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  1. nanopowders

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    Janbutrach, Yutana; Hunpratub, Sitchai; Swatsitang, Ekaphan

    2014-09-01

    La1 - x Al x FeO3 ( x = 0.0, 0.05, 0.1, 0.2, 0.3, 0.4, and 0.5) nanopowders were prepared by polymerization complex method. All prepared samples were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR), and UV-vis spectrophotometry (UV-vis). The magnetic properties were investigated using a vibrating sample magnetometer (VSM). The X-ray results of all samples show the formation of an orthorhombic phase with the second phase of α-Fe2O3 in doped samples. The crystallite sizes of nanoparticles decreased with increasing Al content, and they are found to be in the range of 58.45 ± 5.90 to 15.58 ± 4.64 nm. SEM and TEM images show the agglomeration of nanoparticles with average particle size in the range of 60 to 75 nm. The FT-IR spectra confirm the presence of metal oxygen bonds of O-Fe-O and Fe-O in the FeO6 octahedra. The UV-vis spectra show strong absorption peaks at approximately 285 nm, and the calculated optical band gaps are found to be in the range of 2.05 to 2.09 eV with increasing Al content. The M-H loop of the pure sample is antiferromagnetic, whereas those of the doped samples tend to be ferromagnetic with increasing Al content. The magnetization, remanent magnetization, and coercive field of the Al-doped sample with x = 0.5 are enhanced to 1.665 emu/g, 0.623 emu/g, and 4,087.0 Oe, respectively.

  2. Rheological behavior of oxide nanopowder suspensions

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    Cinar, Simge

    Ceramic nanopowders offer great potential in advanced ceramic materials and many other technologically important applications. Because a material's rheological properties are crucial for most processing routes, control of the rheological behavior has drawn significant attention in the recent past. The control of rheological behavior relies on an understanding of how different parameters affect the suspension viscosities. Even though the suspension stabilization mechanisms are relatively well understood for sub-micron and micron size particle systems, this knowledge cannot be directly transferred to nanopowder suspensions. Nanopowder suspensions exhibit unexpectedly high viscosities that cannot be explained with conventional mechanisms and are still a topic of investigation. This dissertation aims to establish the critical parameters governing the rheological behavior of concentrated oxide nanopowder suspensions, and to elucidate the mechanisms by which these parameters control the rheology of these suspensions. Aqueous alumina nanopowders were chosen as a model system, and the findings were extrapolated to other oxide nanopowder systems such as zirconia, yttria stabilized zirconia, and titania. Processing additives such as fructose, NaCl, HCl, NaOH, and ascorbic acid were used in this study. The effect of solids content and addition of fructose on the viscosity of alumina nanopowder suspensions was investigated by low temperature differential scanning calorimetry (LT-DSC), rheological, and zeta potential measurements. The analysis of bound water events observed in LT-DSC revealed useful information regarding the rheological behavior of nanopowder suspensions. Because of the significance of interparticle interactions in nanopowder suspensions, the electrostatic stabilization was investigated using indifferent and potential determining ions. Different mechanisms, e.g., the effect of the change in effective volume fraction caused by fructose addition and electrostatic

  3. Incorporation of aluminum nanopowder into NTO.

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    Lee, K. Y.; Kennedy, J. E.; Peterson, P. D.; Asay, B. W.

    2004-01-01

    Most insensitive high explosives have relatively low output and the user is forced to choose between enhancing operational safety and meeting ordnance performance requirements. The goals of this project are to investigate ways to incorporate Al nanopowder in NTO and to devise formulations that are insensitive and that exhibit high performance. In this paper, the novel method for the preparation of nanoNTO and its formulation with Al nanopowder will be presented, together with the characterization test results. Data from minisandwich velocity test on NTO and NTO/Al mix and the techniques used to verify the potential encapsulation of Al in NTO will also be presented.

  4. Method of preparation of silver nanopowder

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    Jarosz, Mateusz; Mlozniak, Anna; Jakubowska, Malgorzata

    2010-09-01

    In recent years we observe the rapid growth of nanotechnology, including materials, technologies and devices development. Going from micro- to nanoscale can result in new, specific physicochemical, mechanical, optical, electrical, magnetic or catalytical properties. It all emerges from quantum effects and high contribution of surface atoms causing high reactivity. Among others it can cause a reduction of the melting-temperature. The goal of our work was to obtain a silver nanopowder from a thermal decomposition of silver salts of fatty acids.

  5. Production and properties of electrosprayed sericin nanopowder

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    Hazeri, Najmeh; Tavanai, Hossein; Moradi, Ali Reza

    2012-06-01

    Sericin is a proteinous substrate that envelops fibroin (silk) fiber, and its recovery provides significant economical and social benefits. Sericin is an antibacterial agent that resists oxidation and absorbs moisture and UV light. In powder form, sericin has a wide range of applications in food, cosmetics and drug delivery. Asides from other techniques of producing powder, such as precipitation and spray drying, electrospraying can yield solid nanoparticles, particularly in the submicron range. Here, we report the production of sericin nanopowder by electrospraying. Sericin sponge was recovered from Bombyx mori cocoons through a high-temperature, high-pressure process, followed by centrifugation and freeze drying of the sericin solution. The electrospraying solution was prepared by dissolving the sericin sponge in dimethyl sulfoxide. We demonstrate that electrospraying is capable of producing sericin nanopowder with an average particle size of 25 nm, which is by far smaller than the particles produced by other techniques. The electrosprayed sericin nanopowder consists of small crystallites and exhibits a high moisture absorbance.

  6. Oxidation and melting of aluminum nanopowders.

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    Trunov, Mikhaylo A; Umbrajkar, Swati M; Schoenitz, Mirko; Mang, Joseph T; Dreizin, Edward L

    2006-07-01

    Recently, nanometer-sized aluminum powders became available commercially, and their use as potential additives to propellants, explosives, and pyrotechnics has attracted significant interest. It has been suggested that very low melting temperatures are expected for nanosized aluminum powders and that such low melting temperatures could accelerate oxidation and trigger ignition much earlier than for regular, micron-sized aluminum powders. The objective of this work was to investigate experimentally the melting and oxidation behavior of nanosized aluminum powders. Powder samples with three different nominal sizes of 44, 80, and 121 nm were provided by Nanotechnologies Inc. The particle size distributions were measured using small-angle X-ray scattering. Melting was studied by differential scanning calorimetry where the powders were heated from room temperature to 750 degrees C in an argon environment. Thermogravimetric analysis was used to measure the mass increase indicative of oxidation while the powders were heated in an oxygen-argon gas mixture. The measured melting curves were compared to those computed using the experimental particle size distributions and thermodynamic models describing the melting temperature and enthalpy as functions of the particle size. The melting behavior predicted by different models correlated with the experimental observations only qualitatively. Characteristic stepwise oxidation was observed for all studied nanopowders. The observed oxidation behavior was well interpreted considering the recently established kinetics of oxidation of micron-sized aluminum powders. No correlation was found between the melting and oxidation of aluminum nanopowders. PMID:16805619

  7. Preparation and reactivity of aluminum nanopowders coated by hydroxyl-terminated polybutadiene (HTPB)

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    Guo, Liangui; Song, Wulin; Hu, Mulin; Xie, Changsheng; Chen, Xia

    2008-02-01

    HTPB-coated aluminum (Al) nanopowders were prepared by laser-induction complex heating. The characterization of the nanopowders was revealed using transmission electronic microscopy (TEM), high-resolution transmission electronic microscopy (HRTEM), X-ray diffraction analysis (XRD) and Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectrometry. Results showed that HTPB-coated Al nanopowders have a core-shell structure with size ranging from 30 to 100 nm and organic HTPB exists in HTPB-coated Al nanopowders. Differential scanning calorimeter (DSC) and thermal gravimeter (TG) analysis of the HTPB-coated Al nanopowders and Al 2O 3-passivated Al nanopowders stored for 2 years in ambient environment indicated that the reactivity and stability of HTPB-coated Al nanopowders outperform Al 2O 3-passivated Al nanopowders. These findings demonstrate that HTPB is a suitable surface coating material for Al nanopowders.

  8. Growth model of binary alloy nanopowders for thermal plasma synthesis

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    Shigeta, Masaya; Watanabe, Takayuki

    2010-08-15

    A new model is developed for numerical analysis of the entire growth process of binary alloy nanopowders in thermal plasma synthesis. The model can express any nanopowder profile in the particle size-composition distribution (PSCD). Moreover, its numerical solution algorithm is arithmetic and straightforward so that the model is easy to use. By virtue of these features, the model effectively simulates the collective and simultaneous combined process of binary homogeneous nucleation, binary heterogeneous cocondensation, and coagulation among nanoparticles. The effect of the freezing point depression due to nanoscale particle diameters is also considered in the model. In this study, the metal-silicon systems are particularly chosen as representative binary systems involving cocondensation processes. In consequence, the numerical calculation with the present model reveals the growth mechanisms of the Mo-Si and Ti-Si nanopowders by exhibiting their PSCD evolutions. The difference of the materials' saturation pressures strongly affects the growth behaviors and mature states of the binary alloy nanopowder.

  9. Studies on synthesis of alumina nanopowder from synthetic Bayer liquor

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    Mazloumi, Mahyar; Arami, Hamed; Khalifehzadeh, Razieh; Sadrnezhaad, S.K. . E-mail: sadrnezh@sharif.edu

    2007-06-05

    Procedure for synthesis of alumina nanopowder from Bayer liquor (synthetic sodium aluminate solution) is investigated. Cooling, ageing and then addition of 3 ml/l Tiron (1,2-dihydroxy-3,5-benzene disulfonic acid disodium salt) to the supersaturated liquor affect purity and fineness of the nanopowder product. X-ray diffraction (XRD), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and energy dispersive X-ray (EDAX) analyses indicate that purity of the alumina nanopowder increases with the aging time. Experimental observations show that highly pure alumina nanopowders could be produced by direct calcination of cold gelatinous sodium aluminate solution followed by careful washing at a Tiron concentration of 3 ml/l NaOH.

  10. Pulsed wire discharge apparatus for mass production of copper nanopowders.

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    Suematsu, H; Nishimura, S; Murai, K; Hayashi, Y; Suzuki, T; Nakayama, T; Jiang, W; Yamazaki, A; Seki, K; Niihara, K

    2007-05-01

    A pulsed wire discharge (PWD) apparatus for the mass production of nanopowders has been developed. The apparatus has a continuous wire feeder, which is operated in synchronization with a discharging circuit. The apparatus is designed for operation at a maximum repetition rate of 1.4 Hz at a stored energy of 160 J. In the present study, Cu nanopowder was synthesized using the PWD apparatus and the performance of the apparatus was examined. Cu nanopowder of 2.0 g quantity was prepared in N(2) gas at 100 kPa for 90 s. The particle size distribution of the Cu nanopowder was analyzed by transmission electron microscopy and the mean surface diameter was determined to be 65 nm. The ratio of the production mass of the powder to input energy was 362 g/kW h. PMID:17552867

  11. The processing of nanopowders by thermal plasma technology

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    Tong, Lirong; Reddy, Ramana G.

    2006-04-01

    The thermal plasma synthesis of nanopowders is a relatively new technology with great potential for future industrial applications. This article introduces research carried out in the plasma processing laboratory at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Ceramic nanopowders and nanofibers (SiC, TiC, and B4C) and nanocomposite powders (TiC-Al(Ti), TiC-Fe(Ti), and TiN-Fe (Ti)) were successfully synthesized by thermal plasma technology.

  12. The chemical vapor synthesis of inorganic nanopowders

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    Sohn, Hong Yong; Ryu, Taegong; Choi, Jin Won; Hwang, Kyu Sup; Han, Gilsoo; Choi, Young Joon; Fang, Zhigang Zak

    2007-12-01

    Chemical vapor synthesis (CVS) is a process for making fine solid particles by the vapor-phase chemical reactions of precursors. At the University of Utah, this process has been applied to the synthesis of the aluminides of titanium and nickel, other metallic and intermetallic powders, and subsequently aluminum nanopowder and WC-Co nanocomposite powder. This work has demonstrated that it is possible to prepare fine particles of 5-200 nm size by CVS. Further, it has been shown that this technique has a unique capability to produce uniformly mixed powders of different solids. This is possible because the reactants are perfectly mixed in the gas phase. More recently, the CVS process has been carried out in a plasma reactor. This system has shown considerable promise for many applications as a method of producing nanosized powders.

  13. Si-substituted hydroxyapatite nanopowders: Synthesis, thermal stability and sinterability

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    Bianco, Alessandra Cacciotti, Ilaria; Lombardi, Mariangela Montanaro, Laura

    2009-02-04

    Synthetic hydroxyapatites incorporating small amounts of Si have shown improved biological performances in terms of enhanced bone apposition, bone in-growth and cell-mediated degradation. This paper reports a systematic investigation on Si-substituted hydroxyapatite (Si 1.40 wt%) nanopowders produced following two different conventional wet methodologies: (a) precipitation of Ca(NO{sub 3}){sub 2}.4H{sub 2}O and (b) titration of Ca(OH){sub 2}. The influence of the synthesis process on composition, thermal behaviour and sinterability of the resulting nanopowders is studied. Samples were characterised by electron microscopy, induced coupled plasma atomic emission spectroscopy, thermal analysis, infrared spectroscopy, N{sub 2} adsorption measurements, X-ray diffraction and dilatometry. Semicrystalline Si-substituted hydroxyapatite powders made up of needle-like nanoparticles were obtained, the specific surface area ranged between 84 and 110 m{sup 2}/g. Pure and Si-substituted hydroxyapatite nanopowders derived from Ca(NO{sub 3}){sub 2}.4H{sub 2}O decomposed around 1000 deg. C. Si-substituted hydroxyapatite nanopowders obtained from Ca(OH){sub 2} were thermally stable up to 1200 deg. C and showed a distinct decreased thermal stability with respect to the homologous pure sample. Si-substituted hydroxyapatites exhibited higher sintering temperature and increased total shrinkage with respect to pure powders. Nanostructured dense ceramics were obtained by sintering at 1100 deg. C Si-substituted hydroxyapatites derived from Ca(OH){sub 2}.

  14. Ignition and explosion of nanopowders: something new under the dust

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    Dufaud, Olivier; Vignes, Alexis; Henry, François; Perrin, Laurent; Bouillard, Jacques

    2011-07-01

    This work deals with the study of ignition and explosion characteristics of nanoparticles. It has been carried out on various powders: zinc, aluminum, carbon blacks... Specific behaviours have been highlighted during the first phase of this project (Nanosafe 2). For instance, it has been demonstrated that there mainly exists two combustion regimes that are either kinetically controlled, for small size particles, or diffusion controlled, for large size particles (generally with diameters greater than 1 or 2 μm). It has been found that as the particle size decreases, minimum ignition temperature and minimum ignition energy decrease (even lower than 1 mJ), indicating higher potential inflammation and explosion risks for metallic nanopowders. Moreover, the presence of agglomerates in the nanopowders could modify their reactivity. Thus, the explosion severity of Al powders tends to increase as the specific surface area decreases, before reaching a peak for 1 μm particle size. These results are essential for industries producing or handling nanopowders in order to propose/design new and proper prevention and protection means. Nevertheless, the validity of the classical characterization tools with regard to nanopowders should be discussed. For example, the experimental laminar flame velocity of Al dusts has been compared to a theoretical one, determined by Huang's model, which assumes that the propagation of the flame is run mainly by conduction. It has shown a good agreement. However, under certain conditions, the Al flame propagation is expected to be mainly conducted by radiation. Two hypotheses can then be made. On the one hand, it can be assumed that the 20 L sphere probably disturbs the flame propagation and thermal mechanisms by absorbing radiation (wall quenching effect). On the other hand, it has been observed, thanks to the use of a high speed camera that the preheating zone is smaller for some nanopowders than for micro-particles (figure below). It could

  15. Laser transfer of diamond nanopowder induced by metal film blistering

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    Kononenko, T. V.; Alloncle, P.; Konov, V. I.; Sentis, M.

    2009-03-01

    Blister-based laser induced forward transfer (BB-LIFT) is a promising technique to produce surface microstructures of various advanced materials including inorganic and organic micro/nanopowders, suspensions and biological micro-objects embedded in life sustaining medium. The transferred material is spread over a thin metal film irradiated from the far side by single laser pulses through a transparent support. Interaction of the laser pulse with the metal-support interface under optimized conditions causes formation of a quickly expanding blister. Fast movement of the free metal surface provides efficient material transfer, which has been investigated for the case of diamond nanopowder and diamond-containing suspension. The unique features of the given technique are universality, simplicity and efficient isolation of the transferred material from the ablation products and laser heating.

  16. Raman scattering and luminescence of yttria nanopowders and ceramics

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    Osipov, V. V.; Solomonov, V. I.; Spirina, A. V.; Vovkotrub, E. G.; Strekalovskii, V. N.

    2014-06-01

    We have studied Raman scattering in yttria nanopowders and ceramics that was excited by radiation at wavelengths of 514.5 and 632.8 nm. We show that, in undoped nanopowders and cubic phase of doped yttria ceramics, only the Raman scattering by phonons is observed, with no other Raman scattering centers having been revealed. In nanopowders of the monoclinic phase, we have observed an additional Raman line with a Raman shift of 1093 ± 4 cm-1. If all the objects under investigation are excited by the radiation at a wavelength of 514.5 nm, their spectra exhibit four series of photoluminescence lines, two of which (at λ = 521-523 and 538-564 nm) are emitted by Er3+ ions, "impurity" dopants, while the other two lines (at λ = 607-635 and 644-684 nm) are emitted by intrinsic centers. Under excitation by the radiation at a wavelength of 632.8 nm, only a series of bands at λ = 644-684 nm is emitted. In addition to these photoluminescence bands, neodymium-doped ceramics show photoluminescence bands of Nd3+ ions. We have shown that intrinsic luminescence centers, which occur in all the examined specimens, are capable of acting as acceptors with respect to neodymium ions excited to the upper laser level.

  17. Synthesis and Photoluminescence Properties of SnO2 Nanopowder

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    Arai, Takahiro; Adachi, Sadao

    2012-10-01

    SnO2 nanopowder was synthesized by calcining metastannic salt (SnO2·H2O) prepared by chemically etching metallic Sn in aqueous HNO3 solution. The calcined SnO2 nanopowder was investigated by X-ray diffraction (XRD) measurement and photoluminescence (PL) spectroscopy. The XRD and PL intensities increased with increasing calcining temperature, yielding an activation energy of ˜0.65 eV. The PL spectra of the calcined SnO2 nanopowder exhibited green (G) and red (R) emission bands with peaks at ˜2.5 and ˜2.0 eV, respectively, that were clearly dependent not only on the excitation light wavelength but also on the sample temperature. The temperature dependence of the PL intensity between 20 and 300 K was explained by the thermal quenching with activation energies of ˜15 meV (T=20-60 K) and ˜0.12-0.18 eV (T ≥100 K). The G and R emission states were found to originate from the Jahn-Teller effect of the 5s2 (Sn2+) ions in the SnO2 matrix and were similar to those generally observed in many ns2-doped alkali halides and SnCl2.

  18. Synthesis, characterization and gas sensing properties of tin oxide nanopowder

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    Choudhary, Meenakshi; Mishra, V. N.; Dwivedi, R.

    2013-06-01

    In the present work, tin oxide nanopowder has been synthesized by solid-state reaction technique. The as-prepared pure and palladium doped (0.5 and 1%) powders have been used for the fabrication of thick film sensors. The influence of particle size of powders and morphology of the thick films has been studied on the sensing performance of thick film sensor. It is observed that the sensors produced from the SnO2 doped with 1% palladium have an excellent ability for the detection of hydrogen gas.

  19. Green upconversion in Y2O3:Yb nanopowder

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    Horvat, Darja; Lazar, Dušan; Možina, Janez; Križan, Janez; Diaci, Janez; Terzić, Mira

    2015-01-01

    Green emission lines, in addition to the blue and the red, were observed upon 980 nm excitation in yttrium oxide (Y2O3) nanopowder codoped with Yb and Tm, synthesized by the chemical combustion method. Upconversion emission studies suggest that the number and characteristics of the green lines are influenced by the annealing temperature as well as by the Yb/Tm concentration ratio, opening possibilities for new customized applications. The chromaticity properties of the upconversion spectra were quantified by the Commission Internationale de l'éclairage coordinate analysis.

  20. Incorporation of chromium into TiO{sub 2} nanopowders

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    Kollbek, Kamila; Sikora, Marcin; Kapusta, Czesław; Szlachetko, Jakub; Radecka, Marta; Lyson-Sypien, Barbara; Zakrzewska, Katarzyna

    2015-04-15

    Highlights: • Nanopowders of TiO{sub 2}:Cr with different amount of Cr dopant were obtained by flame spray synthesis, FSS. • Increase in the optical absorption and a shift of the absorption edge were observed upon Cr doping. • HERFD-XANES measurements indicated that the average valence state of titanium ions was preserved. • Increasing magnetic susceptibility of a paramagnetic character was observed upon Cr doping. - Abstract: The paper reports on the results of a study of optical, electronic and magnetic properties of TiO{sub 2} nanopowders doped with Cr ions. Diffused reflectance spectra reveal an increase in the optical absorption and a shift of the absorption edge towards lower energies upon Cr doping. Direct information on the Ti electronic state and the symmetry of its nearest environment is obtained from XANES Ti K-edge spectra. Magnetic behaviour is probed by means of the temperature dependence of DC magnetic susceptibility. Increasing magnetic susceptibility of a paramagnetic character is observed upon increasing chromium doping. The Curie constant of TiO{sub 2}:10 at.% Cr sample (0.12 emu K/mol Oe) is lower than that expected for Cr{sup 3+} (0.1875 emu K/mol Oe) possibly due to the appearance of Cr{sup 4+} or the presence of the orbital contribution to the magnetic moment.

  1. Spark plasma sintering of alumina nanopowders produced by electrical explosion of wires.

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    An, Vladimir; Khasanov, Alexey; de Izarra, Charles

    2015-01-01

    Alumina nanopowders produced by electrical explosion of wires were sintered using the spark plasma sintering technique. The results of XRD analysis show that the main phase in the compacted nanopowders is α-Al2O3. According to the SEM observations, the sintered alumina nanopowder consists of micron-sized faceted grains and nano-sized necked grains. The increase in sintering temperature resulted in a higher density of the sintered powders: from 78.44 to 98.21 % of theoretical density. PMID:26543716

  2. Chemical vapor synthesis and characterization of aluminum nanopowder

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    Choi, Jin Won; Sohn, Hong Yong; Choi, Young Joon; Fang, Zhigang Zak

    Aluminum is a component in many promising hydrogen storage materials such as aluminum hydride and complex aluminum hydrides. In this research, Al and TiAl 3-containing Al nanopowders were prepared by a chemical vapor synthesis (CVS) process using Mg as the reducing agent. XRD and EDS results indicated that the produced powder was composed of Al or Al with TiAl 3. The shape of the powder was spherical with the average size in the range of 10-50 nm measured by SEM, TEM, BET and ZetaPALS compared with the typically larger than 100 nm for commercially available fine Al powders. In addition, the effects of the operating conditions such as Ar flow rate, precursor feed rate and reaction temperature on the properties of the product powder were investigated.

  3. Surfactant-assisted hydrothermal synthesis of hydroxyapatite nanopowders.

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    Bricha, Meriame; Belmamouni, Younes; Essassi, El Mokhtar; Ferreira, José M F; El Mabrouk, Khalil

    2012-10-01

    Rod-like hydroxyapatite nanoparticles (n-HAp) with a highly ordered nanostructure were prepared by hydrothermal synthesis from calcium chloride, and phosphoric acid, as calcium and phosphorus sources, respectively. Various surfactant families such as cationic (CTAB), anionic (SDS) and nonionic (Triton X-100) were used as regulators of the nucleation and crystal growth. The synthesized nanopowders were characterized using X-ray diffraction (XRD), Fourier transform infrared spectrograph (FTIR) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). The rod-like morphology was obtained regardless of the surfactant used during the hydrothermal treatment, but the aspect ratio of the crystals was found to be surfactant dependent. The mechanism of crystal growth as well-oriented nanostructure is discussed. PMID:23421176

  4. Effect of deposition parameters on the structural properties of ZnO nanopowders prepared by microwave-assisted hydrothermal synthesis

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    Caglar, Yasemin; Gorgun, Kamuran; Aksoy, Seval

    2015-03-01

    ZnO nanopowders were synthesized via microwave-assisted hydrothermal method at different deposition (microwave irradiation) times and pH values. The effects of pH and deposition (microwave irradiation) time on the crystalline structure and orientation of the ZnO nanopowders have been investigated by X-ray diffraction (XRD) study. XRD observations showed that the crystalline quality of ZnO nanopowders increased with increasing pH value. The crystallite size and texture coefficient values of ZnO nanopowders were calculated. The structural quality of ZnO nanopowder was improved by deposition parameters. Field emission scanning electron microscope (FESEM) was used to analyze the surface morphology of the ZnO nanopowders. Microwave irradiation time and pH value showed a significant effect on the surface morphology.

  5. Synthesis and spectral characterizations of trivalent ions (Cr3+, Fe3+) doped CdO nanopowders.

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    Aswani, T; Babu, B; Manjari, V Pushpa; Stella, R Joyce; Rao, G Thirumala; Krishna, Ch Rama; Ravikumar, R V S S N

    2014-01-01

    Trivalent transition metal ions (Cr(3+), Fe(3+)) doped CdO nanopowders via sonication in the presence of Sodium lauryl sulfate as stabilizing agent were synthesized and characterized. Powder XRD studies indicate that the obtained CdO has a cubic phase and concluded that the trivalent ions doping induced the lattice constants to change some extent. Optical absorption spectra exhibited the characteristic bands of Cr(3+) and Fe(3+) ions in octahedral site symmetry. Crystal field (Dq) and inter-electronic repulsion (B and C) parameters are evaluated for Cr(3+) doped CdO nanopowders as Dq=1540, B=619 and C=3327 cm(-1) and for Fe(3+) doped CdO nanopowders Dq=920, B=690, C=2750 cm(-1). EPR spectra of the Cr(3+) and Fe(3+) doped CdO nanopowders exhibited resonances at g=1.973 and g=2 respectively which indicate distorted octahedral site for both ions with the host. Photoluminescence spectra shows the emission bands in violet and bluish green regions for Cr(3+) doped CdO, ultraviolet and blue emissions for Fe(3+) doped CdO nanopowders. The CIE chromaticity coordinates were also evaluated from the emission spectrum. FT-IR spectra indicate the presence of various functional groups of host lattice. PMID:24291431

  6. Preparation, structural and linear optical properties of Zn doped CdS nanopowders

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    Sekhar, H.; Rakesh Kumar, Y.; Narayana Rao, D.

    2015-02-01

    A series of Zn doped cadmium sulfide (CdS:Zn) nanopowders were prepared by a simple co-precipitation method at room temperature by mixing the stoichiometric amount of reactants in a Milli Q water solvent. The composition of nanopowders was accurately adjusted by controlling the molar ratio of Cd, Zn acetate in the mixed reactants. Spectroscopic studies on as prepared nanopowders were investigated by using XRD, Raman, UV-Vis absorption, FE- SEM-EDAX and photoluminescence. Extremely broad reflections of XRD peaks of as prepared powders establish the nanometer scale dimensions and cubic structure. Doping with Zn in CdS does not lead to any structural phase transformation but introduces a decrease in the lattice constants. Two characteristics of LO phonon peaks were observed in pure and Zn doped CdS samples. Raman peaks of Zn doped CdS nanopowders shifts slightly towards higher energy side compared to the pure CdS nanopowders. Exciton-phonon confinement factor (S) varies in between 0.3-0.4. At lower wavelength excitation we observed a broad emission peak maximum centered at 404 nm is attributed to localized band edge emission.

  7. Nanopowder production by gas-embedded electrical explosion of wire

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    Zou, Xiao-Bing; Mao, Zhi-Guo; Wang, Xin-Xin; Jiang, Wei-Hua

    2013-04-01

    A small electrical explosion of wire (EEW) setup for nanopowder production is constructed. It consists of a low inductance capacitor bank of 2 μF-4 μF typically charged to 8 kV-30 kV, a triggered gas switch, and a production chamber housing the exploding wire load and ambient gas. With the EEW device, nanosize powders of titanium oxides, titanium nitrides, copper oxides, and zinc oxides are successfully synthesized. The average particle size of synthesized powders under different experimental conditions is in a range of 20 nm-80 nm. The pressure of ambient gas or wire vapor can strongly affect the average particle size. The lower the pressure, the smaller the particle size is. For wire material with relatively high resistivity, such as titanium, whose deposited energy Wd is often less than sublimation energy Ws due to the flashover breakdown along the wire prematurely ending the Joule heating process, the synthesized particle size of titanium oxides or titanium nitrides increases with overheat coefficient k (k = Wd/Ws) increasing.

  8. Shock induced reaction of Ni/Al nanopowder mixture.

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    Meng, C M; Wei, J J; Chen, Q Y

    2012-11-01

    Nanopowder Ni/Al mixture (mixed in Al:Ni = 2:1 stoichiometry) was shock compressed by employing single and two-stage light gas gun. The particle size of Al and Ni are 100-200 nm and 50-70 nm respectively, morphologies of Al and Ni are sphere like either. Recovered product was characterized by scanning electron microscope (SEM) and X-ray diffraction (XRD) analysis. According to the XRD spectrum, the mixed powder undergo complete reaction under shock compression, reaction product consist of Ni2Al3, NiAl and corundum structure Al2O3 compound. Grain size of Ni-Al compound is less than 100 nm. With the shock pressure increasing, the ratio of Ni2Al3 decreased obviously. The corundum crystal size is 400-500 nm according to the SEM observation. The results of shock recovery experiments and analysis show that the threshold pressure for reaction of nano size powder Ni/Al mixture is much less than that of micro size powder. PMID:23421276

  9. Ce, Gd codoped YAG nanopowder for white light emitting device.

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    Schiopu, Vasilica; Matei, Alina; Dinescu, Adrian; Danila, Mihai; Cernica, Ileana

    2012-11-01

    In the last years white light emitting devices have received increased attention and have been used in a wide range of applications due to their long lifetime, high luminescence efficiency, low power consumption and environment friendliness, compared to conventional light sources. The discovery and improvement of inorganic phosphors that can be excited by a GaN chip in the wavelength range 370-470 nm is essential for the efficiency and quality of the emitted light. In the white light emitting device technology, the phosphor preparation step is the most important and it's quality defines the "whiteness". The tunable yellow emission property of YAG:Ce phosphor may be improved by the incorporation of an additional codoping element. Ce, Gd codoped YAG phosphor nanopowder with an average grain size of 40 nm has been synthesized by a sol-gel method. Well-crystallized fine nanoparticles and the formation of the garnet phase have been obtained at 1000 degrees C. The chemical structure and morphology of YAG:Ce, Gd was studied. PMID:23421297

  10. A System to Create Stable Nanoparticle Aerosols from Nanopowders.

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    Ding, Yaobo; Riediker, Michael

    2016-01-01

    Nanoparticle aerosols released from nanopowders in workplaces are associated with human exposure and health risks. We developed a novel system, requiring minimal amounts of test materials (min. 200 mg), for studying powder aerosolization behavior and aerosol properties. The aerosolization procedure follows the concept of the fluidized-bed process, but occurs in the modified volume of a V-shaped aerosol generator. The airborne particle number concentration is adjustable by controlling the air flow rate. The system supplied stable aerosol generation rates and particle size distributions over long periods (0.5-2 hr and possibly longer), which are important, for example, to study aerosol behavior, but also for toxicological studies. Strict adherence to the operating procedures during the aerosolization experiments ensures the generation of reproducible test results. The critical steps in the standard protocol are the preparation of the material and setup, and the aerosolization operations themselves. The system can be used for experiments requiring stable aerosol concentrations and may also be an alternative method for testing dustiness. The controlled aerosolization made possible with this setup occurs using energy inputs (may be characterized by aerosolization air velocity) that are within the ranges commonly found in occupational environments where nanomaterial powders are handled. This setup and its operating protocol are thus helpful for human exposure and risk assessment. PMID:27501179

  11. Influence of Obtaining Conditions on Kinetics of the Initial Sintering Stage of Zirconia Nanopowders.

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    Lakusta, Marharyta; Danilenko, Igor; Konstantinova, Tetyana; Volkova, Galina

    2016-12-01

    The present paper is devoted to the problem of sintering ceramics based on yttria-stabilized zirconia (Y-TZP). In this paper, we studied the effect of two obtaining methods (co-precipitation and technical hydrolysis) on sintering kinetics of Y-TZP nanopowders. We used the constant rate of heating (CRH) method at different heating rates for determining the sintering mechanisms. The basic mechanism and activation energy (Q) of diffusion at the initial sintering stage were estimated using the sintering rate equations that are applicable to the CRH data. We found that nanopowder 3Y-TZP produced by the co-precipitation method (DIPE) was sintered according to the volume diffusion mechanism (n = 1/2) and nanopowder TZ-3Y (TOSOH) produced by the technical hydrolysis was sintered according to the grain boundary diffusion mechanism (n = 1/3). PMID:27142876

  12. Influence of Obtaining Conditions on Kinetics of the Initial Sintering Stage of Zirconia Nanopowders

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    Lakusta, Marharyta; Danilenko, Igor; Konstantinova, Tetyana; Volkova, Galina

    2016-05-01

    The present paper is devoted to the problem of sintering ceramics based on yttria-stabilized zirconia (Y-TZP). In this paper, we studied the effect of two obtaining methods (co-precipitation and technical hydrolysis) on sintering kinetics of Y-TZP nanopowders. We used the constant rate of heating (CRH) method at different heating rates for determining the sintering mechanisms. The basic mechanism and activation energy ( Q) of diffusion at the initial sintering stage were estimated using the sintering rate equations that are applicable to the CRH data. We found that nanopowder 3Y-TZP produced by the co-precipitation method (DIPE) was sintered according to the volume diffusion mechanism ( n = 1/2) and nanopowder TZ-3Y (TOSOH) produced by the technical hydrolysis was sintered according to the grain boundary diffusion mechanism ( n = 1/3).

  13. Copper and Graphene activated ZnO nanopowders for enhanced photocatalytic and antibacterial activities

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    Ravichandran, K.; Chidhambaram, N.; Gobalakrishnan, S.

    2016-06-01

    ZnO, ZnO:Cu and ZnO:Cu:Graphene nanopowders were synthesized via a facile wet chemical method. The XRD studies show that the synthesized samples have hexagonal wurtzite structure. It is found that graphene addition induces a decrease in crystallite size. UV-vis absorption spectra of the samples show sharp absorption edges around 380 nm. Photoluminescence studies reveal that the incorporation of copper and graphene in ZnO facilitates the efficient photo generated electron-hole pair separation. It is found that the ZnO:Cu and ZnO:Cu:Graphene nanopowder exhibit improved photocatalytic efficiency for the photodegradation of Methylene Blue (MB) under visible light irradiation. Moreover, improved antibacterial activity of ZnO:Cu:Graphene nanopowder against Escherichia coli and Staphylococcus aureus bacteria is observed.

  14. Bio-ecological consequences of crop seeds treatment with metal nano-powders

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    Churilov, G.

    2015-11-01

    As a result of our investigations we have determined the optimal concentrations of ferrum, cobalt and cuprum nano-powders recommended to be used as micro-fertilizers increasing the yield and feed value of crops at the expense of accumulating biologically active combinations by 25-35%. In unfavorable climate conditions, for example in a case of excess moisture or heat and drought, the plants development and ripening suffer. Our investigations have shown that the stimulating effect of nano-powders has lowered the effect of stress situations on plants development and simultaneously increased the rape seeds yield and quality. Treating the seeds with the drugs being studied has provided the high crop protection. If consider that the maximum efficiency of protectants Chinuk, SK (20 kg/t of seeds) and Cruiser, KS (10 kg/t of seeds) then for the same effect one needs nano-powders 0.1 g per hectare norm of seeds planting.

  15. Corundum ceramic materials modified with silica nanopowders: structure and mechanical properties

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    Kostytsyn, M. A.; Muratov, D. S.; Lysov, D. V.; Chuprunov, K. O.; Yudin, A. G.; Leybo, D. V.

    2016-01-01

    Filtering elements are often used in the metallurgy of rare earth metals. Corundum ceramic is one of the most suitable materials for this purpose. The process of formation and the properties of nanomodified ceramic materials, which are proposed as filtering materials with tunable effective porosity, are described. A silica nanopowder is used as a porosity-increasing agent. Vortex layer apparatus is used for mixing of precursor materials. The obtained results show that nanomodification with the vortex layer apparatus using 0.04 wt. % silica nanopowder as a modifying agent leads to an increase in the compression strength of corundum ceramic by the factor of 1.5.

  16. Optical property degradation of titanium dioxide micro- and nanopowders under irradiation

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    Mikhailov, M. M.; Li, Chundong; Neshchimenko, V. V.

    2014-08-01

    Diffuse reflection spectra and absorption spectra of titanium dioxide (anatase) micro- and nanopowders induced by exposure to 100 keV protons and electrons were analyzed at wavelengths between 250 and 2500 nm. It is established that the radiation stability of the nanopowders is higher than the micropowders in the absorption region λ > 500 nm for proton and electron exposure. This effect is caused by the high concentration of radiation defects in micropowders, which is associated with defects of interstitial titanium ions (Tiirad rad rad , Tiirad rad rad rad ), titanium vacancies (VTi⁗, VTi‴ ) and oxygen vacancies VOX.

  17. Radiation stability of SiO2 micro- and nanopowders under electron and proton exposure

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    Li, Chundong; Mikhailov, M. M.; Neshchimenko, V. V.

    2014-01-01

    The effects of proton and electron (E = 100 keV, F = 5 × 1015 сm-2) exposure on the reflective spectra of SiO2 micro- and nanopowders in wavelength range from 250 to 2500 nm have been investigated. It has been established that the reflectance and radiation stability of nanopowders is less than that of micropowders. This effect is caused by the high concentration of radiation defects, which act as surface absorption centers (Es‧ centers) near the energies 5.47 and 4.45 eV, and peroxide silicon defects (tbnd Sisbnd Osbnd Osbnd Sitbnd) near the energy 3.84 eV.

  18. Far-infrared spectra of dysprosium doped yttrium aluminum garnet nanopowder

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    Trajić, J.; Rabasović, M. S.; Savić-Šević, S.; Ševic, D.; Babić, B.; Romčević, M.; Ristić-Djurović, J. L.; Paunović, N.; Križan, J.; Romčević, N.

    2016-07-01

    The solution combustion synthesis was used to prepare nanopowders of yttrium aluminum garnet (YAG) and YAG doped with dysprosium ions, Dy3+, (YAG:Dy). The morphology, specific surface area, texture, and optical properties of the prepared materials were studied by the means of scanning electron microscopy (SEM), nitrogen adsorption method, and far-infrared spectroscopy at room temperature in the spectral region between 80 and 600 cm-1. It was established that all the examined samples were microporous. The Maxwell-Garnet formula was used to model dielectric function of YAG and YAG:Dy nanopowders as mixtures of homogenous spherical inclusions in air.

  19. Lower sintering temperature of nanostructured dense ceramics compacted from dry nanopowders using powerful ultrasonic action

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    Khasanov, O.; Reichel, U.; Dvilis, E.; Khasanov, A.

    2011-10-01

    Nanostructured high dense zirconia ceramics have been sintered from dry nanopowders compacted by uniaxial pressing with simultaneous powerful ultrasonic action (PUA). Powerful ultrasound with frequency of 21 kHz was supplied from ultrasonic generator to the mold, which was the ultrasonic wave-guide. Previously the mold was filled by non-agglomerated zirconia nanopowder having average particle size of 40 nm. Any binders or plasticizers were excluded at nanopowder processing. Compaction pressure was 240 MPa, power of ultrasonic generator at PUA was 1 kW and 3 kW. The fully dense zirconia ceramics has been sintered at 1345°C and high-dense ceramics with a density of 99.1%, the most grains of which had the sizes Dgr <= 200 nm, has been sintered at low sintering temperature (1325°C). Applied approach prevents essential grain growth owing to uniform packing of nanoparticles under vibrating PU-action at pressing, which provides the friction forces control during dry nanopowder compaction without contaminating binders or plasticizers.

  20. Workplace Exposure to Titanium Dioxide Nanopowder Released from a Bag Filter System

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    Ji, Jun Ho; Kim, Jong Bum; Lee, Gwangjae; Noh, Jung-Hun; Yook, Se-Jin; Cho, So-Hye; Bae, Gwi-Nam

    2015-01-01

    Many researchers who use laboratory-scale synthesis systems to manufacture nanomaterials could be easily exposed to airborne nanomaterials during the research and development stage. This study used various real-time aerosol detectors to investigate the presence of nanoaerosols in a laboratory used to manufacture titanium dioxide (TiO2). The TiO2 nanopowders were produced via flame synthesis and collected by a bag filter system for subsequent harvesting. Highly concentrated nanopowders were released from the outlet of the bag filter system into the laboratory. The fractional particle collection efficiency of the bag filter system was only 20% at particle diameter of 100 nm, which is much lower than the performance of a high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter. Furthermore, the laboratory hood system was inadequate to fully exhaust the air discharged from the bag filter system. Unbalanced air flow rates between bag filter and laboratory hood systems could result in high exposure to nanopowder in laboratory settings. Finally, we simulated behavior of nanopowders released in the laboratory using computational fluid dynamics (CFD). PMID:26125024

  1. Workplace Exposure to Titanium Dioxide Nanopowder Released from a Bag Filter System.

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    Ji, Jun Ho; Kim, Jong Bum; Lee, Gwangjae; Noh, Jung-Hun; Yook, Se-Jin; Cho, So-Hye; Bae, Gwi-Nam

    2015-01-01

    Many researchers who use laboratory-scale synthesis systems to manufacture nanomaterials could be easily exposed to airborne nanomaterials during the research and development stage. This study used various real-time aerosol detectors to investigate the presence of nanoaerosols in a laboratory used to manufacture titanium dioxide (TiO2). The TiO2 nanopowders were produced via flame synthesis and collected by a bag filter system for subsequent harvesting. Highly concentrated nanopowders were released from the outlet of the bag filter system into the laboratory. The fractional particle collection efficiency of the bag filter system was only 20% at particle diameter of 100 nm, which is much lower than the performance of a high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter. Furthermore, the laboratory hood system was inadequate to fully exhaust the air discharged from the bag filter system. Unbalanced air flow rates between bag filter and laboratory hood systems could result in high exposure to nanopowder in laboratory settings. Finally, we simulated behavior of nanopowders released in the laboratory using computational fluid dynamics (CFD). PMID:26125024

  2. Passivation of the surface of aluminum nanopowders by protective coatings of the different chemical origin

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    Kwon, Young-Soon; Gromov, Alexander A.; Strokova, Julia I.

    2007-04-01

    The results of investigation and analysis of electro-exploded aluminum nanopowders, whose surface were passivated with the following substances: liquids - nitrocellulose (NC), oleic acid (C 17H 33COOH) and stearic acid (C 17H 35COOH), suspended in kerosene and ethanol, fluoropolymer; solids - boron and nickel; gases - N 2, CO 2 and air (for a comparison) are discussed. The surface protection for the aluminum nanopowders by coatings of different chemical origins leads to the some advantages of the powders properties for an application in energetic systems, e.g. solid propellants and "green" propellants (Al-H 2O). Aluminum nanopowders with a protected surface showed the increased stability to oxidation in air during the storage period and higher reactivity by heating. The TEM-visual diagram of the formation and stabilization of the coatings on the particles has been proposed on the basis of experimental results. The kinetics of the interaction of aluminum nanopowders with air has been discussed. The recommendations concerning an efficiency of the protective "non-Al 2O 3" layers on aluminum nanoparticles were proposed.

  3. Liquid-feed flame spray pyrolysis synthesis of oxide nanopowders for the processing of ceramic composites

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    Taylor, Nathan John

    In the liquid-feed flame spray pyrolysis (LF-FSP) process, alcohol solutions of metalloorganic precursors are aerosolized by O2 and combusted. The metal oxide combustion products are rapidly quenched (< 10 ms) from flame temperatures of 1500°C to temperatures < 400° C, limiting particle growth. The resulting nanopowders are typically agglomerated but unaggregated. Here, we demonstrate two processing approaches to dense materials: nanopowders with the exact composition, and mixed single metal oxide nanopowders. The effect of the initial degree of phase separation on the final microstructures was determined by sintering studies. Our first studies included the production of yttrium aluminum garnet, Y3Al5O12 (YAG), tubes which we extruded from a thermoplastic/ceramic blend. At equivalent final densities, we found finer grain sizes in the from the mixed Y2O3 and Al2 O3 nanopowders, which was attributed to densification occurring before full transformation to the YAG phase. The enhanced densification in production of pure YAG from the reactive sintering process led us to produce composites in the YAG/alpha-Al 2O3 system. Finally, a third Y2O3 stabilized ZrO2 (YSZ) phase was added to further refine grain sizes using the same two processing approaches. In a separate study, single-phase metastable Al2O3 rich spinels with the composition MO•3Al 2O3 where M = Mg, Ni, and Co were sintered to produce dense MAl2O4/alpha-Al2O3 composites. All of these studies provide a test of the bottom-up approach; that is, how the initial length scale of mixing affects the final composite microstructure. Overall, the length scale of mixing is highly dependent upon the specific oxide composites studied. This work provides a processing framework to be adopted by other researchers to further refine microstructural size. LF-FSP flame temperatures were mapped using different alcohols with different heats of combustion: methanol, ethanol, 1-propanol, and n-butanol. The effect of different

  4. High elastic modulus nanopowder reinforced resin composites for dental applications

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    Wang, Yijun

    2007-12-01

    Dental restorations account for more than $3 billion dollars a year on the market. Among them, all-ceramic dental crowns draw more and more attention and their popularity has risen because of their superior aesthetics and biocompatibility. However, their relatively high failure rate and labor-intensive fabrication procedure still limit their application. In this thesis, a new family of high elastic modulus nanopowder reinforced resin composites and their mechanical properties are studied. Materials with higher elastic modulus, such as alumina and diamond, are used to replace the routine filler material, silica, in dental resin composites to achieve the desired properties. This class of composites is developed to serve (1) as a high stiffness support to all-ceramic crowns and (2) as a means of joining independently fabricated crown core and veneer layers. Most of the work focuses on nano-sized Al2O3 (average particle size 47 nm) reinforcement in a polymeric matrix with 50:50 Bisphenol A glycidyl methacrylate (Bis-GMA): triethylene glycol dimethacrylate (TEGDMA) monomers. Surfactants, silanizing agents and primers are examined to obtain higher filler levels and enhance the bonding between filler and matrix. Silane agents work best. The elastic modulus of a 57.5 vol% alumina/resin composite is 31.5 GPa compared to current commercial resin composites with elastic modulus <15 GPa. Chemical additives can also effectively raise the hardness to as much as 1.34 GPa. Besides>alumina, diamond/resin composites are studied. An elastic modulus of about 45 GPa is obtained for a 57 vol% diamond/resin composite. Our results indicate that with a generally monodispersed nano-sized high modulus filler, relatively high elastic modulus resin-based composite cements are possible. Time-dependent behavior of our resin composites is also investigated. This is valuable for understanding the behavior of our material and possible fatigue testing in the future. Our results indicate that with

  5. Study the adsorption of phenol from aqueous solution on hydroxyapatite nanopowders.

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    Lin, Kaili; Pan, Jiayong; Chen, Yiwei; Cheng, Rongming; Xu, Xuecheng

    2009-01-15

    In this study, the hydroxyapatite (HAp) nanopowders prepared by chemical precipitation method were used as the adsorbent, and the potential of HAp nanopowders for phenol adsorption from aqueous solution was studied. The effect of contact time, initial phenol concentration, pH, adsorbent dosage, solution temperature and adsorbent calcining temperature on the phenol adsorption, and the adsorption kinetic, equilibrium and thermodynamic parameters were investigated. The results showed that the HAp nanopowders possessed good adsorption ability to phenol. The adsorption process was fast, and it reached equilibrium in 2h of contact. The initial phenol concentration, pH and the adsorbent calcining temperature played obvious effects on the phenol adsorption capacity onto HAp nanopowders. Increase in the initial phenol concentration could effectively increase the phenol adsorption capacity. At the same time, increase in the pH to high-acidity or to high-alkalinity also resulted in the increase in the phenol adsorption capacity. Increase in the HAp dosage could effectively increase the phenol adsorption percent. However, the higher calcining temperature of HAp nanopowders could obviously decrease the adsorption capacity. The maximum phenol adsorption capacity was obtained as 10.33mg/g for 400mg/L initial phenol concentrations at pH 6.4 and 60 degrees C. The adsorption kinetic and the isotherm studies showed that the pseudo-second-order model and the Freundlich isotherm were the best choices to describe the adsorption behaviors. The thermodynamic parameters suggested that the adsorption of phenol onto HAp was physisorption, spontaneous and endothermic in nature. PMID:18573599

  6. Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3} nanopowders prepared by a thermal plasma process for water oxidation

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    Lee, Dongeun; Choi, Yong-Wook; Na, Ye-Seul; Choi, Soo-Suk; Park, Dong-Wha; Choi, Jinsub

    2015-08-15

    Highlights: • Hematite nanopowders with a high purity were synthesized by a DC thermal plasma process. • Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} is formed during the formation of Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3} by thermal plasma with iron and oxygen sources. • Hematite nanopowders with a high purity show higher PEC performance compared to mixed oxides. - Abstract: Hematite (Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3}) nanopowders were synthesized from commercially available micro-sized iron powders by a DC thermal plasma process at atmospheric pressure. The micro-sized iron powders were vaporized in the plasma region, after which the plasma processing equipment was rapidly quenched, resulting in the formation of iron nanopowders with a size of less than 100 nm. Subsequently, the iron nanopowders were heated to convert hematite with a high purity, which was then formed into a thin film with a binder for preparation of electrodes for photoelectrochemical water oxidation. Iron oxide nanopowders were characterized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD), particle size analysis (PSA) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). The photoelectrochemical properties of the Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3} film were characterized in 1 M NaOH under AM 1.5 conditions.

  7. Permeability, drying, and sintering of pressure filtered ceramic nanopowders

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    Sweeney, Sean M.

    2002-01-01

    point of drying (when fracture is most likely during drying). Agreement between maximum safe drying stresses and measured sample strengths is found to be good (to within better than a factor of 2) for boehmite samples, but not very good (off by a factor of ˜7) for nanocrystalline 3Y-TZP samples. Sub-critical crack growth is indicated as the source of this deviation in nanocrystalline 3Y-TZP samples. Literature studies of the sintering of chloride-derived 3Y-TZP nanopowders have documented numerous sintering problems including inability to reach full density, desintering, cracking, and the formation of a dense shell with less dense interior. To explain the poor sintering behavior of samples of one nanocrystalline 3Y-TZP powder, the origin of such a dense shell microstructure is determined. Three possible reasons for a dense shell microstructure are examined and rejected: exothermic reactions with the sintering atmosphere, pre-existing density gradients in the green compact, and thermal gradients occurring during sintering. A combination of gas flow/diffusion, thermodynamic, and sintering calculations are used to show that the evolution of a structure-coarsening gas (hydrogen chloride) during sintering causes the formation of a dense shell microstructure, and explains the poor densification behavior of this system. Two solutions to the problem are compared: (1) a thermal treatment composed of an extended hold at 1000°C to allow HCl gas removal before the onset of closed porosity (at about 90-93% of theoretical density), and (2) a chemical treatment performed by washing pre-sintered (500°C/30 min) samples at room temperature using a concentrated ammonium hydroxide solution to remove chlorides. The thermal treatment is found to be superior for removing residual chlorine and allowing full density to be achieved during sintering.

  8. Reverse micelle mediated synthesis, processing, mechanical and biological characterization of hydroxyapatite nanopowders for bone graft application

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    Banerjee, Ashis

    Hydroxyapatite (HA) is the most widely used bioceramic material in bone graft applications because of its compositional similarity with natural bone. However, synthetic HA does not show similar mechanical and biological properties to the inorganic component of bone. Properties of ceramic material depend on starting materials, processing techniques, densification and microstructure of the final product. The objective of this research was to process HA whisker reinforced HA composite using HA nanopowders and whiskers. HA nanopowders with different length scale and morphology were synthesized by reverse micelle system using NP5 and NP12 as surfactants and cyclohexane as organic solvent. The lowest average aspect ratio was 1.357+/-0.39 with average particle size of 66 nm and the highest average aspect ratio was 7.277+/-3.227 with average length of 150 nm and width of 20 nm, were synthesized. Micron sized HA whiskers with aspect ratio between 20 and 50, average particle length of 15 mum and width of 400 nm was synthesized using urea as a precipitating agent. Desired microstructure was obtained after sintering with spherical HA nanopowder and whiskers along with dopants. Addition of whiskers decreased density of the sintered compacts. However, at 10 wt% whisker content sample showed microhardness and fracture toughness of 3.6 GPa and 1.5 MPa.m1/2, respectively, and a compressive strength of 80 MPa was obtained. Mineralization study in simulated body fluid (SBF) showed formation of apatite layer on the dense HA compacts indicating a good tendency of bond formation with natural bone. Cytotoxicity results showed excellent cell attachment on the HA surface. In the Appendices, 3 journal articles have been attached which describe synthesis, processing and characterization of undoped and doped PZT nanopowders. Free standing and agglomerated PZT nanopowders were synthesized by the sucrose templated method and the citrate nitrate autocombustion method. Particle size in the range

  9. Thermal and Mechanical Characteristics of Polymer Composites Based on Epoxy Resin, Aluminium Nanopowders and Boric Acid

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    Nazarenko, O. B.; Melnikova, T. V.; Visakh, P. M.

    2016-01-01

    The epoxy polymers are characterized by low thermal stability and high flammability. Nanoparticles are considered to be effective fillers of polymer composites for improving their thermal and functional properties. In this work, the epoxy composites were prepared using epoxy resin ED-20, polyethylene polyamine as a hardener, aluminum nanopowder and boric acid fine powder as flame-retardant filler. The thermal characteristics of the obtained samples were studied using thermogravimetric analysis and differential scanning calorimetry. The mechanical characteristics of epoxy composites were also studied. It was found that an addition of all fillers enhances the thermal stability and mechanical characteristics of the epoxy composites. The best thermal stability showed the epoxy composite filled with boric acid. The highest flexural properties showed the epoxy composite based on the combination of boric acid and aluminum nanopowder.

  10. Technology for production of magnetic carbon nanopowders doped with iron and cobalt nanoclusters

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    Gegechkori, T.; Mamniashvili, G.; Kutelia, E.; Rukhadze, L.; Maisuradze, N.; Eristavi, B.; Gventsadze, D.; Akhalkatsi, A.; Gavasheli, T.; Daraselia, D.; Japaridze, D.; Shengelaya, A.

    2015-01-01

    Complex scanning electron microscope and Auger electron spectroscope structure and composition measurements, along with the vibrating sample magnetometer and NMR studies, were carried out on carbon nanoparticles doped with magnetic clusters, which were synthesized by a technology which combines the ethanol vapor pyrolysis method and the chemical vapor deposition process in a horizontal continuous reactor with certain temperature gradients and controlled partial oxygen pressure. The structure and composition data of the synthesized magnetic carbon nanopowders showed that the nanopowders consisted of randomly distributed carbon nanoparticle aggregations that are 200 nm in diameter doped with magnetic clusters. The magnetometry and NMR data are in agreement with the results of the structure analysis, pointing to the existence of a significant superparamagnetic contribution to the synthesized carbon nanoparticles doped with cobalt nanoclusters.

  11. Structural and Optical Characterization of Synthesized TiO2 Nanopowder Using Sol-Gel Technique

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    Lourduraj, S.; Williams, R. Victor

    2016-02-01

    The nanocrystalline TiO2 powder was synthesized by sol-gel method. The XRD analysis reveals that TiO2 powder was highly crystalline (anatase phase) and nanostructured with tetragonal system. The average crystallite size after calcined at 673K is found to be 7.7nm. The surface morphological studies using scanning electron microscopy (SEM) exhibit that the formation of nanosized TiO2 particles with less densification nature. Atomic force microscopy (AFM) topography exhibits the uniform distribution of spherical-shaped particles. The energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDX) confirms the presence of Titanium and Oxygen in synthesized TiO2 nanopowder. The value of optical bandgap of TiO2 nanopowder calculated from UV-Visible spectrum is 3.45eV. The presence of TiO2 particles is confirmed from the dominant fourier transform infrared (FTIR) peaks at 621cm-1 and 412cm-1.

  12. Synthesis of the thermoelectric nanopowder recovered from the used thermoelectric modules.

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    Lee, Kun-Jae; Jin, Yun-Ho; Kong, Man-Sik

    2014-10-01

    We fabricated the thermoelectric powder using the used thermoelectric modules in a vehicle. As a starting material, the used thermoelectric modules were collected and separated to substrate, electrode, solder, and thermoelectric parts by a thermal process. The separation process was performed in a wet process at the critical temperature. The solder in the module was the neighbor part of the thermoelectric material with the lowest melting temperature in the module. We focused on the thermal property of the solder to separate the thermoelectric chips in the module. After the separation process, we prepared the pure thermoelectric material by the chemical etching for an impurity removal. Also the thermoelectric nanopowder was fabricated by a chemical reduction reaction using the recycled thermoelectric materials. The recovered nanopowder was confirmed to the phase of bismuth telluride (Bi2Te3) with the particle size of -15 nm. PMID:25942894

  13. Fast microstructure and phase analyses of nanopowders using combined analysis of transmission electron microscopy scattering patterns.

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    Boullay, P; Lutterotti, L; Chateigner, D; Sicard, L

    2014-09-01

    The full quantitative characterization of nanopowders using transmission electron microscopy scattering patterns is shown. This study demonstrates the feasibility of the application of so-called combined analysis, a global approach for phase identification, structure refinement, characterization of anisotropic crystallite sizes and shapes, texture analysis and texture variations with the probed scale, using electron diffraction patterns of TiO2 and Mn3O4 nanocrystal aggregates and platinum films. Electron diffraction pattern misalignments, positioning, and slight changes from pattern to pattern are directly integrated and refined within this approach. The use of a newly developed full-pattern search-match methodology for phase identification of nanopowders and the incorporation of the two-wave dynamical correction for diffraction patterns are also reported and proved to be efficient. PMID:25176993

  14. Production of nickel and iron nanopowders by hydrogen reduction from salts

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    Oglezneva, S. A.; Bulanov, V. Ya.; Kontsevoi, Yu. V.; Ignat'ev, I. E.

    2012-07-01

    The formation of nickel and iron nanoparticles produced by a chemical—metallurgical method and steels made of composite iron powders with nanosized nickel additions is studied. A procedure is developed for calculating the nanopowder particle size and the activation energy of sintering. The results obtained make it possible to decrease the temperature of the process of powder production, to decrease the energy consumed for powder sintering, and to predict the powder nanoparticle size.

  15. Irradiation creep of nano-powder sintered silicon carbide at low neutron fluences

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    Koyanagi, Takaaki; Shimoda, Kazuya; Kondo, Sosuke; Hinoki, Tatsuya; Ozawa, Kazumi; Katoh, Yutai

    2014-12-01

    The irradiation creep behavior of nano-powder sintered silicon carbide was investigated using the bend stress relaxation method under neutron irradiation up to 1.9 dpa. The creep deformation was observed at all temperatures ranging from 380 to 1180 °C mainly from the irradiation creep but with the increasing contributions from the thermal creep at higher temperatures. Microstructural observation and data analysis were performed.

  16. Ultrasonic deagglomeration of aluminum nanopowders with multi-walled carbon nanotube mixtures

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    Kozulin, Alexander A. Vorozhtsov, Sergey A. Kulkov, Sergey S.; Kulkov, Sergey N.; Teipel, U.

    2015-10-27

    Comprehensive investigations of aluminum nanopowders, multi-walled carbon nanotubes, and aluminum mixtures with multi-walled carbon nanotubes subjected to ultrasonic deagglomeration in a liquid medium were performed, using microstructural, X-ray diffraction, thermogravimetric, and calorimetric analyses, and specific surface area measurements. The regime of ultrasonic deagglomeration of aluminum nanopowders with multi-walled carbon nanotubes in a liquid medium is described, during which the division of large agglomerates and creation of homogeneous distribution of mixtures components in the volume takes place. It was determined that ultrasonic treatment influences the morphology and crystalline structure of investigated mixtures, contributes to the appearance of X-ray amorphous phase, decreases the specific surface area of the aluminum nanopowder from 13 to 12 m{sup 2}/g, and increases the pore volume and average size from 0.04 to 0.06 cm{sup 3}/g and from 12 to 19 nm, respectively. The size of coherently-diffracting domain was determined by the X-ray diffraction analysis is close to that estimated from the specific surface area and corresponds to average crystallites size in the materials under study.

  17. Ultrasonic deagglomeration of aluminum nanopowders with multi-walled carbon nanotube mixtures

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    Kozulin, Alexander A.; Vorozhtsov, Sergey A.; Kulkov, Sergey S.; Teipel, U.; Kulkov, Sergey N.

    2015-10-01

    Comprehensive investigations of aluminum nanopowders, multi-walled carbon nanotubes, and aluminum mixtures with multi-walled carbon nanotubes subjected to ultrasonic deagglomeration in a liquid medium were performed, using microstructural, X-ray diffraction, thermogravimetric, and calorimetric analyses, and specific surface area measurements. The regime of ultrasonic deagglomeration of aluminum nanopowders with multi-walled carbon nanotubes in a liquid medium is described, during which the division of large agglomerates and creation of homogeneous distribution of mixtures components in the volume takes place. It was determined that ultrasonic treatment influences the morphology and crystalline structure of investigated mixtures, contributes to the appearance of X-ray amorphous phase, decreases the specific surface area of the aluminum nanopowder from 13 to 12 m2/g, and increases the pore volume and average size from 0.04 to 0.06 cm3/g and from 12 to 19 nm, respectively. The size of coherently-diffracting domain was determined by the X-ray diffraction analysis is close to that estimated from the specific surface area and corresponds to average crystallites size in the materials under study.

  18. Photoluminescent BaMoO{sub 4} nanopowders prepared by complex polymerization method (CPM)

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    Azevedo Marques, Ana Paula de . E-mail: apamarques@liec.ufscar.br; Melo, Dulce M.A. de; Paskocimas, Carlos A.; Pizani, Paulo S.; Joya, Miryam R.; Leite, Edson R.; Longo, Elson

    2006-03-15

    The BaMoO{sub 4} nanopowders were prepared by the Complex Polymerization Method (CPM). The structure properties of the BaMoO{sub 4} powders were characterized by FTIR transmittance spectra, X-ray diffraction (XRD), Raman spectra, photoluminescence spectra (PL) and high-resolution scanning electron microscopy (HR-SEM). The XRD, FTIR and Raman data showed that BaMoO{sub 4} at 300 deg. C was disordered. At 400 deg. C and higher temperature, BaMoO{sub 4} crystalline scheelite-type phases could be identified, without the presence of additional phases, according to the XRD, FTIR and Raman data. The calculated average crystallite sizes, calculated by XRD, around 40 nm, showed the tendency to increase with the temperature. The crystallite sizes, obtained by HR-SEM, were around of 40-50 nm. The sample that presented the highest intensity of the red emission band was the one heat treated at 400 deg. C for 2 h, and the sample that displayed the highest intensity of the green emission band was the one heat treated at 700 deg. C for 2 h. The CPM was shown to be a low cost route for the production of BaMoO{sub 4} nanopowders, with the advantages of lower temperature, smaller time and reduced cost. The optical properties observed for BaMoO{sub 4} nanopowders suggested that this material is a highly promising candidate for photoluminescent applications.

  19. Impact of isoelectric points of nanopowders in electrolytes on electrochemical characteristics of dye sensitized solar cells

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    Mohanty, Shyama Prasad; Bhargava, Parag

    2012-11-01

    Nanoparticle loaded quasi solid electrolytes are important from the view point of developing electrolytes for dye sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) having long term stability. The present work shows the influence of isoelectric point of nanopowders in electrolyte on the photoelectrochemical characteristics of DSSCs. Electrolytes with nanopowders of silica, alumina and magnesia which have widely differing isoelectric points are used in the study. Adsorption of ions from the electrolyte on the nanopowder surface, characterized by zeta potential measurement, show that cations get adsorbed on silica, alumina surface while anions get adsorbed on magnesia surface. The electrochemical characteristics of nanoparticulate loaded electrolytes are examined through cyclic voltammetry (CV) and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS). DSSCs fabricated using liquid, silica or alumina loaded electrolytes exhibit almost similar performance. But interestingly, the magnesia loaded electrolyte-based cell show lower short circuit current density (JSC) and much higher open circuit voltage (VOC), which is attributed to adsorption of anions. Such anionic adsorption prevents the dark reaction in magnesia loaded electrolyte-based cell and thus, enhances the VOC by almost 100 mV as compared to liquid electrolyte based cell. Also, higher electron life time at the titania/electrolyte interface is observed in magnesia loaded electrolyte-based cell as compared to others.

  20. Fabrication of alpha-Fe2O3 nanopowder modified glassy carbon electrode for applications in electrochemical sensing.

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    Goyal, Rajendra N; Pandey, Ashish K; Kaur, Davinder; Kumar, Ashvani

    2009-08-01

    In the present study, Fe2O3 nanopowder has been grown by Ultrasonic mist chemical vapor deposition (UM-CVD), which is a promising method for large area deposition at low temperatures taking in to account of its simplicity, inexpensiveness and safety. Room temperature XRD results revealed prominent hematite phase with intense (104) reflection and was also in agreement with the HR-TEM results. In situ high temperature X-ray diffraction (XRD) studies clearly indicated the change of phase from hematite to magnetite as the temperature increases above 300 degrees C. The surface morphology and particle size distribution of Fe2O3 nanopowder were characterized using field emission scanning electron microscope (FE-SEM) and high resolution transmission electron microscope (HR-TEM), which revealed that the particles were spherical in nature and distributed in range of 50-100 nm. SQUID magnetometry results indicate the ferromagnetic nature of the nanopowder with crystallite size of 6 nm as calculated from M-H curve. Transmittance of approximately 55% and estimated direct band gap of 2.5 eV was observed. Further, the nanopowder was used to modify glassy carbon electrode (GCE) and the modified electrode was found to exhibit electrocatalytic activity for the oxidation of dopamine. It is expected that the nanopowder will exhibit promising applications in the development of sensors. PMID:19928136

  1. Synthesis of hollow cobalt oxide nanopowders by a salt-assisted spray pyrolysis process applying nanoscale Kirkendall diffusion and their electrochemical properties.

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    Ju, Hyeon Seok; Cho, Jung Sang; Kim, Jong Hwa; Choi, Yun Ju; Kang, Yun Chan

    2015-12-21

    A new concept for preparing hollow metal oxide nanopowders by salt-assisted spray pyrolysis applying nanoscale Kirkendall diffusion is introduced. The composite powders of metal oxide and indecomposable metal salt are prepared by spray pyrolysis. Post-treatment under a reducing atmosphere and subsequent washing using distilled water produce aggregation-free metal nanopowders. The metal nanopowders are then transformed into metal oxide hollow nanopowders by nanoscale Kirkendall diffusion. Co3O4 hollow nanopowders are prepared as first target materials. A cobalt oxide-NaCl composite powder prepared by spray pyrolysis transforms into several Co3O4 hollow nanopowders by several treatment processes. The discharge capacities of the Co3O4 nanopowders with filled and hollow structures at a current density of 1 A g(-1) for the 150th cycle are 605 and 775 mA h g(-1), respectively. The hollow structure formed by nanoscale Kirkendall diffusion improves the lithium-ion storage properties of Co3O4 nanopowders. PMID:26571144

  2. Antimicrobial properties of silver-doped hydroxyapatite nano-powders and thin films

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    Sygnatowicz, Michael; Keyshar, Kunttal; Tiwari, Ashutosh

    2010-07-01

    Silver-doped hydroxyapatite nanopowders were prepared using a solution based sol-gel method and thoroughly characterized using x-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), and energy dispersive spectroscopy (EDS). Antibacterial tests showed silver-doped HAP powders prevented the growth and reproduction of bacteria. Silver-doped HAP powders were pressed into pellets and on these pellets a pulsed laser deposition (PLD) technique was employed to grow amorphous and crystalline thin films on sapphire substrates. Crystalline films had silver nano-particles present within the HAP matrix. Film stability tests showed crystalline films to be far more stable in prolonged solution submersion than their amorphous counterparts.

  3. Silicide Nanopowders as Low-Cost and High-Performance Thermoelectric Materials

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    Chen, Renkun

    2013-06-01

    Thermoelectric devices directly convert heat into electricity and are very attractive for waste heat recovery and solar energy utilization. If thermoelectric devices can be made sufficiently efficient and inexpensive, then they will become a transformative energy technology that can tap a significant portion (10-20%) of the vast amount of heat existing in nature as well as industrial processes. Nanopowders of Earth-abundant, silicide-based materials, such as Mg2Si and its alloys, provide a unique opportunity to realize this goal. This article will present an overview of recent advances in the synthesis and thermoelectric properties of silicide-based nanostructured materials.

  4. Microstructural and optical characterization of PZT nanopowder prepared at low temperature

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    Ghasemifard, M.; Hosseini, S. M.; Khorsand Zak, A.; Khorrami, Gh. H.

    2009-01-01

    Lead zirconate titanate (PZT) nanopowders were synthesized by the metal organic and salt precursor's sol-gel combustion technique. Single-phase perovskite PZT powders were obtained after heat treatment at temperature of 500 °C. The effects of calcination temperature on lattice parameters and tetragonality of PZT powders have been discussed. The average particles size is estimated to be around 70-80 nm by SEM observations. The absorption coefficient ( α) and the band-gap energy ( Eg) of the perovskite oxide have been estimated using Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy.

  5. Optical properties and radiation stability of submicro- and nanopowders titanium dioxide measured in situ

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    Mikhailov, M. M.; Neshchimenko, V. V.; Yuryev, S. A.

    2016-04-01

    This study carried out an in situ and external investigation on the reflective spectra of micro- and nanopowders titanium dioxide before and after irradiation by 30 keV electrons. The particle sizes range from 60-240 nm. It was established that the decrease in the particle size leads to an increase in intrinsic defects. The particles with intrinsic defects are then transformed into absorption centers during irradiation as a result of optical degradation of TiO2 powders. High radiation stability has particle sizes range from 80-160 nm.

  6. O2/Ar Plasma Treatment for Enhancing the Biocompatibility of Hydroxyapatite Nanopowder and Polycaprolactone Composite Film.

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    Ko, Yeong-Mu; Myung, Sung-Woon; Kim, Byung-Hoon

    2015-08-01

    In this study we performed O2/Ar plasma treatment to remove the polycaprolactone on hydroxyapatite nanopowder and polycaprolactone (HAp-NP/PCL) composite film. After plasma ashing, the HAp-NP was exposed on the composite film. The 25 wt% HAp-NP/PCL treated with plasma showed the hydrophilic surface property with reducing the aging effect. The MTT and ALP results indicated that the plasma etching increased the biocompatibility of HAp-NP/PCL composite film. The present simple plasma etching technique can be applicable in a development of biomaterials. PMID:26369196

  7. Photocatalytic degradation of betamethasone sodium phosphate in aqueous solution using ZnO nanopowder

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    Giahi, M.; Taghavi, H.; Habibi, S.

    2012-12-01

    The photocatalytic degradation of betamethasone sodium phosphate has been investigated in aqueous phase by using ultraviolet (UV) light and ZnO nanopowder. The effect of catalyst loading, irradiation time, pH, addition of oxidizers, effect of alcohol and anion presence on the reaction rate was ascertained and optimum conditions for maximum degradation were determined. The photocatalytic degradation of betamethasone sodium phosphate was strongly influenced by these parameters. The optimum amount of the photocatalyst used is 0.44 g/L. The efficiency of betamethasone sodium phosphate increases with the photo-degradation increase of the irradiation time.

  8. Spatio-temporal dynamics behind the shock front from compacted metal nanopowders.

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    Leela, Ch; Venkateshwarlu, P; Singh, Raja V; Verma, Pankaj; Kiran, P Prem

    2014-03-10

    Laser ablated shock waves from compacted metal nanoenergetic powders of Aluminum (Al), Nickel coated Aluminum (Ni-Al) was characterized using shadowgraphy technique and compared with that from Boron Potassium Nitrate (BKN), Ammonium Perchlorate (AP) and Potassium Bromide (KBr) powders. Ablation is created by focused second harmonic (532 nm, 7 ns) of Nd:YAG laser. Time resolved shadowgraphs of propagating shock front and contact front revealed dynamics and the precise time of energy release of materials under extreme ablative pressures. Among the different compacted materials studied, Al nanopowders have maximum shock velocity and pressure behind the shock front compared to others. PMID:24800282

  9. Spatio-temporal dynamics behind the shock front from compacted metal nanopowders.

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    Leela, Ch; Venkateshwarlu, P; Singh, Raja V; Verma, Pankaj; Kiran, P Prem

    2014-03-10

    Laser ablated shock waves from compacted metal nanoenergetic powders of Aluminum (Al), Nickel coated Aluminum (Ni-Al) was characterized using shadowgraphy technique and compared with that from Boron Potassium Nitrate (BKN), Ammonium Perchlorate (AP) and Potassium Bromide (KBr) powders. Ablation is created by focused second harmonic (532 nm, 7 ns) of Nd:YAG laser. Time resolved shadowgraphs of propagating shock front and contact front revealed dynamics and the precise time of energy release of materials under extreme ablative pressures. Among the different compacted materials studied, Al nanopowders have maximum shock velocity and pressure behind the shock front compared to others. PMID:24922235

  10. Plasma Synthesized Doped Boron Nanopowder for MgB2 Superconductors

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    James V. Marzik

    2012-03-26

    Under this program, a process to synthesize nano-sized doped boron powder by a plasma synthesis process was developed and scaled up from 20 gram batches at program start to over 200 grams by program end. Over 75 batches of boron nanopowder were made by RF plasma synthesis. Particle sizes were typically in the 20-200 nm range. The powder was synthesized by the reductive pyrolysis of BCl{sub 3} in hydrogen in an RF plasma. A wide range of process parameters were investigated including plasma power, torch geometry, gas flow rates, and process pressure. The powder-in-tube technique was used to make monofilament and multifilament superconducting wires. MgB{sub 2} wire made with Specialty Materials plasma synthesized boron nanopowder exhibited superconducting properties that significantly exceeded the program goals. Superconducting critical currents, J{sub c}, in excess of 10{sup 5} A cm{sup -2} at magnetic fields of 8 tesla were reproducibly achieved. The upper critical magnetic field in wires fabricated with program boron powder were H{sub c2}(0) = 37 tesla, demonstrating the potential of these materials for high field magnet applications. T{sub c} in carbon-doped MgB{sub 2} powder showed a systematic decrease with increasing carbon precursor gas flows, indicating the plasma synthesis process can give precise control over dopant concentrations. Synthesis rates increased by a factor of 400% over the course of the program, demonstrating the scalability of the powder synthesis process. The plasma synthesis equipment at Specialty Materials has successfully and reproducibly made high quality boron nanopowder for MgB{sub 2} superconductors. Research and development from this program enabled Specialty Materials to successfully scale up the powder synthesis process by a factor of ten and to double the size of its powder pilot plant. Thus far the program has been a technical success. It is anticipated that continued systematic development of plasma processing parameters, dopant

  11. A study on the effect factors of sol-gel synthesis of yttrium aluminum garnet nanopowders

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    Yang, Lin; Lu, Tiecheng; Xu, Hui; Zhang, Wei; Ma, Benyuan

    2010-03-01

    Yttrium aluminum garnet (YAG) nanopowders were synthesized by sol-gel method using aluminum nitrate, yttrium nitrate, and citric acid as starting materials, de-ionized water, ethanol, and ethylene glycol as solvents, respectively. The phase formation process, state of particle size distribution (PSD), compositions, morphological characteristics, and thermal behavior of the powders were investigated by means of x-ray diffractometry, PSD, Fourier transform infrared, transmission electronic microscope, and thermogravimetry-differential scanning calorimetry. Results indicate that the formation and characteristics of precursor gel and YAG powder, such as the rate of gelation, average particle size, and powder agglomerate state, strongly depend on the stoichiometric amount of citric acid, the solvent composition, and the precalcination process. Highly crystalline, well-dispersed YAG nanopowder was obtained by calcining at 800 °C for 2 h in the presence of citric acid to nitrate ratio of 3, ethanol solvent, and precalcination process. According to the analysis of experimental results, sol-gel chemistry, DLVO theory, and steric effect, the effects of stoichiometric amount of citric acid, solvent composition, and precalcination process on the formation and characteristics of precursor gel and YAG powder have been discussed. Meanwhile, the overall synthesis mechanism in sol-gel method has been suggested.

  12. Aluminum doped zirconia nanopowders: Wet-chemical synthesis and structural analysis by Rietveld refinement

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    Srdic, Vladimir V. Rakic, Srdan; Cvejic, Zeljka

    2008-10-02

    Alumina/zirconia nanopowders, with up to 20 mol% Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}, were prepared by wet-chemical synthesis technique, using controlled hydrolysis of alkoxides. The as-synthesized powders are amorphous, have very high specific surface area and the corresponding particle size smaller than 4 nm. Amorphous powders with 0, 10 and 20 mol% Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} crystallize at 460, 692 and 749 deg. C, respectively, as a single-phase tetragonal zirconia, without any traces of alumina phases. Rietvled refinement of X-ray diffraction data, used for the detailed structural analysis of annealed nanopowders, showed that the high-temperature zirconia phase is stabilized due to the formation of ZrO{sub 2}/Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} solid solutions. High solubility of alumina in the tetragonal zirconia (up to 28.6 at% Al{sup 3+}) and stabilization of tetragonal zirconia solid solution up to high temperature (as high as 1150 deg. C) were also confirmed.

  13. Dependence of viscosity of suspensions of ceramic nanopowders in ethyl alcohol on concentration and temperature

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    2012-01-01

    This work presents results of measurements of viscosity of suspensions including yttrium oxide (Y2O3), yttrium aluminum garnet (Y3Al5O12) and magnesium aluminum spinel (MgAl2O4) nanopowders in ethanol. Nanoparticles used in our research were either commercially available (Baikowski) or nanopowders newly developed in the Institute of Ceramics and Building Materials in Warsaw, Poland. The study was conducted in a wide range of shear rates (0.01 to 2,000 s−1) and temperature interval from -15°C to 20°C. A Haake Mars 2 rheometer from Thermo Fisher, Germany, was used in the Biophysics Laboratory at Rzeszów University of Technology. Most of the samples show a non-Newtonian behaviour. It was confirmed with a Rheo-NMR system from Bruker that 10% by weight of Y2O3 suspension is a non-Newtonian fluid. In this work, we also report an unexpected behaviour of the viscosity of some samples (Y2O3 and Y3Al5O12) due to sedimentation effect. PMID:22824064

  14. Synthesis and characterization of NiO nanopowder by sol-gel process

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    Ningsih, Sherly Kasuma Warda

    2015-09-30

    Preparation of nickel oxide (NiO) nanopowder by sol-gel process has been studied. NiO nanopowders were obtained by sol-gel method by using nickel nitrate hexahydrate and sodium hydroxide and aquadest were used as precursor, agent precipitator and solvent, respectively. The powders were formed by drying at 110°C and followed by heating in the furnace at 400°C for 1.5 hours. The product was obtained black powder. The product was characterized by Energy Dispesive X-ray Fluorescence (ED-XRF), X-ray diffraction (XRD) and Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM). The ED-XRF pattern shows the composition of NiO produced was 97.1%. The XRD pattern showed NiO forms were produced generally in monoclinic stucture. The crystalline size of NiO was obtained in the range 40-85 nm. SEM micrograph clearly showed that powder had a spherical with uniform distribution size is 0.1-1.0 µm approximately.

  15. Synthesis and characterization of NiO nanopowder by sol-gel process

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    Ningsih, Sherly Kasuma Warda

    2015-09-01

    Preparation of nickel oxide (NiO) nanopowder by sol-gel process has been studied. NiO nanopowders were obtained by sol-gel method by using nickel nitrate hexahydrate and sodium hydroxide and aquadest were used as precursor, agent precipitator and solvent, respectively. The powders were formed by drying at 110°C and followed by heating in the furnace at 400°C for 1.5 hours. The product was obtained black powder. The product was characterized by Energy Dispesive X-ray Fluorescence (ED-XRF), X-ray diffraction (XRD) and Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM). The ED-XRF pattern shows the composition of NiO produced was 97.1%. The XRD pattern showed NiO forms were produced generally in monoclinic stucture. The crystalline size of NiO was obtained in the range 40-85 nm. SEM micrograph clearly showed that powder had a spherical with uniform distribution size is 0.1-1.0 µm approximately.

  16. Dependence of viscosity of suspensions of ceramic nanopowders in ethyl alcohol on concentration and temperature.

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    Zyła, Gaweł; Cholewa, Marian; Witek, Adam

    2012-01-01

    : This work presents results of measurements of viscosity of suspensions including yttrium oxide (Y2O3), yttrium aluminum garnet (Y3Al5O12) and magnesium aluminum spinel (MgAl2O4) nanopowders in ethanol. Nanoparticles used in our research were either commercially available (Baikowski) or nanopowders newly developed in the Institute of Ceramics and Building Materials in Warsaw, Poland. The study was conducted in a wide range of shear rates (0.01 to 2,000 s-1) and temperature interval from -15°C to 20°C. A Haake Mars 2 rheometer from Thermo Fisher, Germany, was used in the Biophysics Laboratory at Rzeszów University of Technology. Most of the samples show a non-Newtonian behaviour. It was confirmed with a Rheo-NMR system from Bruker that 10% by weight of Y2O3 suspension is a non-Newtonian fluid. In this work, we also report an unexpected behaviour of the viscosity of some samples (Y2O3 and Y3Al5O12) due to sedimentation effect. PMID:22824064

  17. Three-dimensional simulations of nanopowder compaction processes by granular dynamics method

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    Boltachev, G. Sh.; Lukyashin, K. E.; Shitov, V. A.; Volkov, N. B.

    2013-07-01

    In order to describe and to study the processes of cold compaction within the discrete element method a three-dimensional model of nanosized powder is developed. The elastic forces of repulsion, the tangential forces of “friction” (Cattaneo-Mindlin), and the dispersion forces of attraction (van der Waals-Hamaker), as well as the formation and destruction of hard bonds between the individual particles are taken into account. The monosized powders with the size of particles in the range 10-40 nm are simulated. The simulation results are compared to the experimental data of the alumina nanopowders compaction. It is shown that the model allows us to reproduce experimental data reliably and, in particular, describes the size effect in the compaction processes. A number of different external loading conditions is used in order to perform the theoretical and experimental researches. The uniaxial compaction (the closed-die compaction), the biaxial (radial) compaction, and the isotropic compaction (the cold isostatic pressing) are studied. The real and computed results are in a good agreement with each other. They reveal a weak sensitivity of the oxide nanopowders to the loading condition (compaction geometry). The application of the continuum theory of the plastically hardening porous body, which is usually used for the description of powders, is discussed.

  18. Low temperature synthesis of pure cubic ZrO2 nanopowder: Structural and luminescence studies

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    Prakashbabu, D.; Hari Krishna, R.; Nagabhushana, B. M.; Nagabhushana, H.; Shivakumara, C.; Chakradar, R. P. S.; Ramalingam, H. B.; Sharma, S. C.; Chandramohan, R.

    2014-03-01

    Pure cubic zirconia (ZrO2) nanopowder is prepared for the first time by simple low temperature solution combustion method without calcination. The product is characterized by Powder X-ray Diffraction (PXRD), Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM), Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM), Fourier Transform Infra Red spectroscopy (FTIR) and Ultraviolet-Visible spectroscopy (UV-Vis). The PXRD showed the formation of pure stable cubic ZrO2 nanopowders with average crystallite size ranging from 6 to 12 nm. The lattice parameters were calculated from Rietveld refinement method. SEM micrograph shows fluffy, mesoporous, agglomerated particles with large number of voids. TEM micrograph shows honey comb like arrangement of particles with particle size ∼10 nm. The PL emission spectrum excited at 210 nm and 240 nm consists of intense bands centered at ∼365 and ∼390 nm. Both the samples show shoulder peak at ∼420 nm, along with four weak emission bands at ∼484, ∼528, ∼614 and ∼726 nm. TL studies were carried out pre-irradiating samples with γ-rays ranging from 1 to 5 KGy at room temperature. A well resolved glow peak at 377 °C is recorded which can be ascribed to deep traps. With increase in γ radiation there is linear increase in TL intensity which shows the possible use of ZrO2 as dosimetric material.

  19. EGCG assisted green synthesis of ZnO nanopowders: Photodegradative, antimicrobial and antioxidant activities

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    Suresh, D.; Udayabhanu; Nethravathi, P. C.; Lingaraju, K.; Rajanaika, H.; Sharma, S. C.; Nagabhushana, H.

    2015-02-01

    Zinc oxide nanopowders were synthesized by solution combustion method using Epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) a tea catechin as fuel. The structure and morphology of the product was characterized by Powder X-ray Diffraction, Scanning Electron Microscopy, photoluminescence and UV-Visible spectroscopy. The nanopowders (Nps) were subjected to photocatalytic and biological activities such as antimicrobial and antioxidant studies. PXRD patterns demonstrate that the formed product belongs to hexagonal wurtzite system. SEM images show that the particles are agglomerated to form sponge like structure and the average crystallite sizes were found to be ∼10-20 nm. PL spectra exhibit broad and strong peak at 590 nm due to the Zn-vacancies, and O-vacancies. The prepared ZnO Nps exhibit excellent photocatalytic activity for the photodegradation of malachite green (MG) and methylene blue (MB) indicating that the ZnO NPs are potential photocatalytic semiconductor materials. ZnO NPs exhibit significant bactericidal activity against Klebsiella aerogenes, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Escherichia coli and Staphylococcus aureus using the agar well diffusion method. Furthermore, the ZnO nano powders show good antioxidant activity by potentially scavenging DPPH radicals. The study successfully demonstrates synthesis of ZnO NPs by simple ecofriendly route employing EGCG as fuel that exhibit superior photodegradative, antibacterial and antioxidant activities.

  20. Synthesis and characterization of InNbO₄ nanopowder for gas sensors.

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    Balamurugan, C; Vijayakumar, E; Subramania, A

    2012-01-15

    Indium niobate (InNbO(4)) nanopowder was prepared by a comparatively low temperature niobium citrate complex process. The prepared InNbO(4) was characterized by thermal analysis, X-ray diffraction analysis (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy, diffuse reflectance spectroscopy (DRS), and impedance studies. It revealed that the well crystalline monoclinic InNbO(4) nanopowder was obtained at the calcination temperature of 600°C. The average particle diameter was 22nm. The optical band gap was found to be 2.66eV. The temperature dependent conductivity obeyed Arrhenius relation. The activation energy of the conductivity process was calculated to be 0.43eV. The gas sensing behaviour of the prepared InNbO(4) was studied by measuring the change in resistance of the sensor material as a function of various concentrations of the test gases such as liquid petroleum gas (LPG), ammonia (NH(3)) and ethanol (C(2)H(5)OH) at their optimized operating temperature. InNbO(4) had a better sensitivity to LPG (0.97) and NH(3) (0.70) gas than ethanol (0.46). The sensor responses of InNbO(4) as a function of gas concentrations and with recovery time were also studied in detail. PMID:22265476

  1. Employing Ti nano-powder dielectric to enhance surface characteristics in electrical discharge machining of AISI D2 steel

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    Marashi, Houriyeh; Sarhan, Ahmed A. D.; Hamdi, Mohd

    2015-12-01

    Manufacturing components with superior surface characteristics is challenging when electrical discharge machining (EDM) is employed for mass production. The aim of this research is to enhance the characteristics of AISI D2 steel surface machined with EDM through adding Ti nano-powder to dielectric under various machining parameters, including discharge duration (Ton) and peak current (I). Surface roughness profilometer, FESEM and AFM analysis were utilized to reveal the machined surface characteristics in terms of surface roughness, surface morphology and surface micro-defects. Moreover, EDX analysis was performed in order to evaluate the atomic deposition of Ti nano-powder on the surface. The concentration of Ti nano-powder in dielectric was also examined using ESEM and EDX. According to the results, the addition of Ti nano-powder to dielectric notably enhanced the surface morphology and surface roughness at all machining parameters except Ton = 340 μs. Of these parameters, maximum enhancement was observed at Ton = 210 μs, where the material removal rate and average surface roughness improved by ∼69 and ∼35% for peak current of 6 and 12 A, respectively. Elemental analysis signified negligible Ti deposition on the machined surface while the atomic concentration of Ti was increased around the crack areas.

  2. Nanopowders M{sub 2}O{sub 3} (M = Y, La, Yb, Nd) with spherical particles and laser ceramics based on them

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    Bagayev, Sergei N; Kaminskii, Alexandr A; Kopylov, Yu L; Kravchenko, V B; Tolmachev, A V; Shemet, V V; Yavetskii, R P

    2013-03-31

    We have considered the problems of agglomeration of yttrium aluminium garnet (YAG) nanopowders prepared by chemical co-precipitation of precursors from aqueous solutions and subsequent calcination. To fabricate YAG and Y{sub 2}O{sub 3} laser ceramic samples with high optical transmittance and reproducible characteristics, we have developed a method for producing non-agglomerated nanopowders of pure and doped Y{sub 2}O{sub 3} by homogeneous chemical precipitation. Nanopowders Y{sub 2}O{sub 3} with La and Yb as well as mixtures of Y{sub 2}O{sub 3} : Nd and several commercial nanopowders of aluminium oxide have been compacted; optimised compacting technique have been selected; ceramic samples (Y, La, Yb){sub 2}O{sub 3} and YAG : Nd with high optical transmittance at a wavelength of 1 {mu}m have been produced by solid-phase synthesis. (extreme light fields and their applications)

  3. Effect of solution combusted TiO2 nanopowder within commercial BaTiO3 dielectric layer on the photoelectric properties for AC powder electroluminescence devices.

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    Park, Sung; Choi, Gil Rak; Kim, Youn Cheol; Lee, Jae Chun; Lee, Ju Hyeon

    2013-05-01

    A unique synthesis method was developed, which is called solution combustion method (SCM). TiO2 nanopowder was synthesized by this method. This SCM TiO2 nanopowder (-35 nm) was added to the dielectric layer of AC powder electroluminescence (EL) device. The dielectric layer was made of commercial BaTiO3 powder (-1.2 microm) and binding polymer. 0, 5, 10 and 15 wt% of SCM TiO2 nanopowder was added to the dielectric layer during fabrication of AC powder EL device respectively. Dielectric constant of these four kinds of dielectric layers was measured. The brightness and current density of AC powder EL device were also measured. When 10 wt% of SCM TiO2 nanopowder was added, dielectric constant and brightness were increased by 30% and 101% respectively. Furthermore, the current density was decreased by 71%. This means that the brightness was double and the power consumption was one third. PMID:23858874

  4. Stable Co-Catalyst-Free Photocatalytic H2 Evolution From Oxidized Titanium Nitride Nanopowders.

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    Zhou, Xuemei; Zolnhofer, Eva M; Nguyen, Nhat Truong; Liu, Ning; Meyer, Karsten; Schmuki, Patrik

    2015-11-01

    A simple strategy is used to thermally oxidize TiN nanopowder (∼20 nm) to an anatase phase of a TiO2:Ti(3+):N compound. In contrast to the rutile phase of such a compound, this photocatalyst provides activity for hydrogen evolution under AM1.5 conditions, without the use of any noble metal co-catalyst. Moreover the photocatalyst is active and stable over extended periods of time (tested for 4 months). Importantly, to achieve successful conversion to the active anatase polymorph, sufficiently small starting particles of TiN are needed. The key factor for catalysis is the stabilization of the co-catalytically active Ti(3+) species against oxidation by nitrogen present in the starting material. PMID:26427346

  5. Preparation and Characterization of Fine-Particle NTO and Its Formulation with Al Nanopowders

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    Lee, K.-Y.; Kennedy, J. E.; Asay, B. W.; Son, S. F.; Martin, E. S.

    2004-07-01

    We have initiated study of the effect of nano-aluminum on the detonation performance of NTO. A novel method for the preparation of both fine-particle NTO (UF-NTO) and its formulation with Al nanopowder has been developed. Results from small-scale sensitivity tests on both the UF-NTO and aluminized NTO composite indicated that they are insensitive to impact, friction and HESD. The performance of both UF-NTO and NTO/Al mix was evaluated by detonation-spreading floret tests. At the same pressed density, it was found that, when initiated by a 3-mm-diameter flyer plate, the aluminized NTO composite produced a shallower dent on a copper witness plate than neat UF-NTO and thus was inferior to UF-NTO in detonation spreading.

  6. The effect of calcination temperature on the crystallinity of TiO 2 nanopowders

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    Chen, Yung-Fang; Lee, Chi-Young; Yeng, Ming-Yu; Chiu, Hsin-Tien

    2003-01-01

    TiO 2 nanopowders have been prepared using 0.1 M titanium tetraisopropoxide (TTIP) in varied pH aqueous solution containing TMC and NP-204 surfactants. Only the powder acquired from a solution of pH=2 has a regular particle size distribution. Anatase phase powders are obtained by calcination in nitrogen in the 250-500°C temperature range. When calcined at 400°C, the diameter of the nanoparticles is approximately 10 nm with a specific surface area of 106.9 m 2/g. As the calcination temperature is increased, the particle size increases. Rutile phase powders are formed at calcination temperatures above 600°C.

  7. Acetone Sensing Properties of a Gas Sensor Composed of Carbon Nanotubes Doped With Iron Oxide Nanopowder

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    Tan, Qiulin; Fang, Jiahua; Liu, Wenyi; Xiong, Jijun; Zhang, Wendong

    2015-01-01

    Iron oxide (Fe2O3) nanopowder was prepared by a precipitation method and then mixed with different proportions of carbon nanotubes. The composite materials were characterized by X-ray powder diffraction, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy and scanning electron microscopy. A fabricated heater-type gas sensor was compared with a pure Fe2O3 gas sensor under the influence of acetone. The effects of the amount of doping, the sintering temperature, and the operating temperature on the response of the sensor and the response recovery time were analyzed. Experiments show that doping of carbon nanotubes with iron oxide effectively improves the response of the resulting gas sensors to acetone gas. It also reduces the operating temperature and shortens the response recovery time of the sensor. The response of the sensor in an acetone gas concentration of 80 ppm was enhanced, with good repeatability. PMID:26569253

  8. Modelling of laser welding of flat parts using the modifying nanopowders

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    Cherepanov, A. N.; Shapeev, V. P.

    2013-06-01

    A mathematical model is formulated to describe thermophysical processes at laser welding of metal plates for the case when the modifying nanoparticles of refractory compounds have been introduced in the weld pool (the nanopowder seed cultrure fermenters — NSCF). Specially prepared nanoparticles of refractory compounds serve the crystallization centers that is they are in fact the exogenous primers, on the surface of which the individual clusters are grouped. Owing to this, one can control the process of the crystallization of the alloy and the formation of its structure and, consequently, the joint weld properties. As an example, we present the results of computing the butt welding of two plates of aluminum alloy and steel. Computed and experimental data are compared.

  9. Magnetic nanopowder as effective adsorbent for the removal of Congo Red from aqueous solution.

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    Paşka, O; Ianoş, R; Păcurariu, C; Brădeanu, A

    2014-01-01

    A magnetic iron oxide nanopowder (MnP), prepared by a simple and efficient combustion synthesis technique, was tested for the removal of the anionic dye Congo Red (CR) from aqueous solution. The influence of solution pH, adsorbent dose, temperature, contact time and initial dye concentration on the adsorption of CR onto MnP were investigated. It was shown that the CR adsorption was pH dependent and the adsorption mechanism was governed by electrostatic forces. The adsorption kinetic was best described by the pseudo-second-order model and the equilibrium data were well fitted to the Langmuir isotherm, yielding maximum adsorption capacity of 54.46 mg g(-1). The undeniable advantages of the MnP adsorbent such as inexpensive preparation method, good adsorption capacity and easy separation using an external magnetic field, recommend it as a promising candidate for the removal of anionic dyes from polluted water. PMID:24647189

  10. Effect of BaTiO3 Nanopowder Concentration on Rheological Behaviour of Ceramic Inkjet Inks

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    Kyrpal, R.; Dulina, I.; Ragulya, A.

    2015-04-01

    The relationship between rheological properties of ceramic inkjet inks based on BaTiO3 nanopowder and solid phase concentration has been investigated. In the ink volume takes place the formation periodic colloidal structures (PCS). The determining factor of structure formation is powder-dispersant ratio. Structural constitution of in the system with the low pigment concentration represented as PCS2, that contains solid particles in deflocculated that stabilized by the presence of adsorption-solvate layers. Dilatant structure formation for such inks explained by constrained conditions of the interaction. Samples with high BaTiO3 concentration have been classified as PKS1. Dilatant properties of the PKS1 resulted in particles rearrangement under the influence of the flow. In the region of some values powder-dispersant ratio take place conversation PKS2 to PKS1 and ink structure transformation from monodisperse to aggregate state.

  11. Acoustic Properties of Polyurethane Composition Reinforced with Carbon Nanotubes and Silicon Oxide Nano-powder

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    Orfali, Wasim A.

    This article demonstrates the acoustic properties of added small amount of carbon-nanotube and siliconoxide nano powder (S-type, P-Type) to the host material polyurethane composition. By adding CNT and/or nano-silica in the form of powder at different concentrations up to 2% within the PU composition to improve the sound absorption were investigated in the frequency range up to 1600 Hz. Sound transmission loss measurement of the samples were determined using large impedance tube. The tests showed that addition of 0.2 wt.% Silicon Oxide Nano-powder and 0.35 wt.% carbon nanotube to polyurethane composition improved sound transmissions loss (Sound Absorption) up to 80 dB than that of pure polyurethane foam sample.

  12. Preparation, structural and optical characterization of ZnO, ZnO: Al nanopowder

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    Mohan, R. Raj; Rajendran, K.; Sambath, K.

    2014-01-28

    In this paper, ZnO and ZnO:Al nanopowders have been synthesized by low cost hydrothermal method. Zinc nitrate, hexamethylenetetramine (HMT) and aluminium nitrate are used as precursors for ZnO and AZO with different molar ratios. The structural and optical characterization of doped and un-doped ZnO powders have been investigated by X-ray diffraction (XRD), Scanning electron microscopy (SEM), Energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDAX), photoluminescence (PL) and ultra violet visible (UV-Vis) absorption studies. The SEM results show that the hydrothermal synthesis can be used to obtain nanoparticles with different morphology. It is observed that the grain size of the AZO nanoparticles increased with increasing of Al concentration. The PL measurement of AZO shows that broad range of green emission around 550nm with high intensity. The green emission resulted mainly because of intrinsic defects.

  13. Molten salt synthesis and localized surface plasmon resonance study of vanadium dioxide nanopowders

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    Wang Fu; Liu Yun; Liu Chunyan

    2009-12-15

    Rutile-type vanadium dioxide nanopowders with four different sizes were successfully synthesized by carbothermal reducing V{sub 2}O{sub 5} in KCl-LiCl molten salt. XRD and TEM characterizations suggested that vanadium dioxide particles formed by a broken and reunited process of vanadium oxide. Molten salt and organic carbon sources are crucial to the size of final particles. In the presence of the molten salt, the organic carbon with a shorter chain length would induce smaller particles. The UV-VIS-IR spectral measurements for as-prepared vanadium dioxide announced an obvious localized surface plasmon resonance band in the near infrared region at 90 deg. C. - Graphical abstract: Schematic illustration of the formation mechanism of VO{sub 2}(M) nanoparticles in molten salt, particles size can be controlled by choosing organic carbon sources with different chain length.

  14. Green approach for the synthesis and characterization of ZrSnO4 nanopowder

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    Athar, Taimur; Vishwakarma, Sandeep Kumar; Bardia, Avinash; Alabass, Razzaq; Alqarlosy, Ahmed; Khan, Aleem Ahmed

    2016-06-01

    Well-defined structural framework of ZrSnO4 nanopowder has been synthesized for the fabrications of cost-effective and sensitive devices which give final reproducible result with reliability under ideal conditions. The synthesis was carried out at moderate temperature and then finally dried in the laboratory oven and then followed with calcination at 1000 °C for 4 h to get phase selective product. It was observed that gelation time depends on the concentration of reactants and temperature. The characterization of ZrSnO4 was carried out with XRD, SEM, TEM, UV, thermal analysis, DLS and FT-IR techniques. With adjustment of reaction parameters, the systematic tuning of the particle size, shape and functional properties can be controlled. It was concluded that self-assembly is an integral part for the synthesis and opens a new exciting opportunity for better understanding the formation of nanostructure framework from micro- to nanoscale along with mechanistic via wet chemical approach. ZrSnO4 has vital role in identifying its potential cytotoxicity in the biological systems. The cytotoxicity effects of ZrSnO4 nanopowder in vitro were evaluated in three different human cell types (hepatocytes, mesenchymal stem cells and neuronal cells). Acute exposure of nanoparticles was found to have greater cytotoxic effect at higher concentration (30 µg/ml). However, partial detoxification was observed during nanoparticles exposure at day 6. The study concluded that an initial stress from nanoparticles incorporates sealing or detoxification of nanoparticles which may help to recover cell viability.

  15. Physicochemical and sensory properties of milk supplemented with dispersible nanopowdered oyster shell during storage.

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    Lee, Y K; Ahn, S I; Chang, Y H; Kwak, H S

    2015-09-01

    The current study was carried out to investigate the dispersibility of powdered oyster shell (POS), nanopowdered oyster shell (NPOS), and Zn-activated nanopowdered oyster shell (Zn-NPOS) in milk and to determine effects of adding oyster shell on the physicochemical and sensory properties of milk during storage at 4°C for 16 d. To ensure dispersibility, 10% (wt/vol) oyster shell was added to distilled water and stirred at 800 rpm for 2 h, and then the emulsifier 0.5% polyglycerol monostearate (PGMS) was added and stirred continually for 24 h. The particle sizes of POS, NPOS, and Zn-NPOS were 180μm, 389 nm, and 257 nm, respectively. The pH values of all milk samples ranged from 6.62 to 6.88 during storage, and the zeta-potential of milks with NPOS and Zn-NPOS added were more stable than that of milk with POS in low concentrations (0.5 and 1.0%, vol/vol) during storage. The L and a color values of the milks were not significantly influenced by treatment; however, the b value (yellow-blue color) significantly increased during storage after adding POS, NPOS, or Zn-NPOS. Sensory analysis revealed that sedimentation score significantly increased with POS-supplemented milk, but the NPOS- and Zn-NPOS-supplemented milks did not show sedimentation until after 8 d of storage. Based on the data obtained, we conclude that dispersible nanosized oyster shell at concentrations of 0.5 and 1.0% (vol/vol) could be supplemented to milk without significant adverse effects on physicochemical and sensory properties. PMID:26162797

  16. Combustion synthesis, characterization and Raman studies of ZnO nanopowders

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    Reddy, A. Jagannatha; Kokila, M. K.; Nagabhushana, H.; Rao, J. L.; Shivakumara, C.; Nagabhushana, B. M.; Chakradhar, R. P. S.

    2011-10-01

    Spherical shaped ZnO nanopowders (14-50 nm) were synthesized by a low temperature solution combustion method in a short time <5 min. Rietveld analysis show that ZnO has hexagonal wurtzite structure with lattice constants a = 3.2511(1) Å, c = 5.2076(2) Å, unit cell volume ( V) = 47.66(5) (Å) 3 and belongs to space group P63mc. SEM micrographs reveal that the particles are spherical in shape and the powders contained several voids and pores. TEM results also confirm spherical shape, with average particle size of 14-50 nm. The values are consistent with the grain sizes measured from Scherrer's method and Williamson-Hall (W-H) plots. A broad UV-vis absorption spectrum was observed at ˜375 nm which is a characteristic band for the wurtzite hexagonal pure ZnO. The optical energy band gap of 3.24 eV was observed for nanopowder which is slightly lower than that of the bulk ZnO (3.37 eV). The observed Raman peaks at 438 and 588 cm -1 were attributed to the E 2 (high) and E 1 (LO) modes respectively. The broad band at 564 cm -1 is due to disorder-activated Raman scattering for the A 1 mode. These bands are associated with the first-order Raman active modes of the ZnO phase. The weak bands observed in the range 750-1000 cm -1 are due to small defects.

  17. Polymer complex solution synthesis of (Y xGd 1- x) 2O 3:Eu 3+ nanopowders

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    Andrić, Ž.; Dramićanin, M. D.; Mitrić, M.; Jokanović, V.; Bessière, A.; Viana, B.

    2008-03-01

    Yttrium-gadolinium-europium oxide phosphors are regarded promising for many important optical applications, for example in computed tomography medical imaging and plasma displays. In this work, we investigated procedure for (Y xGd 1- x) 2O 3:Eu 3+ ( x = 0, 0.25, 0.5, 0.75 and 1) nanopowder synthesis using polymer complex solution method (PCS) based on polyethylene glycol fuel (PEG). Structural and emission properties of nanopowders are investigated by X-ray diffraction, electron microscopy and photoluminescence measurements. We obtained particles of about 40 nm having excellent structural ordering in cubic bixbyte type of structure - space group Ia3 for all mixed oxide compositions. Luminescence emission measurements exposed characteristic transition of the trivalent europium ion incorporated into insulating host. 5D 1 and 5D 0 decay time values are measured to obtain information on different kinetic processes occurring for these two emitting levels.

  18. Application of neural network technique to planetary milling process for the production of ZnO nanopowders

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    Lemine, O. M.; Hiazaa, A. F.; Louly, M. A.; Al-Ahmari, A. M.

    2011-10-01

    An artificial-neural-network (ANN) model was developed to estimate the crystalline size of ZnO nanopowder as a function on the planetary milling parameters such as balls to powder ratio and rotation speed. This nanopowder was synthesized by mechanical milling and the required data for training were collected from the experimental results. The synthesized ZnO nanoparticles are characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD). It was found that artificial neural network was very effective providing a perfect agreement between the outcomes of ANN modeling and experimental results. An optimization model is then developed to find the best milling parameters (rotation speed and balls to powder ratio) producing the minimal average crystalline size.

  19. Electrical and optical properties of SrTiO3 nanopowders: Effect of different dopants Ba and Ag

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    Ghasemifard, Mahdi; Ghamari, Misagh; Iziy, Meysam

    2016-05-01

    Using strontium-titanium salts precursor, nanopowders (STO-based-NPs) were successfully synthesized by controlled gel-combustion method. Citric and nitric acids in an optimum ratio were used as the fuel and oxidizer agents, respectively. After heat treatment at 850∘C, the crystalline structure of the products was investigated by X-ray diffraction. The effects of Ba and Ag dopants on particle size distribution were discussed by transmission electron microscopy (TEM). The optical and dielectric parameters such as energy band gap (Eg), real and imaginary parts of refractive index, dielectric function and energy loss function of nanopowders have been investigated by UV-Vis and FTIR spectra. The band gap of SrTiO3 increased with increasing Ba, Ag and Ba-Ag. Different atomic radii of dopants are responsible for changing optical and dielectric parameters due to the altered orbital configuration of the lattice structure.

  20. Ammonia sensing properties of V-doped ZnO:Ca nanopowders prepared by sol–gel synthesis

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    Fazio, E.; Hjiri, M.; Dhahri, R.; El Mir, L.; Sabatino, G.; Barreca, F.; Neri, F.; Leonardi, S.G.; Pistone, A.; Neri, G.

    2015-03-15

    V-doped ZnO:Ca nanopowders with different V loading were prepared by sol–gel synthesis and successive drying in ethanol under supercritical conditions. Characterization data of nanopowders annealed at 700 °C in air, revealed that they have the wurtzite structure. Raman features of V-doped ZnO:Ca samples were found to be substantially modified with respect to pure ZnO or binary ZnO:Ca samples, which indicate the substitution of vanadium ions in the ZnO lattice. The ammonia sensing properties of V-doped ZnO:Ca thick films were also investigated. The results obtained demonstrate the possibility of a fine tuning of the sensing characteristics of ZnO-based sensors by Ca and V doping. In particular, their combined effect has brought to an enhanced response towards NH{sub 3} compared to bare ZnO and binary V-ZnO and Ca-ZnO samples. Raman investigation suggested that the presence of Ca play a key role in enhancing the sensor response in these ternary composite nanomaterials. - Graphical abstract: V-doped ZnO:Ca nanopowders prepared by sol–gel synthesis possess enhanced sensing characteristics towards NH{sub 3} compared to bare ZnO. - Highlights: • V-doped ZnO:Ca nanopowders with different V loading were prepared by sol–gel synthesis. • Raman features of V-doped ZnO:Ca samples indicate the substitution of V ions in the ZnO lattice. • Combined effects of dopants have brought to an enhanced response to NH{sub 3} compared to ZnO. • Ca play a key role in enhancing the sensor response of ternary V-doped ZnO:Ca composites.

  1. Synthesis of nanostructured framework of novel ZnBaO2 nanopowder via wet chemical approach and hepatocytotoxicity response

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    Athar, Taimur; Vishwakarma, Sandeep Kumar; Alabass, Razzaq; Alqaralosy, Ahmed; Khan, Aleem Ahmed

    2016-08-01

    Wet synthetic process is an effective and facile method at low cost, environmentally benign process for easy scaling-up and then used for fabrication of multi-utility devices. Self-assembling of nanobrick leads to architecture framework with new functional properties which help to make its vast applications as nanodevices with their intrinsic shape, size and functional properties. The bimetallic oxide nanostructure with phase structure was characterized by FTIR, UV-visible electronic absorption, XRD, thermal studies, SEM, TEM, DLS and fluorescence. Nanocrystalline ZnBaO2 powder can be used due to its chemical stability and excellent transmission in the visible region. It was observed that the annealing rate plays an important role to redefine the structural and other physicochemical properties which finally help to change gel into crystalline functional properties with porosity. Wet chemical approach can be used for the synthesis of other metal oxide nanopowders which can be easily scale up for production level. Along with synthesis and characterization, we also assessed biological responses of human hepatocytes exposed to ZnBaO2 nanopowder. Cell membrane permeability and ammonia detoxification were investigated against various concentrations of nanoparticles on in vitro cultured hepatocytes. Our results suggest that low concentrations (<40 μg/ml) of ZnBaO2 nanopowder have no cytotoxic effect on hepatocytes viability, proliferation and detoxification, whereas concentrations above 40 μg/ml depict significant toxicity on cells.

  2. Synthesis of nanostructured framework of novel ZnBaO2 nanopowder via wet chemical approach and hepatocytotoxicity response

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    Athar, Taimur; Vishwakarma, Sandeep Kumar; Alabass, Razzaq; Alqaralosy, Ahmed; Khan, Aleem Ahmed

    2015-09-01

    Wet synthetic process is an effective and facile method at low cost, environmentally benign process for easy scaling-up and then used for fabrication of multi-utility devices. Self-assembling of nanobrick leads to architecture framework with new functional properties which help to make its vast applications as nanodevices with their intrinsic shape, size and functional properties. The bimetallic oxide nanostructure with phase structure was characterized by FTIR, UV-visible electronic absorption, XRD, thermal studies, SEM, TEM, DLS and fluorescence. Nanocrystalline ZnBaO2 powder can be used due to its chemical stability and excellent transmission in the visible region. It was observed that the annealing rate plays an important role to redefine the structural and other physicochemical properties which finally help to change gel into crystalline functional properties with porosity. Wet chemical approach can be used for the synthesis of other metal oxide nanopowders which can be easily scale up for production level. Along with synthesis and characterization, we also assessed biological responses of human hepatocytes exposed to ZnBaO2 nanopowder. Cell membrane permeability and ammonia detoxification were investigated against various concentrations of nanoparticles on in vitro cultured hepatocytes. Our results suggest that low concentrations (<40 μg/ml) of ZnBaO2 nanopowder have no cytotoxic effect on hepatocytes viability, proliferation and detoxification, whereas concentrations above 40 μg/ml depict significant toxicity on cells.

  3. ZnO nanopowder induced light scattering for improved visualization of emission sites in carbon nanotube films and arrays.

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    Mesko, Marcel; Ou, Qiongrong; Matsuda, Takafumi; Ishikawa, Tomokazu; Veis, Martin; Antos, Roman; Ogino, Akihisa; Nagatsu, Masaaki

    2009-06-24

    We report on ZnO nanopowder induced light scattering for improved visualization of emission sites in carbon nanotube films and arrays. We observed a significant reduction of the internal multiple light scattering phenomena, which are characteristic for ZnO micropowders. The microsized grains of the commercially available ZnO:Zn (P 15) were reduced to the nanometre scale by pulsed laser ablation at an oxygen ambient pressure of 10 kPa. Our investigations show no crystalline change and no shift of the broad green emission peak at 500 nm for the ZnO nanopowder. For the application in field emission displays, we demonstrate the possibility of achieving cathodoluminescence with a fine pitch size of 100 microm of the patterned pixels without requiring additional electron beam focusing and without a black matrix. Moreover, the presented results show the feasibility of employing ZnO nanopowder as a detection material for the phosphorus screen method, which is able to localize emission sites of carbon nanotube films and arrays with an accuracy comparable to scanning anode field emission microscopy. PMID:19487805

  4. ZnO nanopowder induced light scattering for improved visualization of emission sites in carbon nanotube films and arrays

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    Meško, Marcel; Ou, Qiongrong; Matsuda, Takafumi; Ishikawa, Tomokazu; Veis, Martin; Antoš, Roman; Ogino, Akihisa; Nagatsu, Masaaki

    2009-06-01

    We report on ZnO nanopowder induced light scattering for improved visualization of emission sites in carbon nanotube films and arrays. We observed a significant reduction of the internal multiple light scattering phenomena, which are characteristic for ZnO micropowders. The microsized grains of the commercially available ZnO:Zn (P 15) were reduced to the nanometre scale by pulsed laser ablation at an oxygen ambient pressure of 10 kPa. Our investigations show no crystalline change and no shift of the broad green emission peak at 500 nm for the ZnO nanopowder. For the application in field emission displays, we demonstrate the possibility of achieving cathodoluminescence with a fine pitch size of 100 µm of the patterned pixels without requiring additional electron beam focusing and without a black matrix. Moreover, the presented results show the feasibility of employing ZnO nanopowder as a detection material for the phosphorus screen method, which is able to localize emission sites of carbon nanotube films and arrays with an accuracy comparable to scanning anode field emission microscopy.

  5. Selective recovery of pure copper nanopowder from indium-tin-oxide etching wastewater by various wet chemical reduction process: Understanding their chemistry and comparisons of sustainable valorization processes.

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    Swain, Basudev; Mishra, Chinmayee; Hong, Hyun Seon; Cho, Sung-Soo

    2016-05-01

    Sustainable valorization processes for selective recovery of pure copper nanopowder from Indium-Tin-Oxide (ITO) etching wastewater by various wet chemical reduction processes, their chemistry has been investigated and compared. After the indium recovery by solvent extraction from ITO etching wastewater, the same is also an environmental challenge, needs to be treated before disposal. After the indium recovery, ITO etching wastewater contains 6.11kg/m(3) of copper and 1.35kg/m(3) of aluminum, pH of the solution is very low converging to 0 and contain a significant amount of chlorine in the media. In this study, pure copper nanopowder was recovered using various reducing reagents by wet chemical reduction and characterized. Different reducing agents like a metallic, an inorganic acid and an organic acid were used to understand reduction behavior of copper in the presence of aluminum in a strong chloride medium of the ITO etching wastewater. The effect of a polymer surfactant Polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP), which was included to prevent aggregation, to provide dispersion stability and control the size of copper nanopowder was investigated and compared. The developed copper nanopowder recovery techniques are techno-economical feasible processes for commercial production of copper nanopowder in the range of 100-500nm size from the reported facilities through a one-pot synthesis. By all the process reported pure copper nanopowder can be recovered with>99% efficiency. After the copper recovery, copper concentration in the wastewater reduced to acceptable limit recommended by WHO for wastewater disposal. The process is not only beneficial for recycling of copper, but also helps to address environment challenged posed by ITO etching wastewater. From a complex wastewater, synthesis of pure copper nanopowder using various wet chemical reduction route and their comparison is the novelty of this recovery process. PMID:26918838

  6. Proton beam effects on phenolic-based composites reinforced with nanopowders

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    Chhay, B.; Minamisawa, R.; Zheng, B.; Budak, S.; Ila, D.

    2007-08-01

    We have introduced various nanopowders in the precursor of glassy polymeric carbon (GPC) and studied the electrical properties as well as the chemical structure. In general the GPC ware produced at Alabama A&M University (AAMU) is used for making crucibles, heat exchangers and for prosthetic devices because of its biocompatibility and inertness. GPC ware at AAMU is synthesized from a phenolic resin solution from Georgia Pacific in a pyrolyzer system at temperatures between 100 °C and 2800 °C. The heat treatment includes several stages: gelling, curing, postcuring, precarbonization and carbonization. The fabrication of GPC is complicated because of the high production rate of gaseous products in critical temperature ranges where out-diffusion is relatively slow. Special care should be taken in temperature programming to avoid kilning faults and misshapen or porous GPC end results [H. Maleki, L.R. Holland, G.M. Jenkins, et al., Carbon 35 (1997) 227]. In this work we have introduced 1 wt% of SiC, carbon nanotubes (CNT) and Al2O3 to the precursor, pyrolyzed composites to 1000 °C and studied the effect of 1 MeV and 3 MeV proton bombardment on the final products.

  7. Irradiation creep of nano-powder sintered silicon carbide at low neutron fluences

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    Koyanagi, T.; Shimoda, K.; Kondo, S.; Hinoki, T.; Ozawa, K.; Katoh, Y.

    2014-12-01

    The irradiation creep behavior of nano-powder sintered silicon carbide was investigated using the bend stress relaxation method under neutron irradiation up to 1.9 dpa. The creep deformation was observed at all temperatures ranging from 380 to 1180 °C mainly from the irradiation creep but with the increasing contributions from the thermal creep at higher temperatures. The apparent stress exponent of the irradiation creep slightly exceeded unity, and instantaneous creep coefficient at 380-790 °C was estimated to be ∼1 × 10-5 [MPa-1 dpa-1] at ∼0.1 dpa and 1 × 10-7 to 1 × 10-6 [MPa-1 dpa-1] at ∼1 dpa. The irradiation creep strain appeared greater than that for the high purity SiC. Microstructural observation and data analysis indicated that the grain-boundary sliding associated with the secondary phases contributes to the irradiation creep at 380-790 °C to 0.01-0.11 dpa.

  8. TiO 2 nanopowders doped with boron and nitrogen for photocatalytic applications

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    Gombac, V.; De Rogatis, L.; Gasparotto, A.; Vicario, G.; Montini, T.; Barreca, D.; Balducci, G.; Fornasiero, P.; Tondello, E.; Graziani, M.

    2007-10-01

    TiO 2-based systems have attracted an increasing interest for their potential use as photocatalysts under visible-light irradiation. In this context, the present work was dedicated to the tailored synthesis of TiO 2 nanopowders doped with boron, nitrogen or both species for the photocatalytic degradation of organic dyes. In particular, the systems were synthesized by a sol-gel route starting from titanium(IV) butoxide as a Ti source and thoroughly characterized by the combined use of N 2 physisorption, X-ray diffraction (XRD), Raman spectroscopy, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), UV-Vis reflectance spectroscopy and temperature-programmed oxidation (TPO). Finally, the photocatalytic performances in the decomposition of the azo-dye methyl orange (MO) were investigated. The obtained results suggest that both dopants promote the photocatalytic activity with respect to pure TiO 2 systems. Nevertheless, while our surface N-doping does not appreciably modify the titania structure and texture, B incorporation inhibits the TiO 2 crystallite growth and induces an increase in the surface area. As regards the codoped systems, a remarkable reactivity improvement was observed only when B is present in excess with respect to N. A rational interpretation of the observed behaviour was attempted by calculations based on the density functional theory (DFT). We suggest that the presence of B in molar excess with respect to N generates reactive Ti(III) sites, which, in turn, might induce the formation of reactive superoxide species.

  9. Flame-driven aerosol synthesis of copper-nickel nanopowders and conductive nanoparticle films.

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    Sharma, Munish K; Qi, Di; Buchner, Raymond D; Scharmach, William J; Papavassiliou, Vasilis; Swihart, Mark T

    2014-08-27

    We report the continuous one-step synthesis of bimetallic copper-nickel nanostructured coatings by deposition and sintering of metal nanoparticles produced as an aerosol using a flame driven high temperature reducing jet (HTRJ) process. The HTRJ process allows gas-phase (aerosol) formation of metal nanoparticles from low-cost metal salt precursors. These can be collected as discrete powders for subsequent use in formulating conductive inks or for other applications. However, direct deposition of nanoparticles to form coatings allows measurements of electrical conductivity of films of deposited nanoparticles as a function of composition and sintering temperature, without actually formulating and printing inks. This is the approach taken here for the purpose of screening nanoparticle compositions quickly. We characterized the microstructure and composition of both nanopowders and films and found that their composition consistently matched the ratio of metals in the precursor solution. The electrical conductivity was highest (∼10(4) S/m) for films with 60:40 and 40:60 copper-to-nickel mass ratios. These films maintained their conductivity during extended storage (1 month) under ambient conditions. The oxidation resistance and high conductivity observed here suggest that 60:40 and 40:60 Cu:Ni nanoparticles have promise as lower cost replacements for silver nanoparticles in conductive ink formulations. PMID:25075968

  10. Magnetic structure, magnetoelastic coupling, and thermal properties of EuCrO3 nanopowders

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    Taheri, M.; Razavi, F. S.; Yamani, Z.; Flacau, R.; Reuvekamp, P. G.; Schulz, A.; Kremer, R. K.

    2016-03-01

    We carried out detailed studies of the magnetic structure, magnetoelastic coupling, and thermal properties of EuCrO3 nanopowders from room temperature to liquid helium temperature. Our neutron powder diffraction and x-ray powder diffraction measurements provide precise atomic positions of all atoms in the cell, especially for the light oxygen atoms. The low-temperature neutron powder diffraction data revealed extra Bragg peaks of magnetic origin, which can be attributed to a Gx antiferromagnetic structure with an ordered moment of ˜2.4 μB consistent with the 3 d3 electronic configuration of the Cr3 + cations. Apart from previously reported antiferromagnetic and ferromagnetic transitions in EuCrO3 at low temperatures, we also observed an anomaly at about 100 K. This anomaly was observed in the temperature dependence of the sample's, lattice parameters, thermal expansion, Raman spectroscopy, permittivity, and conductance measurements. This anomaly is attributed to the magnetoelastic distortion in the EuCrO3 crystal.

  11. Structure, nanohardness and photoluminescence of ZnO ceramics based on nanopowders

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    Muktepavela, Faina; Grigorjeva, Larisa; Kundzins, Karlis; Gorokhova, Elena; Rodnyi, Piotr

    2015-09-01

    ZnO ceramics obtained from grained powders with different grain size by hot pressing and ceramics from tetrapods nanopowders obtained by press-less sintering have been investigated under identical conditions. Ceramics obtained by hot pressing were optically transparent but were composed of large inhomogeneous grains (d = 8-35 μm) exhibiting a substructure. Decreased values of elastic modulus within a grain and a wide defect-associated (‘green’) photoluminescence (PL) band at 2.2-2.8 eV in conjunction with a weak excitonic band indicate a high concentration of residual point defects in hot pressed ZnO ceramics. Utilization of more small-grained powders contributes to the formation of more uniform microstructure (d = 5-15 μm) and extraction of point defects. This reflects as a substantially decreased defect PL band and increased excitonic band. Ceramics obtained by press-less sintering from tetrapods had fine-grained structure (d = 1-4 μm) with no signs of a substructure. PL spectrum has a narrow excitonic band with phonon replicas (1LO_ExD0), whereas the defect ‘green’ luminescence is negligible. The effects of powders morphologies have been explained in terms of a hereditary influence of interaction processes between initial particles on the formation of a microstructure and kinetic of defect distribution on the grain growth stages during the sintering of ZnO ceramics.

  12. Temperature dependence of Er3+ ionoluminescence and photoluminescence in Gd2O3:Bi nanopowder

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    Boruc, Zuzanna; Gawlik, Grzegorz; Fetliński, Bartosz; Kaczkan, Marcin; Malinowski, Michał

    2014-06-01

    Ionoluminescence (IL) and photoluminescence (PL) of trivalent erbium ions (Er3+) in Gd2O3 nanopowder host activated with Bi3+ ions has been studied in order to establish the link between changes in luminescent spectra and temperature of the sample material. IL measurements have been performed with H2+ 100 keV ion beam bombarding the target material for a few seconds, while PL spectra have been collected for temperatures ranging from 20 °C to 700 °C. The PL data was used as a reference in determining the temperature corresponding to IL spectra. The collected data enabled the definition of empirical formula based on the Boltzmann distribution, which allows the temperature to be determined with a maximum sensitivity of 9.7 × 10-3 °C-1. The analysis of the Er3+ energy level structure in terms of tendency of the system to stay in thermal equilibrium, explained different behaviors of the line intensities. This work led to the conclusion that temperature changes during ion excitation can be easily defined with separately collected PL spectra. The final result, which is empirical formula describing dependence of fluorescence intensity ratio on temperature, raises the idea of an application of method in temperature control, during processes like ion implantation and some nuclear applications.

  13. When Halides Come to Lithium Niobate Nanopowders Purity and Morphology Assistance.

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    Lamouroux, Emmanuel; Badie, Laurent; Miska, Patrice; Fort, Yves

    2016-03-01

    The preparation of pure lithium niobate nanopowders was carried out by a matrix-mediated synthesis approach. Lithium hydroxide and niobium pentachloride were used as precursors. The influence of the chemical environment was studied by adding lithium halide (LiCl or LiBr). After thermal treatment of the precursor mixture at 550 °C for 30 min, the morphology of the products was obtained from transmission electron microscopy and dynamic light scattering, whereas the crystallinity and phase purity were characterized by X-ray diffraction and UV-visible and Raman spectroscopies. Our results point out that the chemical environment during lithium niobate formation at 550 °C influences the final morphology. Moreover, direct and indirect band-gap energies have been determined from UV-visible spectroscopy. Their values for the direct-band-gap energies range from 3.97 to 4.36 eV with a slight dependence on the Li/Nb ratio, whereas for the indirect-band-gap energies, the value appears to be independent of this ratio and is 3.64 eV. No dependence of the band-gap energies on the average crystallite and nanoparticle sizes is observed. PMID:26859157

  14. One-pot synthesis and characterization of Nb2O5 nanopowder.

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    Athar, Taimur; Hashmi, Ameed; Al-Hajry, Ali; Ansari, Z A; Ansari, S G

    2012-10-01

    Nanosized niobium oxide powders were synthesized with a yield of approximately 87% using a simple and facile soft-chemical process. Niobium pentachloride (Nb2Cl5) was used as the precursor which was first converted into niobium ethoxide and then hydrolysed with water to synthesize niobia nanopowder. The synthesized powder was calcined at 500 degrees C for phase conversion to end-centered monoclinic as confirmed by diffraction studies and elemental analysis with a chemical composition in the ratio of Nb:O as 1:2.5. The molecular framework of Nb-O-Nb stretching and asymmetric frequency was confirmed by FT-IR, UV-visible and Raman spectroscopic studies. The size, shape and surface morphology of the powders were observed by SEM and TEM which indicated particle sizes of approximately 20 nm. The surface area of 20 m2/g, pore volume of 0.0538 cm2/g and the average pore size of 6.5 nm2 for the calcined sample were obtained with the help of nitrogen adsorption/desorption method using the Barrett-Joyner-Halenda (BJH) method which indicates that the synthesized powder can be used for catalysis and other surface sensitive applications. PMID:23421157

  15. Microwave sintering of nanopowder ZnNb2O6: Densification, microstructure and microwave dielectric properties

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    Bafrooei, H. Barzegar; Nassaj, E. Taheri; Hu, C. F.; Huang, Q.; Ebadzadeh, T.

    2014-12-01

    High density ZnNb2O6 ceramics were successfully fabricated by microwave sintering of ZnO-Nb2O5 and ZnNb2O6 nanopowders. Phase formation, microstructure and microwave electrical properties of the microwave sintered (MS) and microwave reaction sintered (MRS) specimens were examined using X-ray diffraction, field emission scanning electron microscopy and microwave dielectric properties measurement. Specimens were sintered in a temperature range from 950 to 1075 °C for 30 min at an interval of 25 °C using a microwave furnace operated at 2.45 GHz frequency, 3 kW power. XRD pattern revealed the formation of pure columbite phase of ZnNb2O6. The SEM micrographs show grain growth and reduction in porosity of specimens with the increase in sintering temperature. Good combination of microwave dielectric properties (εr~23.6, Qf~64,300 GHz and τf~-66 ppm/°C and εr~24, Qf~75,800 GHz and τf~-64 ppm/°C) was obtained for MS- and MRS-prepared samples at 1000 °C and 1050 °C for 30 min, respectively.

  16. Plasma column and nano-powder generation from solid titanium by localized microwaves in air

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    Popescu, Simona; Jerby, Eli Meir, Yehuda; Ashkenazi, Dana; Barkay, Zahava; Mitchell, J. Brian A.; Le Garrec, Jean-Luc; Narayanan, Theyencheri

    2015-07-14

    This paper studies the effect of a plasma column ejected from solid titanium by localized microwaves in an ambient air atmosphere. Nanoparticles of titanium dioxide (titania) are found to be directly synthesized in this plasma column maintained by the microwave energy in the cavity. The process is initiated by a hotspot induced by localized microwaves, which melts the titanium substrate locally. The molten hotspot emits ionized titanium vapors continuously into the stable plasma column, which may last for more than a minute duration. The characterization of the dusty plasma obtained is performed in-situ by small-angle X-ray scattering (SAXS), optical spectroscopy, and microwave reflection analyses. The deposited titania nanoparticles are structurally and morphologically analyzed by ex-situ optical and scanning-electron microscope observations, and also by X-ray diffraction. Using the Boltzmann plot method combined with the SAXS results, the electron temperature and density in the dusty plasma are estimated as ∼0.4 eV and ∼10{sup 19 }m{sup −3}, respectively. The analysis of the plasma product reveals nanoparticles of titania in crystalline phases of anatase, brookite, and rutile. These are spatially arranged in various spherical, cubic, lamellar, and network forms. Several applications are considered for this process of titania nano-powder production.

  17. Non-isothermal oxidation of aluminum nanopowder coated by hydrocarbons and fluorohydrocarbons

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    Sossi, A.; Duranti, E.; Paravan, C.; DeLuca, L. T.; Vorozhtsov, A. B.; Gromov, A. A.; Pautova, Yu. I.; Lerner, M. I.; Rodkevich, N. G.

    2013-04-01

    Aluminum nanopowder (nAl) obtained by electrical explosion of wires and passivated/coated with hydrocarbons and fluorohydrocarbons is comprehensively characterized. Coatings of different natures (octadecanoic and hexadecanoic acid, (1,1,11) trihydroperfluoro-undecan-1-ol, Fluorel™ + ester from esterification of (1,1,11) trihydroperfluoro-undecan-1-ol with furan-2,5-dione) were applied on the particle surface. The powders were studied by TEM, SEM, DSC-TGA, and BET specific surface area. The active aluminum content was determined by volumetric analyses. Coated nAl particles were compared to non-coated powder by the corresponding reactivity parameters obtained from DSC-TGA. It was found that while fatty acids have a weak effect on the non-isothermal oxidation behavior, fluoroelastomers shift the oxidation onset of nAl to higher temperatures by ˜20 °C for the first oxidation stage and by ˜100 °C for the second oxidation stage.

  18. Plasticizer Effect on Rheological Behaviour of Screen Printing Pastes Based on Barium Titanate Nanopowder

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    Dulina, I.; Umerova, S.; Ragulya, A.

    2015-04-01

    The dependence of rheological behaviour of pastes based on BaTiO3 nanopowder vs. plasticizer content has been investigated. All pastes prepared for research can be divided into groups by structure types and viscosity. Such a grouping has been explained by different interaction between nanoparticles and binder in the pastes. Particles with molecules of binder form clusters - the representative units in the volume of paste where particles are uniformly distributed. Plasticizer adding effects on binder molecule conformation and change clusters size. Bond strength between clusters can be specified with rheopexy in the area of low shear stress and low strain rates. Rheopexy degree increasing authenticates interaction intensification between clusters. Rheopexy structure destruction leads to separate clusters formation and initiation of the pseudoplastic flow stage. The end of pseudoplastic flow corresponds to structure with clusters assembled into separated layers. Further shear stress increasing leads to inter-clusters bonds appear which can be deformed elastically and the temporary local linkage is possible. Such a phenomenon fully discloses the features of thixotropic structure destruction in plasticized pastes.

  19. 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.

  20. Luminous and tunable white-light upconversion for YAG (Yb3Al5O12) and (Yb,Y)2O3 nanopowders.

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    Wang, Jiwei; Hao, Jian Hua; Tanner, Peter A

    2010-12-01

    We report on multiphoton white-light upconversion in vacuum for Pechini synthesis Yb(3)Al(5)O(12) (YbAG) and combustion synthesis (Yb,Y(2))O(3) nanopowders under IR excitation. Their intense white-light upconversion is attributed to charge transfer luminescence superimposed upon a broadband emission. Unlike common nanoscale phosphors, which show low luminescence efficiency, the intensity of white-light upconversion for nanopowders is similar to that of their bulk counterparts. The luminary efficacy of the upconversion is estimated to be 10-15 lm W(-1), and the Commission Internationale d'Eclairage (CIE) coordinates can be widely tuned by the excitation power, pressure, and codoping ratio. The nano-YbAG sample exhibits a longer buildup time for emission, a higher excitation threshold, and a wider CIE range than the oxide nanopowders. PMID:21124566

  1. Structural study and phase transition investigation in a simple synthesis of porous architected-ZnO nanopowder

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    Shang, C.; Barnabé, A.

    2013-12-15

    In this work, zinc oxide powder with a rectangular-shaped porous architecture, made of numerous spherical nanometric particles, was obtained. A simple precipitation/decomposition procedure was used comprising a zinc oxalate intermediate, obtained from zinc sulfate and oxalic acid without any additives. Detailed studies on zinc oxalate dehydration, decomposition and zinc oxide formation, were carried out using in-situ temperature X-ray diffraction and thermogravimetric analysis. During the investigation, the temperature dependence of particle sizes, lattice parameters and crystal structures of ZnC{sub 2}O{sub 4}·2H{sub 2}O, ZnC{sub 2}O{sub 4} and ZnO nanopowders were analyzed from room temperature to 450 °C. Structural transitions were also discussed. The structure and morphology of the as-prepared ZnO nanopowder were investigated by electron microscopy and compared to the crystalline rectangular shape of ZnC{sub 2}O{sub 4}·2H{sub 2}O. The calcination temperature, counter ion and precipitate agent were found to be related to the product's shape and diameter. Spherical ZnO nanoparticles with diameters of less than 20 nm and a maximum specific surface of 53 m{sup 2}/g were obtained using this method. Highlights: • ZnO nanopowders with porous architecture were synthesized by a simple method. • Spherical ZnO nanoparticles confined in submicronic rectangular shape are obtained. • Crystal structures are determined temperature in-situ XRD up to 450 °C. • Structural transitions were analyzed.

  2. Specific features of nonlinear optical properties of Eu3+ doped BiFeO3 nanopowders near antiferromagnetic transition

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    El Bahraoui, T.; Sekkati, M.; Taibi, M.; Abd-Lefdil, M.; El-Naggar, A. M.; AlZayed, N. S.; Albassam, A. A.; Kityk, I. V.; Maciag, A.

    2016-01-01

    The monitoring of the Eu3+ doped BiFeO3 nanopowders was performed near the antiferromagnetic transformation by photoinduced optical second harmonic generation. As photoinduced laser beams we have used bicolor coherent excitations of the Er:glass laser emitting at 1540 nm with frequency repetition about 15 ns. The studies of the photoinduced SHG were performed versus temperature including the temperature range of ferromagnetic-ferroelectric transition (350 °C…390 °C). The optimal light polarization and intensity ratio were chosen; the sensitivity of the photoinduced SHG to the multiferroic phase transitions was explored.

  3. X-Ray Diffraction Microstructural Analysis of Bimodal-Size-Distribution MgO Nanopowders

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    Pratapa, Suminar; Hartono, Budi

    2010-01-01

    Investigation on the characteristics of x-ray diffraction data for MgO powdered mixture of nano and sub-nano particles has been carried out to reveal the crystallite-size-related microstructural information. The MgO powders were prepared by co-precipitation method followed by heat treatment at 500, 800 and 1200° C for 1 hour, being the difference in the temperature was to obtain two powders with distinct crystallite size and size-distribution. The powders were then carefully blended in air to give the presumably strain-free, bimodal-size-distribution MgO nanopowder. High-quality laboratory X-ray diffraction data for the powders were collected and then analysed using Rietveld-based MAUD software using the lognormal size distribution. Results show that the single-mode powders exhibit spherical crystallite size (Dv) of 29(1) nm, 36(1) and 185(0) nm for the 500, 800 and 1200° C data respectively with the nanometric powder displays slightly narrower crystallite size distribution character, indicated by lognormal dispersion parameter (σ) of 0.22 as compared to 0.18 for the sub-nanometric 1200° C powder. The mixture exhibits relatively more asymmetric peak broadening. By analysing the x-ray diffraction data of the latter specimen by using the single phase approach the results obtained was not according to experimental finding. Introducing two phase models for the `double-phase' 500-1200 mixture to accommodate the bimodal-size-distribution characteristics give Dv = 34(2) and σ = 0.10 for the `nanometric phase' and Dv = 363(0) and σ = 1.38 for the `sub-nanometric phase'.

  4. Physicochemical, microbial, and sensory properties of nanopowdered eggshell-supplemented yogurt during storage.

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    Al Mijan, Mohammad; Choi, Kyung-Hoon; Kwak, Hae-Soo

    2014-01-01

    This study was carried out to investigate the possibility of adding nanopowdered eggshell (NPES) into yogurt to improve the functionality of yogurt and the effects of adding NPES on the physicochemical, microbial, and sensory properties of the products during storage. The pH and mean lactic acid bacteria counts of NPES-added (0.15-0.45%, wt/vol) yogurt ranged from 4.31 to 4.66 and from 6.56 × 10(8) to 8.56 × 10(8)cfu/mL, respectively, whereas these values ranged from 4.13 to 4.44 and 8.46 × 10(8) to 1.39 × 10(9), respectively, for the control samples during storage at 5 °C for 16d, which indicates a prolonged shelf-life with NPES-supplemented yogurt. Color analysis showed that the lightness (L*) and position between red and green (a*) values were not significantly influenced by the addition of NPES. However, the position between yellow and blue (b*) value significantly increased with the addition of the concentration (0.45%, wt/vol) of NPES at d 16 of storage. Sensory evaluation revealed that NPES-added yogurts showed a notably less sourness score and a higher astringency score than the control. An earthy flavor was higher in 0.45% NPES-supplemented yogurt compared with the control. Based on the results obtained from the current study, the concentration (0.15 to 0.30%, wt/vol) of NPES can be used to formulate NPES-supplemented yogurt without any significant adverse effects on the physicochemical, microbial, and sensory properties. PMID:24746127

  5. Magnetic field-enhanced sedimentation of nanopowder magnetite in water flow.

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    Bakhteeva, Iu; Medvedeva, I; Byzov, I; Zhakov, S; Yermakov, A; Uimin, M; Shchegoleva, N

    2015-01-01

    Sedimentation dynamics of magnetite (γ-Fe3O4) nanopowder (10-20 nm) in water in a gradient magnetic field Bmax=0.3 T, (dB/dz)max=0.13 T/cm was studied for different water flow speeds and starting particle concentrations (0.1 and 1.0 g/l). The aggregates formation in water was monitored under the same conditions. In cyclical water flow, the velocity of particle sedimentation increases significantly in comparison to its rate in still water, which corresponds to the intensified aggregate formation. However, at a water flow speed more than 0.1 cm/s sedimentation velocity slows down, which might be connected to aggregate destruction in a faster water flow. Correlation between sedimentation time and the nanoparticle concentration in water does not follow the trend expected for spherical superparamagnetic particles. In our case sedimentation time is shorter for c=0.1 g/l in comparison with that for c=1 g/l. We submit that such a feature is caused by particle self-organization in water into complex structures of fractal type. This effect is unexplained in the framework of existing theoretical models of colloids systems, so far. Provisional recommendations are suggested for the design of a magnetic separator on the permanent magnets base. The main device parameters are magnetic field intensity B≥0.1 T, magnetic field gradient (dB/dz)max≈(0.1-0.2) T/cm, and water flow speed V<0.15 cm/s. For particle concentration c=1 g/l, purification of water from magnetite down to ecological and hygienic standards is reached in 80 min, for c=0.1 g/l the time is reduced down to 50 min. PMID:25650300

  6. Anode-supported microtubular cells fabricated with gadolinia-doped ceria nanopowders

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    Gil, V.; Gurauskis, J.; Campana, R.; Merino, R. I.; Larrea, A.; Orera, V. M.

    Anode-supported microtubular SOFCs based on ceria 3 ± 0.2 mm diameter and about 100 mm in length have been prepared using gadolinia-doped ceria (GDC) nanopowders. Nanometric Ce 0.9Gd 0.1O 1.95 (GDC) powders were deposited on NiO-Ce 0.9Gd 0.1O 1.95 (NiO-GDC) anode supports by dip-coating technique. Fabrication conditions to obtain dense and gas tight electrolyte layers on porous microtubular supports were studied. Three different dispersing agents: commercial Beycostat C213 (CECA, France) and short chain monomer (≤4 carbon atoms) with alcohol or carboxylic acid functional groups were evaluated. By optimizing colloidal dispersion parameters and sintering process, gas tight and dense GDC layers were obtained. Significantly lower sintering temperatures than reported previously (≤1300 °C) were employed to reach ≥98% values of theoretical density within electrolyte layers of ∼10 μm in thickness. A composite cathode, LSCF-GDC 50 wt.% with about 50 μm thickness was dip coated on the co-fired half-cell and then sintered at 1050 °C for 1 h. The electrochemical performance of these cells has been tested. In spite of electronic conduction due to partial reduction of the thin-electrolyte layer, the I- V measurements show power densities of 66 mW cm -2 at 0.45 V at temperatures as low as 450 °C (using 100% H 2 as fuel in the anodic compartment and air in the cathodic chamber).

  7. EVALUATION OF LEAKAGE FROM FUME HOODS USING TRACER GAS, TRACER NANOPARTICLES AND NANOPOWDER HANDLING TEST METHODOLOGIES

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    Dunn, Kevin H.; Tsai, Candace Su-Jung; Woskie, Susan R.; Bennett, James S.; Garcia, Alberto; Ellenbecker, Michael J.

    2015-01-01

    The most commonly reported control used to minimize workplace exposures to nanomaterials is the chemical fume hood. Studies have shown, however, that significant releases of nanoparticles can occur when materials are handled inside fume hoods. This study evaluated the performance of a new commercially available nano fume hood using three different test protocols. Tracer gas, tracer nanoparticle, and nanopowder handling protocols were used to evaluate the hood. A static test procedure using tracer gas (sulfur hexafluoride) and nanoparticles as well as an active test using an operator handling nanoalumina were conducted. A commercially available particle generator was used to produce sodium chloride tracer nanoparticles. Containment effectiveness was evaluated by sampling both in the breathing zone (BZ) of a mannequin and operator as well as across the hood opening. These containment tests were conducted across a range of hood face velocities (60, 80, and 100 feet/minute) and with the room ventilation system turned off and on. For the tracer gas and tracer nanoparticle tests, leakage was much more prominent on the left side of the hood (closest to the room supply air diffuser) although some leakage was noted on the right side and in the BZ sample locations. During the tracer gas and tracer nanoparticle tests, leakage was primarily noted when the room air conditioner was on for both the low and medium hood exhaust air flows. When the room air conditioner was turned off, the static tracer gas tests showed good containment across most test conditions. The tracer gas and nanoparticle test results were well correlated showing hood leakage under the same conditions and at the same sample locations. The impact of a room air conditioner was demonstrated with containment being adversely impacted during the use of room air ventilation. The tracer nanoparticle approach is a simple method requiring minimal setup and instrumentation. However, the method requires the reduction in

  8. Ultrasound assisted dispersal of a copper nanopowder for electroless copper activation.

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    Graves, John E; Sugden, Mark; Litchfield, Robert E; Hutt, David A; Mason, Timothy J; Cobley, Andrew J

    2016-03-01

    This paper describes the ultrasound assisted dispersal of a low wt./vol.% copper nanopowder mixture and determines the optimum conditions for de-agglomeration. A commercially available powder was added to propan-2-ol and dispersed using a magnetic stirrer, a high frequency 850 kHz ultrasonic cell, a standard 40 kHz bath and a 20 kHz ultrasonic probe. The particle size of the powder was characterized using dynamic light scattering (DLS). Z-Average diameters (mean cluster size based on the intensity of scattered light) and intensity, volume and number size distributions were monitored as a function of time and energy input. Low frequency ultrasound was found to be more effective than high frequency ultrasound at de-agglomerating the powder and dispersion with a 20 kHz ultrasonic probe was found to be very effective at breaking apart large agglomerates containing weakly bound clusters of nanoparticles. In general, the breakage of nanoclusters was found to be a factor of ultrasonic intensity, the higher the intensity the greater the de-agglomeration and typically micron sized clusters were reduced to sub 100 nm particles in less than 30 min using optimum conditions. However, there came a point at which the forces generated by ultrasonic cavitation were either insufficient to overcome the cohesive bonds between smaller aggregates or at very high intensities decoupling between the tip and solution occurred. Absorption spectroscopy indicated a copper core structure with a thin oxide shell and the catalytic performance of this dispersion was demonstrated by drop coating onto substrates and subsequent electroless copper metallization. This relatively inexpensive catalytic suspension has the potential to replace precious metal based colloids used in electronics manufacturing. PMID:26585024

  9. Synthesis of TiO2 nano-powders prepared from purified sulphate leach liquor of red mud.

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    Tsakiridis, P E; Oustadakis, P; Katsiapi, A; Perraki, M; Agatzini-Leonardou, S

    2011-10-30

    The research work presented in this paper is focused on the development of a purification process of red mud sulphate leach liquor for the recovery of titanium oxide (TiO(2)) nano-powders in the form of anatase. Initially, titanium was extracted over iron and aluminium from the leach liquor by solvent extraction using Cyanex 272 in toluene, at pH: 0.3 and T: 25°C, with 40% extractant concentration. Stripping of the loaded, with titanium, organic phase was carried out by diluted HCl (3 mol/L) at ambient temperature. Finally, the recovery of titanium nano-powder, in the form of anatase, was performed by chemical precipitation at pH: 6 and T: 95°C, using 10 wt% MgO pulp as neutralizing agent. The produced precipitates were characterized by X-ray diffraction analysis (XRD), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR) and thermogravimetric/differential thermal analysis (TGA/DTA). Their morphological characteristics and microstructure were studied by scanning electron microscopy (SEM). High grade titanium white precipitate, in the form of anatase, was obtained. Iron concentration in the precipitate did not exceed 0.3%, whereas no aluminium was detected. PMID:21868153

  10. In vitro fabrication of dental filling nanopowder by green route and its antibacterial activity against dental pathogens.

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    Lee, Jeong-Ho; Velmurugan, Palanivel; Park, Jung-Hee; Lee, Kui-Jae; Jin, Jong-Sik; Park, Yool-Jin; Bang, Keuk-Soo; Oh, Byung-Taek

    2016-06-01

    The aim of this study was to introduce novel Sn, Cu, Hg, and Ag nanopowders (NPs) and a composite nanopowder (NP) synthesized using Salvia miltiorrhiza Bunge (SM) root extract as a reducing and capping agent to improve the antibacterial property of dental filling materials. All of the NPs obtained were characterized using a scanning transmission electron microscope (STEM), and energy dispersive X-ray (EDX) spectrum imaging was performed to map the elemental distributions of the NP composite. Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy was performed to identify the role of various functional groups in all of the obtained NPs and the phyto-compound responsible for the reduction of various metal ions. The X-ray diffraction (XRD) patterns clearly illustrated the crystalline phase of the synthesized NP. The antibacterial properties of the synthesized Sn, Cu, Hg, Ag, composite NP, SM root extract, and commercial amalgam powder were evaluated. The Cu, composite NP, SM root extract and Ag NP displayed excellent antibacterial activity against dental bacteria Streptococcus mutans and Lactobacillus acidophilus. The results of this study require further evaluation for signs of metal toxicity in appropriate animal models. However, the results are encouraging for the application of metal NPs as suitable alternatives for antibiotics and disinfectants, especially in dental filling materials. PMID:27085055

  11. Effect of Mg content on the bioactivity and biocompatibility of Mg-substituted fluorapatite nanopowders fabricated via mechanical activation.

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    Kheradmandfard, M; Fathi, M H; Ansari, F; Ahmadi, T

    2016-11-01

    The aim of this work was preparation, characterization, bioactivity and biocompatibility evaluation of Mg-substituted fluorapatite (Mg-FA) nanopowders. Mg-FA nanopowders with a chemical composition of Ca10-xMgx(PO4)6F2, with x=0, 0.5, 1, and 2 were prepared by mechanically activated method. The in vitro bioactivity was investigated by soaking the powders in simulated body fluid (SBF) for various time periods to analyze the nucleation and growth of bone-like apatite on the surface of the samples. Cell viability and cell attachment were studied by MTT assay. Results indicated that the bioactivity of all of samples with different Mg content was improved compared with the pure FA. However, the mechanism of bioactivity is different and depends on the amount of Mg substitution. Finally, cell culture suggested that the addition of Mg(2+) has no adverse effect and Mg-FA samples have good biocompatibility. The Mg-FA material shows potential in satisfying the requirements of biomedical applications. PMID:27524005

  12. Effects of Calcination on Structural, Photocatalytic Properties of TiO2 Nanopowders Via TiCl4 Hydrolysis

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    Khalid, N. R.; Ahmed, E.; Ikram, M.; Ahmad, M.; Phoenix, D. A.; Elhissi, A.; Ahmed, W.; Jackson, M. J.

    2013-02-01

    Photocatalytic degradation of methyl orange (MO) in water was examined using TiO2 nanopowders under solar irradiation. These photocatalysts were successfully synthesized by hydrolysis of titanium tetra chloride (TiCl4) in the temperature range of 70-95 °C and calcined at higher temperatures of between 400 and 900 °C. The samples prepared were characterized using x-ray powder diffraction, scanning electron microscope (SEM) and Fourier transform infrared spectrophotometer (FTIR). UV-Vis spectrometer was used for analyzing the concentration of MO in solution at different time intervals during the photodegradation experiment. Parameters affecting the photodegradation rate such as catalyst crystallinity, concentration of the catalyst, MO concentration, and pH of the solution have been investigated. The results indicate that TiO2 nanopowder was antase at low calcination temperatures in the range of 400-500 °C. The sample calcined at 600 °C is composed of both anatase and rutile phase. Further increase in the temperature enhanced the intensities of diffraction peaks of the rutile phase. The size of the crystallites for all the samples prepared were found to be in the 6-13 nm range and from SEM micrographs it was in the range of 19-43 nm. The mixture of both phases exhibited a higher photoactivity in comparison with pure anatase or rutile catalysts.

  13. Photocatalytic removal of Cu ions from aqueous Cu-EDTA solution using solution combusted zinc oxide nanopowder.

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    Lee, Jae Chun; Kim, Hong-Sick; Lee, Ju-Hyeon; Park, Sung

    2008-10-01

    Nano-sized ZnO powder was prepared by "solution-combustion method (SCM)." The ZnO powder using Zn(OH)2 and glycine as an oxidant and a fuel (F/O = 0.8), showed good powder characteristics, such as average grain size of 30 nm and the specific surface area of 120 m2/g. and it was used as a semiconductor photocatalyst to remove Cu ions from aqueous Cu-EDTA solution. The result was then compared with other semiconductor photocatalyst powders such as titanium dioxide (TiO2) powder (P25, Degussa) and TiO2 powder prepared by homogeneous precipitation process at low temperature (HPPLT). The SCM ZnO nanopowder showed excellent photocatalytic properties. The Cu++ ions were completely removed from the solution within 90 min. However, for the other two powders, no complete removal of the ions was observed within the reaction time of 180 min. The ZnO powder synthesized at the fuel/oxidant ratio of 0.8, showed higher PL intensity at UV region than the other photocatalytic powders. The superior photoreduction ability of SCM ZnO nanopowder might be due to its excellent UV absorption capacity. PMID:19198439

  14. Enhancement in the antibacterial efficiency of ZnO nanopowders by tuning the shape of the nanograins through fluorine doping

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    Ravichandran, K.; Snega, S.; Jabena Begum, N.; Swaminathan, K.; Sakthivel, B.; Rene Christena, L.; Chandramohan, G.; Ochiai, Shizuyasu

    2014-05-01

    Fluorine doped ZnO nanopowders were synthesized from starting solutions having different doping levels of F (0, 5, … , 20 at.%) using a simple soft chemical route and the effects of the doping level on the structural, optical, surface morphological and antibacterial properties were investigated. The XRD studies reveal that all the products have preferential orientation along the (1 0 1) plane. The PL studies show that all the samples exhibit strong visible emission with a peak at 425 nm. The enhancement in the visible emission indicates an increasing number of surface defects caused by the doping of F. The obtained FTIR spectra confirm the incorporation of F into ZnO lattice. From the SEM studies, it is observed that the ZnO nanowires formed at 10 at.% of F doping level exhibit excellent antibacterial activities. Antibacterial activity of F doped ZnO nanopowders against Staphylococcus aureus was found to be significantly higher than that against the Escherichia coli and Pseudomonas aeruginosa micro-organisms. All the physical properties were corroborated well with the findings related to antibacterial activity. Finally, we conclude that, the analysis of all the results shows that F doping level of 10 at.% is optimal in all respects and is suitable for antibacterial applications.

  15. Synthesis of 8YSZ-LSGM Composite Thick Film Ceramics for Solid Electrolyte From Nanopowder Utilizing Local Zircon Prepared Using Sol Gel Process

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    Syarif, Dani Gustaman; Soepriyanto, Syoni; Korda, Akhmad; Ismunandar

    2010-10-24

    Thick film ceramics of 8% mol Y{sub 2}O{sub 3} doped-ZrO{sub 2}(8YSZ)-La{sub 0.8}Sr{sub 0.2}Ga{sub 0.2}Mg{sub 0.8}O{sub 3}(LSGM) composite for solid electrolyte have been synthesized from nanopowder. Concentration of LSGM was 0 and 10% weight. A paste for the thick films was made from 8YSZ nanopowder prepared using sol gel method and LSGM powder prepared by solid state reaction. Precursors for the 8YSZ nanopowder preparation were ZrOCl{sub 2{center_dot}}8H{sub 2}O derived from local zircon as byproduct of Tin processing at Bangka Island using caustic fusion method, and Y(NO{sub 3}){sub 3}. The thick films were produced by screen printing technique on alumina substrates. The films were sintered at 1500 deg. C for 2 hours in air. X-ray diffraction (XRD) data showed that the nanopowder of 8YSZ was well produced with broad peaks. The particle size of the 8YSZ powder was about 12 nm as calculated using Debye Scherrer method. The thick films of 8YSZ and 8YSZ-LSGM (90:10 in weight %) composite could be produced, however, the films still contain voids. The ionic conductance of the YSZ-10LSGM films was smaller than that of the YSZ films.

  16. Preparation of Carbon-Doped TiO2 Nanopowder Synthesized by Droplet Injection of Solution Precursor in a DC-RF Hybrid Plasma Flow System

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    Jang, Juyong; Takana, Hidemasa; Ando, Yasutaka; Solonenko, Oleg P.; Nishiyama, Hideya

    2013-08-01

    Carbon-doped titanium dioxide nanopowder has received much attention because of its higher photocatalytic performance, which is practically activated not only by UV, but also by visible light irradiation. In the present study, C-TiO2 nanopowder was synthesized by droplet injection of solution precursor in a DC-RF hybrid plasma flow system, resulting in higher photocatalytic performance even under visible light irradiation. In-flight C-TiO2 nanoparticles reacted with the high concentration of carbon in plasma flow and were then deposited on the surfaces of two quartz tubes in the upstream and downstream regions of this system. The collected C-TiO2 nanopowder contained anatase-rutile mixed-phase TiO2 and TiC, the contents of which depended on the location of the powder collection, the temperature, and the duration of plasma treatment. Highly functional C-TiO2 nanopowder collected in the downstream region exhibited a higher degradation rate of methylene blue than that of single-phase anatase TiO2, even under visible light irradiation, in spite of being TiC.

  17. Preparation of Y2O3:Eu3+, Tb3+ nanopowders with tunable luminescence by ammonium bicarbonate co-precipitation method

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    Shi, Hui; Zhang, Xi-Yan; Wang, Neng-Li; Dong, Wei-Li; Mi, Xiao-Yun

    2015-09-01

    Y2O3:Eu3+, Tb3+ nanopowders were prepared by co-precipitation method with NH4HCO3 as precipitant. The nanopowders with different calcined temperatures and Eu3+/Tb3+ doped ratio were characterized by X-ray Diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and fluorescence spectrophotometer. The results showed that the nanopowders calcined at 1100°C for 2 h had a uniform distribution, high purity and good dispersibility. The particle size was in the range of 60-80 nm. The excitation spectra of Eu3+/Tb3+ co-doped phosphors were wide. The phosphors could emit the green light at the peak of 543 nm and the red light at the peak of 611 nm simultaneously under 276 nm or 300 nm excited. Because of the energy transfer between Tb3+ and Eu3+, the 543 nm emission of Tb3+ ion was weakened while the 611 nm emission of Eu3+ enhanced. The emissive colors of Y2O3:Eu3+, Tb3+ nanopowders could be adjusted from yellow-green to orange-red by changing the Eu3+/Tb3+ doping ratio.

  18. Effects of size-controlled TiO2 nanopowders synthesized by chemical vapor condensation process on conversion efficiency of dye-sensitized solar cells.

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    Kim, Woo-Byoung; Lee, Jai-Sung

    2013-07-01

    To investigate the microstructural effects of the synthesized TiO2 nanopowders such as particle size, specific surface area, pore size and pore distributions for the application of an anode material of dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSC), size-controlled and well-dispersed TiO2 nanopowders were synthesized by chemical vapor condensation (CVC) process in the range of 800-1000 degreesC under a pressure of 50 mbar. The average particle size of synthesized TiO2 nanopowders was increased with increasing temperature from 13 nm for 800 degreesC, 15 nm for 900 degreesC and 26 nm. The specific surface area of synthesized nanoparticles were measured as 119.1 m2/g for 800 degreesC, 104.7 m2/g for 900 degreesC and 59.5 m2/g for 1000 degreesC, respectively. The conversion efficiency values (eta%) of DSSC with the synthesized TiO2 nanopowders at 800 degreesC, 900 degreesC, and 1000 degreesC were 2.59%, 5.96% and 3.66%, respectively. The highest conversion efficiency obtained in the 900 degreesC (5.96%) sample is thought to be attributable to homogeneous particle size and pore distributions, large specific surface area, and high transmittance in regions of dye absorption wavelength. PMID:23901483

  19. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy analysis for the chemical impact of solvent addition rate on electromagnetic shielding effectiveness of HCl-doped polyaniline nanopowders

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    Tantawy, Hesham Ramzy; Aston, D. Eric; Kengne, Blaise-Alexis F.; McIlroy, David N.; Qiang, You; Nguyen, Tai; Heo, Deukhyoun

    2015-11-07

    An in-depth analysis of the chemical functionality in HCl-doped polyaniline (PANI) nanopowders is discussed through interpretations of x-ray photoelectron spectra. The distinctions between three PANI sample types, produced under varied synthesis conditions, are compared on the basis correlations between newly collected electron spectra for chemical analysis (or also x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy) and electromagnetic (EM) shielding effectiveness (SE) within two frequency bands (100–1500 MHz and ∼2–14 GHz). The findings are discussed with reference to previous data analysis of electrical conductivities and Raman and UV-vis spectra analyzed from replicates of the same PANI nanopowders, where only the 8–12 GHz range for SE was tested. They further corroborate previous results for limited-solvent conditions that enhance EM shielding. The three nanopowder types show distinctive differences in polaron, bipolaron, and polar lattice contributions. The collective findings describe the chemical connections between controlling and, most importantly, limiting the available solvent for polymerization with simultaneously doping and how it is that the newly developed solvent-limited approach for HCl-PANI nanopowders provides better shielding than traditionally solvent-rich methods by having more extended and perhaps even faster polaron delocalization than other PANI-based products. The maximum oxidation (50%) and doping (49%) levels obtained in the solvent-free nanopowders also produced the highest SE values of 37.3 ± 3.7 dB (MHz band) and 68.6 ± 4.6 dB (GHz band)

  20. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy analysis for the chemical impact of solvent addition rate on electromagnetic shielding effectiveness of HCl-doped polyaniline nanopowders

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    Tantawy, Hesham Ramzy; Kengne, Blaise-Alexis F.; McIlroy, David N.; Nguyen, Tai; Heo, Deukhyoun; Qiang, You; Aston, D. Eric

    2015-11-01

    An in-depth analysis of the chemical functionality in HCl-doped polyaniline (PANI) nanopowders is discussed through interpretations of x-ray photoelectron spectra. The distinctions between three PANI sample types, produced under varied synthesis conditions, are compared on the basis correlations between newly collected electron spectra for chemical analysis (or also x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy) and electromagnetic (EM) shielding effectiveness (SE) within two frequency bands (100-1500 MHz and ˜2-14 GHz). The findings are discussed with reference to previous data analysis of electrical conductivities and Raman and UV-vis spectra analyzed from replicates of the same PANI nanopowders, where only the 8-12 GHz range for SE was tested. They further corroborate previous results for limited-solvent conditions that enhance EM shielding. The three nanopowder types show distinctive differences in polaron, bipolaron, and polar lattice contributions. The collective findings describe the chemical connections between controlling and, most importantly, limiting the available solvent for polymerization with simultaneously doping and how it is that the newly developed solvent-limited approach for HCl-PANI nanopowders provides better shielding than traditionally solvent-rich methods by having more extended and perhaps even faster polaron delocalization than other PANI-based products. The maximum oxidation (50%) and doping (49%) levels obtained in the solvent-free nanopowders also produced the highest SE values of 37.3 ± 3.7 dB (MHz band) and 68.6 ± 4.6 dB (GHz band).

  1. Ho:YAG transparent ceramics based on nanopowders produced by laser ablation method: Fabrication, optical properties, and laser performance

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    Bagayev, S. N.; Osipov, V. V.; Vatnik, S. M.; Shitov, V. A.; Vedin, I. A.; Platonov, V. V.; Steinberg, I. Sh.; Maksimov, R. N.

    2015-12-01

    We fabricate Ho:YAG transparent ceramics based on nanopowders produced by laser ablation method via two approaches. Higher transmittance (82% in the infrared region) is achieved in ceramics prepared with an additional round of pre-calcining before sintering. We evaluate the average volume of the scattering centers in the ceramics and their distribution along the sample depth by the direct count method using an optical microscope and by the novel method of collinear two-photon interband photoexcitation, respectively. The laser characteristics of the 1% Ho:YAG ceramics are investigated using an intracavity pumping scheme. The slope efficiency is ∼40% relative to the absorbed pumping power at 1.85 μm.

  2. Preparation and spectroscopy characterization of Eu:MgAl2O4 nanopowder prepared by modified Pechini method.

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    Wiglusz, R J; Grzyb, T; Lis, S; Strek, W

    2009-10-01

    In the present work, a modified Pechini method was employed to prepare nanostructured MgAl2O4 spinel powders doped with Eu3+ ions. The XRD analyses demonstrated that the powders were single-phase spinel nanopowders with high crystallite dispersion. The average spinel particle size was determined to be approximately 15 nm for calcination at 700 degrees C, and approximately 20 at 1000 degrees C. The emission and excitation spectra measured for the samples calcinated at 700 and 1000 degrees C demonstrated characteristic spectra of Eu3+ ions as well as were measured the emission spectra of Eu2+ ions for the samples calcinated at 700 degrees C. The effect of MgAl2O4 grain sizes on luminescence properties was noticed. To explain these differences a detailed analysis of luminescence spectra by the Judd-Ofelt theory has been performed. PMID:19908456

  3. X-ray diffraction analysis of the effect of annealing temperature on the microstructure of magnesium oxide nanopowder

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    Soleimanian, V.; Aghdaee, S. R.

    2015-06-01

    In this study, nanocrystalline MgO powders were prepared using the sol-gel method and annealed in air over a temperature range of [400-700] °C. Various microstructural characteristics were determined using three different X-ray diffraction analysis approaches, i.e., modified Williamson-Hall, modified Warren-Averbach, and variance methods. The transmission electron microscopy micrographs were used to measure the size distributions of the MgO samples. The results obtained using the three different methods were in good agreement. At all temperatures, the main source of dislocation was edge type but as the annealing temperature increased, the crystallite size and dislocation density increased and decreased, respectively, thereby indicating that the crystal quality of the nanopowders was improved.

  4. Synthesis and structural characterization of Co2+ ions doped ZnO nanopowders by solid state reaction through sonication

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    Babu, B.; Rama Krishna, Ch.; Venkata Reddy, Ch.; Pushpa Manjari, V.; Ravikumar, R. V. S. S. N.

    2013-05-01

    Cobalt ions doped zinc oxide nanopowder was prepared at room temperature by a novel and simple one step solid-state reaction method through sonication in the presence of a suitable surfactant Sodium Lauryl Sulphate (SLS). The prepared powder was characterized by various spectroscopic techniques. Powder XRD data revealed that the crystal structure belongs to hexagonal and its average crystallite size was evaluated. From optical absorption data, crystal fields (Dq), inter-electronic repulsion parameters (B, C) were evaluated. By correlating optical and EPR spectral data, the site symmetry of Co2+ ion in the host lattice was determined as octahedral. Photoluminescence spectra exhibited the emission bands in ultraviolet and blue regions. The CIE chromaticity coordinates are also evaluated from the emission spectrum. FT-IR spectra showed the characteristic vibrational bands of Znsbnd O.

  5. Effect of different dopants Ba and Ag on the properties of SrTiO3 nanopowders

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    Ghasemifard, M.; Abrishami, M. E.; Iziy, M.

    Undoped and Ba and Ag-doped SrTiO3-based nanopowders (NPs) were successfully grown by a modified auto-combustion method. An optimum ratio of citric acid and nitric acid was used as the polymerization agent and fuel. The X-ray diffraction (XRD) results revealed that the products were crystalline with cubic and tetragonal structures. The particle aggregation state, nanoparticles size distribution, morphology and electrical properties were characterized by transmission electron microscopy (TEM), dynamic light scattering (DLS), atomic force microscopy (AFM) and ultraviolet-visible (UV-vis) were studied, respectively. Using the X-ray peak broadening and size-strain plot (SSP) method the crystallite sizes and lattice strain of the samples were investigated. The UV-vis absorption spectra revealed that the band gap of the STO-based has a strong absorption peak which lies in the UV region.

  6. Nanostructured MgTiO3 thick films obtained by electrophoretic deposition from nanopowders prepared by solar PVD

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    Apostol, Irina; Mahajan, Amit; Monty, Claude J. A.; Venkata Saravanan, K.

    2015-12-01

    A novel combination of solar physical vapor deposition (SPVD) and electrophoretic deposition (EPD) that was developed to grow MgTiO3 nanostructured thick films is presented. Obtaining nanostructured MgTiO3 thick films, which can replace bulk ceramic components, a major trend in electronic industry, is the main objective of this work. The advantage of SPVD is direct synthesis of nanopowders, while EPD is simple, fast and inexpensive technique for preparing thick films. SPVD technique was developed at CNRS-PROMES Laboratory, Odeillo-Font Romeu, France, while the EPD was performed at University of Aveiro - DeMAC/CICECO, Portugal. The nanopowders with an average crystallite size of about 30 nm prepared by SPVD were dispersed in 50 ml of acetone in basic media with addition of triethanolamine. The obtained well-dispersed and stable suspensions were used for carrying out EPD on 25 μm thick platinum foils. After deposition, films with thickness of about 22-25 μm were sintered in air for 15 min at 800, 900 and 1000 °C. The structural and microstructural characterization of the sintered thick films was carried out using XRD and SEM, respectively. The thickness of the sintered samples were about 18-20 μm, which was determined by cross-sectional SEM. Films sintered at 900 °C exhibit a dielectric constant, ɛr ∼18.3 and dielectric loss, tan δ ∼0.0012 at 1 MHz. The effects of processing techniques (SPVD and EPD) on the structure, microstructure and dielectric properties are reported in detail. The obtained results indicate that the thick films obtained in the present study can be promising for low loss materials for microwave and millimeter wave applications.

  7. Influence of technology of nanopowder production on the microstructure of the sintered by spark-plasma material on the example of aluminum oxide

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    Zholnin, A. G.; Melekhov, A. P.; Hafizov, R. S.; Vakulenko, S. A.; Rubinkovskiy, N. A.; Samokhin, A. V.; Alekseev, N. V.; Grigoryev, E. G.

    2016-04-01

    A comparative study of the results of spark-plasma sintering (SPS) of two-types of aluminum oxide nanopowders, obtained by the method of conductor explosion and plasma synthesis. When the parameters of both powders are similar (spherical form of the particles, size, phase composition) as well as SPS modes the properties of the resulting compacts are significantly different both in mechanical properties and microstructure. The reason of differences in the properties of the obtained compacts is in technological impurities in powders, obtained by different methods. Artificial addition of impurities, contained in the nanopowder, obtained by electro explosion of conductor, into the powder, made by synthesis in plasma and not containing these impurities, allowed to reveal their effect on the formation of the microstructure and properties of the sintered by SPS method sample.

  8. Porous hydroxyapatite-TiO2 nanocomposites from natural phosphates and their decolorization properties. Photoactive hydroxyapatite-TiO2 nanopowders

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    Bouyarmane, H.; Saoiabi, S.; El Hanbali, I.; El Karbane, M.; Rami, A.; Masse, S.; Laghzizil, A.; Coradin, T.

    2015-07-01

    Titanium dioxide-hydroxyapatite nanopowders were prepared by the simultaneous gelation of a titanium alkoxide and precipitation of a redisolved natural phosphate mineral. Evolution of the crystallinity, porous features and surface reactivity of these powders as a function of Ti content and heating was studied. Optimal conditions were found for the preparation of a low-cost nanocomposite powder that was as effective as pure titania for the decolorization of methylene blue solutions.

  9. Temperature-mediated phase transformation, pore geometry and pore hysteresis transformation of borohydride derived in-born porous zirconium hydroxide nanopowders

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    Nayak, Nadiya B.; Nayak, Bibhuti B.

    2016-01-01

    Development of in-born porous nature of zirconium hydroxide nanopowders through a facile hydrogen (H2) gas-bubbles assisted borohydride synthesis route using sodium borohydride (NaBH4) and novel information on the temperature-mediated phase transformation, pore geometry as well as pore hysteresis transformation of in-born porous zirconium hydroxide nanopowders with the help of X-ray diffraction (XRD), Brunauer–Emmett–Teller (BET) isotherm and Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM) images are the main theme of this research work. Without any surfactants or pore forming agents, the borohydride derived amorphous nature of porous powders was stable up to 500 °C and then the seed crystals start to develop within the loose amorphous matrix and trapping the inter-particulate voids, which led to develop the porous nature of tetragonal zirconium oxide at 600 °C and further sustain this porous nature as well as tetragonal phase of zirconium oxide up to 800 °C. The novel hydrogen (H2) gas-bubbles assisted borohydride synthesis route led to develop thermally stable porous zirconium hydroxide/oxide nanopowders with an adequate pore size, pore volume, and surface area and thus these porous materials are further suggested for promising use in different areas of applications. PMID:27198738

  10. Preparation of silicon carbide SiC-based nanopowders by the aerosol-assisted synthesis and the DC thermal plasma synthesis methods

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    Czosnek, Cezary; Bućko, Mirosław M.; Janik, Jerzy F.; Olejniczak, Zbigniew; Bystrzejewski, Michał; Łabędź, Olga; Huczko, Andrzej

    2015-03-15

    Highlights: • Make-up of the SiC-based nanopowders is a function of the C:Si:O ratio in precursor. • Two-stage aerosol-assisted synthesis offers conditions close to equilibrium. • DC thermal plasma synthesis yields kinetically controlled SiC products. - Abstract: Nanosized SiC-based powders were prepared from selected liquid-phase organosilicon precursors by the aerosol-assisted synthesis, the DC thermal plasma synthesis, and a combination of the two methods. The two-stage aerosol-assisted synthesis method provides at the end conditions close to thermodynamic equilibrium. The single-stage thermal plasma method is characterized by short particle residence times in the reaction zone, which can lead to kinetically controlled products. The by-products and final nanopowders were characterized by powder XRD, infrared spectroscopy FT-IR, scanning electron microscopy SEM, and {sup 29}Si MAS NMR spectroscopy. BET specific surface areas of the products were determined by standard physical adsorption of nitrogen at 77 K. The major component in all synthesis routes was found to be cubic silicon carbide β-SiC with average crystallite sizes ranging from a few to tens of nanometers. In some cases, it was accompanied by free carbon, elemental silicon or silica nanoparticles. The final mesoporous β-SiC-based nanopowders have a potential as affordable catalyst supports.

  11. Temperature-mediated phase transformation, pore geometry and pore hysteresis transformation of borohydride derived in-born porous zirconium hydroxide nanopowders

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    Nayak, Nadiya B.; Nayak, Bibhuti B.

    2016-05-01

    Development of in-born porous nature of zirconium hydroxide nanopowders through a facile hydrogen (H2) gas-bubbles assisted borohydride synthesis route using sodium borohydride (NaBH4) and novel information on the temperature-mediated phase transformation, pore geometry as well as pore hysteresis transformation of in-born porous zirconium hydroxide nanopowders with the help of X-ray diffraction (XRD), Brunauer–Emmett–Teller (BET) isotherm and Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM) images are the main theme of this research work. Without any surfactants or pore forming agents, the borohydride derived amorphous nature of porous powders was stable up to 500 °C and then the seed crystals start to develop within the loose amorphous matrix and trapping the inter-particulate voids, which led to develop the porous nature of tetragonal zirconium oxide at 600 °C and further sustain this porous nature as well as tetragonal phase of zirconium oxide up to 800 °C. The novel hydrogen (H2) gas-bubbles assisted borohydride synthesis route led to develop thermally stable porous zirconium hydroxide/oxide nanopowders with an adequate pore size, pore volume, and surface area and thus these porous materials are further suggested for promising use in different areas of applications.

  12. Temperature-mediated phase transformation, pore geometry and pore hysteresis transformation of borohydride derived in-born porous zirconium hydroxide nanopowders.

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    Nayak, Nadiya B; Nayak, Bibhuti B

    2016-01-01

    Development of in-born porous nature of zirconium hydroxide nanopowders through a facile hydrogen (H2) gas-bubbles assisted borohydride synthesis route using sodium borohydride (NaBH4) and novel information on the temperature-mediated phase transformation, pore geometry as well as pore hysteresis transformation of in-born porous zirconium hydroxide nanopowders with the help of X-ray diffraction (XRD), Brunauer-Emmett-Teller (BET) isotherm and Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM) images are the main theme of this research work. Without any surfactants or pore forming agents, the borohydride derived amorphous nature of porous powders was stable up to 500 °C and then the seed crystals start to develop within the loose amorphous matrix and trapping the inter-particulate voids, which led to develop the porous nature of tetragonal zirconium oxide at 600 °C and further sustain this porous nature as well as tetragonal phase of zirconium oxide up to 800 °C. The novel hydrogen (H2) gas-bubbles assisted borohydride synthesis route led to develop thermally stable porous zirconium hydroxide/oxide nanopowders with an adequate pore size, pore volume, and surface area and thus these porous materials are further suggested for promising use in different areas of applications. PMID:27198738

  13. Optical emission spectroscopy of microwave-plasmas at atmospheric pressure applied to the growth of organosilicon and organotitanium nanopowders

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    Kilicaslan, A.; Levasseur, O.; Roy-Garofano, V.; Profili, J.; Moisan, M.; Côté, C.; Sarkissian, A.; Stafford, L.

    2014-03-01

    An atmospheric-pressure plasma sustained by an electromagnetic surface wave (SW) in the microwave regime combined with a bubbler/flash evaporator for the injection of liquid precursors was used to produce organosilicon and organotitanium nanopowders. Following the addition of hexamethyldisiloxane (HMDSO) vapors in the nominally pure argon plasma, optical emission spectra revealed the apparition of strong C2 molecular bands along with Si and Balmer H emission lines. Such features were not observed in our atmospheric-pressure Ar/HMDSO discharges controlled by dielectric barriers, indicating that microwave plasmas are characterized by much higher fragmentation levels of the precursors due to much higher electron densities. Emission spectra from the Ar/HMDSO SW plasma further showed a high-intensity continuum, the intensity of which decreased with time as powders started to form on the discharge tube walls. In presence of titanium isopropoxide (TTIP) vapors in the nominally pure Ar plasma, the emission was dominated by Ar and Ti lines, with no trace of carbon and no continuum. Fourier-Transform Infrared (FTIR) Spectroscopy of the powders formed in Ar/HMDSO plasmas showed very strong Si-(CH3)x and O-Si-(CH3)x bands, which is consistent with the formation of silicon oxycarbide. Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM) further showed tube and sheet-like nanofeatures as well as larger structures consisting of agglomerated primary clusters. On the other hand, introduction of O2 in Ar/HMDSO plasmas produced only round-like nanoparticles with strong Si-O-Si bands and no trace of carbon, consistent with the formation of SiOx. The average size of the silica nanoparticles was 50 nm. FTIR spectra of powders formed in Ar/TTIP plasmas showed strong Ti-O signals, even without the addition of O2 in the gas phase. Corresponding TEM analysis showed nano- and agglomerated features comparable to those obtained in Ar/HMDSO although the average size of the titanate nanoparticles was smaller

  14. Optical emission spectroscopy of microwave-plasmas at atmospheric pressure applied to the growth of organosilicon and organotitanium nanopowders

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    Kilicaslan, A.; Levasseur, O.; Roy-Garofano, V.; Profili, J.; Moisan, M.; Stafford, L.; Côté, C.; Sarkissian, A.

    2014-03-21

    An atmospheric-pressure plasma sustained by an electromagnetic surface wave (SW) in the microwave regime combined with a bubbler/flash evaporator for the injection of liquid precursors was used to produce organosilicon and organotitanium nanopowders. Following the addition of hexamethyldisiloxane (HMDSO) vapors in the nominally pure argon plasma, optical emission spectra revealed the apparition of strong C{sub 2} molecular bands along with Si and Balmer H emission lines. Such features were not observed in our atmospheric-pressure Ar/HMDSO discharges controlled by dielectric barriers, indicating that microwave plasmas are characterized by much higher fragmentation levels of the precursors due to much higher electron densities. Emission spectra from the Ar/HMDSO SW plasma further showed a high-intensity continuum, the intensity of which decreased with time as powders started to form on the discharge tube walls. In presence of titanium isopropoxide (TTIP) vapors in the nominally pure Ar plasma, the emission was dominated by Ar and Ti lines, with no trace of carbon and no continuum. Fourier-Transform Infrared (FTIR) Spectroscopy of the powders formed in Ar/HMDSO plasmas showed very strong Si-(CH{sub 3}){sub x} and O-Si-(CH{sub 3}){sub x} bands, which is consistent with the formation of silicon oxycarbide. Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM) further showed tube and sheet-like nanofeatures as well as larger structures consisting of agglomerated primary clusters. On the other hand, introduction of O{sub 2} in Ar/HMDSO plasmas produced only round-like nanoparticles with strong Si-O-Si bands and no trace of carbon, consistent with the formation of SiO{sub x}. The average size of the silica nanoparticles was 50 nm. FTIR spectra of powders formed in Ar/TTIP plasmas showed strong Ti-O signals, even without the addition of O{sub 2} in the gas phase. Corresponding TEM analysis showed nano- and agglomerated features comparable to those obtained in Ar/HMDSO although the

  15. Mechanosynthesis of nanopowders of the proton-conducting electrolyte material Ba(Zr, Y)O{sub 3-{delta}}

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    Antunes, I.; Brandao, A.; Figueiredo, F.M.; Frade, J.R.; Gracio, J.; Fagg, D.P.

    2009-08-15

    The formation of perovskite nanopowders of the common proton-conducting, electrolyte material Ba(Zr{sub 1-x}Y{sub x})O{sub 3-{delta}} is demonstrated by room temperature mechanosynthesis for the compositional range x=0, 0.058 and 0.148. This is achieved with a planetary ball mill at 650 rpm in zirconia vials, starting from BaO{sub 2} with ZrO{sub 2}, (ZrO{sub 2}){sub 0.97}(Y{sub 2}O{sub 3}){sub 0.03} or (ZrO{sub 2}){sub 0.92}(Y{sub 2}O{sub 3}){sub 0.08} precursors, respectively. Powder X-ray diffraction (XRD) reveals the formation of the perovskite phase in the early stages of milling with phase purity being achieved after milling times of 240 min for composition x=0.058 whereas 420 min is necessary for composition x=0.148. In contrast, traces of ZrO{sub 2} are apparent in composition x=0 even after milling times of 420 min. The use of BaCO{sub 3} as precursor does not allow the formation of the perovskite phase for any composition. The perovskite crystallites are spherical in shape with an average size determined from XRD of ca. 30 nm in agreement with transmission electron microscopy observations. FTIR spectra demonstrate that contamination levels of BaCO{sub 3} in the mechanosynthesized powders are very low. The spherical shape and nanoscale of the crystallites allow densification levels that are highly competitive when compared to BaZrO{sub 3}-based materials formed by alternative synthesis techniques documented in the literature. - Graphical abstract: The formation of perovskite nanopowders of the common proton-conducting, electrolyte, material Ba(Zr{sub 1-x}Y{sub x})O{sub 3-{delta}} is demonstrated by room temperature mechanosynthesis, starting from BaO{sub 2} with ZrO{sub 2}, (ZrO{sub 2}){sub 0.97}(Y{sub 2}O{sub 3}){sub 0.03} or (ZrO{sub 2}){sub 0.92}(Y{sub 2}O{sub 3}){sub 0.08} precursors.

  16. Effect of Ni doping on structural and optical properties of Zn{sub 1−x}Ni{sub x}O nanopowder synthesized via low cost sono-chemical method

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    Singh, Budhendra; Kaushal, Ajay; Bdikin, Igor; Venkata Saravanan, K.; Ferreira, J.M.F.

    2015-10-15

    Highlights: • Pure and Ni doped ZnO nanopowders were synthesized by low cost sonochemical method. • The optical properties of Zn{sub 1−x}Ni{sub x}O nanopowders can be tuned by varying Ni content. • The results reveal the solubility limit of Ni into ZnO matrix as below 8%. - Abstract: Zn{sub 1−x}Ni{sub x}O nanopowders with different Ni contents of x = 0.0, 0.04 and 0.08 were synthesized via cost effective sonochemical reaction method. X-ray diffraction (XRD) pattern reveals pure wurtzite phase of prepared nanostructures with no additional impurity peaks. The morphology and dimensions of nanoparticles were investigated using scanning electron microscope (SEM). A sharp and strong peak for first order optical mode for wurtzite zinc oxide (ZnO) structure was observed at ∼438 cm{sup −1} in Raman spectra. The calculated optical band gap (E{sub g}) from UV–vis transmission data was found to decrease with increase in Ni content. The observed red shift in E{sub g} with increasing Ni content in ZnO nanopowders were in agreement with band gap behaviours found in their photoluminescence (PL) spectra. The synthesised ZnO nanopowders with controlled band gap on Ni doping reveals their potential for use in various electronic and optical device applications. The results were discussed in detail.

  17. Sol-gel processing and characterization of potassium niobate nano-powders by an EDTA/citrate complexing method

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    Cao, Yang; Zhu, Kongjun; Qiu, Jinhao; Pang, Xuming; Ji, Hongli

    2012-05-01

    The present research describes a modified sol-gel technique used to obtain nano-crystalline potassium niobate (KNbO3) powders by using ethylene diamine tetraacetic acid (EDTA)/citrate as a complexing agent. The metal ions chemically interact with EDTA in the precursor sol. The aging treatments lead to the formation of a precursor-polymeric gel network. The effects of the amounts of citric acid and EDTA on the stability of the precursor sol are investigated. The influence of excess K on the formation of pure-phase KNbO3 powders is also studied. The obtained gels and powders are characterized by thermogravimetric-differential scanning calorimetry, X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, and transmission electron microscopy. The results indicate that a stable precursor sol is formed when n(CA):n(Mn+) = 3:1 and n(EDTA) :n(NH4OH) = 1:3.5. The xerogel is calcined at 700-850 °C to prepare the KNbO3 nano-powder. The smallest grain size of the sample obtained at 850 °C is about 60 nm when the K/Nb molar ratio equals 1.2.

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

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

    2015-06-01

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

  19. Application of the soluble salt-assisted route to scalable synthesis of ZnO nanopowder with repeated photocatalytic activity.

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    Lv, Yingying; Yu, Leshu; Huang, Heyong; Feng, Yuying; Chen, Dongzhen; Xie, Xin

    2012-02-17

    In this paper, the soluble salt-assisted route has been extended to the low-cost and scalable preparation of ZnO nanostructures via the simple oxidation of Zn-Na2SO4 mixture followed by washing with water. The as-prepared ZnO nanopowders are of nanoscaled size, hexagonal phase, and pure, without being stained by Na2SO4. Their optical band gap is 3.22 eV, exhibiting a red-shift of 0.15 eV in comparison with pure ZnO bulk, and their optical absorbance is strong in the region of 200-400 nm, suggesting their full utilization of most of the UV light in sunlight. The product shows evident photocatalytic activity in degradation of RhB under solar light irradiation, and then its solar light degradation efficiency is close to that under UV irradiation, indicating that there is a possibility of practical application. More importantly, the obtained ZnO nanoparticles, because of the quick precipitation by themselves in solution with no stirring, could be easily recycled without any accessorial means such as high-speed centrifuge. The low-cost and scalable preparation, high photocatalytic activity, and convenient recycling of this ZnO nanomaterial gives it potential in purifying waste water. Hence the interesting results in this study indicate the wide range of the soluble salt-assisted route for the industrial preparation of many other advanced nanomaterials. PMID:22248758

  20. Preparation and Scintillating Properties of Sol-Gel Eu3+, Tb3+ Co-Doped Lu2O3 Nanopowders

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    de Jesús Morales Ramírez, Ángel; Murillo, Antonieta García; de Jesús Carrillo Romo, Felipe; Hernández, Margarita García; Palmerin, Joel Moreno; Guerrero, Rosario Ruiz

    2011-01-01

    Nanocrystalline Eu3+, Tb3+ co-doped Lu2O3 powders with a maximum size of 25.5 nm were prepared by the sol-gel process, using lutetium, europium and terbium nitrates as precursors, and ethanol as a solvent. Differential thermal analysis (DTA) and infrared spectroscopy (IR) were used to study the chemical changes during the xerogel annealing. After the sol evaporation at 100 °C, the formed gel was annealed from 300 to 900 °C for 30 min under a rich O2 atmosphere, and the yielded product was analyzed by X-ray diffraction (XRD) to characterize the microstructural behavior and confirm the crystalline structure. The results showed that Lu2O3 nanopowders start to crystallize at 400 °C and that the crystallite size increases along with the annealing temperature. A transmission electron microscopy (TEM) study of samples annealed at 700 and 900 °C was carried out in order to analyze the microstructure, as well as the size, of crystallites. Finally, in regard to scintillating properties, Eu3+ dopant (5 mol%), Tb3+ codoped Lu2O3 exhibited a typical red emission at 611 nm (D°→7F2), furthermore, the effect of Tb3+ molar content (0.01, 0.015 and 0.02% mol) on the Eu3+ radioluminiscence was analyzed and it was found that the higher emission intensity corresponds to the lower Tb3+ content. PMID:22016655

  1. The effect of Tb 3+ doping on the structure and spectroscopic properties of MgAl 2O 4 nanopowders

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    Wiglusz, R. J.; Grzyb, T.

    2011-08-01

    In this paper, a modified sol-gel method was employed to prepare nanostructured MgAl 2O 4 spinel powders doped with Tb 3+ ions and thermally treated at 700 and 1000 °C for 3 h. The structural properties of the prepared at 700 and 1000 °C powders where characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). According to obtained XRD patterns the formation of single-phase spinels after calcination was confirmed. The XRD analyses demonstrated that the powders were single-phase spinel nanopowders with high crystallite dispersion. The Rietveld method was applied to calculate lattice parameters. The averaged spinel particle size was determined to be ˜10 nm for calcination at 700 °C and ˜20 nm at 1000 °C. The emission and excitation spectra measured at room and low temperature (77 K) for the samples calcined at 700 and 1000 °C demonstrated characteristic spectra of Tb 3+ ions. The effect of MgAl 2O 4:Tb 3+ grain sizes on luminescence properties was noticed.

  2. Variations in Physicochemical Properties of a Traditional Mercury-Based Nanopowder Formulation: Need for Standard Manufacturing Practices

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    Kamath, S. U.; Pemiah, B.; Rajan, K. S.; Krishnaswamy, S.; Sethuraman, S.; Krishnan, U. M.

    2014-01-01

    Rasasindura is a mercury-based nanopowder synthesized using natural products through mechanothermal processing. It has been used in the Ayurvedic system of medicine since time immemorial for various therapeutic purposes such as rejuvenation, treatment of syphilis and in genital disorders. Rasasindura is said to be composed of mercury, sulphur and organic moieties derived from the decoction of plant extracts used during its synthesis. There is little scientific understanding of the preparation process so far. Though metallic mercury is incorporated deliberately for therapeutic purposes, it certainly raises toxicity concerns. The lack of gold standards in manufacturing of such drugs leads to a variation in the chemical composition of the final product. The objective of the present study was to assess the physicochemical properties of Rasasindura samples of different batches purchased from different manufacturers and assess the extent of deviation and gauge its impact on human health. Modern characterization techniques were employed to analyze particle size and morphology, surface area, zeta potential, elemental composition, crystallinity, thermal stability and degradation. Average particle size of the samples observed through scanning electron microscope ranged from 5-100 nm. Mercury content was found to be between 84 and 89% from elemental analysis. Despite batch-to-batch and manufacturer-to-manufacturer variations in the physicochemical properties, all the samples contained mercury in the form of HgS. These differences in the physicochemical properties may ultimately impact its biological outcome. PMID:25593382

  3. Role of paramagnetic defects in light emission processes in Y-doped ZrO2 nanopowders

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    Korsunska, N.; Baran, M.; Zhuk, A.; Polishchuk, Yu; Stara, T.; Kladko, V.; Bacherikov, Yu; Venger, Ye; Konstantinova, T.; Khomenkova, L.

    2014-12-01

    Luminescence and structural properties of pure and Y-doped ZrO2 nanopowders with different Y content synthesized by co-precipitation of Zr and Y salts were investigated by x-ray diffraction, transmission electron microscopy, electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) and photoluminescence (PL) methods. It was found that at constant calcination temperature (700 °С), the increase of Y content stimulates the transformation of crystalline phase from monoclinic through the tetragonal to the cubic one. Generally, room temperature PL emission was found to be similar for the samples with different Y content, demonstrating the same overlapped PL components in visible spectral range under extrinsic excitation. The relative contribution of each PL component was found to be affected by calcination time. In EPR spectra of as-prepared samples no signals were observed. The annealing in N2 or H2 flow results in the appearance of the signal from surface Zr3+ defects. In the latter the signal assigned to F-center also arises. The anti-correlation observed between the PL intensity and the value of the Zr3+ EPR signal allows us to conclude that the Zr3+ center is the center of fast non-radiative recombination. At the same time, interrelation between the intensity of the EPR signal assigned to F-centers and observed PL bands was not found.

  4. Influence of Cr on structural and optical properties of TiO 2:Cr nanopowders prepared by flame spray synthesis

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    Trenczek-Zajac, A.; Radecka, M.; Jasinski, M.; Michalow, K. A.; Rekas, M.; Kusior, E.; Zakrzewska, K.; Heel, A.; Graule, T.; Kowalski, K.

    Influence of chromium incorporation on structural and optical properties of titanium dioxide nanopowders obtained by flame spray synthesis, FSS is studied by means of: X-ray diffraction, XRD; Raman spectroscopy; transmission electron spectroscopy, TEM; photoelectron spectroscopy, XPS and optical spectrophotometry over the ultraviolet, UV and visible range of the light spectrum from 250 nm to 2200 nm. The specific surface area, SSA, of the powders has been adjusted from 48 m 2/g for TiO 2 + 0.1at.% Cr to 177 m 2/g for TiO 2 + 15 at.% Cr which is accompanied by a decrease in the anatase grain size from 21 nm to 5 nm. The anatase-to-rutile ratio changes with Cr 3+ concentration but there is no evidence of precipitation of chromium oxides or chromium titanates. Incorporation of Cr 3+ into TiO 2 lattice, as proved by XPS, is found to affect the electronic structure of TiO 2, as indicated by the optical spectrophotometry. The impurity band is formed within the forbidden band gap of titanium dioxide which results in the additional absorption within the visible range of the light spectrum. The general aim of this work is to improve the visible light absorption and hence the efficiency of photocatalytic decomposition of organic contaminants.

  5. Diffusion Processes in Water on Oxide Surfaces: Quasielastic Neutron Scattering Study of Hydration Water in Rutile Nano-Powder

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    Chu, Xiang-Qiang; Ehlers, Georg; Mamontov, Eugene; Podlesnyak, Andrey A; Wang, Wei; Wesolowski, David J

    2011-01-01

    Quasielastic neutron scattering (QENS) was used to investigate the diffusion dynamics of hydration water on the surface of rutile (TiO{sub 2}) nanopowder. The dynamics measurements utilizing two inelastic instruments, a backscattering spectrometer and a disk chopper spectrometer, probed the fast, intermediate, and slow motions of the water molecules on the time scale of picoseconds to more than a nanosecond. We employed a model-independent analysis of the data collected at each value of the scattering momentum transfer to investigate the temperature dependence of several diffusion components. All of the probed components were present in the studied temperature range of 230-320 K, providing, at a first sight, no evidence of discontinuity in the hydration water dynamics. However, a qualitative change in the elastic scattering between 240 and 250 K suggested a surface freezing-melting transition, when the motions that were localized at lower temperatures became delocalized at higher temperatures. On the basis of our previous molecular dynamics simulations of this system, we argue that interpretation of QENS data from such a complex interfacial system requires at least qualitative input from simulations, particularly when comparing results from spectrometers with very different energy resolutions and dynamic ranges.

  6. Al-Mg co-doping effect on optical and magnetic properties of ZnO nanopowders

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    Si, Xiaodong; Liu, Yongsheng; Wu, Xinfang; Lei, Wei; Lin, Jia; Gao, Tian; Zheng, Li

    2015-07-01

    Zn0.97 - xMgxAl0.03O (x = 0 , 0.01 , 0.03 and 0.05) nanoparticles were prepared by hydrothermal growth, and their optical and magnetic properties were systematically studied by the X-ray diffraction (XRD), the UV-visible spectrophotometer, the infrared spectrometer and the physical properties measurement system (PPMS). These results showed that all the nanopowders had hexagonal wurtzite structures. With increasing the content of Mg, the strength of the (110) intensity peak increased. When Mg atoms were not incorporated into the Zn0.97Al0.03O lattice, the infrared light transmittance was higher than that of other groups of samples. In the UV range, the absorption decreased with the increase of the concentration of Mg. Mg doping weakened the magnetic property of the nanoparticles at room temperature. The zero-field-cooled (ZFC) and field-cooled (FC) magnetization curves were separated with the decrease of temperature due to the pinning effect between the ferromagnetic domain and antiferromagnetic domain.

  7. Crystallization and microstructure of 8YSZ nanopowders synthesized by ball-mill assisted constant pH route

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    Mohanty, Subrat K.; Nayak, Bibhuti B.

    2013-06-01

    8 mol% Y2O3 stabilized ZrO2 (8YSZ) nanopowders were prepared by two ways of precipitation technique namely conventional precipitation (i.e. stepwise increase of pH) and constant pH precipitation (i.e. precipitation at constant pH). The crystallization, microstructure and density of both the powders were studied with and without ball milling. The ball milled powders prepared in conventional method were found to be sintered upto 92% of the theoretical density, whereas the powders prepared in constant pH precipitation method after ball milling showed 97% of the theoretical density, at 1600°C. The presence of fine and uniformly distributed pores were observed, for the 8YSZ pellets synthesized via conventional precipitation method, whereas a relatively dense microstructure was observed for that synthesized via constant pH precipitation method, from the SEM micrographs. Constant pH route shows better results as compared to conventional route and seems to be effective way of synthesis to prepare 8YSZ for electrolyte in solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) application.

  8. Application of 8YSZ Nanopowder Synthesized by the Modified Solvothermal Process for Anode Supported Solid Oxide Fuel Cells.

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    Meepho, Malinee; Wattanasiriwech, Suthee; Angkavatana, Pavadee; Wattanasiriwech, Darunee

    2015-03-01

    Thin electrolyte yttria-stabilized zirconia (8YSZ) films were coated on the porous solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) anode substrates for the use at an intermediate temperature range. Nano-8YSZ powder with a particle size of about 5 nm was synthesized using the modified solvothermal process. The electrolyte suspension was prepared by dispersion the synthesized 8YSZ nanopowder in ethanol, with PVB and 1,3-propanediol as a binder and a charging agent respectively. The 8YSZ suspension was subsequently deposited on the pre-sintered NiO-YSZ porous substrates by the electrophoretic deposition (EPD) technique. In order to obtain high quality electrolyte films, preparation process was optimized through two strategic approaches; (i) adjustment of suspension's rheological property and (ii) compatibility of anode-electrolyte sintering shrinkage. Rheological property of the suspension was improved with an addition of 1,3-propanediol. The zeta potential of this suspension was increased and reached the value of +24 mV so the well-dispersed slurry was finally obtained. The second approach was achieved by using a proper composite anode powders. Dense and uniform 8YSZ electrolyte films with a thickness of about 1 thickness successfully be formed on the NiO-YSZ porous substrates after co-sintering at 1400 °C for 2 h. PMID:26413707

  9. Preparation and scintillating properties of Sol-Gel Eu(3+), TB(3+) co-doped Lu(2)O(3) nanopowders.

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    de Jesús Morales Ramírez, Angel; Murillo, Antonieta García; de Jesús Carrillo Romo, Felipe; Hernández, Margarita García; Palmerin, Joel Moreno; Guerrero, Rosario Ruiz

    2011-01-01

    Nanocrystalline Eu(3+), Tb(3+) co-doped Lu(2)O(3) powders with a maximum size of 25.5 nm were prepared by the sol-gel process, using lutetium, europium and terbium nitrates as precursors, and ethanol as a solvent. Differential thermal analysis (DTA) and infrared spectroscopy (IR) were used to study the chemical changes during the xerogel annealing. After the sol evaporation at 100 °C, the formed gel was annealed from 300 to 900 °C for 30 min under a rich O(2) atmosphere, and the yielded product was analyzed by X-ray diffraction (XRD) to characterize the microstructural behavior and confirm the crystalline structure. The results showed that Lu(2)O(3) nanopowders start to crystallize at 400 °C and that the crystallite size increases along with the annealing temperature. A transmission electron microscopy (TEM) study of samples annealed at 700 and 900 °C was carried out in order to analyze the microstructure, as well as the size, of crystallites. Finally, in regard to scintillating properties, Eu(3+) dopant (5 mol%), Tb(3+) codoped Lu(2)O(3) exhibited a typical red emission at 611 nm (D(°)→(7)F(2)), furthermore, the effect of Tb(3+) molar content (0.01, 0.015 and 0.02% mol) on the Eu(3+) radioluminiscence was analyzed and it was found that the higher emission intensity corresponds to the lower Tb(3+) content. PMID:22016655

  10. Improved compaction of ZnO nano-powder triggered by the presence of acetate and its effect on sintering

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    Dargatz, Benjamin; Gonzalez-Julian, Jesus; Guillon, Olivier

    2015-04-01

    The retention of nanocrystallinity in dense ceramic materials is still a challenge, even with the application of external pressure during sintering. The compaction behavior of high purity and acetate enriched zinc oxide (ZnO) nano-powders was investigated. It was found that acetate in combination with water plays a key role during the compaction into green bodies at moderate temperatures. Application of constant pressure resulted in a homogeneous green body with superior packing density (86% of theoretical value) at moderate temperature (85 °C) in the presence of water. In contrast, no improvement in density could be achieved if pure ZnO powder was used. This compaction behavior offers superior packing of the particles, resulting in a high relative density of the consolidated compact with negligible coarsening. Dissolution accompanying creep diffusion based matter transport is suggested to strongly support reorientation of ZnO particles towards densities beyond the theoretical limit for packing of ideal monosized spheres. Finally, the sintering trajectory reveals that grain growth is retarded compared to conventional processing up to 90% of theoretical density. Moreover, nearly no radial shrinkage was observed after sinter-forging for bodies performed with this advanced processing method.

  11. Comparison of structural and luminescence properties of Dy{sub 2}O{sub 3} nanopowders synthesized by co-precipitation and green combustion routes

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    Chandrasekhar, M.; Nagabhushana, H.; Sudheerkumar, K.H.; Dhananjaya, N.; Sharma, S.C.; Kavyashree, D.; Shivakumara, C.; Nagabhushana, B.M.

    2014-07-01

    Highlights: • Dy{sub 2}O{sub 3} nanopowders were prepared by co-precipitation and eco-friendly green combustion route using plant latex. • Both the products show excellent chromaticity coordinates in the white region, which were quite useful for white LED’s. • Thermoluminescence response of the Dy{sub 2}O{sub 3} product prepared by green synthesis was higher when compared to co-precipitation route. • Structural parameters of Dy{sub 2}O{sub 3} were estimated using Rietveld refinement. • The development of nanosize materials using eco-friendly resources was an attractive non-hazardous chemical route. - Abstract: Dysprosium oxide (Dy{sub 2}O{sub 3}) nanopowders were prepared by co-precipitation (CP) and eco-friendly green combustion (GC) routes. SEM micrographs prepared by CP route show smooth rods with various lengths and diameters while, GC route show porous, agglomerated particles. The results were further confirmed by TEM. Thermoluminescence (TL) responses of the nanopowder prepared by both the routes were studied using γ-rays. A well resolved glow peak at 353 °C along with less intense peak at 183 °C was observed in GC route while, in CP a single glow peak at 364 °C was observed. The kinetic parameters were estimated using Chen’s glow peak route. Photoluminescence (PL) of Dy{sub 2}O{sub 3} shows peaks at 481, 577, 666 and 756 nm which were attributed to Dy{sup 3+} transitions of {sup 4}F{sub 9/2}⟶{sup 6}H{sub 15/2}, {sup 6}H{sub 13/2}, {sup 6}H{sub 11/2} and {sup 6}H{sub 9/2}, respectively. Color co-ordinate values were located in the white region as a result the product may be useful for the fabrication of WLED’S.

  12. Production of Y{sub 3}Al{sub 5}O{sub 12} and Y{sub 2}O{sub 3} nanopowders for optical ceramics

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    Baumer, V. N.; Deineka, T. G.; Korshikova, T. A.; Vovk, E. A.; Kosmyna, M. B.; Nazarenko, B. P.; Puzikov, V. M.; Sergienko, Z. P.; Tkachenko, V. F.; Tolmachev, A. V.; Shekhovtsov, A. N.

    2008-12-15

    The physical and technical conditions for reproducible production of nanodispersed yttrium aluminum garnet (Y{sub 3}Al{sub 5}O{sub 12}, YAG) and yttrium oxide (Y{sub 2}O{sub 3}) powders by chemical coprecipitation have been investigated. It is established that the obtained YAG nanopowders have enhanced reactivity, which significantly decreases the temperature range of interaction in the Y{sub 2}O{sub 3}-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} system in comparison with ceramic synthesis. It is shown that vacuum heat treatment may lead to reversible transformation of the YAG crystal structure from cubic to tetragonal.

  13. [Preparation and spectroscopy properties of Eu2 (CA)3 (phen)2 doped Eu3+/TiO2 nano-powders].

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    Zhao, Si-qin; Guo, Min; Zhang, Mei; Wang, Xi-gui; Chang, Shan

    2010-08-01

    The 1% Eu3+ doped Eu3+ /TiO2 nano-powders were prepared via sol-gel method by using Eu(NO3)3 and Eu2 (CA)3 (phen)2 (CA: camphoric acid; phen: 1, 10-phenanthroline) as precursors respectively, and the samples were characterized by thermal analyses (TG-DTA), X-ray powder diffraction(XRD), scanning electron microscope(SEM), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), UV-Vis absorption spectra and fluorescence spectra for their microstructure, morphology and spectroscopy properties. The results of TG-DTA and XRD indicate that the increasing trend of particle size and the conversion temperature of crystalline phase of the as prepared samples was restrained when using organic complexes Eu2(CA)3 (phen)2 as the do pant. The particle size was decreased from 9 to 7 nm, and the name powders were still anatase TiO2 when the calcination temperature was increased up to 500 degrees C. The absorption peak at about 370 nm in UV-Vis spectra was red-shifted when doping with organic complexes Eu2 (CA)3 (phen)2, namely the doped TiO2 nano powders have the ability of visible light responding. The characteristic absorption peaks of organic complex did not appear in FTIR spectrum, indicating that the Eu3+ has little impact on the formation process of TiO2 crystal when using Eu2(CA)3 (phen)2 as precursor. The result of fluorescence spectrum indicates that the characteristic transition of Eu3+ at 578 nm (corresponding to (5)D0---(7)F0), 590 nm((5)D0-(7)F1) and 612 nm ((5)D0-(7)F2) appeared in both samples, in which the peak at 612 nm was the characteristic red transmutation peak. When doping Eu3+ with the same content, the nano-powders using Eu2 (CA)3 (phen)2 as precursor obtain higher luminescence intensity. Therefore, by using a simple approach, the authors prepared the light-emitting rare earth inorganic nano-powders with better luminescence property and high stability, and such inorganic nano-powders might have potential applications in many fields. PMID:20939336

  14. Effect of heat treatment on the structural parameters and magnetic properties of copper ferrite nanopowders obtained by the sol-gel combustion

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    Zhuravlev, V. A.; Naiden, E. P.; Minin, R. V.; Itin, V. I.; Ufimtsev, M. R.

    2016-02-01

    Phase composition, structure parameters and basic magnetic characteristics obtained by the sol-gel combustion nanopowders of ferrospinel CuFe2O4 are investigated. A comparison of the properties of synthesized materials: first sample - immediately after the combustion of the gel and second sample - after annealing at 1073 K for 4 hours are performed. Annealing leads to an increase in the concentration of the phase with tetragonal crystal structure. Particle sizes and the value of anisotropy field of this phase also increased.

  15. Dynamics and structure of hydration water on rutile and cassiterite nanopowders studied by quasielastic neutron scattering and molecular dynamics simulations.

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    Mamontov, Eugene; Vlcek, Lukas; Wesolowski, David J

    2007-03-01

    Quasielastic neutron scattering (QENS) experiments carried out using time-of-flight and backscattering neutron spectrometers with widely different energy resolution and dynamic range revealed the diffusion dynamics of hydration water in nanopowder rutile (TiO{sub 2}) and cassiterite (SnO{sub 2}) that possess the rutile crystal structure with the (110) crystal face predominant on the surface. These isostructural oxides differ in their bulk dielectric constants, metal atom electronegativities, and lattice spacings, which may all contribute to differences in the structure and dynamics of sorbed water. When hydrated under ambient conditions, the nanopowders had similar levels of hydration: about 3.5 (OH/H{sub 2}O) molecules per Ti{sub 2}O{sub 4} surface structural unit of TiO{sub 2} and about 4.0 (OH/H{sub 2}O) molecules per Sn{sub 2}O{sub 4} surface unit of SnO{sub 2}. Ab initio optimized classical molecular dynamics (MD) simulations of the (110) surfaces in contact with SPC/E water at these levels of hydration indicate three structurally distinct sorbed water layers L{sub 1}, L{sub 2}, and L{sub 3}, where the L{sub 1} species are either associated water molecules or dissociated hydroxyl groups in direct contact with the surface, L{sub 2} water molecules are hydrogen bonded to L{sub 1} and structural oxygen atoms at the surface, and L{sub 3} water molecules are more weakly bound. At the hydration levels studied, L{sub 3} is incomplete compared with axial oxygen density profiles of bulk SPC/E water in contact with these surfaces, but the structure and dynamics of L{sub 1}-L{sub 3} species are remarkably similar at full and reduced water coverage. Three hydration water diffusion components, on the time scale of a picosecond, tens of picoseconds, and a nanosecond could be extracted from the QENS spectra of both oxides. However, the spectral weight of the faster components was significantly lower for SnO{sub 2} compared to TiO{sub 2}. In TiO{sub 2} hydration water, the

  16. Synthesis and magnetization studies of nanopowder Fe₇₀Ni₂₀Cr₁₀ alloys prepared by high energy milling

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    Chater, R.; Bououdina, M.; Chaanbi, D.; Abbas, H.

    2013-05-01

    Nanocrystalline Fe{sub 1–x–y}NixCry (x=20, y=10% in Wt)) alloy samples were prepared by mechanical alloying process. Fe, Ni and Cr elemental powders have been ball milled in a planetary mill for various periods of time, up to 27 h. XRD analysis allowed the determination of the structure of the mixture, the average crystallite size and the lattice parameter as a function of milling time. The complete formation of FeNiCr is observed after 27 h milling. With increasing milling time from 0 to 27 h, it is observed that the lattice parameter increases from 0.3515 to 0.3593 nm as well as an increase of microstrain from 0.15 to 0.40%, whereas the grain size decreases from 48 to 13 nm. Grain morphology of the powders at different formation stages was examined using SEM. Saturation magnetization and coercive fields derived from the hysteresis curves are discussed as a function of milling time. - Graphical abstract: Fe₇₀Ni₂₀Cr₁₀ nanopowders were prepared using a planetary ball mill. The structure and microstructure vary with milling time; thereby important modifications of the magnetic properties were observed and discussed. Highlights: • Nanocrystalline Fe₇₀Ni₂₀Cr₁₀ alloy were prepared by the mechanical alloying process. • The complete formation of Fe₇₀Ni₂₀Cr₁₀ is observed after 24 h milling. • With increasing milling time, the grain size decreases, while the strain increases. • The SEM images allowed following the morphology of the materials at different stages. • Ms and HC derived from the hysteresis are discussed as a function of milling time.

  17. Hydrothermal synthesis, characterization, photocatalytic activity and dye-sensitized solar cell performance of mesoporous anatase TiO{sub 2} nanopowders

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    Pavasupree, Sorapong; Jitputti, Jaturong; Ngamsinlapasathian, Supachai; Yoshikawa, Susumu

    2008-01-08

    Mesoporous anatase TiO{sub 2} nanopowder was synthesized by hydrothermal method at 130 deg. C for 12 h. The samples were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), selected-area electron diffraction (SAED), HRTEM, and Brunauer-Emmett-Teller (BET) surface area. The as-synthesized sample with narrow pore size distribution had average pore diameter about 3-4 nm. The specific BET surface area of the as-synthesized sample was about 193 m{sup 2}/g. Mesoporous anatase TiO{sub 2} nanopowders (prepared by this study) showed higher photocatalytic activity than the nanorods TiO{sub 2}, nanofibers TiO{sub 2} mesoporous TiO{sub 2}, and commercial TiO{sub 2} nanoparticles (P-25, JRC-01, and JRC-03). The solar energy conversion efficiency ({eta}) of the cell using the mesoporous anatase TiO{sub 2} was about 6.30% with the short-circuit current density (Jsc) of 13.28 mA/cm{sup 2}, the open-circuit voltage (Voc) of 0.702 V and the fill factor (ff) of 0.676; while {eta} of the cell using P-25 reached 5.82% with Jsc of 12.74 mA/cm{sup 2}, Voc of 0.704 V and ff of 0.649.

  18. Direct solid sampling system for electrothermal vaporization and its application to the determination of chlorine in nanopowder samples by inductively coupled plasma optical emission spectroscopy.

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    Nakata, Kenichi; Hashimoto, Bunji; Uchihara, Hiroshi; Okamoto, Yasuaki; Ishizaka, Syoji; Fujiwara, Terufumi

    2015-06-01

    An electrothermal vaporization (ETV) system using a tungsten boat furnace (TBF) sample cuvette was designed for the direct determination of chlorine in metallic nanopowders and fine powder samples with detection by inductively coupled plasma optical emission spectroscopy (ICP-OES). A portion of a powder or particle sample was placed into a small tungsten sample cuvette and weighed accurately. A modifier solution of aqueous or alcoholic potassium hydroxide was added to it. Then, the cuvette was positioned on the TBF incorporated into the ETV apparatus. The analyte was vaporized and introduced into the ICP optical emission spectrometer with a carrier gas stream of argon and hydrogen. The metal samples were analyzed by using an external calibration curve prepared from aqueous standard solutions. Few chemical species including analyte and some chlorine-free species were introduced into the ICP, because the analyte has been separated from the matrix before introduction. Under such dry plasma conditions, the energy of plasma discharge was focused on the excitation of chlorine atoms, and as a result, lower detection limits were achieved. A detection limit of 170 ng g(-1) of chlorine in solid metal samples was established when 60 mg sample was used. The relative standard deviation for 16 replicate measurements obtained with 100 ng chlorine was 8.7%. Approximately 30 batches could be vaporized per hour. The analytical results for various nanopowders (iron (III) oxide, copper, silver, and gold) and metallic fine powder samples (silver and gold) are described. PMID:25863402

  19. Preparation of UO2, ThO2 and (Th,U)O2 pellets from photochemically-prepared nano-powders

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    Pavelková, Tereza; Čuba, Václav; de Visser-Týnová, Eva; Ekberg, Christian; Persson, Ingmar

    2016-02-01

    Photochemically-induced preparation of nano-powders of crystalline uranium and/or thorium oxides and their subsequent pelletizing has been investigated. The preparative method was based on the photochemically induced formation of amorphous solid precursors in aqueous solution containing uranyl and/or thorium nitrate and ammonium formate. The EXAFS analyses of the precursors shown that photon irradiation of thorium containing solutions yields a compound with little long-range order but likely "ThO2 like" and the irradiation of uranium containing solutions yields the mixture of U(IV) and U(VI) compounds. The U-containing precursors were carbon free, thus allowing direct heat treatment in reducing atmosphere without pre-treatment in the air. Subsequent heat treatment of amorphous solid precursors at 300-550 °C yielded nano-crystalline UO2, ThO2 or solid (Th,U)O2 solutions with high purity, well-developed crystals with linear crystallite size <15 nm. The prepared nano-powders of crystalline oxides were pelletized without any binder (pressure 500 MPa), the green pellets were subsequently sintered at 1300 °C under an Ar:H2 (20:1) mixture (UO2 and (Th,U)O2 pellets) or at 1600 °C in ambient air (ThO2 pellets). The theoretical density of the sintered pellets varied from 91 to 97%.

  20. La{sub 0.7}Sr{sub 0.3}MnO{sub 3} nanopowders: Synthesis of different powders structures and real magnetic properties of nanomanganites

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    Danilenko, Igor Konstantinova, Tetyana; Volkova, Galina; Glazunova, Valentina

    2013-08-15

    The difference in the magnetic properties between two lanthanum manganite nanopowders with identical phase and chemical composition is discussed in terms of the influence of nanopowder synthesis conditions on their properties. The aim of this investigation was to show the influence of precursor type and structure on the structure and properties of final La{sub 0.7}Sr{sub 0.3}MnO{sub 3} nanopowders obtained by precipitation technique. The forming of a complex structure of precursor materials during drying and inheritance at firing stage led to the formation of bimodal particle size distribution and magnetic properties typical of coarse powders. The correct choice of precursor material and the technological conditions of the drying and firing stage were allowed for the creation of a uniform powder structure with special magnetic properties. We showed that the magnetic properties of nanopowders were not always determined by chemical or phase composition and mean particle size of synthesized powders. The difference in precipitation process can lead to unpredictable and catastrophic results, and masked the effect of nanoparticles on the magnetic properties of the material. - Highlights: • Precursor’s structure has a strong influence on LSM nanoparticles structure. • Amorphous precursor structure led to uniform LSM nanoparticles formation. • Crystal precursors led to the formation of bimodal LSM particles distribution. • Decrease the single-domain LSM NP size led to decrease the powder’s magnetization.

  1. Synthesis, EPR and luminescent properties of YAlO3:Fe3+ (0.1-0.9 mol%) nanopowders

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    Premkumar, H. B.; Nagabhushana, H.; Sharma, S. C.; Daruka Prasad, B.; Nagabhushana, B. M.; Rao, J. L.; Chakradhar, R. P. S.

    A simple and inexpensive combustion method was used to prepare Fe3+ doped YAlO3 perovskite within few minutes at low temperature (400 ± 10 °C). This might be useful in lowering the cost of the material. The final products were well characterized by various spectroscopic techniques such as PXRD, SEM, TEM, FTIR and UV-Visible. The average crystallite size was estimated from the broadening of the PXRD peaks and found to be in the range 45-90 nm, the results were in good agreement with the W-H plots and TEM. The crystallites show dumbbell shape, agglomerated particles with different size. The TL glow curves of 1-5 kGy γ-irradiated YAlO3:Fe3+ (0.1 mol%) nanopowder warmed at a heating rate of 3 °C s-1 records a single glow peak at ∼260 °C. The kinetic parameters namely activation energy (E), order of kinetics (b) and frequency factor (s) were determined at different gamma doses using the Chens glow peak shape method and the results were discussed in detail. The photoluminescence spectra for Fe3+ (0.1-0.9 mol%) doped YAlO3 records the lower energy band at 720 nm (4T1 (4G) → 6A1 (6S)) and the intermediate band located at 620 nm (4T2 (4G) → 6A1 (6S)) with the excitation of 378 nm. The higher energy band located at 514 nm was associated to 4E + 4A1 (4G) → 6A1 (6S) transition. The resonance signals at g values 7.6, 4.97, 4.10, 2.94, 2.33 and 1.98 were observed in EPR spectra of Fe3+ (0.1-0.9 mol%) doped YAlO3 recorded at room temperature. The g values indicate that the iron ions were in trivalent state and distorted octahedral site symmetry was observed.

  2. Synthesis, EPR and luminescent properties of YAlO3:Fe3+ (0.1-0.9mol%) nanopowders.

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    Premkumar, H B; Nagabhushana, H; Sharma, S C; Daruka Prasad, B; Nagabhushana, B M; Rao, J L; Chakradhar, R P S

    2014-05-21

    A simple and inexpensive combustion method was used to prepare Fe(3+) doped YAlO3 perovskite within few minutes at low temperature (400±10°C). This might be useful in lowering the cost of the material. The final products were well characterized by various spectroscopic techniques such as PXRD, SEM, TEM, FTIR and UV-Visible. The average crystallite size was estimated from the broadening of the PXRD peaks and found to be in the range 45-90nm, the results were in good agreement with the W-H plots and TEM. The crystallites show dumbbell shape, agglomerated particles with different size. The TL glow curves of 1-5kGy γ-irradiated YAlO3:Fe(3+) (0.1mol%) nanopowder warmed at a heating rate of 3°Cs(-1) records a single glow peak at ∼260°C. The kinetic parameters namely activation energy (E), order of kinetics (b) and frequency factor (s) were determined at different gamma doses using the Chens glow peak shape method and the results were discussed in detail. The photoluminescence spectra for Fe(3+) (0.1-0.9mol%) doped YAlO3 records the lower energy band at 720nm ((4)T1 (4G)→(6)A1 (6S)) and the intermediate band located at 620nm ((4)T2 ((4)G)→(6)A1 (6S)) with the excitation of 378nm. The higher energy band located at 514nm was associated to (4)E+(4)A1 ((4)G)→(6)A1 (6S) transition. The resonance signals at g values 7.6, 4.97, 4.10, 2.94, 2.33 and 1.98 were observed in EPR spectra of Fe(3+) (0.1-0.9mol%) doped YAlO3 recorded at room temperature. The g values indicate that the iron ions were in trivalent state and distorted octahedral site symmetry was observed. PMID:24607471

  3. La{sub 0.5}Sr{sub 0.5}TiO{sub 3} nanopowders prepared by the hydrothermal method

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    Putjuso, Thanin; Maensiri, Santi; Hunpratub, Sitchai; Swatsitang, Ekaphan

    2012-09-15

    Graphical abstract: LRTEM image of the single-phase La{sub 0.5}Sr{sub 0.5}TiO{sub 3} particles. It is seen from the figure that the product has a plate-like morphology with average particles sizes in the range of 100–300 nm. In addition, the SAED data taken from an individual particle (lower inset) shows the presence of sharp diffraction rings, which are indicative of polycrystalline La{sub 0.5}Sr{sub 0.5}TiO{sub 3} formation. The high-resolution TEM image (upper inset) shows for further confirmation of a crystalline structure of La{sub 0.5}Sr{sub 0.5}TiO{sub 3} powder. This image shows a clearly resolved crystalline domain with uniform interplanar spacing of 0.276 nm. Highlights: ► La{sub 0.5}Sr{sub 0.5}TiO{sub 3} nanopowder is prepared in 2 M KOH solution by hydrothermal method. ► The solution is heat treated at 220 °C for 24 h in air. ► LRTEM reveals a plate-like morphology of particle with average size of 100–300 nm. ► HRTEM image shows a crystalline domain with interplanar spacing of 0.276 nm. -- Abstract: La{sub 0.5}Sr{sub 0.5}TiO{sub 3} nanopowders were prepared by the hydrothermal method. The influence of processing parameters, including KOH concentration, reaction temperature and reaction time on the obtained products were studied. The structure and morphology of the obtained products were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). The XRD results show that pure phase La{sub 0.5}Sr{sub 0.5}TiO{sub 3} nanopowders can be successfully synthesized with 2 M KOH concentration at a low temperature of 220 °C for 24 h. In addition, the product has a plate-like shape with particle sizes in the range of 25–100 nm as estimated by TEM.

  4. Photocatalitic Properties of Tio2 and ZnO Nanopowders / Tio2 un Zno Nanopulveru Fotokatalitiskās Īpašības

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    Grigorjeva, L.; Rikveilis, J.; Grabis, J.; Jankovica, Dz.; Monty, C.; Millers, D.; Smits, K.

    2013-08-01

    Photocatalytic activity of TiO2 and ZnO nanopowders is studied depending on the morphology, grain sizes and method of synthesizing. Photocatalysis of the prepared powders was evaluated by degradation of the methylene blue aqueous solution. Absorbance spectra (190-100 nm) were measured during exposure of the solution to UV light. The relationships between the photocatalytic activity and the particle size, crystal polymorph phases and grain morphology were analyzed. The photocatalytic activity of prepared TiO2 nanopowders has been found to depend of the anatase-to-rutile phase ratio. Comparison is given for the photocatalytic activity of ZnO nanopowders prepared by sol-gel and solar physical vapour deposition (SPVD) methods Darbā pētīta fotokatalīzes efektivitāte ar dažādām metodēm sintezētiem TiO2 and ZnO nanopulveriem, kuriem ir atšķirīga morfoloģija un grauda izmērs. Foto katalīzes process raksturots ar metilenzilā sagraušanu ūdens šķīdumā, to apstarojot ar UV gaismu. Analizēta fotokatalīzes efektivitātes atkarība no grauda izmēra, nanokristālu graudu morfoloģijas, TiO2 nanopulveru anatasa-rutīla fāžu svara attiecībām. Parādīts, ka fotokatalītiskā efektivitāte ir atšķirīga TiO2 nanopulveriem sintezētiem ar dažādām metodēm: sola-gēla un tvaicēšanu-kondensēšanu saules reaktorā. Salīdzināta fotokatalīzes efektivitāte ZnO un TiO2 nanopulveriem un secināts, ka ZnO nanopulveri ar tetrapodu morfoloģiju ir labs fotokatalizators

  5. Radiation preparation of nano-powdered styrene-butadiene rubber (SBR) and its toughening effect for polystyrene and high-impact polystyrene

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    Li, Daishuang; Xia, Haibing; Peng, Jing; Zhai, Maolin; Wei, Genshuan; Li, Jiuqiang; Qiao, Jinliang

    2007-11-01

    Nano-powdered styrene-butadiene rubber (NPSBR) was synthesized based on the styrene-butadiene rubber (SBR) latex via gamma radiation crosslinking followed by spray drying. Two functional monomers, 2-ethyl hexyl acrylate (2-EHA) and trimethylolpropane triacrylate (TMPTA) were used as crosslinking agents. It was found that both 2-EHA and TMPTA can improve the radiation crosslinking of SBR latex. Transmission electron microscope (TEM) and scanning electron microscope (SEM) revealed that the NPSBR has a particle size similar to that of SBR latex with a diameter of 100 nm due to the high degree of crosslinking of SBR. Mechanical testing results showed that NPSBR could toughen polystyrene (PS) and high-impact polystyrene (HIPS) effectively. In addition, NPSBR is more suitable to toughen HIPS than PS at low rubber content.

  6. Fundamental study of Ti feedstock evaporation and the precursor formation process in inductively coupled thermal plasmas during TiO2 nanopowder synthesis

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    Kodama, Naoto; Tanaka, Yasunori; Kita, K.; Ishisaka, Y.; Uesugi, Y.; Ishijima, T.; Sueyasu, S.; Nakamura, K.

    2016-08-01

    Two-dimensional spectroscopic observations were conducted for an inductively coupled thermal plasma (ICTP) torch during TiO2 nanopowder synthesis. The feedstock was injected intermittently into the ICTP torch to investigate the Ti feedstock evaporation process clearly and to elucidate the formation process of precursor species. Spatiotemporal distributions of Ti atomic lines and TiO spectra were observed simultaneously inside the plasma torch with the observation system developed. The observation results showed that the injected Ti feedstock was evaporated to form high-density Ti atomic vapour in the torch, and that the generated Ti atomic vapour is transported and diffused by gas flow and the density gradient. In addition, TiO molecular vapour was generated almost simultaneously around the on-axis region in the torch.

  7. Preparation of monolithic cu(In0.7Ga0.3)Se2 nanopowders and subsequent fabrication of sintered CIGS films.

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    Song, Bong-Geun; Jung, Jae Hee; Bae, Gwi-Nam; Park, Hyung-Ho; Park, Jong-Ku; Cho, So-Hye

    2013-09-01

    Cu(In,Ga)Se2 (CIGS) is a compound semiconductor and is one of the most attractive light-absorbing materials for use in thin film solar cells. Among the various approaches to prepare CIGS thin films, the powder process offers an extremely simple and materials-efficient method. Here, we report the mechano-chemical preparation of CIGS compound powders suitable for fabrication of CIGS films by a powder process. We found that the CIGS phase was formed from the elemental powders of Cu, In, and Se and liquid Ga using high energy milling process with a milling time as short as 40 min at 200 rpm due to a self-accelerating exothermic reaction. The morphology and size of the CIGS powders changed with a function of the milling speed (100-300 rpm), leading to an optimal condition of milling at 200 rpm for 120 min. We also found that it was difficult to obtain a monolithic phase of the CIGS powders without severe particle aggregation by mechano-chemical milling alone. Therefore, in combination with the milling, subsequent heat-treatment at 300 degrees C was performed, which successfully provided monolithic CIGS nanopowders suitable for powder process. When a thin film was fabricated from the monolithic CIGS nanopowders, a highly dense film with large crystalline grains was obtained. The CIGS film preserved its chemical composition of CuIn0.7Ga0.3Se2 after sintering as evidenced by Raman spectroscopy, EDS and SAED pattern of transmission electron microscopy. The film was also found suitable for a light absorbing layer of CIGS solar cells with its band gap energy of 1.14 eV evaluated by transmittance spectroscopy. PMID:24205596

  8. Structure, morphology and optical properties of undoped and MN-doped ZnO(1-x)Sx nano-powders prepared by precipitation method

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    Dejene, F. B.; Onani, M. O.; Koao, L. F.; Wako, A. H.; Motloung, S. V.; Yihunie, M. T.

    2016-01-01

    The undoped and Mn-doped ZnO(1-x)Sx nano-powders were successfully synthesized by precipitation method without using any capping agent. Its structure, morphology, elemental analysis, optical and luminescence properties were determined by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDS), UV-vis spectroscopy (UV) and photoluminescence spectroscopy (PL). A typical SEM image of the un-doped ZnO(1-x)Sx nanoparticles exhibit flake like structures that changes to nearly spherical particles with Mn-doping. The XRD of undoped and Mn doped ZnO(1-x)Sx pattern reveals the formation of a product indexed to the hexagonal wurtzite phase of ZnS. The nanopowders have crystallite sizes estimated from XRD measurements were in the range of 10-20 nm. All the samples showed absorption maximum of ZnO(1-x)Sx at 271 nm and high transmittance in UV and visible region, respectively. The undoped ZnO(1-x)Sx nanoparticles show strong room-temperature photoluminescence with four emission bands centering at 338 nm, 384 nm, 448 nm and 705 nm that may originate to the impurity of ZnO(1-x)Sx, existence of oxide related defects. The calculated bandgap of the nanocrystalline ZnO(1-x)Sx showed a blue-shift with respect to the Mn-doping. The PL spectra of the Mn-doped samples exhibit a strong orange emission at around 594 nm attributed to the 4T1-6A1 transition of the Mn2+ ions.

  9. Indium doped ZnO nano-powders prepared by RF thermal plasma treatment of In2O3 and ZnO

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    Lee, Mi-Yeon; Song, Min-Kyung; Seo, Jun-Ho; Kim, Min-Ho

    2015-06-01

    Indium doped ZnO nano-powders were synthesized by the RF thermal plasma treatment of In2O3 and ZnO. For this purpose, micron-sized ZnO powder was mixed with In2O3 powder at the In/Zn ratios of 0.0, 1.2, and 2.4 at. % by ball milling for 1 h, after which the mixtures were injected into RF thermal plasma generated at the plate power level of ˜140 kV A. As observed from the field emission scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM) images of the RF plasma-treated powders, hexagonal prism-shaped nano-crystals were mainly obtained along with multi-pod type nano-particles, where the number of multi-pods decreased with increasing In/Zn ratios. In addition, the X-ray diffraction (XRD) data for the as-treated nano-powders showed the diffraction peaks for the In2O3 present in the precursor mixture to disappear, while the crystalline peaks for the single phase of ZnO structure shifted toward lower Bragg angles. In the UV-vis absorption spectra of the as-treated powders, redshifts were also observed with increases of the In/Zn ratios. Together with the FE-SEM images and the XRD data, the redshifts were indicative of the doping process of ZnO with indium, which took place during the RF thermal plasma treatment of In2O3 and ZnO.

  10. Synthesis of YAG nanopowder by the co-precipitation method: Influence of pH and study of the reaction mechanisms

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    Marlot, Caroline; Barraud, Elodie; Le Gallet, Sophie; Eichhorn, Marc; Bernard, Frederic

    2012-07-15

    YAG nanopowders with an average grain size of 30 nm have been successfully synthesized by the co-precipitation method using nitrates with precipitant of ammonium hydrogen carbonate. The influence of precipitation conditions such as pH, aging time and calcination temperature on the formation of secondary phases has been studied. The accurate control of pH value at every stage of precipitation process is crucial to avoid the presence of YAM (Yttrium Aluminium Monoclinic, Y{sub 4}Al{sub 2}O{sub 9}) and yttrium oxide (Y{sub 2}O{sub 3}) after calcination. The reaction mechanisms have been investigated using different techniques such as infrared spectroscopy, x-ray diffraction and thermal analyses. The YAG phase is formed around 1050 Degree-Sign C passing through an intermediate phase called YAP (Yttrium Aluminium Perovskite, YAlO{sub 3}). Local chemical heterogeneities are responsible for the deviation of the Y:Al ratio and the formation of YAP during heat treatment. - Graphical abstract: Synthesis of YAG nanopowder by the co-precipitation method: Influence of pH and study of the reaction mechanisms, Marlot et al. Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Synthesis of pure YAG nanoparticles by the co-precipitation method. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Influence of pH value on the formation of secondary phases all along the process. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Study of the importance of pH using titration method. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Chemical evolution of the precursor during calcinations. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Proposition for reaction mechanisms.

  11. Synthesis and visible-light photocatalysis capability of BiFeO3-(Na0.5Bi0.5)TiO3 nanopowders by a sol-gel method

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    Liu, Hongyan; Guo, Yiping; Guo, Bing; Zhang, Di

    2013-05-01

    Multiferroic BiFeO3-(Na0.5Bi0.5)TiO3 (BFO-NBT) nanopowders were successfully synthesized by a sol-gel method, and the visible-light photocatalytic and magnetic properties of BFO-NBT nanopowders were investigated. X-ray diffraction results indicated that the adding of NBT and the excess of natrium source could suppress the formation of secondary phases and made it easier to obtain single perovskite phase. High photoactivity of this catalyst for Rhodamine B (RhB) degradation under visible-light irradiation was detected, which is due to narrow band gap energy of 2.08 eV, higher surface area and pure phase compounds with no or less amounts of impurities. The BFO-NBT nanopowders showed a weak ferromagnetic order at room temperature, which should be attributed to the size-confinement effects of the nanostructures. It is suggested that BFO-NBT is a kind of new narrow band gap semiconductor visible-light photocatalyst with broad application prospects, in addition to potential applications for novel magnetoelectric devices.

  12. Properties of Gd{sub 2}O{sub 3}:Eu{sup 3+}, Tb{sup 3+} nanopowders obtained by sol-gel process

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    Ramirez, A. de J. Morales; Murillo, A. Garcia; Romo, F. de J. Carrillo; Hernandez, M. Garcia; Vigueras, D. Jaramillo

    2010-01-15

    A significant practical application for nanostructured materials is X-ray medical imagery, because it is necessary to use dense materials in order to enable absorption of high energy photons. An important requirement of these materials is UV-vis range emission produced by X-ray excitation, which can be influenced by the particle size. Europium doped gadolinium oxide is a well known red phosphor. Moreover, nanophosphors of Gd{sub 2}O{sub 3} codoped with Tb{sup 3+}, Eu{sup 3+} increase their light yield by energy transfer between Tb{sup 3+} and Eu{sup 3+}. In this study, Gd{sub 2}O{sub 3} nanopowders codoped with Eu{sup 3+} and Tb{sup 3+} (2.5 at.% Eu{sup 3+}, and 0.005 and 0.01 at.% Tb{sup 3+}) were obtained via a sol-gel process using gadolinium pentanedionate as precursor and europium and terbium nitrates as doping sources. In this paper, we report the influence of annealing temperature on the structure, morphology and luminescent properties of Gd{sub 2}O{sub 3}:Eu{sup 3+}, Tb{sup 3+} by means of TGA, XRD, TEM and X-ray emission measurements.

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

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

    2015-06-15

    CeO2:Ho(3+) (1-9 mol%) nanopowders have been prepared by efficient and environmental friendly green combustion method using Aloe vera gel as fuel for the first time. The final products are well characterized by powder X-ray diffraction (PXRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), fourier transform infrared (FTIR). Bell, urchin, core shell and flower like morphologies are observed with different concentrations of the A. vera gel. It is apparent that by adjusting the concentration of the gel, considerable changes in the formation of CeO2:Ho(3+) nano structures can be achieved. Photoluminescence (PL) studies show green (543, 548 nm) and red (645, 732 nm) emissions upon excited at 400 nm wavelength. The emission peaks at ∼526, 548, 655 and 732 nm are associated with the transitions of (5)F3→(5)I8, (5)S2→(5)I8, (5)F5→(5)I8 and (5)S2→(5)I7, respectively. Three TL glow peaks are observed at 118, 267 and 204°C for all the γ irradiated samples which specify the surface and deeper traps. Linear TL response in the range 0.1-2kGy shows that phosphor is fairly useful as γ radiation dosimeter. Kinetic parameters associated with the glow peaks are estimated using Chen's half width method. The CIE coordinate values show that phosphor is quite useful for the possible applications in WLEDs as orange red phosphor. PMID:25767989

  14. Spark Plasma Sintering of Aluminum-Magnesium-Matrix Composites with Boron Carbide and Tungsten Nano-powder Inclusions: Modeling and Experimentation

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    Dvilis, E. S.; Khasanov, O. L.; Gulbin, V. N.; Petyukevich, M. S.; Khasanov, A. O.; Olevsky, E. A.

    2016-03-01

    Spark-plasma sintering (SPS) is used to fabricate fully-dense metal-matrix (Al/Mg) composites containing hard ceramic (boron carbide) and refractory metal (tungsten) inclusions. The study objectives include the modeling (and its experimental verification) of the process of the consolidation of the composites consisted of aluminum-magnesium alloy AMg6 (65 wt.%), B4C powder (15 wt.%), and W nano-powder (20 wt.%), as well as the optimization of the composite content and of the SPS conditions to achieve higher density. Discrete element modeling of the composite particles packing based on the particle size distribution functions of real powders is utilized for the determination of the powder compositions rendering maximum mixture packing densities. Two models: a power-law creep model of the high temperature deformation of powder materials, and an empirical logarithmic pressure-temperature-relative density relationship are successfully applied for the description of the densification of the aluminum-magnesium metal matrix powder composite subjected to spark-plasma sintering. The elastoplastic properties of the sintered composite samples are assessed by nanoindentation.

  15. Three-Dimensional CFD-Population Balance Simulation of a Chemical Vapor Synthesis Reactor for Aluminum Nanopowder: Nucleation, Surface Growth, and Coagulation

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    Perez-Fontes, S. E.; Sohn, H. Y.

    2012-04-01

    A chemical vapor synthesis (CVS) process for synthesizing aluminum nanopowder as a reactant for various hydrogen-storage materials was simulated using a mathematical technique that combines computational fluid dynamics (CFD) with the population balance model. In this process, aluminum powder is produced by reacting aluminum chloride with magnesium in the vapor phase. The CFD model solves the three-dimensional (3-D) turbulent governing equations of fluid flow, heat and mass transfer, and chemical kinetics in a multiphase domain. The population balance model incorporates nucleation, surface growth, and coagulation. The nucleation rate is computed using an expression from the classical nucleation theory. The growth rate is obtained by the combined effect of vapor condensation and coagulation. A comparison of the model predictions with the available experimental data showed good agreement under different operating conditions without the need of adjustable parameters. According to the results, the final particle size is determined by particle coagulation in this particular CVS process. The new model proposed in this article can be applied to other similar systems with confidence even without the need of any experimental data and can be used for scale-up of the process.

  16. Study of the relation between oxygen vacancies and ferromagnetism in Fe-doped TiO{sub 2} nano-powders

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    Mudarra Navarro, Azucena M.; Rodríguez Torres, Claudia E. Fabiana Cabrera, A.; Bilovol, Vitaliy; Errico, L. A.; Weissmann, M.

    2014-06-14

    In this work, we present an experimental and theoretical study of structural and magnetic properties of Fe doped rutile TiO{sub 2} nanopowders. We show that Fe-doping induces the formation of oxygen vacancies in the first-sphere coordination of iron ions, which are in +2 and +3 oxidation states. We found that Fe ions form dimers that share one oxygen vacancy in the case of Fe{sup 3+} and two oxygen vacancies in the case of Fe{sup 2+}. The saturation magnetization is almost independent of iron concentration and slightly increases with the relative fraction of Fe{sup 2+}. Ab initio calculations show that two Fe ions sharing an oxygen vacancy are coupled ferromagnetically, forming a bound magnetic polaron (BMP), but two neighbor BMPs are aligned antiparallel to each other. Extra electron doping plays a fundamental role mediating the magnetic coupling between the ferromagnetic entities: carriers, possibly concentrated at grain boundaries, mediate between the BMP to produce ferromagnetic alignment.

  17. The Effects of the Location of Au Additives on Combustion-generated SnO2 Nanopowders for CO Gas Sensing

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    Bakrania, Smitesh D.; Wooldridge, Margaret S.

    2010-01-01

    The current work presents the results of an experimental study of the effects of the location of gold additives on the performance of combustion-generated tin dioxide (SnO2) nanopowders in solid state gas sensors. The time response and sensor response to 500 ppm carbon monoxide is reported for a range of gold additive/SnO2 film architectures including the use of colloidal, sputtered, and combustion-generated Au additives. The opportunities afforded by combustion synthesis to affect the SnO2/additive morphology are demonstrated. The best sensor performance in terms of sensor response (S) and time response (τ) was observed when the Au additives were restricted to the outermost layer of the gas-sensing film. Further improvement was observed in the sensor response and time response when the Au additives were dispersed throughout the outermost layer of the film, where S = 11.3 and τ = 51 s, as opposed to Au localized at the surface, where S = 6.1 and τ = 60 s. PMID:22163586

  18. Influence of quenching gas injection on the temperature field in pulse-modulated induction thermal plasma for large scale nanopowder synthesis

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    Tanaka, Yasunori; Guo, Weixuan; Kodama, Naoto; Kita, Kentaro; Uesugi, Yoshihiko; Ishijima, Tatsuo; Watanabe, Shu; Nakamura, Keitaro

    2015-09-01

    We have so far developed a unique and original method for a large-scale nanopowder synthesis method using pulse-modulated induction thermal plasmas with time-controlled feedstock feeding (PMITP-TCFF). The PMITP is sustained by the coil current modulated into a rectangular waveform. Such the current modulation produces an extremely high-temperature thermal plasma in on-time, and in off-time relatively low-temperature thermal plasma. In PMITP-TCFF method, feedstock powder is intermittently injected to the PMITP synchronously during only on-time for its efficient and complete evaporation. That evaporated materials are rapidly cooled down to promote nucleation of nanoparticles during off-time. This report deals with a numerical approach on influence of quenching gas injection on the temperature field in the PMITP. The thermofluid model for the PMITP was developed on the assumption of local thermodynamic equilibrium (LTE). This model accounted for the pulse-modulation of the coil current and the quenching gas injection. It was found that the quenching gas injection works to increase the PMITP temperature inside the plasma torch during on-time, and then to decrease it effectively in the reaction chamber. This work is partly supported by JSPS KAKENHI Grant No. 26249034.

  19. Adsorption of F2Cdbnd CFCl on TiO2 nano-powder: Structures, energetics and vibrational properties from DRIFT spectroscopy and periodic quantum chemical calculations

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    Tasinato, Nicola; Moro, Daniele; Stoppa, Paolo; Pietropolli Charmet, Andrea; Toninello, Piero; Giorgianni, Santi

    2015-10-01

    Photodegradation over titanium dioxide (TiO2) is a very appealing technology for removing environmental pollutants from the air, the adsorption interaction being the first step of the whole reaction pathway. In the present work the adsorption of F2Cdbnd CFCl (chlorotrifluoroethene, halon 1113), a compound used by industry and detected in the atmosphere, on a commercial TiO2 nano-powder is investigated experimentally by in situ DRIFT spectroscopy and theoretically through periodic ab initio calculations rooted in DFT. The spectra of the adsorbed molecule suggest that the anchoring to the surface mainly takes place through F atoms. Theoretically, five adsorption configurations for the molecule interacting with the anatase (1 0 1) surface are simulated at B3LYP level and for each of them, structures, binding energies and vibrational frequencies are derived. The interplay between theory and experiments shows the coexistence of different adsorption configurations, the foremost ones featuring the interaction of one F atom with a fivefold coordinated Ti4+ of the surface. These two adsorption models, which mostly differ for the orientation of the adsorbate with respect to the surface, feature a binding energy of -45.6 and -41.0 kJ mol-1 according to dispersion corrected DFT calculations. The favorable adsorption interaction appears as an important requirement toward the application of titanium dioxide technologies for the photocatalytic degradation of halon 1113.

  20. DC-Bias-Superposition Characteristics of Ni0.4Zn0.2Mn0.4Fe2O4 Nanopowders Synthesized by Auto-Combustion.

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    Sadhana, K; Sandhya, R; Praveena, K

    2015-06-01

    Ni0.4Zn0.2Mn0.4Fe2O4 nanopowders were prepared by auto-combustion method. The as-synthesized powders were characterized using X-ray diffraction (XRD) and thermo-gravimetric-differential thermal analysis (TG-DTA), and the powders were densified at different temperatures 400 degrees C, 500 degrees C, 600 degrees C and 700 degrees C/4 hrs using conventional sintering method. The sintered samples were characterized by XRD and transmission electron microscope (TEM). The bulk densities of the samples were increased with an increase of sintering temperature. The grain sizes of all the samples vary in between 18 nm to 30 nm. The hysteresis loops show high saturation magnetization and low coercivity, indicates that it is a soft material. The incremental permeability (permeability with magnetic field superposition) was influenced by both ΔM and H(c). A sample with higher initial permeability and favoured the attainment of a higher incremental permeability. The Q-factor was mainly determined by the sintered density and microstructure. To summarize, a uniform and dense microstructure with relatively small average grain size is favourable for obtaining better dc-bias-superposition characteristics, including permeability and Q-factor. PMID:26369079

  1. Magnetocaloric properties of TbN, DyN and HoN nanopowders prepared by the plasma arc discharge method.

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    Shinde, K P; Jang, S H; Kim, J W; Kim, D S; Ranot, M; Chung, K C

    2015-12-21

    We report for the first time the synthesis of nanopowders of TbN, DyN and HoN crystallized in a cubic structure by the plasma arc discharge (PAD) method and investigate their magnetocaloric properties for magnetic refrigeration applications. The nitridization of terbium, dysprosium and holmium was obtained using a mixture of nitrogen and argon gas inside a discharge chamber with 4 kPa pressure. The structural and microstructural properties of these rare earth nitrides were investigated by using X-ray diffraction and transmission electron microscopy. The studied nitrides undergo a second-order ferromagnetic to paramagnetic phase transition at Curie temperatures of 35.7, 19.9 and 14.2 K for TbN, DyN and HoN, respectively. The magnetocaloric effects were estimated by calculating the magnetic entropy changes from the magnetization data sets measured at the different applied magnetic fields and temperatures. The changes in entropy -ΔSM were found to be 12.0, 13.6 and 24.5 J kg(-1) K(-1) at an applied magnetic field of 5 T. PMID:26492221

  2. Temperature dependence of Er{sup 3+} ionoluminescence and photoluminescence in Gd{sub 2}O{sub 3}:Bi nanopowder

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    Boruc, Zuzanna Fetliński, Bartosz; Kaczkan, Marcin; Malinowski, Michał; Gawlik, Grzegorz

    2014-06-15

    Ionoluminescence (IL) and photoluminescence (PL) of trivalent erbium ions (Er{sup 3+}) in Gd{sub 2}O{sub 3} nanopowder host activated with Bi{sup 3+} ions has been studied in order to establish the link between changes in luminescent spectra and temperature of the sample material. IL measurements have been performed with H{sub 2}{sup +} 100 keV ion beam bombarding the target material for a few seconds, while PL spectra have been collected for temperatures ranging from 20 °C to 700 °C. The PL data was used as a reference in determining the temperature corresponding to IL spectra. The collected data enabled the definition of empirical formula based on the Boltzmann distribution, which allows the temperature to be determined with a maximum sensitivity of 9.7 × 10{sup −3} °C{sup −1}. The analysis of the Er{sup 3+} energy level structure in terms of tendency of the system to stay in thermal equilibrium, explained different behaviors of the line intensities. This work led to the conclusion that temperature changes during ion excitation can be easily defined with separately collected PL spectra. The final result, which is empirical formula describing dependence of fluorescence intensity ratio on temperature, raises the idea of an application of method in temperature control, during processes like ion implantation and some nuclear applications.

  3. Photo-catalytic inactivation of an Enterococcus biofilm: the anti-microbial effect of sulphated and europium-doped titanium dioxide nanopowders.

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    Dworniczek, Ewa; Plesch, Gustav; Seniuk, Alicja; Adamski, Ryszard; Michal, Róbert; Čaplovičová, Mária

    2016-04-01

    The control and prevention of biofilm-related infections is an important public healthcare issue. Given the increasing antibiotic resistance among bacteria and fungi that cause serious infections in humans, promotion of new strategies combating microorganisms has been essential. One attractive approach to inactivate microorganisms is the use of semiconductor photo-catalysis, which has become the subject of extensive research. In this study, the bactericidal properties of four photo-catalysts, TiO2, TiO2-S, TiO2-Eu and TiO2-Eu-S, were investigated against established 24, 48, 72 and 96 h biofilms ofEnterococcus The exposure of biofilms to the catalysts induced the production of superoxide radical anions. The best photo-catalytic inactivation was achieved with the TiO2-Eu-S and TiO2-S nanopowders and 24 h biofilms. Transmission electron microscopy images showed significant changes in the structure of the biofilm cells following photo-inactivation. The results suggest that doping with europium and modifying the surface with sulphate groups enhanced the bactericidal activity of the TiO2nanoparticles against enterococcal biofilms. PMID:26940291

  4. Dynamics and structure of hydration water on rutile and cassiterite nano-powders studied by quasielastic neutron scattering and molecular dynamics simulations

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    Mamontov, Eugene

    2007-01-01

    Quasielastic neutron scattering (QENS) experiments carried out using time-of-flight and backscattering neutron spectrometers with widely different energy resolution and dynamic range revealed the diffusion dynamics of hydration water in nano-powder rutile (TiO2) and cassiterite (SnO2) that possess the rutile crystal structure with the (110) crystal face predominant on the surface. These isostructural oxides differ in their bulk dielectric constants, metal atom electronegativities, and lattice spacings, which may all contribute to differences in the structure and dynamics of sorbed water. When hydrated under ambient conditions, the nano-powders had similar levels of hydration: about 3.5 (OH/H2O) molecules per Ti2O4 surface structural unit of TiO2 and about 4.0 (OH/H2O) molecules per Sn2O4 surface unit of SnO2. Ab initio-optimized classical molecular dynamics (MD) simulations of the (110) surfaces in contact with SPC/E water at these levels of hydration indicate three structurally-distinct sorbed water layers L1, L2, and L3, where the L1 species are either associated water molecules or dissociated hydroxyl groups in direct contact with the surface, L2 water molecules are hydrogen bonded to L1 and structural oxygen atoms at the surface, and L3 water molecules are more weakly bound. At the hydration levels studied, L3 is incomplete compared with axial oxygen density profiles of bulk SPC/E water in contact with these surfaces, but the structure and dynamics of L1 "L3 species are remarkably similar at full and reduced water coverage. Three hydration water diffusion components, on the time scale of a picosecond, tens of picoseconds, and a nanosecond could be extracted from the QENS spectra of both oxides. However, the spectral weight of the faster components was significantly lower for SnO2 compared to TiO2. In TiO2 hydration water, the more strongly bound L2 water molecules exhibited slow (on the time scale of a nanosecond) dynamics characterized by super

  5. Investigation of the structure and properties of titanium-stainless steel permanent joints obtained by laser welding with the use of intermediate inserts and nanopowders

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    Cherepanov, A. N.; Orishich, A. M.; Pugacheva, N. B.; Shapeev, V. P.

    2015-03-01

    Results of an experimental study of the structure, the phase composition, and the mechanical properties of laser-welded joints of 3-mm thick titanium and 12Kh18N10T steel sheets obtained with the use of intermediate inserts and nanopowdered modifying additives are reported. It is shown that that such parameters as the speed of welding, the radiation power, and the laser-beam focal spot position all exert a substantial influence on the welding-bath process and on the seam structure formed. In terms of chemical composition, most uniform seams with the best mechanical strength are formed at a 1-m/min traverse speed of laser and 2.35-kW laser power, with the focus having been positioned at the lower surface of the sheets. Under all other conditions being identical, uplift of the focus to workpiece surface or to a higher position results in unsteady steel melting, in a decreased depth and reduced degree of the diffusion-induced mixing of elements, and in an interpolate connection formed according to the soldering mechanism in the root portion of the seam. The seam material is an over-saturated copper-based solid solution of alloying elements with homogeneously distributed intermetallic disperse particles (Ti(Fe, Cr)2 and TiCu3) contained in this alloy. Brittle fracture areas exhibiting cleavage and quasi-cleavage facets correspond to coarse Ti(Fe, Cr)2 intermetallic particles or to diffusion zones primarily occurring at the interface with the titanium alloy. The reported data and the conclusions drawn from the numerical calculations of the thermophysical processes of welding of 3-mm thick titanium and steel sheets through an intermediate copper insert are in qualitative agreement with the experimental data. The latter agreement points to adequacy of the numerical description of the melting processes of contacting materials versus welding conditions and focal-spot position in the system.

  6. Investigation of the influence of vanadium, iron and nickel dopants on the morphology, and crystal structure and photocatalytic properties of titanium dioxide based nanopowders.

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    Shao, Godlisten N; Jeon, Sun-Jeong; Haider, M Salman; Abbass, Nadir; Kim, Hee Taik

    2016-07-15

    Photoactive V, Fe and Ni doped TiO2 (M-TiO2) nanopowders were synthesized by a modified two-step sol-gel process in the absence of additives. Titanium oxychloride, which is a rarely-used TiO2 precursor was used to yield M-TiO2 photocatalysts with preferential photochemical performance in the presence of natural solar irradiation. The obtained samples were calcined at different calcination temperatures ranging from 450 to 800°C to evaluate the influence of the sintering on the physicochemical properties. The properties of the obtained samples were examined by XRF, XRD, Raman spectroscopy, UV-visible DRS, XPS, nitrogen gas physisorption studies, SEM-EDAX and HRTEM analyses. Structural characterization of the samples revealed the incorporation of these transition metal element into TiO2. It was also depicted that the morphology, crystal structure, optical and photochemical properties of the obtained samples were largely dependent on the calcination temperature and the type of dopant used during the preparation process. The photochemical performance of the samples was investigated in the photodegradation of methylene blue in the presence of natural sunlight. The experimental results indicated that the VT600 sample possessed the highest activity due to its superior properties. This study provides a systematic preparation and selection of the precursor, dopant and calcination temperature that are suitable for the formation of TiO2-based heterogeneous photocatalysts with appealing morphology, crystal structure, optical and photochemical properties for myriad of applications. PMID:27124812

  7. Experimental and DFT studies of structure, optical and magnetic properties of (Zn1-2xCexCox)O nanopowders

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    Arul Mary, J.; Judith Vijaya, J.; Dai, J. H.; Bououdina, M.; John Kennedy, L.; Song, Y.

    2015-03-01

    A simple one-step microwave-assisted combustion method using urea as a fuel, was applied to develop the nanophase powders of ((Zn1-2xCexCox) O (x = 0.00, 0.01, 0.02, 0.03, 0.04, and 0.05)). The results emphasize that by changing the codopant concentration it is feasible to fine-tune structural, morphological, optical and magnetic properties. The synthesized nanoparticles gave rise to new microstructures without changing the basic hexagonal wurtzite structure. The substitution of Ce and Co into ZnO lattice was confirmed from the shift in XRD peaks position, changes in peaks intensity, and cell parameters. Energy dispersive X-ray spectra confirmed the presence of Ce and Co within ZnO system; the weight percentage was close to their nominal stoichiometry. Ultraviolet-visible (UV-Vis) spectroscopy analysis indicated that the optical band gap decreased with the increase of Ce and Co codoping concentration. It is clear from SEM images that the average particles size decreased from 50 nm to 25 nm when codoping concentration was increased up to 0.05 M. Photoluminescence spectra exhibited the emission bands in ultra-violet and blue-green regions. Magnetization-Field (M-H) hysteresis loops revealed that the codoped nanopowders exhibited room temperature ferromagnetism (RTFM). Using first principles calculations, based on density functional theory, electronic and magnetic properties of codoped ZnO for different dopants concentration, were predicted. It is found that the observed RTFM is originated mainly from spin polarization of Co-d orbital, Ce-f orbital has partial contribution.

  8. Effects of Processing Parameters on the Synthesis of (K0.5Na0.5)NbO3 Nanopowders by Reactive High-Energy Ball Milling Method

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    Duc Van, Nguyen

    2014-01-01

    The effects of ball milling parameters, namely, the ball-to-powder mass ratio and milling speed, on the synthesis of (K0.5Na0.5)NbO3 nanopowders by high-energy ball milling method from a stoichiometric mixture containing Na2CO3, K2CO3, and Nb2O5 were investigated in this paper. The results indicated that the single crystalline phase of (K0.5Na0.5)NbO3 was received in as-milled samples synthesized using optimized ball-to-powder mass ratio of 35 : 1 and at a milling speed of 600 rpm for 5 h. In the optimized as-milled samples, no remaining alkali carbonates that can provide the volatilizable potassium-containing species were found and (K0.5Na0.5)NbO3 nanopowders were readily obtained via the formation of an intermediate carbonato complex. This complex was mostly transformed into (K0.5Na0.5)NbO3 at temperature as low as 350°C and its existence was no longer detected at spectroscopic level when calcination temperature crossed over 700°C. PMID:24592146

  9. Effect of content of Mg(NO3)2 x 6H2O on fabrication of alpha-alumina nanopowders by thermal decomposition of ammonium aluminum carbonate (AACH).

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    Oh, Yong-Taeg; Shin, Dong-Chan

    2011-02-01

    An alpha-Al2O3 and MgAl2O3 spinel phase doped alpha-Al2O3 nanopowders were fabricated by the thermal decomposition and synthetic of ammonium aluminum carbonate hydroxide (AACH). Crystallite size of 5 to 8 nm were fabricated when reaction temperature of AACH was low, 8 degrees C, and the highest [NH4+][AlO(OH)2-][HCO3] ionic concentration of pH 10 from the ammonium hydrogen carbonate (AHC) aqueous solution. The phase transformation of amorphous-s, theta-, alpha-Al2O3, MgAl2O3 spinel phases was examined at each temperature according to the amount of Mg(NO3)2 x 6H2O and AACH. A time-temperature-transformation (TTT) diagram for thermal decomposition in air was determined. Homogeneous, spherical alpha-Al2O3 nanopowders with a particle size of 60 nm were obtained by firing the crystallites, which had been synthesized from AACH at pH 10 and 8 degrees C, at 1050 degrees C for 6 h in air. PMID:21456289

  10. Investigation on evaporation of Ti feedstock and formation of precursor TiO molecules during TiO2 nanopowder synthesis in induction thermal plasma with time-controlled feedstock injection

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    Kodama, Naoto; Kita, Kentaro; Ishisaka, Yosuke; Tanaka, Yasunori; Uesugi, Yoshihiko; Ishijima, Tatsuo; Sueyasu, Shiori; Nakamura, Keitaro; Kanazawa University Team; Nisshin Seifun Group Inc. Team

    2015-09-01

    The method using inductively coupled thermal plasma(ICTP) is very effective for nanopowder(NPs) synthesis. However, NPs formation process in the ICTP torch has not been clarified. In this study, the two-dimensional spectroscopic observation was carried out for ICTP torch during TiO2 NPs synthesis process with time-controlled feedstock injection. In order to investigate evaporation process of feedstock and formation process of precursor molecules, Ti feedstock was intermittently injected into the ICTP. Ti I(453.32 nm) and TiO(621 nm) were observed by using an imaging spectroscopic system. Observation results show that injected Ti feedstock was evaporated in the ICTP. Then, generated Ti atoms were transported to downstream of the torch by gas flow and were diffused to the radial direction by density gradient. High concentration of TiO molecular gas was formed only around central axis region in the torch.

  11. Effects of magnetic pre-alignment of nano-powders on formation of high textured barium hexa-ferrite quasi-single crystals via a magnetic forming and liquid participation sintering route

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    Liu, Junliang; Zeng, Yanwei; Zhang, Xingkai; Zhang, Ming

    2015-05-01

    Highly textured barium hexa-ferrite quasi-single crystal with narrow ferromagnetic resonance line-width is believed to be a potential gyromagnetic material for self-biased microwave devices. To fabricate barium hexa-ferrite quasi-single crystal with a high grain orientation degree, a magnetic forming and liquid participation sintering route has been developed. In this paper, the effects of the pre-alignment of the starting nano-powders on the formation of barium quasi-single crystal structures have been investigated. The results indicated that: the crystallites with large sizes and small specific surfaces were easily aligned for they got higher driving forces and lower resistances during magnetic forming. The average restricting magnetic field was about 4.647 kOe to overcome the average friction barrier between crystallites. The pre-aligned crystallites in magnetic forming acted as the "crystal seeds" for oriented growth of the un-aligned crystallites during liquid participation sintering to achieve a high grain orientation. To effectively promote the grain orientation degrees of the sintered pellets, the grain orientation degrees of the green compacts must be higher than a limited value of 15.0%. Barium hexa-ferrite quasi-single crystal with a high grain orientation degree of 98.6% was successfully fabricated after sintering the green compact with its grain orientation degree of 51.1%.

  12. Sol-Gel Synthesis of La(0.6)Sr(0.4)CoO(3-x) and Sm(0.5)Sr(0.5)CoO(3-x) Cathode Nanopowders for Solid Oxide Fuel Cells

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    Bansal, Narottam P.; Wise, Brent

    2011-01-01

    Nanopowders of La(0.6)Sr(0.4)CoO(3-x) (LSC) and Sm(0.5)Sr(0.5)CoO(3-x) (SSC) compositions, which are being investigated as cathode materials for intermediate temperature solid oxide fuel cells (IT-SOFC) with La(Sr)Ga(Mg)O(3-x) (LSGM) as the electrolyte, were synthesized by low-temperature sol-gel method using metal nitrates and citric acid. Thermal decomposition of the citrate gels was followed by simultaneous DSC/TGA methods. Development of phases in the gels, on heat treatments at various temperatures, was monitored by x-ray diffraction. Solgel powders calcined at 550 to 1000 C consisted of a number of phases. Single perovskite phase La(0.6)Sr(0.4)CoO(3-x) or Sm(0.5)Sr(0.5)CoO(3-x) powders were obtained at 1200 and 1300 C, respectively. Morphological analysis of the powders calcined at various temperatures was done by scanning electron microscopy. The average particle size of the powders was approx.15 nm after 700 C calcinations and slowly increased to 70 to 100 nm after heat treatments at 1300 to 1400 C.

  13. Chemical-physical properties of spinel CoMn2O4 nano-powders and catalytic activity in the 2-propanol and toluene combustion: Effect of the preparation method.

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    Hosseini, Seyed Ali; Salari, Dariush; Niaei, Aligholi; Deganello, Francesca; Pantaleo, Giuseppe; Hojati, Pejman

    2011-01-01

    Spinel-type CoMn(2)O(4)nano-powders are prepared using sol-gel auto combustion (SGC) and co-precipitation (CP) methods and their catalytic activities are evaluated in combustion of 2-propanol and toluene. The chemical-physical properties of the oxides are characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), N(2)-adsorption-desorption, temperature programmed reduction (TPR) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM). After calcination at 700°C, CoMn(2)O(4)-SGC shows higher amounts of the normal-type spinel phase and is more crystalline than CoMn(2)O(4)-CP. Higher calcination temperatures (850°C) do not affect very much the weight percentage of the normal-type spinel phase; although the crystal size slightly increased. The TPR analysis evidences a large number of Mn(3+) cations in CoMn(2)O(4)-SGC compared to CoMn(2)O(4)-CP. This difference, together with the higher surface area, could justify the higher activity of CoMn(2)O(4)-SGC in both the investigated reactions. PMID:21308600

  14. Combustion Synthesis of Sm0.5Sr0.5CoO3-x and La0.6Sr0.4CoO3-x Nanopowders for Solid Oxide Fuel Cell Cathodes

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    Bansal, Narottam P.; Zhong, zhimin

    2005-01-01

    Nanopowders of Sm0.5Sr0.5CoO(3-x) (SSC) and La0.6Sr0.4CoO(3-x) (LSC) compositions, which are being investigated as cathode materials for intermediate temperature solid oxide fuel cells, were synthesized by a solution-combustion method using metal nitrates and glycine as fuel. Development of crystalline phases in the as-synthesized powders after heat treatments at various temperatures was monitored by x-ray diffraction. Perovskite phase in LSC formed more readily than in SSC. Single phase perovskites were obtained after heat treatment of the combustion synthesized LSC and SSC powders at 1000 and 1200 C, respectively. The as-synthesized powders had an average particle size of 12 nm as determined from x-ray line broadening analysis using the Scherrer equation. Average grain size of the powders increased with increase in calcination temperature. Morphological analysis of the powders calcined at various temperatures was done by scanning electron microscopy.

  15. The effects of different polymerization agents on structural and optical properties of (K0.5Na0.5)NbO3 nanopowders synthesized by a facile green route

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    Khorrami, Gh. H.; Kompany, A.; Zak, A. Khorsand

    2014-11-01

    (K0.5N0.5)NbO3 lead-free nanopowders were synthesized by a modified sol-gel method in different media: gelatin, starch and chitosan, as polymerization and stabilizer agents. The proper temperature needed for calcinating the prepared gel was obtained using thermogravometric analysis (TGA). Structural and optical properties of the prepared powders were investigated and compared using X-ray diffraction (XRD), transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and UV-Vis diffused reflectance spectroscopy. The XRD patterns of the synthesized samples confirmed the formation of the orthorhombic structure at 600°C calcination temperature with no remarkable extra peaks. TEM images showed that the morphologies of the particles prepared in the three different media are cubic with the average size of about 69, 34 and 49 nm for gelatin, starch and chitosan, respectively. The value of the energy band gap of the samples was calculated by diffused reflectance spectroscopy, using Kubelka-Munk method. Our results showed that the type of the polymerization agent is important in preparing KNN nanoparticles and affects the structural and optical properties of the synthesized samples.

  16. Mass synthesis of high performance (La0.75Sr0.25)0.95MnO3±δ nano-powder prepared via a low-carbon chemical solution method

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    Wang, Jian Xin; Sun, Jia Long; He, Chang Rong; Wang, Qin; Wang, Wei Guo

    2014-05-01

    A novel low-carbon chemical solution method is established and successfully scaled up to prepare (La0.75Sr0.25)0.95MnO3±δ(LSM) nano-powders, in which acetate and acrylic acid have been used as raw materials. Distinguish from the traditional chemical solution methods, nitrate and amino compound are non-used in this method and without causing any fire hazard or explosion condition which are usually found in most of the solution synthesis reactions. The organic compound emission is reduced to a quarter of that in the citric acid-nitrate method. This optimization is attributed to the low application amount and high effect of acrylic acid by means of the co-operation of ethylenic linkage and carboxyl group. As-prepared powders are high purity, single phase, slight aggregation with grain size less than 100 nm. The conductivity of the sintered LSM sample is measured about 220 S cm-1 in air at 700-1000 °C. The polarization resistance of LSM-YSZ cathode is less than 0.1 Ω cm2 at 800 °C. Anode supported Cells with configuration of Ni + YSZ/YSZ/LSM + YSZ exhibit the power density of 0.54 W cm-2 at 800 °C and 0.7 V. These results indicate that the novel acetate-acrylic method is very suitable for mass synthesis of high performance LSM powders.

  17. Materials that can replace liquid electrolytes in Li batteries: Superionic conductivities in Li1.7Al0.3Ti1.7Si0.4P2.6O12. Processing combustion synthesized nanopowders to free standing thin films

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    Yi, Eongyu; Wang, Weimin; Mohanty, Som; Kieffer, John; Tamaki, Ryo; Laine, Richard M.

    2014-12-01

    We demonstrate that liquid-feed flame spray pyrolysis (LF-FSP) processing provides non-aggregated nanopowders that can be used immediately to tape cast, producing thin films (<100 μm) of Li+ ion conducting membranes when sintered. Glass-ceramic or sol-gel processing methods are commonly used for such but require additional high-energy milling and/or calcining to obtain powder feedstock. Li1+x+yAlxTi2-xSiyP3-yO12 (x = 0.1, 0.3/y = 0.2, 0.4) nanopowders were prepared by LF-FSP with a primary focus on the effects of Al0.3/Si0.4 doping on conductivities. Furthermore, the effects of excess Li2O on Al0.3/Si0.4 doped materials were studied. Li1.7Al0.3Ti1.7Si0.4P2.6O12 pellets sintered to 93-94% of theoretical density and samples with varying excess Li2O contents all show superionic conductivities of 2-3 × 10-3 S cm-1 at room temperature. Li2O lowers both the crystallization temperatures and temperatures required to sinter. Total conductivities range from 2 × 10-3 to 5 × 10-2 S cm-1 in the temperature span of 25°-125 °C. Small grain sizes of 600 ± 200 nm were produced. Initial attempts to make thin films gave films with thicknesses of 52 ± 1 μm on sintering just to 1000 °C. Measured conductivities were 3-5 × 10-4 S cm-1; attributed to final densities of only ≈88%.

  18. Synthesis and Characterization of Zirconium Substituted Cobalt Ferrite Nanopowders

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    Rus, S. F.; Vlazan, P.; Herklotz, A.

    2016-01-01

    Nanocrystalline ferrites; CoFe2O4 (CFO) and CoFe1.9Zr0.1O4 (CFZO) have been synthesized through chemical coprecipitation method. Moreover, the role played by the zirconium ions in improving the magnetic and structural properties is analyzed. X-ray diffraction revealed a single-phase cubic spinel structure for both materials, where the crystallite size increases and the lattice parameter decreases with substitution of Zr. The average sizes of the nanoparticles are estimated to be 16-19 nm. These sizes are small enough to achieve the suitable signal to noise ratio in the high density recording media. An increase in the saturation magnetization with the substitution of Zr suggests themore » preferential occupation of Zr4+ ions in the tetrahedral sites. A decrease in the coercivity values indicates the reduction of magneto-crystalline anisotropy. We investigated spinel ferrites can be used also in recoding media due to the large value of coercivity 1000 Oe which is comparable to those of hard magnetic materials.« less

  19. Synthesis and Characterization of Zirconium Substituted Cobalt Ferrite Nanopowders

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    Rus, S. F.; Vlazan, P.; Herklotz, A.

    2016-01-01

    Nanocrystalline ferrites; CoFe2O4 (CFO) and CoFe1.9Zr0.1O4 (CFZO) have been synthesized through chemical coprecipitation method. Moreover, the role played by the zirconium ions in improving the magnetic and structural properties is analyzed. X-ray diffraction revealed a single-phase cubic spinel structure for both materials, where the crystallite size increases and the lattice parameter decreases with substitution of Zr. The average sizes of the nanoparticles are estimated to be 16-19 nm. These sizes are small enough to achieve the suitable signal to noise ratio in the high density recording media. An increase in the saturation magnetization with the substitution of Zr suggests the preferential occupation of Zr4+ ions in the tetrahedral sites. A decrease in the coercivity values indicates the reduction of magneto-crystalline anisotropy. We investigated spinel ferrites can be used also in recoding media due to the large value of coercivity 1000 Oe which is comparable to those of hard magnetic materials.

  20. Synthesis of yttria nanopowders for transparent yttria ceramics

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    Wen, Lei; Sun, Xudong; Lu, Qi; Xu, Guoxiang; Hu, Xiaozhi

    2006-11-01

    This paper describes a precipitation process for synthesizing nanocrystalline yttria powder and sintering transparent yttria ceramics. Hydroxide precursor of Y 2O 3 with an approximate composition of Y 2(OH) 5NO 3 · H 2O was synthesized by using ammonia water as precipitant and yttrium nitrate as the starting salt. Employing appropriate striking method and optimum synthetic conditions, yttrium hydroxide with a card-house or spherical structure can be formed. It was found that normal striking derived powders have higher sinterability than reverse striking derived powders. The addition of a small amount of ammonia sulfate in the yttrium nitrate solution reduces the agglomeration and particle size of the produced yttria powders. Nanocrystalline yttria powders (60 nm in average size) was obtained by calcining the precursor at 1100 °C for 4 h. Transparent yttria ceramics were fabricated from the nano Y 2O 3 powders by vacuum sintering at 1700 °C for 4 h. In the wavelength of 1000 nm, the in-line transmittance reaches 52%.

  1. Property evaluation on the spontaneous polarity for nanopowders.

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    Meng, Junping; Liang, Jinsheng; Ding, Yan; Han, Yilin; Yuan, Youde

    2011-11-01

    For the tourmaline fine powders, in view of their low polarized charge density and easily occurred neutralization, a new evaluation model on the spontaneous polarity was proposed. By adjusting the temperature and applying electric field, the polarized charge could be measured. On this basis, a portable evaluation device was designed and assembled into four parts: Voltage Input Unit, Temperature Control Unit, Sample Loading Unit, and Charge Detection Unit. Using the designed device, the property evaluation on the spontaneous polarity of tourmaline fine powders was carried out. The spontaneous polarization intensity was finally achieved. After experimental verification, the method had the characteristics of easy operation and high accuracy. PMID:22413324

  2. Synthesis and fluorescent properties of chromium-doped aluminate nanopowders.

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    Križan, Janez; Možina, Janez; Bajsić, Ivan; Matjaž, Mazaj

    2012-03-01

    Nanocrystalline chromium-doped Al2O3 and MgAl2O4 products were synthesised by combustion method in the presence of urea. The powders were characterised by X-ray diffraction analysis (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), BET surface area analysis, induction coupled plasma analysis (ICP) and mapping energy dispersive X-ray analysis (EDX). Fluorescence properties of the products were investigated in order to find the applications in fluorescent sensor and in the production of transparent polycrystalline ceramic materials for laser and optical application. PMID:24061186

  3. Synthesis of Cu nanopowders by condensation from the gas phase

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    Chepkasov, IV; Gafner, Yu Ya; Zobov, K. V.; Batoroev, S. B.; Bardakhanov, S. P.

    2016-02-01

    In order to determine the most efficient regimes of copper nanoparticles synthesis, a series of experiments were conducted by evaporation and subsequent condensation of the raw material in an argon atmosphere. During the tests it was found that an increase of evaporation rate increases significantly the average size of the synthesized particles. However, the study of the dependence of dimensional parameters of the produced clusters on the intensity of the buffer gas flow rate has encountered significant difficulties associated because the results significantly divergent from the previously conducted experiments on the synthesis of transition metal oxides. In order to solve this contradiction the computer simulation was held of copper atoms condensation from the gas phase for the three different cooling rates and for the two final temperatures T = 373 K and T = 77 K. It was found after analysis that the rate of cooling of the gas mixture and the final temperature directly influences the number and the size of particles produced. For instance, with the 10 times of cooling rate decreases the average size of the particles obtained had increased by 2.7 times at a final temperature of 77 K and by 3.1 times at Tf = 373 K.

  4. Two-phase magnetoelectric nanopowder/polyurethane composites

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    Guyomar, Daniel; Guiffard, Benoit; Belouadah, Rabah; Petit, Lionel

    2008-10-01

    This study deals with the observation of magnetoelectric (ME) effect in nanocomposite films constituted of semicrystalline polyurethane matrix filled with magnetic Fe3O4 (hard) or Ni (soft) nanoparticles. The measurement of the magnetic field-induced ground current of the so-called particulate composites enabled the precise determination of true ME current after extraction of the part corresponding to the inductively coupled (loop) current. Experimental ME current could be successfully simulated considering coexistence of both true linear and quadratic ME effects and by taking into account the nonlinear variation of applied dc bias and ac field magnitude due to the magnetization saturation of the magnetic field generator. Although linear ME coefficients of particulate composites are lower than those of laminate composites, they are of the same order of magnitude than that of reference ME material Cr2O3 (up to 18 mV/cm Oe). Besides, nanocomposites are simple to prepare, flexible, easily integrable, and sensitive to magnetic field anomaly at room temperature. At last, they present a linear ME coupling apparently not triggered by magnetostrictive phenomenon.

  5. Greener syntheses of metallic nanoparticles and zinc oxide nanopowders

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    Samson, Jacopo

    In recent years, nanotechnology and nanomaterials synthesis have attracted a great deal of attention in the scientific community. Nanomaterials display size and morphology-related optical properties that differ from their bulk counterparts and therefore can be used for many applications in different fields such as biomedicine, electronics, antibacterial agents, and energy. Attempts to fabricate different morphologies of metallic and metal oxide nanoparticles (NPs) have successfully yielded attractive nanostructures such as particles, rods, helices, combs, tetra-pods, and flowers, all displaying properties mainly related to their enhanced surface area and/or aspect ratios. Most of the above mentioned nanomaterials productions have employed harsh synthetic routes such as high temperatures, low pressures, and the use of costly equipments. Here we show how a greener approach to nanomaterials synthesis is feasible with both minimization of aqueous precursors, energy and employment of a multi-block heater for temperature control. We present in this thesis several methods for the preparation of NPs of several materials that focus on minimizing the environmental impact of the synthesis itself. First, we describe the use of the toroidal form of plasmid DNA as a rigid narrowly dispersed bio-polymeric nanocavity, which mold the formation of disc-shaped nanoparticles of several types of metals. This approach exploits several properties of plasmid DNA: (a) DNA affinity for metal cations, (b) toroidal plasmid DNA structures which are favored by metal ionic binding, and (c) the ability to vary plasmid size. Herein, we present a complementary synthetic method based on a kinetic approach wherein the plasmid DNA acts as a template to initiate and control the formation of Au and other metallic NPs by incubation at elevated temperatures. Also reported herein is a simple, scalable hydrothermal method to make ZnO NPs that exploits temperature to precisely control the range of pH values of an organic amine buffer. The presence or absence of ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid in the tris(hydroxymethyl)aminomethane buffer further modulates the morphology of the ZnO nanomaterials since both compounds can serve as nucleating sites, and as stabilizing agents that prevents agglomeration.

  6. Synthesis and Characterization of Zirconium Substituted Cobalt Ferrite Nanopowders.

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    Rus, S F; Vlazan, P; Herklotz, A

    2016-01-01

    Nanocrystalline ferrites; CoFe₂O₄ (CFO) and CoFe₁.₉Zr₀.₁O₄ (CFZO) have been synthesized through chemical coprecipitation method. The role played by the zirconium ions in improving the magnetic and structural properties is analyzed. X-ray diffraction revealed a single-phase cubic spinel structure for both materials, where the crystallite size increases and the lattice parameter decreases with substitution of Zr. The average sizes of the nanoparticles are estimated to be 16-19 nm. These sizes are small enough to achieve the suitable signal to noise ratio in the high density recording media. The increase in the saturation magnetization with the substitution of Zr suggests the preferential occupation of Zr⁴⁺ ions in the tetrahedral sites. A decrease in the coercivity values indicates the reduction of magneto-crystalline anisotropy. In the present study the investigated spinel ferrites can be used also in recoding media due to the large value of coercivity 1000 Oe which is comparable to those of hard magnetic materials. PMID:27398535

  7. Effects of dopant concentrations and firing temperatures on decay kinetics of manganese doped willemite nanopowders

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    Sharma, Poonam; Bhatti, Harbhajan S.

    2011-11-01

    Nanocrystallline willemite, Zn2-xMnxSiO4 (0.5≤x≤5 mol%), doped with variable concentration of divalent manganese ions, phosphor powders were prepared using the simple wet-chemical sol-gel method combined with furnace firing at 800, 900, and 1000 °C. X-ray diffraction (XRD) and high resolution X-ray photoelectron (HR-XPS) scans confirm the presence of willemite phase of Zn2SiO4. Laser-induced phosphorescence decay measurements of Zn2-xMnxSiO4 nanophosphors were investigated using high peak power pulsed UV nitrogen laser (λ=337.1 nm). The decay curves show non-single exponential behavior with long term decay rate. Various parameters describing the strength of optical transitions in atoms and molecules such as, Einstein's A and B coefficients, ‘f', integrated cross-section, and transition dipole moment values have been calculated. The long term decay rate of optical transition parameters was found to be somewhat temperature and concentration dependent.

  8. Ternary and coupled binary zinc tin oxide nanopowders: Synthesis, characterization, and potential application in photocatalytic processes

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    Ivetić, T.B.; Finčur, N.L.; Đačanin, Lj. R.; Abramović, B.F.; Lukić-Petrović, S.R.

    2015-02-15

    Highlights: • Mechanochemically synthesized nanocrystalline zinc tin oxide (ZTO) powders. • Photocatalytic degradation of alprazolam in the presence of ZTO water suspensions. • Coupled binary ZTO exhibits enhanced photocatalytic activity compared to ternary ZTO. - Abstract: In this paper, ternary and coupled binary zinc tin oxide nanocrystalline powders were prepared via simple solid-state mechanochemical method. X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, Raman and reflectance spectroscopy were used to study the structure and optical properties of the obtained powder samples. The thermal behavior of zinc tin oxide system was examined through simultaneous thermogravimetric-differential scanning calorimetric analysis. The efficiencies of ternary (Zn{sub 2}SnO{sub 4} and ZnSnO{sub 3}) and coupled binary (ZnO/SnO{sub 2}) zinc tin oxide water suspensions in the photocatalytic degradation of alprazolam, short-acting anxiolytic of the benzodiazepine class of psychoactive drugs, under UV irradiation were determined and compared with the efficiency of pure ZnO and SnO{sub 2}.

  9. Preparation and characterization of PbSe nanopowder and quasi-ceramics

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    Shimko, A. N. Malashkevich, G. E. Belkov, M. V.; Osipovich, N. P.

    2013-01-15

    By means of the reduction of Pb(II) and Se(IV) with hydrazine, oval monodispersed PbSe nanoparticles characterized by sizes {approx}100 nm and the cubic symmetry were obtained. Their compaction and sintering into quasi-ceramic state were performed. The samples were investigated by means of scanning electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction and FTIR spectroscopy. The results obtained are discussed.

  10. Synthesis and afterglow properties of MgAl2O4:Eu2+, Dy3+ nanopowders.

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    Xu, Xuhui; Wang, Yuhua; Gong, Yu; Li, Yanqin

    2011-11-01

    The MgAl2O4:Eu2+, Dy3+ nanophosphors with different particle sizes have been synthesized through a simple and inexpensive precipitate approach followed by a post-annealing process. The structure and morphology of the phosphor are characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). According to XRD and TEM results, the particle size of MgAl2O4:Eu2+, Dy3+ could be controlled via changing the ratio of MgSO4/Al2O3, and the obtained samples possess regular morphology. The afterglow properties of MgAl2O4:Eu2+, Dy3+ nanophosphors as a function of particle sizes are investigated by afterglow decay curves. Compared with the bulk phosphor, the nanophosphors exhibit longer afterglow time and higher initial afterglow intensity. In nanophosphors, there exist numerous defects on their surfaces due to the large surface to volume ratio, which generally act as luminescent killers, while some of which, however, can probably act as traps beneficial for the generation of afterglow. In the nanosized MgAl2O4:Eu2+, Dy3+ phosphor, the thermoluminescence results indeed indicate the existence of more traps which are introduced due to the large surface to volume ratio of nanoparticles and that the high temperature sintering process contributes to the longer afterglow in the nanophosphors. PMID:22413308

  11. Synthesis and characterization of Al-Zn/Al2O3 nano-powder composites.

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    Durai, T G; Das, Karabi; Das, Siddhartha

    2007-06-01

    Composites consisting of Al-Zn/Al2O3 have been synthesized using high energy mechanical milling. High energy ball milling increases the sintering rate of the composite powder due to increased diffusion rate. Owing to the finer microstructure, the hardness of the sintered composite produced by using the mechanically milled nanocomposite powder is significantly higher than that of the sintered composite produced by using the as-mixed powder. The mean crystallite size of the matrix has been determined to be 27 nm by Scherrer equation using X-ray diffraction data. The powders have been characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), and differential thermal analysis (DTA). The effect of high-energy ball milling and subsequent annealing on a mixture of Al and ZnO has also been investigated. DTA result show that the reaction temperature of Al-ZnO decreases with the increase in the ball milling time. PMID:17654976

  12. Determining europium compositional fluctuations in partially stabilized zirconia nanopowders: a non-line-broadening-based method.

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    Marin, Riccardo; Sponchia, Gabriele; Back, Michele; Riello, Pietro

    2016-02-01

    A method is reported for assessing the compositional fluctuations in a ceramic sample, based only on the determination of the crystalline lattice parameters. Pure tetragonal phase partially stabilized zirconia powders are synthesized through the co-precipitation method by incorporating 4% Eu(3+). The powder is subjected to compression cycles to promote the tetragonal-to-monoclinic transformation. The Rietveld analysis of the X-ray powder diffraction patterns, recorded after each compression cycle, gives information about the lattice parameters and monoclinic phase content. The determination of europium content in the residual tetragonal phase is accomplished considering the unit cell volume of t-ZrO2 using Vegard's law. Using this information the compositional fluctuations over the sample were determined by considering two possible distributions of lanthanide ion content in the powders: a Gaussian and a Log-normal one. It was found that the Gaussian distribution better fits the experimental data. It was eventually demonstrated that these results are physically meaningful. PMID:26830794

  13. Improved chemical stability and conductivity of barium cerate nanopowders by Lanthanum doping.

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    Lee, Hunhyeong; Park, Inyu; Shin, Dongwook

    2013-09-01

    Despite of the highest proton conductivity, barium cerate electrolytes are well known for the deficiency of chemical stability at elevated temperature under CO2 atmosphere. This work is focused on improving chemical stability of lanthanum doped barium cerate (BCL) powder for electrolyte. Although lanthanum doping causes distortion of perovskite structure lattice, immoderate doping could stabilize structure due to increasing symmetry of structure lattices. The thermogravimetric analysis and AC impedance measurements revealed that the lanthanum doping suppresses the reaction between barium and carbonate and this effect results in sufficient improvement in ionic conductivity in operating temperatures range. It was confirmed that BaCe0.7La0.3O3-delta (BCL30) was the most stable composition and the conductivity of BCL30 is high as 3.8 S x cm(-1) x K at 700 degrees C. PMID:24205607

  14. Millimeter-Wave Absorption as a Quality Control Tool for M-Type Hexaferrite Nanopowders

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    McCloy, John S.; Korolev, Konstantin A.; Crum, Jarrod V.; Afsar, Mohammed N.

    2013-01-01

    Millimeter wave (MMW) absorption measurements have been conducted on commercial samples of large (micrometer-sized) and small (nanometer-sized) particles of BaFe12O19 and SrFe12O19 using a quasi-optical MMW spectrometer and a series of backwards wave oscillators encompassing the 30-120 GHz range. Effective anisotropy of the particles calculated from the resonant absorption frequency indicates lower overall anisotropy in the nano-particles. Due to their high magnetocrystalline anisotropy, both BaFe12O19 and SrFe12O19 are expected to have spin resonances in the 45-55 GHz range. Several of the sampled BaFe12O19 powders did not have MMW absorptions, so they were further investigated by DC magnetization and x-ray diffraction to assess magnetic behavior and structure. The samples with absent MMW absorption contained primarily iron oxides, suggesting that MMW absorption could be used for quality control in hexaferrite powder manufacture.

  15. Degradation of petroleum aromatic hydrocarbons using TiO2 nanopowder film.

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    Fard, Mohammad Alizadeh; Aminzadeh, Behnoush; Vahidi, Hossein

    2013-01-01

    The performance of a photo-reactor packed with titanium dioxide (TiO2) immobilized on glass beads, initiated by irradiation with natural and artificial ultraviolet (UV) sources, was evaluated in terms of the degradation efficiency of petroleum aromatic hydrocarbons. The effects of parameters such as pH, reaction time, hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) concentration and some ions were investigated. Additionally, the degradation of total organic carbon (TOC) and the formation of byproducts were studied. Photodegradation rates ofbenzene, toluene, ethylbenzene and xylenes (BTEX) by processes of UV/TiO2 and UV/TiO2/H2O2 were found to obey pseudo first-order kinetic models. Results indicated that the effect of pH value was negligible at the pH range of 5.5 to 8.5. TOC removal improved with addition of H2O2 demonstrating that a lack of hydrogen peroxide leads to incomplete mineralization. The effect of cations and anions on the photodegradation efficiencies of BTEX revealed that Mg2+ and Ca2+ caused the most deterioration in BTEX degradation efficiency. However S4O(2-) and CO3(2-) had the most salient inhibitory effects compared with other tested anions. The degradation efficiencies of both systems were investigated for the treatment of real polluted groundwater collected from the city of Tehran. Results showed that the degradation efficiencies of BTEX declined in the presence of inorganic and organic competitor species. PMID:24191451

  16. Luminescence Spectra of ZnAl 2 O 4 {:}Cr 3+ Spinel Nanopowders

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    Luc, H. H.; Nguyen, T. K.; Nguyen, V. M.; Suchocki, A.; Kamiñska, A.; Le, V. K.; Nguyen, V. H.; Luong, T. T.

    2002-12-01

    The synthetic ZnAl 2 O 4 spinels doped with Cr 3+ ions are prepared from ZnSO,dwi{4}>, Al 2 (SO 4 ) 3 , and Cr 2 (SO 4 ) 3 . The spinel single phase is detected from X-ray diffraction. Luminescence properties of Cr 3+ in ZnAl 2 O 4 were studied by low temperature luminescence and decay measurements. Four luminescence lines at 14570, 14520, 14460, and 14330 cm -1 were found to originate from structure distortion and the line at 14175 cm -1 - from chromium pairs. The broad emission band at about 13540 cm -1 is considered to arise from a new Cr 3+ center in ZnCr 2 O 4 .

  17. Synthesis of antimicrobial monophase silver-doped hydroxyapatite nanopowders for bone tissue engineering

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    Stanić, Vojislav; Janaćković, Djordje; Dimitrijević, Suzana; Tanasković, Sladjana B.; Mitrić, Miodrag; Pavlović, Mirjana S.; Krstić, Aleksandra; Jovanović, Dragoljub; Raičević, Slavica

    2011-02-01

    Monophase silver-doped hydroxyapatite (AgxCa10-x(PO4)6(OH)2; 0.002 ≤ x ≤ 0.04) nanoparticles were prepared using a neutralization method and investigated with respect to potential medical applications. This method consists of dissolving Ag2O in solution of H3PO4, and the slow addition to suspension of Ca(OH)2 was applied for the purpose of homogenous distribution of silver ions. Characterization studies from XRD, TEM and FTIR spectra showed that obtained crystals are monophase hydroxyapatites and that particles of all samples are of nano size, with average length of 70 nm and about 15-25 nm in diameter. Antimicrobial studies have demonstrated that all silver-doped hydroxyapatite samples exhibit excellent antimicrobial activity in vitro against the following pathogens: Staphylococcus aureus, Escherichia coli and Candida albicans. The hydroxyapatite sample with the highest content of silver has shown the highest antimicrobial activity; killed all cells of E. coli and brought to more than 99% reduction in viable counts of S. aureus and C. albicans. The atomic force microscopic studies illustrate that silver-doped hydroxyapatite sample causes considerable morphological changes of microorganism cells which might be the cause of cells' death. Hemolysis ratios of the silver-doped hydroxyapatite samples were below 3%, indicating good blood compatibility and that are promising as biomaterials.

  18. The cation inversion and magnetization in nanopowder zinc ferrite obtained by soft mechanochemical processing

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    Milutinović, A.; Lazarević, Z.; Jovalekić, Č.; Kuryliszyn-Kudelska, I.

    2013-11-15

    Graphical abstract: - Highlights: • Nano powder of ZnFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} prepared by a soft mechanochemical route after 18 h milling. • Phase formation controlled by XRD, Raman spectroscopy and magnetic measurements. • Size, strain and cation inversion degree determined by Rietveld refinement. • We were able to estimate the degree of inversion at most 0.348 and 0.4. • Obtained extremely high values of saturation magnetizations at T = 4.5 K. - Abstract: Two zinc ferrite nanoparticle materials were prepared by the same method – soft mechanochemical synthesis, but starting from different powder mixtures: (1) Zn(OH){sub 2}/α-Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3} and (2) Zn(OH){sub 2}/Fe(OH){sub 3}. In both cases a single phase system was obtained after 18 h of milling. The progress of the synthesis was controlled by X-ray diffractometry (XRD), Raman spectroscopy, TEM and magnetic measurements. Analysis of the XRD patterns by Rietveld refinement allowed determination of the cation inversion degree for both obtained single phase ZnFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} samples. The sample obtained from mixture (1) has the cation inversion degree 0.3482 and the sample obtained from mixture (2) 0.400. Magnetization measurements were confirmed that the degrees of the inversion were well estimated. Comparison with published data shows that used method of synthesis gives nano powder samples with extremely high values of saturation magnetizations: sample (1) 78.3 emu g{sup −1} and sample (2) 91.5 emu g{sup −1} at T = 4.5 K.

  19. Spark plasma sintering of tungsten-yttrium oxide composites from chemically synthesized nanopowders and microstructural characterization

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    Yar, M. A.; Wahlberg, Sverker; Bergqvist, Hans; Salem, H. G.; Johnsson, Mats; Muhammed, Mamoun

    2011-05-01

    Nano-crystalline W-1%Y 2O 3 (wt.%) powder was produced by a modified solution chemical reaction of ammonium paratungstate (APT) and yttrium nitrate. The precursor powder was found to consist of particles of bimodal morphology i.e. large APT-like particles up to 20 μm and rectangular yttrium containing ultrafine plates. After thermal processing tungsten crystals were evolved from W-O-Y plate like particles. spark plasma sintering (SPS) was used to consolidate the powder at 1100 and 1200 °C for different holding times in order to optimize the sintering conditions to yield high density but with reduced grain growth. Dispersion of yttrium oxide enhanced the sinterability of W powder with respect to lanthanum oxide. W-1%Y 2O 3 composites with sub-micron grain size showed improved density and mechanical properties as compared to W-La 2O 3 composites. Sample sintered in two steps showed improved density, due to longer holding time at lower temperature (900 °C) and less grain growth due to shorter holding time at higher temperature i.e. 1 min at 1100 °C.

  20. Peculiarities of Production of Chromium Carbonitride Nanopowder and Its Physical-Chemical Certification

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    Shiryaeva, L. S.; Nozdrin, I. V.; Galevsky, G. V.

    2015-09-01

    Scientific and technological basics of plasma synthesis of chromium carbonitride have been developed, including analysis of the current production state and application of chromium carbon compounds, defining characteristics of three-jet plasma reactor, modeling- mathematical study of interaction of raw materials and plasma streams, prediction of technological parameters of plasma stream based on the modeling results, selection of optimal technological option, implementation of plasma-metallurgical technology of chromium nitride production, its physical-chemical certification and defining technical-economical production factors.

  1. Evolution of tetrapod structure in sonochemically synthesized ZnO: B nanopowders

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    Panda, N. R.; Acharya, B. S.; Nayak, P.

    2012-06-01

    Sonochemical synthesis of ZnO and ZnO doped with boron has been carried out in a conventional sonicator and the presence of boron has been confirmed from ICP-OES measurement. PXRD indicates the formation of hexagonal wurzite structure of ZnO with larger crystallite size in the doped samples. TEM studies show the formation of tetrapod like structures for ZnO: B samples which is not seen in ZnO as prepared. The evolution of tetrapods has been explained on the base of impurity adsorption and carbo-thermal reduction taking place during the process of sonication.

  2. Novel paint design based on nanopowder to protection against X and gamma rays

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    Movahedi, Mohammad Mehdi; Abdi, Adibe; Mehdizadeh, Alireza; Dehghan, Naser; Heidari, Emad; Masumi, Yusef; Abbaszadeh, Mojtaba

    2014-01-01

    Background: Lead-based shields are the standard method of intraoperative radiation protection in the radiology and nuclear medicine department. Human lead toxicity is well documented. The lead used is heavy, lacks durability, is difficult to launder, and its disposal is associated with environmental hazards. The aim of this study was to design a lead free paint for protection against X and gamma rays. Materials and Methods: In this pilot st we evaluated several types of nano metal powder that seemed to have good absorption. The Monte Carlo code, MCNP4C, was used to model the attenuation of X-ray photons in paints with different designs. Experimental measurements were carried out to assess the attenuation properties of each paint design. Results: Among the different nano metal powder, nano tungsten trioxide and nano tin dioxide were the two most appropriate candidates for making paint in diagnostic photon energy range. Nano tungsten trioxide (15%) and nano tin dioxide (85%) provided the best protection in both simulation and experiments. After this step, attempts were made to produce appropriate nano tungsten trioxide-nano tin dioxide paints. The density of this nano tungsten trioxide-nano tin dioxide paint was 4.2 g/cm3. The MCNP simulation and experimental measurements for HVL (Half-Value Layer) values of this shield at 100 kVp were 0.25 and 0.23 mm, respectively. Conclusions: The results showed the cost-effective lead-free paint can be a great power in absorbing the X-rays and gamma rays and it can be used instead of lead. PMID:24591777

  3. Radiation Stability of Zinc Oxide Pigment Modified by Zirconium Oxide and Aluminum Oxide Nanopowders

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    Mikhailov, M. M.; Neshchimenko, V. V.; Li Chundong

    2009-01-05

    The effect on the reflective spectra of heat treatment and modification of ZnO pigments by 1-30 wt.%ZrO{sub 2} and Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} nanoparticles has been investigated before and after irradiation by 100 keV protons with a fluence of 5x10{sup 15} cm{sup -2}. It is established that with the optimum concentration of 5 wt.% nanoparticles and the temperature of 800 deg. C a 20% increase in the radiation stability is observed for the modified ZnO pigment in comparison with the not modified pigment. The decrease of absorption in the modified pigments is determined by the decrease of the intensity of the absorption bands of the zinc vacancies (V{sub zn}{sup -}), oxygen vacancies (V{sub o}{sup +}) and donor-acceptor couples (V{sub zn}-{sup -}Zn{sub i}{sup 0})

  4. Crystal Structures of Ru Complex Sensitizers of TiO 2Anatase Nanopowders

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    Shklover, V.; Haibach, T.; Bolliger, B.; Hochstrasser, M.; Erbudak, M.; Nissen, H.-U.; Zakeeruddin, S. M.; Nazeeruddin, Md. K.; Grätzel, M.

    1997-08-01

    The crystal structure of a new Ru complex sensitizer is determined (C29H30N5O4S2Ru, monoclinic, space groupP21/b,a=11.400(4),b=15.236(6),c=18.748(7) Å,γ=85.17(3)°,Z=4). The crystal structure of three efficient Ru sensitizers of TiO2anatase nanocrystalline powders are discussed in terms of formation of two-dimensional molecular packing which could also exist on the dye-coated anatase surfaces. The surface areas of sensitizers on the flat semiconductor surface are determined. The atomic structure of the (001) and (101) surface of naturally grown TiO2anatase have been investigated using low-energy electron diffraction (LEED) and the technique of secondary-electron imaging (SEI). The structure of both surfaces is found to be very sensitive to external physical influences; even a mild sputtering with He+ions results in a destruction of the surface structure in several atomic layers. The anatase surface was found to be covered with less than one atomic layer thicker contamination. The results of LEED and SEI studies could be well reproduced by model calculation based on the atomic structure of nonreconstructed surface. Thus, it is concluded that the bulk crystalline structure of naturally grown anatase continues up to the surface without modification. The first results on the orientation of sensitizer molecules on the mostly exposed surface (101) of anatase single crystal are obtained from HRTEM data. The amount of sensitizer molecules on the mostly exposed faces of anatase nanocrystals in thin colloidal TiO2anatase films could be estimated using crystal structural data of both the sensitizer and the anatase surface.

  5. New synthesis of nanopowders of proton conducting materials. A route to densified proton ceramics

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    Khani, Zohreh; Taillades-Jacquin, Melanie; Taillades, Gilles; Marrony, Mathieu; Jones, Deborah J.; Roziere, Jacques

    2009-04-15

    Low temperature routes have been developed for the preparation of BaCe{sub 0.9}Y{sub 0.1}O{sub 2.95} (BCY10) and BaZr{sub 0.9}Y{sub 0.1}O{sub 2.95} (BZY10) in the form of nanoparticulate powders for use after densification as ceramic membranes for a proton ceramic fuel cell. These methods make use on the one hand of the chelation of metal (II), (III) and (IV) ions by acrylates (hydrogelation route) and on the other of the destabilisation and precipitation of micro-emulsions. Both routes lead to single phase yttrium doped barium cerate or zirconate perovskites, as observed by X-ray diffraction, after thermal treatment at 900 deg. C for 4 h for BCY10 and 800 deg. C for BZY10. These temperatures, lower than those usually used for preparation of barium cerate or zirconate, lead to oxide nanoparticles of size <40 nm. Dense ceramics (>=95%) are obtained by sintering BCY10 pellets at 1350 deg. C and BZY10 pellets at 1500 deg. C for 10 h. The water uptake of compacted samples at 500 deg. C is 0.14 wt% for BCY10 and 0.26 wt% for BZY10. Total conductivities in the range 300-600 deg. C were determined using impedance spectroscopy in a humidified nitrogen atmosphere. The total conductivity was 1.8x10{sup -2} S/cm for BCY10 and 2x10{sup -3} S/cm for BZY10 at 600 deg. C. The smallest perovskite nanoparticles and highest conductivities were obtained by hydrogelation of precursor barium, zirconium, cerium and yttrium acrylates. - Graphical Abstract: Low temperature hydrogelation and micro-emulsion routes have been developed for the preparation of rare earth doped barium and zirconium cerates in the form of nanoparticulate powders for use after densification as ceramic membranes for a proton ceramic fuel cell.

  6. Template-free hydrothermal derived cobalt oxide nanopowders: Synthesis, characterization, and removal of organic dyes

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    Nassar, Mostafa Y.; Ahmed, Ibrahim S.

    2012-09-15

    Graphical abstract: XRD patterns of the products obtained by hydrothermal treatment at 160 °C for 24 h, and at different [Co{sup 2+}]/[CO{sub 3}{sup 2−}] ratios: (a) 1:6, (b) 1:3, (c) 1:1.5, (d) 1:1, (e) 1:0.5. Highlights: ► Spinel cobalt oxide nanoparticles with different morphologies were prepared by hydrothermal approach. ► The optical characteristics of the as-prepared cobalt oxide revealed the presence of two band gaps. ► Adsorption of methylene blue dye on Co{sub 3}O{sub 4} was investigated and the percent uptake was found to be >99% in 24 h. -- Abstract: Pure spinel cobalt oxide nanoparticles were prepared through hydrothermal approach using different counter ions. First, the pure and uniform cobalt carbonate (with particle size of 21.8–29.8 nm) were prepared in high yield (94%) in an autoclave in absence unfriendly organic surfactants or solvents by adjusting different experimental parameters such as: pH, reaction time, temperature, counter ions, and (Co{sup 2+}:CO{sub 3}{sup 2−}) molar ratios. Thence, the spinel Co{sub 3}O{sub 4} (with mean particle size of 30.5–47.35 nm) was produced by thermal decomposition of cobalt carbonate in air at 500 °C for 3 h. The products were characterized by powder X-ray diffraction (XRD), Fourier transform infrared (FTIR), transmission electron microscope (TEM), scanning electron microscope (SEM), and thermal analysis (TA). Also, the optical characteristics of the as-prepared Co{sub 3}O{sub 4} nanoparticles revealed the presence of two band gaps (1.45–1.47, and 1.83–1.93 eV). Additionally, adsorption of methylene blue dye on Co{sub 3}O{sub 4} nanoparticles was investigated and the uptake% was found to be >99% in 24 h.

  7. Synthesis, characterization and antimicrobial activity of copper and zinc-doped hydroxyapatite nanopowders

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    Stanić, Vojislav; Dimitrijević, Suzana; Antić-Stanković, Jelena; Mitrić, Miodrag; Jokić, Bojan; Plećaš, Ilija B.; Raičević, Slavica

    2010-08-01

    Antimicrobial materials based on hydroxyapatite are potentially attractive in a wide variety of medical applications. The synthesis of copper and zinc-doped hydroxyapatite was done by neutralization method. This method consists of dissolving CuO or ZnO in solution of H 3PO 4, and the slow addition to suspension of Ca(OH) 2 for obtaining monophasic product. Characterization studies from XRD, SEM, TEM and FTIR spectra showed that particles of all samples are of nano size and they do not contain any discernible crystalline impurity. The quantitative elemental analysis showed that the copper and zinc ions fully incorporated into the hydroxyapatite. The antimicrobial effects of doped hydroxyapatite powders against pathogen bacterial strains Escherichia coli, Staphylococcus aureus and pathogen yeast Candida albicans were tested in solid and liquid media. Quantitative test in liquid media clearly showed that copper and zinc-doped samples had viable cells reduction ability for all tested strains.

  8. Two-level hierarchical structure in nano-powder agglomerates in gas media

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    de Martin, Lilian; Bouwman, Wim G.; van Ommen, J. Ruud

    2012-11-01

    Nanoparticles in high concentration in a gas form agglomerates due to the interparticle van der Waals forces. The size and the internal structure of these nanoparticles agglomerates strongly influence their dynamics and their interaction with other objects. This information is crucial, for example, when studying inhalation of nanoparticles. It is common to model the structure of these agglomerates using a fractal approach and to compare their dimension with the dimension obtained from aggregation models, such diffusion limited aggregation (DLA). In this work we have analyzed the structure of nanoparticles agglomerates in situ by means of Spin-Echo Small-Angle Neutron Scattering (SESANS), while they were fluidized in a gas stream. The advantage of SESANS over conventional SANS is that SESANS can measure scales up to 20 microns, while SANS does not exceed a few hundred of nanometers. We have observed that when agglomerates interact, their structure cannot be characterized by using only one scaling parameter, the fractal dimension. We have found that there are at least two structure levels in the agglomerates and hence, we need at least two parameters to describe the autocorrelation function in each level.

  9. Structural and magnetic properties of Gd3+ ion substituted magnesium ferrite nanopowders

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    Elkady, Ashraf S.; Hussein, Shaban I.; Rashad, Mohamed M.

    2015-07-01

    Nanocrystalline MgGdxFe2-xO4 powders (where x=0, 0.05, 0.1, 0.2, 0.25, 0.3) have been synthesized by the ethylene diamine tetraacetic acid (EDTA)-based sol-gel combustion method. X-ray diffraction (XRD), Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy, high resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM) and vibrating sample magnetometer (VSM) were applied in order to study the effect of variation of Gd3+ ion substitution and its impact on crystal structure, crystallite size, lattice parameters, nanostructure and magnetic properties of the formed powders. XRD indicated that, after doping and calcination at 400 °C for 2 h, all samples have two spinel ferrite structures namely cubic and tetragonal phases, which are dependent on Gd3+ ion concentration. The cubic phase is found to increase with increasing the Gd3+ ion molar ratio up to 0.1, compared to pure MgFe2O4 and higher Gd3+ content samples. Indeed, with increasing Gd3+ ion, the crystallite size was almost unchanged whereas the lattice parameter was found to increase. FT-IR spectrum showed broadening of the ν2 band and the presence of another band in the range (465-470 cm-1) upon adding Gd3+ ion, which confirm the presence of Gd3+ ion in addition to Fe3+ ion at octahedral site. Besides, these bands were assigned to the formation of (Gd3+-O2-) complexes at B-sites. HRTEM images showed that the studied samples consist of nanocrystallites having average particle sizes around 9 nm for pure MgFe2O4 up to 27 and 42 nm for the Gd3+ ion substituted MgFe2O4 of molar ratio 0.05 and 0.30, respectively. An examination of the magnetic properties revealed an increase in saturation magnetization with increasing Gd concentration incorporation up to x=0.1, as a result of the change of cubic and tetragonal spinel ratio and lattice parameters. Meanwhile, the formed powders exhibited superparamagnetic characteristics. Therefore, such newly synthesized superparamagnetic nanoparticles, containing Gd3+ ion can be considered as a promising candidate for use in several potential applications including neutron capture therapy (NCT), magnetic hyperthermia, ferrofluids and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).

  10. The toxicity of titanium dioxide nanopowder to early life stages of the Japanese medaka (Oryzias latipes).

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    Paterson, Gordon; Ataria, Jamie M; Hoque, M Ehsanul; Burns, Darcy C; Metcalfe, Chris D

    2011-02-01

    In this study, fertilized Japanese medaka (Oryzias latipes) embryos were exposed from fertilization to 5 d post-hatch using static non-renewal assays to aqueous suspensions of titanium dioxide nanoparticles (nTiO₂) ranging in nominal concentrations between 0 and 14 μg mL⁻¹. The average size of the nTiO₂ in the stock solution before addition to the test treatments was 87 nm (±14 nm). TiO₂ materials accumulated in a concentration dependent manner on the chorionic filaments of developing medaka embryos with evidence of pericardial edema occurring during embryo development. However, no significant (p > 0.05) increases in mortality relative to control treatments were observed for the nTiO₂ exposed embryos. A concentration dependent increase in cumulative percent hatch was observed at 11 d, indicating that exposure to increasing concentrations of nTiO₂ resulted in the premature hatch of medaka embryos. Post-hatch, a significant proportion of sac fry from the nTiO₂ exposure groups exhibited moribund swimming behavior and these individuals also experienced greater mortality at 15 d post-hatch. Combined, these results demonstrate that exposure to nTiO₂ can impact the development of early life stages of fish. PMID:21074241

  11. Structural and morphological characterizations of ZnO nanopowder synthesized by hydrothermal route using inorganic reactants

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    Djouadi, D.; Meddouri, M.; Chelouche, A.; Hammiche, L.; Aksas, A.

    2014-12-01

    Zinc oxide nanoscale powder has been synthesized by a hydrothermal route using zinc sulfate and sodium hydroxide. The as-prepared powder was annealed at 600 °C for 2 h and then characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy and infra-red Fourier transformed spectroscopy. XRD measurements have shown a ZnO hexagonal wurtzite polycrystalline structure with good crystallinity and the formation of a new sodium pyrosulfate phase in the as-prepared powder. The annealing improves the crystalline quality of the powder and transforms the sodium pyrosulfate phase to a sodium sulfate one. The thermal treatment does not affect the lattice parameters and the Zn-O bond length but improves the random orientation of the ZnO crystallites growth. ZnO crystallites have an interconnected-nano-needles morphology forming irregular shaped aggregates. The size of the crystallites is about 20 nm. EDX analysis has shown the presence of C and S in addition to Zn and O. FTIR spectra confirm the formation of ZnO and sodium sulfate. The synthesized ZnO powder has a very high crystalline quality and the used method is a very advantageous one for the fabrication of nanosized metal oxides from inorganic reactants for photo-catalysis applications.

  12. Spark plasma sintering of TiNi nano-powders for biological application

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    Fu, Y. Q.; Gu, Y. W.; Shearwood, C.; Luo, J. K.; Flewitt, A. J.; Milne, W. I.

    2006-11-01

    Nano-sized TiNi powder with an average size of 50 nm was consolidated using spark plasma sintering (SPS) at 800 °C for 5 min. A layer of anatase TiO2 coating was formed on the sintered TiNi by chemical reaction with a hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) solution at 60 °C followed by heat treatment at 400 °C to enhance the bioactivity of the metal surface. Cell culture using osteoblast cells and a biomimetic test in simulated body fluid proved the biocompatibility of the chemically treated SPS TiNi.

  13. Magnetization damping in two-component metal oxide micropowder and nanopowder compacts by broadband ferromagnetic resonance measurements

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    Youssef, Jamal Ben; Brosseau, Christian

    2006-12-01

    The microwave damping mechanisms in magnetic inhomogeneous systems have displayed a richness of phenomenology that has attracted widespread interest over the years. Motivated by recent experiments, we report an extensive experimental study of the Gilbert damping parameter of multicomponent metal oxides micro- and nanophases. We label the former by M samples, and the latter by N samples. The main thrust of this examination is the magnetization dynamics in systems composed of mixtures of magnetic (γ-Fe2O3) and nonmagnetic (ZnO and epoxy resin) materials fabricated via powder processing. Detailed ferromagnetic resonance (FMR) measurements on N and M samples are described so to determine changes in the microwave absorption over the 6-18GHz frequency range as a function of composition and static magnetic field. The FMR linewidth and the field dependent resonance were measured for the M and N samples, at a given volume fraction of the magnetic phase. The asymmetry in the form and change in the linewidth for the M samples are caused by the orientation distribution of the local anisotropy fields, whereas the results for the N samples suggest that the linewidth is very sensitive to details of the spatial magnetic inhomogeneities. For N samples, the peak-to-peak linewidth increases continuously with the volume content of magnetic material. The influence of the volume fraction of the magnetic phase on the static internal field was also investigated. Furthermore, important insights are gleaned through analysis of the interrelationship between effective permeability and Gilbert damping constant. Different mechanisms have been considered to explain the FMR linewidth: the intrinsic Gilbert damping, the broadening induced by the magnetic inhomogeneities, and the extrinsic magnetic relaxation. We observed that the effective Gilbert damping constant of the series of N samples are found to be substantially smaller in comparison to M samples. This effect is attributed to the surface anisotropy contribution to the anisotropy of Fe2O3 nanoparticles. From these measurements, the characteristic intrinsic damping dependent on the selected material and the damping due to surface/interface effects and interparticle interaction were estimated. The inhomogeneous linewidth (damping) due to surface/interface effects decreases with diminishing particle size, whereas the homogeneous linewidth (damping) due to interactions increases with increasing volume fraction of magnetic particles (i.e., reducing the separation between neighboring magnetic phases) in the composite.

  14. Synthesis of Black and Red Mercury Sulfide Nano-Powder by Traditional Indian Method for Biomedical Application

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    Padhi, Payodhar; Sahoo, G.; Das, K.; Ghosh, Sudipto; Panigrahi, S. C.

    2008-10-23

    The use of metals and minerals in the traditional Indian system of medicine known as aired is very common and is practiced since seventh century B.C. Metals were reduced to calcined powder form for medicinal purpose. For detoxification, a further step of purification of the metals and minerals with different vegetable extracts was practiced. The people of East India were using mercury and its sulfide as medicine. Gradually this secret was leaked to Arabic physicians who used mercury in skin ointment. Subsequently Italian Physicians adopted Arabic prescriptions of mercurial ointments for skin diseases. In the olden days, metals and minerals were impregnated with decoction and juice of vegetables and animal products like milk and fat for purification. These were then reduced to fine particles by milling with a pestle and mortar. It was known by then that the fineness of the powder had a significant influence on the color, texture, and medicinal properties as is cited by Charak. Nagarjun studied in detail the processing of metals and minerals, particularly mercury and the influence of the processing parameters on the medicinal values. Mercury is unique in many aspects. Indian alchemy developed a wide variety a chemical processes for the ostensible transmutation of metals and preparation of elixir of life, in which mercury occupied a prime position .The present investigation attempts to use the traditional methods as prescribed in the ancient texts to prepare mercury sulfide in both red and black form for medicinal use. XRD, SEM and HRTEM investigations of the sulfides obtained shows that the ancient Indians were able to produce nano-sized powders. Possibly this may be taken as the earliest application of the production and use of nano powder. The study proves that even in ancient time the knowledge of nano particle synthesis was prevalent and used to enhance effectiveness of medicines. Further mercury in the free form is not acceptable in medicines. The ancient physicians could get rid of free mercury by milling and proper choice of the ratio of ingredients as is shown in the investigation by X-ray diffraction studies. In the traditional method for synthesis of mercury sulfide, mercury and pure sulfur were taken and milled in a mortar and pastel. During milling process, the white mercury and yellow sulfur yielded to a gray black colored sulfide. Synthesis of red sulfide of mercury required additional steps of heating and subsequent milling. For therapeutically application, the sulfide thus obtained needed detoxification, which was done using organic extracts. In the present investigation, the same method was followed to synthesize the sapphires and the product was characterized using modern methods like XRD, SEM and HRTEM. With increase in milling time the fineness of the powder increases, which increases the efficacy of the medicine, and free mercury, which is not desirable for medicinal application is found to decrease. The powder obtained at the end of 48 hours of milling is found to be of a size finer than l0nm.

  15. A sol gel route for the development of rare-earth aluminum borate nanopowders and transparent thin films

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    Maia, Lauro J. Q.; Mastelaro, Valmor R.; Pairis, Sebastien; Hernandes, Antonio C.; Ibanez, Alain

    2007-02-01

    A new sol-gel route was applied to obtain Y 0.9Er 0.1Al 3(BO 3) 4 crystalline powders and amorphous thin films by using Al(acac) 3, B(OPr i) 3, Y(NO 3) 3·6H 2O, and Er(NO 3) 3·5H 2O as starting materials dissolved in propionic acid and ethyl alcohol mixtures. Our study shows that propionic acid acts as good chelant agent for yttrium and erbium ions while ethyl alcohol allows to dissolve Al(acac) 3. This process makes the resulting sols very stable to obtain homogeneous gels and transparent amorphous thin films. In addition, the propionic acid prevents the sol precipitation, making easy porous- and crack-free thin film depositions. Chemical reactions involved in the complexation were discussed. As-prepared powders and films are amorphous and present a good thermal stability due to their high glass transition (746 °C) and crystallization temperatures (830 °C). This new sol-gel route showed to be adequate to obtain dense and crack-free thin films free of organic and hydroxyl groups that can be considered as promising materials to be used in integrated optical systems.

  16. 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.

  17. Microwave and millimeter wave dielectric permittivity and magnetic permeability of epsilon-gallium-iron-oxide nano-powders

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    Chao, Liu; Afsar, Mohammed N.; Ohkoshi, Shin-ichi

    2015-05-01

    In millimeter wave frequency range, hexagonal ferrites with high uniaxial anisotropic magnetic fields are used as absorbers. These ferrites include M-type barium ferrite (BaFe12O19) and strontium ferrite (SrFe12O19), which have natural ferromagnetic resonant frequency range from 40 GHz to 60 GHz. However, the higher frequency range lacks suitable materials that support the higher frequency ferromagnetic resonance. A series of gallium-substituted ɛ-iron oxides (ɛ-GaxFe2-xO3) are synthesized, which have ferromagnetic resonant frequencies appearing over the frequency range of 30 GHz to 150 GHz. The ɛ-GaxFe2-xO3 is synthesized by the sol-gel method. The particle sizes are observed to be smaller than 100 nm. In this paper, in-waveguide transmission and reflection method and the free space magneto-optical approach have been employed to study these newly developed ɛ-GaxFe2-xO3 particles in millimeter waves. These techniques enable to obtain precise transmission spectra to determine the dielectric and magnetic properties of both isotropic and anisotropic ferrites in the microwave and millimeter wave frequency range from single set of direct measurements. The complex dielectric permittivity and magnetic permeability spectra of ɛ-GaxFe2-xO3 are shown in this paper. Strong ferromagnetic resonances at different frequencies determined by the x parameter are found.

  18. Effect of heat treatment on the structure and properties of a BiFeO3 nanopowder

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    Sadykov, S. A.; Palchaev, D. K.; Murlieva, Zh. Kh.; Rabadanov, M. Kh.; Alikhanov, N. M.-R.; Samsonova, V. V.; Kallaev, S. N.; Omarov, Z. M.; Emirov, R. M.; Khashafa, A. Kh. D.

    2016-05-01

    This paper presents the results of an investigation of changes in the structure, magnetic, electrical, and thermal properties of a nanostructured bismuth ferrite powder prepared by the combustion of nitrateorganic precursors before and after heat treatment at temperatures of 500, 600, 700, and 800°C. It has been shown that there is a dependence of the magnetic properties on the dispersion of the particles. The specific features of the temperature and frequency dependences of the dielectric properties over wide ranges of frequencies and temperatures, as well as near the Néel temperature, have been considered.

  19. Synthesis of Black and Red Mercury Sulfide Nano-Powder by Traditional Indian Method for Biomedical Application

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    Padhi, Payodhar; Sahoo, G.; Das, K.; Ghosh, Sudipto; Panigrahi, S. C.

    2008-10-01

    The use of metals and minerals in the traditional Indian system of medicine known as aired is very common and is practiced since seventh century B.C. Metals were reduced to calcined powder form for medicinal purpose. For detoxification, a further step of purification of the metals and minerals with different vegetable extracts was practiced. The people of East India were using mercury and its sulfide as medicine. Gradually this secret was leaked to Arabic physicians who used mercury in skin ointment. Subsequently Italian Physicians adopted Arabic prescriptions of mercurial ointments for skin diseases. In the olden days, metals and minerals were impregnated with decoction and juice of vegetables and animal products like milk and fat for purification. These were then reduced to fine particles by milling with a pestle and mortar. It was known by then that the fineness of the powder had a significant influence on the color, texture, and medicinal properties as is cited by Charak. Nagarjun studied in detail the processing of metals and minerals, particularly mercury and the influence of the processing parameters on the medicinal values. Mercury is unique in many aspects. Indian alchemy developed a wide variety a chemical processes for the ostensible transmutation of metals and preparation of elixir of life, in which mercury occupied a prime position .The present investigation attempts to use the traditional methods as prescribed in the ancient texts to prepare mercury sulfide in both red and black form for medicinal use. XRD, SEM and HRTEM investigations of the sulfides obtained shows that the ancient Indians were able to produce nano-sized powders. Possibly this may be taken as the earliest application of the production and use of nano powder. The study proves that even in ancient time the knowledge of nano particle synthesis was prevalent and used to enhance effectiveness of medicines. Further mercury in the free form is not acceptable in medicines. The ancient physicians could get rid of free mercury by milling and proper choice of the ratio of ingredients as is shown in the investigation by X-ray diffraction studies. In the traditional method for synthesis of mercury sulfide, mercury and pure sulfur were taken and milled in a mortar and pastel. During milling process, the white mercury and yellow sulfur yielded to a gray black colored sulfide. Synthesis of red sulfide of mercury required additional steps of heating and subsequent milling. For therapeutically application, the sulfide thus obtained needed detoxification, which was done using organic extracts. In the present investigation, the same method was followed to synthesize the sapphires and the product was characterized using modern methods like XRD, SEM and HRTEM. With increase in milling time the fineness of the powder increases, which increases the efficacy of the medicine, and free mercury, which is not desirable for medicinal application is found to decrease. The powder obtained at the end of 48 hours of milling is found to be of a size finer than l0nm.

  20. Synthesis and Luminescent Properties of CaSnO3:Eu Nanopowder Prepared by a Sol-Gel Route.

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    Fu, Xiaoyan; Zhao, Tuyuan; Zhang, Yan; Chen, Yibin; Zhang, Hongwu

    2016-04-01

    Luminescent properties of nanocrystalline CaSnO3:1%Eu have been investigated in order to develop novel red phosphors. The results indicate that high-quality nanoparticles with controlled stoichiometry and microstructure were prepared by a sol-gel method using citric acid and EDTA as complexes. There are two broad excitation bands located at 240 and 270 nm existing in the excitation spectrum in addition to the characteristic excitation peaks of Eu3+. Further investigations show that the excitation band located at 240 nm can be assigned to the host absorption while the Eu-O charge transfer is responsible for the 270 nm excitation band. These results indicate that the host can efficiently transfer energy to the Eu3+ ions. The more important is that since the symmetry of Eu3+ ions is lower, the pure red emission (5D9 --> 7F2 transition located at 618 nm) is predominant over all the emission. This means CaSnO3:Eu is a potential candidate for red luminescent materials. PMID:27451726

  1. Copper-zinc alloy nanopowder: a robust precious-metal-free catalyst for the conversion of 5-hydroxymethylfurfural.

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    Bottari, Giovanni; Kumalaputri, Angela J; Krawczyk, Krzysztof K; Feringa, Ben L; Heeres, Hero J; Barta, Katalin

    2015-04-24

    Noble-metal-free copper-zinc nanoalloy (<150 nm) is found to be uniquely suited for the highly selective catalytic conversion of 5-hydroxymethylfurfural (HMF) to potential biofuels or chemical building blocks. Clean mixtures of 2,5-dimethylfuran (DMF) and 2,5-dimethyltetrahydrofuran (DMTHF) with combined product yields up to 97 % were obtained at 200-220 °C using 20-30 bar H2 . It is also possible to convert 10 wt % HMF solutions in CPME, with an excellent DMF yield of 90 %. Milder temperatures favor selective (95 %) formation of 2,5-furandimethanol (FDM). The one-pot conversion of fructose to valuable furan-ethers was also explored. Recycling experiments for DMF production show remarkable catalyst stability. Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) characterization provides more insight into morphological changes of this intriguing class of materials during catalysis. PMID:25833148

  2. The role of nanopowder particle surfaces and grain boundary defects in the sintering of ZnO ceramics

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    Muktepavela, F.; Zabels, R.; Sursajeva, V.; Grigorjeva, L.; Kundzins, K.

    2012-08-01

    This work focuses on the characteristics of sintered ZnO ceramics and explores the role of source powder morphology in the process of sintering. The source ZnO powders had grained (d = 100 nm) and tetrapod-like (d=50-100 nm, l=3-10 μm) morphologies, they were compacted and sintered at 1200° C. The results have shown that ceramics sintered from the grained powder exhibit relatively high (8%) porosity at grain boundaries and as cavities within grains, which facilitates brittleness. Photoluminescence spectra for these ceramics besides a narrow exitonic band contain a broad "green" luminescence band attributed to defect states. The second ceramics sintered from the tetrapod-like powder has lower porosity (<2 %) Photoluminescence spectrum at 12 K revealed a narrow exitonic band with satellite peaks (1LO_Ex states) and almost negligible "green" band which is an indication of high quality of this ceramics. Experiments on bicrystals have shown that in the stage of grain growth the motion of grain boundaries is directly correlated to triple-junction mobility. The obtained results have been discussed from the point of contact phenomenon and evolution processes of the grain boundary microstructure at different sintering stages.

  3. Synthesis and characterization of high-quality PbI2 nanopowders from depleted SLA accumulator anode and cathode

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    Malevu, T. D.; Ocaya, R. O.; Tshabalala, K. G.; Fernandez, C.

    2016-07-01

    High-quality lead iodide (PbI2) nanoparticles were synthesized from both anode and cathode of a discarded sealed lead-acid accumulator as starting materials. The structure, morphology, chemical composition and optical properties of washed PbI2 were investigated using X-ray diffraction, field emission scanning electron microscope, photoluminescence and energy-dispersive X-ray spectrometer. The XRD measurements indicated the presence of pure hexagonal PbI2 nanoparticles. Application of the Scherrer equation indicates crystal sizes between 13.703 and 14.320 nm. SEM indicated the presence of spherical particle agglomerations between 1.5 and 3.5 \\upmum in diameter. The measured band gap using two methods was consistent at 2.75 eV. EDS results suggest the absence of impurities in the synthesized nanoparticles. The overall results suggest that discarded sealed lead-acid accumulators can source pure hexagonal-phase lead iodide nanoparticles with potential applications in perovskite solar cells. The novelty aspect is that this approach has not been previously reported.

  4. Femtosecond laser modification of titanium surfaces: direct imprinting of hydroxylapatite nanopowder and wettability tuning via surface microstructuring

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    Ionin, Andrey A.; Kudryashov, Sergey I.; Makarov, Sergey V.; Saltuganov, Pavel N.; Seleznev, Leonid V.; Sinitsyn, Dmitry V.; Golosov, Evgene V.; Goryainov, Artem A.; Kolobov, Yury R.; Kornieieva, Kateryna A.; Skomorokhov, Andrei N.; Ligachev, Alexander E.

    2013-04-01

    Femtosecond laser modification of titanium surfaces was performed to produce microstructured hydrophilic and biocompatible surface layers. Biocompatible nano/microcoatings were prepared for the first time by dry femtosecond laser imprinting of hydroxylapatite nano/micropowder onto VT6 titanium surfaces. In these experiments HAP was first deposited onto the titanium surfaces and then softly imprinted by multiple femtosecond laser pulses into the laser-melted surface metal layer. The surface relief was modified at the nano- and microscales depending on the incident laser fluence and sample scanning speed. Wetting tests demonstrated that the wetting properties of the pristine Ti surface can be tuned through its laser modification in both the hydrophobic and hydrophilic directions.

  5. Hydrogenation of the nanopowders that form in a carbon-helium plasma stream during the introduction of Ni and Mg

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    Churilov, G. N. Osipova, I. V.; Tomashevich, Ye. V.; Glushchenko, G. A.; Fedorov, A. S.; Popov, Z. I.; Bulina, N. V.; Vereshchagin, S. N.; Zhizhaev, A. M.; Cherepakhin, A. V.

    2011-12-15

    Composite nanoparticles consisting of magnesium, nickel, and carbon atoms are studied both theoretically and experimentally. The calculations performed in terms of the density functional theory show that the jump frequency of hydrogen atoms in nickel-containing magnesium hydride increases substantially near impurity nickel atoms; as a result, the rate of hydrogen absorption by magnesium also increases. Nickel on the magnesium surface is shown to be absorbed via an island growth mechanism. Composite Mg-C, Ni-C, and Mg-Ni-C powders are produced by plasmachemical synthesis in a carbon-helium plasma stream. Hydrogen is introduced into a chamber during synthesis. It is found by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and thermogravimetric analysis that, among these three composites, only Mg-Ni-C contains magnesium fixed in the MgH{sub 2} compound. The process of such 'ultrarapid' hydrogenation of magnesium, which occurs in the time of formation of composite nanoparticles, can be explained by the catalytic action of nickel, which is enhanced by a high temperature. Scanning electron microscopy micrographs demonstrate the dynamics of the dehydrogenation of Mg-Ni-C composite nanoparticles in heating by an electron beam.

  6. Microwave and millimeter wave dielectric permittivity and magnetic permeability of epsilon-gallium-iron-oxide nano-powders

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    Chao, Liu Afsar, Mohammed N.; Ohkoshi, Shin-ichi

    2015-05-07

    In millimeter wave frequency range, hexagonal ferrites with high uniaxial anisotropic magnetic fields are used as absorbers. These ferrites include M-type barium ferrite (BaFe{sub 12}O{sub 19}) and strontium ferrite (SrFe{sub 12}O{sub 19}), which have natural ferromagnetic resonant frequency range from 40 GHz to 60 GHz. However, the higher frequency range lacks suitable materials that support the higher frequency ferromagnetic resonance. A series of gallium-substituted ε-iron oxides (ε-Ga{sub x}Fe{sub 2−x}O{sub 3}) are synthesized, which have ferromagnetic resonant frequencies appearing over the frequency range of 30 GHz to 150 GHz. The ε-Ga{sub x}Fe{sub 2−x}O{sub 3} is synthesized by the sol-gel method. The particle sizes are observed to be smaller than 100 nm. In this paper, in-waveguide transmission and reflection method and the free space magneto-optical approach have been employed to study these newly developed ε-Ga{sub x}Fe{sub 2−x}O{sub 3} particles in millimeter waves. These techniques enable to obtain precise transmission spectra to determine the dielectric and magnetic properties of both isotropic and anisotropic ferrites in the microwave and millimeter wave frequency range from single set of direct measurements. The complex dielectric permittivity and magnetic permeability spectra of ε-Ga{sub x}Fe{sub 2−x}O{sub 3} are shown in this paper. Strong ferromagnetic resonances at different frequencies determined by the x parameter are found.

  7. Effects of Al2O3 Nanopowders on the Wear Behavior of NiTi Shape Memory Alloys

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    Şahin, Y.; Öksüz, K. Emre

    2014-01-01

    TiNi shape memory alloy and its composite using δ-Al2O3 nanosize particles were prepared by the powder metallurgy method, and some mechanical properties like hardness, wear, and corrosion behavior were investigated. The experimental results exhibited that the lower wear rate was obtained for the nano-Al2O3-reinforced Ti alloy composite due to increased hardness, but the wear rate increased considerably with increasing the load over 25 N for Ti alloy. However, the best corrosion resistance was obtained for the base alloy, which is very important for implant applications.

  8. Toxicological characterization of bio-active drugs on basis of Iron Fe, Co, and Copper Cu nanopowders

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    Polishuk, S.; Nazarova, A.; Stepanova, I.

    2015-11-01

    The article presents investigations of toxicological parameters (acute and chronic toxicity, cumulative coefficient) of iron, cobalt, copper and copper oxide nanoparticles with white rats in labs. We have estimated the optimal concentrations of the above mentioned substances with rabbits. We have also studied morphological, physiological and biochemical parameters of the animals when adding the optimal doses to the diet for a long term.

  9. Synthesis of fluorine substituted hydroxyapatite nanopowders and application of the central composite design for determination of its antimicrobial effects

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    Stanić, Vojislav; Dimitrijević, Suzana; Antonović, Dušan G.; Jokić, Bojan M.; Zec, Slavica P.; Tanasković, Sladjana T.; Raičević, Slavica

    2014-01-01

    Synthetic biomaterials based on fluorine substituted hydroxyapatite are potentially attractive for orthopedic and dental implant applications. The new synthesis of fluorine substituted hydroxyapatite samples were done by neutralization, which consists of adding the solution of HF and H3PO4 in suspension of Ca(OH)2. Characterization studies from XRD, SEM and FTIR spectra showed that crystals are obtained with apatite structure and those particles of all samples are nano size, with an average length of 80 nm and about 15-25 nm in diameter. The central composite design was used in order to determine the optimal conditions for the antimicrobial activity of the synthesized samples. In order to evaluate the influence of operating parameters on the percent of viable cell reduction of Streptococcus mutans, three independent variables were chosen: exposure time, pH of saline and floride concentration in apatite samples. The experimental and predicted antimicrobial activities were in close agreement. Antimicrobial activity of the samples increases with the increase of fluoride concentration and the decreased pH of saline. The maximum antimicrobial activity was achieved at the initial pH of 4.

  10. Synthesis and characterization of high-quality PbI2 nanopowders from depleted SLA accumulator anode and cathode

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    Malevu, T. D.; Ocaya, R. O.; Tshabalala, K. G.; Fernandez, C.

    2016-07-01

    High-quality lead iodide (PbI2) nanoparticles were synthesized from both anode and cathode of a discarded sealed lead-acid accumulator as starting materials. The structure, morphology, chemical composition and optical properties of washed PbI2 were investigated using X-ray diffraction, field emission scanning electron microscope, photoluminescence and energy-dispersive X-ray spectrometer. The XRD measurements indicated the presence of pure hexagonal PbI2 nanoparticles. Application of the Scherrer equation indicates crystal sizes between 13.703 and 14.320 nm. SEM indicated the presence of spherical particle agglomerations between 1.5 and 3.5 μm in diameter. The measured band gap using two methods was consistent at 2.75 eV. EDS results suggest the absence of impurities in the synthesized nanoparticles. The overall results suggest that discarded sealed lead-acid accumulators can source pure hexagonal-phase lead iodide nanoparticles with potential applications in perovskite solar cells. The novelty aspect is that this approach has not been previously reported.

  11. Parametric study of CO2 laser drilling of carbon nanopowder/vinylester/glass nanocomposites using design of experiments and grey relational analysis

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    Nagesh, S.; Narasimha Murthy, H. N.; Krishna, M.; Basavaraj, H.

    2013-06-01

    Research efforts are concentrated on improving the quality of laser drilled holes in thermoset based composites. Heat affected zone is one of the major quality factors in laser drilled holes of polymer composites. One of the promising methods to reduce heat affected zone is to disperse thermally conductive nanofillers in polymer composites to improve the heat transfer characteristics during laser drilling. The objective of this research was to investigate the effect of carbon black along with laser parameters such as laser power, pulse frequency and scanning speed on the heat affected zone and taper angle of laser drilled holes based on L16 orthogonal array lay-out. Both heat affected zone and taper angle significantly reduced with the addition of carbon black. The results showed that heat affected zone is reduced by employing lower laser power and taper angle is reduced by adopting higher laser power. Grey relational analysis was used to identify the optimal combination of laser drilling parameters for multiple responses. Multiple regression models were developed for predicting heat affected zone and taper angle.

  12. Green engineered ZnO nanopowders by Banyan Tree and E. tirucalli plant latex: auto ignition route, photoluminescent and photocatalytic properties

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    Anilkumar, M. R.; Nagaswarupa, H. P.; Anantharaju, K. S.; Gurushantha, K.; Pratapkumar, C.; Prashantha, S. C.; Shashi Shekhar, T. R.; Nagabhushana, H.; Sharma, S. C.; Vidya, Y. S.; Prasad, Daruka

    2015-03-01

    A simple and eco-friendly solution combustion route was used to prepare ZnO nanoparticles (ZNPs) using Banyan Tree (BT) and Euphorbia tirucalli (ET) plant latexes as fuels. The final products were characterized by powder x-ray diffraction (PXRD), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), UV-visible, scanning electron microcopy (SEM) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). The PXRD result reveals the formation of hexagonal phase with Wurtzite structure. The crystallite size obtained from TEM was found to be ˜20-25 nm. SEM results reveal rose-like morphology with BT latex and hexagonal shaped with ET latex. The energy band gap of ZNPs obtained by BT and ET latex were found to be 3.20 and 3.38 eV, respectively. Photoluminescence (PL) emission peaks at ˜421, 458, 505, 522, 628 and 695 nm were observed in both the samples when excited at 383 nm. These emission peaks were mainly attributed to deep level oxygen (blue-green) defect and exciton (UV) defects, respectively. The international commission on illumination (CIE) chromaticity co-ordinates, as well as co-ordinated color temperature (CCT), were estimated from the emission spectra; the values (x, y) were very close to national television system committee (NTSC) standard values of pure white emission. Photocatalytic activity (PCA) of ZNPs prepared was studied in detail. The ZNPs prepared using BT latex showed highest PCA under sunlight. The results demonstrate that the synthesized product could be quite useful for display applications as well as photocatalyst. Further, the material prepared by this route was found to be non-toxic, environmentally friendly and could be a potential alternative to economical routes.

  13. Photocatalytic thin films containing TiO2:N nanopowders obtained by the layer-by-layer self-assembling method

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    Rojas-Blanco, L.; Urzúa, M. D.; Ramírez-Bon, R.; Espinoza Beltrán, F. J.

    2012-01-01

    In this work, TiO2-N powders were synthesized by high-energy ball milling, using commercial titanium dioxide (TiO2) in the anatase phase and urea to introduce nitrogen into TiO2 in order to enhance their photocatalytic properties in the visible spectral region. Several samples were prepared by milling a mixture of TiO2-urea during 2, 4, 8, 12 and 24 h and characterized by spectroscopic and analytical techniques. X-ray diffraction (XRD) results showed the coexistence of anatase and high-pressure srilankite TiO2 crystalline phases in the samples. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) revealed that the grain size of the powder samples decreases to 200 nm at 24 h milling time. UV-Vis diffuse reflectance spectroscopic data showed a clear red-shift in the onset of light absorption from 387 to 469 nm as consequence of nitrogen doping in the samples. The photocatalytic activity of the TiO2-N samples was evaluated by methylene blue degradation under visible light irradiation. It was found that TiO2-N samples had higher photocatalytic activity than undoped TiO2 samples, which could be assigned to the effect of introducing N atoms and XPS results confirm it. Using polyethylenimine (PEI), transparent thin films of TiO2-N nanoparticles were prepared by layer-by-layer self assembly method. UV-visible spectrophotometry was employed in a quantitative manner to monitor the adsorbed mass of TiO2 and PEI after each dip cycle. The adsorption of both TiO2 and PEI showed a saturation dip time of 15 min.

  14. The correlation between the structural and luminescent properties of Ca2SiO4:Eu2+ nanopowders prepared by the sol-gel process.

    PubMed

    Park, Jung Hye; Kim, Young Jin

    2014-11-01

    Ca2SiO4:Eu2+ powders were prepared by the sol-gel process using calcium nitrate hydrate, europium nitrate hydrate, and tetraethyl orthosilicate (TEOS). The effects of the amount of TEOS, firing temperatures, and the Eu2+ concentration on the structural and luminescence properties were investigated. The CaO impurity phase was produced and it strongly contributed to emission properties. The prepared powders were composed of irregular-shaped particles, square plates (CaO), and/or needle-shaped particles, depending on the amount of TEOS, while with excess TEOS content (1.2 M), Ca2SiO4:Eu2+ crystals were contained in the glass matrix. The photoluminescence excitation (PLE) spectra of the synthesized powders widely covered from 250 to 450 nm. The related PL emission spectra showed green emissions (- 510 nm), which resulted from two overlapped Gaussian emission bands centered at 502 and 550 nm assigned to the 4f(7)-4f(6)5d1 transitions of the Eu(II) and Eu(I) sites, respectively. Eu2+ ions were incorporated into CaO as well as Ca2SiO4, and thus the Eu2+ concentration in Ca2SiO4 was adjusted by the amount of the CaO phase in samples. As a result, the strongest green emission of Ca2SiO4:Eu2+ was obtained with 0.9 M TEOS. PMID:25958598

  15. Characterization of fine grain Ba0.995Y0.005TiO3 ceramics obtained from gel-precursor nanopowder.

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    Cernea, Marin; Monnereau, Odile; Llewellyn, Philip; Vasile, Eugeniu

    2007-03-01

    Using an acetate-alkoxide sol-gel route in which the precursors are barium acetate, yttrium isopropoxide and titanium diisopropoxide bis-acetylacetonate, we prepared a ferroelectric material with the formula: Ba1-xYxTiO3, x = 0.005. SEM analysis showed a polymeric microstructure of the gel due to the chelated titanium alkoxide precursor used as starting materials. The evolution of the structure and microstructure of the precursor gel heated at temperatures up to 1000 degrees C was studied by various techniques. The powder obtained by heating the gel at 1100 degrees C presented a homogeneous structure consisting of submicronic particles (approximately 200 nm). XRD and SAED analyses revealed that Ba0.995Y0.005TiO3 nanocrystals of about 5-10 nm appeared at 600 degrees C, together with BaCO3. The presence of barium carbonate was identified also by IR spectroscopy and thermal analyses. The ceramics obtained from the as-prepared powder presented good dielectric properties (capacitance = 840 pF/dielectric constant = 3860 and dielectric loss (tandelta) = 0.078 at Curie temperatures of 120-121 degrees C). PMID:17450868

  16. Effect of synthesis conditions on the nanopowder properties of Ce{sub 0.9}Zr{sub 0.1}O{sub 2}

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    Zimicz, M.G.; Fabregas, I.O.; Lamas, D.G.; Larrondo, S.A.

    2011-06-15

    Graphical abstract: . The synthesis of nanocrystalline Ce{sub 0.9}Zr{sub 0.1}O{sub 2} powders via the gel-combustion method, using different fuels, and following either stoichiometric or non-stoichiometric pH-controlled routes is investigated. Research highlights: {yields} All samples exhibited the fluorite-type crystal structure, nanometric average crystallite size and negligible carbon content. {yields} Synthesis conditions strongly affect the average crystallite size, the degree of agglomeration, the specific surface area and the pore volume. {yields} Our results indicate that, by controlling the synthesis conditions it is possible to obtain solids with custom-made morphological properties. -- Abstract: In this work, the synthesis of nanocrystalline Ce{sub 0.9}Zr{sub 0.1}O{sub 2} powders via the gel-combustion method, using different fuels, and following either stoichiometric or non-stoichiometric pH-controlled routes is investigated. The objective is to evaluate the effect of synthesis conditions on the textural and morphological properties, and the crystal structure of the synthesized materials. The solids were characterized by nitrogen physisorption, Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM), X-ray powder diffraction (XPD), and Carbon-Hydrogen-Nitrogen Elemental Analysis (CHN). All the powders exhibited nanometric crystallite size, fluorite-type structure and negligible carbon content. Synthesis conditions strongly affect the average crystallite size, the degree of agglomeration, the specific surface area and the pore volume. Our results indicate that, by controlling the synthesis conditions it is possible to obtain solids with custom-made morphological properties.

  17. On the factors determining the pyrophoric stability of tungsten nanopowder obtained by plasma-chemical pyrolysis of W(CO)6

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    Shulga, Yu. M.; Martynenko, V. M.; Berestenko, V. I.; Domashnev, I. A.; Kurkin, E. N.; Torbov, V. I.

    2011-10-01

    Nonpyrophoric tungsten powders with an average particle size of about 30 nm were obtained by pyrolysis of tungsten hexacarbonyl in a flow of microwave discharge nitrogen plasma. It is found that these powders are stable in air up to 300°C. The reason for such stability is that the structure of powder particles is of the core-double shell type, in which the metal core is covered with an oxide film approximately 1 nm in thickness, coated in turn with roentgenoamorphous layer consisting of carbon, oxygen, and nitrogen atoms. It is also established that the powders under investigation mainly release carbon oxides (CO and CO2) and water into the gas phase upon heating in vacuum. Among the molecules present in the gas phase in small concentrations, nitrogen monoxide (NO) and formaldehyde (H2CO) are worth mentioning apart from C1-C3 hydrocarbons.

  18. Influence of Li-doping on structural characteristics and photocatalytic activity of ZnO nano-powder formed in a novel solution pyro-hydrolysis route

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    Ganesh, Ibram; Sekhar, P. S. Chandra; Padmanabham, G.; Sundararajan, G.

    2012-10-01

    Different types of Li-doped ZnO (LDZ) (Li = 0-10 wt.%) powders were prepared by following a novel pyro-hydrolysis route at 450 °C, and were thoroughly characterized by means of thermo-gravimetry (TG), differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), Fourier-transform infrared (FT-IR), Fourier-transform Raman (FT-Raman) spectroscopy, diffuse reflectance spectroscopy (DRS), ultra-violet visible (UV-Vis) spectroscopy, Brunauer-Emmett-Teller (BET) surface area (SA), and zeta potential (ζ) measurements. Photocatalytic activity of these powders was evaluated by means of methylene blue (MB) degradation experiments conducted under the irradiation of simulated and natural solar light. Characterization results suggest that both pure ZnO and LDZ powders are quite thermally stable up to a temperature of 700 °C and possess band gap (BG) energies in the range of 3.16-3.2 eV with a direct band to band transition and ζ values of -31.6 mV to -56.4 mV. The properties exhibited by LDZ powders were found to be quite comparable to those exhibited by p-type semi-conducting LDZ powders. In order to study the kinetics of MB degradation reaction under the irradiation of simulated solar light, the Li (0.2-10 wt.%) and Al (0.5 wt.%) co-doped ZnO (0.2LADZ to 10LADZ) powders were also synthesized and employed for this purpose. The photocatalytic degradation of MB over LADZ catalysts followed the Langmuir-Hinshelwood (L-H) first order reaction rate relationship. The 10LDZ catalyst exhibited highest photocatalytic activity among various powders investigated in this study.

  19. Exchange bias effect and glassy-like behavior of EuCrO{sub 3} and CeCrO{sub 3} nano-powders

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    Taheri, M. Razavi, F. S.; Kremer, R. K.; Trudel, S.

    2015-09-28

    The magnetic properties of nano-sized EuCrO{sub 3} and CeCrO{sub 3} powders, synthesized by a solution combustion method, were investigated using DC/AC magnetization measurements. An exchange bias effect, magnetization irreversibility and AC susceptibility dispersion in these samples provided evidence for the presence of the spin disorder magnetic phase. The exchange bias phenomenon, which is assigned to the exchange coupling between the glassy-like shell and canted antiferromagnetic core, showed the opposite sign in EuCrO{sub 3} and CeCrO{sub 3} at low temperatures, suggesting different exchange interactions at the interfaces in these compounds. We also observed a sign reversal of exchange bias in CeCrO{sub 3} at different temperatures.

  20. Effect of sputtering power on the electrical and optical properties of Ca-doped ZnO thin films sputtered from nanopowders compacted target

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    Mahdhi, H.; Ben Ayadi, Z.; Gauffier, J. L.; Djessas, K.; Alaya, S.

    2015-07-01

    In the present work, we have deposited calcium doped zinc oxide thin films by magnetron sputtering technique using nanocrystalline particles elaborated by sol-gel method as a target material. In the first step, the nanoparticles were synthesized by sol-gel method using supercritical drying in ethyl alcohol. The structural properties studied by X-ray diffractometry indicates that Ca doped ZnO has a polycrystalline hexagonal wurzite structure with a grain size of about 30 nm. Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) measurements have shown that the synthesized CZO is a nanosized powder. Then, thin films were deposited onto glass substrates by rf-magnetron sputtering at ambient temperature. The influence of RF sputtering power on structural, morphological, electrical, and optical properties were investigated. It has been found that all the films deposited were polycrystalline with a hexagonal wurtzite structure and preferentially oriented in the (0 0 2) crystallographic direction. They have a typical columnar structure and a very smooth surface. The as-deposited films show a high transmittance in the visible range over 85% and low electrical resistivity at room temperature.

  1. Nanostructured catalyst supports

    DOEpatents

    Zhu, Yimin; Goldman, Jay L.; Qian, Baixin; Stefan, Ionel C.

    2015-09-29

    The present invention relates to SiC nanostructures, including SiC nanopowder, SiC nanowires, and composites of SiC nanopowder and nanowires, which can be used as catalyst supports in membrane electrode assemblies and in fuel cells. The present invention also relates to composite catalyst supports comprising nanopowder and one or more inorganic nanowires for a membrane electrode assembly.

  2. Nanostructured catalyst supports

    DOEpatents

    Zhu, Yimin; Goldman, Jay L.; Qian, Baixin; Stefan, Ionel C.

    2012-10-02

    The present invention relates to SiC nanostructures, including SiC nanopowder, SiC nanowires, and composites of SiC nanopowder and nanowires, which can be used as catalyst supports in membrane electrode assemblies and in fuel cells. The present invention also relates to composite catalyst supports comprising nanopowder and one or more inorganic nanowires for a membrane electrode assembly.

  3. Effect of nanodisperse ferrite cobalt (CoFe2O4) particles on contractile reactions in guinea pigs airways.

    PubMed

    Kapilevich, L V; D'yakova, E Yu; Nosarev, A V; Zaitseva, T N; Petlina, Z R; Ogorodova, L M; Ageev, B G; Magaeva, A A; Itin, V I; Terekhova, O G

    2010-07-01

    The effect of nanopowder CoFe(2)O(4)on contractile responses of smooth-muscle segments of guinea pigs airways was studied by mechanography. Both in vivo inhalation of nanopowder aerosol or in vitro application of nanopowder to isolated airway segments increased the amplitude of contractile responses to histamine and potentiated the dilatory reaction to adrenergic salbutamol. PMID:21113462

  4. Preparation of cobalt-zinc ferrite (Co{sub 0.8}Zn{sub 0.2}Fe{sub 2}O{sub 4}) nanopowder via combustion method and investigation of its magnetic properties

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    Yousefi, M.H.; Manouchehri, S.; Arab, A.; Mozaffari, M.; Amiri, Gh. R.; Amighian, J.

    2010-12-15

    Research highlights: {yields} Cobalt-zinc ferrite was prepared by combustion method. {yields} Properties of the sample were characterized by several techniques. {yields} Curie temperature was determined to be 350 {sup o}C. -- Abstract: Cobalt-zinc ferrite (Co{sub 0.8}Zn{sub 0.2}Fe{sub 2}O{sub 4}) was prepared by combustion method, using cobalt, zinc and iron nitrates. The crystallinity of the as-burnt powder was developed by annealing at 700 {sup o}C. Crystalline phase was investigated by XRD. Using Williamson-Hall method, the average crystallite sizes for nanoparticles were determined to be about 27 nm before and 37 nm after annealing, and residual stresses for annealed particles were omitted. The morphology of the annealed sample was investigated by TEM and the mean particle size was determined to be about 30 nm. The final stoichiometry of the sample after annealing showed good agreement with the initial stoichiometry using atomic absorption spectrometry. Magnetic properties of the annealed sample such as saturation magnetization, remanence magnetization, and coercivity measured at room temperature were 70 emu/g, 14 emu/g, and 270 Oe, respectively. The Curie temperature of the sample was determined to be 350 {sup o}C using AC-susceptibility technique.

  5. Synthesis of Dense Fine-Grained Ceramics by Sol-Gel Technique of RE-substituted Bi1- x A x FeO3 Nanopowders (A = La3+, Y3+, Dy3+, Ce3+): Structural, Electrical, and Magnetic Characterization

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    García-Zaleta, D. S.; Torres-Huerta, A. M.; Domínguez-Crespo, M. A.

    2016-04-01

    In this work, ceramics with the formula Bi1- x A x FeO3 (A = La3+, Y3+, Ce3+ and Dy3+) using concentrations up to x = 0.20 were prepared by the sol-gel method. The effects of the diverse cations on the phase formation, grain size, as well as the electrical and magnetic properties were studied. The XRD results displayed the rhombohedral structure in all the ceramics as well as successful formation of single-phase compounds using lanthanum cations ( x = 0.10 to 0.15). Scanning Electron Microscopy showed a non-homogeneous microstructure, consisting of grains with irregular morphology as well as the influence of the sintering method (spark plasma and conventional sintering) on the grain densification. Electric impedance spectroscopy measurements were performed to evaluate the electric properties, thus showing a slight increase in the permittivity values. Finally, the magnetic characterization showed an interesting increment in the coercive field up to ~7782 Oe with La3+ cations as well as a notable dependence with the dopant.

  6. Effect of particle size distribution on the structure, hyperfine, and magnetic properties of Ni{sub 0.5}Zn{sub 0.5}Fe{sub 2}O{sub 4} nanopowders

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    Bhattacharjee, Kaustav; Das, G. C.; Pati, Satya P.; Das, D.

    2014-12-21

    Ni{sub 0.5}Zn{sub 0.5}Fe{sub 2}O{sub 4} nano powders were synthesized by an auto combustion method and then heat treated at different temperatures in air for a fixed time. As a consequence, a distribution in particle size and strain was incorporated within the specimens, as estimated from the Rietveld refinement analysis of the powder x-ray diffraction data. The changes in the microstructure and crystal structure parameters were carefully extracted through the refinement analysis. Thermal annealing causes increment in the dispersion and mean of the size distribution. Reallocation of cations in the lattice sites occur as a consequence of the heat treatment which was manifested in their altered unit cell length (a), r.m.s. strain (〈ε{sup 2}〉{sup 1/2}), oxygen positional parameter (u), metal-oxygen bond lengths (R{sub OA} and R{sub OB}), and the band positions (ν{sub 1}and ν{sub 2}) in the vibrational spectroscopy. We also investigate the hyperfine and magnetic properties of the samples using different instrumental techniques (with different operating time scales) like Mössbauer spectroscopy, electron paramagnetic resonance spectroscopy, and superconducting quantum interference device magnetometry. Results show that the effect of particle size distribution was manifested in their hyperfine field distribution profile, paramagnetic resonance spectra, and magnetic anisotropy energy distribution profile. Co-existence of superparamagnetic and ferrimagnetic phase was recorded at room temperature in the samples when annealed at lower temperature. However, with increase in annealing temperature, the nature of the size distribution changes and ferrimagnetic ordering predominates for the larger size nanoparticles. Thus, the effect of particle size distribution on the structural, hyperfine, and magnetic properties of various Ni{sub 0.5}Zn{sub 0.5}Fe{sub 2}O{sub 4} nanoparticles was investigated herein which hitherto has not been discussed in the literature.

  7. Analyses of the modulatory effects of antibacterial silver doped calcium phosphate-based ceramic nano-powder on proliferation, survival, and angiogenic capacity of different mammalian cells in vitro.

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    Bostancıoğlu, R Beklem; Peksen, Ceren; Genc, Hatice; Gürbüz, Mevlüt; Karel, Filiz Bayrakçı; Koparal, A Savas; Dogan, Aydin; Kose, Nusret; Koparal, A Tansu

    2015-08-01

    In this study, the antibacterial, cytotoxic, and angiogenic activities of silver doped calcium phosphate-based inorganic powder (ABT or PAG) were systematically investigated. ABT powders containing varying silver content were fabricated using a wet chemical manufacturing method. Antibacterial efficiencies of the ABT powders were investigated using a standard test with indicator bacteria and yeast. The cytotoxic effects of ABT on three different fibroblast cells and human umbilical vein endothelial cells (HUVECs) were assessed using MTT assay. ABT powder exhibits concentration-related cytotoxicity characteristics. Apoptotic activity, attachment capability, and wound healing effects were examined on fibroblasts. The angiogenic activity of ABT was investigated by tube formation assay in HUVECs; 10 μg ml(-1) and 100 μg ml(-1) concentrations of the highest metal ion content of ABT did not disrupt the tube formation of HUVECs. All these tests showed that ABT does not compromise the survival of the cells and might impose regeneration ability to various cell types. These results indicate that silver doped calcium phosphate-based inorganic powder with an optimal silver content has good potential for developing new biomaterials for implant applications. PMID:26306474

  8. Preparation of Ca0.5Zr2(PO4)3 and Ca0.45Eu0.05Zr2(PO4)3 nanopowders: structural characterization and luminescence emission study

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    Alcaraz, L.; Isasi, J.; Díaz-Guerra, C.; Peiteado, M.; Caballero, A. C.

    2016-03-01

    Ca0.5Zr2(PO4)3 and Ca0.45Eu0.05Zr2(PO4)3 nanophosphors have been synthesized by a sol-gel process under acid and basic conditions. In order to achieve the reduction of Eu3+ to Eu2+, europium-doped samples were treated in a reducing atmosphere flow. The effects of the different synthesis conditions and the partial substitution of calcium by europium ions on the structure of the samples were analyzed by x-ray diffraction (XRD) transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and micro-Raman spectroscopy. Luminescence and magnetic properties were investigated by photoluminescence (PL) spectroscopy and magnetic susceptibility measurements. XRD patterns can be indexed to a rhombohedral symmetry of space group R-3 with Z  =  6, consistent with a NASICON-type structure. A higher crystallinity was found in the samples prepared under basic conditions. TEM images of all the synthesized samples show spherically shaped particles. A broadening of the Raman bands as a result of non-equivalent vibrations of the orthophosphate groups is observed for samples prepared under acid conditions. The same effect was found when calcium is substituted by europium into the Ca0.5Zr2(PO4)3 host. PL spectra exhibit strong emission in the blue-green spectral range due to Eu2+ 4f65d1-4f7 transitions and no evidence of Eu3+ emission. Magnetic measurements confirm the 2+  oxidation state of europium ions in all samples.

  9. Screen-printed (La,Sr)CrO3 coatings on ferritic stainless steel interconnects for solid oxide fuel cells using nanopowders prepared by means of ultrasonic spray pyrolysis

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    Brylewski, Tomasz; Dabek, Jaroslaw; Przybylski, Kazimierz; Morgiel, Jerzy; Rekas, Mieczyslaw

    2012-06-01

    In order to protect the cathode from chromium poisoning and improve electrical resistance, a perovskite (La,Sr)CrO3 coating was deposited on the surface of a DIN 50049 ferritic stainless steel by means of the screen-printing method, using a paste composed of an ultra-fine powder prepared via ultrasonic spray pyrolysis. Investigations of the oxidation process of the coated steel in air and the Ar-H2-H2O gas mixture at 1073 K for times up to 820 h showed high compactness of the protective film, good adhesion to the metal substrate, as well as area specific resistance (ASR) at a level acceptable for metallic SOFC interconnect materials. The microstructure, nanostructure, phase composition of the thick film, and in particular the film/substrate interface, were examined via chemical analyses by means of SEM-EDS and TEM-SAD. It was shown that the (La,Sr)CrO3 coating interacts with the steel during long-term thermal oxidation in the afore-mentioned conditions and intermediate, chromia-rich and/or spinel multilayer interfacial zones are formed. Cr-vaporization tests showed that the (La,Sr)CrO3 coating may play the role of barriers that decrease the volatilization rate of chromia species.

  10. Specific features of aluminum nanoparticle water and wet air oxidation

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    Lozhkomoev, Aleksandr S. Glazkova, Elena A. Svarovskaya, Natalia V. Bakina, Olga V. Kazantsev, Sergey O. Lerner, Marat I.

    2015-10-27

    The oxidation processes of the electrically exploded aluminum nanopowders in water and in wet air are examined in the paper. The morphology of the intermediate reaction products of aluminum oxidation has been studied using the transmission electron microscopy. It was shown that the aluminum nanopowder water oxidation causes the formation of the hollow spheres with mesoporous boehmite nanosheets coating. The wedge-like bayerite particles are formed during aluminum nanopowder wet air oxidation.

  11. Specific features of aluminum nanoparticle water and wet air oxidation

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    Lozhkomoev, Aleksandr S.; Glazkova, Elena A.; Svarovskaya, Natalia V.; Bakina, Olga V.; Kazantsev, Sergey O.; Lerner, Marat I.

    2015-10-01

    The oxidation processes of the electrically exploded aluminum nanopowders in water and in wet air are examined in the paper. The morphology of the intermediate reaction products of aluminum oxidation has been studied using the transmission electron microscopy. It was shown that the aluminum nanopowder water oxidation causes the formation of the hollow spheres with mesoporous boehmite nanosheets coating. The wedge-like bayerite particles are formed during aluminum nanopowder wet air oxidation.

  12. Preparation of a dense, polycrystalline ceramic structure

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    Cooley, Jason; Chen, Ching-Fong; Alexander, David

    2010-12-07

    Ceramic nanopowder was sealed inside a metal container under a vacuum. The sealed evacuated container was forced through a severe deformation channel at an elevated temperature below the melting point of the ceramic nanopowder. The result was a dense nanocrystalline ceramic structure inside the metal container.

  13. Effects of Thallium Doping on the Transport Properties of Bi2Te3 Alloy

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    Yao, L.; Wu, F.; Wang, X. X.; Cao, R. J.; Li, X. J.; Hu, X.; Song, H. Z.

    2016-02-01

    Thallium-doped Tl x Bi2-x Te3 (x = 0.0, 0.05, 0.1, and 0.2) nanopowders were synthesized by the hydrothermal method. The doping effect of thallium on the morphologies of the synthesized nanopowders was investigated. It was found that the doping of thallium can significantly change the morphologies of the synthesized nanopowders. The synthesized nanopowders were hot-pressed into bulk pellets and the doping effects of thallium on the transport properties of these pellets were investigated. The results show that the doping of thallium can enhance the Seebeck coefficient but increase the electrical resistivity. Moreover, the power factors of the thallium-doped samples decrease with the increasing of the thallium doping level as compared with the un-doped sample. This is attributed to the increase of the electrical resistivity and the disappearing of the flower-like morphologies of the doped nanopowders.

  14. Effects of Thallium Doping on the Transport Properties of Bi2Te3 Alloy

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    Yao, L.; Wu, F.; Wang, X. X.; Cao, R. J.; Li, X. J.; Hu, X.; Song, H. Z.

    2016-06-01

    Thallium-doped Tl x Bi2- x Te3 ( x = 0.0, 0.05, 0.1, and 0.2) nanopowders were synthesized by the hydrothermal method. The doping effect of thallium on the morphologies of the synthesized nanopowders was investigated. It was found that the doping of thallium can significantly change the morphologies of the synthesized nanopowders. The synthesized nanopowders were hot-pressed into bulk pellets and the doping effects of thallium on the transport properties of these pellets were investigated. The results show that the doping of thallium can enhance the Seebeck coefficient but increase the electrical resistivity. Moreover, the power factors of the thallium-doped samples decrease with the increasing of the thallium doping level as compared with the un-doped sample. This is attributed to the increase of the electrical resistivity and the disappearing of the flower-like morphologies of the doped nanopowders.

  15. Development of Nd 3+:Y 3Al 5O 12 laser ceramics by high-pressure colloidal slip-casting (HPCSC) method

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    Kopylov, Yu. L.; Kravchenko, V. B.; Bagayev, S. N.; Shemet, V. V.; Komarov, A. A.; Karban, O. V.; Kaminskii, A. A.

    2009-03-01

    Method of preparation YAG laser ceramics using nanopowders obtained by calcining of precursors deposited from nitrate solutions with ammonium bicarbonate as a precipitant was developed. Rheological properties of slurries with different deflocculant concentrations were investigated. High-pressure colloidal slip-casting (HPCSC) method was used for nanopowders compactions, and preforms with green density up to 60% were obtained. Application of HPCSC compaction method reduces the requirements to starting nanopowders. Transparent YAG ceramics were obtained by sintering of compacts at 1700-1800 °C in vacuum. Laser action was achieved in plate ceramics samples with longitudinal pumping by semiconductor laser. Possibilities of improvement of laser output parameters are discussed.

  16. Three-dimensional boron particle loaded thermal neutron detector

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    Nikolic, Rebecca J.; Conway, Adam M.; Graff, Robert T.; Kuntz, Joshua D.; Reinhardt, Catherine; Voss, Lars F.; Cheung, Chin Li; Heineck, Daniel

    2014-09-09

    Three-dimensional boron particle loaded thermal neutron detectors utilize neutron sensitive conversion materials in the form of nano-powders and micro-sized particles, as opposed to thin films, suspensions, paraffin, etc. More specifically, methods to infiltrate, intersperse and embed the neutron nano-powders to form two-dimensional and/or three-dimensional charge sensitive platforms are specified. The use of nano-powders enables conformal contact with the entire charge-collecting structure regardless of its shape or configuration.

  17. Metastable Tetragonal CdWO4 Nanoparticles Synthesized with a Solvothermal Method

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    Rondinone, Adam Justin; Travaglini, Dustin H; Pawel, Michelle D; Mahurin, Shannon Mark; Dai, Sheng

    2007-01-01

    CdWO{sub 4} has only previously been reported in the monoclinic, or wolframite, phase. Here we report the first metastable, tetragonal or scheelite, CdWO4 nanopowder. The tetragonal CdWO{sub 4} was synthesized by a propylene glycol solvothermal method. The scheelite phase is stabilized by a combination of high surface area and surface complexation by the propylene glycol. The CdWO{sub 4} is stable at 1 bar to 300 C, and converts back to the monoclinic wolframite phase between 300 and 500 C. The nanopowder exhibits cubic morphology and the average particle size of the nanopowder is around 50 nm.

  18. Synthesis of zirconium carbide nanosized powders by pursed wire discharge in oleic acid

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    Sugashima, Kenta; Suzuki, Kazuma; Suzuki, Tsuneo; Nakayama, Tadachika; Suematsu, Hisayuki; Niihara, Koichi

    2016-01-01

    In this study, we propose novel PWD methods in inert gas mixed organic vapor and organic liquid which work as harmless carbon sources. Metal zirconium wire evaporation by PWD in organic vapor or liquid media was investigated. It was confirmed that in the PWD process using oleic acid liquid, single phase zirconium carbide nanopowders were synthesized by a reaction between Zr vapor and oleic acid. A new method for synthesis of carbide nanopowders was developed using the PWD in organic liquid. Therefore, the present result suggested that PWD method in oleic acid liquids is effective for the synthesis of carbide nanopowders.

  19. The Traps of Using Conventional Methodology of Evaluation of Powder Diffractograms for Determination of the Lattice Parameters of Nanocrystals

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    Palosz, Bogdan; Grzanka, Ewa; Stelmach, Svetlana; Gierlotka, Stanislaw; Palosz, Witold; Curreri, Peter A. (Technical Monitor)

    2002-01-01

    The inherent errors introduced by the algorithm of standard procedures of evaluation of powder diffractograms of nanopowders are shown. The implications of the errors are discussed and illustrated based on the results reported in the literature.

  20. Investigation of adsorption properties of alumina produced by vacuum spray method

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    Khrustaleva, K.; Voronova, G.

    2016-02-01

    In this paper nanopowders obtained by vacuum spray method were studied. The phase composition of the obtained powders is γ - Al2O3. Obtained nanopowders have specific surface area about 200 m2/g. Adsorptive properties of these powders were studied by static adsorption from solutions. The anionic dye eosin was selected as adsorbate. It has been found that the powders obtained by vacuum spray method have significant capacity to adsorb eosin.

  1. Crystallographic preferred orientations may develop in nanocrystalline materials on fault planes due to surface energy interactions

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    Toy, Virginia G.; Mitchell, Thomas M.; Druiventak, Anthony; Wirth, Richard

    2015-09-01

    A layer of substantially noncrystalline material, composed of partially annealed nanopowder with local melt, was experimentally generated by comminution during ˜1.5 mm total slip at ˜2.5 × 10-6 m s-1, Pconf ˜ 0.5 GPa, and 450°C or 600°C, on saw cut surfaces in novaculite. The partially annealed nanopowder comprises angular grains mostly 5-200 nm diameter in a variably dense packing arrangement. A sharp transition from wall rock to partially annealed nanopowder illustrates that the nanopowder effectively localizes shear, consistent with generation of nanoparticles during initial fragmentation, not by progressive grain size reduction. Dislocation densities in nanopowder grains or immediate wall rock are not significantly high, but there are planar plastic defects spaced at 5-200 nm parallel to the host quartz grain's basal plane. We propose these plastic defects developed into through-going fractures to generate nanocrystals. The partially annealed nanopowder has a crystallographic preferred orientation (CPO) that we hypothesize developed due to surface energy interactions to maximize coincident site lattices (CSL) during annealing. This mechanism may also have generated CPOs recently described in micro/nanocrystalline calcite fault gouges.

  2. Preparation of Nanocomposite GDC/LSCF Cathode Material for IT-SOFC by Induction Plasma Spraying

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    Shen, Yan; Almeida, Veronica Alexandra B.; Gitzhofer, François

    2011-01-01

    Homogeneous mixtures of Ce0.8Gd0.2O1.9 (GDC) and La0.6Sr0.4Co0.2Fe0.8O3 (LSCF) nanopowders were successfully synthesized using induction plasma by axial injection of a solution. The resulting nanocomposite powders consisted of two kinds of nanopowders with different mass ratio of GDC/LSCF, such as 3/7 and 6/4. The morphological features, crystallinity, and the phases of the synthesized powders were characterized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), local energy-dispersive x-ray spectroscopy (EDS) analysis, and x-ray diffraction (XRD). The nanopowders are almost globular in shape with a diameter smaller than 100 nm and their BET specific areas are around 20 m2 g-1. The GDC and LSCF phases are well distributed in the nanopowders. In addition, suspensions, made with the as-synthesized composite nanopowders and ethanol, were used to deposit cathode coatings using suspension plasma spray (SPS). Micro-nanostructures of the coatings are discussed. The coatings are homogeneous and porous (51% porosity) with cauliflower structures.

  3. Doped titanium dioxide nanocrystalline powders with high photocatalytic activity

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    Castro, A.L.; Jumas, J.-C.; Costa, F.M.

    2009-07-15

    Doped titanium dioxide nanopowders (M:TiO{sub 2}; M=Fe, Co, Nb, Sb) with anatase structure were successfully synthesized through an hydrothermal route preceded by a precipitation doping step. Structural and morphological characterizations were performed by powder XRD and TEM. Thermodynamic stability studies allowed to conclude that the anatase structure is highly stable for all doped TiO{sub 2} prepared compounds. The photocatalytic efficiency of the synthesized nanopowders was tested and the results showed an appreciable enhancement in the photoactivity of the Sb:TiO{sub 2} and Nb:TiO{sub 2}, whereas no photocatalytic activity was detected for the Fe:TiO{sub 2} and Co:TiO{sub 2} nanopowders. These results were correlated to the doping ions oxidation states, determined by Moessbauer spectroscopy and magnetization data. - Graphical abstract: Doped titanium dioxide nanopowders (M:TiO{sub 2}; M=Fe, Co, Nb, Sb) with highly stable anatase structure were successfully synthesized through an hydrothermal route. The photocatalytic efficiencies of the synthesized nanopowders were tested and the results show an appreciable enhancement in the photoactivity of the Sb:TiO{sub 2} and Nb:TiO{sub 2}.

  4. Design and installation of DC plasma reactor for SiC nanoparticle production

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    Yu, I. K.; Rhee, J. H.; Cho, S.; Yoon, H. K.

    2009-04-01

    In order to get the high quality SiC nanopowders, a DC plasma reactor system with adjustable torch has been developed. SiC nanopowders were synthesized using this system and the synthesized primary particles have nearly spherical structures, mostly β-SiC phase with a particle size of 10-30 nm. Larger aggregate particles have been produced in our system probably due to longer particle growth times and faster collisions. The synthesized particles collected from the reactor wall and cyclone bottom have some free silicon and free carbon. To produce high quality silicon carbide nanopowders, it is highly necessary to improve the experimental conditions such as lower system pressures, shorter residence time, and higher quenching rates during powder synthesis.

  5. Nano oxide-dispersed nickel composite plating

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    Park, So-Yeon; Jung, Myung-Won; Lee, Jae-Ho

    2013-11-01

    In this study, nickel based composite coatings were prepared by electroplating in baths with two different types of nano oxide powder, 20 nm SiO2 and 50 nm TiO2. The effects of pH, zeta potential, and current density on dispersing the nanopowder in the electroplated composite layer were studied. Zeta potential values were measured at different values of pH in the bath. The surface charge of the silica nanopowder increased negatively with an increasing pH value. The most effective current density for the surface morphology was 20 mA/cm2 for a NiFe-SiO2 composite coating and 40 mA/cm2 for a Ni-TiO2 composite coating. The surface hardness of the composite coating increased with addition of the nanopowder.

  6. Induction of apoptosis in human endothelial cells by nanodiamond particles.

    PubMed

    Solarska, K; Gajewska, A; Bartosz, G; Mitura, K

    2012-06-01

    Carbon nanoparticles are a promising material which finds application in different fields in industry and medicine. For medical applications, biocompatibility of nanoparticles is of critical importance because a lot of medical implants are coated by carbon coating. Our previous results showed that nanoparticles may induce increased production of ROS by the cells so we decided to checked if nanopowders can induce apoptosis. Apoptosis was quantified by double-staining with acridine orange and ethidium bromide. For comparison, we identified apoptotic cells with annexin V-FITC/propidium iodide. Our data demonstrate that treatment of the cells with diamond nanopowders may induce apoptosis and necrosis and this effect is dependent on the time of treatment and concentration of the nanopowders. The highest level of apoptotic cells was observed after incubation with Ultrananocrystalline Detonation Diamond (UDD) suggesting that the size is the main determinant of nanoparticle cytotoxicity. PMID:22905588

  7. Tungsten nanoparticles influence on radiation protection properties of polymers

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    Gavrish, V. M.; Baranov, G. A.; Chayka, T. V.; Derbasova, N. M.; Lvov, A. V.; Matsuk, Y. M.

    2016-02-01

    In the presented article the results of the study of metal-polymer composites based on the ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene GUR 4122 with the addition of superdispersed tungsten nanopowders with 5, 10, 20, 40, and 50 mass percent content levels are given, their thermophysical, radiation-shielding, and mechanical properties are shown, and the influence of content levels of tungsten superdispersed nanopowders on these properties is analyzed. The conducted studies have shown the increase in the listed properties depending on the content level of tungsten superdispersed and nanopowders in the ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene GUR 4122. Owing to their properties, the obtained materials may be used in various fields, such as aviation, space technologies, mechanical engineering, etc.

  8. Magnetic and Magnetocaloric Properties of High-Energy Ball-Milled Nanocrystalline CeMn2Ge2 Compound

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    Kaya, Melike; Dincer, Ilker; Akturk, Selcuk; Elerman, Yalcin

    2016-07-01

    CeMn2Ge2 nanopowders have been obtained by high-energy ball milling for 5 and 10 hours from bulk compound to investigate the effect of milling time on magnetic and magnetocaloric properties. CeMn2Ge2 nanopowders have been characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy with energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy, transmission electron microscopy, and magnetization measurements. The average grain size of the nanoparticles from XRD measurements is about 12.2 and 8 nm for 5-hour and 10-hour ball-milled samples, respectively. The investigations reveal that magnetic entropy change (∆S m) can be altered by changing the particle size of the compound. Maximum ∆S m is -2.45 and -1.30 J kg-1 K-1 for the 5- and 10-hour ball-milled nanopowders, respectively.

  9. Adsorption and photocatalytic degradation of malachite green by vanadium doped zinc oxide nanoparticles.

    PubMed

    Khezami, L; Taha, Kamal K; Ghiloufi, Imed; El Mir, Lassaad

    2016-01-01

    Herein the degradation of malachite green (MG) dye from aqueous medium by vanadium doped zinc oxide (ZnO:V3%) nanopowder was investigated. The specific surface area and pore volume of the nanopowder was characterized by nitrogen adsorption method. Batch experimental procedures were conducted to investigate the adsorption and photocatalytic degradation of MG dye. Adsorption kinetics investigations were performed by varying the amount of the catalyst and the initial dye concentrations. Adsorption and photocatalytic degradation data were modeled using the Lagergren pseudo-first-order and second-order kinetic equation. The results showed that the ZnO:V3% nanopowder was particularly effective for the removal of MG and data were found to comply with Lagergreen pseudo-first-order kinetic model. PMID:26901732

  10. Monte Carlo Simulation of Nanoparticle Encapsulation in Flames

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    Sun, Z.; Huertas, J. I.; Axelbaum, R. L.

    1999-01-01

    Two critical challenges facing the application of flames for synthesis of nanopowder materials are: (1) overcoming formation of agglomerates and (2) ensuring that the highly reactive nanopowders that are synthesized in flames can be produced in such a manner that their purity is maintained during subsequent processing. Agglomerates are produced in flames because particle formation occurs in a high temperature and high number density environment. They are undesirable in most advanced applications of powders. For example, agglomerates have a deleterious effect on compaction density, leading to voids when nanopowders are consolidated. Efforts to avoid agglomeration in flames without substantially reducing particle number density and, consequently, production rate, have had limited success. Powder purity must also be maintained during subsequent handling of nanopowders and this poses a significant challenge for any synthesis route because nanopowders, particularly metals and non-oxide ceramic powders, are inherently reactive. Impurities acquired during handling of nanopowders have slowed the advancement of the nanostructured materials industry. One promising approach that has been proposed to address these problems is nano-encapsulation. In this approach, the core particles are encapsulated in a removable material while they are within the flame but before excessive agglomeration has occurred. Condensation can be very rapid so that core particles are trapped within the condensed material and agglomeration is limited. Nano-encapsulation also addresses the handling concerns for post-synthesis processing. Results have shown that when nano-encapsulated powders are exposed to atmosphere the core particles are protected from oxidation and/or hydrolysis. Thus, handling of the powders does not require extreme care. If, for example, at the time of consolidation the encapsulation material is removed by vacuum annealing, the resulting powder remains unagglomerated and free of

  11. Thermal Conductivity of Size-Controlled Bulk Silicon Nanocrystals Using Self-Limiting Oxidation and HF Etching

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    Suzuki, Takayuki; Ohishi, Yuji; Kurosaki, Ken; Muta, Hiroaki; Yamanaka, Shinsuke

    2012-08-01

    We propose a new method of obtaining low thermal conductivity in bulk Si. In this method, which we call “HF-etching nanosize-controlling process for powder” (HNPP), self-limiting oxidation coupled with HF etching is applied to nanopowder Si. The application of HNPP to nanopowder Si reduces the average diameter from 58 to 35 nm. The thermal conductivity is reduced from 25.7 to 13.5 W m-1 K-1 at 300 K. Theoretical calculation including grain boundary transmission and frequency-dependent grain boundary scattering shows that these thermal conductivity reductions can be attributed to phonon scattering at grain boundaries.

  12. Preparation of tungsten oxide

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    Bulian, Christopher J.; Dye, Robert C.; Son, Steven F.; Jorgensen, Betty S.; Perry, W. Lee

    2009-09-22

    Tungsten trioxide hydrate (WO.sub.3.H.sub.2O) was prepared from a precursor solution of ammonium paratungstate in concentrated aqueous hydrochloric acid. The precursor solution was rapidly added to water, resulting in the crash precipitation of a yellow white powder identified as WO.sub.3.H.sub.2O nanosized platelets by x-ray diffraction and scanning electron microscopy. Annealing of the powder at 200.degree. C. provided cubic phase WO.sub.3 nanopowder, and at 400.degree. C. provided WO.sub.3 nanopowder as a mixture of monoclinic and orthorhombic phases.

  13. High Thermal Conductivity Aligned Polyethylene-Graphene Nanocomposites

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    Garg, Jivtesh; Saeidijavash, Mortaza

    We investigate enhancement of thermal conductivity in polyethylene-graphene nanocomposites. The effect of alignment of both the polymer chains and the dispersed graphene flakes on thermal conductivity enhancement will be reported. In this work nanocomposites are prepared through microextrusion of polyethylene pellets and graphene nanopowder. Alignment is achieved through mechanical stretching of the nanocomposites. Thermal conductivity is measured using both Angstrom method and Laser flash. Variables involved in the study are the draw ratio and the weight percentage of graphene nanopowder. Results will shed light on the role of alignment of graphene flakes on enhancing thermal transport and provide new avenues to achieve ultra-high thermal conductivity in polymeric materials.

  14. Synthesis of nanocrystalline transition metal and oxides for lithium storage

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    Wang, G. X.; Chen, Y.; Yang, L.; Yao, Jane; Needham, Scott; Liu, H. K.; Ahn, J. H.

    Nanosize silver and tin dioxide powders were synthesised by a novel reverse micelle technique. The reverse micelles were formed from a microemulsion of organic solvents, water based salts and surfactants. The spherical nanosize Ag powders were formed via in situ reduction. The tin hydroxide precipitates were formed in reverse micelles and converted to tin dioxide nanopowders after heat treatment. The Ag and SnO 2 powders have a particle size in the range of 20-50 nm. The as-prepared nanosize Ag and SnO 2 nanopowders were used in lithium-ion cells for lithium storage.

  15. Improved thermoelectric figure of merit in n-type CoSb3 based nanocomposites

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    Mi, J. L.; Zhao, X. B.; Zhu, T. J.; Tu, J. P.

    2007-10-01

    Nanocomposites offer a promising approach to incorporate nanostructured constituents to bulk thermoelectric materials. n-type CoSb3 nanocomposites were prepared by hot pressing the mixture of nanoscale and microsized CoSb3 powders synthesized by solvothermal method and melting, respectively. Microstructure analysis shows that the bulk materials are composed of nano- and micrograins. The nanocomposite structures are effective in reducing thermal conductivity more than electrical conductivity, hence in improving the thermoelectric performance. A dimensionless figure of merit of 0.71 is obtained for the nanocomposite with 40wt% nanopowder inclusions, about 54% increase of that without nanopowder inclusions.

  16. Antibacterial Property of Cold-Sprayed HA-Ag/PEEK Coating

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    Sanpo, Noppakun; Tan, Meng Lu; Cheang, Philip; Khor, K. A.

    2009-03-01

    The antibacterial behavior of HA-Ag (silver-doped hydroxyapatite) nanopowder and their composite coatings were investigated against Escherichia coli (DH5α). HA-Ag nanopowder and PEEK (poly-ether-ether-ketone)-based HA-Ag composite powders were synthesized using in-house powder processing techniques. Bacteria culture assay of HA-Ag nanopowder and their composite powders displayed excellent bacteriostatic activity against E. coli. The antibacterial activity increased with increasing concentration of HA-Ag nanoparticle in these composite powders. These nanocomposite powders were subsequently used as feedstock to generate antibacterial coatings via cold spray technology. The ratios of HA-Ag to PEEK in their composite powders were 80:20, 60:40, 40:60, and 20:80 (wt.%). Microstructural characterization and phase analysis of feedstock powders and as-deposited coatings were carried out using FESEM/EDX and XRD. Antibacterial nanocomposite HA-Ag/PEEK coatings were successfully deposited using cold spraying parameters of 11-12 bars at preheated air temperature between 150 and 160 °C. These as-sprayed coatings of HA-Ag/PEEK composite powders comprising varying HA-Ag and PEEK ratios retained their inherent antibacterial property as verified from bacterial assay. The results indicated that the antibacterial activity increased with increasing HA-Ag nanopowder concentration in the composite powder feedstock and cold-sprayed coating.

  17. A Novel Device for Measuring Respirable Dustiness Using Low Mass Powder Samples

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    O’Shaughnessy, Patrick T.; Kang, Mitchell; Ellickson, Daniel

    2013-01-01

    Respirable dustiness represents the tendency of a powder to generate respirable airborne dust during handling and therefore indicates the propensity for a powder to become an inhalation hazard. The dustiness of fourteen powders, including ten different nanopowders, was evaluated with the use of a novel low mass dustiness tester (LMDT) designed to minimize the use of the test powder. The aerosol created from 15-mg powder samples falling down a tube were measured with an aerodynamic particle sizer (APS). Particle counts integrated throughout the pulse of aerosol created by the falling powder were used to calculate a respirable dustiness mass fraction (D, mg/kg). An amorphous silicon dioxide nanopowder produced a respirable D of 121.4 mg/kg which was significantly higher than all other powders (p<0.001). Many nanopowders produced D values of that were not significantly different from large-particle powders such as Arizona Road Dust and Bentonite clay. In general, fibrous nanopowders and powders with primary particles > 100 nm are not as dusty as those containing granular, nano-sized primary particles. The method used here, incorporating an APS, represents a deviation from a standard method but resulted in dustiness values comparable to other standard methods. PMID:22335240

  18. Earthquake lubrication and healing explained by amorphous nanosilica

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    Rowe, C. D.; Lamothe, K. G.; Rempe, M.; Andrews, M.; Mitchell, T. M.; Di Toro, G.; White, J. C.

    2015-12-01

    Earthquake slip and rupture propagation require fault strength to decrease during slip. Extreme shear weakening observed in laboratory friction experiments on silica-rich rocks has been explained by the formation of a hydrated amorphous 'silica gel' on the slip surface, but the mode of formation and deformation behavior of this material are not known. In addition, the wear material displays time-dependent strengthening on timescales of hours to days. We performed shearing experiments on chert rocks and analyzed the wear material formed at a range of slip rates from 10-4 - 10-1 m/s. We show by transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and X-ray diffraction that silica lubrication is the result of the formation of amorphous nanopowder rather than a gel. The nanopowder has distinct structure and properties when compared to commercially available amorphous silica nanoparticles, which result from the degree and distribution of hydration and the style of bond strain within particles (observed by Raman spectroscopy and FTIR). The lubrication effect is due to intra-particle plasticity, even at low temperature and interparticle lubrication caused by trapping of water layers between hydrated surfaces. The hours to days timescale of healing may be explained by the natural time-dependent sintering between the hydrated surfaces of the nanopowder. Formation of amorphous silica nanopowders during slip can explain the general characteristics of earthquake ruptures, including the timescales of coseismic weakening and post-seismic healing.

  19. Consolidating nanoparticles in micron-sized granules using spray drying

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    Lindeløv, J. S.; Wahlberg, M.

    2011-07-01

    Suspensions of nanoparticles (SiO2, SiC, TiO2, CNT, Nanoclay and Hydroxyapatite) were spray dried to produce dry granulated products. The nanoparticles were consolidated in granules making them more convenient and safer to use in further processing compared to handling of nanopowders.

  20. Formulation of nano-zinc oxide into biocomposite beads for dye decolorization

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    Elkady, M. F.; Hassan, H. Shokry; El-Shazly, A. H.

    2015-03-01

    Zinc oxide nano-powder was prepared using sol-gel technique to be encapsulated onto polymeric blend composed from alginate and polyvinyl alcohol to fabricate novel bio-composite beads of nano-zinc oxide. The XRD patterns of both zinc oxide nano-powder and its polymeric hybrid were crystalline in their nature. The FTIR analysis of the fabricated ZnO polymeric hybrid confirms the binding between zinc oxide and the polymeric matrix. The BET analysis demonstrated that the calculated specific surface area of the formulated ZnO beads that equal to 22.8 m2/g is comparatively less than that of the free ZnO nano-powdered that equivalent to 64.9 m2/g. The thermal stability of ZnO nano-powdered dramatically decreased with its immobilization into the polymeric alginate and PVA matrix. The formulated beads had very strong mechanical strength and they are difficult to be broken up to 1500rpm. Moreover, this hybrid beads are chemically stable at the acidic media. The formulated ZnO hybrid beads verified to be good adsorbent material for C.I basic blue 41 (CB41).

  1. Nano-cerium vanadate: a novel inorganic ion exchanger for removal of americium and uranium from simulated aqueous nuclear waste.

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    Banerjee, Chayan; Dudwadkar, Nilesh; Tripathi, Subhash Chandra; Gandhi, Pritam Maniklal; Grover, Vinita; Kaushik, Chetan Prakash; Tyagi, Avesh Kumar

    2014-09-15

    Cerium vanadate nanopowders were synthesized by a facile low temperature co-precipitation method. The product was characterized by X-ray diffraction and transmission electron microscopy and found to consist of ∼25 nm spherical nanoparticles. The efficiency of these nanopowders for uptake of alpha-emitting radionuclides (233)U (4.82 MeV α) and (241)Am (5.49 MeV α, 60 keV γ) has been investigated. Thermodynamically and kinetically favorable uptake of these radionuclides resulted in their complete removal within 3h from aqueous acidic feed solutions. The uptake capacity was observed to increase with increase in pH as the zeta potential value decreased with the increase in pH but effect of ionic strength was insignificant. Little influence of the ions like Sr(2+), Ru(3+), Fe(3+), etc., in the uptake process indicated CeVO4 nanopowders to be amenable for practical applications. The isotherms indicated predominant uptake of the radioactive metal ions in the solid phase of the exchanger at lower feed concentrations and linear Kielland plots with positive slopes indicated favorable exchange of the metal ions with the nanopowder. Performance comparison with the other sorbents reported indicated excellent potential of nano-cerium vanadate for removing americium and uranium from large volumes of aqueous acidic solutions. PMID:25128895

  2. Carbogenically coated silica nanoparticles and their forensic applications.

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    Fernandes, D; Krysmann, M J; Kelarakis, A

    2016-07-01

    Carbogenically coated silica nanoparticles (C-SiO2) exhibit color-tunability and carry great promise for two important forensic applications. First, the C-SiO2 nanopowders are ideal for fingerprint development, yielding strong contrast against multicoloured and patterned backgrounds. Second, spontaneous nanoparticle aggregation leads to non-duplicable, inexpensive nanotags that can support sustainable technologies to combat counterfeiting. PMID:27294695

  3. The Traps of using Conventional Methodology of Evaluation of Powder Diffractograms for Determination of the Lattice Parameters of Nanocrystals

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    Curreri, Peter A. (Technical Monitor); Palosz, B.; Grzanka, E.; Stelmakh, S.; Gierlotka, S.; Palosz, W.

    2003-01-01

    Inherent errors introduced by the algorithm of standard procedures of evaluation of powder diffractograms when applied for nanopowders are shown. The implications of the errors are discussed in connection with some results reported in the literature. Alternate methodology of evaluation of powder diffractograms of nanocrystals is presented.

  4. [Study on concentration quenching and energy transfer in Ln3+ (Ln = Tb, Tm, Eu) in Y2O3 nanocrystal powders].

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    Meng, Qing-Yu; Chen, Bao-Jiu; Xu, Wu; Zhao, Xiao-Xia; Yang, Yan-Min; Di, Wei-Hua; Wang, Xiao-Jun

    2009-01-01

    Nano-powders Y2O3 with various particle sizes and different doping concentrations of Ln (Ln = Tb, Tm, Eu) were prepared by using a combustion technique. The bulky powders doped with concentrations corresponding to nano-powders were obtained by annealing the nano-powders at high temperature. The emission spectra, XRD spectra and TEM were used in the present study. The concentration quenching of luminescent centers and energy transfer between luminescent centers in Y2O3 : Ln nanocrystal powders were investigated. It was found that the behaviors of luminescence concentration quenching for 5D4 --> 7F5 : Tb3+ and 5D0 --> 7F2 : Eu3+ in nano-powders are similar to that in bulky powders. On the contrary, the quenching concentrations for 5D3 --> 7F5 : Tb3+ and 1D2 --> 3H4 : Tm3+ are distinctly higher than that in bulk powders. This owes to the size confinement effect: the interface of nanocrystal particles can stop a portion of the energy transfer, which happens in the bulk ones, between luminescent centers. The size confinement effect can bring different influences to the different types of energy transfer. For instance, it will restrain the energy transfer (governed by electric dipole-dipole interaction) between the ions in long distances, and will hardly affect the energy transfer (governed by exchange interaction) between the ions locating at near intervals. PMID:19385227

  5. Annealed Ce3+-doped ZnO flower-like morphology synthesized by chemical bath deposition method

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    Koao, Lehlohonolo F.; Dejene, Francis B.; Tsega, Moges; Swart, Hendrik C.

    2016-01-01

    We have successfully synthesized ZnO:xmol% Ce3+ (0≤x≤10 mol%) doped nanopowders via the chemical bath deposition method (CBD) technique at low temperature (80 °C) and annealed in air at 700 °C. The X-ray diffraction patterns showed that all the undoped and Ce-doped ZnO nanopowders have a hexagonal wurtzite polycrystalline structure with an average crystallite size of about 46 nm. Weak diffraction peaks related mainly to cerium oxide were also detected at higher concentrations of Ce3+ (x=5-10 mol%). The scanning electron microscopy study revealed that the nanopowder samples were assembled in flower-shaped undoped ZnO and pyramid-shaped Ce3+-doped ZnO nanostructures. The UV-vis spectra showed that the absorption edges shifted slightly to the longer wavelengths with the increase in the Ce3+ ions concentration. Moreover, the photoluminescence (PL) results showed a relative weak visible emission for the Ce3+-doped ZnO nanoparticles compared to the undoped ZnO. The effects of Ce3+-doping on the structure and PL of ZnO nanopowders are discussed in detail.

  6. Consolidation of binderless nanostructured TiC by pulsed current activated sintering and its mechanical properties.

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    Shon, In-Jin; Kim, Byung-Ryang; Ko, In-Yong; Doh, Jung-Mann; Yoon, Jin-Kook

    2011-02-01

    A dense nanostructured TiC with a relative density of up to 98% was produced with simultaneous application of 80 MPa pressure and pulsed current of 2800 A using the nanopowder of TiC. The effect of the ball milling times on the sintering behavior, grain size and mechanical properties of binderless TiC was investigated. PMID:21456219

  7. Inhomogeneous depletion of oxygen ions in metal oxide nanoparticles

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    Vykhodets, Vladimir B.; Jarvis, Emily A. A.; Kurennykh, Tatiana E.; Beketov, Igor V.; Obukhov, Sviatoslav I.; Samatov, Oleg M.; Medvedev, Anatoly I.; Davletshin, Andrey E.; Whyte, Travis H.

    2016-02-01

    Zirconia and yttria stabilized zirconia (YSZ) have multiple uses, including catalysis, fuel cells, dental applications, and thermal coatings. We employ nuclear reaction analysis to determine elemental composition of YSZ nanoparticles synthesized by laser evaporation including 18O studies to distinguish between oxide and adsorbed oxygen content as a function of surface area. We see dramatic deviation from stoichiometry that can be traced to loss of oxygen from the oxide near the surface of these nanopowders. Density functional calculations are coupled with these experimental studies to explore the electronic structure of nonstoichiometric surfaces achieved through depletion of oxygen. Our results show oxygen-depleted surfaces present under oxygen potentials where stoichiometric, oxygen-terminated surfaces would be favored thermodynamically for crystalline systems. Oxygen depletion at nanopowder surfaces can create effective two-dimensional surface metallic states while maintaining stoichiometry in the underlying nanoparticle core. This insight into nanopowder surfaces applies to dissimilar oxides of aluminum and zirconium indicating synthesis conditions may be more influential than the inherent oxide properties and displaying need for distinct models for nanopowders of these important engineering materials where surface chemistry dominates performance.

  8. Host thin films incorporating nanoparticles

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    Qureshi, Uzma

    The focus of this research project was the investigation of the functional properties of thin films that incorporate a secondary nanoparticulate phase. In particular to assess if the secondary nanoparticulate material enhanced a functional property of the coating on glass. In order to achieve this, new thin film deposition methods were developed, namely use of nanopowder precursors, an aerosol assisted transport technique and an aerosol into atmospheric pressure chemical vapour deposition system. Aerosol assisted chemical vapour deposition (AACVD) was used to deposit 8 series of thin films on glass. Five different nanoparticles silver, gold, ceria, tungsten oxide and zinc oxide were tested and shown to successfully deposit thin films incorporating nanoparticles within a host matrix. Silver nanoparticles were synthesised and doped within a titania film by AACVD. This improved solar control properties. A unique aerosol assisted chemical vapour deposition (AACVD) into atmospheric pressure chemical vapour deposition (APCVD) system was used to deposit films of Au nanoparticles and thin films of gold nanoparticles incorporated within a host titania matrix. Incorporation of high refractive index contrast metal oxide particles within a host film altered the film colour. The key goal was to test the potential of nanopowder forms and transfer the suspended nanopowder via an aerosol to a substrate in order to deposit a thin film. Discrete tungsten oxide nanoparticles or ceria nanoparticles within a titanium dioxide thin film enhanced the self-cleaning and photo-induced super-hydrophilicity. The nanopowder precursor study was extended by deposition of zinc oxide thin films incorporating Au nanoparticles and also ZnO films deposited from a ZnO nanopowder precursor. Incorporation of Au nanoparticles within a VO: host matrix improved the thermochromic response, optical and colour properties. Composite VC/TiC and Au nanoparticle/V02/Ti02 thin films displayed three useful

  9. Microstructure investigation of plasma sprayed alumina 13 weight percent titania coatings from nanocrystalline feed powders

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    Goberman, Daniel George

    The development of constituent phases and microstructure in air plasma sprayed alumina (Al2O3) thirteen weight percent titania (TiO2) coatings from reconstituted nanocrystalline feed powder (nanopowder) was investigated as a function of processing conditions and compared to a conventional coating created from micron-sized feed powder. The microstructure of the nanopowder coating was found to consist of a mixture of two distinct regions; one was completely melted and quenched as splats, and the other partially melted with a particulate microstructure retained from the starting powder. The melted regions predominantly consisted of gamma-Al2O 3 with dissolved Ti4+ that varied in morphology and size from a few nanometers to several microns. Based upon these experimental observations, a theory is developed that explains the mechanism behind the morphological differences observed across the melted splat structures. In addition, differences between the melted structures in the nanopowder coatings and the conventional coating are explained using this theory. The partially melted regions were found to be primarily submicrometer-sized alpha-Al2O 3 particles in an amorphous TiO2 matrix containing small amounts of gamma-Al2O3 with dissolved Ti4+ . For the nanopowder coatings, the ratio of the melted splat microstructure to the particulate microstructure and thus the ratio of the gamma-Al 2O3 to alpha-Al2O3 can be controlled by a plasma spray parameter, defined as the critical plasma spray parameter (CPSP). The conventional coating microstructure was insensitive to CPSP, consisting primarily of fully melted splats. The ability to vary the microstructure of the nanopowder coating through CPSP has resulted in bimodal distributions of microstructure and grain size that have allowed these coatings to significantly surpass the conventional coating in several measures of mechanical properties.

  10. Effects of Metal Particles Decoration on n-Type Chalcogenides Processed by Open Die Pressing

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    Fanciulli, C.; Codecasa, M.; Passaretti, F.; Vasilevskiy, D.

    2014-06-01

    The effects of copper particles dispersed into Bi1.9Sb0.1Te2.85Se0.15 nanopowders and sintered by open die pressing (ODP) have been investigated. Submicrometric copper particles were obtained by decomposing copper acetate molecules dispersed into chalcogenides nanopowders. The acetate powders were decomposed during the sintering process at 390 °C obtaining a fine dispersion of copper particles with dimensions in the order of 500 nm. Contents up to 0.2 wt.% of copper were investigated. ODP, previously introduced as a forming process for sintering and texturing p-type (Bi0.2Sb0.8)2Te3 nanopowders, has been applied to n-type chalcogenide: the mixed alloy nanopowders and copper acetate were compacted inside a metallic protective shell and fast pressed between two heated plates, keeping the composite under load for sintering. ODP processing ensures complete consolidation of nanopowders and material texturing with the basal (00 l) planes of the hexagonal crystal cell oriented parallel to the plates. The X-ray diffraction pattern shows an orientation factor, f, obtained by the Lotgering method, up to 64 %. Thermoelectric performance of the samples was measured by the Harman method in the range of 20-170 °C. Figure of merit ( ZT) behavior with temperature was improved in copper-dispersed samples showing a shift of the maximum value at higher temperatures. This effect can be mainly associated with an improvement of electrical conductivity, due to the presence of the copper particles.

  11. Surface modification of sol–gel synthesized TiO{sub 2} nanoparticles induced by La-doping

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    Grujić-Brojčin, M.; Armaković, S.; Tomić, N.; Abramović, B.; Golubović, A.; Stojadinović, B.; Kremenović, A.; Babić, B.; Dohčević-Mitrović, Z.; Šćepanović, M.

    2014-02-15

    The influence of La-doping in the range of 0.5–6.0 mol% on structural and morphological properties of TiO{sub 2} nanopowders synthesized by sol–gel routine has been investigated by XRPD, AFM, EDS and BET measurements, as well as Raman spectroscopy. The XRPD and Raman measurements have revealed the anatase phase as dominant in all nanopowders, with crystallite size decreasing from ∼ 15 nm in pure TiO{sub 2} to ∼ 12 nm in La-doped samples. The BET data suggest that all samples are fully mesoporous, with mean pore diameters in the range of ∼ 6–8 nm. The specific surface area and the complexity of pore structure are greater in doped samples than in pure TiO{sub 2} sample. The spectroscopic ellipsometry has apparently shown that the band gap has been gradually increased with the increase of La content. The STM and STS techniques have been used successfully to evaluate the surface morphology and electronic properties of La-doped nanopowders. All investigated properties have been related to photocatalytic activity, tested in degradation of a metoprolol tartrate salt (0.05 mM), and induced by UV-radiation. All doped samples showed increased photocatalytic activity compared to pure TiO{sub 2}, among which the 0.65 mol% La-doped sample appeared to be the most efficient. - Highlights: • Effects of La-doping on structural, morphological and electronic properties of TiO{sub 2} nanopowders. • Surface morphology and electronic properties of La-doped nanopowders evaluated by STM/STS. • Spectroscopic ellipsometry shown gradual increase of bandgap with the increase of La content. • Photocatalytic activity of samples was tested in degradation of MET under UV light.

  12. Biosafety of the application of biogenic nanometal powders in husbandry

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    Anatolievna Nazarova, Anna; Dmitrievna Polischuk, Svetlana; Anatolievna Stepanova, Irina; Ivanovich Churilov, Gennady; Chau Nguyen, Hoai; Buu Ngo, Quoc

    2014-03-01

    Effects of iron and copper nanopowders (particle size of 20-40 nm) were investigated on rabbits of 1 month age and heifers of 6 months. For introduction of nanometals into the animal's ration, the mixed fodder was treated with the nanometal powder suspension in such a way: 0.08 mg of nanoiron per kg of animal's body weight and 0.04 mg kg-1 for nanocopper. The weight gain of the heifers who received nanoiron and nanocopper after 8 months was 22.4 and 10.7% higher than that of the control, respectively. For the rabbits who received nano Fe and Cu after 3 months, the weight gain was 11.7 and 7.3% compared to the control, respectively. Under the action of metal nanopowders morphological indices of blood were changed in comparison with the control: after 8 months the quantity of erythrocytes increased by 19.6%, hemoglobin by 17.1% and leukocytes by 7.6%. There was a realignment in leukocytic formula: the quantity of lymphocytes increased by 9% compared to the control. Biogenic metals in superdispersive state were able to stimulate immune, enzymatic and humoral systems of the animal's organism, promoting metabolism. Adding Co and Cu metal nanopowders to the bull-calves’ fodder rations increased content of Ca by 31.8 and 0%, Fe by 38.8 and 37.5%, K by 19.2 and 15.3%, Mg by 17.6 and 23.5%, Mn by 9.8 and 45% and Na by 20.5 and 8.8%, respectively, compared to control. Metal nanopowders improved the quality indices and meat productivity of black-white bull-calves, expressed in intensive growth of muscle, tissue and more nutritious meat. The conducted veterinary-sanitary expertise showed that the supplements based on iron, cobalt and copper nanopowders can be used as safe bioactive supplements in animal husbandry.

  13. Luminescent instabilities and nonradiative processes in rare earth systems

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    Redmond, Shawn Michael

    This research is an outgrowth of earlier experiments that demonstrated bistable luminescence in heavy metal halide crystals doped with trivalent ytterbium ions. This type of instability has importance as a fundamentally new physical phenomenon with a potential application for fast all-optical switching as well as a limitation on compact solid state laser performance. In this thesis, the investigation of luminescent instabilities is extended to bistable energy transfer processes in crystals and to the observation of "bistable" blackbody emission in rare earth nanopowders. High resolution laser spectroscopy was used to study bistable luminescence and energy transfer in Yb,Er:CsCdBr3 crystals at cryogenic temperatures. For the first time, it was found that bistable behavior associated with Yb 3+ ions was transferred to Er3+ through resonant energy transfer. Bistability of the resulting sensitized luminescence caused sufficiently dramatic changes in the crystal dynamics so as to change the color of emission from yellow to green. This color changing phenomenon is fully explained in the present work and is referred to as "chromatic switching." Temperature is a critical variable that is known to govern luminescent instabilities in all current theories. Therefore, in a search for new systems with luminescent instabilities at high temperatures, materials with extreme thermal properties were investigated as part of this research. Yb,Er:Y 2O3 nanopowders were selected for this purpose. Nanopowders exhibit greatly reduced thermal conductivity and were verified during the course of this work to cause enhanced absorption as the result of multiple scattering. Significant spectral differences between Yb,Er:Y2O 3 nanopowders and single crystals also emerged. Measurements of erbium upconversion luminescence versus pump intensity in resonance with the ytterbium absorption transition revealed striking new optical phenomena: strong luminescent quenching, intense "bistable" blackbody

  14. Nanostructured YbAgCu4 for potentially cryogenic thermoelectric cooling.

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    Koirala, Machhindra; Wang, Hui; Pokharel, Mani; Lan, Yucheng; Guo, Chuanfei; Opeil, Cyril; Ren, Zhifeng

    2014-09-10

    We have studied the thermoelectric properties of nanostructured YbAgCu4 materials. A high power factor of ∼131 μW cm(-1) K(-2) has been obtained at 22 K for nanostructured samples prepared by ball milling the arc melted ingot into nanopowder and hot pressing the nanopowder. The implementation of nanostructuring method decreased the thermal conductivity at 42 K by 30-50% through boundary scattering comparing with the previously reported value of polycrystalline YbAgCu4. A peak dimensionless thermoelectric figure-of-merit, ZT, of 0.11 has been achieved at 42 K, which may find potential applications for cryogenic cooling below 77 K. The nanostructuring approach can be extended to other heavy Fermion materials to achieve high power factor and low thermal conductivity and ultimately higher ZT. PMID:25079115

  15. Optical properties of self-assembled TiO2-SiO2 double-layered photonic crystals.

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    Oh, Yong Taeg; Koo, Bo Ra; Shin, Dong Chan

    2013-01-01

    The optical properties of self-assembled TiO2/SiO2 double-layered photonic crystals were examined using SiO2 and TiO2 nanopowders. The SiO2 and TiO2 nanopowders were fabricated using the well-known Stöber process, and the double-layered structure was self-assembled by an evaporation method. Self-assembled TiO2 thin film was coated at a 1.2 mm thickness by the evaporation process, and 3 atomic layers of the SiO2 layer was coated onto the TiO2 thin film. The relative reflectance peak intensity of the photonic bandgap in the specimen was 13% before thermal treatment. The peak value was increased by sequential heat-treatments and reached the highest value of 21% at 400 degrees C. PMID:23646797

  16. Frequency dependence and fuel effect on optical properties of nano TiO2-based structures

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    Ghasemifard, Mahdi; Ghamari, Misagh; Iziy, Meysam

    2016-06-01

    TiO2-(Ti0.5Si0.5)O2 nanopowders (TS-NPs) with average particle size around 90 nm were successfully synthesized by controlled auto-combustion method by using citric acid/nitric acid (AC:NA) and urea/metal cation (U:MC). The structure of powders was studied based on their X-ray diffraction (XRD) patterns. The XRD of TS-NPs shows that rutile and anatase are the main phases of TS-NPs for AC:NA and U:MC, respectively. Particle size and histogram of nanopowders were characterized by transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and dynamic light scattering (DLS). Optical properties of TS-NPs were calculated by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) and Kramers-Kroning (KK) relation. Plasma frequencies of TS-NPs obtained from energy loss functions depend on fuels as a result of changes in crystal structure, particle size distribution, and morphology.

  17. Self-stabilization of aqueous suspensions of alumina nanoparticles obtained by electrical explosion

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    Safronov, A. P.; Kalinina, E. G.; Smirnova, T. A.; Leiman, D. V.; Bagazeev, A. V.

    2010-12-01

    The particle-size distribution, electrooptical potential, and acid properties of the surface of Al2O3 nanoparticles in aqueous media were studied by dynamic light scattering, electroacoustic spectral analysis, and potentiometric titration. The nanopowder with the mean particle size 22 nm was obtained by the oxidation of aluminum wire in the vapor phase using electrical explosion in oxygen-argon mixture. In spite of the presence of aggregates, aqueous suspensions of nanoparticles, as distinct from suspensions of micropowders, are stable without the addition of special stabilizers because of the spontaneous formation of a double electrical layer on their surface, the electrokinetic potential of which is positive and exceeds 30 mV. The most probable reason for electrostatic self-stabilization of suspensions of nanopowders is the adsorption of Al ions formed in the hydrolysis of aluminum nitrates, small amounts of which are produced in electrical discharges during preparation.

  18. A Major Constituent of Brown Algae for Use in High-Capacity Li-Ion Batteries

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    Kovalenko, Igor; Zdyrko, Bogdan; Magasinski, Alexandre; Hertzberg, Benjamin; Milicev, Zoran; Burtovyy, Ruslan; Luzinov, Igor; Yushin, Gleb

    2011-10-01

    The identification of similarities in the material requirements for applications of interest and those of living organisms provides opportunities to use renewable natural resources to develop better materials and design better devices. In our work, we harness this strategy to build high-capacity silicon (Si) nanopowder-based lithium (Li)-ion batteries with improved performance characteristics. Si offers more than one order of magnitude higher capacity than graphite, but it exhibits dramatic volume changes during electrochemical alloying and de-alloying with Li, which typically leads to rapid anode degradation. We show that mixing Si nanopowder with alginate, a natural polysaccharide extracted from brown algae, yields a stable battery anode possessing reversible capacity eight times higher than that of the state-of-the-art graphitic anodes.

  19. Low-Cost Protective Layer Coatings on Thermal Barrier Coatings via CCVD. Final Report

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    Hendrick, Michelle

    2003-09-18

    MicroCoating Technologies, Inc., investigated the use of the Combustion Chemical Vapor Deposition (CCVD) process to deposit oxygen or sintering barrier coatings for thermal barrier coating (TBC) applications. In addition, it looked at the use of its nanopowders by the NanoSpray process for developing smoothing layers on TBCs. Testing and analysis of coated substrates included heat treatments, scanning electron microscopy, x-ray diffraction and profilometry. Coatings on TBC-coated superalloy coupons were tested by an outside collaborator. Results from the investigations indicated that the thin film coatings were not well-suited as barrier layers on the rough bond coat or TBC. Subsequent investigations considered smoothing layers on the TBC, as suggested by the collaborator, using nanopowder-based coatings. Smoothing of substrate surfaces by 50% was observed by profilometry.

  20. Thermoluminescence property of nano scale Al2O3: C by combustion method

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    Bharthasaradhi, R.; Nehru, L. C.

    2016-05-01

    In this study, thermoluminescence dosimetry material of carbon doped aluminium oxide by combustion method using Aluminium nitrate and Glycine. The Structure of the prepared Sample was carried out by XRD. The sample was nano crystalline in nature. Having hexagonal structure with unit cell parameters a=4.75Å, C=12.99Å. The surface morphology of the prepared nanopowder was carried out through (SEM). The morphology of the prepared sample is platelet structure and functional group analysis carried out through FT-IR Spectrum. The prepared sample was irradiated through γ-ray CO60 (100Gy) was used as γ-ray source. The thermoluminescence glow curve of the irradiated sample showed an isolated peak at around 200°C. The result suggest the prepared nanopowder is suitable for medical radiation dosimetry.

  1. Structural Study of SiC Nanoparticles Grown by Inductively Coupled Plasma and Laser Pyrolysis for Nano-structured Ceramics Elaboration

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    Leconte, Yann; Portier, Xavier; Herlin-Boime, Nathalie; Reynaud, Cecile

    2008-07-01

    Refractory carbide nano-structured ceramics as SiC constitute interesting materials for high temperature applications and particularly for fourth generation nuclear plants. To elaborate such nano-materials, weighable amounts of SiC nano-powders have to be synthesized first with an accurate control of the grain size and stoichiometry. The inductively coupled plasma and the laser pyrolysis techniques, respectively developed at EMPA Thun and CEA Saclay, allow meeting these requirements. Both techniques are able to produce dozens of grams per hour of silicon carbide nano-powders. The particle size can be adjusted down to around 20 nm for the plasma synthesis and even down to 5-10 nm for the laser pyrolysis. The stoichiometry Si/C can be tuned by the addition of methane into the plasma and acetylene for the laser process. (authors)

  2. Second Discharge Characteristics of Aluminum Wire Electrical Explosion Under Various Argon Pressures

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    Yan, Wenyu; Zhang, Qiaogen; Zhao, Junping; Chen, Gangliang; Liu, Longchen

    2014-10-01

    Electrical wire explosion is a promising method for the preparation of metal nanopowder, but the properties of metal nanopowder are affected by the second discharge process of electrical wire explosion. The second discharge characteristics of aluminum wire electrical explosion under variant argon pressures were studied in a RLC discharge circuit. The results show that the curve of the second discharge voltages versus the pressure presents a U-shape. To clarify the roles of aluminum vapor and argon in the process of the second discharge, a spectrograph and a high speed framing camera were used to study the radiation spectrum and spatial distribution of the electrical explosion plasma. It is observed that argon participates in the second discharge process under low pressure. A discharge channel develops along the surface of the aluminum vapor. Under higher pressure, a second discharge takes place in the aluminum vapor and the discharge channel is inside the aluminum vapor.

  3. Fabrication of transparent ceramic laser media for high energy laser applications

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    Serivalsatit, Karn

    Sesquioxides of yttrium, scandium, and lutetium, i.e., Y2O 3, Sc2O3, and Lu2O3, have received a great deal of recent attention as potential high power solid state laser hosts. These oxides are receptive to lanthanide doping, including trivalent Er, Ho and Tm which have well known emissions at eye-safe wavelengths that can be excited using commercial diode lasers. These sesquioxides are considered superior to the more conventional yttrium aluminum garnet (YAG) due to their higher thermal conductivity, which is critical for high power laser system. Unfortunately, these oxides possess high melting temperatures, which make the growth of high purity and quality crystals using melt techniques difficult. Transparent ceramics are an attractive alternative route to laser hosts since the processing by-passes many of the challenges of refractory crystal melt growth. Moreover, transparent ceramics can possess added benefits relative to single crystals including faster production rates, the fabrication of larger sizes and composite laser structures, uniform doping concentrations, and better mechanical behavior. In order to fabricate highly transparent ceramics, the starting powders must have good dispersion and high reactivity. In this work, sesquioxide nanopowders with high sinterability were synthesized by solution precipitation techniques. For Y2O3, the nanopowders were prepared using yttrium nitrate and ammonium hydroxide with the addition of a small amount of ammonium sulfate. Doping sulfate ions was found to reduce the agglomeration of Y 2O3 nanopowders. The Y2O3 nanopowders with average particle size about 40 nm were obtained by calcining at 1050°C for 4 hours. Unfortunately, this method failed to prepare well-dispersed Sc 2O3 and Lu2O3 nanopowders. For Sc 2O3 and Lu2O3, the nanopowders were synthesized by using scandium or lutetium sulfate and hexamethylenetetramine (HMT). The precipitate precursors were calcined at 1100°C for 4 hours to yielded Sc2O3 and Lu2O3

  4. Microwave-assisted synthesis of Zn-WO3 and ZnWO4 for pseudocapacitor applications

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    Kumar, R. Dhilip; Andou, Y.; Karuppuchamy, S.

    2016-05-01

    Nanosized Zn-WO3 and ZnWO4 materials have been prepared by microwave irradiation method. The physico-chemical characterization of the prepared nanomaterials was carried out by X-ray diffraction (XRD) and high resolution-scanning electron microscopy (HR-SEM) techniques. The size and shape of the ZnWO4 material can be controlled by changing the temperature. The XRD analysis revealed the formation of monoclinic phase of the calcined nanopowder. The HR-SEM images showed the sphere and plate shape particles. The electrochemical behavior of the ZnWO4 modified electrodes was investigated using electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS), cyclic voltammetry (CV) and galvanostatic charge-discharge (GCD) techniques. The synthesized material shows the pseudocapacitance. The specific capacitance of 35.70 F/g was achieved for the Zn-WO3 nanopowder.

  5. Nanostructure Approach for High-performance Thermoelectrics, Photovoltaics, and Biosensing

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    Ren, Z. F.

    2011-04-01

    Nanomaterials have many potential applications in energy conversion systems due to their special structural and physical properties. Such applications often require materials manufacturing at large scale and low cost. In the first part of this talk, I will discuss the manufacturing of nanostructured bulk thermoelectric materials at large scale with improved thermoelectric properties. The materials were produced by a low cost ball milling and hot pressing process. The ball milling makes nanopowders in the quantities of up to multiple tons. Such nanopowders were then hot pressed by a direct current induced hot pressing into dense bulk materials. In the second part of this talk, I will demonstrate the concept and realization of nano coax cables that can be used for sub-wavelength light transmission and efficient solar conversion into electricity. In the last part of this talk, I will show a highly sensitive biosensor using aligned carbon nanotubes and gas sensors using nano coaxial cables.

  6. Effect of Heat Treatment on Properties of Glass Nanocomposite Sealants.

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    Lee, Dong Bok; Ha, Su-Jeong; Jang, Dong-Hoon; Park, Sung; Bae, Joongmyeon; Lee, Jae Chun

    2015-01-01

    The objective of this study was to investigate the effect of heat treatments on the viscosities and electrical conductivities of glass sealants to be used in solid oxide fuel cells. Glass-based sealants, both with and without an alumina nanopowder added as a nanofiller, were heat treated at temperatures ranging from 750 degrees C to 770 degrees C for periods of up to 240 h. The effects of heat treatments on the viscosities, electrical conductivities and phase transformations of the sealants were investigated. The results showed that alumina nanopowder added to the glass increased both high-temperature electrical conductivities and the viscosities of the sintered glass nanocomposite sealants. However, lengthy heat treatments decreased the electrical conductivities of the glass nanocomposite sealants. This decrease in the conductivities of the heat-treated glass nanocomposites was attributed to the crystallization of glass phase, owing to the dissolution of the alumina nanofiller in the sealing glass. PMID:26328386

  7. Properties of magnetic iron oxides used as materials for wastewater treatment

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    Matei, E.; Predescu, A.; Vasile, E.; Predescu, A.

    2011-07-01

    The paper describes the properties of some nanopowders obtained by coprecipitation and used as adsorbent for wastewater treatment. The Fe3O4 and γ-Fe2O3 nanopowders were obtained using iron salts and NaOH as precipitation agents. D-sorbitol was used to prevent the agglomeration between the nanoparticles. The particle size and distribution were detected using a transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and a scanning electron microscope (SEM) equipped with dispersive analyze system in X radiation energy (EDS). The structure of the iron oxide nanoparticles was characterized by X-ray powder diffraction. Thus, the nanoparticles were characterized and compare in terms of particle size and chemical composition and used for adsorption studies in order to removal hexavalent chromium from waste waters.

  8. Preparation, characterization and photoluminescence properties of ultra long SiC/SiOx nanocables

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    Cai, K. F.; Zhang, A. X.; Yin, J. L.; Wang, H. F.; Yuan, X. H.

    2008-06-01

    SiC core and SiOx shell nanocables of a few millimeters long have been prepared by pyrolysis of SiO2 nanopowder added poly(dimethyl siloxane) without catalyst in a tube furnace at 1050 °C in Ar. The influence of the synthesis conditions (synthesis temperature and cooling time) on the products is studied. The products obtained from different conditions are characterized by X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, high-resolution electron microscopy equipped with energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy, and photoluminescence spectroscopy. The results show that the cores and the shells are crystalline and amorphous, respectively, and that the addition of SiO2 nanopowder and prolongation of cooling time both increase the diameter of the cores. The growth process of the nanocables is discussed. The photoluminescence emission bands of the nanocables are mainly from their shells.

  9. Preparation and LPG-gas sensing characteristics of p-type semiconducting LaNbO4 ceramic material

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    Balamurugan, C.; Lee, D.-W.; Subramania, A.

    2013-10-01

    Lanthanam niobate (LaNbO4) nanopowder was synthesized by a low temperature solution-based process. Thermal analysis TG/DTA, XRD, SEM, TEM, EDX, impedance analysis and Brunauer-Emmett-Teller (BET) were used to characterize the precursor and the calcined LaNbO4 powders. The gas sensing behavior of LaNbO4 nanopowder was studied with gases like liquid petroleum gas (LPG), ammonia (NH3), and ethanol (C2H5OH), as a function of various controlling factors like operating temperature, concentration of the gas and response time. It revealed that LaNbO4 is a very promising material for the detection of LPG (80%) and NH3 (59%) at relatively lower operating temperatures.

  10. Activation of consolidation processes of alumina ceramics

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    Matrenin, S. V.; Zenin, B. S.; Tayukin, R. V.

    2016-02-01

    The methods for activating sintering ceramics based on Al2O3 by mechanical activation in the planetary mill, by adding in the mixture of nanopowders (NP) Al, Al2O3, and submicron powder TiO2, and by applying the technology of spark plasma sintering (SPS) are developed. It has been shown that adding the nanopowder up to 20 wt. % Al2O3 in a coarse powder α-Al2O3 activates the sintering process resulting in increased density and hardness of the sintered alumina ceramics. Substantial effect of increasing density of alumina ceramics due to adding the submicron powder TiO2 in the compound of initial powder mixtures has been established.

  11. Inelastic neutron scattering study of phonon density of states in nanostructured Si1 xGex thermoelectrics

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    Dhital, Chetan; Abernathy, Douglas L; Zhu, Gaohua; Ren, Zhifeng; Broido, D.; Wilson, Stephen D

    2012-01-01

    Inelastic neutron scattering measurements are utilized to explore relative changes in the generalized phonon density of states of nanocrystalline Si1 xGex thermoelectric materials prepared via ball-milling and hot-pressing techniques. Dynamic signatures of Ge clustering can be inferred from the data by referencing the resulting spectra to a density functional theoretical model assuming homogeneous alloying via the virtual-crystal approximation. Comparisons are also presented between as-milled Si nanopowder and bulk, polycrystalline Si where a preferential low-energy enhancement and lifetime broadening of the phonon density of states appear in the nanopowder. Negligible differences are however observed between the phonon spectra of bulk Si andhot-pressed, nanostructured Si samples suggesting that changes to the single-phonon dynamics above 4 meV play only a secondary role in the modified heat conduction of this compound.

  12. Suppression of Grain Growth by Additive in Nanostructured P-type Bismuth Antimony Tellurides

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    Zhang, Qian; Zhang, Qinyong; Chen, S.; Liu, W S; Lukas, K; Yan, X; Wang, H; Wang, D.; Opeil, C; Chen, Gang; Ren, Z. F.

    2011-01-01

    Grain growth is a major issue in the preparation of nanostructured bismuth-antimony-tellurides during hot pressing the nanopowders into dense bulk samples. To prevent grain agglomeration during ball milling and growth during hot pressing, organic agent (Oleic Acid, OA) as additive was added into the materials at the beginning of the ball milling process. With different concentrations of OA (0.5, 1.0, 1.5, 2.0, and 2.5 wt%), grains with different sizes are obtained. Structural analysis clearly shows that it is the particle size of the nanopowders that determines the final grain size in the densely compacted bulk samples. A combination of small grains ~200–500 nm and nanopores leads to effective phonon scattering, which results in the decrease of lattice thermal conductivity, and ZT of ~1.3 at 373 K for the sample with 2.0 wt% OA.

  13. Flame-Spray-Made Undoped Zinc Oxide Films for Gas Sensing Applications

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    Tamaekong, Nittaya; Liewhiran, Chaikarn; Wisitsoraat, Anurat; Phanichphant, Sukon

    2010-01-01

    Using zinc naphthenate dissolved in xylene as a precursor undoped ZnO nanopowders were synthesized by the flame spray pyrolysis technique. The average diameter and length of ZnO spherical and hexagonal particles were in the range of 5 to 20 nm, while ZnO nanorods were found to be 5–20 nm wide and 20–40 nm long, under 5/5 (precursor/oxygen) flame conditions. The gas sensitivity of the undoped ZnO nanopowders towards 50 ppm of NO2, C2H5OH and SO2 were found to be 33, 7 and 3, respectively. The sensors showed a great selectivity towards NO2 at high working temperature (at 300 °C), while small resistance variations were observed for C2H5OH and SO2, respectively. PMID:22163630

  14. Synthesis of Zn1- x Co x Al2O4 Spinel Nanoparticles by Liquid-Feed Flame Spray Pyrolysis: Ceramic Pigments Application

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    Betancur Granados, Natalia; Yi, Eongyu; Laine, Richard M.; Restrepo Baena, Oscar Jaime

    2016-01-01

    Zn1- x Co x Al2O4 ( x = 0.0, 0.2, 0.4, 0.6, 0.8, and 1.0) spinel nanoparticles were synthesized by a liquid-feed flame spray pyrolysis (LF-FSP) method by combusting metallorganic precursor solutions to produce nanopowders with precise composition control. The precursor solutions were aerosolized into a methane/oxygen flame where it was combusted in an oxygen-rich environment to result in nanopowders at a single step. The nanopowders were analyzed by x-ray diffraction, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, colorimetry, field emission scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, and BET (Brunauer-Emmett-Teller) N2 adsorption. Results show formation of spherical nanopowders with specific surface areas of 42 m2/g to 50 m2/g, which correspond to average particle sizes of 26 nm to 31 nm. Single-phase materials were obtained with a high control of composition, which indicates that LF-FSP is an excellent method to produce mixed-metal oxides for applications in which powder homogeneity is crucial. The products were evaluated for ceramic pigment application, where the ratio of Zn to Co was gradually changed to observe the color change in the structure with the increase of cobalt concentration. The resulting pigments were calcined at 1200°C, which aimed to identify the color stability after a high-temperature process, whereby the colors were measured using the color space CIE L*a*b* under standardized light, D65. Finally, the powders were tested for ceramic decoration using transparent glazes and ceramic bodies. The application was carried out at 1250°C to evaluate the color performance after a decoration process.

  15. Intense ultraviolet emission from needle-like WO3 nanostructures synthesized by noncatalytic thermal evaporation

    PubMed Central

    2011-01-01

    Photoluminescence measurements showed that needle-like tungsten oxide nanostructures synthesized at 590°C to 750°C by the thermal evaporation of WO3 nanopowders without the use of a catalyst had an intense near-ultraviolet (NUV) emission band that was different from that of the tungsten oxide nanostructures obtained in other temperature ranges. The intense NUV emission might be due to the localized states associated with oxygen vacancies and surface states. PMID:21752275

  16. Nanoparticles of spinel and perovskite ferromagnets and prospects for their application in medicine

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    Belous, A. G.; Solopan, S. O.; Yelenich, O. V.; Tovstolytkin, A. I.; Kolodiazhnyi, T. V.; Osinsky, S. P.; Bubnovskaya, L. N.

    2014-11-01

    In this work, nanoparticles of La0.75Sr0.25MnO3 compounds with perovskite structure and AFe2O4 (A = Mn, Fe, Co, Ni, Zn) with spinel structure have been synthesized by precipitation from diethylene glycol and microemulsion using Triton X-100 surfactant. Comparative X-ray diffraction and magnetic studies of the synthesized nanoparticles have been carried out. Magnetic fluids prepared from synthesized nanopowders have been characterized by calorimetric measurements of specific loss power (SLP).

  17. Metal-ceramic composite development based on its modelling results

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    Dvilis, E. S.; Khasanov, O. L.; Khasanov, A. O.; Petyukevich, M. S.

    2016-02-01

    The modeling (and its experimental verification) of packing and deformation of the composites consisted of aluminum-magnesium alloy AMg6, B4C powder and W nano-powder has been performed. The powder compositions were determined using discrete element modeling of the composite particles packing based on the particle size distribution functions of real powders. The models of maximum mixture packing densities have been rendered.

  18. Modeling of temperature fields in the working chamber of the process furnace for REE synthesis

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    Kerbel, B. M.; Yu, Ageev A.; Yu, Payusov A.; Katsnelson, L. M.; Tereshchenko, E. V.; Verkhoturova, V. V.

    2016-02-01

    The results of mathematical modeling of temperature fields in the working chamber of the process furnace for special purposes are shown. Studied laboratory furnace is test equipment, which is used for practicing the stages of the technological process of continuous solid-phase synthesis of nanopowders of various purpose, such as obtaining of luminophore powders with rare earth elements oxides in its composition. Mathematical model adequacy is tested empirically

  19. Nanoporous nanocrystalline monoclinic zirconia for luminescent oxygen sensors

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    Fidelus, Janusz D.; Zhou, Wuzong; Tenderenda, Tadeusz; Nasiłowski, Tomasz

    2015-09-01

    In this work we present a nanocrystalline monoclinic ZrO2 with large free volumen open towards the nanocrystals surface dedicated for optical oxygen sensors. Nanoporous zirconia nanopowder was fabricated in hydrothermal microwave-driven process followed by annealing at 800°C. Metal-coated optical fibers are proposed as a light carrier when the working temperature exceeds 500°C. The obtained results may also find application in luminescent fiber optic oxygen sensors.

  20. Effect of diamond on structure and properties of confined water

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    Batsanov, Stepan S.; Batsanov, Andrei S.

    2016-05-01

    The molar volume of water adsorbed on the surface of micro- and nano-powders of diamond was determined from the measured densities of dry and variously hydrated diamond powders. This volume decreases near the diamond surface and in the first adsorbed monolayer can be as low as half that of bulk water. This effect can be attributed to breakdown of the hydrogen bond network, as confirmed by IR spectroscopy and calorimetrical data for crystal hydrates of diamond.

  1. Structural and optical properties of vanadium doped SnO2 nanoparticles synthesized by the polyol method

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    Ben Soltan, Wissem; Mbarki, Mourad; Ammar, Salah; Babot, Odile; Toupance, Thierry

    2016-04-01

    Nanocrystalline mesoporous pure and vanadium-doped (0-10 at%) SnO2 nanopowders were prepared by the polyol route. Compositional, textural and structural properties of pure and V-doped SnO2 nanopowders were thoroughly characterized by FTIR, XRD, TEM, DTA/TGA/MS, N2 sorption porosimetry and UV-visible Diffuse Reflectance Spectroscopy. According to XRD patterns, undoped and V-doped SnO2 materials exhibited the typical rutile-type tetragonal structure of SnO2 with average crystallite sizes ranging from 8.8 to 5.4 nm when the vanadium content was increased up to 10 at%. As shown by UV-visible Diffuse Reflectance Spectroscopy, this decrease in particle size was accompanied by a decrease of the band gap energy value from 3.36 eV for pure SnO2 down to 2.2 eV for 10 at% V-doped SnO2. Moreover, both FTIR and EDX analyses assessed the presence of SnO2 and vanadium oxide species the amount of which increasing with the doping content. Finally, the nanopowders prepared were composed of a mesoporous network of aggregated nanoparticles with BET specific areas increasing from 46.6 ± 1.5 to 61.7 ± 2 m2 g-1 when the vanadium concentration was varied from 0 to 10 at%. The V-doped nanopowders prepared by the polyol method therefore showed all the required textural and structural features to be used as visible photocatalysts or active layer in gas sensors.

  2. Synthesis, characterization, and cytotoxicity of the plasmid EGFP-p53 loaded on pullulan-spermine magnetic nanoparticles

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    Eslaminejad, Touba; Nematollahi-Mahani, Seyed Noureddin; Ansari, Mehdi

    2016-03-01

    Magnetic nanoparticles have been used as effective vehicles for the targeted delivery of therapeutic agents that can be controlled in their concentration and distribution to a desired part of the body by using externally driven magnets. This study focuses on the synthesis, characterization, and functionalization of pullulan-spermine (PS) magnetic nanoparticles for medical applications. Magnetite nanopowder was produced by thermal decomposition of goethite (FeOOH) in oleic acid and 1-octadecene; pullulan-spermine was deposited on the magnetite nanoparticles in the form of pullulan-spermine clusters. EGFP-p53 plasmid was loaded on functionalized iron oleate to transfer into cells. Synthesized nanoparticles were characterized by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), dynamic light scattering (DLS), vibrating sample magnetometry (VSM), and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). The encapsulation efficiency and drug loading efficiency of the nanocomplexes were tested. FTIR studies showed the presence of oleic acid and 1-octadecene in the iron oleate nanopowder and verified the interaction between spermine and pullulan. The characteristic bands of PS in the spectrum of the pullulan-spermine-coated iron oleate (PSCFO) confirmed that PS covered the surface of the iron oleate particles. TEM studies showed the average size of the iron oleate nanopowder, the PSCFO, and the plasmid-carrying PSCFO (PSCFO/pEGFP-p53) to be 34±12 nm, 100±50 nm and 172±3 nm, respectively. Magnetic measurements revealed that magnetic saturation of the PSCFO was lower in comparison with the iron oleate nanopowder due to the presence of organic compounds in the former. In cytotoxicity tests performed using U87 cells as glioblastoma cells, a 92% survival rate was observed at 50 μg/μl of the plasmid-carrying PSCFO, with an IC50 value of 189 μg/μl.

  3. Preparation of meta-stable phases of barium titanate by Sol-hydrothermal method

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    Selvaraj, Mahalakshmi; Venkatachalapathy, V.; Mayandi, J.; Karazhanov, S.; Pearce, J. M.

    2015-11-01

    Two low-cost chemical methods of sol-gel and the hydrothermal process have been strategically combined to fabricate barium titanate (BaTiO3) nanopowders. This method was tested for various synthesis temperatures (100 °C to 250 °C) employing barium dichloride (BaCl2) and titanium tetrachloride (TiCl4) as precursors and sodium hydroxide (NaOH) as mineralizer for synthesis of BaTiO3 nanopowders. The as-prepared BaTiO3 powders were investigated for structural characteristics using x-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). The overall analysis indicates that the hydrothermal conditions create a gentle environment to promote the formation of crystalline phase directly from amorphous phase at the very low processing temperatures investigated. XRD analysis showed phase transitions from cubic - tetragonal - orthorhombic - rhombohedral with increasing synthesis temperature and calculated grain sizes were 34 - 38 nm (using the Scherrer formula). SEM and TEM analysis verified that the BaTiO3 nanopowders synthesized by this method were spherical in shape and about 114 - 170 nm in size. The particle distribution in both SEM and TEM shows that as the reaction temperature increases from 100 °C to 250 °C, the particles agglomerate. Selective area electron diffraction (SAED) shows that the particles are crystalline in nature. The study shows that choosing suitable precursor and optimizing pressure and temperature; different meta-stable (ferroelectric) phases of undoped BaTiO3 nanopowders can be stabilized by the sol-hydrothermal method.

  4. Preparation of meta-stable phases of barium titanate by Sol-hydrothermal method

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    Selvaraj, Mahalakshmi; Venkatachalapathy, V.; Karazhanov, S.; Pearce, J. M. E-mail: jeyanthinath@yahoo.co.in

    2015-11-15

    Two low-cost chemical methods of sol–gel and the hydrothermal process have been strategically combined to fabricate barium titanate (BaTiO{sub 3}) nanopowders. This method was tested for various synthesis temperatures (100 °C to 250 °C) employing barium dichloride (BaCl{sub 2}) and titanium tetrachloride (TiCl{sub 4}) as precursors and sodium hydroxide (NaOH) as mineralizer for synthesis of BaTiO{sub 3} nanopowders. The as-prepared BaTiO{sub 3} powders were investigated for structural characteristics using x-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). The overall analysis indicates that the hydrothermal conditions create a gentle environment to promote the formation of crystalline phase directly from amorphous phase at the very low processing temperatures investigated. XRD analysis showed phase transitions from cubic - tetragonal - orthorhombic - rhombohedral with increasing synthesis temperature and calculated grain sizes were 34 – 38 nm (using the Scherrer formula). SEM and TEM analysis verified that the BaTiO{sub 3} nanopowders synthesized by this method were spherical in shape and about 114 - 170 nm in size. The particle distribution in both SEM and TEM shows that as the reaction temperature increases from 100 °C to 250 °C, the particles agglomerate. Selective area electron diffraction (SAED) shows that the particles are crystalline in nature. The study shows that choosing suitable precursor and optimizing pressure and temperature; different meta-stable (ferroelectric) phases of undoped BaTiO{sub 3} nanopowders can be stabilized by the sol-hydrothermal method.

  5. Synthesis of Ultradisperse Carbon Dioxide Powder with Plasma-Dynamic Method in the Coaxial Magneto-Plasma Accelerator

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    Golyanskaya, Evgeniya. O.; Sivkov, Aleksandr A.; Anikina, Zhanna S.

    2016-02-01

    One of the most promising trends in modern physics is the high-temperature superconductivity. Analysis of high-temperature superconductors revealed that almost all of them are complex copper-based oxides. Studies have shown the possibility of using them for the synthesis of coaxial magneto accelerator. Studies have identified the products synthesized soot: Cu, Cu2O, CuO, their shape and size. Also been deciphered and electron microscopy confirmed the composition of the nanopowder obtained in laboratory conditions.

  6. Liquid infiltration and pyrolysis of SiC matrix composite materials

    SciTech Connect

    Casadio, S.; Nanneti, C.A.; Donato, A.

    1995-12-01

    SiC matrix composites were prepared by prepregging carbon and Nicalon fibre cloths with polycarbosilane (PCS) solution or nanosized SiC powder dispersion in PCS solution. After consolidation of the stacked cloths and pyrolysis, densification of the matrix was accomplished by multiple infiltration/pyrolysis steps with PCS solution. The pyrolysis behaviour of the SiC nanopowder/PCS matrix material was investigated in comparison to PCS.

  7. Luminescence properties of LaF{sub 3}:Ce nanoparticles encapsulated by oleic acid

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    Kim, Jaewoo; Lee, Jun-Hyung; An, Hyejin; Lee, Jungkuk; Park, Seong-Hee; Seo, Young-Soo; Miller, William H.

    2014-09-15

    Highlights: • In-situ hydrophobization of water dispersible LaF{sub 3}:Ce nanoparticles was achieved. • Oleic acid surface modification of the nanoparticles was verified by IR spectra. • Quantum yields of LaF{sub 3}:Ce and OA-LaF{sub 3}:Ce nanoparticles were evaluated. • Quantum yields of LaF{sub 3}:Ce are strongly dependent on OA surface modification. - Abstract: Cerium ions doped lanthanum fluoride (LaF{sub 3}:Ce) nanopowder as well as LaF{sub 3}:Ce nanopowder whose surfaces was modified by oleic acid (OA) were synthesized by using an in-situ hydrothermal process under the various doping concentrations. Based on the XRD spectra and TEM images, it was confirmed that the crystalline structured hexagonal LaF{sub 3}:Ce nanopowder was synthesized. Oleic acid was efficient for conversion of the water dispersible LaF{sub 3}:Ce nanoparticles to hydrophobic ones. Surface modification was verified by FTIR absorption spectrum as well as TEM images, showing no agglomeration between 5 and 10 nm scaled particles. Photoluminescence based on 5d ⟶ 4f electronic transition of cerium ions excited at λ{sub ex} ∼256 nm for both neat and OA encapsulated LaF{sub 3}:Ce nanoparticles decreases as the cerium concentration increases, while the quantum yields of OA encapsulated nanoparticles were much lower than the neat particles due to low photon transmittance of OA at the range longer than ∼350 nm.

  8. Doped nanocrystalline ZnO powders for non-linear resistor applications by spray pyrolysis method.

    PubMed

    Hembram, Kaliyan; Vijay, R; Rao, Y S; Rao, T N

    2009-07-01

    Homogeneous and doped nanocrystalline ZnO powders (30-200 nm) were synthesized by spray pyrolysis technique. The spray pyrolysed powders were calcined in the temperature range of 500-750 degrees C. Formation of insulating pyrochlore phase started from 700 degrees C during the calcination itself. The calcined powders were compacted and sintered at different temperatures ranging from 900-1200 degrees C for 0.5-4 h. The densification behavior was found to be dependent on calcination temperature of the nanopowder. The resulting discs were found to have density (5.34-5.62 g/cc) in the range of 96-99% of theoretical density. The breakdown voltage value obtained for the nanopowder based non-linear resistor is 10.3 kV/cm with low leakage current density of 0.7 microA/cm2 and coefficient of nonlinearity as high as 193. The activation energy for grain growth of the doped ZnO nanopowder powders is 449.4 +/- 15 kJ/mol. PMID:19916460

  9. The result of synthesis analysis of the powder TiO2/ZnO as a layer of electrodes for dye sensitized solar cell applications

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    Retnaningsih, Lilis; Muliani, Lia

    2016-04-01

    This study has been conducted synthesis of TiO2 nanoparticle powders and ZnO nanoparticle powder into a paste to be in this research, dye-sensitive solar cells (DSSC) was produced by TiO2 nanopowder and ZnO nanopowder synthesis to make paste that is applied as electrode. This electrode works based on photon absorbed by dye and transferred to different composition of TiO2/ ZnO particle. Properties of DSSC are affected by fabrication method, parameter and dimension of TiO2 / ZnO nanoparticles, technique and composition of TiO2 / ZnO paste preparation is important to get the higher performance of DSSC. Doctor blade is a method for electrode coating on glass substrate. The electrode was immersed into dye solution of Z907 and ethanol. From the experiment, the effect of TiO2 and ZnO nanopowder mixture for electrode was investigated. XRD characterization show anatase and rutile phase, which sintered TiO2/ZnO has intensity more than 11,000. SEM characterization shows the composition of 20% TiO2 / 80% ZnO has better porosity. Higher efficiency that is investigated by I-V measurement using Sun Simulator.

  10. Development of Nanomaterials for Nuclear Energetics

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    Petrunin, V. F.

    Structure and properties peculiarities of the nanocrystalline powders give the opportunity to design new and to develop a modernization of nuclear energy industry materials. It was shown experimentally, that addition of 5-10% uranium dioxide nanocrystalline powder to traditional coarse powder allows to decrease the sintering temperature or to increase the fuel tablets size of grain. Similar perspectives for the technology of neutron absorbing tablets of control-rod modernization are shown by nanopowder of dysprosium hafnate changing instead now using boron carbide. It is powders in nanocrystalline state get an opportunity to sinter them and to receive compact tablet with 8,2-8,4 g/cm2 density for automatic defence system of nuclear reactor. Resource of dysprosium hafnate ceramics can be 18-20 years instead 4-5 years for boron carbide. To step up the radiation-damage stability of fuel element jacket material was suggested to strengthen a heat-resistant ferrite-martensite steel by Y2O3 nanocrystalline powder addition. Nanopowder with size of particles 560 nm and crystallite size 9 nm was prepeared by chemical coprecipitation method. To make lighter the container for transport and provisional disposal of exposed fuel from nuclear reactor a new boron-aluminium alloy called as boral was developed. This composite armed with nanopowders of boron-containing materials and heavy metals oxides can replace succesburnt-up corrosion-resistant steels.

  11. Controlled synthesis of nickel ferrite nanocrystals with tunable properties using a novel induction thermal plasma method

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    Bastien, Samuel; Braidy, Nadi

    2013-12-07

    Nickel ferrite spinel nanopowders were synthesised using a solution spray radio-frequency inductively coupled plasma reactor over a wide range of compositions (Ni{sub x}Fe{sub 3-x}O{sub 4}, x ≤ 1), with metastable powders produced for x = 0, 0.25, and 0.5. X-ray fluorescence and X-ray diffraction coupled to Rietveld refinement show that this synthesis technique offers an excellent level of control over both the chemical and crystallographic composition of the nanopowder through the control of the input Fe/Ni ratio. The technique produces highly crystalline nanopowders without the need for post-synthesis annealing. A bulk Fe/Ni ratio ≥2 yields a pure spinel Ni{sub x}Fe{sub 3-x}O{sub 4} phase, whereas Fe/Ni ratio <2 results in the excess Ni partitioning to a secondary bunsenite (Ni{sub x},Fe{sub 1-x})O phase. Morphological analysis using transmission electron microscopy shows that two types of particles are produced in different parts of the reactor: a highly faceted powder with the truncated octahedron morphology and a smaller-sized random agglomerate. The faceted particles have a log-normal particle size distribution, with an average size of about 30 nm while the agglomerates have a characteristic length of ∼3–5 nm.

  12. Effect of preparation procedure and nanostructuring on the thermoelectric properties of the lead telluride-based material system AgPbmBiTe2+m (BLST-m)

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    Falkenbach, Oliver; Schmitz, Andreas; Hartung, David; Dankwort, Torben; Koch, Guenter; Kienle, Lorenz; Klar, Peter J.; Mueller, Eckhard; Schlecht, Sabine

    2016-06-01

    We report on the preparation and thermoelectric properties of the quaternary system AgPbmBiTe2+m (Bismuth-Lead-Silver-Tellurium, BLST-m) that were nanostructured by mechanical alloying. Nanopowders of various compositions were compacted by three different methods: cold pressing/annealing, hot pressing, and short term sintering. The products are compared with respect to microstructure and sample density. The thermoelectric properties were measured: thermal conductivity in the temperature range from 300 K to 800 K and electrical conductivity and Seebeck coefficient between 100 K and 800 K. The compacting method and the composition had a substantial impact on carrier concentration and mobility as well as on the thermoelectric parameters. Room temperature Hall measurements yielded carrier concentrations in the order of 1019 cm-3, slightly increasing with increasing content of the additive silver bismuth telluride to the lead telluride base. ZT values close to the ones of bulk samples were achieved. X-ray diffraction and transmission electron microscopy (TEM) showed macroscopically homogeneous distributions of the constituting elements inside the nanopowders ensembles, indicating a solid solution. However, high resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM) revealed disorder on the nanoscale inside individual nanopowders grains.

  13. Reduction of silver (I) using defatted cashew nut shell starch and its structural comparison with commercial product.

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    Velmurugan, Palanivel; Park, Jung-Hee; Lee, Sang-Myeong; Jang, Jum-Suk; Yi, Young-Joo; Han, Sang-Sub; Lee, Sang-Hyun; Cho, Kwang-Min; Cho, Min; Oh, Byung-Taek

    2015-11-20

    In this current study, we report on the reduction of noble metal silver into silver nanoparticles using defatted cashew nut shell (CNS) starch as both the reducing and capping agents. Furthermore, it was compared with commercially available silver nanopowder for the first time. Color changes, ultraviolet-visible spectra (433.76nm), X-ray diffraction peaks (2θ=37.8, 46.3, 66.2, and 77.92) revealed the face-centered cubic (fcc) geometry of silver nanoparticles, scanning electron microscopy-energy dispersive spectroscopy confirmed the presence of elemental silver nanoparticles and the defatted CNS starch silver nanoparticle structures was in accordance to commercial silver nanopowder. The size of both the nanoparticles was found to be similar in the range of 10-50nm as analyzed using high resolution-transmission electron micrographs. The FT-IR spectroscopy revealed the shifting of NH and OH of defatted CNS starch, starch based silver nanoparticle and commercial silver nanopowder has parallel functional groups. The use of environmentally benign and renewable materials like defatted CNS starch offers an alternative to large scale synthesis of silver nanoparticle and includes numerous benefits like eco-friendly and compatibility for pharmaceutical and biomedical applications. PMID:26344252

  14. Densification of nano-yttria powders for IR window applications

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    Willingham, Charles B.; Wahl, Joseph M.; Hogan, Patrick K.; Kupferberg, Lenn C.; Wong, Thomas Y.; De, Alok M.

    2003-09-01

    Commerically available yttrium oxide nanopowders were evaluated as starting materials for preparation of transparent materials. The objective is an yttria optical ceramic exhibiting approximately one micrometer grain size to provide increased strength and thermal shock resistance. Three vendors were selected to provide nanoscale powders for testing and evaluation. They were compared to a conventional (5 μm) powder previously used to prepare optical quality ceramic yttria. While all of the selected nanopowders had impurity levels that were too high to allow processing to full transparency, two of the samples were processed to full density and moderate transparency was produced in one. In preparation for processing via Hot Isostatic Press (HIP) samples were sintered to a closed pore state at temperatures as low as 1400 °C, and with soak times as short as 12 minutes at 1550 °C. The use of ultrasonic attenuation as a technique for measuring particle size distributions in slurries was explored and found to be an invaluable tool when colloidally processing nanopowders. Finally, the areas most important for continued improvements were identified.

  15. Biological evaluation of nanosilver incorporated cellulose pulp for hygiene products.

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    Kavitha Sankar, P C; Ramakrishnan, Reshmi; Rosemary, M J

    2016-04-01

    Cellulose pulp has a visible market share in personal hygiene products such as sanitary napkins and baby diapers. However it offers good surface for growth of microorganisms. Huge amount of research is going on in developing hygiene products that do not initiate microbial growth. The objective of the present work is to produce antibacterial cellulose pulp by depositing silver nanopowder on the cellulose fiber. The silver nanoparticles used were of less than 100 nm in size and were characterised using transmission electron microscopy and X-ray powder diffraction studies. Antibacterial activity of the functionalized cellulose pulp was proved by JIS L 1902 method. The in-vitro cytotoxicity, in-vivo vaginal irritation and intracutaneous reactivity studies were done with silver nanopowder incorporated cellulose pulp for introducing a new value added product to the market. Cytotoxicity evaluation suggested that the silver nanoparticle incorporated cellulose pulp is non-cytotoxic. No irritation and skin sensitization were identified in animals tested with specific extracts prepared from the test material in the in-vivo experiments. The results indicated that the silver nanopowder incorporated cellulose pulp meets the requirements of the standard practices recommended for evaluating the biological reactivity and has good biocompatibility, hence can be classified as a safe hygiene product. PMID:26838891

  16. Synthesis and characterization of nanocrystalline Nd{sup 3+}-doped gadolinium scandium aluminum garnet powders by a gel-combustion method

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    Su, Jing; Miao, Ju-hong; Xu, Lin-hua; Ji, Yu-qing; Wang, Chu-qin

    2012-07-15

    Graphical abstract: The graph shows the emission spectra (λ{sub ex} = 808 nm) of 1 at.% Nd:GSAG powders sintered at different temperatures for 3 h. Compared with the powder sintered at 900 °C, the PL intensity of the powder sintered at 1000 °C decreased significantly. The changes in the PL intensity should mainly due to the crystallinity and dispersion of the powders. Highlights: ► We synthesized Nd:GSAG nano-powders by gel-combustion method successfully. ► We analyzed the structure and the morphology of the heat-treated products. ► We studied the optical characteristics of Nd:GSAG nano-powders. -- Abstract: Nd{sup 3+}-doped gadolinium scandium aluminum garnet (Nd:GSAG) precursor was synthesized by a gel combustion method using metal nitrates and citric acid as raw materials. The structure and morphology of the precursor and the sintered powders were studied by means of X-ray diffraction (XRD), infrared spectroscopy (IR) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). The results showed that the precursor transformed into pure GSAG polycrystalline phase at about 800 °C, and the powders sintered at 800–1000 °C were well-dispersed with average particle sizes in the range of 30–80 nm. Optical properties of Nd:GSAG nano-powders were characterized by using photoluminescence spectroscopy. The highest photoluminescence intensity was achieved for the powder sintered at 900 °C.

  17. Preparation of hydroxyapatite/zirconia bioceramic nanocomposites for orthopaedic and dental prosthesis applications

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    Sung, Yun-Mo; Shin, Young-Keun; Ryu, Jae-Jun

    2007-02-01

    Homogeneous mixtures of hydroxyapatite (HAp) and yttria-stabilized zirconia (YSZ) nanoparticles were successfully synthesized using chemical co-precipitation and subsequent calcination. For the synthesis of HAp/YSZ nanopowder, the Ca/P atomic ratio was 1.73 to obtain high-content stoichiometric hydroxyapatite phase and to suppress β-tricalcium phosphate (β-TCP) formation. The agglomerated crystalline powders were milled using YSZ ball media to obtain well-separated nanoparticles. The final particle size of the HAp and YSZ was ~50-70 and ~15-30 nm, respectively. The crystallinity and morphological feature of the nanopowder was analysed using x-ray diffraction (XRD) and high-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM) analyses. The ball-milled nanopowder mixture was hot pressed at 1100 °C for 1 h under 20 MPa in vacuum atmosphere. The sintered HAp/YSZ nanocomposites exhibited approximately 99% of the theoretical density, due not only to the fine nanoscale of the particles, but also to the homogeneous distribution of the nanoparticle mixture. They also showed fine grain structures of the HAp phase due to the suppressed grain growth by YSZ particles. The nanocomposites showed improved mechanical properties, flexural strength of ~155 MPa and fracture toughness of ~2.1 MP m1/2, due to the YSZ contribution to the HAp matrix.

  18. New Coll-HA/BT composite materials for hard tissue engineering.

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    Zanfir, Andrei Vlad; Voicu, Georgeta; Busuioc, Cristina; Jinga, Sorin Ion; Albu, Madalina Georgiana; Iordache, Florin

    2016-05-01

    The integration of ceramic powders in composite materials for bone scaffolds can improve the osseointegration process. This work was aimed to the synthesis and characterization of new collagen-hydroxyapatite/barium titanate (Coll-HA/BT) composite materials starting from barium titanate (BT) nanopowder, hydroxyapatite (HA) nanopowder and collagen (Coll) gel. BT nanopowder was produced by combining two wet-chemical approaches, sol-gel and hydrothermal methods. The resulting materials were characterized in terms of phase composition and microstructure by X-ray diffraction, Raman spectroscopy, scanning electron microscopy and transmission electron microscopy. Moreover, the biocompatibility and bioactivity of the composite materials were assessed by in vitro tests. The synthesized BT particles exhibit an average size of around 35 nm and a spherical morphology, with a pseudo-cubic or tetragonal symmetry. The diffraction spectra of Coll-HA and Coll-HA/BT composite materials indicate a pronounced interaction between Col and the mineral phases, meaning a good mineralization of Col fibres. As well, the in vitro tests highlight excellent osteoinductive properties for all biological samples, especially for Coll-HA/BT composite materials, fact that can be attributed to the ferromagnetic properties of BT. PMID:26952486

  19. Solar physical vapor deposition preparation and microstructural characterization of TiO2 based nanophases for dye-sensitized solar cell applications.

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    Negrea, Denis; Ducu, Catalin; Moga, Sorin; Malinovschi, Viorel; Monty, Claude J A; Vasile, Bogdan; Dorobantu, Dorel; Enachescu, Marian

    2012-11-01

    Titanium dioxide exists in three crystalline phases: anatase, rutile and brookite. Although rutile is thermodynamically more stable, anatase is considered as the most favorable phase for photocatalysis and solar energy conversion. Recent studies have shown a significant improvement of light harvesting and overall solar conversion efficiency of anatase nanoparticles in dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) when using a mixture of anatase and rutile phases (10-15% rutile). TiO2 nanopowders have been prepared by a solar physical vapor deposition process (SPVD). This method has been developed in Odeillo-Font Romeu France using "heliotron" solar reactors working under concentrated sunlight in 2 kW solar furnaces. By controlling reactor's atmosphere type (air/argon) and gas pressure, several types of anatase/rutile nanophases have been obtained with slightly different microstructural properties and morphological characteristics. X-ray diffraction analyses (XRD) were performed on precursor and on the SPVD obtained nanopowders. Information concerning their phase composition and coherence diffraction domain (crystallites size and strain) was obtained. Nanopowders morphology has been studied by scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). PMID:23421278

  20. Synthesis and characterization of magnetite/silver/antibiotic nanocomposites for targeted antimicrobial therapy.

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    Ivashchenko, Olena; Lewandowski, Mikołaj; Peplińska, Barbara; Jarek, Marcin; Nowaczyk, Grzegorz; Wiesner, Maciej; Załęski, Karol; Babutina, Tetyana; Warowicka, Alicja; Jurga, Stefan

    2015-10-01

    The article is devoted to preparation and characterization of magnetite/silver/antibiotic nanocomposites for targeted antimicrobial therapy. Magnetite nanopowder was produced by thermochemical technique; silver was deposited on the magnetite nanoparticles in the form of silver clusters. Magnetite/silver nanocomposite was investigated by XRD, SEM, TEM, AFM, XPS, EDX techniques. Adsorptivity of magnetite/silver nanocomposite towards seven antibiotics from five different groups was investigated. It was shown that rifampicin, doxycycline, ceftriaxone, cefotaxime and doxycycline may be attached by physical adsorption to magnetite/silver nanocomposite. Electrostatic surfaces of antibiotics were modeled and possible mechanism of antibiotic attachment is considered in this article. Raman spectra of magnetite, magnetite/silver and magnetite/silver/antibiotic were collected. It was found that it is difficult to detect the bands related to antibiotics in the magnetite/silver/antibiotic nanocomposite spectra due to their overlap by the broad carbon bands of magnetite nanopowder. Magnetic measurements revealed that magnetic saturation of the magnetite/silver/antibiotic nanocomposites decreased on 6-19 % in comparison with initial magnetite nanopowder. Pilot study of antimicrobial properties of the magnetite/silver/antibiotic nanocomposites were performed towards Bacillus pumilus. PMID:26117765

  1. Application of magnetic iron-based nanosorbents for water cleaning

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    Medvedeva, Irina; Bakhteeva, Iuliia; Revvo, Anastasya; Byzov, Ilya; Baerner, Klaus

    2014-05-01

    Iron-based magnetic nanopowders (Fe, γ-Fe2O3, γ-Fe3O4) are effective sorbents for the cleaning of water from heavy metal ions, radionuclides, organic and biological materials. The sorption capacity of the powder is defined by the specific surface which for particle diameter in nanosized range comes up to hundreds of m2/g. However, the small particle size creates difficulties to separate the solid phase from the water suspension using conventional mechanical filtration and sedimentation methods without additional reagents. If the nanoparticles have magnetic moments, their separation from aqueous solution can be enhanced in gradient magnetic fields. This will help to avoid a secondary water pollution by coagulants and flocculants. The sedimentation dynamics of the magnetite (Fe3O4) nanopowders with different particle sizes (10-100 nm) in water in gradient magnetic fields of different configurations ( radial and strip), with the strengths H = 0.5-6 kOe, and gradients up to dH/dz= 2 kOe/cm was studied by optical and by Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) methods. . In the gravitation field the suspensions of the small particles (~ 10-20 nm) remain stable for over 20 hours. The sedimentation process can be greatly accelerated by the action of a vertical gradient magnetic field, and the sedimentation time is reduced down to several minutes. In a gradient magnetic field enhanced by a steel grid the sedimentation of the nanopowder (c0= 0.1 g/l) for 180 minutes resulted in the reduction of the iron concentration in water down to 0.4 mg/l. In the flowing water regime the residual iron concentration in water 0.3 mg/l is reached after 80 minutes. This corresponds to the hygienic and environmental standards for drinking water and fishery.

  2. Re-examination of safety parameters using kinetic theory of nano-granular flows

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    Bouillard, Jacques Xavier; Marchal, Philippe; Henry, François; Vignes, Alexis; Dufaud, Olivier; Perrin, Laurent; Plasari, Edouard

    2011-07-01

    The origin of the kinetic theory of granular flow was originally credited to Bagnold [1]. By using a very primitive expression of the particle collision frequency, he derived an expression for the repulsive pressure of the particles in uniform shear flows. His repulsive pressure was proportional to the square of the velocity gradient and the particle diameter and directly proportional to the particle density. This theory was later extended by Savage [2] and Gidaspow [3]. Such theories provide insight on the dependence of the viscosity, and various moduli (elastic, non elastic, viscous...) in terms of the granular temperature and the associated shear-rates. Until recently, such parameters were difficult to measure because of the lack of specifically designed equipment. This challenge was successfully taken up and resolved by P. Marchal of ENSIC who designed a new rheometer for powders (figure 1). This equipment can put in evidence the importance of the granular temperature on the elastic and viscous behaviors of the granular flows. Such rheological behavior is important in risk analysis for nanopowders, because as the nanopowder may be subjected to process shear rates and stresses, its structural and topological changes, in terms of the transformation of agglomerates into primary nanoparticles, have strong impacts on emission factors of nanosized particles that can be released in the environment or into a workplace from such dense-phase nanopowder processes. Such transformation can be analyzed by studying the nano-granular rheological signature of the system. Such risk assessment approach using these new fundamental rheological safety parameters is described in this paper.

  3. Synthesis and luminescence properties of ZnGa2O4 spinel doped with Co2+ and Eu3+ ions

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    Duan, Xiulan; Yu, Fapeng; Wu, Yuanchun

    2012-11-01

    ZnGa2O4 nanopowders doped with Co2+ and Eu3+ ions, including dual doping, have been synthesized by citrate sol-gel method, and characterized by X-ray powder diffraction (XRD) and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). Results show that ZnGa2O4 spinels were produced by calcining the gel above 500 °C, with the crystallite size of 16-30 nm in the temperature range of 500-900 °C. Co2+ ions are located at the tetrahedral sites of ZnGa2O4 spinel by replacing Zn2+, and Eu3+ ions are incorporated in the defect regions at the grain boundaries. The emission spectra of Eu-doped ZnGa2O4 nanopowders display an intense emission at 615 nm belonging to 5D0-7F2 transition of Eu3+ ions. With the introduction of Co into Eu-doped ZnGa2O4, the emission intensity at 615 nm decreases, while the luminescence at 680 nm due to tetrahedral Co2+ increases. The result indicates that the energy transfer occurred from Eu3+ to Co2+ ions. The energy transfer was also studied by the luminescence decay behavior. The emission of Co and Eu Co-doped ZnGa2O4 also changed with annealing temperature. The luminescence properties of the doped ZnGa2O4 nanopowders can be controlled by the variation of Co and Eu doping concentration and annealing temperature.

  4. Zr doped anatase supported reticulated ceramic foams for photocatalytic water purification

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    Plesch, G.; Vargová, M.; Vogt, U.F.; Gorbár, M.; Jesenák, K.

    2012-07-15

    Highlights: ► Thick photocatalytic anatase films on macroporous reticulated ceramic foams. ► Alumina and alumina–mullite macroporous reticulated foams as photocatalyst support. ► Zr doping significantly improves the TiO{sub 2} film activity in phenol photomineralization. ► Comparison of photocatalytic activity of thick films and powder suspensions. -- Abstract: Titanium dioxide films were deposited on macroporous reticulated Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} and alumina–mullite foams with pore sizes of 15 ppi (pores per inch). Coatings were prepared from suspensions of precursor powders of Aeroxide{sup ®} P25 nanopowder and precipitated TiO{sub 2} by using a dip coating process. The TiO{sub 2} forms films with a thickness of ∼2–20 μm. The photocatalytic activity was characterized as the mineralization rate of an aqueous phenol solution under UVA irradiation by the TOC technique. Precipitated TiO{sub 2} films have nearly the same photocatalytic activity as a titania suspension, in which powder aggregates have a size comparable with the thickness of the films. Samples made of Aeroxide{sup ®} P25 nanopowder, in which the size of aggregates is ∼0.1 μm show higher efficiency of photodecomposition in suspensions with films. The doping of precipitated anatase with Zr(IV) in the atomic ratio Zr/Ti = 0.008 significantly improves the photocatalytic activity of the foam supported titania. Zr doped anatase films show better performance as the films prepared only from Aeroxide{sup ®} P25 nanopowder.

  5. Highly active La0.4Sr0.6Co0.8Fe0.2O3-δ nanocatalyst for oxygen reduction in intermediate temperature-solid oxide fuel cells

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    Chanquía, Corina M.; Mogni, Liliana; Troiani, Horacio E.; Caneiro, Alberto

    2014-12-01

    Pure-phase La0.4Sr0.6Co0.8Fe0.2O3-δ (LSCF) nanocrystallites were successfully synthesized by the combustion method, by employing glycine as fuel and complexing agent, and ammonium nitrate as combustion trigger. The morphological and structural characterization of the LSCF nanopowders was performed by using X-ray diffraction, N2 physisorption and electron microscopy. The LSCF nanopowder consists of interconnected nanocrystallites (˜45 nm) forming a sponge-like structure with meso and macropores, being its specific surface area around 10 m2 g-1. Crystalline structural analyses show that the LSCF nanopowder presents cubic symmetry in the Pm-3m space group. By employing the spin coating technique and different thermal treatments, symmetrical cells with different electrode crystallite size (45 and 685 nm) were built, by using La0.8Sr0.2Ga0.8Mg0.2O3-δ as electrolyte. Electrochemical impedance spectroscopy measurements were performed varying temperature and pO2. The area specific resistance of the nanostructured sample (45 nm) decreases by two orders of magnitude with respect to the submicrostructured sample (685 nm), reaching values as low as 0.8 Ω cm2 at 450 °C. This improvement is attributed to the cathode morphology optimization in the nanoscale, i.e., enlargement of the exposed surface area and shortening of the oxygen diffusion paths, which reduce the polarization resistance associated to the surface exchange and O-ion bulk diffusion process.

  6. PCL-forsterite nanocomposite fibrous membranes for controlled release of dexamethasone.

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    Kharaziha, Mahshid; Fathi, Mohammad Hossein; Edris, Hossein; Nourbakhsh, Nosrat; Talebi, Ardeshir; Salmanizadeh, Sharareh

    2015-01-01

    The well-known treatment of the alveolar bone defects is guided tissue regeneration (GTR). Engineered membranes combined with osteo-differentiation factors have been offered a promising strategy for GTR application. Recently, poly(ε-caprolactone) (PCL)-forsterite (PCL-F) nanocomposite fibrous membranes have been developed. However, PCL-F membranes could not promote bone tissue regeneration. The aim of this research is to encapsulate an osteogenic factor [dexamethasone (DEX)] in PCL-F membranes and evaluate the effects of forsterite nanopowder (particle size = 25-45 nm) and fiber organization on DEX delivery for GTR application. The hypothesis is that the release kinetic and profile of DEX could be controlled through variation of forsterite content (0, 5 and 10 wt%) and fiber arrangement (aligned and random). Results demonstrated while DEX release was sustained over a period of 4 weeks, its kinetic was governed by the membrane architecture and composition. For example, aligned PCL-F nanocomposite fibrous membrane consisting of 10 %(w/v) forsterite nanopowder exhibited the least initial burst release (13 % release in the first 12 h) and allowed sustained release of DEX. Additionally, forsterite nanopowder inclusion changed the kinetic of DEX release from Fickian diffusion to an anomalous transport. The bioactivity of released DEX was estimated using culturing the stem cells from human exfoliated deciduous teeth (SHED) on the membranes. Results demonstrated that proliferation and osteogenic differentiation of SHED could be governed by DEX release process. While DEX release from the membranes decreased SHED proliferation, stimulated the matrix mineralization. Our finding indicated that aligned PCL-F/DEX membrane could be used as a carrier for the sustained release of drugs relevant for GTR trophy. PMID:25578712

  7. Morphology and electrochemical behavior of Ag-Cu nanoparticle-doped amalgams.

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    Chung, Kwok-Hung; Hsiao, Li-Yin; Lin, Yu-Sheng; Duh, Jenq-Gong

    2008-05-01

    The aim of this study was to introduce Ag-Cu phase nanopowder as an additive to improve the corrosion behavior of dental amalgams. A novel Ag-Cu nanopowder was synthesized by the precipitation method. An amalgam alloy powder (World-Cap) was added and mixed with 5 wt.% and 10 wt.% of Ag-Cu nanopowders, respectively, to form experimental amalgam alloy powders. The original alloy powder was used as a control. Alloy powders were examined using X-ray diffraction, transmission electron microscopy (TEM), scanning electron microscopy and electron probe microanalysis. Amalgam disk specimens of metallurgically prepared were tested in 0.9% NaCl solution using electrochemical methods. The changes in the corrosion potential and anodic polarization characteristics were determined. Corrosion potential data were analyzed statistically (n=3, analysis of variance, Tukey's test, p<0.05). The diameters of lamellar structure Ag-Cu nanoparticles were measured to be approximately 30 nm. The composition of the Ag-Cu nanoparticles determined by TEM-energy-dispersive spectroscopy was 56.28 at.% Ag-43.72 at.% Cu. A light-shaded phase was found mixing with dark Cu-Sn reaction particles in the reaction zones of Ag-Cu nanoparticle-doped amalgams. The Ag-Cu nanoparticle-doped amalgams exhibited zero current potentials more positive than the control (p<0.05) and no current peak was observed at -325mV that related to Ag-Hg phase and Cu6Sn5 phase in anodic polarization curves. The results indicated that the corrosion resistance of high-copper single-composition amalgam could be improved by Ag-Cu nanoparticle-doping. PMID:18321799

  8. Recent progress in the synthesis of magnetic titania/iron-based, composite nanoparticles manufactured by laser pyrolysis

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    Fleaca, C. T.; Scarisoreanu, M.; Morjan, I.; Alexandrescu, R.; Dumitrache, F.; Luculescu, C.; Morjan, I. P.; Birjega, R.; Niculescu, A.-M.; Filoti, G.; Kuncser, V.; Vasile, E.; Danciu, V.; Popa, M.

    2014-05-01

    We report the continuous, single step synthesis of titania/iron-based magnetic nanocomposites in a single step using gas-phase laser pyrolysis technique by separately and simultaneously introducing the precursors (together with C2H4 sensitizer) in the reaction zone: Fe(CO)5 on the central flow and, using air as carrier, TiCl4 on the annular coflow. The laser power and, for the last experiment, the injection geometry were modified in order to change the Fe/Ti ratio in the resulted nanopowders. Due to the specific geometry, the reaction zone (visible as a flame) have a reductive inner central zone surrounded by and oxidative environment, allowing the formation of the metallic-carbidic iron and/or iron-doped titania and iron oxide nanophases. The raw Fe-containing nanopowders have a ferromagnetic behavior, those synthesized at higher laser power and gas velocities show significant saturation magnetization Ms values (10-12 emu/g), whereas those obtained (with higher yield and carbon content) at lower laser power and gas velocities (using wider central nozzle cross-section) have a very weak magnetization (Ms ∼ 0.05 emu/g) in spite of the higher ethylene carried Fe(CO)5 flow. The powders were annealed in air at 400 °C show lower carbon content and, for those highly Fe-doped, the hematite phase formation. Preliminary tests using UV light confirm the photocatalytic action of the annealed nanopowders in salicylic acid degradation process in solution.

  9. Structural, morphological and steady state photoluminescence spectroscopy studies of red Eu(3+)-doped Y2O3 nanophosphors prepared by the sol-gel method.

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    Lamiri, Lyes; Guerbous, Lakhdar; Samah, Madani; Boukerika, Allaoua; Ouhenia, Salim

    2015-12-01

    Europium trivalent (Eu(3+))-doped Y2O3 nanopowders of different concentrations (0.5, 2.5, 5 or 7 at.%) were synthesized by the sol-gel method, at different pH values (pH 2, 5 or 8) and annealing temperatures (600 °C, 800 °C or 1000 °C). The nanopowders samples were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), field emission scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR) and steady state photoluminescence spectroscopy. The effect of pH of solution and annealing temperatures on structural, morphological and photoluminescence properties of Eu(3+)-doped Y2O3 were studied and are discussed. It was found that the average crystallite size of the nanopowders increased with increasing pH and annealing temperature values. The Y2O3:Eu(3+) material presented different morphology and its evolution depended on the pH value and the annealing temperature. Activation energies at different pH values were determined and are discussed. Under ultraviolet (UV) light excitation, Y2O3:Eu(3+) showed narrow emission peaks corresponding to the (5)D0- (7) FJ (J = 0, 1, 2 and 3) transitions of the Eu(3+) ion, with the most intense red emission at 611 assigned to forced electric dipole (5)D0 → (7)F2. The emission intensity became more intense with increasing annealing temperature and pH values, related to the improvement of crystalline quality. For the 1000 °C annealing temperature, the emission intensity presented a maximum at pH 5 related to the uniform cubic-shaped particles. It was found that for lower annealing temperatures (small crystallite size) the CTB (charge transfer band) position presented a red shift. PMID:25828930

  10. Evaluation of antibacterial properties of Barium Zirconate Titanate (BZT) nanoparticle

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    Mohseni, Simin; Aghayan, Mahdi; Ghorani-Azam, Adel; Behdani, Mohammad; Asoodeh, Ahmad

    2014-01-01

    So far, the antibacterial activity of some organic and inorganic compounds has been studied. Barium zirconate titanate [Ba(ZrxTi1-x)O3] (x = 0.05) nanoparticle is an example of inorganic materials. In vitro studies have provided evidence for the antibacterial activity of this nanoparticle. In the current study, the nano-powder was synthesized by sol-gel method. X-ray diffraction showed that the powder was single-phase and had a perovskite structure at the calcination temperature of 1000 °C. Antibacterial activity of the desired nanoparticle was assessed on two gram-positive (Staphylococcus aureus PTCC1431 and Micrococcus luteus PTCC1625) and two gram-negative (Escherichia coli HP101BA 7601c and clinically isolated Klebsiella pneumoniae) bacteria according to Radial Diffusion Assay (RDA). The results showed that the antibacterial activity of BZT nano-powder on both gram-positive and gram-negative bacteria was acceptable. The minimum inhibitory concentration of this nano-powder was determined. The results showed that MIC values for E. coli, K. pneumoniae, M. luteus and S. aureus were about 2.3 μg/mL, 7.3 μg/mL, 3 μg/mL and 12 μg/mL, respectively. Minimum bactericidal concentration (MBC) was also evaluated and showed that the growth of E. coli, K. pneumoniae, M. luteus and S. aureus could be decreased at 2.3, 14, 3 and 18 μg/mL of BZT. Average log reduction in viable bacteria count in time-kill assay ranged between 6 Log10 cfu/mL to zero after 24 h of incubation with BZT nanoparticle. PMID:25763046

  11. Electrochemical properties of fiber-in-tube- and filled-structured TiO2 nanofiber anode materials for lithium-ion batteries.

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    Cho, Jung Sang; Hong, Young Jun; Kang, Yun Chan

    2015-07-27

    Phase-pure anatase TiO2 nanofibers with a fiber-in-tube structure were prepared by the electrospinning process. The burning of titanium-oxide-carbon composite nanofibers with a filled structure formed as an intermediate product under an oxygen atmosphere produced carbon-free TiO2 nanofibers with a fiber-in-tube structure. The sizes of the nanofiber core and hollow nanotube were 140 and 500 nm, respectively. The heat treatment of the electrospun nanofibers at 450 and 500 °C under an air atmosphere produced grey and white filled-structured TiO2 nanofibers, respectively. The initial discharge capacities of the TiO2 nanofibers with the fiber-in-tube and filled structures and the commercial TiO2 nanopowders were 231, 134, and 223 mA h g(-1) , respectively, and their corresponding charge capacities were 170, 100, and 169 mA h g(-1) , respectively. The 1000th discharge capacities of the TiO2 nanofibers with the fiber-in-tube and filled structures and the commercial TiO2 nanopowders were 177, 64, and 101 mA h g(-1) , respectively, and their capacity retentions measured from the second cycle were 89, 82, and 52 %, respectively. The TiO2 nanofibers with the fiber-in-tube structure exhibited low charge transfer resistance and structural stability during cycling and better cycling and rate performances than the TiO2 nanofibers with filled structures and the commercial TiO2 nanopowders. PMID:26119328

  12. Nanofibers Comprising Yolk-Shell Sn@void@SnO/SnO₂ and Hollow SnO/SnO₂ and SnO₂ Nanospheres via the Kirkendall Diffusion Effect and Their Electrochemical Properties.

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    Cho, Jung Sang; Kang, Yun Chan

    2015-09-01

    Nanofibers with a unique structure comprising Sn@void@SnO/SnO2 yolk-shell nanospheres and hollow SnO/SnO2 and SnO2 nanospheres are prepared by applying the nanoscale Kirkendall diffusion process in conventional electrospinning process. Under a reducing atmosphere, post-treatment of tin 2-ethylhexanoate-polyvinylpyrrolidone electrospun nanofibers produce carbon nanofibers with embedded spherical Sn nanopowders. The Sn nanopowders are linearly aligned along the carbon nanofiber axis without aggregation of the nanopowders. Under an air atmosphere, oxidation of the Sn-C composite nanofibers produce nanofibers comprising Sn@void@SnO/SnO2 yolk-shell nanospheres and hollow SnO/SnO2 and SnO2 nanospheres, depending on the post-treatment temperature. The mean sizes of the hollow nanospheres embedded within tin oxide nanofibers post-treated at 500 °C and 600 °C are 146 and 117 nm, respectively. For the 250th cycle, the discharge capacities of the nanofibers prepared by the nanoscale Kirkendall diffusion process post-treated at 400 °C, 500 °C, and 600 °C at a high current density of 2 A g(-1) are 663, 630, and 567 mA h g(-1), respectively. The corresponding capacity retentions are 77%, 84%, and 78%, as calculated from the second cycle. The nanofibers prepared by applying the nanoscale Kirkendall diffusion process exhibit superior electrochemical properties compared with those of the porous-structured SnO2 nanofibers prepared by the conventional post-treatment process. PMID:26058833

  13. Nanocrystalline Ce1- x La x O2- δ Solid Solutions Synthesized by Hydrolyzing and Oxidizing

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    Hou, Xueling; Xue, Yun; Han, Ning; Lu, Qianqian; Wang, Xiaochen; Phan, Manh-Huong; Zhong, Yunbo

    2016-05-01

    We undertook a novel batch production approach for the synthesis of CeO2 nanopowders doped with rare earth elements. Solid solution nanopowders of Ce1- x La x O2- δ ( x = 0.15) were successfully synthesized in a large-scale and low-cost production by hydrolyzing and oxidizing Ce-La-C alloys at room temperature and subsequent calcining of their powders at different temperatures (873-1073 K) for 1 h. The Ce-La-C alloys were prepared in a vacuum induction melting furnace. The final products were characterized by x-ray diffraction, transmission electron microscopy, Brunner-Emmet-Teller (BET) surface area analyzer, and Raman spectroscopy. The calculated lattice parameters of the cubic fluorite-type phase of CeO2 tended to increase when La3+ was incorporated into CeO2. The F 2g band shift and the absence of a peak corresponding to La2O3 in the Raman spectra consistently confirmed the incorporation of the La3+ ion into CeO2, and the formation of Ce1- x La x O2- δ solid solutions as manifested by increased oxygen vacancy defects. High-quality Ce1- x La x O2- δ nanopowders of ~10-15 nm diameter with a high BET surface area of ~77 m2 g-1 were obtained. The average crystallite size of Ce1- x La x O2- δ was found to be smaller than that of CeO2 for the same calcination temperature of 1073 K, demonstrating that the introduction of La3+ into CeO2 can stabilize the host lattice and refine the grain size at high temperatures.

  14. Luminescence of Y3Al5O12:Eu3+ nanophosphors in blood and organic media

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    Kolesnikov, I. E.; Povolotskiy, A. V.; Tolstikova, D. V.; Manshina, A. A.; Mikhailov, M. D.

    2015-02-01

    Lanthanide-doped nanoparticles characterized by their large Stokes’ shifts, narrow emission bands, long lifetimes and high photostability are promising candidates for luminescent labels in biological research. That is why investigation of lanthanide-doped nanoparticles’ fluorescence in complex biological media (like blood and Intralipid) is of great importance from the standpoint of applicability in medicine and biology. Nanopowder of yttrium aluminum garnet doped with Eu3+ was synthesized by the Pechini method. X-ray diffraction data demonstrated formation of cubic crystalline phase without any impurities. The synthesized sample was found to be well-defined 20-50 nm nanoparticles agglomerated to clusters no bigger than 200 nm in diameter. The emission spectrum of nanocrystalline powder consists of characteristic narrow lines attributed to 5D0-7FJ transitions. It was found that the long lifetime of 5D0 level (4.13 ms) allows using time-resolved techniques to eliminate fluorescence of the biological background. The possibility of the luminescence signal detection of Y3Al5O12:Eu3+ nanopowder (0.14 mg per 1 ml) against the background of blood auto-luminescence was demonstrated. Y3Al5O12:Eu3+ phosphors luminescence in blood media showed timing stability whereas fluorescein luminescence dropped down by a factor of 3 after 20 min. It was found that the luminescence signal of Y3Al5O12:Eu3+ phosphors could be detected through 5 mm of biological tissue. The possibility of independent registration of nanopowders doped with different REI-ions (Eu3+ and Nd3+) was investigated.

  15. Characterization of hydroxyapatite by time-resolved luminescence and FTIR spectroscopy

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    Grigorjeva, L.; Millers, D.; Smits, K.; Jankovica, Dz; Pukina, L.

    2013-12-01

    Time-resolved luminescence and FTIR absorption spectra of undoped and Eu and Ce doped hydroxyapatite nanocrystalline powders prepared by sol-gel method were studied. The luminescence band at 350-400 nm was detected and two decay times (11 ns and 38 ns) was determinated for Ce doped samples. The luminescence spectra and decay kinetics were analized for Eu doped nanopowders. The Eu3+ ion was incorporated in different Ca sites. The process of energy transfer to Eu3+ excited state (5D0) was detected from luminescence decay kinetics.

  16. Development of nuclear micro-battery with solid tritium source.

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    Lee, Sook-Kyung; Son, Soon-Hwan; Kim, KwangSin; Park, Jong-Wan; Lim, Hun; Lee, Jae-Min; Chung, Eun-Su

    2009-01-01

    A micro-battery powered by tritium is being developed to utilize tritium produced from the Wolsong Tritium Removal Facility. The 3D p-n junction device has been designed and fabricated for energy conversion. Titanium tritide is adopted to increase tritium density and safety. Sub micron films or nano-powders of titanium tritide is applied on silicon semiconductor device to reduce the self absorption of beta rays. Until now protium has been used instead of tritium for safety. Hydrogen was absorbed up to atomic ratio of approximately 1.3 and approximately 1.7 in titanium powders and films, respectively. PMID:19328704

  17. Electric field gradients in nanoparticles of HfAl2 and HfAl3 intermetallic compounds

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    Kulińska, Agnieszka; Wodniecki, Paweł

    2010-06-01

    Perturbed angular correlation (PAC) method was applied to study the electric field gradients in nanopowders of the HfAl2 and HfAl3 intermetallic compounds, obtained via mechanical alloying or after ball milling of the thermally alloyed compound. The influence of the ball milling procedure on the experimentally obtained hyperfine interaction parameters was determined. A strong dependence of the PAC pattern on the milling time was evidenced and attributed to the structural disorder. The thickness of the outer damaged part of the grains depends on the crystallographic structure of the milled material. In HfAl3 sample the influence of the milling procedure on the phase transformation was observed.

  18. Nanoparticles of spinel and perovskite ferromagnets and prospects for their application in medicine

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    Belous, A. G. E-mail: solopan@ukr.net Solopan, S. O. E-mail: solopan@ukr.net Yelenich, O. V. E-mail: solopan@ukr.net; Tovstolytkin, A. I.; Kolodiazhnyi, T. V.; Osinsky, S. P. E-mail: bybnovskayal@ukr.net; Bubnovskaya, L. N. E-mail: bybnovskayal@ukr.net

    2014-11-05

    In this work, nanoparticles of La{sub 0.75}Sr{sub 0.25}MnO{sub 3} compounds with perovskite structure and AFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} (A = Mn, Fe, Co, Ni, Zn) with spinel structure have been synthesized by precipitation from diethylene glycol and microemulsion using Triton X-100 surfactant. Comparative X-ray diffraction and magnetic studies of the synthesized nanoparticles have been carried out. Magnetic fluids prepared from synthesized nanopowders have been characterized by calorimetric measurements of specific loss power (SLP)

  19. Raman study of thermochromic phase transition in tungsten trioxide nanowires

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    Lu, Dong Yu; Chen, Jian; Chen, Huan Jun; Gong, Li; Deng, Shao Zhi; Xu, Ning Sheng; Liu, Yu Long

    2007-01-01

    Tungsten trioxide (WO3) nanowires were synthesized by thermal evaporation of tungsten powder in two steps: tungsten suboxide (WO3-x) nanowires were synthesized, and then oxidized in O2 ambient and transformed into WO3 nanowires. Raman spectroscopy was applied to study the thermochromic phase transition of one-dimensional WO3 nanowires. From the temperature dependence of the characteristic mode at 33cm-1 in WO3, the phase transition temperature was determined. It was found that the phase transition of WO3 nanowires was reversible and the phase transition temperatures were even lower than that of WO3 nanopowder.

  20. The seeded growth of graphene

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    Lee, Jae-Kap; Lee, Sohyung; Kim, Yong-Il; Kim, Jin-Gyu; Min, Bong-Ki; Lee, Kyung-Il; Park, Yeseul; John, Phillip

    2014-01-01

    In this paper, we demonstrate the seeded growth of graphene under a plasma chemical vapor deposition condition. First, we fabricate graphene nanopowders (~5 nm) by ball-milling commercial multi-wall carbon nanotubes. The graphene nanoparticles were subsequently subject to a direct current plasma generated in a 100 Torr 10%CH4 - 90%H2 gas mixture. The plasma growth enlarged, over one hour, the nuclei to graphene sheets larger than one hundred nm2 in area. Characterization by electron and X-ray diffraction, high-resolution transmission electron microscopy images provide evidence for the presence of monolayer graphene sheets. PMID:25022816

  1. The influence of restricted geometry of diamagnetic nanoporous media on 3He relaxation

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    Alakshin, E. M.; Gazizulin, R. R.; Zakharov, M. Yu.; Klochkov, A. V.; Morozov, E. V.; Salikhov, T. M.; Safin, T. R.; Safiullin, K. R.; Tagirov, M. S.; Shabanova, O. B.

    2015-01-01

    This is an experimental study of the spin kinetics of 3He in contact with diamagnetic samples of inverse opals SiO2, and LaF3 nanopowder. It is demonstrated that the nuclear magnetic relaxation of the absorbed 3He occurs due to the modulation of dipole-dipole interaction by the quantum motion in the two-dimensional film. It is found that the relaxation of liquid 3He occurs through a spin diffusion to the absorption layer, and that the restricted geometry of diamagnetic nanoporous media has an influence on the 3He relaxation.

  2. Formation of SiC nanoparticles in an atmospheric microwave plasma

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    Vennekamp, Martin; Bauer, Ingolf; Groh, Matthias; Sperling, Evgeni; Ueberlein, Susanne; Myndyk, Maksym; Mäder, Gerrit

    2011-01-01

    Summary We describe the formation of SiC nanopowder using an atmospheric argon microwave plasma with tetramethylsilane (TMS) as precursor. The impact of several process conditions on the particle size of the product is experimentally investigated. Particles with sizes ranging from 7 nm to about 20 nm according to BET and XRD measurements are produced. The dependency of the particle size on the process parameters is evaluated statistically and explained with growth-rate equations derived from the theory of Ostwald ripening. The results show that the particle size is mainly influenced by the concentration of the precursor material in the plasma. PMID:22043455

  3. Effect of High Pressure Sintering Temperature on the Properties of - and Nanocrystalline Materials Based on SiC

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    Urbanovich, V. S.; Shatilina, A. M.; Klimczik, P.; Jaworska, L.; Matovic, B.; Boskovic, S.; Sudnik, L. V.; Niss, V. S.

    2013-05-01

    Density, microstructure and microhardness have been investigated for samples, sintered from submicro-α-SiC and micro-SiC powders as well as their mixtures with addition of 50 vol.% α-Si3N4 nanopowder in the temperature interval 1500-2000 °C under pressure of 4 GPa. The dispersed silicon carbide submicron powder and the composite of submicro-SiC/nano-Si3N4 powder mixture have the most homogeneous microstructure and the higher hardness (respectively, up to 24 GPa and 22 GPa).

  4. Synthesis, morphology and optical properties of LaFeO{sub 3} nanospheres

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    Kumar, R. Dhinesh; Jayavel, R.

    2014-04-24

    LaFeO{sub 3} nanospheres have been successively synthesized via hydrothermal method. Structural, morphological and optical properties of the prepared nanopowder were analyzed by powder X-ray diffraction (XRD), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and UV–Vis absorption spectroscopy. The UV–Vis shows strong absorption at 475 nm which has excellent visible light absorption ability. Band gap energy of the prepared nanosphere was found to be 2.60 eV. The results indicate that the LaFeO{sub 3} nanospheres prepared by this method could be a kind of photocatalytic material.

  5. Re3+ : YAG laser ceramics: synthesis, optical properties and laser characteristics

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    Bagayev, S. N.; Osipov, V. V.; Vatnik, S. M.; Shitov, V. A.; Shteinberg, I. Sh; Vedin, I. A.; Kurbatov, P. F.; Luk'yashin, K. E.; Maksimov, R. N.; Solomonov, V. I.; Tverdokhleb, P. E.

    2015-05-01

    Highly transparent yttrium aluminium garnet ceramics doped with holmium or ytterbium or neodymium are synthesised. The ceramics were made of a mixture of nanopowders synthesised by laser ablation. The structural and spectral characteristics of ceramics are studied. In the samples with holmium Ho3+ and neodymium Nd3+ ions, lasing was achieved with a slope efficiency of 40% and 35.3%, respectively; the maximum laser power exceeded 4 W. The internal absorption and scattering losses for 1% Nd : YAG ceramics are estimated to be 1.6 × 10-2 cm-1.

  6. Effect of Ce concentration on luminescence properties of Gd3Ga3Al2O12:Ce nanocrystals

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    Singh, K. V.; Singh, J. P.; Shinde, S.; Singh, A. K.; Tyagi, M.

    2016-05-01

    Gd3Ga3Al2O12 (GGAG) polycrystalline nano-powders doped with different Ce concentrations were prepared by a co-precipitation method followed by heat treatment at 1000°C for 24 h in air and Ar ambient. Structural and morphological studies show that the synthesized powder is pure phase having nanometer (30-50 nm) particle size. Luminescence studies carried out using UV and X-ray excitations revealed a decrease in the luminescence intensity for a Ce concentration greater than 0.5 mol% due to the concentration quenching.

  7. Synthesis dependent characteristics of Sr{sub 1-x}Mn{sub x}TiO{sub 3} (x=0.03, 0.05, 0.07 and 0.09)

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    Preethi Meher, K.R.S.; Bogicevic, Christine; Janolin, Pierre-Eymeric; Varma, K.B.R.

    2012-08-15

    Sr{sub 1-x}Mn{sub x}TiO{sub 3} (where x=0.03, 0.05, 0.07 and 0.09) was synthesized via different routes that include solid-state, oxalate precipitation and freeze drying. In oxalate precipitation technique, compositions corresponding to 3 and 5 mol% doping of Mn were monophasic whereas the higher compositions revealed the presence of the secondary phases such as MnO, Mn{sub 3}O{sub 4} etc., as confirmed by high resolution X-ray diffraction (XRD) studies. The decomposition behavior of the precursors prepared using oxalate precipitation method corresponding to the above mentioned compositions was studied. Nanopowders of compositions pertaining to 5 to 9 mol% of Mn doping were obtained using freeze-drying technique. The average crystallite size of these nanopowders was found to be in the 35 to 65 nm range. The microstructural studies carried out on the sintered ceramics, fabricated using powders synthesized by different routes established the fine grained nature (<1 {mu}m) of the one obtained by freeze drying method. Raman scattering studies were carried out in order to complement the observations made from XRD regarding the phase purity. The dielectric properties of the ceramics obtained by different synthesis routes were studied in the 80-300 K temperature range at 100 kHz and the effect of grain size has been discussed. - Graphical abstract: XRD patterns of Sr{sub 1-x}Mn{sub x}TiO{sub 3} (x=0.03 and 0.05) obtained by oxalate precipitation technique along with that of the nanopowders for x=0.05, 0.07 and 0.09 obtained by freeze drying method, microstructural characterization and synthesis dependent dielectric behavior. Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Monophasic samples obtained for compositions Sr{sub 1-x}Mn{sub x}TiO{sub 3} with x=0.03 and 0.05. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Nanopowders of Sr{sub 1-x}Mn{sub x}TiO{sub 3} with x=0.05, 0.07 and 0.09 were synthesized by freeze-drying method. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Phase purity of samples synthesized using

  8. A novel route for processing cobalt–chromium–molybdenum orthopaedic alloys

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    Patel, Bhairav; Inam, Fawad; Reece, Mike; Edirisinghe, Mohan; Bonfield, William; Huang, Jie; Angadji, Arash

    2010-01-01

    Spark plasma sintering has been used for the first time to prepare the ASTM F75 cobalt–chromium–molybdenum (Co–Cr–Mo) orthopaedic alloy composition using nanopowders. In the preliminary work presented in this report, the effect of processing variables on the structural features of the alloy (phases present, grain size and microstructure) has been investigated. Specimens of greater than 99.5 per cent theoretical density were obtained. Carbide phases were not detected in the microstructure but oxides were present. However, harder materials with finer grains were produced, compared with the commonly used cast/wrought processing methods, probably because of the presence of oxides in the microstructure. PMID:20200035

  9. Crystal structure and luminescent properties of nanocrystalline YAG and YAG:Nd synthesized by sol-gel method

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    Zhydachevskii, Ya.; Syvorotka, I. I.; Vasylechko, L.; Sugak, D.; Borshchyshyn, I. D.; Luchechko, A. P.; Vakhula, Ya. I.; Ubizskii, S. B.; Vakiv, M. M.; Suchocki, A.

    2012-10-01

    The work describes results of synthesis of undoped and Nd-doped YAG nanopowders by sol-gel method using different complexing agents (ethylene glycol and citric acid) and characterization of the material by X-ray powder diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, photoluminescence and thermoluminescence techniques. Utilization of citrate sol-gel procedure using yttrium and aluminum nitrate nonahydrates as starting substances allowed to obtain highly stoichiometric and non-defected YAG and YAG:Nd nanocrystalline samples with good luminescence performance and low radiation storage efficiency.

  10. Nano powders, components and coatings by plasma technique

    DOEpatents

    McKechnie, Timothy N.; Antony, Leo V. M.; O'Dell, Scott; Power, Chris; Tabor, Terry

    2009-11-10

    Ultra fine and nanometer powders and a method of producing same are provided, preferably refractory metal and ceramic nanopowders. When certain precursors are injected into the plasma flame in a reactor chamber, the materials are heated, melted and vaporized and the chemical reaction is induced in the vapor phase. The vapor phase is quenched rapidly to solid phase to yield the ultra pure, ultra fine and nano product. With this technique, powders have been made 20 nanometers in size in a system capable of a bulk production rate of more than 10 lbs/hr. The process is particularly applicable to tungsten, molybdenum, rhenium, tungsten carbide, molybdenum carbide and other related materials.

  11. Nano powders, components and coatings by plasma technique

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    McKechnie, Timothy N. (Inventor); Antony, Leo V. M. (Inventor); O'Dell, Scott (Inventor); Power, Chris (Inventor); Tabor, Terry (Inventor)

    2009-01-01

    Ultra fine and nanometer powders and a method of producing same are provided, preferably refractory metal and ceramic nanopowders. When certain precursors are injected into the plasma flame in a reactor chamber, the materials are heated, melted and vaporized and the chemical reaction is induced in the vapor phase. The vapor phase is quenched rapidly to solid phase to yield the ultra pure, ultra fine and nano product. With this technique, powders have been made 20 nanometers in size in a system capable of a bulk production rate of more than 10 lbs/hr. The process is particularly applicable to tungsten, molybdenum, rhenium, tungsten carbide, molybdenum carbide and other related materials.

  12. Spray drying for processing of nanomaterials

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    Sæderup Lindeløv, Jesper; Wahlberg, Michael

    2009-05-01

    Consolidation of nano-particles into micron-sized granules reduces the potential risks associated with handling nano-powders in dry form. Spray drying is a one step granulation technique which can be designed for safe production of free flowing low dusty granules from suspensions of nano-particles. Spray dried granules are well suited for subsequent processing into final products where the superior properties given by the nano-particles are retained. A spray drier with bag filters inside the drying chamber and recycling of drying gas combined with containment valves are proposed as a safe process for granulation of potential hazardous nano-particles.

  13. [Photoluminescence properties of nanocrystalline A3(VO4)2:Eu(A = Mg, Ca, Sr and Ba)].

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    Fu, Xiao-yan; Niu, Shu-yun; Zhang, Hong-wu; Xin, Qin

    2006-01-01

    A series of europium doped alkali earth orthovanadates were prepared by Pechini-type sol-gel. The powders were characterized by transmission electron microscopy (TEM), infrared spectrum (IR) and photoluminescence (PL). The results of TEM show that high-quality nanopowders with controlled particle size about 50 nm were prepared. The relation between alkali earth ions and luminescence properties was observed from the results of luminescence spectra. Due to the similar ion radius of Ca2+ ions and Eu3+ ions, Ca3 (VO4 )2:Eu powders exhibit the strongest emission intensity among the four kind of phosphors. PMID:16827335

  14. Nanostructured lead sulfide: synthesis, structure and properties

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    Sadovnikov, S. I.; Gusev, A. I.; Rempel, A. A.

    2016-07-01

    The theoretical and experimental results of recent studies dealing with nanostructured lead sulfide are summarized and analyzed. The key methods for the synthesis of nanostructured lead sulfide are described. The crystal structure of PbS in nanopowders and nanofilms is discussed. The influence of the size of nanostructure elements on the optical and thermal properties of lead sulfide is considered. The dependence of the band gap of PbS on the nanoparticle (crystallite) size for powders and films is illustrated. The bibliography includes 222 references.

  15. Biomechanical characteristics of polymeric UHMWPE composites with hybrid matrix and dispersed fillers

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    Panin, Sergey; Kornienko, Lyudmila; Shilko, Sergey; Thuc, Nguyen Xuan; Korchagin, Mikhail; Chaikina, Marina

    2015-11-01

    In order to develop artificial joint implants some biomechanical properties of composites with UHMWPE and hybrid (polymer-polymeric) "UHMWPE+PTFE" matrix with dispersed fillers were studied. A comparative analysis of the effectiveness of adding hydroxyapatite micron- and nanopowders as a biocompatible filler was carried out. It was shown that under dry sliding friction the wear rate of nanocomposites with the hybrid matrix is lower as compared with composites with the non-hybrid one. Mechanical activation of components further enhances the durability of nano- and microcomposites to almost double it without any significant reduction in the strength characteristics.

  16. [Influence of nanosize particles of cobalt ferrite on contractile responses of smooth muscle segment of airways].

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    Kapilevich, L V; Zaĭtseva, T N; Nosarev, A V; D'iakova, E Iu; Petlina, Z R; Ogorodova, L M; Ageev, B G; Magaeva, A A; Itin, V I; Terekhova, O G; Medvedev, M A

    2012-02-01

    Contractile responses of airways segments of porpoises inhaling nanopowder CoFe2O4 were stidued by means of a mechanographic method. Inhalation of the nanosize particles of CoFe2O4 in vivo and in vitro testing the nanomaterial on isolated smooth muscles led to potentiation histaminergic, cholinergic contractile activity in airways of porpoises and to strengthening of adrenergic relaxing answers. Nanosize particles vary amplitude of hyperpotassium reductions in smooth muscle segments of airways similarly to the effect of depolymerizing drug colchicine. PMID:22650066

  17. Nano-CuFe2O4 as a magnetically separable and reusable catalyst for the synthesis of diaryl/aryl alkyl sulfides via cross-coupling process under ligand-free conditions.

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    Swapna, Kokkirala; Murthy, Sabbavarapu Narayana; Jyothi, Mocharla Tarani; Nageswar, Yadavalli Venkata Durga

    2011-09-01

    An efficient protocol was developed for the CuFe(2)O(4) nanopowder-catalyzed aryl-sulfur bond formation between aryl halide and thiol/disulfide. A variety of aryl sulfides were synthesized in impressive yields with good chemoselectivity and functional group tolerance in the presence of a catalytic amount of CuFe(2)O(4), Cs(2)CO(3) as base, in nitrogen atmosphere, under ligand-free conditions, in DMSO as solvent at 100 °C. The catalyst is air-stable, inexpensive, magnetically separable and recyclable up to four cycles. PMID:21769376

  18. Nanocomposite scintillator, detector, and method

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    Cooke, D. Wayne; McKigney, Edward A.; Muenchausen, Ross E.; Bennett, Bryan L.

    2009-04-28

    A compact includes a mixture of a solid binder and at least one nanopowder phosphor chosen from yttrium oxide, yttrium tantalate, barium fluoride, cesium fluoride, bismuth germanate, zinc gallate, calcium magnesium pyrosilicate, calcium molybdate, calcium chlorovanadate, barium titanium pyrophosphate, a metal tungstate, a cerium doped nanophosphor, a bismuth doped nanophosphor, a lead doped nanophosphor, a thallium doped sodium iodide, a doped cesium iodide, a rare earth doped pyrosilicate, or a lanthanide halide. The compact can be used in a radiation detector for detecting ionizing radiation.

  19. Control of Particle Size and Morphology of Cobalt-Ferrite Nanoparticles by Salt-Matrix during Annealing

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    Azizi, A.; Sadrnezhaad, S. K.; Mostafavi, M.

    Salt-matrix annealing of mechanically alloyed Co-ferrite nanopowder was used to modify its particle size and morphology. Efficiency improvement due to suppression of sintering and growth resulted in reduction of average particle size from 100nm for salt-less to 40nm for salt-full annealing procedure. Nanosized single-phase cobalt-ferrite particles were observed after 2h annealing at 750°C in the samples milled for 20 hours both with and without NaCl. NaCl:CoFe2O4 ratio of 10:1 resulted in cabbage-like clusters containing particles smaller than 50 nm.

  20. Hydrothermal synthesis of Fe-doped TiO2 nanostructure photocatalyst

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    Nghia Nguyen, Van; Khoa Truong Nguyen, Ngoc; Nguyen, Phi Hung

    2011-09-01

    Fe-doped TiO2 catalyst was prepared by the hydrothermal method. The resulting nanopowders were characterized by x-ray diffraction, transmission electron microscopy and Raman and UV-visible spectroscopies. The photocatalytic activity of the Fe-doped TiO2 was tested by decomposition of methylene orange with a concentration of 10 mg l‑1 in aqueous solution. The obtained results showed that methylene orange was significantly degraded after irradiation for 90 min under a halogen lamp and sunlight. The doping effect on the photocatalytic activity of the iron-doped catalyst samples are discussed.

  1. Structures Formation on the Y-TZP-AI2O3 Ceramic Composites Surface

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    Kulkov, Sergei; Sevostyanova, Irina; Sablina, Tatiana; Buyakova, Svetlana; Pshenichnyy, Artem; Savchenko, Nickolai

    2016-07-01

    The paper discusses the structure of Y-TZP-Al2O3 ceramics produced from nanopowders and friction surface, wear resistance, friction coefficient of Y-TZP-AEO3 composites rubbed against a steel disk counterface at a pressure of 5 MPa in a range of sliding speeds from 0.2 to 47 m/s. Analysis by X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy showed that the high wear resistance of Y-TZP-Al2O3 composites at high sliding speeds is due to high-temperature phase transitions and protective film formation on the friction surface.

  2. Phase composition and some properties of titanium carbonitride-titanium nickelide alloys with Al2O3 nanoparticles

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    Ermakov, A. N.; Misharina, I. V.; Grigorov, I. G.; Pushin, V. G.; Zainulin, Yu. G.

    2009-02-01

    The phase formation in and the microstructure of titanium carbonitride-titanium nickelide alloys with aluminum oxide Al2O3 nanopowder additions are studied by X-ray diffraction, electron-microscopic, and electron-probe microanalyses. The phase interaction is characterized by the redistribution of nonmetallic elements and aluminum between refractory and binding phases with the formation of a nonstoichiometric titanium-aluminum (Ti,Al)(C,N) carbonitride and a titanium-aluminum nickelide. The number of forming phases and their compositions are controlled by the kinetic parameters of the process.

  3. Investigation of lasing characteristics of domestic Yb : YAG laser ceramics

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    Snetkov, I. L.; Palashov, O. V.; Osipov, V. V.; Mukhin, I. B.; Maksimov, R. N.; Shitov, V. A.; Luk'yashin, K. E.

    2016-07-01

    We report on the synthesis and laser characteristics of Yb3+-doped yttrium aluminium garnet (Y3Al5O12) optical ceramics. The ceramics was produced by solid-phase reactive sintering of a mixture of Yb (5 at %) : Y2O3 and Al2O3 nanopowders synthesised by laser ablation, using additional calcination of the mixture before compaction. In a thin disk geometry, multiwatt laser oscillation was obtained at a wavelength of 1030 nm with a power of 5.2 W and a slope efficiency of 37.0% at a pump pulse period-toduration ratio of 5.72.

  4. Rapid synthesis of tin (IV) oxide nanoparticles by microwave induced thermohydrolysis

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    Jouhannaud, J. Rossignol, J.; Stuerga, D.

    2008-06-15

    Tin oxide nanopowders, with an average size of 5 nm, were prepared by microwave flash synthesis. Flash synthesis was performed in aqueous solutions of tin tetrachloride and hydrochloric acid using a microwave autoclave (RAMO system) specially designed by the authors. Energy dispersive X-ray analysis (EDX), X-ray powder diffraction (XRD), Brunauer-Emmett-Teller (BET) surface area analysis, nitrogen adsorption isotherm analysis, differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), thermogravimetric analysis (TGA), Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy, and transmission electron microscopy (TEM), were used to characterize these nanoparticles. Compared with conventional synthesis, nanopowders can be produced in a short period (e.g. 60 s). In addition, high purity and high specific surface area are obtained. These characteristics are fundamental for gas sensing applications. - Graphical abstract: Tin oxide-based gas sensors have been extensively studied in recent years in order to understand and improve their sensing properties to a large variety of gaseous species. As is well known, high specific surface area increase the responses of gas sensors. Microwave-induced thermohydrolysis appears as an efficient way to produce nanoparticles in a very short time, with controlled size (4-5 nm) and high-specific area (160-190 m{sup 2} g{sup -1}). Pictogram represents our original microwave reactor, the RAMO (French acronym of Reacteur Autoclave Micro-Onde), containing the reactants and submitted to the microwave irradiation (multicolour candy represent obtained material), and a typical TEM image of the as-prepared SnO{sub 2} nanoparticles.

  5. Biodegradable nanocomposite magnetite stent for implant-assisted magnetic drug targeting

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    Mangual, Jan O.; Li, Shigeng; Ploehn, Harry J.; Ebner, Armin D.; Ritter, James A.

    2010-10-01

    This study shows, for the first time, the fabrication of a biodegradable polymer nanocomposite magnetic stent and the feasibility of its use in implant-assisted-magnetic drug targeting (IA-MDT). The nanocomposite magnetic stent was made from PLGA, a biodegradable copolymer, and iron oxide nanopowder via melt mixing and extrusion into fibers. Degradation and dynamic mechanical thermal analyses showed that the addition of the iron oxide nanopowder increased the polymer's glass transition temperature ( Tg) and its modulus but had no notable effect on its degradation rate in PBS buffer solution. IA-MDT in vitro experiments were carried out with the nanocomposite magnetic fiber molded into a stent coil. These stent prototypes were used in the presence of a homogeneous magnetic field of 0.3 T to capture 100 nm magnetic drug carrier particles (MDCPs) from an aqueous solution. Increasing the amount of magnetite in the stent nanocomposite (0, 10 and 40 w/w%) resulted in an increase in the MDCP capture efficiency (CE). Reducing the MDCP concentrations (0.75 and 1.5 mg/mL) in the flowing fluid and increasing the fluid velocities (20 and 40 mL/min) both resulted in decrease in the MDCP CE. These results show that the particle capture performance of PLGA-based, magnetic nanocomposite stents are similar to those exhibited by a variety of different non-polymeric magnetic stent materials studied previously.

  6. Synthesis dependent characteristics of Sr1-xMnxTiO3 (x=0.03, 0.05, 0.07 and 0.09)

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    Preethi Meher, K. R. S.; Bogicevic, Christine; Janolin, Pierre-Eymeric; Varma, K. B. R.

    2012-08-01

    Sr1-xMnxTiO3 (where x=0.03, 0.05, 0.07 and 0.09) was synthesized via different routes that include solid-state, oxalate precipitation and freeze drying. In oxalate precipitation technique, compositions corresponding to 3 and 5 mol% doping of Mn were monophasic whereas the higher compositions revealed the presence of the secondary phases such as MnO, Mn3O4 etc., as confirmed by high resolution X-ray diffraction (XRD) studies. The decomposition behavior of the precursors prepared using oxalate precipitation method corresponding to the above mentioned compositions was studied. Nanopowders of compositions pertaining to 5 to 9 mol% of Mn doping were obtained using freeze-drying technique. The average crystallite size of these nanopowders was found to be in the 35 to 65 nm range. The microstructural studies carried out on the sintered ceramics, fabricated using powders synthesized by different routes established the fine grained nature (<1 μm) of the one obtained by freeze drying method. Raman scattering studies were carried out in order to complement the observations made from XRD regarding the phase purity. The dielectric properties of the ceramics obtained by different synthesis routes were studied in the 80-300 K temperature range at 100 kHz and the effect of grain size has been discussed.

  7. Origin of spin-glass and exchange bias in La1/3Sr2/3FeO3-γ nanoparticles

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    da Silva, R. B.; de Araújo, J. H.; Soares, J. M.; Machado, F. L. A.

    2014-03-01

    The structure and the magnetic properties of nanopowdered samples of La1/3Sr2/3FeO3-γ with average particles size d in the range of 67-367 nm prepared by a sol-gel method were investigated in detail. The samples were characterized by X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, specific heat, Mössbauer spectroscopy, ac susceptibility, and magnetization measurements. Exchange bias with vertical magnetization shift was found in all samples. Charge ordering and antiferromagnetism were observed close to 200 K for large particles (d ≥ 304 nm) samples, while for particles with intermediated and smaller values (d ≤ 156 nm) a cluster-glass like behaviour and a short range charge ordering were seen near 115 K and 200 K, respectively. The spin-glass like and exchange bias behaviour in nanopowdered samples of La1/3Sr2/3FeO3-γ are associated to compact Fe3+ antiferromagnetic (AF) clusters caused by an oxygen deficiency, which was found to be higher in the samples with the smallest average particles sizes. The effect of exchange bias and vertical magnetization shifts are explained by a simple model involving the interaction of one AF phase with a canted AF phase.

  8. Tuning the thermal diffusivity of silver based nanofluids by controlling nanoparticle aggregation.

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    Agresti, Filippo; Barison, Simona; Battiston, Simone; Pagura, Cesare; Colla, Laura; Fedele, Laura; Fabrizio, Monica

    2013-09-13

    With the aim of preparing stable nanofluids for heat exchange applications and to study the effect of surfactant on the aggregation of nanoparticles and thermal diffusivity, stable silver colloids were synthesized in water by a green method, reducing AgNO₃ with fructose in the presence of poly-vinylpyrollidone (PVP) of various molecular weights. A silver nanopowder was precipitated from the colloids and re-dispersed at 4 vol% in deionized water. The Ag colloids were characterized by UV-visible spectroscopy, combined dynamic light scattering and ζ-potential measurements, and laser flash thermal diffusivity. The Ag nanopowders were characterized by scanning electron microscopy and thermal gravimetric analysis. It was found that the molecular weight of PVP strongly affects the ζ-potential and the aggregation of nanoparticles, thereby affecting the thermal diffusivity of the obtained colloids. In particular, it was observed that on increasing the molecular weight of PVP the absolute value of the ζ-potential is reduced, leading to increased aggregation of nanoparticles. A clear relation was identified between thermal diffusivity and aggregation, showing higher thermal diffusivity for nanofluids having higher aggregation. A maximum improvement of thermal diffusivity by about 12% was found for nanofluids prepared with PVP having higher molecular weight. PMID:23942258

  9. Magnetic studies of cobalt doped barium hexaferrite nanoparticles prepared by modified sol-gel method

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    Shalini, M. Govindaraj; Sahoo, Subasa C.

    2016-05-01

    M-type barium hexaferrite (BaFe12O19) and cobalt doped barium hexaferrite (BaFe11CoO19) nanopowders were synthesized by modified sol-gel auto-combustion technique and were annealed at 900°C in air for 4 hours. The annealed powders were studied in the present work and X-ray diffraction studies showed pure phase formation after annealing. The average grain size in the nanopowder sample was decreased after doping. Magnetization value of 60 emu/g was observed at 300K for the barium hexaferrite and was reduced to 54 emu/g after doping. The coercivity of 5586 Oe was observed at 300K for the undoped sample and was found to be decreased in the doped sample. As the measurement temperature was decreased from 300K to 60K, magnetization value was increased in both the samples compared to those at 300K. The coercivity of the undoped sample was found to decrease whereas it was increased for the doped sample at 60K. The observed magnetic properties may be understood on the basis of modified exchange interaction and anisotropy in the doped sample compared to that of pure barium hexaferrite.

  10. Origin of spin-glass and exchange bias in La{sub 1∕3}Sr{sub 2∕3}FeO{sub 3−γ} nanoparticles

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    Silva, R. B. da; Araújo, J. H. de; Soares, J. M.; Machado, F. L. A.

    2014-03-21

    The structure and the magnetic properties of nanopowdered samples of La{sub 1∕3}Sr{sub 2∕3}FeO{sub 3−γ} with average particles size d in the range of 67-367 nm prepared by a sol-gel method were investigated in detail. The samples were characterized by X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, specific heat, Mössbauer spectroscopy, ac susceptibility, and magnetization measurements. Exchange bias with vertical magnetization shift was found in all samples. Charge ordering and antiferromagnetism were observed close to 200 K for large particles (d ≥ 304 nm) samples, while for particles with intermediated and smaller values (d ≤ 156 nm) a cluster-glass like behaviour and a short range charge ordering were seen near 115 K and 200 K, respectively. The spin-glass like and exchange bias behaviour in nanopowdered samples of La{sub 1∕3}Sr{sub 2∕3}FeO{sub 3−γ} are associated to compact Fe{sup 3+} antiferromagnetic (AF) clusters caused by an oxygen deficiency, which was found to be higher in the samples with the smallest average particles sizes. The effect of exchange bias and vertical magnetization shifts are explained by a simple model involving the interaction of one AF phase with a canted AF phase.

  11. Tuning the thermal diffusivity of silver based nanofluids by controlling nanoparticle aggregation

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    Agresti, Filippo; Barison, Simona; Battiston, Simone; Pagura, Cesare; Colla, Laura; Fedele, Laura; Fabrizio, Monica

    2013-09-01

    With the aim of preparing stable nanofluids for heat exchange applications and to study the effect of surfactant on the aggregation of nanoparticles and thermal diffusivity, stable silver colloids were synthesized in water by a green method, reducing AgNO3 with fructose in the presence of poly-vinylpyrollidone (PVP) of various molecular weights. A silver nanopowder was precipitated from the colloids and re-dispersed at 4 vol% in deionized water. The Ag colloids were characterized by UV-visible spectroscopy, combined dynamic light scattering and ζ-potential measurements, and laser flash thermal diffusivity. The Ag nanopowders were characterized by scanning electron microscopy and thermal gravimetric analysis. It was found that the molecular weight of PVP strongly affects the ζ-potential and the aggregation of nanoparticles, thereby affecting the thermal diffusivity of the obtained colloids. In particular, it was observed that on increasing the molecular weight of PVP the absolute value of the ζ-potential is reduced, leading to increased aggregation of nanoparticles. A clear relation was identified between thermal diffusivity and aggregation, showing higher thermal diffusivity for nanofluids having higher aggregation. A maximum improvement of thermal diffusivity by about 12% was found for nanofluids prepared with PVP having higher molecular weight.

  12. Characterization of nanocrystalline CuCo2O4 spinel prepared by sol-gel technique applicable to the SOFC interconnect coating

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    Paknahad, Pouyan; Askari, Masoud; Ghorbanzadeh, Milad

    2015-05-01

    CuCo2O4 spinel nanopowders were synthesized by sol-gel method. The optimal values of pH and molar ratio of citric acid to metal ions (RC), and the influence of the calcination temperature and time were investigated. As-prepared materials were characterized by XRD, TGA, DSC, FE-SEM and electrical and coefficient of thermal expansion (CTE) measurements. It was found that pH = 4.5 and RC = 1 are the optimum conditions to produce pure CuCo2O4 nanopowders. The electrical conductivity was increased remarkably from 15.2 to 27.5 S cm-1 with an increase in temperature from 500 to 800 °C. Over the temperature range of 25-800 °C, the CTE of CuCo2O4 was 11.4 × 10-6 K-1 which is very close to the CTE of ferritic stainless steel (~12 × 10-6 K-1) used as solid oxide fuel cell interconnect.

  13. Applying Nanoscale Kirkendall Diffusion for Template-Free, Kilogram-Scale Production of SnO2 Hollow Nanospheres via Spray Drying System

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    Cho, Jung Sang; Ju, Hyeon Seok; Kang, Yun Chan

    2016-01-01

    A commercially applicable and simple process for the preparation of aggregation-free metal oxide hollow nanospheres is developed by applying nanoscale Kirkendall diffusion to a large-scale spray drying process. The precursor powders prepared by spray drying are transformed into homogeneous metal oxide hollow nanospheres through a simple post-treatment process. Aggregation-free SnO2 hollow nanospheres are selected as the first target material for lithium ion storage applications. Amorphous carbon microspheres with uniformly dispersed Sn metal nanopowder are prepared in the first step of the post-treatment process under a reducing atmosphere. The post-treatment of the Sn-C composite powder at 500 °C under an air atmosphere produces carbon- and aggregation-free SnO2 hollow nanospheres through nanoscale Kirkendall diffusion. The hollow and filled SnO2 nanopowders exhibit different cycling performances, with their discharge capacities after 300 cycles being 643 and 280 mA h g−1, respectively, at a current density of 2 A g−1. The SnO2 hollow nanospheres with high structural stability exhibit superior cycling and rate performances for lithium ion storage compared to the filled ones. PMID:27033088

  14. TEM and XPS studies on the faceted nanocrystals of Ce{sub 0.8}Zr{sub 0.2}O{sub 2}

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    Prusty, Debadutta; Pathak, Abhishek; Mukherjee, Manabendra; Mukherjee, Bratindranath; Chowdhury, Anirban

    2015-02-15

    Faceted nanocrystals of Ce{sub 0.8}Zr{sub 0.2}O{sub 2} synthesised by co-precipitation method were characterised by X-ray diffraction, high-resolution transmission electron microscopy, thermogravimetry–differential scanning calorimetry and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy techniques. The nanocrystals were highly faceted and exhibited a cubic phase. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy analyses confirmed the presence of vacancy related defects and revealed the presence of ~ 22% of Ce{sup 3} {sup +} in the nanopowders. High-resolution transmission electron microscopy results confirmed that the nanocrystal sizes are around 31 ± 5 nm and the obtained hexagonal cross-section shape is bound by hexagonal (111) and square (100) facets. The shape-controlled nanocrystals were synthesised without using any surfactants or complexing agents and retained their morphology beyond 800 °C. This is a simple and easy method for producing shape-controlled Ce{sub 0.8}Zr{sub 0.2}O{sub 2} nanoparticles which can be used for catalytic conversion and other related advanced technological areas. - Graphical abstract: Display Omitted - Highlights: • Synthesis of Ce{sub 0.8}Zr{sub 0.2}O{sub 2} faceted nanocrystal of hexagonal morphology. • Nanopowders synthesised without any surfactant; retained morphology beyond 800 °C. • XPS analyses confirm the potential of these powders for catalytic applications.

  15. Photomelting and photofragmentation of silver nanoparticles suspended in ethanol

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    Ortega-Mendoza, J. G.; Hernández-Álvarez, C.; Padilla-Vivanco, A.; Toxqui-Quitl, C.; Zaca-Moran, P.; Chávez, F.; Goiz, O.

    2015-10-01

    An optical method to obtain a colloidal solution starting from a mixture of silver nanopowder and ethanol is presented. The particles of the silver nanopowder do not exhibit a specific shape, however in the colloidal solution are spherical. This method is carry out when the mixture is irradiated with a pulsed laser at 532 nm via optical fiber. Due to a stronger absorption of the laser light by silver nanoparticles arise both photofragmentation and photomelting processes. The photomelting process starts when the laser energy is 5 mJ/cm2, inducing an enlargement of nanoparticles whereas the photofragmentation occurs when the laser energy is 25 mJ/cm2 causing a reduction on their sizes (the higher energy is, the smaller nanoparticles are). Results show that it is possible to obtain a colloidal silver solution and to control the particle size by adjusting the laser energy. Experiments were performed at 5 and 25 mJ/cm2, and the results are presented.

  16. Synthesis and application of magnesium oxide nanospheres with high surface area

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    Hsiao, Chu-Yun; Li, Wei-Min; Tung, Kuo-Shin; Shih, Chuan-Feng

    2012-11-15

    Graphical abstract: Display Omitted Highlights: ► MgO nanospheres with high specific surface area synthesized by the polyol method. ► The BET specific surface area of nanopowders was 102 m{sup 2}/g by calcining at ∼250 °C. ► MgO nanospheres were applied to remove hexavalent chromium. -- Abstract: Magnesium oxide (MgO) nanospheres with a high specific surface area were synthesized by the polyol method. The BET specific surface area of the nanopowders was ∼90 m{sup 2}/g by adjusting the molar ratio of the precursor, the reaction time, and the washing solution. It was increased to 102 m{sup 2}/g by calcining at ∼250 °C. Scanning electron microscopic and transmission electron microscopic observations showed that the MgO nanospheres composed of highly folded flakes, which were responsible for the observed high surface area. The high BET characteristic of the MgO nanospheres can be applied to sintering of microwave ceramics at a reducing sintering temperature, uniformed grain size distribution, and high bulk density. Finally, their capacity to remove hexavalent chromium was presented.

  17. Quantum size effect on ZnO nanoparticle-based discs synthesized by mechanical milling

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    Sendi, Rabab Khalid; Mahmud, Shahrom

    2012-08-01

    Zinc oxide (ZnO) nanoparticles ranging ∼7-15 nm in size were successfully synthesized by the ball-milling technique. Mechanical milling was found very functional in producing ZnO nanoparticles with the possibility of obtaining large quantities. The milled nanoparticles were compared with commercial ZnO nanopowder. High-resolution scanning electron microscopy and atomic force microscopy analyses revealed a reduction in the lattice space and grain size with increased milling time, as well as severe lattice deformations in some of the nanoparticles. The milling process also had a significant effect on the grain crystallinity as illustrated by decreased lattice strain based on the X-ray diffraction lattice constant and full-wave at half-maximum data. The photoluminescence (PL) spectra of the ZnO powder showed a UV emission band at 380 nm with a visible PL emission in the green band peaking at 535 nm. The relative intensities of these peaks drastically changed with increased milling time due to the size quantization effect and surface defects (oxygen vacancies and zinc/oxygen interstitials) in the ZnO nanopowder. The Raman spectra of the ZnO powder indicated eight sets of optical phonon modes at the Γ point of the Brillouin zone, which red shifted and broadened with increased milling time. As the milling proceeded, clearly reduced grain size, homogenization, and other properties were observed.

  18. Adhesion and Water Repellent Properties Of Nascent Dammar—Silicone Thin Film: A Bio Mimicry Approach

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    Zakaria, R.; Ahmad, A. H.

    2009-06-01

    Dammar, a local plant resin (Dipterocaupacea sp) has been used in coating formulation to produce dammar-modified silicone resin. Dammar and silicone were mixed in various compositions and then were coated onto Aluminum Q-panel by using spin coating method and left to dry at room temperature. Adhesion property was investigated by using impact test and pull-off test. There were no significant damage and delaminations were observed at the panel coated with 15 wt.% of dammar that has undergone the impact test. Hence, the addition of more than 15 wt.% of dammar resulted in large delaminations and cracks on the coating materials. Results from pull off test also showed that 15 wt.% of dammar organic coating has strong adhesion, 108 Psi. It made 15 wt% as optimized composition. This optimized composition was added with nanopowder as rheological modifier or additive. Again the modified samples were undergone the impact and pull off test to study the effect of adhesiveness. Contact angle measurement of wettability test was also being carried out. The surface coated with dammar-silicone resin was found to be hydrophobic where the contact angle obtained was 70° for the sample containing 10 wt% of dammar. The additional of nanopowder into optimized composition exhibited more hydrophobic phenomenon which approached towards bio-mimicry behaviour, when water droplets simply rest on the surface without actually wetting the surface to any significant extent (hydrophobic) where the angle of wetting tests more than 90° have been achieved.

  19. Luminescence and scintillation properties of Lu3Al5O12 nanoceramics sintered by SPS method

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    Pejchal, Jan; Babin, Vladimir; Beitlerova, Alena; Kucerkova, Romana; Panek, Dalibor; Barta, Jan; Cuba, Vaclav; Yamaji, Akihiro; Kurosawa, Shunsuke; Mihokova, Eva; Ito, Akihiko; Goto, Takashi; Nikl, Martin; Yoshikawa, Akira

    2016-03-01

    Ce-doped lutetium aluminum garnet Lu3Al5O12 (LuAG) nanoceramics were fabricated at 1600 °C and 1700 °C by spark-plasma sintering (SPS) method from nano-powders prepared by radiation synthesis. Both undoped and Ce-doped LuAG ceramic samples were also prepared from the nano-powders at 1700 °C with significantly increased pre-heating rate. The backscattered electron images revealed large amount of pores in all the Ce-doped samples causing their significant opacity. On the other hand, very large grains and no pores were revealed in the undoped sample, which was the only transparent one. The radioluminescence measurements revealed superior overall scintillation efficiency of the samples sintered at the temperature 1700 °C, and their defect emission in the UV region was ascribed to oxygen-vacancy-related defects such as F+ centers. The photoluminescence decay of the defect emission was characterized by an extremely fast decay time of a few nanoseconds. Influence of sintering procedure and subsequent annealing on the luminescence and scintillation properties is discussed.

  20. Transformations in Sol-Gel Synthesized Nanoscale Hydroxyapatite Calcined Under Different Temperatures and Time Conditions

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    Seema, Kapoor; Uma, Batra; Suchita, Kohli

    2012-08-01

    Nano-hydroxyapatite (HAP) has been synthesized using sol-gel technique. Calcium nitrate tetrahydrate and potassium dihydrogen phosphate were used as precursors for calcium and phosphorus, respectively. A detailed study on its transformation during calcination at two crucial temperatures has been undertaken. The synthesized nanopowder was calcined at 600 and 800 °C for different time periods. The results revealed that the obtained powders after calcining at 600 and 800 °C are composed of hydroxyapatite nanoparticles. The nano-HAP powders were characterized by x-ray diffraction (XRD), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, thermal gravimetric analysis (TGA), and BET surface area analyzer techniques. The results indicate that crystallite size as well as crystallinity of synthesized HAP nanopowders increase with increase in calcination temperature as well as calcination time, but the effect of temperature is more prominent as compared to that of calcination time. TEM micrograph revealed the presence of majority of HAP powder particles as agglomerates and a few as individual particles. It also revealed that HAP produced after sintering at 600 °C is 26-45 nm in size, which is well in agreement with the crystallite size calculated using XRD data. TGA study showed the thermal stability of the as-synthesized nano-HAP powder. The BET surface area decreased with increase in calcination temperature and time. The results clearly demonstrate the significant role of calcination parameters on the characteristics of nano-HAP powders.

  1. Synthesis, characterization and mechanical properties of NiO - GDC20 (Ce0.8Gd0.2O1.9) nano composite anode for solid oxide fuel cells

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    Reddy, M. Narsimha; Rao, P. Vijaya Bhaskar; Sharma, R. K.

    2016-05-01

    In the present research work, X (NiO) +1-X(Ce0.8Gd0.2O1.9) where X = 30,40 and 45 wt% Nano Composite Anodes are synthesized for low temperature operating solid oxide fuel cells (SOFC). NiO and Ce0.8Gd0.2O1.9 (GDC20) are synthesized by sol-gel citrate method and the nanopowders of NiO, GDC20 were calcined from 650 °c to 750 °c. For anode materials, pelletized the nanocomposites of X(NiO)+ (1-X) GDC20 (X = 30,40,45 wt.%) and sintered at 1200 °c. systematic study of atomic structure, purity, phase and structural parameters such as Lattice parameters, crystallite size of as-synthesized nanopowders and anode materials were carried out by XRD and SEM. For mechanical strength, Vickers micro-hardness of anode composites were estimated and observed that micro-hardness of composites were increasing with NiO wt.% and the density of sintered samples, which is varying from 4.35 to 5.54 Gpa at 500g load.

  2. Fabrication of superhydrophobic surfaces based on ZnO-PDMS nanocomposite coatings and study of its wetting behaviour

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    Chakradhar, R. P. S.; Kumar, V. Dinesh; Rao, J. L.; Basu, Bharathibai J.

    2011-08-01

    Superhydrophobic surfaces based on ZnO-PDMS nanocomposite coatings are demonstrated by a simple, facile, time-saving, wet chemical route. ZnO nanopowders with average particle size of 14 nm were synthesized by a low temperature solution combustion method. Powder X-ray diffraction results confirm that the nanopowders exhibit hexagonal wurtzite structure and belong to space group P63 mc. Field emission scanning electron micrographs reveal that the nanoparticles are connected to each other to make large network systems consisting of hierarchical structure. The as formed ZnO coating exhibits wetting behaviour with Water Contact Angle (WCA) of ˜108°, however on modification with polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS), it transforms to superhydrophobic surface with measured contact and sliding angles for water at 155° and less than 5° respectively. The surface properties such as surface free energy ( γp), interfacial free energy ( γpw), and the adhesive work ( Wpw) were evaluated. Electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) studies on superhydrophobic coatings revealed that the surface defects play a major role on the wetting behaviour. Advantages of the present method include the cheap and fluorine-free raw materials, environmentally benign solvents, and feasibility for applying on large area of different substrates.

  3. Ultraviolet emission and Fano resonance in doped nano-alumina

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    Li, Bin; Oliveira, Samuel L.; Rand, Stephen C.; Azurdia, Jose A.; Hinklin, Tom R.; Marchal, Julien C.; Laine, Richard M.

    2007-03-01

    Emission properties of Al2O3 nanopowders, synthesized by flame spray pyrolysis with Mg, Cr, and Sc dopants, are investigated, principally in the protein lysing range of 250-290nm (UV-C band). As expected, point defect densities depend on crystal phase and irradiation history and strongly influence emission properties at short wavelengths. Ultraviolet and visible emission intensities of aggregated point defect centers change upon electron beam exposure at high current densities, but ultraviolet emission from point defects is persistently enhanced over a narrow range of Mg-doped Al2O3 compositions slightly off spinel stoichiometry. At 40% Mg concentration, emission intensities at 320nm rise by over an order of magnitude after beam exposure. Quantum efficiency for cathodoluminescence in the 250-300nm range nevertheless remains low. Point defect ionization at high currents shifts the emission of Al2O3 nanopowders to the infrared and is shown to be correlated with a ubiquitous Fano resonance in ionized Cr-vacancy complexes. This base line spectroscopy permits us to attribute the very high quantum efficiency of UV-C luminescence in annealed Sc3+:Al2O3 primarily to the formation of α-phase Al2O3.

  4. Luminescence studies and EPR investigation of solution combustion derived Eu doped ZnO

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    Jagannatha Reddy, A.; Kokila, M. K.; Nagabhushana, H.; Shivakumara, C.; Chakradhar, R. P. S.; Nagabhushana, B. M.; Hari Krishna, R.

    2014-11-01

    ZnO:Eu (0.1 mol%) nanopowders have been synthesized by auto ignition based low temperature solution combustion method. Powder X-ray diffraction (PXRD) patterns confirm the nanosized particles which exhibit hexagonal wurtzite structure. The crystallite size estimated from Scherrer's formula was found to be in the range 35-39 nm. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM) studies reveal particles are agglomerated with quasi-hexagonal morphology. A blue shift of absorption edge with increase in band gap is observed for Eu doped ZnO samples. Upon 254 nm excitation, ZnO:Eu nanopowders show peaks in regions blue (420-484 nm), green (528 nm) and red (600 nm) which corresponds to both Eu2+ and Eu3+ ions. The electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) spectrum exhibits a broad resonance signal at g = 4.195 which is attributed to Eu2+ ions. Further, EPR and thermoluminescence (TL) studies reveal presence of native defects in this phosphor. Using TL glow peaks the trap parameters have been evaluated and discussed.

  5. Luminescence studies and EPR investigation of solution combustion derived Eu doped ZnO.

    PubMed

    Jagannatha Reddy, A; Kokila, M K; Nagabhushana, H; Shivakumara, C; Chakradhar, R P S; Nagabhushana, B M; Hari Krishna, R

    2014-11-11

    ZnO:Eu (0.1 mol%) nanopowders have been synthesized by auto ignition based low temperature solution combustion method. Powder X-ray diffraction (PXRD) patterns confirm the nanosized particles which exhibit hexagonal wurtzite structure. The crystallite size estimated from Scherrer's formula was found to be in the range 35-39 nm. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM) studies reveal particles are agglomerated with quasi-hexagonal morphology. A blue shift of absorption edge with increase in band gap is observed for Eu doped ZnO samples. Upon 254 nm excitation, ZnO:Eu nanopowders show peaks in regions blue (420-484 nm), green (528 nm) and red (600 nm) which corresponds to both Eu2+ and Eu3+ ions. The electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) spectrum exhibits a broad resonance signal at g=4.195 which is attributed to Eu2+ ions. Further, EPR and thermoluminescence (TL) studies reveal presence of native defects in this phosphor. Using TL glow peaks the trap parameters have been evaluated and discussed. PMID:24878437

  6. In situ photo-assisted deposition of MoS₂ electrocatalyst onto zinc cadmium sulphide nanoparticle surfaces to construct an efficient photocatalyst for hydrogen generation.

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    Nguyen, Mai; Tran, Phong D; Pramana, Stevin S; Lee, Rui Lin; Batabyal, Sudip K; Mathews, Nripan; Wong, Lydia H; Graetzel, Michael

    2013-02-21

    We reported herein a facile and scalable preparation process for MoS(2)-decorated Zn(x)Cd(1-x)S hybrid photocatalysts for hydrogen generation. Zn(x)Cd(1-x)S nanopowder was first prepared from commercially available precursors employing a solution based process. MoS(2) hydrogen evolution reaction catalyst was then loaded onto the Zn(x)Cd(1-x)S nanopowder via a photo-assisted deposition process which employed mild conditions (room temperature, atmospheric pressure and visible light illumination). Thus, this process represents an important advantage in the large scale production of semiconductor/MoS(2) hybrid photocatalysts in comparison to the conventional method relying on thermal decomposition of (NH(4))(2)[MoS(4)] precursor at high temperature and under H(2)S pressure. The best Zn(0.2)Cd(0.8)S/MoS(2) 3% showed two hundred-and-ten times (210 times) faster hydrogen generation rate on visible light illumination compared with that obtained for un-treated Zn(0.2)Cd(0.8)S. That was the most impressive catalytic enhancement ever recorded for a semiconductor photocatalyst decorated with a noble metal free electrocatalyst. PMID:23334494

  7. Optical, luminescent and laser properties of highly transparent ytterbium doped yttrium lanthanum oxide ceramics

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    Ivanov, M.; Kopylov, Yu.; Kravchenko, V.; Li, Jiang; Pan, Yubai; Kynast, U.; Leznina, M.; Strek, W.; Marciniak, Lukasz; Palashov, O.; Snetkov, I.; Mukhin, I.; Spassky, D.

    2015-12-01

    This paper describes the fabrication and investigation of highly transparent Yb-doped yttrium lanthanum oxide ceramics. For sintering of the ceramics we used a technology, which consists of several consecutive steps: (a) synthesis of weakly agglomerated nanopowder by laser ablation, (b) compacting of the green body with cold isostatic pressing (CIP), and (c) sintering in vacuum. After calcinations of the synthesized nanopowder at 1200 °C, a pure single-phase solid solution Yb3+:(LaxY1-x)2O3 was formed. The lanthanum ions proved to be a good aid to sinter yttria ceramics doped with Yb3+ at comparatively moderate temperatures of about 1650 °C. The ceramics have a relative density higher than 99.99% and grain sizes around 40 μm. The absorption coefficient of 3.2 mm thick Yb0.12La0.27Y1.61O3 ceramics is 0.01 cm-1 at 1150 nm. Laser oscillation at a wavelength of 1033 nm is demonstrated.

  8. Synthesis, characterization and application of Li3Fe2(PO4)3 nanoparticles as cathode of lithium-ion rechargeable batteries

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    Karami, Hassan; Taala, Foroozandeh

    2011-08-01

    This work introduces a new method to synthesize Li3Fe2(PO4)3 nanoparticles in the nanopowder form and study its electrochemical performance by cyclic voltammetry and battery tests. Li3Fe2(PO4)3 is synthesized by the gel combustion method based on polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) as gel making agent. The optimum conditions of the synthesis include 8 wt% PVA, 0.34 wt% lithium slat, 1 wt% iron salt, 0.57 wt% ammonium dihydrogen phosphate, ethanol-water 50:50 as solvent, 675 °C combustion temperature and 4 h combustion time. Characterization of the samples is performed by the scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), EDX analysis, XRD patterns, BET specific surface area and DSL size distribution. In the optimum conditions, a nanopowder is obtained that consisting of uniform nanoparticles with an average diameter of 70 nm. The optimized sample shows 12.5 m2 g-1 specific surface areas. Cyclic voltammetry (CV) studies show that the synthesized compound has good reversibility and high cyclic stability. The CV results are confirmed by the battery tests. The obtained results show that the synthesized cathodic material has high practical discharge capacity (average 125.5 mAh g-1 approximately same with its theoretical capacity 128.2 mA h-1) and long cycle life.

  9. Enhanced photocatalytic performance of N-nitrosodimethylamine on TiO2 nanotube based on the role of singlet oxygen.

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    Guo, Xiaoyan; Li, Qilin; Zhang, Man; Long, Mingce; Kong, Lulu; Zhou, Qixing; Shao, Huaiqi; Hu, Wanli; Wei, Tingting

    2015-02-01

    N-nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA) photocatalytic degradation performance and mechanism were investigated on the TiO2 nanotube prepared from anatase TiO2 nanopowder in terms of the production of reactive oxygen species including hydroxyl radical, singlet oxygen and superoxide radical. Significantly higher NDMA degradation efficiency was obtained on anatase TiO2 nanotube rather than anatase TiO2 nanopowder. The tubular morphology may be responsible for almost 100% NDMA removal on TiO2 nanotube, presumably due to its confinement effect leading to NDMA molecules within the nanotube being attacked by reactive oxygen species such as hydroxyl radical and singlet oxygen, and initiating reaction inside the nanotube. In particular, the ability of the nanotubular structure of TiO2 nanotube to promote a singlet oxygen oxidation pathway contributes much to the enhanced NDMA degradation efficiency and favors the formation of dimethylamine and NO3(-). Such function originating from nanotube morphology could bring new insights for the photocatalytic degradation of organic pollutants. PMID:25290358

  10. Study of DNA interaction with cobalt ferrite nanoparticles.

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    Pershina, A G; Sazonov, A E; Novikov, D V; Knyazev, A S; Izaak, T I; Itin, V I; Naiden, E P; Magaeva, A A; Terechova, O G

    2011-03-01

    Interaction of cobalt ferrite nanopowder and nucleic acid was investigated. Superparamagnetic cobalt ferrite nanoparticles (6-12 nm) were prepared by mechanochemical synthesis. Structure of the nanopowder was characterized using X-ray diffraction. It was shown that cobalt ferrite nanoparticles were associated with ssDNA and dsDNA in Tris-buffer resulting in bionanocomposite formation with mass weight relation nanoparticles: DNA 1:(0.083 +/- 0.003) and 1:(0.075 +/- 0.003) respectively. The mechanism of interaction between a DNA and cobalt ferrite nanoparticles was considered basing on the whole set of obtained data: FTIR-spectroscopy, analyzing desorption of DNA from the surface of the particles while changing the chemical content of the medium, and on the modeling interaction of specific biomolecule fragments with surface of a inorganic material. It was supposed that the linkage was based on coordination interaction of the phosphate groups and oxygen atoms heterocyclic bases of DNA with metal ions on the particle surface. These data can be used to design specific magnetic DNA-nanoparticles hybrid structures. PMID:21449452

  11. Low-temperature hydrothermal synthesis of N-doped TiO2 from small-molecule amine systems and their photocatalytic activity.

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    Bao, Nan; Niu, Jun-Jian; Li, Yuan; Wu, Guo-Lin; Yu, Xiao-Hong

    2013-01-01

    Nitrogen-doped TiO2 nanopowders have been successfully synthesized by a one-step hydrothennal route under soft-chemistry conditions (150 degrees, 8 h) without high-temperature calcination using seven different types of nitrogen dopants: methylamine, ethylamine, diethylamine, ethylenediamine, triethylamine, triethanolamine and ammonia. X-ray diffraction, transmission electron microscopy, ultraviolet-visible spectroscopy, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, N2 adsorption-desorption isothenns and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy were used to analyse the as-synthesized TiO2 powders. The results indicated that nitrogen was doped effectively and the structure and morphology of the titania samples were strongly influenced by the nitrogen sources. Among the investigated nitrogen sources, the diethylamine system was clearly superior to the other small-molecule amine or ammonia systems due to the broad-spectrum response (between 400 and 700 nm) of the interstitial nitrogen-doped TiO2 nanopowders. The diethylamine N-doped TiO2 had the largest pore volume (0.39 ml x g(-1)) and showed a well-aligned anatase phase. The visible-light photocatalytic degradation of liquid X-3B used as a probe reaction demonstrated that the removal rate over the diethylamine material reached 99.7% in 90 min. PMID:24617053

  12. The influence of the pressure and temperature on the light emission of the ZnO

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    Dantas, N. O.; Couto dos Santos, M. A.; Cunha, F.; Macêdo, M. A.

    2007-09-01

    A new route for the preparation of zinc oxide powder is described along with its characterization. A proteic sol was prepared dissolving zinc nitrate in filtered coconut water. After calcination at 1000 °C, the powder was compressed to 1.3×10 8 Pa and ZnO pellets were obtained. The emission spectra were recorded under UV excitation at 325 and 400 nm. The powder showed no spectroscopic response, whereas one peak around 396 nm was observed for the pressed powder (pellet with no heat treatment). The pellets were then annealed for 24 h at 500, 800 and 1000 °C. In the first case, bands at 396 and 440 nm and a structure of narrow peaks around 480 nm (oxygen vacancies) were observed. Increasing the annealing temperature led to a decrease in the intensity of the emissions at 440 and 480 nm. We propose that the high pressure induces a red-shift in the UV region of the ZnO nanopowder emission peaks to 396 nm. This is an indication that the ZnO nanopowder treated under pressure and sintering temperature exhibits the spectroscopic behavior characteristic of the ZnO single crystal. The disappearance of the 440 and 480 nm lines indicate the reduction of oxygen vacancies. The atomic force micrographs suggest a coalescence thermal point.

  13. Fabrication and Spark plasma sintering of nanostructured bismuth telluride (Bi{sub 2}Te{sub 3})

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    Saleemi, Mohsin; Toprak, Muhammet S.; Li, Shanghua; Johnsson, Mats; Muhammed, Mamoun

    2012-06-26

    Thermoelectric (TE) devices can harvest residual low-grade waste heat energy. Bismuth telluride (Bi{sub 2}Te{sub 3}) and its alloys are mostly used TE materials in the bulk form for making TE modules. We report a simple, fast and very high yield synthetic process for the bulk Bi{sub 2}Te{sub 3} nanopowders with hexagonal plate like morphology. Spark plasma sintering (SPS) process has been optimized in order to preserve nanostructure while achieving a high compaction density of the pellets. Electron microscopy analysis was used to determine the effect of SPS parameters during compaction on the grain growth. Optimal conditions for the fabricated nanopowder was determined as 673 K, 70 MPa pressure with no holding time, which resulted in average lateral grain size in the range of 165-190 nm for a compact density of 98%. About 50% reduction of thermal conductivity was observed as compared to its bulk counterparts, revealing the feasibility of suggested route in the preservation of nanostructure and enhanced phonon scattering.

  14. Fungus mediated biosynthesis and characterization of zinc oxide nanorods

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    Venkatesh, K. S.; Palani, N. S.; Krishnamoorthi, S. R.; Thirumal, V.; Ilangovan, R.

    2013-06-01

    Recently nanomaterials have been synthesized through biological approach due to its biocompatibility, inexpensive, eco friendly and it offers easiest experimental protocol and so on. ZnO can be potentially used in various applications. This present study reports the fungus mediated extra-cellular bio synthesis of ZnO nanorods using Fusarium Solani. The dried powder was calcined at 350°C for 1 hour in air. The thermal property of the as synthesized ZnO nanopowder was analyzed through Thermo gravimetric /Differential Thermo gravimetric (TGA / DTG) analysis. The structural and morphological properties of the calcined ZnO nanopowder were studied by XRD and SEM analysis respectively. X ray diffraction result revealed that a peak located at 2θ = 36.2° with (101) plane confirms the presence of Zinc oxide with Hexagonal crystal system. The morphology of the calcined ZnO powder was analyzed by Scanning Electron Microscopy and it clearly indicates the presence of ZnO nanorods. The diameter of the nanorods is in the range of 60 to 95 nm.

  15. On the Development of Microstructure in a Metal Matrix Composite Using Nano-Materials

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    Popov, V A; Lesuer, D R; Kotov, I A; Ivanov, V V; Aksenov, A A; Khodos, I I; Klimenko, G L; Smirnov, O M; Murzakaev, A M; Zayats, S V

    2001-09-10

    Metal matrix composites (MMCs) containing matrices with nanometer grain sizes have been produced from pure aluminum nano-powders (particle sizes 50-200 nm) with SiC reinforcement (particle sizes 3-10 {micro}m). The pure Al nano-powders were produced using an exploding wire technique. Dynamic loading using a magnetic impulse technique has been used to compact the MMC to high density. The dynamic compaction process results in excellent wetting of the SiC particles by the nanocrystalline Al powders, and the retention of a nano-crystalline grain size in the MMC. Microstructural analysis of the resulting MMC showed a highly uniform distribution of Sic particles with no visible defects or pores and the absence of deleterious phases (such as Al{sub 4}C{sub 3}) at the interfaces between the aluminum nano-grains and the SiC particles. The microstructures produced and the evolution of microstructure during dynamic compaction has also been studied using TEM and found to progress in three stages. These three stages are described.

  16. Enhancing the visible light absorption of titania nanoparticles by S and C doping in a single-step process

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    Scarisoreanu, M.; Morjan, I.; Alexandrescu, R.; Fleaca, C. T.; Badoi, A.; Dutu, E.; Niculescu, A.-M.; Luculescu, C.; Vasile, E.; Wang, J.; Bouhadoun, S.; Herlin-Boime, N.

    2014-05-01

    We report the synthesis of carbon coated and sulfur doped titania nanoparticles using a continuous, single-step laser pyrolysis technique. We employed air as oxidant and C2H4 as laser energy transfer agent (sensitizer)/carbon donor, both carrying the TiCl4 vapors as a titania precursor. The volatile (CH3)2S2 was used to introduce sulfur as dopant in the nanopowders. The incorporation of C and S atoms in nanopowders with anatase dominant phase and with average particle diameter between 18 and 25 nm was performed through the addition of S2(CH3)2 and C2H4 to the reactive precursor mixtures. The samples were characterized by: EDX, XRD, TEM, XPS and UV-Vis spectroscopy. By the introduction of the sulfur precursor, the anatase-to-rutile ratio within the resulted TiO2-based nanoparticles decreased, as well as their bandgap energy values which are also lower than those of commercial TiO2 Degussa P25.

  17. Two-step synthesis of silver selenide semiconductor with a linear magnetoresistance effect

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    Yang, Fengxia; Xiong, Shuangtao; Xia, Zhengcai; Liu, Fengxian; Han, Chong; Zhang, Duanming

    2012-12-01

    A two-step synthesis method for polycrystalline β-silver selenide (β-Ag2Se) was developed. In the first step, nanopowder was prepared using a chemical conversion method at room temperature. In the second step, the nanopowder was compressed and then the bulk Ag2Se was fabricated by the solid-state sintering process. The crystalline phase and morphology were examined. The results showed that β-Ag2Se was fast fabricated at room temperature. The dense polycrystalline Ag-rich Ag2Se was synthesized successfully at 450 °C for 0.5 h under Argon flow. For the polycrystalline, the electronic properties and transverse magnetoresistance (TMR) in a pulsed magnetic field were investigated. The samples displayed n-type semiconducting behaviors and a critical temperature with a broaden temperature range of 140-150 K. Also, it presented a positive and nearly linear dependence on magnetic field H at H ≥ Hc (crossover field) ranging from 2 to 20 T. Moreover, the linear dependence of TMR at strong field was non-saturating up to 35 T. Combining with the observation of morphology, it is thought that this unusual TMR effect was caused by slightly excess Ag. This new synthesis method provided a potential route to synthesize nonstoichiometric silver selenide.

  18. Applying Nanoscale Kirkendall Diffusion for Template-Free, Kilogram-Scale Production of SnO2 Hollow Nanospheres via Spray Drying System

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    Cho, Jung Sang; Ju, Hyeon Seok; Kang, Yun Chan

    2016-04-01

    A commercially applicable and simple process for the preparation of aggregation-free metal oxide hollow nanospheres is developed by applying nanoscale Kirkendall diffusion to a large-scale spray drying process. The precursor powders prepared by spray drying are transformed into homogeneous metal oxide hollow nanospheres through a simple post-treatment process. Aggregation-free SnO2 hollow nanospheres are selected as the first target material for lithium ion storage applications. Amorphous carbon microspheres with uniformly dispersed Sn metal nanopowder are prepared in the first step of the post-treatment process under a reducing atmosphere. The post-treatment of the Sn-C composite powder at 500 °C under an air atmosphere produces carbon- and aggregation-free SnO2 hollow nanospheres through nanoscale Kirkendall diffusion. The hollow and filled SnO2 nanopowders exhibit different cycling performances, with their discharge capacities after 300 cycles being 643 and 280 mA h g‑1, respectively, at a current density of 2 A g‑1. The SnO2 hollow nanospheres with high structural stability exhibit superior cycling and rate performances for lithium ion storage compared to the filled ones.

  19. The Influence of Sintering Temperature on the Microstructure and Thermoelectric Properties of n-Type Bi2Te3- x Se x Nanomaterials

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    Du, Y.; Cai, K. F.; Li, H.; An, B. J.

    2011-05-01

    Pure Bi2Te3 and Bi2Se3 nanopowders were hydrothermally synthesized, and n-type Bi2Te3- x Se x bulk samples were prepared by hot pressing a mixture of Bi2Te3 and Bi2Se3 nanopowders at 623 K, 648 K or 673 K and 80 MPa in vacuum. The phase composition of the powders and bulk samples were characterized by x-ray diffraction. The morphology of the powders was examined by transmission electron microscopy. The microstructure and composition of the bulk samples were characterized by field-emission scanning electron microscopy and energy-dispersive x-ray spectroscopy, respectively. The density of the samples increased with sintering temperature. The samples were somewhat oxidized, and the amount of oxide (Bi2TeO5) present increased with sintering temperature. The samples consisted of sheet-like grains with a thickness less than 100 nm. Seebeck coefficient, electrical conductivity, and thermal conductivity of the samples were measured from room temperature up to 573 K. Throughout the temperature range investigated, the sample sintered at 623 K had a higher power factor than the samples sintered at 648 K or 673 K.

  20. Influence of nanofillers on the quality of CO2 laser drilling in vinylester/glass using Orthogonal Array Experiments and Grey Relational Analysis

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    Nagesh, S.; Narasimha Murthy, H. N.; Pal, Ratna; Krishna, M.; Satyanarayana, B. S.

    2015-06-01

    This paper presents the influence of nanofillers on the CO2 laser drilling of vinylester/glass based on L9 Orthogonal Array Experiments and Grey Relational Analysis. Three nanofillers such as nickel nanopowder, carbon black and Closite 15-A were studied. Multiple responses such as Damage Width, Surface Damage Width and Taper Angle were optimised using the Grey-Taguchi method for laser power, cutting speed, air pressure and nanofiller content. Heat affected zone along with char due to the complete burning of the matrix was largest and caving through the depth of the hole was observed in vinylester/glass. Nickel nanopowder effectively reduced the heat affected zone and improved the quality of the hole due to the absence of char. Closite 15-A reduced the surface damage and the char was thicker and distributed as globules. Carbon black caused greater surface damage at the entry of the hole due to the burning of the fibres and very thin char covered the fibres through the length of the hole. Regression models were developed to predict the laser drilling responses.

  1. The Speciation of Silver Nanoparticles in Antimicrobial Fabric Before and After Exposure to a Hypochlorite/Detergent Solution

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    Impellitteri, Christopher A.; Tolaymat, Thabet M.; Scheckel, Kirk G.; EPA

    2009-07-14

    Because of their antibacterial properties, silver nanoparticles are often used in consumer products. To assess environmental and/or human health risks from these nanoparticles, there is a need to identify the chemical transformations that silver nanoparticles undergo in different environments. Thus an antimicrobial sock material containing Ag nanoparticles was examined by X-ray absorption spectroscopy to identify the speciation of Ag. The material was exposed to a hypochlorite/detergent solution and subjected to agitation. An elemental Ag nanopowder was also exposed to the hypochlorite/detergent solution or to a 1 mol L{sup -1} NaCl solution. Results showed that the sock material nanoparticles consisted of elemental Ag. After exposure to the hypochlorite/detergent solution, a significant portion (more than 50%) of the sock nanoparticles were converted, in situ, to AgCl. Results from exposures to elemental Ag nanopowder suggest that an oxidation step is necessary for the elemental Ag nanoparticles to transform into AgCl as there was no evidence of AgCl formation in the presence of chloride alone. As a result, if Ag ions leach from consumer products, any chloride present may quickly scavenge the ions. In addition, the efficacy of Ag, as an antimicrobial agent in fabrics, may be limited, or even negated, after washing in solutions containing oxidizers as AgCl is much less reactive than Ag ion.

  2. Applying Nanoscale Kirkendall Diffusion for Template-Free, Kilogram-Scale Production of SnO2 Hollow Nanospheres via Spray Drying System.

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    Cho, Jung Sang; Ju, Hyeon Seok; Kang, Yun Chan

    2016-01-01

    A commercially applicable and simple process for the preparation of aggregation-free metal oxide hollow nanospheres is developed by applying nanoscale Kirkendall diffusion to a large-scale spray drying process. The precursor powders prepared by spray drying are transformed into homogeneous metal oxide hollow nanospheres through a simple post-treatment process. Aggregation-free SnO2 hollow nanospheres are selected as the first target material for lithium ion storage applications. Amorphous carbon microspheres with uniformly dispersed Sn metal nanopowder are prepared in the first step of the post-treatment process under a reducing atmosphere. The post-treatment of the Sn-C composite powder at 500 °C under an air atmosphere produces carbon- and aggregation-free SnO2 hollow nanospheres through nanoscale Kirkendall diffusion. The hollow and filled SnO2 nanopowders exhibit different cycling performances, with their discharge capacities after 300 cycles being 643 and 280 mA h g(-1), respectively, at a current density of 2 A g(-1). The SnO2 hollow nanospheres with high structural stability exhibit superior cycling and rate performances for lithium ion storage compared to the filled ones. PMID:27033088

  3. Influence of the synthesis method on the porosity, microstructure and electrical properties of La{sub 0.7}Sr{sub 0.3}MnO{sub 3} cathode materials

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    Conceicao, Leandro da; Silva, Camila R.B.

    2009-12-15

    Lanthanum strontium manganite (La{sub 1-x}Sr{sub x}MnO{sub 3}, LSM) has been studied as a promising material for application as a cathode in solid oxide fuel cells. In the present work La{sub 0.7}Sr{sub 0.3}MnO{sub 3} nanopowders were synthesized by three different methods (combustion, citrate and solid-state) and characterized by thermal analysis, X-ray diffraction, physical adsorption of N{sub 2} and scanning electron microscopy. All powders exhibited single LSM phase formation with crystallite sizes in the range of 12-20 nm. Nanopowders were sintered at 1100 deg. C to produce porous pellets. The porosity, particle size and microstructure of LSM sintered bodies are strongly dependent on the preparation methodology. The samples synthesized by combustion and citrate methods presented smaller particle sizes and higher porosity after sintering than that derived from solid-state synthesis. However, the electrical conductivity, measured by two-probe technique, was very similar for all three samples.

  4. Cell Attachment and Proliferation of Human Adipose-Derived Stem Cells on PLGA/Chitosan Electrospun Nano-Biocomposite

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    Razavi, Shahnaz; Karbasi, Saeed; Morshed, Mohammad; Zarkesh Esfahani, Hamid; Golozar, Mohammad; Vaezifar, Sedigheh

    2015-01-01

    Objective In this study, nano-biocomposite composed of poly (lactide-co-glycolide) (PLGA) and chitosan (CS) were electrospun through a single nozzle by dispersing the CS nano-powders in PLGA solution. The cellular behavior of human adipose derived stem cells (h-ADSCs) on random and aligned scaffolds was then evaluated. Materials and Methods In this experimental study, the PLGA/CS scaffolds were prepared at the different ratios of 90/10, 80/20, and 70/30 (w/w) %. Morphology, cell adhesion and prolif- eration rate of h-ADSCs on the scaffolds were assessed using scanning electron microscope (SEM), 3-(4, 5-dimethylthiazol-2-yl)-2, 5-diphenyl tetrazolium bromide (MTT) assay and trypan blue staining respectively. Results H-ADSCs seeded on the matrices indicated that the PLGA/CS composite matrix with aligned nanofibres and higher content of CS nano-powders gave significantly better performance than others in terms of cell adhesion and proliferation rate (P<0.05). Conclusion We found that CS enhanced cell adhesion and proliferation rate, and aligned nanofibers guided cell growth along the longitudinal axis of the nanofibers, which would provide a beneficial approach for tissue engineering. PMID:26464814

  5. Systematic approach on the fabrication of Co doped ZnO semiconducting nanoparticles by mixture of fuel approach for Antibacterial applications

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    Rajendar, V.; Dayakar, T.; Shobhan, K.; Srikanth, I.; Venkateswara Rao, K.

    2014-11-01

    Zinc oxide (ZnO) is a wide band gap semiconductor (3.2 eV) with a high exciton binding energy (60 meV), where it has wide applications in advanced spintronic devices. The theoretical prediction of room temperature ferromagnetism and also antibacterial activity will be possible through the investigation of diluted magnetic semiconductors (DMS), such as transition metal doped ZnO, especially Cobalt doped ZnO. The aim of the work is the synthesis of Cobalt (Co) doped ZnO nanopowders were prepared Zn1-xCoxO (0 ⩽ x ⩾ 0.09) nanopowders from Sol-Gel auto combustion method have been synthesized with precursors such as Zinc and Cobalt nitrates with the assistance Ammonium acetate & Urea as fuel by increasing the cobalt concentration in zinc oxide and their structural, morphological, optical, Thermal, magnetic and antibacterial properties were studied by X-ray diffraction (XRD), field emission scanning electron microscope (FESEM), Transmission Electron microscope (TEM), UV-visible spectroscopy, thermo gravimetric/differential thermal analysis (TG/DTA) and vibrating sample magneto meter (VSM). From the antibacterial studies, against gram positive Bacillus subtilis bacteria is most abundant bacteria in soil and indoor atmosphere, which affects the stored spintronic devices so that the devices should be made with antibacterial activity of DMS like Co doped ZnO. In this article is found that ZnO:Co nanopowders with higher Co doping level (0.07 and 0.09 wt%) exhibit good antibacterial efficiency. The magnetization curves obtained using vibrating sample magnetometer (VSM) show a sign of strong room temperature ferromagnetic behavior when the Co doping level is 0.05 wt% and a weak room temperature ferromagnetic behavior Co doping level is below 0.07 wt%, and also they found to exhibit antiferromagnetic and paramagnetic properties, when the Co doping levels are 0.07 and 0.09 wt%, respectively, to enhance and increase the special magnetic and antibacterial property for

  6. Novel bioactive Co-based alloy/FA nanocomposite for dental applications

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    Fathi, Mohammadhossein; Ahmadian, Mehdi; Bahrami, Mojgan

    2012-01-01

    Background: Dental cobalt base alloys are biocompatible dental materials and have been widely used in dentistry. However, metals are bioinert and may not present bioactivity in human body. Bioactivity is the especial ability to interact with human body and make a bonding to soft and hard tissues. The aim of the present research was fabrication and bioactivity evaluation of novel cobalt alloy/Fluorapatite nanocomposite (CoA/FaNC) with different amounts of Fluorapatite (FA) nanopowder. Materials and Methods: Co-Cr-Mo alloy (ASTM F75) powder was prepared and mixed in a planetary ball mill with different amounts of FA nanopowders (10, 15, 20% wt). Prepared composite powders were cold pressed and sintered at 1100°C for 4 h. X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy and transition electron microscopy techniques were used for phase analysis, crystallite size determination of FA and also for phase analysis and evaluation of particle distribution of composites. Bioactivity behavior of prepared nanocomposites was evaluated in simulated body fluid (SBF) for 1 up to 28 days. Materials and Methods: Co-Cr-Mo alloy (ASTM F75) powder was prepared and mixed in a planetary ball mill with different amounts of FA nanopowders (10, 15, 20% wt). Prepared composite powders were cold pressed and sintered at 1100°C for 4 h. X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy and transition electron microscopy techniques were used for phase analysis, crystallite size determination of FA and also for phase analysis and evaluation of particle distribution of composites. Bioactivity behavior of prepared nanocomposites was evaluated in simulated body fluid (SBF) for 1 up to 28 days. Results: Results showed that nucleus of apatite were formed on the surface of the prepared CoA/FaNC during 1 up to 28 days immersion in the SBF solution. On the other hand, CoA/FaNC unlike Co-base alloy possessed bone-like apatite-formation ability. Conclusion: It was concluded that bioinert Co

  7. Synthesis, characterization and luminescence properties of Eu3+-doped hydroxyapatite nanocrystal and the thermal treatment effects

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    Silva, Flávia R. O.; de Lima, Nelson B.; Bressiani, Ana Helena A.; Courrol, Lilia C.; Gomes, Laércio

    2015-09-01

    In this work, we present the synthesis, characterization and the luminescence properties of Ca10(PO4)6(OH)2 (hydroxyapatite/HAp) nanocrystals doped with europium trivalent ions. The most important processes that lead to europium emissions in the visible region were identified. Eu:HAp nanopowder excited at 394 nm (or 460 nm) exhibits several emissions: (i) weak emissions at 579 nm, 592 nm and 616 nm due to the 5D0 → 7F0, 5D0 → 7F1 and 5D0 → 7F2 transitions, respectively, with europium ion occupying site I in hydroxyapatite structure and (ii) strong emissions due to the 5D0 → 7F0 (574 nm), 5D0 → 7F1 (602 nm) and 5D0 → 7F2 (610-630 nm) transitions, when Eu3+ is occupying site II. The emission spectrum and the time-resolved luminescence analysis showed that the HAp nanocrystals (nanopowder) thermally treated at temperature (T) between 500 and 800 °C have a change in the initial Eu3+ site distribution of 100 % of Eu3+ at site I to a more stable one where the majority of europium ions are at site II: 30% remains at site I and 70% migrates to site II. In addition, an enhancement of the Eu3+ emission intensity is observed due to the increasing crystallite size. A time-resolved luminescence investigation using a short pulse laser excitation at 460 nm was employed to measure the luminescence decays and to determine the most important mechanisms involved in the deexcitation process of 5D0 excited state of Eu3+, where it is seen a fast (2.9 μs) energy transfer from Eu3+- site I (donor) to Eu3+- site II (acceptor) in the thermally treated nanopowders with T > 500 °C. The initial presence of 100% of Eu3+ at site I in the synthesized nanocrystals is gradually modified by the thermal treatments with temperatures above 500 °C by thermal activation of Ca2+ vacancy (the charge compensator) diffusion through the HAp lattice, which propitiates the Ca2+- vacancies and Eu3+ ions to exchange positions in the lattice. By this thermal activated mechanism, Eu3+ ion migrates

  8. Controlling the sol–gel process of nano-crystalline lithium-mica glass-ceramic by its chemical composition and synthesis parameters

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    Tohidifar, M.R.; Alizadeh, P.; Aghaei, A.R.

    2015-01-15

    This paper aims to explore the impact of the parameters such as pH of the system, refluxing temperature, water quantity and chemical composition on the sol–gel synthesis of lithium-mica glass-ceramic nano-powder. The synthesis process was accomplished using two chemical composition formula (Li{sub (1+x)}Mg{sub 3}AlSi{sub 3(1+x)}O{sub 10+6.5x}F{sub 2} and LiMg{sub 3}AlSi{sub 3(1+x)}O{sub 10+6x}F{sub 2}). X-ray diffraction, Brunauer–Emmett–Teller surface area measurement and scanning electron microscopy techniques were applied to evaluate a variety of as-synthesized samples. Consequently, a transparent homogeneous sol was obtained under the conditions as pH ≤ 4, synthesis temperature ≤ 50 °C, and mol ratio of water to chemicals ≤ 2. The prepared nano-powders under such conditions were in the range of 60–100 nm. The results also revealed that the mica glass-ceramics prepared based on the composition Li{sub (1+x)}Mg{sub 3}AlSi{sub 3(1+x)}O{sub 10+6.5x}F{sub 2} possessed finer powders due to their slow hydrolysis process. Moreover, any reduction in the stoichiometric deviation of lithium mica (x) leads to acquiring finer powders. - Highlights: • A transparent homogeneous sol leads to prepare nanopowders in the range of 60–100 nm. • The particles synthesized at lower temperatures possess finer sizes. • The acquired product which is prepared with excessive water offers larger sizes. • Any reduction in stoichiometric deviation leads to acquiring finer powders. • Taking synthesis composition as Li{sub (1+x)}Mg{sub 3}AlSi{sub 3(1+x)}O{sub 10+6.5x}F{sub 2} offers finer powders.

  9. Graphene-stabilized copper nanoparticles as an air-stable substitute for silver and gold in low-cost ink-jet printable electronics

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    Luechinger, Norman A.; Athanassiou, Evagelos K.; Stark, Wendelin J.

    2008-11-01

    Metallic copper nanoparticles were synthesized by a bottom-up approach, and in situ coated with protective shells of graphene in order to get a metal nanopowder of high air stability and chemical inertness. Using an amphiphilic surfactant, a water-based copper nanocolloid could be prepared and successfully printed onto a polymer substrate by conventional ink-jet printing using household printers. The dried printed patterns exhibited strong metallic gloss and an electrical conductivity of >1 S cm-1 without the need for a sintering or densification step. This conductivity currently limits use in electronics to low current application or shielding and decorative effects. The high stability of graphene-coated copper nanoparticles makes them economically a most attractive alternative to silver or gold nanocolloids, and will strongly facilitate the industrial use of metal nanocolloids in consumer goods.

  10. Graphene-stabilized copper nanoparticles as an air-stable substitute for silver and gold in low-cost ink-jet printable electronics.

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    Luechinger, Norman A; Athanassiou, Evagelos K; Stark, Wendelin J

    2008-11-01

    Metallic copper nanoparticles were synthesized by a bottom-up approach, and in situ coated with protective shells of graphene in order to get a metal nanopowder of high air stability and chemical inertness. Using an amphiphilic surfactant, a water-based copper nanocolloid could be prepared and successfully printed onto a polymer substrate by conventional ink-jet printing using household printers. The dried printed patterns exhibited strong metallic gloss and an electrical conductivity of >1 S cm(-1) without the need for a sintering or densification step. This conductivity currently limits use in electronics to low current application or shielding and decorative effects. The high stability of graphene-coated copper nanoparticles makes them economically a most attractive alternative to silver or gold nanocolloids, and will strongly facilitate the industrial use of metal nanocolloids in consumer goods. PMID:21832722

  11. Novel fine-disperse bimetallic Pt-Pd/Al2O3 catalysts for glycerol oxidation with molecular oxygen

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    Dubencovs, K.; Chornaja, S.; Sproge, E.; Kampars, V.; Markova, D.; Kulikova, L.; Serga, V.; Cvetkovs, A.

    2013-12-01

    Using extractive-pyrolytic method several Pt-Pd bimetallic catalysts supported on plasma-processed alumina nanopowder were synthesized. Pt-Pd loading and glycerol oxidation process parameter influence on catalyst activity and selectivity was determined oxidizing glycerol in mild conditions. Novel bimetallic catalysts in neutral water solutions were practically inactive (glycerol conversion was only 3%) whereas in alkaline solutions they were active and selective to glyceric acid. Using 1.2%Pt-1.2%Pd/Al2O3 catalyst glyceric acid was obtained with 65% selectivity (glycerol conversion was 96%). It was shown that novel fine-disperse bimetallic Pt-Pd/Al2O3 catalysts were more active compared to analogous monometallic Pt/Al2O3 and Pd/Al2O3 catalysts.

  12. Initiation of the Adiabatic Wave of Combustion for Obtaining the Substances with the Free Valence

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    Baideldonova, A.; Ksandopulo, G.; Mukhina, L.

    2016-04-01

    According to the task of obtaining substances with the free valence for the linkage of the nano-powders, the procedure of the synthesis of materials under the extreme nonequilibrium conditions is presented. The combustion of multilayer aluminothermic systems in the revolving reactor was investigated. Experiments were carried out in the reactor of high-temperature centrifuge. The initiation of process realizes by electric pulse in the effective layer. Further the wave of combustion was propagated along the axis of the reactor. The particles of the restored metal penetrated the underlayers of fresh mixture under the action of centrifugal acceleration and created the additional centers of ignition. The higher the density of metal, the higher speed and depth of penetration. An increase in the centrifugal acceleration strengthens the activity of process also. The speed of the motion of metallic particles grows. According the theoretical calculations it reaches 90 m/s in the case of tungsten.

  13. AC susceptibility and EPR investigations of superspin dynamics in magnetite nanoparticles

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    Price, Alex D.

    In this investigation we use two complementary techniques to distinguish between superparamagnetic blocking (SPB) and superspin-glass (SSG) freezing phenomena in magnetite nanoparticles. While these manifestations of the superspin dynamics are fundamentally different, they have similar "signatures", especially in dc-magnetization experiments. Even if ac-susceptibility measurements are employed, careful use of mathematical models to analyze the data are needed to uncover which type of phenomena (SPB or SSG freezing) occurs within the material. Yet, by utilizing electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) on a 10 nm Fe3O4 nano-powder as well as on a ferrofluid (based on the same nanoparticle ensemble) we found a very distinct difference in the absorption spectra between the two samples, which indicates markedly different EPR signatures from SPB and SSG freezing behaviors.

  14. Rapid fabrication of on-demand high-resolution optical masks with a CD-DVD pickup unit.

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    Cabriales, Lucia; Hautefeuille, Mathieu; Fernández, Gerardo; Velázquez, Victor; Grether, Marcela; López-Moreno, Enrique

    2014-03-20

    A low-cost, direct fabrication technique with a micrometer range resolution has been implemented for rapid prototyping of optical masks for photolithography and structured light and diffraction optics applications. Using a setup based on the optical unit of a compact disc-digital versatile disc burner, a low-energy infrared laser beam was focused on a thin polymeric layer with embedded absorbing carbon nanopowder coated on a transparent glass substrate. This allowed for the generation of a custom-made transparent pattern in a computer numerical control fashion. In addition to its great simplicity and repeatability, the method also enables grayscale contrasts for each pixel individually, and fabricated masks proved to resist high intensities. PMID:24663456

  15. High performance HTPB-based energetic nanomaterial with CuO nanoparticles.

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    de la Fuente, José Luis; Mosquera, Gonzalo; París, Rodrigo

    2009-12-01

    This work describes the first example to demonstrate the enhancement of performances of composite highly energetic materials by mean of employing standard CuO nano-powder as burning rate catalyst in comparison to micro-fillers. The solid composite propellants with CuO microparticles are less stable due to oversensitivity to pressure variations, but the nano-structured composite propellant yields high stable burning rates over a broad pressure range. In addition, the incorporation of CuO nanoparticles in the formulations of these energetic materials also improves their combustion and thermal properties, according to the characterization obtained by differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) and thermogravimetry analysis (TGA). These results indicate the excellent benefits found in using these nanoparticles as additive for solid rocket propulsion applications. PMID:19908689

  16. Nano-Composite Material Development for 3-D Printers

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    Satches, Michael Randolph

    2015-12-01

    Graphene possesses excellent mechanical properties with a tensile strength that may exceed 130 GPa, excellent electrical conductivity, and good thermal properties. Future nano-composites can leverage many of these material properties in an attempt to build designer materials for a broad range of applications. 3-D printing has also seen vast improvements in recent years that have allowed many companies and individuals to realize rapid prototyping for relatively low capital investment. This research sought to create a graphene reinforced, polymer matrix nano-composite that is viable in commercial 3D printer technology, study the effects of ultra-high loading percentages of graphene in polymer matrices and determine the functional upper limit for loading. Loadings varied from 5 wt. % to 50 wt. % graphene nanopowder loaded in Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene (ABS) matrices. Loaded sample were characterized for their mechanical properties using three point bending, tensile tests, as well as dynamic mechanical analysis.

  17. The fabrication of Stainless Stell Parts for MEMS

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    Terry J. Garino

    2002-01-01

    A micro-molding process was used to fabricate parts in the 0.1 to 10 mm size range from a stainless steel nano-powder. The two types of molds used were both produced from parts fabricated using the LIGA process so that they had precise dimensional tolerance and straight sidewalls. Rigid PMMA molds were made by injection molding and flexible silicone rubber molds were made by casting. Mold filling was accomplished by mixing the powder with epoxy to form a putty-like material that was then pressed into the mold cavities and allowed to cure. After pyrolysis of the epoxy, the parts were sintered in forming gas. The densification kinetics were measured in situ using a video system. Full densification was achieved after 1 hour at 1350 C. The microstructure of the sintered parts was examined using the SEM. The hardness, dimensional tolerance and surface roughness of the sintered parts were also measured.

  18. Tuning of wettability of PANI-GNP composites using keV energy ions

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    Lakshmi, G. B. V. S.; Avasthi, D. K.

    2016-07-01

    Polyaniline nanofiber composites with various nanomaterials have several applications in electrochemical biosensors. The surface properties of these composites coated electrodes play crucial role in enzyme absorption and analyte detection process. In the present study, Polyaniline-Graphene nanopowder (PANI-GNP) composites were prepared by rapid-mixing polymerization method. The films were prepared on ITO coated glass substrates and irradiated with 42 keV He+ ions produced by indigenously fabricated accelerator at IUAC, New Delhi. The films were characterized before and after irradiation by SEM, Raman spectroscopy and contact angle measurements. The as-prepared films show superhydrophilic nature and after irradiation the films show highly hydrophobic nature with water contact angle (135°). The surface morphology was studied by SEM and structural changes were studied by Raman spectra. The surface morphological modifications induced by keV energy ions helps in tuning the wettability at different ion fluences.

  19. The effect of reduction atmospheres on the sintering behaviors of inkjet-printed Cu interconnectors

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    Kim, Inyoung; Kim, Jongryoul

    2010-11-01

    In order to overcome the serious problems posed by Cu ink, which include the strong tendency to the oxidation of Cu nanopowders, various reduction atmospheres were investigated. As a result, a resistivity of ˜4 μΩ cm was achieved in the Cu interconnectors sintered at 200 °C with a gaseous mixture of formic acid (HCOOH) and alcohol. As regards this sample, micrographs show the facet boundaries and an average grain size of ˜300 nm. The use of formic acid was an effective way to decrease the sintering temperature to 150 °C, at which temperature the resistivity was ˜72 μΩ cm. This low temperature sintering and microstructural densification was due to the decomposition of capping molecules and the reduction in Cu oxide by formic acid.

  20. Materials for Better Li-based Storage Systems for a "Green Energy Society"

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    Jean-Marie Tarascon

    2010-01-08

    Li-ion batteries are strongly considered for powering the upcoming generations of HEVs and PHEVs, but there are still the issues of safety and costs in terms of materials resources and abundances, synthesis, and recycling processes. Notions of materials having minimum footprint in nature, made via eco-efficient processes, must be integrated in our new research towards the next generation of sustainable and "greener" Li-ion batteries. In this July 13, 2009 talk sponsored by Berkeley Lab's Environental Energy Technologies Division, Jean-Marie Tarascon, a professor at the University of Picardie (Amiens), discuss Eco-efficient synthesis via hydrothermal/solvothermal processes using latent bases as well as structure directing templates or other bio-related approaches of LiFePO4 nanopowders.

  1. The behavior of delaminations in composite materials - experimental results

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    Chermoshentseva, A. S.; Pokrovskiy, A. M.; Bokhoeva, L. A.

    2016-02-01

    Delamination is one of the most common failure modes of composite materials. It may occur as a consequence of imperfections in the production process or the effects of external factors during the operational life of the composite laminates, such as the impact by foreign objects. This paper presents the results of mechanical tests and the optimum degrees of filling the composite materials (CM) with hydrophobic powder (Tarkosil T-20) depending on the latter mass concentration. The results present test samples of the CM with the underlying interlayer defects. The samples were fabricated of twenty-ply pre-preg (fiberglass or carbon fiber). The industrial grade glass is T-25 (VM) specification 6-11-380-76. The composite materials have nanosized additives in structure. The volume concentration of nanopowders is varying from 0.1% to 0.5%. This kind of research has been done for the first time.

  2. STUDY ON SYNTHESIS AND EVOLUTION OF NANOCRYSTALLINE Mg4Ta2O9 BY AQUEOUS SOL-GEL PROCESS

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    Wu, H. T.; Yang, C. H.; Wu, W. B.; Yue, Y. L.

    2012-06-01

    Nanosized and highly reactive Mg4Ta2O9 were successfully synthesized by aqueous sol-gel method compared with conventional solid-state method. Ta-Mg-citric acid solution was first formed and then evaporated resulting in a dry gel for calcination in the temperature ranging from 600°C to 800°C for crystallization in oxygen atmosphere. The crystallization process from the gel to crystalline Mg4Ta2O9 was identified by thermal analysis and phase evolution of powders was studied using X-ray diffraction (XRD) technique during calcinations. Particle size and morphology were examined by transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and high resolution scanning electron microscopy (HR-SEM). The results revealed that sol-gel process showed great advantages over conventional solid-state method and Mg4Ta2O9 nanopowders with the size of 20-30 nm were obtained at 800°C.

  3. Processing and synthesis of multi-metallic nano oxide ceramics via liquid-feed flame spray pyrolysis

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    Azurdia, Jose Antonio

    The liquid-feed flame spray pyrolysis (LF-FSP) process aerosolizes metal-carboxylate precursors dissolved in alcohol with oxygen and combusts them at >1500°C. The products are quenched rapidly (˜10s msec) to < 400°C. By selecting the appropriate precursor mixtures, the compositions of the resulting oxide nanopowders can be tailored easily, which lends itself to combinatorial studies of systems facilitating material property optimization. The resulting nanopowders typically consist of single crystal particles with average particle sizes (APS) < 35 nm, specific surface areas (SSA) of 20-60 m2/g and spherical morphology. LF-FSP provides access to novel single phase nanopowders, known phases at compositions outside their published phase diagrams, intimate mixing at nanometer length scales in multi metallic oxide nanopowders, and control of stoichiometry to ppm levels. The materials produced may exhibit unusual properties including structural, catalytic, and photonic ones and lower sintering temperatures. Prior studies used LF-FSP to produce MgAl2O4 spinel for applications in transparent armor and IR radomes. In these studies, a stable spinel structure with a (MgO)0.1(Al2O3)0.9 composition well outside the known phase field was observed. The work reported here extends this observation to two other spinel systems: Al2O3-NiO, Al2O3-CoOx; followed by three series of transition metal binary oxides, NiO-CoO, NiO-MoO3, NiO-CuO. The impetus to study spinels derives both from the fact that a number of them are known transparent ceramics, but also others offer high SSAs coupled with unusual phases that suggest potentially novel catalytic materials. Because LF-FSP provides access to any composition, comprehensive studies of the entire tie-lines were conducted rather than just compositions of value for catalytic applications. Initial efforts established baseline properties for the nano aluminate spinels, then three binary transition metal oxide sets (Ni-Co, Ni-Mo and Ni

  4. Reflection and Transmission Coefficient of Yttrium Iron Garnet Filled Polyvinylidene Fluoride Composite Using Rectangular Waveguide at Microwave Frequencies

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    Soleimani, Hassan; Abbas, Zulkifly; Yahya, Noorhana; Shameli, Kamyar; Soleimani, Hojjatollah; Shabanzadeh, Parvaneh

    2012-01-01

    The sol-gel method was carried out to synthesize nanosized Yttrium Iron Garnet (YIG). The nanomaterials with ferrite structure were heat-treated at different temperatures from 500 to 1000 °C. The phase identification, morphology and functional groups of the prepared samples were characterized by powder X-ray diffraction (PXRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR), respectively. The YIG ferrite nanopowder was composited with polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) by a solution casting method. The magnitudes of reflection and transmission coefficients of PVDF/YIG containing 6, 10 and 13% YIG, respectively, were measured using rectangular waveguide in conjunction with a microwave vector network analyzer (VNA) in X-band frequencies. The results indicate that the presence of YIG in polymer composites causes an increase in reflection coefficient and decrease in transmission coefficient of the polymer. PMID:22942718

  5. Microemulsion synthesis and magnetic properties of hydroxyapatite-encapsulated nano CoFe2O4

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    Foroughi, Firoozeh; Hassanzadeh-Tabrizi, S. A.; Amighian, Jamshid

    2015-05-01

    Hydroxyapatite-encapsulated cobalt ferrite (CoFe2O4) nanopowders were synthesized by one step microemulsion method. The powders were characterized by X-ray Diffraction, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, field emission scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy and vibrating sample magnetometer. TEM results showed that nanoparticles calcined at 700 °C have core-shell morphology. It was found that the resultant phases, morphology and magnetic properties of the samples depend on calcining temperature. The synthesized nanoparticles showed a maximum saturation magnetization of 7.8 emu/g with a wasp-waisted hysteresis loop. The magnetion was reduced by increasing calcining temperature to 900 °C. This reduction is due to the reaction of cobalt ferrite with hydroxyapatite which leads to CaFe12(PO4)8(OH)12 phase.

  6. Photoluminescence of nanosized Zn2SiO4:Mn depending upon preparation method

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    Petrovykh, K. A.; Kortov, V. S.; Rempel, A. A.

    2014-11-01

    Nanosized Zn2SiO4:Mn powders were prepared by two different methods: a high- energy ball-milling of microcrystalline powder (so-called "top-down") and a sol-gel method ("bottom-up"). It was shown that it is possible to obtain particles of 30±10 nm by means of the ball-milling. A particle size of the Zn2SiO4:Mn synthesized by the sol-gel method ranged from 20 to 110 nm. It was found all samples exhibit photoluminescence (PL) in the green spectral region with a maximum emission wavelength from 515 to 520 nm. A nanopowder obtained by the ball-milling showed a significant decrease of the PL intensity comparing with bulk material. The PL intensity of the samples prepared by sol-gel method is much higher than that of ball-milled Zn2SiO4:Mn.

  7. Fabrication and Characterization of Fully Ceramic Microencapsulated Fuels

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    Terrani, Kurt A; Kiggans, Jim; Katoh, Yutai; Shimoda, Kazuya; Montgomery, Fred C; Armstrong, Beth L; Parish, Chad M; Hinoki, Tatsuya; Hunn, John D; Snead, Lance Lewis

    2012-01-01

    The current generation of fully ceramic microencapsulated fuels, consisting of Tristructural Isotropic fuel particles embedded in a silicon carbide matrix, is fabricated by hot pressing. Matrix powder feedstock is comprised of alumina - yttria additives thoroughly mixed with silicon carbide nanopowder using polyethyleneimine as a dispersing agent. Fuel compacts are fabricated by hot pressing the powder - fuel particle mixture at a temperature of 1800-1900 C using compaction pressures of 10-20 MPa. Detailed microstructural characterization of the final fuel compacts shows that oxide additives are limited in extent and are distributed uniformly at silicon carbide grain boundaries, at triple joints between silicon carbide grains, and at the fuel particle-matrix interface.

  8. A timesaving, low-cost, high-yield method for the synthesis of ultrasmall uniform graphene oxide nanosheets and their application in surfactants

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    Luo, Zhi-Jia; Geng, Hong-Zhang; Zhang, Xing; Du, Baotan; Ding, Er-Xiong; Wang, Jing; Lu, Zhanguo; Sun, Baoquan; Wang, Jie; Liu, Juncheng

    2016-02-01

    Graphene oxide nanosheets (GONSs) with a lateral size less than 100 nm have attracted more and more attention for their wide range of potential applications, from bionanotechnology and nanobiomedicine to surfactants. However, at present GONSs are commonly prepared from graphite nanofibers or graphite nanopowders which are both expensive. Here, a timesaving, low-cost, high-yield method is proposed for preparing ultrasmall uniform GONSs with an average lateral size of ∼30 nm, utilizing common graphite powder as the raw material in the absence of a strong acid. The obtained GONSs are able to disperse single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWCNTs) effectively, and the dispersion could withstand high-speed centrifugation. Consequently, GONSs could indeed serve as a superior surfactant for the dispersion of SWCNTs, and the dispersion could be further applied in electronics, as the GONSs may be further reduced to reduced GONSs or graphene nanosheets.

  9. Effect of the heat treatment conditions on the synthesis of Sr-hexaferrite

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    Martinez Garcia, R.; Bilovol, V.; Socolovsky, L. M.

    2012-08-01

    The effect of heat treatment conditions under oxygen atmosphere on the SrFe12O19 synthesis is analyzed. Effect of partial evacuation of decomposition gases of the organometallic precursor on the phase composition of different samples is studied. An accurate structural analysis of samples obtained between 250 °C and 600 °C is reported. From the structural analysis several secondary phases are identified. The amount of secondary phases can be manipulated through the control of the heat treatment conditions, and therefore, this constitutes a methodology to manipulate the composition and the magnetic properties of the obtained nanopowders. The quantitative determination of phases is performed by structural refinement of X-ray powder patterns, using Rietveld analysis. Magnetic study is done by magnetization vs. applied magnetic field at room temperature.

  10. Microstructure and mechanical properties of thermoelectric nanostructured n-type silicon-germanium alloys synthesized employing spark plasma sintering

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    Bathula, Sivaiah; Gahtori, Bhasker; Tripathy, S. K.; Tyagi, Kriti; Srivastava, A. K.; Dhar, Ajay; Jayasimhadri, M.

    2014-08-11

    Owing to their high thermoelectric (TE) figure-of-merit, nanostructured Si{sub 80}Ge{sub 20} alloys are evolving as a potential replacement for their bulk counterparts in designing efficient radio-isotope TE generators. However, as the mechanical properties of these alloys are equally important in order to avoid in-service catastrophic failure of their TE modules, we report the strength, hardness, fracture toughness, and thermal shock resistance of nanostructured n-type Si{sub 80}Ge{sub 20} alloys synthesized employing spark plasma sintering of mechanically alloyed nanopowders of its constituent elements. These mechanical properties show a significant enhancement, which has been correlated with the microstructural features at nano-scale, delineated by transmission electron microscopy.

  11. Improvement of device performance by using zinc oxide in hybrid organic-inorganic solar cells

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    Hayakawa, Akinobu; Sagawa, Takashi

    2016-02-01

    Zinc oxide (ZnO) nanopowder was applied to hybrid solar cells in combination with poly(3-hexylthiophene). Stability tests of the hybrid solar cell with or without encapsulation with glass and UV cut-off films were performed under 1 sun at 63 °C at a relative humidity of 50%. It was found that the sealed cell showed worse device performance in terms of the loss of the open-circuit voltage (Voc), whereas the unsealed cell exposed to air retained an almost constant Voc for more than 3 d under dark and atmospheric conditions. Placement in O2 atmosphere in the dark led to the recovery of Voc. Cation (Sn4+) doping into ZnO was performed, and the loss of Voc was effectively suppressed through the restraint of the supply of the excited electron from the valence band to the conduction band.

  12. Chemical and Thermoelectric Properties of Hot Pressed and Spark Plasma Sintered Type-I Clathrate Ba8Cu4.8Si41.2

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    Yan, X.; Populoh, S.; Weidenkaff, A.; Rogl, P.; Paschen, S.

    2016-03-01

    Nanostructuring has been considered as an effective way to reduce the thermal conductivity and enhance the thermoelectric performance in different material systems. Here, we present the chemical and thermoelectric properties of the nanostructured bulk type-I clathrate Ba8Cu4.8Si41.2. The samples were prepared by consolidating ball-milled nanopowders either by hot pressing or by spark plasma sintering. Fine powders and high sintering temperatures are needed to reach a high bulk density and high thermoelectric performance in the sintered samples. The highest ZT of 0.3 at 870 K is achieved in the most dense sample sintered at 800°C by hot pressing. Further improvement is expected if smaller grain sizes could be stabilized.

  13. Microstructure and abrasion resistance of plasma sprayed titania coatings

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    Ctibor, P.; Neufuss, K.; Chraska, P.

    2006-12-01

    Agglomerated titania nanopowder and a “classical” titania were sprayed by the high throughput water-stabilized plasma (WSP) and thoroughly compared. Optical microscopy with image analysis as well as mercury intrusion porosimetry were used for quantification of porosity. Results indicate that the “nano” coatings in general exhibit finer pores than coatings of the “conventional” micron-sized powders. Mechanical properties such as Vickers microhardness and slurry abrasion response were measured and linked to the structural investigation. Impact of the variation in the slurry composition on wear resistance of tested coatings and on character of the wear damage is discussed. The overall results, however, suggest that the “nano” coatings properties are better only for carefully selected sets of spraying parameters, which seem to have a very important impact.

  14. Preparation of pure iron/Ni-Zn ferrite high strength soft magnetic composite by spark plasma sintering

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    Wang, Minggang; Zan, Zhao; Deng, Na; Zhao, Zhankui

    2014-06-01

    A dense microcellular structure is fabricated using micron-sized pure iron powder cladded with 10 wt% Zn0.5Ni0.5Fe2O4 nanopowder by filling the pure iron with Ni-Zn-ferrites composite and subjecting the mixture to a temperature of 600 °C. The SEM image shows that the thickness of cell wall is in the range of 1.0-2.0 μm, and the inner dimension of the alloy is in the range of 15-40 μm. By coating Ni-Zn-ferrites, the electrical resistivity is increased. The composite exhibits not only good soft magnetic properties but also good mechanical strength.

  15. Microwave assisted synthesis of copper oxide and its application in electrochemical sensing

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    Felix, S.; Bala Praveen Chakkravarthy, R.; Nirmala Grace, A.

    2015-02-01

    Copper oxide nanopowders were prepared using copper acetate as the precursor and polyethylene glycol (PEG) as stabilizer in ethanol medium. The mixture containing copper acetate, sodium hydroxide and PEG was irradiated with microwave and nanometric copper oxide particles were formed within 8 min. The prepared nanoparticles were characterized using x-ray diffraction, UV-vis spectroscopy and scanning electron microscopy. The average particle size was found to be ~ 4 nm. This was used to modify glassy carbon electrode with PVDF & DMF as binder and used for sensing of carbohydrates (glucose and sucrose) and H2O2. The copper oxide nanoparticles showed excellent sensitivity in the range of 0.1 mM to 1 mM when choronoamperometry was carried out at 0.6 V Vs. Ag/AgCl. The observed sensitivity is much higher when compared with conventional micron sized copper oxide particles.

  16. A study of structural, optical and dielectric properties of crystalline Sr2Nb2O7 nanoparticles synthesized by a modified combustion technique

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    Mathai, K. C.; Vidya, S.; Solomon, Sam; Thomas, J. K.

    2014-01-01

    Nanocrystalline Strontium Pyroniobate is synthesized by a novel auto-igniting combustion technique. The X-Ray diffraction studies reveal that Strontium Niobate possesses orthorhombic structure. Phase purity and structure of the nanopowder is further examined using Fourier-Transform Infrared and Raman spectroscopy. The average particle size of the as prepared nanoparticles from the Transmission Electron Microscopy is 30 nm. Sr2Nb2O7 is a photoluminescent material and the optical band gap determined from the UV-DRS spectrum is 2.7eV. The sample is sintered at an optimized temperature of 1350°C for 2 hours and obtained maximum density. The dielectric constant and loss factor values obtained at 5MHz for a well-sintered Strontium Niobate pellet is found to be 40 and 3.9×10-3 respectively, at room temperature.

  17. Modeling the Thermoelectric Properties of Ti5O9 Magnéli Phase Ceramics

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    Pandey, Sudeep J.; Joshi, Giri; Wang, Shidong; Curtarolo, Stefano; Gaume, Romain M.

    2016-07-01

    Magnéli phase Ti5O9 ceramics with 200-nm grain-size were fabricated by hot-pressing nanopowders of titanium and anatase TiO2 at 1223 K. The thermoelectric properties of these ceramics were investigated from room temperature to 1076 K. We show that the experimental variation of the electrical conductivity with temperature follows a non-adiabatic small-polaron model with an activation energy of 64 meV. In this paper, we propose a modified Heikes-Chaikin-Beni model, based on a canonical ensemble of closely spaced titanium t 2g levels, to account for the temperature dependency of the Seebeck coefficient. Modeling of the thermal conductivity data reveals that the phonon contribution remains constant throughout the investigated temperature range. The thermoelectric figure-of-merit ZT of this nanoceramic material reaches 0.3 K at 1076 K.

  18. Microstructural study and size control of iron oxide nanoparticles produced by microemulsion technique

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    Koutzarova, T.; Kolev, S.; Ghelev, Ch.; Paneva, D.; Nedkov, I.

    2006-05-01

    In this paper we study the possibility to control the size of iron oxide (Fe3O4) nanoparticles by the microemulsion technique. We used a water-in-oil reverse microemulsion system with n-hexadecil trimethylammonium bromide (CTAB) as a cationic surfactant, n-butanol as a co-surfactant, n-hexanol as a continuous oil phase, and aqueous phase. The magnetite nanopowders were synthesized by a single microemulsion technique in which the aqueous phase contains only metal ions (Fe2+ and Fe3+). The particle size of the powders varied in the range of 14-36 nm depending on the preparation conditions. We studied the influence of changing the water/surfactant ratio (W 0 = 5, 10, 15, 20) and the metallic ion (Fe2+ and Fe3+) concentration on the particle size distribution and crystallinity of Fe3O4.

  19. Effect of protective release coatings on the basis of superdispersersed zirconium oxide powder on the formation of gas defects in bronze casting

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Martyushev, Nikita V.; Risto, Nikolay A.

    2014-10-01

    This paper investigates the use of nanopowders in the composition of foundry coatings when casting leaded tin bronzes. Influence of the composition of the applied protective coating on surface finish is studied. The effects of the coatings of the following compositions are compared: non-stick coating (a mixture of low-dispersed chromium oxide powder and heat-treated vegetable oil); non-stick lubricant ASPF-2/RgU on the basis of low- dispersed graphite powder and heat-treated vegetable oil; patent #2297300 (a mixture of superdispersed zirconium dioxide powder with industrial oil). It is demonstrated that application of foundry coatings containing superdispersed metal oxide powders with low thermal conductivity makes it possible to significantly reduce irregularities and eliminate gas porosity on the surface of tin-leaded bronze castings.

  20. On the Mechanism of Ultrasound-Driven Deagglomeration of Nanoparticle Agglomerates in Aluminum Melt

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    Kudryashova, Olga; Vorozhtsov, Sergey

    2016-05-01

    One of the promising directions in the technology of composite alloys with improved mechanical properties is reinforcement of the metallic matrix with nanopowders introduced in the liquid metal. Ultrasonic processing is known to significantly improve the introduction of submicrone particles to the metallic melt. This study focuses on the mechanisms of deagglomeration and wettability of such particles by the melt under the action of ultrasound. The suggested mechanism involves the penetration of the liquid metal into the pores and cracks of the agglomerates under the excess pressure created by imploding cavitation bubbles and further destruction of the agglomerate by the sound wave. The main dependences connecting the acoustic parameters and processing time with the physical and chemical properties of particles and the melt are obtained through analytical modeling. The mathematical description of the ultrasonic deagglomeration in liquid metal is presented; a dependence of the threshold intensity of ultrasound for the break-up of agglomerates on their size is reported.