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  1. Effect of grain orientation on ductility in a nanocrystalline Ni-Fe alloy

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    Li, Hongqi; Misra, Amit; Liaw, Peter K; Choo, Hahn

    2008-01-01

    The influence of columnar grain geometry on mechanical property was studied in an electrodeposited nanocrystalline Ni-Fe alloy. The compressive results show that the strength is independent of grain orientation. However, the plastic strain increased remarkably when the loading axis is parallel to the direction of grain columns, which is due to the enhanced grain boundary and dislocation activities. The significance of the current study is that a new strategy was developed to improve the ductility of nanocrystalline materials.

  2. Microstructure Evolution during Cold Rolling in a Nanocrystalline Ni-Fe Alloy Determined by Synchrotron X-ray Diffraction

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    Li, Li; Ungar, Prof Tomas; Wang, Y. D.; Morris, James R; Tichy, G.; Lendvai, J.; Wang, Y. L.; Ren, Y.; Choo, H.; Liaw, Peter K

    2009-01-01

    Stress softening after cold rolling is observed in an electrodeposited nanocrystalline Ni-Fe alloy. The grain-size distribution becomes much broader after the cold rolling. Microstructure changes, though moderate, such as simultaneously decreased dislocation and twin densities with grain growth during cold rolling, are systematically proved by synchrotron high-energy X-ray diffraction, and transmission-electron microscopy and differential-scanning calorimetry (DSC). The amorphous fractions in the form of grain boundaries are evidenced by the diffuse-background scatterings and large DSC values. Partial dislocation separation calculation, a dislocation mean free path and annihilation model, and texture development together reveal that the current nanocrystalline Ni-Fe alloy exhibits the combined behavior of perfect dislocation slip and grain-boundary mediated deformation.

  3. Dislocation density evolution during high pressure torsion of a nanocrystalline Ni-Fe alloy

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    Li, Hongqi; Wang, Y B; Ho, J C; Cao, Y; Liao, X Z; Ringer, S P; Zhu, Y T; Zhao, Y H; Lavernia, E J

    2009-01-01

    High-pressure torsion (HPT) induced dislocation density evolution in a nanocrystalline Ni-20wt.%Fe alloy was investigated using X-ray diffraction and transmission electron microscopy. Results suggest that the dislocation density evolution is different from that in coarse-grained materials. An HPT process first reduces the dislocation density within nanocrystalline grains and produces a large number of dislocations located at small-angle sub grain boundaries that are formed via grain rotation and coalescence. Continuing the deformation process eliminates the sub grain boundaries but significantly increases the dislocation density in grains. This phenomenon provides an explanation of the mechanical behavior of some nanostructured materials.

  4. Mechanism of grain growth during severe plastic deformation of a nanocrystalline Ni-Fe alloy

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    Li, Hongqi; Wang, Y B; Ho, J C; Liao, X Z; Zhu, Y T; Ringer, S P

    2009-01-01

    Deformation induced grain growth has been widely reported in nanocrystalline materials. However, the grain growth mechanism remains an open question. This study applies high-pressure torsion to severely deform bulk nanocrystalline Ni-20 wt % Fe disks and uses transmission electron microscopy to characterize the grain growth process. Our results provide solid evidence suggesting that high pressure torsion induced grain growth is achieved primarily via grain rotation for grains much smaller than 100 nm. Dislocations are mainly seen at small-angle subgrain boundaries during the grain growth process but are seen everywhere in grains after the grains have grown large.

  5. Structure modulation driven by cyclic deformation in nanocrystalline NiFe

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    Cheng, Sheng; Wang, Xun-Li; Zhao, Yh; Wang, Yinmin; Liaw, Peter K; Lavernia, Ej

    2010-01-01

    Theoretical modeling suggests that the grain size remains unchanged during fatigue crack growth in nanocrystalline metals. Here we demonstrate that a modulated structure is generated in a nanocrystalline Ni-Fe alloy under cyclic deformation. Substantial grain coarsening and loss of growth twins are observed in the path of fatigue cracks, while the grains away from the cracks remain largely unaffected. Statistical analyses suggest that the grain coarsening is realized through the grain lattice rotation and coalescence and the loss of growth twins may be related to the detwinning process near crack tip.

  6. Synergism between polyurethane and polydopamine in the synthesis of Ni-Fe alloy monoliths.

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    Naresh Kumar, Thangavel; Sivabalan, Santhana; Chandrasekaran, Naveen; Phani, Kanala Lakshminarasimha

    2015-02-01

    Herein, we report the first synthesis of a light-weight macroporous 3-D alloy monolith of Ni-Fe/C using synergism between polydopamine (pDA) and polyurethane (pU); in situ formed polyurethane (pU) enables efficient mixing of pDA (carbon source) and Ni-FeOx resulting in Ni-Fe alloy monoliths at a temperature as low as ∼600 °C. The monolithic Ni-Fe/C exhibits enhanced oxygen evolution activity. PMID:25531680

  7. Abnormal magnetization behaviors in Sm-Ni-Fe-Cu alloys

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    Yang, W. Y.; Zhang, Y. F.; Zhao, H.; Chen, G. F.; Zhang, Y.; Du, H. L.; Liu, S. Q.; Wang, C. S.; Han, J. Z.; Yang, Y. C.; Yang, J. B.

    2016-06-01

    The magnetization behaviors in Sm-Ni-Fe-Cu alloys at low temperatures have been investigated. It was found that the hysteresis loops show wasp-waisted character at low temperatures, which has been proved to be related to the existence of multi-phases, the Fe/Ni soft magnetic phases and the CaCu5-type hard magnetic phase. A smooth-jump behavior of the magnetization is observed at T>5 K, whereas a step-like magnetization process appears at T<5 K. The CaCu5-type phase is responsible for such abnormal magnetization behavior. The magnetic moment reversal model with thermal activation is used to explain the relation of the critical magnetic field (Hcm) to the temperature (T>5 K). The reversal of the moment direction has to cross over an energy barrier of about 6.6×10-15 erg. The step-like jumps of the magnetization below 5 K is proposed to be resulted from a sharp increase of the sample temperature under the heat released by the irreversible domain wall motion.

  8. High-frequency permeability of electroplated CoNiFe and CoNiFe-C alloys

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    Rhen, Fernando M. F.; McCloskey, Paul; O'Donnell, Terence; Roy, Saibal

    We have investigated CoNiFe and CoNiFe-C electrodeposited by pulse reverse plating (PRP) and direct current (DC) techniques. CoNiFe(PRP) films with composition Co 59.4Fe 27.7Ni 12.8 show coercivity of 95 A m -1 (1.2 Oe) and magnetization saturation flux ( μ0Ms) of 1.8 T. Resistivity of CoNiFe (PRP) is about 24 μΩ cm and permeability remains almost constant μr' ˜475 up to 30 MHz with a quality factor ( Q) larger than 10. Additionally, the permeability spectra analysis shows that CoNiFe exhibits a classical eddy current loss at zero bias field and ferromagnetic resonance (FMR) when biased with 0.05 T. Furthermore, a crossover between eddy current and FMR loss is observed for CoNiFe-PRP when baised with 0.05 T. DC and PRP plated CoNiFe-C, which have resistivity and permeability of 85, 38 μΩ cm, μr'=165 and 35 with Q>10 up to 320 MHz, respectively, showed only ferromagnetic resonance losses. The ferromagnetic resonance peaks in CoNiFe and CoNiFe-C are broad and resembles a Gaussian distribution of FMR frequencies. The incorporation of C to CoNiFe reduces eddy current loss, but also reduces the FMR frequency.

  9. A NiFeCu alloy anode catalyst for direct-methane solid oxide fuel cells

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    Wang, Wei; Zhu, Huaiyu; Yang, Guangming; Park, Hee Jung; Jung, Doh Won; Kwak, Chan; Shao, Zongping

    2014-07-01

    In this study, a new anode catalyst based on a NiFeCu alloy is investigated for use in direct-methane solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs). The influence of the conductive copper introduced into the anode catalyst layer on the performance of the SOFCs is systematically studied. The catalytic activity for partial oxidation of methane and coking resistance tests are proposed with various anode catalyst layer materials prepared using different methods, including glycine nitrate process (GNP), physical mixing (PM) and impregnation (IMP). The surface conductivity tests indicate that the conductivities of the NiFe-ZrO2/Cu (PM) and NiFe-ZrO2/Cu (IMP) catalysts are considerably greater than that of NiFe-ZrO2/Cu (GNP), which is consistent with the SEM results. Among the three preparation methods, the cell containing the NiFe-ZrO2/Cu (IMP) catalyst layer performs best on CH4-O2 fuel, especially under reduced temperatures, because the coking resistance should be considered in real fuel cell conditions. The cell containing the NiFe-ZrO2/Cu (IMP) catalyst layer also delivers an excellent operational stability using CH4-O2 fuel for 100 h without any signs of decay. In summary, this work provides new alternative anode catalytic materials to accelerate the commercialization of SOFC technology.

  10. Magnetic properties of pulse-reverse electrodeposited nanocrystalline NiFe/Cu composite wires in relation to the anodic current

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    Seet, H. L.; Li, X. P.; Lee, K. S.; Chia, H. Y.; Zheng, H. M.; Ng, W. C.

    2007-12-01

    Ni80Fe20/Cu composite wires were developed using the pulse-reverse electrodeposition technique with the cathodic (positive) current Ic fixed at 1 mA and the anodic (negative) current IA varied from 10 to 90% of Ic. The relationship between the magnetic properties of pulse reverse electrodeposited nanocrystalline NiFe/Cu composite wires and the anodic current was investigated. The results showed that the smaller the magnitude of the anodic current, the smaller was the average nanocrystalline grain size of the deposited material and the better was the uniformity of the surface, and consequently, the better the magnetic properties.

  11. Magnetism in NiFeMo disordered alloys: Experiment and theory

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    Banerjee, Mitali; Banerjee, Rudra; Majumdar, A. K.; Mookerjee, Abhijit; Sanyal, Biplab; Nigam, A. K.

    2010-10-01

    In this communication we carry out experimental investigation of the behavior of magnetization with temperature and magnetic field of six samples at different compositions of the disordered ternary alloy NiFeMo. We analyze the data using a fist-principles density functional based electronic structure method and a mean-field phase diagram study.

  12. PVD synthesis and high-throughput property characterization of NiFeCr alloy libraries

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    Rar, A.; Frafjord, J. J.; Fowlkes, Jason D.; Specht, E. D.; Rack, P. D.; Santella, M. L.; Bei, H.; George, E. P.; Pharr, G. M.

    2004-12-16

    Three methods of alloy library synthesis, thick-layer deposition followed by interdiffusion, composition-spread codeposition and electron-beam melting of thick deposited layers, have been applied to Ni-Fe-Cr ternary and Ni-Cr binary alloys. Structural XRD mapping and mechanical characterization by means of nanoindentation have been used to characterize the properties of the libraries. The library synthesis methods are compared from the point of view of the structural and mechanical information they can provide.

  13. Martensite Transformation and Magnetic Properties of Ni-Fe-Ga Heusler Alloys

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    Nath, Hrusikesh; Phanikumar, Gandham

    2015-11-01

    Compositional instability and phase formation in Ni-Fe-Ga Heusler alloys are investigated. The alloys are synthesized into two-phase microstructure. Their structures are identified as fcc and L 21, respectively. The γ-phase formation could be suppressed with higher Ga-content in the alloy as Ga stabilizes austenite phase, but Ga lowers the martensite transformation temperature. The increase of Fe content improves the magnetization value and the increase of Ni from 52 to 55 at. pct raises the martensite transformation temperature from 216 K to 357 K (-57 °C to 84 °C). Magnetic properties and martensitic transformation behavior in Ni-Fe-Ga Heusler alloys follow opposite trends, while Ni replaces either Fe or Ga, whereas they follow similar trends, while Fe replaces Ga. Modulated martensite structure has low twinning stress and high magneto crystalline anisotropic properties. Thus, the observation of 10- and 14 M-modulated martensite structures in the studied Ni-Fe-Ga Heusler alloys is beneficial for shape memory applications. The interdependency of alloy composition, phase formation, magnetic properties, and martensite transformation are discussed.

  14. Phonon densities of states of face-centered-cubic Ni-Fe alloys

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    Lucas, Matthew; Mauger, L; Munoz, Jorge A.; Halevy, I; Horwath, J; Semiatin, S L; Leontsev, S. O.; Stone, Matthew B; Abernathy, Douglas L; Xiao, Yuming; Chow, P; Fultz, B.

    2013-01-01

    Inelastic neutron scattering and nuclear resonant inelastic x-ray scattering were used to determine the phonon densities of states of face-centered-cubic Ni-Fe alloys. Increasing Fe concentration results in an average softening of the phonon modes. Chemical ordering of the Ni0.72Fe0.28 alloy results in a reduction of the partial vibrational entropy of the Fe atoms but does not significantly change the partial vibrational entropy of the Ni atoms. Changes in the phonon densities of states with composition and chemical ordering are discussed and analyzed with a cluster expansion method.

  15. Nanocrystalline Pd:NiFe2O4 thin films: A selective ethanol gas sensor

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    Rao, Pratibha; Godbole, R. V.; Bhagwat, Sunita

    2016-10-01

    In this work, Pd:NiFe2O4 thin films were investigated for the detection of reducing gases. These films were fabricated using spray pyrolysis technique and characterized using X-ray diffraction (XRD) to confirm the crystal structure. The surface morphology was studied using scanning electron microscopy (SEM). Magnetization measurements were carried out using SQUID VSM, which shows ferrimagnetic behavior of the samples. These thin film sensors were tested against methanol, ethanol, hydrogen sulfide and liquid petroleum gas, where they were found to be more selective to ethanol. The fabricated thin film sensors exhibited linear response signal for all the gases with concentrations up to 5 w/o Pd. Reduction in optimum operating temperature and enhancement in response was also observed. Pd:NiFe2O4 thin films exhibited faster response and recovery characteristic. These sensors have potential for industrial applications because of their long-term stability, low power requirement and low production cost.

  16. Spin-driven ordering of Cr in the equiatomic high entropy alloy NiFeCrCo

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    Niu, C.; Zaddach, A. J.; Oni, A. A.; Sang, X.; Hurt, J. W.; LeBeau, J. M.; Koch, C. C.; Irving, D. L.

    2015-04-01

    Spin-driven ordering of Cr in an equiatomic fcc NiFeCrCo high entropy alloy (HEA) was predicted by first-principles calculations. Ordering of Cr is driven by the reduction in energy realized by surrounding anti-ferromagnetic Cr with ferromagnetic Ni, Fe, and Co in an alloyed L12 structure. The fully Cr-ordered alloyed L12 phase was predicted to have a magnetic moment that is 36% of that for the magnetically frustrated random solid solution. Three samples were synthesized by milling or casting/annealing. The cast/annealed sample was found to have a low temperature magnetic moment that is 44% of the moment in the milled sample, which is consistent with theoretical predictions for ordering. Scanning transmission electron microscopy measurements were performed and the presence of ordered nano-domains in cast/annealed samples throughout the equiatomic NiFeCrCo HEA was identified.

  17. Spin-driven ordering of Cr in the equiatomic high entropy alloy NiFeCrCo

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    Niu, C.; Zaddach, A. J.; Oni, A. A.; Sang, X.; LeBeau, J. M.; Koch, C. C.; Irving, D. L.; Hurt, J. W.

    2015-04-20

    Spin-driven ordering of Cr in an equiatomic fcc NiFeCrCo high entropy alloy (HEA) was predicted by first-principles calculations. Ordering of Cr is driven by the reduction in energy realized by surrounding anti-ferromagnetic Cr with ferromagnetic Ni, Fe, and Co in an alloyed L1{sub 2} structure. The fully Cr-ordered alloyed L1{sub 2} phase was predicted to have a magnetic moment that is 36% of that for the magnetically frustrated random solid solution. Three samples were synthesized by milling or casting/annealing. The cast/annealed sample was found to have a low temperature magnetic moment that is 44% of the moment in the milled sample, which is consistent with theoretical predictions for ordering. Scanning transmission electron microscopy measurements were performed and the presence of ordered nano-domains in cast/annealed samples throughout the equiatomic NiFeCrCo HEA was identified.

  18. Stress Corrosion Cracking of Ni-Fe-Cr Alloys Relevant to Nuclear Power Plants

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    Persaud, Suraj

    Stress corrosion cracking (SCC) of Ni-Fe-Cr alloys and weld metals was investigated in simulated environments representative of high temperature water used in the primary and secondary circuits of nuclear power plants. The mechanism of primary water SCC (PWSCC) was studied in Alloys 600, 690, 800 and Alloy 82 dissimilar metal welds using the internal oxidation model as a guide. Initial experiments were carried out in a 480°C hydrogenated steam environment considered to simulate high temperature reducing primary water. Ni alloys underwent classical internal oxidation intragranularly resulting in the expulsion of the solvent metal, Ni, to the surface. Selective intergranular oxidation of Cr in Alloy 600 resulted in embrittlement, while other alloys were resistant owing to their increased Cr contents. Atom probe tomography was used to determine the short-circuit diffusion path used for Ni expulsion at a sub-nanometer scale, which was concluded to be oxide-metal interfaces. Further exposures of Alloys 600 and 800 were done in 315°C simulated primary water and intergranular oxidation tendency was comparable to 480°C hydrogenated steam. Secondary side work involved SCC experiments and electrochemical measurements, which were done at 315°C in acid sulfate solutions. Alloy 800 C-rings were found to undergo acid sulfate SCC (AcSCC) to a depth of up to 300 microm in 0.55 M sulfate solution at pH 4.3. A focused-ion beam was used to extract a crack tip from a C-ring and high resolution analytical electron microscopy revealed a duplex oxide structure and the presence of sulfur. Electrochemical measurements were taken on Ni alloys to complement crack tip analysis; sulfate was concluded to be the aggressive anion in mixed sulfate and chloride systems. Results from electrochemical measurements and crack tip analysis suggested a slip dissolution-type mechanism to explain AcSCC in Ni alloys.

  19. Nanocrystalline NiFe2O4 and nanocomposites of (NiFe2O4)(1-x)(Al2O3)x (x = 0.25, 0.40): superparamagnetic behavior and Mössbauer spectroscopy.

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    Mukherjee, S; Acharya, S; Das, D; Chakrabarti, P K

    2010-09-01

    Nanocrystalline NiFe2O4 with different particle sizes and nanocomposites of (NiFe2O4)(1-x)(Al2O3)x (x = 0.25, 0.40) were prepared by using co-precipitation method. In this method two techniques viz., 'ultrasonication' and 'magnetic stirring' during co-precipitation were used. The as prepared samples were annealed at different temperatures to obtain samples with different particle sizes. The formation of the nanocrystalline spinel phases of all the samples were confirmed by X-ray diffraction (XRD) patterns. The sizes of the nanoparticles of all the samples were calculated from the broadening of the (311) line in the XRD pattern. The distribution of sizes are remarkably less in samples obtained from 'ultrasonication' technique compared to those obtained in 'magnetic stirring' technique. The different soft magnetic quantities viz., coercive field, magnetization, remanance, hysteresis losses etc. were extracted from the ac hysteresis loops observed at different frequencies. The variations of coercive field and hysteresis loss as functions of frequency and particle sizes have been studied. Mössbauer spectra of the samples along with the hysteresis loops recorded at room temperature indicate the presence of superparamagnetic (SPM) relaxations of the nanoparticles. Also, SPM relaxations have been introduced in the samples annealed at higher temperature by encapsulating the nanoparticles in non-magnetic matrix of Al2O3 with 40% coating. PMID:21133083

  20. Microstructural and magnetic characterization of iron precipitation in Ni-Fe-Al alloys

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    Duman, Nagehan; Mekhrabov, Amdulla O.; Akdeniz, M. Vedat

    2011-06-15

    The influence of annealing on the microstructural evolution and magnetic properties of Ni{sub 50}Fe{sub x}Al{sub 50-x} alloys for x = 20, 25, and 30 has been investigated. Solidification microstructures of as-cast alloys reveal coarse grains of a single B2 type {beta}-phase and typical off eutectic microstructure consisting of proeutectic B2 type {beta} dendrites and interdendritic eutectic for x = 20 and x > 20 at.% Fe respectively. However, annealing at 1073 K results in the formation of FCC {gamma}-phase particles along the grain boundaries as well as grain interior in x = 20 at.% Fe alloy. The volume fraction of interdentritic eutectic regions tend to decrease and their morphologies start to degenerate by forming FCC {gamma}-phase for x > 20 at.% Fe alloys with increasing annealing temperatures. Increasing Fe content of alloys induce an enhancement in magnetization and a rise in the Curie transition temperature (T{sub C}). Temperature scan magnetic measurements and transmission electron microscopy reveal that a transient rise in the magnetization at temperatures well above the T{sub C} of the alloys would be attributed to the precipitation of a nano-scale ferromagnetic BCC {alpha}-Fe phase. Retained magnetization above the Curie transition temperature of alloy matrix, together with enhanced room temperature saturation magnetization of alloys annealed at favorable temperatures support the presence of ferromagnetic precipitates. These nano-scale precipitates are shown to induce significant precipitation hardening of the {beta}-phase in conjunction with enhanced room temperature saturation magnetization in particular when an annealing temperature of 673 K is used. - Research Highlights: {yields} Evolution of microstructure and magnetic properties with varying Fe content. {yields} Transient rise in magnetization via the formation of ferromagnetic phase. {yields} Enhancements in saturation magnetization owing to precipitated ferromagnetic phase. {yields} Nanoscale

  1. Damage tolerance of wrought alloy 718 Ni-Fe-base superalloy

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    Chang, M. . Dept. of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering); Koul, A.K.; Au, P.; Terada, T. . Structures and Materials Lab.)

    1994-06-01

    The influence of a modified heat treatment (MHT) and the standard heat treatment (SHT) on the damage tolerance of alloy 718 turbine disk material has been studied over a range of temperature -- from room temperature to 650 C. The influence of these heats treatments on creep, low-cycle fatigue (LCF), notch sensitivity, cyclic stability, and fatigue crack growth rate (FCGR) properties has been studied. The microstructure developed through the MHT sequence is shown to be damage tolerant over the temperature range studied. Shot peening leads to a marked improvement in the LCF crack initiation life of the MHT material relative to the SHT material at 650 C. Serrated grain boundaries formed through controlled precipitation of grain-boundary [delta] phase are beneficial to elevated-temperature FCGRs. The [delta]-phase precipitates formed at an angle to the grain boundaries do not make the material notch sensitive.

  2. Damage tolerance of wrought alloy 718 Ni- Fe-base superalloy

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    Chang, M.; Koul, A. K.; Au, P.; Terada, T.

    1994-06-01

    The influence of a modified heat treatment (MHT) and the standard heat treatment (SHT) on the damage tolerance of alloy 718 turbine disk material has been studied over a range of temperatures— from room temperature to 650 °. The influence of these heat treatments on creep, low-cycle fatigue (LCF), notch sensitivity, cyclic stability, and fatigue crack growth rate (FCGR) properties has been studied. The microstructure developed through the MHT sequence is shown to be damage tolerant over the temperature range studied. Shot peening leads to a marked improvement in the LCF crack initiation life of the MHT material relative to the SHT material at 650 °. Serrated grain boundaries formed through controlled precipitation of grain-boundary 5 phase are beneficial to elevated- temperature FCGRs. The S-phase precipitates formed at an angle to the grain boundaries do not make the material notch sensitive.

  3. Microstructural change during (liquid phase sintering) of W-Ni-Fe alloy

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    Park, J.K.; Eun, K.Y. ); Kang, S.L

    1989-05-01

    The changes of bulk density and microstructures during heating and liquid phase sintering of 98W-1Ni-1Fe compacts prepared from 1 and 5 {mu}m W powders have been observed in order to characterize the densification behavior. The compact prepared from a fine (1 {mu}m) W powder begins to densify rapidly at about 1200{degrees}C in the solid state during heating, attaining about 95 pct density upon reaching the liquid phase sintering temperature of 1460{degrees}C. The compact prepared from a coarse (5 {mu}m) W powder begins to densify rapidly at about 1400{degrees}C in the solid state, attaining about 87 pct density upon reaching the liquid phase sintering temperature. Thus, the skeleton of grains is already formed prior to liquid formation. During the isothermal liquid phase sintering, substantial grain growth occurs, and the liquid flows into both open and closed pores, filling them sequentially from the regions with small cross-sections. The grains subsequently grow into the liquid pockets which have been formed at the pore sites. The sequential pore filling by first liquid thus is shown to be the dominant densification process during the liquid phase sintering of this alloy.

  4. The Influence of Cooling Rate During Crystallization on the Effective Partitioning Coefficient in High-Entropy Alloys from Al-Ti-Co-Ni-Fe System

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    Górecki, Kamil; Bala, Piotr; Cios, Grzegorz; Koziel, Tomasz; Stępień, Milena; Wieczerzak, Krzysztof

    2016-07-01

    An influence of two different cooling rates on the microstructure and dispersion of the components of high-entropy alloy from Al-Ti-Co-Ni-Fe system has been examined. For investigated alloys, the effective partitioning coefficient has been calculated. This factor indicates the degree of segregation of elements and allows for the specification of the differences between dendrites and interdendritic regions. The obtained results allow for the conclusion that the cooling rate substantially affect the growth of dendrites and the volume fraction of interdendritic regions as well as the partitioning of elements in the alloy. Furthermore, the obtained results made it possible to compare the influence of the cooling rate and the chemical composition on the dispersion of the alloying elements.

  5. The Influence of Cooling Rate During Crystallization on the Effective Partitioning Coefficient in High-Entropy Alloys from Al-Ti-Co-Ni-Fe System

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    Górecki, Kamil; Bala, Piotr; Cios, Grzegorz; Koziel, Tomasz; Stępień, Milena; Wieczerzak, Krzysztof

    2016-04-01

    An influence of two different cooling rates on the microstructure and dispersion of the components of high-entropy alloy from Al-Ti-Co-Ni-Fe system has been examined. For investigated alloys, the effective partitioning coefficient has been calculated. This factor indicates the degree of segregation of elements and allows for the specification of the differences between dendrites and interdendritic regions. The obtained results allow for the conclusion that the cooling rate substantially affect the growth of dendrites and the volume fraction of interdendritic regions as well as the partitioning of elements in the alloy. Furthermore, the obtained results made it possible to compare the influence of the cooling rate and the chemical composition on the dispersion of the alloying elements.

  6. Experimental Investigations on Pulsed Nd:YAG Laser Welding of C17300 Copper-Beryllium and 49Ni-Fe Soft Magnetic Alloys

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    Mousavi, S. A. A. Akbari; Ebrahimzadeh, H.

    2011-01-17

    Copper-beryllium and soft magnetic alloys must be joined in electrical and electro-mechanical applications. There is a high difference in melting temperatures of these alloys which cause to make the joining process very difficult. In addition, copper-beryllium alloys are of age hardenable alloys and precipitations can brittle the weld. 49Ni-Fe alloy is very hot crack sensitive. Moreover, these alloys have different heat transfer coefficients and reflection of laser beam in laser welding process. Therefore, the control of welding parameters on the formation of adequate weld puddle composition is very difficult. Laser welding is an advanced technique for joining of dissimilar materials since it can precisely control and adjust the welding parameters. In this study, a 100W Nd:YAG pulsed laser machine was used for joining 49Ni-Fe soft magnetic to C17300 copper-beryllium alloys. Welding of samples was carried out autogenously by changing the pulse duration, diameter of beam, welding speed, voltage and frequency. The spacing between samples was set to almost zero. The ample were butt welded. It was required to apply high voltage in this study due to high reflection coefficient of copper alloys. Metallography, SEM analysis, XRD and microhardness measurement was used for survey of results. The results show that the weld strength depends upon the chemical composition of the joints. To change the wells composition and heat input of the welds, it was attempted to deviate the laser focus away from the weld centerline. The best strength was achieved by deviation of the laser beam away about 0.1mm from the weld centerline. The result shows no intermetallic compounds if the laser beam is deviated away from the joint.

  7. Experimental Investigations on Pulsed Nd:YAG Laser Welding of C17300 Copper-Beryllium and 49Ni-Fe Soft Magnetic Alloys

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    Mousavi, S. A. A. Akbari; Ebrahimzadeh, H.

    2011-01-01

    Copper-beryllium and soft magnetic alloys must be joined in electrical and electro-mechanical applications. There is a high difference in melting temperatures of these alloys which cause to make the joining process very difficult. In addition, copper-beryllium alloys are of age hardenable alloys and precipitations can brittle the weld. 49Ni-Fe alloy is very hot crack sensitive. Moreover, these alloys have different heat transfer coefficients and reflection of laser beam in laser welding process. Therefore, the control of welding parameters on the formation of adequate weld puddle composition is very difficult. Laser welding is an advanced technique for joining of dissimilar materials since it can precisely control and adjust the welding parameters. In this study, a 100W Nd:YAG pulsed laser machine was used for joining 49Ni-Fe soft magnetic to C17300 copper-beryllium alloys. Welding of samples was carried out autogenously by changing the pulse duration, diameter of beam, welding speed, voltage and frequency. The spacing between samples was set to almost zero. The ample were butt welded. It was required to apply high voltage in this study due to high reflection coefficient of copper alloys. Metallography, SEM analysis, XRD and microhardness measurement was used for survey of results. The results show that the weld strength depends upon the chemical composition of the joints. To change the wells composition and heat input of the welds, it was attempted to deviate the laser focus away from the weld centerline. The best strength was achieved by deviation of the laser beam away about 0.1mm from the weld centerline. The result shows no intermetallic compounds if the laser beam is deviated away from the joint.

  8. Fabrication of glass/Ni-Fe-P ternary alloy core/shell composite hollow microspheres through a modified electroless plating process

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    An, Zhen-guo; Zhang, Jing-jie; Pan, Shun-long

    2008-12-01

    Glass/Ni-Fe-P ternary alloy core/shell composite hollow microspheres were fabricated by a modified electroless plating process. In the process, a coupling procedure was employed with 3-aminopropyltriethoxy silane as the coupling agent and silver nitrate was used as the activator. The effect of process parameters, such as mole ratio of (NH 4) 2Fe(SO 4) 2/NiSO 4, pH value of the plating solution and reaction temperature, on plating rate and properties of the composite microspheres were investigated. The results showed that the coupling treatment could improve the uniformity of Ni-Fe-P deposits remarkably. The plating rate was reduced rapidly with the increase of mole ratio of (NH 4) 2Fe(SO 4) 2/NiSO 4. The increase of the pH value could enhance the plating rate and the percentage of iron in the deposits. The as-obtained microspheres were magnetically soft at room temperature and their magnetic properties got better with the enhancement of the percentage of iron in the deposits.

  9. Ductility enhancement from interface dislocation sources in a directionally solidified beta + gamma + gamma-prime Ni-Fe-Al composite alloy

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    Larsen, M.; Misra, A.; Hartfield-Wunsch, S.; Noebe, R.; Gibala, R.

    1990-01-01

    A directionally solidified beta + gamma + gamma-prime Ni-Fe-Al in situ composite alloy of composition Ni50Fe30Al20 has been used to investigate the effect of a plastically soft second phase on the mechanical behavior of a B2 ordered intermetallic alloy. This material exhibits extensive plasticity during compressive deformation at room temperature and fails in shear with extensive gamma + gamma-prime lamellar or rod pullout. The material also exhibits about 10 percent tensile elongation to fracture at room temperature, with final fracture that includes substantial necking of the gamma + gamma-prime lamellae or rods. Observation of slip lines and dislocation substructures discloses that the normally brittle beta matrix undergoes extensive plasticity in order to deform compatibly with the more ductile gamma phase. The plasticity of the beta matrix is accomplished by the generation of glissile dislocations into the beta matrix from the beta/gamma interface region and is enhanced because of a favorable beta-gamma orientation relationship for slip transfer. Ductility enhancement from interface-generated mobile dislocations generated from beta-gamma interfaces is compared to that observed in film-coated beta-NiAl single crystals and FeAl polycrystals.

  10. Temperature dependent cation distribution correlated with optical and magnetic properties of nanocrystalline NiFe1.8Gd0.2O4

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    Heiba, Zein K.; Imam, N. G.; Bakr Mohamed, Mohamed

    2015-09-01

    Nano crystalline NiFe1.8Gd0.2O4 ferrite was synthesized through citrate method at 400, 500, 600, 700 and 800 °C. Samples were characterized using X-ray diffraction (XRD), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), high resolution scanning electron microscopy (HRSEM), photoluminescence (PL) spectrophotometer, vibrating sample magnetometer (VSM) and X-ray fluorescence (XRF) technique. XRD analysis confirmed the formation of single-phase spinel structure in all the samples. From Rietveld analysis, the system is found to be inverse spinal structure with Gd3+ residing on octahedral 16c B-site and the grain boundary, while Ni2+ occupying the B-site at both 16c and 16d. The effect of preparation temperature on the crystalline phase, crystallite size, morphology, magnetic and optical properties was investigated in detail. The PL intensity of the ferrite material is enhanced upon increasing the sintering temperature from 500 to 800 °C. Upon increasing the sintering temperature, the coercive field first decreases then increases; while, on the contrary, the saturation of magnetization (Ms) first deceases then increases.

  11. Comparison of high temperature, high frequency core loss and dynamic B-H loops of two 50 Ni-Fe crystalline alloys and an iron-based amorphous alloy

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    Wieserman, W. R.; Schwarze, G. E.; Niedra, J. M.

    1991-01-01

    The availability of experimental data that characterizes the performance of soft magnetic materials for the combined conditions of high temperature and high frequency is almost nonexistent. An experimental investigation was conducted over the temperature range of 23 to 300 C and frequency range of 1 to 50 kHz to determine the effects of temperature and frequency on the core loss and dynamic B-H loops of three different soft magnetic materials; and oriented grain 50Ni-50Fe alloy, a nonoriented grain 50Ni-Fe alloy, and an iron based amorphous material (Metglas 2605SC). A comparison of these materials shows that the nonoriented grain 50Ni-50Fe alloy tends to have either the lowest or next lowest core loss for all temperatures and frequencies investigated.

  12. Fabrication and electromagnetic properties of bio-based helical soft-core particles by way of Ni-Fe alloy electroplating

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    Lan, Mingming; Zhang, Deyuan; Cai, Jun; Zhang, Wenqiang; Yuan, Liming

    2011-12-01

    Ni-Fe alloy electroplating was used as a bio-limited forming process to fabricate bio-based helical soft-core ferromagnetic particles, and a low frequency vibration device was applied to the cathode to avoid microorganism ( Spirulina platens) cells adhesion to the copper net during the course of plating. The morphologies and ingredients of the coated Spirulina cells were characterized using scanning electron microscopy and energy dispersive spectrometer. The complex permittivity and permeability of the samples containing the coated Spirulina cells before and after heat treatment were measured and investigated by a vector network analyzer. The results show that the Spirulina cells after plating keep their initial helical shape, and applying low frequency vibration to the copper net cathode in the plating process can effectively prevent agglomeration and intertwinement of the Spirulina cells. The microwave absorbing and electromagnetic properties of the samples containing the coated Spirulina cells particles with heat treatment are superior to those samples containing the coated Spirulina cells particles without heat treatment.

  13. Influence of the chemical composition of rapidly quenched amorphous alloys (Ni, Fe, Cr)-B-Si on its crystallization process

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    Elmanov, G.; Dzhumaev, P.; Ivanitskaya, E.; Skrytnyi, V.; Ruslanov, A.

    2016-04-01

    This paper presents results of research of the structure and phase transformations during the multistage crystallization of the metallic glasses with the compositions Ni71,5Cr6,8Fe2,7B11,9Si7,1 and Ni63,4Cr7,4Fe4,3Mn0,8B15,6Si8,5 labeled as AWS BNi-2 according to American Welding Society. Differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), X-ray diffraction analysis (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and energy-dispersive X-ray microanalysis (EDX) were used as experimental research methods. The influence of the alloys chemical composition (boron, manganese and iron) on the temperatures and the exothermic heat effects of phase transformations, as well as on the phase composition of alloys at three stages of crystallization was analyzed. We present a thermodynamic explanation of the observed heat effects. It has been shown that manganese has the main influence on the phase transformations temperatures and heat effects in these two alloys. It is also assumed that at the final crystallization stage simultaneously with the formation of phases Ni3B and β1-Ni3Si should occur the nucleation of borides of CrB type with high Cr and low Si content.

  14. Comparison of high frequency, high temperature core loss and B-H loop characteristics of an 80 Ni-Fe crystalline alloy and two iron-based amorphous alloys. [Ni; Fe

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    Wieserman, W.R. ); Schwarze, G.E. ); Niedra, J.M. )

    1991-01-10

    Limited experimental data exists for the specific core loss and dynamic B-H loops for soft magnetic materials for the combined conditions of high frequency and high temperature. This experimental study investigates the specific core loss and dynamic B-H characteristics of a nickel-iron crystalline magnetic alloy (Supermalloy) and two-iron-based amorphous magnetic materials (Metglas 2605S-3A and Metglas 2605SC) over the frequency range of 1--50 kHz and temperature range of 23--300 C under sinusoidal voltage excitation. The effects of maximum magnetic flux density, frequency, and temperature on the specific core loss and on the size and shape of the B-H loops are examined. The Supermalloy and Metglas 2605S-3A and 2605SC data are used to compare the core loss of transformers with identical kVA and voltage ratings.

  15. Room-temperature deformation behavior of a directionally solidified {beta} (B2)-(Ni-Fe-Al) intermetallic alloy

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    Misra, A.; Kim, J.T.; Gibala, R.

    1997-01-01

    The room-temperature mechanical behavior of a directionally solidified columnar-grained, single-phase {beta} (B2)-(Ni-20 at. pct Fe-30 At. pct Al) intermetallic alloy deformed along the hard {l_angle}001{r_angle} direction has been characterized. The 0.2 pct offset compressive yield stress was found to be comparable to that of {l_angle}001{r_angle} single crystals of stoichiometric NiAl. The dislocation substructure consisted of a preponderance of long, straight a{l_angle}111{r_angle} screw dislocations on {l_brace}112{r_brace} planes, with cross-slip on {l_brace}123{r_brace} and {l_brace}110{r_brace} planes. The superpartials were not resolved by weak-beam imaging conditions, indicating that the antiphase boundary (APB) energy of NiAl is not reduced significantly by the Fe addition. The dislocation substructure was analyzed as a function of strain and compared to the dislocation substructure in {l_angle}001{r_angle} NiAl and body-centered cubic (bcc) metals deformed at low homologous temperatures. The debris left behind by a{l_angle}111{r_angle} screw dislocations consisted of prismatic edge dipole loops 5 to 25 nm in diameter.

  16. Nanocrystalline Pd alloy films coated by electroless deposition.

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    Strukov, G V; Strukova, G K; Batov, I E; Sakharov, M K; Kudrenko, E A; Mazilkin, A A

    2011-10-01

    The structures of palladium and palladium alloys thin films deposited from organic electrolytes onto metallic substrates by electroless plating method have been investigated. The coatings are dense, pore-free 0.005-1 microm thick films with high adhesive strength to the substrate surface. EDX, XRD, SEM and TEM methods were used to determine the composition and structure of alloy coatings of the following binary systems: Pd-Au, Pd-Ag, Pd-Ni, Pd-Pb, and ternary system Pd-Au-Ni. The coatings of Pd-Au, Pd-Ag and Pd-Ni have a solid solution structure, whereas Pd-Pb is intermetallic compound. It has been found that the deposited films consist of nanocrystalline grains with sizes in the range of 11-35 nm. Scanning and transmission electron microscopy investigations reveal the existence of clusters formed by nanocrystalline grains. The origin for the formation of nanocrystalline structures of coating films is discussed. PMID:22400291

  17. Bulk CoNiFe-SiB Amorphous and Nanostructured Alloys Produced by Plasma Spray Deposition and Dynamic Compaction: Formation of Soft Magnetic Properties

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    Denisova, Elena; Kuzovnikova, Ludmila; Iskhakov, Rauf; Kuzovnikov, Aleksandr; Lepeshev, Anatoly; Nemtsev, Ivan; Saunin, Viktor; Telegin, Sergey; Bondarenko, Galina; Mal`tsev, Vadim

    The bulk nanostructured Co58Ni10Fe5B16Si11 alloys were prepared by dynamic compaction and plasma spray deposition techniques. The investigation of structure and magnetic properties of bulk samples was carried out by X-ray diffraction, electron microscopy and correlation magnetometry. The bulk samples produced by both methods can be characterized as a heterophase system. The highest value of permeability 20 · 103 for plasma spraying coating is achieved when volume fraction of nanocrystalline phase with Curie temperature Tc ∼ 640 K is increased to 30%. The magnetic characteristics, such as the saturation magnetization, the Bloch constant, the local magnetic anisotropy field, the ferromagnetic resonance linewidth, and the coercivity remain unchanged after both compaction techniques. It was shown that the plasma spraying method allows to obtain bulk magnetically soft materials with magnetic parameters that are not inferior to the characteristics of a thermally treated rapidly quenched ribbon with the same composition.

  18. Investigations of mechanically alloyed nanocrystalline materials by microacoustic techniques

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    Dubief, P.; Hunsinger, J. J.; Gaffet, E.

    1996-09-01

    The purpose of this work is to determine whether yes or no, there is a difference between the physico-chemical properties of the nanocrystalline and the microcrystalline materials. This paper deals with the acoustical behavior of nanocrystalline materials which were prepared by ball- milling and mechanical alloying. Based on two specific techniques (acoustic microinterferometry and acoustic microechography), some of the mechanical properties (elastic ones) may be determined, related to a materials volume of about a few micrometers 3 (for the high frequency 600 MHz apparatus). Thus the mechanically alloyed powders (typically 200 micrometers in diameter), behave as massive materials in this range of frequency. The measurements are directly obtained on the grains and do not take into account the voids induced by further sinthering process. The result of such a micromechanical approach will be given for pure ball-milled elements (Fe) and for the supersaturated solid phase Fe(Si) obtained by mechanical alloying.

  19. Corrosion properties of nanocrystalline cobalt and cobalt-phosphorus alloys

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    Jung, Hundal

    In this thesis, the corrosion properties of electrodeposited nanocrystalline Co and Co-1.1 and 2.1 wt% P alloys (7 to 20 nm grain size) were investigated in a wide range of solution pH by using polarization and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy techniques along with scanning electron microscopy, energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy, transmission electron microscopy and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy analysis. In 0.1 M H2SO 4 and 0.5 M Na2SO4 solutions (pH 1 and 3, respectively), nanocrystalline Co showed higher anodic and cathodic reaction rates and reduced localized corrosion attack compared to coarse grained Co counterparts. An enhanced electrochemical reaction rate of nanocrystalline Co was correlated to a significant increase in grain boundaries and triple junctions. For pure Co, a catalytic mechanism has been suggested to rationalize a more favorable route for their anodic dissolution reaction. An addition of P leads to a significant increase of corrosion resistance of nanocrystalline Co-P due to the increased elemental P concentration on the corroded surface at Eoc following an initial selective dissolution of Co. However, at higher anodic overpotential, the superior corrosion resistance of nanocrystalline Co-P did not last due to the formation of a porous and defective surface film. The excellent corrosion resistance of nanocrystalline Co-P deteriorated from heat treatment at 350°C and 800°C due to higher chemical heterogeneity. In a 3.56% NaCl solution at pH 6.2, nanocrystalline Co-P showed a higher anodic dissolution rate than that of nanocrystalline Co due to a reduced adsorption area of chloride ions. However, the corrosion rate of nanocrystalline Co-P decreased in comparison to nanocrystalline Co due to a much smaller cathodic exchange current density for oxygen reduction on nanocrystalline Co-P. A physical model was elaborated to explain the different response of annealed nanocrystalline Co-P by considering the different adsorption properties

  20. Resputtering Effect on Nanocrystalline Ni-Ti Alloy Films

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    Priydarshini, B. Geetha; Esakkiraja, N.; Aich, Shampa; Chakraborty, M.

    2016-04-01

    We report on the effect of resputtering on the properties of nanocrystalline Ni-Ti alloy thin films deposited using co-sputtering of Ni and Ti targets. In order to facilitate the formation of nanocrystalline phases, films were deposited at room temperature and 573 K (300 °C) with substrate bias voltage of -100 V. The influence of substrate material on the composition, surface topography microstructure, and phase formations of nanocrystalline Ni-Ti thin films was also systematically investigated. The preferential resputtering of Ti adatoms was lesser for Ni-Ti films deposited on quartz substrate owing to high surface roughness of 4.87 nm compared to roughness value of 1.27 nm for Si(100) substrate.

  1. Influence of hot isostatic pressing on the structure and properties of an innovative low-alloy high-strength aluminum cast alloy based on the Al-Zn-Mg-Cu-Ni-Fe system

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    Akopyan, T. K.; Padalko, A. G.; Belov, N. A.

    2015-11-01

    Hot isostatic pressing (HIP) is applied for treatment of castings of innovative low-ally high-strength aluminum alloy, nikalin ATs6N0.5Zh based on the Al-Zn-Mg-Cu-Ni-Fe system. The influence of HIP on the structure and properties of castings is studied by means of three regimes of barometric treatment with different temperatures of isometric holding: t 1 = 505 ± 2°C, p 1 = 100 MPa, τ1 = 3 h (HIP1); t 2 = 525 ± 2°C, p 2 = 100 MPa, τ2 = 3 h (HIP2); and t 3 = 545 ± 2°C, p 3 = 100 MPa, τ3 = 3 h (HIP3). It is established that high-temperature HIP leads to actually complete elimination of porosity and additional improvement of the morphology of second phases. Improved structure after HIP provides improvement properties, especially of plasticity. In particular, after heat treatment according of regime HIP2 + T4 (T4 is natural aging), the alloy plasticity is improved by about two times in comparison with the initial state (from ~6 to 12%). While applying regime HIP3 + T6 (T6 is artificial aging for reaching the maximum strength), the plasticity has improved by more than three times in comparison with the initial state, as after treatment according to regimes HIP1 + T6 and HIP2 + T6 (from ~1.2 to ~5.0%), which are characterized by a lower HIP temperature.

  2. On the remarkable thermal stability of nanocrystalline cobalt via alloying

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    Bachmaier, A.; Motz, C.

    2015-01-01

    Nanostructured Co materials are produced by severe plastic deformation via alloying with small amounts of C and larger amounts of Cu. The thermal stability of the different nanostructured Co materials is studied through isothermal annealing at different temperatures for various times and compared to the stability of severe plastically deformed high-purity nanocrystalline Co. The microstructural changes taking place during annealing are evaluated by scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy and microhardness measurements. In the present work it is shown that the least stable nanostructured material is the single-phase high purity Co. Alloying with C improves the thermal stability to a certain extent. A remarkable thermal stability is achieved by alloying Co with Cu resulting in stabilized nanostructures even after annealing for long times at high temperatures. The essential reason for the enhanced thermal stability is to be found in the immiscibility of both components of the alloy. PMID:25892849

  3. Diffusion, phase equilibria and partitioning experiments in the Ni-Fe-Ru system

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    Blum, Joel D.; Wasserburg, G. J.; Hutcheon, I. D.; Beckett, J. R.; Stolper, E. M.

    1989-01-01

    Results are presented on thin-film diffusion experiments designed to investigate phase equilibria in systems containing high concentrations of Pt-group elements, such as Ni-Fe-Ru-rich systems containing Pt, at temperatures of 1273, 1073, and 873 K. The rate of Ru diffusion in Ni was determined as a function of temperature, and, in addition, the degree of Pt and Ir partitioning between phases in a Ni-Fe-Ru-rich system and of V between phases in a Ni-Fe-O-rich system at 873 were determined. It was found that Pt preferentially partitions into the (gamma)Ni-Fe phase, whereas Ir prefers the (epsilon)Ru-Fe phase. V partitions strongly into Fe oxides relative to (gamma)Ni-Fe. These results have direct application to the origin and thermal history of the alloys rich in Pt-group elements in meteorites.

  4. Electrode characteristics of nanocrystalline AB{sub 5} compounds prepared by mechanical alloying

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    Chen, Z.; Chen, Z.; Zhou, D.; Huang, P.; Su, Y.; Lue, M.

    1998-10-01

    Nanocrystalline LaNi{sub 5} and LaNi{sub 4.5}Si{sub 0.5} synthesized by mechanical alloying were used as negative materials for Ni-MH batteries. It was found that the electrodes prepared with the nanocrystalline powders had similar discharge capacities, better activation behaviors, and longer cycle lifetimes, compared with the negative electrode prepared with polycrystalline coarse-grained LaNi{sub 5} alloy. The properties of the electrodes prepared with these nanocrystalline materials were attributed to the structural characteristics of the compounds caused by mechanical alloying.

  5. Structural and Mössbauer spectroscopic study of Fe-Ni alloy nanoparticles

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    Kumar, Asheesh; Banerjee, S. Sudarsan, V.; Meena, S. S.

    2014-04-24

    Nano-crystalline Fe-Ni alloys have been synthesized in ethylene glycol medium. Based on XRD studies it is confirmed that, in these alloys Fe atoms are incorporated at Ni site to form Ni-Fe solid solutions. Mössbauer studies have established that for alloy particles having smaller size there is significant concentration of two different types of paramagnetic Fe species and their relative concentration decreased with increase in particle size.

  6. Optical Properties of ZnO-Alloyed Nanocrystalline Films

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    Che, Hui; Huso, Jesse; Morrison, John L.; Thapa, Dinesh; Huso, Michelle; Yeh, Wei Jiang; Tarun, M. C.; McCluskey, M. D.; Bergman, Leah

    2012-01-01

    ZnO is emore » merging as one of the materials of choice for UV applications. It has a deep excitonic energy level and a direct bandgap of ~3.4 eV. Alloying ZnO with certain atomic constituents adds new optical and electronic functionalities to ZnO. This paper presents research on M g x Z n 1 − x O and Z n S 1 − x O x nanocrystalline flexible films, which enable tunable optical properties in the deep-UV and in the visible range. The ZnO and Mg 0 .3 Zn 0 .7 O films were found to have bandgaps at 3.35 and 4.02 eV, respectively. The photoluminescence of the Mg 0 .3 Zn 0 .7 O exhibited a bandedge emission at 3.95 eV, and at lower energy 3.38 eV due to the limited solubility inherent to these alloys. ZnS 0 .76 O 0 .24 and ZnS 0 .16 O 0 .84 were found to have bandgaps at 3.21 and 2.65 eV, respectively. The effect of nitrogen doping on ZnS 0 .16 O 0 .84 is discussed in terms of the highly lattice mismatched nature of these alloys and the resulting valence-band modification.« less

  7. Simulation of grain size effects in nanocrystalline shape memory alloys

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    Ahluwalia, Rajeev; Quek, Siu Sin; Wu, David T.

    2015-06-01

    Recently, it has been demonstrated that martensitic transformation in nanocrystalline shape memory alloys can be suppressed for small grain sizes. Motivated by these results, we study the grain size dependence of martensitic transformations and stress-strain response of nanocrystalline shape memory alloys within the framework of the Ginzburg-Landau (GL) theory. A GL model for a square to rectangle transformation in polycrystals is extended to account for grain boundary effects. We propose that an inhibition of the transformation in grain boundary regions can occur, if the grain boundary energy of the martensite is higher than that of the austenite phase. We show that this inhibition of transformation in grain boundary regions has a strong influence on domain patterns inside grains. Although the transformation is inhibited only at the grain boundaries, it leads to a suppression of the transformation even inside the grains as grain size is decreased. In fact, below a critical grain size, the transformation can be completely suppressed. We explain these results in terms of the extra strain gradient cost associated with grain boundaries, when the transformation is inhibited at grain boundaries. On the other hand, no significant size effects are observed when transformation is not inhibited at grain boundaries. We also study the grain size dependence of the stress strain curve. It is found that when the transformation is inhibited at grain boundaries, a significant reduction in the hysteresis associated with stress-strain curves during the loading-unloading cycles is observed. The hysteresis for this situation reduces even further as the grain size is reduced, which is consistent with recent experiments. The simulations also demonstrate that the mechanical behavior is influenced by inter-granular interactions and the local microstructural neighbourhood of a grain has a stronger influence than the orientation of the grain itself.

  8. Elastic moduli of nanocrystalline binary Al alloys with Fe, Co, Ti, Mg and Pb alloying elements

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    Babicheva, Rita I.; Bachurin, Dmitry V.; Dmitriev, Sergey V.; Zhang, Ying; Kok, Shaw Wei; Bai, Lichun; Zhou, Kun

    2016-05-01

    The paper studies the elastic moduli of nanocrystalline (NC) Al and NC binary Al-X alloys (X is Fe, Co, Ti, Mg or Pb) by using molecular dynamics simulations. X atoms in the alloys are either segregated to grain boundaries (GBs) or distributed randomly as in disordered solid solution. At 0 K, the rigidity of the alloys increases with decrease in atomic radii of the alloying elements. An addition of Fe, Co or Ti to the NC Al leads to increase in the Young's E and shear μ moduli, while an alloying with Pb decreases them. The elastic moduli of the alloys depend on a distribution of the alloying elements. The alloys with the random distribution of Fe or Ti demonstrate larger E and μ than those for the corresponding alloys with GB segregations, while the rigidity of the Al-Co alloy is higher for the case of the GB segregations. The moduli E and μ for polycrystalline aggregates of Al and Al-X alloys with randomly distributed X atoms are estimated based on the elastic constants of corresponding single-crystals according to the Voigt-Reuss-Hill approximation, which neglects the contribution of GBs to the rigidity. The results show that GBs in NC materials noticeably reduce their rigidity. Furthermore, the temperature dependence of μ for the NC Al-X alloys is analyzed. Only the Al-Co alloy with GB segregations shows the decrease in μ to the lowest extent in the temperature range of 0-600 K in comparison with the NC pure Al.

  9. Study of Fe Zr U B and Fe Zr U Cu B nanocrystalline alloys

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    Sólyom, A.; Petrovič, P.; Marko, P.; Kováč, J.; Konczos, G.

    2000-06-01

    The influence of uranium and copper additives on the crystallization process and magnetic properties was studied in Fe 87Zr 7B 6 amorphous alloys. The addition of copper resulted in homogeneous nanocrystalline precipitates and improvement of soft magnetic properties. The alloying with uranium led to the formation of inhomogeneous microstructure and increase in coercive force.

  10. Microstructure and aging behavior of conventional and nanocrystalline aluminum-copper-magnesium alloys with scandium additions

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    Zuniga, Alejandro

    The influence of small amounts of scandium (0.15 and 0.3 wt.%) on the microstructure, aging behavior and mechanical properties of 2618 (Al-Cu-Mg-Fe-Ni) and C416 (Al-Cu-Mg-Ag-Mn) alloys was studied. It was observed the overall precipitation sequence and the general morphology of the aging curve were not affected by the addition of small amounts of Sc. It was also observed that a separate population of small Al3Sc particles improved the aging response and mechanical properties of low-Cu, low-Sc Al-Cu-Mg alloys, while the formation of Al5-8Cu7-4Sc particles resulted in a decrease of the mechanical properties in high-Cu Sc-containing alloys. The Sc-modified with the best aging response (2618 + 0.15 % Sc) was cryomilled in order to produce Al-Cu-Mg-Fe-Ni-Sc nanocrystalline powders. Bulk nanocrystalline samples were consolidated from the cryomilled powder using three different techniques: hot isostatic pressing and extrusion, spark plasma sintering, cold spraying. The influence of consolidation technique on the microstructure, aging behavior and mechanical properties was analyzed. The extruded and spark plasma sintered Al-Cu-Mg-Fe-Ni-Sc nanocrystalline samples presented a bimodal grain structure consisting of coarse-grained regions located at the inter-particle region, and nanocrystalline regions at the particle interiors. The aging behavior of the nanocrystalline Al-Cu-Mg-Fe-Ni-Sc alloy was characterized by softening instead of hardening. This behavior was rationalized on the basis of changes in the precipitation processes that occur in the nanocrystalline state. On the other hand, the cold spray process promoted the formation of truly nanocrystalline coatings. The mechanisms influencing the coating formation of conventional and nanocrystalline Al-Cu-Mg-Fe-Ni-Sc samples were analyzed.

  11. Giant and reversible room-temperature elastocaloric effect in a single-crystalline Ni-Fe-Ga magnetic shape memory alloy

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    Li, Yang; Zhao, Dewei; Liu, Jian

    2016-01-01

    Good mechanical properties and large adiabatic temperature change render Heusler-type Ni2FeGa-based magnetic shape memory alloys as a promising candidate material for solid-state mechanical cooling application at ambient conditions. Superelastic behavior and associated elastocaloric effect strongly reply on deformation conditions (e.g. applied strain rate and strain level) of stress-induced martensitic transformations. With the aim of developing high-performance elastic cooling materials, in this work, we have carried out a systematic study on a Ni54Fe19Ga27 [420]-oriented single crystal by exploring the interaction between dynamic deformation parameters and thermal response. A giant and reversible adiabatic temperature change of ±7.5 K triggered by a low stress of 30 MPa was achieved. Such a high specific cooling performance thus offers the great advantage for the small scale solid-state mechanical cooling applications. Besides, a significant temporary residual strain effect has been observed at high strain rate, which is unfavorable for reversible elastocaloric effect but can be overcome by reducing stress hysteresis, and/or by elevating initial environmental temperature. The established criterion for the desirable reversible elastocaloric properties goes beyond the present system, and can be applicable for other shape memory alloys used for elastic cooling techniques. PMID:27138030

  12. Giant and reversible room-temperature elastocaloric effect in a single-crystalline Ni-Fe-Ga magnetic shape memory alloy.

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    Li, Yang; Zhao, Dewei; Liu, Jian

    2016-01-01

    Good mechanical properties and large adiabatic temperature change render Heusler-type Ni2FeGa-based magnetic shape memory alloys as a promising candidate material for solid-state mechanical cooling application at ambient conditions. Superelastic behavior and associated elastocaloric effect strongly reply on deformation conditions (e.g. applied strain rate and strain level) of stress-induced martensitic transformations. With the aim of developing high-performance elastic cooling materials, in this work, we have carried out a systematic study on a Ni54Fe19Ga27 [420]-oriented single crystal by exploring the interaction between dynamic deformation parameters and thermal response. A giant and reversible adiabatic temperature change of ±7.5 K triggered by a low stress of 30 MPa was achieved. Such a high specific cooling performance thus offers the great advantage for the small scale solid-state mechanical cooling applications. Besides, a significant temporary residual strain effect has been observed at high strain rate, which is unfavorable for reversible elastocaloric effect but can be overcome by reducing stress hysteresis, and/or by elevating initial environmental temperature. The established criterion for the desirable reversible elastocaloric properties goes beyond the present system, and can be applicable for other shape memory alloys used for elastic cooling techniques. PMID:27138030

  13. Giant and reversible room-temperature elastocaloric effect in a single-crystalline Ni-Fe-Ga magnetic shape memory alloy

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    Li, Yang; Zhao, Dewei; Liu, Jian

    2016-05-01

    Good mechanical properties and large adiabatic temperature change render Heusler-type Ni2FeGa-based magnetic shape memory alloys as a promising candidate material for solid-state mechanical cooling application at ambient conditions. Superelastic behavior and associated elastocaloric effect strongly reply on deformation conditions (e.g. applied strain rate and strain level) of stress-induced martensitic transformations. With the aim of developing high-performance elastic cooling materials, in this work, we have carried out a systematic study on a Ni54Fe19Ga27 [420]-oriented single crystal by exploring the interaction between dynamic deformation parameters and thermal response. A giant and reversible adiabatic temperature change of ±7.5 K triggered by a low stress of 30 MPa was achieved. Such a high specific cooling performance thus offers the great advantage for the small scale solid-state mechanical cooling applications. Besides, a significant temporary residual strain effect has been observed at high strain rate, which is unfavorable for reversible elastocaloric effect but can be overcome by reducing stress hysteresis, and/or by elevating initial environmental temperature. The established criterion for the desirable reversible elastocaloric properties goes beyond the present system, and can be applicable for other shape memory alloys used for elastic cooling techniques.

  14. Abiotic ammonium formation in the presence of Ni-Fe metals and alloys and its implications for the Hadean nitrogen cycle

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    Smirnov, Alexander; Hausner, Douglas; Laffers, Richard; Strongin, Daniel R; Schoonen, Martin AA

    2008-01-01

    Experiments with dinitrogen-, nitrite-, nitrate-containing solutions were conducted without headspace in Ti reactors (200°C), borosilicate septum bottles (70°C) and HDPE tubes (22°C) in the presence of Fe and Ni metal, awaruite (Ni80Fe20) and tetrataenite (Ni50Fe50). In general, metals used in this investigation were more reactive than alloys toward all investigated nitrogen species. Nitrite and nitrate were converted to ammonium more rapidly than dinitrogen, and the reduction process had a strong temperature dependence. We concluded from our experimental observations that Hadean submarine hydrothermal systems could have supplied significant quantities of ammonium for reactions that are generally associated with prebiotic synthesis, especially in localized environments. Several natural meteorites (octahedrites) were found to contain up to 22 ppm Ntot. While the oxidation state of N in the octahedrites was not determined, XPS analysis of metals and alloys used in the study shows that N is likely present as nitride (N3-). This observation may have implications toward the Hadean environment, since, terrestrial (e.g., oceanic) ammonium production may have been supplemented by reduced nitrogen delivered by metal-rich meteorites. This notion is based on the fact that nitrogen dissolves into metallic melts. PMID:18489746

  15. Influence of partial shape memory deformation on the burst character of its recovery in heated Ni-Fe-Ga-Co alloy crystals

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    Nikolaev, V. I.; Yakushev, P. N.; Malygin, G. A.; Averkin, A. I.; Pulnev, S. A.; Zograf, G. P.; Kustov, S. B.; Chumlyakov, Yu. I.

    2016-04-01

    Room-temperature stress-strain curves of Ni49Fe18Ga27Co6 alloy single crystals possessing shape memory (SM) have been studied. Specific features of these diagrams are revealed upon compressive loading of these single crystals in the [110] A direction. The influence of preliminary SM deformation on the process of its recovery during the reverse martensite transformation has been studied. It is established that SM deformation above 4.2% leads to a sharp increase in the shape recovery on heating and the process exhibits a burst character, involving motion of the entire crystal. The experimental data are analyzed and stress-strain curves are simulated in the framework of the theory of diffuse martensitic transitions.

  16. Giant magnetoresistance in evaporated NiFe/Cu and NiFeCo/Cu multilayers (abstract)

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    Zeltser, A. M.; Smith, Neil

    1996-04-01

    The magnetic and transport properties of electron beam evaporated (Ni83Fe17/Cu)10 and (Ni66Fe16Co18/Cu)10 multilayers (ML) were studied as a function of the Cu spacer and magnetic layer thicknesses (tCu and tNiFe), annealing conditions and Ta buffer layer thickness. The ML were evaporated in a magnetic field at deposition rates ˜ 2 Å/s and background pressure <5×10-8 mbar on Si/SiO2 substrates at Ts=200 °C. These ML exhibited two unique features: (1) ΔR/R and the interlayer coupling did not show oscillatory behavior as a function of tCu; and (2) after magnetic post annealing, ΔR/R increased from <0.3% in the as-deposited state, to up to ˜6% and 7% in Ta/(NiFe/Cu) and (NiFeCo/Cu), respectively. The coupling between the NiFe layers changed from ferromagnetic in the as-deposited state Mr/Ms˜0.9k;20 to essentially antiferromagnetic Mr/Ms<0.2) after appropriate annealing, and the ML became virtually isotropic in-plane. This is quite different from strong oscillatory behavior of giant magnetoresistance (GMR) previously reported in (NiFe/Cu) as-deposited ML made by ion-beam sputtering. After annealing at 300° and 325 °C for 2 h, the ΔR/R became ˜4.5% and ˜6.5% in (NiFe/Cu) and (NiFeCo/Cu) ML, respectively, and remained approximately constant for tCu=20 to 40 Å. The coupling field generally decreased with an increase in Cu and NiFe and after annealing at 300 °C dropped to as low as ˜25 and 45 Oe in (NiFe/Cu) and (NiFeCo/Cu) ML, respectively. The of ΔR/R Ta/(NiFe/Cu) ML increased with the thickness of Ta buffer layer from 30 to 70 Å. The high-angle θ-2θ x-ray scans of (NiFe/Cu) ML showed (111) texture, essentially independent of annealing temperature. The low-angle x-ray diffraction did not reveal roughening of the Cu-NiFe interfaces as a result of annealing. In many respects the GMR behavior of these ML is similar to that reported in sputtered ``discontinuous'' NiFe/Ag. However, in contrast to the latter, the resistivity of NiFe/Cu monotonically

  17. Corrosion behaviors of amorphous and nanocrystalline Fe-based alloys in NaCl solution.

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    Li, Xiang; Wang, Yuxin; Du, Chunfeng; Yan, Biao

    2010-11-01

    Amorphous Fe(73.5)Si(13.5)B9Nb3Cu1 alloy was prepared by the chill block melt-spinning process and nanocrystalline Fe(73.5)Si(13.5)B9Nb3Cu1 alloy was obtained by annealing. The crystallization behaviors were analysed by DSC, XRD and TEM. The electrochemical corrosion behaviors in different annealed states were performed by linear polarization method and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy in 3.5% NaCl solution. The results show that the crystallization of amorphous alloy occurs in the two steps. Some nanometer crystals appear when annealing in 550 degrees C and 600 degrees C, respectively with grain size 13 nm and 15 nm. The nanocrystalline alloy has a tendency to passivation and lower anodic current density than amorphous alloy. It indicates that nanocrystalline alloy has a higher corrosion resistance. Amorphous Fe(73.5)Si(13.5)B9Nb3Cu1 alloy consisted of only single semi-circle. When the alloy was annealed in 600 degrees C, its EIS consisted of two time constants, i.e., high frequency and low frequency capacitive loops. The charge transfer reaction resistances increases as annealing temperature rises. PMID:21137903

  18. Recent progress in high Bs Fe-based nanocrystalline soft magnetic alloys

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    Ohta, M.; Yoshizawa, Y.

    2011-02-01

    High saturation magnetic flux density (high-Bs) alloy has been developed in an Fe-based nanocrystalline alloy system. A nanocrystalline phase with an average grain size of about 20 nm is obtained by annealing Cu-substituted and/or Cu-and-Si-complex-substituted Fe-B amorphous alloys. The alloy exhibits low coercivity of less than 7 A m-1 and a high Bs of more than 1.8 T. The iron loss at 50 Hz and 1.6 T for a toroidal core made of Fe80.5Cu1.5Si4B14 nanocrystalline alloy is 0.46 W kg-1, which is about 2/3 of that of grain-oriented Si steel. Moreover, the iron loss at 10 kHz and 0.2 T for a wound core made of this alloy is 7.5 W kg-1, which is about 25% of that of non-grain-oriented Si steel and about 60% of that of an Fe-based amorphous alloy. In addition, the cut cores made of the alloy show good superimposed dc-current characteristics and appear promising in applications such as power choke coils (at the high-frequency region).

  19. Cu-Ni-Fe anodes having improved microstructure

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    Bergsma, S. Craig; Brown, Craig W.

    2004-04-20

    A method of producing aluminum in a low temperature electrolytic cell containing alumina dissolved in an electrolyte. The method comprises the steps of providing a molten electrolyte having alumina dissolved therein in an electrolytic cell containing the electrolyte. A non-consumable anode and cathode is disposed in the electrolyte, the anode comprised of Cu--Ni--Fe alloys having single metallurgical phase. Electric current is passed from the anode, through the electrolyte to the cathode thereby depositing aluminum on the cathode, and molten aluminum is collected from the cathode.

  20. Microstructural evolution of nanocrystalline Fe–Zr alloys upon annealing treatment

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    Shi, X.H.; Chen, Y.Z.; Ma, X.Y.; Wang, H.T.; Liu, F.

    2015-05-15

    Nanocrystalline Fe–Zr alloys exhibit an extraordinary thermal stability at elevated temperatures, which enables their potential applications in various fields. However, there remain concerns regarding the controlling stabilization mechanisms responsible for their thermal stability. In this work, two nanocrystalline Fe–Zr alloys containing 1 at.% Zr and 5 at.% Zr were annealed at various temperatures (T{sub ann}) up to 900 °C. Microstructural evolution of the alloys upon annealing was investigated by means of an X-ray diffractometer equipped with a 2-dimensional detector and transmission electron microscopy. Below 600 °C, microstructures of the two alloys consist of single nanocrystalline ferrite whose grain size is rather stable upon annealing treatments. Above 600 °C, accompanying the precipitation of Fe{sub 3}Zr phase, an apparent grain coarsening of ferrite is observed, whereas the thermal stability of the alloys is still considerably higher than that of nanocrystalline pure Fe. Based on the experimental results, it was claimed that stabilization of the nanocrystalline Fe–Zr alloys should not be totally ascribed to the thermodynamic stabilization mechanism due to the reduction in grain boundary energy as suggested in earlier investigations [K.A. Darling et al., Scr. Mater. 59 (2008) 530 and K.A. Darling et al., Mater. Sci. Eng. A527 (2010) 3572]; when T{sub ann} is higher than 600 °C, along with the precipitation of Fe{sub 3}Zr, the effect of thermodynamic stabilization is weakened, the kinetic effect arising from Zener pinning of Fe{sub 3}Zr precipitates turns to be an important mechanism contributing to the stabilization of the nanoscale grain size. - Highlights: • We show clear evidence of precipitation of Fe{sub 3}Zr phase above 600 °C. • Stabilization of nanostructure is not solely controlled by thermodynamic mechanism. • Above 600 °C, Zener pinning plays an important role in stabilizing nanostructure.

  1. Characterization of Cu-Zn Alloy Nanocrystalline Powders Prepared by Wire Electrical Explosion

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    Qun, Wang; Hai-Bin, Yang; Wei-Li, Guo; Guang-Tian, Zou

    2000-02-01

    Nanocrystalline powders of Cu-Zn alloy in size ranging from 10 to 140 nm was prepared from α-Cu-Zn alloy wire containing 39.8 at.% Zn by an electrical explosion method. The particles are identified from x-ray diffraction as a mixture of the α, β, γ, and ɛ phases of Cu-Zn alloy. Most of the particles are hexagonal in shape, with only a small part being spherical and cubic. The composition of Zn in the explosion products varied from 6.9 to 45.2 at.% in different particles as determined by energy dispersive x-ray spectrometer. A possible mechanism for the formation of the alloy nanocrystalline powders is proposed, in which a redistribution process occurred caused by strong collision and diffusion between the two kinds of atoms during the powder formation.

  2. Deformation behavior and microstructural evolution of nanocrystalline aluminum alloys and composites

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    Ahn, Byungmin

    Nanocrystalline or ultrafine-grained Al alloys are often produced by severe plastic deformation methods and exhibit remarkably enhanced strength and hardness compared to conventional coarse-grained materials, resulting in great potential for structural applications. To achieve nanocrystalline structure, grains were refined by cryomilling (mechanical milling at cryogenic temperature) pre-alloyed powders. Cryomilling provides capability for rapid grain refinement and synthesis of commercial quantities (30-40 kg). The cryomilled powder was primarily consolidated by hot or cold isostatic pressing in general. Secondary consolidation was achieved by extrusion or forging. Alternatively, quasi-isostatic forging was applied either as an initial consolidation or as a further deformation step. To improve insufficient ductility and toughness of nanocrystalline materials, an intelligent design with microstructural modification was introduced by generation of multiple size scales. A bimodal grain structure consisting of nanocrystalline grains and inclusions of coarse-grained material was produced by consolidation of blended powders. The resulting materials exhibited enhanced ductility compared to 100% nanocrystalline materials, with only moderate decreases in strength. A similar process was used to produce hybrid trimodal microstructures comprised of regions of nanocrystalline and coarse grains, as well as hard ceramic particles, providing super-high compressive strength. For cryomilled nanocrystalline Al alloys, effects of degassing temperature were investigated in terms of microstructural evolution. Higher degassing temperatures resulted in higher density and lower hydrogen content, which can reduce loss of toughness in consolidated materials. Different consolidation methods were compared with regard to the relation between the microstructures and mechanical properties. Quasi-isostatic forging led to greater and more isotropic fracture toughness, compared with other processing

  3. [NiFeSe]-hydrogenase chemistry.

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    Wombwell, Claire; Caputo, Christine A; Reisner, Erwin

    2015-11-17

    The development of technology for the inexpensive generation of the renewable energy vector H2 through water splitting is of immediate economic, ecological, and humanitarian interest. Recent interest in hydrogenases has been fueled by their exceptionally high catalytic rates for H2 production at a marginal overpotential, which is presently only matched by the nonscalable noble metal platinum. The mechanistic understanding of hydrogenase function guides the design of synthetic catalysts, and selection of a suitable hydrogenase enables direct applications in electro- and photocatalysis. [FeFe]-hydrogenases display excellent H2 evolution activity, but they are irreversibly damaged upon exposure to O2, which currently prevents their use in full water splitting systems. O2-tolerant [NiFe]-hydrogenases are known, but they are typically strongly biased toward H2 oxidation, while H2 production by [NiFe]-hydrogenases is often product (H2) inhibited. [NiFeSe]-hydrogenases are a subclass of [NiFe]-hydrogenases with a selenocysteine residue coordinated to the active site nickel center in place of a cysteine. They exhibit a combination of unique properties that are highly advantageous for applications in water splitting compared with other hydrogenases. They display a high H2 evolution rate with marginal inhibition by H2 and tolerance to O2. [NiFeSe]-hydrogenases are therefore one of the most active molecular H2 evolution catalysts applicable in water splitting. Herein, we summarize our recent progress in exploring the unique chemistry of [NiFeSe]-hydrogenases through biomimetic model chemistry and the chemistry with [NiFeSe]-hydrogenases in semiartificial photosynthetic systems. We gain perspective from the structural, spectroscopic, and electrochemical properties of the [NiFeSe]-hydrogenases and compare them with the chemistry of synthetic models of this hydrogenase active site. Our synthetic models give insight into the effects on the electronic properties and reactivity of

  4. Structural, thermal and magnetic investigations on immiscible Ag-Co nanocrystalline alloy with addition of Mn

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    Mondal, B. N.; Chabri, S.; Sardar, G.; Nath, D. N.; Chattopadhyay, P. P.

    2016-08-01

    50Ag-50Co (at%) and 40Ag-40Co-20Mn (at%) alloys prepared by ball milling up to 50 h and subsequent isothermal annealing at the temperature range of 350-650 °C for 1 h has been investigated systematically. Mn promotes early formation of the nanostructures and solid solutions of the alloys by ball milling. In contrast, annealing at 350 °C of Ag-Co alloy resulted the dissolution of hcp Co. Annealing above 350 °C decomposes the metastable Ag-Co alloy into the polycrystalline and segregated Ag and fcc Co. Enthalpy of mixing of both the alloy has increased with increase in milling time. Both the nanocrystalline alloys prepared by ball milling and annealing have been revealed the ferromagnetic behavior. The most significant improvement of magnetic properties is yielded in as-milled Ag-Co-Mn alloy obtained after annealing at 550 °C for 1 h.

  5. Influence of Weak External Magnetic Field on Amorphous and Nanocrystalline Fe-based Alloys

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    Degmova, J.; Sitek, J.

    2010-07-13

    Nanoperm, Hitperm and Finamet amorphous and nanocrystalline alloys were measured by Moessbauer spectrometry in a weak external magnetic field of 0.5 T. It was shown that the most sensitive parameters of Moessbauer spectra are the intensities of the 2nd and the 5th lines. Rather small changes were observed also in the case of internal magnetic field values. The spectrum of nanocrystalline Nanoperm showed the increase in A{sub 23} parameter (ratio of line intensities) from 2.4 to 3.7 and decrease of internal magnetic field from 20 to 19 T for amorphous subspectrum under the influence of magnetic field. Spectrum of nanocrystalline Finemet shown decrease in A{sub 23} parameter from 3.5 to 2.6 almost without a change in the internal magnetic field value. In the case of amorphous Nanoperm and Finemet samples, the changes are almost negligible. Hitperm alloy showed the highest sensitivity to the weak magnetic field, when the A{sub 23} parameter increased from 0.4 to 2.5 in the external magnetic fields. The A{sub 23} parameter of crystalline subspectrum increased from 2.7 to 3.8 and the value of internal magnetic field corresponding to amorphous subspectrum increased from 22 to 24 T. The behavior of nanocrystalline alloys under weak external magnetic field was analyzed within the three-level relaxation model of magnetic dynamics in an assembly of single-domain particles.

  6. Novel synthesis of Ni-ferrite (NiFe{sub 2}O{sub 4}) electrode material for supercapacitor applications

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    Venkatachalam, V.; Jayavel, R.

    2015-06-24

    Novel nanocrystalline NiFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} has been synthesized through combustion route using citric acid as a fuel. Phase of the synthesized material was analyzed using powder X-ray diffraction. The XRD study revealed the formation of spinel phase cubic NiFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} with high crystallinity. The average crystallite size of NiFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} nanomaterial was calculated from scherrer equation. The electrochemical properties were realized by cyclic voltammetry, chronopotentiometry and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy. The electrode material shows a maximum specific capacitance of 454 F/g with pseudocapacitive behavior. High capacitance retention of electrode material over 1000 continuous charging-discharging cycles suggests its excellent electrochemical stability. The results revealed that the nickel ferrite electrode is a potential candidate for energy storage applications in supercapacitor.

  7. Atmospheric Corrosion of Different Fe-based Alloys in Nanocrystalline State

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    Sitek, J.; Sedlačková, K.; Seberíni, M.

    2005-07-01

    Nanocrystalline Fe-based alloys are interesting for their soft magnetic properties. Because these alloys are potentially applicable in outdoor-working components, their corrosion behaviour requires careful analysis. This work presents the results of the atmospheric corrosion tests in industrial and rural environments performed for up to 6 months. We compared the corrosion behaviour of two different compositions of NANOPERM-type alloys: Fe87.5Zr6.5B6 and Fe76Mo8Cu1B15 with classical FINEMET alloys of the nominal composition of Fe73.5Cu1Nb3Si13.5B9 type. The techniques of Mössbauer spectroscopy, conversion electron Mössbauer spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction and transmission electron microscopy have been employed to compare their corrosion rate, characterize corrosion products and inspect the structural changes of the nanocrystalline structure. It was found that the Si-containing FINEMET alloys are the most corrosion-resistant whereas worse corrosion properties were observed for molybdenum-containing Fe76Mo8Cu1B15 alloy. The corrosion product formed on the surface of NANOPERM-type alloys showed a needlelike morphology and a poor crystalline order and has been identified as lepidocrocite, γ-FeOOH.

  8. CORROSION OF AMORPHOUS AND NANOCRYSTALLINE Fe-BASED ALLOYS IN NaCl AND H2SO4 SOLUTIONS

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    Li, Xiang; Lu, Wei; Wang, Yuxin; Yan, Biao; Pan, Deng

    2013-07-01

    Corrosion resistance of nanocrystalline Fe73.5Si13.5B9Nb3Cu1 alloy was investigated and compared to its amorphous counterpart. Low-temperature crystallization occurred during the annealing of amorphous tapes was used to obtain a nanocrystalline structure. The influence of annealing condition on the structure and corrosion resistance of the alloy in NaCl and H2SO4 solutions was investigated. Based on the testing results, it was found that nanocrystalline tapes have higher corrosion resistance than amorphous counterpart and H2SO4 can promote the occurrence of corrosion compared with NaCl.

  9. Microstructure and magnetic properties of soft magnetic powder cores of amorphous and nanocrystalline alloys

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    Liu, Yapi; Yi, Yide; Shao, Wei; Shao, Yanfang

    2013-03-01

    With the development of modern ferromagnetic technology, soft magnetic powder cores (MPCs) of amorphous and nanocrystalline alloys have been intensively studied for their excellent soft magnetic properties such as high flux density, low coercivity and reduced core loss due to amorphous state and nanocrystalline grains of 10-20 nm dispersed in a residual amorphous matrix. In this paper, the microstructures and soft magnetic properties, i.e., maximum magnetic induction Bm, effective permeability μe, DC-bias properties and volume power losses PCV of MPCs made from amorphous powder of gas atomization and nanocrystalline powder of pulverized melt-spun ribbon were investigated and also compared on the basis of the same level of μe. It is found that μe of both kinds of MPC keeps unchanged up to 1 MHz. The amorphous MPC has lower PCV at lower frequency range, while the nanocrystalline MPC has lower PCV at high frequency range instead. Also, the nanocrystalline MPC has better DC-bias property. Moreover, the DC magnetic properties and the changes of PCV of both MPCs with frequency and flux density are also studied. Furthermore, the electromagnetic characteristics, the microstructures and the mechanisms accounting for these phenomena of both MPCs are also discussed.

  10. Domain Structures and Anisotropy in Exchange-coupled [Co/Pd]-NiFe and [Co/Ni]-NiFe Multilayers

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    Tryputen, Larysa; Chung, Sunjae; Mohseni, Majid; Nguyen, T. N. Anh; Åkerman, Johan; Guo, Feng; McMichael, Robert D.; Ross, Caroline A.

    2014-03-01

    Exchange-coupled multilayers [Co/Pd]5-/NiFe and [Co/Ni]4-NiFe with strong perpendicular magnetic anisotropy have been proposed to use in spin-torque switching and oscillators devices with tilted fixed and free layer to improve their functional performance. We present an experimental study of the magnetization behavior of [Co/Pd]5-/NiFe and [Co/Ni]4-NiFe multilayers measured using magnetometry, magnetic force microscopy (MFM) and ferromagnetic resonance (FMR) as a function of the thickness of the top NiFe layer. We varied the thickness of the NiFe layer in [Co/Pd]5-NiFe (t), t = 0 - 80 nm and [Co/Ni]4-NiFe (t), t = 0.5 - 2.5 nm in order to study the interplay between perpendicular magnetization of the Co/Pd or Co/Ni multilayers and in-plane magnetization of the NiFe. Our magnetometry and FMR data suggest that the [Co/Ni]4/NiFe multilayer behaves like a homogeneous ferromagnetic film with anisotropy that reorients towards in-plane as the NiFe thickness increases, whereas the [Co/Pd]5/NiFe multilayer reveals more complex behavior in which the [Co/Pd] layer retains out-of-plane anisotropy while the magnetization of NiFe layer tilts in-plane with increasing thickness. MFM showed that domains with ~0.1 +/-m size were visible in [Co/Pd]-/NiFe with NiFe thickness of 20-80 nm. Multilayers were patterned into sub-100 nm dots using ion beam etching and their magnetization behavior are compared with unpatterned films.

  11. Giant magnetoresistance in evaporated Ni-Fe/Cu and Ni-Fe-Co/Cu multilayers

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    Zeltser, Alexander M.; Smith, Neil

    1996-06-01

    The magnetic and transport properties of electron-beam evaporated (Ni83Fe17/Cu)10 and (Ni66Fe16Co18/Cu)10 multilayers were studied as a function of the Cu spacer, magnetic layer and Ta buffer layer thicknesses, as well as annealing conditions. All multilayers exhibited very small giant magnetoresistance (GMR) effect (<0.3%) in the as-deposited state, however, after magnetic post-annealing at 300-325 °C, GMR increased up to 4.5%-7%, depending on the multilayer type. In contrast to sputtered Ni-Fe-(Co)/Cu multilayers, GMR showed no oscillatory behavior as a function of Cu thickness. Similar to that reported in sputtered ``discontinuous'' Ni-Fe/Ag multilayers, it is believed that Cu diffusion along the Ni-Fe-(Co) grain boundaries creates intra-layer magnetic discontinuities in Ni-Fe-(Co) layers which promote inter-layer antiferromagnetic coupling. The evaporated Ni-Fe/Cu multilayers exhibited very low remanence, exceptionally low hysteresis, and quite uniform GMR properties through the thickness of the multilayer. All of these makes them potentially attractive for application to future magnetoresistive reproduce heads for very high areal density magnetic storage systems.

  12. Structural and microstructural characterizations of nanocrystalline hydroxyapatite synthesized by mechanical alloying.

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    Lala, S; Satpati, B; Kar, T; Pradhan, S K

    2013-07-01

    Single phase nanocrystalline hydroxyapatite (HAp) powder has been synthesized by mechanical alloying the stoichiometric mixture of CaCO3 and CaHPO4 powders in open air at room temperature, for the first time, within 2 h of milling. Nanocrystalline hexagonal single crystals are obtained by sintering of 2h milled sample at 500 °C. Structural and microstructural properties of as-milled and sintered powders are revealed from both the X-ray line profile analysis and transmission electron microscopy. Shape and lattice strain of nanocrystalline HAp particles are found to be anisotropic in nature. Particle size of HAp powder remains almost invariant up to 10h of milling and there is no significant growth of nanocrystalline HAp particles after sintering at 500 °C for 3 h. Changes in lattice volume and some primary bond lengths of as-milled and sintered are critically measured, which indicate that lattice imperfections introduced into the HAp lattice during ball milling have been reduced partially after sintering the powder at elevated temperatures. We could achieve ~96.7% of theoretical density of HAp within 3h by sintering the pellet of nanocrystalline powder at a lower temperature of 1000 °C. Vickers microhardness (VHN) of the uni-axially pressed (6.86 MPa) pellet of nanocrystalline HAp is 4.5 GPa at 100 gm load which is close to the VHN of bulk HAp sintered at higher temperature. The strain-hardening index (n) of the sintered pellet is found to be >2, indicating a further increase in microhardness value at higher load. PMID:23623111

  13. Superior magnetic softness at elevated temperature of Si-rich Fe-based nanocrystalline alloy

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    Shi, Rui-min; Wang, Zhi; Jia, Yun-yun; Wen, Zhuan-ping; Wang, Bo-wen; Zhang, Tao

    2012-10-01

    An excellent high-temperature magnetic softness was observed in a Si-rich nanocrystalline Fe74.5Cu1Nb2Si17.5B5 alloy. The Curie temperatures of amorphous and crystal phases, TCA* and TCcry, for this alloy were detected to be 365 °C and 580 °C, respectively. For the 480 °C-annealed alloy, the initial permeability μi drops to nearly zero just above TCA*; however, for the 540 °C-annealed alloy, the μi of about 10 000 at f = 10 kHz has no perceivable decline in this temperature range and can hold up to more than 400 °C. Such a magnetic softness at elevated temperature is superior to that of Finemet-type Fe-based nanocrystalline alloys ever reported. The origin of the high temperature magnetic softness was interpreted by the enhancement effect of Curie temperature in residual amorphous matrix.

  14. Thermal stability comparison of nanocrystalline Fe-based binary alloy pairs

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    Clark, Blythe G.; Hattar, Khalid Mikhiel; Marshall, Michael Thomas; Chookajorn, Tonghai; Boyce, Brad L.; Schuh, Christopher A.

    2016-02-01

    Here, the widely recognized property improvements of nanocrystalline (NC) materials have generated significant interest, yet have been difficult to realize in engineering applications due to the propensity for grain growth in these interface-dense systems. While traditional pathways to thermal stabilization can slow the mobility of grain boundaries, recent theories suggest that solute segregation in NC alloy can reduce the grain boundary energy such that thermodynamic stabilization is achieved. Following the predictions of Murdock et al., here we compare for the first time the thermal stability of a predicted NC stable alloy (Fe-10at.% Mg) with a predicted non-NC stable alloy (Fe-10at.%more » Cu) using the same processing and characterization methodologies. Results indicate improved thermal stability of the Fe-Mg alloy in comparison to the Fe-Cu, and observed microstructures are consistent with those predicted by Monte Carlo simulations.« less

  15. Thermal Stability Comparison of Nanocrystalline Fe-Based Binary Alloy Pairs

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    Clark, B. G.; Hattar, K.; Marshall, M. T.; Chookajorn, T.; Boyce, B. L.; Schuh, C. A.

    2016-06-01

    The widely recognized property improvements of nanocrystalline (NC) materials have generated significant interest; yet, they have been difficult to realize in engineering applications due to the propensity for grain growth in these interface-dominated systems. Although traditional pathways to thermal stabilization can slow the mobility of grain boundaries, recent theories suggest that solute segregation in NC alloys can reduce the grain boundary energy such that thermodynamic stabilization is achieved. Following the predictions of Murdoch et al., here we compare for the first time the thermal stability of a predicted NC stable alloy (Fe-10 at.% Mg) with a predicted non-NC stable alloy (Fe-10 at.% Cu) using the same processing and characterization methodologies. Results show improved thermal stability of the Fe-Mg alloy in comparison with the Fe-Cu, and thermally-evolved microstructures that are consistent with those predicted by Monte Carlo simulations.

  16. Comparison of high temperature, high frequency core loss and dynamic B-H loops of two 50 Ni-Fe crystalline alloys and an iron-based amorphous alloy

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    Wieserman, W.R.; Schwarze, G.E.; Niedra, J.M.

    1994-09-01

    The availability of experimental data that characterizes the performance of soft magnetic materials for the combined conditions of high temperature and high frequency is almost non-existent. An experimental investigation was conducted over the temperature range of 23 to 300 C and frequency range of 1 to 50 kHz to determine the effects of temperature and frequency on the core loss and dynamic B-H loops of three different soft magnetic materials; an oriented-grain 50Ni-50Fe alloy, a nonoriented-grain 50Ni-50Fe alloy, and an iron-based amorphous material (Metglas 2605SC). A comparison of these materials show that the nonoriented-grain 50Ni-50Fe alloy tends to have either the lowest or next lowest core loss for all temperatures and frequencies investigated.

  17. Comparison of high temperature, high frequency core loss and dynamic B-H loops of two 50 Ni-Fe crystalline alloys and an iron-based amorphous alloy

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    Wieserman, W. R.; Schwarze, G. E.; Niedra, J. M.

    1991-01-01

    The availability of experimental data that characterize the performance of soft magnetic materials for the combined conditions of high temperature and high frequency is almost nonexistent. An experimental investigation was conducted over the temperature range of 23 to 300 C and frequency range of 1 to 50 kHz to determine the effects of temperature and frequency on the core loss and dynamic B-H loops of three different soft magnetic materials: an oriented-grain 50Ni-50Fe alloy, a nonoriented-grain 50Ni-50Fe alloy, and an iron-based amorphous material (Metglas 2605SC). A comparison of these materials shows that the nonoriented-grain 50Ni-50Fe alloy tends to have either the lowest or the next lowest core loss for all temperatures and frequencies investigated.

  18. Some industrial applications of amorphous and nanocrystalline alloys

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    Nosenko, V. K.; Maslov, V. V.; Kirilchuk, V. V.; Kochkubey, A. P.

    2008-02-01

    The example of successful realization of developments of Institute for Metal Physics of National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine in the field of nanotechnology is organization and successful, during 14 years, functioning of production of modern precision amorphous and nanocrystalline magnetic cores in the frames of the small research-and-production enterprise MELTA Ltd. The most important, from the practical standpoint, high heat-time stability of initial magnetic permeability of cores is provided by using new methods of final treatment of cores, minimization of their package influence on characteristics of the process using liquid impregnation heat-resistant materials and new polymeric coatings. The most effective fields of industrial use of MELTA® magnetic cores are ground leakage current sensors, current measuring transformers (converters), power medium frequency, broadband and pulse small-size transformers, filter chokes, reactors, storage transformers and ferroprobes.

  19. Corrosion Properties of Ultrasonic Electrodeposited Nanocrystalline and Amorphous Patterned Ni-W Alloy Coatings

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    Yang, Ying; Zhang, Yu; Zhang, Yuhong; Yan, Biao; Mo, Fan

    2013-07-01

    Ni-W alloy coating is a kind of promising environmental friendly alloy to substitute for hard chrome plating, for its excellent functional properties. Their properties depend mainly on the structure and defect, such as cracks. The crack is catastrophe to both physical and chemical properties and crystalline state also affect their properties and application. In this work, nanocrystalline nickel tungsten alloy (nc Ni-W) coating, amorphous nickel tungsten alloy (a Ni-W) coating and crystalline nickel tungsten alloy (c Ni-W) coating were prepared under ultrasonic direct current (UDC) electroplating. The aim of the present study is to achieve structure control and high surface quality of Ni-W alloy coatings, and investigate corrosion properties of these coatings to explain the contradiction of better corrosion resistance of nc Ni-W coating than a Ni-W coating in experiment and theory. Thus X-ray diffraction (XRD) and field emission scanning electron microscope (FESEM) were used to examine the composition, crystalline state, microstructures and defects of the samples. Moreover, potentiodynamic polarization test was used to study the corrosion behavior of electroplated nickel-tungsten alloys.

  20. Thermal Stability of Nanocrystalline Alloys by Solute Additions and A Thermodynamic Modeling

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    Saber, Mostafa

    Nanocrystalline alloys show superior properties due to their exceptional microstructure. Thermal stability of these materials is a critical aspect. It is well known that grain boundaries in nanocrystalline microstructures cause a significant increase in the total free energy of the system. A driving force provided to reduce this excess free energy can cause grain growth. The presence of a solute addition within a nanocrystalline alloy can lead to the thermal stability. Kinetic and thermodynamic stabilization are the two basic mechanisms with which stability of a nanoscale grain size can be achieved at high temperatures. The basis of this thesis is to study the effect of solute addition on thermal stability of nanocrystalline alloys. The objective is to determine the effect of Zr addition on the thermal stability of mechanically alloyed nanocrysatillne Fe-Cr and Fe-Ni alloys. In Fe-Cr-Zr alloy system, nanoscale grain size stabilization was maintained up to 900 °C by adding 2 at% Zr. Kinetic pinning by intermetallic particles in the nanoscale range was identified as a primary mechanism of thermal stabilization. In addition to the grain size strengthening, intermetallic particles also contribute to strengthening mechanisms. The analysis of microhardness, XRD data, and measured grain sizes from TEM micrographs suggested that both thermodynamic and kinetic mechanisms are possible mechanisms. It was found that alpha → gamma phase transformation in Fe-Cr-Zr system does not influence the grain size stabilization. In the Fe-Ni-Zr alloy system, it was shown that the grain growth in Fe-8Ni-1Zr alloy is much less than that of pure Fe and Fe-8Ni alloy at elevated temperatures. The microstructure of the ternary Fe-8Ni-1Zr alloy remains in the nanoscale range up to 700 °C. Using an in-situ TEM study, it was determined that drastic grain growth occurs when the alpha → gamma phase transformation occurs. Accordingly, there can be a synergistic relationship between grain growth

  1. Anisotropic nanolaminated CoNiFe cores integrated into microinductors for high-frequency dc-dc power conversion

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    Kim, Jooncheol; Kim, Minsoo; Kim, Jung-Kwun; Herrault, Florian; Allen, Mark G.

    2015-11-01

    This paper presents a rectangular, anisotropic nanolaminated CoNiFe core that possesses a magnetically hard axis in the long geometric axis direction. Previously, we have developed nanolaminated cores comprising tens to hundreds of layers of 300-1000 nm thick metallic alloys (i.e. Ni80Fe20 or Co44Ni37Fe19) based on sequential electrodeposition, demonstrating suppressed eddy-current losses at MHz frequencies. In this work, magnetic anisotropy was induced to the nanolaminated CoNiFe cores by applying an external magnetic field (50-100 mT) during CoNiFe film electrodeposition. The fabricated cores comprised tens to hundreds of layers of 500-1000 nm thick CoNiFe laminations that have the hard-axis magnetic property. Packaged in a 22-turn solenoid test inductor, the anisotropic core showed 10% increased effective permeability and 25% reduced core power losses at MHz operation frequency, compared to an isotropic core of the identical geometry. Operating the anisotropic nanolaminated CoNiFe core in a step-down dc-dc converter (15 V input to 5 V output) demonstrated 81% converter efficiency at a switching frequency of 1.1 MHz and output power of 6.5 W. A solenoid microinductor with microfabricated windings integrated with the anisotropic nanolaminated CoNiFe core was fabricated, demonstrating a constant inductance of 600 nH up to 10 MHz and peak quality factor exceeding 20 at 4 MHz. The performance of the microinductor with the anisotropic nanolaminated CoNiFe core is compared with other previously reported microinductors.

  2. Industrialization of nanocrystalline Fe-Si-B-P-Cu alloys for high magnetic flux density cores

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    Takenaka, Kana; Setyawan, Albertus D.; Sharma, Parmanand; Nishiyama, Nobuyuki; Makino, Akihiro

    2016-03-01

    Nanocrystalline Fe-Si-B-P-Cu alloys exhibit high saturation magnetic flux density (Bs) and extremely low magnetic core loss (W), simultaneously. Low amorphous-forming ability of these alloys hinders their application potential in power transformers and motors. Here we report a solution to this problem. Minor addition of C is found to be effective in increasing the amorphous-forming ability of Fe-Si-B-P-Cu alloys. It allows fabrication of 120 mm wide ribbons (which was limited to less than 40 mm) without noticeable degradation in magnetic properties. The nanocrystalline (Fe85.7Si0.5B9.5P3.5Cu0.8)99C1 ribbons exhibit low coercivity (Hc)~4.5 A/m, high Bs~1.83 T and low W~0.27 W/kg (@ 1.5 T and 50 Hz). Success in fabrication of long (60-100 m) and wide (~120 mm) ribbons, which are made up of low cost elements is promising for mass production of energy efficient high power transformers and motors

  3. Magnetocaloric response of amorphous and nanocrystalline Cr-containing Vitroperm-type alloys

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    Moreno-Ramírez, L. M.; Blázquez, J. S.; Franco, V.; Conde, A.; Marsilius, M.; Budinsky, V.; Herzer, G.

    2016-07-01

    The broad compositional range in which transition metal (TM) based amorphous alloys can be obtained, yields an easily tunable magnetocaloric effect (MCE) in a wide temperature range. In some TM-based alloys, anomalous behaviors are reported, as a non-monotonous trend with magnetic moment (e.g. FeZrB alloys). Moreover, in certain Cr-containing Vitroperm alloys anomalously high values of the magnetic entropy change were published. In this work, a systematic study on MCE response of Cr-containing amorphous alloys of composition Fe74-xCrxCu1Nb3Si15.5B6.5 (with x=2, 8, 10, 12, 13, 14 and 20) has been performed in a broad Curie temperature range from 100 K to 550 K. Curie temperature and magnetic entropy change peak of the amorphous alloys decrease with the increase of Cr content at rates of -25.6 K/at% Cr and -54 mJ kg-1 K-1/at% Cr, respectively, following a linear trend with the magnetic moment in both cases. The presence of nanocrystalline phases has been considered as a possible cause in order to explain the anomalies. The samples were nanocrystallized in different stages, however, the magnetocaloric response decreases as crystallization progresses due to the large separation of the Curie temperatures of the two phases.

  4. Comparison of high frequency, high temperature core loss and B-H loop characteristics of an 80 Ni-Fe crystalline alloy and two iron-based amorphous alloys

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    Wieserman, William R.; Schwarze, Gene E.; Niedra, Janis M.

    1991-01-01

    Limited experimental data exists for the specific core loss and dynamic B-H loops for soft magnetic materials for the combined conditions of high frequency and high temperature. This experimental study investigates the specific core loss and dynamic B-H characteristics of a nickel-iron crystalline magnetic alloy (Supermalloy) and two iron-based amorphous magnetic materials (Metglas 2605S-3A and Metglas 2605SC) over the frequency range of 1-50 kHz and temperature range of 23-300 C under sinusoidal voltage excitation. The effects of maximum magnetic flux density, frequency, and temperature on the specific core loss and on the size and shape of the B-H loops are examined. The Supermalloy and Metglass 2605S-3A and 2605SC data are used to compare the core loss of transformers with identical kVA and voltage ratings.

  5. Nanocrystalline CuNi alloys: improvement of mechanical properties and thermal stability

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    Nogues, Josep; Varea, A.; Pellicer, E.; Sivaraman, K. M.; Pane, S.; Nelson, B. J.; Surinach, S.; Baro, M. D.; Sort, J.

    2014-03-01

    Nanocrystalline metallic films are known to benefit from novel and enhanced physical and chemical properties. In spite of these outstanding properties, nanocrystalline metals typically show relatively poor thermal stability which leads to deterioration of the properties due to grain coarsening. We have studied nanocrystalline Cu1-xNix (0.56 < x < 1) thin films (3 μm-thick) electrodeposited galvanostatically onto Cu/Ti/Si (100) substrates. CuNi thin films exhibit large values of hardness (6.15 < H < 7.21 GPa), which can be tailored by varying the composition. However, pure Ni films (x = 1) suffer deterioration of their mechanical and magnetic properties after annealing during 3 h at relatively low temperatures (TANN > 475 K) due to significant grain growth. Interestingly, alloying Ni with Cu clearly improves the thermal stability of the material because grain coarsening is delayed due to segregation of a Cu-rich phase at grain boundaries, thus preserving both the mechanical and magnetic properties up to higher TANN.

  6. Electrodeposited Nanolaminated CoNiFe Cores for Ultracompact DC-DC Power Conversion

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    Kim, J; Kim, M; Herrault, F; Park, JY; Allen, MG

    2015-09-01

    Laminated metallic alloy cores (i.e., alternating layers of thin film metallic alloy and insulating material) of appropriate lamination thickness enable suppression of eddy current losses at high frequencies. Magnetic cores comprised of many such laminations yield substantial overall magnetic volume, thereby enabling high-power operation. Previously, we reported nanolaminated permalloy (Ni-80 Fe-20) cores based on a sequential electrodeposition technique, demonstrating negligible eddy current losses at peak flux densities up to 0.5 T and operating at megahertz frequencies. This paper demonstrates improved performance of nanolaminated cores comprising tens to hundreds of layers of 300-500-nm-thick CoNiFe films that exhibit superior magnetic properties (e.g., higher saturation flux density and lower coercivity) than permalloy. Nanolaminated CoNiFe cores can be operated up to a peak flux density of 0.9 T, demonstrating improved power handling capacity and exhibiting 30% reduced volumetric core loss, attributed to lowered hysteresis losses compared to the nanolaminated permalloy core of the same geometry. Operating these cores in a buck dc-dc power converter at a switching frequency of 1 MHz, the nanolaminated CoNiFe cores achieved a conversion efficiency exceeding 90% at output power levels up to 7 W, compared to an achieved permalloy core conversion efficiency below 86% at 6 W.

  7. The lattice structure of nanocrystalline Fe-Cu-Si-B alloys

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    Liu, X. D.; Lu, K.; Ding, B. Z.; Hu, Z. Q.; Zhu, J.; Jiang, J.

    1994-02-01

    Nanocrystalline Fe-Cu-Si-B alloys with different grain sizes were synthesized by crystallization of an amorphous alloy. Two nanophases, α-Fe(Se) and Fe 2B, were noticed in all samples. XRD results reveal that the lattice constant of the α-Fe(Si) phase increases; the a-axis is elongated and the c-axis is shortened in the Fe 2B phase upon reducing the grain size. Based on the thermodynamic analysis, the changes in the lattice parameters were attributed to the solution of vacancies in the above two phases. Owing to the lattice distortion of the α-Fe(Si) and Fe 2B phases, the crystallite with small size is found to exhibit a disordered character to some extent, which is manifested by large values of the half linewidth (HLW) and isomer shift (IS) of various Fe configurations in the Mössbauer parameters.

  8. Nanocrystalline Hydroxyapatite/Si Coating by Mechanical Alloying Technique

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    Hannora, Ahmed E.; Mukasyan, Alexander S.; Mansurov, Zulkhair A.

    2012-01-01

    A novel approach for depositing hydroxyapatite (HA) films on titanium substrates by using mechanical alloying (MA) technique has been developed. However, it was shown that one-hour heat treatment at 800°C of such mechanically coated HA layer leads to partial transformation of desired HA phase to beta-tri-calcium phosphate (β-TCP) phase. It appears that the grain boundary and interface defects formed during MA promote this transformation. It was discovered that doping HA by silicon results in hindering this phase transformation process. The Si-doped HA does not show phase transition to β-TCP or decomposition after heat treatment even at 900°C. PMID:22312324

  9. Biocompatible nanocrystalline natural bonelike carbonated hydroxyapatite synthesized by mechanical alloying in a record minimum time.

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    Lala, S; Brahmachari, S; Das, P K; Das, D; Kar, T; Pradhan, S K

    2014-09-01

    Single phase nanocrystalline biocompatible A-type carbonated hydroxyapatite (A-cHAp) powder has been synthesized by mechanical alloying the stoichiometric mixture of CaCO3 and CaHPO4.2H2O powders in open air at room temperature within 2h of milling. The A-type carbonation in HAp is confirmed by FTIR analysis. Structural and microstructure parameters of as-milled powders are obtained from both Rietveld's powder structure refinement analysis and transmission electron microscopy. Size and lattice strain of nanocrystalline HAp particles are found to be anisotropic in nature. Mechanical alloying causes amorphization of a part of crystalline A-cHAp which is analogous to native bone mineral. Some primary bond lengths of as-milled samples are critically measured. MTT [3-(4,5-dimethylthiazol-2-yl)-2,5-diphenyltetrazolium bromide] assay test reveals high percentage of cell viability and hence confirms the biocompatibility of the sample. The overall results indicate that the processed A-cHAp has a chemical composition very close to that of biological apatite. PMID:25063165

  10. Magnetoelectric coupling characteristics in multiferroic heterostructures with different thickness of nanocrystalline soft magnetic alloy

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    Chen, Lei; Wang, Yao

    2016-05-01

    Magnetoelectric(ME) coupling characteristics in multiferroic heterostructures with different thickness of nanocrystalline soft magnetic alloy has been investigated at low frequency. The ME response with obvious hysteresis, self-biased and dual-peak phenomenon is observed for multiferroic heterostructures, which results from strong magnetic interactions between two ferromagnetic materials with different magnetic properties, magnetostrictions and optimum bias magnetic fields Hdc,opti. The proposed multiferroic heterostructures not only enhance ME coupling significantly, but also broaden dc magnetic bias operating range and overcomes the limitations of narrow bias range. By optimizing the thickness of nanocrystalline soft magnetic alloy Tf, a significantly zero-biased ME voltage coefficient(MEVC) of 14.8mV/Oe (185 mV/cmṡ Oe) at Tf = 0.09 mm can be obtained, which is about 10.8 times as large as that of traditional PZT/Terfenol-D composite with a weak ME coupling at zero bias Hdc,zero. Furthermore, when Tf increases from 0.03 mm to 0.18 mm, the maximum MEVC increases nearly linearly with the increased Tf at Hdc,opti. Additionally, the experimental results demonstrate the ME response for multiferroic heterostructures spreads over a wide magnetic dc bias operating range. The excellent ME performance provides a promising and practicable application for both highly sensitive magnetic field sensors without bias and ME energy harvesters.

  11. Phase transformation during mechano-synthesis of nanocrystalline/amorphous Fe–32Mn–6Si alloys

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    Amini, Rasool; Shamsipoor, Ali; Ghaffari, Mohammad; Alizadeh, Morteza; Okyay, Ali Kemal

    2013-10-15

    Mechano-synthesis of Fe–32Mn–6Si alloy by mechanical alloying of the elemental powder mixtures was evaluated by running the ball milling process under an inert argon gas atmosphere. In order to characterize the as-milled powders, powder sampling was performed at predetermined intervals from 0.5 to 192 h. X-ray florescence analyzer, X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscope, and high resolution transmission electron microscope were utilized to investigate the chemical composition, structural evolution, morphological changes, and microstructure of the as-milled powders, respectively. According to the results, the nanocrystalline Fe–Mn–Si alloys were completely synthesized after 48 h of milling. Moreover, the formation of a considerable amount of amorphous phase during the milling process was indicated by quantitative X-ray diffraction analysis as well as high resolution transmission electron microscopy image and its selected area diffraction pattern. It was found that the α-to-γ and subsequently the amorphous-to-crystalline (especially martensite) phase transformation occurred by milling development. - Graphical abstract: Mechano-synthesis of nanocrystalline/amorphous Fe–32Mn–6Si shape memory alloys in the powder form: amorphous phase formation, α-to-γ phase transformation, mechano-crystallization of the amorphous, and martensite phase formation during the process. Highlights: • During MA, the α-to-γ phase transformation and amorphization occurred. • Mechano-crystallization of the amorphous phase occurred at sufficient milling time. • The formation of high amount of ε-martensite was evidenced at high milling times. • The platelet, spherical, and then irregular particle shapes was extended by MA. • By MA, the particles size was increased, then reduced, and afterward re-increased.

  12. Characterization of Magnetic NiFe Nanoparticles with Controlled Bimetallic Composition

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    Liu, Yan; Chi, Yanxiu; Shan, Shiyao; Yin, Jun; Luo, Jin; Zhong, Chuan-Jian

    2014-02-25

    The exploration of the magnetic properties of bimetallic alloy nanoparticles for various technological applications requires the ability to control the morphology, composition, and surface properties. In this report, we describe new findings of an investigation of the morphology and composition of NiFe alloy nanoparticles synthesized under controlled conditions. The controllability over the bimetallic composition has been demonstrated by the observation of an approximate linear relationship between the composition in the nanoparticles and in the synthetic feeding. The morphology of the NiFe nanoparticles is consistent with an fcc-type alloy, with the lattice strain increasing linearly with the iron content in the nanoparticles. The alloy nanoparticles exhibit remarkable resistance to air oxidation in comparison with Ni or Fe particles. The thermal stability and the magnetic properties of the as-synthesized alloy nanoparticles are shown to depend on the composition. The alloy nanoparticles have also be sown to display low saturation magnetization and coercivity values in comparison with the Ni nanoparticles, in line with the superparamagnetic characteristic. These findings have important implications for the design of stable and controllable magnetic nanoparticles for various technological applications.

  13. Development of FeSiBNbCu Nanocrystalline Soft Magnetic Alloys with High B s and Good Manufacturability

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    Wan, Fangpei; He, Aina; Zhang, Jianhua; Song, Jiancheng; Wang, Anding; Chang, Chuntao; Wang, Xinmin

    2016-06-01

    In order to develop Fe-based nanocrystalline soft magnetic alloys with high saturation magnetic flux density (B s) and good manufacturability, the effect of the Nb content on the thermal stability, microstructural evolution and soft magnetic properties of Fe78-x Si13B8Nb x Cu1 (x = 0, 1, 2 and 3) alloys were investigated. It is found that proper Nb addition is effective in widening the optimum annealing temperature range and refining the α-Fe grain in addition to enhancing the soft magnetic properties. For the representative Fe76 Si13B8Nb2Cu1 alloy, the effective annealing time can be over 60 min in the optimal temperature range of 500-600°C. FeSiBNbCu nanocrystalline soft magnetic alloys with desirable soft magnetic properties including high B s of 1.39 T, low coercivity (H c) of 1.5 A/m and high effective permeability (μ e) of 21,500 at 1 kHz have been developed. The enhanced soft magnetic performance and manufacturability of the FeSiBNbCu nanocrystalline alloys are attributed to the high activated energy for the precipitation of α-Fe(Si) and the second phase. These alloys with excellent performance have promising applications in electromagnetic fields like inductors.

  14. Investigating the Thermal and Phase Stability of Nanocrystalline Ni-W Produced by Electrodeposition, Sputtering, and Mechanical Alloying

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    Marvel, Christopher Jonathan

    The development of nanocrystalline materials has been increasingly pursued over the last few decades. They have been shown to exhibit superior properties compared to their coarse-grain counterparts, and thus present a tremendous opportunity to revolutionize the performance of nanoscale devices or bulk structural materials. However, nanocrystalline materials are highly prone to grain growth, and if the nanocrystalline grains coarsen, the beneficial properties are lost. There is a strong effort to determine the most effective thermal stability mechanisms to avoid grain growth, but the physical nature of nanocrystalline grain growth is still unclear due to a lack of detailed understanding of nanocrystalline microstructures. Furthermore, the influence of contamination has scarcely been explored with advanced transmission electron microscopy techniques, nor has there been a direct comparison of alloys fabricated with different bulk processes. Therefore, this research has applied aberration-corrected scanning transmission electron microscopy to characterize nanocrystalline Ni-W on the atomic scale and elucidate the physical grain growth behavior. Three primary objectives were pursued: (1) explore the thermal stability mechanisms of nanocrystalline Ni-W, (2) evaluate the phase stability of Ni-W and link any findings to grain growth behavior, and (3) compare the influences of bulk fabrication processing, including electrodeposition, DC magnetron sputtering, and mechanical alloying, on the thermal stability and phase stability of Ni-W. Several thermal stability mechanisms were identified throughout the course of this research. First and foremost, W-segregation was scarcely observed to grain boundaries, and it is unclear if W-segregation improves thermal stability contrary to most reports in the 2 literature. Long-range Ni4W chemical ordering was observed in alloys with more than 20 at.% W, and it is likely Ni4W domains reduce grain boundary mobility. In addition, lattice

  15. Synthesis and characterization of the NiFe2O4/Ni3Fe nanocomposite powder and compacts obtained by mechanical milling and spark plasma sintering

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    Marinca, T. F.; Neamţu, B. V.; Popa, F.; Tarţa, V. F.; Pascuta, P.; Takacs, A. F.; Chicinaş, I.

    2013-11-01

    Nanocomposite powder and compacts of NiFe2O4/Ni3Fe type were synthesized using mechanical milling and spark plasma sintering (SPS) techniques. The samples have been investigated by X-ray diffraction (XRD), laser particles size analysis, differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and energy dispersive X-ray spectrometry (EDX). The nanocomposite powder was obtained by mechanical milling in a high planetary ball mill of nanocrystalline NiFe2O4 and nanocrystalline Ni3Fe powders. The nanocomposite powder consists from Ni3Fe particles covered at the surface with a layer of NiFe2O4 fine particles and NiFe2O4 particles. The nanocomposite particles have the median diameter d50 of 1.6 μm. The sintering in 400-600 °C temperature range preserve the nanocomposite phases but lead to a high porosity. The nanocomposite compacts consist in Ni3Fe clusters surrounded by NiFe2O4. A sintering temperature of 800 °C leads to a good density for the nanocomposite compacts and to the new phase formation. The new phase is a wustite type (Fe1-xNixO) and is formed at the metal/ceramic interface. A change in the Ni/Fe ratio, in the spinel structure, was evidenced during sintering. Sintering at a temperature of 800 °C, leads to the formation of a mixed iron-nickel ferrite with a very small amount of nickel, Ni1-xFexFe2O4.

  16. Substrate dependent ultrafast dynamics in thin NiFe films

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    Bosco, C. A. C.; Azevedo, A.; Acioli, L. H.

    2003-09-01

    We have studied the ultrafast electronic response of thin NiFe films by femtosecond transient reflectivity measurements. The experiments were performed on films with varying thicknesses, substrates, and pump fluences. It has been observed that for high excitation densities the electron cooling time depends strongly on the nature of the underlying substrate and we attribute our results to transport of hot carriers out of the excited region. In particular, we have observed that for NiFe over NiO, carrier transport should be less important than for NiFe over Si.

  17. Characterization of Nanocrystalline Nickel-Cobalt Alloys Synthesized by Direct and Pulse Electrodeposition

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    Salehi, M.; Saidi, A.; Ahmadian, M.; Raeissi, K.

    2014-01-01

    Nanocrystalline Ni-Co alloys are electrodeposited by direct (DC) and pulse current (PC) in an electrolyte solution which consisted of nickel sulfate, cobalt sulfate and boric acid. Electrodeposition parameters including current density, electrolyte pH and pulse times in a single electrolyte bath were changed. XRD pattern showed that the structure of the alloys depends on Co content and the synthesis parameter and changed from single phase structure (fcc) to dual phase structure (fcc + hcp). The Co content in the deposited alloys declined from 70 at.% to 50 at.% by increasing in direct current from 70 mA/cm2 to 115 mA/cm2 and also decreased from 75 at.% to 33 at.% with decrease in pH values from 4 to 2. By applying PC the Co content changed from 76 at.% to 41 at.%. Magnetic properties measurements showed the saturation magnetization (Ms) increased with increasing the Co content. There was no significant effect on coercivity values (Hc) with change in Co content and about 40 Oe was obtained for all samples. The grain size of deposited alloys obtained between 24-58 nm and 15-21 nm by applying DC and PC, respectively.

  18. Magnetic properties and structure of nanocrystalline FINEMET alloys with various iron contents

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    Mushnikov, N. V.; Potapov, A. P.; Shishkin, D. A.; Protasov, A. V.; Golovnya, O. A.; Shchegoleva, N. N.; Gaviko, V. S.; Shunyaev, K. Yu.; Bykov, V. A.; Starodubtsev, Yu. N.; Belozerov, V. Ya.

    2015-07-01

    The effect of the composition and annealing temperature on the structure and magnetic properties of soft magnetic nanocrystalline Fe-Cu-Nb-Mo-Si-B alloys has been studied. An increase in the iron content compared to that in the traditional FINEMET alloy is shown to allow one to increase the magnetic induction by 18% at a coercive force of no less than 6 A/m. It has been found that, along with the amorphous phase, rapidly quenched ribbons of alloys enriched in Fe contain crystalline α-Fe-based phase precipitates, the (100) crystallographic directions of which are perpendicular to the ribbon plane. Thermomagnetic analysis and differential scanning calorimetry were used to determine the temperatures of structural and magnetic phase transformations of the alloys with different iron contents. It was found that the separation of amorphous phase into areas of different compositions precedes the precipitation of nano-sized soft magnetic Fe-Si phase grains in the rapidly quenched iron-enriched ribbons.

  19. Magnetic dead layers in NiFe/Ta and NiFe/Si/diamond-like carbon films

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    Leng, Qunwen; Han, Hua; Mao, Ming; Hiner, Craig; Ryan, Francis

    2000-05-01

    NiFe, Ta films were fabricated by ion beam deposition (IBD) and diamond-like carbon (DLC) films by ion beam chemical vapor deposition (IB-CVD) and filtered cathodic arc (FCA) process. Magnetic dead layers at interfaces of Ta/NiFe/Tn and NiFe/Si/DLC trilayer films were determined by characterizing magnetic flux loss using a B-H loop tracer. Dependence of magnetic dead layer on ion beam voltage and thicknesses of Ta, DLC, and Si layers was investigated. It is found that the thickness of magnetic dead layer increases monotonously with increasing ion beam voltage for Ta and DLC film depositions. The magnetic dead layer of 4-6 Å thick forms at Ta/NiFe and NiFe/Ta interfaces at an ion beam voltage of 1000 V, which can be attributed to the atomic intermixing of incoming energetic adatoms with atoms of grown films at interfaces. Direct ion beam deposition of the DLC film in NiFe/Si/DLC layered structure gives rise to a magnetic thickness loss of 12-18 Å. Transmission electron microscopy cross-sectional observations have confirmed the formation of an amorphous-like interfacial layer, as a result of carbonization or silicidation of NiFe at interfaces of the trilayer film.

  20. Thermal Stabilization and Mechanical Properties of Nanocrystalline Iron-Nickel-Zirconium Alloys

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    Kotan, Hasan

    Ultrafine grained and nanostructured materials are promising for structural applications because of the high strength compared to coarse grained counterparts. However, their widespread application is limited by an inherently high driving force for thermally induced grain growth, even at low temperatures. Accordingly, the understanding of and control over grain growth in nanoscale materials is of great technological and scientific importance as many physical properties (i.e. mechanical properties) are functions of the average grain size and the grain size distribution within the microstructure. Here, we investigate the microstructural evolution and grain growth in Fe-Ni alloys with Zr addition and differentiate the stabilization mechanisms acting on grain boundaries. Fe-Ni alloys are chosen for stability investigations since they are important for understanding the behavior of many steels and other ferrous alloys. Zirconium is proven to be an effective grain size stabilizer in pure Fe and Fe-base systems. In this study, nanocrystalline alloys were prepared by high energy ball milling. In situ and ex situ experiments were utilized to directly follow grain growth and microstructural evolution as a function of temperature and composition. The information obtained from these experiments enables the real time observation of microstructural evolution and phase transformation and provides a unique view of dynamic reactions as they occur. The knowledge of the thermal stability will exploit the potential high temperature applications and the consolidation conditions (i.e. temperature and pressure) to obtain high dense materials for advanced mechanical tests. Our investigations reveal that the grain growth of Fe-Ni alloys is not affected by Ni content but strongly inhibited by the addition of 1 at% Zr up to about 700 °C. The microstructural stability is lost due to the bcc-to-fcc transformation (occurring at 700°C) by the sudden appearance of abnormally grown fcc grains

  1. Toward CH4 dissociation and C diffusion during Ni/Fe-catalyzed carbon nanofiber growth: A density functional theory study

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    Fan, Chen; Zhou, Xing-Gui; Chen, De; Cheng, Hong-Ye; Zhu, Yi-An

    2011-04-01

    First-principles calculations have been performed to investigate CH4 dissociation and C diffusion during the Ni/Fe-catalyzed growth of carbon nanofibers (CNFs). Two bulk models with different Ni to Fe molar ratios (1:1 and 2:1) are constructed, and x-ray diffraction (XRD) simulations are conducted to evaluate their reliability. With the comparison between the calculated and experimental XRD patterns, these models are found to be well suited to reproduce the crystalline structures of Ni/Fe bulk alloys. The calculations indicate the binding of the C1 derivatives to the Ni/Fe closest-packed surfaces is strengthened compared to that on Ni(111), arising from the upshift of the weighted d-band centers of catalyst surfaces. Then, the transition states for the four successive dehydrogenation steps in CH4 dissociation are located using the dimer method. It is found that the energy barriers for the first three steps are rather close on the alloyed Ni/Fe and Ni surfaces, while the activation energy for CH dissociation is substantially lowered with the introduction of Fe. The dissolution of the generated C from the surface into the bulk of the Ni/Fe alloys is thermodynamically favorable, and the diffusion of C through catalyst particles is hindered by the Fe component. With the combination of density functional theory calculations and kinetic analysis, the C concentration in catalyst particles is predicted to increase with the Fe content. Meanwhile, other experimental conditions, such as the composition of carbon-containing gases, feedstock partial pressure, and reaction temperature, are also found to play a key role in determining the C concentration in bulk metal, and hence the microstructures of generated CNFs.

  2. Spark plasma sintering of a nanocrystalline Al-Cu-Mg-Fe-Ni-Sc alloy

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    Zúñiga, Alejandro; Ajdelsztajn, Leonardo; Lavernia, Enrique J.

    2006-04-01

    The microstructure and aging behavior of a nanocrystalline Al-Cu-Mg-Fe-Ni-Sc alloy was studied. The nanocrystalline powders were produced by milling at liquid nitrogen temperature and then consolidated using spark plasma sintering (SPS). The microstructure after SPS consisted of a bimodal aluminum grain structure (coarse-grained and fine-grained regions), along with Al9FeNi and Al2CuMg particles dispersed throughout. The microstructure observed in the as-consolidated sample is rationalized on the basis of high current densities that are generated during sintering. Solution treatment and aging of the SPS Al-Cu-Mg-Fe-Ni-Sc sample resulted in softening instead of hardening. This observation can be explained by the reduced amount of Cu, Mg, and Si in solid solution available to form S' Al2CuMg due to the precipitation of Al7FeCu2 and Si-rich particles, and by the fact that rodlike S' Al2CuMg particles could only precipitate out in the coarse-grained regions, greatly decreasing their influence on the hardness. This lack of precipitation in the fine-grained region is argued to represent a new physical observation and is rationalized on the basis of physical and thermodynamic effects. The nanocrystalline SPS Al-Cu-Mg-Fe-Ni-Sc sample was also extremely thermally stable, retaining a fine-grained structure even after solution treatment at 530°C for 5 h. The observed thermal stability is rationalized on the basis of solute drag and Zener pinning caused by the impurities introduced during the cryomilling process.

  3. Corrosive electrochemical behavior of amorphous and nanocrystalline Fe-P-Si-Mn-V alloys in a moist SO2-contaminated atmosphere

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    Vavilova, V. V.; Korneev, V. P.; Anosova, M. O.

    2016-01-01

    Nanocrystalline soft magnetic Finemet alloys, which are currently used in power electrical engineering and electrical equipment, are alloyed with expensive and scarce metals (Nb, Cu). We searched for low-cost soft magnetic alloys that are comparable with Finemets in the corrosion resistance.

  4. Formation of Nanocrystalline Surface of Cu-Sn Alloy Foam Electrochemically Produced for Li-Ion Battery Electrode.

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    Ye, Bora; Kim, Sunjung

    2015-10-01

    Cu-Sn alloy foam is a promising electrode material for Li-ion batteries. In this study, Cu-Sn alloy foam was produced by diffusion-limited electrodeposition in alkaline electrolyte using polyurethane (PU) foam template. Our major concern is to form Cu-Sn alloy foam with nanocrystalline surface morphology by adjusting electrodeposition conditions such as deposition potential and metal ion concentration. Cu-Sn alloy layers comprising of nanoclusters such as nanospheres, nanoellipsoids, and nanoflakes were created depending on electrodeposition conditions. Larger surface area of nanocluster-interconnected Cu-Sn alloy layer was created when both Sn concentration and negative deposition potential were higher. After decomposing PU template thermally, Cu-Sn alloy foam of Cu, Cu6Sn5, and Cu3Sn phases was finally produced. PMID:26726491

  5. High-Temperature Stability and Grain Boundary Complexion Formation in a Nanocrystalline Cu-Zr Alloy

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    Khalajhedayati, Amirhossein; Rupert, Timothy J.

    2015-12-01

    Nanocrystalline Cu-3 at.% Zr powders with ~20 nm average grain size were created with mechanical alloying and their thermal stability was studied from 550-950°C. Annealing drove Zr segregation to the grain boundaries, which led to the formation of amorphous intergranular complexions at higher temperatures. Grain growth was retarded significantly, with 1 week of annealing at 950°C, or 98% of the solidus temperature, only leading to coarsening of the average grain size to 54 nm. The enhanced thermal stability can be connected to both a reduction in grain boundary energy with doping as well as the precipitation of ZrC particles. High mechanical strength is retained even after these aggressive heat treatments, showing that complexion engineering may be a viable path toward the fabrication of bulk nanostructured materials with excellent properties.

  6. Comparative Study of Thermal Stability of NiFe and NiFeTa Thin Films Grown by Cosputtering Technique

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    Phuoc, Nguyen N.; Ong, C. K.

    2016-08-01

    A comparative study of the thermal behavior of dynamic permeability spectra for compositionally graded NiFeTa and uniform-composition NiFe thin films has been carried out. We found that the resonance frequency of the compositionally graded NiFeTa film increased with increasing temperature, while it decreased for the case of the uniform-composition NiFe thin film. This finding unambiguously suggests that the compositional gradient of the film is the only reason for the increase of the magnetic anisotropy with temperature due to its stress-induced origin, while the cosputtering technique does not play any role in this peculiar behavior. The temperature dependence of the frequency linewidth is also presented and discussed.

  7. Anti-wear properties of Cr C and Ni Co alloy coatings as substitutes for conventional nanocrystalline Cr coatings

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    Zeng, Zhixiang; Zhang, Junyan

    2008-09-01

    Nanocrystalline Ni-Co, amorphous Cr-C alloy and nanocrystalline Cr-C coatings were electrodeposited from 'environmentally acceptable' electrolytes as potential substitutes for conventional nanocrystalline Cr coatings electrodeposited from noxious hexavalent chromium. The structure, morphology and hardness of coatings are investigated using a transmission electron microscope, a scanning electronic microscope and a Vickers hardness tester, respectively. Anti-wear properties are tested on a pin-on-plate vibrant wear tester. The correlation between the wear resistance, hardness, brittleness and the lubricated state is investigated. The results show that the wear behaviour of specimens significantly depends on their lubricated state, hardness and brittleness. Under the lubricated sliding condition, abrasive wear is the primary wear mechanism for all specimens. With respect to the abrasive wear mechanism, both the elastic and plastic deformations play important roles during the lubricated sliding process. Thus, the amorphous and nanocrystalline Cr-C alloy coatings, with both high brittleness and high hardness, exhibit a lower wear rate than the conventional Cr and Ni-Co coatings. On the other hand, under the dry sliding condition, the annealed Ni-Co coating, with an excellent compromise between high hardness and toughness, exhibits an abrasive wear mechanism and a relatively low wear rate; in contrast, the brittle Cr-matrix coatings exhibit a severe fatigue/delamination wear mechanism and high wear rate.

  8. The generation of wear-resistant antimicrobial stainless steel surfaces by active screen plasma alloying with N and nanocrystalline Ag.

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    Dong, Yangchun; Li, Xiaoying; Sammons, Rachel; Dong, Hanshan

    2010-04-01

    Hospital-acquired infections (HAIs), a large proportion of which are derived from contact transmission, represent a massive global challenge. In this study a novel active screen plasma (ASP) alloying technology has been developed to generate highly durable antimicrobial surfaces by combining a wear-resistant S-phase with nanocrystalline silver for medical grade stainless steel. The phase constituent, microstructure, composition and surface roughness of the alloyed surfaces were fully characterized, and the surface hardness, wear resistance and antimicrobial efficiency of the treated surfaces were evaluated. Experimental results showed that the surface hardness and sliding wear resistance of medical grade 316LVM stainless steel can be effectively improved by the ASP alloying treatment; furthermore, the Ag alloyed S-phase can achieve 93% reduction in Escherichia coli (E. coli) after 6 h contact time. Therefore, the novel ASP alloying treatment can not only improve wear resistance but also confer antibacterial activity to stainless steel surfaces. PMID:20119942

  9. Amperometric hydrogen peroxide and glucose biosensor based on NiFe2/ordered mesoporous carbon nanocomposites.

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    Xiang, Dong; Yin, Longwei; Ma, Jingyun; Guo, Enyan; Li, Qun; Li, Zhaoqiang; Liu, Kegao

    2015-01-21

    Nanocomposites of NiFex embedded in ordered mesoporous carbon (OMC) (x = 0, 1, 2) were prepared by a wet impregnation and hydrogen reduction process and were used to construct electrochemical biosensors for the amperometric detection of hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) or glucose. The NiFe2/OMC nanocomposites were demonstrated to have a large surface area, suitable mesoporous channels, many edge-plane-like defective sites, and a good distribution of alloyed nanoparticles. The NiFe2/OMC and Nafion modified glass carbon electrode (GCE) exhibited excellent electrocatalytic activities toward the reduction of H2O2 as well. By utilizing it as a bioplatform, GOx (glucose oxidase) cross-linked with Nafion was immobilized on the surface of the electrode for the construction of an amperometric glucose biosensor. Our results indicated that the amperometric hydrogen peroxide biosensor (NiFe2/OMC + Nafion + GCE) showed good analytical performances in term of a high sensitivity of 4.29 μA mM(-1) cm(-2), wide linearity from 6.2 to 42,710 μM and a low detection limit of 0.24 μM at a signal-to-noise ratio of 3 (S/N = 3). This biosensor exhibited excellent selectivity, high stability and negligible interference for the detection of H2O2. In addition, the immobilized enzyme on NiFe2/OMC + Nafion + GCE, retaining its bioactivity, exhibited a reversible two-proton and two-electron transfer reaction, a fast heterogeneous electron transfer rate and an effective Michaelis-Menten constant (K) (3.18 mM). The GOx + NiFe2/OMC + Nafion + GCE could be used to detect glucose based on the oxidation of glucose catalyzed by GOx and exhibited a wide detection range of 48.6-12,500 μM with a high sensitivity of 6.9 μA mM(-1) cm(-2) and a low detection limit of 2.7 μM (S/N = 3). The enzymic biosensor maintained a high selectivity and stability features, and shows great promise for application in the detection of glucose. PMID:25429370

  10. Electronic structure and magnetic properties of LiMn{sub 1.5}M{sub 0.5}O{sub 4} (M=Al, Mg, Ni, Fe) and LiMn{sub 2}O{sub 4}/TiO{sub 2} nanocrystalline electrode materials

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    Talik, E.; Lipińska, L.; Zajdel, P.; Załóg, A.; Michalska, M.; Guzik, A.

    2013-10-15

    The process of sol–gel synthesis was applied to obtain LiMn{sub 1.5}M{sub 0.5}O{sub 4} (M=Al, Mg, Ni, Fe) and LiMn{sub 2}O{sub 4}/TiO{sub 2} nanopowders. The samples were characterized by following methods: X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM/EDX), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and SQUID magnetometry. XPS was used to examine the chemical composition and oxidation state of manganese, in particular the Mn{sup 3+}/Mn{sup 4+} ratio from the deconvolution of the complex Mn3p lines. The size of the grains and crystallites were independently obtained from SEM images and XRD patterns, respectively. In all the cases a critical interplay of electronic (Mn{sup 3+}/Mn{sup 4+} ratio), structural (unit cell volume) and magnetic properties was observed depending on the synthesis process. - Graphical abstract: SEM image of Li{sub 0.79}Ni{sub 0.41}Mn{sub 1.35}O{sub 4.45} sample. Display Omitted - Highlights: • LiMn{sub 1.5}M{sub 0.5}O{sub 4} (M=Al, Mg, Ni, Fe) and LiMn{sub 2}O{sub 4}/TiO{sub 2} obtained by sol–gel method. • XRD method was used to determine the crystal structure. • SEM/EDX imaging have been done. • XPS electronic structure was examined and discussed. • Experimental effective magnetic moment and the calculated one were compared.

  11. Microstructure of the Al-La-Ni-Fe system

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    Vasil’ev, A. L.; Ivanova, A. G.; Bakhteeva, N. D.; Kolobylina, N. N.; Orekhov, A. S.; Presnyakov, M. Yu.; Todorova, E. V.

    2015-01-15

    The microstructure of alloys based on the Al-La-Ni-Fe system, which are characterized by a unique ability to form metal glasses and nanoscale composites in a wide range of compositions, has been investigated. Al{sub 85}Ni{sub 7}Fe{sub 4}La{sub 4} and Al{sub 85}Ni{sub 9}Fe{sub 2}La{sub 4} alloys have been analyzed by electron microscopy (including high-resolution scanning transmission electron microscopy), energy-dispersive X-ray microanalysis, electron diffraction (ED), and X-ray diffraction (XRD). It is found that, along with fcc Al and Al{sub 4}La (Al{sub 11}La{sub 3}) particles, these alloys contain a ternary phase Al{sub 3}Ni{sub 1−x}Fe{sub x} (sp. gr. Pnma) isostructural to the Al{sub 3}Ni phase and a quaternary phase Al{sub 8}Fe{sub 2−x}Ni{sub x}La isostructural to the Al{sub 8}Fe{sub 2}Eu phase (sp. gr. Pbam). The unit-cell parameters of the Al{sub 3}Ni{sub 1−x}Fe{sub x} and Al{sub 8}Fe{sub 2−x}Ni{sub x}La compounds, determined by ED and refined by XRD, are a = 0.664(1) nm, b = 0.734(1) nm, and c = 0.490(1) nm for Al{sub 3}Ni{sub 1−x}Fe{sub x} and a = 1.258(3) nm, b = 1.448(3) nm, and c = 0.405(8) nm for Al{sub 8}Fe{sub 2−x}Ni{sub x}La. In both cases Ni and Fe atoms are statistically arranged, and no ordering is found. Al{sub 8}Fe{sub 2−x}Ni{sub x}La particles contain inclusions in the form of Al{sub 3}Fe δ layers.

  12. Formation and analysis of amorphous and nanocrystalline phases in Al-Cu-Mg alloy under friction stir processing

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    Liu, Peng; Shi, Qing-yu

    2015-06-01

    Homogeneous amorphous and nanocrystalline phases formed in the nugget zone of a friction stir-processed Al-Cu-Mg alloy have been studied. X-ray diffraction analysis indicated a diffuse scattering peak with characteristics of an amorphous phase existed in the range 15°-29°. Further, TEM analysis proved the existence of an amorphous structure. Friction stir processing provides special physical conditions, such as high temperature, high hydrostatic pressure and large shear stress, which could induce the amorphization of the alloy.

  13. Model study of CO inhibition of [NiFe]hydrogenase.

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    Matsumoto, Takahiro; Kabe, Ryota; Nonaka, Kyoshiro; Ando, Tatsuya; Yoon, Ki-Seok; Nakai, Hidetaka; Ogo, Seiji

    2011-09-19

    We propose a modified mechanism for the inhibition of [NiFe]hydrogenase ([NiFe]H(2)ase) by CO. We present a model study, using a NiRu H(2)ase mimic, that demonstrates that (i) CO completely inhibits the catalytic cycle of the model compound, (ii) CO prefers to coordinate to the Ru(II) center rather than taking an axial position on the Ni(II) center, and (iii) CO is unable to displace a hydrido ligand from the NiRu center. We combine these studies with a reevaluation of previous studies to propose that, under normal circumstances, CO inhibits [NiFe]H(2)ase by complexing to the Fe(II) center. PMID:21853978

  14. Structural and Thermal Study of Nanocrystalline Fe-Al-B Alloy Prepared by Mechanical Alloying

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    Gharsallah, Hana Ibn; Sekri, Abderrahmen; Azabou, Myriam; Escoda, Luiza; Suñol, Joan Josep; Khitouni, Mohamed

    2015-08-01

    Nanostructured iron-aluminum alloy of Fe-25 at. pct Al composition doped with 0.2 at. pct B was prepared by mechanical alloying. The phase transformations and structural changes occurring in the studied material during mechanical alloying and during subsequent heating were investigated by SEM, XRD, and DSC techniques. The patterns so obtained were analyzed using the Rietveld program. The alloyed powders were disordered Fe(Al) solid solutions and Fe2B boride phase. The Fe2B boride phase is formed after 4 hours of milling. The crystallite size reduction to the nanometer scale (5 to 8 nm) is accompanied by an increase in lattice strains. The powder milled for 40 hours was annealed at temperatures of 523 K, 823 K, 883 K, and 973 K (250 °C, 550 °C, 610 °C, and 700 °C) for 2 hours. Low temperatures annealing are responsible for the relaxation of the disordered structure, while high temperatures annealing enabled supersaturated Fe(Al) solid solutions to precipitate out fines Fe3Al, Fe2Al5, and Fe4Al13 intermetallics and, also the recrystallization and the grain growth phenomena.

  15. Fabrication of nanocrystalline aluminum-magnesium alloy powders by electrodeposition and their characterization

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    Tatiparti, Sankara Sarma V.

    Aluminum-magnesium alloy powders can potentially be used as hydrogen storage materials. In order to enhance the kinetics of hydrogenation it is desirable to have agglomerates of fine powders with very small grain size. In this study, nanocrystalline Al-Mg alloys in the form of powders were successfully fabricated by the electrodeposition technique using an organometallic based electrolyte. Mg was introduced into the electrolyte by a process called "pre-electrodeposition". The mechanism for Mg accumulation can be explained considering the electrode reactions as well as the chemical changes in the electrolyte. Using a copper cathode, the effects of the electrolyte composition and current density on composition of the deposit, its constituent phases and morphology were investigated. The magnesium content of the deposits improved with increasing Mg concentration in the electrolyte, temperature and current density. Depending on the composition, the deposits consisted of FCC-Al(Mg) and HCP-Mg(Al) phases and no intermetallic phase was found except for long deposition times. Generally, the deposits formed initially on the copper substrate with three dendritic morphologies namely, rod-like, feather-like and small globular, which eventually evolved into the large globular morphology. This observation is attributed to the establishment of spherical diffusion conditions at the sharp dendrite tips. Potentiostatic studies suggested that the appearance of different morphologies is associated with differing rates of deposition. While the initial dendrites consisted of the FCC Al-rich phase, the large globular morphology manifested as both FCC Al-rich and HCP Mg-rich phases, with the latter always forming over the former. The observation of formation of only the FCC phase implies that the nucleation barrier for the HCP phase on the copper substrate is quite high. The investigation of the effect of substrate, namely, Cu, graphite and Mg, revealed that the HCP phase can directly

  16. Amorphous and nanocrystalline phase formation in highly-driven Al-based binary alloys

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    Kalay, Yunus Eren

    2009-01-01

    each other. This deviation indicates an adiabatic type solidification path where heat of fusion is reabsorbed. It is interesting that this particle size range is also consistent with the appearance of a microcellular growth. While no glass formation is observed within this system, the smallest size powders appear to consist of a mixture of nanocrystalline Si and Al. Al-Sm alloys have been investigated within a composition range of 34 to 42 wt% Sm. Gas atomized powders of Al-Sm are investigated to explore the morphological and structural hierarchy that correlates with different degrees of departure from full equilibrium conditions. The resultant powders show a variety of structural selection with respect to amount of undercooling, with an amorphous structure appearing at the highest cooling rates. Because of the chaotic nature of gas atomization, Cu-block melt-spinning is used to produce a homogeneous amorphous structure. The as-quenched structure within Al-34 to 42 wt% Sm consists of nanocrystalline fcc-Al (on the order of 5 nm) embedded in an amorphous matrix. The nucleation density of fcc-Al after initial crystallization is on the order of 1022-1023m-3, which is 105-106 orders of magnitude higher than what classical nucleation theory predicts. Detailed analysis of liquid and as-quenched structures using high energy synchrotron X-ray diffraction, high energy transmission electron microscopy, and atom probe tomography techniques revealed an Al-Sm network similar in appearance to a medium range order (MRO) structure. A model whereby these MRO clusters promote the observed high nucleation density of fcc-Al nanocrystals is proposed. The devitrification path was identified using high temperature, in-situ, high energy synchrotron X-ray diffraction techniques and the crystallization kinetics were described using an analytical Johnson-Mehl-Avrami (JMA) approach.

  17. Amorphous and nanocrystalline phase formation in highly-driven aluminum-based binary alloys

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    Kalay, Yunus Eren

    indicates an adiabatic type solidification path where heat of fusion is reabsorbed. It is interesting that this particle size range is also consistent with the appearance of a microcellular growth. While no glass formation is observed within this system, the smallest size powders appear to consist of a mixture of nanocrystalline Si and Al. Al-Sm alloys have been investigated within a composition range of 34 to 42 wt% Sm. Gas atomized powders of Al-Sm are investigated to explore the morphological and structural hierarchy that correlates with different degrees of departure from full equilibrium conditions. The resultant powders show a variety of structural selection with respect to amount of undercooling, with an amorphous structure appearing at the highest cooling rates. Because of the chaotic nature of gas atomization, Cu-block melt-spinning is used to produce a homogeneous amorphous structure. The as-quenched structure within Al-34 to 42 wt% Sm consists of nanocrystalline fcc-Al (on the order of 5 nm) embedded in an amorphous matrix. The nucleation density of fcc-Al after initial crystallization is on the order of 1022-1023 m-3, which is 105-106 orders of magnitude higher than what classical nucleation theory predicts. Detailed analysis of liquid and as-quenched structures using high energy synchrotron X-ray diffraction, high energy transmission electron microscopy, and atom probe tomography techniques revealed an Al-Sm network similar in appearance to a medium range order (MRO) structure. A model whereby these MRO clusters promote the observed high nucleation density of fcc-Al nanocrystals is proposed. The devitrification path was identified using high temperature, in-situ, high energy synchrotron X-ray diffraction techniques and the crystallization kinetics were described using an analytical Johnson-Mehl-Avrami (JMA) approach.

  18. Growth in solution of hooked Ni-Fe fibers by oriented rotation and attachment approaches

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    Zhang, Yong; Liu, Fang; Zhang, Wei-ze

    2016-04-01

    Inspired by the curved branches of fractal trees, hooked Ni-Fe fibers were grown in situ in Ni-Fe composite coatings on a spheroidal graphite cast iron substrate. These hooked Ni-Fe fibers exhibited inclination angles of about 39°, which was in accordance with the theoretical prediction of 37°. Ni-Fe nanostructures self-assembled to form dendrites and evolved into hooked fibers by an oriented attachment reaction. The orientation rotation of Ni-Fe nanostructures played an important role in the growth of curved hooked Ni-Fe fibers. During sliding wear tests, the volume loss of the spheroidal graphite cast iron substrate was 2.2 times as large as that of the Ni-Fe coating reinforced by hooked fibers. The good load-transferring ability of hooked Ni-Fe fibers led to an improvement in their wear properties during wear tests.

  19. Properties Evaluation and Studying Production Mechanism of Nanocrystalline NiAl Intermetallic Compound by Mechanical Alloying

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    Khajesarvi, Ali; Akbari, Golamhossein

    2016-04-01

    Ni50Al50 intermetallic compound was synthesized by mechanical alloying (MA) of elemental mixtures of Ni and Al powders in a planetary ball mill. After 16 hours of milling and obtaining crystallites with a critical size, the initial NiAl compound was formed along with the combustive reaction after opening the vial lid. In the time interval of 16 to 128 hours, the reaction from combustive state reached the explosive state. Finally, after 128 hours of milling, the initial powders were wholly transformed into NiAl before completion of the milling time. Structural changes of powder particles during MA were studied by X-ray diffractometry and scanning electron microscopy. The crystallite size measurements revealed that the grain size of the NiAl phase decreased from 155 to 26 nm with increasing MA time from 8 to 128 hours. Microhardness for nanocrystalline Ni50Al50 intermetallic compound produced after 128 hours of milling was measured as about 350 Hv.

  20. Outstanding efficiency in energy conversion for electric motors constructed by nanocrystalline soft magnetic alloy "NANOMET®" cores

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    Nishiyama, N.; Tanimoto, K.; Makino, A.

    2016-05-01

    Recently updated nanocrystalline soft magnetic Fe-Co-Si-B-P-Cu alloys "NANOMET®" exhibit high saturation magnetic flux density (Bs > 1.8 T), low coercivity (Hc < 10 A/m) and low core loss (W1.7/50 ˜ 0.4 W/kg) even in a ribbon form with a thickness of up to 40 μm. By utilize excellent magnetic softness, several products such as motors or transformers for electrical appliances are now under developing by industry-academia collaboration. In particular, it is found that a brushless DC motor using NANOMET® core exhibited remarkable improvement in energy consumption. The prototype motor with an outer core diameter of 70 mm and a core thickness of 50 mm was constructed using laminated nano-crystallized NANOMET® ribbons. Core-loss for the constructed motor was improved from 1.4 W to 0.4 W only by replacing the non-oriented Si-steel core with NANOMET® one. The overall motor efficiency is evaluated to be 3% improvement. In this work, the relation between processing and resulting magnetic properties will be presented. In addition, feasibility for commercialization will also be discussed.

  1. Microstructural refinement of Al-Si alloy upon ultrasonic nanocrystalline surface modification treatment.

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    He, Yinsheng; Li, Kejian; Cho, In Shik; Park, In Gyu; Shin, Keesam

    2014-11-01

    In this work, an Al-7 wt.% Si alloy, which is widely used as the structural materials in the automotive and aerospace industries for their high specific strength, was subjected to ultrasonic nanocrystalline surface modification (UNSM) treatment. After UNSM treatment, the effect of UNSM on the microstructural evolution of both Al grain and the dispersed Si particles was studied by using scanning electron microscope (SEM) and transmission electron microscope (TEM). Experimental results show that the ultra-fine grain (UFG, - 400 nm in size) structure is developed in the top surface layer (up to - 15 μm in depth). The coarse Si particles were refined and well dispersed in the UFG Al matrix. Cross-sectional TEM observation revealed that the grain refinement mechanism involved the formation of new grain boundaries dividing the coarse grain into UFG structure. Nanotwin and nanosize Si were formed within the original coarse Si particles. The presence of dispersed Si particles in the Al matrix accelerated the Al grain refinement process. PMID:25958593

  2. Surface nanocrystalline and hardening effects of Ti-Al-V alloy by electropulsing ultrasonic shock

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    Ye, Xiaoxin

    2015-04-01

    The effect of electropulsing ultrasonic shock (EUS) on the surface hardening and microstructure of Ti6Al4V alloy was studied. It was found that electropulsing improved the microhardness dramatically both in the influential depth and maximum value, compared with the only ultrasonic-shocked sample. It's indicated that refined surface layer with nanocrystalline and improved microhardness were obtained on account of surface severe plastic deformation, dynamic recrystallization (DRX) and phase change, which was implemented at relative low temperature and high strain rate/capacity due to the coupling of the thermal and athermal effects of EUS. It's different from conventional experiments and theory. It's discussed that the positive contributions of EPT in the thermodynamics and kinetics of microstructure and properties change were attributed to the reduction of nucleation energy barrier and acceleration of atomic diffusion. Therefore, it's supposed that EUS is an energy-saving and high-efficiency method of surface treatment technique with the help of high-energy electropulses, which is promising in cost reduction of the surface engineering and energy management.

  3. Induced Anisotropy in FeCo-Based Nanocrystalline Ferromagnetic Alloys (HITPERM) by Very High Field Annealing

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    Johnson, F.; Garmestani, H.; Chu, S.-Y.; McHenry, M. E.; Laughlin, D. E.

    2004-01-01

    Very high magnetic field annealing is shown to affect the magnetic anisotropy in FeCo-base nanocrystalline soft ferromagnetic alloys. Alloys of composition Fe(44.5)Co(44.5)Zr(7)B(4) were prepared by melt spinning into amorphous ribbons, then wound to form toroidal bobbin cores. One set of cores was crystallized in a zero field at 600 deg. C for 1 h, then, field annealed at 17 tesla (T) at 480 deg. C for 1 h. Another set was crystallized in a 17-T field at 480 deg. C for 1 h. Field orientation was transverse to the magnetic path of the toroidal cores. An induced anisotropy is indicated by a sheared hysteresis loop. Sensitive torque magnetometry measurements with a Si cantilever sensor indicated a strong, uniaxial, longitudinal easy axis in the zero-field-crystallized sample. The source is most likely magnetoelastic anisotropy, caused by the residual stress from nanocrystallization and the nonzero magnetostriction coefficient for this material. The magnetostrictive coefficient lambda(5) is measured to be 36 ppm by a strain gage technique. Field annealing reduces the magnitude of the induced anisotropy. Core loss measurements were made in the zero-field-crystallized, zero-field-crystallized- than-field-annealed, and field-crystallized states. Core loss is reduced 30%-50% (depending on frequency) by field annealing. X-ray diffraction reveals no evidence of crystalline texture or orientation that would cause the induced anisotropy. Diffusional pair ordering is thought to be the cause of the induced anisotropy. However, reannealing the samples in the absence of a magnetic field at 480 deg. C does not completely remove the induced anisotropy.

  4. Predeformation and Subsequent Annealing—A Way for Controlling Morphology of Carbides in Large Dimensional Bulk Nanocrystalline Fe-Al-Cr Alloy

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    Wang, Hongding; La, Peiqing; Shi, Ting; Wei, Yupeng; Jiao, Huisheng

    2014-01-01

    In this study, a processing route is introduced to control the morphology of carbide and the grain size of nanocrystalline matrix of Fe-Al-Cr alloy. After predeformation followed by annealing treatment, the grain size of nanocrystalline matrix decreased slightly and the Cr7C3 phases transformed from a fiber shape to the globular shape. The yield strength and the flow stress of the alloy increased from 1048 to 1338 MPa and 1150 to 1550 MPa, respectively, while the ductility of the alloy also became better. This proposed method may open a way for controlling the morphology of carbide and the grain size of matrix in bulk nanocrystalline materials to receive higher strength and better plasticity.

  5. 90° magnetic coupling in a NiFe/FeMn/biased NiFe multilayer spin valve component investigated by polarized neutron reflectometry

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    Callori, S. J. Bertinshaw, J.; Cortie, D. L.; Cai, J. W. Zhu, T.; Le Brun, A. P.; Klose, F.

    2014-07-21

    We have observed 90° magnetic coupling in a NiFe/FeMn/biased NiFe multilayer system using polarized neutron reflectometry. Magnetometry results show magnetic switching for both the biased and free NiFe layers, the latter of which reverses at low applied fields. As these measurements are only capable of providing information about the total magnetization within a sample, polarized neutron reflectometry was used to investigate the reversal behavior of the NiFe layers individually. Both the non-spin-flip and spin-flip neutron reflectometry signals were tracked around the free NiFe layer hysteresis loop and were used to detail the evolution of the magnetization during reversal. At low magnetic fields near the free NiFe coercive field, a large spin-flip signal was observed, indicating magnetization aligned perpendicular to both the applied field and pinned layer.

  6. Giant magnetoresistance studies in evaporated Ni-Fe/Cu and Ni-Fe-Co/Cu multilayers (abstract)

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    Haftek, E.; Zeltser, A. M.; Smith, Neil

    1997-04-01

    Room temperature giant magnetoresistance (GMR) and magnetic properties of (Ni-Fe/Cu)n and (Ni-Fe-Co/Cu)n multilayers were investigated. Alternating layers of Ni-Fe-(Co) and Cu were electron-beam evaporated in a computer-controlled high-vacuum system at base pressure of ⩽4×10-8 Torr and deposition rates of ⩽2 Å/s. To complement and expand our previous investigation,1 GMR properties were additionally studied here as a function of cobalt content of Ni-Fe-Co films, the number (n) of bilayers, deposition temperature, and type of buffer layer. The Co content was varied from 7 to 17 at. %, and the number of bilayers ranged from n=8 to 20. No significant GMR was observed in the as-deposited multilayers. To produce tangible GMR, these multilayers were annealed between 300 and 360 °C for 2 h in a 150 Oe magnetic field in an argon atmosphere. The GMR effect (ΔR/R) was essentially independent of copper spacer thickness, which varied between 25 and 30 Å. For Co containing multilayers the highest ΔR/R=7.6% was obtained for 17 at. % Co deposited at 100 °C. The ΔR/R in all Ni-Fe-Co/Cu multilayers was sensitive to the deposition temperature, and R-H loops always showed significant hysteresis independent of the type of buffer layer. For application of these materials to very high density reproduce heads,2 the best results were obtained for (27 Å NiFe/25 Å Cu)14-18 multilayers deposited at 160 °C on 70 Å Ta buffer layer. For example, n=17 multilayers annealed at 350 °C exhibited ΔR/R=7.5%, half-width at half-maximum of ˜50 Oe, essentially no anisotropy, and virtually zero hysteresis (Fig. 1). Frequency dependent permeability measurements showed constant permeability between 10 and 200 MHz. Low- and high-angle x-ray diffraction as well as atomic force microscopy were used to investigate the effect of different geometries of multilayers on structure and roughness and to correlate them with GMR properties.

  7. Chemical synthesis, characterizations and magnetic properties of nanocrystalline Fe{sub 50}Co{sub 50} alloy

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    Dalavi, Shankar B.; Panda, Rabi Narayan; Raja, M. Manivel

    2014-04-24

    Nanocrystalline Fe{sub 50}Co{sub 50} alloy has been synthesized successfully by chemical reduction route using superhydride as reducing agent and oleic acid and oleylamine as capping agents. Phase purity, crystallite size and lattice parameters of the synthesized NPs are determined by X-ray powder diffraction method. FeCo alloy crystallizes in body centered cubic (bcc) structure having crystallite size equal to 29 nm and lattice parameters equal to 2.8546 Å. The size and shape morphologies of the material were studied by SEM analysis. SEM micrograph study shows the average particle size to be 60 nm and indicates the appearance of agglomerates of the nano-particles consisting of several crystallites. The room temperature magnetic hysteresis studies indicate ferromagnetic behavior of the materials. The values of saturation magnetization and coercivity were 65 emu/g and 460 Oe, respectively. Magnetic properties of the material were interpreted on the basis of fine particle magnetism.

  8. Maturation of [NiFe]-hydrogenases in Escherichia coli.

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    Forzi, Lucia; Sawers, R Gary

    2007-06-01

    Hydrogenases catalyze the reversible oxidation of dihydrogen. Catalysis occurs at bimetallic active sites that contain either nickel and iron or only iron and the nature of these active sites forms the basis of categorizing the enzymes into three classes, the [NiFe]-hydrogenases, the [FeFe]-hydrogenases and the iron sulfur cluster-free [Fe]-hydrogenases. The [NiFe]-hydrogenases and the [FeFe]-hydrogenases are unrelated at the amino acid sequence level but the active sites share the unusual feature of having diatomic ligands associated with the Fe atoms in the these enzymes. Combined structural and spectroscopic studies of [NiFe]-hydrogenases identified these diatomic ligands as CN- and CO groups. Major advances in our understanding of the biosynthesis of these ligands have been achieved primarily through the study of the membrane-associated [NiFe]-hydrogenases of Escherichia coli. A complex biosynthetic machinery is involved in synthesis and attachment of these ligands to the iron atom, insertion of the Fe(CN)2CO group into the apo-hydrogenase, introduction of the nickel atom into the pre-formed active site and ensuring that the holoenzyme is correctly folded prior to delivery to the membrane. Although much remains to be uncovered regarding each of the individual biochemical steps on the pathway to synthesis of a fully functional enzyme, our understanding of the initial steps in CN- synthesis have revealed that it is generated from carbamoyl phosphate. What is becoming increasingly clear is that the metabolic origins of the carbonyl group may be different. PMID:17216401

  9. Structural and soft magnetic properties of a new nanocrystalline Fe-based and B-free alloy

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    Long, Jianguo; Laughlin, D. E.; McHenry, M. E.

    2008-04-01

    A new nanocrystalline Fe-based soft magnetic alloy is discussed here. Ingots of nanocrystalline alloys (FeCu)80ZrxSi20-x (x =5, 6, and 8) were prepared by arc melting. The ingots were remelted and cast into 25-30μm thick ribbons by a single roller melt spinning method. X-ray diffraction (XRD) revealed the as-spun ribbons to be amorphous. The structural evolution of these samples was studied by XRD and transmission electron microscopy (TEM) after annealing at 450, 480, and 550°C. XRD shows the primary nanocrystallization product to be the α-Fe(Si ) phase. The grain size was observed by TEM to be ˜10nm after annealing at 480°C for 1h and 14nm after 550°C for 1h. ac soft magnetic properties were measured using a Walker AMH 401 ac permeameter. The core loss at an exciting frequency f =100kHz and maximum induction Bm=1kG was determined to be less than 19W/kg.

  10. Charge characteristics of Ni/Fe traction cells

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    DeLuca, W.H.; Biwer, R.L.; Tummillo, A.F.; Yao, N.P.

    1983-08-01

    The specific energy and cycle life of nickel/iron (Ni/Fe) battery systems exceed those of lead-acid systems. However, in order for the Ni/Fe system to achieve full capacity, a significant overcharge must be applied. As a result, electrolyte consumption and gassing levels are increased, and cycling efficiencies (Ah and Wh) are reduced. In a series of tests performed on 6V Ni/Fe modules, a range of recharge levels and charge rates were examined for three charge methods. The results show that higher discharge capacities are achieved at higher recharge Ah levels, but at lower Ah and Wh cycling efficiencies. However, when the modules are continuously cycled at any recharge level, repeatable module performance is obtained. Consequently, the optimum combination of module discharge capacity and cycle efficiency can be obtained for any given application by proper selection of the recharge level. It was also observed that at a fixed recharge level, module charge acceptance is virtually independent of the charge method. The tested modules also exhibited a self-discharge loss in capacity that was directly related to the length of the open-circuit stand time after charging and module state-of-charge. This paper describes the test procedures used, presents the test data, and discusses the results obtained.

  11. Multiphase and Double-Layer NiFe2O4@NiO-Hollow-Nanosphere-Decorated Reduced Graphene Oxide Composite Powders Prepared by Spray Pyrolysis Applying Nanoscale Kirkendall Diffusion.

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    Park, Gi Dae; Cho, Jung Sang; Kang, Yun Chan

    2015-08-01

    Multicomponent metal oxide hollow-nanosphere decorated reduced graphene oxide (rGO) composite powders are prepared by spray pyrolysis with nanoscale Kirkendall diffusion. The double-layer NiFe2O4@NiO-hollow-nanosphere decorated rGO composite powders are prepared using the first target material. The NiFe-alloy-nanopowder decorated rGO powders are prepared as an intermediate product by post-treatment under the reducing atmosphere of the NiFe2O4/NiO-decorated rGO composite powders obtained by spray pyrolysis. The different diffusion rates of Ni (83 pm for Ni(2+)) and Fe (76 pm for Fe(2+), 65 pm for Fe(3+)) cations with different radii during nanoscale Kirkendall diffusion result in multiphase and double-layer NiFe2O4@NiO hollow nanospheres. The mean size of the hollow NiFe2O4@NiO nanospheres decorated uniformly within crumpled rGO is 14 nm. The first discharge capacities of the nanosphere-decorated rGO composite powders with filled NiFe2O4/NiO and hollow NiFe2O4@NiO at a current density of 1 A g(-1) are 1168 and 1319 mA h g(-1), respectively. Their discharge capacities for the 100th cycle are 597 and 951 mA h g(-1), respectively. The discharge capacity of the NiFe2O4@NiO-hollow-nanosphere-decorated rGO composite powders at the high current density of 4 A g(-1) for the 400th cycle is 789 mA h g(-1). PMID:26186601

  12. Exchange bias magnetism in films of NiFe/(Ni,Fe)O nanocrystallite dispersions

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    Hsiao, C.-H.; Chi, C.-C.; Wang, S.; Ouyang, H.; Desautels, R. D.; Lierop, J. van; Lin, K.-W.; Lin, T.-L.

    2014-05-07

    Ni{sub 3}Fe/(Ni,Fe)O thin films having a nanocrystallite dispersion morphology were prepared by a reactive ion beam-assisted deposition technique. The crystallite sizes of these dispersion-based films were observed to decrease from 8.4 ± 0.3 nm to 3.4 ± 0.3 nm as the deposition flow-rate increased from 2.78% to 7.89% O{sub 2}/Ar. Thin film composition was determined using selective area electron diffraction images and Multislice simulations. Through a detailed analysis of high resolution transmission electron microscopy images, the nanocrystallites were determined to be Ni{sub 3}Fe (a ferromagnet), NiO, and FeO (both antiferromagnets). It was determined that the interfacial molar Ni{sub 3}Fe ratio in the nanocrystallite dispersions increased slightly at first, then decreased as the oxygen content was increased; at 7.89% O{sub 2}/Ar, the interfacial molar ratio was essentially zero (only NiO and FeO remained). For nanocrystallite dispersion films grown with O{sub 2}/Ar flow-rate greater than 7.89%, no interfacial (intermixed) Ni{sub 3}Fe phase was detected, which resulted in no measurable exchange bias. Comparing the exchange bias field between the nanocrystallite dispersion films at 5 K, we observed a decrease in the magnitude of the exchange bias field as the nanocrystallite size decreased. The exchange bias coupling for all samples measured set in at essentially the same temperature (i.e., the exchange bias blocking temperature). Since the ferromagnetic/anti-ferromagnetic (FM/AFM) contact area in the nanocrystallite dispersion films increased as the nanocrystallite size decreased, the increase in the magnitude of the exchange bias could be attributed to larger regions of defects (vacancies and bond distortions) which occupied a significant portion of the FM/AFM interfaces in the nanocrystallite dispersion films.

  13. Characterization of ion beam and magnetron sputtered thin Ta/NiFe films

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    Mao, M.; Leng, Q.; Huai, Y.; Johnson, P.; Miller, M.; Tong, H.-C.; Miloslavsky, L.; Qian, C.; Wang, J.; Hegde, H.

    1999-04-01

    Thin Ta/NiFe films were deposited using ion beam deposition (IBD), pulsed, and static magnetron sputtering techniques. These NiFe films show anisotropy field values ˜4 Oe, easy axis coercivities ⩽1 Oe, and hard axis coercivities ⩽0.3 Oe. IBD films exhibit higher magnetoresistance ratios (ΔR/R), while little difference is noted between different deposition techniques in the sheet resistance of NiFe films. A ΔR/R value of 1.8% has been measured for a 90 Å IBD NiFe films. X-ray diffraction measurements indicate that NiFe films of the same thickness have about the same grain size regardless of deposition technique, however, IBD films exhibit superior (111) texture and crystallinity. Our results clearly indicate that the superior magnetic properties of thin IBD Ta/NiFe films are a result of high crystallographic quality of these films.

  14. Morphology, structural and thermal characterization of nanocrystalline Ni50Cu30(Fe2B)10P10 powders prepared by mechanical alloying

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    Slimi, M.; Suñol, J. J.; Khitouni, M.

    2016-05-01

    The mechanical alloying process has been used to prepare nanocrystalline Ni50Cu30(Fe2B)10P10 alloy from powder mixture. The transformations occurring in the material during milling were studied with the use of X-ray diffraction. In addition, lattice microstrain, average crystallite size, dislocation density and the lattice parameter were determined. The patterns so obtained were analyzed using the Maud program. The final product of the mechanical alloying process after 30h of milling was nanocrystalline Ni, Cu3P and Fe2B phases with a mean crystallite size in the range of a few nanometers. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) was employed to examine the morphology of the samples as a function of milling times. Thermal behaviour of the milled powders was examined by differential scanning calorimetry (DSC).

  15. The Model [NiFe]-Hydrogenases of Escherichia coli.

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    Sargent, F

    2016-01-01

    In Escherichia coli, hydrogen metabolism plays a prominent role in anaerobic physiology. The genome contains the capability to produce and assemble up to four [NiFe]-hydrogenases, each of which are known, or predicted, to contribute to different aspects of cellular metabolism. In recent years, there have been major advances in the understanding of the structure, function, and roles of the E. coli [NiFe]-hydrogenases. The membrane-bound, periplasmically oriented, respiratory Hyd-1 isoenzyme has become one of the most important paradigm systems for understanding an important class of oxygen-tolerant enzymes, as well as providing key information on the mechanism of hydrogen activation per se. The membrane-bound, periplasmically oriented, Hyd-2 isoenzyme has emerged as an unusual, bidirectional redox valve able to link hydrogen oxidation to quinone reduction during anaerobic respiration, or to allow disposal of excess reducing equivalents as hydrogen gas. The membrane-bound, cytoplasmically oriented, Hyd-3 isoenzyme is part of the formate hydrogenlyase complex, which acts to detoxify excess formic acid under anaerobic fermentative conditions and is geared towards hydrogen production under those conditions. Sequence identity between some Hyd-3 subunits and those of the respiratory NADH dehydrogenases has led to hypotheses that the activity of this isoenzyme may be tightly coupled to the formation of transmembrane ion gradients. Finally, the E. coli genome encodes a homologue of Hyd-3, termed Hyd-4, however strong evidence for a physiological role for E. coli Hyd-4 remains elusive. In this review, the versatile hydrogen metabolism of E. coli will be discussed and the roles and potential applications of the spectrum of different types of [NiFe]-hydrogenases available will be explored. PMID:27134027

  16. Morphology and magnetic behavior of cobalt rich amorphous/nanocrystalline (Co-Ni)70Ti10B20 alloyed powders

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    Raanaei, Hossein; Mohammad-Hosseini, Vahid

    2016-09-01

    The effect of milling time on microstructural and magnetic behavior of mechanically alloyed Co49Ni21Ti10B20 is investigated by using X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy, differential scanning calorimetry and vibrating sample magnetometer. It is shown, with increasing milling time, the crystallite size decreases and finally reaches to a low value after 190 h of milling time. The increase in microstrain is also observed during the milling process. The results indicate the coexistence between amorphous and nanocrystalline phases after 190 h of milling time. Moreover, the lowest magnetic coercivity of about 39 Oe at the final milling stage is observed. The results of annealed sample reveal structural ordering of constituent elements.

  17. Transmission Mössbauer spectroscopy and x-ray diffraction studies on the structure of nanocrystalline Fe-Cu-Si-B alloys

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    Liu, X. D.; Lu, K.; Hu, Z. Q.; Ding, B. Z.; Zhu, J.; Jiang, J.

    1994-04-01

    Nanocrystalline Fe-Cu-Si-B alloys with grain sizes of 25-90 nm were synthesized by crystallization of the amorphous alloy. Two nanocrystalline phases of α-Fe(Si) and Fe2B were observed in all tested samples. Transmission Mössbauer spectroscopy investigation on the structure of nanocrystalline Fe-Cu-Si-B alloys showed that Si atoms are completely and substitutionally dissolved in Fe bcc lattice and the arrangement of the Si atoms in the α-Fe(Si) phase shows short range order (SRO), whereas 8.5-9.7 at. % of the B atoms were found as Fe2B and the remainder were located in the interfaces. When grains grow larger, the arrangement of the Si atoms in the α-Fe(Si) phase changes. Interestingly, x-ray diffraction results reveal that the lattice constant of α-Fe(Si) phase decreases rapidly with grain coarsening. Based on the thermodynamic analysis, the changes in the lattice constant of the α-Fe(Si) phase and SRO of Si atoms in bcc Fe lattices were attributed to the lattice expansion as a result of the variation of vacancy concentration in α-Fe(Si) solid solution. Meanwhile, owing to the interface contribution, the alloy with small grain size is found to exhibit large values of half linewidth (HLW) and isomer shift (IS) in the Mössbauer spectra. The results from electrical resistivity measurements agree and confirm the strong effects of the lattice distortion and interfaces.

  18. Mechanism of hydrogen activation by [NiFe] hydrogenases.

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    Evans, Rhiannon M; Brooke, Emily J; Wehlin, Sara A M; Nomerotskaia, Elena; Sargent, Frank; Carr, Stephen B; Phillips, Simon E V; Armstrong, Fraser A

    2016-01-01

    The active site of [NiFe] hydrogenases contains a strictly conserved arginine that suspends a guanidine nitrogen atom <4.5 Å above the nickel and iron atoms. The guanidine headgroup interacts with the side chains of two conserved aspartic acid residues to complete an outer-shell canopy that has thus far proved intractable to investigation by site-directed mutagenesis. Using hydrogenase-1 from Escherichia coli, the strictly conserved residues R509 and D574 have been replaced by lysine (R509K) and asparagine (D574N) and the highly conserved D118 has been replaced by alanine (D118A) or asparagine (D118N/D574N). Each enzyme variant is stable, and their [(RS)2Niμ(SR)2Fe(CO)(CN)2] inner coordination shells are virtually unchanged. The R509K variant had >100-fold lower activity than native enzyme. Conversely, the variants D574N, D118A and D118N/D574N, in which the position of the guanidine headgroup is retained, showed 83%, 26% and 20% activity, respectively. The special kinetic requirement for R509 implicates the suspended guanidine group as the general base in H2 activation by [NiFe] hydrogenases. PMID:26619250

  19. The activity of nanocrystalline Fe-based alloys as electrode materials for the hydrogen evolution reaction

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    Müller, Christian Immanuel; Sellschopp, Kai; Tegel, Marcus; Rauscher, Thomas; Kieback, Bernd; Röntzsch, Lars

    2016-02-01

    In view of alkaline water electrolysis, the activities for the hydrogen evolution reaction of nanocrystalline Fe-based electrode materials were investigated and compared with the activities of polycrystalline Fe and Ni. Electrochemical methods were used to elucidate the overpotential value, the charge transfer resistance and the double layer capacity. Structural properties of the electrode surface were determined with SEM, XRD and XPS analyses. Thus, a correlation between electrochemical and structural parameters was found. In this context, we report on a cyclic voltammetric activation procedure which causes a significant increase of the surface area of Fe-based electrodes leading to a boost in effective activity of the activated electrodes. It was found that the intrinsic activity of activated Fe-based electrodes is very high due to the formation of a nanocrystalline surface layer. In contrast, the activation procedure influences only the intrinsic activity of the Ni electrodes without the formation of a porous surface layer.

  20. On the hierarchy of deformation processes in nanocrystalline alloys: Grain boundary mediated plasticity vs. dislocation slip

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    Schäfer, Jonathan; Stukowski, Alexander; Albe, Karsten

    2013-10-01

    Hybrid molecular dynamics and Monte-Carlo simulations on the deformation behavior of nanocrystalline Pd-Au are presented. A semi-grandcanonical Monte-Carlo scheme is employed during straining to allow for local relaxation by chemical equilibration and to effectively shortcut diffusional processes. Altering the balance between an imposed straining and local relaxation reveals a strong correlation of the irreversible plastic deformation and the frequency of local relaxation. Using a novel method to quantify the amount of crystal slip strain from atomistic data, it is demonstrated how plastic deformation carried by dislocations changes as a function of the local relaxation. The results indicate that conventional molecular dynamics simulations overestimate the contributions of dislocation slip to the overall plastic deformation of nanocrystalline samples.

  1. Microstructure and mechanical properties of a large-dimensional bulk nanocrystalline-based Fe-Al-Cr alloy prepared by an aluminothermic reaction casting and followed annealing at 1000 °C

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    La, Peiqing; Wang, Hongding; Liu, Xuemei; Wei, Yupeng; Jiao, Huisheng

    2013-06-01

    A large-dimensional bulk nanocrystalline phase-based Fe-Al-Cr alloy with 10 wt.% Cr, which was about 200 mm in diameter and 10 mm in thickness, was prepared by an aluminothermic reaction casting and followed annealing at 1000 °C. Microstructures of the alloy were investigated by optical microscope, electron probe microscope, scanning electron microscope attached with electron backscattered diffraction, X-ray diffraction and transmission electron microscope. The magnetization curves of the alloy were tested by Lake Shore 7410 vibrating sample magnetometer. Compressive properties of the alloy were tested. The results show the alloy was consisted of a Fe-Al-Cr nanocrystalline matrix, Cr7C3 phase and contaminants in micrometre. Average grain size of the nanocrystalline matrix was 19 nm. Volume fraction of the Cr7C3 phase in the alloy was about 4.5%. After annealing, the saturated intensity of magnetization and the specific magnetic susceptibility of the alloy increased slightly from 99 emu/g and 0.083 emu/g Oe to 104 emu/g and 0.113 emu/g Oe, respectively. Compressive strength of the alloy was 1200 MPa and much higher than that of the small-scale nanocrystalline alloy and alloy with grains in micrometre.

  2. Electrical, magnetic, and corrosion resistance properties of TiO2 nanotubes filled with NiFe2O4 quantum dots and Ni-Fe nanoalloy

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    Bahgat, Mohamed; Farghali, Ahmed A.; Moustafa, Ahmed F.; Khedr, Mohamed H.; Mohassab-Ahmed, Mohassab Y.

    2013-06-01

    This work was carried out as an integral part of a project aiming to improve the catalytic, electrical, magnetic, and mechanical properties of synthesized TiO2NTs filled with metal ferrites. TiO2 nanotubes in the anatase-phase (TiO2NTs) were prepared using a hydrothermal method followed by ion exchange and phase transformation. The obtained TiO2NTs were filled with NiFe2O4 quantum dots (QDs) and then reacted at 600 °C in a reducing atmosphere to produce TiO2NTs filled with Ni-Fe nanoalloy. The effect of the TiO2NTs' coating on the dissolution rate of Ni-Fe nanoalloy in 0.5 M HCl solution was monitored chemically using a weight-loss technique that was performed at different temperatures. The TiO2NTs' coating exhibited high protective performance and amazing corrosion resistance. The magnetic properties of the TiO2NTs filled with NiFe2O4 QDs and Ni-Fe nanoalloy compacts were analyzed by a vibrating sample magnetometer. The electrical conductivity-temperature dependence of anatase TiO2NTs, anatase TiO2NTs filled with NiFe2O4 quantum dots, anatase TiO2NTs filled with Ni-Fe nanoalloy, and NiFe2O4 was measured in the temperature range of 25-850 °C. The conductivity increased with temperature, indicating the semiconductor-like nature of the sample. During cooling, the conductivity retains values higher than that obtained during heating.

  3. A [NiFe]hydrogenase model that catalyses the release of hydrogen from formic acid.

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    Nguyen, Nga T; Mori, Yuki; Matsumoto, Takahiro; Yatabe, Takeshi; Kabe, Ryota; Nakai, Hidetaka; Yoon, Ki-Seok; Ogo, Seiji

    2014-11-11

    We report the decomposition of formic acid to hydrogen and carbon dioxide, catalysed by a NiRu complex originally developed as a [NiFe]hydrogenase model. This is the first example of H2 evolution, catalysed by a [NiFe]hydrogenase model, which does not require additional energy. PMID:25234420

  4. [NiFe] hydrogenases: structural and spectroscopic studies of the reaction mechanism.

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    Ogata, Hideaki; Lubitz, Wolfgang; Higuchi, Yoshiki

    2009-10-01

    [NiFe] hydrogenases catalyze the reversible oxidation of dihydrogen. For this simple reaction the molecule has developed a complex catalytic mechanism, during which the enzyme passes through various redox states. The [NiFe] hydrogenase contains several metal centres, including the bimetallic Ni-Fe active site, iron-sulfur clusters and a Mg(2+) ion. The Ni-Fe active site is located in the inner part of the protein molecule, therefore a number of pathways are involved in the catalytic reaction route. These consist of an electron transfer pathway, a proton transfer pathway and a gas-access channel. Over the last 10-15 years we have been investigating the crystal structures of the [NiFe] hydrogenase from Desulfovibrio vulgaris Miyazaki F, which is a sulfate-reducing anaerobic bacterium. So far the crystal structures of the oxidized, H(2)-reduced and carbon monoxide inhibited states have been determined at high resolution and have revealed a rather unique structure of the hetero-bimetallic Ni-Fe active site. Furthermore, intensive spectroscopic studies have been performed on the enzyme. Based on the crystal structure, a water-soluble Ni-Ru complex has been synthesized as a functional model for the [NiFe] hydrogenases. The present review gives an overview of the catalytic reaction mechanism of the [NiFe] hydrogenases. PMID:19759926

  5. Magnetic structure and anisotropy of [Co/Pd ] 5/NiFe multilayers

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    Tryputen, Larysa; Guo, Feng; Liu, Frank; Nguyen, T. N. Anh; Mohseni, Majid S.; Chung, Sunjae; Fang, Yeyu; Ã kerman, Johan; McMichael, R. D.; Ross, Caroline A.

    2015-01-01

    The magnetization behavior, magnetic anisotropy, and domain configurations of Co/Pd multilayers with perpendicular magnetic anisotropy capped with permalloy is investigated using magnetometry, magnetic force microscopy, and ferromagnetic resonance. The thickness of the Ni80Fe20 layer in [Co/Pd ] 5/NiFe (t ) was varied from t =0 to 80 nm in order to study the interplay between the anisotropy and magnetization directions of Co/Pd and NiFe. By varying the thickness of the NiFe layer, the net anisotropy changes sign, but domains with plane-normal magnetization are present even for the thickest NiFe. Ferromagnetic resonance measurements show a decrease in damping with increasing NiFe thickness. The results demonstrate how the magnetic behavior of mixed-anisotropy thin films can be controlled.

  6. Molecular evolution of gas cavity in [NiFeSe] hydrogenases resurrected in silico.

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    Tamura, Takashi; Tsunekawa, Naoki; Nemoto, Michiko; Inagaki, Kenji; Hirano, Toshiyuki; Sato, Fumitoshi

    2016-01-01

    Oxygen tolerance of selenium-containing [NiFeSe] hydrogenases (Hases) is attributable to the high reducing power of the selenocysteine residue, which sustains the bimetallic Ni-Fe catalytic center in the large subunit. Genes encoding [NiFeSe] Hases are inherited by few sulphate-reducing δ-proteobacteria globally distributed under various anoxic conditions. Ancestral sequences of [NiFeSe] Hases were elucidated and their three-dimensional structures were recreated in silico using homology modelling and molecular dynamic simulation, which suggested that deep gas channels gradually developed in [NiFeSe] Hases under absolute anaerobic conditions, whereas the enzyme remained as a sealed edifice under environmental conditions of a higher oxygen exposure risk. The development of a gas cavity appears to be driven by non-synonymous mutations, which cause subtle conformational changes locally and distantly, even including highly conserved sequence regions. PMID:26818780

  7. Molecular evolution of gas cavity in [NiFeSe] hydrogenases resurrected in silico

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    Tamura, Takashi; Tsunekawa, Naoki; Nemoto, Michiko; Inagaki, Kenji; Hirano, Toshiyuki; Sato, Fumitoshi

    2016-01-01

    Oxygen tolerance of selenium-containing [NiFeSe] hydrogenases (Hases) is attributable to the high reducing power of the selenocysteine residue, which sustains the bimetallic Ni-Fe catalytic center in the large subunit. Genes encoding [NiFeSe] Hases are inherited by few sulphate-reducing δ-proteobacteria globally distributed under various anoxic conditions. Ancestral sequences of [NiFeSe] Hases were elucidated and their three-dimensional structures were recreated in silico using homology modelling and molecular dynamic simulation, which suggested that deep gas channels gradually developed in [NiFeSe] Hases under absolute anaerobic conditions, whereas the enzyme remained as a sealed edifice under environmental conditions of a higher oxygen exposure risk. The development of a gas cavity appears to be driven by non-synonymous mutations, which cause subtle conformational changes locally and distantly, even including highly conserved sequence regions.

  8. NiFe2O4/graphene nanocomposites with tunable magnetic properties

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    Heidari, Elham Kamali; Ataie, Abolghasem; Sohi, Mahmoud Heydarzadeh; Kim, Jang-Kyo

    2015-04-01

    Novel NiFe2O4/graphene nanocomposites were synthesized via facile, one-pot solvothermal route, and the effects of processing conditions and composition on their magnetic properties have been studied. The nanocomposites consisted of monolayer graphene sheets decorated with uniformly dispersed NiFe2O4 nanoparticles of 6 nm in diameter. Increases in solvothermal temperature and time gave rise to improved crystallinity of NiFe2O4 nanoparticles and thus enhanced magnetic properties, while a high NiFe2O4 content resulted in a similar ameliorating effect on saturation magnetization, demonstrating tailored functional properties. A magnetic interaction between NiFe2O4/grahene was observed.

  9. Magnetic properties of Fe73.5Cu1Nb3-xUxSi13.5B9 (x = 1, 2, 3) nanocrystalline alloys

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    Kollár, P.; Füzer, J.; Matta, P.; Švec, T.; Konč, M.

    1996-05-01

    The influence of uranium content and annealing on the magnetic properties and Hall effect of Fe73.5Cu1Nb3-xUxSi13.5B9 (x = 1, 2, 3) nanocrystalline alloys prepared by melt spinning were investigated. Measurements of magnetic properties of surface layers confirmed higher concentration of uranium in the air-side surface layers than in the wheel-side layers.

  10. Optimization of the microstructure and properties of Co-substituted Fe-Si-B-Nb-Cu nanocrystalline soft magnetic alloys

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    Ohnuma, M.; Ping, D. H.; Abe, T.; Onodera, H.; Hono, K.; Yoshizawa, Y.

    2003-06-01

    The effect of Co replacement for Fe on the microstructure and soft magnetic properties of Fe78.8-xCoxNb2.6Si9B9Cu0.6 (x=5-60) nanocrystalline alloys has been studied for improving the soft magnetic properties of Fe-Si-B-Nb-Cu type alloys at a high frequency range. The magnetic anisotropy constant increases with x, but the coercivity increases when x exceeds 20, indicating that magnetic softness is degraded by replacing Fe with Co. Three-dimensional atom-probe observations have revealed that the number density of Cu-enriched clusters decreases with x, thereby decreasing the number density of the heterogeneous nucleation sites for bcc-Fe primary crystals. In addition, differential scanning calorimetry measurements show that the Cu clustering temperature shifts to a higher temperature with increasing x, suggesting that the kinetics for the Cu clustering decreases as Co content. These experimental results are discussed from the thermodynamical point of view, and the optimized Cu composition to achieve a low coercivity with 40 at % Co has been found. 2003 American Institute of Physics.

  11. Low-temperature magnetization of amorphous and nanocrystalline Fe 76.5- xU xCu 1Si 13.5B 9 alloys

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    Duša, O.; Kováč, J.; Konč, M.; Švec, T.; Kavečanský, V.

    1996-03-01

    The low-temperature magnetization of amorphous and nanocrystalline Fe 76.5- xU xCu 1Si 13.5B 9 alloys ( x = 0-11) has been studied in the 4.2-300 K range. All examined magnetic parameters (exchange integral J, range of exchange interactions < r2>, magnetic moment per Fe atom, μFe, spin wave stiffness constant D) are markedly influenced by the uranium substitution for iron. Both the μFe and D are found to increase with decreasing Fe content in amorphous alloys for x = 0 up to about 4. The noncollinear spin structures as a result of competing interactions are supposed to explain this behaviour. Some samples (with U contents of 2-6 at%) annealed for 1 h at 813 K appear to be nanocrystalline. Uranium seems to inhibit grain growth in the investigated FeUCuSiB system, just as Nb does in FeNbCuSiB nanocrystalline alloys.

  12. Influence of quenching rate on the magnetic and martensitic properties of Ni-Fe-Ga melt-spun ribbons

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    Okumura, H.; Uemura, K.

    2010-08-15

    We have fabricated Ni-Fe-Ga {beta} single phase alloy ribbons with Ga content less than 25 at. %. Higher spinning rate of melt-spinning technique can produce {beta} single phase alloys without precipitation of {gamma} particles, whereas lower spinning rate results in the {beta}+{gamma} two phase structure. This higher quenching rate is found to be able to fully suppress the formation of {gamma} phase during fabrication. The martensitic and magnetic transition temperatures of {beta} phase ribbons are both above room temperature, and the ribbon show saturation magnetization as high as 56.5 emu/g at room temperature. These features are attractive for practical applications. The effects of quenching rate on microstructure, martensitic transformation, and magnetic properties are discussed.

  13. Charge characteristics of Ni/Fe traction cells

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    DeLuca, W.; Biwer, R.; Tummillo, A.; Yao, N.

    1983-01-01

    In a series of tests performed on 6-V Ni/Fe modules, a range of recharge levels and charge rates were examined for three charge methods. The results show that higher discharge capacities are achieved at higher recharge Ah levels, but at lower Ah and Wh cycling efficiencies. However, when the modules are continuously cycled at any recharge level, repeatable module performance is obtained. Consequently, the optimum combination of module discharge capacity and cycle efficiency can be obtained for any given application by proper selection of the recharge level. It was also observed that at a fixed recharge level, module charge acceptance is virtually independent of the charge method. The tested modules also exhibited a self-discharge loss in capacity that was directly related to the length of the open-circuit stand time after charging and module state-of-charge. This paper describes the test procedures used, presents the test data, and discusses the results obtained. 6 figures.

  14. A highly active and coke-resistant steam reforming catalyst comprising uniform nickel-iron alloy nanoparticles.

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    Koike, Mitsuru; Li, Dalin; Nakagawa, Yoshinao; Tomishige, Keiichi

    2012-12-01

    Doing fine with Ni-Fe: The calcination and reduction of a hydrotalcite precursor containing Ni and Fe ions gives uniform Ni-Fe alloy nanoparticles mixed with Mg(Ni, Fe, Al)O particles. The uniformity of the Ni-Fe alloy nanoparticles is connected to the catalyst's high activity and resistance to coke formation in toluene and phenol steam reforming reactions. PMID:23135797

  15. (Fe,Si,Al)-based nanocrystalline soft magnetic alloys for cryogenic applications

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    Daniil, Maria; Osofsky, Michael S.; Gubser, Donald U.; Willard, Matthew A.

    2010-04-01

    In this work Al and Si are substituted for Fe in a (Fe,Si,Al)-Nb-B-Cu alloy with the goal of improving its magnetic properties at 77 K. The x-ray diffraction patterns for a series of five alloys annealed at 823 K shows a Fe3(Si,Al) ordered phase with some residual amorphous phase. The lowest coercivity at room temperature was observed for the alloy with composition Fe68Si15.5Al3.5Nb3B9Cu1. At cryogenic temperatures, the saturation magnetization of 99.3 A m2/kg, coercivity of 0.45 A/m, and resistivity of 122 μΩ cm for the Fe63Si17.5Al6Nb3B9Cu1 alloy, compare favorably to commercial alloys at 77 K.

  16. Low core loss of non-Si quaternary Fe83.3B8P8Cu0.7 nanocrystalline alloy with high Bs of 1.7 T

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    Urata, Akiri; Yamaki, Makoto; Takahashi, Masahiko; Okamoto, Koichi; Matsumoto, Hiroyuki; Yoshida, Shigeyoshi; Makino, Akihiro

    2012-04-01

    The effect of replacement Si by P on the soft magnetic and structural properties of nanocrystalline Fe-Si-B-P-Cu alloys has been investigated. The nanocrystalline Fe83.3SiXB8P8-XCu0.7 (X = 0, 2, 4, 6) alloy ribbons consist of precipitated α-Fe phase and residual amorphous phase, and initial permeability of these alloy ribbons are enhanced with decreasing Si content. In particular, the nanocrystalline Fe83.3B8P8Cu0.7 (X = 0) alloy has both low core loss of 1.4 W/kg at 1.0 T - 50 Hz and high saturation magnetic flux density of 1.70 T. In addition, this alloy exhibits the most favorable nanocrystalline structure containing the homogeneously precipitated α-Fe grains with 14 nm in mean diameter. Therefore, it can be concluded that the soft magnetic properties and nanostructure of Fe-Si-B-P-Cu alloys are strongly affected by Si and P content. The Fe83.3B8P8Cu0.7 alloy with low core loss and high saturation magnetic flux density compared with a Fe amorphous alloy is suitable for a magnetic core material in electronic devices such as transformers, inductors and motors.

  17. Synthesis, characterization and low temperature electrical conductivity of Polyaniline/NiFe2O4 nanocomposites

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    Prasanna, G. D.; Prasad, V. B.; Jayanna, H. S.

    2015-02-01

    Conducting polymer/ferrite nanocomposites with an organized structure provide a new functional hybrid between organic and inorganic materials. The most popular among the conductive polymers is the polyaniline (PANI) due to its wide application in different fields. In the present work nickel ferrite (NiFe2O4) nanoparticles were prepared by sol-gel citrate-nitrate method with an average size of 21.6nm. PANI/NiFe2O4 nanoparticles were synthesized by a simple general and inexpensive in-situ polymerization in the presence of NiFe2O4 nanoparticles. The effects of NiFe2O4 nanoparticles on the dc-electrical properties of polyaniline were investigated. The structural components in the nanocomposites were identified from Fourier Transform Infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy. The crystalline phase of nanocomposites was characterized by X-Ray Diffraction (XRD). The Scanning Electron Micrograph (SEM) reveals that there was some interaction between the NiFe2O4 particles and polyaniline and the nanocomposites are composed of polycrystalline ferrite nanoparticles and PANI. The dc conductivity of polyaniline/NiFe2O4 nanocomposites have been measured as a function of temperature in the range of 80K to 300K. It is observed that the room temperature conductivity cRT decreases with increase in the relative content of NiFe2O4. The experimental data reveals that the resistivity increases for all composites with decrease of temperature exhibiting semiconductor behaviour.

  18. Interface-assisted magnetoresistance behavior for ultrathin NiFe films

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    Jiang, Shao-Long; Chen, Xi; Yang, Kang; Han, Gang; Teng, Jiao; Li, Xu-Jing; Yang, Guang; Liu, Qian-Qian; Liu, Yi-Wei; Ding, Lei; Yu, Guang-Hua

    2015-11-01

    Interface-assisted magnetoresistance (MR) behavior has been studied in Ta/MgO/NiFe/MgO/Ta multilayers by inserting a Mg metal layer between the NiFe layer and the top MgO layer. It is shown that MR ratio is about 31% larger than that in the films without Mg insertion. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and high resolution transmission electron microscope analyses show that the enhanced MR is primarily ascribed to effective control of chemical states at the NiFe/MgO interface and crystallization of the top MgO layer.

  19. Magnetic properties of NiFe2O4/carbon nanofibers from Venezuelan petcoke

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    Briceño, Sarah; Silva, Pedro; Molina, Wilmer; Brämer-Escamilla, Werner; Alcalá, Olgi; Cañizales, Edgard

    2015-05-01

    NiFe2O4/carbon nanofibers (NiFe2O4/CNFs) have been successfully synthesized by hydrotermal method using Venezuelan petroleum coke (petcoke) as carbon source and NiFe2O4 as catalyst. The morphology, structural and magnetic properties of nanocomposite products were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), high-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HR-TEM), vibrating sample magnetometry (VSM) and electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR). XRD analysis revealed a cubic spinel structure and ferrite phase with high crystallinity. HR-TEM reveals the presence of CNFs with diameters of 4±2 nm. At room temperature, NiFe2O4/CNFs show superparamagnetic behavior with a maximum magnetization of 15.35 emu/g. Our findings indicate that Venezuelan petroleum coke is suitable industrial carbon source for the growth of magnetic CNFs.

  20. Si/NiFe seed layers for Ru intermediate layer in perpendicular magnetic recording tape media

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    Saemma, Gaku; Takahashi, Shota; Matsunuma, Satoshi; Inoue, Tetsutaro; Nakagawa, Shigeki

    2012-04-01

    Si/NiFe seed layers prepared at room temperature is effective to attain better c-axis orientation of Ru intermediate layer in the FeCoB/Ru/CoPtCr-SiO2 granular type recording tape media. The crystallinity and c-axis orientation of Ru layer with Si/NiFe seed layers were improved than that without Si/NiFe seed layer deposited on the laminated FeCoB SULs. When the Ru is thicker than 8 nm, Δθ50 of the CoPtCr-SiO2 recording layer shows small value of about 6.5°. Furthermore, even though the Ru thickness was only 3 nm, the Δθ50 retained comparatively small value of 8.0°. Si/NiFe layer is effective as a seed layer for the Ru intermediate layer.

  1. Molecular evolution of gas cavity in [NiFeSe] hydrogenases resurrected in silico

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    Tamura, Takashi; Tsunekawa, Naoki; Nemoto, Michiko; Inagaki, Kenji; Hirano, Toshiyuki; Sato, Fumitoshi

    2016-01-01

    Oxygen tolerance of selenium-containing [NiFeSe] hydrogenases (Hases) is attributable to the high reducing power of the selenocysteine residue, which sustains the bimetallic Ni–Fe catalytic center in the large subunit. Genes encoding [NiFeSe] Hases are inherited by few sulphate-reducing δ-proteobacteria globally distributed under various anoxic conditions. Ancestral sequences of [NiFeSe] Hases were elucidated and their three-dimensional structures were recreated in silico using homology modelling and molecular dynamic simulation, which suggested that deep gas channels gradually developed in [NiFeSe] Hases under absolute anaerobic conditions, whereas the enzyme remained as a sealed edifice under environmental conditions of a higher oxygen exposure risk. The development of a gas cavity appears to be driven by non-synonymous mutations, which cause subtle conformational changes locally and distantly, even including highly conserved sequence regions. PMID:26818780

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

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

    2015-10-26

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

  3. Mechanisms of Formation and Transformation of Ni-Fe Hydroxycarbonates

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    Refait, Ph.; Jeannin, M.; Reffass, M.; Drissi, S.H.; Abdelmoula, M.; Genin, J.-M.R.

    2005-04-26

    The mechanisms of the transformation of (Ni,Fe)(OH)2 precipitates in carbonated aqueous solutions were studied. The reactions were monitored by measuring the redox potential of the aqueous suspension, and end products were studied by Moessbauer spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction and Raman spectroscopy. The oxidation processes were compared to those occurring without Ni, that is when the initial hydroxide is Fe(OH)2. Schematically, the oxidation of Fe(OH)2 involves two intermediate compounds, the carbonated GR of formula Fe{sup II}{sub 4}Fe{sup III}{sub 2}(OH){sub 12}CO{sub 3} {center_dot} 2H{sub 2}O, and ferrihydrite, before to lead finally to goethite {alpha}-FeOOH. It proved possible to prepare Ni(II)-Fe(III) hydroxycarbonates with ratios Fe/Ni from 1/6 to 1/3. When the Fe/Ni ratio is larger than 1/3, a two stage oxidation process takes place. The first stage leads to a Ni(II)-Fe(II)-Fe(III) hydroxycarbonate. The second stage corresponds to the oxidation of the Fe(II) remaining inside the hydroxycarbonate and leads to a mixture of Ni(II)-Fe(III) hydroxycarbonate with ferrihydrite. The main effect of Ni is then to stop the reaction at an intermediate stage, as Ni(II) is not oxidised by O2, leaving unchanged the main features of the mechanisms of transformation.

  4. One-Pot Synthesis of (NiFe2O4)x-(SrFe12O19)1-x Nanocomposites and Their Microwave Absorption Properties.

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    Hazra, Subhenjit; Ghosh, Barun Kumar; Patra, Manoj Kumar; Jani, Raj Kumar; Vadera, Sampat Raj; Ghosh, Narendra Nath

    2015-09-01

    In this paper, we report a simple but novel aqueous solution based 'one-pot' method for preparation of (NiFe2O4)x-(SrFe12O19)1-x nanocomposites consist of hard ferrite-soft ferrite phases. A physical mixing method has also been employed to prepare nanocomposites having same compositions. The effects of synthetic methodologies on the microstructures of the nanocomposites as well as their magnetic and microwave absorption properties have been evaluated. Crystal structures and microstructures of these composites have been investigated by using X-ray diffraction, transmission electron microscope and scanning electron microscope. In the nanocomposites, prepared by both methods, presence of nanocrystalline NiFe2O4 and SrFe12O19 phases was detected. However, nanocomposites, prepared by one-pot method, possessed better homogeneous distribution of hard and soft ferrite phases than the nanocomposites, prepared by physical mixing method. Nanocomposites, prepared by one-pot method, demonstrated significant spring exchange coupling interaction between hard and soft ferrite phases and exhibited magnetically single phase behaviour. The spring exchange coupling interaction enhanced the magnetic properties (high saturation magnetization and coercivity) and microwave absorption properties of the nanocomposites, prepared by one-pot method, in comparison with the nanocomposites prepared by physical mixing method as well as pure NiFe2O4 and SrFe12O19 nanoparticles. Minimum reflection loss of the composite was ~ -17 dB (i.e., 98% absorption) at 8.2 GHz for an absorber thickness of 3.2 mm. PMID:26716212

  5. Synthetic Active Site Model of the [NiFeSe] Hydrogenase

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    Wombwell, Claire; Reisner, Erwin

    2015-01-01

    A dinuclear synthetic model of the [NiFeSe] hydrogenase active site and a structural, spectroscopic and electrochemical analysis of this complex is reported. [NiFe(‘S2Se2’)(CO)3] (H2‘S2Se2’=1,2-bis(2-thiabutyl-3,3-dimethyl-4-selenol)benzene) has been synthesized by reacting the nickel selenolate complex [Ni(‘S2Se2’)] with [Fe(CO)3bda] (bda=benzylideneacetone). X-ray crystal structure analysis confirms that [NiFe(‘S2Se2’)(CO)3] mimics the key structural features of the enzyme active site, including a doubly bridged heterobimetallic nickel and iron center with a selenolate terminally coordinated to the nickel center. Comparison of [NiFe(‘S2Se2’)(CO)3] with the previously reported thiolate analogue [NiFe(‘S4’)(CO)3] (H2‘S4’=H2xbsms=1,2-bis(4-mercapto-3,3-dimethyl-2-thiabutyl)benzene) showed that the selenolate groups in [NiFe(‘S2Se2’)(CO)3] give lower carbonyl stretching frequencies in the IR spectrum. Electrochemical studies of [NiFe(‘S2Se2’)(CO)3] and [NiFe(‘S4’)(CO)3] demonstrated that both complexes do not operate as homogenous H2 evolution catalysts, but are precursors to a solid deposit on an electrode surface for H2 evolution catalysis in organic and aqueous solution. PMID:25847470

  6. Force Field Development and Molecular Dynamics of [NiFe] Hydrogenase

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    Smith, Dayle MA; Xiong, Yijia; Straatsma, TP; Rosso, Kevin M.; Squier, Thomas C.

    2012-05-09

    Classical molecular force-field parameters describing the structure and motion of metal clusters in [NiFe] hydrogenase enzymes can be used to compare the dynamics and thermodynamics of [NiFe] under different oxidation, protonation, and ligation circumstances. Using density functional theory (DFT) calculations of small model clusters representative of the active site and the proximal, medial, and distal Fe/S metal centers and their attached protein side chains, we have calculated classical force-field parameters for [NiFe] in reduced and oxidized states, including internal coordinates, force constants, and atom-centered charges. Derived force constants revealed that cysteinate ligands bound to the metal ions are more flexible in the Ni-B active site, which has a bridging hydroxide ligand, than in the Ni-C active site, which has a bridging hydride. Ten nanosecond all-atom, explicit-solvent MD simulations of [NiFe] hydrogenase in oxidized and reduced catalytic states established the stability of the derived force-field parameters in terms of C{alpha} and metal cluster fluctuations. Average active site structures from the protein MD simulations are consistent with [NiFe] structures from the Protein Data Bank, suggesting that the derived force-field parameters are transferrable to other hydrogenases beyond the structure used for testing. A comparison of experimental H{sub 2}-production rates demonstrated a relationship between cysteinate side chain rotation and activity, justifying the use of a fully dynamic model of [NiFe] metal cluster motion.

  7. Electrochemical Evaluation of Nanocrystalline Diamond Thin Films on Ti-6Al-4V Implant Alloy

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    Fries, Marc; Venugopalan, Ramakrishna; Vohra, Yogesh

    2002-03-01

    Some 186,000 hip replacement surgeries are peformed every year in the United States alone. About 10surgeries are revision operations to replace an implant that has most likely failed through mechanical-electrochemical interactions resulting in implant wear. The ability to enhance the resistance to such mechanical-electrochemical interaction and thereby reduce wear could result in significantly increased device lifespan. Nanocrystalline diamond (NCD) thin films were deposited on Ti-6Al-4V disk samples (processed per ASTM F86 standard for medical implant surface conditions) using microwave plasma chemical vapor deposition (MPCVD). As a first step, these samples (n=3/test per group) were subjected to electrochemical evaluation in inorganic neutral salt solution at 37 C. The electrochemical evaluation involved both impedence spectroscopy (per ASTM G106) and polarization testing (per ASTM G5). The impedence spectroscopy data indicated a significantly higher charge transfer resistance at the interface due to the protective NCD as compared to the bare or uncoated substrate. The polarization test data confirmed that this increased charge transfer resistance resulted in a decreased current density measurement. This decreased current density measurement resulted in an order of magnitude lower calculated static corrosion rate from the NCD coated samples as opposed to the uncoated controls. Future studies will focus on investigations that will facilitate transfer of these static electrochemical resistance results to a more relevant mechanical-electrochemical interaction milieu.

  8. Mechanical properties of nanocrystalline cobalt

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    Karimpoor, Amir A.; Erb, Uwe

    2006-05-01

    Due to their excellent wear and corrosion properties, nanocrystalline cobalt and several cobalt alloys made by electrodeposition are currently being developed as environmentally benign replacement coatings for hard chromium electrodeposits. The focus of this study is on the mechanical properties of nanocrystalline cobalt, which are currently not well understood. A comparison is presented for hardness, tensile properties, Charpy impact properties and fracture surface analysis of both nanocrystalline (grain size: 12 nm) and conventional polycrystalline (grain size: 4.8 m) cobalt. It is shown that the hardness and tensile strength of nanocrystalline cobalt is 2-3 times higher than for polycrystalline cobalt. However, in contrast to other nanocrystalline materials tested previously, nanocrystalline cobalt retains considerable ductility with elongation to fracture values up to 7%.

  9. Spin pumping and inverse Rashba-Edelstein effect in NiFe/Ag/Bi and NiFe/Ag/Sb

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    Zhang, Wei Jungfleisch, Matthias B.; Jiang, Wanjun; Pearson, John E.; Hoffmann, Axel

    2015-05-07

    The Rashba effect is an interaction between the spin and the momentum of electrons induced by the spin-orbit coupling in surface or interface states. We measured the inverse Rashba-Edelstein effect via spin pumping in Ag/Bi and Ag/Sb interfaces. The spin current is injected from the ferromagnetic resonance of a NiFe layer towards the Rashba interfaces, where it is further converted into a charge current. Using spin pumping theory, we quantify the conversion parameter of spin to charge current to be 0.11 ± 0.02 nm for Ag/Bi and a factor of ten smaller for Ag/Sb. The relative strength of the effect is in agreement with spectroscopic measurements and first principles calculations. We also vary the interlayer materials to study the voltage output in relation to the change of the effective spin mixing conductance. The spin pumping experiment offers a straight-forward approach of using spin current as an efficient probe for detecting interface Rashba splitting.

  10. Interplay between out-of-plane anisotropic L1{sub 1}-type CoPt and in-plane anisotropic NiFe layers in CoPt/NiFe exchange springs

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    Saravanan, P.; Hsu, Jen-Hwa Tsai, C. L.; Tsai, C. Y.; Lin, Y. H.; Kuo, C. Y.; Wu, J.-C.; Lee, C.-M.

    2014-06-28

    Films of L1{sub 1}-type CoPt/NiFe exchange springs were grown with different NiFe (Permalloy) layer thickness (t{sub NiFe} = 0–10 nm). X-ray diffraction analysis reveals that the characteristic peak position of NiFe(111) is not affected by the CoPt-layer—confirming the absence of any inter-diffusion between the CoPt and NiFe layers. Magnetic studies indicate that the magnetization orientation of NiFe layer can be tuned through varying t{sub NiFe} and the perpendicular magnetic anisotropy of L1{sub 1}-type CoPt/NiFe films cannot sustain for t{sub NiFe} larger than 3.0 nm due to the existence of exchange interaction at the interface of L1{sub 1}-CoPt and NiFe layers. Magnetic force microscopy analysis on the as-grown samples shows the changes in morphology from maze-like domains with good contrast to hazy domains when t{sub NiFe} ≥ 3.0 nm. The three-dimensional micro-magnetic simulation results demonstrate that the magnetization orientation in NiFe layer is not uniform, which continuously increases from the interface to the top of NiFe layer. Furthermore, the tilt angle of the topmost NiFe layers can be changed over a very wide range from a small number to about 75° by varying t{sub NiFe} from 1 to 10 nm. It is worth noting that there is an abrupt change in the magnetization direction at the interface, for all the t{sub NiFe} investigated. The results of present study demonstrate that the tunable tilted exchange springs can be realized with L1{sub 1}-type CoPt/NiFe bilayers for future applications in three-axis magnetic sensors or advanced spintronic devices demanding inclined magnetic anisotropy.

  11. Study of the nanocrystalline Fe{sub 73.5}Nb{sub 4.5}Cr{sub 5}Cu{sub 1}B{sub 16} alloy by the radio-frequency-M{umlt o}ssbauer technique

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    Kopcewicz, M.; Grabias, A.; Skorvanek, I.

    1998-01-01

    The influence of Cr on the structural and magnetic properties of iron based amorphous and nanocrystalline alloys is studied for the Fe{sub 73.5}Nb{sub 4.5}Cr{sub 5}Cu{sub 1}B{sub 16} alloy by an unconventional technique which combines the M{umlt o}ssbauer spectroscopy with the effects induced by the radio-frequency (rf) magnetic fields (rf collapse and rf sideband effects). The nanocrystalline bcc-Fe phase, formed by annealing the amorphous precursor for 1 h at temperatures 490{degree}C{endash}550{degree}C, was embedded in the retained amorphous matrix. The conventional M{umlt o}ssbauer measurements allowed the identification of three types of phases in the nanocrystalline alloy: (i) the retained amorphous matrix, (ii) the nanocrystalline bcc-Fe phase, whose abundance increased with increasing annealing temperature, and (iii) the interfacial phase formed at the bcc-Fe grain boundaries. The rf collapse effect observed in the M{umlt o}ssbauer spectra of the samples exposed to the rf field of 60.9 MHz permits the study of the magnetic anisotropy in all phases present. The rf collapse effect occurs only in the amorphous phase, thus revealing that the magnetic anisotropy of the amorphous matrix is significantly smaller than that encountered in the nanocrystalline phase. The rf-M{umlt o}ssbauer experiments performed as a function of the rf field intensity allowed the determination of the distributions of the anisotropy fields in the nanocrystalline-amorphous composite alloy. The rf sidebands effect reveals a strong reduction of magnetostriction related to the formation of the nanocrystalline phase. {copyright} {ital 1998 American Institute of Physics.}

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

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

    2015-10-26

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

  13. Novel Nanocrystalline Intermetallic Coatings for Metal Alloys in Coal-fired Environments

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    Z. Zak Fang; H. Y. Sohn

    2009-08-31

    Intermetallic coatings (iron aluminide and nickel aluminide) were prepared by a novel reaction process. In the process, the aluminide coating is formed by an in-situ reaction between the aluminum powder fed through a plasma transferred arc (PTA) torch and the metal substrate (steel or Ni-base alloy). Subjected to the high temperature within an argon plasma zone, aluminum powder and the surface of the substrate melt and react to form the aluminide coatings. The prepared coatings were found to be aluminide phases that are porosity-free and metallurgically bonded to the substrate. The coatings also exhibit excellent high-temperature corrosion resistance under the conditions which simulate the steam-side and fire-side environments in coal-fired boilers. It is expected that the principle demonstrated in this process can be applied to the preparation of other intermetallic and alloy coatings.

  14. The migration behavior of atomic clusters in early nanocrystalline process of soft magnetic Finemet alloy.

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    Wang, Yuxin; Li, Xiang; Zhang, Yu; Zhao, Guannan; Yan, Biao; Lu, Wei

    2010-11-01

    The Finemet alloys are commonly used as cores in transformers and generators, stress and field sensors in technological application for their excellent soft magnetic characteristics. To clarify the nanocrystallization mechanism of Finemet especially about the atomic migration in early stage is very essential for developing their distinctive characteristics. In this study, we investigate the migration behavior of atoms in order to clarify the mechanism of the early-stage nanocrystallization in amorphous Finemet alloys. The Fe(73.5)Si(13.5)B9Nb3Cu1 amorphous ribbons were prepared by single-roller melt-spinning process in argon atmosphere, and then annealed at 350 degrees C-400 degrees C for 10 minutes in vacuum. The atom force microscope (AFM) and the coincidence Doppler broadening spectra (CDB) were used to characterize the migration behavior of different atoms in Fe(73.5)Si(13.5)B9Nb3Cu1 amorphous alloy during the early-stage nanocrystallization. The X-ray diffraction (XRD) patterns show that all annealed samples are in the amorphous state. But the AFM observation shows clearly that there are many small atomic clusters (nuclei) which distribute in the amorphous matrix of the annealed samples. With increasing annealing temperature, there is a significant increase in the amount of atomic clusters and a dramatic drop in the average size of clusters with very limited Cu contention in the samples, which reflect the structural evolution into more homogeneity. The CDB spectrum indicates that the peaks of positron annihilation spectrum are gradually reduced, which means the number of grain boundary and the defects in samples are gradually increased. It can be concluded that more defects are introduced by the formation of atomic clusters through atomic migration during the early-stage nanocrystallization in Fe(73.5)Si(13.5)B9Nb3Cu1 amorphous alloys. PMID:21137965

  15. Formation of a nanocrystalline structure upon severe thermomechanical treatment and its effect on the superplastic properties of a nickel alloy with nonisomorphic second-phase precipitates

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    Valitov, V. A.; Mukhtarov, Sh. Kh.; Raskulova, Yu. A.

    2006-07-01

    Severe thermomechanical processing of the Inconel 718 alloy has been shown to cause the formation of a nanocrystalline (NC) structure with an average grain size of 0.08 μm. The processing includes discontinuous thermomechanical treatment by the scheme of multiaxial isothermal forging at low strain rates and stepwise decrease of the treatment temperature to 0.6 T m. The thermal stability of the NC structure has been studied upon heating and superplastic deformation. It is established that the structure refinement to the NC state decreases the temperature threshold of the low-temperature superplasticity to 0.57 T m (550°C).

  16. Production of biohydrogen by recombinant expression of [NiFe]-hydrogenase 1 in Escherichia coli

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    2010-01-01

    Background Hydrogenases catalyze reversible reaction between hydrogen (H2) and proton. Inactivation of hydrogenase by exposure to oxygen is a critical limitation in biohydrogen production since strict anaerobic conditions are required. While [FeFe]-hydrogenases are irreversibly inactivated by oxygen, it was known that [NiFe]-hydrogenases are generally more tolerant to oxygen. The physiological function of [NiFe]-hydrogenase 1 is still ambiguous. We herein investigated the H2 production potential of [NiFe]-hydrogenase 1 of Escherichia coli in vivo and in vitro. The hyaA and hyaB genes corresponding to the small and large subunits of [NiFe]-hydrogenase 1 core enzyme, respectively, were expressed in BL21, an E. coli strain without H2 producing ability. Results Recombinant BL21 expressing [NiFe]-hydrogenase 1 actively produced H2 (12.5 mL H2/(h·L) in 400 mL glucose minimal medium under micro-aerobic condition, whereas the wild type BL21 did not produce H2 even when formate was added as substrate for formate hydrogenlyase (FHL) pathway. The majority of recombinant protein was produced as an insoluble form, with translocation of a small fraction to the membrane. However, the membrane fraction displayed high activity (~65% of total cell fraction), based on unit protein mass. Supplement of nickel and iron to media showed these metals contribute essentially to the function of [NiFe]-hydrogenase 1 as components of catalytic site. In addition, purified E. coli [NiFe]-hydrogenase 1 using his6-tag displayed oxygen-tolerant activity of ~12 nmol H2/(min·mg protein) under a normal aeration environment, compared to [FeFe]-hydrogenase, which remains inactive under this condition. Conclusions This is the first report on physiological function of E. coli [NiFe]-hydrogenase 1 for H2 production. We found that [NiFe]-hydrogenase 1 has H2 production ability even under the existence of oxygen. This oxygen-tolerant property is a significant advantage because it is not necessary to protect

  17. Self-biased magnetoelectric coupling characteristics of three-phase composite transducers with nanocrystallin soft magnetic alloy

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    Huang, Dongyan; Lu, Caijiang; Bing, Han

    2015-07-01

    This paper reports the self-biased magnetoelectric (ME) effects in composites consisting of high-permeability Fe-based nanocrystalline soft magnetic alloy Fe73.5Cu1Nb3Si13.5B9 (FeCuNbSiB), pure nickel (Ni) and piezoelectric lead zirconate titanate (PZT). The FeCuNbSiB ribbons are fabricated on traditional laminates Ni/PZT/Ni through two modes: the attached mode (F-NPN-F) and the laminated mode (F/NPN/F). The F-NPN-F composite sufficiently reveals that the high-permeability FeCuNbSiB ribbons concentrate more magnetic flux in magnetostrictive Ni, which results in the self-biased ME effects of F-NPN-F. For the F/NPN/F composite, the FeCuNbSiB acts as the dynamic driver to enhance the effective piezomagnetic coefficient of Ni. The giant self-biased ME effects of F/NPN/F are because of the internal magnetic field between Ni and FeCuNbSiB due to their different magnetic characteristics. The influences of the numbers of FeCuNbSiB layers ( L) on the resonant ME voltage coefficients ( α ME ,r ) for F-NPN-F and F/NPN/F composites are investigated in detail. The experiments demonstrate that the maximum α ME ,r at zero-biased field is 80 V/cm Oe for F-NPN-F with L = 2, and 85 V/cm Oe for F/NPN/F with L = 4. This paper demonstrates that these two ME composites are suitable for achieving zero-biased ME transducers, power-free magnetic field sensors and energy harvesters.

  18. The effects of fuel type in synthesis of NiFe2O4 nanoparticles by microwave assisted combustion method

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    Karcıoğlu Karakaş, Zeynep; Boncukçuoğlu, Recep; Karakaş, İbrahim H.

    2016-04-01

    In this study, it was investigated the effects of the used fuels on structural, morphological and magnetic properties of nanoparticles in nanoparticle synthesis with microwave assisted combustion method with an important method in quick, simple and low cost at synthesis of the nanoparticles. In this aim, glycine, urea and citric acid were used as fuel, respectively. The synthesised nanoparticles were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), Brunauer-Emmet-Teller surface area (BET), and vibrating sample magnetometry (VSM) techniques. We observed that fuel type is quite effective on magnetic properties and surface properties of the nanoparticles. X-ray difractograms of the obtained nanoparticles were compared with standard powder diffraction cards of NiFe2O4 (JCPDS Card Number 54-0964). The results demonstrated that difractograms are fully compatible with standard reflection peaks. According to the results of the XRD analysis, the highest crystallinity was observed at nanoparticles synthesized with glycine. The results demonstrated that the nanoparticles prepared with urea has the highest surface area. The micrographs of SEM showed that all of the nanoparticles have nano-crystalline behaviour and particles indication cubic shape. VSM analysis demonstrated that the type of fuel used for synthesis is highly effective a parameter on magnetic properties of nanoparticles.

  19. Magnetic properties of nanocrystalline FeCuNb(Sb/W)SiB alloys

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    Degro, J.; Vojtanik, P.; Konc, M.; Zentko, A.; Csach, K.; Ocelik, V.

    1994-03-01

    The magnetic relaxation {Delta}r/r, the perminvar critical field H{sub CR}, the initial susceptibility {chi}{sub 10}, the coercive field H{sub c} as a function of annealing temperature in Fe{sub 73.5}Cu{sub 1}Nb{sub 2.95}Sb{sub 0.05}Si{sub 13.5}B{sub 9} and Fe{sub 73.5}Cu{sub 1}W{sub 3}Si{sub 13.5}B{sub 9} alloys were investigated. DSC measurements and thermomagnetic analyses were also done. The results using random anisotropy model can be explained.

  20. [NiFe]Hydrogenase from Citrobacter sp. S-77 surpasses platinum as an electrode for H2 oxidation reaction.

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    Matsumoto, Takahiro; Eguchi, Shigenobu; Nakai, Hidetaka; Hibino, Takashi; Yoon, Ki-Seok; Ogo, Seiji

    2014-08-18

    Reported herein is an electrode for dihydrogen (H2) oxidation, and it is based on [NiFe]Hydrogenase from Citrobacter sp. S-77 ([NiFe]S77). It has a 637 times higher mass activity than Pt (calculated based on 1 mg of [NiFe]S77 or Pt) at 50 mV in a hydrogen half-cell. The [NiFe]S77 electrode is also stable in air and, unlike Pt, can be recovered 100 % after poisoning by carbon monoxide. Following characterization of the [NiFe]S77 electrode, a fuel cell comprising a [NiFe]S77 anode and Pt cathode was constructed and shown to have a a higher power density than that achievable by Pt. PMID:24895095

  1. Structural, thermal, and photoacoustic study of nanocrystalline Cr3Ge produced by mechanical alloying

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    Prates, P. B.; Maliska, A. M.; Ferreira, A. S.; Poffo, C. M.; Borges, Z. V.; de Lima, J. C.; de Biasi, R. S.

    2015-10-01

    A thermodynamic analysis of the Cr-Ge system suggested that it was possible to produce a nanostructured Cr3Ge phase by mechanical alloying. The same analysis showed that, due to low activation energies, Cr-poor crystalline and/or amorphous alloy could also be formed. In fact, when the experiment was performed, Cr11Ge19 and amorphous phases were present for small milling times. For milling times larger than 15 h these additional phases decomposed and only the nanostructured Cr3Ge phase remained up to the highest milling time used (32 h). From the differential scanning calorimetry measurements, the Avrami exponent n was obtained, indicating that the nucleation and growth of the nanostructured Cr3Ge phase may be restricted to one or two dimensions, where the Cr and Ge atoms diffuse along the surface and grain boundaries. In addition, contributions from three-dimensional diffusion with a constant nucleation rate may be present. The thermal diffusivity of the nanostructured Cr3Ge phase was determined by photoacoustic absorption spectroscopy measurements.

  2. Structural, thermal, and photoacoustic study of nanocrystalline Cr{sub 3}Ge produced by mechanical alloying

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    Prates, P. B.; Maliska, A. M.; Ferreira, A. S.; Borges, Z. V.; Lima, J. C. de

    2015-10-21

    A thermodynamic analysis of the Cr-Ge system suggested that it was possible to produce a nanostructured Cr{sub 3}Ge phase by mechanical alloying. The same analysis showed that, due to low activation energies, Cr-poor crystalline and/or amorphous alloy could also be formed. In fact, when the experiment was performed, Cr{sub 11}Ge{sub 19} and amorphous phases were present for small milling times. For milling times larger than 15 h these additional phases decomposed and only the nanostructured Cr{sub 3}Ge phase remained up to the highest milling time used (32 h). From the differential scanning calorimetry measurements, the Avrami exponent n was obtained, indicating that the nucleation and growth of the nanostructured Cr{sub 3}Ge phase may be restricted to one or two dimensions, where the Cr and Ge atoms diffuse along the surface and grain boundaries. In addition, contributions from three-dimensional diffusion with a constant nucleation rate may be present. The thermal diffusivity of the nanostructured Cr{sub 3}Ge phase was determined by photoacoustic absorption spectroscopy measurements.

  3. Kinetics of crystallization in FeB based nanocrystalline soft magnetic alloys

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    Hosseini-Nasab, Farzad; Tavakoli, Mohammad Mahdi; Beitollahi, Ali; Moravvej-Farshi, Mohammad Kazem

    2016-06-01

    An attempt is made to study the effect of substituting Si and Cu atoms for B in Fe84B16 alloys on the microstructure and magnetic properties of the resulting melt spun compositions (i.e., Fe84B14Si2 and Fe84B12Si3.3Cu0.7). As-spun and annealed samples were characterized by various techniques to investigate their crystallization kinetics and the magnetic properties of the resulting microstructures. Experiments have revealed that Fe84B12Si3.3Cu0.7 composition exhibits the optimum magnetic properties of MS=1.92 T and HC=11 A/m among the three samples under study.

  4. Determination of Microstructural Parameters of Nanocrystalline Hydroxyapatite Prepared by Mechanical Alloying Method

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    Joughehdoust, Sedigheh; Manafi, Sahebali

    2011-12-01

    Hydroxyapatite [HA, Ca10(PO4)6(OH)2] is chemically similar to the mineral component of bones and hard tissues. HA can support bone ingrowth and osseointegration when used in orthopaedic, dental and maxillofacial applications. In this research, HA nanostructure was synthesized by mechanical alloying method. Phase development, particle size and morphology of HA were investigated by X-ray diffraction (XRD) pattern, zetasizer instrument, scanning electron microscopy (SEM), respectively. XRD pattern has been used to determination of the microstructural parameters (crystallite size, lattice parameters and crystallinity percent) by Williamson-Hall equation, Nelson-Riley method and calculating the areas under the peaks, respectively. The crystallite size and particle size of HA powders were in nanometric scales. SEM images showed that some parts of HA particles have agglomerates. The ratio of lattice parameters of synthetic hydroxyapatite (c/a = 0.73) was determined in this study is the same as natural hydroxyapatite structure.

  5. Purification and Characterization of [NiFe]-Hydrogenase of Shewanella oneidensis MR-1

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    Shi, Liang; Belchik, Sara M.; Plymale, Andrew E.; Heald, Steve M.; Dohnalkova, Alice; Sybirna, Kateryna; Bottin, Herve; Squier, Thomas C.; Zachara, John M.; Fredrickson, Jim K.

    2011-08-02

    The γ-proteobacterium Shewanella oneidensis MR-1 possesses a periplasmic [NiFe]-hydrogenase (MR-1 [NiFe]-H2ase) that was implicated in both H2 production and oxidation as well as technetium [Tc(VII)] reduction. To characterize the roles of MR-1 [NiFe]-H2ase in these proposed reactions, the genes encoding both subunits of MR-1 [NiFe]-H2ase were cloned into a protein expression vector. The resulting plasmid was transformed into a MR-1 mutant deficient in H2 formation. Expression of MR-1 [NiFe]-H2ase in trans restored the mutant’s ability to produce H2 at 37% of that for wild type. Following expression, MR-1 [NiFe]-H2ase was purified to near homogeneity. The purified MR-1 [NiFe]-H2ase could couple H2 oxidation to reduction of Tc(VII) and methyl viologen directly. Change of the buffers used affected MR-1 [NiFe]-H2ase-mediated Tc(VII) but not methyl viologen reductions. Under the conditions tested, Tc(VII) reduction was complete in Tris buffer but not in HEPES buffer. The reduced Tc(IV) was soluble in Tris buffer but insoluble in HEPES buffer. Transmission electron microscopy analysis revealed that Tc(IV) precipitates formed in HEPES buffer were packed with crystallites. Although X-ray absorption near-edge spectroscopy measurements confirmed that the reduction products found in both buffers were Tc(IV), extended X-ray adsorption fine-structure measurements revealed that these products were very different. While the product in Tris buffer could not be determined, the Tc(IV) product in HEPES buffer was very similar to Tc(IV)O2•nH2O. These results shows for the first time that MR-1 [NiFe]-H2ase is a bidirectional enzyme that catalyzes both H2 formation and oxidation as well as Tc(VII) reduction directly by coupling H2 oxidation.

  6. Catalytic hydrodechlorination of monochloroacetic acid in wastewater using Ni-Fe bimetal prepared by ball milling.

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    Zhu, Hong; Xu, Fuyuan; Zhao, Jianzhuang; Jia, Linfang; Wu, Kunming

    2015-09-01

    Monochloroacetic acid (MCA) is a chemically stable and biologically toxic pollutant. It is often generated during the production of the pesticide dimethoate. Conventional wastewater treatment processes have difficulty degrading it. In this work, the dechlorination effects of Ni-Fe bimetal prepared using ball milling (BM) technology for the high concentrations of MCA in wastewater were examined. The MCA in aqueous solution was found to be degraded efficiently by the Ni-Fe bimetal. However, S-(methoxycarbonyl) methyl O, O-dimethyl phosphorodithioate (SMOPD) in wastewater, a by-product of the dimethoate production process, significantly inhibited the reductive dechlorination activity of Ni-Fe bimetal. Increasing the reaction temperature in the MCA wastewater enhanced the reduction activity of the Ni-Fe bimetal effectively. Oxygen was found to be unfavorable to dechlorination. Sealing the reaction to prevent oxidation was found to render the degradation process more efficient. The process retained over 88% efficiency after 10 treatment cycles with 50 g/L of Ni-Fe bimetal under field conditions. PMID:25976331

  7. Magnetic resonance of the NiFe2O4 nanoparticles in the gigahertz range

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    2013-01-01

    We report an adjustable magnetic resonance frequency from 1.45 to 2.54 GHz for NiFe2O4 nanoparticles which were prepared by a sol–gel process. X-ray diffraction and scanning electron microscopy results indicate that the samples are polycrystalline nanoparticles, and the size of the particles increases obviously with the thermal treatment temperature. The consequence of the surface composition suggests that the oxygen defects are present in the nanoparticle surface, and this surface magnetic state can show a strong surface anisotropy. With decreasing size of the particle, the surface magnetic effect is predominant, resulting in an increase of resonance frequency for NiFe2O4 nanoparticles. This finding provides a new route for NiFe2O4 materials that can be used in the gigahertz range. PMID:24083340

  8. Mechanism of inhibition of NiFe hydrogenase by nitric oxide.

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    Ceccaldi, Pierre; Etienne, Emilien; Dementin, Sébastien; Guigliarelli, Bruno; Léger, Christophe; Burlat, Bénédicte

    2016-04-01

    Hydrogenases reversibly catalyze the oxidation of molecular hydrogen and are inhibited by several small molecules including O2, CO and NO. In the present work, we investigate the mechanism of inhibition by NO of the oxygen-sensitive NiFe hydrogenase from Desulfovibrio fructosovorans by coupling site-directed mutagenesis, protein film voltammetry (PFV) and EPR spectroscopy. We show that micromolar NO strongly inhibits NiFe hydrogenase and that the mechanism of inhibition is complex, with NO targeting several metallic sites in the protein. NO reacts readily at the NiFe active site according to a two-step mechanism. The first and faster step is the reversible binding of NO to the active site followed by a slower and irreversible transformation at the active site. NO also induces irreversible damage of the iron-sulfur centers chain. We give direct evidence of preferential nitrosylation of the medial [3Fe-4S] to form dinitrosyl-iron complexes. PMID:26827939

  9. Strong magnetization damping induced by Ag nanostructures in Ag/NiFe/Ag trilayers

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    Ley Domínguez, D.; da Silva, G. L.; Rodríguez-Suárez, R. L.; Rezende, S. M.; Azevedo, A.

    2013-07-01

    Ferromagnetic resonance has been used to investigate the magnetization relaxation in trilayers of Ag(t)/NiFe(10 nm)/Ag(t), sputter deposited on Si(001) where the thickness of the Ag layer varied from 0 nm to 24 nm. In the first stages of formation, the Ag layers form islands that work as mold to imprint defects or inhomogeneities on the NiFe film surface. The magnetic inhomogeneities and defects imprinted on the surface of the NiFe film act as extrinsic sources of magnetization relaxation in addition to the intrinsic Gilbert damping mechanism. Weak inhomogeneities are associated to the two-magnon scattering source and the strong inhomogeneities are associated to the fluctuations of the local magnetization. By adding the three different sources of magnetization damping, we were able to explain the azimuthal dependence of the ferromagnetic resonance linewidth.

  10. Electrochemical insights into the mechanism of NiFe membrane-bound hydrogenases.

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    Flanagan, Lindsey A; Parkin, Alison

    2016-02-15

    Hydrogenases are enzymes of great biotechnological relevance because they catalyse the interconversion of H2, water (protons) and electricity using non-precious metal catalytic active sites. Electrochemical studies into the reactivity of NiFe membrane-bound hydrogenases (MBH) have provided a particularly detailed insight into the reactivity and mechanism of this group of enzymes. Significantly, the control centre for enabling O2 tolerance has been revealed as the electron-transfer relay of FeS clusters, rather than the NiFe bimetallic active site. The present review paper will discuss how electrochemistry results have complemented those obtained from structural and spectroscopic studies, to present a complete picture of our current understanding of NiFe MBH. PMID:26862221

  11. Electrochemical insights into the mechanism of NiFe membrane-bound hydrogenases

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    Flanagan, Lindsey A.; Parkin, Alison

    2016-01-01

    Hydrogenases are enzymes of great biotechnological relevance because they catalyse the interconversion of H2, water (protons) and electricity using non-precious metal catalytic active sites. Electrochemical studies into the reactivity of NiFe membrane-bound hydrogenases (MBH) have provided a particularly detailed insight into the reactivity and mechanism of this group of enzymes. Significantly, the control centre for enabling O2 tolerance has been revealed as the electron-transfer relay of FeS clusters, rather than the NiFe bimetallic active site. The present review paper will discuss how electrochemistry results have complemented those obtained from structural and spectroscopic studies, to present a complete picture of our current understanding of NiFe MBH. PMID:26862221

  12. Electrical manipulation of ferromagnetic NiFe by antiferromagnetic IrMn

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    Tshitoyan, V.; Ciccarelli, C.; Mihai, A. P.; Ali, M.; Irvine, A. C.; Moore, T. A.; Jungwirth, T.; Ferguson, A. J.

    2015-12-01

    We demonstrate that an antiferromagnet can be employed for a highly efficient electrical manipulation of a ferromagnet. In our study, we use an electrical detection technique of the ferromagnetic resonance driven by an in-plane ac current in a NiFe/IrMn bilayer. At room temperature, we observe antidampinglike spin torque acting on the NiFe ferromagnet, generated by an in-plane current driven through the IrMn antiferromagnet. A large enhancement of the torque, characterized by an effective spin-Hall angle exceeding most heavy transition metals, correlates with the presence of the exchange-bias field at the NiFe/IrMn interface. It highlights that, in addition to the strong spin-orbit coupling, the antiferromagnetic order in IrMn governs the observed phenomenon.

  13. Tensile Properties and Deformation Characteristics of a Ni-Fe-Base Superalloy for Steam Boiler Applications

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    Zhong, Zhihong; Gu, Yuefeng; Yuan, Yong; Shi, Zhan

    2014-01-01

    Ni-Fe-base superalloys due to their good manufacturability and low cost are the proper candidates for boiler materials in advanced power plants. The major concerns with Ni-Fe-base superalloys are the insufficient mechanical properties at elevated temperatures. In this paper, tensile properties, deformation, and fracture characteristics of a Ni-Fe-base superalloy primarily strengthened by γ' precipitates have been investigated from room temperature to 1073 K (800 °C). The results showed a gradual decrease in the strength up to about 973 K (700 °C) followed by a rapid drop above this temperature and a ductility minimum at around 973 K (700 °C). The fracture surfaces were studied using scanning electron microscopy and the deformation mechanisms were determined by the observation of deformed microstructures using transmission electron microscopy. An attempt has been made to correlate the tensile properties and fracture characteristics at different temperatures with the observed deformation mechanisms.

  14. High-sensitivity planar Hall sensor based on simple gaint magneto resistance NiFe/Cu/NiFe structure for biochip application

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    Bui, Dinh Tu; Danh Tran, Mau; Nguyen, Huu Duc; Binh Nguyen, Hai

    2013-03-01

    The planar Hall effect (PHE) sensor based on a simple giant magneto resistance (GMR) trilayer structure NiFe/Cu/NiFe has been designed and fabricated successfully using conventional clean room fabrication methods. The PHE sensor is integrated by 24 sensor patterns with dimensions of 50 × 50 μm. Influence of individual layer thickness to sensitivity of sensor has been investigated. Sensitivity and planar Hall voltage increases with the decrease of Cu-layer thickness. The results are discussed in terms of the reinforcement of the antiferromagnetic interaction between NiFe layers and shunting current through the layer Cu. The optimum configuration has been found in the structure with the Cu-layer of 1 nm. In this case a single planar Hall effect sensor exhibits a high sensitivity of about 8 μV Oe-1 and a maximal of the signal change as large as ▵V ˜ 55 μV. These values are comparable to those of the typical PHE sensor based on complex GMR spin-valve structure. With a high sensitivity and simple structure, this sensor is very promising for practical detection of magnetic beads and identifying multiple biological agents in the environment.

  15. Preparation, characterization, and antibacterial activity of NiFe2O4/PAMA/Ag-TiO2 nanocomposite

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    Allafchian, Alireza; Jalali, Seyed Amir Hossein; Bahramian, Hamid; Ahmadvand, Hossein

    2016-04-01

    We have described a facile fabrication of silver deposited on the TiO2, Poly Acrylonitrile Co Maleic Anhydride (PAMA) polymer and nickel ferrite composite (NiFe2O4/PAMA/Ag-TiO2) through a three-step procedure. A pre-synthesized NiFe2O4 was first coated with PAMA polymer and then Ag-TiO2 was deposited on the surface of PAMA polymer shell. After the characterization of this three-component composite by various techniques, such as FTIR, XRD, FESEM, BET, TEM and VSM, it was impregnated in standard antibiotic discs. The antibacterial activity of NiFe2O4/PAMA/Ag-TiO2 nanocomposite was investigated against some gram positive and gram negative bacteria by employing disc diffusion assay and then compared with that of naked NiFe2O4, NiFe2O4/Ag, AgNPs and NiFe2O4/PAMA. The results demonstrated that the AgNPs, when embedded in TiO2 and combined with NiFe2O4/PAMA, became an excellent antibacterial agent. The NiFe2O4/PAMA/Ag-TiO2 nanocomposite could be readily separated from water solution after the disinfection process by applying an external magnetic field.

  16. Atomic simulation of mechanical behavior of Mg in a super-lattice of nanocrystalline Mg and amorphous Mg-Al alloy

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    Song, H. Y.; An, M. R.; Li, Y. L. Deng, Q.

    2014-12-07

    The mechanical properties of a super-lattice architecture composed of nanocrystalline Mg and Mg-Al amorphous alloy are investigated using molecular dynamics simulation. The results indicate that deformation mechanism of nanocrystalline Mg is obviously affected by the amorphous boundary spacing and temperature. The strength of the material increases with the decrease of amorphous boundary spacing, presenting a Hall-Petch effect at both 10 K and 300 K. A stress platform and following stiffness softening, as well as a linear strengthening in the plastic stage, are observed when the amorphous boundary spacing below 8.792 nm at 10 K. The implying reason may be that the amorphous boundary acts as the dislocations emission and absorption source. However, the second stress peak is not observed for the models at 300 K. Instead, the flow stress in plastic stage is a nearly constant value. The simulation demonstrates the emergence of the new grain, accompanied by the deformation twins and stacking faults associated with the plastic behaviors at 300 K. The general conclusions derived from this work may provide a guideline for the design of high-performance hexagonal close-packed metals.

  17. Degradation of tetrachloromethane and tetrachloroethene by Ni/Fe bimetallic nanoparticles

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    Huang, Y. Y.; Liu, F.; Li, H. D.

    2009-09-01

    The study investigated the potential of nanoscale Ni/Fe bimetallic particles reduction for carbon tetrachloride (CT) and tetrachloroethene (PCE). BET specific surface areas of the laboratory synthesized Ni/Fe (2% wt.) particle, with diameter on the order of 20-60nm, was approximately 52.61m2/g. Batch studies demonstrated that rapid transformations of PCE and CT were achieved with nanoscale Ni/Fe particles. The degradation process appeared to be pseudo-first-order. Values of the surface area normalized rate coefficients (KSA) of PCE and CT for the reaction with nano Ni/Fe were 2.068mL/(m2·h), 10.08mL/(m2·h), respectively. This indicated that the degradation rate of CT was about 5 times larger than that of PCE under comparable environmental condition. Significant amounts of DCM were detected for the reaction with CT unlike the PCE transformation where ethane was the only end-product, amount to 103% of the initial PCE carbon. Both DCM (~15%) and methane (~27%) were the major end products for CT reaction. Based on the rapid rate of degradation and no or less chlorinated byproducts, the nanoscale particles technology offered great opportunities for both fundamental research and technological application for remediation of contaminated ground water.

  18. Magnetic NiFe/Au barcode nanowires with self-powered motion

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    Jeon, In Tak; Yoon, Seung Jae; Kim, Bong Gun; Lee, Ji Sung; An, Boo Hyun; Ju, Jae-Seon; Wu, Jun Hua; Kim, Young Keun

    2012-04-01

    NiFe/Au barcode nanowires were synthesized by pulsed electrodeposition using anodic aluminum oxide nanotemplate, comprising magnetic, catalytic, and optical segments, respectively. The self-powered motion of the BNWs due to the catalytic reaction was observed in aqueous H2O2. The approach demonstrates how sophistication in barcode nanoarchitecture can be used to synthesize a wide range of hybrid materials.

  19. Ternary NiFeMn layered double hydroxides as highly-efficient oxygen evolution catalysts.

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    Lu, Zhiyi; Qian, Li; Tian, Yang; Li, Yaping; Sun, Xiaoming; Duan, Xue

    2016-01-18

    Layered double hydroxides (LDHs) are a family of layer materials that receive heightened attention. Herein a ternary NiFeMn-LDH is investigated with superior oxygen evolution activity, which is attributed to the Mn(4+) doping in the intralayer, which modifies the electronic structure and improves the conductivity of the electrocatalyst. PMID:26579843

  20. Study of magnetic behavior in ball-milled nanocrystalline Fe-50 at.%Al alloy as a function of milling time

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    Rajan, S.; Shukla, R.; Kumar, A.; Vyas, A.; Brajpuriya, R.

    2015-04-01

    Ball milling technique has been extensively used to prepare different metastable states with nanocrystalline microstructures from intermetallic compounds. The present study was made on the identification of the changes in magnetic and electronic properties as a result of high-energy ball milling of Fe-50 at.%Al alloy samples. The phase formation and physical properties of the alloys were determined as a function of milling time by means of Mössbauer and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). The Mössbauer results show the formation of nanostructured body-centered cubic (BCC) FeAl alloy only after 5 h of mechanical milling and the same is also confirmed by Scanning electron microscope (SEM) and Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) studies. Mössbauer studies further confirm that there is magnetic behavior retention in the FeAl alloy samples even after 5 h of milling but magnetization decreases as the milling time increases. The reason for the same is due to the shocks and fracturing of the Al atoms embedded in the sites of Fe and as a result of which Fe-Fe nearest neighbors decreases. Secondly, with the increase in milling time, the particle size and the number density of equiatomic BCC Fe50Al50 grains decrease while the volume of grain boundary containing a solid solution of BCC FeAl and concentration of Al in a solid solution of BCC FeAl at the grain boundary increases as a result of which magnetization decreases. The shift in the binding energy of Fe2p and Al2p core level towards higher binding energy also supports the alloy formation after milling.

  1. Fabrication of Magnetic NiFe2O4 Nanorods and Their Removal Performances of Congo Red.

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    Li, Yunlong; Lu, Lu; Li, Xiuping; Chen, Dan; Ma, Liyu; Liu, Ruijiang

    2016-06-01

    Magnetic NiFe2O4 nanorods were prepared successfully via a facile solution combustion process, the morphology, chemical composition, microstructure and magnetic properties of as-prepared NiFe2O4 nanorods were investigated by XRD, VSM, SEM, TEM, EDX, SAED and BET techniques. The magnetic NiFe2O4 nanorods were characterized with average length of about 130 nm, the diameter of around 25 nm, the specific magnetization of 105.2 Am2/kg, and the specific surface area of 88.8 m2/g. The nanorods were employed to remove congo red (CR) from aqueous solutions, the adsorption kinetic and adsorption isotherm of CR onto NiFe2O4 nanorods at room temperature were investigated. The regression equation was found in good agreement with the pseudo-second-order kinetic model in a range of initial CR concentrations of 80-400 mg/L. Compared with Freundlich and Temkin models, Langmuir model fitted the adsorption isotherm of CR onto NiFe2O4 nanorods better, which suggested that the adsorption of CR onto NiFe2O4 nanorods was a monolayer absorbing mechanism. Meanwhile, the adsorption capacity of CR onto NiFe2O4 nanorods is large when pH is less than 9. PMID:27427682

  2. Role of the antiferromagnetic pinning layer on spin wave properties in IrMn/NiFe based spin-valves

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    Gubbiotti, G.; Tacchi, S.; Del Bianco, L.; Bonfiglioli, E.; Giovannini, L.; Tamisari, M.; Spizzo, F.; Zivieri, R.

    2015-05-01

    Brillouin light scattering (BLS) was exploited to study the spin wave properties of spin-valve (SV) type samples basically consisting of two 5 nm-thick NiFe layers (separated by a Cu spacer of 5 nm), differently biased through the interface exchange coupling with an antiferromagnetic IrMn layer. Three samples were investigated: a reference SV sample, without IrMn (reference); one sample with an IrMn underlayer (10 nm thick) coupled to the bottom NiFe film; one sample with IrMn underlayer and overlayer of different thickness (10 nm and 6 nm), coupled to the bottom and top NiFe film, respectively. The exchange coupling with the IrMn, causing the insurgence of the exchange bias effect, allowed the relative orientation of the NiFe magnetization vectors to be controlled by an external magnetic field, as assessed through hysteresis loop measurements by magneto-optic magnetometry. Thus, BLS spectra were acquired by sweeping the magnetic field so as to encompass both the parallel and antiparallel alignment of the NiFe layers. The BLS results, well reproduced by the presented theoretical model, clearly revealed the combined effects on the spin dynamic properties of the dipolar interaction between the two NiFe films and of the interface IrMn/NiFe exchange coupling.

  3. Role of the antiferromagnetic pinning layer on spin wave properties in IrMn/NiFe based spin-valves

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    Gubbiotti, G. Tacchi, S.; Del Bianco, L.; Bonfiglioli, E.; Giovannini, L.; Spizzo, F.; Zivieri, R.; Tamisari, M.

    2015-05-07

    Brillouin light scattering (BLS) was exploited to study the spin wave properties of spin-valve (SV) type samples basically consisting of two 5 nm-thick NiFe layers (separated by a Cu spacer of 5 nm), differently biased through the interface exchange coupling with an antiferromagnetic IrMn layer. Three samples were investigated: a reference SV sample, without IrMn (reference); one sample with an IrMn underlayer (10 nm thick) coupled to the bottom NiFe film; one sample with IrMn underlayer and overlayer of different thickness (10 nm and 6 nm), coupled to the bottom and top NiFe film, respectively. The exchange coupling with the IrMn, causing the insurgence of the exchange bias effect, allowed the relative orientation of the NiFe magnetization vectors to be controlled by an external magnetic field, as assessed through hysteresis loop measurements by magneto-optic magnetometry. Thus, BLS spectra were acquired by sweeping the magnetic field so as to encompass both the parallel and antiparallel alignment of the NiFe layers. The BLS results, well reproduced by the presented theoretical model, clearly revealed the combined effects on the spin dynamic properties of the dipolar interaction between the two NiFe films and of the interface IrMn/NiFe exchange coupling.

  4. Hierachical Ni@Fe2O3 superparticles through epitaxial growth of γ-Fe2O3 nanorods on in situ formed Ni nanoplates.

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    Tahir, Muhammad Nawaz; Herzberger, Jana; Natalio, Filipe; Köhler, Oskar; Branscheid, Robert; Mugnaioli, Enrico; Ksenofontov, Vadim; Panthöfer, Martin; Kolb, Ute; Frey, Holger; Tremel, Wolfgang

    2016-05-01

    One endeavour of nanochemistry is the bottom-up synthesis of functional mesoscale structures from basic building blocks. We report a one-pot wet chemical synthesis of Ni@γ-Fe2O3 superparticles containing Ni cores densely covered with highly oriented γ-Fe2O3 (maghemite) nanorods (NRs) by controlled reduction/decomposition of nickel acetate (Ni(ac)2) and Fe(CO)5. Automated diffraction tomography (ADT) of the Ni-Fe2O3 interface in combination with Mössbauer spectroscopy showed that selective and oriented growth of the γ-Fe2O3 nanorods on the Ni core is facilitated through the formation of a Fe0.05Ni0.95 alloy and the appearance of superstructure features that may reduce strain at the Ni-Fe2O3 interface. The common orientation of the maghemite nanorods on the Ni core of the superparticles leads to a greatly enhanced magnetization. After functionalization with a catechol-functional polyethylene glycol (C-PEG) ligand the Ni@γ-Fe2O3 superparticles were dispersible in water. PMID:26818395

  5. Morphology and composition of chalcopyrite, chromite, Cu, Ni-Fe, pentlandite, and troilite in vugs of 76015 and 76215

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    Carter, J. L.; Clanton, U. S.; Laughon, R. B.; Mckay, D. S.; Usselman, T. M.; Fuhrman, R.

    1975-01-01

    Vugs from 76015 and 76215 are lined with euhedral crystals of plagioclase, pyroxene, ilmenite, Ni-Fe, and troilite. Smaller crystals of chromite, pentlandite, and chalcopyrite occur on the surface of the troilite in 76015. Wire Cu and dendritic-metallic Cu occurs with metallic Ni-Fe and troilite in some vugs of 76215. Troilite in both samples may have crystallized from an immiscible sulfide liquid. With falling temperature, chalcopyrite, and pentlandite may have exsolved from the troilite in 76015. By contrast, metallic Cu may have formed in 76215 by thermal breakdown of a bornite, troilite, and Ni-Fe assemblage which originally crystallized from a low-Ni immiscible sulfide liquid.

  6. Improvement of in-plane anisotropy field in FeCoB/NiFe/Si thin films by Kr sputtering

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    Hashimoto, A.; Ito, S.; Nakagawa, S.

    2007-03-01

    Deterioration of magnetic anisotropy field in the FeCoB/NiFe/Si trilayers deposited on glass substrates was investigated. It was found that the choice of Kr as sputtering gas instead of Ar was quite effective to improve the soft magnetic characteristics of FeCoB/NiFe/Si thin films deposited on glass substrates. Kr sputtering is effective to reduce compressive residual stress in the film. The rotatable magnetic anisotropy observed in the FeCoB/NiFe/Si films deposited by Ar sputtering disappeared in the film deposited by Kr sputtering, even though they are prepared on glass disk substrates.

  7. Electrodeposited anisotropic NiFe 45/55 thin films for high-frequency micro-inductor applications

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    O'Donnell, Terence; Wang, Ningning; Kulkarni, Santosh; Meere, Ronan; Rhen, Fernando M. F.; Roy, Saibal; O'Mathuna, S. C.

    2010-05-01

    Micro-inductors, with an electrodeposited nickel-iron core have been fabricated on silicon substrates, and have been characterized in the frequency range up to 100 MHz. The core consists of a nickel iron, 45:55 alloy which is deposited using pulse-reverse electroplating in the presence of a magnetic field to control anisotropy. The operation of the inductors with low loss at high-frequency critically depends on core thickness, which is used to control eddy-current loss as the frequency is increased. However, it is shown that the permeability of NiFe 45/55 has a dependency on thickness, and decreases with increasing thickness. For example, the permeability is measured to be approximately 1000 for a 1-μm-thick film, decreasing to approximately 400 for a 5-μm-thick film. In order to correctly design micro-inductors for operation up to 100 MHz, it is important that this characteristic of the material is taken into account.

  8. Point defect processes in neutron irradiated Ni, Fe-15Cr-16Ni and Ti-added modified SUS316SS

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    Horiki, M.; Yoshiie, T.; Sato, K.; Xu, Q.

    2013-05-01

    The defect structures in Ni, Fe-15Cr-16Ni and Ti-added modified SUS316SS (modified SUS316) were examined after neutron irradiation below 0.3 dpa by the Japan Materials Testing Reactor and Belgian Reactor 2 to compare their defect structural evolution. The growth behaviour of interstitial-type dislocation loops (I-loops), stacking fault tetrahedra (SFTs) and voids was found to be quite different among these specimens. I-loops developed at lower temperatures in Ni than in Fe-15Cr-16Ni and modified SUS316, and more swelling occurred in Ni than in Fe-15Cr-16Ni. Finally, there were no voids in modified SUS316. These results were analysed in terms of the I-loop energy. A large discrepancy was found between the analytical results and experimental observations for Ni and modified SUS316, which suggests the formation of unfaulted I-loops directly from collision cascades. The growth of SFTs was detected in Fe-15Cr-16Ni and modified SUS316, and can be explained by a change in the dislocation bias of SFTs resulting from the absorption of alloying elements.

  9. Partitioning behavior of Al in a nanocrystalline Fe{sub 71.5}Si{sub 13.5}B{sub 9}Nb{sub 3}Cu{sub 1}Al{sub 2} alloy

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    Warren, P.J.; Todd, I.; Davies, H.A.; Cerezo, A.; Gibbs, M.R.J.; Kendall, D.; Major, R.V.

    1999-11-05

    The nanocrystalline Fe-Si-B-Nb-Cu alloy, known as FINEMET, is now a well established commercial soft magnetic material exhibiting excellent permeability while maintaining a high saturation magnetization. It is produced by melt-spinning to form a ribbon with an amorphous structure. The purpose of this investigation was to use 3-dimensional atom probe microanalysis to experimentally quantify the local phase chemistries of this nanocomposite microstructure, with particular reference to the partitioning behavior of the Al.

  10. Glycerol Steam Reforming Over Ni-Fe-Ce/Al2O3 Catalyst: Effect of Cerium.

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    Go, Gwang-Sub; Go, Yoo-Jin; Lee, Hong-Joo; Moon, Dong-Ju; Park, Nam-Cook; Kim, Young-Chul

    2016-02-01

    In this work, hydrogen production from glycerol by steam reforming was studied using Ni-metal oxide catalysts. Ni-based catalyst becomes deactivated during steam reforming reactions because of coke deposits and sintering. Therefore, the aim of this study was to reduce carbon deposits and sintering on the catalyst surface by adding a promoter. Ni-metal oxide catalysts supported on Al2O3 were prepared via impregnation method, and the calcined catalyst was reduced under H2 flow for 2 h prior to the reaction. The characteristics of the catalysts were examined by XRD, TPR, TGA, and SEM. The Ni-Fe-Ce/Al2O3 catalyst, which contained less than 2 wt% Ce, showed the highest hydrogen selectivity and glycerol conversion. Further analysis of the catalysts revealed that the Ni-Fe-Ce/Al2O3 catalyst required a lower reduction temperature and produced minimum carbon deposit. PMID:27433687

  11. Hydrothermal synthesis and near in situ analysis of NiFe2O4 nanoparticles.

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    Almeida, Trevor P; Fay, Mike; Zhu, Yanqiu; Brown, Paul D

    2012-11-01

    The hydrothermal synthesis (HS) of NiFe2O4 nanoparticles (NPs) has been investigated using a novel valve-assisted pressure autoclave. This approach has facilitated the rapid quenching of hydrothermal suspensions into liquid nitrogen, providing 'snapshots' representative of the near in situ physical state of the synthesis reaction products as a function of known temperature. The acquired samples were examined using complementary characterisation techniques of transmission electron microscopy and X-ray diffractometry (XRD). The HS of NiFe2O4 NPs (< 25 nm) at pH - 8 proceeded through the formation and dissolution of intermediate amorphous Fe(OH)3 and FeNi3Cl2(OH)8 x H2O sheets with increasing reaction temperature. The near in situ nature of the HS suspension resulted in the formation of NaCI by-product during drying in advance of XRD investigation, not during the HS process. PMID:23421289

  12. Effects of two-temperature model on cascade evolution in Ni and NiFe

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    Samolyuk, German D.; Xue, Haizhou; Bei, Hongbin; Weber, William J.

    2016-07-05

    We perform molecular dynamics simulations of Ni ion cascades in Ni and equiatomic NiFe under the following conditions: (a) classical molecular dynamics (MD) simulations without consideration of electronic energy loss, (b) classical MD simulations with the electronic stopping included, and (c) using the coupled two-temperature MD (2T-MD) model that incorporates both the electronic stopping and the electron-phonon interactions. Our results indicate that the electronic e ects are more profound in the higher energy cascades and that the 2T-MD model results in a smaller amount of surviving damage and smaller defect clusters, while less damage is produced in NiFe than inmore » Ni.« less

  13. Room temperature spin valve effect in NiFe/WS2/Co junctions

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    Iqbal, Muhammad Zahir; Iqbal, Muhammad Waqas; Siddique, Salma; Khan, Muhammad Farooq; Ramay, Shahid Mahmood

    2016-01-01

    The two-dimensional (2D) layered electronic materials of transition metal dichalcogenides (TMDCs) have been recently proposed as an emerging canddiate for spintronic applications. Here, we report the exfoliated single layer WS2-intelayer based spin valve effect in NiFe/WS2/Co junction from room temperature to 4.2 K. The ratio of relative magnetoresistance in spin valve effect increases from 0.18% at room temperature to 0.47% at 4.2 K. We observed that the junction resistance decreases monotonically as temperature is lowered. These results revealed that semiconducting WS2 thin film works as a metallic conducting interlayer between NiFe and Co electrodes. PMID:26868638

  14. Room temperature spin valve effect in NiFe/WS2/Co junctions

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    Iqbal, Muhammad Zahir; Iqbal, Muhammad Waqas; Siddique, Salma; Khan, Muhammad Farooq; Ramay, Shahid Mahmood

    2016-02-01

    The two-dimensional (2D) layered electronic materials of transition metal dichalcogenides (TMDCs) have been recently proposed as an emerging canddiate for spintronic applications. Here, we report the exfoliated single layer WS2-intelayer based spin valve effect in NiFe/WS2/Co junction from room temperature to 4.2 K. The ratio of relative magnetoresistance in spin valve effect increases from 0.18% at room temperature to 0.47% at 4.2 K. We observed that the junction resistance decreases monotonically as temperature is lowered. These results revealed that semiconducting WS2 thin film works as a metallic conducting interlayer between NiFe and Co electrodes.

  15. Room temperature spin valve effect in NiFe/WS2/Co junctions.

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    Iqbal, Muhammad Zahir; Iqbal, Muhammad Waqas; Siddique, Salma; Khan, Muhammad Farooq; Ramay, Shahid Mahmood

    2016-01-01

    The two-dimensional (2D) layered electronic materials of transition metal dichalcogenides (TMDCs) have been recently proposed as an emerging canddiate for spintronic applications. Here, we report the exfoliated single layer WS2-intelayer based spin valve effect in NiFe/WS2/Co junction from room temperature to 4.2 K. The ratio of relative magnetoresistance in spin valve effect increases from 0.18% at room temperature to 0.47% at 4.2 K. We observed that the junction resistance decreases monotonically as temperature is lowered. These results revealed that semiconducting WS2 thin film works as a metallic conducting interlayer between NiFe and Co electrodes. PMID:26868638

  16. Metal — Insulator Transition-like in Nano-Crystallized Ni-Fe-Zr Metallic Glasses

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    Hamed, F.; Obaidat, I. M.; Benkraouda, M.

    2007-08-01

    Ni-Fe-Zr based Metallic glassy ribbons were prepared by melt spinning technique. The compositional and structural integrity of the melt spun ribbons were verified by means of X-ray diffraction, SEM, EDX and DSC. 5 to 7 cm long ribbons of Ni-Fe-Zr based metallic glasses with different compositions were sealed inside quartz ampoules under vacuum. The sealed metallic glassy ribbons were nano-crystallized at 973 K for varying periods of time. The temperature dependence of the electrical resistivity of the nano-crystallized samples had been investigated over the temperature range 25-280 K. The crystallized ribbons at 973 K for periods for less than 4 hours displayed insulating electrical behavior like at low temperatures, while those annealed for more than 4 hours showed metallic behavior like. Nonlinear I-V characteristics were also observed at low temperatures for samples annealed for less than four hours.

  17. Hydriding of TiZrNiFe nanocompounds

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    Żywczak, A.; Shinya, Daigo; Gondek, Ł.; Takasaki, Akito; Figiel, H.

    2010-01-01

    Ti-based quasicrystals belong to the second largest group of the stable quasicrystals, showing attractive properties as hydrogen storage materials. The Ti 45Zr 38Ni 17 intermetallic compound forms an icosahedral ( i-phase) structure, in which Ti and Zr atoms possess very good chemical affinity for hydrogen absorption. We modified the Ti 45Zr 38Ni 17 compounds by substituting 3d metals (iron) for Ni to obtain amorphous phase. The samples were produced by mechanical alloying. The 3d metal atoms are located in the same positions as nickel. The structural characterization was made by means of XRD measurements. Thermodynamic properties were studied by differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) and thermal desorption spectroscopy (TDS). The obtained amorphous phases Ti 45Zr 38Ni (9,13)Fe (8,4) transform to the i-phase at the similar temperature range as Ti 45Zr 38Ni 17. The final concentration of absorbed hydrogen depends on the amount of Fe. When increasing the amount of iron, the hydrogen release temperature becomes lower. After hydriding, the samples decompose into simple metal hydrides.

  18. Microstructure and magnetic properties in FeCoB/NiFe double layer

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    Kong, Sok-hyun; Okamoto, Takeshi; Nakagawa, Shigeki

    2004-05-01

    The origin of high anisotropy field Hk and low coercivity Hc of Fe-Co-B/Ni-Fe double layered film with high 4 πMs was investigated. In-plane and out-of-plane XRD studies clarified that the lattice spacing of planes along the easy axis direction was expanded than that along the hard axis direction. The fact was confirmed that such stress caused by the lattice expansion had significant effects on the magnetoelastic energy in this double layer.

  19. Constraints on Explosive Silicon Burning in Core-collapse Supernovae from Measured Ni/Fe Ratios

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    Jerkstrand, A.; Timmes, F. X.; Magkotsios, G.; Sim, S. A.; Fransson, C.; Spyromilio, J.; Müller, B.; Heger, A.; Sollerman, J.; Smartt, S. J.

    2015-07-01

    Measurements of explosive nucleosynthesis yields in core-collapse supernovae provide tests for explosion models. We investigate constraints on explosive conditions derivable from measured amounts of nickel and iron after radioactive decays using nucleosynthesis networks with parameterized thermodynamic trajectories. The Ni/Fe ratio is for most regimes dominated by the production ratio of 58Ni/(54Fe + 56Ni), which tends to grow with higher neutron excess and with higher entropy. For SN 2012ec, a supernova (SN) that produced a Ni/Fe ratio of 3.4 ± 1.2 times solar, we find that burning of a fuel with neutron excess η ≈ 6× {10}-3 is required. Unless the progenitor metallicity is over five times solar, the only layer in the progenitor with such a neutron excess is the silicon shell. SNe producing large amounts of stable nickel thus suggest that this deep-lying layer can be, at least partially, ejected in the explosion. We find that common spherically symmetric models of {M}{ZAMS}≲ 13 {M}⊙ stars exploding with a delay time of less than one second ({M}{cut}\\lt 1.5 {M}⊙ ) are able to achieve such silicon-shell ejection. SNe that produce solar or subsolar Ni/Fe ratios, such as SN 1987A, must instead have burnt and ejected only oxygen-shell material, which allows a lower limit to the mass cut to be set. Finally, we find that the extreme Ni/Fe value of 60-75 times solar derived for the Crab cannot be reproduced by any realistic entropy burning outside the iron core, and neutrino-neutronization obtained in electron capture models remains the only viable explanation.

  20. [FeFe]- and [NiFe]-hydrogenase diversity, mechanism, and maturation.

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    Peters, John W; Schut, Gerrit J; Boyd, Eric S; Mulder, David W; Shepard, Eric M; Broderick, Joan B; King, Paul W; Adams, Michael W W

    2015-06-01

    The [FeFe]- and [NiFe]-hydrogenases catalyze the formal interconversion between hydrogen and protons and electrons, possess characteristic non-protein ligands at their catalytic sites and thus share common mechanistic features. Despite the similarities between these two types of hydrogenases, they clearly have distinct evolutionary origins and likely emerged from different selective pressures. [FeFe]-hydrogenases are widely distributed in fermentative anaerobic microorganisms and likely evolved under selective pressure to couple hydrogen production to the recycling of electron carriers that accumulate during anaerobic metabolism. In contrast, many [NiFe]-hydrogenases catalyze hydrogen oxidation as part of energy metabolism and were likely key enzymes in early life and arguably represent the predecessors of modern respiratory metabolism. Although the reversible combination of protons and electrons to generate hydrogen gas is the simplest of chemical reactions, the [FeFe]- and [NiFe]-hydrogenases have distinct mechanisms and differ in the fundamental chemistry associated with proton transfer and control of electron flow that also help to define catalytic bias. A unifying feature of these enzymes is that hydrogen activation itself has been restricted to one solution involving diatomic ligands (carbon monoxide and cyanide) bound to an Fe ion. On the other hand, and quite remarkably, the biosynthetic mechanisms to produce these ligands are exclusive to each type of enzyme. Furthermore, these mechanisms represent two independent solutions to the formation of complex bioinorganic active sites for catalyzing the simplest of chemical reactions, reversible hydrogen oxidation. As such, the [FeFe]- and [NiFe]-hydrogenases are arguably the most profound case of convergent evolution. This article is part of a Special Issue entitled: Fe/S proteins: Analysis, structure, function, biogenesis and diseases. PMID:25461840

  1. Thermodynamic analysis of binary Fe85B15 to quinary Fe85Si2B8P4Cu1 alloys for primary crystallizations of α-Fe in nanocrystalline soft magnetic alloys

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    Takeuchi, A.; Zhang, Y.; Takenaka, K.; Makino, A.

    2015-05-01

    Fe-based Fe85B15, Fe84B15Cu1, Fe82Si2B15Cu1, Fe85Si2B12Cu1, and Fe85Si2B8P4Cu1 (NANOMET®) alloys were experimental and computational analyzed to clarify the features of NANOMET that exhibits high saturation magnetic flux density (Bs) nearly 1.9 T and low core loss than conventional nanocrystalline soft magnetic alloys. The X-ray diffraction analysis for ribbon specimens produced experimentally by melt spinning from melts revealed that the samples were almost formed into an amorphous single phase. Then, the as-quenched samples were analyzed with differential scanning calorimeter (DSC) experimentally for exothermic enthalpies of the primary and secondary crystallizations (ΔHx1 and ΔHx2) and their crystallization temperatures (Tx1 and Tx2), respectively. The ratio ΔHx1/ΔHx2 measured by DSC experimentally tended to be extremely high for the Fe85Si2B8P4Cu1 alloy, and this tendency was reproduced by the analysis with commercial software, Thermo-Calc, with database for Fe-based alloys, TCFE7 for Gibbs free energy (G) assessments. The calculations exhibit that a volume fraction (Vf) of α-Fe tends to increase from 0.56 for the Fe85B15 to 0.75 for the Fe85Si2B8P4Cu1 alloy. The computational analysis of the alloys for G of α-Fe and amorphous phases (Gα-Fe and Gamor) shows that a relationship Gα-Fe ˜ Gamor holds for the Fe85Si2B12Cu1, whereas Gα-Fe < Gamor for the Fe85Si2B8P4Cu1 alloy at Tx1 and that an extremely high Vf = 0.75 was achieved for the Fe85Si2B8P4Cu1 alloy by including 2.8 at. % Si and 4.5 at. % P into α-Fe. These computational results indicate that the Fe85Si2B8P4Cu1 alloy barely forms amorphous phase, which, in turn, leads to high Vf and resultant high Bs.

  2. Magnetic properties of mixed spinel BaTiO3-NiFe2O4 composites

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    Sarkar, Babusona; Dalal, Biswajit; Dev Ashok, Vishal; Chakrabarti, Kaushik; Mitra, Amitava; De, S. K.

    2014-03-01

    Solid solution of nickel ferrite (NiFe2O4) and barium titanate (BaTiO3), (100-x)BaTiO3-(x) NiFe2O4 has been prepared by solid state reaction. Compressive strain is developed in NiFe2O4 due to mutual structural interaction across the interface of NiFe2O4 and BaTiO3 phases. Quantitative analysis of X-ray diffraction and X-ray photo electron spectrum suggest mixed spinel structure of NiFe2O4. A systematic study of composition dependence of composite indicates BaTiO3 causes a random distribution of Fe and Ni cations among octahedral and tetrahedral sites during non-equilibrium growth of NiFe2O4. The degree of inversion decreases monotonically from 0.97 to 0.75 with increase of BaTiO3 content. Temperature dependence of magnetization has been analyzed by four sublattice model to describe complex magnetic exchange interactions in mixed spinel phase. Curie temperature and saturation magnetization decrease with increase of BaTiO3 concentration. Enhancement of strain and larger occupancy of Ni2+ at tetrahedral site increase coercivity up to 200 Oe. Magnetostructual coupling induced by BaTiO3 improves coercivity in NiFe2O4. An increase in the demagnetization and homogeneity in magnetization process in NiFe2O4 is observed due to the interaction with diamagnetic BaTiO3.

  3. The biosynthetic routes for carbon monoxide and cyanide in the Ni-Fe active site of hydrogenases are different.

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    Roseboom, Winfried; Blokesch, Melanie; Böck, August; Albracht, Simon P J

    2005-01-17

    The incorporation of carbon into the carbon monoxide and cyanide ligands of [NiFe]-hydrogenases has been investigated by using (13)C labelling in infrared studies of the Allochromatium vinosum enzyme and by (14)C labelling experiments with overproduced Hyp proteins from Escherichia coli. The results suggest that the biosynthetic routes of the carbon monoxide and cyanide ligands in [NiFe]-hydrogenases are different. PMID:15642360

  4. Magnetic properties of Ni-Fe nanowire arrays: effect of template material and deposition conditions

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    Singleton, John; Aravamudhan, Shyan; Goddard, Paul A; Bhansali, Shekhar

    2008-01-01

    The objective of this work is to study the magnetic properties of arrays of Ni-Fe nanowires electrodeposited in different template materials such as porous silicon, polycarbonate and alumina. Magnetic properties were studied as a function of template material, applied magnetic field (parallel and perpendicular) during deposition, wire length, as well as magnetic field orientation during measurement. The results show that application of magnetic field during deposition strongly influences the c-axis preferred orientation growth of Ni-Fe nanowires. The samples with magnetic field perpendicular to template plane during deposition exhibits strong perpendicular anisotropy with greatly enhanced coercivity and squareness ratio, particularly in Ni-Fe nanowires deposited in polycarbonate templates. In case of polycarbonate template, as magnetic field during deposition increases, both coercivity and squareness ratio also increase. The wire length dependence was also measured for polycarbonate templates. As wire length increases, coercivity and squarness ratio decrease, but saturation field increases. Such magnetic behavior (dependence on template material, magnetic field, wire length) can be qualitatively explained by preferential growth phenomena, dipolar interactions among nanowires, and perpendicular shape anisotropy in individual nanowires.

  5. He, Ne and Ar in chondritic Ni-Fe as irradiation hardness sensors.

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    Nyquist, L.; Funk, H.; Schultz, L.; Signer, P.

    1973-01-01

    Noble gas analyses of the Ni-Fe of 9 L, 5 H, and 2 LL chondrites quantitatively support previous suggestions of radiogenic He-4 recoil and He-3 deficits. Furthermore, noble gases in the Ni-Fe show evidence for in situ produced radiogenic He-4 and in some cases for recoil loss of Ar-38 and gain of Ne-21. The ratio of spallogenic Ar-38 and Ne-21 in the metal phase is found to correlate strongly with He-3/Ne-21 and Ne-22/Ne-21 in bulk samples of these chondrites. This is proof of the dependence of these ratios on the irradiation hardness experienced by the meteoroid in space. 'Hardness indices' n equals 1.9-2.2 are found, indicating that on the average the stone meteoroids from which the samples came were smaller in mass than iron meteoroids. The spallogenic Ne-21/Ar-38 ratio in metallic Ni-Fe can be used with the semi-empirical production model deduced from the Grant iron meteorite to calibrate spallogenic He-3/Ne-21 and Ne-21/Ar-38 in bulk samples of L, LL and H chondrites for meteoroid size and sample location allowing the estimation of minimal meteoroid masses.

  6. Magnetic and electrical characterization of nickel-rich NiFe thin films synthesized by atomic layer deposition and subsequent thermal reduction

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    Espejo, A. P.; Zierold, R.; Gooth, J.; Dendooven, J.; Detavernier, C.; Escrig, J.; Nielsch, K.

    2016-08-01

    Nickel-rich NiFe thin films (Ni92Fe8, Ni89Fe11 and Ni83Fe17) were prepared by combining atomic layer deposition (ALD) with a subsequent thermal reduction process. In order to obtain Ni x Fe1‑x O y films, one ALD supercycle was performed according to the following sequence: m NiCp2/O3, with m = 1, 2 or 3, followed by one FeCp2/O3 cycle. The supercycle was repeated n times. The thermal reduction process in hydrogen atmosphere was investigated by in situ x-ray diffraction studies as a function of temperature. The metallic nickel iron alloy thin films were investigated and characterized with respect to crystallinity, morphology, resistivity, and magnetism. As proof-of-concept magnetic properties of an array of Ni83Fe17, close to the perfect Permalloy stoichiometry, nanotubes and an isolated tube were investigated.

  7. Magnetic and electrical characterization of nickel-rich NiFe thin films synthesized by atomic layer deposition and subsequent thermal reduction.

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    Espejo, A P; Zierold, R; Gooth, J; Dendooven, J; Detavernier, C; Escrig, J; Nielsch, K

    2016-08-26

    Nickel-rich NiFe thin films (Ni92Fe8, Ni89Fe11 and Ni83Fe17) were prepared by combining atomic layer deposition (ALD) with a subsequent thermal reduction process. In order to obtain Ni x Fe1-x O y films, one ALD supercycle was performed according to the following sequence: m NiCp2/O3, with m = 1, 2 or 3, followed by one FeCp2/O3 cycle. The supercycle was repeated n times. The thermal reduction process in hydrogen atmosphere was investigated by in situ x-ray diffraction studies as a function of temperature. The metallic nickel iron alloy thin films were investigated and characterized with respect to crystallinity, morphology, resistivity, and magnetism. As proof-of-concept magnetic properties of an array of Ni83Fe17, close to the perfect Permalloy stoichiometry, nanotubes and an isolated tube were investigated. PMID:27454574

  8. Bio-inspired fabrication of hierarchical Ni-Fe-P coated skin collagen fibers for high-performance microwave absorption.

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    Wang, Xiaoling; Liao, Xuepin; Zhang, Wenhua; Shi, Bi

    2015-01-21

    In the present investigation, skin collagen fiber (CF) with a well defined hierarchical 3D fibrous structure was employed for the bio-inspired fabrication of high-performance microwave absorption materials. The hierarchical 3D structure of the CF was retained in the CF@Ni-Fe-P composites, and the formation of the Ni-Fe-P coating on the CF surface was identified by XRD and XPS analysis. Based on the electromagnetism parameter measurements, the maximum reflection loss (RL) of the CF@Ni-Fe-P composites reached -31.0 dB, and the width of the absorption band where reflection loss values exceeded -10.0 dB covered the whole Ku-band and some parts of the X-band (9.5-18.0 GHz). The complex permittivity and complex permeability measurements indicated that electronic loss and magnetic loss were involved in the CF@Ni-Fe-P composites for microwave absorption. In addition, due to the magnetic properties of the Ni-Fe-P coating, these CF@Ni-Fe-P composites exhibited excellent magnetic characteristics with high saturation magnetization and low coercivity values. The present investigation indicates a new possibility for the bio-matrix-based fabrication of high-performance microwave absorbing materials with lightweight and efficient absorption properties. PMID:25484199

  9. Nanocrystalline β-Ti alloy with high hardness, low Young's modulus and excellent in vitro biocompatibility for biomedical applications.

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    Xie, Kelvin Y; Wang, Yanbo; Zhao, Yonghao; Chang, Li; Wang, Guocheng; Chen, Zibin; Cao, Yang; Liao, Xiaozhou; Lavernia, Enrique J; Valiev, Ruslan Z; Sarrafpour, Babak; Zoellner, Hans; Ringer, Simon P

    2013-08-01

    High strength, low Young's modulus and good biocompatibility are desirable but difficult to simultaneously achieve in metallic implant materials for load bearing applications, and these impose significant challenges in material design. Here we report that a nano-grained β-Ti alloy prepared by high-pressure torsion exhibits remarkable mechanical and biological properties. The hardness and modulus of the nano-grained Ti alloy were respectively 23% higher and 34% lower than those of its coarse-grained counterpart. Fibroblast cell attachment and proliferation were enhanced, demonstrating good in vitro biocompatibility of the nano-grained Ti alloy, consistent with demonstrated increased nano-roughness on the nano-grained Ti alloy. Results suggest that the nano-grained β-Ti alloy may have significant application as an implant material in dental and orthopedic applications. PMID:23706243

  10. One-pot synthesis of NiFe layered double hydroxide/reduced graphene oxide composite as an efficient electrocatalyst for electrochemical and photoelectrochemical water oxidation

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    Youn, Duck Hyun; Park, Yoon Bin; Kim, Jae Young; Magesh, Ganesan; Jang, Youn Jeong; Lee, Jae Sung

    2015-10-01

    As an efficient non-precious metal catalyst for oxygen evolution reaction (OER) in electrochemical and photoelectrochemical water splitting, NiFe layered double hydroxide (LDH)/reduced graphene oxide (NiFe/RGO) composite is synthesized by a simple solvothermal method in one-pot. NiFe LDHs are uniformly deposited on RGO layers of high electrical conductivity and large surface area. In electrochemical water splitting, NiFe/RGO shows superior OER performance compared to bare NiFe and reference IrO2 with a lower benchmark η10 value (required overpotential to drive 10 mA cm-2) of 0.245 V. Furthermore, NiFe/RGO substantially increases the performance of a hematite photoanode in photoelectrochemical water oxidation, demonstrating its potential as an OER co-catalyst for photoelectrodes.

  11. Catalytic dechlorination of 2,4-dichlorophenol by Ni/Fe nanoparticles prepared in the presence of ultrasonic irradiation.

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    Zhao, Deming; Zheng, Yiya; Li, Min; Baig, Shams Ali; Wu, Donglei; Xu, Xinhua

    2014-09-01

    In this study, nickle/iron (Ni/Fe) nanoparticles were synthesized by liquid phase reductive method in the presence of 20 kHz ultrasonic irradiation to improve nanoparticles' disparity and avoid agglomeration. The characterized results showed that this method has obviously modified most of the particles in term of sizes and specific surface areas. Meanwhile, the improved nanoscale Ni/Fe particles were employed for the reductive dechlorination of 2,4-dichlorophenol (2,4-DCP) as a function of some influential factors (Ni content, Ni/Fe nanoparticles dosage, reaction temperature and initial pH values) and degradation path. Experimental results showed that 2,4-DCP was first adsorbed by Ni/Fe nanoparticles, then quickly reduced to o-chlorophenol (o-CP), p-chlorophenol (p-CP), and finally to phenol (P). The application of ultrasonic irradiation for Ni/Fe nanoparticles synthesis was found to significantly enhance the removal efficiency of 2,4-DCP. Consequently, the phenol production rates increased from 68% (in the absence of ultrasonic irradiation) to 87% (in the presence of ultrasonic irradiation) within 180 min. Nearly 96% of 2,4-DCP was removed after 300 min reaction with these optimized conditions: Ni content over Fe(0) 3 wt%, initial 2,4-DCP concentration 20 mg L(-1), Ni/Fe dosage 3 g L(-1), initial pH value 3.0, and reaction temperature 25 °C. The degradation of 2,4-DCP followed pseudo-first-order kinetics reaction and the apparent pseudo-first-order kinetics constant was 0.0737 min(-1). This study suggested that the presence of ultrasonic irradiation in the synthesis of nanoscale Ni/Fe particles could be a promising technique to enhance nanoparticle's disparity and avoid agglomeration. PMID:24679843

  12. Modifying exchange-spring behavior of CoPt/NiFe bilayer by inserting a Pt or Ru spacer

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    Hsu, Jen-Hwa Tsai, C. L.; Lee, C.-M.; Saravanan, P.

    2015-05-07

    We herein explore the possibility of obtaining tunable tilted magnetic anisotropy in ordered-CoPt (5 nm)/NiFe(t{sub NiFe}) bilayers through modifying their exchange spring behavior by inserting Pt and Ru-spacers. The tuning process of tilt angle magnetization of NiFe-layer was systematically investigated by varying the Pt or Ru thickness (t{sub Pt} or t{sub Ru}) from 0 to 8 nm at different thicknesses of NiFe (t{sub NiFe} = 1.5, 4.0, and 6.0 nm). Polar magneto-optic Kerr effect (p-MOKE) studies reveal that the bilayers grown in absence of spacers exhibit almost a rectangular hysteresis loop. With the insertion of Pt-spacer, the loop becomes more and more tilted as t{sub Pt} increases; whereas, in the case of Ru-spacer, the nature of the loops is not simply changing in one direction. The estimated SQR{sub ⊥} (= θ{sub r}/θ{sub s}) values from the p-MOKE loops are found to monotonically decrease with increasing t{sub Pt} when t{sub Pt} ≦ 4 nm. In contrast, in the case of Ru-spacer, an oscillatory behavior for the SQR{sub ⊥} values is apparent when t{sub Ru} ≦ 4 nm. As a result, an oscillatory tilted angle of NiFe spin configuration was obtained in the case of Ru-spacer; while a decoupling effect was prominent for the Pt-spacer. The results of present study reveal that the insertion of Pt and Ru-spacers as an appropriate means for realizing tunable tilted magnetic anisotropy in the CoPt/NiFe exchange springs.

  13. High-coercivity (NdDy){sub 2}(FeNb){sub 14}B{endash}{alpha}{endash}Fe nanocrystalline alloys

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    Wang, Z.; Zhang, M.; Li, F.; Zhou, S.; Wang, R.; Gong, W.

    1997-04-01

    High coercivity, high remanence, and high energy product (NdDy){sub 2}(FeNb){sub 14}B{endash}{alpha}{endash}Fe nanocrystalline alloys containing 0 to 30 wt{percent} {alpha}{endash}Fe have been prepared by melt spinning and subsequent annealing. The best magnetic properties of remanence (B{sub r}), coercivity (H{sub ci}), and maximum energy product [(BH){sub max}] are 1.02 T, 702 kA/m, and 134 kJ/m{sup 3}, respectively, for Nd{sub 8.16}Dy{sub 1}Fe{sub 85.26}Nb{sub 1}B{sub 4.58}. The microstructure consists of a two phase nanocomposite of hard magnetic (NdDy){sub 2}(FeNb){sub 14}B and soft magnetic {alpha}{endash}Fe with an average size of about 30 nm. These small dimensions allow effective exchange coupling between hard and soft magnetic grains and result in the simultaneous enhancement of B{sub r}, H{sub ci}, and (BH){sub max}. A systematic study on the effect of annealing temperature and time on the microstructure and magnetic properties has been carried out. {copyright} {ital 1997 American Institute of Physics.}

  14. Novel multifunctional NiFe2O4/ZnO hybrids for dye removal by adsorption, photocatalysis and magnetic separation

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    Zhu, Hua-Yue; Jiang, Ru; Fu, Yong-Qian; Li, Rong-Rong; Yao, Jun; Jiang, Sheng-Tao

    2016-04-01

    Novel multifunctional NiFe2O4/ZnO hybrids were prepared by a hydrothermal method and their physicochemical properties were characterized by XRD, SEM, TEM, TGA, VSM, BET and UV-vis DRS. The adsorption and photocatalytic performance of NiFe2O4/ZnO hybrids were systematically investigated using congo red as a model contaminant. With the introduction of NiFe2O4, NiFe2O4/ZnO hybrids can absorb the whole light from 300 nm to 700 nm. The adsorption capacity (221.73 mg g-1) of NiFe2O4/ZnO hybrids is higher than those of NiFe2O4, ZnO and mechanically mixed NiFe2O4/ZnO hybrids. The removal of congo red solution (20 mg L-1) by NiFe2O4/ZnO hybrids was about 94.55% under simulated solar light irradiation for 10 min. rad OH and h+ play important roles in the decolorization of congo red solution by NiFe2O4/ZnO hybrids under simulated solar light irradiation. The decolorization efficiency of congo red solution is 97.23% for the fifth time by NiFe2O4/ZnO hybrids under simulate solar light irradiation, indicating the high photostability and durability. NO3- and Cl- anions which are ubiquitous components in dye-containing wastewater have negligible influence on the effectiveness of NiFe2O4/ZnO hybrids. Moreover, the magnetic NiFe2O4/ZnO hybrids can be easily separated from the reacted solution by an external magnet.

  15. Surface morphology, optical, and electrochromic properties of nanostructured nickel ferrite (NiFe2O4) prepared by sol-gel method: effects of Ni/Fe molar ratios

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    Bazhan, Z.; Ghodsi, F. E.; Mazloom, J.

    2016-05-01

    Nanostructured nickel ferrite (NF) was prepared by the sol-gel method and calcined at 500 °C for 2 h. The effect of Ni/Fe molar ratios (0, 10, 30, 50 %) on structural, morphological, compositional, optical, and magnetic properties of samples was investigated using analytical tools. XRD patterns indicated the presence of hematite phase in the pure and 10 % NF samples. The samples of 30 and 50 % Ni/Fe molar ratios showed the formation of nickel ferrite structure. Using AFM images, power spectrum density analysis were performed for Ni/Fe with different molar ratio. Also the effect of thickness on morphology of 30 % sample was studied. The fractal dimension increases by increasing the Ni/Fe molar ratio. Optical parameters were evaluated by theoretical approach, and compositional dependence of these parameters was discussed comprehensively. Band gap narrowing was observed in nickel ferrite thin films by increasing the nickel contents from 10 to 50 %. Magnetic analysis revealed that increasing nickel content improved the saturation magnetization. Electrochemical measurements indicated that NF thin films have higher total charge density rather than Fe2O3 thin films and the ion storage capacitance of NF thin films increased by increasing the Ni/Fe content.

  16. Influences of intergranular structure on the magnetic properties of directly cast nanocrystalline NdFeCoTiNbBC alloys

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    Zhao, L. Z.; Hong, Y.; Jiao, D. L.; Qiu, Z. G.; Zhou, Q.; Hussain, M.; Liu, Z. W.; Greneche, J. M.; Zhang, G. Q.

    2016-05-01

    The millimeter-sized Nd9.5Fe61.5Co10Ti2.5Nb0.5B16‑x C x (x  =  0–1.25) alloy rods with various compositions were fabricated by direct casting. Nano-sized hard phase Nd2(FeCo)14B, soft phase ɑ-FeCo, and amorphous phase were observed in all alloys. An optimized amount of carbon additions improved the magnetic properties by enhancing the glass forming ability and forming near single domain-sized Nd2(FeCo)14B grains around the rod surface. Various intergranular structures were observed in the alloys with x  =  0.25–1. Micromagnetic simulation using the images obtained from the magnetic force microscope and transition electron microscope indicates that the distribution and magnetism of the intergranular phase have an important influence on the magnetic properties and demagnetization process of the alloys. A uniformly distributed nonmagnetic intergranular amorphous phase may enhance the magnetic properties, but the coercivity decreases when the amorphous phase is magnetic. It is important to modify the structure and distribution of the inter-grain amorphous phase in order to achieve high hard magnetic properties in these alloys.

  17. Non-local detection of spin dynamics via spin rectification effect in yttrium iron garnet/SiO{sub 2}/NiFe trilayers near simultaneous ferromagnetic resonance

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    Soh, Wee Tee Ong, C. K.; Peng, Bin

    2015-08-15

    The spin rectification effect (SRE), a phenomenon that generates dc voltages from ac microwave fields incident onto a conducting ferromagnet, has attracted widespread attention due to its high sensitivity to ferromagnetic resonance (FMR) as well as its relevance to spintronics. Here, we report the non-local detection of yttrium iron garnet (YIG) spin dynamics by measuring SRE voltages from an adjacent conducting NiFe layer up to 200 nm thick. In particular, we detect, within the NiFe layer, SRE voltages stemming from magnetostatic surface spin waves (MSSWs) of the adjacent bulk YIG which are excited by a shorted coaxial probe. These non-local SRE voltages within the NiFe layer that originates from YIG MSSWs are present even in 200 nm-thick NiFe films with a 50 nm thick SiO{sub 2} spacer between NiFe and YIG, thus strongly ruling out the mechanism of spin-pumping induced inverse spin Hall effect in NiFe as the source of these voltages. This long-range influence of YIG dynamics is suggested to be mediated by dynamic fields generated from YIG spin precession near YIG/NiFe interface, which interacts with NiFe spins near the simultaneous resonance of both spins, to generate a non-local SRE voltage within the NiFe layer.

  18. Non-local detection of spin dynamics via spin rectification effect in yttrium iron garnet/SiO2/NiFe trilayers near simultaneous ferromagnetic resonance

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    Soh, Wee Tee; Peng, Bin; Ong, C. K.

    2015-08-01

    The spin rectification effect (SRE), a phenomenon that generates dc voltages from ac microwave fields incident onto a conducting ferromagnet, has attracted widespread attention due to its high sensitivity to ferromagnetic resonance (FMR) as well as its relevance to spintronics. Here, we report the non-local detection of yttrium iron garnet (YIG) spin dynamics by measuring SRE voltages from an adjacent conducting NiFe layer up to 200 nm thick. In particular, we detect, within the NiFe layer, SRE voltages stemming from magnetostatic surface spin waves (MSSWs) of the adjacent bulk YIG which are excited by a shorted coaxial probe. These non-local SRE voltages within the NiFe layer that originates from YIG MSSWs are present even in 200 nm-thick NiFe films with a 50 nm thick SiO2 spacer between NiFe and YIG, thus strongly ruling out the mechanism of spin-pumping induced inverse spin Hall effect in NiFe as the source of these voltages. This long-range influence of YIG dynamics is suggested to be mediated by dynamic fields generated from YIG spin precession near YIG/NiFe interface, which interacts with NiFe spins near the simultaneous resonance of both spins, to generate a non-local SRE voltage within the NiFe layer.

  19. Hierachical Ni@Fe2O3 superparticles through epitaxial growth of γ-Fe2O3 nanorods on in situ formed Ni nanoplates

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    Tahir, Muhammad Nawaz; Herzberger, Jana; Natalio, Filipe; Köhler, Oskar; Branscheid, Robert; Mugnaioli, Enrico; Ksenofontov, Vadim; Panthöfer, Martin; Kolb, Ute; Frey, Holger; Tremel, Wolfgang

    2016-05-01

    One endeavour of nanochemistry is the bottom-up synthesis of functional mesoscale structures from basic building blocks. We report a one-pot wet chemical synthesis of Ni@γ-Fe2O3 superparticles containing Ni cores densely covered with highly oriented γ-Fe2O3 (maghemite) nanorods (NRs) by controlled reduction/decomposition of nickel acetate (Ni(ac)2) and Fe(CO)5. Automated diffraction tomography (ADT) of the Ni-Fe2O3 interface in combination with Mössbauer spectroscopy showed that selective and oriented growth of the γ-Fe2O3 nanorods on the Ni core is facilitated through the formation of a Fe0.05Ni0.95 alloy and the appearance of superstructure features that may reduce strain at the Ni-Fe2O3 interface. The common orientation of the maghemite nanorods on the Ni core of the superparticles leads to a greatly enhanced magnetization. After functionalization with a catechol-functional polyethylene glycol (C-PEG) ligand the Ni@γ-Fe2O3 superparticles were dispersible in water.One endeavour of nanochemistry is the bottom-up synthesis of functional mesoscale structures from basic building blocks. We report a one-pot wet chemical synthesis of Ni@γ-Fe2O3 superparticles containing Ni cores densely covered with highly oriented γ-Fe2O3 (maghemite) nanorods (NRs) by controlled reduction/decomposition of nickel acetate (Ni(ac)2) and Fe(CO)5. Automated diffraction tomography (ADT) of the Ni-Fe2O3 interface in combination with Mössbauer spectroscopy showed that selective and oriented growth of the γ-Fe2O3 nanorods on the Ni core is facilitated through the formation of a Fe0.05Ni0.95 alloy and the appearance of superstructure features that may reduce strain at the Ni-Fe2O3 interface. The common orientation of the maghemite nanorods on the Ni core of the superparticles leads to a greatly enhanced magnetization. After functionalization with a catechol-functional polyethylene glycol (C-PEG) ligand the Ni@γ-Fe2O3 superparticles were dispersible in water. Electronic supplementary

  20. Ni, Fe Co-doped ZnO nanoparticles synthesized by solution combustion method

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    Dhiman, Pooja Chand, Jagdish Verma, S. Sarveena, Singh, M.

    2014-04-24

    This paper outlines the synthesis and characterization of Ni-Fe co-doped ZnO nanoparticles by facile solution combustion method. The structural characterization by XRD confirmed the phase purity of the samples. Surface morphology studied by scanning electron microscope revealed cubic type shape of grains. EDS analysis conformed the elemental composition. Higher value of DC electrical conductivity and less band gap for co-doped ZnO from UV-Vis studies confirmed the change in defect chemistry of ZnO Matrix.

  1. Current-induced three-dimensional domain wall propagation in cylindrical NiFe nanowires

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    Wong, D. W.; Purnama, I.; Lim, G. J.; Gan, W. L.; Murapaka, C.; Lew, W. S.

    2016-04-01

    We report on the magnetization configurations in single NiFe cylindrical nanowires grown by template-assisted electrodeposition. Angular anisotropic magnetoresistance measurements reveal that a three-dimensional helical domain wall is formed naturally upon relaxation from a saturated state. Micromagnetic simulations support the helical domain wall properties and its reversal process, which involves a splitting of the clockwise and anticlockwise vortices. When a pulsed current is applied to the nanowire, the helical domain wall propagation is observed with a minimum current density needed to overcome its intrinsic pinning.

  2. Effect of biquadratic coupling on current induced magnetization switching in Co/Cu/Ni-Fe nanopillar

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    Aravinthan, D.; Sabareesan, P.; Daniel, M.

    2016-05-01

    The effect of biquadratic coupling on spin current induced magnetization switching in a Co/Cu/Ni-Fe nanopillar device is investigated by solving the free layer magnetization switching dynamics governed by the Landau-Lifshitz-Gilbert-Slonczewski (LLGS) equation. The LLGS equation is numerically solved by using Runge-Kutta fourth order procedure for an applied current density of 5 × 1012 Am-2. Presence of biquadratic coupling in the ferromagnetic layers reduces the magnetization switching time of the nanopillar device from 61 ps to 49 ps.

  3. The influence of an MgO nanolayer on the planar Hall effect in NiFe films

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    Li, Minghua; Zhao, Zhiduo; Ma, Lin; Lu, Xiangan; Teng, Jiao; Yu, Guanghua; Yu, Guoqiang; Amiri, Pedram Khalili; Wang, Kang L.; Zhou, Wenping

    2015-03-28

    The Planar Hall Effect (PHE) in NiFe films was studied using MgO as the buffer and capping layer to reduce the shunt effect. The thermal annealing was found to be effective in increasing the sensitivity. The sensitivity of the magnetic field reached as high as 865 V/AT in a MgO (3 nm)/NiFe (5 nm)/MgO(3 nm)/Ta(3 nm) structure after annealing at 500 °C for 2 h, which is close to the sensitivity of semiconductor Hall Effect (HE) sensors. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), X-ray diffraction (XRD) and high-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM) were used to study the sample. The results show that the top crystallization of MgO and NiFe (111) texture were improved by proper annealing. The smooth and clear bottom MgO/NiFe and top NiFe/MgO interface is evident from our data. In addition, the shunt current of Ta was decreased. These combined factors facilitate the improvement of the sensitivity of the magnetic field.

  4. The huge influence of nanograins on the magnetic properties of iron-based Fe Cu Nb B nanocrystalline alloys

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    Bremers, H.; Hupe, O.; Hofmeister, C. E.; Michele, O.; Hesse, J.

    2005-06-01

    In 1995 Skorvanek and O'Handley presented the first experimental evidence for a huge influence of nanograins on the magnetization of a nanostructured alloy. In this contribution experiments are described, performed on as-cast amorphous and nanostructured Fe79Cu1Nb7B13 alloys. In order to get nanostructured samples with different nanograin contents the samples were annealed at different properly chosen temperatures in vacuum. This led to the formation of nanograins embedded in a residual amorphous matrix. These nanograins consist of pure bcc Fe of about 5-6 nm in diameter. Their content can be enhanced without markedly changing their size when annealing at slightly higher temperatures. So an alloy series with the same nominal composition but different nanograin contents and residual amorphous matrices, i.e. a series of nanostructured alloys, was obtained. Our aim was to study the influence of increasing nanograin concentration on the magnetic properties of the coupled system amorphous matrix plus nanograins. We describe magnetization measurements over a wide temperature range, below and above the Curie temperature of the initial amorphous matrix. In a next step these measurements are evaluated in a molecular field approach assuming two different coupled ferromagnetic systems assigned to the amorphous matrix and the nanograins.

  5. Copper-nickel superalloys as inert alloy anodes for aluminum electrolysis

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    Shi, Zhongning; Xu, Junli; Qiu, Zhuxian; Wang, Zhaowen; Gao, Bingliang

    2003-11-01

    The superalloys Cu-Ni-Al, Cu-Ni-Fe, and Cu-Ni-Cr were studied as anodes for aluminum electrolysis. The alloys were tested for corrosion in acidic electrolyte molten salt and for oxidation in both air and oxygen. The results showed that the Cu-Ni-Al anodes possess excellent resistance to oxidation and corrosion, and the oxidation rates of Cu-Ni-Fe and Cu-Ni-Al anodes were slower than those of pure copper or nickel. During electrolysis, the cell voltage of the Cu-Ni-Al anode was affected most by the concentration of alumina in cryolite molten salt. The Cu-Ni-Fe anode exhibited corrosion resistance in electrolyte molten salt. Comparatively, the Cu-Ni-Cr anode showed poor resistance to oxidation and corrosion. The testing found that further study is warranted on the use of Cu-Ni-Al and Cu-Ni-Fe as inert alloy anodes.

  6. The effect of solution pH on the electrochemical performance of nanocrystalline metal ferrites MFe2O4 (M=Cu, Zn, and Ni) thin films

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    Elsayed, E. M.; Rashad, M. M.; Khalil, H. F. Y.; Ibrahim, I. A.; Hussein, M. R.; El-Sabbah, M. M. B.

    2016-04-01

    Nanocrystalline metal ferrite MFe2O4 (M=Cu, Zn, and Ni) thin films have been synthesized via electrodeposition-anodization process. Electrodeposited (M)Fe2 alloys were obtained from aqueous sulfate bath. The formed alloys were electrochemically oxidized (anodized) in aqueous (1 M KOH) solution, at room temperature, to the corresponding hydroxides. The parameters controlling the current efficiency of the electrodeposition of (M)Fe2 alloys such as the bath composition and the current density were studied and optimized. The anodized (M)Fe2 alloy films were annealed in air at 400 °C for 2 h. The results revealed the formation of three ferrite thin films were formed. The crystallite sizes of the produced films were in the range between 45 and 60 nm. The microstructure of the formed film was ferrite type dependent. The corrosion behavior of ferrite thin films in different pH solutions was investigated using open circuit potential (OCP) and potentiodynamic polarization measurements. The open circuit potential indicates that the initial potential E im of ZnFe2O4 thin films remained constant for a short time, then sharply increased in the less negative direction in acidic and alkaline medium compared with Ni and Cu ferrite films. The values of the corrosion current density I corr were higher for the ZnFe2O4 films at pH values of 1 and 12 compared with that of NiFe2O4 and CuFe2O4 which were higher only at pH value 1. The corrosion rate was very low for the three ferrite films when immersion in the neutral medium. The surface morphology recommended that Ni and Cu ferrite films were safely used in neutral and alkaline medium, whereas Zn ferrite film was only used in neutral atmospheres.

  7. Self-assembled NiFe2O4/carbon nanotubes sponge for enhanced glucose biosensing application

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    Li, Yingchun; Zhao, Minggang; Chen, Jing; Fan, Sisi; Liang, Jingjing; Ding, Longjiang; Chen, Shougang

    2016-01-01

    In this work, self-assembled NiFe2O4/carbon nanotubes (CNTs) sponge was prepared by ice-templating method. The device synergized the advantageous features of both the 3D porous nanostructure and the catalytic properties of CNTs with GOx and NiFe2O4 nanoparticles. The porous network construction of the NiFe2O4/CNTs sheets offered enlarged specific surface for GOx immobilization and opened channels for facilitating the electrons transport and reactants diffusion. With the help of the abnormal-valence elements Ni and Fe, double catalysis has happened and the enhanced glucose biosensing performance has been achieved. The fabricated glucose biosensor exhibited two large linear ranges (0-3.0 and 3.2-12.4 mM) and distinct sensitivities (84.1 and 24.6 μA mM-1 cm-2).

  8. Studies of Gilbert magnetization damping in NiFe/organometallic trihalide perovskite bilayers investigated by broadband ferromagnetic resonance

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    Groesbeck, Matthew; Sun, Dali; McLaughlin, Ryan; Zhang, Chuang; Liu, Haoliang; Vardeny, Zeev Valy

    Organo-metallic trihalide perovskites (OTP) have recently been suggested as promising candidates for spintronics applications, motivated by the presence of strong spin-orbit coupling, and recent studies of spin dynamics in CH3NH3PbI3. To help elucidate the spin transport properties in these materials, we have studied the Gilbert magnetization damping parameter in NiFe ferromagnetic films related to spin-pumping into adjacent OTP layers under ferromagnetic resonance (FMR) excitation conditions, using a broadband FMR detection system. We found an increase of the damping parameter associated with spin-pumping into the OTP. The obtained thickness-dependent results are compared to those of NiFe/Cu and NiFe/Pt bilayer structures, where spin transport characteristics are well-known. Research sponsored by the DOE, Office of Science, Grant DE-SC0014579.

  9. Microstructure performance and formation mechanism of laser alloying rare earth oxides modified nanocrystalline layer on TA7

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    Ma, Qingyu; Gao, Xun; Li, Jianquan

    2016-03-01

    Nanoscale particles (NP) were observed in a Ni60-Ag-Si3N4-Y2O3 laser alloying (LA) layer on a TA7 titanium alloy, NP usually locate on the grain boundaries, which are able to block the motion of dislocation in a certain extent. Such layer mainly consisted of γ-Ni, TiN, γ-(Fe, Ni), TiAg and lots of amorphous phases. The wear resistance of such layer with laser scanning speed 3 mm/s was better than that of a LA layer with 6 mm/s, which was mainly ascribed to an uniform microstructure and less defect of layer. The high laser scanning speed made the existing time of laser molten pool be shorter than before, favoring the formation of a fine microstructure. However, the defects, such as pores were produced in LA layer (higher scanning speed), decreasing the wear resistance.

  10. Performance of a prototype power transformer constructed by nanocrystalline Fe-Co-Si-B-P-Cu soft magnetic alloys

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    Takenaka, Kana; Nishiyama, Nobuyuki; Setyawan, Albertus D.; Sharma, Parmanand; Makino, Akihiro

    2015-05-01

    To clarify the feasibility and performance of Fe81.2Co4Si0.5B9.5P4Cu0.8 alloy (with trade name NANOMET®) for electrical power applications, a prototype transformer was constructed. After surface treatment, as-quenched ribbons with a constant width of 50 mm and a thickness of ˜30 μm were wound into a toroidal shape. Nanocrystallization of toroidal core was performed by immersing it in a salt at 673 K for 180 s. The transformer constructed in the present work exhibit low core loss similar to the transformer constructed by a commercial Fe-based amorphous alloy. In spite of issues related to the annealing/nano-crystallization of the core, the feasibility for commercialization of NANOMET in power transformer applications can be confirmed. We believe the potential of NANOMET as core material for next generation of power transformer seems to be huge.

  11. Hydride bridge in [NiFe]-hydrogenase observed by nuclear resonance vibrational spectroscopy.

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    Ogata, Hideaki; Krämer, Tobias; Wang, Hongxin; Schilter, David; Pelmenschikov, Vladimir; van Gastel, Maurice; Neese, Frank; Rauchfuss, Thomas B; Gee, Leland B; Scott, Aubrey D; Yoda, Yoshitaka; Tanaka, Yoshihito; Lubitz, Wolfgang; Cramer, Stephen P

    2015-01-01

    The metabolism of many anaerobes relies on [NiFe]-hydrogenases, whose characterization when bound to substrates has proven non-trivial. Presented here is direct evidence for a hydride bridge in the active site of the (57)Fe-labelled fully reduced Ni-R form of Desulfovibrio vulgaris Miyazaki F [NiFe]-hydrogenase. A unique 'wagging' mode involving H(-) motion perpendicular to the Ni(μ-H)(57)Fe plane was studied using (57)Fe-specific nuclear resonance vibrational spectroscopy and density functional theory (DFT) calculations. On Ni(μ-D)(57)Fe deuteride substitution, this wagging causes a characteristic perturbation of Fe-CO/CN bands. Spectra have been interpreted by comparison with Ni(μ-H/D)(57)Fe enzyme mimics [(dppe)Ni(μ-pdt)(μ-H/D)(57)Fe(CO)3](+) and DFT calculations, which collectively indicate a low-spin Ni(II)(μ-H)Fe(II) core for Ni-R, with H(-) binding Ni more tightly than Fe. The present methodology is also relevant to characterizing Fe-H moieties in other important natural and synthetic catalysts. PMID:26259066

  12. Hydride bridge in [NiFe]-hydrogenase observed by nuclear resonance vibrational spectroscopy

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    Ogata, Hideaki; Krämer, Tobias; Wang, Hongxin; Schilter, David; Pelmenschikov, Vladimir; van Gastel, Maurice; Neese, Frank; Rauchfuss, Thomas B.; Gee, Leland B.; Scott, Aubrey D.; Yoda, Yoshitaka; Tanaka, Yoshihito; Lubitz, Wolfgang; Cramer, Stephen P.

    2015-08-01

    The metabolism of many anaerobes relies on [NiFe]-hydrogenases, whose characterization when bound to substrates has proven non-trivial. Presented here is direct evidence for a hydride bridge in the active site of the 57Fe-labelled fully reduced Ni-R form of Desulfovibrio vulgaris Miyazaki F [NiFe]-hydrogenase. A unique `wagging' mode involving H- motion perpendicular to the Ni(μ-H)57Fe plane was studied using 57Fe-specific nuclear resonance vibrational spectroscopy and density functional theory (DFT) calculations. On Ni(μ-D)57Fe deuteride substitution, this wagging causes a characteristic perturbation of Fe-CO/CN bands. Spectra have been interpreted by comparison with Ni(μ-H/D)57Fe enzyme mimics [(dppe)Ni(μ-pdt)(μ-H/D)57Fe(CO)3]+ and DFT calculations, which collectively indicate a low-spin Ni(II)(μ-H)Fe(II) core for Ni-R, with H- binding Ni more tightly than Fe. The present methodology is also relevant to characterizing Fe-H moieties in other important natural and synthetic catalysts.

  13. Hydride bridge in [NiFe]-hydrogenase observed by nuclear resonance vibrational spectroscopy

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    Ogata, Hideaki; Krämer, Tobias; Wang, Hongxin; Schilter, David; Pelmenschikov, Vladimir; van Gastel, Maurice; Neese, Frank; Rauchfuss, Thomas B.; Gee, Leland B.; Scott, Aubrey D.; Yoda, Yoshitaka; Lubitz, Wolfgang; Cramer, Stephen P.

    2015-08-10

    The metabolism of many anaerobes relies on [NiFe]-hydrogenases, whose characterization when bound to substrates has proven non-trivial. Presented here is direct evidence for a hydride bridge in the active site of the 57Fe-labelled fully reduced Ni-R form of Desulfovibrio vulgaris Miyazaki F [NiFe]-hydrogenase. A unique ‘wagging’ mode involving H- motion perpendicular to the Ni(μ-H)57Fe plane was studied using 57Fe-specific nuclear resonance vibrational spectroscopy and density functional theory (DFT) calculations. On Ni(μ-D)57Fe deuteride substitution, this wagging causes a characteristic perturbation of Fe–CO/CN bands. Spectra have been interpreted by comparison with Ni(μ-H/D)57Fe enzyme mimics [(dppe)Ni(μ-pdt)(μ-H/D)57Fe(CO)3]+ and DFT calculations, which collectively indicate a low-spin Ni(II)(μ-H)Fe(II) core for Ni-R, with H- binding Ni more tightly than Fe. Lastly, the present methodology is also relevant to characterizing Fe–H moieties in other important natural and synthetic catalysts.

  14. Influence of local anisotropic magnetoresistance on the total magnetoresistance of mesoscopic NiFe rings

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    Buntinx, Dieter; Volodin, Alexander; van Haesendonck, Chris

    2004-12-01

    The magnetoresistance of mesoscopic NiFe rings is studied by low temperature magnetotransport measurements and numerical simulations. In order not to disturb the magnetic states in the electrical transport measurements, nonmagnetic gold wires are attached to individual rings. The simulations compute the change in resistance that is caused by the anisotropic magnetoresistance (AMR) effect and are based on a combination of magnetostatics for the magnetic domain configuration and electrostatics for the current distribution. Measurements as well as simulations reveal the presence of two stable “onion” states at remanence and a stable “vortex” state near the switching fields. Moreover, a quantitative comparison between experiment and simulation is possible without the use of any free fitting parameters. Apart from the AMR effect, no additional domain wall resistance has to be introduced for the onion state. In the switching region, experiment and simulation reveal the presence of a “stressed vortex” configuration which plays a key role in the quantitative description of the magnetoresistance. The switching behavior of the NiFe rings can be modified by introducing a wedge shaped notch at the expected position of one of the domain walls in the onion state of the rings.

  15. Supersolar Ni/Fe production in the Type IIP SN 2012ec

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    Jerkstrand, A.; Smartt, S. J.; Sollerman, J.; Inserra, C.; Fraser, M.; Spyromilio, J.; Fransson, C.; Chen, T.-W.; Barbarino, C.; Dall'Ora, M.; Botticella, M. T.; Della Valle, M.; Gal-Yam, A.; Valenti, S.; Maguire, K.; Mazzali, P.; Tomasella, L.

    2015-04-01

    SN 2012ec is a Type IIP supernova (SN) with a progenitor detection and comprehensive photospheric phase observational coverage. Here, we present Very Large Telescope and Public ESO Spectroscopic Survey of Transient Objects observations of this SN in the nebular phase. We model the nebular [O I] λλ6300, 6364 lines and find their strength to suggest a progenitor main-sequence mass of 13-15 M⊙. SN 2012ec is unique among hydrogen-rich SNe in showing a distinct line of stable nickel [Ni II] λ7378. This line is produced by 58Ni, a nuclear burning ash whose abundance is a sensitive tracer of explosive burning conditions. Using spectral synthesis modelling, we use the relative strengths of [Ni II] λ7378 and [Fe II] λ7155 (the progenitor of which is 56Ni) to derive a Ni/Fe production ratio of 0.20 ± 0.07 (by mass), which is a factor 3.4 ± 1.2 times the solar value. High production of stable nickel is confirmed by a strong [Ni II] 1.939 μm line. This is the third reported case of a core-collapse SN producing a Ni/Fe ratio far above the solar value, which has implications for core-collapse explosion theory and galactic chemical evolution models.

  16. How oxygen reacts with oxygen-tolerant respiratory [NiFe]-hydrogenases.

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    Wulff, Philip; Day, Christopher C; Sargent, Frank; Armstrong, Fraser A

    2014-05-01

    An oxygen-tolerant respiratory [NiFe]-hydrogenase is proven to be a four-electron hydrogen/oxygen oxidoreductase, catalyzing the reaction 2 H2 + O2 = 2 H2O, equivalent to hydrogen combustion, over a sustained period without inactivating. At least 86% of the H2O produced by Escherichia coli hydrogenase-1 exposed to a mixture of 90% H2 and 10% O2 is accounted for by a direct four-electron pathway, whereas up to 14% arises from slower side reactions proceeding via superoxide and hydrogen peroxide. The direct pathway is assigned to O2 reduction at the [NiFe] active site, whereas the side reactions are an unavoidable consequence of the presence of low-potential relay centers that release electrons derived from H2 oxidation. The oxidase activity is too slow to be useful in removing O2 from the bacterial periplasm; instead, the four-electron reduction of molecular oxygen to harmless water ensures that the active site survives to catalyze sustained hydrogen oxidation. PMID:24715724

  17. Hydride bridge in [NiFe]-hydrogenase observed by nuclear resonance vibrational spectroscopy

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    Ogata, Hideaki; Krämer, Tobias; Wang, Hongxin; Schilter, David; Pelmenschikov, Vladimir; van Gastel, Maurice; Neese, Frank; Rauchfuss, Thomas B.; Gee, Leland B.; Scott, Aubrey D.; et al

    2015-08-10

    The metabolism of many anaerobes relies on [NiFe]-hydrogenases, whose characterization when bound to substrates has proven non-trivial. Presented here is direct evidence for a hydride bridge in the active site of the 57Fe-labelled fully reduced Ni-R form of Desulfovibrio vulgaris Miyazaki F [NiFe]-hydrogenase. A unique ‘wagging’ mode involving H- motion perpendicular to the Ni(μ-H)57Fe plane was studied using 57Fe-specific nuclear resonance vibrational spectroscopy and density functional theory (DFT) calculations. On Ni(μ-D)57Fe deuteride substitution, this wagging causes a characteristic perturbation of Fe–CO/CN bands. Spectra have been interpreted by comparison with Ni(μ-H/D)57Fe enzyme mimics [(dppe)Ni(μ-pdt)(μ-H/D)57Fe(CO)3]+ and DFT calculations, which collectively indicate amore » low-spin Ni(II)(μ-H)Fe(II) core for Ni-R, with H- binding Ni more tightly than Fe. Lastly, the present methodology is also relevant to characterizing Fe–H moieties in other important natural and synthetic catalysts.« less

  18. How the oxygen tolerance of a [NiFe]-hydrogenase depends on quaternary structure.

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    Wulff, Philip; Thomas, Claudia; Sargent, Frank; Armstrong, Fraser A

    2016-03-01

    'Oxygen-tolerant' [NiFe]-hydrogenases can catalyze H2 oxidation under aerobic conditions, avoiding oxygenation and destruction of the active site. In one mechanism accounting for this special property, membrane-bound [NiFe]-hydrogenases accommodate a pool of electrons that allows an O2 molecule attacking the active site to be converted rapidly to harmless water. An important advantage may stem from having a dimeric or higher-order quaternary structure in which the electron-transfer relay chain of one partner is electronically coupled to that in the other. Hydrogenase-1 from E. coli has a dimeric structure in which the distal [4Fe-4S] clusters in each monomer are located approximately 12 Å apart, a distance conducive to fast electron tunneling. Such an arrangement can ensure that electrons from H2 oxidation released at the active site of one partner are immediately transferred to its counterpart when an O2 molecule attacks. This paper addresses the role of long-range, inter-domain electron transfer in the mechanism of O2-tolerance by comparing the properties of monomeric and dimeric forms of Hydrogenase-1. The results reveal a further interesting advantage that quaternary structure affords to proteins. PMID:26861789

  19. Hydride bridge in [NiFe]-hydrogenase observed by nuclear resonance vibrational spectroscopy

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    Ogata, Hideaki; Krämer, Tobias; Wang, Hongxin; Schilter, David; Pelmenschikov, Vladimir; van Gastel, Maurice; Neese, Frank; Rauchfuss, Thomas B.; Gee, Leland B.; Scott, Aubrey D.; Yoda, Yoshitaka; Tanaka, Yoshihito; Lubitz, Wolfgang; Cramer, Stephen P.

    2015-01-01

    The metabolism of many anaerobes relies on [NiFe]-hydrogenases, whose characterization when bound to substrates has proven non-trivial. Presented here is direct evidence for a hydride bridge in the active site of the 57Fe-labelled fully reduced Ni-R form of Desulfovibrio vulgaris Miyazaki F [NiFe]-hydrogenase. A unique ‘wagging' mode involving H− motion perpendicular to the Ni(μ-H)57Fe plane was studied using 57Fe-specific nuclear resonance vibrational spectroscopy and density functional theory (DFT) calculations. On Ni(μ-D)57Fe deuteride substitution, this wagging causes a characteristic perturbation of Fe–CO/CN bands. Spectra have been interpreted by comparison with Ni(μ-H/D)57Fe enzyme mimics [(dppe)Ni(μ-pdt)(μ-H/D)57Fe(CO)3]+ and DFT calculations, which collectively indicate a low-spin Ni(II)(μ-H)Fe(II) core for Ni-R, with H− binding Ni more tightly than Fe. The present methodology is also relevant to characterizing Fe–H moieties in other important natural and synthetic catalysts. PMID:26259066

  20. Atomically thin layered NiFe double hydroxides assembled 3D microspheres with promoted electrochemical performances

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    Li, Xiaomin; Zai, Jiantao; Liu, Yuanyuan; He, Xiaobo; Xiang, Shijie; Ma, Zifeng; Qian, Xuefeng

    2016-09-01

    LDHs in atomic thickness (mono-/bi-layers) usually exhibit novel physicochemical properties, especially in surface-dependent energy storage and catalysis areas. However, the thickness of the commonly reported 2D LDHs is in nanoscale and the bottom-up synthesis of atomically thin LDHs is rarely reported. Herein, high-quality atomically thin layered NiFe-LDHs assembled 3D microspheres were synthesized via a rational designed reaction system, where the formation of atomically thin building blocks was controlled by the synergetic effects of released carbonate anions and butanol. Furthermore, the complexant and solvents played important effects on the process of coprecipitation and the assembling of LDHs. Due to the nature of atomically thin LDHs nanosheets and unique 3D hierarchical structures, the obtained microspheres exhibited excellent electrocatalytic oxygen evolution reaction (OER) activity in alkaline medium with an onset overpotential (0.435 V, which is lower than that of common LDHs) and good durability. The as-prepared 3D NiFe-LDHs microspheres were also firstly used as supercapacitor materials and displayed a high specific capacitance of 1061 F g-1 at the current density of 1 A g-1.

  1. Synthesis, studies and growth mechanism of ferromagnetic NiFe2O4 nanosheet

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    Sivakumar, P.; Ramesh, R.; Ramanand, A.; Ponnusamy, S.; Muthamizhchelvan, C.

    2012-06-01

    Nickel ferrite (NiFe2O4) nanoparticles were prepared by a simple and cost-effective method using nickel nitrate, ferric nitrate, ethylene glycol and citric acid via polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP) assisted sol-gel auto-combustion method. The structure, composition, morphology and magnetic properties of the gel precursor were characterised XRD confirmed the formation of single phase NiFe2O4 with space group Fd3 m and inverse spinel structure and the crystallite size was found to be 29 nm. The FT-IR showed absorption bands, which were assigned to the vibration of tetrahedral and octahedral complexes. The thermal decomposition of the gel precursors was investigated by TGA. HR-SEM and TEM images showed sheet-like nanostructure. The magnetic properties of these nanosheets were studied for the enlightening ferromagnetic behaviour at room temperature. The magnetic saturation (Ms = 41.70 emu g-1), remanent magnetisation (Mr = 7.57 emu g-1) and coercive force (Hc = 162.47 Oe), were determined.

  2. Magnetic and Dielectric Property Studies in Fe- and NiFe-Based Polymer Nanocomposites

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    Sharma, Himani; Jain, Shubham; Raj, Pulugurtha Markondeya; Murali, K. P.; Tummala, Rao

    2015-10-01

    Metal-polymer composites were investigated for their microwave properties in the frequency range of 30-1000 MHz to assess their application as inductor cores and electromagnetic isolation shield structures. NiFe and Fe nanoparticles were dispersed in epoxy as nanocomposites, in different volume fractions. The permittivity, permeability, and loss tangents of the composites were measured with an impedance analyzer and correlated with the magnetic properties of the particle such as saturation magnetization and field anisotropy. Fe-epoxy showed lower magnetic permeability but improved frequency stability, compared to the NiFe-epoxy composites of the same volume loading. This is attributed to the differences in nanoparticle's structure such as effective metal core size and particle-porosity distribution in the polymer matrix. The dielectric properties of the nanocomposites were also characterized from 30 MHz to 1000 MHz. The instabilities in the dielectric constant and loss tangent were related to the interfacial polarization relaxation of the particles and the dielectric relaxation of the surface oxides.

  3. Dependence of the interlayer coupling on anneal temperature in Ni-Fe/Cu evaporated multilayers

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    Borchers, J. A.; Gehring, P. M.; Majkrzak, C. F.; Zeltser, A. M.; Smith, N.; Ankner, J. F.

    1997-04-01

    Resistivity and magnetization studies of [Ni83Fe17(27 Å)|Cu(37 Å)]10 multilayers, grown by electron-beam evaporation, reveal that the magnetoresistance (ΔR/R) increases from <0.3% to 4.4% following a heat treatment at 325 °C. Polarized neutron reflectivity measurements on annealed samples show that the interlayer coupling changes from ferromagnetic to antiferromagnetic, confirming the conclusions of the bulk studies. Data for the 300 and 325 °C annealed samples in small fields show a magnetic peak at half-order that is absent for the as-deposited and 275 °C annealed multilayers. Some of the Ni-Fe spins in the annealed multilayers are thus ordered in large (>100 μm) in-plane domains aligned antiparallel across the Cu layers. An increase in the magnetic scattering at low angles indicates that some of the remaining Ni-Fe moments are randomly oriented from one layer to the next.

  4. Synthesis and magnetic properties of NiFe2-xSmxO4 nanopowder

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    Hassanzadeh-Tabrizi, S. A.; Behbahanian, Shahrzad; Amighian, Jamshid

    2016-07-01

    NiFe2-xSmxO4 (x=0.00, 0.05, 0.10 and 0.15) nanopowders were synthesized via a sol-gel combustion route. The structural studies were carried out by X-ray diffractometer, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, scanning electron microscopy and transmission electron microscopy. The XRD results confirmed the formation of single-phase spinel cubic structure. The crystallite size decreased with an increase of samarium ion concentration, while lattice parameter and lattice strain increased with samarium substitution. TEM micrographs showed that agglomerated nanoparticles with particle sizes ranging from 35 to 90 nm were obtained. The magnetic studies were carried out using vibrating sample magnetometer. Magnetic measurements revealed that the saturation magnetization (Ms) of NiFe2-xSmxO4 nanoparticles decreases with increasing Sm3+substitution. The reduction of saturation magnetization is attributed to the dilution of the magnetic interaction. The coercivity (Hc) of samples increases by adding samarium.

  5. Characterization of atomic-level structure in Fe-based amorphous and nanocrystalline alloy by experimental and modeling methods

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    Babilas, Rafał

    2015-09-15

    The atomic structure of Fe{sub 70}Nb{sub 10}B{sub 20} alloy in “as-cast” state and after annealing was investigated using high-energy X-ray diffraction (XRD), Mössbauer spectroscopy (MS) and high resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM). The HRTEM observations allowed to indicate some medium-range order (MRO) regions about 2 nm in size and formation of some kinds of short-range order (SRO) structures represented by atomic clusters with diameter ca. 0.5 nm. The Reverse Monte Carlo (RMC) method basing on the results of XRD measurements was used in modeling the atomic structure of Fe-based alloy. The structural model was described by peak values of partial pair correlation functions and coordination numbers determined by Mössbauer spectroscopy investigations. The three-dimensional configuration box of atoms was obtained from the RMC simulation and the representative Fe-centered clusters were taken from the calculated structure. According to the Gonser et al. approach, the measured spectra of alloy studied were decomposed into 5 subspectra representing average Fe–Fe coordination numbers. Basing on the results of disaccommodation of magnetic permeability, which is sensitive to the short order of the random packing of atoms, it was stated that an occurrence of free volume is not detected after nanocrystallization process. - Highlights: • Atomic cluster model of amorphous structure was proposed for studied glassy alloy. • Short range order (ca. 0.5 nm) regions interpreted as clusters were identified by HREM. • Clusters correspond to coordination numbers (N = 4,6,8,9) calculated by using Gonser approach. • Medium-range order (ca. 2 nm) could be referred to few atomic clusters. • SRO regions are able to grow up as nuclei of crystalline bcc Fe and iron borides. • Crystalline particles have spherical morphology with an average diameter of 20 nm.

  6. Synthesis and Photophysical Study of a [NiFe] Hydrogenase Biomimetic Compound Covalently Linked to a Re-diimine Photosensitizer

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    2015-01-01

    The synthesis, photophysics, and photochemistry of a linked dyad ([Re]-[NiFe2]) containing an analogue ([NiFe2]) of the active site of [NiFe] hydrogenase, covalently bound to a Re-diimine photosensitizer ([Re]), are described. Following excitation, the mechanisms of electron transfer involving the [Re] and [NiFe2] centers and the resulting decomposition were investigated. Excitation of the [Re] center results in the population of a diimine-based metal-to-ligand charge transfer excited state. Reductive quenching by NEt3 produces the radically reduced form of [Re], [Re]− (kq = 1.4 ± 0.1 × 107 M–1 s–1). Once formed, [Re]− reduces the [NiFe2] center to [NiFe2]−, and this reduction was followed using time-resolved infrared spectroscopy. The concentration dependence of the electron transfer rate constants suggests that both inter- and intramolecular electron transfer pathways are involved, and the rate constants for these processes have been estimated (kinter = 5.9 ± 0.7 × 108 M–1 s–1, kintra = 1.5 ± 0.1 × 105 s–1). For the analogous bimolecular system, only intermolecular electron transfer could be observed (kinter = 3.8 ± 0.5 × 109 M–1 s–1). Fourier transform infrared spectroscopic studies confirms that decomposition of the dyad occurs upon prolonged photolysis, and this appears to be a major factor for the low activity of the system toward H2 production in acidic conditions. PMID:26605700

  7. Intermolecular bonding of metals or alloys by thermochemical decomposition

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    Wilson, R.

    1970-01-01

    Various metals and alloys are bonded at temperatures below their recrystallization temperature with a Ni-Fe-C alloy grown by thermochemical vapor deposition from organometallic plating compounds. Process time is short, the joints are strong, and microthrowing power is good.

  8. Influence of metallurgical parameters on the electrochemical behavior of electrodeposited Ni and Ni-W nanocrystalline alloys

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    Shakibi Nia, N.; Creus, J.; Feaugas, X.; Savall, C.

    2016-05-01

    The electrochemical behavior of electrodeposited nickel and Ni-W nanostructured alloys is discussed by studying the polarization curves in acidic medium. As tungsten content varies, several metallurgical parameters that can influence the electrochemical behavior are also modified, namely grain size, nature of grain boundaries, crystallographic texture and light element contamination. Comparing the behavior of Ni-W coatings with that of pure nickel and annealed coatings highlights that tungsten incorporation enhances anodic dissolution and has a detrimental influence on passive film, whereas grain size and grain boundary character behave as second-order parameters.

  9. Effects of Ni content on nanocrystalline Fe-Co-Ni ternary alloys synthesized by a chemical reduction method

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    Chokprasombat, Komkrich; Pinitsoontorn, Supree; Maensiri, Santi

    2016-05-01

    Magnetic properties of Fe-Co-Ni ternary alloys could be altered by changing of the particle size, elemental compositions, and crystalline structures. In this work, Fe50Co50-xNix nanoparticles (x=10, 20, 40, and 50) were prepared by the novel chemical reduction process. Hydrazine monohydrate was used as a reducing agent under the concentrated basic condition with the presence of poly(vinylpyrrolidone). We found that the nanoparticles were composed of Fe, Co and Ni with compositions according to the molar ratio of the metal sources. Interestingly, the particles were well-crystalline at the as-prepared state without post-annealing at high temperature. Increasing Ni content resulted in phase transformation from body centered cubic (bcc) to face centered cubic (fcc). For the fcc phase, the average particle size decreased when increased the Ni content; the Fe50Ni50 nanoparticles had the smallest average size with the narrowest size distribution. In additions, the particles exhibited ferromagnetic properties at room temperature with the coercivities higher than 300 Oe, and the saturation magnetiation decreased with increasing Ni content. These results suggest that the structural and magnetic properties of Fe-Co-Ni alloys could be adjusted by varying the Ni content.

  10. Development and structural characterization of exchange-spring-like nanomagnets in (Fe,Co)-Pt bulk nanocrystalline alloys

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    Crisan, O.; Crisan, A. D.; Mercioniu, I.; Nicula, R.; Vasiliu, F.

    2016-03-01

    FePt-based alloys are currently under scrutiny for their possible use as materials for perpendicular magnetic recording. Another possible application is in the field of permanent magnets without rare-earths, magnets that may operate at higher temperatures than the classic Nd-Fe-B magnets. Within this study, FeCoPt alloys prepared by rapid solidification from the melt are structurally and magnetically characterized. In the as-cast FeCoPt ribbons, a three-phase structure comprising well-ordered CoFePt and CoPt L10 phases embedded in a disordered fcc FePt matrix was evidenced by XRD, HREM and SAED. Extended transmission electron microscopy analysis demonstrates the incipient formation of ordered L10 phases. X-ray diffraction was used to characterize the phase structure and to obtain the structural parameters of interest for L10 ordering. In the as-cast state, the co-existence of hard magnetic CoFePt and CoPt L10 tetragonal phases with the soft fcc FePt phase is obtained within a refined microstructure made of alternatively disposed grains (grain sizes from 1 to 7 nm). Following a thermal treatment of 1 h at 670 °C, the soft magnetic fcc matrix phase transforms to tetragonal L10 phases (disorder-order transition). The resulting CoPt and CoFePt L10 phases have grains of around 5-20 nm in size. In the as-cast state, magnetic measurements show a quite large remanence (0.75 T), close to the value of the parent L10 FePt phase. Coercive fields of about 200 kA/m at 5 K were obtained, comparable with those reported for some FePt-based bulk alloys. Upon annealing both remanence and coercivity are increased and values of up to 254 kA/m at 300 K are obtained. The polycrystalline structure of the annealed FeCoPt samples, as well as the formation of multiple c-axis domains in different CoPt and CoFePt regions (which leads to a reduction of the magneto-crystalline anisotropy) may account for the observed coercive fields that are lower than in the case of very thin FeCoPt films. A

  11. Comparison of microwave absorption properties of SrFe12O19, SrFe12O19/NiFe2O4, and NiFe2O4 particles

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    Mehdipour, M.; Shokrollahi, H.

    2013-07-01

    In this study, ferrimagnetic (SrFe12O19, SrFe12O19/NiFe2O4, and NiFe2O4) nanostructure particles were synthesized by the co-precipitation of chloride salts using the sodium hydroxide solution. The resulting precursors were heat-treated at 1100 °C for 4 h. After cooling in the furnace, the ferrite powders were pressed at 10 bars and then sintered at 1200 °C for 4 h. The saturation magnetization was increased and the coercivity was decreased by sintering (because of morphology changing) and alternating of the ferrite kind. For example, at SrFe12O19, the saturation magnetization was increased from 291 G to 300 G and the coercivity was decreased from 2.8 kOe to 1.8 kOe by sintering. The microwave absorption properties of the nanostructure particles were studied by ferromagnetic resonance and transmit-line theories, as well as Reflection Loss plots. Before sintering, the RL spectra of SrFe12O19 and the composite were below -3 dB, but they reached -6 dB at 11.1 GHz for NiFe2O4. The RL spectra of the samples were increased by sintering due to reduction of porosity and damping factor. The maximum microwave absorption reached -35 dB (at resonance frequency) for the NiFe2O4 state.

  12. Hierarchical SrTiO3/NiFe2O4 composite nanostructures with excellent light response and magnetic performance synthesized toward enhanced photocatalytic activity.

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    Jing, Panpan; Du, JinLu; Wang, Jianbo; Lan, Wei; Pan, Lining; Li, Jianan; Wei, Jinwu; Cao, Derang; Zhang, Xinlei; Zhao, Chenbo; Liu, Qingfang

    2015-09-21

    Being capable of gathering advanced optical, electrical and magnetic properties originating from different components, multifunctional composite nanomaterials have been of concern increasingly. Herein, we have successfully demonstrated the preparation of SrTiO3/NiFe2O4 porous nanotubes (PNTs) and SrTiO3/NiFe2O4 particle-in-tubes (PITs) via a single-spinneret electrospinning and a side-by-side-spinneret electrospinning, respectively. The products were characterized by using scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction, UV-visible diffuse reflectance spectra and a vibrating sample magnetometer in detail. The results indicate that SrTiO3/NiFe2O4 PNTs are the heterojunction nanotubes by connecting perovskite SrTiO3 and spinel NiFe2O4 nanoparticles, but SrTiO3/NiFe2O4 PITs are the self-assembled core/shell structures by embedding SrTiO3 nanoparticles into NiFe2O4 nanotubes. Compared with pure SrTiO3 nanofibers, the two SrTiO3/NiFe2O4 composites exhibit a powerful light response and excellent room temperature ferromagnetism. The magnetic separations directly reveal that such amazing recycling efficiencies of about 95% for SrTiO3/NiFe2O4 PNTs and about 99.5% for SrTiO3/NiFe2O4 PITs are obtained. Furthermore, both the magnetic composites perform considerable photocatalytic activity in the degradation of rhodamine B. We propose that Kirkendall-diffusion and phase-separation are probably responsible for the formation of SrTiO3/NiFe2O4 PITs, and this work could provide a feasible way to assemble the core/shell structures of different materials. PMID:26285104

  13. Hierarchical SrTiO3/NiFe2O4 composite nanostructures with excellent light response and magnetic performance synthesized toward enhanced photocatalytic activity

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    Jing, Panpan; Du, Jinlu; Wang, Jianbo; Lan, Wei; Pan, Lining; Li, Jianan; Wei, Jinwu; Cao, Derang; Zhang, Xinlei; Zhao, Chenbo; Liu, Qingfang

    2015-08-01

    Being capable of gathering advanced optical, electrical and magnetic properties originating from different components, multifunctional composite nanomaterials have been of concern increasingly. Herein, we have successfully demonstrated the preparation of SrTiO3/NiFe2O4 porous nanotubes (PNTs) and SrTiO3/NiFe2O4 particle-in-tubes (PITs) via a single-spinneret electrospinning and a side-by-side-spinneret electrospinning, respectively. The products were characterized by using scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction, UV-visible diffuse reflectance spectra and a vibrating sample magnetometer in detail. The results indicate that SrTiO3/NiFe2O4 PNTs are the heterojunction nanotubes by connecting perovskite SrTiO3 and spinel NiFe2O4 nanoparticles, but SrTiO3/NiFe2O4 PITs are the self-assembled core/shell structures by embedding SrTiO3 nanoparticles into NiFe2O4 nanotubes. Compared with pure SrTiO3 nanofibers, the two SrTiO3/NiFe2O4 composites exhibit a powerful light response and excellent room temperature ferromagnetism. The magnetic separations directly reveal that such amazing recycling efficiencies of about 95% for SrTiO3/NiFe2O4 PNTs and about 99.5% for SrTiO3/NiFe2O4 PITs are obtained. Furthermore, both the magnetic composites perform considerable photocatalytic activity in the degradation of rhodamine B. We propose that Kirkendall-diffusion and phase-separation are probably responsible for the formation of SrTiO3/NiFe2O4 PITs, and this work could provide a feasible way to assemble the core/shell structures of different materials.

  14. NiFe2O4 Spinel Protection Coating for High-Temperature Solid Oxide Fuel Cell Interconnect Application

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    Irankhah, Reza; Raissi, Babak; Maghsoudipour, Amir; Irankhah, Abdullah; Ghashghai, Sasan

    2016-04-01

    In the present study, Ni-Fe spinel powder was synthesized via a solid state reaction. In the next step, the electrophoretic deposition (EPD) method was used to apply the NiFe2O4 spinel, as an oxidation-resistant layer, on a commercially available stainless steel (SUS 430) in a potential range of 100 to 300 V. Microscopic studies of the deposited layers showed that crack-free NiFe2O4 films were obtained at 100 V. The coated and uncoated samples were then pre-sintered in air and 5% H2 bal Ar atmospheres at 900 °C for 3 h followed by cyclic oxidation at 800 °C for 500 h. The investigation of the oxidation resistance of the samples using Energy Dispersive Spectroscopy (EDS) revealed that the NiFe2O4 coating acted as an effective barrier against chromium migration into the coating. The oxidation resistance of 5% H2 bal Ar pre-sintered sample was enhanced with an oxidation rate constant ( K P) of 8.9 × 10-15 g2 cm-4 s-1.

  15. [Removal of AOX and Chroma in Biologically Treated Effluent of Chemical Dyestuff Wastewater with Nanoscale Ni/Fe].

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    Shu, Xiao-ming; Xu, Can-can; Liu, Rui; Zhao, Yuan; Chen, Lü-jun

    2016-02-15

    Nanoscale Ni/Fe was applied to biologically treated effluent of chemical dyestuff wastewater. The removal rates of absorbable organic halogens (AOX) and chroma were investigated at different Ni loadings (0-5%), initial wastewater pH (4.1-10.0), Ni/Fe dosage (1-5 g x L(-1)) and reaction time (0.5-96 h). The results showed that the removal rates of AOX and chroma firstly increased and then decreased with the increase of the Ni loading, while continuously increased with the decrease of the initial wastewater pH and the increase of Ni/Fe dosage. The optimal condition was Ni loading of 1%, initial wastewater pH of 4.1 and Ni/Fe dosage of 3 g x L(-1), under which 29.2% of AOX and 79.6% of chroma were removed after 24 h reaction, and 50.6% of AOX and 80.7% of chroma were removed after 96 h reaction. GC-MS analysis revealed that toxicants such as chlorinated anilines, p-nitroaniline, 4-methoxy-2-nitroaniline and halogenated hydrocarbons were efficiently removed. PMID:27363157

  16. Remediation of polybrominated diphenyl ethers in soil using Ni/Fe bimetallic nanoparticles: influencing factors, kinetics and mechanism.

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    Xie, Yingying; Fang, Zhanqiang; Cheng, Wen; Tsang, Pokeung Eric; Zhao, Dongye

    2014-07-01

    Polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs) are commonly used as additive flame retardants in all kinds of electronic products. PBDEs are now ubiquitous in the environment, with soil as a major sink, especially in e-waste recycling sites. This study investigated the degradation of decabromodiphenyl ether (BDE209) in a spiked soil using Ni/Fe bimetallic nanoparticles. The results indicated that Ni/Fe bimetallic nanoparticles are able to degrade BDE209 in soil at ambient temperature and the removal efficiency can reach 72% when an initial pH of 5.6 and at a Ni/Fe dosage of 0.03 g/g. A declining trend in degradation was noticed with decreasing Ni loading and increasing of initial BDE209 concentration. The degradation products of BDE209 were analyzed by GC-MS, which showed that the degradation of BDE209 was a process of stepwise debromination from nBr to (n-1)Br. And a possible debromination pathway was proposed. At last, the degradation process was analyzed as two-step mechanism, mass transfer and reaction. This current study shows the potential ability of Ni/Fe nanoparticles to be used for removal of PBDEs in contaminated soil. PMID:24742544

  17. High Temperature Stable Nanocrystalline SiGe Thermoelectric Material

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    Yang, Sherwin (Inventor); Matejczyk, Daniel Edward (Inventor); Determan, William (Inventor)

    2013-01-01

    A method of forming a nanocomposite thermoelectric material having microstructural stability at temperatures greater than 1000 C. The method includes creating nanocrystalline powder by cryomilling. The method is particularly useful in forming SiGe alloy powder.

  18. Cu--Ni--Fe anode for use in aluminum producing electrolytic cell

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    Bergsma, S. Craig; Brown, Craig W.; Bradford, Donald R; Barnett, Robert J.; Mezner, Michael B.

    2006-07-18

    A method of producing aluminum in an electrolytic cell containing alumina dissolved in an electrolyte, the method comprising the steps of providing a molten salt electrolyte at a temperature of less than 900.degree. C. having alumina dissolved therein in an electrolytic cell having a liner for containing the electrolyte, the liner having a bottom and walls extending upwardly from said bottom. A plurality of non-consumable Cu--Ni--Fe anodes and cathodes are disposed in a vertical direction in the electrolyte, the cathodes having a plate configuration and the anodes having a flat configuration to compliment the cathodes. The anodes contain apertures therethrough to permit flow of electrolyte through the apertures to provide alumina-enriched electrolyte between the anodes and the cathodes. Electrical current is passed through the anodes and through the electrolyte to the cathodes, depositing aluminum at the cathodes and producing gas at the anodes.

  19. Structural and magnetic properties of Ni/Fe nanostructures on Ir(111)

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    Iaia, Davide; Kubetzka, André; von Bergmann, Kirsten; Wiesendanger, Roland

    2016-04-01

    The structural and magnetic properties of one atomic layer thin nanostructures of Ni deposited on fcc Fe monolayer stripes on Ir(111) have been studied by (spin-resolved) scanning tunneling microscopy measurements. Ni grows dominantly in fcc stacking on Ir(111), whereas it forms a dense reconstruction pattern on Fe/Ir(111), with bridge site dislocation lines separating triangularly shaped fcc and hcp regions. In the interior of the Ni nanostructures, fcc and hcp areas are of comparable size, but the fcc stacking dominates at the edges. The magnetic nanoskyrmion lattice of Fe/Ir(111) undergoes a transition to ferromagnetism where covered with a single layer of Ni. The Ni/Fe bilayer islands show an out-of-plane easy axis and can be switched by external magnetic fields of only 1.0 T-1.5 T.

  20. Magnetization reversal of uncompensated Fe moments in exchangebiased Ni/FeF2 bilayers

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    Arenholz, Elke; Liu, Kai; Li, Zhipan; Schuller, Ivan K.

    2006-01-01

    The magnetization reversal of uncompensated Fe moments in exchange biased Ni/FeF{sub 2} bilayers was determined using soft x-ray magnetic circular and linear dichroism. The hysteresis loops resulting from the Fe moments are almost identical to those of the ferromagnetic Ni layer. However, a vertical loop shift indicates that some Fe moments are pinned in the antiferromagnetically ordered FeF{sub 2}. The pinned moments are oriented antiparallel to small cooling fields leading to negative exchange bias, but parallel to large cooling fields resulting in positive exchange bias. No indication for the formation of a parallel antiferromagnetic domain wall in the FeF{sub 2} layer upon magnetization reversal in the Ni layer was found.

  1. Converting the NiFeS Carbon Monoxide Dehydrogenase to a Hydrogenase and a Hydroxylamine Reductase

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    Heo, Jongyun; Wolfe, Marcus T.; Staples, Christopher R.; Ludden, Paul W.

    2002-01-01

    Substitution of one amino acid for another at the active site of an enzyme usually diminishes or eliminates the activity of the enzyme. In some cases, however, the specificity of the enzyme is changed. In this study, we report that the changing of a metal ligand at the active site of the NiFeS-containing carbon monoxide dehydrogenase (CODH) converts the enzyme to a hydrogenase or a hydroxylamine reductase. CODH with alanine substituted for Cys531 exhibits substantial uptake hydrogenase activity, and this activity is enhanced by treatment with CO. CODH with valine substituted for His265 exhibits hydroxylamine reductase activity. Both Cys531 and His265 are ligands to the active-site cluster of CODH. Further, CODH with Fe substituted for Ni at the active site acquires hydroxylamine reductase activity. PMID:12374822

  2. Strong uniaxial magnetic anisotropy in triangular wave-like ferromagnetic NiFe thin films

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    Ki, Sanghoon; Dho, Joonghoe

    2015-05-01

    Triangular wave-like NiFe films were synthesized on m-plane Al2O3 with a triangularly rippled surface and their uniaxial magnetic anisotropies were investigated as a function of the average wavelength (λ). The ratio of the oscillation height to λ was approximately maintained at ˜0.133. A large magnetic anisotropy energy of 80-150 kJ/m3, which is up to ten times larger than the reported values, was observed with the variation of λ. The increasing tendency of the anisotropy energy with decreasing λ is likely due to a change in the shape anisotropy, while the anisotropy energy generated by surface magnetic charges slightly increased with increasing λ.

  3. Highly Laminated Soft Magnetic Electroplated CoNiFe Thick Films

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    Kim, J; Kim, M; Herrault, F; Park, J; Allen, MG

    2013-01-01

    The fabrication and characterization of highly laminated (similar to 40 layers), thick (similar to 40 mu m) films of magnetically soft cobalt-nickel-iron are presented. Thick film fabrication is based on automated sequential electrodeposition of alternating CoNiFe and copper layers, followed by selective copper removal. The film, comprised tens of 1 mu m thick laminations, exhibits saturation flux density of 1.8 T and coercivity of approximately 1.3 Oe. High-frequency film characterization took place in a 36-turn test inductor, which demonstrated constant inductance of 1.6 mu H up to 10 MHz, indicating suppressed eddy-current loss. Quality factor exceeding 40 at 1 MHz, surpassing the performance of similarly fabricated Permalloy (Ni80Fe20) films.

  4. Interfacial Reactions Between In-Sn Solder and Ni-Fe Platings

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    Daghfal, John P.; Shang, P. J.; Liu, Z. Q.; Shang, J. K.

    2009-12-01

    Interfacial interactions in a Ni- xFe-Sn-In eutectic solder ( x = 30 at.%, 55 at.%) have been examined. Transmission and scanning electron microscopy (TEM/SEM) were utilized to investigate the structure, composition, and morphology of the intermetallic compounds (IMCs). Upon reflow, Ni3Sn4 and FeSn2 phases appeared at the interface along with Cu6Sn5 in the solder. Annealing experiments revealed the formation of a bilayer IMC that was Fe-rich adjacent to the Ni-Fe metallization and Ni-rich on the solder side. Kinetic studies established the apparent activation energies for both systems to be 51.8 kJ/mol and 85.1 kJ/mol, for 30 at.% and 55 at.% Fe contents, respectively. In the Fe-rich system, globular Ni3Sn4 crystals were formed upon reflow, but were changed into a cubic/faceted structure after annealing.

  5. Rates and Routes of Electron Transfer of [NiFe]-Hydrogenase in an Enzymatic Fuel Cell.

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    Petrenko, Alexander; Stein, Matthias

    2015-10-29

    Hydrogenase enzymes are being used in enzymatic fuel cells immobilized on a graphite or carbon electrode surface, for example. The enzyme is used for the anodic oxidation of molecular hydrogen (H2) to produce protons and electrons. The association and orientation of the enzyme at the anode electrode for a direct electron transfer is not completely resolved. The distal FeS-cluster in [NiFe]-hydrogenases contains a histidine residue which is known to play a critical role in the intermolecular electron transfer between the enzyme and the electrode surface. The [NiFe]-hydrogenase graphite electrode association was investigated using Brownian Dynamics simulations. Residues that were shown to be in proximity to the electrode surface were identified (His184, Ser196, Glu461, Glu464), and electron transfer routes connecting the distal FeS-cluster with the surface residues were investigated. Several possible pathways for electron transfer between the distal FeS-cluster and the terminal amino acid residues were probed in terms of their rates of electron transfer using DFT methods. The reorganization energies λ of the distal iron-sulfur cluster and coronene as a molecular model for graphite were calculated. The reorganization energy of the distal (His)(Cys)3 cluster was found to be not very different from that of a standard cubane clusters with a (Cys)4 coordination. Electronic coupling matrix elements and rates of electron transfer for the different pathways were calculated according to the Marcus equation. The rates for glutamate-mediated electrode binding were found to be incompatible with experimental data. A direct electron transfer from the histidine ligand of the distal FeS-cluster to the electrode yielded rates of electron transfer in excellent agreement with experiment. A second pathway, however, from the distal FeS-cluster to the Ser196 residue was found to be equally efficient and feasible. PMID:26218232

  6. Crystallographic studies of [NiFe]-hydrogenase mutants: towards consensus structures for the elusive unready oxidized states.

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    Volbeda, Anne; Martin, Lydie; Barbier, Elodie; Gutiérrez-Sanz, Oscar; De Lacey, Antonio L; Liebgott, Pierre-Pol; Dementin, Sébastien; Rousset, Marc; Fontecilla-Camps, Juan C

    2015-01-01

    Catalytically inactive oxidized O2-sensitive [NiFe]-hydrogenases are characterized by a mixture of the paramagnetic Ni-A and Ni-B states. Upon O2 exposure, enzymes in a partially reduced state preferentially form the unready Ni-A state. Because partial O2 reduction should generate a peroxide intermediate, this species was previously assigned to the elongated Ni-Fe bridging electron density observed for preparations of [NiFe]-hydrogenases known to contain the Ni-A state. However, this proposition has been challenged based on the stability of this state to UV light exposure and the possibility of generating it anaerobically under either chemical or electrochemical oxidizing conditions. Consequently, we have considered alternative structures for the Ni-A species including oxidation of thiolate ligands to either sulfenate or sulfenic acid. Here, we report both new and revised [NiFe]-hydrogenases structures and conclude, taking into account corresponding characterizations by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), that the Ni-A species contains oxidized cysteine and bridging hydroxide ligands instead of the peroxide ligand we proposed earlier. Our analysis was rendered difficult by the typical formation of mixtures of unready oxidized states that, furthermore, can be reduced by X-ray induced photoelectrons. The present study could be carried out thanks to the use of Desulfovibrio fructosovorans [NiFe]-hydrogenase mutants with special properties. In addition to the Ni-A state, crystallographic results are also reported for two diamagnetic unready states, allowing the proposal of a revised oxidized inactive Ni-SU model and a new structure characterized by a persulfide ion that is assigned to an Ni-'Sox' species. PMID:25315838

  7. Photosensitivity of the Ni-A state of [NiFe] hydrogenase from Desulfovibrio vulgaris Miyazaki F with visible light

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    Osuka, Hisao; Shomura, Yasuhito; Komori, Hirofumi; Shibata, Naoki; Nagao, Satoshi; Higuchi, Yoshiki; Hirota, Shun

    2013-01-04

    Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Ni-A state of [NiFe] hydrogenase showed light sensitivity. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer New FT-IR bands were observed with light irradiation of the Ni-A state. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer EPR g-values of the Ni-A state shifted upon light irradiation. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The light-induced state converted back to the Ni-A state under the dark condition. -- Abstract: [NiFe] hydrogenase catalyzes reversible oxidation of molecular hydrogen. Its active site is constructed of a hetero dinuclear Ni-Fe complex, and the oxidation state of the Ni ion changes according to the redox state of the enzyme. We found that the Ni-A state (an inactive unready, oxidized state) of [NiFe] hydrogenase from Desulfovibrio vulgaris Miyazaki F (DvMF) is light sensitive and forms a new state (Ni-AL) with irradiation of visible light. The Fourier transform infrared (FT-IR) bands at 1956, 2084 and 2094 cm{sup -1} of the Ni-A state shifted to 1971, 2086 and 2098 cm{sup -1} in the Ni-AL state. The g-values of g{sub x} = 2.30, g{sub y} = 2.23 and g{sub z} = 2.01 for the signals in the electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) spectrum of the Ni-A state at room temperature varied for -0.009, +0.012 and +0.010, respectively, upon light irradiation. The light-induced Ni-AL state converted back immediately to the Ni-A state under dark condition at room temperature. These results show that the coordination structure of the Fe site of the Ni-A state of [NiFe] hydrogenase is perturbed significantly by light irradiation with relatively small coordination change at the Ni site.

  8. Probing the origin of the metabolic precursor of the CO ligand in the catalytic center of [NiFe] hydrogenase.

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    Bürstel, Ingmar; Hummel, Philipp; Siebert, Elisabeth; Wisitruangsakul, Nattawadee; Zebger, Ingo; Friedrich, Bärbel; Lenz, Oliver

    2011-12-30

    The O(2)-tolerant [NiFe] hydrogenases of Ralstonia eutropha are capable of H(2) conversion in the presence of ambient O(2). Oxygen represents not only a challenge for catalysis but also for the complex assembling process of the [NiFe] active site. Apart from nickel and iron, the catalytic center contains unusual diatomic ligands, namely two cyanides (CN(-)) and one carbon monoxide (CO), which are coordinated to the iron. One of the open questions of the maturation process concerns the origin and biosynthesis of the CO group. Isotope labeling in combination with infrared spectroscopy revealed that externally supplied gaseous (13)CO serves as precursor of the carbonyl group of the regulatory [NiFe] hydrogenase in R. eutropha. Corresponding (13)CO titration experiments showed that a concentration 130-fold higher than ambient CO (0.1 ppmv) caused a 50% labeling of the carbonyl ligand in the [NiFe] hydrogenase, leading to the conclusion that the carbonyl ligand originates from an intracellular metabolite. A novel setup allowed us to the study effects of CO depletion on maturation in vivo. Upon induction of CO depletion by addition of the CO scavenger PdCl(2), cells cultivated on H(2), CO(2), and O(2) showed severe growth retardation at low cell concentrations, which was on the basis of partially arrested hydrogenase maturation, leading to reduced hydrogenase activity. This suggests gaseous CO as a metabolic precursor under these conditions. The addition of PdCl(2) to cells cultivated heterotrophically on organic substrates had no effect on hydrogenase maturation. These results indicate at least two different pathways for biosynthesis of the CO ligand of [NiFe] hydrogenase. PMID:22049085

  9. Probing the Origin of the Metabolic Precursor of the CO Ligand in the Catalytic Center of [NiFe] Hydrogenase*

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    Bürstel, Ingmar; Hummel, Philipp; Siebert, Elisabeth; Wisitruangsakul, Nattawadee; Zebger, Ingo; Friedrich, Bärbel; Lenz, Oliver

    2011-01-01

    The O2-tolerant [NiFe] hydrogenases of Ralstonia eutropha are capable of H2 conversion in the presence of ambient O2. Oxygen represents not only a challenge for catalysis but also for the complex assembling process of the [NiFe] active site. Apart from nickel and iron, the catalytic center contains unusual diatomic ligands, namely two cyanides (CN−) and one carbon monoxide (CO), which are coordinated to the iron. One of the open questions of the maturation process concerns the origin and biosynthesis of the CO group. Isotope labeling in combination with infrared spectroscopy revealed that externally supplied gaseous 13CO serves as precursor of the carbonyl group of the regulatory [NiFe] hydrogenase in R. eutropha. Corresponding 13CO titration experiments showed that a concentration 130-fold higher than ambient CO (0.1 ppmv) caused a 50% labeling of the carbonyl ligand in the [NiFe] hydrogenase, leading to the conclusion that the carbonyl ligand originates from an intracellular metabolite. A novel setup allowed us to the study effects of CO depletion on maturation in vivo. Upon induction of CO depletion by addition of the CO scavenger PdCl2, cells cultivated on H2, CO2, and O2 showed severe growth retardation at low cell concentrations, which was on the basis of partially arrested hydrogenase maturation, leading to reduced hydrogenase activity. This suggests gaseous CO as a metabolic precursor under these conditions. The addition of PdCl2 to cells cultivated heterotrophically on organic substrates had no effect on hydrogenase maturation. These results indicate at least two different pathways for biosynthesis of the CO ligand of [NiFe] hydrogenase. PMID:22049085

  10. Microstructure Of Multistage Annealed Nanocrystalline SmCo2Fe2B Alloy With Enhanced Magnetic Properties

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    Jiang, Xiujuan; Devaraj, Arun; Balamurugan, B.; Cui, Jun; Shield, Jeffrey E.

    2014-02-11

    The microstructure and chemistry of SmCo2Fe2B melt-spun alloy after multistage annealing was investigated using high resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM) and 3D atom probe tomography. The multistage annealing resulted in an increase in both the coercivity and magnetization. The presence of Sm(Co,Fe)4B (1:4:1) and Sm2(Co,Fe)17Bx (2:17:x) magnetic phases were confirmed using both techniques. Fe2B at a scale of ~ 5 nm was found by HRTEM precipitating within the 1:4:1 phase after the second-stage annealing. Ordering within the 2:17:x phase was directly identified both by the presence of antiphase boundaries observed by TEM and the interconnected isocomposition surface network found in 3D atom probe results in addition to radial distribution function analysis. The variations in the local chemistry after the secondary annealing were considered pivotal in improving the magnetic properties.

  11. Achieving Superior Two-Way Actuation by the Stress-Coupling of Nanoribbons and Nanocrystalline Shape Memory Alloy.

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    Hao, Shijie; Liu, Yinong; Ren, Yang; Jiang, Daqiang; Yang, Feng; Cong, Daoyong; Wang, Yandong; Cui, Lishan

    2016-06-29

    Inspired by the driving principle of traditional bias-type two-way actuators, we developed a novel two-way actuation nanocomposite wire in which a massive number of Nb nanoribbons with ultralarge elastic strains are loaded inside a shape memory alloy (SMA) matrix to form a continuous array of nanobias actuation pairs for two-way actuation. The composite exhibits a two-way actuation strain of 3.2% during a thermal cycle and an actuation stress of 934 MPa upon heating, which is about twice as high as that (∼500 MPa) found in reported two-way SMAs. Upon cooling, the composite shows an actuation stress of 134 MPa and a mechanical work output of 1.08 × 10(6) J/m(3), which are about three and five times higher than those of reported two-way SMAs, respectively. It was revealed that the massive number of Nb nanoribbons in the compressive state provides the high actuation stress and high work output upon cooling, and the SMA matrix with high yield strength offers the high actuation stress upon heating. Compared to traditional bias-type two-way actuators, the two-way actuation composite with a small volume and simple construct works well with the miniaturization and simplification of actuators. PMID:27276656

  12. Analysis of hysteretic behavior in a FeCoB-based nanocrystalline alloy by a Preisach distribution and electron holography

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    Long, Jianguo; McHenry, M. E.; Laughlin, D. E.; Zheng, C.; Kirmse, H.; Neumann, W.

    2008-04-01

    First order reverse curves have been used to investigate the Preisach distribution and electron holography to observe the spatial variation of the magnetization in Fe40Co40Nb4B13Ge2Cu1 nanocomposite alloys after annealing at 500, 550, 610, and 960°C for 1h. Grain sizes observed for these annealing temperatures varied from 10to200nm. The Preisach distribution reveals that the magnetization process in the sample annealed at 500°C for 1h was dominated by reversible processes, consistent with a small coercivity and mobile domain walls in an external field. At higher annealing temperatures, the irreversible magnetization processes became dominant with increasing grain size. Electron holography observations of the domains show that, for the sample annealed at 500°C, the magnetic flux distribution was uniform with few pinning barriers to domain wall motion consistent with reversible magnetization. The sample annealed at 610°C exhibited irregularity in the shape of magnetic flux lines attributed to the inhomogeneous magnetization distribution due to the α-FeCo and (FeCoNb)23B6 phases present after secondary crystallization.

  13. Microstructure of multistage annealed nanocrystalline SmCo{sub 2}Fe{sub 2}B alloy with enhanced magnetic properties

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    Jiang, Xiujuan Shield, Jeffrey E.; Devaraj, Arun; Balamurugan, B.; Cui, Jun

    2014-02-14

    The microstructure and chemistry of SmCo{sub 2}Fe{sub 2}B melt-spun alloy after multistage annealing was investigated using high resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM) and 3D atom probe tomography. The multistage annealing resulted in an increase in both the coercivity and magnetization. The presence of Sm(Co,Fe){sub 4}B (1:4:1) and Sm{sub 2}(Co,Fe){sub 17}B{sub x} (2:17:x) magnetic phases were confirmed using both techniques. Fe{sub 2}B at a scale of ∼5 nm was found by HRTEM precipitating within the 1:4:1 phase after the second-stage annealing. Ordering within the 2:17:x phase was directly identified both by the presence of antiphase boundaries observed by TEM and the interconnected isocomposition surface network found in 3D atom probe results in addition to radial distribution function analysis. The variations in the local chemistry after the secondary annealing were considered pivotal in improving the magnetic properties.

  14. High temperature deformation behavior of a nanocrystalline titanium aluminide

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    Mishra, R.S.; Mukherjee, A.K.; Mukhopadhyay, D.K.; Suryanarayana, C.; Froes, F.H.

    1996-06-01

    Gamma titanium intermetallic alloys are potentially attractive for elevated temperature applications. The room temperature ductility and fracture toughness have been improved considerably by the addition of ternary and quaternary elements. The synthesis of nanocrystalline materials has provided further avenues for possible improvement in the mechanical properties. The exciting prospect of low temperature superplasticity in nanocrystalline materials has been discussed. Recently, nanocrystalline {gamma}-TiAl alloys have been synthesized by hot isostatic pressing (HIP) of mechanically alloyed (MA) Ti-47.5 Al-3 Cr (at.%) powders. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the possibility of observing low temperature superplasticity in this nanocrystalline alloy. By determining the stress exponent for flow, it should be possible to comment on the micromechanism of deformation in a nanocrystalline intermetallic alloy. A number of studies have shown that superplasticity is possible in {gamma}-TiAl alloys and it is important to establish whether the scaling law extends to nanocrystalline {gamma}-TiAl regime or the flow behavior changes.

  15. Nanocrystalline diamond thin films on titanium-6 aluminum-4 vanadium alloy temporomandibular joint prosthesis simulants by microwave plasma chemical vapor deposition

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    Fries, Marc Douglas

    A course of research has been performed to assess the suitability of nanocrystal-line diamond (NCD) films on Ti-6Al-4V alloy as wear-resistant coatings in biomedical implant use. A series of temporomandibular (TMJ) joint condyle simulants were polished and acid-passivated as per ASTM F86 standard for surface preparation of implants. A 3-mum-thick coating of NCD film was deposited by microwave plasma chemical vapor deposition (MPCVD) over the hemispherical articulation surfaces of the simulants. Plasma chemistry conditions were measured and monitored by optical emission spectroscopy (OES), using hydrogen as a relative standard. The films consist of diamond grains around 20 nm in diameter embedded in an amorphous carbon matrix, free of any detectable film stress gradient. Hardness averages 65 GPa and modulus measures 600 GPa at a depth of 250 nm into the film surface. A diffuse film/substrate boundary produces a minimal film adhesion toughness (GammaC) of 158 J/m2. The mean RMS roughness is 14.6 +/- 4.2 nm, with an average peak roughness of 82.6 +/- 65.9 nm. Examination of the surface morphology reveals a porous, dendritic surface. Wear testing resulted in two failed condylar coatings out of three tests. No macroscopic delamination was found on any sample, but micron-scale film pieces broke away, exposing the substrate. Electrochemical corrosion testing shows a seven-fold reduction in corrosion rate with the application of an NCD coating as opposed to polished, passivated Ti-6Al-4V, producing a corrosion rate comparable to wrought Co-Cr-Mo. In vivo biocompatibility testing indicates that implanted NCD films did not elicit an immune response in the rabbit model, and osteointegration was apparent for both compact and trabecular bone on both NCD film and bare Ti-6Al-4V. Overall, NCD thin film material is reasonably smooth, biocompatible, and very well adhered. Wear testing indicates that this material is unacceptable for use in demanding TMJ applications without

  16. Formation of Surface Corrosion-Resistant Nanocrystalline Structures on Steel

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    Nykyforchyn, Hryhoriy; Kyryliv, Volodymyr; Maksymiv, Olha; Slobodyan, Zvenomyra; Tsyrulnyk, Oleksandr

    2016-02-01

    Engineering materials with nanocrystalline structure could be exploited under simultaneous action of mechanical loading and corrosion environments; therefore, their corrosion resistance is important. Surface nanocrystalline structure was generated on middle carbon steels by severe plastic deformation using the method of mechanical pulse friction treatment. This treatment additionally includes high temperature phase transformation and alloying. Using a complex of the corrosive, electrochemical and physical investigations, it was established that nanocrystalline structures can be characterized by lower or increased corrosion resistance in comparison with the reference material. It is caused by the action of two confronting factors: arising energy level and anticorrosive alloying of the surface layer.

  17. Formation of Surface Corrosion-Resistant Nanocrystalline Structures on Steel.

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    Nykyforchyn, Hryhoriy; Kyryliv, Volodymyr; Maksymiv, Olha; Slobodyan, Zvenomyra; Tsyrulnyk, Oleksandr

    2016-12-01

    Engineering materials with nanocrystalline structure could be exploited under simultaneous action of mechanical loading and corrosion environments; therefore, their corrosion resistance is important. Surface nanocrystalline structure was generated on middle carbon steels by severe plastic deformation using the method of mechanical pulse friction treatment. This treatment additionally includes high temperature phase transformation and alloying. Using a complex of the corrosive, electrochemical and physical investigations, it was established that nanocrystalline structures can be characterized by lower or increased corrosion resistance in comparison with the reference material. It is caused by the action of two confronting factors: arising energy level and anticorrosive alloying of the surface layer. PMID:26831689

  18. Hydrogen Activation by Biomimetic [NiFe]-Hydrogenase Model Containing Protected Cyanide Cofactors

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    Manor, Brian C.; Rauchfuss, Thomas B.

    2013-01-01

    Described are experiments that allow incorporation of cyanide cofactors and hydride substrate into active site models [NiFe]-hydrogenases (H2ases). Complexes of the type (CO)2(CN)2Fe(pdt)Ni(dxpe), (dxpe = dppe, 1; dxpe = dcpe, 2) bind the Lewis acid B(C6F5)3 (BArF3) to give the adducts (CO)2(CNBArF3)2Fe(pdt)Ni(dxpe), (1(BArF3)2, 2(BArF3)2). Upon decarbonylation using amine oxides, these adducts react with H2 to give hydrido derivatives Et4N[(CO)(CNBArF3)2Fe(H)(pdt)Ni(dxpe)], (dxpe = dppe, Et4N[H3(BArF3)2]; dxpe = dcpe, Et4N[H4(BArF3)2]). Crystallographic analysis shows that Et4N[H3(BArF3)2] generally resembles the active site of the enzyme in the reduced, hydride-containing states (Ni-C/R). The Fe-H…Ni center is unsymmetrical with rFe-H = 1.51(3) and rNi-H = 1.71(3) Å. Both crystallographic and 19F NMR analysis show that the CNBArF3− ligands occupy basal and apical sites. Unlike cationic Ni-Fe hydrides, [H3(BArF3)2]− and [H4(BArF3)2]− oxidize at mild potentials, near the Fc+/0 couple. Electrochemical measurements indicate that in the presence of base, [H3(BArF3)2]− catalyzes the oxidation of H2. NMR evidence indicates dihydrogen bonding between these anionic hydrides and ammonium salts, which is relevant to the mechanism of hydrogenogenesis. In the case of Et4N[H3(BArF3)2], strong acids such as HCl induce H2 release to give the chloride Et4N[(CO)(CNBArF3)2Fe(pdt)(Cl)Ni(dppe)]. PMID:23899049

  19. Magnetic and structural properties of NiFe 2O 4 ferrite nanopowder doped with Zn 2+

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    Costa, A. C. F. M.; Silva, V. J.; Cornejo, D. R.; Morelli, M. R.; Kiminami, R. H. G. A.; Gama, L.

    This work involved an investigation to ascertain how the substitution of nickel ions for zinc ions affects the structural, morphological and magnetic properties of NiFe 2O 4 ferrite samples. Ni 1-xZn xFe 2O 4 ( x=0.0, 0.3 0.5, 0.7) powders were prepared by combustion reaction and characterized structurally by X-ray diffraction. The specific surface area of the powders was determined by the nitrogen adsorption method (BET). Magnetization measurements were taken using an alternative gradient magnetometer (AGM), which revealed that the powders prepared by combustion reaction resulted in nanosized particles with a particle size of 18-27 nm. The crystallite size and lattice parameter increased as the concentration of Zn increased. Moreover, augmenting the Zn content in the NiFe 2O 4 ferrite increased the saturation magnetization and coercive field.

  20. Crystal structure of a [NiFe] hydrogenase maturation protease HybD from Thermococcus kodakarensis KOD1.

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    Kwon, Sunghark; Nishitani, Yuichi; Watanabe, Satoshi; Hirao, Yoshinori; Imanaka, Tadayuki; Kanai, Tamotsu; Atomi, Haruyuki; Miki, Kunio

    2016-09-01

    A [NiFe] hydrogenase maturation protease HybD from Thermococcus kodakarensis KOD1 (TkHybD) is involved in the cleavage of the C-terminal residues of [NiFe] hydrogenase large subunits by Ni recognition. Here, we report the crystal structure of TkHybD at 1.82 Å resolution to better understand this process. TkHybD exhibits an α/β/α sandwich fold with conserved residues responsible for the Ni recognition. Comparisons of TkHybD with homologous proteins also reveal that they share a common overall architecture, suggesting that they have similar catalytic functions. Our results including metal binding site prediction provide insight into the substrate recognition and catalysis mechanism of TkHybD. Proteins 2016; 84:1321-1327. © 2016 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. PMID:27192667

  1. Discovery of [NiFe] hydrogenase genes in metagenomic DNA: cloning and heterologous expression in Thiocapsa roseopersicina.

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    Maróti, Gergely; Tong, Yingkai; Yooseph, Shibu; Baden-Tillson, Holly; Smith, Hamilton O; Kovács, Kornél L; Frazier, Marvin; Venter, J Craig; Xu, Qing

    2009-09-01

    Using a metagenomics approach, we have cloned a piece of environmental DNA from the Sargasso Sea that encodes an [NiFe] hydrogenase showing 60% identity to the large subunit and 64% to the small subunit of a Thiocapsa roseopersicina O2-tolerant [NiFe] hydrogenase. The DNA sequence of the hydrogenase identified by the metagenomic approach was subsequently found to be 99% identical to the hyaA and hyaB genes of an Alteromonas macleodii hydrogenase, indicating that it belongs to the Alteromonas clade. We were able to express our new Alteromonas hydrogenase in T. roseopersicina. Expression was accomplished by coexpressing only two accessory genes, hyaD and hupH, without the need to express any of the hyp accessory genes (hypABCDEF). These results suggest that the native accessory proteins in T. roseopersicina could substitute for the Alteromonas counterparts that are absent in the host to facilitate the assembly of a functional Alteromonas hydrogenase. To further compare the complex assembly machineries of these two [NiFe] hydrogenases, we performed complementation experiments by introducing the new Alteromonas hyaD gene into the T. roseopersicina hynD mutant. Interestingly, Alteromonas endopeptidase HyaD could complement T. roseopersicina HynD to cleave endoproteolytically the C-terminal end of the T. roseopersicina HynL hydrogenase large subunit and activate the enzyme. This study refines our knowledge on the selectivity and pleiotropy of the elements of the [NiFe] hydrogenase assembly machineries. It also provides a model for functionally analyzing novel enzymes from environmental microbes in a culture-independent manner. PMID:19633107

  2. Effects of Ni/Fe bimetallic nanoparticles on phytotoxicity and translocation of polybrominated diphenyl ethers in contaminated soil.

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    Wu, Juan; Xie, Yingying; Fang, Zhanqiang; Cheng, Wen; Tsang, Pokeung Eric

    2016-11-01

    In vivo studies of the interactions of polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs) in plants have generally focused on uptake, translocation, metabolism and accumulation, but there were limited reports about the phytotoxicity and translocation of PBDEs in contaminated soil with the effects of nanoparticles. In this study, the effects of Ni/Fe bimetallic nanoparticles on translocation of polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs) in contaminated soil and its phytotoxicity to Chinese cabbage were investigated by soil culture experiments. The results showed that the plant biomass, germination rate, and shoot and root lengths of treated soil (S-5) increased by 0.0044 g, 15%, and 5 and 6 mm, respectively, compared with untreated soil (S-2B). The average Ni and Fe contents of the edible parts(stem and leaf) of the S-5 sample, which contained 0.03 g/g Ni/Fe and 10 mg/kg BDE209, were measured at 1.71 and 184 mg/kg, respectively. The superoxide dismutase, peroxidase and catalase activities in the S-5 sample decreased by 12%, 6.1% and 5.9%, respectively, while compared with the S-2B sample. In all treatments, the contents of BDE209 and the total PBDEs in sample S-5 were lowest, suggesting that the fresh Ni/Fe nanoparticles had higher toxicity than that of the aged nanoparticles. And the lower brominated PBDEs (tri-to nona-) were detected in samples, indicating uptake, debromination and/or metabolism of PBDEs existed in plants. The phytotoxicity and translocation of BDE209 in the contaminated soil decreased as a result of the effects of the Ni/Fe bimetallic nanoparticles. PMID:27501310

  3. The role of the non-magnetic material in spin pumping and magnetization dynamics in NiFe and CoFeB multilayer systems

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    Ruiz-Calaforra, A. Brächer, T.; Lauer, V.; Pirro, P.; Heinz, B.; Geilen, M.; Chumak, A. V.; Conca, A.; Leven, B.; Hillebrands, B.

    2015-04-28

    We present a study of the effective magnetization M{sub eff} and the effective damping parameter α{sub eff} by means of ferromagnetic resonance spectroscopy on the ferromagnetic (FM) materials Ni{sub 81}Fe{sub 19} (NiFe) and Co{sub 40}Fe{sub 40}B{sub 20} (CoFeB) in FM/Pt, FM/NM, and FM/NM/Pt systems with the non-magnetic (NM) materials Ru, Cr, Al, and MgO. Moreover, for NiFe layer systems, the influence of interface effects is studied by way of thickness dependent measurements of M{sub eff} and α{sub eff}. Additionally, spin pumping in NiFe/NM/Pt is investigated by means of inverse spin Hall effect (ISHE) measurements. We observe a large dependence of M{sub eff} and α{sub eff} of the NiFe films on the adjacent NM layer. While Cr and Al do not induce a large change in the magnetic properties, Ru, Pt, and MgO affect M{sub eff} and α{sub eff} in different degrees. In particular, NiFe/Ru and NiFe/Ru/Pt systems show a large perpendicular surface anisotropy and a significant enhancement of the damping. In contrast, the magnetic properties of CoFeB films do not have a large influence of the NM adjacent material and only CoFeB/Pt systems present an enhancement of α{sub eff}. However, this enhancement is much more pronounced in NiFe/Pt. By the introduction of the NM spacer material, this enhancement is reduced. Furthermore, a difference in symmetry between NiFe/NM/Pt and NiFe/NM systems in the output voltage signal from the ISHE measurements reveals the presence of spin pumping into the Pt layer in all-metallic NiFe/NM/Pt and NiFe/Pt systems.

  4. Switching magnetic interactions in the NiFe Prussian Blue Analogue: an ab initio inspection.

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    Krah, Tim; Amor, Nadia Ben; Robert, Vincent

    2014-05-28

    The magnetic interaction in the Ni(ii)-Fe(iii) Prussian Blue Analogue is investigated by means of Difference Dedicated Configuration Interaction (DDCI) calculations. Embedded cluster calculations are performed to extract the exchange coupling constant J with respect to an opening of the Ni-NC-Fe bridge while maintaining a rigid Fe(CN)6 unit. It is shown that such active distortion significantly modifies the magnetic interaction scheme in the material. Not only a ferromagnetic to antiferromagnetic transition is observed, but the J value is varied from +11.4 cm(-1) to -12.5 cm(-1) when the Ni-Fe cyanide bridge is opened by 20°. The enhancement of the intersite hopping electron transfer integral by a factor of 1.5 can be correlated with the observed Na(+)-ion mobility in a unified "cation-coupled electron transfer" (CCET) process. These results stress the complexity and originality of this class of compounds evidenced by the versatility of their magnetic network. PMID:24722793

  5. Modeling three-dimensional structure of two closely related Ni-Fe hydrogenases.

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    Abdullatypov, A V; Tsygankov, A A

    2015-08-01

    The results of homology modeling of HydSL, a NiFe-hydrogenase from purple sulfur bacterium Thiocapsa roseopersicina BBS, and deep-water bacterium Alteromonas macleodii deep ecotype are presented in this work. It is shown that the models have larger confidence level than earlier published ones; full-size models of these enzymes are presented for the first time. The C-end fragment of small subunit of T. roseopersicina hydrogenase is shown to have random orientation in relation to the main protein globule. The obtained models of this enzyme have a large number of ion pairs, as well as thermostable HydSL hydrogenase from Allochromatium vinosum, in contrast to thermostable HydSL hydrogenase from Alt. macleodii and thermolabile HydAB hydrogenase from Desulfovibrio vulgaris. The possible determinant of oxygen stability of studied hydrogenases could be the lack of several intramolecular tunnels. Hydrophobic and electrostatic surfaces were mapped in order to find out possible pathways of coupling hydrogenase to electron-transferring chains, as well as methods for construction of artificial photobiohydrogen-producing systems. PMID:25572109

  6. Hydrogen evolution in [NiFe] hydrogenases and related biomimetic systems: similarities and differences.

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    Das, Ranjita; Neese, Frank; van Gastel, Maurice

    2016-09-21

    In this work, a detailed quantum chemical study of the mechanism of [Ni(bdt)(dppf)] (Ni(II)L) catalyzed hydrogen formation [A. Gan, T. L. Groy, P. Tarakeshwar, S. K. S. Mazinani, J. Shearer, V. Mujica and A. K. Jones, J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2015, 137, 1109-1115] following an electro-chemical-electro-chemical (ECEC) pathway is reported. The complex exclusively catalyzes the reduction of protons to molecular hydrogen. The calculations suggest that the first one-electron reduction of the [Ni(II)L] catalyst is the rate limiting step of the catalytic cycle and hence, the buildup of detectable reaction intermediates is not expected. The catalytic activity of the [Ni(II)L] complex is facilitated by the flexibility of the ligand system, which allows the ligand framework to adapt to changes in the Ni oxidation state over the course of the reaction. Additionally, a comparison is made with the catalytic activity of [NiFe] hydrogenase. It is argued that the directionality of the reversible hydrogen formation reaction is controlled by the ligand field of the nickel ion and the possibility for side-on (η(2)) binding of H2: if the ligand framework does not allow for η(2) binding of H2, as is the case for [Ni(II)L], the catalyst irreversibly reduces protons. If the ligand field allows η(2) binding of H2, the catalyst can in principle work reversibly. The conditions for η(2) binding are discussed. PMID:27545687

  7. Current induced magnetization switching in Co/Cu/Ni-Fe nanopillar with orange peel coupling

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    Aravinthan, D.; Daniel, M.; Sabareesan, P.

    2015-07-15

    The impact of orange peel coupling on spin current induced magnetization switching in a Co/Cu/Ni-Fe nanopillar device is investigated by solving the switching dynamics of magnetization of the free layer governed by the Landau-Lifshitz-Gilbert-Slonczewski (LLGS) equation. The value of the critical current required to initiate the magnetization switching is calculated analytically by solving the LLGS equation and verified the same through numerical analysis. Results of numerical simulation of the LLGS equation using Runge-Kutta fourth order procedure shows that the presence of orange peel coupling between the spacer and the ferromagnetic layers reduces the switching time of the nanopillar device from 67 ps to 48 ps for an applied current density of 4 × 10{sup 12}Am{sup −2}. Also, the presence of orange peel coupling reduces the critical current required to initiate switching, and in this case, from 1.65 × 10{sup 12}Am{sup −2} to 1.39 × 10{sup 12}Am{sup −2}.

  8. Designed surface residue substitutions in [NiFe] hydrogenase that improve electron transfer characteristics.

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    Yonemoto, Isaac T; Smith, Hamilton O; Weyman, Philip D

    2015-01-01

    Photobiological hydrogen production is an attractive, carbon-neutral means to convert solar energy to hydrogen. We build on previous research improving the Alteromonas macleodii "Deep Ecotype" [NiFe] hydrogenase, and report progress towards creating an artificial electron transfer pathway to supply the hydrogenase with electrons necessary for hydrogen production. Ferredoxin is the first soluble electron transfer mediator to receive high-energy electrons from photosystem I, and bears an electron with sufficient potential to efficiently reduce protons. Thus, we engineered a hydrogenase-ferredoxin fusion that also contained several other modifications. In addition to the C-terminal ferredoxin fusion, we truncated the C-terminus of the hydrogenase small subunit, identified as the available terminus closer to the electron transfer region. We also neutralized an anionic patch surrounding the interface Fe-S cluster to improve transfer kinetics with the negatively charged ferredoxin. Initial screening showed the enzyme tolerated both truncation and charge neutralization on the small subunit ferredoxin-binding face. While the enzyme activity was relatively unchanged using the substrate methyl viologen, we observed a marked improvement from both the ferredoxin fusion and surface modification using only dithionite as an electron donor. Combining ferredoxin fusion and surface charge modification showed progressively improved activity in an in vitro assay with purified enzyme. PMID:25603181

  9. Designed Surface Residue Substitutions in [NiFe] Hydrogenase that Improve Electron Transfer Characteristics

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    Yonemoto, Isaac T.; Smith, Hamilton O.; Weyman, Philip D.

    2015-01-01

    Photobiological hydrogen production is an attractive, carbon-neutral means to convert solar energy to hydrogen. We build on previous research improving the Alteromonas macleodii “Deep Ecotype” [NiFe] hydrogenase, and report progress towards creating an artificial electron transfer pathway to supply the hydrogenase with electrons necessary for hydrogen production. Ferredoxin is the first soluble electron transfer mediator to receive high-energy electrons from photosystem I, and bears an electron with sufficient potential to efficiently reduce protons. Thus, we engineered a hydrogenase-ferredoxin fusion that also contained several other modifications. In addition to the C-terminal ferredoxin fusion, we truncated the C-terminus of the hydrogenase small subunit, identified as the available terminus closer to the electron transfer region. We also neutralized an anionic patch surrounding the interface Fe-S cluster to improve transfer kinetics with the negatively charged ferredoxin. Initial screening showed the enzyme tolerated both truncation and charge neutralization on the small subunit ferredoxin-binding face. While the enzyme activity was relatively unchanged using the substrate methyl viologen, we observed a marked improvement from both the ferredoxin fusion and surface modification using only dithionite as an electron donor. Combining ferredoxin fusion and surface charge modification showed progressively improved activity in an in vitro assay with purified enzyme. PMID:25603181

  10. Magnetic characteristics of a high-layer-number NiFe/FeMn multilayer

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    Paterson, G. W.; Gonçalves, F. J. T.; McFadzean, S.; O'Reilly, S.; Bowman, R.; Stamps, R. L.

    2015-11-01

    We report the static and dynamic magnetic characteristics of a high-layer-number NiFe/FeMn multilayer test structure with potential applications in broadband absorber and filter devices. To allow fine control over the absorption linewidths and to understand the mechanisms governing the resonances in a tailored structure similar to that expected to be used in real world applications, the multilayer was intentionally designed to have layer thickness and interface roughness variations. Magnetometry measurements show that the sample has complex hysteresis loops with features consistent with single ferromagnetic film reversals. Characterisation by transmission electron microscopy allows us to correlate the magnetic properties with structural features, including the film widths and interface roughnesses. Analysis of resonance frequencies from broadband ferromagnetic resonance measurements as a function of field magnitude and orientation provide values of the local exchange bias, rotatable anisotropy, and uniaxial anisotropy fields for specific layers in the stack and explain the observed mode softening. The linewidths of the multilayer are adjustable around the bias field, approaching twice that seen at larger fields, allowing control over the bandwidth of devices formed from the structure.

  11. Cotunneling enhancement of magnetoresistance in double magnetic tunnel junctions with embedded superparamagnetic NiFe nanoparticles

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    Dempsey, K. J.; Hindmarch, A. T.; Wei, H.-X.; Qin, Q.-H.; Wen, Z.-C.; Wang, W.-X.; Vallejo-Fernandez, G.; Arena, D. A.; Han, X.-F.; Marrows, C. H.

    2010-12-01

    Temperature and bias voltage-dependent transport characteristics are presented for double magnetic tunnel junctions (DMTJs) with self-assembled NiFe nanoparticles embedded between insulating alumina barriers. The junctions with embedded nanoparticles are compared to junctions with a single barrier of comparable size and growth conditions. The embedded particles are characterized using x-ray absorption spectroscopy, transmission electron microscopy, and magnetometry techniques, showing that they are unoxidized and remain superparamagnetic to liquid helium temperatures. The tunneling magnetoresistance (TMR) for the DMTJs is lower than the control samples, however, for the DMTJs an enhancement in TMR is seen in the Coulomb blockade region. Fitting the transport data in this region supports the theory that cotunneling is the dominant electron transport process within the Coulomb blockade region, sequential tunneling being suppressed. We therefore see an enhanced TMR attributed to the change in the tunneling process due to the interplay of the Coulomb blockade and spin-dependent tunneling through superparamagnetic nanoparticles, and develop a simple model to quantify the effect, based on the fact that our nanoparticles will appear blocked when measured on femtosecond tunneling time scales.

  12. Magnetization switching in a mesoscopic NiFe ring with nanoconstrictions of wire

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    Lu, Zhengqi; Zhou, Yun; Du, Yuqing; Wilton, D.; Pan, G.; Chen, Yifang; Cui, Zheng

    2006-04-01

    Magnetoresistance in a mesoscopic NiFe ring with nanoconstrictions of wire has been measured. For the applied field tilted from the perpendicular direction, it is shown that the applied current has an effect on the switching fields and finally the transition process due to the spin torque effect. The decrease or increase in the switching field from the vortex state to the onion state depends on the electron flow with respect to the direction of domain propagation. The magnetization in the ring exhibits only a double switching process at a low applied current. However, when the applied current is higher than the critical current density, the magnetization shows a combination of single and double switching processes. For the applied field direction perpendicular to the wire, an enhancement in magnetoresistance is obtained around zero fields at a low applied current, which is due to the domain wall trapped at nanoconstrictions. Furthermore, it is found that the magnetization in the ring goes via a single onion to onion switching process at whatever value of the applied current.

  13. Magnetization reversal and dynamics in non-interacting NiFe mesoscopic ring arrays

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    Kaur, M.; Husale, S.; Varandani, D.; Gupta, A.; Senguttuvan, T. D.; Mehta, B. R.; Budhani, R. C.

    2014-04-01

    The dynamics of magnetization (M) reversal and relaxation as a function of temperature (T) are reported in three non-interacting NiFe ring arrays having fixed ring outer diameter and varying widths. Additionally, the dependence of M(H) loop on the angle (θ) between magnetic field (H) and the plane of the rings is addressed. The M(H) loops show a double step transition from onion state (OS) to vortex state (VS) at all temperatures (T = 3 to 300 K) and angles (θ = 0 to 90°). The critical reversal fields HC1 (OS to VS) and HC2 (VS to OS) show a pronounced dependence on T, ring width, and θ. Estimation of the transverse and vortex domain wall energies reveals that the latter is favored in the OS. The OS is also the remanent state in the smallest rings and decays with the effective energy scale (U0/T) of 50 and 32 meV/K at 10 and 300 K, respectively. The robust in-plane anisotropy of magnetization of ring assemblies is established by scaling the M(H) with θ.

  14. Spin Hall effects from mesoscopic ferromagnetic NiFe thin films

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    Qin, Chuan; Chen, Shuhan; Cai, Yunjiao; Ji, Yi

    The spin Hall effect (SHE) and inverse spin Hall effect (ISHE) have been explored primarily in nonmagnetic heavy metals such as Pt. In this work, we probe SHE/ISHE from mesoscopic ferromagnetic NiFe (Py) films in nonlocal lateral structures. The structure consists of a Py spin injector/detector (F1), a Cu channel, and a second Py stripe (F2) where SHE/ISHE occurs. Low-resistance AlOx layers are placed at all interfaces. For SHE, a charge current passes through F2, and a nonlocal voltage is detected between F1 and Cu. For ISHE, a charge current is injected from F1 into Cu, and the nonlocal voltage is measured between two ends of F2. The in-plane magnetic field is applied perpendicular to F1/F2 stripes. For both measurements, the nonlocal signal for large positive field is different from that of large negative field owing to the SHE/ISHE. Using a simple model, the apparent spin Hall angle (assuming long Py spin diffusion length) of Py is estimated to be 0.010 at 295K and 0.017 at 4.5K.

  15. Magnetic characteristics of a high-layer-number NiFe/FeMn multilayer

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    Paterson, G. W. Gonçalves, F. J. T.; McFadzean, S.; Stamps, R. L.; O'Reilly, S.; Bowman, R.

    2015-11-28

    We report the static and dynamic magnetic characteristics of a high-layer-number NiFe/FeMn multilayer test structure with potential applications in broadband absorber and filter devices. To allow fine control over the absorption linewidths and to understand the mechanisms governing the resonances in a tailored structure similar to that expected to be used in real world applications, the multilayer was intentionally designed to have layer thickness and interface roughness variations. Magnetometry measurements show that the sample has complex hysteresis loops with features consistent with single ferromagnetic film reversals. Characterisation by transmission electron microscopy allows us to correlate the magnetic properties with structural features, including the film widths and interface roughnesses. Analysis of resonance frequencies from broadband ferromagnetic resonance measurements as a function of field magnitude and orientation provide values of the local exchange bias, rotatable anisotropy, and uniaxial anisotropy fields for specific layers in the stack and explain the observed mode softening. The linewidths of the multilayer are adjustable around the bias field, approaching twice that seen at larger fields, allowing control over the bandwidth of devices formed from the structure.

  16. Impact of biquadratic coupling on critical current density in Co/Cu/Ni-Fe nanopillar

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    Aravinthan, D.; Sabareesan, P.; Daniel, M.

    2016-05-01

    We have studied the effect of biquadratic coupling (BQC) on critical current density in the Co/Cu/Ni-Fe nanopillar by solving the magnetization switching dynamics of the free layer which is governed by Landau-Lifshitz-Gilbert-Slonczewski (LLGS) equation. The LLGS equation is analytically solved for the time independent case and value of the critical current density required to initiate the magnetization switching is calculated. Its value in the absence of BQC is 0.8576×1012 Am-2 and in the presence of BQC its value increases to 1.0914×1012 Am-2. BQC field is acting along the easy axis which opposes the free layer magnetization moving to the out of plane and hence the value of critical current density is high in the presence of BQC. We can reduce the critical current density by reducing the BQC field which can be achieved by making the nanopillar with minimal or no roughness in the pinned and free layer.

  17. Microstructure Modeling of a Ni-Fe-Based Superalloy During the Rotary Forging Process

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    Loyda, A.; Hernández-Muñoz, G. M.; Reyes, L. A.; Zambrano-Robledo, P.

    2016-06-01

    The microstructure evolution of Ni-Fe superalloys has a great influence on the mechanical behavior during service conditions. The rotary forging process offers an alternative to conventional bulk forming processes where the parts can be rotary forged with a fraction of the force commonly needed by conventional forging techniques. In this investigation, a numerical modeling of microstructure evolution for design and optimization of the hot forging operations has been used to manufacture a heat-resistant nickel-based superalloy. An Avrami model was implemented into finite element commercial platform DEFORM 3D to evaluate the average grain size and recrystallization during the rotary forging process. The simulations were carried out considering three initial temperatures, 980, 1000, and 1050 °C, to obtain the microstructure behavior after rotary forging. The final average grain size of one case was validated by comparing with results of previous experimental work of disk forging operation. This investigation was aimed to explore the influence of the rotary forging process on microstructure evolution in order to obtain a homogenous and refined grain size in the final component.

  18. Degradation of aniline by heterogeneous Fenton's reaction using a Ni-Fe oxalate complex catalyst.

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    Liu, Yucan; Zhang, Guangming; Fang, Shunyan; Chong, Shan; Zhu, Jia

    2016-11-01

    A Ni-Fe oxalate complex catalyst was synthesized and characterized by means of Brunauer-Emmet-Teller (BET) method, scanning electron microscope (SEM) and X-ray photo-electron spectroscopy (XPS). The catalyst showed good catalytic activity for aniline degradation by heterogeneous Fenton's reaction, in which the synergetic index was 9.3. The effects of reaction temperature, catalyst dosage, hydrogen peroxide concentration and initial pH were investigated. Under the optimum conditions (T = 293 K, catalyst dosage = 0.2 g/L, H2O2 concentration = 4 mmol/L and initial pH = 5.4), 100% aniline could be removed within 35 min, and approximately 88% deamination efficiency was achieved in 60 min. The aniline degradation process followed the pseudo-first-order kinetic (k = 0.177 min(-1)) with activation energy (Ea) of 49.4 kJ mol(-1). Aniline could be removed in a broad initial pH (3-8) due to the excellent pH-tolerance property of the catalyst. The detected ammonium ion indicated that deamination occurred during aniline degradation. It was proposed that deamination synchronized with aniline removal, and aniline was attacked by free radicals to generate benzoquinonimine and phenol. This system is promising for the removal of aniline from water. PMID:27498271

  19. Solid state consolidation nanocrystalline copper-tungsten using cold spray

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    Hall, Aaron Christopher; Sarobol, Pylin; Argibay, Nicolas; Clark, Blythe; Diantonio, Christopher

    2015-09-01

    It is well known that nanostructured metals can exhibit significantly improved properties compared to metals with conventional grain size. Unfortunately, nanocrystalline metals typically are not thermodynamically stable and exhibit rapid grain growth at moderate temperatures. This severely limits their processing and use, making them impractical for most engineering applications. Recent work has shown that a number of thermodynamically stable nanocrystalline metal alloys exist. These alloys have been prepared as powders using severe plastic deformation (e.g. ball milling) processes. Consolidation of these powders without compromise of their nanocrystalline microstructure is a critical step to enabling their use as engineering materials. We demonstrate solid-state consolidation of ball milled copper-tantalum nanocrystalline metal powder using cold spray. Unfortunately, the nanocrystalline copper-tantalum powder that was consolidated did not contain the thermodynamically stable copper-tantalum nanostructure. Nevertheless, this does this demonstrates a pathway to preparation of bulk thermodynamically stable nanocrystalline copper-tantalum. Furthermore, it demonstrates a pathway to additive manufacturing (3D printing) of nanocrystalline copper-tantalum. Additive manufacturing of thermodynamically stable nanocrystalline metals is attractive because it enables maximum flexibility and efficiency in the use of these unique materials.

  20. Magnetic properties of mixed spinel BaTiO{sub 3}-NiFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} composites

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    Sarkar, Babusona; Dalal, Biswajit; Dev Ashok, Vishal; Chakrabarti, Kaushik; De, S. K.; Mitra, Amitava

    2014-03-28

    Solid solution of nickel ferrite (NiFe{sub 2}O{sub 4}) and barium titanate (BaTiO{sub 3}), (100-x)BaTiO{sub 3}–(x) NiFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} has been prepared by solid state reaction. Compressive strain is developed in NiFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} due to mutual structural interaction across the interface of NiFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} and BaTiO{sub 3} phases. Quantitative analysis of X-ray diffraction and X-ray photo electron spectrum suggest mixed spinel structure of NiFe{sub 2}O{sub 4}. A systematic study of composition dependence of composite indicates BaTiO{sub 3} causes a random distribution of Fe and Ni cations among octahedral and tetrahedral sites during non-equilibrium growth of NiFe{sub 2}O{sub 4}. The degree of inversion decreases monotonically from 0.97 to 0.75 with increase of BaTiO{sub 3} content. Temperature dependence of magnetization has been analyzed by four sublattice model to describe complex magnetic exchange interactions in mixed spinel phase. Curie temperature and saturation magnetization decrease with increase of BaTiO{sub 3} concentration. Enhancement of strain and larger occupancy of Ni{sup 2+} at tetrahedral site increase coercivity up to 200 Oe. Magnetostructual coupling induced by BaTiO{sub 3} improves coercivity in NiFe{sub 2}O{sub 4}. An increase in the demagnetization and homogeneity in magnetization process in NiFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} is observed due to the interaction with diamagnetic BaTiO{sub 3}.

  1. Light-induced reactivation of O2-tolerant membrane-bound [Ni-Fe] hydrogenase from the hyperthermophilic bacterium Aquifex aeolicus under turnover conditions.

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    Ciaccafava, Alexandre; Hamon, Cyrille; Infossi, Pascale; Marchi, Valérie; Giudici-Orticoni, Marie-Thérèse; Lojou, Elisabeth

    2013-10-21

    We report the effect of UV-Vis light on the membrane-bound [Ni-Fe] hydrogenase from Aquifex aeolicus under turnover conditions. Using electrochemistry, we show a potential dependent light sensitivity and propose that a light-induced structural change of the [Ni-Fe] active site is related to an enhanced reactivation of the hydrogenase under illumination at high potentials. PMID:23999766

  2. Observation of Cu nanometre scale clusters formed in Fe85Si2B8P4Cu1 nanocrystalline soft magnetic alloy by a spherical aberration-corrected TEM/STEM

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    Nishijima, Masahiko; Matsuura, Makoto; Zhang, Yan; Makino, Akihiro

    2015-05-01

    Microstructure of a nanocrystalline soft magnetic Fe85Si2B8P4Cu1 alloy (NANOMET®) was investigated by the state of the art spherical aberration-corrected TEM/STEM. Observation by TEM shows that the microstructure of NANOMET® heat treated at 738 K for 600 s which exhibits the optimum soft magnetic properties has homogeneously distributed bcc-Fe nanocrystallites with the average grain size of 30 nm embedded in an amorphous matrix. Elemental mappings indicate that P is excluded from bcc-Fe grains and enriched outside the grains, which causes to retard the grain growth of bcc-Fe crystallites. The aberration-corrected STEM-EDS analysis with the ultrafine electron probe successfully proved that Cu atoms form nanometre scale clusters inside and/or outside the bcc-Fe nanocrystallites.

  3. Non-Volatile Ferroelectric Switching of Ferromagnetic Resonance in NiFe/PLZT Multiferroic Thin Film Heterostructures

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    Hu, Zhongqiang; Wang, Xinjun; Nan, Tianxiang; Zhou, Ziyao; Ma, Beihai; Chen, Xiaoqin; Jones, John G.; Howe, Brandon M.; Brown, Gail J.; Gao, Yuan; Lin, Hwaider; Wang, Zhiguang; Guo, Rongdi; Chen, Shuiyuan; Shi, Xiaoling; Shi, Wei; Sun, Hongzhi; Budil, David; Liu, Ming; Sun, Nian X.

    2016-01-01

    Magnetoelectric effect, arising from the interfacial coupling between magnetic and electrical order parameters, has recently emerged as a robust means to electrically manipulate the magnetic properties in multiferroic heterostructures. Challenge remains as finding an energy efficient way to modify the distinct magnetic states in a reliable, reversible, and non-volatile manner. Here we report ferroelectric switching of ferromagnetic resonance in multiferroic bilayers consisting of ultrathin ferromagnetic NiFe and ferroelectric Pb0.92La0.08Zr0.52Ti0.48O3 (PLZT) films, where the magnetic anisotropy of NiFe can be electrically modified by low voltages. Ferromagnetic resonance measurements confirm that the interfacial charge-mediated magnetoelectric effect is dominant in NiFe/PLZT heterostructures. Non-volatile modification of ferromagnetic resonance field is demonstrated by applying voltage pulses. The ferroelectric switching of magnetic anisotropy exhibits extensive applications in energy-efficient electronic devices such as magnetoelectric random access memories, magnetic field sensors, and tunable radio frequency (RF)/microwave devices. PMID:27581071

  4. High performance NiFe layered double hydroxide for methyl orange dye and Cr(VI) adsorption.

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    Lu, Yi; Jiang, Bin; Fang, Liang; Ling, Faling; Gao, Jiemei; Wu, Fang; Zhang, Xihua

    2016-06-01

    The NiFe layered double hydroxides (LDHs) with different mole ratio of Ni/Fe (4:1, 3:1, 7:3 and 1:1) were prepared by a simple coprecipitation method. The adsorption performance were evaluated by the removal of methyl orange (MO) dye and hexavalent chromium(VI) heavy metal ion. It is found that Ni4Fe1-LDH can remove more than 92% of MO in 10 min at the 10 mg/L MO initial concentration, and 97% of Cr(VI) in 1 h at 4 mg/L Cr2O7(2-) initial concentration. The saturated adsorption capacity of Ni4Fe1-LDH is found to be as large as 205.76 mg/g for MO and 26.78 mg/g for Cr(VI). The adsorption behavior of this new adsorbent is fitted well with Langmuir isotherm and the pseudo-second-order kinetic model, indicative of a monolayer and chemical adsorption that synergistically originates from exchangeable anions mechanism and layer charge density. Due to the excellent removal capacity of MO and Cr(VI), the NiFe-LDHs could be a promising adsorbent for wastewater treatment. PMID:26999751

  5. Synthesis of highly ordered 30 nm NiFe2O4 particles by the microwave-combustion method

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    Mahmoud, M. H.; Elshahawy, A. M.; Makhlouf, Salah A.; Hamdeh, H. H.

    2014-11-01

    NiFe2O4 of 30 nm average size was synthesized by microwave combustion and subsequent solid state reaction at 1273 K. The materials were characterized by X-ray diffraction, TEM, vibrating sample magnetometery and Mössbauer spectroscopy. The microwave combustion produced materials were comprised chemically of ferrites and a smaller amount of hematite. The NiFe2O4 particles have the cubic spinel structure with crystallites of sizes less than 10 nm, and were found to have low magnetization, and essentially no hysteresis loop; characteristics of superparamagnetism. Upon annealing at temperatures 973 K and below, crystallite growth was accompanied by increase in both coercive field and magnetization. The coercive field was a maximum for the sample annealed at 973 K. On the other hand, crystallite growth at higher annealing temperatures yielded mainly ferrites and improvement in soft magnetic properties. Mössbauer and magnetization measurements indicate that the fine NiFe2O4 particles produced at the annealing temperature of 1273 K are in good chemical and magnetic order, excluding the spins arrangement at the surface of the particles which show spin glass-like behavior.

  6. Non-Volatile Ferroelectric Switching of Ferromagnetic Resonance in NiFe/PLZT Multiferroic Thin Film Heterostructures.

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    Hu, Zhongqiang; Wang, Xinjun; Nan, Tianxiang; Zhou, Ziyao; Ma, Beihai; Chen, Xiaoqin; Jones, John G; Howe, Brandon M; Brown, Gail J; Gao, Yuan; Lin, Hwaider; Wang, Zhiguang; Guo, Rongdi; Chen, Shuiyuan; Shi, Xiaoling; Shi, Wei; Sun, Hongzhi; Budil, David; Liu, Ming; Sun, Nian X

    2016-01-01

    Magnetoelectric effect, arising from the interfacial coupling between magnetic and electrical order parameters, has recently emerged as a robust means to electrically manipulate the magnetic properties in multiferroic heterostructures. Challenge remains as finding an energy efficient way to modify the distinct magnetic states in a reliable, reversible, and non-volatile manner. Here we report ferroelectric switching of ferromagnetic resonance in multiferroic bilayers consisting of ultrathin ferromagnetic NiFe and ferroelectric Pb0.92La0.08Zr0.52Ti0.48O3 (PLZT) films, where the magnetic anisotropy of NiFe can be electrically modified by low voltages. Ferromagnetic resonance measurements confirm that the interfacial charge-mediated magnetoelectric effect is dominant in NiFe/PLZT heterostructures. Non-volatile modification of ferromagnetic resonance field is demonstrated by applying voltage pulses. The ferroelectric switching of magnetic anisotropy exhibits extensive applications in energy-efficient electronic devices such as magnetoelectric random access memories, magnetic field sensors, and tunable radio frequency (RF)/microwave devices. PMID:27581071

  7. [NiFe]-hydrogenase is essential for cyanobacterium Synechocystis sp. PCC 6803 aerobic growth in the dark

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    De Rosa, Edith; Checchetto, Vanessa; Franchin, Cinzia; Bergantino, Elisabetta; Berto, Paola; Szabò, Ildikò; Giacometti, Giorgio M.; Arrigoni, Giorgio; Costantini, Paola

    2015-01-01

    The cyanobacterium Synechocystis sp. PCC 6803 has a bidirectional [NiFe]-hydrogenase (Hox hydrogenase) which reversibly reduces protons to H2. This enzyme is composed of a hydrogenase domain and a diaphorase moiety, which is distinctly homologous to the NADH input module of mitochondrial respiratory Complex I. Hox hydrogenase physiological function is still unclear, since it is not required for Synechocystis fitness under standard growth conditions. We analyzed the phenotype under prolonged darkness of three Synechocystis knock-out strains, lacking either Hox hydrogenase (ΔHoxE-H) or one of the proteins responsible for the assembly of its NiFe active site (ΔHypA1 and ΔHypB1). We found that Hox hydrogenase is required for Synechocystis growth under this condition, regardless of the functional status of its catalytic site, suggesting an additional role beside hydrogen metabolism. Moreover, quantitative proteomic analyses revealed that the expression levels of several subunits of the respiratory NADPH/plastoquinone oxidoreductase (NDH-1) are reduced when Synechocystis is grown in the dark. Our findings suggest that the Hox hydrogenase could contribute to electron transport regulation when both photosynthetic and respiratory pathways are down-regulated, and provide a possible explanation for the close evolutionary relationship between mitochondrial respiratory Complex I and cyanobacterial [NiFe]-hydrogenases. PMID:26215212

  8. Preparation and low-frequency microwave-absorbing properties of MWCNTs/Co-Ni/Fe3O4 hybrid material

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    Lu, Shao-Wei; Yuan, Chao-Jun; Jia, Cai-Xia; Ma, Ke-Ming; Wang, Xiao-Qiang

    2016-04-01

    MWCNTs/Co-Ni/Fe3O4 hybrid material has been successfully prepared by electroless plating and coprecipitation method, which is applied to the low-frequency microwave absorption. Their surface morphology, structure, magnetism and electromagnetic properties in the low-frequency range of 1-4GHz were characterized by field-emission scanning electron microscope (FE-SEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD), vibrating sample magnetometer (VSM) and vector network analyzer. Results indicated that magnetic Co-Ni/Fe3O4 particles were attached on the surface of multi-walled carbon nanotubes successfully. The saturation magnetization of MWCNTs/Co-Ni/Fe3O4 hybrid materials was 68.6emu/g and the coercivity is 17.9 Oe. The electromagnetic and microwave absorbing properties analysis in the low-frequency range of 1-4GHz indicated that the hybrid material exhibited excellent magnetic loss and the maximum reflection loss could reach ‑13.57dB at 1.51GHz with 1.05GHz bandwidth below ‑5dB.

  9. In situ studies of surface of NiFe2O4 catalyst during complete oxidation of methane

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    Zhang, Shiran; Shan, Junjun; Nie, Longhui; Nguyen, Luan; Wu, Zili; Tao, Franklin

    2015-12-21

    Here, NiFe2O4 with an inverse spinel structure exhibits high activity for a complete oxidation of methane at 400 °C–425 °C and a higher temperature. The surface of the catalyst and its adsorbates were well characterized with ambient pressure X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (AP-XPS) and in situ infrared spectroscopy (IR). In situ studies of the surface of NiFe2O4 using AP-XPS suggest the formation of methoxy-like and formate-like intermediates at a temperature lower than 200 °C, supported by the observed vibrational signatures in in situ IR studies. Evolutions of C1s photoemission features and the nominal atomic ratios of C/(Ni + Fe) of themore » catalyst surface suggest that the formate-like intermediate is transformed to product molecules CO2 and H2O in the temperature range of 250–300 °C. In situ studies suggest the formation of a spectator, – Olattice – CH2 – Olattice –. It strongly bonds to surface through C–O bonds and cannot be activated even at 400 °C.« less

  10. In situ studies of surface of NiFe2O4 catalyst during complete oxidation of methane

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    Zhang, Shiran; Shan, Junjun; Nie, Longhui; Nguyen, Luan; Wu, Zili; Tao, Franklin (Feng)

    2016-06-01

    NiFe2O4 with an inverse spinel structure exhibits high activity for a complete oxidation of methane at 400 °C-425 °C and a higher temperature. The surface of the catalyst and its adsorbates were well characterized with ambient pressure X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (AP-XPS) and in situ infrared spectroscopy (IR). In situ studies of the surface of NiFe2O4 using AP-XPS suggest the formation of methoxy-like and formate-like intermediates at a temperature lower than 200 °C, supported by the observed vibrational signatures in in situ IR studies. Evolutions of C1s photoemission features and the nominal atomic ratios of C/(Ni + Fe) of the catalyst surface suggest that the formate-like intermediate is transformed to product molecules CO2 and H2O in the temperature range of 250-300 °C. In situ studies suggest the formation of a spectator, - Olatticesbnd CH2sbnd Olattice -. It strongly bonds to surface through Csbnd O bonds and cannot be activated even at 400 °C.

  11. Nickel-zinc ferrite/permalloy (Ni0.5Zn0.5Fe2O4/Ni-Fe) soft magnetic nanocomposites fabricated by electro-infiltration

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    Wen, Xiao; Kelly, Stefan J.; Andrew, Jennifer S.; Arnold, David P.

    2016-05-01

    Magnetically soft NiZn ferrite (Ni0.5Zn0.5Fe2O4) nanoparticles are embedded within a permalloy (Ni-Fe) matrix via an electro-infiltration process as thin films intended for use as on-chip inductor cores in the MHz frequency regime. A layer of NiZn ferrite nanoparticles is first deposited, and then permalloy is electroplated through the voids to encapsulate the particles and form three-dimensional ferrite/alloy nanocomposites. The composites are estimated to contain 37% ferrite by volume and exhibit a relative permeability of ˜320, a saturation of ˜1.15 T, and an operational bandwidth of 93 MHz. Compared to a permalloy thin film of similar thickness, the nanocomposite exhibits 39% higher electrical resistivity and 50% higher bandwidth.

  12. Nanocrystalline ceramic materials

    DOEpatents

    Siegel, Richard W.; Nieman, G. William; Weertman, Julia R.

    1994-01-01

    A method for preparing a treated nanocrystalline metallic material. The method of preparation includes providing a starting nanocrystalline metallic material with a grain size less than about 35 nm, compacting the starting nanocrystalline metallic material in an inert atmosphere and annealing the compacted metallic material at a temperature less than about one-half the melting point of the metallic material.

  13. Temperature dependence of the magnetostriction and the induced anisotropy in nanocrystalline FeCuNbSiB alloys, and their fluxgate properties

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    Nielsen, O.V.; Petersen, J.R.; Herzer, G.

    1994-03-01

    Making use of the stress induced magnetic anisotropy in some iron-rich FeCuNbSiD nanocrystalline materials the authors studied the thermal dependence of their magnetostriction which becomes zero below the Curie temperature. The choice of a suitable composition and annealing temperature results in materials with zero magnetostriction at room temperature. Due to the low magnetostriction these materials have very promising fluxgate properties which were studied as well.

  14. Engineering Hyperthermophilic Archaeon Pyrococcus furiosus to Overproduce Its Cytoplasmic [NiFe]-Hydrogenase*

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    Chandrayan, Sanjeev K.; McTernan, Patrick M.; Hopkins, R. Christopher; Sun, Junsong; Jenney, Francis E.; Adams, Michael W. W.

    2012-01-01

    The cytoplasmic hydrogenase (SHI) of the hyperthermophilic archaeon Pyrococcus furiosus is an NADP(H)-dependent heterotetrameric enzyme that contains a nickel-iron catalytic site, flavin, and six iron-sulfur clusters. It has potential utility in a range of bioenergy systems in vitro, but a major obstacle in its use is generating sufficient amounts. We have engineered P. furiosus to overproduce SHI utilizing a recently developed genetic system. In the overexpression (OE-SHI) strain, transcription of the four-gene SHI operon was under the control of a strong constitutive promoter, and a Strep-tag II was added to the N terminus of one subunit. OE-SHI and wild-type P. furiosus strains had similar rates of growth and H2 production on maltose. Strain OE-SHI had a 20-fold higher transcription of the polycistronic hydrogenase mRNA encoding SHI, and the specific activity of the cytoplasmic hydrogenase was ∼10-fold higher when compared with the wild-type strain, although the expression levels of genes encoding processing and maturation of SHI were the same in both strains. Overexpressed SHI was purified by a single affinity chromatography step using the Strep-tag II, and it and the native form had comparable activities and physical properties. Based on protein yield per gram of cells (wet weight), the OE-SHI strain yields a 100-fold higher amount of hydrogenase when compared with the highest homologous [NiFe]-hydrogenase system previously reported (from Synechocystis). This new P. furiosus system will allow further engineering of SHI and provide hydrogenase for efficient in vitro biohydrogen production. PMID:22157005

  15. Hydrogens detected by subatomic resolution protein crystallography in a [NiFe] hydrogenase.

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    Ogata, Hideaki; Nishikawa, Koji; Lubitz, Wolfgang

    2015-04-23

    The enzyme hydrogenase reversibly converts dihydrogen to protons and electrons at a metal catalyst. The location of the abundant hydrogens is of key importance for understanding structure and function of the protein. However, in protein X-ray crystallography the detection of hydrogen atoms is one of the major problems, since they display only weak contributions to diffraction and the quality of the single crystals is often insufficient to obtain sub-ångström resolution. Here we report the crystal structure of a standard [NiFe] hydrogenase (∼91.3 kDa molecular mass) at 0.89 Å resolution. The strictly anoxically isolated hydrogenase has been obtained in a specific spectroscopic state, the active reduced Ni-R (subform Ni-R1) state. The high resolution, proper refinement strategy and careful modelling allow the positioning of a large part of the hydrogen atoms in the structure. This has led to the direct detection of the products of the heterolytic splitting of dihydrogen into a hydride (H(-)) bridging the Ni and Fe and a proton (H(+)) attached to the sulphur of a cysteine ligand. The Ni-H(-) and Fe-H(-) bond lengths are 1.58 Å and 1.78Å, respectively. Furthermore, we can assign the Fe-CO and Fe-CN(-) ligands at the active site, and can obtain the hydrogen-bond networks and the preferred proton transfer pathway in the hydrogenase. Our results demonstrate the precise comprehensive information available from ultra-high-resolution structures of proteins as an alternative to neutron diffraction and other methods such as NMR structural analysis. PMID:25624102

  16. Structural and phase transformations, thermal stability, and magnetic and corrosive properties of nanocrystalline iron-based alloys obtained by mechanoactivation in organic media

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    Lomayeva, S. F.

    2007-10-01

    A review of works on the investigations of structural and phase transformations that occur in iron during its mechanical disintegration in the presence of liquid organic media. It is shown that the mechanoactivation of metals in the presence of organic media leads to the formation of a nanocrystalline structure of complex phase composition which is determined by the chemical nature of the milling medium and can include (in different proportions) α-Fe, amorphous phases, carbides, oxides, etc. By varying the composition of the medium, the duration of milling, and the temperature of a subsequent heat treatment, it is possible to obtain nanocrystalline systems with different structural and phase composition, dispersity, and thermal, magnetic and corrosive properties. It has been shown that for the investigation of processes that take place in nanocrystalline materials, it is necessary to use, apart from methods of analysis of the composition and structure of substances at the mesoscopic level (electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction, etc.), also methods which give information at the level of local atomic environment. In this work, Mössbauer spectroscopy was used for the systems on the basis of iron.

  17. Magnetic properties and remanent magnetization of a mixture of Fe-Ni alloys simulated to the Yamato 74646 (LL6) chondrite

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    Nagai, H.; Momose, K.-I.; Funaki, M.

    Magnetic properties of mixtures of two alloys, 5 at pct Ni-Fe and 29 at pct Ni-Fe, containing varying (from 0.0 to 100 at pct) concentrations of the former, were investigated and compared to those of a Ni-Fe alloy mixture simulating the Yamato 74646 (LL6) chondrite; this mixture was prepared in accordance with the analysis data of Nagahara (1979). The original thermoremanent magnetization of alloy mixtures was acquired by heating for 2 h at 850 C and cooling to room temperature in a geomagnetic field. Remanent magnetization (RM) was measured during cooling at 77 K. It was found that the RM of the alloys simulating the Yamato chondrite was thermally stable. The intensity of RM obtained by cooling at 77 K in geomagnetic field increased by about 10 percent compared to the original one, whereas that acquired by cooling at 77 K in zero magnetic field decreased by about 25 percent.

  18. One-pot fabrication of NiFe2O4 nanoparticles on α-Ni(OH)2 nanosheet for enhanced water oxidation

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    Chen, Hong; Yan, Junqing; Wu, Huan; Zhang, Yunxia; Liu, Shengzhong (Frank)

    2016-08-01

    Water splitting has been intensively investigated as a promising solution to resolve the future environmental and energy crises. The oxygen evolution reaction (OER) of the photo- and electric field-induced water splitting limits the development of other reactions, including hydrogen evolution reaction (HER). Fe, Ni and NiFe (hydro) oxide-based catalysts are generally acknowledged among the best candidates of OER catalysts for water splitting. Herein, we developed a one-pot simple hydrothermal process to assemble NiFe2O4 nanoparticles onto the α-Ni(OH)2 nanosheets. The first formed NiFe2O4 under high temperature and pressure environment induces and assists the α-Ni(OH)2 formation without any further additives, because the distance between the neighboring Ni atoms in the cubic NiFe2O4 is similar to that in the α-Ni(OH)2 {003} facets. We have synthesized a series of NiFe2O4/α-Ni(OH)2 compounds and find that the overpotential decreases with the increase of Ni(OH)2 content while the OER kinetics stays unchanged, suggesting that Ni(OH)2 plays a major role in overpotential while NiFe2O4 mainly affects the OER kinetics. The obtained NiFe2O4/α-Ni(OH)2 compounds is also found to be a promising co-catalyst for the photocatalytic water oxidation. In fact, it is even more active than the noble PtOx with acceptable stability for the oxygen generation.

  19. Synthesis and characterization of NiFe{sub 2}O{sub 4}–Pd magnetically recyclable catalyst for hydrogenation reaction

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    Karaoğlu, E.; Özel, U.; Caner, C.; Baykal, A.; Summak, M.M.; Sözeri, H.

    2012-12-15

    Graphical abstract: Display Omitted Highlights: ► Novel superparamagnetic NiFe{sub 2}O{sub 4}–Pd magnetically recyclable catalyst was fabricated through co-precipitation. ► It could be reused several times without significant loss in catalytic activity for hydrogenation reaction. ► No further modification of the NiFe{sub 2}O{sub 4}–Pd magnetically recyclable catalyst is necessary for utilization as catalyst. -- Abstract: Herein we report the fabrication and characterization magnetically recyclable catalysts of NiFe{sub 2}O{sub 4}–Pd nanocomposite as highly effective catalysts for reduction reactions in liquid phase. The reduction Pd{sup 2+} was accomplished with polyethylene glycol 400 (PEG-400) instead of sodium borohydride (NaBH{sub 4}) and NiFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} nanoparticles was prepared by sonochemically using FeCI{sub 3}·6H{sub 2}O and NiCl{sub 2}. The chemical characterization of the product was done with X-ray diffractometry, Infrared spectroscopy, transmission electron microscopy, UV–Vis spectroscopy, thermal gravimetry and inductively coupled plasma. Thus formed NiFe{sub 2}O{sub 4}–Pd MRCs showed a very high activity in reduction reactions of 4-nitro aniline and 1,3-dinitrobenzene in liquid phase. It was found out that the catalytic activity of NiFe{sub 2}O{sub 4}–Pd MRCs on the reduction of 4-nitro aniline and 1,3-dinitrobenzene in liquid phase are between 99–93% and 98–93%, respectively. Magnetic character of this system allowed recovery and multiple use without significant loss of its catalytic activity. It is found that NiFe{sub 2}O{sub 4}–Pd MRCs showed very efficient catalytic activity and multiple usability.

  20. Advances in amorphous and nanocrystalline materials

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    Hasegawa, Ryusuke

    2012-10-01

    A new amorphous alloy has been recently introduced which shows a saturation magnetic induction Bs of 1.64 T which is compared with Bs=1.57 T for a currently available Fe-based amorphous alloy and decreased magnetic losses. Such a combination is rare but can be explained in terms of induced magnetic anisotropy being reduced by the alloy's chemistry and its heat treatment. It has been found that the region of magnetization rotation in the new alloy is considerably narrowed, resulting in reduced exciting power in the magnetic devices utilizing the material. Efforts to increase Bs also have been made for nanocrystalline alloys. For example, a nanocrystalline alloy having a composition of Fe80.5Cu1.5Si4B14 shows Bs exceeding 1.8 T. The iron loss at 50 Hz and at 1.6 T induction in a toroidal core of this material is 0.46 W/kg which is 2/3 that of a grain-oriented silicon steel. At 20 kHz/0.2 T excitation, the iron loss is about 60% of that in an Fe-based amorphous alloy which is widely used in power electronics. Another example is a Fe85Si2B8P4Cu1 nanocrystalline alloy with a Bs of 1.8 T, which is reported to exhibit a magnetic core loss of about 0.2 W/kg at 50 Hz and at 1.5 T induction. This article is a review of these new developments and their impacts on energy efficient magnetic devices.

  1. Thermo-therapeutic applications of chitosan- and PEG-coated NiFe2O4 nanoparticles

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    Manjura Hoque, S.; Tariq, Mehrin; Liba, S. I.; Salehin, F.; Mahmood, Z. H.; Khan, M. N. I.; Chattopadhayay, K.; Islam, Rafiqul; Akhter, S.

    2016-07-01

    The paper reports the thermo-therapeutic applications of chitosan- and PEG-coated nickel ferrite (NiFe2O4) nanoparticles. In this study NiFe2O4 nanoparticles were synthesized by the co-precipitation method, tuning the particle size through heat treatment in the temperature range from 200–800 °C for 3 h. XRD and TEM analysis revealed that the the ultrafine nanoparticles were of size 2–58 nm. Crystallinity of the NiFe2O4 nanoparticles in the as-dried condition with the particle size ∼2–3 nm was confirmed from the presence of a lattice fringe in the HRTEM image. VSM measurements showed that a superparamagnetic/ferromagnetic transition occurs with increasing particle size, which was further confirmed by Mössbauer spectroscopy. The nickel ferrite nanoparticles with optimum particle size of 10 nm were then coated with materials commonly used for biomedical applications, i.e. chitosan and PEG, to form homogeneous suspensions. The hydrodynamic diameter and the polydispersity index (PDI) were analyzed by dynamic light scattering at the physiological temperature of 37 °C and found to be 187 nm and 0.21 for chitosan-coated nanoparticles and 285 nm and 0.32 for PEG-coated ones. The specific loss power of rf induction heating by the set-up for hyperthermia and r 2 relaxivity by the nuclear magnetic resonance were determined. The results of induction heating measurements showed that the temperature attained by the nanoparticles of size 10 nm and concentration of about 20 mg ml‑1 was >70 °C (for chitosan) and >64 °C (for PEG). It has been demonstrated that the required temperature for hyperthermia heating could be tuned by tuning the particle size, shape and magnetization and the concentration of solution. For other potential biomedical applications of the NiFe2O4 nanoparticle solution, e.g. magnetic resonance imaging, the NMR studies yielded the T 1 and T 2 relaxivities as 0.348 and 89 mM‑1 s‑1 respectively. The fact that the T 2 relaxivity is orders of

  2. Transition between onion states and vortex states in exchange-coupled Ni-Fe/Mn-Ir asymmetric ring dots

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    Sasaki, Isao; Nakatani, Ryoichi; Endo, Yasushi; Kawamura, Yoshio; Yamamoto, Masahiko; Takenaga, Takashi; Aya, Sunao; Kuroiwa, Takeharu; Beysen, Sadeh; Kobayashi, Hiroshi

    2006-04-01

    The transition between onion states and vortex states in exchange-coupled Ni-Fe/Mn-Ir asymmetric ring dots has been investigated. A direction of domain wall motion, during the transition from the single-domain state to the vortex state via the onion state, depends on a sweep direction of an external field. This dependence fixes the directions of vortical magnetizations in the vortex states. The derivative of the amount of the domain wall motion with respect to the external field depends on the sweep direction of external field, and thus the hysteresis loop becomes asymmetric.

  3. Laser-wavelength dependence of the picosecond ultrasonic response of a NiFe/NiO/Si structure

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    Bosco, C. A.; Azevedo, A.; Acioli, L. H.

    2002-09-01

    Ultrafast optical excitation and detection of acoustic phonons has been used to analyze ultrathin films composed of NiFe/NiO/Si which are important for applications in magnetic storage and processing. Results are presented on the wavelength dependence of the ultrasonic response of the thin NiO film and bulk Si. Significant changes are observed between detection using the fundamental and the second harmonic of the femtosecond laser as the probe beam. Beatings between low order longitudinal phonons in the NiO layer are observed and measurements of its refractive index and absorption coefficients are performed.

  4. In-situ synthesis of magnetic (NiFe 2O 4/CuO/FeO) nanocomposites

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    Srivastava, Manish; Ojha, Animesh K.; Chaubey, S.; Singh, Jay

    2010-11-01

    In-situ synthesis of magnetic nanocomposites with (NiFe 2O 4/CuO/FeO) crystal phases has been done using a sol-gel method by taking a non-stoichiometric composition of the precursors. The average particle size of the nanocomposites was calculated using X-ray diffraction (XRD) and high resolution tunneling electron microscope (HR-TEM) and it turns out to be ˜20 nm. The vibrating sample magnetometer (VSM) measurements demonstrate the ferromagnetic nature of the nanocomposites. The synthesized nanocomposite was used to prepare magnetic fluid using tetramethylammonium hydroxide as a surfactant and its stability in the solution was also discussed.

  5. Thermo-therapeutic applications of chitosan- and PEG-coated NiFe2O4 nanoparticles.

    PubMed

    Hoque, S Manjura; Tariq, Mehrin; Liba, S I; Salehin, F; Mahmood, Z H; Khan, M N I; Chattopadhayay, K; Islam, Rafiqul; Akhter, S

    2016-07-15

    The paper reports the thermo-therapeutic applications of chitosan- and PEG-coated nickel ferrite (NiFe2O4) nanoparticles. In this study NiFe2O4 nanoparticles were synthesized by the co-precipitation method, tuning the particle size through heat treatment in the temperature range from 200-800 °C for 3 h. XRD and TEM analysis revealed that the the ultrafine nanoparticles were of size 2-58 nm. Crystallinity of the NiFe2O4 nanoparticles in the as-dried condition with the particle size ∼2-3 nm was confirmed from the presence of a lattice fringe in the HRTEM image. VSM measurements showed that a superparamagnetic/ferromagnetic transition occurs with increasing particle size, which was further confirmed by Mössbauer spectroscopy. The nickel ferrite nanoparticles with optimum particle size of 10 nm were then coated with materials commonly used for biomedical applications, i.e. chitosan and PEG, to form homogeneous suspensions. The hydrodynamic diameter and the polydispersity index (PDI) were analyzed by dynamic light scattering at the physiological temperature of 37 °C and found to be 187 nm and 0.21 for chitosan-coated nanoparticles and 285 nm and 0.32 for PEG-coated ones. The specific loss power of rf induction heating by the set-up for hyperthermia and r 2 relaxivity by the nuclear magnetic resonance were determined. The results of induction heating measurements showed that the temperature attained by the nanoparticles of size 10 nm and concentration of about 20 mg ml(-1) was >70 °C (for chitosan) and >64 °C (for PEG). It has been demonstrated that the required temperature for hyperthermia heating could be tuned by tuning the particle size, shape and magnetization and the concentration of solution. For other potential biomedical applications of the NiFe2O4 nanoparticle solution, e.g. magnetic resonance imaging, the NMR studies yielded the T 1 and T 2 relaxivities as 0.348 and 89 mM(-1) s(-1) respectively. The fact that the T 2 relaxivity is orders of magnitude

  6. Reversible magnetization process and magnetoresistance of soft-magnetic (NiFe) /hard-magnetic (CoSm) bilayers

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    Mibu, K.; Nagahama, T.; Shinjo, T.

    1996-10-01

    The magnetization process and magnetoresistance were studied for soft-magnetic (NiFe)/hard-magnetic (CoSm) bilayers. In the course of the magnetization reversal, the magnetic moments in the soft magnetic layer rotate reversibly, while they are pinned by the hard magnetic layer at the interface; consequently, the direction of the magnetic moment distributes successively as in a Bloch wall. The magnetoresistance also shows a reversible change, reflecting the magnetization process. The change is explained by means of the anisotropic magnetoresistance due to angle distributed magnetic moments.

  7. Electric resistance of magnetic domain wall in NiFe wires with CoSm pinning pads

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    Nagahama, T.; Mibu, K.; Shinjo, T.

    2000-05-01

    The contribution of a magnetic domain wall to electric resistivity was measured using NiFe wires (width: 1 μm) partially covered with hard magnetic pads (CoSm). When the wire is covered with N pinning pads, 2N domain walls can be produced in the wire by reversing the magnetization only at the uncovered parts. The resistance for the magnetically saturated state (no domain wall structure) and that for the magnetic structure with 2N domain walls were compared at zero applied field. It was found that the resistance is smaller when magnetic domain walls exist, and that the domain wall resistance is almost temperature independent.

  8. Magnetoresistance of Bloch-wall-type magnetic structures induced in NiFe/CoSm exchange-spring bilayers

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    Mibu, K.; Nagahama, T.; Shinjo, T.; Ono, T.

    1998-09-01

    The magnetoresistance originating from magnetic structures with gradually rotating magnetic moments, like a Bloch wall, was investigated using soft-magnetic (NiFe)/hard-magnetic (CoSm) bilayers, whose magnetic structures were well characterized. The magnetoresistance was measured with an electric current in the film plane; the magnetoresistance in this geometry corresponds to that due to a current parallel to a Bloch wall. The main feature of the magnetoresistance curves was ruled by the anisotropic magnetoresistance. It was found that a giant magnetoresistance-type effect coexisted; the effect was very small in comparison with the anisotropic magnetoresistance effect.

  9. Novel reactions of homodinuclear Ni2 complexes [Ni(RNPyS4)]2 with Fe3(CO)12 to give heterotrinuclear NiFe2 and mononuclear Fe complexes relevant to [NiFe]- and [Fe]-hydrogenases.

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    Song, Li-Cheng; Cao, Meng; Wang, Yong-Xiang

    2015-04-21

    The homodinuclear complexes [Ni(RNPyS4)]2 (; RNPyS4 = 2,6-bis(2-mercaptophenylthiomethyl)-4-R-pyridine; R = H, MeO, Cl, Br, i-Pr) were found to be prepared by reactions of the in situ generated Li2[Ni(1,2-S2C6H4)2] with 2,6-bis[(tosyloxy)methyl]pyridine and its substituted derivatives 2,6-bis[(tosyloxy)methyl]-4-R-pyridine. Further reactions of with Fe3(CO)12 gave both heterotrinuclear complexes NiFe2(RNPyS4)(CO)5 () and mononuclear complexes Fe(RNPyS4)(CO) (), unexpectedly. Interestingly, complexes and could be regarded as models for the active sites of [NiFe]- and [Fe]-hydrogenases, respectively. All the prepared complexes were characterized by elemental analysis, spectroscopy, and particularly for some of them, by X-ray crystallography. In addition, the electrochemical properties of and as well as the electrocatalytic H2 production catalyzed by and were investigated by CV techniques. PMID:25747808

  10. Thermal stability of nanocrystalline microstructures

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    Darling, Kris Allen

    The objective of the proposed research is to develop the experimental data and scientific basis that can optimize the thermodynamic stabilization of a nanoscale microstructure during consolidation of Fe powder particles through select solute diffusion to grain boundaries. Fe based alloys were high energy ball milled to produce supersaturated solid solutions with a nominal grain size of ˜10nm. Solutes such as Y, W, Ta, Ni and Zr were selected based on their propensity to grain boundary segregated in Fe. Based on preliminary heat treatments Zr was selected as the solute of choice. Upon further heat treating experiments and microstructural analysis it was found that Zr solute additions of <4at% could stabilize a nanocrystalline microstructure of <100nm at temperatures in excess of 900°C. This is in stark comparison to pure nanocrystalline Fe which shows coarsening to the micron scale after annealing above 600°C. Reduction in grain boundary energy due to Zr segregation and solute drag are proposed as mechanism responsible for the observed thermal stability. In addition to the work presented on Fe based Zr alloys supplementary research is presented on the following systems: Fe based Ni alloys, Pd 20at%Zr, Cu3Ge and CuGeO3. The addition of Ni to Fe was selected as a control. Since Ni and Fe have similar atomic radii, the elastic enthalpy of segregation of Ni in Fe is low (+1kJ/mol) and at high temperatures Ni has complete solid solubility in Fe; it is suggested that Ni will have a negligible influence in the thermal stability of nanocrystalline Fe. It was shown that at 700°C the addition of 1at% Ni produce a bimodal microstructure consisting of ˜70% abnormally grown grains and ˜30% nanocrystalline grains of 100-200nm. While these results are interesting extensive work is still needed to understand the mechanisms governing the thermal stability in this system. A presentation of the collected data is given. Pd 20 at% Zr was high energy ball milled to produce an

  11. Nanocrystalline ceramic materials

    DOEpatents

    Siegel, R.W.; Nieman, G.W.; Weertman, J.R.

    1994-06-14

    A method is disclosed for preparing a treated nanocrystalline metallic material. The method of preparation includes providing a starting nanocrystalline metallic material with a grain size less than about 35 nm, compacting the starting nanocrystalline metallic material in an inert atmosphere and annealing the compacted metallic material at a temperature less than about one-half the melting point of the metallic material. 19 figs.

  12. Synthesis of SiO2 coated NiFe2O4 nanoparticles and the effect of SiO2 shell thickness on the magnetic properties

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    Coşkun, M.; Korkmaz, M.; Fırat, T.; Jaffari, G. H.; Shah, S. I.

    2010-05-01

    In this work, the results of synthesis of core-shell NiFe2O4 nanoparticles and influence of silica coating on the magnetic properties of nanoparticles are presented. Spherical NiFe2O4 nanoparticles were prepared via a normal micelles process. NiFe2O4 nanoparticles homogeneously coated with SiO2 of various shell thickness were synthesized by reverse microemulsion. The interparticle spacing was varied by changing the amount of added tetraethylorthosilicate. The microstructures and morphologies of these nanoparticles were studied by x-ray diffraction and transmission electron microscopy techniques. The magnetic parameters such as saturation magnetizations, blocking temperatures, and magnetic anisotropies have been calculated from dc magnetization and ac susceptibility measurements.

  13. The importance of holes in aluminium tris-8-hydroxyquinoline (Alq{sub 3}) devices with Fe and NiFe contacts

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    Zhang, Hongtao; Desai, P.; Kreouzis, T.; Zhan, Y. Q.; Drew, A. J.; Gillin, W. P.

    2014-01-06

    To study the dominant charge carrier polarity in aluminium tris-8-hydroxyquinoline (Alq{sub 3}) based spin valves, single Alq{sub 3} layer devices with NiFe, ITO, Fe, and aluminium electrodes were fabricated and characterised by Time of Flight (ToF) and Dark Injection (DI) techniques, yielding a lower hole mobility compared to electron mobility. We compare the mobility measured by DI for the dominant carrier injected from NiFe and Fe electrodes into Alq{sub 3}, to that of holes measured by ToF. This comparison leads us to conclude that the dominant charge carriers in Alq{sub 3} based spin valves with NiFe or Fe electrodes are holes.

  14. Operando Analysis of NiFe and Fe Oxyhydroxide Electrocatalysts for Water Oxidation: Detection of Fe⁴⁺ by Mössbauer Spectroscopy.

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    Chen, Jamie Y C; Dang, Lianna; Liang, Hanfeng; Bi, Wenli; Gerken, James B; Jin, Song; Alp, E Ercan; Stahl, Shannon S

    2015-12-01

    Nickel-iron oxides/hydroxides are among the most active electrocatalysts for the oxygen evolution reaction. In an effort to gain insight into the role of Fe in these catalysts, we have performed operando Mössbauer spectroscopic studies of a 3:1 Ni:Fe layered hydroxide and a hydrous Fe oxide electrocatalyst. The catalysts were prepared by a hydrothermal precipitation method that enabled catalyst growth directly on carbon paper electrodes. Fe(4+) species were detected in the NiFe hydroxide catalyst during steady-state water oxidation, accounting for up to 21% of the total Fe. In contrast, no Fe(4+) was detected in the Fe oxide catalyst. The observed Fe(4+) species are not kinetically competent to serve as the active site in water oxidation; however, their presence has important implications for the role of Fe in NiFe oxide electrocatalysts. PMID:26601790

  15. A superlattice of alternately stacked Ni-Fe hydroxide nanosheets and graphene for efficient splitting of water.

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    Ma, Wei; Ma, Renzhi; Wang, Chengxiang; Liang, Jianbo; Liu, Xiaohe; Zhou, Kechao; Sasaki, Takayoshi

    2015-02-24

    Cost-effective electrocatalysts based on nonprecious metals for efficient water splitting are crucial for various technological applications represented by fuel cell. Here, 3d transition metal layered double hydroxides (LDHs) with varied contents of Ni and Fe were successfully synthesized through a homogeneous precipitation. The exfoliated Ni-Fe LDH nanosheets were heteroassembled with graphene oxide (GO) as well as reduced graphene oxide (rGO) into superlattice-like hybrids, in which two kinds of oppositely charged nanosheets are stacked face-to-face in alternating sequence. Heterostructured composites of Ni2/3Fe1/3 LDH nanosheets and GO (Ni2/3Fe1/3-GO) exhibited an excellent oxygen evolution reaction (OER) efficiency with a small overpotential of about 0.23 V and Tafel slope of 42 mV/decade. The activity was further improved via the combination of Ni2/3Fe1/3 LDH nanosheets with more conductive rGO (Ni2/3Fe1/3-rGO) to achieve an overpotential as low as 0.21 V and Tafel plot of 40 mV/decade. The catalytic activity was enhanced with an increased Fe content in the bimetallic Ni-Fe system. Moreover, the composite catalysts were found to be effective for hydrogen evolution reaction. An electrolyzer cell powered by a single AA battery of 1.5 V was demonstrated by using the bifunctional catalysts. PMID:25605063

  16. Flexible in-plane microsupercapacitors with electrospun NiFe2O4 nanofibers for portable sensing applications.

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    Li, La; Lou, Zheng; Han, Wei; Shen, Guozhen

    2016-08-11

    The development of wearable electronic devices in recent decades has brought new opportunities in the exploration of micro-supercapacitors as energy storage units. In this work, we report the fabrication of flexible NiFe2O4 nanofiber based in-plane micro-supercapacitors (MSCs), which can serve as energy storage receptors to drive a portable graphene pressure sensor. The obtained NiFe2O4 nanofiber electrodes exhibited a specific capacitance of 2.23 F cm(-3) at the scan rate of 100 mV s(-1), and excellent rate capability and robust cycling stability with a capacitance retention of 93.6% after 10 000 charge/discharge cycles. Moreover, the in-plane MSCs have superior flexibility and outstanding stability even after repetition of charge/discharge cycles during the convex and concave bending states. The MSCs offered a high energy density of 0.197 mWh cm(-3) and power density up to 2.07 W cm(-3). We also coupled the MSCs with a graphene pressure sensor as a micro-integrated system to implement it's pressure response function and used MATLAB to simulate this system behavior as well. The performance of the designed systems exhibited a stable pressure response, and the simulated results coincide well with the experimental data, demonstrating its feasibility in wearable electronic devices. PMID:27466001

  17. A Universal Scaffold for Synthesis of the Fe(CN)2(CO) Moiety of [NiFe] Hydrogenase*

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    Bürstel, Ingmar; Siebert, Elisabeth; Winter, Gordon; Hummel, Philipp; Zebger, Ingo; Friedrich, Bärbel; Lenz, Oliver

    2012-01-01

    Hydrogen-cycling [NiFe] hydrogenases harbor a dinuclear catalytic center composed of nickel and iron ions, which are coordinated by four cysteine residues. Three unusual diatomic ligands in the form of two cyanides (CN−) and one carbon monoxide (CO) are bound to the iron and apparently account for the complexity of the cofactor assembly process, which involves the function of at least six auxiliary proteins, designated HypA, -B, -C, -D, -E, and -F. It has been demonstrated previously that the HypC, -D, -E, and -F proteins participate in cyanide synthesis and transfer. Here, we show by infrared spectroscopic analysis that the purified HypCD complexes from Ralstonia eutropha and Escherichia coli carry in addition to both cyanides the CO ligand. We present experimental evidence that in vivo the attachment of the CN− ligands is a prerequisite for subsequent CO binding. With the aid of genetic engineering and subsequent mutant analysis, the functional role of conserved cysteine residues in HypD from R. eutropha was investigated. Our results demonstrate that the HypCD complex serves as a scaffold for the assembly of the Fe(CN)2(CO) entity of [NiFe] hydrogenase. PMID:23019332

  18. Ring head recording on perpendicular media: Output spectra for CoCr and CoCr/NiFe media

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    Stubbs, D. P.; Whisler, J. W.; Moe, C. D.; Skorjanec, J.

    1985-04-01

    The recording density response for sputtered CoCr (thickness=0.5 μm) and CoCr/NiFe (t=0.25 μm/0.5 μm) as well as evaporated CoNi (t=0.12 μm) and Co surface-doped iron oxide particulate media has been measured by reading and writing with Mn-Zn ferrite heads (gap length=0.375 μm, track width=37 μm) in contact with the media. Measurements to 200 kfc/i (thousand flux changes per inch) show a gap null around 115 kfc/i. The data have been normalized by dividing out the head sensitivity to obtain the value of spacing plus transition width (d+a) for the various media. For the CoCr media this value varied from 0.075-0.088 μm; for CoNi, 0.100 μm, and for the particulate medium, 0.163 μm. In addition, testing with a larger gapped Mn-Zn ferrite head (g=2.43 μm) shows that the head fields are distorted by the soft magnetic underlayer in dual layer CoCr/NiFe samples when the gap length is large compared to the distance to the underlayer.

  19. Crystal structures and magnetic properties of polyethylene glycol (PEG-4000) and silica-encapsulated nickel ferrite (NiFe2O4) nanoparticles

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    Shofiah, Siti; Muflihatun, Suharyadi, Edi

    2016-04-01

    Crystal structures and magnetic properties of polyethylene glycol (PEG-4000) and silica encapsulated nickel ferrite (NiFe2O4) nanoparticles comparable sizes have been studied in detail. NiFe2O4 were prepared by co-precipitation methods. Crystalline size is 4.8 ± 0.2 nm became 1.6 ± 0.1 nm and 10.6 ± 0.3 nm after encapsulated PEG-4000 and silica, respectively. Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) showed that encapsulated PEG-4000 and silica decreased agglomeration, controlled shape of nanoparticles more spherical and dispersed. Coercivity of NiFe2O4 was 46.2 Oe and then increased after encapsulated PEG-4000 to 47.8 Oe can be related to the multi-domains of NiFe2O4 as influence the crystalline size was decreased. Meanwhile, after encapsulated silica, coercivity of NiFe2O4 became 93 Oe as influence the crystalline size was increased at single-domains due to its strong shape anisotropy. Magnetization value decreased from 5.7 emu/g to 5.3 emu/g and 3.6 emu/g after encapsulated PEG-4000 and silica, respectively. The remanent magnetization showed decreasing when saturation magnetization decreased, and conversely. However, it also depends on presence of α-Fe2O3 phases and their material non magnetic of encapsulating. Based on the result, The magnetic properties exhibit a strong dependence on the crystalline size as influence PEG-4000 and silica encapsulated NiFe2O4 nanoparticles.

  20. Cu2O Photocathode for Low Bias Photoelectrochemical Water Splitting Enabled by NiFe-Layered Double Hydroxide Co-Catalyst

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    Qi, Huan; Wolfe, Jonathan; Fichou, Denis; Chen, Zhong

    2016-01-01

    Layered double hydroxides (LDHs) are bimetallic hydroxides that currently attract considerable attention as co-catalysts in photoelectrochemical (PEC) systems in view of water splitting under solar light. A wide spectrum of LDHs can be easily prepared on demand by tuning their chemical composition and structural morphology. We describe here the electrochemical growth of NiFe-LDH overlayers on Cu2O electrodes and study their PEC behavior. By using the modified Cu2O/NiFe-LDH electrodes we observe a remarkable seven-fold increase of the photocurrent intensity under an applied voltage as low as −0.2 V vs Ag/AgCl. The origin of such a pronounced effect is the improved electron transfer towards the electrolyte brought by the NiFe-LDH overlayer due to an appropriate energy level alignment. Long-term photostability tests reveal that Cu2O/NiFe-LDH photocathodes show no photocurrent loss after 40 hours of operation under light at −0.2 V vs Ag/AgCl low bias condition. These improved performances make Cu2O/NiFe-LDH a suitable photocathode material for low voltage H2 production. Indeed, after 8 hours of H2 production under −0.2 V vs Ag/AgCl the PEC cell delivers a 78% faradaic efficiency. This unprecedented use of Cu2O/NiFe-LDH as an efficient photocathode opens new perspectives in view of low biasd or self-biased PEC water splitting under sunlight illumination. PMID:27487918

  1. Cu2O Photocathode for Low Bias Photoelectrochemical Water Splitting Enabled by NiFe-Layered Double Hydroxide Co-Catalyst.

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    Qi, Huan; Wolfe, Jonathan; Fichou, Denis; Chen, Zhong

    2016-01-01

    Layered double hydroxides (LDHs) are bimetallic hydroxides that currently attract considerable attention as co-catalysts in photoelectrochemical (PEC) systems in view of water splitting under solar light. A wide spectrum of LDHs can be easily prepared on demand by tuning their chemical composition and structural morphology. We describe here the electrochemical growth of NiFe-LDH overlayers on Cu2O electrodes and study their PEC behavior. By using the modified Cu2O/NiFe-LDH electrodes we observe a remarkable seven-fold increase of the photocurrent intensity under an applied voltage as low as -0.2 V vs Ag/AgCl. The origin of such a pronounced effect is the improved electron transfer towards the electrolyte brought by the NiFe-LDH overlayer due to an appropriate energy level alignment. Long-term photostability tests reveal that Cu2O/NiFe-LDH photocathodes show no photocurrent loss after 40 hours of operation under light at -0.2 V vs Ag/AgCl low bias condition. These improved performances make Cu2O/NiFe-LDH a suitable photocathode material for low voltage H2 production. Indeed, after 8 hours of H2 production under -0.2 V vs Ag/AgCl the PEC cell delivers a 78% faradaic efficiency. This unprecedented use of Cu2O/NiFe-LDH as an efficient photocathode opens new perspectives in view of low biasd or self-biased PEC water splitting under sunlight illumination. PMID:27487918

  2. Cu2O Photocathode for Low Bias Photoelectrochemical Water Splitting Enabled by NiFe-Layered Double Hydroxide Co-Catalyst

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    Qi, Huan; Wolfe, Jonathan; Fichou, Denis; Chen, Zhong

    2016-08-01

    Layered double hydroxides (LDHs) are bimetallic hydroxides that currently attract considerable attention as co-catalysts in photoelectrochemical (PEC) systems in view of water splitting under solar light. A wide spectrum of LDHs can be easily prepared on demand by tuning their chemical composition and structural morphology. We describe here the electrochemical growth of NiFe-LDH overlayers on Cu2O electrodes and study their PEC behavior. By using the modified Cu2O/NiFe-LDH electrodes we observe a remarkable seven-fold increase of the photocurrent intensity under an applied voltage as low as ‑0.2 V vs Ag/AgCl. The origin of such a pronounced effect is the improved electron transfer towards the electrolyte brought by the NiFe-LDH overlayer due to an appropriate energy level alignment. Long-term photostability tests reveal that Cu2O/NiFe-LDH photocathodes show no photocurrent loss after 40 hours of operation under light at ‑0.2 V vs Ag/AgCl low bias condition. These improved performances make Cu2O/NiFe-LDH a suitable photocathode material for low voltage H2 production. Indeed, after 8 hours of H2 production under ‑0.2 V vs Ag/AgCl the PEC cell delivers a 78% faradaic efficiency. This unprecedented use of Cu2O/NiFe-LDH as an efficient photocathode opens new perspectives in view of low biasd or self-biased PEC water splitting under sunlight illumination.

  3. Finemet nanocrystalline soft magnetic alloy: Investigation of glass forming ability, crystallization mechanism, production techniques, magnetic softness and the effect of replacing the main constituents by other elements

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    Gheiratmand, T.; Hosseini, H. R. Madaah

    2016-06-01

    Finemet soft magnetic alloy has been in the focus of interest in the last years due to its high saturation magnetization, high permeability and low core loss. The great quantity of papers has been devoted to the study of its structural and magnetic properties, confirms this claim. This paper reviews the different researches performed on Finemet up to now. The criteria that should be satisfied in order to have the high glass forming ability in an alloy and also the techniques applied for production of Finemet ribbons, powders and bulk samples have been explained. In addition, the mechanism of devitrification, nanocrystallization and magnetic softness in this applicable magnetic alloy has been discussed in detail. Finally, the effect of different elements substituted with the main constituents in Finemet has been summarized through the studies on the characterization and magnetic properties of different Finemet-type alloys.

  4. Investigation of dielectric and electrical behaviour of nanocrystalline Zn1-xMnxO (x=0 to 0.10) semiconductors synthesized by mechanical alloying

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    Choudhury, S.; Sain, S.; Mandal, M. K.; Pradhan, S. K.; Meikap, A. K.

    2016-07-01

    The results on the measurement of electric and dielectric behaviour and capacitance-voltage characteristics of Zn1-xMnxO (x=0 to 0.10) nanocrystalline semiconductors are reported. Direct current conductivity increases with the increase Mn concentration and its thermal behavior can be explained by adiabatic polaronic hopping model. The alternating current conductivity obeys a power law of temperature and frequency. The temperature exponent p strongly depends on Mn concentration. The temperature dependence of frequency exponent s suggests that the overlapping large polaron conduction model is the appropriate conduction mechanism for the investigated samples. The interfacial boundaries and grain contribution to the dielectric properties can be identified by the analysis of complex impedance. Relaxation behaviour of the samples can be explained from the analysis of the electric modulus. Formation of Schottky diode can be described from capacitance-voltage characteristic of the samples and different diode parameters can be extracted from it.

  5. A soil actinobacterium scavenges atmospheric H2 using two membrane-associated, oxygen-dependent [NiFe] hydrogenases.

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    Greening, Chris; Berney, Michael; Hards, Kiel; Cook, Gregory M; Conrad, Ralf

    2014-03-18

    In the Earth's lower atmosphere, H2 is maintained at trace concentrations (0.53 ppmv/0.40 nM) and rapidly turned over (lifetime ≤ 2.1 y(-1)). It is thought that soil microbes, likely actinomycetes, serve as the main global sink for tropospheric H2. However, no study has ever unambiguously proven that a hydrogenase can oxidize this trace gas. In this work, we demonstrate, by using genetic dissection and sensitive GC measurements, that the soil actinomycete Mycobacterium smegmatis mc(2)155 constitutively oxidizes subtropospheric concentrations of H2. We show that two membrane-associated, oxygen-dependent [NiFe] hydrogenases mediate this process. Hydrogenase-1 (Hyd1) (MSMEG_2262-2263) is well-adapted to rapidly oxidize H2 at a range of concentrations [Vmax(app) = 12 nmol⋅g⋅dw(-1)⋅min(-1); Km(app) = 180 nM; threshold = 130 pM in the Δhyd23 (Hyd1 only) strain], whereas Hyd2 (MSMEG_2719-2720) catalyzes a slower-acting, higher-affinity process [Vmax(app) = 2.5 nmol⋅g⋅dw(-1)⋅min(-1); Km(app) = 50 nM; threshold = 50 pM in the Δhyd13 (Hyd2 only) strain]. These observations strongly support previous studies that have linked group 5 [NiFe] hydrogenases (e.g., Hyd2) to the oxidation of tropospheric H2 in soil ecosystems. We further reveal that group 2a [NiFe] hydrogenases (e.g., Hyd1) can contribute to this process. Hydrogenase expression and activity increases in carbon-limited cells, suggesting that scavenging of trace H2 helps to sustain dormancy. Distinct physiological roles for Hyd1 and Hyd2 during the adaptation to this condition are proposed. Soil organisms harboring high-affinity hydrogenases may be especially competitive, given that they harness a highly dependable fuel source in otherwise unstable environments. PMID:24591586

  6. The annealing temperature dependences of microstructures and magnetic properties in electro-chemical deposited CoNiFe thin films

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    Suharyadi, Edi; Riyanto, Agus; Abraha, Kamsul

    2016-04-01

    CoNiFe thin films with various compositions had been successfully fabricated using electro-chemical deposition method. The crystal structure of Co65Ni15Fe20, Co62Ni15Fe23, and Co55Ni15Fe30 thin films was fcc, bcc-fcc mix, and bcc, respectively. The difference crystal structure results the difference in magnetic properties. The saturation magnetic flux density (Bs) of Co65Ni15Fe20, Co62Ni15Fe23, and Co55Ni15Fe30 thin films was 1.89 T, 1.93 T, and 2.05 T, respectively. An optimal annealing temperature was determined for controlling the microstructure and magnetic properties of CoNiFe thin films. Depending on annealing temperature, the ratio of bcc and fcc structure varied without changing the film composition. By annealing at temperature of T ≥ 350°C, the intensity ratio of X-ray diffraction peaks for bcc(110) to fcc(111) increased. The increase of phase ratio of bcc(110) to fcc(111) caused the increase of Bs, from 1.89 T to 1.95 T. Coercivity (Hc) also increased after annealing, from 2.6 Oe to 18.6 Oe for fcc phase thin films, from 2.0 Oe to 12.0 Oe for fcc-bcc mix phase thin films, and 7.8 Oe to 8 Oe for bcc phase thin films. The changing crystal structures during annealing process indicated that the thermal treatment at high temperature cause the changing crystallinity and atomic displacement. The TEM bright-field images with corresponding selected-area electron diffraction (SAED) patterns showed that there are strongly effects of thermal annealing on the size of fcc and bcc phase crystalline grain as described by size of individual spot and discontinuous rings. The size of crystalline grains increased by thermal annealing. The evolution of bcc and fcc structures of CoNiFe during annealing is though to be responsible for the change of magnetic properties.

  7. Characterization of NiPt, FePt, and NiFePt nanoparticles

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    Sutherland, Greg; Wood, Darren; Jackson, Amy; Warren, Andrew; Coffey, Kevin; Vanfleet, Richard

    2012-10-01

    Many metal alloys can form in chemically ordered structures, often resulting in significant changes in properties. The ordered structures are preferred at low temperatures and will go through an order-disorder phase transition at a critical temperature. The formation and stability of these ordered structures in alloy nanoparticles is not well understood but may give insight into the role size plays in phase transitions. To this end we are studying FePt, NiPt, and FeNiPt alloy nanoparticles. We will focus this presentation on the characterization of these nanoparticles in a Transmission Electron Microscope (TEM) for composition, size, and structure. These nanoparticles are made by co-sputtering the constituents and annealing at different temperatures in various gas mixtures. The nanoparticle samples are prepared for TEM viewing by wedge polishing. We find FePt to be ``well behaved'' meaning this alloy forms particles, retains the as deposited composition, and chemically orders as expected. However, the order-disorder temperature is too high for the desired further studies. NiPt, which has a lower order-disorder temperature, is not ``well behaved'' in that the nanoparticle compositions are not good matches to the as deposited conditions and no chemical ordering has been achieved even under conditions that should be sufficient based on bulk processing. We will discuss these results and possible implications.

  8. Nanocrystalline Fe88-2xCoxNixZr7B4Cu1 alloys: Soft magnets for vehicle electrification technologies (invited)

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    Knipling, K. E.; Daniil, M.; Willard, M. A.

    2015-05-01

    We report on the effect of substituting Co and Ni for Fe on the crystallization behavior, crystal structure, and magnetic properties of Fe88-2xCoxNixZr7B4Cu1 (x = 0-22.00). The magnetization generally decreases and the coercivity increases with increasing x, whereas the Curie temperature of the amorphous phase increases significantly (from 73 °C at x = 0 to 570 °C at x = 22.00). There is thus an optimum composition near x = 5.50 exhibiting excellent soft magnetic properties at 300-500 °C. The higher magnetization and Curie temperature as compared with Fe-based alloys, and smaller Co content as compared with (Fe,Co)-based alloys, make this alloy attractive as an affordable high-temperature soft magnetic material.

  9. Selective aluminum dissolution as a means to observe the microstructure of nanocrystalline intermetallic phases from Al-Fe-Cr-Ti-Ce rapidly solidified alloy.

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    Michalcová, Alena; Vojtěch, Dalibor; Novák, Pavel

    2013-02-01

    Rapidly solidified aluminum alloys are promising materials with very fine microstructure. The microscopy observation of these materials is complicated due to overlay of fcc-Al matrix and different intermetallic phases. A possible way to solve this problem is to dissolve the Al matrix. By this process powder formed by single intermetallic phase particles is obtained. In this paper a new aqueous based dissolving agent for Al-based alloy is presented. The influence of oxidation agent (FeCl(3)) concentration on quality of extraction process was studied. PMID:23177792

  10. Facile hybridization of Ni@Fe2O3 superparticles with functionalized reduced graphene oxide and its application as anode material in lithium-ion batteries.

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    Backert, Gregor; Oschmann, Bernd; Tahir, Muhammad Nawaz; Mueller, Franziska; Lieberwirth, Ingo; Balke, Benjamin; Tremel, Wolfgang; Passerini, Stefano; Zentel, Rudolf

    2016-09-15

    In our present work we developed a novel graphene wrapping approach of Ni@Fe2O3 superparticles, which can be extended as a concept approach for other nanomaterials as well. It uses sulfonated reduced graphene oxide, but avoids thermal treatments and use of toxic agents like hydrazine for its reduction. The modification of graphene oxide is achieved by the introduction of sulfate groups accompanied with reduction and elimination reactions, due to the treatment with oleum. The successful wrapping of nanoparticles is proven by energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy, high-resolution transmission electron microscopy and Raman spectroscopy. The developed composite material shows strongly improved performance as anode material in lithium-ion batteries (compared to unwrapped Ni@Fe2O3) as it offers a reversible capacity of 1051mAhg(-1) after 40 cycles at C/20, compared with 460mAhg(-1) for unwrapped Ni@Fe2O3. The C rate capability is also improved by the wrapping approach, as specific capacities for wrapped particles are about twice of those offered by unwrapped particles. Additionally, the benefit for the use of the advanced superparticle morphology is demonstrated by comparing wrapped Ni@Fe2O3 particles with wrapped Fe2O3 nanorice. PMID:27295319

  11. Krypton Derivatization of an O2 -Tolerant Membrane-Bound [NiFe] Hydrogenase Reveals a Hydrophobic Tunnel Network for Gas Transport.

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    Kalms, Jacqueline; Schmidt, Andrea; Frielingsdorf, Stefan; van der Linden, Peter; von Stetten, David; Lenz, Oliver; Carpentier, Philippe; Scheerer, Patrick

    2016-04-25

    [NiFe] hydrogenases are metalloenzymes catalyzing the reversible heterolytic cleavage of hydrogen into protons and electrons. Gas tunnels make the deeply buried active site accessible to substrates and inhibitors. Understanding the architecture and function of the tunnels is pivotal to modulating the feature of O2 tolerance in a subgroup of these [NiFe] hydrogenases, as they are interesting for developments in renewable energy technologies. Here we describe the crystal structure of the O2 -tolerant membrane-bound [NiFe] hydrogenase of Ralstonia eutropha (ReMBH), using krypton-pressurized crystals. The positions of the krypton atoms allow a comprehensive description of the tunnel network within the enzyme. A detailed overview of tunnel sizes, lengths, and routes is presented from tunnel calculations. A comparison of the ReMBH tunnel characteristics with crystal structures of other O2 -tolerant and O2 -sensitive [NiFe] hydrogenases revealed considerable differences in tunnel size and quantity between the two groups, which might be related to the striking feature of O2 tolerance. PMID:26913499

  12. Directional alignment of FeCo crystallites in Si/NiFe/Ru/FeCoB multilayer with high anisotropy field above 500 Oe.

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    Hirata, Ken-Ichiro; Gomi, Shunsuke; Nakagawa, Shigeki

    2011-03-01

    In-plane magnetic anisotropy and crystal structure of FeCoB layer on Si/NiFe/Ru underlayer were investigated by using X-Ray Diffraction (XRD) measurement. A pole-figure measurement of XRD showed directionally tilted alignment of FeCo crystallites in Si/NiFe/Ru/FeCoB multilayered film with high in-plane anisotropy field H(k) but no directional alignment was found in FeCoB single layered film. The higher H(k) appeared in the Si/NiFe/Ru/FeCoB multilayered configuration with the thicker FeCoB layer. Since Ru crystallites in a multiunderlayer configuration exhibited no directional alignment, the surface structure of underlayer should be no main reason for the directional alignment of FeCo crystallites deposited on it. The dependence of hickness of FeCoB layer in Si/NiFe/Ru/FeCoB film on H(k) indicated that the in-plane magnetic anisotropy is caused by not only the structure of Ru underlayer but also oblique incidence effect of sputtered particles, which is attained in configuration of Facing Targets Sputtering (FTS) system. From these experimental results, remarkably high H(k) of 540 Oe was obtained. PMID:21449466

  13. The role of the (111) texture on the exchange bias and interlayer coupling effects observed in sputtered NiFe/IrMn/Co trilayers

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    Castro, I. L.; Nascimento, V. P.; Passamani, E. C.; Takeuchi, A. Y.; Larica, C.; Tafur, M.; Pelegrini, F.

    2013-05-28

    Magnetic properties of sputtered NiFe/IrMn/Co trilayers grown on different seed layers (Cu or Ta) deposited on Si (100) substrates were investigated by magnetometry and ferromagnetic resonance measurements. Exchange bias effect and magnetic spring behavior have been studied by changing the IrMn thickness. As shown by X-ray diffraction, Ta and Cu seed layers provoke different degrees of (111) fcc-texture that directly affect the exchange bias and indirectly modify the exchange spring coupling behavior. Increasing the IrMn thickness, it was observed that the coupling angle between the Co and NiFe ferromagnetic layers increases for the Cu seed system, but it reduces for the Ta case. The results were explained considering (i) different anisotropies of the Co and IrMn layers induced by the different degree of the (111) texture and (ii) the distinct exchange bias set at the NiFe/IrMn and IrMn/Co interfaces in both systems. The NiFe and Co interlayer coupling angle is strongly correlated with both exchange bias and exchange magnetic spring phenomena. It was also shown that the highest exchange bias field occurs when an unstressed L1{sub 2} IrMn structure is stabilized.

  14. B2 structure of high-entropy alloys with addition of Al

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    Li, C.; Zhao, M.; Li, J. C.; Jiang, Q.

    2008-12-01

    A series of AlCrCoNiFe based alloys with equal percentage of principal components (high-entropy alloys or HE alloys) is fabricated. The related crystalline structures of the alloys are measured and calculated. Results show that the formed bcc phase is a compound based B2 structure where there is partial ionic bonding between Al and other transition metals. Thus, the bcc structure of the alloys should be a B2 instead of an A2 due to the large difference in electronegativities among the components consisting of the HE alloys.

  15. Control of domain wall pinning by localised focused Ga {sup +} ion irradiation on Au capped NiFe nanowires

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    Burn, D. M. Atkinson, D.

    2014-10-28

    Understanding domain wall pinning and propagation in nanowires are important for future spintronics and nanoparticle manipulation technologies. Here, the effects of microscopic local modification of the magnetic properties, induced by focused-ion-beam intermixing, in NiFe/Au bilayer nanowires on the pinning behavior of domain walls was investigated. The effects of irradiation dose and the length of the irradiated features were investigated experimentally. The results are considered in the context of detailed quasi-static micromagnetic simulations, where the ion-induced modification was represented as a local reduction of the saturation magnetization. Simulations show that domain wall pinning behavior depends on the magnitude of the magnetization change, the length of the modified region, and the domain wall structure. Comparative analysis indicates that reduced saturation magnetisation is not solely responsible for the experimentally observed pinning behavior.

  16. Impact of different polyimide-based substrates on the soft magnetic properties of NiFe thin films

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    Rittinger, Johannes; Taptimthong, Piriya; Jogschies, Lisa; Wurz, Marc C.; Rissing, Lutz

    2015-05-01

    We investigated the impact of polymer substrates on the magnetic properties of soft magnetic thin films. Experiments were carried out to evaluate the performance of AMR (anisotropic magnetoresistive) sensors deposited on polymeric substrates and to give indications for the design of future sensors on flexible substrates. Sputtered permalloy (NiFe 81/19) was used as a soft magnetic thin film layer. As substrate materials, liquid polyimide precursors and DuPont Kapton® HN foil were examined. Surface roughness was determined for each substrate material. The dynamic of soft magnetic behavior of the permalloy thin films was observed in a homogenous alternating magnetic field. Resulting R-Hcurves were evaluated in regard to the magnitude of the magnetoresistive effect (ΔR / R0-ratio), as well as the resulting magnetic anisotropy of the tested samples. B-H-curves were obtained by means of a vibrating sample magnetometer (VSM).

  17. Extracting the cation distributions in NiFe2-xAlxO4 solid solutions using magnetic Compton scattering.

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    Kamali, S; Shih, K; Barbiellini, B; Wang, Y J; Kaprzyk, S; Itou, M; Bansil, A; Sakurai, Y

    2015-11-18

    We discuss the ground state electronic structure and magnetization properties of a series of NiFe2-x Al x O4 solid solutions (x  =  0.0, 0.4, 0.8, 1.2, 1.6, and 2.0) using magnetic Compton scattering measurements, together with parallel first-principles computations. In this way, we systematically extract the complicated cation distributions in this ferrite system as a function of x. The relationship between the electronic ground state, magnetism, and cation distributions is explained in terms of a model, validated by our first-principles computations, wherein the magnetic properties of the three cation distributions are assumed to be different. A good accord is found between the computed and measured magnetic Compton profiles. PMID:26471985

  18. Tunneling conductance studies in the ion-beam sputtered CoFe/Mg/MgO/NiFe magnetic tunnel junctions

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    Singh, Braj Bhusan; Chaudhary, Sujeet

    2013-06-03

    Magnetic tunnel junctions consisting of CoFe(10 nm)/Mg(1 nm)/MgO(3.5 nm)/NiFe(10 nm) are grown at room temperature using dual ion beam sputtering via in-situ shadow masking. The effective barrier thickness and average barrier height are estimated to be 3.5 nm (2.9 nm) and 0.69 eV (1.09 eV) at 290 K (70 K), respectively. The tunnel magnetoresistance value of 0.2 % and 2.3 % was observed at 290 K and 60 K, respectively. The temperature dependence of tunneling conductance revealed the presence of localized states present within the forbidden gap of the MgO barrier leading to finite inelastic spin independent tunneling contributions, which degrade the TMR value.

  19. Current-assisted magnetization switching in a mesoscopic NiFe ring with nanoconstrictions of a wire

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    Lu, Zhengqi; Zhou, Yun; Du, Yuqing; Moate, Roy; Wilton, David; Pan, Genhua; Chen, Yifang; Cui, Zheng

    2006-04-01

    A mesoscopic NiFe ring with nanoconstrictions of a wire was fabricated by electron beam lithography and lift-off techniques. Magnetic switching and reversal process have been measured by magnetoresistance as a function of the applied current. It is shown that the applied current has an effect on the switching fields and finally affects the reversal process. The decrease or increase in the switching field from the vortex state to the onion state depends on the electron flow with respect to the direction of domain propagation. The spin in the ring switches from an onion state to the opposite onion state in the low applied current via the double switching process. However, the spin in the ring switches directly from an onion state to the opposite due to the spin torque effect when the applied current is higher than the critical current density (of 107A/cm2).

  20. FAST TRACK COMMUNICATION: Electrical observation of asymmetric magnetization configurations in the vortex state of NiFe and Co rings

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    Nam, Chunghee; Mascaro, M. D.; Ng, B. G.; Ross, C. A.

    2009-11-01

    Anisotropic magnetoresistance (AMR) measurements have been used to probe the detailed reversal mechanism of 3 µm diameter, 15 nm thick NiFe and Co rings. In the vortex state, small changes in the resistance are associated with distortion or buckling in the section of the ring magnetized antiparallel to the applied field, and the resistance changes can be similar in magnitude to the domain-wall resistance. Micromagnetic simulations showed that a distorted-vortex state forms just before the vortex-onion transition, and a reversible change between the distorted-vortex state and a fully symmetric vortex state is expected during minor loop magnetic cycling. The distorted-vortex state enables the vortex chirality in a single magnetic ring to be detected using AMR measurements.

  1. Anomalous magnetic behavior in nanocomposite materials of reduced graphene oxide-Ni/NiFe{sub 2}O{sub 4}

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    Kollu, Pratap E-mail: anirmalagrace@vit.ac.in; Prathapani, Sateesh; Varaprasadarao, Eswara K.; Mallick, Sudhanshu; Bahadur, D. E-mail: anirmalagrace@vit.ac.in; Santosh, Chella; Grace, Andrews Nirmala E-mail: anirmalagrace@vit.ac.in

    2014-08-04

    Magnetic Reduced Graphene Oxide-Nickel/NiFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} (RGO-Ni/NF) nanocomposite has been synthesized by one pot solvothermal method. Respective phase formations and their purities in the composite are confirmed by High Resolution Transmission Electron Microscope and X Ray Diffraction, respectively. For the RGO-Ni/NF composite material finite-size effects lead to the anomalous magnetic behavior, which is corroborated in temperature and field dependent magnetization curves. Here, we are reporting the behavior of higher magnetization values for Zero Field Cooled condition to that of Field Cooled for the RGO-Ni/NF nanocomposite. Also, the observed negative and positive moments in Hysteresis loops at relatively smaller applied fields (100 Oe and 200 Oe) are explained on the basis of surface spin disorder.

  2. Introduction and pinning of domain walls in 50 nm NiFe constrictions using local and external magnetic fields

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    Zahnd, G.; Pham, V. T.; Marty, A.; Jamet, M.; Beigné, C.; Notin, L.; Vergnaud, C.; Rortais, F.; Vila, L.; Attané, J.-P.

    2016-05-01

    We study domain wall injection in 100 nm wide NiFe nanowires, followed by domain wall propagation and pinning on 50 nm wide constrictions. The injection is performed using local and external magnetic fields. Using several nucleation pad geometries, we show that at these small dimensions the use of an external field only does not allow obtaining a reproducible injection/pinning process. However, the use of an additional local field, created by an Oersted line, allows to nucleate a reversed domain at zero external applied field. Then, an external field of 5 mT enables the domain wall to propagate far from the Oersted line, and the pinning occurs reproducibly. We also show that notwithstanding the reproducibility of the pinning process, the depinning field is found to be stochastic, following a bimodal distribution. Using micromagnetic simulation we link two different DW configurations, vortex and transverse, to the two typical depinning fields.

  3. From ferromagnetic{endash}ferromagnetic to ferromagnetic{endash}antiferromagnetic exchange coupling in NiFe/MnNi bilayers

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    Spenato, David; Youssef, Jamal Ben; Le Gall, Henri; Ostorero, Jean

    2001-06-01

    The effect of the growth conditions and the Mn concentration on the exchange coupling between a ferromagnetic (F) NiFe and an antiferromagnetic (AF) MnNi layers were studied. We found that an F/AF coupling appears in the bilayers when the Mn concentration is more than 45%. Beyond this critical concentration the exchange field shows a maximum then decreases. The correlation between the exchange field and the microstructure of the film is discussed. We show that: (1) the enhancement of the exchange field is associated with the enhancement of the antiferromagnetic grain size and (2) the existence of the exchange field is associated with a third x-ray peak which may be an FeMnNi ternary allow type. This result was associated with interfacial diffusion confirmed by magnetization variation measurements before and after annealing. {copyright} 2001 American Institute of Physics.

  4. Predicting XAFS scattering path cumulants and XAFS spectra for metals (Cu, Ni, Fe, Ti, Au) using molecular dynamics simulations.

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    Karolewski, M A; Cavell, R G; Gordon, R A; Glover, C J; Cheah, M; Ridgway, M C

    2013-07-01

    The ability of molecular dynamics (MD) simulations to support the analysis of X-ray absorption fine-structure (XAFS) data for metals is evaluated. The low-order cumulants (ΔR, σ(2), C3) for XAFS scattering paths are calculated for the metals Cu, Ni, Fe, Ti and Au at 300 K using 28 interatomic potentials of the embedded-atom method type. The MD cumulant predictions were evaluated within a cumulant expansion XAFS fitting model, using global (path-independent) scaling factors. Direct simulations of the corresponding XAFS spectra, χ(R), are also performed using MD configurational data in combination with the FEFF ab initio code. The cumulant scaling parameters compensate for differences between the real and effective scattering path distributions, and for any errors that might exist in the MD predictions and in the experimental data. The fitted value of ΔR is susceptible to experimental errors and inadvertent lattice thermal expansion in the simulation crystallites. The unadjusted predictions of σ(2) vary in accuracy, but do not show a consistent bias for any metal except Au, for which all potentials overestimate σ(2). The unadjusted C3 predictions produced by different potentials display only order-of-magnitude consistency. The accuracy of direct simulations of χ(R) for a given metal varies among the different potentials. For each of the metals Cu, Ni, Fe and Ti, one or more of the tested potentials was found to provide a reasonable simulation of χ(R). However, none of the potentials tested for Au was sufficiently accurate for this purpose. PMID:23765297

  5. Crystal structures of the carbamoylated and cyanated forms of HypE for [NiFe] hydrogenase maturation.

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    Tominaga, Taiga; Watanabe, Satoshi; Matsumi, Rie; Atomi, Haruyuki; Imanaka, Tadayuki; Miki, Kunio

    2013-12-17

    Hydrogenase pleiotropically acting protein (Hyp)E plays a role in biosynthesis of the cyano groups for the NiFe(CN)2CO center of [NiFe] hydrogenases by catalyzing the ATP-dependent dehydration of the carbamoylated C-terminal cysteine of HypE to thiocyanate. Although structures of HypE proteins have been determined, until now there has been no structural evidence to explain how HypE dehydrates thiocarboxamide into thiocyanate. Here, we report the crystal structures of the carbamoylated and cyanated forms of HypE from Thermococcus kodakarensis in complex with nucleotides at 1.53- and 1.64-Å resolution, respectively. Carbamoylation of the C-terminal cysteine (Cys338) of HypE by chemical modification is clearly observed in the present structures. In the presence of ATP, the thiocarboxamide of Cys338 is successfully dehydrated into the thiocyanate. In the carbamoylated state, the thiocarboxamide nitrogen atom of Cys338 is close to a conserved glutamate residue (Glu272), but the spatial position of Glu272 is less favorable for proton abstraction. On the other hand, the thiocarboxamide oxygen atom of Cys338 interacts with a conserved lysine residue (Lys134) through a water molecule. The close contact of Lys134 with an arginine residue lowers the pKa of Lys134, suggesting that Lys134 functions as a proton acceptor. These observations suggest that the dehydration of thiocarboxamide into thiocyanate is catalyzed by a two-step deprotonation process, in which Lys134 and Glu272 function as the first and second bases, respectively. PMID:24297906

  6. Rubredoxin-related Maturation Factor Guarantees Metal Cofactor Integrity during Aerobic Biosynthesis of Membrane-bound [NiFe] Hydrogenase*

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    Fritsch, Johannes; Siebert, Elisabeth; Priebe, Jacqueline; Zebger, Ingo; Lendzian, Friedhelm; Teutloff, Christian; Friedrich, Bärbel; Lenz, Oliver

    2014-01-01

    The membrane-bound [NiFe] hydrogenase (MBH) supports growth of Ralstonia eutropha H16 with H2 as the sole energy source. The enzyme undergoes a complex biosynthesis process that proceeds during cell growth even at ambient O2 levels and involves 14 specific maturation proteins. One of these is a rubredoxin-like protein, which is essential for biosynthesis of active MBH at high oxygen concentrations but dispensable under microaerobic growth conditions. To obtain insights into the function of HoxR, we investigated the MBH protein purified from the cytoplasmic membrane of hoxR mutant cells. Compared with wild-type MBH, the mutant enzyme displayed severely decreased hydrogenase activity. Electron paramagnetic resonance and infrared spectroscopic analyses revealed features resembling those of O2-sensitive [NiFe] hydrogenases and/or oxidatively damaged protein. The catalytic center resided partially in an inactive Niu-A-like state, and the electron transfer chain consisting of three different Fe-S clusters showed marked alterations compared with wild-type enzyme. Purification of HoxR protein from its original host, R. eutropha, revealed only low protein amounts. Therefore, recombinant HoxR protein was isolated from Escherichia coli. Unlike common rubredoxins, the HoxR protein was colorless, rather unstable, and essentially metal-free. Conversion of the atypical iron-binding motif into a canonical one through genetic engineering led to a stable reddish rubredoxin. Remarkably, the modified HoxR protein did not support MBH-dependent growth at high O2. Analysis of MBH-associated protein complexes points toward a specific interaction of HoxR with the Fe-S cluster-bearing small subunit. This supports the previously made notion that HoxR avoids oxidative damage of the metal centers of the MBH, in particular the unprecedented Cys6[4Fe-3S] cluster. PMID:24448806

  7. Dual role of HupF in the biosynthesis of [NiFe] hydrogenase in Rhizobium leguminosarum

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    2012-01-01

    Background [NiFe] hydrogenases are enzymes that catalyze the oxidation of hydrogen into protons and electrons, to use H2 as energy source, or the production of hydrogen through proton reduction, as an escape valve for the excess of reduction equivalents in anaerobic metabolism. Biosynthesis of [NiFe] hydrogenases is a complex process that occurs in the cytoplasm, where a number of auxiliary proteins are required to synthesize and insert the metal cofactors into the enzyme structural units. The endosymbiotic bacterium Rhizobium leguminosarum requires the products of eighteen genes (hupSLCDEFGHIJKhypABFCDEX) to synthesize an active hydrogenase. hupF and hupK genes are found only in hydrogenase clusters from bacteria expressing hydrogenase in the presence of oxygen. Results HupF is a HypC paralogue with a similar predicted structure, except for the C-terminal domain present only in HupF. Deletion of hupF results in the inability to process the hydrogenase large subunit HupL, and also in reduced stability of this subunit when cells are exposed to high oxygen tensions. A ΔhupF mutant was fully complemented for hydrogenase activity by a C-terminal deletion derivative under symbiotic, ultra low-oxygen tensions, but only partial complementation was observed in free living cells under higher oxygen tensions (1% or 3%). Co-purification experiments using StrepTag-labelled HupF derivatives and mass spectrometry analysis indicate the existence of a major complex involving HupL and HupF, and a less abundant HupF-HupK complex. Conclusions The results indicate that HupF has a dual role during hydrogenase biosynthesis: it is required for hydrogenase large subunit processing and it also acts as a chaperone to stabilize HupL when hydrogenase is synthesized in the presence of oxygen. PMID:23136881

  8. A broad survey reveals substitution tolerance of residues ligating FeS clusters in [NiFe] hydrogenase

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    2014-01-01

    Background In order to understand the effects of FeS cluster attachment in [NiFe] hydrogenase, we undertook a study to substitute all 12 amino acid positions normally ligating the three FeS clusters in the hydrogenase small subunit. Using the hydrogenase from Alteromonas macleodii “deep ecotype” as a model, we substituted one of four amino acids (Asp, His, Asn, Gln) at each of the 12 ligating positions because these amino acids are alternative coordinating residues in otherwise conserved-cysteine positions found in a broad survey of NiFe hydrogenase sequences. We also hoped to discover an enzyme with elevated hydrogen evolution activity relative to a previously reported “G1” (H230C/P285C) improved enzyme in which the medial FeS cluster Pro and the distal FeS cluster His were each substituted for Cys. Results Among all the substitutions screened, aspartic acid substitutions were generally well-tolerated, and examination suggests that the observed deficiency in enzyme activity may be largely due to misprocessing of the small subunit of the enzyme. Alignment of hydrogenase sequences from sequence databases revealed many rare substitutions; the five substitutions present in databases that we tested all exhibited measurable hydrogen evolution activity. Select substitutions were purified and tested, supporting the results of the screening assay. Analysis of these results confirms the importance of small subunit processing. Normalizing activity to quantity of mature small subunit, indicative of total enzyme maturation, weakly suggests an improvement over the “G1” enzyme. Conclusions We have comprehensively screened 48 amino acid substitutions of the hydrogenase from A. macleodii “deep ecotype”, to understand non-canonical ligations of amino acids to FeS clusters and to improve hydrogen evolution activity of this class of hydrogenase. Our studies show that non-canonical ligations can be functional and also suggests a new limiting factor in the production of

  9. In search of metal hydrides: an X-ray absorption and emission study of [NiFe] hydrogenase model complexes.

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    Hugenbruch, Stefan; Shafaat, Hannah S; Krämer, Tobias; Delgado-Jaime, Mario Ulises; Weber, Katharina; Neese, Frank; Lubitz, Wolfgang; DeBeer, Serena

    2016-04-28

    Metal hydrides are invoked as important intermediates in both chemical and biological H2 production. In the [NiFe] hydrogenase enzymes, pulsed EPR and high-resolution crystallography have argued that the hydride interacts primarily at the Ni site. In contrast, in [NiFe] hydrogenase model complexes, it is observed that the bridging hydride interacts primarily with the Fe. Herein, we utilize a combination of Ni and Fe X-ray absorption (XAS) and emission (XES) spectroscopies to examine the contribution of the bridging hydride to the observed spectral features in [(dppe)Ni(μ-pdt)(μ-H)Fe(CO)3](+). The corresponding data on (dppe)Ni(μ-pdt)Fe(CO)3 are used as a reference for the changes that occur in the absence of a hydride bridge. For further interpretation of the observed spectral features, all experimental spectra were calculated using a density functional theory (DFT) approach, with excellent agreement between theory and experiment. It is found that the iron valence-to-core (VtC) XES spectra reveal clear signatures for the presence of a Fe-H interaction in the hydride bridged model complex. In contrast, the Ni VtC XES spectrum largely reflects changes in the local Ni geometry and shows little contribution from a Ni-H interaction. A stepwise theoretical analysis of the hydride contribution and the Ni site symmetry provides insights into the factors, which govern the different metal-hydride interactions in both the model complexes and the enzyme. Furthermore, these results establish the utility of two-color XES to reveal important insights into the electronic structure of various metal-hydride species. PMID:26924248

  10. Oxygen Evolution Reaction Dynamics, Faradaic Charge Efficiency, and the Active Metal Redox States of Ni-Fe Oxide Water Splitting Electrocatalysts.

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    Görlin, Mikaela; Chernev, Petko; Ferreira de Araújo, Jorge; Reier, Tobias; Dresp, Sören; Paul, Benjamin; Krähnert, Ralph; Dau, Holger; Strasser, Peter

    2016-05-01

    Mixed Ni-Fe oxides are attractive anode catalysts for efficient water splitting in solar fuels reactors. Because of conflicting past reports, the catalytically active metal redox state of the catalyst has remained under debate. Here, we report an in operando quantitative deconvolution of the charge injected into the nanostructured Ni-Fe oxyhydroxide OER catalysts or into reaction product molecules. To achieve this, we explore the oxygen evolution reaction dynamics and the individual faradaic charge efficiencies using operando differential electrochemical mass spectrometry (DEMS). We further use X-ray absorption spectroscopy (XAS) under OER conditions at the Ni and Fe K-edges of the electrocatalysts to evaluate oxidation states and local atomic structure motifs. DEMS and XAS data consistently reveal that up to 75% of the Ni centers increase their oxidation state from +2 to +3, while up to 25% arrive in the +4 state for the NiOOH catalyst under OER catalysis. The Fe centers consistently remain in the +3 state, regardless of potential and composition. For mixed Ni100-xFex catalysts, where x exceeds 9 atomic %, the faradaic efficiency of O2 sharply increases from ∼30% to 90%, suggesting that Ni atoms largely remain in the oxidation state +2 under catalytic conditions. To reconcile the apparent low level of oxidized Ni in mixed Ni-Fe catalysts, we hypothesize that a kinetic competition between the (i) metal oxidation process and the (ii) metal reduction step during O2 release may account for an insignificant accumulation of detectable high-valent metal states if the reaction rate of process (ii) outweighs that of (i). We conclude that a discussion of the superior catalytic OER activity of Ni-FeOOH electrocatalysts in terms of surface catalysis and redox-inactive metal sites likely represents an oversimplification that fails to capture essential aspects of the synergisms at highly active Ni-Fe sites. PMID:27031737

  11. Structural studies of the carbon monoxide complex of [NiFe]hydrogenase from Desulfovibrio vulgaris Miyazaki F: suggestion for the initial activation site for dihydrogen.

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    Ogata, Hideaki; Mizoguchi, Yasutaka; Mizuno, Nobuhiro; Miki, Kunio; Adachi, Shin-ichi; Yasuoka, Noritake; Yagi, Tatsuhiko; Yamauchi, Osamu; Hirota, Shun; Higuchi, Yoshiki

    2002-10-01

    The carbon monoxide complex of [NiFe]hydrogenase from Desulfovibrio vulgaris Miyazaki F has been characterized by X-ray crystallography and absorption and resonance Raman spectroscopy. Nine crystal structures of the [NiFe]hydrogenase in the CO-bound and CO-liberated forms were determined at 1.2-1.4 A resolution. The exogenously added CO was assigned to be bound to the Ni atom at the Ni-Fe active site. The CO was not replaced with H(2) in the dark at 100 K, but was liberated by illumination with a strong white light. The Ni-C distances and Ni-C-O angles were about 1.77 A and 160 degrees, respectively, except for one case (1.72 A and 135 degrees ), in which an additional electron density peak between the CO and Sgamma(Cys546) was recognized. Distinct changes were observed in the electron density distribution of the Ni and Sgamma(Cys546) atoms between the CO-bound and CO-liberated structures for all the crystals tested. The novel structural features found near the Ni and Sgamma(Cys546) atoms suggest that these two atoms at the Ni-Fe active site play a role during the initial H(2)-binding process. Anaerobic addition of CO to dithionite-reduced [NiFe]hydrogenase led to a new absorption band at about 470 nm ( approximately 3000 M(-1)cm(-1)). Resonance Raman spectra (excitation at 476.5 nm) of the CO complex revealed CO-isotope-sensitive bands at 375/393 and 430 cm(-1) (368 and 413 cm(-1) for (13)C(18)O). The frequencies and relative intensities of the CO-related Raman bands indicated that the exogenous CO is bound to the Ni atom with a bent Ni-C-O structure in solution, in agreement with the refined structure determined by X-ray crystallography. PMID:12296727

  12. A Facile Molten-Salt Route for Large-Scale Synthesis of NiFe2O4 Nanoplates with Enhanced Lithium Storage Capability.

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    Huang, Gang; Du, Xinchuan; Zhang, Feifei; Yin, Dongming; Wang, Limin

    2015-09-28

    Binary metal oxides have been deemed as a promising class of electrode materials for high-performance lithium ion batteries owing to their higher conductivity and electrochemical activity than corresponding monometal oxides. Here, NiFe2O4 nanoplates consisting of nanosized building blocks have been successfully fabricated by a facile, large-scale NaCl and KCl molten-salt route, and the changes in the morphology of NiFe2O4 as a function of the molten-salt amount have been systemically investigated. The results indicate that the molten-salt amount mainly influences the diameter and thickness of the NiFe2O4 nanoplates as well as the morphology of the nanosized building blocks. Cyclic voltammetry (CV) and galvanostatic charge-discharge measurements have been conducted to evaluate the lithium storage properties of the NiFe2O4 nanoplates prepared with a Ni(NO3)2/Fe(NO3)3/KCl/NaCl molar ratio of 1:2:20:60. A high reversible capacity of 888 mAh g(-1) is delivered over 100 cycles at a current density of 100 mA g(-1). Even at a current density of 5000 mA g(-1) , the discharge capacity could still reach 173 mAh g(-1). Such excellent electrochemical performances of the NiFe2O4 nanoplates are contributed to the short Li(+) diffusion distance of the nanosized building blocks and the synergetic effect of the Ni(2+) and Fe(3+) ions. PMID:26251115

  13. Tunable magnetocaloric effect in transition metal alloys.

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    Belyea, Dustin D; Lucas, M S; Michel, E; Horwath, J; Miller, Casey W

    2015-01-01

    The unpredictability of geopolitical tensions and resulting supply chain and pricing instabilities make it imperative to explore rare earth free magnetic materials. As such, we have investigated fully transition metal based "high entropy alloys" in the context of the magnetocaloric effect. We find the NiFeCoCrPdx family exhibits a second order magnetic phase transition whose critical temperature is tunable from 100 K to well above room temperature. The system notably displays changes in the functionality of the magnetic entropy change depending on x, which leads to nearly 40% enhancement of the refrigerant capacity. A detailed statistical analysis of the universal scaling behavior provides direct evidence that heat treatment and Pd additions reduce the distribution of exchange energies in the system, leading to a more magnetically homogeneous alloy. The general implications of this work are that the parent NiFeCoCr compound can be tuned dramatically with FCC metal additives. Together with their relatively lower cost, their superior mechanical properties that aid manufacturability and their relative chemical inertness that aids product longevity, NiFeCoCr-based materials could ultimately lead to commercially viable magnetic refrigerants. PMID:26507636

  14. Features of formation of nanocrystalline state in internal- oxidized V-Cr-Zr-W and V-Mo-Zr system alloys during deformation by torsion under pressure

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    Smirnov, I. V.; Ditenberg, I. A.; Grinayev, K. V.; Radishevsky, V. L.

    2016-02-01

    The results of investigation of features of nanostructural state formed during deformation by torsion under pressure in high-strength vanadium V-Cr-Zr-W and V-Mo-Zr systems alloys are presented. It was found that after deformation at number of revolutions N = 1, samples are characterized by high anisotropy of defect and grain structure. Inside grains, limited by high-angle boundaries, the formation of two-level structure states was revealed: fragmentation of the above grains on nanofragments from 5 to 20 nm in size with a dipole nature of low-angle misorientations and high (hundreds of degrees per micron) elastic curvature of crystal lattice. Formation of the above structural states leads to a 3-fold increase in microhardness values. Further increase in deformation degree leads to fracture of samples of vanadium alloy V-Mo-Zr with a high volumetric content of fine-disperse oxide phase. At the same time V-Cr-Zr-W-system alloy with a lower concentration of Zr and, as a result, a lower volume fraction of fine particles remains ductile.

  15. Creating bulk nanocrystalline metal.

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    Fredenburg, D. Anthony; Saldana, Christopher J.; Gill, David D.; Hall, Aaron Christopher; Roemer, Timothy John; Vogler, Tracy John; Yang, Pin

    2008-10-01

    Nanocrystalline and nanostructured materials offer unique microstructure-dependent properties that are superior to coarse-grained materials. These materials have been shown to have very high hardness, strength, and wear resistance. However, most current methods of producing nanostructured materials in weapons-relevant materials create powdered metal that must be consolidated into bulk form to be useful. Conventional consolidation methods are not appropriate due to the need to maintain the nanocrystalline structure. This research investigated new ways of creating nanocrystalline material, new methods of consolidating nanocrystalline material, and an analysis of these different methods of creation and consolidation to evaluate their applicability to mesoscale weapons applications where part features are often under 100 {micro}m wide and the material's microstructure must be very small to give homogeneous properties across the feature.

  16. In-flight alloying of nanocrystalline yttria-stabilized zirconia using suspension spray to produce ultra-low thermal conductivity thermal barriers.

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    VanEvery, K.; Krane, M.J.M.; Trice, R.W.; Porter, W.; Wang, H.; Besser, M.; Sordelet, D.; Ilavsky, J.; Almer, J.

    2011-11-01

    Previous researchers have shown that it is possible to combine rare-earth oxides with the standard thermal barrier coating material (4.5 mol% Y{sub 2}O{sub 3}-ZrO{sub 2} or YSZ) to form ultra-low thermal conductivity coatings using a standard powder manufacturing route. A similar approach to making low thermal conductivity coatings by adding rare-earth oxides is discussed presently, but a different manufacturing route was used. This route involved dissolving hydrated ytterbium and neodymium nitrates into a suspension of 80 nm diameter 4.5 mol% YSZ powder and ethanol. Suspension plasma spray was then used to create coatings in which the YSZ powders were alloyed with rare-earth elements while the plasma transported the melted powders to the substrate. Mass spectrometry measurements showed a YSZ coating composition, in mol%, of ZrO{sub 2}-4.4 Y{sub 2}O{sub 3}-1.4 Nd{sub 2}O{sub 3}-1.3 Yb{sub 2}O{sub 3}. The amount of Yb{sup 3+} and Nd{sup 3+} ions in the final coating was {approx}50% of that added to the starting suspension. Wide-angle X-ray diffraction revealed a cubic ZrO{sub 2} phase, consistent with the incorporation of more stabilizer into the zirconia crystal structure. The total porosity in the coatings was {approx}35-36%, with a bulk density of 3.94 g/cm{sup 3}. Small-angle X-ray scattering measured an apparent void specific surface area of {approx}2.68 m{sup 2}/cm{sup 3} for the alloyed coating and {approx}3.19 m{sup 2}/cm{sup 3} for the baseline coating. Thermal conductivity (k{sub th}) of the alloyed coating was {approx}0.8 W/m/K at 800 C, as compared with {approx}1.5 W/m/K at 800 C for the YSZ-only baseline coating. After 50 h at 1200 C, k{sub th} increased to {approx}1.1 W/m/K at 800 C for the alloyed samples, with an associated decrease in the apparent void specific surface area to {approx}1.55 m{sup 2}/cm{sup 3}.

  17. In-Flight Alloying of Nanocrystalline Yttria-Stabilized Zirconia Using Suspension spray to Produce Ultra-Low Thermal Conductivity Thermal Barriers

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    Van Every, Kent; Krane, Matthew; Trice, Rodney; Porter, Wallace D; Wang, Hsin; Besser, Matthew; Sordelet, Daniel; Ilavsky, Dr. Jan; Almer, Jon

    2011-01-01

    Previous researchers have shown that it is possible to combine rare-earth oxides with the standard thermal barrier coating material (4.5 mol% Y{sub 2}O{sub 3}-ZrO{sub 2} or YSZ) to form ultra-low thermal conductivity coatings using a standard powder manufacturing route. A similar approach to making low thermal conductivity coatings by adding rare-earth oxides is discussed presently, but a different manufacturing route was used. This route involved dissolving hydrated ytterbium and neodymium nitrates into a suspension of 80 nm diameter 4.5 mol% YSZ powder and ethanol. Suspension plasma spray was then used to create coatings in which the YSZ powders were alloyed with rare-earth elements while the plasma transported the melted powders to the substrate. Mass spectrometry measurements showed a YSZ coating composition, in mol%, of ZrO{sub 2}-4.4 Y{sub 2}O{sub 3}-1.4 Nd{sub 2}O{sub 3}-1.3 Yb{sub 2}O{sub 3}. The amount of Yb{sup 3+} and Nd{sup 3+} ions in the final coating was {approx}50% of that added to the starting suspension. Wide-angle X-ray diffraction revealed a cubic ZrO{sub 2} phase, consistent with the incorporation of more stabilizer into the zirconia crystal structure. The total porosity in the coatings was {approx}35-36%, with a bulk density of 3.94 g/cm{sup 3}. Small-angle X-ray scattering measured an apparent void specific surface area of {approx}2.68 m{sup 2}/cm{sup 3} for the alloyed coating and {approx}3.19 m{sup 2}/cm{sup 3} for the baseline coating. Thermal conductivity (k{sub th}) of the alloyed coating was {approx}0.8 W/m/K at 800 C, as compared with {approx}1.5 W/m/K at 800 C for the YSZ-only baseline coating. After 50 h at 1200 C, kth increased to {approx}1.1 W/m/K at 800 C for the alloyed samples, with an associated decrease in the apparent void specific surface area to {approx}1.55 m{sup 2}/cm{sup 3}.

  18. Removal of Rhodamine B from aqueous solution using magnetic NiFe nanoparticles.

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    Liu, Yan; Liu, Kaige; Zhang, Lin; Zhang, Zhaowen

    2015-01-01

    Surface-modified magnetic nano alloy particles Ni2.33Fe were prepared using a hydrothermal method and they were utilized for removing Rhodamine B (RhB) from aqueous solution. The magnetic nanoparticles were characterized by X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, thermogravimetric analysis and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, which confirmed that the surface of the magnetic product with a face-centered cubic-type structure was successfully modified by sodium citrate. Kinetics studies were conducted. The pseudo-second-order kinetic model was used for fitting the kinetic data successfully. The Freundlich and Langmuir adsorption models were employed for the mathematical description of adsorption equilibrium. It was found that the adsorption isotherm can be very satisfactorily fitted by the Freundlich model. PMID:26398041

  19. Cermet anode compositions with high content alloy phase

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    Marschman, S.C.; Davis, N.C.

    1989-10-03

    Cermet electrode compositions comprising NiO-NiFe[sub 2]O[sub 4]-Cu-Ni, and methods for making, are disclosed. Addition of nickel metal prior to formation and densification of a base mixture into the cermet allows for an increase in the total amount of copper and nickel that can be contained in the NiO-NiFe[sub 2]O[sub 4] oxide system. Nickel is present in a base mixture weight concentration of from 0.1% to 10%. Copper is present in the alloy phase in a weight concentration of from 10% to 30% of the densified composition. Such cermet electrodes can be formed to have electrical conductivities well in excess of 100 ohm[sup [minus]1] cm[sup [minus]1]. Other alloy and oxide system cermets having high content metal phases are also expected to be manufacturable in accordance with the invention.

  20. An Electromotive Force Measurement System for Alloy Fuels

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    Changhu Xing; Colby Jensen; Heng Ban; Robert Mariani; J. Rory Kennedy

    2010-11-01

    The development of advanced nuclear fuels requires a better understanding of the transmutation and micro-structural evolution of the materials. Alloy fuels have the advantage of high thermal conductivity and improved characteristics in fuel-cladding chemical reaction. However, information on thermodynamic and thermophysical properties is limited. The objective of this project is to design and build an experimental system to measure the thermodynamic properties of solid materials from which the understanding of their phase change can be determined. The apparatus was used to measure the electromotive force (EMF) of several materials in order to calibrate and test the system. The EMF of chromel was measured from 100°C to 800°C and compared with theoretical values. Additionally, the EMF measurement of Ni-Fe alloy was performed and compared with the Ni-Fe phase diagram. The prototype system is to be modified eventually and used in a radioactive hot-cell in the future.

  1. Cermet anode compositions with high content alloy phase

    DOEpatents

    Marschman, Steven C.; Davis, Norman C.

    1989-01-01

    Cermet electrode compositions comprising NiO-NiFe.sub.2 O.sub.4 -Cu-Ni, and methods for making, are disclosed. Addition of nickel metal prior to formation and densification of a base mixture into the cermet allows for an increase in the total amount of copper and nickel that can be contained in the NiO-NiFe.sub.2 O.sub.4 oxide system. Nickel is present in a base mixture weight concentration of from 0.1% to 10%. Copper is present in the alloy phase in a weight concentration of from 10% to 30% of the densified composition. Such cermet electrodes can be formed to have electrical conductivities well in excess of 100 ohm.sup.-1 cm.sup.-1. Other alloy and oxide system cermets having high content metal phases are also expected to be manufacturable in accordance with the invention.

  2. Hydrogenation thermodynamics of melt-spun magnesium rich Mg-Ni nanocrystalline alloys with the addition of multiwalled carbon nanotubes and TiF3

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    Hou, Xiaojiang; Hu, Rui; Zhang, Tiebang; Kou, Hongchao; Li, Jinshan

    2016-02-01

    Based on the complexity of hydrogen absorption/desorption process and from the perspective of overall control, the as-cast Mg-10wt%Ni (Mg10Ni) alloy has been successively optimized by melt-spinning and surface catalyzed to realize the internal refinement as well as surface modification. The isothermal hydrogenation behavior of modified Mg-rich alloys has been investigated in this work. The results indicate that melt-spun Mg10Ni catalyzed by multiwalled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs) coupling with TiF3 possesses superior activation properties and can absorb 6.23 wt% at 250 °C under 2.5 MPa. It is worth mentioning that the hydrogenation capacities of Mg10Ni-MWCNTs-TiF3 are 5.93 wt% and 5.99 wt% within the initial 1 min and 5 min, respectively. Meanwhile, the catalytic effect of MWCNTs and TiF3 has been discussed. The improved activation performance as well as the thermodynamics properties of Mg10Ni catalyzed by MWCNTs and TiF3 is attributed to the synergistic effect on dissociation of H2 molecules, diffusion of H-atoms and heterogeneous nucleation of hydrides.

  3. STRUCTURE AND MAGNETIC PROPERTIES OF NANOCRYSTALLINE (Fe50Co50)73.5Cu1Nb3Si13.5B9 ALLOYS

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    Wang, Yuxin; Ju, Ying; Lu, Wei; Yan, Biao; Gao, Wei

    2013-07-01

    (Fe50Co50)73.5Cu1Nb3Si13.5B9 amorphous ribbons, a type of Co doped Finemet alloy, were prepared by melt-spinning and annealed at 440-560°C for 30 min. Influences of heat treatment and Co content on the crystallization were analyzed through differential scanning calorimetric (DSC) and X-ray diffractometry (XRD). The microstructure was analyzed by atomic force microscopy (AFM). The magnetic properties of (Fe50Co50)73.5Cu1Nb3Si13.5B9 and Finemet ribbons were tested by an alternating current soft magnetic properties measurement system. A comparative study of frequency dispersion properties between (Fe50Co50)73.5Cu1Nb3Si13.5B9 and Finemet was conducted. Results indicate that the optimal magnetic property has been achieved when (Fe50Co50)73.5Cu1Nb3Si13.5B9 ribbons were annealed at the temperature range of 480°C-520°C, after which the grain size became between 10 nm and 20 nm. Although the permeability of (Fe50Co50)73.5Cu1Nb3Si13.5B9 is not as high as that of Finemet, this Co-doped Finemet amorphous alloy presents better high frequency properties, and therefore is a promising candidate for the high frequency field applications.

  4. Structural studies of secondary crystallization products of the Fe23B6-type in a nanocrystalline FeCoB-based alloy

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    Long, Jianguo; Ohodnicki, P. R.; Laughlin, D. E.; McHenry, M. E.; Ohkubo, T.; Hono, K.

    2007-05-01

    A stable Fe23B6-type phase formed in a nanocomposite soft magnetic alloy Fe40Co40Nb4B13Ge2Cu1 after thermal treatment was investigated. The primary crystallization temperature and second crystallization temperature for this alloy were determined to be 405 and 740°C, respectively. After annealing the sample at 820°C for 1h, a Fe23B6-type phase (FeCoNb)23B6 was observed. The structural information was investigated by x-ray diffraction, transmission electron microscopy, and three-dimensional atom probe. The Fe23B6-type phase contains about 33±5at.% Fe, 38±5at.% Co, 7±1at.% Nb, and 20±3at.% B. The Nb atoms tend to occupy the 8c sites and Co /Fe atoms occupy the 4a, 32f, and 48h sites of the Fm3m space group for this structure.

  5. Nano-crystalline P/M aluminium for automotive applications

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    Hummert, K.; Schattevoy, R.; Broda, M.; Knappe, M.; Beiss, P.; Klubberg, F.; Schubert, T. H.; Leuschner, R.

    2009-01-01

    The reduction of total vehicle weight and lowering of moving masses within the engine are key elements to overcome future emission challenges of the automotive industry. Within a German BMBF funded project the melt spinning technology will be driven to a series production status. The very fast cooling condition of the melt leads to a nano-structure of the aluminium material. This results in new material properties of known alloys. The strength increases dramatically without lowered forming behaviour. With this process the freedom of designing complex alloys is very flexible. Different alloys have been investigated for several applications, where high strength at room and elevated temperatures and/or high wear resistance is required. This paper presents some results regarding the processing, microstructure and mechanical properties of a developed Al-Ni-Fe alloy. This joined research project with partners from the automotive industry as well as automotive suppliers and universities is funded by the German BMBF "NanoMobile" Program under Project number 03X3008.

  6. Process for fabricating articles of tungsten-nickel-iron alloy

    DOEpatents

    Northcutt, Jr., Walter G.; Snyder, Jr., William B.

    1976-01-01

    A high density W--Ni--Fe alloy of composition 85-96% by weight W and the remainder Ni and Fe in a wt. ratio of 5:5-8:2 having enhanced mechanical properties is prepared by compacting the mixed powders, sintering the compact in reducing atmosphere to near theoretical density followed by further sintering at a temperature where a liquid phase is present, vacuum annealing, and cold working to achieve high uniform hardness.

  7. Synthesis, characterization and mechanical properties of nanocrystalline NiAl

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    Choudry, M. |; Eastman, J.A.; DiMelfi, R.J.; Dollar, M.

    1996-11-01

    Nanocrystalline NiAl was produced from pre-cast alloys using an electron beam inert gas condensation system. In-situ compaction was carried out at 100-300 C under vacuum conditions. Energy dispersive spectroscopy was used to determine chemical composition and homogeneity. Average grain sizes in the range 4-10 nm were found from TEM dark field analyses. A compression-cage fixture was designed to perform disk bend tests. These tests revealed substantial room temperature ductility in nanocrystalline NiAl, while coarse grained NiAl showed no measurable room temperature ductility.

  8. Melt-spun hard magnetic three-phase nanocrystalline Nd{sub 5}Fe{sub 78.5}B{sub 16.5} alloy

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    Akhtar, D.; Mather, R.P.; Ruediger, A.; Koester, U.

    1999-07-23

    The aim of the present work was to prepare a three-phase nanocomposite containing high saturation {alpha}-Fe and Fe{sub 3}B soft phases and the Nd{sub 2}Fe{sub 14}B hard magnetic phase. The requirements for the microstructure of an exchange coupled material are a very fine and homogeneous grain size distribution and substantial absence of any intergranular phase. Since the crystallization of amorphous alloy is a multistage process, coarsening of the phase crystallizing in the first stage may occur till completion of the crystallization process, leading to deterioration in coercivity. The effect of annealing treatment on the intrinsic coercivity was therefore determined. Results of these investigations are reported in this paper.

  9. Size-dependent magnetic properties of 100-500 nm diameter IrMn/NiFe disks made by a two-step deposition process

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    Liu, F.; Ross, C. A.

    2014-11-01

    A two-step etching and deposition process is presented for making nanoscale exchange-biased NiFe/IrMn disks, and their magnetic properties are described as a function of diameter and thickness. The exchange bias in nanodots with diameters of 100-500 nm was reduced and the coercivity enhanced compared to the continuous film. Etching of the NiFe film prior to depositing the IrMn lowered the exchange bias; and the exchange bias also decreased as dot diameter decreased. The results are interpreted in terms of the relation between dot size and the antiferromagnetic domain size in the IrMn. The two-step process will be useful in introducing exchange bias at local regions of a ferromagnetic film.

  10. First-principles study of energetic complexes (II): (5-cyanotetrazolato-N2) pentaammine cobalt (III) perchlorate (CP) and Ni, Fe and Zn analogues.

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    Shang, Jing; Zhang, Jian-Guo; Zhang, Tong-Lai; Huang, Hui-Sheng; Zhang, Shao-Wen; Zhou, Zun-Ning

    2012-06-01

    First-principles methods using the TPSS density functional level of theory with the basis set 6-31G** were applied to study (5-cyanotetrazolato-N(2)) pentaammine cobalt (III) perchlorate (CP) and Ni, Fe and Zn analogues in the gas phase. The optimized lowest-energy geometry of CP was calculated from reported experimental structural data using the TPSS method. The calculated values are in good agreement with those measured by X-ray diffraction. Ni, Fe and Zn analogues were constructed and calculated on the same basis. NBO results showed that the metal-ligand interactions have covalent character. Donor-acceptor analyses predicted that the delocalization energy E(2) decreases from Co to Zn, so the covalent nature of the complexes increases in the order Co>Fe>Ni>Zn. In addition, HOMO-LUMO composition was investigated to determine the stability of the title compounds. PMID:22127608

  11. In-situ synthesis of magnetic (NiFe{sub 2}O{sub 4}/CuO/FeO) nanocomposites

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    Srivastava, Manish; Ojha, Animesh K.; Chaubey, S.; Singh, Jay

    2010-11-15

    In-situ synthesis of magnetic nanocomposites with (NiFe{sub 2}O{sub 4}/CuO/FeO) crystal phases has been done using a sol-gel method by taking a non-stoichiometric composition of the precursors. The average particle size of the nanocomposites was calculated using X-ray diffraction (XRD) and high resolution tunneling electron microscope (HR-TEM) and it turns out to be {approx}20 nm. The vibrating sample magnetometer (VSM) measurements demonstrate the ferromagnetic nature of the nanocomposites. The synthesized nanocomposite was used to prepare magnetic fluid using tetramethylammonium hydroxide as a surfactant and its stability in the solution was also discussed. -- Graphical abstract: Magnetic nanocomposites containing (NiFe{sub 2}O{sub 4}/CuO/FeO) phases having particle size {approx}17 nm were synthesized by a sol-gel method. The synthesized nanocomposites exhibit ferromagnetic nature with small value of coercivity.

  12. Cyanide-bridged NiCr and alternate NiFe-NiCr magnetic ultrathin films on functionalized Si(100) surface.

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    Tricard, Simon; Costa-Coquelard, Claire; Mazerat, Sandra; Rivière, Eric; Huc, Vincent; David, Christophe; Miserque, Frédéric; Jegou, Pascale; Palacin, Serge; Mallah, Talal

    2012-04-21

    Sequential growth in solution (SGS) was performed for the magnetic cyanide-bridged network obtained from the reaction of Ni(H(2)O)(2+) and Cr(CN)(6)(3-) (referred to as NiCr) on a Si(100) wafer already functionalized by a Ni(II) complex. The growth process led to isolated dots and a low coverage of the surface. We used the NiFe network as a template to improve the growth of the magnetic network. We elaborated alternate NiFe (paramagnetic)-NiCr (ferromagnetic) ultrathin films around 6 nm thick. The magnetic behaviour confirmed the alternate structure with the ferromagnetic zones isolated between the paramagnetic ones since the evolution of the blocking temperature is consistent with the evolution of the layers' thickness expected from the SGS process. PMID:22344390

  13. Evolution of Microstructure and Texture During Hot Compression of a Ni-Fe-Cr Superalloy

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    Coryell, S. P.; Findley, K. O.; Mataya, M. C.; Brown, E.

    2012-02-01

    Superalloys are being employed in more extreme conditions requiring higher strength, which requires producers to forge products to finer grain sizes with less grain size variability. To assess grain size, crystallographic texture, and substructure as a function of forging conditions, frictionless uniaxial compression testing characteristic of hot working was performed on INCOLOY 945 (Special Metals Corporation, Huntington, WV), which is a newly developed hybrid of alloys 718 and 925, over a range of temperatures and strain rates. The microstructure and texture were investigated comprehensively using light optical microscopy, electron backscatter diffraction (EBSD), electron channeling contrast imaging (ECCI), and transmission electron microscopy (TEM) to provide detailed insight into microstructure evolution mechanisms. Dynamic recrystallization, nucleated by grain/twin boundary bulging with occasional subgrain rotation, was found to be a dominant mechanism for grain refinement in INCOLOY 945. At higher strain rates, static recrystallization occurred by grain boundary migration. During deformation, duplex slip along {111} planes occurred until a stable <110> fiber compression texture was established. Recrystallization textures were mostly random but shifted toward the compression texture with subsequent deformation. An exception occurred at 1423 K (1150 °C) and 0.001 seconds-1, the condition with the largest fraction of recrystallized grains, where a <100> fiber texture developed, which may be indicative of preferential growth of specific grain orientations.

  14. Thermodynamic analysis of binary Fe{sub 85}B{sub 15} to quinary Fe{sub 85}Si{sub 2}B{sub 8}P{sub 4}Cu{sub 1} alloys for primary crystallizations of α-Fe in nanocrystalline soft magnetic alloys

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    Takeuchi, A. Zhang, Y.; Takenaka, K.; Makino, A.

    2015-05-07

    Fe-based Fe{sub 85}B{sub 15}, Fe{sub 84}B{sub 15}Cu{sub 1}, Fe{sub 82}Si{sub 2}B{sub 15}Cu{sub 1}, Fe{sub 85}Si{sub 2}B{sub 12}Cu{sub 1}, and Fe{sub 85}Si{sub 2}B{sub 8}P{sub 4}Cu{sub 1} (NANOMET{sup ®}) alloys were experimental and computational analyzed to clarify the features of NANOMET that exhibits high saturation magnetic flux density (B{sub s}) nearly 1.9 T and low core loss than conventional nanocrystalline soft magnetic alloys. The X-ray diffraction analysis for ribbon specimens produced experimentally by melt spinning from melts revealed that the samples were almost formed into an amorphous single phase. Then, the as-quenched samples were analyzed with differential scanning calorimeter (DSC) experimentally for exothermic enthalpies of the primary and secondary crystallizations (ΔH{sub x1} and ΔH{sub x2}) and their crystallization temperatures (T{sub x1} and T{sub x2}), respectively. The ratio ΔH{sub x1}/ΔH{sub x2} measured by DSC experimentally tended to be extremely high for the Fe{sub 85}Si{sub 2}B{sub 8}P{sub 4}Cu{sub 1} alloy, and this tendency was reproduced by the analysis with commercial software, Thermo-Calc, with database for Fe-based alloys, TCFE7 for Gibbs free energy (G) assessments. The calculations exhibit that a volume fraction (V{sub f}) of α-Fe tends to increase from 0.56 for the Fe{sub 85}B{sub 15} to 0.75 for the Fe{sub 85}Si{sub 2}B{sub 8}P{sub 4}Cu{sub 1} alloy. The computational analysis of the alloys for G of α-Fe and amorphous phases (G{sub α-Fe} and G{sub amor}) shows that a relationship G{sub α-Fe} ∼ G{sub amor} holds for the Fe{sub 85}Si{sub 2}B{sub 12}Cu{sub 1}, whereas G{sub α-Fe} < G{sub amor} for the Fe{sub 85}Si{sub 2}B{sub 8}P{sub 4}Cu{sub 1} alloy at T{sub x1} and that an extremely high V{sub f} = 0.75 was achieved for the Fe{sub 85}Si{sub 2}B{sub 8}P{sub 4}Cu{sub 1} alloy by including 2.8 at. % Si and 4.5 at. % P into α-Fe. These computational results indicate that the Fe{sub 85}Si{sub 2}B

  15. The bidirectional NiFe-hydrogenase in Synechocystis sp. PCC 6803 is reduced by flavodoxin and ferredoxin and is essential under mixotrophic, nitrate-limiting conditions.

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    Gutekunst, Kirstin; Chen, Xi; Schreiber, Karoline; Kaspar, Ursula; Makam, Srinivas; Appel, Jens

    2014-01-24

    Cyanobacteria are able to use solar energy for the production of hydrogen. It is generally accepted that cyanobacterial NiFe-hydrogenases are reduced by NAD(P)H. This is in conflict with thermodynamic considerations, as the midpoint potentials of NAD(P)H do not suffice to support the measured hydrogen production under physiological conditions. We show that flavodoxin and ferredoxin directly reduce the bidirectional NiFe-hydrogenase of Synechocystis sp. PCC 6803 in vitro. A merodiploid ferredoxin-NADP reductase mutant produced correspondingly more photohydrogen. We furthermore found that the hydrogenase receives its electrons via pyruvate:flavodoxin/ferredoxin oxidoreductase (PFOR)-flavodoxin/ferredoxin under fermentative conditions, enabling the cells to gain ATP. These results strongly support that the bidirectional NiFe-hydrogenases in cyanobacteria function as electron sinks for low potential electrons from photosystem I and as a redox balancing device under fermentative conditions. However, the selective advantage of this enzyme is not known. No strong phenotype of mutants lacking the hydrogenase has been found. Because bidirectional hydrogenases are widespread in aquatic nutrient-rich environments that are capable of triggering phytoplankton blooms, we mimicked those conditions by growing cells in the presence of increased amounts of dissolved organic carbon and dissolved organic nitrogen. Under these conditions the hydrogenase was found to be essential. As these conditions close the two most important sinks for reduced flavodoxin/ferredoxin (CO2-fixation and nitrate reduction), this discovery further substantiates the connection between flavodoxin/ferredoxin and the NiFe-hydrogenase. PMID:24311779

  16. A threonine stabilizes the NiC and NiR catalytic intermediates of [NiFe]-hydrogenase.

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    Abou-Hamdan, Abbas; Ceccaldi, Pierre; Lebrette, Hugo; Gutiérrez-Sanz, Oscar; Richaud, Pierre; Cournac, Laurent; Guigliarelli, Bruno; De Lacey, Antonio L; Léger, Christophe; Volbeda, Anne; Burlat, Bénédicte; Dementin, Sébastien

    2015-03-27

    The heterodimeric [NiFe] hydrogenase from Desulfovibrio fructosovorans catalyzes the reversible oxidation of H2 into protons and electrons. The catalytic intermediates have been attributed to forms of the active site (NiSI, NiR, and NiC) detected using spectroscopic methods under potentiometric but non-catalytic conditions. Here, we produced variants by replacing the conserved Thr-18 residue in the small subunit with Ser, Val, Gln, Gly, or Asp, and we analyzed the effects of these mutations on the kinetic (H2 oxidation, H2 production, and H/D exchange), spectroscopic (IR, EPR), and structural properties of the enzyme. The mutations disrupt the H-bond network in the crystals and have a strong effect on H2 oxidation and H2 production turnover rates. However, the absence of correlation between activity and rate of H/D exchange in the series of variants suggests that the alcoholic group of Thr-18 is not necessarily a proton relay. Instead, the correlation between H2 oxidation and production activity and the detection of the NiC species in reduced samples confirms that NiC is a catalytic intermediate and suggests that Thr-18 is important to stabilize the local protein structure of the active site ensuring fast NiSI-NiC-NiR interconversions during H2 oxidation/production. PMID:25666617

  17. Protonation states of intermediates in the reaction mechanism of [NiFe] hydrogenase studied by computational methods.

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    Dong, Geng; Ryde, Ulf

    2016-06-01

    The [NiFe] hydrogenases catalyse the reversible conversion of H2 to protons and electrons. The active site consists of a Fe ion with one carbon monoxide, two cyanide, and two cysteine (Cys) ligands. The latter two bridge to a Ni ion, which has two additional terminal Cys ligands. It has been suggested that one of the Cys residues is protonated during the reaction mechanism. We have used combined quantum mechanical and molecular mechanics (QM/MM) geometry optimisations, large QM calculations with 817 atoms, and QM/MM free energy simulations, using the TPSS and B3LYP methods with basis sets extrapolated to the quadruple zeta level to determine which of the four Cys residues is more favourable to protonate for four putative states in the reaction mechanism, Ni-SIa, Ni-R, Ni-C, and Ni-L. The calculations show that for all states, the terminal Cys-546 residue is most easily protonated by 14-51 kJ/mol, owing to a more favourable hydrogen-bond pattern around this residue in the protein. PMID:26940957

  18. A Threonine Stabilizes the NiC and NiR Catalytic Intermediates of [NiFe]-hydrogenase*

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    Abou-Hamdan, Abbas; Ceccaldi, Pierre; Lebrette, Hugo; Gutiérrez-Sanz, Oscar; Richaud, Pierre; Cournac, Laurent; Guigliarelli, Bruno; De Lacey, Antonio L.; Léger, Christophe; Volbeda, Anne; Burlat, Bénédicte; Dementin, Sébastien

    2015-01-01

    The heterodimeric [NiFe] hydrogenase from Desulfovibrio fructosovorans catalyzes the reversible oxidation of H2 into protons and electrons. The catalytic intermediates have been attributed to forms of the active site (NiSI, NiR, and NiC) detected using spectroscopic methods under potentiometric but non-catalytic conditions. Here, we produced variants by replacing the conserved Thr-18 residue in the small subunit with Ser, Val, Gln, Gly, or Asp, and we analyzed the effects of these mutations on the kinetic (H2 oxidation, H2 production, and H/D exchange), spectroscopic (IR, EPR), and structural properties of the enzyme. The mutations disrupt the H-bond network in the crystals and have a strong effect on H2 oxidation and H2 production turnover rates. However, the absence of correlation between activity and rate of H/D exchange in the series of variants suggests that the alcoholic group of Thr-18 is not necessarily a proton relay. Instead, the correlation between H2 oxidation and production activity and the detection of the NiC species in reduced samples confirms that NiC is a catalytic intermediate and suggests that Thr-18 is important to stabilize the local protein structure of the active site ensuring fast NiSI-NiC-NiR interconversions during H2 oxidation/production. PMID:25666617

  19. Immiscibility in the NiFe2O4-NiCr2O4 Spinel Binary

    SciTech Connect

    S Ziemniak

    2004-08-13

    The solid solution behavior of the Ni(Fe{sub 1-n}Cr{sub n}){sub 2}O{sub 4} spinel binary is investigated in the temperature range 400-1200 C. Non-ideal solution behavior, as exhibited by non-linear changes in lattice parameter with changes in n, is observed in a series of single-phase solids air-cooled from 1200 C. Air-annealing for one year at 600 C resulted in partial phase separation in a spinel binary having n = 0.5. Spinel crystals grown from NiO, Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3} and Cr{sub 2}O{sub 3} reactants, mixed to give NiCrFeO{sub 4}, by Ostwald ripening in a molten salt solvent, exhibited single phase stability down to about 750 C (the estimated consolute solution temperature, T{sub cs}). A solvus exists below T{sub cs}. The solvus becomes increasingly asymmetric at lower temperatures and extrapolates to n values of 0.2 and 0.7 at 300 C. The extrapolated solvus is shown to be consistent with that predicted using a primitive regular solution model in which free energies of mixing are determined entirely from changes in configurational entropy at room temperature.

  20. Tunneling behavior in ion-assist ion-beam sputtered CoFe/MgO/NiFe magnetic tunnel junctions

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    Singh, Braj Bhusan; Chaudhary, Sujeet; Pandya, Dinesh K.

    2012-11-15

    Graphical abstract: Display Omitted Highlights: ► Dual ion beam sputtered MgO barrier for MTJs. ► ∼12% TMR at 60 K. ► Glazman and Matveev model fitted for quantification of elastic and inelastic tunneling conductance through barrier. -- Abstract: Magnetic tunnel junctions (MTJs) consisting of CoFe and NiFe as ferromagnetic electrodes and MgO as insulating barrier fabricated through in situ shadow masking employing ion beam sputtering are studied for their tunneling magnetoresistance (TMR) and temperature dependence of the tunneling conductance behavior. The tunneling characteristics of these MTJs exhibited barrier height of 0.7 eV and width of 3.3 nm. These MTJs possessed ∼12% TMR at 60 K. The temperature dependence of conductance behavior of these junctions have revealed finite contributions from inelastic tunneling through the barrier via hopping conduction via present localized states which arise due to the presence of ionic interstitial defects in the MgO oxide barrier. The fitting of the data reveals that thirteenth order of hopping conduction is operative through MgO barrier.

  1. Relation between anaerobic inactivation and oxygen tolerance in a large series of NiFe hydrogenase mutants.

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    Abou Hamdan, Abbas; Liebgott, Pierre-Pol; Fourmond, Vincent; Gutiérrez-Sanz, Oscar; De Lacey, Antonio L; Infossi, Pascale; Rousset, Marc; Dementin, Sébastien; Léger, Christophe

    2012-12-01

    Nickel-containing hydrogenases, the biological catalysts of oxidation and production, reversibly inactivate under anaerobic, oxidizing conditions. We aim at understanding the mechanism of (in)activation and what determines its kinetics, because there is a correlation between fast reductive reactivation and oxygen tolerance, a property of some hydrogenases that is very desirable from the point of view of biotechnology. Direct electrochemistry is potentially very useful for learning about the redox-dependent conversions between active and inactive forms of hydrogenase, but the voltammetric signals are complex and often misread. Here we describe simple analytical models that we used to characterize and compare 16 mutants, obtained by substituting the position-74 valine of the -sensitive NiFe hydrogenase from Desulfovibrio fructosovorans. We observed that this substitution can accelerate reactivation up to 1,000-fold, depending on the polarity of the position 74 amino acid side chain. In terms of kinetics of anaerobic (in)activation and oxygen tolerance, the valine-to-histidine mutation has the most spectacular effect: The V74H mutant compares favorably with the -tolerant hydrogenase from Aquifex aeolicus, which we use here as a benchmark. PMID:23169623

  2. The evolution of the total magnetization of a Ni-Fe heterostructure after exposure to a femtosecond laser pulse

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    Yastremsky, I. A.; Kireev, V. E.

    2016-04-01

    A study of how the total magnetization of a Ni-Fe heterostructure evolves during the relaxation of non-equilibrium, inhomogeneous, magnetization distributions toward an equilibrium state. These distributions occur within the framework of a superdiffusive mechanism of ultrafast demagnetization, after exposure to a femtosecond laser pulse. We account for relativistic (local) and exchange (non-local) relaxation mechanisms. This question is all the more interesting because exchange relaxation conserves the total magnetization of the sample. For sufficiently smooth distributions (typical dimensions are about several tens of nanometers), the evolution of the total magnetization is determined by different rates of relativistic relaxation in Ni and Fe. However, for sufficiently inhomogeneous magnetization distributions (with a scale of several nanometers, which is realized in the experiment), non-local relaxation is manifested by the fact that the spin current transfers magnetization from the Fe layer to Ni. As such, the difference in the rates of relativistic relaxation in Ni and Fe is expressed to a lesser extent. It is shown that for experimentally realized parameters of magnetic distribution in magnetic heterostructures, the variation of total magnetization decreases by more than two times, due to the spin current.

  3. Structural and electrical properties of Cu doped NiFe2O4 nanoparticles prepared through modified citrate gel method

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    Batoo, Khalid Mujasam

    2011-12-01

    Nanoparticles of polycrystalline NiFe2-xCuxO4 (0.0≤x≤0.05) ferrites were prepared through the modified citrate-gel method. The samples were obtained as dried gel after the successful chemical reaction of their respective metal nitrate solutions in the midst of citric acid as catalyst. X-ray diffraction (XRD) and selective area electron diffraction (SAED) confirmed the single phase nature of all the samples with an average particle size of 19.8 (±1). Fourier transformation infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) shows the presence of two broad vibrational bands between 400 and 1000 cm-1 corresponding to the tetrahedral and the octahedral sites. The variation of dielectric properties (ɛ‧, ɛ″, tan δ) and ac conductivity (σac), with frequency reveals that the dispersion is due to the Maxwell-Wagner type of interfacial polarization in general and due to hopping of charges between Fe+2 and Fe+3 as well as between Ni+2 and Ni+3 ions at B-sites. The complex impedance spectroscopy has been used to study the effect of grain and grain boundary on the electrical properties of all the ferrite nanoparticles.

  4. The Influence of Oxygen on [NiFe]–Hydrogenase Cofactor Biosynthesis and How Ligation of Carbon Monoxide Precedes Cyanation

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    Stripp, Sven T.; Lindenstrauss, Ute; Granich, Claudia; Sawers, R. Gary; Soboh, Basem

    2014-01-01

    The class of [NiFe]–hydrogenases is characterized by a bimetallic cofactor comprising low–spin nickel and iron ions, the latter of which is modified with a single carbon monoxide (CO) and two cyanide (CN−) molecules. Generation of these ligands in vivo requires a complex maturation apparatus in which the HypC–HypD complex acts as a ‘construction site’ for the Fe–(CN)2CO portion of the cofactor. The order of addition of the CO and CN– ligands determines the ultimate structure and catalytic efficiency of the cofactor; however much debate surrounds the succession of events. Here, we present an FT–IR spectroscopic analysis of HypC–HypD isolated from a hydrogenase–competent wild–type strain of Escherichia coli. In contrast to previously reported samples, HypC–HypD showed spectral contributions indicative of an electron–rich Fe–CO cofactor, at the same time lacking any Fe–CN– signatures. This immature iron site binds external CO and undergoes oxidative damage when in contact with O2. Binding of CO protects the site against loss of spectral features associated with O2 damage. Our findings strongly suggest that CO ligation precedes cyanation in vivo. Furthermore, the results provide a rationale for the deleterious effects of O2 on in vivo cofactor biosynthesis. PMID:25211029

  5. In vivo and in vitro nickel-dependent processing of the [NiFe] hydrogenase in Azotobacter vinelandii.

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    Menon, A L; Robson, R L

    1994-01-01

    H2 oxidation in Azotobacter vinelandii is catalyzed by a membrane-bound, alpha beta dimeric [NiFe] hydrogenase. Maturation of the enzyme involves cleavage of a putative N-terminal signal sequence in the beta subunit and removal of 15 amino acids from the C terminus of the alpha subunit. Cells limited for nickel exhibited low hydrogenase activities and contained an apparently large form of the alpha subunit. Addition of nickel to such cells increased hydrogenase activities fivefold over 2 h. The increase in the first hour did not require transcription and translation and correlated with processing of the large form of the alpha subunit (pre-alpha) to the small form (alpha) resembling the alpha subunit from the purified enzyme. In vivo, pre-alpha appeared soluble whereas the majority of alpha was membrane bound. Processing of pre-alpha to alpha was reproduced in vitro in membrane-depleted extracts of nickel-limited cells. Processing specifically required the addition of Ni2+, whereas Co2+, Cu2+, Ca2+, Fe2+, Mn2+, and Zn2+ were ineffective. However, Zn2+, Co2+, and Cu2+ inhibited nickel-dependent processing. Mg-ATP and Mg-GTP stimulated processing, whereas anaerobic conditions and/or the addition of dithiothreitol and sodium dithionite was unnecessary. Processing was not inhibited by the protease inhibitors phenylmethylsulfonyl fluoride, E64, and pepstatin. PMID:8288521

  6. Magnetization reversal in Ni/FeF2 heterostructures with the coexistence of positive and negative exchange bias

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    Kovylina, Miroslavna; Morales, Rafael; Labarta, Amílcar; Batlle, Xavier

    2012-12-01

    Magnetization reversal mechanisms are studied in Ni/FeF2 heterostructures with the coexistence of positive and negative exchanged bias (PEB/NEB), showing single and double hysteresis loops (DHL) in magnetoresistance measurements. Micromagnetic simulations show that PEB and NEB domains of a minimum critical size must be introduced in order to reproduce the occurrence of DHLs. The simulations reveal that different magnetic configurations and, hence, different magnetization reversal processes take place in a ferromagnet (FM) on top of minority PEB domains that are either greater or smaller than the critical size. In particular, for the case of DHLs, core reversal of a depthwise domain wall is observed over minority PEB domains when the magnetic field is decreased from positive saturation. As the field is further decreased, a complex domain-wall evolution takes place in the FM, including the dependences of the domain-wall width and domain size on the magnetic field and distance from the antiferromagnet (AF). These effects should be taken into account when the domain size is estimated from data measured by depth-dependent techniques since they average the distribution of domain sizes in the FM for different distances from the AF.

  7. Structure refinement, cation site location, spectral and elastic properties of Zn2+ substituted NiFe2O4

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    Shirsath, Sagar E.; Patange, S. M.; Kadam, R. H.; Mane, M. L.; Jadhav, K. M.

    2012-09-01

    Ni-Zn ferrite samples with the chemical formula Ni1-xZnxFe2O4 (x = 0.0 to x = 1.0) were prepared by solid state reaction. Using the Rietveld refinement the discrepancy factor, interatomic distance, atomic coordinates, cation occupancy and degree of inversion have been determined. SEM images revealed that the Zn2+ promotes grain growth in NiFe2O4. The IR spectra show two absorption bands in the wave number range of 400-600 cm-1. The IR data have been used to calculate elastic moduli such as stiffness constant (C11, C12), longitudinal wave velocity (Vl), shear wave velocity (VS), mean wave velocity (Vm), Young modulus (E), bulk modulus (K), rigidity modulus (G), Poisson ratio (σ) and Debye temperature (θE). The values of elastic moduli and Debye temperature decreases with increasing Zn2+ composition x. AC susceptibility measurement confirms the decrease in Curie temperature with increasing Zn2+ content. Dielectric loss (ɛ″) increases with increasing Zn2+ content.

  8. Self-assembly formation of hollow Ni-Fe-O nanocage architectures by metal-organic frameworks with high-performance lithium storage

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    Guo, Hong; Li, Tingting; Chen, Weiwei; Liu, Lixiang; Qiao, Jinli; Zhang, Jiujun

    2015-09-01

    A hollow hybrid Ni-Fe-O nanomaterial (NiFe2O4) is synthesized using a precursor of metal-organic frameworks through a simple and cost-effective method. The unique hollow nanocage structures shorten the length of Li-ion diffusion. The hollow structure offers a sufficient void space, which sufficiently alleviates the mechanical stress caused by volume change. Besides, the hybrid elements allow the volume change to take place in a stepwise manner during electrochemical cycle. And thus, the hierarchical hollow NiFe2O4 nanocage electrode exhibits extraordinary electrochemical performance. The stable cyclic performance is obtained for all rates from 1 C to 10 C. Even when the current reaches 10 C, the capacity can also arrive at 652 mAhg-1. Subsequently, a specific capacity of ca. 975 mAhg-1 is recovered when the current rate reduces back to 1 C after 200 cycles. This strategy that derived from NMOFs may shed light on a new route for large-scale synthesis of hollow porous hybrid nanocages for energy storage, environmental remediation and other novel applications.

  9. Dielectric and magnetic properties of NiFe2O4 at 2.45 GHz and heating capacity for potential uses under microwaves

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    Polaert, Isabelle; Bastien, Samuel; Legras, Benoit; Estel, Lionel; Braidy, Nadi

    2015-01-01

    This paper presents the dielectric and magnetic properties, measured at 2.45 GHz, of a new nickel ferrite, NiFe2O4, synthetized by plasma technology. These properties were measured by the small perturbation method in a resonant cavity, from 293 to 513 K. Using these values, the adiabatic heating of nanoparticles of NiFe2O4 under microwave irradiation was also modeled. The wave propagation equation (Maxwell's equation) coupled to the heat transfer in the solid was numerically solved. The influence of parameters such as the bed volume, its porosity, the microwave incident power or the microwave system geometry is discussed. This study demonstrates that NiFe2O4 nanoparticles can be rapidly heated up to at least 513 K under microwaves and can probably achieve higher temperatures according to the thermal insulation. The magnetic contribution to heating overcomes the dielectric one in the explored temperature range. Very efficient energy yield (>90%) can then be achieved when the magnetic field position is centered over the bed.

  10. Monodisperse core/shell Ni/FePt nanoparticles and their con-version to Ni/Pt to catalyze oxygen reduction

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    Zhang, Sen; Hao, Yizhou; Su, Dong; Doan-Nguyen, Vicky V. T.; Wu, Yaoting; Li, Jing; Sun, Shouheng; Murray, Christopher B.

    2014-10-28

    We report a size-controllable synthesis of monodisperse core/shell Ni/FePt nanoparticles (NPs) via a seed-mediated growth and their subsequent conversion to Ni/Pt NPs. Preventing surface oxidation of the Ni seeds is essential for the growth of uniform FePt shells. These Ni/FePt NPs have a thin (≈ 1 nm) FePt shell, and can be converted to Ni/Pt by acetic acid wash to yield active catalysts for oxygen reduction reaction (ORR). Tuning the core size allow for optimization of their electrocatalytic activity. The specific activity and mass activity of 4.2 nm/0.8 nm core/shell Ni/FePt reach 1.95 mA/cm² and 490 mA/mgPt at 0.9 Vmore » (vs. reversible hydrogen electrode, RHE), which are much higher than those of benchmark commercial Pt catalyst (0.34 mA/cm² and 92 mA/mgPt at 0.9 V). Our studies provide a robust approach to monodisperse core/shell NPs with non-precious metal core, making it possible to develop advanced NP catalysts with ultralow Pt content for ORR and many other heterogeneous reactions.« less

  11. Impact of interface manipulation of oxide on electrical transport properties and low-frequency noise in MgO/NiFe/MgO heterojunctions

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    Li, Jian-wei; Zhao, Chong-jun; Feng, Chun; Yu, Guang-hua; Zhou, Zhongfu

    2015-08-15

    Low-frequency noise and magnetoresistance in sputtered-deposited Ta(5 nm)/MgO (3 nm)/NiFe(10 nm)/MgO(3 nm)/Ta(3 nm) films have been measured as a function of different annealing times at 400°C. These measurements did not change synchronously with annealing time. A significant increase in magnetoresistance is observed for short annealing times (of the order of minutes) and is correlated with a relatively small reduction in 1/f noise. In contrast, a significant reduction in 1/f noise is observed for long annealing times (of the order of hours) accompanied by a small change in magnetoresistance. After annealing for 2 hours, the 1/f noise decreases by three orders of magnitude. Transmission electron microscopy and slow positron annihilation results implicate the cause being micro-structural changes in the MgO layers and interfaces following different annealing times. The internal vacancies in the MgO layers gather into vacancy clusters to reduce the defect density after short annealing times, whereas the MgO/NiFe and the NiFe/MgO interfaces improve significantly after long annealing times with the amorphous MgO layers gradually crystallizing following the release of interfacial stress.

  12. Genetic diversity of Desulfovibrio spp. in environmental samples analyzed by denaturing gradient gel electrophoresis of [NiFe] hydrogenase gene fragments.

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    Wawer, C; Muyzer, G

    1995-01-01

    The genetic diversity of Desulfovibrio species in environmental samples was determined by denaturing gradient gel electrophoresis (DGGE) of PCR-amplified [NiFe] hydrogenase gene fragments. Five different PCR primers were designed after comparative analysis of [NiFe] hydrogenase gene sequences from three Desulfovibrio species. These primers were tested in different combinations on the genomic DNAs of a variety of hydrogenase-containing and hydrogenase-lacking bacteria. One primer pair was found to be specific for Desulfovibrio species only, while the others gave positive results with other bacteria also. By using this specific primer pair, we were able to amplify the [NiFe] hydrogenase genes of DNAs isolated from environmental samples and to detect the presence of Desulfovibrio species in these samples. However, only after DGGE analysis of these PCR products could the number of different Desulfovibrio species within the samples be determined. DGGE analysis of PCR products from different bioreactors demonstrated up to two bands, while at least five distinguishable bands were detected in a microbial mat sample. Because these bands most likely represent as many Desulfovibrio species present in these samples, we conclude that the genetic diversity of Desulfovibrio species in the natural microbial mat is far greater than that in the experimental bioreactors. PMID:7793940

  13. Elastic and hierarchical porous carbon nanofibrous membranes incorporated with NiFe2O4 nanocrystals for highly efficient capacitive energy storage.

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    Ge, Jianlong; Fan, Gang; Si, Yang; He, Jianxin; Kim, Hak-Yong; Ding, Bin; Al-Deyab, Salem S; El-Newehy, Mohamed; Yu, Jianyong

    2016-01-28

    Flexible membranes created from porous carbon nanofibers (CNFs) hold great promise in the next generation wearable energy storage devices, but challenges still remain due to the poor mechanical properties of porous carbon nanofibers. Here, we report a facile strategy to fabricate elastic and hierarchical porous CNF membranes with NiFe2O4 nanocrystals embedded via multicomponent electrospinning and nano-doping methods. Benefiting from the scattering effect of NiFe2O4 nanocrystals and graphitized carbon layers for the condensed stress, the resultant CNF membranes exhibit an enhanced elasticity with a bending radius <12 μm, rapid recovery from the deformations, and a superior softness. Quantitative pore size distribution and fractal analysis reveal that the CNFs possessed tunable porous structures with a high surface area of 493 m(2) g(-1) and a pore volume of 0.31 cm(3) g(-1). Benefiting from the robust mechanical stability, hierarchical porous structures and good electrochemical properties, the NiFe2O4 doped CNF membranes demonstrate a high electrical capacitance of 343 F g(-1), and good reversibility with a cycling efficiency of 97.4% even after 10,000 cycles. The successful synthesis of elastic porous CNF membranes also provided a versatile platform for the design and development of functional CNF based materials for various applications. PMID:26731700

  14. Monodisperse core/shell Ni/FePt nanoparticles and their con-version to Ni/Pt to catalyze oxygen reduction

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    Zhang, Sen; Hao, Yizhou; Su, Dong; Doan-Nguyen, Vicky V. T.; Wu, Yaoting; Li, Jing; Sun, Shouheng; Murray, Christopher B.

    2014-10-28

    We report a size-controllable synthesis of monodisperse core/shell Ni/FePt nanoparticles (NPs) via a seed-mediated growth and their subsequent conversion to Ni/Pt NPs. Preventing surface oxidation of the Ni seeds is essential for the growth of uniform FePt shells. These Ni/FePt NPs have a thin (≈ 1 nm) FePt shell, and can be converted to Ni/Pt by acetic acid wash to yield active catalysts for oxygen reduction reaction (ORR). Tuning the core size allow for optimization of their electrocatalytic activity. The specific activity and mass activity of 4.2 nm/0.8 nm core/shell Ni/FePt reach 1.95 mA/cm² and 490 mA/mgPt at 0.9 V (vs. reversible hydrogen electrode, RHE), which are much higher than those of benchmark commercial Pt catalyst (0.34 mA/cm² and 92 mA/mgPt at 0.9 V). Our studies provide a robust approach to monodisperse core/shell NPs with non-precious metal core, making it possible to develop advanced NP catalysts with ultralow Pt content for ORR and many other heterogeneous reactions.

  15. Effect of Yb2O3 doping on the grain boundary of NiFe2O4-10NiO-based cermets after sintering

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    He, Han-bing

    2015-12-01

    xYb2O3-15(20Ni-Cu)/(85 - x)(NiFe2O4-10NiO) ( x = 0, 0.25, 0.5, 0.75, 1.0, 2.0, and 10.0) cermets for aluminum electrolysis were prepared to investigate the effect of Yb2O3 doping on the grain boundary of the cermets after sintering. The results showed that each interface was very clear and that with increasing Yb2O3 content, most of the Yb was evenly distributed at the grain boundary. Moreover, according to the phase composition and microstructural analysis by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy with energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (SEM/EDX), and electron probe microanalysis (EPMA), YbFeO3 was produced along the grain boundary. The YbFeO3 was concluded to not only have formed from the interaction between the NiFe2O4 or Fe2O3 component and Yb2O3 at the grain boundary of the cermets, but also from the decomposition of NiFe2O4 into NiO and Fe2O3 and the subsequent reaction of Fe2O3 with Yb2O3. Thus, the production of YbFeO3 resulted in a cermet with high relative density, good electrical conductivity, and good corrosion resistance.

  16. Engineering of high performance supercapacitor electrode based on Fe-Ni/Fe2O3-NiO core/shell hybrid nanostructures

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    Singh, Ashutosh K.; Mandal, Kalyan

    2015-03-01

    The present work reports on fabrication and supercapacitor applications of a core/shell Fe-Ni/Fe2O3-NiO hybrid nanostructures (HNs) electrode. The core/shell Fe-Ni/Fe2O3-NiO hybrid nanostructures have been fabricated through a two step method (nanowire fabrication and their controlled oxidation). The 1D hybrid nanostructure consists of highly porous shell layer (redox active materials NiO and Fe2O3) and the conductive core (FeNi nanowire). Thus, the highly porous shell layer allows facile electrolyte diffusion as well as faster redox reaction kinetics; whereas the conductive FeNi nanowire core provides the proficient express way for electrons to travel to the current collector, which helps in the superior electrochemical performance. The core/shell Fe-Ni/Fe2O3-NiO hybrid nanostructures electrode based supercapacitor shows very good electrochemical performances in terms of high specific capacitance nearly 1415 F g-1 at a current density of 2.5 A g-1, excellent cycling stability and rate capability. The high quality electrochemical performance of core/shell hybrid nanostructures electrode shows its potential as an alternative electrode for forthcoming supercapacitor devices.

  17. Self-assembly formation of hollow Ni-Fe-O nanocage architectures by metal-organic frameworks with high-performance lithium storage

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    Guo, Hong; Li, Tingting; Chen, Weiwei; Liu, Lixiang; Qiao, Jinli; Zhang, Jiujun

    2015-01-01

    A hollow hybrid Ni-Fe-O nanomaterial (NiFe2O4) is synthesized using a precursor of metal-organic frameworks through a simple and cost-effective method. The unique hollow nanocage structures shorten the length of Li-ion diffusion. The hollow structure offers a sufficient void space, which sufficiently alleviates the mechanical stress caused by volume change. Besides, the hybrid elements allow the volume change to take place in a stepwise manner during electrochemical cycle. And thus, the hierarchical hollow NiFe2O4 nanocage electrode exhibits extraordinary electrochemical performance. The stable cyclic performance is obtained for all rates from 1 C to 10 C. Even when the current reaches 10 C, the capacity can also arrive at 652 mAhg−1. Subsequently, a specific capacity of ca. 975 mAhg−1 is recovered when the current rate reduces back to 1 C after 200 cycles. This strategy that derived from NMOFs may shed light on a new route for large-scale synthesis of hollow porous hybrid nanocages for energy storage, environmental remediation and other novel applications. PMID:26347981

  18. Identification of an Isothiocyanate on the HypEF Complex Suggests a Route for Efficient Cyanyl-Group Channeling during [NiFe]-Hydrogenase Cofactor Generation.

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    Stripp, Sven T; Lindenstrauss, Ute; Sawers, R Gary; Soboh, Basem

    2015-01-01

    [NiFe]-hydrogenases catalyze uptake and evolution of H2 in a wide range of microorganisms. The enzyme is characterized by an inorganic nickel/ iron cofactor, the latter of which carries carbon monoxide and cyanide ligands. In vivo generation of these ligands requires a number of auxiliary proteins, the so-called Hyp family. Initially, HypF binds and activates the precursor metabolite carbamoyl phosphate. HypF catalyzes removal of phosphate and transfers the carbamate group to HypE. In an ATP-dependent condensation reaction, the C-terminal cysteinyl residue of HypE is modified to what has been interpreted as thiocyanate. This group is the direct precursor of the cyanide ligands of the [NiFe]-hydrogenase active site cofactor. We present a FT-IR analysis of HypE and HypF as isolated from E. coli. We follow the HypF-catalyzed cyanation of HypE in vitro and screen for the influence of carbamoyl phosphate and ATP. To elucidate on the differences between HypE and the HypEF complex, spectro-electrochemistry was used to map the vibrational Stark effect of naturally cyanated HypE. The IR signature of HypE could ultimately be assigned to isothiocyanate (-N=C=S) rather than thiocyanate (-S-C≡N). This has important implications for cyanyl-group channeling during [NiFe]-hydrogenase cofactor generation. PMID:26186649

  19. Multiscale simulations give insight into the hydrogen in and out pathways of [NiFe]-hydrogenases from Aquifex aeolicus and Desulfovibrio fructosovorans.

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    Oteri, Francesco; Baaden, Marc; Lojou, Elisabeth; Sacquin-Mora, Sophie

    2014-12-01

    [NiFe]-hydrogenases catalyze the cleavage of molecular hydrogen into protons and electrons and represent promising tools for H2-based technologies such as biofuel cells. However, many aspects of these enzymes remain to be understood, in particular how the catalytic center can be protected from irreversible inactivation by O2. In this work, we combined homology modeling, all-atom molecular dynamics, and coarse-grain Brownian dynamics simulations to investigate and compare the dynamic and mechanical properties of two [NiFe]-hydrogenases: the soluble O2-sensitive enzyme from Desulfovibrio fructosovorans, and the O2-tolerant membrane-bound hydrogenase from Aquifex aeolicus. We investigated the diffusion pathways of H2 from the enzyme surface to the central [NiFe] active site, and the possible proton pathways that are used to evacuate hydrogen after the oxidation reaction. Our results highlight common features of the two enzymes, such as a Val/Leu/Arg triad of key residues that controls ligand migration and substrate access in the vicinity of the active site, or the key role played by a Glu residue for proton transfer after hydrogen oxidation. We show specificities of each hydrogenase regarding the enzymes internal tunnel network or the proton transport pathways. PMID:25399809

  20. Magnetic core-shell nano-TiO2/Al2O3/NiFe2O4 microparticles with enhanced photocatalytic activity.

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    Jing, Mao-Xiang; Han, Chong; Wang, Zhou; Shen, Xiang-Qian

    2013-07-01

    The core-shell nano-TiO2/Al2O3/NiFe2O4 microparticles of 5-8 microm were prepared by the heterogeneous precipitation followed by calcination treatment. The morphologies, structure, crystalline phase, and magnetic property were characterized by optical biomicroscopy (OBM), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), X-ray diffractometry (XRD) and vibrating sample magnetometer (VSM) respectively. The photocatalytic activity was evaluated by degrading methyl orange solution either under UV light and sunlight. The results indicate that the nano-TiO2 layer consists of needle-like nanoparticles and the intermediate layer of Al2O3 avoids the nano-TiO2 agglomeration, shedding and uneven loading. The nano-TiO2/Al2O3/NiFe2O4 composite particles show high magnetization of 31.5 emu/g and enhanced photocatalytic activity to completely degrade 50 mg/L methyl orange solution either under UV light and sun light. The enhanced activity of the composite is attributed to the unique structure, insulation effect of Al2O3 intermediate layer and the hybrid effect of anatase TiO2 and NiFe2O4. The obtained catalyst may be magnetically separable and useful for many practical applications due to the improved photocatalytic properties under sunlight. PMID:23901515

  1. Identification of an Isothiocyanate on the HypEF Complex Suggests a Route for Efficient Cyanyl–Group Channeling during [NiFe]–Hydrogenase Cofactor Generation

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    Stripp, Sven T.; Lindenstrauss, Ute; Sawers, R. Gary; Soboh, Basem

    2015-01-01

    [NiFe]–hydrogenases catalyze uptake and evolution of H2 in a wide range of microorganisms. The enzyme is characterized by an inorganic nickel/ iron cofactor, the latter of which carries carbon monoxide and cyanide ligands. In vivo generation of these ligands requires a number of auxiliary proteins, the so–called Hyp family. Initially, HypF binds and activates the precursor metabolite carbamoyl phosphate. HypF catalyzes removal of phosphate and transfers the carbamate group to HypE. In an ATP–dependent condensation reaction, the C–terminal cysteinyl residue of HypE is modified to what has been interpreted as thiocyanate. This group is the direct precursor of the cyanide ligands of the [NiFe]–hydrogenase active site cofactor. We present a FT–IR analysis of HypE and HypF as isolated from E. coli. We follow the HypF–catalyzed cyanation of HypE in vitro and screen for the influence of carbamoyl phosphate and ATP. To elucidate on the differences between HypE and the HypEF complex, spectro–electrochemistry was used to map the vibrational Stark effect of naturally cyanated HypE. The IR signature of HypE could ultimately be assigned to isothiocyanate (–N=C=S) rather than thiocyanate (–S–C≡N). This has important implications for cyanyl–group channeling during [NiFe]–hydrogenase cofactor generation. PMID:26186649

  2. Engineering of high performance supercapacitor electrode based on Fe-Ni/Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3}-NiO core/shell hybrid nanostructures

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    Singh, Ashutosh K. E-mail: aksingh@bose.res.in; Mandal, Kalyan

    2015-03-14

    The present work reports on fabrication and supercapacitor applications of a core/shell Fe-Ni/Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3}-NiO hybrid nanostructures (HNs) electrode. The core/shell Fe-Ni/Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3}-NiO hybrid nanostructures have been fabricated through a two step method (nanowire fabrication and their controlled oxidation). The 1D hybrid nanostructure consists of highly porous shell layer (redox active materials NiO and Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3}) and the conductive core (FeNi nanowire). Thus, the highly porous shell layer allows facile electrolyte diffusion as well as faster redox reaction kinetics; whereas the conductive FeNi nanowire core provides the proficient express way for electrons to travel to the current collector, which helps in the superior electrochemical performance. The core/shell Fe-Ni/Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3}-NiO hybrid nanostructures electrode based supercapacitor shows very good electrochemical performances in terms of high specific capacitance nearly 1415 F g{sup −1} at a current density of 2.5 A g{sup −1}, excellent cycling stability and rate capability. The high quality electrochemical performance of core/shell hybrid nanostructures electrode shows its potential as an alternative electrode for forthcoming supercapacitor devices.

  3. In situ studies of surface of NiFe2O4 catalyst during complete oxidation of methane

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    Zhang, Shiran; Shan, Junjun; Nie, Longhui; Nguyen, Luan; Wu, Zili; Tao, Franklin

    2015-12-21

    Here, NiFe2O4 with an inverse spinel structure exhibits high activity for a complete oxidation of methane at 400 °C–425 °C and a higher temperature. The surface of the catalyst and its adsorbates were well characterized with ambient pressure X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (AP-XPS) and in situ infrared spectroscopy (IR). In situ studies of the surface of NiFe2O4 using AP-XPS suggest the formation of methoxy-like and formate-like intermediates at a temperature lower than 200 °C, supported by the observed vibrational signatures in in situ IR studies. Evolutions of C1s photoemission features and the nominal atomic ratios of C/(Ni + Fe) of the catalyst surface suggest that the formate-like intermediate is transformed to product molecules CO2 and H2O in the temperature range of 250–300 °C. In situ studies suggest the formation of a spectator, – Olattice – CH2 – Olattice –. It strongly bonds to surface through C–O bonds and cannot be activated even at 400 °C.

  4. Temperature variations at nano-scale level in phase transformed nanocrystalline NiTi shape memory alloys adjacent to graphene layers.

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    Amini, Abbas; Cheng, Chun; Naebe, Minoo; Church, Jeffrey S; Hameed, Nishar; Asgari, Alireza; Will, Frank

    2013-07-21

    The detection and control of the temperature variation at the nano-scale level of thermo-mechanical materials during a compression process have been challenging issues. In this paper, an empirical method is proposed to predict the temperature at the nano-scale level during the solid-state phase transition phenomenon in NiTi shape memory alloys. Isothermal data was used as a reference to determine the temperature change at different loading rates. The temperature of the phase transformed zone underneath the tip increased by ∼3 to 40 °C as the loading rate increased. The temperature approached a constant with further increase in indentation depth. A few layers of graphene were used to enhance the cooling process at different loading rates. Due to the presence of graphene layers the temperature beneath the tip decreased by a further ∼3 to 10 °C depending on the loading rate. Compared with highly polished NiTi, deeper indentation depths were also observed during the solid-state phase transition, especially at the rate dependent zones. Larger superelastic deformations confirmed that the latent heat transfer through the deposited graphene layers allowed a larger phase transition volume and, therefore, more stress relaxation and penetration depth. PMID:23744099

  5. Microstructure of multistage annealed nanocrystalline SmCo2Fe2B alloy with enhanced magnetic properties

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    Jiang, Xiujuan; Devaraj, Arun; Balamurugan, B.; Cui, Jun; Shield, Jeffrey E.

    2014-07-30

    The microstructure and chemistry of SmCo2Fe2B melt-spun alloy after multistage annealing was investigated using high resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM) and 3D atom probe tomography. The multistage annealing resulted in an increase in both the coercivity and magnetization. The presence of Sm(Co,Fe)4B (1:4:1) and Sm2(Co,Fe)17Bx (2:17:x) magnetic phases were confirmed using both techniques. Fe2B at a scale of -5 nm was found by HRTEM precipitating within the 1:4:1 phase after the second-stage annealing. Ordering within the 2:17:x phase was directly identified both by the presence of antiphase boundaries observed by TEM and the interconnected isocomposition surface network found in 3D atom probe results in addition to radial distribution function analysis. The variations in the local chemistry after the secondary annealing were considered pivotal in improving the magnetic properties.

  6. Microstructure of Multistage Annealed Nanocrystalline SmCo2Fe2B Alloy with Enhanced Magnetic Properties

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    Jiang, Xiujuan; Devaraj, Arun; Balamurugan, B.; Cui, Jun; Shield, Jeffrey E.

    2014-02-01

    The microstructure and chemistry of SmCo2Fe2B melt-spun alloy after multistage annealing was investigated using high resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM) and 3D atom probe tomography. The multistage annealing resulted in an increase in both the coercivity and magnetization. The presence of Sm(Co,Fe)4B (1:4:1) and Sm2(Co,Fe)17Bx (2:17:x) magnetic phases were confirmed using both techniques. Fe2B at a scale of -5 nm was found by HRTEM precipitating within the 1:4:1 phase after the second-stage annealing. Ordering within the 2:17:x phase was directly identified both by the presence of antiphase boundaries observed by TEM and the interconnected isocomposition surface network found in 3D atom probe results in addition to radial distribution function analysis. The variations in the local chemistry after the secondary annealing were considered pivotal in improving the magnetic properties.

  7. Tunable magnetocaloric effect in transition metal alloys

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    Belyea, Dustin D.; Lucas, M. S.; Michel, E.; Horwath, J.; Miller, Casey W.

    2015-01-01

    The unpredictability of geopolitical tensions and resulting supply chain and pricing instabilities make it imperative to explore rare earth free magnetic materials. As such, we have investigated fully transition metal based “high entropy alloys” in the context of the magnetocaloric effect. We find the NiFeCoCrPdx family exhibits a second order magnetic phase transition whose critical temperature is tunable from 100 K to well above room temperature. The system notably displays changes in the functionality of the magnetic entropy change depending on x, which leads to nearly 40% enhancement of the refrigerant capacity. A detailed statistical analysis of the universal scaling behavior provides direct evidence that heat treatment and Pd additions reduce the distribution of exchange energies in the system, leading to a more magnetically homogeneous alloy. The general implications of this work are that the parent NiFeCoCr compound can be tuned dramatically with FCC metal additives. Together with their relatively lower cost, their superior mechanical properties that aid manufacturability and their relative chemical inertness that aids product longevity, NiFeCoCr-based materials could ultimately lead to commercially viable magnetic refrigerants. PMID:26507636

  8. Tunable magnetocaloric effect in transition metal alloys

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    Belyea, Dustin D.; Lucas, M. S.; Michel, E.; Horwath, J.; Miller, Casey W.

    2015-10-01

    The unpredictability of geopolitical tensions and resulting supply chain and pricing instabilities make it imperative to explore rare earth free magnetic materials. As such, we have investigated fully transition metal based “high entropy alloys” in the context of the magnetocaloric effect. We find the NiFeCoCrPdx family exhibits a second order magnetic phase transition whose critical temperature is tunable from 100 K to well above room temperature. The system notably displays changes in the functionality of the magnetic entropy change depending on x, which leads to nearly 40% enhancement of the refrigerant capacity. A detailed statistical analysis of the universal scaling behavior provides direct evidence that heat treatment and Pd additions reduce the distribution of exchange energies in the system, leading to a more magnetically homogeneous alloy. The general implications of this work are that the parent NiFeCoCr compound can be tuned dramatically with FCC metal additives. Together with their relatively lower cost, their superior mechanical properties that aid manufacturability and their relative chemical inertness that aids product longevity, NiFeCoCr-based materials could ultimately lead to commercially viable magnetic refrigerants.

  9. In vitro apatite formation on nano-crystalline titania layer aligned parallel to Ti6Al4V alloy substrates with sub-millimeter gap.

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    Hayakawa, Satoshi; Matsumoto, Yuko; Uetsuki, Keita; Shirosaki, Yuki; Osaka, Akiyoshi

    2015-06-01

    Pure titanium substrates were chemically oxidized with H2O2 and subsequent thermally oxidized at 400 °C in air to form anatase-type titania layer on their surface. The chemically and thermally oxidized titanium substrate (CHT) was aligned parallel to the counter specimen such as commercially pure titanium (cpTi), titanium alloy (Ti6Al4V) popularly used as implant materials or Al substrate with 0.3-mm gap. Then, they were soaked in Kokubo's simulated body fluid (SBF, pH 7.4, 36.5 °C) for 7 days. XRD and SEM analysis showed that the in vitro apatite-forming ability of the contact surface of the CHT specimen decreased in the order: cpTi > Ti6Al4V > Al. EDX and XPS surface analysis showed that aluminum species were present on the contact surface of the CHT specimen aligned parallel to the counter specimen such as Ti6Al4V and Al. This result indicated that Ti6Al4V or Al specimens released the aluminum species into the SBF under the spatial gap. The released aluminum species might be positively or negatively charged in the SBF and thus can interact with calcium or phosphate species as well as titania layer, causing the suppression of the primary heterogeneous nucleation and growth of apatite on the contact surface of the CHT specimen under the spatial gap. The diffusion and adsorption of aluminum species derived from the half-sized counter specimen under the spatial gap resulted in two dimensionally area-selective deposition of apatite particles on the contact surfaces of the CHT specimen. PMID:25989935

  10. Coordination of Synthesis and Assembly of a Modular Membrane-Associated [NiFe]-Hydrogenase Is Determined by Cleavage of the C-Terminal Peptide

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    Thomas, Claudia; Muhr, Enrico

    2015-01-01

    ABSTRACT During biosynthesis of [NiFe]-hydrogenase 2 (Hyd-2) of Escherichia coli, a 15-amino-acid C-terminal peptide is cleaved from the catalytic large subunit precursor, pro-HybC. This peptide is removed only after NiFe(CN)2CO cofactor insertion by the Hyp accessory protein machinery has been completed, suggesting that it has a regulatory function during enzyme maturation. We show here that in hyp mutants that fail to synthesize and insert the NiFe cofactor, and therefore retain the peptide, the Tat (twin-arginine translocon) signal peptide on the small subunit HybO is not removed and the subunit is degraded. In a mutant lacking the large subunit, the Tat signal peptide was also not removed from pre-HybO, indicating that the mature large subunit must actively engage the small subunit to elicit Tat transport. We validated the proposed regulatory role of the C-terminal peptide in controlling enzyme assembly by genetically removing it from the precursor of HybC, which allowed assembly and Tat-dependent membrane association of a HybC-HybO heterodimer lacking the NiFe(CN)2CO cofactor. Finally, genetic transfer of the C-terminal peptide from pro-HyaB, the large subunit of Hyd-1, onto HybC did not influence its dependence on the accessory protein HybG, a HypC paralog, or the specific protease HybD. This indicates that the C-terminal peptide per se is not required for interaction with the Hyp machinery but rather suggests a role of the peptide in maintaining a conformation of the protein suitable for cofactor insertion. Together, our results demonstrate that the C-terminal peptide on the catalytic subunit controls biosynthesis, assembly, and membrane association of Hyd-2. IMPORTANCE [NiFe]-hydrogenases are multisubunit enzymes with a catalytic subunit containing a NiFe(CN)2CO cofactor. Results of previous studies suggested that after synthesis and insertion of the cofactor by the Hyp accessory proteins, this large subunit changes conformation upon proteolytic removal of

  11. EFFECT OF ANNEALING TEMPERATURE ON THE STRUCTURE AND AC MAGNETIC PROPERTIES OF Fe73Cu1Nb3.5-xVxSi13.5B9 (x = 1.0, 1.5, 2.0) NANOCRYSTALLINE SOFT MAGNETIC ALLOYS

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    Lu, Wei; Huang, Ping; Wang, Yuxin; Yan, Biao

    2013-07-01

    In this paper, Nb element was partially replaced by V element in Finemet-type Fe73Cu1Nb3.5-xVxSi13.5B9 (x = 1, 1.5, 2) alloys and the effect of annealing temperatures on the microstructure and AC magnetic properties of the samples are studied. The annealing temperatures affect the grain sizes of the bcc α-Fe phase greatly. When the annealing temperature is between 540-560°C, the samples have better AC magnetic properties than the samples annealed at other temperatures. The optimized annealing temperature of the studied samples is around 560°C. The coercivity and iron loss of the V2 sample is a little bit higher than that of V1 and V1.5 alloys while the amplitude permeability of V2 alloy is larger than that of V1 and V1.5, which indicate that the content of V element has strong influence on the magnetic properties of nanocrystalline soft magnetic alloys.

  12. Nanocrystalline Heterojunction Materials

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    Elder, Scott H.; Su, Yali; Gao, Yufei; Heald, Steve M.

    2004-02-03

    Mesoporous nanocrystalline titanium dioxide heterojunction materials and methods of making the same are disclosed. In one disclosed embodiment, materials comprising a core of titanium dioxide and a shell of a molybdenum oxide exhibit a decrease in their photoadsorption energy as the size of the titanium dioxide core decreases.

  13. Nanocrystalline heterojunction materials

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    Elder, Scott H.; Su, Yali; Gao, Yufei; Heald, Steve M.

    2003-07-15

    Mesoporous nanocrystalline titanium dioxide heterojunction materials are disclosed. In one disclosed embodiment, materials comprising a core of titanium dioxide and a shell of a molybdenum oxide exhibit a decrease in their photoadsorption energy as the size of the titanium dioxide core decreases.

  14. Overproduction of the membrane-bound [NiFe]-hydrogenase in Thermococcus kodakarensis and its effect on hydrogen production

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    Kanai, Tamotsu; Simons, Jan-Robert; Tsukamoto, Ryohei; Nakajima, Akihito; Omori, Yoshiyuki; Matsuoka, Ryoji; Beppu, Haruki; Imanaka, Tadayuki; Atomi, Haruyuki

    2015-01-01

    The hyperthermophilic archaeon Thermococcus kodakarensis can utilize sugars or pyruvate for growth. In the absence of elemental sulfur, the electrons via oxidation of these substrates are accepted by protons, generating molecular hydrogen (H2). The hydrogenase responsible for this reaction is a membrane-bound [NiFe]-hydrogenase (Mbh). In this study, we have examined several possibilities to increase the protein levels of Mbh in T. kodakarensis by genetic engineering. Highest levels of intracellular Mbh levels were achieved when the promoter of the entire mbh operon (TK2080-TK2093) was exchanged to a strong constitutive promoter from the glutamate dehydrogenase gene (TK1431) (strain MHG1). When MHG1 was cultivated under continuous culture conditions using pyruvate-based medium, a nearly 25% higher specific hydrogen production rate (SHPR) of 35.3 mmol H2 g-dcw−1 h−1 was observed at a dilution rate of 0.31 h−1. We also combined mbh overexpression using an even stronger constitutive promoter from the cell surface glycoprotein gene (TK0895) with disruption of the genes encoding the cytosolic hydrogenase (Hyh) and an alanine aminotransferase (AlaAT), both of which are involved in hydrogen consumption (strain MAH1). At a dilution rate of 0.30 h−1, the SHPR was 36.2 mmol H2 g-dcw−1 h−1, corresponding to a 28% increase compared to that of the host T. kodakarensis strain. Increasing the dilution rate to 0.83 h−1 or 1.07 h−1 resulted in a SHPR of 120 mmol H2 g-dcw−1 h−1, which is one of the highest production rates observed in microbial fermentation. PMID:26379632

  15. Multiscale simulation reveals multiple pathways for H2 and O2 transport in a [NiFe]-hydrogenase.

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    Wang, Po-hung; Best, Robert B; Blumberger, Jochen

    2011-03-16

    Hydrogenases are enzymes that catalyze the reversible conversion of hydrogen molecules to protons and electrons. The mechanism by which the gas molecules reach the active site is important for understanding the function of the enzyme and may play a role in the selectivity for hydrogen over inhibitor molecules. Here, we develop a general multiscale molecular simulation approach for the calculation of diffusion rates and determination of pathways by which substrate or inhibitor gases can reach the protein active site. Combining kinetic data from both equilibrium simulations and enhanced sampling, we construct a master equation describing the movement of gas molecules within the enzyme. We find that the time-dependent gas population of the active site can be fit to the same phenomenological rate law used to interpret experiments, with corresponding diffusion rates in very good agreement with experimental data. However, in contrast to the conventional picture, in which the gases follow a well-defined hydrophobic tunnel, we find that there is a diverse network of accessible pathways by which the gas molecules can reach the active site. The previously identified tunnel accounts for only about 60% of the total flux. Our results suggest that the dramatic decrease in the diffusion rate for mutations involving the residue Val74 could be in part due to the narrowing of the passage Val74-Arg476, immediately adjacent to the binding site, explaining why mutations of Leu122 had only a negligible effect in experiment. Our method is not specific to the [NiFe]-hydrogenase and should be generally applicable to the transport of small molecules in proteins. PMID:21341658

  16. Synthesis of Nano-Crystalline Gamma-TiAl Materials

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    Hales, Stephen J.; Vasquez, Peter

    2003-01-01

    One of the principal problems with nano-crystalline materials is producing them in quantities and sizes large enough for valid mechanical property evaluation. The purpose of this study was to explore an innovative method for producing nano-crystalline gamma-TiAl bulk materials using high energy ball milling and brief secondary processes. Nano-crystalline powder feedstock was produced using a Fritsch P4(TM) vario-planetary ball mill recently installed at NASA-LaRC. The high energy ball milling process employed tungsten carbide tooling (vials and balls) and no process control agents to minimize contamination. In a collaborative effort, two approaches were investigated, namely mechanical alloying of elemental powders and attrition milling of pre-alloyed powders. The objective was to subsequently use RF plasma spray deposition and short cycle vacuum hot pressing in order to effect consolidation while retaining nano-crystalline structure in bulk material. Results and discussion of the work performed to date are presented.

  17. Elastic and hierarchical porous carbon nanofibrous membranes incorporated with NiFe2O4 nanocrystals for highly efficient capacitive energy storage

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    Ge, Jianlong; Fan, Gang; Si, Yang; He, Jianxin; Kim, Hak-Yong; Ding, Bin; Al-Deyab, Salem S.; El-Newehy, Mohamed; Yu, Jianyong

    2016-01-01

    Flexible membranes created from porous carbon nanofibers (CNFs) hold great promise in the next generation wearable energy storage devices, but challenges still remain due to the poor mechanical properties of porous carbon nanofibers. Here, we report a facile strategy to fabricate elastic and hierarchical porous CNF membranes with NiFe2O4 nanocrystals embedded via multicomponent electrospinning and nano-doping methods. Benefiting from the scattering effect of NiFe2O4 nanocrystals and graphitized carbon layers for the condensed stress, the resultant CNF membranes exhibit an enhanced elasticity with a bending radius <12 μm, rapid recovery from the deformations, and a superior softness. Quantitative pore size distribution and fractal analysis reveal that the CNFs possessed tunable porous structures with a high surface area of 493 m2 g-1 and a pore volume of 0.31 cm3 g-1. Benefiting from the robust mechanical stability, hierarchical porous structures and good electrochemical properties, the NiFe2O4 doped CNF membranes demonstrate a high electrical capacitance of 343 F g-1, and good reversibility with a cycling efficiency of 97.4% even after 10 000 cycles. The successful synthesis of elastic porous CNF membranes also provided a versatile platform for the design and development of functional CNF based materials for various applications.Flexible membranes created from porous carbon nanofibers (CNFs) hold great promise in the next generation wearable energy storage devices, but challenges still remain due to the poor mechanical properties of porous carbon nanofibers. Here, we report a facile strategy to fabricate elastic and hierarchical porous CNF membranes with NiFe2O4 nanocrystals embedded via multicomponent electrospinning and nano-doping methods. Benefiting from the scattering effect of NiFe2O4 nanocrystals and graphitized carbon layers for the condensed stress, the resultant CNF membranes exhibit an enhanced elasticity with a bending radius <12 μm, rapid recovery

  18. Reactions of H2, CO, and O2 with active [NiFe]-hydrogenase from Allochromatium vinosum. A stopped-flow infrared study.

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    George, Simon J; Kurkin, Sergei; Thorneley, Roger N F; Albracht, Simon P J

    2004-06-01

    The Ni-Fe site in the active membrane-bound [NiFe]-hydrogenase from Allochromatium vinosum can exist in three different redox states. In the most oxidized state (Ni(a)-S) the nickel is divalent. The most reduced state (Ni(a)-SR) likewise has Ni(2+), while the intermediate state (Ni(a)-C) has Ni(3+). The transitions between these states have been studied by stopped-flow Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy. It is inferred from the data that the Ni(a)-S --> Ni(a)-C* and Ni(a)-C* --> Ni(a)-SR transitions induced by dihydrogen require one of the [4Fe-4S] clusters to be oxidized. Enzyme in the Ni(a)-S* state with all of the iron-sulfur clusters reduced reacts with dihydrogen to form the Ni(a)-SR state in milliseconds. By contrast, when one of the cubane clusters is oxidized, the Ni(a)-S state reacts with dihydrogen to form the Ni(a)-C state with all of the iron-sulfur clusters reduced. The competition between dihydrogen and carbon monoxide for binding to the active site was dependent on the redox state of the nickel ion. Formation of the Ni(a)-S.CO state (Ni(2+)) by reacting CO with enzyme in the Ni(a)-SR and Ni(a)-S states (Ni(2+)) is considerably faster than its formation from enzyme in the Ni(a)-C* (Ni(3+)) state. Excess oxygen converted hydrogen-reduced enzyme to the inactive Ni(r)* state within 158 ms, suggesting a direct reaction at the Ni-Fe site. With lower O(2) concentrations the formation of intermediate states was observed. The results are discussed in the light of the present knowledge of the structure and mechanism of action of the A. vinosum enzyme. PMID:15157115

  19. Vapor phase oxidation of benzoic acid to phenol over a novel catalyst system consisting of NiO and NiFe{sub 2}O{sub 4}

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    Miki, Jun; Asanuma, Minoru; Tachibana, Yakudo

    1995-02-01

    NiO and Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3} were found to show the catalytic activities for the vapor phase oxidation of benzoic acid to form phenol. Furthermore, the enhancement of the activity and phenol selectivity were achieved by combined Ni and Fe components prepared by precipitation. The calcination temperature and the atomic ratio of Ni to Fe were found to be important for the enhancement of activity. The homogeneous distribution profile of NiO and NiFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} on the surface and in the bulk of the catalyst is essential for the optimization of phenol formation. 32 refs., 7 figs., 4 tabs.

  20. Mechanism of H2 Production by Models for the [NiFe]-Hydrogenases: Role of Reduced Hydrides.

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    Ulloa, Olbelina A; Huynh, Mioy T; Richers, Casseday P; Bertke, Jeffery A; Nilges, Mark J; Hammes-Schiffer, Sharon; Rauchfuss, Thomas B

    2016-07-27

    The intermediacy of a reduced nickel-iron hydride in hydrogen evolution catalyzed by Ni-Fe complexes was verified experimentally and computationally. In addition to catalyzing hydrogen evolution, the highly basic and bulky (dppv)Ni(μ-pdt)Fe(CO)(dppv) ([1](0); dppv = cis-C2H2(PPh2)2) and its hydride derivatives have yielded to detailed characterization in terms of spectroscopy, bonding, and reactivity. The protonation of [1](0) initially produces unsym-[H1](+), which converts by a first-order pathway to sym-[H1](+). These species have C1 (unsym) and Cs (sym) symmetries, respectively, depending on the stereochemistry of the octahedral Fe site. Both experimental and computational studies show that [H1](+) protonates at sulfur. The S = 1/2 hydride [H1](0) was generated by reduction of [H1](+) with Cp*2Co. Density functional theory (DFT) calculations indicate that [H1](0) is best described as a Ni(I)-Fe(II) derivative with significant spin density on Ni and some delocalization on S and Fe. EPR spectroscopy reveals both kinetic and thermodynamic isomers of [H1](0). Whereas [H1](+) does not evolve H2 upon protonation, treatment of [H1](0) with acids gives H2. The redox state of the "remote" metal (Ni) modulates the hydridic character of the Fe(II)-H center. As supported by DFT calculations, H2 evolution proceeds either directly from [H1](0) and external acid or from protonation of the Fe-H bond in [H1](0) to give a labile dihydrogen complex. Stoichiometric tests indicate that protonation-induced hydrogen evolution from [H1](0) initially produces [1](+), which is reduced by [H1](0). Our results reconcile the required reductive activation of a metal hydride and the resistance of metal hydrides toward reduction. This dichotomy is resolved by reduction of the remote (non-hydride) metal of the bimetallic unit. PMID:27328053

  1. Oxidation resistant nanocrystalline MCrAl(Y) coatings and methods of forming such coatings

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    Cheruvu, Narayana S.; Wei, Ronghua

    2014-07-29

    The present disclosure relates to an oxidation resistant nanocrystalline coating and a method of forming an oxidation resistant nanocrystalline coating. An oxidation resistant coating comprising an MCrAl(Y) alloy may be deposited on a substrate, wherein M, includes iron, nickel, cobalt, or combinations thereof present greater than 50 wt % of the MCrAl(Y) alloy, chromium is present in the range of 15 wt % to 30 wt % of the MCrAl(Y) alloy, aluminum is present in the range of 6 wt % to 12 wt % of the MCrAl(Y) alloy and yttrium, is optionally present in the range of 0.1 wt % to 0.5 wt % of the MCrAl(Y) alloy. In addition, the coating may exhibit a grain size of 200 nm or less as deposited.

  2. Spin-polarized scanning tunneling microscopy experiments on the rough surface of a polycrystalline NiFe film with a fine magnetic tip sensitive to a well-defined magnetization component

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    Matsuyama, H.; Nara, D.; Kageyama, R.; Honda, K.; Sato, T.; Kusanagi, K.; Srinivasan, E.; Koike, K.

    2016-03-01

    We developed a micrometer-sized magnetic tip integrated onto the write head of a hard disk drive for spin-polarized scanning tunneling microscopy (SP-STM) in the modulated tip magnetization mode. Using SP-STM, we measured a well-defined in-plane spin-component of the tunneling current of the rough surface of a polycrystalline NiFe film. The spin asymmetry of the NiFe film was about 1.3% within the bias voltage range of -3 to 1 V. We obtained the local spin component image of the sample surface, switching the magnetic field of the sample to reverse the sample magnetization during scanning. We also obtained a spin image of the rough surface of a polycrystalline NiFe film evaporated on the recording medium of a hard disk drive.

  3. The improved oxidation resistance of Si-doped SmCo{sub 7} nanocrystalline magnet

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    Liu Lili; Jiang Chengbao

    2011-06-20

    A drastic improvement in oxidation resistance of SmCo{sub 7} nanocrystalline magnet was achieved by alloying silicon at 500 deg. C. The maximum energy product (BH){sub max} loss of SmCo{sub 6.1}Si{sub 0.9} nanocrystalline magnet was about 5.6% after oxidation at 500 deg. C for 500 h, which was significantly less than 52.1% of SmCo{sub 7} nanocrystalline magnet. A general mode was proposed to predict the (BH){sub max} loss as a function of oxidation time at 500 deg. C. The formation of SiO{sub 2} oxide in the internal oxidation layer plays an important role in reducing the oxidation rate and oxygen diffusion coefficient, which leads to the enhancement of inherent oxidation resistance of SmCo{sub 6.1}Si{sub 0.9} nanocrystalline magnet.

  4. Electrochemical and Infrared Spectroscopic Studies Provide Insight into Reactions of the NiFe Regulatory Hydrogenase from Ralstonia eutropha with O2 and CO.

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    Ash, Philip A; Liu, Juan; Coutard, Nathan; Heidary, Nina; Horch, Marius; Gudim, Ingvild; Simler, Thomas; Zebger, Ingo; Lenz, Oliver; Vincent, Kylie A

    2015-10-29

    The regulatory hydrogenase (RH) from Ralstonia eutropha acts as the H2-sensing unit of a two-component system that regulates biosynthesis of the energy conserving hydrogenases of the organism according to the availability of H2. The H2 oxidation activity, which was so far determined in vitro with artificial electron acceptors, has been considered to be insensitive to O2 and CO. It is assumed that bulky isoleucine and phenylalanine amino acid residues close to the NiFe active site "gate" gas access, preventing molecules larger than H2 interacting with the active site. We have carried out sensitive electrochemical measurements to demonstrate that O2 is in fact an inhibitor of H2 oxidation by the RH, and that both H(+) reduction and H2 oxidation are inhibited by CO. Furthermore, we have demonstrated that the inhibitory effect of O2 arises due to interaction of O2 with the active site. Using protein film infrared electrochemistry (PFIRE) under H2 oxidation conditions, in conjunction with solution infrared measurements, we have identified previously unreported oxidized inactive and catalytically active reduced states of the RH active site. These findings suggest that the RH has a rich active site chemistry similar to that of other NiFe hydrogenases. PMID:26115011

  5. Large enhancement of Blocking temperature by control of interfacial structures in Pt/NiFe/IrMn/MgO/Pt multilayers

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    Chen, Xi; Wang, Shouguo Han, Gang; Jiang, Shaolong; Yang, Kang; Liu, Qianqian; Yu, Guanghua; Liu, Jialong; Wang, Rongming

    2015-09-15

    The Blocking temperature (T{sub B}) of Pt/NiFe/IrMn/MgO/Pt multilayers was greatly enhanced from far below room temperature (RT) to above RT by inserting 1 nm thick Mg layer at IrMn/MgO interface. Furthermore, the exchange bias field (H{sub eb}) was increased as well by the control of interfacial structures. The evidence for a significant fraction of Mn-O bonding at IrMn/MgO interface without Mg insertion layer was provided by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. The bonding between Mn and O can decrease the antiferromagnetism of IrMn film, leading to lower value of T{sub B} in Pt/NiFe/IrMn/MgO/Pt multilayers. Ultrathin Mg film inserted at IrMn/MgO interface acting as an oxygen sinking layer can suppress the oxidation reactions between Mn and O and reduce the formation of Mn-O bonding greatly. The oxidation suppression results in the recovery of the antiferromagnetism of IrMn film, which can enhance T{sub B} and H{sub eb}. Furthermore, the high resolution transmission electron microscopy demonstrates that the Mg insertion layer can efficiently promote a high-quality MgO (200) texture. This study will enhance the understanding of physics in antiferromagnet-based spintronic devices.

  6. Crystal structures of the HypCD complex and the HypCDE ternary complex: transient intermediate complexes during [NiFe] hydrogenase maturation.

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    Watanabe, Satoshi; Matsumi, Rie; Atomi, Haruyuki; Imanaka, Tadayuki; Miki, Kunio

    2012-12-01

    [NiFe] hydrogenase maturation represents one of the most dynamic and sophisticated processes in metallocenter assembly. The Fe(CN)(2)CO moiety of [NiFe] hydrogenases is assembled via unknown transient interactions among specific maturation proteins HypC (metallochaperone), HypD (redox protein), and HypE (cyanide synthesis/donor). Here, we report the structures of the HypC-HypD and HypC-HypD-HypE complexes, providing a view of the transient interactions that take place during the maturation process. HypC binds to the conserved region of HypD through extensive hydrophobic interactions. The ternary complex formation between HypE and the HypCD complex involves both HypC and HypD, rendering the HypE conformation favorable for cyanide transfer. In the complex, the conserved cysteines of HypC and HypD form an Fe binding site. The conserved C-terminal cysteine of HypE can access the thiol redox cascade of HypD. These results provide structural insights into the Fe atom cyanation in the HypCDE complex. PMID:23123111

  7. Influence of carboxylic acid type on microstructure and magnetic properties of polymeric complex sol-gel driven NiFe2O4

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    Hessien, M. M.; Mostafa, Nasser Y.; Abd-Elkader, Omar H.

    2016-01-01

    Citric, oxalic and tartaric acids were used for synthesis of NiFe2O4 using polymeric complex precursor route. The dry precursor gels were calcined at various temperatures (400-1100 °C) for 2 h. All carboxylic acids produce iron-deficient NiFe2O4 with considerable amount of α-Fe2O3 at 400 °C. Increase in the annealing temperature caused reaction of α-Fe2O3 with iron-deficient ferrite phase. The amount of initially formed α-Fe2O3 is directly correlated with stability constant and inversely correlated with the decomposition temperature of Fe(III) carboxylate precursors. In case of tartaric acid precursor, single phase of the ferrite was obtained at 450 °C. However, in case of oxalic acid and citric acid precursors, single phase ferrite was obtained at 550 °C and 700 °C, respectively. The lattice parameters were increased with increasing annealing temperature and with decreasing the amount of α-Fe2O3. Maximum saturation magnetization (55 emu/g) was achieved using tartaric acid precursor annealed at 1100 °C.

  8. Large enhancement of Blocking temperature by control of interfacial structures in Pt/NiFe/IrMn/MgO/Pt multilayers

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    Chen, Xi; Wang, Shouguo; Han, Gang; Jiang, Shaolong; Yang, Kang; Liu, Qianqian; Liu, Jialong; Wang, Rongming; Yu, Guanghua

    2015-09-01

    The Blocking temperature (TB) of Pt/NiFe/IrMn/MgO/Pt multilayers was greatly enhanced from far below room temperature (RT) to above RT by inserting 1 nm thick Mg layer at IrMn/MgO interface. Furthermore, the exchange bias field (Heb) was increased as well by the control of interfacial structures. The evidence for a significant fraction of Mn-O bonding at IrMn/MgO interface without Mg insertion layer was provided by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. The bonding between Mn and O can decrease the antiferromagnetism of IrMn film, leading to lower value of TB in Pt/NiFe/IrMn/MgO/Pt multilayers. Ultrathin Mg film inserted at IrMn/MgO interface acting as an oxygen sinking layer can suppress the oxidation reactions between Mn and O and reduce the formation of Mn-O bonding greatly. The oxidation suppression results in the recovery of the antiferromagnetism of IrMn film, which can enhance TB and Heb. Furthermore, the high resolution transmission electron microscopy demonstrates that the Mg insertion layer can efficiently promote a high-quality MgO (200) texture. This study will enhance the understanding of physics in antiferromagnet-based spintronic devices.

  9. Microstructural changes in NiFe2O4 ceramics prepared with powders derived from different fuels in sol-gel auto-combustion technique

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    Chauhan, Lalita; Bokolia, Renuka; Sreenivas, K.

    2016-05-01

    Structural properties of Nickel ferrite (NiFe2O4) ceramics prepared from powders derived from sol gel auto-combustion method using different fuels (citric acid, glycine and Dl-alanine) are compared. Changes in the structural properties at different sintering temperatures are investigated. X-ray diffraction (XRD) confirms the formation of single phase material with cubic structure. Ceramics prepared using the different powders obtained from different fuels show that that there are no significant changes in lattice parameters. However increasing sintering temperatures show significant improvement in density and grain size. The DL-alanine fuel is found to be the most effective fuel for producing NIFe2O4 powders by the sol-gel auto combustion method and yields highly crystalline powders in the as-burnt stage itself at a low temperature (80 °C). Subsequent use of the powders in ceramic manufacturing produces dense NiFe2O4 ceramics with a uniform microstructure and a large grain size.

  10. Magnetic, local ferroelectricity and magnetodielectric properties of NiFe2O4-poly (vinylidene-fluoride)-BaTiO3 composite film

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    Kumar, Amit; Yadav, K. L.

    2016-04-01

    We report the magnetic, dielectric, and magnetoelctric properties of NiFe2O4-poly (vinylidene-fluoride)-BaTiO3 composite film. The coercive field (±2H c ∼ 344 Oe) and remnant magnetization (M r ∼ 6.1 emu g‑1) were observed at room temperature. The dielectric permittivity at room temperature (ε‧RT ∼ 281) was found to decrease with increase in frequency. The magnetocapacitance was found to be ∼5.9% at an applied dc magnetic field of 8 kOe (frequency = 1 kHz). Magnetoelectric coupling coefficient (α E ∼ 4.1 mV cm‑1 Oe‑1) measured by dynamic method (at ac magnetic field = 30 Oe) is observed higher (two times) than those reported for some materials. In addition, we have observed the image of ferroelectric domain using piezoelectric force microscopy at room temperature. Large magnetodielectric/magnetoelectric response in this composite is possibly a result of the effective mechanical interaction between NiFe2O4 and BaTiO3 through the polymer matrix.

  11. A metal-metal bond in the light-induced state of [NiFe] hydrogenases with relevance to hydrogen evolution.

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    Kampa, Mario; Pandelia, Maria-Eirini; Lubitz, Wolfgang; van Gastel, Maurice; Neese, Frank

    2013-03-13

    The light-induced Ni-L state of [NiFe] hydrogenases is well suited to investigate the identity of the amino acid base that functions as a proton acceptor in the hydrogen turnover cycle in this important class of enzymes. Density functional theory calculations have been performed on large models that include the complete [NiFe] center and parts of the second coordination sphere. Combined with experimental data, in particular from electron paramagnetic resonance and Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy, the calculations indicate that the hydride ion, which is located in the bridging position between nickel and iron in the Ni-C state, dissociates upon illumination as a proton and binds to a nearby thiolate base. Moreover, the formation of a functionally relevant nickel-iron bond upon dissociation of the hydride is unequivocally observed and is in full agreement with the observed g values, ligand hyperfine coupling constants, and FTIR stretching frequencies. This metal-metal bond can be protonated and thus functions like a base. The nickel-iron bond is important for all intermediates with an empty bridge in the catalytic cycle, and the electron pair that constitutes this bond thus plays a crucial role in the hydrogen evolution catalyzed by the enzyme. PMID:23402569

  12. Effect of H2 binding on the nonadiabatic transition probability between singlet and triplet states of the [NiFe]-hydrogenase active site.

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    Kaliakin, Danil S; Zaari, Ryan R; Varganov, Sergey A

    2015-02-12

    We investigate the effect of H2 binding on the spin-forbidden nonadiabatic transition probability between the lowest energy singlet and triplet electronic states of [NiFe]-hydrogenase active site model, using a velocity averaged Landau-Zener theory. Density functional and multireference perturbation theories were used to provide parameters for the Landau-Zener calculations. It was found that variation of the torsion angle between the terminal thiolate ligands around the Ni center induces an intersystem crossing between the lowest energy singlet and triplet electronic states in the bare active site and in the active site with bound H2. Potential energy curves between the singlet and triplet minima along the torsion angle and H2 binding energies to the two spin states were calculated. Upon H2 binding to the active site, there is a decrease in the torsion angle at the minimum energy crossing point between the singlet and triplet states. The probability of nonadiabatic transitions at temperatures between 270 and 370 K ranges from 35% to 32% for the active site with bound H2 and from 42% to 38% for the bare active site, thus indicating the importance of spin-forbidden nonadiabatic pathways for H2 binding on the [NiFe]-hydrogenase active site. PMID:25603170

  13. Dye-Sensitized Cu2 XSnS4 (X=Zn, Ni, Fe, Co, and Mn) Nanofibers for Efficient Photocatalytic Hydrogen Evolution.

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    Gonce, Mehmet Kerem; Aslan, Emre; Ozel, Faruk; Hatay Patir, Imren

    2016-03-21

    The photocatalytic hydrogen evolution activities of low-cost and noble-metal-free Cu2 XSnS4 (X=Zn, Ni, Fe, Co, and Mn) nanofiber catalysts have been investigated using triethanolamine as an electron donor and eosin Y as a photosensitizer under visible-light irradiation. The rates of hydrogen evolution by Cu2 XSnS4 (X=Zn, Ni, Fe, Co, and Mn) nanofibers have been compared with each other and with that of the noble metal Pt. The hydrogen evolution rates for the nanofibers change in the order Cu2 NiSnS4 >Cu2 FeSnS4 >Cu2 CoSnS4 >Cu2 ZnSnS4 >Cu2 MnSnS4 (2028, 1870, 1926, 1420, and 389 μmol g(-1)  h(-1) , respectively). The differences between the hydrogen evolution rates of the nanofibers could be attributed to their energy levels. Moreover, Cu2 NiSnS4 , Cu2 FeSnS4 , and Cu2 CoSnS4 nanofibers show higher and more stable photocatalytic hydrogen production rates than that of the noble metal Pt under long-term irradiation with visible light. PMID:26880355

  14. Processing of nanocrystalline ceramics

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    Ciftcioglu, M. . Center for Micro-Engineered Ceramics); Mayo, M.J. )

    1990-01-01

    Methods of preparing non-agglomerated powders for three systems -- yttria, titania, and yttria-stabilized zirconia -- are reviewed. The non-agglomerated nature of these powders should make it possible to sinter them into dense ceramic bodies with nanocrystalline grain sizes. Experiments with yttria-stabilized zirconia have shown that this is indeed the case, with mean linear intercept grain sizes of 60 nm resulting from original powder particle diameters of 13 nm. This ultrafine-grained zirconia is shown, in turn, to have superplastic forming rates 34 times faster than a 0.3 {mu}m-grained commercial zirconia of the same composition. 7 refs., 9 figs.

  15. Specific features of defect and mass transport in concentrated fcc alloys

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    Osetsky, Yuri N.; Béland, Laurent K.; Stoller, Roger E.

    2016-06-15

    We report that diffusion and mass transport are basic properties that control materials performance, such as phase stability, solute decomposition and radiation tolerance. While understanding diffusion in dilute alloys is a mature field, concentrated alloys are much less studied. Here, atomic-scale diffusion and mass transport via vacancies and interstitial atoms are compared in fcc Ni, Fe and equiatomic Ni-Fe alloy. High temperature properties were determined using conventional molecular dynamics on the microsecond timescale, whereas the kinetic activation-relaxation (k-ART) approach was applied at low temperatures. The k-ART was also used to calculate transition states in the alloy and defect transport coefficients.more » The calculations reveal several specific features. For example, vacancy and interstitial defects migrate via different alloy components, diffusion is more sluggish in the alloy and, notably, mass transport in the concentrated alloy cannot be predicted on the basis of diffusion in its pure metal counterparts. Lastly, the percolation threshold for the defect diffusion in the alloy is discussed and it is suggested that this phenomenon depends on the properties and diffusion mechanisms of specific defects.« less

  16. Specific features of defect and mass transport in concentrated fcc alloys

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    Osetskiy, Yury N; Stoller, Roger E

    2016-01-01

    Diffusion and mass transport are basic properties that control materials performance, such as phase stability, solute decomposition and radiation tolerance. While understanding diffusion in dilute alloys is a mature field, concentrated alloys are much less studied. Here, atomic-scale diffusion and mass transport via vacancies and interstitial atoms are compared in fcc Ni, Fe and equiatomic Ni-Fe alloy. High temperature properties were determined using conventional molecular dynamics on the microsecond timescale, whereas the kinetic activation-relaxation (k-ART) approach was applied at low temperatures. The k-ART was also used to calculate transition states in the alloy and defect transport coefficients. The calculations reveal several specific features. For example, vacancy and interstitial defects migrate via different alloy components, diffusion is more sluggish in the alloy and, notably, mass transport in the concentrated alloy cannot be predicted on the basis of diffusion in its pure metal counterparts. The percolation threshold for the defect diffusion in the alloy is discussed and it is suggested that this phenomenon depends on the properties and diffusion mechanisms of specific defects.

  17. Linking stress-driven microstructural evolution in nanocrystalline aluminium with grain boundary doping of oxygen

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    He, Mo-Rigen; Samudrala, Saritha K.; Kim, Gyuseok; Felfer, Peter J.; Breen, Andrew J.; Cairney, Julie M.; Gianola, Daniel S.

    2016-01-01

    The large fraction of material residing at grain boundaries in nanocrystalline metals and alloys is responsible for their ultrahigh strength, but also undesirable microstructural instability under thermal and mechanical loads. However, the underlying mechanism of stress-driven microstructural evolution is still poorly understood and precludes rational alloy design. Here we combine quantitative in situ electron microscopy with three-dimensional atom-probe tomography to directly link the mechanics and kinetics of grain boundary migration in nanocrystalline Al films with the excess of O atoms at the boundaries. Site-specific nanoindentation leads to grain growth that is retarded by impurities, and enables quantification of the critical stress for the onset of grain boundary migration. Our results show that a critical excess of impurities is required to stabilize interfaces in nanocrystalline materials against mechanical driving forces, providing new insights to guide control of deformation mechanisms and tailoring of mechanical properties apart from grain size alone. PMID:27071458

  18. Linking stress-driven microstructural evolution in nanocrystalline aluminium with grain boundary doping of oxygen

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    He, Mo-Rigen; Samudrala, Saritha K.; Kim, Gyuseok; Felfer, Peter J.; Breen, Andrew J.; Cairney, Julie M.; Gianola, Daniel S.

    2016-04-01

    The large fraction of material residing at grain boundaries in nanocrystalline metals and alloys is responsible for their ultrahigh strength, but also undesirable microstructural instability under thermal and mechanical loads. However, the underlying mechanism of stress-driven microstructural evolution is still poorly understood and precludes rational alloy design. Here we combine quantitative in situ electron microscopy with three-dimensional atom-probe tomography to directly link the mechanics and kinetics of grain boundary migration in nanocrystalline Al films with the excess of O atoms at the boundaries. Site-specific nanoindentation leads to grain growth that is retarded by impurities, and enables quantification of the critical stress for the onset of grain boundary migration. Our results show that a critical excess of impurities is required to stabilize interfaces in nanocrystalline materials against mechanical driving forces, providing new insights to guide control of deformation mechanisms and tailoring of mechanical properties apart from grain size alone.

  19. Linking stress-driven microstructural evolution in nanocrystalline aluminium with grain boundary doping of oxygen.

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    He, Mo-Rigen; Samudrala, Saritha K; Kim, Gyuseok; Felfer, Peter J; Breen, Andrew J; Cairney, Julie M; Gianola, Daniel S

    2016-01-01

    The large fraction of material residing at grain boundaries in nanocrystalline metals and alloys is responsible for their ultrahigh strength, but also undesirable microstructural instability under thermal and mechanical loads. However, the underlying mechanism of stress-driven microstructural evolution is still poorly understood and precludes rational alloy design. Here we combine quantitative in situ electron microscopy with three-dimensional atom-probe tomography to directly link the mechanics and kinetics of grain boundary migration in nanocrystalline Al films with the excess of O atoms at the boundaries. Site-specific nanoindentation leads to grain growth that is retarded by impurities, and enables quantification of the critical stress for the onset of grain boundary migration. Our results show that a critical excess of impurities is required to stabilize interfaces in nanocrystalline materials against mechanical driving forces, providing new insights to guide control of deformation mechanisms and tailoring of mechanical properties apart from grain size alone. PMID:27071458

  20. Nanocrystalline spinel ferrite (MFe{sub 2}O{sub 4}, M = Ni, Co, Mn, Mg, Zn) powders prepared by a simple aloe vera plant-extracted solution hydrothermal route

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    Phumying, Santi; Labuayai, Sarawuth; Swatsitang, Ekaphan; Amornkitbamrung, Vittaya; Maensiri, Santi

    2013-06-01

    Graphical abstract: This figure shows the specific magnetization curves of the as-prepared MFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} (M = Ni, Co, Mn, Mg, Zn) powders obtained from room temperature VSM measurement. These curves are typical for a soft magnetic material and indicate hysteresis ferromagnetism in the field ranges of ±500 Oe, ±1000 Oe, and ±2000 Oe for the CoFe{sub 2}O{sub 4}, MgFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} and MnFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} respectively, whereas the samples of NiFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} and ZnFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} show a superparamagnetic behavior. Highlights: ► Nanocrystalline MFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} powders were synthesized by a novel hydrothermal method. ► Metal acetylacetonates and aloe vera plant-extracted solution are used. ► This biosynthetic route is very simple and provides high-yield oxide nanomaterials. ► XRD and TEM results indicate that the prepared samples have only spinel structure. ► The maximum M{sub s} of 68.9 emu/g at 10 kOe were observed for the samples of MnFe{sub 2}O{sub 4}. - Abstract: Nanocrystalline spinel ferrite MFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} (M = Ni, Co, Mn, Mg, Zn) powders were synthesized by a novel hydrothermal method using Fe(acac){sub 3}, M(acac){sub 3} (M = Ni, Co, Mn, Mg, Zn) and aloe vera plant extracted solution. The X-ray diffraction and selected-area electron diffraction results indicate that the synthesized nanocrystalline have only spinel structure without the presence of other phase impurities. The crystal structure and morphology of the spinel ferrite powders, as revealed by TEM, show that the NiFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} and CoFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} samples contain nanoparticles, whereas the MnFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} and MgFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} samples consist of many nanoplatelets and nanoparticles. Interestingly, the ZnFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} sample contains plate-like structure of networked nanocrystalline particles. Room temperature magnetization results show a ferromagnetic behavior of the CoFe{sub 2}O{sub 4}, MnFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} and MgFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} samples, whereas the

  1. Grain growth and structural relaxation of nanocrystalline Bi₂Te₃

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    Humphry-Baker, Samuel A.; Schuh, Christopher A.

    2014-10-21

    Recovery and grain growth behavior is investigated systematically for the nanocrystalline thermoelectric compound bismuth telluride, synthesized by mechanical alloying. During annealing treatments at elevated temperatures, structural evolution is tracked using x-ray diffraction, electron microscopy and calorimetry. Below a homologous temperature of about 0.6T{sub m}, grain growth occurs slowly with an activation energy of 89 kJ/mol. However above this temperature grain growth becomes more rampant with an activation energy of 242 kJ/mol. The transition is attributed to a shift from a relaxation or recovery process that includes some reordering of the grain boundary structure, to a more conventional diffusionally-limited grain growth process. By extrapolating the measured grain growth and microstrain evolution kinetics, a thermal budget map is constructed, permitting recommendations for improving the thermoelectric properties of nanocrystalline materials processed via a powder route.

  2. Size-controlled synthesis of NiFe2O4 nanospheres via a PEG assisted hydrothermal route and their catalytic properties in oxidation of alcohols by periodic acid

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    Paul, Bappi; Purkayastha, Debraj Dhar; Dhar, Siddhartha Sankar

    2016-05-01

    A novel and facile approach for synthesis of spinel nickel ferrites (NiFe2O4) nanoparticles (NPs) employing homogeneous chemical precipitation followed by hydrothermal heating is reported. The synthesis involves use of tributylamine (TBA) as a hydroxylating agent in synthesis of nickel ferrites. Polyethylene glycol (PEG) 4000 was used as surfactant. As-synthesized NiFe2O4 NPs were characterized by powder X-ray diffraction (XRD), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), N2 adsorption-desorption isotherm (BET) and vibrating sample magnetometry (VSM). The XRD pattern revealed formation of cubic face-centered NiFe2O4 and TEM image showed spherical particles of sizes 2-10 nm. These NiFe2O4 NPs were used as magnetically recoverable catalyst in oxidation of cyclic alcohols to their corresponding aldehydes by periodic acid. This eco-friendly procedure affords products in very high yield and selectivity. The reusability of the catalyst is proved to be noteworthy as the material exhibits no significant changes in its catalytic activity even after five cycles of reuse.

  3. Synthesis and characterization of NiO and NiFe2O4 nanoparticles obtained by a sucrose-based route

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    Souza, E. A.; Duque, J. G. S.; Kubota, L.; Meneses, C. T.

    2007-04-01

    Crystalline oxide powders were synthesized in nanoscale dimensions by a simple and novel chemical route, which is based on the use of sucrose as a chelating agent. The starting solutions were evaporated at 60C and the resulting gel was heated up to 300, 600 or 750C. The process was able to produce nickel oxide and nickel ferrite, characterized by structural and microscopic techniques. The average size of the particle was estimated by both Scherrer's equation and electron microscopy, and the results indicated that particles with a high crystallinity and a mean size in the range of 11 36 nm were obtained. This synthesis route was able to produce NiFe2O4 and NiO nanoparticles at temperatures as low as 300 and 350C, respectively.

  4. Optical Properties and Electronic Structures of NiFe2O4 and CoFe2O4 Thin Films

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    Rai, R. C.; Wilser, S.; Guminiak, M.; Nakarmi, M. L.

    2010-03-01

    We present the growth and investigation of inverse spinel ferrite NiFe2O4 and CoFe2O4 thin films. An electron beam deposition system was used to prepare ferrite thin films in the oxygen environment on sapphire and STO single crystal substrates. We measured a variable temperature (80 - 500 K) transmittance of these films to investigate their optical and electronic structures. The optical spectra of thin film samples show insulating characters with several electronic transitions, such as on-site metal d to d and charge transfer oxygen 2p to metal 3d transitions. Electronic transitions have been assigned based on the first principles calculations and comparison with chemically similar Ni and Co-containing compounds.

  5. Structural investigation and electronic properties of the nickel ferrite NiFe2O4: a periodic density functional theory approach

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    Perron, H.; Mellier, T.; Domain, C.; Roques, J.; Simoni, E.; Drot, R.; Catalette, H.

    2007-08-01

    Periodic density functional theory (DFT) calculations using plane-wave basis sets were performed in order to study the bulk of nickel ferrite NiFe2O4. The local spin density approximation (LSDA) and the generalized gradient approximation (GGA) formalism were used, and it appeared that the LSDA failed to describe the magnetic structure of this compound. However, the GGA formalism gave reliable results in good agreement with experimental data for the lattice parameters, the electronic properties and the bulk modulus. In addition, the calculated density of states of the metallic species d block as well as their local magnetic moments were correlated to the crystal-field theory. Then, a charge deformation map was computed and, as expected from the electronegativity scale, the electron excess is localized around oxygen atoms along the bond axes. The formation energies of metallic vacancies are in good agreement with the inverse spinel structure experimentally observed.

  6. Transcriptional regulation of genes encoding the selenium-free [NiFe]-hydrogenases in the archaeon Methanococcus voltae involves positive and negative control elements.

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    Noll, I; Müller, S; Klein, A

    1999-01-01

    Methanococcus voltae harbors genetic information for two pairs of homologous [NiFe]-hydrogenases. Two of the enzymes contain selenocysteine, while the other two gene groups encode apparent isoenzymes that carry cysteinyl residues in the homologous positions. The genes coding for the selenium-free enzymes, frc and vhc, are expressed only under selenium limitation. They are transcribed out of a common intergenic region. A series of deletions made in the intergenic region localized a common negative regulatory element for the vhc and frc promoters as well as two activator elements that are specific for each of the two transcription units. Repeated sequences, partially overlapping the frc promoter, were also detected. Mutations in these repeated heptanucleotide sequences led to a weak induction of a reporter gene under the control of the frc promoters in the presence of selenium. This result suggests that the heptamer repeats contribute to the negative regulation of the frc transcription unit. PMID:10430564

  7. Direct comparison of the performance of a bio-inspired synthetic nickel catalyst and a [NiFe]-hydrogenase, both covalently attached to electrodes.

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    Rodriguez-Maciá, Patricia; Dutta, Arnab; Lubitz, Wolfgang; Shaw, Wendy J; Rüdiger, Olaf

    2015-10-12

    The active site of hydrogenases has been a source of inspiration for the development of molecular catalysts. However, direct comparisons between molecular catalysts and enzymes have not been possible because different techniques are used to evaluate both types of catalysts, minimizing our ability to determine how far we have come in mimicking the enzymatic performance. The catalytic properties of the [Ni(P(Cy) 2 N(Gly) 2 )2 ](2+) complex with the [NiFe]-hydrogenase from Desulfovibrio vulgaris immobilized on a functionalized electrode were compared under identical conditions. At pH 7, the enzyme shows higher activity and lower overpotential with better stability, while at low pH, the molecular catalyst outperforms the enzyme in all respects. This is the first direct comparison of enzymes and molecular complexes, enabling a unique understanding of the benefits and detriments of both systems, and advancing our understanding of the utilization of these bio-inspired complexes in fuel cells. PMID:26140506

  8. Magnetic evolution in transition metal-doped Co3- x M x O4 (M = Ni, Fe, Mg and Zn) nanostructures

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    Anandha babu, G.; Ravi, G.

    2016-03-01

    In this study, M (Ni, Fe, Mg, and Zn)-doped Co3O4 nanoparticles were controllably synthesized by microwave reaction method. The growth of the Co3O4 nanoparticles was induced by the transition metal ions without the addition of any surfactants. The phase and morphology of nanoparticles were analyzed through XRD and SEM analyses. The vibrational modes of metal oxides were confirmed from FTIR and Raman spectroscopic studies. Optical properties were carried out from PL study, and it confirms the presence of defect-level emissions. Vibrating sample magnetometer study revealed small ferromagnetic nature of Co3O4 nanoparticles. The results manifest that TM-doped Co3O4 nanostructures are promising materials for magnetic applications.

  9. Structural basis of a Ni acquisition cycle for [NiFe] hydrogenase by Ni-metallochaperone HypA and its enhancer

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    Watanabe, Satoshi; Kawashima, Takumi; Nishitani, Yuichi; Kanai, Tamotsu; Wada, Takehiko; Inaba, Kenji; Atomi, Haruyuki; Imanaka, Tadayuki; Miki, Kunio

    2015-01-01

    The Ni atom at the catalytic center of [NiFe] hydrogenases is incorporated by a Ni-metallochaperone, HypA, and a GTPase/ATPase, HypB. We report the crystal structures of the transient complex formed between HypA and ATPase-type HypB (HypBAT) with Ni ions. Transient association between HypA and HypBAT is controlled by the ATP hydrolysis cycle of HypBAT, which is accelerated by HypA. Only the ATP-bound form of HypBAT can interact with HypA and induces drastic conformational changes of HypA. Consequently, upon complex formation, a conserved His residue of HypA comes close to the N-terminal conserved motif of HypA and forms a Ni-binding site, to which a Ni ion is bound with a nearly square-planar geometry. The Ni binding site in the HypABAT complex has a nanomolar affinity (Kd = 7 nM), which is in contrast to the micromolar affinity (Kd = 4 µM) observed with the isolated HypA. The ATP hydrolysis and Ni binding cause conformational changes of HypBAT, affecting its association with HypA. These findings indicate that HypA and HypBAT constitute an ATP-dependent Ni acquisition cycle for [NiFe]-hydrogenase maturation, wherein HypBAT functions as a metallochaperone enhancer and considerably increases the Ni-binding affinity of HypA. PMID:26056269

  10. Relationship between Ni(II) and Zn(II) Coordination and Nucleotide Binding by the Helicobacter pylori [NiFe]-Hydrogenase and Urease Maturation Factor HypB*

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    Sydor, Andrew M.; Lebrette, Hugo; Ariyakumaran, Rishikesh; Cavazza, Christine; Zamble, Deborah B.

    2014-01-01

    The pathogen Helicobacter pylori requires two nickel-containing enzymes, urease and [NiFe]-hydrogenase, for efficient colonization of the human gastric mucosa. These enzymes possess complex metallocenters that are assembled by teams of proteins in multistep pathways. One essential accessory protein is the GTPase HypB, which is required for Ni(II) delivery to [NiFe]-hydrogenase and participates in urease maturation. Ni(II) or Zn(II) binding to a site embedded in the GTPase domain of HypB modulates the enzymatic activity, suggesting a mechanism of regulation. In this study, biochemical and structural analyses of H. pylori HypB (HpHypB) revealed an intricate link between nucleotide and metal binding. HpHypB nickel coordination, stoichiometry, and affinity were modulated by GTP and GDP, an effect not observed for zinc, and biochemical evidence suggests that His-107 coordination to nickel toggles on and off in a nucleotide-dependent manner. These results are consistent with the crystal structure of HpHypB loaded with Ni(II), GDP, and Pi, which reveals a nickel site distinct from that of zinc-loaded Methanocaldococcus jannaschii HypB as well as subtle changes to the protein structure. Furthermore, Cys-142, a metal ligand from the Switch II GTPase motif, was identified as a key component of the signal transduction between metal binding and the enzymatic activity. Finally, potassium accelerated the enzymatic activity of HpHypB but had no effect on the other biochemical properties of the protein. Altogether, this molecular level information about HpHypB provides insight into its cellular function and illuminates a possible mechanism of metal ion discrimination. PMID:24338018

  11. Structure of [NiFe] Hydrogenase Maturation Protein HypE from Escherichia coli and its Interaction with HypF

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    Rangarajan,E.; Asinas, A.; Proteau, A.; Munger, C.; Baardsnes, j.; Iannuzzi, P.; Matte, A.; Cygler, m.

    2008-01-01

    Hydrogenases are enzymes involved in hydrogen metabolism, utilizing H2 as an electron source. [NiFe] hydrogenases are heterodimeric Fe-S proteins, with a large subunit containing the reaction center involving Fe and Ni metal ions and a small subunit containing one or more Fe-S clusters. Maturation of the [NiFe] hydrogenase involves assembly of nonproteinaceous ligands on the large subunit by accessory proteins encoded by the hyp operon. HypE is an essential accessory protein and participates in the synthesis of two cyano groups found in the large subunit. We report the crystal structure of Escherichia coli HypE at 2.0- Angstroms resolution. HypE exhibits a fold similar to that of PurM and ThiL and forms dimers. The C-terminal catalytically essential Cys336 is internalized at the dimer interface between the N- and C-terminal domains. A mechanism for dehydration of the thiocarbamate to the thiocyanate is proposed, involving Asp83 and Glu272. The interactions of HypE and HypF were characterized in detail by surface plasmon resonance and isothermal titration calorimetry, revealing a Kd (dissociation constant) of {approx}400 nM. The stoichiometry and molecular weights of the complex were verified by size exclusion chromatography and gel scanning densitometry. These experiments reveal that HypE and HypF associate to form a stoichiometric, hetero-oligomeric complex predominantly consisting of a [EF]2 heterotetramer which exists in a dynamic equilibrium with the EF heterodimer. The surface plasmon resonance results indicate that a conformational change occurs upon heterodimerization which facilitates formation of a productive complex as part of the carbamate transfer reaction.

  12. Novel [NiFe]- and [FeFe]-hydrogenase gene transcripts indicative of active facultative aerobes and obligate anaerobes in earthworm gut contents.

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    Schmidt, Oliver; Wüst, Pia K; Hellmuth, Susanne; Borst, Katharina; Horn, Marcus A; Drake, Harold L

    2011-09-01

    The concomitant occurrence of molecular hydrogen (H(2)) and organic acids along the alimentary canal of the earthworm is indicative of ongoing fermentation during gut passage. Fermentative H(2) production is catalyzed by [FeFe]-hydrogenases and group 4 [NiFe]-hydrogenases in obligate anaerobes (e.g., Clostridiales) and facultative aerobes (e.g., Enterobacteriaceae), respectively, functional groups that might respond differently to contrasting redox conditions. Thus, the objectives of this study were to assess the redox potentials of the alimentary canal of Lumbricus terrestris and analyze the hydrogenase transcript diversities of H(2) producers in glucose-supplemented gut content microcosms. Although redox potentials in the core of the alimentary canal were variable on an individual worm basis, average redox potentials were similar. The lowest redox potentials occurred in the foregut and midgut regions, averaging 40 and 110 mV, respectively. Correlation plots between hydrogenase amino acid sequences and 16S rRNA gene sequences indicated that closely related hydrogenases belonged to closely related taxa, whereas distantly related hydrogenases did not necessarily belong to distantly related taxa. Of 178 [FeFe]-hydrogenase gene transcripts, 177 clustered in 12 Clostridiales-affiliated operational taxonomic units, the majority of which were indicative of heretofore unknown hydrogenases. Of 86 group 4 [NiFe]-hydrogenase gene transcripts, 79% and 21% were affiliated with organisms in the Enterobacteriaceae and Aeromonadaceae, respectively. The collective results (i) suggest that fermenters must cope with variable and moderately oxidative redox conditions along the alimentary canal, (ii) demonstrate that heretofore undetected hydrogenases are present in the earthworm gut, and (iii) corroborate previous findings implicating Clostridiaceae and Enterobacteriaceae as active fermentative taxa in earthworm gut content. PMID:21784904

  13. Novel [NiFe]- and [FeFe]-Hydrogenase Gene Transcripts Indicative of Active Facultative Aerobes and Obligate Anaerobes in Earthworm Gut Contents▿†

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    Schmidt, Oliver; Wüst, Pia K.; Hellmuth, Susanne; Borst, Katharina; Horn, Marcus A.; Drake, Harold L.

    2011-01-01

    The concomitant occurrence of molecular hydrogen (H2) and organic acids along the alimentary canal of the earthworm is indicative of ongoing fermentation during gut passage. Fermentative H2 production is catalyzed by [FeFe]-hydrogenases and group 4 [NiFe]-hydrogenases in obligate anaerobes (e.g., Clostridiales) and facultative aerobes (e.g., Enterobacteriaceae), respectively, functional groups that might respond differently to contrasting redox conditions. Thus, the objectives of this study were to assess the redox potentials of the alimentary canal of Lumbricus terrestris and analyze the hydrogenase transcript diversities of H2 producers in glucose-supplemented gut content microcosms. Although redox potentials in the core of the alimentary canal were variable on an individual worm basis, average redox potentials were similar. The lowest redox potentials occurred in the foregut and midgut regions, averaging 40 and 110 mV, respectively. Correlation plots between hydrogenase amino acid sequences and 16S rRNA gene sequences indicated that closely related hydrogenases belonged to closely related taxa, whereas distantly related hydrogenases did not necessarily belong to distantly related taxa. Of 178 [FeFe]-hydrogenase gene transcripts, 177 clustered in 12 Clostridiales-affiliated operational taxonomic units, the majority of which were indicative of heretofore unknown hydrogenases. Of 86 group 4 [NiFe]-hydrogenase gene transcripts, 79% and 21% were affiliated with organisms in the Enterobacteriaceae and Aeromonadaceae, respectively. The collective results (i) suggest that fermenters must cope with variable and moderately oxidative redox conditions along the alimentary canal, (ii) demonstrate that heretofore undetected hydrogenases are present in the earthworm gut, and (iii) corroborate previous findings implicating Clostridiaceae and Enterobacteriaceae as active fermentative taxa in earthworm gut content. PMID:21784904

  14. Method for thermal cracking of hydrocarbons in an apparatus of an alloy having alkali or alkaline earth metals in the alloy to minimize coke deposition

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    Watanabe, Y.; Morimura, T.; Toyoda, Y.

    1984-06-12

    In the thermal cracking of or heating of hydrocarbons, for example naphtha, a carbonization reaction incidentally takes place due to the fact that Ni, Fe and Co contained in, for example, the conduits of the thermal cracking apparatus have a catalytically carbonizing action. The aim of the present invention is to effectively suppress carbon deposition promoted by these elements, to provide for the incorporation of an inhibitor element, e.g. Li, Na, Ba, Be, Ca, Mg or their oxides, into the heat-resistant alloy, and to form on the surface of this alloy a carbon deposition suppressing layer which comprises an inhibitor element.

  15. Materials Properties Database for Selection of High-Temperature Alloys and Concepts of Alloy Design for SOFC Applications

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    Yang, Z Gary; Paxton, Dean M.; Weil, K. Scott; Stevenson, Jeffry W.; Singh, Prabhakar

    2002-11-24

    To serve as an interconnect / gas separator in an SOFC stack, an alloy should demonstrate the ability to provide (i) bulk and surface stability against oxidation and corrosion during prolonged exposure to the fuel cell environment, (ii) thermal expansion compatibility with the other stack components, (iii) chemical compatibility with adjacent stack components, (iv) high electrical conductivity of the surface reaction products, (v) mechanical reliability and durability at cell exposure conditions, (vii) good manufacturability, processability and fabricability, and (viii) cost effectiveness. As the first step of this approach, a composition and property database was compiled for high temperature alloys in order to assist in determining which alloys offer the most promise for SOFC interconnect applications in terms of oxidation and corrosion resistance. The high temperature alloys of interest included Ni-, Fe-, Co-base superal

  16. Redox controls on Ni-Fe-PGE mineralization and Re/Os fractionation during serpentinization of abyssal peridotite

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    Foustoukos, Dionysis I.; Bizimis, Michael; Frisby, Carl; Shirey, Steven B.

    2015-02-01

    Awaruite (Ni2Fe to Ni3Fe) is often used to infer fugacity and redox gradients in hydrothermally altered peridotites. However, discrepant petrological and thermodynamic data suggest that the fO2-fS2 stability field of awaruite is not well constrained. In this study, we assess the thermodynamic properties of awaruite and re-evaluate the Fe-Ni-S systematics of hydrothermally altered peridotites. New experimental data indicate that awaruite is stable at higher fO2 than previously thought, supporting the common occurrence of awaruite in the reaction zone of modern and ancient ultramafic-hosted hydrothermal vent systems. Awaruite is known to catalyze the abiogenic synthesis of methane during active serpentinization, contributing to methanogenesis at modern oceanic hydrothermal systems and potentially on early Earth. The enhanced stability field of awaruite determined here suggests that abiogenic methanogenesis may be active at a broad range of redox conditions. Serpentinized peridotites also contain platinum-group element (PGE)-Re sulfides and metal alloys that can be derived from desulfurization of primary mantle sulfides under low fS2. Thermodynamic calculations suggest that Os will exist as metal and Re as ReS2 in the redox stability field of awaruite. Under a relatively broad range of fS2-fO2 conditions, hydrothermal alteration and desulfurization of primary mantle may produce open system behavior in the Re/Os system and variable Re-PGE ratios and contribute over time to the Os isotopic heterogeneity of the mantle, through subduction and recycling of altered oceanic lithosphere. PGE-metal alloys occur at such low abundances in peridotite that they often are nearly impossible to find. The stability of awaruite at higher fO2 suggests that it can coexist with Os-Ir-Pt metal alloys, making it an important indicator mineral for their presence in hydrothermally altered peridotites.

  17. Weakened Flexural Strength of Nanocrystalline Nanoporous Gold by Grain Refinement.

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    Gwak, Eun-Ji; Kim, Ju-Young

    2016-04-13

    High density of grain boundaries in solid materials generally leads to high strength because grain boundaries act as strong obstacles to dislocation activity. We find that the flexural strength of nanoporous gold of grain size 206 nm is 33.6% lower than that of grain size 238 μm. We prepared three gold-silver precursor alloys, well-annealed, prestrained, and high-energy ball-milled, from which nanoporous gold samples were obtained by the same free-corrosion dealloying process. Ligaments of the same size are formed regardless of precursor alloys, and microstructural aspects of precursor alloys such as crystallographic orientation and grain size is preserved in the dealloying process. While the nanoindentation hardness of three nanoporous golds is independent of microstructural variation, flexural strength of nanocrystalline nanoporous gold is significantly lower than that of nanoporous golds with much larger grain size. We investigate weakening mechanisms of grain boundaries in nanocrystalline nanoporous gold, leading to weakening of flexural strength. PMID:26982460

  18. Hydrogenated nanocrystalline silicon germanium thin films

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    Yusoff, A. R. M.; Syahrul, M. N.; Henkel, K.

    2007-08-01

    Hydrogenated nanocrystalline silicon germanium thin films (nc-SiGe:H) is an interesting alternative material to replace hydrogenated nanocrystalline silicon (nc-Si:H) as the narrow bandgap absorber in an a-Si/a-SiGe/nc-SiGe(nc-Si) triple-junction solar cell due to its higher optical absorption in the wavelength range of interest. In this paper, we present results of optical, structural investigations and electrical characterization of nc-SiGe:H thin films made by hot-wire chemical vapor deposition (HWCVD) with a coil-shaped tungsten filament and with a disilane/germane/hydrogen gas mixture. The optical band gaps of a-SiGe:H and nc-SiGe:H thin-films, which are deposited with the same disilane/germane/hydrogen gas mixture ratio of 3.4:1.7:7, are about 1.58 eV and 2.1 eV, respectively. The nc-SiGe:H thin film exhibits a larger optical absorption coefficient of about 2-4 in the 600-900 nm range when compared to nc-Si:H thin film. Therefore, a thinner nc-SiGe:H layer of sim500 nm thickness may be sufficient for the narrow bandgap absorber in an a-Si based multiple-junction solar cell. We enhanced the transport properties as measured by the photoconductivity frequency mixing technique. These improved alloys do not necessarily show an improvement in the degree of structural heterogeneity on the nanometer scale as measured by small-angle X-ray scattering. Decreasing both the filament temperature and substrate temperature produced a film with relatively low structural heterogeneity while photoluminescence showed an order of magnitude increase in defect density for a similar change in the process.

  19. Cements from nanocrystalline hydroxyapatite.

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    Barralet, J E; Lilley, K J; Grover, L M; Farrar, D F; Ansell, C; Gbureck, U

    2004-04-01

    Calcium phosphate cements are used as bone substitute materials because they may be moulded to fill a void or defect in bone and are osteoconductive. Although apatite cements are stronger than brushite cements, they are potentially less resorbable in vivo. Brushite cements are three-component systems whereby phosphate ions and water react with a soluble calcium phosphate to form brushite (CaHPO4 x 2H2O). Previously reported brushite cement formulations set following the mixture of a calcium phosphate, such as beta-tricalcium phosphate (beta-TCP), with an acidic component such as H3PO4 or monocalcium phosphate monohydrate (MCPM). Due to its low solubility, hydroxyapatite (HA) is yet to be reported as a reactive component in calcium phosphate cement systems. Here we report a new cement system setting to form a matrix consisting predominantly of brushite following the mixture of phosphoric acid with nanocrystalline HA. As a result of the relative ease with which ionic substitutions may be made in apatite this route may offer a novel way to control cement composition or setting characteristics. Since kinetic solubility is dependent on particle size and precipitation temperature is known to affect precipitated HA crystal size, the phase composition and mechanical properties of cements made from HA precipitated at temperatures between 4 and 60 degrees C were investigated. PMID:15332608

  20. Structural and Magnetic Analysis of Nanocrystalline Lead Europium Sulfide (PbxEuyS)

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    Somarajan, Suseela; Harrison, Melissa A; Koktysh, Dmitry S.; He, Weidong; Stillwell, Ryan L; Harl, Bobby; Schmidt, Ben; Rogers, Bridget; Payzant, E Andrew; Dickerson, II, James H.

    2012-01-01

    The authors report the synthesis of nanocrystalline, alloyed PbEuS, a potentially important dilute magnetic semiconductor. The thermolysis of mixed precursors has been adapted for the formation of homogeneous alloyed nanocrystals. X-ray diffraction and magnetization measurements of ternary PbEuS nanocrystals provide convincing evidence that no phase separation occurs in these nanomaterials for europium concentrations up to x = 0.17. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy provides the atomic composition for PbEuS alloy nanocrystals juxtaposed with the ratio of the starting precursors.