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Sample records for perovskite transition-metal oxides

  1. Transition-metal-based perovskite oxides for enhanced thermopower

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    Kolesnik, Stanislaw; Dabrowski, Bogdan; Wojciechowski, Krzysztof; Swierczek, Konrad

    2012-02-01

    Due to the enhancement of thermopower by spin and orbital degrees of freedom, transition-metal-based perovskite oxides are good candidates for stable and nontoxic materials with a large thermoelectric figure of merit ZT. We have investigated the most promising Mn-, Co- and Ti-based perovskite oxides. Electron doping of SrMnO3 materials on either Mn or Sr sites induces a rapid decrease in both electrical resistivity and thermopower with the doping level due to the introduction of itinerant charge carriers. The thermopower of electron-doped SrTiO3 materials satisfy the basic Heikes description, however, no additional enhancement is observed. The hole-doped RCoO3 perovskites exhibit limited solubility of alkaline earth's for small rare earth ion sizes. The dependence of thermopower on charge doping and temperature appears to follow the extended Heikes formulation only at low doping and below 300 K, which indicates that Co^3+ and Co^4+ exist in several spin states beyond that range. Among all investigated compounds the largest ZT˜0.3 values were observed for 3-8% Nb-substituted SrTiO3 materials at about 700 K. Supported by the U.S. DOE-BES DE-AC02-06CH11357.

  2. 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.

  3. Transition Metal-Oxide Free Perovskite Solar Cells Enabled by a New Organic Charge Transport Layer.

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    Chang, Sehoon; Han, Ggoch Ddeul; Weis, Jonathan G; Park, Hyoungwon; Hentz, Olivia; Zhao, Zhibo; Swager, Timothy M; Gradečak, Silvija

    2016-04-01

    Various electron and hole transport layers have been used to develop high-efficiency perovskite solar cells. To achieve low-temperature solution processing of perovskite solar cells, organic n-type materials are employed to replace the metal oxide electron transport layer (ETL). Although PCBM (phenyl-C61-butyric acid methyl ester) has been widely used for this application, its morphological instability in films (i.e., aggregation) is detrimental. Herein, we demonstrate the synthesis of a new fullerene derivative (isobenzofulvene-C60-epoxide, IBF-Ep) that serves as an electron transporting material for methylammonium mixed lead halide-based perovskite (CH3NH3PbI3-xClx) solar cells, both in the normal and inverted device configurations. We demonstrate that IBF-Ep has superior morphological stability compared to the conventional acceptor, PCBM. IBF-Ep provides higher photovoltaic device performance as compared to PCBM (6.9% vs 2.5% in the normal and 9.0% vs 5.3% in the inverted device configuration). Moreover, IBF-Ep devices show superior tolerance to high humidity (90%) in air. By reaching power conversion efficiencies up to 9.0% for the inverted devices with IBF-Ep as the ETL, we demonstrate the potential of this new material as an alternative to metal oxides for perovskite solar cells processed in air. PMID:26947400

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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

  7. Electronic structure of perovskite-type transition metal oxides LaMO3 (M=TĩCu) by U+GW approximation

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    Nohara, Yoshiro; Yamamoto, Susumu; Fujiwara, Takeo

    2009-05-01

    We investigate electronic structures of LaMO3 (M=TĩCu) systematically by means of U+GW approximation. In these strongly correlated systems, it is important to treat large on-site Coulomb interactions and their dynamical screening effects. Transition-metal ions in perovskite-type lanthanum oxides are trivalent and their physics is qualitatively different from that of divalent transition-metal ions in transition-metal mono-oxides. The localization of wave functions of La4f and 3d orbitals of Ti, V, and Co is crucial. On the other hand, the screening effect for other transition-metal 3d orbitals is strong enough so as to reduce the on-site static-screened Coulomb interaction in trivalent oxides. The band gaps, the magnetic moments, and energy spectra are discussed in comparison with the experimentally observed results. Calculated energy spectra of LaMO3 (M=ṼCu) are in good agreement with experimental results.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  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. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. Dynamics and Control in Complex Transition Metal Oxides

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    Zhang, J.; Averitt, R. D.

    2014-07-01

    Advances in the synthesis, growth, and characterization of complex transition metal oxides coupled with new experimental techniques in ultrafast optical spectroscopy have ushered in an exciting era of dynamics and control in these materials. Experiments utilizing femtosecond optical pulses can initiate and probe dynamics of the spin, lattice, orbital, and charge degrees of freedom. Major goals include (a) determining how interaction and competition between the relevant degrees of freedom determine macroscopic functionality in transition metal oxides (TMOs) and (b) searching for hidden phases in TMOs by controlling dynamic trajectories in a complex and pliable energy landscape. Advances in creating intense pulses from the far-IR spectrum through the visible spectrum enable mode-selective excitation to facilitate exploration of these possibilities. This review covers recent developments in this emerging field and presents examples that include the cuprates, manganites, and vanadates.

  17. 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.

  18. 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.

  19. 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

  20. 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.

  1. Low temperature synthesis of transition metal oxides containing surfactant ions

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    Janauer, Gerald Gilbert

    1998-11-01

    Recently there has been much interest in reacting vanadium oxides hydrothermally with cationic surfactants to form novel layered compounds. A series of new transition metal oxides, however, has also been formed at or near room temperature in open containers. Synthesis, characterization, and proposed mechanisms of formation are the focus of this work. Low temperature reactions of vanadium pentoxide and ammonium transition metallates with long chain amine surfactants, such as dodecyltrimethylammonium bromide yielded interesting new products many of which are layered phases. DTAsb4\\ Hsb2Vsb{10}Osb{28}. 8Hsb2O, a layered highly crystalline phase, is the first such phase for which a single crystal X-ray structure has been determined. The unit cell for this material was found to be triclinic with space group P1-, cell parameters a=9.8945(3)A, b=11.5962(1)A, c=21.9238(2)A, alpha=95.153(2)sp°,\\ beta=93.778(1)sp°, and gamma=101.360(1)sp°. Additionally, a novel tungsten, a molybdenum and a dichromate phase will be discussed. Both the tungsten and the dichromate materials were indexed from their powder diffraction patterns yielding monoclinic unit cells. The tungsten material was found to have a=50.56(4)A, b=54.41(4)A, c=13.12(1)A, and beta=99.21sp°. The dichromate compound was determined to have a=26.757(5)A, b=10.458(2)A, c=14.829(3)A and beta=98.01(1)sp°. Interlayer spacings for the lamellar dichromate and molybdenum phases were d001 = 28.7 A, and d001 = 22.9 A. The synthesis, characterization, composition, and structure of these transition metal oxide-surfactant materials will be discussed.

  2. Ionically-mediated electromechanical hysteresis in transition metal oxides

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    Kim, Yunseok; Kumar, Amit; Jesse, Stephen; Kalinin, Sergei V

    2012-01-01

    Electromechanical activity, remanent polarization states, and hysteresis loops in paraelectric TiO2 and SrTiO3 are observed. The coupling between the ionic dynamics and incipient ferroelectricity in these materials is analyzed using extended Ginsburg Landau Devonshire (GLD) theory. The possible origins of electromechanical coupling including ionic dynamics, surface-charge induced electrostriction, and ionically-induced ferroelectricity are identified. For the latter, the ionic contribution can change the sign of first order GLD expansion coefficient, rendering material effectively ferroelectric. These studies provide possible explanation for ferroelectric-like behavior in centrosymmetric transition metal oxides.

  3. Electrocatalysis using transition metal carbide and oxide nanocrystals

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    Regmi, Yagya N.

    Carbides are one of the several families of transition metal compounds that are considered economic alternatives to catalysts based on noble metals and their compounds. Phase pure transition metal carbides of group 4-6 metals, in the first three periods, were synthesized using a common eutectic salt flux synthesis method, and their electrocatalytic activities compared under uniform electrochemical conditions. Mo2C showed highest hydrogen evolution reaction (HER) and oxygen reduction reaction (ORR) activities among the nine metal carbides investigated, but all other metal carbides also showed substantial activities. All the metal carbides showed remarkable enhancement in catalytic activities as supports, when compared to traditional graphitic carbon as platinum support. Mo2C, the most active transition metal carbide electrocatalyst, was prepared using four different synthesis routes, and the synthesis route dependent activities compared. Bifunctional Mo 2C that is HER as well as oxygen evolution reaction (OER) active, was achieved when the carbide was templated on a multiwalled carbon nanotube using carbothermic reduction method. Bimetallic carbides of Fe, Co, and Ni with Mo or W were prepared using a common carbothermic reduction method. Two different stoichiometries of bimetallic carbides were obtained for each system within a 60 °C temperature window. While the bimetallic carbides showed relatively lower electrocatalytic activities towards HER and ORR in comparison to Mo2C and WC, they revealed remarkably higher OER activities than IrO2 and RuO2, the state-of-the-art OER catalysts. Bimetallic oxides of Fe, Co, and Ni with Mo and W were also prepared using a hydrothermal synthesis method and they also revealed OER activities that are much higher than RuO2 and IrO2. Additionally, the OER activities were dependent on the degree and nature of hydration in the bimetallic oxide crystal lattice, with the completely hydrated, as synthesized, cobalt molybdate and nickel molybdate showing the highest OER activities.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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

  7. Transition Metal Oxide Alloys as Potential Solar Energy Conversion Materials

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    Toroker, Maytal; Carter, Emily A.

    2013-02-21

    First-row transition metal oxides (TMOs) are inexpensive potentia alternative materials for solar energy conversion devices. However, some TMOs, such as manganese(II) oxide, have band gaps that are too large for efficiently absorbing solar energy. Other TMOs, such as iron(II) oxide, have conduction and valence band edges with the same orbital character that may lead to unfavorably high electron–hole recombination rates. Another limitation of iron(II) oxide is that the calculated valence band edge is not positioned well for oxidizing water. We predict that key properties, including band gaps, band edge positions, and possibly electron–hole recombination rates, may be improved by alloying TMOs that have different band alignments. A new metric, the band gap center offset, is introduced for simple screening of potential parent materials. The concept is illustrated by calculating the electronic structure of binary oxide alloys that contain manganese, nickel, iron, zinc, and/or magnesium, within density functional theory (DFT)+U and hybrid DFT theories. We conclude that alloys of iron(II) oxide are worth evaluating further as solar energy conversion materials.

  8. 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.

  9. 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

  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 (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.

  11. 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.

  12. Ionically-mediated electromechanical hysteresis in transition metal oxides.

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    Kim, Yunseok; Morozovska, Anna N; Kumar, Amit; Jesse, Stephen; Eliseev, Eugene A; Alibart, Fabien; Strukov, Dmitri; Kalinin, Sergei V

    2012-08-28

    Nanoscale electromechanical activity, remanent polarization states, and hysteresis loops in paraelectric TiO(2) and SrTiO(3) thin films are observed using scanning probe microscopy. The coupling between the ionic dynamics and incipient ferroelectricity in these materials is analyzed using extended Landau-Ginzburg-Devonshire (LGD) theory. The possible origins of electromechanical coupling including ionic dynamics, surface-charge induced electrostriction, and ionically induced ferroelectricity are identified. For the latter, the ionic contribution can change the sign of first order LGD expansion coefficient, rendering material effectively ferroelectric. The lifetime of these ionically induced ferroelectric states is then controlled by the transport time of the mobile ionic species and well above that of polarization switching. These studies provide possible explanation for ferroelectric-like behavior in centrosymmetric transition metal oxides. PMID:22845698

  13. 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 CoOx, NiOx, MnOx, ZnOx and FeOx, with specific surface areas much larger than nanotubes or nanoparticles of corresponding materials. An example of the potential energy storage applications of CoOx HNTs as supercapacitors is also demonstrated. PMID:26629880

  14. Transition metal oxide nanowires synthesized by heating metal substrates

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    Yan, Hui; Sun, Yi; He, Lin; Nie, Jia-Cai

    2011-11-15

    Highlights: {center_dot} This paper describes a simple and general method to synthesize 3d metal oxide nanowires. {center_dot} Self-catalysis growth mechanism was proposed to explain the growth of the nanowires. {center_dot} The temperature range for the growth of nanowires was estimated by taking into account the Gibbs free energy of reaction. {center_dot} This synthesis approach could be applied to synthesize other one-dimensional structures, such as FeSe and Bi{sub 2}Te{sub 3} nanowires. -- Abstract: Here we reported a simple method to synthesize transition metal oxide nanowires. Copper oxide (CuO), zinc oxide (ZnO), and cobalt oxide (Co{sub 3}O{sub 4}) nanowires were synthesized by heating the copper, zinc, and cobalt substrates under atmosphere condition. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM) were used to analyze the morphology and microstructure of the nanowires. According to our experimental results, self-catalysis growth mechanism was proposed to explain the growth of the nanowires. The temperature window for the growth of nanowires was estimated by taking into account the Gibbs free energy of reaction. The synthesis approach observed in our experiment could be applied to synthesize other one-dimensional structures, such as FeSe and Bi{sub 2}Te{sub 3} nanowires.

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

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    Bogdanov, Nikolay A.; Katukuri, Vamshi M.; Romhányi, Judit; Yushankhai, Viktor; Kataev, Vladislav; Büchner, 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.

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

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    Bogdanov, Nikolay A.; Katukuri, Vamshi M.; Romhányi, Judit; Yushankhai, Viktor; Kataev, Vladislav; Büchner, 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

  17. 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.

  18. 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.

  19. Theoretical study of first-row transition metal oxide cations

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    Nakao, Yoshihide; Hirao, Kimihiko; Taketsugu, Tetsuya

    2001-05-01

    The equilibrium geometries, dissociation energies, and electronic structures of the ground and low-lying excited states for the first-row transition metal oxide cations, MO+ (M=Sc to Zn), have been studied using the multireference singles and doubles configuration interaction (MR-SDCI) and the multireference second-order Møller-Plesset methods. To investigate the applicability of the density functional theory (DFT) to an electronic structure system with a multiconfigurational character, the Becke exchange functional with the Lee-Yang-Parr correlation functional, the Becke exchange functional with the one-parameter progressive correlation functional (BOP), and the Becke three-parameter hybrid exchange functional with the Lee-Yang-Parr correlation functional (B3LYP) methods have also been applied. The DFT predicts the ground state M-O bond lengths in good agreement with the multireference-based methods except for MnO+ and CuO+, which have a multiconfigurational electronic structure. With respect to the dissociation energies, the B3LYP results are in good agreement with the multireference-based methods, while the DFT with pure functionals overestimates the energetics by about 20 kcal/mol compared to the MR-SDCI method.

  20. 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.

  1. 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.

  2. Transition metals

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    Rodrigo-Moreno, Ana; Poschenrieder, Charlotte; Shabala, Sergey

    2013-01-01

    Transition metals such as Iron (Fe) and Copper (Cu) are essential for plant cell development. At the same time, due their capability to generate hydroxyl radicals they can be potentially toxic to plant metabolism. Recent works on hydroxyl-radical activation of ion transporters suggest that hydroxyl radicals generated by transition metals could play an important role in plant growth and adaptation to imbalanced environments. In this mini-review, the relation between transition metals uptake and utilization and oxidative stress-activated ion transport in plant cells is analyzed, and a new model depicting both apoplastic and cytosolic mode of ROS signaling to plasma membrane transporters is suggested. PMID:23333964

  3. 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.

  4. 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

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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

  9. 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.

  10. Bonding Constraints,Elasticity and Electronic Heterogeneity in Transition Metal Oxides*

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    Bishop, Alan

    2004-03-01

    We describe a multiscale "systems" scenario for doped transition metal oxides and related "strongly correlated" electronic materials, in which local polarizable "hotspots" (pairing centers, polarons, charge-transfer centers, etc.) induce elastic strains, which self-consistently drive self-assembly and coherent responses - macroscopically but heterogeneously. The elastic fields are a result of the highly-directional, local bonding "compatibility" constraints, and provide structural templates which couple strongly to electronic wave-functions because of (oxygen) polarizabilities and (metal-oxygen) charge-transfers. This leads to intrinsic "landscapes" of heterogeneous ground and metastable states (and associated multiscale dynamics), which are globally sensitive to local perturbations. Heterogeneity at atomic scales (e.g. filamentary/clump charge/spin localization and perovskite unit cell distortions) are intimately coupled, in multiscale systems, to mesoscale structural textures (twinning, tweed, etc). We describe selected signatures of heterogeneous textures in spin, charge and lattice degrees-of-freedom. We emphasize the importance of soft filamentary phases as the typical consequences of coexisiting anistropic short- and long-range fields and suggest generalizations to other hard, soft and biological matter. We speculate on the role of strain fields in controlling pseudogroups, correlated percolation, soft mesoscopic dynamics, filamentary dielectric breakdown and proximity effects, and effective pairing symmetry. 1)Intrinsic multiscale structure and dynamics in complex electronic oxides, eds. A. Bishop, S. Shenoy, S. Sridhar (World Scientific 2003); 2) A. Bishop et al, Euro. Phys. Lett. 63, 289 (2003); 3) J-X Zhu et al, Phys. Rev. Lett. 91, 057004; 4) J. C. Phillips et al, Rep. Prog. Phys. 66, 2111 (2003). *This work was performed in collaboration with K. Ahn, T. Lookman, A. Saxena, S. Shenoy, J-X Zhu, and work at Los Alamos was supported by the USDOE Office of Basic Energy Sciences-Division of Materials

  11. 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.

  12. 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...

  13. In Situ Electrochemical Oxidation Tuning of Transition Metal Disulfides to Oxides for Enhanced Water Oxidation

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    2015-01-01

    The development of catalysts with earth-abundant elements for efficient oxygen evolution reactions is of paramount significance for clean and sustainable energy storage and conversion devices. Our group demonstrated recently that the electrochemical tuning of catalysts via lithium insertion and extraction has emerged as a powerful approach to improve catalytic activity. Here we report a novel in situ electrochemical oxidation tuning approach to develop a series of binary, ternary, and quaternary transition metal (e.g., Co, Ni, Fe) oxides from their corresponding sulfides as highly active catalysts for much enhanced water oxidation. The electrochemically tuned cobalt–nickel–iron oxides grown directly on the three-dimensional carbon fiber electrodes exhibit a low overpotential of 232 mV at current density of 10 mA cm–2, small Tafel slope of 37.6 mV dec–1, and exceptional long-term stability of electrolysis for over 100 h in 1 M KOH alkaline medium, superior to most non-noble oxygen evolution catalysts reported so far. The materials evolution associated with the electrochemical oxidation tuning is systematically investigated by various characterizations, manifesting that the improved activities are attributed to the significant grain size reduction and increase of surface area and electroactive sites. This work provides a promising strategy to develop electrocatalysts for large-scale water-splitting systems and many other applications. PMID:27162978

  14. 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.

  15. NEXAFS investigations of transition metal oxides, nitrides, carbides, sulfides and other interstitial compounds

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    Chen, J. G.

    Owing to their unique physical and chemical properties, transition metal compounds, especially transition metal oxides, nitrides, carbides and sulfides, have been the subject of many surface science investigations. In this article we will review applications of the near-edge X-ray absorption fine structure (NEXAFS) technique in the investigations of electronic and structural properties of transition metal compounds. This review covers NEXAFS studies of compounds in various physical forms, including bulk single crystals, well-characterized overlayers on surfaces of corresponding parent metals, and amorphous powder materials. In addition to transition metal oxides, nitrides, carbides and sulfides, we will also briefly discuss NEXAFS studies of interstitial compounds containing other 2p and 3p non-metal components, namely boron, fluorine, silicon, phosphorus and chlorine. We will discuss the correlation between experimental NEXAFS spectra and the local bonding environment of these compounds, such as the number of d-electrons, spin configurations, ligand-field splitting, coordination numbers, local symmetries, and crystal structures. In addition, NEXAFS investigations of the adsorption and reaction of probing molecules will also be discussed to reveal the underlying chemical reactivities of these materials. We will use many examples to demonstrate the importance of NEXAFS studies in the overall understanding of the physical and chemical properties of transition metal compounds. Finally, we will conclude this review by summarizing the current applications, as well as potential research opportunities, of NEXAFS in several technologically important research areas, including materials science, catalysis, biological science, earth science and environmental science.

  16. Restructuring transition metal oxide nanorods for 100% selectivity in reduction of nitric oxide with carbon monoxide.

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    Zhang, Shiran; Shan, Junjun; Zhu, Yuan; Nguyen, Luan; Huang, Weixin; Yoshida, Hideto; Takeda, Seiji; Tao, Franklin Feng

    2013-07-10

    Transition metal oxide is one of the main categories of heterogeneous catalysts. They exhibit multiple phases and oxidation states. Typically, they are prepared and/or synthesized in solution or by vapor deposition. Here we report that a controlled reaction, in a gaseous environment, after synthesis can restructure the as-synthesized transition metal oxide nanorods into a new catalytic phase. Co3O4 nanorods with a preferentially exposed (110) surface can be restructured into nonstoichiometric CoO1-x nanorods. Structure and surface chemistry during the process were tracked with ambient pressure X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (AP-XPS) and environmental transmission electron microscopy (E-TEM). The restructured nanorods are highly active in reducing NO with CO, with 100% selectivity for the formation of N2 in temperatures of 250-520 °C. AP-XPS and E-TEM studies revealed the nonstoichiometric CoO1-x nanorods with a rock-salt structure as the active phase responsible for the 100% selectivity. This study suggests a route to generate new oxide catalysts. PMID:23731229

  17. 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

  18. 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.

  19. 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.

  20. 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.

  1. 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.

  2. Transition-Metal Doped Ceria Microspheres with Nanoporous Structures for CO Oxidation

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    Zhou, Lin; Li, Xiaoxiao; Yao, Ze; Chen, Zhuwen; Hong, Mei; Zhu, Rongshu; Liang, Yongye; Zhao, Jing

    2016-01-01

    Catalytic oxidation of carbon monoxide (CO) is of great importance in many different fields of industry. Until now it still remains challenging to use non-noble metal based catalysts to oxidize CO at low temperature. Herein, we report a new class of nanoporous, uniform, and transition metal-doped cerium (IV) oxide (ceria, CeO2) microsphere for CO oxidation catalysis. The porous and uniform microsphere is generated by sacrificed polymer template. Transition-metals, like Cu, Co, Ni, Mn and Fe, were doped into CeO2 microspheres. The combination of hierarchical structure and metal doping afford superior catalytic activities of the doped ceria microspheres, which could pave a new way to advanced non-precious metal based catalysts for CO oxidation. PMID:27030159

  3. Transition-Metal Doped Ceria Microspheres with Nanoporous Structures for CO Oxidation.

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    Zhou, Lin; Li, Xiaoxiao; Yao, Ze; Chen, Zhuwen; Hong, Mei; Zhu, Rongshu; Liang, Yongye; Zhao, Jing

    2016-01-01

    Catalytic oxidation of carbon monoxide (CO) is of great importance in many different fields of industry. Until now it still remains challenging to use non-noble metal based catalysts to oxidize CO at low temperature. Herein, we report a new class of nanoporous, uniform, and transition metal-doped cerium (IV) oxide (ceria, CeO2) microsphere for CO oxidation catalysis. The porous and uniform microsphere is generated by sacrificed polymer template. Transition-metals, like Cu, Co, Ni, Mn and Fe, were doped into CeO2 microspheres. The combination of hierarchical structure and metal doping afford superior catalytic activities of the doped ceria microspheres, which could pave a new way to advanced non-precious metal based catalysts for CO oxidation. PMID:27030159

  4. Transition-Metal Doped Ceria Microspheres with Nanoporous Structures for CO Oxidation

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    Zhou, Lin; Li, Xiaoxiao; Yao, Ze; Chen, Zhuwen; Hong, Mei; Zhu, Rongshu; Liang, Yongye; Zhao, Jing

    2016-03-01

    Catalytic oxidation of carbon monoxide (CO) is of great importance in many different fields of industry. Until now it still remains challenging to use non-noble metal based catalysts to oxidize CO at low temperature. Herein, we report a new class of nanoporous, uniform, and transition metal-doped cerium (IV) oxide (ceria, CeO2) microsphere for CO oxidation catalysis. The porous and uniform microsphere is generated by sacrificed polymer template. Transition-metals, like Cu, Co, Ni, Mn and Fe, were doped into CeO2 microspheres. The combination of hierarchical structure and metal doping afford superior catalytic activities of the doped ceria microspheres, which could pave a new way to advanced non-precious metal based catalysts for CO oxidation.

  5. Spectroscopic Studies of Diatomic Transition Metal Oxides and Fluorides.

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    McCord, John Edward

    Wavelength selected fluorescence excitation spectroscopy (WSFES) techniques and ligand field theory (LFT) calculations have been applied to the following transition metal diatomics: CeO, UO, LaF, YF, ScF, HfO, TiO, and ZrO. All of the rotational spectra recorded for these molecules were at a resolution of 0.03 cm^{-1}, and, with few exceptions, Omega assignments for electronic states were unambiguously determined from observations of the first lines in at least two rotational branches. Accurate term energies and rotational constants are reported. Thirty one electronic transitions of CeO were recorded, and all of the sixteen states that correlate with rm Ce^{2+}(4f6s)O^ {2-} were characterized. The results are in good accord with a ligand field theory model of the low-lying states. New assignments were established for four previously observed transitions, and spectra for three new excited states were analyzed. LFT calculations have been used in an attempt to provide configurational assignments for the excited states (including those from previous studies). Twenty two states are tentatively assigned to the rm Ce^{2+}(4f6p)O ^{2-} configuration. Twelve others are tentatively assigned to rm Ce^ {2+}(4f5d)O^{2-}.. Rotation-electronic interactions between states of the 4f6s configuration of CeO, mediated by the operator {-}B(R)( J^+ cdot J_sp{a}{-}+ J^-cdot J_sp{a} {+}), have been calculated. Second-order perturbation theory was used to account for the effect of heterogeneous interactions on the rotation constants within a single configuration. Thirty-three electronic transitions of UO were analyzed, and nine low-lying electronic states that correlated with either rm U^{2+}(5f ^37s)O^{2-} or rm U^{2+}(5f^27s^2)O ^{2-} were characterized. Ligand field theory calculations were also used in an attempt to provide configurational assignments for the excited states of UO and ThO. Experimentally derived values for Delta B_sp{0} {0}(nl/n^' l^') parameters were used to predict the electronic structures of UO and UO^+.. Eight electronic transitions of LaF and nine transitions of YF were studied. LFT calculations (and in the case of LaF, hyperfine constants) were used to suggest electronic configurational assignments for the excited states of these molecules. WSFE spectra of the 0-0 and 1-1 bands of the ScF F^1Phi-A^1 Delta transition were observed, and perturbations in the F^1Phi state, caused by interactions with the h^3Pi_2 state, were analyzed. Using a method based on Franck-Condon factors, the vibrational numbering in the perturbing h^3Pi_2 state was estimated. The 5698 A band of HfO has been re examined. The wavelength-resolved fluorescence excitation technique was used to record the (2,0) band of the C ^3Delta_3-a^1 Delta transition, and the (2,3) and (2,4) bands of the C^3Delta_3 -X^3Delta_3 electronic transition of TiO. The (0,0) bands of the satellite e^3 Pi_1-a^3Delta _1 and e^3Pi_2 -a^3Delta_2 transitions of ZrO were investigated, and these data were combined with previous high resolution analyses of the ZrO beta-system and with the analysis of the intercombination e^3Pi_1 -X^1Sigma ^+ transition to obtain accurate term energies for the triplet states of ^{90 }Zr^{16}O. (Abstract shortened by UMI.).

  6. Antioxidant-accelerated oxidative degradation: a case study of transition metal ion catalyzed oxidation in formulation.

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    Hong, Jinyang; Lee, Eva; Carter, Joi C; Masse, Jeff A; Oksanen, Darlene A

    2004-01-01

    Oxidation presents a constant challenge for formulation scientists trying to develop stable dosage forms. Antioxidants are commonly used in formulation to alleviate the oxidation problem but they do not always achieve the desired results. In this study, a case of antioxidant-accelerated oxidation degradation in formulation is reported. The oxidation mechanism of a development drug candidate (1S,2S)-1-(4-hydroxyphenyl)-2-(4-hydroxy-4-phenylpiperidino)-1-propanol (1) in solution was investigated under various oxidative conditions, which include at different oxygen level, with transition metal ion spiking, and under light exposure with presence of photosensitizer. Oxidative degradation products and kinetics were monitored by high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC). Kinetic solvent isotope effects of I oxidation in formulation, under metal ion catalysis, and upon photocatalysis were obtained. Metal ion spiking, exposure to stainless steel, as well as introduction of antioxidants such as ascorbic acid, thioglycerol, and sodium bisulfate, accelerated the oxidative degradation. Treatment of the solution with metal chelating resin inhibited oxidation. Kinetic solvent isotope effects are in agreement with a metal-catalyzed oxidation mechanism and inconsistent with a singlet oxygen pathway. On the basis of kinetic data, an oxidative fragmentation mechanism initiated by a metal ion catalyzed active oxygen species is suggested as the primary pathway for the oxidative degradation of I. Other oxidative species may be implied in the long-term oxidative degradation. Because many antioxidants act as pro-oxidants in metal-catalyzed oxidation, controlling metal ion contamination level in the excipients and limiting available molecular oxygen are recommended for formulation development. PMID:15202576

  7. 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.

  8. 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

  9. 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.

  10. 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 eV–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. This demonstrates that the energy level of the first sub-band can be controlled by the QW thickness in a complex oxide material.

  11. Development of transition-metal doped copper oxide and zinc oxide dilute magnetic semiconductors

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    Ivill, Mathew P.

    The field of spintronics has recently attracted much attention because of its potential to provide new functionalities and enhanced performance in conventional electronic devices. Oxide materials provide a convenient platform to study the spin-based functionality in host semiconducting material. Recent theoretical treatments predict that wide band-gap semiconductors, including ZnO, can exhibit high temperature ferromagnetic ordering when doped with transition metals. This work focused on the possibility of using wide band-gap oxide semiconductors as potential spintronic materials. The structure, magnetic, and electronic transport properties of transition-metal doped ZnO and Cu 2O were investigated. Mn and Co were used as transition metal dopants. Thin films of these materials were fabricated using pulsed laser deposition (PLD). The Mn solubility in Cu2O was found to be small and the precipitation of Mn-oxides was favored at high growth temperatures. Phase pure Mn-doped Cu2O samples were found to be non-magnetic. Samples were p-type with carrier concentrations on the order of 1014-10 16 cm-3. The effects of carrier concentration on the magnetic properties of Mn-doped ZnO were studied using Sn and P as electronic codopants. Sn acts as an n-type dopant providing extra electrons to the ZnO. P acts as a p-type dopant that supplies excess holes to compensate the native electron concentration in ZnO. The electron concentration was decreased using P, but the films remained n-type. An inverse correlation was found between the ferromagnetism and the electron concentration; the ferromagnetic coupling between Mn spins increased with decreasing electron concentration. The nature of ferromagnetism in Co-doped ZnO was also investigated. Ferromagnetism was found in films deposited at 400°C in vacuum, while films deposited in oxygen or at higher temperatures were non-magnetic. Films deposited under vacuum had rather high electron concentrations and were presumably doped with oxygen vacancies. The Co-doped films also exhibited peculiar magnetoresistance (MR) that had a strong dependence on the carrier concentration. At low temperatures, a progression from positive to negative MR was observed with increased electron concentration as the films crossed over the metal-to-insulator transition (MIT).

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. 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).

  15. Super-exchange in transition-metal oxides

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    Harrison, Walter

    2007-03-01

    Using contemporary tight-binding theory and parameters[1]. Anderson's perturbation approach [2] gives a qualitatively correct energy difference (a factor 2.3 too high) between ferromagnetic and antiferromagnetic configurations for MnO, It corresponds to a Heisenberg model with J2/J1= 11/7. Perturbation theory fails as the energy denominator gets smaller for FeO and CoO, and changes sign for NiO. Use of the special- points method to treat exchange-split bands gives smaller values not well characterized by a J1 and J2. Carrying it out self-consistently reorders the NiO levels and leads to still smaller energy differences near experiment for all four oxides, as estimated from the experimental N'eel temperature TN , The theory predicts a variation with pressure corresponding to (d/ TN)TN/d = -12.2 for MnO , near experiment, dropping to -9.1 for NiO. The theory is applicable also to the paramagnetic susceptibility. [1] Walter A. Harrison, Elementary Electronic Structure, World Scientific (Singapore, 1999), revised edition (2004). [2] P. W. Anderson, Phys. Rev. 115, 2 (1959).

  16. Real time monitoring oxidation of transition metals with long period fiber gratings

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    Coelho, L.; Viegas, D.; Santos, J. L.; de Almeida, J. M. M.

    2015-09-01

    In this paper real time monitoring of oxidation of transition metals using long period fiber gratings (LPFG) is performed for nickel, copper, titanium, chromium and zinc. A thin layer is deposited over the LPFG with physical process deposition and is annealed up to 700 °C in air with a small oven. The whole oxidation process can be monitored by tracking the LPFG features of the attenuation band which results in an abrupt change when the oxidation occurs depending on the metal sample. A preliminary study to optimize optical fiber sensors sensitivity allowing choosing the correct oxide layer in a specific application is presented.

  17. 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

  18. 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.

  19. 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

  20. 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

  1. Evaluation of transition metal oxide as carrier-selective contacts for silicon heterojunction solar cells

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    Ding, L.; Boccard, Matthieu; Holman, Zachary; Bertoni, M.

    2015-04-06

    "Reducing light absorption in the non-active solar cell layers, while enabling the extraction of the photogenerated minority carriers at quasi-Fermi levels are two key factors to improve current generation and voltage, and therefore efficiency of silicon heterojunction solar devices. To address these two critical aspects, transition metal oxide materials have been proposed as alternative to the n- and p-type amorphous silicon used as electron and hole selective contacts, respectively. Indeed, transition metal oxides such as molybdenum oxide, titanium oxide, nickel oxide or tungsten oxide combine a wide band gap typically over 3 eV with a band structure and theoretical band alignment with silicon that results in high transparency to the solar spectrum and in selectivity for the transport of only one carrier type. Improving carrier extraction or injection using transition metal oxide has been a topic of investigation in the field of organic solar cells and organic LEDs; from these pioneering works a lot of knowledge has been gained on materials properties, ways to control these during synthesis and deposition, and their impact on device performance. Recently, the transfer of some of this knowledge to silicon solar cells and the successful application of some metal oxide to contact heterojunction devices have gained much attention. In this contribution, we investigate the suitability of various transition metal oxide films (molybdenum oxide, titanium oxide, and tungsten oxide) deposited either by thermal evaporation or sputtering as transparent hole or electron selective transport layer for silicon solar cells. In addition to systematically characterize their optical and structural properties, we use photoemission spectroscopy to relate compound stoichiometry to band structure and characterize band alignment to silicon. The direct silicon/metal oxide interface is further analyzed by quasi-steady state photoconductance decay method to assess the quality of surface passivation. In complement, we construct full device structures incorporating in some cases surface passivation schemes, with measured initial conversion efficiency over 15% and evaluate the carrier transport properties using temperature-dependent current-voltage and capacitance-voltage measurements. With this detailed characterization study, we aim at providing the framework to assess the potential of a material as a carrier selective contact and the understanding of how each of the aforementioned parameters on the metal oxide films influence the full solar cell operating performances.

  2. 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.

  3. Wide bandgap tunability in complex transition metal oxides by site-specific substitution

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

    2012-01-01

    Fabricating complex transition metal oxides with a tunable bandgap without compromising their intriguing physical properties is a longstanding challenge. Here we examine the layered ferroelectric bismuth titanate and demonstrate that, by site-specific substitution with the Mott insulator lanthanum cobaltite, its bandgap can be narrowed by as much as 1 eV, while remaining strongly ferroelectric. We find that when a specific site in the host material is preferentially substituted, a split-off state responsible for the bandgap reduction is created just below the conduction band of bismuth titanate. This provides a route for controlling the bandgap in complex oxides for use in emerging oxide optoelectronic and energy applications.

  4. 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.

  5. Multiferroic crossover in perovskite oxides

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    Weston, L.; Cui, X. Y.; Ringer, S. P.; Stampfl, C.

    2016-04-01

    The coexistence of ferroelectricity and magnetism in A B O3 perovskite oxides is rare, a phenomenon that has become known as the ferroelectric "d0 rule." Recently, the perovskite BiCoO3 has been shown experimentally to be isostructural with PbTiO3, while simultaneously the d6Co3 + ion has a high-spin ground state with C -type antiferromagnetic ordering. It has been suggested that the hybridization of Bi 6 s states with the O 2 p valence band stabilizes the polar phase, however, we have recently demonstrated that Co3 + ions in the perovskite structure can facilitate a ferroelectric distortion via the Co 3 d -O 2 p covalent interaction [L. Weston, et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 114, 247601 (2015), 10.1103/PhysRevLett.114.247601]. In this paper, using accurate hybrid density functional calculations, we investigate the atomic, electronic, and magnetic structure of BiCoO3 to elucidate the origin of the multiferroic state. To begin with, we perform a more general first-principles investigation of the role of d electrons in affecting the tendency for perovskite materials to exhibit a ferroelectric distortion; this is achieved via a qualitative trend study in artificial cubic and tetragonal La B O3 perovskites. We choose La as the A cation so as to remove the effects of Bi 6 s hybridization. The lattice instability is identified by the softening of phonon modes in the cubic phase, as well as by the energy lowering associated with a ferroelectric distortion. For the La B O3 series, where B is a d0-d8 cation from the 3 d block, the trend study reveals that increasing the d orbital occupation initially removes the tendency for a polar distortion, as expected. However, for high-spin d5-d7 and d8 cations a strong ferroelectric instability is recovered. This effect is explained in terms of increased pseudo-Jahn-Teller (PJT) p -d vibronic coupling. The PJT effect is described by the competition between a stabilizing force (K0) that favors the cubic phase, and a vibronic term that drives the ferroelectric state (Kv). The recovery of the lattice instability for high-spin d5-d7 and d8 cations is due to (i) a reduction in K0 due to a significant volume increase arising from population of the σ -bonded axial d eg orbitals, and (ii) an increase in the Kv contribution arising from increased p -d hybridization; our calculations suggest that the former mechanism is dominant. Surprisingly, we are able to show that, in some cases unpaired electron spins actually drive ferroelectricity, rather than inhibit it, which represents a shift in the understanding of how ferroelectricity and magnetism interact in perovskite oxides. It follows, that for the case of BiCoO3, the Co3 + ion plays a major role in the ferroelectric lattice instability. Importantly, the ferroelectric polarization is greatly enhanced when the Co3 + ion is in the high-spin state, when compared to the nonmagnetic, low-spin state, and a large coupling of the electric and magnetic polarization is present. Generally, for d5-d7 B cations in A B O3 perovskites, an inherent and remarkably strong magnetoelectric coupling exists via the multiferroic crossover effect, whereby switching the spin state strongly affects the ferroelectric polarization and, potentially, manipulation of the polarization with an externally applied electric field could induce a spin-state transition. This novel effect is demonstrated for BiCoO3, for which the ground spin state is switched by reducing the internal ferroelectric polarization. These results provide a deeper insight into perovskite ferroelectrics and multiferroics.

  6. 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.

  7. Polymer derived non-oxide ceramics modified with late transition metals.

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    Zaheer, Muhammad; Schmalz, Thomas; Motz, Günter; Kempe, Rhett

    2012-08-01

    This tutorial review highlights the methods for the preparation of metal modified precursor derived ceramics (PDCs) and concentrates on the rare non-oxide systems enhanced with late transition metals. In addition to the main synthetic strategies for modified SiC and SiCN ceramics, an overview of the morphologies, structures and compositions of both, ceramic materials and metal (nano) particles, is presented. Potential magnetic and catalytic applications have been discussed for the so manufactured metal containing non-oxide ceramics. PMID:22337594

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. Scalable salt-templated synthesis of two-dimensional transition metal oxides

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    Xiao, Xu; Song, Huaibing; Lin, Shizhe; Zhou, Ying; Zhan, Xiaojun; Hu, Zhimi; Zhang, Qi; Sun, Jiyu; Yang, Bo; Li, Tianqi; Jiao, Liying; Zhou, Jun; Tang, Jiang; Gogotsi, Yury

    2016-01-01

    Two-dimensional atomic crystals, such as two-dimensional oxides, have attracted much attention in energy storage because nearly all of the atoms can be exposed to the electrolyte and involved in redox reactions. However, current strategies are largely limited to intrinsically layered compounds. Here we report a general strategy that uses the surfaces of water-soluble salt crystals as growth templates and is applicable to not only layered compounds but also various transition metal oxides, such as hexagonal-MoO3, MoO2, MnO and hexagonal-WO3. The planar growth is hypothesized to occur via a match between the crystal lattices of the salt and the growing oxide. Restacked two-dimensional hexagonal-MoO3 exhibits high pseudocapacitive performances (for example, 300 F cm−3 in an Al2(SO4)3 electrolyte). The synthesis of various two-dimensional transition metal oxides and the demonstration of high capacitance are expected to enable fundamental studies of dimensionality effects on their properties and facilitate their use in energy storage and other applications. PMID:27103200

  11. Development of new transition metal oxide catalysts for the destruction of PCDD/Fs.

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    Yu, Ming-Feng; Li, Wen-Wei; Li, Xiao-Dong; Lin, Xiao-Qing; Chen, Tong; Yan, Jian-Hua

    2016-08-01

    Various transition metal oxide and vanadium-containing multi-metallic oxide catalysts were developed for the destruction of PCDD/Fs (polychlorinated dibenzo-p-dioxins and furans). A stable PCDD/Fs generating system was installed to support the catalytic destruction tests in this study. Nano-titania supported vanadium catalyst (VOx/TiO2) showed the highest activity, followed by CeOx, MnOx, WOx and finally MoOx. Multi-metallic oxide catalysts, prepared by doping WOx, MoOx, MnOx and CeOx into VOx/TiO2 catalysts, showed different activities on the decomposition of PCDD/Fs. The highest destruction efficiency of 92.5% was observed from the destruction test over VOxCeOx/TiO2 catalyst. However, the addition of WOx and MoOx even played a negative role in multi-metallic VOx/TiO2 catalysts. Characterizations of transition metal oxides and multi-metallic VOx/TiO2 catalysts were also investigated with XRD and TPR. After the catalysts were used, the conversion from high valent metals to low valence states was observed by XPS. PMID:27186687

  12. Scalable salt-templated synthesis of two-dimensional transition metal oxides.

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    Xiao, Xu; Song, Huaibing; Lin, Shizhe; Zhou, Ying; Zhan, Xiaojun; Hu, Zhimi; Zhang, Qi; Sun, Jiyu; Yang, Bo; Li, Tianqi; Jiao, Liying; Zhou, Jun; Tang, Jiang; Gogotsi, Yury

    2016-01-01

    Two-dimensional atomic crystals, such as two-dimensional oxides, have attracted much attention in energy storage because nearly all of the atoms can be exposed to the electrolyte and involved in redox reactions. However, current strategies are largely limited to intrinsically layered compounds. Here we report a general strategy that uses the surfaces of water-soluble salt crystals as growth templates and is applicable to not only layered compounds but also various transition metal oxides, such as hexagonal-MoO3, MoO2, MnO and hexagonal-WO3. The planar growth is hypothesized to occur via a match between the crystal lattices of the salt and the growing oxide. Restacked two-dimensional hexagonal-MoO3 exhibits high pseudocapacitive performances (for example, 300 F cm(-3) in an Al2(SO4)3 electrolyte). The synthesis of various two-dimensional transition metal oxides and the demonstration of high capacitance are expected to enable fundamental studies of dimensionality effects on their properties and facilitate their use in energy storage and other applications. PMID:27103200

  13. 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.

  14. Special Properties of High-Tc Cuprates, Radically Different from Other Transition Metal Oxides

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    Rice, T. M.

    The sensational discovery of high-temperature superconductivity in hole doped cuprates was immediately followed by Phil Anderson's insight that this was a radically new form of superconductivity arising in a single band Hubbard model on a simple square lattice doped slightly away from half-filling. Later many more special properties of the cuprates were uncovered. Today we are still some way from a comprehensive description of these anomalies and even further from a consensus on the underlying physics. Their behavior contrasts strongly with other transition metal oxides, where strong electron-phonon coupling leads to very different properties.

  15. Generation of highly N-type, defect passivated transition metal oxides using plasma fluorine insertion

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    Baker, L. Robert; Seo, Hyungtak; Hervier, Antoine; Somorjai, Gabor A.

    2016-04-12

    A new composition of matter is disclosed wherein oxygen vacancies in a semiconducting transition metal oxide such as titanium dioxide are filled with a halogen such as Fluorine, whereby the conductivity of the composition is greatly enhanced, while at the same time the chemical stability of the composition is greatly improved. Stoichiometric titanium dioxide having less than 3 % oxygen vacancies is subject to fluorine insertion such that oxygen vacancies are filled, limited amounts of fluorine replace additional oxygen atoms and fluorine interstitially inserts into the body of the TiO.sub.2 composition.

  16. 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.

  17. Low temperature synthesis of lamellar transition metal oxides containing surfactant ions

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    Janauer, G.G.; Chen, R.; Dobley, A.D.; Zavalij, P.Y.; Whittingham, M.S.

    1997-09-01

    Recently there has been much interest in reacting vanadium oxides hydrothermally with cationic surfactants to form novel layered compounds. A series of new transition metal oxides, however, has also been formed at or near room temperature in open containers. Synthesis, characterization, and proposed mechanisms of formation are the focus of this work. Low temperature reactions of vanadium pentoxide and ammonium (DTA) transition metal oxides with long chain amine surfactants, such as dodecyltrimethylammonium bromide yielded interesting new products many of which are layered phases. DTA{sub 4}H{sub 2}V{sub 10}O{sub 28}{center_dot}8H{sub 2}O, a layered highly crystalline phase, is the first such phase for which a single crystal X-ray structure has been determined. The unit cell for this material was found to be triclinic with space group P {bar 1} and dimensions a = 9.895(1){angstrom}, b = 11.596(1){angstrom}, c = 21.924(1){angstrom}, {alpha} = 95.153(2){degree}, {beta} = 93.778(1){degree}, and {gamma} = 101.360(1){degree}. Additionally, the authors synthesized a dichromate phase and a manganese chloride layered phase, with interlayer spacings of 26.8{angstrom}, and 28.7{angstrom} respectively. The structure, composition, and synthesis of the vanadium compound are described, as well as the synthesis and preliminary characterization of the new chromium and manganese materials.

  18. 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.

  19. Variation of Some Physical Properties of Brownmillerite Doped with a Transition Metal Oxide

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    Hassaan, M. Y.; Ebrahim, F. M.; Salah, S. H.

    2004-12-01

    Cement clinker is the main component of Portland cement. It is composed of four main phases. One of them is the brownmillerite or the ferrite phase of cement clinker. It is prepared according to the formula (4CaO)(Al2O3)(Fe2O3)1-x (M) x , where M represents transition metal oxides (TMO): TiO2, Cr2O3, Mn2O3 and WO3, where x=1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 mol%. Each mixture was fired at 1300°C for 30 minutes in a platinum crucible. The samples were pulverized for Mössbauer spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction and a.c. conductivity measurements. A shift in the position of the characterized peaks of pure brownmillerite appears in the X-ray diffraction patterns of brownmillerite doped with a transition metal oxide. The a.c. conductivity showed a maximum value for the samples containing 3 mol% TiO2, Cr2O3 and Mn2O3, and 2 mol% WO3. The Mössbauer parameters for the sample containing 5 mol% M showed a gradual increase in the isomer shift values. The number of electrons in d-orbital for the doped transition atoms, as the nearest neighbor atoms increased from 2 to 5 electrons. The hyperfine magnetic field at Fe3+ (Oh) iron nucleus decreases with increasing M content. This may be due to the decrease of the particle size of brownmillerite.

  20. 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.

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

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    Sala, Xavier; Maji, Somnath; Bofill, Roger; García-Antón, Jordi; Escriche, Lluís; 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

  2. 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.

  3. 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 ºC to 1000 ºC, 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.

  4. 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

    2016-05-01

    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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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

  7. 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

  8. Charge generation layers comprising transition metal-oxide/organic interfaces. Electronic structure and charge generation mechanism

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    Meyer, Jens; Kröger, M.; Hamwi, S.; Gnam, F.; Riedl, T.; Kowalsky, W.; Kahn, Antoine

    2010-01-01

    The energetics of an archetype charge generation layer (CGL) architecture comprising of 4,4' ,4 '' -tris(N -carbazolyl)triphenylamine (TCTA), tungsten oxide (WO3 ) , and bathophenanthroline (BPhen) n-doped with cesium carbonate (Cs2 CO3 ) are determined by ultraviolet and inverse photoemissionspectroscopy. We show that the charge generation process occurs at the interface between the hole-transport material (TCTA) and WO3 and not, as commonly assumed, at the interface between WO3 and the n-doped electron-transport material (BPhen:Cs2 CO3 ) . However, the n-doped layer is also essential to the realization of an efficient CGL structure. The charge generation mechanism occurs via electron transfer from the TCTA highest occupied molecular orbital level to the transition metal-oxide conduction band.

  9. 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; Aygül, Umut; Ivanovic, Milutin; Nagel, Peter; Merz, Michael; Schuppler, Stefan; Chassé, Thomas

    2015-03-01

    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 π-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.

  10. 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; Aygül, Umut; Ivanovic, Milutin; Chassé, 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 π-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.

  11. 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

  12. 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

  13. 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

  14. 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.

  15. High-Pressure Thermodynamic Properties of f-electron Metals, Transition Metal Oxides, and Half-Metallic Magnets

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    Richard T. Scalettar; Warren E. Pickett

    2005-08-02

    This project involves research into the thermodynamic properties of f-electron metals, transition metal oxides, and half-metallic magnets at high pressure. These materials are ones in which the changing importance of electron-electron interactions as the distance between atoms is varied can tune the system through phase transitions from localized to delocalized electrons, from screened to unscreened magnetic moments, and from normal metal to one in which only a single spin specie can conduct. Three main thrusts are being pursued: (i) Mott transitions in transition metal oxides, (ii) magnetism in half-metallic compounds, and (iii) large volume-collapse transitions in f-band metals.

  16. Bad Metallic Behavior in Model Hamiltonian Studies and in Transition Metal Oxides

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    Kotliar, Gabriel

    2014-03-01

    We investigate the transport properties of a correlated metal within dynamical mean-field theory. Canonical Fermi liquid behavior emerges only below a very low temperature scale TFL. Surprisingly the quasiparticle scattering rate follows a quadratic temperature dependence up to much higher temperatures and crosses over to saturated behavior around a temperature scale Tsat indicating the existence of ``hidden'' Fermi liquid behavior. The non-Fermi-liquid transport above TFL, in particular the linear-in- T resistivity, is shown to be a result of a strongly temperature dependent band dispersion. We derive simple expressions for the resistivity, Hall angle, thermoelectric power and Nernst coefficient in terms of a temperature dependent renormalized band structure and the quasiparticle scattering rate. We discuss the implications of the results for numerous transition metal oxides and other correlated materials connecting the non Fermi liquid transport with anomalous transfer of spectral weight.

  17. 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.

  18. 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.

  19. 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.

  20. 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.

  1. 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}.

  2. 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.

  3. 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

  4. 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. PMID:25598003

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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

  8. 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

    2015-10-01

    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.

  9. 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

  10. 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.

  11. Early Transition Metal Oxides as Catalysts: Crossing Scales from Clusters to Single Crystals to Functioning Materials

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    Lai-Sheng Wang

    2009-07-07

    The overall goal of this program is to investigate the electronic structure and chemical bonding of early transition metal oxide clusters and use them as well-defined molecular models to obtain insight into properties and mechanisms of oxide catalysts, as well as to provide accurate spectroscopic and molecular information to verify theoretical methods used to predict materials properties. A laser vaporization cluster source is used to produce metal oxide clusters with different sizes, structures, and compositions. Well-defined inorganic polyoxometalate clusters in solution are transported in the gas phase using electrospray. Two state-of-the-art photoelectron spectroscopy apparatuses are used to interrogate the oxide clusters and polyoxometalate anions in the gas phase to obtain spectroscopic and electronic structure information. The experimental effort is assisted by theoretical calculations to understanding the structures, chemical bonding, and catalytical properties of the transition metal oxide clusters. The research approach combines novel and flexible experimental techniques and advanced theoretical/computational methodologies and seeks molecular-level information to aiding the design of new catalysts, as well as mechanistic understanding. We have focused on the investigation of tungsten oxide clusters containing three W atoms: W{sub 3}O{sub x}{sup -} (x = 7-11). A number of interesting findings have been made. We observed that the oxygen-poor W{sub 3}O8 cluster contains a localized W{sup 4+} center, which can be used as a molecular model for O-deficient defect sites. A chemisorption energy was obtained through density functional calculations for W{sub 3}O8 + O{sub 2} {yields} W{sub 3}O{sub 10} as -78 kcal/mol. We further found that the neutral stoichiometric W{sub 2}O{sub 6} and W{sub 3}O{sub 9} clusters do not react with O{sub 2} and they only form physi-sorbed complexes, W{sub 2}O{sub 6}(O{sub 2}) and W{sub 3}O{sub 9}(O{sub 2}). However, the negatively charged W{sub 2}O{sub 6}{sup -} and W{sub 3}O{sub 9}{sup -} clusters are found to form chemisorbed complexes due to the presence of the extra electron. Thus, the W{sub 2}O{sub 6}{sup -} and W{sub 3}O{sub 9}{sup -} negative clusters can be viewed as models for O{sub 2} interaction with a reduced W site (W{sup 5+}) on the oxide surface. These studies also led to the surprising observation of the first d-orbital aromatic clusters in W{sub 3}O{sub 9}{sup 2-} and Mo{sub 3}O{sub 9}{sup 2-}, which each contains a completely delocalized three-center two-electron bond made entirely made of the metal d orbitals. This last result was highlighted in both Chem & Eng. News and Nature. We further studied a series of small metalate anions using electrospray, including the hydroxo and methoxo oxometalate MO{sub 3}(OH){sup -} and MO{sub 3}(OCH{sub 3}){sup -}, and the dimetalates: M{sub 2}O{sub 7}{sup 2-}, MM{prime}O{sub 7}{sup 2-}, and M{sub 2}O{sub 7}{sup -} (M, M{prime} = Cr, Mo, and W).

  12. 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.

  13. Magnetic and electrical properties of transition-metal-doped oxide thin films

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    Lam, Ching Yee

    In this research programme, the electrical and magnetic properties of PLD and room temperature grown TM-doped TiO2 and TM-doped Cu xO thin films have been investigated. We used Co and Fe as the TM dopants for the TiO2 based films. Mn was however used to dope the Cu xO materials systems. Among the various electrical properties, resistive switching of transition-metal oxide thin films and electrical rectifying property of an all-oxide p-n diode have been studied. The resistive switching of anatase phase TM-doped TiO 2 has been determined using two top-down configurations of Ag/TM-doped TiO2/Pt and In/TM-doped TiO2/TiN. Despite the fact that same transition-metal oxide was used, the switching characteristics of these two configurations were significantly different. For example, both the unipolar and bipolar switching were observed in pure TiO2 films. Heterostructures of Ag/TiO2/Pt have also been deposited on flexible PET substrates at room temperature by PLD. These oxide films on flexible substrate not only show resistive switching, but produce an average switching ratio as high as over 6 orders of magnitude. The resistive switching in In/CuxO/Pt and In/Mn-doped CuxO/Pt films have also been demonstrated in the present study. Our results indicate clearly that the switching stability of the In/CuxO/Pt systems is improved by the Mn-doping. Our ultimate goal is to produce a ferromagnetic all-oxide p-n junction diode. We obtained room-temperature ferromagnetism in the epitaxially grown anatase n-type Co-doped TiO2 and possible p-type Fe-doped TiO 2 thin films. At the same time, the 3.7 at.% Mn-doped Cu2O epitaxial films have been prepared. They are p-type conducting and have been properly utilized to form good rectifying all-oxide heterojunction with the n-type Nb-SrTiO3 substrates. The p-type Mn-doped Cu2O films that we have made so far, although exhibit ferromagnetism at low temperatures <50K, do not reveal any room temperature ferromagnetic characteristics. It is believed that room temperature ferromagnetism in Mn-doped Cu2O is still possible if the Mn-doping level is kept well below the solubility limit of Mn in Cu2O. The experimental investigations carried out so far in the present research do provide strong indication and support for realization of spintronic heterojunctions based on n-type Co-TiO2/p-type Mn-doped Cu2O.

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. Photoluminescence Architectures for Disease Diagnosis: From Graphene to Thin-Layer Transition Metal Dichalcogenides and Oxides.

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    He, Xiao-Peng; Tian, He

    2016-01-13

    Ever since the discovery of graphene, increasing efforts have been devoted to the use of this stellar material as well as the development of other graphene-like materials such as thin-layer transition metal dichalcogenides and oxides (TMD/Os) for a variety of applications. Because of their large surface area and unique optical properties, these two-dimensional materials with a size ranging from the micro- to the nanoscale have been employed as the substrate to construct photoluminescence architectures for disease diagnosis as well as theranostics. These architectures are built through the simple self-assembly of labeled biomolecular probes with the substrate material, leading to signal quenching. Upon the specific interaction of the architecture with a target biomarker, the signal can be spontaneously restored in a reversible manner. Meanwhile, by co-loading therapeutic agents and employing the inherent photo-thermal properties of the material substrates, a combined disease imaging and therapy (theranostics) can be achieved. This review highlights the latest advances in the construction and application of graphene and TMD/O based thin-layer material composites for single-target and multiplexed detection of a variety of biomarkers and theranostics. These versatile material architectures, owing to their ease in preparation, low cost and flexibility in functionalization, provide promising tools for both basic biochemical research and clinical applications. PMID:26610871

  17. 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.

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

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    Zhang, Bo; Duan, Yuhua; Johnson, Karl

    2012-02-14

    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 CO(2) 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 CO(2) and H(2)O 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 CO(2) capture reactions that lie on the Gibbs free energy convex hull as a function of temperature and the partial pressures of CO(2) and H(2)O for all TMO and TM(OH)(2) systems studied here. PMID:22360204

  19. Rovibronically Selected and Resolved Laser Photoionization and Photoelectron Studies of Transition Metal Carbides, Nitrides, and Oxides.

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    Luo, Zhihong; Chang, Yih-Chung; Huang, Huang; Ng, Cheuk-Yiu

    2014-06-01

    Transition metal (M) carbides, nitrides, and oxides (MX, X = C, N, and O) are important molecules in astrophysics, catalysis, and organometallic chemistry. The measurements of the ionization energies (IEs), bond energies, and spectroscopic constants for MX/MX+ in the gas phase by high-resolution photoelectron methods represent challenging but profitable approaches to gain fundamental understandings of the electronic structures and bonding properties of these compounds and their cations. We have developed a two-color laser excitation scheme for high-resolution pulse field ionization photoelectron (PFI-PE) measurements of MX species. By exciting the neutral MX species to a single rovibronic state using a visible laser prior to photoionization by a UV laser, we have obtained fully rotational resolved PFI-PE spectra for TiC+, TiO+, VCH+, VN+, CoC+, ZrO+, and NbC+. The unambiguous rotational assignments of these spectra have provided highly accurate IE values for TiC, TiO, VCH, VN, CoC, ZrO, and NbC, and spectroscopic constants for their cations.

  20. 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.

  1. First-principles data-driven discovery of transition metal oxides for artificial photosynthesis

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    Yan, Qimin

    We develop a first-principles data-driven approach for rapid identification of transition metal oxide (TMO) light absorbers and photocatalysts for artificial photosynthesis using the Materials Project. Initially focusing on Cr, V, and Mn-based ternary TMOs in the database, we design a broadly-applicable multiple-layer screening workflow automating density functional theory (DFT) and hybrid functional calculations of bulk and surface electronic and magnetic structures. We further assess the electrochemical stability of TMOs in aqueous environments from computed Pourbaix diagrams. Several promising earth-abundant low band-gap TMO compounds with desirable band edge energies and electrochemical stability are identified by our computational efforts and then synergistically evaluated using high-throughput synthesis and photoelectrochemical screening techniques by our experimental collaborators at Caltech. Our joint theory-experiment effort has successfully identified new earth-abundant copper and manganese vanadate complex oxides that meet highly demanding requirements for photoanodes, substantially expanding the known space of such materials. By integrating theory and experiment, we validate our approach and develop important new insights into structure-property relationships for TMOs for oxygen evolution photocatalysts, paving the way for use of first-principles data-driven techniques in future applications. This work is supported by the Materials Project Predictive Modeling Center and the Joint Center for Artificial Photosynthesis through the U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Basic Energy Sciences, Materials Sciences and Engineering Division, under Contract No. DE-AC02-05CH11231. Computational resources also provided by the Department of Energy through the National Energy Supercomputing Center.

  2. Charge Carrier Dynamics in Transition Metal Oxides Studied by Femtosecond Transient Extreme Ultraviolet Absorption Spectroscopy

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    Jiang, Chang-Ming

    With the ability to disentangle electronic transitions that occur on different elements and local electronic structures, time-resolved extreme ultraviolet (XUV) spectroscopy has emerged as a powerful tool for studying ultrafast dynamics in condensed phase systems. In this dissertation, a visible-pump/XUV-probe transient absorption apparatus with femtosecond resolution was constructed to investigate the carrier relaxation dynamics in semiconductors after photo-excitation. This includes timescales for carrier thermalization by carrier-carrier and carrier-phonon scattering. The 30 -- 72 eV photon energy coverage (17 -- 40 nm wavelength) generated by a table-top XUV light source is suitable for probing the 3p-to-3d core level absorptions of various transition metal oxides (TMOs) with specificities to elements and oxidation states. In Chapter 1, a brief introduction to charge carrier dynamics in semiconductor-based materials is given. In addition, fundamentals of core-level spectroscopy and the high harmonic generation (HHG) process are also addressed in this introductory chapter. Specifications of the experimental apparatus that was constructed are summarized in Chapter 2, including the design concepts and characterization of performance. Chapter 3 presents the spectral tunability of the XUV pulses generated from a semi-infinite gas cell (SIGC), as well as the data acquisition procedures. Charge carrier relaxation dynamics in Co3O4 following the charge transfer excitation pathway at 400 nm are documented in Chapter 4. In Chapter 5, various visible pump wavelengths are used to excite Co3O4 and the differences in the carrier dynamics versus excitation wavelength are considered. After selectively photoexciting a Si/TiO2 heterojunction, the resulted electron transfer process is observed and reported in Chapter 6. The concluding remarks of the dissertation are made in Chapter 7, while several ongoing time-resolved experiments are addressed in the Appendix sections.

  3. Control of Octahedral Tilts and Magnetic Properties of Perovskite Oxide Heterostructures by Substrate Symmetry

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    He, Jun; Borisevich, Albina Y; Kalinin, Sergei V; Pennycook, Stephen J; Pantelides, Sokrates T

    2010-01-01

    Perovskite transition-metal oxides are networks of corner-sharing octahedra whose tilts and distortions are known to affect their electronic and magnetic properties. We report calculations on a model interfacial structure which avoids chemical influences and show that the symmetry mismatch imposes an interfacial layer with distortion modes that do not exist in either bulk material, creating new interface properties driven by symmetry alone. Depending on the resistance of the octahedra to deformation, the interface layer can be as small as one unit cell or extend deep into the thin film.

  4. 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.

  5. 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-δ (SDC) and three types of semiconductors Li0.3Ni0.6Cu0.07Sr0.03O2-δ (LNCuS), Li0.3Ni0.6Mn0.07Sr0.03O2-δ (LNMnS) and Li0.3Ni0.6Co0.07Sr0.03O2-δ (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 Ω 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.

  6. 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.

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

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    Arevalo, Ryan Lacdao; Escaño, 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 Eley–Rideal mechanism, with O{sub 2} dissociative adsorption as the rate-determining step. The oxidation path via the Langmuir–Hinshelwood 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.

  8. Mechanistic investigation of oxidative Mannich reaction with tert-butyl hydroperoxide. The role of transition metal salt.

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    Ratnikov, Maxim O; Doyle, Michael P

    2013-01-30

    A general mechanism is proposed for transition metal-catalyzed oxidative Mannich reactions of N,N-dialkylanilines with tert-butyl hydroperoxide (TBHP) as the oxidant. The mechanism consists of a rate-determining single electron transfer (SET) that is uniform from 4-methoxy- to 4-cyano-N,N-dimethylanilines. The tert-butylperoxy radical is the major oxidant in the rate-determining SET step that is followed by competing backward SET and irreversible heterolytic cleavage of the carbon-hydrogen bond at the α-position to nitrogen. A second SET completes the conversion of N,N-dimethylaniline to an iminium ion that is subsequently trapped by the nucleophilic solvent or the oxidant prior to formation of the Mannich adduct. The general role of Rh(2)(cap)(4), RuCl(2)(PPh(3))(3), CuBr, FeCl(3), and Co(OAc)(2) in N,N-dialkylaniline oxidations by T-HYDRO is to initiate the conversion of TBHP to tert-butylperoxy radicals. A second pathway, involving O(2) as the oxidant, exists for copper, iron, and cobalt salts. Results from linear free-energy relationship (LFER) analyses, kinetic and product isotope effects (KIE and PIE), and radical trap experiments of N,N-dimethylaniline oxidation by T-HYDRO in the presence of transition metal catalysts are discussed. Kinetic studies of the oxidative Mannich reaction in methanol and toluene are also reported. PMID:23298175

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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

  12. 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

  13. 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

  14. 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

  15. 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

  16. 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

  17. 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

  18. 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.

  19. Magnetic Collapse in Transition Metal Oxides at High Pressure: Implications for the Earth

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    Cohen; Mazin; Isaak

    1997-01-31

    Magnetic collapse in transition metal ions is predicted from first-principles computations at pressures reached in the Earth's lower mantle and core. Magnetic collapse would lead to marked changes in geophysically important properties, such as elasticity and conductivity, and also to different geochemical behavior, such as element partitioning, than estimated by extrapolating low-pressure data, and thus change the understanding of Earth's structure and evolution. Magnetic collapse results from band widening rather than from changes in crystal field splitting under pressure. Seismic anomalies in the outer core and the lowermost mantle may be due to magnetic collapse of ferrous iron, dissolved in iron liquid in the outer core, and in solution in magnesiowustite in the lowermost mantle. PMID:9005849

  20. 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.

  1. Synthesis and structural, magnetic, thermal, and transport properties of several transition metal oxides and arsenides

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    Das, Supriyo

    Several transition metal oxides and arsenides have been synthesized and their magnetic, thermal, structural, and transport properties have been studied in this thesis. Magnetically pure spinel compound LiV2O4 is a rare d-electron heavy fermion. The presence of small concentrations of magnetic defects, which are produced by the crystal defects in the spinel structure, strongly affect the physical properties of LiV2O 4. The phase relations in the Li2O-V2O3-V 2O5 ternary system at 700°C for compositions in equilibrium with LiV2O4 are reported. This study clarified the synthesis conditions under which low and high magnetic defect concentrations can be obtained within the spinel structure of LiV2O4. We confirmed that the LiV2O4 phase can be obtained containing low (0.006 mol%) to high (0.83 mol%) magnetic defect concentrations ndefect and with consistently high magnetic defect spin S values between 3 and 6.5. The high ndefect values were obtained in the LiV 2O4 phase in equilibrium with V2O3, Li3VO4, or LiVO2 and the low values in the LiV2O4 phase in equilibrium with V3O 5. A model is suggested to explain this correlation. We grew single crystals of LiV2O4 using Li3VO4 as a self-flux. The magnetic susceptibility of some as-grown crystals show a Curie-like upturn at low temperatures, showing the presence of magnetic defects within the spinel structure. The magnetic defects could be removed in some of the crystals by annealing them at 700°C. A very high specific heat coefficient gamma = 450 mJ/(mol K2) was obtained at a temperature of 1.8 K for a crystal containing a magnetic defect concentration ndefect = 0.5 mol%. A crystal with ndefect = 0.01 mol% showed a residual resistivity ratio of 50. To search for superstructure peaks or other evidence of spatial correlations in the arrangement of the crystal defects with in the crystal structure which give rise to magnetic defects, we carried out high-energy x-ray diffraction studies on LiV2O4 single crystals. Entire reciprocal lattice planes were mapped out with the help of synchrotron radiation. No noticeable differences in the x-ray diffraction data between a crystal with high magnetic defect concentration and a crystal with low magnetic defect concentration were found. This indicates the absence of any long-range periodicity or short-range correlations in the arrangements of the crystal/magnetic defects. In addition to LiV2O4, we synthesized and studied the properties of LV4O8 (L = Yb, Y, Lu) compounds which crystallize in a structure similar to that of the orthorhombic CaFe2 O4 structure-type, and contain four inequivalent V sites arranged in zigzag chains. We confirm the structure and report the magnetic, thermal, and transport properties of polycrystalline YV4O 8 and LuV4O8. A first-order like phase transition is observed at 50 K in both YV4O8 and LuV4O 8. The symmetry remains the same with the lattice parameters changing discontinuously. The structural transition in YV4O8 leads to partial dimerization of the V atoms resulting in a sudden sharp drop in the magnetic susceptibility. The V spins that do not form dimers order in a canted antiferromagnetic state. The magnetic susceptibility of LuV 4O8 shows a sharp peak at ˜ 50 K. The magnetic entropies calculated from heat capacity versus temperature measurements indicate bulk magnetic transitions below 90 K for both YV4O8 and LuV 4O8. We also grew single crystals of EuPd2Sb2 from PdSb self-flux. Single crystal x-ray diffraction studies confirmed that EuPd 2Sb2 crystallizes in the CaBe2Ge2-type structure which is closely related to the structure of the recently discovered iron-arsenide based superconductors. Antiferromagnetic ordering in the crystallographic ab-plane at ˜ 6 K with a spin-reorientation transition at 4.5 K is suggested from the magnetic susceptibility versus temperature chi (T) and heat capacity versus temperature Cp(T) data. The electrical resistivity versus temperature rho (T) data show metallic behavior down to 1.8 K along with an anomaly at 5.5 K in zero field. The anomaly is suppressed to 2.7 K in an 8 T field. The Hall-coefficient RH measurements indicated that the dominant charge carriers are electrons. The magnetization versus magnetic field M(H) isotherms show three field-induced transitions at 2.75 T, 3.90 T, and 4.2 T magnetic fields parallel to the ab plane at 1.8 K. No transitions are observed in M(H) for fields parallel to the c axis.

  2. High Performance Full Sodium-Ion Cell Based on a Nanostructured Transition Metal Oxide as Negative Electrode.

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    López, María C; Aragón, María J; Ortiz, Gregorio F; Lavela, Pedro; Alcántara, Ricardo; Tirado, José L

    2015-10-12

    A novel design of a sodium-ion cell is proposed based on the use of nanocrystalline thin films composed of transition metal oxides. X-ray diffraction, Raman spectroscopy and electron microscopy were helpful techniques to unveil the microstructural properties of the pristine nanostructured electrodes. Thus, Raman spectroscopy revealed the presence of amorphous NiO, α-Fe2 O3 (hematite) and γ-Fe2 O3 (maghemite). Also, this technique allowed the calculation of an average particle size of 23.4 Å in the amorphous carbon phase in situ generated on the positive electrode. The full sodium-ion cell performed with a reversible capacity of 100 mA h g(-1) at C/2 with an output voltage of about 1.8 V, corresponding to a specific energy density of about 180 W h kg(-1) . These promising electrochemical performances allow these transition metal thin films obtained by electrochemical deposition to be envisaged as serious competitors for future negative electrodes in sodium-ion batteries. PMID:26305272

  3. 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.

  4. Oxidative stability of egg and soy lecithin as affected by transition metal ions and pH in emulsion.

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    Wang, Guang; Wang, Tong

    2008-12-10

    Oxidative stability of egg and soy lecithin in emulsion was evaluated with two transition metal ions, cupric and ferric ion, at two concentration levels (50 and 500 microM). The effect of pH on lipid oxidation was also examined under these two concentrations for each ion. Egg lecithin (EL) had similar peroxide value (PV) development pattern as soy lecithin (SL) when treated with cupric ion under both acidic and neutral pH. Acidic pH of 3 accelerated oxidation of both EL and SL, especially under high concentration of copper. When treated with ferric ion, EL oxidized much faster than SL did. EL had higher value of thiobarbituric acid-reactive substances (TBARS) than SL, possibly because of its higher content of long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFA). Acidic pH accelerated TBARS development for both EL and SL, but EL had more significantly increased values. Cupric ion was more powerful than ferric in catalyzing oxidation of both EL and SL under both acidic and neutral pH conditions as measured by PV and TBARS. Linoleic acid may contribute to higher PV production, however, arachidonic acid and docosahexaenoic acid may have contributed more to TBARS production. Overall, SL showed better oxidative stability than EL under the experimental conditions. This study also suggests that using multiple methods is necessary in properly evaluating lipid oxidative stability. PMID:18991454

  5. 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

  6. 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.

  7. Generalized trends in the formation energies of perovskite oxides.

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    Zeng, ZhenHua; Calle-Vallejo, Federico; Mogensen, Mogens B; Rossmeisl, Jan

    2013-05-28

    Generalized trends in the formation energies of several families of perovskite oxides (ABO3) and plausible explanations to their existence are provided in this study through a combination of DFT calculations, solid-state physics analyses and simple physical/chemical descriptors. The studied elements at the A site of perovskites comprise rare-earth, alkaline-earth and alkaline metals, whereas 3d and 5d metals were studied at the B site. We also include ReO3-type compounds, which have the same crystal structure of cubic ABO3 perovskites except without A-site elements. From the observations we extract the following four conclusions for the perovskites studied in the present paper: for a given cation at the B site, (I) perovskites with cations of identical oxidation state at the A site possess close formation energies; and (II) perovskites with cations of different oxidation states at the A site usually have quite different but ordered formation energies. On the other hand, for a given A-site cation, (III) the formation energies of perovskites vary linearly with respect to the atomic number of the elements at the B site within the same period of the periodic table, and the slopes depend systematically on the oxidation state of the A-site cation; and (IV) the trends in formation energies of perovskites with elements from different periods at the B site depend on the oxidation state of A-site cations. Since the energetics of perovskites is shown to be the superposition of the individual contributions of their constituent oxides, the trends can be rationalized in terms of A-O and B-O interactions in the ionic crystal. These findings reveal the existence of general systematic trends in the formation energies of perovskites and provide further insight into the role of ion-ion interactions in the properties of ternary compounds. PMID:23579382

  8. Intragrain and intergrain magnetoresistance In Mn, Fe/Mo and Co simple, double and oxygen deficient perovskite oxides

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    Maignan, A.; Martin, C.; Hervieu, M.; Raveau, B.

    2000-03-01

    Several different transition metal oxides with structures derived from the perovskite show magnetoresistance (MR) properties. Both Ln 1- xA xMnO 3 manganites and Sr 2FeMoO 6 double-perovskites exhibit two kinds of MR: intrinsic (intragrain) in the vicinity of their Curie temperature TC and extrinsic (intergrain) below TC. The former one, colossal in the case of manganites, requires large magnetic field values (tesla or above) whereas the second one, which originates in the tunneling across a barrier (grain-boundary) of the spin-polarized carriers, is shown even in low magnetic fields. The origin of MR properties of Ln 1- xA xCoO 3-δ cobaltites differs from that of the Mn and Fe/Mo-based oxides. In particular, no low-field MR is shown.

  9. 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

  10. 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

  11. 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.

  12. 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

  13. 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.

  14. Transition-metal-assisted radical/radical cross-coupling: a new strategy to the oxidative C(sp3)-H/N-H cross-coupling.

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    Zhou, Liangliang; Tang, Shan; Qi, Xiaotian; Lin, Caitao; Liu, Kun; Liu, Chao; Lan, Yu; Lei, Aiwen

    2014-06-20

    A transition-metal-assisted oxidative C(sp(3))-H/N-H cross-coupling reaction of N-alkoxyamides with aliphatic hydrocarbons is described. During the reaction, nitrogen radicals were generated from the oxidation of N-alkoxyamides. Experiments and DFT calculations revealed that transition-metal catalyst could lower the reactivity of the generated nitrogen radical by the coordination of the transition metal, which allowed the selective radical/radical cross-coupling with the transient sp(3) carbon radical to construct C(sp(3))--N bonds. Various C(sp(3))-H bonds could be transformed into C(sp(3))-N bonds through this radical amidation strategy. PMID:24921665

  15. 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.

  16. 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.

    1996-02-15

    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-shaped V-I characteristics. For V, Fe, Ti, and Nb oxides, the temperature dependence of the threshold voltage has been measured. As the temperature increased, V{sub th} decreased to zero at a critical temperature T{sub O}, which depended on the film material. Comparison of the T{sub O} values with the temperatures of metal-insulator phase transition for some compounds (T{sub t}=120 K for Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4}, 340 K for VO{sub 2}, {approximately}500 K for Ti{sub 2}O{sub 3}, and 1070 K for NbO{sub 2}) showed that switching was related to the transition in the applied electric field. Channels consisting of the above-metioned 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.

  17. Transition metal free intramolecular selective oxidative C(sp3)-N coupling: synthesis of N-aryl-isoindolinones from 2-alkylbenzamides.

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    Verma, Ajay; Patel, Saket; Meenakshi; Kumar, Amit; Yadav, Abhimanyu; Kumar, Shailesh; Jana, Sadhan; Sharma, Shubham; Prasad, Ch Durga; Kumar, Sangit

    2015-01-25

    A synthetic method has been developed for the preparation of biologically important isoindolinones including indoprofen and DWP205190 drugs from 2-alkylbenzamide substrates by transition metal-free intramolecular selective oxidative coupling of C(sp(3))-H and N-H bonds utilizing iodine, potassium carbonate and di-tert-butyl peroxide in acetonitrile at 110-140 °C. PMID:25487732

  18. From C(sp2)-H to C(sp3)-H: systematic studies on transition metal-catalyzed oxidative C-C formation.

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    Li, Bi-Jie; Shi, Zhang-Jie

    2012-09-01

    In this tutorial review, we will summarize our recent efforts in transition metal-catalyzed oxidative coupling via C-H functionalization of aromatic, benzylic and allylic C-H bonds. Related works from other laboratories will be cited where suitable, aiming to give the readers a flavor of this field. Special emphasis is placed on the reaction design and development. PMID:22782263

  19. 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.

  20. 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

  1. LOMI (low oxidation-state transition metal ion) decontamination reagents and related preoxidation processes: Final report

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    Swan, T.; Segal, M.G.; Williams, W.J.; Pick, M.E.

    1987-12-01

    The development of the LOMI decontamination system is described covering aspects from the initial laboratory oxide dissolution studies through to the application on a full reactor primary circuit. Limited work on advanced LOMI reagents for the dissolution of chromium containing oxide is also described. The optimization of potassium-permanganate based pre-oxidation reagents for high chromium oxides is discussed, leading to the establishment of the dilute NP (nitric permanganate) and AP (alkaline permanganate) reagents for use in combination with LOMI and also the POD (PWR oxidative decontamination) system using NP and citrox reagents. An outline of the extensive materials compatibility studies required to clear the reagents for reactor use is given. Much of this work has been conducted by organizations independent of the CEGB, e.g., United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority, General Electric, Agesta Project. For such work overall conclusions only are presented. A wide range of materials corrosion work has been undertaken in the joint CEGB/EPRI studies and some more sensitive issues such as the corrosion of Stellite have been addressed in detail. Waste management techniques have been developed to minimize the volume of arisings. These involve both the optimization of reagent composition to avoid use of excess chemicals and also the development of ion exchange techniques for the direct treatment of pre-oxidation reagents and for the control of reagent pH. The kinetics of chromium leaching using ozone as a pre-oxidation reagent have been investigated in detail since this gives low waste arisings.

  2. 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.

  3. Recent Advances in Modeling Transition Metal Oxides for Photo-electrochemistry

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    Caspary Toroker, Maytal

    Computational research offers a wide range of opportunities for materials science and engineering, especially in the energy arena where there is a need for understanding how material composition and structure control energy conversion, and for designing materials that could improve conversion efficiency. Potential inexpensive materials for energy conversion devices are metal oxides. However, their conversion efficiency is limited by at least one of several factors: a too large band gap for efficiently absorbing solar energy, similar conduction and valence band edge characters that may lead to unfavorably high electron-hole recombination rates, a valence band edge that is not positioned well for oxidizing water, low stability, low electronic conductivity, and low surface reactivity. I will show how we model metal oxides with ab-initio methods, primarily DFT +U. Our previous results show that doping with lithium, sodium, or hydrogen could improve iron (II) oxide's electronic properties, and alloying with zinc or nickel could improve iron (II) oxide's optical properties. Furthermore, doping nickel (II) oxide with lithium could improve several key properties including solar energy absorption. In this talk I will highlight new results on our understanding of the mechanism of iron (III) oxide's surface reactivity. Our theoretical insights bring us a step closer towards understanding how to design better materials for photo-electrochemistry. References: 1. O. Neufeld and M. Caspary Toroker, ``Pt-doped Fe2O3 for enhanced water splitting efficiency: a DFT +U study'', J. Phys. Chem. C 119, 5836 (2015). 2. M. Caspary Toroker, ``Theoretical Insights into the Mechanism of Water Oxidation on Non-stoichiometric and Ti - doped Fe2O3 (0001)'', J. Phys. Chem. C, 118, 23162 (2014). This research was supported by the Morantz Energy Research Fund, the Nancy and Stephen Grand Technion Energy Program, the I-CORE Program of the Planning and Budgeting Committee, and The Israel Science Foundation (Grant No. 152/11).

  4. Chemical control of orbital polarization in artificially structured transition-metal oxides: La2NiXO6 (X=B,Al,Ga,In) from first principles

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    Han, M. J.; Marianetti, C. A.; Millis, A. J.

    2010-10-01

    The application of modern layer-by-layer growth techniques to transition-metal oxide materials raises the possibility of creating new classes of materials with rationally designed correlated electron properties. An important step toward this goal is the demonstration that electronic structure can be controlled by atomic composition. In compounds with partially occupied transition-metal d shells, one important aspect of the electronic structure is the relative occupancy of different d orbitals. Previous work has established that strain and quantum confinement can be used to influence orbital occupancy. In this paper we demonstrate a different modality for orbital control in transition-metal oxide heterostructures, using density-functional band calculations supplemented by a tight-binding analysis to show that the choice of nontransition-metal counterion X in transition-metal oxide heterostructures composed of alternating LaNiO3 and LaXO3 units strongly affects orbital occupancy, changing the magnitude and in some cases the sign of the orbital polarization.

  5. 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.

  6. Oxyanions in perovskites: from superconductors to solid oxide fuel cells.

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    Hancock, C A; Porras-Vazquez, J M; Keenan, P J; Slater, P R

    2015-06-21

    In this article we review work on oxyanion (carbonate, borate, nitrate, phosphate, sulphate, silicate) doping in perovskite materials beginning with early work on doping studies in superconducting cuprates, and extending to more recent work on doping into perovskite-type solid oxide fuel cell materials. In this doping strategy, the central atom of the oxyanion group occupies the perovskite B cation site, with the associated oxide ions filling 3 (carbonate, nitrate, borate) or 4 (phosphate, sulphate, silicate) of the available 6 anion sites around this site, albeit displaced so as to achieve the required geometry for the oxyanion. We highlight the potential of this doping strategy to prepare new systems, stabilize phases that cannot be prepared under ambient pressure conditions, and lead to modifications to the electronic and ionic conductivity. We also highlight the need for further work in this area, in particular to evaluate the carbonate content of perovskite phases in general. PMID:25407324

  7. 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

  8. Selective perovskite catalysts to oxidize ammonia to nitric oxide

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    Quinlan, M.A.; Ramanathan, R.; Wise, H.

    1989-03-14

    A process is described for the selective oxidation of ammonia to nitric oxide in about 90% or greater yield with a minimum of nitrogen or dinitrogen oxide (N/sub 2/O) as by-products, comprising: (1) contacting gaseous ammonia in an oxygen containing gas optionally with an inert gaseous diluent with a mixed metal perovskite catalyst of the general formula: ABO/sub 3/, wherein: A is selected from the alkali, alkaline earth, lanthanide, or actinide metals or a mixture of these metals having a relatively large ionic, radius, and B is selected from an element or a combination of elements selected from Groups IB, IVB, VB, VIB, VIIB, or VIII of the Periodic Table, wherein the perovskite phase of the catalyst has an equilibrium partial pressure of oxygen at 1000/sup 0/C of greater than about 10/sup -15/ bar; and (2) heating the reactants of step (1) at greater than about 500/sup 0/C under conditions of 10 to 100,000 hr/sup -1/ hourly space velocity.

  9. Hot electron transport in a strongly correlated transition-metal oxide

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    Rana, Kumari Gaurav; Yajima, Takeaki; Parui, Subir; Kemper, Alexander F.; Devereaux, Thomas P.; Hikita, Yasuyuki; Hwang, Harold Y.; Banerjee, Tamalika

    2013-01-01

    Oxide heterointerfaces are ideal for investigating strong correlation effects to electron transport, relevant for oxide-electronics. Using hot-electrons, we probe electron transport perpendicular to the La0.7Sr0.3MnO3 (LSMO)- Nb-doped SrTiO3 (Nb:STO) interface and find the characteristic hot-electron attenuation length in LSMO to be 1.48 ± 0.10 unit cells (u.c.) at −1.9 V, increasing to 2.02 ± 0.16 u.c. at −1.3 V at room temperature. Theoretical analysis of this energy dispersion reveals the dominance of electron-electron and polaron scattering. Direct visualization of the local electron transport shows different transmission at the terraces and at the step-edges. PMID:23429420

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. The influence of doping with transition metal ions on the structure and magnetic properties of zinc oxide thin films.

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    Neamtu, Jenica; Volmer, Marius

    2014-01-01

    Zn1-x Ni x O (x = 0.03 ÷ 0.10) and Zn1-x Fe x O (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 (Ni(2+)) leads to weak ferromagnetism of thin films. For Zn1-x Fe x O with x = 0.03 ÷ 0.05, the Fe(3+) ions are magnetic coupling by superexchange interaction via oxygen ions in wurtzite structure. For x = 0.10 ÷ 0.15 (Fe(3+)) 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

  13. 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

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

    PubMed Central

    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

  15. Electronic and Magnetic Properties of Transition-Metal Oxide Nanocomposites: A Tight-Binding Modeling at Mesoscale

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    Tai, Yuan-Yen; Zhu, Jian-Xin

    Transition metal oxides (TMOs) exhibit many emergent phenomena ranging from high-temperature superconductivity and giant magnetoresistance to magnetism and ferroelectricity. In addition, when TMOs are interfaced with each other, new functionalities can arise, which are absent in individual components. In this talk, I will present an overview on our recent efforts in theoretical understanding of the electronic and magnetic properties TMO nanocomposites. In particular, I will introduce our recently developed tight-binding modeling of these properties arising from the interplay of competing interactions at the interfaces of planar and pillar nanocomposites. Our theoretical tool package will provide a unique capability to address the emergent phenomena in TMO nanocomposites and their mesoscale response to such effects like strain and microstructures at the interfaces, and ultimately help establish design principles of new multifunctionality with TMOs. This work was carried out under the auspices of the National Nuclear Security Administration of the U.S. Department of Energy at LANL under Contract No. DE-AC52-06NA25396, and was supported by the LANL LDRD Program.

  16. 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

  17. Linker rectifiers for covalent attachment of transition-metal catalysts to metal-oxide surfaces.

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    Ding, Wendu; Negre, Christian F A; Palma, Julio L; Durrell, Alec C; Allen, Laura J; Young, Karin J; Milot, Rebecca L; Schmuttenmaer, Charles A; Brudvig, Gary W; Crabtree, Robert H; Batista, Victor S

    2014-04-14

    Linkers that favor rectification of interfacial electron transfer are likely to be required for efficient photo-driven catalysis of multi-electron reactions at electrode surfaces. Design principles are discussed, together with the synthesis and characterization of a specific pair of molecular linkers, related by inversion of the direction of an amide bond in the heart of the molecule. The linkers have a terpyridyl group that can covalently bind Mn as in a well-known water oxidation catalyst and an acetylacetonate group that allows attachment to TiO2 surfaces. The appropriate choice of the sense of the amide linkage yields directionality of interfacial electron transfer, essential to enhance electron injection and slow back-electron transfer. Support comes from electron paramagnetic resonance and terahertz spectroscopic measurements, as well as computational modeling characterizing the asymmetry of electron transfer properties. PMID:24668518

  18. 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

  19. 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

  20. 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

    2016-02-01

    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.

  1. Fabrication of functional transition metal oxide and hydroxide used as catalysts and battery materials

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    Xu, Linping

    My research is focused on developing metal oxide and hydroxide nanomaterials which can be used as battery materials, organic transformation catalysts, and photocatalysts. This research involves studying ZnO with different morphologies as photocatalysts for phenol degradation, producing CuO as olefin epoxidation catalysts, developing V and Cu incorporated manganese oxides as cathode materials for Li-ion batteries, and fabricating alpha-nickel hydroxide for Li-air battery materials. The first part includes producing ZnO as a photocatalyst for phenol degradation. The goal of this study is the synthesis of ZnO with different morphologies using the solvothermal method. The influence of solvents has been studied in detail. Their properties and photocatalytic performances have been explored as well. The second part of the research is concerned with developing novel urchin-like CuO as an olefin epoxidation catalyst. The purpose of this study is to develop a new catalyst, CuO, for olefin epoxidation. The copper source and precipitators were optimized, and the possible self-assembly mechanism of the urchin-like morphology was proposed. The catalytic activity of CuO for olefin epoxidation was studied. The third part of this work includes developing V, Cu incorporated manganese oxide (V-Cu-OMS-2) as cathode materials for Li-ion batteries. The purpose of this project is to develop a new material with enhanced battery performance. V and Cu incorporated manganese oxide were developed using hydrothermal methods. Octahedral molecular sieve (OMS) materials show mixed valences of Mn 3+ and Mn4+, which produces novel properties in battery applications. Inexpensive starting materials make OMS materials more promising for commercial applications. How the incorporation of V and Cu affected OMS-2 materials was investigated in terms of their crystal structure, morphologies, and surface areas. The battery performance of the incorporated OMS-2 materials with different loading amounts of V and Cu was also studied. In the fourth part of this research, 3D flower-like alpha-nickel hydroxide with enhanced electrochemical activity was fabricated using a microwave-assisted hydrothermal method. The focus of this study is the synthesis of alpha-nickel hydroxide and its application for O2 reduction. The synthetic work focused on the preparation of flower-like alpha-nickel hydroxide using the microwave-assisted hydrothermal method. The alpha-nickel hydroxide shows superior electrochemical properties compared to those of the beta-form. However, it is difficult to make the alpha-form, since the structure of alpha-nickel hydroxide is unstable, and it prefers to transfer to the beta-form under basic conditions. In this study, flower-like alpha-nickel hydroxide was prepared using urea as the precipitating agent. The factors, which affected the formation of flower-like morphologies, have been investigated. The electrochemical activity of as-synthesized alpha-nickel hydroxide for oxygen reduction in an alkaline media was studied.

  2. 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.

  3. Oxide interfaces: Mismatched lattices patched up

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    Poeppelmeier, Kenneth R.; Rondinelli, James M.

    2016-04-01

    Controlling interfaces between transition-metal oxides and dissimilar structures is crucial for practical applications, yet has remained a quandary. Now, a coherent interface that bridges a perovskite and a fluorite structure has been formed using judiciously chosen metal cations.

  4. Kinetics and Mechanisms of Oxidative Cleavage of HIV RRE RNA by Rev-Coupled Transition Metal Chelates.

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    Joyner, Jeff C; Keuper, Kevin D; Cowan, J A

    2013-04-01

    Catalytic metallodrugs were used to oxidatively cleave HIV-1 Rev Response Element RNA (RRE RNA), and the mechanisms of RNA cleavage were studied using a combination of matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization-time of flight mass spectrometry (MALDI-TOF MS), fluorescence spectroscopy, and gel electrophoresis. The metallodrugs, which contained combinations of the transition metals Fe(2+), Co(2+), Ni(2+), and Cu(2+) and the Rev-coupled chelators DOTA, DTPA, EDTA, NTA, tripeptide GGH, and tetrapeptide KGHK, bind to and cleave HIV RRE RNA through heretofore unknown oxidative mechanisms. The broad spectrum of metal catalysts and co-reagents provided a means for systematic variation of oxidative reactivity without significant perturbation of binding between catalyst and RNA. Detailed MS analyses were used to monitor formation of RNA fragments containing terminal 2',3'-cyclic phosphate (2',3'-cPO4), 3'-phosphate (3'-PO4), 3'-phosphoglycolate (3'-PG), 5'- hydroxyl (5'-OH), 5'- phosphate (5'-PO4) and other nascent overhangs at sites of cleavage. The distinct overhangs corresponded to distinct mechanisms of oxidative hydrogen-abstraction (H abstraction), hydrolysis, and/or endonucleolysis, allowing a dissection of the contributions of various mechanisms of oxidative cleavage. Rapid co-reactant- and catalyst-dependent formation of fragments containing terminal 3'-PG, 3'-PO4 and 5'-PO4 overhangs appeared to be initiated primarily by H abstraction events. The standard thiobarbituric acid (TBA) assay was employed herein in a novel usage to monitor the formation of base 2-hydroxypropenal products produced by 4'-H abstraction in RNA. Formation of an adduct with TBA was monitored by fluorescence, and its quantification correlated with the formation of 3'-PG monitored by MALDI-TOF MS, confirming oxidative 4'-H abstraction as a major mechanism of rapid catalyst-mediated cleavage of RRE RNA. Rapid formation of 3'-PO4 overhangs was most likely a result of 5'-H abstraction. Apparent rates of formation of 3'-PG (a unique product of 4'-H abstraction) at differing nucleotide positions within the RNA were used to triangulate probable 3D positions of metal centers and establish the distance-dependence of 4'-H abstraction for certain catalytic metallodrugs. PMID:23626900

  5. 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

  6. 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.

    2015-09-01

    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.

  7. 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

  8. 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.

  9. 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

  10. 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.

  11. 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

  12. 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

  13. 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=5×10^-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.

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. 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.

  17. Transition metal sulfide loaded catalyst

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    Maroni, Victor A.; Iton, Lennox E.; Pasterczyk, James W.; Winterer, Markus; Krause, Theodore R.

    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.

  18. Transition metal sulfide loaded catalyst

    DOEpatents

    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.

  19. 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.

  20. 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; González-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

  1. Predicting metal-to-metal charge transfer in closed-shell transition metal oxides doped with Bi 3+ or Pb 2+

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    Boutinaud, Philippe; Cavalli, Enrico

    2011-02-01

    An empirical model is proposed to predict the energy position of the metal-to-metal charge transfer (MMCT) bands in closed shell d 0 transition metal complex oxides doped with Bi 3+ or Pb 2+ ions. The model is constructed on the basis of optical data compiled from the literature and from the investigation of the luminescence properties of a series of compounds (titanates, vanadates, niobates, tantalates, molybdates, and zirconates) prepared and characterized in this work.

  2. 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.

  3. Decomposition of Organometal Halide Perovskite Films on Zinc Oxide Nanoparticles.

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    Cheng, Yuanhang; Yang, Qing-Dan; Xiao, Jingyang; Xue, Qifan; Li, Ho-Wa; Guan, Zhiqiang; Yip, Hin-Lap; Tsang, Sai-Wing

    2015-09-16

    Solution processed zinc oxide (ZnO) nanoparticles (NPs) with excellent electron transport properties and a low-temperature process is a viable candidate to replace titanium dioxide (TiO2) as electron transport layer to develop high-efficiency perovskite solar cells on flexible substrates. However, the number of reported high-performance perovskite solar cells using ZnO-NPs is still limited. Here we report a detailed investigation on the chemistry and crystal growth of CH3NH3PbI3 perovskite on ZnO-NP thin films. We find that the perovskite films would severely decompose into PbI2 upon thermal annealing on the bare ZnO-NP surface. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) results show that the hydroxide groups on the ZnO-NP surface accelerate the decomposition of the perovskite films. To reduce the decomposition, we introduce a buffer layer in between the ZnO-NPs and perovskite layers. We find that a commonly used buffer layer with small molecule [6,6]-phenyl-C61-butyric acid methyl ester (PC61BM) can slow down but cannot completely avoid the decomposition. On the other hand, a polymeric buffer layer using poly(ethylenimine) (PEI) can effectively separate the ZnO-NPs and perovskite, which allows larger crystal formation with thermal annealing. The power conversion efficiencies of perovskite photovoltaic cells are significantly increased from 6.4% to 10.2% by replacing PC61BM with PEI as the buffer layer. PMID:26280249

  4. 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

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. Method for dry etching of transition metals

    DOEpatents

    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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. Oxidative dehydrogenation (ODH) of ethane with O[subscript 2] as oxidant on selected transition metal-loaded zeolites

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    Lin, Xufeng; Hoel, Cathleen A.; Sachtler, Wolfgang M.H.; Poeppelmeier, Kenneth R.; Weitz, Eric

    2009-09-14

    Ni-, Cu-, and Fe-loaded acidic and basic Y zeolites were synthesized, and their catalytic properties for oxidative dehydrogenation of ethane (ODHE) to ethylene were characterized. Acidic Ni-loaded Y zeolite exhibits an ethylene productivity of up to 108 g{sub C{sub 2}H{sub 4}}g{sub cat}{sup -1} h{sup -1} with a selectivity of {approx}75%. Acidic Cu- and Fe-loaded Y zeolites have an ethylene productivity of up to 0.37 g{sub C{sub 2}H{sub 4}}g{sub cat}{sup -1} h{sup -1} and a selectivity of {approx}50%. For the same metal, the acidity of the zeolite favors both ODHE productivity and ethylene selectivity. Extended X-ray absorption fine structure (EXAFS) studies show that Ni, present in particles on Ni/HY during the ODHE catalytic process, contains both Ni-Ni and Ni-O bonds, and that the ratio of oxidized Ni versus metallic Ni increases with the temperature. The insights these studies provide into the ODHE reaction mechanism are discussed.

  17. Synthesis-Microstructure-Performance Relationship of Layered Transition Metal Oxides as Cathode for Rechargeable Sodium Batteries Prepared by High-Temperature Calcination

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    Xie, Man; Luo, Rui; Lu, Jun; Chen, Renjie; Wu, Feng; Wang, Xiaoming; Zhan, Chun; Wu, Huiming; Albishri, Hassan M.; Al-Bogami, Abdullah S.; El-Hady, Deia Abd; Amine, Khalil

    2014-09-05

    Research on sodium batteries has made a comeback because of concern regarding the limited resources and cost of lithium for Li-ion batteries. From the standpoint of electrochemistry and economics, Mn- or Fe-based layered transition metal oxides should be the most suitable cathode candidates for affordable sodium batteries. Herein, this paper reports a novel cathode material, layered Na1+x(Fey/2Niy/2Mn1–y)1–xO2 (x = 0.1–0.5), synthesized through a facile coprecipitation process combined with subsequent calcination. For such cathode material calcined at 800 °C for 20 h, the Na/Na1+x(Fey/2Niy/2Mn1–y)1–xO2 (x = 0.4) electrode exhibited a good capacity of 99.1 mAh g–1 (cycled at 1.5–4.0 V) and capacity retention over 87% after 50 cycles. Optimization of this material would make layered transition metal oxides a strong candidate for the Na-ion battery cathode.

  18. Thermoelectric module made of perovskite cobalt oxides with large thermopower

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    Inagoya, Akiko; Sawaki, Daisuke; Horiuchi, Yuto; Urata, Saori; Funahashi, Ryoji; Terasaki, Ichiro

    2011-12-01

    We have fabricated a trial product of an oxide thermoelectric module using the perovskite cobalt oxides. The thermoelectric properties of the p- and n-leg materials are carefully controlled, and the room temperature thermopower is set to be larger than 200 μV/K. This module generates an open circuit voltage of 1.0 V with a small temperature difference of 170 K. At a large temperature difference of 399 K, it generates a substantial power of 40 mW, and the generated energy density is comparable with that of commercial solar cells.

  19. 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.

  20. Position-sensitive change in the transition metal L-edge fine structures

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    Gulec, Ahmet; Phillips, Patrick J.; Klie, Robert F.

    2015-10-01

    Studying the structure and composition of solid-state materials on the atomic scale has become nearly routine in transmission electron microscopy with the development of novel electron optics and electron sources. In particular, with spatial resolutions better than 0.1 nm and energy resolution smaller than 100 meV, the stoichiometry, bonding, and coordination can now be examined on similar scales. Aberration-corrected scanning transmission electron microscopy and electron energy-loss spectroscopy (EELS) have played a crucial role in identifying charge ordering, valence, and as spin state transitions in transition metal perovskite oxides. In this letter, we investigate the effects of ever-decreasing electron-probe sizes on the measured near-edge fine-structure of the transition metal core-loss edge using EELS. We find that for certain transition metal perovskites, the position of the electron probe with respect to the atomic column is crucial in determining the correct valence state. Several reasons for the observed position-sensitive EELS fine-structure are discussed.

  1. Position-sensitive change in the transition metal L-edge fine structures

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    Gulec, Ahmet; Phillips, Patrick J.; Klie, Robert F.

    2015-10-05

    Studying the structure and composition of solid-state materials on the atomic scale has become nearly routine in transmission electron microscopy with the development of novel electron optics and electron sources. In particular, with spatial resolutions better than 0.1 nm and energy resolution smaller than 100 meV, the stoichiometry, bonding, and coordination can now be examined on similar scales. Aberration-corrected scanning transmission electron microscopy and electron energy-loss spectroscopy (EELS) have played a crucial role in identifying charge ordering, valence, and as spin state transitions in transition metal perovskite oxides. In this letter, we investigate the effects of ever-decreasing electron-probe sizes on the measured near-edge fine-structure of the transition metal core-loss edge using EELS. We find that for certain transition metal perovskites, the position of the electron probe with respect to the atomic column is crucial in determining the correct valence state. Several reasons for the observed position-sensitive EELS fine-structure are discussed.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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 μmol/g-catalyst.

  5. Resolving surface chemical states in XPS analysis of first row transition metals, oxides and hydroxides: Cr, Mn, Fe, Co and Ni

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    Biesinger, Mark C.; Payne, Brad P.; Grosvenor, Andrew P.; Lau, Leo W. M.; Gerson, Andrea R.; Smart, Roger St. C.

    2011-01-01

    Chemical state X-ray photoelectron spectroscopic analysis of first row transition metals and their oxides and hydroxides is challenging due to the complexity of their 2p spectra resulting from peak asymmetries, complex multiplet splitting, shake-up and plasmon loss structure, and uncertain, overlapping binding energies. Our previous paper [M.C. Biesinger et al., Appl. Surf. Sci. 257 (2010) 887-898.] in which we examined Sc, Ti, V, Cu and Zn species, has shown that all the values of the spectral fitting parameters for each specific species, i.e. binding energy (eV), full wide at half maximum (FWHM) value (eV) for each pass energy, spin-orbit splitting values and asymmetric peak shape fitting parameters, are not all normally provided in the literature and data bases, and are necessary for reproducible, quantitative chemical state analysis. A more consistent, practical and effective approach to curve fitting was developed based on a combination of (1) standard spectra from quality reference samples, (2) a survey of appropriate literature databases and/or a compilation of literature references and (3) specific literature references where fitting procedures are available. This paper extends this approach to the chemical states of Cr, Mn, Fe, Co and Ni metals, and various oxides and hydroxides where intense, complex multiplet splitting in many of the chemical states of these elements poses unique difficulties for chemical state analysis. The curve fitting procedures proposed use the same criteria as proposed previously but with the additional complexity of fitting of multiplet split spectra which has been done based on spectra of numerous reference materials and theoretical XPS modeling of these transition metal species. Binding energies, FWHM values, asymmetric peak shape fitting parameters, multiplet peak separation and peak area percentages are presented. The procedures developed can be utilized to remove uncertainties in the analysis of surface states in nano-particles, corrosion, catalysis and surface-engineered materials.

  6. Autothermal reforming catalyst having perovskite structure

    DOEpatents

    Krumpel, Michael; Liu, Di-Jia

    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.

  7. 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

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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

  11. Facile and novel electrochemical preparation of a graphene-transition metal oxide nanocomposite for ultrasensitive electrochemical sensing of acetaminophen and phenacetin

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    Jiang, Lin; Gu, Shuqing; Ding, Yaping; Jiang, Feng; Zhang, Zhen

    2013-12-01

    A facile and novel preparation strategy based on electrochemical techniques for the fabrication of electrodeposited graphene (EGR) and zinc oxide (ZnO) nanocomposite was developed. The morphology and structure of the EGR-based nanocomposite were investigated by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (XPS) and Raman spectroscopy. Meanwhile, the electrochemical performance of the nanocomposite was demonstrated with cyclic voltammetry (CV) and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS). Due to the synergistic effect of EGR and ZnO nanoparticles, an ultrasensitive electrochemical sensor for acetaminophen (AC) and phenacetin (PCT) was successfully fabricated. The linearity ranged from 0.02 to 10 μM for AC and 0.06 to 10 μM for PCT with high sensitivities of 54 295.82 μA mM-1 cm2 for AC and 21 344.66 μA mM-1 cm2 for PCT, respectively. Moreover, the practical applicability was validated to be reliable and desirable in pharmaceutical detections. The excellent results showed the promise of the proposed preparation strategy of EGR-transition metal oxide nanocomposite in the field of electroanalytical chemistry.A facile and novel preparation strategy based on electrochemical techniques for the fabrication of electrodeposited graphene (EGR) and zinc oxide (ZnO) nanocomposite was developed. The morphology and structure of the EGR-based nanocomposite were investigated by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (XPS) and Raman spectroscopy. Meanwhile, the electrochemical performance of the nanocomposite was demonstrated with cyclic voltammetry (CV) and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS). Due to the synergistic effect of EGR and ZnO nanoparticles, an ultrasensitive electrochemical sensor for acetaminophen (AC) and phenacetin (PCT) was successfully fabricated. The linearity ranged from 0.02 to 10 μM for AC and 0.06 to 10 μM for PCT with high sensitivities of 54 295.82 μA mM-1 cm2 for AC and 21 344.66 μA mM-1 cm2 for PCT, respectively. Moreover, the practical applicability was validated to be reliable and desirable in pharmaceutical detections. The excellent results showed the promise of the proposed preparation strategy of EGR-transition metal oxide nanocomposite in the field of electroanalytical chemistry. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available. See DOI: 10.1039/c3nr03620k

  12. 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.

  13. Contributions of superoxide, hydrogen peroxide, and transition metal ions to auto-oxidation of the favism-inducing pyrimidine aglycone, divicine, and its reactions with haemoglobin.

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    Winterbourn, C C; Benatti, U; De Flora, A

    1986-06-15

    The influence of O2-, H2O2 and metal ions on the auto-oxidation of divicine, a pyrimidine aglycone, was studied. In air at pH 7.4, the hydroquinonic form oxidized within a few minutes. Superoxide dismutase (SOD) markedly decreased the initial rate, giving a lag phase followed by rapid oxidation. Although catalase or diethylenetriamine-penta-acetic acid (DTPA) alone had little effect, each in the presence of SOD further slowed the initial rate and increased the lag. H2O2 decreased the lag time, as did Cu2+, Fe2+ or haemoglobin. GSH substantially increased the lag phase, but it eventually reacted with the divicine to form a 305 nm-absorbing adduct. These results indicate that an O2(-)-dependent mechanism of divicine auto-oxidation normally predominates. Auto-oxidation can also occur by a mechanism involving H2O2 and transition metal ions or haemoglobin, and if both these reactions are prevented by SOD and DTPA or catalase, a third mechanism, requiring build-up of an autocatalytic intermediate, becomes operative. Oxyhaemoglobin did not react directly with divicine, but reacted with the H2O2 produced by divicine auto-oxidation to give mainly an oxidized derivative presumed to be ferrylhaemoglobin. Divicine was shown to reduce ferylhaemoglobin to methaemoglobin, and this reaction was probably responsible for the acceleratory effect of haemoglobin on divicine oxidation. These results indicate that O2 rather than oxyhaemoglobin is likely to initiate divicine oxidation in the erythrocyte. Haemolytic crises, which are thought to result from this oxidation, occur only sporadically in glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase deficient individuals following ingestion of fava beans. A characteristic of the crises is acute depletion of erythrocyte GSH, and the vulnerability of these cells could relate to the ability of GSH, in combination with SOD, to protect against the autocatalytic mechanism of divicine auto-oxidation. Our demonstration of a variety of auto-oxidation pathways also suggests possible areas of individual variation. PMID:3013207

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

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    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.

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

    DOEpatents

    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.

  16. Facile and novel electrochemical preparation of a graphene-transition metal oxide nanocomposite for ultrasensitive electrochemical sensing of acetaminophen and phenacetin.

    PubMed

    Jiang, Lin; Gu, Shuqing; Ding, Yaping; Jiang, Feng; Zhang, Zhen

    2014-01-01

    A facile and novel preparation strategy based on electrochemical techniques for the fabrication of electrodeposited graphene (EGR) and zinc oxide (ZnO) nanocomposite was developed. The morphology and structure of the EGR-based nanocomposite were investigated by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (XPS) and Raman spectroscopy. Meanwhile, the electrochemical performance of the nanocomposite was demonstrated with cyclic voltammetry (CV) and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS). Due to the synergistic effect of EGR and ZnO nanoparticles, an ultrasensitive electrochemical sensor for acetaminophen (AC) and phenacetin (PCT) was successfully fabricated. The linearity ranged from 0.02 to 10 μM for AC and 0.06 to 10 μM for PCT with high sensitivities of 54,295.82 μA mM(-1) cm(2) for AC and 21,344.66 μA mM(-1) cm(2) for PCT, respectively. Moreover, the practical applicability was validated to be reliable and desirable in pharmaceutical detections. The excellent results showed the promise of the proposed preparation strategy of EGR-transition metal oxide nanocomposite in the field of electroanalytical chemistry. PMID:24201458

  17. Aqueous transition-metal cations as impurities in a wide gap oxide: the Cu(2+)/Cu(+) and Ag(2+)/Ag(+) redox couples revisited.

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    Liu, Xiandong; Cheng, Jun; Sprik, Michiel

    2015-01-22

    The interactions of the d electrons of transition-metal aqua ions with the solvent are usually divided in short-range electronic interactions with ligand water molecules and long-range electrostatic interactions with molecules beyond the first coordination shell. This is the rationale behind the cluster continuum and QM/MM methods developed for the computation of the redox potentials. In the density functional theory based molecular dynamics (DFTMD) method, the electronic states of the complex are also allowed to mix with the extended band states of the solvent. Returning to the Cu(+) and Ag(+) oxidation reaction, which has been the subject of DFTMD simulation before, we show that coupling to the valence band states of water is greatly enhanced by the band gap error in the density functional approximation commonly used in DFTMD (the generalized gradient approximation). This effect is analyzed by viewing the solvent as a wide gap oxide and the redox active ions as electronic defects. The errors can be reduced significantly by application of hybrid functionals containing a fraction of Hartree-Fock exchange. These calculations make use of recent progress in DFTMD technology, enabling us to include sp core polarization and Hartree-Fock exchange in condensed-phase model systems. PMID:25386900

  18. Perovskite-supported palladium for methane oxidation - structure-activity relationships.

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    Eyssler, Arnim; Lu, Ye; Matam, Santhosh Kumar; Weidenkaff, Anke; Ferri, Davide

    2012-01-01

    Palladium is the precious metal of choice for methane oxidation and perovskite-type oxides offer the possibility to stabilize it as PdO, considered crucial for catalytic activity. Pd can adopt different oxidation and coordination states when associated with perovskite-type oxides. Here, we review our work on the effect of perovskite composition on the oxidation and coordination states of Pd and its influence on catalytic activity for methane oxidation in the case of typical Mn, Fe and Co perovskite-based oxidation catalysts. Especially X-ray absorption near edge structure (XANES) spectroscopy is shown to be crucial to fingerprint the different coordination states of Pd. Pd substitutes Fe and Co in the octahedral sites but without modifying catalytic activity with respect to the Pd-free perovskite. On LaMnO(3) palladium is predominantly exposed at the surface thus bestowing catalytic activity for methane oxidation. However, the occupancy of B-cation sites of the perovskite structure by Pd can be exploited to cyclically activate Pd and to protect it from particle growth. This is explicitly demonstrated for La(Fe, Pd)O(3), where catalytic activity for methane oxidation is enhanced under oscillating redox conditions at 500 °C, therefore paving the way to the practical application in three-way catalysts for stoichiometric natural gas engines. PMID:23211725

  19. Transition Metal Switchable Mirror

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    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

  20. 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.

  1. 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.

  2. 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

  3. 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...

  4. 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.

  5. 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

  6. 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.

  7. Degradation of vulcanized and nonvulcanized polyisoprene rubbers by lipid peroxidation catalyzed by oxidative enzymes and transition metals.

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    Sato, Shin; Honda, Yoichi; Kuwahara, Masaaki; Watanabe, Takashi

    2003-01-01

    Despite numerous reports concerning the biodegradation of rubber materials, there has been no report of rubber degradation by fully characterized enzymes. In the present paper, we presented a new method to decompose nonvulcanized and vulcanized polyisoprene rubbers by controlling the free radical chain reactions of lipids using oxidative enzymes, manganese peroxidase (MnP), laccase (Lac), and horseradish peroxidase (HRP). Nonvulcanized synthetic polyisoprene (IR) was degraded by the free radicals from unsaturated fatty acids produced by MnP, HRP, and a combination of Lac/1-hydroxybenzotriazole. In contrast, lipoxygenase caused no apparent degradation. Degradation of IR was also observed in lipid peroxidation initiated by the Fenton reaction (FR) and Mn(III), an oxidation product produced by MnP. Vulcanized polyisoprene rubber sheets were degraded by the lipid peroxidation initiated by HRP, MnP, Mn(III), and FR. Pyrolysis GC-MS analysis demonstrated that the lipid peroxidation liberated isoprenoid fragments from the vulcanized rubbers. PMID:12625727

  8. 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).

  9. 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

  10. 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.

  11. 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 ν_1 and ν_2 vibrations in each state.

  12. Oxidation Reactions of Ethane over Ba-Ce-O Based Perovskites

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    Miller, James E.; Sault, Allen G.; Trudell, Daniel E.; Nenoff, Tina M.; Thoma, Steven G.; Jackson, Nancy B.

    1999-08-18

    Ethane oxidation reactions were studied over pure and Ca-, Mg-, Sr-, La-, Nd-, and Y-substituted BaCeO{sub 3} perovskites under oxygen limited conditions. Several of the materials, notably the Ca- and Y-substituted materials, show activity for complete oxidation of the hydrocarbon to CO{sub 2} at temperatures below 650 C. At higher temperatures, the oxidative dehydrogenation (ODH) to ethylene becomes significant. Conversions and ethylene yields are enhanced by the perovskites above the thermal reaction in our system in some cases. The perovskite structure is not retained in the high temperature reaction environment. Rather, a mixture of carbonates and oxides is formed. Loss of the perovskite structure correlates with a loss of activity and selectivity to ethylene.

  13. 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.

  14. 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

  15. Oxide cathode with perovskite structure for rechargeable lithium batteries

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    Shan, Yue Jin; Chen, Liquan; Inaguma, Yoshiyuki; Itoh, Mitsuru; Nakamura, Tetsuro

    Lithium ions were electrochemically inserted into perovskite-type oxides SrVO 3-δ and La 0.50Li 0.37TiO 2.94 using galvanic cell: Li|1 M LiClO 4 in PC|SrVO 3-δ or La 0.50Li 0.37TiO 2.94. It is found that the lattice parameters of SrVO 3-δ will be increased and the discharge capacity of SrVO 3-δ will be decreased as δ increased. At the composition where all of A-site vacancies in La 0.50Li 0.37TiO 2.94 are just occupied by the lithium ions, the lattice parameter shows a sudden increase. The chemical diffusion coefficients of lithium ions in SrVO 3-δ and La 0.50Li 0.37TiO 2.94 were determined to be the values in the range from 10 -8 to 10 -12 cm 2 s -1. Both oxides can be considered as a useful cathode of rechargeable lithium batteries. The charge/discharge characteristic can be improved by mixing of a small amount of carbon powder with the oxide.

  16. Mechanical mixtures of metal oxides and phosphorus pentoxide as novel precursors for the synthesis of transition-metal phosphides.

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    Guo, Lijuan; Zhao, Yu; Yao, Zhiwei

    2016-01-21

    This study presents a new type of precursor, mechanical mixtures of metal oxides (MOs) and phosphorus pentoxide (P2O5) are used to synthesize Ni2P, Co2P and MoP phosphides by the H2 reduction method. In addition, this is first report of common solid-state P2O5 being used as a P source for the synthesis of metal phosphides. The traditional precursors are usually prepared via a complicated preparation procedure involving dissolution, drying and calcination steps. However, these novel MOs/P2O5 precursors can be obtained only by simple mechanical mixing of the starting materials. Furthermore, unlike the direct transformation from amorphous phases to phosphides, various specific intermediates were involved in the transformation from MOs/P2O5 to phosphides. It is worthy to note that the dispersions of Ni2P, Co2P and MoP obtained from MOs/P2O5 precursors were superior to those of the corresponding phosphides prepared from the abovementioned traditional precursors. It is suggested that the morphology of the as-prepared metal phosphides might be inherited from the corresponding MOs. Based on the results of XRD, XPS, SEM and TEM, the formation pathway of phosphides can be defined as MOs/P2O5 precursors → complex intermediates (metals, metal phosphates and metal oxide-phosphates) → metal phosphides. PMID:26667235

  17. 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.

  18. 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

  19. 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.

  20. Transition metal-mediated donor-acceptor coordination of low-oxidation state Group 14 element halides.

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    Swarnakar, Anindya K; Ferguson, Michael J; McDonald, Robert; Rivard, Eric

    2016-03-30

    The reactivity of tungsten carbonyl adducts of Group 14 element (Ge, Sn and Pb) dihalides towards the metal-based donors (η(5)-C5H5)Rh(PMe2Ph)2 and Pt(PCy3)2 was examined. When (η(5)-C5H5)Rh(PMe2Ph)2 was treated with the Lewis acid supported Ge(ii) complex, THF·GeCl2·W(CO)5, cyclopentadienyl ring activation occurred, whereas the analogous Lewis acidic units SnCl2·W(CO)5 and PbCl2 form direct adducts with the Rh complex to yield Rh-Sn and Rh-Pb dative bonds. Attempts to prepare metal coordinated element(ii) hydrides by adding hydride sources to the above mentioned rhodium-E(ii) halide complexes were unsuccessful; in each case insoluble products were formed along with regeneration of free (η(5)-C5H5)Rh(PMe2Ph)2. In a parallel study, ECl2·W(CO)5 (E = Ge or Sn) groups were shown to participate in E-Cl oxidation addition chemistry with (Cy3P)2Pt to give the formal Pt(ii) complexes ClPt(PCy3)2ECl·W(CO)5. PMID:26373599

  1. 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

    2014-04-01

    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.

  2. Resolving surface chemical states in XPS analysis of first row transition metals, oxides and hydroxides: Sc, Ti, V, Cu and Zn

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    Biesinger, Mark C.; Lau, Leo W. M.; Gerson, Andrea R.; Smart, Roger St. C.

    2010-11-01

    Chemical state X-ray photoelectron spectroscopic analysis of first row transition metals and their oxides and hydroxides is challenging due to the complexity of the 2p spectra resulting from peak asymmetries, complex multiplet splitting, shake-up and plasmon loss structure, and uncertain, overlapping binding energies. A review of current literature shows that all values necessary for reproducible, quantitative chemical state analysis are usually not provided. This paper reports a more consistent, practical and effective approach to curve-fitting the various chemical states in a variety of Sc, Ti, V, Cu and Zn metals, oxides and hydroxides. The curve-fitting procedures proposed are based on a combination of (1) standard spectra from quality reference samples, (2) a survey of appropriate literature databases and/or a compilation of the literature references, and (3) specific literature references where fitting procedures are available. Binding energies, full-width at half maximum (FWHM) values, spin-orbit splitting values, asymmetric peak-shape fitting parameters, and, for Cu and Zn, Auger parameters values are presented. The quantification procedure for Cu species details the use of the shake-up satellites for Cu(II)-containing compounds and the exact binding energies of the Cu(0) and Cu(I) peaks. The use of the modified Auger parameter for Cu and Zn species allows for corroborating evidence when there is uncertainty in the binding energy assignment. These procedures can remove uncertainties in analysis of surface states in nano-particles, corrosion, catalysis and surface-engineered materials.

  3. 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.

  4. Activity and structure of perovskites as diesel reforming catalysts for solid oxide fuel cells.

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    Liu, D.-J.; Krumpelt, M.; Chemical Engineering

    2005-01-01

    Recent progress in developing perovskite materials as more cost-effective catalysts in autothermal reforming (ATR) of diesel fuel to hydrogen-rich reformate for solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) application is reported. Perovskite-type metal oxides with B sites partially exchanged by ruthenium were prepared and evaluated under ATR reaction conditions. The hydrogen yield, reforming efficiency, and CO{sub x} selectivity of these catalysts were investigated using diesel surrogate fuel with 50 ppm sulfur. The catalyst performances have approached or exceeded a benchmark, high-cost rhodium-based material. In parallel with the reactivity study, we also investigated the physical properties of B-site doped perovskites and their impact on the reforming performance using various characterization techniques such as BET, X-ray powder diffraction, temperature programmable reduction, scanning electron microscopy, and synchrotron X-ray absorption spectroscopy. We found that ruthenium is highly dispersed into perovskite lattice and its redox behavior is directly associated with reforming activity.

  5. 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

  6. 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

  7. 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.

  8. 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

  9. Mixed-Ligand Approach to Changing the Metal Ratio in Bismuth-Transition Metal Heterometallic Precursors.

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    Lieberman, Craig M; Wei, Zheng; Filatov, Alexander S; Dikarev, Evgeny V

    2016-04-18

    A new series of heteroleptic bismuth-transition metal β-diketonates [BiM(hfac)3(thd)2] (M = Mn (1), Co (2), and Ni (3); hfac = hexafluoroacetylacetonate, thd = tetramethylheptanedionate) with Bi:M = 1:1 ratio have been synthesized by stoichiometric reactions between homometallic reagents [Bi(III)(hfac)3] and [M(II)(thd)2]. On the basis of analysis of the metal-ligand interactions in heterometallic structures, the title compounds were formulated as ion-pair {[Bi(III)(thd)2](+)[M(II)(hfac)3](-)} complexes. The direct reaction between homometallic reagents proceeds with a full ligand exchange between main group and transition metal centers, yielding dinuclear heterometallic molecules. In heteroleptic molecules 1-3, the Lewis acidic, coordinatively unsaturated Bi(III) centers are chelated by two bulky, electron-donating thd ligands and maintain bridging interactions with three oxygen atoms of small, electron-withdrawing hfac groups that chelate the neighboring divalent transition metals. Application of the mixed-ligand approach allows one to change the connectivity pattern within the heterometallic assembly and to isolate highly volatile precursors with the proper Bi:M = 1:1 ratio. The mixed-ligand approach employed in this work opens broad opportunities for the synthesis of heterometallic (main group-transition metal) molecular precursors with specific M:M' ratio in the case when homoleptic counterparts either do not exist or afford products with an incorrect metal:metal ratio for the target materials. Heteroleptic complexes obtained in the course of this study represent prospective single-source precursors for the low-temperature preparation of multiferroic perovskite-type oxides. PMID:27054922

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. 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; Ekerdt, John G.; Posadas, Agham; Demkov, Alexander A.

    2015-12-15

    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 Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} and HfO{sub 2}. However, there has been much effort to deposit ternary oxides, such as perovskites (ABO{sub 3}), 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.

  14. 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 (ΔLF) 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. ΔLF 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.

  15. 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).

  16. 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.

  17. A perovskite oxide optimized for oxygen evolution catalysis from molecular orbital principles.

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    Suntivich, Jin; May, Kevin J; Gasteiger, Hubert A; Goodenough, John B; Shao-Horn, Yang

    2011-12-01

    The efficiency of many energy storage technologies, such as rechargeable metal-air batteries and hydrogen production from water splitting, is limited by the slow kinetics of the oxygen evolution reaction (OER). We found that Ba(0.5)Sr(0.5)Co(0.8)Fe(0.2)O(3-δ) (BSCF) catalyzes the OER with intrinsic activity that is at least an order of magnitude higher than that of the state-of-the-art iridium oxide catalyst in alkaline media. The high activity of BSCF was predicted from a design principle established by systematic examination of more than 10 transition metal oxides, which showed that the intrinsic OER activity exhibits a volcano-shaped dependence on the occupancy of the 3d electron with an e(g) symmetry of surface transition metal cations in an oxide. The peak OER activity was predicted to be at an e(g) occupancy close to unity, with high covalency of transition metal-oxygen bonds. PMID:22033519

  18. Photocatalytic activity of layered perovskite-like oxides in practically valuable chemical reactions

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    Rodionov, I. A.; Zvereva, I. A.

    2016-03-01

    The photocatalytic properties of layered perovskite-like oxides corresponding to the Ruddlesen–Popper, Dion–Jacobson and Aurivillius phases are considered. Of the photocatalytic reactions, the focus is on the reactions of water splitting, hydrogen evolution from aqueous solutions of organic substances and degradation of model organic pollutants. Possibilities to conduct these reactions under UV and visible light in the presence of layered perovskite-like oxides and composite photocatalysts based on them are shown. The specific surface area, band gap energy, particle morphology, cation and anion doping and surface modification are considered as factors that affect the photocatalytic activity. Special attention is paid to the possibilities to enhance the photocatalytic activity by intercalation, ion exchange and exfoliation, which are inherent in this class of compounds. Conclusions are made about the prospects for the use of layered perovskite-like oxides in photocatalysis. The bibliography includes 253 references.

  19. 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

    2015-11-16

    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

  20. 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..

  1. Development of new layered selenide oxides with perovskite-type oxide layers

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    Ushiyama, Koichi; Ogino, Hiraku; Kishio, Kohji; Shimoyama, Jun-Ichi

    2010-03-01

    Several Fe-based superconductors with perovskite-type oxide layers, such as Sr2ScFePO3 (Tc ˜ 17 K)^[1], were discovered in our previous study. These compounds are composed of alternate stacking of superconducting layers with antifluorite structure and perovskite-type blocking layers. Since both layers are flexible in terms of chemical composition, development of various new functional materials can be expected from this family. In the present study, we have attempted to synthesize new layered selenide oxides with CuSe layers and discovered more than ten compounds, such as Sr2MCu2Se2O2 (M = Mn, Co, Ni, Cu, Zn) and Sr2MCuSeO3 (M = Sc, Cr, Mn, Fe, Ga, In), thus far. These indicated that the CuSe layer can accommodate various types of blocking layers, which may lead various functions. Among them, Sr2Cu3Se2O2 has a potential as for the mother compound of superconductor, if appropriate concentration of carrier is introduced to the CuO2 layer. Crystal structure and physical properties of these newly found compounds will be reported. [1] H. Ogino et al., Supercond. Sci. Technol. 22 (2009) 075008

  2. 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

  3. 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 NiO(x) 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/NiO(x)/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

  4. 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%.

  5. 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.

  6. First insertion of NO into a transition-metal cluster-carbon bond: regioselective formation, structure, and reactions of the first alkanenitrile oxide complexes

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    Goldhaber, A.; Vollhardt, K.P.C.; Walborsky, E.C.; Wolfgruber, M.

    1986-02-05

    The chemistry of NO in the presence of transition metals is receiving considerable current attention because of its role in air pollution, its potential in organic synthesis by carbon-nitrogen bond formation, and an increasing interest in its basic features. The nitrosyl cation has been reacted with many mono and polynuclear metal systems, leading mainly to substitution and reduction. Insertion into alkyl and aryl metal bonds in mono-metallic complexes is documented. The unprecedented title reaction and some preliminary chemistry of the products are reported here. 27 references, 1 figure.

  7. A First Principles Investigation of Proton Chemistry in Perovskite-Type Oxides

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    Tauer, Tania Allison

    Certain acceptor-doped perovskite-type oxides show significant promise for deployment into a number of electrochemical device applications, including fuel cells, batteries, and electrolyzers, owing to their rapid proton conductivities at high temperatures. However, limitations in bulk material hydration and slow grain boundary conductivities have reduced the viability of these materials in intermediate temperatures applications. This thesis work uses density functional theory to gain a fundamental understanding of proton and defect chemistry within various perovskite environments in order to identify strategies to increase proton concentration and improve overall proton conductivity. First, material hydration was probed within yttrium-doped barium cerate (BCY) to examine how the thermodynamics of material hydration are influenced by dopant concentration. A model was derived from solely first principle techniques to describe hydration within BCY as a function of dopant concentration, temperature, and partial pressure of water. The resulting model can be used to screen for favorable perovskite-dopant combinations with enhanced hydration capabilities. Next, defect segregation was investigated in the more complex interfacial environment to probe the origin of low proton conductivity across perovskite grain boundaries (GB). The results of this study suggest that screening for perovskite-dopant combinations with strong dopant-oxygen bond strengths may reduce the segregation of dopant ions and oxygen vacancies to the GB interface, mitigating the development of a positive GB core and enhancing proton conduction across the GB. Finally, proton stability was assessed at various interfacial regions within the perovskite material. An examination of proton adsorption at the BaZrO3-vacuum interface reveals a destabilization of protons in the first subsurface layer of the perovskite, yielding a potential barrier for proton diffusion into and out of the perovskite membrane. An electronic analysis of oxygen ions indicates that the oxygen p-band center influences proton adsorption strength. This p-band center model was shown to accurately describe adsorption trends within bulk BCY as well. An analysis of proton adsorption at BaZrO3-metal heterointerfaces displayed a stabilization of protons in the near heterointerfacial environment compared to the BaZrO 3-vacuum surface. This stabilization reduces the barrier for proton diffusion near the perovskite interface and likely leads to increased proton concentrations at the perovskite-metal heterointerface.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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

  11. 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.

  12. 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…

  13. 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

  14. 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

  15. 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

  16. 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.

  17. 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.

  18. 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; Muñoz-García, 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

  19. 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

  20. Intergranular Giant Magnetoresistance in a Spontaneously Phase Separated Perovskite Oxide

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    Wu, J.; Lynn, J. W.; Glinka, C. J.; Burley, J.; Zheng, H.; Mitchell, J. F.; Leighton, C.

    2005-01-01

    We present small-angle neutron scattering data proving that, on the insulating side of the metal-insulator transition, the doped perovskite cobaltite La1-xSrxCoO3 phase separates into ferromagnetic metallic clusters embedded in a nonferromagnetic matrix. This induces a hysteretic magnetoresistance, with temperature and field dependence characteristic of intergranular giant magnetoresistance (GMR). We argue that this system is a natural analog to the artificial structures fabricated by depositing nanoscale ferromagnetic particles in a metallic or insulating matrix; i.e., this material displays a GMR effect without the deliberate introduction of chemical interfaces.

  1. Intergranular giant magnetoresistance in a spontaneously phase separated perovskite oxide.

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    Wu, J; Lynn, J W; Glinka, C J; Burley, J; Zheng, H; Mitchell, J F; Leighton, C

    2005-01-28

    We present small-angle neutron scattering data proving that, on the insulating side of the metal-insulator transition, the doped perovskite cobaltite La(1-x)Sr(x)CoO(3) phase separates into ferromagnetic metallic clusters embedded in a nonferromagnetic matrix. This induces a hysteretic magnetoresistance, with temperature and field dependence characteristic of intergranular giant magnetoresistance (GMR). We argue that this system is a natural analog to the artificial structures fabricated by depositing nanoscale ferromagnetic particles in a metallic or insulating matrix; i.e., this material displays a GMR effect without the deliberate introduction of chemical interfaces. PMID:15698314

  2. 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

  3. 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.

  4. Electrospun Zn(1-x)Mn(x)Fe2O4 nanofibers as anodes for lithium-ion batteries and the impact of mixed transition metallic oxides on battery performance.

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    Teh, Pei Fen; Pramana, Stevin Snellius; Sharma, Yogesh; Ko, Yah Wen; Madhavi, Srinivasan

    2013-06-26

    The structural and electrochemical properties of the mixed transition metallic oxides Zn1-xMnxFe2O4 nanofibers, which crystallize in a cubic spinel AFe2O4 structure, are investigated systematically with a gradual substitution of Zn by Mn. The crystal structural information studied by X-ray diffraction (XRD) depicts the formation of single phase spinel structure, while electron-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDS) reveals the stoichiometric ratio between Zn and Mn. ZnFe2O4 exhibits a good capacity of ~532 mAh g(-1) at 50th cycle through the interbeneficial conversion reaction and alloy-dealloy mechanism, with a first discharge working voltage of ~0.83 V. Subsequently, the characteristic redox potential of each spinel is gradually reduced with the replacement of Mn. Furthermore, Zn0.3Mn0.7Fe2O4 demonstrates the highest capacity of ~612 mA h g(-1) at 50th cycle among the solid solution series. Ex situ characterization by high-resolution transmission electron microscope (TEM) and electron energy loss spectroscopy (EELS) is conducted to study the participation of Mn in the battery performance. This report represents an example of how the electrochemical performance could be flexibly adjusted by tuning the ratio of transition metals within the spinel. PMID:23688028

  5. Transition-Metal-Mediated Release of Nitric Oxide (NO) from S-Nitroso-N-acetyl-d-penicillamine (SNAP): Potential Applications for Endogenous Release of NO at the Surface of Stents Via Corrosion Products.

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    McCarthy, Connor W; Guillory, Roger J; Goldman, Jeremy; Frost, Megan C

    2016-04-27

    Nitric oxide (NO), identified over the last several decades in many physiological processes and pathways as both a beneficial and detrimental signaling molecule, has been the subject of extensive research. Physiologically, NO is transported by a class of donors known as S-nitrosothiols. Both endogenous and synthetic S-nitrosothiols have been reported to release NO during interactions with certain transition metals, primarily Cu(2+) and Fe(2+). Ag(+) and Hg(2+) have also been identified, although these metals are not abundantly present in physiological systems. Here, we evaluate Pt(2+), Fe(2+), Fe(3+), Mg(2+), Zn(2+), Mn(2+), Co(2+), Ni(2+), and Cu(2+) for their ability to generate NO from S-nitroso-N-acetyl-d-penicillamine (SNAP) under physiological pH conditions. Specifically, we report NO generation from RSNOs initiated by three transition metal ions; Co(2+), Ni(2+), and Zn(2+), which have not been previously reported to generate NO. Additionally, preliminary in vivo evidence of zinc wires implanted in the rat arterial wall and circulating blood is presented which demonstrated inhibited thrombus formation after 6 months. One potentially useful application of these metal ions capable of generating NO from RSNOs is their use in the fabrication of biodegradable metallic stents capable of generating NO at the stent-blood interface, thereby reducing stent-related thrombosis and restenosis. PMID:27031652

  6. Reactivity of hydrated monovalent first row transition metal ions M(+)(H2O)n, M = V, Cr, Mn, Fe, Co, Ni, Cu, Zn, toward molecular oxygen, nitrous oxide, and carbon dioxide.

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    van der Linde, Christian; Hemmann, Sonja; Höckendorf, Robert F; Balaj, O Petru; Beyer, Martin K

    2013-02-14

    The reactions of hydrated monovalent transition metal ions M(+)(H(2)O)(n), M = V, Cr, Mn, Fe, Co, Ni, Cu, Zn, toward molecular oxygen, nitrous oxide, and carbon dioxide were studied by Fourier transform ion cyclotron resonance (FT-ICR) mass spectrometry. Clusters containing monovalent chromium, cobalt, nickel, or zinc were reactive toward O(2), while only hydrated cobalt was reactive toward N(2)O. A strongly size dependent reactivity was observed. Chromium and cobalt react very slowly with carbon dioxide. Nanocalorimetric analysis, (18)O(2) exchange, and collision induced dissociation (CID) experiments were done to learn more about the structure of the O(2) products. The thermochemistry for cobalt, nickel, and zinc is comparable to the formation of O(2)(-) from hydrated electrons. These results suggest that cobalt, nickel, and zinc are forming M(2+)/O(2)(-) ion pairs in the cluster, while chromium rather forms a covalently bound dioxygen complex in large clusters, followed by an exothermic dioxide formation in clusters with n ≤ 5. The results show that hydrated singly charged transition metal ions exhibit highly specific reactivities toward O(2), N(2)O, and CO(2). PMID:22506540

  7. Transition Metal Diborides as Electrode Material for MHD Direct Power Extraction: High-temperature Oxidation of ZrB2-HfB2 Solid Solution with LaB6 Addition

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    Sitler, Steven; Hill, Cody; Raja, Krishnan S.; Charit, Indrajit

    2016-04-01

    Transition metal borides are being considered for use as potential electrode coating materials in magnetohydrodynamic direct power extraction plants from coal-fired plasma. These electrode materials will be exposed to aggressive service conditions at high temperatures. Therefore, high-temperature oxidation resistance is an important property. Consolidated samples containing an equimolar solid solution of ZrB2-HfB2 with and without the addition of 1.8 mol pct LaB6 were prepared by ball milling of commercial boride material followed by spark plasma sintering. These samples were oxidized at 1773 K (1500 °C) in two different conditions: (1) as-sintered and (2) anodized (10 V in 0.1 M KOH electrolyte). Oxidation studies were carried out in 0.3 × 105 and 0.1 Pa oxygen partial pressures. The anodic oxide layers showed hafnium enrichment on the surface of the samples, whereas the high-temperature oxides showed zirconium enrichment. The anodized samples without LaB6 addition showed about 2.5 times higher oxidation resistance in high-oxygen partial pressures than the as-sintered samples. Addition of LaB6 improved the oxidation resistance in the as-sintered condition by about 30 pct in the high-oxygen partial pressure tests.

  8. Compositional engineering of perovskite oxides for highly efficient oxygen reduction reactions.

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    Chen, Dengjie; Chen, Chi; Zhang, Zhenbao; Baiyee, Zarah Medina; Ciucci, Francesco; Shao, Zongping

    2015-04-29

    Mixed conducting perovskite oxides are promising catalysts for high-temperature oxygen reduction reaction. Pristine SrCoO(3-δ) is a widely used parent oxide for the development of highly active mixed conductors. Doping a small amount of redox-inactive cation into the B site (Co site) of SrCoO(3-δ) has been applied as an effective way to improve physicochemical properties and electrochemical performance. Most findings however are obtained only from experimental observations, and no universal guidelines have been proposed. In this article, combined experimental and theoretical studies are conducted to obtain fundamental understanding of the effect of B-site doping concentration with redox-inactive cation (Sc) on the properties and performance of the perovskite oxides. The phase structure, electronic conductivity, defect chemistry, oxygen reduction kinetics, oxygen ion transport, and electrochemical reactivity are experimentally characterized. In-depth analysis of doping level effect is also undertaken by first-principles calculations. Among the compositions, SrCo0.95Sc0.05O(3-δ) shows the best oxygen kinetics and corresponds to the minimum fraction of Sc for stabilization of the oxygen-vacancy-disordered structure. The results strongly support that B-site doping of SrCoO(3-δ) with a small amount of redox-inactive cation is an effective strategy toward the development of highly active mixed conducting perovskites for efficient solid oxide fuel cells and oxygen transport membranes. PMID:25849591

  9. Application of Two Dimensional Flourescence Spectroscopy to Transition Metal Clusters.

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    Kokkin, Damian L.; Steimle, Timothy

    2014-06-01

    Determining the physical properties (bond lengths, angles, dipole moments, etc) of transition metal oxides and dioxides is relevant to catalysis, high temperature chemistry, materials science and astrophysics. Analysis of optical spectra is a convenient method for extraction of physical properties, but can be difficult because of the density of electronic states and in the case of the dioxides, presence of both the oxide and superoxide forms. Here we demonstrate the application of two dimensional fluorescence spectroscopy for aiding in the assignment and analysis. Particular attention will be paid to the spectroscopy of first row transition metal monoxides and dioxides of Nickel, NiO and NiO_2, and Manganese, MnO. Furthermore, the application of this technique to discovering the spectrum of other transition metal systems such as Metal-dicarbides will be outlined. N.J. Reilly, T.W. Schmidt, S.H. Kable, J. Phys. Chem. A., 110(45), 12355-12359, 2006

  10. Fluorination of epitaxial oxides: synthesis of perovskite oxyfluoride thin films.

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    Moon, Eun Ju; Xie, Yujun; Laird, Eric D; Keavney, David J; Li, Christopher Y; May, Steven J

    2014-02-12

    While the synthesis of ABO3 perovskite films has enabled new strategies to control the functionality of this material class, the chemistries that have been realized in thin film form constitute only a fraction of those accessible to bulk chemists. Here, we report the synthesis of oxyfluoride films, where the incorporation of F may provide a new means to tune physical properties in thin films by modifying electronic structure. Fluorination is achieved by spin coating a poly(vinylidene fluoride) (PVDF) solution onto oxygen-deficient films. The film/polymer bilayer is then annealed, promoting the diffusion of F into the film. We have used this method to synthesize SrFeO(3-α)Fγ films, as confirmed by X-ray photoemission spectroscopy and X-ray absorption spectroscopy. PMID:24443775

  11. 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

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. Transition metal-substituted cobalt ferrite nanoparticles for biomedical applications.

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    Sanpo, Noppakun; Berndt, Christopher C; Wen, Cuie; Wang, James

    2013-03-01

    Transition metals of copper, zinc, chromium and nickel were substituted into cobalt ferrite nanoparticles via a sol-gel route using citric acid as a chelating agent. The microstructure and elemental composition were characterized using scanning electron microscopy combined with energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy. Phase analysis of transition metal-substituted cobalt ferrite nanoparticles was performed via X-ray diffraction. Surface wettability was measured using the water contact angle technique. The surface roughness of all nanoparticles was measured using profilometry. Moreover, thermogravimetric analysis and differential scanning calorimetry were performed to determine the temperature at which the decomposition and oxidation of the chelating agents took place. Results indicated that the substitution of transition metals influences strongly the microstructure, crystal structure and antibacterial property of the cobalt ferrite nanoparticles. PMID:23137676

  16. 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.

  17. 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

  18. Thermal diffusivity of oxide perovskite compounds at elevated temperature

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    Hofmeister, Anne M.

    2010-05-01

    The phonon component of thermal diffusivity (D) for eleven compounds (synthetic SrTiO3, SrTiO3:Fe3+, BaTiO3, KTaO3, KNbO3, NdGaO3, YAlO3, YAlO3:Tm, LaAlO3, La0.29Sr0.66Al0.65Ta0.35O3, and natural Ca1.01Mn0.001Fe0.007Ti0.99O3) with various perovskite structures was measured from ambient temperature (T) up to ˜2000 K using contact-free, laser-flash analysis, from which effects of ballistic radiative transfer were removed. Structural transitions (e.g., orthorhombic to tetragonal) below 800 K were manifest as sharp steps in 1/D. Above 800 K, structural transitions occur over intervals of ˜150 K. Similarly broad peaks accompany changes from colorless to black, attributable to partial reduction in Ti, Nb, or Ta from contact with graphite coatings. Otherwise, D decreases with increasing T and, if substitutional disorder exists, approaches a constant (Dsat) near 1600 K. Our data are best described as D-1 following a low order polynomial in T. Ordered, cubic perovskites occupy a single trend for D(T )-1, defining the contribution of the ideal lattice. Distortion, disorder, and polymorphism affect D-1 in a manner that is consistent with the damped harmonic oscillator-phonon gas model which relates phonon lifetimes to infrared peak widths. Calculated D-values at ambient and high T agree with measurements. The behavior of D is simple compared to that of thermal conductivity, k =ρCPD, where ρ is density and CP is heat capacity. Combining our data with cryogenic measurements of YAlO3 and LaAlO3 shows that D-1 depends on T similarly to CP, consistent with phonon lifetime depending on the density of states but, the best description for D-1(T) is a proportionality to αT from ˜0 K up to the limit of measurements, where α is thermal expansivity, a strongly anharmonic property. At low T, D-1 due to phonon scattering follows that of CP, generally∝T3, so klat=k0+k1T. Defects being present preclude scattering at sample walls, adding a small constant D0-1 ˜0.0001 mm-2 s as T →0, and an additional contribution of kdfctT3. Forms previously inferred for thermal insulators include systematic errors stemming from ballistic radiative transfer and/or interface resistance. Our results show that optical phonons largely govern heat transport of complex insulators.

  19. Water-Gas Shift and Methane Reactivity on Reducible Perovskite-Type Oxides

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    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

  20. 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

  1. 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.

  2. Transition metal atomic multiplets in the ligand K-edge x-ray absorption spectra and multiple oxidation states in the L2,3 emission of strongly correlated compounds

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    Jiménez-Mier, J.; Olalde-Velasco, P.; Yang, W.-L.; Denlinger, J.

    2014-07-01

    We present results that show that atomic multiplet ligand field calculations are in very good agreement with experimental x-ray absorption spectra at the L2,3 edge of transition metal (TM) di-fluorides (MF2, MCrCu). For chromium more than one TM oxidation state is needed to achieve such an agreement. We also show that signature of the TM atomic multiplet can be found at the pre-edge of the fluorine K-edge x-ray absorption spectra. TM atomic multiplet ligand field calculations with a structureless core hole show good agreement with the observed pre-edges in the experimental fluorine absorption spectra. Preliminary results for the comparison between calculated and experimental resonant x-ray emission spectra for nominal CrF2 with more than one oxidation state indicate the presence of three chromium oxidation states in the bulk.

  3. Synthesis of transition metal carbonitrides

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    Munir, Zuhair A. R.; Eslamloo-Grami, Maryam

    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.

  4. 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

    2015-05-15

    The ionic conductivities of new perovskite-structured lithium–strontium–aluminum/gallium–tantalum oxides were investigated. Solid solutions of the new perovskite oxides, (Li{sub x}Sr{sub 1−x})(Al{sub (1−x)/2}Ta{sub (1+x)/2})O{sub 3} and (Li{sub x}Sr{sub 1−x})(Ga{sub (1−x)/2}Ta{sub (1+x)/2})O{sub 3}, were synthesized using a ball-milled-assisted solid-state method. The partial substitution of the smaller Ga{sup +3} for Ta{sup +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 (Li{sub x}Sr{sub 1−x−y}☐{sub y})(Ga{sub [(1−x)/2]−y}Ta{sub [(1+x)/2]+y})O{sub 3}, where the composition range of 0≤y≤0.20 was examined for x=0.2 and 0.25. The highest conductivity, 1.85×10{sup −3} S cm{sup −1} at 250 °C, was obtained for (Li{sub 0.25}Sr{sub 0.625}☐{sub 0.125})(Ga{sub 0.25}Ta{sub 0.75})O{sub 3} (x=0.25, y=0.125). Enhanced ionic conductivities were achieved by the introduction of vacancies at the A-sites. - Graphical abstract: Novel lithium-conducting oxides with the cubic perovskite structure (Li{sub x}Sr{sub 1−x−y}☐{sub y})(Ga{sub [(1−x)/2]−y}Ta{sub [(1+x)/2]+y})O{sub 3} provide a specific solid-solution region with various x and y values, exhibiting the highest ionic conductivity (1.85 S cm{sup −1} at 250 °C) for (Li{sub 0.25}Sr{sub 0.625}☐{sub 0.125})(Ga{sub 0.25}Ta{sub 0.75})O{sub 3} (x=0.25, y=0.125 in (Li{sub x}Sr{sub 1−x−y}☐{sub y})(Ga{sub [(1−x)/2]−y}Ta{sub [(1+x)/2]+y})O{sub 3}). The vacancies (☐) introduced into the A-sites contribute to the enhancement of lithium diffusion in the perovskite structure because of the enlargement of the bottleneck size and suppression of the interaction between lithium and oxygen. - Highlights: • The perovskite-structured novel Li–Sr–Al/Ga–Ta oxides were investigated. • The Ga cation offers a larger bottleneck by increasing the B−O bond length. • The greater conductivity was observed upon Ga-containing perovskite. • The ionic conductivity was improved by the introduction of vacancies into A-site.

  5. 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.

  6. Microscopic description of oxide perovskites and automated high-throughput analysis of their energy landscape

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    Pizzi, Giovanni; Cepellotti, Andrea; Kozinsky, Boris; Marzari, Nicola

    Even if ferroelectric materials like BaTiO3 or KNbO3 have been used for decades in a broad range of technological applications, there is still significant debate in the literature concerning their microscopic behavior. For instance, many perovskite materials display a high-temperature cubic phase with zero net polarization, but its microscopic nature is though still unclear, with some materials displaying a very complex energy landscape with multiple local minima. In order to investigate and clarify the microscopic nature of oxide perovskites, we perform a study on a set of about 50 representative ABO3 systems. We use spacegroup techniques to systematically analyze all possible local displacement patterns that are compatible with a net paraelectric phase, but can provide local non-zero ferroelectric moments. The energetics and the stability of these patterns is then assessed by combining the spacegroup analysis with DFT calculations. All calculations are managed and analyzed using our high-throughput platform AiiDA (www.aiida.net). Using this technique, we are able to describe the different classes of microscopic models underlying the perovskite systems

  7. 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.

  8. 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 − δ (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 − δ catalyst with that of an industrial potassium promoted iron (Fe–K) catalyst revealed that the Ba0.4Sr0.6Fe0.6Mn0.4O3 − δ catalyst showed higher initial activity than the industrial Fe–K oxide catalyst. Additionally, the Ba0.4Sr0.6Fe0.6Mn0.4O3 − δ 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 − δ and the Fe–K catalysts in a H2O/H2 atmosphere, reduction was suppressed by the presence of H2O over the Ba0.4Sr0.6Fe0.6Mn0.4O3 − δ catalyst while the Fe–K catalyst was reduced. In other words, Ba0.4Sr0.6Fe0.6Mn0.4O3 − δ 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 − δ was superior to that of Fe–K catalyst thanks to the high redox property of the Ba0.4Sr0.6Fe0.6Mn0.4O3 − δ perovskite oxide. PMID:24790949

  9. 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).

  10. Sulfidation of rock-salt-type transition metal oxide nanoparticles as an example of a solid state reaction in colloidal nanoparticles.

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    Chen, Chih-Jung; Chiang, Ray-Kuang

    2011-01-28

    The sulfidation of colloidal rock-salt-type MO (M = Fe, Mn and Co) nanocrystals was performed in organic solvents using dissolved elemental sulfur at moderate temperatures. The vacancy defects in these rock-salt-type structures clearly promote complete oxide-sulfide conversion. The conversion products were hollow metal sulfide (pyrrhotite (Fe(1-x)S), Co(1-x)S and α-MnS) nanoparticles. These conversions by sulfidation proceed rapidly, making difficult the isolation of intermediates. The sulfidation intermediates, when the supply of sulfur was insufficient, had interesting structures, in which the metal oxide cores were surrounded by metal sulfide shells or had surfaces that were decorated with metal sulfide islands. Based on the above results, a mechanism of surface nucleation, shell formation, and void formation by diffusion processes is proposed. PMID:21140007

  11. 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.

  12. Ballistic performance comparison of monolayer transition metal dichalcogenide MX2 (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.

    2014-02-01

    We study the transport properties of monolayer MX2 (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 MX2 MOSFETs. We also report the possibility of negative differential resistance behavior in the output characteristics of nanoscale monolayer MX2 MOSFETs.

  13. 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.

  14. Tailoring of Electron-Collecting Oxide Nanoparticulate Layer for Flexible Perovskite Solar Cells.

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    Shin, Seong Sik; Yang, Woon Seok; Yeom, Eun Joo; Lee, Seon Joo; Jeon, Nam Joong; Joo, Young-Chang; Park, Ik Jae; Noh, Jun Hong; Seok, Sang Il

    2016-05-19

    Low-temperature-processed perovskite solar cells (PSCs), especially those fabricated on flexible substrates, exhibit device performance that is worse than that of high-temperature-processed PSCs. One of the main reasons for the inferior performance of low-temperature-processed PSCs is the loss of photogenerated electrons in the electron collection layer (ECL) or related interfaces, i.e., indium tin oxide/ECL and ECL/perovskite. Here, we report that tailoring of the energy level and electron transporting ability in oxide ECLs using Zn2SnO4 nanoparticles and quantum dots notably minimizes the loss of photogenerated electrons in the low-temperature-fabricated flexible PSC. The proposed ECL with methylammonium lead halide [MAPb(I0.9Br0.1)3] leads to fabrication of significantly improved flexible PSCs with steady-state power conversion efficiency of 16.0% under AM 1.5G illumination of 100 mW cm(-2) intensity. These results provide an effective method for fabricating high-performance, low-temperature solution-processed flexible PSCs. PMID:27117778

  15. 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.

  16. 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

  17. 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.; Coffey, Gregory W.; Pederson, Larry R.; Marina, Olga A.; Hardy, John S.; Singh, Prabhaker; Thomsen, Edwin C.

    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.

  18. Impact Electrochemistry of Layered Transition Metal Dichalcogenides.

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    Lim, Chee Shan; Tan, Shu Min; Sofer, Zdeněk; Pumera, Martin

    2015-08-25

    Layered transition metal dichalcogenides (TMDs) exhibit paramount importance in the electrocatalysis of the hydrogen evolution reaction. It is crucial to determine the size of the electrocatalytic particles as well as to establish their electrocatalytic activity, which occurs at the edges of these particles. Here, we show that individual TMD (MoS2, MoSe2, WS2, or WSe2; in general MX2) nanoparticles impacting an electrode surface provide well-defined current "spikes" in both the cathodic and anodic regions. These spikes originate from direct oxidation of the nanoparticles (from M(4+) to M(6+)) at the anodic region and from the electrocatalytic currents generated upon hydrogen evolution in the cathodic region. The positive correlation between the frequency of the impacts and the concentration of TMD nanoparticles is also demonstrated here, enabling determination of the concentration of TMD nanoparticles in colloidal form. In addition, the size of individual TMD nanoparticles can be evaluated using the charge passed during every spike. The capability of detecting both the "indirect" catalytic effect of an impacting TMD nanoparticle as well as "direct" oxidation indicates that the frequency of impacts in both the "indirect" and "direct" scenarios are comparable. This suggests that all TMD nanoparticles, which are electrochemically oxidizable (thus capable of donating electrons to electrodes), are also capable of catalyzing the hydrogen reduction reaction. PMID:26241193

  19. Effect of longer-range lattice anisotropy on the electronic structure and magnetism of spin-orbit-coupled 5 d transition-metal oxides

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    Bogdanov, Nikolay; Katukuri, Vamshi; Romhányi, Judit; Yushankhai, Viktor; Kataev, Vladislav; Büchner, Berndt; van den Brink, Jeroen; Hozoi, Liviu

    Our detailed quantum chemistry calculations provide magnetic g factors and exchange interactions for the quasi two-dimensional iridates Sr2IrO and Ba2IrO4. While canonical ligand-field considerations predict g| |-factors < 2 for the positive tetragonal distortions present in Sr2IrO4, we find g| | > 2 . This implies that the d levels in Sr2IrO4 are inverted with respect to the ordering deduced from the local ligand distortions, whereas we find them in Ba2IrO4 to be instead normally ordered. Electron spin resonance measurements confirm the level inversion in Sr2IrO4. This d-level switching is driven by the specific ionic charge distribution within adjacent IrO2 and SrO layers. Since polar discontinuities and the associated complications do not arise for such layers, our results highlight the tetravalent d-metal 214 oxides as ideal platforms to explore d-level reconstruction and engineering in the context of oxide heterostructures. Present address: Electronic structure theory, MPI-FKF, Stuttgart.

  20. New iron pnictide oxide with thick perovskite-type blocking layers

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    Ogino, Hiraku; Sato, Shinya; Matsumura, Yutaka; Kawaguchi, Naoto; Machida, Kenji; Shimizu, Yasuaki; Ushiyama, Koichi; Horii, Shigeru; Shimoyama, Jun-Ichi; Kishio, Kohji

    2010-03-01

    Since the discovery of high-Tc superconductivity in LaFeAs(O,F), development of the materials having iron or nickel pnictide layers are subject of study. As presented in last APS March meeting, we have discovered iron and nickel pnictide oxide superconductors with perovskite-type oxide layers[1]. Until now, several compounds of this system have been found such as (M'2Pn2)(Sr4M2O6) [M' = Fe, Ni; Pn = P, As; M = Sc, Cr, (Mg,Ti)]. These compounds have higher pnictogen heights and lower Pn-Fe-Pn angles compared to REFeAsO system. These features of the system may lead to realization of high-Tc superconductivity. Recently we discovered new material belongs to this kind of system. Structural features and physical properties of the compounds in this system as well as new compound will be presented. [1] H. Ogino et al., Supercond. Sci. Technol. 22 (2009) 075008.

  1. 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).

  2. 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

  3. Oxidative addition of the Cα-Cβ bond in β-O-4 linkage of lignin to transition metals using a relativistic pseudopotential-based ccCA-ONIOM method.

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    Oyedepo, Gbenga A; Wilson, Angela K

    2011-12-01

    A multi-level multi-layer QM/QM method, the relativistic pseudopotential correlation-consistent composite approach within an ONIOM framework (rp-ccCA-ONIOM), was applied to study the oxidative addition of the C(α)-C(β) bond in an archetypal arylglycerol β-aryl ether (β-O-4 linkage) substructure of lignin to Ni, Cu, Pd and Pt transition metal atoms. The chemically active high-level layer is treated using the relativistic pseudopotential correlation-consistent composite approach (rp-ccCA), an efficient methodology designed to reproduce an accuracy that would be obtained using the more computationally demanding CCSD(T)/aug-cc-pCV∞Z-PP, albeit at a significantly reduced computational cost, while the low-level layer is computed using B3LYP/cc-pVTZ. The thermodynamic and kinetic feasibilities of the model reactions are reported in terms of enthalpies of reactions at 298 K (ΔH°(298)) and activation energies (ΔH-act). The results obtained from the rp-ccCA:B3LYP hybrid method are compared to the corresponding values using CCSD(T) and several density functionals including B3LYP, M06, M06 L, B2PLYP, mPWPLYP and B2GP-PLYP. The energetics of the oxidative addition of CC bond in ethane to Ni, Cu, Pd and Pt atoms are also reported to demonstrate that the rp-ccCA method effectively reproduces the accuracy of the CCSD(T)/aug-cc-pCV∞Z method. Our results show that in the catalytic activation of the C(α)-C(β) bond of β-O-4, the use of platinum metal catalysts will lead to the most thermodynamically favored reaction with the lowest activation barrier. PMID:22144374

  4. Understanding the spin-driven polarizations in Bi MO3 (M = 3 d transition metals) multiferroics

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    Kc, Santosh; Lee, Jun Hee; Cooper, Valentino R.

    Bismuth ferrite (BiFeO3) , a promising multiferroic, stabilizes in a perovskite type rhombohedral crystal structure (space group R3c) at room temperature. Recently, it has been reported that in its ground state it possess a huge spin-driven polarization. To probe the underlying mechanism of this large spin-phonon response, we examine these couplings within other Bi based 3 d transition metal oxides Bi MO3 (M = Ti, V, Cr, Mn, Fe, Co, Ni) using density functional theory. Our results demonstrate that this large spin-driven polarization is a consequence of symmetry breaking due to competition between ferroelectric distortions and anti-ferrodistortive octahedral rotations. Furthermore, we find a strong dependence of these enhanced spin-driven polarizations on the crystal structure; with the rhombohedral phase having the largest spin-induced atomic distortions along [111]. These results give us significant insights into the magneto-electric coupling in these materials which is essential to the magnetic and electric field control of electric polarization and magnetization in multiferroic based devices. Research is supported by the US Department of Energy, Office of Science, Basic Energy Sciences, Materials Science and Engineering Division and the Office of Science Early Career Research Program (V.R.C) and used computational resources at NERSC.

  5. 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.

  6. 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

  7. 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.

  8. 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

  9. Oxidation state analysis of a four-component redox series [Os(pap)2(Q)]n involving two different non-innocent ligands on a redox-active transition metal.

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    Das, Dipanwita; Sarkar, Biprajit; Mondal, Tapan Kumar; Mobin, Shaikh M; Fiedler, Jan; Kaim, Wolfgang; Lahiri, Goutam Kumar

    2011-08-01

    Complexes [Os(pap)(2)(Q)] (1-4) have been obtained and structurally characterized for pap = 2-phenylazopyridine and Q = 4,6-di-tert-butyl-N-aryl-o-iminobenzoquinone (aryl = phenyl (1), 3,5-dichlorophenyl (2), 3,5-dimethoxyphenyl (3), or 3,5-di-tert-butylphenyl (4)). The oxidized form (3)(ClO(4))(2) was also crystallographically characterized while the odd-electron intermediates [Os(pap)(2)(Q)](+) (1(+)-4(+)) and [Os(pap)(2)(Q)](-) (2(-)) were investigated by electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) and UV-vis-NIR spectroelectrochemistry in conjunction with density functional theory (DFT) spin density and time-dependent DFT (TD-DFT) calculations. The results from the structural, spectroscopic, and electrochemical experiments and from the computational studies allow for the assignments [Os(II)(pap(0))(2)(Q(0))](2+), [Os(II)(pap(0))(2)(Q(•-))](+), [Os(IV)(pap(•-))(2)(Q(2-))], and [Os(II)(pap(•-))(pap(0))(Q(2-))](-), with comproportionation constants K(c) ≈ 10(3.5), 10(10), 10(18), and 10(5), respectively. The redox potentials and the comproportionation constants exhibit similarities and differences between Ru and Os analogues. While the Q-based redox reactions show identical potentials, the more metal-involving processes exhibit cathodic shifts for the osmium systems, leading to distinctly different comproportionation constants for some intermediates, especially to a stabilization of the neutral osmium compounds described in this article. The example [Os(pap)(2)(Q)](n) illustrates especially the power of combined structural and EPR analysis with support from DFT towards the valence state description of transition metal complexes incorporating redox non-innocent ligands. PMID:21699145

  10. Structural and Electronic Properties of Reduced Transition Metal Oxide Clusters, M 3 O 8 and M 3 O 8 - (M = Cr, W), from Photoelectron Spectroscopy and Quantum Chemical Calculations

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

    2009-09-28

    We report a comparative study of reduced transition metal oxide clusters, M₃O₈⁻ (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 M₃O₈⁻ (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 Cr₃O₈ and Cr₃O₈⁻ are predicted to be the ³B₂ and ⁴B₂ states of a C₂v structure, respectively, revealing ferromagnetic spin coupling for Cr 3d electrons. In contrast, the ground states of W₃O₈ and W₃O₈⁻ are predicted to be the ¹A' state (Cs symmetry) and the ²A₁ state (C₂v 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 M₃O₈ are calculated from the clustering energies and the heats of formation of MO₂ and MO₃. The energetics have been used to predict redox reaction thermochemistry.

  11. Resistive switching mechanisms in random access memory devices incorporating transition metal oxides: TiO2, NiO and Pr0.7Ca0.3MnO3.

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    Magyari-Köpe, Blanka; Tendulkar, Mihir; Park, Seong-Geon; Lee, Hyung Dong; Nishi, Yoshio

    2011-06-24

    Resistance change random access memory (RRAM) cells, typically built as MIM capacitor structures, consist of insulating layers I sandwiched between metal layers M, where the insulator performs the resistance switching operation. These devices can be electrically switched between two or more stable resistance states at a speed of nanoseconds, with long retention times, high switching endurance, low read voltage, and large switching windows. They are attractive candidates for next-generation non-volatile memory, particularly as a flash successor, as the material properties can be scaled to the nanometer regime. Several resistance switching models have been suggested so far for transition metal oxide based devices, such as charge trapping, conductive filament formation, Schottky barrier modulation, and electrochemical migration of point defects. The underlying fundamental principles of the switching mechanism still lack a detailed understanding, i.e. how to control and modulate the electrical characteristics of devices incorporating defects and impurities, such as oxygen vacancies, metal interstitials, hydrogen, and other metallic atoms acting as dopants. In this paper, state of the art ab initio theoretical methods are employed to understand the effects that filamentary types of stable oxygen vacancy configurations in TiO(2) and NiO have on the electronic conduction. It is shown that strong electronic interactions between metal ions adjacent to oxygen vacancy sites results in the formation of a conductive path and thus can explain the 'ON' site conduction in these materials. Implication of hydrogen doping on electroforming is discussed for Pr(0.7)Ca(0.3)MnO(3) devices based on electrical characterization and FTIR measurements. PMID:21572196

  12. 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.

  13. MOS and MOSFET with transition metal oxides

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    Fu, S.; Egami, T.

    1996-12-31

    MOS and MOSFET structures were constructed with a TiO{sub 2} single crystal as a substrate. It was demonstrated that the n-type carriers injected by the applied gate field have a much higher mobility than the chemically doped carriers, by nearly two orders of magnitude. This result suggests that the intrinsic carrier mobility in TiO{sub 2} may be substantially higher than usually assumed. Other MOSFET effects including the non-linear optical effects are discussed.

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. 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.

  17. A combinatorial chemistry method for fast screening of perovskite-based NO oxidation catalyst.

    PubMed

    Yoon, Dal Young; Lim, Eunho; Kim, Young Jin; Cho, Byong K; Nam, In-Sik; Choung, Jin Woo; Yoo, Seungbeom

    2014-11-10

    A fast parallel screening method based on combinatorial chemistry (combichem) has been developed and applied in the screening tests of perovskite-based oxide (PBO) catalysts for NO oxidation to hit a promising PBO formulation for the oxidation of NO to NO2. This new method involves three consecutive steps: oxidation of NO to NO2 over a PBO catalyst, adsorption of NOx onto the PBO and K2O/Al2O3, and colorimetric assay of the NOx adsorbed thereon. The combichem experimental data have been used for determining the oxidation activity of NO over PBO catalysts as well as three critical parameters, such as the adsorption efficiency of K2O/Al2O3 for NO2 (α) and NO (β), and the time-average fraction of NO included in the NOx feed stream (ξ). The results demonstrated that the amounts of NO2 produced over PBO catalysts by the combichem method under transient conditions correlate well with those from a conventional packed-bed reactor under steady-state conditions. Among the PBO formulations examined, La0.5Ag0.5MnO3 has been identified as the best chemical formulation for oxidation of NO to NO2 by the present combichem method and also confirmed by the conventional packed-bed reactor tests. The superior efficiency of the combichem method for high-throughput catalyst screening test validated in this study is particularly suitable for saving the time and resources required in developing a new formulation of PBO catalyst whose chemical composition may have an enormous number of possible variations. PMID:25321326

  18. NdBaCo2/3Fe2/3Cu2/3O5+δ 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+δ (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+δ (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-δ (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 Ω 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.

  19. 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.

  20. Method of boronizing transition metal surfaces

    DOEpatents

    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.

  1. Method of boronizing transition metal surfaces

    DOEpatents

    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.

  2. Transition metal sulfide sites in industry

    SciTech Connect

    Stiefel, E.I.

    1996-10-01

    Transition metal sulfide (TMS) catalysts are used industrially in the hydrotreating of petroleum fractions. In particular, hydrodesulfurization (HDS) and hydrodenitrogenation (HDN) catalysis involve the use of supported transition metal sulfide catalysts usually involving molybdenum, sulfur, and cobalt. The cobalt is said to promote the activity of the molybdenum sulfide. A broad survey of the activity of TMS catalysts for HDS (by Chianelli et al.) reveals periodic trends in activity and offers insight into the material properties necessary for activity. Additionally, studies of molecular systems by several research groups have led to increased understanding of the chemical nature and reactivity trends of TMS systems. Studies on mononuclear {open_quotes}sites{close_quotes} and heteronuclear clusters have each provided food for thought and new approaches to catalyst systems. Related heteronuclear TMS clusters and complexes remain of great interest with respect to transition metal sulfide sites in enzymes.

  3. Tilts, dopants, vacancies and non-stoichiometry: Understanding and designing the properties of complex solid oxide perovskites from first principles

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    Bennett, Joseph W.

    Perovskite oxides of formula ABO3 have a wide range of structural, electrical and mechanical properties, making them vital materials for many applications, such as catalysis, ultrasound machines and communication devices. Perovskite solid solutions with high piezoelectric response, such as ferroelectrics, are of particular interest as they can be employed as sensors in SONAR devices. Ferroelectric materials are unique in that their chemical and electrical properties can be non-invasively and reversibly changed, by switching the bulk polarization. This makes ferroelectrics useful for applications in non-volatile random access memory (NVRAM) devices. Perovskite solid solutions with a lower piezoelectric response than ferroelectrics are important for communication technology, as they function well as electroceramic capacitors. Also of interest is how these materials act as a component in a solid oxide fuel cell, as they can function as an efficient source of energy. Altering the chemical composition of these solid oxide materials offers an opportunity to change the desired properties of the final ceramic, adding a degree of flexibility that is advantageous for a variety of applications. These solid oxides are complex, sometimes disordered systems that are a challenge to study experimentally. However, as it is their complexity which produces favorable properties, highly accurate modeling which captures the essential features of the disordered structure is necessary to explain the behavior of current materials and predict favorable compositions for new materials. Methodological improvements and faster computer speeds have made first-principles and atomistic calculations a viable tool for understanding these complex systems. Offering a combination of accuracy and computational speed, the density functional theory (DFT) approach can reveal details about the microscopic structure and interactions of complex systems. Using DFT and a combination of principles from both inorganic chemistry and materials science, I have been able to gain insights into solid oxide perovskite-based systems.

  4. 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.

  5. Activation of methane by transition metal-substituted aluminophosphate molecular sieves

    DOEpatents

    Iton, Lennox E.; Maroni, Victor A.

    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.

  6. 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)

  7. The O 1 s x-ray absorption spectra of transition-metal oxides: The TiO 2-ZrO 2-HfO 2 and V 2O 5-Nb 2O 5-Ta 2O 5 series

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    Soriano, L.; Abbate, M.; Fuggle, J. C.; Jiménez, M. A.; Sanz, J. M.; Mythen, C.; Padmore, H. A.

    1993-08-01

    We present the O 1 s x-ray absorption spectra of two series of transition-metal oxides including all the d0 oxides of the groups IVa and Va elements, namely TiO 2-ZrO 2-HfO 2 and V 2O 5-Nb 2O 5-Ta 2O 5. The spectra correspond to transitions to the conduction band and are related to the O p unoccupied density of states. The results provide direct information about crystal-field splitting, hybridization strengths and band dispersions.

  8. 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.

  9. Flexible high power-per-weight perovskite solar cells with chromium oxide-metal contacts for improved stability in air.

    PubMed

    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

  10. Spintronic oxides grown by laser-MBE

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    Opel, Matthias

    2012-01-01

    The recent study of oxides led to the discovery of several new fascinating physical phenomena. High-temperature superconductivity, colossal magnetoresistance, dilute magnetic doping, or multiferroicity were discovered and investigated in transition-metal oxides, representing a prototype class of strongly correlated electronic systems. This development was accompanied by enormous progress regarding thin film fabrication. Within the past two decades, epitaxial thin films with crystalline quality approaching semiconductor standards became available using laser-molecular beam epitaxy. This evolution is reviewed, particularly with emphasis on transition-metal oxide thin films, their versatile physical properties, and their impact on the field of spintronics. First, the physics of ferromagnetic half-metallic oxides, such as the doped manganites, the double perovskites and magnetite is presented together with possible applications based on magnetic tunnel junctions. Second, the wide bandgap semiconductor zinc oxide is discussed particularly with regard to the controversy of dilute magnetic doping with transition-metal ions and the possibility of realizing p-type conductivity. Third, the field of oxide multiferroics is presented with the recent developments in single-phase multiferroic thin film perovskites as well as in composite multiferroic hybrids.

  11. 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).

  12. 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+δ (PBMO). The PBMO anode is fabricated by in situ annealing of Pr0.5Ba0.5MnO3-δ 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.

  13. Layered oxygen-deficient double perovskite as an efficient and stable anode for direct hydrocarbon solid oxide fuel cells.

    PubMed

    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+δ (PBMO). The PBMO anode is fabricated by in situ annealing of Pr0.5Ba0.5MnO3-δ 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

  14. Protein-Transition Metal Ion Networks

    Technology Transfer Automated Retrieval System (TEKTRAN)

    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...

  15. PROTEIN-TRANSITION METAL ION NETWORKS

    Technology Transfer Automated Retrieval System (TEKTRAN)

    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 ...

  16. Epitaxial heterojunctions of oxide semiconductors and metals on high temperature superconductors

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    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.

  17. Deposition and dielectric characterization of strontium and tantalum-based oxide and oxynitride perovskite thin films

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    Jacq, S.; Le Paven, C.; Le Gendre, L.; Benzerga, R.; Cheviré, F.; Tessier, F.; Sharaiha, A.

    2016-04-01

    We have synthesized the composition x = 0.01 of the (Sr1-xLax)2(Ta1-xTix)2O7 solid solution, mixing the ferroelectric perovskite phases Sr2Ta2O7 and La2Ti2O7. Related oxide and oxynitride materials have been produced as thin films by magnetron radio frequency sputtering. Reactive sputter deposition was conducted at 750 °C under a 75 vol.% (Ar) + 25 vol.% (N2,O2) mixture. An oxygen-free plasma leads to the deposition of an oxynitride film (Sr0.99La0.01) (Ta0.99Ti0.01)O2N, characterized by a band gap Eg = 2.30 eV and a preferential (001) epitaxial growth on (001) SrTiO3 substrate. Its dielectric constant and loss tangent are respectively Epsilon' = 60 (at 1 kHz) and tanDelta = 62.5 × 10-3. In oxygen-rich conditions (vol.%N2 ≤ 15%), (110) epitaxial (Sr0.99La0.01)2(Ta0.99Ti0.01)2O7 oxides films are deposited, associated to a larger band gap value (Eg = 4.55 eV). The oxide films permittivity varies from 45 to 25 (at 1 kHz) in correlation with the decrease in crystalline orientation; measured losses are lower than 5.10-3. For 20 ≤ vol.% N2 ≤ 24.55, the films are poorly crystallized, leading to very low permittivities (minimum Epsilon' = 3). A correlation between the dielectric losses and the presence of an oxynitride phase in the samples is highlighted.

  18. Improvement of Sintering, Thermal Behavior, and Electrical Properties of Calcium- and Transition Metal-Doped Yttrium Chromite

    SciTech Connect

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

    2010-06-21

    The A-site calcium doped yttrium chromite was additionally doped with various transition metals on the B-site to improve the sintering, thermal behavior and electrical properties of these ceramics for future use as an interconnect material in high temperature solid oxide fuel cells (SOFC). With 10 % addition of Co, Cu, Ni, Fe, and Mn, the single phase orthorhombic perovskite structure remained stable over a wide range of oxygen partial pressures, as confirmed by X-ray diffraction. The substitution of Cu for chromium remarkably improved the sinterability and allowed full densification in air by sintering at 1400 degrees C. The substitution of Co and Ni significantly improved the electrical conductivity of yttrium chromites in both oxidizing and reducing environments. This was explained by the increase of charge carrier density with nickel and cobalt doping, as confirmed by Seebeck measurements. With 10% of nickel dopant, the electrical conductivity of Y0.8Ca0.2CrO3±δ increased from 12 to 38 S/cm in air and from 2 to 15 S/cm in reducing atmosphere at 950 degrees C. Mn doping had a negative effect on the sintering and electrical conductivity.

  19. 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.

  20. 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.

  1. 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

  2. Perovskite Solar Cells Based on Low-Temperature Processed Indium Oxide Electron Selective Layers.

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    Qin, Minchao; Ma, Junjie; Ke, Weijun; Qin, Pingli; Lei, Hongwei; Tao, Hong; Zheng, Xiaolu; Xiong, Liangbin; Liu, Qin; Chen, Zhiliang; Lu, Junzheng; Yang, Guang; Fang, Guojia

    2016-04-01

    Indium oxide (In2O3) as a promising n-type semiconductor material has been widely employed in optoelectronic applications. In this work, we applied low-temperature solution-processed In2O3 nanocrystalline film as an electron selective layer (ESL) in perovskite solar cells (PSCs) for the first time. By taking advantages of good optical and electrical properties of In2O3 such as high mobility, wide band gap, and high transmittance, we obtained In2O3-based PSCs with a good efficiency exceeding 13% after optimizing the concentration of the precursor solution and the annealing temperature. Furthermore, to enhance the performance of the In2O3-based PSCs, a phenyl-C61-butyric acid methyl ester (PCBM) layer was introduced to modify the surface of the In2O3 film. The PCBM film could fill up the pinholes or cracks along In2O3 grain boundaries to passivate the defects and make the ESL extremely compact and uniform, which is conducive to suppressing the charge recombination. As a result, the efficiency of the In2O3-based PSC was improved to 14.83% accompanied with VOC, JSC, and FF being 1.08 V, 20.06 mA cm(-2), and 0.685, respectively. PMID:26996215

  3. 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.

  4. Piezoelectric properties of high Curie temperature barium titanate-bismuth perovskite-type oxide system ceramics

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    Wada, Satoshi; Yamato, Keisuke; Pulpan, Petr; Kumada, Nobuhiro; Lee, Bong-Yeon; Iijima, Takashi; Moriyoshi, Chikako; Kuroiwa, Yoshihiro

    2010-11-01

    Barium titanate (BaTiO3, BT)—bismuth magnesium titanium oxide [Bi(Mg0.5Ti0.5)O3, BMT] system ceramics were prepared in an ambient atmosphere in order to increase the Curie temperature (Tc) of BT above 132 °C. A single perovskite phase was observed for BT-BMT ceramics with BMT compositions less than 50 mol %, and their relative densities were greater than 94%. Synchrotron measured x-ray diffraction patterns revealed that all the cations in the ceramics were homogeneously distributed. The temperature dependence of the dielectric properties revealed that the BT-BMT system ceramics exhibited relaxorlike characteristics with a dielectric maximum temperature as high as 360 °C for the 0.5BT-0.5BMT ceramic. The apparent piezoelectric constant (d∗) was 60 pC/N for the 0.4BT-0.6BMT ceramic. Based upon these results, the BT-BMT system shows potential as a new type of lead-free material for high Tc piezoelectric applications.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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

  8. Superconducting double perovskite bismuth oxide prepared by a low-temperature hydrothermal reaction.

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    Rubel, Mirza H K; Miura, Akira; Takei, Takahiro; Kumada, Nobuhiro; Mozahar Ali, M; Nagao, Masanori; Watauchi, Satoshi; Tanaka, Isao; Oka, Kengo; Azuma, Masaki; Magome, Eisuke; Moriyoshi, Chikako; Kuroiwa, Yoshihiro; Azharul Islam, A K M

    2014-04-01

    Perovskite-type structures (ABO3) have received significant attention because of their crystallographic aspects and physical properties, but there has been no clear evidence of a superconductor with a double-perovskite-type structure, whose different elements occupy A and/or B sites in ordered ways. In this report, hydrothermal synthesis at 220 °C produced a new superconductor with an A-site-ordered double perovskite structure, (Na(0.25)K(0.45))(Ba(1.00))3(Bi(1.00))4O12, with a maximum T(c) of about 27 K. PMID:24573781

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. (Electronic structure and reactivities of transition metal clusters)

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    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.

  12. Structure, bonding, and catalytic activity of monodisperse, transition-metal-substituted CeO2 nanoparticles.

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    Elias, Joseph S; Risch, Marcel; Giordano, Livia; Mansour, Azzam N; Shao-Horn, Yang

    2014-12-10

    We present a simple and generalizable synthetic route toward phase-pure, monodisperse transition-metal-substituted ceria nanoparticles (M0.1Ce0.9O2-x, M = Mn, Fe, Co, Ni, Cu). The solution-based pyrolysis of a series of heterobimetallic Schiff base complexes ensures a rigorous control of the size, morphology and composition of 3 nm M0.1Ce0.9O2-x crystallites for CO oxidation catalysis and other applications. X-ray absorption spectroscopy confirms the dispersion of aliovalent (M(3+) and M(2+)) transition metal ions into the ceria matrix without the formation of any bulk transition metal oxide phases, while steady-state CO oxidation catalysis reveals an order of magnitude increase in catalytic activity with copper substitution. Density functional calculations of model slabs of these compounds confirm the stabilization of M(3+) and M(2+) in the lattice of CeO2. These results highlight the role of the host CeO2 lattice in stabilizing high oxidation states of aliovalent transition metal dopants that ordinarily would be intractable, such as Cu(3+), as well as demonstrating a rational approach to catalyst design. The current work demonstrates, for the first time, a generalizable approach for the preparation of transition-metal-substituted CeO2 for a broad range of transition metals with unparalleled synthetic control and illustrates that Cu(3+) is implicated in the mechanism for CO oxidation on CuO-CeO2 catalysts. PMID:25406101

  13. 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.

  14. Hydrogenating properties of unsupported transition metal sulfides

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    Lacroix, M.; Boutarfa, N.; Guillard, C.; Vrinat, M.; Breysse, M. )

    1989-12-01

    Group VI and Group VIII transition metal sulfides (TMS) have been widely used in hydrotreating catalysis. In addition to hydrogenation reactions, these processes involve removal of sulfur (hydrodesulfurization: HDS) and nitrogen (hydrodenitrogenation: HDN). Until now, HDN has not received as much attention as HDS, probably because sulfur compounds have historically been of prime importance. As petroleum feedstocks dwindle, the need for hydroprocessing oils containing larger amounts of heteromolecules will increase and industry will require more active materials. For this purpose, researchers may either improve the current catalysts of develop a new generation of catalysts based on transition metal sulfides presenting higher activities, stabilities, and selectivities toward desired compounds. The objective of the present work is to classify the hydrogenation performances of well-defined unsupported transition metal sulfides. These catalysts have been chosen since their characterization by physiochemical techniques, mainly X-ray diffraction (XRD), is easier than that for supported materials. Actually, it has been shown in several cases that the catalytic properties are closely related to the crystalline structure and the stoichiometry of the different phases which can be encountered for a given element. The catalyst were tested in the hydrogenation of biphenyl (HN of BP) as well as in the hydrodesulfurization of dibenzothiophene (HDS of DBT) in order to compare the present results to previous studies. To evaluate the hydrogenating function, the HN of BP has been chosen preferably to the consecutive HN of BP resulting from the HDS of DBT.

  15. 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.

  16. Oxygen reduction and evolution reactions of air electrodes using a perovskite oxide as an electrocatalyst

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    Nishio, Koji; Molla, Sergio; Okugaki, Tomohiko; Nakanishi, Shinji; Nitta, Iwao; Kotani, Yukinari

    2015-03-01

    The oxygen reduction reaction (ORR) and the oxygen evolution reaction (OER) of air electrodes consisting of La0.5Sr0.5CoO3 and/or carbon in the electrocatalyst layer are studied by using two types of gas diffusion electrodes. Cyclic voltammetry and square wave voltammetry studies reveal very low ORR activity of carbon-free perovskite and remarkably enhanced ORR of perovskite-carbon composites. The ORR current density at -0.5 V vs. Hg/HgO is higher than 200 mA cm-2 in a wide range of perovskite-carbon composition, suggesting good peroxide reducing capability of the perovskite. The ORR mechanisms of perovskite-carbon composites are consistent with the 2+2-electron mechanisms. The ORR and OER properties of perovskite-carbon composite electrodes are significantly influenced by the carbon species. The electrode exhibits a higher ORR current density, but inferior cycling performances when a carbon material with a higher specific surface area is used, and vice versa. Under a current density of 20 mA cm-2 and ORR and OER durations of 30 min, a gas diffusion type electrode consists of La0.5Sr0.5CoO3 and a low surface area carbon are capable of more than 150 cycles.

  17. 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

  18. 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.

  19. Cobalt based layered perovskites as cathode material for intermediate temperature Solid Oxide Fuel Cells: A brief review

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    Pelosato, Renato; Cordaro, Giulio; Stucchi, Davide; Cristiani, Cinzia; Dotelli, Giovanni

    2015-12-01

    Nowadays, the cathode is the most studied component in Intermediate Temperature-Solid Oxide Fuel Cells (IT-SOFCs). Decreasing SOFCs operating temperature implies slow oxygen reduction kinetics and large polarization losses. Double perovskites with general formula REBaCo2O5+δ are promising mixed ionic-electronic conductors, offering a remarkable enhancement of the oxygen diffusivity and surface exchange respect to disordered perovskites. In this review, more than 250 compositions investigated in the literature were analyzed. The evaluation was performed in terms of electrical conductivity, Area Specific Resistance (ASR), chemical compatibility with electrolytes and Thermal Expansion Coefficient (TEC). The most promising materials have been identified as those bearing the mid-sized rare earths (Pr, Nd, Sm, Gd). Doping strategies have been analyzed: Sr doping on A site promotes higher electrical conductivity, but worsen ASR and TECs; B-site doping (Fe, Ni, Mn) helps lowering TECs, but is detrimental for the electrochemical properties. A promising boost of the electrochemical activity is obtained by simply introducing a slight Ba under-stoichiometry. Still, the high sensitivity of the electrochemical properties against slight changes in the stoichiometry hamper a conclusive comparison of all the investigated compounds. Opportunities for an improvement of double perovskite cathodes performance is tentatively foreseen in combining together the diverse effective doping strategies.

  20. Ultrafast Dynamics of Hole Injection and Recombination in Organometal Halide Perovskite Using Nickel Oxide as p-Type Contact Electrode.

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    Corani, Alice; Li, Ming-Hsien; Shen, Po-Shen; Chen, Peter; Guo, Tzung-Fang; El Nahhas, Amal; Zheng, Kaibo; Yartsev, Arkady; Sundström, Villy; Ponseca, Carlito S

    2016-04-01

    There is a mounting effort to use nickel oxide (NiO) as p-type selective electrode for organometal halide perovskite-based solar cells. Recently, an overall power conversion efficiency using this hole acceptor has reached 18%. However, ultrafast spectroscopic investigations on the mechanism of charge injection as well as recombination dynamics have yet to be studied and understood. Using time-resolved terahertz spectroscopy, we show that hole transfer is complete on the subpicosecond time scale, driven by the favorable band alignment between the valence bands of perovskite and NiO nanoparticles (NiO(np)). Recombination time between holes injected into NiO(np) and mobile electrons in the perovskite material is shown to be hundreds of picoseconds to a few nanoseconds. Because of the low conductivity of NiO(np), holes are pinned at the interface, and it is electrons that determine the recombination rate. This recombination competes with charge collection and therefore must be minimized. Doping NiO to promote higher mobility of holes is desirable in order to prevent back recombination. PMID:26942559

  1. Temperature-induced intersite charge transfer involving Cr ions in A-site-ordered perovskites ACu(3)Cr(4)O(12) (A=La and Y).

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    Zhang, Shoubao; Saito, Takashi; Mizumaki, Masaichiro; Shimakawa, Yuichi

    2014-07-28

    Changes in the valence state of transition-metal ions in oxides drastically modify the chemical and physical properties of the compounds. Intersite charge transfer (ISCT), which involves simultaneous changes in the valence states of two valence-variable transition-metal cations at different crystallographic sites, further expands opportunities to show multifunctional properties. To explore new ISCT materials, we focus on A-site-ordered perovskite-structure oxides with the chemical formula AA'3 B4 O12 , which contain different transition-metal cations at the square-planar A' and octahedral B sites. We have obtained new A-site-ordered perovskites LaCu3 Cr4 O12 and YCu3 Cr4 O12 by synthesis under high-pressure and high-temperature conditions and found that they showed temperature-induced ISCT between A'-site Cu and B-site Cr ions. The compounds are the first examples of those, in which Cr ions are involved in temperature-induced ISCT. In contrast to the previously reported ISCT compounds, LaCu3 Cr4 O12 and YCu3 Cr4 O12 showed positive-thermal-expansion-like volume changes at the ISCT transition. PMID:24975031

  2. 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

  3. 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.

  4. Recognition- and Reactivity-Based Fluorescent Probes for Studying Transition Metal Signaling in Living Systems

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    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

  5. 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

  6. 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.

  7. High-pressure transitions in NaZnF3 and NaMnF3 perovskites, and crystal-chemical characteristics of perovskite-postperovskite transitions in ABX3 fluorides and oxides

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    Akaogi, Masaki; Shirako, Yuichi; Kojitani, Hiroshi; Nagakari, Takayuki; Yusa, Hitoshi; Yamaura, Kazunari

    2014-03-01

    Phase transitions in NaZnF3 and NaMnF3 were examined up to 24 GPa and 1100 °C using a multianvil apparatus. NaZnF3 perovskite transforms to postperovskite above 11-16 GPa at 600-1000 °C, and the postperovskite is quenchable at ambient conditions. The NaZnF3 perovskite-postperovskite transition boundary is expressed as P (GPa) = 4.9 + 0.011T (°C). At 8-11 GPa and 900-1100 °C, NaMnF3 perovskite dissociates into two phases of Na3Mn2F7 and MnF2. The latter phase is suggested to have the structure of orthorhombic-I type ZrO2 or cotunnite. Using available experimental data on the perovskite-postperovskite transitions in thirteen compounds of A2+B4+O3 and A+B2+F3, several crystal-chemical characteristics of the transition are elucidated as follows. In the transition, the volume change is between -1% and -2%, and the Clapeyron slope of the boundary is 10-17 MPa/°C. These support reliability of recently determined Clapeyron slope of 13 MPa/°C in MgSiO3 which suggests that the perovskite-postperovskite boundary intersects the temperature profile twice in the D″ layer. Postperovskites of ABX3 whose enthalpies are higher by more than 70 kJ/mol relative to the phase stable at 1 atm are unquenchable, while those by less than 15 kJ/mol are quenchable to ambient conditions. Structure refinements indicate that A+B2+F3 postperovskites quenched at 1 atm are more similar to that of MgSiO3 postperovskite at high pressure, than those of quenched A2+B4+O3 postperovskites. With increasing pressure, octahedral tilt angles of both A2+B4+O3 and A+B2+F3 perovskites increase, resulting in transition to postperovskite at the angle of about 26°, and fluoride perovskites are more rapidly distorted with pressure than oxide perovskites. Covalent character of B-X bonds of ABX3 postperovskite is suggested to be favorable for stabilization of the postperovskite structure. All these features suggest that NaNiF3 is a good quenchable, low-pressure analogue compound to MgSiO3 to investigate the perovskite-postperovskite transition.

  8. 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.

  9. 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

  10. 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.

  11. 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 π-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.

  12. Ethanol adsorption on transition-metal surfaces: A DFT investigation

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    da Silva, Juarez L. F.

    2010-03-01

    The development of low-cost and long-term stability catalyst compounds for the production of hydrogen from ethanol is one of the main problems to be solved for large scale use of direct- ethanol fuel cells. Steam reforming, which is one of the main routes to obtain hydrogen from ethanol, as well as ethanol oxidation, are critically dependent on the choice of the catalyst devices. Therefore, an atom-level understanding of the interaction of ethanol with catalysts systems is on the first problems to be addressed. In this talk, we will report first- principles calculations based on density functional theory for the adsorption of ethanol on close-packed transition-metal surfaces at the limit of low-coverage. In particular, we will report the following properties, namely, adsorption energy, work function changes, and structural parameters for a large number of substrates, which will be used to build up a simple picture to describe the interaction of ethanol with transition-metal surfaces. This work is supported by FAPESP.

  13. Novel Combination of Efficient Perovskite Solar Cells with Low Temperature Processed Compact TiO2 Layer via Anodic Oxidation.

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    Du, Yangyang; Cai, Hongkun; Wen, Hongbin; Wu, Yuxiang; Huang, Like; Ni, Jian; Li, Juan; Zhang, Jianjun

    2016-05-25

    In this work, a facile and low temperature processed anodic oxidation approach is proposed for fabricating compact and homogeneous titanium dioxide film (AO-TiO2). In order to realize morphology and thickness control of AO-TiO2, the theory concerning anodic oxidation (AO) is unveiled and the influence of relevant parameters during the process of AO such as electrolyte ingredient and oxidation voltage on AO-TiO2 formation is observed as well. Meanwhile, we demonstrate that the planar perovskite solar cells (p-PSCs) fabricated in ambient air and utilizing optimized AO-TiO2 as electron transport layer (ETL) can deliver repeatable power conversion efficiency (PCE) over 13%, which possess superior open-circuit voltage (Voc) and higher fill factor (FF) compared to its counterpart utilizing conventional high temperature processed compact TiO2 (c-TiO2) as ETL. Through a further comparative study, it is indicated that the improvement of device performance should be attributed to more effective electron collection from perovskite layer to AO-TiO2 and the decrease of device series resistance. Furthermore, hysteresis effect about current density-voltage (J-V) curves in TiO2-based p-PSCs is also unveiled. PMID:27150310

  14. Density functional study on redox energetics of LaMO3-δ (M=Sc-Cu) perovskite-type oxides

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    Pishahang, Mehdi; Erik Mohn, Chris; Stølen, Svein

    2016-01-01

    This study evaluates the redox energetics of LaMO3-δ (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 (δ=0.5) and dilute defect limits (δ→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 (δ→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.

  15. “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.

  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. Dimensional diversity in transition metal trihalides

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    Jianhua Lin; Miller, G.J. )

    1993-04-14

    Structural variations of the second- and third-row transition metal trihalides are rationalized via tight-binding band calculations and evaluation of Madelung energetic factors. The observed structure for a given metal halide is controlled by both the coordination geometry at the anion and the d electron configuration at the metal. As the polarizability of the halide increases, the M-X-M angle, in general, decreases so that three-dimensional frameworks occur for the fluorides, while layer and chain structures are found for the chlorides, bromides, and iodides. Within a particular halide system, systematic structural trends also occur as the d electron configuration changes. 56 refs., 23 figs., 4 tabs.

  18. 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.

  19. Electrical Conduction in Transition-Metal Salts

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    Grado-Caffaro, M. A.; Grado-Caffaro, M.

    2016-04-01

    We predict that a given transition-metal salt as, for example, a K2CuCl4·2H2O-type compound, can behave as an electrical conductor in the paramagnetic case. In fact, we determine the electrical conductance in a salt of this type. This conductance is found to be quantised in agreement with previous well-known results. Related mathematical expressions in the context of superexchange interaction are obtained. In addition, we determine the corresponding (macroscopically viewed) current density and the associated electron wave functions.

  20. 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

  1. 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.

  2. 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 +}).

  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. Methyl Complexes of the Transition Metals.

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    Campos, Jesús; López-Serrano, Joaquín; Peloso, Riccardo; Carmona, Ernesto

    2016-05-01

    Organometallic chemistry can be considered as a wide area of knowledge that combines concepts of classic organic chemistry, that is, based essentially on carbon, with molecular inorganic chemistry, especially with coordination compounds. Transition-metal methyl complexes probably represent the simplest and most fundamental way to view how these two major areas of chemistry combine and merge into novel species with intriguing features in terms of reactivity, structure, and bonding. Citing more than 500 bibliographic references, this review aims to offer a concise view of recent advances in the field of transition-metal complexes containing M-CH3 fragments. Taking into account the impressive amount of data that are continuously provided by organometallic chemists in this area, this review is mainly focused on results of the last five years. After a panoramic overview on M-CH3 compounds of Groups 3 to 11, which includes the most recent landmark findings in this area, two further sections are dedicated to methyl-bridged complexes and reactivity. PMID:26991740

  5. Transition Metal Nitrides: A First Principles Study

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    Pathak, Ashish; Singh, A. K.

    2016-04-01

    The present work describes the structural stability and electronic and mechanical properties of transition metal nitrides (TmNs: B1 cubic structure (cF8, Fm ‾ overline 3 m)) using first principles density functional theory (DFT) within generalized gradient approximation (GGA). The lattice constant of TmNs increases with increasing the atomic radii of the transition metals. Stability of the TmNs decreases from IVB to VIB groups due to increase in formation energy/atom. The bonding characteristics of these nitrides have been explained based on electronic density of states and charge density. All the TmNs satisfy Born stability criteria in terms of elastic constants except CrN and MoN that do not exist in equilibrium binary phase diagrams. The groups IVB and V-VIB nitrides are associated with brittle and ductile behaviour based on G/B ratios, respectively. The estimated melting temperatures of these nitrides exhibit reasonably good agreement with calculated with B than those of the C11 for all nitrides.

  6. Precursors in the preparation of transition metal nitrides and transition metal carbonitrides and their reaction intermediates

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    Maya, L.

    1991-06-11

    This patent describes a composition comprising: a transition metal bound to; a first ligand selected from the group inorganic amide and imide ligands; and a second ligand being acetylide ligands. This patent also describes a process for making ceramics comprising: pyrolyzing the precursor in an inert atmosphere.

  7. Stability Comparison of Perovskite Solar Cells Based on Zinc Oxide and Titania on Polymer Substrates.

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    Dkhissi, Yasmina; Meyer, Steffen; Chen, Dehong; Weerasinghe, Hasitha C; Spiccia, Leone; Cheng, Yi-Bing; Caruso, Rachel A

    2016-04-01

    Device scale-up and long-term stability constitute two major hurdles that the emerging perovskite solar technology will have to overcome before commercialization. Here, a comparative study was performed between ZnO and TiO2 electron-selective layers, two materials that allow the low-temperature processing of perovskite solar cells on polymer substrates. Although the use of TiO2 is well established on glass substrates, ZnO was chosen because it can be readily printed at low temperature and offers the potential for the large-scale roll-to-roll manufacturing of flexible photovoltaics at a low cost. However, a rapid degradation of CH3 NH3 PbI3 was observed if it was deposited on ZnO, therefore, the influence of the perovskite film preparation conditions on its morphology and degradation kinetics was investigated. This study showed that CH3 NH3 PbI3 could withstand a higher temperature on TiO2 than ZnO and that TiO2 -based perovskite devices were more stable than their ZnO analogues. PMID:26893225

  8. 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.

  9. 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

  10. 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.

  11. Magnetic localization in transition-metal nanowires

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    Skomski, R.; Zeng, H.; Zheng, M.; Sellmyer, D. J.

    2000-08-01

    Magnetization reversal in transition-metal nanowires is investigated. Model calculations explain why magnetization reversal is localized, as opposed to the sometimes assumed delocalized coherent-rotation and curling modes. The localization is a quite general phenomenon caused by morphological inhomogenities and occurring in both polycrystalline and single-crystalline wires. In the polycrystalline limit, the competition between interatomic exchange and anisotropy gives rise to a variety of random-anisotropy effects, whereas nearly single-crystalline wires exhibit a weak localization of the nucleation mode. Model predictions are used to explain the coercive and magnetic-viscosity behavior of Co (and Ni) nanowires electrodeposited in self-assembled alumina pores. (c) 2000 The American Physical Society.

  12. Radiation damage of transition metal carbides

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    Dixon, G.

    1991-01-01

    In this grant period we have investigated electrical properties of transition metal carbides and radiation-induced defects produced by low-temperature electron irradiation in them. Special attention has been given to the composition VC[sub 0.88] in which the vacancies on the carbon sublattice of this fcc crystal order to produce a V[sub 8]C[sub 7] superlattice. The existence of this superlattice structure was found to make the crystal somewhat resistant to radiation damage at low doses and/or at ambient temperature. At larger doses significant changes in the resistivity are produced. Annealing effects were observed which we believe to be connected with the reconstitution of the superlattice structure.

  13. Energy bands in some transition metals

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    Laurent, D. G.

    1981-08-01

    Self consistent linear combination of Gaussian orbitals energy band calculations were performed for the two paramagnetic 3d transition metals, chromium and vanadium. The energy bands densities of states and Fermi surfaces were obtained using the two most popular local exchange correlation potentials (Kohn-Sham-Gaspar and von Barth-Hedin) for chromium and the Kohn-Sham-Gaspar potential alone for vanadium. A comparison was made with the available experimental data. New interpretations for some of the neutron scattering data are made in the chromium case. Results are also presented for the Compton profiles and optical conductivities. These correlate well with the experiments if appropriate angular averages (for the Compton profile) and lifetime effcts (for the optical conductivity) are included. The electron energy loss spectrum, computed over the range 0-6.5 eV agreed well with experiment.

  14. Peculiar magnetism of transition metal cluster compounds

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    Malik, Vikas; Yadav, C. S.; Rastogi, Ashok; Kumar, Deepak

    2013-03-01

    We discuss a class of solids which have in their structure fairly separated tetrahederal clusters of transition metals: vanadium and molybednum. With decreasing temperature these compounds undergo a structural transition from cubic to rhombohederal phase at a temperature Ts, followed by a transition to a ferromagnetic phase at a lower temperarure Tc. Magnetic measurements indicate the presence of moments of spin half per cluster. Between Tc and Ts susceptibility shows large departures from Curie-Weiss behavior and specific heat has an unusually large non-phononic contribution. We present a model in which each cluster acts as a unit associated with a magnetic moment of spin half and a structural degree of freedom related to distortions of the tetrahedron. Our model accounts for all the observed features including effects due to external pressure and magnetic field.

  15. Spin-orbit damping in transition metals

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    Gilmore, Keith

    2008-03-01

    Magnetization dynamics are routinely described with the Landau-Lifshitz-Gilbert (LLG) equation. However, it is expected that the LLG equation fails to properly describe the large amplitude dynamics that occur during magnetization reversal. Improving switching speeds in nanoscale devices by tailoring materials requires both a qualitative understanding of the relaxation processes that contribute to damping and the ability to quantitatively calculate the resulting damping rates. We consider small amplitude LLG damping in transition metals as a prelude to approaching the more complicated mechanisms expected in complete reversal events. LLG damping rates in pure transition metal systems have non-monotonic temperature dependencies that have been empirically shown by Heinrich et al. [1] to have one part proportional to the conductivity and one part proportional to the resistivity. Kambersky [2] postulated that both contributions result from a torque between the spin and orbital moments. We have conducted first-principles calculations that validate this claim for single element systems [3]. Our calculations for Fe, Co, and Ni both qualitatively match the two trends observed in measurements and quantitatively agree with the observed damping rates. We will discuss how the spin-orbit interaction produces two contributions to damping with nearly opposite temperature dependencies and compare calculations of the damping rate versus resistivity with experimental results. [1] B. Heinrich, D.J. Meredith, and J.F. Cochran, J. Appl. Phys., 50(11), 7726 (1979). [2] V. Kambersky, Czech. J. Phys. B, 26, 1366 (1976). [3] K. Gilmore, Y.U. Idzerda, and M.D. Stiles, Phys. Rev. Lett., 99, 027204 (2007).

  16. Orbital ordering in transition-metal spinels

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    Radaelli, Paolo G.

    2006-03-01

    Transition-metal spinels (general formula AB2X4) have been for many years the subject of intense experimental and theoretical activity. Structurally, the most interesting feature of these systems is the fact that the B cation occupies the nodes of a pyrochlore lattice, which is known to be geometrically frustrated. Therefore, one can explore how their natural tendency to order in the charge, magnetic and orbital sectors is affected by geometrical frustration. Orbital Ordering (OO) occurs when the orbital degeneracy of an extended concentrated system is lifted, typically through a distortion of the lattice. This may result in either single orbital occupation or alternation/modulation of the orbital occupancy, with or without an associated charge ordering. The degree of charge localization is another important issue: in highly localized systems, one can speak of a cooperative Jahn-Teller (JT) effect, but this paradigm is no longer sufficient in the present of significant electronic hopping. Both eg and t2g orbitals are relevant for transition-metal spinels; eg systems, such as ZnMn2O4, tend to display the strongest JT effects, with direct coupling to the lattice. More recently, significant attention has been devoted to the possibility of orbital ordering in ions with partial t2g occupation, such as Ti^3+ and V^4+ (3d^1) and V^3+ (3d^2) and their electron/hole-symmetric counterparts. With respect to eg systems, t2g systems have a greater degeneracy and weaker coupling to the lattice, and can give rise to significant hopping, due to the direct overlap of the t2g orbitals along the <110> crystallographic directions of the spinel structure. Recent results on Ti, V, Fe and Ir spinels will be discussed, with particular reference to the relation between the complex crystallographic superstructures and the changes in transport (metal-insulator transitions) and magnetic (paramagnetic-diamagnetic transitions) properties at the ordering temperatures.

  17. Rh promoted La0.75Sr0.25(Fe0.8Co0.2)1-xGaxO3-δ 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.; Fjellvåg, 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-δ (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-δ perovskite materials.

  18. 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.

  19. Perovskite ferroelectric nanomaterials.

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    Nuraje, Nurxat; Su, Kai

    2013-10-01

    In this review, the main concept of ferroelectricity of perovskite oxides and related materials at nanometer scale and existing difficulties in the synthesis of those nanocrystals are discussed. Important effects, such as depolarization field and size effect, on the existence of ferroelectricity in perovskite nanocrystals are deliberated. In the discussion of modeling works, different theoretical calculations are pinpointed focusing on their studies of lattice dynamics, phase transitions, new origin of ferroelectricity in nanostructures, etc. As the major part of this review, recent research progress in the facile synthesis, characterization and various applications of perovskite ferroelectric nanomaterials, such as BaTiO₃, PbTiO₃, PbZrO₃, and BiFeO₃, are also scrutinized. Perspectives concerning the future direction of ferroelectric nanomaterials research and its potential applications in renewable energy, etc., are presented. This review provides an overview in this area and guidance for further studies in perovskite ferroelectric nanomaterials and their applications. PMID:23912964

  20. 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

  1. 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

    2016-02-11

    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. Still, 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 themore » eg orbitals, which can customize orbital asymmetry at the surface. Lastly, 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.« less

  2. 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

  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. 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.

  5. Rational Design of Mixed Ionic and Electronic Conducting Perovskite Oxides for Solid Oxide Fuel Cell Anode Materials: A case Study for Doped SrTiO3

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    Suthirakun, Suwit; Xiao, Guoliang; Ammal, Salai Cheettu; Chen, Fanglin; zur Loye, Hans-Conrad; Heyden, Andreas

    2014-01-01

    The effect of p- and n-type dopants on ionic and electronic conductivity of SrTiO3 based perovskites were investigated both computationally and experimentally. Specifically, we performed density functional theory (DFT) calculations of Na- and La-doped SrTiO3 and Na- and Nb-doped SrTiO3 systems. Constrained ab initio thermodynamic calculations were used to evaluate the phase stability and reducibility of doped SrTiO3 under both oxidizing and reducing synthesis conditions, as well as under anodic solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) conditions. The density of states (DOS) of these materials was analyzed to study the effects of p- and n-doping on the electronic conductivity. Furthermore, Na- and La-doped SrTiO3 and Na- and Nb-doped SrTiO3 samples were experimentally prepared and the conductivity was measured to confirm our computational predictions. The experimental observations are in very good agreement with the theoretical predictions that doping n-doped SrTiO3 with small amounts of p-type dopants promotes both the ionic and electronic conductivity of the material. This doping strategy is valid independent of p- and n-doping site and permits the synthesis of perovskite based mixed ionic/electronic conductors.

  6. 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.

  7. Vacancy-type defects and electronic structure of perovskite-oxide SrTiO3 from positron annihilation

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    Hamid, A. S.; Uedono, A.; Chikyow, T.; Uwe, K.; Mochizuki, K.; Kawaminami, S.

    2006-02-01

    The vacancy-type defects in Nb-doped SrTiO3 and in undoped SrTiO3, annealed in H2 flow, were investigated by means of positron lifetime and 2D angular correlation of annihilation radiation (ACAR) experiments. The calculations of the lifetime of positron were performed by using atomic superposition (AT-SUP) method. The results showed that positrons annihilate from a free state in the Nb-doped SrTiO3. The trapping centers in the annealed sample were found to be oxygen vacancies VO associated with relaxation of the surrounding ions. Moreover, the momentum distributions of the samples studied were correlated to the variation of their electronic structure. It was proposed from the drastic change in the momentum distribution upon introduction of VO, that 2D-ACAR technique is a sensitive tool for acquiring information on the electronic and bond structure of the perovskite-oxides.

  8. Hydrodenitrogenation of quinoline and coal using transition metal sulfides

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    Curtis, C.W.; Cahela, D.R.

    1988-01-01

    This study investigates the effectiveness of unsupported, precipitated transition metal sulfides as HYD and HDN catalysts in both a quinoline system and a coal liquefaction system. The transition metal sulfides of moderate surface areas were produced by a method developed by Chianelli and Dines in the late 1970's. These materials crystallize in weakly interacting layers which allow for ready intercalation of appropriate species. A number of different transition metal sulfides have been tested for HDS activity using dibenzothiophene and are good candidates for hydrodenitrogenation (HDN) studies. The degree of HYD and HDN of quinoline and the reaction products from coal liquefaction were determined using precipitated transition metal sulfides and compared to commercial transition metal sulfides, commercial hydrotreating catalysts such as CoMo/Al/sub 2/O/sub 3/ and NiMo/Al/sub 2/O/sub 3/, and platinum containing catalysts such as Pt/SiO/sub 2/ and PtS/sub 2/.

  9. 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-δ (SANC) perovskite precursor, as a highly active and robust ORR electrocatalyst for low-temperature SOFCs. The exsolved Sr0.95Ag0.05Nb0.1Co0.9O3-δ (denoted as e-SANC) electrode is very active for ORR, achieving a very low area specific resistance (∼0.214 Ω 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-δ (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

  10. 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.

  11. Properties of Transition Metal Doped Alumina

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    Nykwest, Erik; Limmer, Krista; Brennan, Ray; Blair, Victoria; Ramprasad, Rampi

    Crystallographic texture can have profound effects on the properties of a material. One method of texturing is through the application of an external magnetic field during processing. While this method works with highly magnetic systems, doping is required to couple non-magnetic systems with the external field. Experiments have shown that low concentrations of rare earth (RE) dopants in alumina powders have enabled this kind of texturing. The magnetic properties of RE elements are directly related to their f orbital, which can have as many as 7 unpaired electrons. Since d-block elements can have as many as 5 unpaired electrons the effects of substitutional doping of 3d transition metals (TM) for Al in alpha (stable) and theta (metastable) alumina on the local structure and magnetic properties, in addition to the energetic cost, have been calculated by performing first-principles calculations based on density functional theory. This study has led to the development of general guidelines for the magnetic moment distribution at and around the dopant atom, and the dependence of this distribution on the dopant atom type and its coordination environment. It is anticipated that these findings can aid in the selection of suitable dopants help to guide parallel experimental efforts. This project was supported in part by an internship at the Army Research Laboratory, administered by the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education, along with a grant of computer time from the DoD High Performance Computing Modernization Program.

  12. 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.

  13. Trion formation in monolayer transition metal dichalcogenides

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    Kezerashvili, Roman Ya.; Tsiklauri, Shalva M.

    We present three-body calculations for trions binding energy in monolayer transition metal dichalcogenides using the method of hyperspherical harmonics (HH). In numerical calculations for a proper treatment of Coulomb screening in two dimensions we assume that electrons and holes are interacted via Keldysh potential. The convergences of binding energy calculations for the ground state of the trion as a function of the grand angular momentum are studied. For the trion binding energy in MoS2 we obtain 19.2 mev. This value is remarkably close to the experimental one of 18 meV. A comparison with results of other calculations are presented. We also study solutions of a hyperradial equation in a minimal approximation for the ground angular momentum to examine two regimes: a long range and a short range cases when the inter particle distance is much greater and much less than the screening length. For these cases, we find analytical expressions for the energy and wave function for trion states

  14. 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

  15. 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

  16. Defect-Tolerant Monolayer Transition Metal Dichalcogenides.

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    Pandey, Mohnish; Rasmussen, Filip A; Kuhar, Korina; Olsen, Thomas; Jacobsen, Karsten W; Thygesen, Kristian S

    2016-04-13

    Localized electronic states formed inside the band gap of a semiconductor due to crystal defects can be detrimental to the material's optoelectronic properties. Semiconductors with a lower tendency to form defect induced deep gap states are termed defect-tolerant. Here we provide a systematic first-principles investigation of defect tolerance in 29 monolayer transition metal dichalcogenides (TMDs) of interest for nanoscale optoelectronics. We find that the TMDs based on group VI and X metals form deep gap states upon creation of a chalcogen (S, Se, Te) vacancy, while the TMDs based on group IV metals form only shallow defect levels and are thus predicted to be defect-tolerant. Interestingly, all the defect sensitive TMDs have valence and conduction bands with a very similar orbital composition. This indicates a bonding/antibonding nature of the gap, which in turn suggests that dangling bonds will fall inside the gap. These ideas are made quantitative by introducing a descriptor that measures the degree of similarity of the conduction and valence band manifolds. Finally, the study is generalized to nonpolar nanoribbons of the TMDs where we find that only the defect sensitive materials form edge states within the band gap. PMID:27027786

  17. 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.

  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. 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

  20. 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

  1. 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.

  2. Transition metal-free olefin polymerization catalyst

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    Sen, Ayusman; Wojcinski, II, Louis M.; Liu, Shengsheng

    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).

  3. Patterning Superatom Dopants on Transition Metal Dichalcogenides.

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    Yu, Jaeeun; Lee, Chul-Ho; Bouilly, Delphine; Han, Minyong; Kim, Philip; Steigerwald, Michael L; Roy, Xavier; Nuckolls, Colin

    2016-05-11

    This study describes a new and simple approach to dope two-dimensional transition metal dichalcogenides (TMDCs) using the superatom Co6Se8(PEt3)6 as the electron dopant. Semiconducting TMDCs are wired into field-effect transistor devices and then immersed into a solution of these superatoms. The degree of doping is determined by the concentration of the superatoms in solution and by the length of time the films are immersed in the dopant solution. Using this chemical approach, we are able to turn mono- and few-layer MoS2 samples from moderately to heavily electron-doped states. The same approach applied on WSe2 films changes their characteristics from hole transporting to electron transporting. Moreover, we show that the superatom doping can be patterned on specific areas of TMDC films. To illustrate the power of this technique, we demonstrate the fabrication of a lateral p-n junction by selectively doping only a portion of the channel in a WSe2 device. Finally, encapsulation of the doped films with crystalline hydrocarbon layers stabilizes their properties in an ambient environment. PMID:27082448

  4. 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

  5. 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.

    2013-09-01

    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 m2/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.

  6. More Cu, more problems: Decreased CO2 conversion ability by Cu-doped La0.75Sr0.25FeO3 perovskite oxides

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    Daza, Yolanda A.; Maiti, Debtanu; Hare, Bryan J.; Bhethanabotla, Venkat R.; Kuhn, John N.

    2016-06-01

    The effect of Cu doping on the conversion of CO2 to CO was investigated on H2-reduced La0.75Sr0.25FeO3 perovskite oxides. Six La0.75Sr0.25Fe1 -YCuYO3 perovskites, labeled Cu100*Y (with Y = 0, 0.10, 0.25, 0.50, 0.75, and 1) were synthesized and characterized through X-ray diffraction (XRD), temperature-programmed oxygen vacancy formation, and temperature-programmed reduction (TPR). The incorporation of Cu facilitates the formation of oxygen vacancies at lower temperatures but also increased the instability of the perovskite. DFT simulations suggested that the Cu10 sample is favored to produce oxygen vacancies compared to Cu0 and Cu25 samples, which was consistent with experimental oxygen vacancy formation results. For the Cu0, Cu10, and Cu25 samples, temperature-programmed CO2 conversion (TPO-CO2) after isothermal H2-reduction at 450 °C and post-reduction XRD were performed to evaluate the ability of the materials to convert CO2 at low temperatures and to identify the crystalline phases active in the reaction. The peak conversion of CO2 to CO was achieved 30 °C lower on the Cu10 sample versus the Cu0, but less CO was produced, due to a decreased re-oxidation activity of the Cu-doped samples. CO production was inhibited in the Cu25 sample, likely due to a combined effect of poor CO2 dissociative chemisorption energies on metallic Cu and increased thermodynamic stability of the oxygen vacant perovskites. Control experiments (Cu deposited onto La0.75Sr0.25FeO3) indicated the stability of the copper-containing perovskite oxides phases was the primary limiting factor preventing CO formation from CO2.

  7. Efficient organic-inorganic hybrid perovskites and doped metal oxide heterojunction solar cells

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    Fan, Xiaojuan

    Organic-Inorganic hybrid perovskite CH3NH3PbI3 has recently attracted much attention for its high efficient solar energy conversion. This semiconducting pigment with a direct bandgap of 1.55 eV has made it an interesting optical and electronic material over the whole visible solar emission spectrum. The role of hole conducting has been found in this semiconductor that allows perovskite solar cell (PSC) to be formed by CH3NH3PbI3/TiO2 heterojunctions that use TiO2 as scaffold, and carbon as a back contact. We will report a double layer metal doped TiO2/Al2O3 mesoporous scaffold covered by the p-type semiconducting pigment to form a high efficient PSC through solution method. TiO2 and Al2O3 are both large band gap semiconductors that affect conducting and recombination rate in solar cells. One improvement work is doping other metal elements in TiO2 to raise the mobility while extend the recombination time. It has suggested that optimal amounts of doped metals such as Cu, Co, Mn can suppress the reduction of Ti4 + resulting better transportation. TiO2 thin films doped with metals are subjected to the EPR analysis and the results will be correlated with measurements of electronic-optical properties.

  8. Coordination and valence state of transition metal ions in alkali-borate glasses

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    Terczyńska-Madej, A.; Cholewa-Kowalska, K.; Łączka, M.

    2011-10-01

    Borate glasses of the 20R 2O·80B 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 Λ 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+).

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. A novel perovskite based catalyst with high selectivity and activity for partial oxidation of methane for fuel cell applications.

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    Staniforth, J; Evans, S E; Good, O J; Darton, R J; Ormerod, R M

    2014-10-28

    Solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs) have the potential to revolutionise the present fuel economy due to their higher fuel conversion efficiency compared with standard heat engines and the possibility of utilizing the heat produced in a combined heat and power system. One of the reasons they have yet to fulfil this potential is that the conventional anode material of choice, a nickel/yttria-stabilised zirconia cermet, requires a high temperature production process and under operating conditions is susceptible to carbon and sulphur poisoning. Perovskite-based materials have been proposed as potential anode materials for SOFCs due to their potentially high electronic conductivity and catalytic properties. One of the problems in realizing this potential has been their low catalytic activity towards methane reforming compared to conventional nickel based cermet materials. A nickel doped strontium zirconate material produced by low temperature hydrothermal synthesis is described which has high activity for methane reforming and high selectivity towards partial oxidation of methane as opposed to total oxidation products. Initial studies show a very low level of carbon formation which does not increase over time. PMID:25069597

  12. 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:2