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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

    2016-06-01

    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.

  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

    2016-12-01

    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

  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. 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.

  8. 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...

  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. [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

  16. 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.

  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. 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.

  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 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.

  5. 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.

  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. 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.

  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

    2016-05-01

    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.

  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

    2016-01-01

    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

  13. 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

  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. 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

  1. 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

  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

    2016-07-01

    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.

  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

    2016-04-01

    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.

  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. 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

  5. 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

  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. 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

  4. 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

  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. 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

  18. 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.

  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

    2016-04-14

    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

  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.

    2016-04-01

    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

  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. 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.

  16. 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.

  17. 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.

  18. 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

  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. 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

  4. 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.

  5. 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).

  6. 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

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  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. 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

  14. 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

  15. 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

  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. 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.

  19. 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

  20. 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.

  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. 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.

  3. 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.

  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. [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

  8. 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

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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

  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. 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.

  18. 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

  19. 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.

  20. 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.

  1. 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.

  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 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.

  4. 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

  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