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  1. Electron Microscopy Localization and Characterization of Functionalized Composite Organic-Inorganic SERS Nanoparticles on Leukemia Cells

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    Koh, Ai Leen; Shachaf, Catherine M.; Elchuri, Sailaja; Nolan, Garry P.; Sinclair, Robert

    2008-01-01

    We demonstrate the use of electron microscopy as a powerful characterization tool to identify and locate antibody-conjugated composite organic-inorganic (COINs) surface enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) nanoparticles on cells. U937 leukemia cells labeled with antibody CD54-conjugated COINs were characterized in their native, hydrated state using wet Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM) and in their dehydrated state using high-resolution SEM. In both cases, the backscattered electron detector (BSE) was used to detect and identify the silver constituents in COINs due to its high sensitivity to atomic number variations within a specimen. The imaging and analytical capabilities in the SEM were further complemented by higher resolution Transmission Electron Microscope (TEM) images and Scanning Auger Electron Spectroscopy (AES) data to give reliable and high-resolution information about nanoparticles and their binding to cell surface antigens. PMID:18995965

  2. Air stable organic-inorganic nanoparticles hybrid solar cells

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    Qian, Lei; Yang, Jihua; Xue, Jiangeng; Holloway, Paul H.

    2015-09-29

    A solar cell includes a low work function cathode, an active layer of an organic-inorganic nanoparticle composite, a ZnO nanoparticle layer situated between and physically contacting the cathode and active layers; and a transparent high work function anode that is a bilayer electrode. The inclusion of the ZnO nanoparticle layer results in a solar cell displaying a conversion efficiency increase and reduces the device degradation rate. Embodiments of the invention are directed to novel ZnO nanoparticles that are advantageous for use as the ZnO nanoparticle layers of the novel solar cells and a method to prepare the ZnO nanoparticles.

  3. Organic-inorganic materials containing nanoparticles of zirconium hydrophosphate for baromembrane separation.

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    Dzyazko, Yuliya S; Rozhdestvenskaya, Ludmila M; Zmievskii, Yu G; Vilenskii, Alexander I; Myronchuk, Valerii G; Kornienko, Ludmila V; Vasilyuk, Sergey V; Tsyba, Nikolay N

    2015-01-01

    Organic-inorganic membranes were obtained by stepwise modification of poly(ethyleneterephthalate) track membrane with nanoparticles of zirconium hydrophosphate. The modifier was inserted inside pores of the polymer, a size of which is 0.33 μm. Inner active layer was formed by this manner. Evolution of morphology and functional properties of the membranes were investigated using methods of porosimetry, potentiometry and electron microscopy. The nanoparticles (4 to 10 nm) were found to form aggregates, which block pores of the polymer. Pores between the aggregates (4 to 8 nm) as well as considerable surface charge density provide significant transport numbers of counter ions (up to 0.86 for Na(+)). The materials were applied to baromembrane separation of corn distillery. It was found that precipitate is formed mainly inside the pores of the pristine membrane. In the case of the organic-inorganic material, the deposition occurs onto the outer surface and can be removed by mechanical way. Location of the active layer inside membranes protects it against damage. PMID:25852361

  4. Bridged polysilsesquioxanes: Hybrid organic-inorganic materials as fuel cell polyelectrolyte membranes and functional nanoparticles

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    Khiterer, Mariya

    2007-05-01

    This dissertation describes the design, fabrication, and characterization of organic-inorganic hybrid materials. Several classes of bridged polysilsesquioxanes are presented. The first class is a membrane material suitable for fuel cell technology as a proton conducting polyelectrolyte. The second class includes hybrid nanoparticles for display device applications and chromatographic media. Chapter 1 is an introduction to hybrid organic-inorganic materials. Sol-gel chemistry is discussed, followed by a survey of prominent examples of silica hybrids. Examples of physical organic-silica blends and covalent organo-silicas, including ORMOCERSRTM, polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxanes, and bridged polysilsesquioxanes are discussed. Bridged polysilsesquioxanes are described in great detail. Monomer synthesis, sol-gel chemistry, processing, characterization, and physical properties are included. Chapter 2 describes the design of polyelectrolyte bridged polysilsesquioxane membranes. The materials contain covalently bound sulfonic acid groups originating from the corresponding disulfides. These organic-inorganic hybrid materials integrate a network supporting component which is systematically changed to fine-tune their physical properties. The membranes are characterized as PEM fuel cell electrolytes, where proton conductivities of 4-6 mS cm-1 were measured. In Chapter 3 techniques for the preparation of bridged polysilsesquioxane nanoparticles are described. An inverse water-in-oil microemulsion polymerization method is developed to prepare cationic nanoparticles, including viologen-bridged materials with applications in electrochromic display devices. An aqueous ammonia system is used to prepare neutral nanoparticles containing hydrocarbon bridging groups, which have potential applications as chromatographic media. Chapter 4 describes electrochromic devices developed in collaboration with the Heflin group of Virginia Tech, which incorporate viologen bridged nanoparticles

  5. Improvement in open circuit voltage of MEHPPV-FeS2 nanoparticle based organic inorganic hybrid solar cell

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    Layek, Animesh; Middya, Somnath; Ray, Partha Pratim

    2013-02-01

    In this study we have synthesized high quality FeS2 nanoparticles by solvothermal route and was applied as semiconducting acceptor in MEHPPV:FeS2 nanoparticle based organic inorganic hybrid solar cells. The open circuit voltage improved from 0.64V to 0.72V of the device due to modification of band gap of donor material by introducing nanoparticles.

  6. Fundamental understanding of the synthesis and tribological behavior of organic-inorganic nanoparticles

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    Verma, Arpana

    The objective of this doctoral research is to design, synthesize, and test an advanced lubricant additive using novel active nanostructures of inorganic layered solid lubricant particles (MoS2), integrated and encapsulated with organic molecules, namely triglycerides and phospholipids, respectively. It was hypothesized that this combination can uniquely respond under severe boundary lubrication conditions (where high frictional losses exist). These organic-inorganic nanoparticles were synthesized using a top-down nanomanufacturing process, commonly known as high-energy ball milling or mechanical milling. It was performed in the presence of ambient air followed by organic molecules (triglycerides) to produce nanoparticles with controlled morphologies and surface properties. SEM, particle size analysis, and XRD showed a particle size reduction up to 100 nm and a grain size of 6 nm. TEM showed that after air milling for 48 hrs, agglomerated clusters of quasi-spherical nanoparticles of MoS2 were formed. HRTEM shows that the inter-planar defects and milling assisted shearing between the platelets caused the resultant curling of the planes, forming these unique nanostructures. Further milling of these clusters for 48 hrs in an organic medium (triglycerides) produced mono-dispersed quasi-spherical nanoparticles (<100 nm size). Surface analysis showed the presence of hydrocarbons, COO- molecules on the deagglomerated nanoparticles indicating a chemisorbed capping layer. A capping layer was also confirmed by zeta potential analysis. Tribological studies using pin-on-disk and four-ball tests showed that this novel active material can significantly reduce friction and wear. The coefficient of friction was reduced in pin-on-disk from 0.15 to 0.04 when these nanoparticles were mixed with the base oil. Similarly, in four-ball tests, significant reduction in coefficient of friction (0.06-0.07) and wear (0.47 mm) reduction were observed. To understand the underlying mechanism of

  7. Organic-inorganic hybrid thin film solar cells using conducting polymer and gold nanoparticles

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    Hwan Jung, Hyung; Ho Kim, Dong; Su Kim, Chang; Bae, Tae-Sung; Bum Chung, Kwun; Yoon Ryu, Seung

    2013-05-01

    We employed poly(styrenesulfonate)-doped poly (3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene) (PEDOT:PSS) as a p-layer on textured fluorine-tin-oxide (FTO) glass in pin-type hydrogenated amorphous silicon solar cells (a-Si:H SCs). An amorphous tungsten oxide (WO3) layer and gold nanoparticles (Au-NPs) 10 nm in size were included to prevent the degradation and to increase short-circuit current by the Plasmon effect, respectively, between the PEDOT:PSS and intrinsic-Si layer. The energy band between PEDOT:PSS and WO3 was meaningfully adjusted by Au-NPs. The p-type PEDOT:PSS layer in these organic-inorganic hybrid a-Si:H SCs results in an increased conversion efficiency from ˜2.42% to ˜5.49% and an increased open-circuit voltage from ˜0.29 V to ˜0.56 V. PEDOT:PSS on textured FTO glass is sufficiently showing that it can replace the p-type Si layer in pin-type a-Si:H SCs.

  8. Imaging and quantifying the morphology of an organic-inorganic nanoparticle at the sub-nanometre level.

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    van Schooneveld, Matti M; Gloter, Alexandre; Stephan, Odile; Zagonel, Luiz F; Koole, Rolf; Meijerink, Andries; Mulder, Willem J M; de Groot, Frank M F

    2010-07-01

    The development of hybrid organic-inorganic nanoparticles is of interest for applications such as drug delivery, DNA and protein recognition, and medical diagnostics. However, the characterization of such nanoparticles remains a significant challenge due to the heterogeneous nature of these particles. Here, we report the direct visualization and quantification of the organic and inorganic components of a lipid-coated silica particle that contains a smaller semiconductor quantum dot. High-angle annular dark-field scanning transmission electron microscopy combined with electron energy loss spectroscopy was used to determine the thickness and chemical signature of molecular coating layers, the element atomic ratios, and the exact positions of different elements in single nanoparticles. Moreover, the lipid ratio and lipid phase segregation were also quantified. PMID:20526325

  9. Resonant Infrared Matrix-Assisted Pulsed Laser Evaporation Of Inorganic Nanoparticles And Organic/Inorganic Hybrid Nanocomposites

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    Pate, Ryan; Lantz, Kevin R.; Stiff-Roberts, Adrienne D.; Dhawan, Anuj; Vo-Dinh, Tuan

    2010-10-08

    In this research, resonant infrared matrix-assisted pulsed laser evaporation (RIR-MAPLE) has been used to deposit different classes of inorganic nanoparticles, including bare, un-encapsulated ZnO and Au nanoparticles, as well as ligand-encapsulated CdSe colloidal quantum dots (CQDs). RIR-MAPLE has been used for thin-film deposition of different organic/inorganic hybrid nanocomposites using some of these inorganic nanoparticles, including CdSe CQD-poly[2-methoxy-5-(2'-ethylhexyloxy )-1,4-(1-cyanovinylene)phenylene](MEH-CN-PPV) nanocomposites and Au nanoparticle-poly(methyl methacrylate)(PMMA) nanocomposites. The unique contribution of this research is that a technique is demonstrated for the deposition of organic-based thin-films requiring solvents with bond energies that do not have to be resonant with the laser energy. By creating an emulsion of solvent and ice in the target, RIR-MAPLE using a 2.94 {mu}m laser can deposit most material systems because the hydroxyl bonds in the ice component of the emulsion matrix are strongly resonant with the 2.94 {mu}m laser. In this way, the types of materials that can be deposited using RIR-MAPLE has been significantly expanded. Furthermore, materials with different solvent bond energies can be co-deposited without concern for material degradation and without the need to specifically tune the laser energy to each material solvent bond energy, thereby facilitating the realization of organic/inorganic hybrid nanocomposite thin-films. In addition to the structural characterization of the inorganic nanoparticle and hybrid nanocomposite thin-films deposited using this RIR-MAPLE technique, optical characterization is presented to demonstrate the potential of such films for optoelectronic device applications.

  10. Morphology and properties of a hybrid organic-inorganic system: Al nanoparticles embedded into CuPc thin film

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    Molodtsova, O. V.; Babenkov, S. V.; Aristova, I. M.; Vilkov, O. V.; Aristov, V. Yu.

    2014-04-28

    The evolution of the morphology and the electronic structure of the hybrid organic-inorganic system composed of aluminum nanoparticles (NPs) distributed in an organic semiconductor matrix—copper phthalocyanine (CuPc)—as a function of nominal aluminum content was studied by transmission electron microscopy and by photoemission spectroscopy methods. The aluminum atoms deposited onto the CuPc surface diffuse into the organic matrix and self-assemble to NPs in a well-defined manner with a narrow diameter distribution, which depends on the amount of aluminum that is evaporated onto the CuPc film. We find clear evidence of a charge transfer from Al to CuPc and we have been able to determine the lattice sites where Al ions sit. The finally at high coverage about 64 Å the formation of metallic aluminum overlayer on CuPc thin film takes place.

  11. Gold nanoparticles embedded in organic/inorganic hybrid matrix: electrical and electrochemical behavior (withdrawal notice)

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    Moreira, Sandra D. F. C.; Silva, J. P. B.; Silva, Carlos J. R.; Capan, I.; Gomes, M. J. M.; Costa, Manuel F. M.

    2013-05-01

    Gold nanoparticles (AuNPs) with different diameters, from 3 to 32 nm, were immobilized in amine-alcohol-silicate matrix by mixing a preformed nanoparticle colloid with the precursors of amine-alcohol-silicate (AAs) prior to the solgel transition. These nanocomposites show high optical quality and optical features dictated by the size of the nanoparticle dopants but also present a high degree of flexibility which can largely enhance the range of practical applications. The current-voltage, impedance and capacitance-voltage characteristics of these materials have been measured. The electrochemical and impedimetric results reveal that AuNPs with different sizes give different signals, thus providing useful information that allows the employment of AuNPs in electrochemical biosensors. Capacitance- voltage measurements showed that these composites embedded AuNPs exhibited a large hysteresis window of 2.4V which indicates the possibility of charge storage in the Au nanoparticles embedded AAs hybrids.

  12. Organic-inorganic hybrid materials: nanoparticle containing organogels with myriad applications.

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    Peveler, William J; Bear, Joseph C; Southern, Paul; Parkin, Ivan P

    2014-11-28

    The synthesis of hybrid inorganic-organic materials from a single-component organogelator is reported. Varied functional inorganic materials were included and the resultant physico-chemical properties of the gels are presented. These materials are quick, versatile, can be cast into virtually any form, and the nanoparticles are easily reclaimed. PMID:25302345

  13. Enzymatically degradable hybrid organic-inorganic bridged silsesquioxane nanoparticles for in vitro imaging

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    Fatieiev, Y.; Croissant, J. G.; Julfakyan, K.; Deng, L.; Anjum, D. H.; Gurinov, A.; Khashab, N. M.

    2015-09-01

    We describe biodegradable bridged silsesquioxane (BS) composite nanomaterials with an unusually high organic content (ca. 50%) based on oxamide components mimicking amino acid biocleavable groups. Unlike most bulk BS materials, the design of sub-200 nm nearly monodisperse nanoparticles (NPs) was achieved. These enzymatically degradable BS NPs were further tested as promising imaging nanoprobes.We describe biodegradable bridged silsesquioxane (BS) composite nanomaterials with an unusually high organic content (ca. 50%) based on oxamide components mimicking amino acid biocleavable groups. Unlike most bulk BS materials, the design of sub-200 nm nearly monodisperse nanoparticles (NPs) was achieved. These enzymatically degradable BS NPs were further tested as promising imaging nanoprobes. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available: Detailed synthetic procedure, experimental procedure and Fig. S1-15. See DOI: 10.1039/c5nr03065j

  14. Size-controlled hydroxyapatite nanoparticles as self-organized organic-inorganic composite materials.

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    Rusu, Viorel Marin; Ng, Chuen-How; Wilke, Max; Tiersch, Brigitte; Fratzl, Peter; Peter, Martin G

    2005-09-01

    This paper presents some results concerning the size-controlled hydroxyapatite nanoparticles obtained in aqueous media in a biopolymer matrix from soluble precursors salts. Taking the inspiration from nature, where composite materials made of a polymer matrix and inorganic fillers are often found, e.g. bone, shell of crustaceans, shell of eggs, etc., the feasibility on making composite materials containing chitosan and nanosized hydroxyapatite was investigated. A stepwise co-precipitation approach was used to obtain different types of composites by means of different ratio between components. The synthesis of hydroxyapatite was carried out in the chitosan matrix from calcium chloride and sodium dihydrogenphosphate in alkaline solutions at moderate pH of 10-11 for 24 h. Our research is focused on studying and understanding the structure of this class of composites, aiming at the development of novel materials, controlled at the nanolevel scale. The X-ray diffraction technique was employed in order to study the kinetic of hydroxyapatite formation in the chitosan matrix as well as to determine the HAp crystallite sizes in the composite samples. The hydroxyapatite synthesized using this route was found to be nano-sized (15-50 nm). Moreover, applying an original approach to analyze the (002) XRD diffraction peak profile of hydroxyapatite by using a sum of two Gauss functions, the bimodal distribution of nanosized hydroxyapatite within the chitosan matrix was revealed. Two types of size distribution domains such as cluster-like (between 200 and 400 nm), which are the habitat of ''small'' hydroxyapatite nanocrystallites and scattered-like, which are the habitat of ''large'' hydroxyapatite nanocrystallites was probed by TEM and CSLM. The structural features of composites suggest that self-assembly processes might be involved. The composites contain nanosized hydroxyapatite with structural features close to those of biological apatites that make them attractive for bone

  15. Molecular Imaging with SERS-Active Nanoparticles

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    Zhang, Yin; Hong, Hao; Myklejord, Duane V.; Cai, Weibo

    2011-01-01

    Lead-in Raman spectroscopy has been explored for various biomedical applications (e.g. cancer diagnosis) because it can provide detailed information on the chemical composition of cells and tissues. For imaging applications, several variations of Raman spectroscopy have been developed to enhance its sensitivity. To date, a wide variety of molecular targets and biological events have been investigated using surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS)-active nanoparticles. The superb multiplexing capability of SERS-based Raman imaging, already successfully demonstrated in live animals, can be extremely powerful in future research where different agents can be attached to different Raman tags to enable the simultaneous interrogation of multiple biological events. Over the last several years, molecular imaging with SERS-active nanoparticles has advanced significantly and many pivotal proof-of-principle experiments have been successfully carried out. It is expected that SERS-based imaging will continue to be a dynamic research field over the next decade. PMID:21932216

  16. Gold nanoparticles-induced enhancement of the analytical response of an electrochemical biosensor based on an organic-inorganic hybrid composite material.

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    Barbadillo, M; Casero, E; Petit-Domínguez, M D; Vázquez, L; Pariente, F; Lorenzo, E

    2009-12-15

    The design and characterization of a new organic-inorganic hybrid composite material for glucose electrochemical sensing are described. This material is based on the entrapment of both gold nanoparticles (AuNPs) and glucose oxidase, which was chosen as a model, into a sol-gel matrix. The addition of spectroscopic grade graphite to this system, which confers conductivity, leads to the development of a material particularly attractive for electrochemical biosensor fabrication. The characterization of the hybrid composite material was performed using atomic force microscopy and scanning electron microscopy techniques. This composite material was applied to the determination of glucose in presence of hydroxymethylferrocene as a redox mediator. The system exhibits a clear electrocatalytic activity towards glucose, allowing its determination at 250 mV vs Ag/AgCl. The performance of the resulting enzyme biosensor was evaluated in terms of sensitivity, detection limit, linear response range, stability and accuracy. Finally, the enhancement of the analytical response of the resulting biosensor induced by the presence of gold nanoparticles was evaluated by comparison with a similar organic-inorganic hybrid composite material without AuNPs. PMID:19836554

  17. Electrodeposited Silver Nanoparticles Patterned Hexagonally for SERS

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    Gu, Geun Hoi; Lee, Sue Yeone; Suh, Jung Sang

    2010-08-06

    We have fabricated hexagonally patterned silver nanoparticles for surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) by electrodepositing silver on the surface of an aluminum plate prepared by completely removing the oxide from anodic aluminum oxide (AAO) templates. Even after completely removing the oxide, well-ordered hexagonal patterns, similar to the shape of graphene, remained on the surface of the aluminum plate. The borders of the hexagonal pattern protruded up to form sorts of nano-mountains at both the sides and apexes of the hexagon, with the apexes protruding even more significantly than the sides. The aluminum plate prepared by completely removing the oxide has been used in the preparation of SERS substrates by sputter-coating of gold or silver on it. Instead of sputter-coating, here we have electro-deposited silver on the aluminum plate. When silver was electro-deposited on the plate, silver nanoparticles were made along the hexagonal margins.

  18. Preparation of an aptamer based organic-inorganic hybrid monolithic column with gold nanoparticles as an intermediary for the enrichment of proteins.

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    Zhao, Jin-Cheng; Zhu, Qing-Yun; Zhao, Ling-Yu; Lian, Hong-Zhen; Chen, Hong-Yuan

    2016-08-01

    A novel strategy for the preparation of an aptamer based organic-inorganic hybrid affinity monolithic column was developed successfully using gold nanoparticles (GNPs) as an intermediary for a sandwich structure to realize the functional modification of the surface of the monolithic matrix. This monolithic matrix was facilely pre-synthesized via one-step co-condensation. Due to the high surface-to-volume ratio of GNPs and the large specific surface area of the hybrid matrix, the average coverage density of aptamers on the hybrid monolith reached 342 pmol μL(-1). With the combination of an aptamer based hybrid affinity monolithic column and enzymatic chromogenic assay, the quantitation and detection limits of thrombin were as low as 5 nM and 2 nM, respectively. These results indicated that the GNPs attached monolith provided a novel technique to immobilize aptamers on an organic-inorganic hybrid monolith and it could be used to achieve highly selective recognition and determination of trace proteins. PMID:27307035

  19. Formation of gel of preformed size-selected titanium-oxo-alkoxy nanoparticles: towards organic-inorganic hybrid material with efficient interfacial electron transfer

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    Gorbovyi, Pavlo; Uklein, Andrii; Traore, Mamadou; Museur, Luc; Kanaev, Andrei

    2014-12-01

    We report on preparation of a new organic-inorganic hybrid material with high photonic sensitivity, of which the inorganic component is gel of preformed size-selected titanium-oxo-alkoxy (TOA) nanoparticles. The inorganic nanoparticles of 5 nm size are generated in perfect micromixing conditions and assembled into the gel network in monomer HEMA (2-hydroxyethyl methacrylate) solutions at sufficiently slow input of water molecules in neutral pH conditions. The gelation is found to compete with precipitation and is promoted by an increase of the nanoparticle concentration. As a result, homogeneous optical-grade gels are obtained at titanium molar concentrations of 1.5 M and higher. After the organic polymerization, the organicinorganic pHEMA-TOA hybrids (pHEMA = poly(2-hydroxyethyl methacrylate)) show a high quantum yield of photoinduced charges separation (Ti3+/absorbed photons) and storage capacity (Ti3+/Ti4+), respectively 75% and 25%, which confirm the importance of the material nanoscale morphology control.

  20. Synthesis and SERS activity of V2O5 nanoparticles

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    Pan, J.; Li, M.; Luo, Y. Y.; Wu, H.; Zhong, L.; Wang, Q.; Li, G. H.

    2015-04-01

    Vanadium pentoxide nanoparticles with different sizes were prepared by a microwave-assisted hydrothermal reduction combined with subsequent annealing treatment. The surface enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS) activity of rhodamine 6G (R6G) over V2O5 nanoparticles was investigated. It was found that the SERS activity of R6G is size-dependent, and the smaller the nanoparticle size the higher the SERS activity. The V2O5 nanoparticles with an average size about 42 nm have a detecting limit better than 10-8 M R6G. The SERS activity of R6G over V2O5 nanoparticles is also excitation wavelength-dependent, and the 532 nm laser displays an optimal SERS activity because of the energy matching between V2O5 nanoparticles and R6G molecules in the photo-induced charge transfer process.

  1. Comprehensive analysis of photonic effects on up-conversion of β-NaYF4:Er3+ nanoparticles in an organic-inorganic hybrid 1D photonic crystal

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    Hofmann, C. L. M.; Fischer, S.; Reitz, C.; Richards, B. S.; Goldschmidt, J. C.

    2016-04-01

    Upconversion (UC) presents a possibility to exploit sub-bandgap photons for current generation in solar cells by creating one high-energy photon out of at least two lower-energy photons. Photonic structures can enhance UC by two effects: a locally increased irradiance and a modified local density of photon states (LDOS). Bragg stacks are promising photonic structures for this application, because they are straightforward to optimize and overall absorption can be increased by adding more layers. In this work, we present a comprehensive simulation-based analysis of the photonic effects of a Bragg stack on UC luminescence. The investigated organic-inorganic hybrid Bragg stack consists of alternating layers of Poly(methylmethacrylate) (PMMA), containing purpose-built β-NaYF4:25% Er3+ core-shell nanoparticles and titanium dioxide (TiO2). From optical characterization of single thin layers, input parameters for simulations of the photonic effects are generated. The local irradiance enhancement and modulated LDOS are first simulated separately. Subsequently they are coupled in a rate equation model of the upconversion dynamics. Using the integrated model, UC luminescence is maximized by adapting the Bragg stack design. For a Bragg stack of only 5 bilayers, UC luminescence is enhanced by a factor of 3.8 at an incident irradiance of 2000 W/m2. Our results identify the Bragg stack as promising for enhancing UC, especially in the low-irradiance regime, relevant for the application in photovoltaics. Therefore, we experimentally realized optimized Bragg stack designs. The PMMA layers, containing UC nanoparticles, are produced via spin-coating from a toluene based solution. The TiO2 layers are produced by atomic layer deposition from molecular precursors. The reflectance measurements show that the realized Bragg stacks are in good agreement with predictions from simulation.

  2. Organic-inorganic hybrid proton exchange membranes based on silicon-containing polyacrylate nanoparticles with phosphotungstic acid

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    Cui, Xuejun; Zhong, Shuangling; Wang, Hongyan

    A series of silicon-containing polyacrylate nanoparticles (SiPANPs) were successfully synthesized by simple emulsifier-free emulsion polymerization technique. The resulting latex particles were characterized by Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectrometry, dynamic light scattering (DLS) analysis, thermogravimetric analysis (TGA) and differential scanning calorimetry (DSC). The SiPANP membranes and SiPANP/phosphotungstic acid (SiPANP/PWA) hybrid membranes were also prepared and characterized to evaluate their potential as proton exchange membranes in proton exchange membrane fuel cell (PEMFC). Compared with the pure SiPANP membrane, the hybrid membranes displayed lower thermal stability. However, the degradation temperatures were still above 190 °C, satisfying the requirement of thermal stability for PEMFC operation. In addition, the hybrid membranes showed lower water uptake but higher proton conductivity than the SiPANP precursor. The proton conductivity of the hybrid membranes was in the range of 10 -3 to 10 -2 S cm -1 and increased gradually with PWA content and temperature. The excellent hydrolytic stability was also observed in the hybrid membranes because of the existence of crosslinked silica network. The good thermal stability, reasonable water uptake, excellent hydrolytic stability, suitable proton conductivity and cost effectiveness make these hybrids quite attractive as proton exchange membranes for PEMFC applications.

  3. Synthesis, characterization and SERS activity of biosynthesized silver nanoparticles

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    Bindhu, M. R.; Sathe, V.; Umadevi, M.

    2013-11-01

    Silver nanoparticles were rapidly synthesized using Moringa oleifera flower extract as the reducing agent shows surface plasmon resonance peak at 439 nm. The size and shape of the nanoparticles controlled by varying the concentration of M. oleifera flower extract in the reaction medium. The synthesized silver nanoparticles were well-dispersed spherical nanoparticles with the average size of 14 nm. The retinoic acid present in M. oleifera flower extract used as reducing agent and proteins was responsible for capping of the bioreduced silver nanoparticles. The obtained nanoparticle shows size-dependent SERS activity. The SERS spectrum indicates that the pyridine adsorbed on the silver surface in a stand-on orientation via its nitrogen lone pair electrons.

  4. Reliable SERS substrates by the controlled assembly of nanoparticles

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    Rabin, Oded

    2012-06-01

    Reliable SERS-based chemical sensors are attainable with the proper design of nanostructures on the enhancing surface. This proceeding addresses techniques for the immobilization and assembly of metal nanoparticles on substrates and the analysis of the reliability of these techniques with respect to producing effective SERS-based sensors. The fabrication methods that will be addressed are: the "vertical deposition" of nanoparticles on topography-textured substrates using capillary forces; the electrophoretic deposition of nanoparticles in templates prepared by e-beam lithography; and the assembly of nanoparticles through electrostatic interactions between the particles and microphase segregated block-copolymer films. Notably, the use of self-assembly makes these methods economically favorable. Our studies address both large area substrates and localized nanoscale structures. The properly-designed self-assembly approaches do not compromise the accuracy of the calculated enhancement factors, since no assumptions are made regarding the volume of the hot-spots. The reliability of the fabrication techniques is evaluated through the distribution of the enhancement factor values measured in hundreds of sensing sites. Correlations between Raman enhancement, geometry of aggregation and plasmon resonances will be presented. Optimizations of the SERS enhancement and the SERS substrate reliability were achieved through two strategies: (1) by controlling the inter-particle distance between metal nanoparticles in a two-dimensional lattice, and (2) by controlling the number and position of nanoparticles in small isolated clusters.

  5. Unique Gold Nanoparticle Aggregates as a Highly Active SERS Substrate

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    Schwartzberg, A M; Grant, C D; Wolcott, A; Talley, C E; Huser, T R; Bogomolni, R; Zhang, J Z

    2004-04-06

    A unique gold nanoparticle aggregate (GNA) system has been shown to be an excellent substrate for surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) applications. Rhodamine 6G (R6G), a common molecule used for testing SERS activity on silver, but generally difficult to detect on gold substrates, has been found to readily bind to the GNA and exhibit strong SERS activity due to the unique surface chemistry afforded by sulfur species on the surface. This GNA system has yielded a large SERS enhancement of 10{sup 7}-10{sup 9} in bulk solution for R6G, on par with or greater than any previously reported gold SERS substrate. SERS activity has also been successfully demonstrated for several biological molecules including adenine, L-cysteine, L-lysine, and L-histidine for the first time on a gold SERS substrate, showing the potential of this GNA as a convenient and powerful SERS substrate for biomolecular detection. In addition, SERS spectrum of R6G on single aggregates has been measured. We have shown that the special surface properties of the GNA, in conjunction with strong near IR absorption, make it useful for SERS analysis of a wide variety of molecules.

  6. Application of SERS Nanoparticles for Intracellular pH Measurements

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    Laurence, T; Talley, C; Colvin, M; Huser, T

    2004-10-21

    We present an alternative approach to optical probes that will ultimately allow us to measure chemical concentrations in microenvironments within cells and tissues. This approach is based on monitoring the surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) response of functionalized metal nanoparticles (50-100 nm in diameter). SERS allows for the sensitive detection of changes in the state of chemical groups attached to individual nanoparticles and small clusters. Here, we present the development of a nanoscale pH meter. The pH response of these nanoprobes is tested in a cell-free medium, measuring the pH of the solution immediately surrounding the nanoparticles. Heterogeneities in the SERS signal, which can result from the formation of small nanoparticle clusters, are characterized using SERS correlation spectroscopy and single particle/cluster SERS spectroscopy. The response of the nanoscale pH meters is tested under a wide range of conditions to approach the complex environment encountered inside living cells and to optimize probe performance.

  7. SERS spectroscopy of nanocomposite porous films containing silver nanoparticles

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    Kaganovich, E. B.; Krischenko, I. M.; Kravchenko, S. A.; Manoilov, E. G.; Golichenko, B. O.; Kolomys, A. F.; Strel'chuk, V. V.

    2015-02-01

    It is demonstrated that surface-enhanced Raman scattering spectroscopy allows detecting 10-10 M Rhodamine 6G (Rh 6G) on nanocomposite films containing silver nanoparticles with an amplification factor of 3 × 107. The films used for SERS, which exhibit gradients of thickness and have silver particles and pores of different size, were obtained by pulse laser deposition from the low-energy backward erosion flux. To activate the SERS signal, the films were treated in solutions of metal chlorides and hydrogen chloride to achieve formation of anions of [AgCl2]- complexes. The composition of shells of silver nanoparticles, in particular, replacement of silver compounds preventing Rh 6G adsorption by anions of [AgCl2]- complexes enabling adsorption of Rh 6G cation between them, has been monitored by means of SERS spectroscopy. The obtained SERS spectra of Rh 6G in several locations on the film surface allowed determining the area with an optimal size of silver nanoparticles that gives rise to highest SERS signal intensity. The transmission spectra of the films revealed narrowing of the band corresponding to the local surface plasmon absorption, its shift toward the blue spectral region, and enhancement of plasmon resonance upon introduction of chlorine anion. The changes in absorption spectra of the films correlate with the activation of the Rh 6G SERS spectra.

  8. Design of Raman active nanoparticles for SERS-based detection

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    Garza, Javier T.; Cote, Gerard L.

    2016-03-01

    Timely detection of cardiac biomarkers is needed to diagnose acute myocardial infarction, implement the appropriate early treatment, and significantly reduce the chance of mortality. Ideally, for maximizing patient impact, a point of care device needs to be designed that is fast, sensitive, reliable, and small enough to be used in the ambulance and emergency department. Surface enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS) is a sensitive optical technique that can potentially be used to quantify the cardiac biomarkers of interest. In this work, silver nanoparticles were functionalized with a Raman reporter molecule and human cardiac Troponin I (cTnI) as an essential component of binding assays. Aggregated nanoparticles with the Raman reporter molecules were encapsulated in a silica shell to form SERS hotspots. Besides having a specific Raman spectra and binding affinity to cardiac Troponin I antibodies, the nanoparticles were designed to exhibit stability by using silica and polyethylene glycol (PEG) as part of the bioconjugation strategy. The specific narrow peaks from the Raman reporter molecule SERS signal allow for potential multiplexing capabilities as different Raman reporter molecules can be used in functionalized nanoparticles with different cardiac biomarkers. The SERS spectrum of the functionalized nanoparticles was measured to assess its potential to be used in an assay.

  9. High proton-conducting organic/inorganic nanocomposite films based on sulfonated polystyrene-block-poly(ethyl-ran-propylene)-block-polystyrene and silica nanoparticles.

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    Jang, Suk-Yong; Han, Sien-Ho

    2013-12-01

    Sulfonated polystyrene-block-poly(ethyl-ran-propylene)-block-polystyrene (S-polySEPS) was prepared by sulfonation at the phenyl groups of the polystyrene-block-poly(ethyl-ran-propylene)-block-polystyrene (polySEPS) containing 65% styrene groups for proton exchange membrane. High proton-conducting S-polySEPS/silica nanocomposite films were produced by direct-mixing of nanosilica particles with the S-polySEPS copolymer. The TEM image of the S-polySEPS/silica nanocomposite films showed that the silica particles were very-well dispersed within the S-polySEPS matrix. Also, the XRD patterns showed the presence of the nano-scaled silica particles. Moreover, the nano-scaled silica particles played an important role in the prepared organic/inorganic nanocomposite properties such as proton conductivity, thermal stability, water content and ion exchange capacity (IEC). The S-polySEPS/silica 1 wt% (1.41 x 10(-1) S/cm) and 2 wt% (9.9 x 10(-2) S/cm) nanocomposite films had higher proton conductivity than Nafion 117 (9.8 x 10(-2) S/cm) at the temperature of 90 degrees C. The FT-IR analysis was used to verify the sulfonation of the S-polySEPS copolymer. The TGA analysis was carried out to investigate the thermal stability of the S-polySEPS/silica nanocomposite films. PMID:24266146

  10. SERS of semiconducting nanoparticles (TIO{sub 2} hybrid composites).

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    Rajh, T.; Musumeci, A.; Gosztola, D.; Schiller, T.; Dimitrijevic, N. M.; Mujica, V.; Martin, D.; Center for Nanoscale Materials

    2009-05-06

    Raman scattering of molecules adsorbed on the surface of TiO{sub 2} nanoparticles was investigated. We find strong enhancement of Raman scattering in hybrid composites that exhibit charge transfer absorption with TiO{sub 2} nanoparticles. An enhancement factor up to {approx}10{sup 3} was observed in the solutions containing TiO{sub 2} nanoparticles and biomolecules, including the important class of neurotransmitters such as dopamine and dopac (3,4-dihydroxy-phenylacetic acid). Only selected vibrations are enhanced, indicating molecular specificity due to distinct binding and orientation of the biomolecules coupled to the TiO{sub 2} surface. All enhanced modes are associated with the asymmetric vibrations of attached molecules that lower the symmetry of the charge transfer complex. The intensity and the energy of selected vibrations are dependent on the size and shape of nanoparticle support. Moreover, we show that localization of the charge in quantized nanoparticles (2 nm), demonstrated as the blue shift of particle absorption, diminishes SERS enhancement. Importantly, the smallest concentration of adsorbed molecules shows the largest Raman enhancements suggesting the possibility for high sensitivity of this system in the detection of biomolecules that form a charge transfer complex with metal oxide nanoparticles. The wavelength-dependent properties of a hybrid composite suggest a Raman resonant state. Adsorbed molecules that do not show a charge transfer complex show weak enhancements probably due to the dielectric cavity effect.

  11. Raman gas sensing of modified Ag nanoparticle SERS

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    Myoung, NoSoung; Yoo, Hyung Keun; Hwang, In-Wook

    2014-03-01

    Recent progress in modified Surface Enhanced Raman Scattering (SERS) using Ag nanoparticles makes them promising optical technique for direct gas sensing of interest. However, SERS has been shown to provide sub ppb level detection of the compounds in the vapor phase. The major problem with the sensitivity scaling-up was in the development of fabrication technology for stability and reproducibility of SERS substrates. We report an optimization of 1-propanethiol coated multiple Ag nanoparticle layers on SiO2 substrate as well as new records of real-time, simultaneous vapor phase detection of toluene and 1-2 dichlorobenzene by the radiation of fiber optic coupled 785 nm diode laser and spectrograph. Multiple depositions of Ag NPs were loaded on SiO2 and soaked in 1-propanethiol solution for 24 hours to modify the surface into hydrophobic due to the characteristics of vapor phase of our interests. Raman bands at 1003 cm-1 and 1130 cm-1 for toluene and 12DCB, respectively were compared to 1089 cm-1 and each gas concentration in 1000 mL flask were calculated as a function of each vapor phase ratio. The saturation of toluene and 12DCB were limited only by 800 ppm and the detectable range was 0.6-800 ppm.

  12. SERS-active nanoparticle aggregate technology for tags and seals

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    Brown, Leif O; Montoya, Velma M; Havrilla, George J; Doorn, Stephen K

    2010-06-03

    In this paper, we describe our efforts to create a modern tagging and sealing technology for international safeguards application. Our passive tagging methods are based on SANAs (SERS-Active Nanoparticle Aggregates; SERS: Surface Enhanced Raman Scattering). These SANAs offer robust spectral barcoding capability in an inexpensive tag/seal, with the possibility of rapid in-field verification that requires no human input. At INMM 2009, we introduced SANAs, and showed approaches to integrating our technology with tags under development at Sandia National Laboratories (SNL). Here, we will focus on recent LANL development work, as well as adding additional dimensionality to the barcoding technique. The field of international safeguards employs a broad array of tags, seals, and tamper-indicating devices to assist with identification, tracking, and verification of components and materials. These devices each have unique strengths suited to specific applications, and span a range of technologies from passive metal cup seals and adhesive seals to active, remotely monitored fiber optic seals. Regardless of the technology employed, essential characteristics center around security, environmental and temporal stability, ease of use, and the ability to provide confidence to all parties. Here, we present a new inexpensive tagging technology that will deliver these attributes, while forming the basis of either a new seal, or as a secure layer added to many existing devices. Our approach uses the Surface Enhanced Raman Scattering (SERS) response from SANAs (SERS-Active Nanoparticle Aggregates, Figure 1) to provide a unique identifier or signature for tagging applications. SANAs are formed from gold or silver nanoparticles in the 40-80 nm size range. A chemical dye is installed on the nanoparticle surface, and the nanoparticles are then aggregated into ensembles of {approx}100 to 500 nm diameter, prior to being coated with silica. The silica shell protects the finished SANA from

  13. Surface Partitioning in Organic-Inorganic Mixtures Contributes to the Size-Dependence of the Phase-State of Atmospheric Nanoparticles.

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    Werner, Josephina; Dalirian, Maryam; Walz, Marie-Madeleine; Ekholm, Victor; Wideqvist, Ulla; Lowe, Samuel J; Öhrwall, Gunnar; Persson, Ingmar; Riipinen, Ilona; Björneholm, Olle

    2016-07-19

    Atmospheric particulate matter is one of the main factors governing the Earth's radiative budget, but its exact effects on the global climate are still uncertain. Knowledge on the molecular-scale surface phenomena as well as interactions between atmospheric organic and inorganic compounds is necessary for understanding the role of airborne nanoparticles in the Earth system. In this work, surface composition of aqueous model systems containing succinic acid and sodium chloride or ammonium sulfate is determined using a novel approach combining X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, surface tension measurements and thermodynamic modeling. It is shown that succinic acid molecules are accumulated in the surface, yielding a 10-fold surface concentration as compared with the bulk for saturated succinic acid solutions. Inorganic salts further enhance this enrichment due to competition for hydration in the bulk. The surface compositions for various mixtures are parametrized to yield generalizable results and used to explain changes in surface tension. The enhanced surface partitioning implies an increased maximum solubility of organic compounds in atmospheric nanoparticles. The results can explain observations of size-dependent phase-state of atmospheric nanoparticles, suggesting that these particles can display drastically different behavior than predicted by bulk properties only. PMID:27326704

  14. Self-assembled hierarchically structured organic-inorganic composite systems.

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    Tritschler, Ulrich; Cölfen, Helmut

    2016-01-01

    Designing bio-inspired, multifunctional organic-inorganic composite materials is one of the most popular current research objectives. Due to the high complexity of biocomposite structures found in nacre and bone, for example, a one-pot scalable and versatile synthesis approach addressing structural key features of biominerals and affording bio-inspired, multifunctional organic-inorganic composites with advanced physical properties is highly challenging. This article reviews recent progress in synthesizing organic-inorganic composite materials via various self-assembly techniques and in this context highlights a recently developed bio-inspired synthesis concept for the fabrication of hierarchically structured, organic-inorganic composite materials. This one-step self-organization concept based on simultaneous liquid crystal formation of anisotropic inorganic nanoparticles and a functional liquid crystalline polymer turned out to be simple, fast, scalable and versatile, leading to various (multi-)functional composite materials, which exhibit hierarchical structuring over several length scales. Consequently, this synthesis approach is relevant for further progress and scientific breakthrough in the research field of bio-inspired and biomimetic materials. PMID:27175790

  15. Sandwich-like layer-by-layer assembly of gold nanoparticles with tunable SERS properties.

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    Liu, Zhicheng; Bai, Lu; Zhao, Guizhe; Liu, Yaqing

    2016-01-01

    Sandwich-like layer-by-layer thin films consisting of polyelectrolytes and gold nanoparticles were utilized to construct surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) substrates with tunable SERS properties. It is found that both the size of the nanoparticles in the layers and the interlayer distance significantly influence the SERS performance of the multilayered thin film. These simple, low-cost, easily processable and controllable SERS substrates have a promising future in the field of molecular sensing. PMID:27547620

  16. Sandwich-like layer-by-layer assembly of gold nanoparticles with tunable SERS properties

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    Bai, Lu; Zhao, Guizhe

    2016-01-01

    Summary Sandwich-like layer-by-layer thin films consisting of polyelectrolytes and gold nanoparticles were utilized to construct surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) substrates with tunable SERS properties. It is found that both the size of the nanoparticles in the layers and the interlayer distance significantly influence the SERS performance of the multilayered thin film. These simple, low-cost, easily processable and controllable SERS substrates have a promising future in the field of molecular sensing. PMID:27547620

  17. Orientation of glycine on silver nanoparticles: SERS studies

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    Parameswari, A.; Benial, A. Milton Franklin

    2016-05-01

    Surface enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) studies of glycine (Gly) adsorbed on silver nanoparticles (AgNPs) was investigated by experimental and density functional theory approach. The AgNPs were prepared and characterized. The molecular structure of the Gly and Gly adsorbed on silver cluster were optimized by the DFT/B3PW91 method with LanL2DZ basis set. The calculated and observed vibrational frequencies were assigned on the basis of potential energy distribution calculation. The perpendicular orientation of Gly on the silver surface was predicted from the enhanced Raman signal correspond to the C=O and C-H stretching vibrational modes. The frontier molecular orbitals analysis and molecular electrostatic potential calculation were carried out. The reduced band gap value was obtained for Gly adsorbed on silver nanoparticles, which paves the way for designing the bio molecular devices. The first order hyperpolarizability value for Ag-Gly is 461 times greater than the urea. Thus, Ag-Gly is a promising candidate for NLO materials.

  18. Natural hybrid organic-inorganic photovoltaic devices

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    De Padova, Paola; Lucci, Massimiliano; Olivieri, Bruno; Quaresima, Claudio; Priori, Sandro; Francini, Roberto; Grilli, Antonio; Hricovini, Karol; Davoli, Ivan

    2009-06-01

    Natural hybrid organic-inorganic photovoltaic devices based on TiO 2 have been realized. Chlorophyll A (from anacystis nidulans algae), chlorophyll B (from spinach), carmic acid (from insect Coccus cacti L.), synthetic trans- β-carotene, natural fresh picked Morus nigra, and their mixtures have been used as an organic photo active layer to fabricate photovoltaic prototypes. In order to reduce the charge's interfacial recombination, different thicknesses (5-45 nm) of Si layers, subsequently oxidized in air, were inserted between the TiO 2 and chlorophyll B. Scanning electron microscopy of TiO 2 and Si/TiO 2 systems shows the coexistence at least of four classes of nanoparticles of 60, 100, 150 and 250 nm in size. Auger electron spectroscopy of the Si L 2,3V V transition demonstrates the presence of silica and SiO x suboxides. Photocurrent measurements versus radiation wavelength in the range 300-800 nm exhibit different peaks according to the absorption spectra of the organic molecules. All realized photovoltaic devices are suitable for solar light electric energy conversion. Those made of a blend of all organic molecules achieved higher current and voltage output. The Si/TiO 2-based devices containing chlorophyll B exhibited an enhanced photocurrent response with respect to those with TiO 2 only.

  19. Chemically attached gold nanoparticle-carbon nanotube hybrids for highly sensitive SERS substrate

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    Beqa, Lule; Singh, Anant Kumar; Fan, Zheng; Senapati, Dulal; Ray, Paresh Chandra

    2011-08-01

    Surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS) has been shown as one of the most powerful analytical tool with high sensitivity. In this manuscript, we report the chemical design of SERS substrate, based on gold nanoparticles of different shapes-decorated with carbon nanotube with an enhancement factor of 7.5 × 1010. Shape dependent result shows that popcorn shape gold nanoparticle decorated SWCNT is the best choice for SERS substrate due to the existence of 'lightning rod effect' through several sharp edges or corners. Our results provide a good approach to develop highly sensitive SERS substrates and can help to improve the fundamental understanding of SERS phenomena.

  20. SERS of Individual Nanoparticles on a Mirror: Size Does Matter, but so Does Shape.

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    Benz, Felix; Chikkaraddy, Rohit; Salmon, Andrew; Ohadi, Hamid; de Nijs, Bart; Mertens, Jan; Carnegie, Cloudy; Bowman, Richard W; Baumberg, Jeremy J

    2016-06-16

    Coupling noble metal nanoparticles by a 1 nm gap to an underlying gold mirror confines light to extremely small volumes, useful for sensing on the nanoscale. Individually measuring 10 000 of such gold nanoparticles of increasing size dramatically shows the different scaling of their optical scattering (far-field) and surface-enhanced Raman emission (SERS, near-field). Linear red-shifts of the coupled plasmon modes are seen with increasing size, matching theory. The total SERS from the few hundred molecules under each nanoparticle dramatically increases with increasing size. This scaling shows that maximum SERS emission is always produced from the largest nanoparticles, irrespective of tuning to any plasmonic resonances. Changes of particle facet with nanoparticle size result in vastly weaker scaling of the near-field SERS, without much modifying the far-field, and allows simple approaches for optimizing practical sensing. PMID:27223478

  1. SERS of Individual Nanoparticles on a Mirror: Size Does Matter, but so Does Shape

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    2016-01-01

    Coupling noble metal nanoparticles by a 1 nm gap to an underlying gold mirror confines light to extremely small volumes, useful for sensing on the nanoscale. Individually measuring 10 000 of such gold nanoparticles of increasing size dramatically shows the different scaling of their optical scattering (far-field) and surface-enhanced Raman emission (SERS, near-field). Linear red-shifts of the coupled plasmon modes are seen with increasing size, matching theory. The total SERS from the few hundred molecules under each nanoparticle dramatically increases with increasing size. This scaling shows that maximum SERS emission is always produced from the largest nanoparticles, irrespective of tuning to any plasmonic resonances. Changes of particle facet with nanoparticle size result in vastly weaker scaling of the near-field SERS, without much modifying the far-field, and allows simple approaches for optimizing practical sensing. PMID:27223478

  2. Pollutant capturing SERS substrate: porous boron nitride microfibers with uniform silver nanoparticle decoration.

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    Dai, Pengcheng; Xue, Yanming; Wang, Xuebin; Weng, Qunhong; Zhang, Chao; Jiang, Xiangfen; Tang, Daiming; Wang, Xi; Kawamoto, Naoyuki; Ide, Yusuke; Mitome, Masanori; Golberg, Dmitri; Bando, Yoshio

    2015-12-01

    How to concentrate target molecules on the surface of a SERS substrate is a key problem in the practical application of SERS. Herein, we designed for the first time a pollutant capturing surface enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS) substrate, namely porous BN microfibers uniformly decorated with Ag nanoparticles, in which the BN microfibers adsorb pollutants, while the Ag nanoparticles provide SERS activity. This SERS substrate captures pollutants from an aqueous solution completely and accumulates them all on its surface without introducing noise signals. The pores of BN protect the silver particles from aggregation which makes BN/Ag a stable and recyclable SERS substrate. What's more, while the dyes are thoroughly concentrated from a diluted solution, the SERS detection limit is easily enhanced, from 10(-6) M to 10(-9) M. PMID:26511400

  3. Pollutant capturing SERS substrate: porous boron nitride microfibers with uniform silver nanoparticle decoration

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    Dai, Pengcheng; Xue, Yanming; Wang, Xuebin; Weng, Qunhong; Zhang, Chao; Jiang, Xiangfen; Tang, Daiming; Wang, Xi; Kawamoto, Naoyuki; Ide, Yusuke; Mitome, Masanori; Golberg, Dmitri; Bando, Yoshio

    2015-11-01

    How to concentrate target molecules on the surface of a SERS substrate is a key problem in the practical application of SERS. Herein, we designed for the first time a pollutant capturing surface enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS) substrate, namely porous BN microfibers uniformly decorated with Ag nanoparticles, in which the BN microfibers adsorb pollutants, while the Ag nanoparticles provide SERS activity. This SERS substrate captures pollutants from an aqueous solution completely and accumulates them all on its surface without introducing noise signals. The pores of BN protect the silver particles from aggregation which makes BN/Ag a stable and recyclable SERS substrate. What's more, while the dyes are thoroughly concentrated from a diluted solution, the SERS detection limit is easily enhanced, from 10-6 M to 10-9 M.How to concentrate target molecules on the surface of a SERS substrate is a key problem in the practical application of SERS. Herein, we designed for the first time a pollutant capturing surface enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS) substrate, namely porous BN microfibers uniformly decorated with Ag nanoparticles, in which the BN microfibers adsorb pollutants, while the Ag nanoparticles provide SERS activity. This SERS substrate captures pollutants from an aqueous solution completely and accumulates them all on its surface without introducing noise signals. The pores of BN protect the silver particles from aggregation which makes BN/Ag a stable and recyclable SERS substrate. What's more, while the dyes are thoroughly concentrated from a diluted solution, the SERS detection limit is easily enhanced, from 10-6 M to 10-9 M. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available. See DOI: 10.1039/c5nr05625j

  4. In situ growth of monolayer porous gold nanoparticles film as high-performance SERS substrates

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    Song, Chunyuan; Wei, Yuhan; Da, Bingtao; Zhang, Haiting; Cong, Xing; Yang, Boyue; Yang, Yanjun; Wang, Lianhui

    2016-07-01

    Surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) has recently received considerable attention as an ultrasensitive analytic technique. However, its wide application is limited by lack of excellent SERS-active substrates. In this work a SERS substrate with arrayed monolayer films of porous gold nanoparticles is prepared on a solid substrate by a facile, in situ and one-step growth approach. Specifically, the solid substrate was coated with a layer of dense positive charges first by layer-by-layer assembly, followed by patterned a PDMS film with arrayed wells on the substrate. Then the growth solution including chlorauric acid, cetyltrimethylammonium chloride, and ascorbic acid in a certain proportion was transferred into the wells for in situ and one-step growth of porous gold nanoparticles on the substrate. The growth time, feed ratio of the reagents, and repeat times of the in situ growth were studied systematically to obtain optimal parameters for preparing an optimal SERS substrate. The as-prepared optimal SERS substrate not only has good SERS performance with the enhancement factor up to ∼1.10 × 106, but also shows good uniformity and stability. The SERS substrate was further utilized to be ultrasensitive SERS-based chemical sensors for ppb-level detection of highly toxic dyfonate. The preliminary result indicates that the as-prepared SERS substrate has good SERS performance and shows a number of great potential applications in SERS-based sensors.

  5. In vivo and ex vivo applications of gold nanoparticles for biomedical SERS imagingi

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    Yigit, Mehmet V; Medarova, Zdravka

    2012-01-01

    Surface enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) is a signal-increasing phenomenon that occurs whenever Raman scattering on a metal surface is enhanced many orders of magnitude. Recently SERS has received considerable attention due to its ultrasensitive multiplex imaging capability with strong photostability. It provides rich molecular information on any Raman molecule adsorbed to rough metal surfaces. The signal enhancement is so remarkable that identification of a single molecule is possible. SERS has become a genuine molecular imaging technique. Gold nanoparticles, encoded with Raman reporters, provide a SERS signal and have been used as imaging probes, often referred to as SERS nanoparticles. They have been used for molecular imaging in vivo, ex vivo and in vitro. Detection of picomolar concentrations of target molecules has been achieved by functionalizing the nanoparticles with target recognition ligands. This review focuses on recent achievements in utilizing SERS nanoparticles for in vivo molecular imaging. In the near future, SERS technology may allow detection of disease markers at the single cell level. PMID:23133814

  6. Passive mass transport for direct and quantitative SERS detection using purified silica encapsulated metal nanoparticles

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    Shrestha, Binaya Kumar

    This thesis focuses on understanding implications of nanomaterial quality control and mass transport through internally etched silica coated nanoparticles for direct and quantitative molecular detection using surface enhanced Raman scattering (SERS). Prior to use, bare nanoparticles (partially or uncoated with silica) are removal using column chromatography to improve the quality of these nanomaterials and their SERS reproducibility. Separation of silica coated nanoparticles with two different diameters is achieved using Surfactant-free size exclusion chromatography with modest fractionation. Next, selective molecular transport is modeled and monitored using SERS and evaluated as a function of solution ionic strength, pH, and polarity. Molecular detection is achieved when the analytes first partition through the silica membrane then interact with the metal surface at short distances (i.e., less than 2 nm). The SERS intensities of unique molecular vibrational modes for a given molecule increases as the number of molecules that bind to the metal surface increases and are enhanced via both chemical and electromagnetic enhancement mechanisms as long as the vibrational mode has a component of polarizability tensor along the surface normal. SERS signals increase linearly with molecular concentration until the three-dimensional SERS-active volume is saturated with molecules. Implications of molecular orientation as well as surface selection rules on SERS intensities of molecular vibrational modes are studied to improve quantitative and reproducible SERS detection using internally etched Ag Au SiO2 nanoparticles. Using the unique vibrational modes, SERS intensities for p-aminothiophenol as a function of metal core compositions and plasmonics are studied. By understanding molecular transport mechanisms through internally etched silica matrices coated on metal nanoparticles, important experimental and materials design parameters are learned, which can be subsequently applied

  7. SERS active colloidal nanoparticles for the detection of small blood biomarkers using aptamers

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    Marks, Haley; Mabbott, Samuel; Jackson, George W.; Graham, Duncan; Cote, Gerard L.

    2015-03-01

    Functionalized colloidal nanoparticles for SERS serve as a promising multifunctional assay component for blood biomarker detection. Proper design of these nanoprobes through conjugation to spectral tags, protective polymers, and sensing ligands can provide experimental control over the sensitivity, range, reproducibility, particle stability, and integration with biorecognition assays. Additionally, the optical properties and degree of electromagnetic SERS signal enhancement can be altered and monitored through tuning the nanoparticle shape, size, material and the colloid's local surface plasmon resonance (LSPR). Aptamers, synthetic affinity ligands derived from nucleic acids, provide a number of advantages for biorecognition of small molecules and toxins with low immunogenicity. DNA aptamers are simpler and more economical to produce at large scale, are capable of greater specificity and affinity than antibodies, are easily tailored to specific functional groups, can be used to tune inter-particle distance and shift the LSPR, and their intrinsic negative charge can be utilized for additional particle stability.1,2 Herein, a "turn-off" competitive binding assay platform involving two different plasmonic nanoparticles for the detection of the toxin bisphenol A (BPA) using SERS is presented. A derivative of the toxin is immobilized onto a silver coated magnetic nanoparticle (Ag@MNP), and a second solid silver nanoparticle (AgNP) is functionalized with the BPA aptamer and a Raman reporter molecule (RRM). The capture (Ag@MNP) and probe (AgNP) particles are mixed and the aptamer binding interaction draws the nanoparticles closer together, forming an assembly that results in an increased SERS signal intensity. This aptamer mediated assembly of the two nanoparticles results in a 100x enhancement of the SERS signal intensity from the RRM. These pre-bound aptamer/nanoparticle conjugates were then exposed to BPA in free solution and the competitive binding event was monitored

  8. Flexible Hybrid Organic-Inorganic Perovskite Memory.

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    Gu, Chungwan; Lee, Jang-Sik

    2016-05-24

    Active research has been done on hybrid organic-inorganic perovskite materials for application to solar cells with high power conversion efficiency. However, this material often shows hysteresis, which is undesirable, shift in the current-voltage curve. The hysteresis may come from formation of defects and their movement in perovskite materials. Here, we utilize the defects in perovskite materials to be used in memory operations. We demonstrate flexible nonvolatile memory devices based on hybrid organic-inorganic perovskite as the resistive switching layer on a plastic substrate. A uniform perovskite layer is formed on a transparent electrode-coated plastic substrate by solvent engineering. Flexible nonvolatile memory based on the perovskite layer shows reproducible and reliable memory characteristics in terms of program/erase operations, data retention, and endurance properties. The memory devices also show good mechanical flexibility. It is suggested that resistive switching is done by migration of vacancy defects and formation of conducting filaments under the electric field in the perovskite layer. It is believed that organic-inorganic perovskite materials have great potential to be used in high-performance, flexible memory devices. PMID:27093096

  9. Studies on adsorption of carnosine on silver nanoparticles by SERS

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    Thomas, S.; Biswas, N.; Malkar, V. V.; Mukherjee, T.; Kapoor, S.

    2010-05-01

    The surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) studies of L-carnosine was carried out in aqueous silver sol at pH ˜ 9 and compared with the normal Raman spectrum of the molecule. The experimentally observed Raman bands were assigned based on the results of DFT calculations. Significant changes in the relative intensity are seen in the SERS spectrum when compared to the normal Raman spectrum. The studies suggest that the interaction of carnosine is primarily through the carboxylate group with the imidazole ring in an upright position with respect to the silver surface and the alanine moiety assuming a parallel orientation with the surface where NH 2 group is close to the silver surface.

  10. DNA origami based Au-Ag-core-shell nanoparticle dimers with single-molecule SERS sensitivity

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    Prinz, J.; Heck, C.; Ellerik, L.; Merk, V.; Bald, I.

    2016-03-01

    DNA origami nanostructures are a versatile tool to arrange metal nanostructures and other chemical entities with nanometer precision. In this way gold nanoparticle dimers with defined distance can be constructed, which can be exploited as novel substrates for surface enhanced Raman scattering (SERS). We have optimized the size, composition and arrangement of Au/Ag nanoparticles to create intense SERS hot spots, with Raman enhancement up to 1010, which is sufficient to detect single molecules by Raman scattering. This is demonstrated using single dye molecules (TAMRA and Cy3) placed into the center of the nanoparticle dimers. In conjunction with the DNA origami nanostructures novel SERS substrates are created, which can in the future be applied to the SERS analysis of more complex biomolecular targets, whose position and conformation within the SERS hot spot can be precisely controlled.DNA origami nanostructures are a versatile tool to arrange metal nanostructures and other chemical entities with nanometer precision. In this way gold nanoparticle dimers with defined distance can be constructed, which can be exploited as novel substrates for surface enhanced Raman scattering (SERS). We have optimized the size, composition and arrangement of Au/Ag nanoparticles to create intense SERS hot spots, with Raman enhancement up to 1010, which is sufficient to detect single molecules by Raman scattering. This is demonstrated using single dye molecules (TAMRA and Cy3) placed into the center of the nanoparticle dimers. In conjunction with the DNA origami nanostructures novel SERS substrates are created, which can in the future be applied to the SERS analysis of more complex biomolecular targets, whose position and conformation within the SERS hot spot can be precisely controlled. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available: Additional information about materials and methods, designs of DNA origami templates, height profiles, additional SERS spectra, assignment of DNA

  11. Bidimensional assemblies of nonspherical gold nanoparticles for SERS analysis of biomolecules

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    Matteini, Paolo; de Angelis, Marella; Ulivi, Lorenzo; Centi, Sonia; Pini, Roberto

    2015-03-01

    Direct SERS analysis of proteins has been mainly devoted to the characterization of short peptide fragments or to the prosthetic group of metallo-proteins due to their strong SERS response. Nonetheless, this perspective restricts the investigation to very limited peptide sequences and appears of scarce interest for a thorough characterization of the protein. We tried to overcome the above limitations by setting-up an effective platform for the structural SERS detection of proteins. Our proposal escapes the needs of a preliminary modification of the biomolecule and confers rapidity and reproducibility to the analysis. Optimal results are achieved by the use of nonspherical tipped metallic nanostructures with controlled architectural parameters and their assembly into organized bidimensional arrays including a regular distribution of hot spots for protein entrapment and detection. The investigation evidenced that both the contact points between nanoparticle corners and the holes at the interface between nanoparticles are responsible for substantial SERS activity.

  12. Nanostructured Silver Substrates With Stable and Universal SERS Properties: Application to Organic Molecules and Semiconductor Nanoparticles

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    2010-01-01

    Nanostructured silver films have been prepared by thermal deposition on silicon, and their properties as SERS substrates investigated. The optimal conditions of the post-growth annealing of the substrates were established. Atomic force microscopy study revealed that the silver films with relatively dense and homogeneous arrays of 60–80-nm high pyramidal nanoislands are the most efficient for SERS of both organic dye and inorganic nanoparticles analytes. The noticeable enhancement of the Raman signal from colloidal nanoparticles with the help of silver island films is reported for the first time. PMID:20672091

  13. Organosilica: Chemistry of Mesoporous Organosilica in Nanotechnology: Molecularly Organic-Inorganic Hybridization into Frameworks (Adv. Mater. 17/2016).

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    Chen, Yu; Shi, Jianlin

    2016-05-01

    Organic-inorganic hybrid materials can combine the advantages of organic and inorganic materials, and overcome their drawbacks accordingly. On page 3235, Y. Chen and J. L. Shi review and discuss research progress on the design, synthesis, structure, and composition control of organic-inorganic hybrid mesoporous organosilica nanoparticles (MONs). Extensive applications of MONs in nanotechnology, mainly in nanomedicine, nanocatalysis and nanofabrication are discussed. PMID:27122112

  14. Released Plasmonic Electric Field of Ultrathin Tetrahedral-Amorphous-Carbon Films Coated Ag Nanoparticles for SERS

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    Liu, Fanxin; Tang, Chaojun; Zhan, Peng; Chen, Zhuo; Ma, Hongtao; Wang, Zhenlin

    2014-01-01

    We have demonstrated the plasmonic characteristics of an ultrathin tetrahedral amorphous carbon (ta-C) film coated with Ag nanoparticles. The simulation result shows that, under resonant and non-resonant excitations, the strongest plasmonic electric field of 1 nm ta-C coated Ag nanoparticle is not trapped within the ta-C layer but is released to its outside surface, while leaving the weaker electric field inside ta-C layer. Moreover, this outside plasmonic field shows higher intensity than that of uncoated Ag nanoparticle, which is closely dependent on the excitation wavelength and size of Ag particles. These observations are supported by the SERS measurements. We expect that the ability for ultrathin ta-C coated Ag nanoparticles as the SERS substrates to detect low concentrations of target biomolecules opens the door to the applications where it can be used as a detection tool for integrated, on-chip devices. PMID:24675437

  15. Combined organic-inorganic fouling of forward osmosis hollow fiber membranes.

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    Arkhangelsky, Elizabeth; Wicaksana, Filicia; Tang, Chuyang; Al-Rabiah, Abdulrahman A; Al-Zahrani, Saeed M; Wang, Rong

    2012-12-01

    This research focused on combined organic-inorganic fouling and cleaning studies of forward osmosis (FO) membranes. Various organic/inorganic model foulants such as sodium alginate, bovine serum albumin (BSA) and silica nanoparticles were applied to polyamide-polyethersulfone FO hollow fiber membranes fabricated in our laboratory. In order to understand all possible interactions, experiments were performed with a single foulant as well as combinations of foulants. Experimental results suggested that the degree of FO membrane fouling could be promoted by synergistic effect of organic foulants, the presence of divalent cations, low cross-flow velocity and high permeation drag force. The water flux of fouled FO hollow fibers could be fully restored by simple physical cleaning. It was also found that hydrodynamic regime played an important role in combined organic-inorganic fouling of FO membranes. PMID:23026125

  16. Nanomolar detection of glucose using SERS substrates fabricated with albumin coated gold nanoparticles

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    Perez-Mayen, Leonardo; Oliva, Jorge; Salas, P.; de La Rosa, Elder

    2016-06-01

    This work presents the design of substrates for Surface Enhanced Raman Scattering (SERS) using star-like gold nanoparticles synthesized by a wet chemical method. The SERS substrates were used for glucose detection for concentrations as low as 10-7 M, which represents an enhancement factor (EF) of 109, as a result of the hot spot formed by the spike termination and appropriate distribution of the gold nanoparticles. An improvement of two orders of magnitude was obtained by coating the gold nanoparticles with albumin with the configuration: glass/Au nanoparticles/albumin. In this case the lowest detection was at a concentration of 10-9 M for an EF of 1011. The albumin molecule allowed us to enhance the Raman signal because of the formation of peptide bonds (COOH-NH2) generated due to the interaction of glucose with albumin, and the appropriate separation distance between the glucose molecules and gold nanoparticles. The presence of such peptide conjugates was confirmed by FTIR spectra. Thus, our results suggest that our SERS substrates can be useful for the detection of very low concentrations of glucose, which is important for the diagnosis of diabetes in the field of medicine.This work presents the design of substrates for Surface Enhanced Raman Scattering (SERS) using star-like gold nanoparticles synthesized by a wet chemical method. The SERS substrates were used for glucose detection for concentrations as low as 10-7 M, which represents an enhancement factor (EF) of 109, as a result of the hot spot formed by the spike termination and appropriate distribution of the gold nanoparticles. An improvement of two orders of magnitude was obtained by coating the gold nanoparticles with albumin with the configuration: glass/Au nanoparticles/albumin. In this case the lowest detection was at a concentration of 10-9 M for an EF of 1011. The albumin molecule allowed us to enhance the Raman signal because of the formation of peptide bonds (COOH-NH2) generated due to the

  17. In situ SERS detection of emulsifiers at lipid interfaces using label-free amphiphilic gold nanoparticles.

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    Li, Yue; Driver, Michael; Winuprasith, Thunnalin; Zheng, Jinkai; McClements, David Julian; He, Lili

    2014-10-21

    Herein, we fabricated amphiphilic gold nanoparticles (GNPs) that can self-assemble at oil-water interfaces. We applied those GNPs for in situ SERS detection of emulsifier molecules within the interfacial region of oil in water (O/W) emulsion systems. PMID:25134491

  18. Preparation and evaluation of nanocellulose-gold nanoparticle nanocomposites for SERS applications.

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    Wei, Haoran; Rodriguez, Katia; Renneckar, Scott; Leng, Weinan; Vikesland, Peter J

    2015-08-21

    Nanocellulose is of research interest due to its extraordinary optical, thermal, and mechanical properties. The incorporation of guest nanoparticles into nanocellulose substrates enables production of novel nanocomposites with a broad range of applications. In this study, gold nanoparticle/bacterial cellulose (AuNP/BC) nanocomposites were prepared and evaluated for their applicability as surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) substrates. The nanocomposites were prepared by citrate mediated in situ reduction of Au(3+) in the presence of a BC hydrogel at 303 K. Both the size and morphology of the AuNPs were functions of the HAuCl4 and citrate concentrations. At high HAuCl4 concentrations, Au nanoplates form within the nanocomposites and are responsible for high SERS enhancements. At lower HAuCl4 concentrations, uniform nanospheres form and the SERS enhancement is dependent on the nanosphere size. The time-resolved increase in the SERS signal was probed as a function of drying time with SERS 'hot-spots' primarily forming in the final minutes of nanocomposite drying. The application of the AuNP/BC nanocomposites for detection of the SERS active dyes MGITC and R6G as well as the environmental contaminant atrazine is illustrated as is its use under low and high pH conditions. The results indicate the broad applicability of this nanocomposite for analyte detection. PMID:26133311

  19. Nanomolar detection of glucose using SERS substrates fabricated with albumin coated gold nanoparticles.

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    Perez-Mayen, Leonardo; Oliva, Jorge; Salas, P; De la Rosa, Elder

    2016-06-01

    This work presents the design of substrates for Surface Enhanced Raman Scattering (SERS) using star-like gold nanoparticles synthesized by a wet chemical method. The SERS substrates were used for glucose detection for concentrations as low as 10(-7) M, which represents an enhancement factor (EF) of 10(9), as a result of the hot spot formed by the spike termination and appropriate distribution of the gold nanoparticles. An improvement of two orders of magnitude was obtained by coating the gold nanoparticles with albumin with the configuration: glass/Au nanoparticles/albumin. In this case the lowest detection was at a concentration of 10(-9) M for an EF of 10(11). The albumin molecule allowed us to enhance the Raman signal because of the formation of peptide bonds (COOH-NH2) generated due to the interaction of glucose with albumin, and the appropriate separation distance between the glucose molecules and gold nanoparticles. The presence of such peptide conjugates was confirmed by FTIR spectra. Thus, our results suggest that our SERS substrates can be useful for the detection of very low concentrations of glucose, which is important for the diagnosis of diabetes in the field of medicine. PMID:27230115

  20. Quantitative detection of liver-relevant biomarkers by SERS-immunolabeled gold nanoparticles

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    Payne, William Mark

    Lab-on-a-chip technology has the potential to rapidly change the way experiments are conducted in a variety of fields ranging from medicine to environmental science. Specifically, sensors, detectors, and monitoring devices are increasingly being miniaturized to perform many experiments or measurements on a single chip. In this research, we develop an immunolabeled gold nanoparticle complex capable of detecting liver organoid biomarkers intended for use in a microfluidic device. Human Serum Albumin (HSA) and alpha-Glutathione S-Transferase (alpha-GST) are liver biomarkers that indicate liver health and damage respectively. Herein we demonstrate detection of the liver organoid biomarkers at nanomolar concentrations. Through plasmonic coupling induced by aggregation in the presence of analyte, the SERS signal obtained from the nanoparticles is dramatically increased. Furthermore, detection is demonstrated in a simple fluidic device to show the feasibility of implementing an optimized SERS-immunolabeled nanoparticle for translational application.

  1. Hyperbranched polymers and dendrimers as templates for organic/inorganic hybrid nanomaterials.

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    Huang, Xinhua; Zheng, Sudan; Kim, Il

    2014-02-01

    This paper reviews the recent research and development of hyperbranched polymers (HPs) and dendrimers, and their use as templates for organic-inorganic hybrid nanomaterials. Hyperbranched polymers (HPs) are highly branched macromolecules with three-dimensional globular structures featuring unique properties such as low viscosity, high solubility, and a large number of terminal functional groups compared to their linear analogs. They are easily prepared by (1) condensation polymerization, (2) self-condensing vinyl copolymerization (SCVCP), and (3) ring-opening multibranch polymerization methods. Organic-inorganic hybrid nanomaterials are synthesized by a template approach using HPs/dendrimers. Monometallic, bimetallic (alloy and core/shell), semiconductor, and metal oxide nanoparticles have been prepared by this route. The dendrimer component of these composites serves not only as a template for preparing the nanoparticles but also as a stabilizer for the nanoparticles. PMID:24749446

  2. New SERS-active alumina-based sorbents containing Ag nanoparticles

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    Yurova, Nadezhda S.; Markina, Natalia E.; Galushka, Victor V.; Burashnikova, Marina M.; Zakharevich, Andrey M.; Markin, Alexey V.; Rusanova, Tatiana Y.

    2016-04-01

    New SERS-active materials were obtained by preparation of alumina with embedded silver nanoparticles and their application both as sorbents for pre-concentration and SERS platforms was studied. The influence of ionic strength on Ag NPs size, absorption spectra and SERS signal was investigated. Synthesized materials were examined by Raman spectroscopy, scanning electron microscopy, and UV-visible spectroscopy. The optimal conditions for SERSmeasurements were chosen. Synthesized materials were applied for pre-concentration of model analytes (Rhodamine 6G, folic acid and pyrene) and their SERS detection directly within the sorbent. It was shown that the recovery of analytes could be improved by alumina modification. The combination of surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy with preconcentration is a promising instrument for analytical applications.

  3. Silver nanoparticles deposited inverse opal film as a highly active and uniform SERS substrate

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    Zhao, Junhong; Lin, Jian; Li, Xiuhua; Zhao, Guannan; Zhang, Wenjun

    2015-08-01

    Ag-decorated TiO2 inverse opal films (ATIO) with high surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) enhancement were prepared using an electroless deposition process. The Ag nanoparticles (NPs) are well-dispersed and deposited on the edge of macroporous walls. The structure and optical properties of the sample ATIO have been characterized. The Ag-loading cycles and pore sizes of TiO2 inverse opal are the key factors determining the magnitude of SERS signal enhancement. The optimized ATIO samples exhibit high SERS signal enhancement ability and reproducibility. The enhancement factor about 104 and the detection limit of 10-10 M for R6G were achieved. The further application in detecting malachite green is demonstrated. A limit of detection approximately 10-9 M was achieved. The results show that the ATIO nanostructure is promising for using as sensor substrates in SERS applications.

  4. Light-induced growth of various silver seed nanoparticles: A simple method of synthesis of different silver colloidal SERS substrates

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    Krajczewski, Jan; Kołątaj, Karol; Kudelski, Andrzej

    2015-04-01

    Plasmon-driven growth of various silver seed nanoparticles (spherical, flat and elongated) has been carried out in the solution containing silver cations and citrate. Although the growth of different seed nanoparticles has been carried out in the same conditions, the initial difference in the shape of seed nanoparticles leads to formation of different structures, which give significantly different surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) spectra of adsorbed pyridine. Differences between measured SERS spectra are probably due to different efficiency of oxidation of various nanoparticles by ambient air. Light-induced transformation of silver sols may be also used to significantly increase their SERS activity.

  5. Ion conducting organic/inorganic hybrid polymers

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    Meador, Maryann B. (Inventor); Kinder, James D. (Inventor)

    2010-01-01

    This invention relates to a series of organic/inorganic hybrid polymers that are easy to fabricate into dimensionally stable films with good ion-conductivity over a wide range of temperatures for use in a variety of applications. The polymers are prepared by the reaction of amines, preferably diamines and mixtures thereof with monoamines with epoxy-functionalized alkoxysilanes. The products of the reaction are polymerized by hydrolysis of the alkoxysilane groups to produce an organic-containing silica network. Suitable functionality introduced into the amine and alkoxysilane groups produce solid polymeric membranes which conduct ions for use in fuel cells, high-performance solid state batteries, chemical sensors, electrochemical capacitors, electro-chromic windows or displays, analog memory devices and the like.

  6. Ion-Conducting Organic/Inorganic Polymers

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    Kinder, James D.; Meador, Mary Ann B.

    2007-01-01

    Ion-conducting polymers that are hybrids of organic and inorganic moieties and that are suitable for forming into solid-electrolyte membranes have been invented in an effort to improve upon the polymeric materials that have been used previously for such membranes. Examples of the prior materials include perfluorosulfonic acid-based formulations, polybenzimidazoles, sulfonated polyetherketone, sulfonated naphthalenic polyimides, and polyethylene oxide (PEO)-based formulations. Relative to the prior materials, the polymers of the present invention offer greater dimensional stability, greater ease of formation into mechanically resilient films, and acceptably high ionic conductivities over wider temperature ranges. Devices in which films made of these ion-conducting organic/inorganic polymers could be used include fuel cells, lithium batteries, chemical sensors, electrochemical capacitors, electrochromic windows and display devices, and analog memory devices. The synthesis of a polymer of this type (see Figure 1) starts with a reaction between an epoxide-functionalized alkoxysilane and a diamine. The product of this reaction is polymerized by hydrolysis and condensation of the alkoxysilane group, producing a molecular network that contains both organic and inorganic (silica) links. The silica in the network contributes to the ionic conductivity and to the desired thermal and mechanical properties. Examples of other diamines that have been used in the reaction sequence of Figure 1 are shown in Figure 2. One can use any of these diamines or any combination of them in proportions chosen to impart desired properties to the finished product. Alternatively or in addition, one could similarly vary the functionality of the alkoxysilane to obtain desired properties. The variety of available alkoxysilanes and diamines thus affords flexibility to optimize the organic/inorganic polymer for a given application.

  7. Tuning the SERS Response with Ag-Au Nanoparticle-Embedded Polymer Thin Film Substrates.

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    Rao, V Kesava; Radhakrishnan, T P

    2015-06-17

    Development of facile routes to the fabrication of thin film substrates with tunable surface enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) efficiency and identification of the optimal conditions for maximizing the enhancement factor (EF) are significant in terms of both fundamental and application aspects of SERS. In the present work, polymer thin films with embedded bimetallic nanoparticles of Ag-Au are fabricated by a simple two-stage protocol. Ag nanoparticles are formed in the first stage, by the in situ reduction of silver nitrate by the poly(vinyl alcohol) (PVA) film through mild thermal annealing, without any additional reducing agent. In the second stage, aqueous solutions of chloroauric acid spread on the Ag-PVA thin film under ambient conditions, lead to the galvanic displacement of Ag by Au in situ inside the film, and the formation of Ag-Au particles. Evolution of the morphology of the bimetallic nanoparticles into hollow cage structures and the distribution of Au on the nanoparticles are revealed through electron microscopy and energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy. The localized surface plasmon resonance (LSPR) extinction of the nanocomposite thin film evolves with the Ag-Au composition; theoretical simulation of the extinction spectra provides insight into the observed trends. The Ag-Au-PVA thin films are found to be efficient substrates for SERS. The EF follows the variation of the LSPR extinction vis-à-vis the excitation laser wavelength, but with an offset, and the maximum SERS effect is obtained at very low Au content; experiments with Rhodamine 6G showed EFs on the order of 10(8) and a limit of detection of 0.6 pmol. The present study describes a facile and simple fabrication of a nanocomposite thin film that can be conveniently deployed in SERS investigations, and the utility of the bimetallic system to tune and maximize the EF. PMID:26035249

  8. Effect of toxicity of Ag nanoparticles on SERS spectral variance of bacteria

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    Cui, Li; Chen, Shaode; Zhang, Kaisong

    2015-02-01

    Ag nanoparticles (NPs) have been extensively utilized in surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) spectroscopy for bacterial identification. However, Ag NPs are toxic to bacteria. Whether such toxicity can affect SERS features of bacteria and interfere with bacterial identification is still unknown and needed to explore. Here, by carrying out a comparative study on non-toxic Au NPs with that on toxic Ag NPs, we investigated the influence of nanoparticle concentration and incubation time on bacterial SERS spectral variance, both of which were demonstrated to be closely related to the toxicity of Ag NPs. Sensitive spectral alterations were observed on Ag NPs with increase of NPs concentration or incubation time, accompanied with an obvious decrease in number of viable bacteria. In contrast, SERS spectra and viable bacterial number on Au NPs were rather constant under the same conditions. A further analysis on spectral changes demonstrated that it was cell response (i.e. metabolic activity or death) to the toxicity of Ag NPs causing spectral variance. However, biochemical responses to the toxicity of Ag were very different in different bacteria, indicating the complex toxic mechanism of Ag NPs. Ag NPs are toxic to a great variety of organisms, including bacteria, fungi, algae, protozoa etc., therefore, this work will be helpful in guiding the future application of SERS technique in various complex biological systems.

  9. Effect of toxicity of Ag nanoparticles on SERS spectral variance of bacteria.

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    Cui, Li; Chen, Shaode; Zhang, Kaisong

    2015-02-25

    Ag nanoparticles (NPs) have been extensively utilized in surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) spectroscopy for bacterial identification. However, Ag NPs are toxic to bacteria. Whether such toxicity can affect SERS features of bacteria and interfere with bacterial identification is still unknown and needed to explore. Here, by carrying out a comparative study on non-toxic Au NPs with that on toxic Ag NPs, we investigated the influence of nanoparticle concentration and incubation time on bacterial SERS spectral variance, both of which were demonstrated to be closely related to the toxicity of Ag NPs. Sensitive spectral alterations were observed on Ag NPs with increase of NPs concentration or incubation time, accompanied with an obvious decrease in number of viable bacteria. In contrast, SERS spectra and viable bacterial number on Au NPs were rather constant under the same conditions. A further analysis on spectral changes demonstrated that it was cell response (i.e. metabolic activity or death) to the toxicity of Ag NPs causing spectral variance. However, biochemical responses to the toxicity of Ag were very different in different bacteria, indicating the complex toxic mechanism of Ag NPs. Ag NPs are toxic to a great variety of organisms, including bacteria, fungi, algae, protozoa etc., therefore, this work will be helpful in guiding the future application of SERS technique in various complex biological systems. PMID:25291503

  10. [Synthesis of Ultra-Uniform Gold Spherical Nanoparticles with Different Sizes and Their SERS Effects Study].

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    Jiang, Si-wen; Li, Xia; Zhang, Yue-jiao; Zhu, Gen-song; Li, Jian-feng

    2016-01-01

    A series of ultra-uniform gold spherical nanoparticles with different sizes were synthesized using gold chloride acid as precursor, ascorbic acid as reductant and sodium citrate hydrate as surfactant. The prepared Au nanoparticles were characterized by scanning electron microscope (SEM) and UV-visible spectroscopy. The results showed that the absorption peak of UV-Vis spectroscopy red-shifted along with size increasing of the nanoparticles and finally appeared a quadrupole peak. To further explore the mechanism of surface enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS) effect and optimize the sensitivity, SERS on Au nanoparticles with different sizes were measured using Rhodamine 6G (R6G) as probe molecule. We found the SERS signals of R6G on the Au nanoaprtciles were highly size dependent. When the particles sizes are close to -120 nm, it will generate the highest enhancement, the enhancement factor is about 1.1 x 10(7). The 3D-FDTD simulation results correlated with the experimental data very well. PMID:27228749

  11. Highly effective and uniform SERS substrates fabricated by etching multi-layered gold nanoparticle arrays

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    Zhang, Li; Guan, Changrong; Wang, Ying; Liao, Jianhui

    2016-03-01

    Gold nanoparticle multilayers printed on silicon substrates layer by layer were etched by a gold etchant to form highly effective and uniform substrates for surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS). The performance of the SERS substrates was systematically studied by adjusting the number of nanoparticle layers and the etching time. The optimized enhancement factor (EF) and the detection limit of the substrates were determined to be 8.6 × 106 and 1 × 10-12 M, respectively. The high EF and low detection limit were attributed to the high density of ``hot-spots'' and the facile accession of probe molecules to these spots. Moreover, the SERS substrates exhibited a nice uniformity with a small spot-to-spot variation and a good sample-to-sample reproducibility as well. The experimental results were supported by finite-difference time domain (FDTD) simulations. Our study suggests that low-cost, large-scale, and uniform SERS substrates with a high EF and low detection limit can be achieved by using bottom-up chemical methods.Gold nanoparticle multilayers printed on silicon substrates layer by layer were etched by a gold etchant to form highly effective and uniform substrates for surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS). The performance of the SERS substrates was systematically studied by adjusting the number of nanoparticle layers and the etching time. The optimized enhancement factor (EF) and the detection limit of the substrates were determined to be 8.6 × 106 and 1 × 10-12 M, respectively. The high EF and low detection limit were attributed to the high density of ``hot-spots'' and the facile accession of probe molecules to these spots. Moreover, the SERS substrates exhibited a nice uniformity with a small spot-to-spot variation and a good sample-to-sample reproducibility as well. The experimental results were supported by finite-difference time domain (FDTD) simulations. Our study suggests that low-cost, large-scale, and uniform SERS substrates with a high EF and low

  12. Simultaneous SERS and surface-enhanced fluorescence from dye-embedded metal core-shell nanoparticles.

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    Zhou, Yan; Zhang, Peng

    2014-05-21

    We demonstrate a methodology to prepare Au-core-Ag-shell nanoparticles displaying both SERS and surface-enhanced fluorescence (SEF) activities simultaneously by embedding dye molecules between the core and the shell. Polyelectrolytes are used to adjust the spacing and the dye position between the core and the shell. Layer-by-layer polyelectrolyte deposition can serve as an effective and flexible way to introduce various types of dye molecules into the nanostructures. Results from the spectral measurements shed light on the intricacy between SERS and SEF. PMID:24695881

  13. Gold nanoparticles decorated liposomes and their SERS performance in tumor cells

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    Zhu, D.; Wang, Z. Y.; Zong, S. F.; Chen, H.; Chen, P.; Li, M. Y.; Wu, L.; Cui, Y. P.

    2015-05-01

    Due to their unique properties, liposomes have been widely used as drug nanocarriers. Herein a liposome-Au nanohybrid has been demonstrated as a SERS active intracellular drug nanocarrier. In this study, cationic Raman reporter tagged gold nanoparticles (Au@4MBA@PAH) were anchored onto the surfaces of anionic liposomes via electrostatic interactions. Using SKBR3 cells as model cells, we revealed that the hybrid formulation can be effectively taken up by tumor cells and tracked by the SERS signals. Collectively, the liposome-Au nanohybrids hold great promise in biomedical applications.

  14. SERS efficiencies of micrometric polystyrene beads coated with gold and silver nanoparticles: the effect of nanoparticle size

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    Mir-Simon, Bernat; Morla-Folch, Judit; Gisbert-Quilis, Patricia; Pazos-Perez, Nicolas; Xie, Hai-nan; Bastús, Neus G.; Puntes, Víctor; Alvarez-Puebla, Ramon A.; Guerrini, Luca

    2015-11-01

    Rapid advances in nanofabrication techniques of reproducibly manufacturing plasmonic substrates with well-defined nanometric scale features and very large electromagnetic enhancements paved the way for the final translation of the analytical potential of surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) to real applications. A vast number of different SERS substrates have been reported in the literature. Among others, discrete particles consisting of an inorganic micrometric or sub-micrometric core homogeneously coated with plasmonic nanoparticles stand out for their ease of fabrication, excellent SERS enhancing properties, long-term optical stability and remarkable experimental flexibility (manipulation, storage etc). In this article, we performed a systematic experimental study of the correlation between the size of quasi-spherical gold and silver nanoparticle and the final optical property of their corresponding assembles onto micrometric polystyrene (PS) beads. The size and composition of nanoparticles play a key role in tuning the SERS efficiency of the hybrid material at a given excitation wavelength. This study provides valuable information for the selection and optimization of the appropriate PS@NPs substrates for the desired applications.

  15. Bifunctional nanoparticles for SERS monitoring and magnetic intervention of assembly and enzyme cutting of DNAs

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    Lin, Liqin; Crew, Elizabeth; Yan, Hong; Shan, Shiyao; Skeete, Zakiya; Mott, Derrick; Krentsel, Tatiana; Yin, Jun; Chernova, Natasha A.; Luo, Jin; Engelhard, Mark H.; Wang, Chong M.; Li, Qingbiao; Zhong, Chuan-Jian

    2013-07-27

    The ability to detect and intervene in DNA assembly, disassembly, and enzyme cutting processes in a solution phase requires effective signal transduction and stimulus response. This report demonstrates a novel bifunctional strategy for the creation of this ability using gold- and silver-coated MnZn ferrite nanoparticles (MZF@Au or MZF@Ag) that impart magnetic and surfaceenhanced Raman scattering (SERS) functionalities to these processes. The double-stranded DNA linkage of labeled gold nanoparticles with MZF@Au (or MZF@Ag) produces interparticle "hot-spots" for real-time SERS monitoring of the DNA assembly, disassembly, or enzyme cutting processes, during which the magnetic component provides an effective means for intervention in the solution. The unique combination of the nanoprobes functionalities serves a new paradigm for the design of functional nanoprobes in biomolecular recognition and intervention.

  16. Heparin Assisted Photochemical Synthesis of Gold Nanoparticles and Their Performance as SERS Substrates

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    Rodríguez-Torres, Maria del Pilar; Díaz-Torres, Luis Armando; Romero-Servin, Sergio

    2014-01-01

    Reactive and pharmaceutical-grade heparins were used as biologically compatible reducing and stabilizing agents to photochemically synthesize colloidal gold nanoparticles. Aggregates and anisotropic shapes were obtained photochemically under UV black-light lamp irradiation (λ = 366 nm). Heparin-functionalized gold nanoparticles were characterized by Scanning Electron Microscopy and UV-Vis spectroscopy. The negatively charged colloids were used for the Surface Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy (SERS) analysis of differently charged analytes (dyes). Measurements of pH were taken to inspect how the acidity of the medium affects the colloid-analyte interaction. SERS spectra were taken by mixing the dyes and the colloidal solutions without further functionalization or addition of any aggregating agent. PMID:25342319

  17. Naturally inspired SERS substrates fabricated by photocatalytically depositing silver nanoparticles on cicada wings

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    Tanahashi, Ichiro; Harada, Yoshiyuki

    2014-06-01

    Densely stacked Ag nanoparticles with an average diameter of 199 nm were effectively deposited on TiO2-coated cicada wings (Ag/TiO2-coated wings) from a water-ethanol solution of AgNO3 using ultraviolet light irradiation at room temperature. It was seen that the surfaces of bare cicada wings contained nanopillar array structures. In the optical absorption spectra of the Ag/TiO2-coated wings, the absorption peak due to the localized surface plasmon resonance (LSPR) of Ag nanoparticles was observed at 440 nm. Strong Surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) signals of Rhodamine 6G adsorbed on the Ag/TiO2-coated wings were clearly observed using the 514.5-nm line of an Ar+ laser. The Ag/TiO2-coated wings can be a promising candidate for naturally inspired SERS substrates.

  18. Organic/inorganic hybrid coatings for anticorrosion

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    He, Zhouying

    Compared to organic coatings, organic-inorganic hybrid coatings can potentially improve the anticorrosion performance. The organic phase provides the excellent mechaincal and barrier properties while the inorganic phase acts as an adhesion promoter and corrosion inhibitor. Despite that many studies on alkoxylsilane-based hybrid coatings have been developed and studied, their weatherability and anticorrosion performance has been rarely evaluated. On the other hand, organic-inorganic hybrid coatings based on mixed sol-gel precursors have received much less attention compared to alkoxylsilane-based hybrid coatings. In the first part, polyurethane hybrid coatings with a unique hybrid crosslinked structure as an improved unicoat were successfully prepared. The effect of polyesters on physical properties of the hybrid coatings was studied. Polyurethane coatings derived from cycloaliphatic polyester show comparable properties than those derived from the commercially viable aromatic polyester. Introducing the polysiloxane part into the polyurethane coatings enhanced the crosslinking density, Tg, mechanical properties, and general coating properties. The increased adhesion between the hybrid coating and the substrate make the hybrid coating a good candidate for anticorrosion application, which is shown by electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS). The degradation mechanism of the polyurethane/polysiloxane hybrid coatings under various weathering conditions was shown to be the scission of the urethane and ester groups in the organic phase along with reorganizing and rearranging of the inorganic phase. The anticorrosion performance of the cycloaliphatic hybrid was much better than that of aromatic based hybrid under outdoor weathering based on visual observation and EIS analysis. Acid undercutting is an issue for TEOS based hybrid coating. In the second part, design of experiments (DOEs) was used to statistically investigate on the effect of sol-gel precursors. The

  19. SERS enhancement of silver nanoparticles prepared by a template-directed triazole ligand strategy.

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    Kashmery, Heba A; Thompson, David G; Dondi, Ruggero; Mabbott, Samuel; Graham, Duncan; Clark, Alasdair W; Burley, Glenn A

    2015-08-21

    Two advances in the development of a one-pot method to prepare silver nanoparticles (AgNPs) using the Tollens' reagent are described. First, a template-directed process of AgNP synthesis using resorcinol triazole ligands bearing two pendent galactose sugars is shown. Second, the conversion of these AgNPs into SERS nanotags is demonstrated using malachite green isothiocyanate as the Raman reporter molecule. PMID:26179948

  20. Gold nanoparticles-decorated single silver nanowire as an efficient SERS-active substrate

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    Tan, En-zhong

    2014-07-01

    A novel surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS)-active substrate based on Au nanoparticles (AuNPs)-coated silver nanowire (AgNW) is obtained by an effective and simple method. The results show that the hybrid structures prepared by this method are powerful SERS-active substrates for the detection of malachite green (MG) molecules with the limit of 1 nmol/L. The excellent enhancing ability mainly comes from two kinds of hot spots. One is from the gaps among the adjacent AuNPs, and the other is the presence of zone between AuNPs and AgNW. In particular, the AuNPs-coated AgNW can be viewed through the objective of the confocal Raman spectrometer due to the length of the AgNW reaches microns, which can improve the repeatability of detection. Moreover, it is of great significance in research of SERS mechanism and application.

  1. Chemiresistive/SERS dual sensor based on densely packed gold nanoparticles

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    Boca, Sanda; Leordean, Cosmin; Astilean, Simion

    2015-01-01

    Summary Chemiresistors are a class of sensitive electrical devices capable of detecting (bio)chemicals by simply monitoring electrical resistance. Sensing based on surface enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) represents a radically different approach, in which molecules are optically detected according to their vibrational spectroscopic fingerprint. Despite different concepts are involved, one can find in the literature examples from both categories reporting sensors made of gold nanoparticles. The same building blocks appear because both sensor classes share a common principle: nanometric interparticle gaps are needed, for electron tunneling in chemiresistors, and for enhancing electromagnetic fields by plasmon coupling in SERS-based sensors. By exploiting such nano-gaps in self-assembled films of gold nanoparticles, we demonstrate the proof of concept of a dual electrical/optical sensor, with both chemiresistive and SERS capabilities. The proposed device is realized by self-assembling 15 nm gold nanoparticles into few micrometers-wide strips across commercially available interdigitated electrodes. The dual-mode operation of the device is demonstrated by the detection of a biologically relevant model analyte, 4-mercaptophenyl boronic acid. PMID:26885462

  2. Chemiresistive/SERS dual sensor based on densely packed gold nanoparticles.

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    Boca, Sanda; Leordean, Cosmin; Astilean, Simion; Farcau, Cosmin

    2015-01-01

    Chemiresistors are a class of sensitive electrical devices capable of detecting (bio)chemicals by simply monitoring electrical resistance. Sensing based on surface enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) represents a radically different approach, in which molecules are optically detected according to their vibrational spectroscopic fingerprint. Despite different concepts are involved, one can find in the literature examples from both categories reporting sensors made of gold nanoparticles. The same building blocks appear because both sensor classes share a common principle: nanometric interparticle gaps are needed, for electron tunneling in chemiresistors, and for enhancing electromagnetic fields by plasmon coupling in SERS-based sensors. By exploiting such nano-gaps in self-assembled films of gold nanoparticles, we demonstrate the proof of concept of a dual electrical/optical sensor, with both chemiresistive and SERS capabilities. The proposed device is realized by self-assembling 15 nm gold nanoparticles into few micrometers-wide strips across commercially available interdigitated electrodes. The dual-mode operation of the device is demonstrated by the detection of a biologically relevant model analyte, 4-mercaptophenyl boronic acid. PMID:26885462

  3. Effect of dielectric spacer layers and substrate on SERS with Au nanoparticle arrays

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    Zhang, Xin; Briber, Robert M.; Rabin, Oded

    2015-03-01

    The optical response of a plasmonic nanostructure is often highly dependent on the nature of the underlying substrate. To study the effect of the substrate on surface enhanced Raman scattering (SERS), a series of SERS substrates were fabricated consisting of a hexagonal array of Au nanoparticles self assembled on block copolymer films, a silicon oxide (dielectric) layer and a silicon substrate or an Au substrate. The inter-particle distance and the dielectric layer thickness were controlled. The SERS Enhancement Factors (EF) were calculated by comparing the Raman spectra of 4-aminothiophenol adsorbed on the surface of the Au nanoparticles and in a standard solution. The SERS EF were found to be strongly affected by the inter-particle distance and silicon oxide thickness. Changing the inter-particle spacing induced a 102 variation in the EF, changing the oxide thickness increased EF values by an factor of 10, and changing substrate from Si to Au increased EF by a factor of 10. Maximal enhancement factors were found with oxide layer thicknesses between 30 nm and 50 nm beneath the 30 nm polymer film with Au substrates. This geometry both improved the resonance condition with the probe laser and reduced the absorption by the substrate. This work illustrates that optimization of plasmonic-based sensors should consider both the metallic and the surrounding structures. The Institute for Research in Electronics and Applied Physics (IREAP), University of Maryland, College Park, MD 20742.

  4. Highly effective and uniform SERS substrates fabricated by etching multi-layered gold nanoparticle arrays.

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    Zhang, Li; Guan, Changrong; Wang, Ying; Liao, Jianhui

    2016-03-10

    Gold nanoparticle multilayers printed on silicon substrates layer by layer were etched by a gold etchant to form highly effective and uniform substrates for surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS). The performance of the SERS substrates was systematically studied by adjusting the number of nanoparticle layers and the etching time. The optimized enhancement factor (EF) and the detection limit of the substrates were determined to be 8.6 × 10(6) and 1 × 10(-12) M, respectively. The high EF and low detection limit were attributed to the high density of "hot-spots" and the facile accession of probe molecules to these spots. Moreover, the SERS substrates exhibited a nice uniformity with a small spot-to-spot variation and a good sample-to-sample reproducibility as well. The experimental results were supported by finite-difference time domain (FDTD) simulations. Our study suggests that low-cost, large-scale, and uniform SERS substrates with a high EF and low detection limit can be achieved by using bottom-up chemical methods. PMID:26911794

  5. SERS detection of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons using a bare gold nanoparticles coupled film system.

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    Gu, Hai-Xin; Hu, Kai; Li, Da-Wei; Long, Yi-Tao

    2016-07-21

    A facile approach based on a bare gold nanoparticles (Au NPs) coupled film system as the surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) substrate was developed for the effective detection of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs). A smooth gold film (Au film) was self-assembled with a hydrophobic layer of an alkyl chain in order to capture the PAHs molecules from bulk solution to its surface. Next, the bare gold nanoparticles, about 60 nm in diameter without functional modification, were paved onto the PAHs-molecule-coated Au film. This was aimed at generating a plasmon coupling effect to illuminate a stronger electromagnetic field within the gaps between particles and film, exactly where the absorbed molecules were located. The effects of the Au film, alkyl chain, and Au NPs on the SERS response to PAHs were respectively investigated. Through utilizing this simple system, a reproducible and interference-free SERS detection was demonstrated. Furthermore, the excellent detection ability to sense a series of PAHs was achieved with low concentrations of 1.2 × 10(-8) M, 2.0 × 10(-8) M, 5.5 × 10(-8) M, and 6.3 × 10(-8) M for benzo[b]fluoranthene, fluoranthene, benzo[a]anthracene, and pyrene, respectively. This method, capable of sample preparation and SERS measurement on a portable carrier, would be an ideal candidate for practical applications under field conditions. PMID:27169487

  6. Highly-Sensitive Surface-Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy (SERS)-based Chemical Sensor using 3D Graphene Foam Decorated with Silver Nanoparticles as SERS substrate

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    Srichan, Chavis; Ekpanyapong, Mongkol; Horprathum, Mati; Eiamchai, Pitak; Nuntawong, Noppadon; Phokharatkul, Ditsayut; Danvirutai, Pobporn; Bohez, Erik; Wisitsoraat, Anurat; Tuantranont, Adisorn

    2016-01-01

    In this work, a novel platform for surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS)-based chemical sensors utilizing three-dimensional microporous graphene foam (GF) decorated with silver nanoparticles (AgNPs) is developed and applied for methylene blue (MB) detection. The results demonstrate that silver nanoparticles significantly enhance cascaded amplification of SERS effect on multilayer graphene foam (GF). The enhancement factor of AgNPs/GF sensor is found to be four orders of magnitude larger than that of AgNPs/Si substrate. In addition, the sensitivity of the sensor could be tuned by controlling the size of silver nanoparticles. The highest SERS enhancement factor of ∼5 × 104 is achieved at the optimal nanoparticle size of 50 nm. Moreover, the sensor is capable of detecting MB over broad concentration ranges from 1 nM to 100 μM. Therefore, AgNPs/GF is a highly promising SERS substrate for detection of chemical substances with ultra-low concentrations. PMID:27020705

  7. Highly-Sensitive Surface-Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy (SERS)-based Chemical Sensor using 3D Graphene Foam Decorated with Silver Nanoparticles as SERS substrate

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    Srichan, Chavis; Ekpanyapong, Mongkol; Horprathum, Mati; Eiamchai, Pitak; Nuntawong, Noppadon; Phokharatkul, Ditsayut; Danvirutai, Pobporn; Bohez, Erik; Wisitsoraat, Anurat; Tuantranont, Adisorn

    2016-03-01

    In this work, a novel platform for surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS)-based chemical sensors utilizing three-dimensional microporous graphene foam (GF) decorated with silver nanoparticles (AgNPs) is developed and applied for methylene blue (MB) detection. The results demonstrate that silver nanoparticles significantly enhance cascaded amplification of SERS effect on multilayer graphene foam (GF). The enhancement factor of AgNPs/GF sensor is found to be four orders of magnitude larger than that of AgNPs/Si substrate. In addition, the sensitivity of the sensor could be tuned by controlling the size of silver nanoparticles. The highest SERS enhancement factor of ∼5 × 104 is achieved at the optimal nanoparticle size of 50 nm. Moreover, the sensor is capable of detecting MB over broad concentration ranges from 1 nM to 100 μM. Therefore, AgNPs/GF is a highly promising SERS substrate for detection of chemical substances with ultra-low concentrations.

  8. A SERS and electrical sensor from gas-phase generated Ag nanoparticles self-assembled on planar substrates.

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    Wang, S; Tay, L-L; Liu, H

    2016-03-01

    Optical excitation of coupled plasmonic nanoparticles supports intense localized electromagnetic "hot-spots" which enable a variety of surface enhanced spectroscopies with the best known example being surface enhanced Raman scattering (SERS), currently of great interest for sensing applications. In this study, we present a novel SERS and electrical dual transduction chemical sensor based on gas-phase generated, negatively charged, silver nanoparticles self-assembled on glass slide forming a close-packed plasmonic monolayer thin-film that supports both SERS and electrical sensing. We demonstrate broad tunability of the localized surface plasmon resonance (LSPR) of the close-packed plasmonic nanoparticle monolayer thin-film sensors through control of the nanoparticle (NP) deposition time which directly influences the plasmonic coupling between neghibouring NPs. This broad tunability supports strong SERS activity from visible to near infrared (NIR) excitation wavelengths. We performed SERS and electrical measurements of a non-resonant molecule 4-mercaptobenzonitrile (4-MBN) as a sample Raman reporter molecule to determine the SERS enhancement factor of our SERS substrate. We measured an average SERS enhancement factor of 10(7) from our close-packed plasmonic nanoparticle monolayer thin-film sensor. Films which were grown below or above one nanoparticle monolayer both exhibited significantly lower SERS performance in one or more of SERS enhancement factor (EF), uniformity or repeatability. Our close-packed plasmonic nanoparticle monolayer thin-film sensors are highly uniform from point-to-point across the entire substrate and showed good reproducibility from batch-to-batch. These qualities are highly desirable for quantifiable detection of chemical and biological molecules. As an example application, this type of substrates provides an affordable and reliable sensing and identification capability for combatting new and emerging chemical and biological threats in

  9. Development of surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) substrates using nanoparticle-based printing inks

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    Figueroa, Manuel A.; Park, Sam; Pourrezaei, Kambiz; Tyagi, Somdev

    2008-02-01

    Raman spectroscopy is now a well-established analytical tool for obtaining rapid and compound specific information for chemical analysis. However, Raman scattering - inelastic scattering of photons - cross sections are typically of the order of 10 -30 cm2 per molecule and thus Raman signals are usually weak. In Surface Enhanced Raman Scattering (SERS) the signals can be greatly amplified by using specially structured metallic (usually Ag, Au, and Cu) substrates. SERS substrates can be fabricated by a variety of methods. Here, we report a method for fabricating SERS substrates from commercially available silver nanoparticle based printing inks. For dilute inks (~ 1-2% Ag by weight) the method involves the airbrushing of inks on heated (~100oC) quartz or polymer substrates followed by heating at 170oC for about 20 minutes. The heating treatment removes the polymer coating used to prevent aggregation of Ag particles in the colloidal suspension and allows partial sintering of particles. More concentrated inks (~ 20 - 30% Ag by weight) can be applied to various substrates at room temperature followed by the thermal treatment. SERS spectra of Rhodamine 6G, and β-carotene molecules are reported. SERS amplification factors of more than 106 can be easily obtained reproducibly.

  10. Precise subnanometer plasmonic junctions for SERS within gold nanoparticle assemblies using cucurbit[n]uril "glue".

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    Taylor, Richard W; Lee, Tung-Chun; Scherman, Oren A; Esteban, Ruben; Aizpurua, Javier; Huang, Fu Min; Baumberg, Jeremy J; Mahajan, Sumeet

    2011-05-24

    Cucurbit[n]urils (CB[n]) are macrocyclic host molecules with subnanometer dimensions capable of binding to gold surfaces. Aggregation of gold nanoparticles with CB[n] produces a repeatable, fixed, and rigid interparticle separation of 0.9 nm, and thus such assemblies possess distinct and exquisitely sensitive plasmonics. Understanding the plasmonic evolution is key to their use as powerful SERS substrates. Furthermore, this unique spatial control permits fast nanoscale probing of the plasmonics of the aggregates "glued" together by CBs within different kinetic regimes using simultaneous extinction and SERS measurements. The kinetic rates determine the topology of the aggregates including the constituent structural motifs and allow the identification of discrete plasmon modes which are attributed to disordered chains of increasing lengths by theoretical simulations. The CBs directly report the near-field strength of the nanojunctions they create via their own SERS, allowing calibration of the enhancement. Owing to the unique barrel-shaped geometry of CB[n] and their ability to bind "guest" molecules, the aggregates afford a new type of in situ self-calibrated and reliable SERS substrate where molecules can be selectively trapped by the CB[n] and exposed to the nanojunction plasmonic field. Using this concept, a powerful molecular-recognition-based SERS assay is demonstrated by selective cucurbit[n]uril host-guest complexation. PMID:21488693

  11. SERS of semiconducting nanoparticles (TiO{sub 2} hybrid composites).

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    Musumeci, A.; Gosztola, D.; Schiller, T.; Dimitrijevic, N.; Mujica, V.; Martin, D.; Rajh, T.

    2009-04-13

    Raman scattering of molecules adsorbed on the surface of TiO{sub 2} nanoparticles was investigated. We find strong enhancement of Raman scattering in hybrid composites that exhibit charge transfer absorption with TiO{sub 2} nanoparticles. An enhancement factor up to {approx}10{sup 3} was observed in the solutions containing TiO{sub 2} nanoparticles and biomolecules, including the important class of neurotransmitters such as dopamine and dopac (3,4-dihydroxy-phenylacetic acid). Only selected vibrations are enhanced, indicating molecular specificity due to distinct binding and orientation of the biomolecules coupled to the TiO{sub 2} surface. All enhanced modes are associated with the asymmetric vibrations of attached molecules that lower the symmetry of the charge transfer complex. The intensity and the energy of selected vibrations are dependent on the size and shape of nanoparticle support. Moreover, we show that localization of the charge in quantized nanoparticles (2 nm), demonstrated as the blue shift of particle absorption, diminishes SERS enhancement. Importantly, the smallest concentration of adsorbed molecules shows the largest Raman enhancements suggesting the possibility for high sensitivity of this system in the detection of biomolecules that form a charge transfer complex with metal oxide nanoparticles. The wavelength-dependent properties of a hybrid composite suggest a Raman resonant state. Adsorbed molecules that do not show a charge transfer complex show weak enhancements probably due to the dielectric cavity effect.

  12. Dependence of SERS enhancement on the chemical composition and structure of Ag/Au hybrid nanoparticles.

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    Chaffin, Elise; O'Connor, Ryan T; Barr, James; Huang, Xiaohua; Wang, Yongmei

    2016-08-01

    Noble metal nanoparticles (NPs) such as silver (Ag) and gold (Au) have unique plasmonic properties that give rise to surface enhanced Raman scattering (SERS). Generally, Ag NPs have much stronger plasmonic properties and, hence, provide stronger SERS signals than Au NPs. However, Ag NPs lack the chemical stability and biocompatibility of comparable Au NPs and typically exhibit the most intense plasmonic resonance at wavelengths much shorter than the optimal spectral region for many biomedical applications. To overcome these issues, various experimental efforts have been devoted to the synthesis of Ag/Au hybrid NPs for the purpose of SERS detections. However, a complete understanding on how the SERS enhancement depends on the chemical composition and structure of these nanoparticles has not been achieved. In this study, Mie theory and the discrete dipole approximation have been used to calculate the plasmonic spectra and near-field electromagnetic enhancements of Ag/Au hybrid NPs. In particular, we discuss how the electromagnetic enhancement depends on the mole fraction of Au in Ag/Au alloy NPs and how one may use extinction spectra to distinguish between Ag/Au alloyed NPs and Ag-Au core-shell NPs. We also show that for incident laser wavelengths between ∼410 nm and 520 nm, Ag/Au alloyed NPs provide better electromagnetic enhancement than pure Ag, pure Au, or Ag-Au core-shell structured NPs. Finally, we show that silica-core Ag/Au alloy shelled NPs provide even better performance than pure Ag/Au alloy or pure solid Ag and pure solid Au NPs. The theoretical results presented will be beneficial to the experimental efforts in optimizing the design of Ag/Au hybrid NPs for SERS-based detection methods. PMID:27497571

  13. Dependence of SERS enhancement on the chemical composition and structure of Ag/Au hybrid nanoparticles

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    Chaffin, Elise; O'Connor, Ryan T.; Barr, James; Huang, Xiaohua; Wang, Yongmei

    2016-08-01

    Noble metal nanoparticles (NPs) such as silver (Ag) and gold (Au) have unique plasmonic properties that give rise to surface enhanced Raman scattering (SERS). Generally, Ag NPs have much stronger plasmonic properties and, hence, provide stronger SERS signals than Au NPs. However, Ag NPs lack the chemical stability and biocompatibility of comparable Au NPs and typically exhibit the most intense plasmonic resonance at wavelengths much shorter than the optimal spectral region for many biomedical applications. To overcome these issues, various experimental efforts have been devoted to the synthesis of Ag/Au hybrid NPs for the purpose of SERS detections. However, a complete understanding on how the SERS enhancement depends on the chemical composition and structure of these nanoparticles has not been achieved. In this study, Mie theory and the discrete dipole approximation have been used to calculate the plasmonic spectra and near-field electromagnetic enhancements of Ag/Au hybrid NPs. In particular, we discuss how the electromagnetic enhancement depends on the mole fraction of Au in Ag/Au alloy NPs and how one may use extinction spectra to distinguish between Ag/Au alloyed NPs and Ag-Au core-shell NPs. We also show that for incident laser wavelengths between ˜410 nm and 520 nm, Ag/Au alloyed NPs provide better electromagnetic enhancement than pure Ag, pure Au, or Ag-Au core-shell structured NPs. Finally, we show that silica-core Ag/Au alloy shelled NPs provide even better performance than pure Ag/Au alloy or pure solid Ag and pure solid Au NPs. The theoretical results presented will be beneficial to the experimental efforts in optimizing the design of Ag/Au hybrid NPs for SERS-based detection methods.

  14. AC electrophoretic deposition of organic-inorganic composite coatings.

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    Yoshioka, T; Chávez-Valdez, A; Roether, J A; Schubert, D W; Boccaccini, A R

    2013-02-15

    Alternating current electrophoretic deposition (AC-EPD) of polyacrylic acid (PAA)-titanium oxide (TiO(2)) nanoparticle composites on stainless steel electrodes was investigated in basic aqueous solution. AC square wave with duty cycle of 80% was applied at a frequency of 1 kHz. FTIR-ATR spectra showed that both AC and direct current (DC) EPD successfully deposited PAA-TiO(2) composites. The deposition rate using AC-EPD was lower than that obtained in direct current DC-EPD. However, the microstructure and surface morphology of the deposited composite coatings were different depending on the type of electric field applied. AC-EPD applied for not more than 5 min led to smooth films without bubble formation, while DC-EPD for 1 min or more showed deposits with microstructural defects possibly as result of water electrolysis. AC-EPD was thus for the first time demonstrated to be a suitable technique to deposit organic-inorganic composite coatings from aqueous suspensions, showing that applying a square wave and frequency of 1 kHz leads to uniform PAA-TiO(2) composite coatings on conductive materials. PMID:23218240

  15. A portable microcolumn based on silver nanoparticle functionalized glass fibers and its SERS application.

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    Gu, Hai-Xin; Li, Da-Wei; Xue, Lin; Zhang, Yong-Feng; Long, Yi-Tao

    2015-12-01

    We presented a facile method for the preparation of a portable detection column integrated with silver nanoparticle (Ag NP) functionalized glass fibers for surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS). Ag NPs were immobilized onto the surface of fibers through a two-step self-assembly process, and the cycling of the assembly process was repeated to optimize the SERS activity. The optimized fibers coated with homogeneous and dense Ag NPs were combined with a glass column, displaying good reproducibility. This combination could construct more "hot spots" and the spatial intra-channel structure for high mass transfer, and provide more sufficient interactions between the probing laser and metallic nanoparticles. The capability of the prepared column to have high sensitivity to dyes was demonstrated by the measurements of rhodamine 6G, alizarin red and methyl orange, with low concentrations of 28 pM, 64 pM and 0.36 nM, respectively. The SERS-active column fabricated by a facile, low-cost and high-yield approach is expected to be an effective and practical means for on-site application when rapid separation and detection of analytes in the liquid sample is needed. PMID:26488907

  16. New insights into organic-inorganic hybrid perovskite CH3NH3PbI3 nanoparticles. An experimental and theoretical study of doping in Pb2+ sites with Sn2+, Sr2+, Cd2+ and Ca2+

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    Navas, Javier; Sánchez-Coronilla, Antonio; Gallardo, Juan Jesús; Cruz Hernández, Norge; Piñero, Jose Carlos; Alcántara, Rodrigo; Fernández-Lorenzo, Concha; de Los Santos, Desireé M.; Aguilar, Teresa; Martín-Calleja, Joaquín

    2015-03-01

    This paper presents the synthesis of the organic-inorganic hybrid perovskite, CH3NH3PbI3, doped in the Pb2+ position with Sn2+, Sr2+, Cd2+ and Ca2+. The incorporation of the dopants into the crystalline structure was analysed, observing how the characteristics of the dopant affected properties such as the crystalline phase, emission and optical properties. XRD showed how doping with Sn2+, Sr2+ and Cd2+ did not modify the normal tetragonal phase. When doping with Ca2+, the cubic phase was obtained. Moreover, DR-UV-Vis spectroscopy showed how the band gap decreased with the dopants, the values following the trend Sr2+ < Cd2+ < Ca2+ < CH3NH3PbI3 ~ Sn2+. The biggest decrease was generated by Sr2+, which reduced the CH3NH3PbI3 value by 4.5%. In turn, cathodoluminescence (CL) measurements confirmed the band gap obtained. Periodic-DFT calculations were performed to understand the experimental structures. The DOS analysis confirmed the experimental results obtained using UV-Vis spectroscopy, with the values calculated following the trend Sn2+ ~ Pb2+ > Cd2+ > Sr2+ for the tetragonal structure and Pb2+ > Ca2+ for the cubic phase. The electron localization function (ELF) analysis showed similar electron localizations for undoped and Sn2+-doped tetragonal structures, which were different from those doped with Sr2+ and Cd2+. Furthermore, when Cd2+ was incorporated, the Cd-I interaction was strengthened. For Ca2+ doping, the Ca-I interaction had a greater ionic nature than Cd-I. Finally, an analysis based on the non-covalent interaction (NCI) index is presented to determine the weak-type interactions of the CH3NH3 groups with the dopant and I atoms. To our knowledge, this kind of analysis with these hybrid systems has not been performed previously.This paper presents the synthesis of the organic-inorganic hybrid perovskite, CH3NH3PbI3, doped in the Pb2+ position with Sn2+, Sr2+, Cd2+ and Ca2+. The incorporation of the dopants into the crystalline structure was analysed

  17. Large-scale gold nanoparticle superlattice and its SERS properties for the quantitative detection of toxic carbaryl.

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    Wu, Lina; Wang, Zhijiang; Shen, Baozhong

    2013-06-21

    Large scale and well-ordered gold nanoparticle superlattices were fabricated by self-assembly as an active substrate for surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) that can quantitatively detect carbaryl with a detection limit of 1 ppm. These fabricated superlattices with a dimension of several hundred micrometers exhibited high, reproducible SERS activity. PMID:23674317

  18. Determination of acetylsalicylic acid in commercial tablets by SERS using silver nanoparticle-coated filter paper

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    Sallum, Loriz Francisco; Soares, Frederico Luis Felipe; Ardila, Jorge Armando; Carneiro, Renato Lajarim

    2014-12-01

    In this work, filter paper was used as a low cost substrate for silver nanoparticles in order to perform the detection and quantification of acetylsalicylic acid by SERS in a commercial tablet. The reaction conditions were 150 mM of ammonium hydroxide, 50 mM of silver nitrate, 500 mM of glucose, 12 min of the reaction time, 45 °C temperature, pretreatment with ammonium hydroxide and quantitative filter paper (1-2 μm). The average size of silver nanoparticles deposited on the paper substrate was 180 nm. Adsorption time of acetylsalicylic acid on the surface of the silver-coated filter paper was studied and an adsorption time of 80 min was used to build the analytical curve. It was possible to obtain a calibration curve with good precision with a coefficient of determination of 0.933. The method proposed in this work was capable to quantify acetylsalicylic acid in commercial tablets, at low concentration levels, with relative error of 2.06% compared to the HPLC. The preparation of filter paper coated with silver nanoparticles using Tollen's reagent presents several advantages such as low cost of synthesis, support and reagents; minimum amount of residuals, which are easily treated, despite the SERS spectroscopy presenting fast analysis, with low sample preparation and low amount of reactants as in HPLC analysis.

  19. PCF with immobilized silver nanoparticles as an optofluidic SERS sensing platform

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    Han, Yun; Tan, Siliu; Khaing Oo, Maung Kyaw; Du, Henry

    2010-04-01

    The unique feature of photonic crystal fiber (PCF) both as a light guide and a liquid transmission cell allows synergistic integration of optics and microfluidics to form an unconventional optofluidic platform of long interaction path limited only by the fiber length. We report the strategy and methods in realizing full-length surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) PCF optofluidics by immobilization of negatively charged Ag nanoparticles (NP) through polyelectrolyte-mediated approach or direct deposition of positively charged Ag NP on the PCF air channels. Through forward propagating Raman measurements, we demonstrate the full-length SERS-active PCF optofluidics with accumulative Raman signal gain along the entire fiber length. We show SERS measurements of 1x10-7 M (~48 ppb) Rhodamine 6G and 1x10-8 M (~0.8 ppb) sodium thiocyanate in a minute volume of ~10-7-10-8 liter aqueous solution using PCF with immobilized Ag NP over ~20 cm in length. The combination of high detection sensitivity and small sampling volume renders the SERS-active PCF optofluidic platform excellent potential for a multitude of applications ranging from label-free chemical and biological sensing to process monitoring in geometrically confined systems.

  20. Fabrication of Gold Nanoparticles/Graphene-PDDA Nanohybrids for Bio-detection by SERS Nanotechnology

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    Mevold, Andreas H. H.; Hsu, Wei-Wu; Hardiansyah, Andri; Huang, Li-Ying; Yang, Ming-Chien; Liu, Ting-Yu; Chan, Tzu-Yi; Wang, Kuan-Syun; Su, Yu-An; Jeng, Ru-Jong; Wang, Juen-Kai; Wang, Yuh-Lin

    2015-10-01

    In this research, graphene nanosheets were functionalized with cationic poly (diallyldimethylammonium chloride) (PDDA) and citrate-capped gold nanoparticles (AuNPs) for surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) bio-detection application. AuNPs were synthesized by the traditional citrate thermal reduction method and then adsorbed onto graphene-PDDA nanohybrid sheets with electrostatic interaction. The nanohybrids were subject to characterization including X-ray diffraction (XRD), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), zeta potential, and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). The results showed that the diameter of AuNPs is about 15-20 nm immobilized on the graphene-PDDA sheets, and the zeta potential of various AuNPs/graphene-PDDA ratio is 7.7-38.4 mV. Furthermore, the resulting nanohybrids of AuNPs/graphene-PDDA were used for SERS detection of small molecules (adenine) and microorganisms ( Staphylococcus aureus), by varying the ratios between AuNPs and graphene-PDDA. AuNPs/graphene-PDDA in the ratio of AuNPs/graphene-PDDA = 4:1 exhibited the strongest SERS signal in SERS detection of adenine and S. aureus. Thus, it is promising in the application of rapid and label-free bio-detection of bacteria or tumor cells.

  1. Anticorrosive organic/inorganic hybrid coatings

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    Gao, Tongzhai

    Organic/inorganic hybrid coating system was developed for anticorrosion applications using polyurea, polyurethane or epoxide as the organic phase and polysiloxane, formed by sol-gel process, as the inorganic phase. Polyurea/polysiloxane hybrid coatings were formulated and moisture cured using HDI isocyanurate, alkoxysilane-functionalized HDI isocyanurate, and tetraethyl orthosilicate (TEOS) oligomers. Two urethanes were prepared using the same components as abovementioned in addition to the oligoesters derived from either cyclohexane diacids (CHDA) and 2-butyl-2-ethyl-1,3-propanediol (BEPD) or adipic acid (AA), isophthalic acid (IPA), 1,6-hexanediol (HD), and trimethylol propane (TMP). Accelerated weathering and outdoor exposure were performed to study the weatherability of the polyurethane/polysiloxane hybrid coating system. FTIR and solid-state 13C NMR revealed that the degradation of the hybrid coatings occurred at the urethane and ester functionalities of the organic phase. DMA and DSC analyses showed the glass transition temperature increased and broadened after weathering. SEM was employed to observe the change of morphology of the hybrid coatings and correlated with the gloss variation after weathering. Rutile TiO2 was formulated into polyurethane/polysiloxane hybrid coatings in order to investigate the effect of pigmentation on the coating properties and the sol-gel precursor. Chemical interaction between the TiO2 and the sol-gel precursor was investigated using solid-state 29Si NMR and XPS. The morphology, mechanical, viscoelastic, thermal properties of the pigmented coatings were evaluated as a function of pigmentation volume concentration (PVC). Using AFM and SEM, the pigment were observed to be well dispersed in the polymer matrix. The thermal stability, the tensile modulus and strength of the coatings were enhanced with increasing PVC, whereas the pull-off adhesion and flexibility were reduced with increasing PVC. Finally, the pigmented coatings were

  2. Facile Decoration of Polyaniline Fiber with Ag Nanoparticles for Recyclable SERS Substrate.

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    Mondal, Sanjoy; Rana, Utpal; Malik, Sudip

    2015-05-20

    Facile synthesis of polyaniline@Ag composite has been successfully demonstrated by a simple solution-dipping method using high-aspect-ratio benzene tetracarboxylic acid-doped polyaniline (BDP) fiber as a nontoxic reducing agent as well as template cum stabilizer. In BDP@Ag composite, BDP fibers are decorated with spherical Ag nanoparticles (Ag NPs), and the population of Ag NPs on BDP fibers is controlled by changing the molar concentration of AgNO3. Importantly, Ag-NP-decorated BDP fibers (BDP@Ag composites) have been evolved as a sensitive materials for the detection of trace amounts of 4-mercaptobenzoic acid and rhodamine 6G as an analyte of surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS), and the detection limit is down to nanomolar concentrations with excellent recyclability. Furthermore, synthesized BDP@Ag composites are applied simultaneously as an active SERS substrate and a superior catalyst for reduction of 4-nitrothiophenol. PMID:25912640

  3. SERS-active nanoparticles as a barcoding technology for tags and seals

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    Brown, Leif O; Doorn, Stephen K; Merkle, Peter B

    2009-01-01

    In this paper, we present our work to modernize tagging and sealing technologies for international safeguards applications. Our work combines technologies developed at both Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL), and Sandia National Laboratories (SNL), to offer a passive tag and seal system that can be applied and verified in field, with minimal training for on-site personnel, along with a low per-seal cost. Here, we focus primarily on LANL technology: the use of Surface Enhanced Raman Scattering (SERS) as an inexpensive verification tool. Our nanoparticles offer unique SERS responses, which we can then use to incorporate robust barcoding into tag materials. We describe this technology in more detail, offer preliminary results, and outline integration with SNL developments.

  4. Light-triggered reversible self-assembly of gold nanoparticle oligomers for tunable SERS.

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    Zhang, Lei; Dai, Liwei; Rong, Yun; Liu, Zhenzhong; Tong, Dingyi; Huang, Youju; Chen, Tao

    2015-01-27

    A photoresponsive amphiphilic gold nanoparticle (AuNP) is achieved through the decoration of AuNP with hydrophilic poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG) and hydrophobic photoresponsive polymethacrylate containing spiropyran units (PSPMA). Owing to the photoresponsive property of spiropyran units, the amphiphilic AuNPs can easily achieve the controllable assembly/disassembly behaviors under the trigger by light. Under visible light, spiropyran units provide weak intermolecular interactions between neighbored AuNPs, leading to isolated AuNPs in the solution. While under UV light irradiation, spiropyran units in the polymer brushes transform into merocyanine isomer with conjugated structure and zwitterionic state, promoting the integration of adjacent AuNPs through π-π stacking and electrostatic attractions, further leading to the formation of Au oligomers. The smart reversible AuNP oligomers exhibited switchable plasmonic coupling for tuning surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) activity, which is promising for the application of SERS based sensors and optical imaging. PMID:25540841

  5. Multifunctional Paper Strip Based on Self-Assembled Interfacial Plasmonic Nanoparticle Arrays for Sensitive SERS Detection.

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    Zhang, Kun; Zhao, Jingjing; Xu, Huiying; Li, Yixin; Ji, Ji; Liu, Baohong

    2015-08-01

    A smart and multifunctional paper-based SERS sensing card is generated through patterning self-assembled interfacial arrays of gold nanoparticles (AuNPs) on the tip of an arrow-shaped paper strip. It is found that the closely packed monolayer of AuNPs is evenly distributed on the paper surface, resulting in a multitude of SERS hot spots over the detection zone. The paper card, with its inherent ability to separate and preconcentrate analytes by the capillary force and polarity difference between sample components, was exploited successfully as an integrated platform, allowing for sub-attomolar (50 × 10(-18) M) detection from microliter-volume (10 μL) samples. Furthermore, the simple preparation (lithography-free process), fast detection (<5 min), and low cost (<3 cents) demonstrate that the paper card is a practical and portable sensing interface for wide application in environmental and food analysis. PMID:26186409

  6. Single molecule detection using SERS study in PVP functionalized Ag nanoparticles

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    Garg, Parul; Dhara, S.

    2013-02-01

    Non-spherical functionalized Ag nanoparticles (NPs) with homogenous size ˜ 40 nm have been grown using soft chemical route. Solution of silver nitrate and polyvinylpyrrolidone is reduced in excess of ethylene glycol for the preparation of the NPs. Substrates has been prepared by dip coating of the NPs on c-Si for Raman studies. Rhodamine (R6G) is used as a test molecule to study the surface enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS) effect. A single molecule detection of R6G along with an enhancement factor of ˜ 4×103 orders of magnitude in the intensity, for the concentration as low as 10-12 M using polymer coated Ag NPs as SERS substrates, has been achieved.

  7. Metanephrine neuroendocrine tumor marker detection by SERS using Au nanoparticle/Au film sandwich architecture.

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    Boca, Sanda; Farcau, Cosmin; Baia, Monica; Astilean, Simion

    2016-02-01

    Neuroendocrine tumors, such as pheochromocytoma or paraganglioma, are dangerous tumors that constitute a potential threat for a large number of patients. Currently, the biochemical diagnosis of neuroendocrine tumors is based on measurement of the direct secretory products of the adrenomedullary-sympathetic system or of their metabolites, such as catecholamines or their metanephrine derivatives, from plasma or urine. The techniques used for analysis of plasma free metanephrines, i.e. high-performance liquid chromatography or high-performance liquid chromatography coupled with mass-spectrometry are technically-demanding and time consuming, which limit their availability. Here we demonstrate a simple, fast and low-cost method for detecting metanephrine by Surface Enhanced Raman Scattering (SERS). The protocol consists in using evaporation-induced self-assembly of gold (Au) nanoparticles incubated with the analyte, on planar gold films. The assembly process produces regions with a dense distribution of both inter-particle gaps and particle-film gaps. Finite-difference time-domain simulations confirm that both kinds of gaps are locations of enhanced electromagnetic fields resulting from inter-particle and particle-film plasmonic coupling, useful for SERS amplification. Metanephrine vibrational bands assignment was performed according to density functional theory calculations. Metanephrine metabolite was detected in liquid at concentration levels lower than previously reported for other similar metabolites. The obtained results demonstrate that the Au nanoparticle/Au film exhibits noticeable SERS amplification of the adsorbed metabolite and can be used in the design of efficient, stable SERS-active substrates for the detection and identification of specific tumor markers. PMID:26820563

  8. Low birefringent magneto-optical waveguides fabricated via organic-inorganic sol-gel process

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    Choueikani, F.; Royer, F.; Douadi, S.; Skora, A.; Jamon, D.; Blanc, D.; Siblini, A.

    2009-09-01

    This paper is devoted to the study and the characterization of novel magneto-optical waveguides prepared via organic-inorganic sol-gel process. Thin silica/zirconia films doped with magnetic nanoparticles were coated on glass substrate using dip-coating technique. After annealing, samples were UV-treated. Two different techniques were used to measure their properties: m-lines spectroscopy and free space ellipsometry. Results evidence low refractive index waveguides that combine a low modal birefringence (2×10-4) with a Faraday rotation around 15 °/cm (φ = 0.1%). The low birefringence is obtained with a soft UV treatment and a graded intrinsic anisotropy is evidenced for films thicker than 5 μm. Therefore, we prove that the organic-inorganic sol-gel approach is very promising to realize magneto-optical waveguides with a non-reciprocal functionality such as TE-TM mode conversion.

  9. Special section guest editorial: Hybrid organic-inorganic solar cells

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    Nogueira, Ana Flavia; Rumbles, Garry

    2015-04-06

    In this special section of the Journal of Photonics for Energy, there is a focus on some of the science and technology of a range of different hybrid organic-inorganic solar cells. Prior to 1991 there were many significant scientific research reports of hybrid organic-inorganic solar cells; finally, however, it wasn’t until the dye-sensitized solar cell entered the league table of certified research cell efficiencies that this area experienced an explosion of research activity.

  10. A facile surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) detection of rhodamine 6G and crystal violet using Au nanoparticle substrates

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    Zhang, Kuibao; Zeng, Tixian; Tan, Xiulan; Wu, Weidong; Tang, Yongjian; Zhang, Haibin

    2015-08-01

    In this study, Au nanoparticle (5 nm) colloid was employed for a facile preparation of SERS substrates from three approaches: (1) original Au nanoparticles, (b) Au colloid coated 200 nm polystyrene (PS) beads, and (3) Au colloid annealed at 200-500 °C. Rhodamine 6G (R6G) and crystal violet were employed as the Raman active probes. The Au colloid deposited PS beads (PS@Au) exhibit intensive SERS signal for R6G detection, which is promising for crystal violet detection after being annealed at 400 °C. The 200 °C annealed Au nanoparticles demonstrate excellent combined SERS sensitivity for both R6G and crystal violet. For the original Au colloid, elevated annealing temperature from 200 °C to 500 °C decreases the SERS intensity as Au particles were coarsened gradually.

  11. Instant synthesis of gold nanoparticles at room temperature and SERS applications

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    Britto Hurtado, R.; Cortez-Valadez, M.; Ramírez-Rodríguez, L. P.; Larios-Rodriguez, Eduardo; Alvarez, Ramón A. B.; Rocha-Rocha, O.; Delgado-Beleño, Y.; Martinez-Nuñez, C. E.; Arizpe-Chávez, H.; Hernández-Martínez, A. R.; Flores-Acosta, M.

    2016-08-01

    Nowadays, gold nanoparticles (AuNps) can be used in a variety of applications, thus efficient methods to produce them are necessary. Several methods have been proposed in this area, but NPs production time is one limitation of these approaches. In this study, we propose a high competitive method to synthesize gold colloidal nanoparticles, instantaneously, using no-toxic reducing agents. These substances allow the instantaneous synthesis at room temperature, even without magnetic stirrers, ovens or ultrasonic baths. Optic analysis showed two absorption bands, associated with surface Plasmon as function of HAuCl4 concentration. The nanoparticles synthesized have a 10-20 nm size, seen by the transmission electron microscopy (TEM). Therefore, it was possible to obtain several geometric patterns of AuNps, and the synthesis was performed reducing significantly processing time. Additionally, Mie and Fuchs theories were used to predict the location of the absorption bands linked to the plasmon surface in gold nanoparticles. The Surface Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy (SERS) effect was analyzed considering natural zeolite (Chabazite) as analyte, in order to determinate its possible application in soil analysis.

  12. Selective Growth and SERS Property of Gold Nanoparticles on Amorphized Silicon Surface

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    Matsuoka, T.; Nishi, M.; Sakakura, M.; Shimotsuma, Y.; Miura, K.; Hirao, K.

    2011-02-01

    We have fabricated gold patterns on a silicon substrate by a simple three-step method using a focused ion beam (FIB). The obtained gold patterns consisted of a large number of gold nanoparticles which grew selectively on the preprocessed silicon surface from an Au ion-containing solution dropped on the substrate. The solution was prepared by reacting HAuCl4 aqueous solution with (3-mercaptopropyl)trimethoxysilane (MPTMS). It was found that the size and shape of the precipitating gold nanoparticles is controllable by changing the mixing ratio between HAuCl4 aqueous solution and MPTMS. Additionally, we confirmed that the fabricated gold structures were surface enhanced Raman scattering (SERS)-active; the enhanced Raman peaks of rhodamin 6G (R6G) were detected on the fabricated gold structures, whereas no peak was detected on the alternative silicon surface. We also demonstrated the gold patterning using a femtosecond laser instead of an FIB. We believe that our method is a favorable candidate for fabricating SERS-active substrates, since the substrates can be prepared very simply and flexibly.

  13. Surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS) to detect natural organic coatings on silver nanoparticles

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    Kühn, Melanie; Ivleva, Natalia P.; Klitzke, Sondra; von der Kammer, Frank; Niessner, Reinhard; Baumann, Thomas

    2015-04-01

    Applications for engineered inorganic nanoparticles (EINP) are rising and causing a higher risk for EINP to be released into the environment. Their stability and transport behaviour under environmental conditions is strongly depending on their surface properties which on the other hand depend on the presence or absence of a surface coating. We assume that EINP get coated soon after their release into the environment e.g. by humic substances like humic or fulvic acids and NOM. Often EINP are stabilized by a coating agent like citrate or polyvinylpyrrolidone. Therefore, the replacement of the initial coating material or a multilayer coating has to be considered. Characterization of natural coatings on EINP is crucial to predict their environmental behaviour, but analytical methods to investigate organic coatings are scarce. To investigate humic- and fulvic acid coatings on silver nanoparticles (Ag NP) Raman micro-spectroscopy (RM) was used. RM is limited in its sensitivity, but silver nanoparticles cause an enhancement of the Raman signal of adsorbed substances by a factor of 103-106, so called surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS). The Raman spectrum of humic acids is dominated by the carbonaceous parts of the humic acids which are known from carbon analysis and referred to as defect (D) and graphite (G) peak of carbon. Humic acids of different origin (humic acid from a lignite, suwannee river humic acid) showed differences in the D and G ratios indicating a difference in the structure of the contained carbon. With SERS humic and fulvic acid coatings on Ag NP were analysed: 1-100 mg/L humic acid stock solution were mixed with citrate and hydroxylammoniumchloride stabilized Ag NP, centrifuged and resuspended in deionized water (washing) to remove all coating material not associated with Ag NP. This washing step was repeated up to four times. SERS prooved that the coating was still present after the fourth washing step. As SERS is only sensitive for substances in

  14. Controlling dynamic SERS hot spots on a monolayer film of Fe3O4@Au nanoparticles by a magnetic field

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    Guo, Qing-Hua; Zhang, Chen-Jie; Wei, Chao; Xu, Min-Min; Yuan, Ya-Xian; Gu, Ren-Ao; Yao, Jian-Lin

    2016-01-01

    A large surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) effect is critically dependent on the gap distance of adjacent nanostructures, i.e., "hot spots". However, the fabrication of dynamically controllable hot spots still remains a remarkable challenge. In the present study, we employed an external magnetic field to dynamically control the interparticle spacing of a two-dimensional monolayer film of Fe3O4@Au nanoparticles at a hexane/water interface. SERS measurements were performed to monitor the expansion and shrinkage of the nanoparticles gaps, which produced an obvious effect on SERS activities. The balance between the electrostatic repulsive force, surface tension, and magnetic attractive force allowed observation of the magnetic-field-responsive SERS effect. Upon introduction of an external magnetic field, a very weak SERS signal appeared initially, indicating weak enhancement due to a monolayer film with large interparticle spacing. The SERS intensity reached maximum after 5 s and thereafter remained almost unchanged. The results indicated that the observed variations in SERS intensities were fully reversible after removal of the external magnetic field. The reduction of interparticle spacing in response to a magnetic field resulted in about one order of magnitude of SERS enhancement. The combined use of the monolayer film and external magnetic field could be developed as a strategy to construct hot spots both for practical application of SERS and theoretical simulation of enhancement mechanisms.

  15. In vivo multiplexed molecular imaging of esophageal cancer via spectral endoscopy of topically applied SERS nanoparticles

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    Wang, Yu Winston; Kang, Soyoung; Khan, Altaz; Bao, Philip Q.; Liu, Jonathan T.C.

    2015-01-01

    The biological investigation and detection of esophageal cancers could be facilitated with an endoscopic technology to screen for the molecular changes that precede and accompany the onset of cancer. Surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) nanoparticles (NPs) have the potential to improve cancer detection and investigation through the sensitive and multiplexed detection of cell-surface biomarkers. Here, we demonstrate that the topical application and endoscopic imaging of a multiplexed cocktail of receptor-targeted SERS NPs enables the rapid detection of tumors in an orthotopic rat model of esophageal cancer. Antibody-conjugated SERS NPs were topically applied on the lumenal surface of the rat esophagus to target EGFR and HER2, and a miniature spectral endoscope featuring rotational scanning and axial pull-back was employed to comprehensively image the NPs bound on the lumen of the esophagus. Ratiometric analyses of specific vs. nonspecific binding enabled the visualization of tumor locations and the quantification of biomarker expression in agreement with immunohistochemistry and flow cytometry validation data. PMID:26504623

  16. Self-assembled large Au nanoparticle arrays with regular hot spots for SERS.

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    Chen, A.; DePrince III, A. E.; Demortiere, A.; Joshi-Imre, A.; Shevchenko, E. V.; Gray, S.K.; Welp, U.; Vlasko-Vlasov, V. K.

    2011-08-22

    The cost-effective self-assembly of 80 nm Au nanoparticles (NPs) into large-domain, hexagonally close-packed arrays for high-sensitivity and high-fidelity surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS) is demonstrated. These arrays exhibit specific optical resonances due to strong interparticle coupling, which are well reproduced by finite-difference time-domain (FDTD) simulations. The gaps between NPs form a regular lattice of hot spots that enable a large amplification of both photoluminescence and Raman signals. At smaller wavelengths the hot spots are extended away from the minimum-gap positions, which allows SERS of larger analytes that do not fit into small gaps. Using CdSe quantum dots (QDs) a 3-5 times larger photoluminescence enhancement than previously reported is experimentally demonstrated and an unambiguous estimate of the electromagnetic SERS enhancement factor of {approx}10{sup 4} is obtained by direct scanning electron microscopy imaging of QDs responsible for the Raman signal. Much stronger enhancement of {approx}10{sup 8} is obtained at larger wavelengths for benzenethiol molecules penetrating the NP gaps.

  17. Synthesis and improved SERS performance of silver nanoparticles-decorated surface mesoporous silica microspheres

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    Jiang, Tao; Wang, Xiaolong; Zhang, Li; Zhou, Jun; Zhao, Ziqi

    2016-08-01

    This study reported the improved Raman enhancement ability of silver nanoparticles (Ag NPs) decorated on surface mesoporous silica microspheres (MSiO2@Ag) than that of Ag NPs on solid silica microspheres (SSiO2@Ag). These two kinds of hybrid structures were prepared by a facile single-step hydrothermal reaction with polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP) serves as both a reductant and stabilizer. The as-synthesized MSiO2@Ag microspheres show more significant surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) activity for 4-mercaptobenzoic acid (4MBA) than SSiO2@Ag microspheres with enhancement factors as 9.20 × 106 and 4.39 × 106, respectively. The proposed reason for the higher SERS activity is estimated to be the contribution of more Raman probe molecules at the mesoporous channels where an enhanced electromagnetic field exists. Such a field was identified by theoretical calculation result. The MSiO2@Ag microspheres were eventually demonstrated for the SERS detection of a typical chemical toxin namely methyl parathion with a detection limit as low as 1 × 10-3 ppm, showing its promising potential in biosensor application.

  18. Surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) detection of multiple viral antigens using magnetic capture of SERS-active nanoparticles

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    A highly sensitive immunoassay based on surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) spectroscopy has been developed for multiplex detection of surface envelope and capsid antigens of the viral zoonotic pathogens West Nile virus (WNV) and Rift Valley fever virus (RVFV). Detection was mediated by antibo...

  19. Polymer-coated surface enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) gold nanoparticles for multiplexed labeling of chronic lymphocytic leukemia cells

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    MacLaughlin, Christina M.; Parker, Edward P. K.; Walker, Gilbert C.; Wang, Chen

    2012-01-01

    The ease and flexibility of functionalization and inherent light scattering properties of plasmonic nanoparticles make them suitable contrast agents for measurement of cell surface markers. Immunophenotyping of lymphoproliferative disorders is traditionally undertaken using fluorescence detection methods which have a number of limitations. Herein, surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) gold nanoparticles conjugated to monoclonal antibodies are used for the selective targeting of CD molecules on the surface of chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) cells. Raman-active reporters were physisorbed on to the surface of 60 nm spherical Au nanoparticles, the particles were coated with 5kDa polyethylene glycol (PEG) including functionalities for conjugation to monoclonal IgG1 antibodies. A novel method for quantifying the number of antibodies bound to SERS probes on an individual basis as opposed to obtaining averages from solution was demonstrated using metal dots in transmission electron microscopy (TEM). The specificity of the interaction between SERS probes and surface CD molecules of CLL cells was assessed using Raman spectroscopy and dark field microscopy. An in-depth study of SERS probe targeting to B lymphocyte marker CD20 was undertaken, and proof-of-concept targeting using different SERS nanoparticle dyes specific for cell surface CD19, CD45 and CD5 demonstrated using SERS spectroscopy.

  20. Core-shell of FePt@SiO2-Au magnetic nanoparticles for rapid SERS detection.

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    Hardiansyah, Andri; Chen, An-Yu; Liao, Hung-Liang; Yang, Ming-Chien; Liu, Ting-Yu; Chan, Tzu-Yi; Tsou, Hui-Ming; Kuo, Chih-Yu; Wang, Juen-Kai; Wang, Yuh-Lin

    2015-12-01

    In this study, multifunctional hybrid nanoparticles composed of iron platinum (FePt), silica (SiO2), and gold nanoparticles (AuNPs) had been developed for surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) application. Core-shell structure of SiO2 and FePt nanoparticles (FePt@SiO2) was fabricated through sol-gel process and then immobilized gold nanoparticles onto the surface of FePt@SiO2, which displays huge Raman enhancement effect and magnetic separation capability. The resulting core-shell nanoparticles were subject to evaluation by transmission electron microscopy (TEM), Energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDX), zeta potential measurement, and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). TEM observation revealed that the particle size of resultant nanoparticles displayed spherical structure with the size ~30 nm and further proved the successful immobilization of Au onto the surface of FePt@SiO2. Zeta potential measurement exhibited the successful reaction between FePt@SiO2 and AuNPs. The rapid SERS detection and identification of small biomolecules (adenine) and microorganisms (gram-positive bacteria, Staphylococcus aureus) was conducted through Raman spectroscopy. In summary, the novel core-shell magnetic nanoparticles could be anticipated to apply in the rapid magnetic separation under the external magnetic field due to the core of the FePt superparamagnetic nanoparticles and label-free SERS bio-sensing of biomolecules and bacteria. PMID:26489855

  1. Core-shell of FePt@SiO2-Au magnetic nanoparticles for rapid SERS detection

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    Hardiansyah, Andri; Chen, An-Yu; Liao, Hung-Liang; Yang, Ming-Chien; Liu, Ting-Yu; Chan, Tzu-Yi; Tsou, Hui-Ming; Kuo, Chih-Yu; Wang, Juen-Kai; Wang, Yuh-Lin

    2015-10-01

    In this study, multifunctional hybrid nanoparticles composed of iron platinum (FePt), silica (SiO2), and gold nanoparticles (AuNPs) had been developed for surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) application. Core-shell structure of SiO2 and FePt nanoparticles (FePt@SiO2) was fabricated through sol-gel process and then immobilized gold nanoparticles onto the surface of FePt@SiO2, which displays huge Raman enhancement effect and magnetic separation capability. The resulting core-shell nanoparticles were subject to evaluation by transmission electron microscopy (TEM), Energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDX), zeta potential measurement, and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). TEM observation revealed that the particle size of resultant nanoparticles displayed spherical structure with the size ~30 nm and further proved the successful immobilization of Au onto the surface of FePt@SiO2. Zeta potential measurement exhibited the successful reaction between FePt@SiO2 and AuNPs. The rapid SERS detection and identification of small biomolecules (adenine) and microorganisms (gram-positive bacteria, Staphylococcus aureus) was conducted through Raman spectroscopy. In summary, the novel core-shell magnetic nanoparticles could be anticipated to apply in the rapid magnetic separation under the external magnetic field due to the core of the FePt superparamagnetic nanoparticles and label-free SERS bio-sensing of biomolecules and bacteria.

  2. SERS detection of bacteria in water by in situ coating with Ag nanoparticles.

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    Zhou, Haibo; Yang, Danting; Ivleva, Natalia P; Mircescu, Nicoleta E; Niessner, Reinhard; Haisch, Christoph

    2014-02-01

    The bio-sensing for the convenient detection of bacteria has been widely explored with the use of various sensing materials and techniques. It is still a challenge to achieve an ultrasensitive and selective, but simple, rapid, and inexpensive detection method for bacteria. We report on surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) for the detection of living bacteria in drinking water by employing a synthesis of silver nanoparticles coating the cell wall of bacteria. We found that the Raman signals intensity of bacteria after AgNP synthesis mainly depends on the zeta potential of the cell wall. The enhancement of the Raman signal of bacteria using this strategy is about 30-fold higher than that in the case of a simply mixed colloid-bacterial suspension. The total assay time required is only 10 min and the total reactants' volume needed to analyze bacteria in a real environment is as low as 1 mL. Particularly, only one droplet of 3 μL sample is necessary for each SERS measurement. Furthermore, we can use this novel strategy to discriminate three strains of Escherichia coli and one strain of Staphylococcus epidermidis by hierarchy cluster analysis. Finally, we can detect bacteria down to 2.5 × 10(2) cells/mL on a hydrophobic glass slide by SERS mapping. Thus, our detection method offers prominent advantages, such as reduced assay time, simple handling, low reactant volumes, small amount of sample, and higher sensitivity and selectivity compared to previously reported label free methods. This novel strategy may be extended to open an avenue for developing various SERS-based biosensors. PMID:24387044

  3. Sensitive and selective SERS probe for trivalent chromium detection using citrate attached gold nanoparticles

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    Ye, Yingjie; Liu, Honglin; Yang, Liangbao; Liu, Jinhuai

    2012-09-01

    In this article, we have demonstrated a sensitive and selective surface enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS) probe, based on citrate-capped gold nanoparticles (AuNPs), for trivalent chromium (Cr3+) detection. After introducing Tween 20 to a solution of citrate-capped AuNPs, the as-prepared Tween 20/citrate-AuNP probe could recognize Cr3+ at a 50 × 10-9 M level in an aqueous medium at a pH of 6.0. Tween 20 can stabilize the citrate-capped AuNPs against conditions of high ionic strength. Due to the chelation between Cr3+ and citrate ions, AuNPs undergo aggregation. As a result, it formed several hot spots and provided a significant enhancement of the Raman signal intensity through electromagnetic (EM) field enhancements. A detailed mechanism for tremendous SERS intensity change had been discussed. The selectivity of this system toward Cr3+ was 400-fold, remarkably greater than other metal ions.In this article, we have demonstrated a sensitive and selective surface enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS) probe, based on citrate-capped gold nanoparticles (AuNPs), for trivalent chromium (Cr3+) detection. After introducing Tween 20 to a solution of citrate-capped AuNPs, the as-prepared Tween 20/citrate-AuNP probe could recognize Cr3+ at a 50 × 10-9 M level in an aqueous medium at a pH of 6.0. Tween 20 can stabilize the citrate-capped AuNPs against conditions of high ionic strength. Due to the chelation between Cr3+ and citrate ions, AuNPs undergo aggregation. As a result, it formed several hot spots and provided a significant enhancement of the Raman signal intensity through electromagnetic (EM) field enhancements. A detailed mechanism for tremendous SERS intensity change had been discussed. The selectivity of this system toward Cr3+ was 400-fold, remarkably greater than other metal ions. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available: Fig. S1-S5. See DOI: 10.1039/c2nr31985c

  4. SERS Activity of Silver Nanoparticles Functionalized with A Desferrioxamine B Derived Ligand for FE(III) Binding and Sensing

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    Galinetto, P.; Taglietti, A.; Pasotti, L.; Pallavicini, P.; Dacarro, G.; Giulotto, E.; Grandi, M. S.

    2016-01-01

    We report the SERS activity of colloidal silver nanoparticles functionalized with a ligand, derived from the siderophore desferrioxamine B (desferal, DFO), an iron chelator widely used in biological and medical applications. The ligand was equipped with a sulfur-containing moiety to ensure optimal binding with silver surfaces. By means of Raman and SERS effects we monitored the route of material preparation from the modified DFO-S molecule to the colloidal aggregates. The results indicate that the functionalization of the chelating agent does not affect its binding ability towards Fe(III). The resulting functionalized silver nanoparticles are a promising SERS tag for operation in biological environments. The Fe-O stretching signature, arising when DFO-S grafted to silver nanoparticles binds Fe(III), could provide a tool for cation sensing in solution.

  5. Fabrication of silver nanoparticles decorated anodic aluminum oxide as the SERS substrate for the detection of pesticide thiram

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    Tan, En-zhong

    2015-07-01

    An efficient surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) substrate is developed based on silver nanoparticles decorated anodic aluminum oxide (Ag/AAO). The AAO templates were fabricated using a two-step anodization approach, and silver nanoparticles (AgNPs) were obtained by thermal decomposition of Ag nitrate in AAO. The structure of Ag/AAO hybrid substrate is characterized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM). The results show that the as-prepared SERS substrates consist of high-density AgNPs with sizes of tens of nanometers. The AgNPs are adsorbed on the surface of AAO template in the form of network structure which is called "hot spot". The SERS enhancement ability of the nanostructure is verified using thiram as probing molecules. The limit of detection is as low as 1×10-9 mol/L. The results indicate that the as-prepared substrate possesses excellent SERS sensitivity, high stability and uniformity enhancement.

  6. Fabrication of chitosan-silver nanoparticle hybrid 3D porous structure as a SERS substrate for biomedical applications

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    Jung, Gyeong-Bok; Kim, Ji-Hye; Burm, Jin Sik; Park, Hun-Kuk

    2013-05-01

    We propose a simple, low-cost, large-area, and functional surface enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) substrate for biomedical applications. The SERS substrate with chitosan-silver nanoparticles (chitosan-Ag NPs) hybrid 3D porous structure was fabricated simply by a one-step method. The chitosan was used as a template for the Ag NPs deposition. SERS enhancement by the chitosan-Ag NPs substrate was experimentally verified using rhodamine B as an analyte. Thiolated single stranded DNA was also measured for atopic dermatitis genetic markers (chemokines CCL17) at a low concentration of 5 pM. We successfully designed a novel SERS substrate with silver nanoparticle hybridized 3D porous chitosan that has the potential to become a highly sensitive and selective tool for biomedical applications.

  7. Fabrication of surface enhanced Raman Scattering (SERS) substrates made from nanoparticle printing inks for detection of biological molecules

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    Figueroa, Manuel Alejandro

    Surface enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) has generated great interest as a surface analytical technique because it can produce amplification factors between 108-1012. Silver and gold are the most widely used components as their size and structure allows for light to induce conduction electrons to oscillate locally within the nanoparticle structure. When a molecule lies in the interparticle space between two nanoparticles, highly detailed vibrational information becomes detectable. The objective of this study is to reproducibly fabricate such an arrangement in a nanoparticle substrate while maintaining stability. In this work, nanoparticle printing inks -- colloidal nanoparticles encapsulated by a stabilizing ligand -- are used as the main component of SERS substrates. The ligand shell is partially removed by controlled heating, which reduces spacing between nanoparticles creating a broad distribution of interparticle distances. Similar to fractal aggregates this arrangement allows localized plasmons to naturally resonate over a broad range of spectral frequencies. Microwave absorption is applied as a non-invasive method to sensitively monitor nanoparticle sintering in order to gauge the substrates' tuning for large amplification factors. The global arrangement of nanoparticles has always been difficult to measure during heating through DC resistivity measurements and surface imaging techniques. Microwave absorption occurs in the weak resistive links formed between particles during sintering due to the microwave losses in loosely coupled particles. By placing the substrate in a microwave cavity, absorption can be monitored globally during heating. The largest SERS amplification factors occur at a stage immediately preceding the largest microwave absorption gains. This provides a useful method for determining a thermal window for heating when optimizing SERS substrates. Finally, these optimized SERS substrates are used to detect hyaluronic acid. This complex molecule

  8. The enhanced SERS effect of Ag/ZnO nanoparticles through surface hydrophobic modification

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    Li, Zhenjiang; Zhu, Kaixing; Zhao, Qian; Meng, Alan

    2016-07-01

    Ag/ZnO nanocomposites modified by a mixture of stearic acid (SA) and polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP) were obtained using a heating reflux method. Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR) suggests that organic SA/PVP was bonded onto the surface of Ag/ZnO nanocrystals, converting the wettability property of the nanostructures from hydrophilic to hydrophobic. The modified Ag/ZnO nanostructures were confirmed as effective Raman substrates, with a 3-fold signal enhancement compared to the ordinary hydrophilic Ag/ZnO substrate for detecting Rh B molecules due to the hydrophobic condensation effect. It is expected that the modified Ag/ZnO nanoparticles have potential for SERS-based rapid detection of molecules.

  9. SERS detection and antibacterial activity from uniform incorporation of Ag nanoparticles with aligned Si nanowires

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    Chen, Chia-Yun; Hsu, Li-Jen; Hsiao, Po-Hsuan; Yu, Chang-Tze Ricky

    2015-11-01

    We present a facile, reliable and controllable two-steps electroless deposition for uniformly decorating the silver (Ag) nanoparticles (NPs) on the highly aspect ratio of silicon (Si) nanowire arrays. Different from the direct Ag-loading process, which is normally challenged by the non-uniform coating of Ag, the formation of Ag NPs using such innovative electroless process is no longer to be limited at top nanowire surfaces solely; instead, each Ag+/Si interface can initiate the galvanic reduction of Ag+ ions, thus resulting in the uniform formation of Ag NPs on the entire Si nanowire arrays. In addition, systematic explorations of surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) capability as well as antibacterial activity of the Ag/Si-incorporated nanostructures were performed, and the optimized Ag loadings on Si nanowire-based substrates along with the kinetic investigations were further revealed, which may benefit their practical applications in sensing, medical and biological needs.

  10. SERS immunoassay based on the capture and concentration of antigen-assembled gold nanoparticles.

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    Lopez, Arielle; Lovato, Francis; Oh, Soon Hwan; Lai, Yen H; Filbrun, Seth; Driskell, Elizabeth A; Driskell, Jeremy D

    2016-01-01

    A simple, rapid, and sensitive immunoassay has been developed based on antigen-mediated aggregation of gold nanoparticles (AuNP) and surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS). Central to this platform is the extrinsic Raman label (ERL), which consists of a gold nanoparticle modified with a mixed monolayer of a Raman active molecule and an antibody. ERLs are mixed with sample, and antigen induces the aggregation of the ERLs. A membrane filter is then used to isolate and concentrate the ERL aggregates for SERS analysis. Preliminary work to establish proof-of-principle of the platform technology utilized mouse IgG as a model antigen. The effects of membrane pore diameter and AuNP size on the analytical performance of the assay were systematically investigated, and it was determined that a pore diameter of 200 nm and AuNP diameter of 80 nm provide maximum sensitivity while minimizing signal from blank samples. Optimization of the assay provided a detection limit of 1.9 ng/mL, 20-fold better than the detection limit achieved by an ELISA employing the same antibody-antigen system. Furthermore, this assay required only 60 min compared to 24h for the ELISA. To validate this assay, mouse serum was directly analyzed to accurately quantify IgG. Collectively, these results demonstrate the potential advantages of this technology over current diagnostic tests for protein biomarkers with respect to time, simplicity, and detection limits. Thus, this approach provides a framework for prospective development of new and more powerful tools that can be designed for point-of-care diagnostic or point-of-need detection. PMID:26695280

  11. Special section guest editorial: Hybrid organic-inorganic solar cells

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    Nogueira, Ana Flavia; Rumbles, Garry

    2015-04-06

    In this special section of the Journal of Photonics for Energy, there is a focus on some of the science and technology of a range of different hybrid organic-inorganic solar cells. Prior to 1991 there were many significant scientific research reports of hybrid organic-inorganic solar cells; finally, however, it wasn’t until the dye-sensitized solar cell entered the league table of certified research cell efficiencies that this area experienced an explosion of research activity.

  12. Impact of temperature-induced coalescence on SERS properties of Au nanoparticles deposited on GaN nano-columns

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    Dzięcielewski, Igor; Smalc-Koziorowska, Julita; Bańkowska, Małgorzata; Sochacki, Tomasz; Khachapuridze, Alexandr; Weyher, Jan

    2016-08-01

    Nanostructured GaN surfaces sputtered with Au provide very promising and reproducible platforms for surface enhanced Raman scattering (SERS). The enhancement factor (EF) in SERS is expected to depend strongly on the local metal (Au) surface structure (size, distribution and morphology). Herein we show how temperature-induced coalescence followed by recrystallization of Au on GaN nano-columns occurs well below the melting point of gold. This process is reflected in SEM, TEM images and SERS spectra of Au/GaN - bound p-mercaptobenzoic acid (4-MBA), a model Raman scatterer. SERS signals of 4-MBA bound to Au/GaN reach minimum for platforms exposed to t = 350 °C before regaining the intensity when annealed in the range of 450-900 °C. The results have been discussed in the light of the nature of SERS active sites - so called "hot spots" and structure of Au nanoparticles.

  13. SERS detection of R6G based on a novel graphene oxide/silver nanoparticles/silicon pyramid arrays structure.

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    Zhang, C; Jiang, S Z; Huo, Y Y; Liu, A H; Xu, S C; Liu, X Y; Sun, Z C; Xu, Y Y; Li, Z; Man, B Y

    2015-09-21

    We present a novel surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) substrate based on graphene oxide/silver nanoparticles/silicon pyramid arrays structure (GO/Ag/PSi). The SERS behaviors are discussed and compared by the detection of R6G. Based on the contrast experiments with PSi, GO/PSi, Ag/PSi and GO/AgA/PSi as SERS substrate, the perfect bio-compatibility, good homogeneity and chemical stability were confirmed. We also calculated the electric field distributions using Finite-difference time-domain (FDTD) analysis to further understand the GO/Ag/PSi structure as a perfect SERS platform. These experimental and theoretical results imply that the GO/Ag/PSi with regular pyramids array is expected to be an effective substrate for label-free sensitive SERS detections in areas of medicine, food safety and biotechnology. PMID:26406681

  14. Hybrid Organic-Inorganic Perovskites (HOIPs): Opportunities and Challenges.

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    Berry, Joseph; Buonassisi, Tonio; Egger, David A; Hodes, Gary; Kronik, Leeor; Loo, Yueh-Lin; Lubomirsky, Igor; Marder, Seth R; Mastai, Yitzhak; Miller, Joel S; Mitzi, David B; Paz, Yaron; Rappe, Andrew M; Riess, Ilan; Rybtchinski, Boris; Stafsudd, Oscar; Stevanovic, Vladan; Toney, Michael F; Zitoun, David; Kahn, Antoine; Ginley, David; Cahen, David

    2015-09-16

    The conclusions reached by a diverse group of scientists who attended an intense 2-day workshop on hybrid organic-inorganic perovskites are presented, including their thoughts on the most burning fundamental and practical questions regarding this unique class of materials, and their suggestions on various approaches to resolve these issues. PMID:26223962

  15. Low cost, ultra-thin films of reduced graphene oxide-Ag nanoparticle hybrids as SERS based excellent dye sensors

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    Kavitha, C.; Bramhaiah, K.; John, Neena S.; Ramachandran, B. E.

    2015-06-01

    We have employed low cost-thin films of reduced graphene oxide (rGO) with Ag nanoparticle hybrids as surface enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) substrates. The hybrids are prepared by a simple one step liquid/liquid interface method. These hybrid films offer SERS hotspots to detect Rhodamine 6G (R6G) molecules till 1 nM concentration with 1 second accumulation time. The enhancement factor is of the order 108. This excellent SERS enhancement is due to coupled mechanism of surface plasmon, charge transfer and molecular resonances of Ag and R6G along with the synergic effect contributed by rGO and Ag nanoparticles in the hybrid thin film.

  16. Porous Silicon Covered with Silver Nanoparticles as Surface-Enhanced Raman Scattering (SERS) Substrate for Ultra-Low Concentration Detection.

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    Kosović, Marin; Balarin, Maja; Ivanda, Mile; Đerek, Vedran; Marciuš, Marijan; Ristić, Mira; Gamulin, Ozren

    2015-12-01

    Microporous and macro-mesoporous silicon templates for surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) substrates were produced by anodization of low doped p-type silicon wafers. By immersion plating in AgNO3, the templates were covered with silver metallic film consisting of different silver nanostructures. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) micrographs of these SERS substrates showed diverse morphology with significant difference in an average size and size distribution of silver nanoparticles. Ultraviolet-visible-near-infrared (UV-Vis-NIR) reflection spectroscopy showed plasmonic absorption at 398 and 469 nm, which is in accordance with the SEM findings. The activity of the SERS substrates was tested using rhodamine 6G (R6G) dye molecules and 514.5 nm laser excitation. Contrary to the microporous silicon template, the SERS substrate prepared from macro-mesoporous silicon template showed significantly broader size distribution of irregular silver nanoparticles as well as localized surface plasmon resonance closer to excitation laser wavelength. Such silver morphology has high SERS sensitivity that enables ultralow concentration detection of R6G dye molecules up to 10(-15) M. To our knowledge, this is the lowest concentration detected of R6G dye molecules on porous silicon-based SERS substrates, which might even indicate possible single molecule detection. PMID:26556231

  17. Single-particle Raman measurements of gold nanoparticles used in surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS)-based sandwich immunoassays

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    Park, Hye-Young; Lipert, Robert J.; Porter, Marc D.

    2004-12-01

    The effect of particle size on the intensity of surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) using labeled gold nanoparticles has been investigated. Two sets of experiments were preformed, both of which employed 632.8-nm laser excitation. The first entailed a sandwich immunoassay in which an antibody coupled to a smooth gold substrate selectively captured free-prostate specific antigen (f-PSA) from buffered aqueous solutions. The presence of captured f-PSA was then detected by the response of Raman-labeled immunogold nanoparticles with nominal diameters of 30, 40, 50, 60, or 80 nm. The resulting SERS responses were correlated to particle densities, which were determined by atomic force microscopy, by calculating the average response per particle after accounting for differences in particle surface area. This analysis showed that the magnitude of the SERS response increased with increasing particle size. The second set of experiments examined the response of individual nanoparticles. These experiments differed in that the labeled nanoparticles were coupled to the smooth gold substrate by an amine-terminated thiolate, yielding a much smaller average separation between the particles and substrate. The results revealed that particles with a diameter of ~70 nm exhibited the largest enhancement. The origin of the difference in the two sets of findings, which is attributed to the distance dependence of the plasmon coupling between the nanoparticles and underlying substrate, is briefly discussed.

  18. Adsorption of N-(1-(2-bromophenyl)-2-(2-nitrophenyl)ethyl)-4-methylbenzenesulfonamide on silver nanoparticles: SERS investigation

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    Anuratha, M.; Jawahar, A.; Umadevi, M.; Sathe, V. G.; Vanelle, P.; Terme, T.; Khoumeri, O.; Meenakumari, V.; Milton Franklin Benial, A.

    2015-03-01

    SERS provides essential data regarding the interaction of molecules in drugs with DNA. In the present study silver nanoparticles were synthesized using a solution combustion method with urea as fuel. The prepared silver nanoparticles are rod like structure. Surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) of N-(1-2-bromophenyl)-2-(2-nitrophenyl)ethyl)-4-methylbenzenesulfonamide (BrS) adsorbed on the silver nanoparticle was studied. The nRs and Raman spectral analysis reveal that the BrS adsorbed tilted orientation on the silver surface. Vibrational modes of nRs along with HF calculations are also performed to study the HOMO and LUMO behavior and vibrational features of BrS.

  19. Functionalized nanoparticles for measurement of biomarkers using a SERS nanochannel platform

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    Benford, Melodie; Wang, Miao; Kameoka, Jun; Good, Theresa; Cote, Gerard

    2010-02-01

    The overall goal of this research is to develop a new point-of-care system for early detection and characterization of cardiac markers to aid in diagnosis of acute coronary syndrome. The envisioned final technology platform incorporates functionalized gold colloidal nanoparticles trapped at the entrance to a nanofluidic device providing a robust means for analyte detection at trace levels using surface enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS). To discriminate a specific biomarker, we designed an assay format analogous to a competitive ELISA. Notably, the biomarker would be captured by an antibody and in turn displace a peptide fragment, containing the binding epitope of the antibody labeled with a Raman reporter molecule that would not interfere with blood serum proteins. To demonstrate the feasibility of this approach, we used C-reactive protein (CRP) as a surrogate biomarker. We functionalized agarose beads with anti-CRP that were placed outside the nanochannel, then added either Rhodamine-6-G (R6G) labeled-CRP and gold (as a surrogate of a sample without analyte present), or R6G labeled CRP, gold, and unlabeled CRP (as a surrogate of a sample with analyte present). Analyzing the spectra we see an increase in peak intensity in the presence of analyte at characteristic peaks for R6G specifically, 1284 and1567 cm- 1. Further, our results illustrate the reproducibility of the Raman spectra collected for R6G-labeled CRP in the nanochannel. Overall, we believe that this method will provide the advantage of sensitivity and narrow line widths characteristic of SERS as well as the specificity toward the biomarker of interest.

  20. Chemistry of Mesoporous Organosilica in Nanotechnology: Molecularly Organic-Inorganic Hybridization into Frameworks.

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    Chen, Yu; Shi, Jianlin

    2016-05-01

    Organic-inorganic hybrid materials aiming to combine the individual advantages of organic and inorganic components while overcoming their intrinsic drawbacks have shown great potential for future applications in broad fields. In particular, the integration of functional organic fragments into the framework of mesoporous silica to fabricate mesoporous organosilica materials has attracted great attention in the scientific community for decades. The development of such mesoporous organosilica materials has shifted from bulk materials to nanosized mesoporous organosilica nanoparticles (designated as MONs, in comparison with traditional mesoporous silica nanoparticles (MSNs)) and corresponding applications in nanoscience and nanotechnology. In this comprehensive review, the state-of-art progress of this important hybrid nanomaterial family is summarized, focusing on the structure/composition-performance relationship of MONs of well-defined morphology, nanostructure, and nanoparticulate dimension. The synthetic strategies and the corresponding mechanisms for the design and construction of MONs with varied morphologies, compositions, nanostructures, and functionalities are overviewed initially. Then, the following part specifically concentrates on their broad spectrum of applications in nanotechnology, mainly in nanomedicine, nanocatalysis, and nanofabrication. Finally, some critical issues, presenting challenges and the future development of MONs regarding the rational synthesis and applications in nanotechnology are summarized and discussed. It is highly expected that such a unique molecularly organic-inorganic nanohybrid family will find practical applications in nanotechnology, and promote the advances of this discipline regarding hybrid chemistry and materials. PMID:26936391

  1. Silica Encapsulated Gold Nanoparticles as SERS Labels for the Detection of Lymphoma B-Cells in Tissue Sections

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    Al-Faouri, Tamara

    The surface of silica encapsulated gold nanoparticles with trans-1,2-bis (4-pyridyl) ethylene Raman active dye were utilized as SERS labels to target CD20 surface protein on lymphoma B-cells in human tissue sections with CLL or FL. SERS labels were functionalized with various antibody linkers including carboxylic, aldehyde, and heterobifunctional PEG chains with an NHS end, to permit them to bind to tissue section samples. NP samples and tissue sections were characterized through UV-Vis spectroscopy, TEM, XPS, Zeta potential measurements, Dark Field microscopy, Raman spectroscopy, NMR, and AFM. The number of SERS labels present on a tissue sample was estimated using dark field images and a particle counting software. It was found that the heterobifunctional PEG chains linker provided the most specific binding of SERS labels with an estimated NP count of 1.33x106 NPs on the whole tissue and produced the highest Raman scatter intensity of approximately 48600 counts.

  2. Iodide-induced organothiol desorption and photochemical reaction, gold nanoparticle (AuNP) fusion, and SERS signal reduction in organothiol-containing AuNP aggregates

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    Gold nanoparticles (AuNPs) have been used extensively as surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopic (SERS) substrates for their large SERS enhancements and widely believed chemical stability. Presented is the finding that iodide can rapidly reduce the SERS intensity of the ligands, including organothiols ...

  3. Ag-nanoparticle-decorated porous ZnO-nanosheets grafted on a carbon fiber cloth as effective SERS substrates.

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    Wang, Zhiwei; Meng, Guowen; Huang, Zhulin; Li, Zhongbo; Zhou, Qitao

    2014-12-21

    We report on the large-scale synthesis of Ag-nanoparticle (Ag-NP) decorated ZnO-mesoporous-nanosheets (NSs) grafted on a flexible carbon fiber cloth (CFC), as sensitive and reproducible surface enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) substrates with excellent flexibility. The composite SERS-substrates are achieved by a combination of atomic layer deposition of ZnO-seeds on each fiber of the CFC (denoted as ZnO-seeds@CFC), chemical bath deposition and subsequent pyrolysis for the creation of ZnO-mesoporous-NSs grafted on ZnO-seeds@CFC, and ion-sputtering of Ag-NPs on the ZnO-mesoporous-NSs. As abundant SERS "hot spots" are generated from the electromagnetic coupling of the densely distributed Ag-NPs, and the semiconducting ZnO-mesoporous-NSs also have chemical supporting enhancement and distinct molecule adsorbing abilities, the composite SERS-substrates demonstrate high SERS-sensitivity with good signal reproducibility. As a trial for potential applications, the composite SERS-substrates were used to identify pesticides and highly toxic polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), and low concentrations down to 10(-7) M for methyl parathion and 5 × 10(-6) M for PCB-77 were reached, respectively, showing promising potential for the SERS-based rapid detection of toxic organic pollutants in the environment. PMID:25382607

  4. The characteristic AgcoreAushell nanoparticles as SERS substrates in detecting dopamine molecules at various pH ranges

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    Bu, Yanru; Lee, Sang-Wha

    2015-01-01

    AgcoreAushell nanoparticles (NPs) are a promising surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) substrate, which can offer a high enhancement factor through the combined effect of the high SERS activity of the Ag core and the biocompatibility of the Au shell. In this study, AgcoreAushell NPs were examined as SERS substrates for the sensitive detection of dopamine (DA) molecules in an aqueous solution. The SERS activity of the AgcoreAushell NPs was strongly dependent on the pH of the solution. When the pH of the solution was acidic (pH <5) or basic (pH >9), the AgcoreAushell NPs exhibited negligible SERS activity toward the DA molecules, due to the weakened interactions (or repulsive forces) between the DA molecules and the core–shell NPs. On the other hand, the AgcoreAushell NPs exhibited a high SERS activity in the intermediate pH ranges (pH 7–9), due to the molecular bridging effect of DA molecules, which allows probe molecules to be located at the interstitial junctions (so-called hot spots) between the core–shell NPs. The results of this study highlight the importance of probe-induced clustering of core–shell NPs in the SERS measurements at physiological pH. PMID:26345418

  5. Quantitative molecular phenotyping with topically applied SERS nanoparticles for intraoperative guidance of breast cancer lumpectomy

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    Wang, Yu; Kang, Soyoung; Khan, Altaz; Ruttner, Gabriel; Leigh, Steven Y.; Murray, Melissa; Abeytunge, Sanjee; Peterson, Gary; Rajadhyaksha, Milind; Dintzis, Suzanne; Javid, Sara; Liu, Jonathan T. C.

    2016-02-01

    There is a need to image excised tissues during tumor-resection procedures in order to identify residual tumors at the margins and to guide their complete removal. The imaging of dysregulated cell-surface receptors is a potential means of identifying the presence of diseases with high sensitivity and specificity. However, due to heterogeneities in the expression of protein biomarkers in tumors, molecular-imaging technologies should ideally be capable of visualizing a multiplexed panel of cancer biomarkers. Here, we demonstrate that the topical application and quantification of a multiplexed cocktail of receptor-targeted surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) nanoparticles (NPs) enables rapid quantitative molecular phenotyping (QMP) of the surface of freshly excised tissues to determine the presence of disease. In order to mitigate the ambiguity due to nonspecific sources of contrast such as off-target binding or uneven delivery, a ratiometric method is employed to quantify the specific vs. nonspecific binding of the multiplexed NPs. Validation experiments with human tumor cell lines, fresh human tumor xenografts in mice, and fresh human breast specimens demonstrate that QMP imaging of excised tissues agrees with flow cytometry and immunohistochemistry, and that this technique may be achieved in less than 15 minutes for potential intraoperative use in guiding breast-conserving surgeries.

  6. Quantitative molecular phenotyping with topically applied SERS nanoparticles for intraoperative guidance of breast cancer lumpectomy

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    Wang, Yu; Kang, Soyoung; Khan, Altaz; Ruttner, Gabriel; Leigh, Steven Y.; Murray, Melissa; Abeytunge, Sanjee; Peterson, Gary; Rajadhyaksha, Milind; Dintzis, Suzanne; Javid, Sara; Liu, Jonathan T.C.

    2016-01-01

    There is a need to image excised tissues during tumor-resection procedures in order to identify residual tumors at the margins and to guide their complete removal. The imaging of dysregulated cell-surface receptors is a potential means of identifying the presence of diseases with high sensitivity and specificity. However, due to heterogeneities in the expression of protein biomarkers in tumors, molecular-imaging technologies should ideally be capable of visualizing a multiplexed panel of cancer biomarkers. Here, we demonstrate that the topical application and quantification of a multiplexed cocktail of receptor-targeted surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) nanoparticles (NPs) enables rapid quantitative molecular phenotyping (QMP) of the surface of freshly excised tissues to determine the presence of disease. In order to mitigate the ambiguity due to nonspecific sources of contrast such as off-target binding or uneven delivery, a ratiometric method is employed to quantify the specific vs. nonspecific binding of the multiplexed NPs. Validation experiments with human tumor cell lines, fresh human tumor xenografts in mice, and fresh human breast specimens demonstrate that QMP imaging of excised tissues agrees with flow cytometry and immunohistochemistry, and that this technique may be achieved in less than 15 minutes for potential intraoperative use in guiding breast-conserving surgeries. PMID:26878888

  7. Facile Synthesis of Au-Coated Magnetic Nanoparticles and Their Application in Bacteria Detection via a SERS Method.

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    Wang, Junfeng; Wu, Xuezhong; Wang, Chongwen; Rong, Zhen; Ding, Hongmei; Li, Hui; Li, Shaohua; Shao, Ningsheng; Dong, Peitao; Xiao, Rui; Wang, Shengqi

    2016-08-10

    This study proposes a facile method for synthesis of Au-coated magnetic nanoparticles (AuMNPs) core/shell nanocomposites with nanoscale rough surfaces. MnFe2O4 nanoparticles (NPs) were first modified with a uniform polyethylenimine layer (2 nm) through self-assembly under sonication. The negatively charged Au seeds were then adsorbed on the surface of the MnFe2O4 NPs through electrostatic interaction for Au shell formation. Our newly developed sonochemically assisted hydroxylamine seeding growth method was used to grow the adsorbed gold seeds into large Au nanoparticles (AuNPs) to form a nanoscale rough Au shell. Au-coated magnetic nanoparticles (AuMNPs) were obtained from the intermediate product (Au seeds decorated magnetic core) under sonication within 5 min. The AuMNPs were highly uniform in size and shape and exhibited satisfactory surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) activity and strong magnetic responsivity. PATP was used as a probe molecule to evaluate the SERS performance of the synthesized AuMNPs with a detection limit of 10(-9) M. The synthesized AuMNPs were conjugated with Staphylococcus aureus (S. aureus) antibody for bacteria capture and separation. The synthesized plasmonic AuNR-DTNB NPs, whose LSPR wavelength was adjusted to the given laser excitation wavelength (785 nm), were conjugated with S. aureus antibody to form a SERS tag for specific recognition and report of the target bacteria. S. aureus was indirectly detected through SERS based on sandwich-structured immunoassay, with a detection limit of 10 cells/mL. Moreover, the SERS intensity at Raman peak of 1331 cm(-1) exhibited a linear relationship to the logarithm of bacteria concentrations ranging from 10(1) cells/mL to 10(5) cells/mL. PMID:27420923

  8. Theory of hydrogen migration in organic-inorganic halide perovskites.

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    Egger, David A; Kronik, Leeor; Rappe, Andrew M

    2015-10-12

    Solar cells based on organic-inorganic halide perovskites have recently been proven to be remarkably efficient. However, they exhibit hysteresis in their current-voltage curves, and their stability in the presence of water is problematic. Both issues are possibly related to a diffusion of defects in the perovskite material. By using first-principles calculations based on density functional theory, we study the properties of an important defect in hybrid perovskites-interstitial hydrogen. We show that differently charged defects occupy different crystal sites, which may allow for ionization-enhanced defect migration following the Bourgoin-Corbett mechanism. Our analysis highlights the structural flexibility of organic-inorganic perovskites: successive iodide displacements, combined with hydrogen bonding, enable proton diffusion with low migration barriers. These findings indicate that hydrogen defects can be mobile and thus highly relevant for the performance of perovskite solar cells. PMID:26073061

  9. Theoretical Design of Coupled Organic-Inorganic Systems

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    Mattioli, G.; Filippone, F.; Giannozzi, P.; Caminiti, R.; Amore Bonapasta, A.

    2008-09-01

    Metallo-organic molecules with highly conjugated π-electrons, like phthalocyanines (Pc’s), are widely investigated for usage in electronic and electro-optic devices. However, their weak coupling with semiconductors is an obstacle to technological applications. Here we report a first-principle theoretical study of some fundamental features of the Pc-semiconductor interaction. Our results shed light on the general problem of organic-inorganic coupling and show that an effective coupling can be achieved by a careful choice of the Pc-substrate system and the semiconductor doping. Our results also reveal a universal alignment of the Pc electronic levels to the semiconductor band gap and suggest a general procedure for designing efficiently coupled organic-inorganic systems.

  10. Near-infrared sensitive organic-inorganic photorefractive device

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    Marinova, Vera; Liu, Ren-Chung; Lin, Shiuan-Huei; Chen, Ming-Syuan; Lin, Yi-Hsin; Hsu, Ken-Yuh

    2016-07-01

    Organic-inorganic hybrid structure, assembled by Rh-doped Bi12TiO20 crystal and liquid crystal (LC) layer, operating at near-infrared range is proposed and demonstrated. Due to the photorefractive properties of inorganic substrate, light illumination caused a space charge field which acts as a driving force for LC molecules re-alignment and subsequent refractive index modulation. All optically controlled phase retardation ability has been demonstrated supporting possibilities for further infrared applications.

  11. A hybrid organic-inorganic molecular daisy chain.

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    Fernandez, Antonio; Moreno Pineda, Eufemio; Ferrando-Soria, Jesùs; McInnes, Eric J L; Timco, Grigore A; Winpenny, Richard E P

    2015-07-14

    A hybrid organic-inorganic molecular daisy chain has been synthesised in one pot reaction. The molecule contains two {Cr6Zn2} rings linked through an organic molecule that acts as both template and ligand. Magnetic and spectroscopic data reveal the magnetic complexity of the daisy chain, which can be casted to two magnetic isomers through comparison of experimental and simulated data for Cr(III) chains. PMID:26073048

  12. Structured Organic-Inorganic Perovskite toward a Distributed Feedback Laser.

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    Saliba, Michael; Wood, Simon M; Patel, Jay B; Nayak, Pabitra K; Huang, Jian; Alexander-Webber, Jack A; Wenger, Bernard; Stranks, Samuel D; Hörantner, Maximilian T; Wang, Jacob Tse-Wei; Nicholas, Robin J; Herz, Laura M; Johnston, Michael B; Morris, Stephen M; Snaith, Henry J; Riede, Moritz K

    2016-02-01

    A general strategy for the in-plane structuring of organic-inorganic perovskite films is presented. The method is used to fabricate an industrially relevant distributed feedback (DFB) cavity, which is a critical step toward all-electrially pumped injection laser diodes. This approach opens the prospects of perovskite materials for much improved optical control in LEDs, solar cells, and also toward applications as optical devices. PMID:26630410

  13. Organic/Inorganic Complex Pigments: Ancient Colors Maya Blue

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    Polette-Niewold, L.A.; Manciu, F.S.; Torres, B.; Alvarado, M.; Jr.; Chianelli, R.R.

    2009-06-04

    Maya Blue is an ancient blue pigment composed of palygorskite clay and indigo. It was used by the ancient Maya and provides a dramatic background for some of the most impressive murals throughout Mesoamerica. Despite exposure to acids, alkalis, and chemical solvents, the color of the Maya Blue pigment remains unaltered. The chemical interaction between palygorskite and indigo form an organic/inorganic complex with the carbonyl oxygen of the indigo bound to a surface Al{sup 3+} in the Si-O lattice. In addition indigo will undergo an oxidation to dehydroindigo during preparation. The dehydro-indigo molecule forms a similar but stronger complex with the Al{sup 3+}. Thus, Maya Blue varies in color due to the mixed indigo/dehydroindigo complex. The above conclusions are the result of application of multiple techniques (X-ray diffraction, differential thermal analysis/thermal gravimetric analysis, high resolution transmission electron microscopy, scanning electron microscopy, infrared and Raman spectroscopy) to the characterization of the organic/inorganic complex. A picture of the bonding of the organic molecule to the palygorskite surface forming a surface complex is developed and supported by the results of density functional theory calculations. We also report that other organic molecules such as thioindigo form similar organic/inorganic complexes thus, opening an entirely new class of complex materials for future applications.

  14. SERS Properties of Different Sized and Shaped Gold Nanoparticles Biosynthesized under Different Environmental Conditions by Neurospora crassa Extract

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    Quester, Katrin; Avalos-Borja, Miguel; Vilchis-Nestor, Alfredo Rafael; Camacho-López, Marco Antonio; Castro-Longoria, Ernestina

    2013-01-01

    Surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) is a surface-sensitive technique that enhances Raman scattering by molecules adsorbed on rough metal surfaces. It is known that metal nanoparticles, especially gold and silver nanoparticles, exhibit great SERS properties, which make them very attractive for the development of biosensors and biocatalysts. On the other hand, the development of ecofriendly methods for the synthesis of metallic nanostructures has become the focus of research in several countries, and many microorganisms and plants have already been used to biosynthesize metallic nanostructures. However, the majority of these are pathogenic to plants or humans. Here, we report gold nanoparticles with good SERS properties, biosynthesized by Neurospora crassa extract under different environmental conditions, increasing Raman signals up to 40 times using methylene blue as a target molecule. Incubation of tetrachloroauric acid solution with the fungal extract at 60°C and a pH value of a) 3, b) 5.5, and c) 10 resulted in the formation of gold nanoparticles of a) different shapes like triangles, hexagons, pentagons etc. in a broad size range of about 10-200 nm, b) mostly quasi-spheres with some different shapes in a main size range of 6-23 nm, and c) only quasi-spheres of 3-12 nm. Analyses included TEM, HRTEM, and EDS in order to corroborate the shape and the elemental character of the gold nanoparticles, respectively. The results presented here show that these ‘green’ synthesized gold nanoparticles might have potential applicability in the field of biological sensing. PMID:24130891

  15. Graphene oxide and shape-controlled silver nanoparticle hybrids for ultrasensitive single-particle surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) sensing

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    Fan, Wei; Lee, Yih Hong; Pedireddy, Srikanth; Zhang, Qi; Liu, Tianxi; Ling, Xing Yi

    2014-04-01

    Graphene oxide (GO) is an emerging material for surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) due to its strong chemical enhancement. Studying the SERS performance of plasmonic nanoparticle/GO hybrid materials at the single particle level is crucial for direct probing of the chemical effect of GO on plasmonic nanoparticles. In this work, we integrate GO and shape-controlled Ag nanoparticles to create hybrid nanomaterials, and the chemical enhancement arising from GO is investigated using single-particle SERS measurements. Ag nanoparticle@GO hybrid nanostructures are prepared by assembling Ag nanoparticles, including spheres, cubes and octahedra with GO sheets. The SERS behaviors of the hybrid nanostructures are characterized, and 2-3 times enhanced SERS intensities are detected from the Ag nanoparticle@GO hybrid nanostructures as compared to pure Ag nanoparticles. Furthermore, we probe the mechanism of SERS enhancement in the hybrid nanostructures by changing the surface coverage of GO on Ag octahedra, by using reduced GO in place of GO as well as by using probe molecules of different electronegativities. This hybrid system is an excellent candidate for single-particle SERS sensors. Sub-nanomolar levels of aromatic molecules are detected using a single Ag/GO hybrid nanomaterial. This as-prepared GO and shape-controlled Ag nanoparticle hybrid is capable of serving as a high performance SERS platform, providing new opportunities for efficient chemical and biological sensing applications.Graphene oxide (GO) is an emerging material for surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) due to its strong chemical enhancement. Studying the SERS performance of plasmonic nanoparticle/GO hybrid materials at the single particle level is crucial for direct probing of the chemical effect of GO on plasmonic nanoparticles. In this work, we integrate GO and shape-controlled Ag nanoparticles to create hybrid nanomaterials, and the chemical enhancement arising from GO is investigated using single

  16. Biosynthesized silver nanoparticles performing as biogenic SERS-nanotags for investigation of C26 colon carcinoma cells.

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    Potara, Monica; Bawaskar, Manisha; Simon, Timea; Gaikwad, Swapnil; Licarete, Emilia; Ingle, Avinash; Banciu, Manuela; Vulpoi, Adriana; Astilean, Simion; Rai, Mahendra

    2015-09-01

    In this work, two classes of silver nanoparticles (AgNPs) were biosynthesized with the goal to assess their reliability in vitro as surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) nanotags. Mycosynthesized silver nanoparticles (MAgNPs) and phytosynthesized silver nanoparticles (PAgNPs) were produced through environmentally friendly procedures by reduction of silver nitrate with Fusarium oxysporum cell filtrate and Azadirachta indica extract, respectively. Two cell lines, namely C26 murine colon carcinoma cells as example of cancer cells and human immortalized keratinocyte cells (HaCaT) as representative of healthy cell line, were selected for in vitro investigation. The in vitro toxicity studies show that M(P)AgNPs present lower cytotoxic effect on both cell lines as compared with standard citrate coated AgNPs. The internalization of M(P)AgNPs by colon carcinoma cells and structural alterations induced in the morphology of treated cells were analyzed by dark-field (DF) and differential interference contrast (DIC) microscopy, respectively. The most informative data about the cellular uptake and tracking potential of M(P)AgNPs were provided by scanning Confocal Raman Microscopy (CRM) and multivariate K-means cluster analysis of collected Raman spectra. The analysis reveals the subcellular components and the localization of AgNPs inside the cell via the intrinsic SERS signature of biogenic coating material. The use of unique biological material to perform synthesis, stability, biocompatibility and SERS tagging is relevant both from the point of view of encoding nanoparticles with Raman reporters and further applications in cell investigation via Raman/SERS imaging. PMID:26123850

  17. Polyethylene glycol gold-nanoparticles: Facile nanostructuration of doxorubicin and its complex with DNA molecules for SERS detection

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    Spadavecchia, Jolanda; Perumal, Ramesh; Casale, Sandra; Krafft, Jean-Marc; Methivier, Christophe; Pradier, Claire-Marie

    2016-03-01

    We report the synthesis of dicarboxylic acid-terminated polyethylene-glycol (PEG)-gold nanoparticles by a simple one-step method, and their further use to form nanostructured surfaces for biomolecule immobilization. The synthesized nano-scale particles were conjugated with probe/target oligonucleotides in order to evaluate intercalation phenomenon in the presence of doxorubicin drug via surface enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS) analysis.

  18. A study of the depth and size of concave cube Au nanoparticles as highly sensitive SERS probes.

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    Romo-Herrera, J M; González, A L; Guerrini, L; Castiello, F R; Alonso-Nuñez, G; Contreras, O E; Alvarez-Puebla, R A

    2016-04-01

    High and uniform near fields are localized at the eight similar sharp corners of cubic gold nanoparticles. Moreover, by introducing concavity in the particle lateral planes, such field intensities can be further increased and tuned in the near infrared region without altering the overall size of the nanoparticles. Herein, we perform a thorough investigation of the morphological, crystallographic and plasmonic properties of concave gold nanocubes (GNCs) in the sub-70 nm size range, for their potential application as highly efficient SERS substrates in size-limiting cases. Theoretical calculations indicate that the highest increment of the near-field is located at the eight sharp tips and, interestingly, a medium near-field increment is also activated over the volume next to the concave surface. Remarkably, the plasmonic response of the concave cubic morphology showed great sensitivity to the concavity degree. Experimental SERS analysis nicely matches the outcome of the theoretical model, confirming that medium-sized concave GNCs (35 nm side length) possess the highest SERS activity upon excitation with a 633 nm laser, whereas larger 61 nm side concave GNCs dominate the optical response at 785 nm. Due to their size-intensity trade off, we envision that such small concave gold nanocubes can provide a highly active and efficient SERS platform for size-limiting applications, especially when near infrared excitations are required. PMID:26979125

  19. A study of the depth and size of concave cube Au nanoparticles as highly sensitive SERS probes

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    Romo-Herrera, J. M.; González, A. L.; Guerrini, L.; Castiello, F. R.; Alonso-Nuñez, G.; Contreras, O. E.; Alvarez-Puebla, R. A.

    2016-03-01

    High and uniform near fields are localized at the eight similar sharp corners of cubic gold nanoparticles. Moreover, by introducing concavity in the particle lateral planes, such field intensities can be further increased and tuned in the near infrared region without altering the overall size of the nanoparticles. Herein, we perform a thorough investigation of the morphological, crystallographic and plasmonic properties of concave gold nanocubes (GNCs) in the sub-70 nm size range, for their potential application as highly efficient SERS substrates in size-limiting cases. Theoretical calculations indicate that the highest increment of the near-field is located at the eight sharp tips and, interestingly, a medium near-field increment is also activated over the volume next to the concave surface. Remarkably, the plasmonic response of the concave cubic morphology showed great sensitivity to the concavity degree. Experimental SERS analysis nicely matches the outcome of the theoretical model, confirming that medium-sized concave GNCs (35 nm side length) possess the highest SERS activity upon excitation with a 633 nm laser, whereas larger 61 nm side concave GNCs dominate the optical response at 785 nm. Due to their size-intensity trade off, we envision that such small concave gold nanocubes can provide a highly active and efficient SERS platform for size-limiting applications, especially when near infrared excitations are required.High and uniform near fields are localized at the eight similar sharp corners of cubic gold nanoparticles. Moreover, by introducing concavity in the particle lateral planes, such field intensities can be further increased and tuned in the near infrared region without altering the overall size of the nanoparticles. Herein, we perform a thorough investigation of the morphological, crystallographic and plasmonic properties of concave gold nanocubes (GNCs) in the sub-70 nm size range, for their potential application as highly efficient SERS

  20. Improved SERS-Active Nanoparticles with Various Shapes for CTC Detection without Enrichment Process with Supersensitivity and High Specificity.

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    Wu, Xiaoxia; Xia, Yuanzhi; Huang, Youju; Li, Juan; Ruan, Huimin; Chen, Tianxiang; Luo, Liqiang; Shen, Zheyu; Wu, Aiguo

    2016-08-10

    Circulating tumor cells (CTCs) have received more and more attention in medical biology and clinical practice, especially diagnosis, prognosis, and cancer treatment monitoring. The detection of CTCs within the large number of healthy blood cells is a big challenge due to their rarity, which requires a detection method with supersensitivity and high specificity. In this study, we developed three kinds of new nanoparticles with the function of surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) based on spherical gold nanoparticles (AuNPs), gold nanorods (AuNRs), and gold nanostars (AuNSs) with similar particle size, similar modifications, and different shapes for CTC detection without an enrichment process from the blood. The nanoparticles possess strong SERS signal due to modification of 4-mercaptobenzoic acid (4-MBA) (i.e., Raman reporter molecule), possess excellent specificity due to stabilization of reductive bovine serum albumin (rBSA) to reduce the nonspecific catching or uptake by healthy cells in blood, and possess high sensitivity due to conjugation of folic acid (FA) (i.e., a targeted ligand) to identify CTCs. Under the optimized experimental conditions, the results of detection demonstrate that these nanoparticles could all be utilized for CTC detection without enrichment process from the blood with high specificity, and the AuNS-MBA-rBSA-FA is the best one due to its supersensitivity, whose limit of detection (i.e., 1 cell/mL) is much lower than the currently reported lowest value (5 cells/mL). PMID:27434820

  1. Ag-nanoparticle-decorated porous ZnO-nanosheets grafted on a carbon fiber cloth as effective SERS substrates

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    Wang, Zhiwei; Meng, Guowen; Huang, Zhulin; Li, Zhongbo; Zhou, Qitao

    2014-11-01

    We report on the large-scale synthesis of Ag-nanoparticle (Ag-NP) decorated ZnO-mesoporous-nanosheets (NSs) grafted on a flexible carbon fiber cloth (CFC), as sensitive and reproducible surface enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) substrates with excellent flexibility. The composite SERS-substrates are achieved by a combination of atomic layer deposition of ZnO-seeds on each fiber of the CFC (denoted as ZnO-seeds@CFC), chemical bath deposition and subsequent pyrolysis for the creation of ZnO-mesoporous-NSs grafted on ZnO-seeds@CFC, and ion-sputtering of Ag-NPs on the ZnO-mesoporous-NSs. As abundant SERS ``hot spots'' are generated from the electromagnetic coupling of the densely distributed Ag-NPs, and the semiconducting ZnO-mesoporous-NSs also have chemical supporting enhancement and distinct molecule adsorbing abilities, the composite SERS-substrates demonstrate high SERS-sensitivity with good signal reproducibility. As a trial for potential applications, the composite SERS-substrates were used to identify pesticides and highly toxic polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), and low concentrations down to 10-7 M for methyl parathion and 5 × 10-6 M for PCB-77 were reached, respectively, showing promising potential for the SERS-based rapid detection of toxic organic pollutants in the environment.We report on the large-scale synthesis of Ag-nanoparticle (Ag-NP) decorated ZnO-mesoporous-nanosheets (NSs) grafted on a flexible carbon fiber cloth (CFC), as sensitive and reproducible surface enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) substrates with excellent flexibility. The composite SERS-substrates are achieved by a combination of atomic layer deposition of ZnO-seeds on each fiber of the CFC (denoted as ZnO-seeds@CFC), chemical bath deposition and subsequent pyrolysis for the creation of ZnO-mesoporous-NSs grafted on ZnO-seeds@CFC, and ion-sputtering of Ag-NPs on the ZnO-mesoporous-NSs. As abundant SERS ``hot spots'' are generated from the electromagnetic coupling of the densely

  2. Orientation of N-(1-(2-chlorophenyl)-2-(2-nitrophenyl)ethyl)-4-methylbenzenesulfonamide on silver nanoparticles: SERS studies

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    Anuratha, M.; Jawahar, A.; Umadevi, M.; Sathe, V. G.; Vanelle, P.; Terme, T.; Meenakumari, V.; Milton Franklin Benial, A.

    2014-10-01

    In the present study, the silver nanoparticles were synthesized using a solution combustion method with urea as fuel. The prepared silver nanoparticles show an FCC crystalline structure with particle size of 59 nm. FESEM image shows the prepared silver is a rod like structure. The surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) spectrum indicates that the N-(1-(2-chlorophenyl)-2-(2-nitrophenyl)ethyl)-4-methylbenzenesulfonamide (CS) molecule adsorbed on the silver nanoparticles. The spectral analysis reveals that the sulfonamide is adsorbed by tilted orientation on the silver surface. The Hatree Fock calculations were also performed to predict the vibrational motions of CS. This present investigation has been a model system to deduce the interaction of drugs with DNA.

  3. Ag-nanoparticles on UF-microsphere as an ultrasensitive SERS substrate with unique features for rhodamine 6G detection.

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    Hao, Zhixian; Mansuer, Mulati; Guo, Yuqing; Zhu, Zhirong; Wang, Xiaogang

    2016-01-01

    Urea and formaldehyde (UF) microsphere (MS) adsorbing Ag nanoparticles (NPs) was employed as a surface enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) substrate for rhodamine 6G (R6G) detection. The UF MSs and citrate-reduced Ag colloid supplying Ag NPs are synthesized separately and all the subsequent fabrication procedure is then implemented within 2 mL centrifuge tube. Influences of the composition and drying temperature of the UF MSs and the drying method and modification of AgNP/UFMS on the final SERS performance have first been reported. Excess formaldehyde useful in the formation of UF MSs again plays an important role in the SERS detection. Some interesting phenomena in the approach, such as swelling/deswelling of UF MSs and R6G diffusion within hydrophilic environment of UF MSs, are found to be of variable factors affecting the SERS performance. The substrate AgNP/UFMS confidently achieves a detection limit of 10(-13) M R6G and can be used as a simple and effective platform in the SERS spectroscopy. PMID:26695301

  4. β-Cyclodextrin coated SiO₂@Au@Ag core-shell nanoparticles for SERS detection of PCBs.

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    Lu, Yilin; Yao, Guohua; Sun, Kexi; Huang, Qing

    2015-09-01

    A new type of surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) substrate consisting of β-cyclodextrin (β-CD) coated SiO2@Au@Ag nanoparticles (SiO2@Au@Ag@CD NPs) has been achieved. Our protocol was a simplified approach as the fabrication and modification of the silver shell were realized in a single-step reaction by taking advantage of β-CD as both the reducing and stabilizing agents. The as-synthesized SiO2@Au@Ag@CD NPs were uniform in size and demonstrated high SERS activity and reproducibility. The substrates consisting of the SiO2@Au@Ag@CD NPs were employed for SERS detection of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) including PCB-3, PCB-29 and PCB-77. The SERS detection sensitivity was significantly improved due to enrichment of more PCB molecules captured by β-CD on the substrate surface, as confirmed by the appearance of the new Raman bands which are attributed to the complexes between β-CD and PCBs according to the theoretical simulation. Therefore, this work presents a novel approach to the fabrication of effective SERS substrates that can be employed for rapid determination of trace amounts of PCBs in the environment with high detection sensitivity and recognition selectivity. PMID:25478906

  5. Nanoparticle cluster arrays for high-performance SERS through directed self-assembly on flat substrates and on optical fibers.

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    Yap, Fung Ling; Thoniyot, Praveen; Krishnan, Sathiyamoorthy; Krishnamoorthy, Sivashankar

    2012-03-27

    We demonstrate template-guided self-assembly of gold nanoparticles into ordered arrays of uniform clusters suitable for high-performance SERS on both flat (silicon or glass) chips and an optical fiber faucet. Cluster formation is driven by electrostatic self-assembly of anionic citrate-stabilized gold nanoparticles (~11.6 nm diameter) onto two-dimensionally ordered polyelectrolyte templates realized by self-assembly of polystyrene-block-poly(2-vinylpyridine). A systematic variation is demonstrated for the number of particles (N ≈ 5, 8, 13, or 18) per cluster as well as intercluster separations (S(c) ≈ 37-10 nm). Minimum interparticle separations of <5 nm, intercluster separations of ~10 nm, and nanoparticle densities on surfaces as high as ~7 × 10(11)/in.(2) are demonstrated. Geometric modeling is used to support experimental data toward estimation of interparticle and intercluster separations in cluster arrays. Optical modeling and simulations using the finite difference time domain method are used to establish the influence of cluster size, shape, and intercluster separations on the optical properties of the cluster arrays in relation to their SERS performance. Excellent SERS performance, as evidenced by a high enhancement factor, >10(8) on flat chips and >10(7) for remote sensing, using SERS-enabled optical fibers is demonstrated. The best performing cluster arrays in both cases are achievable without the use of any expensive equipment or clean room processing. The demonstrated approach paves the way to significantly low-cost and high-throughput production of sensor chips or 3D-configured surfaces for remote sensing applications. PMID:22332718

  6. Optical Properties of Photovoltaic Organic-Inorganic Lead Halide Perovskites.

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    Green, Martin A; Jiang, Yajie; Soufiani, Arman Mahboubi; Ho-Baillie, Anita

    2015-12-01

    Over the last several years, organic-inorganic lead halide perovskites have rapidly emerged as a new photovoltaic contender. Although energy conversion efficiency above 20% has now been certified, improved understanding of the material properties contributing to these high performance levels may allow the progression to even higher efficiency, stable cells. The optical properties of these new materials are important not only to device design but also because of the insight they provide into less directly accessible properties, including energy-band structures, binding energies, and likely impact of excitons, as well as into absorption and inverse radiative recombination processes. PMID:26560862

  7. Automated process for solvent separation of organic/inorganic substance

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    Schweighardt, Frank K.

    1986-01-01

    There is described an automated process for the solvent separation of organic/inorganic substances that operates continuously and unattended and eliminates potential errors resulting from subjectivity and the aging of the sample during analysis. In the process, metered amounts of one or more solvents are passed sequentially through a filter containing the sample under the direction of a microprocessor control apparatus. The mixture in the filter is agitated by ultrasonic cavitation for a timed period and the filtrate is collected. The filtrate of each solvent extraction is collected individually and the residue on the filter element is collected to complete the extraction process.

  8. Automated process for solvent separation of organic/inorganic substance

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    Schweighardt, F.K.

    1986-07-29

    There is described an automated process for the solvent separation of organic/inorganic substances that operates continuously and unattended and eliminates potential errors resulting from subjectivity and the aging of the sample during analysis. In the process, metered amounts of one or more solvents are passed sequentially through a filter containing the sample under the direction of a microprocessor control apparatus. The mixture in the filter is agitated by ultrasonic cavitation for a timed period and the filtrate is collected. The filtrate of each solvent extraction is collected individually and the residue on the filter element is collected to complete the extraction process. 4 figs.

  9. Anisotropic hybrid organic/inorganic (azopolymer/SiO2 NP) materials with enhanced photoinduced birefringence.

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    Nazarova, Dimana; Nedelchev, Lian; Sharlandjiev, Peter; Dragostinova, Violeta

    2013-08-01

    Hybrid materials based on combination of polymers and inorganic nanoparticles (NP) attracted considerable attention in the last decade due to their advantageous electrical, optical, or mechanical properties. Recently, we reported a significant improvement of the photoresponse by doping azopolymers with ZnO NP. To study the influence of the composition of the dopant, in our present work we have synthesized anisotropic organic/inorganic nanocomposite materials by incorporating 5-15 nm sized SiO2 NP in a side-chain azopolymer. As a result we observe an enhancement of the photoinduced birefringence in these composite materials with about 20% compared to the nondoped sample. Additionally, we discuss possible mechanisms leading to this enhancement related with the scattering caused by the NP and the increased mobility of the azochromophores in the vicinity of NP. PMID:23913084

  10. Biomimetic synthesis of highly biocompatible gold nanoparticles with amino acid-dithiocarbamate as a precursor for SERS imaging

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    Li, Li; Liu, Jianbo; Yang, Xiaohai; Huang, Jin; He, Dinggeng; Guo, Xi; Wan, Lan; He, Xiaoxiao; Wang, Kemin

    2016-03-01

    Amino acid-dithiocarbamate (amino acid-DTC) was developed as both the reductant and ligand stabilizer for biomimetic synthesis of gold nanoparticles (AuNPs), which served as an excellent surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) contrast nanoprobe for cell imaging. Glycine (Gly), glutamic acid (Glu), and histidine (His) with different isoelectric points were chosen as representative amino acid candidates to synthesize corresponding amino acid-DTC compounds through mixing with carbon disulfide (CS2), respectively. The pyrogenic decomposition of amino acid-DTC initiated the reduction synthesis of AuNPs, and the strong coordinating dithiocarbamate group of amino acid-DTC served as a stabilizer that grafted onto the surface of the AuNPs, which rendered the as-prepared nanoparticles a negative surface charge and high colloidal stability. MTT cell viability assay demonstrated that the biomimetic AuNPs possessed neglectful toxicity to the human hepatoma cell, which guaranteed them good biocompatibility for biomedical application. Meanwhile, the biomimetic AuNPs showed a strong SERS effect with an enhancement factor of 9.8 × 105 for the sensing of Rhodamine 6G, and two distinct Raman peaks located at 1363 and 1509 cm-1 could be clearly observed in the cell-imaging experiments. Therefore, biomimetic AuNPs can be explored as an excellent SERS contrast nanoprobe for biomedical imaging, and the amino acid-DTC mediated synthesis of the AuNPs has a great potential in bio-engineering and biomedical imaging applications.

  11. A versatile SERS-based immunoassay for immunoglobulin detection using antigen-coated gold nanoparticles and malachite green-conjugated protein A/G

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    A surface enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) immunoassay for antibody detection in serum is described in the present work. The developed assay is conducted in solution and utilizes Au nanoparticles coated with the envelope (E) protein of West Nile Virus (WNV) as the SERS-active substrate and malachite...

  12. Organic/Inorganic Polymeric Composites for Heat-Transfer Reduction

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    Smith, Trent; Williams, Martha

    2008-01-01

    Organic/inorganic polymeric composite materials have been invented with significant reduction in heat-transfer properties. Measured decreases of 20-50 percent in thermal conductivity versus that of the unmodified polymer matrix have been attained. These novel composite materials also maintain mechanical properties of the unmodified polymer matrix. The present embodiments are applicable, but not limited to: racing applications, aerospace applications, textile industry, electronic applications, military hardware improvements, and even food service industries. One specific application of the polymeric composition is for use in tanks, pipes, valves, structural supports, and components for hot or cold fluid process systems where heat flow through materials is problematic and not desired. With respect to thermal conductivity and physical properties, these materials are superior alternatives to prior composite materials. These materials may prove useful as substitutes for metals in some cryogenic applications. A material of this type can be made from a blend of thermoplastics, elastomers, and appropriate additives and processed on normal polymer processing equipment. The resulting processed organic/inorganic composite can be made into fibers, molded, or otherwise processed into useable articles.

  13. Novel SERS materials for multiplex biomolecular detection via controlled nanoparticle linking and polymer encapsulation

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    Braun, G B; Lee, S J; Laurence, T; Fera, N; Fabris, L; Bazan, G C; Moskovits, M; Reich, N O

    2008-07-21

    Over the past decade the emphasis on single-molecule sensitivity of surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS) has brought to prominence the special role played by so-called SERS 'hot spots', oftentimes nanometer-scale junctions between nanostructures. In this report, optimally SERS enhancing silver clusters were synthesized using bifunctional linkers and polymer and/or protein encapsulation. The synthesis, which results in stable clusters even when stored for months or dried and re-dissolved, is scalable to large quantities. Using a sacrificial linker approach we also employ a permeable polymer/protein shell for general small molecule sensing. Finally, we utilize these nanomaterials by tagging specific epitopes on cancer cells and show that SERS signals from single clusters can be measured routinely.

  14. Dual-Mode SERS-Fluorescence Immunoassay Using Graphene Quantum Dot Labeling on One-Dimensional Aligned Magnetoplasmonic Nanoparticles.

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    Zou, Fengming; Zhou, Hongjian; Tan, Tran Van; Kim, Jeonghyo; Koh, Kwangnak; Lee, Jaebeom

    2015-06-10

    A novel dual-mode immunoassay based on surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) and fluorescence was designed using graphene quantum dot (GQD) labels to detect a tuberculosis (TB) antigen, CFP-10, via a newly developed sensing platform of linearly aligned magnetoplasmonic (MagPlas) nanoparticles (NPs). The GQDs were excellent bilabeling materials for simultaneous Raman scattering and photoluminescence (PL). The one-dimensional (1D) alignment of MagPlas NPs simplified the immunoassay process and enabled fast, enhanced signal transduction. With a sandwich-type immunoassay using dual-mode nanoprobes, both SERS signals and fluorescence images were recognized in a highly sensitive and selective manner with a detection limit of 0.0511 pg mL(-1). PMID:26006156

  15. Base effects on fabrication of silver nanoparticles embedded silica nanocomposite for surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS).

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    Kang, Homan; Kang, Taegyu; Kim, Seongyong; Kim, Jong-Ho; Jun, Bong-Hyun; Chae, Jinjoo; Park, Juyoung; Jeong, Dae-Hong; Lee, Yoon-Sik

    2011-01-01

    In this paper, we studied on the effect of organic bases in the case of ethylene glycol based fabrication of silver nanoparticles embedded silica nanocomposite (Ag SNC) without heating. Considering their chemical structures, butylamine (BA), ethanolamine (EA), triethanolamine (TEA), tributylamine (TBA), octylamine (OA) and Jeffamine 500 (JA) were used as an organic base. In addition, the effect of the concentrations of AgNO3 and organic bases on the formation of Ag SNC was also examined. In conformity with the characteristics of Ag SNC, SERS signal intensity of benzenethiol on Ag SNC was measured. As a result, the SERS signal intensity of Ag SNCs was strongly dependent on the reaction conditions. Furthermore, when reacted under the best reaction condition with concentrations of AgNO3 and OA, 3 mM and 5 mM, respectively, a large-scale production of Ag SNC was possible under the mild conditions. PMID:21446501

  16. One-step green synthesis of high uniform SERS substrate based on Au nanoparticles grown on Ge wafer

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    Zhou, Juhong; Zhu, Feng; Wang, Yan; Wang, Tao

    2015-05-01

    Highly sensitive, large-area and uniform surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) substrates based on gold nanoparticles grown on Ge wafer have been fabricated by a one-step green reaction. The results showed that these substrates exhibited admirable performance in the low concentration detection (1 × 10-7 M) of Rhodamine 6G with the enhancement factor of 4.5 × 106 and remarkable uniformity with relative standard deviation less than 8%. The uniform enhancement was also obtained in the aqueous detection of malachite green. During the experiments, the Raman spectra were recorded in the solution to pursue the uniformity, reproducibility and stability of signals.

  17. Lipid-encapsulation of surface enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) nanoparticles and targeting to chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) cells

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    Ip, Shell Y.; MacLaughlin, Christina M.; Mullaithilaga, Nisa; Joseph, Michelle; Wala, Samantha; Wang, Chen; Walker, Gilbert C.

    2012-01-01

    60 nm diameter gold nanoparticles (AuNP) were coated with a ternary mixture of lipids and targeted to human lymphocytes. Previously, the versatility, stability and ease of application of the lipid coating was demonstrated by the incorporation of three classes of Raman-active species. In the present study, lipid encapsulated AuNPs were conjugated to two targeting species, namely whole antibodies and antibody fragments (Fab), by two methods. Furthermore, in vitro targeting of lipid-encapsulated Au nanoparticles to patient-derived chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) cells was demonstrated by Raman spectroscopy, Raman mapping, and darkfield microscopy. These results further demonstrate the versatility of the lipid layer for imparting stability, SERS activity, and targeting capability, which make these particles promising candidates for biodiagnostics.

  18. Organic/inorganic hybrid materials: challenges for ab initio methodology.

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    Draxl, Claudia; Nabok, Dmitrii; Hannewald, Karsten

    2014-11-18

    CONSPECTUS: Organic/inorganic hybrid structures are most exciting since one can expect new properties that are absent in either of their building blocks. They open new perspectives toward the design and tailoring of materials with desired features and functions. Prerequisite for real progress is, however, the in-depth understanding of what happens on the atomic and electronic scale. In this respect, hybrid materials pose a challenge for electronic-structure theory. Methods that proved useful for describing one side may not be applicable for the other one, and they are likely to fail for the interfaces. In this Account, we address the question to what extent we can quantitatively describe hybrid materials and where we even miss a qualitative description. We note that we are dealing with extended systems and thus adopt a solid-state approach. Therefore, density-functional theory (DFT) and many-body perturbation theory (MBPT), the GW approach for charged and the Bethe-Salpeter equation for neutral excitations, are our methods of choice. We give a brief summary of the used methodology, focusing on those aspects where problems can be expected when materials of different character meet at an interface. These issues are then taken up when discussing hybrid materials. We argue when and why, for example, standard DFT may fall short when it comes to the electronic structure of organic/metal interfaces or where the framework of MBPT can or must take over. Selected examples of organic/inorganic interfaces, structural properties, electronic bands, optical excitation spectra, and charge-transport properties as obtained from DFT and MBPT highlight which properties can be reliably computed for such materials. The crucial role of van der Waals forces is shown for sexiphenyl films, where the subtle interplay between intermolecular and molecule-substrate interactions is decisive for growth and morphologies. With a PTCDA monolayer on metal surfaces we discuss the performance of DFT in

  19. Organic-Inorganic Composites of Semiconductor Nanocrystals for Efficient Excitonics.

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    Guzelturk, Burak; Demir, Hilmi Volkan

    2015-06-18

    Nanocomposites of colloidal semiconductor nanocrystals integrated into conjugated polymers are the key to soft-material hybrid optoelectronics, combining advantages of both plastics and particles. Synergic combination of the favorable properties in the hybrids of colloidal nanocrystals and conjugated polymers offers enhanced performance and new functionalities in light-generation and light-harvesting applications, where controlling and mastering the excitonic interactions at the nanoscale are essential. In this Perspective, we highlight and critically consider the excitonic interactions in the organic-inorganic nanocomposites to achieve highly efficient exciton transfer through rational design of the nanocomposites. The use of strong excitonic interactions in optoelectronic devices can trigger efficiency breakthroughs in hybrid optoelectronics. PMID:26266593

  20. Giant photostriction in organic-inorganic lead halide perovskites.

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    Zhou, Yang; You, Lu; Wang, Shiwei; Ku, Zhiliang; Fan, Hongjin; Schmidt, Daniel; Rusydi, Andrivo; Chang, Lei; Wang, Le; Ren, Peng; Chen, Liufang; Yuan, Guoliang; Chen, Lang; Wang, Junling

    2016-01-01

    Among the many materials investigated for next-generation photovoltaic cells, organic-inorganic lead halide perovskites have demonstrated great potential thanks to their high power conversion efficiency and solution processability. Within a short period of about 5 years, the efficiency of solar cells based on these materials has increased dramatically from 3.8 to over 20%. Despite the tremendous progress in device performance, much less is known about the underlying photophysics involving charge-orbital-lattice interactions and the role of the organic molecules in this hybrid material remains poorly understood. Here, we report a giant photostrictive response, that is, light-induced lattice change, of >1,200 p.p.m. in methylammonium lead iodide, which could be the key to understand its superior optical properties. The strong photon-lattice coupling also opens up the possibility of employing these materials in wireless opto-mechanical devices. PMID:27044485

  1. Excitons in ultrathin organic-inorganic perovskite crystals

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    Yaffe, Omer; Chernikov, Alexey; Norman, Zachariah M.; Zhong, Yu; Velauthapillai, Ajanthkrishna; van der Zande, Arend; Owen, Jonathan S.; Heinz, Tony F.

    2015-07-01

    We demonstrate the formation of large sheets of layered organic-inorganic perovskite (OIPC) crystals, as thin as a single unit cell, prepared by mechanical exfoliation. The resulting two-dimensional OIPC nanosheets of 2.4 nm thickness are direct semiconductors with an optical band gap of 2.4 eV. They exhibit unusually strong light-matter interaction with an optical absorption as high as 25% at the main excitonic resonance, as well as bright photoluminescence. We extract an exciton binding energy of 490 meV from measurement of the series of excited exciton states. The properties of the excitons are shown to be strongly influenced by the changes in the dielectric surroundings. The environmental sensitivity of these ultrathin OIPC sheets is further reflected in the strong suppression of a thermally driven phase transition present in the bulk crystals.

  2. Two-Dimensional Organic-Inorganic Hybrid Perovskite Photonic Films.

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    Meng, Ke; Gao, Shanshan; Wu, Longlong; Wang, Geng; Liu, Xin; Chen, Gang; Liu, Zhou; Chen, Gang

    2016-07-13

    Organic-inorganic hybrid perovskites have created enormous expectations for low-cost and high-performance optoelectronic devices. In prospect, future advancements may derive from reaping novel electrical and optical properties beyond pristine perovskites through microscopic structure design and engineering. Herein, we report the successful preparation of two-dimensional inverse-opal perovskite (IOP) photonic films, featuring unique nanostructures and vivid colors. Further compositional and structural managements promise optical property and energy level tunability of the IOP films. They are further functionalized in solar cells, resulting in colorful devices with respectable power conversion efficiency. Such concept has not been previously applied for perovskite-based solar cells, which could open a route for more versatile optoelectronic devices. PMID:27267266

  3. Organic/Inorganic Hybrid Polymer/Clay Nanocomposites

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    Park, Cheol; Connell, John W.; Smith, Joseph G., Jr.

    2003-01-01

    A novel class of polymer/clay nanocomposites has been invented in an attempt to develop transparent, lightweight, durable materials for a variety of aerospace applications. As their name suggests, polymer/ clay nanocomposites comprise organic/ inorganic hybrid polymer matrices containing platelet-shaped clay particles that have sizes of the order of a few nanometers thick and several hundred nanometers long. Partly because of their high aspect ratios and high surface areas, the clay particles, if properly dispersed in the polymer matrix at a loading level of 1 to 5 weight percent, impart unique combinations of physical and chemical properties that make these nanocomposites attractive for making films and coatings for a variety of industrial applications. Relative to the unmodified polymer, the polymer/ clay nanocomposites may exhibit improvements in strength, modulus, and toughness; tear, radiation, and fire resistance; and lower thermal expansion and permeability to gases while retaining a high degree of optical transparency.

  4. Organic-inorganic hybrids from renewable plant oils and clay.

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    Uyama, Hiroshi; Kuwabara, Mai; Tsujimoto, Takashi; Nakano, Mitsuru; Usuki, Arimitsu; Kobayashi, Shiro

    2004-03-15

    This study deals with the preparation and properties of a new class of organic-inorganic hybrids from renewable resources. The hybrids were synthesized by an acid-catalyzed curing of epoxidized triglycerides in the presence of an organophilic montmorillonite (a modified clay). The mechanical properties were improved by the incorporation of clay in the oil-based polymer matrix. The reinforcement effect due to the addition of clay was confirmed by dynamic viscoelasticity analysis. The hybrids showed relatively high thermal stability. The co-curing of epoxidized soybean and linseed oils in the presence of clay produced hybrids with controlled mechanical and coating properties. The barrier property of the hybrid towards water vapor was superior to that of the oil polymer. The development of the present hybrids consisting of inexpensive renewable resources, triglyceride and clay is expected to contribute to global sustainability. PMID:15468227

  5. Giant photostriction in organic-inorganic lead halide perovskites

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    Zhou, Yang; You, Lu; Wang, Shiwei; Ku, Zhiliang; Fan, Hongjin; Schmidt, Daniel; Rusydi, Andrivo; Chang, Lei; Wang, Le; Ren, Peng; Chen, Liufang; Yuan, Guoliang; Chen, Lang; Wang, Junling

    2016-04-01

    Among the many materials investigated for next-generation photovoltaic cells, organic-inorganic lead halide perovskites have demonstrated great potential thanks to their high power conversion efficiency and solution processability. Within a short period of about 5 years, the efficiency of solar cells based on these materials has increased dramatically from 3.8 to over 20%. Despite the tremendous progress in device performance, much less is known about the underlying photophysics involving charge-orbital-lattice interactions and the role of the organic molecules in this hybrid material remains poorly understood. Here, we report a giant photostrictive response, that is, light-induced lattice change, of >1,200 p.p.m. in methylammonium lead iodide, which could be the key to understand its superior optical properties. The strong photon-lattice coupling also opens up the possibility of employing these materials in wireless opto-mechanical devices.

  6. LSP spectral changes correlating with SERS activation and quenching for R6G on immobilized Ag nanoparticles

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    Futamata, M.; Maruyama, Y.

    2008-10-01

    In terms of chemical enhancement in Surface Enhanced Raman Scattering (SERS), we investigated the effect of halide and other anions to rhodamine 6G (R6G) adsorbed Ag particles that were immobilized on the substrates. The residual species on chemically prepared Ag particles such as citrate or a-carbon were thoroughly substituted by various anions, e.g., Cl-, Br-, I-, SCN-, CN-, or S2O3 2- anions, whose adsorption features are elucidated by the formation constants for AgX2 ( m-1)-, here X denotes the above anions. In particular, Cl-, Br-, or SCN- ions activated SERS of R6G via intrinsic electronic interaction with Ag, whereas CN-, S2O3 2-, or I- anions quenched it due to their exclusive adsorption onto the Ag surfaces. We found that the activation process with the anions commonly yields a marked blue-shift of the coupled plasmon peak from ca. 650-700 to 500-550 nm in elastic scattering. It is rationalized by slight increase of the gap size between adjacent Ag nanoparticles by only ca. 1 nm based on theoretical simulations. This is probably caused by slight dissolution, oxidative etching, of the particles according to large formation constants of the complexes. Consequently, partly remaining negative charges on the Ag surface, and a slight increase in the gap size, providing huge electric field, facilitated R6G cations to adsorb on the nanoparticles, especially at the junction.

  7. SERS detection of uranyl using functionalized gold nanostars promoted by nanoparticle shape and size.

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    Lu, Grace; Forbes, Tori Z; Haes, Amanda J

    2016-08-15

    The radius of curvature of gold (Au) nanostar tips but not the overall particle dimensions can be used for understanding the large and quantitative surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) signal of the uranyl (UO2)(2+) moiety. The engineered roughness of the Au nanostar architecture and the distance between the gold surface and uranyl cations are promoted using carboxylic acid terminated alkanethiols containing 2, 5, and 10 methylene groups. By systematically varying the self-assembled monolayer (SAM) thickness with these molecules, the localized surface plasmon resonance (LSPR) spectral properties are used to quantify the SAM layer thickness and to promote uranyl coordination to the Au nanostars in neutral aqueous solutions. Successful uranyl detection is demonstrated for all three functionalized Au nanostar samples as indicated by enhanced signals and red-shifts in the symmetric U(vi)-O stretch. Quantitative uranyl detection is achieved by evaluating the integrated area of these bands in the uranyl fingerprint window. By varying the concentration of uranyl, similar free energies of adsorption are observed for the three carboxylic acid terminated functionalized Au nanostar samples indicating similar coordination to uranyl, but the SERS signals scale inversely with the alkanethiol layer thickness. This distance dependence follows previously established models assuming that roughness features associated with the radius of curvature of the tips are considered. These results indicate that SERS signals using functionalized Au nanostar substrates can provide quantitative detection of small molecules and that the tip architecture plays an important role in understanding the resulting SERS intensities. PMID:27326897

  8. Synthesis of wheatear-like ZnO nanoarrays decorated with Ag nanoparticles and its improved SERS performance through hydrogenation.

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    Shan, Yufeng; Yang, Yong; Cao, Yanqin; Fu, Chaoli; Huang, Zhengren

    2016-04-01

    Semiconductor/noble metal composite SERS substrates have been extensively studied due to their unique bifunctionality. In this work, wheatear-like ZnO nanoarrarys have been fabricated via a modified low-temperature solution method. The hierarchical nanostructures that are constructed by stacked nanoflakes and long whiskers of ZnO possess a substantial number of characteristic nano corners and edges, which are proved to be beneficial to deposit more Ag nanoparticles (NPs). Furthermore, hydrogenated wheatear-like ZnO/AgNP composite substrates are achieved via a safe and facile solid hydrogen source (NaBH4). The hydrogenated ZnO/AgNPs (H-ZnO/Ag) substrates exhibit greatly improved SERS activity in detecting R6G molecules with an enhancement factor (EF) up to ∼0.49 × 10(8), over two orders of magnitude higher than that of the substrates before hydrogenation. The outstanding SERS performance of wheatear-like H-ZnO/Ag substrates benefits from the emerging porous structure of ZnO and abundant surface defects introduced by hydrogenation. In addition, the as-prepared substrates also show high detection sensitivity, good repeatability and recyclability, indicating great potential for practical applications. PMID:26916627

  9. A three-dimensional silver nanoparticles decorated plasmonic paper strip for SERS detection of low-abundance molecules.

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    Li, Yixin; Zhang, Kun; Zhao, Jingjing; Ji, Ji; Ji, Chang; Liu, Baohong

    2016-01-15

    The fabrication of SERS substrates, which can offer the advantages of strong Raman signal enhancement with good reproducibility and low cost, is still a challenge for practical applications. In this work, a simple three-dimensional (3D) paper-based SERS substrate, which contains plasmonic silver-nanoparticles (AgNPs), has been developed by the silver mirror reaction. This paper strip was characterized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), atomic force microscopy (AFM), X-ray diffraction (XRD), etc. Pretreatment of the paper as well as the reaction time, temperature, and reagent concentrations for the silver mirror reaction were varied for further studies. With the optimized experimental parameters, the AgNPs synthesized and distributed in-situ on the paper strip could give more favorable SERS performance. The limit of detection (LOD) as low as 10(-11)M for Rhodamine 6G (R6G) and 10(-9)M for p-aminothiophenol (p-ATP) plus wide linear range for the log-log plot of Raman intensity versus analyte concentration were achieved. The detection of R6G in rain water was also carried out successfully. The merits of this protocol include low cost, easy operation, high sensitivity and acceptable stability, which make it ideal for the detection of environmental samples in trace amounts. PMID:26592638

  10. Tailoring Size and Coverage Density of Silver Nanoparticles on Monodispersed Polymer Spheres as Highly Sensitive SERS Substrates.

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    Hu, Yougen; Zhao, Tao; Zhu, Pengli; Zhu, Yu; Liang, Xianwen; Sun, Rong; Wong, Ching-Ping

    2016-09-01

    Silver nanoparticles (AgNPs) were deposited onto the monodispersed carboxylic polystyrene (CPS) spheres by an improved in situ reduction method. The size and coverage density of the AgNPs on the surface of CPS spheres could be easily tailored by tuning the concentrations of carboxylic functional groups and silver precursor. The morphologies and structures of the resulting CPS/Ag hybrid particles were studied by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD), UV-Vis-NIR spectrometer and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), etc. The surface enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) performances of the resulting uniform CPS/Ag hybrid particles were investigated using 4-aminobenzenethiol (4-ABT) as the probe molecule. The optimized CPS/Ag hybrid particles show high enhancement factor (EF) of 2.71×10(7) , low limit of detection (LOD) of 10(-10)  m and good reproducibility with relative standard deviation (RSD) of 9.64 %. The good SERS improvement properties demonstrate these hybrid particles could be employed as simple and effective substrates in the SERS spectroscopy. PMID:27511618

  11. A novel biosensor based on Au@Ag core-shell nanoparticles for SERS detection of arsenic (III).

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    Song, Lulu; Mao, Kang; Zhou, Xiaodong; Hu, Jiming

    2016-01-01

    In this work, we propose for the first time a simple and novel approach based on SERS and As (III) -aptamer for detection of As (III) with excellent selectivity and sensitivity. To maintain the wonderful SERS substrate, Au@Ag shell-core nanoparticle has been successfully synthesized by seeds growth method. As-prepared Au@Ag not only has well-dispersed but also obtains high SERS efficiency. The novel As (III) biosensor has an excellent linear correlation with the concentration of As (III) ranging from 0.5 to 10 ppb. The detection limit of this assay for As (III) is 0.1 ppb (3 times standard deviation rules) which is lower than the maximum limitation guided by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the World Health Organization (WHO). Importantly, the results were demonstrated that no other ions interfered with the detection of As (III) in water. Further, this As (III) biosensor was demonstrated in monitoring As (III) in lake water samples with satisfactory results. PMID:26695265

  12. Highly sensitive SERS-based immunoassay of aflatoxin B1 using silica-encapsulated hollow gold nanoparticles.

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    Ko, Juhui; Lee, Chankil; Choo, Jaebum

    2015-03-21

    Aflatoxin B1 (AFB1) is a well-known carcinogenic contaminant in foods. It is classified as an extremely hazardous compound because of its potential toxicity to the human nervous system. AFB1 has also been extensively used as a biochemical marker to evaluate the degree of food spoilage. In this study, a novel surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS)-based immunoassay platform using silica-encapsulated hollow gold nanoparticles (SEHGNs) and magnetic beads was developed for highly sensitive detection of AFB1. SEHGNs were used as highly stable SERS-encoding nano tags, and magnetic beads were used as supporting substrates for the high-density loading of immunocomplexes. Quantitative analysis of AFB1 was performed by monitoring the intensity change of the characteristic peaks of Raman reporter molecules. The limit of detection (LOD) of AFB1, determined by this SERS-based immunoassay, was determined to be 0.1 ng/mL. This method has some advantages over other analytical methods with respect to rapid analysis (less than 30 min), good selectivity, and reproducibility. The proposed method is expected to be a new analytical tool for the trace analysis of various mycotoxins. PMID:25462866

  13. Biomimetic synthesis of highly biocompatible gold nanoparticles with amino acid-dithiocarbamate as a precursor for SERS imaging.

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    Li, Li; Liu, Jianbo; Yang, Xiaohai; Huang, Jin; He, Dinggeng; Guo, Xi; Wan, Lan; He, Xiaoxiao; Wang, Kemin

    2016-03-11

    Amino acid-dithiocarbamate (amino acid-DTC) was developed as both the reductant and ligand stabilizer for biomimetic synthesis of gold nanoparticles (AuNPs), which served as an excellent surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) contrast nanoprobe for cell imaging. Glycine (Gly), glutamic acid (Glu), and histidine (His) with different isoelectric points were chosen as representative amino acid candidates to synthesize corresponding amino acid-DTC compounds through mixing with carbon disulfide (CS2), respectively. The pyrogenic decomposition of amino acid-DTC initiated the reduction synthesis of AuNPs, and the strong coordinating dithiocarbamate group of amino acid-DTC served as a stabilizer that grafted onto the surface of the AuNPs, which rendered the as-prepared nanoparticles a negative surface charge and high colloidal stability. MTT cell viability assay demonstrated that the biomimetic AuNPs possessed neglectful toxicity to the human hepatoma cell, which guaranteed them good biocompatibility for biomedical application. Meanwhile, the biomimetic AuNPs showed a strong SERS effect with an enhancement factor of 9.8 × 10(5) for the sensing of Rhodamine 6G, and two distinct Raman peaks located at 1363 and 1509 cm(-1) could be clearly observed in the cell-imaging experiments. Therefore, biomimetic AuNPs can be explored as an excellent SERS contrast nanoprobe for biomedical imaging, and the amino acid-DTC mediated synthesis of the AuNPs has a great potential in bio-engineering and biomedical imaging applications. PMID:26867113

  14. Mesoporous titania based yolk-shell nanoparticles as multifunctional theranostic platforms for SERS imaging and chemo-photothermal treatment

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    Zhang, Weiwei; Wang, Yunqing; Sun, Xiuyan; Wang, Wenhai; Chen, Lingxin

    2014-11-01

    Recently surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) imaging guided theranostic nanoplatforms have attracted considerable attention. Herein, we developed novel yolk-shell gold nanorod@void@mesoporous titania nanoparticles (AuNR@void@mTiO2 NPs) for simultaneous SERS imaging and chemo-photothermal therapy. Our work showed three highlighted features: first, we proposed a facile and versatile ``up to down'' SERS labeling strategy for the drug delivery system, in which ``empty carriers'' were pre-synthesized, followed by co-loading of Raman reporters on AuNR and anti-cancer drug doxorubicin (DOX) in mTiO2 in sequence. The acquired SERS signal was strong enough for tracking NPs at both living cells and mice levels. Second, we selected mTiO2 as a novel drug loading material instead of the widely used mesoporous silica (mSiO2). The mTiO2 shared satisfactory drug loading and release behavior as mSiO2 but it was chemically inert. This property not only provided a facile way to form a yolk-shell structure but also rendered it with superior structural stability in a biological system. Third, the near infrared (NIR) light absorbing property of the AuNR SERS substrate was also explored for drug release regulation and photothermal treatment. Significantly greater MCF-7 cell killing was observed when treated together with DOX-loaded NPs and NIR laser irradiation, attributable to the synergistic chemo-thermal therapeutic effect. Our results indicated the established SERS labeled yolk-shell NP as a promising theranostic platform and suggested its potential in vivo applications.Recently surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) imaging guided theranostic nanoplatforms have attracted considerable attention. Herein, we developed novel yolk-shell gold nanorod@void@mesoporous titania nanoparticles (AuNR@void@mTiO2 NPs) for simultaneous SERS imaging and chemo-photothermal therapy. Our work showed three highlighted features: first, we proposed a facile and versatile ``up to down'' SERS

  15. Comparison of Fe2O3 and Fe2CoO4 core-shell plasmonic nanoparticles for aptamer mediated SERS assays

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    Marks, Haley; Mabbott, Samuel; Huang, Po-Jung; Jackson, George W.; Kameoka, Jun; Graham, Duncan; Coté, Gerard L.

    2016-03-01

    Conjugation of oligonucleotides or aptamers and their corresponding analytes onto plasmonic nanoparticles mediates the formation of nanoparticle assemblies: molecularly bound bundles of nanoparticles which cause a measurable change in the colloid's optical properties. Here, we present further optimization of a "SERS off" competitive binding assay utilizing plasmonic and magnetic nanoparticles for the detection of the toxin bisphenol A (BPA). The assay involves 1) a `target' silver nanoparticle functionalized with a Raman reporter dye and PEGylated BPA-binding DNA aptamers, and 2) a version of the toxin BPA, bisphenol A diglycidyl ether (BADGE), PEGylated and immobilized onto a silver coated magnetic 'probe' nanoparticle. When mixed, these target and probe nanoparticles cluster into magnetic dimers and trimers and an enhancement in their SERS spectra is observed. Upon introduction of free BPA in its native form, target AgNPs are competitively freed; reversing the nanoparticle assembly and causing the SERS signal to "turn-off" and decrease in response to the competitive binding event. The assay particles were housed inside two types of optofluidic chips containing magnetically active nickel pads, in either a straight or spotted pattern, and both Fe2O3 and Fe2CoO4 were compared as magnetic cores for the silver coated probe nanoparticle. We found that the Ag@ Fe2O3 particles were, on average, more uniform in size and more stable than Ag@ Fe2CoO4, while the addition of cobalt significantly improved the collection time of particles within the magnetic chips. Using 3D Raman mapping, we found that the straight channel design with the Ag@ Fe2O3 particles provided the most uniform nanoparticle organization, while the spotted channel design with Ag@ Fe2CoO4 demonstrated a larger SERS enhancement, and thus a lower limit of detection.

  16. Immunoassay for tumor markers in human serum based on Si nanoparticles and SiC@Ag SERS-active substrate.

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    Zhou, Lu; Zhou, Jun; Feng, Zhao; Wang, Fuyan; Xie, Shushen; Bu, Shizhong

    2016-04-21

    Based on a sandwich structure consisting of nano-Si immune probes and a SiC@Ag SERS-active immune substrate, a kind of ultra-sensitive immunoassay protocol is presented to detect tumor markers in human serum. The nano-Si immune probes were prepared by immobilizing the detecting antibodies onto the surfaces of SiO2-coated Si nanoparticles (NPs) which were modified with 3-(aminopropyl)trimethoxysilane, and the SiC@Ag SERS-active immune substrates were prepared by immobilizing the captured antibodies on Ag film sputtered on SiC sandpaper. To the best of our knowledge, it is the first time that Si NPs are directly used as Raman tags in an immunoassay strategy. And, the SiC@Ag SERS-active substrates exhibit excellent surface enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) performances with an enhancement factor of ∼10(5), owing to the plasmonic effect of the Ag film on the rough surface of the SiC sandpaper. In our experiments, the sandwich immunoassay structure has been successfully applied to detect prostate specific antigen (PSA), α-fetoprotein (AFP) and carbohydrate antigen 19-9 (CA19-9) in a human serum sample and the limit of detections are as low as 1.79 fg mL(-1), 0.46 fg mL(-1) and 1.3 × 10(-3) U mL(-1), respectively. It reveals that the proposed immunoassay protocol has demonstrated a high sensitivity for tumor markers in human serum and a potential practicability in biosensing and clinical diagnostics. PMID:27003871

  17. Antibacterial activity of plastics coated with silver-doped organic-inorganic hybrid coatings prepared by sol-gel processes.

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    Marini, M; De Niederhausern, S; Iseppi, R; Bondi, M; Sabia, C; Toselli, M; Pilati, F

    2007-04-01

    Silver-doped organic-inorganic hybrid coatings were prepared starting from tetraethoxysilane- and triethoxysilane-terminated poly(ethylene glycol)-block-polyethylene by the sol-gel process. They were applied as a thin layer (0.6-1.1 microm) to polyethylene (PE) and poly(vinyl chloride) (PVC) films and the antibacterial activity of the coated films was tested against Gram-negative (Escherichia coli ATCC 25922) and Gram-positive (Staphylococcus aureus ATCC 6538) bacteria. The effect of several factors (such as organic-inorganic ratio, type of catalyst, time of post-curing, silver ion concentration, etc.) was investigated. Measurements at different contact times showed a rapid decrease of the viable count for both tested strains. The highest antibacterial activity [more than 6 log reduction within 6 h starting from 106 colony-forming units (cfu) mL-1] was obtained for samples with an organic-inorganic weight ratio of 80:20 and 5 wt % silver salt with respect to the coating. For the coatings prepared by an acid-catalyzed process, a high level of permanence of the antibacterial activity of the coated films was demonstrated by repeatedly washing the samples in warm water or by immersion in physiological saline solution at 37 degrees C for 3 days. The release of silver ions per square meter of coating is very similar to that previously observed for polyamides filled with metallic silver nanoparticles; however, when compared on the basis of Ag content, the concentration of silver ions released from the coating is much higher than that released from 1 mm thick specimens of polyamide (PA) filled with silver nanoparticles. Transparency and good adhesion of the coating to PE and PVC plastic substrates without any previous surface treatment are further interesting features. PMID:17335284

  18. Encapsulation of Single Plasmonic Nanoparticles within ZIF-8 and SERS Analysis of the MOF Flexibility.

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    Zheng, Guangchao; de Marchi, Sarah; López-Puente, Vanesa; Sentosun, Kadir; Polavarapu, Lakshminarayana; Pérez-Juste, Ignacio; Hill, Eric H; Bals, Sara; Liz-Marzán, Luis M; Pastoriza-Santos, Isabel; Pérez-Juste, Jorge

    2016-08-01

    Hybrid nanostructures composed of metal nanoparticles and metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) have recently received increasing attention toward various applications due to the combination of optical and catalytic properties of nanometals with the large internal surface area, tunable crystal porosity and unique chemical properties of MOFs. Encapsulation of metal nanoparticles of well-defined shapes into porous MOFs in a core-shell type configuration can thus lead to enhanced stability and selectivity in applications such as sensing or catalysis. In this study, the encapsulation of single noble metal nanoparticles with arbitrary shapes within zeolitic imidazolate-based metal organic frameworks (ZIF-8) is demonstrated. The synthetic strategy is based on the enhanced interaction between ZIF-8 nanocrystals and metal nanoparticle surfaces covered by quaternary ammonium surfactants. High resolution electron microscopy and tomography confirm a complete core-shell morphology. Such a well-defined morphology allowed us to study the transport of guest molecules through the ZIF-8 porous shell by means of surface-enhanced Raman scattering by the metal cores. The results demonstrate that even molecules larger than the ZIF-8 aperture and pore size may be able to diffuse through the framework and reach the metal core. PMID:27273895

  19. Gold and silver nanoparticle monomers are non-SERS-active: a negative experimental study with silica-encapsulated Raman-reporter-coated metal colloids.

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    Zhang, Yuying; Walkenfort, Bernd; Yoon, Jun Hee; Schlücker, Sebastian; Xie, Wei

    2015-09-01

    Noble metal nanoparticles (NPs) are the most commonly employed plasmonic substrates in surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) experiments. Computer simulations show that monomers of Ag and Au nanocrystals ("spherical" NPs) do not exhibit a notable plasmonic enhancement, i.e., they are essentially non-SERS-active. However, in experiments, SERS enhanced by spherical NP colloids has been frequently reported. This implies that the monomers do not have strong SERS activity, but detectable enhancement should more or less be there. Because of the gap between theory and practice, it is important to demonstrate experimentally how SERS-active the metal colloid actually is and, in case a SERS signal is observed, where it originates from. In particular the aggregation of the colloid, induced by high centrifugal forces in washing steps or due to a harsh ionic environment of the suspension medium, should be controlled since it is the very high SERS activity of NP clusters which dominates the overall SERS signal of the colloid. We report here the experimental evaluation of the SERS activity of 80 nm Au and Ag NP monomers. Instead of showing fancy nanostructures and super SERS enhancement, we present the method on how to obtain negative experimental data. In this approach, no SERS signal was obtained from the colloid with a Raman reporter on the metal surface when the NPs were encapsulated carefully within a thick silica shell. Without silica encapsulation, if a very low centrifugation speed is used for the washing steps, only a negligible SERS signal can be detected even at very high NP concentrations. In contrast, strong SERS signals can be detected when the NPs are suspended in acidic solutions. These results indicate that Au and Ag NP monomers essentially exhibit no SERS activity of practical relevance. PMID:25491599

  20. Bi-SERS sensing and enhancement by Au-Ag bimetallic non-alloyed nanoparticles on amorphous and crystalline silicon substrate.

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    Tan, Chee Leong; Lee, Soo Kyung; Lee, Yong Tak

    2015-03-01

    We have demonstrated Au-Ag bimetallic non-alloy nanoparticles (BNNPs) on thin a-Si film and c-Si substrate for high SERS enhancement, low cost, high sensitivity and reproducible SERS substrate with bi-SERS sensing properties where two different SERS peak for Au NPs and Ag NPs are observed on single SERS substrate. The isolated Au-Ag bimetallic NPs, with uniform size and spacing distribution, are suitable for uniform high density hotspot SERS enhancement. The SERS enhancement factor of Au-Ag BNNPs is 2.9 times higher compared to Ag NPs on similar substrates due to the increase of the localized surface plasmon resonance effect. However there is a decrement of SERS peak intensity at specific wavenumbers when the surrounding refractive index increases due to out-phase hybridization of Au NPs. The distinct changes of the two different SERS peaks on single Au-Ag BNNPs SERS substrate due to Au and Ag NPs independently show possible application for bi-molecular sensing. PMID:25836846

  1. A novel photodiode made of hybrid organic/inorganic nanocomposite

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    Mahmoud, Waleed E.

    2009-08-01

    Novel hybrid organic/inorganic nanocomposites made of metal oxide and conjugated polymer nanocomposite and its application in bulk-heterojunction solar cells were studied. The composite was composed of different concentrations of strontium titanate (SrTiO3) and polyaniline doped phosphoric acid. The optimum concentration of strontium titanate was found to be 0.2 v/v. An inorganic-organic photovoltaic device with a structure of Ag/Pani-H3PO4-SrTiO3/Al has been fabricated. The ideality factor value of the diode was found to be 1.8. This n value of the diode implies a deviation from ideal junction behaviour. The barrier height phib value for the diode was found to be 0.56 eV. The Ag/Pani-H3PO4-SrTiO3/Al diode shows a photovoltaic behaviour with a maximum open-circuit voltage Voc of 2.49 V, and short-circuit current Isc of 5.6 mA under light illumination λ = 460 nm. The conversion efficiency was found to be 5.2%. It is evaluated that the Ag/Pani-H3PO4-SrTiO3/Al diode is a good photodiode with calculated electronic parameters.

  2. Nanostructured organic-inorganic photodiodes with high rectification ratio.

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    Karan, Santanu; Mallik, Biswanath

    2008-12-10

    High quality organic-inorganic heterojunction photodiodes based on nanostructured copper (II) phthalocyanine (CuPc) and intrinsic zinc oxide (i-ZnO) have been fabricated. The i-ZnO thin films/layers were grown by RF magnetron sputtering on clean indium tin oxide (ITO) coated glass substrates. These films have been characterized by optical absorption and field emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM). CuPc thin films deposited at room temperature on i-ZnO have exhibited a change in their surface morphology with the post-deposition annealing temperature under normal atmosphere. The electrical dark conductivity and the photoconductivity of ITO/i-ZnO/CuPc/Au sandwich structures have been measured under various photoexcitation intensities using a xenon light source. The devices have shown excellent reproducibility of their electrical characteristics and high rectification ratios. The highest rectification ratio is nearly 831 calculated above the threshold voltage at room temperature for the sample annealed at 250 °C (i.e. Pc 250). The effects of the annealing temperature of CuPc on the surface morphology, rectification ratio, and optical properties have been discussed. PMID:21730664

  3. Layered structures of organic/inorganic hybrid halide perovskites

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    Huan, Tran Doan; Tuoc, Vu Ngoc; Minh, Nguyen Viet

    2016-03-01

    Organic-inorganic hybrid halide perovskites, in which the A cations of an ABX3 perovskite are replaced by organic cations, may be used for photovoltaic and solar thermoelectric applications. In this contribution, we systematically study three lead-free hybrid perovskites, i.e., methylammonium tin iodide CH3NH3SnI3 , ammonium tin iodide NH4SnI3 , and formamidnium tin iodide HC (NH2)2SnI3 by first-principles calculations. We find that in addition to the commonly known motif in which the corner-shared SnI6 octahedra form a three-dimensional network, these materials may also favor a two-dimensional (layered) motif formed by alternating layers of the SnI6 octahedra and the organic cations. These two motifs are nearly equal in free energy and are separated by low barriers. These layered structures features many flat electronic bands near the band edges, making their electronic structures significantly different from those of the structural phases composed of three-dimension networks of SnI6 octahedra. Furthermore, because the electronic structures of HC (NH2)2SnI3 are found to be rather similar to those of CH3NH3SnI3 , formamidnium tin iodide may also be promising for the applications of methylammonium tin iodide.

  4. Organic-inorganic composites for THz device fabrication

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    Cai, B.; Ye, T. M.; Bo, G.; Wang, X. C.; Li, Y. Z.; Zhu, Y. M.; Sugihara, O.

    2016-02-01

    In this paper, several organic-inorganic composites were prepared for Terahertz (THz) devices fabrication. First, a two-layer structure was designed for femtosecond (fs) laser/THz radiation separation. The top layer was made by sintered 20-40 nm hollow quartz particles which can diffuse the incident fs laser thus decrease the power intensity. The bottom layer comprised of silicon 100 nm particles and cycle-olefine polymer (COP), by which the fs laser light can be greatly scattered and absorbed but THz radiation can propagate insusceptibly. With this two-layer structure a high efficient fs-laser/THz filter was fabricated successfully. Second, titania-polymer composites with a very high refractiveindex tunability and high transparency in the THz region were prepared. By controlling the blending ratio of the titania particle, a broad refractive-index tuning range from 1.5 to 3.1 was realized. Then, the composites were used to fabricate antireflective (AR) layers on a high-resistivity silicon (HR-Si) substrate. By utilizing the thermoplasticity of the titania- polymer composite, a graded-index structure was fabricated via a hot-embossing method. Because of the good refractive-index matching between the composite and the HR-Si substrate, a broadband AR layer was fabricated.

  5. Hybrid organic-inorganic systems derived from organotin nanobuilding blocks

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    Ribot, F.O.; Eychenne-Baron, C.; Banse, F.; Sanchez, C.

    1996-12-31

    A new synthesis of the macro-cation [(BuSn){sub 12}O{sub 14}(OH){sub 6}]{sup 2+} is described from commercially available and easy to handle BuSnO(OH) and p-toluene sulfonic acid. A crystalline compound, [(BuSn){sub 12}O{sub 14}(OH){sub 6}] (O{sub 3}SC{sub 6}H{sub 4}CH{sub 3}){sub 2}{center_dot}C{sub 4}H{sub 8}O{sub 2}, is obtained. It can react with tetramethylammonium hydroxide to yield the more versatile composition: [(BuSn){sub 12}O{sub 14}(OH){sub 6}](OH){sub 2}. The macro-cations are then used as nanobuilding blocks and assembled in rosary-like structures by carboxy-terminated poly(ethyleneglycol). The resulting system can be pictured as hybrid organic-inorganic alternated block co-polymers. Characterizations were performed with {sup 119}Sn NMR (solution and solid state), {sup 13}C CP-MAS NMR and FT-IR.

  6. Laser Crystallization of Organic-Inorganic Hybrid Perovskite Solar Cells.

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    Jeon, Taewoo; Jin, Hyeong Min; Lee, Seung Hyun; Lee, Ju Min; Park, Hyung Il; Kim, Mi Kyung; Lee, Keon Jae; Shin, Byungha; Kim, Sang Ouk

    2016-08-23

    Organic-inorganic hybrid perovskites attract enormous research interest for next generation solar energy harvest. Synergistic crystalline structures comprising organic and inorganic components enable solution processing of perovskite films. A reliable crystallization method for perovskites, compatible with fast continuous process over large-area flexible substrates, is crucial for high performance solar cell production. Here, we present laser crystallization of hybrid perovskite solar cells using near-infrared (NIR) laser (λ = 1064 nm). Crystalline morphology of CH3NH3PbI3 (MAPbI3) perovskite films are widely controllable with laser irradiation condition while maintaining film uniformity. Photothermal heating effectively assisted by interfacial photoconversion layers is critical for phase transformation without beam damage of multilayered device structures. Notably, laser crystallization attains higher device performances than conventional thermal annealing. Fast laser crystallization with manufacture level scan rate (1 m min(-1)) demonstrates inverted-type perovskite solar cells with 11.3 and 8.0% efficiencies on typical glass and flexible polymer substrates, respectively, without rigorous device optimization. PMID:27377145

  7. Nanostructured organic inorganic photodiodes with high rectification ratio

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    Karan, Santanu; Mallik, Biswanath

    2008-12-01

    High quality organic-inorganic heterojunction photodiodes based on nanostructured copper (II) phthalocyanine (CuPc) and intrinsic zinc oxide (i-ZnO) have been fabricated. The i-ZnO thin films/layers were grown by RF magnetron sputtering on clean indium tin oxide (ITO) coated glass substrates. These films have been characterized by optical absorption and field emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM). CuPc thin films deposited at room temperature on i-ZnO have exhibited a change in their surface morphology with the post-deposition annealing temperature under normal atmosphere. The electrical dark conductivity and the photoconductivity of ITO/i-ZnO/CuPc/Au sandwich structures have been measured under various photoexcitation intensities using a xenon light source. The devices have shown excellent reproducibility of their electrical characteristics and high rectification ratios. The highest rectification ratio is nearly 831 calculated above the threshold voltage at room temperature for the sample annealed at 250 °C (i.e. Pc 250). The effects of the annealing temperature of CuPc on the surface morphology, rectification ratio, and optical properties have been discussed.

  8. Hybrid Organic/Inorganic Thiol-ene-Based Photopolymerized Networks

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    Schreck, Kathleen M.; Leung, Diana; Bowman, Christopher N.

    2011-01-01

    The thiol-ene reaction serves as a more oxygen tolerant alternative to traditional (meth)acrylate chemistry for forming photopolymerized networks with numerous desirable attributes including energy absorption, optical clarity, and reduced shrinkage stress. However, when utilizing commercially available monomers, many thiol-ene networks also exhibit decreases in properties such as glass transition temperature (Tg) and crosslink density. In this study, hybrid organic/inorganic thiol-ene resins incorporating silsesquioxane (SSQ) species into the photopolymerized networks were investigated as a route to improve these properties. Thiol- and ene-functionalized SSQs (SH-SSQ and allyl-SSQ, respectively) were synthesized via alkoxysilane hydrolysis/condensation chemistry, using a photopolymerizable monomer [either pentaerythriol tetrakis(3-mercaptopropionate) (PETMP) or 1,3,5-triallyl-1,3,5-triazine-2,4,6(1H,3H,5H)-trione (TATATO)] as the reaction solvent. The resulting SSQ-containing solutions (SSQ-PETMP and SSQ-TATATO) were characterized, and their incorporation into photopolymerized networks was evaluated. PMID:21984847

  9. Hybrid Organic/Inorganic Thiol-ene-Based Photopolymerized Networks.

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    Schreck, Kathleen M; Leung, Diana; Bowman, Christopher N

    2011-09-15

    The thiol-ene reaction serves as a more oxygen tolerant alternative to traditional (meth)acrylate chemistry for forming photopolymerized networks with numerous desirable attributes including energy absorption, optical clarity, and reduced shrinkage stress. However, when utilizing commercially available monomers, many thiol-ene networks also exhibit decreases in properties such as glass transition temperature (T(g)) and crosslink density. In this study, hybrid organic/inorganic thiol-ene resins incorporating silsesquioxane (SSQ) species into the photopolymerized networks were investigated as a route to improve these properties. Thiol- and ene-functionalized SSQs (SH-SSQ and allyl-SSQ, respectively) were synthesized via alkoxysilane hydrolysis/condensation chemistry, using a photopolymerizable monomer [either pentaerythriol tetrakis(3-mercaptopropionate) (PETMP) or 1,3,5-triallyl-1,3,5-triazine-2,4,6(1H,3H,5H)-trione (TATATO)] as the reaction solvent. The resulting SSQ-containing solutions (SSQ-PETMP and SSQ-TATATO) were characterized, and their incorporation into photopolymerized networks was evaluated. PMID:21984847

  10. Structural diversity in hybrid organic-inorganic lead iodide materials.

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    Weber, Oliver J; Marshall, Kayleigh L; Dyson, Lewis M; Weller, Mark T

    2015-12-01

    The structural chemistry of hybrid organic-inorganic lead iodide materials has become of increasing significance for energy applications since the discovery and development of perovskite solar cells based on methylammonium lead iodide. Seven new hybrid lead iodide compounds have been synthesized and structurally characterized using single-crystal X-ray diffraction. The lead iodide units in materials templated with bipyridyl, 1,2-bis(4-pyridyl)ethane, 1,2-di(4-pyridyl)ethylene and imidazole adopt one-dimensional chain structures, while crystallization from solutions containing piperazinium cations generates a salt containing isolated [PbI6](4-) octahedral anions. Templating with 4-chlorobenzylammonium lead iodide adopts the well known two-dimensional layered perovskite structure with vertex shared sheets of composition [PbI4](2-) separated by double layers of organic cations. The relationships between the various structures determined, their compositions, stability and hydrogen bonding between the protonated amine and the iodide ions of the PbI6 octahedra are described. PMID:26634723

  11. Optical spintronics in organic-inorganic perovskite photovoltaics

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    Li, Junwen; Haney, Paul M.

    2016-04-01

    Organic-inorganic halide CH3NH3PbI3 solar cells have attracted enormous attention in recent years due to their remarkable power conversion efficiency. When inversion symmetry is broken, these materials should exhibit interesting spin-dependent properties as well, owing to their strong spin-orbit coupling. In this work, we consider the spin-dependent optical response of CH3NH3PbI3 . We first use density functional theory to compute the ballistic spin current generated by absorption of unpolarized light. We then consider diffusive transport of photogenerated charge and spin for a thin CH3NH3PbI3 layer with a passivated surface and an Ohmic, nonselective contact. The spin density and spin current are evaluated by solving the drift-diffusion equations for a simplified three-dimensional Rashba model of the electronic structure of the valence and conduction bands. We provide analytic expressions for the photon flux required to induce measurable spin densities, and propose that these spin densities can provide useful information about the role of grain boundaries in the photovoltaic behavior of these materials. We also discuss the prospects for measuring the optically generated spin current with the inverse spin Hall effect.

  12. Spectroscopic Studies of Azul Maya: Novel Organic/Inorganic Complexes

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    Reza, Layra; Manciu, Felicia; Torres, Brenda; Polette, Lori; Chianelli, Russell

    2006-10-01

    Maya pigments are novel organic/inorganic hybrid materials with multiple technological applications. The materials are surface compounds formed by heating an organic molecule such as indigo with an inorganic compound such as palygorskite, which is a common clay. The organic molecule upon heating forms a strong interaction with the clay surface stabilizing both entities. This strong interaction is exhibited through a color change from deep blue to the well-known Maya Blue indicating an exchange of electron density at the surface. Analysis by infrared absorption and Raman spectroscopy demonstrate the disappearance of nitrogen-hydrogen (N-H) bonding, as the indigo molecule incorporates into the inorganic palygorskite material. Infrared data confirm the loss of zeolitic water and a partial removal of structural water after the heating process. Carbon and oxygen studies at Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Laboratory by X-Ray photoemission spectroscopy (XPS) and near-edge X-ray absorption fine structure (NEXAFS), respectively, suggest possible cationic (Al^+3) bonding of the organic molecule to palygorskite compound.

  13. Multifunctional slow-release organic-inorganic compound fertilizer.

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    Ni, Boli; Liu, Mingzhu; Lü, Shaoyu; Xie, Lihua; Wang, Yanfang

    2010-12-01

    Multifunctional slow-release organic-inorganic compound fertilizer (MSOF) has been investigated to improve fertilizer use efficiency and reduce environmental pollution derived from fertilizer overdosage. The special fertilizer is based on natural attapulgite (APT) clay used as a matrix, sodium alginate used as an inner coating and sodium alginate-g-poly(acrylic acid-co-acrylamide)/humic acid (SA-g-P(AA-co-AM)/HA) superabsorbent polymer used as an outer coating. The coated multielement compound fertilizer granules were produced in a pan granulator, and the diameter of the prills was in the range of 2.5-3.5 mm. The structural and chemical characteristics of the product, as well as its efficiency in slowing the nutrients release, were examined. In addition, a mathematical model for nutrient release from the fertilizer was applied to calculate the diffusion coefficient D of nutrients in MSOF. The degradation of the SA-g-P(AA-co-AM)/HA coating was assessed by examining the weight loss with incubation time in soil. It is demonstrated that the product prepared by a simple route with good slow-release property may be expected to have wide potential applications in modern agriculture and horticulture. PMID:21058723

  14. Different behaviour of molecules in dark SERS state on colloidal Ag nanoparticles estimated by truncated power law analysis of blinking SERS.

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    Kitahama, Yasutaka; Araki, Daichi; Yamamoto, Yuko S; Itoh, Tamitake; Ozaki, Yukihiro

    2015-09-01

    For single colloidal Ag nanoaggregates, covered with either large or small amounts of citrate anions, blinking surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) of anionic thiacyanine was measured and analyzed by a truncated power law. The power law without and with an exponential function reproduces a probability distribution for bright and dark SERS events versus their duration times, respectively. On the Ag surface, except for junctions of the nanoaggregate with a large or small amount of the citrate anions, two-dimensional fast or one-dimensional slow random walk of the anionic thiacyanine, respectively, was estimated by the exponents and the truncation times in the power law for the dark SERS events. In addition, the power law exponents for the bright SERS events were derived to be of similar values, indicating a similar molecular random walk near the junction, which may be dominated evenly by a surface-plasmon-enhanced electromagnetic field on the same-sized Ag nanoaggregate. Thus, not only the bright SERS, but also the dark SERS molecular behaviour on the Ag surface was investigated by the truncated power law analysis. PMID:25571862

  15. Direct observation of enhanced plasmon-driven catalytic reaction activity of Au nanoparticles supported on reduced graphene oxides by SERS.

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    Liang, Xiu; You, Tingting; Liu, Dapeng; Lang, Xiufeng; Tan, Enzhong; Shi, Jihua; Yin, Penggang; Guo, Lin

    2015-04-21

    Graphene-based nanocomposites have recently attracted tremendous research interest in the field of catalysis due to their unique optical and electronic properties. However, direct observation of enhanced plasmon-driven catalytic activity of Au nanoparticles (NPs) supported on reduced graphene oxides (Au/rGO) has rarely been reported. Herein, based on the reduction from 4-nitrobenzenethiol (4-NBT) to p,p'-dimercaptoazobenzene (DMAB), the catalytic property of Au/rGO nanocomposites was investigated and compared with corresponding Au NP samples with similar size distribution. Our results show that Au/rGO nanocomposites could serve as a good catalytic and analytic platform for plasmon-driven chemical reactions. In addition, systematic comparisons were conducted during power- and time-dependent surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) experiments, which exhibited a lower power threshold and higher catalytic efficiency for Au/rGO as compared to Au NPs toward the reaction. PMID:25793752

  16. Ag electrode modified with polyhexamethylene biguanide stabilized silver nanoparticles: a new type of SERS substrates for detection of enzymatically generated thiocholine

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    Tepanov, A. A.; Nechaeva, N. L.; Prokopkina, T. A.; Kudrinskiy, A. A.; Kurochkin, I. N.; Lisichkin, G. V.

    2015-11-01

    The detection of thiocholine is one of the most widespread techniques for estimation of the cholinesterase activity - acetylcholinesterase and butyrylcholinesterase. Both cholinesterases can be inhibited by organophosphates and carbamates and accordingly can be considered for estimation of these pollutants in the environment. In the current work, SERS spectroscopy was applied for the thiocholine detection. The Ag electrodes modified with silver nanoparticles stabilized by polyhexamethylene biguanide were for the first time suggested as SERS-substrates for that purpose. Such electrodes can be applicable for SERS detection of submicromolar concentrations of thiocholine.

  17. Smart Liquid SERS Substrates based on Fe3O4/Au Nanoparticles with Reversibly Tunable Enhancement Factor for Practical Quantitative Detection

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    Hu, Fei; Lin, Haiyang; Zhang, Zhaoshun; Liao, Fan; Shao, Mingwang; Lifshitz, Yeshayahu; Lee, Shuit-Tong

    2014-01-01

    There is a strong correlation between the surface enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) enhancement factor (EF), the excitation wavelength, and the feature properties (composition, size, geometry, and analytes). The prediction of the EF of specific substrates, crucial to the quantitative SERS detection, is however still very difficult. The present work presents smart liquid SERS substrates consisting of suspensions of Fe3O4/Au nanoparticles, which provide high spot-to-spot uniformity, reproducibility and good reversibility. The EF of these substrates can be reversibly tuned by applying an external magnetic field. The EF magnetic tuning is within 2 orders of magnitude per substrate in the range of 104–107. The ability to reversibly adjust the SERS EF enables to reduce EF variations caused by external effects such as substrate-to-substrate differences and long-term-storage degradation. This improves the quantitative detection of analytes and might be a significant step forward in employing SERS for practical applications. PMID:25428185

  18. Effect of Interface energy and electron transfer on shape, plasmon resonance and SERS activity of supported surfactant-free gold nanoparticles

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    Giangregorio, Maria M.; Dastmalchi, Babak; Suvorova, Alexandra; Bianco, Giuseppe V.; Hingerl, Kurt; Bruno, Giovanni; Losurdo, Maria

    2014-01-01

    For device integration purposes plasmonic metal nanoparticles must be supported/deposited on substrates. Therefore, it is important to understand the interaction between surfactant-free plasmonic metal nanoparticles and different substrates, as well as to identify factors that drive nanoparticles nucleation and formation. Here we show that for nanoparticles grown directly on supports, the substrate/nanoparticle interfacial energy affects the equilibrium shape of nanoparticles. Therefore, oblate, spherical and prolate Au nanoparticles (NPs) with different shapes have been deposited by radiofrequency sputtering on substrates with different characteristics, namely a dielectric oxide Al2O3 (0001), a narrow bandgap semiconductor Si (100), and a polar piezoelectric wide bandgap semiconductor 4H–SiC (0001). We demonstrate that the higher the substrate surface energy, the higher the interaction with the substrate, resulting in flat prolate Au nanoparticles. The resulting localized surface plasmon resonance characteristics of Au NPs/Al2O3, Au NPs/Si and Au NPs/SiC have been determined by spectroscopic ellipsometry and correlated with their structure and shape studied by transmission electron microscopy. Finally, we have demonstrated the diverse response of the tailored plasmonic substrates as ultrasensitive SERS chemical sensors. Flat oblates Au NPs on SiC result in an enhanced and more stable SERS response. The experimental findings are validated by numerical simulations of electromagnetic fields.

  19. Biomedical Applications of Magnetically Functionalized Organic/Inorganic Hybrid Nanofibers.

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    Lee, Hwa-Jeong; Lee, Sang Joon; Uthaman, Saji; Thomas, Reju George; Hyun, Hoon; Jeong, Yong Yeon; Cho, Chong-Su; Park, In-Kyu

    2015-01-01

    Nanofibers are one-dimensional nanomaterial in fiber form with diameter less than 1 µm and an aspect ratio (length/diameter) larger than 100:1. Among the different types of nanoparticle-loaded nanofiber systems, nanofibers loaded with magnetic nanoparticles have gained much attention from biomedical scientists due to a synergistic effect obtained from the unique properties of both the nanofibers and magnetic nanoparticles. These magnetic nanoparticle-encapsulated or -embedded nanofiber systems can be used not only for imaging purposes but also for therapy. In this review, we focused on recent advances in nanofibers loaded with magnetic nanoparticles, their biomedical applications, and future trends in the application of these nanofibers. PMID:26084046

  20. Biomedical Applications of Magnetically Functionalized Organic/Inorganic Hybrid Nanofibers

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    Lee, Hwa-Jeong; Lee, Sang Joon; Uthaman, Saji; Thomas, Reju George; Hyun, Hoon; Jeong, Yong Yeon; Cho, Chong-Su; Park, In-Kyu

    2015-01-01

    Nanofibers are one-dimensional nanomaterial in fiber form with diameter less than 1 µm and an aspect ratio (length/diameter) larger than 100:1. Among the different types of nanoparticle-loaded nanofiber systems, nanofibers loaded with magnetic nanoparticles have gained much attention from biomedical scientists due to a synergistic effect obtained from the unique properties of both the nanofibers and magnetic nanoparticles. These magnetic nanoparticle-encapsulated or -embedded nanofiber systems can be used not only for imaging purposes but also for therapy. In this review, we focused on recent advances in nanofibers loaded with magnetic nanoparticles, their biomedical applications, and future trends in the application of these nanofibers. PMID:26084046

  1. Organic/inorganic nanocomposite materials by electrospinning and their properties

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    Wang, Guan

    One-dimensional (1D) nanostructures, such as nanowires, nanobelts, nanofibers and nanotubes, have been the focus of intensive research due to their peculiar structures and resultant fascinating properties. However, the applications of 1D nanostructures have been hindered by the slow progress of the synthesis and characterization methods for these nanoscaled materials. Well controlled dimensionality, tailorable morphology and assembly, high phase purity and controllable crystallinity are major concerns when generating these nanostructures. In this work, a relatively simple technique---electrospinning---has been introduced for the preparation of 1D organic/inorganic nanocomposite materials. Materials under investigation include polymer/metal oxide (WO 3, MoO3) composite nanofibers and polymer/MWNT composite nanofibers. Notably, peculiar nanostructures, such as polycrystalline nanowires, nanoplatelets and nanobelts, can also be obtained after post-calcination processing on the nanocomposite materials. Spectroscopy techniques, such as XRD, SEM, TEM, AFM and Raman have been carried out to obtain structural and morphological information from the electrospun composite nanofibers. Meanwhile, some advanced characterization methods and measurements have been developed and designed to investigate the nanofibers from a basic science view point as to their properties. Specific designs of experiment include: synchrotron-based in situ XRD for phase transition monitoring; gas flow control bench for sensitivity measurement; three-point-bending by AFM for mechanical property measurement. In summary, the electrospinning technique provides a versatile method for synthesizing and assembling 1D nanocomposite structures. The electrospun composite nanofibers showed promising electrical and mechanical properties, which may find applications for gas sensors, reinforced fibrous materials and nano-electrical devices.

  2. Organic-Inorganic Hybrids Using Novel Phenylethynyl Imide Silanes

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    Park, C.; Lowther, S. E.; Smith, J. G., Jr.

    2001-01-01

    In this presentation, polyimide-silica hybrids using novel phenylethynyl imide silanes are reported. The phenylethynyl group is present in the organic precursor as either a pendent or an end group to bond chemically with the polyimide adhesive containing phenylethynyl groups during processing, while the silane group of the organic precursor would chemically react with the inorganic precursor through oxane bond formation. The chemical compositions of these novel hybrids were examined using X-ray mapping modes of scanning electron microscopy (SEM), which revealed a silicon gradient interphase between the high surface energy substrate and the polyimide adhesive. Novel aromatic phenylethynyl imide silanes (APEISs) and pendent phenylethynyl imide oligomeric disilanes (PPEIDSs) have been synthesized, and sol-gel solutions containing the new silanes, a phenylethynyl terminated imide oligomer (PETI-5), and an inorganic precursor were formulated to develop a gradient hybrid interphase between a titanium alloy and the adhesive. Two different sol-gel systems were investigated to develop organic-inorganic hybrids. Hybrid I was composed of an organic precursor containing both phenylethynyl and silane groups (PPEIDS) and an inorganic precursor. Functional group concentrations were controlled by the variation of the molecular weight of the imide backbone of PPEIDS. Hybrid II was composed of organic and inorganic precursors and a coupling agent containing both phenylethynyl and silane groups. Morphology and chemical composition of the hybrid interphase between the inorganic substrate and the adhesive were investigated, and the bond strength and durability were evaluated using lap shear tests at various conditions. The assessment of how the bonding at an interface is affected by various sol-gel solution compositions and environments is reported.

  3. Self-Assembled Large-Scale Monolayer of Au Nanoparticles at the Air/Water Interface Used as a SERS Substrate.

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    Guo, Qinghua; Xu, Minmin; Yuan, Yaxian; Gu, Renao; Yao, Jianlin

    2016-05-10

    Self-assembly of metal nanoparticles has attracted considerable attention because of its unique applications in technologies such as plasmonics, surface-enhanced optics, sensors, and catalysts. However, fabrication of ordered nanoparticle structures remains a significant challenge. Thus, developing an efficient approach for the assembly of large-scale Au nanoparticles films for theoretical studies and for various applications is highly desired. In this paper, a facial approach for fabricating a monolayer film of Au nanoparticles was developed successfully. Using the surfactant polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP), a large-scale monolayer film of well-ordered, uniform-sized Au nanoparticles was fabricated at the air/water interface. The film exhibited a two-dimensional (2D) hexagonal close-packed (HCP) structure having interparticle gaps smaller than 2 nm. These gaps generated numerous uniform "hot spots" for surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) activity. The as-prepared monolayer film could be transferred to a solid substrate for use as a suitable SERS substrate with high activity, high uniformity, and high stability. The low spot-to-spot and substrate-to-substrate variations of intensity (<10%), the large surface enhancement factor (∼10(6)), and the high stability (∼45 days) make the substrate suitable for SERS measurements. Transfer of the monolayer film onto a glassy carbon electrode produced an Au electrode with clean, well-defined nanostructure suitable for electrochemical SERS measurements. The adsorption process of ionic liquids on the electrode with the monolayer film is similar to that on bulk metal electrodes. The present strategy provides an effective way for self-assembly of Au nanoparticles into well-defined nanostructures that may form optimal reproducible SERS substrates for quantitative analysis. It also provides an electrode with clean, well-defined nanostructure for electrochemical investigations. PMID:27101361

  4. Ag-In-Zn-S quantum dots for hybrid organic-inorganic solar cells

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    Kim, Eung-min; Ruankham, Pipat; Lee, Jae-hyeong; Hachiya, Kan; Sagawa, Takashi

    2016-02-01

    Quantum dots of (AgIn)xZn2(1-x)S2 (x = 0.6, 0.8, and 1.0) capped by oleylamine were prepared and applied for hybrid organic-inorganic solar cells consisting of glass-indium-tin-oxide/ZnO/(AgIn)xZn2(1-x)S2/poly(3-hexylthiophene)/MoO3/Ag. The short-circuit current density (Jsc) and open-circuit voltage (Voc) of the hybrid solar cells were measured, and we found a low power conversion efficiency (PCE) below 0.1%. From the incident photon-to-current efficiency (IPCE) profiles of the hybrid devices, there is no marked photocurrent generation from 350 to 700 nm, which is ascribed to the absorption region of (AgIn)xZn2(1-x)S2. To improve the photovoltaic performance, ligand substitution from oleylamine to pyridine was performed. The PCE of the hybrid cell using the pyridine-capped (AgIn)xZn2(1-x)S2 was improved twofold in terms of both Jsc and Voc as compared with that of the oleylamine-capped one. In particular, from the IPCE measurements, a remarkable (more than doubled) enhancement of photocurrent generation from 400 to 450 nm was observed with the pyridine-substituted nanoparticles.

  5. Organometallic Iridium Complex Containing a Dianionic, Tridentate, Mixed Organic-Inorganic Ligand.

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    Bloomfield, Aaron J; Matula, Adam J; Mercado, Brandon Q; Batista, Victor S; Crabtree, Robert H

    2016-08-15

    A pentamethylcyclopentadienyl-iridium complex containing a tricyclic, dianionic, tridentate, scorpionate (facial binding), mixed organic-inorganic ligand was synthesized and characterized by single-crystal X-ray crystallography, as well as polynuclear NMR, UV-vis, and IR spectroscopies. The central cycle of the tridentate ligand consists of a modified boroxine in which two of the boron centers are tetrahedral, anionic borates. The complex is stable to hydrolysis in aqueous solution for >9 weeks at 25 °C but reacts with a 50 mM solution of sodium periodate within 12 s to form a periodate-driven oxygen evolution catalyst that has a turnover frquency of >15 s(-1). However, the catalyst is almost completely deactivated within 5 min, achieving an average turnover number of ca. 2500 molecules of oxygen per atom of iridium. Nanoparticles were not observed on this time scale but did form within 4 h of catalyst activation under these experimental conditions. The parent complex was modeled using density functional theory, which accurately reflected the geometry of the complex and indicated significant interaction of iridium- and boracycle-centered orbitals. PMID:27462911

  6. Highly Reproducible and Sensitive SERS Substrates with Ag Inter-Nanoparticle Gaps of 5 nm Fabricated by Ultrathin Aluminum Mask Technique.

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    Fu, Qun; Zhan, Zhibing; Dou, Jinxia; Zheng, Xianzheng; Xu, Rui; Wu, Minghong; Lei, Yong

    2015-06-24

    Applicable surface enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) active substrates require high enhancement factor (EF), excellent spatial reproducibility, and low-cost fabrication method on a large area. Although several SERS substrates with high EF and relative standard deviation (RSD) of signal less than 5% were reported, reliable fabrication for large area SERS substrates with both high sensitivity and high reproducibility via low-cost routes remains a challenge. Here, we report a facile and cost-effective fabrication process for large-scale SERS substrate with Ag inter-nanoparticle (NP) gaps of 5 nm based on ultrathin alumina mask (UTAM) surface pattern technique. Such closely packed Ag NP arrays with high density of electromagnetic field enhancement ("hot spots") on large area exhibit high SERS activity and excellent reproducibility, simultaneously. Rhodamine 6G molecules with concentration of 1 × 10(-7) M are used to determine the SERS performance, and an EF of ∼10(9) is obtained. It should be noted that we obtain RSDs about 2% from 10 random spots on an area of 1 cm(2), which implies the highly reproducible signals. Finite-difference time-domain simulations further suggest that the enhanced electric field originates from the narrow gap, which agrees well with the experimental results. The low value of RSD and the high EF of SERS signals indicate that the as-prepared substrate may be promising for highly sensitive and uniform SERS detection. PMID:26023763

  7. Highly narrow nanogap-containing Au@Au core-shell SERS nanoparticles: size-dependent Raman enhancement and applications in cancer cell imaging.

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    Hu, Chongya; Shen, Jianlei; Yan, Juan; Zhong, Jian; Qin, Weiwei; Liu, Rui; Aldalbahi, Ali; Zuo, Xiaolei; Song, Shiping; Fan, Chunhai; He, Dannong

    2016-01-28

    Cellular imaging technologies employing metallic surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) tags have gained much interest toward clinical diagnostics, but they are still suffering from poor controlled distribution of hot spots and reproducibility of SERS signals. Here, we report the fabrication and characterization of high narrow nanogap-containing Au@Au core-shell SERS nanoparticles (GCNPs) for the identification and imaging of proteins overexpressed on the surface of cancer cells. First, plasmonic nanostructures are made of gold nanoparticles (∼15 nm) coated with gold shells, between which a highly narrow and uniform nanogap (∼1.1 nm) is formed owing to polyA anchored on the Au cores. The well controlled distribution of Raman reporter molecules, such as 4,4'-dipyridyl (44DP) and 5,5'-dithiobis(2-nitrobenzoic acid) (DTNB), are readily encoded in the nanogap and can generate strong, reproducible SERS signals. In addition, we have investigated the size-dependent SERS activity of GCNPs and found that with the same laser wavelength, the Raman enhancement discriminated between particle sizes. The maximum Raman enhancement was achieved at a certain threshold of particle size (∼76 nm). High narrow nanogap-containing Au@Au core-shell SERS tags (GCTs) were prepared via the functionalization of hyaluronic acid (HA) on GCNPs, which recognized the CD44 receptor, a tumor-associated surface biomarker. And it was shown that GCTs have a good targeting ability to tumour cells and promising prospects for multiplex biomarker detection. PMID:26701141

  8. Organic-inorganic planar hybrid materials for spasers

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    Toropov, Nikita A.; Kamalieva, Aisylu N.; Vartanyan, Tigran A.

    2015-05-01

    We strive to obtain highly fluorescent planar materials that may be used for the development of nanolasers based on localized plasmons. The promissing candidates for this purpose are materials consisting of mixtures of organic molecules, polymer, and silver nanoparticles. Silver nanoparticles were preliminary deposited on the quartz substrates. These samples were characterized by SEM and absorption spectroscopy. Then, they were covered by the polymer/rhodamine and polymer/coumarin layers using either spin-coating or evaporation techniques and characterized by confocal luminescent microscopy and spectroscopy. As a result of the localized surface plasmon excitation, we observed the enhancement of the rhodamine and coumarine absorption in the near fields of silver nanoparticles. The fluorescence of the thin films of polymer activated by dyes molecules with silver nanoparticles was almost 20-fold more intense than that on the bare dielectric surfaces without silver nanoparticles. In the presence Ag nanoparticles and at increased intensities of excitation we found also slight narrowing of the luminescence spectrum of polymer/coumarin layers.

  9. Environmentally Friendly Preparation of Gold and Silver Nanoparticles for Sers Applications Using Biopolymer Pectin

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    Balachandran, Y. L.; Panarin, A. Y.; Khodasevich, I. A.; Terekhov, S. N.; Gutleb, A. C.; Girijaa, S.

    2015-01-01

    A facile, one-step, and environmentally friendly fabrication of anisotropic gold nanostructures and size-controlled spherical silver nanoparticles (NP) using biopolymer pectin is reported. The reduction of Au and Ag ions was carried out at room temperature using an increasing concentration of pectin, which acts as the single source of reducing and stabilizing agent. The as-formed NPs were studied by UV-vis, infrared Fourier transform and surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopies, as well as transmission electron microscopy and energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy. A high yield of anisotropic gold nanostructures was observed at low concentrations of pectin, while its increase results in the formation of smaller sharp edged perfect triangles with a considerable number of quasi-spherically shaped gold NP. On the other hand, the size of spherical silver NP decreased as the biopolymer concentration in the solution increased. The surface-enhanced Raman scattering enhancement of different NPs was evaluated using a Cu-complex of cationic tetrakis(4-N-methylpyridyl)porphyrin as a probe molecule at 441.6 and 532 nm excitation. Great enhancement of Raman signal was obtained with a pectin-silver NP and for most of them their levels were higher than that for the routinely synthesized citrate silver NP.

  10. Combining 3-D plasmonic gold nanorod arrays with colloidal nanoparticles as a versatile concept for reliable, sensitive, and selective molecular detection by SERS.

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    Yilmaz, Mehmet; Senlik, Erhan; Biskin, Erhan; Yavuz, Mustafa Selman; Tamer, Ugur; Demirel, Gokhan

    2014-03-28

    The detection of molecules at an ultralow level by Surface-Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy (SERS) has recently attracted enormous interest for various applications especially in biological, medical, and environmental fields. Despite the significant progress, SERS systems are still facing challenges for practical applications related to their sensitivity, reliability, and selectivity. To overcome these limitations, in this study, we have proposed a simple yet facile concept by combining 3-D anisotropic gold nanorod arrays with colloidal gold nanoparticles having different shapes for highly reliable, selective, and sensitive detection of some hazardous chemical and biological warfare agents in trace amounts through SERS. The gold nanorod arrays were created on the BK7 glass slides or silicon wafer surfaces via the oblique angle deposition (OAD) technique without using any template material or lithography technique and their surface densities were adjusted by manipulating the deposition angle (α). It is found that gold nanorod arrays fabricated at α = 10° exhibited the highest SERS enhancement in the absence of colloidal gold nanoparticles. Synergetic enhancement was obviously observed in SERS signals when combining gold nanorod arrays with colloidal gold nanoparticles having different shapes (i.e., spherical, rod, and cage). Due to their ability to produce localized surface plasmons (LSPs) in transverse and longitudinal directions, utilization of colloidal gold nanorods as a synergetic agent led to an increase in the enhancement factor by about tenfold compared to plain gold nanorod arrays. Moreover, we have tested our approach to detect some chemical and biological toxins namely dipicolinic acid (DIP), methyl parathion (MP), and diethyl phosphoramidate (DP). For all toxins, Raman spectra with high signal-to-noise ratios and reproducibility were successfully obtained over a broad concentration range (5 ppm-10 ppb). Our results suggest that the slightly tangled and

  11. Novel organic-inorganic hybrid and nano-structured materials

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    Jin, Danliang

    Organic polymers, i.e. polymethacrylates and polystyrene, and inorganic silica were successfully integrated covalently into one body, i.e. hybrid materials, at molecular level in a continuum ranging from pure polymer to pure silica via the sol-gel process. The synthetic conditions have been systematically studied and optimized. A fast and convenient method for the synthesis of polymethacrylate-silica hybrids with significantly low volume-shrinkages has been developed to address the intrinsic problems of the sol-gel process, i.e. large volume shrinkage and long drying times. The relationship of properties of the hybrids with the structures and organic-inorganic compositions have been established. The density, hardness and thermal stability increase with the silica content. Atomic force microscopy study of the morphology shows that the transparent hybrid materials, in which the polymer chains have a strong and intimate interaction with the silica matrix, have significantly different surface features from a translucent control sample. The compressive behavior of the hybrid materials is completely different from that of traditional composites. Toughness of the hybrid materials can be maximized and the strength can be dramatically increased by varying the silica content. Possible mechanisms for the formation of hybrid materials are proposed. Potential applications of the hybrid materials as dental fillers and cation exchangers were investigated. Amorphous silica was functionalized by doping with optically active compounds such as scD-glucose, diphenyl tartaric acid and maltose. The resultant nano-structured materials show excellent optical transparency to visible light. Optical rotation of the materials in the solid state was demonstrated quantitatively to be the same as that in solution. The specific rotation can be calculated directly according to Biot's equation. A non-surfactant templating approach has been developed for the preparation of mesoporous silica by

  12. Thin Film Solar Cells: Organic, Inorganic and Hybrid

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    Dankovich, John

    2004-01-01

    Thin film solar cells are an important developing resource for hundreds of applications including space travel. In addition to being more cost effective than traditional single crystal silicon cells, thin film multi-crystaline cells are plastic and light weight. The plasticity of the cells allows for whole solar panels to be rolled out from reams. Organic layers are being investigated in order to increase the efficiency of the cells to create an organic / inorganic hybrid cell. The main focus of the group is a thin film inorganic cell made with the absorber CuInS2. So far the group has been successful in creating the layer from a single-source precursor. They also use a unique method of film deposition called chemical vapor deposition for this. The general makeup of the cell is a molybdenum back contact with the CuInS2 layer, then CdS, ZnO and aluminum top contacts. While working cells have been produced, the efficiency so far has been low. Along with quantum dot fabrication the side project of this that is currently being studied is adding a polymer layer to increase efficiency. The polymer that we are using is P3OT (Poly(3-octylthiopene-2,5-diyll), retroregular). Before (and if) it is added to the cell, it must be understood in itself. To do this simple diodes are being constructed to begin to look at its behavior. The P3OT is spin coated onto indium tin oxide and silver or aluminum contacts are added. This method is being studied in order to find the optimal thickness of the layer as well as other important considerations that may later affect the composition of the finished solar cell. Because the sun is the most abundant renewable, energy source that we have, it is important to learn how to harness that energy and begin to move away from our other depleted non-renewable energy sources. While traditional silicon cells currently create electricity at relatively high efficiencies, they have drawbacks such as weight and rigidness that make them unattractive

  13. Hybrid Organic-Inorganic Perovskites on the Move.

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    Egger, David A; Rappe, Andrew M; Kronik, Leeor

    2016-03-15

    Hybrid organic-inorganic perovskites (HOIPs) are crystals with the structural formula ABX3, where A, B, and X are organic and inorganic ions, respectively. While known for several decades, HOIPs have only in recent years emerged as extremely promising semiconducting materials for solar energy applications. In particular, power-conversion efficiencies of HOIP-based solar cells have improved at a record speed and, after only little more than 6 years of photovoltaics research, surpassed the 20% threshold, which is an outstanding result for a solution-processable material. It is thus of fundamental importance to reveal physical and chemical phenomena that contribute to, or limit, these impressive photovoltaic efficiencies. To understand charge-transport and light-absorption properties of semiconducting materials, one often invokes a lattice of ions displaced from their static positions only by harmonic vibrations. However, a preponderance of recent studies suggests that this picture is not sufficient for HOIPs, where a variety of structurally dynamic effects, beyond small harmonic vibrations, arises already at room temperature. In this Account, we focus on these effects. First, we review structure and bonding in HOIPs and relate them to the promising charge-transport and absorption properties of these materials, in terms of favorable electronic properties. We point out that HOIPs are much "softer" mechanically, compared to other efficient solar-cell materials, and that this can result in large ionic displacements at room temperature. We therefore focus next on dynamic structural effects in HOIPs, going beyond a static band-structure picture. Specifically, we discuss pertinent experimental and theoretical findings as to phase-transition behavior and molecular/octahedral rearrangements. We then discuss atomic diffusion phenomena in HOIPs, with an emphasis on the migration of intrinsic and extrinsic ionic species. From this combined perspective, HOIPs appear as highly

  14. Organic-inorganic hybrid solar cells via electropolymerization

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    Feng, Wenchun

    /ZnO photovoltaics. Our electropolymerization approach to integrate the organic and inorganic phases aims at understanding the chemistry at the interface, and the electronic and morphological properties of the system. This work should be generally applicable to other conjugated polymers and nanostructures, and it contributes to an understanding of organic-inorganic interfaces and electronic structures that may be advantageous to a range of electronic/photonic applications.

  15. Band alignment at organic-inorganic heterojunctions between P3HT and n-type 6H-SiC.

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    Dietmueller, Roland; Nesswetter, Helmut; Schoell, Sebastian J; Sharp, Ian D; Stutzmann, Martin

    2011-11-01

    The exact band alignment at organic/inorganic semiconductor heterojunctions is influenced by a variety of properties and is difficult to predict. For organic/inorganic bilayer heterojunctions made of poly(3-hexylthiophene) (P3HT) and n-type 6H-SiC, the band alignment is determined via current-voltage measurements. For this purpose, a model equivalent circuit, combining thermionic emission and space-charge-limited current effects, is proposed which describes the behavior of the heterojunction very well. From the fitting parameters, an interface barrier height of 1.1 eV between the lowest unoccupied molecular orbital (LUMO) of P3HT and the conduction band (CB) of 6H-SiC is determined. In addition, from the maximum open circuit voltage of 6H-SiC/P3HT diodes, a difference of 0.9 eV between the highest occupied molecular orbital (HOMO) of P3HT and the CB of 6H-SiC is deduced. These two values determine the alignment of the energy bands of 6H-SiC relative to the HOMO and LUMO of P3HT. The 6H-SiC/P3HT bilayer heterojunction exhibits an open circuit voltage of ~0.5 V at room temperature, which makes such a materials system a potential candidate for bulk heterojunction hybrid solar cells with 6H-SiC nanoparticles. PMID:21936559

  16. Adhesion in flexible organic and hybrid organic/inorganic light emitting device and solar cells

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    Yu, D.; Kwabi, D.; Akogwu, O.; Du, J.; Oyewole, O. K.; Tong, T.; Anye, V. C.; Rwenyagila, E.; Asare, J.; Fashina, A.; Soboyejo, W. O.

    2014-08-21

    This paper presents the results of an experimental study of the adhesion between bi-material pairs that are relevant to organic light emitting devices, hybrid organic/inorganic light emitting devices, organic bulk heterojunction solar cells, and hybrid organic/inorganic solar cells on flexible substrates. Adhesion between the possible bi-material pairs is measured using force microscopy (AFM) techniques. These include: interfaces that are relevant to organic light emitting devices, hybrid organic/inorganic light emitting devices, bulk heterojunction solar cells, and hybrid combinations of titanium dioxide (TiO{sub 2}) and poly(3-hexylthiophene). The results of AFM measurements are incorporated into the Derjaguin-Muller-Toporov model for the determination of adhesion energies. The implications of the results are then discussed for the design of robust organic and hybrid organic/inorganic electronic devices.

  17. Organic-Inorganic Thermoelectrics from Single Monomers to Polymer Devices

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    Chang, William Bee

    nanocrystal arrays are a good model platform to scale molecular junctions to the macroscale, I aim to bring the same Landauer transport physics observed in single molecule junctions to macroscale devices. I further investigate the role of different binding groups, where I find that the character of the ligand binding group directly affects whether the sign of the Seebeck coefficient of the overall array. Finally, I elaborate on our work with conductive polymers as thermoelectric materials, and specifically investigate the thermoelectric effect in polymers that are solely ion conductors or are capable of both ions and electrons transport. I demonstrate that thermoelectrics based ionic or mixed conduction can be well-described using the developed fundamental equations, and by using these rules we develop positive or negative Seebeck coefficient materials. I present our work on the newly developed thermoelectric AFM technique and how we use the thermoelectric response of different domains to understand the morphology of PEDOT:PSS. By fully understanding the thermoelectric properties of organic-inorganic hybrids from the monomer level, we can extend this same understanding to develop polymer thermoelectrics.

  18. Chitosan-coated triangular silver nanoparticles as a novel class of biocompatible, highly sensitive plasmonic platforms for intracellular SERS sensing and imaging.

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    Potara, Monica; Boca, Sanda; Licarete, Emilia; Damert, Annette; Alupei, Marius-Costel; Chiriac, Mircea T; Popescu, Octavian; Schmidt, Ute; Astilean, Simion

    2013-07-01

    There is a need for new strategies for noninvasive imaging of pathological conditions within the human body. The approach of combining the unique physical properties of noble-metal nanoparticles with their chemical specificity and an easy way of conjugation open up new routes toward building bio-nano-objects for biomedical tracking and imaging. This work reports the design and assessment of a novel class of biocompatible, highly sensitive SERS nanotags based on chitosan-coated silver nanotriangles (Chit-AgNTs) labeled with para-aminothiophenol (p-ATP). The triangular nanoparticles are used as Raman scattering enhancers and have proved to yield a reproducible and strong SERS signal. When tested inside lung cancer cells (A549) this class of SERS nanotags presents low in vitro toxicity, without interfering with cell proliferation. Easily internalized by the cells, as demonstrated by imaging using both reflected bright-light optical microscopy and SERS spectroscopy, the particles are proved to be detectable inside cells under a wide window of excitation wavelengths, ranging from visible to near infrared (NIR). Their high sensitivity and NIR availability make this class of SERS nanotags a promising candidate for noninvasive imaging of cancer cells. PMID:23715524

  19. Silver nanoparticles for SERS-based ultrasensitive chemical detection in aqueous solutions: Role of binding affinity and surface oxidation in the detection limit

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    Erol, Melek

    Surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS) in the presence of noble metal nanostructures holds significant promise for sensing and molecular fingerprinting down to single molecule level. This dissertation explores the effect of binding affinity and surface oxidation of Ag nanoparticles on SERS detection sensitivity of SO42-, CN-, SCN-, ClO4- and nitro-aromatic compounds in water. Specifically positively charged Ag nanoparticles (Ag [+]) were synthesized by UV-assisted reduction of silver nitrate using branched polyethyleneimine (BPEI) and 4-(2-hydroxyethyl)-1-piperazineethanesulfonic acid (HEPES) solutions. Both primary amino and amide groups on the surface of Ag [+] allowed strong binding affinity with anions, critical for sensitive SERS measurements. For substrates with immobilized Ag [+] (30 nanoparticles/mum2), SERS sensitivity increased in the order of SO42- < CN- < SCN- ≈ ClO4 -, with respective binding constants of 105, 3.3 x 105, and 107 (for both SCN- and ClO4-) M-1. Significantly, substrates with Ag [+] exhibited limit of detection values of 8.0 x 10-8 M (8 ppb) and 2.7 x 10-7 M (7 ppb) for ClO 4- and CN-, respectively. We revealed for the first time that oxidation of negatively charged Ag nanoparticles (Ag [-]) produced by a modified Lee and Meisel procedure drastically altered adsorption and orientation of nitro-aromatic molecules and increased their SERS detection limit. This observation can be attributed to the hinderance of Ag-to-aromatic ring charge transfer by the resultant oxide layer. SERS detection of p-nitrophenol at 1 ppt was achieved through inhibition of oxidation of Ag [-] in argon gas. Finally, to extend our work for potential biosensing applications, we showed that BPEI coatings of high molecular weight were unique in their ability to provide avidin-resistant surfaces at physiological conditions due to steric hindrance from the branched architecture of adsorbed polymer chains. BPEI coated surfaces were also effective for suppression of

  20. A SERS-active sensor based on heterogeneous gold nanostar core-silver nanoparticle satellite assemblies for ultrasensitive detection of aflatoxinB1

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    Li, Aike; Tang, Lijuan; Song, Dan; Song, Shanshan; Ma, Wei; Xu, Liguang; Kuang, Hua; Wu, Xiaoling; Liu, Liqiang; Chen, Xin; Xu, Chuanlai

    2016-01-01

    A surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) sensor based on gold nanostar (Au NS) core-silver nanoparticle (Ag NP) satellites was fabricated for the first time to detect aflatoxinB1 (AFB1). We constructed the SERS sensor using AFB1 aptamer (DNA1)-modified Ag satellites and a complementary sequence (DNA2)-modified Au NS core. The Raman label (ATP) was modified on the surface of Ag satellites. The SERS signal was enhanced when the satellite NP was attached to the Au core NS. The AFB1 aptamer on the surface of Ag satellites would bind to the targets when AFB1 was present in the system, Ag satellites were then removed and the SERS signal decreased. This SERS sensor showed superior specificity for AFB1 and the linear detection range was from 1 to 1000 pg mL-1 with the limit of detection (LOD) of 0.48 pg mL-1. The excellent recovery experiment using peanut milk demonstrated that the sensor could be applied in food and environmental detection.A surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) sensor based on gold nanostar (Au NS) core-silver nanoparticle (Ag NP) satellites was fabricated for the first time to detect aflatoxinB1 (AFB1). We constructed the SERS sensor using AFB1 aptamer (DNA1)-modified Ag satellites and a complementary sequence (DNA2)-modified Au NS core. The Raman label (ATP) was modified on the surface of Ag satellites. The SERS signal was enhanced when the satellite NP was attached to the Au core NS. The AFB1 aptamer on the surface of Ag satellites would bind to the targets when AFB1 was present in the system, Ag satellites were then removed and the SERS signal decreased. This SERS sensor showed superior specificity for AFB1 and the linear detection range was from 1 to 1000 pg mL-1 with the limit of detection (LOD) of 0.48 pg mL-1. The excellent recovery experiment using peanut milk demonstrated that the sensor could be applied in food and environmental detection. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available. See DOI: 10.1039/c5nr08372a

  1. Organic/Inorganic Hybrid Nanocomposite Infrared Photodetection by Intraband Absorption

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    Lantz, Kevin Richard

    The ability to detect infrared radiation is vital for a host of applications that include optical communication, medical diagnosis, thermal imaging, atmospheric monitoring, and space science. The need to actively cool infrared photon detectors increases their operation cost and weight, and the focus of much recent research has been to limit the dark current and create room-temperature infrared photodetectors appropriate for mid-to-long-wave infrared detection. Quantum dot infrared photodetectors (QDIPs) provide electron quantum confinement in three dimensions and have been shown to demonstrate high temperature operation (T>150 K) due to lower dark currents. However, these inorganic devices have not achieved sensitivity comparable to state-of-the-art photon detectors, due in large part to the inability to control the uniformity (size and shape) of QDs during strained-layer epitaxy. The purpose of this dissertation research was to investigate the feasibility of room-temperature infrared photodetection that could overcome the shortfalls of QDIPs by using chemically synthesized inorganic colloidal quantum dots (CQDs). CQDs are coated with organic molecules known as surface ligands that prevent the agglomeration of dots while in solution. When CQDs are suspended in a semiconducting organic polymer, these materials are known as organic/inorganic hybrid nanocomposites. The novel approach investigated in this work was to use intraband transitions in the conduction band of the polymer-embedded CQD for room-temperature photodetection in the mid-wave, and possibly long-wave, infrared ranges. Hybrid nanocomposite materials promise room-temperature operation due to: (i) large bandgaps of the inorganic CQDs and the semiconducting polymer that reduce thermionic emission; and (ii) low dark current due to the three-dimensional electron confinement in the CQD and low carrier mobility in the semiconducting polymer. The primary material system investigated in this research was Cd

  2. Organic-inorganic hybrid nanostructures for solar cell applications

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    AbdulAlmohsin, Samir M.

    The enticing electro-optical properties of nanostructured materials such as carbon nanotubes, graphene, CdS nanocrystals and ZnO nanowrie bring new vigor into the innovation of photovoltaics. The main purpose of this dissertation is to develop novel nano-structured materials for low cost solar cell applications. Fabrication, characterization, and solar cell application of organic-inorganic hybrid structures are the main focus of this research. Polyaniline (PANI)/multi-walled carbon nanotube (MWNT) composite films were synthesized by an electrochemical polymerization of aniline with airbrushed MWNTs on ITO substrates. It was found that the incorporation of MWNTs in PANI effectively increase the film conductivity with a percolation threshold of 5% of nanotubes in the composite. The solar cell performance strongly depends on the conductivity of the composite films, which can be tuned by adjusting nanotube concentration. A higher conductivity resulted in a better cell performance, resulting from an efficient charge collection. This study indicates that PANI/MWNT composite films with optimized conductivity are potentially useful for low-cost hybrid solar cell applications. CdS nanocrystal-sensitized solar cells (NCSSCs) were investigated by using polyaniline (PANI) as a replacement for conventional platinum counter electrode. The growth time of the nanocrystals significantly affects the solar cell performance. At an optimum growth, the NCSSCs exhibit 0.83% of the conversion efficiency in comparison to 0.13% for the identical cells without CdS nanocrystals. Electrochemical impedance spectroscopy showed that the charge transfer in the solar cells with CdS nanocrystals was improved. The enhanced overall energy conversion efficiency by nanocrystals is attributed to improved light absorption and suppressed recombination rate of interfacial charges at the injection, resulting in significantly improved charge transfer and electron lifetime. In addition, the PANI electrodes

  3. Thin and transparent films of graphene/silver nanoparticles obtained at liquid-liquid interfaces: preparation, characterization and application as SERS substrates.

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    Mehl, Hiany; Oliveira, Marcela Mohallem; Zarbin, Aldo José Gorgatti

    2015-01-15

    We report here the synthesis and characterization of transparent and homogeneous thin films of reduced graphene oxide/silver nanoparticles (rGO/AgNPs) nanocomposites, starting from graphene oxide (GO) or reduced graphene oxide (rGO), directly obtained at a water/toluene liquid-liquid interface. Different films (obtained by varying the Ag/rGO or Ag/GO ratio) were prepared, deposited over glass or plastic substrates, and characterized by X-ray diffraction, UV-Vis and Raman spectroscopy, thermal analysis, transmission and scanning electron microscopy. Samples were evaluated as substrates for surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS), using dilute solutions (1×10(-7) mol L(-1)) of a common probe molecule, 4-aminothiophenol (4-ATP). These materials exhibit significant high-quality SERS activity, and enhanced modes could be observed for 4-ATP, which suggested that charge transfer occurred between the Ag nanoparticles and 4-ATP molecules. PMID:25454422

  4. Electrospun Superhydrophobic Organic/Inorganic Composite Nanofibrous Membranes for Membrane Distillation.

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    Li, Xiong; Yu, Xufeng; Cheng, Cheng; Deng, Li; Wang, Min; Wang, Xuefen

    2015-10-01

    Electrospun superhydrophobic organic/inorganic composite nanofibrous membranes exhibiting excellent direct contact membrane distillation (DCMD) performance were fabricated by a facile route combining the hydrophobization of silica nanoparticles (SiO2 NPs) and colloid electrospinning of the hydrophobic silica/poly(vinylidene fluoride) (PVDF) matrix. Benefiting from the utilization of SiO2 NPs with three different particle sizes, the electrospun nanofibrous membranes (ENMs) were endowed with three different delicate nanofiber morphologies and fiber diameter distribution, high porosity, and superhydrophobic property, which resulted in excellent waterproofing and breathability. Significantly, structural attributes analyses have indicated the major contributing role of fiber diameter distribution on determining the augment of permeate vapor flux through regulating mean flow pore size (MFP). Meanwhile, the extremely high liquid entry pressure of water (LEPw, 2.40 ± 0.10 bar), robust nanofiber morphology of PVDF immobilized SiO2 NPs, remarkable mechanical properties, thermal stability, and corrosion resistance endowed the as-prepared membranes with prominent desalination capability and stability for long-term MD process. The resultant choreographed PVDF/silica ENMs with optimized MFP presented an outstanding permeate vapor flux of 41.1 kg/(m(2)·h) and stable low permeate conductivity (∼2.45 μs/cm) (3.5 wt % NaCl salt feed; ΔT = 40 °C) over a DCMD test period of 24 h without membrane pores wetting detected. This result was better than those of typical commercial PVDF membranes and PVDF and modified PVDF ENMs reported so far, suggesting them as promising alternatives for MD applications. PMID:26371965

  5. Easily processable multimodal spectral converters based on metal oxide/organic-inorganic hybrid nanocomposites.

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    Julián-López, Beatriz; Gonell, Francisco; Lima, Patricia P; Freitas, Vânia T; André, Paulo S; Carlos, Luis D; Ferreira, Rute A S

    2015-10-01

    This manuscript reports the synthesis and characterization of the first organic-inorganic hybrid material exhibiting efficient multimodal spectral converting properties. The nanocomposite, made of Er(3+), Yb(3+) codoped zirconia nanoparticles (NPs) entrapped in a di-ureasil d-U(600) hybrid matrix, is prepared by an easy two-step sol-gel synthesis leading to homogeneous and transparent materials that can be very easily processed as monolith or film. Extensive structural characterization reveals that zirconia nanocrystals of 10-20 nm in size are efficiently dispersed into the hybrid matrix and that the local structure of the di-ureasil is not affected by the presence of the NPs. A significant enhancement in the refractive index of the di-ureasil matrix with the incorporation of the ZrO2 nanocrystals is observed. The optical study demonstrates that luminescent properties of both constituents are perfectly preserved in the final hybrid. Thus, the material displays a white-light photoluminescence from the di-ureasil component upon excitation at UV/visible radiation and also intense green and red emissions from the Er(3+)- and Yb(3+)-doped NPs after NIR excitation. The dynamics of the optical processes were also studied as a function of the lanthanide content and the thickness of the films. Our results indicate that these luminescent hybrids represent a low-cost, environmentally friendly, size-controlled, easily processed and chemically stable alternative material to be used in light harvesting devices such as luminescent solar concentrators, optical fibres and sensors. Furthermore, this synthetic approach can be extended to a wide variety of luminescent NPs entrapped in hybrid matrices, thus leading to multifunctional and versatile materials for efficient tuneable nonlinear optical nanodevices. PMID:26374133

  6. Highly narrow nanogap-containing Au@Au core-shell SERS nanoparticles: size-dependent Raman enhancement and applications in cancer cell imaging

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    Hu, Chongya; Shen, Jianlei; Yan, Juan; Zhong, Jian; Qin, Weiwei; Liu, Rui; Aldalbahi, Ali; Zuo, Xiaolei; Song, Shiping; Fan, Chunhai; He, Dannong

    2016-01-01

    Cellular imaging technologies employing metallic surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) tags have gained much interest toward clinical diagnostics, but they are still suffering from poor controlled distribution of hot spots and reproducibility of SERS signals. Here, we report the fabrication and characterization of high narrow nanogap-containing Au@Au core-shell SERS nanoparticles (GCNPs) for the identification and imaging of proteins overexpressed on the surface of cancer cells. First, plasmonic nanostructures are made of gold nanoparticles (~15 nm) coated with gold shells, between which a highly narrow and uniform nanogap (~1.1 nm) is formed owing to polyA anchored on the Au cores. The well controlled distribution of Raman reporter molecules, such as 4,4'-dipyridyl (44DP) and 5,5'-dithiobis(2-nitrobenzoic acid) (DTNB), are readily encoded in the nanogap and can generate strong, reproducible SERS signals. In addition, we have investigated the size-dependent SERS activity of GCNPs and found that with the same laser wavelength, the Raman enhancement discriminated between particle sizes. The maximum Raman enhancement was achieved at a certain threshold of particle size (~76 nm). High narrow nanogap-containing Au@Au core-shell SERS tags (GCTs) were prepared via the functionalization of hyaluronic acid (HA) on GCNPs, which recognized the CD44 receptor, a tumor-associated surface biomarker. And it was shown that GCTs have a good targeting ability to tumour cells and promising prospects for multiplex biomarker detection.Cellular imaging technologies employing metallic surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) tags have gained much interest toward clinical diagnostics, but they are still suffering from poor controlled distribution of hot spots and reproducibility of SERS signals. Here, we report the fabrication and characterization of high narrow nanogap-containing Au@Au core-shell SERS nanoparticles (GCNPs) for the identification and imaging of proteins overexpressed on

  7. A SERS-active sensor based on heterogeneous gold nanostar core-silver nanoparticle satellite assemblies for ultrasensitive detection of aflatoxinB1.

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    Li, Aike; Tang, Lijuan; Song, Dan; Song, Shanshan; Ma, Wei; Xu, Liguang; Kuang, Hua; Wu, Xiaoling; Liu, Liqiang; Chen, Xin; Xu, Chuanlai

    2016-01-28

    A surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) sensor based on gold nanostar (Au NS) core-silver nanoparticle (Ag NP) satellites was fabricated for the first time to detect aflatoxinB1 (AFB1). We constructed the SERS sensor using AFB1 aptamer (DNA1)-modified Ag satellites and a complementary sequence (DNA2)-modified Au NS core. The Raman label (ATP) was modified on the surface of Ag satellites. The SERS signal was enhanced when the satellite NP was attached to the Au core NS. The AFB1 aptamer on the surface of Ag satellites would bind to the targets when AFB1 was present in the system, Ag satellites were then removed and the SERS signal decreased. This SERS sensor showed superior specificity for AFB1 and the linear detection range was from 1 to 1000 pg mL(-1) with the limit of detection (LOD) of 0.48 pg mL(-1). The excellent recovery experiment using peanut milk demonstrated that the sensor could be applied in food and environmental detection. PMID:26732202

  8. Wavelength-tunable waveguides based on polycrystalline organic-inorganic perovskite microwires.

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    Wang, Ziyu; Liu, Jingying; Xu, Zai-Quan; Xue, Yunzhou; Jiang, Liangcong; Song, Jingchao; Huang, Fuzhi; Wang, Yusheng; Zhong, Yu Lin; Zhang, Yupeng; Cheng, Yi-Bing; Bao, Qiaoliang

    2016-03-28

    Hybrid organic-inorganic perovskites have emerged as new photovoltaic materials with impressively high power conversion efficiency due to their high optical absorption coefficient and long charge carrier diffusion length. In addition to high photoluminescence quantum efficiency and chemical tunability, hybrid organic-inorganic perovskites also show intriguing potential for diverse photonic applications. In this work, we demonstrate that polycrystalline organic-inorganic perovskite microwires can function as active optical waveguides with small propagation loss. The successful production of high quality perovskite microwires with different halogen elements enables the guiding of light with different colours. Furthermore, it is interesting to find that out-coupled light intensity from the microwire can be effectively modulated by an external electric field, which behaves as an electro-optical modulator. This finding suggests the promising applications of perovskite microwires as effective building blocks in micro/nano scale photonic circuits. PMID:26508593

  9. Wavelength-tunable waveguides based on polycrystalline organic-inorganic perovskite microwires

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    Wang, Ziyu; Liu, Jingying; Xu, Zai-Quan; Xue, Yunzhou; Jiang, Liangcong; Song, Jingchao; Huang, Fuzhi; Wang, Yusheng; Zhong, Yu Lin; Zhang, Yupeng; Cheng, Yi-Bing; Bao, Qiaoliang

    2016-03-01

    Hybrid organic-inorganic perovskites have emerged as new photovoltaic materials with impressively high power conversion efficiency due to their high optical absorption coefficient and long charge carrier diffusion length. In addition to high photoluminescence quantum efficiency and chemical tunability, hybrid organic-inorganic perovskites also show intriguing potential for diverse photonic applications. In this work, we demonstrate that polycrystalline organic-inorganic perovskite microwires can function as active optical waveguides with small propagation loss. The successful production of high quality perovskite microwires with different halogen elements enables the guiding of light with different colours. Furthermore, it is interesting to find that out-coupled light intensity from the microwire can be effectively modulated by an external electric field, which behaves as an electro-optical modulator. This finding suggests the promising applications of perovskite microwires as effective building blocks in micro/nano scale photonic circuits.

  10. DEVELOPMENT OF SERS SPECTROSCOPY FOR ROUTINE AND RAPID IDENTIFICATION OF ESCHERICHIA COLI AND LISTERIA MONOCYTOGENES ON SILVER COLLOIDAL NANOPARTICLES

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    SERS spectra were collected to explore its potential for rapid and routine identification of E. coli and L. monocytogenes cultures. Ratios of SERS peaks from K3PO4 were used to evaluate the reproducibility, stability, and binding effectiveness of citrate-reduced silver colloids over batch and storag...

  11. Fabrication of silver nanoparticles embedded into polyvinyl alcohol (Ag/PVA) composite nanofibrous films through electrospinning for antibacterial and surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) activities.

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    Zhang, Zhijie; Wu, Yunping; Wang, Zhihua; Zou, Xueyan; Zhao, Yanbao; Sun, Lei

    2016-12-01

    Silver nanoparticle-embedded polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) nanofibers were prepared through electrospinning technique, using as antimicrobial agents and surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) substrates. Ag nanoparticles (NPs) were synthesized in liquid phase, followed by evenly dispersing in PVA solution. After electrospinning of the mixed solution at room temperature, the PVA embedded with Ag NPs (Ag/PVA) composite nanofibers were obtained. The morphologies and structures of the as-synthesized Ag nanoparticles and Ag/PVA fibers were characterized by the techniques of transmission electron microscopy (TEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD), ultraviolet-visible absorption spectroscopy (UV-vis), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDX). Ag NPs have an average diameter of 13.8nm, were found to be uniformly dispersed in PVA nanofibers. The Ag/PVA nanofibers provided robust antibacterial activities against both Gram-positive Staphylococcus aureus (S. aureus) and Gram-negative Escherichia coli (E. coli) microorganisms. It's also found that Ag/PVA nanofibers make a significant contribution to the high sensitivity of SERS to 4-mercaptophenol (4-MPh) molecules. PMID:27612736

  12. Hybrid organic-inorganic network coatings for protecting metal substrates from abrasion and corrosion

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    Jordens, K.; Wilkes, G.

    1996-12-31

    Ceramers or Ormocers are hybrid organic-inorganic materials first created a decade ago, and are the subject of a recent review article. Recent research from the authors laboratory in this area of materials science has focused on synthesizing protective coatings for (soft) polymeric substrates, i.e. polycarbonate. The authors have now extended the application of such coatings to metallic substrates.

  13. Sulfur-Containing Organic-Inorganic Hybrid Gel Compositions and Aerogels

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    Evans, Owen R. (Inventor); Dong, Wenting (Inventor); Deshpande, Kiranmayi (Inventor)

    2015-01-01

    Methods and materials are described for preparing organic-inorganic hybrid gel compositions where a sulfur-containing cross-linking agent covalently links the organic and inorganic components. The gel compositions are further dried to provide porous gel compositions and aerogels. The mechanical and thermal properties of the dried gel compositions are also disclosed.

  14. Gold@silver bimetal nanoparticles/pyramidal silicon 3D substrate with high reproducibility for high-performance SERS

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    Zhang, Chao; Jiang, Shou Zhen; Yang, Cheng; Li, Chong Hui; Huo, Yan Yan; Liu, Xiao Yun; Liu, Ai Hua; Wei, Qin; Gao, Sai Sai; Gao, Xing Guo; Man, Bao Yuan

    2016-05-01

    A novel and efficient surface enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) substrate has been presented based on Gold@silver/pyramidal silicon 3D substrate (Au@Ag/3D-Si). By combining the SERS activity of Ag, the chemical stability of Au and the large field enhancement of 3D-Si, the Au@Ag/3D-Si substrate possesses perfect sensitivity, homogeneity, reproducibility and chemical stability. Using R6G as probe molecule, the SERS results imply that the Au@Ag/3D-Si substrate is superior to the 3D-Si, Ag/3D-Si and Au/3D-Si substrate. We also confirmed these excellent behaviors in theory via a commercial COMSOL software. The corresponding experimental and theoretical results indicate that our proposed Au@Ag/3D-Si substrate is expected to develop new opportunities for label-free SERS detections in biological sensors, biomedical diagnostics and food safety.

  15. Gold@silver bimetal nanoparticles/pyramidal silicon 3D substrate with high reproducibility for high-performance SERS

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    Zhang, Chao; Jiang, Shou Zhen; Yang, Cheng; Li, Chong Hui; Huo, Yan Yan; Liu, Xiao Yun; Liu, Ai Hua; Wei, Qin; Gao, Sai Sai; Gao, Xing Guo; Man, Bao Yuan

    2016-01-01

    A novel and efficient surface enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) substrate has been presented based on Gold@silver/pyramidal silicon 3D substrate (Au@Ag/3D-Si). By combining the SERS activity of Ag, the chemical stability of Au and the large field enhancement of 3D-Si, the Au@Ag/3D-Si substrate possesses perfect sensitivity, homogeneity, reproducibility and chemical stability. Using R6G as probe molecule, the SERS results imply that the Au@Ag/3D-Si substrate is superior to the 3D-Si, Ag/3D-Si and Au/3D-Si substrate. We also confirmed these excellent behaviors in theory via a commercial COMSOL software. The corresponding experimental and theoretical results indicate that our proposed Au@Ag/3D-Si substrate is expected to develop new opportunities for label-free SERS detections in biological sensors, biomedical diagnostics and food safety. PMID:27143507

  16. Gold@silver bimetal nanoparticles/pyramidal silicon 3D substrate with high reproducibility for high-performance SERS.

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    Zhang, Chao; Jiang, Shou Zhen; Yang, Cheng; Li, Chong Hui; Huo, Yan Yan; Liu, Xiao Yun; Liu, Ai Hua; Wei, Qin; Gao, Sai Sai; Gao, Xing Guo; Man, Bao Yuan

    2016-01-01

    A novel and efficient surface enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) substrate has been presented based on Gold@silver/pyramidal silicon 3D substrate (Au@Ag/3D-Si). By combining the SERS activity of Ag, the chemical stability of Au and the large field enhancement of 3D-Si, the Au@Ag/3D-Si substrate possesses perfect sensitivity, homogeneity, reproducibility and chemical stability. Using R6G as probe molecule, the SERS results imply that the Au@Ag/3D-Si substrate is superior to the 3D-Si, Ag/3D-Si and Au/3D-Si substrate. We also confirmed these excellent behaviors in theory via a commercial COMSOL software. The corresponding experimental and theoretical results indicate that our proposed Au@Ag/3D-Si substrate is expected to develop new opportunities for label-free SERS detections in biological sensors, biomedical diagnostics and food safety. PMID:27143507

  17. 3D TiO{sub 2} submicrostructures decorated by silver nanoparticles as SERS substrate for organic pollutants detection and degradation

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    Chen, Jianjun; Su, Huilan; You, Xueling; Gao, Jing; Lau, Woon Ming; Zhang, Di

    2014-01-01

    Graphical abstract: - Highlights: • Contrive a multifunctional SERS substrate with 3D sub-micrometer structure and multicomponent. • The blue wing of butterfly (Euploea mulciber) is used as template for Ag/TiO{sub 2} nanocomposites. • The 3D submicrostructures Ag/TiO{sub 2} presents superior SERS effect and photocatalytic activity. • Pave a facile route to prepare multifunctional material by utilizing smart structural designs in nature. - Abstract: The blue wing of butterfly Euploea mulciber is used as a template to generate Ag/TiO{sub 2} nanocomposites. Thereinto, Ag nanoparticles are deposited uniformly onto TiO{sub 2} substrate with three dimensional (3D) submicrometer structures. This unique 3D sub-micrometer structures featured with ridges, ribs and struts can provide a large number of active “hot spots” for enhanced Raman signal. Meanwhile, depositing Ag onto the TiO{sub 2} surface can greatly boost its SERS effect and photocatalytic activity by bringing additional electrons into the molecules and inhibiting electrons–holes recombination. Thus, the as-prepared 3D Ag/TiO{sub 2} submicrostructures can not only offer sensitive and reproducible SERS signals, but also present superior photocatalytic activity, which can be utilized to detect and eliminate organic pollutants.

  18. Influence of substrate temperature on the properties of pulsed laser deposited silver nanoparticle thin films and their application in SERS detection of bovine serum albumin

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    Kamakshi, Koppole; Silva, J. P. B.; Sekhar, K. C.; Marslin, Gregory; Moreira, J. Agostinho; Conde, O.; Almeida, A.; Pereira, M.; Gomes, M. J. M.

    2016-05-01

    The effect of substrate temperature ( T s) on electrical conductance, surface plasmon resonance (SPR), and surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) activity of silver nanoparticle (AgNP) thin films is presented. AgNP films are grown on glass substrates by pulsed laser deposition in a controlled Ar atmosphere at a pressure of 0.1 mbar and varying T s. Different T s results in different morphologies, as observed by scanning electron microscopy. The effect of interparticle distance on the electrical conductance of AgNPs is highlighted. The current-voltage characteristics display negative resistance effect and is attributed to the charge trapping process in AgNPs. The film deposited at room temperature presents a SPR peak at λ = 460 nm, and its wavelength first increases until T s reaches 300 °C and then decreases with further increasing T s. The quantitative analysis of SERS studies reveals that SERS intensity of bovine serum albumin (BSA) adsorbed on AgNP substrate deposited at 300 °C exhibits a higher intensity as compared with that of BSA adsorbed on the SERS active substrates at any other T s.

  19. Aerosol-assisted atmospheric cold plasma deposition and characterization of superhydrophobic organic-inorganic nanocomposite thin films.

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    Fanelli, Fiorenza; Mastrangelo, Anna M; Fracassi, Francesco

    2014-01-28

    A facile atmospheric pressure cold plasma process is presented to deposit a novel organic-inorganic hydrocarbon polymer/ZnO nanoparticles nanocomposite coating. Specifically, this method involves the utilization of an atmospheric pressure dielectric barrier discharge (DBD) fed with helium and the aerosol of a dispersion of oleate-capped ZnO nanoparticles (NPs) in n-octane. As assessed by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and attenuated total reflectance-Fourier transform infrared (ATR-FTIR) spectroscopy, the deposited nanocomposite coating combines the chemical features of both the oleate-capped ZnO NPs and the polyethylene-like organic component originated from the plasma polymerization of n-octane. Additionally, scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and transmission scanning electron microscopy (TSEM) confirm the synthesis of hierarchical micro/nanostructured coatings containing quasi-spherical NPs agglomerates. The polyethylene-like polymer covers the NPs agglomerates to different extents and contributes to their immobilization in the three-dimensional network of the coating. The increase of both the deposition time (1-10 min) and the NPs concentration in the dispersion (0.5-5 wt %) has a significant effect on the chemical and morphological structure of the thin films and, in fact, results in the increase the ZnO NPs content, which ultimately leads to superhydrophobic surfaces (advancing and receding water contact angles higher than 160°) with low hysteresis due to the hierarchical multiscale roughness of the coating. PMID:24393041

  20. A General Method for Solvent Exchange of Plasmonic Nanoparticles and Self-Assembly into SERS-Active Monolayers

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    2015-01-01

    We present a general route for the transfer of Au and Ag nanoparticles of different shapes and sizes, from water into various organic solvents. The experimental conditions for each type of nanoparticles were optimized by using a combination of thiolated poly(ethylene glycol) and a hydrophobic capping agent, such as dodecanethiol. The functionalized nanoparticles were readily transferred into organic dispersions with long-term stability (months). Such organic dispersions efficiently spread out on water, leading to self-assembly at the air/liquid interface into extended nanoparticle arrays which could in turn be transferred onto solid substrates. The dense close packing in the obtained nanoparticle monolayers results in extensive plasmon coupling, rendering them efficient substrates for surface-enhanced Raman scattering spectroscopy. PMID:26258732

  1. Highly uniform and optical visualization of SERS substrate for pesticide analysis based on Au nanoparticles grafted on dendritic α-Fe2O3

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    Tang, Xianghu; Cai, Wenya; Yang, Liangbao; Liu, Jinhuai

    2013-10-01

    Here, Au nanoparticles (NPs) grafted on dendritic α-Fe2O3 (NPGDF) are designed as a highly uniform surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) substrate with a feature of optical visualization by an optical microscope (OM) system and used for in situ detection of pesticide residues that are annually used in agriculture. With this strategy, the dendritic α-Fe2O3 has been synthesized by a hydrothermal method and significantly functionalized by an inductively coupled plasma (ICP) apparatus and then Au NPs were grafted on it densely and uniformly. In addition, the profile of NPGDF can be clearly observed using an OM platform of a Raman spectrometer, and the profile of SERS spectral mapping with NPGDF as substrate almost exactly coincides with the OM image, the electron microscope (EM) image and the elemental mapping of NPGDF, which indicates remarkable uniformity of the NPGDF as SERS substrate, thus ensuring the laser beam focuses on the efficient sites of the substrate under the OM platform. Moreover, NPGDF can be dispersed in the liquor and the NPGDF microparticles can be adsorbed on the target surface. Therefore, it can be used for in situ detection of pesticide residues on tea leaves, fruits etc., with high sensitivity and reproducibility.Here, Au nanoparticles (NPs) grafted on dendritic α-Fe2O3 (NPGDF) are designed as a highly uniform surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) substrate with a feature of optical visualization by an optical microscope (OM) system and used for in situ detection of pesticide residues that are annually used in agriculture. With this strategy, the dendritic α-Fe2O3 has been synthesized by a hydrothermal method and significantly functionalized by an inductively coupled plasma (ICP) apparatus and then Au NPs were grafted on it densely and uniformly. In addition, the profile of NPGDF can be clearly observed using an OM platform of a Raman spectrometer, and the profile of SERS spectral mapping with NPGDF as substrate almost exactly

  2. SERS monitoring of Pd-catalysed reduction processes of nitroarenes adsorbed on Ag/Pd colloidal nanoparticles

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    Muniz-Miranda, Maurizio; Pergolese, Barbara; Bigotto, Adriano

    2006-05-01

    The catalytic activity of palladium has been verified in Ag/Pd colloids for two different nitroarenes, 2-amino,5-nitropyridine (ANP) and 4-nitrobenzoic acid (PNBA). Palladium, deposited as nanoclusters onto the silver core, can act as catalyst for the ligands, while silver ensures the SERS enhancement, which is necessary to detect the Raman spectra of the adsorbates. The SERS measurements show that the nitrogroup of ANP is reduced to aminogroup in Ag/Pd colloids, whereas, in the case of PNBA, the azo-derivative is obtained as stable product.

  3. Controlled growth of ZnO nanorods on textured silicon wafer and the application for highly effective and recyclable SERS substrate by decorating Ag nanoparticles

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    Tao, Q.; Li, S.; Zhang, Q.Y. Kang, D.W.; Yang, J.S.; Qiu, W.W.; Liu, K.

    2014-06-01

    Highlights: • The growth behavior of ZnO nanorods (NRs) is studied on the textured Si wafer. • A new surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) substrate has been achieved by assembling Ag nanoparticles onto the ZnO NRs. • The SERS substrate exhibits good performance in terms of high sensitivity, good reproducibility and recyclability. - Abstract: Based on the study of growth behavior of ZnO nanorods on the textured Si wafer, a new three-dimensional surface-enhanced Raman scattering substrate has been achieved by assembling Ag nanoparticles onto the ZnO nanorods to form a radial plasmonic nanostructure. It is found that the new substrate exhibits good performance in terms of high sensitivity and good reproducibility for surface-enhanced Raman scattering. The determined enhancement factor is in the order of 10{sup 7} and the Raman spectra exhibit the remarkable consistency with the deviation below 5.0%. Compared to the substrate fabricated with ZnO nanorod array on the flat Si wafer, the new substrates have the higher utility of excitation light. Meanwhile, the new substrate is demonstrated to be recyclable after the irradiation of ultraviolet light.

  4. Dynamics of a plasmon-activated p-mercaptobenzoic acid layer deposited over Au nanoparticles using time-resolved SERS.

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    Smith, Gina; Girardon, Jean-Sébastien; Paul, Jean-François; Berrier, Elise

    2016-07-20

    Time-dependent SERS intensity recorded over a drop-coated coffee-ring pattern of p-MBA with gold colloids was investigated as a function of the specific laser power applied. Pure electromagnetic enhancement produced stochastic intensity variations of the whole SER spectra, which were mainly correlated with evolutions of the background intensity. Besides long-term, non-reversible spectral changes caused by plasmon-induced decarboxylation of p-MBA, transient original spectral profiles showing additional lines were also observed as the specific power reached 5.5 × 10(4) W cm(-2). An unprecedented qualitative and quantitative study of SERS intensity variations based on the complementary use of both extreme deviation and cross-correlation statistics is provided, which resulted in an improved understanding of SERS mechanisms. More precisely, cross-correlation analysis made it possible to follow the evolution of groups of modes assigned to one species or sharing the same symmetry while so-called individual events denote particular resonance structures, whose occurrence was tentatively related to a photo-thermally activated motion of the gold nanostructures. PMID:27156862

  5. High-energy X-ray detection by hafnium-doped organic-inorganic hybrid scintillators prepared by sol-gel method

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    Sun, Yan; Koshimizu, Masanori Yahaba, Natsuna; Asai, Keisuke; Nishikido, Fumihiko; Kishimoto, Shunji; Haruki, Rie

    2014-04-28

    With the aim of enhancing the efficiency with which plastic scintillators detect high-energy X-rays, hafnium-doped organic-inorganic hybrid scintillators were fabricated via a sol-gel method. Transmission electron microscopy of sampled material reveals the presence of Hf{sub x}Si{sub 1−x}O{sub 2} nanoparticles, dispersed in a polymer matrix that constitutes the active material of the X-ray detector. With Hf{sub x}Si{sub 1−x}O{sub 2} nanoparticles incorporated in the polymer matrix, the absorption edge and the luminescence wavelength is shifted, which we attribute to Mie scattering. The detection efficiency for 67.4-keV X-rays in a 0.6-mm-thick piece of this material is two times better than the same thickness of a commercial plastic scintillator-NE142.

  6. Fe₃O₄@Ag magnetic nanoparticles for microRNA capture and duplex-specific nuclease signal amplification based SERS detection in cancer cells.

    PubMed

    Pang, Yuanfeng; Wang, Chongwen; Wang, Jing; Sun, Zhiwei; Xiao, Rui; Wang, Shengqi

    2016-05-15

    A functionalized Fe3O4@Ag magnetic nanoparticle (NP) biosensor for microRNA (miRNA) capture and ultrasensitive detection in total RNA extract from cancer cells was reported in this paper. Herein, Raman tags-DNA probes modified Fe3O4@Ag NPs were designed both as surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) SERS and duplex-specific nuclease signal amplification (DSNSA) platform. Firstly, target miRNAs were captured to the surface of Fe3O4@Ag NPs through DNA/RNA hybridization. In the presence of endonuclease duplex specific nuclease (DSN), one target miRNA molecule could rehybrid thousands of DNA probes to trigger the signal-amplifying recycling. Base on the superparamagnetic of Fe3O4@Ag NPs, target miRNA let-7b can be captured, concentrated and direct quantified within a PE tube without any PCR preamplification treatment. The detection limit was 0.3fM (15 zeptomole, 50μL), nearly 3 orders of magnitude lower than conventional fluorescence based DSN biosensors for miRNA(∼100fM), even single-base difference between the let-7 family members can be discriminated. The result provides a novel proposal to combine the perfect single-base recognition and signal-amplifying ability of the endonuclease DSN with cost-effective SERS strategy for miRNA point-of-care (POC) clinical diagnostics. PMID:26749099

  7. Strong and fast-recovery organic/inorganic hybrid AuNPs-supramolecular gels based on loofah-like 3D networks.

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    He, Huiwen; Chen, Si; Tong, Xiaoqian; Chen, Yining; Wu, Bozhen; Ma, Meng; Wang, Xiaosong; Wang, Xu

    2016-01-21

    Super strong and fast-recovery organic/inorganic hybrid gold nanoparticle (AuNPs)-supramolecular gels based on a three-dimensional loofah-like nanoscale network self-assembled by polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxane (POSS) core supramolecular gelators are reported for the first time. Two series of POSS core organic/inorganic hybrid gelators, POSS-BOC-l-Homophenylalanine (POSS-Hpy) and POSS-Boc-Cys(Bzl)-OH (POSS-Cys), with two types of peripherals having different abilities for driving the self-assembly of AuNPs in gels were designed and synthesized, both of which self-assembled into three-dimensional loofah-like nanoscale gel networks producing hybrid physical gels with fast-recovery behaviors. The mechanical properties of the resultant hybrid gels were dramatically increased by as much as 100 times in the system of sulfur containing POSS-Cys gelators without destroying the fast-recovery behaviors, with the addition of AuNPs, which had direct interaction with AuNPs to give S-Au non-covalent driving force to lead AuNPs self-assemble onto the 3D loofah-like network nanofibres in the supramolecular hybrid gel system. However, in the POSS-Hpy gelator system without sulfur, no strong interaction with AuNPs existed and the POSS-Hpy nanocomposites showed no clear changes in morphology, thermal stability or rheological properties, confirmed by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), tube-inversion and rotational rheometer measurements. This indicated that the organic/inorganic hybrid gelator POSS-Cys could be applied to the formation of soft materials in which AuNPs were self-assembled and closely arranged into three-dimensional nanoscale networks. This hybrid material has great potential for applications in self-recovery, nano- and micron-scale electronic devices, because it has both a large mechanical strength and a fast-recovery capability. PMID:26568047

  8. Energetics and dynamics in organic-inorganic halide perovskite photovoltaics and light emitters.

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    Sum, Tze Chien; Chen, Shi; Xing, Guichuan; Liu, Xinfeng; Wu, Bo

    2015-08-28

    The rapid transcendence of organic-inorganic metal halide perovskite solar cells to above the 20% efficiency mark has captivated the broad photovoltaic community. As the efficiency race continues unabated, it is essential that fundamental studies keep pace with these developments. Further gains in device efficiencies are expected to be increasingly arduous and harder to come by. The key to driving the perovskite solar cell efficiencies towards their Shockley-Queisser limit is through a clear understanding of the interfacial energetics and dynamics between perovskites and other functional materials in nanostructured- and heterojunction-type devices. In this review, we focus on the current progress in basic characterization studies to elucidate the interfacial energetics (energy-level alignment and band bending) and dynamical processes (from the ultrafast to the ultraslow) in organic-inorganic metal halide perovskite photovoltaics and light emitters. Major findings from these studies will be distilled. Open questions and scientific challenges will also be highlighted. PMID:26234397

  9. Organic-inorganic hybrid gels for the selective absorption of oils from water.

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    Ozan Aydin, Gulsah; Bulbul Sonmez, Hayal

    2016-06-01

    Organic-inorganic hybrid gels were synthesized by the condensation of a linear aliphatic diol (1,8-octanediol) and altering the chain length of the alkyltriethoxysilanes (from ethyltriethoxysilane to hexadecyltrimethoxysilane) through a bulk polymerization process without using any initiator, activator, catalyst, or solvent for the selective removal of oils from water. Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) and solid-state (13)C and (29)Si cross-polarization magic-angle spinning nuclear magnetic resonance (CPMAS NMR) were used for the structural analysis of hybrid gels. Thermal properties of the hybrid gels were determined by thermogravimetric analysis (TGA). Oil absorbency of organic-inorganic hybrid gels was determined by oil absorption tests. The results showed that hybrid gels have high and fast absorption capacities and excellent reusability. Good selectivity, high thermal stability, low density, and excellent recyclability for the oil removal give the material potential applications. PMID:26939691

  10. Fabrication of organic-inorganic perovskite thin films for planar solar cells via pulsed laser deposition

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    Liang, Yangang; Yao, Yangyi; Zhang, Xiaohang; Hsu, Wei-Lun; Gong, Yunhui; Shin, Jongmoon; Wachsman, Eric D.; Dagenais, Mario; Takeuchi, Ichiro

    2016-01-01

    We report on fabrication of organic-inorganic perovskite thin films using a hybrid method consisting of pulsed laser deposition (PLD) of lead iodide and spin-coating of methylammonium iodide. Smooth and highly crystalline CH3NH3PbI3 thin films have been fabricated on silicon and glass coated substrates with fluorine doped tin oxide using this PLD-based hybrid method. Planar perovskite solar cells with an inverted structure have been successfully fabricated using the perovskite films. Because of its versatility, the PLD-based hybrid fabrication method not only provides an easy and precise control of the thickness of the perovskite thin films, but also offers a straightforward platform for studying the potential feasibility in using other metal halides and organic salts for formation of the organic-inorganic perovskite structure.

  11. Improved efficiency of organic/inorganic hybrid near-infrared light upconverter by device optimization.

    PubMed

    Chu, Xinbo; Guan, Min; Li, Linsen; Zhang, Yang; Zhang, Feng; Li, Yiyang; Zhu, Zhanping; Wang, Baoqiang; Zeng, Yiping

    2012-09-26

    An organic/inorganic hybrid up-conversion device was demonstrated in this work, which can convert near-infrared light (NIR) to visible green at high conversion efficiency. The upconverter was fabricated by integrating an In(0.12)Ga(0.88)As/GaAs multiquantum wells (MQWs) photodetector (PD) with an organic light emitting diode (OLED). The up-conversion efficiency of 4.0 W/W % was obtained at 20 V under NIR illumination of 1 mW/mm(2) at room temperature by optimizing the structure of the PD unit and adding MoO(3) doped perylene-3,4,9,10-tetracarboxylic dianhydride (PTCDA) as interfacial layer of OLED. Meanwhile, the green light output induced by NIR achieved 6050 cd/m(2), which proves that the organic/inorganic hybrid upconverter an excellent candidate that can be applied in light converter field. PMID:22931090

  12. Energetics and dynamics in organic-inorganic halide perovskite photovoltaics and light emitters

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    Chien Sum, Tze; Chen, Shi; Xing, Guichuan; Liu, Xinfeng; Wu, Bo

    2015-08-01

    The rapid transcendence of organic-inorganic metal halide perovskite solar cells to above the 20% efficiency mark has captivated the broad photovoltaic community. As the efficiency race continues unabated, it is essential that fundamental studies keep pace with these developments. Further gains in device efficiencies are expected to be increasingly arduous and harder to come by. The key to driving the perovskite solar cell efficiencies towards their Shockley-Queisser limit is through a clear understanding of the interfacial energetics and dynamics between perovskites and other functional materials in nanostructured- and heterojunction-type devices. In this review, we focus on the current progress in basic characterization studies to elucidate the interfacial energetics (energy-level alignment and band bending) and dynamical processes (from the ultrafast to the ultraslow) in organic-inorganic metal halide perovskite photovoltaics and light emitters. Major findings from these studies will be distilled. Open questions and scientific challenges will also be highlighted.

  13. Laser desorption ionization mass spectrometry of peptides on a hybrid CHCA organic-inorganic matrix.

    PubMed

    Fleith, Clément; Cantel, Sonia; Subra, Gilles; Mehdi, Ahmad; Ciccione, Jeremie; Martinez, Jean; Enjalbal, Christine

    2014-08-01

    We report applications of new hybrid organic-inorganic silica based materials as laser desorption/ionization (LDI)-promoting surfaces for high-throughput identification of peptides. The driving force of our work was to design a new material composed of a conventional MALDI matrix covalently attached to silica with a high organic/inorganic ratio in order to improve the UV absorption by such LDI hybrid matrices. Amorphous CHCA-functionalized silica presenting an organic content up to 1.3 mmol g(-1) (around 40% in weight from TGA and elementary analysis measurements) gave very interesting LDI performances in terms of detection sensitivity as well as relative ionization discrepancy (spectral suppression) through the analyses of small synthetic peptide mixtures (550-1300 Da) taking CHCA and amorphous silica as model matrices for control experiments. PMID:24910856

  14. Supported catalysts using nanoparticles as the support material

    DOEpatents

    Wong, Michael S.; Wachs, Israel E.; Knowles, William V.

    2010-11-02

    A process for making a porous catalyst, comprises a) providing an aqueous solution containing a nanoparticle precursor, b) forming a composition containing nanoparticles, c) adding a first catalytic component or precursor thereof and a pore-forming agent to the composition containing nanoparticles and allowing the first catalytic component, the pore-forming agent, and the nanoparticles form an organic-inorganic structure, d) removing water from the organic-inorganic structure; and e) removing the pore-forming agent from the organic-inorganic structure so as to yield a porous catalyst.

  15. Organic-inorganic nanostructures for luminescent indication in the near-infrared range

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    Kondratenko, T. S.; Ovchinnikov, O. V.; Grevtseva, I. G.; Smirnov, M. S.

    2016-04-01

    Amplifying and quenching of IR luminescence of colloidal Ag2S quantum dots were revealed to take place when they couple to organic dye molecules of 3,3'-di-(γ-sulfopropyl)-9-ethyl-4,5,4',5'-dibenzothiacarbocyanine betaine and erytrosine pyridinium salts, respectively. The observed effects are explained as due to the formation of organic-inorganic heterostructures with different mutual arrangement of electronic states of the dyes and the quantum dots.

  16. Low consumption power variable optical attenuator with sol-gel derived organic/inorganic hybrid materials

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    Li, Dongxiao; Zhang, Yanwu; Liu, Liying; Xu, Lei

    2006-06-01

    An integrated optical waveguide variable optical attenuator (VOA) made of organic/inorganic hybrid materials was fabricated. At 1550 nm, the VOA showed a very low activation power of about 13 mW, due to the large thermo-optic coefficients of the hybrid materials. The optical power attenuations achieved were more than 25 dB for both TE and TM polarization. The response time of the device was less than 4.7 ms.

  17. 45S5 Bioglass®-derived scaffolds coated with organic-inorganic hybrids containing graphene.

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    Fabbri, Paola; Valentini, Luca; Hum, Jasmin; Detsch, Rainer; Boccaccini, Aldo R

    2013-10-01

    Highly porous 45S5 Bioglass®-based scaffolds fabricated by a foam replication technique were coated with electrically conductive organic-inorganic hybrid layers containing graphene by a solution method. α,ω-Triethoxysilane terminated poly (ethylene glycol) and tetraethoxysilane were used as the precursors of the organic-inorganic hybrid coatings, that contained 1.5 wt.% of homogeneously dispersed graphene nanoplatelets. The resulting coated scaffolds retained their original high porosity and interconnected pore structure after coating. The presence of graphene did not impair the bioactivity of the scaffolds in simulated body fluid. Initial tests carried out using MG-63 cells demonstrated that both uncoated scaffolds and scaffolds coated with organic/inorganic hybrids containing graphene offered the cultured cells an adequate surface for cell attachment, spreading and expression of extracellular matrix. The results showed that scaffolds coated with graphene are biocompatible and they can support cellular activity. The electrical conductivity introduced by the coating might have the potential to increase tissue growth when cell culture is carried out under an applied electric field. PMID:23910254

  18. Facile fabrication of organic/inorganic nanotube heterojunction arrays for enhanced photoelectrochemical water splitting.

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    Chen, Yingzhi; Li, Aoxiang; Yue, Xiaoqi; Wang, Lu-Ning; Huang, Zheng-Hong; Kang, Feiyu; Volinsky, Alex A

    2016-07-01

    Organic/inorganic heterojunction photoanodes are appealing for making concurrent use of the highly photoactive organic semiconductors, and the efficient dielectric screening provided by their inorganic counterparts. In the present work, organic/inorganic nanotube heterojunction arrays composed of TiO2 nanotube arrays and a semiconducting N,N-(dicyclohexyl) perylene-3,4,9,10-tetracarboxylic diimide (PDi) layer were fabricated for photoelectrochemical water splitting. In this arrayed architecture, a PDi layer with a tunable thickness was coated on anodic TiO2 nanotube arrays by physical vapor deposition, which is advantageous for the formation of a uniform layer and an adequate interface contact between PDi and TiO2. The obtained PDi/TiO2 junction exhibited broadened visible light absorption, and an effective interface for enhanced photogenerated electron-hole separation, which is supported by the reduced charge transfer resistance and prolonged excitation lifetime via impedance spectroscopy analysis and fluorescence emission decay investigations. Consequently, such a heterojunction photoanode was photoresponsive to a wide visible light region of 400-600 nm, and thus demonstrated a highly enhanced photocurrent density at 1.23 V vs. a reversible hydrogen electrode. Additionally, the durability of such a photoanode can be guaranteed after long-time illumination because of the geometrical restraint imposed by the PDi aggregates. These results pave the way to discover new organic/inorganic assemblies for high-performance photoelectric applications and device integration. PMID:26926569

  19. Ag-nanoparticles-decorated NiO-nanoflakes grafted Ni-nanorod arrays stuck out of porous AAO as effective SERS substrates.

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    Zhou, Qitao; Meng, Guowen; Huang, Qing; Zhu, Chuhong; Tang, Haibin; Qian, Yiwu; Chen, Bin; Chen, Bensong

    2014-02-28

    NiO-nanoflakes (NiO-NFs) grafted Ni-nanorod (Ni-NR) arrays stuck out of the porous anodic aluminum oxide (AAO) template are achieved by a combinatorial process of AAO-confined electrodeposition of Ni-NRs, selectively etching part of the AAO template to expose the Ni-NRs, wet-etching the exposed Ni-NRs in ammonia to obtain Ni(OH)2-NFs grafted onto the cone-shaped Ni-NRs, and annealing to transform Ni(OH)2-NFs in situ into NiO-NFs. By top-view sputtering, Ag-nanoparticles (Ag-NPs) are decorated on each NiO-NFs grafted Ni-NR (denoted as NiO-NFs@Ni-NR). The resultant Ag-NPs-decorated NiO-NFs@Ni-NR (denoted as Ag-NPs@NiO-NFs@Ni-NR) arrays exhibit not only strong surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) activity but also reproducible SERS-signals over the whole array. It is demonstrated that the strong SERS-activity is mainly ascribed to the high density of sub-10 nm gaps (hot spots) between the neighboring Ag-NPs, the semiconducting NiO-NFs induced chemical enhancement effect, and the lightning rod effect of the cone-shaped Ni-NRs. The three-level hierarchical nanostructure arrays stuck out of the AAO template can be utilized to probe polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs, a kind of global environmental hazard) with a concentration as low as 5 × 10(-6) M, showing promising potential in SERS-based rapid detection of organic environmental pollutants. PMID:24419246

  20. Development of a sodium alginate-based organic/inorganic superabsorbent composite hydrogel for adsorption of methylene blue.

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    Thakur, Sourbh; Pandey, Sadanand; Arotiba, Omotayo A

    2016-11-20

    Batch adsorption experiments were carried out for the removal of methylene blue (MB) cationic dye from aqueous solution using organic/inorganic hydrogel nanocomposite of titania incorporated sodium alginate crosslinked polyacrylic acid (SA-cl-poly(AA)-TiO2). The hydrogel was prepared by graft copolymerization of acrylic acid (AA) onto sodium alginate (SA) biopolymer in the presence of a crosslinking agent, a free radical initiator and TiO2 nanoparticles. The hydrogel exhibited a high swelling capacity of 412.98g/g. The factors influencing adsorption capacity of the absorbents such as pH of the dye solutions, initial concentration of the dye, amount of absorbents, and temperature were investigated and used to propose a possible mechanism of adsorption. The adsorption process concurs with a pseudo-second-order kinetics and with Langmuir isotherm equation. A very high adsorption capacity (Qmax=2257.36 (mg/g)) and a correlation coefficient of 0.998 calculated from isotherm equations show the high efficiency of the absorbent and thus expected to be a good candidate as an absorbent for water treatment. PMID:27561469

  1. Organic/inorganic hybrid pn-junction between copper phthalocyanine and CdSe quantum dot layers as solar cells

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    Saha, Sudip K.; Guchhait, Asim; Pal, Amlan J.

    2012-08-01

    We have introduced an organic/inorganic hybrid pn-junction for solar cell applications. Layers of II-VI quantum dots and a metal-phthalocyanine in sequence have been used as n- and p-type materials, respectively, to form a junction. The film of quantum dots has been formed through a layer-by-layer process by replacing the long-chain ligands of the nanoparticles in each ultrathin layer or a monolayer with short-chain ones so that interparticle distance becomes small leading to a decrease in resistance of the quantum dot layer. With indium tin oxide and Au as electrodes, we have formed an inverted sandwiched structure. These electrodes formed ohmic contacts with the neighboring materials. From the current-voltage characteristics of the hybrid heterostructure, we have inferred formation of a depletion region at the pn-junction that played a key role in charge separation and correspondingly a photocurrent in the external circuit. For comparison, we have also formed and characterized Schottky devices based on components of the pn-junction keeping the electrode combination same. From capacitance-voltage characteristics, we have observed that the depletion region of the hybrid pn-junction was much wider as compared to that in Schottky devices based on components of the junction.

  2. Effects of Organic-Inorganic Interactions on the Hygroscopicity of Aerosol Particles

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    Zuend, A.; Lienhard, D.; Krieger, U. K.

    2013-12-01

    Aerosol hygroscopicity is an important property affecting size as well as phase transitions and viscosity of soluble or partially soluble particles following changes in ambient relative humidity (RH) and temperature. The effects of hygroscopic particle growth on the water contents and physical states of aerosol phases in turn may significantly affect multiphase chemistry, the direct effect of aerosols on climate, and the ability of specific particles to act as cloud condensation or ice nuclei. The hygroscopic growth of organic-inorganic mixtures in stable or metastable equilibrium with the RH of the surrounding air is governed by chemical thermodynamics and can be described, in principle, by adequate thermodynamic models. Organic-inorganic interactions involving dissolved ionic species in liquid (potentially highly viscous) phases tend to deviate substantially from ideal mixing and can lead to hygroscopicity behaviour deviating from simple linear additivity assumptions at given RH. The latter assumptions are employed in the Zdanovskii-Stokes-Robinson (ZSR) mixing rule, which is typically found to describe hygroscopic mass growth well in the RH range of completely liquid aerosol systems. We present a comparison and discussion of thermodynamic calculations based on the Aerosol Inorganic-Organic Mixtures Functional groups Activity Coefficients (AIOMFAC) model and hygroscopic growth factor data from new measurements with an electrodynamic balance (EDB) as well as data from the literature. We focus on the different hygroscopicity features below the full deliquescence RH of multicomponent organic-inorganic systems. Experiments and model calculations are performed for different multicomponent systems showing varying degrees of organic-inorganic miscibility, including liquid-liquid phase separation, hygroscopicity, and hysteresis effects between metastable and stable gas-aerosol equilibria. It is found that depending on the hygroscopicity of the organic aerosol fraction

  3. Fluorescence microscopy as an alternative to electron microscopy for microscale dispersion evaluation of organic-inorganic composites.

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    Guan, Weijiang; Wang, Si; Lu, Chao; Tang, Ben Zhong

    2016-01-01

    Inorganic dispersion is of great importance for actual implementation of advanced properties of organic-inorganic composites. Currently, electron microscopy is the most conventional approach for observing dispersion of inorganic fillers from ultrathin sections of organic-inorganic composites at the nanoscale by professional technicians. However, direct visualization of macrodispersion of inorganic fillers in organic-inorganic composites using high-contrast fluorescent imaging method is hampered. Here we design and synthesize a unique fluorescent surfactant, which combines the properties of the aggregation-induced emission (AIE) and amphiphilicity, to image macrodispersion of montmorillonite and layered double hydroxide fillers in polymer matrix. The proposed fluorescence imaging provides a number of important advantages over electron microscope imaging, and opens a new avenue in the development of direct three-dimensional observation of inorganic filler macrodispersion in organic-inorganic composites. PMID:27251015

  4. Fluorescence microscopy as an alternative to electron microscopy for microscale dispersion evaluation of organic-inorganic composites

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    Guan, Weijiang; Wang, Si; Lu, Chao; Tang, Ben Zhong

    2016-06-01

    Inorganic dispersion is of great importance for actual implementation of advanced properties of organic-inorganic composites. Currently, electron microscopy is the most conventional approach for observing dispersion of inorganic fillers from ultrathin sections of organic-inorganic composites at the nanoscale by professional technicians. However, direct visualization of macrodispersion of inorganic fillers in organic-inorganic composites using high-contrast fluorescent imaging method is hampered. Here we design and synthesize a unique fluorescent surfactant, which combines the properties of the aggregation-induced emission (AIE) and amphiphilicity, to image macrodispersion of montmorillonite and layered double hydroxide fillers in polymer matrix. The proposed fluorescence imaging provides a number of important advantages over electron microscope imaging, and opens a new avenue in the development of direct three-dimensional observation of inorganic filler macrodispersion in organic-inorganic composites.

  5. Aqueously dispersed silver nanoparticle-decorated boron nitride nanosheets for reusable, thermal oxidation-resistant surface enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS) devices.

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    Lin, Yi; Bunker, Christopher E; Fernando, K A Shiral; Connell, John W

    2012-02-01

    The impurity-free aqueous dispersions of boron nitride nanosheets (BNNS) allowed the facile preparation of silver (Ag) nanoparticle-decorated BNNS by chemical reduction of an Ag salt with hydrazine in the presence of BNNS. The resultant Ag-BNNS nanohybrids remained dispersed in water, allowing convenient subsequent solution processing. By using substrate transfer techniques, Ag-BNNS nanohybrid thin film coatings on quartz substrates were prepared and evaluated as reusable surface enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS) sensors that were robust against repeated solvent washing. In addition, because ofthe unique thermal oxidation-resistant properties of the BNNS, the sensor devices may be readily recycled by short-duration high temperature air oxidation to remove residual analyte molecules in repeated runs. The limiting factor associated with the thermal oxidation recycling process was the Ostwald ripening effect of Ag nanostructures. PMID:22280102

  6. Aqueously Dispersed Silver Nanoparticle-Decorated Boron Nitride Nanosheets for Reusable, Thermal Oxidation-Resistant Surface Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy (SERS) Devices

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    Lin, Yi; Bunker, Christopher E.; Fernandos, K. A. Shiral; Connell, John W.

    2012-01-01

    The impurity-free aqueous dispersions of boron nitride nanosheets (BNNS) allowed the facile preparation of silver (Ag) nanoparticle-decorated BNNS by chemical reduction of an Ag salt with hydrazine in the presence of BNNS. The resultant Ag-BNNS nanohybrids remained dispersed in water, allowing convenient subsequent solution processing. By using substrate transfer techniques, Ag-BNNS nanohybrid thin film coatings on quartz substrates were prepared and evaluated as reusable surface enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS) sensors that were robust against repeated solvent washing. In addition, because of the unique thermal oxidation-resistant properties of the BNNS, the sensor devices may be readily recycled by short-duration high temperature air oxidation to remove residual analyte molecules in repeated runs. The limiting factor associated with the thermal oxidation recycling process was the Ostwald ripening effect of Ag nanostructures.

  7. Quantification of the binding potential of cell-surface receptors in fresh excised specimens via dual-probe modeling of SERS nanoparticles

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    Sinha, Lagnojita; Wang, Yu; Yang, Cynthia; Khan, Altaz; Brankov, Jovan G.; Liu, Jonathan T. C.; Tichauer, Kenneth M.

    2015-01-01

    The complete removal of cancerous tissue is a central aim of surgical oncology, but is difficult to achieve in certain cases, especially when the removal of surrounding normal tissues must be minimized. Therefore, when post-operative pathology identifies residual tumor at the surgical margins, re-excision surgeries are often necessary. An intraoperative approach for tumor-margin assessment, insensitive to nonspecific sources of molecular probe accumulation and contrast, is presented employing kinetic-modeling analysis of dual-probe staining using surface-enhanced Raman scattering nanoparticles (SERS NPs). Human glioma (U251) and epidermoid (A431) tumors were implanted subcutaneously in six athymic mice. Fresh resected tissues were stained with an equimolar mixture of epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR)-targeted and untargeted SERS NPs. The binding potential (BP; proportional to receptor concentration) of EGFR – a cell-surface receptor associated with cancer – was estimated from kinetic modeling of targeted and untargeted NP concentrations in response to serial rinsing. EGFR BPs in healthy, U251, and A431 tissues were 0.06 ± 0.14, 1.13 ± 0.40, and 2.23 ± 0.86, respectively, which agree with flow-cytometry measurements and published reports. The ability of this approach to quantify the BP of cell-surface biomarkers in fresh tissues opens up an accurate new approach to analyze tumor margins intraoperatively. PMID:25716578

  8. Synthesis of rGO-Ag nanoparticles for high-performance SERS and the adsorption geometry of 2-mercaptobenzimidazole on Ag surface

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    Zheng, H. L.; Yang, S. S.; Zhao, J.; Zhang, Z. C.

    2014-03-01

    The sliver nanoparticles (AgNPs) with diameters of 30˜50 nm were self-assembled onto the surfaces of reduced graphene oxide (rGO) sheets simply by mixing AgNO3 aqueous solution and GO dispersion via a synchronous reduction process. Structure and morphology of the rGO-AgNPs hybrids were well characterized. More significantly, the surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) spectrum of 2-mercaptobenzimidazole (MBI) adsorbed on the solid rGO-AgNPs surface shown that the rGO-AgNPs system gives a very strong SERS intensity at in-plane vibrational modes in comparison to the out-of-plane vibrational modes. This large enhancement effect is most likely a result of charge-transfer (CT) mechanism. Based on the surface selection rules and the information provided by the highly enhanced in-plane vibrational modes, it can be found that MBI molecule was adsorbed on AgNPs surface as a thiol form via the sulphur and nitrogen atoms with a slightly tilted geometric conformation.

  9. Label-free selective SERS detection of PCB-77 based on DNA aptamer modified SiO₂@Au core/shell nanoparticles.

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    Lu, Yilin; Huang, Qing; Meng, Guowen; Wu, Lijun; Jingjing, Zhang

    2014-06-21

    A label-free approach to selective detection of 3,3',4,4'-tetrachlorobiphenyl (PCB77) using aptamer modified silica-Au/core-shell nanoparticles (denoted as SiO2@Au core/shell NPs) through surface enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) spectroscopy was proposed. The devised system consisted of SiO2@Au core/shell NPs fixed on the amino-silane functionalized glass slides with the PCB77-binding aptamers attached covalently to the gold surfaces through a thiol linker. The aptamers made of single-stranded DNA (ssDNA) oligomers with one end standing on the Au surface changed the conformation upon conjugation with PCB77, which correspondingly caused the spectral response of the ssDNA oligomers. The intensity ratio I(660 cm(-1))/I(736 cm(-1)) decreased with the amount of PCB77 added, which thus allowed us to measure trace amounts of PCB77 in a selective and quantitative way. This work therefore demonstrates that the design of aptamer-modified SiO2@Au core/shell NPs can be utilized for label-free SERS detection of persistent organic pollutants (POPs) in the environment. PMID:24776730

  10. Facile fabrication of organic/inorganic nanotube heterojunction arrays for enhanced photoelectrochemical water splitting

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    Chen, Yingzhi; Li, Aoxiang; Yue, Xiaoqi; Wang, Lu-Ning; Huang, Zheng-Hong; Kang, Feiyu; Volinsky, Alex A.

    2016-07-01

    Organic/inorganic heterojunction photoanodes are appealing for making concurrent use of the highly photoactive organic semiconductors, and the efficient dielectric screening provided by their inorganic counterparts. In the present work, organic/inorganic nanotube heterojunction arrays composed of TiO2 nanotube arrays and a semiconducting N,N-(dicyclohexyl) perylene-3,4,9,10-tetracarboxylic diimide (PDi) layer were fabricated for photoelectrochemical water splitting. In this arrayed architecture, a PDi layer with a tunable thickness was coated on anodic TiO2 nanotube arrays by physical vapor deposition, which is advantageous for the formation of a uniform layer and an adequate interface contact between PDi and TiO2. The obtained PDi/TiO2 junction exhibited broadened visible light absorption, and an effective interface for enhanced photogenerated electron-hole separation, which is supported by the reduced charge transfer resistance and prolonged excitation lifetime via impedance spectroscopy analysis and fluorescence emission decay investigations. Consequently, such a heterojunction photoanode was photoresponsive to a wide visible light region of 400-600 nm, and thus demonstrated a highly enhanced photocurrent density at 1.23 V vs. a reversible hydrogen electrode. Additionally, the durability of such a photoanode can be guaranteed after long-time illumination because of the geometrical restraint imposed by the PDi aggregates. These results pave the way to discover new organic/inorganic assemblies for high-performance photoelectric applications and device integration.Organic/inorganic heterojunction photoanodes are appealing for making concurrent use of the highly photoactive organic semiconductors, and the efficient dielectric screening provided by their inorganic counterparts. In the present work, organic/inorganic nanotube heterojunction arrays composed of TiO2 nanotube arrays and a semiconducting N,N-(dicyclohexyl) perylene-3,4,9,10-tetracarboxylic diimide (PDi

  11. DNA origami based Au–Ag-core–shell nanoparticle dimers with single-molecule SERS sensitivity† †Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available: Additional information about materials and methods, designs of DNA origami templates, height profiles, additional SERS spectra, assignment of DNA bands, SEM images, additional AFM images, FDTD simulations, additional reference spectra for Cy3 and detailed description of EF estimation, simulated absorption and scattering spectra. See DOI: 10.1039/c5nr08674d Click here for additional data file.

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    Prinz, J.; Heck, C.; Ellerik, L.; Merk, V.

    2016-01-01

    DNA origami nanostructures are a versatile tool to arrange metal nanostructures and other chemical entities with nanometer precision. In this way gold nanoparticle dimers with defined distance can be constructed, which can be exploited as novel substrates for surface enhanced Raman scattering (SERS). We have optimized the size, composition and arrangement of Au/Ag nanoparticles to create intense SERS hot spots, with Raman enhancement up to 1010, which is sufficient to detect single molecules by Raman scattering. This is demonstrated using single dye molecules (TAMRA and Cy3) placed into the center of the nanoparticle dimers. In conjunction with the DNA origami nanostructures novel SERS substrates are created, which can in the future be applied to the SERS analysis of more complex biomolecular targets, whose position and conformation within the SERS hot spot can be precisely controlled. PMID:26892770

  12. Polystyrene-poly(vinylphenol) copolymers as compatibilzers for organic-inorganic composites

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    Landry, C.J.T.; Coltrain, B.K.; Teegarden, D.M.

    1996-12-31

    Random, graft, and block copolymers of polystyrene (PS) and poly(4-vinylphenol) (PVPh), and PVPh homopolymer are shown to act as compatibilizers for incompatible organic-inorganic composite materials. The VPh component reacts, or interacts strongly with the polymerizing inorganic (titanium or zirconium) alkoxide. The organic components studied were PS, poly(vinyl methyl ether), and poly(styrene-co-acrylonitrile). The use of such compatibilizers provides a means of combining in situ polymerized inorganic oxides and hydrophobic polymers. This is seen as a reduction in the size of the dispersed inorganic phase and results in improved optical and mechanical properties.

  13. Zirconia-based luminescent organic-inorganic hybrid materials with ternary europium (III) complexes bonded

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    Yang, Jing; Li, Zhiqiang; Xu, Yang; Wang, Yige

    2016-05-01

    In this work, a novel red-emitting organic-inorganic hybrid material with europium (III) lanthanide β-diketonate complexes linked to a zirconia was reported, which was realized by adduct formation with zirconia-tethered terpyridine moieties. Luminescence enhancement of the hybrid material has been observed compared with pure Eu(tta)3·2H2O. Transparent and strongly luminescent thin films based on PMMA were also prepared at room temperature, which are highly luminescent under UV-light irradiation and possess a promising prospect in the area of optics.

  14. Controlling the Interface Areas of Organic/Inorganic Semiconductor Heterojunction Nanowires for High-Performance Diodes.

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    Xue, Zheng; Yang, Hui; Gao, Juan; Li, Jiaofu; Chen, Yanhuan; Jia, Zhiyu; Li, Yongjun; Liu, Huibiao; Yang, Wensheng; Li, Yuliang; Li, Dan

    2016-08-24

    A new method of in situ electrically induced self-assembly technology combined with electrochemical deposition has been developed for the controllable preparation of organic/inorganic core/shell semiconductor heterojunction nanowire arrays. The size of the interface of the heterojunction nanowire can be tuned by the growing parameter. The heterojunction nanowires of graphdiyne/CuS with core/shell structure showed the strong dependence of rectification ratio and perfect diode performance on the size of the interface. It will be a new way for controlling the structures and properties of one-dimensional heterojunction nanomaterials. PMID:27472226

  15. Molecular Origin of Properties of Organic-Inorganic Hybrid Perovskites: The Big Picture from Small Clusters.

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    Fang, Hong; Jena, Puru

    2016-04-21

    We show that the electronic properties, including the band gap, the gap deformation potential, and the exciton binding energy as well as the chemical stability of organic-inorganic hybrid perovskites can be traced back to their corresponding molecular motifs. This understanding allows one to quickly estimate the properties of the bulk semiconductors from their corresponding molecular building blocks. New hybrid perovskite admixtures are proposed by replacing halogens with superhalogens having compatible ionic radii. The mechanism of the boron-hydride based hybrid perovskite reacting with water is investigated by using a cluster model. PMID:27064550

  16. Quantum confinement of zero-dimensional hybrid organic-inorganic polaritons at room temperature

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    Nguyen, H. S.; Lafosse, X.; Amo, A.; Bouchoule, S.; Bloch, J.; Abdel-Baki, K.; Lauret, J.-S.; Deleporte, E.

    2014-02-24

    We report on the quantum confinement of zero-dimensional polaritons in perovskite-based microcavity at room temperature. Photoluminescence of discrete polaritonic states is observed for polaritons localized in symmetric sphere-like defects which are spontaneously nucleated on the top dielectric Bragg mirror. The linewidth of these confined states is found much sharper (almost one order of magnitude) than that of photonic modes in the perovskite planar microcavity. Our results show the possibility to study organic-inorganic cavity polaritons in confined microstructure and suggest a fabrication method to realize integrated polaritonic devices operating at room temperature.

  17. Organic-inorganic composite nanocoatings with superhydrophobicity, good transparency, and thermal stability.

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    Xu, Qian Feng; Wang, Jian Nong; Sanderson, Kevin D

    2010-04-27

    Superhydrophobic, highly transparent, and stable organic-inorganic composite nanocoating is successfully prepared by a simple sol-gel dip-coating method. This method involves control of the aggregation of inorganic colloid particles by polymerization and ultrasonic vibration to create the desired micro/nanostructure in the coating. Superhydrophobicity and transparency of the coating can be controlled by adjusting the initial concentration of monomer and the size of aggregates in the sol-gel. Thus, superhydrophobicity and high transparency can be concurrently achieved in a single coating. The prepared coating also possesses good thermal stability. Its superhydrophobicity can be maintained from 20 to 90 degrees C. PMID:20302323

  18. Gravimetric chemical sensors based on silica-based mesoporous organic-inorganic hybrids.

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    Xu, Jiaqiang; Zheng, Qi; Zhu, Yongheng; Lou, Huihui; Xiang, Qun; Cheng, Zhixuan

    2014-09-01

    Silica-based mesoporous organic-inorganic hybrid material modified quartz crystal microbalance (QCM) sensors have been examined for their ability to achieve highly sensitive and selective detection. Mesoporous silica SBA-15 serves as an inorganic host with large specific surface area, facilitating gas adsorption, and thus leads to highly sensitive response; while the presence of organic functional groups contributes to the greatly improved specific sensing property. In this work, we summarize our efforts in the rational design and synthesis of novel sensing materials for the detection of hazardous substances, including simulant nerve agent, organic vapor, and heavy metal ion, and develop high-performance QCM-based chemical sensors. PMID:25924299

  19. Electrical properties and switching mechanisms of flexible organic-inorganic bistable devices

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    Onlaor, K.; Tunhoo, B.; Thiwawong, T.; Nukeaw, J.

    2013-08-01

    The electrical properties of flexible organic-inorganic bistable devices fabricated with aluminum (Al) sandwiched between tris-(8-hydroxyquinoline) aluminum (Alq3) and zinc selenide (ZnSe) layers were investigated. Current-voltage (I-V) measurements were conducted under conditions before, during, and after bending while changing the bending distance of the base plastic polyethylene terephthalate (PET) systematically. The maximum ON/OFF current ratios of the flexible bistable devices at flat and bent conditions were approximately 2.7×104 and 1.9×104, respectively. The conduction mechanisms in both ON and OFF states were analyzed by a theoretical model.

  20. Organic-inorganic hybrid saponites obtained by intercalation of titano-silsesquioxane.

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    Carniato, Fabio; Bisio, Chiara; Gatti, Giorgio; Guidotti, Matteo; Sordelli, Laura; Marchese, Leonardo

    2011-03-01

    The synthesis and characterization of two bifunctional composite materials based on synthetic saponite clays is here presented. These materials were prepared by intercalation of a Ti-containing aminopropylisobutyl polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxane (Ti-NH(2) POSS) in synthetic saponite samples containing interlayer sodium (Na-SAP) or protons (H-SAP). Hybrid organic-inorganic materials, Ti-NHM-1 and Ti-NHM-2, were obtained upon ion exchange. Structural, spectroscopic, and thermal properties of both hybrid materials were investigated in detail along with their catalytic activity in cyclohexene oxidation. PMID:21120985

  1. Self-assembly of ferromagnetic organic-inorganic perovskite-like films.

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    Akhtar, Naureen; Polyakov, Alexey O; Aqeel, Aisha; Gordiichuk, Pavlo; Blake, Graeme R; Baas, Jacob; Amenitsch, Heinz; Herrmann, Andreas; Rudolf, Petra; Palstra, Thomas T M

    2014-12-10

    Perovskite-based organic-inorganic hybrids hold great potential as active layers in electronics or optoelectronics or as components of biosensors. However, many of these applications require thin films grown with good control over structure and thickness--a major challenge that needs to be addressed. The work presented here is an effort towards this goal and concerns the layer-by-layer deposition at ambient conditions of ferromagnetic organic-inorganic hybrids consisting of alternating CuCl4-octahedra and organic layers. The Langmuir-Blodgett technique used to assemble these structures provides intrinsic control over the molecular organization and film thickness down to the molecular level. Magnetic characterization reveals that the coercive field for these thin films is larger than that for solution-grown layered bulk crystals. The strategy presented here suggests a promising cost effective route to facilitate the excellently controlled growth of sophisticated materials on a wide variety of substrates that have properties relevant for the high density storage media and spintronic devices. PMID:25059565

  2. Excited state and charge dynamics of hybrid organic/inorganic heterojunctions. I. Theory

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    Renshaw, C. Kyle; Forrest, Stephen R.

    2014-07-01

    The different cohesive forces that bond organic (i.e. excitonic) and inorganic semiconductors lead to widely disparate dielectric constants, charge mobilities, and other fundamental optoelectronic properties that make junctions between these materials interesting for numerous practical applications. Yet, there are no detailed theories addressing charge and energy transport across interfaces between these hybrid systems. Here, we develop a comprehensive physical model describing charge transport and photocurrent generation based on first-principles charge and excited state dynamics at the organic/inorganic heterojunction. We consider interfaces that are trap-free, as well as those with an exponential distribution of trap states. We find that the hybrid charge-transfer state resulting from photon absorption near the junction that subsequently migrates to the heterointerface is often unstable at room temperature, leading to its rapid dissociation into free charges that are collected at the device contacts. In the companion Paper II [A. Panda et al., Phys. Rev. B 90, 045303 (2014), 10.1103/PhysRevB.90.045303], we apply our theories to understanding the optical and electronic properties of archetype organic/inorganic heterojunction diodes. Our analysis provides insights for developing high performance optoelectronic devices whose properties are otherwise inaccessible to either conventional excitonic or inorganic semiconductor junctions.

  3. Modeling the surface tension of complex, reactive organic-inorganic mixtures

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    Schwier, A. N.; Viglione, G. A.; Li, Z.; McNeill, V. Faye

    2013-11-01

    Atmospheric aerosols can contain thousands of organic compounds which impact aerosol surface tension, affecting aerosol properties such as heterogeneous reactivity, ice nucleation, and cloud droplet formation. We present new experimental data for the surface tension of complex, reactive organic-inorganic aqueous mixtures mimicking tropospheric aerosols. Each solution contained 2-6 organic compounds, including methylglyoxal, glyoxal, formaldehyde, acetaldehyde, oxalic acid, succinic acid, leucine, alanine, glycine, and serine, with and without ammonium sulfate. We test two semi-empirical surface tension models and find that most reactive, complex, aqueous organic mixtures which do not contain salt are well described by a weighted Szyszkowski-Langmuir (S-L) model which was first presented by Henning et al. (2005). Two approaches for modeling the effects of salt were tested: (1) the Tuckermann approach (an extension of the Henning model with an additional explicit salt term), and (2) a new implicit method proposed here which employs experimental surface tension data obtained for each organic species in the presence of salt used with the Henning model. We recommend the use of method (2) for surface tension modeling of aerosol systems because the Henning model (using data obtained from organic-inorganic systems) and Tuckermann approach provide similar modeling results and goodness-of-fit (χ2) values, yet the Henning model is a simpler and more physical approach to modeling the effects of salt, requiring less empirically determined parameters.

  4. Modeling the surface tension of complex, reactive organic-inorganic mixtures

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    Schwier, A. N.; Viglione, G. A.; Li, Z.; McNeill, V. F.

    2013-01-01

    Atmospheric aerosols can contain thousands of organic compounds which impact aerosol surface tension, affecting aerosol properties such as cloud condensation nuclei (CCN) ability. We present new experimental data for the surface tension of complex, reactive organic-inorganic aqueous mixtures mimicking tropospheric aerosols. Each solution contained 2-6 organic compounds, including methylglyoxal, glyoxal, formaldehyde, acetaldehyde, oxalic acid, succinic acid, leucine, alanine, glycine, and serine, with and without ammonium sulfate. We test two surface tension models and find that most reactive, complex, aqueous organic mixtures which do not contain salt are well-described by a weighted Szyszkowski-Langmuir (S-L) model which was first presented by Henning et al. (2005). Two approaches for modeling the effects of salt were tested: (1) the Tuckermann approach (an extension of the Henning model with an additional explicit salt term), and (2) a new implicit method proposed here which employs experimental surface tension data obtained for each organic species in the presence of salt used with the Henning model. We recommend the use of method (2) for surface tension modeling because the Henning model (using data obtained from organic-inorganic systems) and Tuckermann approach provide similar modeling fits and goodness of fit (χ2) values, yet the Henning model is a simpler and more physical approach to modeling the effects of salt, requiring less empirically determined parameters.

  5. Electron-Rotor Interaction in Organic-Inorganic Lead Iodide Perovskites Discovered by Isotope Effects.

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    Gong, Jue; Yang, Mengjin; Ma, Xiangchao; Schaller, Richard D; Liu, Gang; Kong, Lingping; Yang, Ye; Beard, Matthew C; Lesslie, Michael; Dai, Ying; Huang, Baibiao; Zhu, Kai; Xu, Tao

    2016-08-01

    We report on the carrier-rotor coupling effect in perovskite organic-inorganic hybrid lead iodide (CH3NH3PbI3) compounds discovered by isotope effects. Deuterated organic-inorganic perovskite compounds including CH3ND3PbI3, CD3NH3PbI3, and CD3ND3PbI3 were synthesized. Devices made from regular CH3NH3PbI3 and deuterated CH3ND3PbI3 exhibit comparable performance in band gap, current-voltage, carrier mobility, and power conversion efficiency. However, a time-resolved photoluminescence (TRPL) study reveals that CH3NH3PbI3 exhibits notably longer carrier lifetime than that of CH3ND3PbI3, in both thin-film and single-crystal formats. Furthermore, the comparison in carrier lifetime between CD3NH3PbI3 and CH3ND3PbI3 single crystals suggests that vibrational modes in methylammonium (MA(+)) have little impact on carrier lifetime. In contrast, the fully deuterated compound CD3ND3PbI3 reconfirmed the trend of decreasing carrier lifetime upon the increasing moment of inertia of cationic MA(+). Polaron model elucidates the electron-rotor interaction. PMID:27396858

  6. Polymeric media comprising polybenzimidazoles N-substituted with organic-inorganic hybrid moiety

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    Klaehn, John R [Idaho Falls, ID; Peterson, Eric S [Idaho Falls, ID; Wertsching, Alan K [Idaho Falls, ID; Orme, Christopher J [Shelley, ID; Luther, Thomas A [Idaho Falls, ID; Jones, Michael G [Pocatello, ID

    2009-12-15

    A PBI compound includes imidazole nitrogens at least a portion of which are substituted with an organic-inorganic hybrid moiety may be included in a separator medium. At least 85% of the imidazole nitrogens may be substituted. The organic-inorganic hybrid moiety may be an organosilane moiety, for example, (R)Me.sub.2SiCH.sub.2-- where R is selected from among methyl, phenyl, vinyl, and allyl. The separatory medium may exhibit an H.sub.2, Ar, N.sub.2, O.sub.2, CH.sub.3, or CO.sub.2 gas permeability greater than the gas permeability of a comparable separatory medium comprising the PBI compound without substitution. The separatory medium may further include an electronically conductive medium and/or ionically conductive medium. The separatory medium may be used as a membrane (semi-permeable, permeable, and non-permeable), a barrier, an ion exhcange media, a filter, a gas chromatography coating (such as stationary phase coating in affinity chromatography), etc.

  7. Ruthenium cation substitutional doping for efficient charge carrier transfer in organic/inorganic hybrid solar cells

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    Kong, Degui; Jin, Xiao; Sun, Weifu; Du, Jiaxing; Tong, Jifeng; Chen, Changyong; Yang, Xuwei; Cheng, Yuanyuan; Li, Qinghua

    2015-01-01

    Solution-processed organic/inorganic hybrid solar cells have emerged as a new platform for low-cost optoelectronics. At the heart of photovoltaic devices lies the matching of a junction, which requires the suitable energy level alignment of n-type and p-type semiconductors. Incorporating foreign ions into bulk semiconductors has been largely employed for many decades, yet electronically active doping in energy level control of the hybrid bulk heterojunctions has been rarely involved and the demonstration of robust functional optoelectronic devices had thus far been elusive. Herein, we introduce Ru ions into TiO2 to decorate the energy level of the acceptor to gain better energy level alignment between the donor and acceptor. By reducing the 'excess' energy offset between the n-type and p-type semiconductors, the electron transfer becomes faster, thus leading to a notable enhancement in power conversion efficiency, i.e., from 2.20% to 2.89%. The results demonstrate that the energy level can be controlled effectively by the versatile Ru dopants. This work opens an effective route for accelerating the charge carrier transfer at the interface and achieving high-performance organic/inorganic hybrid optoelectronic devices.

  8. New organic-inorganic hybrid material based on functional cellulose nanowhisker, polypseudorotaxane and Au nanorods.

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    Garavand, Ali; Dadkhah Tehrani, Abbas

    2016-11-01

    Organic-inorganic functional hybrid materials play a major role in the development of advanced functional materials and recently have gained growing interest of the worldwide community. In this context, new hybrid organic-inorganic gel consisting of cellulose nanowhisker xanthate (CNWX) and S-H functionalized polypseudorotaxane (PPR) as organic parts of gel and gold nanorods (GNRs) as inorganic cross-linking agent were prepared. Firstly, thiolated α-cyclodextrin (α-CD-SH) was threaded onto poly-(ethylene glycol) bis (mercaptoethanoate ester) (PEG-SH) to give polypseudorotaxane (PPR) and then it reacted with GNRs in the presence of CNWX to give the new hybrid gel material. The new synthesized gel and its components characterized by spectroscopic measurement methods such as FT-IR, UV-vis and NMR spectroscopy. Interestingly, hybrid gel showed new polygonal plate like morphology with 45-60nm thickness and 400-600nm width. The obtained gel may have potential application in many fields especially in biomedical applications. PMID:27516265

  9. Solution-processible organic-inorganic hybrid bipolar field-effect transistors

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    Chae, Gil Jo; Kim, Kang Dae; Cho, Shinuk; Walker, Bright; Seo, Jung Hwa

    2016-04-01

    Organic-inorganic hybrid bipolar field-effect transistors (HBFETs) comprising a layer of p-type organic poly(3-hexylthiophene) (P3HT) separated from a parallel layer of n-type inorganic zinc oxide (ZnO) were demonstrated by solution processing. In order to achieve balanced hole and electron mobilities, we initially optimized the hole-transporting P3HT channel by the addition of the polar non-solvent acetonitrile (AN) to P3HT solutions in chloroform, which induced a selfassembled nano-fibril morphology and an enhancement of hole mobilities. For the electron channel, a wet-chemically-prepared ZnO layer was optimized by thermal annealing. Unipolar P3HT FET with 5% AN exhibited the highest hole mobility of 7.20 × 10-2 cm2V-1s-1 while the highest electron mobility (3.64 × 10-2 cm2V-1s-1) was observed in unipolar ZnO FETs annealed at 200°C. The organic-inorganic HBFETs consisting of the P3HT layer with 5% AN and ZnO annealed at 200°C exhibited well-balanced hole and electron mobilities of 1.94 × 10-2 cm2V-1s-1 and 1.98 × 10-2 cm2V-1s-1, respectively.

  10. Exciton Binding Energy in Organic-Inorganic Tri-Halide Perovskites.

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    Askar, Abdelrahman M; Shankar, Karthik

    2016-06-01

    The recent dramatic increase in the power conversion efficiencies of organic-inorganic tri-halide perovskite solar cells has triggered intense research worldwide and created a paradigm shift in the photovoltaics field. It is crucial to develop a solid understanding of the photophysical processes underlying solar cell operation in order to both further improve the photovoltaic performance of perovskite solar cells as well as to exploit the broader optoelectronic applications of the tri-halide perovskites. In this short review, we summarize the main research findings about the binding energy of excitons in tri-halide perovskite materials and find that a value in the range of 2-22 meV at room temperature would be a safe estimate. Spontaneous free carrier generation is the dominant process taking place directly after photoexcitation in organic-inorganic tri-halide perovskites at room temperature, which eliminates the exciton diffusion bottleneck present in organic solar cells and constitutes a major contributing factor to the high photovoltaic performance of this material. PMID:27427650

  11. The interaction between hybrid organic-inorganic halide perovskite and selective contacts in perovskite solar cells: an infrared spectroscopy study.

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    Idígoras, J; Todinova, A; Sánchez-Valencia, J R; Barranco, A; Borrás, A; Anta, J A

    2016-05-11

    The interaction of hybrid organic-inorganic halide perovskite and selective contacts is crucial to get efficient, stable and hysteresis-free perovskite-based solar cells. In this report, we analyze the vibrational properties of methylammonium lead halide perovskites deposited on different substrates by infrared absorption (IR) measurements (4000-500 cm(-1)). The materials employed as substrates are not only characterized by different chemical natures (TiO2, ZnO and Al2O3), but also by different morphologies. For all of them, we have investigated the influence of these substrate properties on perovskite formation and its degradation by humidity. The effect of selective-hole contact (Spiro-OmeTad and P3HT) layers on the degradation rate by moisture has also been studied. Our IR results reveal the existence of a strong interaction between perovskite and all ZnO materials considered, evidenced by a shift of the peaks related to the N-H vibrational modes. The interaction even induces a morphological change in ZnO nanoparticles after perovskite deposition, pointing to an acid-base reaction that takes place through the NH3(+) groups of the methylammonium cation. Our IR and X-ray diffraction results also indicate that this specific interaction favors perovskite decomposition and PbI2 formation for ZnO/perovskite films subjected to humid conditions. Although no interaction is observed for TiO2, Al2O3, and the hole selective contact, the morphology and chemical nature of both contacts appear to play an important role in the rate of degradation upon exposure to moisture. PMID:27138224

  12. Raman and surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) investigation of the quercetin interaction with metals: Evidence of structural changing processes in aqueous solution and on metal nanoparticles

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    Jurasekova, Z.; Torreggiani, A.; Tamba, M.; Sanchez-Cortes, S.; Garcia-Ramos, J. V.

    2009-01-01

    The structural modifications of quercetin (QUC), one of the most common dietary flavonols also used as dye, were investigated in this work at alkaline pH and in the presence of metal ions. The parallel analysis of the Raman and surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) and the UV-vis spectra allowed to demonstrate that the interaction of QUC with Zn(II), Cu(II), or Ag(I) ions can result in the formation of complexes and/or the oxidation of the molecule. The catechol group in the B-ring resulted to be important both for metal chelation and in oxidation processes. In fact, the conversion of this reactive group to o-quinone is the first step of the QUC oxidizing processes which are strongly affected by pH both in the absence and in the presence of metal ions. In alkaline solutions (pH > 9.5) the autoxidation processes of QUC initially lead to the formation of a benzofuranone derivative and, successively, to oligomeric/polymeric species. The QUC oxidation takes place also at lower pH in the presence of metal ions such as silver. In this case, QUC acts only as a reductant and not as a metal-chelating agent. The existence of several condensation pathways was clearly evidenced by the SERS spectra. In fact, depending on pH the interaction of QUC with metal nanoparticles favors one or more polymerization reactions. In particular, the "head to tail" condensations (A-ring of one unit and the B-ring of another) seem to be favored under alkaline conditions.

  13. Submicron patterns obtained by thermal-induced reconstruction of self-assembled monolayer of Ag nanoparticles and their application in SERS

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    Ruan, Weidong; Zhou, Tieli; Cui, Yinqiu; Dong, Yujie; Liu, Zhuo; Dong, Fengxia; Wang, Haiyang; Luan, Xintong; Wang, Xu; Song, Wei; Zhao, Bing

    2014-08-01

    The layer-by-layer (LbL) self-assembly technique was employed for the deposition of poly(diallyldimethylammonium chloride) (PDDA) and triangular Ag nanoplates on glass substrates. A thermal-induced reconstruction of these polyelectrolyte-linked nanoparticle (NP) films was presented. Before the reconstruction, triangular Ag nanoplates were distributed uniformly on the surface with an average interval of 50 ± 15 nm. After the reconstruction, the triangular Ag nanoplates accumulated into discrete stacks with an average interval of 90 ± 25 nm. The temperature-dependent experiments were done and the optimal temperature for the formation of the reconstructed patterns was 120 °C. The possible mechanism of the NP movement and stacking was analyzed. Under the experimental conditions, a hydrophobic environment was formed because of the vacuum and heating. As a result the polyelectrolyte-linked Ag NPs preferred to congregate due to the lowered surface energy. Finally the submicron patterns were formed. The ultraviolet-visible (UV-vis) absorption and surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) properties of the films before and after the reconstruction was investigated. The reconstructed films with submicron patterns had better SERS enhancement ability, which was 1300 times to the original films. The reconstruction method of the monolayer films showed great potential in the surface design and related applications. AFM images were obtained to clarify the three dimensional structures of the reconstructed films obtained at 120 °C. As shown in Fig. 2, the Ag NP stacks had an average diameter of 1.0 ± 0.2 μm and an average height of 170 ± 30 nm. The diameter and height of the stacks were shaped by the aggregates of tens of triangular Ag nanoplates. The AFM cross-sectional contour showed the clear intervals of the stacks, which was corresponding to the SEM characterization.XRD patterns of the polyelectrolyte-linked NP films before and after thermal post-treatment are showed in

  14. Semiconducting organic-inorganic nanocomposites by intimately tethering conjugated polymers to inorganic tetrapods.

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    Jung, Jaehan; Yoon, Young Jun; Lin, Zhiqun

    2016-04-28

    Semiconducting organic-inorganic nanocomposites were judiciously crafted by placing conjugated polymers in intimate contact with inorganic tetrapods via click reaction. CdSe tetrapods were first synthesized by inducing elongated arms from CdSe zincblende seeds through seed-mediated growth. The subsequent effective inorganic ligand treatment, followed by reacting with short bifunctional ligands, yielded azide-functionalized CdSe tetrapods (i.e., CdSe-N3). Finally, the ethynyl-terminated conjugated polymer poly(3-hexylthiophene) (i.e., P3HT-[triple bond, length as m-dash]) was tethered to CdSe-N3 tetrapods via a catalyst-free alkyne-azide cycloaddition, forming intimate semiconducting P3HT-CdSe tetrapod nanocomposites. Intriguingly, the intimate contact between P3HT and CdSe tetrapod was found to not only render the effective dispersion of CdSe tetrapods in the P3HT matrix, but also facilitate the efficient electronic interaction between these two semiconducting constituents. The successful anchoring of P3HT chains onto CdSe tetrapods was substantiated through Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy and nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy measurements. Moreover, the absorption and photoluminescence studies further corroborated the intimate tethering between P3HT and CdSe tetrapods. The effect of the type of bifunctional ligands (i.e., aryl vs. aliphatic ligands) and the size of tetrapods on the device performance of hybrid organic-inorganic solar cells was also scrutinized. Interestingly, P3HT-CdSe tetrapod nanocomposites produced via the use of an aryl bifunctional ligand (i.e., 4-azidobenzoic acid) exhibited an improved photovoltaic performance compared to that synthesized with their aliphatic ligand counterpart (i.e., 5-bromovaleric acid). Clearly, the optimal size of CdSe tetrapods ensuring the effective charge transport in conjunction with the good dispersion of CdSe tetrapods rendered an improved device performance. We envision that the click

  15. Simultaneous enzymatic and SERS properties of bifunctional chitosan-modified popcorn-like Au-Ag nanoparticles for high sensitive detection of melamine in milk powder.

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    Li, Junrong; Zhang, Guannan; Wang, Lihua; Shen, Aiguo; Hu, Jiming

    2015-08-01

    In this work, we suggest a chitosan-modified popcorn-like Au-Ag nanoparticles (CSPNPs) based assay for high sensitive detection of melamine, in which CSPNPs not only provide with an intrinsic peroxidase-like activity but also act as surface enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) substrates. CSPNPs can catalyze the oxidation of 3,3',5,5'-tetramethylbenzidine (TMB) by H2O2 to the charge transfer complex (CTC), which contributes to a tremendous surface-enhanced resonant Raman scattering (SERRS) signals with 632.8 nm laser excitation. The target molecule melamine can generate an additional compound with H2O2, which means the available amount of H2O2 for the oxidation of TMB reduced. Correspondingly, the SERRS intensity of CTC is decreased. The decreased Raman intensity is proportional to the concentration of melamine over a wide range from 10 nM to 50 μM (R(2)=0.989), with a limit of detection (LOD) of 8.51 nM. Moreover, the proposed highly selective method is fully capable of rapid, separation-free detection of melamine in milk powder. PMID:26048843

  16. FDTD simulation study of size/gap and substrate-dependent SERS activity study of Au@SiO2 nanoparticles

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    Yang, Jing-Liang; Li, Ruo-Ping; Han, Jun-He; Huang, Ming-Ju

    2016-08-01

    We use Au@SiO2 nanoparticles (NPs) to systematically and comprehensively study the relationship between nanostructure and activity for surface-enhanced Raman scattering. Calculation simulation using the finite different time domain method verifies the experiment results and further reveals that the particle size and the distance between the NPs play vital roles in the surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS). Furthermore, in order to better simulate the real experiment, a Au@SiO2 nanosphere dimer is placed on the silicon substrate and Au substrate, separately. The simulation results show that the large EM field coupling is due to the “hot spots” transferred from the NP–NP gaps to NP–surface of metal gaps, meanwhile, more “hot spots” occur. We also find that the signal intensity strongly depends on the position of the probe molecule. This work provides a better understanding of EM field enhancement. Project supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant No. 61177004).

  17. Efficient organic-inorganic hybrid perovskite solar cells processed in air.

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    Seetharaman S, Madhu; Nagarjuna, Puvvala; Kumar, P Naresh; Singh, Surya Prakash; Deepa, Melepurath; Namboothiry, Manoj A G

    2014-12-01

    Organic-inorganic hybrid perovskite solar cells with fluorine doped tin oxide/titanium dioxide/CH3NH3PbI3-xClx/poly(3-hexylthiophene)/silver were made in air with more than 50% humidity. The best devices showed an open circuit voltage of 640 mV, a short circuit current density of 18.85 mA cm(-2), a fill factor of 0.407 and a power conversion efficiency of 5.67%. The devices showed external quantum efficiency varying from 60 to 80% over a wavelength region of 350 nm to 750 nm of the solar spectrum. The morphology of the perovskite was investigated using scanning electron microscopy and it was found to be porous in nature. This study provides insights into air-stability of perovskite solar cells. PMID:25315711

  18. Hybrid Organic-Inorganic Coordination Complexes as Tunable Optical Response Materials.

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    Travis, Will; Knapp, Caroline E; Savory, Christopher N; Ganose, Alex M; Kafourou, Panagiota; Song, Xingchi; Sharif, Zainab; Cockcroft, Jeremy K; Scanlon, David O; Bronstein, Hugo; Palgrave, Robert G

    2016-04-01

    Novel lead and bismuth dipyrido complexes have been synthesized and characterized by single-crystal X-ray diffraction, which shows their structures to be directed by highly oriented π-stacking of planar fully conjugated organic ligands. Optical band gaps are influenced by the identity of both the organic and inorganic component. Density functional theory calculations show optical excitation leads to exciton separation between inorganic and organic components. Using UV-vis, photoluminescence, and X-ray photoemission spectroscopies, we have determined the materials' frontier energy levels and show their suitability for photovoltaic device fabrication by use of electron- and hole-transport materials such as TiO2 and spiro-OMeTAD respectively. Such organic/inorganic hybrid materials promise greater electronic tunability than the inflexible methylammonium lead iodide structure through variation of both the metal and organic components. PMID:26974692

  19. Exfoliation of self-assembled 2D organic-inorganic perovskite semiconductors

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    Niu, Wendy Baumberg, Jeremy J.; Eiden, Anna; Vijaya Prakash, G.

    2014-04-28

    Ultra-thin flakes of 2D organic-inorganic perovskite (C{sub 6}H{sub 9}C{sub 2}H{sub 4}NH{sub 3}){sub 2}PbI{sub 4} are produced using micromechanical exfoliation. Mono- and few-layer areas are identified using optical and atomic force microscopy, with an interlayer spacing of 1.6 nm. Refractive indices extracted from the optical spectra reveal a sample thickness dependence due to the charge transfer between organic and inorganic layers. These measurements demonstrate a clear difference in the exciton properties between “bulk” (>15 layers) and very thin (<8 layer) regions as a result of the structural rearrangement of organic molecules around the inorganic sheets.

  20. Solution-processed hybrid organic-inorganic complementary thin-film transistor inverter

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    Cheong, Heajeong; Kuribara, Kazunori; Ogura, Shintaro; Fukuda, Nobuko; Yoshida, Manabu; Ushijima, Hirobumi; Uemura, Sei

    2016-04-01

    We investigated hybrid organic-inorganic complementary inverters with a solution-processed indium-gallium-zinc-oxide (IGZO) n-channel thin-film transistor (TFT) and p-channel TFTs using the high-uniformity polymer poly[2,5-bis(alkyl)pyrrolo[3,4-c]pyrrolo-1,4(2H,5H)-dione-alt-5,5-di(thiophene-2-yl)-2,2-(E)-2-(2-(thiophen-2-yl)vinyl)thiophene] (PDVT-10). The IGZO TFT was fabricated at 150 °C for 1 min. It showed a high field-effect mobility of 0.9 cm2·V-1·s-1 and a high on/off current ratio of 107. A hybrid complementary inverter was fabricated by combining IGZO with a PDVT-10 thin-film transistor and its operation was confirmed.

  1. Organic/Inorganic Composite Latexes: The Marriage of Emulsion Polymerization and Inorganic Chemistry

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    Bourgeat-Lami, Elodie; Lansalot, Muriel

    This review article describes recent advances in the synthesis and properties of waterborne organic/inorganic colloids elaborated through conventional emulsion polymerization, a well-established technology. These materials can be defined as aqueous suspensions of composite latex particles made up of organic and inorganic domains organized into well-defined core-shell, multinuclear, raspberry-like, multipod-like, or armored morphologies. Particular emphasis is placed on the synthetic strategies for fabrication of these colloidal materials. Two main approaches are described: the polymerization of organic monomers in the presence of preformed inorganic particles, and the reverse approach by which inorganic materials are synthesized in the presence of preformed polymer latexes. The list of examples provided in this review is by no means exhaustive but rather intends to give an overview of synthetic methods for selected inorganic compounds (e.g., silica, iron oxide, pigments, clays, quantum dots, and metals), and briefly reports on potential applications of the resulting materials.

  2. Preparation and properties of organic-inorganic composite superabsorbent based on xanthan gum and loess.

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    Feng, Enke; Ma, Guofu; Wu, Yajuan; Wang, Haiping; Lei, Ziqiang

    2014-10-13

    A new, low-cost, and eco-friendly organic-inorganic composite superabsorbent was successfully synthesized in aqueous solution by polymerization xanthan gum (XG), neutralized acrylic acid (AA) and loess using ammonium persulfate (APS) as initiator and N,N-methylenebisacrylamide (MBA) as crosslinker. Structure and morphological characterizations of the composite superabsorbent were investigated by Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM). The loess content, pH values, surfactants, salts and temperature which could affect the swelling and water-retention capabilities of the composite superabsorbent were investigated. The composite superabsorbent exhibits excellent water absorbency (610 g/g in distilled water), pH-stability (pH 5-10), and higher swelling capacity in anionic surfactant solution; on the other hand, the composite superabsorbent can be used for removing multivalent metal ions. PMID:25037376

  3. Hybrid organic/inorganic coatings for abrasion resistance on plastic and metal substrates

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    Wen, J.; Jordens, K.; Wilkes, G.L.

    1996-12-31

    Novel abrasion resistant coatings have been successfully prepared by the sol-gel method. These materials are spin coated onto bisphenol-A polycarbonate, diallyl diglycol carbonate resin (CR-39) sheet, aluminum, and steel substrates and are thermally cured to obtain a transparent coating of a few microns in thickness. Following the curing, the abrasion resistance is measured and compared with an uncoated control. It was found that these hybrid organic/inorganic networks partially afford excellent abrasion resistance to the polycarbonate substrates investigated. In addition to having excellent abrasion resistance comparable to current commercial coatings, some newly developed systems are also UV resistant. Similar coating formulations applied to metals can greatly improve the abrasion resistance despite the fact that the coatings are lower in density than their substrates.

  4. Hard X-rays for processing hybrid organic-inorganic thick films.

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    Jiang, Yu; Carboni, Davide; Pinna, Alessandra; Marmiroli, Benedetta; Malfatti, Luca; Innocenzi, Plinio

    2016-01-01

    Hard X-rays, deriving from a synchrotron light source, have been used as an effective tool for processing hybrid organic-inorganic films and thick coatings up to several micrometres. These coatings could be directly modified, in terms of composition and properties, by controlled exposure to X-rays. The physico-chemical properties of the coatings, such as hardness, refractive index and fluorescence, can be properly tuned using the interaction of hard X-rays with the sol-gel hybrid films. The changes in the microstructure have been correlated especially with the modification of the optical and the mechanical properties. A relationship between the degradation rate of the organic groups and the rise of fluorescence from the hybrid material has been observed; nanoindentation analysis of the coatings as a function of the X-ray doses has shown a not linear dependence between thickness and film hardness. PMID:26698073

  5. Intramolecular and Intermolecular Interactions in Hybrid Organic-Inorganic Alucone Films Grown by Molecular Layer Deposition.

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    Park, Yi-Seul; Kim, Hyein; Cho, Boram; Lee, Chaeyun; Choi, Sung-Eun; Sung, Myung Mo; Lee, Jin Seok

    2016-07-13

    Investigation of molecular interactions in polymeric films is crucial for understanding and engineering multiscale physical phenomena correlated to device function and performance, but this often involves a compromise between theoretical and experimental data, because of poor film uniformity. Here, we report the intramolecular and intermolecular interactions inside the ultrathin and conformal hybrid organic-inorganic alucone films grown by molecular layer deposition, based on sequential and self-limiting surface reactions. Varying the carbon chain length of organic precursors, which affects their molecular flexibility, caused intramolecular interactions such as double reactions by bending of the molecular backbone, resulting in formation of hole vacancies in the films. Furthermore, intermolecular interactions in alucone polymeric films are dependent on the thermal kinetics of molecules, leading to binding failures and cross-linking at low and high growth temperatures, respectively. We illustrate these key interactions and identify molecular geometries and potential energies by density functional theory calculations. PMID:27314844

  6. Effect of temperature on series resistance of organic/inorganic semiconductor junction diode

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    Tripathi, Udbhav; Kaur, Ramneek; Bharti, Shivani

    2016-05-01

    The paper reports the fabrication and characterization of CuPc/n-Si organic/inorganic semiconductor diode. Copper phthalocyanine, a p-type organic semiconductor layer has been deposited on Si substrate by thermal evaporation technique. The detailed analysis of the forward and reverse bias current-voltage characteristics has been provided. Temperature dependence of the schottky diode parameters has been studied and discussed in the temperature range, 303 K to 353 K. Series resistance of the diode has been determined using Cheung's function method. Series resistance decreases with increase in temperature. The large value of series resistance at low temperature has been explained on the basis of barrier inhomogeneities in the diode.

  7. Photochromic organic-inorganic composite materials prepared by sol-gel processing: Properties and potentials

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    Hou, L. |; Mennig, M.; Schmidt, H.

    1994-12-31

    The sol-gel method which features a low-temperature wet-chemical process opens vast possibilities to incorporating organic dyes into solid matrices for various optical applications. In this paper the authors present their experimental results on the sol-gel derived photochromic organic-inorganic composite (Ormocer) materials following an introductory description of the sol-gel process and a brief review on the state of the art of the photochromic solids prepared using this method. Their photochromic spirooxazine-Ormocer gels and coatings possess better photochromic response and color-change speed than the corresponding photochromic polymer coatings and similar photochemical stability to the latter. Further developments are proposed as to tackle the temperature dependence problem and further tap the potentialities of the photochromic dye-Ormocer material for practical applications.

  8. Purcell effect in an organic-inorganic halide perovskite semiconductor microcavity system

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    Wang, Jun; Cao, Runan; Da, Peimei; Wang, Yafeng; Hu, Tao; Wu, Lin; Lu, Jian; Shen, Xuechu; Xu, Fei; Zheng, Gengfeng; Chen, Zhanghai

    2016-01-01

    Organic-inorganic halide perovskite semiconductors with the attractive physics properties, including strong photoluminescence (PL), huge oscillator strengths, and low nonradiative recombination losses, are ideal candidates for studying the light-matter interaction in nanostructures. Here, we demonstrate the coupling of the exciton state and the cavity mode in the lead halide perovskite microcavity system at room temperature. The Purcell effect in the coupling system is clearly observed by using angle-resolved photoluminescence spectra. Kinetic analysis based on time-resolved PL reveals that the spontaneous emission rate of the halide perovskite semiconductor is significantly enhanced at resonance of the exciton energy and the cavity mode. Our results provide the way for developing electrically driven organic polariton lasers, optical devices, and on-chip coherent quantum light sources.

  9. Organic-inorganic hybrid foams with diatomite addition: Effect on functional properties

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    Verdolotti, L.; D'Auria, M.; Lavorgna, M.; Vollaro, P.; Iannace, S.; Capasso, I.; Galzerano, B.; Caputo, D.; Liguori, B.

    2016-05-01

    Organic-inorganic hybrid foams were prepared by using metakaolin, diatomite as a partial (or total) replacement of metakaolin, as matrix, silicon and whipped protein as pore forming. The foamed systems were hardened at defined temperature and time and then characterized by mechanical point of view through compression tests and by functional point of view through fire reaction and acoustic tests. The experimental findings highlighted that the replacement of diatomite in the formulation affected the morphological structure of the foams and consequently their mechanical properties. In particular, the consolidation mechanism in the diatomite based-hybrid foams changed from geopolymerization to a silicate polycondensation mechanism. Therefore, mechanical performances enhanced with increasing of the diatomite content. Fire reaction tests, such as non-combustibility and cone calorimeter tests, showed positive thermal inertia of samples regardless of the content of diatomite.

  10. Random Terpolymer Designed with Tunable Fluorescence Lifetime for Efficient Organic/Inorganic Hybrid Solar Cells.

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    Li, Qinghua; Jin, Xiao; Song, Yinglin; Zhang, Qin; Xu, Zhongyuan; Chen, Zihan; Cheng, Yuanyuan; Luo, Xubiao

    2015-08-12

    The long photoluminescence lifetime of the organic semiconductor materials is of great importance in assuring the photoexcited extion to have enough time to achieve successful separation at the interface and improving the performances of organic/inorganic hybrid solar cells. Unfortunately, many efforts have been devoted to the bandgap or molecular energy level control, whereas this viewpoint is rarely referred. Herein, we prepare a random D-A terpolymers based on PZT and BDT cores in conjugation with electron withdrawing BT unit and explore their applications in HSCs. Except for the energy level and the bandgap, the role that monomers ratio plays in photoluminescence lifetime is particularly involved. As a result, the average PL lifetimes of the terpolymer are significantly tuned. The optimized terpolymer exhibits a longer PL lifetime and prominent charge transfer ability, thus leading to a notable enhancement of PCE when compared with its counterparts, although their bandgaps and molecular energy levels are almost the same. PMID:26196279

  11. Simultaneous band-gap narrowing and carrier-lifetime prolongation of organic-inorganic trihalide perovskites.

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    Kong, Lingping; Liu, Gang; Gong, Jue; Hu, Qingyang; Schaller, Richard D; Dera, Przemyslaw; Zhang, Dongzhou; Liu, Zhenxian; Yang, Wenge; Zhu, Kai; Tang, Yuzhao; Wang, Chuanyi; Wei, Su-Huai; Xu, Tao; Mao, Ho-Kwang

    2016-08-01

    The organic-inorganic hybrid lead trihalide perovskites have been emerging as the most attractive photovoltaic materials. As regulated by Shockley-Queisser theory, a formidable materials science challenge for improvement to the next level requires further band-gap narrowing for broader absorption in solar spectrum, while retaining or even synergistically prolonging the carrier lifetime, a critical factor responsible for attaining the near-band-gap photovoltage. Herein, by applying controllable hydrostatic pressure, we have achieved unprecedented simultaneous enhancement in both band-gap narrowing and carrier-lifetime prolongation (up to 70% to ∼100% increase) under mild pressures at ∼0.3 GPa. The pressure-induced modulation on pure hybrid perovskites without introducing any adverse chemical or thermal effect clearly demonstrates the importance of band edges on the photon-electron interaction and maps a pioneering route toward a further increase in their photovoltaic performance. PMID:27444014

  12. Improved oxidation resistance of organic/inorganic composite atomic layer deposition coated cellulose nanocrystal aerogels

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    Smith, Sean W.; Matthews, David J.; Conley, John F.; Buesch, Christian; Simonsen, John

    2014-07-01

    Cellulose nanocrystal (CNC) aerogels are coated with thin conformal layers of Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} using atomic layer deposition to form hybrid organic/inorganic nanocomposites. Electron probe microanalysis and scanning electron microscopy analysis indicated the Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} penetrated more than 1500 μm into the aerogel for extended precursor pulse and exposure/purge times. The measured profile of coated fiber radius versus depth from the aerogel surface agrees well with simulations of precursor penetration depth in modeled aerogel structures. Thermogravimetric analysis shows that Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} coated CNC aerogel nanocomposites do not show significant thermal degradation below 295 °C as compared with 175 °C for uncoated CNC aerogels, an improvement of over 100 °C.

  13. High-performance hybrid organic-inorganic solar cell based on planar n-type silicon

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    Chi, Dan; Qi, Boyuan; Wang, Jizheng; Qu, Shengchun Wang, Zhanguo

    2014-05-12

    Hybrid organic-inorganic solar cells were fabricated by spin coating the hole transporting conductive poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene):poly(styrenesulfonate) (PEDOT:PSS) film on n-type crystalline silicon (n-Si). By incorporating different additives into the PEDOT:PSS, the conductivity and wettability of PEDOT:PSS film are markedly improved, and the device performance is greatly enhanced accordingly. To further optimize the device performance, poly(3-hexylthiophene) (P3HT) layer was inserted between the n-Si and PEDOT:PSS layer. The P3HT layer blocks electrons from diffusing to the PEDOT:PSS, and hence reduces recombination at the anode side. The device eventually exhibits a high power conversion efficiency of 11.52%.

  14. Formation of thin films of organic-inorganic perovskites for high-efficiency solar cells.

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    Stranks, Samuel D; Nayak, Pabitra K; Zhang, Wei; Stergiopoulos, Thomas; Snaith, Henry J

    2015-03-01

    Organic-inorganic perovskites are currently one of the hottest topics in photovoltaic (PV) research, with power conversion efficiencies (PCEs) of cells on a laboratory scale already competing with those of established thin-film PV technologies. Most enhancements have been achieved by improving the quality of the perovskite films, suggesting that the optimization of film formation and crystallization is of paramount importance for further advances. Here, we review the various techniques for film formation and the role of the solvents and precursors in the processes. We address the role chloride ions play in film formation of mixed-halide perovskites, which is an outstanding question in the field. We highlight the material properties that are essential for high-efficiency operation of solar cells, and identify how further improved morphologies might be achieved. PMID:25663077

  15. Synthesis and characterization of tunable coumarin- linked glasses as new class of organic/inorganic phosphors

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    Luridiana, Alberto; Pretta, Gianluca; Secci, Francesco; Frongia, Angelo; Chiriu, Daniele; Carbonaro, Carlo Maria; Corpino, Riccardo; Ricci, Pier Carlo

    2014-10-21

    It is well known that stilbene with a trans conformation is highly fluorescent. From the viewpoint of molecular structure, coumarins bear a carbon-carbon double bond which is fixed as trans conformation as in trans-stilbene through a lactone structure. This can help to avoid the trans-cis transformation of the double bond under ultraviolet (UV) irradiation as observed in stilbene compounds and results in strong fluorescence and high fluorescence quantum yield and photostability in most of coumarin derivatives. Herein we report some preliminary results about the synthesis and spectroscopic characterization of tunable coumarins and the development of a new linkage protocol for the obtainment of monolayer coumarin-covalently linked glasses. The resulting organic/inorganic coumarin/silica based Self-Assembled Monolayer (SMA) film is proposed as new phosphors for the substituting of critical raw materials, like rare earths, in photonics applications.

  16. The Dynamic Organic/Inorganic Interface of Colloidal PbS Quantum Dots.

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    Grisorio, Roberto; Debellis, Doriana; Suranna, Gian Paolo; Gigli, Giuseppe; Giansante, Carlo

    2016-06-01

    Colloidal quantum dots are composed of nanometer-sized crystallites of inorganic semiconductor materials bearing organic molecules at their surface. The organic/inorganic interface markedly affects forms and functions of the quantum dots, therefore its description and control are important for effective application. Herein we demonstrate that archetypal colloidal PbS quantum dots adapt their interface to the surroundings, thus existing in solution phase as equilibrium mixtures with their (metal-)organic ligand and inorganic core components. The interfacial equilibria are dictated by solvent polarity and concentration, show striking size dependence (leading to more stable ligand/core adducts for larger quantum dots), and selectively involve nanocrystal facets. This notion of ligand/core dynamic equilibrium may open novel synthetic paths and refined nanocrystal surface-chemistry strategies. PMID:27038221

  17. Localization-dependent charge separation efficiency at an organic/inorganic hybrid interface

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    Foglia, Laura; Bogner, Lea; Wolf, Martin; Stähler, Julia

    2016-02-01

    By combining complementary optical techniques, photoluminescence and time-resolved excited state absorption, we achieve a comprehensive picture of the relaxation processes in the organic/inorganic hybrid system SP6/ZnO. We identify two long-lived excited states of the organic molecules of which only the lowest energy one, localized on the sexiphenyl backbone of the molecule, is found to efficiently charge separate to the ZnO conduction band or radiatively recombine. The other state, most likely localized on the spiro-linked biphenyl, relaxes only by intersystem crossing to a long-lived, probably triplet state, thus acting as a sink of the excitation and limiting the charge separation efficiency.

  18. Assessment of Hybrid Organic-Inorganic Antimony Sulfides for Earth-Abundant Photovoltaic Applications.

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    Yang, Ruo Xi; Butler, Keith T; Walsh, Aron

    2015-12-17

    Hybrid organic-inorganic solar absorbers are currently the subject of intense interest; however, the highest-performing materials contain Pb. Here we assess the potential of three Sb-based semiconductors: (i) Sb2S3, (ii) Cs2Sb8S13, and (iii) (CH3NH3)2Sb8S13. While the crystal structure of Sb2S3 is composed of 1D chains, 2D layers are formed in the ternary cesium and hybrid methylammonium antimony sulfide compounds. In each case, a stereochemically active Sb 5s(2) lone pair is found, resulting in a distorted coordination environment for the Sb cations. The bandgap of the binary sulfide is found to increase, while the ionization potential also changes, upon transition to the more complex compounds. Based on the predicted electronic structure, device configurations are suggested to be suitable for photovoltaic applications. PMID:26624204

  19. An organic-inorganic broadband photodetector based on a single polyaniline nanowire doped with quantum dots.

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    Yang, Xianguang; Liu, Yong; Lei, Hongxiang; Li, Baojun

    2016-08-25

    The capability to detect light over a broad waveband is highly important for practical optoelectronic applications and has been achieved with photodetectors of one-dimensional inorganic nanomaterials such as Si, ZnO, and GaN. However, achieving high speed responsivity over an entire waveband within such a photodetector remains a challenge. Here we demonstrate a broadband photodetector using a single polyaniline nanowire doped with quantum dots that is highly responsive over a broadband from 350 to 700 nm. The high responsivity is due to the high density of trapping states at the enormous interfaces between polyaniline and quantum dots. The interface trapping can effectively reduce the recombination rate and enhance the efficiency for light detection. Furthermore, a tunable spectral range can be achieved by size-based spectral tuning of quantum dots. The use of organic-inorganic hybrid polyaniline nanowires in broadband photodetection may offer novel functionalities in optoelectronic devices and circuits. PMID:27417337

  20. Tunable Radiation Response in Hybrid Organic-Inorganic Gate Dielectrics for Low-Voltage Graphene Electronics.

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    Arnold, Heather N; Cress, Cory D; McMorrow, Julian J; Schmucker, Scott W; Sangwan, Vinod K; Jaber-Ansari, Laila; Kumar, Rajan; Puntambekar, Kanan P; Luck, Kyle A; Marks, Tobin J; Hersam, Mark C

    2016-03-01

    Solution-processed semiconductor and dielectric materials are attractive for future lightweight, low-voltage, flexible electronics, but their response to ionizing radiation environments is not well understood. Here, we investigate the radiation response of graphene field-effect transistors employing multilayer, solution-processed zirconia self-assembled nanodielectrics (Zr-SANDs) with ZrOx as a control. Total ionizing dose (TID) testing is carried out in situ using a vacuum ultraviolet source to a total radiant exposure (RE) of 23.1 μJ/cm(2). The data reveal competing charge density accumulation within and between the individual dielectric layers. Additional measurements of a modified Zr-SAND show that varying individual layer thicknesses within the gate dielectric tuned the TID response. This study thus establishes that the radiation response of graphene electronics can be tailored to achieve a desired radiation sensitivity by incorporating hybrid organic-inorganic gate dielectrics. PMID:26882215

  1. ABX3-Type Organic-Inorganic Hybrid Phase Transition Material: 1-Pentyl-3-methylimidazolium Tribromoplumbate.

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    Chen, Tianliang; Zhou, Yuelan; Sun, Zhihua; Zhang, Shuquan; Zhao, Sangen; Tang, Yuanyuan; Ji, Chengmin; Luo, Junhua

    2015-08-01

    A new one-dimensional ABX3-type organic-inorganic hybrid phase transition compound, 1-pentyl-3-methylimidazolium tribromoplumbate (1), where the Pb(II) ion exhibits hemicoordination geometry, resulting in anionic (PbBr3)n chains of an edge-shared PbBr5 polyhedron, has been successfully synthesized. 1 undergoes a reversible second-order phase transition at about 136 K. The dielectric constants of 1 exhibit an obvious steplike anomaly tuned between a high dielectric state in the high-temperature phase and a low state in the low-temperature phase. The origin of its phase transition is ascribed to the order-disorder transformation of the cation coupled with the relative displacement of the Br atoms. These findings provide a new approach to exploring a novel ABX3-type compound with functional phase transition properties. PMID:26168191

  2. Dissociation of Methylammonium Cations in Hybrid Organic-Inorganic Perovskite Solar Cells.

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    Xu, Weidong; Liu, Lijia; Yang, Linju; Shen, Pengfei; Sun, Baoquan; McLeod, John A

    2016-07-13

    Organic-inorganic lead perovskites have shown great promise as photovoltaic materials, and within this class of materials (CH3NH3)PbI3-xClx is of particular interest. Herein we use soft X-ray spectroscopy and density functional theory calculations to demonstrate that the methylammonium cations in a typical photovoltaic layer may dissociate into a metastable arrangement of CH3I-Pb2 defects and trapped NH3. The possibility that other metastable configurations of the organic components in (CH3NH3)PbI3-xClx is rarely considered but adds an entirely new dimension in understanding the charge trapping, ionic transport, and structural degradation mechanisms in these materials. Understanding the influence of these other configurations is of critical importance for further improving the performance of these photovoltaics. PMID:27337149

  3. Well-ordered organic-inorganic hybrid layered manganese oxide nanocomposites with excellent decolorization performance

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    Zhou, Junli; Yu, Lin; Sun, Ming; Ye, Fei; Lan, Bang; Diao, Guiqiang; He, Jun

    2013-02-15

    Well-ordered organic-inorganic hybrid layered manganese oxide nanocomposites (CTAB-Al-MO) with excellent decolorization performance were prepared through a two-step process. Specifically, the MnO{sub 2} nanosheets were self-assembled in the presence of CTAB, and subsequently pillared with Keggin ions. The obtained CTAB-Al-MO with the basal spacing of 1.59 nm could be stable at 300 Degree-Sign C for 2 h and also possesses high total pore volumes (0.41 cm Superscript-Three g{sup -1}) and high specific BET surface area (161 m{sup 2} g{sup -1}), which is nine times larger than that of the pristine (19 m{sup 2} g{sup -1}). Possible formation process for the highly thermal stable CTAB-Al-MO is proposed here. The decolorization experiments of methyl orange showed that the obtained CTAB-Al-MO exhibit excellent performance in wastewater treatment and the decolorization rate could reach 95% within 5 min. - Graphical Abstract: Well-ordered organic-inorganic hybrid LMO nanocomposites (CTAB-Al-MO) with excellent decolorization performance were prepared through a two-step process. Specifically, the MnO{sub 2} nanosheets were self-assembled by CTAB, and subsequently pillared with Keggin ions. Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer A two-step synthesis method was used to prepare the CTAB-Al-MO. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The CTAB-Al-MO has the large basal spacing and high specific BET surface area. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The thermal stability of the well-ordered CTAB-Al-MO could obviously improve. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The CTAB-Al-MO exhibits excellent oxidation and absorption ability to remove organic pollutants.

  4. A thermodynamic model of mixed organic-inorganic aerosols to predict activity coefficients

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    Zuend, A.; Marcolli, C.; Luo, B. P.; Peter, T.

    2008-08-01

    Tropospheric aerosols contain mixtures of inorganic salts, acids, water, and a large variety of organic compounds. Interactions between these substances in liquid mixtures lead to discrepancies from ideal thermodynamic behaviour. By means of activity coefficients, non-ideal behaviour can be taken into account. We present here a thermodynamic model named AIOMFAC (Aerosol Inorganic-Organic Mixtures Functional groups Activity Coefficients) that is able to calculate activity coefficients covering inorganic, organic, and organic-inorganic interactions in aqueous solutions over a wide concentration range. This model is based on the activity coefficient model LIFAC by Yan et al. (1999) that we modified and reparametrised to better describe atmospherically relevant conditions and mixture compositions. Focusing on atmospheric applications we considered H+, Li+, Na+, K+, NH+4, Mg2+, Ca2+, Cl-, Br-, NO-3, HSO-4, and SO2-4 as cations and anions and a wide range of alcohols/polyols composed of the functional groups CHn and OH as organic compounds. With AIOMFAC, the activities of the components within an aqueous electrolyte solution are well represented up to high ionic strength. Most notably, a semi-empirical middle-range parametrisation of direct organic-inorganic interactions in alcohol+water+salt solutions strongly improves the agreement between experimental and modelled activity coefficients. At room temperature, this novel thermodynamic model offers the possibility to compute equilibrium relative humidities, gas/particle partitioning and liquid-liquid phase separations with high accuracy. In further studies, other organic functional groups will be introduced. The model framework is not restricted to specific ions or organic compounds and is therefore also applicable for other research topics.

  5. A thermodynamic model of mixed organic-inorganic aerosols to predict activity coefficients

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    Zuend, A.; Marcolli, C.; Luo, B. P.; Peter, Th.

    2008-03-01

    Tropospheric aerosols contain mixtures of inorganic salts, acids, water, and a large variety of organic compounds. Interactions between these substances in liquid mixtures lead to discrepancies from ideal thermodynamic behaviour. By means of activity coefficients, non-ideal behaviour can be taken into account. We present here a thermodynamic model named AIOMFAC (Aerosol Inorganic-Organic Mixtures Functional groups Activity Coefficients) that is able to calculate activity coefficients covering inorganic, organic, and organic-inorganic interactions in aqueous solutions over a wide concentration range. This model is based on the activity coefficient model LIFAC by Yan et al. (1999) that we modified and reparametrised to better describe atmospherically relevant conditions and mixture compositions. Focusing on atmospheric applications we considered H+, Li+, Na+, K+, NH4+, Mg2+, Ca2+, Cl-, Br-, NO3-, HSO4-, and SO42- as cations and anions and a wide range of alcohols/polyols composed of the functional groups CHn and OH as organic compounds. With AIOMFAC, the activities of the components within an aqueous electrolyte solution are well represented up to high ionic strength. Most notably, a semi-empirical middle-range parametrisation of direct organic-inorganic interactions in alcohol + water + salt solutions strongly improves the agreement between experimental and modelled activity coefficients. At room temperature, this novel thermodynamic model offers the possibility to compute equilibrium relative humidities, gas/particle partitioning and liquid-liquid phase separations with high accuracy. In further studies, other organic functional groups will be introduced. The model framework is not restricted to specific ions or organic compounds and is therefore also applicable for other research topics.

  6. High capacitance hybrid organic-inorganic gate dielectrics for solution-processable electronic technologies

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    Everaerts, Ken

    Solution-processable materials offer enormous opportunity in designing lightweight, flexible, and low-cost electronic technologies. Dielectric materials and the different classes of semiconductors (derived from organics, inorganics, or nanomaterials) comprise the two most important components in transistors, which are the basic building blocks of all modern electronic devices. New semiconductors such as single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWCNTs) and inorganic amorphous oxide semiconductors (AOSs), including indium gallium zinc oxide (IGZO), are envisioned for high performance applications as a possible replacement for silicon within integrated circuits, display backplane technologies, or high throughput inkjet printing technologies that can be low in cost and waste. These new semiconductors, amongst others, require corresponding advances in gate dielectric materials to support optimum device function. Herein we describe research surrounding the advancement of organic-inorganic hybrid gate dielectric materials for use in thin-film transistor (TFT) architectures. We describe the reasoning, the strategy, and the properties of a new hafnium oxide-based self-assembled nanodielectric (Hf-SAND), and examine in detail the chemical structure/formation, and electronic performance. Record setting capacitance can be achieved by using thin multilayers of Hf-SAND (1.1 μF/cm2). Application of this new dielectric to the aforementioned SWCNT and IGZO semiconductors in an effort to demonstrate technological feasibility, yield record field-effect mobilities (20-130 cm2V-1s-1) and large ON state transconductances (up to 5 mS) at very low operating voltages (< 3 V), while retaining the ability to be processed completely from solution and in ambient atmosphere. These TFT performance metrics are examined in detail, and placed in perspective in relation to the Hf-SAND dielectric properties. Finally, we present some forward looking statements to help identify further opportunities for

  7. Controlled formation of calcium-phosphate-based hybrid mesocrystals by organic-inorganic co-assembly

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    Zhai, Halei; Chu, Xiaobin; Li, Li; Xu, Xurong; Tang, Ruikang

    2010-11-01

    An understanding of controlled formation of biomimetic mesocrystals is of great importance in materials chemistry and engineering. Here we report that organic-inorganic hybrid plates and even mesocrystals can be conveniently synthesized using a one-pot reaction in a mixed system of protein (bovine serum albumin (BSA)), surfactant (sodium bis(2-ethylhexyl) sulfosuccinate (AOT)) and supersaturated calcium phosphate solution. The morphologies of calcium-phosphate-based products are analogous to the general inorganic crystals but they have abnormal and interesting substructures. The hybrids are constructed by the alternate stacking of organic layer (thickness of 1.31 nm) and well-crystallized inorganic mineral layer (thickness of 2.13 nm) at the nanoscale. Their morphologies (spindle, rhomboid and round) and sizes (200 nm-2 μm) can be tuned gradually by changing BSA, AOT and calcium phosphate concentrations. This modulation effect can be explained by a competition between the anisotropic and isotropic assembly of the ultrathin plate-like units. The anisotropic assembly confers mesocrystal characteristics on the hybrids while the round ones are the results of isotropic assembly. However, the basic lamellar organic-inorganic substructure remains unchanged during the hybrid formation, which is a key factor to ensure the self-assembly from molecule to micrometre scale. A morphological ternary diagram of BSA-AOT-calcium phosphate is used to describe this controlled formation process, providing a feasible strategy to prepare the required materials. This study highlights the cooperative effect of macromolecule (frame structure), small biomolecule (binding sites) and mineral phase (main component) on the generation and regulation of biomimetic hybrid mesocrystals.

  8. Controlled formation of calcium-phosphate-based hybrid mesocrystals by organic-inorganic co-assembly.

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    Zhai, Halei; Chu, Xiaobin; Li, Li; Xu, Xurong; Tang, Ruikang

    2010-11-01

    An understanding of controlled formation of biomimetic mesocrystals is of great importance in materials chemistry and engineering. Here we report that organic-inorganic hybrid plates and even mesocrystals can be conveniently synthesized using a one-pot reaction in a mixed system of protein (bovine serum albumin (BSA)), surfactant (sodium bis(2-ethylhexyl) sulfosuccinate (AOT)) and supersaturated calcium phosphate solution. The morphologies of calcium-phosphate-based products are analogous to the general inorganic crystals but they have abnormal and interesting substructures. The hybrids are constructed by the alternate stacking of organic layer (thickness of 1.31 nm) and well-crystallized inorganic mineral layer (thickness of 2.13 nm) at the nanoscale. Their morphologies (spindle, rhomboid and round) and sizes (200 nm-2 μm) can be tuned gradually by changing BSA, AOT and calcium phosphate concentrations. This modulation effect can be explained by a competition between the anisotropic and isotropic assembly of the ultrathin plate-like units. The anisotropic assembly confers mesocrystal characteristics on the hybrids while the round ones are the results of isotropic assembly. However, the basic lamellar organic-inorganic substructure remains unchanged during the hybrid formation, which is a key factor to ensure the self-assembly from molecule to micrometre scale. A morphological ternary diagram of BSA-AOT-calcium phosphate is used to describe this controlled formation process, providing a feasible strategy to prepare the required materials. This study highlights the cooperative effect of macromolecule (frame structure), small biomolecule (binding sites) and mineral phase (main component) on the generation and regulation of biomimetic hybrid mesocrystals. PMID:20944837

  9. Semiconducting organic-inorganic nanocomposites by intimately tethering conjugated polymers to inorganic tetrapods

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    Jung, Jaehan; Yoon, Young Jun; Lin, Zhiqun

    2016-04-01

    Semiconducting organic-inorganic nanocomposites were judiciously crafted by placing conjugated polymers in intimate contact with inorganic tetrapods via click reaction. CdSe tetrapods were first synthesized by inducing elongated arms from CdSe zincblende seeds through seed-mediated growth. The subsequent effective inorganic ligand treatment, followed by reacting with short bifunctional ligands, yielded azide-functionalized CdSe tetrapods (i.e., CdSe-N3). Finally, the ethynyl-terminated conjugated polymer poly(3-hexylthiophene) (i.e., P3HT-&z.tbd;) was tethered to CdSe-N3 tetrapods via a catalyst-free alkyne-azide cycloaddition, forming intimate semiconducting P3HT-CdSe tetrapod nanocomposites. Intriguingly, the intimate contact between P3HT and CdSe tetrapod was found to not only render the effective dispersion of CdSe tetrapods in the P3HT matrix, but also facilitate the efficient electronic interaction between these two semiconducting constituents. The successful anchoring of P3HT chains onto CdSe tetrapods was substantiated through Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy and nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy measurements. Moreover, the absorption and photoluminescence studies further corroborated the intimate tethering between P3HT and CdSe tetrapods. The effect of the type of bifunctional ligands (i.e., aryl vs. aliphatic ligands) and the size of tetrapods on the device performance of hybrid organic-inorganic solar cells was also scrutinized. Interestingly, P3HT-CdSe tetrapod nanocomposites produced via the use of an aryl bifunctional ligand (i.e., 4-azidobenzoic acid) exhibited an improved photovoltaic performance compared to that synthesized with their aliphatic ligand counterpart (i.e., 5-bromovaleric acid). Clearly, the optimal size of CdSe tetrapods ensuring the effective charge transport in conjunction with the good dispersion of CdSe tetrapods rendered an improved device performance. We envision that the click-reaction strategy enabled by

  10. Reactivity I: A Foundation-Level Course for Both Majors and Nonmajors in Integrated Organic, Inorganic, and Biochemistry

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    Schaller, Chris P.; Graham, Kate J.; Johnson, Brian J.; Jones, T. Nicholas; McIntee, Edward J.

    2015-01-01

    A foundation level course is presented that integrates aspects of organic, inorganic and biochemistry in the context of reactivity. The course was designed to serve majors in chemistry and other sciences (biochemistry, biology, nutrition), as well as nursing and pre-health professions students. Themes of the course were designed to highlight a…

  11. Bridged polysilsesquioxane xerogels: A molecular based approach for the preparation of porous hybrid organic-inorganic materials

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    Small, J.H.; Shea, K.J.; Loy, D.A.

    1995-06-01

    Bridged polysilsesquioxanes represent an interesting family of hybrid organic-inorganic composite materials. It has been shown that manipulation of the organic bridging component offers the potential for the synthesis of a variety of materials with a range of surface areas and porosities. In addition, incorporation of a heteroatom within the bridging organic component allows for further chemical transformation of the polysilsesquioxane material.

  12. Popcorn-shaped magnetic core-plasmonic shell multifunctional nanoparticles for the targeted magnetic separation and enrichment, label-free SERS imaging, and photothermal destruction of multidrug-resistant bacteria.

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    Fan, Zhen; Senapati, Dulal; Khan, Sadia Afrin; Singh, Anant Kumar; Hamme, Ashton; Yust, Brian; Sardar, Dhiraj; Ray, Paresh Chandra

    2013-02-18

    Over the last few years, one of the most important and complex problems facing our society is treating infectious diseases caused by multidrug-resistant bacteria (MDRB), by using current market-existing antibiotics. Driven by this need, we report for the first time the development of the multifunctional popcorn-shaped iron magnetic core-gold plasmonic shell nanotechnology-driven approach for targeted magnetic separation and enrichment, label-free surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS) detection, and the selective photothermal destruction of MDR Salmonella DT104. Due to the presence of the "lightning-rod effect", the core-shell popcorn-shaped gold-nanoparticle tips provided a huge field of SERS enhancement. The experimental data show that the M3038 antibody-conjugated nanoparticles can be used for targeted separation and SERS imaging of MDR Salmonella DT104. A targeted photothermal-lysis experiment, by using 670 nm light at 1.5 W cm(-2) for 10 min, results in selective and irreparable cellular-damage to MDR Salmonella. We discuss the possible mechanism and operating principle for the targeted separation, label-free SERS imaging, and photothermal destruction of MDRB by using the popcorn-shaped magnetic/plasmonic nanotechnology. PMID:23296491

  13. Efficiency enhancement in solution processed organic and organic-inorganic perovskite solar cells

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    Xiao, Zhengguo

    Solution processed thin film photovoltaic devices are one of the most promising renewable energy sources. Organic solar cells have been intensively studied due to their advantages of light-weight, flexibility and low-cost materials and manufacturing. The organic-inorganic hybrid perovskite materials have recently shown great potential application in solar cells. The PCE increased dramatically from 3.8% in 2009 to a certified efficiency of 20.1% in 2014. In this dissertation, we focus on the efficiency enhancement for solution processed organic and organic-inorganic solar cells. In Chapter 2, I demonstrated that the crystallinity of the ferroelectric polymer P(VDF-TrFE) at the organic active layer/ electrode interface plays a critical role in the efficiency enhancement of organic solar cells. Then, The ferroelectric P(VDF-TrFE) nanocrystals was synthesized and successfully applied in the low band gap polymers. A high efficiency of 6.8% was achieved in the PCDTBT:PCBM system. Another small polar molecule, TPACA, was also applied to increase the efficiency of organic solar cells. In Chapter 3, I developed a universal approach of solvent fluxing to fabricate graded bulk heterojunction (BHJ) polymer:fullerene films to increase the device efficiency. The solvent fluxing process can extract part of the fullerene inside the BHJ film to the top surface to form graded BHJ. The PCE of the devices after solvent fluxing is increased by 15%--50% compared with the control devices without solvent fluxing. In Chapter 5, a two-step spin coating approach was developed to fabricate the continuous and compact organolead trihalide perovskite (OTP) films. The average PCE of methylammonium lead iodide (MAPbI3) perovskite devices reached 14.5% and 85% of the devices had efficiency above 14%. In Chapter 6, I discovered that the solvent annealing can be used to increase the grain size and crystallinity of the perovskite films. The highest device efficiency reached 15.6%, and device

  14. Development of nanostructured and surface modified semiconductors for hybrid organic-inorganic solar cells.

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    Hsu, Julia, W. P.

    2008-09-01

    Solar energy conversion is increasingly being recognized as one of the principal ways to meet future energy needs without causing detrimental environmental impact. Hybrid organic-inorganic solar cells (SCs) are attracting particular interest due to the potential for low cost manufacturing and for use in new applications, such as consumer electronics, architectural integration and light-weight sensors. Key materials advantages of these next generation SCs over conventional semiconductor SCs are in design opportunities--since the different functions of the SCs are carried out by different materials, there are greater materials choices for producing optimized structures. In this project, we explore the hybrid organic-inorganic solar cell system that consists of oxide, primarily ZnO, nanostructures as the electron transporter and poly-(3-hexylthiophene) (P3HT) as the light-absorber and hole transporter. It builds on our capabilities in the solution synthesis of nanostructured semiconducting oxide arrays to this photovoltaic (PV) technology. The three challenges in this hybrid material system for solar applications are (1) achieving inorganic nanostructures with critical spacing that matches the exciton diffusion in the polymer, {approx} 10 nm, (2) infiltrating the polymer completely into the dense nanostructure arrays, and (3) optimizing the interfacial properties to facilitate efficient charge transfer. We have gained an understanding and control over growing oriented ZnO nanorods with sub-50 nm diameters and the required rod-to-rod spacing on various substrates. We have developed novel approaches to infiltrate commercially available P3HT in the narrow spacing between ZnO nanorods. Also, we have begun to explore ways to modify the interfacial properties. In addition, we have established device fabrication and testing capabilities at Sandia for prototype devices. Moreover, the control synthesis of ZnO nanorod arrays lead to the development of an efficient anti

  15. Influence of particle-phase state on the hygroscopic behavior of mixed organic-inorganic aerosols

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    Hodas, N.; Zuend, A.; Mui, W.; Flagan, R. C.; Seinfeld, J. H.

    2015-05-01

    Recent work has demonstrated that organic and mixed organic-inorganic particles can exhibit multiple phase states depending on their chemical composition and on ambient conditions such as relative humidity (RH). To explore the extent to which water uptake varies with particle-phase behavior, hygroscopic growth factors (HGFs) of nine laboratory-generated, organic and organic-inorganic aerosol systems with physical states ranging from well-mixed liquids to phase-separated particles to viscous liquids or semi-solids were measured with the Differential Aerosol Sizing and Hygroscopicity Spectrometer Probe at RH values ranging from 40 to 90%. Water-uptake measurements were accompanied by HGF and RH-dependent thermodynamic equilibrium calculations using the Aerosol Inorganic-Organic Mixtures Functional groups Activity Coefficients (AIOMFAC) model. In addition, AIOMFAC-predicted growth curves are compared to several simplified HGF modeling approaches: (1) representing particles as ideal, well-mixed liquids; (2) forcing a single phase but accounting for non-ideal interactions through activity coefficient calculations; and (3) a Zdanovskii-Stokes-Robinson-like calculation in which complete separation of the inorganic and organic components is assumed at all RH values, with water uptake treated separately in each of the individual phases. We observed variability in the characteristics of measured hygroscopic growth curves across aerosol systems with differing phase behaviors, with growth curves approaching smoother, more continuous water uptake with decreasing prevalence of liquid-liquid phase separation and increasing oxygen : carbon ratios of the organic aerosol components. We also observed indirect evidence for the dehydration-induced formation of highly viscous semi-solid phases and for kinetic limitations to the crystallization of ammonium sulfate at low RH for sucrose-containing particles. AIOMFAC-predicted growth curves are generally in good agreement with the HGF

  16. Influence of particle phase state on the hygroscopic behavior of mixed organic-inorganic aerosols

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    Hodas, N.; Zuend, A.; Mui, W.; Flagan, R. C.; Seinfeld, J. H.

    2014-12-01

    Recent work has demonstrated that organic and mixed organic-inorganic particles can exhibit multiple phase states depending on their chemical composition and on ambient conditions such as relative humidity (RH). To explore the extent to which water uptake varies with particle phase behavior, hygroscopic growth factors (HGFs) of nine laboratory-generated, organic and organic-inorganic aerosol systems with physical states ranging from well-mixed liquids, to phase-separated particles, to viscous liquids or semi-solids were measured with the Differential Aerosol Sizing and Hygroscopicity Spectrometer Probe at RH values ranging from 40-90%. Water-uptake measurements were accompanied by HGF and RH-dependent thermodynamic equilibrium calculations using the Aerosol Inorganic-Organic Mixtures Functional groups Activity Coefficients (AIOMFAC) model. In addition, AIOMFAC-predicted growth curves are compared to several simplified HGF modeling approaches: (1) representing particles as ideal, well-mixed liquids, (2) forcing a single phase, but accounting for non-ideal interactions through activity coefficient calculations, and (3) a Zdanovskii-Stokes-Robinson-like calculation in which complete separation between the inorganic and organic components is assumed at all RH values, with water-uptake treated separately in each of the individual phases. We observed variability in the characteristics of measured hygroscopic growth curves across aerosol systems with differing phase behaviors, with growth curves approaching smoother, more continuous water uptake with decreasing prevalence of liquid-liquid phase separation and increasing oxygen : carbon ratios of the organic aerosol components. We also observed indirect evidence for the dehydration-induced formation of highly viscous semi-solid phases and for kinetic limitations to the crystallization of ammonium sulfate at low RH for sucrose-containing particles. AIOMFAC-predicted growth curves are generally in good agreement with the HGF

  17. Rashba Effect and Carrier Mobility in Hybrid Organic-Inorganic Perovskites.

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    Yu, Zhi-Gang

    2016-08-18

    The outstanding photovoltaic performance in hybrid organic-inorganic perovskites (HOIPs) relies on their desirable carrier transport properties. In the HOIPs, strong spin-orbit coupling (SOC) and structural inversion asymmetry give rise to a giant spin splitting in the conduction and valence bands, that is, the Rashba effect (RE), a subject intensively studied in spintronics. Here we show that this giant RE can manifest itself in charge transport and is the key to understanding carrier mobility and its temperature dependence in the HOIPs. The RE greatly enhances acoustic-phonon scattering (APS) and alters the temperature dependence of carrier mobility from T(-3/2) to T(-1). Meanwhile, it reduces polar-optical phonon scattering (POPS). In CH3NH3PbI3, the carrier mobility is limited by the APS for temperatures up to 100 K, above which the POPS becomes dominant. The effective polar coupling is moderate, α = 1.1, indicating that band conduction is still a valid description of charge transport. Our results account for the observed carrier transport behaviors over the entire temperature range and highlight the importance of SOC in charge transport in the HOIPs. PMID:27459897

  18. Mechanism of charge recombination in organic-inorganic hybrid perovskite solar cells

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    Yang, Wenchao; Yao, Yao; Wu, Chang-Qin; organic Group Team

    2015-03-01

    In the recent popular organic-inorganic hybrid perovskite solar cells, the slowness of the charge recombination processes is found to be a key factor for contributing to their high efficiencies and open circuit voltages, but the underlying mechanism remains unclear. In this work we study the recombination mechanism in perovskite solar cells and its roles on determining the device performance. Based on macroscopic device model simulations, the recombination resistances (Rrec) under different applied voltages are calculated to characterize the recombination mechanism, and the current density-voltage (J - V) curves are simulated to describe the device performance under at the same time. Through comparison with the impedance spectroscopy (IS) extracted Rrec data, it is found that bimolecular recombination (BR) is the dominant recombination process in the whole applied voltage regime and can determine the open circuit voltage, while the trap-assisted SRH monomolecular recombination (MR) is only important if the trap density is high or the BR rate is significantly reduced. The different electron injection barriers at the contact can induce different patterns for the Rrec- V characteristics. Under the cases of increased band gap or decreased BR rate, the Rrec's are enhanced which leads to high open circuit voltages. We are grateful to the support from the state key laboratory of surface physics, Fudan University.

  19. Rashba and Dresselhaus Effects in Hybrid Organic-Inorganic Perovskites: From Basics to Devices.

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    Kepenekian, Mikaël; Robles, Roberto; Katan, Claudine; Sapori, Daniel; Pedesseau, Laurent; Even, Jacky

    2015-12-22

    We use symmetry analysis, density functional theory calculations, and k·p modeling to scrutinize Rashba and Dresselhaus effects in hybrid organic-inorganic halide perovskites. These perovskites are at the center of a recent revolution in the field of photovoltaics but have also demonstrated potential for optoelectronic applications such as transistors and light emitters. Due to a large spin-orbit coupling of the most frequently used metals, they are also predicted to offer a promising avenue for spin-based applications. With an in-depth inspection of the electronic structures and bulk lattice symmetries of a variety of systems, we analyze the origin of the spin splitting in two- and three-dimensional hybrid perovskites. It is shown that low-dimensional nanostructures made of CH3NH3PbX3 (X = I, Br) lead to spin splittings that can be controlled by an applied electric field. These findings further open the door for a perovskite-based spintronics. PMID:26348023

  20. Charge-Carrier Dynamics in Organic-Inorganic Metal Halide Perovskites.

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    Herz, Laura M

    2016-05-27

    Hybrid organic-inorganic metal halide perovskites have recently emerged as exciting new light-harvesting and charge-transporting materials for efficient photovoltaic devices. Yet knowledge of the nature of the photogenerated excitations and their subsequent dynamics is only just emerging. This article reviews the current state of the field, focusing first on a description of the crystal and electronic band structure that give rise to the strong optical transitions that enable light harvesting. An overview is presented of the numerous experimental approaches toward determining values for exciton binding energies, which appear to be small (a few milli-electron volts to a few tens of milli-electron volts) and depend significantly on temperature because of associated changes in the dielectric function. Experimental evidence for charge-carrier relaxation dynamics within the first few picoseconds after excitation is discussed in terms of thermalization, cooling, and many-body effects. Charge-carrier recombination mechanisms are reviewed, encompassing trap-assisted nonradiative recombination that is highly specific to processing conditions, radiative bimolecular (electron-hole) recombination, and nonradiative many-body (Auger) mechanisms. PMID:26980309

  1. Simple orientational control over cylindrical organic-inorganic block copolymer domains for etch mask applications.

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    Ramanathan, M.; Nettleton, E.; Darling, S. B.

    2009-02-01

    Bottom-up patterning methodologies, predicated on chemical self-assembly, have the potential to transcend limitations associated with more traditional lithographies. By controlling the domain orientation of a cylinder-forming organic-inorganic block copolymer, poly(styrene-block-ferrocenyldimethylsilane), it is possible to straightforwardly fabricate massive arrays of either nanoscale dots or wires out of a film composed of a wide variety of materials. In the work reported here, orientational control is achieved by manipulating the polymer film thickness in concert with the annealing treatment. For films much thinner than the equilibrium periodicity of the microdomains, the cylinders spontaneously orient themselves perpendicular to the substrate. Films with thickness close to the equilibrium periodicity exhibit the more common in-plane orientation following thermal annealing. Solvent annealing leads to an in-plane orientation for the full range of film thicknesses studied. As a demonstration of the effectiveness of this method, semiconductor substrates were patterned with arrays of posts and wires, respectively, using the same starting polymeric material as the etch mask. Compatibility of this polymer with various substrate materials is also demonstrated.

  2. Strontium-doped organic-inorganic hybrids towards three-dimensional scaffolds for osteogenic cells.

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    John, Łukasz; Podgórska, Marta; Nedelec, Jean-Marie; Cwynar-Zając, Łucja; Dzięgiel, Piotr

    2016-11-01

    Biomimetic organic-inorganic hybrid bioscaffolds are developed to complement or replace damaged fragments in bone tissue surgery. The aim of this work was to develop a simple and fast method to prepare composite material for bone engineering, avoiding time consuming and complex methodologies. The resulting materials (also called in this work as hybrid composites or hybrid scaffolds) have a three-dimensional macroporous polymer-like network derived from triethoxyvinylsilane (TEVS) and 2-hydroxyethylmethacrylate (HEMA) monomers, with incorporated calcium, strontium, and phosphate ions. The materials were fully characterized using FT-IR, biomineralization studies, scanning electron microscopy (SEM), energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy, scratch tests, Young's modulus and compressive strength tests, and gas physisorption. We report a comprehensive study on the in vitro effect of novel strontium doped materials on human bone cells. In vitro investigations were conducted using a normal human osteoblast cell line that mimics the cellular events of the in vivo intramembranous bone formation process. The materials do not have a negative impact on the survival of the normal human osteoblasts; moreover, materials doped with strontium show that not only are cells able to survive, but they also attach to and grow on a bioscaffolds surface. For this reason, they may be used in future in vivo experiments. PMID:27524003

  3. Enhanced power efficiency of ZnO based organic/inorganic solar cells by surface modification

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    Tang, Shuangshuang; Tang, Ning; Meng, Xiuqing; Huang, Shihua; Hao, Yafei

    2016-09-01

    We present series of strategies to enhance efficiency of ZnO nanorods based organic/inorganic solar cells with spin-coated P3HT:PCBM blend as active layer. The performance of the as-fabricated devices is improved by controlling the size of ZnO nanorods, annealing temperature and time of active layer, surface modification of ZnO with PSBTBT. Optimized device of ITO/ZnO nanorod/P3HT:PCBM/Ag device with PSBTBT surface modification and air exposure reaches an efficiency of 2.02% with a short-circuit current density, open-circuit voltage and fill factor of 13.23 mA cm-2, 0.547 V and 28%, respectively, under AM 1.5 irradiation of 100 mW m-2, the increase in efficiency is 7-fold of the PSBTBT surface modified ITO/ZnO nanorods/P3HT:PCBM/Ag device compared with the unmodified one, which is own to the increased interface contact, expanded light absorption, tailored band alignment attributed to PSBTBT. We found exposure to air and surface modification is crucial to improve the device performance, and we discussed the mechanisms that affect the performance of the devices in detail.

  4. In Situ Photo Sonosynthesis of Organic/Inorganic Nanocomposites on Wool Fabric Introducing Multifunctional Properties.

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    Behzadnia, Amir; Montazer, Majid; Mahmoudi Rad, Mahnaz

    2016-01-01

    Here, a novel and efficient process is introduced for producing wool fabric with multifunctional features through facile in situ photosonochemical synthesis of organic/inorganic nanocomposites. The fabric was treated with titanium isopropoxide, silver nitrate and ammonia in a sonobath for 1 h at 75-80°C. The crystal phase of the sono-treated samples was characterized by X-ray diffraction. The uniform distribution of the nanocomposite on the fiber surface was proved by field emission scanning electron microscope, energy dispersive X-ray and mapping patterns. Further, the composition of the nanocomposites was investigated by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. The sono-treated wool fabrics illustrated excellent photocatalytic activities toward discoloration of Methylene Blue under sunlight and UV-A irradiation. Also the fabrics indicated reasonable antibacterial/antifungal activities against Staphylococcus aureus, Escherichia coli and Candida albicans. The tensile properties of the sono-treated fabrics enhanced comparing to the untreated and even conventional stirrer-treated fabrics. Moreover, a central composite design based on response surface methodology was used to study the influence of titanium isopropoxide and silver molar ratio on the prepared nanocomposites sonobath. Finally, the optimum molar ratio was reported for the best responses. PMID:26496861

  5. Optical studies of photoactive states in mixed organic-inorganic hybrid perovskites stabilized in polymers

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    Kardynal, Beata; Xi, Lifei; Salim, Teddy; Borghardt, Sven; Stoica, Toma; Lam, Yeng Ming

    2015-03-01

    Mixed organic-inorganic hybrid perovskites MAX-PbY2(X,Y =I, Br,Cl) have been demonstrated as very attractive materials for absorbers of solar cells and active layers of light emitting diodes and optically driven lasers. The bandgap of the perovskites can be tuned by mixing halogen atoms in different ratios. In this presentation we study mixed MAX-PbY2(X,Y =I, Br, Cl) particles synthesized directly in protective polymer matrices as light emitters. Both, time integrated and time resolved photoluminescence have been used to study the materials. So synthesized MAX-PbX2 are very stable when measured at room temperature and in air with radiative recombination of photogenerated carriers as the main decay path. In contrast, MAX-PbY2 with mixed halogen atoms display luminescence from sub-bandgap states which saturate at higher excitation levels. The density of these states depends on the used polymer matrix and increases upon illumination. We further compare the MAX-PbY2 synthesized in polymers and as films and show that these states are inherent to the material rather than its microstructure. This works has been supported by EU NWs4LIGHT grant.

  6. A novel cobalt(II)-molybdenum(V) phosphate organic-inorganic hybrid polymer

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    Shi, F.-N.; Almeida Paz, Filipe A.; Girginova, Penka I.; Nogueira, Helena I.S.; Rocha, Joao; Amaral, Vitor S.; Klinowski, Jacek; Trindade, Tito . E-mail: ttrindade@dq.ua.pt

    2006-05-15

    A new organic-inorganic hybrid cobalt(II)-molybdenum(V) phosphate polymer incorporating piperazine (pip) (H{sub 2}pip){sub 3}[Co{sub 3}Mo{sub 12}O{sub 24}(OH){sub 6}(PO{sub 4}){sub 8}(H{sub 1.5}pip){sub 4}].5(H{sub 2}O), was prepared under hydrothermal conditions. As revealed by single-crystal X-ray diffraction studies, the material is modular, built from a secondary building block composed of two anionic hexameric polyoxomolybdophosphate [Mo{sub 6}O{sub 12}(OH){sub 3}(PO{sub 4}){sub 4}]{sup 9-} moieties, bridged by a central octahedral Co{sup 2+} centre. The sandwich-type {l_brace}Co[Mo{sub 6}O{sub 12}(OH){sub 3}(PO{sub 4}){sub 4}]{sub 2}{r_brace}{sup 16-} dimers are connected via tetrahedral Co{sup 2+} metal centres, forming an infinite one-dimensional polymer. The compound constitutes the first example of a reduced sandwich-type cobalt-molybdenum phosphate in which the organic moiety (pip) is effectively coordinated to the inorganic backbone of the polymer, in this case via the tetrahedrally coordinated Co{sup 2+} centres. The magnetic behaviour of this material was investigated in the temperature range 4-298 K.

  7. Flexible single-layer ionic organic-inorganic frameworks towards precise nano-size separation.

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    Yue, Liang; Wang, Shan; Zhou, Ding; Zhang, Hao; Li, Bao; Wu, Lixin

    2016-01-01

    Consecutive two-dimensional frameworks comprised of molecular or cluster building blocks in large area represent ideal candidates for membranes sieving molecules and nano-objects, but challenges still remain in methodology and practical preparation. Here we exploit a new strategy to build soft single-layer ionic organic-inorganic frameworks via electrostatic interaction without preferential binding direction in water. Upon consideration of steric effect and additional interaction, polyanionic clusters as connection nodes and cationic pseudorotaxanes acting as bridging monomers connect with each other to form a single-layer ionic self-assembled framework with 1.4 nm layer thickness. Such soft supramolecular polymer frameworks possess uniform and adjustable ortho-tetragonal nanoporous structure in pore size of 3.4-4.1 nm and exhibit greatly convenient solution processability. The stable membranes maintaining uniform porous structure demonstrate precisely size-selective separation of semiconductor quantum dots within 0.1 nm of accuracy and may hold promise for practical applications in selective transport, molecular separation and dialysis systems. PMID:26923611

  8. Ratiometric fluorescence detection of silver ions using thioflavin T-based organic/inorganic hybrid supraparticles.

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    Li, Yan-Yun; Zhang, Min; Lu, Ling-Fei; Zhu, Anwei; Xia, Fei; Zhou, Tianshu; Shi, Guoyue

    2015-09-01

    In this work, we present a new type of functional organic/inorganic hybrid supraparticle that spontaneously assembles from silver ions (Ag(+)), iodide ions (I(-)) and thioflavin T (ThT) under aqueous solution conditions. ThT alone in aqueous solution was weakly fluorescent with an emission band at 494 nm, which was related to the monomer. However, in the above-mentioned hybrid supraparticle (i.e., ThT@AgI SP) structure, the ThT monomer can form a dimer with a new emission band. The new band shifted to 546 nm and the emission intensity increased. We further present a facile strategy of reversible fluorescence switching of ThT by a simple cation (Ag(+)) and anions (I(-) and S(2-)), which can be employed for the ratiometric fluorescence detection of Ag(+) with high sensitivity and selectivity. The linear range of detecting Ag(+) was from 100 nM to 10 μM, with a limit of detection as low as approximately 50 nM. Moreover, it can be successfully applied for the operation of a logic gate system and to the sensing of Ag(+) in real water samples. PMID:26212864

  9. Impedimetric and amperometric bifunctional glucose biosensor based on hybrid organic-inorganic thin films.

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    Wang, Huihui; Ohnuki, Hitoshi; Endo, Hideaki; Izumi, Mitsuru

    2015-02-01

    A novel glucose biosensor with an immobilized mediator was studied using electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) and amperometry measurements. The biosensor has a characteristic ultrathin form and is composed of a self-assembled monolayer anchoring glucose oxidase (GOx) covered with Langmuir-Blodgett (LB) films of Prussian blue (PB). The immobilized PB in the LB films acts as a mediator and enables the biosensor to work under a low potential (0.0V vs. Ag/AgCl). In the EIS measurements, a dramatic decrease in charge transfer resistance (Rct) was observed with sequential addition of glucose, which can be attributed to enzymatic activity. The linearity of the biosensor response was observed by the variation of the sensor response (1/Rct) as a function of glucose concentration in the range 0 to 25mM. The sensor also showed linear amperometric response below 130mM glucose. The organic-inorganic system of GOx and PB nanoclusters demonstrated bifunctional sensing action, both amperometry and EIS modes, as well as long sensing stability for 4 days. PMID:25014167

  10. Organic-Inorganic Hybrid Solution-Processed H₂-Evolving Photocathodes.

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    Lai, Lai-Hung; Gomulya, Widianta; Berghuis, Matthijs; Protesescu, Loredana; Detz, Remko J; Reek, Joost N H; Kovalenko, Maksym V; Loi, Maria A

    2015-09-01

    Here we report for the first time an H2-evolving photocathode fabricated by a solution-processed organic-inorganic hybrid composed of CdSe and P3HT. The CdSe:P3HT (10:1 (w/w)) hybrid bulk heterojunction treated with 1,2-ethanedithiol (EDT) showed efficient water reduction and hydrogen generation. A photocurrent of -1.24 mA/cm(2) at 0 V versus reversible hydrogen electrode (V(RHE)), EQE of 15%, and an unprecedented Voc of 0.85 V(RHE) under illumination of AM1.5G (100 mW/cm(2)) in mild electrolyte were observed. Time-resolved photoluminescence (TRPL), internal quantum efficiency (IQE), and transient photocurrent measurements were carried out to clarify the carrier dynamics of the hybrids. The exciton lifetime of CdSe was reduced by one order of magnitude in the hybrid blend, which is a sign of the fast charge separation upon illumination. By comparing the current magnitude of the solid-state devices and water-splitting devices made with identical active layers, we found that the interfaces of the water-splitting devices limit the device performance. The electron/hole transport properties investigated by comparing IQE spectra upon front- and back-side illumination evidenced balanced electron/hole transport. The Faradaic efficiency is 80-100% for the hybrid photocathodes with Pt catalysts and ∼70% for the one without Pt catalysts. PMID:26261996

  11. Synthesis of organic-inorganic hybrid azobenzene materials for the preparation of nanofibers by electrospinning

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    Bućko, Aleksandra; Zielińska, Sonia; Ortyl, Ewelina; Larkowska, Maria; Barille, Regis

    2014-12-01

    The new photochromic hybrid materials containing different mole fractions of highly photoactive 4-[(E)-[4-[ethyl(2-hydroxyethyl)amino]phenyl]azo]-N-(4-methylpyrimidin-2-yl)benzenesulfonamide (SMERe) were prepared by a low temperature sol-gel process. The guest-host systems with triethoxyphenylsilane matrix were obtained. These materials were used to form thin transparent films by a spin-coating technique. Then the ability of thin hybrid films to reversible trans-cis photoisomerization under illumination was investigated using ellipsometry and UV-Vis spectroscopy. The reversible changes of refractive index of the films under illumination were in the range of 0.005-0.056. The maximum absorption of these materials was located at 462-486 nm. Moreover, the organic-inorganic azobenzene materials were used to form nanofibers by electrospinning using various parameters of the process. The microstructure of electrospun fibers depended on sols properties (e.g. concentration and viscosity of the sols) and process conditions (e.g. the applied voltage, temperature or type of the collector) at ambient conditions. The morphology of obtained nanofibers was analyzed by an optical microscopy and scanning electron microscopy. In most instances, the beadless fibers were obtained. The wettability of the surface of electrospun fibers deposited on glass substrates was investigated.

  12. A van der Waals pn heterojunction with organic/inorganic semiconductors

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    He, Daowei; Pan, Yiming; Nan, Haiyan; Gu, Shuai; Yang, Ziyi; Wu, Bing; Luo, Xiaoguang; Xu, Bingchen; Zhang, Yuhan; Li, Yun; Ni, Zhenhua; Wang, Baigeng; Zhu, Jia; Chai, Yang; Shi, Yi; Wang, Xinran

    2015-11-01

    van der Waals (vdW) heterojunctions formed by two-dimensional (2D) materials have attracted tremendous attention due to their excellent electrical/optical properties and device applications. However, current 2D heterojunctions are largely limited to atomic crystals, and hybrid organic/inorganic structures are rarely explored. Here, we fabricate the hybrid 2D heterostructures with p-type dioctylbenzothienobenzothiophene (C8-BTBT) and n-type MoS2. We find that few-layer C8-BTBT molecular crystals can be grown on monolayer MoS2 by vdW epitaxy, with pristine interface and controllable thickness down to monolayer. The operation of the C8-BTBT/MoS2 vertical heterojunction devices is highly tunable by bias and gate voltages between three different regimes: interfacial recombination, tunneling, and blocking. The pn junction shows diode-like behavior with rectifying ratio up to 105 at the room temperature. Our devices also exhibit photovoltaic responses with a power conversion efficiency of 0.31% and a photoresponsivity of 22 mA/W. With wide material combinations, such hybrid 2D structures will offer possibilities for opto-electronic devices that are not possible from individual constituents.

  13. Photo-induced halide redistribution in organic-inorganic perovskite films

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    Dequilettes, Dane W.; Zhang, Wei; Burlakov, Victor M.; Graham, Daniel J.; Leijtens, Tomas; Osherov, Anna; Bulović, Vladimir; Snaith, Henry J.; Ginger, David S.; Stranks, Samuel D.

    2016-05-01

    Organic-inorganic perovskites such as CH3NH3PbI3 are promising materials for a variety of optoelectronic applications, with certified power conversion efficiencies in solar cells already exceeding 21%. Nevertheless, state-of-the-art films still contain performance-limiting non-radiative recombination sites and exhibit a range of complex dynamic phenomena under illumination that remain poorly understood. Here we use a unique combination of confocal photoluminescence (PL) microscopy and chemical imaging to correlate the local changes in photophysics with composition in CH3NH3PbI3 films under illumination. We demonstrate that the photo-induced `brightening' of the perovskite PL can be attributed to an order-of-magnitude reduction in trap state density. By imaging the same regions with time-of-flight secondary-ion-mass spectrometry, we correlate this photobrightening with a net migration of iodine. Our work provides visual evidence for photo-induced halide migration in triiodide perovskites and reveals the complex interplay between charge carrier populations, electronic traps and mobile halides that collectively impact optoelectronic performance.

  14. Cellular morphology of organic-inorganic hybrid foams based on alkali alumino-silicate matrix

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    Verdolotti, Letizia; Capasso, Ilaria; Lavorgna, Marino; Liguori, Barbara; Caputo, Domenico; Iannace, Salvatore

    2014-05-15

    Organic-inorganic hybrid foams based on an alkali alumino-silicate matrix were prepared by using different foaming methods. Initially, the synthesis of an inorganic matrix by using aluminosilicate particles, activated through a sodium silicate solution, was performed at room temperature. Subsequently the viscous paste was foamed by using three different methods. In the first method, gaseous hydrogen produced by the oxidization of Si powder in an alkaline media, was used as blowing agent to generate gas bubbles in the paste. In the second method, the porous structure was generated by mixing the paste with a “meringue” type of foam previously prepared by whipping, under vigorous stirring, a water solution containing vegetal proteins as surfactants. In the third method, a combination of these two methods was employed. The foamed systems were consolidated for 24 hours at 40°C and then characterized by FTIR, X-Ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and compression tests. Low density foams (∼500 Kg/m{sup 3}) with good cellular structure and mechanical properties were obtained by combining the “meringue” approach with the use of the chemical blowing agent based on Si.

  15. Organic-inorganic templates in biomineralization of shells, bone, teeth, and bacterial biofilms

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    de Stasio, Gelsomina Pupa

    2005-03-01

    Recent experiments with the Spectromicroscope for PHotoelectron Imaging of Nanostructure with X-rays (SPHINX)[1] on the biofilm formed by Fe-oxidizing bacteria in fresh, ground water, demonstrated that microbially extruded polysaccharide filaments provide the precipitation site for amorphous FeOOH filaments [2]. Upon aging the mineralized filaments crystallize to ferrihydrite (2-line FeOOH), with one curved pseudo-single crystal of akaganeite β-FeOOH), at the core of each filament. The crystals are only 2 nm wide and up to 10 micron long (aspect ratio 1:1000:1), and their structure and morphology is unprecedented. Furthermore, akaganeite should not form in fresh water, therefore a templation mechanism was hypothesized, and supported by SPHINX analysis of carbon XANES. The results indicate that after formation of the crystal fiber, the polysaccharide structure is also altered, and C1s spectra suggest that the COO^- group is involved in the templation mechanism. This was the first successful attempt to understand the organic-inorganic chemical interface in a biomineralized system. Many more templated biomineral systems can and will now be analyzed with this new approach. *Ultramicroscopy 99, 87-94 (2004). *Science 303, 1656-1658 (2004).

  16. PWA-diureasils organic-inorganic hybrids. Photochromism and effect of the organic chain length

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    Obara, P. A.; Sarmento, V. H. V.; Ribeiro, S. J. L.; Nalin, M.; Molina, C.

    2015-08-01

    Di-ureasil organic-inorganic hybrids have been used together with Phosphotungstic acid (PWA- H3PW12O40) in the preparation of new photochromic materials. PWA was incorporated in different relative concentrations in di-ureasils displaying different organic chain lengths. The structure and photochromic behaviour of these novel material were investigated by means of infrared (FTIR), photoluminescence (PL) and Ultraviolet-Visible (UV-Vis) spectroscopies and Small Angle X-ray Scattering (SAXS) technique as a function of PWA content and also of the polymer chain length. Eu3+ has been incorporated as probe ion. For the short polymer chains, europium and PWA keggin structures are located close to oxygen in the ether type of the polyoxides segments and for the long polymer chain carbonyl groups of the urea units were observed to contribute in the coordination. Moreover, the photochromic effect was followed by UV-Vis measurements which showed that in both hybrid families changing from colorless to blue after UV exposure, and the bleaching process, depend directly on the polymer chain length and the nature of the sites where PWA are coordinated in the matrix.

  17. Efficient organic-inorganic hybrid perovskites and doped metal oxide heterojunction solar cells

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    Fan, Xiaojuan

    Organic-Inorganic hybrid perovskite CH3NH3PbI3 has recently attracted much attention for its high efficient solar energy conversion. This semiconducting pigment with a direct bandgap of 1.55 eV has made it an interesting optical and electronic material over the whole visible solar emission spectrum. The role of hole conducting has been found in this semiconductor that allows perovskite solar cell (PSC) to be formed by CH3NH3PbI3/TiO2 heterojunctions that use TiO2 as scaffold, and carbon as a back contact. We will report a double layer metal doped TiO2/Al2O3 mesoporous scaffold covered by the p-type semiconducting pigment to form a high efficient PSC through solution method. TiO2 and Al2O3 are both large band gap semiconductors that affect conducting and recombination rate in solar cells. One improvement work is doping other metal elements in TiO2 to raise the mobility while extend the recombination time. It has suggested that optimal amounts of doped metals such as Cu, Co, Mn can suppress the reduction of Ti4 + resulting better transportation. TiO2 thin films doped with metals are subjected to the EPR analysis and the results will be correlated with measurements of electronic-optical properties.

  18. Photo-induced halide redistribution in organic-inorganic perovskite films.

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    deQuilettes, Dane W; Zhang, Wei; Burlakov, Victor M; Graham, Daniel J; Leijtens, Tomas; Osherov, Anna; Bulović, Vladimir; Snaith, Henry J; Ginger, David S; Stranks, Samuel D

    2016-01-01

    Organic-inorganic perovskites such as CH3NH3PbI3 are promising materials for a variety of optoelectronic applications, with certified power conversion efficiencies in solar cells already exceeding 21%. Nevertheless, state-of-the-art films still contain performance-limiting non-radiative recombination sites and exhibit a range of complex dynamic phenomena under illumination that remain poorly understood. Here we use a unique combination of confocal photoluminescence (PL) microscopy and chemical imaging to correlate the local changes in photophysics with composition in CH3NH3PbI3 films under illumination. We demonstrate that the photo-induced 'brightening' of the perovskite PL can be attributed to an order-of-magnitude reduction in trap state density. By imaging the same regions with time-of-flight secondary-ion-mass spectrometry, we correlate this photobrightening with a net migration of iodine. Our work provides visual evidence for photo-induced halide migration in triiodide perovskites and reveals the complex interplay between charge carrier populations, electronic traps and mobile halides that collectively impact optoelectronic performance. PMID:27216703

  19. Organic-inorganic hybrid lead halide perovskites for optoelectronic and electronic applications.

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    Zhao, Yixin; Zhu, Kai

    2016-02-01

    Organic and inorganic hybrid perovskites (e.g., CH(3)NH(3)PbI(3)), with advantages of facile processing, tunable bandgaps, and superior charge-transfer properties, have emerged as a new class of revolutionary optoelectronic semiconductors promising for various applications. Perovskite solar cells constructed with a variety of configurations have demonstrated unprecedented progress in efficiency, reaching about 20% from multiple groups after only several years of active research. A key to this success is the development of various solution-synthesis and film-deposition techniques for controlling the morphology and composition of hybrid perovskites. The rapid progress in material synthesis and device fabrication has also promoted the development of other optoelectronic applications including light-emitting diodes, photodetectors, and transistors. Both experimental and theoretical investigations on organic-inorganic hybrid perovskites have enabled some critical fundamental understandings of this material system. Recent studies have also demonstrated progress in addressing the potential stability issue, which has been identified as a main challenge for future research on halide perovskites. Here, we review recent progress on hybrid perovskites including basic chemical and crystal structures, chemical synthesis of bulk/nanocrystals and thin films with their chemical and physical properties, device configurations, operation principles for various optoelectronic applications (with a focus on solar cells), and photophysics of charge-carrier dynamics. We also discuss the importance of further understanding of the fundamental properties of hybrid perovskites, especially those related to chemical and structural stabilities. PMID:26645733

  20. A van der Waals pn heterojunction with organic/inorganic semiconductors

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    He, Daowei; Yang, Ziyi; Wu, Bing; Xu, Bingchen; Zhang, Yuhan; Li, Yun; Shi, Yi E-mail: xrwang@nju.edu.cn; Wang, Xinran E-mail: xrwang@nju.edu.cn; Pan, Yiming; Wang, Baigeng; Nan, Haiyan; Luo, Xiaoguang; Ni, Zhenhua; Gu, Shuai; Zhu, Jia; Chai, Yang

    2015-11-02

    van der Waals (vdW) heterojunctions formed by two-dimensional (2D) materials have attracted tremendous attention due to their excellent electrical/optical properties and device applications. However, current 2D heterojunctions are largely limited to atomic crystals, and hybrid organic/inorganic structures are rarely explored. Here, we fabricate the hybrid 2D heterostructures with p-type dioctylbenzothienobenzothiophene (C{sub 8}-BTBT) and n-type MoS{sub 2}. We find that few-layer C{sub 8}-BTBT molecular crystals can be grown on monolayer MoS{sub 2} by vdW epitaxy, with pristine interface and controllable thickness down to monolayer. The operation of the C{sub 8}-BTBT/MoS{sub 2} vertical heterojunction devices is highly tunable by bias and gate voltages between three different regimes: interfacial recombination, tunneling, and blocking. The pn junction shows diode-like behavior with rectifying ratio up to 10{sup 5} at the room temperature. Our devices also exhibit photovoltaic responses with a power conversion efficiency of 0.31% and a photoresponsivity of 22 mA/W. With wide material combinations, such hybrid 2D structures will offer possibilities for opto-electronic devices that are not possible from individual constituents.

  1. Organic/inorganic interfaced field-effect transistor properties with a novel organic semiconducting material

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    Demir, Ahmet; Atahan, Alparslan; Bağcı, Sadık; Aslan, Metin; Saif Islam, M.

    2016-01-01

    A novel 1,3,4-oxadiazole-substituted benzo[b]triphenylene was synthesized by three-step synthetic procedure and OFET device design was successfully designed after theoretical calculations made using Gaussian software. For investigating the field-effect properties of designed organic electronic device, a SiO2 (300 nm) was thermally grown on p-Si wafer at 1000 °C as a dielectric layer and gate, source and drain contacts have been deposited using Au metal with physical vapour deposition. 1,3,4-Oxadiazole-substituted benzo[b]triphenylene was spin coated on the source and drain electrodes of our device, forming organic/inorganic interfaced field-effect transistors. Surface morphology and thin film properties were investigated using AFM. All electrical measurements were done in air ambient. The device showed a typical p-type channel behaviour with increasing negative gate bias voltage values. Our results have surprisingly shown that the saturation regime of this device has high mobility (μFET), excellent on/off ratio (Ion/Ioff), high transconductance (gm) and a small threshold voltage (VTh). The values of μFET, Ion/Ioff, gm and VTh were found as 5.02 cm2/Vs, 0.7 × 103, 5.64 μS/mm and 1.37 V, respectively. These values show that our novel organic material could be a potential candidate for organic electronic device applications in the future.

  2. Reduced energy offset via substitutional doping for efficient organic/inorganic hybrid solar cells.

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    Jin, Xiao; Sun, Weifu; Zhang, Qin; Ruan, Kelian; Cheng, Yuanyuan; Xu, Haijiao; Xu, Zhongyuan; Li, Qinghua

    2015-06-01

    Charge carrier transport in bulk heterojunction that is central to the device performance of solar cells is sensitively dependent on the energy level alignment of acceptor and donor. However, the effect of energy level regulation induced by nickel ions on the primary photoexcited electron transfer and the performance of P3HT/TiO2 hybrid solar cells remains being poorly understood and rarely studied. Here we demonstrate that the introduction of the versatile nickel ions into TiO2 nanocrystals can significantly elevate the conduction and valence band energy levels of the acceptor, thus resulting in a remarkable reduction of energy level offset between the conduction band of acceptor and lowest unoccupied molecular orbital of donor. By applying transient photoluminescence and femtosecond transient absorption spectroscopies, we demonstrate that the electron transfer becomes more competitive after incorporating nickel ions. In particular, the electron transfer life time is shortened from 30.2 to 16.7 ps, i.e., more than 44% faster than pure TiO2 acceptor, thus leading to a notable increase of power conversion efficiency in organic/inorganic hybrid solar cells. This work underscores the promising virtue of engineering the reduction of 'excess' energy offset to accelerate electron transport and demonstrates the potential of nickel ions in applications of solar energy conversion and photon detectors. PMID:26072869

  3. Investigation of organic, inorganic and synthetic adsorbents for the pretreatment of landfill leachate.

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    Shahriari, H; Fernandes, L; Tezel, F H

    2008-05-01

    An investigation into the use of organic, inorganic and synthetic adsorbents for the pretreatment of landfill leachate, generated by the City of Ottawa Trail Road Landfill, was carried out. The purpose of this project was to reduce the concentration of contaminants in order to meet the local Sewer Use By-Laws, prior to transporting the leachate from the generating site to the local municipal sewage treatment plant, and thereby reducing the disposal fees. Peat moss, compost, clinoptilolite, basalt and two types of activated carbon (DSR-A and F400) were investigated to determine the adsorption capacity for contaminants from leachate. Kinetic studies were also performed. The results based on batch adsorption isotherms show that peat moss has the highest adsorption capacity for boron (B) and barium (Ba), compared with the other adsorbents. Also peat moss has good removals of Total Kjeldahl Nitrogen (TKN), Total Organic Carbon (TOC), and benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene and xylene (BTEX), but these are lower than the removals obtained with activated carbon. Because of its relatively low cost and higher adsorption of B and Ba, peat moss was selected as the filter media for the column studies. The treated leachate was tested for B, Ba, TKN, carbonaceous biological oxygen demand (CBOD5) and hydrogen sulfide (H2S). The breakthrough curves for B and Ba showed the effectiveness of peat moss in removing these contaminants. PMID:18661738

  4. Flexible single-layer ionic organic-inorganic frameworks towards precise nano-size separation

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    Yue, Liang; Wang, Shan; Zhou, Ding; Zhang, Hao; Li, Bao; Wu, Lixin

    2016-02-01

    Consecutive two-dimensional frameworks comprised of molecular or cluster building blocks in large area represent ideal candidates for membranes sieving molecules and nano-objects, but challenges still remain in methodology and practical preparation. Here we exploit a new strategy to build soft single-layer ionic organic-inorganic frameworks via electrostatic interaction without preferential binding direction in water. Upon consideration of steric effect and additional interaction, polyanionic clusters as connection nodes and cationic pseudorotaxanes acting as bridging monomers connect with each other to form a single-layer ionic self-assembled framework with 1.4 nm layer thickness. Such soft supramolecular polymer frameworks possess uniform and adjustable ortho-tetragonal nanoporous structure in pore size of 3.4-4.1 nm and exhibit greatly convenient solution processability. The stable membranes maintaining uniform porous structure demonstrate precisely size-selective separation of semiconductor quantum dots within 0.1 nm of accuracy and may hold promise for practical applications in selective transport, molecular separation and dialysis systems.

  5. Composite organic-inorganic butterfly scales: production of photonic structures with atomic layer deposition.

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    Gaillot, Davy P; Deparis, Olivier; Welch, Victoria; Wagner, Brent K; Vigneron, Jean Pol; Summers, Christopher J

    2008-09-01

    Recent advances in the photonics and optics industries have produced great demand for ever more sophisticated optical devices, such as photonic crystals. However, photonic crystals are notoriously difficult to manufacture. Increasingly, therefore, researchers have turned towards naturally occurring photonic structures for inspiration and a wide variety of elaborate techniques have been attempted to copy and harness biological processes to manufacture artificial photonic structures. Here, we describe a simple, direct process for producing an artificial photonic device by using a naturally occurring structure from the wings of the butterfly Papilio blumei as a template and low-temperature atomic layer deposition of TiO2 to create a faithful cast of the structure. The optical properties of the organic-inorganic diffraction structures produced are assessed by normal-incidence specular reflectance and found to be well described by multilayer computation method using a two-dimensional photonic crystal model. Depending on the structural integrity of the initially sealed scale, it was found possible not only to replicate the outer but also the inner and more complex surfaces of the structure, each resulting in distinct multicolor optical behavior as revealed by experimental and theoretical data. In this paper, we also explore tailoring the process to design composite skeleton architectures with desired optical properties and integrated multifunctional (mechanical, thermal, optical, fluidic) properties. PMID:18851080

  6. [Development and evaluation of fertilizers cemented and coated with organic-inorganic materials].

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    Xiao, Qiang; Wang, Jia-Chen; Zuo, Qiang; Zhang, Lin; Liu, Bao-Cun; Zhao, Tong-Ke; Zou, Guo-Yuan; Xu, Qiu-Ming

    2010-01-01

    Four kinds of organic-inorganic cementing and coating materials were prepared by a coating method using water as the solvent, and the corresponding cemented and coated fertilizers (B2, PS, F2, and F2F) were produced by disc pelletizer. The tests on the properties of these fertilizers showed that the granulation rate, compression strength, and film-forming rate were B2 > PS > F2 > F2F. Soil column leaching experiment showed that the curve of accumulated nitrogen-dissolving rate was the gentlest for B2. In 48 days, the accumulated nitrogen-dissolving rate was in the order of B2, 54.65% < PS, 56.16% < F2, 59.47%, < F2F, 63.12%. Field experiment showed that compared with the same application amount of NPK, all the test fertilizers had better effects on corn yield, among which, B2 was the best, with the corn yield and fertilizer use efficiency increased by 19.72% and 20.30%, respectively. The yield-increasing effect of other test fertilizers was in the order of PS > F2 > F2F. PMID:20387432

  7. Photoluminescence Mechanism and Photocatalytic Activity of Organic-Inorganic Hybrid Materials Formed by Sequential Vapor Infiltration.

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    Akyildiz, Halil I; Stano, Kelly L; Roberts, Adam T; Everitt, Henry O; Jur, Jesse S

    2016-05-01

    Organic-inorganic hybrid materials formed by sequential vapor infiltration (SVI) of trimethylaluminum into polyester fibers are demonstrated, and the photoluminescence of the fibers is evaluated using a combined UV-vis and photoluminescence excitation (PLE) spectroscopy approach. The optical activity of the modified fibers depends on infiltration thermal processing conditions and is attributed to the reaction mechanisms taking place at different temperatures. At low temperatures a single excitation band and dual emission bands are observed, while, at high temperatures, two distinct absorption bands and one emission band are observed, suggesting that the physical and chemical structure of the resulting hybrid material depends on the SVI temperature. Along with enhancing the photoluminescence intensity of the PET fibers, the internal quantum efficiency also increased to 5-fold from ∼4-5% to ∼24%. SVI processing also improved the photocatalytic activity of the fibers, as demonstrated by photodeposition of Ag and Au metal particles out of an aqueous metal salt solution onto fiber surfaces via UVA light exposure. Toward applications in flexible electronics, well-defined patterning of the metallic materials is achieved by using light masking and focused laser rastering approaches. PMID:27063955

  8. Organic-inorganic hybrid of chitosan/organoclay bionanocomposites for hexavalent chromium uptake.

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    Pandey, Sadanand; Mishra, Shivani B

    2011-09-15

    Organic-inorganic hybrid of chitosan and nanoclay (Cloisite 10A) was chosen to develop a nanomaterial with combine properties of hydrophilicity of an organic polycation and adsorption capacity of inorganic polyanion. The chitosan/clay nanocomposite (CCN) was prepared by solvent casting method. The material synthesis was found most efficient in adsorbent behavior was studied in detail taking Cr(VI) as representative ion. The chemical, structural and textural characteristics of the material were determined by FTIR, XRD, TEM, SEM and EDAX analysis. XRD and TEM results indicated that an exfoliated structure was formed with addition of small amounts of MMT-Na+(montmorillonite-Na(+)) to the chitosan matrix. These composite material were used for the removal of chromium(VI) from aqueous solution. The conditions for the adsorption by the composite have been optimized and kinetics and thermodynamic studies were performed. Though the adsorption takes place in wide pH range, pH 3 was found most suitable and at this pH the adsorption data were modeled using the Langmuir and Freundlich isotherms at 15 °C and 35 °C, where the data fitted satisfactorily to Langmuir isotherms, the R(2) values being 0.998 and 0.999 respectively indicating unilayer adsorption. Based on Langmuir model, Q(o) was calculated to be 357.14 mg/g. The adsorption showed pseudo second order kinetics with a rate constant of 8.0763 × 10(-4) g mg(-1) min(-1) at 100 ppm Cr(VI) concentration. PMID:21679960

  9. Layer-by-layer deposited organic/inorganic hybrid multilayer films containing noncentrosymmetrically orientated azobenzene chromophores.

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    Kang, En-Hua; Bu, Tianjia; Jin, Pengcheng; Sun, Junqi; Yang, Yanqiang; Shen, Jiacong

    2007-07-01

    Organic/inorganic hybrid multilayer films with noncentrosymmetrically orientated azobenzene chromophores were fabricated by the sequential deposition of ZrO2 layers by a surface sol-gel process and subsequent layer-by-layer (LbL) adsorption of the nonlinear optical (NLO)-active azobenzene-containing polyanion PAC-azoBNS and poly(diallyldimethylammonium chloride) (PDDA). Noncentrosymmetric orientation of the NLO-active azobenzene chromophores was achieved because of the strong repulsion between the negatively charged ZrO(2) and the sulfonate groups of the azobenzene chromophore in PAC-azoBNS. Regular deposition of ZrO(2)/PAC-azoBNS/PDDA multilayer films was verified by UV-vis absorption spectroscopy and quartz crystal microbalance measurements. Both UV-vis absorption spectroscopy and transmission second harmonic generation (SHG) measurements confirmed the noncentrosymmetric orientation of the azobenzene chromophores in the as-prepared ZrO2/PAC-azoBNS/PDDA multilayer films. The square root of the SHG signal (I(2omega)(1/2)) increases with the increase of the azobenzene graft ratio in PAC-azoBNS as the number of deposition cycles of the ZrO(2)/PAC-azoBNS/PDDA films remains the same, while the second-order susceptibility chi(zzz)(2) of the film decreases with the increase of the azobenzene graft ratio. Furthermore, the present method was successfully extended to realize the noncentrosymmetric orientation of azobenzene chromophores in multilayer films when small organic azobenzene compounds with carboxylic acid and/or hydroxyl groups at one end and sulfonate groups at the other end were used. The present method was characterized by its simplicity and flexibility in film preparation, and it is anticipated to be a facile way to fabricate second-order nonlinear optical film materials. PMID:17555337

  10. Glass transition measurements in mixed organic and organic/inorganic aerosol particles

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    Dette, Hans Peter; Qi, Mian; Schröder, David; Godt, Adelheid; Koop, Thomas

    2014-05-01

    The recent proposal of a semi-solid or glassy state of secondary organic aerosol (SOA) particles has sparked intense research in that area. In particular, potential effects of a glassy aerosol state such as incomplete gas-to-particle partitioning of semi-volatile organics, inhibited chemical reactions and water uptake, and the potential to act as heterogeneous ice nuclei have been identified so far. Many of these studies use well-studied proxies for oxidized organics such as sugars or other polyols. There are, however, few measurements on compounds that do exist in atmospheric aerosol particles. Here, we have performed studies on the phase state of organics that actually occur in natural SOA particles arising from the oxidation of alpha-pinene emitted in boreal forests. We have investigated the two marker compounds pinonic acid and 3-methylbutane-1,2,3-tricarboxylic acid (3-MBTCA) and their mixtures. 3-MBCTA was synthesized from methyl isobutyrate and dimethyl maleate in two steps. In order to transfer these substances into a glassy state we have developed a novel aerosol spray drying technique. Dilute solutions of the relevant organics are atomized into aerosol particles which are dried subsequently by diffusion drying. The dried aerosol particles are then recollected in an impactor and studied by means of differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), which provides unambiguous information on the aerosols' phase state, i.e. whether the particles are crystalline or glassy. In the latter case DSC is used to determine the glass transition temperature Tg of the investigated samples. Using the above setup we were able to determine Tg of various mixtures of organic aerosol compounds as a function of their dry mass fraction, thus allowing to infer a relation between Tg and the O:C ratio of the aerosols. Moreover, we also studied the glass transition behavior of mixed organic/inorganic aerosol particles, including the effects of liquid-liquid phase separation upon drying.

  11. Quantum-dot blue light emitting diodes utilizing organic/inorganic hybrid structures

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    Wu, Feifei; Hu, Lian; Zhang, Bingpo; Li, Ruifeng; Wu, Huizhen

    2015-02-01

    We report blue color quantum-dot light-emitting diodes (QDLEDs) using an organic-inorganic hybrid structure and CdZnS-ZnS core-shell quantum-dot emitters. In the device organic ploy(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene):ploy(styrene sulfonate) (PEDOT:PSS) and NN‧-bis(3-methylphenyl)-NN‧-bis(phenyl)-99-spiro-bifluorene (TPD) thin films are respectively used as the hole-injection layer (HIL) and the hole-transporting layer (HTL), and an inorganic ZnSnO thin film is used as the electron-transporting layer (ETL). In the blue QDLEDs, the function of the TPD-HTL is explored and it is found that the device employing a TPD-HTL exhibits much better optical characteristics compared with that having an identical device layout but without the TPD-HTL. The TPD HTL acts as a transition layer and offers a ladder for the injected holes from PEDOT:PSS to the QDs, leading to an more efficient hole injection. It is further found that the intensity ratio between surface-state emission (SSE) and band-edge emission (BEE) (RS/B) of the two devices shows significant difference at high bias voltages. The SSE becomes more prominent at higher bias voltage in the QDLEDs due to the imbalance injection of holes and electrons. The injected holes firstly encounter the excessive electrons accumulated at the surface of the charged QDs, thus the probability of hole-electron recombination at the QDs surface is greatly enhanced at high bias voltages.

  12. Biomineralized biomimetic organic/inorganic hybrid hydrogels based on hyaluronic acid and poloxamer.

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    Huh, Hyun Wook; Zhao, Linlin; Kim, So Yeon

    2015-08-01

    A biomineralized hydrogel system containing hyaluronic acid (HA) and poloxamer composed of a poly(ethylene oxide)/poly(propylene oxide)/poly(ethylene oxide) (PEO-PPO-PEO) block copolymer was developed as a biomimetic thermo-responsive injectable hydrogel system for bone regeneration. Using HA and poloxamer macromers with polymerizable residues, organic/inorganic HA/poloxamer hydrogels with various compositions were prepared and subjected to a biomineralization process to mimic the bone extracellular matrix. An increase in HA content within the hydrogels enhanced intermolecular chelation with calcium ions, leading to an increase in nucleation and growth of calcium phosphate in the hydrogels. After the biomineralization procedure, a crystalline formation was observed within and on the surface of the hydrogel. All of the HA/poloxamer hydrogel samples exhibited relatively high water content of greater than 90% at 25 °C, and the water content was influenced by the HA/poloxamer composition, biomineralization, and temperature. In particular, the HA/poloxamer hydrogel was injectable through a syringe without demonstrating appreciable macroscopic fracture at room temperature, whereas it was more opaque and adopted a more rigid structure as the temperature increased because of the increasing hydrophobicity of poloxamer. The enzymatic degradation behavior of the hydrogels depended on the concentration of hyaluronidase, HA/poloxamer composition, and biomineralization. The release kinetics of model drugs from HA/poloxamer hydrogels was primarily dependent on the drug loading content, water content, biomineralization of the hydrogels, and ionic properties of the drug. These results indicate that biomineralized HA/poloxamer hydrogel is a promising candidate material for a biomimetic hydrogel system that promotes bone tissue repair and regeneration via local delivery of drugs. PMID:25933531

  13. Hybrid organic-inorganic heterojunction solar cells with 12% efficiency by utilizing flexible film-silicon with a hierarchical surface.

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    Thiyagu, Subramani; Hsueh, Chen-Chih; Liu, Chien-Ting; Syu, Hong-Jhang; Lin, Tzu-Ching; Lin, Ching-Fuh

    2014-03-21

    This paper reports an organic-inorganic hybrid solar cell with a hierarchical surface composed of high density silicon nanoholes and micro-desert textures. High-efficiency organic-inorganic hybrid solar cell Si/PEDOT-PSS with a hierarchical surface, showing a power conversion efficiency of 12%. The structure provides excellent light absorption over 97% for the spectral range of 300 to 1100 nm with a thickness of 60 μm due to internal multiple reflections caused by subwavelength features of high density silicon nanoholes and micro-desert textures. In addition, from the angle of incidence (AOI) observed, even at the large angle of 75°, the reflectance value still exhibits less than 1%. With the advantage of very thin silicon material and inexpensive processing, hybrid silicon/polymer solar cells are promising for various applications and thus could be an economically feasible alternative energy solution in the future. PMID:24522339

  14. Application of an ampholine-functionalized hybrid organic-inorganic silica material for the SPE of aromatic amines.

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    Chen, Yihui; Wang, Tingting; Ma, Junfeng; Liang, Zhen; Chen, Mingliang; Fang, Jianghua; Gao, Haoqi; Zhang, Lihua; Zhang, Yukui

    2014-01-01

    An SPE cartridge based on an ampholine-functionalized hybrid organic-inorganic silica sorbent has been adopted for the analysis of aromatic amines including 4-aminobiphenyl, benzidine, 2-naphthylamine, p-chloroaniline, 2,4,5-trimethylaniline, and 3,3'-dichlorobenzidine. Crucial variables governing the extraction efficiency of the material such as the pH of sample, sample loading volume, solvent used for elution, and elution volume have been thoroughly optimized. The adsorption capacities for the six aromatic amines ranged from 0.17 to 1.82 μg/mg. The recoveries of aromatic amines spiked in textile samples ranged from 78.9 to 103.0%, with RSDs of 1.1-11.9% (n = 3). Moreover, the extraction efficiency of the ampholine-functionalized hybrid organic-inorganic silica sorbent was at least comparable with that of Oasis WCX. PMID:24178632

  15. Defect states at organic-inorganic interfaces: Insight from first principles calculations for pentaerythritol tetranitrate on MgO surface

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    Tsyshevsky, Roman V.; Rashkeev, Sergey N.; Kuklja, Maija M.

    2015-07-01

    Light-responsive organic-inorganic interfaces offer experimental opportunities that are otherwise difficult to achieve. Since laser light can be manipulated very precisely, it becomes possible to engineer selective, predictive, and highly controlled interface properties. Photochemistry of organic-inorganic energetic interfaces is a rapidly emerging research field in which energy absorption and interface stability mechanisms have yet to be established. To explore the interaction of the laser irradiation with molecular materials, we performed first principle calculations of a prototype organic-inorganic interface between a nitroester (pentaerythritol tetranitrate, PETN, C5H8N4O12) and a magnesium oxide (MgO) surface. We found that the light absorption is defined by the band alignment between interface components and interfacial charge transfer coupled with electronic states in the band gap, generated by oxide surface defects. Hence the choice of an oxide substrate and its morphology makes the optical absorption tunable and governs both the energy accumulation and energy release at the interface. The obtained results offer a possible consistent interpretation of experiments on selective laser initiation of energetic materials, which reported that the presence of metal oxide additives triggered the photoinitiation by excitation energy much lower than the band gap. We suggest that PETN photodecomposition is catalyzed by oxygen vacancies (F0 centers) at the MgO surface. Our conclusions predict ways for a complete separation of thermo- and photo-stimulated interface chemistry of molecular materials, which is imperative for highly controllable fast decomposition and was not attainable before. The methodology described here can be applied to any type of molecular material/wide band gap dielectric interfaces. It provides a solid basis for novel design and targeted improvements of organic-inorganic interfaces with desired properties that promise to enable vastly new concepts

  16. Organic-inorganic hybrid polymer electrolytes based on polyether diamine, alkoxysilane, and trichlorotriazine: Synthesis, characterization, and electrochemical applications

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    Saikia, Diganta; Wu, Cheng-Gang; Fang, Jason; Tsai, Li-Duan; Kao, Hsien-Ming

    2014-12-01

    A new type of highly conductive organic-inorganic hybrid polymer electrolytes has been synthesized by the reaction of poly(propylene glycol)-block-poly(ethylene glycol)-block-poly(propylene glycol) bis(2-aminopropyl ether), 2,4,6-trichloro-1,3,5-triazine and alkoxysilane precursor 3-(glycidyloxypropyl)trimethoxysilane, followed by doping of LiClO4. The 13C and 29Si solid-sate NMR results confirm the successful synthesis of the organic-inorganic hybrid structure. The solid hybrid electrolyte thus obtained exhibits a maximum ionic conductivity of 1.6 × 10-4 S cm-1 at 30 °C, which is the highest among the organic-inorganic hybrid electrolytes. The hybrid electrolytes are electrochemically stable up to 4.2 V. The prototype electrochromic device with such a solid hybrid electrolyte demonstrates a good coloration efficiency value of 183 cm2 C-1 with a cycle life over 200 cycles. For the lithium-ion battery test, the salt free solid hybrid membrane is swelled with a LiPF6-containing electrolyte solution to reach an acceptable ionic conductivity value of 6.5 × 10-3 S cm-1 at 30 °C. The battery cell carries an initial discharge capacity of 100 mAh g-1 at 0.2C-rate and a coulombic efficiency of about 95% up to 30 cycles without the sign of cell failure. The present organic-inorganic hybrid electrolytes hold promise for applications in electrochromic devices and lithium ion batteries.

  17. Organic-inorganic random copolymers from methacrylate-terminated poly(ethylene oxide) with 3-methacryloxypropylheptaphenyl polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxane: synthesis via RAFT polymerization and self-assembly behavior.

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    Wei, Kun; Li, Lei; Zheng, Sixun; Wang, Ge; Liang, Qi

    2014-01-14

    In this contribution, we report the synthesis of organic-inorganic random polymers from methacrylate-terminated poly(ethylene oxide) (MAPEO) (Mn = 950) and 3-methacryloxypropylheptaphenyl polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxane (MAPOSS) macromers via reversible addition-fragmentation chain transfer (RAFT) polymerization with 4-cyano-4-(thiobenzoylthio) valeric acid (CTBTVA) as the chain transfer agent. The organic-inorganic random copolymers were characterized by means of (1)H NMR spectroscopy, gel permeation chromatography (GPC) and differential scanning calorimetry (DSC). The results of GPC indicate that the polymerizations were carried out in a controlled fashion. Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) showed that the organic-inorganic random copolymers in bulk were microphase-separated and the POSS microdomains were formed via POSS-POSS interactions. In aqueous solutions the organic-inorganic random copolymers were capable of self-assembling into spherical nanoobjects as evidenced by transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and dynamic laser scattering (DLS). The self-assembly behavior of the organic-inorganic random copolymers was also found to occur in the mixtures with the precursors of epoxy. The nanostructures were further fixed via subsequent curing reaction and thus the organic-inorganic nanocomposites were obtained. The formation of nanophases in epoxy thermosets was confirmed by transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and dynamic mechanical thermal analysis (DMTA). The organic-inorganic nanocomposites displayed the enhanced surface hydrophobicity as evidenced by surface contact angle measurements. PMID:24651714

  18. Low-cost, high-efficiency organic/inorganic hetero-junction hybrid solar cells for next generation photovoltaic device

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    Pudasaini, P. R.; Ayon, A. A.

    2013-12-01

    Organic/inorganic hybrid structures are considered innovative alternatives for the next generation of low-cost photovoltaic devices because they combine advantages of the purely organic and inorganic versions. Here, we report an efficient hybrid solar cell based on sub-wavelength silicon nanotexturization in combination with the spin-coating of poly (3,4-ethylene-dioxythiophene):polystyrenesulfonate (PEDOT:PSS). The described devices were analyzed by collecting current-voltage and capacitance-voltage measurements in order to explore the organic/inorganic heterojunction properties. ALD deposited ultrathin aluminium oxide was used as a junction passivation layer between the nanotextured silicon surface and the organic polymer. The measured interface defect density of the device was observed to decrease with the inclusion of an ultrathin Al2O3 passivation layer leading to an improved electrical performance. This effect is thought to be ascribed to the suppression of charge recombination at the organic/inorganic interface. A maximum power conversion efficiency in excess of 10% has been achieved for the optimized geometry of the device, in spite of lacking an antireflection layer or back surface field enhancement schemes.

  19. Organic-inorganic hybrid proton exchange membrane based on polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxanes and sulfonated polyimides containing benzimidazole

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    Pan, Haiyan; Zhang, Yuanyuan; Pu, Hongting; Chang, Zhihong

    2014-10-01

    A new series of organic-inorganic hybrid proton exchange membranes (PEMs) were prepared using sulfonated polyimides containing benzimidazole (SPIBIs) and glycidyl ether of polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxanes (G-POSS). SPIBIs were synthesized using 1,4,5,8-naphthalenetetracarboxylic dianhydride (NTDA), 5-amino-2-(4-aminophenyl) benzimidazole (APBIA) and 4,4‧-diaminodiphenyl ether-2,2‧-disulfonic acid (ODADS). The organic-inorganic cross-linked membranes can be prepared by SPIBIs with G-POSS by a thermal treatment process. The cross-linking density of the membranes was evaluated by gel fractions. The water uptake, swelling ratio, mechanical property, thermal behavior, proton conductivity, oxidative and hydrolytic stability of the cross-linked organic-inorganic membranes were intensively investigated. All the cross-linked membranes exhibit high cross-linking density for the gel fraction higher than 70%. Compared to pristine membranes (SPIBIs) and membranes without benzimidazole groups (SPI), the anti-free-radical oxidative and hydrolytic stabilities of cross-linked membranes are significantly higher. The anti-free-oxidative stability of SPIBI-100-P (cross-linked SPIBI membrane with 100% degree of sulfonation) is nearly four-fold higher than that of SPIBI-100. The proton conductivity of the cross-linked membranes ranges from 10-3 S cm-1 to 10-2 S cm-1 depending both on the degree of sulfonation (DS) of the SPIBI and temperature.

  20. Temperature and exposure dependence of hybrid organic-inorganic layer formation by sequential vapor infiltration into polymer fibers.

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    Akyildiz, Halil I; Padbury, Richard P; Parsons, Gregory N; Jur, Jesse S

    2012-11-01

    The characteristic processing behavior for growth of a conformal nanoscale hybrid organic-inorganic modification to polyamide 6 (PA6) by sequential vapor infiltration (SVI) is demonstrated. The SVI process is a materials growth technique by which exposure of organometallic vapors to a polymeric material promotes the formation of a hybrid organic-inorganic modification at the near surface region of the polymer. This work investigates the SVI exposure temperature and cycling times of sequential exposures of trimethylaluminum (TMA) on PA6 fiber mats. The result of TMA exposure is the preferential subsurface organic-inorganic growth by diffusion into the polymer and reaction with the carbonyl in PA6. Mass gain, infrared spectroscopy, and transmission electron microscopy analysis indicate enhanced materials growth and uniformity at lower processing temperatures. The inverse relationship between mass gain and exposure temperature is explained by the formation of a hybrid layer that prevents the diffusion of TMA into the polymer to react with the PA6 upon subsequent exposure cycles. As few as 10 SVI exposure cycles are observed to saturate the growth, yielding a modified thickness of ∼75 nm and mass increase of ∼14 wt %. Removal of the inherent PA6 moisture content reduces the mass gain by ∼4 wt % at low temperature exposures. The ability to understand the characteristic growth process is critical for the development of the hybrid materials fabrication and modification techniques. PMID:23050951

  1. Electrochemical sensor for sensitive detection of paracetamol based on novel multi-walled carbon nanotubes-derived organic-inorganic material.

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    Hui, Junmin; Li, Wenjuan; Guo, Yanlei; Yang, Zhu; Wang, Yingxiong; Yu, Chao

    2014-03-01

    A new electrochemical sensor based on a novel organic-inorganic material (PNFCTs) was proposed for detection of paracetamol in this paper. First, PNFCTs were prepared with multi-walled carbon nanotubes (MWNTs) and a derivative of 3,4,9,10-perylenetetracarboxylic dianhydride (PTC-NH2) via cross-linking method. Then, PNFCTs were coated onto the surface of the glassy carbon electrode (GCE) to form porous organic conducting polymer films (PNFCTs/GCE), which could not only increase the loading of paracetamol efficiently but also provide an interface with exceptional electrical conductivity for paracetamol. Finally, gold nanoparticles (GNPs) were attached to the electrode surface through electrodepositing method, which obtained GNPs/PNFCTs/GCE electrode. The electrochemical behavior of paracetamol on GNPs/PNFCTs/GCE was explored by cyclic voltammetrys (CVs) and differential pulse voltammograms (DPVs). The results showed that the GNPs/PNFCTs/GCE exhibited excellent electrocatalytic activity to paracetamol, which should be attributed to remarkable properties of the new composite nanomaterials with porous nanostructure and exceptional electrical conductivity. The wide liner range and detection limit were 0.3-575 and 0.1 μM, respectively. Finally, it was successfully used to detect paracetamol in dilution human serum and commercial tablets. The sensor shows great promise for simple, sensitive, and selective detection paracetamol and provides a promising approach in paracetamol clinical research and overdose diagnostic applications. PMID:24005761

  2. New organic-inorganic hybrid molecular systems and highly organized materials in catalysis

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    Kustov, L. M.

    2015-11-01

    Definitions of hybrid materials are suggested, and applications of these materials are considered. Particular attention is focused on the application of hybrid materials in hydrogenation, partial oxidation, plant biomass conversion, and natural gas reforming, primarily on the use of core-shell nanoparticles and decorated metal nanoparticles in these reactions. Application prospects of various hybrid materials, particularly those of metal-organic frameworks, are discussed.

  3. Excited state and charge dynamics of hybrid organic/inorganic heterojunctions. II. Experiment

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    Panda, Anurag; Renshaw, C. Kyle; Oskooi, Ardavan; Lee, Kyusang; Forrest, Stephen R.

    2014-07-01

    In our companion paper (Paper I) [C. K. Renshaw and S. R. Forrest, Phys. Rev. B 90, 045302 (2014), 10.1103/PhysRevB.90.045302], we developed a model for charge transport and photogeneration at hybrid organic/inorganic semiconductor heterojunctions (OI-HJs). Here we apply the model to two planar bilayer hybrid photovoltaic devices: the first using the wide-band gap n-TiO2 in combination with the hole transporting tetraphenyl-dibenzoperiflanthene (DBP), and the second based on the moderate-band gap n-InP and the hole transporting pentacene (PEN). We measure the external quantum efficiency (EQE) and current density vs voltage (J-V) characteristics of both devices as functions of temperature. The EQE spectra for both TiO2/DBP and InP/PEN provide convincing evidence that Frenkel states generated in the organic form hybrid charge transfer excitons (HCTEs) at the OI-HJ that are subsequently dissociated into free charges, and then collected at the opposing electrodes. The dissociation efficiency is found to be strongly influenced by the presence of surface states, particularly in the InP/PEN device. We further develop the J-V model from Paper I to include an analytical expression for space-charge effects in the organic at high currents. Model fits to the J-V data suggest that the temperature-dependent hole mobilities in both DBP and PEN result in increasing space-charge effects at low temperatures. Furthermore, we find that the J-V characteristics of the TiO2/DBP device both in the dark and under illumination are governed by interface recombination. In contrast, the dark current in the InP/PEN device is governed by injection over the OI-HJ barrier, whereas the photocurrent is dominated by interface recombination. This work elucidates the role of the HCTE state in photogeneration, and the applicability of our model to a range of important optoelectronic devices.

  4. Organic-inorganic interactions of single crystalline organolead halide perovskites studied by Raman spectroscopy.

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    Xie, Li-Qiang; Zhang, Tai-Yang; Chen, Liang; Guo, Nanjie; Wang, Yu; Liu, Guo-Kun; Wang, Jia-Rui; Zhou, Jian-Zhang; Yan, Jia-Wei; Zhao, Yi-Xin; Mao, Bing-Wei; Tian, Zhong-Qun

    2016-07-21

    Organolead halide perovskites exhibit superior photoelectric properties, which have given rise to the perovskite-based solar cells whose power conversion efficiency has rapidly reached above 20% in the past few years. However, perovskite-based solar cells have also encountered problems such as current-voltage hysteresis and degradation under practical working conditions. Yet investigations into the intrinsic chemical nature of the perovskite material and its role on the performance of the solar cells are relatively rare. In this work, Raman spectroscopy is employed together with CASTEP calculations to investigate the organic-inorganic interactions in CH3NH3PbI3 and CH3NH3PbBr3-xClx perovskite single crystals with comparison to those having ammonic acid as the cations. For Raman measurements of CH3NH3PbI3, a low energy line of 1030 nm is used to avoid excitation of strong photoluminescence of CH3NH3PbI3. Raman spectra covering a wide range of wavenumbers are obtained, and the restricted rotation modes of CH3-NH3(+) embedded in CH3NH3PbBr3 (325 cm(-1)) are overwhelmingly stronger over the other vibrational bands of the cations. However, the band intensity diminishes dramatically in CH3NH3PbBr3-xClx and most of the bands shift towards high frequency, indicating the interaction with the halides. The details of such an interaction are further revealed by inspecting the band shift of the restricted rotation mode as well as the C-N, NH3(+) and CH3 stretching of the CH3NH3(+) as a function of Cl composition and length of the cationic ammonic acids. The results show that the CH3NH3(+) interacts with the PbX3(-) octahedral framework via the NH3(+) end through N(+)-HX hydrogen bonding whose strength can be tuned by the composition of halides but is insensitive to the size of the organic cations. Moreover, an increase of the Cl content strengthens the hydrogen bonding and thus blueshifts the C-N stretching bands. This is due to the fact that Cl is more electronegative than Br

  5. Integrated optical components using hybrid organic-inorganic materials prepared by sol-gel technology

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    Mishechkin, Oleg Viktorovich

    2003-10-01

    A technological platform based on low-temperature hybrid sol-gel method for fabrication of optical waveguides and integrated optical components has been developed. The developed chemistry for doping incorporation in the host network provides a range of refractive indexes (1.444--1.51) critical for device optimization. A passivation method for improving long-term stability of organic-inorganic sol-gel material is reported. The degradation of waveguide loss over time due to moisture adsorption from the atmosphere is drastically suppressed by coating the material with a protective thin SiO2 film. The results indicate a long-term optical loss below 0.3 dB/cm for protected waveguides. The theory of multimode interference couplers employing self-imaging effect is described. A novel approach for design of high-performance MMI devices in low-contrast material is proposed. The design method is based on optimization of refractive index contrast and width of a multimode waveguide (the body of MMI couplers) to achieve a maximum number of constructively interfering modes resulting to the best self-imaging. This optimization is carried out using 3D BPM simulations. This method was applied to design 1 x 4, 1 x 12, and 4 x 4 MMI couplers and led to a superior performance in excess loss, power imbalance in output ports, and polarization sensitivity. Taking advantage of the inherent input-output phase relations in a 4 x 4 MMI coupler, an optical 90° hybrid is realized by incorporation a Y-junction to coherently excite two ports of the coupler. A series of MMI couplers were fabricated and characterized. The experimental results are in good agreement with the design. Measured performance of the sol-gel derived MMI components was compared to analogues fabricated by other technologies. The comparison demonstrates the superior performance of the sol-gel devices. The polarization sensitivity of all fabricated couplers is below 0.05 dB.

  6. Structure/property relations of elastomeric hybrid organic-inorganic composites

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    Miller, Thomas Michael

    Hybrid organic-inorganic composites have been synthesized by the sol-gel processing of triethoxysilane end functionalized poly(tetramethylene oxide) and tetraethxoysilane. The resulting transparent materials are elastomeric gels crosslinked by an amorphous polysilicate phase. Elementary rubber-elasticity theory in conjunction with dynamic mechanical spectroscopy was applied to these seemingly nonideal networks to quantify the change in phase interaction induced by aging the benchmark acid catalyzed gels in a basic solution of 70% ethylamine in water. The change in the average molar mass between crosslinks explained the previously published mechanical and dynamic mechanical results. Furthermore, the application of this theory to these seemingly nonideal networks resulted in network parameters that were in excellent agreement with traditional equilibrium swelling estimates. The work was then extended by utilizing this ethylamine solution to catalyze the sol-gel reaction in-situ. The effect of this change in catalyst upon the oxygen diffisivity of the hybrids as a function of polysilicate loading was investigated using a luminescence based approach. While the diffusivity of the acid catalyzed gels decreased with increasing loading, the base catalyzed gels did not indicating that the polysilicate domains resulting from the base catalysis possess considerable porosity. However, the pores appear to be much too small for Knudsen diffusion, a commonly observed gas separation mechanism in porous ceramic membranes. To investigate the influence of polysilicate network polarity and spatial distribution, the sol-gel processing of the hybrids was adjusted to produce two classes of gels. One exhibited a more discrete polysilicate phase possessing greater network connectivity and reduced silanol content than the other. This was accomplished by using dimethylformamide in place of tetrahydrofuran as the organic solvent constituent of the sol. Poly(methacrylic acid

  7. Influence of membrane structure on the operating current densities of non-aqueous redox flow batteries: Organic-inorganic composite membranes based on a semi-interpenetrating polymer network

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    Shin, Sung-Hee; Kim, Yekyung; Yun, Sung-Hyun; Maurya, Sandip; Moon, Seung-Hyeon

    2015-11-01

    We develop three types of organic-inorganic composite membranes based on a semi-interpenetrating polymer network (SIPN) to explore the effects of membrane structure on the possible operating current densities of a non-aqueous redox flow battery (RFB) system. Poly(vinylidene fluoride) (PVdF) is selected as a supporting polymer matrix for improving the chemical and thermal stability of the organic-inorganic composite membranes. We also introduce silica nanoparticles (5 wt% of PVdF) into the membranes to ensure the low crossover of active species. The fabrication of SIPN through the addition of glycidyl methacrylate, 4-vinylpyridine, or N-vinylcarbazole enables control of the membrane structure. Depending on monomer type, the membrane structure is determined to be either aliphatic or aromatic in terms of chemical properties and either dense or porous in terms of physical properties. These chemical and physical structures affect the electrochemical properties that correspond to charge/discharge performance and to the range of possible operating current densities. An important requirement is to examine charge/discharge performance at the possible range of operating current densities by using various membrane structures. This requirement is discussed in relation to a proposed design strategy for non-aqueous RFB membranes.

  8. Au nanoparticles grafted on Fe3O4 as effective SERS substrates for label-free detection of the 16 EPA priority polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons.

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    Du, Jingjing; Xu, Jianwei; Sun, Zhenli; Jing, Chuanyong

    2016-04-01

    Several methods and materials have been explored for the sensitive and practicable detection of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs). However, it is still a challenge to develop simple and cost-effective sensing techniques for PAHs. Herein we report the synthesis and construction of Fe3O4@Au SERS substrate. This magnetic substrate was composed by Fe3O4 microspheres and Au NPs. The size, morphology, and surface composition of Fe3O4@Au were characterized by multiple complimentary techniques including scanning electron microscopy, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, and X-ray powder diffraction. The spatial distributions of electro-magnetic field enhancement around Fe3O4@Au was calculated using finite difference time domain (FDTD) simulations. As a result of its remarkable sensitivity, the Fe3O4@Au-based SERS assay has been applied to detect the 16 EPA priority PAHs. The LODs achieved by our method (100-5 nM, 16.6-1.01 μg L(-1)) make it promising for the rapid screening of highly contaminated cases. As a proof-of-concept study, the substrate was applied in SERS sensing of PAHs in river matrix. The 16 PAHs could be differentiated based upon their characteristic SERS peaks. Most importantly, the detection was successfully conducted using a portable Raman spectrometer, which could be used for on-site monitoring of PAHs. PMID:26995643

  9. Study of organic-inorganic hetero-interfaces and electrical transport in semiconducting nanostructures

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    Wagner, Sean Robert

    centered around thermally evaporated ZnPc. These molecules display a highly-ordered, close-packed, tilted configuration which differs from any known bulk packing motif. The ZnPc molecules are able to diffuse rapidly on the Si surface and preferentially nucleate at Si step-edges. This is followed by the formation of highly-ordered anisotropic stripe structures which grow across the Si terraces, i.e. anisotropic step-flow growth. The step-flow growth mode further impacts the growth by reducing the allowed symmetry of the molecular domains such that thin films with an exclusive in-plane molecular ordering are formed. Additionally, the ZnPc tilted packing motif stabilizes the molecular film, allowing it to maintain this packing for multilayered films, despite the decreasing substrate influence. The strength of the MPc-substrate interaction can be modified by changing the central transition-metal ion within the molecule. Through selective p-d orbital coupling between MPc molecules and the substrate, the degree of orbital coupling can induce modifications in the molecular ordering and orientation of MPc molecules at the interface. The secondary focus of this study is to initiate preliminary experimentation towards understanding how ordered organic molecular thin films can be applied to silicon-based devices that could have a significant impact on the electronics market. Si nanomembrane is a flexible, low-dimensional nanomaterial with electronic properties that are highly sensitive to the interface condition. By merging the knowledge of MPc thin film growth on Si with Si nanomembrane technology, possibilities towards modifying the transport properties of nanomaterials through engineering the organic-inorganic hetero-interface can be explored.

  10. SERS Sensing with Plasmonic Nanoantennae

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    Shalaev, Vladimir M.

    2004-03-01

    Plasmonic nanostructures can act as optical nanoantennae by accumulating large electromagnetic energy on the nanoscale and resulting in very efficient surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS). We study two SERS biosensors: i) semicontinuous metal films, representing a fractal set of nanoantennae, and ii) periodic arrays of metal nanoparticles. SERS with semicontinuous metal films is shown to be sensitive to subtle differences in conformational structures of two insulin variants: human insulin (humulin) and insulin Lyspro. The latter is an insulin analog developed by Lilly, in which only the propyl and lysyl sequence at the C-terminus of the B-chain is inverted. Humulin and Lyspro have very different clinical effects despite nearly identical structures. We show that SERS on semicontinuous metal films provides the enhancement level that allows one to distinguish the two important insulins even at the sub-monolayer density. Our theoretical and experimental studies of two-dimensional (2D) metal nanoparticle arrays yield quantitative estimates of their electromagnetic (EM) field factors, revealing a critical relationship between particle size and interparticle spacing. A new theory based on the RLC circuit analogy provides analytical results for field enhancements within the arrays. Numerical and analytical calculations suggest that the average EM enhancements for Raman scattering can approach ten to eleven orders of magnitude for Ag nanodisk and nanosphere arrays. Radiative losses related to retardation or damping effects are less critical to the EM field enhancements from periodic arrays compared to that from other nanostructured metal substrates. Theoretical calculations are in agreement with experimental observations. These findings suggest a straightforward approach for engineering arrays of plasmonic nanoantennae with direct application toward SERS.

  11. Supramolecular organization in organic-inorganic heterogeneous hybrid catalysts formed from polyoxometalate and poly(ampholyte) polymer.

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    Raj, Gijo; Swalus, Colas; Guillet, Alain; Devillers, Michel; Nysten, Bernard; Gaigneaux, Eric M

    2013-04-01

    Hybridization of polyoxometalates (POMs) via the formation of an organic-inorganic association constitutes a new route to develop a heterogeneous POM catalyst with tunable functionality imparted through supramolecular assembly. Herein, we report on strategies to obtain tunable well-defined supramolecular architectures of an organic-inorganic heterogeneous hybrid catalyst formed by the association of a hydrophobically substituted polyampholyte copolymer (poly N, N-diallyl-N-hexylamine-alt-maleic acid) and phosphotungstic acid (H3PW12O40) POMs. The self-assembling property of the initial polyampholyte copolymer matrix is modulated by controlling the pH of the hybridization solution. When deposited on a mica surface, isolated, long and extended polymer chains are formed under basic conditions (pH 7.9), while globular or coiled structures are formed under acidic conditions (pH 2). The supramolecular assembly of the POM-polymer hybrid is found to be directed by the type and quantities of charges present on the polyampholyte copolymer, which themselves depend on the pH conditions. The hypothesis is that the Keggin type [PW12O40](3-) anions, which have a size of ~1 nm, electrostatically bind to the positive charge sites of the polymer backbone. The hybrid material stabilized at pH 5.3 consists of POM-decorated polymer chains. Statistical analysis of distances between pairs of POM entities show narrow density distributions, suggesting that POM entities are attached to the polymer chains with a high level of order. Conversely, under acidic conditions (pH 2), the hybrid shows the formation of a core-shell type of structure. The strategies reported here, to tune the supramolecular assembly of organic-inorganic hybrid materials, are highly valuable for the design and a more rational utilization of POM heterogeneous catalysts in several chemical transformations. PMID:23480273

  12. Synthesis of organic-inorganic hybrid fillers at the molecular level and their application to composite resin.

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    Anzai, Misaki; Ishikawa, Youichi; Yoshihashi, Kazue; Hirose, Hideharu; Nishiyama, Minoru

    2002-12-01

    The objective of this study was to synthesize a hybrid type filler composed of an organic component with inorganic component at the molecular level and to examine the properties of the filler. The composite resin was prepared by mixing synthesized filler with monomer and its physical properties were also examined. An organic-inorganic hybrid filler was synthesized by using 3-methacryloxypropyltrimethoxysilane (3-MPTS), methyltriethyoxysilane (MTES) and methanol silica sol. Firstly, poly3-methacryloxypropyltrimethoxysilane (poly3-MPTS) was synthesized by polymerization of 3-MPTS. A gelation product was obtained by graft-polymerization of poly3-MPTS with condensed organopolysiloxane after the hydrolysis of 3-MPTS, MTES and methanol silica sol. The gelation product was dried and ground to a filler. From the results of thermogravimetry-differential thermal analysis (TG-DTA), the organic-inorganic hybrid filler was found to be composed of 16.5 wt% organic component, 83.1 wt% inorganic component and 0.4 wt% residual water. A trial composite resin was prepared by mixing 55 wt% dimethacryloxyethyl 2,2,4-trimethylhexamethylene diurethane (UDMA), 15 wt% triethyleneglycol dimethacrylate (TEGDMA), 30 wt% 1-fluoro-1,3,3,5,5-penta (methacryloxyethyleneoxy) cyclotriphosphazene [P3N3(F)1 (EMA)5] as a base monomer and then 32.0 wt% of this monomer was mixed with 68.0 wt % of synthesized filler and a photo initiator, comphorquinone (CQ), was added. Compressive strength of the trial visible-light cured composite resin showed 397.0 MPa, and flexural strength and elastic modulus showed 142.5 MPa and 11.5 GPa, respectively. From the results, it was demonstrated that the present organic-inorganic hybrid filler at the molecular level can be used as a composite resin filler. PMID:12613504

  13. Multi-enzyme co-embedded organic-inorganic hybrid nanoflowers: synthesis and application as a colorimetric sensor

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    Sun, Jiayu; Ge, Jiechao; Liu, Weimin; Lan, Minhua; Zhang, Hongyan; Wang, Pengfei; Wang, Yanming; Niu, Zhongwei

    2013-12-01

    This study reports a facile method for the synthesis of multi-enzyme co-embedded organic-inorganic hybrid nanoflowers, using glucose oxidase (GOx) and horseradish peroxidase (HRP) as the organic components, and Cu3(PO4)2.3H2O as the inorganic component. The synthesized nanoflowers enable the combination of a two-enzyme cascade reaction in one step, in which the GOx component of the nanoflowers oxidizes glucose to generate H2O2, which then reacts with the adjacent HRP component on the nanoflowers to oxidize the chromogenic substrates, resulting in an apparent color change. Given the close proximity of the two enzyme components in a single nanoflower, this novel sensor greatly reduces the diffusion and decomposition of H2O2, and greatly enhances the sensitivity of glucose detection. Thus, the obtained multi-enzyme co-embedded organic-inorganic hybrid nanoflowers can be unquestionably used as highly sensitive colorimetric sensors for the detection of glucose. Notably, this work presents a very facile route for the synthesis of multi-enzyme co-embedded nanomaterials for the simultaneous catalysis of multi-step cascade enzymatic reactions. Furthermore, it has great potential for application in biotechnology, and biomedical and environmental chemistry.This study reports a facile method for the synthesis of multi-enzyme co-embedded organic-inorganic hybrid nanoflowers, using glucose oxidase (GOx) and horseradish peroxidase (HRP) as the organic components, and Cu3(PO4)2.3H2O as the inorganic component. The synthesized nanoflowers enable the combination of a two-enzyme cascade reaction in one step, in which the GOx component of the nanoflowers oxidizes glucose to generate H2O2, which then reacts with the adjacent HRP component on the nanoflowers to oxidize the chromogenic substrates, resulting in an apparent color change. Given the close proximity of the two enzyme components in a single nanoflower, this novel sensor greatly reduces the diffusion and decomposition of H2O2

  14. Study of Local Structure in Selected Organic-Inorganic Perovskites in the Pm3⁻m Phase

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    Worhatch, Richard J; Kim, HyunJeong; Swainson, Ian P; Yonkeu, Andre L; Billinge, Simon J.L.

    2008-06-30

    The local structures of the inorganic component of selected organic-inorganic perovskites (OIPs) are studied by analyzing the X-ray pair distribution function. Whereas the long-range structure of each perovskite is the untilted Pm3m phase, all the OIPs showed significant internal distortion of the octahedra. Varying the halide has a significant impact on the lattice constant. There is evidence of local lone-pair distortions for certain compositions. The most complex case of disorder appears to be that of CH3NH3SnBr3.

  15. Ag@Au core-shell nanoparticles synthesized by pulsed laser ablation in water: Effect of plasmon coupling and their SERS performance.

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    Vinod, M; Gopchandran, K G

    2015-10-01

    Ag@Au core-shell nanoparticles are synthesised by pulsed laser ablation in water using low energy laser pulses. The plasmon characteristics of these core-shell nanoparticles are found to be highly sensitive to the thickness of Au coating. In the synthesis, at first silver nanocolloid was prepared by ablating Ag target and then it is followed by ablation of Au target for different time durations to form Ag@Au core-shell nanostructures. The effect of plasmon-plasmon coupling on the absorption spectra is investigated by decreasing the effective distance between the nanoparticles. This is achieved by reducing the total volume of the colloidal suspension by simple evaporation of water, the solvent used. The suitability of these core-shell nanostructures for application as surface enhanced Raman scattering substrates are tested with crystal violet as probe molecules. Influence of plasmon coupling on the enhancement of Raman bands is found to be different for different bands. PMID:26004101

  16. Metal Organic Frameworks Combining CoFe2O4 Magnetic Nanoparticles as Highly Efficient SERS Sensing Platform for Ultrasensitive Detection of N-Terminal Pro-Brain Natriuretic Peptide.

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    He, Yi; Wang, Yue; Yang, Xia; Xie, Shunbi; Yuan, Ruo; Chai, Yaqin

    2016-03-30

    N-terminal pro-brain natriuretic peptide (NT-proBNP) has been demonstrated to be a sensitive and specific biomarker for heart failure (HF). Surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS) technology can be used to accurately detect NT-proBNP at an early stage for its advantages of high sensitivity, less wastage and time consumption. In this work, we have demonstrated a new SERS-based immunosensor for ultrasensitive analysis of NT-proBNP by using metal-organic frameworks (MOFs)@Au tetrapods (AuTPs) immobilized toluidine blue as SERS tag. Here, MOFs@AuTPs complexes were utilized to immobilize antibody and Raman probe for their excellent characteristics of high porosity, large surface area, and good biocompatibility which can obviously enhance the fixing amount of biomolecule. To simplify the experimental operation and improve the uniformity of the substrate, Au nanoparticles functionalized CoFe2O4 magnetic nanospheres (CoFe2O4@AuNPs) were further prepared to assemble primary antibody. Through sandwiched antibody-antigen interactions, the immunosensor can produce a strong SERS signal to detect NT-proBNP fast and effectively. With such design, the proposed immunosensor can achieve a large dynamic range of 6 orders of magnitude from 1 fg mL(-1) to 1 ng mL(-1) with a detection limit of 0.75 fg mL(-1). And this newly designed amplification strategy holds high probability for ultrasensitive immunoassay of NT-proBNP. PMID:26953735

  17. Construction & characterization of organic-inorganic hybrid materials for applications in nanotechnology

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    Sharma, Nikhil

    The use of soft matter to direct the organization of hard materials into functional geometries has been a paradigm inspired by nature. Polymer based systems can be engineered to reproducibly adopt nano-scale architectures. Designing interactions between such polymer templates and inorganic nanoparticles gives rise to nano-scale hybrid materials that may be deployable in applications ranging from magnetism to optoelectronics and lasing. In particular, hybrid one dimensional nanostructures exhibit a strong anisotropy in their physical properties. This anisotropy may be utilized for applications that require a directional transfer of signals or an orientation dependent physical response. The construction of one dimensional nanoparticle arrays via polymer based templates is detailed. Nano-scale arrays have been created using self-assembling peptide templates. Peptides adopt secondary and higher order hierarchical conformations in solution. The ability to engineer different types of functionality at precise locations in the assembled architecture presents possibilities of patterning matter at length scales inaccessible by lithographic techniques. Micro-scale particle arrays have been constructed via electrospinning, an electric-field assisted solution spinning technique. Correlations between the structural morphology and the optical behavior of these polymer-particle hybrid arrays have been investigated. Magnetic nanoparticle arrays displaying orientation dependent magnetic behavior have been constructed by coaxial electrospinning.

  18. High-Resolution and Universal Visualization of Latent Fingerprints Based on Aptamer-Functionalized Core-Shell Nanoparticles with Embedded SERS Reporters.

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    Zhao, Jingjing; Zhang, Kun; Li, Yixin; Ji, Ji; Liu, Baohong

    2016-06-15

    Although fingerprints have been widely used in forensic investigations, low resolution and poor universality are still the main obstacles for the development of fingerprint visualization. In this paper, a facile and universal imaging protocol for latent fingerprints (LFPs) was developed by combining sandwiched SERS probes with the highly sensitive and selective recognition of aptamers. The embedded SERS probes (Au/pNTP/SiO2) successfully avoid the environment interference, ascertaining the stability and reproducibility of Raman signals, and simultaneously improve the efficiency of the fingerprint identification. This approach is operationally simple without complicated pre- or post-treatments. Moreover, the fingerprint images display the high resolution in which third-level details can be clearly identified. This is a general approach and can be used to detect various types of fingerprints, including sebaceous, eccrine, fresh LFPs, and aged LFPs on different substrates (such as smooth, scratching, semiporous, and porous surfaces). PMID:27236904

  19. Luminescent Organic-Inorganic Hybrids of Functionalized Mesoporous Silica SBA-15 by Thio-Salicylidene Schiff Base

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    Li, Ying; Yan, Bing; Liu, Jin-Liang

    2010-05-01

    Novel organic-inorganic mesoporous luminescent hybrid material N, N'-bis(salicylidene)-thiocarbohydrazide (BSTC-SBA-15) has been obtained by co-condensation of tetraethyl orthosilicate and the organosilane in the presence of Pluronic P123 surfactant as a template. N, N'-bis(salicylidene)-thiocarbohydrazide (BSTC) grafted to the coupling agent 3-(triethoxysilyl)-propyl isocyanate (TESPIC) was used as the precursor for the preparation of mesoporous materials. In addition, for comparison, SBA-15 doped with organic ligand BSTC was also synthesized, denoted as BSTC/SBA-15. This organic-inorganic hybrid material was well-characterized by X-ray diffraction, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM), and photoluminescence spectra, which reveals that they all have high surface area, uniformity in the mesostructure. The resulting materials (BSTC-SBA-15 and BSTC/SBA-15) exhibit regular uniform microstructures, and no phase separation happened for the organic and the inorganic compounds was covalently linked through Si-O bonds via a self-assemble process. Furthermore, the two materials have different luminescence range: BSTC/SBA-15 presents the strong dominant green luminescence, while BSTC-functionalized material BSTC-SBA-15 shows the dominant blue emission.

  20. High performance organic-inorganic perovskite-optocoupler based on low-voltage and fast response perovskite compound photodetector

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    Li, Dong; Dong, Guifang; Li, Wenzhe; Wang, Liduo

    2015-01-01

    Organic-inorganic hybrid photodetectors attract considerable attention because they can combine the advantages of both organic and inorganic systems. Here, a perovskite compound with a broad absorption spectrum and high power conversion efficiency is used as a photosensitive layer in an organic/inorganic hybrid heterojunction photodetector with a high and fast response. The high sensitivity exceeding 104 is obtained at bias of 0-4 V. Using a tandem organic light-emitting diode (OLED) as the light source, we fabricated an optocoupler device. The optocoupler achieved a maximum photoresponsivity of 1.0 A W-1 at 341.3 μWcm-2 at an input voltage of 6 V. The device also exhibits rapid response times of τrise ~ 20 μs and τfall ~ 17 μs as well as a high current transfer ratio (CTR) of 28.2%. After applying an amplification circuit, the CTR of the optocoupler increases to 263.3%, which is comparable with that of commercial inorganic optocouplers. The developed hybrid optocoupler thus shows great promise for use in photonics.

  1. High performance organic-inorganic perovskite-optocoupler based on low-voltage and fast response perovskite compound photodetector

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    Li, Dong; Dong, Guifang; Li, Wenzhe; Wang, Liduo

    2015-01-01

    Organic-inorganic hybrid photodetectors attract considerable attention because they can combine the advantages of both organic and inorganic systems. Here, a perovskite compound with a broad absorption spectrum and high power conversion efficiency is used as a photosensitive layer in an organic/inorganic hybrid heterojunction photodetector with a high and fast response. The high sensitivity exceeding 104 is obtained at bias of 0–4 V. Using a tandem organic light-emitting diode (OLED) as the light source, we fabricated an optocoupler device. The optocoupler achieved a maximum photoresponsivity of 1.0 A W−1 at 341.3 μWcm−2 at an input voltage of 6 V. The device also exhibits rapid response times of τrise ~ 20 μs and τfall ~ 17 μs; as well as a high current transfer ratio (CTR) of 28.2%. After applying an amplification circuit, the CTR of the optocoupler increases to 263.3%, which is comparable with that of commercial inorganic optocouplers. The developed hybrid optocoupler thus shows great promise for use in photonics. PMID:25600830

  2. [Functionalization of screen printed electrodes with organic-inorganic hybrid nano-composites for bio-sensing applications].

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    Shumyantseva, V V; Bulko, T V; Kuzikov, A V; Khan, R; Archakov, A I

    2015-01-01

    New types of organic-inorganic hybrid nanocomposites based on nanosized Titanium (IV) oxide TiO2 (<100 nm particle size) and carbon nanotubes (CNT, outer diameter 10-15 nm, inner diamentre 2-6 nm, length 0.1-10 µm) and phosphatidilcholine were elaborated for improvement of analytical characteristics of screen printed electrodes. These nanomaterials were employed as an interface for the immobilization of skeletal myoglobin. Electrochemical behavior of myoglobin on such interfaces was characterized with cyclic voltammetry (CV) and square wave voltammetry (SWV). Direct unmediated electron transfer between myoglobin and electrodes modified with organic-inorganic hybrid nanocomposites was registered. TiO2 film and CNT film are biocompartible nanomaterials for myoglobin as was demonstrated with UV-Vis spectra. The midpoint potential of Fe3+/Fe2+ pair of myoglobin corresponded to Е1/2=-0,263 V for CNT film, and Е1/2=-0,468 V for TiO2 nanocomposite (vs. Ag/AgCl reference electrode). PMID:26350738

  3. Strong coupling of exciton and photon modes in photonic crystal infiltrated with organic-inorganic layered perovskite

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    Sumioka, Kazuhiro; Nagahama, Hiroyuki; Tsutsui, Tetsuo

    2001-03-01

    Large vacuum Rabi-splitting, the evidence of strong coupling of photon and exciton modes, was observed at room temperature in an ordered array of silica microspheres infiltrated with organic-inorganic layered perovskite. By natural sedimentation of a colloidal suspension of monodispersed silica microspheres with a diameter of 256 nm, three-dimensional ordered array of silica microspheres (silica opal) were prepared. Into an air space of the silica opal, organic-inorganic perovskite, bis-(phenethylammonium) tetraiodoplumbate (PAPI), which exhibits intense exciton absorption at 2.40 eV, was infiltrated. The silica opal infiltrated with PAPI (23% of air space was filled) exhibited a stop band at 2.13 eV, when observed at a normal direction to the sample surface. By changing the observation angle, the coupling of the stop band at around 2.1-2.4 eV and the exciton band at 2.40 eV due to PAPI was attained. From angle-tuning measurements of reflection spectra, a vacuum Rabi-splitting of 240 meV was evaluated.

  4. Oxygen indicator composed of an organic/inorganic hybrid compound of methylene blue, reductant, surfactant and saponite.

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    Sumitani, Makoto; Takagi, Shinsuke; Tanamura, Yoshihiko; Inoue, Haruo

    2004-08-01

    An organic/inorganic hybrid compound consisting of methylene blue, a cationic surfactant and a reductant intercalated into saponite was found to serve as an oxygen indicator that changes color in the presence of oxygen. A mixture of a blue colored dye, methylene blue, a reductant in the form of ascorbic acid or reducing sugar, and cetyltrimethylammonium ion intercalated into synthetic saponite became colorless in an atmosphere having an oxygen concentration of less than 0.1 vol%, and then returned to its blue color as a result of subsequent exposure to air. An oxygen indicator, in the form of a thin film coated on paper prepared by adding a pigment, phloxine B, to the above organic/inorganic hybrid compound, exhibited a pink color at oxygen concentrations of less than 0.1 vol%, and a blue color at oxygen concentrations of higher than 0.5 vol%. In addition, this oxygen indicator exhibited superior photo-fading resistance and storage stability compared with indicators using only methylene blue as the functional dye. PMID:15352503

  5. New magnetic organic inorganic composites based on hydrotalcite-like anionic clays for drug delivery

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    Carja, Gabriela; Chiriac, Horia; Lupu, Nicoleta

    2007-04-01

    The structural "memory effect" of anionic clays was used to obtain layered double hydroxides (LDHs) with tailored magnetic properties, by loading iron oxides and/or spinel structures on iron partially substituted hydrotalcite-like materials. The obtained magnetic layered structures were further used as precursors for new hybrid nanostructures, such as aspirin-hydrotalcite-like anionic clays. Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) analysis shows that small iron oxide or spinel nanoparticles coexist with the fibrous drug particles on the surface of partially aggregated typical clay-like particles. The specific saturation magnetization of the loaded LDHs can be increased up to 70 emu/g by using specific post-synthesis treatments.

  6. Structure and properties of polybenzimidazole/silica nanocomposite electrolyte membrane: influence of organic/inorganic interface.

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    Singha, Shuvra; Jana, Tushar

    2014-12-10

    Although increased number of reports in recent years on proton exchange membrane (PEM) developed from nanocomposites of polybenzimidazole (PBI) with inorganic fillers brought hope to end the saga of contradiction between proton conductivity and variety of stabilities, such as mechanical, thermal,chemical, etc.; it still remains a prime challenge to develop a highly conducting PEM with superior aforementioned stabilities. In fact the very limited understanding of the interactions especially interfacial interaction between PBI and inorganic filler leads to confusion over the choice of inorganic filler type and their surface functionalities. Taking clue from our earlier study based on poly(4,4'-diphenylether-5,5'-bibenzimidazole) (OPBI)/silica nanocomposites, where silica nanoparticles modified with short chain amine showed interfacial interaction-dependent properties, in this work we explored the possibility of enhanced interfacial interaction and control over the interface by optimizing the chemistry of the silica surface. We functionalized the surface of silica nanoparticles with a longer aliphatic chain having multiple amine groups (named as long chain amine modified silica and abbreviated as LAMS). FTIR and (13)C solid-state NMR provided proof of hydrogen bonding interactions between the amine groups of modifier and those of OPBI. LAMS nanoparticles yielded a more distinguished self-assembly extending all over the OPBI matrix with increasing concentrations. The crystalline nature of these self-assembled clusters was probed by wide-angle X-ray diffraction (WAXD) studies and the morphological features were captured by transmission electron microscope (TEM). We demonstrated the changes in storage modulus and glass transition temperature (Tg) of the membranes, the fundamental parameters that are more sensitive to interfacial structure using temperature dependent dynamic mechanical analysis (DMA). All the nanocomposite membranes displayed enhanced mechanical, thermal

  7. Plasmonic nanostructures for bioanalytical applications of SERS

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    Kahraman, Mehmet; Wachsmann-Hogiu, Sebastian

    2016-03-01

    Surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) is a potential analytical technique for the detection and identification of chemicals and biological molecules and structures in the close vicinity of metallic nanostructures. We present a novel method to fabricate tunable plasmonic nanostructures and perform a comprehensive structural and optical characterization of the structures. Spherical latex particles are uniformly deposited on glass slides and used as templates to obtain nanovoid structures on polydimethylsiloxane surfaces. The diameter and depth of the nanovoids are controlled by the size of the latex particles. The nanovoids are coated with a thin Ag layer for fabrication of uniform plasmonic nanostructures. Structural characterization of the surfaces is performed by scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and atomic force microscopy (AFM). Optical properties of these plasmonic nanostructures are evaluated via UV/Vis spectroscopy, and SERS. The sample preparation step is the key point to obtain strong and reproducible SERS spectra from the biological structures. When the colloidal suspension is used as a SERS substrate for the protein detection, the electrostatic interaction of the proteins with the nanoparticles is described by the nature of their charge status, which influences the aggregation properties such as the size and shape of the aggregates, which is critical for the SERS experiment. However, when the solid SERS substrates are fabricated, SERS signal of the proteins that are background free and independent of the protein charge. Pros and cons of using plasmonic nano colloids and nanostructures as SERS substrate will be discussed for label-free detection of proteins using SERS.

  8. One-step shell polymerization of inorganic nanoparticles and their applications in SERS/nonlinear optical imaging, drug delivery, and catalysis

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    Liu, Tzu-Ming; Yu, Jiashing; Chang, C. Allen; Chiou, Arthur; Chiang, Huihua Kenny; Chuang, Yu-Chun; Wu, Cheng-Han; Hsu, Che-Hao; Chen, Po-An; Huang, Chih-Chia

    2014-01-01

    Surface functionalized nanoparticles have found their applications in several fields including biophotonics, nanobiomedicine, biosensing, drug delivery, and catalysis. Quite often, the nanoparticle surfaces must be post-coated with organic or inorganic layers during the synthesis before use. This work reports a generally one-pot synthesis method for the preparation of various inorganic-organic core-shell nanostructures (Au@polymer, Ag@polymer, Cu@polymer, Fe3O4@polymer, and TiO2@polymer), which led to new optical, magnetic, and catalytic applications. This green synthesis involved reacting inorganic precursors and poly(styrene-alt-maleic acid). The polystyrene blocks separated from the external aqueous environment acting as a hydrophobic depot for aromatic drugs and thus illustrated the integration of functional nanoobjects for drug delivery. Among these nanocomposites, the Au@polymer nanoparticles with good biocompatibility exhibited shell-dependent signal enhancement in the surface plasmon resonance shift, nonlinear fluorescence, and surface-enhanced Raman scattering properties. These unique optical properties were used for dual-modality imaging on the delivery of the aromatic photosensitizer for photodynamic therapy to HeLa cells. PMID:24998932

  9. One-step shell polymerization of inorganic nanoparticles and their applications in SERS/nonlinear optical imaging, drug delivery, and catalysis

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    Liu, Tzu-Ming; Yu, Jiashing; Chang, C. Allen; Chiou, Arthur; Chiang, Huihua Kenny; Chuang, Yu-Chun; Wu, Cheng-Han; Hsu, Che-Hao; Chen, Po-An; Huang, Chih-Chia

    2014-07-01

    Surface functionalized nanoparticles have found their applications in several fields including biophotonics, nanobiomedicine, biosensing, drug delivery, and catalysis. Quite often, the nanoparticle surfaces must be post-coated with organic or inorganic layers during the synthesis before use. This work reports a generally one-pot synthesis method for the preparation of various inorganic-organic core-shell nanostructures (Au@polymer, Ag@polymer, Cu@polymer, Fe3O4@polymer, and TiO2@polymer), which led to new optical, magnetic, and catalytic applications. This green synthesis involved reacting inorganic precursors and poly(styrene-alt-maleic acid). The polystyrene blocks separated from the external aqueous environment acting as a hydrophobic depot for aromatic drugs and thus illustrated the integration of functional nanoobjects for drug delivery. Among these nanocomposites, the Au@polymer nanoparticles with good biocompatibility exhibited shell-dependent signal enhancement in the surface plasmon resonance shift, nonlinear fluorescence, and surface-enhanced Raman scattering properties. These unique optical properties were used for dual-modality imaging on the delivery of the aromatic photosensitizer for photodynamic therapy to HeLa cells.

  10. High-performance ultraviolet photodetector based on organic-inorganic hybrid structure.

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    Shao, Dali; Yu, Mingpeng; Sun, Hongtao; Xin, Guoqing; Lian, Jie; Sawyer, Shayla

    2014-08-27

    An ultraviolet (UV) photodetector is fabricated by sandwiching a nanocomposite active layer between charge-selective semiconducting polymers. The nanocomposite active layer composed of TiO2 nanoparticles (NPs) blended with 1,3-bis(N-carbazolyl)benzene (mCP), which acts as a "valve" controller that enables hole injection into the device upon UV illumination. The UV photodetector demonstrated a high photocurrent to dark current ratio (∼10(4)), a large linear dynamic range of 60 dB, and a remarkable external quantum efficiency (∼8.5 × 10(4)%) for the UV light at 351 nm. In addition to discussing the performance of the UV photodetector, a general strategy for design and fabrication of high-performance UV photodetectors with hole injection operation mode is suggested. PMID:24988050

  11. Adhesion and degradation of organic and hybrid organic-inorganic light-emitting devices

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    Momodu, D. Y.; Chioh, A. V.; Tong, T.; Zebaze Kana, M. G.; Soboyejo, W. O.

    2014-02-28

    This paper presents the results of a combined analytical, computational, and experimental study of adhesion and degradation of Organic Light Emitting Devices (OLEDs). The adhesion between layers that are relevant to OLEDs is studied using an atomic force microscopy technique. The interfacial failure mechanisms associated with blister formation in OLEDs and those due to the addition of TiO{sub 2} nanoparticles into the active regions are then elucidated using a combination of fracture mechanics, finite element modeling and experiments. The blisters observed in the models are shown to be consistent with the results from adhesion, interfacial fracture mechanics models, and prior reports of diffusion-assisted phenomena. The implications of the work are then discussed for the design of OLED structures with improved lifetimes and robustness.

  12. Transmission electron microscope observation of organic-inorganic hybrid thin active layers of light-emitting diodes

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    Jitsui, Yusuke; Ohtani, Naoki

    2012-10-01

    We performed transmission electron microscope (TEM) observation of organic-inorganic hybrid thin films fabricated by the sol-gel reaction and used as the active layers of organic light-emitting diodes. The cross-sectional TEM images show that the films consist of a triple-layer structure. To evaluate the composition of these layers, the distribution of atoms in them was measured by energy-dispersive X-ray fluorescence spectroscopy. As a result, most of the organic emissive material, poly(9,9-dioctyl-fluorene-co- N-4-butylphenyl-diphenylamine (TFB), was found to be distributed in the middle layer sandwiched by SiO and SiO2 layers. The surface SiO layer was fabricated due to the lack of oxygen. This means that the best sol-gel condition was changed due to the TFB doping; thus, the novel best condition should be found.

  13. Transmission electron microscope observation of organic-inorganic hybrid thin active layers of light-emitting diodes.

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    Jitsui, Yusuke; Ohtani, Naoki

    2012-01-01

    We performed transmission electron microscope (TEM) observation of organic-inorganic hybrid thin films fabricated by the sol-gel reaction and used as the active layers of organic light-emitting diodes. The cross-sectional TEM images show that the films consist of a triple-layer structure. To evaluate the composition of these layers, the distribution of atoms in them was measured by energy-dispersive X-ray fluorescence spectroscopy. As a result, most of the organic emissive material, poly(9,9-dioctyl-fluorene-co-N-4-butylphenyl-diphenylamine (TFB), was found to be distributed in the middle layer sandwiched by SiO and SiO2 layers. The surface SiO layer was fabricated due to the lack of oxygen. This means that the best sol-gel condition was changed due to the TFB doping; thus, the novel best condition should be found. PMID:23095451

  14. A 3D µPAD based on a multi-enzyme organic-inorganic hybrid nanoflower reactor.

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    Ariza-Avidad, M; Salinas-Castillo, A; Capitán-Vallvey, L F

    2016-03-15

    This work reports on the development of a 3D microfluidic paper-based device (3D µPAD) for glucose detection using organic-inorganic hybrid nanoflower technology to immobilize the bi-enzymatic system (glucose oxidase and horseradish peroxidase). The system is based on nanoflowerssupported on cellulose paper (the microreactor zone) coupled to 3,3',5,5'-tetramethylbenzidine (TMB) as the colorimetric probe in the detection zone. We used a digital camera for the quantitative analysis of glucose with the S coordinate of the HSV color space as the analytical parameter. Under optimal operational conditions, linearity was observed for glucose concentrations up to 300 μM, with a detection limit of 15.6 µM. The biosensor is reusable and remains stable for 75 days in conventional storage conditions. PMID:26386331

  15. Carbon nanotubes noncovalently functionalized by an organic-inorganic hybrid: new building blocks for constructing superhydrophobic conductive coatings.

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    Peng, Mao; Qi, Ji; Zhou, Zhi; Liao, Zhangjie; Zhu, Zhongming; Guo, Honglei

    2010-08-17

    A facile method for constructing superhydrophobic, conductive, and transparent/translucent coatings is presented. Pristine multiwalled carbon nanotubes (MWNTs) are first noncovalently (wrapped) modified by an organic-inorganic hybrid of an amphiphilic copolymer of styrene and maleic anhydride and silica with the existence of gamma-aminopropyltriethoxysilane (a silane coupling agent). The modified MWNTs were mixed with tetraethyl orthosilicate in ethanol, air sprayed, coated with a fluoroalkylsilane, and then heat treated to obtain the superhydrophobic, conductive, and transparent/translucent coatings. Scanning electron microscopy shows that the coatings have a micrometer- and nanometer-scale hierarchical structure similar to that of lotus leaves; therefore, they show both high water contact angles (>160 degrees) and low sliding angles (<2 degrees). The coatings also exhibit good transmittance and greatly improved conductivities. This method is convenient, inexpensive, and easy to scale up. Moreover, it does not require any chemical modification of the MWNTs or use any harsh chemicals. PMID:20695543

  16. An alternative method to remove PEO-PPO-PEO template in organic-inorganic mesoporous nanocomposites by sulfuric acid extraction

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    Zhuang, Xin; Qian, Xufang; Lv, Jiahui; Wan, Ying

    2010-06-01

    Sulfuric acid is used as an extraction agent to remove PEO-PPO-PEO templates in the organic-inorganic mesoporous nanocomposites from the triconstituent co-assembly which includes the low-polymerized phenolic resins, TEOS and triblock copolymer F127. The XRD and TEM results show well ordered mesostructure after extraction with sulfuric acid. As followed from the N 2 sorption isotherms the extracted composites possess high surface areas (332-367 m 2/g), large pore volumes (0.66-0.78 cm 3/g), and large pore sizes (about 10.7 nm). The FT-IR analysis reveals almost complete elimination of triblock copolymer F127, and the maintenance of organic groups. This method shows potentials in removing templates from nanocomposites containing functional moieties.

  17. Efficient conversion of furfuryl alcohol into alkyl levulinates catalyzed by an organic-inorganic hybrid solid acid catalyst.

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    Zhang, Zehui; Dong, Kun; Zhao, Zongbao Kent

    2011-01-17

    A clean, facile, and environment-friendly catalytic method has been developed for the conversion of furfuryl alcohol into alkyl levulinates making use of the novel solid catalyst methylimidazolebutylsulfate phosphotungstate ([MIMBS]₃PW₁₂O₄₀). The solid catalyst is an organic-inorganic hybrid material, which consists of an organic cation and an inorganic anion. A study for optimizing the reaction conditions such as the reaction time, the temperature and the catalyst loading has been performed. Under optimal conditions, a high n-butyl levulinate yield of up to 93 % is obtained. Furthermore, the kinetics of the reaction pathways and the mechanism for the alcoholysis of furfuryl alcohol are discussed. This method is environmentally benign and economical for the conversion of biomass-based derivatives into fine chemicals. PMID:21226220

  18. Self-aligned optical couplings by self-organized waveguides toward luminescent targets in organic/inorganic hybrid materials.

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    Yoshimura, Tetsuzo; Iida, Makoto; Nawata, Hideyuki

    2014-06-15

    Self-organization of optical waveguides is observed between two opposed optical fibers placed in a photosensitive organic/inorganic hybrid material, Sunconnect. A luminescent target containing coumarin 481 was deposited onto the edge of one of the two fibers at the core. When a 448-nm write beam was introduced from the other fiber, the write beam and the luminescence from the photoexcited target increased the refractive index of Sunconnect to induce self-focusing. Traces of waveguides were seen to grow from the cores of both fibers and merged into a single self-aligned optical coupling between the fibers. This optical solder functionality enabled increases in both coupling efficiency and tolerance to lateral misalignment of the fibers. PMID:24978520

  19. Regulation of responsiveness of phosphorescence toward dissolved oxygen concentration by modulating polymer contents in organic-inorganic hybrid materials.

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    Okada, Hiroshi; Tanaka, Kazuo; Chujo, Yoshiki

    2014-06-15

    Platinum(II) octaethylporphyrin (PtOEP)-loaded organic-inorganic hybrids were obtained via the microwave-assisted sol-gel condensation with methyltrimethoxysilane and poly(vinylpyrrolidone). From transparent and homogeneous hybrid films, the strong phosphorescence from PtOEP was observed. Next, the resulting hybrids were immersed in the aqueous buffer, and the emission intensity was monitored by changing the dissolved oxygen level in the buffer. When the hybrid with relatively-higher amount of the silica element, the strong phosphorescence was observed even under the aerobic conditions. In contrast, the emission from the hybrids with lower amounts of the silica element was quenched under the hypoxic conditions. This is, to the best of our knowledge, the first example to demonstrate that the responsiveness of the phosphorescence intensity of PtOEP in hybrid films to the dissolved oxygen concentration in water can be modulated by changing the percentage of the contents in the material. PMID:24794749

  20. Ultrasmooth organic-inorganic perovskite thin-film formation and crystallization for efficient planar heterojunction solar cells

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    Zhang, Wei; Saliba, Michael; Moore, David T.; Pathak, Sandeep K.; Hörantner, Maximilian T.; Stergiopoulos, Thomas; Stranks, Samuel D.; Eperon, Giles E.; Alexander-Webber, Jack A.; Abate, Antonio; Sadhanala, Aditya; Yao, Shuhua; Chen, Yulin; Friend, Richard H.; Estroff, Lara A.; Wiesner, Ulrich; Snaith, Henry J.

    2015-01-01

    To date, there have been a plethora of reports on different means to fabricate organic-inorganic metal halide perovskite thin films; however, the inorganic starting materials have been limited to halide-based anions. Here we study the role of the anions in the perovskite solution and their influence upon perovskite crystal growth, film formation and device performance. We find that by using a non-halide lead source (lead acetate) instead of lead chloride or iodide, the perovskite crystal growth is much faster, which allows us to obtain ultrasmooth and almost pinhole-free perovskite films by a simple one-step solution coating with only a few minutes annealing. This synthesis leads to improved device performance in planar heterojunction architectures and answers a critical question as to the role of the anion and excess organic component during crystallization. Our work paves the way to tune the crystal growth kinetics by simple chemistry.

  1. Dehydrocoupling and Silazane Cleavage Routes to Organic-Inorganic Hybrid Polymers with NBN Units in the Main Chain.

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    Lorenz, Thomas; Lik, Artur; Plamper, Felix A; Helten, Holger

    2016-06-13

    Despite the great potential of both π-conjugated organoboron polymers and BN-doped polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons in organic optoelectronics, our knowledge of conjugated polymers with B-N bonds in their main chain is currently scarce. Herein, the first examples of a new class of organic-inorganic hybrid polymers are presented, which consist of alternating NBN and para-phenylene units. Polycondensation with B-N bond formation provides facile access to soluble materials under mild conditions. The photophysical data for the polymer and molecular model systems of different chain lengths reveal a low extent of π-conjugation across the NBN units, which is supported by DFT calculations. The applicability of the new polymers as macromolecular polyligands is demonstrated by a cross-linking reaction with Zr(IV) . PMID:27151314

  2. Understanding the low-loss mechanism of general organic-inorganic perovskites from first-principles calculation

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    Li, Dan; Meng, Jingjing; Niu, Yuan; Zhao, Hongmin; Liang, Chunjun

    2015-05-01

    To understand the low-loss mechanism of organic-inorganic perovskites, the electronic structures of nine halide perovskites were investigated by first principle methods. We provide evidence that spatial separation significantly influences the recombination rate of electrons and holes. For AMPbI3-1, AMPbI3-2, FMPbI3-1, FMPbI3-2, and FAPbI3, the considerable remaining charge density localized at the organic cations in addition to a part of charge density of CBM localized at Pb atoms, leading to very few hopping with the surrounding inorganic matrix and further reducing the recombination rate of the carrier. Excellent optical absorption properties were found for all calculated APbI3 perovskites.

  3. Ultrasmooth organic-inorganic perovskite thin-film formation and crystallization for efficient planar heterojunction solar cells.

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    Zhang, Wei; Saliba, Michael; Moore, David T; Pathak, Sandeep K; Hörantner, Maximilian T; Stergiopoulos, Thomas; Stranks, Samuel D; Eperon, Giles E; Alexander-Webber, Jack A; Abate, Antonio; Sadhanala, Aditya; Yao, Shuhua; Chen, Yulin; Friend, Richard H; Estroff, Lara A; Wiesner, Ulrich; Snaith, Henry J

    2015-01-01

    To date, there have been a plethora of reports on different means to fabricate organic-inorganic metal halide perovskite thin films; however, the inorganic starting materials have been limited to halide-based anions. Here we study the role of the anions in the perovskite solution and their influence upon perovskite crystal growth, film formation and device performance. We find that by using a non-halide lead source (lead acetate) instead of lead chloride or iodide, the perovskite crystal growth is much faster, which allows us to obtain ultrasmooth and almost pinhole-free perovskite films by a simple one-step solution coating with only a few minutes annealing. This synthesis leads to improved device performance in planar heterojunction architectures and answers a critical question as to the role of the anion and excess organic component during crystallization. Our work paves the way to tune the crystal growth kinetics by simple chemistry. PMID:25635571

  4. Bioenabled SERS substrates for food safety and drinking water monitoring

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    Yang, Jing; Rorrer, Gregory L.; Wang, Alan X.

    2015-05-01

    We present low-cost bioenabled surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) substrates that can be massively produced in sustainable and eco-friendly methods with significant commercial potentials for the detection of food contamination and drinking water pollution. The sensors are based on diatom frustules with integrated plasmonic nanoparticles. The ultra-high sensitivity of the SERS substrates comes from the coupling between the diatom frustules and Ag nanoparticles to achieve dramatically increased local optical field to enhance the light-matter interactions for SERS sensing. We successfully applied the bioenabled SERS substrates to detect melamine in milk and aromatic compounds in water with sensitivity down to 1μg/L.

  5. A First-Principles Study on the Structural and Electronic Properties of Sn-Based Organic-Inorganic Halide Perovskites

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    Ma, Zi-Qian; Pan, Hui; Wong, Pak Kin

    2016-08-01

    Organic-inorganic halide perovskites have attracted increasing interest on solar-energy harvesting because of their outstanding electronic properties. In this work, we systematically investigate the structural and electronic properties of Sn-based hybrid perovskites MASnX3 and FASnX3 (X = I, Br) based on density-functional-theory calculations. We find that their electronic properties strongly depend on the organic molecules, halide atoms, and structures. We show that there is a general rule to predict the band gap of the Sn-based hybrid perovskite: its band gap increases as the size of halide atom decreases as well as that of organic molecule increase. The band gap of high temperature phase (cubic structure) is smaller than that of low temperature phase (orthorhombic structure). The band gap of tetragonal structure (medium-temperature phase) may be larger or smaller than that of cubic phase, depending on the orientation of the molecule. Tunable band gap within a range of 0.73-1.53 eV can be achieved by choosing halide atom and organic molecule, and controlling structure. We further show that carrier effective mass also reduces as the size of halide atom increases and that of molecule decreases. By comparing with Pb-based hybrid perovskites, the Sn-based systems show enhanced visible-light absorption and carrier mobility due to narrowed band gap and reduced carrier effective mass. These Sn-based organic-inorganic halide perovskites may find applications in solar energy harvesting with improved performance.

  6. Synthesis and structural characterization of inorganic-organic-inorganic hybrids of dipalladium-substituted γ-Keggin silicodecatungstates.

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    Hirano, Tomohisa; Uehara, Kazuhiro; Uchida, Sayaka; Hibino, Mitsuhiro; Kamata, Keigo; Mizuno, Noritaka

    2013-03-01

    Three inorganic-organic-inorganic hybrids of dipalladium-substituted γ-Keggin silicodecatungstates with organic linkers of different lengths, TBA8[{(γ-H2SiW10O36Pd2)(O2C(CH2)nCO2)}2] (n = 1 (II), 3 (III), and 5 (IV), TBA = [(n-C4H9)4N](+)), were synthesized by exchange of the acetate ligands in TBA4[γ-H2SiW10O36Pd2(OAc)2] (ITBA) with malonic, glutaric, and pimelic acids, respectively. The X-ray crystallographic analysis of II, IIIA (IIIA: III with DCE, DCE = 1,2-dichloroethane), and IVA (IVA: IV with 10DCE) revealed that the anion parts of II, IIIA, and IVA were inorganic-organic-inorganic hybrids composed of two dipalladium-substituted γ-Keggin silicodecatungstates connected by two dicarboxylate ligands. In the crystal structure of IVA, 10 DCE molecules per polyanion were present in the vicinity of polyanions. Compound IVB (IVB: IV with 0.2DCE) was obtained by the evacuation of IVA. The DCE sorption-desorption isotherms of IVB showed that the amount of DCE sorbed was saturated at 10.5 mol mol(-1), of which the amount was close to that (10 mol mol(-1)) of crystallographically assigned DCE molecules. In the DCE sorption-desorption isotherms, a low-pressure hysteresis was observed probably because of hydrogen-bonding interaction between DCE molecules and polyanions. The powder X-ray diffraction (XRD) pattern of IVA changed with decrease in the relative DCE vapor pressure to form IVC (IVC: IV with 0.7DCE) at P/P0 = 0.0. The in situ powder XRD study showed reversible structure transformation between IVA and IVC driven by the sorption-desorption of DCE. PMID:23398623

  7. 'Squeezed' interparticle properties for plasmonic coupling and SERS characteristics of duplex DNA conjugated/linked gold nanoparticles of homo/hetero-sizes.

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    Skeete, Zakiya; Cheng, Han-Wen; Ngo, Quang Minh; Salazar, Christian; Sun, Winny; Luo, Jin; Zhong, Chuan-Jian

    2016-08-12

    The formation of interparticle duplex DNA conjugates with gold nanoparticles constitutes the basis for interparticle plasmonic coupling responsible for surface-enhanced Raman scattering signal amplification, but understanding of its correlation with interparticle spatial properties and particle sizes, especially in aqueous solutions, remains elusive. This report describes findings of an investigation of interparticle plasmonic coupling based on experimental measurements of localized surface plasmon resonance and surface enhanced Raman scattering characteristics for gold nanoparticles in aqueous solutions upon introduction of interparticle duplex DNA conjugates to define the interparticle spatial properties. Theoretical simulations of the interparticle optical properties and electric field enhancement based on a dimer model have also been performed to aid the understanding of the experimental results. The results have revealed a 'squeezed' interparticle spatial characteristic in which the duplex DNA-defined distance is close or shorter than A-form DNA conformation, which are discussed in terms of the interparticle interactions, providing fresh insight into the interparticle double-stranded DNA-defined interparticle spatial properties for the design of highly-sensitive nanoprobes in solutions for biomolecular detection. PMID:27352636

  8. ‘Squeezed’ interparticle properties for plasmonic coupling and SERS characteristics of duplex DNA conjugated/linked gold nanoparticles of homo/hetero-sizes

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    Skeete, Zakiya; Cheng, Han-Wen; Ngo, Quang Minh; Salazar, Christian; Sun, Winny; Luo, Jin; Zhong, Chuan-Jian

    2016-08-01

    The formation of interparticle duplex DNA conjugates with gold nanoparticles constitutes the basis for interparticle plasmonic coupling responsible for surface-enhanced Raman scattering signal amplification, but understanding of its correlation with interparticle spatial properties and particle sizes, especially in aqueous solutions, remains elusive. This report describes findings of an investigation of interparticle plasmonic coupling based on experimental measurements of localized surface plasmon resonance and surface enhanced Raman scattering characteristics for gold nanoparticles in aqueous solutions upon introduction of interparticle duplex DNA conjugates to define the interparticle spatial properties. Theoretical simulations of the interparticle optical properties and electric field enhancement based on a dimer model have also been performed to aid the understanding of the experimental results. The results have revealed a ‘squeezed’ interparticle spatial characteristic in which the duplex DNA-defined distance is close or shorter than A-form DNA conformation, which are discussed in terms of the interparticle interactions, providing fresh insight into the interparticle double-stranded DNA-defined interparticle spatial properties for the design of highly-sensitive nanoprobes in solutions for biomolecular detection.

  9. New Hybrid Organic/Inorganic Polysilsesquioxane-Silica Particles as Sunscreens.

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    Tolbert, Stephanie H; McFadden, Peter D; Loy, Douglas A

    2016-02-10

    Effectiveness of organic sunscreens is limited by phototoxicity and degradation. Both of which can be significantly reduced by encapsulation in hollow particles or covalent incorporation into the solid structure of particles, but direct comparisons of the two methods have not been reported. In this study, physical encapsulation and covalent incorporation of sunscreens were compared with 1 mol % salicylate and curcumeroid sunscreens. 2-Ethylhexyl salicylate was physically encapsulated in hollow silica nanoparticles prepared by oil-in-water (O/W) microemulsion polymerizations (E-Sal). Some of these particles were coated with an additional shell or cap of silica to reduce leaking of sunscreen (cap-E-Sal). Covalent incorporation involved co-polymerizing tetraethoxysilane (TEOS) with 0.2 mol % of new salicylate and curcuminoid sunscreen monomers with triethoxsilyl groups. Particles were prepared with the salicylate attached to the silica matrix through single silsesquioxane groups (pendant; P-Sal) and two silsesquioxane groups (bridged; B-Sal). Particles based on a new curcuminoid-bridged monomer were also prepared (B-Curc). Sunscreen leaching, photodegradation, and sunscreen performance were determined for the E-Sal, cap-E-Sal, P-Sal, B-Sal, and B-Curc particles. Covalent attachment, particularly with bridged sunscreen monomers, reduced leaching and photodegradation over physical encapsulation, even with capping. PMID:26730573

  10. Development of SERS substrates for immunoassay applications

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    Celik, Okkes; Kahraman, Mehmet

    2016-03-01

    Surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) is an emerging technique for the detection and identification of biological structures. SERS is based on immunoassay methods are mostly used for the specific detection and identification of bacteria. In this study, SERS substrates are developed with deposition of synthesized spherical 13 nm gold nanoparticles (AuNPs) and 50 nm silver nanoparticles (AgNPs) on regular glass slides with convective assembly method for SERS based immunoassay for the detection and identification of bacteria. The synthesized NPs are characterized by UV-vis absorption spectroscopy, dynamic light scattering (DLS) and atomic force microscopy (AFM). Colloidal suspensions are concentrated by centrifugation to obtain thin films by the deposition of NPs on a regular glass slide with the convective assembly. The experimental parameters for the convective assembly are optimized by changing of NP concentration, stage velocity and NPs volume dropped between two glass slides. Structural characterization of thin films is performed by AFM and SEM. SERS is also used for the optical characterization of the prepared thin films of NPs. In this study, 4- aminothiophenol (4-ATP) is used as probe molecules to evaluate SERS activity of the thin films depending on the type and concentration of NPs. The results demonstrate that, SERS performances of the thin films are dependent on not only the type of NPs but also it depends on the concentration of NPs which forms thin films. The thin film having highest SERS activity could be used for the SERS-based immunoassays for the detection and identification of bacteria.

  11. Synthesis and characterization of nanocomposite organic/inorganic hybrid materials using living cationic polymerization

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    Kim, Iljin

    A series of novel chlorosilyl functional initiators have been prepared and applied for the first time in the living cationic polymerization of isobutylene (IB). Well-defined polyisobutylenes (PIBs) carrying mono-, di-, and trichlorosilyl head-group, and a tert-chloro end-group were synthesized using newly designed silyl-functional initiators in conjunction with TiCl4 in Hex:MeCl (60:40, v:v) at -80°C. End-group analysis by 1H NMR spectroscopy verified the product structure and the survival of the Si-Cl head-groups during the polymerization. The chlorosilyl functional initiators and chlorosilyl functional PIBs have been employed for the synthesis of PIB brushes on planar silicate substrates by the "grafting from" and "grafting to" techniques. Structurally well-defined polymer/inorganic nanocomposites were prepared by surface-initiated living cationic polymerization of isobutylene (IB). The living cationic polymerization of IB was initiated from initiators self-assembled on the surface of silica nanoparticles in the presence of additional soluble "free initiator" with TiCl4 in hexanes/CH3Cl (60/40, v/v) at -80°C. The polymerization displayed the diagnostic criteria for living cationic polymerization and provided densely grafted polymers of controlled molecular weight with an approximate graft density of 3.3 chains/nm 2. The surface-initiated polymerization of IB without added "free initiator" also yielded grafted polymer chains with good molecular weight control and narrow molecular weight distribution (Mw/M n). A series of novel hybrid poly(styryl-POSS), poly(isobutylene- b-(styryl-POSS)), and poly(isobutylene-b-(styryl-POSS)- b-isobutylene) are synthesized and characterized. Living cationic polymerization of styryl-POSS macromer was carried out using the 1-chloro-1-(4-methyphenyl)ethane (p-MeStCl)/TiCl4/MeChx:CH3Cl (60:40, v:v)/-80°C system in the presence of DTBP. Using these conditions, we have synthesized AB diblock, and ABA linear triblock copolymers

  12. Nb-Ta, Nb-Mo and Nb-V oxides prepared from hybrid organic-inorganic precursors

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    Deligne, N.; Bayot, D.; Degand, M.; Devillers, M.

    2007-07-15

    New hybrid organic-inorganic materials based on group 5 elements and a well-defined polymeric matrix have been prepared and used as precursors for Nb-Ta and Nb-Mo mixed oxides. In this non-conventional but easily accessible route to multimetallic oxides, a copolymer of N,N-diallyl-N-hexylamine and maleic acid was synthesised and used as matrix to stabilise inorganic species generated in solution from (NH{sub 4}){sub 6}Mo{sub 7}O{sub 24}.4H{sub 2}O, NH{sub 4}VO{sub 3} (gu){sub 3}[Nb(O{sub 2}){sub 4}] and (gu){sub 3}[Ta(O{sub 2}){sub 4}]. Solid-state studies indicate that the homogeneity of the blends can be kept up to about 0.5 mol Nb{sup V} and Ta{sup V} and 0.25 mol V{sup V} per mol of repeat units of the copolymer. The calcination conditions of these homogeneous hybrid precursors were optimised to produce Nb-Mo, Nb-Ta and Nb-V oxides. While the thermal treatment of the Nb-V hybrid blends led only to a mixture of different phases, the characterisation of the final phases by X-ray diffraction (XRD) proved the formation of pure Nb{sub 2}Mo{sub 3}O{sub 14} and showed that Nb-Ta oxides could be synthesised as single phases corresponding to a continuous series of solid solutions. - Graphical abstract: An alternative route based on hybrid organic-inorganic materials was implemented to synthesise Nb-Ta, Nb-Mo and Nb-V oxides. The hybrid materials were prepared by incorporation of inorganic salts based on Nb{sup V}, Ta{sup V}, V{sup V} and Mo{sup VI} in an organic polymer bearing cationic as well as anionic moieties. A thermal treatment of these hybrid blends has allowed the formation of multimetallic oxides.

  13. SERS and DFT study of crystal violet

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    Meng, Wei; Hu, Fang; Zhang, Ling-Yan; Jiang, Xiao-Hong; Lu, Lu-De; Wang, Xin

    2013-03-01

    Six silver colloids were prepared by the reduction of silver nitrate with different amounts of sodium citrate. The obtained silver colloids were characterised by UV-vis spectroscopy, transmission electron microscopy and zeta potential measurements. The surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) activities of these silver colloids were investigated using crystal violet (CV) as a SERS probe. Based on density functional theory (DFT) calculations at the level of B3LYP, the Raman spectra and the optimised geometry of CV were analysed. The results show that the sodium citrate content strongly influences the sizes, zeta potentials and SERS activities of the silver colloids. As the sodium citrate content increases in the preparation of silver colloids, the mean diameters of the silver nanoparticles decrease. The most intense SERS of CV on the silver colloids is obtained when 3 mL of 1% sodium citrate is used. CV has D3 point group symmetry, and the Raman vibrational modes belong to A1 or E irreducible representations. The non-totally symmetric vibrational modes E are selectively enhanced in the SERS of CV through a Herzberg-Teller vibronic coupling mechanism, indicating a considerable charge transfer between CV and the silver nanoparticles.

  14. Photoluminescence characterisations of a dynamic aging process of organic-inorganic CH3NH3PbBr3 perovskite

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    Sheng, R.; Wen, X.; Huang, S.; Hao, X.; Chen, S.; Jiang, Y.; Deng, X.; Green, M. A.; Ho-Baillie, A. W. Y.

    2016-01-01

    After unprecedented development of organic-inorganic lead halide perovskite solar cells over the past few years, one of the biggest barriers towards their commercialization is the stability of the perovskite material. It is thus important to understand the interaction between the perovskite material and oxygen and/or humidity and the associated degradation process in order to improve device and encapsulation design for better durability. Here we characterize the dynamic aging process in vapour-assisted deposited (VASP) CH3NH3PbBr3 perovskite thin films using advanced optical techniques, such as time-resolved photoluminescence and fluorescence lifetime imaging microscopy (FLIM). Our investigation reveals that the perovskite grains grow spontaneously and the larger grains are formed at room temperature in the presence of moisture and oxygen. This crystallization process leads to a higher density of defects and a shorter carrier lifetime, specifically in the larger grains. Excitation-intensity-dependent steady-state photoluminescence shows both N2 stored and aged perovskite exhibit a super-linear increase of photoluminescence intensity with increasing excitation intensity; and the larger slope in aged sample suggests a larger density of defects is generated, consistent with time-resolved PL measurements.

  15. Use of cysteine-modified TiO{sub 2} photocatalyst for treatment of combined organic/inorganic wastewaters

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    Peters, R.W.; Wu, J.M.; Meshkov, N.; Thurnauer, M.C.; Ostafin, A.G.

    1995-03-01

    The utilization of semiconductor-based photocatalysts, such as titanium dioxide (TiO{sub 2}), for carrying out photochemical reactions to treat water contaminated with organic and inorganic compounds has received considerable attention in recent years. The authors strategy for optimizing the process of photocatalytic reduction of heavy metals on TiO{sub 2} colloids involves modifying the colloid surface. Specific project objectives included: (1) identification and development of potential biomimetic photocatalysts for simultaneous heavy metal recovery and organic destruction; (2) identification of treatment conditions that minimize the residual metal concentration(s) contained in the effluent, even in the presence of complexants and interferences, and development of appropriate scale-up criteria; and (3) determination of system performance, including an economic analysis for comparison with conventional technologies (such as pump-and-treat using metal hydroxide precipitation of ion exchange). The experimental results indicate that simultaneous removal of organic compounds (such as naphthalene) and inorganic compounds (such as lead ions) in aqueous solution can be achieved using a TiO{sub 2} photocatalyst system with UV light. The removal rates of organic and inorganic compounds can be enhanced through surface modification of the TiO{sub 2} photocatalyst using an organic substance such as cysteine. The cysteine-modified TiO{sub 2} photocatalyst enhanced the oxidation rates of organics as well as the reduction rates of heavy metals in the irradiated solution, resulting in improved treatment efficiencies for combined organic/inorganic wastestreams.

  16. Covalent organic/inorganic hybrid proton-conductive membrane with semi-interpenetrating polymer network: Preparation and characterizations

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    Fu, Rong-Qiang; Woo, Jung-Je; Seo, Seok-Jun; Lee, Jae-Suk; Moon, Seung-Hyeon

    2008-05-01

    A series of new covalent organic/inorganic hybrid proton-conductive membranes, each with a semi-interpenetrating polymer network (semi-IPN), for direct methanol fuel cell (DMFC) applications is prepared through the following sequence: (i) copolymerization of impregnated styrene (St), p-vinylbenzyl chloride (VBC) and divinylbenzene (DVB) within a supporting polyvinyl chloride (PVC) film; (ii) reaction of the chloromethyl group with 3-(methylamine)propyl-trimethoxysilane (MAPTMS); (ii) a sol-gel process under acidic conditions; (iv) a sulfonation reaction. The developed membranes are characterized in terms of Fourier transform infrared/attenuated total reflectance (FTIR/ATR), scanning electron microscopy/energy-dispersive X-ray analysis (SEM/EDXA), elemental analysis (EA) and thermogravimetric analysis (TGA), which confirm the formation of the target membranes. The developed copolymer chains are interpenetrating with the PVC matrix to form the semi-IPN structure, and the inorganic silica is covalently bound to the copolymers. These features provide the membranes with high mechanical strength. The effect of silica content is investigated. As the silica content increases, proton conductivity and water content decrease, whereas oxidative stability is improved. In particular, methanol permeability and methanol uptake are reduced largely by the silica. The ratio of proton conductivity to methanol permeability for the hybrid membranes is higher than that of Nafion 117. All these properties make the hybrid membranes a potential candidate for DMFC applications.

  17. Single-chamber plasma enhanced chemical vapor deposition of transparent organic/inorganic multilayer barrier coating at low temperature

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    Park, S. M.; Kim, D. J.; Kim, S. I.; Lee, N.-E.

    2008-07-15

    Deposition of organic/inorganic multilayers is usually carried out by two different process steps by two different deposition methods. A single-chamber process for the deposition of multilayer stacks can make the process and deposition system simpler. In this work, SiOCH and plasma-polymerized methylcyclohexane (pp-MCH) films and their multilayer stacks for application to transparent diffusion barrier coatings were deposited in a single low-temperature plasma enhanced chemical vapor deposition reactor using hexamethyldisilazane/N{sub 2}O/O{sub 2}/Ar and methylcyclohexane/Ar mixtures for SiOCH and pp-MCH layers, respectively. The deposition rates of the SiOCH and pp-MCH layers were increased with increasing the N{sub 2}O:O{sub 2} gas flow ratio and rf plasma power, respectively. Oxygen concentration in the SiOCH films was decreased and carbon and hydrogen incorporation was increased when increasing the N{sub 2}O:O{sub 2} gas flow ratio from 0:1 to 3:1. In this work, the water vapor transmission rate of polyester sulfone substrate could be reduced from a level of 50 (bare substrate) to 0.8 g/m{sup 2} day after deposition of a pp-MCH/SiOCH/pp-MCH multilayer coating.

  18. Organic-inorganic hybrid fluorous monolithic capillary column for selective solid-phase microextraction of perfluorinated persistent organic pollutants.

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    Xiong, Xiyue; Yang, Zihui; Huang, Yongbin; Jiang, Linbo; Chen, Yingzhuang; Shen, Yao; Chen, Bo

    2013-03-01

    A novel construction strategy of monolithic capillary column for selectively enriching perfluorinated persistent organic pollutants was proposed. The organic-inorganic hybrid fluorous monolithic capillary column was synthesized by a "one-pot" approach via the polycondensation of γ-methacryloxypropyltrimethoxy-silane, then in situ copolymerization of 1H,1H,7H-dodecafluoroheptyl methacrylate and vinyl group on the precondensed siloxanes. The obtained monolithic columns were systematically characterized. The results demonstrated that the optimal column possessed good mechanical stability and high permeability. The adsorption capacities of the optimized monolithic column for perfluorooctanoic acid and perfluorooctane sulfonate were 0.257 and 0.513 μg/mg, respectively. Adsorption capacities of the monoliths were proved to increasing with increasing the amounts of fluorinated monomers in the fluorous monoliths. Sodium 1-octanesulfonate, as a comparison compound, was hardly adsorbed on the fluorous monolith. In addition, the trace amounts of perfluorooctanoic acid and perfluorooctane sulfonate in water samples can be successfully concentrated about 160 times to their original concentrations by this monolithic column. These results demonstrated that the capacity and selectivity of the affinity fluorous column is high and can be applied to the selective enrichment for the perfluorinated persistent organic pollutants from environmental samples. PMID:23378177

  19. Dialkylenecarbonate-Bridged Polysilsesquioxanes. Hybrid Organic-Inorganic Sol-Gels with a Thermally Labile Bridging Group

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    Assink, Roger A.; Baugher, Brigitta M.; Beach, James V.; Loy, Douglas A.; Shea, Kenneth J.; Small, James H.; Tran, Joseph

    1999-07-20

    In this paper, we introduce a new approach for altering the properties of bridged polysilsesquioxane xerogels using post-processing mobilization of the polymeric network. The bridging organic group contains latent functionalities that can be liberated thermally, photochemically, or by chemical means after the gel has been processed to a xerogel. These modifications can produce changes in density, volubility, porosity, and or chemical properties of the material. Since every monomer possesses two latent functional groups, the technique allows for the introduction of high levels of functionality in hybrid organic-inorganic materials. Dialkylenecarbonate-bridged polysilsesquioxane gels were prepared by the sol-gel polymerization of bis(triethoxysilylpropyl)carbonate (1) and bis(triethoxysilylisobutyl)-carbonate (2). Thermal treatment of the resulting non-porous xerogels and aerogels at 300-350 C resulted in quantitative decarboxylation of the dialkylenecarbonate bridging groups to give new hydroxyalkyl and olefinic substituted polysilsesquioxane monolithic xerogels and aerogels that can not be directly prepared through direct sol-gel polymerization of organotrialkoxysilanes.

  20. Organic-inorganic hybrid inverted photodiode with planar heterojunction for achieving low dark current and high detectivity

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    Ha, JaeUn; Yoon, Seongwon; Lee, Jong-Soo; Chung, Dae Sung

    2016-03-01

    In this study, the strategy of using an organic-inorganic hybrid planar heterojunction consisting of polymeric semiconductors and inorganic nanocrystals is introduced to realize a high-performance hybrid photodiode (HPD) with low dark current and high detectivity. To prevent undesired charge injection under the reverse bias condition, which is the major dark current source of the photodiode, a well-defined planar heterojunction is strategically constructed via smart solution process techniques. The optimized HPD renders a low dark current of ˜10-5 mA cm-2 at -5 V and ˜10-6 mA cm-2 at -1 V, as well as a high detectivity ˜1012 Jones across the entire visible wavelength range. Furthermore, excellent photocurrent stability is demonstrated under continuous light exposure. We believe that the solution-processed planar heterojunction with inverted structure can be an attractive alternative diode structure for fabricating high-performance HPDs, which usually suffer from high dark current issues.

  1. A Simple Approach for Molecular Controlled Release based on Atomic Layer Deposition Hybridized Organic-Inorganic Layers

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    Boehler, Christian; Güder, Firat; Kücükbayrak, Umut M.; Zacharias, Margit; Asplund, Maria

    2016-01-01

    On-demand release of bioactive substances with high spatial and temporal control offers ground-breaking possibilities in the field of life sciences. However, available strategies for developing such release systems lack the possibility of combining efficient control over release with adequate storage capability in a reasonably compact system. In this study we present a new approach to target this deficiency by the introduction of a hybrid material. This organic-inorganic material was fabricated by atomic layer deposition of ZnO into thin films of polyethylene glycol, forming the carrier matrix for the substance to be released. Sub-surface growth mechanisms during this process converted the liquid polymer into a solid, yet water-soluble, phase. This layer permits extended storage for various substances within a single film of only a few micrometers in thickness, and hence demands minimal space and complexity. Improved control over release of the model substance Fluorescein was achieved by coating the hybrid material with a conducting polymer film. Single dosage and repetitive dispensing from this system was demonstrated. Release was controlled by applying a bias potential of ±0.5 V to the polymer film enabling or respectively suppressing the expulsion of the model drug. In vitro tests showed excellent biocompatibility of the presented system.

  2. Hybrid organic/inorganic copolymers with strongly hydrogen-bond acidic properties for acoustic wave and optical sensors

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    Grate, J.W.; Kaganove, S.N.; Patrash, S.J.

    1997-05-01

    Hybrid organic/inorganic polymers have been prepared incorporating fluoroalkyl-substituted bisphenol groups linked using oligosiloxane spacers. These hydrogen-bond acidic materials have glass-to-rubber transition temperatures below room temperature and are excellent sorbents for basic vapors. The physical properties such as viscosity and refractive index can be tuned by varying the length of the oligosiloxane spacers and the molecular weight. In addition, the materials are easily cross-linked to yield solid elastomers. The potential use of these materials for chemical sensing has been demonstrated by applying them to surface acoustic wave devices as thin films and detecting the hydrogen-bond basic vapor dimethyl methylphosphonate with high sensitivity. It has also been demonstrated that one of these materials with suitable viscosity and refractive index can be used to clad silica optical fibers; the cladding was applied to freshly drawn fiber using a fiber drawing tower. These fibers have potential as evanescent wave optical fiber sensors. 38 refs., 2 figs.

  3. Visible/near-IR-light-driven TNFePc/BiOCl organic-inorganic heterostructures with enhanced photocatalytic activity.

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    Li, Lu; Zhang, Mingyi; Zhao, Zhenyu; Sun, Baodong; Zhang, Xitian

    2016-06-21

    Although semiconductor photocatalysis has been reported for more than 40 years, the spectral response is still focused on the region of UV-Visible and it is seldom extended to more than 600 nm. In this work, visible/near-IR-light-driven 2,9,16,23-tetranitrophthalocyanine iron (FeTNPc)/bismuth oxychloride (BiOCl) organic-inorganic heterostructures have been synthesized by a two-step solvothermal method. The obtained products were characterized by X-ray diffraction, Fourier transform infrared spectra, scanning electron and transmission microscopy, energy dispersive X-ray spectrometer, UV-vis diffuse reflectance spectroscopy, nitrogen adsorption-desorption, and electrochemical measurements. The photocatalytic activity for the decomposition of methyl orange and bisphenol A solution can be significantly improved under visible/near-IR-light irradiation. Through detecting the main oxidative species by trapping experiments, the results show holes and ˙O2(-) radicals are majorly and minorly responsible for photodegradation respectively. What's more, the FeTNPc/BiOCl composite photocatalyst still retained the photocatalytic activity after three cycle measurements. PMID:27192122

  4. Quantum confinement and dielectric profiles of colloidal nanoplatelets of halide inorganic and hybrid organic-inorganic perovskites.

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    Sapori, Daniel; Kepenekian, Mikaël; Pedesseau, Laurent; Katan, Claudine; Even, Jacky

    2016-03-28

    Quantum confinement as well as high frequency ε∞ and static εs dielectric profiles are described for nanoplatelets of halide inorganic perovskites CsPbX3 (X = I, Br, Cl) and hybrid organic-inorganic perovskites (HOP) in two-dimensional (2D) and three-dimensional (3D) structures. 3D HOP are currently being sought for their impressive photovoltaic ability. Prior to this sudden popularity, 2D HOP materials were driving intense activity in the field of optoelectronics. Such developments have been enriched by the recent ability to synthesize colloidal nanostructures of controlled sizes of 2D and 3D HOP. This raises the need to achieve a thorough description of the electronic structure and dielectric properties of these systems. In this work, we go beyond the abrupt dielectric interface model and reach the atomic scale description. We examine the influence of the nature of the halogen and of the cation on the band structure and dielectric constants. Similarly, we survey the effect of dimensionality and shape of the perovskite. In agreement with recent experimental results, we show an increase of the band gap and a decrease of ε∞ when the size of a nanoplatelet reduces. By inspecting 2D HOP, we find that it cannot be described as a simple superposition of independent inorganic and organic layers. Finally, the dramatic impact of ionic contributions on the dielectric constant εs is analysed. PMID:26705549

  5. Quasiparticle band gap of organic-inorganic hybrid perovskites: Crystal structure, spin-orbit coupling, and self-energy effects

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    Gao, Weiwei; Gao, Xiang; Abtew, Tesfaye; Sun, Yiyang; Zhang, Shengbai; Zhang, Peihong

    The quasiparticle band gaps of organic-inorganic hybrid perovskites are often determined (and can be controlled) by various factors, complicating predictive materials optimization. Here we report a comprehensive investigation on the band gap formation mechanism in CH3NH3PbI3 by decoupling various contributing factors which ultimately determine their electronic structure and quasiparticle band gap. Four major factors, namely, quasiparticle self-energy, spin-orbit coupling, volume (lattice constant) effects, and structural distortions due to the presence of organic molecules, and their influences on the quasiparticle band structure of organometal hybrid perovskites are illustrated. We find that although methylammonium cations do not contribute directly to the electronic states near band edges, they play an important role in defining the band gap through a lattice distortion mechanism and by controlling the overall lattice constants (thus the chemical bonding of the optically active PbI3-). The spin-orbit coupling effects drastically reduce the electron and hole effective masses in these systems, which is beneficial for high carrier mobilities and small exciton binding energies. This work is supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant No. 11328401), NSF (Grant No. DMR-0946404 and DMR-1506669), and the SUNY Networks of Excellence.

  6. Preparation and characterization of superhydrophobic organic-inorganic hybrid cotton fabrics via γ-radiation-induced graft polymerization.

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    Gao, Qianhong; Hu, Jiangtao; Li, Rong; Pang, Lijuan; Xing, Zhe; Xu, Lu; Wang, Mouhua; Guo, Xiaojing; Wu, Guozhong

    2016-09-20

    A new kind of non-fluorine-based organic-inorganic hybrid superhydrophobic cotton fabric was successfully prepared by simultaneous radiation-induced graft polymerization of γ-methacryloxypropyl trimethoxy silane (MAPS) and subsequent end-capping modification with hexamethyldisilazane (HMDS). The chemical structure and surface topography of the pristine and modified cotton fabrics were investigated in detail by ATR-FTIR, XPS, (29)Si NMR, SEM and TGA to confirm that the graft reaction and end-capping modification had taken place. The above results demonstrated that the grafting polymerization and following end-capping reaction were completed, and a grafting layer was immobilized onto the surface of the cotton fabric. Surface wettability measurement and oil-water separation showed that the modified cotton surface not only exhibited the superhydrophobicity with a water contact angle of 165°, but also afforded a high efficiency of oil-water separation (96%). In particular, this modified cotton fabric retains superhydrophobicity even after 30 laundering cycles or 400 cycles of abrasion. PMID:27261755

  7. The Significance of Ion Conduction in a Hybrid Organic-Inorganic Lead-Iodide-Based Perovskite Photosensitizer.

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    Yang, Tae-Youl; Gregori, Giuliano; Pellet, Norman; Grätzel, Michael; Maier, Joachim

    2015-06-26

    The success of perovskite solar cells has sparked enormous excitement in the photovoltaic community not only because of unexpectedly high efficiencies but also because of the future potential ascribed to such crystalline absorber materials. Far from being exhaustively studied in terms of solid-state properties, these materials surprised by anomalies such as a huge apparent low-frequency dielectric constant and pronounced hysteretic current-voltage behavior. Here we show that methylammonium (but also formamidinium) iodoplumbates are mixed conductors with a large fraction of ion conduction because of iodine ions. In particular, we measure and model the stoichiometric polarization caused by the mixed conduction and demonstrate that the above anomalies can be explained by the build-up of stoichiometric gradients as a consequence of ion blocking interfaces. These findings provide insight into electrical charge transport in the hybrid organic-inorganic lead halide solar cells as well as into new possibilities of improving the photovoltaic performance by controlling the ionic disorder. PMID:25980541

  8. Magnetically modulated electroluminescence from hybrid organic/inorganic light-emitting diodes based on electron donor-acceptor exciplex blends

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    Pang, Zhiyong; Baniya, Sangita; Zhang, Chuang; Sun, Dali; Vardeny, Z. Valy

    2016-03-01

    We report room temperature magnetically modulated electroluminescence from a hybrid organic/inorganic light-emitting diode (h-OLED), in which an inorganic magnetic tunnel junction (MTJ) with large room temperature magnetoresistance is coupled to an N,N,N ',N '-Tetrakis(4-methoxyphenyl)benzidine (MeO-TPD): tris-[3-(3-pyridyl)mesityl]borane (3TPYMB) [D-A] based OLED that shows thermally activated delayed luminescence. The exciplex-based OLED provides two spin-mixing channels: upper energy channel of polaron pairs and lower energy channel of exciplexes. In operation, the large resistance mismatch between the MTJ and OLED components is suppressed due to the non-linear I-V characteristic of the OLED. This leads to enhanced giant magneto-electroluminescence (MEL) at room temperature. We measured MEL of ~ 75% at ambient conditions. Supported by SAMSUNG Global Research Outreach (GRO) program, and also by the NSF-Material Science & Engineering Center (MRSEC) program at the University of Utah (DMR-1121252).

  9. Three iodometalate organic-inorganic hybrid materials based on methylene blue cation: Syntheses, structures, properties and DFT calculations

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    Chai, Wen-Xiang; Lin, Jian; Song, Li; Qin, Lai-Shun; Shi, Hong-Sheng; Guo, Jia-Yu; Shu, Kang-Ying

    2012-08-01

    The functional dye of methylene blue (MB) has been employed for seeking new organic-inorganic hybrid photochromic materials. Although the photochromism has not been observed yet, three iodometalate compounds, namely (MB) (PbI3) (DMF) (1), (MB)4(Cu2I4)2 (2), and (MB)3(Bi2I9) (DMF)2 (3), have been synthesized and characterized. The iodometalate anion features as a [PbI3]∞- chain in 1, a dinuclear unit of Cu2I42- in 2, and a dinuclear unit of Bi2I93- in 3. Due to the synergy of cations and anions, the MB+ cations present supramolecular column stacks in 1 and 3, but a novel supramolecular octamer structure in 2. Their thermogravimetric analyses reveal that the polymeric inorganic anion structure is helpful to increase the stability of cation whereas the discrete structure is adverse. For seeking some clues which is significant to searching new photochromic systems, the density functional theory (DFT) studies have been performed on 1, in which the electronic structure analyses suggests that the stacking mode of cations and anions could be also an important factor influencing the charge transfer between them. In addition, dielectric hysteresis loop testing has been performed on 1 due to its polar space group of Cc.

  10. Structure and magnetic properties of SiO2/PCL novel sol-gel organic-inorganic hybrid materials

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    Catauro, Michelina; Bollino, Flavia; Cristina Mozzati, Maria; Ferrara, Chiara; Mustarelli, Piercarlo

    2013-07-01

    Organic-inorganic nanocomposite materials have been synthesized via sol-gel. They consist of an inorganic SiO2 matrix, in which different percentages of poly(ε-caprolactone) (PCL) have been incorporated. The formation of H-bonds among the carbonyl groups of the polymer chains and Si-OH group of the inorganic matrix has been proved by means of Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR) analysis and has been confirmed by solid-state nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR). X-Ray diffraction (XRD) analysis highlighted the amorphous nature of the synthesized materials. Scanning electron microscope (SEM) micrograph and atomic force microscope (AFM) topography showed their homogeneous morphology and nanostructure nature. Considering the opportunity to synthesize these hybrid materials under microgravity conditions by means of magnetic levitation, superconducting quantum interference device (SQUID) magnetometry has been used to quantify their magnetic susceptibility. This measure has shown that the SiO2/PCL hybrid materials are diamagnetic and that their diamagnetic susceptibility is independent of temperature and increases with the PCL amount.

  11. Crafting semiconductor organic-inorganic nanocomposites via placing conjugated polymers in intimate contact with nanocrystals for hybrid solar cells.

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    Zhao, Lei; Lin, Zhiqun

    2012-08-22

    Semiconductor organic-inorganic hybrid solar cells incorporating conjugated polymers (CPs) and nanocrystals (NCs) offer the potential to deliver efficient energy conversion with low-cost fabrication. The CP-based photovoltaic devices are complimented by an extensive set of advantageous characteristics from CPs and NCs, such as lightweight, flexibility, and solution-processability of CPs, combined with high electron mobility and size-dependent optical properties of NCs. Recent research has witnessed rapid advances in an emerging field of directly tethering CPs on the NC surface to yield an intimately contacted CP-NC nanocomposite possessing a well-defined interface that markedly promotes the dispersion of NCs within the CP matrix, facilitates the photoinduced charge transfer between these two semiconductor components, and provides an effective platform for studying the interfacial charge separation and transport. In this Review, we aim to highlight the recent developments in CP-NC nanocomposite materials, critically examine the viable preparative strategies geared to craft intimate CP-NC nanocomposites and their photovoltaic performance in hybrid solar cells, and finally provide an outlook for future directions of this extraordinarily rich field. PMID:22761026

  12. Photoluminescence characterisations of a dynamic aging process of organic-inorganic CH3NH3PbBr3 perovskite.

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    Sheng, R; Wen, X; Huang, S; Hao, X; Chen, S; Jiang, Y; Deng, X; Green, M A; Ho-Baillie, A W Y

    2016-01-28

    After unprecedented development of organic-inorganic lead halide perovskite solar cells over the past few years, one of the biggest barriers towards their commercialization is the stability of the perovskite material. It is thus important to understand the interaction between the perovskite material and oxygen and/or humidity and the associated degradation process in order to improve device and encapsulation design for better durability. Here we characterize the dynamic aging process in vapour-assisted deposited (VASP) CH3NH3PbBr3 perovskite thin films using advanced optical techniques, such as time-resolved photoluminescence and fluorescence lifetime imaging microscopy (FLIM). Our investigation reveals that the perovskite grains grow spontaneously and the larger grains are formed at room temperature in the presence of moisture and oxygen. This crystallization process leads to a higher density of defects and a shorter carrier lifetime, specifically in the larger grains. Excitation-intensity-dependent steady-state photoluminescence shows both N2 stored and aged perovskite exhibit a super-linear increase of photoluminescence intensity with increasing excitation intensity; and the larger slope in aged sample suggests a larger density of defects is generated, consistent with time-resolved PL measurements. PMID:26753563

  13. Oxide Semiconductor-Based Flexible Organic/Inorganic Hybrid Thin-Film Transistors Fabricated on Polydimethylsiloxane Elastomer.

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    Jung, Soon-Won; Choi, Jeong-Seon; Park, Jung Ho; Koo, Jae Bon; Park, Chan Woo; Na, Bock Soon; Oh, Ji-Young; Lim, Sang Chul; Lee, Sang Seok; Chu, Hye Yong

    2016-03-01

    We demonstrate flexible organic/inorganic hybrid thin-film transistors (TFTs) on a polydimethysilox- ane (PDMS) elastomer substrate. The active channel and gate insulator of the hybrid TFT are composed of In-Ga-Zn-O (IGZO) and blends of poly(vinylidene fluoride-trifluoroethylene) [P(VDF- TrFE)] with poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA), respectively. It has been confirmed that the fabri- cated TFT display excellent characteristics: the recorded field-effect mobility, sub-threshold voltage swing, and I(on)/I(off) ratio were approximately 0.35 cm2 V(-1) s(-1), 1.5 V/decade, and 10(4), respectively. These characteristics did not experience any degradation at a bending radius of 15 mm. These results correspond to the first demonstration of a hybrid-type TFT using an organic gate insulator/oxide semiconducting active channel structure fabricated on PDMS elastomer, and demonstrate the feasibility of a promising device in a flexible electronic system. PMID:27455702

  14. Influence of UV and visible laser light on the structure and composition of layered organic - inorganic zinc and copper nanocomposites

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    Borodina, T I; Val'yano, G E; Gololobova, O A; Karpukhin, Vyacheslav T; Malikov, Mikhail M; Strikanov, D A

    2013-06-30

    The effect of UV and visible laser light on the structure and composition of layered organic-inorganic nanocomposites of transition metals, zinc [zinc hydroxide/dodecyl sulfate, Zn(OH){sub 2}DS] and copper [copper hydroxide/dodecyl sulfate, Cu{sub 2}(OH){sub 3}DS], has been experimentally investigated. Nanocomposites have been synthesised by laser ablation of targets from the aforementioned materials in aqueous solutions of a surfactant: sodium dodecyl sulfate (SDS). The absorption and Raman spectra of the thus obtained colloids are analysed. The structural composition and morphology of the solid phase isolated from the colloids are determined using X-ray diffraction, atomic-force microscopy, and scanning electron microscopy. It is shown that exposure of nanocomposites to UV and visible laser light with intensities in the range of 5 Multiplication-Sign 10{sup 5}-10{sup 7} W cm{sup -2} or higher leads to their fragmentation and change in their composition. (optical nanostructures)

  15. Experimental and theoretical study of AC electrical conduction mechanisms of Organic-inorganic hybrid compound Bis (4-acetylanilinium) tetrachlorocadmiate (II)

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    Jellibi, A.; Chaabane, I.; Guidara, K.

    2016-06-01

    A new organic-inorganic bis (4-acetylaniline) tetrachlorocadmate [C8H10NO]2[CdCl4] can be obtained by slow evaporation at room temperature and characterized by X-ray powder diffraction. It crystallized in an orthorhombic system (Cmca space group). The material electrical properties were characterized by impedance spectroscopy technique in the frequency range from 209 Hz-5 MHz and temperature 413 to 460 K. Besides, the impedance plots show semicircle arcs at different temperatures and an electrical equivalent circuit has been proposed to interpret the impedance results. The circuits consist of the parallel combination of a resistance (R), capacitance (C) and fractal capacitance (CPE). The variation of the exponent s as a function of temperature suggested that the conduction mechanism in Bis (4-acetylanilinium) tetrachlorocadmiate compound is governed by two processes which can be ascribed to a hopping transport mechanism: correlated barrier hopping (CBH) model below 443 K and the small polaron tunneling (SPT) model above 443 K.

  16. A Simple Approach for Molecular Controlled Release based on Atomic Layer Deposition Hybridized Organic-Inorganic Layers

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    Boehler, Christian; Güder, Firat; Kücükbayrak, Umut M.; Zacharias, Margit; Asplund, Maria

    2016-01-01

    On-demand release of bioactive substances with high spatial and temporal control offers ground-breaking possibilities in the field of life sciences. However, available strategies for developing such release systems lack the possibility of combining efficient control over release with adequate storage capability in a reasonably compact system. In this study we present a new approach to target this deficiency by the introduction of a hybrid material. This organic-inorganic material was fabricated by atomic layer deposition of ZnO into thin films of polyethylene glycol, forming the carrier matrix for the substance to be released. Sub-surface growth mechanisms during this process converted the liquid polymer into a solid, yet water-soluble, phase. This layer permits extended storage for various substances within a single film of only a few micrometers in thickness, and hence demands minimal space and complexity. Improved control over release of the model substance Fluorescein was achieved by coating the hybrid material with a conducting polymer film. Single dosage and repetitive dispensing from this system was demonstrated. Release was controlled by applying a bias potential of ±0.5 V to the polymer film enabling or respectively suppressing the expulsion of the model drug. In vitro tests showed excellent biocompatibility of the presented system. PMID:26791399

  17. Multifunctional hybrid organic-inorganic catalytic materials with a hierarchical system of well-defined micro- and mesopores.

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    Corma, Avelino; Díaz, Urbano; García, Teresa; Sastre, Germán; Velty, Alexandra

    2010-10-27

    Novel layered zeolitic organic-inorganic materials (MWW-BTEB) have been synthesized by intercalation and stabilization of arylic silsesquioxane molecules between inorganic zeolitic MWW layers. The organic linkers are conformed by two condensed silyl-arylic groups from disilane molecules, such as 1,4-bis(triethoxysilyl)benzene (BTEB), which react with the external silanol groups of the zeolitic layers. The hybrids contain micropores within the inorganic layers and a well-defined mesoporous system in between the organic linkers. An amination post-treatment introduces basic groups in the organic linkers close to the acid sites present in the structural inorganic counterpart. Through this methodology it has been possible to prepare bifunctional acid-base catalysts where the acid sites are of zeolitic nature located in the inorganic building blocks and the basic sites are part of the organic structure. The resultant materials can act as bifunctional catalysts for performing a two-step cascade reaction that involves the catalytic conversion of benzaldehyde dimethylacetal into benzylidene malononitrile. PMID:20879788

  18. Preparation and transport properties of hybrid organic-inorganic CH3NH3SnBr3 films

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    Chiarella, F.; Ferro, P.; Licci, F.; Barra, M.; Biasiucci, M.; Cassinese, A.; Vaglio, R.

    2007-01-01

    We describe the preparation, structural and transport properties of CH3NH3SnBr3 organic-inorganic hybrid films (500 nm thick), which crystallize as cubic perovskites. They were deposited by single source thermal ablation technique, in a 10-6 mbar vacuum chamber on glass, polymeric and crystalline substrates. X-ray diffraction proved that they were well crystallized and c-axis oriented. Resistivity measurements as a function of temperature showed a semiconductor behaviour. The activation energy, ΔE, was estimated by fitting the linear portions of the resistivity vs. temperature plots and was found to be (0.30±0.01) eV in the 260-230 K temperature interval. A significant change in resistivity was observed at a low temperature T=225 K in coincidence with the structural distortion in the Sn-Br-Sn chains. A field effect device was used to determine the charge carrier type and mobility as a function of temperature and field. The charge carriers were hole type. Their mobility at room temperature was about 10-5 cm2V- 1s- 1. It increased by two orders of magnitude at 320 K and exhibited an almost exponential dependence on the applied gate voltage.

  19. High-performance organic/inorganic hybrid heterojunction based on Gallium Arsenide (GaAs) substrates and a conjugated polymer

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    Jameel, D. A.; Felix, J. F.; Aziz, M.; Al Saqri, N.; Taylor, D.; de Azevedo, W. M.; da Silva, E. F.; Albalawi, H.; Alghamdi, H.; Al Mashary, F.; Henini, M.

    2015-12-01

    In this paper, we present an extensive study of the electrical properties of organic-inorganic hybrid heterojunctions. Polyaniline (PANI) thin films were deposited by a very simple technique on (1 0 0) and (3 1 1)B n-type Gallium Arsenide (GaAs) substrates to fabricate hybrid devices with excellent electrical properties. The hybrid devices were electrically characterized using current-voltage (I-V), capacitance-voltage (C-V) and deep level transient spectroscopy (DLTS) measurements in the temperature range 20-440 K. The analysis of I-V characteristics based on the thermionic emission mechanism has shown a decrease of the barrier height and an increase of the ideality factor at lower temperatures for both hybrid devices. The interface states were analyzed by series resistance obtained using the C-G-V methods. The interface state density (Dit) of PANI/(1 0 0) GaAs devices is approximately one order of magnitude higher than that of PANI/(3 1 1)B GaAs devices. This behaviour is attributed to the effect of crystallographic orientation of the substrates, and was confirmed by DLTS results as well. Additionally, the devices show excellent air stability, with rectification ratio values almost unaltered after two years of storage under ambient conditions, making the polyaniline an interesting conductor polymer for future devices applications.

  20. A Simple Approach for Molecular Controlled Release based on Atomic Layer Deposition Hybridized Organic-Inorganic Layers.

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    Boehler, Christian; Güder, Firat; Kücükbayrak, Umut M; Zacharias, Margit; Asplund, Maria

    2016-01-01

    On-demand release of bioactive substances with high spatial and temporal control offers ground-breaking possibilities in the field of life sciences. However, available strategies for developing such release systems lack the possibility of combining efficient control over release with adequate storage capability in a reasonably compact system. In this study we present a new approach to target this deficiency by the introduction of a hybrid material. This organic-inorganic material was fabricated by atomic layer deposition of ZnO into thin films of polyethylene glycol, forming the carrier matrix for the substance to be released. Sub-surface growth mechanisms during this process converted the liquid polymer into a solid, yet water-soluble, phase. This layer permits extended storage for various substances within a single film of only a few micrometers in thickness, and hence demands minimal space and complexity. Improved control over release of the model substance Fluorescein was achieved by coating the hybrid material with a conducting polymer film. Single dosage and repetitive dispensing from this system was demonstrated. Release was controlled by applying a bias potential of ± 0.5 V to the polymer film enabling or respectively suppressing the expulsion of the model drug. In vitro tests showed excellent biocompatibility of the presented system. PMID:26791399

  1. Adsorption and separation of methane/hydrogen in octaphenylsilsesquioxane based covalently-linked organic-inorganic hybrid framework

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    Li, Xiao-Dong; Zhang, Hong; Tang, Yong-Jian; Wang, Chao-Yang

    2012-08-01

    The adsorption and separation of CH4/H2 in two covalently-linked organic-inorganic hybrid frameworks polyoctaphenylsilsesquioxane (JUC-Z1) were computationally studied using the Grand Canonical Monte Carlo (GCMC) simulations. The results show that JUC-Z1 with Linde type A (LTA) and polycubane (zeolite code ACO) net topologies can adsorb up to 20.32, 18.57 mmol/g of CH4 and 19.04, 17.89 mmol/g of H2 at 298 K and 10 MPa, respectively. For the adsorption of binary mixture, the selectivity of CH4 over H2 in LTA-JUC-Z1 decrease gradually with the increase of the pressure or the CH4 mole fraction of the mixture. As to ACO-JUC-Z1, the selectivity first increases at low pressure or CH4 mole fraction, and then begins to decrease with the further increase of the corresponding amount. Anyhow, the two materials both exhibit excellent adsorption and separation capacities of CH4/H2.

  2. Toward practical SERS sensing

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    Zhao, Yiping

    2012-06-01

    Since its discovery more than 30 years ago, surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) has been recognized as a highly sensitive detection technique for chemical and biological sensing and medical diagnostics. However, the practical application of this remarkably sensitive technique has not been widely accepted as a viable diagnostic method due to the difficulty in preparing robust and reproducible substrates that provide maximum SERS enhancement. Here, we demonstrate that the aligned silver nanorod (AgNR) array substrates engineered by the oblique angle deposition method are capable of providing extremely high SERS enhancement factors (>108). The substrates are large area, uniform, reproducible, and compatible with general microfabrication process. The enhancement factor depends strongly on the length and shape of the Ag nanorods and the underlying substrate coating. By optimizing AgNR SERS substrates, we show that SERS is able to detect trace amount of toxins, virus, bacteria, or other chemical and biological molecules, and distinguish different viruses/bacteria and virus/bacteria strains. The substrate can be tailored into a multi-well chip for high throughput screening, integrated into fiber tip for portable sensing, incorporated into fluid/microfluidic devices for in situ real-time monitoring, fabricated onto a flexible substrate for tracking and identification, or used as on-chip separation device for ultra-thin layer chromatography and diagnostics. By combining the unique SERS substrates with a handheld Raman system, it can become a practical and portable sensor system for field applications. All these developments have demonstrated that AgNR SERS substrates could play an important role in the future for practical clinical, industrial, defense, and security sensing applications.

  3. Quantum confinement and dielectric profiles of colloidal nanoplatelets of halide inorganic and hybrid organic-inorganic perovskites

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    Sapori, Daniel; Kepenekian, Mikaël; Pedesseau, Laurent; Katan, Claudine; Even, Jacky

    2016-03-01

    Quantum confinement as well as high frequency ε∞ and static εs dielectric profiles are described for nanoplatelets of halide inorganic perovskites CsPbX3 (X = I, Br, Cl) and hybrid organic-inorganic perovskites (HOP) in two-dimensional (2D) and three-dimensional (3D) structures. 3D HOP are currently being sought for their impressive photovoltaic ability. Prior to this sudden popularity, 2D HOP materials were driving intense activity in the field of optoelectronics. Such developments have been enriched by the recent ability to synthesize colloidal nanostructures of controlled sizes of 2D and 3D HOP. This raises the need to achieve a thorough description of the electronic structure and dielectric properties of these systems. In this work, we go beyond the abrupt dielectric interface model and reach the atomic scale description. We examine the influence of the nature of the halogen and of the cation on the band structure and dielectric constants. Similarly, we survey the effect of dimensionality and shape of the perovskite. In agreement with recent experimental results, we show an increase of the band gap and a decrease of ε∞ when the size of a nanoplatelet reduces. By inspecting 2D HOP, we find that it cannot be described as a simple superposition of independent inorganic and organic layers. Finally, the dramatic impact of ionic contributions on the dielectric constant εs is analysed.Quantum confinement as well as high frequency ε∞ and static εs dielectric profiles are described for nanoplatelets of halide inorganic perovskites CsPbX3 (X = I, Br, Cl) and hybrid organic-inorganic perovskites (HOP) in two-dimensional (2D) and three-dimensional (3D) structures. 3D HOP are currently being sought for their impressive photovoltaic ability. Prior to this sudden popularity, 2D HOP materials were driving intense activity in the field of optoelectronics. Such developments have been enriched by the recent ability to synthesize colloidal nanostructures of controlled

  4. Charge Carriers in Planar and Meso-Structured Organic-Inorganic Perovskites: Mobilities, Lifetimes, and Concentrations of Trap States.

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    Hutter, Eline M; Eperon, Giles E; Stranks, Samuel D; Savenije, Tom J

    2015-08-01

    Efficient solar cells have been obtained using thin films of solution-processed organic-inorganic perovskites. However, there remains limited knowledge about the relationship between preparation route and optoelectronic properties. We use complementary time-resolved microwave conductivity (TRMC) and photoluminescence (PL) measurements to investigate the charge carrier dynamics in thin planar films of CH3NH3PbI(3-x)Cl(x), CH3NH3PbI3, and their meso-structured analogues. High mobilities close to 30 cm(2)/(V s) and microsecond-long lifetimes are found in thin films of CH3NH3PbI(3-x)Cl(x), compared to lifetimes of only a few hundred nanoseconds in CH3NH3PbI3 and meso-structured perovskites. We describe our TRMC and PL experiments with a global kinetic model, using one set of kinetic parameters characteristic for each sample. We find that the trap density is less than 5 × 10(14) cm(-3) in CH3NH3PbI(3-x)Cl(x), 6 × 10(16) cm(-3) in the CH3NH3PbI3 thin film and ca. 10(15) cm(-3) in both meso-structured perovskites. Furthermore, our results imply that band-to-band recombination is enhanced by the presence of dark carriers resulting from unintentional doping of the perovskites. Finally, our general approach to determine concentrations of trap states and dark carriers is also highly relevant to other semiconductor materials. PMID:26267206

  5. Organic-inorganic interactions in the system of pyrrole-hematite-water at elevated temperatures and pressures

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    Ding, Kangle

    2015-11-01

    The distribution and abundance of pyrrolic compounds in sediments and crude oils are most likely influenced by inorganic sedimentary components. In this paper, thermal simulation experiments on the system pyrrole-hematite-water were carried out at elevated temperatures and pressures in order to investigate the effect of organic-inorganic interactions on the preservation of pyrrolic compounds. Compositions of the reaction products were analyzed with GC-MS and GC-FID methods. In the closed system pyrrole-hematite-water, the nitrogen-oxygen exchange obviously occurred at temperatures above 350ºC in accordance with the thermochemical calculation. Large amounts of furan and ammonia were generated after simulation experiments, indicating that the conversion of pyrrole into furan was the dominant reaction. Thermochemical exchange effect between organic nitrogen and inorganic oxygen was obviously facilitated by elevated temperatures and found to be catalyzed by hematite, but inhibited by the increasing volume of water. Thermodynamically water spontaneously reacts with pyrrole above 300ºC. The reaction of pyrrole-hematite-water is an exothermic process in which the reaction heat positively correlates with temperature. The heat released was estimated as 9.0 KJ/(mol) pyrrole - 15.0 KJ/(mol) pyrrole in typical oil reservoirs (100ºC-150ºC) and 15.0-23.0 KJ/(mol) pyrrole in typical gas reservoirs (150ºC-200ºC). The calculated activation energy of the nitrogen-oxygen atom exchange is about 129.59 kJ/mol. According to the experimental results, a small amount of water may effectively initiate the nitrogen-oxygen exchange. The study would improve our evaluating of the preservation and fate of pyrrolic compounds in deeply buried geologic settings and further understanding of thermochemical processes behind the degradation of petroleum.

  6. Laser-induced photopatterning of organic-inorganic TiO2-based hybrid materials with tunable interfacial electron transfer.

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    Kuznetsov, A I; Kameneva, O; Bityurin, N; Rozes, L; Sanchez, C; Kanaev, A

    2009-02-28

    Hybrid organic-inorganic materials based on TiO(2) gels demonstrate high photosensitivity. Associated with their stable photochromic behavior, these make them suitable for laser-induced photopatterning. We show that the electronic coupling along the extended interface between the inorganic, TiO(2)-based gel, and the organic, poly(hydroxyethyl methacrylate) networks allows (i) a rapid scavenging of the photo-excited holes by the polymer, (ii) an efficient trapping of the photo-exited electrons as small polarons (Ti(3+)) that develop "dark" absorption continuum covering the spectral range from 350 nm (UV) to 2.5 microm (IR), and (iii) long-term (over months) conservation of trapped charges at high number density. Furthermore, we give the proof that the electron transfer depends on the material microstructure, which can be affected by the material chemistry and processing. Undeniably, a delay between the gelation of the system and the organic polymerization step allows tuning the photochromic responses of the resulting nanocomposites. A comparison is made between the prepared gel-based samples and a reference sample, which is obtained by the organic copolymerization of functional precondensed inorganic building units, titanium oxo-clusters, Ti(16)O(16)(OEt)(24)(OEMA)(8) with hydroxyethyl methacrylate. The experiments show the highest values of quantum yield (12%) and Ti(3+) concentration (1.7 x 10(20) cm(-3) or 14% of titanium atoms) attained in samples where the organic polymerization is induced after gelation. This behavior is explained by a strong coupling between the organic and the inorganic components of the hybrid towards the hole exchange and a poor coupling towards the electron exchange. PMID:19209369

  7. Mechanism of charge recombination in meso-structured organic-inorganic hybrid perovskite solar cells: A macroscopic perspective

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    Yang, Wenchao; Yao, Yao Wu, Chang-Qin

    2015-04-21

    In the currently popular organic-inorganic hybrid perovskite solar cells, the slowness of the charge recombination processes is found to be a key factor for contributing to their high efficiencies and high open circuit voltages, but the underlying recombination mechanism remains unclear. In this work, we investigate the bimolecular recombination (BR) and the trap-assisted monomolecular recombination (MR) in meso-structured perovskite solar cells under steady state working condition, and try to reveal their roles on determining the device performance. Some interfacial effects such as the injection barriers at the selective contacts are examined as well. Based on the macroscopic device modeling, the recombination resistance-voltage (R{sub rec}−V) and the current density-voltage (J–V) curves are calculated to characterize the recombination mechanism and describe the device performance, respectively. Through comparison with the impedance spectroscopy extracted R{sub rec} data, it is found that under the typical BR reduction factor and deep trap densities observed in experiments, the MR dominates the charge recombination in the low voltage regime, while the BR dominates in the high voltage regime. The short circuit current and the fill factor could be reduced by the significant MR but the open circuit voltage is generally determined by the BR. The different electron injection barriers at the contact can change the BR rate and induce different patterns for the R{sub rec}–V characteristics. For the perovskites of increased band gaps, the R{sub rec}'s are significantly enhanced, corresponding to the high open circuit voltages. Finally, it is revealed that the reduced effective charge mobility due to the transport in electron and hole transporting material makes the R{sub rec} decrease slowly with the increasing voltage, which leads to increased open circuit voltage.

  8. Characterization and evaluation of C18 HPLC stationary phases based on ethyl-bridged hybrid organic/inorganic particles.

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    Wyndham, Kevin D; O'Gara, John E; Walter, Thomas H; Glose, Kenneth H; Lawrence, Nicole L; Alden, Bonnie A; Izzo, Gary S; Hudalla, Christopher J; Iraneta, Pamela C

    2003-12-15

    The characterization and evaluation of three novel 5-microm HPLC column packings, prepared using ethyl-bridged hybrid organic/inorganic materials, is described. These highly spherical hybrid particles, which vary in specific surface area (140, 187, and 270 m(2)/g) and average pore diameter (185, 148, and 108 A), were characterized by elemental analysis, SEM, and nitrogen sorption analysis and were chemically modified in a two-step process using octadecyltrichlorosilane and trimethylchlorosilane. The resultant bonded materials had an octadecyl surface concentration of 3.17-3.35 micromol/m(2), which is comparable to the coverage obtained for an identically bonded silica particle (3.44 micromol/m(2)) that had a surface area of 344 m(2)/g. These hybrid materials were shown to have sufficient mechanical strength under conditions normally employed for traditional reversed-phase HPLC applications, using a high-pressure column flow test. The chromatographic properties of the C(18) bonded hybrid phases were compared to a C(18) bonded silica using a variety of neutral and basic analytes under the same mobile-phase conditions. The hybrid phases exhibited similar selectivity to the silica-based column, yet had improved peak tailing factors for the basic analytes. Column retentivity increased with increasing particle surface area. Elevated pH aging studies of these hybrid materials showed dramatic improvement in chemical stability for both bonded and unbonded hybrid materials compared to the C(18) bonded silica phase, as determined by monitoring the loss in column efficiency through 140-h exposure to a pH 10 triethylamine mobile phase at 50 degrees C. PMID:14670036

  9. Mechanism of charge recombination in meso-structured organic-inorganic hybrid perovskite solar cells: A macroscopic perspective

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    Yang, Wenchao; Yao, Yao; Wu, Chang-Qin

    2015-04-01

    In the currently popular organic-inorganic hybrid perovskite solar cells, the slowness of the charge recombination processes is found to be a key factor for contributing to their high efficiencies and high open circuit voltages, but the underlying recombination mechanism remains unclear. In this work, we investigate the bimolecular recombination (BR) and the trap-assisted monomolecular recombination (MR) in meso-structured perovskite solar cells under steady state working condition, and try to reveal their roles on determining the device performance. Some interfacial effects such as the injection barriers at the selective contacts are examined as well. Based on the macroscopic device modeling, the recombination resistance-voltage (Rrec-V) and the current density-voltage (J-V) curves are calculated to characterize the recombination mechanism and describe the device performance, respectively. Through comparison with the impedance spectroscopy extracted Rrec data, it is found that under the typical BR reduction factor and deep trap densities observed in experiments, the MR dominates the charge recombination in the low voltage regime, while the BR dominates in the high voltage regime. The short circuit current and the fill factor could be reduced by the significant MR but the open circuit voltage is generally determined by the BR. The different electron injection barriers at the contact can change the BR rate and induce different patterns for the Rrec-V characteristics. For the perovskites of increased band gaps, the Rrec's are significantly enhanced, corresponding to the high open circuit voltages. Finally, it is revealed that the reduced effective charge mobility due to the transport in electron and hole transporting material makes the Rrec decrease slowly with the increasing voltage, which leads to increased open circuit voltage.

  10. Syntheses, structures, spectroscopic and electrochemical properties of two 1D organic-inorganic CuII-LnIII heterometallic germanotungstates.

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    Zhang, Jingli; Li, Jie; Li, Lijie; Zhao, Haozhe; Ma, Pengtao; Zhao, Junwei; Chen, Lijuan

    2013-10-01

    Two organic-inorganic hybrid copper-lanthanide heterometallic germanotungstates KNa2H7[enH2]3[Cu(en)2(H2O)]2[Cu(en)2]2{Cu(en)2[Eu(α-GeW11O39)2]2}·13H2O (1) and Na2H4[Cu(en)2(H2O)]2[Cu(en)2]6[Cu(en)2]{Cu(en)2[La(α-GeW11O39)2]2}·12H2O (2) have been hydrothermally synthesized by reaction of K8Na2[A-α-GeW9O34]·25H2O with CuCl2·2H2O and EuCl3/LaCl3 in the presence of en (en=ethylenediamine) and structurally characterized by elemental analyses, IR spectra and single-crystal X-ray diffraction. 1 exhibits the 1D chain motif built by tetrameric {[Cu(en)2(H2O)]2[Cu(en)2]2{Cu(en)2[Eu(α-GeW11O39)2]2}}(16-) moieties through square antiprismatic K(+) cations while 2 displays the 1D architecture made by tetrameric [[Cu(en)2]6[Cu(en)2]{Cu(en)2[La(α-GeW11O39)2]2}](10-) units via octahedral [Cu(en)2](2+) cations. Furthermore, the solid-state electrochemical and electrocatalytic properties of 1 have been investigated and 1 indicates the good electrocatalytic activity for nitrite reduction. In addition, the photoluminescence property of 1 has been investigated. PMID:23786977

  11. Highly efficient nanoplasmonic SERS on cardboard packaging substrates

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    Araújo, Andreia; Caro, Carlos; Mendes, Manuel J.; Nunes, Daniela; Fortunato, Elvira; Franco, Ricardo; Águas, Hugo; Martins, Rodrigo

    2014-10-01

    This work reports on highly efficient surface enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS) constructed on low-cost, fully recyclable and highly reproducible cardboard plates, which are commonly used as disposable packaging material. The active optical component is based on plasmonic silver nanoparticle structures separated from the metal surface of the cardboard by a nanoscale dielectric gap. The SERS response of the silver (Ag) nanoparticles of various shapes and sizes were systematically investigated, and a Raman enhancement factor higher than 106 for rhodamine 6G detection was achieved. The spectral matching of the plasmonic resonance for maximum Raman enhancement with the optimal local electric field enhancement produced by 60 nm-sized Ag NPs predicted by the electromagnetic simulations reinforces the outstanding results achieved. Furthermore, the nanoplasmonic SERS substrate exhibited high reproducibility and stability. The SERS signals showed that the intensity variation was less than 5%, and the SERS performance could be maintained for up to at least 6 months.

  12. Highly efficient nanoplasmonic SERS on cardboard packaging substrates.

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    Araújo, Andreia; Caro, Carlos; Mendes, Manuel J; Nunes, Daniela; Fortunato, Elvira; Franco, Ricardo; Águas, Hugo; Martins, Rodrigo

    2014-10-17

    This work reports on highly efficient surface enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS) constructed on low-cost, fully recyclable and highly reproducible cardboard plates, which are commonly used as disposable packaging material. The active optical component is based on plasmonic silver nanoparticle structures separated from the metal surface of the cardboard by a nanoscale dielectric gap. The SERS response of the silver (Ag) nanoparticles of various shapes and sizes were systematically investigated, and a Raman enhancement factor higher than 106 for rhodamine 6G detection was achieved. The spectral matching of the plasmonic resonance for maximum Raman enhancement with the optimal local electric field enhancement produced by 60 nm-sized Ag NPs predicted by the electromagnetic simulations reinforces the outstanding results achieved. Furthermore, the nanoplasmonic SERS substrate exhibited high reproducibility and stability. The SERS signals showed that the intensity variation was less than 5%, and the SERS performance could be maintained for up to at least 6 months. PMID:25257959

  13. Photo-responsive properties of azobenzene small molecules in sol-gel hybrid TiO2/ormosil organic-inorganic matrices

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    Que, Wenxiu; Hu, X.; Xia, X. L.; Zhao, L.

    2007-01-01

    Azodye-doped TiO2/ormosil hybrid materials for photonic applications were prepared by a low temperature sol-gel process from an organic-inorganic hybrid system. Acid-catalyzed solutions of γ-glycidoxypropyltrimethoxysilane and methyltrimethoxysilane mixed with tetrapropyl orthotitanate were used as hybrid matrix precursors. The trans-cis-trans photoisomerization of azobenzene small molecules in sol-gel hybrid organic-inorganic matrices was induced by a photoirradiation with UV light and subsequent visible light. It was found that the hybrid film doped with azodyes and heated at a lower temperature was much better for applications in optical storage or optical switch. The planar waveguide properties of the hybrid films were also investigated by using a prism coupling technique. These results indicates that it is possible for the as prepared hybrid films to allow directly integrating on the same chip the optical storage or optical switch devices with the pump source.

  14. Rationally designed substrates for SERS biosensing

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    Yan, Bo

    The large electromagnetic field enhancement provided by nanostructured noble metal surfaces forms the foundation for a series of enabling optical analytical techniques, such as surface enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS), surface enhanced IR absorption spectroscopy (SEIRA), surface enhanced fluorescent microscopy (SEF), to name only a few. Critical sensing applications have, however, other substrate requirements than mere peak signal enhancement. The substrate needs to be reliable, provide reproducible signal enhancements, and be amenable to a combination with microfluidic chips or other integrated sensor platforms. These needs motivate the development of engineerable SERS substrate "chips" with defined near- and far-field responses. In this dissertation, two types of rationally designed SERS substrates - nanoparticle cluster arrays (NCAs) and SERS stamp - will be introduced and characterized. NCAs were fabricated through a newly developed template guided self-assembly fabrication approach, in which chemically synthesized nanoparticles are integrated into predefined patterns using a hybrid top-down/bottom-up approach. Since this method relies on chemically defined building blocks, it can overcome the resolution limit of conventional lithographical methods and facilitates higher structural complexity. NCAs sustain near-field interactions within individual clusters as well as between entire neighboring clusters and create a multi-scale cascaded E-field enhancement throughout the entire array. SERS stamps were generated using an oblique angle metal deposition on a lithographically defined piston. When mounted on a nanopositioning stage, the SERS stamps were enabled to contact biological surfaces with pristine nanostructured metal surfaces for a label-free spectroscopic characterization. The developed engineered substrates were applied and tested in critical sensing applications, including the ultra-trace detection of explosive vapors, the rapid discrimination of

  15. Functionalized paper SERS (P-SERS) substrates for selective targeting of analytes in complex samples

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    Yu, Wei W.; Hoppmann, Eric P.

    2015-05-01

    Surface enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS) requires the analyte molecule to be close to the plasmonic surface in order to generate SERS enhancement. This limitation restricts the practical application of SERS to molecules that possess functional groups that interact strongly with gold or silver surfaces. Moreover, the identification of target analytes in a complex sample matrix is made even more difficult when interferents compete with the target for binding to the plasmonic surface, resulting in overlapping spectral signatures. In this work, we report a strategy to functionalize inkjet printed P-SERS substrates by strategically placing supramolecular structures (such as nucleic acid aptamers) onto the gold nanoparticles. This promotes the selective interaction of target molecules with the plasmonic surface, leading to improved sensor performance.

  16. Resistive Switching Behavior in Organic-Inorganic Hybrid CH3 NH3 PbI3-x Clx Perovskite for Resistive Random Access Memory Devices.

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    Yoo, Eun Ji; Lyu, Miaoqiang; Yun, Jung-Ho; Kang, Chi Jung; Choi, Young Jin; Wang, Lianzhou

    2015-10-28

    The CH3 NH3 PbI3- x Clx organic-inorganic hybrid perovskite material demonstrates remarkable resistive switching behavior, which can be applicable in resistive random access memory devices. The simply designed Au/CH3 NH3 PbI3- x Clx /FTO structure is fabricated by a low-temperature, solution-processable method, which exhibits remarkable bipolar resistive switching and nonvolatile properties. PMID:26331363

  17. Ampholine-functionalized hybrid organic-inorganic silica material as sorbent for solid-phase extraction of acidic and basic compounds.

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    Wang, Tingting; Chen, Yihui; Ma, Junfeng; Chen, Mingliang; Nie, Chenggang; Hu, Minjie; Li, Ying; Jia, Zhijian; Fang, Jianghua; Gao, Haoqi

    2013-09-20

    A novel sorbent for solid-phase extraction (SPE) was synthesized by chemical immobilization of ampholine on hybrid organic-inorganic silica material. The ampholine-functionalized hybrid organic-inorganic silica sorbent is consisted of aliphatic amine groups, carboxyl groups and long carbon chains, allowing for extraction of both acidic and basic compounds. The retention properties of the developed sorbent were evaluated for 1-hydroxy-2-naphthoic acid (HNA), 1-naphthoic acid (NA), 3-hydroxybenzoic acid (HBA), benzoic acid (BA), sorbic acid (SA), vanillic aldehyde (VA), butyl 4-hydroxybenzoate (BHB), propyl 4-hydroxybenzoate (PHB), ethyl 4-hydroxybenzoate (EHB), and methyl 4-hydroxybenzoate (MHB). The results show that such a sorbent has three types of interaction, i.e., electrostatic interaction, hydrophobic interaction, and hydrogen bonding, exhibiting high extraction efficiency towards the compounds tested. The adsorption capacities of the analytes ranged from 0.61 to 6.54μgmg(-1). The reproducibility of the sorbent preparation was evaluated at three spiking concentration levels, with relative standard deviations (RSDs) of 1.0-10.5%. The recoveries of ten acidic and basic compounds spiked in beverage Coca-Cola(®) sample ranged from 82.5% to 98.2% with RSDs less than 5.8%. Under optimum conditions, the ampholine-functionalized hybrid organic-inorganic silica sorbent rendered higher extraction efficiency for acidic compounds than that of the commercially available ampholine-functionalized silica particles, and was comparable to that of the commercial Oasis WAX and Oasis WCX. PMID:23953713

  18. Nanomanufacturing of gold nanoparticle superstructures from the "bottom-up"

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    Rao, Tingling

    Gold nanoparticles that can generate surface plasmons under appropriate conditions have attracted significant interest for their potential in optics, photonics, data storage and biological sensors. Developing high fidelity fabrication methods that yield gold nanoparticles with well-defined size, shape, composition and self-assembly allows manipulation of surface plasmonic properties for novel applications as well as revealing new aspects of the underlying science. This dissertation demonstrates multiple techniques that describe cost-effective bottom-up" fabrication methods that yield gold nano-superstructures. In my initial work, I outline the solution conditions for fabricating Janus nanoparticles composed of one gold nanoparticle per micelle. Poly(ethylene oxide)-b-polystyrene (PEO-b-PS) was synthesized and processed into spherical micelles, which served as the template to induce gold nanoparticles growth within the PEO corona in situ. Organic-inorganic hybrid nanoparticle formation was controlled kinetically by manipulating the concentration of both the micelle and reducing agent (HEPES). We also found that under certain condition, PEO-b-PS yielded micelles with pearl-like morphology, which possessed concentrated PEO domains at the interface between two adjacent PS cores. Careful manipulation of reaction conditions afforded gold nanoparticles that grew from the core-shell interface to form 1-dimensional (1-D) periodical gold nanoparticle chains. Based on similar principles, gold-gold dimers were synthesized by growing a second gold nanoparticle from a gold nanoparticle template surface-functionalized with PEO ligands. Gold dimers fabricated with this method exhibited strong enhancement properties via surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS). Instead of kinetic control, the number of newly grown gold nanoparticles on each particle template heavily relied on the PEO density on the nanoparticle template. As the size of the particle template increased from 10 nm to

  19. SERS-based detection of biomolecules

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    Cialla, Dana; Pollok, Sibyll; Steinbrücker, Carolin; Weber, Karina; Popp, Jürgen

    2014-12-01

    In order to detect biomolecules, different approaches using for instance biological, spectroscopic or imaging techniques are established. Due to the broad variety of these methods, this review is focused on surface enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS) as an analytical tool in biomolecule detection. Here, the molecular specificity of Raman spectroscopy is combined with metallic nanoparticles as sensor platform, which enhances the signal intensity by several orders of magnitude. Within this article, the characterization of diverse biomolecules by means of SERS is explained and moreover current application fields are presented. The SERS intensity and as a consequence thereof the reliable detection of the biomolecule of interest is effected by distance, orientation and affinity of the molecule towards the metal surface. Furthermore, the great capability of the SERS technique for cutting-edge applications like pathogen detection and cancer diagnosis is highlighted. We wish to motivate by this comprehensive and critical summary researchers from various scientific background to create their own ideas and schemes for a SERS-based detection and analysis of biomolecules.

  20. Characteristics of oxidative homolytic alkylation of imidazoles and organic-inorganic hybrid extended networks from large aromatic building blocks

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    Li, Kunhao

    The discovery of the dramatic in vitro antimalarial activity of 2-iodo-L-histidine and 2-fluoro-L-histidine, as well as their in vivo limitations, has prompted a systematic search for novel 2-substituted imidazoles and bioimidazoles as agents against human malaria. Previous research has shown that the regioselective alkyl free radical substitution on imidazoles and bioimidazoles could serve as a simple and efficient route to a wide variety of 2-alkylimidazoles. In this research, this methodology was successfully extended to include alkyl radicals substituted with various functional groups such as amide or ester. While this novel methodology should be of some synthetic utility when tertiary radicals are used, poorer yields are usually encountered in the cases of primary radicals. In the second part of this dissertation, a series of novel ligands containing multiple ortho-bis(organothio) groups were synthesized and their coordination and network forming properties were studied in the context of crystalline organic-inorganic hybrid extended networks. For the syntheses of HRTTs [2,3,6,7,10,11-hexakis(alkylthio)triphenylenes], a simpler, safer and higher yielding one-pot process was developed. Quenching the hexa-anions (formed when sodium methylthiolate was refluxed with hexabromotriphenylene) with alkyl halides or acid chlorides afforded HRTTs. This newly developed process was also successfully expanded to the pyrene system. In the syntheses of unsymmetrically substituted triphenlyenes, it was shown for the first time that the oxidative cyclization process is applicable to thioether containing systems, pointing to a novel strategy for the preparation of this type of unsymmetrically substituted triphenlyenes. Treating these novel ligands with various metal salts [i.e. bismuth(III) chloride and bismuth(III) bromide] under carefully controlled conditions resulted in a series of air-stable semiconductive coordination networks. Their single crystal structures were