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  1. Non-volatile memory based on transition metal perovskite oxide resistance switching

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    Nian, Yibo

    Driven by the non-volatile memory market looking for new advanced materials, this dissertation focuses on the study of non-volatile resistive random access memory (RRAM) based on transition metal perovskite oxides. Pr0.7Ca0.3MnO3 (PCMO), one of the representative materials in this family, has demonstrated a large range of resistance change when short electrical pulses with different polarity are applied. Such electrical-pulse-induced resistance (EPIR), with attractive features such as fast response, low power, high-density and non-volatility, makes PCMO and related materials promising candidates for non-volatile RRAM application. The objective of this work is to investigate, optimize and understand the properties of this universal EPIR behavior in transition metal perovskite oxide, represented by PCMO thin film devices. The research work includes fabrication of PCMO thin film devices, characterization of these EPIR devices as non-volatile memories, and investigation of their resistive switching mechanisms. The functionality of this perovskite oxide RRAM, including pulse magnitude/width dependence, power consumption, retention, endurance and radiation-hardness has been investigated. By studying the "shuttle tail" in hysteresis switching loops of oxygen deficient devices, a diffusion model with oxygen ions/vacancies as active agents at the metal/oxide interface is proposed for the non-volatile resistance switching effect in transition metal perovskite oxide thin films. The change of EPIR switching behavior after oxygen/argon ion implantation also shows experiment support for the proposed model. Furthermore, the universality, scalability and comparison with other non-volatile memories are discussed for future application.

  2. Doped Mott Insulators in (111) Bilayers of Perovskite Transition-Metal Oxides with a Strong Spin-Orbit Coupling

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    Okamoto, Satoshi

    2013-01-01

    The electronic properties of Mott insulators realized in (111) bilayers of perovskite transition-metal oxides are studied. The low-energy effective Hamiltonians for such Mott insulators are derived in the presence of a strong spin-orbit coupling. These models are characterized by the antiferromagnetic Heisenberg interaction and the anisotropic interaction whose form depends on the $d$ orbital occupancy. From exact diagonalization analyses on finite clusters, the ground state phase diagrams are derived, including a Kitaev spin liquid phase in a narrow parameter regime for $t_{2g}$ systems. Slave-boson mean-field analyses indicate the possibility of novel superconducting states induced by carrier doping into the Mott-insulating parent systems, suggesting the present model systems as unique playgrounds for studying correlation-induced novel phenomena. Possible experimental realizations are also discussed.

  3. Transition metal substituted SrTiO3 perovskite oxides as promising functional materials for oxygen sensor

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    Misra, Sunasira

    2012-07-01

    Modern industries employ several gases as process fluids. Leakage of these gases in the operating area could lead to undesirable consequences. Even in chemical industries, which use large quantities of inert gases in confined areas, accidental leakage of these process gases would result in the reduction of oxygen partial pressure in atmospheric air. For instance, large amounts of gaseous nitrogen and argon are used in pharmaceutical industries, gas filling/bottling plants, operating area of Fast Breeder reactors, etc. Fall of concentration of oxygen in air below 17% could lead to life risk (Asphyxiation) of the working personnel that has to be checked well in advance. Further, when the leaking gas is of explosive nature, its damage potential would be very high if its concentration level in air increases beyond its lower explosive limit. Surveillance of the ambient within these industries at the critical areas and also in the environment around them for oxygen therefore becomes highly essential. Sensitive and selective gas sensors made of advanced materials are required to meet this demand of monitoring environmental pollution. The perovskite class of oxides (ABO3) is chemically stable even at high temperatures and can tolerate large levels of dopants without phase transformations. The electronic properties of this parent functional material can be tailored by adding appropriate dopants that exhibit different valence states. Aliovalent transition metal substituted SrTiO3 perovskites are good mixed ionic and electronic conductors and potential candidates for sensing oxygen at percentage level exploiting their oxygen pressure dependent electrical conductivity. This paper presents the preparation, study of electrical conductivity and oxygen-sensing characteristics of iron and cobalt substituted SrTiO3.

  4. Semiconducting transition metal oxides

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    Lany, Stephan

    2015-07-01

    Open shell transition metal oxides are usually described as Mott or charge transfer insulators, which are often viewed as being disparate from semiconductors. Based on the premise that the presence of a correlated gap and semiconductivity are not mutually exclusive, this work reviews electronic structure calculations on the binary 3d oxides, so to distill trends and design principles for semiconducting transition metal oxides. This class of materials possesses the potential for discovery, design, and development of novel functional semiconducting compounds, e.g. for energy applications. In order to place the 3d orbitals and the sp bands into an integrated picture, band structure calculations should treat both contributions on the same footing and, at the same time, account fully for electron correlation in the 3d shell. Fundamentally, this is a rather daunting task for electronic structure calculations, but quasi-particle energy calculations in GW approximation offer a viable approach for band structure predictions in these materials. Compared to conventional semiconductors, the inherent multivalent nature of transition metal cations is more likely to cause undesirable localization of electron or hole carriers. Therefore, a quantitative prediction of the carrier self-trapping energy is essential for the assessing the semiconducting properties and to determine whether the transport mechanism is a band-like large-polaron conduction or a small-polaron hopping conduction. An overview is given for the binary 3d oxides on how the hybridization between the 3d crystal field symmetries with the O-p orbitals of the ligands affects the effective masses and the likelihood of electron and hole self-trapping, identifying those situations where small masses and band-like conduction are more likely to be expected. The review concludes with an illustration of the implications of the increased electronic complexity of transition metal cations on the defect physics and doping, using as an example the diversity of possible atomic and magnetic configurations of the O vacancy in TiO2, and the high levels of hole doping in Co2ZnO4 due to a self-doping mechanism that originates from the multivalence of Co.

  5. Semiconducting transition metal oxides.

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    Lany, Stephan

    2015-07-22

    Open shell transition metal oxides are usually described as Mott or charge transfer insulators, which are often viewed as being disparate from semiconductors. Based on the premise that the presence of a correlated gap and semiconductivity are not mutually exclusive, this work reviews electronic structure calculations on the binary 3d oxides, so to distill trends and design principles for semiconducting transition metal oxides. This class of materials possesses the potential for discovery, design, and development of novel functional semiconducting compounds, e.g. for energy applications. In order to place the 3d orbitals and the sp bands into an integrated picture, band structure calculations should treat both contributions on the same footing and, at the same time, account fully for electron correlation in the 3d shell. Fundamentally, this is a rather daunting task for electronic structure calculations, but quasi-particle energy calculations in GW approximation offer a viable approach for band structure predictions in these materials. Compared to conventional semiconductors, the inherent multivalent nature of transition metal cations is more likely to cause undesirable localization of electron or hole carriers. Therefore, a quantitative prediction of the carrier self-trapping energy is essential for the assessing the semiconducting properties and to determine whether the transport mechanism is a band-like large-polaron conduction or a small-polaron hopping conduction. An overview is given for the binary 3d oxides on how the hybridization between the 3d crystal field symmetries with the O-p orbitals of the ligands affects the effective masses and the likelihood of electron and hole self-trapping, identifying those situations where small masses and band-like conduction are more likely to be expected. The review concludes with an illustration of the implications of the increased electronic complexity of transition metal cations on the defect physics and doping, using as an example the diversity of possible atomic and magnetic configurations of the O vacancy in TiO(2), and the high levels of hole doping in Co(2)ZnO(4) due to a self-doping mechanism that originates from the multivalence of Co. PMID:26126022

  6. Magnetochromism in Transition Metal Oxides

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    Musfeldt, Janice; Choi, Jongwoo; Haraldsen, Jason; Woodward, Jonathan; Wei, Xing; He, Jian; Mandrus, David; Landee, Chris; Turnbull, Mark; Suryanarayanan, Ramanathanan; Revcolevschi, Alex

    2004-03-01

    We discuss the discovery and mechanism of magnetic field-induced color changes in three different low-dimensional transition metal oxides: Li purple bronze, (CPA)_2CuBr_4, and Pr-substituted La_1.2Sr_1.8Mn_2O_7. In Li purple bronze, the field manipulates the density of states near E_F, altering O p to Mo d excitations. In the copper halide, the applied field rotates the CuBr4 chromophore units, yielding a strong magnetochromic effect. And in (La_0.4Pr_0.6_1.2Sr_1.8Mn_2O_7, the magnetic field acts on the Jahn-Teller-split Mn^3+ eg orbitals, with consequences of a substantial CMR effect, unusual magnetic relaxation behavior, and a change in orbital occupation.

  7. Extraction of exchange parameters in transition-metal perovskites

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    Furrer, A.; Podlesnyak, A.; Krämer, K. W.

    2015-09-01

    The extraction of exchange parameters from measured spin-wave dispersion relations has severe limitations particularly for magnetic compounds such as the transition-metal perovskites, where the nearest-neighbor exchange parameter usually dominates the couplings between the further-distant-neighbor spins. Very precise exchange parameters beyond the nearest-neighbor spins can be obtained by neutron spectroscopic investigations of the magnetic excitation spectra of isolated multimers in magnetically diluted compounds. This is exemplified for manganese trimers in the mixed three- and two-dimensional perovskite compounds KM nxZ n1 -xF3 and K2M nxZ n1 -xF4 , respectively. It is shown that the small exchange couplings between the second-nearest-neighbor and the third-nearest-neighbor spins can be determined unambiguously and with equal precision as the dominating nearest-neighbor exchange coupling.

  8. Nanostructured transition metal oxides useful for water oxidation catalysis

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    Frei, Heinz M; Jiao, Feng

    2013-12-24

    The present invention provides for a composition comprising a nanostructured transition metal oxide capable of oxidizing two H.sub.2O molecules to obtain four protons. In some embodiments of the invention, the composition further comprises a porous matrix wherein the nanocluster of the transition metal oxide is embedded on and/or in the porous matrix.

  9. Band gap tuning in transition metal oxides by site-specific substitution

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    Lee, Ho Nyung; Chisholm, Jr., Matthew F; Jellison, Jr., Gerald Earle; Singh, David J; Choi, Woo Seok

    2013-12-24

    A transition metal oxide insulator composition having a tuned band gap includes a transition metal oxide having a perovskite or a perovskite-like crystalline structure. The transition metal oxide includes at least one first element selected form the group of Bi, Ca, Ba, Sr, Li, Na, Mg, K, Pb, and Pr; and at least one second element selected from the group of Ti, Al, V, Cr, Mn, Fe, Co, Ni, Cu, Zr, Nb, Mo, Ru, Rh, Hf, Ta, W, Re, Os, Ir, and Pt. At least one correlated insulator is integrated into the crystalline structure, including REMO.sub.3, wherein RE is at least one Rare Earth element, and wherein M is at least one element selected from the group of Co, V, Cr, Ni, Mn, and Fe. The composition is characterized by a band gap of less of 4.5 eV.

  10. Orbital physics in transition-metal oxides

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    Tokura; Nagaosa

    2000-04-21

    An electron in a solid, that is, bound to or nearly localized on the specific atomic site, has three attributes: charge, spin, and orbital. The orbital represents the shape of the electron cloud in solid. In transition-metal oxides with anisotropic-shaped d-orbital electrons, the Coulomb interaction between the electrons (strong electron correlation effect) is of importance for understanding their metal-insulator transitions and properties such as high-temperature superconductivity and colossal magnetoresistance. The orbital degree of freedom occasionally plays an important role in these phenomena, and its correlation and/or order-disorder transition causes a variety of phenomena through strong coupling with charge, spin, and lattice dynamics. An overview is given here on this "orbital physics," which will be a key concept for the science and technology of correlated electrons. PMID:10775098

  11. (S)TEM analysis of functional transition metal oxides

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    Chi, Miaofang

    Perovskite vanadates (AVO3) form an ideal family to study the structure-property relationships in transition metal oxides because their physical properties can easily be tailored by varying the A-site cations. (S)TEM is an ideal tool for this type of study due to its capacity for simultaneous imaging and chemical analysis. Determination of the oxidation state of vanadium in complex oxides have been carried out by electron energy loss spectroscopy. SrVO3/LaAlO3 is then studied both experimentally and theoretically as a prototype system. Extra electrons have been detected on the interface layer, and further proven to originate mainly from a change in the local bonding configuration of V at the La-O terminated substrate surface. Cr-containing stainless steel deposited with a LaCrO3 thin-film layer is a promising interconnect material of Solid Oxide Fuel Cells (SOFC). Our investigation on its microstructural evolution reveals that the LaCrO 3 thin film plays a role in inhibiting the growth of an oxide layer on the metal surface and thus protects the surface of the stainless steel. Ca-doped LaCoO3 is a promising SOFC cathode material. The domain structures and the oxidation state of Co in Ca-doped LaCoO3, which are directly related to its mechanical properties and electronic conductivity, are investigated by in-situ TEM and EELS. The formation of microcracks is observed during thermal cycles. Ca-doping in LaCoO3 is shown to not only improve the electronic conductivity of the material, but is also likely to strengthen the grain boundaries. The realization of its application in SOFCs depends on depressing the ferroelastisity to reduce strain formation during thermal cycles. The application of the (S)TEM techniques used for studying the perovskite systems are further extended to other compounds containing transition metal elements. The refractory minerals from Comet 81 P/Wild-2 are studied to investigate the formation of the early solar system. A relatively high Ti3+/Ti 4+ ratio in fassaite and the presence of osbornite indicate that the Comet refractory minerals formed in the inner solar nebula and were later transported to the outer solar system where the comet formed. This implies a much more dynamic and perhaps more violent solar nebula than was previously suspected.

  12. On the behavior of Bronsted-Evans-Polanyi Relations for Transition Metal Oxides

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    Vojvodic, Aleksandra

    2011-08-22

    Versatile Broensted-Evans-Polanyi (BEP) relations are found from density functional theory for a wide range of transition metal oxides including rutiles and perovskites. For oxides, the relation depends on the type of oxide, the active site and the dissociating molecule. The slope of the BEP relation is strongly coupled to the adsorbate geometry in the transition state. If it is final state-like the dissociative chemisorption energy can be considered as a descriptor for the dissociation. If it is initial state-like, on the other hand, the dissociative chemisorption energy is not suitable as descriptor for the dissociation. Dissociation of molecules with strong intramolecular bonds belong to the former and molecules with weak intramolecular bonds to the latter group. We show, for the prototype system La-perovskites, that there is a 'cyclic' behavior in the transition state characteristics upon change of the active transition metal of the oxide.

  13. Electrolytic separation of crystals of transition-metal oxides

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    Arnott, R. J.; Feretti, A.; Kunnamann, W.

    1969-01-01

    Versatile flux system grows large, well-formed, stoichiometric single crystals of mixed oxides of the transition-metal elements. These crystals have important uses in the microwave field, and applications as lasers and masers in communications.

  14. Fingerprints of spin-orbital entanglement in transition metal oxides.

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    Ole?, Andrzej M

    2012-08-01

    The concept of spin-orbital entanglement on superexchange bonds in transition metal oxides is introduced and explained on several examples. It is shown that spin-orbital entanglement in superexchange models destabilizes the long-range (spin and orbital) order and may lead either to a disordered spin-liquid state or to novel phases at low temperature which arise from strongly frustrated interactions. Such novel ground states cannot be described within the conventionally used mean field theory which separates spin and orbital degrees of freedom. Even in cases where the ground states are disentangled, spin-orbital entanglement occurs in excited states and may become crucial for a correct description of physical properties at finite temperature. As an important example of this behaviour we present spin-orbital entanglement in the RV O(3) perovskites, with R = La,Pr,,Y b,Lu, where the finite temperature properties of these compounds can be understood only using entangled states: (i) the thermal evolution of the optical spectral weights, (ii) the dependence of the transition temperatures for the onset of orbital and magnetic order on the ionic radius in the phase diagram of the RV O(3) perovskites, and (iii) the dimerization observed in the magnon spectra for the C-type antiferromagnetic phase of Y V O(3). Finally, it is shown that joint spin-orbital excitations in an ordered phase with coexisting antiferromagnetic and alternating orbital order introduce topological constraints for the hole propagation and will thus radically modify the transport properties in doped Mott insulators where hole motion implies simultaneous spin and orbital excitations. PMID:22776856

  15. Topological phases in oxide heterostructures with light and heavy transition metal ions (invited)

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    Fiete, Gregory A.; Rüegg, Andreas

    2015-05-07

    Using a combination of density functional theory, tight-binding models, and Hartree-Fock theory, we predict topological phases with and without time-reversal symmetry breaking in oxide heterostructures. We consider both heterostructures containing light transition metal ions and those containing heavy transition metal ions. We find that the (111) growth direction naturally leads to favorable conditions for topological phases in both perovskite structures and pyrochlore structures. For the case of light transition metal elements, Hartree-Fock theory predicts the spin-orbit coupling is effectively enhanced by on-site multiple-orbital interactions and may drive the system through a topological phase transition, while heavy elements with intrinsically large spin-orbit coupling require much weaker or even vanishing electron interactions to bring about a topological phase.

  16. Topological phases in oxide heterostructures with light and heavy transition metal ions (invited)

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    Fiete, Gregory A.; Regg, Andreas

    2015-05-01

    Using a combination of density functional theory, tight-binding models, and Hartree-Fock theory, we predict topological phases with and without time-reversal symmetry breaking in oxide heterostructures. We consider both heterostructures containing light transition metal ions and those containing heavy transition metal ions. We find that the (111) growth direction naturally leads to favorable conditions for topological phases in both perovskite structures and pyrochlore structures. For the case of light transition metal elements, Hartree-Fock theory predicts the spin-orbit coupling is effectively enhanced by on-site multiple-orbital interactions and may drive the system through a topological phase transition, while heavy elements with intrinsically large spin-orbit coupling require much weaker or even vanishing electron interactions to bring about a topological phase.

  17. Activation of flue gas nitrogen oxides by transition metal complexes

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    Miller, M.E.; Finseth, D.H.; Pennline, H.W.

    1987-01-01

    Sulfur and nitrogen oxides are major flue gas pollutants released by coal-fired electric power plants. In the atmosphere these oxides are converted to sulfuric and nitric acids, which contribute to the acid rain problem. Most of the nitrogen oxides (90%-95%) present in coal-derived flue gas exist as the relatively inert and water-insoluble nitric oxide (NO), thus presenting a difficult removal problem. A practical strategy for nitrogen oxides removal might utilize a solid support that has been impregnated with an active transition metal complex. Some supported transition metals are expected to remove NO/sub x/ by sorption, with regeneration of the sorbent being a necessary property. Others catalyze NO oxidation to the more soluble NO/sub 2/ and N/sub 2/O/sub 5/, which has been demonstrated for certain transition metal species. These activated nitrogen oxides can be more efficiently removed along with SO/sub 2/ in conventional scrubbing or spray-drying processes, in which an aqueous slurry of sorbent, such as hydrated lime, is injected into the hot flue gas. We present here preliminary studies intended to establish basic homogeneous chemistry of transition metal complexes with nitrogen oxides. The transition metals considered in this work are volatile carbonyl complexes. This work is the first step in the development of supported metal species for enhanced nitrogen oxides removal.

  18. Electrocatalytic Activity of Transition Metal Oxide-Carbon Composites for Oxygen Reduction in Alkaline Batteries and Fuel Cells

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    Malkhandi, S; Trinh, P; Manohar, AK; Jayachandrababu, KC; Kindler, A; Prakash, GKS; Narayanan, SR

    2013-06-07

    Conductive transition metal oxides (perovskites, spinels and pyrochlores) are attractive as catalysts for the air electrode in alkaline rechargeable metal-air batteries and fuel cells. We have found that conductive carbon materials when added to transition metal oxides such as calcium-doped lanthanum cobalt oxide, nickel cobalt oxide and calcium-doped lanthanum manganese cobalt oxide increase the electrocatalytic activity of the oxide for oxygen reduction by a factor of five to ten. We have studied rotating ring-disk electrodes coated with (a) various mass ratios of carbon and transition metal oxide, (b) different types of carbon additives and (c) different types of transition metal oxides. Our experiments and analysis establish that in such composite catalysts, carbon is the primary electro- catalyst for the two-electron electro-reduction of oxygen to hydroperoxide while the transition metal oxide decomposes the hydroperoxide to generate additional oxygen that enhances the observed current resulting in an apparent four-electron process. These findings are significant in that they change the way we interpret previous reports in the scientific literature on the electrocatalytic activity of various transition metal oxide- carbon composites for oxygen reduction, especially where carbon is assumed to be an additive that just enhances the electronic conductivity of the oxide catalyst. (C) 2013 The Electrochemical Society. All rights reserved.

  19. Impurity diffusion in transition-metal oxides

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    Peterson, N.L.

    1982-06-01

    Intrinsic tracer impurity diffusion measurements in ceramic oxides have been primarily confined to CoO, NiO, and Fe/sub 3/O/sub 4/. Tracer impurity diffusion in these materials and TiO/sub 2/, together with measurements of the effect of impurities on tracer diffusion (Co in NiO and Cr in CoO), are reviewed and discussed in terms of impurity-defect interactions and mechanisms of diffusion. Divalent impurities in divalent solvents seem to have a weak interaction with vacancies whereas trivalent impurities in divalent solvents strongly influence the vacancy concentrations and significantly reduce solvent jump frequencies near a trivalent impurity. Impurities with small ionic radii diffuse more slowly with a larger activation energy than impurities with larger ionic radii for all systems considered in this review. Cobalt ions (a moderate size impurity) diffuse rapidly along the open channels parallel to the c-axis in TiO/sub 2/ whereas chromium ions (a smaller-sized impurity) do not. 60 references, 11 figures.

  20. Monolayered nanodots of transition metal oxides.

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    Nakamura, Keisuke; Oaki, Yuya; Imai, Hiroaki

    2013-03-20

    Monolayered nanodots of titanium, tungsten, and manganese oxides were obtained by exfoliation of the nanocrystals through aqueous solution processes at room temperature. The precursor nanocrystals of the layered compounds, such as sodium titanate (Na(0.80)Ti(1.80)?(0.2)O4xH2O, ?: vacancy (x < 1.17)), cesium tungstate (Cs4W11O35yH2O (y < 10.5)), and sodium manganate (Na0.44MnO2zH2O (z < 0.85)), were synthesized in an aqueous solution. These nanocrystals of the layered compounds were delaminated into the monolayered nanodots through introduction of a bulky organic cation in the interlayer space. The resultant monolayered nanodots of the titanate and tungstate 2-5 nm in lateral size showed a remarkable blueshift of the bandgap energies. The calculation studies supported the blueshifts of the bandgap energies. The results suggest that syntheses of monolayered nanodots can expand the tuning range of the properties based on size effect. The present approaches for generation of ultrathin tiny objects can be applied to a variety of nanomaterials. PMID:23441590

  1. Optical properties of transition metal oxide quantum wells

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    Lin, Chungwei; Posadas, Agham; Choi, Miri; Demkov, Alexander A.

    2015-01-21

    Fabrication of a quantum well, a structure that confines the electron motion along one or more spatial directions, is a powerful method of controlling the electronic structure and corresponding optical response of a material. For example, semiconductor quantum wells are used to enhance optical properties of laser diodes. The ability to control the growth of transition metal oxide films to atomic precision opens an exciting opportunity of engineering quantum wells in these materials. The wide range of transition metal oxide band gaps offers unprecedented control of confinement while the strong correlation of d-electrons allows for various cooperative phenomena to come into play. Here, we combine density functional theory and tight-binding model Hamiltonian analysis to provide a simple physical picture of transition metal oxide quantum well states using a SrO/SrTiO{sub 3}/SrO heterostructure as an example. The optical properties of the well are investigated by computing the frequency-dependent dielectric functions. The effect of an external electric field, which is essential for electro-optical devices, is also considered.

  2. Pseudopotentials for quantum Monte Carlo studies of transition metal oxides

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    Krogel, Jaron T.; Santana, Juan A.; Reboredo, Fernando A.

    2016-02-01

    Quantum Monte Carlo (QMC) calculations of transition metal oxides are partially limited by the availability of high-quality pseudopotentials that are both accurate in QMC and compatible with major plane-wave electronic structure codes. We have generated a set of neon-core pseudopotentials with small cutoff radii for the early transition metal elements Sc to Zn within the local density approximation of density functional theory. The pseudopotentials have been directly tested for accuracy within QMC by calculating the first through fourth ionization potentials of the isolated transition metal (M) atoms and the binding curve of each M-O dimer. We find the ionization potentials to be accurate to 0.16(1) eV, on average, relative to experiment. The equilibrium bond lengths of the dimers are within 0.5(1)% of experimental values, on average, and the binding energies are also typically accurate to 0.18(3) eV. The level of accuracy we find for atoms and dimers is comparable to what has recently been observed for bulk metals and oxides using the same pseudopotentials. Our QMC pseudopotential results also compare well with the findings of previous QMC studies and benchmark quantum chemical calculations.

  3. Pseudopotentials for quantum Monte Carlo studies of transition metal oxides

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    Krogel, Jaron T.; Santana Palacio, Juan A.; Reboredo, Fernando A.

    2016-02-22

    Quantum Monte Carlo (QMC) calculations of transition metal oxides are partially limited by the availability of high-quality pseudopotentials that are both accurate in QMC and compatible with major plane-wave electronic structure codes. We have generated a set of neon-core pseudopotentials with small cutoff radii for the early transition metal elements Sc to Zn within the local density approximation of density functional theory. The pseudopotentials have been directly tested for accuracy within QMC by calculating the first through fourth ionization potentials of the isolated transition metal (M) atoms and the binding curve of each M-O dimer. We find the ionization potentialsmore » to be accurate to 0.16(1) eV, on average, relative to experiment. The equilibrium bond lengths of the dimers are within 0.5(1)% of experimental values, on average, and the binding energies are also typically accurate to 0.18(3) eV. The level of accuracy we find for atoms and dimers is comparable to what has recently been observed for bulk metals and oxides using the same pseudopotentials. Our QMC pseudopotential results compare well with the findings of previous QMC studies and benchmark quantum chemical calculations.« less

  4. Activation of flue gas nitrogen oxides by transition metal complexes

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    Miller, M.E.; Finseth, D.H.; Pennline, H.W.

    1987-01-01

    Sulfur and nitrogen oxides are major flue gas pollutants released by coal-fired electric power plants. In the atmosphere these oxides are converted to sulfuric and nitric acids, which contribute to the acid rain problem. Most of the nitrogen oxides present in coal-derived flue gas exist as the relatively inert and water-insoluble nitric oxide (NO), thus presenting a difficult removal problem. We present preliminary studies intended to establish basic homogeneous chemistry of transition metal complexes with nitrogen oxides. The transition metals considered in this work are volatile carbonyl complexes. The metal carbonyls took up nitric oxide homogeneously in the gas phase. Iron required uv light for reaction with NO, but the same result is expected with the application of heat. Metal carbonyls also reacted with nitrogen dioxide but produced polynuclear metal species. Oxygen did not attack the carbonyl or nitrosyl complexes. Results indicate high potential for NO/sub x/ removal from stack gases by sorption onto supported metal carbonyl complexes. The solid form allows ease in separation from the flue gas. Regeneration of the sorbent might be achieved by treating with CO to liberate NO/sub x/ by displacement or by heating to decompose and drive off NO/sub x/.

  5. Pseudopotentials for quantum Monte Carlo calculations of transition metal oxides

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    Krogel, Jaron; Santana, Juan; Kent, Paul; Reboredo, Fernando

    2015-03-01

    Quantum Monte Carlo calculations of transition metal oxides are partially limited by the availability of high quality pseudopotentials that are both accurate in QMC and compatible with major electronic structure codes, e.g. by not being overly hard in the standard planewave basis. Following insight gained from recent GW calculations, a set of neon core pseudopotentials with small cutoff radii have been created for the early transition metal elements Sc to Zn within the local density approximation of DFT. The pseudopotentials have been tested for energy consistency within QMC by calculating the first through fourth ionization potentials of the isolated transition metal (TM) atoms and the binding curve of each TM-O dimer. The vast majority of the ionization potentials fall within 0.3 eV of the experimental values, with exceptions occurring mainly for atoms with multiple unpaired d electrons where multireference effects are the strongest. The equilibrium bond lengths of the dimers are within 1% of experimental values and the binding energy errors are typically less than 0.3 eV. Given the uniform treatment of the core, the larger deviations occasionally observed may primarily reflect the limitations of a Slater-Jastrow trial wavefunction. This work is supported by the Materials Sciences & Engineering Division of the Office of Basic Energy Sciences, U.S. DOE. Research by PRCK was conducted at the Center for Nanophase Materials Sciences, which is a DOE Office of Science User Facility.

  6. Transition metal oxide as anode interface buffer for impedance spectroscopy

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    Xu, Hui; Tang, Chao; Wang, Xu-Liang; Zhai, Wen-Juan; Liu, Rui-Lan; Rong, Zhou; Pang, Zong-Qiang; Jiang, Bing; Fan, Qu-Li; Huang, Wei

    2015-12-01

    Impedance spectroscopy is a strong method in electric measurement, which also shows powerful function in research of carrier dynamics in organic semiconductors when suitable mathematical physical models are used. Apart from this, another requirement is that the contact interface between the electrode and materials should at least be quasi-ohmic contact. So in this report, three different transitional metal oxides, V2O5, MoO3 and WO3 were used as hole injection buffer for interface of ITO/NPB. Through the impedance spectroscopy and PSO algorithm, the carrier mobilities and I-V characteristics of the NPB in different devices were measured. Then the data curves were compared with the single layer device without the interface layer in order to investigate the influence of transitional metal oxides on the carrier mobility. The careful research showed that when the work function (WF) of the buffer material was just between the work function of anode and the HOMO of the organic material, such interface material could work as a good bridge for carrier injection. Under such condition, the carrier mobility measured through impedance spectroscopy should be close to the intrinsic value. Considering that the HOMO (or LUMO) of most organic semiconductors did not match with the work function of the electrode, this report also provides a method for wide application of impedance spectroscopy to the research of carrier dynamics.

  7. Nanostructured transition metal oxides for energy storage and conversion

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    Li, Qiang

    Lithium-ion batteries, supercapacitors and photovoltaic devices have been widely considered as the three major promising alternatives of fossil fuels facing upcoming depletion to power the 21th century. The conventional film configuration of electrochemical electrodes hardly fulfills the high energy and efficiency requirements because heavy electroactive material deposition restricts ion diffusion path, and lowers power density and fault tolerance. In this thesis, I demonstrate that novel nanoarchitectured transition metal oxides (TMOs), e.g. MnO2, V2O 5, and ZnO, and their relevant nanocomposites were designed, fabricated and assembled into devices to deliver superior electrochemical performances such as high energy and power densities, and rate capacity. These improvements could be attributed to the significant enhancement of surface area, shortened ion diffusion distances and facile penetration of electrolyte solution into open structures of networks as well as to the pseudocapacitance domination. The utilization of ForcespinningRTM, a newly developed nanofiber processing technology, for large-scale energy storage and conversion applications is emphasized. This process simplifies the tedious multi-step hybridization synthesis and facilitates the contradiction between the micro-batch production and the ease of large-scale manufacturing. Key Words: Transition metal oxides, energy storage and conversion, ForcespinningRTM, pseudocapacitance domination, high rate capacity

  8. Tuning magnetic anisotropy by interfacially engineering the oxygen coordination environment in a transition metal oxide.

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    Kan, Daisuke; Aso, Ryotaro; Sato, Riko; Haruta, Mitsutaka; Kurata, Hiroki; Shimakawa, Yuichi

    2016-04-01

    Strong correlations between electrons, spins and lattices-stemming from strong hybridization between transition metal d and oxygen p orbitals-are responsible for the functional properties of transition metal oxides. Artificial oxide heterostructures with chemically abrupt interfaces provide a platform for engineering bonding geometries that lead to emergent phenomena. Here we demonstrate the control of the oxygen coordination environment of the perovskite, SrRuO3, by heterostructuring it with Ca0.5Sr0.5TiO3 (0-4 monolayers thick) grown on a GdScO3 substrate. We found that a Ru-O-Ti bond angle of the SrRuO3 /Ca0.5Sr0.5TiO3 interface can be engineered by layer-by-layer control of the Ca0.5Sr0.5TiO3 layer thickness, and that the engineered Ru-O-Ti bond angle not only stabilizes a Ru-O-Ru bond angle never seen in bulk SrRuO3, but also tunes the magnetic anisotropy in the entire SrRuO3 layer. The results demonstrate that interface engineering of the oxygen coordination environment allows one to control additional degrees of freedom in functional oxide heterostructures. PMID:26950594

  9. Transition metal dioxygen complexes as intermediates in homogeneous catalytic oxidations

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    Simndi, Lszl I.

    The formation and main structural properties of superoxo and peroxo complexes are briefly described. These complexes are involved in catalytic oxidations (oxygenations) by dioxygen occurring under mild conditions in the presence of iron, cobalt, manganese, rhodium and other transition metal complexes. Examples of catalytic systems are taken from cytochrome P-450 models with specific reference to the mechanisms involved. Metalloporphyrin-catalysed oxidations of hydrocarbons involve free-radical chain processes in most cases. Added reducing agents modify the mechanism of oxidation by pumping electrons into key intermediates. They help the formation of oxometal species, which may transfer oxygen atoms to substrates, thereby improving the selectivity. Olefin oxidation is a difficult task for the homogeneous catalysts described: only a few working systems are available, based mainly on rhodium phosphine complexes. Peroxometalacycles are presumably formed, whose decomposition involves co-oxidation of a phosphine molecule. The oxidation of hindered phenols catalysed by cobalt (II) Schiff-base complexes points to the involvement of superoxocobalt species abstracting a H-atom from the phenol. Complex reaction patterns emerge from the oxidation of o-disubstituted phenols. The synthetic potential of homogeneous catalytic oxidation is illustrated on examples including various types of organic compounds.

  10. Interface engineering of quantum Hall effects in digital transition metal oxide heterostructures.

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    Xiao, Di; Zhu, Wenguang; Ran, Ying; Nagaosa, Naoto; Okamoto, Satoshi

    2011-01-01

    Topological insulators are characterized by a non-trivial band topology driven by the spin-orbit coupling. To fully explore the fundamental science and application of topological insulators, material realization is indispensable. Here we predict, based on tight-binding modelling and first-principles calculations, that bilayers of perovskite-type transition-metal oxides grown along the [111] crystallographic axis are potential candidates for two-dimensional topological insulators. The topological band structure of these materials can be fine-tuned by changing dopant ions, substrates and external gate voltages. We predict that LaAuO(3) bilayers have a topologically non-trivial energy gap of about 0.15 eV, which is sufficiently large to realize the quantum spin Hall effect at room temperature. Intriguing phenomena, such as fractional quantum Hall effect, associated with the nearly flat topologically non-trivial bands found in e(g) systems are also discussed. PMID:22186892

  11. Interface engineering of quantum Hall effects in digital transition metal oxide heterostructures

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    Xiao, Di; Zhu, Wenguang; Ran, Ying; Nagaosa, Naoto; Okamoto, Satoshi

    2011-01-01

    Topological insulators (TIs) are characterized by a non-trivial band topology driven by the spin-orbit coupling. To fully explore the fundamental science and application of TIs, material realization is indispensable. Here we predict, based on tight-binding modeling and first-principles calculations, that bilayers of perovskite-type transition-metal oxides grown along the [111] crystallographic axis are potential candidates for two-dimensional TIs. The topological band structure of these materials can be fine-tuned by changing dopant ions, substrates and external gate voltages. We predict that LaAuO$_3$ bilayers have a topologically non-trivial energy gap of about 0.15~eV, which is sufficiently large to realize the quantum spin Hall effect at room temperature. Intriguing phenomena, such as fractional quantum Hall effect, associated with the nearly flat topologically non-trivial bands found in $e_g$ systems are also discussed.

  12. Resonant Ultrasound Studies of Complex Transition Metal Oxides

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    Dr. Henry Bass; Dr. J. R. Gladden

    2008-08-18

    Department of Energy EPSCoR The University of Mississippi Award: DE-FG02-04ER46121 Resonant Ultrasound Spectroscopy Studies of Complex Transition Metal Oxides The central thrust of this DOE funded research program has been to apply resonant ultrasound spectroscopy (RUS), an elegant and efficient method for determining the elastic stiffness constants of a crystal, to the complex and poorly understood class of materials known as transition metal oxides (TMOs). Perhaps the most interesting and challenging feature of TMOs is their strongly correlated behavior in which spin, lattice, and charge degrees of freedom are strongly coupled. Elastic constants are a measure of the interatomic potentials in a crystal and are thus sensitive probes into the atomic environment. This sensitivity makes RUS an ideal tool to study the coupling of phase transition order parameters to lattice strains. The most significant result of the project has been the construction of a high temperature RUS apparatus capable of making elastic constant measurements at temperatures as high as 1000 degrees Celsius. We have designed and built novel acoustic transducers which can operate as high as 600 degrees Celsius based on lithium niobate piezoelectric elements. For measurement between 600 to 1000 C, a buffer rod system is used in which the samples under test and transducers are separated by a rod with low acoustic attenuation. The high temperature RUS system has been used to study the charge order (CO) transition in transition metal oxides for which we have discovered a new transition occurring about 35 C below the CO transition. While the CO transition exhibits a linear coupling between the strain and order parameter, this new precursor transition shows a different coupling indicating a fundamentally different mechanism. We have also begun a study, in collaboration with the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, to study novel thermoelectric materials at elevated temperatures. These materials include silicon germanium with various doping and Zintl phase materials. Such materials show promise for increased figures of merit, vital to making thermolectrics competitive with traditional power generation mechanisms.

  13. Development of microstrain in aged lithium transition metal oxides.

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    Lee, Eung-Ju; Chen, Zonghai; Noh, Hyung-Ju; Nam, Sang Cheol; Kang, Sung; Kim, Do Hyeong; Amine, Khalil; Sun, Yang-Kook

    2014-08-13

    Cathode materials with high energy density for lithium-ion batteries are highly desired in emerging applications in automobiles and stationary energy storage for the grid. Lithium transition metal oxide with concentration gradient of metal elements inside single particles was investigated as a promising high-energy-density cathode material. Electrochemical characterization demonstrated that a full cell with this cathode can be continuously operated for 2500 cycles with a capacity retention of 83.3%. Electron microscopy and high-resolution X-ray diffraction were employed to investigate the structural change of the cathode material after this extensive electrochemical testing. It was found that microstrain developed during the continuous charge/discharge cycling, resulting in cracking of nanoplates. This finding suggests that the performance of the cathode material can be further improved by optimizing the concentration gradient to minimize the microstrain and to reduce the lattice mismatch during cycling. PMID:24960550

  14. Transition metal oxide hierarchical nanotubes for energy applications.

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    Wei, Wei; Wang, Yongcheng; Wu, Hao; Al-Enizi, Abdullah M; Zhang, Lijuan; Zheng, Gengfeng

    2016-01-15

    We report a general synthetic method for transition metal oxide (TMO) hierarchical nanotube (HNT) structures by a solution-phase cation exchange method from Cu2O nanowire templates. This method leads to the formation of hollow, tubular backbones with secondary, thin nanostructures on the tube surface, which substantially increases the surface reactive sites for electrolyte contacts and electrochemical reactions. As proofs-of-concept, several representative first-row TMO HNTs have been synthesized, including CoO x , NiO x , MnO x , ZnO x and FeO x , with specific surface areas much larger than nanotubes or nanoparticles of corresponding materials. An example of the potential energy storage applications of CoO x HNTs as supercapacitors is also demonstrated. PMID:26629880

  15. Transition metal oxide hierarchical nanotubes for energy applications

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    Wei, Wei; Wang, Yongcheng; Wu, Hao; Al-Enizi, Abdullah M.; Zhang, Lijuan; Zheng, Gengfeng

    2016-01-01

    We report a general synthetic method for transition metal oxide (TMO) hierarchical nanotube (HNT) structures by a solution-phase cation exchange method from Cu2O nanowire templates. This method leads to the formation of hollow, tubular backbones with secondary, thin nanostructures on the tube surface, which substantially increases the surface reactive sites for electrolyte contacts and electrochemical reactions. As proofs-of-concept, several representative first-row TMO HNTs have been synthesized, including CoO x , NiO x , MnO x , ZnO x and FeO x , with specific surface areas much larger than nanotubes or nanoparticles of corresponding materials. An example of the potential energy storage applications of CoO x HNTs as supercapacitors is also demonstrated.

  16. Orbital reconstruction in nonpolar tetravalent transition-metal oxide layers

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    Bogdanov, Nikolay A.; Katukuri, Vamshi M.; Romhnyi, Judit; Yushankhai, Viktor; Kataev, Vladislav; Bchner, Bernd; van den Brink, Jeroen; Hozoi, Liviu

    2015-06-01

    A promising route to tailoring the electronic properties of quantum materials and devices rests on the idea of orbital engineering in multilayered oxide heterostructures. Here we show that the interplay of interlayer charge imbalance and ligand distortions provides a knob for tuning the sequence of electronic levels even in intrinsically stacked oxides. We resolve in this regard the d-level structure of layered Sr2IrO4 by electron spin resonance. While canonical ligand-field theory predicts g||-factors less than 2 for positive tetragonal distortions as present in Sr2IrO4, the experiment indicates g|| is greater than 2. This implies that the iridium d levels are inverted with respect to their normal ordering. State-of-the-art electronic-structure calculations confirm the level switching in Sr2IrO4, whereas we find them in Ba2IrO4 to be instead normally ordered. Given the nonpolar character of the metal-oxygen layers, our findings highlight the tetravalent transition-metal 214 oxides as ideal platforms to explore d-orbital reconstruction in the context of oxide electronics.

  17. Orbital reconstruction in nonpolar tetravalent transition-metal oxide layers.

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    Bogdanov, Nikolay A; Katukuri, Vamshi M; Romhnyi, Judit; Yushankhai, Viktor; Kataev, Vladislav; Bchner, Bernd; van den Brink, Jeroen; Hozoi, Liviu

    2015-01-01

    A promising route to tailoring the electronic properties of quantum materials and devices rests on the idea of orbital engineering in multilayered oxide heterostructures. Here we show that the interplay of interlayer charge imbalance and ligand distortions provides a knob for tuning the sequence of electronic levels even in intrinsically stacked oxides. We resolve in this regard the d-level structure of layered Sr2IrO4 by electron spin resonance. While canonical ligand-field theory predicts g||-factors less than 2 for positive tetragonal distortions as present in Sr2IrO4, the experiment indicates g|| is greater than 2. This implies that the iridium d levels are inverted with respect to their normal ordering. State-of-the-art electronic-structure calculations confirm the level switching in Sr2IrO4, whereas we find them in Ba2IrO4 to be instead normally ordered. Given the nonpolar character of the metal-oxygen layers, our findings highlight the tetravalent transition-metal 214 oxides as ideal platforms to explore d-orbital reconstruction in the context of oxide electronics. PMID:26105992

  18. Orbital reconstruction in nonpolar tetravalent transition-metal oxide layers

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    Bogdanov, Nikolay A.; Katukuri, Vamshi M.; Romhnyi, Judit; Yushankhai, Viktor; Kataev, Vladislav; Bchner, Bernd; van den Brink, Jeroen; Hozoi, Liviu

    2015-01-01

    A promising route to tailoring the electronic properties of quantum materials and devices rests on the idea of orbital engineering in multilayered oxide heterostructures. Here we show that the interplay of interlayer charge imbalance and ligand distortions provides a knob for tuning the sequence of electronic levels even in intrinsically stacked oxides. We resolve in this regard the d-level structure of layered Sr2IrO4 by electron spin resonance. While canonical ligand-field theory predicts g||-factors less than 2 for positive tetragonal distortions as present in Sr2IrO4, the experiment indicates g|| is greater than 2. This implies that the iridium d levels are inverted with respect to their normal ordering. State-of-the-art electronic-structure calculations confirm the level switching in Sr2IrO4, whereas we find them in Ba2IrO4 to be instead normally ordered. Given the nonpolar character of the metal-oxygen layers, our findings highlight the tetravalent transition-metal 214 oxides as ideal platforms to explore d-orbital reconstruction in the context of oxide electronics. PMID:26105992

  19. Wannier function analysis of charge states in transition metal oxides

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    Quan, Yundi; Pickett, Warren

    2015-03-01

    The charge (or oxidation) state of a cation has been a crucial concept in analyzing the electronic and magnetic properties of oxides as well as interpreting ``charge ordering'' metal-insulator transitions. In recent years a few methods have been proposed for the objective identification of charge states, beyond the conventional (and occasionally subjective) use of projected densities of states, weighted band structures (fatbands), and Born effective charges. In the past two decades Wannier functions (WFs) and particularly maximally localized WFs (MLWFs), have become an indispensable tool for several different purposes in electronic structure studies. These developments have motivated us to explore the charge state picture from the perspective of MLWFs. We will illustrate with a few transition metal oxide examples such as AgO and YNiO3 that the shape, extent, and location of the charge centers of the MLWFs provide insights into how cation-oxygen hybridization determines chemical bonding, charge distribution, and ``charge ordering.'' DOE DE-FG02-04ER46111.

  20. APCVD Transition Metal Oxides - Functional Layers in "Smart windows"

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    Gesheva, K. A.; Ivanova, T. M.; Bodurov, G. K.

    2014-11-01

    Transition metal oxides (TMO) exhibit electrochromic effect. Under a small voltage they change their optical transmittance from transparent to collored (absorbing) state. The individual material can manifest its electrochromic properties only when it is part of electrochromic (EC) multilayer system. Smart window is controlling the energy of solar flux entering the building or car and makes the interiors comfortable and energy utilization more effective. Recently the efforts of material researchers in this field are directed to price decreasing. APCVD technology is considered as promissing as this process permits flowthrough large-scale production process. The paper presents results on device optimization based on WO3-MoO3 working electrode. Extensive research reveals that WO3-MoO3 structure combines positive features of single oxides: excellent electrochromic performance of WO3 and better kinetic properties of MoO3 deposition. The achieved color efficiency of APCVD WO3-MoO3 films is 200cm2/C and optical modulation of 65-70% are practically favorable electrochromic characteristics. To respond to low cost requirement, the expensive hexacarbonyl can be replaced with acetylacetonate. We have started with this precursor to fabricate mixed WxV1-xO3 films. The films possess excellent surface coverage and high growth-rate. CVD deposition of VO2, a promissing thermochromic thin film material is also presented.

  1. Hybrid functional studies of defects in layered transition metal oxides

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    Hoang, Khang; Johannes, Michelle

    2014-03-01

    Layered oxides LiMO2 (M is a transition metal) have been studied extensively for Li-ion battery cathodes. It is known that defects have strong impact on the electrochemical performance. A detailed understanding of native point defects in LiMO2 is however still lacking, thus hindering rational design of more complex materials for battery applications. In fact, first-principles defect calculations in LiMO2 are quite challenging because standard density functional theory (DFT) calculations using the generalized gradient approximation (GGA) of the exchange-correlation functional fail to reproduce the correct physics. The GGA+U extension can produce reasonable results, but the transferability of U across the compounds is limited. In this talk, we present our DFT studies of defects in LiMO2 (M=Co, Ni) using the Heyd-Scuseria-Ernzerhof (HSE) screened hybrid functional. The dominant point defects will be identified and compared with experiment; and their impact on the structural stability and the charge (electronic and ionic) and mass transport will be addressed. We will also discuss possible shortcomings of the HSE functional in the study of these electron-correlated materials.

  2. Resistance switching memory in perovskite oxides

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    Yan, Z.B. Liu, J.-M.

    2015-07-15

    The resistance switching behavior has recently attracted great attentions for its application as resistive random access memories (RRAMs) due to a variety of advantages such as simple structure, high-density, high-speed and low-power. As a leading storage media, the transition metal perovskite oxide owns the strong correlation of electrons and the stable crystal structure, which brings out multifunctionality such as ferroelectric, multiferroic, superconductor, and colossal magnetoresistance/electroresistance effect, etc. The existence of rich electronic phases, metal–insulator transition and the nonstoichiometric oxygen in perovskite oxide provides good platforms to insight into the resistive switching mechanisms. In this review, we first introduce the general characteristics of the resistance switching effects, the operation methods and the storage media. Then, the experimental evidences of conductive filaments, the transport and switching mechanisms, and the memory performances and enhancing methods of perovskite oxide based filamentary RRAM cells have been summarized and discussed. Subsequently, the switching mechanisms and the performances of the uniform RRAM cells associating with the carrier trapping/detrapping and the ferroelectric polarization switching have been discussed. Finally, the advices and outlook for further investigating the resistance switching and enhancing the memory performances are given.

  3. Hybrid uranium-transition-metal oxide cage clusters.

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    Ling, Jie; Hobbs, Franklin; Prendergast, Steven; Adelani, Pius O; Babo, Jean-Marie; Qiu, Jie; Weng, Zhehui; Burns, Peter C

    2014-12-15

    Transition-metal based polyoxometalate clusters have been known for decades, whereas those built from uranyl peroxide polyhedra have more recently emerged as a family of complex clusters. Here we report the synthesis and structures of six nanoscale uranyl peroxide cage clusters that contain either tungstate or molybdate polyhedra as part of the cage, as well as phosphate tetrahedra. These transition-metal-uranium hybrid clusters exhibit unique polyhedral connectivities and topologies that include 6-, 7-, 8-, 10-, and 12-membered rings of uranyl polyhedra and uranyl ions coordinated by bidentate peroxide in both trans and cis configurations. The transition-metal polyhedra appear to stabilize unusual units built of uranyl polyhedra, rather than templating their formation. PMID:25434424

  4. Single crystal particles of a mesoporous mixed transition metal oxide with a wormhole structure.

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    Lee, B; Lu, D; Kondo, J N; Domen, K

    2001-10-21

    A new type of mesoporous mixed transition metal oxide of Nb and Ta (NbTa-TIT-1) has been prepared through a two-step calcination, which consists of single crystal particles with wormhole mesoporous structure. PMID:12240191

  5. The electronic structure of lithium transition metal oxides

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    Kocher, Michael P.

    Currently, LiCoO2 is the cathode in the majority of the batteries used in cellular phones and laptop computers. Due to the low abundance of cobalt, thermal instability and environmental concerns, there has been a strong effort to find an alternative material. This dissertation focuses on ab initio calculations of the electronic structure of several lithium transition metal oxides used as cathode material in Li-ion batteries, especially layered LiMn1/2Ni1/2O2 and LiMn1/3,Ni 1/3,Co1/3O2, and olivine structure LiFePO 4 and FePO4. These materials offer substantial increases in energy density and cycle life, and could be used in electric vehicles. Density Functional Theory (DFT) was used to calculate the electronic structure of LixMn1/2Ni1/2O2 and LixMn1/3,Ni1/3,Co1/3O2. To understand the fundamental characteristics of these materials, the spherical integrated charge and spin density, and angular momentum projected density of states was calculated to investigate the effect of insertion of Li. The observed changes of the integrated spin density suggest Ni is changing valence state as Li is removed. However, the integrated charge density shows no dependence on the Li concentration, which suggests that Ni remains in the same charge state. The electronic density of states reveals that the hybridized O p near the Fermi level are key component to charge compensation mechanism. This provides evidence that the O has a key role in the charge regulation during delithiation/lithiation and Ni is not changing from Ni2+ to Ni4+. The calculated projected density of states was compared with EELS measurements to further validate these findings. The electronic structure of LiFePO4 and FePO4 was calculated using DFT and DFT+U. The spherically integrated spin and charge densities show a small dependency of the Li concentration, but do not suggest a change from Fealpha to Fealpha+1. The projected density of states shows an increase in the hybridization of the O p and Fe d states as Li is removed, suggesting the covalent bonding within the material is a key component to the charge compensation mechanism.

  6. Hubbard U and Hund exchange J in transition metal oxides: Screening versus localization trends from constrained random phase approximation

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    Vaugier, Log; Jiang, Hong; Biermann, Silke

    2012-10-01

    In this work, we address the question of calculating the local effective Coulomb interaction matrix in materials with strong electronic Coulomb interactions from first-principles. To this purpose, we implement the constrained random phase approximation into a density functional code within the linearized augmented plane-wave framework. We apply our approach to the 3d and 4d early transition metal oxides SrMO3 (M= V, Cr, Mn) and (M= Nb, Mo, Tc) in their paramagnetic phases. For these systems, we explicitly assess the differences between two physically motivated low-energy Hamiltonians: The first is the three-orbital model comprising the t2g states only, which is often used for early transition metal oxides. The second choice is a model where both metal d and oxygen p states are retained in the construction of Wannier functions, but the Hubbard interactions are applied to the d states only (d-dp Hamiltonian). Interestingly, since (for a given compound) both U and J depend on the choice of the model, so do their trends within a family of these compounds. In the 3d perovskite series SrMO3, the effective Coulomb interactions in the t2g Hamiltonian decrease along the series due to the more efficient screening. The inverse, generally expected, trend, increasing interactions with increasing atomic number, is however recovered within the more localized d-dp Hamiltonian. Similar conclusions are established in the layered 4d perovskites series Sr2MO4 (M= Mo, Tc, Ru, Rh). Compared to their isoelectronic and isostructural 3d analogs, the 4d perovskite oxides SrMO3 (M= Nb, Mo, Tc) exhibit weaker screening effects. Interestingly, this leads to an effectively larger U on 4d than on 3d shells when a t2g model is constructed.

  7. Compressibility of orthorhombic perovskites. The effect of transition metal ions (TMI)

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    Ardit, Matteo

    2015-12-01

    Interest in perovskites evenly spans Materials Science and Geophysics. Due to their inimitably lattice flexibility enabling small as well as large ions to be accommodated, perovskites have become a base structure for new technological applications. Understanding the mechanisms governing their evolution at non-ambient conditions (such as high-pressure and high-temperature) is fundamentally important both for devising functional materials and in order to provide the most reliable possible deep-Earth model. With particular attention being paid to the chemical nature of the constituent ions, a suite of orthorhombic perovskites has been selected and contrasted using several parameterizations and models. A new perspective on the pressure-induced distortion of orthorhombic perovskite structures has enabled their compressional behaviour to be redefined.

  8. Porous nanoarchitectures of spinel-type transition metal oxides for electrochemical energy storage systems.

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    Park, Min-Sik; Kim, Jeonghun; Kim, Ki Jae; Lee, Jong-Won; Kim, Jung Ho; Yamauchi, Yusuke

    2015-12-14

    Transition metal oxides possessing two kinds of metals (denoted as AxB3-xO4, which is generally defined as a spinel structure; A, B = Co, Ni, Zn, Mn, Fe, etc.), with stoichiometric or even non-stoichiometric compositions, have recently attracted great interest in electrochemical energy storage systems (ESSs). The spinel-type transition metal oxides exhibit outstanding electrochemical activity and stability, and thus, they can play a key role in realising cost-effective and environmentally friendly ESSs. Moreover, porous nanoarchitectures can offer a large number of electrochemically active sites and, at the same time, facilitate transport of charge carriers (electrons and ions) during energy storage reactions. In the design of spinel-type transition metal oxides for energy storage applications, therefore, nanostructural engineering is one of the most essential approaches to achieving high electrochemical performance in ESSs. In this perspective, we introduce spinel-type transition metal oxides with various transition metals and present recent research advances in material design of spinel-type transition metal oxides with tunable architectures (shape, porosity, and size) and compositions on the micro- and nano-scale. Furthermore, their technological applications as electrode materials for next-generation ESSs, including metal-air batteries, lithium-ion batteries, and supercapacitors, are discussed. PMID:26549729

  9. Synthesis, characterization and formation process of transition metal oxide nanotubes using carbon nanofibers as templates

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    Ogihara, Hitoshi; Masahiro, Sadakane; Nodasaka, Yoshinobu; Ueda, Wataru

    2009-06-01

    Mono and binary transition metal oxide nanotubes could be synthesized by the immersion of carbon nanofiber templates into metal nitrate solutions and removal of the templates by heat treatment in air. The transition metal oxide nanotubes were composed of nano-crystallites of metal oxides. The functional groups on the carbon nanofiber templates were essential for the coating of these templates: they acted as adsorption sites for the metal nitrates, ensuring a uniform metal oxide coating. During the removal of the carbon nanofiber templates by calcination in air, the metal oxide coatings promoted the combustion reaction between the carbon nanofibers and oxygen.

  10. Electronic transitions and multiferroicity in transition metal oxides

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    Zhou, Haidong

    Four systems have been studied for the localized-itinerant electronic transition in transition-metal oxides: (i) In CaV1- xTixO3, substitution of Ti(IV) introduces Anderson-localized states below a mobility edge mu c that increases with x, crossing epsilon F in the range 0.2 < x< 0.4 and also transforms the strong-correlation fluctuations to localized V(IV): t1e0 configurations for x ≥ 0.1. (ii) The properties of LaTiO3+delta reveal that a hole-poor, strongly correlated electronic phase coexists with a hole-rich, itinerant-electron phase. With delta ≥ 0.03, the hole-rich phase exists as a minority phase of isolated, mobile itinerant-electron clusters embedded in the hole-poor phase. With delta ≥ 0.08, isolated hole-poor clusters are embedded in an itinerant-electron matrix. As delta > 0.08 increases, the hole-poor clusters become smaller and more isolated until they are reduced to super-paramagnetic strong-correlation fluctuations by delta = 0.12. (iii) The data of Y1-xLaxTiO 3 appears to distinguish an itinerant-electron antiferromagnetic phase in the La-rich samples from a localized-electron ferromagnetic phase with a cooperative Jahn-Teller distortion in the Y-rich phase. (iv) The transition at Tt in Mg[Ti2]O4 is a semiconductor-semiconductor transition associated with Ti-Ti dimerization instabilities. The dimerization is caused by lattice instabilities resulting from a double-well Ti-Ti bond potential at a crossover from localized to itinerant electronic behavior. RMn1-xGaxO 3 (R = Ho, Y) and Ho1-xY xMnO3 have been studied for the multiferroicity of RMnO3. Ga doping raises the ferrielectric Curie temperature TC and the Mn-spin reorientation temperature TSR while lowering TN of the Mn spins and the Ho magnetic ordering temperature T 2. The data show an important coupling between the Mn3+-ion and HO3+-ion spins as well as a TSR that is driven by a cooperative MnO5 site rotation and R 3+-ion displacements that modify the c lattice parameter. The data also support an enhanced spin-lattice interaction in the geometrically frustrated (GF) Mn-spin system. Y doping enhances the temperature region for the P6'3cm' magnetic phase and thereby increases TSR for Ho1-xY xMnO3. The studies of several oxygen non-stoichiometric Fe4+/Fe 3+ oxoperovskite show that two mechanisms, the formation of Fe 3+-O-Fe4+ pair and the disproportionation reaction 2Fe(IV)O6/2 = Fe3+ + Fe(V)O6, dominate the electronic behavior. The properties of DyBaCo2O5.5 reveal a spin-state transition from the low-spin t 6e0 ground state to higher spin-state at octahedral-site Co3+, which is also accounted for the metamagnetism in the sample.

  11. Synthesis, characterization and formation process of transition metal oxide nanotubes using carbon nanofibers as templates

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    Ogihara, Hitoshi; Masahiro, Sadakane; Nodasaka, Yoshinobu; Ueda, Wataru

    2009-06-15

    Mono and binary transition metal oxide nanotubes could be synthesized by the immersion of carbon nanofiber templates into metal nitrate solutions and removal of the templates by heat treatment in air. The transition metal oxide nanotubes were composed of nano-crystallites of metal oxides. The functional groups on the carbon nanofiber templates were essential for the coating of these templates: they acted as adsorption sites for the metal nitrates, ensuring a uniform metal oxide coating. During the removal of the carbon nanofiber templates by calcination in air, the metal oxide coatings promoted the combustion reaction between the carbon nanofibers and oxygen. - Graphical abstract: Mono and binary transition metal-oxide nanotubes could be synthesized by the immersion of carbon nanofiber templates into metal nitrate solutions and removal of the templates by heat treatment in air.

  12. Defect equilibria in perovskite oxides

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    Smyth, D. M.

    The basic features of the perovskite structure, for which the ideal composition is ABO3, can persist ever a wide range of compositional variation. Thus compositions over the entire range A2B2O5 to A2B2O7 may retain layers of various thickness having the perovskite structure, separated by layers of oxygen-deficiency or oxygen-excess. Similar structures have been observed in compositions that are AO-rich. The evolution of such structures from the ideal perovskite as a result of aliovalent doping or of oxidation-reduction reactions is reviewed.

  13. LDL oxidation by activated monocytes: characterization of the oxidized LDL and requirement for transition metal ions.

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    Xing, X; Baffic, J; Sparrow, C P

    1998-11-01

    Monocytes can be activated by incubation with opsonized zymosan (Zop), and under these conditions can oxidize low density lipoprotein (LDL). We have characterized the biochemical changes in the lipoprotein after this oxidation. We found that monocyte-oxidized LDL has increased mobility on agarose gels, increased absorbance at 234 nm, increased content of lysophosphatidylcholine, and fluorescence at 430 nm when excited at 350 nm. All these features were somewhat less pronounced in monocyte-oxidized LDL than in LDL oxidized by 5 micrometer CuSO4. Under appropriate conditions, Zop-stimulated monocytes oxidized LDL to a form recognized by macrophage scavenger receptors. Monocytes stimulated by Zop produced superoxide and also oxidized LDL, whereas monocytes stimulated by phorbol ester produced slightly more superoxide but did not oxidize LDL. We found that the chelators EDTA and diethylenetriaminepentaacetic acid inhibited LDL oxidation by Zop-stimulated monocytes, implying a requirement for transition metal ions. We found that Zop contained approximately 5 nmol iron per mg, probably as Fe3+. Zop stripped of its iron supported superoxide production by monocytes, but did not support LDL oxidation. Furthermore, Fe2+ appeared in the medium when monocytes were incubated with Zop, but not with iron-stripped Zop. Taken together, these results imply that monocytes stimulated by Zop are able to oxidize LDL only because of contaminating iron in the commercial zymosan preparations. and requirement for transition metal ions. PMID:9799806

  14. Oxidative Dissolution of Transition Metals in a Liquid Phase. Role of Oxygen and of the Surface Oxide Layer

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    Lavrent'ev, I. P.; Khidekel', M. L.

    1983-04-01

    The results of recent studies of the oxidative dissolution of transition metals in a liquid phase are generalised, and an analysis of the role of molecular oxygen and of the oxide film on the metal surface in oxidation processes in donor-acceptor organic media is proposed. The prospects of oxidative dissolution as a direct (single-stage) method of preparation of transition metal complexes are examined. 115 references.

  15. The role of metal/transition metal oxide/organic interface

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    Lin, Chang-Ting; Lee, Guan-Ru; Wu, Chih-I.; Pi, Tun-Wen

    2008-03-01

    In this paper, we report a study with UPS and XPS data of metal/transition-metal-oxide/organic interfaces. Transition metal oxides are widely used in organic light- emitting (OLEDs) in recently years, such as Wo3, ReO3, MoO3, and V2O5. These metal oxides have been proven to be good hole injection layers in OLEDs, interlayers in tandem OLEDs, and nanocomposite electrodes. Although a large number of studies have been made, little is known about the mechanism of metal/transition-metal-oxide/organic interfaces. UPS and XPS data performed by synchrotron radiation research show that these oxides would catch electrons from organic and results in p-type doping in organic material. In addition, there is a significant structure transition from insulating metal oxide to metallic metal oxide. As a result of high work function metallic metal oxides in anode structures and p-type doping organic hole transport layers (HTLs), holes can easily be injected from anode to HTLs. Current-voltage characteristics (I-V) and quantum-efficiency (?-J) measurements also show the improvement of device performance with insertion of thin transition metal oxides between anodes HTLs.

  16. Perovskite oxides: Oxygen electrocatalysis and bulk structure

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    Carbonio, R. E.; Fierro, C.; Tryk, D.; Scherson, D.; Yeager, Ernest

    1987-01-01

    Perovskite type oxides were considered for use as oxygen reduction and generation electrocatalysts in alkaline electrolytes. Perovskite stability and electrocatalytic activity are studied along with possible relationships of the latter with the bulk solid state properties. A series of compounds of the type LaFe(x)Ni1(-x)O3 was used as a model system to gain information on the possible relationships between surface catalytic activity and bulk structure. Hydrogen peroxide decomposition rate constants were measured for these compounds. Ex situ Mossbauer effect spectroscopy (MES), and magnetic susceptibility measurements were used to study the solid state properties. X ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) was used to examine the surface. MES has indicated the presence of a paramagnetic to magnetically ordered phase transition for values of x between 0.4 and 0.5. A correlation was found between the values of the MES isomer shift and the catalytic activity for peroxide decomposition. Thus, the catalytic activity can be correlated to the d-electron density for the transition metal cations.

  17. Generalized self-assembly of scalable two-dimensional transition metal oxide nanosheets

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    Sun, Ziqi; Liao, Ting; Dou, Yuhai; Hwang, Soo Min; Park, Min-Sik; Jiang, Lei; Kim, Jung Ho; Dou, Shi Xue

    2014-05-01

    Two-dimensional (2D) transition metal oxide systems present exotic electronic properties and high specific surface areas, and also demonstrate promising applications ranging from electronics to energy storage. Yet, in contrast to other types of nanostructures, the question as to whether we could assemble 2D nanomaterials with an atomic thickness from molecules in a general way, which may give them some interesting properties such as those of graphene, still remains unresolved. Herein, we report a generalized and fundamental approach to molecular self-assembly synthesis of ultrathin 2D nanosheets of transition metal oxides by rationally employing lamellar reverse micelles. It is worth emphasizing that the synthesized crystallized ultrathin transition metal oxide nanosheets possess confined thickness, high specific surface area and chemically reactive facets, so that they could have promising applications in nanostructured electronics, photonics, sensors, and energy conversion and storage devices.

  18. DEVELOPMENT OF TRANSITION METAL OXIDE-ZEOLITE CATALYSTS TO CONTROL CHLORINATED VOC AIR EMISSIONS

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    The paper discusses the development of transition metal oxide (TMO)-zeolite oxidation catalysts to control chlorinated volatile organic compound (CVOC) air emissions. esearch has been initiated to enhance the utility of these catalysts by the development of a sorption-catalyst sy...

  19. Band Structure and Terahertz Optical Conductivity of Transition Metal Oxides: Theory and Application to CaRuO3

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    Dang, Hung T.; Mravlje, Jernej; Georges, Antoine; Millis, Andrew J.

    2015-09-01

    Density functional plus dynamical mean field calculations are used to show that in transition metal oxides, rotational and tilting (GdFeO3-type) distortions of the ideal cubic perovskite structure produce a multiplicity of low-energy optical transitions which affect the conductivity down to frequencies of the order of 1 or 2 mV (terahertz regime), mimicking non-Fermi-liquid effects even in systems with a strictly Fermi-liquid self-energy. For CaRuO3, a material whose measured electromagnetic response in the terahertz frequency regime has been interpreted as evidence for non-Fermi-liquid physics, the combination of these band structure effects and a renormalized Fermi-liquid self-energy accounts for the low frequency optical response which had previously been regarded as a signature of exotic physics. Signatures of deviations from Fermi-liquid behavior at higher frequencies (100 meV ) are discussed.

  20. Compositional dependence of elastic moduli for transition-metal oxide spinels

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    Reichmann, H. J.; Jacobsen, S. D.; Boffa Ballaran, T.

    2012-12-01

    Spinel phases (AB2O4) are common non-silicate oxides in the Earth's crust and upper mantle. A characteristic of this mineral group is the ability to host a wide range of transition metals. Here we summarize the influence of transition metals (Fe, Zn, and Mn) on the pressure dependence of elastic moduli of related spinels (magnetite, gahnite, and franklinite) using GHz-ultrasonic interferometry. Measurements were carried out up to 10 GPa in diamond-anvil cells using hydrostatic pressure media. Transition metals with unfilled 3d orbitals strongly influence the elastic properties of spinels. Franklinite (Zn,Mn)Fe2O4 and magnetite Fe3O4 with transition metals on both A and B cation sites exhibit pressure-induced mode softening of C44, whereas C44 of gahnite(ZnAl2O4) and spinel (MgAl2O4) exhibit positive pressure derivatives of the shear moduli. Spinels with two transition elements tend to undergo phase changes at a lower pressure than those with none or only one transition metal. Along the Mn-Zn solid solution, the variation of moduli with composition is non-linear, and a mid-range franklinite composition studied here shows a minimum in C44 compared with either end-member: MnFe2O 4 or ZnFe2O4. In general, the linear variation of sound velocity with density (Birch's Law) is followed by spinels, however spinels containing only one or no transition metals follow a distinct slope from those containing transition metals on both A and B sites. The Cauchy relation, 0.5(C12 - C44) = P is fulfilled by spinels with only one or no transition metals, suggesting that that Coulomb interactions dominate. Spinels with two transition metals fail to meet the Cauchy relation, indicating strong directional dependence and covalent character of bonding. The bonding character of transition metals is crucial to understanding the elastic behavior of natural and synthetic spinel solid solutions containing transition metals.

  1. Highly efficient organic light-emitting diodes with hole injection layer of transition metal oxides

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    Kim, Soo Young; Baik, Jeong Min; Yu, Hak Ki; Lee, Jong-Lam

    2005-11-01

    We report on the advantage of interlayers using transition-metal oxides, such as iridium oxide (IrOx) and ruthenium oxide (RuOx), between indium tin oxide (ITO) anodes and 4'-bis[N-(1-naphtyl)-N-phenyl-amino]biphenyl (?-NPD) hole transport layers on the electrical and optical properties of organic light-emitting diodes (OLEDs). The operation voltage at a current density of 100 mA/cm2 decreased from 17 to 11 V for OLEDs with 3-nm-thick IrOx interlayers and from 17 to 14 V for OLEDs with 2-nm-thick RuOx ones. The maximum luminance value increased about 50% in OLED using IrOx and 108% in OLED using RuOx. Synchrotron radiation photoelectron spectroscopy results revealed that core levels of Ru 3d and Ir 4f shifted to high binding energies and that the valence band was splitting from metallic Fermi level as the surface of the transition metal was treated with O2 plasma. This provides evidence that the transition-metal surface transformed to a transition-metal oxide. The surface of the transition metal became smoother with the O2 plasma treatment. The thickness was calculated to be 0.4 nm for IrOx and 0.6 nm for RuOx using x-ray reflectivity measurements. Secondary electron emission spectra showed that the work function increased by 0.6 eV for IrOx and by 0.4 eV for RuOx. Thus, the transition-metal oxides lowered the potential barrier for hole injection from ITO to ?-NPD, reducing the turn-on voltage of OLEDs and increasing the quantum efficiency.

  2. Density functional plus dynamical mean-field theory of the metal-insulator transition in early transition-metal oxides

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    Dang, Hung T.; Ai, Xinyuan; Millis, Andrew J.; Marianetti, Chris A.

    2014-09-01

    The combination of density functional theory and single-site dynamical mean-field theory, using both Hartree and full continuous-time quantum Monte Carlo impurity solvers, is used to study the metal-insulator phase diagram of perovskite transition-metal oxides of the form ABO3 with a rare-earth ion A =Sr, La, Y and transition metal B =Ti, V, Cr. The correlated subspace is constructed from atomiclike d orbitals defined using maximally localized Wannier functions derived from the full p-d manifold; for comparison, results obtained using a projector method are also given. Paramagnetic DFT + DMFT computations using full charge self-consistency along with the standard "fully localized limit" (FLL) double counting are shown to incorrectly predict that LaTiO3, YTiO3, LaVO3, and SrMnO3 are metals. A more general examination of the dependence of physical properties on the mean p-d energy splitting, the occupancy of the correlated d states, the double-counting correction, and the lattice structure demonstrates the importance of charge-transfer physics even in the early transition-metal oxides and elucidates the factors underlying the failure of the standard approximations. If the double counting is chosen to produce a p-d splitting consistent with experimental spectra, single-site dynamical mean-field theory provides a reasonable account of the materials properties. The relation of the results to those obtained from "d-only" models in which the correlation problem is based on the frontier orbital p-d antibonding bands is determined. It is found that if an effective interaction U is properly chosen the d-only model provides a good account of the physics of the d1 and d2 materials.

  3. X-ray Absorption Study of Graphene Oxide and Transition Metal Oxide Nanocomposites.

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    Gandhiraman, Ram P; Nordlund, Dennis; Javier, Cristina; Koehne, Jessica E; Chen, Bin; Meyyappan, M

    2014-08-14

    The surface properties of the electrode materials play a crucial role in determining the performance and efficiency of energy storage devices. Graphene oxide and nanostructures of 3d transition metal oxides were synthesized for construction of electrodes in supercapacitors, and the electronic structure and oxidation states were probed using near-edge X-ray absorption fine structure. Understanding the chemistry of graphene oxide would provide valuable insight into its reactivity and properties as the graphene oxide transformation to reduced-graphene oxide is a key step in the synthesis of the electrode materials. Polarized behavior of the synchrotron X-rays and the angular dependency of the near-edge X-ray absorption fine structures (NEXAFS) have been utilized to study the orientation of the ? and ? bonds of the graphene oxide and graphene oxide-metal oxide nanocomposites. The core-level transitions of individual metal oxides and that of the graphene oxide nanocomposite showed that the interaction of graphene oxide with the metal oxide nanostructures has not altered the electronic structure of either of them. As the restoration of the ? network is important for good electrical conductivity, the C K edge NEXAFS spectra of reduced graphene oxide nanocomposites confirms the same through increased intensity of the sp(2)-derived unoccupied states ?* band. A pronounced angular dependency of the reduced sample and the formation of excitonic peaks confirmed the formation of extended conjugated network. PMID:25152800

  4. Perovskite catalysts for oxidative coupling

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    Campbell, K.D.

    1991-06-25

    Perovskites of the structure A[sub 2]B[sub 2]C[sub 3]O[sub 10] are useful as catalysts for the oxidative coupling of lower alkane to heavier hydrocarbons. A is alkali metal; B is lanthanide or lanthanum, cerium, neodymium, samarium, praseodymium, gadolinium or dysprosium; and C is titanium.

  5. Perovskite catalysts for oxidative coupling

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    Campbell, Kenneth D.

    1991-01-01

    Perovskites of the structure A.sub.2 B.sub.2 C.sub.3 O.sub.10 are useful as catalysts for the oxidative coupling of lower alkane to heavier hydrocarbons. A is alkali metal; B is lanthanide or lanthanum, cerium, neodymium, samarium, praseodymium, gadolinium or dysprosium; and C is titanium.

  6. X-ray Absorption Study of Graphene Oxide and Transition Metal Oxide Nanocomposites

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    2015-01-01

    The surface properties of the electrode materials play a crucial role in determining the performance and efficiency of energy storage devices. Graphene oxide and nanostructures of 3d transition metal oxides were synthesized for construction of electrodes in supercapacitors, and the electronic structure and oxidation states were probed using near-edge X-ray absorption fine structure. Understanding the chemistry of graphene oxide would provide valuable insight into its reactivity and properties as the graphene oxide transformation to reduced-graphene oxide is a key step in the synthesis of the electrode materials. Polarized behavior of the synchrotron X-rays and the angular dependency of the near-edge X-ray absorption fine structures (NEXAFS) have been utilized to study the orientation of the σ and π bonds of the graphene oxide and graphene oxide–metal oxide nanocomposites. The core-level transitions of individual metal oxides and that of the graphene oxide nanocomposite showed that the interaction of graphene oxide with the metal oxide nanostructures has not altered the electronic structure of either of them. As the restoration of the π network is important for good electrical conductivity, the C K edge NEXAFS spectra of reduced graphene oxide nanocomposites confirms the same through increased intensity of the sp2-derived unoccupied states π* band. A pronounced angular dependency of the reduced sample and the formation of excitonic peaks confirmed the formation of extended conjugated network. PMID:25152800

  7. Solubility Behavior and Phase Stability of Transition Metal Oxides in Alkaline Hydrothermal Environments

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    S.E. Ziemniak

    2000-05-18

    The solubility behavior of transition metal oxides in high temperature water is interpreted by recognizing three types of chemical reaction equilibria: metal oxide hydration/dehydration, metal oxide dissolution and metal ion hydroxocomplex formation. The equilibria are quantified using thermodynamic concepts and the thermochemical properties of the metal oxides/ions representative of the most common constituents of construction metal alloys, i.e., element shaving atomic numbers between Z = 22 (Ti) and Z = 30 (Zn), are summarized on the basis of metal oxide solubility studies conducted in the laboratory. Particular attention is devoted to the uncharged metal ion hydrocomplex, M{sup Z}(OH){sub Z}(aq), since its thermochemical properties define minimum solubilities of the metal oxide at a given temperature. Experimentally-extracted values of standard partial molal entropy (S{sup 0}) for the transition metal ion neutral hydroxocomplex are shown to be influenced by ligand field stabilization energies and complex symmetry.

  8. Orbital ordering under reduced symmetry in transition metal perovskites: Oxygen vacancy in SrTiO3

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    Lin, Chungwei; Mitra, Chandrima; Demkov, Alexander A.

    2012-10-01

    By using a combination of density function theory and model Hamiltonian analysis, we explain the general electronic structure features induced by an oxygen vacancy (OV) in SrTiO3. We show that the most important effect caused by an oxygen vacancy is the direct on-site coupling between the 3d3z2-r2 and 4s,4p orbitals of Ti atoms adjacent to the vacancy caused by lifting of the local cubic symmetry. This would be the case for any transition metal perovskite under symmetry-reduced environments such as an interface, surface, or a defect. We find that the OV-induced localized state is highly one dimensional and is mainly composed of Ti 3d3z2-r2 orbitals along the Ti-OV-Ti axis (defined as the z axis) and Ti 4s,4p orbitals at the OV site. The oxygen vacancy does not lead to Ti t2g-based localized states.

  9. Carbonyl clusters of transition metals on oxide supports as heterogeneous catalysts for hydrocarbon synthesis

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    Kuznetsov, B.N.; Koval`chuk, V.I.

    1995-05-01

    The methods of preparation of heterogeneous catalysts by immobilization of carbonyl clusters of transition metals on oxide supports, as well as the study of the state of supported compounds and their catalytic properties in CO hydrogenation and olefin hydroformulation are briefly reviewed.

  10. Transition metal oxides as charge injecting layer for admittance spectroscopy

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    Hoping, M.; Schildknecht, C.; Gargouri, H.; Riedl, T.; Tilgner, M.; Johannes, H.-H.; Kowalsky, W.

    2008-05-01

    Admittance spectroscopy is a simple yet powerful tool to determine the carrier mobility of organic compounds. One requirement is to have an Ohmic contact for charge injection. By employing a thin interfacial layer of tungsten oxide, or molybdenum oxide we have found a possibility to efficiently inject holes into organic materials with a deep highest occupied molecular orbital level down to 6.3eV. These results considerably enhance the application range of the admittance spectroscopy method. The measured data are in excellent agreement with data obtained by the time-of-flight technique.

  11. Emerging catalytic applications of transition metal oxide nanomaterials under microwave and conventional heating

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    Sithambaram, Shanthakumar

    Heterogeneous transition metal oxide catalysts have advantages over homogeneous catalysts, such as easy separations and efficient recycling and minimization of metal traces in the products. Transition metal oxide nanomaterials with different properties such as shapes and particle size were synthesized by hydrothermal, solvothermal, solvent-free and by energy efficient microwave heating methods and characterized using X-Ray and microscopic techniques. The synthesized catalysts were tested for tandem reactions to form quinoxalines, oxidations of hydrocarbons to form alcohols, aldehydes and ketones, epoxidation, epoxide ring opening, and N-aryl coupling reactions. The kinetics and energy consumption associated with these reactions were compared for both microwave and conventionally heated reactions. Further, Synchrotron radiation-based time-resolved XRD experiments under a wide variety of temperature and pressure conditions were conducted to study the reactions under working conditions. EXAFS and XANES data collections were performed to determine inter-atomic distances and oxidation states of the catalysts.

  12. A novel method to enhance the conductance of transitional metal oxide electrodes.

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    Wang, Ranran; Chen, Zheng; Yu, Hang; Jia, Xilai; Gao, Lian; Sun, Jing; Hicks, Robert F; Lu, Yunfeng

    2014-04-01

    Transitional metal oxides hold great potential for high capacity anodes. However, the low electron conductivity of such materials leads to poor cycling stability and inferior rate capability. We reported herein the use of a novel hydrogen plasma technology to improve the conductance of metal oxides, which leads great success in improving the rate performance of CuO nanotube based anodes. This method has the potential to be widely adopted in the field of lithium ion batteries and supercapacitors. PMID:24577667

  13. Structure formation upon reactive direct current magnetron sputtering of transition metal oxide films

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    Ngaruiya, J.M.; Kappertz, O.; Mohamed, S.H.; Wuttig, M.

    2004-08-02

    A comparative study of reactive direct current magnetron sputtering for different transition metal oxides reveals crystalline films at room temperature for group 4 and amorphous films for groups 5 and 6. This observation cannot be explained by the known growth laws and is attributed to the impact of energetic particles, originating from the oxidized target, on the growing film. This scenario is supported by measured target characteristics, the evolution of deposition stress of the films, and the observed backsputtering.

  14. Synthesis, characterization and properties of nano-sized transition metal oxides

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    Yin, Ming

    2005-12-01

    Chapter 1. A General introduction to the emerging field of nanomaterials is presented highlighting the category of transition metal oxides. The wide variety of structures, properties, and phenomena of transition metal oxides are stressed. Nano-sized transition metal oxides are presented as systems for fundamental and application research. Examples of individual transition metal oxides are provided. Important developments in the synthesis and characterization of nano-sized transition metal oxides that have contributed to this work are reviewed. A novel synthesis (TDMA) is developed and successfully applied to the synthesis of transition metal oxide nanocrystals. Chapter 2. The synthesis of monodisperse cubic wuestite FexO nanocrystals is presented. The influence of reaction temperature and the molar ratio of surfactant to iron precursor was investigated, in order to further understand the ability to control particle size and monodispersity. In contrast to bulk material, it is also found that the nano-sized ligand-capped wuestite FexO particles were stable at room temperature. The procedure enable the collection of highly monodisperse nanocrystals of variable and uniform diameters as a function of time. Sharp Hancock analysis indicates that the reaction proceeds by a diffusion limited mechanism. Routes to control the size of gamma-Fe2O3 nanocrystals are also presented. gamma-Fe2O3 nanocrystals from 6 nm to 12 nm in diameter with uniform size, shape, consistent crystal structure were prepared. Chapter 3. A simple reaction to prepare monodisperse MnO nanocrystals is presented. MnO nanocrystals was prepared by thermal decomposition of manganese acetate in the presence of oleic acid at high temperature and by following annealing. Particles with different sizes and shapes were obtained by controlling annealing time. The morphology of MnO nanocrystals was studied based on their crystal structure and surface energy. SQUID measurement shows ferromagnetic magnetism at low temperature. Chapter 4. Nanosized Copper (I) oxide particles have been prepared by a thereto decomposition of Cu (I) acetate in the presence of oleic acid at high temperature. Nanoparticles from 3.6 net to 10.7 nm could be synthesized by increasing the stoichiometric ratio of surfactant to copper precursor. Chapter 5. Nano-sized ZnO rods are prepared from a simple acetate precursor. The resulting ZnO nanorods are highly crystalline, uniform and with a narrow size distribution, which facilitates the understanding of the optical properties of nanosized ZnO. (Abstract shortened by UMI.)

  15. Intrinsic Electronically Active Defects in Transition Metal Elemental Oxides

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    Lucovsky, Gerald; Seo, Hyungtak; Lee, Sanghyun; Fleming, Leslie B.; Ulrich, Marc D.; Lning, Jan; Lysaght, Pat; Bersuker, Gennadi

    2007-04-01

    Densities of interfacial and bulk defects in high-? dielectrics are typically about two orders of magnitude larger than those in Si-SiO2 devices. An asymmetry in electron and hole trapping kinetics, first detected in test capacitor devices with nanocrystalline ZrO2 and HfO2 dielectrics, is a significant potential limitation for Si device operation and reliability in complementary metal oxide semiconductor applications. There are two crucial issues: i) are the electron and hole traps intrinsic defects, or are they associated with processed-introduced impurities?, and ii) what are the local atomic bonding arrangements and electronic state energies of these traps? In this study, thin film nanocrystalline high-? gate dielectrics, TiO2, ZrO2, and HfO2 (group IVB TM oxides), are investigated spectroscopically to identify the intrinsic electronic structures of valence and conduction band states, as well as those of intrinsic bonding defects. A quantitative/qualitative distinction is made between crystal field and Jahn-Teller (J-T) d-state energy differences in nanocrystralline TM elemental oxides, and noncrystalline TM silicates and Si oxynitrides. It is experimentally shown and theoretically supported that a length scale for nanocrystallite size <2-3 nm i) eliminates J-T d-state term splittings in band edge ?-bonded d-states, and ii) represents a transition from the observation of discrete band edge defects to band-tail defects. Additionally, ?-state bonding coherence can also be disrupted with similar effects on band edge and defect states in HfO2 films which have been annealed in NH3 at 700 C, and display Hf-N bonds in N atom K1 edge X-ray absorption spectra.

  16. Effect of transition metal oxide anode interlayer in bulk heterojunction solar cells

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    Ng, A.; Liu, X.; Djurii?, A. B.; Ng, A. M. C.; Chan, W. K.

    2013-03-01

    We performed a comprehensive study of the effect of transition metal oxide anode interlayer in bulk heterojunction solar cells based on P3HT:PCBM. We have investigated the influence of different metal oxides including tungsten oxide (WO3), vanadium oxide (V2O5) and molybdenum oxide (MoO3) on the solar cell performance. In addition, the influence of different deposition techniques (solution process and e-beam deposition/ thermal evaporation) has also been investigated. We found that deposition techniques play a significant role on the film quality and morphology and hence affect the photovoltaic performance. Obtained results are discussed in detail.

  17. Synthesis of Binary Magnesium-Transition Metal Oxides via Inverse Coprecipitation

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    Yagi, Shunsuke; Ichikawa, Yuya; Yamada, Ikuya; Doi, Takayuki; Ichitsubo, Tetsu; Matsubara, Eiichiro

    2013-02-01

    Synthesis of binary magnesium-transition metal oxides, MgM2O4 (M: Cr, Mn, Fe, Co) and MgNiO2, was performed by calcination at relatively low temperatures of 500 and 750 C for 24 h through inverse coprecipitation of carbonate hydroxide precursors. The important roles of the precipitation agent, sodium carbonate, were clarified by considering equilibria in an aqueous solution. The structure parameters of the obtained binary magnesium-transition metal oxide powders, specifically the occupancy of atomic sites, were evaluated from synchrotron X-ray diffraction (XRD) profiles by Rietveld refinement in addition to the magnetic properties at room temperature. The present work provides general guidelines for low-cost and high-volume synthesis of complex oxides, which are easily decomposed at high temperatures.

  18. Tuning Magnetic Order in Transition Metal Oxide Thin Films

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    Grutter, Alexander John

    In recent decades, one of the most active and promising areas of condensed matter research has been that of complex oxides. With the advent of new growth techniques such as pulsed laser deposition and molecular beam epitaxy, a wealth of new magnetic and electronic ground states have emerged in complex oxide heterostructures. The wide variety of ground states in complex oxides is well known and generally attributed to the unprecedented variety of valence, structure, and bonding available in these systems. The tunability of this already diverse playground of states and interactions is greatly multiplied in thin films and heterostructures by the addition of parameters such as substrate induced strain and interfacial electronic reconstruction. Thus, recent studies have shown emergent properties such as the stabilization of ferromagnetism in a paramagnetic system, conductivity at the interface of two insulators, and even exchange bias at the interface between a paramagnet and a ferromagnet. Despite these steps forward, there remains remarkable disagreement on the mechanisms by which these emergent phenomena are stabilized. The contributions of strain, stoichiometry, defects, intermixing, and electronic reconstruction are often very difficult to isolate in thin films and superlattices. This thesis will present model systems for isolating the effects of strain and interfacial electronic interactions on the magnetic state of complex oxides from alternative contributions. We will focus first on SrRuO3, an ideal system in which to isolate substrate induced strain effects. We explore the effects of structural distortions in the simplest case of growth on (100) oriented substrates. We find that parameters including saturated magnetic moment and Curie temperature are all highly tunable through substrate induced lattice distortions. We also report the stabilization of a nonmagnetic spin-zero configuration of Ru4+ in tetragonally distorted films under tensile strain. Through growth on (110) and (111) oriented substrates we explore the effects of different distortion symmetries on SrRuO3 and demonstrate the first reported strain induced transition to a high-spin state of Ru 4+. Finally, we examine the effects of strain on SrRuO3 thin films and demonstrate a completely reversible universal out-of-plane magnetic easy axis on films grown on different substrate orientations. Having demonstrated the ability to tune nearly every magnetic parameter of SrRuO 3 through strain, we turn to magnetic properties at interfaces. We study the emergent interfacial ferromagnetism in superlattices of the paramagnetic metal CaRuO3 and the antiferromagnetic insulator CaMnO3 and demonstrate that the interfacial ferromagnetic layer in this system is confined to a single unit cell of CaMnO3 at the interface. We discuss the remarkable oscillatory dependence of the saturated magnetic moment on the thickness of the CaMnO3 layers and explore mechanisms by which this oscillation may be stabilized. We find long range coherence of the antiferromagnetism of the CaMnO3 layers across intervening layers of paramagnetic CaRuO3. Finally, we utilize the system of LaNiO3/CaMnO3 to separate the effects of intermixing and interfacial electronic reconstruction and conclusively demonstrate intrinsic interfacial ferromagnetism at the interface between a paramagnetic metal and an antiferromagnetic insulator. We find that the emergent ferromagnetism is stabilized through interfacial double exchange and that the leakage of conduction electrons from the paramagnetic metal to the antiferromagnetic insulator is critical to establishing the ferromagnetic ground state.

  19. Quantum confinement in transition metal oxide quantum wells

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    Choi, Miri; Lin, Chungwei; Butcher, Matthew; Posadas, Agham B.; Demkov, Alexander A.; Rodriguez, Cesar; Zollner, Stefan; He, Qian; Borisevich, Albina Y.

    2015-05-11

    We report on the quantum confinement in SrTiO{sub 3} (STO) quantum wells (QWs) grown by molecular beam epitaxy. The QW structure consists of LaAlO{sub 3} (LAO) and STO layers grown on LAO substrate. Structures with different QW thicknesses ranging from two to ten unit cells were grown and characterized. Optical properties (complex dielectric function) were measured by spectroscopic ellipsometry in the range of 1.0 eV6.0 eV at room temperature. We observed that the absorption edge was blue-shifted by approximately 0.39 eV as the STO quantum well thickness was reduced to two unit cells. This demonstrates that the energy level of the first sub-band can be controlled by the QW thickness in a complex oxide material.

  20. Surface electronic structure and isomerization reactions of alkanes on some transition metal oxides

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    Katrib, A.; Logie, V.; Saurel, N.; Wehrer, P.; Hilaire, L.; Maire, G.

    1997-04-01

    XP spectra of some reduced transition metal oxides are presented. Different number of free nd,( n + 1)s valence electrons in each case could be observed by the presence of a certain density of states (DOS) at the Fermi-level in the valence band (VB) energy region of the XP spectrum. Catalytic isomerization reactions of 2-methylpentane yielding 3-methylpentane and n-hexane at 350C have been observed on these reduced valence surface states. The bifunctionel mechanism in terms of metallic and acidic sites required for such reactions is proposed by considering the metallic properties of the rutile deformed structure through the C-axis in the case of MoO 2 and WO 2, while the oxygen atom(s) in the lattice structure exhibit Brnsted acidic properties. On the other hand, highly reduced or clean surfaces of these transition metals yield hydrogenolysis catalytic reactions for the same reactant with methane as the major product. In all cases, the exposure of the lower valence oxidation states of bulk transition metal oxides to air results in the surface partial oxidation to the stable oxides such as MoO 3, WO 3, V 2O 5 and Nb 2O 5.

  1. Broensted acid sites in transition metal oxide catalysts: modeling of structure, acid strengths, and support effects

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    Bernholc, J.; Horsley, J.A.; Murrell, L.L.; Sherman, L.G.; Soled, S.

    1987-03-12

    The trends and origin of Broensted acidity of dispersed, ..gamma..-alumina-supported transition metal oxides are investigated via a new theoretical method. The method is based on first-principles quantum mechanical calculations for the acid site and includes a realistic model of the acid-base interaction. Both free and supported transition metal (TM) oxide clusters of Ti, Nb, and W are considered. For tetrahedrally coordinated unsupported TM oxide clusters, it is found that the Broensted acidity depends strongly on the number of terminal oxygen atoms (terminal O effect). For supported TM oxides, the calculations show that the charge delocalization extends into the support, leading to a strong additional increase in the Broensted acidity. This novel inductive effect of the support together with the terminal O effect is responsible for the high Broensted acidity of the catalysts. The strong support effect suggests that support modifications may significantly alter the catalytic properties of supported transition metal oxides. The calculated trends are in good agreement with the experimental measurements of relative Broensted acidity of the catalysts.

  2. Coupling between crystal structure and magnetism in transition-metal oxides

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    Barton, Phillip Thomas

    Transition-metal oxides exhibit a fascinating array of phenomena ranging from superconductivity to negative thermal expansion to catalysis. This dissertation focuses on magnetism, which is integral to engineering applications such as data storage, electric motors/generators, and transformers. The investigative approach follows structure-property relationships from materials science and draws on intuition from solid-state chemistry. The interplay between crystal structure and magnetic properties is studied experimentally in order to enhance the understanding of magnetostructural coupling mechanisms and provide insight into avenues for tuning behavior. A combination of diffraction and physical property measurements were used to study structural and magnetic phase transitions as a function of chemical composition, temperature, and magnetic field. The systems examined are of importance in Li-ion battery electrochemistry, condensed-matter physics, solid-state chemistry, and p-type transparent conducting oxides. The materials were prepared by solid-state reaction of powder reagents at high temperatures for periods lasting tens of hours. The first project discussed is of a solid solution between NiO, a correlated insulator, and LiNiO2, a layered battery cathode. Despite the deceptive structural and compositional simplicity of this system, a complete understanding of its complex magnetic properties has remained elusive. This study shows that nanoscale domains of chemical order form at intermediate compositions, creating interfaces between antiferromagnetism and ferrimagnetism that give rise to magnetic exchange bias. A simple model of the magnetism is presented along with a comprehensive phase diagram. The second set of investigations focus on the Ge-Co-O system where the spin-orbit coupling of Co(II) plays a significant role. GeCo2O 4 is reported to exhibit unusual magnetic behavior that arises from Ising spin in its spinel crystal structure. Studies by variable-temperature synchrotron X-ray diffraction reveal a magnetostructural transition and capacitance measurements show evidence for magnetodielectric behavior. The above work uncovered a Co10Ge3O16 phase that had a known structure but whose physical properties were largely uncharacterized. This project examined its metamagnetic properties using detailed magnetometry experiments. Upon the application of a magnetic field, this material goes through a first-order phase transition from a noncollinear antiferromagnet to an unknown ferrimagnetic state. Lastly, this thesis explored the chemical dilution of magnetism in some perovskite and delafossite solid solutions. In the perovskite structure, compositions intermediate to the endmembers SrRuO3, a ferromagnetic metal, and LaRhO3, a diamagnetic semiconductor, were investigated. While the magnetism of this system is poised between localized and itinerant behavior, a compositionally-driven metal to insulator transition, revealed by electrical resistivity measurements, did not strongly impact the magnetic properties. Instead, both octahedral tilting and magnetic dilution had strong effects, and comparison of this characterization to Sr1-- x CaxRuO3 reinforces the important role of structural distortions in determining magnetic ground state. The final materials studied were of composition CuAl1-- xCrxO2 (0 < x < 1) in the delafossite structure. The primary interest was the geometric frustration of antiferromagnetism in CuCrO 2 and significant short-range correlations were observed above TN. The analysis found that reducing the number of degenerate states through Al substitution did not enhance magnetic ordering because of the weakening of magnetic exchange.

  3. The Influence of Oxygen in Transition Metal Oxides

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    Bach, P. L.; Leboran, V.; Rivadulla, F.

    2012-02-01

    The existence of a 2D metallic state at the interface between LaAlO3 and SrTiO3 (LAO/STO) has generated much excitement. Its origin has been attributed to charge redistribution to avoid a dielectric catastrophe; however, oxygen vacancies in TiO2-terminated STO can play a significant role in the electronic properties of the interface. In order to determine the nature and origin of the metallic phase, we have induced vacancies in TiO2-terminated STO single crystal substrates by annealing under controlled vacuum conditions. We report resistivity, Hall effect, and thermopower measurements on these materials and discuss their implications for the nature of the 2D electron gas at the STO surface. We have explored the possibility of gate-tuning these systems in order to fabricate single-oxide based devices. This work was supported by the Ministerio de Ciencia e Innovaci'on (Spain), grant MAT2010-16157, and the European Research Council, grant ERC-2010-StG 259082 2D THERMS.

  4. Optical properties of transition metal oxide quantum wells

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    Demkov, Alexander; Choi, Miri; Butcher, Matthew; Rodriguez, Cesar; He, Qian; Posadas, Agham; Borisevich, Albina; Zollner, Stefan; Lin, Chungwei; Ortmann, Elliott

    2015-03-01

    We report on the investigation of SrTiO3/LaAlO3 quantum wells (QWs) grown by molecular beam epitaxy (MBE) on LaAlO3 substrate. Structures with different QW thicknesses ranging from two to ten unit cells were grown and characterized using x-ray photoemission spectroscopy, reflection high-energy electron diffraction (RHEED), scanning transmission electron microscopy (STEM). Optical properties (complex dielectric function) were measured by spectroscopic ellipsometry (SE) in the range of 1.0 eV to 6.0 eV at room temperature. We observed that the absorption edge was blue-shifted by approximately 0.39 eV as the STO quantum well thickness was reduced to two unit cells (uc). Density functional theory and tight-binding are used to model the optical response of these heterostructures. Our results demonstrate that the energy level of the first sub-band can be controlled by the QW thickness in a complex oxide material. We acknowledge support from Air Force Office of Scientific Research (FA9550-12-10494).

  5. Natural media with negative index of refraction: Perspectives of complex transition metal oxides (Review Article)

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    Fertman, E. L.; Beznosov, A. B.

    2011-07-01

    The capabilities of perovskite-like compounds with the effect of colossal magnetoresistance (CMR) and some other complex oxides to have a negative index of refraction (NIR) are considered. Physical properties of these compounds are also analyzed from the standpoint of designing tunable metamaterials on their base. Of particular interest are temperature and magnetic field driven first-order transformations in oxides with perovskite structure and in spinels. These transformations give rise to nanophase separated states, using which the properties of negative refraction can be affected. The magnetic-field controlled metamaterials with CMR oxides as a boundary NIR media for a photonic crystal are discussed.

  6. Graphene-based transition metal oxide nanocomposites for the oxygen reduction reaction.

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    Sun, Meng; Liu, Huijuan; Liu, Yang; Qu, Jiuhui; Li, Jinghong

    2015-01-28

    The development of low cost, durable and efficient nanocatalysts to substitute expensive and rare noble metals (e.g. Pt, Au and Pd) in overcoming the sluggish kinetic process of the oxygen reduction reaction (ORR) is essential to satisfy the demand for sustainable energy conversion and storage in the future. Graphene based transition metal oxide nanocomposites have extensively been proven to be a type of promising highly efficient and economic nanocatalyst for optimizing the ORR to solve the world-wide energy crisis. Synthesized nanocomposites exhibit synergetic advantages and avoid the respective disadvantages. In this feature article, we concentrate on the recent leading works of different categories of introduced transition metal oxides on graphene: from the commonly-used classes (FeOx, MnOx, and CoOx) to some rare and heat-studied issues (TiOx, NiCoOx and Co-MnOx). Moreover, the morphologies of the supported oxides on graphene with various dimensional nanostructures, such as one dimensional nanocrystals, two dimensional nanosheets/nanoplates and some special multidimensional frameworks are further reviewed. The strategies used to synthesize and characterize these well-designed nanocomposites and their superior properties for the ORR compared to the traditional catalysts are carefully summarized. This work aims to highlight the meaning of the multiphase establishment of graphene-based transition metal oxide nanocomposites and its structural-dependent ORR performance and mechanisms. PMID:25502117

  7. Graphene-based transition metal oxide nanocomposites for the oxygen reduction reaction

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    Sun, Meng; Liu, Huijuan; Liu, Yang; Qu, Jiuhui; Li, Jinghong

    2015-01-01

    The development of low cost, durable and efficient nanocatalysts to substitute expensive and rare noble metals (e.g. Pt, Au and Pd) in overcoming the sluggish kinetic process of the oxygen reduction reaction (ORR) is essential to satisfy the demand for sustainable energy conversion and storage in the future. Graphene based transition metal oxide nanocomposites have extensively been proven to be a type of promising highly efficient and economic nanocatalyst for optimizing the ORR to solve the world-wide energy crisis. Synthesized nanocomposites exhibit synergetic advantages and avoid the respective disadvantages. In this feature article, we concentrate on the recent leading works of different categories of introduced transition metal oxides on graphene: from the commonly-used classes (FeOx, MnOx, and CoOx) to some rare and heat-studied issues (TiOx, NiCoOx and Co-MnOx). Moreover, the morphologies of the supported oxides on graphene with various dimensional nanostructures, such as one dimensional nanocrystals, two dimensional nanosheets/nanoplates and some special multidimensional frameworks are further reviewed. The strategies used to synthesize and characterize these well-designed nanocomposites and their superior properties for the ORR compared to the traditional catalysts are carefully summarized. This work aims to highlight the meaning of the multiphase establishment of graphene-based transition metal oxide nanocomposites and its structural-dependent ORR performance and mechanisms.

  8. Influence of Surface Morphology on the Antimicrobial Effect of Transition Metal Oxides in Polymer Surface.

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    Oh, Yoo Jin; Hubauer-Brenner, Michael; Hinterdorfer, Peter

    2015-10-01

    In this study, the physical properties of transition metal oxide surfaces were examined using scanning probe microscopic (SPM) techniques for elucidating the antimicrobial activity of molybdenum trioxide (MoO3), tungsten trioxide (WO3), and zinc oxide (ZnO) embedded into the polymers thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) and polypropylene (PP). We utilized atomic force microscopy (AFM) in the contact imaging mode and its derivative single-pass Kelvin probe force microscopy for investigating samples that were presumably identical in their compositions, but showed different antimicrobial activity in bacterial adhesion tests. Our results revealed that surfaces with larger roughness and higher surface potential variation showed stronger antimicrobial activities compared to smoother and homogeneously charge-distributed surfaces. In addition, capacitance gradient (dC/dZ) measurements were performed to elucidate the antimicrobial activity arising from the different dielectric behavior of the transition metal oxides in this heterogeneous polymer surface. We found that the nano-scale exposure of transition metal oxides on polymer surfaces provided strong antimicrobial effects. Applications arising from our studies will be useful for public and healthcare environments. PMID:26726428

  9. Nanostructure sensitization of transition metal oxides for visible-light photocatalysis

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    Chen, Hongjun

    2014-01-01

    Summary To better utilize the sunlight for efficient solar energy conversion, the research on visible-light active photocatalysts has recently attracted a lot of interest. The photosensitization of transition metal oxides is a promising approach for achieving effective visible-light photocatalysis. This review article primarily discusses the recent progress in the realm of a variety of nanostructured photosensitizers such as quantum dots, plasmonic metal nanostructures, and carbon nanostructures for coupling with wide-bandgap transition metal oxides to design better visible-light active photocatalysts. The underlying mechanisms of the composite photocatalysts, e.g., the light-induced charge separation and the subsequent visible-light photocatalytic reaction processes in environmental remediation and solar fuel generation fields, are also introduced. A brief outlook on the nanostructure photosensitization is also given. PMID:24991507

  10. Charge-discharge characteristics of lithium-aluminum/lithiated transition metal oxide cells at high temperatures

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    Plichta, Edward J.; Behl, Wishvender K.

    The charge-discharge characteristics of Li-Al/LiCl-KCl/LiCoO2 and Li-Al/LiCl-KCl/LiFeO2 cells are reported at current densities of 2 to 10 mA/cm2 at 400 C. The cycled cells exhibited multiple voltage plateaus in the charge and discharge curves, which were interpreted to be due to the formation of other lithiated transition metal oxides and/or higher transition metal oxides in addition to LiCoO2 and LiFeO2. It was also found that it was necessary to charge both cells to potentials of about 1.75 to 1.85 V to obtain maximum deliverable capacities. The polarization curves for both cells at current densities of 1 to 100 mA/cm2 are also presented.

  11. Theoretical studies of structural and electronic properties in transition metal oxides

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    Seman, Tsezar F.

    The following studies are presented: theory of K-edge resonant inelastic x-ray scattering and its application for La0.5Sr 1.5MnO4, effects of rare earth ion size on the stability of the coherent Jahn-Teller distortions in undoped perovskite manganites, and symmetry-mode-based classical and quantum mechanical formalism of lattice dynamics. The formula based on tight-binding approach for the calculation of K-edge resonant inelastic x-ray scattering (RIXS) spectrum for transition metal oxides is presented first, by extending the previous existing result to include explicit momentum dependence and a basis with multiple core-hole sites. This formula is applied to layered charge, orbital and spin ordered manganites, La 0.5Sr1.5MnO4, and good agreement with experimental data was obtained, in particular, with regard to the large variation of the intensity with momentum. As a consequence, it is established that the electron screening in La0.5Sr1.5MnO4 is highly localized around the core hole site and demonstrates the potential of K-edge RIXS, as a probe for the screening dynamics in materials. Theoretical study is then introduced on the relation between the size of the rare earth ions, often known as chemical pressure, and the stability of the coherent Jahn-Teller distortions in undoped perovskite manganites. Using a Keating model expressed in terms of atomic scale symmetry modes, it is shown that there exists a coupling between the uniform shear distortion and the staggered buckling distortion within the Jahn-Teller energy term. It is found that this coupling provides a mechanism by which the coherent Jahn-Teller distortion is more stabilized by smaller rare earth ions. Further analysis shows the appearance of the uniform shear distortion below the Jahn-Teller ordering temperature; the Jahn-Teller ordering temperature is estimated and its variation between NdMnO3 and LaMnO3, and the relations between distortions are obtained. A good agreement is found between theoretical results and the experimental data. Finally, the classical and quantum mechanical descriptions of lattice dynamics are presented, from the atomic to the continuum scale, using atomic scale symmetry modes and their constraint equations. This approach is demonstrated for a onedimensional chain and a two-dimensional square lattice on a monatomic basis. For the classical description, it is found that rigid modes, in addition to the distortional modes found before, are necessary to describe the kinetic energy. The long wavelength limit of the kinetic energy terms expressed in terms of atomic scale modes is shown to be consistent with the continuum theory, and leading order corrections are obtained. For the quantum mechanical description, conjugate momenta for the atomic scale symmetry modes are presented. In direct space, graphical rules for their commutation relations are obtained. Commutation relations in the reciprocal space are also calculated. As an example, phonon modes are analyzed in terms of symmetry modes. The approach presented here based on atomic scale symmetry modes could be useful for the study of complex emerging materials, in which competing structural phases and non-linearity of the lattice energy play an important role.

  12. Screening study of mixed transition-metal oxides for use as cathodes in thermal batteries

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    Guidotti, R.A.; Reinhardt, F.W.

    1996-05-01

    Over 100 candidates were examined, including commercial materials and many that were synthesized in house. The mixed oxides were based on Ti, V, Nb, Cr, Mo, W, Mn, Fe, Co, Ni, and Cu doped with other transition metals. A number of individual (single-metal) oxides were included for comparison. The candidates were tested in single cells with Li(Si) anodes and separators based on LiCl-KCl eutectic. Screening was done under constant-current conditions at current densities of 125 me/cm{sup 2} and, to a lesser extent, 50 me/cm{sup 2} at 500 C. Relative performance and limitations of the oxide cathodes are discussed.

  13. Method of synthesizing a plurality of reactants and producing thin films of electro-optically active transition metal oxides

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    Tracy, C.E.; Benson, D.K.; Ruth, M.R.

    1985-08-16

    A method of synthesizing a plurality of reactants by inducing a reaction by plasma deposition among the reactants. The plasma reaction is effective for consolidating the reactants and producing thin films of electro-optically active transition metal oxides.

  14. Structural and cathodoluminescence assessment of transition metal oxide nanostructures grown by thermal deposition methods

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    Díaz-Guerra, C.; Chioncel, M. F.; Piqueras, J.

    2009-04-01

    Nanostructures of two transition metal oxides, WO 3 and α-Fe 2O 3, have been grown by a thermal deposition method without a catalyst and characterized by x-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy (SEM), high-resolution transmission electron microscopy and cathodoluminescence (CL) in the SEM. WO 3 micro and nanorods exhibit CL emission two orders of magnitude higher than CL intensity from the untreated oxide. α-Fe 2O 3 nanostructures with different morphologies (wires, belts, rods, urchins) were grown at different temperatures on Fe substrates. CL spectra of these nanostructures show emission bands related to charge transfer and ligand field transitions.

  15. Transition metal oxides deposited on rhodium and platinum: Surface chemistry and catalysis

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    Boffa, A B

    1994-07-01

    The surface chemistry and catalytic reactivity of transition metal oxides deposited on Rh and Pt substrates has been examined in order to establish the role of oxide-metal interactions in influencing catalytic activity. The oxides investigated included titanium oxide (TiOx), vanadium oxide (VOx), iron oxide (FeOx), zirconium oxide (ZrOx), niobium oxide (NbOx), tantalum oxide (TaOx), and tungsten oxide (WOx). The techniques used to characterize the sample included AES, XPS, LEED, TPD, ISS, and STM. After characterization of the surface in UHV, the sample was enclosed in an atmospheric reaction cell to measure the influence of the oxide deposits on the catalytic activity of the pure metal for CO and CO{sub 2} hydrogenation. The oxide deposits were found to strongly enhance the reactivity of the Rh foil. The rates of methane formation were promoted by up to 15 fold with the maximum in rate enhancement occurring at oxide coverages of approximately 0.5 ML. TiOx TaOx, and NbOx were the most effective promoters and were stable in the highest oxidation states during both reactions (compared to VOx, WOx, and FeOx). The trend in promoter effectiveness was attributed to the direct relationship between oxidation state and Lewis acidity. Bonding at the metal oxide/metal interface between the oxygen end of adsorbed CO and the Lewis acidic oxide was postulated to facilitate C-O bond dissociation and subsequent hydrogenation. 192 refs.

  16. A rapid microwave-assisted solvothermal approach to lower-valent transition metal oxides.

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    Moorhead-Rosenberg, Zachary; Harrison, Katharine L; Turner, Travis; Manthiram, Arumugam

    2013-11-18

    A green, rapid microwave-assisted solvothermal process using tetraethylene glycol (TEG) as a reducing agent has been explored as a soft-chemistry route for the preparation of various lower-valent transition metal oxides. To demonstrate the feasibility of the approach, lower-valent binary oxides such as V4O9, Mn3O4 or MnO, CoO, and Cu2O have been obtained within a short reaction time of 30 min by reducing, respectively, V2O5, MnO2, Co3O4, and CuO with TEG at <300 C. Moreover, the approach has been used to extract oxygen from ternary oxides such as LaFeO3, SrMnO3, LaCoO3, LaNiO3, and La4Ni3O10. The oxidation state of the transition metal ions and the oxygen content in these ternary oxides could be tuned by precisely controlling the reaction temperatures from 160 to 300 C. The products have been characterized by X-ray powder diffraction and iodometric titration. The versatility of this novel technique is demonstrated by the facile synthesis of V4O9, which has only been produced recently in single-phase form. PMID:24191765

  17. Quantum spin Hall effect in a transition metal oxide Na2IrO3

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    Shitade, Atsuo

    2010-05-26

    We study theoretically the electronic states in a 5d transition metal oxide Na{sub 2}I{sub r}O{sub 3}, in which both the spin-orbit interaction and the electron correlation play crucial roles. Tight-binding model analysis together with the fisrt-principles band structure calculation predicts that this material is a layered quantum spin Hall system. Due to the electron correlation, an antiferromagnetic order first develops at the edge, and later inside the bulk at low temperatures.

  18. Pinball liquid phase from Hund's coupling in frustrated transition-metal oxides

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    Ralko, Arnaud; Merino, Jaime; Fratini, Simone

    2015-04-01

    The interplay of nonlocal Coulomb repulsion and Hund's coupling in the d -orbital manifold in frustrated triangular lattices is analyzed by a multiband extended Hubbard model. We find a rich phase diagram with several competing phases, including a robust pinball liquid phase, which is an unconventional metal characterized by threefold charge order, bad metallic behavior, and the emergence of high-spin local moments. Our results naturally explain the anomalous charge-ordered metallic state observed in the triangular layered compound AgNiO2. The potential relevance to other triangular transition-metal oxides is discussed.

  19. Oxygen 17 NMR on the 5d transition metal oxide Sr2IrO4

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    Crocker, John; Shapiro, Maxwell; Fisher, Ian; Riggs, Scott; Curro, Nicholas

    2014-03-01

    5d transition metal oxides (TMO) have attracted attention in recent years due to their high spin orbit coupling which can cause the crystal field wavefunctions to become complex. One TMO, Sr2IrO4, has been shown to exhibit ferromagnetic and non-ohmic behavior. Here we present O-17 nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) measurements on a single crystal Sr2IrO4. After substituting O-16 for O-17 we are able to observe the temperature dependence of the oxygen resonances and are able to extract: knight shift (K), electronic field gradient (EFG), and spin lattice relaxation rate (1/T1) parameters.

  20. Mesoscale Charge-Ordering in Transition Metal Oxides: Formation and Signatures

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    Bishop, A.R.; Yu, Z.G.

    1998-06-01

    The authors briefly outline the value of an inhomogeneous (unrestricted) Hartree-Fock plus Random Phase approach for understanding the types and properties of mesoscopic patterns of localized small polarons in transition metal oxides. Using a multiband Peierls-Hubbard model for a hole-doped CuO{sub 2} layer as an illustrative example, they demonstrate the appearance of correlated high-energy (electronic) and low-energy (localized phonon and spin-wave) signatures of various vertical, diagonal, metal-centered, and oxygen-centered mesoscopic stripe patterns of localized holes (small polarons).

  1. Strain induced electronic structure changes in magnetic transition metal oxides thin films

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    van der Laan, G.; Chopdekar, R.V.; Suzuki, Y.; Arenholz, E.

    2010-07-08

    We show that the angular dependence of x-ray magnetic circular dichroism (XMCD) is strongly sensitive to strain-induced electronic structure changes in magnetic transition metal oxides. We observe a pronounced dependence of the XMCD spectral shape on the experimental geometry as well as nonvanishing XMCD with distinct spectral features in transverse geometry in compressively strained MnCr{sub 2}O{sub 4} films. The angular dependent XMCD can be described as a sum over an isotropic and anisotropic contribution, the latter linearly proportional to the axial distortion due to strain. The XMCD spectra are well reproduced by atomic multiplet calculations.

  2. One- and two-photon absorption in transition metal oxide glasses

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    El-Diasty, Fouad; Abdel-Baki, Manal

    2009-09-01

    Scaling of nonlinear two-photon absorption to optical bandgap (which describes the electronic structure of material) in transition metal glasses is given through a proposed empirical equation. A wide applicability of the relation is proven through the 21 studied glasses. The relationship between the calculated nonlinear absorption coefficient and the measured bandgap energy using Tauc's parabolic band model is discussed in terms of electronic structure of constituent oxides, ionic polarizability, hyperpolarizability of cations, nonbridging oxygen bonds, and the cationic bond-length approach.

  3. Electronic structure of transition metal and f-electron oxides by quantum Monte Carlo methods

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    Mitas, L.; Hu, S.; Kolorenc, J.

    2012-12-01

    We report on many-body quantum Monte Carlo (QMC) calculations of electronic structure of systems with strong correlation effects. These methods have been applied to ambient and high pressure transition metal oxides and, very recently, to selected f-electron oxides such as mineral thorianite (ThO2). QMC methods enabled us to calculate equilibrium characteristics such as cohesion, equilibrium lattice constants, bulk moduli, and electronic gaps with an excellent agreement with experiment without any non-variational parameters. In addition, for selected cases, the equations of state were calculated as well. The calculations were carried out using the state-of-the-art twist-averaged sampling of the Brilloiun zone, small-core Dirac-Fock pseudopotentials and one-particle orbitals from hybrid DFT functionals with varying weight of the exact exchange. This enabled us to build high-accuracy Slater-Jastrow explicitly correlated wavefunctions. In particular, we have employed optimization of the weight of the exact exchange in B3LYP and PBE0 functionals to minimize the fixed-node error in the diffusion Monte Carlo calculations. Instead of empirical fitting, we therefore use variational and explicitly many-body QMC method to find the value of the optimal weight, which falls between 15 and 30%. This finding is further supported also by recent calculations of transition metal-organic systems such as transition metal-porphyrins and others, showing thus a very wide range of its applicability. The calculations of ThO_2 appears to follow the same pattern and enabled to reproduce very well the experimental cohesion and very large electronic gap. In addition, we have made an important progress also in explicit treatment of the spin-orbit interaction which has been so far neglected in QMC calculations. Our studies illustrate the remarkable capabilities of QMC methods for strongly correlated solid systems.

  4. Synthesis of transition metal nitride by nitridation of metastable oxide precursor

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    Wang, Huamin; Wu, Zijie; Kong, Jing; Wang, Zhiqiang; Tianjin Key Laboratory of Water Environment and Resources, Tianjin Normal University, No. 393 Binshui Road, Xiqing Dist., Tianjin 300387 ; Zhang, Minghui

    2012-10-15

    Metastable transition metal oxides were used as precursors to synthesize transition metal nitrides at low temperature. Amorphous MoO{sub 2} was prepared by reduction of (NH{sub 4}){sub 6}Mo{sub 7}O{sub 24} solution with hydrazine. As-synthesized amorphous MoO{sub 2} was transformed into fcc {gamma}-Mo{sub 2}N at 400 Degree-Sign C and then into hexagonal {delta}-MoN by further increasing the temperature to 600 Degree-Sign C under a NH{sub 3} flow. The nitridation temperature employed here is much lower than that employed in nitridation of crystalline materials, and the amorphous materials underwent a unique nitridation process. Besides this, the bimetallic nitride Ni{sub 2}Mo{sub 3}N was also synthesized by nitridating amorphous bimetallic precursor. These results suggested that the nitridation of amorphous precursor possessed potential to be a general method for synthesizing many interstitial metallic compounds, such as nitrides and carbides at low temperature. - graphical abstract: Amorphous oxide was used as new precursor to prepare nitride at low temperature. Pure {gamma}-Mo{sub 2}N and {delta}-MoN were obtained at 400 Degree-Sign C and at 600 Degree-Sign C, respectively. Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer We bring out a new method to synthesize transition metal nitrides at low temperature. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Both mono- and bimetallic molybdenum nitrides were synthesized at a mild condition. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The formation of two different molybdenum nitrides {gamma}-Mo{sub 2}N and {delta}-MoN can be controlled from the same metastable precursor. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The nitridation temperature was much lower than that reported from crystalline precursors. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The metastable precursor had different reaction process in comparison with crystalline precursor.

  5. Enhanced role of transition metal ion catalysis during in-cloud oxidation of SO2.

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    Harris, Eliza; Sinha, Brbel; van Pinxteren, Dominik; Tilgner, Andreas; Fomba, Khanneh Wadinga; Schneider, Johannes; Roth, Anja; Gnauk, Thomas; Fahlbusch, Benjamin; Mertes, Stephan; Lee, Taehyoung; Collett, Jeffrey; Foley, Stephen; Borrmann, Stephan; Hoppe, Peter; Herrmann, Hartmut

    2013-05-10

    Global sulfate production plays a key role in aerosol radiative forcing; more than half of this production occurs in clouds. We found that sulfur dioxide oxidation catalyzed by natural transition metal ions is the dominant in-cloud oxidation pathway. The pathway was observed to occur primarily on coarse mineral dust, so the sulfate produced will have a short lifetime and little direct or indirect climatic effect. Taking this into account will lead to large changes in estimates of the magnitude and spatial distribution of aerosol forcing. Therefore, this oxidation pathway-which is currently included in only one of the 12 major global climate models-will have a significant impact on assessments of current and future climate. PMID:23661757

  6. Stoichiometry determined exchange interactions in amorphous ternary transition metal oxides: Theory and experiment

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    Hu, Shu-jun; Yan, Shi-shen Zhang, Yun-peng; Zhao, Ming-wen; Kang, Shi-shou; Mei, Liang-mo

    2014-07-28

    Amorphous transition metal oxides exhibit exotic transport and magnetic properties, while the absence of periodic structure has long been a major obstacle for the understanding of their electronic structure and exchange interaction. In this paper, we have formulated a theoretical approach, which combines the melt-quench approach and the spin dynamic Monte-Carlo simulations, and based on it, we explored amorphous Co{sub 0.5}Zn{sub 0.5}O{sub 1−y} ternary transition metal oxides. Our theoretical results reveal that the microstructure, the magnetic properties, and the exchange interactions of Co{sub 0.5}Zn{sub 0.5}O{sub 1−y} are strongly determined by the oxygen stoichiometry. In the oxygen-deficient sample (y > 0), we have observed the long-range ferromagnetic spin ordering which is associated with the non-stoichiometric cobalt-rich region rather than metallic clusters. On the other hand, the microstructure of stoichiometric sample takes the form of continuous random networks, and no long-range ferromagnetism has been observed in it. Magnetization characterization of experimental synthesized Co{sub 0.61}Zn{sub 0.39}O{sub 1−y} films verifies the relation between the spin ordering and the oxygen stoichiometry. Furthermore, the temperature dependence of electrical transport shows a typical feature of semiconductors, in agreement with our theoretical results.

  7. Molecular water oxidation mechanisms followed by transition metals: state of the art.

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    Sala, Xavier; Maji, Somnath; Bofill, Roger; Garca-Antn, Jordi; Escriche, Llus; Llobet, Antoni

    2014-02-18

    One clean alternative to fossil fuels would be to split water using sunlight. However, to achieve this goal, researchers still need to fully understand and control several key chemical reactions. One of them is the catalytic oxidation of water to molecular oxygen, which also occurs at the oxygen evolving center of photosystem II in green plants and algae. Despite its importance for biology and renewable energy, the mechanism of this reaction is not fully understood. Transition metal water oxidation catalysts in homogeneous media offer a superb platform for researchers to investigate and extract the crucial information to describe the different steps involved in this complex reaction accurately. The mechanistic information extracted at a molecular level allows researchers to understand both the factors that govern this reaction and the ones that derail the system to cause decomposition. As a result, rugged and efficient water oxidation catalysts with potential technological applications can be developed. In this Account, we discuss the current mechanistic understanding of the water oxidation reaction catalyzed by transition metals in the homogeneous phase, based on work developed in our laboratories and complemented by research from other groups. Rather than reviewing all of the catalysts described to date, we focus systematically on the several key elements and their rationale from molecules studied in homogeneous media. We organize these catalysts based on how the crucial oxygen-oxygen bond step takes place, whether via a water nucleophilic attack or via the interaction of two M-O units, rather than based on the nuclearity of the water oxidation catalysts. Furthermore we have used DFT methodology to characterize key intermediates and transition states. The combination of both theory and experiments has allowed us to get a complete view of the water oxidation cycle for the different catalysts studied. Finally, we also describe the various deactivation pathways for these catalysts. PMID:24328498

  8. Synthesis and characterization of transition metal-mullite catalysts for nitric oxide (NO) oxidation

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    Thampy, Sampreetha

    AMn2O5 (A = Pr, Sm, Gd, Y, Bi), and (Y, Bi)FeMnO5 mullite prepared by coprecipitation-calcination method are investigated as catalysts for NO oxidation. The effect of precursor stoichiometry, calcination temperature, and coprecipitation pH on phase, specific surface area (SSA) and NO chemisorption are studied. The precursor stoichiometry controlled the oxide phase (mullite vs. perovskite) obtained. In comparison, when the calcination temperature is increased from 750 C to 1000 C, a tradeoff is observed, where purity of mullite phase increased from 73 % to 100 % but SSA decreased from 30 m2/g to 5 m2/g. Formation of crystalline SmMn2O5 is found to be weakly dependent on pH whereas SSA monotonically increased from 13 m2/g at pH 8.1 to 27 m2/g at pH 13. A strong correlation between NO uptake volume and SSA is found. The highest SSA value (27 m2/g) being associated to a sample showing the highest NO uptake (104 micromol/g). These results suggest that the SSA is the key contributor to higher catalytic performance of TM-mullites.

  9. Theoretical investigation of hyperfine fields in fluoromethanes and transition metal oxides

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    Gopalakrishnan, Gowri

    Ab-initio Hartree-Fock Cluster procedure has been used to study Nuclear Quadrupole Interaction effects in molecular solid systems and Magnetic Hyperfine properties in antiferromagnetic transition metal oxides. Using the molecular orbital wave functions obtained from the Hartree-Fock calculations, the nuclear quadrupole interaction parameters, namely, the asymmetry parameter and quadrupole coupling constants are calculated at the fluorine site in CHsb{4-n}Fsb{n} (n = 1,2,3) and CHClFsb2 molecules. In addition to these molecules, the possibility of complexing of HF* molecule to these host molecules is also investigated. This complex formation is found to give rise to a second frequency at the fluorine site arising from the fluorine atom of the HF* hydrogen bonded to the host molecule. All of these results agree well with those from Time Dependent Perturbed Angular Distribution measurements of quadrupole interactions at the fluorine site in these systems. Theoretical investigations have also been carried out for the transition metal oxides NiO and MnO in antiferromagnetic state. The location of the muon in the two oxides and the associated electronic structure and muon hyperfine properties have been investigated. Eight equilibrium positions for the muon are found around each oxygen ion in the crystal, of which two are found to have substantially stronger stability than the other six. Direct and exchange contributions to the contact and dipolar hyperfine fields from within the cluster and dipolar fields from outside, are evaluated for each of the equilibrium locations of the muon and are shown to lead to three sets of hyperfine fields. The nature of the potential experienced by the muon as it travels between the equilibrium sites is studied to understand its dynamics inside the solid. The rates of hopping between each of the two equivalent most stable sites, where the muon most strongly trapped, and the other six sites are studied. In each case, the combination of tunneling and rotational diffusion effects was most pronounced for movement of the muon to three other neighboring sites, the frequency of muon hopping to these being four orders of magnitude stronger than the muon precession frequencies at the four sites. This justifies taking an average of the hyperfine fields at the four sites leading one to expect only a single hyperfine field in both NiO and MnO, in agreement with the from muon spin rotation (mu SR) measurements. Additionally, after inclusion of spin fluctuation effects in the antiferromagnetic state, the calculated hyperfine fields agree with experiment to within fifteen percent in both cases. The temperature dependence of the mu SR frequencies are quite well explained by those of the magnetic moments on the transition metal ions. These good agreements between experiment and theory demonstrate that the Hartree-Fock Cluster procedure can provide simultaneously satisfactory descriptions of the locations of muons, associated electronic structure and the dynamics of muon in transition metal oxides. Suggestions are made for further improvements in theory, involving the role of many-body effects in solid fluoromethanes and muons in transition metal oxides and detailed investigations of lattice distortion in the latter systems. Possible reasons emerging from the present work to explain the multiple mu SR frequencies in CoO and CuO are discussed.

  10. Oxidative damage in human epithelial alveolar cells exposed in vitro to oil fly ash transition metals.

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    Di Pietro, Angela; Visalli, Giuseppa; Muna, Fortunato; Baluce, Barbara; La Maestra, Sebastiano; Primerano, Patrizia; Corigliano, Francesco; De Flora, Silvio

    2009-03-01

    Among particulate matter emissions from combustion processes, oil fly ash (OFA) displays a marked oxidative and inflammogenic reactivity, due to the high content of bioavailable transition metals. In the present study, we evaluated the biological effects of an OFA water solution, composed of the transition metals Fe (57.5%), V (32.4%), and Ni (10.1%), in human epithelial alveolar cells (A549 line). The fluorimetric analysis by 2',7'-dichlorofluorescein showed a significant, dose- and time-dependent induction of intracellular reactive oxygen species (ROS) triggered by OFA metal components at subtoxic doses. The metal chelator deferoxamine and the radical scavenger dimethylsulfoxide attenuated the metal-induced generation of ROS. Confocal microscopy observations strengthened these findings and showed an intense cytoplasmic fluorescence with perinuclear thickenings in A549 cells, in the absence of morphological damage. Metal-induced generation of ROS was significantly correlated with a dose- and time-dependent DNA damage, as assessed by single cell gel electrophoresis (comet assay). Catalase was able to decrease dramatically DNA damage. Fluorimetric analyses by diphenyl-1-pyrenylphosphine showed a parallelism between generation of ROS and formation of lipid peroxides. The results obtained in the experiments evaluating the effects of individual metal solutions did not show any significant difference in DNA damage between Fe(III) and V(IV), but highlighted the higher capability of V(IV) to increase ROS in the cytoplasmic compartment. The different behavior of these two elements, confirmed by the weak Fe-induced lipid peroxidation, may be ascribed to the presence of Fe-binding proteins, such as ferritin, in the cytoplasm. Finally, Ni(II) had negligible effects on ROS production. On the whole, the results obtained in this study show the strong capability of transition metals adsorbed to OFA to cause widespread damage to biological macromolecules, and suggest potential health effects resulting from exposure to power plant emissions in industrialized sites. PMID:18667355

  11. The Oxidation of Sulfur-Containing Compounds Using Heterogeneous Catalysts of Transition Metal Oxides Deposited on the Polymeric Matrix

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    Dinh Vu, Ngo; Dinh Bui, Nhi; Thi Minh, Thao; Thi Thanh Dam, Huong; Thi Tran, Hang

    2015-12-01

    We investigate the activity of heterogeneous catalysts of transition metal oxides deposited on the polymeric matrix in the oxidation of sulfur-containing compounds. It is shown that MnO2-10/CuO-10 has the highest catalytic activity. The physicomechanical properties of polymeric heterogeneous catalysts of transition-metal oxides, including the specific surface area, elongation at break and breaking strength, specific electrical resistance, and volume resistivity were studied by using an Inspekt mini 3 kN universal tensile machine in accordance with TCVN 4509:2006 at a temperature of 20 ± 2°C. Results show that heterogeneous polymeric catalysts were stable␣under severe reaction conditions. Scanning electron microscopy, and energy-dispersive analysis are used to study the surfaces of the catalysts. Microstructural characterization of the catalysts is performed by using x-ray computed tomography. We demonstrate the potential application of polymeric heterogeneous catalysts of transition-metal oxides in industrial wastewater treatment.

  12. Charge Transfer Stabilization of Late Transition Metal Oxide Nanoparticles on a Layered Niobate Support.

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    Strayer, Megan E; Senftle, Thomas P; Winterstein, Jonathan P; Vargas-Barbosa, Nella M; Sharma, Renu; Rioux, Robert M; Janik, Michael J; Mallouk, Thomas E

    2015-12-30

    Interfacial interactions between late transition metal/metal oxide nanoparticles and oxide supports impact catalytic activity and stability. Here, we report the use of isothermal titration calorimetry (ITC), electron microscopy and density functional theory (DFT) to explore periodic trends in the heats of nanoparticle-support interactions for late transition metal and metal oxide nanoparticles on layered niobate and silicate supports. Data for Co(OH)2, hydroxyiridate-capped IrOx·nH2O, Ni(OH)2, CuO, and Ag2O nanoparticles were added to previously reported data for Rh(OH)3 grown on nanosheets of TBA0.24H0.76Ca2Nb3O10 and a layered silicate. ITC measurements showed stronger bonding energies in the order Ag < Cu ≈ Ni ≈ Co < Rh < Ir on the niobate support, as expected from trends in M-O bond energies. Nanoparticles with exothermic heats of interaction were stabilized against sintering. In contrast, ITC measurements showed endothermic interactions of Cu, Ni, and Rh oxide/hydroxide nanoparticles with the silicate and poor resistance to sintering. These trends in interfacial energies were corroborated by DFT calculations using single-atom and four-atom cluster models of metal/metal oxide nanoparticles. Density of states and charge density difference calculations reveal that strongly bonded metals (Rh, Ir) transfer d-electron density from the adsorbed cluster to niobium atoms in the support; this mixing is absent in weakly binding metals, such as Ag and Au, and in all metals on the layered silicate support. The large differences between the behavior of nanoparticles on niobate and silicate supports highlight the importance of d-orbital interactions between the nanoparticle and support in controlling the nanoparticles' stability. PMID:26651875

  13. Role of subsurface oxygen in oxide formation at transition metal surfaces.

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    Todorova, M; Li, W X; Ganduglia-Pirovano, M V; Stampfl, C; Reuter, K; Scheffler, M

    2002-08-26

    We present a density-functional theory trend study addressing the incorporation of oxygen into the basal plane of the late 4d transition metals (TMs) from Ru to Ag. Occupation of subsurface sites is always connected with a significant distortion of the host lattice, rendering it initially less favorable than on-surface chemisorption. Penetration starts only after a critical coverage theta(c), which is lower for the softer metals towards the right of the TM series. The computed theta(c) are found to be very similar to those above which the bulk oxide phase becomes thermodynamically more stable, thus suggesting that the initial incorporation of O actuates the formation of a surface oxide on TM surfaces. PMID:12190418

  14. Surface-functionalized monolayered nanodots of a transition metal oxide and their properties.

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    Honda, Masashi; Oaki, Yuya; Imai, Hiroaki

    2015-12-28

    Lateral size, surface chemistry, and properties are varied in inorganic monolayers based on a transition metal-oxide. A variety of inorganic monolayers with their emergent properties have been studied in recent decades. However, it is not easy to tune the lateral size, surface chemistry, and dispersibility of monolayers by typical synthetic methods. In the present work, a new approach is developed for the simultaneous surface functionalization and exfoliation of the precursor nanocrystals in a nonpolar organic medium. We obtained monolayered nanodots of a titanium oxide less than 5 nm in lateral size with surface functionalization by an alkylamine (C14H29NH2) and dihydroxynaphthalene (DHN) in toluene. The bandgap energy of the monolayers was changed by the lateral size and surface functionalization. The present study suggests versatile potentials of the monolayers with tuned size, surface chemistry, and properties. PMID:26592924

  15. Empirical correction for PM7 band gaps of transition-metal oxides.

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    Liu, Xiang; Sohlberg, Karl

    2016-01-01

    A post-calculation correction is established for PM7 band gaps of transition-metal oxides. The correction is based on the charge on the metal cation of interest, as obtained from MOPAC PM7 calculations. Application of the correction reduces the average error in the PM7 band gap from ~3eV to ~1eV. The residual error after correction is shown to be uncorrelated to the Hartree-Fock method upon which PM7 is based. Graphical Abstract Comparison between calculated band gaps and experimental band gaps for binary oxides. The orange crosses are for corrected PM7 band gaps. Blue squares are uncorrected values. The orange crosses fall closer to the diagonal dashed line, showing an overall improvement of the accuracy of calculated values. PMID:26740097

  16. Electronic structure at transition metal phthalocyanine-transition metal oxide interfaces: Cobalt phthalocyanine on epitaxial MnO films

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    Glaser, Mathias; Peisert, Heiko Adler, Hilmar; Aygl, Umut; Ivanovic, Milutin; Chass, Thomas; Nagel, Peter; Merz, Michael; Schuppler, Stefan

    2015-03-14

    The electronic structure of the interface between cobalt phthalocyanine (CoPc) and epitaxially grown manganese oxide (MnO) thin films is studied by means of photoemission (PES) and X-ray absorption spectroscopy (XAS). Our results reveal a flat-lying adsorption geometry of the molecules on the oxide surface which allows a maximal interaction between the ?-system and the substrate. A charge transfer from MnO, in particular, to the central metal atom of CoPc is observed by both PES and XAS. The change of the shape of N-K XAS spectra at the interface points, however, to the involvement of the Pc macrocycle in the charge transfer process. As a consequence of the charge transfer, energetic shifts of MnO related core levels were observed, which are discussed in terms of a Fermi level shift in the semiconducting MnO films due to interface charge redistribution.

  17. Synthesis of new transition metal nitrides using solid state oxide precursors: Structures and properties

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    Loye, H.C. zur; Bem, D.S.; Houmes, J.D.

    1995-12-31

    Solid state nitrides are of interest because they exhibit technologically useful properties. For example, some transition metal nitrides are extremely hard and strong, yet are good conductors of heat and electricity. Others show interesting catalytic properties and the similarity between nitrides and Group VIII metals has been pointed out. Despite the potential technological importance of these materials, only a relatively small number are known. This talk will present some recent developments in ternary nitride synthesis and discuss the preparation and characterization of series of new ternary transition metal nitrides (FeWN{sub 2}, Ta{sub 5}N{sub 6}, Nb{sub 5}N{sub 6}, MnMoN{sub 2}, {alpha}- and {beta}-MnWN{sub 2}) from oxide precursors. The electronic properties and the structures of these nitrides, which were determined by powder X-ray and powder neutron Rietveld refinement, will be discussed. These structures, although distinct, share common motifs, such as layers of MN{sub 6} trigonal prisms and layers of MN{sub 6} octahedra.

  18. Fabrication and electrocatalytic application of functionalized nanoporous carbon material with different transition metal oxides

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    Samiee, L.; Shoghi, F.; Vinu, A.

    2013-01-01

    In the work presented here, an attempt is made to study the effect of functionalization with different transition metal oxides on the mesostructural properties as well as electrochemical behavior of Pt/nanoporous carbon supports. In this respect, the functionalized samples have been synthesized by using CMK-3 and metallocene as transition metal sources. The platinum catalysts (5 wt% Pt) obtained through a conventional wet impregnation method. All the materials have been characterized by XRD (low and high), N2 adsorption-desorption isotherms, high-resolution transmission electron microscopy, high-resolution field emission scanning electron, EDX mapping images and cyclic voltammetry (CV) and rotating disk electrode (RDE) techniques. The results showed that the mesostructural order has been destroyed by functionalization of CMK-3 with CoO, whereas it is not that much affected in NiO and CuO functionalized samples. EDX image mapping exhibited the good and uniform dispersion of functionalizing elements (Ni, Cu, Fe and Co), Pt in the carbon supports. Moreover, XRD studies revealed the formation of smaller platinum crystallite sizes in NiO and CuO functionalized samples in relative to other functionalized supports. Electrochemical measurements were performed using CV and RDE method. Kinetic analysis revealed an activity increases in the following order: CMK-3-NiO-Pt > CMK-3-CuO-Pt > CMK-3-CoO-Pt > CMK-3-Fe2O3-Pt which is showing of simultaneous effect of surface area and surface reactivity parameters.

  19. Growth of Hollow Transition Metal (Fe, Co, Ni) Oxide Nanoparticles on Graphene Sheets through Kirkendall Effect as Anodes for High-Performance Lithium-Ion Batteries.

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    Yu, Xianbo; Qu, Bin; Zhao, Yang; Li, Chunyan; Chen, Yujin; Sun, Chunwen; Gao, Peng; Zhu, Chunling

    2016-01-01

    A general strategy based on the nanoscale Kirkendall effect has been developed to grow hollow transition metal (Fe, Co or Ni) oxide nanoparticles on graphene sheets. When applied as lithium-ion battery anodes, these hollow transition metal oxide-based composites exhibit excellent electrochemical performance, with high reversible capacities and long-term stabilities at a high current density, superior to most transition metal oxides reported to date. PMID:26502895

  20. Rapid Mapping of Lithiation Dynamics in Transition Metal Oxide Particles with Operando X-ray Absorption Spectroscopy

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    Nowack, Lea; Grolimund, Daniel; Samson, Vallerie; Marone, Federica; Wood, Vanessa

    2016-01-01

    Since the commercialization of lithium ion batteries (LIBs), layered transition metal oxides (LiMO2, where M = Co, Mn, Ni, or mixtures thereof) have been materials of choice for LIB cathodes. During cycling, the transition metals change their oxidation states, an effect that can be tracked by detecting energy shifts in the X-ray absorption near edge structure (XANES) spectrum. X-ray absorption spectroscopy (XAS) can therefore be used to visualize and quantify lithiation kinetics in transition metal oxide cathodes; however, in-situ measurements are often constrained by temporal resolution and X-ray dose, necessitating compromises in the electrochemistry cycling conditions used or the materials examined. We report a combined approach to reduce measurement time and X-ray exposure for operando XAS studies of lithium ion batteries. A highly discretized energy resolution coupled with advanced post-processing enables rapid yet reliable identification of the oxidation state. A full-field microscopy setup provides sub-particle resolution over a large area of battery electrode, enabling the oxidation state within many transition metal oxide particles to be tracked simultaneously. Here, we apply this approach to gain insights into the lithiation kinetics of a commercial, mixed-metal oxide cathode material, nickel cobalt aluminium oxide (NCA), during (dis)charge and its degradation during overcharge. PMID:26908198

  1. Rapid Mapping of Lithiation Dynamics in Transition Metal Oxide Particles with Operando X-ray Absorption Spectroscopy

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    Nowack, Lea; Grolimund, Daniel; Samson, Vallerie; Marone, Federica; Wood, Vanessa

    2016-02-01

    Since the commercialization of lithium ion batteries (LIBs), layered transition metal oxides (LiMO2, where M = Co, Mn, Ni, or mixtures thereof) have been materials of choice for LIB cathodes. During cycling, the transition metals change their oxidation states, an effect that can be tracked by detecting energy shifts in the X-ray absorption near edge structure (XANES) spectrum. X-ray absorption spectroscopy (XAS) can therefore be used to visualize and quantify lithiation kinetics in transition metal oxide cathodes; however, in-situ measurements are often constrained by temporal resolution and X-ray dose, necessitating compromises in the electrochemistry cycling conditions used or the materials examined. We report a combined approach to reduce measurement time and X-ray exposure for operando XAS studies of lithium ion batteries. A highly discretized energy resolution coupled with advanced post-processing enables rapid yet reliable identification of the oxidation state. A full-field microscopy setup provides sub-particle resolution over a large area of battery electrode, enabling the oxidation state within many transition metal oxide particles to be tracked simultaneously. Here, we apply this approach to gain insights into the lithiation kinetics of a commercial, mixed-metal oxide cathode material, nickel cobalt aluminium oxide (NCA), during (dis)charge and its degradation during overcharge.

  2. Rapid Mapping of Lithiation Dynamics in Transition Metal Oxide Particles with Operando X-ray Absorption Spectroscopy.

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    Nowack, Lea; Grolimund, Daniel; Samson, Vallerie; Marone, Federica; Wood, Vanessa

    2016-01-01

    Since the commercialization of lithium ion batteries (LIBs), layered transition metal oxides (LiMO2, where M?=?Co, Mn, Ni, or mixtures thereof) have been materials of choice for LIB cathodes. During cycling, the transition metals change their oxidation states, an effect that can be tracked by detecting energy shifts in the X-ray absorption near edge structure (XANES) spectrum. X-ray absorption spectroscopy (XAS) can therefore be used to visualize and quantify lithiation kinetics in transition metal oxide cathodes; however, in-situ measurements are often constrained by temporal resolution and X-ray dose, necessitating compromises in the electrochemistry cycling conditions used or the materials examined. We report a combined approach to reduce measurement time and X-ray exposure for operando XAS studies of lithium ion batteries. A highly discretized energy resolution coupled with advanced post-processing enables rapid yet reliable identification of the oxidation state. A full-field microscopy setup provides sub-particle resolution over a large area of battery electrode, enabling the oxidation state within many transition metal oxide particles to be tracked simultaneously. Here, we apply this approach to gain insights into the lithiation kinetics of a commercial, mixed-metal oxide cathode material, nickel cobalt aluminium oxide (NCA), during (dis)charge and its degradation during overcharge. PMID:26908198

  3. A comparison of the bonding in the second-row transition-metal oxides and carbenes

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    Siegbahn, Per E. M.

    1993-01-01

    Calculations including electron correlation of all valence electrons have been performed for the sequence of second-row transition-metal oxides and carbenes. For the atoms to the right the bond strengths of the carbenes and the oxides are similar while for the atoms to the left the oxide bond strengths are much larger. The origin of this difference is the interaction between the oxygen lone pairs and empty 4d orbitals on the metal. With the large donation of electrons from the oxygen lone pair to the metal for the atoms to the left, the bonding can almost be described as triple bond formation for YO, ZrO and NbO. For MoO, where a 4d ? orbital is singly occupied on the metal, the bond strength is much smaller than for the oxides to the left. For the metal carbenes two covalent bonds are formed. The ground state spin for the oxides to the right is higher than for the corresponding carbenes, which can be explained by the presence of the ? degeneracy for the oxides. The relevance of the present results for the epoxidation and the olefin metathesis reactions are discussed.

  4. Spectroscopic Studies of O-Vacancy Defects in Transition Metal Oxides

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    Lucovsky, G.; Luning, J.; Fleming, L.B.; Ulrich, M.D.; Rowe, J.E.; Seo, H.; Lee, S.; Lysaght, P.; Bersuker, G.

    2009-06-03

    Dielectrics comprised of nano-crystalline HfO{sub 2} in gate stacks with thin SiO{sub 2}/SiON interfacial transition regions display significant asymmetries with respect to trapping of Si substrate injected holes and electrons. Based on spectroscopic studies, and guided by ab initio theory, electron and hole traps in HfO{sub 2} and other transition metal elemental oxides are assigned to O-atom divacancies clustered at internal grain boundaries of nano-crystalline films. Engineering solutions in which grain boundary defects are suppressed include: (i) ultra-thin, <2 nm, HfO{sub 2} fims, (ii) chemically phase separated high HfO2 content silicate films, and (iii) non-crystalline Zr/Hf Si oxynitride films.

  5. Anomalous electronic structures of transition-metal oxides with hollandite-type crystal structure

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    Toriyama, T.; Konishi, T.; Ohta, Y.

    2012-12-01

    We make the electronic structure calculations of transition-metal oxides with a hollandite-type crystal structure A2M8O16 using the generalized gradient approximation (GGA) in the density functional theory, where the Hubbard-type repulsive interaction is taken into account (GGA+U). We first examine the electronic structure of the 3d series (M=Ti, V, Cr, Mn) as well as the 4d series (M=Mo, Ru, Rh) to discuss their generic features. We then discuss in particular the origins of the metal-insulator transition observed in K2Cr8O16 and quasi-one-dimensional electron conduction observed in K2Ru8O16. We also consider the observed metal-insulator transition in K2V8O16 where the effect of electron correlations may play an essential role.

  6. Anomalous electronic states of hollandite-type transition-metal oxides

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    Ohta, Y.; Toriyama, T.; Sakamaki, M.; Konishi, T.

    2012-12-01

    We make the electronic structure calculations of transition-metal oxides with the hollandite-type crystal structure A2M8O16 using the generalized gradient approximation (GGA) in the density functional theory, where the Hubbard-type repulsive interaction is taken into account (GGA+U). We first discuss generic electronic structures of the 3d (M=Ti, V, Cr, Mn) and 4d (M=Mo, Ru, Rh) series of the materials and then consider the origins of the metal-insulator transition observed in K2Cr8O16 and quasi-one-dimensional electron conduction observed in K2Ru8O16. We also consider in particular the observed metal-insulator transition in K2V8O16.

  7. Onset conditions for gas phase reaction and nucleation in the CVD of transition metal oxides

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    Collins, J.; Rosner, D. E.; Castillo, J.

    1992-01-01

    A combined experimental/theoretical study is presented of the onset conditions for gas phase reaction and particle nucleation in hot substrate/cold gas CVD of transition metal oxides. Homogeneous reaction onset conditions are predicted using a simple high activation energy reacting gas film theory. Experimental tests of the basic theory are underway using an axisymmetric impinging jet CVD reactor. No vapor phase ignition has yet been observed in the TiCl4/O2 system under accessible operating conditions (below substrate temperature Tw = 1700 K). The goal of this research is to provide CVD reactor design and operation guidelines for achieving acceptable deposit microstructures at the maximum deposition rate while simultaneously avoiding homogeneous reaction/nucleation and diffusional limitations.

  8. On-site screened Coulomb interactions for localized electrons in transition metal oxides and defect systems

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    Shih, Bi-Ching; Zhang, Peihong; Department of Physics Team

    2011-03-01

    Electronic and structural properties of strongly correlated material systems are largely determined by the strength of the on-site Coulomb interaction. Theoretical models devised to capture the physics of strongly correlated materials usually involve screened Coulomb interactions as adjustable parameters. We present first-principles results for the screened on-site Coulomb and exchange energy for transition metal oxides. The dielectric screening is calculated within the random phase approximation and the localized electrons are represented by maximally localized Wannier functions. We further extend our study to calculate on-site Coulomb interactions for localized defect states in semiconductors. We acknowledge the computational support provided by the Center for Computational Research at the University at Buffalo, SUNY. This work is supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. DMR-0946404 and by the Department of Energy under Grant No. DE-SC0002623.

  9. Electrical conductivity in oxygen-deficient phases of transition metal oxides from first-principles calculations.

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    Bondi, Robert James; Desjarlais, Michael Paul; Thompson, Aidan Patrick; Brennecka, Geoffrey L.; Marinella, Matthew

    2013-09-01

    Density-functional theory calculations, ab-initio molecular dynamics, and the Kubo-Greenwood formula are applied to predict electrical conductivity in Ta2Ox (0x5) as a function of composition, phase, and temperature, where additional focus is given to various oxidation states of the O monovacancy (VOn; n=0,1+,2+). Our calculations of DC conductivity at 300K agree well with experimental measurements taken on Ta2Ox thin films and bulk Ta2O5 powder-sintered pellets, although simulation accuracy can be improved for the most insulating, stoichiometric compositions. Our conductivity calculations and further interrogation of the O-deficient Ta2O5 electronic structure provide further theoretical basis to substantiate VO0 as a donor dopant in Ta2O5 and other metal oxides. Furthermore, this dopant-like behavior appears specific to neutral VO cases in both Ta2O5 and TiO2 and was not observed in other oxidation states. This suggests that reduction and oxidation reactions may effectively act as donor activation and deactivation mechanisms, respectively, for VO0 in transition metal oxides.

  10. A molecular placeholder strategy to access a family of transition-metal-functionalized vanadium oxide clusters.

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    Kastner, Katharina; Margraf, Johannes T; Clark, Timothy; Streb, Carsten

    2014-09-15

    Systematic access to metal-functionalized polyoxometalates has thus far been limited to lacunary tungsten oxide and molybdenum oxide clusters. The first controlled, stepwise bottom-up assembly route to metal-functionalized molecular vanadium oxides is now presented. A di-vacant vanadate cluster with two metal binding sites, (DMA)2[V12O32Cl](3-) (DMA = dimethylammonium) is formed spontaneously in solution and characterized by single-crystal X-ray diffraction, ESI mass spectrometry, (51)V?NMR spectroscopy, and elemental analyses. In the cluster, the metal binding sites are selectively blocked by hydrogen-bonded DMA placeholder cations. Reaction of the cluster with transition metals TM (Fe(3+), Co(2+), Cu(2+), Zn(2+)) gives access to mono-functionalized vanadate clusters (DMA)[{TM(L)}V12O32Cl](n-) (L = ligand). Metal binding is accomplished by significant distortions of the vanadium oxide framework reminiscent of a pincer movement. Cluster stability under technologically relevant conditions in the solid-state and solution is demonstrated. PMID:25082170

  11. Transition metal oxides for organic electronics: energetics, device physics and applications.

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    Meyer, Jens; Hamwi, Sami; Krger, Michael; Kowalsky, Wolfgang; Riedl, Thomas; Kahn, Antoine

    2012-10-23

    During the last few years, transition metal oxides (TMO) such as molybdenum tri-oxide (MoO(3) ), vanadium pent-oxide (V(2) O(5) ) or tungsten tri-oxide (WO(3) ) have been extensively studied because of their exceptional electronic properties for charge injection and extraction in organic electronic devices. These unique properties have led to the performance enhancement of several types of devices and to a variety of novel applications. TMOs have been used to realize efficient and long-term stable p-type doping of wide band gap organic materials, charge-generation junctions for stacked organic light emitting diodes (OLED), sputtering buffer layers for semi-transparent devices, and organic photovoltaic (OPV) cells with improved charge extraction, enhanced power conversion efficiency and substantially improved long term stability. Energetics in general play a key role in advancing device structure and performance in organic electronics; however, the literature provides a very inconsistent picture of the electronic structure of TMOs and the resulting interpretation of their role as functional constituents in organic electronics. With this review we intend to clarify some of the existing misconceptions. An overview of TMO-based device architectures ranging from transparent OLEDs to tandem OPV cells is also given. Various TMO film deposition methods are reviewed, addressing vacuum evaporation and recent approaches for solution-based processing. The specific properties of the resulting materials and their role as functional layers in organic devices are discussed. PMID:22945550

  12. Transport in and chemistry on transition metal oxides for energy conversion

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    Carter, Emily

    2012-02-01

    We use quantum mechanics techniques to search for robust, efficient, and inexpensive materials for solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs) that convert fuels to electricity, photovoltaics (PVs) that convert sunlight to electricity, and photo-catalytic electrodes (PCEs) that convert sunlight, CO2, and H2O into fuels. In our SOFC research, we focus on cathode optimization, often considered the limiting factor. If oxide ion diffusion and electron transport can be enhanced, along with rapid dissociative adsorption of dioxygen, lower temperatures can be used, which would facilitate wider deployment. In the solar energy conversion arena, the cost-efficiency tradeoff for PV materials motivates new options. I will discuss why it is difficult to find effective PCE materials; in particular I will enumerate the very significant constraints beyond those on PVs that they must satisfy to achieve high efficiency. Limiting oneself to abundant elements further constrains the design space. As a result, we are focusing primarily on first row transition metal oxide materials. Key properties of conventional and novel materials, along with some new design principles, will be discussed. The work is revealing which dopants or mixed oxides are likely to provide the most efficient energy conversion materials.

  13. Redox activity of surface oxygen anions in oxygen-deficient perovskite oxides during electrochemical reactions

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    Mueller, David N.; Machala, Michael L.; Bluhm, Hendrik; Chueh, William C.

    2015-01-01

    Surface redox-active centres in transition-metal oxides play a key role in determining the efficacy of electrocatalysts. The extreme sensitivity of surface redox states to temperatures, to gas pressures and to electrochemical reaction conditions renders them difficult to investigate by conventional surface-science techniques. Here we report the direct observation of surface redox processes by surface-sensitive, operando X-ray absorption spectroscopy using thin-film iron and cobalt perovskite oxides as model electrodes for elevated-temperature oxygen incorporation and evolution reactions. In contrast to the conventional view that the transition metal cations are the dominant redox-active centres, we find that the oxygen anions near the surface are a significant redox partner to molecular oxygen due to the strong hybridization between oxygen 2p and transition metal 3d electronic states. We propose that a narrow electronic state of significant oxygen 2p character near the Fermi level exchanges electrons with the oxygen adsorbates. This result highlights the importance of surface anion-redox chemistry in oxygen-deficient transition-metal oxides.

  14. Perovskite-type oxides - Oxygen electrocatalysis and bulk structure

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    Carbonio, R. E.; Fierro, C.; Tryk, D.; Scherson, D.; Yeager, E.

    1988-01-01

    Perovskite type oxides were considered for use as oxygen reduction and generation electrocatalysts in alkaline electrolytes. Perovskite stability and electrocatalytic activity are studied along with possible relationships of the latter with the bulk solid state properties. A series of compounds of the type LaFe(x)Ni1(-x)O3 was used as a model system to gain information on the possible relationships between surface catalytic activity and bulk structure. Hydrogen peroxide decomposition rate constants were measured for these compounds. Ex situ Mossbauer effect spectroscopy (MES), and magnetic susceptibility measurements were used to study the solid state properties. X ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) was used to examine the surface. MES has indicated the presence of a paramagnetic to magnetically ordered phase transition for values of x between 0.4 and 0.5. A correlation was found between the values of the MES isomer shift and the catalytic activity for peroxide decomposition. Thus, the catalytic activity can be correlated to the d-electron density for the transition metal cations.

  15. Synthesis and structural, magnetic, thermal, and transport properties of several transition metal oxides and aresnides

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    Das, Supriyo

    2010-05-16

    Oxide compounds containing the transition metal vanadium (V) have attracted a lot of attention in the field of condensed matter physics owing to their exhibition of interesting properties including metal-insulator transitons, structural transitions, ferromagnetic and antiferromagnetic orderings, and heavy fermion behavior. Binary vanadium oxides V{sub n}O{sub 2n-1} where 2 {le} n {le} 9 have triclinic structures and exhibit metal-insulator and antiferromagnetic transitions. The only exception is V{sub 7}O{sub 13} which remains metallic down to 4 K. The ternary vanadium oxide LiV{sub 2}O{sub 4} has the normal spinel structure, is metallic, does not undergo magnetic ordering and exhibits heavy fermion behavior below 10 K. CaV{sub 2}O{sub 4} has an orthorhombic structure with the vanadium spins forming zigzag chains and has been suggested to be a model system to study the gapless chiral phase. These provide great motivation for further investigation of some known vanadium compounds as well as to explore new vanadium compounds in search of new physics. This thesis consists, in part, of experimental studies involving sample preparation and magnetic, transport, thermal, and x-ray measurements on some strongly correlated eletron systems containing the transition metal vanadium. The compounds studied are LiV{sub 2}O{sub 4}, YV{sub 4}O{sub 8}, and YbV{sub 4}O{sub 8}. The recent discovery of superconductivity in RFeAsO{sub 1-x}F{sub x} (R = La, Ce, Pr, Gd, Tb, Dy, Sm, and Nd), and AFe{sub 2}As{sub 2} (A = Ba, Sr, Ca, and Eu) doped with K, Na, or Cs at the A site with relatively high T{sub c} has sparked tremendous activities in the condensed matter physics community and a renewed interest in the area of superconductivity as occurred following the discovery of the layered cuprate high T{sub c} superconductors in 1986. To discover more superconductors with hopefully higher T{sub c}'s, it is extremely important to investigate compounds having crystal structures related to the compounds showing high T{sub c} superconductivity. Along with the vanadium oxide compounds described before, this thesis describes our investigations of magnetic, structural, thermal and transport properties of EuPd{sub 2}Sb{sub 2} single crystals which have a crystal structure closely related to the AFe{sub 2}As{sub 2} compounds and also a study of the reaction kinetics of the formation of LaFeAsO{sub 1-x}F{sub x}.

  16. Methane production from carbon oxides over borohydride reduced transition metals. II. Final report

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    Russell, T.W.

    1980-11-01

    This study was undertaken to continue the examination of the utility of borohydride-reduced transition metals as catalysts for the hydrogenation of carbon oxides to produce synthetic fuels. While most related efforts deal only with carbon monoxide (the predominant oxide in coal gasification processes), we have included carbon dioxide in our work. Work with copper, cobalt, nickel and palladium has resulted in methane production from both carbon oxides, with carbon dioxide being only slightly less productive than carbon monoxide. From the last three metals, methane is the only carbon-containing product formed. This is a definite improvement over many of the catalysts reported in the scientific literature, where a major problem is the production of numerous carbon-containing products, thereby necessitating means of separation of the various products. Discovery that copper, prepared from sodium borohydride reduction of cupric salts, produces both methane and methyl alcohol is without comparison in the literature. Detailed studies on copper are continuing. Continuous methanation over borohydride-reduced nickel has shown no decrease in methane production of 90 to 93% during a 1000+ hour run.

  17. CeO2 nanorods-supported transition metal catalysts for CO oxidation.

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    Mock, Samantha A; Sharp, Shannon E; Stoner, Thomas R; Radetic, Michael J; Zell, Elizabeth T; Wang, Ruigang

    2016-03-15

    A catalytically active oxide support in combination with metal catalysts is required in order to achieve better low temperature activity and selectivity. Here, we report that CeO2 nanorods with a superior surface oxygen release/storage capability were used as an active support of transition metal (TM) catalysts (Mn, Fe, Co, Ni, Cu) for CO oxidation reaction. The as-prepared CeO2 nanorods supported 10wt% TM catalysts were highly active for CO oxidation at low temperature, except for the Fe sample. It is found that the 10%Cu-CeO2 catalyst performed best, and it provided a lower light-off temperature with T50 (50% conversion) at 75°C and T100 (100% conversion) of CO to CO2 at 194°C. The atomic level surface structure of CeO2 nanorods was investigated in order to understand the improved low temperature catalytic activity. The richness of surface roughness and various defects (voids, lattice distortion, bending, steps, twinning) on CeO2 nanorods could facilitate oxygen release and storage. According to XRD and Raman analysis, copper species migrate into the bulk CeO2 nanorods to a greater degree. Since CO adsorbed over the surface of the catalyst/support is detrimental to its catalytic activity, the surface defects on the CeO2 nanorods and CeO2-TM interactions were critical to the enhanced activity. PMID:26745742

  18. Photocatalytic overall water splitting on the perovskite-type transition metal oxynitride CaTaO2N under visible light irradiation.

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    Xu, Jiasheng; Pan, Chengsi; Takata, Tsuyoshi; Domen, Kazunari

    2015-04-28

    Overall water splitting was achieved on a simple perovskite oxynitride photocatalyst, CaTaO2N, with an absorption edge at 510 nm. This photocatalyst, modified with a Rh-Cr bimetallic oxide cocatalyst, produced stoichiometric H2 and O2 steadily under UV and visible light irradiation after coating of the photocatalyst particles with amorphous Ti oxyhydroxide. PMID:25812174

  19. Stereochemistry of post-transition metal oxides: revision of the classical lone pair model.

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    Walsh, Aron; Payne, David J; Egdell, Russell G; Watson, Graeme W

    2011-09-01

    The chemistry of post transition metals is dominated by the group oxidation state N and a lower N-2 oxidation state, which is associated with occupation of a metal s(2) lone pair, as found in compounds of Tl(I), Pb(II) and Bi(III). The preference of these cations for non-centrosymmetric coordination environments has previously been rationalised in terms of direct hybridisation of metal s and p valence orbitals, thus lowering the internal electronic energy of the N-2 ion. This explanation in terms of an on-site second-order Jahn-Teller effect remains the contemporary textbook explanation. In this tutorial review, we review recent progress in this area, based on quantum chemical calculations and X-ray spectroscopic measurements. This recent work has led to a revised model, which highlights the important role of covalent interaction with oxygen in mediating lone pair formation for metal oxides. The role of the anion p atomic orbital in chemical bonding is key to explaining why chalcogenides display a weaker preference for structural distortions in comparison to oxides and halides. The underlying chemical interactions are responsible for the unique physicochemical properties of oxides containing lone pairs and, in particular, to their application as photocatalysts (BiVO(4)), ferroelectrics (PbTiO(3)), multi-ferroics (BiFeO(3)) and p-type semiconductors (SnO). The exploration of lone pair systems remains a viable a venue for the design of functional multi-component oxide compounds. PMID:21666920

  20. Photo-oxidation of Sb(III) in the seawater by marine phytoplankton-transition metals-light system.

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    Li, Shun-Xing; Zheng, Feng-Ying; Hong, Hua-Sheng; Deng, Nan-Sheng; Zhou, Xia-Yi

    2006-11-01

    The photo-oxidation of Sb(III) to Sb(V) by marine microalgae (diatom, green and red algae) with or without the presence of transition metals (Fe(III), Cu(II) and Mn(II)). The influence of marine phytoplankton on the photochemistry of antimony was confirmed for the first time. The conversion ratio of Sb(III) to Sb(V) increased with increasing algae concentration and irradiation time. Different species of marine phytoplankton were found to have different photo-oxidizing abilities. The photochemical redox of transition metals could induce the species transformation of antimony. After photo-induced oxidation by marine phytoplankton and transition metals, the ratio of Sb(V) to Sb(III) was in the range of 1.07-5.48 for six algae (Tetraselmis levis, Chlorella autotrophica, Nannochloropsis sp., Tetraselmis subcordiformis, Phaeodactylum tricornutum, and Porphyridium purpureum), and only 0.92 for Dunaliella salina. The distribution of antimony in the sunlit surface seawater was greatly affected by combined effects of marine phytoplankton (main contributor) and transition metals; both synergistic and antagonistic effects were observed. The results provided further insights into the distribution of Sb(III) and Sb(V) and the biogeochemical cycle of antimony, and have significant implications for the risk assessment of antimony in the sunlit surface seawater. PMID:16735057

  1. Hydrazine reduction of transition metal oxides - In situ characterization using X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy

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    Littrell, D. M.; Tatarchuk, B. J.

    1986-01-01

    The transition metal oxides (TMOs) V2O5, FeO3, Co3O4, NiO, CuO, and ZnO were exposed to hydrazine at various pressures. The metallic surfaces were surveyed by in situ X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy to determine the irrelative rate of reduction by hydrazine. The most easily reducible oxide, CuO, could be reduced to the metallic state at room temperature and 10 to the -6th torr. The reaction is first order with respect to CuO, with an activation energy of about 35 kJ/mol. Two types of adsorption were seen to occur at 295 K: (1) a reversible component in which the measured N:Cu ratio increased to 0.60 at hydrazine pressures up to 0.5 torr, and (2) an irreversible component, with a N:Cu ratio of 0.28, which could not be removed by extended vacuum pumping. The results of this study are useful for the identification of TMO's that can be used as solid neatallizers of hydrazine spills, and for the preparation of metal surfaces for electroplating and evaporative thin-film coating.

  2. Unravelling structural ambiguities in lithium- and manganese-rich transition metal oxides.

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    Shukla, Alpesh Khushalchand; Ramasse, Quentin M; Ophus, Colin; Duncan, Hugues; Hage, Fredrik; Chen, Guoying

    2015-01-01

    Although Li- and Mn-rich transition metal oxides have been extensively studied as high-capacity cathode materials for Li-ion batteries, the crystal structure of these materials in their pristine state is not yet fully understood. Here we apply complementary electron microscopy and spectroscopy techniques at multi-length scale on well-formed Li1.2(Ni0.13Mn0.54Co0.13)O2 crystals with two different morphologies as well as two commercially available materials with similar compositions, and unambiguously describe the structural make-up of these samples. Systematically observing the entire primary particles along multiple zone axes reveals that they are consistently made up of a single phase, save for rare localized defects and a thin surface layer on certain crystallographic facets. More specifically, we show the bulk of the oxides can be described as an aperiodic crystal consisting of randomly stacked domains that correspond to three variants of monoclinic structure, while the surface is composed of a Co- and/or Ni-rich spinel with antisite defects. PMID:26510508

  3. Investigation of thermal and electrical conductivity of phosphate glasses containing two transition metal oxides, lithium oxide and calcium oxide

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    Soheyli, Ehsan; Hekmat Shoar, Mohammad Hossein

    2014-07-01

    The purpose of this investigation is to study dc conductivity in glass systems with a combination of 40P2O5_xV2O5_(35-x)MoO3_5CaO_20Li2O. The specimens were prepared by the conventional melt-quenching technique. The dependence of the dc conductivity on temperature and the initial concentration of samples was evaluated, and it was observed that it increases with an increase in temperature for all samples. As the vanadium oxide percentage increased, the dc conductivity also increased, and the activation energy decreased almost uniformly. Variations of activation energy and conductivity are compatible with theoretical concepts. The conductivity of these samples is mixed electronic-ionic conduction, but because of variation in the transition metal oxide concentration, electronic conductivity is more effective as a result of small polaron hopping. Also, the differential scanning calorimetry measurements of these glasses (a heating rate of 10 C Min-1) were investigated, and glass transition temperatures (Tg) were determined for each chemical composition. It was shown that the enhancement of MoO3 concentration leads to a decrease in Tg values.

  4. High-resolution structural studies of ultra-thin magnetic, transition metal overlayers and two-dimensional transition metal oxides using synchrotron radiation

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    Kellar, S.A.

    1997-05-01

    This thesis report the surface-structure determination of three, ultra-thin magnetic transition-metal films, Fe/Au(100), Mn/Ni(100), and Mn/Cu(100) using Angle-Resolved Photoemission Extended Fine Structure (ARPEFS) and photoelectron holography. These structural studies are the first to use non-s initial states in the ARPEFS procedure. This thesis also reports an ARPEFS surface-structure determination of a two-dimensional transition-metal oxide, [(1 x 1)O/W(110)] x 12. The authors have analyzed the ARPFES signal from the Au 4f{sub 7/5} core level of the Au(1 ML)/Fe(15 ML)/Au(100) system. The analysis shows that the Fe grows layer by layer with one monolayer of gold, acting as a surfactant, remaining on top of the growing Fe layers. These surface gold atoms sit in the four-fold hollow site, 1.67 {+-} 0.02 A above the iron surface. The grown Fe layer is very much like the bulk, bcc iron, with an interlayer spacing of 1.43 {+-} 0.03 A. Analysis of the Mn 3p ARPEFS signals from c(2 x 2)Mn/Ni(100) and c(2 x 2)Mn/Cu(100) shows that the Mn forms highly corrugated surface alloys. The corrugation of the Mn/Ni(100) and Mn/Cu(100) systems are 0.24 {+-} 0.02 A and 0.30 {+-} 0.04 A respectively. In both cases the Mn is sticking above the plane of the surface substrate atoms. For the Mn/Ni(100) system the first layer Ni is contracted 4% from the bulk value. The Mn/Cu(100) system shows bulk spacing for the substrate Cu. Photoelectron holography shows that the Mn/Ni interface is very abrupt with very little Mn leaking into the second layer, while the Mn/Cu(100) case has a significant amount of Mn leaking into the second layer. A new, five-element electrostatic electron lens was developed for hemispherical electron-energy analyzers. This lens system can be operated at constant transverse or constants angular magnification, and has been optimized for use with the very small photon-spot sizes. Improvements to the hemispherical electron-energy analyzer are also discussed.

  5. Improved layered mixed transition metal oxides for Li-ion batteries

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    Doeff, Marca M.; Conry, Thomas; Wilcox, James

    2010-03-05

    Recent work in our laboratory has been directed towards development of mixed layered transition metal oxides with general composition Li[Ni, Co, M, Mn]O2 (M=Al, Ti) for Li ion battery cathodes. Compounds such as Li[Ni1/3Co1/3Mn1/3]O2 (often called NMCs) are currently being commercialized for use in consumer electronic batteries, but the high cobalt content makes them too expensive for vehicular applications such as electric vehicles (EV), plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs), or hybrid electric vehicles (HEVs). To reduce materials costs, we have explored partial or full substitution of Co with Al, Ti, and Fe. Fe substitution generally decreases capacity and results in poorer rate and cycling behavior. Interestingly, low levels of substitution with Al or Ti improve aspects of performance with minimal impact on energy densities, for some formulations. High levels of Al substitution compromise specific capacity, however, so further improvements require that the Ni and Mn content be increased and Co correspondingly decreased. Low levels of Al or Ti substitution can then be used offset negative effects induced by the higher Ni content. The structural and electrochemical characterization of substituted NMCs is presented in this paper.

  6. Transition metal decorated graphene-like zinc oxide monolayer: A first-principles investigation

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    Lei, Jie; Xu, Ming-Chun; Hu, Shu-Jun

    2015-09-01

    Transition metal (TM) atoms have been extensively employed to decorate the two-dimensional materials, endowing them with promising physical properties. Here, we have studied the adsorption of TM atoms (V, Cr, Mn, Fe, and Co) on graphene-like zinc oxide monolayer (g-ZnO) and the substitution of Zn by TM using first-principles calculations to search for the most likely configurations when TM atoms are deposited on g-ZnO. We found that when a V atom is initially placed on the top of Zn atom, V will squeeze out Zn from the two-dimensional plane then substitute it, which is a no barrier substitution process. For heavier elements (Cr to Co), although the substitution configurations are more stable than the adsorption ones, there is an energy barrier for the adsorption-substitution transition with the height of tens to hundreds meV. Therefore, Cr to Co prefers to be adsorbed on the hollow site or the top of oxygen, which is further verified by the molecular dynamics simulations. The decoration of TM is revealed to be a promising approach in terms of tuning the work function of g-ZnO in a large energy range.

  7. Density functional theory study of CO2 capture with transition metal oxides and hydroxides

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    Zhang, Bo; Duan, Yuhua; Johnson, Karl

    2012-02-01

    We have used density functional theory (DFT) employing several different exchange-correlation functionals (PW91, PBE, PBEsol, TPSS, and revTPSS) coupled with lattice dynamics calculations to compute the thermodynamics of CO2 absorption/desorption reactions for selected transition metal oxides, (TMO), and hydroxides, TM(OH)2, where TM = Mn, Ni, Zn, and Cd. The van't Hoff plots, which describe the reaction equilibrium as a function of the partial pressures of CO2 and H2O as well as temperature, were computed from DFT total energies, complemented by the free energy contribution of solids and gases from lattice dynamics and statistical mechanics, respectively. We find that the PBEsol functional calculations are generally in better agreement with experimental phase equilibrium data compared with the other functionals we tested. In contrast, the formation enthalpies of the compounds are better computed with the TPSS and revTPSS functionals. The PBEsol functional gives better equilibrium properties due to a partial cancellation of errors in the enthalpies of formation. We have identified all CO2 capture reactions that lie on the Gibbs free energy convex hull as a function of temperature and the partial pressures of CO2 and H2O for all TMO and TM(OH)2 systems studied here.

  8. Carrier behavior in special multilayer device composed of different transition metal oxide-based intermediate connectors

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    Deng, Yan-Hong; Chen, Xiang-Yu E-mail: xychen@suda.edu.cn; Ou, Qing-Dong; Wang, Qian-Kun; Jiang, Xiao-Cheng; Zhang, Dan-Dan; Li, Yan-Qing E-mail: xychen@suda.edu.cn

    2014-06-02

    The impact of illumination on the connection part of the tandem organic light-emitting diodes was studied by using a special organic multilayer sample consisted of two organic active layers coupled with different transition metal oxide (TMO)-based intermediate connectors (ICs). Through measuring the current density-voltage characteristic, interfacial electronic structures, and capacitance-voltage characteristic, we observe an unsymmetrical phenomenon in current density-voltage and capacitance-voltage curves of Mg:Alq{sub 3}/MoO{sub 3} and MoO{sub 3} composed devices, which was induced by the charge spouting zone near the ICs region and the recombination state in the MoO{sub 3} layer. Moreover, Mg:Alq{sub 3}/MoO{sub 3} composed device displays a photovoltaic effect and the V{sub oc} shifts to forward bias under illumination. Our results demonstrate that the TMO-based IC structure coupled with photovoltaic effect can be a good approach for the study of photodetector, light sensor, and so on.

  9. A comparative study of layered transition metal oxide cathodes for application in sodium-ion battery.

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    Hasa, Ivana; Buchholz, Daniel; Passerini, Stefano; Hassoun, Jusef

    2015-03-11

    Herein, we report a study on P-type layered sodium transition metal-based oxides with a general formula of NaxMO2 (M = Ni, Fe, Mn). We synthesize the materials via coprecipitation followed by annealing in air and rinsing with water, and we examine the electrodes as cathodes for sodium-ion batteries using a propylene carbonate-based electrolyte. We fully investigate the effect of the Ni-to-Fe ratio, annealing temperature, and sodium content on the electrochemical performances of the electrodes. The impact of these parameters on the structural and electrochemical properties of the materials is revealed by X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, and cyclic voltammetry, respectively. The suitability of this class of P-type materials for sodium battery application is finally demonstrated by cycling tests revealing an excellent electrochemical performance in terms of delivered capacity (i.e., about 200 mAh g(-1)) and charge-discharge efficiency (approaching 100%). PMID:25692933

  10. Calibrating transition-metal energy levels and oxygen bands in first-principles calculations: Accurate prediction of redox potentials and charge transfer in lithium transition-metal oxides

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    Seo, Dong-Hwa; Urban, Alexander; Ceder, Gerbrand

    2015-09-01

    Transition-metal (TM) oxides play an increasingly important role in technology today, including applications such as catalysis, solar energy harvesting, and energy storage. In many of these applications, the details of their electronic structure near the Fermi level are critically important for their properties. We propose a first-principles-based computational methodology for the accurate prediction of oxygen charge transfer in TM oxides and lithium TM (Li-TM) oxides. To obtain accurate electronic structures, the Heyd-Scuseria-Ernzerhof (HSE06) hybrid functional is adopted, and the amount of exact Hartree-Fock exchange (mixing parameter) is adjusted to reproduce reference band gaps. We show that the HSE06 functional with optimal mixing parameter yields not only improved electronic densities of states, but also better energetics (Li-intercalation voltages) for LiCo O2 and LiNi O2 as compared to the generalized gradient approximation (GGA), Hubbard U corrected GGA (GGA +U ), and standard HSE06. We find that the optimal mixing parameters for TM oxides are system specific and correlate with the covalency (ionicity) of the TM species. The strong covalent (ionic) nature of TM-O bonding leads to lower (higher) optimal mixing parameters. We find that optimized HSE06 functionals predict stronger hybridization of the Co 3 d and O 2 p orbitals as compared to GGA, resulting in a greater contribution from oxygen states to charge compensation upon delithiation in LiCo O2 . We also find that the band gaps of Li-TM oxides increase linearly with the mixing parameter, enabling the straightforward determination of optimal mixing parameters based on GGA (α =0.0 ) and HSE06 (α =0.25 ) calculations. Our results also show that G0W0@GGA +U band gaps of TM oxides (M O ,M =Mn ,Co ,Ni ) and LiCo O2 agree well with experimental references, suggesting that G0W0 calculations can be used as a reference for the calibration of the mixing parameter in cases when no experimental band gap has been reported.

  11. Energetics of perovskite-type materials applied in solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs): Electrolytes, cathodes and interconnects

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    Cheng, Jihong

    Perovskite-type oxides (ABO3) find a great variety of applications in solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs), including solid electrolytes, cathodes and interconnects, which are closely related to the defect chemistry involved. Thermodynamic studies are needed to systematically understand the nature of the structure-property relations and provide guidance to predict and/or select proper materials. High temperature solution calorimetry in molten oxide solvents is a powerful tool and has been applied for several perovskite systems that have simple (undoped) and complex (doped) compositions. LaBO3 perovskites (B = Al, Ga, Sc, In, Cr, Fe, Co, Ni) represent a group of excellent parent materials for electrolytes, cathodes, and interconnects in SOFCs. Their enthalpies of formation from oxides generally exhibit a relationship between stability and the major structural parameter for perovskites, the tolerance factor. As the tolerance factor deviates more from unity, the enthalpy of formation from oxides becomes less exothermic. This work verifies this general trend for A3+B3+O3 type perovskites, joining other two types, i.e., A1+B5+O 3 and A2+B4+O3. In alkaline earth doped perovskites, though structural parameters are likely to continue affecting stability, defects, which are introduced upon doping, actually play a more profound role in defining energetic trends. In the newly developed electrolyte materials, Mg, Sr, and Ba-doped LaGaO 3 perovskites, oxygen vacancies are created to compensate the charge imbalance between dopant and host ions. Oxygen vacancies have a destabilization effect on the structure due to the partial disconnection of the corner-shared BO6 octahedral framework. On the other hand, they tend to order at the short-range scale, forming vacancy-dopant clusters, as evidenced by neutron diffraction. In alkaline earth doped perovskites that contain transition metals, two charge compensation scenarios are possible: oxidation of the transition metal or creation of oxygen vacancies, which strongly depend on the oxygen partial pressure and temperature. Major defects are dopants, oxygen vacancies and electron holes. La1-xSrxFeO3-delta (cathode materials) and La1-x-AxCrO 3-delta (A = Ca or Sr) (interconnect materials) were chosen for study. The overall energetic trends in these complex perovskites are modeled by several competing factors: (1) the chemical nature of dopant ions (acidity/basicity), (2) coupled substitution involving oxygen vacancy formation, (3) redox of the transition metal in each sample series with a given dopant composition, and (4) short-range oxygen vacancy ordering in oxygen-deficient samples.

  12. Experimental bandstructure of the 5 d transition metal oxide IrO2

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    Kawasaki, Jason; Nie, Yuefeng; Uchida, Masaki; Schlom, Darrell; Shen, Kyle

    2015-03-01

    In the 5 d iridium oxides the close energy scales of spin-orbit coupling and electron-electron correlations lead to emergent quantum phenomena. Much research has focused on the ternary iridium oxides, e.g. the Ruddlesden-Poppers An + 1BnO3 n + 1 , which exhibit behavior from metal to antiferromagnetic insulator ground states, share common features with the cuprates, and may host a number of topological phases. The binary rutile IrO2 is another important 5 d oxide, which has technological importance for spintronics due to its large spin Hall effect and also applications in catalysis. IrO2 is expected to share similar physics as its perovskite-based cousins; however, due to bond-length distortions of the IrO6 octahedra in the rutile structure, the extent of similarities remains an open question. Here we use angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy to perform momentum-resolved measurements of the electronic structure of IrO2 . IrO2 thin films were grown by molecular beam epitaxy on TiO2 (110) substrates using an Ir e-beam source and distilled ozone. Films were subsequently transferred through ultrahigh vacuum to a connected ARPES system. Combined with first-principles calculations we explore the interplay of spin-orbit coupling and correlations in IrO2 .

  13. Detection of Multivalency Charge States in Complex and Elemental Transition Metal Oxides by X-ray Absorption Spectroscopy: Controlled Multivalency as a Pathway to Device Functionality

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    Lucovsky, Gerald; Miotti, Leonardo; Paz Bastos, Karen

    2011-10-01

    Multivalent charge states, or simply multivalency, introduced in transition metal elemental and complex oxides by substitutional alloy formation, provide a pathway for introducing new device functionalities. This article discusses alloy induced multivalency in three transition metal oxides resulting in different functionalities. These are: (i) an insulator to metal transition in GdScO3 by substitution of tetravalent Ti for trivalent Sc in the ScO2 planes of cubic perovskite structured GdSc1-xTixO3 alloys, above a percolation threshold of x = 0.165: (ii) double exchange magnetism in LaMnO3 by substitution of divalent Sr for trivalent La for the alloy composition La0.80Sr0.20MnO3; and (iii) controlled introduction of O-vacancy negative ion states as a pathway to current-controlled memory devices in tetravalent TiO2-trivalent Ti2O3 Magnli phase alloys with a general formula TinO2n-1. In two of these alloys, the GdSc1-xTxO3 and TinO2n-1 alloys, additional valence states, as Ti2+ and Sc2+ in the Gd scandates, and Ti2+ in the Magnli phases, are introduced by strain-reduction compensation associated with the 9% difference between the ionic radii Ti4+ and Ti3+. Spectroscopic detection is based on charge transfer multiplet theory as applied to Ti, Sc, and Mn L2,3 X-ray absorption spectra., in which the number of features in the L2 and L3 spectral regimes is significantly increased when either Ti or Mn is present in more than one valence state.

  14. Transition metal oxides - CrO, MoO, NiO, PdO, AgO

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    Bauschlicher, C. W., Jr.; Nelin, C. J.; Bagus, P. S.

    1985-01-01

    The transition-metal oxides are quite ionic; Mulliken population analyses for several oxides give a negative charge of about 0.7 electrons for oxygen. When the transition-metal d shell is only partially filled, the orbitals are involved in covalent bonds with O; both two-electron bonding (2)-antibonding (0) and one-electron bonding (2)-antibonding (1) bonds are formed. These covalent bonds occur in addition to the ionic bonding. There is d-sigma-O2 p sigma repulsion, and this repulsion is reduced when the d-sigma electron is promoted into an orbital which has dominantly 4sp-sigma character and is polarized away from O.

  15. Negative ion photoelectron spectroscopy of alkyl peroxides, alkoxides, and group VIII transition metal oxides

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    Ramond, Tanya Michelle

    I employed negative ion photoelectron spectroscopy to investigate the structure and energetics of three groups of anions and their corresponding neutrals: alkyl peroxides ROO-, (R = H, D, CH3, CD3, and CH3CH2); alkoxides RO- (R=CH3, CD3, CH3CH2, CD3CD2, (CH3)2CH, and (CH 3)3C); and Group VIII transition metal oxides XO- and OXO- (X = Ni, Pd, Pt). The peroxides and the alkoxides are of great interest to those who study atmospheric or combustion chemistry, while the metal oxides play an important role in catalysis reactions. However, each of these groups of molecules displays interesting behavior that is itself a motivation for their investigation. The spectra of HOO- and DOO- are relatively straightforward to analyze and understand and provide a good basis from which to compare the larger alkyl peroxides. The ROO- spectra exhibit the normal Franck-Condon behavior leading to clear assignments of the expected vibrational progressions in both the ground and first excited state of the neutral species. Although the molecules increase in size from HOO to CH3CH2OO, many of the spectral characteristics such as electron affinity (EA) and prominence of the O-O stretch vibration do not appreciably change. The EA of HOO is revised, which becomes important as part of a newly revised thermochemistry of HOO and HOOH. The RO- species exhibit an additional layer of complexity. Both the CH3O- and (CH3)3 CO- molecules possess relatively high C3v , symmetry about the CO axis as well as a doubly degenerate ground electronic state of the neutral RO molecule. Both of these elements are expected to produce a Jahn-Teller effect, where in order to break the molecular symmetry and electronic state degeneracy, the Born-Oppenheimer approximation breaks down and nuclear and electronic wavefunctions become coupled. The extent to which Jahn-Teller effects affect the RO molecule photoelectron spectra is discussed. Although the transition metal monoxides are diatomics and thus perhaps presumed to be uncomplicated molecules, they are the most difficult to understand in this thesis and the most difficult to obtain in the laboratory. The d orbitals of the metals are closely spaced together, leading to congested spectra and mixing of the properties of orbitals that complicates analysis and ab initio calculations. Furthermore, the high nuclear charge of the atoms involved leads to non-negligible spin-orbit and other relativistic effects. Perhaps for these reasons there is relatively little information in the literature on these molecules. However, despite the complexities involved, comparison of all three metal molecules has allowed for a consistent interpretation of the spectra. Assignments are made including electron affinities, spin-orbit excited states of both anion and neutral XO molecules, other excited electronic states of anion and neutral, and vibrational frequencies and bond length changes. Analysis of the OXO molecules yields electron affinities, vibrational frequencies, and anion to neutral geometry changes.

  16. Charge Density Wave Properties of Quasi Low-Dimensional Transition Metal Oxide Bronzes

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    Schlenker, C.; Hess, C.; Le Touze, C.; Dumas, J.

    1996-12-01

    Several families of transition metal oxide bronzes including the quasi one-dimensional molybdenum blue bronzes A{0.3}MoO3, the quasi two-dimensional (2D) Mo purple bronzes AMo6O{17} and the quasi 2D monophosphate tungsten bronzes (PO2)4(WO3){2m} show Peierls transitions leading to commensurate or incommensurate charge density wave (CDW) states. The properties of the monophosphate tungsten bronzes (PO2)4(WO3){2m} are reviewed. These series of compounds provide a model system where both the low-dimensional character and the average electron concentration are function of the m parameter. The low m compounds (m=4, 6) show conventional CDW instabilities as well as giant positive magnetotransport and quantum oscillations at low temperature. Detailed information on the Fermi surface in the CDW state is obtained from transport data, the size of the pockets left by the CDW gap openings being found of the order of 1% of the high temperature two-dimensional Brillouin zone. The m=5 compound, which may be considered as an intergrowth of m=4 and 6, shows also instabilities with slightly different properties. The absence of CDW long range order affects the properties of the m=8 member which shows low temperature properties possibly due to weak localisation effects. Finally, studies on the 4leq m leq 14 compounds show that the Peierls temperatures are increasing with m, reaching high values, up to 550 K, for m=13. This is attributed to a 2D character increasing with m. The increase of the room temperature resistivity with m is discussed in terms of enhanced electron-phonon or electron-electron interactions.

  17. Electrochemical study of lithiated transition metal oxide composite for single layer fuel cell

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    Hu, Huiqing; Lin, Qizhao; Muhammad, Afzal; Zhu, Bin

    2015-07-01

    This study analyzed the effect of various semiconductors of transition metal oxides in modified lithiated NiO on the electrochemical performance of a single layer fuel cell (SLFC). A typical ionic conductor Ce0.8Sm0.2O2-? (SDC) and three types of semiconductors Li0.3Ni0.6Cu0.07Sr0.03O2-? (LNCuS), Li0.3Ni0.6Mn0.07Sr0.03O2-? (LNMnS) and Li0.3Ni0.6Co0.07Sr0.03O2-? (LNCoS), were the fundamental components of the SLFCs. The components were characterized by using X-ray diffraction (XRD), a scanning electron microscope (SEM), and an energy-dispersive X-ray spectrometer (EDS). The stability of the synthesized materials was evaluated using thermal gravity analysis (TGA). The ohmic resistances at 500 C were 0.36, 0.48 and 0.58 ? cm2 for 6SDC-4LNMnS, 6SDC-4LNCoS and 6SDC-4LNCuS, respectively. Among the three SLFCs, the single cell with 6SDC-4LNMnS achieves the highest power density (422 mW cm-2) but the lowest temperature stability, while the single cell with 6SDC-4LNCuS achieved the lowest power density (331 mW cm-2) but the highest temperature stability during the operation temperature.

  18. Structure-composition-activity relationships in transition-metal oxide and oxyhydroxide oxygen-evolution electrocatalysts

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    Trotochaud, Lena

    Solar water-splitting is a potentially transformative renewable energy technology. Slow kinetics of the oxygen evolution reaction (OER) limit the efficiency of solar-watersplitting devices, thus constituting a hurdle to widespread implementation of this technology. Catalysts must be stable under highly oxidizing conditions in aqueous electrolyte and minimally absorb light. A grand goal of OER catalysis research is the design of new materials with higher efficiencies enabled by comprehensive understanding of the fundamental chemistry behind catalyst activity. However, little progress has been made towards this goal to date. This dissertation details work addressing major challenges in the field of OER catalysis. Chapter I introduces the current state-of-the-art and challenges in the field. Chapter II highlights work using ultra-thin films as a platform for fundamental study and comparison of catalyst activity. Key results of this work are (1) the identification of a Ni0.9Fe0.1OOH catalyst displaying the highest OER activity in base to date and (2) that in base, many transition-metal oxides transform to layered oxyhydroxide materials which are the active catalysts. The latter result is critical in the context of understanding structure-activity relationships in OER catalysts. Chapter III explores the optical properties of these catalysts, using in situ spectroelectrochemistry to quantify their optical absorption. A new figure-of-merit for catalyst performance is developed which considers both optical and kinetic losses due to the catalyst and describes how these factors together affect the efficiency of composite semiconductor/catalyst photoanodes. In Chapter IV, the fundamental structure-composition-activity relationships in Ni1--xFexOOH catalysts are systematically investigated. This work shows that nearly all previous studies of Ni-based catalysts were likely affected by the presence of Fe impurities, a realization which holds significant weight for future study of Ni-based catalyst materials. Chapter V discusses the synthesis of tin-titanium oxide nanoparticles with tunable lattice constants. These materials could be used to make high-surface-area supports for thin layers of OER catalysts, which is important for maximizing catalyst surface area, minimizing the use of precious-metal catalysts, and optimizing 3D structure for enhanced mass/bubble transport. Finally, Chapter VI summarizes this work and outlines directions for future research.

  19. Insights on Hydrogen Liberation from Water Using Anionic Transition Metal Oxide Clusters: a Combined Computational and Spectroscopic Study

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    Ramabhadran, Raghunath O.; Mann, Jenniffer E.; Waller, Sarah. E.; Rothgeb, David W.; Jarrold, Caroline C.; Raghavachari, Krishnan

    2013-06-01

    Transition Metal Oxides (TMOs) offer widespread applications in catalysis and the generation of alternate sources of energy. Cluster models are useful to model the defect sites in these TMO surfaces which are responsible for their catalytic activities. In this combined computational (DFT) and spectroscopic (PES/MS) study, we present the interesting features in the chemical reactions of molybdenum oxide and tungsten oxide clusters with water. The results obtained provide valuable insights on the roles played by differing metal-oxygen bond strengths, the initial electrostatic complex formed and the geometric factors involved in the liberation of hydrogen gas from water.

  20. First-principles study of nitric oxide oxidation on Pt(111) versus Pt overlayer on 3d transition metals

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    Arevalo, Ryan Lacdao; Escao, Mary Clare Sison; Kasai, Hideaki

    2015-03-15

    Catalytic oxidation of NO to NO{sub 2} is a significant research interest for improving the quality of air through exhaust gas purification systems. In this paper, the authors studied this reaction on pure Pt and Pt overlayer on 3d transition metals using kinetic Monte Carlo simulations coupled with density functional theory based first principles calculations. The authors found that on the Pt(111) surface, NO oxidation proceeds via the EleyRideal mechanism, with O{sub 2} dissociative adsorption as the rate-determining step. The oxidation path via the LangmuirHinshelwood mechanism is very slow and does not significantly contribute to the overall reaction. However, in the Pt overlayer systems, the oxidation of NO on the surface is more thermodynamically and kinetically favorable compared to pure Pt. These findings are attributed to the weaker binding of O and NO on the Pt overlayer systems and the binding configuration of NO{sub 2} that promotes easier N-O bond formation. These results present insights for designing affordable and efficient catalysts for NO oxidation.

  1. The correlation of structure and electronic properties near the surface of transition metal oxides

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    Lu, Chenxi

    The strong couplings between different degrees of freedom are believed to be responsible for novel and complex phenomena discovered in transition metal oxides (TMOs). The physical complexity is directly responsible for their tunability. Creating surfaces/interfaces add an additional ' man-made' twist, approaching the quantum phenomena of correlated materials. The dissertation focused on the structural and electronic properties in proximity of surface of three prototype TMO compounds by using three complementary techniques: scanning tunneling microscopy, angle-resolved photoelectron spectroscopy and low energy electron diffraction, particularly emphasized the effects of broken symmetry and imperfections like defects on the coupling between charge and lattice degrees of freedom. Ca1.5Sr0.5RuO4 is a layered ruthenate with square lattice and at the boundary of magnetic/orbital instability in Ca2-xSrxRuO4. That the substitution of Sr 2+ with Ca2+ causing RuO6 rotation narrows the dxy band width and changes the Fermi surface topology. Particularly, the gamma(dxy) Fermi surface sheet exhibited hole-like in Ca1.5Sr0.5RuO4 in contrast to electron-like in Sr2RuO4, showing a strong charge-lattice coupling. Na0.75CoO2 is a layered cobaltite with triangular lattice exhibiting extraordinary thermoelectric properties. The well-ordered CoO2-terminated surface with random Na distribution was observed. However, lattice constants of the surface are smaller than that in bulk. The surface density of states (DOS) showed strong temperature dependence. Especially, an unusual shift of the minimum DOS occurs below 230 K, clearly indicating a local charging effect on the surface. Cd2Re2O7 is the first known pyrochlore oxide superconductor (Tc 1K). It exhibited an unusual second-order phase transition occurring at TS1 = 200 K and a controversial first-order transition at TS2 = 120 K. While bulk properties display large anomalies at TS1 but rather subtle and sample-dependent changes at TS2, the surface DOS near the EF show no change at T s1 but a substantial increase below TS2---a complete reversal as the signature for the transitions. We argued that crystal imperfections, mainly defects, which were considerably enhanced at the surface, resulted in the transition at TS2.

  2. Synthesis and physical property characterization of layered transition metal pnictide-oxide compounds

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    Ozawa, Tadashi C.

    Several layered pnictide-oxide compounds of the Sr2Mn 3As2O2 and K2NiF4 structure type have been synthesized, and their structure as well as electronic and magnetic properties have been characterized. Chapter 1 reports the synthesis and characterization of A 2(MnO2)(Zn2As2) where A = Ba or Sr. These compounds contain two kinds of transition metals, Mn and Zn. The main interest in characterization of these compounds is to determine if Mn and Zn localize in different crystallographic sites in an ordered manner. Also, the physical properties of these compounds are compared with those of previously published isostructural compounds in order to establish the structure-property relationship. Chapter 2 reports several approaches to synthesize a conceptually designed novel pnictide-oxide containing infinity2[CuO 4/2]2- layers. Solid state and flux reactions were explored. Various synthetic conditions and the product characterization by powder and single crystal X-ray diffraction, powder neutron diffraction and electron microprobe experiments are discussed. Chapter 3 reports a temperature dependent structure investigation of Na2Ti2Sb2O by powder neutron diffraction. Powder neutron diffraction studies of Na2Ti2Sb 2O indicate that this compound has a structural distortion in the [Ti 2Sb2O]2- layer at T ˜ 120 K. This transition temperature corresponds well to the previously reported anomalous transition temperature in the magnetic susceptibility and electrical resistivity measurements. Several models to explain the data are discussed. Chapter 4 reports the synthesis and temperature dependent physical property anomaly of Na2Ti2Pn2O ( Pn = As, Sb). These compounds exhibit anomalous transitions in temperature dependent magnetic susceptibility and electrical resistivity measurements. The structure-property relationship of these compounds is discussed in terms of a charge-density-wave and spin-density-wave mechanism. Chapter 5 reports the Na2Ti2Sb2O single crystal growth via a NaSb flux method and the synthesis parameter optimization. The optimized reaction yields plate shaped crystals of Na2Ti 2Sb2O, and the largest crystal obtained has dimensions of 5 mm x 5 mm x 0.2 mm. These single crystals are indispensable in order to confirm the existence of a charge-density-wave/spin-density-wave in the Na 2Ti2Sb2O system.

  3. Probing the electronic structure of early transition metal oxide clusters: Molecular models towards mechanistic insights into oxide surfaces and catalysis

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    Zhai, Hua-Jin; Wang, Lai-Sheng

    2010-11-01

    Selected recent works from the authors' laboratory on the intrinsic electronic and structural properties of early transition metal oxide clusters are reviewed. These clusters provide well-defined molecular models pertinent to mechanistic understandings of complex oxide surface chemistry and catalysis. The energy gap evolution with cluster size was probed for the stoichiometric (TiO 2) n-, (V 2O 5) n-, and (CrO 3) n- clusters, and each system was shown to approach the band gap of bulk oxides in a unique way. A variety of other model clusters have been characterized, such as the oxygen radical or diradical on a single W 6+ site in WO 4-/WO 4, the superoxide (WO 3) n(O 2-) complexes for dioxygen activation, and terminal versus bridging oxygen in M 3O 2- (M = Nb, Ta) clusters. Novel chemical bonding has been observed in a number of oxide clusters. The W 3O 9- and W 3O 92- clusters were found to possess d-orbital aromaticity, whereas ?-aromaticity was discovered in the Ta 3O 3- cluster.

  4. Comparison of Transition Metal-Mediated Oxidation Reactions of Guanine in Nucleoside and Single-Stranded Oligodeoxynucleotide Contexts

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    Ghude, Pranjali; Schallenberger, Mark A.; Fleming, Aaron M.; Muller, James G.; Burrows, Cynthia J.

    2011-01-01

    As the most readily oxidized of DNA’s four natural bases, guanine is a prime target for attack by reactive oxygen species (ROS) and transition metal-mediated oxidants. The oxidation products of a modified guanosine nucleoside and of a single-stranded oligodeoxynucleotide, 5′-d(TTTTTTTGTTTTTTT)-3′ have been studied using oxidants that include CoII, NiII, and IrIV compounds as well as photochemically generated oxidants such as sulphate radical, electron-transfer agents (riboflavin) and singlet oxygen. The oxidized lesions formed include spiroiminodihydantoin (Sp), guanidinohydantoin (Gh), imidazolone (Iz), oxazolone (Z) and 5-carboxamido-5-formamido-2-iminohydantion (2-Ih) nucleosides with a high degree of dependence on the exact oxidation system employed. Interestingly, a nickel(II) macrocyclic complex in conjunction with KHSO5 leads to the recently reported 2-Ih heterocycle as the major product in both the nucleoside and oligonucleotide contexts. PMID:21516189

  5. Ab initio GGA+U study of oxygen evolution and oxygen reduction electrocatalysis on the (001) surfaces of lanthanum transition metal perovskites LaBO? (B = Cr, Mn, Fe, Co and Ni).

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    Lee, Yueh-Lin; Gadre, Milind J; Shao-Horn, Yang; Morgan, Dane

    2015-09-01

    In this work, we performed density functional theory (DFT) calculations with inclusion of Hubbard U corrections for the transition metal d-electrons, to investigate stability and electrocatalytic activities of the oxygen evolution reaction (OER) and oxygen reduction reaction (ORR) for the ABO3 (A = La; B = Cr, Mn, Fe, Co, and Ni) (001) surfaces. We showed surface binding energies of relevant ORR/OER species are coupled strongly to surface polarity and local oxidation states, giving large (?1 eV scale per adsorbate) differences in binding between (001) AO and BO2 surfaces, where the more oxidized BO2 bare surfaces in general exhibit weak coverage dependence, while the more reduced AO bare surfaces of the LaCrO3, LaMnO3, and LaFeO3 perovskites with lower d-electron filling show strong/moderate coverage dependences. We then predicted that surface coverage can play a key role in determining surface stability, and when coverage effects are included the AO and BO2(001) surfaces have either similar stability or the AO surface is more stable, as found for 1 monolayer HO* covered AO surfaces of LaCrO3 and LaFeO3 under ORR conditions and 1 monolayer O* covered LaNiO3 AO surface under OER conditions. For the (001) AO surfaces with strong coverage dependent surface adsorption, we predicted a decrease in ORR overpotential of 1-2 V with proper treatment of coverage effects as compared to those of the bare surface simulations. Our results indicated that the GGA+U method and proper treatment of coverage effects more accurately predict ORR and OER overpotentials relative to experimental values as compared to the GGA method and bare surfaces. The overall ORR activity trends vs. the LaBO3 series were predicted to be Co > Mn ? Ni > Fe > Cr. PMID:26227442

  6. Lifetime of combustion-generated environmentally persistent free radicals on Zn(II)O and other transition metal oxides

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    Vejerano, Eric; Dellinger, Barry

    2014-01-01

    Previous studies indicated that Environmentally Persistent Free Radicals (EPFRs) are formed in the post-flame, cool zone of combustion. They result from the chemisorption of gas-phase products of incomplete combustion (particularly hydroxyl- and chlorine-substituted aromatics) on Cu(II)O, Fe(III)2O3, and Ni(II)O domains of particulate matter (fly ash or soot particles). This study reports our detailed laboratory investigation on the lifetime of EPFRs on Zn(II)O/silica surface. Similarly, as in the case of other transition metals, chemisorption of the adsorbate on the Zn(II)O surface and subsequent transfer of electron from the adsorbate to the metal forms a surface-bound EPFR and a reduced metal ion center. The EPFRs are stabilized by their interaction with the metal oxide domain surface. The half-lives of EPFRs formed on Zn(II)O domains were the longest observed among the transition metal oxides studied and ranged from 3 to 73 days. These half-lives were an order of magnitude longer than those formed on nickel and iron oxides, and were 2 orders of magnitude longer compared to the EPFRs on copper oxide which have half-lives only on the order of hours. The longest-lived radicals on Zn(II)O correspond to the persistency in ambient air particles of almost a year. The half-life of EPFRs was found to correlate with the standard reduction potential of the associated metal. PMID:22990982

  7. Lifetime of combustion-generated environmentally persistent free radicals on Zn(II)O and other transition metal oxides.

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    Vejerano, Eric; Lomnicki, Slawo; Dellinger, Barry

    2012-10-26

    Previous studies indicated that Environmentally Persistent Free Radicals (EPFRs) are formed in the post-flame, cool zone of combustion. They result from the chemisorption of gas-phase products of incomplete combustion (particularly hydroxyl- and chlorine-substituted aromatics) on Cu(II)O, Fe(III)(2)O(3), and Ni(II)O domains of particulate matter (fly ash or soot particles). This study reports our detailed laboratory investigation on the lifetime of EPFRs on Zn(II)O/silica surface. Similarly, as in the case of other transition metals, chemisorption of the adsorbate on the Zn(II)O surface and subsequent transfer of electron from the adsorbate to the metal forms a surface-bound EPFR and a reduced metal ion center. The EPFRs are stabilized by their interaction with the metal oxide domain surface. The half-lives of EPFRs formed on Zn(II)O domains were the longest observed among the transition metal oxides studied and ranged from 3 to 73 days. These half-lives were an order of magnitude longer than those formed on nickel and iron oxides, and were 2 orders of magnitude longer compared to the EPFRs on copper oxide which have half-lives only on the order of hours. The longest-lived radicals on Zn(II)O correspond to the persistency in ambient air particles of almost a year. The half-life of EPFRs was found to correlate with the standard reduction potential of the associated metal. PMID:22990982

  8. On dithiothreitol (DTT) as a measure of oxidative potential for ambient particles: evidence for the importance of soluble transition metals

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    Charrier, J. G.; Anastasio, C.

    2013-01-01

    The rate of consumption of dithiothreitol (DTT) is increasingly used to measure the oxidative potential of particulate matter (PM), which has been linked to the adverse health effects of PM. While several quinones are known to be very reactive in the DTT assay, it is unclear what other chemical species might contribute to the loss of DTT in PM extracts. To address this question, we quantify the rate of DTT loss from individual redox-active species that are common in ambient particulate matter. While most past research has indicated that the DTT assay is not sensitive to metals, our results show that seven out of the ten transition metals tested do oxidize DTT, as do three out of the five quinones tested. While metals are less efficient at oxidizing DTT compared to the most reactive quinones, concentrations of soluble transition metals in fine particulate matter are generally much higher than those of quinones. The net result is that metals appear to dominate the DTT response for typical ambient PM2.5 samples. Based on particulate concentrations of quinones and soluble metals from the literature, and our measured DTT responses for these species, we estimate that for typical PM2.5 samples approximately 80 % of DTT loss is from transition metals (especially copper and manganese), while quinones account for approximately 20 %. We find a similar result for DTT loss measured in a small set of PM2.5 samples from the San Joaquin Valley of California. Because of the important contribution from metals, we also tested how the DTT assay is affected by EDTA, a chelator that is sometimes used in the assay. EDTA significantly suppresses the response from both metals and quinones; we therefore recommend that EDTA should not be included in the DTT assay. PMID:23393494

  9. Low loadings of platinum on transition metal carbides for hydrogen oxidation and evolution reactions in alkaline electrolytes.

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    Wang, Lu; Mahoney, Elizabeth G; Zhao, Shen; Yang, Bolun; Chen, Jingguang G

    2016-02-23

    Low-loadings of Pt supported over six transition metal carbide (Pt/TMC) powder catalysts were synthesized and evaluated for hydrogen oxidation and evolution reactions in an alkaline electrolyte. The roughness factor of each Pt/TMC catalyst was different, indicating that the carbide supports affect the dispersion of Pt. Furthermore, when normalized by the corresponding roughness factors, all Pt/TMC catalysts were found to have similar intrinsic activities that were comparable to the state-of-the-art commercial Pt/C electrocatalysts. PMID:26862592

  10. Relative stability of normal vs. inverse spinel for 3d transition metal oxides as lithium intercalation cathodes.

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    Bhattacharya, Jishnu; Wolverton, C

    2013-05-01

    Spinel oxides represent an important class of cathode materials for Li-ion batteries. Two major variants of the spinel crystal structure are normal and inverse. The relative stability of normal and inverse ordering at different stages of lithiation has important consequences in lithium diffusivity, voltage, capacity retention and battery life. In this paper, we investigate the relative structural stability of normal and inverse structures of the 3d transition metal oxide spinels with first-principles DFT calculations. We have considered ternary spinel oxides LixM2O4 with M = Ti, V, Cr, Mn, Fe, Co and Ni in both lithiated (x = 1) and delithiated (x = 0) conditions. We find that for all lithiated spinels, the normal structure is preferred regardless of the metal. We observe that the normal structure for all these oxides has a lower size mismatch between octahedral cations compared to the inverse structure. With delithiation, many of the oxides undergo a change in stability with vanadium in particular, showing a tendency to occupy tetrahedral sites. We find that in the delithiated oxide, only vanadium ions can access a +5 oxidation state which prefers tetrahedral coordination. We have also calculated the average voltage of lithiation for these spinels. The calculated voltages agree well with the previously measured and calculated values, wherever available. For the yet to be characterized spinels, our calculation provides voltage values which can motivate further experimental attention. Lastly, we observe that all the normal spinel oxides of the 3d transition metal series have a driving force for a transformation to the non-spinel structure upon delithiation. PMID:23529669

  11. Perovskite LaRhO3 as a p-type active layer in oxide photovoltaics

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    Nakamura, Masao; Krockenberger, Yoshiharu; Fujioka, Jun; Kawasaki, Masashi; Tokura, Yoshinori

    2015-02-01

    Perovskite-type transition-metal oxides have a wide variety of physical properties and triggered intensive research on functional devices in the form of heteroepitaxial junctions. However, there is a missing component that is a p-type conventional band semiconductor. LaRhO3 (LRO) is one of very few promising candidates having its bandgap between filled t2g and empty eg of Rh in low-spin state, but there has been no report on the synthesis of large-size single crystals or thin films. Here, we report on the junction properties of single-crystalline thin films of LRO grown on (110) oriented Nb-doped SrTiO3 substrates. The external quantum efficiency of the photo-electron conversion exceeds 1% in the visible-light region due to the wide depletion layer and long diffusion length of minority carriers in LRO. Clear indication of p-type band semiconducting character in a perovskite oxide of LRO will pave a way to explore oxide electronics of perovskite heterostructures.

  12. Interaction at the silicon/transition metal oxide heterojunction interface and its effect on the photovoltaic performance.

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    Liang, Zhimin; Su, Mingze; Zhou, Yangyang; Gong, Li; Zhao, Chuanxi; Chen, Keqiu; Xie, Fangyan; Zhang, Weihong; Chen, Jian; Liu, Pengyi; Xie, Weiguang

    2015-11-01

    The interfacial reaction and energy level alignment at the Si/transition metal oxide (TMO, including MoO3-x, V2O5-x, WO3-x) heterojunction are systematically investigated. We confirm that the interfacial reaction appears during the thermal deposition of TMO, with the reaction extent increasing from MoO3-x, to V2O5-x, and to WO3-x. The reaction causes the surface oxidation of silicon for faster electron/hole recombination, and the reduction of TMO for effective hole collection. The photovoltaic performance of the Si/TMO heterojunction devices is affected by the interface reaction. MoO3-x are the best hole selecting materials that induce least surface oxidation but strongest reduction. Compared with H-passivation, methyl group passivation is an effective way to reduce the interface reaction and improve the interfacial energy level alignment for better electron and hole collection. PMID:26422643

  13. Electronic and Magnetic Properties of Double Perovskites and Oxide Interfaces

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    Erten, Onur

    Transition metal oxides exhibit a wide range of fascinating phenomena ranging from high Tc superconductivity to colossal magnetoresistance. In this thesis, we examine the novel electronic and magnetic properties of double perovskites and oxide interfaces. First we focus on Sr2FeMoO6 which has a half-metallic ground state and a ferrimagnetic Tc=420 K, well above the room temperature. There are very few half-metals in nature and along with its high Tc, Sr2FeMoO6 has enormous potential in spintronics applications. We develop a minimal model that couples the conduction electrons on Mo (4d1) to the core spins of Fe (3d5). Delocalization of conduction electrons and maximizing the kinetic energy drives the long-range magnetic order. "Integrating out" the conduction electrons, we derive a new effective Hamiltonian, H eff, only for the localized spins. Heff is unique to double perovskites, and with its peculiar double square root form, it is different from standard Heisenberg or Anderson-Hasegawa Hamiltonians. Using Heff, we perform the first 3D, finite temperature calculations of double perovskites, going well beyond previous mean field or small cluster calculations. Next we consider Sr2CrOsO6 which has the highest Tc among all perovskites with a net moment. Its insulating behavior is puzzling given that Cr and Os are in the 3d3 and 5d3 configurations, half filled in t2g orbitals. The net moment at low temperature is M(0)=0.75 muB and non-monotonic magnetization as a function of temperature are quite unusual. To address these questions, we organize the problem through the hierarchy of its energy scales. To deal with the highest energy scale, the charge sector, we develop a multi-band Hubbard model that has different on-site Coulomb correlations on the Cr and Os sites. We solve this model using slave-rotor mean field theory which captures the essentials of the metal-Mott insulator transition and goes well beyond Hartree-Fock. We find a new criterion for the Mott transition where the effective Coulomb correlation is determined by the geometric mean of the Coulomb correlations on Cr and Os. We show that the peculiar magnetic properties of SCOO can be explained through a weakly frustrated magnetic model. In the last chapter we focus on oxide interfaces, particularly LaAlO 3/SrTiO3 interface. Due to polar nature of LaAlO3, two dimensional electron gas is formed at the interface of these two band insulators. An exciting new development is the observation of robust magnetism which persists up to high temperatures 100 K. We present a microscopic theory where local moments are stabilized by crystal field splitting at the interface and strong Coulomb correlations. We find that conduction electrons with a gate-tunable Rashba spin-orbit coupling mediate ferromagnetic exchange with a twist. We predict that the zero- field ground state is a long-wavelength spiral. Its evolution in an external field accounts semi-quantitatively for torque magnetometry data and describes qualitative aspects of the scanning SQUID measurements.

  14. Self-interaction correction in multiple scattering theory: application to transition metal oxides

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    Daene, Markus W; Lueders, Martin; Ernst, Arthur; Diemo, Koedderitzsch; Temmerman, Walter M; Szotek, Zdzislawa; Wolfam, Hergert

    2009-01-01

    We apply to transition metal monoxides the self-interaction corrected (SIC) local spin density (LSD) approximation, implemented locally in the multiple scattering theory within the Korringa-Kohn-Rostoker (KKR) band structure method. The calculated electronic structure and in particular magnetic moments and energy gaps are discussed in reference to the earlier SIC results obtained within the LMTO-ASA band structure method, involving transformations between Bloch and Wannier representations to solve the eigenvalue problem and calculate the SIC charge and potential. Since the KKR can be easily extended to treat disordered alloys, by invoking the coherent potential approximation (CPA), in this paper we compare the CPA approach and supercell calculations to study the electronic structure of NiO with cation vacancies.

  15. Semiconducting Transition-Metal Oxides Based on D5 Cations: Theory for MnO and Fe2O3

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    Peng, H.; Lany, S.

    2012-05-15

    Transition-metal oxides with partially filled d shells are typically Mott or charge-transfer insulators with notoriously poor transport properties due to large effective electron/hole masses or due to carrier self-trapping. Employing band-structure calculations and ab initio small-polaron theory for MnO and Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3}, we explore the potential of d{sup 5} oxides for achieving desirable semiconducting properties, e.g., in solar energy applications. The quantification of self-trapping energies and the trends with the coordination symmetry suggest strategies to overcome the main bottlenecks, i.e., the tendency for self-trapping of holes due to Mn(II) and of electrons due to Fe(III).

  16. Atomic-Resolution Visualization of Distinctive Chemical Mixing Behavior of Ni, Co and Mn with Li in Layered Lithium Transition-Metal Oxide Cathode Materials

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    Yan, Pengfei; Zheng, Jianming; Lv, Dongping; Wei, Yi; Zheng, Jiaxin; Wang, Zhiguo; Kuppan, Saravanan; Yu, Jianguo; Luo, Langli; Edwards, Danny J.; Olszta, Matthew J.; Amine, Khalil; Liu, Jun; Xiao, Jie; Pan, Feng; Chen, Guoying; Zhang, Jiguang; Wang, Chong M.

    2015-07-06

    Capacity and voltage fading of layer structured cathode based on lithium transition metal oxide is closely related to the lattice position and migration behavior of the transition metal ions. However, it is scarcely clear about the behavior of each of these transition metal ions. We report direct atomic resolution visualization of interatomic layer mixing of transition metal (Ni, Co, Mn) and lithium ions in layer structured oxide cathodes for lithium ion batteries. Using chemical imaging with aberration corrected scanning transmission electron microscope (STEM) and DFT calculations, we discovered that in the layered cathodes, Mn and Co tend to reside almost exclusively at the lattice site of transition metal (TM) layer in the structure or little interlayer mixing with Li. In contrast, Ni shows high degree of interlayer mixing with Li. The fraction of Ni ions reside in the Li layer followed a near linear dependence on total Ni concentration before reaching saturation. The observed distinctively different behavior of Ni with respect to Co and Mn provides new insights on both capacity and voltage fade in this class of cathode materials based on lithium and TM oxides, therefore providing scientific basis for selective tailoring of oxide cathode materials for enhanced performance.

  17. The influence of transition metal oxides on the kinetics of Li2O2 oxidation in Li-O2 batteries: high activity of chromium oxides.

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    Yao, Koffi P C; Lu, Yi-Chun; Amanchukwu, Chibueze V; Kwabi, David G; Risch, Marcel; Zhou, Jigang; Grimaud, Alexis; Hammond, Paula T; Bardé, Fanny; Shao-Horn, Yang

    2014-02-14

    Reducing the energy loss associated with Li2O2 electrochemical oxidation is paramount to the development of efficient rechargeable lithium-oxygen (Li-O2) batteries for practical use. The influence of a series of perovskites with different eg filling on the kinetics of Li2O2 oxidation was examined using Li2O2-prefilled electrodes. While LaCrO3 is inactive for oxygen evolution upon water oxidation in alkaline solution, it was found to provide the highest specific current towards Li2O2 oxidation among all the perovskites examined. Further exploration of Cr-based catalysts showed that Cr nanoparticles (Cr NP) with an average particle size of 40 nm, having oxidized surfaces, had comparable surface area activities to LaCrO3 but much greater mass activities. Unlike Pt/C and Ru/C that promote electrolyte oxidation in addition to Li2O2 oxidation, no evidence of enhanced electrolyte oxidation was found for Cr NP relative to Vulcan carbon. X-ray absorption spectroscopy at the O K and Cr L edge revealed a redox process of Cr(3+) ↔ Cr(6+) on the surface of Cr NP upon Li2O2 oxidation, which might be responsible for the enhanced oxidation kinetics of Li2O2 and the reduced charging voltages of Li-O2 batteries. PMID:24352578

  18. Spectral observations of hole injection with transition metal oxides for an efficient organic light-emitting diode

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    Chiu, Tien-Lung; Chuang, Ya-Ting

    2015-02-01

    Transition metal oxides, such as molybdenum trioxide (MoO3), tungsten trioxide (WO3) and vanadium pent-oxide (V2O5), are well-known hole injection materials used for organic electronic devices. These materials promote work functions of anodes, reduce energy barriers, and facilitate hole transport at the interface between the inorganic anode and organic hole-transporting layer (HTL). In this study, we characterized the transmittance spectra and work function of these materials. Furthermore, we employed a hole-injection layer (HIL) in a blue phosphorescent organic light-emitting diode (OLED) to evaluate their hole-injection capacity by detecting the variation in the emission spectra. Thus, we utilized an OLED structure that has fast electron transporting dynamics to establish the recombination zone located at emitting layer and a partial HTL close to the anode. We used these three transition metal oxides individually as HILs sandwiched between the ITO anode and HTL and concluded that the strength of emissive light from the HTL was determined by their hole-injection capacity, depending on work function. The small amount of HTL emission light of the V2O5 OLED was explained by the high work function of 5.8 eV for the V2O5 film. However, the V2O5 OLED demonstrated the least favorable optoelectrical performance because of its low transmittance and high resistance of the V2O5 film. Ultimately, the 5 nm-MoO3 OLED exhibited the highest device performance because of its high material conductivity and transparency in the visible band.

  19. Recent advances of lanthanum-based perovskite oxides for catalysis

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    Zhu, Huiyuan; Zhang, Pengfei; Dai, Sheng

    2015-09-21

    There is a need to reduce the use of noble metal elements especially in the field of catalysis, where noble metals are ubiquitously applied. To this end, perovskite oxides, an important class of mixed oxide, have been attracting increasing attention for decades as potential replacements. Benefiting from the extraordinary tunability of their compositions and structures, perovskite oxides can be rationally tailored and equipped with targeted physical and chemical properties e.g. redox behavior, oxygen mobility, and ion conductivity for enhanced catalysis. Recently, the development of highly efficient perovskite oxide catalysts has been extensively studied. This review article summarizes the recent developmentmore » of lanthanum-based perovskite oxides as advanced catalysts for both energy conversion applications and traditional heterogeneous reactions.« less

  20. Recent advances of lanthanum-based perovskite oxides for catalysis

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    Zhu, Huiyuan; Zhang, Pengfei; Dai, Sheng

    2015-09-21

    There is a need to reduce the use of noble metal elements especially in the field of catalysis, where noble metals are ubiquitously applied. To this end, perovskite oxides, an important class of mixed oxide, have been attracting increasing attention for decades as potential replacements. Benefiting from the extraordinary tunability of their compositions and structures, perovskite oxides can be rationally tailored and equipped with targeted physical and chemical properties e.g. redox behavior, oxygen mobility, and ion conductivity for enhanced catalysis. Recently, the development of highly efficient perovskite oxide catalysts has been extensively studied. This review article summarizes the recent development of lanthanum-based perovskite oxides as advanced catalysts for both energy conversion applications and traditional heterogeneous reactions.

  1. Energy loss by channeled electrons: a quantitative study on transition metal oxides.

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    Tatsumi, Kazuyoshi; Muto, Shunsuke; Rusz, Jn

    2013-12-01

    Electron energy-loss spectroscopy (EELS) attached to current transmission electron microscopes can probe not only element-selective chemical information, but also site-selective information that depends on the position that a specific element occupies in a crystal lattice. The latter information is exploited by utilizing the Bloch waves symmetry in the crystal, which changes with its orientation with respect to the incident electron wave (electron channeling). We demonstrate the orientation dependence of the cross-section of the electron energy-loss near-edge structure for particular crystalline sites of spinel ferrites, by quantitatively taking into account the dynamical diffraction effects with a large number of the diffracted beams. The theoretical results are consistent with a set of experiments in which the transition metal sites in spinel crystal structures are selectively excited. A new measurement scheme for site-selective EELS using a two-dimensional position-sensitive detector is proposed and validated by theoretical predictions and trial experiments. PMID:23985156

  2. High temperature grown transition metal oxide thin films: tuning physical properties by MeV N+-ion bombardment

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    Sivakumar, R.; Sanjeeviraja, C.; Jayachandran, M.; Gopalakrishnan, R.; Sarangi, S. N.; Paramanik, D.; Som, T.

    2008-06-01

    In this paper, we present a systematic study on tuning the physical properties of high temperature (373 K) grown transition metal oxide thin films by the effect of 2 MeV nitrogen ion irradiation. Although we observe irradiation induced growth in crystallite sizes for both WO3 and MoO3 films, no structural phase change takes place in the films due to N+-ion beam irradiation even up to the fluence of 1 1015 N+ cm-2. On the other hand, irradiation leads to a significant increase in the optical absorption and the surface roughness of the films. These observations are corroborated by micro-Raman analysis. The results are attributed to the MeV ion-matter interaction.

  3. Nickel-rich layered lithium transition-metal oxide for high-energy lithium-ion batteries.

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    Liu, Wen; Oh, Pilgun; Liu, Xien; Lee, Min-Joon; Cho, Woongrae; Chae, Sujong; Kim, Youngsik; Cho, Jaephil

    2015-04-01

    High energy-density lithium-ion batteries are in demand for portable electronic devices and electrical vehicles. Since the energy density of the batteries relies heavily on the cathode material used, major research efforts have been made to develop alternative cathode materials with a higher degree of lithium utilization and specific energy density. In particular, layered, Ni-rich, lithium transition-metal oxides can deliver higher capacity at lower cost than the conventional LiCoO2 . However, for these Ni-rich compounds there are still several problems associated with their cycle life, thermal stability, and safety. Herein the performance enhancement of Ni-rich cathode materials through structure tuning or interface engineering is summarized. The underlying mechanisms and remaining challenges will also be discussed. PMID:25801735

  4. Single-step preparation and consolidation of reduced early-transition-metal oxide/metal n-type thermoelectric composites

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    Gaultois, Michael W.; Douglas, Jason E.; Sparks, Taylor D.; Seshadri, Ram

    2015-09-01

    Reduced early transition metal oxides/metal composites have been identified here as interesting thermoelectric materials. Numerous compositions in the Nb-rich portion of the WO3-Nb2O5 system have been studied, in composite formulations with elemental W. Spark plasma sintering (SPS) has been employed to achieve rapid preparation and consolidation of composite materials containing W metal precipitates with characteristic length scales that range from under 20 nm to a few microns, that exhibit thermal conductivities that are constant from 300 K to 1000 K, approximately 2.5 W m-1 K-1. Thermoelectric properties of these n-type materials were measured, and the highest-performing compositions were found to reach figure of merit zT values close to 0.1 at 950 K. The measurements point to higher zT values at yet-higher temperatures.

  5. New concepts and modeling strategies to design and evaluate photo-electro-catalysts based on transition metal oxides.

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    Liao, Peilin; Carter, Emily A

    2013-03-21

    Photocatalytic production of transportation fuels should be among our long term strategies to achieve energy and environmental sustainability for the planet, but the technology is hampered by a lack of sufficiently efficient catalysts. Although efficiency is ultimately determined by laboratory measurements, theory and computation have become powerful tools for examining underlying mechanisms and guiding avenues of inquiry. In this review, we focus on first principles calculations of transition metal oxide semiconductor photocatalysts. We discuss how theory can be applied to investigate various aspects of a photocatalytic cycle: light absorption, electron/hole transport, band edge alignments of semiconductors, and surface chemistry. Emphasis is placed on identifying accurate models for specific properties and theoretical insights into improving photocatalytic performance. PMID:23111395

  6. Artificial layered perovskite oxides A(B0.5B'0.5)O3 as potential solar energy conversion materials

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    Chen, Hungru; Umezawa, Naoto

    2015-02-01

    Perovskite oxides with a d0 electronic configuration are promising photocatalysts and exhibit high electron mobilities. However, their band gaps are too large for efficient solar energy conversion. On the other hand, transition metal cations with partially filled dn electronic configurations give rise to visible light absorption. In this study, by using hybrid density functional theory calculations, it is demonstrated that the virtues of the two categories of materials can be combined in perovskite oxide A(B0.5B'0.5)O3 with a layered B-site ordering along the [001] direction. The electronic structures of the four selected perovskite oxide compounds, La(Ti0.5Ni0.5)O3, La(Ti0.5Zn0.5)O3, Sr(Nb0.5Cr0.5)O3, and Sr(Nb0.5Fe0.5)O3 are calculated and discussed.

  7. Topological oxide insulator in cubic perovskite structure.

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    Jin, Hosub; Rhim, Sonny H; Im, Jino; Freeman, Arthur J

    2013-01-01

    The emergence of topologically protected conducting states with the chiral spin texture is the most prominent feature at the surface of topological insulators. On the application side, large band gap and high resistivity to distinguish surface from bulk degrees of freedom should be guaranteed for the full usage of the surface states. Here, we suggest that the oxide cubic perovskite YBiO3, more than just an oxide, defines itself as a new three-dimensional topological insulator exhibiting both a large bulk band gap and a high resistivity. Based on first-principles calculations varying the spin-orbit coupling strength, the non-trivial band topology of YBiO3 is investigated, where the spin-orbit coupling of the Bi 6p orbital plays a crucial role. Taking the exquisite synthesis techniques in oxide electronics into account, YBiO3 can also be used to provide various interface configurations hosting exotic topological phenomena combined with other quantum phases. PMID:23575973

  8. Topological Oxide Insulator in Cubic Perovskite Structure

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    Jin, Hosub; Rhim, Sonny H.; Im, Jino; Freeman, Arthur J.

    2013-01-01

    The emergence of topologically protected conducting states with the chiral spin texture is the most prominent feature at the surface of topological insulators. On the application side, large band gap and high resistivity to distinguish surface from bulk degrees of freedom should be guaranteed for the full usage of the surface states. Here, we suggest that the oxide cubic perovskite YBiO3, more than just an oxide, defines itself as a new three-dimensional topological insulator exhibiting both a large bulk band gap and a high resistivity. Based on first-principles calculations varying the spin-orbit coupling strength, the non-trivial band topology of YBiO3 is investigated, where the spin-orbit coupling of the Bi 6p orbital plays a crucial role. Taking the exquisite synthesis techniques in oxide electronics into account, YBiO3 can also be used to provide various interface configurations hosting exotic topological phenomena combined with other quantum phases. PMID:23575973

  9. Electroforming and Switching in Oxides of Transition Metals: The Role of Metal Insulator Transition in the Switching Mechanism

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    Chudnovskii, F. A.; Odynets, L. L.; Pergament, A. L.; Stefanovich, G. B.

    1996-02-01

    Electroforming and switching effects in sandwich structures based on anodic films of transition metal oxides (V, Nb, Ti, Fe, Ta, W, Zr, Hf, Mo) have been studied. After being electroformed, some materials exhibited current-controlled negative resistance with S-shapedV-Icharacteristics. For V, Fe, Ti, and Nb oxides, the temperature dependences of the threshold voltage have been measured. As the temperature increased,Vthdecreased to zero at a critical temperatureT0, which depended on the film material. Comparison of theT0values with the temperatures of metal-insulator phase transition for some compounds (Tt= 120 K for Fe3O4, 340 K for VO2, ?500 K for Ti2O3, and 1070 K for NbO2) showed that switching was related to the transition in the applied electric field. Channels consisting of the above-mentioned lower oxides were formed in the initial anodic films during the electroforming. The possibility of formation of these oxides with a metal-insulator transition was confirmed by thermodynamic calculations.

  10. Magnetoelectric and multiferroic properties in layered 3D transition metal oxides

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    Hwang, Jungmin

    Functional ferroelectric and magnetic materials have played an important role of modern technology in the sensor or storage device industries. Ferroelectricity and ferromagnetism emerge from different origins. However, it is discovered that these two seemingly unrelated phenomena can actually coexist in materials called multiferroics. Since current trends toward device miniaturization have increased interests in combining electronic and magnetic properies into multifunctional materials, multiferroics have attracted great attention. Ferromagnetic ferroelectric multiferroics are especially fascinating not only because they have both ferroic properties, but also because of the magnetoelectric coupling which leads the interaction between the magnetic and electric polarization. Recent theoretical breakthroughs in understanding the coexistence of magnetic and electrical ordering have regenerated a great interests in research of such magnetoelectric multiferroics. The long-sought control of electric polarization by magnetic fields was recently discovered in 'frustrated magnets', for example the perovskites RMnO3, RMn 2O5 (R: rare earth elements), Ni3V 2O8, delafossite CuFeO2, spinel CoCr2O 4, MnWO4, etc. In this dissertation, I have explored several magnetoelectric materials and multiferroics, which show significant magnetoelectric interactions between electric and magnetic orderings. The objects of my projects are focused on understanding the origins of such magnetoelectric couplings and establishing the magnetic/electric phase diagrams and the spin structures. I believe that my works would help to understand the mechanisms of magnetoelectric effects and multiferroics.

  11. Copper- and magnesium protoporphyrin complexes inhibit oxidative modification of LDL induced by hemin, transition metal ions and tyrosyl radicals.

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    Kapiotis, Stylianos; Hermann, Marcela; Exner, Markus; Laggner, Hilde; Gmeiner, Bernhard M K

    2005-11-01

    The oxidative modification of LDL may play an important role in the early events of atherogenesis. Thus the identification of antioxidative compounds may be of therapeutic and prophylactic importance regarding cardiovascular disease. Copper-chlorophyllin (Cu-CHL), a Cu(2+)-protoporphyrin IX complex, has been reported to inhibit lipid oxidation in biological membranes and liposomes. Hemin (Fe(3+)-protoporphyrin IX) has been shown to bind to LDL thereby inducing lipid peroxidation. As Cu-CHL has a similar structure as hemin, one may assume that Cu-CHL may compete with the hemin action on LDL. Therefore, in the present study Cu-CHL and the related compound magnesium-chlorophyllin (Mg-CHL) were examined in their ability to inhibit LDL oxidation initiated by hemin and other LDL oxidizing systems. LDL oxidation by hemin in presence of H(2)O(2) was strongly inhibited by both CHLs. Both chlorophyllins were also capable of effectively inhibiting LDL oxidation initiated by transition metal ions (Cu(2+)), human umbilical vein endothelial cells (HUVEC) and tyrosyl radicals generated by myeloperoxidase (MPO) in presence of H(2)O(2) and tyrosine. Cu- and Mg-CHL showed radical scavenging ability as demonstrated by the diphenylpicrylhydracylradical (DPPH)-radical assay and estimation of phenoxyl radical generated diphenyl (dityrosine) formation. As assessed by ultracentrifugation the chlorophyllins were found to bind to LDL (and HDL) in serum. The present study shows that copper chlorophyllin (Cu-CHL) and its magnesium analog could act as potent antagonists of atherogenic LDL modification induced by various oxidative stimuli. As inhibitory effects of the CHLs were found at concentrations as low as 1 mumol/l, which can be achieved in humans, the results may be physiologically/therapeutically relevant. PMID:16298745

  12. Development of biomimetic catalytic oxidation methods and non-salt methods using transition metal-based acid and base ambiphilic catalysts

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    MURAHASHI, Shun-Ichi

    2011-01-01

    This review focuses on the development of ruthenium and flavin catalysts for environmentally benign oxidation reactions based on mimicking the functions of cytochrome P-450 and flavoenzymes, and low valent transition-metal catalysts that replace conventional acids and bases. Several new concepts and new types of catalytic reactions based on these concepts are described. PMID:21558760

  13. Functionalization of the semiconductor surfaces of diamond (100), Si (100), and Ge (100) by cycloaddition of transition metal oxides: a theoretical prediction.

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    Xu, Yi-Jun; Fu, Xianzhi

    2009-09-01

    The viability of functionalization of the semiconductor surfaces of diamond (100), Si (100), and Ge (100) by traditional [3 + 2] cycloaddition of transition metal oxides has been predicted using effective cluster models in the framework of density functional theory. The cycloaddition of transition metal oxides (OsO(4), RuO(4), and MnO(4)(-)) onto the X (100) (X = C, Si, and Ge) surface is much more facile than that of other molecular analogues including ethylene, fullerene, and single-walled carbon nanotubes because of the high reactivity of surface dimers of X (100). Our computational results demonstrate the plausibility that the well-known [3 + 2] cycloaddition of transition metal oxides to alkenes in organic chemistry can be employed as a new type of surface reaction to functionalize the semiconductor X (100) surface, which offers the new possibility for self-assembly or chemical functionalization of X (100) at low temperature. More importantly, the chemical functionalization of X (100) by cycloaddition of transition metal oxides provides the molecular basis for preparation of semiconductor-supported catalysts but also strongly advances the concept of using organic reactions to modify the solid surface, particularly to modify the semiconductor C (100), Si (100), and Ge (100) surfaces for target applications in numerous fields such as microelectronics and heterogeneous photocatalysis. PMID:19499936

  14. Recent progress in high performance and reliable n-type transition metal oxide-based thin film transistors

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    Kwon, Jang Yeon; Kyeong Jeong, Jae

    2015-02-01

    This review gives an overview of the recent progress in vacuum-based n-type transition metal oxide (TMO) thin film transistors (TFTs). Several excellent review papers regarding metal oxide TFTs in terms of fundamental electron structure, device process and reliability have been published. In particular, the required field-effect mobility of TMO TFTs has been increasing rapidly to meet the demands of the ultra-high-resolution, large panel size and three dimensional visual effects as a megatrend of flat panel displays, such as liquid crystal displays, organic light emitting diodes and flexible displays. In this regard, the effects of the TMO composition on the performance of the resulting oxide TFTs has been reviewed, and classified into binary, ternary and quaternary composition systems. In addition, the new strategic approaches including zinc oxynitride materials, double channel structures, and composite structures have been proposed recently, and were not covered in detail in previous review papers. Special attention is given to the advanced device architecture of TMO TFTs, such as back-channel-etch and self-aligned coplanar structure, which is a key technology because of their advantages including low cost fabrication, high driving speed and unwanted visual artifact-free high quality imaging. The integration process and related issues, such as etching, post treatment, low ohmic contact and Cu interconnection, required for realizing these advanced architectures are also discussed.

  15. Enhanced catalytic complete oxidation of 1,2-dichloroethane over mesoporous transition metal-doped ?-Al2O3.

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    Khaleel, Abbas; Nawaz, Muhammad

    2015-03-01

    High-surface-area mesoprous powders of ?-Al2O3 doped with Cu2+, Cr3+, and V3+ ions were prepared via a modified sol-gel method and were investigated as catalysts for the oxidation of chlorinated organic compounds. The composites retained high surface areas and pore volumes comparable with those of undoped ?-Al2O3 and the presence of the transition metal ions enhanced their surface acidic properties. The catalytic activity of the prepared catalysts in the oxidation of 1,2-dichloroethane (DCE) was studied in the temperature range of 250-400C. The catalytic activity and product selectivity were strongly dependent on the presence and the type of dopant ion. While Cu2+- and Cr3+-containing catalysts showed 100% conversion at 300C and 350C, V3+-containing catalyst showed considerably lower conversion. Furthermore, while the major products of the reactions over ?-alumina were vinyl chloride (C2H3Cl) and hydrogen chloride (HCl) at all temperatures, Cu- and Cr-doped catalysts showed significantly stronger capability for deep oxidation to CO2. PMID:25766029

  16. n-Type Transition Metal Oxide as a Hole Extraction Layer in PbS Quantum Dot Solar Cells

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    Gao, Jianbo; Perkins, Craig L.; Luther, Joseph M.; Hanna, Mark C.; Chen, Hsiang-Yu; Semonin, Octavi E.; Nozik, Arthur J.; Ellingson, Randy J.; Beard, Matthew C.

    2011-08-10

    The n-type transition metal oxides (TMO) consisting of molybdenum oxide (MoO{sub x}) and vanadium oxide (V?O{sub x}) are used as an efficient hole extraction layer (HEL) in heterojunction ZnO/PbS quantum dot solar cells (QDSC). A 4.4% NREL-certified device based on the MoO{sub x} HEL is reported with Al as the back contact material, representing a more than 65% efficiency improvement compared with the case of Au contacting the PbS quantum dot (QD) layer directly. We find the acting mechanism of the hole extraction layer to be a dipole formed at the MoO{sub x} and PbS interface enhancing band bending to allow efficient hole extraction from the valence band of the PbS layer by MoO{sub x}. The carrier transport to the metal anode is likely enhanced through shallow gap states in the MoO{sub x} layer.

  17. Transition Metal-Free Visible Light-Driven Photoredox Oxidative Annulation of Arylamidines.

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    Shen, Zi-Chao; Yang, Pan; Tang, Yu

    2016-01-01

    A fast catalytic synthesis of multisubstituted quinazolines from readily available amidines via visible light-mediated oxidative C(sp(3))-C(sp(2)) bond formation has been established. This reaction is a metal-free oxidative coupling catalyzed by a photoredox organocatalyst. The protocol features low catalyst loading (1 mol %). PMID:26641939

  18. Superconductors and Complex Transition Metal Oxides for Tunable THz Plasmonic Metamaterials

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    Singh, Ranjan; Xiong, Jie; Azad, Md A.; Yang, Hao; Trugman, Stuart A.; Jia, Quanxi; Taylor, Antoinette; Chen, Houtong

    2012-07-13

    The outline of this presentation are: (1) Motivation - Non-tunability of metal metamaterials; (2) Superconductors for temperature tunable metamaterials; (3) Ultrafast optical switching in superconductor metamaterials; (4) Controlling the conductivity with infrared pump beam; (5) Complex metal oxides as active substrates - Strontium Titanate; and (6) Conclusion. Conclusions are: (1) High Tc superconductors good for tunable and ultrafast metamaterials; (2) Large frequency and amplitude tunability in ultrathin superconductor films; (3) Such tunable properties cannot be accessed using metals; (4) Complex metal oxides can be used as active substrates - large tunability; (5) Complex oxides fail to address the issue of radiation losses in THz metamaterials.

  19. Microwave Absorption Behavior of Mesoporous Transition Metal Oxide Templated from SBA-15 and KIT-6

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    Wu, Hongjing; Wang, Liuding; Wang, Yiming

    2014-12-01

    In this paper, we have synthesized meso-oxides (i.e., Co3O4 and NiO) by using mesoporous silica as hard template. The microstructures and chemical compositions of the corresponding meso-oxides were characterized by the Transmission electron microscope-selected area electron diffusion (TEM-SAED), X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscope-energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (SEM-EDS), respectively. And, their electromagnetic and microwave absorption properties were investigated in the frequency range of 2-18 GHz. The results indicate that meso-oxide templated from KIT-6 (i.e., meso-K-Co/Ni) exhibit a dual absorption characteristic compared with those using SBA-15 as hard template. This phenomenon suggests that meso-oxides templated from SBA-15 and KIT-6 can exhibit different microwave absorption behaviors due to their respective microstructures.

  20. Synthesis and Characterization of Nanostructure Transition Metal Oxides Extracted from Industrial Waste (EOFD) by Hydrothermal Method

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    Girisun, T. C. Sabari; Babeela, C.; Vidhya, V.

    2011-10-01

    Electric oil furnace dust (EOFD) is a solid waste generated in the collection of particulate material during steelmaking process in electric and oil furnaces. Over 7 million metric tons dust produced per annum in worldwide creates deep impacts like soil, ground water and ecology pollutions. This article reports the simple one step process for the extraction of nanostructured metal oxides from the industrial waste (EOFD) for the realization of low cost solar applications. By hydrothermal technique valuable metals were obtained in the form of metal oxides. Initially the presence of metals was identified by ICP analysis. XRD analysis confirms the formation of nano structured titanium oxide (TiO) along with traces of iron oxide (Fe2O3). The surface morphology and the particle size were analyzed by SEM analysis. Thus the metal oxides derived could be helpful to reduce the burden on the environment, increase the development of the source nano material and reduce the cost of raw materials for solar cell applications.

  1. Universal method for the fabrication of detachable ultrathin films of several transition metal oxides.

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    Singh, Sherdeep; Festin, Miguel; Barden, Warren R T; Xi, Luan; Francis, James T; Kruse, Peter

    2008-11-25

    Ultrathin films are important nanoscale structures that are used extensively in a variety of technological contexts. However, it has traditionally been difficult and costly to fabricate detachable and purely inorganic high aspect ratio films with controlled thickness and good uniformity. Here we report a versatile method to make separable purely inorganic membranes of various metal oxides such as Nb(2)O(5), TiO(2), WO(3), and Ta(2)O(5) with thicknesses ranging from 30 to 150 nm. Fluoride ions are migrated through the oxide film and upon arrival at the oxide-metal interface form a sacrificial soluble oxyfluoride layer. Fluorine also plays a role in controlling the porosity of the films. The study exposes the mechanism behind the detachment process that is largely due to the fast migration of fluoride anions relative to oxygen anions. The resulting films have a wide range of potential applications as catalysts or catalyst supports, filtration membranes, sensors, and more. PMID:19206404

  2. Two-dimensional transition-metal oxide monolayers as cathode materials for Li and Na ion batteries.

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    Leong, Chon Chio; Pan, Hui; Ho, Sut Kam

    2016-03-01

    Two-dimensional monolayers are attractive for applications in metal-ion batteries because of their low ion-diffusion barrier and volume expansion. In this work, we carry out a first-principles study on electrochemical and structural properties of two-dimensional (2D) oxide monolayers and investigate their applications in metal-ion batteries. 2D transition-metal oxide monolayers (MO2; M = Mn, Co, and Ni) with various ion-intercalation densities are systematically studied. Our calculations show that Li and Na atoms can easily be transported on the surfaces of the monolayers with low diffusion barriers because of the long binding distance. We find that Li2MO2 and Na2MO2 are stable because of negative intercalation energies and unsaturated specific energies. We show that MnO2 has the lowest diffusion barrier, highest specific capacity, and smallest lattice expansion under Li-intercalation, but lowest cell voltage. We also find that CoO2 shows the largest cell voltages in a wide range of ion-intercalation densities and smallest lattice expansion under Na-intercalation, and NiO2 only gives the highest cell voltage in Li2NiO2 and has the largest volume expansion. We further show that Li and Na atoms in Li2MO2 and Na2MO2 move from stable-adsorption sites to metastable sites on the surfaces of oxide monolayers to reduce lattice expansion, leading to reduced cell voltages. It is expected that metal-ion batteries with particular applications and performances can be achieved in the design of these oxide monolayers. PMID:26903042

  3. Oxidative photoreactivity of mono-transition-metal functionalized lacunary Keggin anions.

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    Dave, M; Streb, C

    2015-10-27

    A comparative study investigating the effects of metal substitution on the photocatalytic activity of metal oxide cluster anions is presented. The study shows that metal functionalization can be used to alter the photochemical properties of monolacunary tungstate - based Keggin clusters (?-[TM(H2O)SiW11O39](n-) (M = Co(2+), Cu(2+), Ni(2+), Mn(2+))). It is demonstrated that the photoactivity for the photooxidation of the model pollutant basic blue 41 is dependent of the type of metal employed and increases in the order Co < Cu < Ni < Mn under aerobic conditions and 390 nm monochromatic irradiation. A significant increase of the reaction rate is observed under aerated conditions compared with de-aerated conditions, suggesting that oxygen serves as a re-oxidant for the reduced clusters. Radical scavenging experiments suggest that the photocatalysis proceeds via formation of hydroxyl radicals. PMID:26467271

  4. Electronic structure and transport measurements of amorphous transition-metal oxides: observation of Fermi glass behavior

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    Goldfarb, I.; Miao, F.; Yang, J. Joshua; Yi, W.; Strachan, J. P.; Zhang, M.-X.; Pickett, M. D.; Medeiros-Ribeiro, G.; Williams, R. Stanley

    2012-04-01

    We characterized the conduction mechanisms in thin sputtered films of three representative binary Me-O (Me=Ta, W, and Nb) systems as a function of oxygen content, by combining in situ chemical state and electronic band structure studies from X-ray photoemission with temperature-dependent transport measurements. Despite certain differences, these amorphous films all displayed Fermi glass behavior following an oxidation-induced transition from metallic to hopping conduction, down to a sub-percolation threshold. The electron localization estimated from the band structure was in good agreement with that from the transport measurements, and the two were used to construct phase diagrams of conduction in the degree of oxidation-conductivity coordinates, which should prove important in the design of resistive switching and other electronic devices.

  5. First principles study of transition metal (TM=Pb, Cu) oxides/sulfides

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    Caudle, Sean; Tao, Meng; Peng, Xihong

    2012-10-01

    Earth-abundant transition meal oxides/sulfides have inspired special research attention recently due to their potential applications in solar cells. A clear understanding of the fundamental properties of these materials, especially the electronic properties and their tunability via chemical doping, are critically important towards the applications. In this presentation, we report first principles density-functional theory (DFT) study on the electronic structures of Pb and Cu oxides/sulfides and their oxysulfides compositions. The band structure and bandgap can be systematically tuned by increasing S component in the metal oxides. For example, the DFT predicted bandgap for PbO is 1.72 eV. While the bandgaps for PbO0.937 S0.063, PbO0.875S0.125, and PbO0.75S0.25 are 1.64 eV, 1.43 eV, and 0.79 eV, respectively. For Cu2O, the standard DFT seriously underestimates the bandgap to be 0.49 eV, compared to the experimental value of 2.17 eV. Two methods, DFT+U and hybrid functional (HSE06), were implemented to overcome this problem. Our results showed that DFT+U method fails and the bandgap doesn't further open up by providing a U potential. The hybrid functional predicts the bandgap to be 2.00 eV, which is in a good agreement with the experimental value.

  6. The Influence of Doping with Transition Metal Ions on the Structure and Magnetic Properties of Zinc Oxide Thin Films

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    2014-01-01

    Zn1?xNixO (x = 0.03 0.10) and Zn1?xFexO (x = 0.03 0.15) thin films were synthesized by sol-gel method. The structure and the surface morphology of zinc oxide thin films doped with transition metal (TM) ions have been investigated by X-ray diffraction (XRD) and atomic force microscopy (AFM). The magnetic studies were done using vibrating sample magnetometer (VSM) at room temperature. Experimental results revealed that the substitution of Ni ions in ZnO wurtzite lattice for the contents x = 0.03 0.10 (Ni2+) leads to weak ferromagnetism of thin films. For Zn1?xFexO with x = 0.03 0.05, the Fe3+ ions are magnetic coupling by superexchange interaction via oxygen ions in wurtzite structure. For x = 0.10 0.15 (Fe3+) one can observe the increasing of secondary phase of ZnFe2O4 spinel. The Zn0.9Fe0.1O film shows a superparamagnetic behavior due to small crystallite sizes and the net spin magnetic moments arisen from the interaction between the iron ions through an oxygen ion in the spinel structure. PMID:24683324

  7. Tunable Ultraviolet Photoresponse in Solution-Processed p-n Junction Photodiodes Based on Transition-Metal Oxides.

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    Xie, Ting; Liu, Guannan; Wen, Baomei; Ha, Jong Y; Nguyen, Nhan V; Motayed, Abhishek; Debnath, Ratan

    2015-05-13

    Solution-processed p-n heterojunction photodiodes have been fabricated based on transition-metal oxides in which NiO and ternary Zn(1-x)Mg(x)O (x = 0-0.1) have been employed as p-type and n-type semiconductors, respectively. Composition-related structural, electrical, and optical properties are also investigated for all the films. It has been observed that the bandgap of Zn(1-x)Mg(x)O films can be tuned between 3.24 and 3.49 eV by increasing Mg content. The fabricated highly visible-blind p-n junction photodiodes show an excellent rectification ratio along with good photoresponse and quantum efficiency under ultraviolet (UV) illumination. With an applied reverse bias of 1 V and depending on the value of x, the maximum responsivity of the devices varies between 0.22 and 0.4 A/W and the detectivity varies between 0.17 10(12) and 2.2 10(12) cm?(Hz)(1/2)/W. The photodetectors show an excellent UV-to-visible rejection ratio. Compositional nonuniformity has been observed locally in the alloyed films with x = 0.1, which is manifested in photoresponse and X-ray analysis data. This paper demonstrates simple solution-processed, low cost, band tunable photodiodes with excellent figures of merit operated under low bias. PMID:25898025

  8. High-pressure synthesis and electrochemical properties of lithium transition metal oxides with layered rock-salt structure

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    Chang, Hansen; Kubota, Kei; Kobayashi, Genki; Hirayama, Masaaki; Kanno, Ryoji

    2014-04-01

    Li-rich layered transition metal oxides with the nominal composition of Li1+x[Li0.2Mn?Co?Ni?]O2 with 0.0 ? x ? 0.7 are synthesized using a high-pressure technique. The chemical compositions are determined using inductively coupled plasma (ICP) spectroscopy and the structure is identified from X-ray diffraction measurements as a mixture of rhombohedral R-3m and cubic Fm-3m phases. Rietveld refinement analysis reveals that the layered to cubic phase ratio increases as x tends towards 0.7, with an almost complete cubic phase present for x ? 0.6. Electrochemical charge-discharge experiments performed using coin cells and show capacities of around 200 mAh g-1 for 0.0 ? x ? 0.4 samples, although the capacity quickly decreases for x ? 0.5, which is consistent with the trend towards a predominantly cubic phase. The plateau for oxygen generation, which appears at the 4.4 V threshold, is reduced as x increases.

  9. Unusual magnetic phases in the strong interaction limit of two-dimensional topological band insulators in transition metal oxides

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    Kargarian, Mehdi; Langari, Abdollah; Fiete, Gregory A.

    2013-03-01

    The expected phenomenology of non-interacting topological band insulators (TBI) is now largely theoretically understood. However, the fate of TBIs in the presence of interactions remains an active area of research with novel, interaction-driven topological states possible, as well as new exotic magnetic states. In this work we study the magnetic phases of an exchange Hamiltonian arising in the strong interaction limit of a Hubbard model on the honeycomb lattice whose non-interacting limit is a two-dimensional TBI recently proposed for the layered heavy transition metal oxide compound, (Li,Na)2IrO3. By a combination of analytical methods and exact diagonalization studies on finite size clusters, we map out the magnetic phase diagram of the model. We find that strong spin-orbit coupling can lead to a phase transition from an antiferromagnetic Nel state to a spiral or stripy ordered state. We also discuss the conditions under which a quantum spin liquid may appear in our model, and we compare our results with the different but related Kitaev-Heisenberg-J2-J3 model which has recently been studied in a similar context. We gratefully acknowledge financial support from ARO Grant No. W911NF-09-1-0527 and NSF Grant No. DMR-0955778

  10. Unusual magnetic phases in the strong interaction limit of two-dimensional topological band insulators in transition metal oxides

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    Kargarian, Mehdi; Langari, Abdollah; Fiete, Gregory A.

    2012-11-01

    The expected phenomenology of noninteracting topological band insulators (TBIs) is now largely theoretically understood. However, the fate of TBIs in the presence of interactions remains an active area of research with novel, interaction-driven topological states possible, as well as new exotic magnetic states. In this work we study the magnetic phases of an exchange Hamiltonian arising in the strong interaction limit of a Hubbard model on the honeycomb lattice whose noninteracting limit is a two-dimensional TBI recently proposed for the layered heavy transition metal oxide compound (Li,Na)2IrO3. By a combination of analytical methods and exact diagonalization studies on finite-size clusters, we map out the magnetic phase diagram of the model. We find that strong spin-orbit coupling can lead to a phase transition from an antiferromagnetic Nel state to a spiral or stripy ordered state. We also discuss the conditions under which a quantum spin liquid may appear in our model, and we compare our results with the different but related Kitaev-Heisenberg-J2-J3 model which has recently been studied in a similar context.

  11. Structural characterization of tellurite glasses doped with transition metal oxides using Raman spectra and ab initio calculations.

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    Mohamed, Tarek A; Shaltout, I; Al Yahyaei, K M

    2006-05-01

    Systems of iron tellurite glasses were prepared by melt quenching with compositions of [85%TeO2+5%Fe2O3+10%TMO], where transition metal oxides (TMO) are TiO2, V2O5, MnO, CoO, NiO and CuO. Furthermore, the main structural units of these samples have been characterized by means of Raman spectra (150-1200 cm(-1)) as well as wavenumber predictions by means of Gaussian 98 ab initio calculations for the proposed site symmetries of TeO4(4-) triagonal bipyramid (C2v) and Te2O7(6-) bridged tetrahedra (Cs and C1). Aided by normal coordinate analysis, calculated vibrational frequencies, Raman scattering activities, force constants in internal coordinates and potential energy distributions (PEDs), revised vibrational assignments for the fundamental modes have been proposed. The main structural features are correlated to the dominant units of triagonal bipyramid (tbp) or bridged tetrahedral (TeO3+1 binds to TeO3 through TeOTe bridge; corner sharing). Moreover, the Raman spectra of the investigated tellurites reflect a structural change from tbp (coordination number is four) to triagonal pyramidal (coordination number is three). PMID:16098796

  12. Supported transition-metal oxide catalysts for reduction of sulfur dioxide with hydrogen to elemental sulfur.

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    Chen, Chun-Liang; Wang, Ching-Huei; Weng, Hung-Shan

    2004-08-01

    This work is for the purpose to find a high performance catalyst for the catalytic reduction of SO2 with H2 as a reducing agent. NiO/gamma-Al2O3 catalyst was found to be the most active catalyst among the seven gamma-Al2O3-supported metal-oxide catalysts tested. With NiO as the active species, of the supports tested, gamma-Al2O3 was the most suitable one and the optimal Ni content was 16 wt%. Using this NiO/gamma-Al2O3 catalyst, we found that the optimal feed ratio of H2/SO2 is 2:1 and the catalyst presulfided with H2 + H2S exhibits a higher performance than that pretreated with H2 or He. XRD patterns reveal that the nickel oxide experienced a transformation to Ni3S2 and NiS, and then to NiS2, the most active nickel sulfide, during the reaction process. The reason for the highest catalyst activity of 16 wt% Ni was attributed to the largest amount of NiS2. Water vapor in the feed gas reactant caused inhibition of catalyst activity, whereas H2S promoted the reduction of SO2. These phenomena were rationalized with the aid of Claus reaction. PMID:15212907

  13. Enhancing capacitance behaviour of CoOOH nanostructures using transition metal dopants by ambient oxidation

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    Chen, Yanhui; Zhou, Junfeng; Maguire, Pierce; O’Connell, Robert; Schmitt, Wolfgang; Li, Yonghe; Yan, Zhengguang; Zhang, Yuefei; Zhang, Hongzhou

    2016-01-01

    Cobalt hydrate and doped binary Co0.9M0.1OOH (M = Ni, Mn, Fe) nanorings of 100–300 nm were fabricated in solution through a facile ambient oxidation method. A transformation from Co0.9Ni0.1(OH)2 nanodiscs to hollow Co0.9Ni0.1OOH nanorings was observed with prolonged reaction time. Core-shell nanodiscs have elemental segregation with a Co(OH)2 core and Ni(OH)2 shell. Co0.9Ni0.1OOH nanorings displayed a higher electrochemical capacitance than Mn and Fe doped nanorings materials or materials with disc-like geometries. PMID:26853105

  14. Enhancing capacitance behaviour of CoOOH nanostructures using transition metal dopants by ambient oxidation.

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    Chen, Yanhui; Zhou, Junfeng; Maguire, Pierce; O'Connell, Robert; Schmitt, Wolfgang; Li, Yonghe; Yan, Zhengguang; Zhang, Yuefei; Zhang, Hongzhou

    2016-01-01

    Cobalt hydrate and doped binary Co0.9M0.1OOH (M?=?Ni, Mn, Fe) nanorings of 100-300?nm were fabricated in solution through a facile ambient oxidation method. A transformation from Co0.9Ni0.1(OH)2 nanodiscs to hollow Co0.9Ni0.1OOH nanorings was observed with prolonged reaction time. Core-shell nanodiscs have elemental segregation with a Co(OH)2 core and Ni(OH)2 shell. Co0.9Ni0.1OOH nanorings displayed a higher electrochemical capacitance than Mn and Fe doped nanorings materials or materials with disc-like geometries. PMID:26853105

  15. Synthesis, Characterization, and Catalytic Applications of Transition Metal Oxide/Carbonate Nanomaterials

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    Jin, Lei

    2011-12-01

    This thesis contains two parts: 1) Studies of novel synthesis methods and characterization of advanced functional manganese oxide octahedral molecular sieves (OMS) and their applications in Li/Air batteries, solvent free toluene oxidations, and ethane oxydehydrogenation (ODH) in the presence of CO2, recycling the green house gas. 2) Development of unique Ln2O2CO3 (Ln = rare earth) layered materials and ZnO/La2O2CO3 composites as clean energy biofuel catalysts. These parts are separated into five different focused topics included in this thesis. The first topic presents studies of catalytic activities of a single step synthesized gamma-MnO2 octahedral molecular sieve nano fiber in solvent free atmospheric oxidation of toluene with molecular oxygen. Solvent free atmospheric oxidation of toluene is a notoriously difficult liquid phase oxidation process due to the challenge of oxidizing sp³ hybridized carbon in inactive hydrocarbons. The synthesized gamma-MnO2 showed excellent catalytic activity and good selectivity under the mild atmospheric reflux system. Under optimized conditions, a 47.8% conversion of toluene, along with 57% selectivity of benzoic acid and 15% of benzaldehyde were obtained. The effects of reaction time, amount of catalyst and initiator, and the reusability of the catalyst were investigated. The second topic involves developing titanium containing gamma-MnO 2 (TM) hollow spheres as electrocatalysts in Li/Air Batteries. Li/air batteries have recently attracted interest because they have the largest theoretical specific energy (11,972 Wh.kg-1) among all practical electrochemical couples. In this study, unique hollow aspheric materials were prepared for the first time using a one-step synthesis method and fully characterized by various techniques. These prepared materials were found to have excellent electrocatalytic activation as cathode materials in lithium-air batteries with a very high specific capacity (up to 2.3 A.h/g of carbon). The third topic in this thesis presents studies of ethane oxydehydrogenation (ODH) in the presence of CO2 over the octahedral molecular sieve (OMS-2) catalyst. Conversion of CO2 into organic compounds has been studied intensively. Ethane catalytic oxydehydrogenation in the presence of CO2 offers an attractive route for converting CO2. In this study, using OMS-2 as the catalyst in C2H6 dehydrogenation in the presence of CO2 is an example where extreme conditions are used to drive high conversions of ethane (> 70%) and CO2 (up to 56%) with high selectivity towards ethylene (87%) with a short contact time (0.6 s). This inexpensive material also showed high stability during the process, and the presence of CO2 removed coke depositions throughout the catalyst. The results obtained from this study open up new possibilities for olefin dehydrogenations in the presence of CO2, a perfect feedstock for any process involving ethylene carbonylation with the recycling of the greenhouse gas. The fourth part of this thesis presents a ZnO/La2O2CO 3 composite prepared by a new and easy method and discusses the use of these materials as heterogeneous catalysts for ultra-fast microwave biodiesel production at low temperatures. The search for solid state materials with high catalytic activities is one of the key steps toward reducing the cost of producing biodiesel. We present a high biodiesel yield (> 95%) in less than 5 minutes under mild reaction conditions (< 100°C) on a ZnO/La 2O2CO3 heterogeneous catalyst, showing no Zn and La leaching into the reaction medium. The catalyst has a higher reaction rate than the homogeneous KOH catalyst with the assistance of microwave irradiation. All of these results promote the industrial application of the synthesized ZnO/La2O2CO3 as a potential heterogeneous catalyst for fast biodiesel production, avoiding many of the issues found in both commercial and independently published catalysts. Following the fourth part of this thesis, the fifth part presents the synthesis and characterization of a series of rare earth Ln2O 2CO3 (Ln = La, Eu, Nd, and Sm) layered materials as novel basic materials for the biodiesel production. Reports on rare earth oxycarbonate Ln2O2CO3 (Ln = rare earths) layered materials as heterogeneous basic catalysts having novel low temperature catalytic activities are rare. In this thesis I successfully synthesized active rare earth (Ln = La, Nd, Eu, and Sm) metal oxycarbonate based layered materials to catalyze the transesterification process under mild conditions (< 85°C), obtaining a high fatty acid methyl ester (FAME) yield (> 95%) in a short reaction time (< 20 minutes). The results of low temperature activities and short reaction times with minimum energy consumption show them to have solid potential as alkali metal hydroxide/alkoxide alternatives for industrial applications.

  16. Understanding chemical expansion in perovskite-structured oxides.

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    Marrocchelli, Dario; Perry, Nicola H; Bishop, Sean R

    2015-04-21

    In this work, chemical expansion in perovskite oxides was characterized in detail, motivated, inter alia, by a desire to understand the lower chemical expansion coefficients observed for perovskites in comparison to fluorite-structured oxides. Changes in lattice parameter and in local atomic arrangements taking place during compositional changes of perovskites, i.e., stoichiometric expansion, were investigated by developing an empirical model and through molecular dynamics and density functional theory atomistic simulations. An accurate empirical expression for predicting lattice constants of perovskites was developed, using a similar approach to previous reports. From this equation, analytical expressions relating chemical expansion coefficients to separate contributions from the cation and anion sublattices, assuming Shannon ionic radii, were developed and used to isolate the effective radius of an oxygen vacancy, rV. Using both experimental and simulated chemical expansion coefficient data, rV for a variety of perovskite compositions was estimated, and trends in rV were studied. In most cases, rV was slightly smaller than or similar to the radius of an oxide ion, but larger than in the fluorite structured materials. This result was in good agreement with the atomistic simulations, showing contractive relaxations of the closest oxide ions towards the oxygen vacancy. The results indicate that the smaller chemical expansion coefficients of perovskites vs. fluorites are largely due to the smaller change in cation radii in perovskites, given that the contraction around the oxygen vacancy appears to be less in this structure. Limitations of applicability for the model are discussed. PMID:25785684

  17. Approach to multifunctional device platform with epitaxial graphene on transition metal oxide.

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    Park, Jeongho; Back, Tyson; Mitchel, William C; Kim, Steve S; Elhamri, Said; Boeckl, John; Fairchild, Steven B; Naik, Rajesh; Voevodin, Andrey A

    2015-01-01

    Heterostructures consisting of two-dimensional materials have shown new physical phenomena, novel electronic and optical properties, and new device concepts not observed in bulk material systems or purely three dimensional heterostructures. These new effects originated mostly from the van der Waals interaction between the different layers. Here we report that a new optical and electronic device platform can be provided by heterostructures of 2D graphene with a metal oxide (TiO2). Our novel direct synthesis of graphene/TiO2 heterostructure is achieved by C60 deposition on transition Ti metal surface using a molecular beam epitaxy approach and O2 intercalation method, which is compatible with wafer scale growth of heterostructures. As-grown heterostructures exhibit inherent photosensitivity in the visible light spectrum with high photo responsivity. The photo sensitivity is 25 times higher than that of reported graphene photo detectors. The improved responsivity is attributed to optical transitions between O 2p orbitals in the valence band of TiO2 and C 2p orbitals in the conduction band of graphene enabled by Coulomb interactions at the interface. In addition, this heterostructure provides a platform for realization of bottom gated graphene field effect devices with graphene and TiO2 playing the roles of channel and gate dielectric layers, respectively. PMID:26395160

  18. Hydrolysis on transition metal oxide clusters and the stabilities of M-O-M bridges.

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    Johnson, J R; Panas, I

    2000-07-24

    Water addition to molecular single, double and triple M-O-M bridges (M = Sc, Ti, V, Cr, and Mn) were considered, and the stabilities toward stepwise hydrolysis of the oxygen bridges were studied by means of quantum chemistry. The M-O bond distances for the studied systems were compared to experiment for demonstration of the applicability of the B3LYP functional to the investigated systems. While substantial exothermicities were found for the hydrolysis of double and triple M-O-M bridges, addition of water to a single bridge was generally found to be slightly endothermic. The lack of enthalpy drive for the (OH)yOxM-O-MOx(OH)y + H2O-->2MOx-1(OH)y+2 reaction was taken to suggest that entropy increase and the formation of mononuclear water complexe, would be decisive factors for the dissociation. A mechanism was proposed for the observed erosion of the protective chromium oxide scale on high-temperature alloys at elevated temperatures and high humidities, based on the formation of CrO2(OH)2(g). PMID:11196854

  19. An Oxofluoride Catalyst Comprised of Transition Metals and a Metalloid for Application in Water Oxidation.

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    Svengren, Henrik; Hu, Shichao; Athanassiadis, Ioannis; Laine, Tanja M; Johnsson, Mats

    2015-09-01

    The application of the recently discovered oxofluoride solid solution (Cox Ni1-x )3 Sb4 O6 F6 as a catalyst for water oxidation is demonstrated. The phase exhibits a cubic arrangement of the active metal that forms oxo bridges to the metalloid with possible catalytic participation. The Co3 Sb4 O6 F6 compound proved to be capable of catalyzing 2H2 O?O2 +4H(+) +4e(-) at 0.33?V electrochemical and ?0.39?V chemical overpotential with a TOF of 4.4?10(-3) , whereas Ni3 Sb4 O6 F6 needs a higher overpotential. Relatively large crystal cubes (0.3-0.5?mm) are easily synthesized and readily handled as they demonstrate both chemical resistance to wear after repeated in?situ tests under experimental conditions, and have a mechanical hardness of 270?V0.1 using Vickers indentation. The combined properties of this compound offer a potential technical advantage for incorporation to a catalytic interface in future sustainable fuel production. PMID:26219925

  20. Approach to multifunctional device platform with epitaxial graphene on transition metal oxide

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    Park, Jeongho; Back, Tyson; Mitchel, William C.; Kim, Steve S.; Elhamri, Said; Boeckl, John; Fairchild, Steven B.; Naik, Rajesh; Voevodin, Andrey A.

    2015-01-01

    Heterostructures consisting of two-dimensional materials have shown new physical phenomena, novel electronic and optical properties, and new device concepts not observed in bulk material systems or purely three dimensional heterostructures. These new effects originated mostly from the van der Waals interaction between the different layers. Here we report that a new optical and electronic device platform can be provided by heterostructures of 2D graphene with a metal oxide (TiO2). Our novel direct synthesis of graphene/TiO2 heterostructure is achieved by C60 deposition on transition Ti metal surface using a molecular beam epitaxy approach and O2 intercalation method, which is compatible with wafer scale growth of heterostructures. As-grown heterostructures exhibit inherent photosensitivity in the visible light spectrum with high photo responsivity. The photo sensitivity is 25 times higher than that of reported graphene photo detectors. The improved responsivity is attributed to optical transitions between O 2p orbitals in the valence band of TiO2 and C 2p orbitals in the conduction band of graphene enabled by Coulomb interactions at the interface. In addition, this heterostructure provides a platform for realization of bottom gated graphene field effect devices with graphene and TiO2 playing the roles of channel and gate dielectric layers, respectively. PMID:26395160

  1. STUDY MAGNETIC EXCITATIONS IN DOPED TRANSITION METAL OXIDES USING INELASTIC NEUTRON SCATTERING

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    Dai, Pengcheng

    2014-02-18

    Understanding the interplay between magnetism and superconductivity continues to be a “hot” topic in modern condensed matter physics. The discovery of high-temperature superconductivity in iron-based materials in 2008 provided an unique opportunity to compare and contrast these materials with traditional high-Tc copper oxide superconductors. Neutron scattering plays an important role in determining the dynamical spin properties in these materials. This proposal is a continuation of previous DOE supported proposal. This report summarizes the final progress we have made over from May 2005 till Aug. 2013. Overall, we continue to carry out extensive neutron scattering experiments on Fe-based materials, focusing on understanding their magnetic properties. In addition, we have established a materials laboratory at UT that has allowed us to grow these superconductors. Because neutron scattering typically demands a large amount of samples, by growing these materials in our own laboratory, we can now pursuit neutron scattering experiments over the entire electronic phase diagram, focusing on regions of interests. The material synthesis laboratory at UT was established entirely with the support of DOE funding. This not only allowed us to carry out neutron scattering experiments, but also permit us to provide samples to other US/International collaborators for studying these materials.

  2. Electrochemical tuning of layered lithium transition metal oxides for improvement of oxygen evolution reaction

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    Lu, Zhiyi; Wang, Haotian; Kong, Desheng; Yan, Kai; Hsu, Po-Chun; Zheng, Guangyuan; Yao, Hongbin; Liang, Zheng; Sun, Xiaoming; Cui, Yi

    2014-07-01

    Searching for low-cost and efficient catalysts for the oxygen evolution reaction has been actively pursued owing to its importance in clean energy generation and storage. While developing new catalysts is important, tuning the electronic structure of existing catalysts over a wide electrochemical potential range can also offer a new direction. Here we demonstrate a method for electrochemical lithium tuning of catalytic materials in organic electrolyte for subsequent enhancement of the catalytic activity in aqueous solution. By continuously extracting lithium ions out of LiCoO2, a popular cathode material in lithium ion batteries, to Li0.5CoO2 in organic electrolyte, the catalytic activity is significantly improved. This enhancement is ascribed to the unique electronic structure after the delithiation process. The general efficacy of this methodology is demonstrated in several mixed metal oxides with similar improvements. The electrochemically delithiated LiCo0.33Ni0.33Fe0.33O2 exhibits a notable performance, better than the benchmark iridium/carbon catalyst.

  3. Electrochemical tuning of layered lithium transition metal oxides for improvement of oxygen evolution reaction.

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    Lu, Zhiyi; Wang, Haotian; Kong, Desheng; Yan, Kai; Hsu, Po-Chun; Zheng, Guangyuan; Yao, Hongbin; Liang, Zheng; Sun, Xiaoming; Cui, Yi

    2014-01-01

    Searching for low-cost and efficient catalysts for the oxygen evolution reaction has been actively pursued owing to its importance in clean energy generation and storage. While developing new catalysts is important, tuning the electronic structure of existing catalysts over a wide electrochemical potential range can also offer a new direction. Here we demonstrate a method for electrochemical lithium tuning of catalytic materials in organic electrolyte for subsequent enhancement of the catalytic activity in aqueous solution. By continuously extracting lithium ions out of LiCoO2, a popular cathode material in lithium ion batteries, to Li0.5CoO2 in organic electrolyte, the catalytic activity is significantly improved. This enhancement is ascribed to the unique electronic structure after the delithiation process. The general efficacy of this methodology is demonstrated in several mixed metal oxides with similar improvements. The electrochemically delithiated LiCo0.33Ni0.33Fe0.33O2 exhibits a notable performance, better than the benchmark iridium/carbon catalyst. PMID:24993836

  4. Designed Synthesis of Transition Metal/Oxide Hierarchical Peapods Array with the Superior Lithium Storage Performance

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    Zhang, Huijuan; Bai, Yuanjuan; Zhang, Yan; Li, Xiao; Feng, Yangyang; Liu, Qing; Wu, Kai; Wang, Yu

    2013-01-01

    In this report, a novel hierarchical peapoded array with Co3O4 nanoparticles encapsulated in graphitized carbon fiber is introduced for the first time. The unique peapoded structure is suitable for the excellent anode in LIBs and demonstrates enhanced rate capability, cyclability and prolonged lifespan, e.g. the specific capacity can reach up to 1150 mAh/g. All the enhanced electrochemical performance is reasonably derived from the peapod-like and aligned conformation. Furthermore, due to the specialty of the structure and the versatility of Co3O4, the composite will find more applications in specific catalysis, biomedicine, electronics, optoelectronic engineering and gas sensing. The fabrication strategy developed here is also a rational and universal approach towards peapod-like architecture and has significantly widened the specific functional material domain we created before. In our design, more peapod-like aligned samples with various nanoparticles, e.g. oxides, phosphides, even nitrides, encapsulated in graphitized carbon fibers, have been lifted on the research agenda and the results will be presented soon. PMID:24056414

  5. High Performance Ceramic Interconnect Material for Solid Oxide Fuel Cells (SOFCs): Ca- and Transition Metal-doped Yttrium Chromite

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    Yoon, Kyung J.; Stevenson, Jeffry W.; Marina, Olga A.

    2011-10-15

    The effect of transition metal substitution on thermal and electrical properties of Ca-doped yttrium chromite was investigated in relation to use as a ceramic interconnect in high temperature solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs). 10 at% Co, 4 at% Ni, and 1 at% Cu substitution on B-site of 20 at% Ca-doped yttrium chromite led to a close match of thermal expansion coefficient (TEC) with that of 8 mol% yttria-stabilized zirconia (YSZ), and a single phase Y0.8Ca0.2Cr0.85Co0.1Ni0.04Cu0.01O3 remained stable between 25 and 1100 degree C over a wide oxygen partial pressure range. Doping with Cu significantly facilitated densification of yttrium chromite. Ni dopant improved both electrical conductivity and dimensional stability in reducing environments, likely through diminishing the oxygen vacancy formation. Substitution with Co substantially enhanced electrical conductivity in oxidizing atmosphere, which was attributed to an increase in charge carrier density and hopping mobility. Electrical conductivity of Y0.8Ca0.2Cr0.85Co0.1Ni0.04Cu0.01O3 at 900 degree C is 57 S/cm in air and 11 S/cm in fuel (pO2=510^-17 atm) environments. Chemical compatibility of doped yttrium chromite with other cell components was verified at the processing temperatures. Based on the chemical and dimensional stability, sinterability, and thermal and electrical properties, Y0.8Ca0.2Cr0.85Co0.1Ni0.04Cu0.01O3 is suggested as a promising SOFC ceramic interconnect to potentially overcome technical limitations of conventional acceptor-doped lanthanum chromites.

  6. Perovskite LaRhO{sub 3} as a p-type active layer in oxide photovoltaics

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    Nakamura, Masao Krockenberger, Yoshiharu; Fujioka, Jun; Kawasaki, Masashi; Tokura, Yoshinori

    2015-02-16

    Perovskite-type transition-metal oxides have a wide variety of physical properties and triggered intensive research on functional devices in the form of heteroepitaxial junctions. However, there is a missing component that is a p-type conventional band semiconductor. LaRhO{sub 3} (LRO) is one of very few promising candidates having its bandgap between filled t{sub 2g} and empty e{sub g} of Rh in low-spin state, but there has been no report on the synthesis of large-size single crystals or thin films. Here, we report on the junction properties of single-crystalline thin films of LRO grown on (110) oriented Nb-doped SrTiO{sub 3} substrates. The external quantum efficiency of the photo-electron conversion exceeds 1% in the visible-light region due to the wide depletion layer and long diffusion length of minority carriers in LRO. Clear indication of p-type band semiconducting character in a perovskite oxide of LRO will pave a way to explore oxide electronics of perovskite heterostructures.

  7. A model of phase transition induced antiphase boundaries in perovskite and layered perovskite oxides

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    Ding, Y.; Liang, D. D.

    2002-11-01

    A structural model of the antiphase boundaries (APBs) induced by phase transition in perovskite and layered perovskite oxides is put forward. Besides the distortion of oxygen octahedra, the existence of two types of ion with different sizes on A sites in perovskite blocks and their ordering in local areas might be the reasons for the occurrence of APBs. It could explain why APBs exist in SrBi2Ta2O9, Bi3.25La0.75Ti3O12, La2-xBaxCuO4, and La2/3Ca1/3MnO3, but not in Bi4Ti3O12 and Nd2NiO4 through their specific structure phase transitions. The formation of APBs might reflect the chemical inhomogeneity in local areas. Empirical results support this model.

  8. Varied roles of Pb in transition-metal PbMO3 perovskites (M = Ti, V, Cr, Mn, Fe, Ni, Ru)

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    Goodenough, John B.; Zhou, Jianshi

    2015-06-01

    Different structural chemistries resulting from the Pb2+ lone-pair electrons in the PbMO3 perovskites are reviewed. The Pb2+ lone-pair electrons enhance the ferroelectric transition temperature in PbTiO3, stabilize vanadyl formation in PbVO3, and induce a disproportionation reaction of CrIV in PbCrO3. A Pb2+ + NiIV = Pb4+ + NiII reaction in PbNiO3 stabilizes the LiNbO3 structure at ambient pressure, but an A-site Pb4+ in an orthorhombic perovskite PbNiO3 is stabilized at modest pressures at room temperature. In PbMnO3, a ferroelectric displacement due to the lone pair electron effect is minimized by the spin-spin exchange interaction and the strong octahedral site preference of the MnIV/III cation. PbRuO3 is converted under pressure from the defective pyrochlore to the orthorhombic (Pbnm) perovskite structure where Pb-Ru interactions via a common O -2p orbital stabilize at low temperature a metallic Imma phase at ambient pressure. Above Pc ? ~32 GPa, a covalent Pb-Ru bond is formed by Pb2+ + RuIV = Pb4+ + RuII electron sharing.

  9. Synthesis and characterization of three-dimensional transition metal ions doped zinc oxide based dilute magnetic semiconductor thin films

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    Samanta, Kousik

    Dilute magnetic semiconductors (DMS), especially 3d-transition metal (TM) doped ZnO based DMS materials are the most promising candidates for optoelectronics and spintronics applications; e.g. in spin light emitting diode (SLED), spin transistors, and spin field effect transistors (SFET), etc. In the present dissertation, thin films of Zn1-xTMxO (TM = Co2+, Cu2+, and Mn2+) were grown on (0001) oriented Al2O3 substrates by pulsed laser deposition (PLD) technique. The films were highly c-axis oriented, nearly single crystalline, and defects free for a limited concentration of the dilution of transition metal ions. In particular, we have obtained single crystalline phases of Zn1-xTMxO thin films for up to 10, 3, and 5 stoichiometric percentages of Co2+, Cu2+, and Mn2+ respectively. Raman micro-probe system was used to understand the structural and lattice dynamical properties at different physical conditions. The confinement of optical phonons in the disorder lattice was explained by alloy potential fluctuation (APF) using a spatial correlation (SC) model. The detailed analysis of the optical phonon behavior in disorder lattice confirmed the substitution of the transition metal ions in Zn 2+ site of the ZnO host lattice. The secondary phases of ZnCo 2O4, CuO, and ZnMn2O4 were detected in higher Co, Cu, and Mn doped ZnO thin films respectively; where as, XRD did not detect these secondary phases in the same samples. Room temperature ferromagnetism was observed in Co2+ and Cu2+ ions doped ZnO thin films with maximum saturation magnetization (Ms) of 1.0 and 0.76 muB respectively. The origin of the observed ferromagnetism in Zn1-xCoxO thin films was tested by the controlled introduction of shallow donors (Al) in Zn0.9-x Co0.1O:Alx (x = 0.005 and 0.01) thin films. The saturation magnetization for the 10% Co-doped ZnO (1.0 muB /Co) at 300K reduced (0.25 muB/Co) due to Al doping. The observed ferromagnetism and the reduction due to Al doping can be explained by the Bound Magnetic Polaron (BMP) model. The Resistivity of ZCO sample ( 103 O-cm) dropped by 5 orders of magnitude (0.02 O-cm) in Co, Al co-doped samples and the carrier concentrations increases 4 orders of magnitude ( 1019/cm3). The Cu2+ doped ZnO thin films showed the ferromagnetic property at 300K. The p-d orbital mixing of high spin Cu2+ (d9) state with the nearest neighbor oxygen p-orbital can explain the origin of RTFM in Zn 1-xCuxO thin films. The optical transmission spectroscopy and the photoluminescence spectroscopy analysis were used to understand the electronic band structure, near band edge (NBE) transition, and the excitonic behavior in ZnO and Zn1-xTMxO thin films. We have found the reduction of NBE transition at 300K due to the substitution of Co and Cu in ZnO host lattice. This narrowing of the optical band gap (NBE) is due to the sp-d exchange interaction between the d electrons of transition metal ions and the band electrons of ZnO; the strength of this interaction strongly depends on the number of d electrons. The s-d and p-d exchanges give rise to negative and positive corrections to the conduction and valance band edges respectively, leading to the NBE narrowing. We have observed the characteristic inter atomic d-d transitions in Co doped samples; thus confirming the substitution of Co2+ in the tetrahedral site in ZnO. The low temperature (77K) PL spectrum showed the basic excitonic characteristics of pure ZnO in Zn1-xTMxO thin films. The X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) showed that the Co and Cu are normally in 2+ oxidation state, but in the case of higher Cu concentrations (>3%), the mixed state of Cu2+ and Cu1+ were detected.

  10. Transition metal sulfide loaded catalyst

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    Maroni, V.A.; Iton, L.E.; Pasterczyk, J.W.; Winterer, M.; Krause, T.R.

    1994-04-26

    A zeolite-based catalyst is described for activation and conversion of methane. A zeolite support includes a transition metal (Mo, Cr or W) sulfide disposed within the micropores of the zeolite. The catalyst allows activation and conversion of methane to C[sub 2]+ hydrocarbons in a reducing atmosphere, thereby avoiding formation of oxides of carbon.

  11. Transition metal sulfide loaded catalyst

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    Maroni, Victor A. (Naperville, IL); Iton, Lennox E. (Downers Grove, IL); Pasterczyk, James W. (Westmont, IL); Winterer, Markus (Westmont, IL); Krause, Theodore R. (Lisle, IL)

    1994-01-01

    A zeolite based catalyst for activation and conversion of methane. A zeolite support includes a transition metal (Mo, Cr or W) sulfide disposed within the micropores of the zeolite. The catalyst allows activation and conversion of methane to C.sub.2 + hydrocarbons in a reducing atmosphere, thereby avoiding formation of oxides of carbon.

  12. Gas-phase studies of alkane oxidation by transition-metal oxides. Selective oxidation by CrO/sup +/

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    Kang, H.; Beauchamp, J.L.

    1986-11-26

    The gas-phase reactions of CrO/sup +/ with alkanes have been studied by using ion beam reactive scattering techniques. CrO/sup +/ undergoes facile reactions with alkanes larger than methane. CrO/sup +/ selectively oxidizes ethane to form ethanol. In addition to the possibility of alcohol formation, reactions with larger alkanes are more complex, yielding products in which dehydrogenation and loss of alkenes and alkanes occur. In reactions with cyclic alkanes, cyclopropane and cyclobutane yield products characteristic of C-C bond cleavage. In contrast, reactions with cyclopentane and cyclohexane mainly involve dehydrogenation and elimination of H/sub 2/O. A series of hydrogen abstraction reactions are examined to determine the bond dissociation energy D/sup 0/ (CrO/sup +/-H) = 89 +/- 5 kcal mol/sup -1/. This bond energy has implications for the reaction mechanisms of CrO/sup +/ with alkanes, leading to the suggestion of a multicenter reaction intermediate, in which alkyl C-H bonds add across the Cr/sup +/-O bond as an initial step. This is supported by an examination of the reactions of Cr/sup +/ with alcohols.

  13. Activation of Methane and Carbon Dioxide Mediated by Transition-Metal Doped Magnesium Oxide Clusters [MMgO](+/0/-) (M=Sc-Zn).

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    Li, Jilai; Gonzlez-Navarrete, Patricio; Schlangen, Maria; Schwarz, Helmut

    2015-05-18

    Mission: impossible? DFT calculations show that the trends in the thermochemistry are very different for the activation of CO2 and CH4 mediated by transition-metal doped magnesium oxide clusters [MMgO](+/0/-) (M=Sc-Zn). Thus, seeking a "simple" reagent to simultaneously mediate activation and coupling of CH4 and CO2 with high efficiency seems extremely daunting, if not impossible. PMID:25867011

  14. Technologies for deposition of transition metal oxide thin films: application as functional layers in “Smart windows” and photocatalytic systems

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    Gesheva, K.; Ivanova, T.; Bodurov, G.; Szilágyi, I. M.; Justh, N.; Kéri, O.; Boyadjiev, S.; Nagy, D.; Aleksandrova, M.

    2016-02-01

    “Smart windows” are envisaged for future low-energy, high-efficient architectural buildings, as well as for the car industry. By switching from coloured to fully bleached state, these windows regulate the energy of solar flux entering the interior. Functional layers in these devices are the transition metals oxides. The materials (transitional metal oxides) used in smart windows can be also applied as photoelectrodes in water splitting photocells for hydrogen production or as photocatalytic materials for self-cleaning surfaces, waste water treatment and pollution removal. Solar energy utilization is recently in the main scope of numerous world research laboratories and energy organizations, working on protection against conventional fuel exhaustion. The paper presents results from research on transition metal oxide thin films, fabricated by different methods - atomic layer deposition, atmospheric pressure chemical vapour deposition, physical vapour deposition, and wet chemical methods, suitable for flowthrough production process. The lower price of the chemical deposition processes is especially important when the method is related to large-scale glazing applications. Conclusions are derived about which processes are recently considered as most prospective, related to electrochromic materials and devices manufacturing.

  15. Transparent conducting oxide free backside illuminated perovskite solar cells

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    Li, Jia; Yao, Jiexiong; Xia, Huarong; Sun, Wentao; Liu, Jian; Peng, Lianmao

    2015-07-01

    Recently, hybrid perovskites have attracted great attention because of their promising applications in solar cells. However, perovskite solar devices reported till now are mostly based on transparent conducting oxide (TCO) substrates which account for a large proportion in the total cost. Herein, TCO-free perovskite solar cells are fabricated. A photo-electricity conversion efficiency of 5.27% is obtained with short circuit current density (Jsc) of 10.7 mA/cm2, open circuit voltage (Voc) of 0.837 V, and fill factor of 0.588. This study points a feasible way of replacing TCO substrate by low cost substrates, indicating promising potentials in solar energy conversion applications.

  16. Transition metals activate TFEB in overexpressing cells

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    Peña, Karina A.; Kiselyov, Kirill

    2015-01-01

    Transition metal toxicity is an important factor in the pathogenesis of numerous human disorders, including neurodegenerative diseases. Lysosomes have emerged as important factors in transition metal toxicity because they handle transition metals via endocytosis, autophagy, absorption from the cytoplasm and exocytosis. Transcription factor EB (TFEB) regulates lysosomal biogenesis and the expression of lysosomal proteins in response to lysosomal and/or metabolic stresses. Since transition metals cause lysosomal dysfunction, we proposed that TFEB may be activated to drive gene expression in response to transition metal exposure and that such activation may influence transition metal toxicity. We found that transition metals copper (Cu) and iron (Fe) activate recombinant TFEB and stimulate the expression of TFEB-dependent genes in TFEB-overexpressing cells. In cells that show robust lysosomal exocytosis, TFEB was cytoprotective at moderate levels of Cu exposure, decreasing oxidative stress as reported by the expression of heme oxygenase-1 (HMOX1) gene. However, at high levels of Cu exposure, particularly in cells with low levels of lysosomal exocytosis, activation of overexpressed TFEB was toxic, increasing oxidative stress and mitochondrial damage. Based on these data, we conclude that TFEB-driven gene network is a component of the cellular response to transition metals. These data suggest limitations and disadvantages of TFEB overexpression as a therapeutic approach. PMID:26251447

  17. Method for dry etching of transition metals

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    Ashby, Carol I. H. (Edgewood, NM); Baca, Albert G. (Albuquerque, NM); Esherick, Peter (Albuquerque, NM); Parmeter, John E. (Albuquerque, NM); Rieger, Dennis J. (Tijeras, NM); Shul, Randy J. (Albuquerque, NM)

    1998-01-01

    A method for dry etching of transition metals. The method for dry etching of a transition metal (or a transition metal alloy such as a silicide) on a substrate comprises providing at least one nitrogen- or phosphorous-containing .pi.-acceptor ligand in proximity to the transition metal, and etching the transition metal to form a volatile transition metal/.pi.-acceptor ligand complex. The dry etching may be performed in a plasma etching system such as a reactive ion etching (RIE) system, a downstream plasma etching system (i.e. a plasma afterglow), a chemically-assisted ion beam etching (CAIBE) system or the like. The dry etching may also be performed by generating the .pi.-acceptor ligands directly from a ligand source gas (e.g. nitrosyl ligands generated from nitric oxide), or from contact with energized particles such as photons, electrons, ions, atoms, or molecules. In some preferred embodiments of the present invention, an intermediary reactant species such as carbonyl or a halide ligand is used for an initial chemical reaction with the transition metal, with the intermediary reactant species being replaced at least in part by the .pi.-acceptor ligand for forming the volatile transition metal/.pi.-acceptor ligand complex.

  18. Method for dry etching of transition metals

    DOEpatents

    Ashby, C.I.H.; Baca, A.G.; Esherick, P.; Parmeter, J.E.; Rieger, D.J.; Shul, R.J.

    1998-09-29

    A method for dry etching of transition metals is disclosed. The method for dry etching of a transition metal (or a transition metal alloy such as a silicide) on a substrate comprises providing at least one nitrogen- or phosphorus-containing {pi}-acceptor ligand in proximity to the transition metal, and etching the transition metal to form a volatile transition metal/{pi}-acceptor ligand complex. The dry etching may be performed in a plasma etching system such as a reactive ion etching (RIE) system, a downstream plasma etching system (i.e. a plasma afterglow), a chemically-assisted ion beam etching (CAIBE) system or the like. The dry etching may also be performed by generating the {pi}-acceptor ligands directly from a ligand source gas (e.g. nitrosyl ligands generated from nitric oxide), or from contact with energized particles such as photons, electrons, ions, atoms, or molecules. In some preferred embodiments of the present invention, an intermediary reactant species such as carbonyl or a halide ligand is used for an initial chemical reaction with the transition metal, with the intermediary reactant species being replaced at least in part by the {pi}-acceptor ligand for forming the volatile transition metal/{pi}-acceptor ligand complex.

  19. Accurate electronic and chemical properties of 3d transition metal oxides using a calculated linear response U and a DFT + U(V) method

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    Xu, Zhongnan; Joshi, Yogesh V.; Raman, Sumathy; Kitchin, John R.

    2015-04-01

    We validate the usage of the calculated, linear response Hubbard U for evaluating accurate electronic and chemical properties of bulk 3d transition metal oxides. We find calculated values of U lead to improved band gaps. For the evaluation of accurate reaction energies, we first identify and eliminate contributions to the reaction energies of bulk systems due only to changes in U and construct a thermodynamic cycle that references the total energies of unique U systems to a common point using a DFT + U(V ) method, which we recast from a recently introduced DFT + U(R) method for molecular systems. We then introduce a semi-empirical method based on weighted DFT/DFT + U cohesive energies to calculate bulk oxidation energies of transition metal oxides using density functional theory and linear response calculated U values. We validate this method by calculating 14 reactions energies involving V, Cr, Mn, Fe, and Co oxides. We find up to an 85% reduction of the mean average error (MAE) compared to energies calculated with the Perdew-Burke-Ernzerhof functional. When our method is compared with DFT + U with empirically derived U values and the HSE06 hybrid functional, we find up to 65% and 39% reductions in the MAE, respectively.

  20. Accurate electronic and chemical properties of 3d transition metal oxides using a calculated linear response U and a DFT + U(V) method

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    Xu, Zhongnan; Kitchin, John R.; Joshi, Yogesh V.; Raman, Sumathy

    2015-04-14

    We validate the usage of the calculated, linear response Hubbard U for evaluating accurate electronic and chemical properties of bulk 3d transition metal oxides. We find calculated values of U lead to improved band gaps. For the evaluation of accurate reaction energies, we first identify and eliminate contributions to the reaction energies of bulk systems due only to changes in U and construct a thermodynamic cycle that references the total energies of unique U systems to a common point using a DFT + U(V ) method, which we recast from a recently introduced DFT + U(R) method for molecular systems. We then introduce a semi-empirical method based on weighted DFT/DFT + U cohesive energies to calculate bulk oxidation energies of transition metal oxides using density functional theory and linear response calculated U values. We validate this method by calculating 14 reactions energies involving V, Cr, Mn, Fe, and Co oxides. We find up to an 85% reduction of the mean average error (MAE) compared to energies calculated with the Perdew-Burke-Ernzerhof functional. When our method is compared with DFT + U with empirically derived U values and the HSE06 hybrid functional, we find up to 65% and 39% reductions in the MAE, respectively.

  1. Rapid Microwave Synthesis of Perovskite Oxide Nanostructures with Enhanced Functionality

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    Salazar, Gregory; Datta, Anuja; Mukherjee, Pritish

    2015-03-01

    Perovskite oxides are an important class of materials having high dielectric and piezoelectric coefficients, switchable ferroelectric (FE) polarization and interesting optical and electrical properties. Realization of functional devices based on classic perovskite oxides such as Pb(Zr0.52Ti0.48) O3 (PZT), and emerging Pb-free noncentrosymmetric (NCS) oxides, such as, ZnSnO3, ZnTiO3 and CaTiO3 have reinforced the investigation of these materials in multiple dimensions and length scales. However, large-scale synthesis and integration of ordered low-dimensional structures is a challenge, due to their complicated methodologies, high-cost and difficulties with phase stability. We discuss a generalized, cost-effective, rapid microwave synthesis route for size and shape selective nanostructure growth of these functional perovskite oxides on industrially viable flexible and hard substrates, stabilized by an enhanced ionic covalence. The rational synthesis approach allowed improved tunability of the size, shape, and orientation of the structures with improved electrical and FE properties. The facile fabrication route of these nanostructures may expand the outreach of probes for understanding the structure-property relationships in these hitherto unexplored and technologically important materials.

  2. Temperature-independent sensors based on perovskite-type oxides

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    Zaza, F.; Frangini, S.; Masci, A.; Leoncini, J.; Pasquali, M.; Luisetto, I.; Tuti, S.

    2014-06-19

    The need of energy security and environment sustainability drives toward the development of energy technology in order to enhance the performance of internal combustion engines. Gas sensors play a key role for controlling the fuel oxygen ratio and monitoring the pollution emissions. The perovskite-type oxides can be synthesized for an extremely wide variety of combinations of chemical elements, allowing to design materials with suitable properties for sensing application. Lanthanum strontium ferrites, such as La{sub 0.7}Sr{sub 0.3}FeO{sub 3}, are suitable oxygen sensing materials with temperature-independence conductivity, but they have low chemical stability under reducing conditions. The addition of aluminum into the perovskite structure improves the material properties in order to develop suitable oxygen sensing probes for lean burn engine control systems. Perovskite-type oxides with formula (La{sub 0.7}Sr{sub 0.3})(Al{sub x}Fe{sub 1−x})O{sub 3} was synthesized by the citrate-nitrate combustion synthesis method. XRD analyses, show that it was synthesized a phase-pure powder belonging to the perovskite structure. Aluminum affects both the unit cell parameters, by shrinking the unit cell, and the powder morphology, by promoting the synthesis of particles with small crystallite size and large specific surface area. The partial substitution of iron with aluminum improves the chemical stability under reducing gas conditions and modulates the oxygen sensitivity by affecting the relative amount of Fe{sup 4+} and Fe{sup 3+}, as confirmed from TPR profiles. In the same time, the addition of aluminum does not affects the temperature-independent properties of lanthanum strontium ferrites. Indeed, the electrical measurements show that (La{sub 0.7}Sr{sub 0.3})(Al{sub x}Fe{sub 1−x})O{sub 3} perovskites have temperature-independence conductivity from 900 K.

  3. Temperature-independent sensors based on perovskite-type oxides

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    Zaza, F.; Frangini, S.; Leoncini, J.; Luisetto, I.; Masci, A.; Pasquali, M.; Tuti, S.

    2014-06-01

    The need of energy security and environment sustainability drives toward the development of energy technology in order to enhance the performance of internal combustion engines. Gas sensors play a key role for controlling the fuel oxygen ratio and monitoring the pollution emissions. The perovskite-type oxides can be synthesized for an extremely wide variety of combinations of chemical elements, allowing to design materials with suitable properties for sensing application. Lanthanum strontium ferrites, such as La0.7Sr0.3FeO3, are suitable oxygen sensing materials with temperature-independence conductivity, but they have low chemical stability under reducing conditions. The addition of aluminum into the perovskite structure improves the material properties in order to develop suitable oxygen sensing probes for lean burn engine control systems. Perovskite-type oxides with formula (La0.7Sr0.3)(AlxFe1-x)O3 was synthesized by the citrate-nitrate combustion synthesis method. XRD analyses, show that it was synthesized a phase-pure powder belonging to the perovskite structure. Aluminum affects both the unit cell parameters, by shrinking the unit cell, and the powder morphology, by promoting the synthesis of particles with small crystallite size and large specific surface area. The partial substitution of iron with aluminum improves the chemical stability under reducing gas conditions and modulates the oxygen sensitivity by affecting the relative amount of Fe4+ and Fe3+, as confirmed from TPR profiles. In the same time, the addition of aluminum does not affects the temperature-independent properties of lanthanum strontium ferrites. Indeed, the electrical measurements show that (La0.7Sr0.3)(AlxFe1-x)O3 perovskites have temperature-independence conductivity from 900 K.

  4. Fabrication of ultralong hybrid microfibers from nanosheets of reduced graphene oxide and transition-metal dichalcogenides and their application as supercapacitors.

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    Sun, Gengzhi; Liu, Juqing; Zhang, Xiao; Wang, Xuewan; Li, Hai; Yu, Yang; Huang, Wei; Zhang, Hua; Chen, Peng

    2014-11-10

    Two-dimensional materials have attracted increasing research interest owing to their unique electronic, physical, optical, and mechanical properties. We thus developed a general strategy for the fabrication of ultralong hybrid microfibers from a mixture of reduced graphene oxide and transition-metal dichalcogenides (TMDs), including MoS2 , TiS2 , TaS2 , and NbSe2 . Furthermore, we prepared fiber-based solid-state supercapacitors as a proof-of-concept application. The performance of thus-prepared supercapacitors was greatly improved by the introduction of the TMDs. PMID:25130600

  5. Oxide perovskite crystals for HTSC film substrates microwave applications

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    Bhalla, A. S.; Guo, Ruyan

    1995-01-01

    The research focused upon generating new substrate materials for the deposition of superconducting yttrium barium cuprate (YBCO) has yielded several new hosts in complex perovskites, modified perovskites, and other structure families. New substrate candidates such as Sr(Al(1/2)Ta(1/2))O3 and Sr(Al(1/2)Nb(1/2))O3, Ba(Mg(1/3)Ta(2/3))O3 in complex oxide perovskite structure family and their solid solutions with ternary perovskite LaAlO3 and NdGaO3 are reported. Conventional ceramic processing techniques were used to fabricate dense ceramic samples. A laser heated molten zone growth system was utilized for the test-growth of these candidate materials in single crystal fiber form to determine crystallographic structure, melting point, thermal, and dielectric properties as well as to make positive identification of twin free systems. Some of those candidate materials present an excellent combination of properties suitable for microwave HTSC substrate applications.

  6. New insights on photocatalytic H2 liberation from water using transition-metal oxides: lessons from cluster models of molybdenum and tungsten oxides.

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    Ramabhadran, Raghunath O; Mann, Jennifer E; Waller, Sarah E; Rothgeb, David W; Jarrold, Caroline C; Raghavachari, Krishnan

    2013-11-13

    Molecular hydrogen (H2) is an excellent alternative fuel. It can be produced from the abundantly present water on earth. Transition-metal oxides are widely used in the environmentally benign photocatalytic generation of H2 from water, thus actively driving scientific research on the mechanisms for this process. In this study, we investigate the chemical reactions of W3O5(-) and Mo3O5(-) clusters with water that shed light on a variety of key factors central to H2 generation. Our computational results explain why experimentally Mo3O5(-) forms a unique kinetic trap in its reaction while W3O5(-) undergoes a facile oxidation to form the lowest-energy isomer of W3O6(-) and liberates H2. Mechanistic insights on the reaction pathways that occur, as well as the reaction pathways that do not occur, are found to be of immense assistance to comprehend the hitherto poorly understood pivotal roles of (a) differing metal-oxygen and metal-hydrogen bond strengths, (b) the initial electrostatic complex formed, (c) the loss of entropy when these TMO clusters react with water, and (d) the geometric factors involved in the liberation of H2. PMID:24171388

  7. Oligocyclopentadienyl transition metal complexes

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    de Azevedo, Cristina G.; Vollhardt, K. Peter C.

    2002-01-18

    Synthesis, characterization, and reactivity studies of oligocyclopentadienyl transition metal complexes, namely those of fulvalene, tercyclopentadienyl, quatercyclopentadienyl, and pentacyclopentadienyl(cyclopentadienyl) are the subject of this account. Thermal-, photo-, and redox chemistries of homo- and heteropolynuclear complexes are described.

  8. Electronic transport and mixed conductivity in perovskite type oxides

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    Anderson, H.U.; Nasrallah, M.M.; Sparlin, D.M.; Parris, P.E.

    1992-03-03

    The goal of the investigation presented in this report is to study the inter-relationship between electrical conductivity, oxidation-reduction kinetics, defect structure, and composition of n- and p-type binary and ternary transition metal oxides. The experimental part of the investigation included specimen preparation, thermogravimetric measurements, X-ray diffraction, thermally stimulated current, DTA/TGA, optical absorption, transmission electron microscopy, electrical conductivity, and Seebeck measurements. The systems studied or being studied are LaMnO{sub 3}-LaCrO{sub 3}-LaCrO{sub 3}, (La,Ca)(Mn,Al)O{sub 3}, Y{sub 1-x}Ca{sub x}CrO{sub 3}, YMnO{sub 3}-CaMnO{sub 3}, and LaMnO{sub 3}-CaMnO{sub 3}.

  9. Oxygen deficient layered double perovskite as an active cathode for CO2 electrolysis using a solid oxide conductor.

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    Shin, Tae Ho; Myung, Jae-Ha; Verbraeken, Maarten; Kim, Guntae; Irvine, John T S

    2015-01-01

    A-site ordered PrBaMn2O(5+?) was investigated as a potential cathode for CO2 electrolysis using a La(0.9)Sr(0.1)Ga(0.8)Mg(0.2)O3 (LSGM) electrolyte. The A-site ordered layered double perovskite, PrBaMn2O(5+?), was found to enhance electrocatalytic activity for CO2 reduction on the cathode side since it supports mixed valent transition metal cations such as Mn, which could provide high electrical conductivity and maintain a large oxygen vacancy content, contributing to fast oxygen ion diffusion. It was found that during the oxidation of the reduced PrBaMn2O(5+?) (O5 phase) to PrBaMn2O(6-?) (O6 phase), a reversible oxygen switchover in the lattice takes place. In addition, here the successful CO2 electrolysis was measured in LSGM electrolyte with this novel oxide electrode. It was found that this PrBaMn2O(5+?), layered perovskite cathode exhibits a performance with a current density of 0.85 A cm(-2) at 1.5 V and 850 C and the electrochemical properties were also evaluated by impedance spectroscopy. PMID:26247663

  10. Perovskite Oxide Thin Film Growth, Characterization, and Stability

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    Izumi, Andrew

    Studies into a class of materials known as complex oxides have evoked a great deal of interest due to their unique magnetic, ferroelectric, and superconducting properties. In particular, materials with the ABO3 perovskite structure have highly tunable properties because of the high stability of the structure, which allows for large scale doping and strain. This also allows for a large selection of A and B cations and valences, which can further modify the material's electronic structure. Additionally, deposition of these materials as thin films and superlattices through techniques such as pulsed laser deposition (PLD) results in novel properties due to the reduced dimensionality of the material. The novel properties of perovskite oxide heterostructures can be traced to a several sources, including chemical intermixing, strain and defect formation, and electronic reconstruction. The correlations between microstructure and physical properties must be investigated by examining the physical and electronic structure of perovskites in order to understand this class of materials. Some perovskites can undergo phase changes due to temperature, electrical fields, and magnetic fields. In this work we investigated Nd0.5Sr 0.5MnO3 (NSMO), which undergoes a first order magnetic and electronic transition at T=158K in bulk form. Above this temperature NSMO is a ferromagnetic metal, but transitions into an antiferromagnetic insulator as the temperature is decreased. This rapid transition has interesting potential in memory devices. However, when NSMO is deposited on (001)-oriented SrTiO 3 (STO) or (001)-oriented (LaAlO3)0.3-(Sr 2AlTaO6)0.7 (LSAT) substrates, this transition is lost. It has been reported in the literature that depositing NSMO on (110)-oriented STO allows for the transition to reemerge due to the partial epitaxial growth, where the NSMO film is strained along the [001] surface axis and partially relaxed along the [11¯0] surface axis. This allows the NSMO film enough freedom of movement to undergo a shear strain along the [11¯0] axes, allowing the NSMO film to switch phases. It was found that the desired magnetic and electrical properties were closely tied to the structural properties, which were highly sensitive to the precise growth conditions. These perovskite oxides can be further geometrically constrained by patterning, resulting in additional novel magnetic and electrical properties. One such method of patterning involves implanting Ar into a film to locally destabilize the ordered perovskite structure, therefore suppress the magnetic and electrical properties. However, to fully integrate this technique into devices which require multi-planar processes, the ability for a patterned perovskite film to withstand high temperature anneals is crucial in creating more advanced structures. The stability of Ar-implanted La0.7Sr0.3MnO 3 (LSMO) thin films was studied upon annealing at 400°C, 500°C, and 600°C. The LSMO retained its amorphous structure with little ferromagnetism after a 400°C anneal, but anneals at 500°C and 600°C resulted in partial recrystallization and a return of the ferromagnetic properties. This recrystallized film displayed semiconducting properties with a lower Curie temperature than the as deposited film. The deposition of an La 0.7Sr0.3FeO3 (LSFO) film onto an Ar implanted LSMO film at 400°C caused the LSMO film to almost fully recrystallize, suggesting that the deposition process also recrystallizes the Ar-implanted film. In conclusion, two perovskites films were explored in this thesis. NSMO films proved to be very sensitive to growth conditions, and Ar-implanted LSMO films quickly recrystallized past 400°C or a subsequent film deposition. These studies provide useful information on the structural and electronic transformations these films go through during heat treatment and strain engineering.

  11. Artificial layered perovskite oxides A(B{sub 0.5}B′{sub 0.5})O{sub 3} as potential solar energy conversion materials

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    Chen, Hungru; Umezawa, Naoto

    2015-02-07

    Perovskite oxides with a d{sup 0} electronic configuration are promising photocatalysts and exhibit high electron mobilities. However, their band gaps are too large for efficient solar energy conversion. On the other hand, transition metal cations with partially filled d{sup n} electronic configurations give rise to visible light absorption. In this study, by using hybrid density functional theory calculations, it is demonstrated that the virtues of the two categories of materials can be combined in perovskite oxide A(B{sub 0.5}B′{sub 0.5})O{sub 3} with a layered B-site ordering along the [001] direction. The electronic structures of the four selected perovskite oxide compounds, La(Ti{sub 0.5}Ni{sub 0.5})O{sub 3}, La(Ti{sub 0.5}Zn{sub 0.5})O{sub 3}, Sr(Nb{sub 0.5}Cr{sub 0.5})O{sub 3}, and Sr(Nb{sub 0.5}Fe{sub 0.5})O{sub 3} are calculated and discussed.

  12. The oxidation state and microstructural environment of transition metals (V, Co, and Ni) in magnetite: an XAFS study

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    Liang, Xiaoliang; He, Zisen; Tan, Wei; Liu, Peng; Zhu, Jianxi; Zhang, Jing; He, Hongping

    2015-05-01

    Transition metal-substituted magnetite minerals have attracted increasing attention for their wide application in industry and environmental protection. In this study, the valence and atomic environment of some substituting metals in magnetites (Fe3- x M x O4, M = V, Co, and Ni) were investigated using X-ray absorption fine structure spectroscopy. The results deduced from X-ray absorption near-edge structure spectroscopy indicated that the valences of V, Co, and Ni in Fe3- x M x O4 were +3, +2, and +2, respectively. The valences did not change as the substitution extent increased. Extended X-ray absorption fine structure spectroscopy suggested that the substituting cations occupied octahedral sites in the magnetite structure. The M-O and M-M/Fe distances were consistent with the Feoct-O and Feoct-Fe distances, respectively, in the magnetite (Fe3O4) structure. The occupancy of the substituting cations was assessed by crystal-field theory. We also considered the relationship between the chemical environment of substituting cations and their effects on the physicochemical properties of magnetite, including thermal stability, surface properties, and catalytic reactivity.

  13. Autothermal reforming catalyst having perovskite structure

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    Krumpel, Michael (Naperville, IL); Liu, Di-Jia (Naperville, IL)

    2009-03-24

    The invention addressed two critical issues in fuel processing for fuel cell application, i.e. catalyst cost and operating stability. The existing state-of-the-art fuel reforming catalyst uses Rh and platinum supported over refractory oxide which add significant cost to the fuel cell system. Supported metals agglomerate under elevated temperature during reforming and decrease the catalyst activity. The catalyst is a perovskite oxide or a Ruddlesden-Popper type oxide containing rare-earth elements, catalytically active firs row transition metal elements, and stabilizing elements, such that the catalyst is a single phase in high temperature oxidizing conditions and maintains a primarily perovskite or Ruddlesden-Popper structure under high temperature reducing conditions. The catalyst can also contain alkaline earth dopants, which enhance the catalytic activity of the catalyst, but do not compromise the stability of the perovskite structure.

  14. Ab initio G W plus cumulant calculation for isolated band systems: Application to organic conductor (TMTSF) 2PF6 and transition-metal oxide SrVO3

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    Nakamura, Kazuma; Nohara, Yoshiro; Yosimoto, Yoshihide; Nomura, Yusuke

    2016-02-01

    We present ab initio G W plus cumulant-expansion calculations for an organic compound (TMTSF) 2PF6 and a transition-metal oxide SrVO3. These materials exhibit characteristic low-energy band structures around the Fermi level, which bring about interesting low-energy properties; the low-energy bands near the Fermi level are isolated from the other bands, and, in the isolated bands, unusually low-energy plasmon excitations occur. To study the effect of this low-energy-plasmon fluctuation on the electronic structure, we calculate spectral functions and photoemission spectra using the ab initio cumulant expansion of the Green's function based on the G W self-energy. We found that the low-energy plasmon fluctuation leads to an appreciable renormalization of the low-energy bands and a transfer of the spectral weight into the incoherent part, thus resulting in an agreement with experimental photoemission data.

  15. Modification of MWCNT@TiO2 core-shell nanocomposites with transition metal oxide dopants for photoreduction of carbon dioxide into methane

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    Gui, Meei Mei; Chai, Siang-Piao; Mohamed, Abdul Rahman

    2014-11-01

    Titanium dioxide (TiO2) doped with visible-light-responsive metal oxides has been widely reported for improving the visible light absorption performance of TiO2 and its photocatalytic activity. The metal oxides could function as 'charge-carrier traps' that transport electrons from TiO2 through the heterojunction of the TiO2-metal oxides. In this work, the common transition metal oxides, i.e. FeOx, CuOx, NiO, CoOx and ZnO, were doped onto MWCNT@TiO2 core-shell nanocomposites. The effects of the metal oxide dopants on the photoactivity of the core-shell nanocomposites on CO2 reduction were studied. Characterization with diffuse-reflectance UV-vis showed significant improvement on visible light absorption after doping MWCNT@TiO2 with CuOx, FeOx and CoOx with the adsorption band-edge position red-shifted into the wavelength range of 480-630 nm. CuO-MWCNT@TiO2 appeared to be the most active one among all the studied photocatalysts, achieving a total methane formation of 0.93 ?mol/g-catalyst.

  16. Oxygen transport in perovskite-type solid oxide fuel cell materials: insights from quantum mechanics.

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    Muñoz-García, Ana B; Ritzmann, Andrew M; Pavone, Michele; Keith, John A; Carter, Emily A

    2014-11-18

    CONSPECTUS: Global advances in industrialization are precipitating increasingly rapid consumption of fossil fuel resources and heightened levels of atmospheric CO2. World sustainability requires viable sources of renewable energy and its efficient use. First-principles quantum mechanics (QM) studies can help guide developments in energy technologies by characterizing complex material properties and predicting reaction mechanisms at the atomic scale. QM can provide unbiased, qualitative guidelines for experimentally tailoring materials for energy applications. This Account primarily reviews our recent QM studies of electrode materials for solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs), a promising technology for clean, efficient power generation. SOFCs presently must operate at very high temperatures to allow transport of oxygen ions and electrons through solid-state electrolytes and electrodes. High temperatures, however, engender slow startup times and accelerate material degradation. SOFC technologies need cathode and anode materials that function well at lower temperatures, which have been realized with mixed ion-electron conductor (MIEC) materials. Unfortunately, the complexity of MIECs has inhibited the rational tailoring of improved SOFC materials. Here, we gather theoretically obtained insights into oxygen ion conductivity in two classes of perovskite-type materials for SOFC applications: the conventional La1-xSrxMO3 family (M = Cr, Mn, Fe, Co) and the new, promising class of Sr2Fe2-xMoxO6 materials. Using density functional theory + U (DFT+U) with U-J values obtained from ab initio theory, we have characterized the accompanying electronic structures for the two processes that govern ionic diffusion in these materials: (i) oxygen vacancy formation and (ii) vacancy-mediated oxygen migration. We show how the corresponding macroscopic oxygen diffusion coefficient can be accurately obtained in terms of microscopic quantities calculated with first-principles QM. We find that the oxygen vacancy formation energy is a robust descriptor for evaluating oxide ion transport properties. We also find it has a direct relationship with (i) the transition metal-oxygen bond strength and (ii) the extent to which electrons left behind by the departing oxygen delocalize onto the oxygen sublattice. Design principles from our QM results may guide further development of perovskite-based MIEC materials for SOFC applications. PMID:24972154

  17. High-pressure phase behaviors of ZnTiO3: ilmenite-perovskite transition, decomposition of perovskite into constituent oxides, and perovskite-lithium niobate transition

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    Akaogi, M.; Abe, K.; Yusa, H.; Kojitani, H.; Mori, D.; Inaguma, Y.

    2015-06-01

    High-pressure high-temperature phase transitions of ZnTiO3 ilmenite were examined using multianvil apparatus up to 25.5 GPa and 1,500 C and diamond anvil cell to 26.5 GPa and about 2,000 C. Combined results of the multianvil quench experiments and in situ diamond anvil cell experiments indicated that at about 10 GPa and 1,200 C ZnTiO3 ilmenite transforms to orthorhombic perovskite which is converted to lithium niobate phase on release of pressure. The boundary of the ilmenite-provskite transition is expressed by P(GPa) = 15.9 - 0.005 T (C). The high-pressure experiments also indicated that at 20-24 GPa and 1,000-1,400 C ZnTiO3 orthorhombic perovskite dissociates into rocksalt-type ZnO + baddeleyite-type TiO2 which are recovered, respectively, as wurtzite-type ZnO and ?-PbO2-type TiO2 at 1 atm. The boundary of the perovskite dissociation is expressed by P(GPa) = 8.7 + 0.011 T (C). Molar volume changes of ZnTiO3 at ambient conditions were estimated as -4.7 % for the ilmenite-perovskite transition and -3.5 % for the perovskite decomposition into the oxides. The absence of CaIrO3-type postperovskite in ZnTiO3 is consistent with that dissociation of ZnTiO3 perovskite into the oxides has the larger molar volume change than -1 to -2 % of the perovskite-postperovskite transition in various ABO3 compounds and with previous data that ABO3 perovskites with relatively ionic B-O bonds do not transform to the postperovskite. The transition behaviors of ZnTiO3 are similar to those of MnTiO3 and FeTiO3, but ZnTiO3 perovskite dissociates into the constituent oxides.

  18. Photovoltaic properties of low band gap ferroelectric perovskite oxides

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    Huang, Xin; Paudel, Tula; Dong, Shuai; Tsymbal, Evgeny

    2015-03-01

    Low band gap ferroelectric perovskite oxides are promising for photovoltaic applications due to their high absorption in the visible optical spectrum and a possibility of having large open circuit voltage. Additionally, an intrinsic electric field present in these materials provides a bias for electron-hole separation without requiring p-n junctions as in conventional solar cells. High quality thin films of these compounds can be grown with atomic layer precision allowing control over surface and defect properties. Initial screening based on the electronic band gap and the energy dependent absorption coefficient calculated within density functional theory shows that hexagonal rare-earth manganites and ferrites are promising as photovoltaic absorbers. As a model, we consider hexagonal TbMnO3. This compound has almost ideal band gap of about 1.4 eV, very high ferroelectric Curie temperature, and can be grown epitaxially. Additionally hexagonal TbMnO3 offers possibility of coherent structure with transparent conductor ZnO. We find that the absorption is sufficiently high and dominated by interband transitions between the Mn d-bands. We will present the theoretically calculated photovoltaic efficiency of hexagonal TbMnO3 and explore other ferroelectric perovskite oxides.

  19. Transition metals in superheat melts

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    Jakes, Petr; Wolfbauer, Michael-Patrick

    1993-01-01

    A series of experiments with silicate melts doped with transition element oxides was carried out at atmospheric pressures of inert gas at temperatures exceeding liquidus. As predicted from the shape of fO2 buffer curves in T-fO2 diagrams the reducing conditions for a particular oxide-metal pair can be achieved through the T increase if the released oxygen is continuously removed. Experimental studies suggest that transition metals such as Cr or V behave as siderophile elements at temperatures exceeding liquidus temperatures if the system is not buffered by the presence of other oxide of more siderophile element. For example the presence of FeO prevents the reduction of Cr2O3. The sequence of decreasing siderophility of transition elements at superheat conditions (Mo, Ni, Fe, Cr) matches the decreasing degree of depletion of siderophile elements in mantle rocks as compared to chondrites.

  20. Tuning Ferromagnetism at Interfaces between Insulating Perovskite Oxides

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    Ganguli, Nirmal; Kelly, Paul J.

    2014-09-01

    We use density functional theory calculations to show that the LaAlO3|SrTiO3 interface between insulating perovskite oxides is borderline in satisfying the Stoner criterion for itinerant ferromagnetism and explore other oxide combinations with a view to satisfying it more amply. The larger lattice parameter of a LaScO3|BaTiO3 interface is found to be less favorable than the greater interface distortion of LaAlO3|CaTiO3. Compared to LaAlO3|SrTiO3, the latter is predicted to exhibit robust magnetism with a larger saturation moment and a higher Curie temperature. Our results provide support for a "two phase" picture of coexistent superconductivity and ferromagnetism.

  1. Tuning ferromagnetism at interfaces between insulating perovskite oxides.

    PubMed

    Ganguli, Nirmal; Kelly, Paul J

    2014-09-19

    We use density functional theory calculations to show that the LaAlO3|SrTiO3 interface between insulating perovskite oxides is borderline in satisfying the Stoner criterion for itinerant ferromagnetism and explore other oxide combinations with a view to satisfying it more amply. The larger lattice parameter of a LaScO3|BaTiO3 interface is found to be less favorable than the greater interface distortion of LaAlO3|CaTiO3. Compared to LaAlO3|SrTiO3, the latter is predicted to exhibit robust magnetism with a larger saturation moment and a higher Curie temperature. Our results provide support for a "two phase" picture of coexistent superconductivity and ferromagnetism. PMID:25279639

  2. Superconductivity in transition metals.

    PubMed

    Slocombe, Daniel R; Kuznetsov, Vladimir L; Grochala, Wojciech; Williams, Robert J P; Edwards, Peter P

    2015-03-13

    A qualitative account of the occurrence and magnitude of superconductivity in the transition metals is presented, with a primary emphasis on elements of the first row. Correlations of the important parameters of the Bardeen-Cooper-Schrieffer theory of superconductivity are highlighted with respect to the number of d-shell electrons per atom of the transition elements. The relation between the systematics of superconductivity in the transition metals and the periodic table high-lights the importance of short-range or chemical bonding on the remarkable natural phenomenon of superconductivity in the chemical elements. A relationship between superconductivity and lattice instability appears naturally as a balance and competition between localized covalent bonding and so-called broken covalency, which favours d-electron delocalization and superconductivity. In this manner, the systematics of superconductivity and various other physical properties of the transition elements are related and unified. PMID:25666075

  3. Supported transition metal oxides as acid cracking catalysts: periodic trends and their relationship to activity and selectivity

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    Murrell, L.L.; Grenoble, D.C.; Kim, C.J.; Dispenziere, N.C. Jr.

    1987-10-01

    Surface phase oxides bonded to a support such as alumina have not been recognized previously to have acid cracking activities in the league of amorphous silica-alumina to the best of their knowledge. In this paper the relative gas-oil cracking activities of all Group IV, V, and VIB oxides supported on alumina (including alumina and rhenia on alumina) are reported. All of the supported oxides are at a surface coverage about one-third that of a monolayer. Tungsten oxide and niobium oxide on alumina have been identified as solids acids with high activity; while molybdenum oxide and rhenium oxide on alumina lead to high coke and gas make even with steam present as a cofeed in the cracking test. The periodic trends of cracking activity are those expected from the charge-to-radius ratio of the metal cation. This class of surface phase oxide solid acids has a wide range of activities (two orders of magnitude) and may prove useful for matching acid strength to specific reactions. In addition, this class of solid acids maintains surface area and cracking activity following high temperature steam treatment, in contrast to many conventional solid acid catalysts.

  4. Oxidations of Organic and Inorganic Substrates by Superoxo-, hydroperoxo-, and oxo-compounds of the transition metals.

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    Michael John Vasbinder

    2006-12-12

    Chapters 1 and 2 dealt with the chemistry of superoxo-, hydroperoxo-, and oxo- complexes of chromium, rhodium and cobalt. Chapter 3 dealt with the mechanism of oxygen-atom transfer catalyzed by an oxo-complex of rhenium. In Chapter 1, it was shown that hydroperoxometal complexes of cobalt and rhodium react with superoxochromium and chromyl ions, generating reduced chromium species while oxidizing the hydroperoxometal ions to their corresponding superoxometal ions. It was shown that the chromyl and superoxochromium ions are the more powerful oxidants. Evidence supports hydrogen atom transfer from the hydroperoxometal ion to the oxidizing superoxochromium or chromyl ion as the reaction mechanism. There is a significant H/D kinetic isotope effect. Comparisons to the rate constants of other known hydrogen atom transfer reactions show the expected correlation with bond dissociation energies. In Chapter 2, it was found that the superoxometal complexes Cr{sub aq}OO{sup 2+} and Rh(NH{sub 3}){sub 4}(H{sub 2}O)OO{sup 2+} oxidize stable nitroxyl radicals of the TEMPO series with rate constants that correlate with the redox potentials of both the oxidant and reductant. These reactions fit the Marcus equation for electron transfer near the theoretical value. Acid catalysis is important to the reaction, especially the thermodynamically limited cases involving Rh(NH{sub 3}){sub 4}(H{sub 2}O)OO{sup 2+} as the oxidant. The rate constants are notably less than those measured in the reaction between the same nitroxyl radicals and other strong free-radical oxidants, an illustration of the delocalized and stabilized nature of the superoxometal ions. Chapter 3 showed that oxo-rhenium catalysts needed a nucleophile to complete the catalytic oxygen-atom transfer from substituted pyridine-N-oxides to triphenylphosphine. The reaction was studied by introducing various pyridine-derived nucleophiles and monitoring their effect on the rate, then fitting the observed rate constants to the Hammett correlation. It was found that the values of the Hammett reaction constant PN were -1.0(1) for 4-nitro-2-methylpyridine-N-oxide and -2.6(4) for 4-methylpyridine-N-oxide as substrates. The negative value confirms pyridine is acting as a nucleophile. Nucleophiles other than pyridine derivatives were also tested. In the end, it was found that the most effective nucleophiles were the pyridine-N-oxides themselves, meaning that a second equivalent of substrate serves as the most efficient promoter of this oxygen-atom transfer reaction. This relative nucleophilicity of pyridines and pyridine-N-oxides is similar to what is observed in other OAT reactions generating high-valent metal-oxo species.

  5. Hydrocracking and hydroisomerization of long-chain alkanes and polyolefins over metal-promoted anion-modified transition metal oxides

    SciTech Connect

    Venkatesh, Koppampatti R.; Hu, Jianli; Tierney, John W.; Wender, Irving

    2001-01-01

    A method of cracking a feedstock by contacting the feedstock with a metal-promoted anion-modified metal oxide catalyst in the presence of hydrogen gas. The metal oxide of the catalyst is one or more of ZrO.sub.2, HfO.sub.2, TiO.sub.2 and SnO.sub.2, and the feedstock is principally chains of at least 20 carbon atoms. The metal-promoted anion-modified metal oxide catalyst contains one or more of Pt, Ni, Pd, Rh, Ir, Ru, (Mn & Fe) or mixtures of them present between about 0.2% to about 15% by weight of the catalyst. The metal-promoted anion-modified metal oxide catalyst contains one or more of SO.sub.4, WO.sub.3, or mixtures of them present between about 0.5% to about 20% by weight of the catalyst.

  6. Hydrocracking and hydroisomerization of long-chain alkanes and polyolefins over metal-promoted anion-modified transition metal oxides

    SciTech Connect

    Venkatesh, Koppampatti R.; Hu, Jianli; Tierney, John W.; Wender, Irving

    1996-12-01

    A method is described for cracking a feedstock by contacting the feedstock with a metal-promoted anion-modified metal oxide catalyst in the presence of hydrogen gas. The metal oxide of the catalyst is one or more of ZrO{sub 2}, HfO{sub 2}, TiO{sub 2} and SnO{sub 2}, and the feedstock is principally chains of at least 20 carbon atoms. The metal-promoted anion-modified metal oxide catalyst contains one or more of Pt, Ni, Pd, Rh, Ir, Ru, (Mn and Fe) or mixtures of them present between about 0.2% to about 15% by weight of the catalyst. The metal-promoted anion-modified metal oxide catalyst contains one or more of SO{sub 4}, WO{sub 3}, or mixtures of them present between about 0.5% to about 20% by weight of the catalyst.

  7. Transition Metal Switchable Mirror

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    None

    2010-01-08

    The switchable-mirrors technology was developed by Tom Richardson and Jonathan Slack of Berkeley Lab's Environmental Energy Technologies Division. By using transition metals rather than the rare earth metals used in the first metal-hydride switchable mirrors, Richardson and Slack were able to lower the cost and simplify the manufacturing process. Energy performance is improved as well, because the new windows can reflect or transmit both visible and infrared light. Besides windows for offices and homes, possible applications include automobile sunroofs, signs and displays, aircraft windows, and spacecraft.

  8. Transition Metal Switchable Mirror

    ScienceCinema

    None

    2013-05-29

    The switchable-mirrors technology was developed by Tom Richardson and Jonathan Slack of Berkeley Lab's Environmental Energy Technologies Division. By using transition metals rather than the rare earth metals used in the first metal-hydride switchable mirrors, Richardson and Slack were able to lower the cost and simplify the manufacturing process. Energy performance is improved as well, because the new windows can reflect or transmit both visible and infrared light. Besides windows for offices and homes, possible applications include automobile sunroofs, signs and displays, aircraft windows, and spacecraft. More information at: http://windows.lbl.gov/materials/chromogenics/default.htm

  9. Transition Metal Switchable Mirror

    SciTech Connect

    2009-01-01

    The switchable-mirrors technology was developed by Tom Richardson and Jonathan Slack of Berkeley Lab's Environmental Energy Technologies Division. By using transition metals rather than the rare earth metals used in the first metal-hydride switchable mirrors, Richardson and Slack were able to lower the cost and simplify the manufacturing process. Energy performance is improved as well, because the new windows can reflect or transmit both visible and infrared light. Besides windows for offices and homes, possible applications include automobile sunroofs, signs and displays, aircraft windows, and spacecraft. More information at: http://windows.lbl.gov/materials/chromogenics/default.htm

  10. Transition Metal Switchable Mirror

    SciTech Connect

    2009-08-21

    The switchable-mirrors technology was developed by Tom Richardson and Jonathan Slack of Berkeley Lab's Environmental Energy Technologies Division. By using transition metals rather than the rare earth metals used in the first metal-hydride switchable mirrors, Richardson and Slack were able to lower the cost and simplify the manufacturing process. Energy performance is improved as well, because the new windows can reflect or transmit both visible and infrared light. Besides windows for offices and homes, possible applications include automobile sunroofs, signs and displays, aircraft windows, and spacecraft.

  11. A new simple method for point contact Andreev reflection (PCAR) using a self-aligned atomic filament in transition-metal oxides

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    Hwang, Inrok; Lee, Keundong; Jin, Hyunwoo; Choi, Sunhwa; Jung, Eunok; Park, Bae Ho; Lee, Suyoun

    2015-04-01

    Point contact Andreev reflection (PCAR) has become a standard method for measuring the spin polarization (P) of spintronic materials due to its unique simplicity and the firm physical ground, but it is still challenging to achieve a clean point contact between a superconductor (SC) and a metal (N) for implementing PCAR. In this work, we suggest a much simpler method for PCAR measurement, where a point contact between SC and N is provided by a metallic filament in a transition-metal oxide generated by electrical bias. This method has been successfully demonstrated using a structure composed of Nb/NiO/Pt, where P of the Ni filament was estimated to be about 40%, consistent with the known value of the bulk Ni. In addition, we investigated the dependence of the conductance spectrum on the measurement temperature and the magnetic field. We found that the superconductivity is not fully suppressed until 9 T far above the critical field of Nb, which is associated with the nm-sized constriction of our SC/N junction, much smaller than the coherence length of the SC.Point contact Andreev reflection (PCAR) has become a standard method for measuring the spin polarization (P) of spintronic materials due to its unique simplicity and the firm physical ground, but it is still challenging to achieve a clean point contact between a superconductor (SC) and a metal (N) for implementing PCAR. In this work, we suggest a much simpler method for PCAR measurement, where a point contact between SC and N is provided by a metallic filament in a transition-metal oxide generated by electrical bias. This method has been successfully demonstrated using a structure composed of Nb/NiO/Pt, where P of the Ni filament was estimated to be about 40%, consistent with the known value of the bulk Ni. In addition, we investigated the dependence of the conductance spectrum on the measurement temperature and the magnetic field. We found that the superconductivity is not fully suppressed until 9 T far above the critical field of Nb, which is associated with the nm-sized constriction of our SC/N junction, much smaller than the coherence length of the SC. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available. See DOI: 10.1039/c4nr07262f

  12. BUFFER ADDITIVES FOR LIME/LIMESTONE SLURRY SCRUBBING: SULFITE OXIDATION WITH ENHANCED OXYGEN ABSORPTION CATALYZED BY TRANSITION METALS

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    The report gives results of a study of sulfite oxidation, involving the measurement of the rate of enhanced oxygen absorption across an unbroken interface into solution containing sulfite (2-100 mM) and catalyst (0.01-100 mM) at pH 4-6 and 50 C. Fe, Mn, Co, Cu and Cr ions were po...

  13. X-ray study of two complex oxides, each having octahedral oxygen co-ordination of transition metals

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    Shanthakumar, Poorani

    We have studied the system [Ba0.6 Sr0.4] [(Y Ta) 0.03 Ti0.94]O3, as produced using two different sintering temperatures. It was shown by others that for a sample sintered at 1550 °C the material is a relaxor, whereas for the same composition produced with sintering temperature of 1600 °C the sample is a normal ferroelectric. We have employed analysis of x-ray diffraction peak broadening, Ti K edge x-ray near edge spectroscopy, and extended x-ray absorption edge fine structure spectroscopy of Ta and Y sites in our study. We find that the 1550 °C sinter sample has over double the lattice strain as does the 1600 °C sample. For the lower temperature sinter material, both Ta and Y go to sites substitutional for Ti in the lattice, with a significant expansion (contraction) of the local perovskite structure about Y/Ta dopants. Thus, with only three percent B site addition of Y and Ta dopants, there is a strain associated relaxor behavior produced in a bulk sample. For the higher temperature sinter specimen, there is a marked change in the average Y environment relative to the lower temperature sinter sample. We also have studied the structural transformations around both V and Cr atoms in (V1-xCrx) 2O3 across its metal-insulator transition (MIT) have been studied by extended x-ray absorption fine-structure technique. Our new results for Cr made possible by the use of a novel x-ray analyzer that we developed reveal the substitutional mechanism of Cr doping. We find that this system has a buckled structure with short Cr-V and long V-V bonds. This system of bonds is disordered around the average trigonal lattice ascertained by x-ray diffraction. Such local distortions can result in a long range strain field that sets in around dilute Cr atoms in microscopic regions. We suggest that such locally strained regions should be insulating even at small x. The possibility of local insulating regions within a metallic phase, first suggested by Rice and Brinkman in 1972, remains unaccounted for in modern MIT theories. Also for the bulk single crystals, the glancing emergent angle method was used to minimize fluorescence distortion in V K-edge fluorescence XAFS. These data were compared to transmission results on finely ground powders. The powder XAFS is expected to be closely reproduced by weighting the c perpendicular to E data twice, the c parallel to E once, and dividing by three. For V-O and V-V distances, excellent agreement was obtained between the averaged single crystal and transmission powder data. Surprisingly, the amplitude of the weighed average glancing emergent angle data was in all cases greater, not less, than the amplitude of the corresponding powder data.

  14. Final-state effect on x-ray photoelectron spectrum of nominally d1 and n -doped d0 transition-metal oxides

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    Lin, Chungwei; Posadas, Agham; Hadamek, Tobias; Demkov, Alexander A.

    2015-07-01

    We investigate the x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) of nominally d1 and n -doped d0 transition-metal oxides including NbO2,SrVO3, and LaTiO3 (nominally d1), as well as n -doped SrTiO3 (nominally d0). In the case of single phase d1 oxides, we find that the XPS spectra (specifically photoelectrons from Nb 3 d , V 2 p , Ti 2 p core levels) all display at least two, and sometimes three distinct components, which can be consistently identified as d0,d1, and d2 oxidation states (with decreasing order in binding energy). Electron doping increases the d2 component but decreases the d0 component, whereas hole doping reverses this trend; a single d1 peak is never observed, and the d0 peak is always present even in phase-pure samples. In the case of n -doped SrTiO3, the d1 component appears as a weak shoulder with respect to the main d0 peak. We argue that these multiple peaks should be understood as being due to the final-state effect and are intrinsic to the materials. Their presence does not necessarily imply the existence of spatially localized ions of different oxidation states nor of separate phases. A simple model is provided to illustrate this interpretation, and several experiments are discussed accordingly. The key parameter to determine the relative importance between the initial-state and final-state effects is also pointed out.

  15. The performance of perovskites and spinels as catalysts for oxygen reduction in solid oxide fuel cell cathodes

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    Martin, Boris E.

    The lack of understanding of the catalytic process at the state-of-the-art cathode material surface in solid oxide fuel cells, (La0.8Sr 0.2)0.98MnO3+delta (LSM), has hindered the design of better catalysts. The objectives of this study were to design a system enabling the comparison of catalytic activities of different cathode materials independently of morphological factors, as well as to resolve catalytic processes at the LSM surface. The selection and optimization of potential cathode materials were performed on the basis of thermal expansion, four-probe dc-conductivity and thermoelectric power measurements in air. The materials studied as potential cathodes were tungsten, niobium and molybdenum doped barium cobaltite perovskites, copper manganese, cobalt manganese and cobalt ferrite spinels as well as strontium doped lanthanum cobalt ferrites and lanthanum manganite perovskites. The doped barium cobaltites were found lo offer superior electrical conductivity when octahedral site transition metal average valence was mixed 3+ /4+ compared to mixed 2+/3+. On the other hand, the loss of conductivity associated with octahedral site doping rendered these materials inadequate for solid oxide fuel cells (SOFC) cathode applications. Copper manganese spMd was found to exhibit electrical conductivity as high as 200 S.cm-1 at 1073 K and thermal expansion 11 ppm/K between 298 K and 1200 K. Thermal and chrono-potentiometric studies were used to determine the oxygen diffusivity, in cobalt and strontium doped lanthanum iron perovskites (LSCF), and revealed that the activation of strontium doped lanthanum manganese perovskites (LSM) under cathodic bias is kinetically limited by its rate of oxygen surface exchange, suggesting that the cathodic activation of LSM is due to its change in oxygen content under bias. The electronic defect structure of the cubic spinels was resolved in a defect reaction model involving the thermally activated redox of Cu + and Mn4+ to Cu2+ and Mn3+, as well as the disproportionation of Jahn-Teller ion Mn3+ into Mn2+ and Mn4+ and demonstrated that copper doping enhanced the amount of Mn4+ on octahedral sites. Cyclic voltammetry and potential-dependent electrochemical impedance spectroscopy studies of dense (La0.8Sr0.2)0.98MnO3+delta polycrystalline films revealed that the rate determining step in the oxygen reduction reaction, in the conditions of our study was the first charge transfer between oxygen ad-atoms and octahedral manganese III, as described by (S)Oad + MnxMn?O -adS +MnMn. The catalytic activity of CuzMn3-- zO4 cubic spinets was found superior to that of LSM and of stoichiometrie CoFe2O4 and Co2MnO 4 spinal at intermediate temperature, suggesting that the Mn 3+/Mn4+ redox couple on octahedral sites plays a major role in the catalysis of the oxygen reduction reaction on those transition metal oxide surfaces.

  16. Laterally configured resistive switching device based on transition-metal nano-gap electrode on Gd oxide

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    Kawakita, Masatoshi; Okabe, Kyota; Kimura, Takashi

    2016-01-01

    We have developed a fabrication process for a laterally configured resistive switching device based on a Gd oxide. A nano-gap electrode connected by a Gd oxide with the ideal interfaces has been created by adapting the electro-migration method in a metal/GdOx bilayer system. Bipolar set and reset operations have been clearly observed in the Pt/GdOx system similarly in the vertical device based on GdOx. Interestingly, we were able to observe a clear bipolar switching also in a ferromagnetic CoFeB nano-gap electrode with better stability compared to the Pt/GdOx device. The superior performance of the CoFeB/GdOx device implies the importance of the spin on the resistive switching.

  17. Strategies to curb structural changes of lithium/transition metal oxide cathode materials & the changes' effects on thermal & cycling stability

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    Yu, Xiqian; Hu, Enyuan; Bak, Seongmin; Zhou, Yong -Ning; Yang, Xiao -Qing

    2015-12-07

    Structural transformation behaviors of several typical oxide cathode materials during a heating process are reviewed in detail to provide in-depth understanding of the key factors governing the thermal stability of these materials. Furthermore, we also discuss applying the information about heat induced structural evolution in the study of electrochemically induced structural changes. All these discussions are expected to provide valuable insights for designing oxide cathode materials with significantly improved structural stability for safe, long-life lithium ion batteries, as the safety of lithium-ion batteries is a critical issue. As a result, it is widely accepted that the thermal instability of the cathodes is one of the most critical factors in thermal runaway and related safety problems.

  18. Strategies to curb structural changes of lithium/transition metal oxide cathode materials & the changes' effects on thermal & cycling stability

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    Yu, Xiqian; Hu, Enyuan; Bak, Seongmin; Zhou, Yong -Ning; Yang, Xiao -Qing

    2015-12-07

    Structural transformation behaviors of several typical oxide cathode materials during a heating process are reviewed in detail to provide in-depth understanding of the key factors governing the thermal stability of these materials. Furthermore, we also discuss applying the information about heat induced structural evolution in the study of electrochemically induced structural changes. All these discussions are expected to provide valuable insights for designing oxide cathode materials with significantly improved structural stability for safe, long-life lithium ion batteries, as the safety of lithium-ion batteries is a critical issue. As a result, it is widely accepted that the thermal instability of themore » cathodes is one of the most critical factors in thermal runaway and related safety problems.« less

  19. Strategies to curb structural changes of lithium/transition metal oxide cathode materials & the changes' effects on thermal & cycling stability

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    Yu, Xiqian; Hu, Enyuan; Bak, Seongmin; Zhou, Yong -Ning; Yang, Xiao -Qing

    2015-12-07

    Structural transformation behaviors of several typical oxide cathode materials during a heating process are reviewed in detail to provide in-depth understanding of the key factors governing the thermal stability of these materials. Furthermore, we also discuss applying the information about heat induced structural evolution in the study of electrochemically induced structural changes. All these discussions are expected to provide valuable insights for designing oxide cathode materials with significantly improved structural stability for safe, long-life lithium ion batteries, as the safety of lithium-ion batteries is a critical issue. As a result, it is widely accepted that the thermal instability of themore »cathodes is one of the most critical factors in thermal runaway and related safety problems.« less

  20. Study of the temperature-programmed reaction synthesis of early transition metal carbide and nitride catalyst materials from oxide precursors

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    Claridge, J.B.; York, A.P.E.; Brungs, A.J.; Green, M.L.H.

    2000-01-01

    The synthesis of high surface area carbide and nitride materials from binary and ternary oxides of vanadium, niobium, tantalum, molybdenum, and tungsten, suitable for use as catalysts for a wide range of reactions, has been investigated via the temperature-programmed reaction (TPRe) method, in various gas mixtures. TPRe of oxides in CH{sub 4}/H{sub 2}, C{sub 2}H{sub 6}/H{sub 2}, or NH{sub 3} yield materials with surface areas > 40 m{sup 2}/g. For the reaction with ethane or ammonia the reaction appears to proceed topotactically while that with methane does not; however, the conversion of nitrides to carbides in CH{sub 4}/H{sub 2} does appear to proceed topotactically.

  1. Strategies to curb structural changes of lithium/transition metal oxide cathode materials & the changes’ effects on thermal & cycling stability

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    Xiqian, Yu; Enyuan, Hu; Seongmin, Bak; Yong-Ning, Zhou; Xiao-Qing, Yang

    2016-01-01

    Structural transformation behaviors of several typical oxide cathode materials during a heating process are reviewed in detail to provide in-depth understanding of the key factors governing the thermal stability of these materials. We also discuss applying the information about heat induced structural evolution in the study of electrochemically induced structural changes. All these discussions are expected to provide valuable insights for designing oxide cathode materials with significantly improved structural stability for safe, long-life lithium ion batteries, as the safety of lithium-ion batteries is a critical issue; it is widely accepted that the thermal instability of the cathodes is one of the most critical factors in thermal runaway and related safety problems. Project supported by the U.S. Department of Energy, the Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Office of Vehicle Technologies (Grant No. DE-SC0012704).

  2. Structures, Energetics, and Vibrations of Small Transition Metal Oxide Clusters by High-Resolution Anion Photoelectron Spectroscopy

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    Kim, Jongjin B.; Weichman, Marissa L.; Neumark, Daniel

    2014-06-01

    Anion photoelectron spectroscopy has been a major tool in understanding the vibronic structure of metal oxide clusters, due to its universality and sensitivity. However, high ion temperatures and modest photoelectron energy resolutions have hampered the observation of vibrational structure. We have recently coupled our high-resolution slow photoelectron velocity-map imaging (SEVI) spectrometer to a cryogenic ion trap and a laser ablation ion source, allowing for the acquisition of photoelectron spectra of vibrationally cold metal oxide anions with a resolution down to 4 cm-1, limited by unresolved rotational structure. A test study of the simple d^0 group 4 MO_2 triatomic metal oxides yielded fully vibrationally-resolved spectra, allowing for reassignments of electron affinities, new measurements of vibrational fundamentals, and estimates of the anion geometries based on the observed FC structure. Studies of the corresponding Ti_2O_4 and Zr_2O_4 systems revealed vibrational progressions that allows for an unambiguous assignment of the anion isomers; previous photoelectron spectra could not distinguish the isomers based on detachment energies alone. Spectra of the VO_2^- anion identified the first three electronic states of the d^1 neutral as well as ?_1 and ?_2 vibrations in each state.

  3. Aluminum-Doped Zinc Oxide as Highly Stable Electron Collection Layer for Perovskite Solar Cells.

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    Zhao, Xingyue; Shen, Heping; Zhang, Ye; Li, Xin; Zhao, Xiaochong; Tai, Meiqian; Li, Jingfeng; Li, Jianbao; Li, Xin; Lin, Hong

    2016-03-30

    Although low-temperature, solution-processed zinc oxide (ZnO) has been widely adopted as the electron collection layer (ECL) in perovskite solar cells (PSCs) because of its simple synthesis and excellent electrical properties such as high charge mobility, the thermal stability of the perovskite films deposited atop ZnO layer remains as a major issue. Herein, we addressed this problem by employing aluminum-doped zinc oxide (AZO) as the ECL and obtained extraordinarily thermally stable perovskite layers. The improvement of the thermal stability was ascribed to diminish of the Lewis acid-base chemical reaction between perovskite and ECL. Notably, the outstanding transmittance and conductivity also render AZO layer as an ideal candidate for transparent conductive electrodes, which enables a simplified cell structure featuring glass/AZO/perovskite/Spiro-OMeTAD/Au. Optimization of the perovskite layer leads to an excellent and repeatable photovoltaic performance, with the champion cell exhibiting an open-circuit voltage (Voc) of 0.94 V, a short-circuit current (Jsc) of 20.2 mA cm(-2), a fill factor (FF) of 0.67, and an overall power conversion efficiency (PCE) of 12.6% under standard 1 sun illumination. It was also revealed by steady-state and time-resolved photoluminescence that the AZO/perovskite interface resulted in less quenching than that between perovskite and hole transport material. PMID:26960451

  4. Double perovskites as a family of highly active catalysts for oxygen evolution in alkaline solution.

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    Grimaud, Alexis; May, Kevin J; Carlton, Christopher E; Lee, Yueh-Lin; Risch, Marcel; Hong, Wesley T; Zhou, Jigang; Shao-Horn, Yang

    2013-01-01

    The electronic structure of transition metal oxides governs the catalysis of many central reactions for energy storage applications such as oxygen electrocatalysis. Here we exploit the versatility of the perovskite structure to search for oxide catalysts that are both active and stable. We report double perovskites (Ln₀.₅Ba₀.₅)CoO(₃-δ) (Ln=Pr, Sm, Gd and Ho) as a family of highly active catalysts for the oxygen evolution reaction upon water oxidation in alkaline solution. These double perovskites are stable unlike pseudocubic perovskites with comparable activities such as Ba₀.₅Sr₀.₅Co₀.₈Fe₀.₂O(₃-δ) which readily amorphize during the oxygen evolution reaction. The high activity and stability of these double perovskites can be explained by having the O p-band centre neither too close nor too far from the Fermi level, which is computed from ab initio studies. PMID:24042731

  5. Analysis of charge-injection characteristics at electrode-organic interfaces: Case study of transition-metal oxides

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    Wang, Z. B.; Helander, M. G.; Greiner, M. T.; Qiu, J.; Lu, Z. H.

    2009-12-01

    The formation of resistance-free or Ohmic contacts at metal/organic interfaces remains a significant challenge for achieving high-performance organic electronic devices such as organic light-emitting diodes. Several oxides have recently been reported to yield extremely low-voltage devices and thus have excited a renewed interest in developing the next generation of contacting electrodes. In this paper, major metal oxides, CuO, Cu2O , Ni2O3 , Co3O4 , WO3 , MoO3 , V2O5 , and indium tin oxide, have been systematically studied to compare their relative performance as hole injection anodes, as well as to provide an experimental database for theoretical analysis of current-voltage (IV) characteristics with a diverse range of injection barrier heights. Contrary to previous reports in the literature, none of the oxides studied in this work were found to form a true Ohmic contact with commonly used hole transport layers, such as N,N-diphenyl-N, N-bis-1-naphthyl-1-1-biphenyl-4,4-diamine ( ? -NPD). This discrepancy is attributed to incorrect IV data analysis of the quasi-Ohmic injection regimethe region in between space-charge limited current (SCLC) and injection limited current (ILC)in previous studies. It is found that the quasi-Ohmic regime is much larger (i.e., covers a greater range of injection barrier height) than has previously been expected. A criterion that defines Ohmic, quasi-Ohmic, and injection limited contacts has been quantified based on a time-domain simulation of charge transport across ? -NPD single-carrier devices. This criterion includes the effects of the electric field dependent mobility, organic layer thickness, and charge-injection barrier height. The effects of the built-in potential on the IV characteristics are also evaluated. A barrier-thickness-voltage phase diagram that defines the regions of SCLC, quasi-Ohmic, and ILC for ? -NPD is presented.

  6. Development of novel low-temperature selective hydrogen gas sensors made of palladium/oxide or nitride capped Magnesium-transition metal hydride films

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    Tang, Yu Ming

    Palladium capped Mg-based transition metal alloy film (Pd/Mg-TM) is a potentially useful hydrogen gas (H2) sensing material, which can operate at low temperature for detection of H2 leakage in an environment to ensure safe use and storage of the gas. The Pd layer catalytically dissociates hydrogen molecules, and the hydrogen atoms produced can enter (hydridation) or be detached (dehydridation) from the alloy layer. These processes are reversible, such that the film is switchable between a metal state and a hydride state, giving rise to substantial changes in its optical transmittance/reflectance and electrical resistivity. Unlike a conventional metal-oxide (MOx) H2 sensor, hydridation of an Mg-TM film is associated with relatively low enthalpy, and hence can perform at temperature much lower than the operation temperature of an MOx sensor (typically around 500°C or above). As such, an Mg-TM based sensor does not experience undesired annealing effect during operation, and hence is much more stable and durable. Furthermore, the detection selectivity of a Pd/Mg-TM film versus other reducing gases is superior to most conventional MOx-type hydrogen sensors. In this project, we systematically investigated the H2 sensing properties of Pd/Mg-TM films.

  7. Self-assembling synthesis of free-standing nanoporous graphene-transition-metal oxide flexible electrodes for high-performance lithium-ion batteries and supercapacitors.

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    Huang, Xiaodan; Sun, Bing; Chen, Shuangqiang; Wang, Guoxiu

    2014-01-01

    The synthesis of nanoporous graphene by a convenient carbon nanofiber assisted self-assembly approach is reported. Porous structures with large pore volumes, high surface areas, and well-controlled pore sizes were achieved by employing spherical silica as hard templates with different diameters. Through a general wet-immersion method, transition-metal oxide (Fe3O4, Co3O4, NiO) nanocrystals can be easily loaded into nanoporous graphene papers to form three-dimensional flexible nanoarchitectures. When directly applied as electrodes in lithium-ion batteries and supercapacitors, the materials exhibited superior electrochemical performances, including an ultra-high specific capacity, an extended long cycle life, and a high rate capability. In particular, nanoporous Fe3O4-graphene composites can deliver a reversible specific capacity of 1427.5 mAh g(-1) at a high current density of 1000 mA g(-1) as anode materials in lithium-ion batteries. Furthermore, nanoporous Co3O4-graphene composites achieved a high supercapacitance of 424.2 F g(-1) . This work demonstrated that the as-developed freestanding nanoporous graphene papers could have significant potential for energy storage and conversion applications. PMID:24129981

  8. Transition metal (Fe, Co and Ni) oxide nanoparticles grafted graphitic carbon nitrides as efficient optical limiters and recyclable photocatalysts

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    Sridharan, Kishore; Kuriakose, Tintu; Philip, Reji; Park, Tae Joo

    2014-07-01

    A single-step pyrolysis assisted route towards the large scale fabrication of metal oxide nanoparticles (Fe2O3, Co3O4 and NiO) ingrained in graphitic carbon nitride (GCN) is demonstrated. Urea, an abundantly available precursor, plays a dual role during the synthesis: while it acts as a reducing agent, it also gets converted to GCN. The formation of GCN and the in-situ growth and embedment of oxide nanoparticles are discussed on the basis of the experimental results. The wide absorption of the samples in the visible light region makes them suitable for nonlinear transmission and photocatalytic activity studies. Visible light photocatalytic activities of the samples are studied by monitoring the degradation of Rhodamine B dye. Optical limiting properties of the prepared samples are studied through the open aperture z-scan technique using 5 ns laser pulses at a wavelength of 532 nm. The cost-efficient and time saving synthetic approach is complemented by the magnetic behaviour of the samples, which enables their use as recyclable photocatalyst and magnetically controllable optical limiters.

  9. Characterization of single transition metal oxide nanorods by combining atomic force microscopy and polarized micro-Raman spectroscopy

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    Najjar, Samar; Talaga, David; Coffinier, Yannick; Szunerits, Sabine; Boukherroub, Rabah; Servant, Laurent; Couzi, Michel; Bonhommeau, Sbastien

    2011-09-01

    Accurate chemical and structural characterization of free-standing zinc oxide (ZnO) and hematite (?-Fe2O3) nanorods has been carried out using an AFM/Raman correlative technique under polarized light. ZnO nanorods are found to be wurtzite-type single crystalline objects homogeneous in composition and grown along their principal axis of symmetry. Hematite specimens are rhombohedral corundum-type single crystals grown along a direction orthogonal to their principal axis of symmetry and exhibiting structural disorder. Certain hematite nanorods turn out to be very sensitive to laser heating. These studies reveal the high potential of the coupled AFM/Raman technique to examine the properties of these promising nanomaterials.

  10. Melting of Transition Metals

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    Ross, M; Japel, S; Boehler, R

    2005-04-11

    We review the transition melting studies carried out at Mainz, and describe a recently developed model used to explain that the relatively low melting slopes are due to the partially filled d-bands, and the persistence of the pressure induced s-d transition. The basic tenets of the model have now been reconfirmed by new measurements for Cu and Ni. The measurements show that Cu which has a filled 3d-band, has a melt slope that is about 2.5 greater than its neighbor Ni. In the case of Mo, the apparent discrepancy of DAC melting measurements with shock melting can be explained by accounting for the change in melt slope due to the bcc-cp transition observed in the shock studies. The Fe melt curve is revisited. The possible relevance of the Jahn-Teller effect and recently observed transition metal melts with Icosahedral Short-Range Order (ISRO) is discussed.

  11. Ligand field splittings in core level transitions for transition metal (TM) oxides: Tanabe-Sugano diagrams and (TM) dangling bonds in vacated O-atom defects

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    Lucovsky, Gerry; Wu, Kun; Pappas, Brian; Whitten, Jerry

    2013-04-01

    Defect states in the forbidden band-gap below the conduction band edge are active as electron traps in nano-grain high-) transition metal (TM) oxides with thickness >0.3 nm, e.g., ZrO2 and HfO2. These oxides have received considerable attention as gate-dielectrics in complementary metal oxide semiconductor (CMOS) devices, and more recently are emerging as candidates for charge storage and memory devices. To provide a theoretical basis for device functionality, ab-initio many-electron theory is combined with X-ray absorption spectroscopy (XAS) to study O K edge and TM core level transitions. These studies identify ligand field splittings (?LF) for defect state features,. When compared with those obtained from O-atom and TM-atom core spectroscopic transitions, this provides direct information about defect state sun-nm bonding arrangements. comparisons are made for (i) elemental TiO2 and Ti2O3 with different formal ionic charges, Ti4+ and Ti3+ and for (ii) Magneli Phase alloys, TinO2n-1, n is an integer 9>=n>3, and (TiO2)x(HfO2)1-x alloys. The alloys display multi-valent behavior from (i) different ionic-charge states, (ii} local bond-strain, and (iii) metallic hopping transport. The intrinsic bonding defects in TM oxides are identified as pairs of singly occupied dangling bonds. For 6-fold coordinated Ti-oxides defect excited states in 2nd derivative O K pre-edge spectra are essentially the same as single Ti-atom d2 transitions in Tanabe-Sugano (T-S) diagrams. O-vacated site defects in 8-fold coordinated ZrO2 and HfO2 are described by d8 T-S diagrams. T-S defect state ordering and splittings are functions of the coordination and symmetry of vacated site bordering TM atoms. ?LF values from the analysis of T-S diagrams indicate medium range order (MRO) extending to 3rd and 4th nearest-neighbor (NN) TM-atoms. Values are different for 6-fold Ti, and 8-fold ZrO2 and HfO2, and scale inversely with differences in respective formal ionic radii. O-vacated site bonding defects in TM nano-grain oxides are qualitatively similar to vacant-site defects in non-crystalline SiO2 and GeO2 for ulta-thin films, < 0.2 nm thick, and yield similar performance in MOSCAPs on Ge substrates heralding applications in aggressively-scale CMOS devices.

  12. Kinetic and mechanistic studies of reactive intermediates in photochemical and transition metal-assisted oxidation, decarboxylation and alkyl transfer reactions

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    Carraher, Jack McCaslin

    Reactive species like high-valent metal-oxo complexes and carbon and oxygen centered radicals are important intermediates in enzymatic systems, atmospheric chemistry, and industrial processes. Understanding the pathways by which these intermediates form, their relative reactivity, and their fate after reactions is of the utmost importance. Herein are described the mechanistic detail for the generation of several reactive intermediates, synthesis of precursors, characterization of precursors, and methods to direct the chemistry to more desirable outcomes yielding 'greener' sources of commodity chemicals and fuels. High-valent Chromium from Hydroperoxido-Chromium(III). The decomposition of pentaaquahydroperoxido chromium(III) ion (hereafter Cr aqOOH2+) in acidic aqueous solutions is kinetically complex and generates mixtures of products (Craq3+, HCrO 4-, H2O2, and O2). The yield of high-valent chromium products (known carcinogens) increased from a few percent at pH 1 to 70 % at pH 5.5 (near biological pH). Yields of H 2O2 increased with acid concentration. The reproducibility of the kinetic data was poor, but became simplified in the presence of H2O2 or 2,2‧-azinobis(3-ethylbenzothiazoline-6-sulfonate) dianion (ABTS2-). Both are capable of scavenging strongly oxidizing intermediates). The observed rate constants (pH 1, [O2] ≤ 0.03 mM) in the presence of these scavengers are independent of [scavenger] and within the error are the same (k,ABTS2- = (4.9 +/- 0.2) x 10-4 s-1 and kH2O2 = (5.3 +/- 0.7) x 10-4 s-1); indicating involvement of the scavengers in post-rate determining steps. In the presence of either scavenger, decomposition of CrOOH2+ obeyed a two-term rate law, k obs / s-1 = (6.7 +/- 0.7) x 10-4 + (7.6 +/- 1.1) x 10-4 [H+]. Effect of [H+] on the kinetics and the product distribution, cleaner kinetics in the presence of scavengers, and independence of kobs on [scavenger] suggest a dual-pathway mechanism for the decay of Craq OOH2+. The H+-catalyzed path leads to the dissociation of H2O2 from Cr(III), while in the H+-independent reaction, CraqOOH2+ is transformed to Cr(V). Both scavengers rapidly remove Cr(V) and simplify both the kinetics and products by impeding formation of Cr(IV, V, VI). Syntheses, Reactivity, and Thermodynamic Considerations LRhR2+. Macrocyclic rhodium(II) complexes LRh(H 2O)2+ (L = L1= cyclam and L2 = meso-Me6-cyclam) react with alkyl hydroperoxides R(CH3)2COOH to generate the corresponding rhodium(III) alkyls LRh(H2O)R2+ (R = CH3, C2 H5, PhCH2). Methyl and benzyl complexes can also be prepared by bimolecular group transfer from alkyl cobaloximes (dmgX) 2(H2O)CoR (where R = CH3, CH2Ph and dmgX is either dimethylglyoxime or a BF2-capped derivative of dmg) to LRh(H2O)2+. When R = C2H5, C3H7 or C4H9, the mechanism changes from group transfer to hydrogen atom abstraction from the coordinated alkyl and produces LRh(H2O)H2+ and an a-olefin. The new LRh(H2O)R2+ complexes were characterized by solution NMR and by crystal structure analysis. They exhibit great stability in aqueous solution at room temperature, but undergo efficient Rh-C bond cleavage upon photolysis. 'Green' Model for Decarboxylation of Biomass Derived Acids via Photolysis of in situ formed Metal-Carboxylate Complexes. Photolysis of aqueous solutions containing propionic acid and Fe 3+ aq in the absence of oxygen generates a mixture of hydrocarbons (ethane, ethylene and butane), carbon dioxide, and Fe2+. Photolysis in the presence of O2 yields catalytic amounts of hydrocarbon products. When halide ions are present during photolysis; nearly quantitative yields of ethyl halides are produced via extraction of a halide atom from FeX2+ by ethyl radical. The rate constants for ethyl radical reactions with FeCl2+ (k = 4.0 (+/- 0.5) x 106 M-1s-1) and with FeBr 2+ (k = 3.0 (+/- 0.5) x 107 M-1s -1) were determined via competition reactions. Irradiation of solutions containing aqueous Cu2+ salts and linear carboxylic acids yield alpha-olefins selectively. This process is made catalytic by the introduction of O2. Photochemical decarboxylation of propionic acid in the presence of Cu2+ generates ethylene and Cu +. Longer-chain acids also yield alpha olefins as exclusive products. In the absence of continued purging with O2 to aid removal of olefin, Cu+(olefin) complexes accumulate and catalytic activity slows dramatically due to depletion of Cu2+. The results underscore the profound effect that the choice of metal ions, the medium, and reaction conditions exert on the photochemistry of carboxylic acids. Free Oxygen Atom in Solution from 4-Benzoylpyridine N-Oxide Excited Singlet. Photolysis of 4-benzoylpyridine N-oxide (BPyO) in the presence of quenchers of the triplet excited state produces up to 41% O(3P) (as determined by generation of ethylene upon scavenging with cyclopentene). In the absence of 3BPyO* quenchers a maximum of 13% O(3P) relative to consumed BPyO is obtained. The remaining products are hydroxylated-4-benzoylpyridine and 4-benzoylpyridine. Additionally, the rate of BPyO consumption (as determined by UV-vis) decreases in the presence of 3BPyO* quenching agents. Second order rate constants for 3BPyO* quenching were determined. A mechanism for photochemical deoxygenation of BPyO is proposed on the basis of kinetic data and product distribution under various conditions. Additionally, comparisons are made between the observed intermediates and similar triplet excited states and radical anions.

  13. The electronic structure of metal oxide/organo metal halide perovskite junctions in perovskite based solar cells

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    Dymshits, Alex; Henning, Alex; Segev, Gideon; Rosenwaks, Yossi; Etgar, Lioz

    2015-03-01

    Cross-sections of a hole-conductor-free CH3NH3PbI3 perovskite solar cell were characterized with Kelvin probe force microscopy. A depletion region width of about 45 nm was determined from the measured potential profiles at the interface between CH3NH3PbI3 and nanocrystalline TiO2, whereas a negligible depletion was measured at the CH3NH3PbI3/Al2O3 interface. A complete solar cell can be realized with the CH3NH3PbI3 that functions both as light harvester and hole conductor in combination with a metal oxide. The band diagrams were estimated from the measured potential profile at the interfaces, and are critical findings for a better understanding and further improvement of perovskite based solar cells.

  14. The electronic structure of metal oxide/organo metal halide perovskite junctions in perovskite based solar cells.

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    Dymshits, Alex; Henning, Alex; Segev, Gideon; Rosenwaks, Yossi; Etgar, Lioz

    2015-01-01

    Cross-sections of a hole-conductor-free CH3NH3PbI3 perovskite solar cell were characterized with Kelvin probe force microscopy. A depletion region width of about 45 nm was determined from the measured potential profiles at the interface between CH3NH3PbI3 and nanocrystalline TiO2, whereas a negligible depletion was measured at the CH3NH3PbI3/Al2O3 interface. A complete solar cell can be realized with the CH3NH3PbI3 that functions both as light harvester and hole conductor in combination with a metal oxide. The band diagrams were estimated from the measured potential profile at the interfaces, and are critical findings for a better understanding and further improvement of perovskite based solar cells. PMID:25731963

  15. The electronic structure of metal oxide/organo metal halide perovskite junctions in perovskite based solar cells

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    Dymshits, Alex; Henning, Alex; Segev, Gideon; Rosenwaks, Yossi; Etgar, Lioz

    2015-01-01

    Cross-sections of a hole-conductor-free CH3NH3PbI3 perovskite solar cell were characterized with Kelvin probe force microscopy. A depletion region width of about 45 nm was determined from the measured potential profiles at the interface between CH3NH3PbI3 and nanocrystalline TiO2, whereas a negligible depletion was measured at the CH3NH3PbI3/Al2O3 interface. A complete solar cell can be realized with the CH3NH3PbI3 that functions both as light harvester and hole conductor in combination with a metal oxide. The band diagrams were estimated from the measured potential profile at the interfaces, and are critical findings for a better understanding and further improvement of perovskite based solar cells. PMID:25731963

  16. Significant enhancement of photovoltage in artificially designed perovskite oxide structures

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    Zhou, Wen-jia; Jin, Kui-juan; Guo, Hai-zhong; He, Xu; He, Meng; Xu, Xiu-lai; Lu, Hui-bin; Yang, Guo-zhen

    2015-03-01

    La0.9Sr0.1MnO3/insulator/SrNb0.007Ti0.993O3 multilayer and La0.9Sr0.1MnO3/SrNb0.007Ti0.993O3/In2O3:SnO2(ITO)/La0.9Sr0.1MnO3/SrNb0.007Ti0.993O3 multilayer structures were designed to enhance the photovoltage. The photovoltages of these two structures under an illumination of 308 nm laser are 410 and 600 mV, respectively. The latter is 20 times larger than that (30 mV) observed in La0.9Sr0.1MnO3/SrNb0.007Ti0.993O3 single junction. The origin of such significant enhancement of photovoltage is discussed in this letter. These results suggest that the photoelectric property of perovskite oxides could be much improved by artificial structure designing. The enhanced photovoltaic effects have potential applications in the ultraviolet photodetection and solar cells.

  17. Structural and Electronic Properties of Reduced Transition Metal Oxide Clusters, M?O? and M?O?? (M = Cr, W), from Photoelectron Spectroscopy and Quantum Chemical Calculations

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    Li, Shenggang; Zhai, Hua Jin; Wang, Lai S.; Dixon, David A.

    2009-09-28

    We report a comparative study of reduced transition metal oxide clusters, M?O?? (M = Cr, W) anions and their neutrals, via anion photoelectron spectroscopy (PES) and density functional theory (DFT) and molecular orbital theory (CCSD(T)) calculations. Well-resolved PES spectra are obtained for M?O?? (M = Cr, W) at 193 and 157 nm photon energies. Different PES spectra are observed for M = Cr versus M = W. ExtensiveDFT and CCSD(T) calculations are performed to locate the ground and low-lying excited states for the neutrals and anions. The ground states of Cr?O? and Cr?O?? are predicted to be the B? and ?B? states of a C?v structure, respectively, revealing ferromagnetic spin coupling for Cr 3d electrons. In contrast, the ground states of W?O? and W?O?? are predicted to be the A? state (Cs symmetry) and the A? state (C?v symmetry), respectively, showing metal-metal d-d bonding in the anion. The current cluster geometries are in qualitative agreement with prior DFT studies at the PBE level for M = Cr and the B3LYP level for M = W. The BP86 and PW91 functionals significantly outperform the B3LYP functional for the Cr species, in terms of relative energies, electron detachment energies, and electronic excitation energies, whereas the B3LYP functional is better for the W species. Accurate heats of formation for the ground states of M?O? are calculated from the clustering energies and the heats of formation of MO? and MO?. The energetics have been used to predict redox reaction thermochemistry.

  18. Design Insights for Tuning the Electrocatalytic Activity of Perovskite Oxides for the Oxygen Evolution Reaction

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    Malkhandi, S; Trinh, P; Manohar, AK; Manivannan, A; Balasubramanian, M; Prakash, GKS; Narayanan, SR

    2015-04-16

    Rechargeable metal-air batteries and water electrolyzers based on aqueous alkaline electrolytes hold the potential to be sustainable solutions to address the challenge of storing large amounts of electrical energy generated from solar and wind resources. For these batteries and electrolyzers to be economically viable, it is essential to have efficient, durable, and inexpensive electrocatalysts for the oxygen evolution reaction. In this article, we describe new insights for predicting and tuning the activity of inexpensive transition metal oxides for designing efficient and inexpensive electrocatalysts. We have focused on understanding the factors determining the electrocatalytic activity for oxygen evolution in a strong alkaline medium. To this end, we have conducted a systematic investigation of nanophase calcium-doped lanthanum cobalt manganese oxide, an example of a mixed metal oxide that can be tuned for its electrocatalytic activity by varying the transition metal composition. Using X-ray absorption spectroscopy (XANES), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), electrochemical polarization experiments, and analysis of mechanisms, we have identified the key determinants of electrocatalytic activity. We have found that the Tafel slopes are determined by the oxidation states and the bond energy of the surface intermediates of Mn-OH and Co-OH bonds while the catalytic activity increased with the average d-electron occupancy of the sigma* orbital of the M-OH bond. We anticipate that such understanding will be very useful in predicting the behavior of other transition metal oxide catalysts.

  19. Photocatalytic Water Oxidation over Metal Oxide Nanosheets Having a Three-Layer Perovskite Structure.

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    Oshima, Takayoshi; Eguchi, Miharu; Maeda, Kazuhiko

    2016-02-01

    Metal oxide nanosheets having a three-layer perovskite structure were studied as photocatalysts for water oxidation in the presence of IO3 (-) as a reversible electron acceptor. This work examined the effects of the lateral dimensions and composition of the nanosheets as well as metal oxide co-catalysts deposited on the restacked nanosheets. Depositing metal oxides capable of promoting reduction reactions on the nanosheets were found to promote the water oxidation activity. In contrast, the lateral dimensions and the degree of crystallinity of the nanosheets had little effect on the activity. Experimental results demonstrated that the reduction of IO3 (-) is the rate-limiting step in this reaction and that nanosheets with less distorted structures are advantageous with regard to increasing both light absorption and the mobility of photoexcited charge carriers. PMID:26733314

  20. Modeling of thermal expansion coefficient of perovskite oxide for solid oxide fuel cell cathode

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    Heydari, F.; Maghsoudipour, A.; Alizadeh, M.; Khakpour, Z.; Javaheri, M.

    2015-09-01

    Artificial intelligence models have the capacity to eliminate the need for expensive experimental investigation in various areas of manufacturing processes, including the material science. This study investigates the applicability of adaptive neuro-fuzzy inference system (ANFIS) approach for modeling the performance parameters of thermal expansion coefficient (TEC) of perovskite oxide for solid oxide fuel cell cathode. Oxides (Ln = La, Nd, Sm and M = Fe, Ni, Mn) have been prepared and characterized to study the influence of the different cations on TEC. Experimental results have shown TEC decreases favorably with substitution of Nd3+ and Mn3+ ions in the lattice. Structural parameters of compounds have been determined by X-ray diffraction, and field emission scanning electron microscopy has been used for the morphological study. Comparison results indicated that the ANFIS technique could be employed successfully in modeling thermal expansion coefficient of perovskite oxide for solid oxide fuel cell cathode, and considerable savings in terms of cost and time could be obtained by using ANFIS technique.

  1. Atomic layer deposition of perovskite oxides and their epitaxial integration with Si, Ge, and other semiconductors

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    McDaniel, Martin D.; Ngo, Thong Q.; Hu, Shen; Posadas, Agham; Demkov, Alexander A.; Ekerdt, John G.

    2015-12-01

    Atomic layer deposition (ALD) is a proven technique for the conformal deposition of oxide thin films with nanoscale thickness control. Most successful industrial applications have been with binary oxides, such as Al2O3 and HfO2. However, there has been much effort to deposit ternary oxides, such as perovskites (ABO3), with desirable properties for advanced thin film applications. Distinct challenges are presented by the deposition of multi-component oxides using ALD. This review is intended to highlight the research of the many groups that have deposited perovskite oxides by ALD methods. Several commonalities between the studies are discussed. Special emphasis is put on precursor selection, deposition temperatures, and specific property performance (high-k, ferroelectric, ferromagnetic, etc.). Finally, the monolithic integration of perovskite oxides with semiconductors by ALD is reviewed. High-quality epitaxial growth of oxide thin films has traditionally been limited to physical vapor deposition techniques (e.g., molecular beam epitaxy). However, recent studies have demonstrated that epitaxial oxide thin films may be deposited on semiconductor substrates using ALD. This presents an exciting opportunity to integrate functional perovskite oxides for advanced semiconductor applications in a process that is economical and scalable.

  2. Selenophene transition metal complexes

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    White, C.J.

    1994-07-27

    This research shows that selenophene transition metal complexes have a chemistry that is similar to their thiophene analogs. Selenophene coordination has been demonstrated and confirmed by molecular structure in both the {eta}{sup 5}- and the {eta}{sup 1}(Se)-coordination modes. The reaction chemistry of selenophene complexes closely resembles that of the analogous thiophene complexes. One major difference, however, is that selenophene is a better donor ligand than thiophene making the selenophene complexes more stable than the corresponding thiophene complexes. The {sup 77}Se NMR chemical shift values for selenophene complexes fall within distinct regions primarily depending on the coordination mode of the selenophene ligand. In the final paper, the C-H bond activation of {eta}{sup 1}(S)-bound thiophenes, {eta}{sup 1}(S)-benzothiophene and {eta}{sup 1}(Se)-bound selenophenes has been demonstrated. The deprotonation and rearrangement of the {eta}{sup 1}(E)-bound ligand to the carbon bound L-yl complex readily occurs in the presence of base. Reprotonation with a strong acid gives a carbene complex that is unreactive towards nucleophilic attack at the carbene carbon and is stable towards exposure to air. The molecular structure of [Cp(NO)(PPh{sub 3})Re(2-benzothioenylcarbene)]O{sub 3}SCF{sub 3} was determined and contains a Re-C bond with substantial double bond character. Methyl substitution for the thienylcarbene or selenylcarbene gives a carbene that rearranges thermally to give back the {eta}{sup 1}(E)-bound complex. Based on these model reactions, a new mechanism for the H/D exchange of thiophene over the hydrodesulfurization catalyst has been proposed.

  3. Lattice effect on thermal diffusivity in double perovskite molybdenum oxide investigated by mirage technique

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    Huang, Q. J.; Liu, X. J.; Luo, A. H.; Zhang, S. Y.; Xu, S.

    2005-06-01

    Lattice effect on the thermal diffusivity has been investigated in double perovskite A2FeMoO6 (A= Ca, Sr and Ba) by means of mirage technique at 300 K. We find that the thermal diffusivity increases form 35 mm2/s for A= Ca to 41 mm2/s for A= Ba. Considering the change of the Fe-O-Mo bond angle from 152.4circ for A= Ca to 180circ for A= Ba, the larger thermal diffusivity for Ba compound has been ascribed to the enhanced hybridization between transition-metal d and oxygen p states due to the larger Fe-O-Mo bond angle and hence the wider one-electron bandwidth (W).

  4. Electronic conduction in La-based perovskite-type oxides

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    Kozuka, Hisashi; Ohbayashi, Kazushige; Koumoto, Kunihito

    2015-04-01

    A systematic study of La-based perovskite-type oxides from the viewpoint of their electronic conduction properties was performed. LaCo0.5Ni0.5O3±δ was found to be a promising candidate as a replacement for standard metals used in oxide electrodes and wiring that are operated at temperatures up to 1173 K in air because of its high electrical conductivity and stability at high temperatures. LaCo0.5Ni0.5O3±δ exhibits a high conductivity of 1.9 × 103 S cm-1 at room temperature (R.T.) because of a high carrier concentration n of 2.2 × 1022 cm-3 and a small effective mass m* of 0.10 me. Notably, LaCo0.5Ni0.5O3±δ exhibits this high electrical conductivity from R.T. to 1173 K, and little change in the oxygen content occurs under these conditions. LaCo0.5Ni0.5O3±δ is the most suitable for the fabrication of oxide electrodes and wiring, though La1-xSrxCoO3±δ and La1-xSrxMnO3±δ also exhibit high electronic conductivity at R.T., with maximum electrical conductivities of 4.4 × 103 S cm-1 for La0.5Sr0.5CoO3±δ and 1.5 × 103 S cm-1 for La0.6Sr0.4MnO3±δ because oxygen release occurs in La1-xSrxCoO3±δ as elevating temperature and the electrical conductivity of La0.6Sr0.4MnO3±δ slightly decreases at temperatures above 400 K.

  5. Probing dynamics of complex ordered phases in colossal magnetoresistive transition-metal oxides using coherent resonant soft x-ray scattering

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    Turner, Joshua J.

    A growing interest in the physics of complex systems such as in the transition-metal oxide family has exploded recently, especially in the last 20 years or so. One notable effect is the change in electrical resistivity of a system by orders of magnitude in an applied magnetic field, coined the "colossal magnetoresistance effect". In efforts to understand these types of effects, there has been an unveiling of a rich variety of phenomena in the field of strongly correlated electron physics that has come to dominate the current scientific times. Most notable is the competition of myriad types of order: magnetic, lattice, charge and orbital all self-organize to display a fascinating array of phases on a variety of length scales. Furthermore, it has become apparent that new probes are needed to grasp some of this physics that transcends current condensed matter theory, where much of the behavior of these types of systems has remained unexplored. We have developed a new technique to gain more information about the system than with conventional x-ray diffraction. By scattering highly coherent, low energy x-rays, we can measure manganite speckle: a "fingerprint' of the microscopic structure in the bulk. The coherence of the x-rays can further be used to elucidate new insight into the dynamics of these phases. We describe here a number of novel effects near the orbital order phase transition in a half-doped manganite. We observe a small fluctuating component in the scattered signal that is correlated with three effects: both a rapidly decreasing total signal and orbital domain size, as well as an abrupt onset of a broad background intensity that we attribute to the thermal production of correlated polarons. Our results suggest that the transition is characterized by a competition between a pinned orbital domain topology that remains static, and mobile domain boundaries that exhibit slow, spatiotemporal fluctuations. This study opens up a new chapter to the study of manganite physics as coherent x-ray scattering offers a new direction to understand the strange and exotic behavior demonstrated in the multifaceted manganites.

  6. Novel 2D electron gases at the surface of transition-metal oxides: role of topology and spin-orbit coupling

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    Santander-Syro, Andrs F.

    2014-03-01

    Transition-metal oxides (TMOs) are correlated-electron systems with remarkable properties, such as high-temperature superconductivity or large magnetoresistance. The realization of two-dimensional electron gases (2DEGs) at surfaces or interfaces of TMOs, a field of current active research, is crucial for harnessing the functionalities of these materials for future applications. Additionally, these 2DEGs offer the possibility to explore new physics emerging from the combined effects of electron correlations and low-dimensional confinement. Recently, we discovered that a 2DEG can be simply realized at the vacuum-cleaved surface of SrTiO3, a transparent, insulating TMO with a gap of 3.5 eV. We directly imaged its multiple heavy and light subbands using angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy [A. F. Santander-Syro et al., Nature 469, 189 (2011)]. In this talk, I will show that one can also create and tailor 2DEGs in other TMO surfaces, opening vast possibilities for the study of correlations in low dimensions in materials showing diverse functionalities. I will first discuss the specific case of KTaO3, a wide-gap insulator with a spin-orbit coupling 30 times larger than in SrTiO3. I will show that quasi-2D confinement in this system results in comparable scales for the Fermi energy, the subband splitting, and the spin-orbit coupling, leading to a complete reconstruction of the orbital symmetries and band masses [A. F. Santander-Syro et al., Phys. Rev. B 86, 121107(R) (2012)]. Then, I will show that by choosing various surface terminations of different symmetries one can modify the electronic structure of the 2DEGs at the surface of TMOs [C. Bareille et al., submitted (2013); T. Rdel et al., submitted (2013)]. All these results demonstrate that, in TMOs, the strong correlations, together with the electron confinement and the surface-lattice symmetry, can lead to novel states at the surface that are not simple extensions of the bulk bands. Acknowledgements: support from ANR (project LACUNES), LabEx PALM (project ELECTROX), RTRA Triangle de la Physique (project PEGASOS), and Institut Universitaire de France.

  7. Electronically conductive perovskite-based oxide nanoparticles and films for optical sensing applications

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    Ohodnicki, Jr., Paul R; Schultz, Andrew M

    2015-04-28

    The disclosure relates to a method of detecting a change in a chemical composition by contacting a electronically conducting perovskite-based metal oxide material with a monitored stream, illuminating the electronically conducting perovskite-based metal oxide with incident light, collecting exiting light, monitoring an optical signal based on a comparison of the incident light and the exiting light, and detecting a shift in the optical signal. The electronically conducting perovskite-based metal oxide has a perovskite-based crystal structure and an electronic conductivity of at least 10.sup.-1 S/cm, where parameters are specified at the gas stream temperature. The electronically conducting perovskite-based metal oxide has an empirical formula A.sub.xB.sub.yO.sub.3-.delta., where A is at least a first element at the A-site, B is at least a second element at the B-site, and where 0.8perovskite-based oxides include but are not limited to La.sub.1-xSr.sub.xCoO.sub.3, La.sub.1-xSr.sub.xMnO.sub.3, LaCrO.sub.3, LaNiO.sub.3, La.sub.1-xSr.sub.xMn.sub.1-yCr.sub.yO.sub.3, SrFeO.sub.3, SrVO.sub.3, La-doped SrTiO.sub.3, Nb-doped SrTiO.sub.3, and SrTiO.sub.3-.delta..

  8. Transition Metal Oxides for the Oxygen Reduction Reaction: Influence of the Oxidation States of the Metal and its Position on the Periodic Table.

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    Toh, Rou Jun; Sofer, Zdeněk; Pumera, Martin

    2015-11-01

    Electrocatalysts have been developed to meet the needs and requirements of renewable energy applications. Metal oxides have been well explored and are promising for this purpose, however, many reports focus on only one or a few metal oxides at once. Herein, thirty metal oxides, which were either commercially available or synthesized by a simple and scalable method, were screened for comparison with regards to their electrocatalytic activity towards the oxygen reduction reaction (ORR). We show that although manganese, iron, cobalt, and nickel oxides generally displayed the ability to enhance the kinetics of oxygen reduction under alkaline conditions compared with bare glassy carbon, there is no significant correlation between the position of a metal on the periodic table and the electrocatalytic performance of its respective metal oxides. Moreover, it was also observed that mixed valent (+2, +3) oxides performed the poorest, compared with their respective pure metal oxides. These findings may be of paramount importance in the field of renewable energy. PMID:26351175

  9. Late transition metal anions acting as p-metal elements

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    Khler, Jrgen; Whangbo, Myung-Hwan

    2008-04-01

    A brief review is given for those extended solids of transition metal compounds in which their transition metal atoms are best described as existing as anions. Analyses of the electronic structures of metal-rich fluorides and oxides containing octahedral metallo-complexes [MIn 6- xSn x] (M = Fe, Ni, Ru, Os, Ir and Pt) indicate that their transition metal atoms M are present as anions with the valence electron configuration ( n + 1)s 2nd 10. In compounds RE 2M 2In (RE = rare earth element, M = Pt, Cu and Au), Ca 5Au 4, Ca 3Hg 2 and Ca 5M 3 (M = Cu, Au, Zn, Cd and Hg), the transition metal atoms exist as dimeric Zintl anions with the valence electron configuration ( n + 1)s 2nd 10( n + 1)p 1. Consequently, the frontier orbitals of these compounds are not described by the transition metal nd orbitals, but by the transition metal ( n + 1)p orbitals. A similar situation is found for most 18-electron half-Heusler compounds (e.g., ScAuSn), for which the valence electron configuration of the transition metal is given by ( n + 1)s 2nd 10( n + 1)p 2.

  10. Improved air stability of perovskite solar cells via solution-processed metal oxide transport layers

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    You, Jingbi; Meng, Lei; Song, Tze-Bin; Guo, Tzung-Fang; Yang, Yang (Michael); Chang, Wei-Hsuan; Hong, Ziruo; Chen, Huajun; Zhou, Huanping; Chen, Qi; Liu, Yongsheng; De Marco, Nicholas; Yang, Yang

    2016-01-01

    Lead halide perovskite solar cells have recently attracted tremendous attention because of their excellent photovoltaic efficiencies. However, the poor stability of both the perovskite material and the charge transport layers has so far prevented the fabrication of devices that can withstand sustained operation under normal conditions. Here, we report a solution-processed lead halide perovskite solar cell that has p-type NiOx and n-type ZnO nanoparticles as hole and electron transport layers, respectively, and shows improved stability against water and oxygen degradation when compared with devices with organic charge transport layers. Our cells have a p–i–n structure (glass/indium tin oxide/NiOx/perovskite/ZnO/Al), in which the ZnO layer isolates the perovskite and Al layers, thus preventing degradation. After 60 days storage in air at room temperature, our all-metal-oxide devices retain about 90% of their original efficiency, unlike control devices made with organic transport layers, which undergo a complete degradation after just 5 days. The initial power conversion efficiency of our devices is 14.6 ± 1.5%, with an uncertified maximum value of 16.1%.

  11. Towards printed perovskite solar cells with cuprous oxide hole transporting layers: a theoretical design

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    Wang, Yan; Xia, Zhonggao; Liang, Jun; Wang, Xinwei; Liu, Yiming; Liu, Chuan; Zhang, Shengdong; Zhou, Hang

    2015-05-01

    Solution-processed p-type metal oxide materials have shown great promise in improving the stability of perovskite-based solar cells and offering the feasibility for a low cost printing fabrication process. Herein, we performed a device modeling study on planar perovskite solar cells with cuprous oxide (Cu2O) hole transporting layers (HTLs) by using a solar cell simulation program, wxAMPS. The performance of a Cu2O/perovskite solar cell was correlated to the material properties of the Cu2O HTL, such as thickness, carrier mobility, mid-gap defect, and doping concentrations. The effect of interfacial defect densities on the solar cell performance was also investigated. Our simulation indicates that, with an optimized Cu2O HTL, high performance perovskite solar cells with efficiencies above 13% could be achieved, which shows the potential of using Cu2O as an alternative HTL over other inorganic materials, such as NiOx and MoOx. This study provides theoretical guidance for developing perovskite solar cells with inorganic hole transporting materials via a printing process.

  12. Improved air stability of perovskite solar cells via solution-processed metal oxide transport layers.

    PubMed

    You, Jingbi; Meng, Lei; Song, Tze-Bin; Guo, Tzung-Fang; Yang, Yang Michael; Chang, Wei-Hsuan; Hong, Ziruo; Chen, Huajun; Zhou, Huanping; Chen, Qi; Liu, Yongsheng; De Marco, Nicholas; Yang, Yang

    2016-01-01

    Lead halide perovskite solar cells have recently attracted tremendous attention because of their excellent photovoltaic efficiencies. However, the poor stability of both the perovskite material and the charge transport layers has so far prevented the fabrication of devices that can withstand sustained operation under normal conditions. Here, we report a solution-processed lead halide perovskite solar cell that has p-type NiOx and n-type ZnO nanoparticles as hole and electron transport layers, respectively, and shows improved stability against water and oxygen degradation when compared with devices with organic charge transport layers. Our cells have a p-i-n structure (glass/indium tin oxide/NiOx/perovskite/ZnO/Al), in which the ZnO layer isolates the perovskite and Al layers, thus preventing degradation. After 60?days storage in air at room temperature, our all-metal-oxide devices retain about 90% of their original efficiency, unlike control devices made with organic transport layers, which undergo a complete degradation after just 5?days. The initial power conversion efficiency of our devices is 14.6??1.5%, with an uncertified maximum value of 16.1%. PMID:26457966

  13. Aging of Transition Metal Dichalcogenide Monolayers.

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    Gao, Jian; Li, Baichang; Tan, Jiawei; Chow, Phil; Lu, Toh-Ming; Koratkar, Nikhil

    2016-02-23

    Two-dimensional sheets of transition metal dichalcogenides are an emerging class of atomically thin semiconductors that are considered to be "air-stable", similar to graphene. Here we report that, contrary to current understanding, chemical vapor deposited transition metal dichalcogenide monolayers exhibit poor long-term stability in air. After room-temperature exposure to the environment for several months, monolayers of molybdenum disulfide and tungsten disulfide undergo dramatic aging effects including extensive cracking, changes in morphology, and severe quenching of the direct gap photoluminescence. X-ray photoelectron and Auger electron spectroscopy reveal that this effect is related to gradual oxidation along the grain boundaries and the adsorption of organic contaminants. These results highlight important challenges associated with the utilization of transition metal dichalcogenide monolayers in electronic and optoelectronic devices. We also demonstrate a potential solution to this problem, featuring encapsulation of the monolayer sheet by a 10-20 nm thick optically transparent polymer (parylene C). This strategy is shown to successfully prevent the degradation of the monolayer material under accelerated aging (i.e., high-temperature, oxygen-rich) conditions. PMID:26808328

  14. Iron-based perovskite cathodes for solid oxide fuel cells

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    Ralph, James M.; Rossignol, Cecile C.R.; Vaughey, John T.

    2007-01-02

    An A and/or A' site deficient perovskite of general formula of (A.sub.1-xA'.sub.x).sub.1-yFeO.sub.3-.delta. or of general formula A.sub.1-x-yA'.sub.xFeO.sub.3-67, wherein A is La alone or with one or more of the rare earth metals or a rare earth metal other than Ce alone or a combination of rare earth metals and X is in the range of from 0 to about 1; A' is Sr or Ca or mixtures thereof and Y is in the range of from about 0.01 to about 0.3; .delta. represents the amount of compensating oxygen loss. If either A or A' is zero the remaining A or A' is deficient. A fuel cell incorporating the inventive perovskite as a cathode is disclosed as well as an oxygen separation membrane. The inventive perovskite is preferably single phase.

  15. Spectrum-Dependent Spiro-OMeTAD Oxidization Mechanism in Perovskite Solar Cells.

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    Wang, Shen; Yuan, Wen; Meng, Ying Shirley

    2015-11-11

    We propose a spectrum-dependent mechanism for the oxidation of 2,2',7,7'-tetrakis(N,N-di-p-methoxyphenylamine)-9,9'-spirobifluorene (Spiro-OMeTAD) with bis(trifluoromethane)sulfonimide lithium salt (LiTFSI), which is commonly used in perovskite solar cells as the hole transport layer. The perovskite layer plays different roles in the Spiro-OMeTAD oxidization for various spectral ranges. The effect of oxidized Spiro-OMeTAD on the solar cell performance was observed and characterized. With the initial long-wavelength illumination (>450 nm), the charge recombination at the TiO2/Spiro-OMeTAD interface was increased due to the higher amount of the oxidized Spiro-OMeTAD. On the other hand, the increased conductivity of the Spiro-OMeTAD layer and enhanced charge transfer at the Au/Spiro-OMeTAD interface facilitated the solar cell performance. PMID:26488746

  16. Iodide effects in transition metal catalyzed reactions.

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    Maitlis, Peter M; Haynes, Anthony; James, Brian R; Catellani, Marta; Chiusoli, Gian Paolo

    2004-11-01

    The unique properties of I(-) allow it to be involved in several different ways in reactions catalyzed by the late transition metals: in the oxidative addition, the migration, and the coupling/reductive elimination steps, as well as in substrate activation. Most steps are accelerated by I(-)(for example through an increased nucleophilicity of the metal center), but some are retarded, because a coordination site is blocked. The "soft" iodide ligand binds more strongly to soft metals (low oxidation state, electron rich, and polarizable) such as the later and heavier transition metals, than do the other halides, or N- and O-centered ligands. Hence in a catalytic cycle that includes the metal in a formally low oxidation state there will be less tendency for the metal to precipitate (and be removed from the cycle) in the presence of I(-) than most other ligands. Iodide is a good nucleophile and is also easily and reversibly oxidized to I(2). In addition, I(-) can play key roles in purely organic reactions that occur as part of a catalytic cycle. Thus to understand the function of iodide requires careful analysis, since two or sometimes more effects occur in different steps of one single cycle. Each of these topics is illustrated with examples of the influence of iodide from homogeneous catalytic reactions in the literature: methanol carbonylation to acetic acid and related reactions; CO hydrogenation; imine hydrogenation; and C-C and C-N coupling reactions. General features are summarised in the Conclusions. PMID:15510253

  17. p-type Mesoscopic Nickel Oxide/Organometallic Perovskite Heterojunction Solar Cells

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    Wang, Kuo-Chin; Jeng, Jun-Yuan; Shen, Po-Shen; Chang, Yu-Cheng; Diau, Eric Wei-Guang; Tsai, Cheng-Hung; Chao, Tzu-Yang; Hsu, Hsu-Cheng; Lin, Pei-Ying; Chen, Peter; Guo, Tzung-Fang; Wen, Ten-Chin

    2014-01-01

    In this article, we present a new paradigm for organometallic hybrid perovskite solar cell using NiO inorganic metal oxide nanocrystalline as p-type electrode material and realized the first mesoscopic NiO/perovskite/[6,6]-phenyl C61-butyric acid methyl ester (PC61BM) heterojunction photovoltaic device. The photo-induced transient absorption spectroscopy results verified that the architecture is an effective p-type sensitized junction, which is the first inorganic p-type, metal oxide contact material for perovskite-based solar cell. Power conversion efficiency of 9.51% was achieved under AM 1.5 G illumination, which significantly surpassed the reported conventional p-type dye-sensitized solar cells. The replacement of the organic hole transport materials by a p-type metal oxide has the advantages to provide robust device architecture for further development of all-inorganic perovskite-based thin-film solar cells and tandem photovoltaics. PMID:24755642

  18. Bifunctional Perovskite Oxide Catalysts for Oxygen Reduction and Evolution in Alkaline Media.

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    Gupta, Shiva; Kellogg, William; Xu, Hui; Liu, Xien; Cho, Jaephil; Wu, Gang

    2016-01-01

    Oxygen electrocatalysis, namely of the oxygen reduction reaction (ORR) and the oxygen evolution reaction (OER), governs the performance of numerous electrochemical energy systems such as reversible fuel cells, metal-air batteries, and water electrolyzers. However, the sluggish kinetics of these two reactions and their dependency on expensive noble metal catalysts (e.g, Pt or Ir) prohibit the sustainable commercialization of these highly innovative and in-demand technologies. Bifunctional perovskite oxides have emerged as a new class of highly efficient non-precious metal catalysts (NPMC) for oxygen electrocatalysis in alkaline media. In this review, we discuss the state-of-the-art understanding of bifunctional properties of perovskites with regards to their OER/ORR activity in alkaline media and review the associated reaction mechanisms on the oxides surface and the related activity descriptors developed in the recent literature. We also summarize the present strategies to modify their electronic structure and to further improve their performance for the ORR/OER through highlighting the new concepts relating to the role of surface redox chemistry and oxygen deficiency of perovskite oxides for the ORR/OER activity. In addition, we provide a brief account of recently developed advanced perovskite-nanocarbon hybrid bifunctional catalysts with much improved performances. PMID:26247625

  19. p-type Mesoscopic nickel oxide/organometallic perovskite heterojunction solar cells.

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    Wang, Kuo-Chin; Jeng, Jun-Yuan; Shen, Po-Shen; Chang, Yu-Cheng; Diau, Eric Wei-Guang; Tsai, Cheng-Hung; Chao, Tzu-Yang; Hsu, Hsu-Cheng; Lin, Pei-Ying; Chen, Peter; Guo, Tzung-Fang; Wen, Ten-Chin

    2014-01-01

    In this article, we present a new paradigm for organometallic hybrid perovskite solar cell using NiO inorganic metal oxide nanocrystalline as p-type electrode material and realized the first mesoscopic NiO/perovskite/[6,6]-phenyl C61-butyric acid methyl ester (PC61BM) heterojunction photovoltaic device. The photo-induced transient absorption spectroscopy results verified that the architecture is an effective p-type sensitized junction, which is the first inorganic p-type, metal oxide contact material for perovskite-based solar cell. Power conversion efficiency of 9.51% was achieved under AM 1.5 G illumination, which significantly surpassed the reported conventional p-type dye-sensitized solar cells. The replacement of the organic hole transport materials by a p-type metal oxide has the advantages to provide robust device architecture for further development of all-inorganic perovskite-based thin-film solar cells and tandem photovoltaics. PMID:24755642

  20. Nonaqueous synthesis of metal oxide nanoparticles: Short review and doped titanium dioxide as case study for the preparation of transition metal-doped oxide nanoparticles

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    Djerdj, Igor Arcon, Denis; Jaglicic, Zvonko; Niederberger, Markus

    2008-07-15

    The liquid-phase synthesis of metal oxide nanoparticles in organic solvents under exclusion of water is nowadays a well-established alternative to aqueous sol-gel chemistry. In this article, we highlight some of the advantages of these routes based on selected examples. The first part reviews some recent developments in the synthesis of ternary metal oxide nanoparticles by surfactant-free nonaqueous sol-gel routes, followed by the discussion of the morphology-controlled synthesis of lanthanum hydroxide nanoparticles, and the presentation of structural peculiarities of manganese oxide nanoparticles with an ordered Mn vacancy superstructure. These examples show that nonaqueous systems, on the one hand, allow the preparation of compositionally complex oxides, and, on the other hand, make use of the organic components (initially present or formed in situ) in the reaction mixture to tailor the morphology. Furthermore, obviously even the crystal structure can differ from the corresponding bulk material like in the case of MnO nanoparticles. In the second part of the paper we present original results regarding the synthesis of dilute magnetic semiconductor TiO{sub 2} nanoparticles doped with cobalt and iron. The structural characterization as well as the magnetic properties with special attention to the doping efficiency is discussed. - Graphical abstract: In the first part of this article, nonaqueous sol-gel routes to ternary metal oxide nanoparticles are briefly reviewed, followed by the discussion of the morphology-controlled synthesis of lanthanum hydroxide nanoparticles, and the appearance of an unprecedented superstructure in MnO nanoparticles. In the second part, doping experiments of TiO{sub 2} with Fe and Co are presented, along with their characterization including magnetic measurements.

  1. Achieving Novel Magnetic States in Perovskite Oxides through Heteroepitaxy

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    Mehta, Virat Vasav

    This dissertation is focused on controlling the spin state and long-range magnetic order in cobaltites by heteroepitaxial thin-film growth. I explore the growth of two different cobaltite materials, LaCoO3 and PrCoO 3, on lattice-mismatched substrates to determine the role of epitaxial strain in giving rise to long-range magnetic order. This magnetic order is not found in the bulk cobaltite material and warrants the detailed investigations carried out in this work. I investigate changes in structure and stoichiometry that influence the electronic structure and the long-range magnetic order in these materials. In the LaCoO3 system, I explore the changes in structure in the films under tensile strain and compressive strain by growth on SrTiO 3, LaSrAlTaO3, and LaAlO3 substrates and film growth between 8 nm -133 nm thick. Substrate-dependent oxygen vacancy ordering in the films is found using microstructural characterization, presumably related to the amount of stress in each of the films. By carrying out a study of the effects on the film structure from the oxygen growth pressure, I find an overall increase in the out-of-plane lattice parameter with lower oxygen growth pressures. These structural and stoichiometry changes in the LaCoO3 films to trends appear to be related to the stabilization of long-range magnetic order. Highest moment is found in the films in tension (which also have the most defects) on SrTiO3 and LaSrAlTaO3 substrates and the lowest moment is found in films in compression on LaAlO3. Element-specific X-ray absorption techniques reveal contributions from Co in different spin and valence states. I show how strain affects the electronic structure and distribution of these different states and relate these observations to trends observed in the magnetism. Strained films in tension have the highest amount of high spin Co3+ and high spin Co2+, while relaxed films appear to have mostly low spin Co3+ at 25 K. I present some scenarios to explain how these different Co ions combine to give rise to long-range ferromagnetic order in LaCoO3 films. In the PrCoO3 system, I explore whether long-range magnetic order can be observed using heteroepitaxial synthesis similar to the efforts in the LaCoO3 thin film system despite PrCoO3 having a more stable low spin state configuration in the bulk. The PrCoO3 films in tension are ferromagnetic, similar to the LaCoO3 system. Thus, epitaxial strain dominates the effects of chemical pressure which stabilize a low spin state. The strained films have more high spin Co3+. The implication of Co sublattice ordering on the ordering of the Pr sublattice is explored using X-ray magnetic circular dichroism. A rare ordering of the Pr ions anti-parallel to the orientation of the moments on the Co sublattice appears to occur in this system. These studies demonstrate the power of heteroepitaxial synthesis to give rise to new magnetic functionality in perovskite oxide systems.

  2. Alkali and transition metal phospholides

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    Bezkishko, I. A.; Zagidullin, A. A.; Milyukov, V. A.; Sinyashin, O. G.

    2014-06-01

    Major tendencies in modern chemistry of alkali and transition metal phospholides (phosphacyclopentadienides) are systematized, analyzed and generalized. Basic methods of synthesis of these compounds are presented. Their chemical properties are considered with a special focus on their complexing ability. Potential applications of phospholides and their derivatives are discussed. The bibliography includes 184 references.

  3. Electrical Conductivity in Transition Metals

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    Talbot, Christopher; Vickneson, Kishanda

    2013-01-01

    The aim of this "Science Note" is to describe how to test the electron-sea model to determine whether it accurately predicts relative electrical conductivity for first-row transition metals. In the electron-sea model, a metal crystal is viewed as a three-dimensional array of metal cations immersed in a sea of delocalised valence…

  4. Electrical Conductivity in Transition Metals

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    Talbot, Christopher; Vickneson, Kishanda

    2013-01-01

    The aim of this "Science Note" is to describe how to test the electron-sea model to determine whether it accurately predicts relative electrical conductivity for first-row transition metals. In the electron-sea model, a metal crystal is viewed as a three-dimensional array of metal cations immersed in a sea of delocalised valence

  5. Theoretical investigation of H2 oxidation on the Sr2Fe(1.5)Mo(0.5)O6 (001) perovskite surface under anodic solid oxide fuel cell conditions.

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    Suthirakun, Suwit; Ammal, Salai Cheettu; Muoz-Garca, Ana B; Xiao, Guoliang; Chen, Fanglin; zur Loye, Hans-Conrad; Carter, Emily A; Heyden, Andreas

    2014-06-11

    Periodic density functional theory (DFT) calculations and microkinetic modeling are used to investigate the electrochemical oxidation of H2 fuel on the (001) surface of Sr2Fe1.5Mo0.5O6 (SFMO) perovskite under anodic solid oxide fuel cell conditions. Three surface models with different Fe/Mo ratios in the topmost layer-identified by ab initio thermodynamic analysis-are used to investigate the H2 oxidation mechanism. A microkinetic analysis that considers the effects of anode bias potential suggests that a higher Mo concentration in the surface increases the activity of the surface toward H2 oxidation. At operating voltage and anodic SOFC conditions, the model predicts that water desorption is rate-controlling and that stabilizing the oxygen vacancy structure increases the overall rate for H2 oxidation. Although we find that Mo plays a crucial role in improving catalytic activity of SFMO, under fuel cell operating conditions, the Mo content in the surface layer tends to be very low. On the basis of these results and in agreement with previous experimental observations, a strategy for improving the overall electrochemical performance of SFMO is increasing the Mo content or adding small amounts of an active transition metal, such as Ni, to the surface to lower the oxygen vacancy formation energy of the SFMO surface. PMID:24826843

  6. Phase separation tendencies of aluminum-doped transition-metal oxides (LiAl{sub 1{minus}x}M{sub x}O{sub 2}) in the {alpha}-NaFeO{sub 2} crystal structure

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    Buta, S.; Morgan, D.; Ven, A. van der; Aydinol, M.K.; Ceder, G.

    1999-12-01

    There has recently been considerable interest in Al doping of lithium intercalation oxides. Al substitution of the transition-metal cation has been shown theoretically and experimentally to increase the cell voltage. First-principles methods are used to calculate the miscibility of eight aluminum-doped transition-metal oxides in the layered {alpha}-NaFeO{sub 2} structure. This study finds that for all Li(Al,M)O{sub 2} compounds investigated (M = Ti, V, Cr, Mn, Fe, Co, Ni, Cu) the enthalpy of mixing is positive. In addition, detailed analyses were performed on LiAl{sub 1{minus}x}Co{sub x}O{sub 2} and LiAl{sub 1{minus}x}Cr{sub x}O{sub 2} by calculating full temperature-composition phase diagrams. For the Li(Al,Co)O{sub 2} system, the authors find regions of immiscibility below {minus}173 C and above 600 C. For both Li(Al,Co)O{sub 2} and Li(Al,Cr)O{sub 2} above 600 C, Al-doping is limited by the formation of {gamma}-LiAlO{sub 2}.

  7. Surface chemistry on transition metal carbides

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    Hwu, Henry Hanyuan

    The carbides of Groups IVB-VIB early transition metals have been shown to exhibit catalytic properties similar to those observed for Pt-Group metals in reactions with hydrocarbon molecules. Various electrochemical studies revealed tungsten carbides (WC and W2C) to be remarkably resistant to acidic corrosion at anodic potentials, though their effectiveness as electrocatalysts remained inconclusive. The first part of this research therefore focused on the fundamental mechanistic studies of the reactivity of the clean and carbide-modified W(111), W(110), and Mo(110) surfaces toward the direct methanol fuel cell (DMFC) molecules, methanol, water, and carbon monoxide. Temperature-programmed desorption and electron energy loss spectroscopy results showed that the carbide-modified surfaces were highly active toward the decomposition of methanol and water. Furthermore, the desorption of CO from both carbide surfaces occurred at near room temperature. To better characterize the carbide surfaces, the second part of this research concentrated on identifying the various parameters influencing the surface chemistry of carbides. Studies comparing the reaction of ethylene on carbide-modified W(111) and W(110) showed that, though both surfaces readily decomposed ethylene, only the C/W(110) surface was able to form the ethylidyne intermediate commonly observed on Pt-group metals. Additionally, the Pt-like reactivity of C/Mo(110) was modified after exposure to oxygen. Similar to many carbide-modified early transition metal surfaces, C/Ti(0001) also demonstrated Pt-like reactivity toward cyclohexene and ethylene. Lastly, the effects of carbon-modification was examined on Ni(111), a late transition metal surface. Although the carbide-modified Ni(111) surface was similar to other early transition metal carbide surfaces in the selective dehydrogenation of cyclohexene to benzene, the carbide layer converted to graphitic carbon at higher temperatures. This dissertation showed that tungsten carbide materials may be considered as a potential electrocatalyst for the direct methanol fuel cell on the basis that, when compared to Pt-group metal surfaces, they exhibited higher oxidation activity toward methanol and water, and that they were able to desorb carbon monoxide at lower temperatures. In addition, this study also demonstrated that substrate structure, surface modifications, and the position of the transition metal in the periodic table could influence the reactivity of the carbide surfaces.

  8. PREFACE: INERA Workshop: Transition Metal Oxide Thin Films-functional Layers in "Smart windows" and Water Splitting Devices. Parallel session of the 18th International School on Condensed Matter Physics

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    2014-11-01

    The Special issue presents the papers for the INERA Workshop entitled "Transition Metal Oxides as Functional Layers in Smart windows and Water Splitting Devices", which was held in Varna, St. Konstantin and Elena, Bulgaria, from the 4th-6th September 2014. The Workshop is organized within the context of the INERA "Research and Innovation Capacity Strengthening of ISSP-BAS in Multifunctional Nanostructures", FP7 Project REGPOT 316309 program, European project of the Institute of Solid State Physics at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences. There were 42 participants at the workshop, 16 from Sweden, Germany, Romania and Hungary, 11 invited lecturers, and 28 young participants. There were researchers present from prestigious European laboratories which are leaders in the field of transition metal oxide thin film technologies. The event contributed to training young researchers in innovative thin film technologies, as well as thin films characterization techniques. The topics of the Workshop cover the field of technology and investigation of thin oxide films as functional layers in "Smart windows" and "Water splitting" devices. The topics are related to the application of novel technologies for the preparation of transition metal oxide films and the modification of chromogenic properties towards the improvement of electrochromic and termochromic device parameters for possible industrial deployment. The Workshop addressed the following topics: Metal oxide films-functional layers in energy efficient devices; Photocatalysts and chemical sensing; Novel thin film technologies and applications; Methods of thin films characterizations; From the 37 abstracts sent, 21 manuscripts were written and later refereed. We appreciate the comments from all the referees, and we are grateful for their valuable contributions. Guest Editors: Assoc. Prof. Dr.Tatyana Ivanova Prof. DSc Kostadinka Gesheva Prof. DSc Hassan Chamatti Assoc. Prof. Dr. Georgi Popkirov Workshop Organizing Committee Prof.DSc Kostadinka Gesheva, Central Laboratory of Solar Energy and New Energy Sources, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences (CL SENES-BAS) - Chairperson Assoc. Prof. Dr Anna Szekeres - Institute of Solid State Physics- BAS Assoc. Prof Dr. Tatyana Ivanova - CL SENES -BAS Assist. Prof. Radostina Kamburova - ISSP-BAS

  9. Oxidative Cleavage of the β-O-4 Linkage of Lignin by Transition Metals: Catalytic Properties and the Performance of Density Functionals.

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    Wang, Jiaqi; Liu, Lily; Wilson, Angela K

    2016-02-11

    The catalytic degradation of lignin is of considerable interest because the depolymerization of lignin to small molecules is the initial step for the conversion of lignin to biofuels and other useful chemicals. Because of the complex structure of lignin, methoxyethane was used in this study as a representative model of the most common linkage within lignin, the β-O-4 linkage. The completely renormalized coupled cluster with singles, doubles, and perturbative triples [CR-CCSD(T)] method was used to calculate the energetics of the C-O bond cleavage in methoxyethane by late 3d, 4d, and 5d transition metal atoms and to evaluate the performance of a set of density functionals (BLYP, B97D, TPSS, M06L, B3LYP, PBE0, M06, TPSSh, and B2PLYP) in predicting the reaction energetics. PMID:26735613

  10. Perovskite-type catalytic materials for environmental applications

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    Labhasetwar, Nitin; Saravanan, Govindachetty; Megarajan, Suresh Kumar; Manwar, Nilesh; Khobragade, Rohini; Doggali, Pradeep; Grasset, Fabien

    2015-06-01

    Perovskites are mixed-metal oxides that are attracting much scientific and application interest owing to their low price, adaptability, and thermal stability, which often depend on bulk and surface characteristics. These materials have been extensively explored for their catalytic, electrical, magnetic, and optical properties. They are promising candidates for the photocatalytic splitting of water and have also been extensively studied for environmental catalysis applications. Oxygen and cation non-stoichiometry can be tailored in a large number of perovskite compositions to achieve the desired catalytic activity, including multifunctional catalytic properties. Despite the extensive uses, the commercial success for this class of perovskite-based catalytic materials has not been achieved for vehicle exhaust emission control or for many other environmental applications. With recent advances in synthesis techniques, including the preparation of supported perovskites, and increasing understanding of promoted substitute perovskite-type materials, there is a growing interest in applied studies of perovskite-type catalytic materials. We have studied a number of perovskites based on Co, Mn, Ru, and Fe and their substituted compositions for their catalytic activity in terms of diesel soot oxidation, three-way catalysis, N2O decomposition, low-temperature CO oxidation, oxidation of volatile organic compounds, etc. The enhanced catalytic activity of these materials is attributed mainly to their altered redox properties, the promotional effect of co-ions, and the increased exposure of catalytically active transition metals in certain preparations. The recent lowering of sulfur content in fuel and concerns over the cost and availability of precious metals are responsible for renewed interest in perovskite-type catalysts for environmental applications.

  11. NdBaCo2/3Fe2/3Cu2/3O5+? double perovskite as a novel cathode material for CeO2- and LaGaO3-based solid oxide fuel cells

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    Jin, Fangjun; Li, Lei; He, Tianmin

    2015-01-01

    Double perovskites LnBaCo2O5+? (Ln = rare earth) are explored as cathode materials for intermediate-temperature solid oxide fuel cell. Barriers to the applicability of double perovskite cathodes include high thermal expansion coefficient (TEC) and poor chemical compatibility with common electrolytes. In this paper, we report the characteristics and applicability of a double perovskite NdBaCo2/3Fe2/3Cu2/3O5+? (NBCFC) cathode on CeO2- and LaGaO3-based electrolytes. NBCFC is found to crystallize in a tetragonal structure. Partial substitution of Fe and Cu for cobalt in NBCFC demonstrates significantly decreased TEC and good chemical compatibility with both Gd0.1Ce0.9O1.95 (GDC) and La0.9Sr0.1Ga0.8Mg0.2O3-? (LSGM) electrolytes, while maintaining its good electrochemical performance. The oxidation states of transition metal cations are Co3+/Co4+, Fe3+/Fe4+, and Cu+/Cu2+, respectively. The average TEC of NBCFC is 15.7 10-6 K-1 between 30 and 850 C, and the polarization resistance values are 0.056 and 0.023 ? cm2 at 800 C with GDC and LSGM electrolytes, respectively. The absence of spin-state transition in copper contributes to the TEC reduction. Addition of appropriate amounts of GDC into NBCFC to form NBCFC-GDC composite cathodes further reduce the TEC and improve cathode performance. These results can be used to improve and develop novel double perovskite cathode materials.

  12. A half-metallic A- and B-site-ordered quadruple perovskite oxide CaCu3Fe2Re2O12 with large magnetization and a high transition temperature.

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    Chen, Wei-tin; Mizumaki, Masaichiro; Seki, Hayato; Senn, Mark S; Saito, Takashi; Kan, Daisuke; Attfield, J Paul; Shimakawa, Yuichi

    2014-01-01

    Strong correlation between spins and conduction electrons is key in spintronic materials and devices. A few ferro- or ferrimagnetic transition metal oxides such as La1-(x)Sr(x)MnO3, Fe3O4, CrO2 and Sr2FeMoO6 have spin-polarized conduction electrons at room temperature, but it is difficult to find other spin-polarized oxides with high Curie temperatures (well above room temperature) and large magnetizations for spintronics applications. Here we show that an A- and B-site-ordered quadruple perovskite oxide, CaCu3Fe2Re2O12, has spin-polarized conduction electrons and is ferrimagnetic up to 560 K. The couplings between the three magnetic cations lead to the high Curie temperature, a large saturation magnetization of 8.7 ?B and a half-metallic electronic structure, in which only minority-spin bands cross the Fermi level, producing highly spin-polarized conduction electrons. Spin polarization is confirmed by an observed low-field magnetoresistance effect in a polycrystalline sample. Optimization of CaCu3Fe2Re2O12 and related quadruple perovskite phases is expected to produce a new family of useful spintronic materials. PMID:24849185

  13. Selective Deposition of Insulating Metal Oxide in Perovskite Solar Cells with Enhanced Device Performance.

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    Yue, Youfeng; Yang, Xudong; Wu, Yongzhen; Salim, Noviana Tjitra; Islam, Ashraful; Noda, Takeshi; Han, Liyuan

    2015-08-24

    We report a simple methodology for the selective deposition of an insulating layer on the nanoparticulate TiO2 (np-TiO2) mesoporous layer of perovskite solar cells. The deposited MgO insulating layer mainly covered the bottom part of the np-TiO2 layer with less coverage at the top. The so-called quasi-top-open structure is introduced to act as an efficient hole-blocking layer to prevent charge recombination at the physical contact of the transparent conducting oxide with the perovskite. This leads to an open-circuit voltage higher than that of the reference cell with a compact TiO2 hole-blocking layer. Moreover, such a quasi-top-open structure can facilitate the electron injection from perovskite into the np-TiO2 mesoporous layer and improve the spectral response at longer wavelength because of the less covered insulating layer at the top. This work provides an alternative way to fabricate perovskite solar cells without the need to use a conventional compact TiO2 layer. PMID:26230988

  14. Tensile strain effect in ferroelectric perovskite oxide thin films on spinel magnesium aluminum oxide substrate

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    Zhou, Xiaolan

    Ferroelectrics are used in FeRAM (Ferroelectric random-access memory). Currently (Pb,Zr)TiO3 is the most common ferroelectric material. To get lead-free and high performance ferroelectric material, we investigated perovskite ferroelectric oxides (Ba,Sr)TiO3 and BiFeO3 films with strain. Compressive strain has been investigated intensively, but the effects of tensile strain on the perovskite films have yet to be explored. We have deposited (Ba,Sr)TiO3, BiFeO3 and related films by pulsed laser deposition (PLD) and analyzed the films by X-ray diffractometry (XRD), atomic force microscopy (AFM), etc. To obtain inherently fully strained films, the selection of the appropriate substrates is crucial. MgAl2O4 matches best with good quality and size, yet the spinel structure has an intrinsic incompatibility to that of perovskite. We introduced a rock-salt structure material (Ni 1-xAlxO1+delta) as a buffer layer to mediate the structural mismatch for (Ba,Sr)TiO3 films. With buffer layer Ni1-xAlxO1+delta, we show that the BST films have high quality crystallization and are coherently epitaxial. AFM images show that the films have smoother surfaces when including the buffer layer, indicating an inherent compatibility between BST-NAO and NAO-MAO. In-plane Ferroelectricity measurement shows double hysteresis loops, indicating an antiferroelectric-like behavior: pinned ferroelectric domains with antiparallel alignments of polarization. The Curie temperatures of the coherent fully strained BST films are also measured. It is higher than 900C, at least 800C higher than that of bulk. The improved Curie temperature makes the use of BST as FeRAM feasible. We found that the special behaviors of ferroelectricity including hysteresis loop and Curie temperature are due to inherent fully tensile strain. This might be a clue of physics inside ferroelectric stain engineering. An out-of-plane ferroelectricity measurement would provide a full whole story of the tensile strain. However, a well suited electrode material that is both conducting, and full strained on the MgAl2O4 substrate is quite rare. We will supply some answers to this unique problem. XRD results show that Ni1-xAlxO1+delta (x=0.3, 0.4 & 0.5) film, although highly mixed with Al2O3, still takes rock-salt structure and is grown very well on the spinel MgAl 2O4 substrate, with perfect crystallization and a smooth surface. Ni0.7Al0.3O1+ delta and Ni 0.6Al0.4O1+ delta are good buffer layers for perovskite film on spinel MgAl2O4 substrate. Ni 0.5Al0.5O1+ delta could also be a good buffer layer. The structural transition from rock-salt to spinel was found at x=0.67. Tensile strain effects from thermal expansion difference of BiFeO3 films were found. Thermal expansion difference caused strain does not change the ferroelectric property greatly, due to film relaxation. BiFeO3 film with NAO buffer exhibit much larger strain.

  15. Helicoidal ordering in iron perovskites.

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    Mostovoy, Maxim

    2005-04-01

    We study the double exchange in transition metal oxides with itinerant and localized electrons. We show that the charge transfer energy Delta and the oxygen-oxygen hopping amplitude t(pp) have a strong effect on magnetic ordering: while for Delta>0 the ground state is ferromagnetic, for negative Delta and large t(pp) the double exchange gives rise to an incommensurate helicoidal ordering of local spins, observed, e.g., in the iron perovskites SrFeO3 and CaFeO3. For negative Delta, the metal-insulator transition into a charge-ordered state has little effect on magnetic ordering. This explains the difference in magnetic and transport properties of ferrates and manganites. PMID:15904026

  16. Atomic level observation of octahedral distortions at the perovskite oxide heterointerface

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    Aso, Ryotaro; Kan, Daisuke; Shimakawa, Yuichi; Kurata, Hiroki

    2013-01-01

    For perovskite oxides, ABO3, slight octahedral distortions have close links to functional properties. While perovskite oxide heterostructures offer a good platform for controlling functionalities, atomistic understanding of octahedral distortion at the interface has been a challenge as it requires precise measurements of the oxygen atomic positions. Here we demonstrate an approach to clarify distortions at an atomic level using annular bright-field imaging in aberration-corrected scanning transmission electron microscopy, which provides precise mappings of cation and oxygen atomic positions from distortion-minimized images. This technique revealed significant distortions of RuO6 and ScO6 octahedra at the heterointerface between a SrRuO3 film and a GdScO3 substrate. We also found that structural mismatch was relieved within only four unit cells near the interface by shifting the oxygen atomic positions to accommodate octahedral tilt angle mismatch. The present results underscore the critical role of the oxygen atom in the octahedral connectivity at the perovskite oxide heterointerface. PMID:23856752

  17. Photocatalytic oxidation of VOC, nitrogen oxide and atrazine using titanium dioxide modified with perovskite materials

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    Vajifdar, Kayzad Jimmy

    Photocatalysis utilizes near-UV or visible light to break down organic pollutants into innocuous compounds at room temperatures and has gained much attention in air and water pollution control. Chapter 1 introduces the use of semiconducting optical crystals as an additive to a photocatalyst. The perovskite optical material BaTiO3 (band gap of 3.7-3.8 eV) is found to increase VOC destruction when black light is used. The best composition found is 0.1 wt% BaTiO3 with the balance being TiO2. This photocatalyst increases perchloroethylene (PCE) conversion by 12% to 32% for space times between 1.4 and 17.2 seconds and inlet concentrations of 40 to 130 ppm with a 4 W black light. The average enhancement is approximately 25%. For butyraldehyde conversion the maximum enhancement is 20% at 130 ppm in 3.6 seconds. The UV/Vis spectroscopy data indicate a lower absorbance with the additive. The reaction parameters studied are space velocity, inlet concentration and light source. Oxidation by-products are identified using a GCMS. Chapter 2 introduces photocatalysis as an emerging green technology for environmental protection to oxidize NOx. The experimental results indicate that the coating of photocatalytic materials on concrete pavements can harvest the light energy for NOx pollution control. The photocatalytic coating has the potential to reduce NOx concentration in the atmosphere economically, nearly maintenance-free. NOx will be oxidized to nitric acid, neutralized by the alkaline base materials in concrete, and washed away by rain. The reduction in the number of high ozone days can be significant to allow sustainable economic developments in the many ozone-non-attainment areas worldwide. One of the foci will be pavement coated with photocatalysts enhanced with perovskites/ferroelectric optical crystals such as BaTiO3 via increased transmission/scattering and electron-hole pair stabilization. The developed technology can be transferred to the cement and coating industries to meet the EPA's ever tightening emission standards and will give architects and town planners a new weapon in the fight against pollution in the foreseeable future. This chapter also shows the visible-light excited photocatalytic oxidation of NOx at different inlet NO concentration, space time, and relative humidity. The reaction products are studied with a NOx analyzer and ion chromatography from gas phase, catalyst and scrubber liquor. A possible mechanism is proposed. The oxidation products are NO 2, HNO2, and HNO3. The former can be captured in an adsorbent bed and recovered as nitric acid. Chapter 3 investigates the photocatalytic oxidation (PCO) of atrazine in aqueous solution under 9 W fluorescent light irradiation using four different types of photocatalysts: Degussa P-25 standard TiO2, Ecodevice BA-PW25, Nd-doped TiO2 prepared by sol-gel technique and TiO 2 modified with BaTiO3. With an initial atrazine concentration of 60 ppb, after PCO only two products remain in detectable levels. Up to 77% of decomposed atrazine becomes hydroxyatrazine, the major byproduct; the second product peak remains undefined. Both atrazine and hydroxyatrazine photodecompose following the first order rate equation, but the hydroxyatrazine photodecomposition rate is significantly slower than that of atrazine. Doping TiO2 with Nd+3/Ba+2 reduces the photodegradation time. The difference in the ionic radii of Ba+2 and Nd +3 as compared to Ti+4, and the oxygen affinities of Ba and Nd as compared to Ti are responsible for this effect. These differences help to promote electron trapping, thereby increasing the lifetime of the holes that are responsible for the oxidation of atrazine.

  18. Topotactic synthesis of strontium cobalt oxyhydride thin film with perovskite structure

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    Katayama, Tsukasa; Chikamatsu, Akira; Kamisaka, Hideyuki; Yokoyama, Yuichi; Hirata, Yasuyuki; Wadati, Hiroki; Fukumura, Tomoteru; Hasegawa, Tetsuya

    2015-10-01

    The substitution of hydride anions (H-) into transition metal oxides has recently become possible through topotactic reactions or high-pressure synthesis methods. However, the fabrication of oxyhydrides is still difficult because of their inherently less-stable frameworks. In this study, we successfully fabricated perovskite SrCoOxHy thin films via the topotactic hydride doping of brownmillerite SrCoO2.5 epitaxial thin films with CaH2. The perovskite-type cation framework was maintained during the topotactic treatment owing to epitaxial stabilization. Structural and chemical analyses accompanied by X-ray absorption spectroscopy measurements revealed that the doped hydride ions form a two-dimensional network of Co-H--Co bonds, in contrast to other reported perovskite oxyhydrides, SrMO3-xHx (M = Cr, Ti, V). The SrCoOxHy thin film exhibited insulating behavior and had a direct band gap of 2.1 eV. Thus, topotactic hydride doping of transition-metal-oxide thin films on suitable substrates is a promising method for the synthesis of new transition metal oxyhydrides.

  19. Oxygen Ion Migration in Perovskite-Type Oxides

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    Cherry, M.; Islam, M. S.; Catlow, C. R. A.

    1995-08-01

    Computer simulation techniques have been applied to perovskite-structured LaBO 3 (where B = Cr, Mn, Fe, Co) in order to elucidate the mechanistic features and energetics of oxygen ion migration. For the four compounds considered, a common set of interatomic potentials was derived that correctly reproduces their observed cubic structures. The results support models in which diffusion is mediated by oxygen ion vacancies. Analysis of the potential energy surface demonstrates that vacancy migration takes place along the union octahedron edge, although not in a linear fashion but via a curved path. The calculated migration energies vary from 0.5 to 0.9 eV and are in accord with the available experimental values. We consider the relationship between the cation size and the migration energy, which was investigated by modifying the interatomic potential function to relate ionic radii directly to the short-range repulsive term. We also examine the energies of solution for alkaline-earth dopants on the La site with oxygen vacancy compensation. Ion size effects are found to be important, with Sr calculated to have the highest solubility. Finally, we investigate the formation of dopant-vacancy pair clusters.

  20. Topological insulating phases in oxide multilayers using perovskites and rutiles

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    Pardo, Victor; Lado, Jose L.; Baldomir, Daniel

    2014-03-01

    Ab initio calculations combined with tight-binding modelling have been performed in 5d-electron-based perovskite multilayers in the large spin-orbit coupling limit. The topological properties of the systems (SrTiO3)7/(SrIrO3)2andisoelectronic(KTaO3)7/(KPtO3)2 grown along the (111) direction have been analyzed as a function of on-site Coulomb repulsion U, parity asymmetry and uniaxial strain. The former is found to be a topological semimetal and the latter is a topological insulator describable as the high-U limit of the other one. This high-U phase can be driven to a trivial insulating phase by a perpendicular external electric field. In the talk, we will describe how to proceed in a similar way with rutile-based multilayered structures, where a 4d/5d electron dioxide with rutile structure, sandwiched by a band insulator like TiO2 or SnO2 can lead to topologically non-trivial properties if band filling and strain are tuned. We discuss also the possibility of obtaining similar topological states using isoelectronic fluorides. The electronic structure and properties of free-standing thin films will be also briefly discussed. We acknowledge support through the Ramon y Cajal Program and Xunta de Galicia through project no. EM2013/037.

  1. Towards enhancing two-dimensional electron gas quantum confinement effects in perovskite oxide heterostructures

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    Yang, Kesong; Nazir, Safdar; Behtash, Maziar

    2015-03-01

    The two-dimensional electron gas (2DEG) in LaAlO3/SrTiO3 perovskite-oxide heterostructure has attracted much attention because of its potential applications in nanoelectronic devices. A 2DEG has two landmark characters: strong charge confinement in the third dimension and high electron conductivity in two dimensions. In an ideal 2DEG system, electrons can move freely along the interface but are tightly confined in the c-axis that is perpendicular to the interface. Nevertheless, the actual electron gas in the SrTiO3-based perovskite heterostructures is extended a few nanometers along the c-axis into the SrTiO3 substrate, and thus they are also called as quasi-2DEG. Actually, it is a problem of both fundamental and practical interest to achieve an ideal 2DEG via enhancing the lateral quantum confinement effects. By using first-principles electronic structure calculations, herein we proposed two possible approaches to enhance the quantum charge confinement effects by confining the electron gas within one single atomic layer in the perovskite oxide heterostructure. This work is supported by start-up funds at the University of California, San Diego.

  2. Syntheses, structures, and ionic conductivities of perovskite-structured lithium-strontium-aluminum/gallium-tantalum-oxides

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    Phraewphiphat, Thanya; Iqbal, Muhammad; Suzuki, Kota; Matsuda, Yasuaki; Yonemura, Masao; Hirayama, Masaaki; Kanno, Ryoji

    2015-05-01

    The ionic conductivities of new perovskite-structured lithium-strontium-aluminum/gallium-tantalum oxides were investigated. Solid solutions of the new perovskite oxides, (LixSr1-x)(Al(1-x)/2Ta(1+x)/2)O3 and (LixSr1-x)(Ga(1-x)/2Ta(1+x)/2)O3, were synthesized using a ball-milled-assisted solid-state method. The partial substitution of the smaller Ga+3 for Ta+5 resulted in new compositions, the structures of which were determined by neutron diffraction measurements using a cubic perovskite structural model with the Pm-3m space group. Vacancies were introduced into the Sr(Li) sites by the formation of solid solutions with compositions (LixSr1-x-y?y)(Ga[(1-x)/2]-yTa[(1+x)/2]+y)O3, where the composition range of 0?y?0.20 was examined for x=0.2 and 0.25. The highest conductivity, 1.8510-3 S cm-1 at 250 C, was obtained for (Li0.25Sr0.625?0.125)(Ga0.25Ta0.75)O3 (x=0.25, y=0.125). Enhanced ionic conductivities were achieved by the introduction of vacancies at the A-sites.

  3. Low-temperature electronic properties of a normal conducting perovskite oxide (LaNiO 3)

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    Rajeev, K. P.; Shivashankar, G. V.; Raychaudhuri, A. K.

    1991-08-01

    We report here the measurements of specific heat (10 K > T > 1.5 K), thermopower (300 K > T > 4 K), electrical conductivity (300 K > T > 0.4 K) and tunneling conductance ( T = 4.2 K) of the perovskite oxide metal LaNiO 3. We show that this oxide metal has a fairly large electron-electron interaction which gives rise to a T {1}/{2} correction to the conductivity for T < 2 K and a V {1}/{2} correction to the single particle density of states near the Fermi energy. The strong interaction effects in this metal arise from the low electron diffusivity.

  4. Lanthanum cobaltite perovskite supported onto mesoporous zirconium dioxide: nature of active sites of VOC oxidation.

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    Kustov, Alexander L; Tkachenko, Olga P; Kustov, Leonid M; Romanovsky, Boris V

    2011-08-01

    Novel catalytic nano-sized materials based on LaCoO(x) perovskite nanoparticles incapsulated in the mesoporous matrix of zirconia were prepared, characterized by physicochemical methods and tested in complete methanol oxidation. LaCoO(x) nanoparticles were prepared inside the mesopores of ZrO(2) by decomposition of bimetallic La-Co glycine precursor complexes. The catalysts have been studied by diffuse-reflectance FTIR-spectroscopy using such probe molecules as CO, CD(3)CN and CDCl(3) to test low-coordinated metal ions. At low temperatures of decomposition of complexes (up to 400C), low-coordinated Co(3+) ions predominate in the LaCoO(x) nanoparticles, whereas basically Co(2+) ions are found upon increasing the decomposition temperature to 600C. The novel nano-sized perovskite catalysts exhibit a very high catalytic activity in the abatement of volatile organic compounds present in air, like methanol and light hydrocarbons. PMID:21665054

  5. Reduced Graphene Oxide/Mesoporous TiO2 Nanocomposite Based Perovskite Solar Cells.

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    Han, Gill Sang; Song, Young Hyun; Jin, Young Un; Lee, Jin-Wook; Park, Nam-Gyu; Kang, Bong Kyun; Lee, Jung-Kun; Cho, In Sun; Yoon, Dae Ho; Jung, Hyun Suk

    2015-10-28

    We report on reduced graphene oxide (rGO)/mesoporous (mp)-TiO2 nanocomposite based mesostructured perovskite solar cells that show an improved electron transport property owing to the reduced interfacial resistance. The amount of rGO added to the TiO2 nanoparticles electron transport layer was optimized, and their impacts on film resistivity, electron diffusion, recombination time, and photovoltaic performance were investigated. The rGO/mp-TiO2 nanocomposite film reduces interfacial resistance when compared to the mp-TiO2 film, and hence, it improves charge collection efficiency. This effect significantly increases the short circuit current density and open circuit voltage. The rGO/mp-TiO2 nanocomposite film with an optimal rGO content of 0.4 vol % shows 18% higher photon conversion efficiency compared with the TiO2 nanoparticles based perovskite solar cells. PMID:26445167

  6. Protons and lattice defects in perovskite-related oxides

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    Nowick, A. S.

    The recent work on this project has focused on two perovskite-structured materials: single crystalline KTaO3 doped with iron-group ions, and ceramic BaCeO3 doped with Nd, Gd, Sc and Ca. In the case of KTaO3, it is shown that protons are introduced into the crystal from H2O vapor so that it becomes primarily a protonic conductor. The defect reactions involved have been considered in detail with the aid of EPR and IR measurements. In the study of BaCeO3, it was found that the Nd-doped material is an excellent protonic conductor with activation energy for proton hopping of only 0.54 eV. In addition, weight-change measurements were used to determine the amount of water uptake, while Nernst-cell measurements gave values for the transport numbers of oxygen and of protons. In contrast to the case of Nd doping, Gd or Yb-doped material are not protonic conductors. Other studies include those of high-(Tc) superconductors, the first showing a large elastic constant and internal friction anomaly in La(2x)Sr(x)CuO4, and the second showing under what conditions degradation occurs due to H2O and CO2 annealing treatments. Finally, a study of dielectric loss in Li-borate glasses shows that the dielectric loss peak in glasses widely believed to be due to a bulk phenomenon, is actually an electrode blocking effect.

  7. Pressure and isotope effects in the manganese-oxide perovskites

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    Goodenough, J.B.; Zhou, J.S.

    1998-12-31

    Measurements of the temperature dependence of the resistivity {rho}(T) and thermoelectric power {alpha}(T) under several hydrostatic pressures on {sup 18}O/{sup 16}O isotope-exchanged (La{sub 1{minus}x}Nd{sub x}){sub 0.7}Ca{sub 0.3}MnO{sub 3} polycrystalline samples spanning the structural O{prime}-O orthorhombic transition have demonstrated that the perovskite tolerance factor t increases with pressure, signaling an unusually compressible Mn-O bond. They have also indicated a change at the O{prime}-O transition from static to dynamic cooperative Jahn-Teller deformations, from a second-order to a first-order magnetic transition, from Mn(IV) to two-Mn polarons in the paramagnetic region, from Mn(IV) polarons to a vibronic state below {Tc}, and a phase segregation in the O phase above {Tc} that traps out mobile polarons into ferromagnetic Mn(IV)-rich clusters within a Mn(IV)-poor matrix. Specific heat data show a transfer of spin entropy to configurational entropy on cooling through {Tc} in the O phase, and a single-crystal study of La{sub 1{minus}x}Sr{sub x}MnO{sub 3}, x = 0.12 and 0.15, has demonstrated a transition from polaronic to itinerant e electrons below {Tc} within the O phase. Magnetic-susceptibility measurements in low fields confirm the phase segregation above {Tc} and the existence of a ferromagnetic glass below {Tc} in the O phase. The intrinsic colossal magnetoresistance (CMR) is attributed to the growth to their percolation threshold of the ferromagnetic clusters existing above {Tc}, and the dramatic rise in {Tc} with increasing tolerance factor t in the O-orthorhombic phase to an increase in the density, and also the mobility, of the untrapped polarons above {Tc}.

  8. Water-Gas Shift and Methane Reactivity on Reducible Perovskite-Type Oxides

    PubMed Central

    2015-01-01

    Comparative (electro)catalytic, structural, and spectroscopic studies in hydrogen electro-oxidation, the (inverse) water-gas shift reaction, and methane conversion on two representative mixed ionic–electronic conducting perovskite-type materials La0.6Sr0.4FeO3−δ (LSF) and SrTi0.7Fe0.3O3−δ (STF) were performed with the aim of eventually correlating (electro)catalytic activity and associated structural changes and to highlight intrinsic reactivity characteristics as a function of the reduction state. Starting from a strongly prereduced (vacancy-rich) initial state, only (inverse) water-gas shift activity has been observed on both materials beyond ca. 450 °C but no catalytic methane reforming or methane decomposition reactivity up to 600 °C. In contrast, when starting from the fully oxidized state, total methane oxidation to CO2 was observed on both materials. The catalytic performance of both perovskite-type oxides is thus strongly dependent on the degree/depth of reduction, on the associated reactivity of the remaining lattice oxygen, and on the reduction-induced oxygen vacancies. The latter are clearly more reactive toward water on LSF, and this higher reactivity is linked to the superior electrocatalytic performance of LSF in hydrogen oxidation. Combined electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction, and Raman measurements in turn also revealed altered surface and bulk structures and reactivities. PMID:26045733

  9. Enhanced Bifunctional Oxygen Catalysis in Strained LaNiO3 Perovskites.

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    Petrie, Jonathan R; Cooper, Valentino R; Freeland, John W; Meyer, Tricia L; Zhang, Zhiyong; Lutterman, Daniel A; Lee, Ho Nyung

    2016-03-01

    Strain is known to greatly influence low-temperature oxygen electrocatalysis on noble metal films, leading to significant enhancements in bifunctional activity essential for fuel cells and metal-air batteries. However, its catalytic impact on transition-metal oxide thin films, such as perovskites, is not widely understood. Here, we epitaxially strain the conducting perovskite LaNiO3 to systematically determine its influence on both the oxygen reduction and oxygen evolution reaction. Uniquely, we found that compressive strain could significantly enhance both reactions, yielding a bifunctional catalyst that surpasses the performance of noble metals such as Pt. We attribute the improved bifunctionality to strain-induced splitting of the eg orbitals, which can customize orbital asymmetry at the surface. Analogous to strain-induced shifts in the d-band center of noble metals relative to the Fermi level, such splitting can dramatically affect catalytic activity in this perovskite and other potentially more active oxides. PMID:26866808

  10. Time-Resolved XAFS Spectroscopic Studies of B-H and N-H Oxidative Addition to Transition Metal Catalysts Relevant to Hydrogen Storage

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    Bitterwolf, Thomas E.

    2014-12-09

    Successful catalytic dehydrogenation of aminoborane, H3NBH3, prompted questions as to the potential role of N-H oxidative addition in the mechanisms of these processes. N-H oxidative addition reactions are rare, and in all cases appear to involve initial dative bonding to the metal by the amine lone pairs followed by transfer of a proton to the basic metal. Aminoborane and its trimethylborane derivative block this mechanism and, in principle, should permit authentic N-H oxidative attrition to occur. Extensive experimental work failed to confirm this hypothesis. In all cases either B-H complexation or oxidative addition of solvent C-H bonds dominate the chemistry.

  11. Mechanistic differences between electrochemical and gas-phase thermal oxidation of platinum-group transition metals as discerned by surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy

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    Chan, H.Y.H.; Zou, S.; Weaver, M.J.

    1999-12-16

    The oxidation of five Pt-group metals--platinum, palladium, iridium, rhodium, and ruthenium--is examined by means of surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS) in aqueous electrochemical and gaseous dioxygen environments as a function of electrode potential and temperature, respectively, with the objective of intercomparing systematically the conditions required for surface oxide formation and discerning the reaction mechanisms involved. The SERS strategy, utilizing ultrathin Pt-group metal films electrodeposited on a gold substrate, enables monolayer-level metal oxide vibrational spectra to readily be obtained in both the electrochemical and gaseous environments. The SER spectra obtained during positive- and then negative-going potential excursions in aqueous 0.1 M HCLO{sub 4} display metal-oxygen vibrational bands signaling anodic oxide formation and subsequent removal at potentials consistent with corresponding voltammetric data. The nature of the amorphous oxides (or hydroxides) formed is deduced by comparison with bulk-phase metal oxide Raman spectra. The onset potentials for surface oxide formation are comparable to the thermodynamic potentials for the bulk-phase metal oxides. In contrast, the onset of surface oxidation even in ambient-pressure dioxygen uniformly requires elevated temperatures, {gt}200 C for each metal except for iridium, where oxide formation occurs at ca. 100 C. While spectral differences are evident, especially on palladium and ruthenium, the nature of the oxides formed in the electrochemical and gaseous systems is largely similar. The highly activated nature of the gaseous O{sub 2} oxidations is consistent with literature reports for Pt-group surfaces in ultrahigh vacuum as well as higher-pressure conditions. Likely reasons for the markedly more efficacious metal electrooxidations are discussed. Thermodynamic factors are not responsible, since the free-energy driving forces for the gaseous O{sub 2} oxidations are larger than for the electrochemical reactions at the applied potentials where surface oxidation for the latter processes proceeds at room temperature. The electrostatic driving forces for oxygen incorporation into the metal lattice (via high-field ion transport) are also typically more favorable for the gaseous systems, as evidenced by a comparison of the metal-solution and metal-gas surface potentials. The intrinsically more facile electrochemical processes thereby deduced are attributed to the occurrence of direct oxide production via a metal-oxygen place-exchange mechanism, expedited by interfacial solvation and therefore being energetically unfavorable in the anhydrous gas-phase environment. Other factors, such as the formation of precursor chemisorbed oxygen, are also considered.

  12. Research Update: Interface-engineered oxygen octahedral tilts in perovskite oxide heterostructures

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    Kan, Daisuke Aso, Ryotaro; Kurata, Hiroki; Shimakawa, Yuichi

    2015-06-01

    Interface engineering of structural distortions is a key for exploring the functional properties of oxide heterostructures and superlattices. In this paper, we report on our comprehensive investigations of oxygen octahedral distortions at the heterointerface between perovskite oxides SrRuO{sub 3} and BaTiO{sub 3} on GdScO{sub 3} substrates and of the influences of the interfacially engineered distortions on the magneto-transport properties of the SrRuO{sub 3} layer. Our state-of-the-art annular bright-field imaging in aberration-corrected scanning transmission electron microscopy revealed that the RuO{sub 6} octahedral distortions in the SrRuO{sub 3} layer have strong dependence on the stacking order of the SrRuO{sub 3} and BaTiO{sub 3} layers on the substrate. This can be attributed to the difference in the interfacial octahedral connections. We also found that the stacking order of the oxide layers has a strong impact on the magneto-transport properties, allowing for control of the magnetic anisotropy of the SrRuO{sub 3} layer through interface engineering. Our results demonstrate the significance of the interface engineering of the octahedral distortions on the structural and physical properties of perovskite oxides.

  13. In situ XPS studies of perovskite oxide surfaces under electrochemical polarization.

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    Vovk, Greg; Chen, Xiaohua; Mims, Charles A

    2005-02-17

    An in situ XPS study of oxidation-reduction processes on three perovskite oxide electrode surfaces was carried out by incorporating the materials in an electrochemical cell mounted on a heated sample stage in an ultrahigh vacuum (UHV) chamber. Electrodes made of powdered LaCr(1-x)Ni(x)O(3-delta) (x = 0.4, 1) showed changes in the XPS features of all elements upon redox cycling between formal Ni3+ and Ni2+ oxidation stoichiometries, indicating the delocalized nature of the electronic states involved and strong mixing of O 2p to Ni 3d levels to form band states. The surface also showed changes in adsorption capacity for CO2 upon reduction as a result of increased nucleophilicity of surface oxygen. Another perovskite oxide, La(0.5)Sr(0.5)CoO(3-delta), laser deposited as highly oriented thin films on (100) oriented yttria-stabilized zirconia (YSZ), also showed evidence of both local and nonlocal effects in the XPS features upon redox cycling. In contrast to LaCr(1-x)Ni(x)O(3-delta), redox cycling mainly affected the XPS features of cobalt with little effect on oxygen. This signifies reduced participation of O 2p states in the conduction band of this material. Small changes in surface cation stoichiometry in this film were observed and attributed to mobility of the A-site Sr dopant under polarization. PMID:16851240

  14. Synthesis of transition metal carbonitrides

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    Munir, Zuhair A. R. (Davis, CA); Eslamloo-Grami, Maryam (Davis, CA)

    1994-01-01

    Transition metal carbonitrides (in particular, titanium carbonitride, TiC.sub.0.5 N.sub.0.5) are synthesized by a self-propagating reaction between the metal (e.g., titanium) and carbon in a nitrogen atmosphere. Complete conversion to the carbonitride phase is achieved with the addition of TiN as diluent and with a nitrogen pressure .gtoreq.0.6 MPa. Thermodynamic phase-stability calculations and experimental characterizations of quenched samples provided revealed that the mechanism of formation of the carbonitride is a two-step process. The first step involves the formation of the nonstoichiometric carbide, TiC.sub.0.5, and is followed by the formation of the product by the incorporation of nitrogen in the defect-structure carbide.

  15. Quantum confinement in perovskite oxide heterostructures: Tight binding instead of a nearly free electron picture

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    Zhong, Zhicheng; Zhang, Qinfang; Held, Karsten

    2013-09-01

    Most recently, orbital-selective quantum well states of d electrons have been observed in SrVO3 ultrathin films and SrTiO3 surfaces. We construct from first-principles simple tight-binding models for such perovskite oxide heterostructures and surfaces. We show that this model provides a simple intuitive physical picture and yields, already with only two parameters, quantitatively reliable results, consistent with experiment. For quantum wells confined to only a few atomic layers or a higher quantum number, a nearly free electron description, on the other hand, does not work.

  16. Direct Observation of Electrostatically Driven Band Gap Renormalization in a Degenerate Perovskite Transparent Conducting Oxide.

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    Lebens-Higgins, Z; Scanlon, D O; Paik, H; Sallis, S; Nie, Y; Uchida, M; Quackenbush, N F; Wahila, M J; Sterbinsky, G E; Arena, Dario A; Woicik, J C; Schlom, D G; Piper, L F J

    2016-01-15

    We have directly measured the band gap renormalization associated with the Moss-Burstein shift in the perovskite transparent conducting oxide (TCO), La-doped BaSnO_{3}, using hard x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. We determine that the band gap renormalization is almost entirely associated with the evolution of the conduction band. Our experimental results are supported by hybrid density functional theory supercell calculations. We determine that unlike conventional TCOs where interactions with the dopant orbitals are important, the band gap renormalization in La-BaSnO_{3} is driven purely by electrostatic interactions. PMID:26824566

  17. Normal state tunneling conductance of perovskite oxides . Implications for high-Tc superconductors

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    Srikanth, H.; Rajeev, K. P.; Shivashankar, G. V.; Raychaudhuri, A. K.

    1992-05-01

    We have investigated tunneling conductances in disordered, normally conducting perovskite oxides close to the metal-insulator transition. We show that the normal state tunneling conductance of perovskite oxides can be cast in a general form G(V) = G 0[1 + ?V/V ?? n] with 1? n?0.5 and where V? is an intrinsic energy scale. The exponent n graduall y increases from 0.5 to 1 as the metal-insulator (M-I) transition is approached. In the high- Tc Bi(2212) cuprates, the normally observed, linear G( V)( n=1) can be made sub-linear ( n<1) by substitution of Ca with Y. From the similarity of the linear conductances, we suggest proximity to the M-I transition as a likely cause for this G( V)? V dependence. In systems showing linear conductances ( n?1), we find that ? G/? V? G?0 with ?? 1 and the intrinsic energy scale V??25-75 meV in the different oxides investigated.

  18. Synthesis, structural studies, and oxidation catalysis of the late-first-row-transition-metal complexes of a 2-pyridylmethyl pendant-armed ethylene cross-bridged cyclam.

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    Jones, Donald G; Wilson, Kevin R; Cannon-Smith, Desiray J; Shircliff, Anthony D; Zhang, Zhan; Chen, Zhuqi; Prior, Timothy J; Yin, Guochuan; Hubin, Timothy J

    2015-03-01

    The first 2-pyridylmethyl pendant-armed ethylene cross-bridged cyclam ligand has been synthesized and successfully complexed to Mn(2+), Fe(2+), Co(2+), Ni(2+), Cu(2+), and Zn(2+) cations. X-ray crystal structures were obtained for all six complexes and demonstrate pentadentate binding of the ligand with the requisite cis-V configuration of the cross-bridged cyclam ring in all cases, leaving a potential labile binding site cis to the pyridine donor for interaction of the complex with oxidants and/or substrates. The electronic properties of the complexes were evaluated using solid-state magnetic moment determination and acetonitrile solution electronic spectroscopy, which both agree with the crystal structure determination of high-spin divalent metal complexes in all cases. Cyclic voltammetry in acetonitrile revealed reversible redox processes in all but the Ni(2+) complex, suggesting that catalytic reactivity involving electron-transfer processes is possible for complexes of this ligand. Kinetic studies of the dissociation of the ligand from the copper(II) complex under strongly acidic conditions and elevated temperatures revealed that the pyridine pendant arm actually destabilizes the complex compared to the parent cross-bridged cyclam complex. Screening for oxidation catalysis using hydrogen peroxide as the terminal oxidant for the most biologically relevant Mn(2+), Fe(2+), and Cu(2+) complexes identified the Mn(2+) complex as a potential mild oxidation catalyst worthy of continued development. PMID:25671291

  19. Lanthanoid-free perovskite oxide catalyst for dehydrogenation of ethylbenzene working with redox mechanism

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    Watanabe, Ryo; Ikushima, Maiko; Mukawa, Kei; Sumomozawa, Fumitaka; Ogo, Shuhei; Sekine, Yasushi

    2013-01-01

    For the development of highly active and robust catalysts for dehydrogenation of ethylbenzene (EBDH) to produce styrene; an important monomer for polystyrene production, perovskite-type oxides were applied to the reaction. Controlling the mobility of lattice oxygen by changing the structure of Ba1 ? xSrxFeyMn1 ? yO3 ? ? (0 ? x ? 1, 0.2 ? y ? 0.8), perovskite catalyst showed higher activity and stability on EBDH. The optimized Ba/Sr and Fe/Mn molar ratios were 0.4/0.6 and 0.6/0.4, respectively. Comparison of the dehydrogenation activity of Ba0.4Sr0.6Fe0.6Mn0.4O3 ? ? catalyst with that of an industrial potassium promoted iron (FeK) catalyst revealed that the Ba0.4Sr0.6Fe0.6Mn0.4O3 ? ? catalyst showed higher initial activity than the industrial FeK oxide catalyst. Additionally, the Ba0.4Sr0.6Fe0.6Mn0.4O3 ? ? catalyst showed high activity and stability under severe conditions, even at temperatures as low as 783 K, or at the low steam/EB ratio of 2, while, the FeK catalyst showed low activity in such conditions. Comparing reduction profiles of the Ba0.4Sr0.6Fe0.6Mn0.4O3 ? ? and the FeK catalysts in a H2O/H2 atmosphere, reduction was suppressed by the presence of H2O over the Ba0.4Sr0.6Fe0.6Mn0.4O3 ? ? catalyst while the FeK catalyst was reduced. In other words, Ba0.4Sr0.6Fe0.6Mn0.4O3 ? ? catalyst had higher potential for activating the steam than the FeK catalyst. The lattice oxygen in perovskite-structure was consumed by H2, subsequently the consumed lattice oxygen was regenerated by H2O. So the catalytic performance of Ba0.4Sr0.6Fe0.6Mn0.4O3 ? ? was superior to that of FeK catalyst thanks to the high redox property of the Ba0.4Sr0.6Fe0.6Mn0.4O3 ? ? perovskite oxide. PMID:24790949

  20. Lanthanoid-free perovskite oxide catalyst for dehydrogenation of ethylbenzene working with redox mechanism

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    Watanabe, Ryo; Ikushima, Maiko; Mukawa, Kei; Sumomozawa, Fumitaka; Ogo, Shuhei; Sekine, Yasushi

    2013-10-01

    For the development of highly active and robust catalysts for dehydrogenation of ethylbenzene (EBDH) to produce styrene; an important monomer for polystyrene production, perovskite-type oxides were applied to the reaction. Controlling the mobility of lattice oxygen by changing the structure of Ba1-xSrxFeyMn1-yO3-d(0 ? x? 1, 0.2 ? y? 0.8), perovskite catalyst showed higher activity and stability on EBDH. The optimized Ba/Sr and Fe/Mn molar ratios were 0.4/0.6 and 0.6/0.4, respectively. Comparison of the dehydrogenation activity of Ba0.4Sr0.6Fe0.6Mn0.4O3-d catalyst with that of an industrial potassium promoted iron (Fe-K) catalyst revealed that the Ba0.4Sr0.6Fe0.6Mn0.4O3-d catalyst showed higher initial activity than the industrial Fe-K oxide catalyst. Additionally, the Ba0.4Sr0.6Fe0.6Mn0.4O3-d catalyst showed high activity and stability under severe conditions, even at temperatures as low as 783 K, or at the low steam/EB ratio of 2, while, the Fe-K catalyst showed low activity in such conditions. Comparing reduction profiles of the Ba0.4Sr0.6Fe0.6Mn0.4O3-d and the Fe-K catalysts in aH2O/H2 atmosphere, reduction was suppressed by the presence of H2O over the Ba0.4Sr0.6Fe0.6Mn0.4O3-d catalyst while the Fe-K catalyst was reduced. In other words, Ba0.4Sr0.6Fe0.6Mn0.4O3-d catalyst had higher potential for activating the steam than the Fe-K catalyst. The lattice oxygen in perovskite-structure was consumed by H2, subsequently the consumed lattice oxygen was regenerated by H2O. So the catalytic performance of Ba0.4Sr0.6Fe0.6Mn0.4O3-d was superior to that of Fe-K catalyst thanks to the high redox property of the Ba0.4Sr0.6Fe0.6Mn0.4O3-d perovskite oxide.

  1. Oxidation and protonation of transition metal hydrides: Role of an added base as proton shuttle and nature of protonated water in acetonitrile

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    Quadrelli, E.A.; Kraatz, H.B.; Poli, R.

    1996-08-28

    The Cp{sub 2}Fe{sup +} oxidation and the protonation of CpMoH{sub CO}{sub 2}L (L: PPh{sub 3}, 1; PMe{sub 3}, 2) in MeCN have been investigated. In the dry solvent, the oxidation of both compounds consumes 1 mol of oxidant/mol of hydride with production of [CpMo(CO){sub 2}L(MeCN)]{sup +} (L: PPh{sub 3}, [3]{sup +}; PMe{sub 3}, [4]{sup +}) and H{sub 2}. The stoichiometry changes toward the consumption of 2 mol of oxidant in the presence of excess water when the oxidizing eqivalents are added rapidly, either chemically or electrochemically. However, 1 oxidizing equiv is again sufficient to consume the hydride material completely under conditions of slow oxidation. Under comparable conditions, the more basic 2 leads to a lower [ox]/M-H stoichiometry. Protonation of 1 and 2 with HBF{sub 4}{center_dot}Et{sub 2}O in dry MeCN results in rapid H{sub 2} evolution and gives rise to protonated water. However, this process is followed by slow and irreversible delivery of the proton back to 1 or 2 to afford [CpMoH{sub 2}(CO){sub 2}L]{sup +}, which ultimately decomposes to [3]{sup +} or [4]{sup +} and H{sub 2}. The dihydride complex is to unstable to be isolated, even when the protonation of 1 or 2 is carried out in a noncoordinating solvent. The proton delivery is faster for the more basic 2 and slower for the less basic 1. Thus, water operates as a {open_quotes}proton shuttle{close_quotes}, whose speed depends on the basicity difference between the hydride complex and water. The identity of the protonated water in MeCN as [H(H{sub 2}O){sub 3}]{sup +} is suggested by an independent {sup 1}H-NMR experiment in CD{sub 3}CN.

  2. Thermochemistry of perovskites in the lanthanum-strontium-manganese-iron oxide system

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    Marinescu, Cornelia; Vradman, Leonid; Tanasescu, Speranta; Navrotsky, Alexandra

    2015-10-01

    The enthalpies of formation from binary oxides of perovskites (ABO3) based on lanthanum strontium manganite La(Sr)MnO3 (LSM) and lanthanum strontium ferrite La(Sr)FeO3 (LSF) and mixed lanthanum strontium manganite ferrite La(Sr)Mn(Fe)O3 (LSMF) were measured by high temperature oxide melt solution calorimetry. Using iodometric titration, the oxygen content was derived. The perovskites with A-site cation deficiency have greater oxygen deficiency than the corresponding A-site stoichiometric series. Stability of LSMF decreases with increasing iron content. Increasing oxygen deficiency clearly destabilizes the perovskites. The results suggest an enthalpy of oxygen incorporation that is approximately independent of composition. 0.35La2O3 (xl, 25 °C)+Mn2O3 (xl, 25 °C)+0.3SrO (xl, 25 °C)+Fe2O3 (xl, 25 °C)+O2 (g, 25 °C)→La0.7Sr0.3Mn1-yFeyO3-δ (xl, 25 °C). (b) ∆ubscriptshift="90%"superscriptshift="90%">Hf, ox * (La0.7Sr0.3Mn1-yFeyO3-δ) .0.35 La2O3 (xl, 25 ººC) + (0.7-y+ 2δ)/2 Mn2O3 (xl, 25 ºC) + 0.3 SrO (xl, 25 ºC) + y/2Fe2O3 (xl, 25 ºC) + (0.3-2δ) MnO2 (xl, 25 ºC)→La0.7Sr0.3Mn1-yFeyO3-δ (xl, 25 ºC).

  3. Fine-tuning optical and electronic properties of graphene oxide for highly efficient perovskite solar cells

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    Liu, Tongfa; Kim, Dongcheon; Han, Hongwei; Mohd Yusoff, Abd. Rashid Bin; Jang, Jin

    2015-06-01

    Simplifying the process of fine-tuning the electronic and optical properties of graphene oxide (GO) is of importance in order to fully utilize it as the hole interfacial layer (HIL). We introduced silver trifluoromethanesulfonate (AgOTf), an inorganic chemical dopant, that tunes and controls the properties of single-layered GO films synthesized by chemical vapor deposition. The morphology, work function, mobility, sheet resistance, and transmittance of the GO film were systematically tuned by various doping concentrations. We further developed a solution-processable low-temperature hole interfacial layer (HIL) poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene):poly(styrenesulfonate) (PEDOT:PSS):AgOTf-doped GO HIL in highly efficient perovskite solar cells. The PEDOT:PSS:AgOTf-doped GO HIL grants the desirable charge-collection in the HIL allowing the entire device to be prepared at temperatures less than 120 °C. The fabricated perovskite solar cells utilize a rigid substrate and demonstrate compelling photovoltaic performance with a power conversion efficiency (PCE) of 11.90%. Moreover, flexible devices prepared using a polyethylene terephthalate (PET)/ITO demonstrate a PCE of 9.67%, while ITO-free flexible devices adopting PET/aluminum doped zinc oxide (AZO)/silver (Ag)/AZO demonstrate a PCE of 7.97%. This study shows that the PEDOT:PSS:AgOTf-doped GO HIL has significant potential to contribute to the development of low-cost solar cells.

  4. Copper-substituted perovskite compositions for solid oxide fuel cell cathodes and oxygen reduction electrodes in other electrochemical devices

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    Rieke, Peter C. (Pasco, WA); Coffey, Gregory W. (Richland, WA); Pederson, Larry R. (Kennewick, WA); Marina, Olga A. (Richland, WA); Hardy, John S. (Richland, WA); Singh, Prabhaker (Richland, WA); Thomsen, Edwin C. (Richland, WA)

    2010-07-20

    The present invention provides novel compositions that find advantageous use in making electrodes for electrochemical cells. Also provided are electrochemical devices that include active oxygen reduction electrodes, such as solid oxide fuel cells, sensors, pumps and the like. The compositions comprises a copper-substituted ferrite perovskite material. The invention also provides novel methods for making and using the electrode compositions and solid oxide fuel cells and solid oxide fuel cell assemblies having cathodes comprising the compositions.

  5. Ballistic performance comparison of monolayer transition metal dichalcogenide MX{sub 2} (M = Mo, W; X = S, Se, Te) metal-oxide-semiconductor field effect transistors

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    Chang, Jiwon; Register, Leonard F.; Banerjee, Sanjay K.

    2014-02-28

    We study the transport properties of monolayer MX{sub 2} (M = Mo, W; X = S, Se, Te) n- and p-channel metal-oxide-semiconductor field effect transistors (MOSFETs) using full-band ballistic non-equilibrium Green's function simulations with an atomistic tight-binding Hamiltonian with hopping potentials obtained from density functional theory. We discuss the subthreshold slope, drain-induced barrier lowering (DIBL), as well as gate-induced drain leakage (GIDL) for different monolayer MX{sub 2} MOSFETs. We also report the possibility of negative differential resistance behavior in the output characteristics of nanoscale monolayer MX{sub 2} MOSFETs.

  6. O3-type layered transition metal oxide Na(NiCoFeTi)1/4O2 as a high rate and long cycle life cathode material for sodium ion batteries

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    Yue, Ji -Li; Yang, Xiao -Qing; Zhou, Yong -Ning; Yu, Xiqian; Bak, Seong -Min; Fu, Zheng -Wen

    2015-10-09

    High rate capability and long cycle life are challenging goals for the development of room temperature sodium-ion batteries. Here we report a new single phase quaternary O3-type layer-structured transition metal oxide Na(NiCoFeTi)1/4O2 synthesized by a simple solid-state reaction as a new cathode material for sodium-ion batteries. It can deliver a reversible capacity of 90.6 mA h g–1 at a rate as high as 20C. At 5C, 75.0% of the initial specific capacity can be retained after 400 cycles with a capacity-decay rate of 0.07% per cycle, demonstrating a superior long-term cyclability at high current density. X-ray diffraction and absorption characterizationmore » revealed reversible phase transformations and electronic structural changes during the Na+ deintercalation/intercalation process. Ni, Co and Fe ions contribute to charge compensation during charge and discharge. Although Ti ions do not contribute to the charge transfer, they play a very important role in stabilizing the structure during charge and discharge by suppressing the Fe migration. Additionally, Ti substitution can also smooth the charge–discharge plateaus effectively, which provides a potential advantage for the commercialization of this material for room temperature sodium-ion batteries.« less

  7. O3-type layered transition metal oxide Na(NiCoFeTi)1/4O2 as a high rate and long cycle life cathode material for sodium ion batteries

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    Yue, Ji -Li; Yang, Xiao -Qing; Zhou, Yong -Ning; Yu, Xiqian; Bak, Seong -Min; Fu, Zheng -Wen

    2015-10-09

    High rate capability and long cycle life are challenging goals for the development of room temperature sodium-ion batteries. Here we report a new single phase quaternary O3-type layer-structured transition metal oxide Na(NiCoFeTi)1/4O2 synthesized by a simple solid-state reaction as a new cathode material for sodium-ion batteries. It can deliver a reversible capacity of 90.6 mA h g–1 at a rate as high as 20C. At 5C, 75.0% of the initial specific capacity can be retained after 400 cycles with a capacity-decay rate of 0.07% per cycle, demonstrating a superior long-term cyclability at high current density. X-ray diffraction and absorption characterization revealed reversible phase transformations and electronic structural changes during the Na+ deintercalation/intercalation process. Ni, Co and Fe ions contribute to charge compensation during charge and discharge. Although Ti ions do not contribute to the charge transfer, they play a very important role in stabilizing the structure during charge and discharge by suppressing the Fe migration. Additionally, Ti substitution can also smooth the charge–discharge plateaus effectively, which provides a potential advantage for the commercialization of this material for room temperature sodium-ion batteries.

  8. [Photoreduction of Se (VI) by marine algae-transitional metals-light system].

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    Li, Shun-Xing; Zheng, Feng-Ying; Deng, Nan-Sheng; Hong, Hua-Sheng; Zhu, Guo-Hui

    2005-07-01

    Seven marine phytoplankton, including five green algae (Tetraselmis levis, Chlorella autotrophica, Dunaliella salina, Nannochloropsis sp. and Tetraselmis subcordiformis), one diatom (Phaeodactylum tricornutum), one red alga (Porphyridium purpureum), and three usual transitional metals (Fe(III), Cu(II), Mn(II)) were used to make up marine phytoplankton-light or transitional metals-light or marine phytoplankton-transitional metals-light system. In such system, Se(VI) could be transformed into Se(IV) by photoreduction. The species transformation of selenium could be photo-induced by redox reaction of transitional metals. The photochemical activity of marine phytoplankton was confirmed for the first time, because marine phytoplankton could adsorb and concentrated of selenium, transitional metals and organic substances (including the exudation of algae, as reducing agent) which redox potentials were changed. The ratios of Se(VI) to Se(IV) were dominated by the species, the concentration of marine phytoplankton and transitional metals, and it could be enhanced through increasing the concentration of marine algae or the combined effect from marine algae and transitional metals. After photoreduction by ternary system, the ratio of Se(VI) to Se(IV) ranges from 1.17 to 2.85, which is close to the actual value in euphotic layer of seawater. The photochemical process that is induced by marine algae and transitional metals dominative the leading effects on the distribution of oxidation states of selenium. PMID:16212166

  9. Monocrystalline mesoporous metal oxide with perovskite structure: a facile solid-state transformation of a coordination polymer.

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    Xu, Li; Bu, Fan-Xing; Hu, Ming; Jin, Chuan-Yin; Jiang, Dong-Mei; Zhao, Zhen-Jie; Zhang, Qing-Hong; Jiang, Ji-Sen

    2014-11-18

    Monocrystalline mesoporous BiFeO3 crystals were obtained via a multi-step single-crystal to single-crystal transformation of a coordination polymer, Bi[Fe(CN)6]·4H2O. This unique transformation process significantly decreased the crystallization temperature of perovskite oxide without losing high crystallinity. PMID:25259374

  10. Photoinduced charge, ion & energy transfer processes at transition-metal coordination compounds anchored to mesoporous, nanocrystalline metal-oxide thin films

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    Ardo, Shane

    Photovoltaics provide a direct means of converting photons into useful, electric power; however traditional silicon-based technologies are too expensive for global commercialization. Dye-sensitized mesoporous semiconducting thin films, when utilized in regenerative photoelectrochemical cells, are one category of next generation photovoltaics that could eventually circumvent this issue. In fact, their architecture also affords a clear platform for implementation of a direct, solar fuel-forming system. The mechanisms involved in the myriad of molecular processes that occur in these molecular--solid-state hybrid materials are poorly understood. Thus, the overriding goal of this dissertation was to evaluate sensitized mesoporous, nanocrystalline metal-oxide thin films critically so as to elucidate mechanistic phenomena. Using transient and steady-state absorption and emission spectroscopies as well as (photo)electrochemistry, various previously unobserved processes have been identified. Chapter 2 demonstrates for the first time that the electric fields emanating from these charged thin films affect surface-anchored molecular sensitizers via a Stark effect. In most cases, further, but incomplete, ionic screening of the charged nanoparticles from the sensitizers, as non-Faradaic electrolyte redistribution, was spectroscopically inferred after rapid semiconductor charging. Chapter 3 highlights the reactivity of Co(I) coordination-compound catalysts anchored to anatase TiO2 thin-film electrodes. Visible-light excitation resulted in prompt excited-state electron injection into TiO2 while introduction of benzylbromide into the fluid solution surrounding the thin film led to a 2e--transfer, oxidative-addition reaction to Co1 forming a stable Co--benzyl product. Subsequent visible-light excitation initiated a photocatalytic cycle for C--C bond formation. Unique to the nanocrystalline thin films employed here, Chapter 4 demonstrates that traditional time-resolved polarization spectroscopy can be employed to monitor lateral self-exchange energy- and hole-transfer reactions across the sensitized TiO2 surface. Under conditions of poor excited-state injection, support for Ru*/II self exchange was obtained, while subsequent to electron injection, the resulting RuIII state of the sensitizer was often capable of RuIII/II self-exchange reactions. The kinetics for many processes associated with mesoporous, nanocrystalline TiO2 thin films can be modeled by a stretched-exponential function, which possesses an underlying distribution of rate constants. In Chapter 5, we provide the first implementation of an Arrhenius analysis for the temperature dependence of these distributions.

  11. Correlation between resistance-change effect in transition-metal oxides and secondary-electron contrast of scanning electron microscope images

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    Kinoshita, K.; Kishida, S.; Yoda, T.

    2011-09-15

    Conductive atomic-force microscopy (C-AFM) writing is attracting attention as a technique for clarifying the switching mechanism of resistive random-access memory by providing a wide area filled with filaments, which can be regarded as one filament with large radius. The writing area on a nickel-oxide (NiO) film formed by conductive atomic-force microscopy was observed by scanning electron microscope, and a correlation between the contrast in a secondary-electron image (SEI) and the resistance written by C-AFM was revealed. In addition, the dependence of the SEI contrast on the beam accelerating voltage (V{sub accel}) suggests that the resistance-change effect occurs near the surface of the NiO film. As for the effects of electron irradiation and vacuum annealing on the C-AFM writing area, it was shown that the resistance-change effect is caused by exchange of oxygen with the atmosphere at the surface of the NiO film. This result suggests that the low-resistance and high-resistance areas are, respectively, p-type Ni{sub 1+{delta}}O ({delta} < 0) and insulating (stoichiometric) or n-type Ni{sub 1+{delta}}O ({delta}{>=} 0).

  12. Solid-state transition metal chemistry with quinolin-4-yl-methyl-[N-(n-butyl)amino]-diphenylphosphine oxide (4-qmape): Crystal structure of the 4-qmape ligand

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    ?urowska, Bogumi?a; Brzuszkiewicz, Anna; Boduszek, Bogdan

    2012-11-01

    A series of three perchlorate coordination compounds of bioactive diethyl quinolin-4-yl-methyl(N-butylamino)diphenylphosphine oxide (4-qmape) ligand, with the following stoichiometries [M(2-qmape)2](ClO4)2 Mdbnd Cu and Ni and [Co(2-qmape)2](ClO4)2, were obtained and studied. Stoichiometry and stereochemistry of the compounds was confirmed by spectroscopic and magnetic studies as well as by elemental analyses. In particular, the crystal structure of the free ligand was determined. The 4-qmape ligand has a potential capacity to coordinate to metal ions by following atoms: phosphoryl oxygen, amino nitrogen and quinolyl nitrogen. In studied compounds, 4-qmape adopts the didentate N,O-coordination mode, bonding metal centers through the phosphoryl oxygen and amino nitrogen. Quinoline nitrogen atom does not participate in coordination. The all complexes are monomeric with tetrahedral environment of metal ions. Magnetic studies (1.8-300 K) indicate existence of a very weak exchange coupling between metal centers in crystal lattice.

  13. Crystal structure and magnetic properties of 5d double perovskite oxide Sr2EuOsO6

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    He, Jianfeng; Feng, Hai L.; Yuan, Yahua; Tsujimoto, Yoshihiro; Yamaura, Kazunari; Superconducting Properties Unit, National InstituteMaterials Science Team; Graduate School of Chemical Sciences; Engineering, Hokkaido University Team; Materials Processing Unit, National InstituteMaterials Science Team

    2015-03-01

    Polycrystalline Sr2EuOsO6 has been synthesized with high-pressures and temperatures. It crystallizes in a monoclinic double perovskite structure and shows an antiferromagnetic-like transition at 51 K in a magnetic susceptibility measurement. The transition has been further characterized by specific measurements and electrical resistivity measurements. The results are compared with the magnetic properties of Ba2EuOsO6 and other double perovskite oxides containing Os(V) atom. We will discuss role of spin-orbit coupling and spin polarization on the gapped electronic structure of Sr2EuOsO6 and other related compounds.

  14. Synthesis of ferromagnetic nanoparticles, formic acid oxidation catalyst nanocomposites, and late-transition metal-boride intermetallics by unique synthetic methods and single-source precursors

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    Wellons, Matthew S.

    The design, synthesis, and characterization of magnetic alloy nanoparticles, supported formic acid oxidation catalysts, and superhard intermetallic composites are presented. Ferromagnetic equatomic alloy nanoparticles of FePt, FePd, and CoPt were synthesized utilizing single-source heteronuclear organometallic precursors supported on an inert water-soluble matrix. Direct conversion of the precursor-support composite to supported ferromagnetic nanoparticles occurs under elevated temperatures and reducing conditions with metal-ion reduction and minimal nanoparticle coalescence. Nanoparticles were easily extracted from the support by addition of water and characterized in structure and magnetic properties. Palladium and platinum based nanoparticles were synthesized with microwave-based and chemical metal-ion reduction strategies, respectively, and tested for catalytic performance in a direct formic acid fuel cell (DFAFC). A study of palladium carbide nanocomposites with various carbonaceous supports was conducted and demonstrated strong activity comparable to commercially available palladium black, but poor catalytic longevity. Platinum-lead alloy nanocomposites synthesized with chemical reduction and supported on Vulcan carbon demonstrated strong activity, excellent catalytic longevity, and were subsequently incorporated into a prototype DFAFC. A new method for the synthesis of superhard ceramics on polymer substrates called Confined Plasma Chemical Deposition (CPCD) was developed. The CPCD method utilizes a tuned Free Electron Laser to selectively decompose the single-source precursor, Re(CO)4(B3H8), in a plasma-like state resulting in the superhard intermetallic ReB2 deposited on polymer substrates. Extension of this method to the synthesis of other hard of superhard ceramics; WB4, RuB2, and B4C was demonstrated. These three areas of research show new synthetic methods and novel materials of technological importance, resulting in a substantial advance in their respective fields.

  15. Improper ferroelectricity and piezoelectric responses in rhombohedral (A,A')B2O6 perovskite oxides

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    Young, Joshua; Rondinelli, James M.

    2014-05-01

    High-temperature electronic materials are in constant demand as the required operational range for various industries increases. Here we design (A,A')B2O6 perovskite oxides with [111] "rock salt" A-site cation order and predict them to be potential high-temperature piezoelectric materials. By selecting bulk perovskites which have a tendency towards only out-of-phase BO6 rotations, we avoid possible staggered ferroelectric to paraelectric phase transitions while also retaining noncentrosymmetric crystal structures necessary for ferro- and piezoelectricity. Using density functional theory calculations, we show that (La,Pr)Al2O6 and (Ce,Pr)Al2O6 display spontaneous polarizations in their polar ground state structures; we also compute the dielectric and piezoelectric constants for each phase. Additionally, we predict the critical phase transition temperatures for each material from first-principles to demonstrate that the piezoelectric responses, which are comparable to traditional lead-free piezoelectrics, should persist to high temperature. These features make the rock salt A-site-ordered aluminates candidates for high-temperature sensors, actuators, or other electronic devices.

  16. Reaction of group V and VI transition metal oxide and oxyhydroxide anions with O[sub 2], H[sub 2]O, and HCl

    SciTech Connect

    Sigsworth, S.W.; Castleman, A.W. Jr. )

    1992-12-16

    Negatively charged oxides and oxyhydroxides of tantalum, niobium, vanadium, and tungsten were produced, and their properties and reactivity with O[sub 2], HCl, and H[sub 2]O were investigated in a fast-flow reactor. Importantly, the oxyhydroxide anions of niobium and tantalum are found to undergo acid-base type reactions with HCl which bear analogy to those known to occur in the condensed phase; e.g., the Cl of HCl replaces an OH unit on the metal center and H[sub 2]O is given off as the neutral product. By contrast, in cases where there are no OH units bonded to the metal atom, HCl reacts to transform a bound oxygen atom into an OH unit, with the Cl unit becoming bonded to the metal center. Quantitative rate coefficients, ranging from about 10[sup [minus]9] to 10[sup [minus]11] cm[sup 3] s[sup [minus]1], were measured for each of four sequential additions of HCl to the individual niobium and tantalum systems. Interestingly, only the trioxide and pentoxide of niobium and tantalum undergo observable reactions with H[sub 2]O (to form the dioxydihydroxide ion), while reaction with O[sub 2] (k [approx] 10[sup [minus]11]-10[sup [minus]13] cm[sup 3] s[sup [minus]1]), in general, occurs 2-3 orders of magnitude more slowly than the observable H[sub 2]O reactions. A reversible reaction is found between the pentoxide anion reacting with H[sub 2]O and the (product) dioxydihydroxide reacting with O[sub 2], yielding equilibrium constant values of K = 370 and 48 for niobium and tantalum, respectively. Comparing the reaction rates demonstrates the influence of the electronic shell of the metal atom on reactivity, where the relative ease of the period six metals to accommodate additional ligands beyond those of the initial reactant contrasts with the decreased facility for period five metals. 31 refs., 3 figs., 3 tabs.

  17. Magnetron sputtered zinc oxide nanorods as thickness-insensitive cathode interlayer for perovskite planar-heterojunction solar cells.

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    Liang, Lusheng; Huang, Zhifeng; Cai, Longhua; Chen, Weizhong; Wang, Baozeng; Chen, Kaiwu; Bai, Hua; Tian, Qingyong; Fan, Bin

    2014-12-10

    Suitable electrode interfacial layers are essential to the high performance of perovskite planar heterojunction solar cells. In this letter, we report magnetron sputtered zinc oxide (ZnO) film as the cathode interlayer for methylammonium lead iodide (CH3NH3PbI3) perovskite solar cell. Scanning electron microscopy and X-ray diffraction analysis demonstrate that the sputtered ZnO films consist of c-axis aligned nanorods. The solar cells based on this ZnO cathode interlayer showed high short circuit current and power conversion efficiency. Besides, the performance of the device is insensitive to the thickness of ZnO cathode interlayer. Considering the high reliability and maturity of sputtering technique both in lab and industry, we believe that the sputtered ZnO films are promising cathode interlayers for perovskite solar cells, especially in large-scale production. PMID:25405518

  18. Single-Layer Light-Emitting Diodes Using Organometal Halide Perovskite/Poly(ethylene oxide) Composite Thin Films.

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    Li, Junqiang; Bade, Sri Ganesh R; Shan, Xin; Yu, Zhibin

    2015-09-16

    Organometal halide perovskite and poly(ethylene oxide) composite thin films are studied. Single-layer light-emitting diodes using the composite thin film sandwiched between indium tin oxide and indium-gallium eutectic alloy exhibit a low turn-on voltage and high brightness because of the ionic conductivity of the composite film and the formation of a p-i-n homojunction. PMID:26247326

  19. An experimental study of perovskite-structured mixed ionic- electronic conducting oxides and membranes

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    Zeng, Pingying

    In recent decades, ceramic membranes based on mixed ionic and electronic conducting (MIEC) perovskite-structured oxides have received many attentions for their applications for air separation, or as a membrane reactor for methane oxidation. While numerous perovskite oxide materials have been explored over the past two decades; there are hardly any materials with sufficient practical economic value and performance for large scale applications, which justifies continuing the search for new materials. The main purposes of this thesis study are: (1) develop several novel SrCoO3-delta based MIEC oxides, SrCoCo1-xMxO3-delta, based on which membranes exhibit excellent oxygen permeability; (2) investigate the significant effects of the species and concentration of the dopants M (metal ions with fixed valences) on the various properties of these membranes; (3) investigate the significant effects of sintering temperature on the microstructures and performance of oxygen permeation membranes; and (4) study the performance of oxygen permeation membranes as a membrane reactor for methane combustion. To stabilize the cubic phase structure of the SrCoO3-delta oxide, various amounts of scandium was doped into the B-site of SrCoO 3-delta to form a series of new perovskite oxides, SrScxCoCo 1-xO3-delta (SSCx, x = 0-0.7). The significant effects of scandium-doping concentration on the phase structure, electrical conductivity, sintering performance, thermal and structural stability, cathode performance, and oxygen permeation performance of the SSCx membranes, were systematically studied. Also for a more in-depth understanding, the rate determination steps for the oxygen transport process through the membranes were clarified by theoretical and experimental investigation. It was found that only a minor amount of scandium (5 mol%) doping into the B-site of SrCoO3-delta can effectively stabilize the cubic phase structure, and thus significantly improve the electrical conductivity and oxygen permeability of the SrCoO3-delta membrane. Among all the disk-shaped SSCx (x = 0-0.7) membranes with a thickness of 0.91 mm, both SSC0.05 and SSC0.1 exhibit the highest oxygen permeation rate of about 3.2 mL.cm-2.min-1 (STP) at 900 °C, SSC0.1 also shows excellent cathode performance for a solid oxide fuel cell. Therefore SSC0.1 is of special interest, and thus investigated regarding the performance as a membrane reactor for methane combustion. The performance was evaluated based on the results of methane conversion rates and CO 2 selectivity. Inspired by the above findings, a series of mixed-conducting perovskite oxides SrCo0.95M0.05O3-delta (SCM, M = Bi5+, Zr4+, Ce4+, Sc3+ , La3+, Y3+, Al3+, Zn 2+) were prepared to study the effects of different dopants M on the performance of SrCo0.95M0.05O3-delta. It was found that the M cations significantly affect the crystal phase structure, grain growth, membrane porosity, electrical conductivity, and the oxygen permeability of the SCM membranes. Specifically, it is postulated in this study that the formation of the cubic perovskite structure is dependent on the electron configuration in the outer orbits of M cations, which may provide theoretical guidance for future development of high oxygen permeation ceramic membranes based on the perovskite materials. To study the significant effects of grain sizes on the oxygen permeation behaviors of La0.6Sr0.4Co0.2Fe0.8O3-delta (LSCF) and SrSc0.1Co0.9O 3-delta (SSC0.1) membranes, the LSCF and SSC0.1 membranes were sintered at various temperatures to form different microstructures. Properties of these membranes with varied grain sizes were compared. Results showed that the oxygen permeation rate of the LSCF membrane increases with increasing the grain size, however, it is interesting that the oxygen permeation rate of the SSC0.1 membrane decreases with increasing the grain size. This implies that oxygen transport occurs more, however, less rapidly along grain boundaries than through the bulks in the LSCF and SSC0.1 membranes, respectively. A LSCF hollow fiber membrane and a SSC0.1 planar membrane were applied as membrane reactors for methane combustion. To improve their performances, LSCF powder and SSC0.1 powder were dip-coated and spray-coated on the permeation sides of LSCF hollow fiber membranes and SSC0.1 planar membranes, respectively. The exhaust gas components were analyzed by Gas Chromatography (GC). The performance was evaluated based on the results of methane conversion rates and CO 2 selectivity. The highest CO2 selectivity of the LSCF hollow fiber membrane and the SSC0.1 planar membrane is about 88 and 85 %, respectively. This indicates that the application of an oxygen permeation membrane as methane combustion reactor is feasible.

  20. Recovery of transition metals from aqueous solutions

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    Goodall, B.L.; Grotenhuis, P.A.M.

    1989-11-14

    This patent describes a process comprising recovering a transition metal from an aqueous solution containing a complex of the transition metal with a cyclic phosphite having a bridgehead phosphorus atom linked to three oxygen atoms at least two of which form together with the bridgehead phosphorus atom part of a ring. The cyclic phosphite having a hydroxymethly group linked to a ring carbon atom, by: hydrolyzing the cyclic phosphite in the complex, thereby forming a reaction mixture, contacting the reaction mixture obtained with a compound forming a water-stable complex with the transition metal which is sufficiently water-stable to preclude the need to distill off water in order to achieve substantially complete recovery of the transition metal, contacting the reaction mixture with an organic extraction agent for the water-stable complex, thereby forming an organic extract phase containing at least a portion of the transition metal, and an aqueous raffinate phase and separating the organic extract phase containing at least a portion of the transition metal from the aqueous raffinate phase.

  1. Double perovskites as anode materials for solid-oxide fuel cells.

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    Huang, Yun-Hui; Dass, Ronald I; Xing, Zheng-Liang; Goodenough, John B

    2006-04-14

    Extensive efforts to develop a solid-oxide fuel cell for transportation, the bottoming cycle of a power plant, and distributed generation of electric energy are motivated by a need for greater fuel efficiency and reduced air pollution. Barriers to the introduction of hydrogen as the fuel have stimulated interest in developing an anode material that can be used with natural gas under operating temperatures 650 degrees C < T < 1000 degrees C. Here we report identification of the double perovskites Sr2Mg(1-x)MnxMoO(6-delta) that meet the requirements for long-term stability with tolerance to sulfur and show a superior single-cell performance in hydrogen and methane. PMID:16614219

  2. New Perovskite Materials for Sensors and Low Temperature Solid Oxide Fuel Cell (LT-SOFC) Applications

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    Bukhari, Syed Munawer

    This work involved the development of new perovskite oxides based on SmFeO3 and testing their performances as sensors for reducing gases (H 2, CO & CH4) and as anode materials for dry methane oxidation in solid oxide fuel cells. The new perovskite oxide materials with formula Sm0.95Ce0.05Fe1-xMxO3-delta (M= Co, Ni & Cr) were synthesized by a sol gel method using citric acid as a complexing agent. The resulting materials were characterized by using a battery of techniques including XRD, XRF, XPS, SEM and electrochemical methods. Sensing experiments revealed that both cobalt doped and Cr doped materials can detect H2, CO and CH4 in air at different temperatures including room temperature. The Ni doped materials did not prove good candidates as sensors. However, their reduction treatment studies showed the formation of metallic nanoparticles on the surface which deeply influence their electrical conductivity as well as sensing ability. Consequently, this modification in surface structure and chemical composition enabled them to sense hydrogen gas at 300C very effectively. The response of sensors based on these reduced materials was measurable and reversible. Some materials were also selected on the basis of their reduction stability and electrical properties, and their electrochemical performances were evaluated as SOFC anodes under dry methane and dry hydrogen fuels separately. The performance tests as SOFC anode revealed that the best anode material for the oxidation of dry hydrogen fuel is Sm0.95Ce0.05FeO3-delta . Furthermore, Sm0.95Ce0.05FeO3-delta proved to be coke resistant anode under dry methane fuel and exhibited reasonably low charge transfer resistance values at temperatures between 600-700C. The doping of Co and Ni at the B-site of Sm0.95Ce0.05FeO 3-delta found to be very effective in further improving its performance as SOFC anode towards oxidation of dry methane fuel at the lower temperatures.

  3. Chemical Trends for Transition Metal Compound Bonding to Graphene

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    Lange, Bjoern; Blum, Volker

    2015-03-01

    Transition metal compounds are of interest as catalysts for the hydrogen evolution reaction (HER). However, a perfect candidate to replace expensive platinum has not yet been identified. To tailor a specific compound, several properties come into play. One is the bonding to the underlying substrate, for which ?-bonded carbon nanostructures are promising candidates. Here we analyze the bonding of small transition metal compound nanoclusters to a graphene layer for a range of chemical compositions: MxAy (M = Mo, Ti; A = S, O, B, N, C). The clusters are generated by an unbiased random search algorithm. We perform total energy calculations based on density functional theory to identify lowest energy clusters. We calculate binding energies using the PBE and HSE functionals with explicit van der Waals treatment and benchmark those against RPA cluster calculations. Our results indicate that molybdenum-carbides and -nitrides tend to bond tightly to graphene. Mo-oxides and -sulfides show small binding energies, indicating van der Waals bonding.

  4. Transition Metal Nitrides for Electrocatalytic Energy Conversion: Opportunities and Challenges.

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    Xie, Junfeng; Xie, Yi

    2016-03-01

    Electrocatalytic energy conversion has been considered as one of the most efficient and promising pathways for realizing energy storage and energy utilization in modern society. To improve electrocatalytic reactions, specific catalysts are needed to lower the overpotential. In the search for efficient alternatives to noble metal catalysts, transition metal nitrides have attracted considerable interest due to their high catalytic activity and unique electronic structure. Over the past few decades, numerous nitride-based catalysts have been explored with respect to their ability to drive various electrocatalytic reactions, such as the hydrogen evolution reaction and the oxygen evolution reaction to achieve water splitting and the oxygen reduction reaction coupled with the methanol oxidation reaction to construct fuel cells or rechargeable Li-O2 batteries. This Minireview provides a brief overview of recent progress on electrocatalysts based on transition metal nitrides, and outlines the current challenges and future opportunities. PMID:26494184

  5. Density functional study on redox energetics of LaMO3-? (M=Sc-Cu) perovskite-type oxides

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    Pishahang, Mehdi; Erik Mohn, Chris; Stlen, Svein

    2016-01-01

    This study evaluates the redox energetics of LaMO3-? (M=Sc-Cu) perovskite-type oxides via generalized gradient approximation (GGA) to DFT. Two different approaches to redox energetics of oxygen deficient perovskites of strongly non-stoichiometric (?=0.5) and dilute defect limits (??0) are studied. In the first approach the enthalpies of oxidation are calculated using the stoichiometric end-compounds of LaMO3 and LaMO2.5. The most common structures for the reduced lanthanides and strontides similar to the ones experimentally reported for SrMnO2.5, SrFeO2.5, and LaNiO2.5 are considered. The second approach to the oxidation enthalpies termed (??0) follow the trend observed experimentally. This approach represents the experimental conditions of the measured oxygen enthalpies, and is hampered less by the artificial features due to spurious self-interaction errors in GGA.

  6. Spectroscopic investigations of complex transition metal oxides

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    Cao, Jinbo

    In this dissertation, I present spectroscopic studies of several model electronic and magnetic materials. Compounds of interest include VO x nanoscrolls, VOHPO4·1/2H2O, and (La0:4Pr0:6)1:2Sr1:8Mn 2O7. These materials are attractive systems for the investigation of optical gap tuning, lattice and charge dynamics, spin-lattice-charge coupling, and hydrogen bonding effects. I measured the optical properties of VO x nanoscrolls and the ion-exchanged derivatives to investigate the lattice and charge degrees of freedom. Selected V-O-V stretching modes sharpen and redshift with increasing amine size, which are microscopic manifestations of strain. We observed bound carrier localization in the metal exchanged nanoscrolls, indicating they are weakly metallic in their bulk form. I also investigated the variable temperature vibrational properties of single crystals of the S = 1/2 Heisenberg antiferromagnet VOHPO4·1/2H 2O. In order to explain the activation and polarization dependence of the singlet-to-triplet gap in the far-infrared response, we invoke a dynamic Dzyaloshinskii-Moriya mechanism and we identify the low-energy phonons that likely facilitate this coupling. Vibrational mode splitting of VOHPO 4·1/2H2O also points toward a weak local symmetry breaking near 180 K, and the low-temperature redshift of V-O and H-O related modes demonstrates enhanced low-temperature hydrogen bonding. Finally, I measured the magneto-optical response of (La0:4Pr0:6)1:2 Sr1:8Mn2O7 to investigate the microscopic aspects of the magnetic field driven spin-glass insulator to ferromagnetic metal transition. Application of a magnetic field recovers the ferromagnetic state with an overall redshift of the electronic structure, growth of the bound carrier localization associated with ferromagnetic domains, development of a pseudogap, and softening of the Mn-O stretching and bending modes that indicate a structural change. By exploiting the electronic mechanisms, we can induce large high energy magnetodielectric contrast in (La0:4Pr 0:6)1:2Sr1:8Mn2O7. The dielectric contrast is over 100% near 0.8 eV at 4.2 K. Remnants of the transition also drive the high energy magnetodielectric effect at room temperature.

  7. Theoretical Investigation of H₂ Oxidation on the Sr2Fe1.5Mo0.5O6 (001) Perovskite Surface Under Anodic Solid Oxide Fuel Cell Conditions

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    Suthirakun, Suwit; Ammal, Salai Cheettu; Munoz-Garcia, Ana B.; Xiao, Guoliang; Chen, Fanglin; zur Loye, Hans-Conrad; Carter, Emily A.; Heyden, Andreas

    2014-06-11

    Periodic density functional theory (DFT) calculations and microkinetic modeling are used to investigate the electrochemical oxidation of H₂ fuel on the (001) surface of Sr2Fe1.5Mo0.5O6 (SFMO) perovskite under anodic solid oxide fuel cell conditions. Three surface models with different Fe/Mo ratios in the topmost layer-identified by ab initio thermodynamic analysis-are used to investigate the H₂ oxidation mechanism. A microkinetic analysis that considers the effects of anode bias potential suggests that a higher Mo concentration in the surface increases the activity of the surface toward H₂ oxidation. At operating voltage and anodic SOFC conditions, the model predicts that water desorption is rate-controlling and that stabilizing the oxygen vacancy structure increases the overall rate for H₂ oxidation. Although we find that Mo plays a crucial role in improving catalytic activity of SFMO, under fuel cell operating conditions, the Mo content in the surface layer tends to be very low. On the basis of these results and in agreement with previous experimental observations, a strategy for improving the overall electrochemical performance of SFMO is increasing the Mo content or adding small amounts of an active transition metal, such as Ni, to the surface to lower the oxygen vacancy formation energy of the SFMO surface.

  8. Microwave-assisted synthesis of transition metal phosphide

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    Viswanathan, Tito

    2014-12-30

    A method of synthesizing transition metal phosphide. In one embodiment, the method has the steps of preparing a transition metal lignosulfonate, mixing the transition metal lignosulfonate with phosphoric acid to form a mixture, and subjecting the mixture to a microwave radiation for a duration of time effective to obtain a transition metal phosphide.

  9. Perovskite Sr-doped LaCrO3 as a new p-type transparent conducting oxide

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    Zhang, Hongliang; Du, Yingge; Papadogianni, Alexandra; Bierwagen, Oliver; Sallis, Shawn; Piper, Louis F. J.; Bowden, Mark E.; Shutthanandan, V.; Sushko, Petr; Chambers, Scott A.

    2015-09-16

    Transparent conducting oxides (TCOs) constitute a unique class of materials which combine the seemingly mutually exclusive properties of electrical conductivity and optical transparency in a single material. TCOs are useful for a wide range of applications including solar cells, displays, light emitting diodes and transparent electronics. Simple post-transition metal oxides such as ZnO, In2O3 and SnO2 are wide gap insulators in which the ionic character generates an oxygen 2p-derived valence band (VB) and a metal s-derived conduction band (CB), resulting in large optical band gaps (>3.0 eV) and excellent n-type conductivity when donor doped. In contrast, the development of efficient p-type TCOs remains a global materials challenge. Converting n-type oxides to p-type analogs by acceptor doping is extremely difficult and these materials display poor conductivity.

  10. Method of boronizing transition metal surfaces

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    Koyama, Koichiro; Shimotake, Hiroshi.

    1983-08-16

    A method is presented for preparing a boride layer on a transition metal substrate for use in corrosive environments or as a harden surface in machine applications. This method is particularly useful in treating current collectors for use within a high temperature and corrosive electrochemical cell environment. A melt of a alkali metal boride tetrafluoride salt including such as KF to lower its melting point is prepared including a dissolved boron containing material, for instance NiB, MnB[sub 2], or CrB[sub 2]. A transition metal to be coated is immersed in the melt at a temperature of no more than 700 C and a surface boride layer of that transition metal is formed within a period of about 24 hours on the substrate surface. 4 figs.

  11. Method of boronizing transition metal surfaces

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    Koyama, Koichiro; Shimotake, Hiroshi

    1983-01-01

    A method is presented for preparing a boride layer on a transition metal substrate for use in corrosive environments or as a harden surface in machine applications. This method is particularly useful in treating current collectors for use within a high temperature and corrosive electrochemical cell environment. A melt of a alkali metal boride tetrafluoride salt including such as KF to lower its melting point is prepared including a dissolved boron containing material, for instance NiB, MnB.sub.2, or CrB.sub.2. A transition metal to be coated is immersed in the melt at a temperature of no more than 700.degree. C. and a surface boride layer of that transition metal is formed within a period of about 24 hours on the substrate surface.

  12. Method of boronizing transition-metal surfaces

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    Koyama, K.; Shimotake, H.

    1981-08-28

    A method is presented for preparing a boride layer on a transition metal substrate for use in corrosive environments or as a harden surface in machine applications. This method is particularly useful in treating current collectors for use within a high temperature and corrosive electrochemical cell environment. A melt of a alkali metal boride tetrafluoride salt including such as KF to lower its melting point is prepared including a dissolved boron containing material, for instance NiB, MnB/sub 2/, or CrB/sub 2/. A transition metal to be coated is immersed in the melt at a temperature of no more than 700/sup 0/C and a surface boride layer of that transition metal is formed within a period of about 24 hours on the substrate surface.

  13. Flexible high power-per-weight perovskite solar cells with chromium oxide-metal contacts for improved stability in air.

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    Kaltenbrunner, Martin; Adam, Getachew; Głowacki, Eric Daniel; Drack, Michael; Schwödiauer, Reinhard; Leonat, Lucia; Apaydin, Dogukan Hazar; Groiss, Heiko; Scharber, Markus Clark; White, Matthew Schuette; Sariciftci, Niyazi Serdar; Bauer, Siegfried

    2015-10-01

    Photovoltaic technology requires light-absorbing materials that are highly efficient, lightweight, low cost and stable during operation. Organolead halide perovskites constitute a highly promising class of materials, but suffer limited stability under ambient conditions without heavy and costly encapsulation. Here, we report ultrathin (3 μm), highly flexible perovskite solar cells with stabilized 12% efficiency and a power-per-weight as high as 23 W g(-1). To facilitate air-stable operation, we introduce a chromium oxide-chromium interlayer that effectively protects the metal top contacts from reactions with the perovskite. The use of a transparent polymer electrode treated with dimethylsulphoxide as the bottom layer allows the deposition-from solution at low temperature-of pinhole-free perovskite films at high yield on arbitrary substrates, including thin plastic foils. These ultra-lightweight solar cells are successfully used to power aviation models. Potential future applications include unmanned aerial vehicles-from airplanes to quadcopters and weather balloons-for environmental and industrial monitoring, rescue and emergency response, and tactical security applications. PMID:26301766

  14. Flexible high power-per-weight perovskite solar cells with chromium oxide-metal contacts for improved stability in air

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    Kaltenbrunner, Martin; Adam, Getachew; Głowacki, Eric Daniel; Drack, Michael; Schwödiauer, Reinhard; Leonat, Lucia; Apaydin, Dogukan Hazar; Groiss, Heiko; Scharber, Markus Clark; White, Matthew Schuette; Sariciftci, Niyazi Serdar; Bauer, Siegfried

    2015-10-01

    Photovoltaic technology requires light-absorbing materials that are highly efficient, lightweight, low cost and stable during operation. Organolead halide perovskites constitute a highly promising class of materials, but suffer limited stability under ambient conditions without heavy and costly encapsulation. Here, we report ultrathin (3 μm), highly flexible perovskite solar cells with stabilized 12% efficiency and a power-per-weight as high as 23 W g-1. To facilitate air-stable operation, we introduce a chromium oxide-chromium interlayer that effectively protects the metal top contacts from reactions with the perovskite. The use of a transparent polymer electrode treated with dimethylsulphoxide as the bottom layer allows the deposition--from solution at low temperature--of pinhole-free perovskite films at high yield on arbitrary substrates, including thin plastic foils. These ultra-lightweight solar cells are successfully used to power aviation models. Potential future applications include unmanned aerial vehicles--from airplanes to quadcopters and weather balloons--for environmental and industrial monitoring, rescue and emergency response, and tactical security applications.

  15. Periodic trends in the hydrodenitrogenation activity of carbon-supported transition metal sulfide catalysts

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    Eijsbouts, S.; De Beer, V.H.J.; Prins, R.

    1988-01-01

    Periodic trends of transition metals for the catalysis of reactions such as hydrogenation, hydrogenolysis, isomerization and hydrogen oxidation have been well studied. When activity versus position of the transition metal in the periodic table is plotted, quite often these trends are manifested in the form of so-called volcano-type curves. In the present study, the authors have chosen the HDN of quinoline at moderately high pressure as a model reaction, and they have used the same carbon-supported transition metal sulfide catalysts studied by Vissers et al. Results are shown for the following transition metals: V, Cr, Mn, Fe, Co, Ni, Mo, Ru, Rh, Pd, W, Re, Os, Ir, and Pt. 9 references.

  16. Generic trend of work functions in transition-metal carbides and nitrides

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    Yoshitake, Michiko

    2014-11-15

    Transition-metal carbides and nitrides (TMCs and TMNs) are promising electrode materials for various electronic devices such as metal-oxide-semiconductor field-effect transistors and metal-insulator-metal capacitors. In this paper, the work functions of TMCs and TMNs are discussed systematically. Based upon the origin of the work function, the effect upon transition metal species by different periodic table groups is explained, carbides are compared with nitrides for the same transition metal, and the effect of carbon or nitrogen vacancies is discussed. In addition, a method to estimate the generic trend of the work function is proposed for TMC{sub x}, TMN{sub x}, TMC{sub 1−y}N{sub y} (transition metal carbonitrides), and TM{sub 1−z}TM′{sub z}C (alloy carbides)

  17. Activation of methane by transition metal-substituted aluminophosphate molecular sieves

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    Iton, Lennox E. (Downers Grove, IL); Maroni, Victor A. (Naperville, IL)

    1991-01-01

    Aluminophosphate molecular sieves substituted with cobalt, manganese or iron and having the AlPO.sub.4 -34 or AlPO.sub.4 -5, or related AlPO.sub.4 structure activate methane starting at approximately 350.degree. C. Between 400.degree. and 500.degree. C. and at methane pressures .ltoreq.1 atmosphere the rate of methane conversion increases steadily with typical conversion efficiencies at 500.degree. C. approaching 50% and selectivity to the production of C.sub.2+ hydrocarbons approaching 100%. The activation mechanism is based on reduction of the transition metal(III) form of the molecular sieve to the transition metal(II) form with accompanying oxidative dehydrogenation of the methane. Reoxidation of the - transition metal(II) form to the transition metal(III) form can be done either chemically (e.g., using O.sub.2) or electrochemically.

  18. Atomic-Scale Chemical Imaging of Composition and Bonding at Perovskite Oxide Interfaces

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    Fitting Kourkoutis, L.

    2010-03-01

    Scanning transmission electron microscopy (STEM) in combination with electron energy loss spectroscopy (EELS) has proven to be a powerful technique to study buried perovskite oxide heterointerfaces. With the recent addition of 3^rd order and now 5^th order aberration correction, which provides a factor of 100x increase in signal over an uncorrected system, we are now able to record 2D maps of composition and bonding of oxide interfaces at atomic resolution [1]. Here, we present studies of the microscopic structure of oxide/oxide multilayers and heterostructures by STEM in combination with EELS and its effect on the properties of the film. Using atomic-resolution spectroscopic imaging we show that the degradation of the magnetic and transport properties of La0.7Sr0.3MnO3/SrTiO3 multilayers correlates with atomic intermixing at the interfaces and the presence of extended defects in the La0.7Sr0.3MnO3 layers. When these defects are eliminated, metallic ferromagnetism at room temperature can be stabilized in 5 unit cell thick manganite layers, almost 40% thinner than the previously reported critical thickness of 3-5 nm for sustaining metallic ferromagnetism below Tc in La0.7Sr0.3MnO3 thin films grown on SrTiO3.[4pt] [1] D.A. Muller, L. Fitting Kourkoutis, M. Murfitt, J.H. Song, H.Y. Hwang, J. Silcox, N. Dellby, O.L. Krivanek, Science 319, 1073-1076 (2008).

  19. Layered oxygen-deficient double perovskite as an efficient and stable anode for direct hydrocarbon solid oxide fuel cells

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    Sengodan, Sivaprakash; Choi, Sihyuk; Jun, Areum; Shin, Tae Ho; Ju, Young-Wan; Jeong, Hu Young; Shin, Jeeyoung; Irvine, John T. S.; Kim, Guntae

    2015-02-01

    Different layered perovskite-related oxides are known to exhibit important electronic, magnetic and electrochemical properties. Owing to their excellent mixed-ionic and electronic conductivity and fast oxygen kinetics, cation layered double perovskite oxides such as PrBaCo2O5 in particular have exhibited excellent properties as solid oxide fuel cell oxygen electrodes. Here, we show for the first time that related layered materials can be used as high-performance fuel electrodes. Good redox stability with tolerance to coking and sulphur contamination from hydrocarbon fuels is demonstrated for the layered perovskite anode PrBaMn2O5+? (PBMO). The PBMO anode is fabricated by in situ annealing of Pr0.5Ba0.5MnO3-? in fuel conditions and actual fuel cell operation is demonstrated. At 800 C, layered PBMO shows high electrical conductivity of 8.16 S cm-1 in 5% H2 and demonstrates peak power densities of 1.7 and 1.3 W cm-2 at 850 C using humidified hydrogen and propane fuels, respectively.

  20. Layered oxygen-deficient double perovskite as an efficient and stable anode for direct hydrocarbon solid oxide fuel cells.

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    Sengodan, Sivaprakash; Choi, Sihyuk; Jun, Areum; Shin, Tae Ho; Ju, Young-Wan; Jeong, Hu Young; Shin, Jeeyoung; Irvine, John T S; Kim, Guntae

    2015-02-01

    Different layered perovskite-related oxides are known to exhibit important electronic, magnetic and electrochemical properties. Owing to their excellent mixed-ionic and electronic conductivity and fast oxygen kinetics, cation layered double perovskite oxides such as PrBaCo2O5 in particular have exhibited excellent properties as solid oxide fuel cell oxygen electrodes. Here, we show for the first time that related layered materials can be used as high-performance fuel electrodes. Good redox stability with tolerance to coking and sulphur contamination from hydrocarbon fuels is demonstrated for the layered perovskite anode PrBaMn2O5+? (PBMO). The PBMO anode is fabricated by in situ annealing of Pr0.5Ba0.5MnO3-? in fuel conditions and actual fuel cell operation is demonstrated. At 800 C, layered PBMO shows high electrical conductivity of 8.16 S cm(-1) in 5% H2 and demonstrates peak power densities of 1.7 and 1.3 W cm(-2) at 850 C using humidified hydrogen and propane fuels, respectively. PMID:25532072

  1. Perovskite-type metal oxides exhibiting negligible grain boundary resistance to total electrical conductivity.

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    Pannu, Tania; Pannu, Kanwar Gulsher Singh; Thangadurai, Venkataraman

    2011-01-17

    In this paper, we report the synthesis, structure and electrical properties of the perovskite-type AZn0.33+xNb0.67-xO3-? (A = Sr or Ba; 0 ? x ? 0.08). The investigated compounds were prepared by employing the solid-state (ceramic) reaction using alkaline nitrates, zinc oxide, and niobium oxide at elevated temperatures in air. Powder X-ray diffraction (PXRD) showed the formation of disordered Zn and Nb at the B-sites of space group Pm3?m with cubic structure and a lattice constant comparable to that of the literature. The AC impedance study showed mainly bulk contribution to the total electrical conductivity over the investigated frequency range of 0.01 Hz to 1 MHz in all the investigated atmospheres even at low temperatures, which is significantly different from that of the well-known perovskite-type B-site ordered BaCa0.33+xNb0.67-xO3-? and the disordered acceptor-doped BaCeO3. The bulk dielectric constant determined at 500 and 700 C in air was found to be in the range of 35-100. In air, the isothermal bulk dielectric constant seems to increase with an increasing Zn content, and a similar trend was observed for total electrical conductivity. In dry and wet H2, the electrical conductivity decreases with an increasing Zn content in AZn0.33+xNb0.67-xO3-?, and the x = 0 member of the Ba compound exhibits the highest total conductivity of 7.2 10(-3) S cm(-1) in dry H2 at 800 C. Both Sr and Ba compounds were found to be stable against the reaction with pure CO2 at 700 C and H2O at 100 C for a long period of time. SrZn0.33+xNb0.67-xO3-? was found to be stable in 30 ppm H2S at 800 C, while the corresponding Ba compound formed reaction products such as BaS (JCPDS Card 01-0757), BaS2 (JCPDS Card 21-0087), and BaS3 (JCPDS Card 03-0824). PMID:21142004

  2. Protein-Transition Metal Ion Networks

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    Proteins obtained from agricultural sources were blended with divalent metal ions. Feather keratin, egg albumin, and wheat gluten showed increases of 2-3 times in modulus with addition of divalent transition metal ions Cu2+ and Zn2+. Increasing concentrations of ions resulted in increased stiffnes...

  3. PROTEIN-TRANSITION METAL ION NETWORKS

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    Proteins obtained from agricultural sources were blended with divalent metal ions. Feather keratin, egg albumin, and wheat gluten had low, medium, and high levels of aspartic and glutamic acid, respectively, and FT-IR showed that the divalent transition metal ions Mn2+, Cu2+, and Zn2+ were tightly ...

  4. High Pressure Synthesis of Transition Metal Carbonyls.

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    Hagen, A. P.; And Others

    1979-01-01

    Presents an experiment which uses readily available starting materials and inexpensive equipment for synthesis of transition metal carbonyls at 1000 atm and which is intended to give students experience in techniques used in research and industry. Safety precautions are emphasized. (Author/SA)

  5. Electronic transport and mixed conductivity in perovskite type oxides. Progress report, October 1, 1990--June 30, 1992

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    Anderson, H.U.; Nasrallah, M.M.; Sparlin, D.M.; Parris, P.E.

    1992-03-03

    The goal of the investigation presented in this report is to study the inter-relationship between electrical conductivity, oxidation-reduction kinetics, defect structure, and composition of n- and p-type binary and ternary transition metal oxides. The experimental part of the investigation included specimen preparation, thermogravimetric measurements, X-ray diffraction, thermally stimulated current, DTA/TGA, optical absorption, transmission electron microscopy, electrical conductivity, and Seebeck measurements. The systems studied or being studied are LaMnO{sub 3}-LaCrO{sub 3}-LaCrO{sub 3}, (La,Ca)(Mn,Al)O{sub 3}, Y{sub 1-x}Ca{sub x}CrO{sub 3}, YMnO{sub 3}-CaMnO{sub 3}, and LaMnO{sub 3}-CaMnO{sub 3}.

  6. Epitaxial heterojunctions of oxide semiconductors and metals on high temperature superconductors

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    Vasquez, Richard P. (Inventor); Hunt, Brian D. (Inventor); Foote, Marc C. (Inventor)

    1994-01-01

    Epitaxial heterojunctions formed between high temperature superconductors and metallic or semiconducting oxide barrier layers are provided. Metallic perovskites such as LaTiO3, CaVO3, and SrVO3 are grown on electron-type high temperature superconductors such as Nd(1.85)Ce(0.15)CuO(4-x). Alternatively, transition metal bronzes of the form A(x)MO(3) are epitaxially grown on electron-type high temperature superconductors. Also, semiconducting oxides of perovskite-related crystal structures such as WO3 are grown on either hole-type or electron-type high temperature superconductors.

  7. Alloy perovskite oxide thin film as resistance switching non-volatile memory

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    Wang, Yudi

    Nonvolatile memory that permanently stores data is indispensable for computers and hand-held devices. In the last few years, resistance memory (RRAM) has emerged as an intriguing possibility that might replace flash memory one day, which is widely used in hand-held and portable-storage devices. The newest, rapidly growing interest in resistance switching is focused on semiconducting oxides and other related materials. In this dissertation, a novel material system for oxide RRAM that offers unique advantages over all the other existing oxide RRAM materials was designed and systematically investigated. The primary aim of these studies is to obtain a material system with the intrinsic property that allows electrically-induced metal-insulator transition, which is regulated by electron trapping and release at some interval sites. A series of alloy perovskite oxides thin film systems were designed by combining a wide band gap insulator (CaZrO3 or LaAlO3) and a conductor with a narrow bandwidth (SrRuO3 or LaNiO3 ), with the conductor concentration near the percolation threshold. These alloy perovskite oxides thin films are almost atomically flat without any defects, such as cracks or crosshatches, which is achieved using well controlled deposition conditions that favor domain-boundary relaxation of the large misfit strain. The bottom electrode is a single crystalline SrRuO 3 thin film, deposited on a single crystal substrate of SrTiO3 which exhibits high conductivity and ferromagnetic transition at ˜150K. The alloy thin films manifest an anisotropic percolation phenomenon: below a critical thickness a metallic conducting path always exists across the film thickness direction but not along the in-plane direction, which ensures electrical isolation between neighboring memory cells. These initially conducting films present excellent resistance switching properties: low switching voltages (1-3 V), high switching ratio (˜100), fast switching speed (50 ns), good switching reliability and long retention time. A variety of experiments have been conducted to explore the resistance switching mechanism. These include variation of film orientation, film strain and top electrode material, as well as UV irradiation and temperature dependent transport measurements. All the experimental results consistently suggest that the resistance switching is of an electronic nature. During the low resistance (LR) to high resistance (HR) switching, electrons are injected into the alloy film through the electrode with a lower work function, and the electrons are released through the same electrode during the HR to LR switching. Accompanying the electron trapping/release, disorder is introduced to or removed from the initially conducting paths due to electrostatic interaction. As the disorder raises or lowers the mobility edge above or below the Fermi level, the insulator-metal transition is electrically triggered enabling a robust non-volatile memory.

  8. Transition metal surfaces under oxygen-rich conditions (abstract only)

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    Seriani, Nicola

    2008-02-01

    The catalytic oxidation activity of transition metal particles in automobile catalysts is influenced by the superficial oxide phases which form under oxygen-rich reaction conditions. Here we study the thermodynamic stability of ultrathin oxide films on low-index surfaces of transition metals by means of first-principles atomistic thermodynamics calculations based on density functional theory. On Pd(111) a surface oxide with Pd5O4 stoichiometry is stable, which does not correspond to any bulk structure. At the same time, a variety of metastable structures form. On Pd(100) a PdO(101) trilayer is the stable surface oxide. All structures display two-oxygen-coordinated and four-oxygen-coordinated Pd atoms, the difference lying in the spatial arrangement of these basic structural elements. On rhodium surfaces a Rh oxide trilayer forms that corresponds to a bulk oxide structure. On the Pt(111) surface the most stable superficial oxide phase is found to be a thin layer of ?-PtO2, which appears not to be reactive to either methane dissociation or carbon monoxide adsorption. On Pt(100) an ?-PtO2 layer is thermodynamically the most stable, even if Pt3O4 films could grow in a coherent and stress-free manner. Bulk Pt3O4 is found to be thermodynamically stable in a region around 900 K at atmospheric pressure. The enthalpy barrier for the adsorption of CO molecules on oxygen atoms of this surface is as low as 0.34 eV, and desorption of CO2 is observed in molecular dynamics simulations to occur without any appreciable energy barrier.

  9. High-pressure synthesis, crystal structure and magnetic properties of double perovskite oxide Ba2CuOsO6

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    Feng, Hai L.; Arai, Masao; Matsushita, Yoshitaka; Tsujimoto, Yoshihiro; Yuan, Yahua; Sathish, Clastin I.; He, Jianfeng; Tanaka, Masahiko; Yamaura, Kazunari

    2014-09-01

    A new compositional double perovskite oxide Ba2CuOsO6 was synthesized under high-pressure (6 GPa) and high-temperature (1500 °C) conditions. The polycrystalline Ba2CuOsO6 was characterized by synchrotron X-ray diffraction, thermogravimetric analysis, and magnetic susceptibility, isothermal magnetization, and specific heat measurements. The oxide crystallizes in a double-perovskite structure with an I4/m space group, in which Os(VI) and Cu(II) are ordered in the perovskite B-site. Ba2CuOsO6 is electrically insulating with an activation energy of 0.813(2) eV and shows antiferromagnetic-like characteristics at temperatures of ~55 K and ~70 K. The results of the first-principle calculation suggested that the spin-orbit interaction of Os(VI) plays a substantial role in the insulating state. The Jahn-Teller distortion of CuO6 octahedra influences the magnetic characteristics with regard to possible two-dimensional magnetic correlations.

  10. Thickness dependence of exchange coupling in (111)-oriented perovskite oxide superlattices

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    Jia, Yue; Chopdekar, Rajesh V.; Arenholz, Elke; Liu, Zhiqi; Biegalski, Michael D.; Porter, Zachary D.; Mehta, Apurva; Takamura, Yayoi

    2016-03-01

    Epitaxial L a0.7S r0.3Mn O3(LSMO )/L a0.7S r0.3Fe O3 (LSFO) superlattices on (111)-oriented SrTi O3 substrates with sublayer thicknesses ranging from 3 to 60 unit cells (u.c.) were synthesized and characterized. Detailed analysis of their structural, electronic, and magnetic properties were performed to explore the effect of sublayer thickness on the magnetic structure and exchange coupling at (111)-oriented perovskite oxide interfaces. In the ultrathin limit (3-6 u.c.), we find that the antiferromagnetic (AF) properties of the LSFO sublayers are preserved with an out-of-plane canting of the AF spin axis, while the ferromagnetic (FM) properties of the LSMO sublayers are significantly depressed. For thicker LSFO layers (>9 u.c.), the out-of-plane canting of the AF spin axis is only present in superlattices with thick LSMO sublayers. As a result, exchange coupling in the form of spin-flop coupling exists only in superlattices which display both robust ferromagnetism and out-of-plane canting of the AF spin axis.

  11. Nanostructured Double Perovskite Cathode With Low Sintering Temperature For Intermediate Temperature Solid Oxide Fuel Cells.

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    Kim, Seona; Jun, Areum; Kwon, Ohhun; Kim, Junyoung; Yoo, Seonyoung; Jeong, Hu Young; Shin, Jeeyoung; Kim, Guntae

    2015-09-21

    This study focuses on reducing the cathode polarization resistance through the use of mixed ionic electronic conductors and the optimization of cathode microstructure to increase the number of electrochemically active sites. Among the available mixed ionic electronic conductors (MIECs), the layered perovskite GdBa0.5 Sr0.5 CoFeO5+? (GBSCF) was chosen as a cathode material for intermediate temperature solid oxide fuel cells owing to its excellent electrochemical performance and structural stability. The optimized microstructure of a GBSCF-yttria-stabilized zirconia (YSZ) composite cathode was prepared through an infiltration method with careful control of the sintering temperature to achieve high surface area, adequate porosity, and well-organized connection between nanosized particles to transfer electrons. A symmetric cell shows outstanding results, with the cathode exhibiting an area-specific resistance of 0.006???cm(2) at 700?C. The maximum power density of a single cell using Ce-Pd anode with a thickness of ?80??m electrolyte was ?0.6?W?cm(-2) at 700?C. PMID:26227300

  12. Process for producing a powder of perovskite-type double oxide

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    Watanabe, Munetoshi; Hata, Hiroyuki.

    1993-07-20

    A process is described for producing a powder of perovskite-type double oxide represented by the formula ABO[sub 3], wherein A represents a metal material which is at least one member selected from the group consisting of Pb and a combination of Pb and at least one element selected form among Ba, Sr, Ca, La, and Li, B represents a metal material selected from the group consisting of a combination of Nb and at least one additional element selected from among Zn, Mg, Zr, Ti, Ni, Fe, W, Co, and Mn, and 0 represents oxygen, comprising the steps of: forming a homogeneous solution containing metal material B, by adding a solution containing a metal ion of Nb to a solution containing a metal ion of at least on of said additional element thereby preparing a homogeneous containing metal material B; reacting a solution containing a metal material A, and an aqueous solution of alkaline metal in a reaction vessel, thereby precipitating the hydroxide of metal material A; adding said homogeneous solution containing metal material B to said hydroxide precipitate of metal material A in a reaction vessel, thereby precipitating the hydroxide of metal material B in the obtained mixture; reacting hydrothermally the obtained mixture in the reaction vessel; filtering the reacted mixture; cleaning and drying the filtered precipitate; and heat-treating and pulverizing the dried precipitate.

  13. Material characteristics of perovskite manganese oxide thin films for bolometric applications

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    Goyal, A.; Rajeswari, M.; Shreekala, R.; Lofland, S.E.; Bhagat, S.M.; Boettcher, T.; Kwon, C.; Ramesh, R.; Venkatesan, T.

    1997-10-01

    We are optimizing thin films of perovskite manganese oxides for bolometric applications. We have studied the relevant material characteristics of several members of this family namely, La{sub 0.7}Ba{sub 0.3}MnO{sub 3}, La{sub 0.7}Sr{sub 0.3}MnO{sub 3}, La{sub 0.7}Ca{sub 0.3}MnO{sub 3}, and Nd{sub 0.7}Sr{sub 0.3}MnO{sub 3}. Here, we discuss issues related to the choice of material, the influence of deposition parameters, and postdeposition heat treatments on the relevant characteristics such as the resistivity-peak temperature (T{sub p}) and the temperature coefficient of resistance (TCR). For a given material, a higher peak temperature implies a larger temperature coefficient of resistance. In contrast, on comparing different material systems, the TCR tends to decrease as T{sub p} increases. {copyright} {ital 1997 American Institute of Physics.}

  14. BaSnO3 as a channel material in perovskite oxide heterostructures

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    Krishnaswamy, Karthik; Bjaalie, Lars; Himmetoglu, Burak; Janotti, Anderson; Gordon, Luke; Van de Walle, Chris G.

    2016-02-01

    BaSnO3 (BSO) is a transparent perovskite oxide with high room-temperature mobility, a property that is highly desirable for a channel material in transistors. However, its low density of states (DOS) makes it challenging to confine a high-density two-dimensional electron gas (2DEG). Using hybrid density functional theory, we calculate the band structure of BSO, its DOS, and its band offsets with candidate barrier materials, such as SrTiO3 (STO), LaInO3, and KTaO3. With the calculated material parameters as input, Schrödinger-Poisson simulations are then performed on BSO heterostructures to quantitatively address the issue of 2DEG confinement. The BSO/STO interface with a conduction-band offset of 1.14 eV limits the 2DEG density confined within BSO to 8 × 10 13 cm-2. Strategies to improve the confinement via band-offset engineering are discussed.

  15. Dielectric Relaxation of Rare Earth Ordered Double Perovskite Oxide Ba2ErTaO6

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    Mukherjee, Rajesh; Dutta, Alo; Sinha, T. P.

    2016-01-01

    The electrical properties of rare-earth based ordered double perovskite oxide barium erbium tantalate, Ba2ErTaO6 synthesized by solid-state reaction method are investigated. The x-ray diffraction pattern of the sample shows cubic Fm3m phase at room temperature with ordering of the B cations. Fourier transform infrared spectrum shows two primary phonon modes of the sample at around 350 cm-1 and 600 cm-1. The dielectric relaxation of the sample is investigated in the frequency range from 50 Hz to 1.1 MHz and in the temperature range from 303 K to 673 K. Electric modulus and electrical impedance data are fitted to the Cole-Cole equation. The frequency dependent conductivity spectra follow the power law. Summerfield scaling is used to explain the conduction mechanism. The scaling behavior of the imaginary part of the impedance spectra suggests that the relaxation shows the same mechanism at various temperatures. The complex impedance plane plots show that the relaxation (conduction) mechanism in this material is mainly due to grain boundary effect for all temperatures and grain effect for low temperature. The relaxation frequency corresponding to dielectric loss is found to obey Arrhenius law with activation energy of 0.50 eV. The values of activation energy indicate that the dielectric relaxation and the conduction mechanism are due to adiabatic small polaronic hole hopping mechanism.

  16. Perovskite Sr-Doped LaCrO3 as a New p-Type Transparent Conducting Oxide.

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    Zhang, Kelvin H L; Du, Yingge; Papadogianni, Alexandra; Bierwagen, Oliver; Sallis, Shawn; Piper, Louis F J; Bowden, Mark E; Shutthanandan, Vaithiyalingam; Sushko, Peter V; Chambers, Scott A

    2015-09-16

    Epitaxial La1-x Srx CrO3 deposited on SrTiO3 (001) is shown to be a p-type transparent conducting oxide with competitive figures of merit and a cubic perovskite structure, facilitating integration into oxide electronics. Holes in the Cr 3d t2g bands play a critical role in enhancing p-type conductivity, while transparency to visible light is maintained because low-lying d-d transitions arising from hole doping are dipole forbidden. PMID:26248327

  17. Electronic carrier transport at epitaxial oxide-semiconductor interfaces

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    Kornblum, Lior; Jin, Eric; Ahn, Charles; Walker, Fred

    2015-03-01

    The epitaxial growth of transition metal perovskite oxides on conventional semiconductors is a promising approach for integrating the wealth of electronic phenomena found in these oxides with existing devices and technologies. Some oxide functionalities require charge transport to and from the semiconductor, making the semiconductor-oxide interface an important focal point in the utilization of epitaxial oxides in electronic devices. We present our findings on electronic carrier transport in the conduction band of titanate perovskites (RTiO3) epitaxially grown on silicon and on germanium. Metal oxide semiconductor devices were fabricated by evaporation of metal contacts on top of epitaxially-grown oxides on semiconductors. Transport measurements show diode-like transport across the interface of some of the structures, whereas only leakage currents are observed in others. These results are discussed in light of the physical and electronic structure at the oxide-semiconductor interface.

  18. Chemical vapour deposition: Transition metal carbides go 2D

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    Gogotsi, Yury

    2015-11-01

    The unique properties of 2D materials, such as graphene or transition metal dichalcogenides, have been attracting much attention in the past decade. Now, metallically conductive and even superconducting transition metal carbides are entering the game.

  19. (Electronic structure and reactivities of transition metal clusters)

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    Not Available

    1992-01-01

    The following are reported: theoretical calculations (configuration interaction, relativistic effective core potentials, polyatomics, CASSCF); proposed theoretical studies (clusters of Cu, Ag, Au, Ni, Pt, Pd, Rh, Ir, Os, Ru; transition metal cluster ions; transition metal carbide clusters; bimetallic mixed transition metal clusters); reactivity studies on transition metal clusters (reactivity with H{sub 2}, C{sub 2}H{sub 4}, hydrocarbons; NO and CO chemisorption on surfaces). Computer facilities and codes to be used, are described. 192 refs, 13 figs.

  20. Single-layer transition metal sulfide catalysts

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    Thoma, Steven G.

    2011-05-31

    Transition Metal Sulfides (TMS), such as molybdenum disulfide (MoS.sub.2), are the petroleum industry's "workhorse" catalysts for upgrading heavy petroleum feedstocks and removing sulfur, nitrogen and other pollutants from fuels. We have developed an improved synthesis technique to produce SLTMS catalysts, such as molybdenum disulfide, with potentially greater activity and specificity than those currently available. Applications for this technology include heavy feed upgrading, in-situ catalysis, bio-fuel conversion and coal liquefaction.

  1. Lanthanoid-transition-metal bonding in bismetallocenes.

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    Butovskii, Mikhail V; Oelkers, Benjamin; Bauer, Tobias; Bakker, Jacinta M; Bezugly, Viktor; Wagner, Frank R; Kempe, Rhett

    2014-03-01

    Bismetallocenes [Cp2 LuReCp2 ] and [Cp*2 LaReCp2 ] (Cp=cyclopentadienyl; Cp*=pentamethylcyclopentadienyl) were prepared using different synthetic strategies. Salt metathesis-performed in aromatic hydrocarbons to avoid degradation pathways caused by THF-were identified as an attractive alternative to alkane elimination. Although alkane elimination is more attractive in the sense of its less elaborate workup, the rate of the reaction shows a strong dependence on the ionic radius of Ln(3+) (Ln=lanthanide) within a given ligand set. Steric hindrance can cause a dramatic decrease in the reaction rate of alkane elimination. In this case, salt metathesis should be considered the better alternative. Covalent bonding interactions between the Ln and transition-metal (TM) cations has been quantified on the basis of the delocalization index. Its magnitude lies within the range characteristic for bonds between transition metals. Secondary interactions were identified between carbon atoms of the Cp ligand of the transition metal and the Ln cation. Model calculations clearly indicated that the size of these interactions depends on the capability of the TM atom to act as an electron donor (i.e., a Lewis base). The consequences can even be derived from structural details. The observed clear dependency of the Lu?Ru and interfragment Lu?C bonding on the THF coordination of the Lu atom points to a tunable Lewis acidity at the Ln site, which provides a method of significantly influencing the structure and the interfragment bonding. PMID:24500974

  2. Corrosion behavior of mesoporous transition metal nitrides

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    Yang, Minghui; Allen, Amy J.; Nguyen, Minh T.; Ralston, Walter T.; MacLeod, Michelle J.; DiSalvo, Francis J.

    2013-09-15

    Transition metal nitrides (TMN) have many desirable characteristics such as high hardness and good thermal stability under reducing conditions. This work reports an initial survey of the chemical stability of mesoporous TMNs (TM=Nb, V, Cr and Ti) in water at 80 °C at neutral, acidic and alkaline pH. The mesoporous TMNs had specific surface areas of 25–60 m{sup 2}/g with average pore sizes ranging from 10 to 50 nm. The high surface areas of these materials enhance the rate of corrosion per unit mass over that of a bulk material, making detection of corrosion much easier. The products were characterized by Rietveld refinement of powder X-ray diffraction (PXRD) patterns and by scanning electron microscopy (SEM). Several nitrides have corrosion rates that are, within error, not distinguishable from zero (±1 Å/day). Of the nitrides examined, CrN appears to be the most corrosion resistant under acidic conditions. None of the nitrides studied are corrosion resistant under alkaline conditions. - Graphical abstract: Corrosion behavior of mesoporous transition metal nitrides (TM=Nb, V, Cr and Ti) in acidic and alkaline solutions at 80 °C for 2 weeks. Display Omitted - highlights: • Corrosion rates of mesoporous transition metal nitrides in aqueous solution is reported. • The mesoporous TMNs had surface areas of 25–60 m{sup 2}/g. • CrN is the most corrosion resistant under the conditions studied.

  3. Graphene oxide/PEDOT:PSS composite hole transport layer for efficient and stable planar heterojunction perovskite solar cells

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    Lee, Da-Young; Na, Seok-In; Kim, Seok-Soon

    2016-01-01

    We investigated a graphene oxide (GO)/poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene):poly(styrene sulfonate) (PEDOT:PSS) composite as a promising candidate for the practical application of a 2-D carbonaceous hole transport layer (HTL) to planar heterojunction perovskite solar cells (PeSCs) consisting of a transparent electrode/HTL/perovskite/fullerene/metal electrode. Both the insulating properties of GO and the non-uniform coating of the transparent electrode with GO cause the poor morphology of perovskite induced low power conversion efficiency (PCE) of 6.4%. On the other hand, PeSCs with a GO/PEDOT:PSS composite HTL, exhibited a higher PCE of 9.7% than that of a device fabricated with conventional PEDOT:PSS showing a PCE of 8.2%. The higher performance is attributed to the decreased series resistance (RS) and increased shunt resistance (RSh). The well-matched work-function between GO (4.9 eV) and PEDOT:PSS (5.1 eV) probably results in more efficient charge transport and an overall decrease in RS. The existence of GO with a large bandgap of ~3.6 eV might induce the effective blocking of electrons, leading to an increase of RSh. Moreover, improvement in the long-term stability under atmospheric conditions was observed.

  4. Non-collinear magnetism in multiferroic perovskites.

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    Bousquet, Eric; Cano, Andrés

    2016-03-31

    We present an overview of the current interest in non-collinear magnetism in multiferroic perovskite crystals. We first describe the different microscopic mechanisms giving rise to the non-collinearity of spins in this class of materials. We discuss, in particular, the interplay between non-collinear magnetism and ferroelectric and antiferrodistortive distortions of the perovskite structure, and how this can promote magnetoelectric responses. We then provide a literature survey on non-collinear multiferroic perovskites. We discuss numerous examples of spin cantings driving weak ferromagnetism in transition metal perovskites, and of spin-induced ferroelectricity as observed in the rare-earth based perovskites. These examples are chosen to best illustrate the fundamental role of non-collinear magnetism in the design of multiferroicity. PMID:26912212

  5. Roles of transition metals interchanging with lithium in electrode materials.

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    Kawaguchi, Tomoya; Fukuda, Katsutoshi; Tokuda, Kazuya; Sakaida, Masashi; Ichitsubo, Tetsu; Oishi, Masatsugu; Mizuki, Jun'ichiro; Matsubara, Eiichiro

    2015-06-01

    Roles of antisite transition metals interchanging with Li atoms in electrode materials of Li transition-metal complex oxides were clarified using a newly developed direct labeling method, termed powder diffraction anomalous fine structure (P-DAFS) near the Ni K-edge. We site-selectively investigated the valence states and local structures of Ni in Li0.89Ni1.11O2, where Ni atoms occupy mainly the NiO2 host-layer sites and partially the interlayer Li sites in-between the host layers, during electrochemical Li insertion/extraction in a lithium-ion battery (LIB). The site-selective X-ray near edge structure evaluated via the P-DAFS method revealed that the interlayer Ni atoms exhibited much lower electrochemical activity as compared to those at the host-layer site. Furthermore, the present analyses of site-selective extended X-ray absorption fine structure performed using the P-DAFS method indicates local structural changes around the residual Ni atoms at the interlayer space during the initial charge; it tends to gather to form rock-salt NiO-like domains around the interlayer Ni. The presence of the NiO-like domains in the interlayer space locally diminishes the interlayer distance and would yield strain energy because of the lattice mismatch, which retards the subsequent Li insertion both thermodynamically and kinetically. Such restrictions on the Li insertion inevitably make the NiO-like domains electrochemically inactive, resulting in an appreciable irreversible capacity after the initial charge but an achievement of robust linkage of neighboring NiO2 layers that tend to be dissociated without the Li occupation. The P-DAFS characterization of antisite transition metals interchanging with Li atoms complements the understanding of the detailed charge-compensation and degradation mechanisms in the electrode materials. PMID:25959625

  6. Ferroelectricity in d0 double perovskite fluoroscandates

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    Charles, Nenian; Rondinelli, James M.

    2015-08-01

    Ferroelectricity in strain-free and strained double perovskite fluorides, Na3ScF6 and K2NaScF6 , is investigated using first-principles density functional theory. Although the experimental room temperature crystal structures of these fluoroscandates are centrosymmetric, i.e., Na3ScF6 (P 21/n ) and K2NaScF6 (F m 3 ¯m ), lattice dynamical calculations reveal that soft polar instabilities exist in each prototypical cubic phase and that the modes harden as the tolerance factor approaches unity. Thus the double fluoroperovskites bear some similarities to A B O3 perovskite oxides; however, in contrast, these fluorides exhibit large acentric displacements of alkali metal cations (Na, K) rather than polar displacements of the transition metal cations. Biaxial strain investigations of the centrosymmetric and polar Na3ScF6 and K2NaScF6 phases reveal that the paraelectric structures are favored under compressive strain, whereas polar structures with in-plane electric polarizations (˜5 -18 μ C cm-2 ) are realized at sufficiently large tensile strains. The electric polarization and stability of the polar structures for both chemistries are found to be further enhanced and stabilized by a coexisting single octahedral tilt system. Our results suggest that polar double perovskite fluorides may be realized by suppression of octahedral rotations about more than one Cartesian axis; structures exhibiting in- or out-of-phase octahedral rotations about the c axis are more susceptible to polar symmetries.

  7. Theory of metal-insulator transition in the family of perovskite iridium oxides

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    Carter, Jean-Michel; Shankar V., Vijay; Kee, Hae-Young

    2013-07-01

    Perovskite iridium oxides Srn+1IrnO3n+1 exhibit fascinating phenomena due to the combined effects of spin-orbit coupling (SOC) and electronic interactions. It was suggested that electronic correlation amplified via the strong SOC leads to a spin-orbit Mott insulator for n=1 and 2, while three-dimensional (3D) SrIrO3 remains metallic because of the large bandwidth from the 3D structure. However, this bandwidth-controlled metal-insulator transition (MIT) is only valid when SOC is large enough to split Jeff=1/2 and 3/2 bands, while the mixing of 1/2 and 3/2 bands is conspicuous among the occupied bands. Here, we investigate the MIT as a function of n using weak-coupling theory. In this approach, the magnetic instability is determined by the states near the Fermi level rather than the entire band structure. Starting from t2g tight-binding models for n=1, 2, and ?, the states near the Fermi level are found to be predominantly Jeff=1/2 allowing an effective single-band model. Supplementing this effective Jeff=1/2 model with Hubbard-type interactions, transitions from a metal to magnetically ordered states are obtained. Strong-coupling spin models are derived to compare the magnetic ordering patterns obtained in the weak- and strong-coupling limits. We find that they are identical, indicating that these iridates are likely in an intermediate-coupling regime.

  8. Efficacy of the DFT + U formalism for modeling hole polarons in perovskite oxides

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    Erhart, Paul; Klein, Andreas; berg, Daniel; Sadigh, Babak

    2014-07-01

    We investigate the formation of self-trapped holes (STH) in three prototypical perovskites (SrTiO3, BaTiO3, PbTiO3) using a combination of density functional theory (DFT) calculations with local potentials and hybrid functionals. First we construct a local correction potential for polaronic configurations in SrTiO3 that is applied via the DFT + U method and matches the forces from hybrid calculations. We then use the DFT + U potential to search the configuration space and locate the lowest energy STH configuration. It is demonstrated that both the DFT + U potential and the hybrid functional yield a piecewise linear dependence of the total energy on the occupation of the STH level, suggesting that self-interaction effects have been properly removed. The DFT + U model is found to be transferable to BaTiO3 and PbTiO3, and STH formation energies from DFT + U and hybrid calculations are in close agreement for all three materials. STH formation is found to be energetically favorable in SrTiO3 and BaTiO3 but not in PbTiO3, which can be rationalized by considering the alignment of the valence band edges on an absolute energy scale. In the case of PbTiO3 the strong coupling between Pb 6s and O 2p states lifts the valence band minimum (VBM) compared to SrTiO3 and BaTiO3. This reduces the separation between VBM and STH level and renders the STH configuration metastable with respect to delocalization (band hole state). We expect that the present approach can be adapted to study STH formation also in oxides with different crystal structures and chemical compositions.

  9. Recognition- and reactivity-based fluorescent probes for studying transition metal signaling in living systems.

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    Aron, Allegra T; Ramos-Torres, Karla M; Cotruvo, Joseph A; Chang, Christopher J

    2015-08-18

    Metals are essential for life, playing critical roles in all aspects of the central dogma of biology (e.g., the transcription and translation of nucleic acids and synthesis of proteins). Redox-inactive alkali, alkaline earth, and transition metals such as sodium, potassium, calcium, and zinc are widely recognized as dynamic signals, whereas redox-active transition metals such as copper and iron are traditionally thought of as sequestered by protein ligands, including as static enzyme cofactors, in part because of their potential to trigger oxidative stress and damage via Fenton chemistry. Metals in biology can be broadly categorized into two pools: static and labile. In the former, proteins and other macromolecules tightly bind metals; in the latter, metals are bound relatively weakly to cellular ligands, including proteins and low molecular weight ligands. Fluorescent probes can be useful tools for studying the roles of transition metals in their labile forms. Probes for imaging transition metal dynamics in living systems must meet several stringent criteria. In addition to exhibiting desirable photophysical properties and biocompatibility, they must be selective and show a fluorescence turn-on response to the metal of interest. To meet this challenge, we have pursued two general strategies for metal detection, termed "recognition" and "reactivity". Our design of transition metal probes makes use of a recognition-based approach for copper and nickel and a reactivity-based approach for cobalt and iron. This Account summarizes progress in our laboratory on both the development and application of fluorescent probes to identify and study the signaling roles of transition metals in biology. In conjunction with complementary methods for direct metal detection and genetic and/or pharmacological manipulations, fluorescent probes for transition metals have helped reveal a number of principles underlying transition metal dynamics. In this Account, we give three recent examples from our laboratory and collaborations in which applications of chemical probes reveal that labile copper contributes to various physiologies. The first example shows that copper is an endogenous regulator of neuronal activity, the second illustrates cellular prioritization of mitochondrial copper homeostasis, and the third identifies the "cuprosome" as a new copper storage compartment in Chlamydomonas reinhardtii green algae. Indeed, recognition- and reactivity-based fluorescent probes have helped to uncover new biological roles for labile transition metals, and the further development of fluorescent probes, including ones with varied Kd values and new reaction triggers and recognition receptors, will continue to reveal exciting and new biological roles for labile transition metals. PMID:26215055

  10. Recognition- and Reactivity-Based Fluorescent Probes for Studying Transition Metal Signaling in Living Systems

    PubMed Central

    2015-01-01

    Conspectus Metals are essential for life, playing critical roles in all aspects of the central dogma of biology (e.g., the transcription and translation of nucleic acids and synthesis of proteins). Redox-inactive alkali, alkaline earth, and transition metals such as sodium, potassium, calcium, and zinc are widely recognized as dynamic signals, whereas redox-active transition metals such as copper and iron are traditionally thought of as sequestered by protein ligands, including as static enzyme cofactors, in part because of their potential to trigger oxidative stress and damage via Fenton chemistry. Metals in biology can be broadly categorized into two pools: static and labile. In the former, proteins and other macromolecules tightly bind metals; in the latter, metals are bound relatively weakly to cellular ligands, including proteins and low molecular weight ligands. Fluorescent probes can be useful tools for studying the roles of transition metals in their labile forms. Probes for imaging transition metal dynamics in living systems must meet several stringent criteria. In addition to exhibiting desirable photophysical properties and biocompatibility, they must be selective and show a fluorescence turn-on response to the metal of interest. To meet this challenge, we have pursued two general strategies for metal detection, termed “recognition” and “reactivity”. Our design of transition metal probes makes use of a recognition-based approach for copper and nickel and a reactivity-based approach for cobalt and iron. This Account summarizes progress in our laboratory on both the development and application of fluorescent probes to identify and study the signaling roles of transition metals in biology. In conjunction with complementary methods for direct metal detection and genetic and/or pharmacological manipulations, fluorescent probes for transition metals have helped reveal a number of principles underlying transition metal dynamics. In this Account, we give three recent examples from our laboratory and collaborations in which applications of chemical probes reveal that labile copper contributes to various physiologies. The first example shows that copper is an endogenous regulator of neuronal activity, the second illustrates cellular prioritization of mitochondrial copper homeostasis, and the third identifies the “cuprosome” as a new copper storage compartment in Chlamydomonas reinhardtii green algae. Indeed, recognition- and reactivity-based fluorescent probes have helped to uncover new biological roles for labile transition metals, and the further development of fluorescent probes, including ones with varied Kd values and new reaction triggers and recognition receptors, will continue to reveal exciting and new biological roles for labile transition metals. PMID:26215055

  11. XRD and FTIR studies the effect of heat treatment and doping the transition metal oxide on LiNbO3 and LiNb3O8 nano-crystallite phases in lithium borate glass system

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    Kashif, Ismail; Soliman, Ashia A.; Sakr, Elham M.; Ratep, Asmaa

    2013-09-01

    Glasses of various compositions in the system 90 Li2B4O7sbnd 10 Nb2O5 mixed with T.M ions (where T.M is the transition metal) were prepared by quenching technique. Heat-treatment of the parent glasses was performed at 540, 570 and 620 C, for 5 and 16 h. The glass structure evolution during the controlled crystallization was examined by XRD and FT-IR spectroscopy analysis. The crystalline phases present in the glass ceramics were identified via X-ray diffraction as a function of heat treatment. The FT-IR data propose for these glasses and heat-treated glass network structures mainly built by: di-, tri-, tetra-, penta-and ortho-borate groups. It was found that the quantitative evolution of these various borate species in the glass structures is influenced by the transition metal. A detailed discussion relating to the N4 evolution with the T.M content was made.

  12. XRD and FTIR studies the effect of heat treatment and doping the transition metal oxide on LiNbO3 and LiNb3O8 nano-crystallite phases in lithium borate glass system.

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    Kashif, Ismail; Soliman, Ashia A; Sakr, Elham M; Ratep, Asmaa

    2013-09-01

    Glasses of various compositions in the system 90 Li2B4O7-10 Nb2O5 mixed with T.M ions (where T.M is the transition metal) were prepared by quenching technique. Heat-treatment of the parent glasses was performed at 540, 570 and 620 °C, for 5 and 16 h. The glass structure evolution during the controlled crystallization was examined by XRD and FT-IR spectroscopy analysis. The crystalline phases present in the glass ceramics were identified via X-ray diffraction as a function of heat treatment. The FT-IR data propose for these glasses and heat-treated glass network structures mainly built by: di-, tri-, tetra-, penta-and ortho-borate groups. It was found that the quantitative evolution of these various borate species in the glass structures is influenced by the transition metal. A detailed discussion relating to the N4 evolution with the T.M content was made. PMID:23708372

  13. La-doped BaSnO3Degenerate perovskite transparent conducting oxide: Evidence from synchrotron x-ray spectroscopy

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    Sallis, S.; Scanlon, D. O.; Chae, S. C.; Quackenbush, N. F.; Fischer, D. A.; Woicik, J. C.; Guo, J.-H.; Cheong, S. W.; Piper, L. F. J.

    2013-07-01

    We report direct evidence of conduction band filling in 3% La-doped BaSnO3 using hard x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. Direct comparisons with hybrid density functional theory calculations support a 3.2 eV indirect band gap. The use of hybrid DFT is verified by excellent agreement between our photoelectron spectra and O K-edge x-ray emission and absorption spectra. Our experimental and computational results demonstrate that the conduction band is primarily of Sn 5s orbital character with little O 2p contribution, which is a prerequisite for designing a perovskite-based transparent conducting oxide.

  14. “Structural Transformations in Ceramics: Perovskite-like Oxides and Group III, IV, and V Nitrides”

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    James P. Lewis , Dorian M. Hatch , and Harold T. Stokes

    2006-12-31

    1 Overview of Results and their Significance Ceramic perovskite-like oxides with the general formula (A. A0. ...)(B. B0. ...)O3and titanium-based oxides are of great technological interest because of their large piezoelectric and dielectric response characteristics.[1] In doped and nanoengineered forms, titantium dioxide finds increasing application as an organic and hydrolytic photocatalyst. The binary main-group-metal nitride compounds have undergone recent advancements of in-situ heating technology in diamond anvil cells leading to a burst of experimental and theoretical interest. In our DOE proposal, we discussed our unique theoretical approach which applies ab initio electronic calculations in conjunction with systematic group-theoretical analysis of lattice distortions to study two representative phase transitions in ceramic materials: (1) displacive phase transitions in primarily titanium-based perovskite-like oxide ceramics, and (2) reconstructive phase transitions in main-group nitride ceramics. A sub area which we have explored in depth is doped titanium dioxide electrical/optical properties.

  15. Transition metal bimetallic oxycarbides: Synthesis, characterization, and activity studies

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    Oyama, S.T.; Yu, C.C.; Ramanathan, S.

    1999-06-10

    A new family of bimetallic oxycarbide compounds M{sup I}-M{sup II}-O-C (M{sup I} = Mo, W; M{sup II} = V, Nb, Cr, Fe, Co, Ni) has been synthesized by carburizing bimetallic oxide precursors using a temperature-programmed method. The oxide precursors are prepared by conventional solid-state reaction between two appropriate monometallic oxides. The synthesis involves passing a 20 mol% CH{sub 4} in H{sub 2} mixture over the oxide precursors while raising the temperature at a linear rate of 8.3 {times} 10{sup {minus}2} K/s (5 K/min) to a final temperature (T{sub max}) which is held for a period of time (t{sub hold}). The synthesis, chemisorption properties, and reactivation of the materials indicate that the compounds can be divided into two groups of different reducibility (high and low). Their surface activity and surface area are evaluated based on CO chemisorption and N{sub 2} physisorption measurements. It is found that the CO number density correlates with the reducibility of the compounds. The catalysts were evaluated for hydroprocessing in a three-phase trickle-bed reactor operated at 3.1 MPa and 643 K. The feed was a model liquid mixture containing 3000 ppm sulfur (dibenzothiophene), 2000 ppm nitrogen (quinoline), 500 ppm oxygen (benzofuran), 20 wt% aromatics (tetralin), and balance aliphatics (tetradecane). The bimetallic oxycarbides had moderate activity for HDN of quinoline, with Nb-Mo-O-C showing higher HDN than a commercial sulfided Ni-Mo/Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} catalyst tested at the same conditions. X-ray diffraction of the spent catalysts indicated that the oxycarbides of the early transition metals were tolerant of sulfur, while those involving the late transition metals showed bulk sulfide phases.

  16. Study of planar heterojunction perovskite photovoltaic cells using compact titanium oxide by chemical bath deposition

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    Yamamoto, Kouhei; Kuwabara, Takayuki; Takahashi, Kohshin; Taima, Tetsuya

    2015-08-01

    Spin-coated perovskite solar cells from sol-gels result in high processing costs because of the need for high temperatures. Here, we report a low-temperature spin-coating route to fabricate planar heterojunction perovskite solar cells using chemical bath deposition of compact-TiOx layers. Comparison of the solar cell properties of compact-TiOx and compact-TiO2 layers show that the power conversion efficiency of the planar heterojunction perovskite solar cell fabricated by the low-temperature, compact-TiOx route is comparable to that of conventional TiO2. The chemical bath deposition method requires heating to 150 °C only to form amorphous compact-TiOx films compared with the 450 °C required for crystalline anatase compact-TiO2 films.

  17. One-Dimensional Perovskite Manganite Oxide Nanostructures: Recent Developments in Synthesis, Characterization, Transport Properties, and Applications

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    Li, Lei; Liang, Lizhi; Wu, Heng; Zhu, Xinhua

    2016-03-01

    One-dimensional nanostructures, including nanowires, nanorods, nanotubes, nanofibers, and nanobelts, have promising applications in mesoscopic physics and nanoscale devices. In contrast to other nanostructures, one-dimensional nanostructures can provide unique advantages in investigating the size and dimensionality dependence of the materials' physical properties, such as electrical, thermal, and mechanical performances, and in constructing nanoscale electronic and optoelectronic devices. Among the one-dimensional nanostructures, one-dimensional perovskite manganite nanostructures have been received much attention due to their unusual electron transport and magnetic properties, which are indispensable for the applications in microelectronic, magnetic, and spintronic devices. In the past two decades, much effort has been made to synthesize and characterize one-dimensional perovskite manganite nanostructures in the forms of nanorods, nanowires, nanotubes, and nanobelts. Various physical and chemical deposition techniques and growth mechanisms are explored and developed to control the morphology, identical shape, uniform size, crystalline structure, defects, and homogenous stoichiometry of the one-dimensional perovskite manganite nanostructures. This article provides a comprehensive review of the state-of-the-art research activities that focus on the rational synthesis, structural characterization, fundamental properties, and unique applications of one-dimensional perovskite manganite nanostructures in nanotechnology. It begins with the rational synthesis of one-dimensional perovskite manganite nanostructures and then summarizes their structural characterizations. Fundamental physical properties of one-dimensional perovskite manganite nanostructures are also highlighted, and a range of unique applications in information storages, field-effect transistors, and spintronic devices are discussed. Finally, we conclude this review with some perspectives/outlook and future researches in these fields.

  18. One-Dimensional Perovskite Manganite Oxide Nanostructures: Recent Developments in Synthesis, Characterization, Transport Properties, and Applications.

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    Li, Lei; Liang, Lizhi; Wu, Heng; Zhu, Xinhua

    2016-12-01

    One-dimensional nanostructures, including nanowires, nanorods, nanotubes, nanofibers, and nanobelts, have promising applications in mesoscopic physics and nanoscale devices. In contrast to other nanostructures, one-dimensional nanostructures can provide unique advantages in investigating the size and dimensionality dependence of the materials' physical properties, such as electrical, thermal, and mechanical performances, and in constructing nanoscale electronic and optoelectronic devices. Among the one-dimensional nanostructures, one-dimensional perovskite manganite nanostructures have been received much attention due to their unusual electron transport and magnetic properties, which are indispensable for the applications in microelectronic, magnetic, and spintronic devices. In the past two decades, much effort has been made to synthesize and characterize one-dimensional perovskite manganite nanostructures in the forms of nanorods, nanowires, nanotubes, and nanobelts. Various physical and chemical deposition techniques and growth mechanisms are explored and developed to control the morphology, identical shape, uniform size, crystalline structure, defects, and homogenous stoichiometry of the one-dimensional perovskite manganite nanostructures. This article provides a comprehensive review of the state-of-the-art research activities that focus on the rational synthesis, structural characterization, fundamental properties, and unique applications of one-dimensional perovskite manganite nanostructures in nanotechnology. It begins with the rational synthesis of one-dimensional perovskite manganite nanostructures and then summarizes their structural characterizations. Fundamental physical properties of one-dimensional perovskite manganite nanostructures are also highlighted, and a range of unique applications in information storages, field-effect transistors, and spintronic devices are discussed. Finally, we conclude this review with some perspectives/outlook and future researches in these fields. PMID:26932760

  19. Effect of the rare earth in the perovskite-type mixed oxides AMnO 3 ( A=Y, La, Pr, Sm, Dy) as catalysts in methanol oxidation

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    Levasseur, B.; Kaliaguine, S.

    2008-11-01

    The effect of the rare earth in the perovskite-type mixed oxides AMnO 3 ( A=Y, La, Pr, Sm, Dy) on catalytic properties in methanol oxidation was investigated in this work. The perovskites were prepared by reactive grinding in order to enhance the specific surface area in comparison with other classical synthesis procedures. These catalysts were characterized by N 2 adsorption, X-ray diffraction, H 2 temperature-programmed reduction (TPR-H 2), O 2-, CH 3OH- and CO 2-temperature-programmed desorption (TPD). The activity of the five catalysts under study in the methanol oxidation reaction was evaluated. The behaviour of the ?-O 2 from the surface of the perovskite was strongly related to the nature of the A-site cation and particularly to its electronegativity but also to its density. Concerning the ?-O 2 from the bulk, the rare earth only induces an indirect effect notably due to structural modifications. As suggested in a previous study, the activity in methanol oxidation was directly linked with the surface oxygen density. Under an excess of ?-oxygen, the reaction intermediate was found to be a monodentate carbonate that decomposes into CO 2. The stability of monodentate carbonates was also found to be related to the electronegativity of the rare earth during both CH 3OH- and CO 2-temperature-programmed desorption. However, as soon as a lack of ?-oxygen was observed in the structure, the dominant reaction intermediate was a bidentate carbonate that induces a consumption of anion vacancies in spite of the production of CO 2. Nevertheless, the accumulation of these carbonates leads to a decrease in the oxidation rate since their desorption requires high temperatures.

  20. Transitional Metal/Chalcogen Dependant Interactions of Hairpin DNA with Transition Metal Dichalcogenides, MX2.

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    Loo, Adeline Huiling; Bonanni, Alessandra; Sofer, Zdenek; Pumera, Martin

    2015-08-01

    Owing to the attractive properties that transition metal dichalcogenides (TMDs) display, they have found recent application in the fabrication of biosensing devices. These devices involve the immobilization of a recognition element such as DNA onto the surface of TMDs. Therefore, it is imperative to examine the interactions between TMDs and DNA. Herein, we explore the effect of different transition metals (Mo and W) and chalcogens (S and Se) on the interactions between hairpin DNA and TMDs of both bulk and t-BuLi exfoliated forms. We discovered that the interactions are strongly dependent on the metal/chalcogen composition in TMDs. PMID:26014462

  1. Vibrational scaling factors for transition metal carbonyls

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    Assefa, M. K.; Devera, J. L.; Brathwaite, A. D.; Mosley, J. D.; Duncan, M. A.

    2015-11-01

    Vibrational frequencies for a selected set of transition metal carbonyl complexes are computed with various forms of density functional theory (B3LYP, BP86, M06, and M06-L), employing several different basis sets. The computed frequencies for the carbonyl stretches are compared to the experimental values obtained from gas phase infrared spectra of isolated neutrals and ions. Recommended carbonyl-stretch scaling factors which are developed vary significantly for different functionals, but there is little variation with basis set. Scaled frequencies compared to experimental spectra for cobalt and tantalum carbonyl cations reveal additional variations in multiplet patterns and relative band intensities for different functionals.

  2. Effects of transition-metal additions on the properties of AlN

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    Kasori, Mitsuo; Ueno, Fumio; Tsuge, Akihiko . R D Center)

    1994-08-01

    Transition-metal oxide additions to AlN ceramics produced no significant deterioration in thermal conductivity. In the present study, TiN, ZrN, TaC, NbC, W, and unidentified Hf phases, found as fine particles located inter- and intragranularly, were distributed randomly in the AlN. Phases containing Fe, Co, and Cr, on the contrary, always were located at the three grain points. Most of the added transition-metal compounds turned the ceramics black or gray. The shading mechanism was attributed to optical absorption by the surfaces of the electrically conductive fine particles and to multiple reflections among these particles.

  3. Ab initio defect energetics of perovskite (001) surfaces for solid oxide fuel cells: A comparative study of LaMn O3 versus SrTi O3 and LaAl O3

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    Lee, Yueh-Lin; Morgan, Dane

    2015-05-01

    In this paper, we perform a comparative study based on ab initio modeling for perovskite A B O3 (001) surfaces and surface defect energetics in order to understand the influence of polarity and redox active Mn in the LaMn O3 system. We consider LaMn O3 ,LaAl O3 ,SrTi O3 , and briefly LaFe O3 systems for comparison, which illustrate the interplay between properties of polar surfaces and the varying d -electron shell of transition metals. We are motivated by the need to understand the surfaces of mixed electronic and ionic conductors typically used in solid oxide fuel cell cathodes and other ion conducting technologies, which are represented here by the LaMn O3 system. We focus on the influence of the metal character and surface polarity on the surface and surface defect chemistry in these selected systems. We demonstrate that the facile redox of the TM (3 d4 ) in LaMn O3 with partial eg orbital occupation (or specifically eg occupancy close to 1) allows the polar surfaces to be compensated by changes in charge density over relatively short length scales (3 to 4 unit cells or ˜1.5 nm) near the surface as compared to LaAl O3 . In contrast to LaAl O3 , this low-energy and short-range screening mechanism leads to low surface energies without any additional reconstruction, rapidly converging surface properties with film thickness (by ˜8 unit cells), bulklike defect chemistry more than ˜1.5 nm from the surface, and surface defect energetics that are primarily governed by the local charge doping or the created electric field near the polar surfaces. We show that LaMn O3 exhibits very different surface properties from LaAl O3 and SrTi O3 , thereby demonstrating that these properties are due to the presence of the redox active transition metal with partial eg orbital occupation and a polar surface, respectively. These understandings can help guide qualitative analysis, computational study, and design of surfaces of mixed electronic and ionic conductors.

  4. Comparative study of the synthesis of layered transition metal molybdates

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    Mitchell, S.; Gomez-Aviles, A.; Gardner, C.; Jones, W.

    2010-01-15

    Mixed metal oxides (MMOs) prepared by the mild thermal decomposition of layered double hydroxides (LDHs) differ in their reactivity on exposure to aqueous molybdate containing solutions. In this study, we investigate the reactivity of some T-Al containing MMOs (T=Co, Ni, Cu or Zn) towards the formation of layered transition metal molybdates (LTMs) possessing the general formula AT{sub 2}(OH)(MoO{sub 4}){sub 2}.H{sub 2}O, where A=NH{sub 4}{sup +}, Na{sup +} or K{sup +}. The phase selectivity of the reaction was studied with respect to the source of molybdate, the ratio of T to Mo and the reaction pH. LTMs were obtained on reaction of Cu-Al and Zn-Al containing MMOs with aqueous solutions of ammonium heptamolybdate. Rehydration of these oxides in the presence of sodium or potassium molybdate yielded a rehydrated LDH phase as the only crystalline product. The LTM products obtained by the rehydration of MMO precursors were compared with LTMs prepared by direct precipitation from the metal salts in order to study the influence of preparative route on their chemical and physical properties. Differences were noted in the composition, morphology and thermal properties of the resulting products. - Graphical abstract: Mixed metal oxides (MMOs) derived from layered double hydroxide precursors differ in their reactivity on exposure to aqueous molybdate containing solutions. We investigate the influence of the molybdate source, the rehydration pH and the ratio of T/Mo on the reactivity of some T-Al containing MMOs (T=Co, Ni, Cu or Zn) towards the formation of layered transition metal molybdates of general formula AT{sub 2}(OH)(MoO{sub 4}){sub 2}.H{sub 2}O (where A{sup +}=NH{sub 4}{sup +}, K{sup +} or Na{sup +}).

  5. Monitoring non-pseudomorphic epitaxial growth of spinel/perovskite oxide heterostructures by reflection high-energy electron diffraction

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    Schütz, P.; Pfaff, F.; Scheiderer, P.; Sing, M.; Claessen, R.

    2015-02-01

    Pulsed laser deposition of spinel γ-Al2O3 thin films on bulk perovskite SrTiO3 is monitored by high-pressure reflection high-energy electron diffraction (RHEED). The heteroepitaxial combination of two materials with different crystal structures is found to be inherently accompanied by a strong intensity modulation of bulk diffraction patterns from inelastically scattered electrons, which impedes the observation of RHEED intensity oscillations. Avoiding such electron surface-wave resonance enhancement by de-tuning the RHEED geometry allows for the separate observation of the surface-diffracted specular RHEED signal and thus the real-time monitoring of sub-unit cell two-dimensional layer-by-layer growth. Since these challenges are essentially rooted in the difference between film and substrate crystal structure, our findings are of relevance for the growth of any heterostructure combining oxides with different crystal symmetry and may thus facilitate the search for novel oxide heterointerfaces.

  6. Single Sublattice Endotaxial Phase Separation Driven by Charge Frustration in a Complex Oxide

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    2013-01-01

    Complex transition-metal oxides are important functional materials in areas such as energy and information storage. The cubic ABO3 perovskite is an archetypal example of this class, formed by the occupation of small octahedral B-sites within an AO3 network defined by larger A cations. We show that introduction of chemically mismatched octahedral cations into a cubic perovskite oxide parent phase modifies structure and composition beyond the unit cell length scale on the B sublattice alone. This affords an endotaxial nanocomposite of two cubic perovskite phases with distinct properties. These locally B-site cation-ordered and -disordered phases share a single AO3 network and have enhanced stability against the formation of a competing hexagonal structure over the single-phase parent. Synergic integration of the distinct properties of these phases by the coherent interfaces of the composite produces solid oxide fuel cell cathode performance superior to that expected from the component phases in isolation. PMID:23750709

  7. Incorporation effect of nanosized perovskite LaFe₀.₇Co₀.₃O₃ on the electrochemical activity of Pt nanoparticles-multi walled carbon nanotube composite toward methanol oxidation

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    Noroozifar, Meissam; Khorasani-Motlagh, Mozhgan; Khaleghian-Moghadam, Roghayeh; Ekrami-Kakhki, Mehri-Saddat; Shahraki, Mohammad

    2013-05-01

    Nanosized perovskite LaFe₀.₇Co₀.₃O₃ (LFCO) is synthesized through conventional co-precipitation method and characterized by X-ray powder diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and energy dispersive X-ray (EDX) techniques. The incorporation effect of the mentioned perovskite to catalytic activity of the PtNPs-MWCNTs-nafion (or -chitosan) catalyst toward methanol oxidation has been studied by cyclic voltammetry. Based on the electrochemical studies, all MWCNTs-PtNPs-nafion (or chitosan) and MWCNTs-PtNPs-LFCO-nafion (or chitosan) catalysts show a considerable activity for methanol oxidation. However, a synergistic effect is observed when LFCO is added to the catalyst by decreasing the poisoning rate of the Pt catalyst. - Graphical abstract: Nanosized perovskite LaFe₀.₇Co₀.₃O₃ is synthesized and characterized. The incorporation effect of the mentioned perovskite to catalytic activity of the PtNPS-MWCNTs-nafion (or -chitosan) catalyst toward methanol oxidation is studied. Highlights: • Nanocrystalline LaFe₀.₇Co₀.₃O₃ (LFCO) is prepared by a new simple co-precipitation method. • Effect of LFCO to catalytic activity of PtNPS for methanol oxidation is studied. • A synergistic effect is observed when LFCO is added to the Pt catalyst. • Oxygen of LFCO could be considered as active oxygen to remove CO intermediates.

  8. Rh promoted La0.75Sr0.25(Fe0.8Co0.2)1-xGaxO3-? perovskite catalysts: Characterization and catalytic performance for methane partial oxidation to synthesis gas

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    Palcheva, R.; Olsbye, U.; Palcut, M.; Rauwel, P.; Tyuliev, G.; Velinov, N.; Fjellvg, H. H.

    2015-12-01

    Synthesis gas production via selective oxidation of methane at 600 C in a pulse reaction over La0.75Sr0.25(Fe0.8Co0.2)1-xGaxO3-? (x = 0.1, 0.25, 0.4) perovskite-supported rhodium catalysts, was investigated. The perovskite oxides were prepared by sol-gel citrate method and characterized by X-ray Diffraction (XRD), Moessbauer Spectroscopy (MS), Temperature Programmed Reduction (TPR-H2), X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy (XPS) and High Resolution Transmission Electron Microscopy (HRTEM). According to XRD analysis, the synthesized samples were a single perovskite phase. The perovskite structure of Ga substituted samples remained stable after TPR-H2, as confirmed by XRD. Data of MS identified Fe3+ ions in two distinctive coordination environments, and Fe4+ ions. The Rh2O3 thin overlayer was detected by the HRTEM for the Rh impregnated perovskite oxides. During the interaction of methane with oxidized perovskite-supported Rh (0.5 wt.%) catalysts, besides CO, H2, and surface carbon, CO2 and H2O were formed. The Rh perovskite catalyst with x = 0.25 gallium exhibits the highest catalytic activity of 83% at 600 C. The CO selectivity was affected by the reducibility of La0.75Sr0.25(Fe0.8Co0.2)1-xGaxO3-? perovskite materials.

  9. Magnetic endohedral transition-metal-doped semiconducting-nanoclusters.

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    Matxain, Jon M; Formoso, Elena; Mercero, Jose M; Piris, Mario; Lopez, Xabier; Ugalde, Jesus M

    2008-01-01

    Endohedral first-row transition-metal-doped TM@Zn(i)S(i) nanoclusters, in which TM stands for the first-row transition-metals from Sc to Zn, and i=12, 16, have been characterized. In these structures the dopant metals are trapped inside spheroidal hollow semiconducting nanoclusters. It is observed that some of the transition metals are trapped in the center of mass of the cluster, whereas others are found to be displaced from that center, leading to structures in which the transition metals display a complex dynamical behavior upon encapsulation. This fact was confirmed by quantum molecular dynamics calculations, which further confirmed the thermal stability of endohedral compounds. In the endohedrally-doped nanoclusters in which the transition-metal atom sits on the center of mass, the host hollow cluster structure remains undistorted after dopant encapsulation. Conversely, if the encapsulated transition-metal atom is displaced from the center of mass, the host hollow cluster structure suffers a very tiny distortion. Additionally, it is found that there is negligible charge transfer between the dopant transition-metal atom and its hollow cluster host and, after encapsulation, the spin densities remain localized on the transition-metal atom. This allows for the atomic-like behavior of the trapped transition-metal atom, which gives rise to their atomic-like magnetic properties. The encapsulation free energies are negative, suggesting that these compounds are thermodynamically stable. PMID:18668495

  10. Surface segregation trends in transition metal alloys

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    Los, J. H.; Mottet, C.; Trglia, G.

    2013-10-01

    In this work, we revisit the problem of predicting the surface segregation trends in binary transition metal alloys from the knowledge of the basic features of the pure component d-band electronic structure within tight-binding approximation. In contrast to previous trend studies, the present one includes, within the fourth-moment approximation (FMA) of the tight-binding scheme, both the difference in the average band energies (diagonal disorder) and the difference in the band widths (off-diagonal disorder) of the two components. We show that treating on the same footing these two effects is essential for a correct prediction of surface segregation. The presented study, giving a natural link between the electronic structure and mixing/segregation properties, is particularly interesting and useful in the context of the possibility of building efficient new energy models based on FMA for use in large (time) scale atomistic simulations.

  11. An efficient electron transport material of tin oxide for planar structure perovskite solar cells

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    Murugadoss, Govindhasamy; Kanda, Hiroyuki; Tanaka, Soichiro; Nishino, Hitoshi; Ito, Seigo; Imahoric, Hiroshi; Umeyama, Tomokazu

    2016-03-01

    The photovoltaic performance of a perovskite solar cell based on a new electron conducting SnO2 film prepared at low temperature using different solvents was investigated. SnO2 was selected as an electron conducting medium due to its superior properties over TiO2, such as better antireflective properties, higher electron mobility, more suitable band edges and a wider band gap. A SnO2 layer was developed by spin-coating SnCl2 solution followed by annealing at 200 °C in air. The low-temperature (200 °C) annealed SnO2 layer exhibits enhanced crystallization, high transmittance, and uniform surface morphology using ethanol as a solvent rather than water. Solid state CuSCN hole conductor was used as HTM for reducing the device cost. A planar solar cell fabricated with CH3NH3PbI3 perovskite infiltrated SnO2 showed a power conversion efficiency of 8.38% with short-circuit current density of 18.99 mA cm-2, an open-circuit voltage of 0.96 mV and a fill factor of 45%. The devices were fabricated at >60% humidity level at room temperature. The results suggest that SnO2 is an effective charge collection system for CH3NH3PbI3 based planar perovskite solar cells. In addition, these results provide a new direction for the future improvement of perovskite solar cells using new electron conducting layers.

  12. Structure, energetics, and bonding of first row transition metal pentazolato complexes: a DFT study.

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    Tsipis, Athanassios C; Chaviara, Aikaterini Th

    2004-02-23

    Quantum chemical calculations with gradient-corrected (B3LYP) density functional theory for the mono- and bispentazolato complexes of the first row transition metals (V, Cr, Mn, Fe, Co, and Ni), the all-nitrogen counterparts of metallocenes, were performed, and their stability was investigated. All possible bonding modes (e.g. eta1, eta2, eta3, and eta5) of the pentazolato ligand to the transition metals have been examined. The transition metal pentazolato complexes are predicted to be strongly bound molecules. The computed total bond dissociation enthalpies that yield free transition metal atoms in their ground states and the free pentazolato ligands were found in the range of 122.0-201.9 (3.7-102.3) kcal mol(-1) for the bispentazolato (monopentazolato) complexes, while those yielding M2+ and anionic pentazolato ligands were found in the range of 473.2-516.7 (273.6-353.5) kcal mol(-1). The electronic ground states of azametallocenes along with their spectroscopic properties (IR, NMR, and UV-vis) obtained in a consistent manner across the first transition metal series provide means for discussion of their electronic and bonding properties, the identification of the respective azametallocenes, and future laboratory studies. Finally, exploring synthetic routes to azametallocenes it was found that a [2 + 3] cycloaddition of dinitrogen to a coordinated azide ligand with nickel(II) does not seem to provide a promising synthetic route for transition metal pentazolato complexes while the oxidative addition of phenylpentazole and fluoropentazole to Ni(0) bisphosphane complexes merits attention for the experimentalists. PMID:14966962

  13. Structure Sensitivity of Methanol Electrooxidation on Transition Metals

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    Ferrin, Peter A.; Mavrikakis, Manos

    2009-10-14

    We have investigated the structure sensitivity of methanol electrooxidation on eight transition metals (Au, Ag, Cu, Pt, Pd, Ir, Rh, and Ni) using periodic, self-consistent density functional theory (DFTGGA). Using the adsorption energies of 16 intermediates on two different facets of these eight face-centeredcubic transition metals, combined with a simple electrochemical model, we address the differences in the reaction mechanism between the (111) and (100) facets of these metals. We investigate two separate mechanisms for methanol electrooxidation: one going through a CO* intermediate (the indirect pathway) and another that oxidizes methanol directly to CO2 without CO* as an intermediate (the direct pathway). A comparison of our results for the (111) and (100) surfaces explains the origin of methanol electrooxidations experimentally-established structure sensitivity on Pt surfaces. For most metals studied, on both the (111) and (100) facets, we predict that the indirect mechanism has a higher onset potential than the direct mechanism. Ni(111), Au(100), and Au(111) are the cases where the direct and indirect mechanisms have the same onset potential. For the direct mechanism, Rh, Ir, and Ni show a lower onset potential on the (111) facet, whereas Pt, Cu, Ag, and Au possess lower onset potential on the (100) facet. Pd(100) and Pd(111) have the same onset potential for the direct mechanism. These results can be rationalized by the stronger binding energy of adsorbates on the (100) facet versus the (111) facet. Using linear scaling relations, we establish reactivity descriptors for the (100) surface similar to those recently developed for the (111) surface; the free energies of adsorbed CO* and OH* can describe methanol electrooxidation trends on various metal surfaces reasonably well.

  14. Electronic reorganization in the photoelectron spectra of transition metal compounds

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    Bhm, Michael C.

    1983-06-01

    The validity of Koopmans' theorem in a series of 16 transition metal compounds with a large variety of 3d centers (Ti, Cr, Mn, Fe, Co, Ni, and Zn) is investigated. The reorganization energies are determined by means of the Green's function method employed in a semiempirical INDO Hamiltonian. A self-energy approximation is used that allows a fragmentation of the calculated Koopmans' defects into relaxation increments as well as into correlation parameters that take into account the loss of pair correlation in the electronic ground state and the modification of the pair correlation in the cationic hole state. The magnitude and the importance of these parameters are studied as a function of the 3d occupation pattern, the oxidation state of the transition metal center, the nature of the orbital wave functions and the one-particle energies. It is demonstrated that pair relaxation energies in the various hole states are by no means negligible in comparison to the relaxational corrections that lead to the most pronounced deviations from IKv,j (IKv,j=- ?j). The limitations of purely relaxational models (e.g., ?SCF approach) are analyzed in detail. The gradual modifications of the calculated Koopman's defects within the 3d series are rationalized. The most pronounced reorganization energies are encountered in d6-d8 complexes. The magnitude of relaxation and correlation is reduced with a decreasing and an increasing number of 3d electrons. The physical background leading to the breakdown of Koopman's theorem in 3d derivatives is compared with the results of recent studies in various molecular species (e.g., small molecules, organic lone-pair systems).

  15. Separation of gas mixtures by transition-metal complexes

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    Lilga, M.A.; Hallen, R.T.; Nelson, D.A. )

    1988-06-01

    The selective separation or purification of gases, especially hydrogen and CO, is highly desirable in processes utilizing product gas from coal gasification. However, gas separation is a difficult and energy intensive process. The development of new and innovative methodologies to selectively and efficiently separate specific gas components from mixed-gas streams would significantly reduce the cost and complexity of product gas production and processing. For example, efficient H/sub 2/ separation from synthesis gas could make coal an attractive future source of H/sub 2/ for use as a fuel or chemical feedstock. In addition, this technology could have a significant impact on processes not directly associated with coal gasification in which hydrogen is lost in a waste stream. These processes include ammonia manufacture, reduction of metallic oxide ores, and hydrogenation of fats and oils. Thus, wide-ranging applications exist for hydrogen separation and recovery technologies. The Pacific Northwest Laboratory (PNL) is examining transition-metal complexes as selective agents for the separation of syngas components from gas mixtures. Transition-metal complexes are known which react reversibly with gases such as H/sub 2/, CO, O/sub 2/, and CO/sub 2/. This reversible binding can be used to transfer the gas from a region of high partial pressure to a region of lower partial pressure. The selectivity of transfer is determined primarily by the selectivity of the metal in binding a specific gas. The nature of the ligands surrounding the metal has a large influence on the selectivity and reversibility and the authors have successfully used ligand modification to prepare complexes that have improved properties for H/sub 2/ or CO binding. Applications of metal complexes to gas separation and two specific examples of metal complexes under study are discussed.

  16. High-pressure synthesis, crystal structure and magnetic properties of double perovskite oxide Ba{sub 2}CuOsO{sub 6}

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    Feng, Hai L.; Arai, Masao; Matsushita, Yoshitaka; Tsujimoto, Yoshihiro; Yuan, Yahua; Sathish, Clastin I.; He, Jianfeng; Tanaka, Masahiko; Yamaura, Kazunari

    2014-09-15

    A new compositional double perovskite oxide Ba{sub 2}CuOsO{sub 6} was synthesized under high-pressure (6 GPa) and high-temperature (1500 °C) conditions. The polycrystalline Ba{sub 2}CuOsO{sub 6} was characterized by synchrotron X-ray diffraction, thermogravimetric analysis, and magnetic susceptibility, isothermal magnetization, and specific heat measurements. The oxide crystallizes in a double-perovskite structure with an I4/m space group, in which Os(VI) and Cu(II) are ordered in the perovskite B-site. Ba{sub 2}CuOsO{sub 6} is electrically insulating with an activation energy of 0.813(2) eV and shows antiferromagnetic-like characteristics at temperatures of ∼55 K and ∼70 K. The results of the first-principle calculation suggested that the spin–orbit interaction of Os(VI) plays a substantial role in the insulating state. The Jahn–Teller distortion of CuO{sub 6} octahedra influences the magnetic characteristics with regard to possible two-dimensional magnetic correlations. - Graphical abstract: A new compositional double perovskite oxide Ba{sub 2}CuOsO{sub 6} synthesized by a high-pressure (6 GPa) and high-temperature (1500 °C) method. - Highlights: • A new compositional double perovskite oxide Ba{sub 2}CuOsO{sub 6} was synthesized. • Ba{sub 2}CuOsO{sub 6} is electrically insulating and antiferromagnetic below ∼70 K. • The Jahn–Teller distortion of CuO{sub 6} has relevance to possible magnetic anisotropy.

  17. Dominance of interface chemistry over the bulk properties in determining the electronic structure of epitaxial metal/perovskite oxide heterojunctions

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    Chambers, Scott A.; Du, Yingge; Gu, Meng; Droubay, Timothy C.; Hepplestone, Steven; Sushko, Petr

    2015-06-09

    We show that despite very similar crystallographic properties and work function values in the bulk, epitaxial Fe and Cr metallizations on Nb:SrTiO3(001) generate completely different heterojunction electronic properties. Cr is Ohmic whereas Fe forms a Schottky barrier with a barrier height of 0.50 eV. This contrast arises because of differences in interface chemistry. In contrast to Cr [Chambers, S. A. et al., Adv. Mater. 2013, 25, 4001.], Fe exhibits a +2 oxidation state and occupies Ti sites in the perovskite lattice, resulting in negligible charge transfer to Ti, upward band bending, and Schottky barrier formation. The differences between Cr and Fe are understood by performing first-principles calculations of the energetics of defect formation which corroborate the observed interface chemistry and structure.

  18. Orbital disordering and the metal-insulator transition with hole doping in perovskite-type vanadium oxides

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    Fujioka, J.; Miyasaka, S.; Tokura, Y.

    2005-07-01

    Filling-control metal-insulator transitions (MITs) and related electronic phase diagrams have been investigated for hole-doped vanadium oxides Pr1-x Cax V O3 , Nd1-x Srx V O3 , and Y1-x Cax V O3 with perovskite structure. The increase of the doping level x causes the melting of the G -type (and C -type) orbital order, prior to or concomitantly with the MIT, due partly to the doped-hole motion and partly to the random potential arising from the quenched disorder. In particular, the G -type spin- and C -type orbital-ordered phase present in Y1-x Cax V O3 disappears immediately upon hole doping, around x=0.02 . On the other hand, the critical doping level x for the MIT is governed by the electron-correlation strength of the undoped parent compound.

  19. Dysregulation of transition metal ion homeostasis is the molecular basis for cadmium toxicity in Streptococcus pneumoniae

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    Begg, Stephanie L.; Eijkelkamp, Bart A.; Luo, Zhenyao; Couñago, Rafael M.; Morey, Jacqueline R.; Maher, Megan J.; Ong, Cheryl-lynn Y.; McEwan, Alastair G.; Kobe, Bostjan; O’Mara, Megan L.; Paton, James C.; McDevitt, Christopher A.

    2015-01-01

    Cadmium is a transition metal ion that is highly toxic in biological systems. Although relatively rare in the Earth’s crust, anthropogenic release of cadmium since industrialization has increased biogeochemical cycling and the abundance of the ion in the biosphere. Despite this, the molecular basis of its toxicity remains unclear. Here we combine metal-accumulation assays, high-resolution structural data and biochemical analyses to show that cadmium toxicity, in Streptococcus pneumoniae, occurs via perturbation of first row transition metal ion homeostasis. We show that cadmium uptake reduces the millimolar cellular accumulation of manganese and zinc, and thereby increases sensitivity to oxidative stress. Despite this, high cellular concentrations of cadmium (~17 mM) are tolerated, with negligible impact on growth or sensitivity to oxidative stress, when manganese and glutathione are abundant. Collectively, this work provides insight into the molecular basis of cadmium toxicity in prokaryotes, and the connection between cadmium accumulation and oxidative stress. PMID:25731976

  20. Promotion of Oxygen Reduction by Exsolved Silver Nanoparticles on a Perovskite Scaffold for Low-Temperature Solid Oxide Fuel Cells.

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    Zhu, Yinlong; Zhou, Wei; Ran, Ran; Chen, Yubo; Shao, Zongping; Liu, Meilin

    2016-01-13

    Solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs) have potential to be the cleanest and most efficient electrochemical energy conversion devices with excellent fuel flexibility. To make SOFC systems more durable and economically competitive, however, the operation temperature must be significantly reduced, which depends sensitively on the development of highly active electrocatalysts for oxygen reduction reaction (ORR) at low temperatures. Here we report a novel silver nanoparticle-decorated perovskite oxide, prepared via a facile exsolution process from a Sr0.95Ag0.05Nb0.1Co0.9O3-? (SANC) perovskite precursor, as a highly active and robust ORR electrocatalyst for low-temperature SOFCs. The exsolved Sr0.95Ag0.05Nb0.1Co0.9O3-? (denoted as e-SANC) electrode is very active for ORR, achieving a very low area specific resistance (?0.214 ? cm(2) at 500 C). An anode-supported cell with the new heterostructured cathode demonstrates very high peak power density (1116 mW cm(-2) at 500 C) and stable operation for 140 h at a current density of 625 mA cm(-2). The superior ORR activity and stability are attributed to the fast oxygen surface exchange kinetics and the firm adhesion of the Ag nanoparticles to the Sr0.95Nb0.1Co0.9O3-? (SNC0.95) support. Moreover, the e-SANC cathode displays improved tolerance to CO2. These unique features make the new heterostructured material a highly promising cathode for low-temperature SOFCs. PMID:26619096

  1. Trends in Ionization Energy of Transition-Metal Elements

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    Matsumoto, Paul S.

    2005-01-01

    A rationale for the difference in the periodic trends in the ionization energy of the transition-metal elements versus the main-group elements is presented. The difference is that in the transition-metal elements, the electrons enter an inner-shell electron orbital, while in the main-group elements, the electrons enter an outer-shell electron…

  2. Quantum-Mechanical Force Laws for Transition Metals in Biomolecules.

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    Carlsson, Anders E.

    1998-03-01

    Transition metal ions, complexed by ligand molecules, play crucial roles in all known forms of life. For example, the active sites in many proteins are transition metals. Simulation of protein structure and function, as well as the design of new functional biomolecules, requires force fields that can treat transition metals accurately. This paper describes a method for predicting the functional form of angular forces surrounding transition metals in biomolecules. The method begins with a quantum-mechanical ligand-field Hamiltonian for the transition-metal d-shell, that contains couplings resulting from interaction with the ligand orbitals. It is shown that the moments of the d-complex electron density of states are given rigorously as sums of two-body and higher-order interactions between the ligands. For most transition metals, two-ligand (angular) potential has minima at 90 and 180 degrees, corresponding to the commonly formed octahedral structure. The three-ligand interaction changes sign as a function of band filling, and for late transition metals such as copper and nickel favors square-planar coordination over tetrahedral coordination. The functional forms developed here are a suitable starting point for developing semi-empirical force fields that can treat transition metals in biomolecules.

  3. Trends in Ionization Energy of Transition-Metal Elements

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    Matsumoto, Paul S.

    2005-01-01

    A rationale for the difference in the periodic trends in the ionization energy of the transition-metal elements versus the main-group elements is presented. The difference is that in the transition-metal elements, the electrons enter an inner-shell electron orbital, while in the main-group elements, the electrons enter an outer-shell electron

  4. Properties of a new perovskite oxide Sr sub 2 VO sub 4

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    Cyrot, M.; Beille, J. ); Lambert-Andron, B. ); Soubeyroux, J.L. ); Rey, M.J.; Dehaught, P. ); Cyrot-Lackmann, F.; Fourcaudot, G. ); Tholence, J.L. )

    1990-04-01

    The authors synthesized a new perovskite of the K{sub 2}NiF{sub 4} structure Sr{sub 2}VO{sub 4}. The formal valence of vanadium is 4{sup +}. They have performed x-ray and neutron experiments which show that the octahedra surrounding the vanadium is elongated. The compound is insulating and antiferromagnetic. These properties are reminiscent of those of La{sub 2}CuO{sub 4} which becomes a high T{sub c} superconductor when doped, the copper d{sup 9} ion being replaced by the vanadium d{sup 1} ion.

  5. Electronic Magnetic and Structural Properties of A2VM0O6 Perovskites (A = Ca, Sr)

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    Karen,P.; Moodenbaugh, A.; Goldberger, J.; Santhosh, P.; Woodward, P.

    2006-01-01

    The perovskites Sr{sub 2}VMoO{sub 6} and Ca{sub 2}VMoO{sub 6} have been synthesized by liquid-mix technique in citrate melts, and their electronic, magnetic and structural properties have been investigated. No signs of V/Mo ordering are seen by synchrotron X-ray powder diffraction, but despite the chemical disorder both oxides are highly conductive and Pauli paramagnetic. Electrical conductivities of these solid solutions are comparable or higher than those reported for polycrystalline AMoO{sub 3} end members. It is suggested that the delocalized metallic conductivity of these compounds with two different transition-metal atoms implies valence equilibrium between the degenerate oxidation-state couples V{sup 4+}Mo{sup 4+} and V{sup 3+}Mo{sup 5+}.

  6. Protons in perovskite nitrides and oxide nitrides: A first principles study of ThTaN3 and SrTaO2N

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    Polfus, Jonathan M.; Haugsrud, Reidar

    2012-10-01

    Nitrides and oxide nitrides are evaluated as a new class of proton conducting ceramics by first principles defect calculations on SrTaO2N and ThTaN3 perovskites. The level of proton incorporation is obtained from the thermodynamics of dissociative absorption of water and ammonia into anion vacancies in the acceptor doped materials. Protons are found to be significantly more stable associated with the nitride ions than the oxide ions in SrTaO2N and the proton position and bond length to the anions in both materials are mostly very similar to those in corresponding perovskite oxides such as SrZrO3. In comparison to SrZrO3, the concentration of protons is significantly lower in ThTaN3 and SrTaO2N.

  7. Phase transitions of BaTi{sub 0.9}Rh{sub 0.1}O{sub 3?} perovskite-type oxides under reducing environments

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    Rodrguez, G.C.Mondragn; Gnll, Y.; Ferri, Davide; Eyssler, Arnim; Otal, Eugenio; Saruhan, B.

    2015-01-15

    Highlights: Solid solution formation BaTi{sub 0.9}Rh{sub 0.1}O{sub 3?} with a new wet chemical synthesis method. Rhodium in the BaTiO{sub 3} perovskite stabilizes the hexagonal structure. New Rh segregation mechanism for hexagonal BaTi{sub 0.9}Rh{sub 0.1}O{sub 3?} upon reduction. - Abstract: Perovskite-type oxides of composition BaTi{sub 0.9}Rh{sub 0.1}O{sub 3?} were prepared following a new chemical route that avoids the formation of hydroxyl species and precipitation, and allows the homogeneous distribution of Rh in the final mixed metal oxide. The high dispersion of Rh and the formation of the solid solution between Rh and the BaTiO{sub 3} perovskite is confirmed by means of X-ray diffraction (XRD) and extended X-ray absorption fine structure spectroscopy (EXAFS). The presence of Rh stabilized the hexagonal BaTi{sub 0.9}Rh{sub 0.1}O{sub 3?} phase, which decomposes into barium orthotitanate (BaTi{sub 2}O{sub 4}) and metallic Rh in reducing environment. This phase transition starts already at 700 C and is only partially completed at 900 C suggesting that part of the Rh present in the perovskite lattice might not be easily reduced by hydrogen. These aspects and further open questions are discussed.

  8. Transition Metal Phosphide Hydroprocessing Catalysts: A review

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    Oyama, S.; Gott, T; Zhao, H; Lee, Y

    2009-01-01

    The diminishing quality of oil feedstocks coupled with increasingly more stringent environmental regulations limiting the content of sulfur in transportation fuels have given rise to a need for improved hydroprocessing technology. This review begins with a summary of the major improvements in hydrodesulfurization (HDS) and hydrodenitrogenation (HDN) catalysts and processes that have been reported in recent years. It then describes a new class of hydroprocessing catalysts, the transition metal phosphides, which have emerged as a promising group of high-activity, stable catalysts. The phosphides have physical properties resembling ceramics, so are strong and hard, yet retain electronic and magnetic properties similar to metals. Their crystal structures are based on trigonal prisms, yet they do not form layered structures like the sulfides. They display excellent performance in HDS and HDN, with the most active phosphide, Ni{sub 2}P, having activity surpassing that of promoted sulfides on the basis of sites titrated by chemisorption (CO for the phosphides, O{sub 2} for the sulfides). In the HDS of difficult heteroaromatics like 4,6-dimethyldibenzothiophene Ni{sub 2}P operates by the hydrogenation pathway, while in the HDN of substituted nitrogen compounds like 2-methylpiperidine it carries out nucleophilic substitution. The active sites for hydrogenation in Ni{sub 2}P have a square pyramidal geometry, while those for direct hydrodesulfurization have a tetrahedral geometry. Overall, Ni{sub 2}P is a promising catalyst for deep HDS in the presence of nitrogen and aromatic compounds.

  9. Desulfurization with transition metal catalysts. Quarterly summary

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    Eisch, J J

    1980-04-10

    The overall objective of this research is to develop desulfurizing transition metal catalysts, which are active in homogeneous media at moderate temperatures and pressures for the purification of coal-derived fuels and chemicals. To this end, the mechanism of action is being examined whereby newly identified nickel(0) complexes desulfurize organosulfur compounds in solution at 65 to 70/sup 0/C. The sulfur compounds under investigation are typical of those commonly encountered in coal-derived liquids and solids, such as thiophenes, sulfides and mercaptans. The following studies on the homogeneous, stoichiometric desulfurizing agent, bis(1,5-cyclooctadiene) nickel(0) ((COD)/sub 2/Ni), were continued: (a) activation of the agent by means of added mono-, bi-/sup 2/ and tri-dentate amines, either of the tertiary or primary amine type; (b) labeling studies designed to reveal the source of the hydrogen that replaces the sulfur in the desulfurization of dibenzothiophene; (c) comparison of the desulfurizing activity of (COD)/sub 2/Ni, both in the presence and in the absence of lithium aluminum hydride; and (d) testing for the role of any biphenylene intermediate in these desulfurizations. Results are reported.

  10. Energetic characteristics of transition metal complexes.

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    Wojewódka, Andrzej; Bełzowski, Janusz; Wilk, Zenon; Staś, Justyna

    2009-11-15

    Ten transition metal nitrate and perchlorate complexes of hydrazine and ethylenediamine were synthesized, namely [Cu(EN)(2)](ClO(4))(2), [Co(EN)(3)](ClO(4))(3), [Ni(EN)(3)](ClO(4))(2), [Hg(EN)(2)](ClO(4))(2), [Cr(N(2)H(4))(3)](ClO(4))(3), [Cd(N(2)H(4))(3)](ClO(4))(2), [Ni(N(2)H(4))(3)](NO(3))(2), [Co(N(2)H(4))(3)](NO(3))(3), [Zn(N(2)H(4))(3)](NO(3))(2), and [Cd(N(2)H(4))(3)](NO(3))(2) based on the lines of the literature reported methods. All of them were tested with applying underwater detonation test and further compared to the typical blasting explosives: RDX, HMX, TNT and PETN. From the above presented complexes [Ni(N(2)H(4))(3)](NO(3))(2) (called NHN) and [Co(N(2)H(4))(3)](NO(3))(3) (called CoHN) are known as primary explosives and can be used as the standard explosives. Explosion parameters, such as shock wave overpressure, shock wave energy equivalent and bubble energy equivalent, were determined. Evaluated energetic characteristics of the tested compounds are comparable to those of the classic high explosives and are even enhanced in some cases. PMID:19631466

  11. Tunable magnetocaloric effect in transition metal alloys.

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    Belyea, Dustin D; Lucas, M S; Michel, E; Horwath, J; Miller, Casey W

    2015-01-01

    The unpredictability of geopolitical tensions and resulting supply chain and pricing instabilities make it imperative to explore rare earth free magnetic materials. As such, we have investigated fully transition metal based "high entropy alloys" in the context of the magnetocaloric effect. We find the NiFeCoCrPdx family exhibits a second order magnetic phase transition whose critical temperature is tunable from 100 K to well above room temperature. The system notably displays changes in the functionality of the magnetic entropy change depending on x, which leads to nearly 40% enhancement of the refrigerant capacity. A detailed statistical analysis of the universal scaling behavior provides direct evidence that heat treatment and Pd additions reduce the distribution of exchange energies in the system, leading to a more magnetically homogeneous alloy. The general implications of this work are that the parent NiFeCoCr compound can be tuned dramatically with FCC metal additives. Together with their relatively lower cost, their superior mechanical properties that aid manufacturability and their relative chemical inertness that aids product longevity, NiFeCoCr-based materials could ultimately lead to commercially viable magnetic refrigerants. PMID:26507636

  12. Transition metal-free olefin polymerization catalyst

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    Sen, Ayusman (State College, PA); Wojcinski, II, Louis M. (State College, PA); Liu, Shengsheng (State College, PA)

    2001-01-01

    Ethylene and/or propylene are polymerized to form high molecular weight, linear polymers by contacting ethylene and/or propylene monomer, in the presence of an inert reaction medium, with a catalyst system which consists essentially of (1) an aluminum alkyl component, such as trimethylaluminum, triethylaluminum, triisobutylaluminum, tri-n-octylaluminum and diethylaluminum hydride and (2) a Lewis acid or Lewis acid derivative component, such as B (C.sub.6 F.sub.5).sub.3, [(CH.sub.3).sub.2 N (H) (C.sub.6 H.sub.5)].sup.+ [B (C.sub.6 F.sub.5)4].sup.-, [(C.sub.2 H.sub.5).sub.3 NH].sup.+ [B C.sub.6 F.sub.5).sub.4 ],.sup.-, [C(C.sub.6 F.sub.5).sub.3 ].sup.+ [B(C.sub.6 F.sub.5).sub.4 ].sup.-, (C.sub.2 H.sub.5).sub.2 Al(OCH.sub.3), (C.sub.2 H.sub.5).sub.2 Al(2,6-di-t-butyl-4-methylphenoxide), (C.sub.2 H.sub.5)Al(2,6 -di-t-butylphenoxide).sub.2, (C.sub.2 H.sub.5).sub.2 Al(2,6-di-t-butylphonoxide) , 2,6 -di-t-butylphenol.multidot.methylaluminoxane or an alkylaluminoxane, and which may be completely free any transition metal component(s).

  13. Polytypism in superhard transition-metal triborides

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    Liang, Yongcheng; Yang, Jiong; Yuan, Xun; Qiu, Wujie; Zhong, Zheng; Yang, Jihui; Zhang, Wenqing

    2014-01-01

    The quest of novel compounds with special structures and unusual functionalities continues to be a central challenge to modern materials science. Even though their exact structures have puzzled scientists for decades, superhard transition-metal borides (TMBs) have long been believed to exist only in simple crystal structures. Here, we report on a polytypic phenomenon in superhard WB3 and MoB3 with a series of energetically degenerate structures due to the random stacking of metal layers amongst the interlocking boron layers. Such polytypism can create a multiphase solid-solution compound with a large number of interfaces amongst different polytypes, and these interfaces will strongly hinder the interlayer sliding movement within each polytype, thereby further increase the hardness of this particular material. Furthermore, in contrast to the conventional knowledge that intrinsically strong chemical bonds in superhard materials should lead to high lattice thermal conductivity, the polytypic TMB3 manifest anomalously low lattice thermal conductivity due to structural disorders and phonon folding. These findings promise to open a new avenue to searching for novel superhard materials with additional functionalities. PMID:24863493

  14. Atomic wires on furrowed transition metal surfaces.

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    Yakovkin, I N

    2001-12-01

    At low coverages, alkali, alkaline earth, and rare earth layers adsorbed on furrowed transition metal surfaces--such as the Mo(112) surface--demonstrate a quite unusual behavior. In contrast to well-known formation of one-dimensional wires lying in furrows of reconstructed surfaces of semiconductors and noble metals, these metals on the W(112), Mo(112), and Re(1010) surfaces tend to form commensurate linear structures built of monoatomic chains directed across the furrows. Monte-Carlo simulations of the increasing disorder of the chains with increasing temperature provides a transparent presentation of typical fluctuations in such linear structures. Such studies provide insight into the parameters of indirect interaction that are the basis for the formation of the atomic wires. Increasing coverage leads to a one-dimensional compression of the layers along the furrows, which results in dramatic changes in the surface electronic structure as revealed by photoemission ultraviolet photoelectron spectroscopy and electron energy loss (EELS) spectroscopies. Recent low energy electron diffraction, UPS, and electron energy loss spectroscopy data suggest a nonmetal to metal transition in the adsorbed alkaline earth layers when the coverage exceeds 1/2 monolayer and the film structure becomes incoherent with the substrate in direction along the furrows. The NMT in adsorbed layers is discussed in the framework of recent calculations of evolution of the band structure followed from increasing density of the films. PMID:12914075

  15. Combustion synthesis of transition-metal nitrides

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    Holt, J.B.; Kingman, D.D.

    1983-02-14

    A new process, using sodium azide (NaN/sub 3/) as a solid source of nitrogen, for the production of transition-metal nitride materials is presented. For example, a -325 mesh Ti powder with average particle size of 22..mu.. was mixed with NaN/sub 3/ powder in a glass jar on a vibratory mill for 5 minutes. The powder was cold-pressed into cylinders or poured into quartz crucibles. The quartz crucible containing the powder was placed in a glove box which was pumped down to approx. 200 ..mu... After back-filling with nitrogen to one atmosphere the powder was ignited by a tungsten coil which was in contact with the surface of the powder. The combustion temperature was estimated to be at least 2200/sup 0/C at the maximum point. A thick cloud of smoke, consisting of Na vapor and other volatile gases from the initial powders, evolved during reaction. The reaction product is a loose, friable powder that is easily removed from the quartz crucible. The average grain size of the TiN powder is 10..mu.. as shown in a SEM micrograph. X-ray-diffraction analysis verified the powder to be TiN with no trace of Ti metal. The advantages of this process are high-purity products, high rates of synthesis, and energy efficient since no furnaces are required.

  16. Single Layer Transition Metal Dichalcogenides Transistors

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    Jiang, Yuhang; Mao, Jinhai; Andrei, Eva; Rutgers University, Department of Physics; Astronomy Team

    2014-03-01

    Single layer Transition Metal Dichalcogenides (TMDs), such as MoS2, WS2 and TaS2, are atomically thin two-dimensional materials with unique electronic properties different from their bulk counterparts. The lack of inversion symmetry, high mass of the components and the 2D geometry lead to strong spin-orbit coupling and to a metal insulator transition (MIT). Recent progressing ultrathin sample preparation and nanodevice fabrication has opened new opportunities to explore the transport properties of these layers for potential applications in nanoelectronics. In particular the ability to gate these samples across the MIT, carries the promise of sharp switching characteristics that defeat the thermodynamically imposed limiton the sub-threshold slope in standard field effect transistors. We will report on the electronic properties of field effect transistors fabricated with monolayer in the TMD family under conditions of extreme doping achieved by ionic liquid gating. Supported by DOE-FG02-99ER45742 and NSF DMR 1207108.

  17. Translational diffusion of transition metal complexes

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    Kowert, Bruce A.; Hughes, Angela M.; Dang, Nhan C.; Martin, Michael B.; Cheung, Gia H.; Tran, Hung D.; Reed, Joshua P.

    1999-09-01

    Capillary flow techniques have been used to measure DT, the translational diffusion constant at temperature T, for three transition metal complexes in several low-viscosity liquids. The translational radius, rt, for each of the complexes was obtained from DT using the Stokes-Einstein relation. The common value of rt of Ni(mnt) 2- in n-butyl alcohol, acetonitrile (ACN), acetone, and ethyl alcohol (EtOH) indicates that the apparently different rotational radii (from ESR) in a series of polar solvents are due to solute-solvent interactions and not to solvation or ion pairing. Another complex, Ni(mnt) 22-, was also studied in ACN; our values of DT for Ni(mnt) 22- and Ni(mnt) 2- in ACN are in agreement with electrochemical values. The reproducibility of our techniques was checked by using three different capillaries to make four separate determinations of DT for Ni(mnt) 2- in EtOH; the values are in good agreement. Values of DT were measured for Mn(Cat-N-SQ) 2, MnR 2, in tetrahydrofuran, 2-methyltetrahydrofuran, diethyl ether, and acetone. This complex is of interest because of its screw-propeller geometry. The values of rt in our solvents are in agreement with each other and are consistent with ESR studies of the reorientational motion of MnR 2.

  18. Tunable magnetocaloric effect in transition metal alloys

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    Belyea, Dustin D.; Lucas, M. S.; Michel, E.; Horwath, J.; Miller, Casey W.

    2015-10-01

    The unpredictability of geopolitical tensions and resulting supply chain and pricing instabilities make it imperative to explore rare earth free magnetic materials. As such, we have investigated fully transition metal based “high entropy alloys” in the context of the magnetocaloric effect. We find the NiFeCoCrPdx family exhibits a second order magnetic phase transition whose critical temperature is tunable from 100 K to well above room temperature. The system notably displays changes in the functionality of the magnetic entropy change depending on x, which leads to nearly 40% enhancement of the refrigerant capacity. A detailed statistical analysis of the universal scaling behavior provides direct evidence that heat treatment and Pd additions reduce the distribution of exchange energies in the system, leading to a more magnetically homogeneous alloy. The general implications of this work are that the parent NiFeCoCr compound can be tuned dramatically with FCC metal additives. Together with their relatively lower cost, their superior mechanical properties that aid manufacturability and their relative chemical inertness that aids product longevity, NiFeCoCr-based materials could ultimately lead to commercially viable magnetic refrigerants.

  19. Tunable magnetocaloric effect in transition metal alloys

    PubMed Central

    Belyea, Dustin D.; Lucas, M. S.; Michel, E.; Horwath, J.; Miller, Casey W.

    2015-01-01

    The unpredictability of geopolitical tensions and resulting supply chain and pricing instabilities make it imperative to explore rare earth free magnetic materials. As such, we have investigated fully transition metal based “high entropy alloys” in the context of the magnetocaloric effect. We find the NiFeCoCrPdx family exhibits a second order magnetic phase transition whose critical temperature is tunable from 100 K to well above room temperature. The system notably displays changes in the functionality of the magnetic entropy change depending on x, which leads to nearly 40% enhancement of the refrigerant capacity. A detailed statistical analysis of the universal scaling behavior provides direct evidence that heat treatment and Pd additions reduce the distribution of exchange energies in the system, leading to a more magnetically homogeneous alloy. The general implications of this work are that the parent NiFeCoCr compound can be tuned dramatically with FCC metal additives. Together with their relatively lower cost, their superior mechanical properties that aid manufacturability and their relative chemical inertness that aids product longevity, NiFeCoCr-based materials could ultimately lead to commercially viable magnetic refrigerants. PMID:26507636

  20. Transition metal abnormalities in progressive dementias.

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    Akatsu, Hiroyasu; Hori, Akira; Yamamoto, Takayuki; Yoshida, Mari; Mimuro, Maya; Hashizume, Yoshio; Tooyama, Ikuo; Yezdimer, Eric M

    2012-04-01

    Abnormal distributions of transition metals inside the brain are potential diagnostic markers for several central nervous system diseases, including Alzheimer's disease (AD), Parkinson's disease, dementia with Lewy bodies (DLB), bipolar disorders and depression. To further explore this possibility, the total concentrations of iron, zinc, copper, manganese, aluminum, chromium and cadmium were measured in post-mortem hippocampus and amygdala tissues taken from AD, DLB and Control patients. A statistically significant near fifty percent reduction in the total copper levels of AD patients was observed in both the hippocampus and amygdala. The statistical power of the hippocampus and amygdala copper analysis was found to be 86 and 74% respectively. No statistically significant deviations in the total metal concentrations were found for zinc, manganese, chromium or aluminum. Iron was found to be increased by 38% in AD amygdala tissues, but was unchanged in AD hippocampus tissues. Accounting for differences in tissue water content, as a function of both tissue type and disease state, revealed more consistencies with previous literature. To aid in the design of future experiments, the effect sizes for all tissue types and metals studied are also presented. PMID:22080191

  1. Multivariate data analysis approach to understand magnetic properties of perovskite manganese oxides

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    Imamura, N.; Mizoguchi, T.; Yamauchi, H.; Karppinen, M.

    2008-05-15

    Here we apply statistical multivariate data analysis techniques to obtain some insights into the complex structure-property relations in antiferromagnetic (AFM) and ferromagnetic (FM) manganese perovskite systems, AMnO{sub 3}. The 131 samples included in the present analyses are described by 21 crystal-structure or crystal-chemical (CS/CC) parameters. Principal component analysis (PCA), carried out separately for the AFM and FM compounds, is used to model and evaluate the various relationships among the magnetic properties and the various CS/CC parameters. Moreover, for the AFM compounds, PLS (partial least squares projections to latent structures) analysis is performed so as to predict the magnitude of the Neel temperature on the bases of the CS/CC parameters. Finally, so-called PLS-DA (PLS discriminant analysis) method is employed to find out the most influential/characteristic CS/CC parameters that differentiate the two classes of compounds from each other. - Graphical abstract: Statistical multivariate data analysis techniques are applied to detect structure-property relations in antiferromagnetic (AFM) and ferromagnetic (FM) manganese perovskites. For AFM compounds, partial least squares projections to latent structures analysis predict the magnitude of the Neel temperature on the bases of structural parameters only. Moreover, AFM and FM compounds are well separated by means of so-called partial least squares discriminant analysis method.

  2. Structures of ordered tungsten- or molybdenum-containing quaternary perovskite oxides

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    Day, Bradley E.; Bley, Nicholas D.; Jones, Heather R.; McCullough, Ryan M.; Eng, Hank W.; Porter, Spencer H.; Woodward, Patrick M.; Barnes, Paris W.

    2012-01-15

    The room temperature crystal structures of six A{sub 2}MMoO{sub 6} and A{sub 2}MWO{sub 6} ordered double perovskites were determined from X-ray and neutron powder diffraction data. Ba{sub 2}MgWO{sub 6} and Ba{sub 2}CaMoO{sub 6} both adopt cubic symmetry (space group Fm3-bar m, tilt system a{sup 0}a{sup 0}a{sup 0}). Ba{sub 2}CaWO{sub 6} has nearly the same tolerance factor (t=0.972) as Ba{sub 2}CaMoO{sub 6} (t=0.974), yet it surprisingly crystallizes with I4/m symmetry indicative of out-of-phase rotations of the MO{sub 6} octahedra about the c-axis (a{sup 0}a{sup 0}c{sup -}). Sr{sub 2}ZnMoO{sub 6} (t=0.979) also adopts I4/m symmetry; whereas, Sr{sub 2}ZnWO{sub 6} (t=0.976) crystallizes with monoclinic symmetry (P2{sub 1}/n) with out-of-phase octahedral tilting distortions about the a- and b-axes, and in-phase tilting about the c-axis (a{sup -}a{sup -}c{sup +}). Ca{sub 2}CaWO{sub 6} (t=0.867) also has P2{sub 1}/n symmetry with large tilting distortions about all three crystallographic axes and distorted CaO{sub 6} octahedra. Analysis of 93 double perovskites and their crystal structures showed that while the type and magnitude of the octahedral tilting distortions are controlled primarily by the tolerance factor, the identity of the A-cation acts as the secondary structure directing factor. When A=Ba{sup 2+} the boundary between cubic and tetragonal symmetries falls near t=0.97, whereas when A=Sr{sup 2+} this boundary falls somewhere between t=1.018 and t=0.992. - Graphical abstract: A survey of the tolerance factor of 41 Mo/W- and 52 Nb/Ta-containing quaternary perovskites plotted as a function of the difference between the two six-coordinate M-cation ionic radii. Compounds with cubic symmetry are represented by diamonds, those with tetragonal symmetry are represented by squares, those with I2/m monoclinic symmetry are represented by Multiplication-Sign , and those with P2{sub 1}/n monoclinic symmetry are represented by triangles. White symbols represent compositions where A=Ba{sup 2+}, gray symbols represent compositions where A=Sr{sup 2+}, and black symbols represent where A=Ca{sup 2+}. The filled circle represents rhombohedral Ba{sub 2}BiTaO{sub 6} (t=0.961; space group-R3-bar ; tilt system-a{sup -}a{sup -}a{sup -}). References for the compounds included in this figure are listed in the Supporting Information File. Black-Small-Square Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Reports the structures of six double perovskites containing either Mo{sup 6+} or W{sup 6+}. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Compounds with similar tolerance factors (t) exhibited different symmetries. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer This effect was observed in Sr{sub 2}ZnMO{sub 6} and Ba{sub 2}CaMO{sub 6} (M=Mo or W). Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Contains a structural survey of 93 double perovskites. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Octahedral tilting distortions are controlled by t and the nature of the A-cation.

  3. Industrial-grade rare-earth and perovskite oxide for high-performance electrolyte layer-free fuel cell

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    Xia, Chen; Wang, Baoyuan; Ma, Ying; Cai, Yixiao; Afzal, Muhammad; Liu, Yanyan; He, Yunjuan; Zhang, Wei; Dong, Wenjing; Li, Junjiao; Zhu, Bin

    2016-03-01

    In the present work, we report a composite of industrial-grade material LaCePr-oxide (LCP) and perovskite La0.6Sr0.4Co0.2Fe0.8O3-δ (LSCF) for advanced electrolyte layer-free fuel cells (EFFCs). The microstructure, morphology, and electrical properties of the LCP, LSCF, and LCP-LSCF composite were investigated and characterized by XRD, SEM, EDS, TEM, and EIS. Various ratios of LCP to LSCF in the composite were modulated to achieve balanced ionic and electronic conductivities. Fuel cell with an optimum ratio of 60 wt% LCP to 40 wt% LSCF reached the highest open circuit voltage (OCV) at 1.01 V and a maximum power density of 745 mW cm-2 at 575 °C, also displaying a good performance stability. The high performance is attributed to the interfacial mechanisms and electrode catalytic effects. The findings from the present study promote industrial-grade rare-earth oxide as a promising new material for innovative low temperature solid oxide fuel cell (LTSOFC) technology.

  4. Coordination and valence state of transition metal ions in alkali-borate glasses

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    Terczy?ska-Madej, A.; Cholewa-Kowalska, K.; ??czka, M.

    2011-10-01

    Borate glasses of the 20R 2O80B 2O 3 type, where R = Li, Na and K, were colored by doping with transition metal ions (Co, Ni, Cr and Mn). The glasses were obtained by melting at the temperature of 1150 C. For these glasses optical absorption in UV-VIS-NIR range were recorded. Analysis of the spectra allows to be determined the coordination and oxidation states of the doping transition metal ions. Changes of their coordination or oxidation are presented as a function of the optical basicity ? after Duffy. Cobalt and nickel are present in examined borate glasses as divalent ions (Co 2+, Ni 2+) in octahedral coordination mainly, but the tetrahedral coordination state of cobalt is also possible. Chromium and manganese are present in the borate glasses in various oxidation state, though Cr 3+ and Mn 3+ ions in the octahedral coordination are probably dominant. A decrease of the electronegativity of the modifiers (Li ? Na ? K) and an increase of the glass matrix basicity cause a shift of the oxidation/reduction equilibrium towards higher valences of the transition metals (Cr 6+, Mn 3+).

  5. Cuprous Oxide as a Potential Low-Cost Hole-Transport Material for Stable Perovskite Solar Cells.

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    Nejand, Bahram Abdollahi; Ahmadi, Vahid; Gharibzadeh, Saba; Shahverdi, Hamid Reza

    2016-02-01

    Inorganic hole-transport materials are commercially desired to decrease the fabrication cost of perovskite solar cells. Here, Cu2 O is introduced as a potential hole-transport material for stable, low-cost devices. Considering that Cu2 O formation is highly sensitive to the underlying mixture of perovskite precursors and their solvents, we proposed and engineered a technique for reactive magnetron sputtering. The rotational angular deposition of Cu2 O yields high surface coverage of the perovskite layer for high rate of charge extraction. Deposition of this Cu2 O layer on the pinhole-free perovskite layer produces devices with power conversion efficiency values of up to 8.93 %. The engineered Cu2 O layers showed uniform, compact, and crack-free surfaces on the perovskite layer without affecting the perovskite structure, which is desired for deposition of the top metal contact and for surface shielding against moisture and mechanical damages. PMID:26748959

  6. A novel synthetic route to transition metal phosphide nanoparticles.

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    Yao, Zhiwei; Li, Meng; Wang, Xiang; Qiao, Xue; Zhu, Jiang; Zhao, Yu; Wang, Guanzhang; Yin, Jingzhou; Wang, Haiyan

    2015-03-28

    A novel synthetic route was developed to prepare nano-sized and well-dispersed phosphides of transition metals (Mo, Ni, and Co) from their corresponding oxide precursors. The current approach produced metal phosphides in dimethyl ether (DME) using the rapid heating reduction (RHR) method. The synthesis of phosphides in DME was interesting, since the composition of gas-phase products was predominantly H2, CO and CH4 with a minor amount of CO2 but without H2O. Based on XRD and MS results, the formation mechanism of the phosphides was proposed. The overall synthesis process cannot simply be regarded as the reduction of an oxide precursor and the decomposition of DME. The product distribution should be ascribed to a combination of other catalytic reactions. In addition, it is noteworthy that compared with the traditional method, viz. temperature-programmed reduction in H2 (TPR-H2), the present method used a higher heating rate to shorten the reaction time and can yield more finely dispersed metal phosphide nanoparticles. The good dispersion of phosphide nanoparticles is probably achieved due to the fact that no H2O was released in the RHR-DME process, which can avoid strong hydrothermal sintering. PMID:25697219

  7. Comparative study of the synthesis of layered transition metal molybdates

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    Mitchell, S.; Gmez-Avils, A.; Gardner, C.; Jones, W.

    2010-01-01

    Mixed metal oxides (MMOs) prepared by the mild thermal decomposition of layered double hydroxides (LDHs) differ in their reactivity on exposure to aqueous molybdate containing solutions. In this study, we investigate the reactivity of some T-Al containing MMOs ( T=Co, Ni, Cu or Zn) towards the formation of layered transition metal molybdates (LTMs) possessing the general formula AT2(OH)(MoO 4) 2H 2O, where A=NH 4+, Na + or K +. The phase selectivity of the reaction was studied with respect to the source of molybdate, the ratio of T to Mo and the reaction pH. LTMs were obtained on reaction of Cu-Al and Zn-Al containing MMOs with aqueous solutions of ammonium heptamolybdate. Rehydration of these oxides in the presence of sodium or potassium molybdate yielded a rehydrated LDH phase as the only crystalline product. The LTM products obtained by the rehydration of MMO precursors were compared with LTMs prepared by direct precipitation from the metal salts in order to study the influence of preparative route on their chemical and physical properties. Differences were noted in the composition, morphology and thermal properties of the resulting products.

  8. An investigation of the Fe and Mo oxidation states in Sr[subscript 2]Fe[subscript 2]Mo[subscript x]O[subscript 6] (0.25 [less than] x [less than] 1.0) double perovskites by X-ray absorption spectroscopy

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    Hayes, John R.; Grosvenor, Andrew P.

    2012-10-25

    Sr{sub 2}FeMoO{sub 6} double perovskite systems are widely studied because of their interesting and technologically relevant physical properties. Sr{sub 2}FeMoO{sub 6} is just a single composition in the Sr{sub 2}Fe{sub 2-x}Mo{sub x}O{sub 6} solid-solution, and it is important to understand how the composition impacts the transition-metal valence states. Variations in the lattice parameters of these materials were studied using powder X-ray diffraction and it was found that a large change in the lattice constant occurs between Sr{sub 2}Fe{sub 1.50}Mo{sub 0.50}O{sub 6} and Sr{sub 2}Fe{sub 1.35}Mo{sub 0.65}O{sub 6} that likely coincides with a transition from a cubic to a tetragonal unit cell, in agreement with previous studies. Fe K- and Mo K-edge X-ray absorption near-edge spectra were also collected to investigate how the oxidation state and coordination environment change with composition. When the Mo content is low, Fe adopts a 3+ oxidation state and Mo adopts a 6+ oxidation state. As the Mo content is increased, the Fe and Mo cations are both partially reduced, resulting in a mixture of Fe{sup 3+} and Fe{sup 2+} and Mo{sup 5+} and Mo{sup 6+}. The reduction of the metal centers apparently drives the change in unit cell. The influence of preparation method on the oxidation states of Fe and Mo was also investigated by annealing the materials under vacuum. The results reported here show that the oxidation states of Fe and Mo are strongly impacted by both composition and preparation method, which may account for the wide variety of oxidation state and magnetic properties that have been reported previously.

  9. Nanocrystalline transition metal ferrites: Synthesis, characterization and surface functionalization

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    Caruntu, Daniela

    In this thesis, a new synthetic methodology for the high yield synthesis of spinel-type transition metal ferrite nanoparticles has been developed. This approach is based on the complexation of the first-row transition metal cations with diethylene glycol (DEG) followed by the hydrolysis of the resulting chelate iron alkoxide complexes in the presence of an alkaline hydroxide. Due to the passivation of their surfaces with DEG molecules, the as-prepared nanoparticles are stable against agglomeration and can be easily dispersed in polar protic solvents (water, alcohols, etc.). Alternatively, a postsynthesis passivation with carboxylate ions can render the iron oxide nanocrystals highly dispersible in non-polar solvents. Optimization of the reaction conditions suggested that the size of the nanocrystals could be controlled by changing the complexing strength of the reaction medium. This hypothesis was verified in the case of the Fe3O4 nanoparticles: their sizes vary from 5.7 nm when the reaction is performed in neat diethylene glycol to 16.8 nm in N-methyl diethanolamine (NMDEA), whereas a 1:1 (%wt) mixture of these solvents yields nanocrystals with an average size of and 12.7 nm. A detailed characterization by using a wide variety of techniques, including powder X-Ray diffraction, IR spectroscopy, thermogravimetric analysis (TGA), transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and 1H-NMR spectrometry was performed in order to elucidate the composition and the morphology of the variable-sized iron oxide nanoparticles. Both finite size and interparticle interaction effects were identified to influence the magnetic behavior of the oleate-capped nanosized particles. At low temperatures the Fe3O 4 nanocrystals exhibit a ferromagnetic behavior with blocking temperatures which increase with the average particle size, whereas at room temperature, except for the largest nanoparticles, they undergo a superparamagnetic relaxation. We exploited the high surface reactivity of the 10 nm Fe3O 4 nanoparticles to attach 2-3 nm gold grains to their surfaces through a simple, two-step chemically controlled procedure. By chemically bonding bioactive molecules to the attached Au nanoparticles these novel nanoarchitectures open up new opportunities for the implementation of the magnetic nanoparticles as a platform for various applications in the biomedical field.

  10. Direct phosphonation of quinoxalin-2(1H)-ones under transition-metal-free conditions.

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    Gao, Ming; Li, Yi; Xie, Lijuan; Chauvin, Remi; Cui, Xiuling

    2016-02-01

    A direct C-H bond phosphonation of quinoxalin-2(1H)-ones with H-phosphonates, H-phosphinates or H-phosphine oxides has been developed. A wide variety of heteroaryl phosphonates were obtained in up to 92% yield for 20 examples under transition-metal-free conditions. This protocol tolerates a broad scope of substrates and features practicality, high efficiency, environmental friendliness and atom economy. PMID:26779573

  11. Structures of ordered tungsten- or molybdenum-containing quaternary perovskite oxides

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    Day, Bradley E.; Bley, Nicholas D.; Jones, Heather R.; McCullough, Ryan M.; Eng, Hank W.; Porter, Spencer H.; Woodward, Patrick M.; Barnes, Paris W.

    2012-01-01

    The room temperature crystal structures of six A2MMoO6 and A2MWO6 ordered double perovskites were determined from X-ray and neutron powder diffraction data. Ba2MgWO6 and Ba2CaMoO6 both adopt cubic symmetry (space group Fm3m, tilt system a0a0a0). Ba2CaWO6 has nearly the same tolerance factor (t=0.972) as Ba2CaMoO6 (t=0.974), yet it surprisingly crystallizes with I4/m symmetry indicative of out-of-phase rotations of the MO6 octahedra about the c-axis (a0a0c-). Sr2ZnMoO6 (t=0.979) also adopts I4/m symmetry; whereas, Sr2ZnWO6 (t=0.976) crystallizes with monoclinic symmetry (P21/n) with out-of-phase octahedral tilting distortions about the a- and b-axes, and in-phase tilting about the c-axis (a-a-c+). Ca2CaWO6 (t=0.867) also has P21/n symmetry with large tilting distortions about all three crystallographic axes and distorted CaO6 octahedra. Analysis of 93 double perovskites and their crystal structures showed that while the type and magnitude of the octahedral tilting distortions are controlled primarily by the tolerance factor, the identity of the A-cation acts as the secondary structure directing factor. When A=Ba2+ the boundary between cubic and tetragonal symmetries falls near t=0.97, whereas when A=Sr2+ this boundary falls somewhere between t=1.018 and t=0.992.

  12. An efficient fluctuating charge model for transition metal complexes.

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    Comba, Peter; Martin, Bodo; Sanyal, Avik

    2013-07-01

    A fluctuating charge model for transition metal complexes, based on the Hirshfeld partitioning scheme, spectroscopic energy data from the NIST Atomic Spectroscopy Database and the electronegativity equalization approach, has been developed and parameterized for organic ligands and their high- and low-spin Fe(II) and Fe(III), low-spin Co(III) and Cu(II) complexes, using atom types defined in the Momec force field. Based on large training sets comprising a variety of transition metal complexes, a general parameter set has been developed and independently validated which allows the efficient computation of geometry-dependent charge distributions in the field of transition metal coordination compounds. PMID:23609168

  13. Nutritional immunity: transition metals at the pathogen-host interface

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    Hood, M. Indriati; Skaar, Eric P.

    2013-01-01

    Transition metals occupy an essential niche in biological systems. Their electrostatic properties stabilize substrates or reaction intermediates in the active sites of enzymes, while their heightened reactivity is harnessed for catalysis. However, the latter property renders transition metals toxic at high concentrations. Bacteria, like all living organisms, must regulate the levels of these elements to satisfy their physiological needs while avoiding harm. It is therefore not surprising that the host capitalizes on both the essentiality and toxicity of transition metals to defend against bacterial invaders. This review will discuss established and emerging paradigms in nutrient metal homeostasis at the pathogen-host interface. PMID:22796883

  14. Phase stabilisation of hexagonal barium titanate doped with transition metals: A computational study

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    Dawson, J.A.; Freeman, C.L.; Harding, J.H.; Sinclair, D.C.

    2013-04-15

    Interatomic potentials recently developed for the modelling of BaTiO{sub 3} have been used to explore the stabilisation of the hexagonal polymorph of BaTiO{sub 3} by doping with transition metals (namely Mn, Co, Fe and Ni) at the Ti-site. Classical simulations have been completed on both the cubic and hexagonal polymorphs to investigate the energetic consequences of transition metal doping on each polymorph. Ti-site charge compensation mechanisms have been used for the multi-valent transition metal ions and cluster binding energies have been considered. Simulations show a significant energetic gain when doping occurs at Ti sites in the face sharing dimers (Ti{sub 2} sites) of the hexagonal polymorph compared with the doping of the cubic polymorph. This energetic difference between the two polymorphs is true for all transition metals tested and all charge states and in the case of tri- and tetra-valent dopants negative solution energies are found for the hexagonal polymorph suggesting actual polymorph stabilisation occurs with the incorporation of these ions as observed experimentally. Oxidation during incorporation of Ni{sup 2+} and Fe{sup 3+} ions has also been considered. - Graphical abstract: The representation of the strongest binding energy clusters for tri-valent dopants(a) Ti{sub 2}/O{sub 1} cluster and (b) Ti{sub 2}/O{sub 2} cluster. Highlights: ? Classical simulations show a significant energetic gain when doping occurs at Ti sites in the face sharing dimers (Ti2 sites) of the hexagonal polymorph compared with the doping of the cubic polymorph. ? This energetic difference between the two polymorphs is true for all transition metals tested and all charge states. ? In the case of tri- and tetra- valent dopants negative solution energies are found for the hexagonal polymorph suggesting actual polymorph stabilisation occurs with the incorporation of these ions.

  15. Polaronic Transport in Phosphate Glasses Containing Transition Metal Ions

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    Henderson, Mark

    The goal of this dissertation is to characterize the basic transport properties of phosphate glasses containing various amounts of TIs and to identify and explain any electronic phase transitions which may occur. The P2 O5-V2O5-WO3 (PVW) glass system will be analyzed to find the effect of TI concentration on conduction. In addition, the effect of the relative concentrations of network forming ions (SiO2 and P2O5) on transport will be studied in the P2O5-SiO2-Fe2O 3 (PSF) system. Also presented is a numerical study on a tight-binding model adapted for the purposes of modelling Gaussian traps, mimicking TI's, which are arranged in an extended network. The results of this project will contribute to the development of fundamental theories on the electronic transport in glasses containing mixtures of transition oxides as well as those containing multiple network formers without discernible phase separation. The present study on the PVW follows up on previous investigation into the effect on mixed transition ions in oxide glasses. Past research has focused on glasses containing transition metal ions from the 3d row. The inclusion of tungsten, a 5d transition metal, adds a layer of complexity through the mismatch of the energies of the orbitals contributing to localized states. The data have indicated that a transition reminiscent of a metal-insulator transition (MIT) occurs in this system as the concentration of tungsten increases. As opposed to some other MIT-like transitions found in phosphate glass systems, there seems to be no polaron to bipolaron conversion. Instead, the individual localization parameter for tungsten noticeably decreases dramatically at the transition point as well as the adiabaticity. Another distinctive feature of this project is the study of the PSF system, which contains two true network formers, phosphorous pentoxide (P2O 5) and silicon dioxide (SiO2). It is not usually possible to do a reliable investigation of the conduction properties of such glasses because the two network formers will tend to separate into different phases, making it difficult to obtain homogenous samples. The PSF system proved easier to study than other systems. The hopping in this system seems to be dominated by the Greaves mid-range mechanism. In addition, in samples containing the same proportion of iron, conductivities were found to not depend noticeably on composition, supporting the use of models focusing on the transition metal ions