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  1. Identification of hyaluronidase and phospholipase B in Lachesis muta rhombeata venom.

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    Wiezel, Gisele A; dos Santos, Patty K; Cordeiro, Francielle A; Bordon, Karla C F; Selistre-de-Araújo, Heloisa S; Ueberheide, Beatrix; Arantes, Eliane C

    2015-12-01

    Hyaluronidases contribute to local and systemic damages after envenoming, since they act as spreading factors cleaving the hyaluronan presents in the connective tissues of the victim, facilitating the diffusion of venom components. Although hyaluronidases are ubiquitous in snake venoms, they still have not been detected in transcriptomic analysis of the Lachesis venom gland and neither in the proteome of its venom performed previously. This work purified a hyaluronidase from Lachesis muta rhombeata venom whose molecular mass was estimated by SDS-PAGE to be 60 kDa. The hyaluronidase was more active at pH 6 and 37 °C when salt concentration was kept constant and more active in the presence of 0.15 M monovalent ions when the pH was kept at 6. Venom was fractionated by reversed-phase liquid chromatography (RPLC). Edman sequencing after RPLC failed to detect hyaluronidase, but identified a new serine proteinase isoform. The hyaluronidase was identified by mass spectrometry analysis of the protein bands in SDS-PAGE. Additionally, phospholipase B was identified for the first time in Lachesis genus venom. The discovery of new bioactive molecules might contribute to the design of novel drugs and biotechnology products as well as to development of more effective treatments against the envenoming. PMID:26335358

  2. A New Phospholipase A₂ from Lachesis muta rhombeata: Purification, Biochemical and Comparative Characterization with Crotoxin B.

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    Cordeiro, Francielle A; Perini, Tibério G K; Bregge-Silva, Cristiane; Cremonez, Caroline M; Rodrigues, Renata S; Boldrini-França, Johara; Bordon, Karla de C F; De Souza, Dayane L N; Ache, David C; de M Rodrigues, Veridiana; Dos Santos, Wagner F; Rosa, Jose C; Arantesa, Eliane C

    2015-01-01

    Phospholipases A2 (PLA2s) are enzymes responsible for inflammatory effects, edema formation, myotoxicity, neurotoxicity and other manifestations from envenoming. In this paper we report the isolation and biochemical characterization of Lmr-PLA2, the first acidic PLA2 found in Lachesis muta rhombeata venom. Furthermore, this study compared biological effects of Lmr-PLA2 and crotoxin B (CB), a PLA2 from Crotalus durissus terrificus venom. Lmr-PLA2 was isolated by molecular exclusion and reversed phase chromatography. The purified enzyme showed a molecular mass of 13,975 Da, pI of 5.46 and its partial amino acid sequence showed a high identity with PLA2s already described in the literature. In addition, this enzyme possesses the residue D49 in its amino acid sequence, indicating that it is a catalytically active PLA2. Lmr-PLA2 presented high phospholipase activity and was able to inhibit platelet aggregation. Studies of biochemical characterization of new PLA2s, as Lmr-PLA2, are relevant since they help to clarify the structure-function relationship of this important class of toxins. PMID:26145564

  3. MutaBind estimates and interprets the effects of sequence variants on protein-protein interactions.

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    Li, Minghui; Simonetti, Franco L; Goncearenco, Alexander; Panchenko, Anna R

    2016-07-01

    Proteins engage in highly selective interactions with their macromolecular partners. Sequence variants that alter protein binding affinity may cause significant perturbations or complete abolishment of function, potentially leading to diseases. There exists a persistent need to develop a mechanistic understanding of impacts of variants on proteins. To address this need we introduce a new computational method MutaBind to evaluate the effects of sequence variants and disease mutations on protein interactions and calculate the quantitative changes in binding affinity. The MutaBind method uses molecular mechanics force fields, statistical potentials and fast side-chain optimization algorithms. The MutaBind server maps mutations on a structural protein complex, calculates the associated changes in binding affinity, determines the deleterious effect of a mutation, estimates the confidence of this prediction and produces a mutant structural model for download. MutaBind can be applied to a large number of problems, including determination of potential driver mutations in cancer and other diseases, elucidation of the effects of sequence variants on protein fitness in evolution and protein design. MutaBind is available at http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/projects/mutabind/. PMID:27150810

  4. Inhibitory Effect of Plant Manilkara subsericea against Biological Activities of Lachesis muta Snake Venom

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    De Oliveira, Eduardo Coriolano; Fernandes, Caio Pinho; Sanchez, Eladio Flores; Fuly, André Lopes

    2014-01-01

    Snake venom is composed of a mixture of substances that caused in victims a variety of pathophysiological effects. Besides antivenom, literature has described plants able to inhibit injuries and lethal activities induced by snake venoms. This work describes the inhibitory potential of ethanol, hexane, ethyl acetate, or dichloromethane extracts and fractions from stem and leaves of Manilkara subsericea against in vivo (hemorrhagic and edema) and in vitro (clotting, hemolysis, and proteolysis) activities caused by Lachesis muta venom. All the tested activities were totally or at least partially reduced by M. subsericea. However, when L. muta venom was injected into mice 15 min first or after the materials, hemorrhage and edema were not inhibited. Thus, M. subsericea could be used as antivenom in snakebites of L. muta. And, this work also highlights Brazilian flora as a rich source of molecules with antivenom properties. PMID:24511532

  5. Inhibitory effect of plant Manilkara subsericea against biological activities of Lachesis muta snake venom.

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    De Oliveira, Eduardo Coriolano; Fernandes, Caio Pinho; Sanchez, Eladio Flores; Rocha, Leandro; Fuly, André Lopes

    2014-01-01

    Snake venom is composed of a mixture of substances that caused in victims a variety of pathophysiological effects. Besides antivenom, literature has described plants able to inhibit injuries and lethal activities induced by snake venoms. This work describes the inhibitory potential of ethanol, hexane, ethyl acetate, or dichloromethane extracts and fractions from stem and leaves of Manilkara subsericea against in vivo (hemorrhagic and edema) and in vitro (clotting, hemolysis, and proteolysis) activities caused by Lachesis muta venom. All the tested activities were totally or at least partially reduced by M. subsericea. However, when L. muta venom was injected into mice 15 min first or after the materials, hemorrhage and edema were not inhibited. Thus, M. subsericea could be used as antivenom in snakebites of L. muta. And, this work also highlights Brazilian flora as a rich source of molecules with antivenom properties. PMID:24511532

  6. Sulfated Galactan from Palisada flagellifera Inhibits Toxic Effects of Lachesis muta Snake Venom.

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    da Silva, Ana Cláudia Rodrigues; Ferreira, Luciana Garcia; Duarte, Maria Eugênia Rabello; Noseda, Miguel Daniel; Sanchez, Eladio Flores; Fuly, André Lopes

    2015-06-01

    In Brazil, snakebites are a public health problem and accidents caused by Lachesis muta have the highest mortality index. Envenomation by L. muta is characterized by systemic (hypotension, bleeding and renal failure) and local effects (necrosis, pain and edema). The treatment to reverse the evolution of all the toxic effects is performed by injection of antivenom. However, such therapy does not effectively neutralize tissue damage or any other local effect, since in most cases victims delay seeking appropriate medical care. In this way, alternative therapies are in demand, and molecules from natural sources have been exhaustively tested. In this paper, we analyzed the inhibitory effect of a sulfated galactan obtained from the red seaweed Palisada flagellifera against some toxic activities of L. muta venom. Incubation of sulfated galactan with venom resulted in inhibition of hemolysis, coagulation, proteolysis, edema and hemorrhage. Neutralization of hemorrhage was also observed when the galactan was administered after or before the venom injection; thus mimicking a real in vivo situation. Moreover, the galactan blocked the edema caused by a phospholipase A2 isolated from the same venom. Therefore, the galactan from P. flagellifera may represent a promising tool to treat envenomation by L. muta as a coadjuvant for the conventional antivenom. PMID:26110897

  7. Sulfated Galactan from Palisada flagellifera Inhibits Toxic Effects of Lachesis muta Snake Venom

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    da Silva, Ana Cláudia Rodrigues; Ferreira, Luciana Garcia; Duarte, Maria Eugênia Rabello; Noseda, Miguel Daniel; Sanchez, Eladio Flores; Fuly, André Lopes

    2015-01-01

    In Brazil, snakebites are a public health problem and accidents caused by Lachesis muta have the highest mortality index. Envenomation by L. muta is characterized by systemic (hypotension, bleeding and renal failure) and local effects (necrosis, pain and edema). The treatment to reverse the evolution of all the toxic effects is performed by injection of antivenom. However, such therapy does not effectively neutralize tissue damage or any other local effect, since in most cases victims delay seeking appropriate medical care. In this way, alternative therapies are in demand, and molecules from natural sources have been exhaustively tested. In this paper, we analyzed the inhibitory effect of a sulfated galactan obtained from the red seaweed Palisada flagellifera against some toxic activities of L. muta venom. Incubation of sulfated galactan with venom resulted in inhibition of hemolysis, coagulation, proteolysis, edema and hemorrhage. Neutralization of hemorrhage was also observed when the galactan was administered after or before the venom injection; thus mimicking a real in vivo situation. Moreover, the galactan blocked the edema caused by a phospholipase A2 isolated from the same venom. Therefore, the galactan from P. flagellifera may represent a promising tool to treat envenomation by L. muta as a coadjuvant for the conventional antivenom. PMID:26110897

  8. Isolation and biochemical, functional and structural characterization of a novel L-amino acid oxidase from Lachesis muta snake venom.

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    Bregge-Silva, Cristiane; Nonato, Maria Cristina; de Albuquerque, Sérgio; Ho, Paulo Lee; Junqueira de Azevedo, Inácio L M; Vasconcelos Diniz, Marcelo Ribeiro; Lomonte, Bruno; Rucavado, Alexandra; Díaz, Cecilia; Gutiérrez, José María; Arantes, Eliane Candiani

    2012-12-01

    The aim of this study was the isolation of the LAAO from Lachesis muta venom (LmLAAO) and its biochemical, functional and structural characterization. Two different purification protocols were developed and both provided highly homogeneous and active LmLAAO. It is a homodimeric enzyme with molar mass around 120 kDa under non-reducing conditions, 60 kDa under reducing conditions in SDS-PAGE and 60852 Da by mass spectrometry. Forty amino acid residues were directly sequenced from LmLAAO and its complete cDNA was identified and characterized from an Expressed Sequence Tags data bank obtained from a venom gland. A model based on sequence homology was manually built in order to predict its three-dimensional structure. LmLAAO showed a catalytic preference for hydrophobic amino acids (K(m) of 0.97 mmol/L with Leu). A mild myonecrosis was observed histologically in mice after injection of 100 μg of LmLAAO and confirmed by a 15-fold increase in CK activity. LmLAAO induced cytotoxicity on AGS cell line (gastric adenocarcinoma, IC₅₀: 22.7 μg/mL) and on MCF-7 cell line (breast adenocarcinoma, IC₅₀:1.41 μg/mL). It presents antiparasitic activity on Leishmania brasiliensis (IC₅₀: 2.22 μg/mL), but Trypanosoma cruzi was resistant to LmLAAO. In conclusion, LmLAAO showed low systemic toxicity but important in vitro pharmacological actions. PMID:22963728

  9. Demographics of increasing populations of the giant barrel sponge Xestospongia muta in the Florida Keys.

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    McMurray, Steven E; Henkel, Timothy P; Pawlik, Joseph R

    2010-02-01

    The structure of Caribbean coral reef communities has been altered by numerous anthropogenic and natural stressors. Demographic studies of key functional groups have furthered efforts to describe and understand these changes. Little is known, however, about the demographics of sponges on coral reefs, despite their abundance and the important functions they perform (e.g., increased habitat complexity, water filtration). We have monitored permanent plots on reefs off Key Largo, Florida, USA, to study the demography of a particularly important species, the giant barrel sponge, Xestospongia muta. From 2000 to 2006, population densities of X. muta significantly increased at sites on Conch Reef by a mean of 46% (range = 16-108%) and on Pickles Reef by a mean of 33%. In 2006, densities of X. muta on Conch Reef ranged from 0.134 to 0.277 sponges/m2, and mean sponge volume was 1488 cm3/m2, with the largest size class of sponges constituting 75% of the total volume. Increased population density resulted from a significant increase in the number of sponges in the smallest size class. Recruit survival did not significantly change through time; however, a significant interaction between season and year on recruitment suggests that large recruitment pulses are driving population increases. Mean yearly recruitment rates ranged from 0.011 to 0.025 recruits x m(-2) x yr(-1), with pulses as high as 0.036 recruits/m2. To explore the demographic processes behind the population increase and determine future population growth of X. muta under present reef conditions, a stage-based matrix modeling approach was used. Variable recruitment pulses and mortality events were hypothesized to be large determinants of the demographic patterns observed for X. muta. Elasticity and life table response analysis revealed that survival of individuals in the largest size class has the greatest effect on population growth. Projections indicate that populations of X. muta will continue to increase under

  10. Appraisal of antiophidic potential of marine sponges against Bothrops jararaca and Lachesis muta venom.

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    Faioli, Camila Nunes; Domingos, Thaisa Francielle Souza; de Oliveira, Eduardo Coriolano; Sanchez, Eládio Flores; Ribeiro, Suzi; Muricy, Guilherme; Fuly, Andre Lopes

    2013-10-01

    Snakebites are a health problem in many countries due to the high incidence of such accidents. Antivenom treatment has regularly been used for more than a century, however, this does not neutralize tissue damage and may even increase the severity and morbidity of accidents. Thus, it has been relevant to search for new strategies to improve antiserum therapy, and a variety of molecules from natural sources with antiophidian properties have been reported. In this paper, we analyzed the ability of ten extracts from marine sponges (Amphimedon viridis, Aplysina fulva, Chondrosia collectrix, Desmapsamma anchorata, Dysidea etheria, Hymeniacidon heliophila, Mycale angulosa, Petromica citrina, Polymastia janeirensis, and Tedania ignis) to inhibit the effects caused by Bothrops jararaca and Lachesis muta venom. All sponge extracts inhibited proteolysis and hemolysis induced by both snake venoms, except H. heliophila, which failed to inhibit any biological activity. P. citrina inhibited lethality, hemorrhage, plasma clotting, and hemolysis induced by B. jararaca or L. muta. Moreover, other sponges inhibited hemorrhage induced only by B. jararaca. We conclude that Brazilian sponges may be a useful aid in the treatment of snakebites caused by L. muta and B. jararaca and therefore have potential for the discovery of molecules with antiophidian properties. PMID:24141284

  11. Transcriptional activity of the giant barrel sponge, Xestospongia muta Holobiont: molecular evidence for metabolic interchange

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    Fiore, Cara L.; Labrie, Micheline; Jarett, Jessica K.; Lesser, Michael P.

    2015-01-01

    Compared to our understanding of the taxonomic composition of the symbiotic microbes in marine sponges, the functional diversity of these symbionts is largely unknown. Furthermore, the application of genomic, transcriptomic, and proteomic techniques to functional questions on sponge host-symbiont interactions is in its infancy. In this study, we generated a transcriptome for the host and a metatranscriptome of its microbial symbionts for the giant barrel sponge, Xestospongia muta, from the Caribbean. In combination with a gene-specific approach, our goals were to (1) characterize genetic evidence for nitrogen cycling in X. muta, an important limiting nutrient on coral reefs (2) identify which prokaryotic symbiont lineages are metabolically active and, (3) characterize the metabolic potential of the prokaryotic community. Xestospongia muta expresses genes from multiple nitrogen transformation pathways that when combined with the abundance of this sponge, and previous data on dissolved inorganic nitrogen fluxes, shows that this sponge is an important contributor to nitrogen cycling biogeochemistry on coral reefs. Additionally, we observed significant differences in gene expression of the archaeal amoA gene, which is involved in ammonia oxidation, between coral reef locations consistent with differences in the fluxes of dissolved inorganic nitrogen previously reported. In regards to symbiont metabolic potential, the genes in the biosynthetic pathways of several amino acids were present in the prokaryotic metatranscriptome dataset but in the host-derived transcripts only the catabolic reactions for these amino acids were present. A similar pattern was observed for the B vitamins (riboflavin, biotin, thiamin, cobalamin). These results expand our understanding of biogeochemical cycling in sponges, and the metabolic interchange highlighted here advances the field of symbiont physiology by elucidating specific metabolic pathways where there is high potential for host

  12. Biochemical characterization of two hemorrhagic proteases from the venom of Lachesis muta (bushmaster).

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    Ran, Y L; Zheng, S D; Tu, A T

    1988-01-01

    Two hemorrhagic proteases, Lachesis hemorrhagic toxins a and b (LHTa and LHTb), were isolated from the venom of Lachesis muta, which is distributed in Central and South America. One protease showed strong hemorrhagic action, while the other showed weak hemorrhagic activity even though the two enzymes are very similar in their chemical properties. Neither enzyme hydrolyzed arginine esters, but both hydrolyzed casein and reduced fibrinogen. The A alpha chain of fibrinogen was hydrolyzed first, and the B beta chain was hydrolyzed later. The gamma chain of fibrinogen was resistant to hydrolysis. The molecular weights of LHTa and LHTb were very similar, 22,000 and 23,000, respectively. The amino acid composition of LHTa was also similar to that of LHTb. The secondary structure of LHTa as determined by Lippert's equation was 52% alpha helix, 17% beta sheet, and 31% random coil; that of LHTb was 47% alpha helix, 13% beta sheet, and 40% random coil. PMID:2979750

  13. Islamic Education Philosophy Development (Study Analysis on Ta'lim Al-Kitab Al-Zarnuji Muta'allim Works)

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    Asrori, H. Achmad

    2016-01-01

    "Ta'lim Muta'allim" is one of the monumental works of Shaykh Tajuddin Nu'man ibn Ibrahim ibn al-Khalil al-Zarnuji, who lived in the 6th century H/13-14 M. The reason for writing this study ie: (1) it is very rich with the basic values of Islamic education, (2) the values are already widely practiced in the world of education, especially…

  14. Seasonal differences in jump performance in the Svalbard rock ptarmigan (Lagopus muta hyperborea).

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    Lees, John J; Folkow, Lars P; Codd, Jonathan R; Nudds, Robert L

    2014-01-01

    Fat storage is essential to the survival of many bird species, providing energy reserves, but can have an effect on locomotor performance with an associated potential increase in predation risk. In particular, the ability to initiate flight through jumping is critical to predator avoidance and may be influenced by changes in body mass (Mb). Here we investigate seasonal differences in the jump take-off performance of high Arctic Svalbard rock ptarmigan (Lagopus muta hyperborea) resulting from around a 50% increase in Mb during winter as a result of fat deposition. Using force-plate data and videography, we reveal that, in the absence of alterations to take-off angle, winter Svalbard rock ptarmigan are unable to increase hind-limb power output during jumping to compensate for their increased Mb. As a result, peak take-off velocity is reduced by 42% and jump duration is also extended during winter. The consequences of reduced jumping performance upon Svalbard ptarmigan during winter may be relatively small given their low risk of predation during this season. It may be, however, that the observed reduction in jumping performance when fat may contribute to the sub-maximal pattern of fat acquisition observed in other bird species. PMID:24659246

  15. Antivenom Effects of 1,2,3-Triazoles against Bothrops jararaca and Lachesis muta Snakes

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    Domingos, Thaisa F. S.; Moura, Laura de A.; Carvalho, Carla; Campos, Vinícius R.; Jordão, Alessandro K.; Cunha, Anna C.; Ferreira, Vitor F.; de Souza, Maria Cecília B. V.; Sanchez, Eladio F.; Fuly, André L.

    2013-01-01

    Snake venoms are complex mixtures of proteins of both enzymes and nonenzymes, which are responsible for producing several biological effects. Human envenomation by snake bites particularly those of the viperid family induces a complex pathophysiological picture characterized by spectacular changes in hemostasis and frequently hemorrhage is also seen. The present work reports the ability of six of a series of 1,2,3-triazole derivatives to inhibit some pharmacological effects caused by the venoms of Bothrops jararaca and Lachesis muta. In vitro assays showed that these compounds were impaired in a concentration-dependent manner, the fibrinogen or plasma clotting, hemolysis, and proteolysis produced by both venoms. Moreover, these compounds inhibited biological effects in vivo as well. Mice treated with these compounds were fully protected from hemorrhagic lesions caused by such venoms. But, only the B. jararaca edema-inducing activity was neutralized by the triazoles. So the inhibitory effect of triazoles derivatives against some in vitro and in vivo biological assays of snake venoms points to promising aspects that may indicate them as molecular models to improve the production of effective antivenom or to complement antivenom neutralization, especially the local pathological effects, which are partially neutralized by antivenoms. PMID:23710441

  16. Morphological characteristics of Mesocestoides canislagopodis (Krabbe 1865) tetrathyridia found in rock ptarmigan (Lagopus muta) in Iceland.

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    Skirnisson, Karl; Sigurðardóttir, Ólöf G; Nielsen, Ólafur K

    2016-08-01

    Necropsies of 1010 rock ptarmigans (Lagopus muta) sampled in autumn 2006-2015 in northeast Iceland revealed Mesocestoides canislagopodis tetrathyridia infections in six birds (0.6 %), two juvenile birds (3 month old), and four adult birds (15 months or older). Four birds had tetrathyridia in the body cavity, one bird in the liver, and one bird both in the body cavity and the liver. There were more tetrathyridia in the body cavity of the two juveniles (c. 50 in each) than in three adults (10-40), possibly indicating a host-age-related tetrathyridia mortality. Approximately, half of tetrathyridia in the body cavity were free or loosely attached to the serosa, the other half were encapsulated in a thin, loose connective tissue stroma, frequently attached to the lungs and the liver. Tetrathyridia in the liver parenchyma incited variably intense inflammation. Tetrathyridia from the juvenile hosts were whitish, heart-shaped, and flattened, with unsegmented bodies with a slightly pointed posterior end. In the adult hosts, tetrathyridia were sometimes almost rectangular-shaped, slightly wider compared to those in the juveniles, but more than twice as long as the younger-aged tetrathyridia. Tetrathyridia infections are most likely acquired during the brief insectivorous feeding phase of ptarmigan chicks, and the tetrathyridia persist throughout the lifespan of the birds. PMID:27117162

  17. Reduced Metabolic Cost of Locomotion in Svalbard Rock Ptarmigan (Lagopus muta hyperborea) during Winter

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    Lees, John; Nudds, Robert; Stokkan, Karl-Arne; Folkow, Lars; Codd, Jonathan

    2010-01-01

    The Svalbard rock ptarmigan, Lagopus muta hyperborea experiences extreme photoperiodic and climatic conditions on the Arctic archipelago of Svalbard. This species, however, is highly adapted to live in this harsh environment. One of the most striking adaptations found in these birds is the deposition, prior to onset of winter, of fat stores which may comprise up to 32% of body mass and are located primarily around the sternum and abdominal region. This fat, while crucial to the birds' survival, also presents a challenge in that the bird must maintain normal physiological function with this additional mass. In particular these stores are likely to constrain the respiratory system, as the sternum and pelvic region must be moved during ventilation and carrying this extra load may also impact upon the energetic cost of locomotion. Here we demonstrate that winter birds have a reduced cost of locomotion when compared to summer birds. A remarkable finding given that during winter these birds have almost twice the body mass of those in summer. These results suggest that Svalbard ptarmigan are able to carry the additional winter fat without incurring any energetic cost. As energy conservation is paramount to these birds, minimising the costs of moving around when resources are limited would appear to be a key adaptation crucial for their survival in the barren Arctic environment. PMID:21125015

  18. Factors Affecting Diet Variation in the Pyrenean Rock Ptarmigan (Lagopus muta pyrenaica): Conservation Implications.

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    García-González, Ricardo; Aldezabal, Arantza; Laskurain, Nere Amaia; Margalida, Antoni; Novoa, Claude

    2016-01-01

    The Pyrenean rock ptarmigan (Lagopus muta pyrenaica) lives at one of the southernmost limits of the ptarmigan range. Their small population sizes and the impacts of global changes are limiting factors in the conservation of this threatened subspecies. An effective conservation policy requires precise basic knowledge of a species' food and habitat requirements, information that is practically non-existent for this Pyrenean population. Here, we describe the diet of a ptarmigan population in the Eastern Pyrenees, the environmental factors influencing its variability and the relationship between diet floristic composition and quality. Diet composition was determined by microhistological analysis of faeces and diet quality was estimated from free-urate faecal N content. Our results show that grouse diet is based mainly on arctic-alpine shrubs of the Ericaceae family, as well as dwarf willows (Salix spp.) and Dryas octopetala. The most frequently consumed plant species was Rhododendron ferrugineum, but its abundance in the diet was negatively related to the diet nitrogen content. Conversely, the abundance of Salix spp., grass leaves and arthropods increased the nitrogen content of the diet. Seasonality associated with snow-melting contributed the most to variability in the Pyrenean ptarmigan diet, differentiating winter from spring/summer diets. The latter was characterised by a high consumption of dwarf willows, flowers, arthropods and tender forb leaves. Geographic area and sex-age class influenced diet variability to a lesser extent. Current temperature increases in the Pyrenees due to global warming may reduce the persistence and surface area of snow-packs where preferred plants for rock ptarmigan usually grow, thus reducing food availability. The high consumption of Rh. ferrugineum characterised the diet of the Pyrenean population. Given the toxicity of this plant for most herbivores, its potential negative effect on Pyrenean ptarmigan populations should be

  19. Factors Affecting Diet Variation in the Pyrenean Rock Ptarmigan (Lagopus muta pyrenaica): Conservation Implications

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    García-González, Ricardo; Aldezabal, Arantza; Laskurain, Nere Amaia; Margalida, Antoni; Novoa, Claude

    2016-01-01

    The Pyrenean rock ptarmigan (Lagopus muta pyrenaica) lives at one of the southernmost limits of the ptarmigan range. Their small population sizes and the impacts of global changes are limiting factors in the conservation of this threatened subspecies. An effective conservation policy requires precise basic knowledge of a species' food and habitat requirements, information that is practically non-existent for this Pyrenean population. Here, we describe the diet of a ptarmigan population in the Eastern Pyrenees, the environmental factors influencing its variability and the relationship between diet floristic composition and quality. Diet composition was determined by microhistological analysis of faeces and diet quality was estimated from free-urate faecal N content. Our results show that grouse diet is based mainly on arctic-alpine shrubs of the Ericaceae family, as well as dwarf willows (Salix spp.) and Dryas octopetala. The most frequently consumed plant species was Rhododendron ferrugineum, but its abundance in the diet was negatively related to the diet nitrogen content. Conversely, the abundance of Salix spp., grass leaves and arthropods increased the nitrogen content of the diet. Seasonality associated with snow-melting contributed the most to variability in the Pyrenean ptarmigan diet, differentiating winter from spring/summer diets. The latter was characterised by a high consumption of dwarf willows, flowers, arthropods and tender forb leaves. Geographic area and sex-age class influenced diet variability to a lesser extent. Current temperature increases in the Pyrenees due to global warming may reduce the persistence and surface area of snow-packs where preferred plants for rock ptarmigan usually grow, thus reducing food availability. The high consumption of Rh. ferrugineum characterised the diet of the Pyrenean population. Given the toxicity of this plant for most herbivores, its potential negative effect on Pyrenean ptarmigan populations should be

  20. Environmental drivers of microbial community shifts in the giant barrel sponge, Xestospongia muta, over a shallow to mesophotic depth gradient.

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    Morrow, Kathleen M; Fiore, Cara L; Lesser, Michael P

    2016-06-01

    The giant barrel sponge, Xestospongia muta, is a high microbial abundance sponge found on Caribbean coral reefs along shallow to mesophotic depth gradients where multiple abiotic factors change with depth. Sponges were collected along a depth gradient at Little Cayman (LC) and Lee Stocking Island (LSI), and the microbiome of these samples was analysed using 16S rRNA amplicon sequencing. Statistically significant shifts in community structure and dissimilarity (∼ 40%) were detected from 10 to 90 m in LC sponges, but a similar shift was not identified in sponges from 10 to 60 m at LSI (only 17% dissimilar). Additionally, inorganic nutrient levels steadily increased with depth at LSI but not at LC. Based on bulk stable isotopic variability, sponges collected from LC were generally more enriched in (15) N and less enriched in (13) C as depth increased, suggesting a transition from dependency on photoautotrophy to heterotrophy as depth increased. Patterns of stable isotopic enrichment were largely invariant at LSI, which is also reflected in the more stable microbial community along the depth gradient. It appears that environmental factors that change with depth may contribute to differences in X. muta microbial assemblages, demonstrating the importance of contemporaneous environmental sampling in studies of the microbiome of sponges. PMID:26769079

  1. Genetic structure of the Caribbean giant barrel sponge Xestospongia muta using the I3-M11 partition of COI

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    López-Legentil, S.; Pawlik, J. R.

    2009-03-01

    In recent years, reports of sponge bleaching, disease, and subsequent mortality have increased alarmingly. Population recovery may depend strongly on colonization capabilities of the affected species. The giant barrel sponge Xestospongia muta is a dominant reef constituent in the Caribbean. However, little is known about its population structure and gene flow. The 5'-end fragment of the mitochondrial gene cytochrome oxidase subunit I is often used to address these kinds of questions, but it presents very low intraspecific nucleotide variability in sponges. In this study, the usefulness of the I3-M11 partition of COI to determine the genetic structure of X. muta was tested for seven populations from Florida, the Bahamas and Belize. A total of 116 sequences of 544 bp were obtained for the I3-M11 partition corresponding to four haplotypes. In order to make a comparison with the 5'-end partition, 10 sequences per haplotype were analyzed for this fragment. The 40 resulting sequences were of 569 bp and corresponded to two haplotypes. The nucleotide diversity of the I3-M11 partition (π = 0.00386) was higher than that of the 5'-end partition (π = 0.00058), indicating better resolution at the intraspecific level. Sponges with the most divergent external morphologies (smooth vs. digitate surface) had different haplotypes, while those with the most common external morphology (rough surface) presented a mixture of haplotypes. Pairwise tests for genetic differentiation among geographic locations based on F ST values showed significant genetic divergence between most populations, but this genetic differentiation was not due to isolation by distance. While limited larval dispersal may have led to differentiation among some of the populations, the patterns of genetic structure appear to be most strongly related to patterns of ocean currents. Therefore, hydrological features may play a major role in sponge colonization and need to be considered in future plans for management and

  2. Prothrombin time (PT)

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    PT; Pro-time; Anticoagulant-prothrombin time; Clotting time: protime; INR; International normalized ratio ... PT is measured in seconds. Most of the time, results are given as what is called INR ( ...

  3. p53MutaGene: an online tool to estimate the effect of p53 mutational status on gene regulation in cancer

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    Amelio, I; Knight, R A; Lisitsa, A; Melino, G; Antonov, A V

    2016-01-01

    p53MutaGene is the first online tool for statistical validation of hypotheses regarding the effect of p53 mutational status on gene regulation in cancer. This tool is based on several large-scale clinical gene expression data sets and currently covers breast, colon and lung cancers. The tool detects differential co-expression patterns in expression data between p53 mutated versus p53 normal samples for the user-specified genes. Statistically significant differential co-expression for a gene pair is indicative that regulation of two genes is sensitive to the presence of p53 mutations. p53MutaGene can be used in ‘single mode' where the user can test a specific pair of genes or in ‘discovery mode' designed for analysis of several genes. Using several examples, we demonstrate that p53MutaGene is a useful tool for fast statistical validation in clinical data of p53-dependent gene regulation patterns. The tool is freely available at http://www.bioprofiling.de/tp53 PMID:26986515

  4. PT -symmetry Wave Chaos

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    West, Carl T.; Kottos, Tsampikos; Prosen, Tomaz

    2010-03-01

    We study a new class of chaotic systems with dynamical localization, where gain/loss processes break the hermiticity, while allowing for parity-time PT symmetry. For a value γPT of the gain/loss parameter the spectrum undergoes a spontaneous phase transition from real (exact phase) to complex values (broken phase). We develop a one parameter scaling theory for γPT, and show that chaos assists the exact PT-phase. Our results will have applications to the design of optical elements with PT-symmetry.

  5. Population Genetic Structure, Abundance, and Health Status of Two Dominant Benthic Species in the Saba Bank National Park, Caribbean Netherlands: Montastraea cavernosa and Xestospongia muta

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    de Bakker, Didier M.; Meesters, Erik H. W. G.; van Bleijswijk, Judith D. L.; Luttikhuizen, Pieternella C.; Breeuwer, Hans J. A. J.; Becking, Leontine E.

    2016-01-01

    Saba Bank, a submerged atoll in the Caribbean Sea with an area of 2,200 km2, has attained international conservation status due to the rich diversity of species that reside on the bank. In order to assess the role of Saba Bank as a potential reservoir of diversity for the surrounding reefs, we examined the population genetic structure, abundance and health status of two prominent benthic species, the coral Montastraea cavernosa and the sponge Xestospongia muta. Sequence data were collected from 34 colonies of M. cavernosa (nDNA ITS1-5.8S-ITS2; 892 bp) and 68 X. muta sponges (mtDNA I3-M11 partition of COI; 544 bp) on Saba Bank and around Saba Island, and compared with published data across the wider Caribbean. Our data indicate that there is genetic connectivity between populations on Saba Bank and the nearby Saba Island as well as multiple locations in the wider Caribbean, ranging in distance from 100s–1000s km. The genetic diversity of Saba Bank populations of M. cavernosa (π = 0.055) and X. muta (π = 0.0010) was comparable to those in other regions in the western Atlantic. Densities and health status were determined along 11 transects of 50 m2 along the south-eastern rim of Saba Bank. The densities of M. cavernosa (0.27 ind. m-2, 95% CI: 0.12–0.52) were average, while the densities of X. muta (0.09 ind. m-2, 95% CI: 0.02–0.32) were generally higher with respect to other Caribbean locations. No disease or bleaching was present in any of the specimens of the coral M. cavernosa, however, we did observe partial tissue loss (77.9% of samples) as well as overgrowth (48.1%), predominantly by cyanobacteria. In contrast, the majority of observed X. muta (83.5%) showed signs of presumed bleaching. The combined results of apparent gene flow among populations on Saba Bank and surrounding reefs, the high abundance and unique genetic diversity, indicate that Saba Bank could function as an important buffer for the region. Either as a natural source of larvae to

  6. Population Genetic Structure, Abundance, and Health Status of Two Dominant Benthic Species in the Saba Bank National Park, Caribbean Netherlands: Montastraea cavernosa and Xestospongia muta.

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    de Bakker, Didier M; Meesters, Erik H W G; van Bleijswijk, Judith D L; Luttikhuizen, Pieternella C; Breeuwer, Hans J A J; Becking, Leontine E

    2016-01-01

    Saba Bank, a submerged atoll in the Caribbean Sea with an area of 2,200 km2, has attained international conservation status due to the rich diversity of species that reside on the bank. In order to assess the role of Saba Bank as a potential reservoir of diversity for the surrounding reefs, we examined the population genetic structure, abundance and health status of two prominent benthic species, the coral Montastraea cavernosa and the sponge Xestospongia muta. Sequence data were collected from 34 colonies of M. cavernosa (nDNA ITS1-5.8S-ITS2; 892 bp) and 68 X. muta sponges (mtDNA I3-M11 partition of COI; 544 bp) on Saba Bank and around Saba Island, and compared with published data across the wider Caribbean. Our data indicate that there is genetic connectivity between populations on Saba Bank and the nearby Saba Island as well as multiple locations in the wider Caribbean, ranging in distance from 100s-1000s km. The genetic diversity of Saba Bank populations of M. cavernosa (π = 0.055) and X. muta (π = 0.0010) was comparable to those in other regions in the western Atlantic. Densities and health status were determined along 11 transects of 50 m2 along the south-eastern rim of Saba Bank. The densities of M. cavernosa (0.27 ind. m-2, 95% CI: 0.12-0.52) were average, while the densities of X. muta (0.09 ind. m-2, 95% CI: 0.02-0.32) were generally higher with respect to other Caribbean locations. No disease or bleaching was present in any of the specimens of the coral M. cavernosa, however, we did observe partial tissue loss (77.9% of samples) as well as overgrowth (48.1%), predominantly by cyanobacteria. In contrast, the majority of observed X. muta (83.5%) showed signs of presumed bleaching. The combined results of apparent gene flow among populations on Saba Bank and surrounding reefs, the high abundance and unique genetic diversity, indicate that Saba Bank could function as an important buffer for the region. Either as a natural source of larvae to replenish

  7. A phospholipase A₂ isolated from Lachesis muta snake venom increases the survival of retinal ganglion cells in vitro.

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    da Silva Cunha, Karinne Cristinne; Fuly, André Lopes; de Araujo, Elizabeth Giestal

    2011-03-15

    We have previously showed that a phospholipase A₂ isolated from Lachesis muta snake venom and named LM-PLA₂-I displayed particular biological activities, as hemolysis, inhibition on platelet aggregation, edema induction and myotoxicity. In the present work, we evaluated the effect of LM-PLA₂-I on the survival of axotomized rat retinal ganglion cells kept in vitro, as well as its mechanism of action. Our results clearly showed that treatment with LM-PLA₂-I increased the survival of ganglion cells (100% when compared to control cultures) and the treatment of LM-PLA₂-I with p-bromophenacyl bromide abolished this effect. This result indicates that the effect of LM-PLA₂-I on ganglion cell survival is entirely dependent on its enzymatic activity and the generation of lysophosphatidylcholine (LPC) may be a prerequisite to the observed survival. In fact, commercial LPC mimicked the effect of LM-PLA₂-I upon ganglion cell survival. To investigate the mechanism of action of LM-PLA₂-I, cultures were treated with chelerythrine chloride, BAPTA-AM, rottlerin and also with an inhibitor of c-junc kinase (JNKi). Our results showed that rottlerin and JNK inhibitor abolished the LM-PLA₂-I on ganglion cell survival. Taken together, our results showed that LM-PLA₂-I and its enzymatic product, LPC promoted survival of retinal ganglion cells through the protein kinase C pathway and strongly suggest a possible role of the PLA₂ enzyme and LPC in controlling the survival of axotomized neuronal cells. PMID:21223976

  8. Influence of Snowmelt Timing on the Diet Quality of Pyrenean Rock Ptarmigan (Lagopus muta pyrenaica): Implications for Reproductive Success

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    García-González, Ricardo; Aldezabal, Arantza; Laskurain, Nere Amaia; Margalida, Antoni; Novoa, Claude

    2016-01-01

    The Pyrenean rock ptarmigan (Lagopus muta pyrenaica) is the southernmost subspecies of the species in Europe and is considered threatened as a consequence of changes in landscape, human pressure, climate change, and low genetic diversity. Previous studies have shown a relationship between the date of snowmelt and reproductive success in the Pyrenean ptarmigan. It is well established that birds laying early in the breeding season have higher reproductive success, but the specific mechanism for this relationship is debated. We present an explicative model of the relationship between snowmelt date and breeding success mediated by food quality for grouse in alpine environments. From microhistological analyses of 121 faecal samples collected during three years in the Canigou Massif (Eastern Pyrenees), and the assessment of the chemical composition of the main dietary components, we estimated the potential quality of individual diets. Potential dietary quality was correlated with free-urate faecal N, a proxy of the digestible protein content ingested by ptarmigan, and both were correlated with phenological stage of consumed plants, which in turn depends on snowmelt date. Our findings suggest that the average snowmelt date is subject to a strong interannual variability influencing laying date. In years of early snowmelt, hens benefit from a longer period of high quality food resources potentially leading to a higher breeding success. On the contrary, in years of late snowmelt, hens begin their breeding period in poorer nutrient condition because the peaks of protein content of their main food items are delayed with respect to laying date, hence reducing breeding performance. We discuss the possible mismatch between breeding and snowmelt timing. PMID:26849356

  9. Influence of Snowmelt Timing on the Diet Quality of Pyrenean Rock Ptarmigan (Lagopus muta pyrenaica): Implications for Reproductive Success.

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    García-González, Ricardo; Aldezabal, Arantza; Laskurain, Nere Amaia; Margalida, Antoni; Novoa, Claude

    2016-01-01

    The Pyrenean rock ptarmigan (Lagopus muta pyrenaica) is the southernmost subspecies of the species in Europe and is considered threatened as a consequence of changes in landscape, human pressure, climate change, and low genetic diversity. Previous studies have shown a relationship between the date of snowmelt and reproductive success in the Pyrenean ptarmigan. It is well established that birds laying early in the breeding season have higher reproductive success, but the specific mechanism for this relationship is debated. We present an explicative model of the relationship between snowmelt date and breeding success mediated by food quality for grouse in alpine environments. From microhistological analyses of 121 faecal samples collected during three years in the Canigou Massif (Eastern Pyrenees), and the assessment of the chemical composition of the main dietary components, we estimated the potential quality of individual diets. Potential dietary quality was correlated with free-urate faecal N, a proxy of the digestible protein content ingested by ptarmigan, and both were correlated with phenological stage of consumed plants, which in turn depends on snowmelt date. Our findings suggest that the average snowmelt date is subject to a strong interannual variability influencing laying date. In years of early snowmelt, hens benefit from a longer period of high quality food resources potentially leading to a higher breeding success. On the contrary, in years of late snowmelt, hens begin their breeding period in poorer nutrient condition because the peaks of protein content of their main food items are delayed with respect to laying date, hence reducing breeding performance. We discuss the possible mismatch between breeding and snowmelt timing. PMID:26849356

  10. PT-symmetric strings

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    Amore, Paolo; Fernández, Francisco M.; Garcia, Javier; Gutierrez, German

    2014-04-15

    We study both analytically and numerically the spectrum of inhomogeneous strings with PT-symmetric density. We discuss an exactly solvable model of PT-symmetric string which is isospectral to the uniform string; for more general strings, we calculate exactly the sum rules Z(p)≡∑{sub n=1}{sup ∞}1/E{sub n}{sup p}, with p=1,2,… and find explicit expressions which can be used to obtain bounds on the lowest eigenvalue. A detailed numerical calculation is carried out for two non-solvable models depending on a parameter, obtaining precise estimates of the critical values where pair of real eigenvalues become complex. -- Highlights: •PT-symmetric Hamiltonians exhibit real eigenvalues when PT symmetry is unbroken. •We study PT-symmetric strings with complex density. •They exhibit regions of unbroken PT symmetry. •We calculate the critical parameters at the boundaries of those regions. •There are exact real sum rules for some particular complex densities.

  11. PT quantum mechanics.

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    Bender, Carl M; DeKieviet, Maarten; Klevansky, S P

    2013-04-28

    PT-symmetric quantum mechanics (PTQM) has become a hot area of research and investigation. Since its beginnings in 1998, there have been over 1000 published papers and more than 15 international conferences entirely devoted to this research topic. Originally, PTQM was studied at a highly mathematical level and the techniques of complex variables, asymptotics, differential equations and perturbation theory were used to understand the subtleties associated with the analytic continuation of eigenvalue problems. However, as experiments on PT-symmetric physical systems have been performed, a simple and beautiful physical picture has emerged, and a PT-symmetric system can be understood as one that has a balanced loss and gain. Furthermore, the PT phase transition can now be understood intuitively without resorting to sophisticated mathematics. Research on PTQM is following two different paths: at a fundamental level, physicists are attempting to understand the underlying mathematical structure of these theories with the long-range objective of applying the techniques of PTQM to understanding some of the outstanding problems in physics today, such as the nature of the Higgs particle, the properties of dark matter, the matter-antimatter asymmetry in the universe, neutrino oscillations and the cosmological constant; at an applied level, new kinds of PT-synthetic materials are being developed, and the PT phase transition is being observed in many physical contexts, such as lasers, optical wave guides, microwave cavities, superconducting wires and electronic circuits. The purpose of this Theme Issue is to acquaint the reader with the latest developments in PTQM. The articles in this volume are written in the style of mini-reviews and address diverse areas of the emerging and exciting new area of PT-symmetric quantum mechanics. PMID:23509390

  12. Xe adsorption site distributions on Pt(111), Pt(221) and Pt(531)

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    Gellman, Andrew J.; Baker, L.; Holsclaw, B. S.

    2016-04-01

    The ideal structures of the Pt(111), Pt(221) and Pt(531) surfaces expose adsorption sites that can be qualitatively described as terrace sites on Pt(111), both step and terrace sites on Pt(221), and kink sites on Pt(531). The real surface structures of these surfaces can be complicated by imperfections such as misorientation, reconstruction and thermal roughening, all of which will influence their distributions of adsorption sites. Xe adsorption sites on the Pt(111), Pt(221) and Pt(531) surfaces have been probed using both photoemission of adsorbed Xe (PAX) and temperature programmed desorption (TPD) of Xe. Both PAX and Xe TPD are sensitive to the adsorption sites of the Xe and serve as complementary means of assessing the distributions of adsorption sites on these three Pt surfaces. The adsorption of Xe is sufficiently sensitive to detect the presence of residual steps on the Pt(111) surface at a density of ~ 1.5% step atoms per Pt atom. On the Pt(221) surface, PAX and Xe TPD reveal adsorption at both terrace and step sites simultaneously. Although the ideal structure of the Pt(531) surface has no well-defined steps or terraces, Xe adsorption indicates that its adsorption sites are best described as a distribution of both step and kink sites with roughly twice as many steps sites as kinks.

  13. PT-symmetric kinks

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    Souza Dutra, A. de; Santos, V. G. C. S. dos; Amaro de Faria, A. C. Jr.

    2007-06-15

    Some kinks for non-Hermitian quantum field theories in 1+1 dimensions are constructed. A class of models where the soliton energies are stable and real are found. Although these kinks are not Hermitian, they are symmetric under PT transformations.

  14. Pt, Co-Pt and Fe-Pt alloy nanoclusters encapsulated in virus capsids

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    Okuda, M.; Eloi, J.-C.; Jones, S. E. Ward; Verwegen, M.; Cornelissen, J. J. L. M.; Schwarzacher, W.

    2016-03-01

    Nanostructured Pt-based alloys show great promise, not only for catalysis but also in medical and magnetic applications. To extend the properties of this class of materials, we have developed a means of synthesizing Pt and Pt-based alloy nanoclusters in the capsid of a virus. Pure Pt and Pt-alloy nanoclusters are formed through the chemical reduction of [PtCl4]- by NaBH4 with/without additional metal ions (Co or Fe). The opening and closing of the ion channels in the virus capsid were controlled by changing the pH and ionic strength of the solution. The size of the nanoclusters is limited to 18 nm by the internal diameter of the capsid. Their magnetic properties suggest potential applications in hyperthermia for the Co-Pt and Fe-Pt magnetic alloy nanoclusters. This study introduces a new way to fabricate size-restricted nanoclusters using virus capsid.

  15. PT-Symmetric Wave Chaos

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    West, Carl T.; Kottos, Tsampikos; Prosen, Tomaž

    2010-02-01

    We study a new class of chaotic systems with dynamical localization, where gain or loss mechanisms break the Hermiticity, while allowing for parity-time (PT) symmetry. For a value γPT of the gain or loss parameter the spectrum undergoes a spontaneous phase transition from real (exact phase) to complex values (broken phase). We develop a one parameter scaling theory for γPT, and show that chaos assists the exact PT phase. Our results have applications to the design of optical elements with PT symmetry.

  16. The permanent electric dipole moment of PtO, PtS, PtN, and PtC

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    Steimle, T.C.; Jung, K.Y.; Li, B.

    1995-08-01

    The permanent electric dipole moments of the ground, and the low-lying excited electronic states of platinum monocarbide, PtC, platinum monoxide, PtO, and platinum monosulfide, PtS, were measured using a molecular beam optical Stark spectroscopic scheme. The determined values were (in Debye): PtO({ital X} {sup 3}{Sigma}{sup {minus}}) 2.77(2); PtO({ital A} {sup 1}{Sigma}{sup +}) 1.15(4); PtS[{ital X}({Omega}=0)] 1.78(2); PtS[{ital B}({Omega}=0)] 0.54(6); PtC({ital X} {sup 1}{Sigma}{sup +}) 0.99(5); and PtC({ital A} {sup 1}{Pi}) 2.454(3). These results, along with the previous results for PtN({ital X} {sup 2}{Pi}{sub 1/2}) 1.977(9); PtN({ital d} {sup 4}{Pi}{sub 1/2}) 1.05(9) [J. Chem. Phys. {bold 102}, 643 (1995)], are used as a basis for a discussion of the nature of the electronic states. {copyright} {ital 1995} {ital American} {ital Institute} {ital of} {ital Physics}.

  17. PT symmetry in optics

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    Christodoulides, Demetrios

    2015-03-01

    Interest in complex Hamiltonians has been rekindled after the realization that a wide class of non-Hermitian Hamiltonians can have entirely real spectra as long as they simultaneously respect parity and time reversal operators. In non-relativistic quantum mechanics, governed by the Schrödinger equation, a necessary but not sufficient condition for PT symmetry to hold is that the complex potential should involve real and imaginary parts which are even and odd functions of position respectively. As recently indicated, optics provides a fertile ground to observe and utilize notions of PT symmetry. In optics, the refractive index and gain/loss profiles play the role of the real and imaginary parts of the aforementioned complex potentials. As it has been demonstrated in several studies, PT-symmetric optical structures can exhibit peculiar properties that are otherwise unattainable in traditional Hermitian (conservative) optical settings. Among them, is the possibility for breaking this symmetry through an abrupt phase transition, band merging effects and unidirectional invisibility. Here we review recent developments in the field of -symmetric optics.

  18. Thermodynamic Modeling of the Pt-Te and Pt-Sb-Te Systems

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    Guo, Cuiping; Huang, Liang; Li, Changrong; Shang, Shunli; Du, Zhenmin

    2015-08-01

    The Pt-Te and the Pt-Sb-Te systems are modeled using the calculation of phase diagram (CALPHAD) technique. In the Pt-Te system, the liquid phase is modeled as (Pt, PtTe2, Te) using the associate model, and four intermediates, PtTe2, Pt2Te3, Pt3Te4 and PtTe, are treated as stoichiometric compounds and their enthalpies of formation are obtained by means of first-principles calculations. The solution phases, fcc(Pt) and hex(Te), are described as substitutional solutions. Combined with the thermodynamic models of the liquid phase in the Pt-Sb and Sb-Te systems in the literature, the liquid phase of the Pt-Sb-Te ternary system is modeled as (Pt, Sb, Te, Sb2Te3, PtTe2) also using the associate model. The compounds, PtTe2, Pt2Te3, Pt3Te4 and PtTe in the Pt-Te system and PtSb2, PtSb, Pt3Sb2 and Pt7Sb in the Pt-Sb system are treated as line compounds Pt m (Sb,Te) n in the Pt-Sb-Te system, and the compound Pt5Sb is treated as (Pt,Sb)5(Pt,Sb,Te). A set of self-consistent thermodynamic parameters is obtained. Using these thermodynamic parameters, the experimental Pt-Te phase diagram, the experimental heat capacities of PtTe and PtTe2, the enthalpies of formation from first-principles calculations for PtTe2, Pt2Te3, Pt3Te4, and PtTe, and the ternary isothermal sections at 873 K, 923 K, 1073 K and 1273 K are well reproduced.

  19. Pt and Pt/(Cu) Carbonyl clusters synthesized by radiolysis

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    Le Gratiet, B.; Remita, H.; Picq, G.; Delcourt, M. O.

    1996-02-01

    In the mixed solvent: 50/50% v/v water/2-propanol, [Pt 3(CO) 6] n2- clusters with n = 3-10 have been obtained by irradiating solutions containing K 2PtCl 4 under 1 atm CO. n is deduced from the very typical UV-visible and IR absorption spectra. The reduction occurs by a combined effect of CO and of the radicals produced by radiolysis (radiocatalysis). The synthesis is selective: the nuclearity n can be chosen by adjusting the dose (high doses yield low n values). Increasing the Pt salt concentration leads to CO-stabilized subcolloid particles. Intermetallic cluster compounds are expected from solutions containing two metal salts: bimetallic Pt/Cu carbonyl clusters have been obtained. Two distinct compounds have been characterized by their UV-visible spectra. Attempts with Pt/Ru and Pt/Sn systems were unsuccessful.

  20. Characterization of azo dyes on Pt and Pt/polyaniline/dispersed Pt electrodes

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    Molina, J.; Fernández, J.; del Río, A. I.; Bonastre, J.; Cases, F.

    2012-06-01

    The electrochemical characterization of two organic dyes (amaranth and procion orange MX-2R) has been performed on Pt electrodes and Pt electrodes coated with polyaniline and dispersed Pt. Electrodes with different Pt loads have been synthesized and characterized obtaining that a load of 300 μg cm-2 was the optimum one. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and atomic force microscopy (AFM) was employed to observe the distribution and morphology of the Pt nanoparticles. The electroactivity of the electrodes has also been characterized by means of scanning electrochemical microscopy (SECM). The chemical characterization of Pt dispersed Pani coated Pt electrodes (Pt-Pani-Pt) was performed by means of X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). The electrochemical characterization of the dyes has been performed by means of cyclic voltammetry. Voltammograms have shown that the presence of the dyes diminishes characteristic Pt oxidation and reduction peaks. However, redox processes due to the dyes, appeared in the voltammograms. The different species responsible of these redox processes were generated in the vicinity of the electrode and were not adsorbed on the electrode surface since after stirring, the different redox processes disappeared. Characterization with different scan rates showed that redox processes of both dyes were controlled by diffusion.

  1. Systematic control of the size, density and configuration of Pt nanostructures on sapphire (0 0 0 1) by the variation of deposition amount and dwelling time

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    Pandey, Puran; Sui, Mao; Zhang, Quanzhen; Li, Ming-Yu; Kunwar, Sundar; Lee, Jihoon

    2016-04-01

    Metal nanoparticles (NPs) with controllable size, density and configuration can significantly enhance the energy conversion efficiency, detection sensitivity and catalytic activity as witnessed in various optoelectronic, optical sensing and electro-catalytic devices due to their shape and size dependent properties. In this work, we systematically investigate the evolution of the size, density and configuration of Pt nanostructures on sapphire (0 0 0 1). In particular, we have demonstrated four different configuration and evolution of Pt nanostructures with the systematic control of deposition amount (DA) based on the Volmer-Weber growth model in conjunction with the surface energy minimization mechanism, diffusion and coalescence. The various size and configuration of Pt nanostructures with respect to DA are (i) nucleation of mini-sized round shaped Pt NPs (1 ≤ DA ≤ 5 nm), (ii) growth of large sized Pt NPs (10 ≤ DA ≤ 15 nm), (iii) isolated irregular nanostructures (20 ≤ DA ≤ 30 nm) and (iv) coalesced Pt nanostructures (DA ≥ 40). On the other hand, with the increased dwelling time (DT), irregular Pt NPs are fabricated with the increased size and improved uniformity between 0 and 450 s of annealing. The growth of Pt NPs is saturated when the dwelling time reaches the critical value between 900 and 1800 s, which can be attributed to the Ostwald ripening.

  2. Surface-layered ordered alloy (Pt/Pt3Mn) on Pt(111)

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    Gallego, S.; Ocal, C.; Muñoz, M. C.; Soria, F.

    1997-11-01

    A Mn-Pt layered intermetallic compound formed by alternated planes of Pt(111) and Pt3Mn(111) composition has been stabilized in a controlled way by two different mechanisms, which confirm the great stability of the final system. The surface exhibits a 2×2 superstructure due to chemical order underneath a Pt topmost layer. The structural analysis by low-energy electron diffraction gives a Pendry reliability factor (R-factor) of RP=0.17. The hybridization of the Pt and Mn atomic levels leads to atomic magnetic moments of 3.17μB and ~0.10μB at the Mn and Pt sites of the topmost layers, respectively.

  3. Comparison of Properties of Pt/PZT/Pt and Ru/PZT/Pt Ferroelectric Capacitors

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    Jia, Ze; Ren, Tian-Ling; Liu, Tian-Zhi; Hu, Hong; Zhang, Zhi-Gang; Xie, Dan; Liu, Li-Tian

    2006-04-01

    Pb(Zr0.4Ti0.6)O3 film prepared by sol-gel spin coating on a Pt/Ti/SiO2/Si substrate is applied to ferroelectric capacitors with Pt or Ru as the top electrode. For the Pt/PZT/Pt and Ru/PZT/Pt ferroelectric capacitors, although with the same ferroelectric film, different top electrode materials incur different properties of PZT capacitors, such as fatigue, leakage, remanent and saturated polarization, except the similar crystal orientations of the PZT film. After 1010 switch cycles, the remanent polarizations of the Ru/PZT/Pt and Pt/PZT/Pt capacitors decrease to 70% and 84%, respectively. The leakage current density of the latter increases obviously at positive bias after 108 switch cycles, compared with the former. Different materials for the top electrode bring different conditions at the PZT/top electrode interface. The influence of oxygen-vacancy concentration at the PZT/electrode interface and the influence of oxides of the electrode material at the PZT/electrode interface to charge injection can explain the difference of properties of the PZT capacitors with Pt or Ru as the top electrodes.

  4. Homogeneous Pt-bimetallic Electrocatalysts

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    Wang, Chao; Chi, Miaofang; More, Karren Leslie; Markovic, Nenad; Stamenkovic, Vojislav

    2011-01-01

    Alloying has shown enormous potential for tailoring the atomic and electronic structures, and improving the performance of catalytic materials. Systematic studies of alloy catalysts are, however, often compromised by inhomogeneous distribution of alloying components. Here we introduce a general approach for the synthesis of monodispersed and highly homogeneous Pt-bimetallic alloy nanocatalysts. Pt{sub 3}M (where M = Fe, Ni, or Co) nanoparticles were prepared by an organic solvothermal method and then supported on high surface area carbon. These catalysts attained a homogeneous distribution of elements, as demonstrated by atomic-scale elemental analysis using scanning transmission electron microscopy. They also exhibited high catalytic activities for the oxygen reduction reaction (ORR), with improvement factors of 2-3 versus conventional Pt/carbon catalysts. The measured ORR catalytic activities for Pt{sub 3}M nanocatalysts validated the volcano curve established on extended surfaces, with Pt{sub 3}Co being the most active alloy.

  5. Transcriptional Profiling of Dibenzo[def,p]chrysene-induced Spleen Atrophy Provides Mechanistic Insights into its Immunotoxicity in MutaMouse.

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    Chepelev, Nikolai L; Long, Alexandra S; Williams, Andrew; Kuo, Byron; Gagné, Rémi; Kennedy, Dean A; Phillips, David H; Arlt, Volker M; White, Paul A; Yauk, Carole L

    2016-01-01

    Dibenzo[def,p]chrysene (DBC) is the most carcinogenic polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon (PAH) examined to date. We investigated the immunotoxicity of DBC, manifested as spleen atrophy, following acute exposure of adult MutaMouse males by oral gavage. Mice were exposed to 0, 2.0, 6.2, or 20.0 mg DBC /kg-bw per day, for 3 days. Genotoxic endpoints (DBC-DNA adducts and lacZ mutant frequency in spleen and bone marrow, and red blood cell micronucleus frequency) and global gene expression changes were measured. All of the genotoxicity measures increased in a dose-dependent manner in spleen and bone marrow. Gene expression analysis showed that DBC activates p53 signaling pathways related to cellular growth and proliferation, which was evident even at the low dose. Strikingly, the expression profiles of DBC exposed mouse spleens were highly inversely correlated with the expression profiles of the only published toxicogenomics dataset of enlarged mouse spleen. This analysis suggested a central role for Bnip3l, a pro-apoptotic protein involved in negative regulation of erythroid maturation. RT-PCR confirmed expression changes in several genes related to apoptosis, iron metabolism, and aryl hydrocarbon receptor signaling that are regulated in the opposite direction during spleen atrophy versus benzo[a]pyrene-mediated splenomegaly. In addition, benchmark dose modeling of toxicogenomics data yielded toxicity estimates that are very close to traditional toxicity endpoints. This work illustrates the power of toxicogenomics to reveal rich mechanistic information for immunotoxic compounds and its ability to provide information that is quantitatively similar to that derived from standard toxicity methods in health risk assessment. PMID:26496743

  6. Lifetime measurements in 180Pt

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    Chen, Q. M.; Wu, X. G.; Chen, Y. S.; Li, C. B.; Gao, Z. C.; Li, G. S.; Chen, F. Q.; He, C. Y.; Zheng, Y.; Hu, S. P.; Zhong, J.; Wu, Y. H.; Li, H. W.; Luo, P. W.

    2016-04-01

    Lifetimes of the yrast states in 180Pt have been measured from 4+ to 8+ using the recoil distance Doppler-shift technique in the coincidence mode. These states were populated by the reaction 156Gd(28Si,4 n )180Pt at a beam energy of 144 MeV. The differential decay curve method was applied to determine the lifetimes from experimental coincidence data. The B (E 2 ) values extracted from lifetimes increase with increasing spin, implying rotor behavior, but do not show the typical shape coexistence where the B (E 2 ) values present a rapid increase at very low spins. Calculations based on the triaxial projected shell model were performed for the yrast states in 180Pt and the results of both energies and E 2 transition probabilities reproduce the experimental data very well. The result also shows that a better description of the yrast band in 180Pt requires consideration of the γ degree of freedom.

  7. PT quantum mechanics - Recent results

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    Bender, Carl M.

    2012-09-01

    Most quantum physicists believe that a quantum-mechanical Hamiltonian must be Dirac Hermitian (invariant under matrix transposition and complex conjugation) to be sure that the energy eigenvalues are real and that time evolution is unitary. However, the non-Dirac-hermitian Hamiltonian H = p2+ix3 has a real positive discrete spectrum and generates unitary time evolution and defines a fully consistent and physical quantum theory. Evidently, Dirac Hermiticity is too restrictive. While H = p2+ix3 is not Dirac Hermitian, it is PT symmetric (invariant under combined space reflection P and time reversal T). Another PT-symmetric Hamiltonian whose energy levels are real, positive and discrete is H = p2-x4, which contains an upside-down potential. The quantum mechanics defined by a PT-symmetric Hamiltonian is a complex generalization of ordinary quantum mechanics. When quantum mechanics and quantum field theory are extended into the complex domain, new kinds of theories having strange and remarkable properties emerge. In the past two years some of these properties have been verified in laboratory experiments. Here, we first discuss PT-symmetric Hamiltonians at a simple intuitive level and explain why the energy levels of such Hamiltonians may be real, positive, and discrete. Second, we describe a recent experiment in which the PT phase transition was observed. Third, we briefly mention that PT-symmetric theories can be useful at a fundamental level. While the double-scaling limit of an O(N)-symmetric gφ4 quantum field theory appears to be inconsistent because the critical value of g is negative, this limit is in fact not inconsistent because the critical theory is PT symmetric.

  8. Segmented Pt/Ru, Pt/Ni, and Pt/RuNi nanorods as model bifunctional catalysts for methanol oxidation.

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    Liu, Fang; Lee, Jim Yang; Zhou, Wei Jiang

    2006-01-01

    Five-segment (Pt-Ru-Pt-Ru-Pt, Pt-Ni-Pt-Ni-Pt, and Pt-RuNi-Pt-RuNi-Pt) nanorods with the same overall rod length and the same total Pt segment length were prepared by sequential electrodeposition of the metals into the pores of commercially available anodic aluminum oxide (AAO) membranes. Field-emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM) showed that the nanorods were about 210 nm in diameter and about 1.5 microm in length. The alternating Pt and oxophilic metal(s) segments could be easily differentiated in backscattered-electron images. X-ray diffraction (XRD) analysis of the nanorods indicated that Pt and Ni were polycrystalline with fcc structures, Ru was hcp, and the co-deposited RuNi adopted the nickel fcc structure with some negative shifts in the Bragg angles. The chemical states of Pt, Ru, and Ni on the nanorod surface were assayed by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), and the presence of Pt(0), Pt(II), Pt(IV), Ru(0), Ru(VI), Ni(0), and Ni(II) was observed. The nanorods were catalytically active for the room-temperature electrooxidation of methanol in acidic solutions. The relative rates of reaction showed the Pt-RuNi pair sites as having the lowest overpotential to dissociate water, the highest catalytic activity in methanol oxidation, and the strongest CO-tolerance in the potential window employed. The use of segmented nanorods with identifiable Pt-oxophilic metal(s) interfaces removes many of the ambiguities in the interpretation of experimental data from conventional alloy catalysts, thereby enabling a direct comparison of the activities of various types of pair sites in methanol oxidation. PMID:17193567

  9. Characterization of NiPt, FePt, and NiFePt nanoparticles

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    Sutherland, Greg; Wood, Darren; Jackson, Amy; Warren, Andrew; Coffey, Kevin; Vanfleet, Richard

    2012-10-01

    Many metal alloys can form in chemically ordered structures, often resulting in significant changes in properties. The ordered structures are preferred at low temperatures and will go through an order-disorder phase transition at a critical temperature. The formation and stability of these ordered structures in alloy nanoparticles is not well understood but may give insight into the role size plays in phase transitions. To this end we are studying FePt, NiPt, and FeNiPt alloy nanoparticles. We will focus this presentation on the characterization of these nanoparticles in a Transmission Electron Microscope (TEM) for composition, size, and structure. These nanoparticles are made by co-sputtering the constituents and annealing at different temperatures in various gas mixtures. The nanoparticle samples are prepared for TEM viewing by wedge polishing. We find FePt to be ``well behaved'' meaning this alloy forms particles, retains the as deposited composition, and chemically orders as expected. However, the order-disorder temperature is too high for the desired further studies. NiPt, which has a lower order-disorder temperature, is not ``well behaved'' in that the nanoparticle compositions are not good matches to the as deposited conditions and no chemical ordering has been achieved even under conditions that should be sufficient based on bulk processing. We will discuss these results and possible implications.

  10. Electrochemical Co-Reduction Synthesis of AuPt Bimetallic Nanoparticles-Graphene Nanocomposites for Selective Detection of Dopamine in the Presence of Ascorbic Acid and Uric Acid

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    Zhao, Zongya; Zhang, Mingming; Chen, Xiang; Li, Youjun; Wang, Jue

    2015-01-01

    In this paper, AuPt bimetallic nanoparticles-graphene nanocomposites were obtained by electrochemical co-reduction of graphene oxide (GO), HAuCl4 and H2PtCl6. The as-prepared AuPt bimetallic nanoparticles-graphene nanocomposites were characterized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) and other electrochemical methods. The morphology and composition of the nanocomposite could be easily controlled by adjusting the HAuCl4/H2PtCl6 concentration ratio. The electrochemical experiments showed that when the concentration ratio of HAuCl4/H2PtCl6 was 1:1, the obtained AuPt bimetallic nanoparticles-graphene nanocomposite (denoted as Au1Pt1NPs-GR) possessed the highest electrocatalytic activity toward dopamine (DA). As such, Au1Pt1NPs-GR nanocomposites were used to detect DA in the presence of ascorbic acid (AA) and uric acid (UA) using the differential pulse voltammetry (DPV) technique and on the modified electrode, there were three separate DPV oxidation peaks with the peak potential separations of 177 mV, 130 mV and 307 mV for DA and AA, DA and UA, AA and UA, respectively. The linear range of the constructed DA sensor was from 1.6 μM to 39.7 μM with a detection limit of 0.1 μM (S/N = 3). The obtained DA sensor with good stability, high reproducibility and excellent selectivity made it possible to detect DA in human urine samples. PMID:26184200

  11. PT-symmetric quantum theory

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    Bender, Carl M.

    2015-07-01

    The average quantum physicist on the street would say that a quantum-mechanical Hamiltonian must be Dirac Hermitian (invariant under combined matrix transposition and complex conjugation) in order to guarantee that the energy eigenvalues are real and that time evolution is unitary. However, the Hamiltonian H = p2 + ix3, which is obviously not Dirac Hermitian, has a positive real discrete spectrum and generates unitary time evolution, and thus it defines a fully consistent and physical quantum theory. Evidently, the axiom of Dirac Hermiticity is too restrictive. While H = p2 + ix3 is not Dirac Hermitian, it is PT symmetric; that is, invariant under combined parity P (space reflection) and time reversal T. The quantum mechanics defined by a PT-symmetric Hamiltonian is a complex generalization of ordinary quantum mechanics. When quantum mechanics is extended into the complex domain, new kinds of theories having strange and remarkable properties emerge. In the past few years, some of these properties have been verified in laboratory experiments. A particularly interesting PT-symmetric Hamiltonian is H = p2 - x4, which contains an upside-down potential. This potential is discussed in detail, and it is explained in intuitive as well as in rigorous terms why the energy levels of this potential are real, positive, and discrete. Applications of PT-symmetry in quantum field theory are also discussed.

  12. Lessons Learned from PT3

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    Duffield, Judith A.; Moore, Julie A.

    2006-01-01

    Technology integration is a three-pronged effort. Not only do teachers, no matter the level, need to know how to use technology, they need to know how to integrate it into their curriculum. These two prongs were a consistent theme throughout the Preparing Tomorrow's Teachers to Use Technology (PT3) projects. Add access to technology to these and…

  13. PT3. [SITE 2002 Section].

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    Thompson, Mary, Ed.; Price, Jerry, Ed.

    This document contains 142 papers on PT3 (Preparing Tomorrow's Teachers to use Technology) from the SITE (Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education) 2002 conference. Topics covered include: a technology in urban education summit; student professional development; meeting NCATE (National Council of Teachers of English) standards;…

  14. Effect of Pt layers on chemical ordering in FePt thin films

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    Gupta, R.; Medwal, R.; Sharma, P.; Mahapatro, A. K.; Annapoorni, S.

    2013-12-01

    The tunability in the structural and magnetic phases present in RF-sputtered Fe3Pt thin films over Si (1 0 0) substrates have been studied by introducing thin films of platinum (Pt) as an underlayer and/or overlayers. Annealing of the Fe3Pt thin films with Pt underlayers (Pt/Fe3Pt) structures at 600 °C for 1 h, indicates well organized nanostructured grains as imaged through an atomic force microscope (AFM). The evolution of superstructure peaks as well as the preferred orientation along (0 0 1) plane observed in the X-ray diffraction (XRD) study is well supported by the magnetic measurements. These annealed Pt/Fe3Pt structures show high magnetocrystalline anisotropy and the presence of hard phase with a coercivity of 8.5 kOe. Here, the annealing process allows the adjacent Pt atoms to diffuse into the Fe3Pt unit cells and triggers the structural transformation to chemically ordered L10 phase. An additional L12 phase is observed in the annealed Fe3Pt thin films with Pt overlayer and underlayer (Pt/Fe3Pt/Pt) tri-layered structures.

  15. PT AND PT/NI "NEEDLE" ELETROCATALYSTS ON CARBON NANOTUBES WITH HIGH ACTIVITY FOR THE ORR

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    Colon-Mercado, H.

    2011-11-10

    Platinum and platinum/nickel alloy electrocatalysts supported on graphitized (gCNT) or nitrogen doped carbon nanotubes (nCNT) are prepared and characterized. Pt deposition onto carbon nanotubes results in Pt 'needle' formations that are 3.5 nm in diameter and {approx}100 nm in length. Subsequent Ni deposition and heat treatment results in PtNi 'needles' with an increased diameter. All Pt and Pt/Ni materials were tested as electrocatalysts for the oxygen reduction reaction (ORR). The Pt and Pt/Ni catalysts showed excellent performance for the ORR, with the heat treated PtNi/gCNT (1.06 mA/cm{sup 2}) and PtNi/nCNT (0.664 mA/cm{sup 2}) showing the highest activity.

  16. The Role of Pt Complex on the Synthesis of FePt by Polyol Process

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    Aizawa, S.; Tohji, K.; Jeyadevan, B.

    2008-02-25

    Target materials in this experiment were FePt alloy nanoparticles with face-centered tetragonal structure, narrow size distribution, and the size of 6-8 nm. This type of materials was expected to have high recording-density of 1 Tbit/inch{sup 2} with high magnetic anisotropy. In this study, a detailed investigation was carried out to understand the reduction characteristics of Pt complexes, and FePt alloy nanoparticles with diameters larger than 6 nm was try to synthesize. For the synthesis of Pt nanoparticles by using polyol process, three kinds of Pt complexes, namely, H{sub 2}PtCl{sub 6}, Pt(EDTA), and Pt(acac){sub 2} was used. The size of Pt metal nanoparticles was only few nm in the case of single Pt complex, while it was increased to 7-10 nm in the case of mixed Pt complex and adjusting the reaction temperature increasing ratio. FePt alloy nanoparticles with the diameter of 7-8 nm, distorted shape, and narrow size distribution were successfully synthesized. However, composition ratio of the particle was Fe{sub 12-21}Pt{sub 79-88}, nevertheless the ratio of a Fe:Pt in the original solution was 2:1.

  17. Low Pt content direct methanol fuel cell anode catalyst: nanophase PtRuNiZr

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    Narayanan, Sekharipuram R. (Inventor); Whitacre, Jay F. (Inventor)

    2010-01-01

    A method for the preparation of a metallic material having catalytic activity that includes synthesizing a material composition comprising a metal content with a lower Pt content than a binary alloy containing Pt but that displays at least a comparable catalytic activity on a per mole Pt basis as the binary alloy containing Pt; and evaluating a representative sample of the material composition to ensure that the material composition displays a property of at least a comparable catalytic activity on a per mole Pt basis as a representative binary alloy containing Pt. Furthermore, metallic compositions are disclosed that possess substantial resistance to corrosive acids.

  18. Direct Determination of the Ionization Energies of PtC, PtO, and PtO2 with VUVRadiation

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    Citir, Murat; Metz, Ricardo B.; Belau, Leonid; Ahmed, Musahid

    2008-07-21

    Photoionization efficiency curves were measured for gas-phase PtC, PtO, and PtO2 using tunable vacuum ultraviolet (VUV) radiation at the Advanced Light Source. The molecules were prepared by laser ablation of a platinum tube, followed by reaction with CH4 or N2O and supersonic expansion. These measurements providethe first directly measured ionization energy for PtC, IE(PtC) = 9.45 +- 0.05 eV. The direct measurement also gives greatly improved ionization energies for the platinum oxides, IE(PtO) = 10.0 +- 0.1 eV and IE(PtO2) = 11.35 +- 0.05 eV. The ionization energy connects the dissociation energies of the neutral and cation, leading to greatly improved 0 K bond dissociation energies for the neutrals: D0(Pt-C) = 5.95 +- 0.07 eV, D0(Pt-O)= 4.30 +- 0.12 eV, and D0(OPt-O) = 4.41 +- 0.13 eV, as well as enthalpies of formation for the gas-phase molecules Delta H0 f,0(PtC(g)) = 701 +- 7 kJ/mol, Delta H0f,0(PtO(g)) = 396 +- 12 kJ/mol, and Delta H0f,0(PtO2(g)) = 218 +- 11 kJ/mol. Much of the error in previous Knudsen cell measurements of platinum oxide bond dissociation energies is due to the use of thermodynamic second law extrapolations. Third law values calculated using statistical mechanical thermodynamic functions are in much better agreement with values obtained from ionization energies and ion energetics. These experiments demonstrate that laser ablation production with direct VUV ionization measurements is a versatile tool to measure ionization energies and bond dissociation energies for catalytically interesting species such as metal oxides and carbides.

  19. Spin-flipping in Pt and at Co/Pt interfaces

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    Nguyen, H. Y. T.; Pratt, W. P.; Bass, J.

    2014-06-01

    There has been recent controversy about the magnitude of spin-flipping in the heavy metal Pt, characterized by the spin-diffusion length lsfPt. We propose a resolution of this controversy, and also present evidence for the importance of a phenomenon neglected in prior studies of transport across sputtered Ferromagnet/Pt (F/Pt) interfaces, spin-flipping at the interface. The latter is characterized by an interface spin-flipping parameter, δCo/Pt, that specifies the probability P=[1-exp(-δ)] of a conduction electron flipping its spin direction as it traverses a Co/Pt interface. From studies of the Current-Perpendicular-to-Plane (CPP) Resistances and Magnetoresistances of sputtered ferromagnetically coupled Co/Pt multilayers by themselves, and embedded within Py-based Double Exchange-biased Spin-Valves, we derive values at 4.2 K of δCo/Pt=0.9-0.2+0.5, interface specific resistance, ARCo/Pt*=0.74±0.15 fΩ m2, and interface spin-scattering asymmetry, γCo/Pt=0.53±0.12. This value of δCo/Pt is much larger than ones previously found for five other interfaces involving Co but not Pt. To derive δ requires knowledge of lsfPt for our sputtered Pt, which we obtain from separate measurements. Combining our results with those from others, we find that lsfPt for Pt is approximately proportional to the inverse resistivity, 1/ρPt.

  20. Guiding SPPs with PT-symmetry

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    Yang, Fan; Lei Mei, Zhong

    2015-01-01

    The concept of parity-time (PT) symmetry in SPPs is proposed and confirmed for the first time in this work. By introducing periodic modulation of the effective refractive index in SPP system, the asymmetric propagation is theoretically predicted and numerically demonstrated. After validation of this concept, we apply it in two applications: PT-waveguide and PT-cloak. Both two applications further illustrate the wide applicability of this concept in SPP system. PMID:26446520

  1. Pt{sub 3}Au and PtAu clusters: Electronic states and potential energy surfaces

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    Dai, D.; Balasubramanian, K.

    1994-03-15

    We carried out complete active space multiconfiguration self-consistent-field calculations followed by multireference singles+doubles configuration interaction with the Davidson correction which included up to 3.55 million configurations employing relativistic effective core potentials on Pt{sub 3}+Au and PtAu clusters. Four low-lying electronic states were identified for Pt{sub 3}+Au. The {sup 2}{ital A}{sub 2} electronic state ({ital C}{sub 3{ital v}}) was found to be the ground state of Pt{sub 3}Au. Spin--orbit effects were found to be significant. We also computed six low-lying electronic states of PtAu and four low-lying electronic states of PtAu{sup +}. The 5/2 ({sup 2}{Delta}) and 0{sup +}({sup 1}{Sigma}{sup +}) states were found to be the ground states of PtAu and PtAu{sup +}, respectively.

  2. Physics of YbBiPt

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    Thompson, J.D.; Canfield, P.C.; Lacerda, A.; Hundley, M.F.; Fisk, Z. ); Ott, H.R.; Felder, E.; Chernikov, M. ); Maple, M.B.; Visani, P.; Seaman, C.L.; Lopez de la Torre, M.A. ); Aeppli, G. )

    1992-09-15

    YbBiPt has a low temperature linear specific heat coefficient of 8J/mole-Yb K{sup 2} and a small specific-heat anomaly at 0.4K. We discuss new experiments on specific-heat of diluted YbBiPt, and magnetic field dependent effects and electrical resistivity in pure YbBiPt. We argue that in this material the Kondo and crystal-field energy scales are small and of comparable magnitude, placing YbBiPt in the same class as many Uranium heavy-electron compounds.

  3. Mass Spectrometric Strategies to Improve the Identification of Pt(II)-Modification Sites on Peptides and Proteins

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    Li, Huilin; Snelling, Jonathon R.; Barrow, Mark P.; Scrivens, James H.; Sadler, Peter J.; O'Connor, Peter B.

    2014-07-01

    To further explore the binding chemistry of cisplatin ( cis-Pt(NH3)2Cl2) to peptides and also establish mass spectrometry (MS) strategies to quickly assign the platinum-binding sites, a series of peptides with potential cisplatin binding sites (Met(S), His(N), Cys(S), disulfide, carboxyl groups of Asp and Glu, and amine groups of Arg and Lys, were reacted with cisplatin, then analyzed by electron capture dissociation (ECD) in a Fourier transform ion cyclotron resonance mass spectrometer (FT-ICR MS). Radical-mediated side-chain losses from the charge-reduced Pt-binding species (such as CH3S• or CH3SH from Met, SH• from Cys, CO2 from Glu or Asp, and NH2 • from amine groups) were found to be characteristic indicators for rapid and unambiguous localization of the Pt-binding sites to certain amino acid residues. The method was then successfully applied to interpret the top-down ECD spectrum of an inter-chain Pt-crosslinked insulin dimer, insulin + Pt(NH3)2 + insulin (>10 kDa). In addition, ion mobility MS shows that Pt binds to multiple sites in Substance P, generating multiple conformers, which can be partially localized by collisionally activated dissociation (CAD). Platinum(II) (Pt(II)) was found to coordinate to amine groups of Arg and Lys, but not to disulfide bonds under the conditions used. The coordination of Pt to Arg or Lys appears to arise from the migration of Pt(II) from Met(S) as shown by monitoring the reaction products at different pH values by ECD. No direct binding of cisplatin to amine groups was observed at pH 3 ~ 10 unless Met residues were present in the sequence, but noncovalent interactions between cisplatin hydrolysis and amination [Pt(NH3)4]2+ products and these peptides were found regardless of pH.

  4. Magnetic properties and microstructure of FePtB, FePt(B-Ag) granular films

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    Tsai, Jai-Lin; Huang, Jian-Chiang; Tai, Hsueh-Wei; Tsai, Wen-Chieh; Lin, Yi-Cheng

    2013-03-01

    Multilayers [FePt(1 nm)/B(t nm)]10 (t=0.05-0.6) were alternately deposited on a glass substrate and subsequently annealed by the rapid thermal process (RTP) at 800 °C for 3 min. After RTP, FePt and B layers intermix to form the FePtB film with (0 0 1) texture. The ordering degree of FePt was slightly increased with doped B. The (Fe-Pt)100-xBx (x=0, 5, 10) films show perpendicular magnetization and the minor FeB phase was indexed in isotropic (Fe-Pt)100-xBx (x=30, 40, 60) films. By adding Ag into (Fe-Pt)95B5 film, the ordering degree was slightly increased in (Fe-Pt)95(B0.9Ag0.1)5 film. In (Fe-Pt)100-xBx (x=5, 10) and (Fe-Pt)95(B0.9Ag0.1)5 granular films, the intermixed B or Ag atoms were diffused among FePt grain boundaries to isolate and refine FePt grains uniformly with average grain sizes of 20, 15, and 6.7 nm, respectively.

  5. Bulk structures of PtO and PtO2 from density functional calculations

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    Nomiyama, Ricardo K.; Piotrowski, Maurício J.; da Silva, Juarez L. F.

    2011-09-01

    Platinum plays an important role in catalysis and electrochemistry, and it is known that the direct interaction of oxygen with Pt surfaces can lead to the formation of platinum oxides (PtOx), which can affect the reactivity. To contribute to the atomistic understanding of the atomic structure of PtOx, we report a density functional theory study of the atomic structure of bulk PtOx (1≤x≤2). From our calculations, we identified a lowest-energy structure (GeS type, space group Pnma) for PtO, which is 0.181 eV lower in energy than the structure suggested by W. J. Moore and L. Pauling [J. Am. Chem. Soc. 10.1021/ja01850a07463, 1392 (1941)] (PtS type). Furthermore, two atomic structures were identified for PtO2, which are almost degenerate in energy with the lowest-energy structure reported so far for PtO2 (CaCl2 type). Based on our results and analysis, we suggest that Pt and O atoms tend to form octahedron motifs in PtOx even at lower O composition by the formation of Pt-Pt bonds.

  6. 32 CFR Appendix F to Part 623 - Power of Attorney (DA Form 4881-4-R)

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    2011-07-01

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  7. 32 CFR Appendix F to Part 623 - Power of Attorney (DA Form 4881-4-R)

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    2010-07-01

    ... 32 National Defense 3 2010-07-01 2010-07-01 true Power of Attorney (DA Form 4881-4-R) F Appendix F to Part 623 National Defense Department of Defense (Continued) DEPARTMENT OF THE ARMY SUPPLIES AND EQUIPMENT LOAN OF ARMY MATERIEL Pt. 623, App. F Appendix F to Part 623—Power of Attorney (DA Form...

  8. 32 CFR Appendix E to Part 623 - Surety Bond (DA Form 4881-3-R)

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    2010-07-01

    ... 32 National Defense 3 2010-07-01 2010-07-01 true Surety Bond (DA Form 4881-3-R) E Appendix E to Part 623 National Defense Department of Defense (Continued) DEPARTMENT OF THE ARMY SUPPLIES AND EQUIPMENT LOAN OF ARMY MATERIEL Pt. 623, App. E Appendix E to Part 623—Surety Bond (DA Form...

  9. Nonlinear waves in PT -symmetric systems

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    Konotop, Vladimir V.; Yang, Jianke; Zezyulin, Dmitry A.

    2016-07-01

    Recent progress on nonlinear properties of parity-time (PT )-symmetric systems is comprehensively reviewed in this article. PT symmetry started out in non-Hermitian quantum mechanics, where complex potentials obeying PT symmetry could exhibit all-real spectra. This concept later spread out to optics, Bose-Einstein condensates, electronic circuits, and many other physical fields, where a judicious balancing of gain and loss constitutes a PT -symmetric system. The natural inclusion of nonlinearity into these PT systems then gave rise to a wide array of new phenomena which have no counterparts in traditional dissipative systems. Examples include the existence of continuous families of nonlinear modes and integrals of motion, stabilization of nonlinear modes above PT -symmetry phase transition, symmetry breaking of nonlinear modes, distinctive soliton dynamics, and many others. In this article, nonlinear PT -symmetric systems arising from various physical disciplines are presented, nonlinear properties of these systems are thoroughly elucidated, and relevant experimental results are described. In addition, emerging applications of PT symmetry are pointed out.

  10. Linearization of Pt resistance temperature measurement circuit

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    Li, Chuan-xiang

    2001-09-01

    A correction method for non-linear Pt resistance temperature measurement based on the principle of A/D conversion is introduced. The design principle of Pt resistance linear temperature measurement is analyzed and a new method for interfacing A/D converter with single chip computer 89c52 is provided together with the experimental data.

  11. Shape-Controlled Synthesis of Pt Nanopeanuts.

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    Zhang, Xuemei; Xia, Zengzilu; Huang, Yingzhou; Jia, Yunpeng; Sun, Xiaonan; Li, Yu; Li, Xueming; Wu, Rui; Liu, Anping; Qi, Xueqiang; Wang, Shuxia; Wen, Weijia

    2016-01-01

    Exploring the novel shape of Pt nanoparticles is one of the most useful ways to improve the electrocatalytic performance of Pt in fuel cells. In this work, the Pt nanopeanuts consisting of two nanospheres grown together have been fabricated through a two-step polyol method. The high resolution scanning electron microscope (SEM) images and energy dispersive x-ray (EDX) spectrum collected at adjacent part point out the Pt nanopeanut is apparently different from the two physical attached nanospheres. To understand the growth mechanism of this nanopeanut, the final products in different synthesis situations are studied. The results indicate the interesting morphology of Pt nanopeanuts mainly benefit from the chemical reagent (FeCl3) while the size and homogeneity are greatly affected by the temperature. Furthermore, the electrocatalytic activity of the Pt nanopeanuts has also been demonstrated here. Our two-step synthesis of Pt nanopeanuts not only enlarges the group of Pt nanoparticles, but also provides a beneficial strategy for the synthesis of novel metal nanoparticles. PMID:27528078

  12. AN ANIMAL MODEL OF PLATINUM (PT) HYPERSENSITIVITY

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    Exposure to Pt salts has been associated with occupational asthma. Pt, the most active component and widely used metal in catalytic converters, is released in automobile exhaust and is a proposed diesel fuel additive. Thus, with the potential for widespread environmental distrib...

  13. Shape-Controlled Synthesis of Pt Nanopeanuts

    PubMed Central

    Zhang, Xuemei; Xia, Zengzilu; Huang, Yingzhou; Jia, Yunpeng; Sun, Xiaonan; Li, Yu; Li, Xueming; Wu, Rui; Liu, Anping; Qi, Xueqiang; Wang, Shuxia; Wen, Weijia

    2016-01-01

    Exploring the novel shape of Pt nanoparticles is one of the most useful ways to improve the electrocatalytic performance of Pt in fuel cells. In this work, the Pt nanopeanuts consisting of two nanospheres grown together have been fabricated through a two-step polyol method. The high resolution scanning electron microscope (SEM) images and energy dispersive x-ray (EDX) spectrum collected at adjacent part point out the Pt nanopeanut is apparently different from the two physical attached nanospheres. To understand the growth mechanism of this nanopeanut, the final products in different synthesis situations are studied. The results indicate the interesting morphology of Pt nanopeanuts mainly benefit from the chemical reagent (FeCl3) while the size and homogeneity are greatly affected by the temperature. Furthermore, the electrocatalytic activity of the Pt nanopeanuts has also been demonstrated here. Our two-step synthesis of Pt nanopeanuts not only enlarges the group of Pt nanoparticles, but also provides a beneficial strategy for the synthesis of novel metal nanoparticles. PMID:27528078

  14. PT-Symmetric Quantum Field Theory

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    Bender, Carl M.

    2011-09-01

    In 1998 it was discovered that the requirement that a Hamiltonian be Dirac Hermitian (H = H†) can be weakened and generalized to the requirement that a Hamiltonian be PT symmetric ([H,PT] = 0); that is, invariant under combined space reflection and time reversal. Weakening the constraint of Hermiticity allows one to consider new kinds of physically acceptable Hamiltonians and, in effect, it amounts to extending quantum mechanics from the real (Hermitian) domain into the complex domain. Much work has been done on the analysis of various PT-symmetric quantum-mechanical models. However, only very little analysis has been done on PT-symmetric quantum-field-theoretic models. Here, we describe some of what has been done in the context of PT-symmetric quantum field theory and describe some possible fundamental applications.

  15. Reduction of Pt2+ species in model Pt-CeO2 fuel cell catalysts upon reaction with methanol

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    Neitzel, Armin; Johánek, Viktor; Lykhach, Yaroslava; Skála, Tomáš; Tsud, Nataliya; Vorokhta, Mykhailo; Matolín, Vladimír; Libuda, Jörg

    2016-11-01

    The stability of atomically dispersed Pt2+ species on the surface of nanostructured CeO2 films during the reaction with methanol has been investigated by means of synchrotron radiation photoelectron spectroscopy and resonant photoemission spectroscopy. The isolated Pt2+ species were prepared at low Pt concentration in Pt-CeO2 film. Additionally, Pt2+ species coexisting with metallic Pt particles were prepared at high Pt concentration. We found that adsorption of methanol yields similar decomposition products regardless of Pt concentration in Pt-CeO2 films. A small number of oxygen vacancies formed during the methanol decomposition can be replenished in the Pt-CeO2 film with low Pt concentration by diffusion of oxygen from the bulk. In the presence of supported Pt particles, a higher number of oxygen vacancies leads to a partial reduction of the Pt2+ species. The isolated Pt2+ species are reduced under rather strongly reducing conditions only, i.e. during annealing under continuous exposure to methanol. Reduction of isolated Pt2+ species results in the formation of ultra-small Pt particles containing around 25 atoms per particle or less. Such ultra-small Pt particles demonstrate excellent stability against sintering during annealing of Pt-CeO2 film with low Pt concentration under reducing conditions.

  16. Architecturally designed Pt-MoS2 and Pt-graphene composites for electrocatalytic methanol oxidation.

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    Patil, Sagar H; Anothumakkool, Bihag; Sathaye, Shivaram D; Patil, Kashinath R

    2015-10-21

    Thin films consisting of platinum nanoparticles (Pt NPs) with uniform size and distribution have been successfully prepared at a liquid-liquid interface. Apart from the usual substrates like glass, Si etc. the films were also deposited on the surfaces of MoS2 thin films and graphene nanosheets (GNS) respectively, by using a layer-by-layer (LbL) deposition technique to form Pt-MoS2 and Pt-GNS composites. The loading concentration of Pt NPs on MoS2 and GNS can be adjusted by selecting the number and sequence of the component layers during LbL deposition. The Pt thin films, Pt-MoS2 and Pt-GNS nanocomposite thin films are characterized using transmission electron microscopy (TEM), high resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM), energy dispersive X-ray spectrometry (EDS), X-ray diffraction (XRD) and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). TEM results of the composites show that Pt NPs with sizes in the range of 1 to 3 nm are uniformly dispersed on the MoS2/GNS surface. The catalytic activities of Pt and Pt-composites for the reaction of methanol oxidation are studied using cyclic voltammetry and chronoamperometry. Electrochemical studies reveal that both the Pt-MoS2 and Pt-GNS nanocomposites show excellent electrocatalytic activity towards methanol oxidation. Pt-MoS2 and Pt-GNS nanocomposite electrodes show excellent stability for reuse of the catalyst. A probable mechanism of catalysis has been discussed. We propose that the similar architecture reported here would be promising for the synthesis of high performance catalysts for fuel cells, gas phase reactions, and other applications such as sensors. PMID:26377752

  17. Highly Active Pt(3)Pb and Core-Shell Pt(3)Pb-Pt Electrocatalysts for Formic Acid Oxidation

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    Kang Y.; Stach E.; Qi L.; Li M.; Diaz R.E.; Su D.; Adzic R.R.; Li J.; Murray C.B.

    2012-03-27

    Formic acid is a promising chemical fuel for fuel cell applications. However, due to the dominance of the indirect reaction pathway and strong poisoning effects, the development of direct formic acid fuel cells has been impeded by the low activity of existing electrocatalysts at desirable operating voltage. We report the first synthesis of Pt{sub 3}Pb nanocrystals through solution phase synthesis and show they are highly efficient formic acid oxidation electrocatalysts. The activity can be further improved by manipulating the Pt{sub 3}Pb-Pt core-shell structure. Combined experimental and theoretical studies suggest that the high activity from Pt{sub 3}Pb and the Pt-Pb core-shell nanocrystals results from the elimination of CO poisoning and decreased barriers for the dehydrogenation steps. Therefore, the Pt{sub 3}Pb and Pt-Pb core-shell nanocrystals can improve the performance of direct formic acid fuel cells at desired operating voltage to enable their practical application.

  18. A highly sensitive and stable electrochemical sensor for simultaneous detection towards ascorbic acid, dopamine, and uric acid based on the hierarchical nanoporous PtTi alloy.

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    Zhao, Dianyun; Yu, Guolong; Tian, Kunlong; Xu, Caixia

    2016-08-15

    In current work highly sensitive and stable electrochemical sensor for simultaneous detection of ascorbic acid (AA), dopamine (DA), and uric acid (UA) is constructed based on the hierarchical nanoporous (HNP) PtTi alloy. The HNP-PtTi alloy is simply fabricated by two-step dealloying process, characterized by the bimodal ligament/pore size distributions and interconnected hollow channels. The HNP structure with the advantages of large surface area, excellent structure stability, and rich pore channels is used for facilitating the electron conductivity and the mass transfer. Combined with the dual effects of the bimodal nanoporous architecture and the excellent electrocatalytic activity of PtTi alloy, the constructed sensor exhibits high electrochemical sensing activity with wide linear responses from 0.2 to 1mM, 0.004 to 0.5mM, and 0.1 to 1mM for simultaneous detection of AA, DA, and UA, respectively. In addition, HNP-PtTi alloy also shows long-term sensing stability towards the AA, DA, and UA detection and behaves as a good anti-interference towards NaCl, KCl, FeCl3, CuCl2, AlCl3, glucose, and H2O2. The HNP-PtTi alloy manifests intriguing application potential as the candidate for the application of the electrochemical sensor for simultaneous detection of AA, DA, and UA. PMID:27058442

  19. Experimental and theoretical studies of ammonia decomposition activity on Fe-Pt, Co-Pt, and Cu-Pt bimetallic surfaces

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    Hansgen, Danielle A.; Thomanek, Lisa M.; Chen, Jingguang G.; Vlachos, Dionisios G.

    2011-05-01

    We investigate the decomposition of ammonia on bimetallic surfaces prepared by the deposition of a monolayer of Fe, Co, or Cu on a Pt(111) surface computationally and experimentally. We explore the correlation between predicted activities based on the nitrogen binding energies with experimental decomposition activity on these bimetallic and corresponding monometallic surfaces. Through density functional theory calculations and microkinetic modeling, it is predicted that the Fe-Pt-Pt(111) and Co-Pt-Pt(111) surfaces, with a monolayer of Fe or Co on top of Pt(111), are active toward decomposing ammonia. In contrast, the corresponding subsurface configurations, Pt-Fe-Pt(111) and Pt-Co-Pt(111) are inactive. These predictions were confirmed experimentally through temperature programmed desorption experiments. Decomposition was seen at temperatures below 350 K for the Fe-Pt-Pt(111) and Co-Pt-Pt(111) surfaces. For the Cu/Pt(111) system, the surface, subsurface and parent metals were each predicted to be inactive, consistent with experiments, further validating the model predictions. The stability of these bimetallic surfaces in the presence of adsorbed nitrogen is also discussed.

  20. Microstructure and electronic behavior of PtPd@Pt core-shell nanowires

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    Han, Wei-Qiang; Su, Dong; Murphy, Michael; Ward, Matthew; Sham, Tsun-Kong; Wu, Lijun; Zhu, Yimei; Hu, Yongfeng; Aoki, Toshihiro

    2010-07-19

    PtPd{at}Pt core-shell ultrathin nanowires were prepared using a one-step phase-transfer approach. The diameters of the nanowires range from 2 to 3 nm, and their lengths are up to hundreds of nanometers. Line scanning electron energy loss spectra showed that PtPd bimetallic nanowires have a core-shell structure, with a PtPd alloy core and a Pt monolayer shell. X-ray absorption near edge structure (XANES) spectra reveal that a strong Pt-Pd interaction exists in this nanowire system in that there is PtPd alloying and/or interfacial interaction. Extended x-ray absorption fine structures (EXAFS) further confirms the PtPd@Pt core-shell structure. The bimetallic nanowires were determined to be face-centered cubic structures. The long-chain organic molecules of n-dodecyl trimethylammonium bromide and octadecylamine, used as surfactants during synthesis, were clearly observed using aberration-corrected TEM operated at 80 KV. The interaction of Pt and surfactants was also revealed by EXAFS.

  1. \\cal{PT} -symmetry in Rydberg atoms

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    Ziauddin; Chuang, You-Lin; Lee, Ray-Kuang

    2016-07-01

    We propose a scheme to realize parity-time ( {PT} )-symmetry in an ensemble of strongly interacting Rydberg atoms, which act as superatoms due to the dipole blockade mechanism. We show that Rydberg-dressed 87Rb atoms in a four-level inverted Y-type configuration is highly efficient to generate the refractive index for a probe field, with a symmetric (antisymmetric) profile spatially in the corresponding real (imaginary) part. Comparing with earlier investigations, the present scheme provides a versatile platform to control the system from {PT} -symmetry to non-PT -symmetry via different external parameters, i.e., coupling field detuning, probe field intensity and control field intensity.

  2. Integrated X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and DFT characterization of benzene adsorption on Pt(111), Pt(355) and Pt(322) surfaces.

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    Zhang, Renqin; Hensley, Alyssa J; McEwen, Jean-Sabin; Wickert, Sandra; Darlatt, Erik; Fischer, Kristina; Schöppke, Matthias; Denecke, Reinhard; Streber, Regine; Lorenz, Michael; Papp, Christian; Steinrück, Hans-Peter

    2013-12-21

    We systematically investigate the adsorption of benzene on Pt(111), Pt(355) and Pt(322) surfaces by high-resolution X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and first-principle calculations based on density functional theory (DFT), including van der Waals corrections. By comparing the adsorption energies at 1/9, 1/16 and 1/25 ML on Pt(111), we find significant lateral interactions exist between the benzene molecules at 1/9 ML. The adsorption behavior on Pt(355) and Pt(322) is very different. While on Pt(355) a step species is clearly identified in the C 1s spectra at low coverages followed by occupation of a terrace species at high coverages, no evidence for a step species is found on Pt(322). These different adsorption sites are confirmed by extensive DFT calculations, where the most favorable adsorption configurations on Pt(355) and Pt(322) are also found to vary: a highly distorted across the step molecule is found on Pt(355) while a less distorted configuration adjacent to the step molecule is deduced for Pt(322). The theoretically proposed C 1s core level binding energy shifts between these most favorable configurations and the terrace species are found to correlate well with experiment: for Pt(355), two adsorbate states are found, separated by ~0.4 eV in XPS and 0.3 eV in the calculations, in contrast to only one state on Pt(322). PMID:24189500

  3. Stress Evolution Behavior in CoCrPt Alloy Thin Films with varying Pt Concentration

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    Im, M.-Y.; Jeong, J.-R.; Shin, S.-C.

    2007-11-01

    CoCrPt alloy thin film is one of the most promising candidates for ultrahigh density magnetic recording media. One of interesting issues for an application of ferromagnetic thin film to high density magnetic recording media is to investigate growth stress, since stress inevitably generated during thin film fabrication drastically alters magnetic properties as well as mechanical properties due to film fracture and buckling [1]. However, sufficient studies have not been addressed on in situ experimental investigation on stress evolution during film growth of magnetic thin film and its correlation with directly observed film growth structure. We have investigated in situ stress evolution of 400-{angstrom} (Co{sub 82}Cr{sub 18}){sub 100-x}Pt{sub x}/1100-{angstrom} Ti alloy films with varying Pt concentration by means of an ultrahigh vacuum (UHV) chamber equipped with a highly sensitive optical deflection-detecting system [2]. Interestingly enough, the stress evolution patterns during the film deposition are remarkably changed with varying the Pt concentration. CoCrPt alloy films with lower Pt concentration (6 {le} x {le} 13) grow through compressive, tensile, and again compressive stress during film deposition, while CoCrPt alloy films with higher Pt concentration (21 {le} x {le} 28) develop with compressive and relaxed compressive stress without tensile stress generation. In situ stress-evolution behavior for 400-{angstrom} (Co{sub 82}Cr{sub 18}){sub 100-x}Pt{sub x}/1100-{angstrom} Ti alloy films with the Pt concentrations of (a) 6, (b) 13, (c) 21, and (d) 28 at.% are demonstrated in Fig.1. Here, the positive slope corresponds to tensile stress, while the negative slope implies compressive stress. The microstructural studies at the stress transition region reveal that film growth structure plays a major role in considerable change of stress evolution pattern in CoCrPt alloy films with the increase of Pt concentration.

  4. Synthesis and optical property characterization of elongated AuPt and Pt@Au metal nanoframes

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    Lee, Sangji; Jang, Hee-Jeong; Jang, Ho Young; Hong, Soonchang; Moh, Sang Hyun; Park, Sungho

    2016-02-01

    We report a facile method to synthesize elongated nanoframes consisting of Pt and Au in solution. Pentagonal Au nanorods served as templates and successfully led to an elongated AuPt nanoframe after etching the core Au. Subsequently, the coating of Au around Pt ridges resulted in Pt@Au metal nanoframes. The resulting elongated nanostructure exhibited 5 well-defined ridges continuously connected along the long axis. During the shape evolution from pure Au nanorods to elongated Pt@Au metal nanoframes, their corresponding localized surface plasmon resonance bands were monitored. Especially, unique surface plasmon features were observed for elongated Pt@Au nanoframes where the short-axis oscillation of surface free electrons is strongly coupled but the long-axis oscillation is not coupled among the ridges.We report a facile method to synthesize elongated nanoframes consisting of Pt and Au in solution. Pentagonal Au nanorods served as templates and successfully led to an elongated AuPt nanoframe after etching the core Au. Subsequently, the coating of Au around Pt ridges resulted in Pt@Au metal nanoframes. The resulting elongated nanostructure exhibited 5 well-defined ridges continuously connected along the long axis. During the shape evolution from pure Au nanorods to elongated Pt@Au metal nanoframes, their corresponding localized surface plasmon resonance bands were monitored. Especially, unique surface plasmon features were observed for elongated Pt@Au nanoframes where the short-axis oscillation of surface free electrons is strongly coupled but the long-axis oscillation is not coupled among the ridges. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available. See DOI: 10.1039/c5nr08200e

  5. Nanosecond Dynamics in Pt Nanoparticles

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    Vila, F. D.; Moore, J. M.; Rehr, J. J.

    2014-03-01

    Understanding the physical and chemical behavior of supported catalysts is of fundamental and technological importance. However, due to the complex nature of their structure and dynamics at operando temperatures, their nanoscale behavior remains poorly understood. We have shown that DFT/MD calculations provide fundamental insight into the few ps dynamic structure of the nanoparticles, but such methods can be very computationally intensive.[2,3] In order to examine relaxation dynamics in the ns regime here we present finite temperature MD simulations based on a modified Sutton-Chen (SC) model potential, supplemented with Lennard-Jones potentials for the interaction with the support. We find that bulk SC parameters tend to produce nanoparticles with less fluxional dynamics than those in ab initio simulations. To address this issue, we have determined modified SC parameters that capture the DFT dynamics. Nanosecond simulations reveal regimes controlled by internal particle melting and activation of surface mobility. The approach is illustrated for nano-catalysts of Pt/ γ-alumina and compared with ab initio DFT/MD results. Supported in part by DOE grant DE-FG02-03ER15476 (F.D.V and J.J.R) and by NSF grant PHY-1262811, REU Site: University of Washington Physics (J.M.M.), with computer support from DOE - NERSC.

  6. Consistency of PT-symmetric quantum mechanics

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    Brody, Dorje C.

    2016-03-01

    In recent reports, suggestions have been put forward to the effect that parity and time-reversal (PT) symmetry in quantum mechanics is incompatible with causality. It is shown here, in contrast, that PT-symmetric quantum mechanics is fully consistent with standard quantum mechanics. This follows from the surprising fact that the much-discussed metric operator on Hilbert space is not physically observable. In particular, for closed quantum systems in finite dimensions there is no statistical test that one can perform on the outcomes of measurements to determine whether the Hamiltonian is Hermitian in the conventional sense, or PT-symmetric—the two theories are indistinguishable. Nontrivial physical effects arising as a consequence of PT symmetry are expected to be observed, nevertheless, for open quantum systems with balanced gain and loss.

  7. Heavy Lift & Propulsion Technology (HL&PT)

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    Cris Guidi delivers a presentation from the Heavy Lift & Propulsion Technology (HL&PT) study team on May 25, 2010, at the NASA Exploration Enterprise Workshop held in Galveston, TX. The purpose of ...

  8. Exchange coupled L10-FePt/fcc-FePt nanomagnets: Synthesis, characterization and magnetic properties

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    Srivastava, Sachchidanand; Gajbhiye, Namdeo S.

    2016-03-01

    We report synthesis, characterization and magnetic properties of exchange-coupled L10-FePt/fcc-FePt nanomagnets. Structural and morphological characterization of exchange-coupled L10-FePt/fcc-FePt was carried out by powder X-ray diffraction, Mössbauer spectroscopy and transmission electron microscopy. Rietveld refinement of powder X-ray diffraction pattern has been used to quantify L10-FePt and fcc-FePt phases present in samples. Room temperature Mössbauer spectroscopy showed sextets of both L10-FePt and fcc-FePt phases with their respective hyperfine interaction parameters. Transmission electron microscopic (TEM and HRTEM) images confirmed nanocrystalline nature of exchange-coupled nanomagnets with particle size ranges from 15 nm to 50 nm after annealing for different time at 700 °C. Room temperature magnetic studies showed ferromagnetic nature of nanomagnets and maximum energy product (BH)max~10.92 MGOe was obtained for sample containing 89.0% volume fraction of L10-FePt phase.

  9. Suspended core-shell Pt-PtOx nanostructure for ultrasensitive hydrogen gas sensor

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    Basu, Palash Kr.; Kallatt, Sangeeth; Anumol, Erumpukuthickal A.; Bhat, Navakanta

    2015-06-01

    High sensitivity gas sensors are typically realized using metal catalysts and nanostructured materials, utilizing non-conventional synthesis and processing techniques, incompatible with on-chip integration of sensor arrays. In this work, we report a new device architecture, suspended core-shell Pt-PtOx nanostructure that is fully CMOS-compatible. The device consists of a metal gate core, embedded within a partially suspended semiconductor shell with source and drain contacts in the anchored region. The reduced work function in suspended region, coupled with built-in electric field of metal-semiconductor junction, enables the modulation of drain current, due to room temperature Redox reactions on exposure to gas. The device architecture is validated using Pt-PtO2 suspended nanostructure for sensing H2 down to 200 ppb under room temperature. By exploiting catalytic activity of PtO2, in conjunction with its p-type semiconducting behavior, we demonstrate about two orders of magnitude improvement in sensitivity and limit of detection, compared to the sensors reported in recent literature. Pt thin film, deposited on SiO2, is lithographically patterned and converted into suspended Pt-PtO2 sensor, in a single step isotropic SiO2 etching. An optimum design space for the sensor is elucidated with the initial Pt film thickness ranging between 10 nm and 30 nm, for low power (<5 μW), room temperature operation.

  10. Scattering properties of PT-symmetric objects

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    Miri, Mohammad-Ali; Eftekhar, Mohammad Amin; Facao, Margarida; Abouraddy, Ayman F.; Bakry, Ahmed; Razvi, Mir A. N.; Alshahrie, Ahmed; Alù, Andrea; Christodoulides, Demetrios N.

    2016-07-01

    We investigate the scattering response of parity-time (PT) symmetric structures. We show that, due to the local flow of energy between gain and loss regions, such systems can deflect light in unusual ways, as a function of the gain/loss contrast. Such structures are highly anisotropic and their scattering patterns can drastically change as a function of the angle of incidence. In addition, we derive a modified optical theorem for PT-symmetric scattering systems, and discuss its ramifications.

  11. The CO/Pt(111) Puzzle

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    FEIBELMAN,PETER J.; HAMMER,B.; NORSHOV,J.K.; WAGNER,F.; SCHEFFLER,M.; STUMPF,R.; DUMESIC,J.; WATWE,R.

    2000-07-12

    Notwithstanding half a dozen theoretical publications, well-converged density-functional calculations, whether based on a local or generalized-gradient exchange-correlation potential, whether all-electron or employing pseudopotentials underestimate CO's preference for low-coordination binding sites on Pt(111) and vicinals to it. For example, they imply that CO should prefer hollow- to atop-site adsorption on Pt(111), in apparent contradiction to a host of low temperature experimental studies.

  12. Coating Pt-Ni Octahedra with Ultrathin Pt Shells to Enhance the Durability without Compromising the Activity toward Oxygen Reduction.

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    Park, Jinho; Liu, Jingyue; Peng, Hsin-Chieh; Figueroa-Cosme, Legna; Miao, Shu; Choi, Sang-Il; Bao, Shixiong; Yang, Xuan; Xia, Younan

    2016-08-23

    We describe a new strategy to enhance the catalytic durability of Pt-Ni octahedral nanocrystals in the oxygen reduction reaction (ORR) by conformally depositing an ultrathin Pt shell on the surface. The Pt-Ni octahedra were synthesized according to a protocol reported previously and then employed directly as seeds for the conformal deposition of ultrathin Pt shells by introducing a Pt precursor dropwise at 200 °C. The amount of Pt precursor was adjusted relative to the number of Pt-Ni octahedra involved to obtain Pt-Ni@Pt1.5L octahedra of 12 nm in edge length for the systematic evaluation of their chemical stability and catalytic durability compared to Pt-Ni octahedra. Specifically, we compared the elemental compositions of the octahedra before and after treatment with acetic and sulfuric acids. We also examined their electrocatalytic stability toward the ORR through an accelerated durability test by using a rotating disk electrode method. Even after treatment with sulfuric acid for 24 h, the Pt-Ni@Pt1.5L octahedra maintained their original Ni content, whereas 11 % of the Ni was lost from the Pt-Ni octahedra. After 10 000 cycles of ORR, the mass activity of the Pt-Ni octahedra decreased by 75 %, whereas the Pt-Ni@Pt1.5L octahedra only showed a 25 % reduction. PMID:27460459

  13. Interface structures in FePt/Fe3Pt hard-soft exchange-coupled magnetic nanocomposites

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    Li, Jing; Wang, Zhong Lin; Zeng, Hao; Sun, Shouheng; Ping Liu, J.

    2003-05-01

    Self-assembly of FePt and Fe3O4 nanoparticles of different sizes led to various FePt-Fe3O4 nanocomposites. Annealing the composite under reducing atmosphere at 650 and 700 °C induced magnetically hard FePt phase and magnetically soft Fe3Pt phase. The FePt and Fe3Pt phases were either linked by a common interface or coexisted within one grain as domains with sizes <10 nm. This ensures the effective exchange coupling of magnetically hard and soft phases. High-resolution transmission electron microscopy studies provide detailed structural characterization for the FePt based nanocomposites.

  14. Unipolar resistance switching and abnormal reset behaviors in Pt/CuO/Pt and Cu/CuO/Pt structures

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    Wu, Liang; Li, Xiaomin; Gao, Xiangdong; Zheng, Renkui; Zhang, Feng; Liu, Xinjun; Wang, Qun

    2012-07-01

    The effects of Pt and Cu top electrodes on resistance switching properties were investigated for CuO thin films with Pt/CuO/Pt and Cu/CuO/Pt sandwich structures. Typical unipolar resistance switching (URS) behaviors and two different kinds of resistance changes in the reset process were observed in both structures. When voltages were applied to the film, the low-resistance state (LRS) with relatively low resistance value (<30 Ω) was switched to the high-resistance state (HRS), exhibiting normal reset behavior. For LRS with relatively high resistance value (>50 Ω), the resistance first decreased then increased to HRS, showing abnormal reset behavior. The former variation of LRS could be ascribed to the decrease in filament size induced by Joule heating, while the latter one could be ascribed to the growth of disconnected filaments induced by high electric fields. This study indicates that the switching modes and the abnormal reset behaviors in CuO thin films are not due to Pt and Cu top electrodes, but the intrinsic properties of CuO film.

  15. Copper dusting effects on perpendicular magnetic anisotropy in Pt/Co/Pt tri-layers

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    Parakkat, Vineeth Mohanan; Ganesh, K. R.; Anil Kumar, P. S.

    2016-05-01

    The effect of Cu dusting on perpendicular magnetic anisotropy of sputter grown Pt/Co/Pt stack in which the Cu layer is in proximity with that of Co is investigated in this work. We used magneto optic Kerr effect microscopy measurements to study the variation in the reversal mechanisms in films with Co thicknesses below 0.8nm by systematically varying their perpendicular magnetic anisotropy using controlled Cu dusting. Cu dusting was done separately above and below the cobalt layer in order to understand the role of bottom and top Pt layers in magnetization reversal mechanisms of sputtered Pt/Co/Pt stack. The introduction of even 0.3nm thick Cu layer below the cobalt layer drastically affected the perpendicular magnetic anisotropy as evident from the nucleation behavior. On the contrary, even a 4nm thick top Cu layer had little effect on the reversal mechanism. These observations along with magnetization data was used to estimate the role of top and bottom Pt in the origin of perpendicular magnetic anisotropy as well as magnetization switching mechanism in Pt/Co/Pt thin films. Also, with an increase in the bottom Cu dusting from 0.2 to 0.4nm there was an increase in the number of nucleation sites resulting in the transformation of domain wall patterns from a smooth interface type to a finger like one and finally to maze type.

  16. Resistive random access memory utilizing ferritin protein with Pt nanoparticles

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    Uenuma, Mutsunori; Kawano, Kentaro; Zheng, Bin; Okamoto, Naofumi; Horita, Masahiro; Yoshii, Shigeo; Yamashita, Ichiro; Uraoka, Yukiharu

    2011-05-01

    This study reports controlled single conductive paths found in resistive random access memory (ReRAM) formed by embedding Pt nanoparticles (Pt NPs) in NiO film. Homogeneous Pt NPs produced and placed by ferritin protein produce electric field convergence which leads to controlled conductive path formation. The ReRAM with Pt NPs shows stable switching behavior. A Pt NP density decrease results in an increase of OFF state resistance and decrease of forming voltage, whereas ON resistance was independent of the Pt NP density, which indicates that a single metal NP in a memory cell will achieve low power and stable operation.

  17. Dehydrogenation of benzene on Pt(111) surface

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    Gao, W.; Zheng, W. T.; Jiang, Q.

    2008-10-01

    The dehydrogenation of benzene on Pt(111) surface is studied by ab initio density functional theory. The minimum energy pathways for benzene dehydrogenation are found with the nudge elastic band method including several factors of the associated barriers, reactive energies, intermediates, and transient states. The results show that there are two possible parallel minimum energy pathways on the Pt(111) surface. Moreover, the tilting angle of the H atom in benzene can be taken as an index for the actual barrier of dehydrogenation. In addition, the properties of dehydrogenation radicals on the Pt(111) surface are explored through their adsorption energy, adsorption geometry, and electronic structure on the surface. The vibrational frequencies of the dehydrogenation radicals derived from the calculations are in agreement with literature data.

  18. Preparation of onion-like Pt-terminated Pt-Cu bimetallic nano-sized electrocatalysts for oxygen reduction reaction in fuel cells

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    Lim, Taeho; Kim, Ok-Hee; Sung, Yung-Eun; Kim, Hyun-Jong; Lee, Ho-Nyun; Cho, Yong-Hun; Kwon, Oh Joong

    2016-06-01

    Onion-like Pt-terminated Pt-Cu bimetallic nano-sized electrocatalysts (Pt/Cu/Pt/C) were synthesized by using an electroless deposition method. The synthesized Pt/Cu/Pt/C consisted of a Pt-enriched shell, a sandwiched Pt-Cu alloy layer, and a Pt core. The Pt/Cu/Pt/C showed higher electrocatalytic activity toward oxygen reduction reaction in half-cell test than that of commercial Pt/C due to an electronic structure change in the Pt-enriched shell, resulting from the sandwiched Pt-Cu alloy layer underneath. The stability of the Pt/Cu/Pt/C was examined by using both half-cell and single-cell degradation tests. In both tests, the Pt/Cu/Pt/C exhibited stronger resistance to catalyst degradation than that of the commercial Pt/C. It is notable that cell performance with the Pt/Cu/Pt/C was fully recovered by N2 purging after single-cell degradation testing, indicating there was no permanent damage to the electrocatalyst during the test. It is suggested that thermodynamically-stable structure of the Pt/Cu/Pt/C contributed to the improved stability.

  19. Synthesis and magnetic properties of Fe-Pt-B nanocomposite permanent magnets with low Pt concentrations

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    Zhang Wei; Louzguine, Dmitri V.; Inoue, Akihisa

    2004-11-22

    Microstructure and magnetic properties of melt-spun Fe{sub 80-x}Pt{sub x}B{sub 20} (x=20,22,24) alloy ribbons have been investigated. A homogeneous nanoscale mixed structure with amorphous and fcc {gamma}-FePt phases was formed in the melt-spun ribbons. The average sizes of the amorphous and fcc {gamma}-FePt phases are about 5 nm, and the enrichment phenomenon of B is recognized in the coexistent amorphous phase. The melt-spun ribbons exhibit soft magnetic properties. The nanocomposite structure consisting of fct {gamma}{sub 1}-FePt, fcc {gamma}-FePt, and Fe{sub 2}B phases was obtained in the melt-spun ribbons annealed at 798 K for 900 s, and their average grain sizes are about 20 nm. The remanence (B{sub r}), reduced remanence (M{sub r}/M{sub s}), coercivity ({sub i}H{sub c}), and maximum energy product (BH){sub max} of the nanocomposite alloys are in the range of 0.93-1.05 T, 0.79-0.82, 375-487 kA/m, and 118-127 kJ/m{sup 3}, respectively. The good hard magnetic properties are interpreted as resulting from exchange magnetic coupling between nanoscale hard fct {gamma}{sub 1}-FePt and soft magnetic fcc {gamma}-FePt or Fe{sub 2}B phases.

  20. Synthesis and Characterization of Pt(IV) Fluorescein Conjugates to Investigate Pt(IV) Intracellular Transformations

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    Song, Ying; Suntharalingam, Kogularamanan; Yeung, Jessica S.; Royzen, Maksim; Lippard, Stephen J.

    2013-01-01

    Pt(IV) anticancer compounds typically operate as prodrugs that are reduced in the hypoxic environment of cancer cells, losing two axial ligands in the process to generate active Pt(II) species. Here we report the synthesis of two fluorescent Pt(IV) prodrugs of cisplatin in order to image and evaluate the Pt(IV) reduction process in simulated and real biological environments. Treatment of the complexes dissolved in PBS buffer with reducing agents typically encountered in cells, glutathione or ascorbate, afforded a 3- to 5-fold fluorescence turn-on owing to reduction and loss of their fluorescein-based axial ligands, which are quenched when bound to platinum. Both Pt(IV) conjugates displayed moderate cytotoxicity against human cancer cell lines, with IC50 values higher than that of cisplatin. Immunoblotting and DNA flow cytometry analyses of one of the complexes, Pt(IV)FL2, revealed that it damages DNA, causing cell cycle arrest in S or G2/M depending on exposure time, with ultimately triggering of apoptotic cell death. Fluorescence microscopic studies prove that Pt(IV)FL2 enters cells intact and undergoes reduction intracellularly. The results are best interpreted in terms of a model in which the axial fluorescein ligands are expelled through lysosomes, with the platinum(II) moiety generated in the process binding to genomic DNA, which results in cell death. PMID:23957697

  1. Discovery of the Pt-Based Superconductor LaPt5As.

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    Fujioka, Masaya; Ishimaru, Manabu; Shibuya, Taizo; Kamihara, Yoichi; Tabata, Chihiro; Amitsuka, Hiroshi; Miura, Akira; Tanaka, Masashi; Takano, Yoshihiko; Kaiju, Hideo; Nishii, Junji

    2016-08-10

    A novel superconductor, LaPt5As, which exhibits a new crystal structure was discovered by high-pressure synthesis using a Kawai-type apparatus. A superconducting transition temperature was observed at 2.6 K. Depending on the sintering pressure, LaPt5As has superconducting and non-superconducting phases with different crystal structures. A sintering pressure of around 10 GPa is effective to form single-phase superconducting LaPt5As. This material has a very unique crystal structure with an extremely long c lattice parameter of over 60 Å and corner-sharing tetrahedrons composed of network-like Pt layers. Density functional theory calculations have suggested that the superconducting current flows through these Pt layers. Also, this unique layered structure characteristic of LaPt5As is thought to play a key role in the emergence of superconductivity. Furthermore, due to a stacking structure which makes up layers, various structural modifications for the LaPt5As family are conceivable. Since such a high-pressure synthesis using a Kawai-type apparatus is not common in the field of materials science, there is large room for further exploration of unknown phases which are induced by high pressure in various materials. PMID:27461965

  2. Tailoring Curie temperature and magnetic anisotropy in ultrathin Pt/Co/Pt films

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    Parakkat, Vineeth Mohanan; Ganesh, K. R.; Anil Kumar, P. S.

    2016-05-01

    The dependence of perpendicular magnetization and Curie temperature (Tc) of Pt/Co/Pt thin films on the thicknesses of Pt seed (Pts) and presence of Ta buffer layer has been investigated in this work. Pt and Co thicknesses were varied between 2 to 8 nm and 0.35 to 1.31 nm (across the spin reorientation transition thickness) respectively and the Tc was measured using SQUID magnetometer. We have observed a systematic dependence of Tc on the thickness of Pts. For 8nm thickness of Pts the Co layer of 0.35nm showed ferromagnetism with perpendicular anisotropy at room temperature. As the thickness of the Pts was decreased to 2nm, the Tc went down below 250K. XRD data indicated polycrystalline growth of Pts on SiO2. On the contrary Ta buffer layer promoted the growth of Pt(111). As a consequence Ta(5nm)/Pt(3nm)/Co(0.35nm)/Pt(2nm) had much higher Tc (above 300K) with perpendicular anisotropy when compared to the same stack without the Ta layer. Thus we could tune the ferromagnetic Tc and anisotropy by varying the Pts thickness and also by introducing Ta buffer layer. We attribute these observations to the micro-structural evolution of Pts layer which hosts the Co layer.

  3. Nuclear Data Sheets for {sup 170}Pt

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    Baglin, Coral M.

    1999-02-22

    Nuclear structure data pertaining to 170Pt have been compiled and evaluated, and incorporated into the ENSDF data file. This evaluation of170Pt supersedes the previous publication (Coral M. Baglin,Nuclear Data Sheets 77,125 (1996) (literature cutoff date October 1995)), and includes literature available by 17 February 1999. The newly incorporated references are: 98Se20, 98Ki20, 97Ju04, 96Bi07 and 95Au04. Three new data sets have been added, as follows:174Hg ? decay,171Au p decay (1.02 ms), (HI,xn?).

  4. Pt-Ni and Pt-Co Catalyst Synthesis Route for Fuel Cell Applications

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    Firdosy, Samad A.; Ravi, Vilupanur A.; Valdez, Thomas I.; Kisor, Adam; Narayan, Sri R.

    2013-01-01

    Oxygen reduction reactions (ORRs) at the cathode are the rate-limiting step in fuel cell performance. The ORR is 100 times slower than the corresponding hydrogen oxidation at the anode. Speeding up the reaction at the cathode will improve fuel cell efficiency. The cathode material is generally Pt powder painted onto a substrate (e.g., graphite paper). Recent efforts in the fuel cell area have focused on replacing Pt with Pt-X alloys (where X = Co, Ni, Zr, etc.) in order to (a) reduce cost, and (b) increase ORR rates. One of these strategies is to increase ORR rates by reducing the powder size, which would result in an increase in the surface area, thereby facilitating faster reaction rates. In this work, a process has been developed that creates Pt-Ni or Pt-Co alloys that are finely divided (on the nano scale) and provide equivalent performance at lower Pt loadings. Lower Pt loadings will translate to lower cost. Precursor salts of the metals are dissolved in water and mixed. Next, the salt mixtures are dried on a hot plate. Finally, the dried salt mixture is heattreated in a furnace under flowing reducing gas. The catalyst powder is then used to fabricate a membrane electrode assembly (MEA) for electrochemical performance testing. The Pt- Co catalyst-based MEA showed comparable performance to an MEA fabri cated using a standard Pt black fuel cell catalyst. The main objective of this program has been to increase the overall efficiencies of fuel cell systems to support power for manned lunar bases. This work may also have an impact on terrestrial programs, possibly to support the effort to develop a carbon-free energy source. This catalyst can be used to fabricate high-efficiency fuel cell units that can be used in space as regenerative fuel cell systems, and terrestrially as primary fuel cells. Terrestrially, this technology will become increasingly important when transition to a hydrogen economy occurs.

  5. Sintering Behavior of Spin-coated FePt and FePtAu Nanoparticles

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    Kang, Shishou; Jia, Zhiyong; Zoto, Ilir; Reed, R. C.; Nikles, David E.; Harrell, J. W.; Vemuru, Krishnamurthy V; Porcar, L.

    2006-01-01

    FePt and [FePt]{sub 95}Au{sub 5} nanoparticles with an average size of about 4 nm were chemically synthesized and spin coated onto silicon substrates. Samples were subsequently thermally annealed at temperatures ranging from 250 to 500 C for 30 min. Three-dimensional structural characterization was carried out with small-angle neutron scattering (SANS) and small-angle x-ray diffraction (SAXRD) measurements. For both FePt and [FePt]{sub 95}Au{sub 5} particles before annealing, SANS measurements gave an in-plane coherence length parameter a = 7.3 nm, while SAXRD measurements gave a perpendicular coherence length parameter c = 12.0 nm. The ratio of c/a is about 1.64, indicating the as-made particle array has a hexagonal close-packed superstructure. For both FePt and FePtAu nanoparticles, the diffraction peaks shifted to higher angles and broadened with increasing annealing temperature. This effect corresponds to a shrinking of the nanoparticle array, followed by agglomeration and sintering of the nanoparticles, resulting in the eventual loss of positional order with increasing annealing temperature. The effect is more pronounced for FePtAu than for FePt. Dynamic coercivity measurements show that the FePtAu nanoparticles have both higher intrinsic coercivity and higher switching volume at the same annealing temperature. These results are consistent with previous studies that show that additive Au both lowers the chemical ordering temperature and promotes sintering.

  6. Efficient Pt catalysts for polymer electrolyte fuel cells

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    Fournier, J.; Gaubert, G.; Tilquin, J.Y.

    1996-12-31

    Commercialization of polymer electrolyte fuel cells (PEFCs) requires an important decrease in their production cost. Cost reduction for the electrodes principally concerns the decrease in the amount of Pt catalyst necessary for the functioning of the PEFC without affecting cell performance. The first PEFCs used in the Gemini Space Program had a loading of 4-10 mg pt/cm{sup 2}. The cost of the electrodes was drastically reduced when pure colloidal Pt was replaced by Pt supported on carbon (Pt/C) with a Pt content of 0.4 Mg/cm{sup 2}. Since the occurrence of that breakthrough, many studies have been aimed at further lowering the Pt loading. Today, the lowest loadings reported for oxygen reduction are of the order of 0.05 mg pt/cm{sup 2}. The carbon support of commercial catalysts is Vulcan XC-72 from Cabot, a carbon black with a specific area of 254 m{sup 2}/g. Graphites with specific areas ranging from 20 to 305 m{sup 2}/g are now available from Lonza. The first aim of the present study was to determine the catalytic properties for 02 reduction of Pt supported on these high specific area graphites. The second aim was to use Pt inclusion synthesis on these high area graphites, and to measure the catalytic performances of these materials. Lastly, this same Pt-inclusion synthesis was extended even for use with Vulcan and Black Pearls as substrates (two carbon blacks from Cabot). All these catalysts have been labelled Pt-included materials to distinguish them from the Pt-supported ones. It will be shown that the reduced Pt content Pt-included materials obtained with high specific area substrates a are excellent catalysts for oxygen reduction, especially at high currents. Therefore, Pt inclusion synthesis appears to be a new method to decrease the cathodic Pt loading.

  7. Asymmetry in effective fields of spin-orbit torques in Pt/Co/Pt stacks

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    Hin Sim, Cheow Cheng Huang, Jian; Tran, Michael; Eason, Kwaku

    2014-01-06

    Measurements of switching via spin-orbit coupling mechanisms are discussed for a pair of inverted Pt/Co/Pt stacks with asymmetrical Pt thicknesses. Taking into account the planar Hall effect contribution, effective fields of spin-orbit torques (SOT) are evaluated using lock-in measurements of the first and second harmonics of the Hall voltage. Reversing the stack structure leads to significant asymmetries in the switching behavior, including clear evidence of a nonlinear current dependence of the transverse effective field. Our results demonstrate potentially complex interplay in devices with all-metallic interfaces utilizing SOT.

  8. Temperature dependence of oxygen reduction activity at Nafion-coated bulk Pt and Pt/carbon black catalysts.

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    Yano, Hiroshi; Higuchi, Eiji; Uchida, Hiroyuki; Watanabe, Masahiro

    2006-08-24

    Oxygen reduction reaction (ORR) activity and H(2)O(2) formation at Nafion-coated film electrodes of bulk-Pt and Pt nanoparticles dispersed on carbon black (Pt/CB) were investigated in 0.1 M HClO(4) solution at 30 to 110 degrees C by using a channel flow double electrode method. We have found that the apparent rate constants k(app) (per real Pt active surface area) for the ORR at bulk-Pt (with and without Nafion-coating) and Nafion-coated Pt/CB (19.3 and 46.7 wt % Pt, d(Pt) = 2.6 to 2.7 nm) thin-film electrodes were in beautiful agreement with each other in the operation conditions of polymer electrolyte fuel cells (PEFCs), i.e., 30-110 degrees C and ca. 0.7 to 0.8 V vs RHE. The H(2)O(2) yield was 0.6-1.0% at 0.7-0.8 V on all Nafion-coated Pt/CB and bulk-Pt and irrespective of Pt-loading level and temperature. Nafion coating was pointed out to be a major factor for the H(2)O(2) formation on Pt catalysts modifying the surface property, because H(2)O(2) production was not detected at the bulk-Pt electrode without Nafion coating. PMID:16913788

  9. Surface structure and chemistry of Pt/Cu/Pt(1 1 1) near surface alloy model catalyst in CO

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    Zeng, Shibi; Nguyen, Luan; Cheng, Fang; Liu, Lacheng; Yu, Ying; Tao, Franklin (Feng)

    2014-11-01

    Near surface alloy (NSA) model catalyst Pt/Cu/Pt(1 1 1) was prepared on Pt(1 1 1) through a controlled vapor deposition of Cu atoms. Different coordination environments of Pt atoms of the topmost Pt layer with the underneath Cu atoms in the subsurface result in different local electronic structures of surface Pt atoms. Surface structure and chemistry of the NAS model catalyst in Torr pressure of CO were studied with high pressure scanning tunneling microscopy (HP-STM) and ambient pressure X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (AP-XPS). In Torr pressure of CO, the topmost Pt layer of Pt/Cu/Pt(1 1 1) is restructured to thin nanoclusters with size of about 1 nm. Photoemission feature of O 1s of CO on Pt/Cu/Pt(1 1 1) suggests CO adsorbed on both edge and surface of these formed nanoclusters. This surface is active for CO oxidation. Atomic layers of carbon are formed on Pt/Cu/Pt(1 1 1) at 573 K in 2 Torr of CO.

  10. PT3 Papers. [SITE 2001 Section].

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    Pierson, Melissa, Ed.; Thompson, Mary, Ed.; Adams, Angelle, Ed.; Beyer, Evelyn, Ed.; Cheriyan, Saru, Ed.; Starke, Leslie, Ed.

    This document contains the papers on the PT3 (Preparing Tomorrow's Teachers to use Technology) program from the SITE (Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education) 2001 conference. Topics covered include: modeling instruction with modern information and communications technology; transforming computer coursework for preservice teachers;…

  11. Structural and magnetic properties of the ordered FePt{sub 3}, FePt and Fe{sub 3}Pt nanoparticles

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    Liu, Yang; Jiang, Yuhong; Zhang, Xiaolong; Wang, Yaxin; Zhang, Yongjun; Liu, Huilian; Zhai, Hongju; Liu, Yanqing; Yang, Jinghai; Yan, Yongsheng

    2014-01-15

    The Fe{sub x}Pt{sub 100−x} nanoparticles (NPs) with different nominal atomic rations (30≤x≤80) were synthesized at 700 °C by the sol–gel method. The structure, morphology and magnetic properties of the samples were investigated. When the Fe content in the Fe–Pt alloy NPs was 30 at%, FePt{sub 3} NPs were successfully synthesized. With the increase in Fe content up to 50 at%, it was found that the superlattice reflections (0 0 1) and (1 1 0) appeared, which indicated the formation of the L1{sub 0}-FePt phase. Meanwhile, the FePt{sub 3} fraction was reduced. When the Fe content increased to 60 at%, single-phase L1{sub 0}-FePt NPs were synthesized. The coercivity (Hc), saturation magnetization (Ms) and chemical order parameter S for Fe{sub 60}Pt{sub 40} NPs were as high as 10,200 Oe, 17.567 emu/g and 0.928, respectively. With the further increase of the Fe content to 80 at%, only Fe{sub 3}Pt phase existed and the Hc of the Fe{sub 3}Pt NPs decreased drastically to 360 Oe. - Graphical abstract: Fe{sub 3}Pt, FePt and FePt{sub 3} nanoparticles was obtained by sol–gel method. The effect of iron and platinum content on structural and magnetic properties of the FePt nanoparticles was investigated. Display Omitted - Highlights: • L1{sub 2}-FePt{sub 3}, L1{sub 0}-FePt and L1{sub 2}-Fe{sub 3}Pt NPs were synthesized by sol–gel method. • The chemical order parameter S affects the magnetic properties of the Fe–Pt alloy. • Structural and magnetic properties of the Fe–Pt alloy NPs were studied. • The synthetic route in this study will open up the possibilities of practical use.

  12. Irreversible modification of magnetic properties of Pt/Co/Pt ultrathin films by femtosecond laser pulses

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    Kisielewski, J.; Dobrogowski, W.; Kurant, Z.; Stupakiewicz, A.; Tekielak, M.; Maziewski, A.; Kirilyuk, A.; Kimel, A.; Rasing, Th.; Baczewski, L. T.; Wawro, A.

    2014-02-07

    Annealing ultrathin Pt/Co/Pt films with single femtosecond laser pulses leads to irreversible spin-reorientation transitions and an amplification of the magneto-optical Kerr rotation. The effect was studied as a function of the Co thickness and the pulse fluence, revealing two-dimensional diagrams of magnetic properties. While increasing the fluence, the creation of two branches of the out-of-plane magnetization state was found.

  13. Simulation of electroforming of the Pt/NiO/Pt switching memory structure

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    Sysun, V. I.; Sysun, I. V.; Boriskov, P. P.

    2016-05-01

    We analyze experimental data on a transient thermal electroforming of a Pt/NiO/Pt unipolar memory switching structure. Numerical simulation of this process shows that the channel can be identified with the melting region of nickel oxide, in which its cross section is determined by the maximal breakdown current, a considerable contribution to which can come from a parasitic capacitance. Rough analytic approximations are given for estimating the channel formation parameters.

  14. Unusual cluster shapes and directional bonding of an fcc metal: Pt/Pt(111).

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    Schmid, Michael; Garhofer, Andreas; Redinger, Josef; Wimmer, Florian; Scheiber, Philipp; Varga, Peter

    2011-07-01

    Small clusters of Pt adatoms grown on Pt(111) exhibit a preference for the formation of linear chains, which cannot be explained by simple diffusion-limited aggregation. Density functional theory calculations show that short chains are energetically favorable to more compact configurations due to strong directional bonding by d(z)(2)-like orbitals, explaining the stability of the chains. The formation of the chains is governed by substrate distortions, leading to funneling towards the chain ends. PMID:21797553

  15. Microstructure and magnetization reversal of L10-FePt/[Co/Pt]N exchange coupled composite films

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    Guo, H. H.; Liao, J. L.; Ma, B.; Zhang, Z. Z.; Jin, Q. Y.; Wang, H.; Wang, J. P.

    2012-04-01

    Two series of perpendicular exchange coupled composites (ECC) films are prepared by dc magnetron sputtering, FePt(5)/[Co(0.2)/Pt(0.3)]N (ECC-I-N) and FePt(5)/[Co(0.2)/Pt(0.6)]N (ECC-II-N), respectively. Structure analyses reveal the epitaxial growth on (001) oriented L10 FePt island-like grains of [Co/Pt]N with (200) orientation. Coercivity HC and remanent coercivity HCR of both series samples decrease sharply compared to FePt, with the increase of the thickness of [Co/Pt]N. The angular dependence of HCR shows excellent angular tolerance.

  16. Reactivity of atomically dispersed Pt(2+) species towards H2: model Pt-CeO2 fuel cell catalyst.

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    Lykhach, Yaroslava; Figueroba, Alberto; Camellone, Matteo Farnesi; Neitzel, Armin; Skála, Tomáš; Negreiros, Fabio R; Vorokhta, Mykhailo; Tsud, Nataliya; Prince, Kevin C; Fabris, Stefano; Neyman, Konstantin M; Matolín, Vladimír; Libuda, Jörg

    2016-03-01

    The reactivity of atomically dispersed Pt(2+) species on the surface of nanostructured CeO2 films and the mechanism of H2 activation on these sites have been investigated by means of synchrotron radiation photoelectron spectroscopy and resonant photoemission spectroscopy in combination with density functional calculations. Isolated Pt(2+) sites are found to be inactive towards H2 dissociation due to high activation energy required for H-H bond scission. Trace amounts of metallic Pt are necessary to initiate H2 dissociation on Pt-CeO2 films. H2 dissociation triggers the reduction of Ce(4+) cations which, in turn, is coupled with the reduction of Pt(2+) species. The mechanism of Pt(2+) reduction involves reverse oxygen spillover and formation of oxygen vacancies on Pt-CeO2 films. Our calculations suggest the existence of a threshold concentration of oxygen vacancies associated with the onset of Pt(2+) reduction. PMID:26908194

  17. Alloy Cu3Pt nanoframes through the structure evolution in Cu-Pt nanoparticles with a core-shell construction

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    Han, Lin; Liu, Hui; Cui, Penglei; Peng, Zhijian; Zhang, Suojiang; Yang, Jun

    2014-01-01

    Noble metal nanoparticles with hollow interiors and customizable shell compositions have immense potential for catalysis. Herein, we present an unique structure transformation phenomenon for the fabrication of alloy Cu3Pt nanoframes with polyhedral morphology. This strategy starts with the preparation of polyhedral Cu-Pt nanoparticles with a core-shell construction upon the anisotropic growth of Pt on multiply twinned Cu seed particles, which are subsequently transformed into alloy Cu3Pt nanoframes due to the Kirkendall effect between the Cu core and Pt shell. The as-prepared alloy Cu3Pt nanoframes possess the rhombic dodecahedral morphology of their core-shell parents after the structural evolution. In particular, the resulting alloy Cu3Pt nanoframes are more effective for oxygen reduction reaction but ineffective for methanol oxidation reaction in comparison with their original Cu-Pt core-shell precursors. PMID:25231376

  18. Preparation of Pt Nanocatalyst on Carbon Materials via a Reduction Reaction of a Pt Precursor in a Drying Process.

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    Lee, Jae-Young; Lee, Woo-Kum; Rim, Hyung-Ryul; Joung, Gyu-Bum; Weidner, John W; Lee, Hong-Ki

    2016-06-01

    Platinum (Pt) nanocatalyst for a proton-exchange membrane fuel cell (PEMFC) was prepared on a carbon black particle or a graphite particle coated with a nafion polymer via a reduction of platinum(II) bis(acetylacetonate) denoted as Pt(acac)2 as a Pt precursor in a drying process. Sublimed Pt(acac)2 adsorbed on the nafion-coated carbon materials was reduced to Pt nanoparticles in a glass reactor at 180 degrees C of N2 atmosphere. The morphology of Pt nanoparticles on carbon materials was observed by scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and the distribution of Pt nanoparticles was done by transmission electron microscopy (TEM). The particle size was estimated by analyzing the TEM image using an image analyzer. It was found that nano-sized Pt particles were deposited on the surface of carbon materials, and the number density and the average particle size increased with increasing reduction time. PMID:27427723

  19. Alloy Cu3Pt nanoframes through the structure evolution in Cu-Pt nanoparticles with a core-shell construction

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    Han, Lin; Liu, Hui; Cui, Penglei; Peng, Zhijian; Zhang, Suojiang; Yang, Jun

    2014-09-01

    Noble metal nanoparticles with hollow interiors and customizable shell compositions have immense potential for catalysis. Herein, we present an unique structure transformation phenomenon for the fabrication of alloy Cu3Pt nanoframes with polyhedral morphology. This strategy starts with the preparation of polyhedral Cu-Pt nanoparticles with a core-shell construction upon the anisotropic growth of Pt on multiply twinned Cu seed particles, which are subsequently transformed into alloy Cu3Pt nanoframes due to the Kirkendall effect between the Cu core and Pt shell. The as-prepared alloy Cu3Pt nanoframes possess the rhombic dodecahedral morphology of their core-shell parents after the structural evolution. In particular, the resulting alloy Cu3Pt nanoframes are more effective for oxygen reduction reaction but ineffective for methanol oxidation reaction in comparison with their original Cu-Pt core-shell precursors.

  20. Adsorption of ethene on Pt(1 1 1) and ordered Pt xSn/Pt(1 1 1) surface alloys: A comparative HREELS and DFT investigation

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    Essen, J. M.; Haubrich, J.; Becker, C.; Wandelt, K.

    2007-08-01

    The adsorption of ethene (C 2H 4) on Pt(1 1 1) and the Pt 3Sn/Pt(1 1 1) and Pt 2Sn/Pt(1 1 1) surface alloys has been investigated experimentally by high-resolution electron energy loss spectroscopy and temperature programmed desorption. The experimental results have been compared with density functional theory (DFT) calculations allowing us to perform a complete assignment of all vibration modes and loss features to the species present on the surfaces. On Pt(1 1 1) as well as on the Pt-Sn surface alloys an η2 di-σ-bonded conformation of ethene has been found to be the most stable adsorbed form. In addition to this majority species a minor amount of π-bonded ethene has been identified, which is more abundant on the Pt 2Sn surface alloy than on the other surfaces. Additionally the HREELS spectra of ethene on Pt(1 1 1) and the Pt-Sn surface alloys differ only slightly in terms of the energetic positions of the loss peaks.

  1. Synthesis And Characterization of Gamma-Al2O3-Supported Pt Catalysts From Pt(4) And Pt(6) Clusters Formed in Aqueous Solutions

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    Siani, A.; Wigal, K.R.; Alexeev, A.S.; Amiridis, M.D.

    2009-05-26

    Highly dispersed Pt catalysts were prepared by deposition of Pt{sub 4} and Pt{sub 6} clusters, initially formed in unprotected and poly(vinyl alcohol) (PVA)-protected colloidal Pt suspensions, onto a {gamma}-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} surface. These catalysts were characterized by extended X-ray absorption fine structure (EXAFS) and Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopies. The EXAFS results indicate that the supported Pt species formed were very similar in structure to those of the original clusters in the corresponding colloidal suspensions. The FTIR results further indicate that the {gamma}-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}-supported Pt{sub 4} clusters have significantly lower chemisorptive properties compared with larger supported Pt nanoparticles; nevertheless, the Pt{sub 4}/{gamma}-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} sample was active for the oxidation of CO with no need for additional activation treatment. In fact, treatment of this sample with H{sub 2} at 150--200 {sup o}C led to the formation of Pt aggregates with sizes of 1.0--1.6 nm, demonstrating that the surface Pt4 species readily sintered in this temperature range under reducing conditions.

  2. Probing the solvent shell with 195Pt chemical shifts: density functional theory molecular dynamics study of Pt(II) and Pt(IV) anionic complexes in aqueous solution.

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    Truflandier, Lionel A; Autschbach, Jochen

    2010-03-17

    Ab initio molecular dynamics (aiMD) simulations based on density functional theory (DFT) were performed on a set of five anionic platinum complexes in aqueous solution. (195)Pt nuclear magnetic shielding constants were computed with DFT as averages over the aiMD trajectories, using the two-component relativistic zeroth-order regular approximation (ZORA) in order to treat relativistic effects on the Pt shielding tensors. The chemical shifts obtained from the aiMD averages are in good agreement with experimental data. For Pt(II) and Pt(IV) halide complexes we found an intermediate solvent shell interacting with the complexes that causes pronounced solvent effects on the Pt chemical shifts. For these complexes, the magnitude of solvent effects on the Pt shielding constant can be correlated with the surface charge density. For square-planar Pt complexes the aiMD simulations also clearly demonstrate the influence of closely coordinated non-equatorial water molecules on the Pt chemical shift, relating the structure of the solution around the complex to the solvent effects on the metal NMR chemical shift. For the complex [Pt(CN)(4)](2-), the solvent effects on the Pt shielding constant are surprisingly small. PMID:20166712

  3. Structural investigation of ultrathin Pt/Co/Pt trilayer films under EUV irradiation

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    Dynowska, E.; Pelka, J. B.; Klinger, D.; Minikayev, R.; Bartnik, A.; Dluzewski, P.; Jakubowski, M.; Klepka, M.; Petruczik, A.; Seeck, O. H.; Sobierajski, R.; Sveklo, I.; Wawro, A. A.; Maziewski, A.

    2015-12-01

    Trilayer systems containing ultrathin (3 nm) cobalt layer grown on 5 nm thick Pt buffer layer and covered with 3 nm thick Pt cap layer grown at room temperature by molecular beam epitaxy on the Al2O3(00.1) substrate have been irradiated by nanosecond extreme ultraviolet light pulses. It was previously evidenced that light irradiation induced irreversible change of direction of magnetization in such nanostructures. In order to understand the reasons of such behavior the structural studies with the use of X-ray diffraction and transmission electron microscopy of the as-grown and irradiated samples have been done. It was found that irradiation leads to intermixing of cobalt with platinum giving rise to creation of Pt1-xCox disordered alloy. The methodology of determination of the strain state of the layers, relaxed lattice parameter of the unit cell and the composition of Pt1-xCox alloys has been developed and described in details. The results of structural studies of the as grown Pt/Co/Pt nanostructures as well as those modified by irradiation are presented in this paper.

  4. Compositional superlattices based on PtCl/PtBr MX materials

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    Saxena, A.; Huang, X.Z.; Bishop, A.R.

    1992-01-01

    We consider theoretically a novel class of compositional superlattices consisting of alternating layers of quasi-one-dimensional (QlD) MX (halogen-bridged, transition metal) chain materials. In particular, we have studied a superlattice based on the PtCl/PtBr unit where the Peierls band gap for PtCl is [approximately]2.4 eV and [approximately]1.5 eV for PtBr. We have calculated electronic properties, optical absorption and vibrational properties (e.g. Raman spectrum) of an MX superlattice using a discrete, two-band, tight-binding Peierls-Hubbard model. The electronic band structure reveals a typical subband structure and varies with the relative lengths of the constituent PtCl and PtBr units. The MX superlattice can be thought of as an analog of a GaAs/GaAl[sub x]As[sub 1-x] compositional superlattice but with the added feature that the optical, transport and various other physical properties are modified due to presence of nonlinear excitations (e.g. polarons) in the doped samples.

  5. The Mechanism of Direct Formic Acid Fuel Cell Using Pd, Pt and Pt-Ru

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    Kamiya, Nobuyuki; Liu, Yan; Mitsushima, Shigenori; Ota, Ken-Ichiro; Tsutsumi, Yasuyuki; Ogawa, Naoya; Kon, Norihiro; Eguchi, Mika

    The electro-oxidation of formic acid, 2-propanol and methanol on Pd black, Pd/C, Pt-Ru/C and Pt/C has been investigated to clear the reaction mechanism. It was suggested that the formic acid is dehydrogenated on Pd surface and the hydrogen is occluded in the Pd lattice. Thus obtained hydrogen acts like pure hydrogen supplied from the outside and the cell performance of the direct formic acid fuel cell showed as high as that of a hydrogen-oxygen fuel cell. 2-propanol did not show such dehydrogenation reaction on Pd catalyst. Platinum and Pt-Ru accelerated the oxidation of C-OH of 2-propanol and methanol. Slow scan voltammogram (SSV) and chronoamperometry measurements showed that the activity of formic acid oxidation increased in the following order: Pd black > Pd 30wt.%/C > Pt50wt.%/C > 27wt.%Pt-13wt.%Ru/C. A large oxidation current for formic acid was found at a low overpotential on the palladium electrocatalysts. These results indicate that formic acid is mainly oxidized through a dehydrogenation reaction. For the oxidation of 2-propanol and methanol, palladium was not effective, and 27wt.%Pt-13wt.%Ru/C showed the best oxidation activity.

  6. Modification of Pt/Co/Pt film properties by ion irradiation

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    Avchaciov, K. A.; Ren, W.; Djurabekova, F.; Nordlund, K.; Sveklo, I.; Maziewski, A.

    2015-09-01

    We studied the structural modifications of a Pt/Co/Pt trilayer epitaxial film under Ga+ 30-keV ion irradiation by means of classical molecular dynamics and Monte Carlo simulations. The semiclassical tight-binding second-moment approximation potential was adjusted to reproduce the enthalpies of formation, the lattice constants, and the order-disorder transition temperatures for Co-Pt alloys. We found that during irradiation, the sandwich-type Pt(fcc)/Co(hcp)/Pt(fcc) film structure underwent a transition to the new solid solution α -Co /Pt (fcc ) phase. Our analysis of the short-range order indicates the formation, within a nanosecond time scale, of a homogeneous chemically disordered solution. The longer time-scale simulations employing a Monte Carlo algorithm demonstrated that the transition from the disordered phase to the ordered L 10 and L 12 phases was also possible but not significant for the changes in perpendicular magnetic anisotropy (PMA) observed experimentally. The strain analysis showed that the Co layer was under tensile strain in the lateral direction at the fluences of 1.5 ×1014-3.5 ×1014ionscm -2 ; this range of fluences corresponds to the appearance of PMA. This strain was induced in the initially relaxed hcp Co layer due to its partial transformation to the fcc phase and to the influence of atomic layers with larger lattice constants at upper/lower interfaces.

  7. An evaluation of Pt sulfite acid (PSA) as precursor for supported Pt catalysts

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    Regalbuto, J.R.; Ansel, O.; Miller, J.T.

    2010-11-12

    As a catalyst precursor, platinum sulfite acid (PSA) is easy to use and not relatively expensive, and is a potentially attractive precursor for many types of supported catalysts. The ultimate usefulness for many catalyst applications will depend on the extent that Pt can be dispersed and sulfur eliminated. To our knowledge, there exists no detailed characterization in the catalysis literature of PSA and the nanoparticulate Pt phases derived from it during catalyst pretreatment. To this end a series of supports including alumina, silica, magnesia, niobia, titania, magnesia and carbon were contacted with PSA solutions and subsequently analyzed with extended x-ray absorption fine structure (EXAFS) and x-ray absorption near edge structure (XANES) analysis, and x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) to characterize the Pt species formed upon impregnation, calcination, and reduction. While all catalysts show retention of some S, reasonably small particle sizes with relatively little Pt-S can in some instances be produced using PSA. The amount of retained sulfur appears to decrease with decreasing surface acidity, although even the most acidic supports (niobia and silica) display some storage of S even while only Pt-O bands are observed after calcination or reoxidation. More sulfur was eliminated by high temperature calcinations followed by reduction in hydrogen, at the expense of increasing Pt particle size.

  8. One-Step Synthesis of Pt/Graphene Composites from Pt Acid Dissolved Ethanol via Microwave Plasma Spray Pyrolysis.

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    Jo, Eun Hee; Chang, Hankwon; Kim, Sun Kyung; Choi, Ji-Hyuk; Park, Su-Ryeon; Lee, Chong Min; Jang, Hee Dong

    2016-01-01

    Pt nanoparticles-laden graphene (Pt/GR) composites were synthesized in the gas phase from a mixture of ethanol and Pt precursor by microwave plasma spray pyrolysis. The morphology of Pt/GR composites has the shape of wrinkled sheets of paper, while Pt nanoparticles (Pt NPs) that are less than 2.6 nm in the mean diameter are uniformly well deposited on the surface of GR sheets stacked in only three layers. The Pt/GR composite prepared with 20 wt% of Pt had the highest specific surface area and electrochemical surface area of up to 402 m(2) g(-1) and 77 m(2) g(-1) (Pt), respectively. In addition, the composite showed superior electrocatalytic activity compared with commercial Pt-carbon black. The excellent electrocatalytic activity was attributed to the high specific surface area and electrochemical surface area of the Pt/GR composite directly produced by microwave plasma spray pyrolysis. Thus, it is clearly expected that the Pt/GR composite is a promising material for DMFC catalysts. PMID:27622908

  9. Investigation of the electrocatalysis for oxygen reduction reaction by Pt and binary Pt alloys: an XRD, XAS and electrochemical study

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    Mukerjee, S.; McBreen, J.; Srinivasan, S.

    1995-12-31

    Electrocatalysis for the oxygen reduction reaction (ORR) on five binary Pt alloy electrocatalysts (PtCr/C, PtMn/C, PtFe/C, PtCo/C and PtNi/C) supported on carbon have been investigated. The electrochemical characteristics for ORR in a proton conducting fuel cell environment has been correlated with the electronic and structural parameters determined under in situ conditions using XANES and EXAFS technique respectively. Results indicate that all the alloys possess higher Pt 5d band vacancies as compared to Pt/C. There is also evidence of lattice contraction in the alloys (supported by XRD results). Further, the Pt/C shows increase in Pt 5 d band vacancies during potential transitions from 0.54 to 0.84 V vs. RHE, which has been ration@ on the basis of OH type adsorption. In contrast to this, the alloys do not exhibit such an enhancement. Detailed EXAFS analysis supports the presence of OH species on Pt/C and its relative absence in the alloys. Correlation of the electrochemical results with bond distances and d-band vacancies show a volcano type behavior with the PtCr/C on top of the curve.

  10. Surface enrichment of Pt in Ga2O3 films grown on liquid Pt/Ga alloys

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    Grabau, Mathias; Krick Calderón, Sandra; Rietzler, Florian; Niedermaier, Inga; Taccardi, Nicola; Wasserscheid, Peter; Maier, Florian; Steinrück, Hans-Peter; Papp, Christian

    2016-09-01

    The formation of surface Ga2O3 films on liquid samples of Ga, and Pt-Ga alloys with 0.7 and 1.8 at.% Pt was examined using near-ambient pressure (NAP) X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). Thickness, composition and growth of the oxide films were deduced as a function of temperature and Pt content of the alloys, in ultra-high vacuum and at oxygen pressures of 3 × 10- 7, 3 × 10- 3 and 1 mbar. We examined oxide layers up to a thickness of 37 Å. Different growth modes were found for oxidation at low and high pressures. The formed Ga2O3 oxide films showed an increased Pt content, while the pristine GaPt alloy showed a surface depletion of Pt at the examined temperatures. Upon growth of Ga2O3 on Pt/Ga alloys a linear increase of Pt content was observed, due to the incorporation of 3.6 at.% Pt in the Ga2O3. The Pt content in Ga2O3, at the examined temperatures and bulk Pt concentrations is found to be independent of pressure, temperature and the nominal Pt content of the metallic alloy.

  11. Granular nanostructures and magnetic characteristics of FePt-TiO{sub 2}/FePt-C stacked granular films

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    Ono, Takuya Moriya, Tomohiro; Hatayama, Masatoshi; Kikuchi, Nobuaki; Okamoto, Satoshi; Kitakami, Osamu; Shimatsu, Takehito

    2014-05-07

    To realize a granular film composed of L1{sub 0}-FePt grains with high uniaxial magnetic anisotropy energy, K{sub u}, and segregants for heat-assisted magnetic recording, the FePt-TiO{sub 2}/FePt-C stacked film was investigated. The FePt-TiO{sub 2}/FePt-C stacked film has well-isolated granular structure with average grain size of 6.7 nm because the FePt-TiO{sub 2} film follows the FePt-C template film in microstructural growth. However, the K{sub u} value is quite low for total thickness of 9 nm: 5 × 10{sup 6} erg/cm{sup 3}. Exploration of the thickness dependence of L1{sub 0}-FePt(001) peaks in XRD spectra and cross-sectional TEM images suggest that degradation of the L1{sub 0} ordering appears near the middle of the FePt-TiO{sub 2} layer. The EDX-STEM mapping reveals that Ti atoms exist within the FePt grains in addition to the grain boundary. This indicates the possibility that TiO{sub 2} tends to be incorporated into the FePt grains and that it prevents L1{sub 0}-ordering of the FePt grains along the normal-to-plane direction.

  12. New Crystal Structures Identified for PtO and PtO2 using Density Functional Theory Calculations

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    da Silva, Juarez L. F.; Nomiyama, Ricardo K.; Piotrowski, Mauricio J.

    2012-02-01

    Platinum plays an important role in catalysis and electrochemistry, and it has been known that the direct interaction of oxygen with Pt surfaces can lead to the formation of platinum oxides (PtOx), which can affects the reactivity. To contribute to the atomistic understanding of the atomic structure of PtOx, we report a density functional theory study of the atomic structure of bulk PtOx (1 <=x <=2). From our calculations, we identified a lowest energy structure (GeS-type, space group Pnma) for PtO, which is 0.181 eV lower in energy than the structure suggested by Moore and Pauling (PtS-type). Furthermore, two atomic structures were identified for PtO2, which are almost degenerate in energy with the lowest energy structure reported so far for PtO2 (CaCl2-type). Based on our results and analysis, we suggest that Pt and O atoms tends to form octahedron motifs in PtOx even at lower O composition by the formation of Pt-Pt bonds.

  13. High-Temperature Regeneration of Perpendicular Exchange Bias in a Pt/Co/Pt/α-Cr2O3/Pt Thin Film System

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    Shiratsuchi, Yu; Takechi, Yuichiro; Toyoki, Kentaro; Nakano, Yuuta; Onoue, Satoshi; Mitsumata, Chiharu; Nakatani, Ryoichi

    2013-12-01

    We found the regeneration of perpendicular exchange bias at high temperature in the Pt-capping/Co/Pt-spacer/α-Cr2O3/Pt-buffer thin film with an ultrathin (0.2 nm) Pt-spacer layer after the disappearance at low temperature. Abrupt changes in the coercivity accompany the abrupt disappearance and regeneration of exchange bias. The direction of the regenerated exchange bias could be reversed by altering the ferromagnetic spin orientation during temperature rise. The exchange bias did not regenerate when the Pt spacer layer was grown at a slow growth rate, suggesting that the growth mode of Pt on the α-Cr2O3 layer affects the regeneration feature.

  14. Magnetic properties of ultrathin Ni/Co/Pt(111) films

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    Su, C. W.; Shern, C. S.; Yao, Y. D.

    2004-06-01

    Magnetic properties of one monolayer (ML) Ni/1 ML Co/Pt(111) film upon thermal annealing were investigated. Increases in polar Kerr rotation correspond to the topmost Ni layer incorporated with the second Co layer on Pt, and the further alloying of Co-Pt during the annealing. Interestingly, Curie temperature shifted dramatically to 325 K when the film was annealed at 830 K. The alloy formation of Ni-Pt and top-layer enrichment of Pt may be the main reason causing the great shift of Curie temperature.

  15. Exactly solvable PT -symmetric models in two dimensions

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    Agarwal, Kaustubh S.; Pathak, Rajeev K.; Joglekar, Yogesh N.

    2015-11-01

    Non-Hermitian, PT -symmetric Hamiltonians, experimentally realized in optical systems, accurately model the properties of open, bosonic systems with balanced, spatially separated gain and loss. We present a family of exactly solvable, two-dimensional, PT potentials for a non-relativistic particle confined in a circular geometry. We show that the PT -symmetry threshold can be tuned by introducing a second gain-loss potential or its Hermitian counterpart. Our results explicitly demonstrate that PT breaking in two dimensions has a rich phase diagram, with multiple re-entrant PT -symmetric phases.

  16. Adsorbed water and CO on Pt electrode modified with Ru

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    Futamata, Masayuki; Luo, Liqiang

    Highly sensitive ATR-SEIRA spectroscopy was exploited to elucidate water, CO and electrolyte anions adsorbed on the Ru modified Pt film electrode. CO on Ru domains was oxidized below ca. +0.3 V, followed by pronounced water adsorption. Since the oxidation potential of CO on Pt domain was significantly reduced compared to bare Pt, these water molecules on Ru obviously prompt CO oxidation on adjacent Pt surface as consistent with the bifunctional mechanism. Diffusion of adsorbate from Ru to Pt surfaces was indicated in dilute CH 3OH solution by spectral changes with potential.

  17. Pt skin on Pd-Co-Zn/C ternary nanoparticles with enhanced Pt efficiency toward ORR

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    Xiao, Weiping; Zhu, Jing; Han, Lili; Liu, Sufen; Wang, Jie; Wu, Zexing; Lei, Wen; Xuan, Cuijuan; Xin, Huolin L.; Wang, Deli

    2016-08-01

    Exploring highly active, stable and relatively low-cost nanomaterials for the oxygen reduction reaction (ORR) is of vital importance for the commercialization of proton exchange membrane fuel cells (PEMFCs). Herein, a highly active, durable, carbon supported, and monolayer Pt coated Pd-Co-Zn nanoparticle is synthesized via a simple impregnation-reduction method, followed by spontaneous displacement of Pt. By tuning the atomic ratios, we obtain the composition-activity volcano curve for the Pd-Co-Zn nanoparticles and determined that Pd : Co : Zn = 8 : 1 : 1 is the optimal composition. Compared with pure Pd/C, the Pd8CoZn/C nanoparticles show a substantial enhancement in both the catalytic activity and the durability toward the ORR. Moreover, the durability and activity are further enhanced by forming a Pt skin on Pd8CoZn/C nanocatalysts. Interestingly, after 10 000 potential cycles in N2-saturated 0.1 M HClO4 solution, Pd8CoZn@Pt/C shows improved mass activity (2.62 A mg-1Pt) and specific activity (4.76 A m-2total), which are about 1.4 and 4.4 times higher than the initial values, and 37.4 and 5.5 times higher than those of Pt/C catalysts, respectively. After accelerated stability testing in O2-saturated 0.1 M HClO4 solution for 30 000 potential cycles, the half-wave potential negatively shifts about 6 mV. The results show that the Pt skin plays an important role in enhancing the activity as well as preventing degradation.Exploring highly active, stable and relatively low-cost nanomaterials for the oxygen reduction reaction (ORR) is of vital importance for the commercialization of proton exchange membrane fuel cells (PEMFCs). Herein, a highly active, durable, carbon supported, and monolayer Pt coated Pd-Co-Zn nanoparticle is synthesized via a simple impregnation-reduction method, followed by spontaneous displacement of Pt. By tuning the atomic ratios, we obtain the composition-activity volcano curve for the Pd-Co-Zn nanoparticles and determined that Pd : Co : Zn = 8

  18. Experimental measurements of the heats of formation of Fe{sub 3}Pt, FePt, and FePt{sub 3} using differential scanning calorimetry

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    Wang, B.; Berry, D. C.; Chiari, Y.; Barmak, K.

    2011-07-01

    Using differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), the heats of formation of Fe{sub 3}Pt, FePt, and FePt{sub 3} were determined from the reaction of sputter deposited Fe/Pt multilayer thin-films with a periodicity of 200 nm but different overall compositions. Film compositions were measured by energy dispersive x-ray spectrometry. The phases present along the reaction path were identified by x-ray diffraction. For the most Fe-rich phase, namely, Fe{sub 3}Pt, the measured enthalpy of formation was -9.3 {+-} 1.3 kJ/mol in a film with a composition of 70.4:29.6 ({+-}0.2 at. %) Fe:Pt. For FePt, the measured enthalpy of formation was -27.2 {+-} 2.2 kJ/g-atom in a 49.0:51.0 ({+-}0.5 at. %) Fe:Pt film. For FePt{sub 3}, which is the most Pt rich intermetallic phase, the measured enthalpy of formation was -23.7 {+-} 2.2 in a film with a composition of 22.2:77.8 ({+-}0.6 at. %) Fe:Pt. The reaction enthalpies for films with Fe:Pt compositions of 44.5:55.5 ({+-}0.3 at. %) and 38.5:61.5 ({+-}0.4 at. %) were -26.9 {+-} 1.0 and -26.6 {+-} 0.6 kJ/g-atom, respectively, which taken together with the value for the 49.0:51.0 film demonstrate the relative insensitivity of the reaction enthalpy to film composition over a broad composition range in the vicinity of the equiatomic composition. The experimental heats of formation are compared with two sets of reported first-principles calculated values for each of the three phases at exact stoichiometry.

  19. Synthesis And Characterization of Pt Clusters in Aqueous Solutions

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    Siani, A.; Wigal, K.R.; Alexeev, O.S.; Amiridis, M.D.

    2009-05-26

    Extended X-ray absorption fine structure (EXAFS) and UV-visible (UV-vis) spectroscopies were used to monitor the various steps involved in the synthesis of unprotected and poly(vinyl alcohol) (PVA)-protected aqueous colloidal Pt suspensions. The results indicate that on hydrolysis of the H{sub 2}PtCl{sub 6} precursor, the Cl{sup -} ligands were partially replaced by aquo ligands in the first coordination shell of Pt to form [PtCl{sub 2}(H{sub 2}O){sub 4}]{sup 2+}. Treatment of these species with NaBH{sub 4} under controlled pH conditions led to the formation of nearly uniform Pt{sub 4} and Pt{sub 6} clusters in the absence and presence of PVA, respectively. These highly dispersed colloidal Pt suspensions were stable for several months. The addition of 2-propanol (IPA) to both types of Pt suspensions led to some sintering of the Pt clusters, although both suspensions retained their colloidal nature. Less sintering was evident in the PVA-protected Pt suspension. Both the unprotected and the PVA-protected colloidal Pt suspensions were catalytically active for the liquid-phase selective oxidation of 2-propanol to acetone, with the unprotected suspension exhibiting the highest activity.

  20. Gaseous NH3 Confers Porous Pt Nanodendrites Assisted by Halides

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    Lu, Shuanglong; Eid, Kamel; Li, Weifeng; Cao, Xueqin; Pan, Yue; Guo, Jun; Wang, Liang; Wang, Hongjing; Gu, Hongwei

    2016-05-01

    Tailoring the morphology of Pt nanocrystals (NCs) is of great concern for their enhancement in catalytic activity and durability. In this article, a novel synthetic strategy is developed to selectively prepare porous dendritic Pt NCs with different structures for oxygen reduction reaction (ORR) assisted by NH3 gas and halides (F‑, Cl‑, Br‑). The NH3 gas plays critical roles on tuning the morphology. Previously, H2 and CO gas are reported to assist the shape control of metallic nanocrystals. This is the first demonstration that NH3 gas assists the Pt anisotropic growth. The halides also play important role in the synthetic strategy to regulate the formation of Pt NCs. As-made porous dendritic Pt NCs, especially when NH4F is used as a regulating reagent, show superior catalytic activity for ORR compared with commercial Pt/C catalyst and other previously reported Pt-based NCs.

  1. Optical studies of Pt-rich π--conjugated Polymers

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    Drori, Tomer; Tong, M.; Gambetti, A.; Singh, S.; Yang, C.; Vardeny, Z. V.; Tretiak, S.

    2008-03-01

    We have used a variety of steady state and ultrafast spectroscopies for studying the photophysics of platinum-containing conjugated polymers, which have potential applications as the active layer of light-emitting diodes. The heavy metal Pt atom that is incorporated in the polymer chain dramatically increases the spin-orbit coupling, and this influences both the intersystem crossing time, TISC, and the phosphorescence emission intensity. The Pt-polymers were newly synthesized, where the intrachain Pt atom was incorporated into the polymer either in each (Pt-1) or in every three (Pt-3) monomer units. We will discuss an interesting effect for the photoexcited triplets, which dramatically influence the phosphorescence spectral shape vs. temperature. We also observed the existence of circular polarization memory of the phosphorescence emission in Pt-1 polymers, in which the platinum atoms are separated by only one phenyl ring; but not in Pt-3.

  2. Gaseous NH3 Confers Porous Pt Nanodendrites Assisted by Halides.

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    Lu, Shuanglong; Eid, Kamel; Li, Weifeng; Cao, Xueqin; Pan, Yue; Guo, Jun; Wang, Liang; Wang, Hongjing; Gu, Hongwei

    2016-01-01

    Tailoring the morphology of Pt nanocrystals (NCs) is of great concern for their enhancement in catalytic activity and durability. In this article, a novel synthetic strategy is developed to selectively prepare porous dendritic Pt NCs with different structures for oxygen reduction reaction (ORR) assisted by NH3 gas and halides (F(-), Cl(-), Br(-)). The NH3 gas plays critical roles on tuning the morphology. Previously, H2 and CO gas are reported to assist the shape control of metallic nanocrystals. This is the first demonstration that NH3 gas assists the Pt anisotropic growth. The halides also play important role in the synthetic strategy to regulate the formation of Pt NCs. As-made porous dendritic Pt NCs, especially when NH4F is used as a regulating reagent, show superior catalytic activity for ORR compared with commercial Pt/C catalyst and other previously reported Pt-based NCs. PMID:27184228

  3. Synthesis and Characterization of Cu-Pt Bimetallic Nanoparticles

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    Zheng, Xusheng; Liu, Shoujie; Chen, Xing; Cheng, Jie; Si, Cheng; Pan, Zhiyun; Marcelli, Augosto; Chu, Wangsheng; Wu, Ziyu

    2013-04-01

    Pt-based alloys have recently triggered a lot of attentions due to their important potential industrial applications. They provide great opportunities for the development of low-cost and high-performance fuel-cell catalysts. Many studies have already pointed out the excellent physico-chemical properties of Pt-based alloys, intimately related to their internal structure. Great efforts have been spent to characterize shape, homogeneity, dispersion, alloying extent and kinetic growth of Pt-based nano-particles. Here, we present Cu-Pt bimetallic nano-particles synthesized by the thermal decomposition method under oleylamine and OE coordination. HRTEM images show that Cu-Pt nanostructures having size of about 1.2 nm includes about 35 atoms capped by the surfactant with OA. Accurate structural information of this system has been obtained by XRD and XAFS. A charge transfer mechanism has been observed and Pt occupied Cu sites in these Cu-Pt nanoparticles.

  4. Gaseous NH3 Confers Porous Pt Nanodendrites Assisted by Halides

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    Lu, Shuanglong; Eid, Kamel; Li, Weifeng; Cao, Xueqin; Pan, Yue; Guo, Jun; Wang, Liang; Wang, Hongjing; Gu, Hongwei

    2016-01-01

    Tailoring the morphology of Pt nanocrystals (NCs) is of great concern for their enhancement in catalytic activity and durability. In this article, a novel synthetic strategy is developed to selectively prepare porous dendritic Pt NCs with different structures for oxygen reduction reaction (ORR) assisted by NH3 gas and halides (F−, Cl−, Br−). The NH3 gas plays critical roles on tuning the morphology. Previously, H2 and CO gas are reported to assist the shape control of metallic nanocrystals. This is the first demonstration that NH3 gas assists the Pt anisotropic growth. The halides also play important role in the synthetic strategy to regulate the formation of Pt NCs. As-made porous dendritic Pt NCs, especially when NH4F is used as a regulating reagent, show superior catalytic activity for ORR compared with commercial Pt/C catalyst and other previously reported Pt-based NCs. PMID:27184228

  5. Magnetic hardening in FePt nanostructured films

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    Liu, J.P.; Liu, Y.; Luo, C.P.; Shan, Z.S.; Sellmyer, D.J.

    1997-04-01

    FePt films have been prepared by sputtering Fe/Pt multilayers onto glass or silicon substrates. The thickness of the Fe and Pt layers was adjusted with the Fe:Pt atomic ratio from about 1:1 to 2:1. Magnetic hardening is observed after heat treatment at elevated temperatures, which led to coercivity values exceeding 20 kOe in samples with an Fe:Pt ratio around 1.2:1. The hardening originates from the formation of the tetragonal FePt phase with high magnetocrystalline anisotropy and a favorable microstructure. Two-phase composite films containing hard and soft phases were obtained when the Fe:Pt ratio increased. Under optimized processing conditions, composite films with energy products larger than 30 MGOe at room temperature have been successfully produced. {copyright} {ital 1997 American Institute of Physics.}

  6. Magnetic hardening in FePt nanostructured films

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    Liu, J. P.; Liu, Y.; Luo, C. P.; Shan, Z. S.; Sellmyer, D. J.

    1997-04-01

    FePt films have been prepared by sputtering Fe/Pt multilayers onto glass or silicon substrates. The thickness of the Fe and Pt layers was adjusted with the Fe:Pt atomic ratio from about 1:1 to 2:1. Magnetic hardening is observed after heat treatment at elevated temperatures, which led to coercivity values exceeding 20 kOe in samples with an Fe:Pt ratio around 1.2:1. The hardening originates from the formation of the tetragonal FePt phase with high magnetocrystalline anisotropy and a favorable microstructure. Two-phase composite films containing hard and soft phases were obtained when the Fe:Pt ratio increased. Under optimized processing conditions, composite films with energy products larger than 30 MG Oe at room temperature have been successfully produced.

  7. Pt skin on Pd-Co-Zn/C ternary nanoparticles with enhanced Pt efficiency toward ORR.

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    Xiao, Weiping; Zhu, Jing; Han, Lili; Liu, Sufen; Wang, Jie; Wu, Zexing; Lei, Wen; Xuan, Cuijuan; Xin, Huolin L; Wang, Deli

    2016-08-21

    Exploring highly active, stable and relatively low-cost nanomaterials for the oxygen reduction reaction (ORR) is of vital importance for the commercialization of proton exchange membrane fuel cells (PEMFCs). Herein, a highly active, durable, carbon supported, and monolayer Pt coated Pd-Co-Zn nanoparticle is synthesized via a simple impregnation-reduction method, followed by spontaneous displacement of Pt. By tuning the atomic ratios, we obtain the composition-activity volcano curve for the Pd-Co-Zn nanoparticles and determined that Pd : Co : Zn = 8 : 1 : 1 is the optimal composition. Compared with pure Pd/C, the Pd8CoZn/C nanoparticles show a substantial enhancement in both the catalytic activity and the durability toward the ORR. Moreover, the durability and activity are further enhanced by forming a Pt skin on Pd8CoZn/C nanocatalysts. Interestingly, after 10 000 potential cycles in N2-saturated 0.1 M HClO4 solution, Pd8CoZn@Pt/C shows improved mass activity (2.62 A mg(-1)Pt) and specific activity (4.76 A m(-2)total), which are about 1.4 and 4.4 times higher than the initial values, and 37.4 and 5.5 times higher than those of Pt/C catalysts, respectively. After accelerated stability testing in O2-saturated 0.1 M HClO4 solution for 30 000 potential cycles, the half-wave potential negatively shifts about 6 mV. The results show that the Pt skin plays an important role in enhancing the activity as well as preventing degradation. PMID:27445114

  8. Effect of nitrogen upon structural and magnetic properties of FePt in FePt/AlN multilayer structures

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    Gao, Tenghua Zhang, Cong; Sannomiya, Takumi; Muraishi, Shinji; Nakamura, Yoshio; Shi, Ji

    2014-09-01

    This paper investigates the effect of the addition of nitrogen in FePt layers for ultrathin FePt/AlN multilayer structures. X-ray diffraction results reveal that a compressive stress relaxation occurs after annealing owing to the release of interstitial nitrogen atoms in the FePt layers. The introduction of nitrogen also induces a large in-plane compressive strain during grain growth not seen in FePt deposited without nitrogen. This strain is considered to decrease the driving force for (111) grain growth and FePt ordering.

  9. Transforming AdaPT to Ada

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    Goldsack, Stephen J.; Holzbach-Valero, A. A.; Waldrop, Raymond S.; Volz, Richard A.

    1991-01-01

    This paper describes how the main features of the proposed Ada language extensions intended to support distribution, and offered as possible solutions for Ada9X can be implemented by transformation into standard Ada83. We start by summarizing the features proposed in a paper (Gargaro et al, 1990) which constitutes the definition of the extensions. For convenience we have called the language in its modified form AdaPT which might be interpreted as Ada with partitions. These features were carefully chosen to provide support for the construction of executable modules for execution in nodes of a network of loosely coupled computers, but flexibly configurable for different network architectures and for recovery following failure, or adapting to mode changes. The intention in their design was to provide extensions which would not impact adversely on the normal use of Ada, and would fit well in style and feel with the existing standard. We begin by summarizing the features introduced in AdaPT.

  10. Adsorption of maleic anhydride on Pt(111)

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    Sinha, Godhuli; Heikkinen, Olli; Vestberg, Matias; Mether, Lotta; Nordlund, Kai; Lahtinen, Jouko

    2014-02-01

    The surface chemistry of maleic anhydride (MA) has been studied on Pt(111) with temperature programmed desorption (TPD), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and density functional theory (DFT) calculations. Adsorption of MA takes place at 170 K forming multilayers. We have studied the behavior of distinct carbon and oxygen species of MA depending on the surface temperature. MA-TPD indicates three main desorption temperatures; at 240 K, approximately 60% of total MA on the surface shows molecular desorption. At high temperatures (360 and 550 K) MA shows dissociative decomposition with production of C2H2, CO and CO2 fragments. A plausible decomposition pathway of MA on the Pt(111) surface is discussed. DFT calculations provide details of the adsorption geometry.

  11. Integrability of PT-symmetric dimers

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    Pickton, J.; Susanto, H.

    2013-12-01

    The coupled discrete linear and Kerr nonlinear Schrödinger equations with gain and loss describing transport on dimers with parity-time (PT)-symmetric potentials are considered. The model is relevant among others to experiments in optical couplers and proposals on Bose-Einstein condensates in PT-symmetric double-well potentials. It is known that the models are integrable. Here, the integrability is exploited further to construct the phase portraits of the system. A pendulum equation with a linear potential and a constant force for the phase difference between the fields is obtained, which explains the presence of unbounded solutions above a critical threshold parameter. The behavior of all solutions of the system, including changes in the topological structure of the phase plane, is then discussed.

  12. Magnetic properties of ordered NiPt

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    Brommer, P. E.; Franse, J. J. M.

    1988-04-01

    Thermal expansion, forced volume magnetostriction and high magnetic field data are presented on the ordered equiatomic NiPt compound. Values are derived for the magnetovolume parameter κC (≃3 × 10 -6kg2A-2m-4), and for the electronic and lattice Grüneisen parameters (Γ e ≊ 5.6; Γ latt ≊ 2.5) . Ordering effects on the magnetoelastic properties are studied for alloys containing 40-60 at % Ni.

  13. Interface induced manipulation of perpendicular exchange bias in Pt/Co/(Pt,Cr)/CoO thin films

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    Akdoğan, N.; Yağmur, A.; Öztürk, M.; Demirci, E.; Öztürk, O.; Erkovan, M.

    2015-01-01

    Perpendicular exchange bias has been manipulated by changing ferromagnetic film thickness and spacer layer in Pt/Co/(Pt,Cr)/CoO thin films. The exchange bias characteristics, blocking temperature, and magnetization of thin films strongly depend on the spacer layer (Pt,Cr) between ferromagnetic and antiferromagnetic layers. While Pt/Co/Pt/CoO thin films show perpendicular exchange bias, Pt/Co/Cr/CoO has exchange bias with easy magnetization axis in the film plane. We have also observed very small hysteretic behavior from the hard axis magnetization curve of Pt/Co/Cr/CoO film. This can be attributed to misalignment of the sample or small perpendicular contribution from Pt/Co bottom interface. We have also investigated the temperature and spacer layer dependent exchange bias properties of the samples. We observed higher HEB and HC for the thicker Co layer in the Pt/Co/Pt/CoO sample. In addition, onset of exchange bias effect starts at much lower temperatures for Pt/Co/Cr/CoO thin film. This clearly shows that Cr spacer layer not only removes the perpendicular exchange bias, but also reduces the exchange interaction between Co and CoO and thus lowers the TB.

  14. First principles calculations of the effect of Pt on NiAl surfaceenergy and the site preference of Pt

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    Yu, Rong; Hou, Peggy Y.

    2007-03-08

    Pt-modified NiAl is widely used as a coating material in industry. In this study, the surface energies of NiAl with and without Pt are investigated using first-principles calculations. The presence of Pt in NiAl takes the surface electronic states to higher energies, resulting in an increased surface energy, which explains some of the beneficial effects of Pt on the oxidation resistance of NiAl. The electronic structure of NiAl-Pt alloys is also analyzed in terms of the site preference of Pt in NiAl. Results show that Pt bonds strongly to Al, giving its site preference on the Ni site.

  15. Interlayer exchange coupling in [Pt/Co]n/MgO/[Co/Pt]2 perpendicular magnetic tunnel junctions

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    Li, Lei; Han, Dong; Lei, Wenguang; Liu, Zhongyuan; Zhang, Fang; Mao, Xiaonan; Wang, Pengwei; Hou, Hongmiao

    2014-09-01

    In this paper, we present further study on the interlayer exchange coupling of [Pt/Co]n/MgO/[Co/Pt]2 perpendicular magnetic tunnel junctions. Antiferromagnetic interlayer couplings in [Pt/Co]n/MgO/[Co/Pt]2 are observed. The strength of antiferromagnetic coupling oscillates irregularly with the repetition number n, that may be related to the Ruderman-Kittel-Kasuya-Yosida (RKKY)-type ferromagnetic interlayer coupling existing in the [Pt/Co]n hard layer. The interlayer coupling of [Pt/Co]9/MgO(22 Å)/[Co/Pt]2 magnetic tunnel junction reaches a maximum at 200 K, and decreases gradually with increasing temperature. This thermal behavior of interlayer coupling may be related to the enhanced perpendicular magnetic anisotropy of hard layer with decreasing temperature.

  16. Pd surface and Pt subsurface segregation in Pt1-c Pd c nanoalloys.

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    De Clercq, A; Giorgio, S; Mottet, C

    2016-02-17

    The structure and chemical arrangement of Pt1-c Pd c nanoalloys with the icosahedral and face centered cubic symmetry are studied using Monte Carlo simulations with a tight binding interatomic potential fitted to density-functional theory calculations. Pd surface segregation from the lowest to the highest coordinated sites is predicted by the theory together with a Pt enrichment at the subsurface, whatever the structure and the size of the nanoparticles, and which subsists when increasing the temperature. The onion-shell chemical configuration is found for both symmetries and is initiated from the Pd surface segregation. It is amplified in the icosahedral symmetry and small sizes but when considering larger sizes, the oscillating segregation profile occurs near the surface on about three to four shells whatever the structure. Pd segregation results from the significant lower cohesive energy of Pd as compared to Pt and the weak ordering tendency leads to the Pt subsurface segregation. The very weak size mismatch does not prevent the bigger atoms (Pt) from occupying subsurface sites which are in compression whereas the smaller ones (Pd) occupy the central site of the icosahedra where the compression is an order of magnitude higher. PMID:26795206

  17. Magic number Pt13 and misshapen Pt12 clusters: which one is the better catalyst?

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    Imaoka, Takane; Kitazawa, Hirokazu; Chun, Wang-Jae; Omura, Saori; Albrecht, Ken; Yamamoto, Kimihisa

    2013-09-01

    A relationship between the size of metal particles and their catalytic activity has been established over a nanometer scale (2-10 nm). However, application on a subnanometer scale (0.5-2 nm) is difficult, a possible reason being that the activity no longer relies on the size but rather the geometric structure as a cluster (or superatomic) compound. We now report that the catalytic activity for the oxygen reduction reaction (ORR) significantly increased when only one atom was removed from a magic number cluster composed of 13-platinum atoms (Pt13). The synthesis with an atomic-level precision was successfully achieved by using a dendrimer ligand as the macromolecular template strictly defining the number of metal atoms. It was quite surprising that the Pt12 cluster exhibited more than 2-fold catalytic activity compared with that of the Pt13 cluster. ESI-TOF-mass and EXAFS analyses provided information about the structures. These analyses suggested that the Pt12 has a deformed coordination, while the Pt13 has a well-known icosahedral atomic coordination as part of the stable cluster series. Theoretical analyses based on density functional theory (DFT) also supported this idea. The present results suggest potential activity of the metastable clusters although they have been "missing" species in conventional statistical synthesis. PMID:23902457

  18. Atomic-scale redistribution of Pt during reactive diffusion in Ni (5% Pt)-Si contacts.

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    Cojocaru-Mirédin, O; Cadel, E; Blavette, D; Mangelinck, D; Hoummada, K; Genevois, C; Deconihout, B

    2009-06-01

    The NiSi silicide that forms by reactive diffusion between Ni and Si active regions of nanotransistors is used nowadays as contacts in nanoelectronics because of its low resistivity. Pt is added to the Ni film in order to stabilise the NiSi phase against the formation of the high-resistivity NiSi(2) phase and agglomeration. In situ X-ray diffraction (XRD) experiments performed on material aged at 350 degrees C (under vacuum) showed the complete consumption of the Ni (5 at% Pt) phase, the regression of Ni(2)Si phase as well as the growth of the NiSi phase after 48 min. Pt distribution for this heat treatment has been analysed by laser-assisted tomographic atom probe (LATAP). An enrichment of platinum in the middle of the NiSi phase suggests that Pt is almost immobile during the growth of NiSi at the two interfaces: Ni(2)Si/NiSi and NiSi/Si. In the peak, platinum was found to substitute for Ni in the NiSi phase. Very small amounts of Pt were also found in the Ni(2)Si phase close to the surface and at the NiSi/Si interface. PMID:19339118

  19. Pd surface and Pt subsurface segregation in Pt1-c Pd c nanoalloys

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    De Clercq, A.; Giorgio, S.; Mottet, C.

    2016-02-01

    The structure and chemical arrangement of Pt1-c Pd c nanoalloys with the icosahedral and face centered cubic symmetry are studied using Monte Carlo simulations with a tight binding interatomic potential fitted to density-functional theory calculations. Pd surface segregation from the lowest to the highest coordinated sites is predicted by the theory together with a Pt enrichment at the subsurface, whatever the structure and the size of the nanoparticles, and which subsists when increasing the temperature. The onion-shell chemical configuration is found for both symmetries and is initiated from the Pd surface segregation. It is amplified in the icosahedral symmetry and small sizes but when considering larger sizes, the oscillating segregation profile occurs near the surface on about three to four shells whatever the structure. Pd segregation results from the significant lower cohesive energy of Pd as compared to Pt and the weak ordering tendency leads to the Pt subsurface segregation. The very weak size mismatch does not prevent the bigger atoms (Pt) from occupying subsurface sites which are in compression whereas the smaller ones (Pd) occupy the central site of the icosahedra where the compression is an order of magnitude higher.

  20. A comparative theoretical study for the methanol dehydrogenation to CO over Pt3 and PtAu2 clusters.

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    Zhong, Wenhui; Liu, Yuxia; Zhang, Dongju

    2012-07-01

    The density functional theory (DFT) calculations are carried out to study the mechanism details and the ensemble effect of methanol dehydrogenation over Pt(3) and PtAu(2) clusters, which present the smallest models of pure Pt clusters and bimetallic PtAu clusters. The energy diagrams are drawn out along both the initial O-H and C-H bond scission pathways via the four sequential dehydrogenation processes, respectively, i.e., CH(3)OH → CH(2)OH → CH(2)O → CHO → CO and CH(3)OH → CH(3)O → CH(2)O → CHO → CO, respectively. It is revealed that the reaction kinetics over PtAu(2) is significantly different from that over Pt(3). For the Pt(3)-mediated reaction, the C-H bond scission pathway, where an ensemble composed of two Pt atoms is required to complete methanol dehydrogenation, is energetically more favorable than the O-H bond scission pathway, and the maximum barrier along this pathway is calculated to be 12.99 kcal mol(-1). In contrast, PtAu(2) cluster facilitates the reaction starting from the O-H bond scission, where the Pt atom acts as the active center throughout each elementary step of methanol dehydrogenation, and the initial O-H bond scission with a barrier of 21.42 kcal mol(-1) is the bottom-neck step of methanol decomposition. Importantly, it is shown that the complete dehydrogenation product of methanol, CO, can more easily dissociate from PtAu(2) cluster than from Pt(3) cluster. The calculated results over the model clusters provide assistance to some extent for understanding the improved catalytic activity of bimetal PtAu catalysts toward methanol oxidation in comparison with pure Pt catalysts. PMID:22160734

  1. Spatially Resolved Electronic Alterations As Seen by in Situ 195Pt and 13CO NMR in Ru@Pt and Au@Pt Core-Shell Nanoparticles

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    Atienza, Dianne O.; Allison, Thomas C.; Tong, Yu ye J.

    2012-12-20

    Pt-based core-shell (M@Pt where M stands for core element) nanoparticles (NPs) have recently been under increasing scrutiny in the fields of fuel cell and lithium air battery electrocatalysis due to their promising prospects in optimizing catalytic activity, reducing Pt loading and consequently lowering its cost. To achieve the latter, delineating spatially resolved local (surface) elemental distribution and associated variations in electronic properties under working condition (i.e., in situ) is arguably a prerequisite of fundamental importance in investigating electrocatalysis but unfortunately is still sorely missing. In this regard, in situ 195Pt electrochemical NMR (EC-NMR) of Pt-based NPs is unique in terms of accessing such information, particularly the spatially resolved partition between the sand d-like Fermi level local density of states (Ef-LDOS) modified by the core elements. In this paper, we report a comparative in situ 195Pt EC-NMR investigation of Ru@Pt vs Au@Pt NPs which was complemented by in situ 13C EC-NMR of the 13CO adsorbed on the respective NPs generated via dissociation of methanol and by ab initio DFT calculations. The obtained results showed opposing electronic effect between Ru vs Au cores: the former reduced substantially the s-like but not the d-like Ef-LDOS of the Pt shell while the latter did the opposite. According to recent quantum calculations, a reduction in d-like partition would weaken the Pt-O bond while a reduction in s-like partition would weaken the Pt-H bond, which is largely in agreement with experimental observations.

  2. High Anisotropy CoPtCrB Magnetic Recording Media

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    Toney, Michael F

    2003-06-17

    We describe the synthesis, magnetism and structure of CoPtCrB alloys with Pt concentrations from 10-43%. The Cr concentration in the alloys was 15-17% and the B concentration was 9-11%. The magnetic anisotropy and coercivity increase with increasing Pt up to {approx} 30%, plateau at {approx} 35,000 Oe and {approx} 6000 Oe, respectively, and then decrease. Transmission electron microscopy results show the media form fine, isolated grains for all Pt concentrations. X-ray diffraction measurements show that with increasing Pt an fcc Co-alloy phase is progressively formed at the expense of the hcp Co-alloy and that this fraction becomes significant for > 35% Pt. The formation of the fcc phase likely causes the behavior in the anisotropy. No Pt concentration dependence is observed for the stacking fault density. The X-ray data show that with increasing Pt the CoPtCrB alloy lattice parameters exhibit two distinct regions with the slope changing at 16% Pt. The presence of these two regions is discussed.

  3. Monodispersed Fe-Pt nanoparticles for biomedical applications

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    Kim, Do Kyung; Kan, Ding; Veres, Teodor; Normadin, Francois; Liao, James K.; Kim, Hyung Hwan; Lee, Se-Hee; Zahn, Markus; Muhammed, Mamoun

    2005-05-01

    Monodispersed Fe-Pt nanoparticles are promising candidates for biomedical applications with an average particle diameter of 6.9nmFe48Pt52, 3.3nmFe52Pt48, and 4.2nmFe70Pt30. They are prepared by simultaneous chemical reduction of Pt(acac)2 and thermal decomposition of Fe(CO)5 in the presence of surfactant as an anti-oxidation reagent and amine as a stabilizer. The blocking temperatures, Tb, of 9 K for Fe70Pt30, 11 K for Fe52Pt48 and 14.4 K for Fe48Pt52 and the mean diameter of the spherical magnetic particles were estimated from the calculated volume to be 3.6, 3.1, and 3.8 nm. The cytotoxicity of unmodified Fe-Pt nanoparticles was performed in brain endothelial cells. Fe48Pt52 nanoparticles were not found to have any significant toxicity on bEnd3 cells during a 24 h period.

  4. Alcohol electrooxidation at Pt and Pt-Ru sputtered electrodes under elevated temperature and pressurized conditions

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    Umeda, Minoru; Sugii, Hiromasa; Uchida, Isamu

    2008-05-01

    The electrooxidation properties of methanol and 2-propanol, which are both promising candidates for direct alcohol fuel cells (DAFCs), have been studied under elevated temperature and pressurized conditions. Sputter-deposited Pt and Pt-Ru electrodes were well-characterized and utilized for the electrochemical measurement of the alcohol oxidation at 25-100 °C. The Pt electrode prepared at 600 °C had a flat surface, and the Pt-Ru formed an alloy. The electrochemical measurements were carried out in a gas-tight cell under elevated temperature, which accompanies the pressurized condition. This is a representative example of the DAFC rising temperature operation. As a result, at 25 °C, the onset potential of the 2-propanol oxidation is about 400 mV more negative than that of the methanol oxidation, and current density of the 2-propanol oxidation exceeds that of the methanol oxidation. Conversely, at 100 °C, the methanol oxidation current density overcomes that of 2-propanol, and the onset potentials of the two are almost the same. The highest current density for the methanol oxidation is obtained at the Pt:Ru = 50:50 electrode, whereas at the Pt:Ru = 35:65 for the 2-propanol oxidation. A Tafel plot analysis was employed to investigate the reaction mechanism. For the methanol oxidation, the number of electrons transferred during the rate-determining process is estimated to be 1 at 25 °C and 2 at 100 °C. This suggests that the methanol reaction mechanism differs at 25 and 100 °C. In contrast, the rate-determining process of the 2-propanol oxidation at 25 and 100 °C was expected to be 1-electron transfer which accompanies the proton-elimination reaction to produce acetone. Consequently, it is deduced that methanol and 2-propanol have an advantage under the rising temperature and room temperature operation, respectively.

  5. The mechanism of charge density wave in Pt-based layered superconductors: SrPt2As2 and LaPt2Si2

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    Kim, Sooran; Kim, Kyoo; Min, B. I.

    2015-01-01

    The intriguing coexistence of the charge density wave (CDW) and superconductivity in SrPt2As2 and LaPt2Si2 has been investigated based on the ab initio density functional theory band structure and phonon calculations. We have found that the CDW instabilities for both cases arise from the q-dependent electron-phonon coupling with quasi-nesting feature of the Fermi surface. The band structure obtained by the band-unfolding technique reveals the sizable q-dependent electron-phonon coupling responsible for the CDW instability. The local split distortions of Pt atoms in the [As-Pt-As] layers play an essential role in driving the five-fold supercell CDW instability as well as the phonon softening instability in SrPt2As2. By contrast, the CDW and phonon softening instabilities in LaPt2Si2 occur without split distortions of Pt atoms. The phonon calculations suggest that the CDW and the superconductivity coexist in [X-Pt-X] layers (X = As or Si) for both cases. PMID:26449877

  6. The mechanism of charge density wave in Pt-based layered superconductors: SrPt2As2 and LaPt2Si2.

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    Kim, Sooran; Kim, Kyoo; Min, B I

    2015-01-01

    The intriguing coexistence of the charge density wave (CDW) and superconductivity in SrPt2As2 and LaPt2Si2 has been investigated based on the ab initio density functional theory band structure and phonon calculations. We have found that the CDW instabilities for both cases arise from the q-dependent electron-phonon coupling with quasi-nesting feature of the Fermi surface. The band structure obtained by the band-unfolding technique reveals the sizable q-dependent electron-phonon coupling responsible for the CDW instability. The local split distortions of Pt atoms in the [As-Pt-As] layers play an essential role in driving the five-fold supercell CDW instability as well as the phonon softening instability in SrPt2As2. By contrast, the CDW and phonon softening instabilities in LaPt2Si2 occur without split distortions of Pt atoms. The phonon calculations suggest that the CDW and the superconductivity coexist in [X-Pt-X] layers (X = As or Si) for both cases. PMID:26449877

  7. Impedance spectroscopy of resistance switching in a Pt/NiO/Pt capacitor

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    Na, Sang-Chul; Chun, Min Chul; Kim, Jae-Jun; Shon, Jungwook; Jo, Sunkak; Kim, Hyunjin; Kang, Bo Soo

    2013-12-01

    A unipolar resistance switching (URS) Pt/NiO/Pt thin film structure was successfully deposited by sputtering. Each state was analyzed by using impedance spectroscopy. The equivalent circuit of the pristine state consists of resistor-capacitor parallel circuit. The low-resistance state could be described by using a single resistor. The high-resistance state comprised parallelly-connected resistor and constant-phase element, plus a serial inductor. Our results are in good agreement with a model for the formation/rupture of conducting filaments in the URS phenomenon.

  8. Nanoporous PtAg and PtCu alloys with hollow ligaments for enhanced electrocatalysis and glucose biosensing.

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    Xu, Caixia; Liu, Yunqing; Su, Fa; Liu, Aihua; Qiu, Huajun

    2011-09-15

    Nanoporous silver (NPS) and copper (NPC) obtained by dealloying AgAl and CuAl alloys, respectively, were used as both three-dimensional templates and reducing agents for the fabrication of nanoporous PtAg (NPS-Pt) and PtCu (NPC-Pt) alloys with hollow ligaments by a simple galvanic replacement reaction with H(2)PtCl(6). Electron microscopy and X-ray diffraction characterizations demonstrate that NPS and NPC with similar ligament sizes (30-50 nm) have different effects on the formed hollow nanostructures. For NPS-Pt, the shell of the hollow ligament is seamless. However, the shell of NPC-Pt is comprised of small pores and alloy nanoparticles with a size of ∼3 nm. The as-prepared NPS-Pt and NPC-Pt exhibit remarkably improved electrocatalytic activities towards the oxidation of ethanol and H(2)O(2) compared with state-of-the-art Pt/C catalyst, and can be used for sensitive electrochemical sensing applications. The hierarchical nanoporous structure also provides a good microenvironment for enzymes. After immobilization of glucose oxidase (GOx), the enzyme modified nanoporous electrode can sensitively detect glucose in a wide linear range (0.6-20 mM). PMID:21778046

  9. Facet-controlled {100}Rh-Pt and {100}Pt-Pt dendritic nanostructures by transferring the {100} facet nature of the core nanocube to the branch nanocubes

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    Khi, Nguyen Tien; Park, Jongsik; Baik, Hionsuck; Lee, Hyunkyung; Sohn, Jeong-Hun; Lee, Kwangyeol

    2015-02-01

    Facet-controlled dendritic nanostructures are expected to exhibit excellent catalytic properties because both aggregation-free nature and controlled facet-originated activity and selectivity can be accomplished. However, such examples are extremely rare due to the incompatibility of the dendrite formation process with the usage of surface-stabilizing moieties, which are typically used to control facets. Herein, we demonstrate that regiospecific growth on a facet-controlled core nanoparticle can induce the facet-control of the branch nanoparticles. Specifically, facet-controlled dendritic nanostructures of {100}Rh-Pt and {100}Pt-Pt can be conveniently prepared by transferring the crystallographic behaviour of the {100}Pt dendritic core nanocube to the {100}Rh or {100}Pt branch nanocubes.Facet-controlled dendritic nanostructures are expected to exhibit excellent catalytic properties because both aggregation-free nature and controlled facet-originated activity and selectivity can be accomplished. However, such examples are extremely rare due to the incompatibility of the dendrite formation process with the usage of surface-stabilizing moieties, which are typically used to control facets. Herein, we demonstrate that regiospecific growth on a facet-controlled core nanoparticle can induce the facet-control of the branch nanoparticles. Specifically, facet-controlled dendritic nanostructures of {100}Rh-Pt and {100}Pt-Pt can be conveniently prepared by transferring the crystallographic behaviour of the {100}Pt dendritic core nanocube to the {100}Rh or {100}Pt branch nanocubes. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available. See DOI: 10.1039/c4nr07049f

  10. New Magnetic Nanodot Memory with FePt Nanodots

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    Yin, Cheng-Kuan; Murugesan, Mariappan; Bea, Ji-Chel; Oogane, Mikihiko; Fukushima, Takafumi; Tanaka, Tetsu; Kono, Shozo; Samukawa, Seiji; Koyanagi, Mitsumasa

    2007-04-01

    A new magnetic nanodot (MND) memory with FePt nanodots was proposed. The FePt nanodots dispersed in SiO2 insulating film was successfully fabricated by self-assembled nanodot deposition (SAND). The size of the FePt nanodot can be controlled by SAND with a different target area ratio of the FePt pellets area in the SiO2 target. Thermal annealing converts the magnetic properties of the FePt nanodots from antiferromagnetic into high coercivity ferromagnetic without thermal agglomeration. An L10 face-centered tetragonal (fct) FePt MND film was successfully formed which acted as a charge retention layer. Furthermore, the fundamental characteristics of the MND memory were investigated using magnetic metal oxide semiconductor (MOS) capacitor devices.

  11. Surface diffusion of xenon on Pt(111)

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    Meixner, D. Laurence; George, Steven M.

    1993-06-01

    The surface diffusion of xenon on the Pt(111) surface was investigated using laser induced thermal desorption (LITD) and temperature programmed desorption (TPD) techniques. The surface diffusion coefficient at 80 K decreased dramatically from D=8×10-7 cm2/s at θ=0.05θs to approximately D=2×10-8 cm2/s at θ=θs, where θs denotes the saturation coverage at 85 K, corresponding to a commensurate monolayer coverage of 5.0×1014 xenon atoms/cm2. This coverage dependence was consistent with attractive interactions between the adsorbed xenon atoms and the existence of two-dimensional condensed phases of xenon on Pt(111). The kinetic parameters for surface diffusion at θ=θs were Edif=1.3±0.1 kcal/mol and D0=1.1×10-4±0.2 cm2/s. The magnitude of Edif at θ=θs represented the combined effect of the intrinsic corrugation of the adsorbate-surface potential and attractive interactions between the adsorbed xenon atoms. LITD experiments at θ=0.25 θs revealed diffusion kinetic parameters of Edif=1.2±0.2 kcal/mol and D0=3.4×10-4±0.5 cm2/s. The constant Edif at low and high coverage was attributed to the ``breakaway'' of xenon atoms from the edges of condensed phase xenon islands. The coverage dependence of the surface diffusion coefficient for Xe/Pt(111) was explained by a multiple site diffusion mechanism, where collisions with xenon islands limit diffusional motion. Thermal desorption kinetics for xenon on Pt(111) were determined using TPD experiments. Using the variation of heating rates method, the desorption parameters were Edes=6.6±0.2 kcal/mol and νdes=1.3×1013±0.4 s-1, in good agreement with previous studies. The xenon TPD peak shifted to higher temperature versus initial coverage at a fixed heating rate, providing further evidence for attractive interactions between the adsorbed xenon atoms.

  12. Laser cleanup of Pt group metals

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    Chen, H.L.

    1980-10-28

    Due to increasing interest in chemical and fuel synthesis from syngas, the feasibility and practicality of purifying Pt group metals (Pd, Ru, Rh) using LIS technologies have been re-evaluated. Findings for the selective removal of /sup 107/Pd from Pd metal are described here. The selectivity of this technique is based on the angular momentum selection rules for atomic absorption of circularly polarized light. In principle, it is possible to selectively excite isotopes with non-zero nuclear spin, using two circularly polarized laser pulses, while leaving the isotopes with zero nuclear spin unexcited. The excited atom can then be ionized using a third photon of appropriate energy.

  13. Superconductivity in Pd, Ir, and Pt chalcogenide

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    Oh, Yoon Seok; Yang, Junjie; Choi, Y. J.; Hogan, A.; Horibe, Y.; Cheong, S.-W.

    2012-02-01

    Large spin-orbit coupling in materials with heavy chalcogens can result in unique quantum states or functional properties such as topological insulator, giant thermoelectric power, and superconductivity. When materials contain heavy cations in addition to heavy chalcogens, spin-orbit coupling can be further enhanced. For these reasons, we have studied the superconductivity of Pd, Ir, and Pt tellurides and selenides. In the exploration of these chalcogenides, we have focused on the competition between superconductivity and charge density wave that is associated with superlattice reflections.

  14. Layer-Resolved Magnetic Moments in Ni/Pt Multilayers

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    Wilhelm, F.; Poulopoulos, P.; Ceballos, G.; Wende, H.; Baberschke, K.; Srivastava, P.; Benea, D.; Ebert, H.; Angelakeris, M.; Flevaris, N. K.; Niarchos, D.; Rogalev, A.; Brookes, N. B.

    2000-07-01

    The magnetic moments in Ni/Pt multilayers are thoroughly studied by combining experimental and ab initio theoretical techniques. SQUID magnetometry probes the samples' magnetizations. X-ray magnetic circular dichroism separates the contribution of Ni and Pt and provides a layer-resolved magnetic moment profile for the whole system. The results are compared to band-structure calculations. Induced Pt magnetic moments localized mostly at the interface are revealed. No magnetically ``dead'' Ni layers are found. The magnetization per Ni volume is slightly enhanced compared to bulk NiPt alloys.

  15. Jarzynski equality in PT-symmetric quantum mechanics

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    Deffner, Sebastian; Saxena, Avadh

    2015-04-13

    We show that the quantum Jarzynski equality generalizes to PT -symmetric quantum mechanics with unbroken PT -symmetry. In the regime of broken PT -symmetry the Jarzynski equality does not hold as also the CPT -norm is not preserved during the dynamics. These findings are illustrated for an experimentally relevant system – two coupled optical waveguides. It turns out that for these systems the phase transition between the regimes of unbroken and broken PT -symmetry is thermodynamically inhibited as the irreversible work diverges at the critical point.

  16. Self-Diffusion Along Step-Bottoms on Pt(111)

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    Feibelman, P.J.

    1999-04-05

    First-principles total energies of periodic vicinals are used to estimate barriers for Pt-adatom diffusion along straight and kinked steps on Pt(111), and around a corner where straight steps intersect. In all cases studied, hopping diffusion has a lower barrier than concerted substitution. In conflict with simulations of dendritic Pt island formation on Pt(111), hopping from a corner site to a step whose riser is a (111)-micro facet is predicted to be more facile than to one whose riser is a (100).

  17. Passive PT -symmetric couplers without complex optical potentials

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    Lee, Yi-Chan; Liu, Jibing; Chuang, You-Lin; Hsieh, Min-Hsiu; Lee, Ray-Kuang

    2015-11-01

    In addition to the implementation of parity-time-(PT -) symmetric optical systems by carefully and actively controlling the gain and loss, we show that a 2 ×2 PT -symmetric Hamiltonian has a unitarily equivalent representation without complex optical potentials in the resulting optical coupler. Through the Naimark dilation in operator algebra, passive PT -symmetric couplers can thus be implemented with a refractive index of real values and asymmetric coupling coefficients. This opens up the possibility to implement general PT -symmetric systems with state-of-the-art asymmetric slab waveguides, dissimilar optical fibers, or cavities with chiral mirrors.

  18. Nanoscale PtSi Tips for Conducting Probe Technologies

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    Bhaskaran, Harish; Sebastian, Abu; Despont, Michel

    2009-01-01

    A method to improve the conduction and wear properties of nanometric conducting tips by forming silicides of Pt at the tip apex is presented. Tips with PtSi apexes are fabricated in conjunction with standard Si tips. Wear measurements are carried out on both tip types of similar geometries, and a one-on-one comparison between Si and PtSi at the nanoscale is shown for the first time. Both the wear properties on tetrahedral amorphous carbon and the conduction on Au of the PtSi tip apexes are shown to be superior to the Si tips.

  19. A novel method to evaluate spin diffusion length of Pt

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    Zhang, Yan-qing; Sun, Niu-yi; Che, Wen-ru; Shan, Rong; Zhu, Zhen-gang

    2016-05-01

    Spin diffusion length of Pt is evaluated via proximity effect of spin orbit coupling (SOC) and anomalous Hall effect (AHE) in Pt/Co2FeAl bilayers. By varying the thicknesses of Pt and Co2FeAl layer, the thickness dependences of AHE parameters can be obtained, which are theoretically predicted to be proportional to the square of the SOC strength. According to the physical image of the SOC proximity effect, the spin diffusion length of Pt can easily be identified from these thickness dependences. This work provides a novel method to evaluate spin diffusion length in a material with a small value.

  20. Distributions of noble metal Pd and Pt in mesoporous silica

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    Arbiol, J.; Cabot, A.; Morante, J. R.; Chen, Fanglin; Liu, Meilin

    2002-10-01

    Mesoporous silica nanostructures have been synthesized and loaded with Pd and Pt catalytic noble metals. It is found that Pd forms small nanoclusters (3-5 nm) on the surface of the mesoporous structure whereas Pt impregnation results in the inclusion of Pt nanostructures within the silica hexagonal pores (from nanoclusters to nanowires). It is observed that these materials have high catalytic properties for CO-CH4 combustion, even in a thick film form. In particular, results indicate that the Pt and Pd dispersed in mesoporous silica are catalytically active as a selective filter for gas sensors.

  1. Local PT symmetry violates the no-signaling principle.

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    Lee, Yi-Chan; Hsieh, Min-Hsiu; Flammia, Steven T; Lee, Ray-Kuang

    2014-04-01

    Bender et al. [Phys. Rev. Lett. 80, 5243 (1998)] have developed PT-symmetric quantum theory as an extension of quantum theory to non-Hermitian Hamiltonians. We show that when this model has a local PT symmetry acting on composite systems, it violates the nonsignaling principle of relativity. Since the case of global PT symmetry is known to reduce to standard quantum mechanics A. Mostafazadeh [J. Math. Phys. 43, 205 (2001)], this shows that the PT-symmetric theory is either a trivial extension or likely false as a fundamental theory. PMID:24745396

  2. Factors affecting the spontaneous adsorption of Bi(III) onto Pt and PtRu nanoparticles

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    Sawy, Ehab N. El; Khan, M. Akhtar; Pickup, Peter G.

    2016-02-01

    The influence of Bi(III) concentration and pH on the spontaneous adsorption of Bi species onto Pt nanoparticles has been systematically investigated in order to identify the adsorbing species, determine whether the nature of the adsorbing species changes, and investigate whether the activities of the resulting Bi decorated particles for formic acid oxidation can be influenced. The adsorption of Bi follows a Temkin-type isotherm, with a pH dependence indicating that the adsorbing species is [Bi6O4(OH)4]6+. Activities of Bi decorated Pt nanoparticles for formic acid oxidation are strongly influenced by the Bi coverage, with a maximum enhancement of a factor of ca. 60 at a coverage of 70%, but not by the Bi(III) concentration or pH used to adsorb the Bi species, other than through their influence on Bi coverage. These results support the conclusion that the adsorbing species is [Bi6O4(OH)4]6+ under all conditions investigated. Adsorbed Bi also activates PtRu nanoparticles for formic acid oxidation, although the effect is not as strong as for Pt. The maximum enhancement observed was only a factor of ca. 7. This has been attributed to attenuation of the effects of Bi adatoms that are adsorbed at Ru sites.

  3. Resolving Sulfur Oxidation and Removal from Pt and Pt3Co Electrocatalysts Using in Situ X-ray Absorption Spectroscopy

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    Ramaker, D.; Gatewood, D; Korovina, A; Garsany, Y; Swider-Lyons, K

    2010-01-01

    Adsorbed sulfur is a poison to the Pt catalysts used in proton exchange membrane fuel cells, but it can be removed by potential cycling. This process is studied for S{sub x}-poisoned nanoscale Pt- and Pt{sub 3}Co- on Vulcan carbon (Pt/VC and Pt{sub 3}Co/VC) in perchloric acid electrolyte using the {Delta}{mu} adsorbate isolation technique for in situ X-ray absorption spectroscopy. The {Delta}{mu} technique is modified to better distinguish the {Delta}{mu} signatures for H, O, and Sx on Pt. The resulting {Delta}{mu} analysis suggests that SO{sub 2} on nanoscale Pt is oxidized to bisulfate or sulfate species in two regions, near 1.05 V on the cluster edges of the Pt nanoparticle, and at higher potentials from the Pt(111) faces where oxygen is less strongly bound. The bisulfate or sulfate species desorb from the Pt surface at high potentials due to O(OH) adsorption/replacement and at low potentials due to loss of the Coulomb attraction between the bisulfate anion and the Pt. A similar oxidation process occurs for S{sub x}-poisoned Pt{sub 3}Co/VC, but at lower potentials because a ligand effect coming from Co shifts the oxidization potential of adsorbed SO{sub 2} to lower potentials while pushing OH adsorption to higher potentials. The spectroscopic results give insights into cyclic voltammetry data and are consistent with electrochemical cycling procedures for removing the sulfur.

  4. Adsorption of aromatics on the (111) surface of PtM and PtM3 (M = Fe, Ni) alloys

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    Hensley, Alyssa; Schneider, Sebastian; Wang, Yong; McEwen, Jean-Sabin

    2015-09-18

    The adsorption of benzene and phenol was studied on PtM and PtM3 (111) surfaces, with M being either Ni or Fe. Under vacuum, the most favorable near surface structures showed an enrichment in Pt over the M species. An analysis of the electronic structure of the metal species in the clean surfaces with different near surface structures was done with the d-band model and showed that the Pt's d-states are significantly shifted away from the Fermi level due to the Pt-M interactions while the M species' d-states were less affected, with Ni's d-band shifting closer to the Fermi level and Fe's d-band shifting away from the Fermi level. The adsorption of aromatics, benzene and phenol, on several near surface structures for the PtM and PtM3 (111) surfaces showed that higher surface M concentrations resulted in a stronger adsorption due to the larger amount of charge transferred between the adsorbate and surface. However, compared to the adsorption of benzene and phenol on monometallic surfaces, the adsorption of these species on the PtM and PtM3 (111) surfaces was significantly weakened. Overall, our results show that the observed behavior of these Pt/Fe and Pt/Ni alloys is similar to that seen for the previously studied Pd/Fe surfaces. Furthermore, balancing the weakly adsorbing Pt surface species with the more strongly interacting Fe or Ni species can lead to the tailored adsorption of aromatics with applications in both hydrodeoxygenation and hydrogenation reactions by increasing the desorption rate of wanted aromatic products.

  5. 32 CFR Appendix C to Part 623 - Agreement for Loan of US Army Materiel (DA Form 4881-R)

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2011 CFR

    2011-07-01

    ... 32 National Defense 3 2011-07-01 2009-07-01 true Agreement for Loan of US Army Materiel (DA Form... ARMY SUPPLIES AND EQUIPMENT LOAN OF ARMY MATERIEL Pt. 623, App. C Appendix C to Part 623—Agreement for Loan of US Army Materiel (DA Form 4881-R) EC24OC91.013 EC24OC91.014 EC24OC91.015 EC24OC91.016...

  6. 32 CFR Appendix C to Part 623 - Agreement for Loan of US Army Materiel (DA Form 4881-R)

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2010 CFR

    2010-07-01

    ... 32 National Defense 3 2010-07-01 2010-07-01 true Agreement for Loan of US Army Materiel (DA Form... ARMY SUPPLIES AND EQUIPMENT LOAN OF ARMY MATERIEL Pt. 623, App. C Appendix C to Part 623—Agreement for Loan of US Army Materiel (DA Form 4881-R) EC24OC91.013 EC24OC91.014 EC24OC91.015 EC24OC91.016...

  7. L10 phase transformation and magnetic behaviors of (Fe, FePt, FePtCu)-C nanocomposite films

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    Mi, W. B.; Liu, Hui; Li, Z. Q.; Wu, P.; Jiang, E. Y.; Bai, H. L.

    2005-06-01

    As-deposited (Fe, FePt, FePtCu)-C nanocomposite films with fixed C atomic fraction xc=47 fabricated using facing-target sputtering method at room temperature are composed of ˜2-3-nm amorphous metal granules buried in a-C matrix. Annealing at high temperatures turns the amorphous granules into α-Fe, α-Fe- and L10-structured FePt, and L10-ordered FePtCu for Fe-C, FePt-C, and FePtCu-C films, respectively, and makes a-C preferential graphitization. As-deposited granules are superparamagnetic at 300K, and ferromagnetic at 5K. The zero-field-cooled (ZFC) and field-cooled (FC) curves reveal that there exist strong intergranular interactions at temperatures below 300K, and the size distribution of granules becomes broad by Pt and Cu addition. The M-H loop of annealed Fe31Pt22C47 films exhibits a two-step saturation behavior because of the coexistence of soft and hard ferromagnetic phases. As the Cu atomic fraction is 14%, the coercivity of annealed Fe23Pt16Cu14C47 films reaches a large value of ˜11.2kOe at 5K and decreases to ˜7.2kOe at 300K.

  8. Pt and Pt-Ru/Carbon Nanotube Nanocomposites Synthesized in Supercritical Fluid as Electrocatalysts for Low-Temperature Fuel Cells

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    Lin, Yuehe; Cui, Xiaoli; Wang, Jun; Yen, Clive; Wai, Chien M.

    2006-06-01

    In recent years, the use of supercritical fluids (SCFs) for the synthesis and processing of nanomaterials has proven to be a rapid, direct, and clean approach to develop nanomaterials and nanocomposites. The application of supercritical fluid technology can result in products (and processes) that are cleaner, less expensive, and of higher quality than those that are produced using conventional technologies and solvents. In this work, carbon nanotube (CNT)-supported Pt and Pt-Ru nanoparticles catalysts have been synthesized in supercritical carbon dioxide (scCO2). The experimental results demonstrate that Pt, Pt-Ru/CNT nanocomposites synthesized in supercritical carbon dioxide are effective electrocatalysts for low-temperature fuel cells.

  9. Surface relaxation of Pt(1 1 1) and Cu/Pt(1 1 1) revealed by DEPES

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    Miszczuk, A.; Morawski, I.; Kucharczyk, R.; Nowicki, M.

    2016-06-01

    In this paper, we report the results of surface relaxation investigations for a clean Pt(1 1 1) as well as Pt(1 1 1) covered with a pseudomorphic monolayer of Cu. The pseudomorphic (1 × 1) Cu overlayer on Pt(1 1 1) was formed upon continuous copper adsorption at the substrate temperature equal to 450 K. Considerations include both the experimental and theoretical studies employing directional elastic peak electron spectroscopy (DEPES), multiple scattering (MS) formalism, and density functional theory (DFT). A quantitative analysis of two-dimensional DEPES intensity distributions is presented and the contribution of consecutive subsurface Pt atomic layers to the measured signal is identified. The experimental DEPES distributions are compared with theoretical maps MS-simulated for a variable separation between the outermost atomic planes. For the clean Pt(1 1 1), the best fit is obtained assuming the outward relaxation of the surface layer by +0.7% with respect to the interplanar distance in the bulk, confirming the slight expansion of the Pt(1 1 1) surface. Similar analysis performed for the Cu/Pt(1 1 1) adsorption system indicates the inward shift of the pseudomorphic Cu overlayer by -6.9% with respect to the substrate lattice continuation sites. Such DEPES-determined surface relaxations of Pt(1 1 1) and Cu/Pt(1 1 1) agree with the values predicted by the corresponding DFT computations.

  10. First-principles study of oxygen and hydrogen adsorption on Pt(111) and PtML/Pd(111) surfaces

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    Nie, J. L.; Ao, L.; Zu, X. T.

    2015-11-01

    In this paper, first-principles calculations based on density functional theory (DFT) have been performed to investigate the adsorption of oxygen and hydrogen on Pt(111) and Pd(111) surfaces covered by monolayer (ML) of Pt(PtML/Pd(111)). The results have shown that the oxygen molecule tends to adsorb on fcc site on both surfaces at the coverage of 0.25 ML, which becomes degeneration with hcp site when the coverage increases to 1 ML. For both oxygen and hydrogen, the adsorption on PtML/Pd(111) surface are stronger than those on Pt(111) surface. The adsorption energy difference for oxygen on the two surfaces is ˜0.2 eV at the coverage of 1 ML, which increases to ˜0.6 eV with the coverage decreasing to 0.25 ML. The similar energy difference was also found for hydrogen adsorption. The density of states analysis have demonstrated the chemical interaction of adsorbed oxygen with both pure Pt(111) and PtML/Pd(111) surfaces with certain shift of O2p states to lower level compared to isolated oxygen. For hydrogen adsorption, the hybridization of H1s with Pt5d states were observed for both surfaces, indicating the covalent bonding component of H-Pt bond.

  11. Identification and quantification of oxygen species adsorbed on Pt(111) single-crystal and polycrystalline Pt electrodes by photoelectron spectroscopy.

    PubMed

    Wakisaka, Mitsuru; Suzuki, Hirokazu; Mitsui, Satoshi; Uchida, Hiroyuki; Watanabe, Masahiro

    2009-02-17

    We have positively identified oxygen species on Pt(111) single-crystal and polycrystalline Pt electrodes in N2-purged 0.1 M HF solution by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy combined with an electrochemical cell. Four oxygen species (Oad, OHad, and two types of water molecules) were distinguished. The binding energies of each species were nearly constant over the whole potential region and independent of the single- or polycrystalline electrodes. The coverages, however, varied considerably and were dependent on the electrode potential. We have for the first time demonstrated clear differences in the surface oxidation processes for Pt(111) and polycrystalline Pt electrodes. PMID:19152331

  12. Mechanistic examination of aerobic Pt oxidation: insertion of molecular oxygen into Pt-H bonds through a radical chain mechanism.

    PubMed

    Keith, Jason M; Ye, Yixin; Wei, Haochuan; Buck, Matthew R

    2016-07-19

    DFT calculations were performed in an effort to evaluate the mechanism of O2 insertion into the Pt-H bond of Tp(Me2)Pt(IV)Me2H catalyzed by AIBN or light. Results are consistent with a radical chain mechanism involving H˙ loss to form a Pt(III)˙ species followed by addition of O2 to form Pt(III)OO˙. Subsequent radical propagation involving this Pt(III)OO˙ species and an additional equivalent of the Pt(IV) starting material result in the formation of the observed Pt(IV)OOH and regeneration of the Pt(III)˙. In addition examination of the reaction between AIBN and the Pt(IV) hydroperoxo product demonstrates that radical initiation reactions involving the product occur with a lower barrier than with the initial starting material supporting the idea of autoacceleration in this reaction. Other possible mechanisms were examined in an effort to understand the limited reactivity reported in the absence of light or radical initiators. TDDFT calculations were performed in an effort to understand the reported parallel photo-induced reaction. These calculations found the reactant to be transparent in the relevant light range. An experimental UV-Vis spectrum was obtained and is in agreement with the calculations. PMID:27364984

  13. Activation of Homolytic Si-Zn and Si-Hg Bond Cleavage, Mediated by a Pt(0) Complex, via Novel Pt-Zn and Pt-Hg Compounds.

    PubMed

    Kratish, Yosi; Molev, Gregory; Kostenko, Arseni; Sheberla, Dennis; Tumanskii, Boris; Botoshansky, Mark; Shimada, Shigeru; Bravo-Zhivotovskii, Dmitry; Apeloig, Yitzhak

    2015-09-28

    The thermally stable [(tBuMe2 Si)2 M] (M=Zn, Hg) generate R3 Si(.) radicals in the presence of [(dmpe)Pt(PEt3 )2 ] at 60-80 °C. The reaction proceeds via hexacoordinate Pt complexes, (M=Zn (2 a and 2 b), M=Hg (3 a and 3 b)) which were isolated and characterized. Mild warming or photolysis of 2 or 3 lead to homolytic dissociation of the Pt-MSiR3 bond generating silyl radicals and novel unstable pentacoordinate platinum paramagnetic complexes (M=Zn (5), Hg (6)) whose structures were determined by EPR spectroscopy and DFT calculations. PMID:26288342

  14. Modeling surface segregation phenomena in the (111) surface of ordered Pt3Ti crystal

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    Duan, Zhiyao; Zhong, Jun; Wang, Guofeng

    2010-09-01

    We investigated the surface segregation phenomena in the (111) surface of ordered Pt3Ti crystal using density functional theory (DFT) calculation (with no configuration sampling) and Monte Carlo (MC) simulation method (employing modified embedded atom method potentials and with extensive configuration sampling). Our DFT study suggested that the off-stoichiometric effect (specifically, a Pt concentration higher than 75 at. %) accounted for the experimentally observed Pt segregation to the outermost layer of the Pt3Ti (111). Our MC simulations predicted that in a Pt3Ti (111) sample with a Pt concentration slightly above 75 at. %, Pt atoms would segregate to the surface to form a pure Pt outermost layer, while the ordered Pt3Ti crystal structure would be maintained in the second layer and below. Moreover, our DFT calculations revealed that the d-band center of the Pt-segregated Pt3Ti (111) surface would downshift by 0.21 eV as compared to that of a pure Pt (111) surface. As a result, O adsorption energy on the Pt-segregated Pt3Ti (111) surface was found to be at least 0.16 eV weaker than that on the pure Pt (111) surface. Thus, we theoretically modeled the geometric and electronic structures of the Pt-segregated Pt3Ti (111) surface and further suggested that the Pt surface segregation could lead to enhanced catalytic activity for oxygen reduction reactions on Pt3Ti alloy catalysts.

  15. Molecular cloning and characterization of an ADP-ribosylation factor 6 gene (ptARF6) from Pisolithus tinctorius.

    PubMed

    Wang, Liling; Li, Haibo; Zhou, Yifeng; Qin, Yuchuan; Wang, Yanbin; Liu, Bentong; Qian, Hua

    2016-05-01

    ADP-ribosylation factor 6 (ARF6) is an evolutionarily conserved molecule that has an essential function in intracellular trafficking and organelle structure. To better understand its role during presymbiosis between plant roots and compatible filamentous fungi, the full-length cDNA sequence of ARF6 from Pisolithus tinctorius was cloned and a variety of bioinformatics analyses performed. The full-length sequence was 849 bp long and contained a 549 bp open reading frame encoding a protein of 182 amino acids. A phylogenetic analysis showed that ptARF6 was the ortholog of the ADP ribosylation factor 6/GTPase SAR1 gene from the white-rot basidiomycete Trametes versicolor. A domain architecture analysis of the ARF6 protein revealed a repeat region, which is a common feature of ARF6 in other species. Recombinant ARF6 protein was expressed with an N-terminal 6×His tag and purified using Ni(2+)-NTA affinity chromatography. The molecular mass of the recombinant protein was estimated by SDS-PAGE to be 25 kDa. The recombinant ARF6 protein bound strongly to 18:1 and 18:2 phosphatidic acids. Thus, ARF6 may participate in the signaling pathways involved in membrane phospholipid composition. The intracellular distribution of ptADP6 in HEK239T cells also indicates that ptADP6 may function not only in plasma membrane events but also in endosomal membranes events. Real-time quantitative PCR revealed that the differential expression of ptARF6 was associated with the presymbiotic stage. ptARF6 may be induced by presymbiosis during the regulation of mycorrhizal formation. PMID:26928195

  16. Thermochemistry of Pt-Fullerene Complexes: Semiempirical Study

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    Voityuk, Alexander A.

    2009-07-01

    Modified Neglect of Differential Overlap (MNDO) and MNDO/d based semiempirical methods are widely employed to explore structure and thermochemistry of molecular systems. In this work, the AM1/d method has been parametrized for systems containing platinum. The proposed scheme delivers excellent performance for binding energies of Pt complexes with ethylene and large π conjugated hydrocarbons. The estimated bond energies accurately reproduce the results of MP4(SDQ) calculations and show significant improvement over DFT (B3LYP and M05) data. We apply the AM1/d scheme to explore the structure and thermochemistry of several Pt compounds with C60 and C70. The calculated binding energies of bare Pt atoms and [Pt(PH3)2] units to the fullerenes are 75 and 45 kcal/mol, respectively. We find that coordination of a single metal center to C60 activates the fullerene cage making subsequent coordination of Pt more favorable. The bond energy [C60-PtC60] is calculated to be 65 kcal/mol. The estimated reaction enthalpies are useful for exploring the stability of PtxC60 polymer systems and their interaction with phosphines. AM1/d predicts a very low barrier to rotation of the coordinated fullerenes in [Pt(C60)2]. The AM1/d scheme is computationally very efficient and can be employed to obtain fast quantitative estimates for binding energies and structural parameters of Pt complexes with large π conjugated systems like fullerenes and carbon nanotubes.

  17. Dilepton pT Distribution Through the Color Glass Condensate

    SciTech Connect

    Betemps, M.A.; Gay Ducati, M.B.

    2004-12-02

    We investigate the dilepton production in proton-nucleus collisions at the forward rapidity region using the Color Glass Condensate approach. We focus our attention on the dilepton transverse momentum distribution (pT), more precisely in the low pT region where the saturation effects are expected to be increasingly large.

  18. PT-symmetry breaking in resonant tunneling heterostructures

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    Gorbatsevich, A. A.; Shubin, N. M.

    2016-06-01

    We present fermionic model based on symmetric resonant tunneling heterostructure, which demonstrates spontaneous symmetry breaking in respect to combined operations of space inversion (P) and time reversal (T). PT-symmetry breaking manifests itself in resonance coalescence (collapse of resonances). We show that resonant energies are determined by eigenvalues of auxiliary pseudo-Hermitian PT-invariant Hamiltonian.

  19. Adsorption of molecular hydrogen on Pd(Pt) decorated graphene

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    Adhikari, Narayan; Khaniya, Asim; Lamichhane, Saran; Pantha, Nurapati

    2015-03-01

    We have performed the first-principles based Density Functional Theory (DFT) calculations to study the stability, geometrical structures, and electronic properties of a Pd(Pt) atom adsorbed graphene to investigate the possibility of using Pd(Pt) decorated graphene as energy storage materials with reference to pristine graphene. The London dispersion forces have been incorporated by the DFT-D2 levels of calculations implemented in Quantum Espresso packages. Our findings show that Pd and Pt both adsorb on graphene at Bridge site. The electronic structures of Pd(Pt) adsorbed graphene possesses band gap opening due to breaking of the symmetry of graphene. Further we have studied the adsorption of moelcular hydrogen ((H 2) n , n = 1-7) on the Pd(Pt)-graphene system. The adatom Pd(Pt) enhances the binding energy per hydrogen molecule in Pd(Pt)-graphene system in comparison to that in the pristine graphene. The binding energy per hydrogen molecule of the adatom-graphene system decreases as the number of H 2 molecules increases and finally it saturates to 0.15 eV (0.16 eV) per hydrogen molecule for Pd-graphene (Pt-graphene) systems respectively. ICTP-NET 56/TWAS.

  20. Limited Genetic Diversity in Salmonella enterica Serovar Enteritidis PT13

    Technology Transfer Automated Retrieval System (TEKTRAN)

    Salmonella enterica serovar Enteritidis has emerged as a significant food-borne pathogen throughout the world and it is commonly characterized by phage typing (PT). In Canada, PT4, 8 and 13 are the predominant PTs. Epidemiological subtyping of Salmonella is typically done by PFGE but plasmid profil...

  1. Limited genetic diversity in Salmonella enterica Serovar Enteritidis PT13

    Technology Transfer Automated Retrieval System (TEKTRAN)

    Salmonella enterica serovar Enteritidis has emerged as a significant foodborne pathogen throughout the world and is commonly characterized by phage typing. In Canada phage types (PT) 4, 8 and 13 predominate and in 2005 a large foodborne PT13 outbreak occurred in the province of Ontario. The ability ...

  2. Controlled Synthesis and Assembly of FePt Nanoparticles

    SciTech Connect

    Toney, Michael F

    2003-06-20

    Monodisperse 4 nm FePt magnetic nanoparticles were synthesized by superhydride reduction of FeCl{sub 2} and Pt(acac){sub 2} at high temperature, and thin assemblies of FePt nanoparticles with controlled thickness were formed through polymer mediated self-assembly. Adding superhydride (LiBEt{sub 3}H) to the organic solution of FeCl{sub 2} and Pt(acac){sub 2} in the presence of oleic acid, oleylamine and 1,2-hexadecanediol at 200 C, followed by refluxing at 263 C led to monodisperse 4 nm FePt nanoparticles. The initial molar ratio of the metal precursors was retained during the synthesis; and the final FePt composition of the particles was readily tuned. Alternatively absorbing a layer of polyethylenimine (PEI) and the FePt nanoparticles onto a solid substrate resulted in nanoparticle assemblies with tunable thickness. Chemical analysis of the assemblies revealed that more iron oxide was present in the thinner assemblies annealed at lower temperature or for shorter time. Thermal annealing induced the internal particle structure change from chemically disordered fee to chemically ordered fct and transformed the thin assembly from superparamagnetic to ferromagnetic. This controlled synthesis and assembly can be used to fabricate FePt nanoparticle-based functional devices for future nanomagnetic applications.

  3. Modifying exchange-spring behavior of CoPt/NiFe bilayer by inserting a Pt or Ru spacer

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    Hsu, Jen-Hwa Tsai, C. L.; Lee, C.-M.; Saravanan, P.

    2015-05-07

    We herein explore the possibility of obtaining tunable tilted magnetic anisotropy in ordered-CoPt (5 nm)/NiFe(t{sub NiFe}) bilayers through modifying their exchange spring behavior by inserting Pt and Ru-spacers. The tuning process of tilt angle magnetization of NiFe-layer was systematically investigated by varying the Pt or Ru thickness (t{sub Pt} or t{sub Ru}) from 0 to 8 nm at different thicknesses of NiFe (t{sub NiFe} = 1.5, 4.0, and 6.0 nm). Polar magneto-optic Kerr effect (p-MOKE) studies reveal that the bilayers grown in absence of spacers exhibit almost a rectangular hysteresis loop. With the insertion of Pt-spacer, the loop becomes more and more tilted as t{sub Pt} increases; whereas, in the case of Ru-spacer, the nature of the loops is not simply changing in one direction. The estimated SQR{sub ⊥} (= θ{sub r}/θ{sub s}) values from the p-MOKE loops are found to monotonically decrease with increasing t{sub Pt} when t{sub Pt} ≦ 4 nm. In contrast, in the case of Ru-spacer, an oscillatory behavior for the SQR{sub ⊥} values is apparent when t{sub Ru} ≦ 4 nm. As a result, an oscillatory tilted angle of NiFe spin configuration was obtained in the case of Ru-spacer; while a decoupling effect was prominent for the Pt-spacer. The results of present study reveal that the insertion of Pt and Ru-spacers as an appropriate means for realizing tunable tilted magnetic anisotropy in the CoPt/NiFe exchange springs.

  4. Strong spin Hall effect in the antiferromagnet PtMn

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    Ou, Yongxi; Shi, Shengjie; Ralph, D. C.; Buhrman, R. A.

    2016-06-01

    Effectively manipulating magnetism in ferromagnet (FM) thin-film nanostructures with an in-plane current has become feasible since the determination of a "giant" spin Hall effect (SHE) in certain heavy metal/FM systems. Recently, both theoretical and experimental reports indicate that metallic antiferromagnet materials can have both a large anomalous Hall effect and a strong SHE. Here we report a systematic study of the SHE in PtMn with several PtMn/FM systems. By using interface engineering to reduce the "spin memory loss" we obtain, in the best instance, a spin-torque efficiency ξDLPtMn≡TintθSHPtMn≃0.24 , where Tint is the effective interface spin transparency. This is more than twice the previously reported spin-torque efficiency for PtMn. We also find that the apparent spin diffusion length in PtMn is surprisingly long, λsPtMn≈2.3 nm .

  5. Topological States in Partially-PT-Symmetric Azimuthal Potentials.

    PubMed

    Kartashov, Yaroslav V; Konotop, Vladimir V; Torner, Lluis

    2015-11-01

    We introduce partially-parity-time (pPT)-symmetric azimuthal potentials composed from individual PT-symmetric cells located on a ring, where two azimuthal directions are nonequivalent in a sense that in such potential excitations carrying topological dislocations exhibit different dynamics for different directions of energy circulation in the initial field distribution. Such nonconservative ratchetlike structures support rich families of stable vortex solitons in cubic nonlinear media, whose properties depend on the sign of the topological charge due to the nonequivalence of azimuthal directions. In contrast, oppositely charged vortex solitons remain equivalent in similar fully-PT-symmetric potentials. The vortex solitons in the pPT- and PT-symmetric potentials are shown to feature qualitatively different internal current distributions, which are described by different discrete rotation symmetries of the intensity profiles. PMID:26588383

  6. Graphene oxide aerogel-supported Pt electrocatalysts for methanol oxidation

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    Duan, Jialin; Zhang, Xuelin; Yuan, Weijian; Chen, Hailong; Jiang, Shan; Liu, Xiaowei; Zhang, Yufeng; Chang, Limin; Sun, Zhiyuan; Du, Juan

    2015-07-01

    Graphene oxide aerogel (GOA) was prepared to serve as catalyst support for Pt nanoparticles for methanol electro-oxidation. Analyses by X-ray diffraction (XRD) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM) were conducted to physically characterize the Pt/GOA catalyst. The results show that Pt/GOA has a 3D macroporous structure, which can not only accelerate mass transfer but also provide a larger efficient surface area for methanol oxidation. The results of electrochemical tests reveal that Pt/GOA has an electrochemical surface area as large as 95.5 m2 g-1, and its peak current density toward methanol oxidation is as high as 876 mA mg-1Pt.

  7. Anomalous Hall effect in YIG|Pt bilayers

    SciTech Connect

    Meyer, Sibylle Schlitz, Richard; Geprägs, Stephan; Opel, Matthias; Huebl, Hans; Goennenwein, Sebastian T. B.; Gross, Rudolf

    2015-03-30

    We measure the ordinary and the anomalous Hall effect in a set of yttrium iron garnet|platinum (YIG|Pt) bilayers via magnetization orientation dependent magnetoresistance experiments. Our data show that the presence of the ferrimagnetic insulator YIG leads to an anomalous Hall effect like voltage in Pt, which is sensitive to both Pt thickness and temperature. Interpretation of the experimental findings in terms of the spin Hall anomalous Hall effect indicates that the imaginary part of the spin mixing conductance G{sub i} plays a crucial role in YIG|Pt bilayers. In particular, our data suggest a sign change in G{sub i} between 10 K and 300 K. Additionally, we report a higher order Hall effect contribution, which appears in thin Pt films on YIG at low temperatures.

  8. PtRu/C electrocatalysts prepared using γ-irradiation

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    Silva, Dionísio F.; Neto, Almir Oliveira; Pino, Eddy S.; Linardi, Marcelo; Spinacé, Estevam V.

    PtRu/C electrocatalysts (carbon-supported PtRu nanoparticles) were prepared submitting water/ethylene glycol solutions containing Pt(IV) and Ru(III) ions and the carbon support to γ-irradiation. The water/ethylene glycol ratio (v/v) and the total dose (kGy) were evaluated as synthesis parameters. The electrocatalysts were characterized by energy dispersive X-ray analysis (EDX), X-ray diffraction (XRD), transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and cyclic voltammetry and tested for methanol electro-oxidation aiming fuel cell application. The obtained PtRu/C electrocatalysts were more active for methanol electro-oxidation than the commercial PtRu/C electrocatalyst at ambient temperature and the electrocatalytic activity depends on the water/ethylene glycol ratio used in the preparation.

  9. 32 CFR Appendix D to Part 623 - Certificate for Signature by an Alternate (DA Form 4881-1-R)

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2014 CFR

    2014-07-01

    ... 32 National Defense 3 2014-07-01 2014-07-01 false Certificate for Signature by an Alternate (DA Form 4881-1-R) D Appendix D to Part 623 National Defense Department of Defense (Continued) DEPARTMENT OF THE ARMY SUPPLIES AND EQUIPMENT LOAN OF ARMY MATERIEL Pt. 623, App. D Appendix D to Part...

  10. 32 CFR Appendix D to Part 623 - Certificate for Signature by an Alternate (DA Form 4881-1-R)

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2013 CFR

    2013-07-01

    ... 32 National Defense 3 2013-07-01 2013-07-01 false Certificate for Signature by an Alternate (DA Form 4881-1-R) D Appendix D to Part 623 National Defense Department of Defense (Continued) DEPARTMENT OF THE ARMY SUPPLIES AND EQUIPMENT LOAN OF ARMY MATERIEL Pt. 623, App. D Appendix D to Part...

  11. 32 CFR Appendix D to Part 623 - Certificate for Signature by an Alternate (DA Form 4881-1-R)

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2010 CFR

    2010-07-01

    ... 32 National Defense 3 2010-07-01 2010-07-01 true Certificate for Signature by an Alternate (DA Form 4881-1-R) D Appendix D to Part 623 National Defense Department of Defense (Continued) DEPARTMENT OF THE ARMY SUPPLIES AND EQUIPMENT LOAN OF ARMY MATERIEL Pt. 623, App. D Appendix D to Part...

  12. 32 CFR Appendix D to Part 623 - Certificate for Signature by an Alternate (DA Form 4881-1-R)

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2011 CFR

    2011-07-01

    ... 32 National Defense 3 2011-07-01 2009-07-01 true Certificate for Signature by an Alternate (DA Form 4881-1-R) D Appendix D to Part 623 National Defense Department of Defense (Continued) DEPARTMENT OF THE ARMY SUPPLIES AND EQUIPMENT LOAN OF ARMY MATERIEL Pt. 623, App. D Appendix D to Part...

  13. 32 CFR Appendix D to Part 623 - Certificate for Signature by an Alternate (DA Form 4881-1-R)

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2012 CFR

    2012-07-01

    ... 32 National Defense 3 2012-07-01 2009-07-01 true Certificate for Signature by an Alternate (DA Form 4881-1-R) D Appendix D to Part 623 National Defense Department of Defense (Continued) DEPARTMENT OF THE ARMY SUPPLIES AND EQUIPMENT LOAN OF ARMY MATERIEL Pt. 623, App. D Appendix D to Part...

  14. A theoretical study of an unusual Y-shaped three-coordinate Pt complex: Pt(0) σ-disilane complex or Pt(II) disilyl complex?

    PubMed

    Takagi, Nozomi; Sakaki, Shigeyoshi

    2012-07-18

    The unusual Y-shaped structure of the recently reported three-coordinate Pt complex Pt[NHC(Dip)(2)](SiMe(2)Ph)(2) (NHC = N-heterocyclic carbene; Dip = 2,6-diisopropylphenyl) was considered a snapshot of the reductive elimination of disilane. A density functional theory study indicates that this structure arises from the strong trans influence of the extremely σ-donating carbene and silyl ligands. Though this complex can be understood to be a Pt(II) disilyl complex bearing a distorted geometry due to the Jahn-Teller effect, its (195)Pt NMR chemical shift is considerably different from those of Pt(II) complexes but close to those of typical Pt(0) complexes. Its Si···Si bonding interaction is ~50% of the usual energy of a Si-Si single bond. The interaction between the Pt center and the (SiMe(2)Ph)(2) moiety can be understood in terms of donation and back-donation interactions of the Si-Si σ-bonding and σ*-antibonding molecular orbitals with the Pt center. Thus, we conclude that this is likely a Pt(0) σ-disilane complex and thus a snapshot after a considerable amount of the charge transfer from disilane to the Pt center has occurred. Phenyl anion (Ph(-)) and [R-Ar](-) [R-Ar = 2,6-(2,6-iPr(2)C(6)H(3))(2)C(6)H(3)] as well as the divalent carbon(0) ligand C(NHC)(2) also provide similar unusual Y-shaped structures. Three-coordinate digermyl, diboryl, and silyl-boryl complexes of Pt and a disilyl complex of Pd are theoretically predicted to have similar unusual Y-shaped structures when a strongly donating ligand coordinates to the metal center. In a trigonal-bipyramidal Ir disilyl complex [Ir{NHC(Dip)(2)}(PH(3))(2)(SiMe(3))(2)](+), the equatorial plane has a similar unusual Y-shaped structure. These results suggest that various snapshots can be shown for the reductive eliminations of the Ge-Ge, B-B, and B-Si σ-bonds. PMID:22680620

  15. Composition-Mediated Order-Disorder Transformation in FePt Nanoparticles

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    Johnston-Peck, Aaron C; Cullen, David A; Tracy, Joseph B

    2013-01-01

    Thumbnail image of graphical abstract Heat-treated alloy FePt nanoparticles transform into L10 FePt and mixed L10/L12 FePt3 intermetallic phases. Enrichment in Pt in some nanoparticles, rather than intrinsic thermodynamic effects, drives phase segregation. FePt nanoparticles of uniform, equimolar composition are expected to transform into phase-pure, highly ordered L10 FePt nanoparticles.

  16. Tunable Excited-State Properties and Dynamics as a Function of Pt-Pt Distance in Pyrazolate-Bridged Pt(II) Dimers.

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    Brown-Xu, Samantha E; Kelley, Matthew S J; Fransted, Kelly A; Chakraborty, Arnab; Schatz, George C; Castellano, Felix N; Chen, Lin X

    2016-02-01

    The influence of molecular structure on excited-state properties and dynamics of a series of cyclometalated platinum dimers was investigated through a combined experimental and theoretical approach using femtosecond transient absorption (fs TA) spectroscopy and density functional theory (DFT) calculations. The molecules have the general formula [Pt(ppy)(μ-R2pz)]2, where ppy = 2-phenylpyridine, pz = pyrazolate, and R = H, Me, Ph, or (t)Bu, and are strongly photoluminescent at room temperature. The distance between the platinum centers in this A-frame geometry can be varied depending on the steric bulk of the bridging pyrazolate ligands that exert structural constraints and compress the Pt-Pt distance. At large Pt-Pt distances there is little interaction between the subunits, and the chromophore behaves similar to a monomer with excited states described as mixtures of ligand-centered and metal-to-ligand charge transfer (LC/MLCT) transitions. When the Pt(II) centers are brought closer together with bulky bridging ligands, they interact through their dz(2) orbitals and the S1 and T1 states are best characterized as metal-metal-to-ligand charge transfer (MMLCT) in character. The results of the femtoseconds TA experiments reveal that intersystem crossing (ISC) occurs on ultrafast time scales (τS1 < 200 fs), while there are two relaxation processes occurring within the triplet manifold, τ1 = 0.5-3.2 ps and τ2 = 20-70 ps; the longer time constants correspond to the presence of bulkier bridging ligands. DFT calculations illustrate that the Pt-Pt distances further contract in the T1 (3)MMLCT states; therefore, slower relaxation may be related to a larger structural reorganization. Subsequent investigations using faster time resolution are planned to measure the ISC process as well as to identify any potential coherent interaction(s) between the platinum centers that may occur. PMID:26759897

  17. Electronic structure of LaPt2Si2

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    Hase, I.; Yanagisawa, T.

    2013-01-01

    Iron-pnictide superconductor (Ba, K)Fe2As2 has the ThCr2Si2-type crystal structure. On the other hand, recently found arsenide superconductor SrPt2As2 has the CaBe2Ge2-type structure, which is a different polymorphic form of the ThCr2Si2-type structure. LaPt2Si2 shows superconductivity with Tc = 2.2 K and the above-shown two different crystal structures have been reported previously. In this paper we have calculated the electronic structure of LaPt2Si2 from first-principles. From the total energy calculation, we show that the CaBe2Ge2-type structure is more stable in this compound. The density of states at the Fermi level (D(EF)) mainly consists of Pt1-d orbitals, while the Pt2-d orbitals contribute to D(EF) only half of Pt1-d orbitals. In contrast to iron-pnictide system, the total density of states at the Fermi level does not depend so much on the distortion of the PtX4 tetrahedra and/or the height of the X atom from the two-dimensional Pt plane. The calculated electronic specific heat coefficient is 7.0 mJ/mol K2 for LaPt2Si2, which is comparable with that of SrPt2As2, but larger than the experimental value 4 mJ/mol K2.

  18. Electrodeposited Co-Pt thin films for magnetic hard disks

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    Bozzini, B.; De Vita, D.; Sportoletti, A.; Zangari, G.; Cavallotti, P. L.; Terrenzio, E.

    1993-03-01

    ew baths for Co-Pt electrodeposition have been developed and developed and ECD thin films (≤0.3μm) have been prepared and characterized structurally (XRD), morphologically (SEM), chemically (EDS) and magnetically (VSM); their improved corrosion, oxidation and wear resistance have been ascertained. Such alloys appear suitable candidates for magnetic storage systems, from all technological viewpoints. The originally formulated baths contain Co-NH 3-citrate complexes and Pt-p salt (Pt(NH 3) 2(NO 2) 2). Co-Pt thin films of fcc structure are deposited obtaining microcrystallites of definite composition. At Pt ⋍ 30 at% we obtain fcc films with a=0.369 nm, HC=80 kA m, and high squareness; increasing Co and decreasing Pt content in the bath it is possible to reduce the Pt content of the deposit, obtaining fcc structures containing two types of microcrystals with a = 0.3615 nm and a = 0.369 nm deposited simultaneously. NaH 2PO 2 additions to the bath have a stabilizing influence on the fcc structure of a = 0.3615 nm, Pt ⋍ 20 at% and HC as high as 200 kA/m, with hysteresis loops suitable for both longitudinal or perpendicular recording, depending on the thickness. We have prepared 2.5 in. hard disks for magnetic recording with ECD Co-Pt 20 at% with a polished and texturized ACD Ni-P underlayer. Pulse response, 1F & 2F frequency and frequency sweep response behaviour, as well as noise and overwrite characteristics have been measured for both our disks and high-standard sputtered Co-Cr-Ta production disks, showin improved D50 for Co-Pt ECD disks. The signal-to-noise ratio could be improved by pulse electrodeposition and etching post-treatments.

  19. Evolution of anomalous Hall behavior in thin Pt/Co/Pt trilayers

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    Sun, Niu-yi; Zhang, Yan-qing; Che, Wen-ru; Shan, Rong; Zhu, Zhen-gang

    2016-05-01

    In this work, through controlling spin scattering mechanisms, anomalous Hall behaviors exhibit a series of evolutions in thin Pt/Co/Pt trilayers. The shape of Hall resistivity over longitudinal resistivity (ρAH /ρxx versus ρxx) curve turns from bending to linear and then bending again in most trilayers. This kind of evolution cannot be explained by the conventional linear scaling of anomalous Hall effect. It should be ascribed to the contribution of spin-phonon skew scattering. Our research may help to understand spin scattering behavior in low-dimensional systems more deeply and build a proper synergy between theory and experiment on the research of anomalous Hall effect.

  20. Synthesis of PtCo3 polyhedral nanoparticles and evolution to Pt3Co nanoframes

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    Becknell, Nigel; Zheng, Cindy; Chen, Chen; Yu, Yi; Yang, Peidong

    2016-06-01

    Bimetallic nanoframes have great potential for achieving new levels of catalytic activity in various heterogeneous reactions due to their high surface area dispersion of expensive noble metals on the exterior and interior surfaces of the structure. PtCo3 nanoparticles with polyhedral shapes were synthesized by a hot-injection method. Scanning transmission electron microscopy combined with energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDS) showed that these nanoparticles demonstrated elemental segregation of platinum to the edges of the polyhedron, forming the basis for a framework nanostructure. The process of preferential oxidative leaching which removed cobalt from the interior of the framework was tracked by EDS and inductively coupled plasma optical emission spectroscopy. This evolution procedure left the platinum-rich edges intact to form a Pt3Co nanoframe. This is the first reported synthesis of a platinum-cobalt nanoframe and could have potential applications in catalytic reactions such as oxygen reduction.

  1. Recent advancements in Pt and Pt-free catalysts for oxygen reduction reaction.

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    Nie, Yao; Li, Li; Wei, Zidong

    2015-04-21

    Developing highly efficient catalysts for the oxygen reduction reaction (ORR) is key to the fabrication of commercially viable fuel cell devices and metal-air batteries for future energy applications. Herein, we review the most recent advances in the development of Pt-based and Pt-free materials in the field of fuel cell ORR catalysis. This review covers catalyst material selection, design, synthesis, and characterization, as well as the theoretical understanding of the catalysis process and mechanisms. The integration of these catalysts into fuel cell operations and the resulting performance/durability are also discussed. Finally, we provide insights into the remaining challenges and directions for future perspectives and research. PMID:25652755

  2. Magnetic phases in Pt/Co/Pt films induced by single and multiple femtosecond laser pulses

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    Kisielewski, J.; Kurant, Z.; Sveklo, I.; Tekielak, M.; Wawro, A.; Maziewski, A.

    2016-05-01

    Ultrathin Pt/Co/Pt trilayers with initial in-plane magnetization were irradiated with femtosecond laser pulses. In this way, an irreversible structural modification was introduced, which resulted in the creation of numerous pulse fluence-dependent magnetic phases. This was particularly true with the out-of-plane magnetization state, which exhibited a submicrometer domain structure. This effect was studied in a broad range of pulse fluences up to the point of ablation of the metallic films. In addition to this single-pulse experiment, multiple exposure spots were also investigated, which exhibited an extended area of out-of-plane magnetization phases and a decreased damage threshold. Using a double exposure with partially overlapped spots, a two-dimensional diagram of the magnetic phases as a function of the two energy densities was built, which showed a strong inequality between the first and second incoming pulses.

  3. Spin-orbit torque in Pt/CoNiCo/Pt symmetric devices

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    Yang, Meiyin; Cai, Kaiming; Ju, Hailang; Edmonds, Kevin William; Yang, Guang; Liu, Shuai; Li, Baohe; Zhang, Bao; Sheng, Yu; Wang, Shouguo; Ji, Yang; Wang, Kaiyou

    2016-01-01

    Current induced magnetization switching by spin-orbit torques offers an energy-efficient means of writing information in heavy metal/ferromagnet (FM) multilayer systems. The relative contributions of field-like torques and damping-like torques to the magnetization switching induced by the electrical current are still under debate. Here, we describe a device based on a symmetric Pt/FM/Pt structure, in which we demonstrate a strong damping-like torque from the spin Hall effect and unmeasurable field-like torque from Rashba effect. The spin-orbit effective fields due to the spin Hall effect were investigated quantitatively and were found to be consistent with the switching effective fields after accounting for the switching current reduction due to thermal fluctuations from the current pulse. A non-linear dependence of deterministic switching of average Mz on the in-plane magnetic field was revealed, which could be explained and understood by micromagnetic simulation. PMID:26856379

  4. Spin-orbit torque in Pt/CoNiCo/Pt symmetric devices.

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    Yang, Meiyin; Cai, Kaiming; Ju, Hailang; Edmonds, Kevin William; Yang, Guang; Liu, Shuai; Li, Baohe; Zhang, Bao; Sheng, Yu; Wang, Shouguo; Ji, Yang; Wang, Kaiyou

    2016-01-01

    Current induced magnetization switching by spin-orbit torques offers an energy-efficient means of writing information in heavy metal/ferromagnet (FM) multilayer systems. The relative contributions of field-like torques and damping-like torques to the magnetization switching induced by the electrical current are still under debate. Here, we describe a device based on a symmetric Pt/FM/Pt structure, in which we demonstrate a strong damping-like torque from the spin Hall effect and unmeasurable field-like torque from Rashba effect. The spin-orbit effective fields due to the spin Hall effect were investigated quantitatively and were found to be consistent with the switching effective fields after accounting for the switching current reduction due to thermal fluctuations from the current pulse. A non-linear dependence of deterministic switching of average Mz on the in-plane magnetic field was revealed, which could be explained and understood by micromagnetic simulation. PMID:26856379

  5. Status of Genesis Mo-Pt Foils

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    Nishiizumi, K.; Allton, J. H.; Burnett, D. S.; Butterworth, A. L.; Caffee, M. W.; Clark, B.; Jurewicz, A. J. G.; Komura, K.; Westphal, A. J.; Welten, K. C.

    2005-01-01

    A total of 8,000 sq cm of Mo-coated Pt foils were exposed to solar wind for 884 days by the Genesis mission. Solar wind ions were captured in the surface of the Mo. Our objective is the measurement of long-lived radionuclides, such as Be-10, Al-26, Cl-36, and Mn-53, and short-lived radionuclides, such as Na-22 and Mn-54, in the captured sample of solar wind. The expected flux of these nuclides in the solar wind is 100 atom/sq cm yr or less. The hard landing of the SRC (Sample Return Capsule) at UTTR (Utah Test and Training Range) has resulted in contaminated and crumpled foils. Here we present a status report and revised plan for processing the foils.

  6. Point interactions, metamaterials, and PT-symmetry

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    Mostafazadeh, Ali

    2016-05-01

    We express the boundary conditions for TE and TM waves at the interfaces of an infinite planar slab of homogeneous metamaterial as certain point interactions and use them to compute the transfer matrix of the system. This allows us to demonstrate the omnidirectional reflectionlessness of Veselago's slab for waves of arbitrary wavelength, reveal the translational and reflection symmetry of this slab, explore the laser threshold condition and coherent perfect absorption for active negative-index metamaterials, introduce a point interaction modeling phase-conjugation, determine the corresponding antilinear transfer matrix, and offer a simple proof of the equivalence of Veselago's slab with a pair of parallel phase-conjugating plates. We also study the connection between certain optical setups involving metamaterials and a class of PT-symmetric quantum systems defined on wedge-shape contours in the complex plane. This provides a physical interpretation for the latter.

  7. Investigation of nano Pt and Pt-based alloys electrocatalysts for direct methanol fuel cells and their properties

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    Suo, Chunguang; Zhang, Wenbin; Shi, Xinghua; Ma, Chuxia

    2014-03-01

    The electrocatalysts used in micro direct methanol fuel cell (μDMFC), such as Pt/C and Pt alloy/C, prepared by liquid-phase NaBH4 reduction method have been investigated. XC-72 (Cobalt corp. Company, U.S.A) is chosen as the activated carrier for the electrocatalysts to keep the catalysts powder in the range of several nanometers. The XRD, SEM, EDX analyses indicated that the catalysts had small particle size in several nanometers, in excellent dispersed phase and the molar ratio of the precious metals was found to be optimal. The performances of the DMFCs using cathodic catalyst with Pt percentage of 30wt% and different anodic catalysts (Pt-Ru, Pt-Ru-Mo) were tested. The polarization curves and power density curves of the cells were measured to determine the optimal alloy composition and condition for the electrocatalysts. The results showed that the micro direct methanol fuel cell with 30wt% Pt/C as the cathodic catalyst and n(Pt):n(Ru):n(Mo) = 3:2:2 PtRuMo/C as the anodic catalyst at room temperature using 2.0mol/L methanol solution has the best performances.

  8. Impact of buffer layer and Pt thickness on the interface structure and magnetic properties in (Co/Pt) multilayers.

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    Bersweiler, M; Dumesnil, K; Lacour, D; Hehn, M

    2016-08-24

    The influence of Pt thickness on the interface structure (roughness / intermixing) and magnetic properties has been investigated for (Co / Pt) multilayers sputtered on a Pt or a thin oxide (MgO or AlO x ) buffer layer. When Pt thickness increases from 1.2 nm-2.2 nm, we observe that the effective anisotropy increases with the Pt thickness, simultaneously with the decrease of roughness, i.e. the occurrence of sharper interfaces. Perpendicular magnetic anisotropy (PMA) is still achieved on the oxide buffer layers, but with a lower effective anisotropy correlated to more perturbed interfaces. The detailed analysis of the saturation magnetization shows that: (i) M s is significantly enhanced in the case of rough/intermixed interfaces, which is attributed to and discussed in the framework of Pt induced polarization, (ii) the change in volume dipolar anisotropy is the main factor responsible for the reduction of K eff for systems grown on oxides. Beyond the major role of volume dipolar contribution that reduces PMA, a supplemental positive contribution promoting PMA can be invoked for rough interfaces and large M s (deposit on oxide). This contribution is consistent with a dipolar surface anisotropy term and increases for rough interfaces, in contrast to the Néel surface anisotropy. These opposite variations may interestingly lead to an enhanced anisotropy in (Co / Pt) stackings grown on oxides compared to systems deposited on Pt, i.e. with sharper interfaces. PMID:27351776

  9. Impact of buffer layer and Pt thickness on the interface structure and magnetic properties in (Co/Pt) multilayers

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    Bersweiler, M.; Dumesnil, K.; Lacour, D.; Hehn, M.

    2016-08-01

    The influence of Pt thickness on the interface structure (roughness / intermixing) and magnetic properties has been investigated for (Co / Pt) multilayers sputtered on a Pt or a thin oxide (MgO or AlO x ) buffer layer. When Pt thickness increases from 1.2 nm–2.2 nm, we observe that the effective anisotropy increases with the Pt thickness, simultaneously with the decrease of roughness, i.e. the occurrence of sharper interfaces. Perpendicular magnetic anisotropy (PMA) is still achieved on the oxide buffer layers, but with a lower effective anisotropy correlated to more perturbed interfaces. The detailed analysis of the saturation magnetization shows that: (i) M s is significantly enhanced in the case of rough/intermixed interfaces, which is attributed to and discussed in the framework of Pt induced polarization, (ii) the change in volume dipolar anisotropy is the main factor responsible for the reduction of K eff for systems grown on oxides. Beyond the major role of volume dipolar contribution that reduces PMA, a supplemental positive contribution promoting PMA can be invoked for rough interfaces and large M s (deposit on oxide). This contribution is consistent with a dipolar surface anisotropy term and increases for rough interfaces, in contrast to the Néel surface anisotropy. These opposite variations may interestingly lead to an enhanced anisotropy in (Co / Pt) stackings grown on oxides compared to systems deposited on Pt, i.e. with sharper interfaces.

  10. Crystalline Control of {111} Bounded Pt3Cu Nanocrystals: Multiply-Twinned Pt3Cu Icosahedra with Enhanced Electrocatalytic Properties.

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    Sun, Xiuhui; Jiang, Kezhu; Zhang, Nan; Guo, Shaojun; Huang, Xiaoqing

    2015-07-28

    Despite that different facets have distinct catalytic behavior, the important role of twin defects on enhancing the catalytic performance of metallic nanocrystals is largely unrevealed. The key challenge in demonstrating the importance of twin defects for catalysis is the extreme difficulties in creating nanostructures with the same exposed facets but tunable twin defects that are suitable for catalytic investigations. Herein, we show an efficient synthetic strategy to selectively synthesize {111}-terminated Pt3Cu nanocrystals with controllable crystalline features. Two distinct {111}-bounded shapes, namely, multiply-twinned Pt3Cu icosahedra and single-crystalline Pt3Cu octahedra, are successfully prepared by simply changing the types of Cu precursors with the other growth parameters unchanged. Electrocatalytic studies show that the {111}-terminated Pt3Cu nanocrystals exhibit the very interesting crystalline nature-dependent electrocatalytic activities toward both the oxygen reduction reaction (ORR) and methanol oxidation reaction (MOR) with multiply-twinned Pt3Cu icosahedra demonstrating enhanced electrocatalytic activities compared to the single-crystalline Pt3Cu octahedra due to their additional yet important effect of twin defect. As a result, under the multiple tuning conditions (alloy, shape, and twin effects), the multiply-twinned Pt3Cu icosahedra exhibit much enhanced electrocatalytic activities in both ORR and MOR with respect to the Pt black. The present work highlights the importance of twin defects in enhancing electrocatalytic activities of metallic nanocrystals. PMID:26172056

  11. Shape Co-existence in ^174Pt

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    Goon, J. Tm.; Hartley, D. J.; Danchev, M.; Riedinger, L. L.; Zeidan, O.; Kondev, F. G.; Carpenter, M. P.; Janssens, R. V. F.; Abu Saleem, K. H.; Ahmad, I.; Davids, C. N.; Heinz, A.; Khoo, T. L.; Lauritsen, T. L.; Lister, C. J.; Poli, G. L.; Ressler, J.; Seweryniak, D.; Wiedenhover, I.; Ma, W. C.; Amro, H.; Reviol, W.; Cizewski, J. A.; Smith, M.

    2002-10-01

    Nuclei near the region of the proton drip-line and Z = 82 shell have been a subject of great interest with repect to the phenomenon of shape co-existence. In fact, evidence for the spherical, prolate and oblate shapes within the same nucleus has been presented in ^186Pbte1, ^179Hgte2 and ^175Aute3. Deformed ground-state sequences resulting from particle-hole excitations across the Z=82 gap are found to cross the near spherical vacuum structure at low spin(I6). A classic example of this, is found in ^174Ptte4. This nucleus was produced in an experiment following the bombardment of ^92,94Mo targets position with a ^84Sr beam from the ATLAS facility at Argonne National Laboratory. The experiment utilized the GAMMASPHERE array at the target position in conjunction with the Fragment Mass Analyzer(FMA) for mass identification. The ground-state band in ^174Pt has been extended from I = 14^+ to 26^+ and a new side band is observed up to spin greater than (20^-). Based on systematics, it is likely that this sequence is an octupole vibration at low spin, but is crossed by a two-quasiparticle configuration at higher spin. There is also evidence that the side-band in ^174Pt displays transition from a spherical to a more deformed shape, which is similar to the ground-state band. 99 1 A. N. Andreyev et al., Nature 405,430 (2000). 2 F. G. Kondev et al., Phys. Lett. B528, 221 (2002). 3 F. G. Kondev et al., Phys. Lett. B512, 268 (2001) 4 G.D. Dracoulis et al., Phys. Rev. C44, R1246 (1991). thebibliography

  12. Magnetic properties of ultrathin Co/Ni/Pt(1 1 1) films

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    Su, C. W.; Yao, Y. D.; Shern, C. S.

    2004-11-01

    Magneto-optical (MO) and structural properties of ultrathin 1 monolayer (ML) Co/1 ML Ni/Pt(1 1 1) film were investigated upon thermal annealing. The change of Kerr rotation (θK) in polar configuration is correlated to rich phase transitions of Co-Ni intermixing and alloy formations of Co-Pt and Ni-Pt. After 830 K annealing, the film shows low-temperature saturation magnetization with Pt-rich Co-Pt alloys confined in surface upper layers and Ni-Pt alloys distributed in deeper layers. We observed that the magnetic order of Co-Pt was affected by Ni-Pt.

  13. Low-energy Alkali Ion Scattering and X-ray Photoelectron Diffraction Studies of the Structure of Pt-Zn/Pt(111) Bimetallic Surfaces

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    Koel, Bruce; Roszell, John; Martono, Eddie; Vohs, John

    2013-03-01

    Pt-Zn alloys have applications in heterogeneous catalysis, and studies on surfaces of well-defined, ordered Pt-Zn alloys, or intermetallic compounds, clarify the origins of changes that occur in catalysis by the alloy. Many stable intermetallic compounds of Pt and Zn occur in bulk materials, but no long-range ordered surface alloys were formed by depositing Zn on a Pt(111) single-crystal substrate in a search over a considerable range of conditions. These results can be contrasted to those from Pt-Sn, where ordered surface alloys were formed. Zn alloys with Pt upon heating, and XPD and ALISS were used to characterize the Pt-Zn alloy created by annealing one monolayer of Zn on Pt(111) to 650 K. This Pt-Zn/Pt(111) surface alloy had a diffuse (1x1) LEED pattern due to formation of a random, substitutional alloy between Pt and Zn with 0.05-monolayer Zn in the topmost layer. Zn atoms are substitutionally incorporated into Pt lattice positions and alloyed Zn atoms in the surface layer are located coplanar with the surface Pt atoms, without any buckling. TPD shows that both CO and NO chemisorb more weakly on the Pt-Zn alloy than on the clean Pt(111) surface, with NO more strongly affected. This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. CHE-1129417.

  14. PtRu/Ti anodes with varying Pt ratio: Ru ratio prepared by electrodeposition for the direct methanol fuel cell.

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    Shao, Zhi-Gang; Zhu, Fuyun; Lin, Wen-Feng; Christensen, Paul A; Zhang, Huamin

    2006-06-21

    PtRu/Ti anodes with varying Pt ratio Ru ratio were prepared by electrodeposition of a thin PtRu catalyst layer onto Ti mesh for a direct methanol fuel cell (DMFC). The morphology and structure of the catalyst layers were analyzed by SEM, EDX and XRD. The catalyst coating layer shows an alloy character. The relative activities of the PtRu/Ti electrodes were assessed and compared in half cell and single DMFC experiments. The results show that these electrodes are very active for the methanol oxidation and that the optimum Ru surface coverage was ca. 9 at.% for DMFC operating at 20 degrees C and 11 at.% at 60 degrees C. The PtRu/Ti anode shows a performance comparable to that of the conventional carbon-based anode in a DMFC operating with 0.25 M or 0.5 M methanol solution and atmosphere oxygen gas at 90 degrees C. PMID:16763704

  15. Development of a PtSn bimetallic catalyst for direct fuel cells using bio-butanol fuel.

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    Puthiyapura, V K; Brett, D J L; Russell, A E; Lin, W F; Hardacre, C

    2015-09-01

    Pt and PtSn catalysts were studied for n-butanol electro-oxidation at various temperatures. PtSn showed a higher activity towards butanol electro-oxidation compared to Pt in acidic media. The onset potential for n-butanol oxidation on PtSn is ∼520 mV lower than that found on Pt, and significantly lower activation energy was found for PtSn compared with that for Pt. PMID:26214283

  16. Effects of toluene and benzoic acid on the kinetics of ferrous oxidation on Pt and nafion-coated Pt electrodes

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    Ye, J.H.; Fedkiw, P.S. . Dept. of Chemical Engineering)

    1994-06-01

    The electrochemical kinetics of Fe[sup 2+] oxidation to Fe[sup 3+] have been investigated by cyclic and ring disk electrode voltammetry in the absence and presence of the contaminants toluene (7 mM, saturated solution) or benzoic acid (16 mM) in 1M H[sub 2]SO[sub 4] electrolyte on (1) smooth Pt electrodes, (2) Nafion-coated smooth Pt electrodes, and (3) Pt electrodes electrodeposited within a Nafion film coated onto a glassy carbon (GC) substrate. On uncoated Pt, the kinetics are adversely affected by these two organics: both the anodic transfer coefficient and the apparent standard rate constant are decreased. A 3.7 [mu]m Nafion coating, however, effectively buffers the smooth Pt electrode from toluene, but, nevertheless, benzoic acid still affects the reaction rate. In contrast, the transfer coefficient and rate constant for Fe[sup 2+] oxidation on the Pt/Nafion/GC electrode are essentially unaffected by either toluene or benzoic acid. Qualitative features of the voltammograms also indicate that the Nafion film protects the Pt from contamination by these aromatics: two current plateaus are observed using an uncoated Pt electrode in the presence of toluene or benzoic acid with a ratio which increased with rotation rate; with the Nafion coating on a smooth Pt electrode and in the presence of toluene, however, there is only one current plateau; in the presence of benzoic acid, two current plateaus remain, but the ratio is nearer unity and less sensitive to rotation rate. In contrast, only a single plateau current is observed using the Pt/Nafion/GC electrode. The Nafion coating is apparently an effective buffer layer against these two aromatics, but concurrently affects a decrease in the mass-transfer limited current due to the diffusional resistance of the film.

  17. Purification and Characterization of a Cold-Adapted Lipase from Oceanobacillus Strain PT-11

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    Jiewei, Tian; Zuchao, Lei; Peng, Qiu; Lei, Wang; Yongqiang, Tian

    2014-01-01

    We isolated a moderately halophilic lipase-producing bacterium from the saline soil. Based on the morphological, physiological, chemotaxonomic and phylogenetic analysis, the isolate PT-11 was postulated to be a novel species identified as Oceanobacillus rekensis PT-11. The lipase was purified 2.50-fold by Q-Sepharose FF and SP-Sepharose FF chromatography and its molecular mass was estimated to be 23.5 kDa by SDS-PAGE. It was highly active over the broad temperature ranging from 10 to 35°C and showed up to 80% of the maximum activity at 10°C indicating the lipase to be a typical cold-adapted enzyme. The enzyme activity was slightly enhanced by Na+, Li+ and K+. Incubation with detergents, such as Tween-20 and Tween-80, slightly inhibited the enzyme activity; while Triton X-100decreased the enzyme activity. The enzyme was fairly stable in the presence of long-chain alcohols but was highly denatured in hydrophilic solvents such as acetone or short-chain alcohols (C1–C3). PMID:24984141

  18. Purification and characterization of a cold-adapted lipase from Oceanobacillus strain PT-11.

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    Jiewei, Tian; Zuchao, Lei; Peng, Qiu; Lei, Wang; Yongqiang, Tian

    2014-01-01

    We isolated a moderately halophilic lipase-producing bacterium from the saline soil. Based on the morphological, physiological, chemotaxonomic and phylogenetic analysis, the isolate PT-11 was postulated to be a novel species identified as Oceanobacillus rekensis PT-11. The lipase was purified 2.50-fold by Q-Sepharose FF and SP-Sepharose FF chromatography and its molecular mass was estimated to be 23.5 kDa by SDS-PAGE. It was highly active over the broad temperature ranging from 10 to 35°C and showed up to 80% of the maximum activity at 10°C indicating the lipase to be a typical cold-adapted enzyme. The enzyme activity was slightly enhanced by Na+, Li+ and K+. Incubation with detergents, such as Tween-20 and Tween-80, slightly inhibited the enzyme activity; while Triton X-100decreased the enzyme activity. The enzyme was fairly stable in the presence of long-chain alcohols but was highly denatured in hydrophilic solvents such as acetone or short-chain alcohols (C1-C3). PMID:24984141

  19. Controlled nanoporous Pt morphologies by varying deposition parameters

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    Misra, Amit; Nastasi, Michael A; Baldwin, J Kevin; Goodwin, Peter M; Bhattacharyya, Dhriti; Antoniou, Antonia

    2009-01-01

    Typically, dealloying of an alloy can result in an open cell nanoporous structure of the least electrochemically active element. Here, we show that a wider range of nanoporous structures is possible by controlling the composition and deposition parameters of the as-synthesized alloy as a way to provide sites for preferential etching. We demonstrate this by synthesizing nanoporous platinum (np-Pt) through electrochemical dealloying in aqueous HF from co-sputtered Pt{sub x}Si{sub 1-x} amorphous films. For increased Pt fraction of the amorphous alloy, silicon dissolution is favored along pre-existing features of the amorphous film (e.g. column boundaries or surface asperities). The resulting np-Pt depends on the manner in which silicon is preferentially removed. In addition to the expected isotropic open cell structure, columnar and Voronoi (radial) np-Pt are observed. A processing-structure map is developed to correlate np-Pt morphology to the initial composition and thickness of the amorphous Pt{sub x}Si{sub 1-x} film and the negative substrate bias used in magnetron sputtering.

  20. Electronic Structure and Phase Stability of PdPt Nanoparticles.

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    Ishimoto, Takayoshi; Koyama, Michihisa

    2016-03-01

    To understand the origin of the physicochemical nature of bimetallic PdPt nanoparticles, we theoretically investigated the phase stability and electronic structure employing the PdPt nanoparticles models consisting of 711 atoms (ca. 3 nm). For the Pd-Pt core-shell nanoparticle, the PdPt solid-solution phase was found to be a thermodynamically stable phase in the nanoparticle as the result of difference in surface energy of Pd and Pt nanoparticles and configurational entropy effect, while it is well known that the Pd and Pt are the immiscible combination in the bulk phase. The electronic structure of nanoparticles is conducted to find that the electron transfer occurs locally within surface and subsurface layers. In addition, the electron transfer from Pd to Pt at the interfacial layers in core-shell nanoparticles is observed, which leads to unique geometrical and electronic structure changes. Our results show a clue for the tunability of the electronic structure of nanoparticles by controlling the arrangement in the nanoparticles. PMID:26862885

  1. Macromolecular Pt(IV) Prodrugs from Poly(organo)phosphazenes.

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    Henke, Helena; Kryeziu, Kushtrim; Banfić, Jelena; Theiner, Sarah; Körner, Wilfried; Brüggemann, Oliver; Berger, Walter; Keppler, Bernhard K; Heffeter, Petra; Teasdale, Ian

    2016-08-01

    The preparation of novel macromolecular prodrugs via the conjugation of two platinum(IV) complexes to suitably functionalized poly(organo)phosphazenes is presented. The inorganic/organic polymers provide carriers with controlled dimensions due to the use of living cationic polymerization and allow the preparation of conjugates with excellent aqueous solubility but long-term hydrolytic degradability. The macromolecular Pt(IV) prodrugs are designed to undergo intracellular reduction and simultaneous release from the macromolecular carrier to present the active Pt(II) drug derivatives. In vitro investigations show a significantly enhanced intracellular uptake of Pt for the macromolecular prodrugs when compared to small molecule Pt complexes, which is also reflected in an increase in cytotoxicity. Interestingly, drug-resistant sublines also show a significantly smaller resistance against the conjugates compared to clinically established platinum drugs, indicating that an alternative uptake route of the Pt(IV) conjugates might also be able to overcome acquired resistance against Pt(II) drugs. In vivo studies of a selected conjugate show improved tumor shrinkage compared to the respective Pt(IV) complex. PMID:27169668

  2. Macromolecular Pt(IV) Prodrugs from Poly(organo)phosphazenes

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    Banfić, Jelena; Theiner, Sarah; Körner, Wilfried; Brüggemann, Oliver; Berger, Walter; Keppler, Bernhard K.; Heffeter, Petra; Teasdale, Ian

    2016-01-01

    The preparation of novel macromolecular prodrugs via the conjugation of two platinum(IV) complexes to suitably functionalized poly(organo)phosphazenes is presented. The inorganic/organic polymers provide carriers with controlled dimensions due to the use of living cationic polymerization and allow the preparation of conjugates with excellent aqueous solubility but long-term hydrolytic degradability. The macromolecular Pt(IV) prodrugs are designed to undergo intracellular reduction and simultaneous release from the macromolecular carrier to present the active Pt(II) drug derivatives. In vitro investigations show a significantly enhanced intracellular uptake of Pt for the macromolecular prodrugs when compared to small molecule Pt complexes, which is also reflected in an increase in cytotoxicity. Interestingly, drug-resistant sublines also show a significantly smaller resistance against the conjugates compared to clinically established platinum drugs, indicating that an alternative uptake route of the Pt(IV) conjugates might also be able to overcome acquired resistance against Pt(II) drugs. In vivo studies of a selected conjugate show improved tumor shrinkage compared to the respective Pt(IV) complex. PMID:27169668

  3. Morphology and structural stability of Pt-Pd bimetallic nanoparticles

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    Liu, Tun-Dong; Zheng, Ji-Wen; Shao, Gui-Fang; Fan, Tian-E.; Wen, Yu-Hua

    2015-03-01

    The morphologies and structures of Pt-Pd bimetallic nanoparticles determine their chemical and physical properties. Therefore, a fundamental understanding of their morphologies and structural stabilities is of crucial importance to their applications. In this article, we have performed Monte Carlo simulations to systematically explore the structural stability and structural features of Pt-Pd alloy nanoparticles. Different Pt/Pd ratios, and particle sizes and shapes were considered. The simulated results reveal that the truncated octahedron, which has the remarkably lowest energy among all the considered shapes, exhibits the best structural stability while the tetrahedron has the worst invariably. Furthermore, all the structures of Pt-Pd alloy nanoparticles present Pd-rich in the outmost layer but Pt-rich in the sub-outmost layer. Especially, atomic distribution and chemical short-range order parameter were applied to further characterize the structural features of Pt-Pd alloy nanoparticles. This study provides a significant insight not only into the structural stability of Pt-Pd alloy nanoparticles with different compositions, and particle sizes and shapes but also to the design of bimetallic nanoparticles. Project supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant No. 51271156) and the Natural Science Foundation of Fujian Province, China (Grant Nos. 2013J01255 and 2013J06002).

  4. Formation of FePt Nanoparticles Having High Coercivity

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    Rutledge, R.D.; MorrisIII, William H; Wellons, M.S.; Gai, Zheng; Shen, Jian; Bentley, James; Wittig, J. E.; Lukehart, C.M.

    2006-01-01

    Ultrasonication of toluene solutions of the heteropolynuclear cluster complex, Pt{sub 3}Fe{sub 3}(CO){sub 15}, in the presence of oleic acid and oleylamine affords surface-capped fcc FePt nanoparticles having an average diameter of ca. 2 nm. Self-assembled arrays of these nanoparticles on oxidized Si wafers undergo a fcc-to-fct phase transition at 775 C to form ferromagnetic FePt nanocrystals ca. 5.8 nm in diameter well dispersed on the Si wafer surface. Room-temperature coercivity measurements of these annealed FePt nanoparticles confirm a high coercivity of ca. 22.3 kOe. Such high coercivity for fct FePt nanoparticles might result from use of a heterpolynuclear complex as a single-source precursor of Fe and Pt neutral atoms or from use of ultrasonication to form fcc FePt nanoparticles under conditions of exceptionally rapid heating. Experiments to determine the critical experimental conditions required to achieve such high room-temperature coercivities in ferromagnetic nanoparticles are underway.

  5. Kinetically induced irreversibility in electro-oxidation and reduction of Pt surface

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    Jinnouchi, Ryosuke; Kodama, Kensaku; Suzuki, Takahisa; Morimoto, Yu

    2015-05-01

    A mean field kinetic model was developed for electrochemical oxidations and reductions of Pt(111) on the basis of density functional theory calculations, and the reaction mechanisms were analyzed. The model reasonably describes asymmetric shapes of cyclic voltammograms and small Tafel slopes of relevant redox reactions observed in experiments without assuming any unphysical forms of rate equations. Simulations using the model indicate that the oxidation of Pt(111) proceeds via an electrochemical oxidation from Pt to PtOH and a disproportionation reaction from PtOH to PtO and Pt, while its reduction proceeds via two electrochemical reductions from PtO to PtOH and from PtOH to Pt.

  6. Pt3 Co Octapods as Superior Catalysts of CO2 Hydrogenation.

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    Khan, Munir Ullah; Wang, Liangbing; Liu, Zhao; Gao, Zehua; Wang, Shenpeng; Li, Hongliang; Zhang, Wenbo; Wang, Menglin; Wang, Zhengfei; Ma, Chao; Zeng, Jie

    2016-08-01

    As the electron transfer to CO2 is a critical step in the activation of CO2 , it is of significant importance to engineer the electronic properties of CO2 hydrogenation catalysts to enhance their activity. Herein, we prepared Pt3 Co nanocrystals with improved catalytic performance towards CO2 hydrogenation to methanol. Pt3 Co octapods, Pt3 Co nanocubes, Pt octapods, and Pt nanocubes were tested, and the Pt3 Co octapods achieved the best catalytic activity. Both the presence of multiple sharp tips and charge transfer between Pt and Co enabled the accumulation of negative charges on the Pt atoms in the vertices of the Pt3 Co octapods. Moreover, infrared reflection absorption spectroscopy confirmed that the high negative charge density at the Pt atoms in the vertices of the Pt3 Co octapods promotes the activation of CO2 and accordingly enhances the catalytic activity. PMID:27135783

  7. CO oxidation of Pt nanostructures supported by TiO2/Ti.

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    Kim, Kwang-Dae; Tai, Wei Sheng; Kim, Young Dok

    2010-01-01

    This study examined the CO oxidation reactivity of Pt deposited on TiO2. The Pt catalysts were prepared by the evaporation of Pt on Ti foils covered with TiO2, and their surface structures were characterized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). Separate Pt nanoparticles could be observed with lower amounts of deposited Pt (<2 nm). With increasing Pt thickness, these Pt nanoparticles appeared to agglomerate into more complicated nanostructures. When approximately 5 nm of Pt was deposited, the TiO2 surface was almost completely covered by Pt. Additional deposition of Pt on these complete Pt-layers resulted in the deposition of small nanoparticles (approximately 5 nm) on top of the Pt underlayer. The CO oxidation reactivity at 160 degrees C, normalized with respect to the Pt thickness, initially decreased with increasing amount of Pt. This was attributed mainly to the decrease in the surface-to-volume ratio. However, the reactivity increased when the amount of Pt exceeded 5 nm, which can be rationalized in part by the unique structural properties of Pt-films according to SEM imaging. We also suggest that a stronger influence of the metal-support interactions at lower Pt coverages results in reduced catalytic activity. PMID:20352865

  8. Preparation and characterization of Pt-CeO2/C and Pt-TiO2/C electrocatalysts with improved electrocatalytic activity for methanol oxidation

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    Hameed, R. M. Abdel; Amin, R. S.; El-Khatib, K. M.; Fetohi, Amani E.

    2016-03-01

    Pt-TiO2/C and Pt-CeO2/C electrocatalysts were synthesized by solid state reaction of TiO2/C and CeO2/C powders using intermittent microwave heating, followed by chemical reduction of platinum ions using mixed reducing agents of ethylene glycol and sodium borohydride. The crystal structure, surface morphology and chemical composition of prepared electrocatalysts were investigated using X-ray diffraction (XRD), transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and energy dispersive X-ray analysis (EDX). The phase angle values of different Pt diffraction planes in Pt-TiO2/C and Pt-CeO2/C were shifted in the positive direction relative to those in Pt/C. Pt particles with diameter values of 3.06 and 2.78 nm were formed in Pt-TiO2/C and Pt-CeO2/C, respectively. The electrochemical performance of prepared electrocatalysts was examined using cyclic voltammetry, chronoamperometry and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy. Pt-CeO2/C showed an enhanced oxidation current density when compared to Pt/C. Long time oxidation test at Pt-TiO2/C and Pt-CeO2/C revealed their improved stability. Lower charge transfer resistance values were estimated at Pt-metal oxide/C electrocatalysts.

  9. Switching fields of high-resolution magnetic force microscope tips coated with Co, Co75Pt10Cr15, Co75Pt25, and Co50Pt50 films

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    Ishihara, Shinji; Ohtake, Mitsuru; Futamoto, Masaaki

    2014-07-01

    Magnetic force microscope (MFM) tips are prepared by coating Si tips of 4 nm radius with Co, Co75Pt10Cr15, Co75Pt25, and Co50Pt50 (at. %) films of 20 nm thickness at 300 °C. The effects of coating film material on the spatial resolution and the switching field are investigated. Higher resolutions are observed in the order of Co75Pt10Cr15 < (Co50Pt50, Co75Pt25) < Co. The Co-coated tip shows the highest resolution of 7.3 nm, which seems to be depending on a high detection sensitivity related with the magnetic moment of Co material. The saturation magnetization increases in the order of Co75Pt10Cr15 < Co50Pt50 < Co75Pt25 < Co. Higher switching fields are observed in the order of Co < Co75Pt10Cr15 < Co75Pt25 < Co50Pt50. The Co50Pt50-coated tip shows the highest switching field of 1.675±0.025 kOe, which is due to a high coercive field of the magnetic film involving L11 ordered phase with high magnetocrystalline anisotropy energy. The coercive field is recognized in the order of Co < Co75Pt10Cr15 < Co75Pt25 < Co50Pt50. A tip prepared by coating Co50Pt50 film which has high resolution and high switching field is useful for MFM observations of high-density recording media and permanent magnets.

  10. Mesoporous Trimetallic PtPdRu Spheres as Superior Electrocatalysts.

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    Jiang, Bo; Ataee-Esfahani, Hamed; Li, Cuiling; Alshehri, Saad M; Ahamad, Tansir; Henzie, Joel; Yamauchi, Yusuke

    2016-05-17

    Mesoporous Trimetallic PtPdRu Spheres with well-defined spherical morphology and uniformly sized pores were synthesized in an aqueous solution using ascorbic acid as the reducing agent and triblock copolymer F127 as the pore directing agent. These mesoporous PtPdRu spheres exhibited enhanced electrocatalytic activity compared to commercial Pt black, resulting in a ∼4.9 times improvement in mass activity for the methanol oxidation reaction. The excellent electrocatalytic activity and stability are due to the unique mesoporous architecture and electronic landscape between different elements. PMID:27072776