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  1. Electronic doping of transition metal oxide perovskites

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    Cammarata, Antonio; Rondinelli, James M.

    2016-05-01

    CaFeO3 is a prototypical negative charge transfer oxide that undergoes electronic metal-insulator transition concomitant with a dilation and contraction of nearly rigid octahedra. Altering the charge neutrality of the bulk system destroys the electronic transition, while the structure is significantly modified at high charge content. Using density functional theory simulations, we predict an alternative avenue to modulate the structure and the electronic transition in CaFeO3. Charge distribution can be modulated using strain-rotation coupling and thin film engineering strategies, proposing themselves as a promising avenue for fine tuning electronic features in transition metal-oxide perovskites.

  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. Influence of transition metal electronegativity on the oxygen storage capacity of perovskite oxides.

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    Liu, Lu; Taylor, Daniel D; Rodriguez, Efrain E; Zachariah, Michael R

    2016-08-16

    The selection of highly efficient oxygen carriers (OCs) is a key step necessary for the practical development of chemical looping combustion (CLC). In this study, a series of ABO3 perovskites, where A = La, Ba, Sr, Ca and B = Cr, Mn, Fe, Co, Ni, Cu, are synthesized and tested in a fixed bed reactor for reactivity and stability as OCs with CH4 as the fuel. We find that the electronegativity of the transition metal on the B-site (λB), is a convenient descriptor for oxygen storage capacity (OSC) of our perovskite samples. By plotting OSC for total methane oxidation against λB, we observe an inverted volcano plot relationship. These results could provide useful guidelines for perovskite OC design and their other energy related applications. PMID:27478888

  4. Ionic liquid-mediated synthesis of meso-scale porous lanthanum-transition-metal perovskites with high CO oxidation performance

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    Lu, Hanfeng; Zhang, Pengfei; Qiao, Zhen-An; Zhang, Jinshui; Zhu, Huiyuan; Chen, Jihua; Chen, Yinfei; Dai, Sheng

    2015-02-19

    Lanthanum-transition-metal perovskites with robust meso-scale porous frameworks (meso-LaMO3) are synthesized through use of ionic liquids. The resultant samples demonstrate a rather high activity for CO oxidation, by taking advantage of unique nanostructure-derived benefits. This synthesis strategy opens up a new opportunity for preparing functional mesoporous complex oxides of various compositions.

  5. Ionic liquid-mediated synthesis of meso-scale porous lanthanum-transition-metal perovskites with high CO oxidation performance

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    Lu, Hanfeng; Zhang, Pengfei; Qiao, Zhen-An; Zhang, Jinshui; Zhu, Huiyuan; Chen, Jihua; Chen, Yinfei; Dai, Sheng

    2015-02-19

    Lanthanum-transition-metal perovskites with robust meso-scale porous frameworks (meso-LaMO3) are synthesized through use of ionic liquids. The resultant samples demonstrate a rather high activity for CO oxidation, by taking advantage of unique nanostructure-derived benefits. This synthesis strategy opens up a new opportunity for preparing functional mesoporous complex oxides of various compositions.

  6. 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

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

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    Okamoto, Satoshi

    2013-01-01

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

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. Extraction of exchange parameters in transition-metal perovskites

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

    2015-09-15

    When extracting exchange parameters from measured spin-wave dispersion relations there are 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. Moreover, this is exemplified for manganese trimers in the mixed three-and two-dimensional perovskite compounds KMnxZn1-xF3 and K2MnxZn1-xF4, respectively. We show that the small exchange couplings between the second-nearest-neighbor and the third-nearest-neighbor spins can be determined unambiguously and withmore » equal precision as the dominating nearest-neighbor exchange coupling.« less

  11. Extraction of exchange parameters in transition-metal perovskites

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

    2015-09-15

    When extracting exchange parameters from measured spin-wave dispersion relations there are 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. Moreover, this is exemplified for manganese trimers in the mixed three-and two-dimensional perovskite compounds KMnxZn1-xF3 and K2MnxZn1-xF4, respectively. We show 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.

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. (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

  15. Interaction of perovskite-like compounds based on transition-metal oxides with gas phase at T = 200-400°C

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    Zyuzeva, N. A.; Bobylev, I. B.; Naumov, S. V.; Romanov, E. P.

    2014-06-01

    The effect of the chemical composition of some perovskite-like cuprates, manganites, and cobaltite on their reactivity for oxygen and water vapor that are present in the annealing atmosphere, at 200-400°C has been studied. The partial substitution and alloying of LnBa2Cu3O y compounds lead to the increase in their stability with respect to aggressive components of gas phase (H2O, CO2). It was found that only compounds with structures characterized by several kinds of oxygen vacancies can absorb oxygen and water from the annealing atmosphere.

  16. 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.

  17. On the behavior of Brønsted-Evans-Polanyi relations for transition metal oxides.

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    Vojvodic, A; Calle-Vallejo, F; Guo, W; Wang, S; Toftelund, A; Studt, F; Martínez, J I; Shen, J; Man, I C; Rossmeisl, J; Bligaard, T; Noørskov, J K; Abild-Pedersen, F

    2011-06-28

    Versatile Brønsted-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. PMID:21721645

  18. Electrolytic separation of crystals of transition-metal oxides

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

    1969-01-01

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

  19. 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.

  20. 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.

  1. Spin-density functional theories and their +U and +J extensions: A comparative study of transition metals and transition metal oxides

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    Chen, Hanghui; Millis, Andrew J.

    2016-01-01

    Previous work on the physical content of exchange-correlation functionals that depend on both charge and spin densities is extended to elemental transition metals and a wider range of perovskite transition metal oxides. A comparison of spectra and magnetic moments calculated using charge-only and spin-dependent exchange-correlation functionals as well as their +U and +J extensions confirms previous conclusions that the spin-dependent part of the exchange-correlation functional provides an effective Hund's interaction acting on the transition metal d orbitals. For the local spin density approximation and spin-dependent generalized gradient approximation in the Perdew-Burke-Ernzerhof parametrization, the effective Hund's exchange implied by the spin dependence of the exchange correlation functional is found to be larger than 1 eV. The results indicate that at least as far as applications to transition metals and their oxides are concerned, +U , +J , and +dynamical-mean-field-theory extensions of density functional theory should be based on charge-only exchange-correlation functionals.

  2. Impurity diffusion in transition-metal oxides

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    Peterson, N.L.

    1982-06-01

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

  3. 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.

  4. Optical properties of transition metal oxide quantum wells

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

    2015-01-01

    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/SrTiO3/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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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

  11. Tuning the work function in transition metal oxides and their heterostructures

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    Zhong, Z.; Hansmann, P.

    2016-06-01

    The development of novel functional materials in experimental labs combined with computer-based compound simulation brings the vision of materials design on a microscopic scale continuously closer to reality. For many applications interface and surface phenomena rather than bulk properties are key. One of the most fundamental qualities of a material-vacuum interface is the energy required to transfer an electron across this boundary, i.e., the work function. It is a crucial parameter for numerous applications, including organic electronics, field electron emitters, and thermionic energy converters. Being generally very resistant to degradation at high temperatures, transition metal oxides present a promising materials class for such devices. We have performed a systematic study for perovskite oxides that provides reference values and, equally important, reports on materials trends and the tunability of work functions. Our results identify and classify dependencies of the work function on several parameters including specific surface termination, surface reconstructions, oxygen vacancies, and heterostructuring.

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. Resonant x-ray scattering in 3d-transition-metal oxides: Anisotropy and charge orderings

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    Subías, G.; García, J.; Blasco, J.; Herrero-Martín, J.; Sánchez, M. C.

    2009-11-01

    The structural, magnetic and electronic properties of transition metal oxides reflect in atomic charge, spin and orbital degrees of freedom. Resonant x-ray scattering (RXS) allows us to perform an accurate investigation of all these electronic degrees. RXS combines high-Q resolution x-ray diffraction with the properties of the resonance providing information similar to that obtained by atomic spectroscopy (element selectivity and a large enhancement of scattering amplitude for this particular element and sensitivity to the symmetry of the electronic levels through the multipole electric transitions). Since electronic states are coupled to the local symmetry, RXS reveals the occurrence of symmetry breaking effects such as lattice distortions, onset of electronic orbital ordering or ordering of electronic charge distributions. We shall discuss the strength of RXS at the K absorption edge of 3d transition-metal oxides by describing various applications in the observation of local anisotropy and charge disproportionation. Examples of these resonant effects are (I) charge ordering transitions in manganites, Fe3O4 and ferrites and (II) forbidden reflections and anisotropy in Mn3+ perovskites, spinel ferrites and cobalt oxides. In all the studied cases, the electronic (charge and/or anisotropy) orderings are determined by the structural distortions.

  15. Interface of transition metal oxides at the atomic scale

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    Shang, Tong-Tong; Liu, Xin-Yu; Gu, Lin

    2016-09-01

    Remarkable phenomena arise at well-defined heterostructures, composed of transition metal oxides, which is absent in the bulk counterpart, providing us a paradigm for exploring the various electron correlation effects. The functional properties of such heterostructures have attracted much attention in the microelectronic and renewable energy fields. Exotic and unexpected states of matter could arise from the reconstruction and coupling among lattice, charge, orbital and spin at the interfaces. Aberration-corrected scanning transmission electron microscopy (STEM) is a powerful tool to visualize the lattice structure and electronic structure at the atomic scale. In the present study some novel phenomena of oxide heterostructures at the atomic scale are summarized and pointed out from the perspective of electron microscopy.

  16. 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.

  17. 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

  18. X-ray absorption to determine the metal oxidation state of transition metal compounds

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    Jiménez-Mier, J.; Olalde-Velasco, P.; Carabalí-Sandoval, G.; Herrera-Pérez, G.; Chavira, E.; Yang, W.-L.; Denlinger, J.

    2013-07-01

    We present three examples where x-ray absorption at the transition metal L2,3 edges is used to investigate the valence states of various strongly correlated (SC) and technological relevant materials. Comparison with ligand field multiplet calculations is needed to determine the metal oxidation states. The examples are CrF2, the La1-xSrxCoO3 family and YVO3. For CrF2 the results indicate a disproportionation reaction that generates Cr+, Cr2+ and Cr3+ in different proportions that can be quantified directly from the x-ray spectra. Additionally, it is shown that Co2+ is present in the catalytic La1-xSrxCoO3 perovskite family. Finally, surface effects that change the vanadium valence are also found in YVO3 nanocrystals.

  19. 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.

  20. Topological and unconventional magnetic states in transition metal oxides

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    Fiete, Gregory

    In this talk I describe some recent work on unusual correlated phases that may be found in bulk transition metal oxides with strong spin-orbit coupling. I will focus on model Hamiltonian studies that are motivated by the pyrocholore iridates, though the correlated topological phases described may appear in a much broader class of materials. I will describe a variety of fractionalized topological phases protected by time-reversal and crystalline symmetries: The weak topological Mott insulator (WTMI), the TI* phase, and the topological crystalline Mott insulator (TCMI). If time permits, I will also discuss closely related heterostructures of pyrochlore iridates in a bilayer and trilayer film geometry. These quasi-two dimensional systems may exhibit a number of interesting topological and magnetic phases. This work is generously funded by the ARO, DARPA, and the NSF.

  1. Intrinsic Inhomogeneity and Multiscale Functionality in Transition Metal Oxides

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    Bishop, A. R.

    2003-06-01

    We briefly review a perspective of transition metal oxides as correlated electron materials governed by functional multiscale complexity. We emphasize several themes: the prevalence of intrinsic complexity realized in the coexistence or competition among broken-symmetry ground states; the origin of landscapes in coupled spin, charge and lattice (orbital) degrees-of-freedom; the importance of co-existing short- and long-range forces; and the importance of multiscale complexity for key material properties, including hierarchies of functional, connected scales, coupled intrinsic inhomogeneities in spin, charge and lattice, consequent intrinsic multiple timescales, and the importance of multifunctional "electro-elastic" materials. Finally, we suggest that such intrinsic multiscale features are characteristic of wide classes of inorganic, organic, and biological matter.

  2. 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

  3. 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

  4. 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

  5. Electronic, magnetic and topological properties of transition metal oxides

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    Quan, Yundi

    Transition metal oxides have been the ideal platform for designing materials with exotic properties due to the complex interplay between spin, charge, and orbital degrees of freedom which can be fine-tuned by varying pressure, temperature, and external magnetic field to give rise to novel phases. Transition metal oxides are also a challenge from the theoretical point of view. The (semi)local density approximation for the exchange correlation functional that is often used in density functional calculations fails to adequately describe the many-body effects of 3d and 4f electrons thereby leading to underestimated band gaps. Several techniques, such as hybrid functionals, dynamical mean field theory, and DFT+U, have been developed over the past few decades to account for the many-body effects of 3d and 4f electrons. The DFT+U method, which will be used extensively throughout this thesis, has proved to be very successful in modeling gap opening, structure optimization and predicting transport properties. Rare earth nickelates have attracted a lot of attention in recent years due to their complex phase diagram that arises from the competition between spin, charge, and orbital degrees of freedom. Of particular interest is the metal-insulator transition that occurs upon cooling for RNiO3 (R=rare earth, except for La) which was found to be accompanied by symmetry lowering, later theorized as the evidence for charge ordering. By using first principles calculations, we found that the charge difference between Ni ions in the "charge-ordered" phase is negligibly small, while various aspects such as core energy levels, spectral weight immediately above and below the Fermi level, and magnetic moments do differ. Using Wannier function analysis, the charge states of Ni ions in the lower symmetry structure are systematically studied and found to correlated to the number of Wannier charge centers at the Ni site. The same approach was applied to study the charge states of Ag I and Ag

  6. 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.

  7. Surface Phonon Dispersion of the Layered Transition-metal Oxides

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    Zhang, J.; Ismail; Matzdorf, R.; Plummer, E. W.; Kimura, T.; Tokura, Y.

    2000-03-01

    Transition-metal oxides exhibit strong coupling between the charge and spin of the electrons and the lattice. Creating a surface by cleaving a single crystal breaks the symmetry of the lattice and disturbs the correlated system without changing the stoichiometry, providing the opportunity to study the response of electronic, structural, and magnetic properties. We have utilized electron-energy loss sprectroscopy (EELS) to study the electronic and lattice excitations of the Sr_2RuO4 and La_0.5Sr_1.5MnO4 surfaces. For both of these materials there are many more than three modes; three dominate surface optical phonons with small dispersion and with higher energies compared to those in the bulk materials. However, these phonons show completely different temperature dependence for different samples. The surface phonons become soft for Sr_2RuO4 while they become stiff for La_0.5Sr_1.5MnO4 with increasing temparature. The change of phonon energy of La_0.5Sr_1.5MnO4 with temperature is also in opposite direction to that of (La, Ca)MnO_4( Zhang et al., Surf. Sci. 393, 64(1997) * LMER Corp. for U.S. DOE under contract No. DE-AC05-96OR22464). These behaviors will be discussed in terms of the electronic, magnetic, and structural properties.

  8. GW calculations on post-transition-metal oxides

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    Kang, Youngho; Kang, Gijae; Nahm, Ho-Hyun; Cho, Seong-Ho; Park, Young Soo; Han, Seungwu

    2014-04-01

    In order to establish the reliable GW scheme that can be consistently applied to post-transition-metal oxides (post-TMOs), we carry out comprehensive GW calculations on electronic structures of ZnO, Ga2O3,In2O3, and SnO2, the four representative post-TMOs. Various levels of self-consistency (G0W0, GW0, and QPGW0) and different starting functionals (GGA, GGA + U, and hybrid functional) are tested and their influence on the resulting electronic structure is closely analyzed. It is found that the GW0 scheme with GGA + U as the initial functional turns out to give the best agreement with experiment, implying that describing the position of metal-d level precisely in the ground state plays a critical role for the accurate dielectric property and quasiparticle band gap. Nevertheless, the computation on ZnO still suffers from the shallow Zn-d level and we propose a modified approach (GW0+Ud) that additionally considers an effective Hubbard U term during GW0 iterations and thereby significantly improves the band gap. It is also shown that a GGA + U-based GW0(+Ud) scheme produces an accurate energy gap of crystalline InGaZnO4, implying that this can serve as a standard scheme that can be applied to general structures of post-TMOs.

  9. Oxide Wizard: an EELS application to characterize the white lines of transition metal edges.

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    Yedra, Lluís; Xuriguera, Elena; Estrader, Marta; López-Ortega, Alberto; Baró, Maria D; Nogués, Josep; Roldan, Manuel; Varela, Maria; Estradé, Sònia; Peiró, Francesca

    2014-06-01

    Physicochemical properties of transition metal oxides are directly determined by the oxidation state of the metallic cations. To address the increasing need to accurately evaluate the oxidation states of transition metal oxide systems at the nanoscale, here we present "Oxide Wizard." This script for Digital Micrograph characterizes the energy-loss near-edge structure and the position of the transition metal edges in the electron energy-loss spectrum. These characteristics of the edges can be linked to the oxidation states of transition metals with high spatial resolution. The power of the script is demonstrated by mapping manganese oxidation states in Fe3O4/Mn3O4 core/shell nanoparticles with sub-nanometer resolution in real space. PMID:24750576

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

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

    2014-12-15

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

  11. 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.

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

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

    2001-10-21

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

  13. 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

  14. A-site ordered quadruple perovskite oxides

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    Youwen, Long

    2016-07-01

    The A-site ordered perovskite oxides with chemical formula display many intriguing physical properties due to the introduction of transition metals at both A‧ and B sites. Here, research on the recently discovered intermetallic charge transfer occurring between A‧-site Cu and B-site Fe ions in LaCu3Fe4O12 and its analogues is reviewed, along with work on the magnetoelectric multiferroicity observed in LaMn3Cr4O12 with cubic perovskite structure. The Cu–Fe intermetallic charge transfer leads to a first-order isostructural phase transition accompanied by drastic variations in magnetism and electrical transport properties. The LaMn3Cr4O12 is a novel spin-driven multiferroic system with strong magnetoelectric coupling effects. The compound is the first example of cubic perovskite multiferroics to be found. It opens up a new arena for studying unexpected multiferroic mechanisms. Project supported by the National Basic Research Program of China (Grant No. 2014CB921500), the Strategic Priority Research Program of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (Grant No. XDB07030300), and the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant No. 11574378).

  15. Three-particle approximation for transition-metal oxides

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    Lægsgaard, J.; Svane, A.

    1997-02-01

    Quasiparticle spectra are calculated for NiO and CuO on the basis of band structures obtained within the ab initio self-interaction-corrected local-spin density (SIC-LSD) and LSD+U approximations. On-site Coulomb correlations are described by a multiband Hubbard model, which is treated within Igarashi's three-particle approximation. The transition-metal d-state spectral weight is split into a main dnL peak and a dn-1 satellite. We show that mean-field band structures in this way can lead to a good description of the experimental photoemission spectra of these compounds. The validity of the three-particle approach is investigated, and it is concluded that the method is best suited for a system which is well orbitally polarized on the mean-field level.

  16. Aberration-corrected scanning transmission electron microscopy for complex transition metal oxides

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    Qing-Hua, Zhang; Dong-Dong, Xiao; Lin, Gu

    2016-06-01

    Lattice, charge, orbital, and spin are the four fundamental degrees of freedom in condensed matter, of which the interactive coupling derives tremendous novel physical phenomena, such as high-temperature superconductivity (high-T c SC) and colossal magnetoresistance (CMR) in strongly correlated electronic system. Direct experimental observation of these freedoms is essential to understanding the structure-property relationship and the physics behind it, and also indispensable for designing new materials and devices. Scanning transmission electron microscopy (STEM) integrating multiple techniques of structure imaging and spectrum analysis, is a comprehensive platform for providing structural, chemical and electronic information of materials with a high spatial resolution. Benefiting from the development of aberration correctors, STEM has taken a big breakthrough towards sub-angstrom resolution in last decade and always steps forward to improve the capability of material characterization; many improvements have been achieved in recent years, thereby giving an in-depth insight into material research. Here, we present a brief review of the recent advances of STEM by some representative examples of perovskite transition metal oxides; atomic-scale mapping of ferroelectric polarization, octahedral distortions and rotations, valence state, coordination and spin ordering are presented. We expect that this brief introduction about the current capability of STEM could facilitate the understanding of the relationship between functional properties and these fundamental degrees of freedom in complex oxides. Project supported by the National Key Basic Research Project, China (Grant No. 2014CB921002), the Strategic Priority Research Program of Chinese Academy of Sciences (Grant No. XDB07030200), and the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant Nos. 51522212 and 51421002).

  17. 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

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

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

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

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

    2012-12-01

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

  20. 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

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

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    Chen, Wei; Wang, Haotian; Li, Yuzhang; Liu, Yayuan; Sun, Jie; Lee, Sanghan; Lee, Jang-Soo; Cui, Yi

    2015-08-26

    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

  2. Band Structure and Terahertz Optical Conductivity of Transition Metal Oxides: Theory and Application to CaRuO(3).

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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 (GdFeO(3)-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 CaRuO(3), 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. PMID:26382698

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

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

    2014-09-01

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

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

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

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    2015-01-01

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

  7. The role of correlations on oxygen orbitals in late transition-metal oxides

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    Lau, Bayo; Dang, Hung T.; Gull, Emanuel; Millis, Andrew J.

    2012-02-01

    We investigate the effect on transition-metal oxide physics of including interactions on the oxygen sites as well as on the transition-metal site using a generalization of the single-site Dynamical Mean Field method. On-site repulsive and Hund's interactions in the full Slater-Kanamori form are treated using a numerically exact continuous-time quantum Monte-Carlo solver. We determine the metal-insulator and magnetic phase diagrams as a function of charge-transfer tendency and interaction strengths. The results are compared directly to models with no oxygen correlations, yielding insights about the role of oxygen-specific correlations.

  8. 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.

  9. 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

  10. 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

  11. 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.

  12. Novel photoinduced phase transitions in transition metal oxides and diluted magnetic semiconductors

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    2012-01-01

    Some transition metal oxides have frustrated electronic states under multiphase competition due to strongly correlated d electrons with spin, charge, and orbital degrees of freedom and exhibit drastic responses to external stimuli such as optical excitation. Here, we present photoemission studies on Pr0.55(Ca1 − ySry)0.45MnO3 (y = 0.25), SrTiO3, and Ti1 − xCoxO2 (x = 0.05, 0.10) under laser illumination and discuss electronic structural changes induced by optical excitation in these strongly correlated oxides. We discuss the novel photoinduced phase transitions in these transition metal oxides and diluted magnetic semiconductors on the basis of polaronic pictures such as orbital, ferromagnetic, and ferroelectric polarons. PMID:23092248

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. 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.

  17. 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

  18. 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).

  19. 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

  20. 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.

  1. 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

  2. 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

  3. 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

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

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

    2011-07-01

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

  5. 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

  6. Which orbital and charge ordering in transition metal oxides can resonant X-ray diffraction detect?

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    Di Matteo, Sergio

    2009-11-01

    The present article is a brief critical review about the possibility of detecting charge and/or orbital order in transition-metal oxides by means of resonant x-ray diffraction. Many recent models of transition-metal oxides are based on charge and/or orbitally ordered ground-states and it has been claimed in the past that resonant x-ray diffraction is able to confirm or reject them. However, in spite of the many merits of this technique, such claims are ambiguous, because the interpretative frameworks used to analyze such results in transition-metal oxides, where structural distortions are always associated to the claimed charged/orbitally ordered transition, strongly influence (not to say suggest) the answer. In order to clarify this point, I discuss the two different definitions of orbital and charge orderings which are often used in the literature without a clear distinction. My conclusion is that the answer to the question of the title depends on which definition is adopted.

  7. Bonding Model for Transition Metal and Rare Earth Monoxides and Laser Spectroscopy of Nickel-Oxide

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    Srdanov, Vojislav I.

    We discovered that, for the transition metal and the rare earth monoxide series, the sum of the ionization potential of the metal, the energy of the lowest ( ...np) configuration of the metal ion and the thermochemical dissociation energy of the molecule adds up to a constant number. The correlation is particularly striking for the rare earth monoxides where the standard deviation is less than 1%. Based on this correlation we developed a new bonding scheme common for both the transition metal and rare earth monoxides. We propose that the bonding is invariant within the series and consists of an ionic and a covalent contribution. In our model a covalent contribution to the bonding of the inner-core d and f orbitals is negligible. This is in contrast to the current paradigm regarding the significant role of the d orbitals in the bonding in the first and second row transition metal oxides. Our model also appears to be in conflict with the M^{2+} O^{2-} ligand-field bonding model currently accepted for the rare earth monoxides. Based on the empirical correlation and the proposed bonding mechanism, however, we give a number of predictions regarding yet unmeasured fundamental quantities of some of the oxides such as permanent dipole moments, dissociation energies and equilibrium bond distances. We also present the results of the first high resolution laser spectroscopic study of the NiO molecule. Several bands in the green spectral region were found to originate from the ground state of NiO; their analysis allowed us to determine the following fundamental parameters: Ground state symmetry: ^3Sigma^-; Vibrational frequency: omega_{ rm e} = 8.39.1 cm^{ -1}; Equilibrium distance: r_ {rm e} = 1.627 A. With this work the determination of the ground state parameters for the first row transition metal oxides is now complete.

  8. Effect of UV exposure on photochromic glasses doped with transition metal oxides

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    El-Zaiat, S. Y.; Medhat, M.; Omar, Mona F.; Shirif, Marwa A.

    2016-07-01

    Silver halide photochromic glasses doped with one of the transition metal oxides, (Ti O2), (CoO),(Cr2 O3) are prepared using the melt quench technique. Glass samples are exposed to a UV source for 20 min. Spectral reflectance and transmittance at normal incidence of the prepared glasses are recorded before and after UV exposure with a double beam spectrophotometer in the spectral range 200-2500 nm. Dispersion parameters such as: single oscillator energy, dispersion energy and Abbe's number are deduced and compared. Absorption dispersion parameters, like optical energy gap for direct and indirect transitions, Urbach energy and steepness parameter, are deduced for the different glass prepared. Reflection loss, molar refractivity and electronic polarizability are deduced and compared. The effect of UV light exposure of these glasses on transmittance, reflectance, the linear and the predicted nonlinear optical parameters are investigated and discussed for the three transition metals. Nonlinear parameters increase in the three glass samples after UV exposure.

  9. Effect of UV exposure on photochromic glasses doped with transition metal oxides

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    El-Zaiat, S. Y.; Medhat, M.; Omar, Mona F.; Shirif, Marwa A.

    2016-07-01

    Silver halide photochromic glasses doped with one of the transition metal oxides, (Ti O2) , (CoO) ,(Cr2 O3) are prepared using the melt quench technique. Glass samples are exposed to a UV source for 20 min. Spectral reflectance and transmittance at normal incidence of the prepared glasses are recorded before and after UV exposure with a double beam spectrophotometer in the spectral range 200-2500 nm. Dispersion parameters such as: single oscillator energy, dispersion energy and Abbe's number are deduced and compared. Absorption dispersion parameters, like optical energy gap for direct and indirect transitions, Urbach energy and steepness parameter, are deduced for the different glass prepared. Reflection loss, molar refractivity and electronic polarizability are deduced and compared. The effect of UV light exposure of these glasses on transmittance, reflectance, the linear and the predicted nonlinear optical parameters are investigated and discussed for the three transition metals. Nonlinear parameters increase in the three glass samples after UV exposure.

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. IR studies of NH/sub 3/, pyridine, CO, and NO adsorbed on transition metal oxides

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    Kung, M.C.; Kung, H.H.

    1985-01-01

    Chemisorption of small molecules is often used as a probe for the surface properties of transition metal oxides. By probing the interaction of molecules with the surface, information is often obtained on the oxidation state, the coordination symmetry, the degree of coordination unsaturation of the surface cations, the acid-base properties of the surface hydroxyl groups, and the presence and the nature of surface Lewis acid and Broensted acid sites. This information is deduced from experimental measurements of the adsorption isotherms, the heats of adsorption, the thermal desorption spectra, and the vibrational spectra of the adsorbate. Until recently, when high resolution electron energy loss spectroscopy became available, vibrational spectra were obtained with infrared spectroscopy. Laser Raman spectroscopy has seldom been used because of the low Raman scattering cross section of most molecules. Infrared spectroscopy has been used to study practically all kinds of adsorbates, including basic molecules of NH/sub 3/ and pyridine, carbon oxides (CO and CO3''), nitrogen oxides (NO, N/sub 2/O, NO/sub 2/), alkenes, alcohols, and acids. In this review, emphasis is placed on the molecules that yield information on the acid-base and on the coordination properties of the surface sites on transition metal oxides. Thus the discussions are confined primarily to studies involving NH/sub 3/, pyridine, CO, and NO. Emphasis is placed on work published after 1970 because an excellent account of the literature before then has already appeared in the book by Little. 98 references, 3 tables.

  13. Reduction of aqueous transition metal species on the surfaces of Fe(II)-containing oxides

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    White, A.F.; Peterson, M.L.

    1996-01-01

    Experimental studies demonstrate that structural Fe(II) in magnetite and ilmenite heterogeneously reduce aqueous ferric, cupric, vanadate, and chromate ions at the oxide surfaces over a pH range of 1-7 at 25??C. For an aqueous transition metal m, such reactions are 3[Fe2+Fe3+2]O4(magnetite) + 2/nmz ??? 4[Fe3+2]O3(maghemite) + Fe2+ + 2/nmz-n and 3[Fe2+Ti]O3(ilmenite) + 2/nmz ??? Fe3+2Ti3O9(pseudorutile) + Fe2+ + 2/nmz-n, where z is the valance state and n is the charge transfer number. The half cell potential range for solid state oxidation [Fe(II)] ??? [Fe(III)] is -0.34 to -0.65 V, making structural Fe(II) a stronger reducing agent than aqueous Fe2+ (-0.77 V). Reduction rates for aqueous metal species are linear with time (up to 36 h), decrease with pH, and have rate constants between 0.1 and 3.3 ?? 10-10 mol m-2 s-1. Iron is released to solution both from the above reactions and from dissolution of the oxide surface. In the presence of chromate, Fe2+ is oxidized homogeneously in solution to Fe3+. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) denotes a Fe(III) oxide surface containing reduced Cr(III) and V(IV) species. Magnetite and ilmenite electrode potentials are insensitive to increases in divalent transition metals including Zn(II), Co(II), Mn(II), and Ni(II) and reduced V(IV) and Cr(III) but exhibit a log-linear concentration-potential response to Fe(III) and Cu(II). Complex positive electrode responses occur with increasing Cr(VI) and V(V) concentrations. Potential dynamic scans indicate that the high oxidation potential of dichromate is capable of suppressing the cathodic reductive dissolution of magnetite. Oxide electrode potentials are determined by the Fe(II)/Fe(III) composition of the oxide surface and respond to aqueous ion potentials which accelerate this oxidation process. Natural magnetite sands weathered under anoxic conditions are electrochemically reactive as demonstrated by rapid chromate reduction and the release of aqueous Fe(III) to experimental

  14. 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

  15. 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

  16. 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

  17. 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; et al

    2016-04-22

    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.more » Restacked two-dimensional hexagonal-MoO3 exhibits high pseudocapacitive performances (for example, 300Fcm-3 in an Al2(SO4)3 electrolyte). Furthermore, 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.« less

  18. 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

    2016-04-01

    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.

  19. 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.

  20. 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.

  1. 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.

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

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    Ralko, Arnaud; Merino, Jaime; Fratini, Simone

    2015-04-01

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

  3. 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

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

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    Wang, Huamin; Wu, Zijie; Kong, Jing; Wang, Zhiqiang; Zhang, Minghui

    2012-10-15

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

  5. Direct Oxidation of Aliphatic C-H Bonds in Amino-Containing Molecules under Transition-Metal-Free Conditions.

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    Li, Xin; Che, Xing; Chen, Gui-Hua; Zhang, Jun; Yan, Jia-Lei; Zhang, Yun-Fei; Zhang, Li-Sheng; Hsu, Chao-Ping; Gao, Yi Qin; Shi, Zhang-Jie

    2016-03-18

    By employing a simple, inexpensive, and transition-metal-free oxidation system, secondary C-H bonds in a series of phthaloyl protected primary amines and amino acid derivatives were oxidized to carbonyls with good regioselectivities. This method could also be applied to oxidize tertiary C-H bonds and modify synthetic dipeptides. PMID:26949833

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

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

    2014-07-28

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

  7. Self-Organized Growth, Structure, and Magnetism of Monatomic Transition-Metal Oxide Chains

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    Ferstl, Pascal; Hammer, Lutz; Sobel, Christopher; Gubo, Matthias; Heinz, Klaus; Schneider, M. Alexander; Mittendorfer, Florian; Redinger, Josef

    2016-07-01

    We report on the self-organized growth of monatomic transition-metal oxide chains of (3 ×1 ) periodicity and unusual M O2 stoichiometry (M =Ni , Co, Fe, Mn) on Ir(100). We analyze their structural and magnetic properties by means of quantitative LEED, STM, and density functional theory (DFT) calculations. LEED analyses reveal a fascinating common atomic structure in which the transition-metal atoms sit above a missing-row structure of the surface and are coupled to the substrate only via oxygen atoms. This structure is confirmed by DFT calculations with structural parameters deviating by less than 1.7 pm. The DFT calculations predict that the NiO2 chains are nonmagnetic, CoO2 chains are ferromagnetic, while FeO2 and MnO2 are antiferromagnetic. All structures show only weak magnetic interchain coupling. Further, we demonstrate the growth of oxide chains of binary alloys of Co and Ni or Fe on Ir(100), which allows us to produce well-controlled ensembles of ferromagnetic chains of different lengths separated by nonmagnetic or antiferromagnetic segments.

  8. Self-Organized Growth, Structure, and Magnetism of Monatomic Transition-Metal Oxide Chains.

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    Ferstl, Pascal; Hammer, Lutz; Sobel, Christopher; Gubo, Matthias; Heinz, Klaus; Schneider, M Alexander; Mittendorfer, Florian; Redinger, Josef

    2016-07-22

    We report on the self-organized growth of monatomic transition-metal oxide chains of (3×1) periodicity and unusual MO_{2} stoichiometry (M=Ni, Co, Fe, Mn) on Ir(100). We analyze their structural and magnetic properties by means of quantitative LEED, STM, and density functional theory (DFT) calculations. LEED analyses reveal a fascinating common atomic structure in which the transition-metal atoms sit above a missing-row structure of the surface and are coupled to the substrate only via oxygen atoms. This structure is confirmed by DFT calculations with structural parameters deviating by less than 1.7 pm. The DFT calculations predict that the NiO_{2} chains are nonmagnetic, CoO_{2} chains are ferromagnetic, while FeO_{2} and MnO_{2} are antiferromagnetic. All structures show only weak magnetic interchain coupling. Further, we demonstrate the growth of oxide chains of binary alloys of Co and Ni or Fe on Ir(100), which allows us to produce well-controlled ensembles of ferromagnetic chains of different lengths separated by nonmagnetic or antiferromagnetic segments. PMID:27494483

  9. Synthesis and control of morphology, stoichiometry, and composition of transition metal oxides

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    Brier, Matthew Isaac

    Transition metal oxides (TMOs) are an important class of materials that have found uses in diverse applications, such as heterogeneous catalysts, sensors, and high temperature superconductors, due to their complex surface chemistry and high mobility of lattice oxygen atoms. Point defects such as oxygen and metal atom vacancies significantly perturb the electronic structure of TMOs and profoundly impact their electrical, optical, ferroelectric, photocatalytic, and other functional properties. As a result, significant research is being done to develop synthesis techniques that can produce metal oxides with controllable material properties. In this thesis, the use of hot wire chemical vapor deposition (HWCVD) was studied with the aim of precisely controlling the morphology, stoichiometry, and composition of TMOs. With molybdenum oxide as the model system, the control of morphology and stoichiometry was achieved by modulation of deposition parameters, such as filament power and gas phase composition. The study of HWCVD of MoOx led to the development of phase diagrams for the dependence of morphology and stoichiometry on deposition parameters. The knowledge gained studying the HWCVD of MoOx was then shown to translate to the deposition of other binary metal oxides by using tungsten, nickel, and vanadium metal filaments to synthesize their respective transition metal oxides. Additionally, NiMoO4 was synthesized as a proof-of-concept to show that HWCVD can be used to make ternary oxides. Nitridation of samples in an ammonia atmosphere was conducted to explore the potential for conversion of HWCVD grown TMOs to their respective metal nitrides, which are also reported to have catalytic properties. To examine the quality of TMOs grown by HWCVD, samples were electrochemically tested for their electrochromic properties and photoactivity with respect to splitting of water.

  10. 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

  11. 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

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

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

    2009-03-01

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

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. Optical absorption of gamma-irradiated lithium-borate glasses doped with different transition metal oxides

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    Marzouk, S. Y.; Elalaily, N. A.; Ezz-Eldin, F. M.; Abd-Allah, W. M.

    2006-06-01

    We have investigated the effect of gamma irradiation on the optical properties of Li 2O-B 2O 3 containing two concentrations (0.2 or 0.5 g) of each one of the following transition metals, V, Mn, Fe or Ni oxide glass samples. We studied the impacts of gamma irradiation in terms of the mechanism by which radiation-induced defects are generated. A resolution of the observed absorption spectra showed several bands which were induced by photo-reduction or photo-oxidation assumed to take place by photo-chemical reaction according to the type of transition metal oxide (TMO). Small deviations of these induced bands characteristic of the glass constituents were observed and explained in terms of the physical properties, in relation to different oxidation states of TMO in the glass matrix. The series Mn 2+, Fe 2+ and Ni 2+ ions shows a trend of increased photo-oxidation with increasing electronegativity or decreasing mass of the ions. The prepared samples were studied in terms of their dosimetric characteristics: calibration curves from 1.0524 to 42.096 kGy and fading at (25 and 50 °C). Thermal bleaching of irradiated glass was found to permit the reduction of the larger part of TMO ions in Li 2O-B 2O 3. Also, the results showed that the degeneration of the induced bands was faster at 50 than at 25 °C. The optical energy gap Eg was found to decrease with the increase of the radiation dose, and it is suggested that the mechanism of optical transition is forbidden by indirect transition.

  16. 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

  17. The hydride anion in an extended transition metal oxide array: LaSrCoO3H0.7.

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    Hayward, M A; Cussen, E J; Claridge, J B; Bieringer, M; Rosseinsky, M J; Kiely, C J; Blundell, S J; Marshall, I M; Pratt, F L

    2002-03-01

    We present the synthesis and structural characterization of a transition metal oxide hydride, LaSrCoO3H0.7, which adopts an unprecedented structure in which oxide chains are bridged by hydride anions to form a two-dimensional extended network. The metal centers are strongly coupled by their bonding with both oxide and hydride ligands to produce magnetic ordering at temperatures up to at least 350 kelvin. The synthetic route is sufficiently general to allow the prediction of a new class of transition metal--containing electronic and magnetic materials. PMID:11884751

  18. LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Efficient photocarrier injection in a transition metal oxide heterostructure

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    Muraoka, Y.; Yamauchi, T.; Ueda, Y.; Hiroi, Z.

    2002-12-01

    An efficient method for doping a transition metal oxide (TMO) with hole carriers is presented: photocarrier injection (PCI) in an oxide heterostructure. It is shown that an insulating vanadium dioxide (VO2) film is rendered metallic under light irradiation by PCI from an n-type titanium dioxide (TiO2) substrate doped with Nb. Consequently, a large photoconductivity, which is exceptional for TMOs, is found in the VO2/TiO2:Nb heterostructure. We propose an electronic band structure where photoinduced holes created in TiO2:Nb can be transferred into the filled V 3d band via the low-lying O 2p band of VO2.

  19. 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.

  20. 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.

  1. Double counting in the density functional plus dynamical mean-field theory of transition metal oxides

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    Dang, Hung

    2015-03-01

    Recently, the combination of density functional theory (DFT) and dynamical mean-field theory (DMFT) has become a widely-used beyond-mean-field approach for strongly correlated materials. However, not only is the correlation treated in DMFT but also in DFT to some extent, a problem arises as the correlation is counted twice in the DFT+DMFT framework. The correction for this problem is still not well-understood. To gain more understanding of this ``double counting'' problem, I provide a detailed study of the metal-insulator transition in transition metal oxides in the subspace of oxygen p and transition metal correlated d orbitals using DFT+DMFT. I will show that the fully charge self-consistent DFT+DMFT calculations with the standard ``fully-localized limit'' (FLL) double counting correction fail to predict correctly materials such as LaTiO3, LaVO3, YTiO3 and SrMnO3 as insulators. Investigations in a wide range of the p- d splitting, the d occupancy, the lattice structure and the double counting correction itself will be presented to understand the reason behind this failure. I will also show that if the double counting correction is chosen to reproduce the p- d splitting consistent with experimental data, the DFT+DMFT approach can still give reasonable results in comparison with experiments.

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

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

    2013-01-01

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

  3. 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

    2016-01-26

    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

  4. 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.

  5. 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

  6. 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

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

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    Scalettar, Richard T.; Pickett, Warren E.

    2004-07-01

    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: (1) Mott transitions in transition metal oxides, (2) magnetism in half-metallic compounds, and (3) large volume-collapse transitions in f-band metals.

  8. 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.

  9. Electrochemical characterization of transition metal oxide aerogels for secondary lithium batteries

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    Dong, Winny

    The ability of transition metals to exist in multiple valence states, along with the fact that many transition metal oxides have a layered structure, has made transition metal oxides prime candidates as electrodes for the emerging technology of secondary lithium batteries. Traditionally, the electrochemical behavior of these materials is considered to be intrinsic to the material. In order to obtain different electrochemical performance needs, different materials need to be selected. The principal objective of this dissertation is to correlate electrochemical behavior with the microstructure of a material, allowing a material to meet different application requirements through the control of its microstructure. In this research, three different studies are used to explore the interrelationship between microstructure and electrochemical behavior. Sol-gel chemistry is used exclusively to prepare the electrochemically active materials as this process enables one to control the resulting microstructure and morphology. The first study looks at the influence of the degree of crystallinity in MoO3 aerogels on lithium capacity. The degree of crystallinity is controlled through heat treatment and observed to affect the lithium capacity. The nanocrystalline MoO3 aerogel exhibited higher lithium capacity (1.5 Li/Mo) compared to both the amorphous (1.1 Li/Mo) and crystalline (1.1 Li/Mo) samples. The second study involves the synthesis of organic/inorganic hybrids, achieved by simultaneously polymerizing the polypyrrole network within the Mo-O-Mo network. The addition of the conducting polymer phase increases both the electrical conductivity (4 x 10-3 S/cm) and the lithium capacity (1.7 Li/Mo) compared to that of MoO3 aerogels. The third study emphasizes the use of the "sticky carbon" electrode to study the effects of high surface area and pore size on the lithium intercalation properties of V2O5 aerogels. A series of V2O 5 aerogels with varying surface areas (10 to 280 m2/g) is

  10. The confinement error corrections for the exchange energy in transition metal oxides

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    Hao, Feng; Armiento, Rickard; Mattsson, Ann E.

    2011-03-01

    We present some recent advances towards a straightforward scheme to correct for the confinement errors of the exchange energy of the transition metal oxides (TMO). This approach includes two steps: (i) identifying the spatial regions where the confinement errors exist, using local density and kinetic energy density information, and (ii) mapping these spatial regions to harmonic-oscillator (HO) models, and quantifying and correcting the relative confinement errors based on the model system. The scheme has been applied to calculations with several local and semi-local functionals, and a trend of improvement for the equilibrium structure is obtained after applying these confinement error corrections. Sandia is a multiprogram laboratory operated by Sandia Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of Lockheed Martin Company, for the U.S. Department of Energy's National Nuclear Security Administration under Contract No. DE-AC04-94AL85000.

  11. 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.

  12. Enhanced Pseudocapacitance in Multicomponent Transition-Metal Oxides by Local Distortion of Oxygen Octahedra.

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    Lee, Hyeon Jeong; Lee, Ji Hoon; Chung, Sung-Yoon; Choi, Jang Wook

    2016-03-14

    Anomalously high pseudocapacitance of a metal oxide was observed when Ni, Co, and Mn were mixed in a solid solution. Analysis by X-ray absorption near-edge spectroscopy (XANES) identified a wider redox swing of Ni as the origin of the enlarged pseudocapacitance. Ab initio DFT calculations revealed that aliovalent species resulting from the copresence of multiple transition metals can generate permanent local distortions of [NiO6 ] octahedra. As this type of distortion breaks the degenerate eg level of Ni(2+) , the Jahn-Teller lattice instability necessary for the Ni(2+/3+) redox flip can be effectively diminished during charge-discharge, thus resulting in the significantly increased capacitance. Our findings highlight the importance of understanding structure-property correlation related to local structural distortions in improving the performance of pseudocapacitors. PMID:26890879

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

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

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    Tracy, C. Edwin; Benson, David K.; Ruth, Marta R.

    1987-01-01

    A method of synthesizing electro-optically active reaction products from 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.

  16. Raman microscopy of lithium-manganese-rich transition metal oxide cathodes

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    Ruther, Rose E.; Callender, Andrew F.; Zhou, Hui; Martha, Surendra K.; Nanda, Jagjit

    2014-11-15

    Lithium-rich and manganese-rich (LMR) layered transition metal (TM) oxide composites with general formula xLi2MnO3·(1-x)LiMO2 (M = Ni, Co, Mn) are promising cathode candidates for high energy density lithium ion batteries. Lithium-manganese-rich TM oxides crystallize as a nanocomposite layered phase whose structure further evolves with electrochemical cycling. Raman spectroscopy is a powerful tool to monitor the crystal chemistry and correlate phase changes with electrochemical behavior. While several groups have reported Raman spectra of lithium rich TM oxides, the data show considerable variability in terms of both the vibrational features observed and their interpretation. In this paper, Raman microscopy is used to investigate lithium-rich and manganese-rich TM cathodes as a function of voltage and electrochemical cycling at various temperatures. No growth of a spinel phase is observed within the cycling conditions. However, analysis of the Raman spectra does indicate the structure of LMR-NMC deviates significantly from an ideal layered phase. Finally, the results also highlight the importance of using low laser power and large sample sizes to obtain consistent data sets.

  17. Raman microscopy of lithium-manganese-rich transition metal oxide cathodes

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    Ruther, Rose E.; Callender, Andrew F.; Zhou, Hui; Martha, Surendra K.; Nanda, Jagjit

    2014-11-15

    Lithium-rich and manganese-rich (LMR) layered transition metal (TM) oxide composites with general formula xLi2MnO3·(1-x)LiMO2 (M = Ni, Co, Mn) are promising cathode candidates for high energy density lithium ion batteries. Lithium-manganese-rich TM oxides crystallize as a nanocomposite layered phase whose structure further evolves with electrochemical cycling. Raman spectroscopy is a powerful tool to monitor the crystal chemistry and correlate phase changes with electrochemical behavior. While several groups have reported Raman spectra of lithium rich TM oxides, the data show considerable variability in terms of both the vibrational features observed and their interpretation. In this paper, Raman microscopy is used tomore » investigate lithium-rich and manganese-rich TM cathodes as a function of voltage and electrochemical cycling at various temperatures. No growth of a spinel phase is observed within the cycling conditions. However, analysis of the Raman spectra does indicate the structure of LMR-NMC deviates significantly from an ideal layered phase. Finally, the results also highlight the importance of using low laser power and large sample sizes to obtain consistent data sets.« less

  18. 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 10 wt% 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

  19. 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

  20. 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

    2015-10-29

    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 amore » thin surface layer on certain crystallographic facets. Finally and 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.« less

  1. 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

    2015-10-29

    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. Finally and 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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

  4. Defect-mediated magnetism of transition metal doped zinc oxide thin films

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    Roberts, Bradley Kirk

    Magnetism in transition metal doped wide band-gap materials is of interest to further the fundamental science of materials and future spintronics applications. Large inter-dopant separations require mediation of ferromagnetism by some method; carrier-mediated mechanisms are typically applicable to dilute magnetic semiconductors with low Curie temperatures. Dilute magnetic oxides, commonly with poor conductivity and TC above room temperature, cannot be described within this theory. Recent experiment and theory developments suggest that ferromagnetic exchange in these materials can be mediated by defects. This research includes experimental results justifying and developing this approach. Thin films of Cr doped ZnO (band gap ˜3.3 eV) were deposited with several processing variations to enhance the effects of either 0-dimensional (vacancy, hydrogen-related defect) or two-dimensional defects (surface/interface) and thereby affect magnetism and conductivity. We observe surface magnetism in dielectric thin films of oxygen-saturated ZnO:Cr with spontaneous magnetic moment and conductance dropping approximately exponentially with increasing thickness. Uniform defect concentrations would not result in such magnetic ordering behavior indicating that magnetism is mediated either by surface defects or differing concentrations of point defects near the surface. Polarized neutron reflectivity profiling confirms a magnetically active region of ˜8 nm at the film surface. Hydrogen is notoriously present as a defect and carrier dopant in ZnO, and artificial introduction of hydrogen in dielectric ZnO:Cr films results in varying electronic and magnetic behavior. Free carriers introduced with hydrogen doping are not spin-polarized requiring an alternative explanation for ferromagnetism. We find from positron annihilation spectroscopy measurements that hydrogen doping increases the concentration of an altered VZn-related defect (a preliminary interpretation) throughout the film, which

  5. 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.

  6. 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

  7. 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.

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

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

    2014-06-02

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

  9. SIC-LSD study of transition metal valencies in oxide materials

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    Petit, Leon; Schulthess, Thomas; Svane, Axel; Janotti, Anderson; Szotek, Zdzislawa; Temmerman, Walter

    2005-03-01

    The electronic and magnetic properties of transition metal (TM) oxide materials are largely determined by the degree of localization of the TM d-electrons. With the self-interaction corrected (SIC) local spin density (LSD) approximation, we are able to differentiate between various localization/delocalization scenarios based on total energy considerations, and thus to determine the ground state valency onfiguration from the global energy minimum. Using the SIC-LSD, we studied the valencies of TM (Co, Mn) impurities in ZnO. We find the position of the TM(0/+) donor level to be such that the TM^2+ configuration is energetically most favourable both in n-type ZnO, and in ZnO without additional codopants, whilst in p-type ZnO one additional d-electron prefers to delocalize with the resulting TM^3+ groundstate configuration. We furthermore investigated the possibility of ferromagnetic order in the corresponding groundstate scenarios. Work supported in part by the Defense Advanced Research Agency and by the Division of Materials Science and Engineering, US Department of Energy. The Oak Ridge National Laboratory is managed by UT-Battelle LLC for the Department of Energy under Contract No. DE-AC05-00OR22725.

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

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    Deng, Yan-Hong; Chen, Xiang-Yu; Ou, Qing-Dong; Wang, Qian-Kun; Jiang, Xiao-Cheng; Zhang, Dan-Dan; Li, Yan-Qing

    2014-06-01

    The impact of illumination on the connection part of the tandem organic light-emitting diodes was studied by using a special organic multilayer sample consisted of two organic active layers coupled with different transition metal oxide (TMO)-based intermediate connectors (ICs). Through measuring the current density-voltage characteristic, interfacial electronic structures, and capacitance-voltage characteristic, we observe an unsymmetrical phenomenon in current density-voltage and capacitance-voltage curves of Mg:Alq3/MoO3 and MoO3 composed devices, which was induced by the charge spouting zone near the ICs region and the recombination state in the MoO3 layer. Moreover, Mg:Alq3/MoO3 composed device displays a photovoltaic effect and the Voc shifts to forward bias under illumination. Our results demonstrate that the TMO-based IC structure coupled with photovoltaic effect can be a good approach for the study of photodetector, light sensor, and so on.

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

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

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

    2015-09-14

    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.

  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. Microscopic magnetic nature of K2NiF4-type 3d transition metal oxides

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    Sugiyama, J.; Nozaki, H.; Umegaki, I.; Higemoto, W.; Ansaldo, E. J.; Brewer, J. H.; Sakurai, H.; Kao, T.-H.; Yang, H.-D.; Månsson, M.

    2014-12-01

    In order to elucidate the magnetic nature of K2NiF4-type 3d transition metal oxides, we have measured μ+SR spectra for Sr2VO4, LaSrVO4, and Sr2CrO4 using powder samples. ZF- and wTF-μ+SR measurements propose that Sr2VO4 enters into the static antiferromagnetic (AF) order phase below 8 K. In addition, TF-μ+SR measurements evidence that the transition at 105 K is not magnetic but structural and/or electronic in origin. For LaSrVO4, static long-range order has not been observed down to 20 K, while, as T decreases from 145 K, wTF asymmetry starts to decrease below 60 K, suggesting the appearance and evolution of localized magnetic moments below 60 K. For Sr2CrO4, by contrast, both ZF- and wTF-μ+SR have confirmed the presence of antiferromagnetic order below 117 K, as predicted in the χ(T) curve.

  16. Probing the Reactivity and Radical Nature of Oxidized Transition Metal-Thiolate Complexes by Mass Spectrometry

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    Lu, Mei; Campbell, J. Larry; Chauhan, Rajat; Grapperhaus, Craig A.; Chen, Hao

    2013-04-01

    Transition metal thiolate complexes such as [PPN]+[RuL3]- (PPN = bis(triphenylphosphoranylidene) ammonium and L = diphenylphosphinobenzenethiolate) are known to undergo addition reactions with unsaturated hydrocarbons via the formation of new C-S bonds in solution upon oxidation. The reaction mechanism is proposed to involve metal-stabilized thiyl radical intermediates, a new type of distonic ions such as [RuL3]+ ion in the case of [PPN]+[RuL3]-. This study presents the reactivity and structure investigation of [RuL3]+ by mass spectrometry (MS) in conjunction with ion/molecule reactions. The addition reactions of [RuL3]+ with alkenes or methyl ketones in the gas phase are indeed observed, in agreement with the proposed mechanism. Such reactivity is also maintained by several fragment ions of [RuL3]+, indicating the preserved thiyl diradical core structure is responsible for the addition reaction. The thiyl radical nature of [RuL3]+ was further verified by the ion/molecule reaction of [RuL3]+ with dimethyl disulfide, in which the characteristic CH3S• transfer occurs, both at atmospheric pressure and also at low pressure (~mTorr). These results provide, for the first time, clear mass spectrometric evidence of the radical nature of [RuL3]+ (i.e., the distonic ion structure of [RuL3]+), arising from the oxidation of non-innocent thiolate ligands of the complex [PPN]+[RuL3]-. Similar thiolate complexes, including ReL3 and NiL2, were also examined. Although reactions of oxidized ReL3 or NiL2 with CH3SSCH3 take place at atmospheric pressure, the corresponding reaction did not occur in vacuum. Consistent with these data, the addition of ethylene was not observed either, indicating lower reactivities of [ReL3]+ and [NiL2]+ in comparison to [RuL3]+.

  17. 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

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

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    Das, Supriyo

    2010-01-01

    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 an- tiferromagnetic orderings, and heavy fermion behavior. Binary vanadium oxides VnO2n-1 where 2 ≤ n ≤ 9 have triclinic structures and exhibit metal-insulator and antiferromagnetic transitions.[1–6] The only exception is V7O13 which remains metallic down to 4 K.[7] The ternary vanadium oxide LiV2O4 has the normal spinel structure, is metallic, does not un- dergo magnetic ordering and exhibits heavy fermion behavior below 10 K.[8] CaV2O4 has an orthorhombic structure[9, 10] with the vanadium spins forming zigzag chains and has been suggested to be a model system to study the gapless chiral phase.[11, 12] These provide great motivation for further investigation of some known vanadium compounds as well as to ex- plore 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 LiV2O4, YV4O8, and YbV4O8. The recent discovery of superconductivity in RFeAsO1-xFx (R = La, Ce, Pr, Gd, Tb, Dy, Sm, and Nd), and AFe2As2 (A = Ba, Sr, Ca, and Eu) doped with K, Na, or Cs at the A site with relatively high Tc 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 Tc superconductors in 1986. To discover more supercon- ductors

  19. 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.

  20. 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.

  1. 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.

  2. Neutron diffraction studies of nickel-containing perovskite oxide catalysts exposed to autothermal reforming environments.

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    Mawdsley, J. R.; Vaughey, J. T.; Krause, T. R.; Chemical Sciences and Engineering Division

    2009-10-27

    Six nickel-containing perovskite oxides (La{sub 1-x}Sr{sub x})M{sub 0.9}Ni{sub 0.1}O{sub 3{+-}{delta}}, where x = 0 or 0.2 and M = Cr, Fe, or Mn were used to catalyze the autothermal reforming of isooctane (C{sub 8}H{sub 18}) into a hydrogen-rich gas during short-term tests at 700 C. To determine the phase stability of the samples in the reducing environment of the reforming reactor, characterization studies of the as-prepared and tested perovskite samples were conducted using powder X-ray diffraction, powder neutron diffraction, transmission electron microscopy, and scanning electron microscopy. We determined that the reducing conditions of the microreactor caused metallic nickel to form in all six compositions. However, the extent of the nickel loss from the perovskite lattices varied: the chromium-containing compositions lost the least nickel, compared to the manganese- and iron-containing compositions, and the strontium-free compositions lost more nickel than their strontium-containing analogs. Five of the six perovskite compositions tested showed no breakdown of the perovskite lattice despite the loss of nickel from the B-sites, producing only the third example of a B-cation-deficient, 3d transition-metal-containing perovskite.

  3. Electrocatalytic reduction of carbon dioxide on post-transition metal and metal oxide nanoparticles

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    White, James L.

    The electroreduction of carbon dioxide to liquid products is an important component in the utilization of CO2 and in the high-density storage of intermittent renewable energy in the form of chemical bonds. Materials based on indium and tin, which yield predominantly formic acid, have been investigated in order to gain a greater understanding of the electrochemically active species and the mechanism of CO2 reduction on these heavy post-transition metals, since prior studies on the bulk metals did not provide thermodynamically sensible reaction pathways. Nanoparticles of the oxides and hydroxides of tin and indium have been prepared and characterized by transmission electron microscopy, X-ray diffractometry, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, and various electrochemical methods in order to obtain structural information and analyze the role of various surface species on the CO2 reduction pathway. On both indium and tin, metastable surface-bound hydroxides bound CO2 and formed metal carbonates, which can then be reduced electrochemically. The relevant oxidation state of tin was suggested to be SnII rather than SnIV, necessitating a pre reduction to generate the CO2-binding species. Metallic indium nanoparticles partially oxidized in air and became highly efficient CO2 reduction electrocatalysts. Unit Faradaic efficiencies for formate, much higher than on bulk indium, were achieved with only 300 mV of overpotential on these particles, which possessed an oxyhydroxide shell surrounding a conductive metallic core. Alloys and mixed-metal oxide and hydroxide particles of tin and indium have also been studied for their carbon dioxide electrocatalytic capabilities, especially in comparison to the pure metal species. Additionally, a solar-driven indium-based CO2 electrolyzer was developed to investigate the overall efficiency for intermittent energy storage. The three flow cells were powered by a commercial photovoltaic array and had a maximum conversion efficiency of incident

  4. High Content Screening in Zebrafish Speeds up Hazard Ranking of Transition Metal Oxide Nanoparticles

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    Lin, Sijie; Zhao, Yan; Xia, Tian; Meng, Huan; Zhaoxia, Ji; Liu, Rong; George, Saji; Xiong, Sijing; Wang, Xiang; Zhang, Haiyuan; Pokhrel, Suman; Mädler, Lutz; Damoiseaux, Robert; Lin, Shuo; Nel, Andre E.

    2014-01-01

    Zebrafish is an aquatic organism that can be used for high content safety screening of engineered nanomaterials (ENMs). We demonstrate, for the first time, the use of high content bright-field and fluorescence-based imaging to compare the toxicological effect of transition metal oxide (CuO, ZnO, NiO and Co3O4) nanoparticles in zebrafish embryos and larvae. High content bright-field imaging demonstrated potent and dose-dependant hatching interference in the embryos, with the exception of Co3O4 which was relatively inert. We propose that the hatching interference was due to the shedding of Cu and Ni ions, compromising the activity of the hatching enzyme, ZHE1, similar to what we previously proposed for Zn2+. This hypothesis is based on the presence of metal–sensitive histidines in the catalytic center of this enzyme. Co-introduction of a metal ion chelator, diethylene triamine pentaacetic acid (DTPA), reversed the hatching interference of Cu, Zn and Ni. While neither the embryos nor larvae demonstrated morphological abnormalities, high content fluorescence-based imaging demonstrated that CuO, ZnO and NiO could induce increased expression of the heat shock protein 70:enhanced green fluorescence protein (hsp70:eGFP) in transgenic zebrafish larvae. Induction of this response by CuO required a higher nanoparticle dose than the amount leading to hatching interference. This response was also DTPA sensitive. In conclusion, we demonstrate that high content imaging of embryo development, morphological abnormalities and HSP70 expression can be used for hazard ranking and determining the dose-response relationships leading to ENM effects on the development of the zebrafish embryo. PMID:21851096

  5. Oxidatively Electrodeposited Thin-Film Transition Metal (Oxy)hydroxides as Oxygen Evolution Catalysts.

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    Morales-Guio, Carlos G; Liardet, Laurent; Hu, Xile

    2016-07-20

    The electrolysis of water to produce hydrogen and oxygen is a simple and attractive approach to store renewable energies in the form of chemical fuels. The oxygen evolution reaction (OER) is a complex four-electron process that constitutes the most energy-inefficient step in water electrolysis. Here we describe a novel electrochemical method for the deposition of a family of thin-film transition metal (oxy)hydroxides as OER catalysts. The thin films have nanodomains of crystallinity with lattice spacing similar to those of double-layered hydroxides. The loadings of these thin-film catalysts were accurately determined with a resolution of below 1 μg cm(-2) using an electrochemical quartz microcrystal balance. The loading-activity relations for various catalysts were established using voltammetry and impedance spectroscopy. The thin-film catalysts have up to four types of loading-activity dependence due to film nucleation and growth as well as the resistance of the films. A zone of intrinsic activity has been identified for all of the catalysts where the mass-averaged activity remains constant while the loading is increased. According to their intrinsic activities, the metal oxides can be classified into three categories: NiOx, MnOx, and FeOx belong to category I, which is the least active; CoOx and CoNiOx belong to category II, which has medium activity; and FeNiOx, CoFeOx, and CoFeNiOx belong to category III, which is the most active. The high turnover frequencies of CoFeOx and CoFeNiOx at low overpotentials and the simple deposition method allow the fabrication of high-performance anode electrodes coated with these catalysts. In 1 M KOH and with the most active electrode, overpotentials as low as 240 and 270 mV are required to reach 10 and 100 mA cm(-2), respectively. PMID:27344954

  6. 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.

  7. 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

  8. 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.

  9. 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

  10. 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

  11. Electron-phonon coupling and structural phase transitions in early transition metal oxides and chalcogenides

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    Farley, Katie Elizabeth

    Pronounced nonlinear variation of electrical transport characteristics as a function of applied voltage, temperature, magnetic field, strain, or photo-excitation is usually underpinned by electronic instabilities that originate from the complex interplay of spin, orbital, and lattice degrees of freedom. This dissertation focuses on two canonical materials that show pronounced discontinuities in their temperature-dependent resistivity as a result of electron---phonon and electron---electron correlations: orthorhombic TaS3 and monoclinic VO2. Strong electron-phonon interactions in transition metal oxides and chalcogenides results in interesting structural and electronic phase transitions. The properties of the material can be changed drastically in response to external stimuli such as temperature, voltage, or light. Understanding the influence these interactions have on the electronic structure and ultimately transport characteristics is of utmost importance in order to take these materials from a fundamental aspect to prospective applications such as low-energy interconnects, steep-slope transistors, and synaptic neural networks. This dissertation describes synthetic routes to nanoscale TaS3 and VO2, develops mechanistic understanding of their electronic instabilities, and in the case of the latter system explores modulation of the electronic and structural phase transition via the incorporation of substitutional dopant atoms. We start in chapter 2 with a detailed study of the synthesis and electronic transport properties of TaS3, which undergoes a Peierls' distortion to form a charge density wave. Scaling this material down to the nanometer-sized regime allows for interrogation of single or discrete phase coherent domains. Using electrical transport and broad band noise measurements, the dynamics of pinning/depinning of the charge density wave is investigated. Chapter 3 provides a novel synthetic approach to produce high-edge-density MoS2 nanorods. MoS2 is a

  12. 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

  13. General Self-Template Synthesis of Transition-Metal Oxide and Chalcogenide Mesoporous Nanotubes with Enhanced Electrochemical Performances.

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    Wang, Huan; Zhuo, Sifei; Liang, Yu; Han, Xiling; Zhang, Bin

    2016-07-25

    The development of a general strategy for synthesizing hierarchical porous transition-metal oxide and chalcogenide mesoporous nanotubes, is still highly challenging. Herein we present a facile self-template strategy to synthesize Co3 O4 mesoporous nanotubes with outstanding performances in both the electrocatalytic oxygen-evolution reaction (OER) and Li-ion battery via the thermal-oxidation-induced transformation of cheap and easily-prepared Co-Asp(cobalt-aspartic acid) nanowires. The initially formed thin layers on the precursor surfaces, oxygen-induced outward diffusion of interior precursors, the gas release of organic oxidation, and subsequent Kirkendall effect are important for the appearance of the mesoporous nanotubes. This self-template strategy of low-cost precursors is found to be a versatile method to prepare other functional mesoporous nanotubes of transition-metal oxides and chalcogenides, such as NiO, NiCo2 O4 , Mn5 O8 , CoS2 and CoSe2 . PMID:27239778

  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.

    2012-10-01

    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.

  15. 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.

    2012-05-01

    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 fine particle 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.

  16. 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

  17. 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

    2016-03-01

    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

  18. Catalytic combustion of methane by perovskite-type oxide nanoparticles as pollution prevention strategy

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    Zaza, F.; Luisetto, I.; Serra, E.; Tuti, S.; Pasquali, M.

    2016-06-01

    The transition from the existing brown economy towards the desired green economy drives the research efforts to the development of advanced technologies promoting the efficient utilization of energy sources. Catalysis science offers to combustion technology significant opportunity to increase the fuel efficiency by lowering the internal temperature gradients and reduce the environmental impact by lowering local peak temperature and, consequently, thermodynamically inhibiting the nitrogen oxides formation. Alternative catalytic materials are transition metals oxide, including complex oxides with perovskite crystalline structure. The aim of this work is to synthetize lanthanum ferrite perovskites with lanthanum ions partially substituted by strontium ions in order to study the substitution effects on structural properties and redox activity of the original oxide. Lanthanum ferrite oxides partially substituted with different Strontium amount were synthesized by solution combustion method. The perovskite nanopowders obtained were characterized by XRD, SEM, TPR analyses for defining crystalline structure, morphology and redox properties. Finally, the catalytic activity for methane combustion was tested. The most performing catalysts was La0.6Sr0.4FeO3 having the highest oxygen vacancy concentration as revealed by TPR analysis.

  19. 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

  20. Ab initio GGA+U study of oxygen evolution and oxygen reduction electrocatalysis on the (001) surfaces of lanthanum transition metal perovskites LaBO₃ (B = Cr, Mn, Fe, Co and Ni).

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

    2015-09-01

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

  1. 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

  2. Parasitic Absorption Reduction in Metal Oxide-Based Transparent Electrodes: Application in Perovskite Solar Cells.

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    Werner, Jérémie; Geissbühler, Jonas; Dabirian, Ali; Nicolay, Sylvain; Morales-Masis, Monica; Wolf, Stefaan De; Niesen, Bjoern; Ballif, Christophe

    2016-07-13

    Transition metal oxides (TMOs) are commonly used in a wide spectrum of device applications, thanks to their interesting electronic, photochromic, and electrochromic properties. Their environmental sensitivity, exploited for gas and chemical sensors, is however undesirable for application in optoelectronic devices, where TMOs are used as charge injection or extraction layers. In this work, we first study the coloration of molybdenum and tungsten oxide layers, induced by thermal annealing, Ar plasma exposure, or transparent conducting oxide overlayer deposition, typically used in solar cell fabrication. We then propose a discoloration method based on an oxidizing CO2 plasma treatment, which allows for a complete bleaching of colored TMO films and prevents any subsequent recoloration during following cell processing steps. Then, we show that tungsten oxide is intrinsically more resilient to damage induced by Ar plasma exposure as compared to the commonly used molybdenum oxide. Finally, we show that parasitic absorption in TMO-based transparent electrodes, as used for semitransparent perovskite solar cells, silicon heterojunction solar cells, or perovskite/silicon tandem solar cells, can be drastically reduced by replacing molybdenum oxide with tungsten oxide and by applying a CO2 plasma pretreatment prior to the transparent conductive oxide overlayer deposition. PMID:27338079

  3. High-temperature desulfurization of gasifier effluents with rare earth and rare earth/transition metal oxides

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    Dooley, Kerry M.; Kalakota, Vikram; Adusumilli, Sumana

    2011-02-11

    We have improved the application of mixed rare-earth oxides (REOs) as hot gas desulfurization adsorbents by impregnating them on stable high surface area supports and by the inclusion of certain transition metal oxides. We report comparative desulfurization experiments at high temperature (900 K) using a synthetic biomass gasifier effluent containing 0.1 vol % H2S, along with H2, CO2, and water. More complex REO sorbents outperform the simpler CeO2/La2O3 mixtures, in some cases significantly. Supporting REOs on Al2O3 (~20 wt % REO) or ZrO2 actually increased the sulfur capacities found after several cycles on a total weight basis. Another major increase in sulfur capacity took place when MnOx or FeOx is incorporated. Apparently most of the Mn or Fe is dispersed on or near the surface of the mixed REOs because the capacities with REOs greatly exceeded those of Al2O3-supported MnOx or FeOx alone at these conditions. In contrast, incorporating Cu has little effect on sulfur adsorption capacities. Both the REO and transition metal/REO adsorbents could be regenerated completely using air for at least five repetitive cycles.

  4. 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.

  5. 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

  6. Electron energy-loss near-edge structures of 3d transition metal oxides recorded at high-energy resolution.

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    Mitterbauer, C; Kothleitner, G; Grogger, W; Zandbergen, H; Freitag, B; Tiemeijer, P; Hofer, F

    2003-09-01

    Near-edge fine structures of the metal L(2,3) and O K-edges in transition metal-oxides have been studied with a transmission electron microscope equipped with a monochromator and a high-resolution imaging filter. This system enables the recording of EELS spectra with an energy resolution of 0.1eV thus providing new near-edge fine structure details which could not be observed previously by EELS in conventional TEM instruments. EELS-spectra from well-defined oxides like titanium oxide (TiO(2)), vanadium oxide (V(2)O(5)), chromium oxide (Cr(2)O(3)), iron oxide (Fe(2)O(3)), cobalt oxide (CoO) and nickel oxide (NiO) have been measured with the new system. These spectra are compared with EELS data obtained from a conventional microscope and the main spectral features are interpreted. Additionally, the use of monochromised TEMs is discussed in view of the natural line widths of K and L(2,3) edges. PMID:12871809

  7. 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.

  8. 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

  9. 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

  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. Investigation of the Spatially Resolved Electronic Structure of Single Layer WS2 on Transition Metal Oxide Surfaces

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    Katoch, Jyoti; Ulstrup, Søren; Koch, Roland; Schwarz, Daniel; Singh, Simranjeet; McCreary, Kathy; Keun Yoo, Hyang; Xu, Jinsong; Jonker, Berry; Kawakami, Roland; Bostwick, Aaron; Rotenberg, Eli; Jozwiak, Chris

    The family of semiconducting single layer (SL) transition metal dichalcogenides (TMDs) have lately been intensely studied, owing to the strong coupling between spin and valley degrees of freedom as well as the presence of strongly bound excitons. The choice of supporting substrate is known to strongly influence these properties. We set out to investigate the electronic properties of CVD grown SL WS2 transferred onto the dielectric oxide materials SrTiO3 and TiO2. By using a combination of photoemission electron microscopy (PEEM) and angle-resolved photoemission (ARPES) with micrometer focus we obtain simultaneous spatial, momentum and energy-resolved information about SL WS2 on a polar (SrTiO3) and a nonpolar (TiO2) surface for the first time.

  12. Reversible oxidation and rereduction of entire thin films of transition-metal phthalocyanines

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    Green, J.M.; Faulkner, L.R.

    1983-05-18

    Thin films (1000 to 2000A thick) of iron(II) (Fe), cobalt(II) (Co), nickel(II) (Ni), copper(II) (Cu), and zinc(II) (Zr) phthalocyanines (Pc) on gold or indium oxide electrodes undergo stoichiometric oxidation and rereduction. Except for FePc and CoPc, the process is essentially reversible. Chronocoulometry showed that ZnPc films oxidized to the extent of 1.21 electrons per ZnPc molecule; CoPc required 1.92 electrons per molecule. Charge compensation is attained upon oxidation by uptake of anions from the electrolyte and by expulsion of anions upon reduction. Auger electron spectrometry allowed detection of the ions and characterization of their distributions. In partially oxidized films, the anions appear to be homogeneously distributed. Oxidation seems to proceed at all grains with equal probability, with anions entering and departing along grain boundaries. Smaller anions allow full oxidation at rapid rates; larger ones inhibit the oxidation with respect to rate. Optical spectroscopy showed evidence for reorganizaton of the crystalline lattices. The rereduced form is not the same as the original material, but it can be restored to the original form by annealing at 125/sup 0/C. In cyclic oxidations and rereductions, there is a gradual loss of charge-consuming ability, apparently related to electrical isolation of small domains, perhaps grains. The oxidations and rereductions are electrochromic, and the various color changes are described. 10 figures, 1 table.

  13. 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

  14. Elastic properties of the transition metal oxides Ca2-xSrxRuO4

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    Luan, Yanbing; Keppens, Veerle; Jin, Rongying; Mandrus, David

    2008-03-01

    Layered perovskite ruthenates have attracted considerable interest since the discovery of superconductivity in Sr2RuO4, the only copper-free superconductor isostructural to the cuprates. Among the doped varieties of Sr2RuO4, the Ca2-xSrxRuO4 series is heavily studied, as it connects the Mott insulator Ca2RuO4 with the superconductor Sr2RuO4 and exhibits a variety of physical properties. The current work focuses on the elastic properties of Ca2-xSrxRuO4. Resonant Ultrasound Spectroscopy (RUS) has been used to study the elastic response of the samples, and results are presented for single crystals with x = 0.2, 0.3, 0.4, 0.5, 1, 1.5, 1.9 and 2.0. The temperature-dependence of the elastic behavior is found to be quite unusual and reflects the rich phase diagram of these materials. Almost all measured Ca2-xSrxRuO4 samples show a soft phonon mode at low temperatures, which is believed to be associated with the dynamics of the RuO6 octahedra.

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

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    Hwang, Jungmin

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

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

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    MURAHASHI, Shun-Ichi

    2011-01-01

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

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

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

    2011-08-10

    The n-type transition metal oxides (TMO) consisting of molybdenum oxide (MoO{sub x}) and vanadium oxide (V₂O{sub x}) are used as an efficient hole extraction layer (HEL) in heterojunction ZnO/PbS quantum dot solar cells (QDSC). A 4.4% NREL-certified device based on the MoO{sub x} HEL is reported with Al as the back contact material, representing a more than 65% efficiency improvement compared with the case of Au contacting the PbS quantum dot (QD) layer directly. We find the acting mechanism of the hole extraction layer to be a dipole formed at the MoO{sub x} and PbS interface enhancing band bending to allow efficient hole extraction from the valence band of the PbS layer by MoO{sub x}. The carrier transport to the metal anode is likely enhanced through shallow gap states in the MoO{sub x} layer.

  18. 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.

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

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    Zhu, Huiyuan; Zhang, Pengfei; Dai, Sheng

    2015-09-21

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

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

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    Zhu, Huiyuan; Zhang, Pengfei; Dai, Sheng

    2015-09-21

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

  1. 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.

  2. Storage capacity and oxygen mobility in mixed oxides from transition metals promoted by cerium

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    Perdomo, Camilo; Pérez, Alejandro; Molina, Rafael; Moreno, Sonia

    2016-10-01

    The oxygen mobility and storage capacity of Ce-Co/Cu-MgAl or Ce-MgAl mixed oxides, obtained by hydrotalcite precursors, were evaluated using Toluene-temperature-programmed-reaction, 18O2 isotopic exchange and O2-H2 titration. The presence of oxygen vacancies-related species was evaluated by means of Electron Paramagnetic Resonance. A correlation was found between the studied properties and the catalytic activity of the oxides in total oxidation processes. It was evidenced that catalytic activity depends on two related processes: the facility with which the solid can be reduced and its ability to regenerate itself in the presence of molecular oxygen in the gas phase. These processes are enhanced by Cu-Co cooperative effect in the mixed oxides. Additionally, the incorporation of Ce in the Co-Cu catalysts improved their oxygen transport properties.

  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

  4. 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.

  5. Synthesis and characterization of transition metal oxide nanotubes for photoelectrochemical hydrogen generation

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    Rangaraju, Raghu Raj

    Two different configurations of photo anodes based on anodic iron oxide were investigated for photo electrochemical water oxidation. Self ordered and vertically oriented array of iron oxide nanotubes was obtained by anodization of pure iron substrate in ethylene glycol based electrolyte containing 0.1 M NH4F + 3 vol% water (EGWF solution) at 50 V for 15 minutes. Annealing of the oxide nanotubes in hydrogen environment at 500 °C for 1 h resulted in predominantly hematite phase. The second type of photo anode was obtained by a two-step anodization procedure. This process resulted in a two- layered oxide structure, a top layer of nano-dendrite morphology and a bottom layer of nanoporous morphology. This electrode configuration combined the better photo catalytic properties of the nano-dendritic iron oxide and better electron transportation behavior of vertically oriented nano-channels. Annealing of these double anodized samples in acetylene environment at 550 °C for 10 minutes resulted in a mixture of maghemite and hematite phases. Photo current densities of 0.74 mA/cm2 at 0.2 VAg/AgCl and 1.8 mA/cm 2 at 0.5 VAg/AgCl were obtained under AM 1.5 illumination in 1 M KOH solution. The double anodized samples showed high photo conductivity and more negative flat band potential (-0.8 VAg/AgCl), which are the properties required for promising photo anode materials. Apart from the above work, mild steel which is 10 times less the cost of Ti is also being tested for its photoelectrochemical properties. TiO2 nanotubes synthesized and annealed in different conditions are compared for their quantum efficiency is also carried out in this work. Quantum efficiency measurements gives more reliable and photocurrent data towards photoelectrochemical applications.

  6. Syntheses of [1,2,4]triazolo[1,5-a]benzazoles enabled by the transition-metal-free oxidative N-N bond formation.

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    Shang, Erchang; Zhang, Junzhi; Bai, Jinyi; Wang, Zhan; Li, Xiang; Zhu, Bing; Lei, Xiaoguang

    2016-05-19

    A transition-metal-free oxidative N-N bond formation strategy was developed to generate various structurally interesting [1,2,4]triazolo[1,5-a]benzazoles efficiently. The mechanism of the key oxidative N-N bond formation was investigated by using an intramolecular competition reaction. Notably, the first single crystal structure was also obtained to confirm the structure of 2-aryl[1,2,4]triazolo[1,5-a]benzimidazole. PMID:27161847

  7. NIS-catalyzed oxidative cyclization of alcohols with amidines: a simple and efficient transition-metal free method for the synthesis of 1,3,5-triazines.

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    Tiwari, Abhishek R; T, Akash; Bhanage, Bhalchandra M

    2015-12-01

    An efficient method for the synthesis of 1,3,5-triazines by NIS-catalyzed oxidative cyclization of alcohols with amidines has been developed. The reaction works smoothly under transition-metal free and phosphine-free conditions to afford a wide range of 1,3,5-triazine derivatives in moderate to good yields. The synthetic methodology was achieved via in situ oxidation of alcohols to aldehydes. PMID:26477749

  8. Topological Oxide Insulator in Cubic Perovskite Structure

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

    2013-01-01

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

  9. Topological Oxide Insulator in Cubic Perovskite Structure

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

    2013-04-01

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

  10. Oxidative addition of C--H bonds in organic molecules to transition metal centers

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    Bergman, R.G.

    1989-04-01

    Alkanes are among the most chemically inert organic molecules. They are reactive toward a limited range of reagents, such as highly energetic free radicals and strongly electrophilic and oxidizing species. This low reactivity is a consequence of the C--H bond energies in most saturated hydrocarbons. These values range from 90 to 98 kcal/mole for primary and secondary C--H bonds; in methane, the main constituent of natural gas, the C--H bond energy is 104 kcal/mole. This makes methane one of the most common but least reactive organic molecules in nature. This report briefly discusses the search for metal complexes capable of undergoing the C--H oxidative addition process allowing alkane chemistry to be more selective than that available using free radical reagents. 14 refs.

  11. 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

  12. Importance of tetrahedral coordination for high-valent transition-metal oxides: YCrO4 as a model system

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    Tsirlin, A. A.; Rabie, M. G.; Efimenko, A.; Hu, Z.; Saez-Puche, R.; Tjeng, L. H.

    2014-08-01

    We have investigated the electronic structure of the high oxidation state material YCrO4 within the framework of the Zaanen-Sawatzky-Allen phase diagram. While Cr4+-based compounds such as SrCrO3/CaCrO3 and CrO2 can be classified as small-gap or metallic negative-charge-transfer systems, we find using photoelectron spectroscopy that YCrO4 is a robust insulator despite the fact that its Cr ions have an even higher formal valence state of 5+. We reveal using band-structure calculations that the tetrahedral coordination of the Cr5+ ions in YCrO4 plays a decisive role, namely to diminish the bonding of the Cr 3d states with the top of the O 2p valence band. This finding not only explains why the charge-transfer energy remains effectively positive and the material stable, but also opens up a new route to create doped carriers with symmetries different from those of other transition-metal ions.

  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. On the origins of the deficiencies of density functional theory exchange-correlation functionals for transition metal oxides

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    Mattsson, Ann E.; Armiento, Rickard; Hao, Feng

    2011-03-01

    The transition metal oxides (TMO) are a class of compounds that are difficult to treat in density functional theory (DFT) with simple local and semi-local functionals. Especially for CuO, they failed to give the correct equilibrium monoclinic structure. The major source of the deficiency is attributed to the imperfect cancellation of the electronic self-interaction (SI) in the approximated exchange energy. Previous studies show that a large part of the SI error is connected to the confinement error that can be modeled by harmonic-oscillator (HO) systems. We discuss recent advances towards a simple methodology to quantify the confinement errors in real TMO systems. Our results show that these confinement errors may account for the deficiencies of DFT functionals in obtaining the correct equilibrium structure of the TMO. Sandia is a multiprogram laboratory operated by Sandia Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of Lockheed Martin Company, for the U.S. Department of Energy's National Nuclear Security Administration under Contract No. DE-AC04-94AL85000.

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

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

    2006-05-01

    Systems of iron tellurite glasses were prepared by melt quenching with compositions of [85%TeO 2 + 5%Fe 2O 3 + 10%TMO], where transition metal oxides (TMO) are TiO 2, V 2O 5, MnO, CoO, NiO and CuO. Furthermore, the main structural units of these samples have been characterized by means of Raman spectra (150-1200 cm -1) as well as wavenumber predictions by means of Gaussian 98 ab initio calculations for the proposed site symmetries of TeO 44- triagonal bipyramid ( C2v) and Te 2O 76- bridged tetrahedra ( Cs and C1). Aided by normal coordinate analysis, calculated vibrational frequencies, Raman scattering activities, force constants in internal coordinates and potential energy distributions (PEDs), revised vibrational assignments for the fundamental modes have been proposed. The main structural features are correlated to the dominant units of triagonal bipyramid (tbp) or bridged tetrahedral (TeO 3+1 binds to TeO 3 through TeOTe bridge; corner sharing). Moreover, the Raman spectra of the investigated tellurites reflect a structural change from tbp (coordination number is four) to triagonal pyramidal (coordination number is three).

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

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    2014-01-01

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

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

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

    2012-11-01

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

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

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

    2013-03-01

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

  19. 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.

  20. 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

  1. 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

  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

  3. 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

  4. 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.

  5. 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

  6. 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.

  7. 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

  8. 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

  9. High performance ceramic interconnect material for solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs): Ca- and transition metal-doped yttrium chromite

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    Yoon, Kyung Joong; Stevenson, Jeffrey W.; Marina, Olga A.

    2011-10-01

    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 °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 °C is 57 S cm-1 in air and 11 S cm-1 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.

  10. 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.

  11. Transition metal sulfide loaded catalyst

    DOEpatents

    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.

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

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    Samanta, Kousik

    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.

  13. 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.

  14. 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

  15. 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.

  16. Benchmark Calculations of Energetic Properties of Groups 4 and 6 Transition Metal Oxide Nanoclusters Including Comparison to Density Functional Theory.

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    Fang, Zongtang; Both, Johan; Li, Shenggang; Yue, Shuwen; Aprà, Edoardo; Keçeli, Murat; Wagner, Albert F; Dixon, David A

    2016-08-01

    The heats of formation and the normalized clustering energies (NCEs) for the group 4 and group 6 transition metal oxide (TMO) trimers and tetramers have been calculated by the Feller-Peterson-Dixon (FPD) method. The heats of formation predicted by the FPD method do not differ much from those previously derived from the NCEs at the CCSD(T)/aT level except for the CrO3 nanoclusters. New and improved heats of formation for Cr3O9 and Cr4O12 were obtained using PW91 orbitals instead of Hartree-Fock (HF) orbitals. Diffuse functions are necessary to predict accurate heats of formation. The fluoride affinities (FAs) are calculated with the CCSD(T) method. The relative energies (REs) of different isomers, NCEs, electron affinities (EAs), and FAs of (MO2)n (M = Ti, Zr, Hf, n = 1-4) and (MO3)n (M = Cr, Mo, W, n = 1-3) clusters have been benchmarked with 55 exchange-correlation density functional theory (DFT) functionals including both pure and hybrid types. The absolute errors of the DFT results are mostly less than ±10 kcal/mol for the NCEs and the EAs and less than ±15 kcal/mol for the FAs. Hybrid functionals usually perform better than the pure functionals for the REs and NCEs. The performance of the two types of functionals in predicting EAs and FAs is comparable. The B1B95 and PBE1PBE functionals provide reliable energetic properties for most isomers. Long range corrected pure functionals usually give poor FAs. The standard deviation of the absolute error is always close to the mean errors, and the probability distributions of the DFT errors are often not Gaussian (normal). The breadth of the distribution of errors and the maximum probability are dependent on the energy property and the isomer. PMID:27384926

  17. 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.

  18. Elementary reaction schemes for physical and chemical vapor deposition of transition metal oxides on silicon for high-k gate dielectric applications

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    Niu, D.; Ashcraft, R. W.; Kelly, M. J.; Chambers, J. J.; Klein, T. M.; Parsons, G. N.

    2002-05-01

    This article describes the kinetics of reactions that result in substrate consumption during formation of ultrathin transition metal oxides on silicon. Yttrium silicate films (˜40 Å) with an equivalent silicon dioxide thickness of ˜11 Å are demonstrated by physical vapor deposition (PVD) routes. Interface reactions that occur during deposition and during postdeposition treatment are observed and compared for PVD and chemical vapor deposition (CVD) yttrium oxides and CVD aluminum-oxide systems. Silicon diffusion, metal-silicon bond formation, and reactions involving hydroxides are proposed as critical processes in interface layer formation. For PVD of yttrium silicate, oxidation is thermally activated with an effective barrier of 0.3 eV, consistent with the oxidation of silicide being the rate-limited step. For CVD aluminum oxide, interface oxidation is consistent with a process limited by silicon diffusion into the deposited oxide layer.

  19. 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.

  20. Transition-metal-free C-H oxidative activation: persulfate-promoted selective benzylic mono- and difluorination.

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    Ma, Jing-jing; Yi, Wen-bin; Lu, Guo-ping; Cai, Chun

    2015-03-14

    An operationally simple and selective method for the direct conversion of benzylic C-H to C-F to obtain mono- and difluoromethylated arenes using Selectfluor™ as a fluorine source is developed. Persulfate can be used to selectively activate benzylic hydrogen atoms toward C-F bond formation without the aid of transition metal catalysts. PMID:25645405

  1. 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

  2. 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

  3. Method for dry etching of transition metals

    DOEpatents

    Ashby, Carol I. H.; Baca, Albert G.; Esherick, Peter; Parmeter, John E.; Rieger, Dennis J.; Shul, Randy J.

    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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.