlanta, GA, to 1.02μgm-3 at Oak Grove, MS, and were more uniform across the network than NH3 mixing ratios, with only slightly larger values at urban sites as compared to nearby rural (or suburban) sites. All sites exhibited highest NHx between July and September and lowest NHx in November and December. The gaseous NH3 fraction (NH3/(NH3+NH4+)) was observed to decrease with increasing values of PM2.5SO42- at all sites. At two rural-forested sites and two sites near the Gulf of Mexico, the NH3 gaseous fraction approached a relatively constant value of 5-10% as PM2.5SO42- increased beyond 5- 7μgm-3, suggesting that NH3 availability at these locations limits aerosol neutralization.

  16. Synthesis, structures and hydrogen storage properties of two new H-enriched compounds: Mg(BH4)2(NH3BH3)2 and Mg(BH4)2·(NH3)2(NH3BH3).

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    Chen, Xiaowei; Yuan, Feng; Gu, Qinfen; Yu, Xuebin

    2013-10-28

    The synthesis, crystal structure and dehydrogenation performances of two new H-enriched compounds, Mg(BH4)2(NH3BH3)2 and Mg(BH4)2·(NH3)2(NH3BH3), are reported. Due to the introduction of ammonia ligands, the Mg(BH4)2·(NH3)2(NH3BH3) exhibits dramatically improved dehydrogenation properties over its parent compound. PMID:24002106

  17. A simple rule for determining the band offset at CH3NH3PbI3/organic semiconductor heterojunctions

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    Thibau, E. S.; Llanos, A.; Lu, Z. H.

    2016-01-01

    Organo-metal halide perovskites have recently emerged as a highly promising class of semiconductors for optoelectronic device applications. Integrating these hybrid materials within organic molecular thin film devices is key to fabricate functional devices. By evaporating ultra-thin films of organic semiconductor on thermally evaporated CH3NH3PbI3 and using in-situ ultraviolet photoemission spectroscopy, we directly measure the interfacial energy offset between CH3NH3PbI3 valence band maximum and the highest occupied molecular orbital for 5 different archetypal organic semiconductors. It is found that the energy offsets scale linearly as a function of the ionization energies of the organic semiconductors. The experimental data are in excellent agreement with a theoretical model for ideal semiconductor heterojunctions.

  18. Ammonia fluxes for beech forest in the leaf fall transition period - measurements and modeling

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    Hansen, K.; Sørensen, L.; Hertel, O.; Geels, C.; Skjøth, C. A.; Jensen, B.; Boegh, E.

    2012-12-01

    Deposition of atmospheric reactive nitrogen represents uncertainties for the prediction of future greenhouse gas exchange between land surfaces and the atmosphere. This is because the mechanisms describing nutritional effects are not well developed in climate and ecosystems models. Improving the understanding of biochemical feed-back mechanisms in the climate system and quantifying the magnitude of the NH3 flux in the biosphere-atmosphere system is therefore essential. In particular, more knowledge of the bi-directional ammonia (NH3) exchange between natural ecosystems and the atmosphere is needed. We investigated the NH3 exchange for deciduous forests in relation to leaf fall by studying the atmospheric NH3 fluxes throughout a 25 days period during autumn 2010 (21 October - 14 November) for the Danish beech (Fagus sylvatica) forest, Lille Bøgeskov. Vegetation status was observed using plant area index (PAI) and leaf area index (LAI). The atmospheric NH3 fluxes were measured using the relaxed eddy accumulation (REA) method and compared to NH3 denuder measurements. Model calculations were obtained using the Danish Ammonia MOdelling System (DAMOS). We found that 57.7% of the fluxes measured showed emission and 19.5% deposition. The mean NH3 flux was 0.087±0.19 μg NH3-N m-2 s-1. Measurements indicate a clear tendency of the flux going from negative (deposition) to positive (emission) fluxes of up to 0.96±0.40 μg NH3-N m-2 s-1 throughout the measurement period. In the leaf fall period (23 October - 8 November) the measured atmospheric NH3 concentration was increasing in relation to the increasing forest NH3 flux. The mean NH3 concentration was well simulated in DAMOS before leaf fall, but was underestimated following leaf fall. The results indicate that there is a missing contribution to atmospheric NH3 concentration from vegetative surfaces related to leaf fall of a relatively large magnitude in the model. This points to the need for representing forest leaf fall

  19. Effects of co-processing sewage sludge in cement kiln on NOx, NH3 and PAHs emissions.

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    Lv, Dong; Zhu, Tianle; Liu, Runwei; Lv, Qingzhi; Sun, Ye; Wang, Hongmei; Liu, Yu; Zhang, Fan

    2016-09-01

    The effects of co-processing sewage sludge in cement kiln on NOx, NH3 and PAHs emissions were systematically investigated in a cement production line in Beijing. The results show that co-processing the sewage sludge was helpful to reduce NOx emission, which primarily depends on the NH3 amount released from the sewage sludge. Meanwhile, NOx and NH3 concentrations in the flue gas have a negative correlation, and the contribution of feeding the sewage sludge to NOx removal decreased with the increase of injection amount of ammonia water in the SNCR system. Therefore, it is suggested that the injection amount of ammonia water in SNCR system may reduce to cut down the operating costs during co-processing the sewage sludge in cement kiln. In addition, the emission of total PAHs seems to increase with the increased amount of the sewage sludge feeding to the cement kiln. However, the distributions of PAHs were barely changed, and lower molecular weight PAHs were mainly distributed in gaseous phase, accounted for the major portion of PAHs when co-processing sewage sludge in cement kiln. PMID:27343866

  20. Tetra­amminelithium triamminelithium tris­ulfide, [Li(NH3)4][Li(NH3)3S3

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    Guentner, Christian; Korber, Nikolaus

    2012-01-01

    The title compound, [Li(NH3)4]+[Li(NH3)3S3]−, an ammo­niate of the previously unknown lithium tris­ulfide, was obtained from the reaction of lithium and sulfur in liquid ammonia. The asymmetric unit consists of two crystallographically independent formula units. The [Li(NH3)4]+ cations are close to regular LiN4 tetra­hedra. The anions contain LiSN3 tetra­hedra; the S—S—S bond angles are 110.43 (5) and 109.53 (5)°. In the crystal, the components are linked by multiple N—H⋯S hydrogen bonds. A weak N—H⋯N hydrogen bond is also present. PMID:23284314

  1. Tetra-amminelithium triamminelithium tris-ulfide, [Li(NH(3))(4)][Li(NH(3))(3)S(3)].

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    Guentner, Christian; Korber, Nikolaus

    2012-11-01

    The title compound, [Li(NH(3))(4)](+)[Li(NH(3))(3)S(3)](-), an ammo-niate of the previously unknown lithium tris-ulfide, was obtained from the reaction of lithium and sulfur in liquid ammonia. The asymmetric unit consists of two crystallographically independent formula units. The [Li(NH(3))(4)](+) cations are close to regular LiN(4) tetra-hedra. The anions contain LiSN(3) tetra-hedra; the S-S-S bond angles are 110.43 (5) and 109.53 (5)°. In the crystal, the components are linked by multiple N-H⋯S hydrogen bonds. A weak N-H⋯N hydrogen bond is also present. PMID:23284314

  2. Phase transition and NH3 dynamics in [Ni(NH3)4](ReO4)2 studied by infrared absorption, X-ray powder diffraction and neutron scattering methods

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    Hetmańczyk, Łukasz; Hetmańczyk, Joanna

    2016-05-01

    The phase transition in [Ni(NH3)4](ReO4)2 detected previously by differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) at Tch = 188 K was now investigated by infrared absorption (FT-IR), incoherent inelastic and elastic neutron scattering (IINS, ND), and X-ray powder diffraction (XRPD) methods. The reorientational dynamics of NH3 groups was investigated by infrared band shape analysis (IRBS) and quasielastic neutron scattering (QENS) methods. The infrared data show that some of the bands split in the vicinity of the phase transition temperature, which suggests a change in the crystal structure. The systematic narrowing of particular bands at cooling is also observed, but reorientational dynamics of NH3 is not stopped at the phase transition temperature, which is fully confirmed by the QENS analysis. The broadening of the quasielastic neutron scattering peak is clearly visible below the phase transition temperature. Both NPD and XRPD measurements indicate that a small change of crystal structure is associated with the phase transition.

  3. Rotational Dynamics of Organic Cations in CH3NH3PbI3 Perovskite

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    Chen, Tianran; Foley, Benjamin; Ipek, Bahar; Tyagi, Madhusudan; Copley, John; Brown, Craig; Choi, Joshua; Lee, Seung-Hun

    Methylammonium lead iodide (CH3NH3PbI3) based solar cells have shown impressive power conversion efficiencies of above 20%. However, the microscopic mechanism of the high photovoltaic performance is yet to be fully understood. Particularly, the dynamics of CH3NH3+ cations and their impact on relevant processes are still poorly understood. Using elastic and quasi-elastic neutron scattering techniques and group theoretical analysis, we studied rotational modes of the CH3NH3+ cation in CH3NH3PbI3. Our results show that, in the cubic and tetragonal phases, the CH3NH3+ ions exhibit four-fold rotational symmetry of the C-N axis (C4) along with three-fold rotation around the C-N axis (C3) , while in orthorhombic phase only C3 rotation is present. Around room temperature, the characteristic relaxation time for the C4 rotation is found to be 5ps while for the C3 rotation is 1ps. The T-dependent rotational relaxation times were fitted with Arrhenius equations to obtain activation energies. Our data show a close correlation between the C4 rotational mode and the temperature dependent dielectric permittivity. Our findings on the rotational dynamics of CH3NH3+ and the associated dipole have important implications on understanding the low exciton binding energy and slow charge recombination rate in CH3NH3PbI3 which are directly relevant for the high solar cell performance.

  4. Star-forming regions of the Aquila rift cloud complex. II. Turbulence in molecular cores probed by NH3 emission

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    Levshakov, S. A.; Henkel, C.; Reimers, D.; Wang, M.

    2014-07-01

    Aims: We intend to derive statistical properties of stochastic gas motion inside the dense, low-mass star-forming molecular cores that are traced by NH3(1, 1) and (2, 2) emission lines. Methods: We use the spatial two-point autocorrelation (ACF) and structure functions calculated from maps of the radial velocity fields. Results: The observed ammonia cores are characterized by complex intrinsic motions of stochastic nature. The measured kinetic temperature ranges between 8.8 K and 15.1 K. From NH3 excitation temperatures of 3.5-7.3 K, we determine H2 densities with typical values of nH2~ (1-6) × 104 cm-3. The ammonia abundance, X = [NH3]/[H2], varies from 2 × 10-8 to 1.5 × 10-7. We find oscillating ACFs, which eventually decay to zero with increasing lags on scales of 0.04 ≲ ℓ ≲ 0.5 pc. The current paradigm supposes that the star-formation process is controlled by the interplay between gravitation and turbulence with the latter preventing molecular cores from a rapid collapse due to their own gravity. Thus, oscillating ACFs may indicate a damping of the developed turbulent flows surrounding the dense but less turbulent core, a transition to dominating gravitational forces and, hence, to gravitational collapse. Appendix A is available in electronic form at http://www.aanda.org

  5. Kinematics, Kinetic Temperatures, and Column Densities of NH3 in the Orion Hot Core

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    Wilson, T. L.; Gaume, R. A.; Gensheimer, P.; Johnston, K. J.

    2000-08-01

    Using the VLA, we have mapped the Orion Hot Core region (full extent 10") with an angular resolution of ~1" in the (J,K)=(4,4) and (10, 9) inversion transitions of 14NH3 and an angular resolution of 4" in the (J,K)=(2,2) and (3, 3) inversion transitions of 15NH3. All of the single-dish flux density for the (10, 9) transition was recovered by the VLA, but a substantial fraction of the flux density in the (4, 4) and 15NH3 (3, 3) lines was not detected. The missing flux density is from the spatially extended ``spike'' component. Assuming that local thermodynamic equilibrium (LTE) holds, we have calculated the optical depths of the (4, 4) inversion transition for all positions where the main and satellite lines were detected with sufficient signal-to-noise ratio. We combined our (10, 9) data with these (4, 4) line results to produce images of the rotational temperature, Trot, and the column density of ammonia, N(NH3). For the H2 densities in the Hot Core, Trot=Tkin, the kinetic temperature. An additional determination of Tkin and N(NH3) was made by combining our (10, 9) inversion line data with our 15NH3 (3, 3) inversion line results. The 15NH3 inversion transitions have no quadrupole hyperfine structure so that the line shapes are simpler. The moment distribution of the 15NH3 (3, 3) line shows that the largest intensity-weighted line width arises close to the center of the Hot Core region. Thus, we may have discovered a low-luminosity outflow source embedded in the Hot Core. Alternatively, this may be a result of gas motions related to source ``I,'' which is about half a beamwidth from this feature.

  6. On the Interaction of CO and NH3 with BH3 and BF3

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    Bauschlicher, Charles W., Jr.; Ricca, Alessandra; Langhoff, Stephen R. (Technical Monitor)

    1994-01-01

    BH3CO, BF3CO, BH3NH3, and BF3NH3 have been studied using density functional theory (DFT). The computed geometries are in reasonable agreement with experiment. BF3CO is found to be weakly bound. The binding energies of BH3CO, BH3NH3 , and BF3NH3 have also been computed using the coupled cluster singles and doubles level of theory, including a perturbational estimate of the connected triples [CCSD(T)]. These CCSD(T) calculations are performed using correlation consistent polarized-valence triple-zeta basis sets. These are expected to be the most accurate binding energies to date. The DFT binding energies are in good agreement with those obtained at the CCSD(T) level. The bonding is analyzed using the constrained space orbital variation (CSOV) technique. In addition to analyzing the bonding in BH3CO, BH3NH3, and BF3NH3, the CSOV approach is used to study why the bonding in BF3CO is so weak.

  7. Understanding of the mechanism of pulsed NH3 growth in metalorganic chemical vapor deposition

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    Song, Jie; Chen, Danti; Han, Jung

    2015-04-01

    We have studied the mechanism of pulsed NH3 growth in metalorganic chemical vapor deposition by investigating the influence of interruption duration of NH3, growth temperature, pressure and NH3 flow rate on the growth behavior of GaN selective area growth (SAG). The essential mechanism of pulsed NH3 is to create a short-term metal-rich growth condition, thus facilitating the growth of { 1 0 1 bar 1 } facets. Optimized pulse duration, growth temperature, pressure and NH3 flow rate balance the amount of Ga atoms on the surface and create an appropriate metal-rich condition, resulting in an enhanced lateral growth rate by dramatically increasing the growth rate of { 1 0 1 bar 1 } facet. We have achieved hexagonal GaN plates with flat c-plane top surfaces and { 1 0 1 bar 0 } vertical sidewalls on substrates with a fill factor of about 0.1%. The understanding of pulsed NH3 growth technique will significantly promote the preparation of crystals by SAG or epitaxial lateral overgrowth, especially on substrates with a very low fill factor.

  8. Different transport behaviors of NH4 (+) and NH3 in transmembrane cyclic peptide nanotubes.

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    Zhang, Mingming; Fan, Jianfen; Xu, Jian; Weng, Peipei; Lin, Huifang

    2016-10-01

    Two water-filled transmembrane cyclic peptide nanotubes (CPNTs) of 8×cyclo-(WL)n=4,5/POPE were chosen to investigate the dependences of the transport properties of the positive NH4 (+) and neutral NH3 on the channel radius. Molecular dynamic simulations revealed that molecular charge, size, ability to form H-bonds and channel radius all significantly influence the behaviors of NH4 (+) and NH3 in a CPNT. Higher electrostatic interactions, more H-bonds, and water-bridges were found in the NH4 (+) system, resulting in NH4 (+) meeting higher energy barriers, while NH3 can enter, exit and permeate the channels effortlessly. This work sheds a first light on the differences between the mechanisms of NH4 (+) and NH3 moving in a CPNT at an atomic level. Graphical Abstract Snapshot of the simulation system of NH4 (+)_octa-CPNT with an NH4 (+) initially positioned at one mouth of the tube, PMF profiles for single NH4 (+) ion and NH3 molecule moving through water-filled transmembrane CPNTs of 8×cyclo-(WL)n=4,5/POPE and sketch graphs of the possible H-bond forms of NH3 and NH4 (+) with the neighboring water. PMID:27600817

  9. Optical-integrated NH3 sensor design using WO3 thin tllms: influence of gas adsorption and chromic effects

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    Hernández, Hugo E. Lazcano; Pérez, Celia Sánchez; Valenzuela, Augusto García

    2008-04-01

    We propose a new model for the design of optical-integrated (OI) sensor, composed of a surface waveguide covered with a sensitive material (SM) deposited at the surface in the form of thin films. Commonly these last are metallic oxides which becomes highly absorbent in the presence of the gas to be detected. In this way, the optical signal propagating in the waveguide will be attenuated proportionally to the amount of the gas in the surrounding environment. When the sensing is carried out, commonly it is supposed that completely all the volume of the SM increase its absorbance, however this assumption causes that the transmission losses be overestimated; our model, according to the adsorption kinetics of gases, considers the growth of the adsorber layer over the SM as a fourth layer where the optical changes happen. We use this model to design an ammonia NH3 sensor considering tungsten trioxide WO3 as SM. Our model approaches in 102 dB/cm the calculus of the losses, in agreement with that observed in experiments. The refractive index η'(λ) and the absorbance of η″(λ) were calculated under inert and NH3 gas conditions, through the analysis of the UV-VIS-NIR transmittance spectra, and the numerical method of Swanepoel, in order to be incorporated in the simulation of the OI proposed structure with a multilayer method software. Experimentally we analyse the influence of thermochromism and photochromism in the response of gasochromism. We tested WO3 samples elaborated by sputtering method with a combination of monoclinic-triclinic crystalline structure, measuring as minimum 200 ppm of NH3 at λ = 1000 nm and at 100 °C. The best sample was tested to NH3 detection, using monochromatic sources: λ = 830 nm, λ = 980 nm and λ = 1550 nm; obtaining intensity attenuations of 10%, 16% and 29%, respectively to 5000 ppm of NH3 at 100 °C. This is a new proposal that can predicts better the interaction between the material and the optical field in optical sensing

  10. Dynamics and fragmentation of van der Waals and hydrogen bonded cluster cations: (NH3)n and (NH3BH3)n ionized at 10.51 eV

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    Yuan, Bing; Shin, Joong-Won; Bernstein, Elliot R.

    2016-04-01

    A 118 nm laser is employed as a high energy, single photon (10.51 eV/photon) source for study of the dynamics and fragmentation of the ammonia borane (NH3BH3) cation and its cluster ions through time of flight mass spectrometry. The behavior of ammonia ion and its cluster ions is also investigated under identical conditions in order to explicate the ammonia borane results. Charge distributions, molecular orbitals, and spin densities for (NH3BH3)n and its cations are explored at both the second-order perturbation theory (MP2) and complete active space self-consistent field (CASSCF) theory levels. Initial dissociation mechanisms and potential energy surfaces for ionized NH3BH3, NH3, and their clusters are calculated at the MP2/6-311++G(d,p) level. Protonated clusters (NH3)xH+ dominate ammonia cluster mass spectra: our calculations show that formation of (NH3)n-1H+ and NH2 from the nascent (NH3)n+ has the lowest energy barrier for the system. The only common features for the (NH3)n+ and (NH3BH3)n+ mass spectra under these conditions are found to be NHy+ (y = 0,…,4) at m/z = 14-18. Molecular ions with both 11B and 10B isotopes are observed, and therefore, product ions observed for the (NH3BH3)n cluster system derive from (NH3BH3)n clusters themselves, not from the NH3 moiety of NH3BH3 alone. NH3BH2+ is the most abundant ionization product in the (NH3BH3)n+ cluster spectra: calculations support that for NH3BH3+, an H atom is lost from the BH3 moiety with an energy barrier of 0.67 eV. For (NH3BH3)2+ and (NH3BH3)3+ clusters, a Bδ+⋯Hδ-⋯δ-H⋯δ+B bond can form in the respective cluster ions, generating a lower energy, more stable ion structure. The first step in the (NH3BH3)n+ (n = 2, 3) dissociation is the breaking of the Bδ+⋯Hδ-⋯δ-H⋯δ+B moiety, leading to the subsequent release of H2 from the latter cluster ion. The overall reaction mechanisms calculated are best represented and understood employing a CASSCF natural bond orbital

  11. Dynamics and fragmentation of van der Waals and hydrogen bonded cluster cations: (NH3)n and (NH3BH3)n ionized at 10.51 eV.

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    Yuan, Bing; Shin, Joong-Won; Bernstein, Elliot R

    2016-04-14

    A 118 nm laser is employed as a high energy, single photon (10.51 eV/photon) source for study of the dynamics and fragmentation of the ammonia borane (NH3BH3) cation and its cluster ions through time of flight mass spectrometry. The behavior of ammonia ion and its cluster ions is also investigated under identical conditions in order to explicate the ammonia borane results. Charge distributions, molecular orbitals, and spin densities for (NH3BH3)n and its cations are explored at both the second-order perturbation theory (MP2) and complete active space self-consistent field (CASSCF) theory levels. Initial dissociation mechanisms and potential energy surfaces for ionized NH3BH3, NH3, and their clusters are calculated at the MP2/6-311++G(d,p) level. Protonated clusters (NH3)xH(+) dominate ammonia cluster mass spectra: our calculations show that formation of (NH3)n-1H(+) and NH2 from the nascent (NH3)n(+) has the lowest energy barrier for the system. The only common features for the (NH3)n(+) and (NH3BH3)n(+) mass spectra under these conditions are found to be NHy(+) (y = 0,…,4) at m/z = 14-18. Molecular ions with both (11)B and (10)B isotopes are observed, and therefore, product ions observed for the (NH3BH3)n cluster system derive from (NH3BH3)n clusters themselves, not from the NH3 moiety of NH3BH3 alone. NH3BH2(+) is the most abundant ionization product in the (NH3BH3)n(+) cluster spectra: calculations support that for NH3BH3(+), an H atom is lost from the BH3 moiety with an energy barrier of 0.67 eV. For (NH3BH3)2(+) and (NH3BH3)3(+) clusters, a B(δ+)⋯H(δ-)⋯(δ-)H⋯(δ+)B bond can form in the respective cluster ions, generating a lower energy, more stable ion structure. The first step in the (NH3BH3)n(+) (n = 2, 3) dissociation is the breaking of the B(δ+)⋯H(δ-)⋯(δ-)H⋯(δ+)B moiety, leading to the subsequent release of H2 from the latter cluster ion. The overall reaction mechanisms calculated are best represented and understood employing a CASSCF

  12. Qualifying composition dependent p and n self-doping in CH3NH3PbI3

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    Wang, Qi; Shao, Yuchuan; Xie, Haipeng; Lyu, Lu; Liu, Xiaoliang; Gao, Yongli; Huang, Jinsong

    2014-10-01

    We report the observation of self-doping in perovskite. CH3NH3PbI3 was found to be either n- or p-doped by changing the ratio of methylammonium halide (MAI) and lead iodine (PbI2) which are the two precursors for perovskite formation. MAI-rich and PbI2-rich perovskite films are p and n self-doped, respectively. Thermal annealing can convert the p-type perovskite to n-type by removing MAI. The carrier concentration varied as much as six orders of magnitude. A clear correlation between doping level and device performance was also observed.

  13. Bias-dependent effects in planar perovskite solar cells based on CH3NH3PbI(3-x)Clx films.

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    Lyu, Miaoqiang; Yun, Jung-Ho; Ahmed, Rasin; Elkington, Daniel; Wang, Qiong; Zhang, Meng; Wang, Hongxia; Dastoor, Paul; Wang, Lianzhou

    2015-09-01

    A unique bias-dependent phenomenon in CH3NH3PbI(3-x)Cl(x) based planar perovskite solar cells has been demonstrated, in which the photovoltaic parameters derived from the current-voltage (I-V) curves are highly dependent on the initial positive bias of the I-V measurement. In FTO/CH3NH3PbI(3-x)Cl(x)/Au devices, the open-circuit voltage and short-circuit current increased by ca. 337.5% and 281.9% respectively, by simply increasing the initial bias from 0.5 V to 2.5 V. PMID:25956128

  14. Photochemical model for NH3 in an early Martian atmosphere

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    Brown, L. L.; Kasting, J. F.

    1992-01-01

    A warm and wet climate scenario for early Mars has been explained by invoking a 5-bar CO2 atmosphere; however, Kasting has shown that CO2 will condense in the Martian atmosphere at these pressures. The formation of CO2 clouds will reduce the convection lapse rate and reduce the magnitude of the greenhouse effect. It is possible that additional greenhouse gases such as methane and ammonia were present in the early Mars atmosphere. We are using a one dimensional photochemical model to estimate the magnitude of the ammonia source required to maintain a given ammonia concentration in a dense CO2 atmosphere. Because CO2 is 2.5 times more efficient at Rayleigh scattering than Earth's N2 atmosphere, we anticipate increased scattering opacities and decreased photolytic destruction rates of ammonia on early Mars. The reduced gravity on Mars means that a 1 bar atmosphere will be approximately 3 times as thick as on Earth. It is possible that ammonia could have been shielded from photolysis by hydrocarbon aerosols which form as a product of methane photolysis.

  15. High performance NH 3 gas sensor based on ordered conducting polymer ultrathin film

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    Xu, Jianhua; Jiang, Yadong; Yu, Junsheng; Yang, Yajie; Ying, Zhihua

    2008-02-01

    Conducting polymer ultrathin film shows promising future for gas sensor application due to their high conductivity and excellent doping/dedoping performance. In this work, based on an modified Langmuir-Blodgett film method, ultrathin conducting poly(3,4-ethylene dioxythiophene) (PEDOT) film was fabricated. The PEDOT ultathin film was characterized by UV-Vis absorption spectrum, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and atomic force microscopy (AFM) techniques. The results showed small PEDOT grains distributed in polymer LB films after the polymerization of monomer. This ultrathin film exhibited an electrical conductivity about 1.2 Scm -1, and the conductivity increased and decreased to 16.8 and 0.03 Scm -1 after doping and dedoping treatment. The interaction or response of films coated QCM to NH 3 have been tested and it has been found that sensitivity of the composite films on QCM showed better sensitivity than bulk material. To the same analyte concentration, it increased with the increasing number of LB layers coated onto QCMS before 80 layers, and then a decrease of sensitivity of QCM was observed after the layer number exceeded 80 layers. The interaction mechanisms between the ultrathin film and analyte vapor were also included.

  16. Thermodynamics of the formation of sulfuric acid dimers in the binary (H2SO4-H2O) and ternary (H2SO4-H2O-NH3) system

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    Kürten, A.; Münch, S.; Rondo, L.; Bianchi, F.; Duplissy, J.; Jokinen, T.; Junninen, H.; Sarnela, N.; Schobesberger, S.; Simon, M.; Sipilä, M.; Almeida, J.; Amorim, A.; Dommen, J.; Donahue, N. M.; Dunne, E. M.; Flagan, R. C.; Franchin, A.; Kirkby, J.; Kupc, A.; Makhmutov, V.; Petäjä, T.; Praplan, A. P.; Riccobono, F.; Steiner, G.; Tomé, A.; Tsagkogeorgas, G.; Wagner, P. E.; Wimmer, D.; Baltensperger, U.; Kulmala, M.; Worsnop, D. R.; Curtius, J.

    2015-09-01

    Sulfuric acid is an important gas influencing atmospheric new particle formation (NPF). Both the binary (H2SO4-H2O) system and the ternary system involving ammonia (H2SO4-H2O-NH3) may be important in the free troposphere. An essential step in the nucleation of aerosol particles from gas-phase precursors is the formation of a dimer, so an understanding of the thermodynamics of dimer formation over a wide range of atmospheric conditions is essential to describe NPF. We have used the CLOUD chamber to conduct nucleation experiments for these systems at temperatures from 208 to 248 K. Neutral monomer and dimer concentrations of sulfuric acid were measured using a chemical ionization mass spectrometer (CIMS). From these measurements, dimer evaporation rates in the binary system were derived for temperatures of 208 and 223 K. We compare these results to literature data from a previous study that was conducted at higher temperatures but is in good agreement with the present study. For the ternary system the formation of H2SO4·NH3 is very likely an essential step in the formation of sulfuric acid dimers, which were measured at 210, 223, and 248 K. We estimate the thermodynamic properties (dH and dS) of the H2SO4·NH3 cluster using a simple heuristic model and the measured data. Furthermore, we report the first measurements of large neutral sulfuric acid clusters containing as many as 10 sulfuric acid molecules for the binary system using chemical ionization-atmospheric pressure interface time-of-flight (CI-APi-TOF) mass spectrometry.

  17. Rotational dynamics of organic cations in the CH3NH3PbI3 perovskite.

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    Chen, Tianran; Foley, Benjamin J; Ipek, Bahar; Tyagi, Madhusudan; Copley, John R D; Brown, Craig M; Choi, Joshua J; Lee, Seung-Hun

    2015-12-14

    Methylammonium lead iodide (CH3NH3PbI3) based solar cells have shown impressive power conversion efficiencies of above 20%. However, the microscopic mechanism of the high photovoltaic performance is yet to be fully understood. Particularly, the dynamics of CH3NH3(+) cations and their impact on relevant processes such as charge recombination and exciton dissociation are still poorly understood. Here, using elastic and quasi-elastic neutron scattering techniques and group theoretical analysis, we studied rotational modes of the CH3NH3(+) cation in CH3NH3PbI3. Our results show that, in the cubic (T > 327 K) and tetragonal (165 K < T < 327 K) phases, the CH3NH3(+) ions exhibit four-fold rotational symmetry of the C-N axis (C4) along with three-fold rotation around the C-N axis (C3), while in the orthorhombic phase (T < 165 K) only C3 rotation is present. At around room temperature, the characteristic relaxation times for the C4 rotation are found to be τC4 ≈ 5 ps while for the C3 rotation τC3 ≈ 1 ps. The T-dependent rotational relaxation times were fitted with Arrhenius equations to obtain activation energies. Our data show a close correlation between the C4 rotational mode and the temperature dependent dielectric permittivity. Our findings on the rotational dynamics of CH3NH3(+) and the associated dipole have important implications for understanding the low exciton binding energy and a slow charge recombination rate in CH3NH3PbI3 which are directly relevant for the high solar cell performance. PMID:26549203

  18. Volatility of NH3 from internally mixed sodium succinate-NH4SO4 particles

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    Wang, Na; Zhang, Yunhong

    2016-04-01

    Contributing the complicacy of atmospheric constituents, aerosol particles may undergo complicated heterogeneous reactions that have profound consequences on their hygroscopic properties and volatility. Ammonia (NH3) is a ubiquitous trace atmospheric gas in the troposphere and has negative effects on human health and climate forcing of ambient aerosols. In addition, atmospheric cycle of NH3 is complex in atmosphere, therefore it necessary to get insights to the complexity of gas-to-aerosol NH3 partitioning, which results in large uncertainties in the sources and distributions of NH3. By using in-situ Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy and attenuated total reflection (FTIR-ATR), we report here the volatility of NH3 from the laboratory generated sodium succinate with ammonium sulfate ((NH4)2SO4) at a 1:1 molar ratio as well as its effect on the hygroscopicity of the mixtures. The loss of the NH4+ peak at 1451cm‑1 and the formation of peaks at 1718 and 1134 cm‑1 due to C = O stretching asymmetric vibration of -COOH and ν3 (SO42‑) stretching of sodium sulfate indicate that sodium succinate reacts with (NH4)2SO4, releasing NH3 and forming succinic acid and sodium sulfate on dehydration process. The formation of less hygroscopic succinic acid and volatility of NH3 in mixtures leads to a significant decrease in the total water content. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first report of the reaction between (NH4)2SO4 and dicarboxylate salts, which may represent an important particle-gas partitioning for ammonia and thus elucidate another underlying ammonia cycle in atmosphere. These results could be helpful to understand the mutual transformation process of dicarboxylic acids and dicarboxylate salts.

  19. Selective catalytic reduction operation with heavy fuel oil: NOx, NH3, and particle emissions.

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    Lehtoranta, Kati; Vesala, Hannu; Koponen, Päivi; Korhonen, Satu

    2015-04-01

    To meet stringent NOx emission limits, selective catalytic reduction (SCR) is increasingly utilized in ships, likely also in combination with low-priced higher sulfur level fuels. In this study, the performance of SCR was studied by utilizing NOx, NH3, and particle measurements. Urea decomposition was studied with ammonia and isocyanic acid measurements and was found to be more effective with heavy fuel oil (HFO) than with light fuel oil. This is suggested to be explained by the metals found in HFO contributing to metal oxide particles catalyzing the hydrolysis reaction prior to SCR. At the exhaust temperature of 340 °C NOx reduction was 85-90%, while at lower temperatures the efficiency decreased. By increasing the catalyst loading, the low temperature behavior of the SCR was enhanced. The drawback of this, however, was the tendency of particle emissions (sulfate) to increase at higher temperatures with higher loaded catalysts. The particle size distribution results showed high amounts of nanoparticles (in 25-30 nm size), the formation of which SCR either increased or decreased. The findings of this work provide a better understanding of the usage of SCR in combination with a higher sulfur level fuel and also of ship particle emissions, which are a growing concern. PMID:25780953

  20. Accurate Potential Energy Surface, Rovibrational Energy Levels, and Transitions of Ammonia C_{3v} Isotopologues: ^{14}NH_3, ^{15}NH_3, ^{14}ND_3 and ^{14}NT_3

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    Huang, Xinchuan; Schwenke, David W.; Lee, Timothy J.

    2009-06-01

    A further refined, global potential energy surface (PES) is computed for the C_{3v} symmetry isotopologues of ammonia, including ^{14}NH_3, ^{15}NH_3, ^{14}ND_3 and ^{14}NT_3. The refinement procedure was similar to that used in our previously reported PES, but now extends to higher J energy levels and other isotopologues. Both the diagonal Born-Oppenheimer correction and the non-adiabatic correction were included. J=0-6 rovibrational energy levels and transition frequencies of ^{14}NH_3 computed on this PES are in excellent agreement with HITRAN data. Statistics on nearly 4100 transitions and more than 1000 energy levels demonstrate the accuracy achieved by the state-of-the-art "Best Theory + Experiment" strategy. Most transition frequencies are of ±0.01-0.02 cm^{-1} accuracy. Similar accuracy has been found on ^{15}NH_3 J=0-3 rovibrational energy levels. Several transitions and energy levels in HITRAN have been identified as unreliable or suspicious, and some have been re-assigned. For ^{14}ND_3 and ^{14}NT_3, J=0-3 calculations have been performed. Agreement for pure rotation-inversion transitions is nearly perfect, with more reliable energy levels presented. On the other hand, our J=0 results suggest a re-analysis on the ^{14}ND_3 ν_1 band origin is needed. Finally, we will discuss possible future refinements leading to an even better final PES for Ammonia. X. Huang, D.W. Schwenke, and T.J. Lee, J. Chem. Phys. 129, 214304 (2008).

  1. Active sites, deactivation and stabilization of Fe-ZSM-5 for the selective catalytic reduction (SCR) of NO with NH(3).

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    Kröcher, Oliver; Brandenberger, Sandro

    2012-01-01

    Fe-ZSM-5 has been systematically investigated as catalyst for the selective catalytic reduction (SCR) of NO with NH(3), concentrating on the active sites, the deactivation mechanism during hydrothermal aging and the chemical possibilities to stabilize this type of SCR catalyst. Regarding the active SCR sites, it could be shown that monomeric species start to become active at the lowest temperatures (E(a,app) ≈ 36.3 ± 0.2 kJ/mol), followed by dimeric species at intermediate temperatures (E(a,app) ≈ 77 ± 16 kJ/mol) and oligomeric species at high temperatures. Experiments with Fe-ZSM-5 samples, in which the Brønsted acidity was specifically removed, proved that Brønsted acidity is not required for high SCR activity and that NH(3) can also be adsorbed on other acidic sites on the zeolite surface. The hydrothermal deactivation of Fe-ZSM-5 could be explained by the migration of active iron ions from the exchange sites. Parallel to the iron migration dealumination of the zeolite framework occurs, which has to be regarded as an independent process. The migration of iron can be reduced by the targeted reaction of the aluminum hydroxide groups in the lattice with trimethylaluminium followed by calcination. With respect to the application of iron zeolites in the SCR process in diesel vehicles, the most efficient stabilization method would be to switch from the ZSM-5 to the BEA structure type. The addition of NO(2) to the feed gas is another effective measure to increase the activity of even strongly deactivated iron zeolites tremendously. PMID:23211727

  2. Photoelectric characteristics of CH3NH3PbI3/p-Si heterojunction

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    Yamei, Wu; Ruixia, Yang; Hanmin, Tian; Shuai, Chen

    2016-05-01

    Organic–inorganic hybrid perovskite CH3NH3PbI3 film is prepared on p-type silicon substrate using the one-step solution method to form a CH3NH3PbI3/p-Si heterojunction. The film morphology and structure are characterized by atomic force microscopy (AFM) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM). The photoelectric properties of the CH3NH3PbI3/p-Si heterojunction are studied by testing the current–voltage (I–V) with and without illumination and capacitance–voltage (C–V) characteristics. It turns out from the I–V curve without illumination that the CH3NH3PbI3/p-Si heterojunction has a rectifier feature with the rectification ratio over 70 at the bias of ±5 V. Also, there appears a photoelectric conversion phenomenon on this heterojunction with a short circuit current (Isc) of 0.16 μA and an open circuit voltage (Voc) of about 10 mV The high frequency C–V characteristic of the Ag/CH3NH3PbI3/p-Si heterojunction turns out to be similar to that of the metal–insulator–semiconductor (MIS) structure, and a parallel translation of the C–V curve along the forward voltage axis is found. This parallel translation means the existence of defects at the CH3NH3PbI3/p-Si interface and positive fixed charges in the CH3NH3PbI3 layer. The defects at the interface of the CH3NH3PbI3/p-Si heterojunction result in the dramatic decline of the Voc. Besides, the C–V test of CH3NH3PbI3 film shows a non-linear dielectric property and the dielectric value is about 4.64 as calculated. Project supported by the Hebei Province Natural Science Foundation of China (No. F2014202184) and the Tianjin Natural Science Foundation of China (No. 15JCZDJC37800).

  3. Electric polarization of CH3NH3PbI3 and enhancement by Cl substitution

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    Yan, Wen-Li; Lu, Guang-Hong; Liu, Feng

    As a prototype of organic-inorganic hybrid perovskite, CH3NH3PbI3 has attracted extensive attention recently due to its applications in high power-conversion-efficiency solar cells. In comparison with its inorganic perovskite counterparts such as CsPbI3, the organic cation CH3NH3+ is expected to play multiple important roles in distorting crystal structures and thus band structures as well as creating local electrically polarized domains to help separate charge carriers. Using first-principles method and berry phase theory, the electric polarization vectors of CH3NH3PbI3 have been calculated. The off-center displacement of Pb within the PbI6 octahedral is shown to introduce major intrinsic polarization, with additional contributions from off-center displacement of CH3NH3+ within PbI3 cage and charge polarization within the organic cation. With chlorine substitution of iodine, the electronegativity difference between halogen and Pb becomes larger, and the lattice distortion and hence the electric polarization increases, which provides a possible mechanism to further assist charge carrier separation in solar cell devices. This is consistent with enhanced photovoltaics properties of CH3NH3PbI3-xClx found in recent experiments. This work is supported by China Scholarship Council (Grant No. 201306020117) and US DOE-BES (Grant No. DE-FG02-04ER46148).

  4. Selective Catalytic Reduction of NO with NH3 Over V-MCM-41 Catalyst.

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    Kwon, Woo Hyun; Park, Sung Hoon; Kim, Ji Man; Park, Su Bin; Jung, Sang-Chul; Kim, Sang Chai; Jeon, Jong-Ki; Park, Young-Kwon

    2016-02-01

    V-MCM-41, a mesoporous catalyst doped with V2O5, was applied for the first time to the removal of atmospheric NO. The quantity of V2O5 added was 10 wt% and 30 wt%. The characteristics of the synthesized catalysts were examined using XRD, N2 soprtion, and NH3-TPD. With increasing quantity of V2O5 added, specific surface area decreased and pore size increased. When the quantity of V2O5 was 10 wt%, the MCM-41 structure was retained, whereas considerable collapse of mesoporous structure was observed when 30 wt% V2O5 was added. The examination of acid characteristics using NH3-TPD showed that 30 wt% V-MCM-41 had the higher NH3 adsorption ability, implying that it would exhibit high activity for NH3 SCR reaction. In the NO removal experiments, 30 wt% V-MCM-41 showed much higher NO removal efficiency than 10 wt% V-MCM-41, which was attributed to its high NH3 adsorption ability. PMID:27433662

  5. Theoretical study of adsorption and dissociation of NH3 on pentanuclear Fe(111) surface

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    Purwiandono, G.; Triyono; Wijaya, K.

    2016-02-01

    Theoretical study regarding the adsorption and dissociation of NH3 molecule on Fe(111) surface has been carried out. The method used was DFT-B3LYP, and the basis sets used were ECP and 6-311G**. This research aimed at giving the theoretical understanding of adsorption and dissociation of NH3 molecule on Fe(111) surface. The adsorption and dissociation were studied based on the energetic parameter, bond length, electron population, vibration and orbital interaction. The result of theoretical calculation revealed that the on top position is the interaction position with the minimum energy for the adsorption of NH3 molecule on Fe(111) surface. The analysis of electron population of the two composing molecular orbitals indicated that the transfer of electron has an important role in the mechanism of adsorption. The visualization of molecular orbital showed that the transfer of electron occurred in the electron pairs of the interacting orbital. Relating to the adsorption mechanism and the overlapping of interaction orbitals, NH3 molecule provides the Highest Occupied Molecular Orbital (HOMO) as the interaction pair for the Lowest Unoccupied Molecular Orbital (LUMO) on Fe surface. The insignificant difference between the oxidation state of N and H atoms as well as the higher hemolytic N-H bond dissociation energy (compared to heterolytic dissociation) cause the adsorption mechanism of NH3 on Fe(111) model to occur through homolytic-dissociative chemisorption.

  6. Using stable isotopes of reactive N in dry and wet deposition to investigate the source, transport, and fate of NOx and NH3

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    Felix, J.; Elliott, E. M.

    2011-12-01

    Reactive N emissions (NH3 and NOx) can reach the land surfaces via both wet (NH4+, NO3) and dry (NOx, HNO3, NH3, NH4+) depositional processes. Together, these reactive N compounds are important global contributors to air and water quality degradation. Although nitrate concentrations in wet deposition have decreased in the U.S. during the last two decades due to NOx emission regulations set forth by the Clean Air Act, ammonium concentrations in wet deposition have recently increased. In order to further decrease NOx emissions and decrease NH3 emissions, additional tools for reactive N source apportionment are essential. The stable isotopic composition of reactive N may be one such tool for characterizing source, transport, and fate of reactive N emissions. Here, we present results from a comprehensive inventory of the isotopic composition of reactive N emission sources, focusing mainly on agricultural and fossil fuel sources. We build on these inventory results by tracing reactive N emissions across multiple landscapes including: a dairy operation, a conventionally managed cornfield, a tallgrass prairie, and a concentrated animal feeding operation. We then use two examples to illustrate how reactive N isotopes can be used in a regional context. First, we illustrate how passive NH3 samplers deployed at nine U.S. monitoring sites reflect spatial variations in predominant NH3 sources. Secondly, we reconstruct the regional influence of agricultural NOx emissions to nitrate deposition recorded in an ice core from Summit, Greenland. These results reveal significant evidence that the trend in the N isotopic composition of 20th century nitrate deposition in Greenland was driven by increasing biogenic soil NOx emissions induced by fertilizer application in the US over the last century. Together, these studies demonstrate the isotopic composition of reactive N emissions can be an additional tool for investigators to source and trace reactive N emissions in both historical and

  7. Efficient thermal conductance in organometallic perovskite CH3NH3PbI3 films

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    Chen, Qi; Zhang, Chunfeng; Zhu, Mengya; Liu, Shenghua; Siemens, Mark E.; Gu, Shuai; Zhu, Jia; Shen, Jiancang; Wu, Xinglong; Liao, Chen; Zhang, Jiayu; Wang, Xiaoyong; Xiao, Min

    2016-02-01

    Perovskite-based optoelectronic devices have shown great promise for solar conversion and other optoelectronic applications, but their long-term performance instability is regarded as a major obstacle to their widespread deployment. Previous works have shown that the ultralow thermal conductivity and inefficient heat spreading might put an intrinsic limit on the lifetime of perovskite devices. Here, we report the observation of a remarkably efficient thermal conductance, with a conductivity of 11.2 ± 0.8 W m-1 K-1 at room temperature, in densely packed perovskite CH3NH3PbI3 films, via noncontact time-domain thermal reflectance measurements. The temperature-dependent experiments suggest the important roles of organic cations and structural phase transitions, which are further confirmed by temperature-dependent Raman spectra. The thermal conductivity at room temperature observed here is over one order of magnitude larger than that in the early report, suggesting that perovskite device performance will not be limited by thermal conductance.

  8. The efficiency limit of CH3NH3PbI3 perovskite solar cells

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    Sha, Wei E. I.; Ren, Xingang; Chen, Luzhou; Choy, Wallace C. H.

    2015-06-01

    With the consideration of photon recycling effect, the efficiency limit of methylammonium lead iodide (CH3NH3PbI3) perovskite solar cells is predicted by a detailed balance model. To obtain convincing predictions, both AM 1.5 spectrum of Sun and experimentally measured complex refractive index of perovskite material are employed in the detailed balance model. The roles of light trapping and angular restriction in improving the maximal output power of thin-film perovskite solar cells are also clarified. The efficiency limit of perovskite cells (without the angular restriction) is about 31%, which approaches to Shockley-Queisser limit (33%) achievable by gallium arsenide (GaAs) cells. Moreover, the Shockley-Queisser limit could be reached with a 200 nm-thick perovskite solar cell, through integrating a wavelength-dependent angular-restriction design with a textured light-trapping structure. Additionally, the influence of the trap-assisted nonradiative recombination on the device efficiency is investigated. The work is fundamentally important to high-performance perovskite photovoltaics.

  9. Low-temperature SCR of NO with NH3 over activated semi-coke composite-supported rare earth oxides

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    Wang, Jinping; Yan, Zheng; Liu, Lili; Zhang, Yingyi; Zhang, Zuotai; Wang, Xidong

    2014-08-01

    The catalysts with different rare earth oxides (La, Ce, Pr and Nd) loaded onto activated semi-coke (ASC) via hydrothermal method are prepared for the selective catalytic reduction (SCR) of NO with NH3 at low temperature (150-300 °C). It is evidenced that CeO2 loaded catalysts present the best performance, and the optimum loading amount of CeO2 is about 10 wt%. Composite catalysts by doping La, Pr and Nd into CeO2 are prepared to obtain further improved catalytic properties. The SCR mechanism is investigated through various characterizations, including XRD, Raman, XPS and FT-IR, the results of which indicate that the oxygen defect plays an important role in SCR process and the doped rare earth elements effectively serve as promoters to increase the concentration of oxygen vacancies. It is also found that the oxygen vacancies in high concentration are favored for the adsorption of O2 and further oxidation of NO, which facilitates a rapid progressing of the following reduction reactions. The SCR process of NO with NH3 at low temperature over the catalysts of ASC composite-supported rare earth oxides mainly follows the Langmuir-Hinshlwood mechanism.

  10. Role of NH3 in the dehydrogenation of calcium amidoborane ammoniate and magnesium amidoborane ammoniate: a first-principles study.

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    Li, Wen; Wu, Guotao; Chua, Yongshen; Feng, Yuan Ping; Chen, Ping

    2012-01-01

    First-principles calculations show that [NH(3)] molecules play crucial roles as both activator for the break-up of B-H bond and supplier of protic H for the establishment of dihydrogen bonding, which could facilitate the dehydrogenation of Ca(NH(2)BH(3))(2)·2NH(3) or Mg(NH(2)BH(3))(2)·NH(3) occurring at lower temperatures compared to those of Ca(NH(2)BH(3))(2) and Mg(NH(2)BH(3))(2). Moreover, the calculations of Helmholtz Free energy and [NH(3)] molecule removal energy evidence that coordination between [NH(3)] and Mg cation is stronger than that between [NH(3)] and Ca cation; therefore, Mg(NH(2)BH(3))(2)·NH(3) will undergo directly dehydrogenation rather than deammoniation at lower temperatures. PMID:22148858

  11. Measuring surfactant concentration in plating solutions

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    Bonivert, William D.; Farmer, Joseph C.; Hachman, John T.

    1989-01-01

    An arrangement for measuring the concentration of surfactants in a electrolyte containing metal ions includes applying a DC bias voltage and a modulated voltage to a counter electrode. The phase angle between the modulated voltage and the current response to the modulated voltage at a working electrode is correlated to the surfactant concentration.

  12. Nonlinear optical measurements of glucose concentration

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    Yakovlev, V. V.

    2008-02-01

    Diabetes mellitus is a metabolic disease that currently affects about 7% of the US population, or roughly about 20 million people. Effectively controlling diabetes requires regular measurements of the blood sugar levels to ensure the one time insulin injection when the concentration of glucose reaches a critical level. In this report, nonlinear Raman microspectroscopy is demonstrated to be a promising new way of continuous and noninvasive way of measuring the glucose concentration.

  13. Resonances in rotationally inelastic scattering of NH3 and ND3 with H2.

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    Ma, Qianli; van der Avoird, Ad; Loreau, Jérôme; Alexander, Millard H; van de Meerakker, Sebastiaan Y T; Dagdigian, Paul J

    2015-07-28

    We present theoretical studies on the scattering resonances in rotationally inelastic collisions of NH3 and ND3 molecules with H2 molecules. We use the quantum close-coupling method to compute state-to-state integral and differential cross sections for the NH3/ND3-H2 system for collision energies between 5 and 70 cm(-1), using a previously reported potential energy surface [Maret et al., Mon. Not. R. Astron. Soc. 399, 425 (2009)]. We identify the resonances as shape or Feshbach resonances. To analyze these, we use an adiabatic bender model, as well as examination at the scattering wave functions and lifetimes. The strength and width of the resonance peaks suggest that they could be observed in a crossed molecular beam experiment involving a Stark-decelerated NH3 beam. PMID:26233134

  14. NH3 sensing characteristics of nano-WO3 thin films deposited on porous silicon.

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    Sun, Fengyun; Hu, Ming; Sun, Peng; Zhang, Jie; Liu, Bo

    2010-11-01

    The NH3 sensing characteristics of nano-tungsten trioxide (WO3) thin films deposited on porous silicon (PS) were investigated in the present study. Porous silicon layer was first prepared by electrochemical etching in an HF-based solution on a p(+)-type silicon substrate. Then, WO3 nano-films were deposited on the porous silicon layer by DC magnetron sputtering. Pt electrodes were deposited on the top surface of the WO3 films to obtain the WO3/PS gas sensor. The WO3 films deposited on PS were characterized by SEM, XRD and XPS. The NH3 sensing characteristics for WO3/PS gas sensor were tested at room temperature and 50 degrees C. The results showed that the NH3 sensing characteristics of WO3/PS were superior to WO3/Al2O3 at room temperature. The sensing mechanism of the nano-WO3 thin films based on PS was also discussed. PMID:21138022

  15. Facile route to freestanding CH3NH3PbI3 crystals using inverse solubility

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    Kadro, Jeannette M.; Nonomura, Kazuteru; Gachet, David; Grätzel, Michael; Hagfeldt, Anders

    2015-01-01

    CH3NH3PbI3 was found to exhibit inverse solubility at high temperatures in γ-butyrolactone. Making use of this unusual, so far unreported phenomenon, we present a facile method for the growth of freestanding crystals of CH3NH3PbI3 from solution without addition of any capping agents or seed particles. Large, strongly faceted crystals could be grown within minutes. This finding may aid in understanding the crystallization process of CH3NH3PbI3 from solution that may lead to improved morphological control of film deposition for a range of device architectures. Our process offers a facile and rapid route to freestanding crystals for use in a broad range of characterization techniques. PMID:26123285

  16. NH3 sensing properties polyaniline: TiO2 nanorods heterostructure

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    Patil, U. V.; Ramgir, Niranjan S.; Debnath, A. K.; Karmakar, N.; Aswal, D. K.; Kothari, D. C.; Gupta, S. K.

    2016-05-01

    NH3 sensing properties of polyaniline: TiO2 nanorods heterostructures have been investigated. TiO2 nanorods were synthesized using hydrothermal method. Thin layer of polyanilene was deposited by in-situ oxidative polymerization of aniline over TiO2 nanorods film. The heterostructure film exhibited an enhanced sensor response towards NH3 at room temperature. For example, heterostructure films exhibited a sensor response of 610% towards 100 ppm of NH3 with a response and recovery times of 40 and 60 s, respectively. This response and response kinetics is better than pure PANI films that exhibited a response of 210% with a response and recovery time of 21 and 160 s, respectively.

  17. CO2-dominated Atmosphere in Equilibrium with NH3-H2O Ocean: Application to Early Titan and Ocean Planets

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    Marounina, N.; Grasset, O.; Tobie, G.; Carpy, S.

    2015-12-01

    During the accretion of Titan, impact heating may have been sufficient to allow the global melting of water ice (Monteux et al. 2014) and the release of volatile compounds, with CO2 and NH3 as main constituents (Tobie et al. 2012). Thus, on primitive Titan, it is thought that a massive atmosphere was in contact with a global water ocean. Similar configurations may occur on temperate water-rich planets called ocean planets (Léger et al. 2004, Kitzmann et al. 2015).Due to its rather low solubility in liquid water, carbon dioxide is expected to be one of the major components in the atmosphere. The atmospheric amount of CO2 is a key parameter for assessing the thermal evolution of the planetary surface because of its strong greenhouse effect. However, ammonia significantly affects the solubility of CO2 in water and hence the atmosphere-ocean thermo-chemical equilibrium. For primitive Titan, estimating the mass, temperature and composition of the primitive atmosphere is important to determine mechanisms that led to the present-day N2-CH4 dominated atmosphere. Similarly, for ocean planets, the influence of ammonia on the atmospheric abundance in CO2 has consequences for the definition of the habitable zone.To investigate the atmospheric composition of the water-rich worlds for a wide range of initial compositions, we have developed a vapor-liquid equilibrium model of the NH3-CO2-H2O system, where we account for the non-ideal comportment of both vapor and liquid phases and the ion speciation of volatiles dissolved in the aqueous phase. We show that adding NH3 to the CO2-H2O binary system induces an efficient absorption of the CO2 in the liquid phase and thus a lower CO2 partial pressure in the vapor phase. Indeed, the CO2 partial pressure remains low for the CO2/NH3 ratio of liquid concentrations lower than 0.5.Assuming various initial compositions of Titan's global water ocean, we explore the thermal and compositional evolution of a massive primitive atmosphere using

  18. Scattering of NH3 and ND3 with rare gas atoms at low collision energy.

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    Loreau, J; van der Avoird, A

    2015-11-14

    We present a theoretical study of elastic and rotationally inelastic collisions of NH3 and ND3 with rare gas atoms (He, Ne, Ar, Kr, Xe) at low energy. Quantum close-coupling calculations have been performed for energies between 0.001 and 300 cm(-1). We focus on collisions in which NH3 is initially in the upper state of the inversion doublet with j = 1, k = 1, which is the most relevant in an experimental context as it can be trapped electrostatically and Stark-decelerated. We discuss the presence of resonances in the elastic and inelastic cross sections, as well as the trends in the inelastic cross sections along the rare gas series and the differences between NH3 and ND3 as a colliding partner. We also demonstrate the importance of explicitly taking into account the umbrella (inversion) motion of NH3 in order to obtain accurate scattering cross sections at low collision energy. Finally, we investigate the possibility of sympathetic cooling of ammonia using cold or ultracold rare gas atoms. We show that some systems exhibit a large ratio of elastic to inelastic cross sections in the cold regime, which is promising for sympathetic cooling experiments. The close-coupling calculations are based on previously reported ab initio potential energy surfaces for NH3-He and NH3-Ar, as well as on new, four-dimensional, potential energy surfaces for the interaction of ammonia with Ne, Kr, and Xe, which were computed using the coupled-cluster method and large basis sets. We compare the properties of the potential energy surfaces corresponding to the interaction of ammonia with the various rare gas atoms. PMID:26567658

  19. Partial phase diagram for the system NH3-H2O - The water-rich region

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    Johnson, M. L.; Schwake, A.; Nicol, M.

    1984-01-01

    Phase boundaries of the H2O-NH3 system for (NH3)/x/(H2O)/1-x/ have been determined with diamond-anvil cells for mixtures in two composition ranges: (1) for x in the range from 0 to 0.3, at pressures up to 4 GPa at 21 C, and (2) for x in the range from 0.46 to 0.50, at pressures up to 5 GPa from 150 to 400 K. Phases were identified visually with a microscope and polarized optics. The NH3.2(H2O) phase is strongly anisotropic with a much smaller refractive index than that of ice VII and cracks in two nonperpendicular networks. NH3.H2O has a refractive index closer to that of Ice VII and does not appear to form cracks. Both phases are colorless. Phase boundaries were determined on both increasing and decreasing pressures, and compositions of the ammonia ices were determined by estimating relative amounts of water and ammonia ices at known overall compositions. For low-ammonia compositions (x equal to or less than 0.15), the following assemblages succedd one another as pressure increases: liquid; liquid and Ice VI (at 1.0 + GPa); liquid and Ice VII (at 2.1 GPa); Ice VII and NH3.H2O (at 3.5 GPa). For x in the range from 0.15 to 0.30, the water ice and liquid fields are replaced by the NH3.2(H2O) and liquid field at pressures down to 1.0 GPa and lower.

  20. Cyclic Concentration Measurements for Characterizing Pulsating Flow

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    Bamberger, Judith A.

    2013-07-07

    Slurry mixed in vessels via pulse jet mixers has a periodic, rather than steady, concentration profile. Measurements of local concentration taken at the center of the tank at a range of elevations within the mixed region were analyzed to obtain a greater understanding of how the periodic pulse jet mixing cycle affects the local concentration. Data were obtained at the critical suspension velocity, when all solids are suspended at the end of the pulse. The data at a range of solids loadings are analyzed to observe the effect of solids concentration during the suspension and settling portions of the mixing cycle.

  1. Fe/SSZ-13 as an NH3-SCR Catalyst: A Reaction Kinetics and FTIR/Mössbauer Spectroscopic Study

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    Gao, Feng; Kollar, Marton; Kukkadapu, Ravi K.; Washton, Nancy M.; Wang, Yilin; Szanyi, Janos; Peden, Charles H.F.

    2015-03-01

    Using a traditional aqueous solution ion-exchange method under a protecting atmosphere of N2, an Fe/SSZ-13 catalyst active in NH3-SCR was synthesized. Mössbauer and FTIR spectroscopies were used to probe the nature of the Fe sites. In the fresh sample, the majority of Fe species are extra-framework cations. The likely monomeric and dimeric ferric ions in hydrated form are [Fe(OH)2]+ and [HO-Fe-O-Fe-OH]2+, based on Mössbauer measurements. During the severe hydrothermal aging (HTA) applied in this study, a majority of cationic Fe species convert to FeAlOx and clustered FeOx species, accompanied by severe dealumination of the SSZ-13 framework. The clustered FeOx species do not give a sextet Mössbauer spectrum, indicating that these are highly disordered. However, some Fe species in cationic positions remain after aging as determined from Mössbauer measurements and CO/NO FTIR titrations. NO/NH3 oxidation reaction tests reveal that dehydrated cationic Fe are substantially more active in catalyzing oxidation reactions than the hydrated ones. For NH3-SCR, enhancement of NO oxidation under ‘dry’ conditions promotes SCR rates below ~300 • C. This is due mainly to contribution from the “fast” SCR channel. Above ~300 • C, enhancement of NH3 oxidation under ‘dry’ conditions, however, becomes detrimental to NOx conversions. The HTA sample loses much of the SCR activity below ~300 • C; however, above ~400 • C much of the activity remains. This may suggest that the FeAlOx and FeOx species become active at such elevated temperatures. Alternatively, the high-temperature activity may be maintained by the remaining extra-framework cationic species. For potential practical applications, Fe/SSZ-13 may be used as a co-catalyst for Cu/CHA as integral aftertreatment SCR catalysts on the basis of the stable high temperature activity after hydrothermal aging. The authors gratefully acknowledge the US Department of Energy (DOE), Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy

  2. Ultraviolet-gas phase and -photocatalytic synthesis from CO and NH3. [photolysis products

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    Hubbard, J. S.; Voecks, G. E.; Hobby, G. L.; Ferris, J. P.; Williams, E. A.; Nicodem, D. E.

    1975-01-01

    Ammonium cyanate is identified as the major product of the photolysis of gaseous NH3-CO mixtures at 206.2 or 184.9 nm. Lesser amounts of urea, biurea, biuret semicarbazide, formamide and cyanide are observed. A series of 18 reactions underlying the formation of photolysis products is presented and discussed. Photocatalytic syntheses of C-14-urea, -formamide, and -formaldehyde are carried out through irradiation of (C-14)O and NH3 in the presence of Vycor, silica gel, or volcanic ash shale surfaces. The possible contributions of the relevant reactions to the abiotic synthesis of organic nitrogen compounds on Mars, the primitive earth, and in interstellar space are examined.

  3. Measurement of dust concentration based on VBAI

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    Fu, You; Wang, Ninghui

    2013-03-01

    There are almost no economic and management solutions in automated measurement of dust concentration of magnesium oxide smelting electric arc furnace mouth. Nearly a thousand degrees of heat and the strong magnetic fields created by high-current Constitutes a serious interference with the sensor. This makes close-contact measurement method becomes almost impossible. To solve the above problem, this paper proposes a measurement scheme based on VBAI (Vision Builder for Automated Inspection, a software developed by National Instruments) to calculate the dust concentration. It uses visual analysis of the means to calculate the number of dust particles per unit volume of. And then it calculates the dust concentration. Though the analysis of the actual photo of the smelting site, the relative dust concentration in the mouth of the furnace is calculate. This method will be applied to the precipitator 70 kW motor inverter control and has a high recognition rate and significant application prospects.

  4. Biochemical pathways of breath ammonia (NH3) generation in patients with end-stage renal disease undergoing hemodialysis.

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    Chen, W; Laiho, S; Vaittinen, O; Halonen, L; Ortiz, F; Forsblom, C; Groop, P-H; Lehto, M; Metsälä, M

    2016-01-01

    Breath ammonia (NH3) has been proposed as a potential biomarker in monitoring hemodialysis (HD) adequacy, since a strong correlation between blood urea and mouth-exhaled breath NH3 has been observed in patients with end-stage renal disease (ESRD) undergoing HD. However, the biochemical pathways for breath NH3 generation from blood urea have not been demonstrated. In this study, we show a strong correlation (r s  =  0.77, p  <  0.001) between blood and salivary urea, indicating that salivary urea levels reflect blood urea levels. Salivary urea is in turn strongly correlated to salivary ammonia ([Formula: see text] + NH3) in most of the patients. This confirms that the hydrolysis of urea by urease generates ammonia in the oral cavity. A further strong correlation between salivary ammonia and breath NH3 indicates that salivary ammonia evaporates into gas phase and turns to breath NH3. Therefore, blood urea is a major biochemical source of breath NH3. Since breath NH3 is generated predominantly in the oral cavity, the levels of breath NH3 are influenced significantly by the patient's oral condition including urease activity and salivary pH. Our results agree with previous studies that have shown a connection between salivary urea and breath NH3. PMID:27516572

  5. Toward Localized In Vivo Biomarker Concentration Measurements

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    Zhang, Xiaojuan; Reeves, Daniel; Shi, Yipeng; Gimi, Barjor; Nemani, Krishnamurthy V.; Perreard, Irina M.; Toraya-Brown, Seiko; Fiering, Steven; Weaver, John B.

    2015-01-01

    We know a great deal about the biochemistry of cells because they can be isolated and studied. The biochemistry of the much more complex in vivo environment is more difficult to study because the only ways to quantitate concentrations is to sacrifice the animal or biopsy the tissue. Either method disrupts the environment profoundly and neither method allows longitudinal studies on the same individual. Methods of measuring chemical concentrations in vivo are very valuable alternatives to sacrificing groups of animals. We are developing microscopic magnetic nanoparticle (mNP) probes to measure the concentration of a selected molecule in vivo. The mNPs are targeted to bind the selected molecule and the resulting reduction in rotational freedom can be quantified remotely using magnetic spectroscopy. The mNPs must be contained in micrometer sized porous shells to keep them from migrating and to protect them from clearance by the immune system. There are two key issues in the development of the probes. First, we demonstrate the ability to measure concentrations in the porous walled alginate probes both in phosphate buffered saline and in blood, which is an excellent surrogate for the complex and challenging in vivo environment. Second, sensitivity is critical because it allows microscopic probes to measure very small concentrations very far away. We report sensitivity measurements on recently introduced technology that has allowed us to improve the sensitivity by two orders of magnitude, a factor of 200 so far. PMID:26203196

  6. The C(3P) + NH3 Reaction in Interstellar Chemistry. II. Low Temperature Rate Constants and Modeling of NH, NH2, and NH3 Abundances in Dense Interstellar Clouds

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    Hickson, Kevin M.; Loison, Jean-Christophe; Bourgalais, Jérémy; Capron, Michael; Le Picard, Sébastien D.; Goulay, Fabien; Wakelam, Valentine

    2015-10-01

    A continuous supersonic flow reactor has been used to measure rate constants for the C(3P) + NH3 reaction over the temperature range 50-296 K. C(3P) atoms were created by the pulsed laser photolysis of CBr4. The kinetics of the title reaction were followed directly by vacuum ultra-violet laser induced fluorescence of C(3P) loss and through H(2S) formation. The experiments show unambiguously that the reaction is rapid at 296 K, becoming faster at lower temperatures, reaching a value of (1.8 ± 0.2) × 10-10 cm3 molecule-1 s-1 at 50 K. As this reaction is not currently included in astrochemical networks, its influence on interstellar nitrogen hydride abundances is tested through a dense cloud model including gas-grain interactions. In particular, the effect of the ortho-to-para ratio of H2, which plays a crucial role in interstellar NH3 synthesis, is examined.

  7. Perovskite CH3NH3PbI3(Cl) Single Crystals: Rapid Solution Growth, Unparalleled Crystalline Quality, and Low Trap Density toward 10(8) cm(-3).

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    Lian, Zhipeng; Yan, Qingfeng; Gao, Taotao; Ding, Jie; Lv, Qianrui; Ning, Chuangang; Li, Qiang; Sun, Jia-Lin

    2016-08-01

    Single crystal reflects the intrinsic physical properties of a material, and single crystals with high-crystalline quality are highly desired for the acquisition of high-performance devices. We found that large single crystals of perovskite CH3NH3PbI3(Cl) could be grown rapidly from chlorine-containing solutions. Within 5 days, CH3NH3PbI3(Cl) single crystal as large as 20 mm × 18 mm × 6 mm was harvested. As a most important index to evaluate the crystalline quality, the full width at half-maximum (fwhm) in the high-resolution X-ray rocking curve (HR-XRC) of as-grown CH3NH3PbI3(Cl) single crystal was measured as 20 arcsec, which is far superior to so far reported CH3NH3PbI3 single crystals (∼1338 arcsec). The unparalleled crystalline quality delivered a low trap-state density of down to 7.6 × 10(8) cm(-3), high carrier mobility of 167 ± 35 cm(2) V(-1) s(-1), and long transient photovoltaic carrier lifetime of 449 ± 76 μs. The improvement in the crystalline quality, together with the rapid growth rate and excellent carrier transport property, provides state-of-the-art single crystalline hybrid perovskite materials for high-performance optoelectronic devices. PMID:27458057

  8. Origin of the visible-light photoactivity of NH3-treated TiO2: Effect of nitrogen doping and oxygen vacancies

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    Chen, Yilin; Cao, Xiaoxin; Lin, Bizhou; Gao, Bifen

    2013-01-01

    N-doped and oxygen-deficient TiO2 photocatalysts were obtained by heating commercial TiO2 in NH3 atmosphere, followed by a postcalcination process. Catalysts were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), N2-sorption BET surface area, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), Elemental analysis (EA), UV/vis diffuse reflectance spectroscopy (DRS), Electron spin resonance (ESR) and Photoluminescence (PL). It shows that the NH3-heat-treatment of TiO2 resulted in not only nitrogen doping but also creation of oxygen vacancies with optical absorption in visible-light region. The postcalcination achieved several beneficial effects including dramatic removal of surface amino species, a rapid decrease in surface Ti3+ species, and a low recombination rate of photogenerated carriers on the co-doped TiO2. The photocatalytic measurement was carried out by the degradation of gas-phase benzene under visible light irradiation. At steady state, the photocatalytic conversion rate of benzene over the postannealed catalyst was 35.8%, accompanied by the yield of 115 ppmv CO2, which was much higher than that on the NH3-treated TiO2 before postcalcination or the H2-treated TiO2 catalysts. Results show that the visible-light activity of the NH3-treated TiO2 is attributed to a synergistic effect of substitutional nitrogen species and oxygen vacancies in TiO2.

  9. [Poisoning effect of Ca depositing over Mn-Ce/TiO2 catalyst for low-temperature selective catalytic reduction of NO by NH3].

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    Zhou, Ai-Yi; Mao, Hua-Feng; Sheng, Zhong-Yi; Tan, Yue; Yang, Liu

    2014-12-01

    Calcium carbonate (CaCO3), calcium sulfate (CaSO4), and calcium chloride (CaCl2) were chosen as the precursors to prepare the Ca salts deposited Mn-Ce/TiO2 catalysts through an impregnation method. The influence of Ca on the performance of the Mn-Ce/TiO2 catalyst for low-temperature selective catalytic reduction of NO by NH3 was investigated. Experimental results showed that Ca salts had negative effects on the activity of Mn-Ce/TiO2 and the precursors of Ca salts also affected the catalytic activity. The precursor CaCl2 had a greater impact on the catalytic activity, while CaCO3 had minimal effect. The samples were characterized by Brunner-Emmet-Teller measurements (BET), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), X-ray diffraction (XRD), and NH3temperature programmed desorption (NH3 -TPD). The characterization results indicated that the significant changes in physical and chemical properties of Mn-Ce/TiO2 were observed after Ca was deposited on the catalysts. The significant decreases in surface areas and NH,3adsorption amounts were observed after Ca was deposited on the catalysts, which could be considered as the main reasons for the deactivation of Ca deposited Mn-Ce/TiO,2 PMID:25826949

  10. Transformation of the excited state and photovoltaic efficiency of CH3NH3PbI3 perovskite upon controlled exposure to humidified air.

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    Christians, Jeffrey A; Miranda Herrera, Pierre A; Kamat, Prashant V

    2015-02-01

    Humidity has been an important factor, in both negative and positive ways, in the development of perovskite solar cells and will prove critical in the push to commercialize this exciting new photovoltaic technology. The interaction between CH(3)NH(3)PbI(3) and H(2)O vapor is investigated by characterizing the ground-state and excited-state optical absorption properties and probing morphology and crystal structure. These undertakings reveal that H(2)O exposure does not simply cause CH(3)NH(3)PbI(3) to revert to PbI(2). It is shown that, in the dark, H(2)O is able to complex with the perovskite, forming a hydrate product similar to (CH(3)NH(3))(4)PbI(6)·2H(2)O. This causes a decrease in absorption across the visible region of the spectrum and a distinct change in the crystal structure of the material. Femtosecond transient absorption spectroscopic measurements show the effect that humidity has on the ultrafast excited state dynamics of CH(3)NH(3)PbI(3). More importantly, the deleterious effects of humidity on complete solar cells, specifically on photovoltaic efficiency and stability, are explored in the light of these spectroscopic understandings. PMID:25590693

  11. Coriolis and l-type interactions in the ν2, 2 ν2, and ν4 states of 14NH 3

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    Urban, Š.; Špirko, V.; Papoušek, D.; McDowell, Robin S.; Nereson, Norris G.; Belov, S. P.; Gershstein, L. I.; Maslovskij, A. V.; Krupnov, A. F.; Curtis, John; Narahari Rao, K.

    1980-02-01

    High-resolution infrared spectra have been remeasured for the ν2, 2 ν2, and ν4 bands of 4NH 3 using a vacuum grating infrared spectrometer and a diode laser spectrometer. Far-infrared spectra of 14NH 3 have been measured with microwave accuracy in the 700-1100 GHz region by employing a submillimeter wave spectrometer (RAD) with acoustic detection. The pure inversion and inversion-rotation transition frequencies in the ν2 excited state of 14NH 3 have been determined for the first time. The vibration-inversion-rotation Hamiltonian of ammonia [Špirko, Stone, and Papoušek, J. Mol. Spectrosc.60, 159-178 (1976)] has been used for a precise parameterization of the energy levels of ammonia. The ground state rotational and centrifugal constants of 14NH 3 have been determined using a modified method of combination differences. Coriolis and l-type interactions between ν2, ν4, 2 ν2, ν2 + ν4, and 3 ν2 states have been analyzed and the band parameters have been obtained which reproduce the transition frequencies within the accuracy of the experimental data.

  12. Tracing the evolutionary stage of Bok globules: CCS and NH3

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    Marka, C.; Schreyer, K.; Launhardt, R.; Semenov, D. A.; Henning, Th.

    2012-01-01

    Aims: We investigate a previously proposed correlation between the chemical properties and the physical evolutionary stage of isolated low-mass star-forming regions. The NNH3/NCCS abundance ratio has been proposed to be a potentially useful indicator of the evolutionary stage of cloud cores, and we study its applicability for isolated Bok globules. Methods: We searched for CCS(21-10) emission in 42 Bok globules both with and without signs of current star formation. A set of NH3 measurements was compiled from measurements available in the literature and from our own observations. The abundance ratio of both molecules is discussed with respect to the evolutionary stage of the objects and in the context of chemical models. Results: We determine the NNH3/NCCS ratio for 18 Bok globules and find that it is moderately high and roughly similar across all evolutionary stages from starless and prestellar cores towards internally heated cores harboring protostars of Class 0, Class I, or later. We do not find any Bok globules with extremely high CCS abundances analogous to carbon-chain producing regions in dark cloud cores. The observed range of NNH3/NCCS implies that all of the observed Bok globules are in a relatively evolved chemical state. Based on observations obtained with the 100-m telescope of the MPIfR (Max-Planck-Institut für Radioastronomie) at Effelsberg and the 64-m Parkes radio telescope. The Parkes radio telescope is part of the Australia Telescope National Facility which is funded by the Commonwealth of Australia for operation as a National Facility managed by CSIRO.

  13. NH3(3,3) and CH3OH near Supernova Remnants: GBT and VLA Observations

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    McEwen, Bridget C.; Pihlström, Ylva M.; Sjouwerman, Loránt O.

    2016-08-01

    We report on Green Bank Telescope 23.87 GHz NH3(3,3) emission observations in five supernova remnants (SNRs) interacting with molecular clouds (G1.4‑0.1, IC 443, W44, W51C, and G5.7‑0.0). The observations show a clumpy gas density distribution, and in most cases the narrow line widths of ˜3–4 km s‑1 are suggestive of maser emission. Very Large Array observations reveal 36 and/or 44 GHz CH3OH maser emission in a majority (72%) of the NH3 peak positions toward three of these SNRs. This good positional correlation is in agreement with the high densities required for the excitation of each line. Through these observations we have shown that CH3OH and NH3 maser emission can be used as indicators of high-density clumps of gas shocked by SNRs, and provide density estimates thereof. Modeling of the optical depth of the NH3(3,3) emission is compared to that of CH3OH, constraining the densities of the clumps to a typical density of the order of 105 cm‑3 for cospatial masers. Regions of gas with this density are found to exist in the post-shocked gas quite close to the SNR shock front, and may be associated with sites where cosmic rays produce gamma-ray emission via neutral pion decay.

  14. NH3(3,3) and CH3OH near Supernova Remnants: GBT and VLA Observations

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    McEwen, Bridget C.; Pihlström, Ylva M.; Sjouwerman, Loránt O.

    2016-08-01

    We report on Green Bank Telescope 23.87 GHz NH3(3,3) emission observations in five supernova remnants (SNRs) interacting with molecular clouds (G1.4‑0.1, IC 443, W44, W51C, and G5.7‑0.0). The observations show a clumpy gas density distribution, and in most cases the narrow line widths of ∼3–4 km s‑1 are suggestive of maser emission. Very Large Array observations reveal 36 and/or 44 GHz CH3OH maser emission in a majority (72%) of the NH3 peak positions toward three of these SNRs. This good positional correlation is in agreement with the high densities required for the excitation of each line. Through these observations we have shown that CH3OH and NH3 maser emission can be used as indicators of high-density clumps of gas shocked by SNRs, and provide density estimates thereof. Modeling of the optical depth of the NH3(3,3) emission is compared to that of CH3OH, constraining the densities of the clumps to a typical density of the order of 105 cm‑3 for cospatial masers. Regions of gas with this density are found to exist in the post-shocked gas quite close to the SNR shock front, and may be associated with sites where cosmic rays produce gamma-ray emission via neutral pion decay.

  15. Conformation of NH 3 and C 2H 4 molecules approaching a metal surface

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    Flores, F.; Gabbay, I.; March, N. H.

    1981-10-01

    Using a semiempirical approach to the conformation of free space molecules, the HNH angle in NH 3 adsorbed on Ru(001) is estimated to increase by about 1°. For C 2H 4, both HCC and HCH angles are predicted to decrease.

  16. Measurement of ammonia emissions from tropical seabird colonies

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    Riddick, S. N.; Blackall, T. D.; Dragosits, U.; Daunt, F.; Braban, C. F.; Tang, Y. S.; MacFarlane, W.; Taylor, S.; Wanless, S.; Sutton, M. A.

    2014-06-01

    The excreta (guano) of seabirds at their breeding colonies represents a notable source of ammonia (NH3) emission to the atmosphere, with effects on surrounding ecosystems through nitrogen compounds being thereby transported from sea to land. Previous measurements in temperate UK conditions quantified emission hotspots and allowed preliminary global upscaling. However, thermodynamic processes and water availability limit NH3 formation from guano, which suggests that the proportion of excreted nitrogen that volatilizes as NH3 may potentially be higher at tropical seabird colonies than similar colonies in temperate or sub-polar regions. To investigate such differences, we measured NH3 concentrations and environmental conditions at two tropical seabird colonies during the breeding season: a colony of 20,000 tern spp. and noddies on Michaelmas Cay, Great Barrier Reef, and a colony of 200,000 Sooty terns on Ascension Island, Atlantic Ocean. At both sites time-integrated NH3 concentrations and meteorological parameters were measured. In addition, at Ascension Island, semi-continuous hourly NH3 concentrations and micrometeorological parameters were measured throughout the campaign. Ammonia emissions, quantified using a backwards Lagrangian atmospheric dispersion model, were estimated at 21.8 μg m-2 s-1 and 18.9 μg m-2 s-1 from Michaelmas Cay and Ascension Island, respectively. High temporal resolution NH3 data at Ascension Island estimated peak hourly emissions up to 377 μg NH3 m2 s-1. The estimated percentage fraction of total guano nitrogen volatilized was 67% at Michaelmas Cay and 32% at Ascension Island, with the larger value at the former site attributed to higher water availability. These values are much larger than published data for sub-polar locations, pointing to a substantial climatic dependence on emission of atmospheric NH3 from seabird colonies.

  17. Towards a carbon independent and CO2-free electrochemical membrane process for NH3 synthesis.

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    Kugler, K; Ohs, B; Scholz, M; Wessling, M

    2014-04-01

    Ammonia is exclusively synthesized by the Haber-Bosch process starting from precious carbon resources such as coal or CH4. With H2O, H2 is produced and with N2, NH3 can be synthesized at high pressures and temperatures. Regrettably, the carbon is not incorporated into NH3 but emitted as CO2. Valuable carbon sources are consumed which could be used otherwise when carbon sources become scarce. We suggest an alternative process concept using an electrochemical membrane reactor (ecMR). A complete synthesis process with N2 production and downstream product separation is presented and evaluated in a multi-scale model to quantify its energy consumption. A new micro-scale ecMR model integrates mass, species, heat and energy balances with electrochemical conversions allowing further integration into a macro-scale process flow sheet. For the anodic oxidation reaction H2O was chosen as a ubiquitous H2 source. Nitrogen was obtained by air separation which combines with protons from H2O to give NH3 using a hypothetical catalyst recently suggested from DFT calculations. The energy demand of the whole electrochemical process is up to 20% lower than the Haber-Bosch process using coal as a H2 source. In the case of natural gas, the ecMR process is not competitive under today's energy and resource conditions. In future however, the electrochemical NH3 synthesis might be the technology-of-choice when coal is easily accessible over natural gas or limited carbon sources have to be used otherwise but for the synthesis of the carbon free product NH3. PMID:24557153

  18. A Water Maser and NH3 Survey of GLIMPSE Extended Green Objects

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    Cyganowski, C. J.; Koda, J.; Rosolowsky, E.; Towers, S.; Donovan Meyer, J.; Egusa, F.; Momose, R.; Robitaille, T. P.

    2013-02-01

    We present the results of a Nobeyama 45 m H2O maser and NH3 survey of all 94 northern GLIMPSE extended green objects (EGOs), a sample of massive young stellar objects (MYSOs) identified based on their extended 4.5 μm emission. We observed the NH3(1,1), (2,2), and (3,3) inversion lines, and detected emission toward 97%, 63%, and 46% of our sample, respectively (median rms ~ 50 mK). The H2O maser detection rate is 68% (median rms ~ 0.11 Jy). The derived H2O maser and clump-scale gas properties are consistent with the identification of EGOs as young MYSOs. To explore the degree of variation among EGOs, we analyze subsamples defined based on mid-infrared (MIR) properties or maser associations. H2O masers and warm dense gas, as indicated by emission in the higher-excitation NH3 transitions, are most frequently detected toward EGOs also associated with both Class I and II CH3OH masers. Ninety-five percent (81%) of such EGOs are detected in H2O (NH3(3,3)), compared to only 33% (7%) of EGOs without either CH3OH maser type. As populations, EGOs associated with Class I and/or II CH3OH masers have significantly higher NH3 line widths, column densities, and kinetic temperatures than EGOs undetected in CH3OH maser surveys. However, we find no evidence for statistically significant differences in H2O maser properties (such as maser luminosity) among any EGO subsamples. Combining our data with the 1.1 mm continuum Bolocam Galactic Plane Survey, we find no correlation between isotropic H2O maser luminosity and clump number density. H2O maser luminosity is weakly correlated with clump (gas) temperature and clump mass.

  19. Measuring protein concentration with entangled photons

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    Crespi, Andrea; Lobino, Mirko; Matthews, Jonathan C. F.; Politi, Alberto; Neal, Chris R.; Ramponi, Roberta; Osellame, Roberto; O'Brien, Jeremy L.

    2012-06-01

    Optical interferometry is amongst the most sensitive techniques for precision measurement. By increasing the light intensity, a more precise measurement can usually be made. However, if the sample is light sensitive entangled states can achieve the same precision with less exposure. This concept has been demonstrated in measurements of known optical components. Here, we use two-photon entangled states to measure the concentration of a blood protein in an aqueous buffer solution. We use an opto-fluidic device that couples a waveguide interferometer with a microfluidic channel. These results point the way to practical applications of quantum metrology to light-sensitive samples.

  20. ZnO nanoplates surfaced-decorated by WO3 nanorods for NH3 gas sensing application

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    Dien Nguyen, Dac; Do, Duc Tho; Hien Vu, Xuan; Vuong Dang, Duc; Chien Nguyen, Duc

    2016-03-01

    Zinc oxide (ZnO) nanoplates and tungsten trioxide (WO3) nanorods were synthesized by hydrothermal treatment from zinc nitrate/potassium hydroxide and sodium tungstate/hydrochloric acid, respectively. The structure, morphology and compositions of the as-prepared WO3/ZnO nano-composites were characterized by x-ray diffraction, field emission scanning electron microscopy and energy dispersive spectroscopy. The obtained ZnO nanoplates have regular shape, single-crystal wurtzite structure with the thickness of 40 nm and 200 versus 400 nm in lateral dimensions. The WO3 nanorods possess the average diameter of 20 nm and the length of approximately 120 nm which were distributed on the surfaces of ZnO nanoplates. The WO3/ZnO nano-composites were prepared by grinding WO3 nanorods powder with ZnO nanoplates powder in various weight ratios (1:2, 1:1 and 2:1). The NH3 gas sensing properties of WO3/ZnO nano-composites were examined through the electrical resistance measurement. The gas sensing performance of the WO3/ZnO composite with weight ratio of 1:1 was better compared with that of other samples. For this sample, the maximum response to 300 ppm NH3 was 24 at the operating temperature of 250 °C. In addition, the gas sensing mechanism of the WO3/ZnO composites was discussed.

  1. The C(3P) + NH3 Reaction in Interstellar Chemistry. I. Investigation of the Product Formation Channels

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    Bourgalais, Jérémy; Capron, Michael; Abhinavam Kailasanathan, Ranjith Kumar; Osborn, David L.; Hickson, Kevin M.; Loison, Jean-Christophe; Wakelam, Valentine; Goulay, Fabien; Le Picard, Sébastien D.

    2015-10-01

    The product formation channels of ground state carbon atoms, C(3P), reacting with ammonia, NH3, have been investigated using two complementary experiments and electronic structure calculations. Reaction products are detected in a gas flow tube experiment (330 K, 4 Torr) using tunable vacuum-ultraviolet (VUV) photoionization coupled with time of flight mass spectrometry. Temporal profiles of the species formed and photoionization spectra are used to identify primary products of the C + NH3 reaction. In addition, H-atom formation is monitored by VUV laser induced fluorescence (LIF) from room temperature to 50 K in a supersonic gas flow generated by the Laval nozzle technique. Electronic structure calculations are performed to derive intermediates, transition states, and complexes formed along the reaction coordinate. The combination of photoionization and LIF experiments supported by theoretical calculations indicate that in the temperature and pressure range investigated, the H + H2CN production channel represents 100% of the product yield for this reaction. Kinetics measurements of the title reaction down to 50 K and the effect of the new rate constants on interstellar nitrogen hydride abundances using a model of dense interstellar clouds are reported in Paper II.

  2. Extended line positions, intensities, empirical lower state energies and quantum assignments of NH3 from 6300 to 7000 cm-1

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    Sung, Keeyoon; Brown, Linda R.; Huang, Xinchuan; Schwenke, David W.; Lee, Timothy J.; Coy, Stephen L.; Lehmann, Kevin K.

    2012-07-01

    Nearly 4800 features of ammonia between 6300 and 7000 cm-1 with intensities ≥4×10-24 cm-1/(molecule·cm-2) at 296 K were measured using 16 pure NH3 spectra recorded at various temperatures (296-185 K) with the McMath-Pierce Fourier Transform Spectrometer at Kitt Peak National Observatory, AZ. The line positions and intensities were retrieved by fitting individual spectra based on a Voigt line shape profile and then averaging the values to form the experimental linelist. The integrated intensity of the region was 4.68×10-19 cm-1/(molecule·cm-2) at 296 K. Empirical lower state energies were also estimated for 3567 absorption line features using line intensities retrieved from 10 spectra recorded at gas temperature between 185 and 233 K. Finally, using Ground State Combination Differences (GSCDs) and the empirical lower state energy estimates, the quantum assignments were determined for 1096 transitions in the room temperature linelist, along with empirical upper state energies for 434 levels. The assignments correspond to seven vibrational states, as confirmed from recent ab initio calculations. The resulting composite database of 14NH3 line parameters will provide experimental constraints to ab initio calculations and support remote sensing of gaseous bodies including the atmospheres of Earth, (exo)planets, brown dwarfs, and other astrophysical environments.

  3. Nucleobases and prebiotic molecules in organic residues produced from the ultraviolet photo-irradiation of pyrimidine in NH(3) and H(2)O+NH(3) ices.

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    Nuevo, Michel; Milam, Stefanie N; Sandford, Scott A

    2012-04-01

    Although not yet identified in the interstellar medium (ISM), N-heterocycles including nucleobases-the information subunits of DNA and RNA-are present in carbonaceous chondrites, which indicates that molecules of biological interest can be formed in non-terrestrial environments via abiotic pathways. Recent laboratory experiments and ab initio calculations have already shown that the irradiation of pyrimidine in pure H(2)O ices leads to the formation of a suite of oxidized pyrimidine derivatives, including the nucleobase uracil. In the present work, NH(3):pyrimidine and H(2)O:NH(3):pyrimidine ice mixtures with different relative proportions were irradiated with UV photons under astrophysically relevant conditions. Liquid- and gas-chromatography analysis of the resulting organic residues has led to the detection of the nucleobases uracil and cytosine, as well as other species of prebiotic interest such as urea and small amino acids. The presence of these molecules in organic residues formed under abiotic conditions supports scenarios in which extraterrestrial organics that formed in space and were subsequently delivered to telluric planets via comets and meteorites could have contributed to the inventory of molecules that triggered the first biological reactions on their surfaces. PMID:22519971

  4. Nucleobases and Prebiotic Molecules in Organic Residues Produced from the Ultraviolet Photo-Irradiation of Pyrimidine in NH3 and H2O+NH3 Ices

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    Nuevo, Michel; Milam, Stefanie N.; Sandford, Scott

    2012-01-01

    Although not yet identified in the interstellar medium (ISM), N-heterocycles including nucleobases the information subunits of DNA and RNA are present in carbonaceous chondrites, which indicates that molecules of biological interest can be formed in non-terrestrial environments via abiotic pathways. Recent laboratory experiments and ab-initio calculations have already shown that the irradiation of pyrimidine in pure H2O ices leads to the formation of a suite of oxidized pyrimidine derivatives, including the nucleobase uracil. In the present work, NH3:pyrimidine and H2O:NH3:pyrimidine ice mixtures with different relative proportions were irradiated with UV photons under astrophysically relevant conditions. Liquid- and gas-chromatography analysis of the resulting organic residues has led to the detection of the nucleobases uracil and cytosine, as well as other species of prebiotic interest such as urea and small amino acids. The presence of these molecules in organic residues formed under abiotic conditions supports scenarios in which extraterrestrial organics that formed in space and were subsequently delivered to telluric planets via comets and meteorites could have contributed to the inventory of molecules that triggered the first biological reactions on their surfaces.

  5. LOW-CONCENTRATION NOX EMISSIONS MEASUREMENT

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    The paper gives results of a recent series of low-concentration nitrogen oxides (NOx) emission measurements, made by Midwest Research Institute (MRI) during U.S. EPA-sponsored Environmental Technology Verification (ETV) test of a NOx control system called Xonon (TM) Cool Combust...

  6. Interfacial Electron Transfer Barrier at Compact TiO2 /CH3 NH3 PbI3 Heterojunction.

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    Xing, Guichuan; Wu, Bo; Chen, Shi; Chua, Julianto; Yantara, Natalia; Mhaisalkar, Subodh; Mathews, Nripan; Sum, Tze Chien

    2015-08-01

    Low-temperature solution-processed CH3 NH3 PbI3 interfaced with TiO2 has recently been demonstrated as a highly successful type-II light harvesting heterojunction with ≈20% efficiency. Therefore, an efficient ultrafast photoexcited electron transfer from CH3 NH3 PbI3 to TiO2 is expected. However, by probing the photoexcited charge carrier dynamics in CH3 NH3 PbI3 /quartz, CH3 NH3 PbI3 /TiO2 (compact), and CH3 NH3 PbI3 /PCBM in a comparative study, an electron transfer potential barrier between CH3 NH3 PbI3 and the compact TiO2 (prepared with the spray pyrolysis method) formed by surface states is uncovered. Consequently, the CH3 NH3 PbI3 photoluminescence intensity and lifetime is enhanced when interfaced to compact TiO2 . The electron accumulation within CH3 NH3 PbI3 needed to overcome this interfacial potential barrier results in the undesirable large current-voltage hysteresis observed for CH3 NH3 PbI3 /TiO2 planar heterojunctions. The findings in this study indicate that careful surface engineering to reduce this potential barrier is key to pushing perovskite solar cell efficiencies toward the theoretical limit. PMID:25824264

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

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

    2015-01-01

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

  8. Mechanism of N2O formation during the low-temperature selective catalytic reduction of NO with NH3 over Mn-Fe spinel.

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    Yang, Shijian; Xiong, Shangchao; Liao, Yong; Xiao, Xin; Qi, Feihong; Peng, Yue; Fu, Yuwu; Shan, Wenpo; Li, Junhua

    2014-09-01

    The mechanism of N2O formation during the low-temperature selective catalytic reduction reaction (SCR) over Mn-Fe spinel was studied. The in situ diffuse reflectance infrared Fourier transform spectroscopy (DRIFTS) and transient reaction studies demonstrated that the Eley-Rideal mechanism (i.e., the reaction of adsorbed NH3 species with gaseous NO) and the Langmuir-Hinshelwood mechanism (i.e., the reaction of adsorbed NH3 species with adsorbed NOx species) both contributed to N2O formation. However, N2O selectivity of NO reduction over Mn-Fe spinel through the Langmuir-Hinshelwood mechanism was much less than that through the Eley-Rideal mechanism. The ratio of NO reduction over Mn-Fe spinel through the Langmuir-Hinshelwood mechanism remarkably increased; therefore, N2O selectivity of NO reduction over Mn-Fe spinel decreased with the decrease of the gas hourly space velocity (GHSV). As the gaseous NH3 concentration increased, N2O selectivity of NO reduction over Mn-Fe spinel increased because of the promotion of NO reduction through the Eley-Rideal mechanism. Meanwhile, N2O selectivity of NO reduction over Mn-Fe spinel decreased with the increase of the gaseous NO concentration because the formation of NH on Mn-Fe spinel was restrained. Therefore, N2O selectivity of NO reduction over Mn-Fe spinel was related to the GHSV and concentrations of reactants. PMID:25105802

  9. Charged states of proteins. Reactions of doubly protonated alkyldiamines with NH(3): solvation or deprotonation. Extension of two proton cases to multiply protonated globular proteins observed in the gas phase.

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    Peschke, Michael; Blades, Arthur; Kebarle, Paul

    2002-09-25

    The apparent gas-phase basicities (GB(app)'s) of basic sites in multiply protonated molecules, such as proteins, can be approximately predicted. An approach used by Williams and co-workers was to develop an equation for a diprotonated system, NH(3)(CH(2))(7)NH(3)(2+), and then extend it with a summation of pairwise interactions to multiply protonated systems. Experimental determinations of the rates of deprotonation of NH(3)(CH(2))(7)NH(3)(2+) by a variety of bases B, in the present work, showed that GB(app) = GB(NH(3)) = 196 kcal/mol. This result is supported also by determinations of the equilibria: NH(3)(CH(2))(p)NH(3)(2+) + NH(3) = NH(3)(CH(2))(p)NH(3) x NH(3)(2+), for p = 7, 8, 10, 12. The described experimental GB(app) is 14 kcal/mol higher than the value predicted by the equation used by Williams and co-workers but in agreement with an ab initio result by Gronert. Equations based on electrostatics are developed for the two proton and multiproton systems which allow the evaluation of GB(app) of the basic sites on proteins. These are applied for the evaluation of GB(app) of the basic sites and of N(SB), the maximum number of protons that the nondenatured proteins, carbonic anhydrase (CAII), cytochrome c (CYC), and pepsin, can hold. The N(SB) values are compared with the observed charges, Z(obs)'s, when the nondenatured proteins are produced by electrospray and found in agreement with the proposal by de la Mora that Z(obs) is determined by the number of charges provided by the droplet that contains the protein, according to the charge residue model (CRM). The GB(app) values of proteins have many other applications. They can be compared with experimental measurements and are also needed for the understanding of the thermal denaturing of charged proteins and the thermal dissociation of charged protein complexes. PMID:12236767

  10. Highly sensitive NH3 detection based on organic field-effect transistors with tris(pentafluorophenyl)borane as receptor.

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    Huang, Weiguo; Besar, Kalpana; LeCover, Rachel; Rule, Ana María; Breysse, Patrick N; Katz, Howard E

    2012-09-12

    We have increased organic field-effect transistor (OFET) NH(3) response using tris(pentafluorophenyl)borane (TPFB) as a receptor. OFETs with this additive could detect concentrations of 450 ppb v/v, with a limit of detection of 350 ppb, the highest sensitivity reported to date for semiconductor films; in comparison, when triphenylmethane (TPM) or triphenylborane (TFB) was used as an additive, no obvious improvement in the sensitivity was observed. These OFETs also showed considerable selectivity with respect to common organic vapors and stability toward storage. Furthermore, excellent memory of exposure was achieved by keeping the exposed devices in a sealed container stored at -30 °C, the first such capability demonstrated with OFETs. PMID:22934620

  11. Highly Sensitive NH3 Detection Based on Organic Field Effect Transistors with Tris(pentafluorophenyl)Borane as Receptor

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    Huang, Weiguo; Besar, Kalpana; LeCover, Rachel; Rule, Ana María; Breysse, Patrick N.; Katz, Howard E.

    2012-01-01

    We have increased organic field-effect transistor (OFET) NH3 response using tris-(pentafluorophenyl)borane (TPFB) as receptor. OFETs with this additive detect concentrations of 450 ppb v/v, with a limit of detection of 350 ppb, the highest sensitivity yet from semiconductor films; in comparison, when triphenylmethane (TPM) and triphenylborane (TFB) were used as an additive, no obvious improvement of sensitivity was observed. These OFETs also show considerable selectivity with respect to common organic vapors, and stability to storage. Furthermore, excellent memory of exposure was achieved by keeping the exposed devices in a sealed container stored at −30°C, the first such capability demonstrated with OFETs. PMID:22934620

  12. Measurement of total organic concentration in water

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    Winkler, E.

    1978-01-01

    Instrument for determining total organic concentration in water uses no corrosive reagents or gases. Instead continuous ultraviolet photolysis process converts organic compounds to carbon dioxide (CO2). CO2 electrode is used to measure CO2 content. Only reagent necessary is oxygen, generated in situ by electrolyzing some water. In addition to application in aerospace industry, system has potential uses in pollution monitoring and in laboratory analyses.

  13. Oxygen influencing the photocarriers lifetime of CH3NH3PbI3-xClx film grown by two-step interdiffusion method and its photovoltaic performance

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    Yuan, Shuai; Qiu, Zhiwen; Zhang, Hailiang; Gong, Haibo; Hao, Yufeng; Cao, Bingqiang

    2016-01-01

    During the growth of CH3NH3PbI3-xClx (MAPbI3-xClx) perovskite films by the two-step inter-diffusion method, the presence of a trace amount of oxygen gas is critical to their physical properties and photovoltaic performance. As the oxygen concentration increases, poor film morphologies and incomplete surface coverage are observed. Moreover, by XRD, Raman scattering, and photoluminescence measurements, we find that MAPbI3-xClx grains become more distorted and the electron-hole recombination rate dramatically increases. Higher oxygen concentration triggers a sharp decrease in the current density and the fill factor of corresponding solar cells, which degrades device performance, on average, from 14.3% to 4.4%. This work proves the importance of controlling the oxygen atmosphere in the fabrication of high-performance perovskite solar cells.

  14. Potential energy surface and bound states of the NH3-Ar and ND3-Ar complexes.

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    Loreau, J; Liévin, J; Scribano, Y; van der Avoird, A

    2014-12-14

    A new, four-dimensional potential energy surface for the interaction of NH3 and ND3 with Ar is computed using the coupled-cluster method with single, double, and perturbative triple excitations and large basis sets. The umbrella motion of the ammonia molecule is explicitly taken into account. The bound states of both NH3-Ar and ND3-Ar are calculated on this potential for total angular momentum values from J = 0 to 10, with the inclusion of Coriolis interactions. The energies and splittings of the rovibrational levels are in excellent agreement with the extensive high-resolution spectroscopic data accumulated over the years in the infrared and microwave regions for both complexes, which demonstrates the quality of the potential energy surface. PMID:25494745

  15. Porous Anatase TiO2 Thin Films for NH3 Vapour Sensing

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    Ponnusamy, Dhivya; Madanagurusamy, Sridharan

    2015-12-01

    Anatase titanium dioxide (TiO2) thin films were deposited onto cleaned glass substrates by a direct current (DC) reactive magnetron sputtering technique for different deposition times from 10 min to 40 min, which resulted in films of different thicknesses. Characterization techniques, such as x-ray diffraction (XRD) and field emission-scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM) were used to characterize the structural and morphological properties of the TiO2 thin films. XRD patterns showed the formation of (101) crystal anatase facets. The grain size values of the film increased with increased deposition time, and the films deposited at 40 min exhibited a porous structure. Anatase TiO2 thin films exhibited excellent sensing response, fast response and recovery time, as well as good stability and selectivity towards ammonia (NH3). The enhanced NH3 sensing behavior of anatase TiO2 films is attributed to the porous morphology and oxygen vacancies.

  16. Comparison of the biological NH3 removal characteristics among four inorganic packing materials.

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    Hirai, M; Kamamoto, M; Yani, M; Shoda, M

    2001-01-01

    Four inorganic packing materials were evaluated in terms of their availability as a packing material of a packed tower deodorization apparatus (biofilter) from the viewpoints of biological NH3 removal characteristics and some physical properties. Porous ceramics (A), calcinated cristobalite (B), calcinated and formed obsidian (C), granulated and calculated soil (D) were used. The superiority of these packing materials determined based on the values of non-biological removal per unit weight or unit volume of packing material, complete removal capacity of NH3 per unit weight of packing material per day or unit volume of packing material per day and pressure drop of the packed bed was in the order of A approximately = C > B > or = D. Packing materials A and C with high porosity, maximum water content, and suitable mean pore diameter showed excellent removal capacity. PMID:16233018

  17. The self-associating behavior of NH3 and ND3 in liquid xenon

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    De Beuckeleer, Liene I.; Herrebout, Wouter A.

    2016-08-01

    In this study we report on the analysis of isothermal spectra of NH3 and ND3 solutions in liquid xenon at 203 K using newly developed and validated least-squares approaches to investigate the its self-associating behavior. For both species we observe clear dimer bands in the spectral area of the ν1+ν4, ν3+ν4 and ν1+ν2, ν3+ν2 combination bands. The analysis of the N-D stretching area, allows us to characterize clear contributions of dimers and trimers. The analysis of the Nsbnd H stretching area is hampered by the occurrence of a time dependent band due to solid water traces during the experiments. For NH3 we also performed an investigation of the Nsbnd H bending region, ν2, which demonstrated a small dimer absorption band. These obtained results compare well with literature data.

  18. Crystal structure of Ag2(μ-SCN)2(NH3)4.

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    Müller, Thomas G; Kraus, Florian

    2016-07-01

    Di-μ-thio-cyanato-bis-[diamminesilver(I)], [Ag2(μ-SCN)2(NH3)4], was synthesized by the reaction of AgSCN with anhydrous liquid ammonia. In the binuclear mol-ecule, the Ag(I) atom is coordinated by two ammine ligands and the S atom of one thio-cyanate ligand. Two of these [Ag(SCN)(NH3)2] units are bridged by the S atoms of the thio-cyanate anions at longer distances, leading to a dimer with point group symmetry C 2. The distance between the Ag(I) atoms in the dimer is at 3.0927 (6) Å within the range of argentophilic inter-actions. The crystal structure displays N-H⋯N and N-H⋯S hydrogen-bonding inter-actions that build up a three-dimensional network. PMID:27555922

  19. Crystal structure of [Co(NH3)6][Co(CO)4]2.

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    Müller, Thomas G; Kraus, Florian

    2015-11-01

    Hexaamminecobalt(II) bis-[tetra-carbonyl-cobaltate(-I)], [Co(NH3)6][Co(CO)4]2, was synthesized by reaction of liquid ammonia with Co2(CO)8. The Co(II) atom is coordinated by six ammine ligands. The resulting polyhedron, the hexa-amminecobalt(II) cation, exhibits point group symmetry -3. The Co(-I) atom is coordinated by four carbonyl ligands, leading to a tetra-carbonyl-cobaltate(-I) anion in the shape of a slightly distorted tetra-hedron, with point group symmetry 3. The crystal structure is related to that of high-pressure BaC2 (space group R-3m), with the [Co(NH3)6](2+) cations replacing the Ba sites and the [Co(CO)4](-) anions replacing the C sites. N-H⋯O hydrogen bonds between cations and anions stabilize the structural set-up in the title compound. PMID:26594524

  20. Crystal structure of Ag2(μ-SCN)2(NH3)4

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    Müller, Thomas G.; Kraus, Florian

    2016-01-01

    Di-μ-thio­cyanato-bis­[diamminesilver(I)], [Ag2(μ-SCN)2(NH3)4], was synthesized by the reaction of AgSCN with anhydrous liquid ammonia. In the binuclear mol­ecule, the AgI atom is coordinated by two ammine ligands and the S atom of one thio­cyanate ligand. Two of these [Ag(SCN)(NH3)2] units are bridged by the S atoms of the thio­cyanate anions at longer distances, leading to a dimer with point group symmetry C 2. The distance between the AgI atoms in the dimer is at 3.0927 (6) Å within the range of argentophilic inter­actions. The crystal structure displays N—H⋯N and N—H⋯S hydrogen-bonding inter­actions that build up a three-dimensional network. PMID:27555922

  1. Optical measurement of drug concentrations in tissue

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    Mourant, J.R.; Bigio, I.J.; Jack, D.A.; Johnson, T.M.; Miller, H.D.

    1997-10-01

    This is the final report of a one-year, Laboratory Directed Research and Development (LDRD) project at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL). The aim of this project was to develop noninvasive fiber-optic methods for measuring drug concentrations in tissue. Such a system would make possible the study of chemotherapy drug kinetics at specific, targeted locations in the body after the drug is administered. The major result of this project is the development of techniques for measuring changes in absorption of a medium with unknown scattering properties. The developed method was verified by testing on several media with scattering properties in the range typically found for tissue.

  2. Photovoltaic performance and the energy landscape of CH3NH3PbI3.

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    Zhou, Yecheng; Huang, Fuzhi; Cheng, Yi-Bing; Gray-Weale, Angus

    2015-09-21

    Photovoltaic cells with absorbing layers of certain perovskites have power conversion efficiencies up to 20%. Among these materials, CH3NH3PbI3 is widely used. Here we use density-functional theory to calculate the energies and rotational energy barriers of a methylammonium ion in the α or β phase of CH3NH3PbI3 with differently oriented neighbouring methylammonium ions. Our results suggest the methylammonium ions in CH3NH3PbI3 prefer to rotate collectively, and to be parallel to their neighbours. Changes in polarization on rotation of methylammonium ions are two to three times larger than those on relaxation of the lead ion from the centre of its coordination shell. The preferences for parallel configuration and concerted rotation, with the polarisation changes, are consistent with ferroelectricity in the material, and indicate that this polarisation is governed by methylammonium orientational correlations. We show that the field due to this polarisation is strong enough to screen the field hindering charge transport, and find this screening field in agreement with experiment. We examine two possible mechanisms for the effect of methylammonium ion rotation on photovoltaic performance. One is that rearrangement of methylammoniums promotes the creation and transport of charge carriers. Some effective masses change greatly, but changes in band structure with methylammonium rotation are not large enough to explain current-voltage hysteresis behaviour. The second possible mechanism is that polarization screens the hindering electric field, which arises from charge accumulation in the transport layers. Polarization changes on methylammonium rotation favour this second mechanism, suggesting that collective reorientation of methylammonium ions in the bulk crystal are in significant part responsible for the hysteresis and power conversion characteristics of CH3NH3PbI3 photovoltaic cells. PMID:26269196

  3. Relativity, gold, closed-shell interactions, and CsAu.NH3.

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    Pyykkö, Pekka

    2002-10-01

    The chemical properties of gold are strongly influenced by relativistic effects. One example is the large electronegativity of Au, which qualitatively explains the stability of (solid or liquid) cesium auride, Cs(+)Au(-), and other systems with Au(-) ions. An especially impressive compound is CsAu.NH(3), the structure and bonding of which are discussed. Future possibilities for finding further aurides are outlined. PMID:12370896

  4. Effect of TiO2 calcination temperature on the photocatalytic oxidation of gaseous NH3.

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    Wu, Hongmin; Ma, Jinzhu; Zhang, Changbin; He, Hong

    2014-03-01

    Carbon-modified titanium dioxide (TiO2) was prepared by a sol-gel method using tetrabutyl titanate as precursor, with calcination at various temperatures, and tested for the photocatalytic oxidation (PCO) of gaseous NH3 under visible and UV light. The test results showed that no samples had visible light activity, while the TiO2 calcined at 400°C had the best UV light activity among the series of catalysts, and was even much better than the commercial catalyst P25. The catalysts were then characterized by X-ray diffractometry, Brunauer-Emmett-Teller adsorption analysis, Raman spectroscopy, thermogravimetry/differential scanning calorimetry coupled with mass spectrometry, ultraviolet-visible diffuse reflectance spectra, photoluminescence spectroscopy and in situ diffuse reflectance infrared Fourier transform spectroscopy. It was shown that the carbon species residuals on the catalyst surfaces induced the visible light adsorption of the samples calcined in the low temperature range (< 300°C). However, the surface acid sites played a determining role in the PCO of NH3 under visible and UV light over the series of catalysts. Although the samples calcined at low temperatures had very high SSA, good crystallinity, strong visible light absorption and also low PL emission intensity, they showed very low PCO activity due to their very low number of acid sites for NH3 adsorption and activation. The TiO2 sample calcined at 400°C contained the highest number of acid sites among the series of catalysts, therefore showing the highest performance for the PCO of NH3 under UV light. PMID:25079281

  5. Computational investigation of NH3 adsorption and dehydrogenation on a W-modified Fe(111) surface.

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    Hsiao, Ming-Kai; Su, Chia-Hao; Liu, Ching-Yang; Chen, Hui-Lung

    2015-11-11

    Hydrogen gas will play an important role in the future since it could be a replacement for gasoline, heating oil, natural gas, and other fuels. In previous reports ammonia (NH3), which has a high hydrogen content, provides a promising mode for the transferring and storing of hydrogen for its on-site generation. Therefore, the dehydrogenation of NH3 on a metal surface has been studied widely in the last few decades. In our study, we employed monolayer tungsten metal to modify the Fe(111) surface, denoted as W@Fe(111), and calculated the adsorption and dehydrogenation behaviors of NH3 on W@Fe(111) surface via first-principles calculations based on density functional theory (DFT). The three adsorption sites of the surface, top (T), 3-fold-shallow (S), and 3-fold-deep (D) were considered. The most stable structure of the NHx (x = 0-3) species on the surface of W@Fe(111) have been predicted. The calculated activation energies for NHx (x = 1-3) dehydrogenations are 19.29 kcal mol(-1) (for H2N-H bond activation), 29.17 kcal mol(-1) (for HN-H bond activation) and 27.94 kcal mol(-1) (for N-H bond activation), and the entire process is exothermic by 33.05 kcal mol(-1). To gain detailed knowledge of the catalytic processes of the NH3 molecule on the W@Fe(111) surface, the physical insights between the adsorbate/substrate interaction and interface morphology were subjected to a detailed electronic analysis. PMID:26524324

  6. Carbamic acid and carbamate formation in NH{3}:CO{2} ices - UV irradiation versus thermal processes

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    Bossa, J. B.; Theulé, P.; Duvernay, F.; Borget, F.; Chiavassa, T.

    2008-12-01

    Context: We study carbamic acid [ NH{2}COOH] and ammonium carbamate [ NH{2}COO-] [ NH{4}+] formation in interstellar ice analogs. Aims: We demonstrate how carbamic acid [ NH{2}COOH] and ammonium carbamate [ NH{2}COO-] [ NH{4}+] can be formed from both thermal reactions and energetic photons in an NH{3}:CO{2} ice mixture. Methods: Infrared and mass spectroscopy are used to monitor NH{3}:CO{2} ice mixture evolution during both warming and VUV photon irradiation. Results: Carbamic acid and ammonium carbamate can be produced thermally in a 1:1 ratio from NH{3} and CO{2} above 80 K. They can be also formed in a 28:1 ratio by less efficient processes such as energetic photons. Our study and its results provide fresh insight into carbamic acid formation in interstellar ices. Conclusions: We demonstrate that care is required to separate irradiation-induced reactivity from purely thermal reactivity in ices in which ammonia and carbon dioxide are both present. From an interstellar chemistry point of view, carbamic acid and ammonium carbamate are readily produced from the ice mantle of a typical interstellar grain and should therefore be a detectable species in molecular clouds.

  7. VizieR Online Data Catalog: MSX high-contrast IRDCs with NH3 (Chira+,

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    Chira, R.-A.; Beuther, H.; Linz, H.; Walmsley, C. M.; Menten; K. M.; Bonfman, L.

    2013-02-01

    Based on MSX data, a catalogue of more than 10,000 candidate IRDCs was compiled. From this catalogue we selected a complete sample of northern hemisphere high-contrast IRDCs with Galactic longitudes >=19.27° (and nine exceptions with Galactic longitudes <19°). The sample was observed in ammonia (1,1) and (2,2) inversion transitions with the Effelsberg 100-m telescope. NH3 parameters are derived for 109 sample sources. For each source galactic coordinates, brightness temperatures, line width FWHMs and optical depths of (1,1) and (2,2) inversion lines and LSR velocity of (1,1) inversion line are given. Furthermore, we derived the rotation and kinetic temperatures, ammonia column densities, kinematic distances and virial masses using the NH3 data. In addition, notes about whether the sources being associated with Spitzer sources or not are given. Using ATLASGAL data, the 870 micron flux densities gas masses, virial parameters, H2 column densities and NH3 abundances are given. In addition, we listed the sample sources where no ammonia which did not fulfil our selection criteria. (4 data files).

  8. Ultraviolet-gas phase and -photocatalytic synthesis from CO and NH3.

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    Hubbard, J S; Voecks, G E; Hobby, G L

    1975-08-01

    The major photoproduct obtained on irradiation of gaseous NH3 and CO mixtures is ammonium cyanate; lesser amounts of urea, biurea, biuret semi-carbazide, formamide and cyanide were observed. The formation of the major gas phase photolysis product may be rationalized by the following reaction sequence: (see article). Urea is probably formed from NH4NCO in a thermal reaction while formamide may result from the disproportionation of NH2CO. Photocatalytic syntheses of 14C-urea, -formamide, and -formadehyde are effected by irradiation of 14CO and NH3 in the presence of Vycor, silica gel, or volcanic ash shale surfaces. These syntheses are catalyzed by ultraviolet wavelengths longer than those absorbed by the gaseous reactants. The syntheses are also effected when the surface material is first irradiated in the presence of CO followed by a dark incubation with NH3. Apparently, the initiating step is a light dependent formation of a reactive form of CO on the surface. A discussion is given on the possible contribution of these reactions to the abiotic synthesis of organic nitrogen compounds on Mars, on the primitive Earth and in interstellar space. PMID:1159801

  9. Imaging studies of the photodissociation of NH3+ and ND3+ cations.

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    Webb, Alexander D; Nahler, N Hendrik; Ashfold, Michael N R

    2009-04-23

    Velocity map ion imaging methods have been used to study the photofragmentation dynamics of state-selected NH3+ and ND3+ cations. The cations were prepared in selected nu2+ bending vibrational levels of the ground (x2A'') electronic state by two-photon resonant, three-photon ionization of NH3(ND3), via several different nu2' levels of the and ' Rydberg states. Subsequent excitation to the A2E state by absorption of a 207.6 nm photon resulted in N-H(D) bond fission and NH2+(ND2+) fragment ion formation. These fragments exhibit isotropic recoil velocity distributions, which peak at low kinetic energy but extend to the maximum allowed by energy conservation. Such findings accord with conclusions from earlier electron induced photoionization and photoelectron-photoion coincidence studies of NH3 at similar total energies (defined relative to the ground-state neutral) and, as previously, can be rationalized in terms of excitation to the Jahn-Teller distorted state, rapid radiationless transfer via one or more conical intersections linking the and state potential energy surfaces (PESs) and subsequent unimolecular decay on the latter PES. Weak NH2+ and NH+ fragment ion signals are also observed when exciting with the ionization laser only; imaging these fragment ions provides some insights into their likely formation mechanisms. PMID:19216561

  10. Applications of tunable diode laser spectroscopy for the detection of exhaled endogenous gases: CO, NH3, CH4, N20, and CO2

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    Kouznetsov, Andrian I.; Stepanov, Eugene V.

    1996-04-01

    Tunable diode laser spectroscopy (TDLS) is proposed for content measurements of trace gases like CO, carbon-dioxide, NH3, CH4, NO, NO2 in human and animal's exhalation. High sensitivity and wide dynamic range of the method ensure fast detection of these gases at ppb level and within the accuracy better than 10%. One-expiration sample is enough to reach these parameters. There is no need for any preliminary preparations of tested samples. Some pairs of the gases, for instance, CO and carbon-dioxide, NH3 and carbon- dioxide, or CO and nitrous oxide, can be measured simultaneously by one laser providing complex studies. The high sensitive gas analysis could provide necessary background to the noninvasive diagnostics in a wide variety of medical problems. Perspectives of the TDLS methods in application to medicine diagnostics are demonstrated by the first results of exhalation tests.

  11. Theoretical and experimental analysis of ammonia ionic clusters produced by 252Cf fragment impact on an NH3 ice target.

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    Fernandez-Lima, F A; Ponciano, C R; Chaer Nascimento, M A; da Silveira, E F

    2006-08-24

    Positive and negatively charged ammonia clusters produced by the impact of (252)Cf fission fragments (FF) on an NH(3) ice target have been examined theoretical and experimentally. The ammonia clusters generated by (252)Cf FF show an exponential dependence of the cluster population on its mass, and the desorption yields for the positive (NH(3))(n)NH(4)(+) clusters are 1 order of magnitude higher than those for the negative (NH(3))(n)NH(2)(-) clusters. The experimental population analysis of (NH(3))(n)NH(4)(+) (n = 0-18) and (NH(3))(n)NH(2)(-) (n = 0-8) cluster series show a special stability at n = 4 and 16 and n = 2, 4, and 6, respectively. DFT/B3LYP calculations of the (NH(3))(0)(-)(8)NH(4)(+) clusters show that the structures of the more stable conformers follow a clear pattern: each additional NH(3) group makes a new hydrogen bond with one of the hydrogen atoms of an NH(3) unit already bound to the NH(4)(+) core. For the (NH(3))(0)(-)(8)NH(2)(-) clusters, the DFT/B3LYP calculations show that, within the calculation error, the more stable conformers follow a clear pattern for n = 1-6: each additional NH(3) group makes a new hydrogen bond to the NH(2)(-) core. For n = 7 and 8, the additional NH(3) groups bind to other NH(3) groups, probably because of the saturation of the NH(2)(-) core. Similar results were obtained at the MP2 level of calculation. A stability analysis was performed using the commonly defined stability function E(n)(-)(1) + E(n)(+1) - 2E(n), where E is the total energy of the cluster, including the zero point correction energy (E = E(t) + ZPE). The trend on the relative stability of the clusters presents an excellent agreement with the distribution of experimental cluster abundances. Moreover, the stability analysis predicts that the (NH(3))(4)NH(4)(+) and the even negative clusters [(NH(3))(n)NH(2)(-), n = 2, 4, and 6] should be the most stable ones, in perfect agreement with the experimental results. PMID:16913675

  12. Transparent CH3NH3SnCl3/Al-ZnO p-n heterojunction diode

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    Kumar, Sunil; Ansari, Mohd. Zubair; Khare, Neeraj

    2016-05-01

    A p-type Organic inorganic tin chloride (CH3NH3SnCl3) perovskite thin film has been synthesized by solution method. An n-type 1% Al doped ZnO (AZO) film has been deposited on FTO substrate by ultrasonic assisted chemical vapor deposition technique. A transparent CH3NH3SnCl3/AZO p-n heterojunction diode has been fabricated by spin coating technique. CH3NH3SnCl3/AZO p-n heterojunction shows 75% transparency in the visible region. I-V characteristic of CH3NH3SnCl3/AZO p-n heterojunction shows rectifying behavior of the diode. The diode parameters calculated as ideality factor η=2.754 and barrier height V= 0.76 eV. The result demonstrates the potentiality of CH3NH3SnCl3/AZO p-n heterojunction for transparent electronics.

  13. Electron-Temperature Dependence of the Recombination of NH4(+)((NH3)(sub n) Ions with Electrons

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    Skrzypkowski, M. P.; Johnson, R.

    1997-01-01

    The two-body recombination of NH4(+)(NH3)(sub 2,3) cluster-ions with electrons has been studied in an afterglow experiment in which the electron temperature T, was elevated by radio-frequency heating from 300 K up to 900 K. The recombination coefficients for the n = 2 and n = 3 cluster ions were found to be equal, alpha(sub 2, sup(2)) = alpha(sub 3, sup(2)) = (4.8 +/- 0.5) x 10(exp - 6)cu cm/s, and to vary with electron temperature as T(sub c, sup -0.65) rather than to be nearly temperature-independent as had been inferred from measurements in microwave-heated plasmas.

  14. Toward a chemiresistive ammonia (NH3) gas sensor based on viral-templated gold nanoparticles embedded in polypyrrole nanowires

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    Yan, Yiran; Zhang, Miluo; Su, Heng Chia; Myung, Nosang V.; Haberer, Elaine D.

    2014-08-01

    Preliminary studies toward the assembly of a gold-polypyrrole (PPy) peapod-like chemiresistive ammonia (NH3) gas sensors are presented. The proposed synthesis process will use electropolymerization to embed gold nanoparticles in polypyrrole nanowires. Viral-templating of gold nanoparticles and PPy electrodeposition via cyclic voltammetry are the focus of this investigation. A gold-binding M13 bacteriophage was used as a bio-template to assemble continuous chains of gold nanoparticles on interdigitated Pt working electrodes. The dimensions of the resulting nanowire-like structures were examined and the electrical resistance measured. PPy films were electropolymerized using an interdigitated planar, Pt electrode integrated counter and reference electrode. Morphological characterization of the polymer films was completed.

  15. A near infrared line list for NH3: Analysis of a Kitt Peak spectrum after 35 years

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    Barton, Emma J.; Yurchenko, Sergei N.; Tennyson, Jonathan; Béguier, Serge; Campargue, Alain

    2016-07-01

    A Fourier Transform (FT) absorption spectrum of room temperature NH3 in the region 7400-8640 cm-1 is analysed using a variational line list and ground state energies determined using the MARVEL procedure. The spectrum was measured by Dr. Catherine de Bergh in 1980 and is available from the Kitt Peak data center. The centers and intensities of 8468 ammonia lines were retrieved using a multiline fitting procedure. 2474 lines are assigned to 21 bands providing 1692 experimental energies in the range 7500-9200 cm-1. The spectrum was assigned by the joint use of the BYTe variational line list and combination differences. The assignments and experimental energies presented in this work are the first for ammonia in the region 7400-8640 cm-1, considerably extending the range of known vibrational-excited states.

  16. Low Surface Recombination Velocity in Solution-Grown CH3NH3PbBr3 Perovskite Single Crystal

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    Yang, Ye; Yan, Yong; Yang, Mengjin; Choi, Sukgeun; Zhu, Kai; Luter, Joseph M.; Beard, Matthew C.

    2015-08-06

    Organic-inorganic hybrid perovskites are attracting intense research effort due to their impressive performance in solar cells. While the carrier transport parameters such as mobility and bulk carrier lifetime shows sufficient characteristics, the surface recombination, which can have major impact on the solar cell performance, has not been studied. Here we measure surface recombination dynamics in CH3NH3PbBr3 perovskite single crystals using broadband transient reflectance spectroscopy. The surface recombination velocity is found to be 3.4±0.1 103 cm s-1, B2–3 orders of magnitude lower than that in many important unpassivated semiconductors employed in solar cells. Our result suggests that the planar grain sizemore » for the perovskite thin films should be larger thanB30 mm to avoid the influence of surface recombination on the effective carrier lifetime.« less

  17. Low surface recombination velocity in solution-grown CH3NH3PbBr3 perovskite single crystal

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    Yang, Ye; Yan, Yong; Yang, Mengjin; Choi, Sukgeun; Zhu, Kai; Luther, Joseph M.; Beard, Matthew C.

    2015-01-01

    Organic-inorganic hybrid perovskites are attracting intense research effort due to their impressive performance in solar cells. While the carrier transport parameters such as mobility and bulk carrier lifetime shows sufficient characteristics, the surface recombination, which can have major impact on the solar cell performance, has not been studied. Here we measure surface recombination dynamics in CH3NH3PbBr3 perovskite single crystals using broadband transient reflectance spectroscopy. The surface recombination velocity is found to be 3.4±0.1 × 103 cm s−1, ∼2–3 orders of magnitude lower than that in many important unpassivated semiconductors employed in solar cells. Our result suggests that the planar grain size for the perovskite thin films should be larger than ∼30 μm to avoid the influence of surface recombination on the effective carrier lifetime. PMID:26245855

  18. Estimating the agricultural fertilizer NH3 emission in China based on the bi-directional CMAQ model and an agro-ecosystem model

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    Wang, S.

    2014-12-01

    field measurements. The estimated agricultural fertilizer NH3 emission in this study is about 3Tg in 2011. The regions with the highest emission rates are located in the North China Plain. Monthly, the peak ammonia emissions occur in April to July.

  19. Method for measuring lead concentrations in blood

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    Nogar, Nicholas S.

    2001-01-01

    Method for measuring lead concentrations in blood. The present invention includes the use of resonant laser ablation to analyze .ltoreq.1 .mu.L (or equivalent mass) samples of blood for lead content. A typical finger prick, for example, yields about 10 .mu.L. Solid samples may also readily be analyzed by resonant laser ablation. The sample is placed on a lead-free, electrically conducting substrate and irradiated with a single, focused laser beam which simultaneously vaporizes, atomizes, and resonantly ionizes an analyte of interest in a sample. The ions are then sorted, collected and detected using a mass spectrometer.

  20. Rovibrational spectra of ammonia. II. Detailed analysis, comparison, and prediction of spectroscopic assignments for 14NH3, 15NH3, and 14ND3.

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    Huang, Xinchuan; Schwenke, David W; Lee, Timothy J

    2011-01-28

    Several aspects of ammonia rovibrational spectra have been investigated using the new HSL-2 potential energy surface that includes an approximate correction for nonadiabatic effects. The unprecedented accuracy of rovibrational energy levels and transition energies computed using HSL-2 was demonstrated in Part I of this study. For (14)NH(3), new assignments for a few ν(3) + ν(4) band transitions and energy levels are suggested, and discrepancies between computed and HITRAN energy levels in the 2ν(4) band are analyzed (2ν(4) is the most difficult band below 5000 cm(-1)). New assignments are suggested for existing or missing 2ν(4) levels. Several new vibrational bands are identified from existing, unassigned HITRAN data, including 2ν(2) + ν(4), (ν(3) + ν(4)) -A(')∕A("), ν(1) + 2ν(2), and 2ν(2) + 2ν(4). The strong mixing between the 2ν(4) and 2ν(2) + ν(4) bands is carefully examined and found to be the source of the difficulties in the experimental modeling of 2ν(4). Discussion is presented for preliminary J = 10 results, where the overall root-mean-square error is estimated to be less than 0.039 cm(-1). The analysis of the 4ν(2) band demonstrates both the reliability and the accuracy of predictions from HSL-2. The full list of computed J = 0 band origins (with assignments) and the inversion splittings up to 7000-8000 cm(-1) above the zero-point energy are presented. J = 0-2 levels are reported for those bands below 5100 cm(-1) that are missing from the HITRAN database. For (15)NH(3), excellent agreement is found for the available ν(2) and ν(3) + ν(4)(E) transition energies, but significant deficiencies are shown for HITRAN levels and several corrections are suggested. The (15)N isotopic effects are presented for the J = 0-6 levels of 13 HITRAN bands. For (14)ND(3), we reproduce the pure rotational inversion spectra line frequencies with an accuracy similar to that for (14)NH(3). However, it is not possible to reproduce simultaneously all four

  1. Rovibrational spectra of ammonia. II. Detailed analysis, comparison, and prediction of spectroscopic assignments for 14NH3,15NH3, and 14ND3

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    Huang, Xinchuan; Schwenke, David W.; Lee, Timothy J.

    2011-01-01

    Several aspects of ammonia rovibrational spectra have been investigated using the new HSL-2 potential energy surface that includes an approximate correction for nonadiabatic effects. The unprecedented accuracy of rovibrational energy levels and transition energies computed using HSL-2 was demonstrated in Part I of this study. For 14NH3, new assignments for a few ν3 + ν4 band transitions and energy levels are suggested, and discrepancies between computed and HITRAN energy levels in the 2ν4 band are analyzed (2ν4 is the most difficult band below 5000 cm-1). New assignments are suggested for existing or missing 2ν4 levels. Several new vibrational bands are identified from existing, unassigned HITRAN data, including 2ν2 + ν4, (ν3 + ν4) -A'/A'', ν1 + 2ν2, and 2ν2 + 2ν4. The strong mixing between the 2ν4 and 2ν2 + ν4 bands is carefully examined and found to be the source of the difficulties in the experimental modeling of 2ν4. Discussion is presented for preliminary J = 10 results, where the overall root-mean-square error is estimated to be less than 0.039 cm-1. The analysis of the 4ν2 band demonstrates both the reliability and the accuracy of predictions from HSL-2. The full list of computed J = 0 band origins (with assignments) and the inversion splittings up to 7000-8000 cm-1 above the zero-point energy are presented. J = 0-2 levels are reported for those bands below 5100 cm-1 that are missing from the HITRAN database. For 15NH3, excellent agreement is found for the available ν2 and ν3 + ν4(E) transition energies, but significant deficiencies are shown for HITRAN levels and several corrections are suggested. The 15N isotopic effects are presented for the J = 0-6 levels of 13 HITRAN bands. For 14ND3, we reproduce the pure rotational inversion spectra line frequencies with an accuracy similar to that for 14NH3. However, it is not possible to reproduce simultaneously all four pairs of inversion-split vibrational fundamentals to better than 0.05 cm-1

  2. Investigation of the Performance of HEMT-Based NO, NO2 and NH3 Exhaust Gas Sensors for Automotive Antipollution Systems

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    Halfaya, Yacine; Bishop, Chris; Soltani, Ali; Sundaram, Suresh; Aubry, Vincent; Voss, Paul L.; Salvestrini, Jean-Paul; Ougazzaden, Abdallah

    2016-01-01

    We report improved sensitivity to NO, NO2 and NH3 gas with specially-designed AlGaN/GaN high electron mobility transistors (HEMT) that are suitable for operation in the harsh environment of diesel exhaust systems. The gate of the HEMT device is functionalized using a Pt catalyst for gas detection. We found that the performance of the sensors is enhanced at a temperature of 600 °C, and the measured sensitivity to 900 ppm-NO, 900 ppm-NO2 and 15 ppm-NH3 is 24%, 38.5% and 33%, respectively, at 600 °C. We also report dynamic response times as fast as 1 s for these three gases. Together, these results indicate that HEMT sensors could be used in a harsh environment with the ability to control an anti-pollution system in real time. PMID:26907298

  3. A laboratory Atlas of the 5 nu-1 NH3 absorption band at 6475 A with applications to Jupiter and Saturn

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    Giver, L. P.; Miller, J. H.; Boese, R. W.

    1975-01-01

    A complete atlas of the 5 nu-1 absorption band of NH3 is presented together with measurements of the total band intensity, line intensities, and self-broadening coefficients. The spectrum, which is displayed in the interval from 6418 to 6550 A, was obtained photoelectrically at a pressure of 0.061 atm, and many more lines were seen in this spectrum than in a previous one obtained at a pressure of 0.39 atm. The band intensity is used to derive the NH3 abundance in the atmospheres of Jupiter and Saturn, and the abundances in a single vertical path are found to be about 10 m amagat for Jupiter and 2 m amagat for Saturn. These results are shown to be in agreement with previous results obtained from higher resolution photographic spectra.

  4. Effect of Electron Transporting Layer on Bismuth-Based Lead-Free Perovskite (CH3NH3)3 Bi2I9 for Photovoltaic Applications.

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    Singh, Trilok; Kulkarni, Ashish; Ikegami, Masashi; Miyasaka, Tsutomu

    2016-06-15

    Methylammonium iodo bismuthate ((CH3NH3)3Bi2I9) (MBI) perovskite is a promising alternative to rapidly progressing hybrid organic-inorganic lead perovskites because of its better stability and low toxicity compared to lead-based perovskites. Solution-processed perovskite fabricated by single-step spin-coating and subsequent heating produced polycrystalline films of hybrid perovskite (CH3NH3)3Bi2I9), whose morphology was influenced drastically by the nature of substrates. The optical measurements showed a strong absorption band around 500 nm. The devices made on anatase TiO2 mesoporous layer showed good performance with current density over 0.8 mA cm(-2) while the devices on brookite TiO2 layer and planar (free of porous layer) was inefficient. However, all the MBI devices were stable to ambient conditions for more than 10 weeks. PMID:27225529

  5. Selective Catalytic Reduction of NO by NH3 with WO3-TiO2 Catalysts: Influence of Catalyst Synthesis Method

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    He, Yuanyuan; Ford, Michael E; Zhu, Minghui; Liu, Qingcai; Wu, Zili; Wachs, Israel

    2016-01-01

    A series of supported WO3/TiO2 catalysts was prepared by a new synthesis procedure involving co-precipitation of an aqueous TiO(OH)2 and (NH4)10W12O41*5H2O slurry under controlled pH conditions. The morphological properties, molecular structures, surface acidity and surface chemistry of the supported WO3/TiO2 catalysts were determined with BET, in situ Raman, in situ IR and temperature-programmed surface reaction (TPSR) spectroscopy, respectively. Isotopic 18O-16O exchange demonstrated that tungsten oxide was exclusively present as surface WOx species on the TiO2 support with mono-oxo W=O coordination. In contrast to previous studies employing impregnation synthesis that found only surface one mono-oxo O=WO4 site on TiO2, the co-precipitation procedure resulted in the formation of two distinct surface WOx species: mono-oxo O=WO4 (~1010-1017 cm-1) on low defect density patches of TiO2 and a second mono-oxo O=WO4 (~983-986 cm-1) on high defect density patches of TiO2. The concentration of the second WOx surface species increases as a function of solution pH. Both surface WOx sites, however, exhibited the same NO/NH3 SCR reactivity. The co-precipitated WO3-TiO2 catalysts synthesized in alkaline solutions exhibited enhanced performance for the NO/NH3 SCR reaction that is ascribed to the greater number of surface defects on the resulting TiO2 support. For the co-precipitated catalyst prepared at pH10, surface NH4+ species on Br nsted acid sites were found to be more reactive than surface NH3* species on Lewis acid sites for SCR of NO with NH3.

  6. Selective Catalytic Reduction of NO by NH3 with WO3-TiO2 Catalysts: Influence of Catalyst Synthesis Method

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    He, Yuanyuan; Ford, Michael E.; Zhu, Minghui; Liu, Qingcai; Wu, Zili; Wachs, Israel E.

    2016-02-02

    A series of supported WO3/TiO2 catalysts was prepared by a new synthesis procedure involving co-precipitation of an aqueous TiO(OH)2 and (NH4)10W12O41*5H2O slurry under controlled pH conditions. The morphological properties, molecular structures, surface acidity and surface chemistry of the supported WO3/TiO2 catalysts were determined with BET, in situ Raman, in situ IR and temperature-programmed surface reaction (TPSR) spectroscopy, respectively. Isotopic 18O-16O exchange demonstrated that tungsten oxide was exclusively present as surface WOx species on the TiO2 support with mono-oxo W=O coordination. In contrast to previous studies employing impregnation synthesis that found only surface one mono-oxo O=WO4 site on TiO2, the co-precipitationmore » procedure resulted in the formation of two distinct surface WOx species: mono-oxo O=WO4 (~1010-1017 cm-1) on low defect density patches of TiO2 and a second mono-oxo O=WO4 (~983-986 cm-1) on high defect density patches of TiO2. The concentration of the second WOx surface species increases as a function of solution pH. Both surface WOx sites, however, exhibited the same NO/NH3 SCR reactivity. The co-precipitated WO3-TiO2 catalysts synthesized in alkaline solutions exhibited enhanced performance for the NO/NH3 SCR reaction that is ascribed to the greater number of surface defects on the resulting TiO2 support. For the co-precipitated catalyst prepared at pH10, surface NH4+ species on Br nsted acid sites were found to be more reactive than surface NH3* species on Lewis acid sites for SCR of NO with NH3.« less

  7. Facile fabrication of large-grain CH3NH3PbI3−xBrx films for high-efficiency solar cells via CH3NH3Br-selective Ostwald ripening

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    Yang, Mengjin; Zhang, Taiyang; Schulz, Philip; Li, Zhen; Li, Ge; Kim, Dong Hoe; Guo, Nanjie; Berry, Joseph J.; Zhu, Kai; Zhao, Yixin

    2016-01-01

    Organometallic halide perovskite solar cells (PSCs) have shown great promise as a low-cost, high-efficiency photovoltaic technology. Structural and electro-optical properties of the perovskite absorber layer are most critical to device operation characteristics. Here we present a facile fabrication of high-efficiency PSCs based on compact, large-grain, pinhole-free CH3NH3PbI3−xBrx (MAPbI3−xBrx) thin films with high reproducibility. A simple methylammonium bromide (MABr) treatment via spin-coating with a proper MABr concentration converts MAPbI3 thin films with different initial film qualities (for example, grain size and pinholes) to high-quality MAPbI3−xBrx thin films following an Ostwald ripening process, which is strongly affected by MABr concentration and is ineffective when replacing MABr with methylammonium iodide. A higher MABr concentration enhances I–Br anion exchange reaction, yielding poorer device performance. This MABr-selective Ostwald ripening process improves cell efficiency but also enhances device stability and thus represents a simple, promising strategy for further improving PSC performance with higher reproducibility and reliability. PMID:27477212

  8. Facile fabrication of large-grain CH3NH3PbI3-xBrx films for high-efficiency solar cells via CH3NH3Br-selective Ostwald ripening

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    Yang, Mengjin; Zhang, Taiyang; Schulz, Philip; Li, Zhen; Li, Ge; Kim, Dong Hoe; Guo, Nanjie; Berry, Joseph J.; Zhu, Kai; Zhao, Yixin

    2016-08-01

    Organometallic halide perovskite solar cells (PSCs) have shown great promise as a low-cost, high-efficiency photovoltaic technology. Structural and electro-optical properties of the perovskite absorber layer are most critical to device operation characteristics. Here we present a facile fabrication of high-efficiency PSCs based on compact, large-grain, pinhole-free CH3NH3PbI3-xBrx (MAPbI3-xBrx) thin films with high reproducibility. A simple methylammonium bromide (MABr) treatment via spin-coating with a proper MABr concentration converts MAPbI3 thin films with different initial film qualities (for example, grain size and pinholes) to high-quality MAPbI3-xBrx thin films following an Ostwald ripening process, which is strongly affected by MABr concentration and is ineffective when replacing MABr with methylammonium iodide. A higher MABr concentration enhances I-Br anion exchange reaction, yielding poorer device performance. This MABr-selective Ostwald ripening process improves cell efficiency but also enhances device stability and thus represents a simple, promising strategy for further improving PSC performance with higher reproducibility and reliability.

  9. Facile fabrication of large-grain CH3NH3PbI3-xBrx films for high-efficiency solar cells via CH3NH3Br-selective Ostwald ripening.

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    Yang, Mengjin; Zhang, Taiyang; Schulz, Philip; Li, Zhen; Li, Ge; Kim, Dong Hoe; Guo, Nanjie; Berry, Joseph J; Zhu, Kai; Zhao, Yixin

    2016-01-01

    Organometallic halide perovskite solar cells (PSCs) have shown great promise as a low-cost, high-efficiency photovoltaic technology. Structural and electro-optical properties of the perovskite absorber layer are most critical to device operation characteristics. Here we present a facile fabrication of high-efficiency PSCs based on compact, large-grain, pinhole-free CH3NH3PbI3-xBrx (MAPbI3-xBrx) thin films with high reproducibility. A simple methylammonium bromide (MABr) treatment via spin-coating with a proper MABr concentration converts MAPbI3 thin films with different initial film qualities (for example, grain size and pinholes) to high-quality MAPbI3-xBrx thin films following an Ostwald ripening process, which is strongly affected by MABr concentration and is ineffective when replacing MABr with methylammonium iodide. A higher MABr concentration enhances I-Br anion exchange reaction, yielding poorer device performance. This MABr-selective Ostwald ripening process improves cell efficiency but also enhances device stability and thus represents a simple, promising strategy for further improving PSC performance with higher reproducibility and reliability. PMID:27477212

  10. VizieR Online Data Catalog: W51 Main NH3 and CH3OH data cubes

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    Goddi, C.; Ginsburg, A.; Zhang, Q.

    2016-04-01

    Observations of NH3 toward the W51 complex were conducted usi Karl G. Jansky Very Large Array (JVLA) of the National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO)1 in the B configuration. By using the broadband JVLA K- and Ka-band receivers, we observed a total of five metastable inversion transitions of NH3: (J,K) = (6, 6), (7, 7), (9, 9), (10, 10), and (13, 13) at the 1cm band with frequencies ranging from ~25GHz for the (6, 6) line to ~33GHz for the (13, 13) line. Transitions were observed in pairs of independently tunable basebands during 6h tracks (two targets per track: W51 - this paper; NGC 7538 IRS1 - Paper I, Goddi et al., 2015A&A...573A.108G) on three different dates in 2012: the (6, 6) and (7, 7) lines on May 31 at K-band, the (9, 9) and (13, 13) lines on June 21, and the (10, 10) transition on August 7, both at Ka-band. Each baseband had eight sub-bands with a 4MHz bandwidth (~40km/s at 30GHz), providing a total coverage of 32MHz (~320km/s at 30GHz). Each sub-band consisted of 128 channels with a separation of 31.25kHz (~0.3km/s at 30GHz). The typical on-source integration time was about 80min. Each transition was observed with fast switching, where 80s scans on target were alternated with 40s scans on the nearby (1.2° on the sky) QSO J1924+1540 (measured flux density 0.6-0.7Jy, depending on frequency). We derived absolute flux calibration from observations of 3C 48 (Sν=0.5-0.7Jy, depending on frequency), and bandpass calibration from observations of 3C 84 (Sν=27-29Jy, depending on frequency). (2 data files).

  11. Ammonia concentration and modeled emission rates from a beef cattle feedyard

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    Ambient NH3 concentrations were measured at a beef cattle feedyard during the spring and summer months of 2007. Concentrations were measured every five minutes, 24-hours per day at a sample intake height of 3.3 m using a chemiluminescence analyzer. On site weather data was collected concurrently....

  12. Growth of large CH3NH3PbX3 (X=I, Br) single crystals in solution

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    Su, J.; Chen, D. P.; Lin, C. T.

    2015-07-01

    We present the results on the successful growth of CH3NH3PbX3 (X=I, Br) single crystals sized up to centimeters using hydrohalic acid solution method. Large crystals with perfect morphology were obtained by a very slow cooling rate of 0.1-0.2 °C/h. The lattice parameters of tetragonal CH3NH3PbI3 and cubic CH3NH3PbBr3 were estimated using the Rietveld refinement method. Study of crystal nucleus, habits and dimensions indicates that these are strongly dependent on the supercooling of solution during crystal growth, in which the (0 0 1)/(0 1 0) for CH3NH3PbI3 and {1 0 0} for CH3NH3PbBr3 always exhibit the largest faces on the as-grown crystals. A structural phase transition of tetragonal/cubic and cubic/tetragonal for the CH3NH3PbI3 single crystals was observed to occur at 62 and 60 °C during the heating and cooling process, respectively. The nonlinear relationship of temperature-dependent solubility for CH3NH3PbI3 in hydrohalic acid was also determined.

  13. Investigation of the Hydrolysis of Perovskite Organometallic Halide CH3NH3PbI3 in Humidity Environment

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    Zhao, Jiangtao; Cai, Bing; Luo, Zhenlin; Dong, Yongqi; Zhang, Yi; Xu, Han; Hong, Bin; Yang, Yuanjun; Li, Liangbin; Zhang, Wenhua; Gao, Chen

    2016-01-01

    Instability of emerging perovskite organometallic halide in humidity environment is the biggest obstacle for its potential applications in solar energy harvest and electroluminescent display. Understanding the detailed decay mechanism of these materials in moisture is a critical step towards the final appropriate solutions. As a model study presented in this work, in situ synchrotron radiation x-ray diffraction was combined with microscopy and gravimetric analysis to study the degradation process of CH3NH3PbI3 in moisture, and the results reveal that: 1) intermediate monohydrated CH3NH3PbI3·H2O is detected in the degradation process of CH3NH3PbI3 and the final decomposition products are PbI2 and aqueous CH3NH3I; 2) the aqueous CH3NH3I could hardly further decompose into volatile CH3NH2, HI or I2; 3) the moisture disintegrate CH3NH3PbI3 and then alter the distribution of the decomposition products, which leads to an incompletely-reversible reaction of CH3NH3PbI3 hydrolysis and degrades the photoelectric properties. These findings further elucidate the picture of hydrolysis process of perovskite organometallic halide in humidity environment. PMID:26924112

  14. Investigation of the Hydrolysis of Perovskite Organometallic Halide CH3NH3PbI3 in Humidity Environment

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    Zhao, Jiangtao; Cai, Bing; Luo, Zhenlin; Dong, Yongqi; Zhang, Yi; Xu, Han; Hong, Bin; Yang, Yuanjun; Li, Liangbin; Zhang, Wenhua; Gao, Chen

    2016-02-01

    Instability of emerging perovskite organometallic halide in humidity environment is the biggest obstacle for its potential applications in solar energy harvest and electroluminescent display. Understanding the detailed decay mechanism of these materials in moisture is a critical step towards the final appropriate solutions. As a model study presented in this work, in situ synchrotron radiation x-ray diffraction was combined with microscopy and gravimetric analysis to study the degradation process of CH3NH3PbI3 in moisture, and the results reveal that: 1) intermediate monohydrated CH3NH3PbI3·H2O is detected in the degradation process of CH3NH3PbI3 and the final decomposition products are PbI2 and aqueous CH3NH3I; 2) the aqueous CH3NH3I could hardly further decompose into volatile CH3NH2, HI or I2; 3) the moisture disintegrate CH3NH3PbI3 and then alter the distribution of the decomposition products, which leads to an incompletely-reversible reaction of CH3NH3PbI3 hydrolysis and degrades the photoelectric properties. These findings further elucidate the picture of hydrolysis process of perovskite organometallic halide in humidity environment.

  15. Investigation of the Hydrolysis of Perovskite Organometallic Halide CH3NH3PbI3 in Humidity Environment.

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    Zhao, Jiangtao; Cai, Bing; Luo, Zhenlin; Dong, Yongqi; Zhang, Yi; Xu, Han; Hong, Bin; Yang, Yuanjun; Li, Liangbin; Zhang, Wenhua; Gao, Chen

    2016-01-01

    Instability of emerging perovskite organometallic halide in humidity environment is the biggest obstacle for its potential applications in solar energy harvest and electroluminescent display. Understanding the detailed decay mechanism of these materials in moisture is a critical step towards the final appropriate solutions. As a model study presented in this work, in situ synchrotron radiation x-ray diffraction was combined with microscopy and gravimetric analysis to study the degradation process of CH3NH3PbI3 in moisture, and the results reveal that: 1) intermediate monohydrated CH3NH3PbI3·H2O is detected in the degradation process of CH3NH3PbI3 and the final decomposition products are PbI2 and aqueous CH3NH3I; 2) the aqueous CH3NH3I could hardly further decompose into volatile CH3NH2, HI or I2; 3) the moisture disintegrate CH3NH3PbI3 and then alter the distribution of the decomposition products, which leads to an incompletely-reversible reaction of CH3NH3PbI3 hydrolysis and degrades the photoelectric properties. These findings further elucidate the picture of hydrolysis process of perovskite organometallic halide in humidity environment. PMID:26924112

  16. Role of phase composition for electronic states in CH3NH3PbI3 prepared from CH3NH3I/PbCl2 solution

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    Naikaew, Atittaya; Prajongtat, Pongthep; Lux-Steiner, Martha Ch.; Arunchaiya, Marisa; Dittrich, Thomas

    2015-06-01

    Modulated surface photovoltage (SPV) spectra have been correlated with the phase composition in layers of CH3NH3PbI3 (MAPbI3) prepared from MAI and PbCl2 and annealed at 100 °C. Depending on the annealing time, different compositions of MAPbI3, MAPbCl3, MACl, PbI2, and an un-identified phase were found. It has been demonstrated that evaporation of MAI and HI is crucial for the development of electronic states in MAPbI3 and that only the appearance and evolution of the phase PbI2 has an influence on electronic states in MAPbI3. With ongoing annealing, (i) a transition from p- to n-type doping was observed with the appearance of PbI2, (ii) shallow acceptor states were distinguished and disappeared in n-type doped MAPbI3, and (iii) a minimum of the SPV response related to deep defect states was found at the transition from p- to n-type doping. The results are discussed with respect to the further development of highly efficient and stable MAPbI3 absorbers for solar cells.

  17. Femtosecond two-photon ionization of fluid NH3 at 9.3 eV

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    Urbanek, Janus; Dahmen, Annika; Torres-Alacan, Joel; Vöhringer, Peter

    2013-03-01

    Liquid and supercritical ammonia (NH3) is photo-ionized at an energy of 9.3 eV with 100-fs duration pulses at a wavelength of 266 nm. The ionization involves two photons and generates fully solvated electrons via the conduction band of the solvent within the time resolution of the experiment. The dynamics of their ensuing geminate recombination is followed in real time with femtosecond near-infrared (IR) probe pulses. The recombination mechanism can be understood as an ion-pair mediated reaction. The electron survival probability is found to be in quantitative agreement with the classical Onsager theory for the initial recombination of ions.

  18. Spectroscopic line parameters of NH3 and PH3 in the far infrared

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    Husson, N.; Goldman, A.; Orton, G.

    1982-01-01

    NH3 and PH3 rotation and rotation-inversion line parameters in the far to medium IR are calculated for remote sounding purposes of planetary atmospheres; 1607 lines of (N-14)H3, 362 lines of (N-15)H3 and 325 lines of PH3 are compiled. The absolute intensity formulation has been reviewed in the case of rotation and rotation-inversion lines of molecules with C(3v) symmetry. The justification for the general agreement between the authors, and comparisons with other published expressions are given.

  19. H2O/Ni(100) and NH3/Ni(100) - A computational approach

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    Bauschlicher, C. W., Jr.

    1985-01-01

    The adsorption of NH3 and H2O on the Ni(100) is treated using a cluster model. The adsorption is found to have only a small effect on the HXH angle. Rotation about the principal ligand axis requires virtually no energy. Ligand tilts of 15 deg are found to require small amounts of energy, leading to the suggestion that the ESDIAD signal is a result of excited tilting modes, not a change in the HXH angle. For H2O additional bending modes are considered and all are found to be quite flat in energy.

  20. Construction of Spectroscopically Accurate IR Linelists for NH3 and CO2

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    Huang, X.; Schwenke, D. W.; Lee, T. J.

    2011-05-01

    The strategy of using the best theory together with high-resolution experi-ment was applied to NH3 and CO2: that is, refine a highly accurate ab initio PES with the most reliable HITRAN or pure experimental data. With 0.01 - 0.02 cm-1 accuracy, our calculations are clearly far beyond simply reproducing experimental data, but are also capable of revealing many deficiencies in the cur- rent experimental analysis of the various isotopologues, as well as provide reliable predictions with similar accuracy.

  1. Overtone, 2NH (ν1 + ν3) spectroscopy of 15NH3-Ar

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    Vanfleteren, T.; Földes, T.; Herman, M.; Di Lonardo, G.; Fusina, L.

    2015-12-01

    We report on the observation of the Π (11; 2NH) ← Σ (00; ground state) band in 15NH3-Ar, with origin at 6615.943 cm-1, using jet-cooled cw-cavity ring-down spectroscopy. The rotational temperature is estimated to be 7 K. Nineteen rotational lines were assigned. Perturbations were evidenced from anomalous line positions and line widths, but not unraveled. Upper state rotational constants were obtained from the analysis of the nine unperturbed R/P lines. The e-symmetry upper state predissociation lifetimes appear to decrease with J‧, from about 1.2 ns to 250 ps from J‧ = 1 to 9.

  2. Vapor concentration measurement with photothermal deflectometry

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    Banish, R. Michael; Xiao, Rong-Fu; Rosenberger, Franz

    1988-01-01

    Theoretical and experimental results for using the photothermal deflection technique to measure vapor species concentration, while minimizing the disturbance of the transport (material) parameters due to vapor heating, are developed and described. In contrast to common practice, the above constraints require using a pump-beam duty cycle of less than 50 percent. The theoretical description of the shortened heating time is based on a step-function formulation of the pumping cycle. The results are obtained as closed-form solutions of the energy equation for many chopping cycles until steady state is reached, by use of a Green's-function method. The Euler formulation of the Fermat principle is used to calculate the deflection angle. The equations are expanded to include the effects of vapor velocity on both the temperature and temperature gradient profiles. The effects of finite (unfocused) pump and probe beams and thermal (Soret) diffusion are also accounted for. Excellent agreement between theory and experiment is obtained.

  3. Charge Injection at the Heterointerface in Perovskite CH3NH3PbI3 Solar Cells Studied by Simultaneous Microscopic Photoluminescence and Photocurrent Imaging Spectroscopy.

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    Yamashita, Daiki; Handa, Taketo; Ihara, Toshiyuki; Tahara, Hirokazu; Shimazaki, Ai; Wakamiya, Atsushi; Kanemitsu, Yoshihiko

    2016-08-18

    Charge carrier dynamics in perovskite CH3NH3PbI3 solar cells were studied by means of microscopic photoluminescence (PL) and photocurrent (PC) imaging spectroscopy. The PL intensity, PL lifetime, and PC intensity varied spatially on the order of several tens of micrometers. Simultaneous PL and PC image measurements revealed a positive correlation between the PL intensity and PL lifetime, and a negative correlation between PL and PC intensities. These correlations were due to the competition between photocarrier injection from the CH3NH3PbI3 layer into the charge transport layer and photocarrier recombination within the CH3NH3PbI3 layer. Furthermore, we found that the decrease in the carrier injection efficiency under prolonged light illumination leads to a reduction in PC, resulting in light-induced degradation of solar cell devices. Our findings provide important insights for understanding carrier injection at the interface and light-induced degradation in perovskite solar cells. PMID:27482607

  4. Complex Refractive Index Spectra of CH3NH3PbI3 Perovskite Thin Films Determined by Spectroscopic Ellipsometry and Spectrophotometry.

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    Löper, Philipp; Stuckelberger, Michael; Niesen, Bjoern; Werner, Jérémie; Filipič, Miha; Moon, Soo-Jin; Yum, Jun-Ho; Topič, Marko; De Wolf, Stefaan; Ballif, Christophe

    2015-01-01

    The complex refractive index (dielectric function) of planar CH3NH3PbI3 thin films at room temperature is investigated by variable angle spectroscopic ellipsometry and spectrophotometry. Knowledge of the complex refractive index is essential for designing photonic devices based on CH3NH3PbI3 thin films such as solar cells, light-emitting diodes, or lasers. Because the directly measured quantities (reflectance, transmittance, and ellipsometric spectra) are inherently affected by multiple reflections, the complex refractive index has to be determined indirectly by fitting a model dielectric function to the experimental spectra. We model the dielectric function according to the Forouhi-Bloomer formulation with oscillators positioned at 1.597, 2.418, and 3.392 eV and achieve excellent agreement with the experimental spectra. Our results agree well with previously reported data of the absorption coefficient and are consistent with Kramers-Kronig transformations. The real part of the refractive index assumes a value of 2.611 at 633 nm, implying that CH3NH3PbI3-based solar cells are ideally suited for the top cell in monolithic silicon-based tandem solar cells. PMID:26263093

  5. Ferroelectric polarization driven optical absorption and charge carrier transport in CH3NH3PbI3/TiO2-based photovoltaic cells

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    Feng, Hong-Jian

    2015-09-01

    Time-dependent density-functional theory(TD-DFT) calculations show that photogenerated electrons accumulate at the interface of CH3NH3PbI3/TiO2. Electrons transport from CH3NH3PbI3 side to TiO2 side, and the recombination of charge carriers is significantly reduced in this heterostructure. This can unambiguously explain why the power conversion efficiency and the open-circuit voltage are so high in the mesoporous TiO2 with an ultrathin layer of the hybrid halide perovskites. The calculated absorption spectrum of CH3NH3PbI3 agrees well with the experimental measurements. Our TD-DFT calculations confirm the connection between the ferroelectric polarization and the optical absorption. The polarization is caused by the combination of stereochemical activity of the lone pair of Pb-6s2 and the distortions of the organic moieties. Ti-3d states play crucial role in the formation of electron-hole pairs and make TiO2 as an electron transport material.

  6. Electron-hole diffusion lengths >175 μm in solution-grown CH3NH3PbI3 single crystals

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    Dong, Qingfeng; Fang, Yanjun; Shao, Yuchuan; Mulligan, Padhraic; Qiu, Jie; Cao, Lei; Huang, Jinsong

    2015-02-27

    Long, balanced electron and hole diffusion lengths greater than 100 nanometers in the polycrystalline organolead trihalide compound CH3NH3PbI3 are critical for highly efficient perovskite solar cells. We found that the diffusion lengths in CH3NH3PbI3 single crystals grown by a solution-growth method can exceed 175 micrometers under 1 sun (100 mW cm–2) illumination and exceed 3 millimeters under weak light for both electrons and holes. The internal quantum efficiencies approach 100% in 3-millimeter-thick single-crystal perovskite solar cells under weak light. These long diffusion lengths result from greater carrier mobility, longer lifetime, and much smaller trap densities in the single crystals thanmore » in polycrystalline thin films. As a result, the long carrier diffusion lengths enabled the use of CH3NH3PbI3 in radiation sensing and energy harvesting through the gammavoltaic effect, with an efficiency of 3.9% measured with an intense cesium-137 source.« less

  7. Surface Properties of CH3NH3PbI3 for Perovskite Solar Cells.

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    Haruyama, Jun; Sodeyama, Keitaro; Han, Liyuan; Tateyama, Yoshitaka

    2016-03-15

    Perovskite solar cells (PSCs) have attracted considerable interest because of their high potential for solar energy conversion. Power conversion efficiencies of the PSCs have rapidly increased from 3.8 to over 20% only in the past few years. PSCs have several similarities to dye-sensitized solar cells in their device compositions; mesoporous TiO2 (mp-TiO2) is sensitized by light-absorbing components and placed into a medium containing hole transporting materials (HTMs). On the other hand, the perovskite materials for the light-harvesting, for example, CH3NH3PbI3 (MAPbI3), have a greater advantage for the photovoltaic applications; extremely long photocarrier diffusion lengths (over 1 μm) enable carrier transports without singnificant loss. In this respect, the surface states, that can be possible recombination centers, are also of great importance. Availability of solution processes is another important aspect in terms of low cost fabrication of PSCs. Two-step methods, where PbI2 is first introduced from solution onto a mp-TiO2 film and subsequently transformed into the MAPbI3 by the exposition of a solution containing MAI, suggest that use of such a high PbI2 concentration is crucial to obtain higher performance. The experiments also indicate that the PbI2-rich growth condition modifies TiO2/ or HTM/MAPbI3 interfaces in such a way that the photocarrier transport is improved. Thus, the characteristics of surfaces and interfaces play key roles in the high efficiencies of the PSCs. In this Account, we focus on the structural stability and electronic states of the representative (110), (001), (100), and (101) surfaces of tetragonal MAPbI3, which can be regarded as reasonable model HTM/MAPbI3 interfaces, by use of first-principles calculations. By examining various types of PbIx polyhedron terminations, we found that there are two major phases on all of the four surface facets. They can be classified as vacant- and flat-type terminations, and the former is more stable

  8. Summer ammonia measurements in a densely populated Mediterranean city

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    Pandolfi, M.; Amato, F.; Reche, C.; Alastuey, A.; Otjes, R. P.; Blom, M. J.; Querol, X.

    2012-08-01

    Real-time measurements of ambient concentrations of gas-phase ammonia (NH3) were performed in Barcelona (NE Spain) in summer between May and September 2011. Two measurement sites were selected: one in an urban background traffic-influenced area (UB) and the other in the historical city centre (CC). Levels of NH3 were higher at CC (5.6 ± 2.1 μg m-3 or 7.5 ± 2.8 ppbv) compared with UB (2.2 ± 1.0 μg m-3 or 2.9 ± 1.3 ppbv). This difference is attributed to the contribution from non-traffic sources such as waste containers, sewage systems, humans and open markets more dense in the densely populated historical city centre. Under high temperatures in summer these sources had the potential to increase the ambient levels of NH3 well above the urban-background-traffic-influenced UB measurement station. Measurements were used to assess major local emissions, sinks and diurnal evolution of NH3. The measured levels of NH3, especially high in the old city, may contribute to the high mean annual concentrations of secondary sulfate and nitrate measured in Barcelona compared with other cities in Spain affected by high traffic intensity. Ancillary measurements, including PM10, PM2.5, PM1 levels (Particulate Matter with aerodynamic diameter smaller than 10 μm, 2.5 μm, and 1 μm), gases and black carbon concentrations and meteorological data, were performed during the measurement campaign. The analysis of specific periods (3 special cases) during the campaign revealed that road traffic was a significant source of NH3. However, its effect was more evident at UB compared with CC where it was masked given the high levels of NH3 from non-traffic sources measured in the old city. The relationship between SO42- daily concentrations and gas-fraction ammonia (NH3/(NH3 + NH4+)) revealed that the gas-to-particle phase partitioning (volatilization or ammonium salts formation) also played an important role in the evolution of NH3 concentration in summer in Barcelona.

  9. Kinetics of absorption and transformation of CO2 to Nesquehonite in the Mg-NH3 system

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    Zhu, C.; Zhao, L.; Ji, J.; Jun, C.; Teng, H.

    2012-12-01

    Mineral sequestration of CO2 is one of the safer options in the portfolio of available Carbon Storage and Sequestration (CCS) stratagems. To date, numerous efforts were made to optimize the absorption of CO2 using various media. For example, Satoshi K et al. proposed a pH-swing CO2 mineralization process recycling ammonium chloride to lower the costs of the operation. However, few studies have concerned CO2 absorption kinetics under low CO2 partial pressure. Such lacks of knowledge of absorption rate makes it difficult to estimate the scale and cost of absorption devices and to determine the quantity of stock material supply in industrial settings. The purpose of this research is to investigate the rate and kinetic controlling factors for CO2 absorption and mineralization in MgCl2-NH3 solutions. CO2 absorption experiments were carried out at 298 K in solutions of different compositions (0.05~0.2molL-1 MgCl2) to measure the reaction kinetics using a wetted wall column setup similar to those reported in Pacheco (1998) and Victor (2011). The solution chemistry was maintained at conditions where brucite precipitation was not allowed. The absorption solution was then cycled between the column and a jacked glass reactor with its pH maintained constant, and the transmittance at 546 nm was monitored in real-time. Magnesium concentration was analyzed by ICP-AES with interval sampling. Preliminary results indicate that initial concentration of Mg in solution has little effect on CO2 absorption. Although CO2 absorption rate increased slightly over time with increasing ammonia addition, pH appeared to be the dominant controlling factor. The higher the solution pH was, the faster the absorption rate increased. Upon reaching saturation, nesquehonite precipitated to lower the transmittance, leading to rapid addition of aqueous ammonia. However, precipitation of nesquehonite unexpectedly showed little influence on CO2 absorption, suggesting that the interaction between aqueous CO2

  10. Imaging a multidimensional multichannel potential energy surface: Photodetachment of H(-)(NH3) and NH4 (.).

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    Hu, Qichi; Song, Hongwei; Johnson, Christopher J; Li, Jun; Guo, Hua; Continetti, Robert E

    2016-06-28

    Probes of the Born-Oppenheimer potential energy surfaces governing polyatomic molecules often rely on spectroscopy for the bound regions or collision experiments in the continuum. A combined spectroscopic and half-collision approach to image nuclear dynamics in a multidimensional and multichannel system is reported here. The Rydberg radical NH4 and the double Rydberg anion NH4 (-) represent a polyatomic system for benchmarking electronic structure and nine-dimensional quantum dynamics calculations. Photodetachment of the H(-)(NH3) ion-dipole complex and the NH4 (-) DRA probes different regions on the neutral NH4 PES. Photoelectron energy and angular distributions at photon energies of 1.17, 1.60, and 2.33 eV compare well with quantum dynamics. Photoelectron-photofragment coincidence experiments indicate dissociation of the nascent NH4 Rydberg radical occurs to H + NH3 with a peak kinetic energy of 0.13 eV, showing the ground state of NH4 to be unstable, decaying by tunneling-induced dissociation on a time scale beyond the present scope of multidimensional quantum dynamics. PMID:27369519

  11. NH3 and NH2 in the coma of Comet Brorsen-Metcalf

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    Tegler, Stephen C.; Burke, Luke F.; Wyckoff, Susan; Womack, Maria; Fink, Uwe; Disanti, Michael

    1992-01-01

    Evidence consistent with NH3 ice in the nucleus of Comet Brorsen-Metcalf as the source of the NH2 observed in the comet coma is presented. The distribution of NH2 is symmetric and shows no evidence for jet structure at the 3-sigma significance level above background emission. An azimuthal average of the NH2 image produces an NH2 surface brightness profile for Comet Brorsen-Metcalf which yields a factor of about-10 improvement in the signal-to-noise ratio over previous 1D long-slit NH2 observations, and provides a significant constraint on the NH2 photodissociation time scale in comets. A Monte Carlo simulation of the comet coma, assuming that NH2 is the primary source of NH2, is described and compared with the observations. For an observed production rate, Q(H2O) is approximately equal to 7 x 10 exp 28 molecules/s, collisional effects on the NH3 and NH2 outflow had at most an approximately 10-percent effect on the NH2 surface brightness profile. Because Comet Brorsen-Metcalf showed no significant dust or gas production rate variability, it is argued that steady state conditions best match the comet at the time of the observations.

  12. Rotationally elastic total cross sections for NH3 on electron impact over a wide energy range

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    Vinodkumar, Minaxi; Limbachiya, Chetan; Antony, Bobby

    2011-10-01

    Electron molecule collisions are important over incident energy from very low (0.01 eV) to intermediate and high energies (10 keV). We present rotationally elastic total cross sections for electron scattering for NH3 from 0.01 eV to 2 keV using two different theoretical formalisms. We use Quantemol-N formalism for calculating total cross sections up to threshold of the target and the Spherical Optical Complex Potential (SCOP) method for calculating total cross sections beyond threshold up to 2 keV. Electron molecule collisions are important over incident energy from very low (0.01 eV) to intermediate and high energies (10 keV). We present rotationally elastic total cross sections for electron scattering for NH3 from 0.01 eV to 2 keV using two different theoretical formalisms. We use Quantemol-N formalism for calculating total cross sections up to threshold of the target and the Spherical Optical Complex Potential (SCOP) method for calculating total cross sections beyond threshold up to 2 keV. MVK and BA thank DST, CGL thanks UGC new Delhi.

  13. Crystal structure of [Co(NH3)6][Co(CO)4]2

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    Müller, Thomas G.; Kraus, Florian

    2015-01-01

    Hexaamminecobalt(II) bis­[tetra­carbonyl­cobaltate(-I)], [Co(NH3)6][Co(CO)4]2, was synthesized by reaction of liquid ammonia with Co2(CO)8. The CoII atom is coordinated by six ammine ligands. The resulting polyhedron, the hexa­amminecobalt(II) cation, exhibits point group symmetry -3. The Co-I atom is coordinated by four carbonyl ligands, leading to a tetra­carbonyl­cobaltate(−I) anion in the shape of a slightly distorted tetra­hedron, with point group symmetry 3. The crystal structure is related to that of high-pressure BaC2 (space group R-3m), with the [Co(NH3)6]2+ cations replacing the Ba sites and the [Co(CO)4]− anions replacing the C sites. N—H⋯O hydrogen bonds between cations and anions stabilize the structural set-up in the title compound. PMID:26594524

  14. Enhanced NH3-Sensitivity of Reduced Graphene Oxide Modified by Tetra-α-Iso-Pentyloxymetallophthalocyanine Derivatives.

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    Li, Xiaocheng; Wang, Bin; Wang, Xiaolin; Zhou, Xiaoqing; Chen, Zhimin; He, Chunying; Yu, Zheying; Wu, Yiqun

    2015-12-01

    Three kinds of novel hybrid materials were prepared by noncovalent functionalized reduced graphene oxide (rGO) with tetra-α-iso-pentyloxyphthalocyanine copper (CuPc), tetra-α-iso-pentyloxyphthalocyanine nickel (NiPc) and tetra-α-iso-pentyloxyphthalocyanine lead (PbPc) and characterized by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR), ultraviolet-visible spectroscopy (UV-vis), Raman spectra, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), transmission electron microscope (TEM), and atomic force microscope (AFM). The as-synthesized MPc/rGO hybrids show excellent NH3 gas-sensing performance with high response value and fast recovery time compared with bare rGO. The enhancement of the sensing response is mainly attributed to the synergism of gas adsorption of MPc to NH3 gas and conducting network of rGO with greater electron transfer efficiency. Strategies for combining the good properties of rGO and MPc derivatives will open new opportunities for preparing and designing highly efficient rGO chemiresistive gas-sensing hybrid materials for potential applications in gas sensor field. PMID:26403926

  15. Enhanced NH3-Sensitivity of Reduced Graphene Oxide Modified by Tetra-α-Iso-Pentyloxymetallophthalocyanine Derivatives

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    Li, Xiaocheng; Wang, Bin; Wang, Xiaolin; Zhou, Xiaoqing; Chen, Zhimin; He, Chunying; Yu, Zheying; Wu, Yiqun

    2015-09-01

    Three kinds of novel hybrid materials were prepared by noncovalent functionalized reduced graphene oxide (rGO) with tetra-α-iso-pentyloxyphthalocyanine copper (CuPc), tetra-α-iso-pentyloxyphthalocyanine nickel (NiPc) and tetra-α-iso-pentyloxyphthalocyanine lead (PbPc) and characterized by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR), ultraviolet-visible spectroscopy (UV-vis), Raman spectra, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), transmission electron microscope (TEM), and atomic force microscope (AFM). The as-synthesized MPc/rGO hybrids show excellent NH3 gas-sensing performance with high response value and fast recovery time compared with bare rGO. The enhancement of the sensing response is mainly attributed to the synergism of gas adsorption of MPc to NH3 gas and conducting network of rGO with greater electron transfer efficiency. Strategies for combining the good properties of rGO and MPc derivatives will open new opportunities for preparing and designing highly efficient rGO chemiresistive gas-sensing hybrid materials for potential applications in gas sensor field.

  16. High resolution NH3 studies of nearby star-forming regions

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    Friesen, Rachel

    2014-07-01

    Stars form within dense molecular cores. These cores are often embedded within larger structures, such as clumps and filaments, particularly in clustered star-forming environments. Indeed, large-scale maps of the continuum emission from dust have revealed the ubiquity of filaments in star-forming regions. The condensation and fragmentation of cores within larger structures is therefore a critical step in the star formation process, but continuum data alone do not provide key information, such as the gas kinematics, needed to discern between evolutionary scenarios. I will present new results from large NH3 studies of nearby star-forming regions, including Taurus and Serpens South. While NH3 primarily traces high density gas, sensitive observations over Serpens South reveal extensive, low brightness emission between the prominent cores and filaments, and show directly the frequently (but not invariably) sharp transitions between turbulent and quiescent gas in the high density regions. I will discuss the hierarchical structure of the dense gas in Serpens South, with comparisons between two- and three-dimensional analysis, and analyze the importance of thermal fragmentation in the filaments and cores over a range of physical scales.

  17. Imaging a multidimensional multichannel potential energy surface: Photodetachment of H-(NH3) and NH4-

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    Hu, Qichi; Song, Hongwei; Johnson, Christopher J.; Li, Jun; Guo, Hua; Continetti, Robert E.

    2016-06-01

    Probes of the Born-Oppenheimer potential energy surfaces governing polyatomic molecules often rely on spectroscopy for the bound regions or collision experiments in the continuum. A combined spectroscopic and half-collision approach to image nuclear dynamics in a multidimensional and multichannel system is reported here. The Rydberg radical NH4 and the double Rydberg anion NH4- represent a polyatomic system for benchmarking electronic structure and nine-dimensional quantum dynamics calculations. Photodetachment of the H-(NH3) ion-dipole complex and the NH4- DRA probes different regions on the neutral NH4 PES. Photoelectron energy and angular distributions at photon energies of 1.17, 1.60, and 2.33 eV compare well with quantum dynamics. Photoelectron-photofragment coincidence experiments indicate dissociation of the nascent NH4 Rydberg radical occurs to H + NH3 with a peak kinetic energy of 0.13 eV, showing the ground state of NH4 to be unstable, decaying by tunneling-induced dissociation on a time scale beyond the present scope of multidimensional quantum dynamics.

  18. Degradation mechanism of CH3NH3PbI3 perovskite materials upon exposure to humid air

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    Shirayama, Masaki; Kato, Masato; Miyadera, Tetsuhiko; Sugita, Takeshi; Fujiseki, Takemasa; Hara, Shota; Kadowaki, Hideyuki; Murata, Daisuke; Chikamatsu, Masayuki; Fujiwara, Hiroyuki

    2016-03-01

    Low stability of organic-inorganic perovskite (CH3NH3PbI3) solar cells in humid air environments is a serious drawback which could limit practical application of this material severely. In this study, from real-time spectroscopic ellipsometry characterization, the degradation mechanism of ultra-smooth CH3NH3PbI3 layers prepared by a laser evaporation technique is studied. We present evidence that the CH3NH3PbI3 degradation in humid air proceeds by two competing reactions of (i) the PbI2 formation by the desorption of CH3NH3I species and (ii) the generation of a CH3NH3PbI3 hydrate phase by H2O incorporation. In particular, rapid phase change occurs in the near-surface region and the CH3NH3PbI3 layer thickness reduces rapidly in the initial 1 h air exposure even at a low relative humidity of 40%. After the prolonged air exposure, the CH3NH3PbI3 layer is converted completely to hexagonal platelet PbI2/hydrate crystals that have a distinct atomic-scale multilayer structure with a period of 0.65 ± 0.05 nm. We find that conventional x-ray diffraction and optical characterization in the visible region, used commonly in earlier works, are quite insensitive to the surface phase change. Based on results obtained in this work, we discuss the degradation mechanism of CH3NH3PbI3 in humid air.

  19. Measurement of Ambient Ammonia and Surface-level Meteorological Forcing Variables near an Agricultural Emission Source

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    Myles, L.; Heuer, M. W.

    2012-12-01

    Atmospheric ammonia (NH3) is a reduced form of reactive nitrogen that is primarily emitted from agricultural activities. NH3 volatilizes from animal waste and fertilized land directly into the atmosphere where it can either react with other gases to form fine particulate matter or deposit on surfaces through air-surface exchange processes. Field measurements in different ecosystems and under various conditions are necessary to improve the understanding of the complex relationships between ambient NH3 and meteorological parameters, such as temperature and relative humidity, which influence volatilization rates and ultimately, ambient concentrations near emission sources. However, the measurement of ambient NH3 is challenging. NH3 is hydroscopic and reactive, and measurement techniques are subject to errors caused by sampling artifacts and other interferences. Recent advancements have led to improved techniques that allow real-time measurement of ambient NH3. A cavity ring-down spectrometer was deployed at a cattle research facility in Knoxville, TN during spring 2012 to measure ambient NH3, and meteorological instrumentation was collocated to measure 3-D winds, temperature, relative humidity, precipitation and other parameters (z = 2 m). The study site was rolling pasture typical of the eastern Tennessee Valley and included two large barns and approximately 30-40 cattle. Daytime ambient NH3 averaged 15-20 ppb most days with lows of approximately 7 ppb at night. Higher concentrations (greater than 50 ppb) seemed to correlate with higher temperatures (greater than 27 C), although the data are not consistent. Several instances of 100 ppb concentrations were measured when temperatures were high and winds were from the direction of the barns. Overall, the study shows that ambient NH3 levels near agricultural emission sources may vary greatly with time and a variety of factors, including meteorological conditions. The data support the need for real-time measurements of NH

  20. Infrared spectra of 15NH3ṡH2O, 2 15NH3ṡH2O, and deuterated forms of ammonia hemihydrate at 90 °K

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    Bertie, John E.; Morrison, Mary M.

    1981-04-01

    The infrared spectra of various deuterated samples of ammonia hemihydrate are reported with some infrared absorption frequencies of 2 15NH3ṡH2O and 15NH3ṡH2O. The spectra of the 15N-substituted samples confirm the previous general assignments, and reveal a third component of ν3(NH3) in NH3ṡH2O. The absorption by 2ND3ṡD2O, NDH2 isolated in 2NH3ṡH2O, and ND2H isolated in 2ND3ṡD2O, show, with the aid of normal coordinate calculations, that the primary splitting of the bands due to ν2 and ν3 of ammonia is multiple site splitting, due to the existence of two types of ammonia molecule in the hemihydrate. The Cs site symmetry of the ammonia molecules is revealed by the stretching vibrations of NH2D in 2NH3ṡH2O but not by the symmetric deformation vibrations of NH2D or ND2H. The stretching vibrations of NH2D in 2NH3ṡH2O at 90 °K also indicate that the type II ammonia molecules occupy both of the orientations which preserve the plane of symmetry. The uncoupled O-D stretching frequencies of HDO in 2NH3ṡH2O confirm the assignment of the two νOH(H2O) bands in the spectrum of 2NH3ṡH2O as largely due to site splitting. The low-frequency νOD(HDO) stretching band is very broad and the corresponding νOH(HDO) band is even broader, as has been seen previously for analogous bands in hexamethylenetetramine hexahydrate. Similarly, one set of isolated νND(NH2D) stretching bands is sharp while the corresponding νNH(ND2H) bands are very broad, as has also been reported previously for solid ammonia. The assignment to rotational vibrations of features below 850 cm-1 in 2NH3ṡH2O is confirmed, but no evidence indicates the degree of mixing of ammonia and water displacements in these vibrations.

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  2. Trends of NO-, NO 2-, and NH 3-emissions from gasoline-fueled Euro-3- to Euro-4-passenger cars

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    Heeb, Norbert V.; Saxer, Christian J.; Forss, Anna-Maria; Brühlmann, Stefan

    Vehicular emissions of reactive nitrogen compounds (RNCs) such as nitric oxide (NO), nitrogen dioxide (NO 2), and ammonia (NH 3) have a substantial impact on urban air quality. NO and NO 2 support the photochemical formation of ozone, and NH 3 is involved in the atmospheric formation of secondary aerosols. Vehicular NO is mainly formed during combustion, whereas NO 2 and NH 3 are both secondary pollutants of the catalytic converter systems. Herein we report on tail-pipe RNC emissions of gasoline-fueled Euro-3- and Euro-4-passenger cars at transient driving from 0 to 150 km h -1. Two sets of 10 in-use vehicles with comparable engine size and mileage were studied with time-resolved chemical ionization-mass spectrometry (CI-MS). Each vehicle was tested in 7 different driving cycles including the legislative European (EDC) and the US FTP-75 driving cycles. Mean emission factors (EFs) for different traffic situations are reported and effects of cold start, velocity, acceleration, and deceleration are discussed. Furthermore, critical operating conditions supporting the de novo formation of NH 3 have been identified. In the EDC, mean NO- and NH 3-EFs of 57±26 and 16±12 mg km -1 were obtained for Euro-3-vehicles; those of the Euro-4-technology were lower by about 25% and 33% at the levels of 43±46 and 10±7 mg km -1, respectively. NO 2 emissions of the investigated three-way catalyst (TWC) vehicles accounted for <1% of the detected RNCs, whereas NH 3 was found to be the dominant RNC for most vehicle conditions. Molar NH 3 proportions varied from about 0.4-0.8, as soon as catalyst light-off occurred. NO was found in large excess only during the cold-start period. Catalyst light-off is indicated by a fast transition from NO- to NH 3-rich exhaust. Velocity and acceleration had pronounced effects on the RNC emission characteristics. Mean velocity-dependent EFs for NO and NH 3 varied by about one order of magnitude from 10 to 74 and 15 to 161 mg km -1 for Euro-3-vehicles and

  3. Theoretical study of geometry relaxation following core excitation: H2O, NH3, and CH4

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    Takahashi, Osamu; Kunitake, Naoto; Takaki, Saya

    2015-10-01

    Single core-hole (SCH) and double core-hole excited state molecular dynamics (MD) calculations for neutral and cationic H2O, NH3, and CH4 have been performed to examine geometry relaxation after core excitation. We observed faster X-H (X = C, N, O) bond elongation for the core-ionized state produced from the valence cationic molecule and the double-core-ionized state produced from the ground and valence cationic molecules than for the first resonant SCH state. Using the results of SCH MD simulations of the ground and valence cationic molecules, Auger decay spectra calculations were performed. We found that fast bond scission leads to peak broadening of the spectra.

  4. Electronic structure evolution of fullerene on CH3NH3PbI3

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    Wang, Chenggong; Wang, Congcong; Liu, Xiaoliang; Kauppi, John; Shao, Yuchuan; Xiao, Zhengguo; Bi, Cheng; Huang, Jinsong; Gao, Yongli

    2015-03-19

    The thickness dependence of fullerene on CH3NH3PbI3 perovskitefilm surface has been investigated by using ultraviolet photoemission spectroscopy (UPS), X-ray photoemission spectroscopy(XPS), and inverse photoemission spectroscopy (IPES). The lowest unoccupied molecular orbital and highest occupied molecular orbital (HOMO) can be observed directly with IPES and UPS. It is observed that the HOMO level in fullerene shifts to lower binding energy. The XPS results show a strong initial shift of core levels to lower binding energy in the perovskite, which indicates that electrons transfer from the perovskitefilm to fullerene molecules. Further deposition of fullerene forms C60 solid, accompanied by the reduction ofmore » the electron transfer. As a result, the strongest electron transfer happened at 1/4 monolayer of fullerene.« less

  5. Electronic transport properties of BN sheet on adsorption of ammonia (NH3) gas.

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    Srivastava, Anurag; Bhat, Chetan; Jain, Sumit Kumar; Mishra, Pankaj Kumar; Brajpuriya, Ranjeet

    2015-03-01

    We report the detection of ammonia gas through electronic and transport properties analysis of boron nitride sheet. The density functional theory (DFT) based ab initio approach has been used to calculate the electronic and transport properties of BN sheet in presence of ammonia gas. Analysis confirms that the band gap of the sheet increases due to presence of ammonia. Out of different positions, the bridge site is the most favorable position for adsorption of ammonia and the mechanism of interaction falls between weak electrostatic interaction and chemisorption. On relaxation, change in the bond angles of the ammonia molecule in various configurations has been reported with the distance between NH3 and the sheet. An increase in the transmission of electrons has been observed on increasing the bias voltage and I-V relationship. This confirms that, the current increases on applying the bias when ammonia is introduced while a very small current flows for pure BN sheet. PMID:25666919

  6. Intense Pulsed Light Sintering of CH3NH3PbI3 Solar Cells.

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    Lavery, Brandon W; Kumari, Sudesh; Konermann, Hannah; Draper, Gabriel L; Spurgeon, Joshua; Druffel, Thad

    2016-04-01

    Perovskite solar cells utilizing a two-step deposited CH3NH3PbI3 thin film were rapidly sintered using an intense pulsed light source. For the first time, a heat treatment has shown the capability of sintering methylammonium lead iodide perovskite and creating large crystal sizes approaching 1 μm without sacrificing surface coverage. Solar cells with an average efficiency of 11.5% and a champion device of 12.3% are reported. The methylammonium lead iodide perovskite was subjected to 2000 J of energy in a 2 ms pulse of light generated by a xenon lamp, resulting in temperatures significantly exceeding the degradation temperature of 150 °C. The process opens up new opportunities in the manufacturability of perovskite solar cells by eliminating the rate-limiting annealing step, and makes it possible to envision a continuous roll-to-roll process similar to the printing press used in the newspaper industry. PMID:26943510

  7. Zwitterion formation in titan ice analogs: reaction between HC3N and NH3.

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    Couturier-Tamburelli, Isabelle; Sessouma, Bintou; Chiavassa, Thierry; Piétri, Nathalie

    2012-11-01

    A zwitterion is formed in the laboratory at low temperatures in the solid phase from the thermal reaction of HC(3)N and NH(3). We report for the first time its infrared spectrum. We study its reaction using Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy. Its reaction rate is estimated to be k(T) = 2.9 × 10(5) exp(-2.3 ± 0.1 (kJ mol(-1))/RT). Calculations using density functional theory (B3LYP/6-31g**) are used to characterize all the species (complexes, zwitterions, and transition states) and are in good agreement with the infrared spectra. The structure of the zwitterion is determined planar and it is characterized by a N-C bond around 1.5 Å. PMID:23075265

  8. Structure and stability in TMC-1: Analysis of NH3 molecular line and Herschel continuum data

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    Fehér, O.; Tóth, L. V.; Ward-Thompson, D.; Kirk, J.; Kraus, A.; Pelkonen, V.-M.; Pintér, S.; Zahorecz, S.

    2016-05-01

    Aims: We examined the velocity, density, and temperature structure of Taurus molecular cloud-1 (TMC-1), a filamentary cloud in a nearby quiescent star forming area, to understand its morphology and evolution. Methods: We observed high signal-to-noise (S/N), high velocity resolution NH3(1,1), and (2, 2) emission on an extended map. By fitting multiple hyperfine-split line profiles to the NH3(1, 1) spectra, we derived the velocity distribution of the line components and calculated gas parameters on several positions. Herschel SPIRE far-infrared continuum observations were reduced and used to calculate the physical parameters of the Planck Galactic Cold Clumps (PGCCs) in the region, including the two in TMC-1. The morphology of TMC-1 was investigated with several types of clustering methods in the parameter space consisting of position, velocity, and column density. Results: Our Herschel-based column density map shows a main ridge with two local maxima and a separated peak to the south-west. The H2 column densities and dust colour temperatures are in the range of 0.5-3.3 × 1022 cm-2 and 10.5-12 K, respectively. The NH3 column densities and H2 volume densities are in the range of 2.8-14.2 × 1014 cm-2 and 0.4-2.8 × 104 cm-3. Kinetic temperatures are typically very low with a minimum of 9 K at the maximum NH3 and H2 column density region. The kinetic temperature maximum was found at the protostar IRAS 04381+2540 with a value of 13.7 K. The kinetic temperatures vary similarly to the colour temperatures in spite of the fact that densities are lower than the critical density for coupling between the gas and dust phase. The k-means clustering method separated four sub-filaments in TMC-1 with masses of 32.5, 19.6, 28.9, and 45.9 M⊙ and low turbulent velocity dispersion in the range of 0.13-0.2 km s-1. Conclusions: The main ridge of TMC-1 is composed of four sub-filaments that are close to gravitational equilibrium. We label these TMC-1F1 through F4. The sub-filaments TMC

  9. NH3D(+) ions in ammonium perchlorate - The N-D stretching bands of different sites

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    Weier, Jane E.; Strauss, Herbert L.

    1993-03-01

    The N-D stretching region of the infrared spectrum of doped NH4ClO4 has been reexamined at low temperatures. The spectra are found to be still changing at 2 K, indicating the existence of energy differences of this order. The N-H spectrum in ND4ClO4 was also examined. Comparison of the two sets of spectra led to an assignment of the small energy differences as due to tunneling among the distinct positions the NX3Y(+) ions can assume in the lattice. The distinct orientation of NH3D(+) and the ND3H(+) ions have slightly different energies and this, plus the tunneling, accounts for all the eight observed lines. A complete assignment of the tunneling levels will, however, require more information.

  10. Field methods for measuring concentrated flow erosion

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    Castillo, C.; Pérez, R.; James, M. R.; Quinton, J. N.; Taguas, E. V.; Gómez, J. A.

    2012-04-01

    techniques (3D) for measuring erosion from concentrated flow (pole, laser profilemeter, photo-reconstruction and terrestrial LiDAR) The comparison between two- and three-dimensional methods has showed the superiority of the 3D techniques for obtaining accurate cross sectional data. The results from commonly-used 2D methods can be subject to systematic errors in areal cross section that exceed magnitudes of 10 % on average. In particular, the pole simplified method has showed a clear tendency to understimate areas. Laser profilemeter results show that further research on calibrating optical devices for a variety of soil conditions must be carried out to improve its performance. For volume estimations, photo-reconstruction results provided an excellent approximation to terrestrial laser data and demonstrate that this new remote sensing technique has a promising application field in soil erosion studies. 2D approaches involved important errors even over short measurement distances. However, as well as accuracy, the cost and time requirements of a technique must be considered.

  11. The influence of the I/Cl ratio on the performance of CH3NH3PbI3-xClx-based solar cells: why is CH3NH3I : PbCl2 = 3 : 1 the ``magic'' ratio?

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    McLeod, John A.; Wu, Zhongwei; Sun, Baoquan; Liu, Lijia

    2016-03-01

    Methylammonium lead trihalide (CH3NH3PbI3-xClx) perovskites are usually synthesized from two precursors, CH3NH3I and PbCl2 at a ratio of 3 : 1. It was found that a slight adjustment of the I/Cl ratio in the precursor mixture plays a strong effect on solar cell performance. In this study, perovskites made with different I/Cl ratios were comparatively studied. In combination with X-ray diffraction (XRD) and X-ray absorption fine structure (XAFS) measured at the Pb L3-edge, we demonstrate that the device performance can be directly correlated to the change in the coordination environment of Pb.

  12. DFT study of NH 3 dissociation on Si(1 1 1)-7 × 7. The role of intermolecular interactions

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    Ferullo, Ricardo M.; Fuente, Silvia A.; Belelli, Patricia G.; Castellani, Norberto J.

    2007-04-01

    The adsorption of NH 3 molecule on the Si(1 1 1)-7 × 7 surface modelled with a cluster has been studied using density functional theory (DFT). The results indicate the existence of a precursor state for the non-dissociative chemisorption. The active site for the molecular chemisorption is the adatom; while the NH 3 molecule adsorbs on the Si restatom via this preadsorbed state, the adsorption on the Si adatom is produced practically without an energy barrier. The ammonia adsorption on the adatom induces an electron transfer from the dangling bond of this atom to the dangling bond of the adjacent Si restatom, hindering this site for the adsorption of a second NH 3 incoming molecule. However, this second molecule links strongly by means of two H-bonds. The dissociative chemisorption process was studied considering one and two ammonia molecules. For the dissociation of a lonely NH 3 molecule an energy barrier of ˜0.3 eV was calculated, yielding NH 2 on the adatom and H on the restatom. When two molecules are adsorbed, the NH 3-NH 3 interaction yields the weakening of a N-H bond of the ammonia molecule adsorbed closer the Si surface. As a consequence, the dissociation barrier practically disappears. Thus, the presence of a second NH 3 molecule at the adatom-restatom pair of the Si(1 1 1)-7 × 7 surface makes the dissociative reaction self-assisted, the total adsorption process elapsing with a negligible activation barrier (less than 0.01 eV).

  13. Relative CO2/NH3 selectivities of AQP1, AQP4, AQP5, AmtB, and RhAG

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    Musa-Aziz, Raif; Chen, Li-Ming; Pelletier, Marc F.; Boron, Walter F.

    2009-01-01

    The water channel aquaporin 1 (AQP1) and certain Rh-family members are permeable to CO2 and NH3. Here, we use changes in surface pH (pHS) to assess relative CO2 vs. NH3 permeability of Xenopus oocytes expressing members of the AQP or Rh family. Exposed to CO2 or NH3, AQP1 oocytes exhibit a greater maximal magnitude of pHS change (ΔpHS) compared with day-matched controls injected with H2O or with RNA encoding SGLT1, NKCC2, or PepT1. With CO2, AQP1 oocytes also have faster time constants for pHS relaxation (τpHs). Thus, AQP1, but not the other proteins, conduct CO2 and NH3. Oocytes expressing rat AQP4, rat AQP5, human RhAG, or the bacterial Rh homolog AmtB also exhibit greater ΔpHS(CO2) and faster τpHs compared with controls. Oocytes expressing AmtB and RhAG, but not AQP4 or AQP5, exhibit greater ΔpHS(NH3) values. Only AQPs exhibited significant osmotic water permeability (Pf). We computed channel-dependent (*) ΔpHS or Pf by subtracting values for H2O oocytes from those of channel-expressing oocytes. For the ratio ΔpHS(CO2)*/Pf*, the sequence was AQP5 > AQP1 ≅ AQP4. For ΔpHS(CO2)*/ΔpHS(NH3)*, the sequence was AQP4 ≅ AQP5 > AQP1 > AmtB > RhAG. Thus, each channel exhibits a characteristic ratio for indices of CO2 vs. NH3 permeability, demonstrating that, like ion channels, gas channels can exhibit selectivity. PMID:19273840

  14. Lead-Halide Perovskite Solar Cells by CH3NH3I Dripping on PbI2-CH3NH3I-DMSO Precursor Layer for Planar and Porous Structures Using CuSCN Hole-Transporting Material.

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    Ito, Seigo; Tanaka, Soichiro; Nishino, Hitoshi

    2015-03-01

    The sequential fabrication scheme of the CH3NH3PbI3 layer has been improved to fabricate planar-structure CH3NH3PbI3 perovskite solar cells using CuSCN hole-transporting material (HTM). In the PbI2 layer fabricated by the spin-coating method, at first, small amounts of CH3NH3I (MAI) and DMSO were incorporated as the first-drip precursor layer on a flat TiO2 layer. On the first-drip precursor layers, an MAI solution was applied by either soaking (MAI-soaking method) or dripping using successive spin coating (MAI-dripping). The morphology and crystal transformations were observed by SEM and XRD, respectively. Using the normal sequential MAI-soaking method, we were unable to fabricate planar CH3NH3PbI3 perovskite solar cells with CuSCN HTM. Using the MAI-dripping method, however, a significant photovoltaic effect has been observed to be planar NH3PbI3 perovskite/CuSCN> solar cells. PMID:26262667

  15. Synthesis and molecular structure of [Cu(NH3)4][Ni(CN)4]: A missing piece in the [Cu(NH3)n][Ni(CN)4] story

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    Solanki, Dina; Hogarth, Graeme

    2015-11-01

    Reaction of CuCl2·2H2O and K2[Ni(CN)4]·2H2O in aqueous ammonia gave blue rod-like crystals of [Cu(NH3)4][Ni(CN)4]. An X-ray crystallographic reveals that square-planar anions and cations are weakly associated through coordination of a cis pair of cyanide ligands to copper, with one short and one long contact and thus the copper centre is best described as a square-based pyramid. Crystals lose ammonia readily upon removal from the solvent and this has been probed by TGA and DSC measurements. For comparison we have also re-determined the structure of the related ethylenediamine (en) complex [Cu(en)2][Ni(CN)4] at 150 K. This consists of a 1D chain in which a trans pair of cyanide ligands bind to copper such that the latter has an overall tetragonally distorted octahedral coordination geometry.

  16. Analysing the effect of crystal size and structure in highly efficient CH3NH3PbI3 perovskite solar cells by spatially resolved photo- and electroluminescence imaging

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    Mastroianni, S.; Heinz, F. D.; Im, J.-H.; Veurman, W.; Padilla, M.; Schubert, M. C.; Würfel, U.; Grätzel, M.; Park, N.-G.; Hinsch, A.

    2015-11-01

    CH3NH3PbI3 perovskite solar cells with a mesoporous TiO2 layer and spiro-MeOTAD as a hole transport layer (HTL) with three different CH3NH3I concentrations (0.032 M, 0.044 M and 0.063 M) were investigated. Strong variations in crystal size and morphology resulting in diversified cell efficiencies (9.2%, 16.9% and 12.3%, respectively) were observed. The physical origin of this behaviour was analysed by detailed characterization combining current-voltage curves with photo- and electroluminescence (PL and EL) imaging as well as light beam induced current measurements (LBIC). It was found that the most efficient cell shows the highest luminescence and the least efficient cell is most strongly limited by non-radiative recombination. Crystal size, morphology and distribution in the capping layer and in the porous scaffold strongly affect the non-radiative recombination. Moreover, the very non-uniform crystal structure with multiple facets, as evidenced by SEM images of the 0.032 M device, suggests the creation of a large number of grain boundaries and crystal dislocations. These defects give rise to increased trap-assisted non-radiative recombination as is confirmed by high-resolution μ-PL images. The different imaging techniques used in this study prove to be well-suited to spatially investigate and thus correlate the crystal morphology of the perovskite layer with the electrical and radiative properties of the solar cells and thus with their performance.CH3NH3PbI3 perovskite solar cells with a mesoporous TiO2 layer and spiro-MeOTAD as a hole transport layer (HTL) with three different CH3NH3I concentrations (0.032 M, 0.044 M and 0.063 M) were investigated. Strong variations in crystal size and morphology resulting in diversified cell efficiencies (9.2%, 16.9% and 12.3%, respectively) were observed. The physical origin of this behaviour was analysed by detailed characterization combining current-voltage curves with photo- and electroluminescence (PL and EL) imaging as

  17. COMPARISON OF METHODS FOR MEASURING CONCENTRATIONS OF SEMIVOLATILE PARTICULATE MATTER

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    The paper gives results of a comparison of methods for measuring concentrations of semivolatile particulate matter (PM) from indoor-environment, small, combustion sources. Particle concentration measurements were compared for methods using filters and a small electrostatic precip...

  18. Interstellar ice analogs: band strengths of H2O, CO2, CH3OH, and NH3 in the far-infrared region

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    Giuliano, B. M.; Escribano, R. M.; Martín-Doménech, R.; Dartois, E.; Muñoz Caro, G. M.

    2014-05-01

    Context. Whereas observational astronomy now routinely extends to the far-infrared region of the spectrum, systematic laboratory studies are sparse. In particular, experiments on laboratory analogs performed through the years have provided information mainly about the band positions and shapes, while information about the band strengths are scarce and derivable principally from the optical constants. Aims: We measure the band strengths in the far-infrared region of interstellar ice analogs of astrophysically relevant species, such as H2O, CO2, CH3OH, and NH3, deposited at low temperature (8-10 K), followed by warm-up, to induce amorphous-crystalline phase transitions when relevant. Methods: The spectra of pure H2O, NH3, and CH3OH ices have been measured in the near-, mid- and far-infrared spectroscopic regions using the Interstellar Astrochemistry Chamber (ISAC) ultra-high-vacuum setup. In addition, far-infrared spectra of NH3 and CO2 were measured using a different set-up equipped with a bolometer detector. Band strengths in the far-infrared region were estimated using the corresponding near- and mid-infrared values as a reference. We also performed theoretical calculations of the amorphous and crystalline structures of these molecules using solid state computational programs at density functional theory (DFT) level. Vibrational assignment and mode intensities for these ices were predicted. Results: Infrared band strengths in the 25-500 μm range have been determined for the considered ice samples by direct comparison in the near- and mid-infrared regions. Our values were compared to those we calculated from the literature complex index of refraction. We found differences of a factor of two between the two sets of values. Conclusions: The calculated far-infrared band strengths provide a benchmark for interpreting the observational data from future space telescope missions, allowing the estimation of the ice column densities.

  19. Global analytical potential energy surface for the electronic ground state of NH3 from high level ab initio calculations.

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    Marquardt, Roberto; Sagui, Kenneth; Zheng, Jingjing; Thiel, Walter; Luckhaus, David; Yurchenko, Sergey; Mariotti, Fabio; Quack, Martin

    2013-08-15

    The analytical, full-dimensional, and global representation of the potential energy surface of NH(3) in the lowest adiabatic electronic state developed previously (Marquardt, R.; et al. J. Phys. Chem. B 2005, 109, 8439–8451) is improved by adjustment of parameters to an enlarged set of electronic energies from ab initio calculations using the coupled cluster method with single and double substitutions and a perturbative treatment of connected triple excitations (CCSD(T)) and the method of multireference configuration interaction (MRCI). CCSD(T) data were obtained from an extrapolation of aug-cc-pVXZ results to the basis set limit (CBS), as described in a previous work (Yurchenko, S.N.; et al. J. Chem. Phys 2005, 123, 134308); they cover the region around the NH3 equilibrium structures up to 20,000 hc cm(–1). MRCI energies were computed using the aug-cc-pVQZ basis to describe both low lying singlet dissociation channels. Adjustment was performed simultaneously to energies obtained from the different ab initio methods using a merging strategy that includes 10,000 geometries at the CCSD(T) level and 500 geometries at the MRCI level. Characteristic features of this improved representation are NH3 equilibrium geometry r(eq)(NH(3)) ≈ 101.28 pm, α(eq)(NH(3)) ≈ 107.03°, the inversion barrier at r(inv)(NH(3)) ≈ 99.88 pm and 1774 hc cm(–1) above the NH(3) minimum, and dissociation channel energies 41,051 hc cm(–1) (for NH(3) → ((2)B(2))NH(2) + ((2)S(1/2))H) and 38,450 hc cm(–1) (for NH(3) → ((3)Σ(–))NH +((1)Σ(g)(+))H(2)); the average agreement between calculated and experimental vibrational line positions is 11 cm(–1) for (14)N(1)H(3) in the spectral region up to 5000 cm(–1). A survey of our current knowledge on the vibrational spectroscopy of ammonia and its isotopomers is also given. PMID:23688044

  20. Formation of a passivating CH3NH3PbI3/PbI2 interface during moderate heating of CH3NH3PbI3 layers

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    Supasai, T.; Rujisamphan, N.; Ullrich, K.; Chemseddine, A.; Dittrich, Th.

    2013-10-01

    Layers of CH3NH3PbI3 are investigated by modulated surface photovoltage spectroscopy (SPV) during heating in vacuum. As prepared CH3NH3PbI3 layers behave as a p-type doped semiconductor in depletion with a band gap of 1.5 eV. After heating to 140 °C the sign of the SPV signals of CH3NH3PbI3 changed concomitant with the appearance of a second band gap at 2.36 eV ascribed to PbI2, and SPV signals related to charge separation from defect states were reduced after moderate heating.

  1. Ultrasensitive Photodetectors Based on Island-Structured CH3NH3PbI3 Thin Films.

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    Zhang, Yin; Du, Juan; Wu, Xiaohan; Zhang, Guoqian; Chu, Yingli; Liu, Dapeng; Zhao, Yixin; Liang, Ziqi; Huang, Jia

    2015-10-01

    CH3NH3PbI3 perovskite-based optoelectronics have attracted intense research interests recently because of their easy fabrication process and high power conversion efficiency. Herein, we report a novel photodetector based on unique CH3NH3PbI3 perovskite films with island-structured morphology. The light-induced electronic properties of the photodetectors were investigated and compared to those devices based on conventional compact CH3NH3PbI3 films. The island-structured CH3NH3PbI3 photodetectors exhibited a rapid response speed (<50 ms), good stability at a temperature of up to 100 °C, a large photocurrent to dark current ratio (Ilight/Idark > 1 × 10(4) under an incident light of ∼6.59 mW/cm(2), and Ilight/Idark > 1 × 10(2) under low incident light ∼0.018 mW/cm(2)), and excellent reproducibility. Especially, the performance of the island-structured devices markedly exceed that of the conventional compact CH3NH3PbI3 thin-film devices. These excellent performances render the island-structured device to be potentially applicable for a wide range of optoelectronics. PMID:26387552

  2. VUV dissociative excitation cross sections of H2O, NH3, and CH4 by electron impact. [Vacuum Ultra-Violet

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    Morgan, H. D.; Mentall, J. E.

    1974-01-01

    Absolute excitation functions for excited fragments resulting from electron bombardment of H2O, NH3, and CH4 by low-energy electrons (0 to 300 eV) have been measured in the vacuum ultraviolet (1100 to 1950 A). The predominant emission for each molecule was the H Lyman-alpha line, while the O I, N I, C I, and C II emissions were at least an order of magnitude weaker. Absolute cross sections at 100 eV are given along with the appearance potential of the various processes and the possible dissociative-excitation channels through which such processes proceed.

  3. Photoluminescence characterisations of a dynamic aging process of organic-inorganic CH3NH3PbBr3 perovskite

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    Sheng, R.; Wen, X.; Huang, S.; Hao, X.; Chen, S.; Jiang, Y.; Deng, X.; Green, M. A.; Ho-Baillie, A. W. Y.

    2016-01-01

    After unprecedented development of organic-inorganic lead halide perovskite solar cells over the past few years, one of the biggest barriers towards their commercialization is the stability of the perovskite material. It is thus important to understand the interaction between the perovskite material and oxygen and/or humidity and the associated degradation process in order to improve device and encapsulation design for better durability. Here we characterize the dynamic aging process in vapour-assisted deposited (VASP) CH3NH3PbBr3 perovskite thin films using advanced optical techniques, such as time-resolved photoluminescence and fluorescence lifetime imaging microscopy (FLIM). Our investigation reveals that the perovskite grains grow spontaneously and the larger grains are formed at room temperature in the presence of moisture and oxygen. This crystallization process leads to a higher density of defects and a shorter carrier lifetime, specifically in the larger grains. Excitation-intensity-dependent steady-state photoluminescence shows both N2 stored and aged perovskite exhibit a super-linear increase of photoluminescence intensity with increasing excitation intensity; and the larger slope in aged sample suggests a larger density of defects is generated, consistent with time-resolved PL measurements.

  4. Nonvolatile Bipolar Resistive Switching Behavior in the Perovskite-like (CH3NH3)2FeCl4.

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    Lv, Fengzhen; Gao, Cunxu; Zhou, Heng-An; Zhang, Peng; Mi, Kui; Liu, Xiaoxing

    2016-07-27

    The bipolar resistive switching behavior in a device based on an crystalline iron-based organic-inorganic, perovskite-like material of (CH3NH3)2FeCl4 (MAFC), was examined and studied. Both high and low resistance states appeared to have no obvious degradation during a measurement period of 600 s with 400 cycles in a Ag/MAFC/Cu device, which also exhibited good thermal stability over a wide temperature range of 290 to 340 K. The conductivity-state switching behavior was derived from the competition between the ionic current within the MAFC and the Faradaic current that originated from oxidative reactions at the Ag/MAFC/Cu interface. A model explaining the oxidative reaction process was established to describe the symmetric resistive switching behavior in the Ag/MAFC/Cu cell. With an applied bias voltage sweeping, the oxidative layers passivated and dissipated at the Ag/MAFC/Cu interface that resulted in the competition between the induced current and the ionic current, and thus caused a symmetric resistance change. On the basis of this interfacial effect, the MAFC crystals can be used as memristor elements in devices for write-read-erase-rewrite process. PMID:27414403

  5. Mapping the Photoresponse of CH3NH3PbI3 Hybrid Perovskite Thin Films at the Nanoscale.

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    Kutes, Yasemin; Zhou, Yuanyuan; Bosse, James L; Steffes, James; Padture, Nitin P; Huey, Bryan D

    2016-06-01

    Perovskite solar cells (PSCs) based on thin films of organolead trihalide perovskites (OTPs) hold unprecedented promise for low-cost, high-efficiency photovoltaics (PVs) of the future. While PV performance parameters of PSCs, such as short circuit current, open circuit voltage, and maximum power, are always measured at the macroscopic scale, it is necessary to probe such photoresponses at the nanoscale to gain key insights into the fundamental PV mechanisms and their localized dependence on the OTP thin-film microstructure. Here we use photoconductive atomic force microscopy spectroscopy to map for the first time variations of PV performance at the nanoscale for planar PSCs based on hole-transport-layer free methylammonium lead triiodide (CH3NH3PbI3 or MAPbI3) thin films. These results reveal substantial variations in the photoresponse that correlate with thin-film microstructural features such as intragrain planar defects, grains, grain boundaries, and notably also grain-aggregates. The insights gained into such microstructure-localized PV mechanisms are essential for guiding microstructural tailoring of OTP films for improved PV performance in future PSCs. PMID:27116651

  6. Photoluminescence characterisations of a dynamic aging process of organic-inorganic CH3NH3PbBr3 perovskite.

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    Sheng, R; Wen, X; Huang, S; Hao, X; Chen, S; Jiang, Y; Deng, X; Green, M A; Ho-Baillie, A W Y

    2016-01-28

    After unprecedented development of organic-inorganic lead halide perovskite solar cells over the past few years, one of the biggest barriers towards their commercialization is the stability of the perovskite material. It is thus important to understand the interaction between the perovskite material and oxygen and/or humidity and the associated degradation process in order to improve device and encapsulation design for better durability. Here we characterize the dynamic aging process in vapour-assisted deposited (VASP) CH3NH3PbBr3 perovskite thin films using advanced optical techniques, such as time-resolved photoluminescence and fluorescence lifetime imaging microscopy (FLIM). Our investigation reveals that the perovskite grains grow spontaneously and the larger grains are formed at room temperature in the presence of moisture and oxygen. This crystallization process leads to a higher density of defects and a shorter carrier lifetime, specifically in the larger grains. Excitation-intensity-dependent steady-state photoluminescence shows both N2 stored and aged perovskite exhibit a super-linear increase of photoluminescence intensity with increasing excitation intensity; and the larger slope in aged sample suggests a larger density of defects is generated, consistent with time-resolved PL measurements. PMID:26753563

  7. Effects of SO2 on selective catalytic reduction of NO with NH3 over a TiO2 photocatalyst

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    Yamamoto, Akira; Teramura, Kentaro; Hosokawa, Saburo; Tanaka, Tsunehiro

    2015-04-01

    The effect of SO2 gas was investigated on the activity of the photo-assisted selective catalytic reduction of nitrogen monoxide (NO) with ammonia (NH3) over a TiO2 photocatalyst in the presence of excess oxygen (photo-SCR). The introduction of SO2 (300 ppm) greatly decreased the activity of the photo-SCR at 373 K. The increment of the reaction temperature enhanced the resistance to SO2 gas, and at 553 K the conversion of NO was stable for at least 300 min of the reaction. X-ray diffraction, FTIR spectroscopy, thermogravimetry and differential thermal analysis, x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), elemental analysis and N2 adsorption measurement revealed that the ammonium sulfate species were generated after the reaction. There was a strong negative correlation between the deposition amount of the ammonium sulfate species and the specific surface area. Based on the above relationship, we concluded that the deposition of the ammonium sulfate species decreased the specific surface area by plugging the pore structure of the catalyst, and the decrease of the specific surface area resulted in the deactivation of the catalyst.

  8. Preparation and transport properties of hybrid organic-inorganic CH3NH3SnBr3 films

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    Chiarella, F.; Ferro, P.; Licci, F.; Barra, M.; Biasiucci, M.; Cassinese, A.; Vaglio, R.

    2007-01-01

    We describe the preparation, structural and transport properties of CH3NH3SnBr3 organic-inorganic hybrid films (500 nm thick), which crystallize as cubic perovskites. They were deposited by single source thermal ablation technique, in a 10-6 mbar vacuum chamber on glass, polymeric and crystalline substrates. X-ray diffraction proved that they were well crystallized and c-axis oriented. Resistivity measurements as a function of temperature showed a semiconductor behaviour. The activation energy, ΔE, was estimated by fitting the linear portions of the resistivity vs. temperature plots and was found to be (0.30±0.01) eV in the 260-230 K temperature interval. A significant change in resistivity was observed at a low temperature T=225 K in coincidence with the structural distortion in the Sn-Br-Sn chains. A field effect device was used to determine the charge carrier type and mobility as a function of temperature and field. The charge carriers were hole type. Their mobility at room temperature was about 10-5 cm2V- 1s- 1. It increased by two orders of magnitude at 320 K and exhibited an almost exponential dependence on the applied gate voltage.

  9. Measurement of phenol concentrations using hemoglobin

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    Woodward, J.; Allen, B.F.; Scott, M.A.

    1984-01-01

    A major pollutant found in coal conversion wastewaters is phenol. Its removal by methods such as gravity separation, steam stripping, solvent extraction, biotreatment, and carbon adsorption must be monitored in order to determine that the water has been made safe for release back into the environment. Monitoring phenol concentrations in aqueous waste solutions is usually by the aminoantipyrine method. Other methods described for phenol determination include the use of enzyme electrodes based on immobilized tyrosinase and immobilized phenol hydroxylase. The authors present preliminary data upon which a new assay for phenols could be based. It concerns the peroxidatic activity of hemoglobin. When phenol, hemoglobin, and hydrogen peroxide are incubated together, there is an increase in absorbance at 260 nm which is proportional to the concentration of phenol. 5 references, 2 figures.

  10. Synthesis and Evaluation of Cu/SAPO-34 Catalysts for NH3-SCR 2: Solid-state Ion Exchange and One-pot Synthesis

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    Gao, Feng; Walter, Eric D.; Washton, Nancy M.; Szanyi, Janos; Peden, Charles HF

    2015-01-01

    Cu-SAPO-34 catalysts are synthesized using two methods: solid-state ion exchange (SSIE) and one-pot synthesis. SSIE is conducted by calcining SAPO-34/CuO mixtures at elevated temperatures. For the one-pot synthesis method, Cu-containing chemicals (CuO and CuSO4) are added during gel preparation. A high-temperature calcination step is also needed for this method. Catalysts are characterized with surface area/pore volume measurements, temperature programmed reduction (TPR), electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) and nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopies, and scanning electron microscopy (SEM). Catalytic properties are examined using standard ammonia selective catalytic reduction (NH3-SCR) and ammonia oxidation reactions. In Cu-SAPO-34 samples formed using SSIE, Cu presents both as isolated Cu2+ ions and unreacted CuO. The former is highly active and selective in NH3-SCR, while the latter catalyzes a side reaction; notably, the non-selective oxidation of NH3 above 350 ºC. Using the one-pot method followed by a high-temperature aging treatment, it is possible to form Cu SAPO-34 samples with predominately isolated Cu2+ ions at low Cu loadings. However at much higher Cu loadings, isolated Cu2+ ions that bind weakly with the CHA framework and CuO clusters also form. These Cu moieties are very active in catalyzing non-selective NH3 oxidation above 350 ºC. Low-temperature reaction kinetics indicate that Cu-SAPO-34 samples formed using SSIE have core-shell structures where Cu is enriched in the shell layers; while Cu is more evenly distributed within the one-pot samples. Reaction kinetics also suggest that at low temperatures, the local environment next to Cu2+ ion centers plays little role on the overall catalytic properties. The authors gratefully acknowledge the US Department of Energy (DOE), Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Vehicle Technologies Office for the support of this work. The research described in this paper was performed at the Environmental

  11. The tropospheric abundances of NH3 and PH3 in Jupiter's Great Red Spot, from Voyager IRIS observations

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    Griffith, Caitlin A.; Bezard, Bruno; Owen, Tobias; Gautier, Daniel

    1992-01-01

    The tropospheric abundances of NH3 and PH3 in Jupiter's Great Red Spot (GRS) are presently determined on the basis of a group of Voyager IRIS spectra, and compared with those of the surrounding South Tropical Zone (STZ) obtained from another two groups of IRIS spectra, in order to characterize the GRS's chemistry and dynamics. Although the GRS is believed to be a region of strong vertical transport, NH3 depletion is surprisingly found to occur below the tropopause within the GRS. Since one of the STZ's selections has a temperature-pressure profile similar to that of the GRS below the 300 mbar level, condensation cannot explain the low NH3 abundance in the GRS.

  12. Molecular motions in a novel ferroelectric crystal (CH 3NH 3) 5Bi 2Br 11 studied by NMR

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    Piekara-Sady, L.; Jakubas, R.; Piślewski, N.

    1989-11-01

    The temperature dependence of the 1H relaxation times T1, T1 ρ and T1 D were studied in the ferroelectric (CH 3NH 3) 5Bi 2Br 11. Three kinds of motions of the methylammonium cation, i.e. (1) rotations of the CH 3 and NH 3 groups about C 3 axis, (2) reorientation of the whole cation about C 3 axis forming an angle α = 13° with the C 3 axis of NH 3 and CH 3 groups, (3) 180° flip motion of the methylammonium cation, have been observed separately. The small activation energies of these motions imply that the cations experience a weak crystal field.

  13. New seeding methodology for gas concentration measurements.

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    Chan, Qing N; Medwell, Paul R; Dally, Bassam B; Alwahabi, Zeyad T; Nathan, Graham J

    2012-07-01

    This paper presents the first demonstration of the pulsed laser ablation technique to seed a laminar non-reacting gaseous jet at atmospheric pressure. The focused, second harmonic from a pulsed Nd : YAG laser is used to ablate a neutral indium rod at atmospheric pressure and temperature. The ablation products generated with the new seeding method are used to seed the jet, as a marker of the scalar field. The neutral indium atoms so generated are found to be stable and survive a convection time of the order of tens of seconds before entering the interrogation region. The measurements of planar laser-induced fluorescence (PLIF) with indium and laser nephelometry measurements with the ablation products are both reported. The resulting average and root mean square (RMS) of the measurements are found to agree reasonably well although some differences are found. The results show that the pulsed laser ablation method has potential to provide scalar measurement for mixing studies. PMID:22710315

  14. Observation of DCl and upper limit to NH3 on Venus

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    Krasnopolsky, Vladimir

    2012-05-01

    To search for DCl in the Venus atmosphere, a spectrum near the D35Cl (1-0) R4 line at 2141.54 cm-1 was observed using the CSHELL spectrograph at NASA IRTF. Least square fitting to the spectrum by a synthetic spectrum results in a DCl mixing ratio of 17.8 ± 6.8 ppb. Comparing to the HCl abundance of 400 ± 30 ppb (Krasnopolsky [2010a] Icarus, 208, 314-322), the DCl/HCl ratio is equal to 280 ± 110 times the terrestrial D/H = 1.56 × 10-4. This ratio is similar to that of HDO/H2O = 240 ± 25 times the terrestrial HDO/H2O from the VEX/SOIR occultations at 70-110 km. Photochemistry in the Venus mesosphere converts H from HCl to that in H2O with a rate of 1.9 × 109 cm-2 s-1 (Krasnopolsky [2012] Icarus, 218, 230-246). The conversion involves photolysis of HCl; therefore, the photochemistry tends to enrich D/H in HCl and deplete in H2O. Formation of the sulfuric acid clouds may affect HDO/H2O as well. The enriched HCl moves down by mixing to the lower atmosphere where thermodynamic equilibriums for H2 and HCl near the surface correspond to D/H = 0.71 and 0.74 times that in H2O, respectively. Time to establish these equilibriums is estimated at ˜3 years and comparable to the mixing time in the lower atmosphere. Therefore, the enriched HCl from the mesosphere gives D back to H2O near the surface. Comparison of chemical and mixing times favors a constant HDO/H2O up to ˜100 km and DCl/HCl equal to D/H in H2O times 0.74. Ammonia is an abundant form of nitrogen in the reducing environments. Thermodynamic equilibriums with N2 and NO near the surface of Venus give its mixing ratio of 10-14 and 6 × 10-7, respectively. A spectrum of Venus near the NH3 line at 4481.11 cm-1 was observed at NASA IRTF and resulted in a two-sigma upper limit of 6 ppb for NH3 above the Venus clouds. This is an improvement of the previous upper limit by a factor of 5. If ammonia exists at the ppb level or less in the lower atmosphere, it quickly dissociates in the mesosphere and weakly affects its

  15. The Bonding of NO2, NH3, and CH2NY to Models of a (10,0) Carbon Nanotube

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    Walch, Stephen P.

    2004-01-01

    We have studied the bonding of NO2, NH3, and CH2NH to a (10,O) carbon nanotube using the MP2 and ONIOM methods with extended basis sets. We find bond strengths of 3.5, 3.6. and 6.3 kcal/mol for NO2, NH3, and CH2NH, respectively, using the ONIOM method with the high accuracy part treated at the MP2/aug-CC-pVTZ level and the remainder of the CNT approximated at the UFF level and including an estimate of basis set superposition error using the counterpoise method.

  16. Evidence of amino acid precursors: C-N bond coupling in simulated interstellar CO2/NH3 ices

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    Esmaili, Sasan

    2015-08-01

    Low energy secondary electrons are abundantly produced in astrophysical or planetary ices by the numerous ionizing radiation fields typically encountered in space environments and may thus play a role in the radiation processing of such ices [1]. One approach to determine their chemical effect is to irradiate nanometer thick molecular solids of simple molecular constituents, with energy selected electron beams and to monitor changes in film chemistry with the surface analytical techniques [2].Of particular interest is the formation of HCN, which is a signature of dense gases in interstellar clouds, and is ubiquitous in the ISM. Moreover, the chemistry of HCN radiolysis products such as CN- may be essential to understand of the formation of amino acids [3] and purine DNA bases. Here we present new results on the irradiation of multilayer films of CO2 and NH3 with 70 eV electrons, leading to CN bond formations. The electron stimulated desorption (ESD) yields of cations and anions are recorded as a function of electron fluence. The prompt desorption of cationic reaction/scattering products [4], is observed at low fluence (~4x1013 electrons/cm2). Detected ions include C2+, C2O2+, C2O+, CO3+, C2O3+ or CO4+ from pure CO2, and N+, NH+, NH2+, NH3+, NH4+, N2+, N2H+ from pure NH3, and NO+, NOH+ from CO2/NH3 mixtures. Most saliently, increasing signals of negative ion products desorbing during prolonged irradiation of CO2/NH3 films included C2-, C2H-, C2H2-, as well as CN-, HCN- and H2CN-. The identification of particular product ions was accomplished by using 13CO2 and 15NH3 isotopes. The chemistry induced by electrons in pure films of CO2 and NH3 and mixtures with composition ratios (3:1), (1:1), and (1:3), was also studied by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). Irradiation of CO2/NH3 mixed films at 22 K produces species containing the following bonds/functional groups identified by XPS: C=O, O-H, C-C, C-O, C=N and N=O. (This work has been funded by NSERC).

  17. α- to β-[C 6H 4(NH 3) 2] 2Bi 2I 10 reversible solid-state transition, thermochromic and optical studies in the p-phenylenediamine-based iodobismuthate(III) material

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    Hrizi, Chakib; Trigui, Ameni; Abid, Younes; Chniba-Boudjada, Nassira; Bordet, Pierre; Chaabouni, Slaheddine

    2011-12-01

    α-[C 6H 4(NH 3) 2] 2Bi 2I 10, which is a new material containing low-dimensional iodobismuthate anions, was synthesized and through its single crystal X-ray diffraction measurements, was proven to crystallize at room temperature in the centrosymmetric space group P2 1/c. It consists of a p-phenylenediammonium dication and a discrete (0-D) anion built up of edge-sharing bioctahedron. Due to the hydrogen bonds and the interatomic distances (Bi-I, I⋯I and π-π) changes, α-phase was transformed into the corresponding centrosymmetric β-phase, β-[C 6H 4(NH 3) 2] 2Bi 2I 10, through a single-crystal to single-crystal transformation occurring upon cooling to -28/-26 °C. Below the transition temperature, β-[C 6H 4(NH 3) 2] 2Bi 2I 10 crystallizes in the monoclinic system, centrosymmetric space group P2 1/n. Besides, the optical transmission measurements on α-[C 6H 4(NH 3) 2] 2Bi 2I 10 thin films have revealed two absorption bands at 2.47 and 3.01 eV. Finally, two room temperature photoluminescence emissions attributed to excitons radiative recombinations confined within the bioctahedra Bi 2I 104-, were observed in the red spectral range at 1.9 and 2.05 eV energy.

  18. Crystal structure of NH3-dependent NAD+ synthetase from Bacillus subtilis.

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    Rizzi, M; Nessi, C; Mattevi, A; Coda, A; Bolognesi, M; Galizzi, A

    1996-01-01

    NAD+ synthetase catalyzes the last step in the biosynthesis of nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide. The three-dimensional structure of NH3-dependent NAD+ synthetase from Bacillus subtilis, in its free form and in complex with ATP, has been solved by X-ray crystallography (at 2.6 and 2.0 angstroms resolution, respectively) using a combination of multiple isomorphous replacement and density modification techniques. The enzyme consists of a tight homodimer with alpha/beta subunit topology. The catalytic site is located at the parallel beta-sheet topological switch point, where one AMP molecule, one pyrophosphate and one Mg2+ ion are observed. Residue Ser46, part of the neighboring 'P-loop', is hydrogen bonded to the pyrophosphate group, and may play a role in promoting the adenylation of deamido-NAD+ during the first step of the catalyzed reaction. The deamido-NAD+ binding site, located at the subunit interface, is occupied by one ATP molecule, pointing towards the catalytic center. A conserved structural fingerprint of the catalytic site, comprising Ser46, is very reminiscent of a related protein region observed in glutamine-dependent GMP synthetase, supporting the hypothesis that NAD+ synthetase belongs to the newly discovered family of 'N-type' ATP pyrophosphatases. Images PMID:8895556

  19. DFT based study of transition metal nano-clusters for electrochemical NH3 production.

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    Howalt, J G; Bligaard, T; Rossmeisl, J; Vegge, T

    2013-05-28

    Theoretical studies of the possibility of producing ammonia electrochemically at ambient temperature and pressure without direct N2 dissociation are presented. Density functional theory calculations were used in combination with the computational standard hydrogen electrode to calculate the free energy profile for the reduction of N2 admolecules and N adatoms on transition metal nanoclusters in contact with an acidic electrolyte. This work has established linear scaling relations for the dissociative reaction intermediates NH, NH2, and NH3. In addition, linear scaling relations for the associative reaction intermediates N2H, N2H2, and N2H3 have been determined. Furthermore, correlations between the adsorption energies of N, N2, and H have been established. These scaling relations and the free energy corrections are used to establish volcanoes describing the onset potential for electrochemical ammonia production and hence describe the potential determining steps for the electrochemical ammonia production. The competing hydrogen evolution reaction has also been analyzed for comparison. PMID:23598667

  20. NH_3(1,1) survey toward southern hemisphere HII regions. I

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    Vilas-Boas, J. W. S.; Abraham, Z.

    2000-03-01

    The (J,K) = (1,1) metastable ammonia line was searched for in the direction of more than one hundred southern HII regions located between 270 degr and 15degr in galactic longitude, resulting in new detections toward 21 of them. Ammonia detection rate was about 30 % towards all directions except in the longitude interval 270degr -290degr where no ammonia lines were found in the 15 selected HII regions. A high detection rate (>= 0.6) was observed toward positions where IRAS point sources with color indices of ultra-compact HII regions were in the beam of the telescope. An anticorrelation between the number of detected NH_3 sources and the distance to the Galactic Center was found, compatible with the observed gradient in N abundance. From the value of this gradient and the detection rate of ammonia lines toward HII regions, it is inferred that the number of ammonia sources must be proportional to the inverse of the column density of the molecular cloud.

  1. Benchmarking of ONIOM method for the study of NH3 dissociation at open ends of BNNTs.

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    Ahmadi, Ali; Beheshtian, Javad; Kamfiroozi, Mohammad

    2012-05-01

    The reliability of ONIOM approach have been examined in calculations of adsorption energies, transition structures, change of HOMO-LUMO energy gaps and equilibrium geometries of the interaction between NH(3) and N-enriched (A) or B-enriched (B) open ended boron nitride nanotubes. To these ends, four models of the A or B, with different inner and outer layers have been studied. In addition, various low-levels including, AM1, PM3, MNDO and UFF have been examined, applying B3LYP/6-31 G* in all high-levels. It was shown, that in the case of A, (choosing two atom layers of the tube open-end as inner layer) the results of ONIOM approach are in best agreement with those of the pure density functional theory (DFT) calculations, while their results significantly differ from those of DFT in the case of B in same conditions. All above and population analysis demonstrate that the ONIOM may be a reliable scheme in the study of weak interactions while it is a controversial approach and should be applied cautiously in the case of strong interactions. We also probed the effect of tube length and diameter on the consistency between ONIOM and DFT results, showing that this consistency is independent of the mentioned parameters. PMID:21833827

  2. Proton transfer in the [phenol-NH3]+ system: An experimental and ab initio study

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    Kim, Ho-Tae; Green, Richard J.; Qian, Jun; Anderson, Scott L.

    2000-04-01

    Mass-analyzed threshold ionization (MATI) has been used to prepare phenol cations in selected vibrational states, including the ground state. Reactions of ground state C6H5OH+ with ND3, studied in a guided ion-beam apparatus, are reported, along with related ab initio calculations. This paper focuses on the energetics and product branching in the proton transfer (PT) channel. Based on thermochemistry in the literature, combined with calculations of the intracomplex PT barrier, PT was expected to make up a large fraction of the total reactive scattering. Experimentally, it is found that PT has a small cross section with clear threshold behavior, and the conclusion is that the PT reaction is endoergic by 4.5±1 kcal/mole. Assuming that NH3 has a proton affinity of 204.0 kcal/mole, this results in a proton affinity for phenoxy radical of 208.7 kcal/mole, and a neutral PhO-H bond energy of 91.1 kcal/mole. The results are used to reinterpret previous dissociative photoionization studies of phenol-ammonia complexes.

  3. Microwave Measurements of Low Pulp Concentration in Papermaking Process

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    Nakayama, Shigeru

    1994-06-01

    A method of microwave measurements of low pulp concentrations in the papermaking process is developed using a coaxial cavity resonator with an inner slot antenna. We measure the attenuation of the resonant peak of the cavity resonator which is related to the pulp concentration. The pulp concentration up to 10.1% is measured, and then the linear relationship between the attenuation and low pulp concentrations down to 0.6% is determined. By this method, a low pulp concentration can be measured within the standard deviation of 0.03% by linear approximation.

  4. Simulation Analysis of the NH3-H2O Two-Stage Desorption Type Absorption Refrigerator Driven by Low Grade Waste Heat

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    Takei, Toshitaka; Kimijima, Shinji; Saito, Kiyoshi; Kawai, Sunao

    Recently, from a view point of the environmental protection, NH3-H2O absorption refrigerator attracts attention in the field of the refrigeration and the air conditioning. Since NH3-H2O absorption refrigerators can produce below zero degree products, this type of refrigerators have many usages in the refrigeration. This paper describes the two-stage desorption type absorption refrigerator driven by waste heat of co-generation system. There are two absorption cycles which are operated under the condition of the different pressure and the solution concentration in this absorption refrigerator. It becomes essential to clarify the characteristics of this absorption refrigerator since the operating conditions are changed through out the year in the co-generation system. Particularly, in this paper, we investigate the effects of evaporating temperature of ammonia and cooling water temperature for the performance of this absorption refrigerator by simulation analysis. Through out the research, it is shown that COP can be improved when evaporating temperature is higher or cooling water temperature is lower. In addition to this, it is obtained that the necessary temperature of hot water becomes lower in such condition. As a result, the effectiveness of using this absorption refrigerator under the operating condition of which hot watertemperatureis90∼100[°C] and evaporating temperature is -10∼- 20 [°C] is clarified

  5. Spatial variability of ammonia and methane dairy emissions in the Central Valley, California with open-path mobile measurements during NASA DISCOVER-AQ 2013

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    Miller, D. J.; Sun, K.; Tao, L.; Zondlo, M. A.

    2013-12-01

    Atmospheric ammonia (NH3) is an important fine aerosol gas-phase precursor, with implications for regional air quality and climate change. Atmospheric methane (CH4) is an important greenhouse gas, with high uncertainties in the partitioning of various emission sources. Ammonia and methane agricultural emissions are highly variable in space and time and are highly uncertain, with a lack of widespread, in-situ measurements. We characterize the spatial variability of dairy livestock emissions by performing high resolution (5 Hz), in-situ, on-road mobile measurements of NH3, CH4, CO2, N2O, CO and H2O simultaneously with open-path sensors mounted on a passenger vehicle. This suite of multiple trace gas measurements allows for emission ratio calculations and separation of agricultural, petrochemical and combustion emission signatures. Mobile measurements were performed in the Tulare County dairy farm region (~120 dairy farms sampled downwind) in the Central Valley, California during NASA DISCOVER-AQ in winter 2013. We calculate the ΔNH3/ΔCH4 and ΔNH3/ΔCO2 emission ratios for each dairy farm sampled downwind. Emission plumes from individual farms are isolated based on known dairy farm locations and high resolution (1 km) surface wind field simulations. Background concentrations are subtracted to calculate the emission ratios. We find high spatial variability of ammonia and methane concentrations, with localized maximums of >1 ppmv NH3 downwind of individual dairy farms. The spatial extent of individual farm emission plumes are evaluated for NH3, CH4 and CO2, which all show well-defined enhancements localized to the dairy farms near the roadside (typical sampling proximity of ≤ 50 m). The NH3 concentrations are correlated with the distance from each dairy farm. The observed median concentration within 100 m downwind of the dairy farms is 63 ppbv NH3, with the 95th percentile at 417 ppbv NH3 and decreases to background conditions at ~500 m distance downwind. The

  6. MULTIWAVELENGTH TRANSMISSOMETER FOR MEASURING MASS CONCENTRATION OF PARTICULATE EMISSIONS

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    A multiwavelength transmissometer potentially capable of making near-real-time measurements of particulate mass concentration in industrial stacks was developed. A computer program is employed to interpret the transmissometer data and translate the results into mass concentration...

  7. Isolation of Polypeptide Sample and Measurement of Its Concentration.

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    Beanan, Maureen J.

    2000-01-01

    Introduces a laboratory experiment that isolates a bacterial polypeptide sample and measures the concentration of polypeptides in the sample. Uses Escherichia coli strain MM294 and performs a bio-rad assay to determine the concentration of polypeptides. (YDS)

  8. Ozone concentration in the cabin of a Gates Learjet measured simultaneously with atmospheric ozone concentrations

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    Briehl, D.; Perkins, P. J.

    1978-01-01

    A Gates Learjet Model 23 was instrumented with monitors to measure simultaneously the atmospheric and the cabin concentrations of ozone at altitudes up to 13 kilometers. Six data flights were made in February 1978. Results indicated that only a small amount of the atmospheric ozone is destroyed in the cabin pressurization system. Ozone concentrations measured in the cabin near the conditioned-air outlets were only slightly lower than the atmospheric ozone concentration. For the two cabin configurations tested, the ozone retention in the cabin was 63 and 41 percent of the atmospheric ozone concentration. Maximum cabin ozone concentration measured during these flights was 410 parts per billion by volume.

  9. Analogues of Cis- and Transplatin with a Rich Solution Chemistry: cis-[PtCl2 (NH3 )(1-MeC-N3)] and trans-[PtI2 (NH3 )(1-MeC-N3)].

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    Siebel, Sabine; Dammann, Claudia; Sanz Miguel, Pablo J; Drewello, Thomas; Kampf, Gunnar; Teubner, Natascha; Bednarski, Patrick J; Freisinger, Eva; Lippert, Bernhard

    2015-12-01

    Mono(nucleobase) complexes of the general composition cis-[PtCl2 (NH3 )L] with L=1-methylcytosine, 1-MeC (1 a) and L=1-ethyl-5-methylcytosine, as well as trans-[PtX2 (NH3 )(1-MeC)] with X=I (5 a) and X=Br (5 b) have been isolated and were characterized by X-ray crystallography. The Pt coordination occurs through the N3 atom of the cytosine in all cases. The diaqua complexes of compounds 1 a and 5 a, cis-[Pt(H2 O)2 (NH3 )(1-MeC)](2+) and trans-[Pt(H2 O)2 (NH3 )(1-MeC)](2+) , display a rich chemistry in aqueous solution, which is dominated by extensive condensation reactions leading to μ-OH- and μ-(1-MeC(-) -N3,N4)-bridged species and ready oxidation of Pt to mixed-valence state complexes as well as diplatinum(III) compounds, one of which was characterized by X-ray crystallography: h,t-[{Pt(NH3 )2 (OH)(1-MeC(-) -N3,N4)}2 ](NO3 )2 ⋅2 [NH4 ](NO3 )⋅2 H2 O. A combination of (1) H NMR spectroscopy and ESI mass spectrometry was applied to identify some of the various species present in solution and the gas phase, respectively. As it turned out, mass spectrometry did not permit an unambiguous assignment of the structures of +1 cations due to the possibilities of realizing multiple bridging patterns in isomeric species, the occurrence of different tautomers, and uncertainties regarding the Pt oxidation states. Additionally, compound 1 a was found to have selective and moderate antiproliferative activity for a human cervix cancer line (SISO) compared to six other human cancer cell lines. PMID:26493181

  10. Emergence of superconductivity in (NH3)yMxMoSe2 (M: Li, Na and K).

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    Miao, Xiao; Nishiyama, Saki; Zheng, Lu; Goto, Hidenori; Eguchi, Ritsuko; Ota, Hiromi; Kambe, Takashi; Terashima, Kensei; Yokoya, Takayoshi; Nguyen, Huyen T L; Kagayama, Tomoko; Hirao, Naohisa; Ohishi, Yasuo; Ishii, Hirofumi; Liao, Yen-Fa; Kubozono, Yoshihiro

    2016-01-01

    We report syntheses of new superconducting metal-doped MoSe2 materials (MxMoSe2). The superconducting MxMoSe2 samples were prepared using a liquid NH3 technique, and can be represented as '(NH3)yMxMoSe2'. The Tcs of these materials were approximately 5.0 K, independent of x and the specific metal atom. X-ray diffraction patterns of (NH3)yNaxMoSe2 were recorded using polycrystalline powders. An increase in lattice constant c showed that the Na atom was intercalated between MoSe2 layers. The x-independence of c was observed in (NH3)yNaxMoSe2, indicating the formation of a stoichiometric compound in the entire x range, which is consistent with the x-independence of Tc. A metallic edge of the Fermi level was observed in the photoemission spectrum at 30 K, demonstrating its metallic character in the normal state. Doping of MoSe2 with Li and K also yielded superconductivity. Thus, MoSe2 is a promising material for designing new superconductors, as are other transition metal dichalcogenides. PMID:27404919

  11. Emergence of superconductivity in (NH3)yMxMoSe2 (M: Li, Na and K)

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    Miao, Xiao; Nishiyama, Saki; Zheng, Lu; Goto, Hidenori; Eguchi, Ritsuko; Ota, Hiromi; Kambe, Takashi; Terashima, Kensei; Yokoya, Takayoshi; Nguyen, Huyen T. L.; Kagayama, Tomoko; Hirao, Naohisa; Ohishi, Yasuo; Ishii, Hirofumi; Liao, Yen-Fa; Kubozono, Yoshihiro

    2016-01-01

    We report syntheses of new superconducting metal-doped MoSe2 materials (MxMoSe2). The superconducting MxMoSe2 samples were prepared using a liquid NH3 technique, and can be represented as ‘(NH3)yMxMoSe2’. The Tcs of these materials were approximately 5.0 K, independent of x and the specific metal atom. X-ray diffraction patterns of (NH3)yNaxMoSe2 were recorded using polycrystalline powders. An increase in lattice constant c showed that the Na atom was intercalated between MoSe2 layers. The x-independence of c was observed in (NH3)yNaxMoSe2, indicating the formation of a stoichiometric compound in the entire x range, which is consistent with the x-independence of Tc. A metallic edge of the Fermi level was observed in the photoemission spectrum at 30 K, demonstrating its metallic character in the normal state. Doping of MoSe2 with Li and K also yielded superconductivity. Thus, MoSe2 is a promising material for designing new superconductors, as are other transition metal dichalcogenides. PMID:27404919

  12. Understanding the Impact of Bromide on the Photovoltaic Performance of CH3 NH3 PbI3 Solar Cells.

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    Ibrahim Dar, M; Abdi-Jalebi, Mojtaba; Arora, Neha; Moehl, Thomas; Grätzel, Michael; Nazeeruddin, Mohammad Khaja

    2015-11-25

    An optimum amount of lead bromide (1%) can enhance the power conversion efficiency of CH3 NH3 PbI3-x Brx (where x ≈ 0) devices from 14.7% to 16.9% without altering the bandgap of the perovskite material. PMID:26450524

  13. Formation of TiO2 Thin Films using NH3 as Catalyst by Metalorganic Chemical Vapor Deposition

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    Jung, Sung-Hoon; Kang, Sang-Won

    2001-05-01

    We have studied metalorganic chemical vapor deposition of TiO2 thin films using titanium tetra-isopropoxide [TTIP, Ti(O--C3H7)4] and NH3 as a catalyst at deposition temperatures ranging from 250 to 365°C. At deposition temperatures above 330°C, pyrolytic self-decomposition of TTIP is dominant regardless of the use of NH3, and the activation energy for TiO2 film formation is 152 kJ/mol. At deposition temperatures below 330°C, the films can be formed with the help of the catalytic activity of NH3, and the activation energy is reduced to 55 kJ/mol. TiO2 films deposited through the pyrolytic self-decomposition of TTIP have an anatase structure before and after performing post-deposition annealing in oxygen ambient for 30 min at 750°C. On the other hand, the as-deposited films formed through the catalytic reaction of TTIP with NH3 incorporate nitrogen impurities and have microcrystallites of the rutile structure within the amorphous matrix. However, the post-deposition annealing, the nitrogen impurities are completely removed from the films, and the films are converted into polycrystalline TiO2 films with the rutile structure, which have a high dielectric constant of 82 and a low leakage current.

  14. Emergence of superconductivity in (NH3)yMxMoSe2 (M: Li, Na and K)

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    Miao, Xiao; Nishiyama, Saki; Zheng, Lu; Goto, Hidenori; Eguchi, Ritsuko; Ota, Hiromi; Kambe, Takashi; Terashima, Kensei; Yokoya, Takayoshi; Nguyen, Huyen T. L.; Kagayama, Tomoko; Hirao, Naohisa; Ohishi, Yasuo; Ishii, Hirofumi; Liao, Yen-Fa; Kubozono, Yoshihiro

    2016-07-01

    We report syntheses of new superconducting metal-doped MoSe2 materials (MxMoSe2). The superconducting MxMoSe2 samples were prepared using a liquid NH3 technique, and can be represented as ‘(NH3)yMxMoSe2’. The Tcs of these materials were approximately 5.0 K, independent of x and the specific metal atom. X-ray diffraction patterns of (NH3)yNaxMoSe2 were recorded using polycrystalline powders. An increase in lattice constant c showed that the Na atom was intercalated between MoSe2 layers. The x-independence of c was observed in (NH3)yNaxMoSe2, indicating the formation of a stoichiometric compound in the entire x range, which is consistent with the x-independence of Tc. A metallic edge of the Fermi level was observed in the photoemission spectrum at 30 K, demonstrating its metallic character in the normal state. Doping of MoSe2 with Li and K also yielded superconductivity. Thus, MoSe2 is a promising material for designing new superconductors, as are other transition metal dichalcogenides.

  15. Post-Cleaning Effect on a HfO2 Gate Stack Using a NF3/NH3 Plasma.

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    Lee, Min-Seon; Oh, Hoon-Jung; Lee, Joo-Hee; Lee, In-Geun; Shin, Woo-Gon; Kim, Kyu-Dong; Park, Jin-Gu; Ko, Dae-Hong

    2016-05-01

    The effects of dry cleaning of a HfO2 gate stack using NF3 only and a NF3/NH3 gas mixture plasma were investigated. The plasma dry cleaning process was carried out after HfO2 deposition using an indirect down-flow capacitively coupled plasma (CCP) system. An analysis of the chemical composition of the HfO2 gate stacks by XPS indicated that fluorine was incorporated into the HfO2 films during the plasma dry cleaning. Significant changes in the HfO2 chemical composition were observed as a result of the NF3 dry cleaning, while they were not observed in this case of NF3/NH3 dry cleaning. TEM results showed that the interfacial layer (IL) between the HfO2 and Si thickness was increased by the plasma dry cleaning. However, in the case of NF3/NH3 dry cleaning using 150 W, the IL thickness was suppressed significantly compared to the sample that had not been dry cleaned. Its electrical properties were also improved, including the low gate leakage currents, and reduced EOT. Finally, the finding show that the IL thickness of the HfO2 gate stack can be controlled by using the novel NF3/NH3 dry cleaning process technique without any the significant changes in chemical composition and metal-oxide-semiconductor (MOS) capacitor characteristics. PMID:27483826

  16. Effect of Morphology Control of Light Absorbing Layer on CH3NH3PbI3 Perovskite Solar Cells.

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    Lei, Binglong; Eze, Vincent Obiozo; Mori, Tatsuo

    2016-04-01

    As one of the most significant components of perovskite solar cells, the perovskite light absorbing layer demands high quality to guarantee extraordinary power conversion efficiency (PCE). We have fabricated series of CH3NH3PbI3 perovskite solar cells by virtue of gas-flowing assisting (GFA), spin coating twice for the Pbl2 layer and dipping the semi-samples in a thermal CH3NH3I solution, by which some undesirable perovskite morphologies can be effectively avoided. The modified conductions have also dramatically improved the perovskite layer and elevated the coverage ratio from 53.6% to 79.5%. All the fabrication processes, except the steps for deposition of the hole transport material (HTM) and back gold electrode, have been conducted in air and an average PCE of 6.6% has been achieved by initiatively applying N,N'-bis(1-naphtyl)-N,N'-diphenyl-1,1'-biphenyl-4,4'-diamine (α-NPD) doped by MoO3 as HTM. The CH3NH3PbI3 perovskite's morphology and its coverage ratio to the underneath TiO2 mesoporic layer are evaluated to account for the cells' performance. It has demonstrated that higher homogeneity and coverage ratio of the CH3NH3PbI3 layer have most significantly contributed to the solar cells' light conversion efficiency. Keywords: Perovskite, Solar Cell, Morphology, Coverage Ratio, Hole Transport Material. PMID:27451600

  17. Role of hydrogen-bonding and its interplay with octahedral tilting in CH3NH3PbI3.

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    Lee, Jung-Hoon; Bristowe, Nicholas C; Bristowe, Paul D; Cheetham, Anthony K

    2015-04-14

    First principles calculations on the hybrid perovskite CH3NH3PbI3 predict strong hydrogen-bonding which influences the structure and dynamics of the methylammonium cation and reveal its interaction with the tilting of the PbI6 octahedra. The calculated atomic coordinates are in excellent agreement with neutron diffraction results. PMID:25766075

  18. Airborne Measurements of Ammonia and Implications for Ammonium Nitrate Formation in the Central Valley and the South Coast Air Basin of California

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    Nowak, J. B.; Neuman, J.; Bahreini, R.; Middlebrook, A. M.; Brock, C. A.; Frost, G. J.; Holloway, J. S.; McKeen, S. A.; Peischl, J.; Pollack, I. B.; Roberts, J. M.; Ryerson, T. B.; Trainer, M.; Parrish, D. D.

    2010-12-01

    Ammonia (NH3) is the dominant gas-phase base in the troposphere. As a consequence, NH3 abundance influences aerosol formation and composition. Ammonium nitrate aerosol is formed from the reaction of gas phase NH3 and nitric acid (HNO3). Anthropogenic emissions of NH3 and NOx (NO + NO2), which in sunlight can be oxidized to form HNO3, can react to form ammonium nitrate aerosol. Agricultural activity (i.e., dairy farms), and urban centers (i.e., Fresno, Los Angeles) are sources of ammonium nitrate gas-phase precursors in both the Central Valley and the South Coast Air Basin. Airborne measurements of NH3, HNO3, particle composition, and particle size distribution were made aboard the NOAA WP-3D research aircraft during May and June 2010 in the Central Valley and the South Coast Air Basin of California, as part of CalNex 2010 (California Research at the Nexus of Air Quality and Climate Change). The highest mixing ratios of NH3, well over 100 parts-per-billion by volume (ppbv), were measured downwind of dairy farms. The high NH3 mixing ratios were highly anti-correlated with HNO3 mixing ratios on fast time scales (~1 s) that correspond to short flight distances (~100 m). During these periods particulate nitrate (NO3-) concentrations increased, indicating ammonium nitrate formation. The meteorological and chemical environments during these periods will be studied to determine the factors driving or limiting ammonium nitrate formation and the resulting regional differences. Finally, the relationship between the NH3 observations and NH3 sources will be examined to assess the emissions and their contribution to ammonium nitrate abundance.

  19. High-sensitivity in situ QCLAS-based ammonia concentration sensor for high-temperature applications

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    Peng, W. Y.; Sur, R.; Strand, C. L.; Spearrin, R. M.; Jeffries, J. B.; Hanson, R. K.

    2016-07-01

    A novel quantum cascade laser (QCL) absorption sensor is presented for high-sensitivity in situ measurements of ammonia (hbox {NH}_3) in high-temperature environments, using scanned wavelength modulation spectroscopy (WMS) with first-harmonic-normalized second-harmonic detection (scanned WMS-2 f/1 f) to neutralize the effect of non-absorption losses in the harsh environment. The sensor utilized the sQ(9,9) transition of the fundamental symmetric stretch band of hbox {NH}_3 at 10.39 {\\upmu }hbox {m} and was sinusoidally modulated at 10 kHz and scanned across the peak of the absorption feature at 50 Hz, leading to a detection bandwidth of 100 Hz. A novel technique was used to select an optimal WMS modulation depth parameter that reduced the sensor's sensitivity to spectral interference from hbox {H}_2hbox {O} and hbox {CO}_2 without significantly sacrificing signal-to-noise ratio. The sensor performance was validated by measuring known concentrations of hbox {NH}_3 in a flowing gas cell. The sensor was then demonstrated in a laboratory-scale methane-air burner seeded with hbox {NH}_3, achieving a demonstrated detection limit of 2.8 ± 0.26 ppm hbox {NH}_3 by mole at a path length of 179 cm, equivalence ratio of 0.6, pressure of 1 atm, and temperatures of up to 600 K.

  20. Emergence of Multiple Superconducting Phases in (NH3)yMxFeSe (M: Na and Li).

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    Zheng, Lu; Miao, Xiao; Sakai, Yusuke; Izumi, Masanari; Goto, Hidenori; Nishiyama, Saki; Uesugi, Eri; Kasahara, Yuichi; Iwasa, Yoshihiro; Kubozono, Yoshihiro

    2015-01-01

    We previously discovered multiple superconducting phases in the ammoniated Na-doped FeSe material, (NH3)yNaxFeSe. To clarify the origin of the multiple superconducting phases, the variation of Tc was fully investigated as a function of x in (NH3)yNaxFeSe. The 32 K superconducting phase is mainly produced in the low-x region below 0.4, while only a single phase is observed at x  =  1.1, with Tc =  45 K, showing that the Tc depends significantly on x, but it changes discontinuously with x. The crystal structure of (NH3)yNaxFeSe does not change as x increases up to 1.1, i.e., the space group of I4/mmm. The lattice constants, a and c, of the low-Tc phase (Tc = 32.5 K) are 3.9120(9) and 14.145(8) Å, respectively, while a = 3.8266(7) Å and c = 17.565(9) Å for the high-Tc phase (~46 K). The c increases in the high Tc phase, implying that the Tc is directly related to c. In (NH3)yLixFeSe material, the Tc varies continuously within the range of 39 to 44 K with changing x. Thus, the behavior of Tc is different from that of (NH3)yNaxFeSe. The difference may be due to the difference in the sites that the Na and Li occupy. PMID:26239256

  1. ZnO Nanoparticles/Reduced Graphene Oxide Bilayer Thin Films for Improved NH3-Sensing Performances at Room Temperature

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    Tai, Huiling; Yuan, Zhen; Zheng, Weijian; Ye, Zongbiao; Liu, Chunhua; Du, Xiaosong

    2016-03-01

    ZnO nanoparticles and graphene oxide (GO) thin film were deposited on gold interdigital electrodes (IDEs) in sequence via simple spraying process, which was further restored to ZnO/reduced graphene oxide (rGO) bilayer thin film by the thermal reduction treatment and employed for ammonia (NH3) detection at room temperature. rGO was identified by UV-vis absorption spectra and X-ray photoelectron spectroscope (XPS) analyses, and the adhesion between ZnO nanoparticles and rGO nanosheets might also be formed. The NH3-sensing performances of pure rGO film and ZnO/rGO bilayer films with different sprayed GO amounts were compared. The results showed that ZnO/rGO film sensors exhibited enhanced response properties, and the optimal GO amount of 1.5 ml was achieved. Furthermore, the optimal ZnO/rGO film sensor showed an excellent reversibility and fast response/recovery rate within the detection range of 10-50 ppm. Meanwhile, the sensor also displayed good repeatability and selectivity to NH3. However, the interference of water molecules on the prepared sensor is non-ignorable; some techniques should be researched to eliminate the effect of moisture in the further work. The remarkably enhanced NH3-sensing characteristics were speculated to be attributed to both the supporting role of ZnO nanoparticles film and accumulation heterojunction at the interface between ZnO and rGO. Thus, the proposed ZnO/rGO bilayer thin film sensor might give a promise for high-performance NH3-sensing applications.

  2. ZnO Nanoparticles/Reduced Graphene Oxide Bilayer Thin Films for Improved NH3-Sensing Performances at Room Temperature.

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    Tai, Huiling; Yuan, Zhen; Zheng, Weijian; Ye, Zongbiao; Liu, Chunhua; Du, Xiaosong

    2016-12-01

    ZnO nanoparticles and graphene oxide (GO) thin film were deposited on gold interdigital electrodes (IDEs) in sequence via simple spraying process, which was further restored to ZnO/reduced graphene oxide (rGO) bilayer thin film by the thermal reduction treatment and employed for ammonia (NH3) detection at room temperature. rGO was identified by UV-vis absorption spectra and X-ray photoelectron spectroscope (XPS) analyses, and the adhesion between ZnO nanoparticles and rGO nanosheets might also be formed. The NH3-sensing performances of pure rGO film and ZnO/rGO bilayer films with different sprayed GO amounts were compared. The results showed that ZnO/rGO film sensors exhibited enhanced response properties, and the optimal GO amount of 1.5 ml was achieved. Furthermore, the optimal ZnO/rGO film sensor showed an excellent reversibility and fast response/recovery rate within the detection range of 10-50 ppm. Meanwhile, the sensor also displayed good repeatability and selectivity to NH3. However, the interference of water molecules on the prepared sensor is non-ignorable; some techniques should be researched to eliminate the effect of moisture in the further work. The remarkably enhanced NH3-sensing characteristics were speculated to be attributed to both the supporting role of ZnO nanoparticles film and accumulation heterojunction at the interface between ZnO and rGO. Thus, the proposed ZnO/rGO bilayer thin film sensor might give a promise for high-performance NH3-sensing applications. PMID:26956599

  3. ATMOSPHERIC CONCENTRATIONS OF AMMONIA AND AMMONIUM AT AN AGRICULTURAL SITE IN THE SOUTHEAST UNITED STATES

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    In this study, we present approximately 1 year (October 1998 - September 1999) of 12-hour mean ammonia [NH3], ammonium [NH4(+)], hydrochloric acid [HCl], nitrate [NO3(-)], nitric acid [HNO3], nitrous acid [HNO2], sulfate [SO4(- -)], and sulfur dioxide [SO2] concentrations measure...

  4. Antiferroelectric Nature of CH3NH3PbI3‑xClx Perovskite and Its Implication for Charge Separation in Perovskite Solar Cells

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    Sewvandi, Galhenage A.; Kodera, Kei; Ma, Hao; Nakanishi, Shunsuke; Feng, Qi

    2016-07-01

    Perovskite solar cells (PSCs) have been attracted scientific interest due to high performance. Some researchers have suggested anomalous behavior of PSCs to the polarizations due to the ion migration or ferroelectric behavior. Experimental results and theoretical calculations have suggested the possibility of ferroelectricity in organic-inorganic perovskite. However, still no studies have been concretely discarded the ferroelectric nature of perovskite absorbers in PSCs. Hysteresis of P-E (polarization-electric field) loops is an important evidence to confirm the ferroelectricity. In this study, P-E loop measurements, in-depth structural study, analyses of dielectric behavior and the phase transitions of CH3NH3PbI3‑xClx perovskite were carried out and investigated. The results suggest that CH3NH3PbI3‑xClx perovskite is in an antiferroelectric phase at room temperature. The antiferroelectric phase can be switched to ferroelectric phase by the poling treatment and exhibits ferroelectric-like hysteresis P-E loops and dielectric behavior around room temperature; namely, the perovskite can generate a ferroelectric polarization under PSCs operating conditions. Furthermore, we also discuss the implications of ferroelectric polarization on PSCs charge separation.

  5. A new analysis of charge transfer and polarization for ligand-metal bonding - Model studies of Al4CO and Al4NH3

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    Bagus, P. S.; Hermann, K.; Bauschlicher, C. W., Jr.

    1984-01-01

    The nature of the bonding of CO and NH3 ligands to Al is analyzed, and the intra-unit charge polarization and inter-unit donation for the interaction of ligands with metals are studied. The consequences of metal-to-ligand and ligand-to-metal charge transfer are separately considered by performing a constrained space orbital variation (CSOV) with the electrons of the metal member of the complex in the field of frozen ligand. The electrons of the metal atoms are then frozen in the relaxed distribution given by the CSOV SCF wave function and the ligand electrons are allowed to relax. Quantitative measures of the importance of inter-unit charge transfers and intra-unit polarization are obtained using results of SCF studies of Al4CO and Al4NH3 clusters chosen to simulate the adsorption of the ligands at an on-top side of the Al(111) surface. The electrostatic attraction of the effective dipole moments of the metal and ligand units makes an important contribution to the bond.

  6. Photoelectrochemical behaviour of CdS/NaI.3.3NH3 /liquid sodium iodide ammoniate/ junctions - Utilization in solar energy conversion

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    Guyomard, D.; Herlem, M.; Heindl, R.; Sculfort, J.-L.

    1981-09-01

    A liquid NaI.3.3NH3 solution was used as the medium in a photoelectrochemical cell to stabilize the working of CdS photoanodes and results are reported. The reference voltage of in situ Ag-Ag(plus) electrodes in the NaI.3.3NH3 solution is 0.27 V. The CdS samples were polished with diamond paste, rinsed in distilled water, and etched with HCl; ohmic contacts were formed on the backs with an evaporated gold and indium coating. Cyclic voltammetry was used to measure the electroactivity range, and a depletion layer was determined to exist in the space charge layer when an anodic current was found with reverse bias. High sensitivity to daylight was found, and this is attributed to the etching treatment and reactions to bulk energy levels. The addition of iodine to the solution was found to stabilize the photocurrent with a simultaneous rise in acidity; the iodine eventually vanishes unless the NH4(plus) is above 0.5 M or when the pH is near zero. An overall efficiency of 2 percent is noted, and the stabilization due to iodine presence resulted in cell operation for over a month.

  7. Characterization of organic-inorganic hybrid layered perovskite and intercalated compound (n-C12H25NH3)2ZnCl4

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    Abdel-Kader, M. M.; Aboud, A. I.; Gamal, W. M.

    2016-05-01

    We report on some electrical properties and solid-solid phase transitions of organic-inorganic hybrid layered halide perovskite and intercalated compound (n-C12H25NH3)2ZnCl4 which is one member of the long-chain compounds of the series (n-CnH2n+1NH3)2,(n = 8-18). The complex dielectric permittivity ɛ*(ω,T) and the ac conductivity σ (ω,T) were measured as functions of temperature 100 K < T < 390 K and frequency 5 kHz < f < 100 kHz. Moreover, the differential scanning calorimetery and the differential thermal analysis thermograms were performed. The analysis of our data confirms the existence of a structural phase transition at T ≈ (362 ± 2) K, where the compound changes its state from intercalation to non-intercalation with a drastic increase in the c-axis by about 16.4%. The behavior of the frequency-dependent conductivity follows the Jonscher universal power law: σ (ω, T) αῳs(ῳ,T). The mechanism of electrical conduction in the low-temperature phase (phase II) can be described as quantum mechanical tunneling model.

  8. Antiferroelectric Nature of CH3NH3PbI3−xClx Perovskite and Its Implication for Charge Separation in Perovskite Solar Cells

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    Sewvandi, Galhenage A.; Kodera, Kei; Ma, Hao; Nakanishi, Shunsuke; Feng, Qi

    2016-01-01

    Perovskite solar cells (PSCs) have been attracted scientific interest due to high performance. Some researchers have suggested anomalous behavior of PSCs to the polarizations due to the ion migration or ferroelectric behavior. Experimental results and theoretical calculations have suggested the possibility of ferroelectricity in organic-inorganic perovskite. However, still no studies have been concretely discarded the ferroelectric nature of perovskite absorbers in PSCs. Hysteresis of P-E (polarization-electric field) loops is an important evidence to confirm the ferroelectricity. In this study, P-E loop measurements, in-depth structural study, analyses of dielectric behavior and the phase transitions of CH3NH3PbI3−xClx perovskite were carried out and investigated. The results suggest that CH3NH3PbI3−xClx perovskite is in an antiferroelectric phase at room temperature. The antiferroelectric phase can be switched to ferroelectric phase by the poling treatment and exhibits ferroelectric-like hysteresis P-E loops and dielectric behavior around room temperature; namely, the perovskite can generate a ferroelectric polarization under PSCs operating conditions. Furthermore, we also discuss the implications of ferroelectric polarization on PSCs charge separation. PMID:27468802

  9. Tunable Optical Properties and Charge Separation in CH3NH3Sn(x)Pb(1-x)I3/TiO2-Based Planar Perovskites Cells.

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    Feng, Hong-Jian; Paudel, Tula R; Tsymbal, Evgeny Y; Zeng, Xiao Cheng

    2015-07-01

    A sharp potential drop across the interface of the Pb-rich halide perovskites/TiO2 heterostructure is predicted from first-principles calculations, suggesting enhanced separation of photoinduced charge carriers in the perovskite-based photovoltaic solar cells. The potential drop appears to be associated with the charge accumulation at the polar interface. More importantly, on account of both the β phase structure of CH3NH3Sn(x)Pb(1-x)I3 for x < 0.5 and the α phase structure of CH3NH3Sn(x)Pb(1-x)I3 for x ≥ 0.5, the computed optical absorption spectra from time-dependent density functional theory (TD-DFT) are in very good agreement with the measured spectra from previous experiments. Our TD-DFT computation also confirms the experimental structures of the mixed Pb-Sn organometal halide perovskites. These computation results provide a highly sought answer to the question why the lead-based halide perovskites possess much higher power conversion efficiencies than the tin-based counterparts for solar-cell applications. PMID:26011597

  10. Antiferroelectric Nature of CH3NH3PbI3-xClx Perovskite and Its Implication for Charge Separation in Perovskite Solar Cells.

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    Sewvandi, Galhenage A; Kodera, Kei; Ma, Hao; Nakanishi, Shunsuke; Feng, Qi

    2016-01-01

    Perovskite solar cells (PSCs) have been attracted scientific interest due to high performance. Some researchers have suggested anomalous behavior of PSCs to the polarizations due to the ion migration or ferroelectric behavior. Experimental results and theoretical calculations have suggested the possibility of ferroelectricity in organic-inorganic perovskite. However, still no studies have been concretely discarded the ferroelectric nature of perovskite absorbers in PSCs. Hysteresis of P-E (polarization-electric field) loops is an important evidence to confirm the ferroelectricity. In this study, P-E loop measurements, in-depth structural study, analyses of dielectric behavior and the phase transitions of CH3NH3PbI3-xClx perovskite were carried out and investigated. The results suggest that CH3NH3PbI3-xClx perovskite is in an antiferroelectric phase at room temperature. The antiferroelectric phase can be switched to ferroelectric phase by the poling treatment and exhibits ferroelectric-like hysteresis P-E loops and dielectric behavior around room temperature; namely, the perovskite can generate a ferroelectric polarization under PSCs operating conditions. Furthermore, we also discuss the implications of ferroelectric polarization on PSCs charge separation. PMID:27468802

  11. Intracellular pH transients in squid giant axons caused by CO2, NH3, and metabolic inhibitors.

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    Boron, W F; De Weer, P

    1976-01-01

    The intracellular pH (pHi) of squid giant axons has been measured using glass pH microelectrodes. Resting pHi in artificial seawater (ASW) (pH 7.6-7.8) at 23 degrees C was 7.32 +/- 0.02 (7.28 if corrected for liquid junction potential). Exposure of the axon to 5% CO2 at constant external pH caused a sharp decrease in pHi, while the subsequent removal of the gas caused pHi to overshoot its initial value. If the exposure to CO2 was prolonged, two additional effects were noted: (a) during the exposure, the rapid initial fall in pHi was followed by a slow rise, and (b) after the exposure, the overshoot was greatly exaggerated. Application of external NH4Cl caused pHi to rise sharply; return to normal ASW caused pHi to return to a value below its initial one. If the exposure to NH4Cl was prolonged, two additional effects were noted: (a) during the exposure, the rapid initial rise in pHi was followed by a slow fall, and (b) after the exposure, the undershoot was greatly exaggerated. Exposure to several weak acid metabolic inhibitors caused a fall in pHi whose reversibility depended upon length of exposure. Inverting the electrochemical gradient for H+ with 100 mM K-ASW had no effect on pHi changes resulting from short-term exposure to azide. A mathematical model explains the pHi changes caused by NH4Cl on the basis of passive movements of both NH3 and NH4+. The simultaneous passive movements of CO2 and HCO3-cannot explain the results of the CO2 experiments; these data require the postulation of an active proton extrusion and/or sequestration mechanism. PMID:1460

  12. Atmospheric ammonia measurements in Houston, TX using an external cavity-quantum cascade laser-based sensor

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    Gong, L.; Lewicki, R.; Griffin, R. J.; Flynn, J. H.; Lefer, B. L.; Tittel, F. K.

    2010-12-01

    (trimethylammonium) and pesticide (dimethylamine). This is the first time that an accidental release of NH3 has been detected remotely and in real-time by an optical sensor. Meteorological parameters and air pollutant data obtained from local monitoring sites also were incorporated into the data analysis. It is found that some enhancements in NH3 concentrations were coincident with increased SO2 or NOx concentrations measured from certain wind directions. These observations on different days may be attributed to emissions from a large power plant, high traffic volumes during rush hour, or other potential ambient sources. Unfortunately, source attribution is confounded by factors such as boundary layer dynamics, meteorology, and the lack of sufficient emission inventory data. In the future particle composition data from PILS-IC and nitric acid data from a mist chamber-IC system will be used to characterize the importance of NH3 with respect to PM formation in Houston.

  13. Selective catalytic reduction of NOx with NH3 over a Cu-SSZ-13 catalyst prepared by a solid state ion exchange method

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    Wang, Di; Gao, Feng; Peden, Charles HF; Li, Junhui; Kamasamudram, Krishna; Epling, William S.

    2014-06-01

    A novel solid state method was developed to synthesize Cu-SSZ-13 catalysts with excellent NH3-SCR performance and durable hydrothermal stability. After the solid state ion exchange (SSIE) process, the SSZ framework structure and surface area was maintained. In-situ DRIFTS and NH3-TPD experiments provide evidence that isolated Cu ions were successfully exchanged into the pores, which are the active centers for the NH3-SCR reaction.

  14. Continuous ammonia emission measurements from a commercial beef feedyard in Texas

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    Ambient NH3 concentrations were measured continuously at a beef cattle feedyard for 12 months beginning in March 2007. Concentrations were measured every five minutes, 24 hours per day, at a sample intake height of 3.3 m using a chemiluminescence analyzer. On-site weather data was collected concur...

  15. Real-time precision concentration measurement for flowing liquid solutions

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    Krishna, V.; Fan, C. H.; Longtin, J. P.

    2000-10-01

    The precise, real-time measurement of liquid concentration is important in fundamental research, chemical analysis, mixing processes, and manufacturing, e.g., in the food and semiconductor industries. This work presents a laser-based, noninvasive technique to measure concentration changes of flowing liquids in real time. The essential components in the system include a 5 mW laser diode coupled to a single-mode optical fiber, a triangular optical cell, and a high-resolution beam position sensor. The instrument provides a large range of concentration measurement, typically 0%-100% for binary liquid mixtures, while providing a resolution on the order of 0.05% concentration or better. The experimental configuration is small, reliable, and inexpensive. Results are presented for NaCl and MgCl2 aqueous solutions with concentrations ranging from 0% to 25%, with very good agreement found between measured and true concentrations.

  16. Study of the structural phase transitions of (CH 3NH 3) 3Sb 2Cl 9 (MACA) and (CH 3NH 3) 3Bi 2Cl 9 (MACB) by infrared spectroscopy

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    Bator, G.; Jakubas, R.; Malarski, Z.

    1991-06-01

    Infrared spectra of polycrystalline (CH 3NH 3) 3Sb 2Cl 9 and (CH 3NH 3) 3Bi 2Cl 9 have been studied in the temperature range 90-300 K. A systematic temperature dependence study of the internal modes has been carried out. We discuss the effects of the dynamic state of methylammonium (MA) cations on their vibrational spectra. The results show that the dynamics of MA cations in both compounds is similar in higher (about 300 K) and lower temperature (in the vicinity of 100 K) regions. Substantial differences are revealed in the intermediate temperature interval. The results are in good agreement with earlier dielectric, calorimetric and 1H NMR studies.

  17. Improving the efficiency of perovskite solar cells through optimization of the CH3NH3PbI3 film growth in solution process method

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    Zhao, Ying; Liu, Jian; Lu, Xinrong; Gao, Yandong; You, Xiaozeng; Xu, Xiangxing

    2015-12-01

    Perovskite-structured organic-inorganic materials such as CH3NH3PbI3 are attracting much interest in the scientific community because of their abilities to function as revolutionary light harvesters and charge transfer materials for solar cells. To achieve high power conversion efficiency (PCE), it is critical to optimize the perovskite film layer. This paper reports the temperature and concentration controls on the two-step solution process. A diffusion-controlled growth mechanism is proposed for this process in tuning the morphology and purity of the perovskite film, which are proven to be important factors contributing to the photovoltaic performance. The highest PCE of 11.92% is achieved with an optimized perovskite crystal size of ∼150 nm and an appropriate amount of residual PbI2. This study sheds light on the design and fabrication of highly efficient, low-cost, solution-processed perovskite solar cells.

  18. Probing the formation and evolution of comets via nuclear spin temperatures of C_2H_6, CH_3OH, CH_4, NH_3, and H_2O

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    Villanueva, G.; Mumma, M.; Bonev, B.; DiSanti, M.; Paganini, L.; Magee-Sauer, K.; Gibb, E.

    2014-07-01

    Comets are true remnants of our primordial Solar System, and provide unique clues to its formation and evolution, including the delivery of organics and water to our planet. A key indicator stored in the molecular structure of the nuclear ices is the spin temperature (T_{spin}), derived from spin-isomeric ratios (R_{spin}, e.g., ortho/para). At the time when cometary ices formed, the prevailing temperature defined the relative abundance of the different spin-isomeric species, and herewith R_{spin} and T_{spin} are normally treated as ''remnant thermometers'' probing the formation environments of cometary molecules. Radiative and collisional transitions between the ortho and para states are strongly forbidden and herewith this indicator is preserved over time. Most of our knowledge of this indicator comes from the measurements of the ortho-para ratios in water and NH_2 (a proxy for ammonia), suggesting a common T_{spin} near 30 K. This information is based on a restricted sample of comets, and the measurements are particularly sensitive to the molecular modeling technique and adopted spectral database. Here, we present new methodologies for extracting spin temperatures from ethane (C_2H_6), methane (CH_4), and methanol (CH_3OH), and advanced new models for ortho/para water (H_2O) and ammonia (NH_3). Our H_2O analysis is based on the most complete fluorescence radiative-transfer model to date, which incorporates 1,200 million transitions including those originating from high-energy levels that are activated in comets via a non-resonant cascade. In a similar fashion, we developed non-resonant fluorescence models for NH_3 and HCN, and quantum-band models for the ν_7 band of C_2H_6 and ν_3 band of CH_3OH. All models respect spin-symmetry non-conversion radiative rules, and make use of a realistic solar spectrum for the computation of fluorescence pumps. We applied these new methods to derive spin-isomeric ratios for H_2O, CH_4, C_2H_6, CH_3OH, and NH_3 from three high

  19. Combined measurements of velocity and concentration in experimental turbidity currents

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    Felix, M.; Sturton, S.; Peakall, J.

    2005-08-01

    Three different sets of experimental turbidity currents were run in which velocity and concentration were measured simultaneously, for several different heights above the bed. One set with cohesive sediment had an initial volumetric concentration of 16% kaolinite, and the other two sets with non-cohesive sediment had concentrations of 28% and 4% silica flour. Velocity was measured at 104-122 Hz using an Ultrasonic Doppler Velocimetry Profiler and concentration was measured at 10 Hz using an Ultrasonic High Concentration Meter. The similarity of changes in velocity and concentration at the same measurement heights are described and it is shown that the similarity depends on flow concentration and position in the flow. The measurements are analysed using cross-correlations and wavelet analysis. Velocity measurements are compared with analytical solutions for flow around a semisphere and flow around a half body. Measurements and analyses indicate that turbulence is diminished by stratification, decoupling of regions where turbulence is generated and by reduction of vertical flow in the turbidity currents.

  20. The role of copper species on Cu/γ-Al2O3 catalysts for NH3-SCO reaction

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    Liang, Chunxia; Li, Xinyong; Qu, Zhenping; Tade, Moses; Liu, Shaomin

    2012-02-01

    UV-vis spectra, XRD, H2-TPR, TEM and ESR were used to characterize a series of Cu/γ-Al2O3 catalysts, which were prepared by incipient wetness impregnation using copper nitrate, copper acetate or copper sulfate as precursors, to study the role of Cu species on Cu/γ-Al2O3 catalysts for NH3-SCO reaction. It was found that the mixture of CuO phase and CuAl2O4 phase formed on various Cu/γ-Al2O3 catalysts, and the Cu species and dispersion had significant influence on the Cu/γ-Al2O3 activity. Highly dispersed CuO phase on the support would be related with its high activity for the NH3-SCO reaction.

  1. Excellent activity and selectivity of Cu-SSZ-13 in the selective catalytic reduction of NOx with NH3

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    Kwak, Ja Hun; Tonkyn, Russell G.; Kim, Do Heui; Szanyi, Janos; Peden, Charles HF

    2010-10-21

    Superior activity and selectivity of a Cu ion-exchanged SSZ-13 zeolite in the selective catalytic reduction (SCR) of NOx with NH3 were observed, in comparison to Cu-beta and Cu-ZSM-5 zeolites. Cu-SSZ-13 was not only more active in the NOx SCR reaction over the entire temperature range studied (up to 550 °C), but also more selective toward nitrogen formation, resulting in significantly lower amounts of NOx by-products (i.e., NO2 and N2O) than the other two zeolites. In addition, Cu-SSZ-13 demonstrated the highest activity and N2 formation selectivity in the oxidation of NH3. The results of this study strongly suggest that Cu-SSZ-13 is a promising candidate as a catalyst for NOx SCR with great potential in after-treatment systems for either mobile or stationary sources.

  2. Structural, energetic and thermodynamic analyses of Ca(BH4)2·2NH3 from first principles calculations

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    Yuan, Peng-Fei; Wang, Fei; Sun, Qiang; Jia, Yu; Guo, Zheng-Xiao

    2012-01-01

    Ca(BH4)2·2NH3 is a relatively new compound with potential application in hydrogen storage. Here the fundamental properties of the compound, such as electronic structure, energetic and thermodynamic properties, were comprehensively studied using first-principles calculations. Results from electronic density of states (DOS) and electron localization function (ELF) indicate the covalent bond nature of the N-H bond and the B-H bond. Charge density analyses show weak ionic interactions between the Ca atom and the NH3 complexes or the (BH4)- complexes. The calculated vibration frequencies of B-H and N-H are in good agreement with other theoretical and experimental results. Furthermore, we calculated the reaction enthalpy and reaction Gibbs free energy at a range of temperature 0-700 K. Our results are in good agreement with experimental results in literature. Possible reaction mechanism of the decomposition reaction is proposed.

  3. Sonochemical synthesis of CH3NH3PbI3 perovskite ultrafine nanocrystal sensitizers for solar energy applications.

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    Bhooshan Kumar, Vijay; Gouda, Laxman; Porat, Ze'ev; Gedanken, Aharon

    2016-09-01

    The organic-inorganic hybrid perovskite CH3NH3PbI3 is becoming an interesting material in the field of energy harvesting. This material is one of the cleanest and cheapest components in solar cells which is available in ample amounts. However, most of the previous research work was done on thin film of this material. In the present work we describe the preparation of a powder containing nanoparticles of CH3NH3PbI3 using a sonochemical method. Characterization of the product was done by various methods, such as HRTEM, FTIR, PL, DLS and XRD. The particles were found to be highly crystalline (tetragonal crystal structure), polygonal in shape and having diameters of 10-40nm. PMID:27150745

  4. Mor-Dalphos-Pd (II) oxidative addition complexes and related NH3 adducts: Insights into bonding and nonbonding interactions

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    de Lima Batista, Ana P.; Braga, Ataualpa A. C.

    2016-09-01

    The stabilizing effects and bonding properties of the Pd metallic center in [(κ2 -P,N-Mor-Dalphos)Pd(Ar)Cl] complexes and related NH3 adducts were investigated by density functional theory (DFT), the intrinsic bond orbital (IBO) approach and the Su-Li energy decomposition method (Su-Li EDA). The IBO analysis showed that the P atom from the P,N-Mor-Dalphos structure has stabilizing contributions in all Pd-Cl and Pd-NH3 bonds in the complexes. According to the Su-Li energy decomposition analysis, the main energy that drives the interaction between the [Mor-Dalphos-Pd(Ar)] moiety and Cl- is the electrostatic term, therefore, the electrostatic energy interaction between them might be an important factor for taking into account when designing other [Mor-Dalphos-Pd(Ar)]-Cl precatalysts.

  5. Removal of SO2 from O2-containing flue gas by activated carbon fiber (ACF) impregnated with NH3.

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    Xu, Lüsi; Guo, Jia; Jin, Feng; Zeng, Hancai

    2006-02-01

    Adsorption of SO(2) from the O(2)-containing flue gas by granular activated carbons (GACs) and activated carbon fibers (ACFs) impregnated with NH(3) was studied in this technical note. Experimental results showed that the ACFs were high-quality adsorbents due to their unique textural properties. In the presence of moisture, the desulphurization efficiency for the ACFs was improved significantly due to the formation of sulfuric acid. After NH(3) impregnation of ACF samples, nitrogen-containing functional groups (pyridyl C(5)H(4)N- and pyrrolyl C(4)H(4)N-) were detected on the sample surface by using an X-ray photoelectron spectrometer. These functional groups accounted for the enhanced SO(2) adsorption via chemisorption and/or catalytic oxidization. PMID:15982716

  6. Ceria supported on sulfated zirconia as a superacid catalyst for selective catalytic reduction of NO with NH3.

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    Gao, Shan; Chen, Xiongbo; Wang, Haiqiang; Mo, Jiansong; Wu, Zhongbiao; Liu, Yue; Weng, Xiaole

    2013-03-15

    In this paper, ceria supported on sulfated zirconia (CeSZ) as a superacid catalyst was synthesized and the resulted performances for selective catalytic reduction (SCR) of NO with NH(3) were investigated. Experimental results revealed that the sulfation of zirconia supports could greatly improve the SCR activity of the catalysts. Among the tested samples, the CeSZ catalyst with Ce/Zr mole ratio at 0.095 possessed the highest NO conversion (i.e., 98.6% at ca. 420 °C and 180,000 h(-1)). The sulfation had led to a formation of pure tetragonal phase of ZrO(2), a well dispersion of CeO(2), abundant stable superacid sites, increasing surface area and enrichment of Ce(3+) on the surface, all of which were responsible for its excellent performance in SCR of NO with NH(3). PMID:23375804

  7. Exploration of the NH 3-H 2 van der Waals interaction by high level ab initio calculations

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    Mladenović, Mirjana; Lewerenz, Marius; Cilpa, Geraldine; Rosmus, Pavel; Chambaud, Gilberte

    2008-05-01

    The intermolecular potential energy for the van der Waals complex between ammonia and the hydrogen molecule has been studied by means of the coupled cluster CCSD(T) method and aug-cc-pVXZ (X = D, T, Q, 5) basis sets and with inclusion of the Boys and Bernardi counterpoise correction. For sufficiently large basis sets the only true electronic minimum energy structure of NH 3-H 2 is found to possess C3 v point group symmetry. Various minimum energy paths for the relative motion of NH 3 and H 2 are analysed in order to understand the topography of the intermolecular potential. The complete basis set limit for the electronic dissociation energy is estimated to be about 253 cm -1 at the CCSD(T) level.

  8. Origin of High Electronic Quality in Solar Cell Absorber CH3NH3PbI3

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    Yin, Wanjian; Shi, Tingting; Wei, Suhua; Yan, Yanfa

    Thin-film solar cells based on CH3NH3PbI3 halide perovskites have recently shown remarkable performance. First-principle calculations and molecular dynamic simulations show that the structure of pristine CH3NH3PbI3 is much more disordered than the inorganic archetypal thin-film semiconductor CdTe. However, the structural disorders from thermal fluctuation, point defects and grain boundaries introduce rare deep defect states within the bandgaps; therefore, the material has high electronic quality. We have further shown that this unusually high electronic quality is attributed to the unique electronic structures of halide perovskite: the strong coupling between cation lone-pair Pb s orbitals and anion p orbitals and the large atomic size of constitute cation atoms. We further found that although CH3NH3PbI3 GBs do not introduce a deep gap state, the defect level close to the VBM can still act as a shallow hole trap state. Cl and O can spontaneously segregate into GBs and passivate those defect levels and deactivate the trap state.

  9. Fiber-Amplifier-Enhanced QEPAS Sensor for Simultaneous Trace Gas Detection of NH3 and H2S

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    Wu, Hongpeng; Dong, Lei; Liu, Xiaoli; Zheng, Huadan; Yin, Xukun; Ma, Weiguang; Zhang, Lei; Yin, Wangbao; Jia, Suotang

    2015-01-01

    A selective and sensitive quartz enhanced photoacoustic spectroscopy (QEPAS) sensor, employing an erbium-doped fiber amplifier (EDFA), and a distributed feedback (DFB) laser operating at 1582 nm was demonstrated for simultaneous detection of ammonia (NH3) and hydrogen sulfide (H2S). Two interference-free absorption lines located at 6322.45 cm−1 and 6328.88 cm−1 for NH3 and H2S detection, respectively, were identified. The sensor was optimized in terms of current modulation depth for both of the two target gases. An electrical modulation cancellation unit was equipped to suppress the background noise caused by the stray light. An Allan-Werle variance analysis was performed to investigate the long-term performance of the fiber-amplifier-enhanced QEPAS sensor. Benefitting from the high power boosted by the EDFA, a detection sensitivity (1σ) of 52 parts per billion by volume (ppbv) and 17 ppbv for NH3 and H2S, respectively, were achieved with a 132 s data acquisition time at atmospheric pressure and room temperature. PMID:26506351

  10. Synthesis of GaN crystal by the reaction of Ga with Li 3N in NH 3 atmosphere

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    Hirano, Takayoshi; Mabuchi, Akira; Sugiura, Takashi; Minoura, Hideki

    2009-05-01

    A novel method to synthesize GaN crystals was studied by the reaction of Ga with Li 3N under NH 3 atmosphere. We have already reported the synthesis technique of GaN by the reaction of Ga 2O 3 with Li 3N. However, the size of GaN crystals obtained by this method was limited to be smaller than several micrometers because of the solid phase reaction. In order to increase the size of GaN crystals, the method using liquid Ga as gallium source was studied for solid-liquid phase reaction. We found that the GaN crystals with the size of more than 100 μm were synthesized at 750 °C for 24 h under NH 3 atmosphere. We propose the possible reaction mechanism as follows. Lithium amide (LiNH 2) is synthesized by the reaction of Li 3N with NH 3 gas and then the crystal growth of GaN occurs by the reaction of Ga with LiNH 2. We found that LiNH 2 is a useful nitrogen source for the GaN synthesis method.

  11. NH3-SCR denitration catalyst performance over vanadium-titanium with the addition of Ce and Sb.

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    Xu, Chi; Liu, Jian; Zhao, Zhen; Yu, Fei; Cheng, Kai; Wei, Yuechang; Duan, Aijun; Jiang, Guiyuan

    2015-05-01

    Selective catalytic reduction technology using NH3 as a reducing agent (NH3-SCR) is an effective control method to remove nitrogen oxides. TiO2-supported vanadium oxide catalysts with different levels of Ce and Sb modification were prepared by an impregnation method and were characterized by X-ray diffractometer (XRD), Brunauer-Emmett-Teller (BET), Transmission electron microscopy (TEM), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR), UV-Vis diffuse reflectance spectroscopy (UV-Vis DRS), Raman and Hydrogen temperature-programmed reduction (H2-TPR). The catalytic activities of V5CexSby/TiO2 catalysts for denitration were investigated in a fixed bed flow microreactor. The results showed that cerium, vanadium and antimony oxide as the active components were well dispersed on TiO2, and the catalysts exhibited a large number of d-d electronic transitions, which were helpful to strengthen SCR reactivity. The V5CexSby/TiO2 catalysts exhibited a good low temperature NH3-SCR catalytic activity. In the temperature range of 210 to 400°C, the V5CexSby/TiO2 catalysts gave NO conversion rates above 90%. For the best V5Ce35Sb2/TiO2 catalyst, at a reaction temperature of 210°C, the NO conversion rate had already reached 90%. The catalysts had different catalytic activity with different Ce loadings. With the increase of Ce loading, the NO conversion rate also increased. PMID:25968261

  12. Revealing the role of organic cations in hybrid halide perovskite CH3NH3PbI3

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    Motta, Carlo; El-Mellouhi, Fedwa; Kais, Sabre; Tabet, Nouar; Alharbi, Fahhad; Sanvito, Stefano

    2015-01-01

    The hybrid halide perovskite CH3NH3PbI3 has enabled solar cells to reach an efficiency of about 20%, demonstrating a pace for improvements with no precedents in the solar energy arena. Despite such explosive progress, the microscopic origin behind the success of such material is still debated, with the role played by the organic cations in the light-harvesting process remaining unclear. Here van der Waals-corrected density functional theory calculations reveal that the orientation of the organic molecules plays a fundamental role in determining the material electronic properties. For instance, if CH3NH3 orients along a (011)-like direction, the PbI6 octahedral cage will distort and the bandgap will become indirect. Our results suggest that molecular rotations, with the consequent dynamical change of the band structure, might be at the origin of the slow carrier recombination and the superior conversion efficiency of CH3NH3PbI3. PMID:25912782

  13. Kinetics of selective catalytic reduction of NO by NH3 on Fe-Mo/ZSM-5 catalyst.

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    Li, Zhe; Shen, Lin-tao; Huang, Wei; Xie, Ke-chang

    2007-01-01

    The catalyst of Fe-Mo/ZSM-5 has been found to be more active than Fe-ZSM-5 and Mo/ZSM-5 separately for selective catalytic reduction (SCR) of nitric oxide (NO) with NH3. The kinetics of the SCR reaction in the presence of O2 was studied in this work. The results showed that the observed reaction orders were 0.74-0.99, 0.01-0.13, and 0 for NO, O2 and NH3 at 350-450 degrees C, respectively. And the apparent activation energy of the SCR was 65 kJ/mol on the Fe-Mo/ZSM-5 catalyst. The SCR mechanism was also deduced. Adsorbed NO species can react directly with adsorbed ammonia species on the active sites to form N2 and H2O. Gaseous 02 might serve as a reoxidizing agent for the active sites that have undergone reduction in the SCR process. It is also important to note that a certain amount of NO was decomposed directly over the Fe-Mo/ZSM-5 catalyst in the absence of NH3. PMID:18277659

  14. Preparation of highly active manganese oxides supported on functionalized MWNTs for low temperature NOx reduction with NH3

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    Pourkhalil, Mahnaz; Moghaddam, Abdolsamad Zarringhalam; Rashidi, Alimorad; Towfighi, Jafar; Mortazavi, Yadollah

    2013-08-01

    Manganese oxide catalysts (MnOx) supported on functionalized multi-walled carbon nanotubes (FMWNTs) for low temperature selective catalytic reduction (LTSCR) of nitrogen oxides (NOx) with NH3 in the presence of excess O2 were prepared by the incipient wetness impregnation method. These catalysts were characterized by N2 adsorption, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), transmission electron microscope (TEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD), thermal gravimetric analysis (TGA) and H2-temperature programmed reduction (H2-TPR) methods. The effects of reaction temperature, MnOx loading, calcination temperature and calcination time were investigated. The presence of surface nitrate species under moderate calcination conditions may play a favorable role in the LTSCR of NOx with NH3. Under the reaction conditions of 200 °C, 1 bar, NO = NH3 = 900 ppm, O2 = 5 vol%, GHSV = 30,000 h-1 and 12 wt% MnOx, NOx conversion and N2 selectivity were 97% and 99.5%, respectively. The SCR activity was reduced in the presence of 100 ppm SO2 and 2.5 vol% H2O from 97% to 92% within 6 h at 200 °C, however such an effect was shown to be reversible by exposing the catalyst to a helium flow for 2 h at 350 °C due to thermal decomposition of ammonium sulphate salts.

  15. Mechanistic insights into the Bazarov synthesis of urea from NH3 and CO2 using electronic structure calculation methods.

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    Tsipis, Constantinos A; Karipidis, Paraskevas A

    2005-09-29

    The mechanism of the noncatalyzed and reagent-catalyzed Bazarov synthesis of urea has extensively been investigated in the gas phase by means of density functional (B3LYP/6-31G(d,p)) and high quality ab initio (CBS-QB3) computational techniques. It was found that the first step of urea formation from NH3(g) and CO2(g) corresponds to a simple addition reaction leading to the carbamic acid intermediate, a process being slightly endothermic. Among the three possible reaction mechanisms considered, the addition-elimination-addition (AEA) and the double addition-elimination (DAE) mechanisms are almost equally favored, while the concerted (C) one was predicted kinetically forbidden. The second step involves the formation of loose adducts between NH3 and carbamic acid corresponding to an ammonium carbamate intermediate, which subsequently dehydrates to urea. The formation of "ammonium carbamate" corresponds to an almost thermoneutral process, whereas its dehydration, which is the rate-determining step, is highly endothermic. The Bazarov synthesis of urea is strongly assisted by the active participation of extra NH3 or H2O molecules (autocatalysis). For all reaction pathways studied the entire geometric and energetic profiles were computed and thoroughly analyzed. The reaction scheme described herein can be related with the formation of both isocyanic acid, H-N=C=O, and carbamic acid, H2N-COOH, as key intermediates in the initial formation of organic molecules, such as urea, under prebiotic conditions. PMID:16834254

  16. Effects of NH3 PECVD treatment time on the performance of multiwall carbon nanotubes for antibody immobilization.

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    Hu, Chih-Chung; Chiou, Ai-Huei; Hsu, Chun-Yao

    2016-10-01

    This work presents an amino plasma-enhanced chemical vapour deposition (NH3 PECVD) treatment to modify multiwall carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs) for the immobilization of antibodies (IgG-gold), and the effects of treatment time were studied. A titanium nitride (TiN) buffer layer and a nickel catalyst layer were deposited on silicon substrates for synthesis of MWCNTs using thermal CVD. The MWCNTs were modified by amine (NH2 (-) ) or amino (NH(-) ) functional groups for 1, 3, and 5 min by PECVD, respectively. Mouse IgG-golds were immobilized on the modified MWCNTs using glutaraldehyde (GA) as a crosslinker. The performance of the modified MWCNTs was characterized by scanning electron microscope (SEM), energy dispersive spectrometer (EDS), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR), contact angle system (CA), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS, ESCA), and UV-visible spectroscopy. Results show that the efficiency of IgG-gold immobilization was increased with the increase of NH3 PECVD treatment time. The NH3 PECVD treatment changed the surface properties of the MWCNTs, tuning them more hydrophilic without affecting their structure. © 2015 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. J Biomed Mater Res Part B: Appl Biomater, 104B: 1343-1351, 2016. PMID:26138473

  17. Ultrasound-assistant preparation of Cu-SAPO-34 nanocatalyst for selective catalytic reduction of NO by NH3.

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    Panahi, Parvaneh Nakhostin; Niaei, Ali; Salari, Darush; Mousavi, Seyed Mahdi; Delahay, Gérard

    2015-09-01

    The influence of the various preparation methods of Cu-SAPO-34 nanocatalysts on the selective catalytic reduction of NO with NH3 under excess oxygen was studied. Cu-SAPO-34 nanocatalysts were prepared by using four techniques: conventional impregnation (IM), ultrasound-enhanced impregnation (UIM), conventional deposition precipitation (DP) using NaOH and homogeneous deposition precipitation (HDP) using urea. These catalysts were characterized in detail by various techniques such as N2-sorption, XRD, TEM, H2-TPR, NH3-TPD and XPS to understand the catalyst structure, the nature and the dispersed state of the copper species, and the acid sites for NH3 adsorption. All of the nanocatalysts showed high activities for NO removal. However, the activities were different and followed the sequence of Cu-SAPO-34 (UIM)>Cu-SAPO-34 (HDP)>Cu-SAPO-34 (IM)>Cu-SAPO-34 (DP). Based on the obtained results, it was concluded that the NO conversion on Cu-SAPO-34 nanocatalysts was mainly related to the high reducibility of the isolated Cu(2+) ions and CuO species, the number of the acid sites and the dispersion of CuO species on SAPO-34. PMID:26354702

  18. Measurement and Characterization of Concentrator Solar Cells II

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    Scheiman, Dave; Sater, Bernard L.; Chubb, Donald; Jenkins, Phillip; Snyder, Dave

    2005-01-01

    Concentrator solar cells are continuing to get more consideration for use in power systems. This interest is because concentrator systems can have a net lower cost per watt in solar cell materials plus ongoing improvements in sun-tracking technology. Quantitatively measuring the efficiency of solar cells under concentration is difficult. Traditionally, the light concentration on solar cells has been determined by using a ratio of the measured solar cell s short circuit current to that at one sun, this assumes that current changes proportionally with light intensity. This works well with low to moderate (<20 suns) concentration levels on "well-behaved" linear cells but does not apply when cells respond superlinearly, current increases faster than intensity, or sublinearly, current increases more slowly than intensity. This paper continues work on using view factors to determine the concentration level and linearity of the solar cell with mathematical view factor analysis and experimental results [1].

  19. Module for measurement of CO2 concentration in exhaled air

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    Puton, Jaroslaw; Palko, Tadeusz; Knap, Andrzej; Jasek, Krzysztof; Siodlowski, Boguslaw

    2003-09-01

    The objective of this work consists in working out of a detection module for capnography (carbon dioxide concentration measurement in anaesthesiology and intensive care). The principle of operation of the module consists of the NDIR method. The basic assumption for construction of this model was using of directly modulated thermal IR source in it. A few models of IR sources were worked out. Their heaters were made from thick platinum layers and foil. Limits of modulation frequency for IR sources were greater than 30 Hz. The detection module consists of an optical part, analogue electronics and microprocessor system with a suitable program. The time dependent concentration of CO2, end tidal concentration of CO2, mean concentration of N2O and breath frequency are output values of the detection module. Measurements are executed 30 times per second. The accuracy of CO2 concentration measurement equals to 5%.

  20. TRANSITION-FLOW REACTOR TUBE FOR MEASURING TRACE GAS CONCENTRATIONS

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    Dry deposition contributes significantly to the acidification of ecosystems. However, difficulties in measuring dry deposition of reactive gases and fine particles make routine direct monitoring impractical. An alternate approach is to use the 'concentration monitoring' method in...

  1. Aquatic Respiration Rate Measurements at Low Oxygen Concentrations

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    Holtappels, Moritz; Tiano, Laura; Kalvelage, Tim; Lavik, Gaute; Revsbech, Niels Peter; Kuypers, Marcel M. M.

    2014-01-01

    Despite its huge ecological importance, microbial oxygen respiration in pelagic waters is little studied, primarily due to methodological difficulties. Respiration measurements are challenging because of the required high resolution of oxygen concentration measurements. Recent improvements in oxygen sensing techniques bear great potential to overcome these limitations. Here we compare 3 different methods to measure oxygen consumption rates at low oxygen concentrations, utilizing amperometric Clark type sensors (STOX), optical sensors (optodes), and mass spectrometry in combination with 18-18O2 labeling. Oxygen concentrations and consumption rates agreed well between the different methods when applied in the same experimental setting. Oxygen consumption rates between 30 and 400 nmol L−1 h−1 were measured with high precision and relative standard errors of less than 3%. Rate detection limits in the range of 1 nmol L−1 h−1 were suitable for rate determinations in open ocean water and were lowest at the lowest applied O2 concentration. PMID:24586724

  2. Direct measurement of surface carbon concentrations. [in lunar soil

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    Filleux, C.; Tombrello, T. A.; Burnett, D. S.

    1977-01-01

    Measurements of surface concentrations of carbon in lunar soils and soil breccias provide information on the origin of carbon in the regolith. The reaction C-12 (d, p sub zero) is used to measure 'surface' and 'volume' concentrations in lunar samples. This method has a depth resolution of 1 micron, which permits only a 'surface' and a 'volume' component to be measured. Three of four Apollo 16 double drive tube samples show a surface carbon concentration of about 8 by 10 to the 14th power/sq cm, whereas the fourth sample gave 4 by 10 to the 14th power/sq cm. It can be convincingly shown that the measured concentration does not originate from fluorocarbon or hydrocarbon contaminants. Surface adsorbed layers of CO or CO2 are removed by a sputter cleaning procedure using a 2-MeV F beam. It is shown that the residual C concentration of 8 by 10 to the 14th power/sq cm cannot be further reduced by increased F fluence, and it is therefore concluded that it is truly lunar. If one assumes that the measured surface C concentration is a steady-state concentration determined only by a balance between solar-wind implantation and sputtering, a sputter erosion rate of 0.1 A/yr is obtained. However, it would be more profitable to use an independently derived sputter erosion rate to test the hypothesis of a solar-wind origin of the surface carbon.

  3. Ultrafast terahertz probe of photoexcited free charge carriers in organometal CH3NH3PbI3 perovskite thin film

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    Yan, Huijie; An, Baoli; Fan, Zhengfu; Zhu, Xiaoya; Lin, Xian; Jin, Zuanming; Ma, Guohong

    2016-04-01

    By using optical pump-terahertz probe (OPTP) experiments, we study the free charge carrier dynamics in photoexcited drop-cast CH3NH3PbI3-based perovskite thin film at room temperature. Compared with the pump photon energy at 1.55 eV, the measured OPTP signal following excitation of 3.1 eV shows an additional fast decay channel of the photoconductivity. Our experimental results demonstrate that effective carrier lifetime can be strongly modulated by surface recombination. In addition, the Drude-Smith-like transient terahertz photoconductivity spectra suggest that photogenerated free carriers experience backscattering at grain boundaries in our solution-processed perovskite films studied here.

  4. Estimating NH3 emissions from agricultural fertilizer application in China using the bi-directional CMAQ model coupled to an agro-ecosystem model

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    Fu, X.; Wang, S. X.; Ran, L. M.; Pleim, J. E.; Cooter, E.; Bash, J. O.; Benson, V.; Hao, J. M.

    2015-06-01

    Atmospheric ammonia (NH3) plays an important role in atmospheric aerosol chemistry. China is one of the largest NH3 emitting countries with the majority of NH3 emissions coming from agricultural practices, such as fertilizer application and livestock production. The current NH3 emission estimates in China are mainly based on pre-defined emission factors that lack temporal or spatial details, which are needed to accurately predict NH3 emissions. This study provides the first online estimate of NH3 emissions from agricultural fertilizer application in China, using an agricultural fertilizer modeling system which couples a regional air quality model (the Community Multi-scale Air Quality model, or CMAQ) and an agro-ecosystem model (the Environmental Policy Integrated Climate model, or EPIC). This method improves the spatial and temporal resolution of NH3 emissions from this sector. We combined the cropland area data of 14 crops from 2710 counties with the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) land use data to determine the crop distribution. The fertilizer application rates and methods for different crops were collected at provincial or agricultural region levels. The EPIC outputs of daily fertilizer application and soil characteristics were input into the CMAQ model and the hourly NH3 emissions were calculated online with CMAQ running. The estimated agricultural fertilizer NH3 emissions in this study were approximately 3 Tg in 2011. The regions with the highest modeled emission rates are located in the North China Plain. Seasonally, peak ammonia emissions occur from April to July. Compared with previous researches, this study considers an increased number of influencing factors, such as meteorological fields, soil and fertilizer application, and provides improved NH3 emissions with higher spatial and temporal resolution.

  5. Measurements of radon concentrations in Spa waters in Amasya, Turkey

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    Yigitoglu, I.; Oner, F.; Yalim, H. A.; Ucar, B.

    2016-04-01

    The aim of this study is to determine the radon concentrations in thermal waters in the Amasya basin in Turkey and to explore the relationship between radon anomalies and active geological faults. The radon concentration measurements were performed in four thermal Spas around Amasya basin. The water samples were collected from tap waters in thermal water sources. The obtained radon concentrations ranged from 0.15 ± 0.12 to 0.71 ± 0.32 BqL-1 for Spa waters. The relationship between the radon concentration anomalies and earthquakes that occurred in the sampling period are discussed.

  6. Workplace aerosol mass concentration measurement using optical particle counters.

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    Görner, Peter; Simon, Xavier; Bémer, Denis; Lidén, Göran

    2012-02-01

    Direct-reading aerosol measurement usually uses the optical properties of airborne particles to detect and measure particle concentration. In the case of occupational hygiene, mass concentration measurement is often required. Two aerosol monitoring methods are based on the principle of light scattering: optical particle counting (OPC) and photometry. The former analyses the light scattered by a single particle, the latter by a cloud of particles. Both methods need calibration to transform the quantity of scattered light detected into particle concentration. Photometers are simpler to use and can be directly calibrated to measure mass concentration. However, their response varies not only with aerosol concentration but also with particle size distribution, which frequently contributes to biased measurement. Optical particle counters directly measure the particle number concentration and particle size that allows assessment of the particle mass provided the particles are spherical and of known density. An integrating algorithm is used to calculate the mass concentration of any conventional health-related aerosol fraction. The concentrations calculated thus have been compared with simultaneous measurements by conventional gravimetric sampling to check the possibility of field OPC calibration with real workplace aerosols with a view to further monitoring particle mass concentration. Aerosol concentrations were measured in the food industry using the OPC GRIMM® 1.108 and the CIP 10-Inhalable and CIP 10-Respirable (ARELCO®) aerosol samplers while meat sausages were being brushed and coated with calcium carbonate. Previously, the original OPC inlet had been adapted to sample inhalable aerosol. A mixed aerosol of calcium carbonate and fungi spores was present in the workplace. The OPC particle-size distribution and an estimated average particle density of both aerosol components were used to calculate the mass concentration. The inhalable and respirable aerosol fractions

  7. Comparative analysis of radon, thoron and thoron progeny concentration measurements

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    Janik, Miroslaw; Tokonami, Shinji; Kranrod, Chutima; Sorimachi, Atsuyuki; Ishikawa, Tetsuo; Hosoda, Masahiro; Mclaughlin, James; Chang, Byung-Uck; Kim, Yong Jae

    2013-01-01

    This study examined correlations between radon, thoron and thoron progeny concentrations based on surveys conducted in several different countries. For this purpose, passive detectors developed or modified by the National Institute of Radiological Sciences (NIRS) were used. Radon and thoron concentrations were measured using passive discriminative radon-thoron detectors. Thoron progeny measurements were conducted using the NIRS-modified detector, originally developed by Zhuo and Iida. Weak correlations were found between radon and thoron as well as between thoron and thoron progeny. The statistical evaluation showed that attention should be paid to the thoron equilibrium factor for calculation of thoron progeny concentrations based on thoron measurements. In addition, this evaluation indicated that radon, thoron and thoron progeny were independent parameters, so it would be difficult to estimate the concentration of one from those of the others. PMID:23297318

  8. Ultrasensitive photoelectrochemical aptasensing of miR-155 using efficient and stable CH3NH3PbI3 quantum dots sensitized ZnO nanosheets as light harvester.

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    Pang, Xuehui; Qi, Jianni; Zhang, Yong; Ren, Yangyang; Su, Minhui; Jia, Baoxiu; Wang, Yaoguang; Wei, Qin; Du, Bin

    2016-11-15

    An ultrasensitive photoelectrochemical (PEC) aptasensor based on a novel signal amplification strategy was developed for the quantitative determination of microRNA (miR)-155. CH3NH3PbI3 quantum dots (QDs) functionalized ZnO nanosheets (NSs) were employed as the light harvester. Owing to the synergetic effect between CH3NH3PbI3 QDs and ZnO NSs, ZnO@CH3NH3PbI3 can provide an obviously increasing PEC signal by forming the heterojunction. Due to the larger steric hindrance, the sensitive decrease of the PEC signal can be achieved by the specific recognition between the primers and ssDNA of miR-155. In this sense, this developed aptasensor can achieve a high sensitivity (especially in the presence of the low concentrations of miR-155) and a wide detection range (0.01fmol/L to 20,000pmol/L). Under the optimal conditions, the proposed aptasensor offered an ultrasensitive and specific determination of miR-155 down to 0.005fmol/L. This aptassay method would open up a new promising platform at ultralow levels for early diagnose of different miRNA. PMID:27162145

  9. Application of response surface methodology (RSM) for optimisation of COD, NH3-N and 2,4-DCP removal from recycled paper wastewater in a pilot-scale granular activated carbon sequencing batch biofilm reactor (GAC-SBBR).

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    Muhamad, Mohd Hafizuddin; Sheikh Abdullah, Siti Rozaimah; Mohamad, Abu Bakar; Abdul Rahman, Rakmi; Hasan Kadhum, Abdul Amir

    2013-05-30

    In this study, the potential of a pilot-scale granular activated carbon sequencing batch biofilm reactor (GAC-SBBR) for removing chemical oxygen demand (COD), ammoniacal nitrogen (NH3-N) and 2,4-dichlorophenol (2,4-DCP) from recycled paper wastewater was assessed. For this purpose, the response surface methodology (RSM) was employed, using a central composite face-centred design (CCFD), to optimise three of the most important operating variables, i.e., hydraulic retention time (HRT), aeration rate (AR) and influent feed concentration (IFC), in the pilot-scale GAC-SBBR process for recycled paper wastewater treatment. Quadratic models were developed for the response variables, i.e., COD, NH3-N and 2,4-DCP removal, based on the high value (>0.9) of the coefficient of determination (R(2)) obtained from the analysis of variance (ANOVA). The optimal conditions were established at 750 mg COD/L IFC, 3.2 m(3)/min AR and 1 day HRT, corresponding to predicted COD, NH3-N and 2,4-DCP removal percentages of 94.8, 100 and 80.9%, respectively. PMID:23542216

  10. Effect of Ce doping of TiO2 support on NH3-SCR activity over V2O5-WO3/CeO2-TiO2 catalyst.

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    Cheng, Kai; Liu, Jian; Zhang, Tao; Li, Jianmei; Zhao, Zhen; Wei, Yuechang; Jiang, Guiyuan; Duan, Aijun

    2014-10-01

    CeO2-TiO2 composite supports with different Ce/Ti molar ratios were prepared by a homogeneous precipitation method, and V2O5-WO3/CeO2-TiO2 catalysts for the selective catalytic reduction (SCR) of NOx with NH3 were prepared by an incipient-wetness impregnation method. These catalysts were characterized by means of BET, XRD, UV-Vis, Raman and XPS techniques. The results showed that the catalytic activity of V2O5-WO3/TiO2 was greatly enhanced by Ce doping (molar ratio of Ce/Ti=1/10) in the TiO2 support. The catalysts that were predominantly anatase TiO2 showed better catalytic performance than the catalysts that were predominantly fluorite CeO2. The Ce additive could enhance the surface adsorbed oxygen and accelerate the SCR reaction. The effects of O2 concentration, ratio of NH3/NO, space velocity and SO2 on the catalytic activity were also investigated. The presence of oxygen played an important role in NO reduction. The optimal ratio of NH3/NO was 1/1 and the catalyst had good resistance to SO2 poisoning. PMID:25288555

  11. Room-temperature NH3 gas sensors based on Ag-doped γ-Fe2O3/SiO2 composite films with sub-ppm detection ability.

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    Tang, Yongliang; Li, Zhijie; Zu, Xiaotao; Ma, Jinyi; Wang, Lu; Yang, Jing; Du, Bo; Yu, Qingkai

    2015-11-15

    In this report, NH3 gas sensors based on Ag-doped γ-Fe2O3/SiO2 composite films are investigated. The composite films were prepared with a sol-gel process, and the films' electrical resistance responded to the change of NH3 concentration in the environment. The SEM and AFM investigations showed that the films had a porous structure, and the XRD investigation indicated that the size of Ag particles changed with the modification of Ag loading content. Through a comparative gas sensing study among the Ag-doped composite films, undoped composite film, γ-Fe2O3 film, and SiO2 film, the Ag-doped composite films were found to be much more sensitive than the sensors based on the undoped composite film and γ-Fe2O3 film at room temperature, indicating the significant influences of the SiO2 and Ag on the sensing property. Moreover, the sensor based on Ag-doped (4%) γ-Fe2O3/SiO2 composite film was able to detect the NH3 gas at ppb level. Conversely, the responses of the sensor to other test gases (C2H5OH, CO, H2, CH4 and H2S) were all markedly low, suggesting excellent selectivity. PMID:26057440

  12. Applications of optical measurement technology in pollution gas monitoring at thermal power plants

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    Wang, Jian; Yu, Dahai; Ye, Huajun; Yang, Jianhu; Ke, Liang; Han, Shuanglai; Gu, Haitao; Chen, Yingbin

    2011-11-01

    This paper presents the work of using advanced optical measurement techniques to implement stack gas emission monitoring and process control. A system is designed to conduct online measurement of SO2/NOX and mercury emission from stacks and slipping NH3 of de-nitrification process. The system is consisted of SO2/NOX monitoring subsystem, mercury monitoring subsystem, and NH3 monitoring subsystem. The SO2/NOX monitoring subsystem is developed based on the ultraviolet differential optical absorption spectroscopy (UV-DOAS) technique. By using this technique, a linearity error less than +/-1% F.S. is achieved, and the measurement errors resulting from optical path contamination and light fluctuation are removed. Moreover, this subsystem employs in situ extraction and hot-wet line sampling technique to significantly reduce SO2 loss due to condensation and protect gas pipeline from corrosion. The mercury monitoring subsystem is used to measure the concentration of element mercury (Hg0), oxidized mercury (Hg2+), and total gaseous mercury (HgT) in the flue gas exhaust. The measurement of Hg with a low detection limit (0.1μg/m3) and a high sensitivity is realized by using cold vapor atom fluorescence spectroscopy (CVAFS) technique. This subsystem is also equipped with an inertial separation type sampling technique to prevent gas pipeline from being clogged and to reduce speciation mercury measurement error. The NH3 monitoring subsystem is developed to measure the concentration of slipping NH3 and then to help improving the efficiency of de-nitrification. The NH3 concentration as low as 0.1ppm is able to be measured by using the off-axis integrated cavity output spectroscopy (ICOS) and the tunable diode laser absorption spectroscopy (TDLAS) techniques. The problem of trace NH3 sampling loss is solved by applying heating the gas pipelines when the measurement is running.

  13. Device for measuring the total concentration of oxygen in gases

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    Isaacs, Hugh S.; Romano, Anthony J.

    1977-01-01

    This invention provides a CO equilibrium in a device for measuring the total concentration of oxygen impurities in a fluid stream. To this end, the CO equilibrium is produced in an electrochemical measuring cell by the interaction of a carbon element in the cell with the chemically combined and uncombined oxygen in the fluid stream at an elevated temperature.

  14. Reflective measurement of water concentration using millimeter wave illumination

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    Sung, Shijun; Bennett, David; Taylor, Zachary; Bajwa, Neha; Tewari, Priyamvada; Maccabi, Ashkan; Culjat, Martin; Singh, Rahul; Grundfest, Warren

    2011-04-01

    THz and millimeter wave technology have shown the potential to become a valuable medical imaging tool because of its sensitivity to water and safe, non-ionizing photon energy. Using the high dielectric constant of water in these frequency bands, reflectionmode THz sensing systems can be employed to measure water content in a target with high sensitivity. This phenomenology may lead to the development of clinical systems to measure the hydration state of biological targets. Such measurements may be useful in fast and convenient diagnosis of conditions whose symptoms can be characterized by changes in water concentration such as skin burns, dehydration, or chemical exposure. To explore millimeter wave sensitivity to hydration, a reflectometry system is constructed to make water concentration measurements at 100 GHz, and the minimum detectable water concentration difference is measured. This system employs a 100 GHz Gunn diode source and Golay cell detector to perform point reflectivity measurements of a wetted polypropylene towel as it dries on a mass balance. A noise limited, minimum detectable concentration difference of less than 0.5% by mass can be detected in water concentrations ranging from 70% to 80%. This sensitivity is sufficient to detect hydration changes caused by many diseases and pathologies and may be useful in the future as a diagnostic tool for the assessment of burns and other surface pathologies.

  15. Radiocarbon tracer measurements of atmospheric hydroxyl radical concentrations

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    Campbell, M. J.; Farmer, J. C.; Fitzner, C. A.; Henry, M. N.; Sheppard, J. C.

    1986-01-01

    The usefulness of the C-14 tracer in measurements of atmospheric hydroxyl radical concentration is discussed. The apparatus and the experimental conditions of three variations of a radiochemical method of atmosphere analysis are described and analyzed: the Teflon bag static reactor, the flow reactor (used in the Wallops Island tests), and the aircraft OH titration reactor. The procedure for reduction of the aircraft reactor instrument data is outlined. The problems connected with the measurement of hydroxyl radicals are discussed. It is suggested that the gas-phase radioisotope methods have considerable potential in measuring tropospheric impurities present in very low concentrations.

  16. Measurements of Diffusion within Concentrated Bovine α-Crystallin Suspensions

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    Karunaratne, Nuwan; Berry, Justin; Lurio, Larence; Thurston, George; Debartolo, Janae; Narayanan, Suresh; Sandy, Alec; Weizeorick, John

    2012-02-01

    α-Crystallin is a major protein component of the vertebrate eye lens. The chaperone-like behavior of these water soluble proteins play a key role in maintaining lens transparency by preventing condensation of other lens proteins. We report photon correlation spectroscopy measurements, both X-ray Photon Correlation Spectroscopy (XPCS) and Dynamic Light Scattering (DLS), indicating protein diffusion within suspensions of α-Crystallin. Measurements were carried out at 2^oC, 10^oC and 35^oC, over a wide range of concentrations from the diluted limit to the regime close to the physiological lens concentration. In the diluted regime, DLS measurements can be modeled by a single exponential fit indicating a single relaxation mode and at higher concentrations two relaxation modes can be identified by fitting the data to a double exponential decay function, a clear indication of the ploydispersed nature of the concentrated samples. XPCS measurements show dynamics at the highest concentration but cannot resolve the faster dynamics (below 20ms) at lower concentration. We also provide estimates for the viscosity of α-Crystallin suspensions as a function of temperature and protein volume fraction using the falling ball method.

  17. Measurement of atmospheric ammonia, methane, and nitrous oxide at a concentrated dairy production facility in southern Idaho using open-path FT-IR spectrometry

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    The number of dairy cows in Idaho has increased by approximately 80% in the last decade, with the majority of these facilities located in southern Idaho, causing air quality concerns in this region. To determine the potential air quality impacts of these facilities, we measured ammonia (NH3), methan...

  18. The active titration method for measuring local hydroxyl radical concentration

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    Sprengnether, Michele; Prinn, Ronald G.

    1994-01-01

    We are developing a method for measuring ambient OH by monitoring its rate of reaction with a chemical species. Our technique involves the local, instantaneous release of a mixture of saturated cyclic hydrocarbons (titrants) and perfluorocarbons (dispersants). These species must not normally be present in ambient air above the part per trillion concentration. We then track the mixture downwind using a real-time portable ECD tracer instrument. We collect air samples in canisters every few minutes for roughly one hour. We then return to the laboratory and analyze our air samples to determine the ratios of the titrant to dispersant concentrations. The trends in these ratios give us the ambient OH concentration from the relation: dlnR/dt = -k(OH). A successful measurement of OH requires that the trends in these ratios be measureable. We must not perturb ambient OH concentrations. The titrant to dispersant ratio must be spatially invariant. Finally, heterogeneous reactions of our titrant and dispersant species must be negligible relative to the titrant reaction with OH. We have conducted laboratory studies of our ability to measure the titrant to dispersant ratios as a function of concentration down to the few part per trillion concentration. We have subsequently used these results in a gaussian puff model to estimate our expected uncertainty in a field measurement of OH. Our results indicate that under a range of atmospheric conditions we expect to be able to measure OH with a sensitivity of 3x10(exp 5) cm(exp -3). In our most optimistic scenarios, we obtain a sensitivity of 1x10(exp 5) cm(exp -3). These sensitivity values reflect our anticipated ability to measure the ratio trends. However, because we are also using a rate constant to obtain our (OH) from this ratio trend, our accuracy cannot be better than that of the rate constant, which we expect to be about 20 percent.

  19. Measuring Concentrations of Particulate 140La in the Air.

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    Okada, Colin E; Kernan, Warnick; Keillor, Martin; Kirkham, Randy; Sorom, Rich D; Van Etten, Don M

    2016-05-01

    Air sampling systems were deployed to measure the concentration of radioactive material in the air during the Full-Scale Radiological Dispersal Device Field Trials. The air samplers were positioned 100-600 m downwind of the release point. The filters were collected immediately and analyzed in a field laboratory. Quantities for total activity collected on the air filters are reported along with additional information to compute the average or integrated air concentrations. PMID:27023029

  20. Modeling impacts of NH3 on uptake of H2SO4 by charged nucleating nanoparticles in the Earth's atmosphere

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    Nadykto, A. B.; Nazarenko, K. M.; Markov, P. N.; Yu, F.

    2016-06-01

    The understanding of the role of ammonia, a well-known stabilizer of binary sulfuric acid-water clusters, in the gas-to-nanoparticle conversion in the Earth atmosphere is critically important for the assessment of aerosol radiative forcing associated with the climate changes. The sulfuric acid H2SO4 is present in the atmosphere in the form of the gas-phase hydrates (H2SO4)(H2O)n, whose interaction with NH3 leads to the formation of more stable bisulfate clusters (NH3)(H2SO4)(H2O)n. Although the impact of NH3 on the thermochemical stability of binary clusters nucleating homogeneously has been studied in some detail in the past, the effect of ammonia on other microphysical properties relevant to nucleation remains insufficiently well understood. In the present study, the effect of ammonia on the electrical dipole moment controlling the nucleation of airborne ions via the dipole-charge interaction has been investigated using the Density Functional Theory (DFT), ab initio MP2 and model chemistry G3 methods. The presence of ammonia in (H2SO4)(H2O)n is found to lead to very large enhancement in the dipole moment, which exceeds 2.0-2.5 Debyes (˜60-80%), 3.7-5.0 Debyes (˜90-180%), 1.4-4.5 Debyes (˜50-150%) and 2.1-5.5 Debyes (˜60-700%) for n = 0, n = 1, n = 2 and n = 3, respectively. The implications of this include the significantly increased uptake of the sulfuric acid, the key atmospheric nucleation precursor, by airborne ions and neutrals (due to dipole-dipole interaction), enhanced nucleation rates and the elevated production of ultrafine particles, which cause adverse health impacts.

  1. Computational exploration of the six-dimensional vibration-rotation-tunneling dynamics of (NH3)2

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    van Bladel, J. W. I.; van der Avoird, A.; Wormer, P. E. S.; Saykally, R. J.

    1992-10-01

    In order to address the well-known problem that the nearly cyclic structure of (NH3)2 deduced from microwave spectra differs greatly from the hydrogen-bonded equilibrium structure obtained from ab initio calculations, we have calculated the vibration-rotation-tunneling (VRT) states of this complex, and explicitly studied the effects of vibrational averaging. The potential used is a spherical expansion of a site-site potential which was extracted from ab initio data. The six-dimensional VRT wave functions for all the lowest states with J=0 and J=1 were expanded in products of radial (van der Waals stretch) functions and free-rotor states for the internal and overall rotations, which were first adapted to the complete nuclear permutation inversion group G36. Although the (expanded) potential is too approximate to expect quantitative agreement with the observed microwave and far-infrared spectra, we do find several interesting features: The 14N quadrupole splittings and the dipole moment of the complex, which are indicative of the orientational distributions of the NH3 monomers, are substantially affected by vibrational averaging. The interchange tunneling of the two monomers is not quenched. In the ortho-ortho and para-para states, of A and E symmetry, this tunneling manifests itself in a very different manner than in the ortho-para states of G symmetry. In contrast with the interpretation of Nelson et al. [J. Chem. Phys. 87, 6364 (1987)], we believe that the Gα and Gβ states observed by these authors correspond to a single VRT state which is split by (hindered) NH3 monomer inversion.

  2. A measure of the concentration of rare events

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    Prieto Curiel, Rafael; Bishop, Steven

    2016-01-01

    We introduce here an index, which we call the Rare Event Concentration Coefficient (RECC), that is a measure of the dispersion/concentration of events which have a low frequency but tend to have a high level of concentration, such as the number of crimes suffered by a person. The Rare Event Concentration Coefficient is a metric based on a statistical mixture model, with a value closer to zero meaning that events are homogeneously distributed, and a value closer to one meaning that the events have a higher degree of concentration. This measure may be used to compare the concentration of events over different time periods and over different regions. Other traditional approaches for the dispersion/concentration of a variable tend to be blind to structural changes in the pattern of occurrence of rare events. The RECC overcomes this issue and we show here two simple applications, first by using the number of burglaries suffered in Netherlands and then by using the number of volcanic eruptions in the world. PMID:27577532

  3. A measure of the concentration of rare events.

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    Prieto Curiel, Rafael; Bishop, Steven

    2016-01-01

    We introduce here an index, which we call the Rare Event Concentration Coefficient (RECC), that is a measure of the dispersion/concentration of events which have a low frequency but tend to have a high level of concentration, such as the number of crimes suffered by a person. The Rare Event Concentration Coefficient is a metric based on a statistical mixture model, with a value closer to zero meaning that events are homogeneously distributed, and a value closer to one meaning that the events have a higher degree of concentration. This measure may be used to compare the concentration of events over different time periods and over different regions. Other traditional approaches for the dispersion/concentration of a variable tend to be blind to structural changes in the pattern of occurrence of rare events. The RECC overcomes this issue and we show here two simple applications, first by using the number of burglaries suffered in Netherlands and then by using the number of volcanic eruptions in the world. PMID:27577532

  4. Questioning Antiferromagnetic Ordering in the Expanded Metal, Li(NH3)4: A Lack of Evidence from μSR.

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    Seel, Andrew G; Baker, Peter J; Cottrell, Stephen P; Howard, Christopher A; Skipper, Neal T; Edwards, Peter P

    2015-10-01

    We present the results of a muon spin relaxation study of the solid phases of the expanded metal, Li(NH3)4. No discernible change in muon depolarization dynamics is witnessed in the lowest temperature phase (≤25 K) of Li(NH3)4, thus suggesting that the prevailing view of antiferromagnetic ordering is incorrect. This is consistent with the most recent neutron diffraction data. Discernible differences in muon behavior are reported for the highest temperature phase of Li(NH3)4 (82-89 K), attributed to the onset of structural dynamics prior to melting. PMID:26722900

  5. A new list of line positions and strengths of 15NH3 in the range 6369-6578 cm-1 at room temperature

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    El Romh, J.; Cacciani, P.; Taher, F.; Čermák, P.; Cosléou, J.; Khelkhal, M.

    2016-08-01

    The spectrum of 15NH3 has been investigated at room temperature in the 6367-6578 cm-1 region using an external cavity tunable diode laser spectrometer. Particular care was taken to discriminate 15NH3 from the main species 14NH3 present as an impurity in the spectra. As a result, a new list of line positions and line strengths has been proposed for this isotopologue. Together 3002 transitions have been observed, and their line strengths extending on four orders of magnitudes were derived.

  6. Effect of the vibrational excitation on the non-radiative deactivation rate of the S 1 state of p-cresol(NH 3) complex

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    Oldani, A. N.; Mobbili, M.; Marceca, E.; Ferrero, J. C.; Pino, G. A.

    2009-03-01

    The effect of the CH 3 group on the lifetime of the S 1 state of the p-cresol(NH 3) complex was investigated by means of REMPI, LIF, DF spectroscopy and abinitio calculations. At variance with PhOH(NH 3) for which vibrational-mode specificity was reported, the lifetime of the S 1 state of the p-cresol(NH 3) complex decreases monotonically upon vibrational excitation indicating that randomization of energy takes place at low excitation energy. This result is analyzed as the consequence of a stronger coupling of the complex intermolecular modes with those of the CH 3 group.

  7. Synthesis, structural and optical properties of perovskite type CH3NH3PbI3 nanorods

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    Rajamanickam, N.; Rajashabala, S.; Ramachandran, K.

    2015-06-01

    Perovskite type methyl ammonium lead triiodide (CH3NH3PbI3) thin films were prepared by coprecipitation method. The structural and optical properties were investigated by XRD, SEM, Raman and UV-Vis spectroscopy. Perovskite structured tetragonal phase was observed by XRD. The UV spectrum exhibits a band gap of 1.63 eV. The nanorods are arranged in flower like structure distinguished by SEM. Raman spectrum of this organo-halide perovskite was studied for the full exploitation in solar cells.

  8. Oxidation Properties of Nitrogen-Doped Silicon Films Deposited from Si2H6 and NH3

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    Scheid, Emmanuel; Boyer, Pierre; Samitier, Josep; Hassani, Ahmed

    1994-03-01

    Si2H6/NH3 gas mixture was employed to obtain, by low-pressure chemical vapor deposition (LPCVD) at low temperature, nitrogen-doped silicon (NIDOS) films with various N/Si ratios. Thermal oxide was grown in dry oxygen at 900°C and 1100°C on NIDOS films. The result indicates that the nitrogen content of NIDOS films, assessed by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), greatly influences their oxidation rate.

  9. Electron irradiation and thermal driven chemistry on H2S-CH3OH-NH3-H2O and CH3OH-NH3-H2O ices: application to Jupiter Trojans

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    Mahjoub, A.; Poston, M.; Hand, K.; Brown, M.; Blacksberg, J.; Eiler, J.; Hodyss, R.; Carlson, R.; Ehlmann, B.; Choukroun, M.

    2015-10-01

    In this work we investigate chemical reactions driven by irradiation and thermal processing of outer solar system simulants and the resultant products. The main goal of this laboratory simulation work is testing migration hypotheses predicted by solar system formation models [1]. The ice samples are chosen to simulate the differences between chemistry in objects initially located inside and outside the stability line of H2S. CH3OH-NH3-H2O (3-ice) and H2S-CH3OH-NH3-H2O (4-ice) ice films was irradiated under ultrahigh vacuum conditions. Mid- IR analysis of the ice composition and mass spectrometry monitoring of the released volatiles during the heating of the irradiated mixtures show a rich chemistry for both mixtures. Our experimental work suggests that S-bearing molecules like OCS and SO2 could be formed under conditions expected for objects that initially contained near-surface frozen H2S and were then exposed to space weathering, particularly heating and irradiation while migrating to a position close to Jupiter's orbit.

  10. Synthesis, structural characterization, electrical properties and antioxidant activity of [p-(NH3)C6H4NH3]3P6O18·6H2O

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    Fezai, Ramzi; Mezni, Ali; Kahlaoui, Messaoud; Rzaigui, Mohamed

    2016-09-01

    Single crystals of a novel organic cyclohexaphosphate, [p-(NH3)C6H4NH3]3P6O18.6H2O, have been prepared in aqueous solution. Its crystal structure can be described by a three-dimensional framework where the P6O186- rings are interconnected by hydrogen bonds to form anionic layers between which organic cations are located. Hydrogen bonding network connecting the different components is given. The thermal stability and spectroscopic properties of this material are given too. Its DC and AC electrical conductivities, modulus analysis and dielectric constants have been investigated. The AC conductivity is found to obey the universal power law. The DC electrical conductivity indicates a semiconductor behavior. The kind of the observed conduction is protonic by translocation. X-rays structural and electrical results are correlated. This compound has also been screened for its antioxidant activity, determined in vitro, using 1,1-diphenyl-2-picrylhydrazyl, reducing power, hydroxyl scavenging ability and ferrous ion chelating (FIC) methods and with ascorbic acid as reference.

  11. Measuring concentrations of volatile organic compounds in vinyl flooring.

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    Cox, S S; Little, J C; Hodgson, A T

    2001-08-01

    The initial solid-phase concentration of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) is a key parameter influencing the emission characteristics of many indoor materials. Solid-phase measurements are typically made using solvent extraction or thermal headspace analysis. The high temperatures and chemical solvents associated with these methods can modify the physical structure of polymeric materials and, consequently, affect mass transfer characteristics. To measure solid-phase concentrations under conditions resembling those in which the material would be installed in an indoor environment, a new technique was developed for measuring VOC concentrations in vinyl flooring (VF) and similar materials. A 0.09-m2 section of new VF was punched randomly to produce -200 0.78-cm2 disks. The disks were milled to a powder at -140 degrees C to simultaneously homogenize the material and reduce the diffusion path length without loss of VOCs. VOCs were extracted from the VF particles at room temperature by fluidized-bed desorption (FBD) and by direct thermal desorption (DTD) at elevated temperatures. The VOCs in the extraction gas from FBD and DTD were collected on sorbent tubes and analyzed by gas chromatography/mass spectrometry (GC/MS). Seven VOCs emitted by VF were quantified. Concentration measurements by FBD ranged from 5.1 microg/g VF for n-hexadecane to 130 microg/g VF for phenol. Concentrations measured by DTD were higher than concentrations measured by FBD. Differences between FBD and DTD results may be explained using free-volume and dual-mobility sorption theory, but further research is necessary to more completely characterize the complex nature of a diffusant in a polymer matrix. PMID:11518293

  12. Emissions calculated from particulate matter and gaseous ammonia measurements from a commercial dairy in California, USA

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    Emission rates and factors for particulate matter (PM) and gaseous ammonia (NH3) were estimated from measurements taken at a dairy in California, USA in June 2008. Concentration measurements were made using both point and remote sensors. Filter-based PM samplers and OPCs characterized aerodynamic an...

  13. Stabilizing effects of large counter ion: Synthesis, characterization and single crystal X-ray structure determination of [Co(NH 3) 6][HgI 4]I·H 2O

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    Sharma, Raj Pal; Singh, Ajnesh; Venugopalan, Paloth; Smolentsev, Anton I.; Gubanov, Alexander I.

    2010-06-01

    In an attempt to synthesize [Co(NH 3) 6][Hg 2I 7], a new cobalt(III) complex salt, [Co(NH 3) 6][HgI 4]I·H 2O ( 1) was crystallized from a solution of hexaamminecobalt(III) bromide and potassium heptaiodatodimercurate(II) in aqueous medium in 1:1 M ratio. It has been characterized by elemental analyses, spectroscopic techniques (e.g. UV/visible, IR), solubility product and conductance measurements. The complex salt crystallizes in trigonal crystal system with space group R3c. Single crystal X-ray structure determination revealed the presence of discrete ions: [Co(NH 3) 6] 3+ cation, one [HgI 4] 2-, one I - anions and one lattice water molecule. The crystal structure of complex salt, consist of a bilayered structure demonstrating "rosette structure" arrangements involving N sbnd H…I and N sbnd H…O hydrogen-bond interactions through second sphere coordination. The crystal lattice is stabilized by these non-covalent interactions besides electrostatic interaction.

  14. Optical fiber underwater fluorometer for measuring chlorophyll-a concentration

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    Zheng, Longjiang; Hou, Peiguo; Wang, Yutian

    2000-10-01

    This paper describes an efficient method for in-situ measurement of chlorophyll-a concentration in the seawater with fluorescence method and optical fiber techniques. The instrument uses the pulsed xenon lamp as the excited light resources. Both the exciting light and the fluorescence from algae chlorophyll-a are transmitted along two fiber bundles. The fluorescent signal is detected by using the relevant pulsed detecting technology. The minimal detecting concentration of chlorophyll-a in the ocean can reach 1x10-5mg/cm3. The system has advantages of simple structure, passive sensor head and high sensitivity. The experimental results show that this measurement method is realizable.

  15. In situ refractometry for concentration measurements in refrigeration systems

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    Newell, T.A.

    1997-12-31

    An in situ refractometer was developed that is capable of measuring both the concentrations of oil in refrigerants, and the concentrations of aqueous coolant brines. A description of the technique, and example data are presented for R-134a/PAG oil, aqueous ethylene glycol, and aqueous propylene glycol solutions. The R-134a/PAG oil sensor data show a measurement sensitivity of less than 0.1% oil in the refrigerant, although error between data sets shows an uncertainty of approximately {+-}0.8%. Ethylene glycol and propylene glycol data show high signal level variations due to the large variation of the index of refraction between water and the glycols.

  16. Two instruments based on differential optical absorption spectroscopy (DOAS) to measure accurate ammonia concentrations in the atmosphere

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    Volten, H.; Bergwerff, J. B.; Haaima, M.; Lolkema, D. E.; Berkhout, A. J. C.; van der Hoff, G. R.; Potma, C. J. M.; Wichink Kruit, R. J.; van Pul, W. A. J.; Swart, D. P. J.

    2012-02-01

    We present two Differential Optical Absorption Spectroscopy (DOAS) instruments built at RIVM: the RIVM DOAS and the miniDOAS. Both instruments provide virtually interference-free measurements of NH3 concentrations in the atmosphere, since they measure over an open path, without suffering from inlet problems or interference problems by ammonium aerosols dissociating on tubes or filters. They measure concentrations up to at least 200 μg m-3, have a fast response, low maintenance demands, and a high up-time. The RIVM DOAS has a high accuracy of typically 0.15 μg m-3 for ammonia for 5-min averages and over a total light path of 100 m. The miniDOAS has been developed for application in measurement networks such as the Dutch National Air Quality Monitoring Network (LML). Compared to the RIVM DOAS it has a similar accuracy, but is significantly reduced in size, costs, and handling complexity. The RIVM DOAS and miniDOAS results showed excellent agreement (R2 = 0.996) during a field measurement campaign in Vredepeel, the Netherlands. This measurement site is located in an agricultural area and is characterized by highly variable, but on average high ammonia concentrations in the air. The RIVM-DOAS and miniDOAS results were compared to the results of the AMOR instrument, a continuous-flow wet denuder system, which is currently used in the LML. Averaged over longer time spans of typically a day, the (mini)DOAS and AMOR results agree reasonably well, although an offset of the AMOR values compared to the (mini)DOAS results exists. On short time scales, the (mini)DOAS shows a faster response and does not show the memory effects due to inlet tubing and transport of absorption fluids encountered by the AMOR. Due to its high accuracy, high uptime, low maintenance and its open path, the (mini)DOAS shows a good potential for flux measurements by using two (or more) systems in a gradient set-up and applying the aerodynamic gradient technique.

  17. Two instruments based on differential optical absorption spectroscopy (DOAS) to measure accurate ammonia concentrations in the atmosphere

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    Volten, H.; Bergwerff, J. B.; Haaima, M.; Lolkema, D. E.; Berkhout, A. J. C.; van der Hoff, G. R.; Potma, C. J. M.; Wichink Kruit, R. J.; van Pul, W. A. J.; Swart, D. P. J.

    2011-08-01

    We present two Differential Optical Absorption Spectroscopy (DOAS) instruments built at RIVM, the RIVM DOAS and the miniDOAS. Both instruments provide virtually interference free measurements of NH3 concentrations in the atmosphere, since they measure over an open path, without suffering from inlet problems or interference problems by ammonium aerosols dissociating on tubes or filters. They measure concentrations up to at least 200 μg m-3, have a fast response, low maintenance demands, and a high up-time. The RIVM DOAS has a high accuracy of typically 0.15 μg m-3 for ammonia over 5-min averages and over a total light path of 100 m. The miniDOAS has been developed for application in measurement networks such as the Dutch National Air Quality Monitoring Network (LML). Compared to the RIVM DOAS it has a similar accuracy, but is significantly reduced in size, costs, and handling complexity. The RIVM DOAS and miniDOAS results showed excellent agreement (R2 = 0.996) during a field measurement campaign in Vredepeel, the Netherlands. This measurement site is located in an agricultural area and is characterized by highly variable, but on average high ammonia concentrations in the air. The RIVM-DOAS and miniDOAS results were compared to the results of the AMOR instrument, a continuous-flow wet denuder system, which is currently used in the LML. Averaged over longer time spans of typically a day the (mini)DOAS and AMOR results agree reasonably well, although an offset of the AMOR values compared to the (mini)DOAS results exists. On short time scales the (mini)DOAS shows a faster response and does not show the memory effects due to inlet tubing and transport of absorption fluids encountered by the AMOR. Due to its high accuracy, high uptime, low maintenance and its open path, the (mini)DOAS shows a good potential for flux measurements by using two (or more) systems in a gradient set-up and applying the aerodynamic gradient technique.

  18. Effects of Si/Al Ratio on Cu/SSZ-13 NH3-SCR Catalysts: Implications for the active Cu species and the Roles of Brønsted Acidity

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    Gao, Feng; Washton, Nancy M.; Wang, Yilin; Kollar, Marton; Szanyi, Janos; Peden, Charles HF

    2015-09-03

    Cu/SSZ-13 catalysts with three Si/Al ratios of 6, 12 and 35 were synthesized with Cu incorporation via solution ion exchange. The implications of varying Si/Al ratios on the nature of the multiple Cu species that can be present in the SSZ-13 zeolite are a major focus of this work, as highlighted by the results of a variety of catalyst characterization and reaction kinetics measurements. Specifically, catalysts were characterized with surface area/pore volume measurements, temperature programmed reduction by H2 (H2-TPR), NH3 temperature programmed desorption (NH3-TPD), and DRIFTS and solid-state nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopies. Catalytic properties were examined using NO oxidation, ammonia oxidation, and standard ammonia selective catalytic reduction (NH3-SCR) reactions on selected catalysts under differential conditions. Besides indicating possible variably active multiple Cu species for these reactions, the measurements are also used to untangle some of the complexities caused by the interplay between redox of Cu ion centers and Brønsted acidity. All three reactions appear to follow a redox reaction mechanism, yet the roles of Brønsted acidity are quite different. For NO oxidation, increasing Si/Al ratio lowers Cu redox barriers, thus enhancing reaction rates. Brønsted acidity appears to play essentially no role for this reaction. For standard NH3-SCR, residual Brønsted acidity plays a significant beneficial role at both low- and high-temperature regimes. For NH3 oxidation, no clear trend is observed suggesting both Cu ion center redox and Brønsted acidity play important and perhaps competing roles. The authors gratefully acknowledge the US Department of Energy (DOE), Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Vehicle Technologies Office for the support of this work. The research described in this paper was performed in the Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory (EMSL), a national scientific user facility sponsored by the DOE’s Office of

  19. The influence of thoron on instruments measuring radon activity concentration.

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    Michielsen, N; Bondiguel, S

    2015-11-01

    Thoron, the isotope 220 of radon, is a radionuclide whose concentration may influence the measurement of the activity concentration of (222)Rn in the air. If in the case of continuous and active sampling measuring instruments, using a pump for example, the influence of thoron on radon measurement is obvious and is taken into account in the apparatus, it is often assumed that in the case of a passive sampling, by diffusion through a filter for example, this thoron influence is negligible. This is due to the very short radioactive half-life of thoron, 55.6 s (3.82 d for (222)Rn), and the assumption that the diffusion time of thoron in the detection chamber is long enough beside that of the thoron half-life. The objective of this study is to check whether this assumption is true or not for different kinds of commercial electronic apparatus used to measure radon activity concentration from soil to dwellings. First of all, the devices were calibrated in activity concentration of radon, and then they were exposed to a controlled thoron atmosphere. The experiments concerning the thoron aimed to investigate the sensitivity to thoron in the radon measuring mode of the apparatus. Results of these experiments show that all devices have a very quick answer to thoron atmosphere, even though the sensitivities vary from one instrument to another. Results clearly show that this influence on radon measurement due to the thoron is observed also after the exposition because of the decay of (212)Pb and its progenies. In conclusion, the sensitivity to thoron in the radon measuring mode depends strongly on the type of instruments. The results of the present investigation show that for some apparatus, the influence of thoron cannot be disregarded especially when measuring radon in soil. PMID:25953787

  20. Absorption and dissociative photoionization cross sections of NH3 from 80 to 1120 A

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    Samson, James A. R.; Haddad, G. N.; Kilcoyne, L. D.

    1987-01-01

    The total absorption, photoionization, and dissociative photoionization cross sections of ammonia have been measured from 80 to 1120 A. All possible fragment ions have been observed including doubly ionized ammonia. The absolute ionization efficiencies have also been measured in this spectral range. The appearance potentials of the fragment ions have been measured and are compared with the calculated appearance potentials derived from published heats of formation and ionization potentials of the fragments.

  1. Credible evidence for the passivation effect of remnant PbI2 in CH3NH3PbI3 films in improving the performance of perovskite solar cells

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    Wang, Shimao; Dong, Weiwei; Fang, Xiaodong; Zhang, Qingli; Zhou, Shu; Deng, Zanhong; Tao, Ruhua; Shao, Jingzhen; Xia, Rui; Song, Chao; Hu, Linhua; Zhu, Jun

    2016-03-01

    The role of remnant PbI2 in CH3NH3PbI3 films is still controversial, some investigations have revealed that the remnant PbI2 plays a passivation role, reduces the charge recombination in perovskite solar cells (PSCs), and improves the performance of PSCs, but the opposing views state that remnant PbI2 has no passivation effect and it would deteriorate the stability of the devices. In our investigation, the CH3NH3PbI3 films have been prepared by a two-step spin-coating method and the content of the remnant PbI2 in CH3NH3PbI3 films has been tuned by varying the preparation temperature. It has been found that increasing the heating temperature could increase the coverage of spin-coated PbI2 films, which has led to high coverage CH3NH3PbI3 films and more remnant PbI2 in CH3NH3PbI3 films, and as a result, the performance of PSCs was enhanced obviously and the maximum power conversion efficiency of 14.32 +/- 0.28% was achieved by the PSCs prepared at 130/120 °C (PbI2 films were heated at 130 °C and CH3NH3PbI3 films were heated at 120 °C). Furthermore, the dark current, electrochemical impedance spectroscopy and time-resolved fluorescence emission decay measurements revealed that the charge recombination in PSCs has been gradually suppressed and the fluorescence emission lifetime has gradually increased with the content of remnant PbI2 increasing. Thus, the passivation effects of the unreacted and decomposed PbI2 in improving the performance of PSCs have been confirmed unquestionably.The role of remnant PbI2 in CH3NH3PbI3 films is still controversial, some investigations have revealed that the remnant PbI2 plays a passivation role, reduces the charge recombination in perovskite solar cells (PSCs), and improves the performance of PSCs, but the opposing views state that remnant PbI2 has no passivation effect and it would deteriorate the stability of the devices. In our investigation, the CH3NH3PbI3 films have been prepared by a two-step spin-coating method and the

  2. Outdoor radon concentration measurements: some correlation with major urban pollutants.

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    Garbero, V; Dellacasa, G; Bianchi, D; Magnoni, M; Erbetta, L

    2009-12-01

    Air pollutants concentration in the urban air strongly depends on the properties of the planetary boundary layer (the lower region of the atmosphere), roughly up to 1 km from Earth's surface. Radioactive radon gas has been recognised by various authors as a valuable natural tracer of transport and dispersion within this layer. To achieve a better comprehension of the urban pollution dynamic in the town of Alessandria, situated in the Po Valley in the north-west of Italy, a system for continuous measurement of radon concentration in outdoor air was experimented. This paper presents the first results obtained: the hourly trend of radon concentration in the diurnal course during different seasons and its correlation with the concentration of the major urban pollutants. PMID:19906661

  3. Magnetic Ordering-Induced Multiferroic Behavior in [CH3NH3][Co(HCOO)3] Metal-Organic Framework.

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    Gómez-Aguirre, L Claudia; Pato-Doldán, Breogán; Mira, J; Castro-García, Socorro; Señarís-Rodríguez, María Antonia; Sánchez-Andújar, Manuel; Singleton, John; Zapf, Vivien S

    2016-02-01

    We present the first example of magnetic ordering-induced multiferroic behavior in a metal-organic framework magnet. This compound is [CH3NH3][Co(HCOO)3] with a perovskite-like structure. The A-site [CH3NH3](+) cation strongly distorts the framework, allowing anisotropic magnetic and electric behavior and coupling between them to occur. This material is a spin canted antiferromagnet below 15.9 K with a weak ferromagnetic component attributable to Dzyaloshinskii-Moriya (DM) interactions and experiences a discontinuous hysteretic magnetic-field-induced switching along [010] and a more continuous hysteresis along [101]. Coupling between the magnetic and electric order is resolved when the field is applied along this [101]: a spin rearrangement occurs at a critical magnetic field in the ac plane that induces a change in the electric polarization along [101] and [10-1]. The electric polarization exhibits an unusual memory effect, as it remembers the direction of the previous two magnetic-field pulses applied. The data are consistent with an inverse-DM mechanism for multiferroic behavior. PMID:26717023

  4. Characterization of an Fe≡N-NH2 Intermediate Relevant to Catalytic N2 Reduction to NH3

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    Connor, Bridget A.; Gunderson, William A.; Zhang, Limei; Hoffman, Brian M.; Peters, Jonas C.

    2015-01-01

    The ability of certain transition metals to mediate the reduction of N2 to NH3 has attracted broad interest in the biological and inorganic chemistry communities. Early transition metals such as Mo and W readily bind N2 and mediate its protonation at one or more N atoms to furnish M(NxHy) species that can be characterized and, in turn, extrude NH3. By contrast, the direct protonation of Fe-N2 species to Fe(NxHy) products that can be characterized has been elusive. Herein we show that addition of acid at low temperature to [(TPB)Fe(N2)][Na(12-crown-4)] results in a new S = 1/2 Fe species. EPR, ENDOR, Mössbauer, and EXAFS analysis, coupled with a DFT study, unequivocally assign this new species as [(TPB)Fe≡N-NH2]+, a doubly protonated hydrazido(2-) complex featuring an Fe-to-N triple bond. This unstable species offers strong evidence that the first steps in Fe-mediated nitrogen reduction by [(TPB)Fe(N2)][Na(12-crown-4)] can proceed along a distal or `Chatt-type' pathway. A brief discussion of whether subsequent catalytic steps may involve early or late stage cleavage of the N-N bond, as would be found in limiting distal or alternating mechanisms, respectively, is also provided. PMID:26000443

  5. Characterization of an Fe≡N-NH2 Intermediate Relevant to Catalytic N2 Reduction to NH3.

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    Anderson, John S; Cutsail, George E; Rittle, Jonathan; Connor, Bridget A; Gunderson, William A; Zhang, Limei; Hoffman, Brian M; Peters, Jonas C

    2015-06-24

    The ability of certain transition metals to mediate the reduction of N2 to NH3 has attracted broad interest in the biological and inorganic chemistry communities. Early transition metals such as Mo and W readily bind N2 and mediate its protonation at one or more N atoms to furnish M(N(x)H(y)) species that can be characterized and, in turn, extrude NH3. By contrast, the direct protonation of Fe-N2 species to Fe(N(x)H(y)) products that can be characterized has been elusive. Herein, we show that addition of acid at low temperature to [(TPB)Fe(N2)][Na(12-crown-4)] results in a new S = 1/2 Fe species. EPR, ENDOR, Mössbauer, and EXAFS analysis, coupled with a DFT study, unequivocally assign this new species as [(TPB)Fe≡N-NH2](+), a doubly protonated hydrazido(2-) complex featuring an Fe-to-N triple bond. This unstable species offers strong evidence that the first steps in Fe-mediated nitrogen reduction by [(TPB)Fe(N2)][Na(12-crown-4)] can proceed along a distal or "Chatt-type" pathway. A brief discussion of whether subsequent catalytic steps may involve early or late stage cleavage of the N-N bond, as would be found in limiting distal or alternating mechanisms, respectively, is also provided. PMID:26000443

  6. Magnetic ordering-induced multiferroic behavior in [CH3NH3][Co(HCOO)3] metal-organic framework.

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    Gomez-Aguirre, Lilian Claudia; Zapf, Vivien S.; Pato-Doldan, Breogan; Mira, Jorge; Castro-Garcia, Socorro; Senaris-Rodriguez, Maria Antonia; Sanchez-Andujara, Manuel; Singleton, John

    2015-12-30

    Here, we present the first example of magnetic ordering-induced multiferroic behavior in a metal–organic framework magnet. This compound is [CH3NH3][Co(HCOO)3] with a perovskite-like structure. The A-site [CH3NH3]+ cation strongly distorts the framework, allowing anisotropic magnetic and electric behavior and coupling between them to occur. This material is a spin canted antiferromagnet below 15.9 K with a weak ferromagnetic component attributable to Dzyaloshinskii–Moriya (DM) interactions and experiences a discontinuous hysteretic magnetic-field-induced switching along [010] and a more continuous hysteresis along [101]. Coupling between the magnetic and electric order is resolved when the field is applied along this [101]: a spin rearrangementmore » occurs at a critical magnetic field in the ac plane that induces a change in the electric polarization along [101] and [10-1]. The electric polarization exhibits an unusual memory effect, as it remembers the direction of the previous two magnetic-field pulses applied. The data are consistent with an inverse-DM mechanism for multiferroic behavior.« less

  7. Electrical properties and conduction mechanism of [C2H5NH3]2CuCl4 compound

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    Mohamed, C. Ben; Karoui, K.; Jomni, F.; Guidara, K.; Rhaiem, A. Ben

    2015-02-01

    The [(C2H5)NH3]2CuCl4 compound was prepared and characterized by several technique: the X-ray powder diffraction confirms the purity of the synthetized compound, the differential scanning calorimetric show several phase transitions at 236 K, 330 K, 357 K and 371 K, the dialectical properties confirms the ferroelectric-paraelectric phase transition at 238 K, which is reported by V. Kapustianyk et al. (2007) [1]. The two semi-circles observed in the complex impedance identify the presence of the grain interior and grain boundary contributions to the electrical response in this material. The equivalent circuit is modeled by a combination series of two parallel RP-CPE circuits. The temperature dependence of the alternative current conductivity (σg) and direct current conductivity (σdc) confirm the observed transitions in the calorimetric study. The (AC) electrical conduction in [(C2H5)NH3]2CuCl4 was studied by two processes that can be attributed to a hopping transport mechanism: the non-overlapping small polaron tunneling (NSPT) model in phase III and the correlated barrier hopping (CBH) model in phases I, II, IV, V and VI.

  8. Regeneration of field-spent activated carbon catalysts for low-temperature selective catalytic reduction of NOx with NH3

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    Jeon, Jong Ki; Kim, Hyeonjoo; Park, Young-Kwon; Peden, Charles HF; Kim, Do Heui

    2011-10-15

    In the process of producing liquid crystal displays (LCD), the emitted NOx is removed over an activated carbon catalyst by using selective catalytic reduction (SCR) with NH3 at low temperature. However, the catalyst rapidly deactivates primarily due to the deposition of boron discharged from the process onto the catalyst. Therefore, this study is aimed at developing an optimal regeneration process to remove boron from field-spent carbon catalysts. The spent carbon catalysts were regenerated by washing with a surfactant followed by drying and calcination. The physicochemical properties before and after the regeneration were investigated by using elemental analysis, TG/DTG (thermogravimetric/differential thermogravimetric) analysis, N2 adsorption-desorption and NH3 TPD (temperature programmed desorption). Spent carbon catalysts demonstrated a drastic decrease in DeNOx activity mainly due to heavy deposition of boron. Boron was accumulated to depths of about 50 {mu}m inside the granule surface of the activated carbons, as evidenced by cross-sectional SEM-EDX analysis. However, catalyst activity and surface area were significantly recovered by removing boron in the regeneration process, and the highest NOx conversions were obtained after washing with a non-ionic surfactant in H2O at 70 C, followed by treatment with N2 at 550 C.

  9. Uranus and Neptune structure models with ab initio EOS data for CH4, NH3, and H2O

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    Nettelmann, Nadine; Fortney, Jonathan; Hamel, Sebastien; Bethkenhagen, Mandy; Redmer, Ronald

    2014-05-01

    Uranus and Neptune are supposed to be rich in ices in their deep interiors as their mean density closely resembles that of liquid water. Moreover, highly super-solar abundances of CH4 and CO, indicative of internal water, have been observed in their atmospheres. We here compare ab initio equations of state for CH4, NH3, and H2O and apply them to compute ice-rich, adiabatic internal structure models of Uranus and Neptune. The explicit consideration of the light ices CH4 and NH3 allows us to put tighter constraints on the minimum H/He abundance in their deep interior, which was found to be non-zero in all previous Uranus and in most of the Neptune models that were based on water as a proxy for ices. In particular, we investigate if hydrogen in the deep interior can solely be a result of assumed Carbon sedimentation (diamond rain), as an alternative scenario to the early accretion of H/He containing material during the formation of the planets. We conclude by discussing the deep internal H/He abundance in light of rock-rich and warmer-than-adiabatic interiors, which has been suggested to explain Uranus' low intrinsic luminosity. Our models serve to better understand the formation and bulk composition of Neptune-sized planets.

  10. Computational study of Al- or P-doped single-walled carbon nanotubes as NH3 and NO2 sensors

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    Azizi, Khaled; Karimpanah, Mohammad

    2013-11-01

    Density functional theory (DFT) calculations were carried out to analyze the electronic and structural properties of pristine and aluminum or phosphorus doped (8,0) single walled carbon nanotube (SWCNT) as a sensor for the detection of nitrogen dioxide (NO2) and ammonia (NH3). The binding energies, equilibrium gas-nanotube distances, the amounts of charge transfer and molecular orbital schemes as well as the density of states have been calculated and used to interpret the mechanism of gas adsorption on the surface of nanotubes. In agreement with the experimental data, our results show considerable binding energy and energy gap alteration due to the adsorption of NO2 on pristine SWCNT. The results reveal that the doping of both Al and P atoms increase the capability of the nanotube for the adsorption of NO2, and the effect is more significant for the Al-doped nanotube. The Al-doped nanotube can also be considered as a good sensor for NH3 due to its high binding energy, considerable amount of charge transfer and energy band gap alteration.

  11. Low Threshold Two-Photon-Pumped Amplified Spontaneous Emission in CH3NH3PbBr3 Microdisks.

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    Yang, Bin; Mao, Xin; Yang, Songqiu; Li, Yajuan; Wang, Yanqiu; Wang, Meishan; Deng, Weiqiao; Han, Keli

    2016-08-01

    Two-photon-pumped amplified spontaneous emission (ASE) of CH3NH3PbBr3 microdisks (MDs) were investigated by using femtosecond laser system. Low threshold at 2.2 mJ cm(-2) was obtained. Also, emission spectral tunability from 500 to 570 nm was demonstrated by synthesis the mixed halide perovskite MDs. The spatial effect of photoluminescence (PL) properties under one-photon and two-photon excitation were also studied by means of two-photon laser scanning microscope (TPLSM) and time-resolved PL spectroscopy. It was found that the band to band emission of near-surface regions and photocarriers' diffusion from near-surface regions to interior regions is significant for one-photon excitation. By contrast, reabsorption of emission under two-photon excitation plays a major role in the emission properties of the MDs. These results will give a more comprehensive understanding of the nonlinear effect of CH3NH3PbBr3 single crystals. PMID:27391527

  12. Triggering N2 Uptake via Redox Induced Expulsion of Coordinated NH3 and N2 Silylation at Trigonal Bipyramidal Iron

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    Lee, Yunho; Mankad, Neal P.

    2010-01-01

    The biological reduction of nitrogen to ammonia may occur via one of two predominant pathways in which nitrogenous NxHy intermediates including hydrazine (N2H4), diazene (N2H2), nitride (N3-) and imide (NH2-) may be involved. To test the validity of hypotheses concerning iron’s direct role in the stepwise reduction of N2, iron model systems are needed. Such systems can test the chemical compatibility of iron with various proposed NxHy intermediates, and the reactivity patterns of such species. Here we describe a TBP (SiPR3)Fe-L scaffold (SiPR3 represents [Si(o-C6H4PR2)3]−; R = Ph and iPr) where the apical site is occupied by nitrogenous ligands such as N2, N2H4, NH3 and N2R. The system accommodates terminally bound N2 in the three formal oxidation states (iron(0), +1, and +2). N2 uptake is demonstrated via displacement of its reduction partners NH3 and N2H4, and N2 functionalizaton is illustrated via electrophilic silylation. PMID:20571574

  13. Combined use of nitrification inhibitor and struvite crystallization to reduce the NH3 and N2O emissions during composting.

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    Jiang, Tao; Ma, Xuguang; Tang, Qiong; Yang, Juan; Li, Guoxue; Schuchardt, Frank

    2016-10-01

    Struvite crystallization (SCP) is combined with a nitrification inhibitor (dicyandiamide, DCD) to mitigate the NH3 and N2O emission during composting. The MgO and H3PO4 were added at a rate of 15% (mole/mole) of initial nitrogen, and the DCD was added at rates of 0%, 2.5%, 5.0%, 7.5% and 10% (w/w) of initial nitrogen respectively. Results showed that the combination use of SCP and DCD was phytotoxin free. The SCP could significantly reduce NH3 losses by 45-53%, but not the DCD. The DCD significantly inhibits nitrification when the content was higher than 50mgkg(-1), and that could reduce the N2O emission by 76.1-77.6%. The DCD degraded fast during the thermophilic phase, as the nitrification will be inhibited by the high temperature and high free ammonia content in this stage, the DCD w